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

12 Feb 2021

Welcome to the 2021 school year, particularly to our students and families joining the Newman College community for the first time. The start of a new school year brings a sense of excitement and hope for the year ahead.

Week 1 saw the return of all students from Years 7 – 12. Students were welcomed by their Leaders of Wellbeing and PCG teachers in Year Group assemblies and then hit the ground running, commencing classes from period 3. Our Year 7 students participated in a Transition Program which gave students an opportunity to settle into the routine of high school before starting classes on Tuesday.

On Wednesday 10 February, our 2021 College Captains presented their first Principal’s Assembly. During this assembly the College acknowledged and congratulated the High Achiever’s from the Class of 2020 and commissioned the Student Leaders in Year 6 and Year 12.

Wellbeing Calendar

Every Wednesday, the College runs alternative bell times to accommodate our Wellbeing Program. The activities vary each week and are aimed to meet the needs of the various cohorts and support our College’s PK – 12 Wellbeing approach. The Term 1 Wellbeing Program can be accessed below:

Download Wellbeing Program Term 1 2021

Personal Presentation 

Thank you to students and parents for the way in which the year has begun. It was pleasing to see the majority of our students arrive on the first day meeting the College Uniform and Personal Presentation requirements. Just a few reminders for families and students:

  • Students with hair longer than the bottom of the collar must have their hair tied back and clear of the face.
  • Jewellery is restricted to a watch, a discrete cross or religious symbol on a fine, light weight chain.
  • Girls may only wear one pair of plain studs or sleepers, worn in the lower lobe.
  • Girl’s skirts must be knee-length.
  • Students have access to the oval and courts at break times but must wear a hat.

Thank you for your support in ensuring students adhere to the College Uniform and Personal appearance policy. Click here for more information.

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.

Please note that the Uniform Shop does not accept cash, we do accept all major credits cards however do not accept American express.

Assessment Guidelines and Procedures 

Assessment is an integral part of the learning process, providing students, parents/guardians and teachers with information on academic progress and feedback to inform future learning. Families and students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with Assessment Guidelines and Procedures, in particular information regarding approved and unapproved absences

Rules/Policies

From 2021 mobile phones and/or devices cannot be carried by students throughout the school day and must be switched off, or on silent and placed in their locker. Mobile phones that can be seen or heard may be confiscated by the teacher and a consequence issued. Students needing to contact parents throughout the school do can do so from Student Reception.

Upcoming Events

Guild Swimming Carnival

Next Thursday 18 February we will hold our Guild Swimming Carnival at Challenge Stadium.

Year 12 Retreat

As part of their Year 12 experience, the Year 12 students will attend a three-day Retreat in Serpentine during Week 4. Further information from Mrs Bramanto, Leader of Wellbeing Year 12 will be communicated to parents.

Year 7 Retreat

Our Year 7 students will have their retreat day on Friday 26 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 Miss Johson, Leader of Wellbeing Year 7.

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 the involvement of the Counselling Team, please contact your child’s Leader of Wellbeing. Students can self-refer to see the counsellor for their year group by contacting the relevant member of the Counselling Team directly via SEQTA message, or through their Leader of Wellbeing or Student Services.

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

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

Food Allergy Reminder

Please click here to refer to the Food Allergy section of the newsletter regarding important information related to food allergies.