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Newman Newbies: From The Deputy Principal, Mission and Catholic Identity

18 Sep 2018

Faith and learning at Newman College continue to revolve around the Marist Characteristics:

  • Presence – building caring relationships based on trust, respect and valuing each person
  • Simplicity – open and honest communication which accommodates individual needs
  • Family Spirit – emphasis on communal well-being where mutual support and shared responsibility flourish
  • Love of Work – pursuit of excellence through hard work and commitment. Recognition that the dignity of work is achievable by setting high expectations and standards, applying genuine effort and celebrating success
  • In the Way of Mary – with Mary as a model, students are invited to share our spiritual life through prayer, liturgies and service to the local and wider communities

Embodying these values ensures growth of our students across all areas of life, both within the College and in the world beyond our walls. Many of the activities we undertake help students to explore the very nature of these characteristics, providing a continual focus that ensures each member of our community can make a difference.

Assumption Day Celebrations

On Wednesday 15 August and Friday 17 August, our K-12 College community celebrated the Feast of the Assumption. This is the Feast day chosen for the Marist Brothers at the time of their foundation by Saint Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers and of Marist Education.

Students across all three campuses were involved in activities which included:
• Mass
• Buddy Day activities
• Lapathon to raise money for the work of Australian Marist Solidarity.

Click here to read more and see more photos from the day.

REMAR

Remar seeks to form Christian leaders who are prepared to stand in solidarity with those experiencing disadvantage and injustice, and who are motivated to act. To this end, 24 Year 11 Remar Blue Rowers (students) embarked on a week-long Solidarity Camp. As one student explains: “Solidarity is about walking with others through both the easy and hard times. It’s not about telling people how to fix issues, it’s simply about being present. Solidarity is a great representation of living as Christ’s disciples, by being the hands and feet of Christ”. Click here to read more and see more photos from the day.

 

Building Bridges Project

On Wednesday 8 August, Newman College hosted the Building Bridges Project. This project, which brings together young people, from four of the great faiths, fosters harmony and friendship, as well as a clearer understanding of each other’s beliefs. Newman College is the only Catholic school to participate in this important project. Click here to read more and see more photos from the day.

Youth Ministry & Advocacy

A cornerstone of Newman College’s Ministry Plan is the annual Year 11 Philippines Immersion which seeks to promote our intent to animate social justice and advocacy as tangible priorities with the lives of our students at Newman College, as well as our Marist sister-school, St Joseph’s, Northam. Our 16 students continue their preparations for the 2018 Immersion as they seek to further consolidate their understanding of the social, political and justice issues that characterise the communities that are served by the College’s in-country partner organisations in the Philippines. As we approach sustainable relationships and outcomes for all people in solidarity, we seek to forge the hearts and minds of our Year 11 students as ‘good Christians and good citizens’.

Dominican Special Needs Youth Group (DOMS)

The Dominican Special Needs Youth Group, which provides social events for people, who have graduated from highs school, and who have Special Needs, have held a number of events over the year. All events are attended by some of our students from Years 7 – 11, who have provided friendship, fun and hospitality to our members. Click here to read more.

Daniel Lynch, Deputy Principal | Mission and Catholic Identity