Newman News Term 1 Week 4: From the Principal



The Lenten Season commenced at Newman College on Wednesday 17 February with liturgies across the College.  Our commitment again in 2021 is in supporting Project Compassion and the work of Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development organisation.  It is one thing to raise money for organisations such as Caritas and understand the value it brings to their work, as it is equally important for us to understand why these agencies exist.

In our Catholic Community, we are committed to the common good and the option for the poor; two significant Catholic social teaching principles that are predicated on supporting and building community.  Over many years our College has not only raised money but provided immersion experiences for our students to assist and grow their understanding of the significant work of the Church in disadvantaged communities.  The impact on our students is reflected in how they animate and create awareness to others about the importance of supporting developing communities.

Last week, as an example, Newman College was recognised for its significant contribution to the Kuya Centre for Street Children in the Philippines. Over the past five years we have provided tens of thousands of dollars in support while at the same time provided the opportunity for our students to immerse themselves in the work of Kuya and advocate for their work.  Whilst we cannot visit in these times, creating awareness and giving our students the opportunity to ask critical questions about the world in which we live, with a view to be people of action, will continue.

I really encourage all students and families to get behind this campaign and the stories that are being used by Caritas to promote their work.

Year 12 Retreat

This week, Vice Principal Dr Lucie McCrory and I visited the Year 12 Retreats in Serpentine.  I thank students for immersing themselves in this very significant opportunity, which most students maintain was the highlight of their school life.  For many students this will be their last opportunity to take the time to reflect on their place in the world, their connection to God and to each other.  In many ways Retreat is a significant rite of passage for our students as they prepare to conclude their secondary education and go off into the world. To view photos from the Year 12 Retreat please click here.

Newman College Advisory Council

Our Newman College Advisory Council had its first meeting of 2021 last evening.  Members were introduced to our new Vice Principal, Dr Lucie McCrory; they were also taken on a tour of our new facilities.

Our Advisory Council is integral to the governance of our College.  As a religious institute school of Marist Schools Australia, our Advisory Council provides advice and support to me as Principal and the College Leadership Team in the governance of our school.  Each member of our Advisory Council is appointed by Marist Schools Australia and comprises both parents and community members with diverse experience in a variety of disciplines.

From Left to Right:  Nerreda Hillier, Veronika Metcalf, John Finneran, Stephen Lee, Steve Halley-Wright, Joseph Burke, Lucie McCrory (absent Br Terry Orrell, Michael O’Sullivan)

Swim Carnivals

Marcellin Campus Swim Carnival was held during Week 3 and the Lavalla Swim Carnival was held today.  Both events showcased the talents of many students, along with some fierce competition and much enjoyment.  My thanks to all parents who attended to support their children. To view photos from the Marcellin Campus Swim Carnival please click here. To view photos from the Lavalla Swim Carnival please click here.


Wishing all families every blessing in the weeks ahead.

John Finneran