Newman Newbies Term 4 2019: From the Leader of Wellbeing Primary

It was a busy and celebratory Term 4 at the Lavalla Campus! One of the many highlights was the announcement of the 2020 Student Council to the community. It is important for students to experience leadership opportunities throughout their schooling in order to support them in developing skills in relationship building and collaboration, as well as helping them form identities as individuals and leaders. This year, we have further developed the Year 5 program to offer Leadership Workshops to students in preparation for their final year of Primary schooling. The workshops took place over three weeks, focusing on themes of leading for learning, leading through teamwork, and leading as people of faith. Over 70 Year 5 students took up this opportunity and participated with enthusiasm.

Years 3-6 Awards Ceremony

Last week we celebrated the Years 3-6 Awards for the Academic, Cultural and Sporting pursuits of students and the Year 6 Graduating Class of 2019. This annual event is a wonderful way for our Years 3-6 students, staff and families to come together and celebrate another successful year of learning. Click here to see more photos from the day and the full list of award winners.

Primary Girls Dockers Cup

On Wednesday 6 November, approximately 30 students from Years 5 and 6 represented Newman College in the Primary Girls Dockers Cup AFL competition. The competition focuses on player development, with all teams participating in a skills development session run by the AFLW Dockers players. The girls played four rounds demonstrating a high level of skill, sportsmanship and enthusiasm.

Participant, Rio Angus (Year 6) described the day:

“The girls had four rounds to play not including the bye. The girls did really well throughout the day, with Newman White getting into the Grand Final and Newman Blues giving the competition their best shot too. Good job girls!”

Values for Life: Operation Empathy

The Year 4 Unit took part in a day of team building and empathy workshops presented by the Year 4 Teachers and Tim Powell from Values for Life. The first phase of the morning involved an ‘Amazing Race’ style challenge where students had to follow clues and problem solve in order to achieve a common goal.

They were then led in an interactive workshop on empathy and celebrating differences led by Tim. The College also held a Year 4 parents workshop led by Tim, reflecting on strategies and approaches to resilience and self control following-on from the learning experiences of the children from the day.