Newman News Term 1 Week 10: From the Head of Primary

We journey together to be better followers of Jesus.

The students have enjoyed another amazing Term and should be proud of their efforts. The way they have each come together in their classes and worked with their new teacher this year has seen them progress in their learning, their confidence and their understanding of what it means to come to a faith filled school. The season of Lent calls us to examine our lives and to see how we can follow the Gospel to rise again with Christ. Our faith drives all that we do here at Newman College and one of the greatest benefits is the sense of belonging, the sense of community, the sense of connection. These elements provide the perfect building blocks for learning.


Commencing in Term 2, we would like to support our families to reduce the amount of packaging and plastic in children’s morning tea and lunches. We would like to encourage recyclable containers, paper and wax wraps to replace single use plastics and packaging. Teachers will share information about waste and environmental impacts in each class in an age appropriate way.

We will be supporting our students to sort their rubbish at lunch and recess into the big recycle bins supplied by the Town of Cambridge and continue to feed our hungry worms with the compostable waste.

Each year level will begin their gardening projects next Term. Family assistance is appreciated and welcomed and gardening advice from any Newman green thumbs would be well received. Watch out for further notes and information.

Our Sustainability Committee would like to propose a new initiative called Newman Exchange where we share, reuse and recycle things in our school community. This could start with our own “Little Library” where you can bring a book and take a book or share extra produce from your garden such as lemons. Let us know your ideas.

Project Compassion

Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to Project Compassion this year. Your kind denotations will be received by those who are less fortunate and are greatly appreciated.

Walk for Water

To help our Years 3-6 students understand just how far some people need to walk for water each day, they participated in the walk for water event. This relay highlighted how fortunate we are and helped drive our Project Compassion fundraising efforts.

Solar Car Challenge

On Tuesday 9 April, a team of four students participated in the 2019 Synergy Solar Car Challenge Grand Final held at Optus Stadium. The team were faced with the challenge of assembling a solar car from a small solar panel and car parts. They had one hour to design and make their cars and they then put their cars to the test, racing them over a 20-metre track to see who was the fastest. Congratulations to the team, Swarom Kanvinde, Emily MacLaurin, Olivia Ralls and Stefano Rapanaro who showed great collaboration skills and persistence throughout the competition.

Save the Date – Mothers Day Events

Lavalla Campus – Monday 13 May

The Primary Social Committee will spoil our Lavalla Mothers with a free coffee and a light snack from the coffee van. Mothers are then invited to the Prayer Assembly dedicated to them at 9.00am hosted by Year 5 Red in the hall.

Marian Campus – Friday 10 May

The Primary Social Committee will also spoil our Marian Mothers with a free coffee and a light snack from the coffee van. Mothers are then invited to the Mothers Day Liturgy at 9.00am at the St Cecelia’s Church.

IPSHA Interschool Basketball Carnival

On Thursday 4 April, a group of Year 6 students participated in the 2019 IPSHA Interschool Basketball Carnival. The emphasis of the day was about giving everyone involved the opportunity to display skills learnt, promoting fair play, encouraging everyone to participate and of course to have fun! It was a busy day for all. Students played their way through seven games with lots of enthusiasm and great sportsmanship. Well done to everyone involved.

Primary Social Committee Easter Raffle Assistance

Thanks to the generous parent volunteers for their amazing efforts to wrap 280 Easter raffle egg prizes as part of our Primary Easter raffle in support of the Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion appeal.

Marcellin Award

Congratulations to the following students who received a Marcellin Award in Weeks 9 and 10:

Yash Sheth, Year 2: For leading by example to look after the new sports equipment #loveofwork

Drew Offenburg, Year 2: For helping others in need #IntheWayofMary

The Marcellin Award at Marian Campus is drawn from submitted nominations each Wednesday morning at Prayer Assembly. At Lavalla Campus, the Marcellin Award is presented at campus assemblies to one student selected by the Leadership Team from submitted nominations.

Winter Uniform Expectations

Please click here to access the winter uniform requirements and guidelines.

All students are reminded of the expectations relating to their personal presentation. Thank you in advance to all families for your partnership in ensuring College guidelines are upheld along with your support of our Leaders of Wellbeing in the application of this expectation.

Uniform Shop School Holiday Trading Hours

The College Uniform Shop will be opening on the School Holidays on the following days:

  • Wednesday 24 April, 12.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Friday 26 April, 12.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Saturday 27 April, 9.00am – 2.30pm

If you have any enquiries regarding the uniform, please contact Diana Potter, Uniform Shop Manager, on 9204 9470 or