Newman Newbies: From the Deputy Principal Wellbeing Secondary
ALAN FITZPATRICK, DEPUTY PRINCIPAL WELLBEING SECONDARY
Inaugural Business Breakfast
On Tuesday 28 May, Year 12 General Pathway students had the opportunity to engage with the wider world of work at Newman’s inaugural Industry Networking Breakfast. Representatives from several industries generously volunteered to attend this event. During breakfast, the students were able to hear the experiences of their guests, ask them questions about their industry, and explore possible future career pathways.
The Year 12 students were the first to participate in a series of Wellness Talks scheduled to run over the course of the year as part of the College’s Wellbeing Program. This session, run by the College Wellbeing and Counselling Team, was interactive and engaging, and provided tips for self-reflection, helpful self-talk and self-care. Ultimately, students were encouraged to value themselves for who they are as people (not their skills or abilities). It is hoped that the Year 12’s will carry this message forward with them in their final year of schooling and into their future endeavours!
The Language Department helped the Years 7-12 students celebrate Multicultural Week with a series of events scheduled during lunchtime this week. We saw some Greek dancing, an Aboriginal Dance performance, PCG quizzes and a Gelato van visit.
Dominican Special Needs Youth Group (DOMS)
Members of our College community have continued with their commitment to assist the Dominican Special Needs Youth Group (DOMS) this year. This group, which operates once a month out of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Doubleview, provides friendship and hospitality to adults with special needs, who are former students of Newman College and other nearby Catholic Colleges. Now in its 26th year of operation, DOMS has already run three events this year including; a games night, an Aussie Bush Dance and a Quiz Night. A combination of present and former students, along with some of their parents, have come along to help run the events and enjoy the company of our members.