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Newman Newbies: From the Vice Principal

25 Sep 2019

2019 Newman Arts Festival

The Newman College Arts Festival is a celebration of the PK-12 Arts learning journey at Newman College held over three days (October 16, 17, 18). The event also showcases the artistic endeavours of the STEM learning area along with students’ instrumental, choir and drama performances.

Student Art Exhibition Opening Night

Wednesday evening is the official opening of the festival. We invite the Newman College and wider community to join us in celebrating student Art works created throughout the year and Art projects that have been inspired by collaborative workshops with the 2019 Artists in Residence. Opening night will also include a presentation of the student awards, including a people’s choice award. Food stalls, games and Art activities, for our budding younger artists will also be hosted on the oval.

Parent Soiree

The annual Parent Soiree is taking place on Friday 18 October. This is a great opportunity for families entering into the College in 2020 to join other parents to enjoy drinks and canapes, whilst celebrating the student works of the Arts festival. Guests will also enjoy live music by dynamic and modern band Nano Soul who will perform a combination of funk, soul, and classic hits with a twist.

  • Where: Marist Auditorium, 216 Empire Avenue Churchlands
  • Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
  • Tickets: $35 Click here to purchase

Artists in Residence Program

The Newman College Artists in Residence Program for 2019 was another exciting and truly authentic arts experience for our students, teacher, parents and members of our Newman community. The workshops allowed for all to collaborate with industry professionals, strengthen and deepen their understanding of Arts skills and processes and build their cultural competency, cultural literacy and sensitivity around Aboriginal people; culture oral storytelling traditions, and connection to country.

We were pleased to welcome Andy Quilty (2018 Artist in Residence), and Contemporary Noongar Artists Bradley and Rohin Kickett as our 2019 Artists in Residence. Click here to read more.

Catholic Arts

The Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges seeks to provide students with specific ‘performance platforms’ where they have the unique opportunity to give of their very best and perform to a public audience. Open to both Primary and Secondary school students, the performance categories encompass choral, drama, musical, instrumental, vocal and dance aspects of the Performing Arts. Approximately 18,000 students enter the Festival each year.

Newman College had the honour of performing the Acknowledgement of Country song, Koort Doodjarak Yewool (Heart Song) in collaboration with the Madjitil Moorna Choir accompanied by James Web at the closing concert on Monday 16 September at the Perth Concert Hall. We acknowledge Music Teacher, Nicole Boddy who wrote the lyrics and melody. This is a unique opportunity for the College, and I acknowledge the efforts of the staff and students involved in this initiative, in particular the leadership and creativity of Mrs Maree Grayden, Leader of Learning Arts PK-12. Click here to view the performance.
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New Uniform Options

After a period of consultation with the Newman Parents Consecutive Committee (NPCC), staff and student groups, the following options are now available to students:

  • Skorts with a blouse will be available to students who would prefer this over the summer dress (Primary) and skirt (Secondary). Skorts can be worn all year.
  • Womens trousers for students in Years 7-12, are available for order and can also be worn all year.
  • The boys in Primary are able to wear shorts during summer and winter.

These items are available via the online store or from the Uniform Shop.

Newman Parents  Evening

Newman Parents was honoured to host Paul Dillon at Newman College this Term. Paul is the Director and founder of DARTA and he is passionate about ensuring that the community has access to accurate and up-to-date alcohol and other drug information.

2020 Term Dates

Term 1 – Monday 3 February – Thursday 9 April

  • Monday 3 February: K-6, 7 & 12 return
  • Tuesday 4 February: Years 8-11 return
  • Thursday 13 February: PK-12 Family Mass

Term 2 – Tuesday 28 April – Friday 3 July

  • Tuesday 28 April: All PK-Y12 staff and students return
  • Friday 19 June: Champagnat Day (TBC)

Term 3 – Wednesday 22 July- Friday 25 September

  • Monday 20 July: Staff Faith Formation / Pupil Free Day
  • Tuesday 21 July: K-12 Parent Teacher Interviews / Pupil Free Day
  • Wednesday 22 July: All PK-Y12 students return
  • Friday 14 August: Staff Wellbeing Day/ Pupil Free Day
  • Monday 17 August: CEWA Faith Day (College Closed)

Term 4 – Tuesday 13 October – Friday 4 December

  • Monday 12 October: Staff Professional Learning/ Pupil Free Day
  • Tuesday 13 October: All PK-Y11 students return
  • PK-Y9 Final Day (TBC)