Newman News Term 1 Week 2: From the Head of Primary


Welcome back to the start of another exciting year at Newman College, one filled with hope and joy for the journey ahead. We especially welcome the Pre Kindy and Kindy students starting their schooling at Newman College. Our hope is that all new families feel welcome and at peace within our College community. The students have made a wonderful start and have settled quickly into the routine of their new classes. This is because of the hard work put in by the staff who were well prepared and eager to meet your child. This relationship is critical to our College’s Wellbeing Program and ultimately the success of each student. The classroom teacher is your first point of contact should you need anything regarding your child’s learning or wellbeing. We look forward to continuing in partnership with your family this year.

Welcome Assembly – Marian Campus

This morning we held a special assembly to welcome all new families to our community. We wish these students every success in their learning journey at our College and hope they feel connected and supported by their teachers and peers.

Marcellin Award

Congratulations to the following student who recently received a Marcellin Award in Weeks 1 and 2:

Izabella Kay, Year 2 Green – For demonstrating her Love of Work by helping to care for the worms and collect worm wizz from the worm farm everyday.

Maeora Morgan, Year 1 Red – For demonstrating her Love of Work by being the first to put her hand up to help look after the worm farm. A great service to her community!

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.

Homework Club

Homework Club takes place every Monday from 3.15pm – 4.30pm in the Lavalla Library. Students in Years 3-6 have the opportunity to complete work, work with teachers and complete their homework. Homework Club will commence on Monday 18 February (Week 3).


CoderDojo is held every Tuesday from 3.15pm – 4.30pm in the Lavalla Multi-purpose Room. This coding club brings together students from Years 3-12 and are taught how to code and program. Our CoderDojo program will commence on Tuesday 19 February (Week 3). All participating students (new and old members) must complete the Parent Permission Form prior to attending their first session.

Parent Information Nights

We warmly invite parents to the Parent Information Nights on both the Marian and Lavalla Campuses to meet your child’s teacher and hear from the College Leadership team. Please note the following times;

Lavalla Campus – Monday 18 February

  • 5.00pm – 5.45pm Year 3 and 4 (Classrooms)
  • 5.45pm – 6.30pm Leadership Team Address (Auditorium)
  • 6.30pm – 7.15pm Year 5 and 6 (Classrooms)

Marian Campus – Monday 25 February

  • 5.00pm – 5.45pm Kindy and Pre Primary (Classrooms)
  • 5.45pm – 6.30pm Leadership Team Address (Hall)
  • 6.30pm – 7.15pm Year 1 and 2 (Classrooms)

*Children are not required to attend.

Coffee at the College

Today we launched our newest community engagement initiative at Marian Campus, Coffee at the College, which was really well received. Every Friday from 8.20am during term, a mobile coffee van will be located outside the Canteen for parents/guardians to access. A similar opportunity for parents at the Lavalla Campus will also be made available throughout the term. More details to follow. The College is continually looking for ways to create opportunities for parents to interact, contribute and belong to the extended Newman College community, so we hope you will all support and enjoy this opportunity.

Primary Family Picnic

The Primary Social Committee (PSC) and the College invite families to the first social event for the year, the Primary Family Picnic. This will be a relaxed evening where families can come together and enjoy a chance to catch up with friends. We particularly welcome families that are new to the College.

New Sports Equipment

Thank you to the Primary Social Committee for purchasing new sports equipment for the students. The year groups have loved the variety of equipment on offer.

Term 1 Swimming – Lavalla Campus

The Years 3-6 students have begun their swimming program under the direction of our Physical Education teacher Mrs Pugh. Students will also be involved in swimming trials on Thursday 21 February in preparation for the Swimming Carnival later in the term. Please ensure your child’s clothing and equipment is clearly labelled with their name.

Parent Representatives 2019

The Parent Representative role is an important way for our families to stay connected, engage in social events and support the classroom teacher. Thank you to all parents who have already nominated themselves as their class’s Parent Representative. Over the next week I will finalise the Parent Representatives for each class and will contact these parents directly.

Parent Facebook Groups

This year, the College launched a new parent communication platform (Facebook Groups) which offers each cohort a forum to share information, promote school events and further support the College. Please click here to read the Facebook Groups Terms of Reference. We invite all parents/guardians to join their designated groups. Please select from the appropriate links below:

Pre Kindergarten: Newman College Parents – Leavers of 2033

Kindergarten: Newman College Parents – Leavers of 2032

Pre Primary: Newman College Parents – Leavers of 2031

Year 1: Newman College Parents – Leavers of 2030

Year 2: Newman College Parents – Leavers of 2029

Year 3: Newman College Parents – Leavers of 2028

Year 4: Newman College Parents – Leavers of 2027

Year 5: Newman College Parents – Leavers of 2026

Year 6: Newman College Parents – Leavers of 2025


Parents are reminded that when using the kiss and ride at drop off and pickup times to please remain in the car. It is critical that this process allows for the flow of traffic. Please also move to the front of the queue to pick up your child. If they are not ready, please park in the overflow parking provided.

Work Experience Placements

Many of our Year 10, 11 and 12 students undertake work experience at various points throughout the year. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to challenge themselves and learn about potential pathways after school. We are always looking for new businesses in all industries who would be willing to take on a Newman student for some work experience. We can offer you a willing and enthusiastic worker and the chance to make a difference in a young person’s life, as well as supporting your school community. And we will do the paperwork! Please email one of the Pathways and Onsite Coordinators if you can assist and


The College will continue to use Consent2Go for obtaining parental consent for school incursions and excursions in 2019. The Consent2Go paperless system provides the College with the most up to date information regarding student details which greatly improves the College’s ability to manage incursions and excursions. If you do not have an email address or internet access, please advise Mandy Keeling, Student Data Administrator so we can add you to the Consent2Go paper process or 9204 9434

Food Allergy Reminder

As a result of recent news relating to the dangers of food allergies, Newman College would like to offer a reminder to all families. Newman College is a ‘Nut Aware’ school. It is NOT nut free. Families should be advised that the College cannot guarantee the absence of all nut products or traces of nuts within food across the College. Parents are strongly encouraged to speak with their child discouraging the sharing of food with others. It is pertinent that parents of any child with an identified allergy has completed a Medical Action Plan and discussed this with their child’s teacher. The College Canteen does provide a ‘Nut Aware’ service, but cannot guarantee that food and beverages served from the Canteen do not contain traces of Nuts, Crustaceans, Fish, Milk, Eggs, Sesame, Soybean and Wheat.

If families are reliant on the Canteen for the provision of food and beverages to a child WITH an allergy, they are advised to contact the Canteen Manager, Donna McFadden.The Canteen is available daily for children of the College. For details please click here.

Upcoming Events

Years 3-6 Assembly – Item Year 3 Red

Primary Family Picnic