Newman News Term 1 Week 10: From the Deputy Principal Secondary

It is hard to believe that we are now at the end of Term One. It seems like just yesterday that we had our Year 7 students gathering for their orientation morning. In what has been a challenging term, I am very grateful for all the support of our staff and students across Marcellin Campus. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Annalise Gangemi (Acting Leader of Wellbeing Year 11) who has walked with our Year 11 students in such a challenging term with such authenticity and grace. It has been wonderful to witness the rapport that she has developed with our Year 11 students and the way that she has supported them through a challenging term both academically and emotionally. 

Principal’s Assembly

Our second Principal’s assembly of the term provided us with the opportunity to acknowledge the many challenges that we have faced at Newman College this year. We took the time to reflect on the lived experience of Marcellin Champagnat who demonstrated perseverance, strength and determination on his journey. We had the opportunity to celebrate the incredible success of our Marist First XI Cricket team and the Captain and the two Vice Captains presented their three shields to our Acting Principal, Dr Lucie McCrory. We also acknowledged our Marist Basketball Team and their efforts in Adelaide, and our ACC A Division Swimming team. Dr McCrory addressed the College about celebrating those moments that seem to be insignificant in our lives, and we had the opportunity to thank her for the way in which she has led our College Community with grace, humility and strength this term. We awarded two Principal’s Commendation awards for each year group to students who embody what it means to be a student at Newman College: who exemplify our Marist characteristics.  

Health Week 

Our focus on Marcellin Campus in Week 10 was health. Our Wellbeing Captains, Kai and Belle, initiated a focus for each day of Week 10 given that Friday 7 April is World Health Day. The theme for 2023 is Health For All. Each day this week, there were different focus areas. On Monday in recognition of our emotional health, students wrote positive affirmations to themselves and/or their peers. On Tuesday, students were invited to spend some time in the Chapel engaging in mindfulness colouring. On Wednesday, students shared in a milo morning in Founders’ Court. On Thursday, our Year 6 and Year 12 students played a few games of Capture the Flag on the oval which demonstrated a wonderful sense of connectedness between our two leadership groups across our two campuses. It was the perfect initiative after what has been a challenging term for Newman College.  

Year 7 Guest Speaker – Lorin Nicholson 

On Wednesday 29th March, Lorin Nicholson attended Newman College to speak to our Year 7 cohort.  Lorin Nicholson is an award winning musician, physiotherapist, motivational speaker and is blind. He shared stories about his life, struggles and achievements. 

Lorin Nicholson spoke to the cohort about accepting one another for who they are and not to judge people for what anything they are unable to do. He told stories of his youth and even himself having a go at playing soccer and being the goalie.  

The cohort were extremely welcoming and asked deep and thoughtful questions, so much so that Lorin commented that Newman have always been so kind and he loves coming to present at Newman.  

We finished with Lorin playing a number of songs blended together and the cohort had a dance and really enjoyed each other’s company.  

Thank you again to Lorin for taking the time to speak to us and to the year 7s for representing Newman College so well. 

Newman College Assessment Policy 10-12

The College Assessment policy outlines the requirement that students in Years 10-12 must have a medical certificate for being absent for in-class assessments due to illness. Where students miss an in-class assessment and cannot provide a medical certificate they will be awarded a zero as per the College Assessment Policy.  

The integrity of assessments in Senior School is important and as such the assessment policy requirements allows the College to invigilate assessments for all students that are valid, explicit, fair, equitable, publicly accountable, reliable and in adherence with statutory requirements, including those required by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.   

The Assessment Policy and these requirements have been communicated to parents by the Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning at the 2023 Year 11 and 12 Information Evenings for parents and students and via recording sent out for Year 10s. Further communication has been provided in the fortnightly newsletter, and students have been briefed on the requirement. Medical certificates can be obtained in person with your GP, via online medical GP services or at your local pharmacy. When students have obtained a medical certificate, these can be forwarded to 

2023 Adolescent School Based Immunisation Program – Y7 and Y10 

There have been significant changes to how you provide consent for your child/children to receive immunisations via this program.  Consent must be given via a new online program VaccinateWA  

Further details can be found HERE 

Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 May Y7 – HPV (human papilloma virus), dTpa (Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis)  
Tuesday 6 June Y10 – Meningococcal ACWY vaccine  
Please note: only students that have registered their consent via the online platform by Monday 24 April will receive immunisations on the above dates.    

If you have any queries, please contact   

Fiona Halden  
CAHS – Community Health  

Clinical Nurse – School Based Immunisation Program  

16 Rheola Street, West Perth, 6005 |    

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