Newman News Term 1 Week 2: From the Deputy Principal Wellbeing Secondary

Welcome to the 2020 school year, particularly to our new students and families. I hope you all enjoyed a holy Christmas and a relaxing break. The new school year brings with it several exciting opportunities and events with the first few weeks being very busy.

Week 1 saw our first Principal Assembly involving all students from Years 7 – 12. The assembly was led by our 2020 College Captains as we focused on the year ahead and the opportunities and support available to students.

Upcoming Events

Guild Swimming Carnival

Next Thursday (20 February) we will hold our Guild Swimming Carnival at Challenge Stadium. Click here for further information including bus services available on the day.

Year 12 Retreat

As part of their Year 12 experience, the Year 12 students will attend a three-day Retreat in Bindoon during Week 4. More information will come out shortly from Ms Pastorelli, Leader of Wellbeing Year 12.

Year 7 Retreat

Our Year 7 students will have their retreat day on Friday 28 February. This event is held at the College and sees an alternative timetable run for Year 7 that day. More information will be coming out shortly from Mr Woolley, Leader of Wellbeing Year 7. Please direct any queries you may have to him

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 camp will run during Week 5 at the Swan Valley Adventure Camp. This new venue should prove exciting as for the first time we are able to accommodate the entire cohort at the one time. More information will be made available to families at the Year 7 Parent Information night next week and in the Term 1 Week 4 newsletter.

Wellbeing Calendar

Every Wednesday, the College runs alternative bell times to accommodate our Wellbeing Program. The activities vary from week to week and are aimed at supporting the College’s PK-12 Wellbeing approach. Please access the Term 1 calendar below:

Download Wellbeing Program Term 1 2020

Senior Blazer Trim Instructions

Students in Years 10 – 12 are required to have a braided blazer. To ensure your child’s blazer is ready for Term 2 please ensure:

  • Blazer is dry cleaned and dropped-off at the Uniform Shop by Friday 20 March
  • Payable at drop off $25
  • Please remember to have your child’s details on their blazer (name and phone number)

Please note if you need a new blazer with the braid already attached, these are available for sale at a cost of $200

Homework Club

Homework will recommence in 2020 in Week 3. It runs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3.30pm – 6.00pm in the Siena Learning Centre.


Thank you to students and parents for their positive start to the year. It was very pleasing to see a vast majority of our students arrive on the first day in correct uniform and with all of their equipment. Just a few reminders for families:

  • Students have access to the oval and courts at lunch but must wear a hat, and hopefully will have applied sunscreen that morning.
  • Students need to ensure they adhere to the College uniform requirements at all times. Click here for more information.
  • For 2020, the College ICT policy has changed with mobile phones and other smart devices needing to be stored in student lockers from 8.45am – 3.15pm. This information was also made available to students and families at the end of 2019.

From the Counselling and Wellbeing Team

The Marcellin Counselling Team works with Leaders of Wellbeing and other school staff to support students who may be experiencing emotional, social or academic difficulties. If you have concerns for your child or would like to request involvement of the Counselling Team, please contact your child’s Leader of Wellbeing who can liaise with the relevant Counsellor. Students can self-refer to see the Counsellor for their year group by scheduling an appointment through Student Services, by contacting the relevant member of the Counselling Team directly via SEQTA message, or through their Leader of Wellbeing.

Denise Bendotti
College Psychologist
Year 10 (Tuesday & Wednesday)

Amber Newsome
College Psychologist
Years 9, 11 & 12 (Monday – Friday)

Siobhan Quirke
College Counsellor
Years 7 & 8 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)

The Counselling Team wishes all families a smooth start to the new school year and an enjoyable 2020!

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