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Newman News Term 1 Week 2: From the Vice Principal

12 Feb 2021

Welcome back to the 2021 academic year.

As you are aware, the PK-12 Family Mass was cancelled due to the current restrictions imposed by COVID-19.  It was also necessary to reformat our Class of 2020 High Achievers Principal’s Assembly on Wednesday 10 February, which was live streamed and can be viewed online.

We Commissioned our Year 6 and Year 12 student leaders at the assembly, congratulations to these fine young women and men. We look forward to supporting you as leaders of our community.

2021 High Achievers Assembly

Regrettably, we were unable to invite our 2020 High Achievers to return to the College in person to celebrate their impressive efforts. Students were acknowledged at the assembly for their achievements, and the community was blessed to hear about their inspiring plans for life beyond Newman College.

We extend our sincere congratulations to all the graduates in the Class of 2020, to the teachers that supported them in their senior secondary schooling, and to all teachers who fuelled a love of learning in them over their time at Newman.

Please Click Here to view 2020 College results.

Staff Professional Learning

Staff members have been busily preparing for the commencement of the school year. Teachers prepared both face-to-face and virtual learning for this week just in case unforeseen circumstance eventuated in remote learning. Should such a situation arise in the future, we will be well-placed to ‘flick the switch’ into the remote schooling mode.

As a staff, we looked at our Annual School Improvement Plan and have started to assemble teams to work on strategies and actions to deliver results across our four priority areas of; A Catholic school in the Marist Tradition; Transformational Learning; A Culture of Innovation and Excellence; Sustainability.

Seven learning areas relocated into our collective Staff Study area over the last couple of weeks. The transition is nearly finished, and we hope that the space provides a collegial, supportive, and collaborative learning environment for teachers to converse and work. Our new learning spaces in the St John Henry Learning Hub and the S Block are also now operational. We will all be on a learning journey to discover how best to use these fantastic new-age spaces.

Parent Information Evenings

The Year 11 and Year 12  Parent Information Evenings were reformatted to go online. Both events were broadcast to the parent community on the afternoon of Wednesday 10 February. Parents were emailed a link to the respective videos.

We hope to be able to meet with our Year 11 and 12 Parent community at other College events as the year progresses; such as the Parent Teacher Interview Evening scheduled for Week 6.

Next week we hope to welcome our K- Year 6 (Tuesday 16 February) and Year 7 (Monday 15 February) communities to attend their Parent Information Evenings.

Our Year 8 and Year 9 Parent Information Evenings will be held virtually on Monday 22 February and our Year 10 Parent Information Night will occur later in the year, in conjunction with the subject selection process.

Parent Teacher Communication Protocols

Parents are reminded that the most efficient and effective method for contacting teachers and support staff is through the staff member’s CEWA email address. In most cases, our staff will respond to the communication as appropriate, within 48 hours.

Updating Family Contact Details

If there are any changes to your contact details (ie phone number, email address or home address) please ensure you advise the College Registrar via registrar@newman.wa.edu.au

This will ensure your child’s enrolment record contains the most up to date details.

Download Advice of Family Change Form

Code of Conduct

A reminder to all families that the Code of Conduct can be accessed via the College website. The Code is mandated by Catholic Education Western Australia and the application of the code extends to all staff, students, parents, guardians, caregivers and volunteers.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensuring confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours AND those events outside of school hours that are associated with the College are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Additionally, postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are bound by the Code of Conduct.

Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a positive partnership that supports our students, your children.

The Code of Conduct will be spoken to at Campus and Year Group Information Evenings in the weeks ahead.

Food Allergy Reminder

Newman College would like to offer a reminder to all families that we are 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 and encourage them not to share food with others. We ask parents to please refrain from including any items in their child’s lunchbox that contains nuts (eg. Nut bars, peanut butter or Nutella sandwiches). We also ask that parents do not provide food items to celebrate their child’s birthday. Parents are welcome to provide small novelty items if they like, but it is not necessary. Our classroom teachers are very good at making all birthday children feel special and celebrated.

It is pertinent that any child with an identified allergy has completed a Medical Management 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 donna.mcfadden@cewa.edu.au

The Canteen is available daily for children of the College. Click here for further details.