Newman News Term 1 Week 6: From the Deputy Principal Primary

Lavalla Swimming Carnival 

Last Friday’s Swimming Carnival for our Years 3-6 students was a fantastic day full of swimming achievements, cheering, sportsmanship and fun! I was so impressed with the way all students tried their absolute best in each of their races, and so enthusiastically cheered on their faction and friends throughout the day. There were some outstanding achievements in the pool, and I congratulate all students.   

After the tight competition all day, Brigid took home the Championship Trophy and Delany took out the Spirit Shield. Congratulations to both factions! I also want to make a special mention of the Year 6 Sports Captains who did a brilliant job of assisting in their bays and around the pool, encouraging their faction and cheering – true leadership in action!  Please refer further down this page for a full list of Age Champions from the day. 

IPSHA Interschool Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to the Newman College Interschool Swim Team (Years 4-6 students) who competed in the Interschool Carnival yesterday. It was a pleasure to be able to watch our team demonstrate their commitment to their passion of swimming. All students strived to achieve their best and a big congratulations to the team who won a majority of the races throughout the day! 

The biggest thanks must go to our Sports teacher Mrs Tash Richards, who so expertly organised, planned and ran two carnivals in the last two weeks. It takes a lot of time and work to coordinate such big events in a school and Mrs Richards does this with such skill and passion – Newman College is lucky to have you Mrs Richards! 

Year 2B & 6G Assemblies 

In the past fortnight, the 2B and 6G classes entertained us with their assemblies. Last Friday 2B entertained us with a wonderful message about ‘I Am Me’, which reminded all Marian students to let their true colours shine. It certainly was a colourful assembly with a fantastic message and an energetic dance performance of the song ‘Firework’. This morning 6G shared their learning of Geography, specifically Asia, through an ‘Amazing Race’ themed assembly. It was wonderful to see our Year 6’s sharing their learning and not only entertaining the audience with their assembly but teaching all of us many interesting facts about Asia as well. Well done and thank you to both classes and their teachers, for the time and effort they put into sharing their learning with the community.

Student Illness 

The nature of primary schools and the close interactions between students daily means that illness spreads quickly throughout classrooms. If your child is sick, I ask that you please keep them at home and do not send them to school until they no longer have any symptoms. This is to ensure the health of other students and staff and to limit the number of students having to have days off school due to illness. If children attend school and present with symptoms of being sick, they will be sent to the front office and parents called to collect their child. We appreciate your support in ensuring the health of all primary students and staff.

Lavalla Swimming Carnival 

It was a wonderful day at the Lavalla Swimming Carnival last Friday. The day was filled with competitive races, fun novelty events and cheerful faction spirit.  

Congratulations to Brigid for being the overall champion faction. Well done to the Brigid Sports Captains, Arlia Della-Franca and Rhys Hearn. 

The final faction placings were: 

1st– Brigid 

2nd– Marcellin 

3rd– Delany 

4th– Knox 

The support and cheering for each faction on the day was superb. Congratulations to Delany for receiving the Spirit Award and to their Sports Captains, Isla Kalebic and Stefan Moschopoulos. 

There were some outstanding individual performances on the day. We congratulate the following students that were awarded Age Champions. 

Swimming Age Champions

Year 3
1stClara Schlitter Kasper Friedel 
2ndIsla Dorrington Lucas Parry 
3rdLucy Cumberworth Mitchell Thornton 
Year 4
1stIsabella Leong Blake Martin 
2ndLila Adamini Alexander McHugh 
3rdSamantha Glyde Jack McCagh 
Year 5
1stSamantha Fowler Archie Haagman 
2ndSophie Rowles Lewis Macgregor 
3rdMia Dorrington Dara Devlin 
Year 6
1stMaelee Castleman Austin Cumberworth 
2ndArlia Della Franca Cooper Raguseo 
3rdMollie Nevin Griffin Chester 

Swimming Record 

One record was broken at the carnival. Clara Schlitter in Year 3, broke the Year 3 50m Freestyle record that has been held since 2014. Clara had an incredibly fast time of 41.6 seconds. 

Lavalla Run Club 

Run club will commence at Lavalla on Tuesday 14 March and will be held every Tuesday morning at 7.45am – 8.15am. Please meet on the Lavalla oval and wear your sports uniform and bring a drink bottle.  

All students from Years 3-6 are welcome to attend the sessions. They are a great way to prepare for the Cross Country Carnival that is on Friday 19 May. 

Lenny Hughes will conduct the sessions with a teacher in attendance. Lenny is a very experienced and accredited Athletics coach. 

Please note, there will not be any cereal provided this year. 

Mrs Tash Richards (Health and Physical Education Teacher 3-6) 

Student Wellbeing on Social Media – TikTok 

As we navigate through the digital age, it is important to be aware of the potential impact social media platforms can have on our children. Over the last few weeks it has become increasingly obvious that there are many Newman Primary students utilising the TikTok app in their personal time (TikTok is not allowed to be opened/used at school). 

TikTok is a social media platform that allows users to create and share short videos. While it can be a fun and creative outlet for children to express themselves, it also has the potential to expose them to inappropriate content and unwanted attention. In fact, the app’s terms of service state that users must be at least 13 years old to use it. 

It is crucial for parents to be aware of what their children are posting online. Children may not understand the potential consequences of their actions and may be unintentionally sharing personal information or inappropriate content. Here are some tips to help you navigate your child’s use of TikTok: 

  • Review the app’s settings and privacy features with your child. Set appropriate boundaries and limits for usage. 
  • Monitor your child’s activity on the app. Regularly check the content they are viewing and posting to ensure it is appropriate. 
  • Encourage your child to only post content that they would be comfortable sharing with their grandparents. Remind them that once content is posted online, it can be difficult to remove. 
  • Educate your child about online safety and the potential risks associated with sharing personal information online. 
  • By being aware of the potential impact TikTok can have on children under 13 and monitoring your child’s online activity, you can help ensure their safety and well-being in the digital age. 

If parents are concerned, the Australian Government eSafety Commission has some good resources and safety links for parents.  

Mr Justin Kirry (Leader of Wellbeing 3-6) 

Easter Raffle 

This term we will be holding our annual Easter Raffle, with all donations helping to support Caritas’ Project Compassion Appeal. Donations of eggs and baskets can be handed in at either Primary administration office. Please click HERE for further information.      

Please continue to regularly check the Key Dates and Events section of the Newsletter and the Newman College calendar for updated events.