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

Year 7

For the past two weeks, Mr Will Hofman has been in the position of Acting Leader of Wellbeing Year 7 whilst Mr Scott Smith has been away on leave. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Will Hofman for the effortless way in which he has assumed responsibility for this cohort which has included the Year 7 Retreat in Week 6 and the Information Evening in Week 5. We look forward to welcoming back Mr Scott Smith in Week 7. 

Information Evenings 

Week 5 was the last of our Information Evenings for our cohorts on Marcellin Campus for this term. The Year 7 Information Evening had an incredible turnout with many parents and guardians attending along with their children. Our Year 7 students had the opportunity to sit with a parent/guardian and write a letter to their future self that they will have the opportunity to read in 2028 when they graduate. It was a heartwarming experience to witness animated and supportive discussions between our Year 7 students and their caregivers at such a significant transition point in their lives.  

If you were unable to attend this event, please click the link below to access this presentation: Year 7 Information Evening 2023.pptx 

Year 12 Ball 

Our Year 12 Ball is scheduled for this evening at Fraser’s Restaurant. It is a highlight of the Year 12 calendar and a wonderful way for our Class of 2023 to gather together and celebrate their achievements thus far with their Pastoral Care Group teachers and members of the College Leadership team. We look forward to sharing photos with the College Community via the College’s Facebook page and the next newsletter.  

STEM School Holiday Program

Following successful programs held in the previous school holidays, we are pleased to announce the ECU School of Engineering STEM School Holiday Program – CREATE will be offered in April 2023. The one day workshops will be held on 11, 12 & 13 April. This program is offered at no cost to participating students.

CREATE is designed to support the teaching and learning of STEM subjects for students interested in STEM studies, and is suitable for students who will be enrolled in Years 9 to 12 in 2023.

Enclosed is a flyer outlining the program details along with the link to Trybooking. We kindly request you pass this to parents and/or students who will find this program beneficial. Places are still available and registration closes on 4 April 2023.

More information about this program can be obtained from the Administration Team, School of Engineering by email at or by telephone on 6304 2924.

Kind regards Fiona Hassell

Leader of Learning Science

Year 9 and Year 10 Students – Clearing the Air presentation

On Wednesday 15 March during Extended Pastoral Care Time, Azelene Williams will deliver a presentation to our Year 9 and Year 10 students. Azelene Williams is a registered Holistic Counsellor and Social Worker. Azelene will discuss key concepts and theories around vaping and nicotine addiction, connecting them to her own lived experience. The Vaping Clear the Air Presentation will cover areas such as:  

  • Vape and E-cigarettes anatomy 
  • Nicotine 
  • Peer pressure and social norms 
  • Lung disease 
  • What you can do about vaping and e-cigarette issues, and  
  • How to quit vaping.  

Azelene will return to our College in Term 3 via Zoom to speak with our Year 7 and Year 8 students about the same topic. Further information about this presentation and the presenter can be accessed via this website: 

Transperth – 83 Bus 

We are aware of ongoing issues with the 83 bus that heads to City Beach which has been impacted by a change of times for another school. In our conversations with Transperth, they have reinstated the 83 bus which heads to the Perth Busport; however, have not reinstated the 83 bus that heads to City Beach. We have been informed by Transperth that they are conducting a review of the timetables and routes in May, and we have requested that the 83 bus to City Beach be reinstated or brought forward to an early time. Please be aware that this bus is currently not running and may impact students and their ability to get home.

Senior Student Blazers 

Students in Years 10 to 12 are required to have their blazers braided.  The cost for this service is $25.00 payable at the time of drop off. The Uniform Shop will only accept blazers that have been drycleaned with the drycleaning tag still attached.  The last day for drop-off will be Friday 24 March.