Newman News Term 1 Week 6: From the Head of Primary

Teachers work tirelessly to develop social and emotional skills in each student, to help them understand the core concepts of Literacy and Numeracy, to engage them through the Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery and grow them in their faith. This occurs every day and is a remarkable feat. One challenge that we must work in partnership with parents, is building student independence. This is a critical skill that will support them in all of their future pursuits. It is a fine balance between letting them take on challenges by themselves, supporting them without “doing” it for them and helping them bounce back when they make mistakes. As a PK-12 College, we continually challenge our students to become independent learners, independent individuals and confident young men and women.


9 Ways to a Resilient Child (content is most suited for Early Childhood parents)

Parents will learn the psychological secrets that build their child’s sense of identity, strengths and growth mindset in order to perform better, be happier and build resilience. 9 Ways to a Resilient Child is based on Dr Justin Coulson’s best-selling book and shows parents how to help their children cope powerfully and positively with the challenges that life throws at them.
When: Monday 25 March, 9.00am – 10.30am
Where: Marist Auditorium

Respectful Relationships; Love at Home – How to get along with your kids and help them get along with you (and their siblings)

We all say we get along just fine at home… but there are those uncomfortable niggles. There’s the eye-rolling, the disrespect, the lack of motivation to help out, and the sibling warfare. If we’re honest, most adults have been known to shout a bit too, and let’s face it, we don’t always listen that well to our kids. Conflict and friction at home cause more trouble than we need, and interfere with everyone’s wellbeing. Wouldn’t it be great if there were some simple, practical things we could do to help everyone get along better – starting right now? Parents will learn the best ‘relationship rules’ for a happier family so home life really does feel loving… most of the time! The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer session.
When: Monday 25 March, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Where: Marist Auditorium

Marcellin Award

Congratulations to the following students who received a Marcellin Award in Weeks 5 and 6:

Kade Mendes, Year 5: Kade is described as a thoughtful student who doesn’t think twice about prioritising to help his peers or others on the playground. He volunteers to do tasks around the classroom and again to help others when in need. Kade has impeccable manners and other students have recognised his wonderful nature and have commented on it. He is a very hard worker trying to complete set tasks to the best of his ability, as well as pushing himself to do better. Kade never gives up if something is difficult but comes and ask for help or clarification to complete the task. Kade is a campaigner for anyone who may need a friend and goes out of his way to treat every single person with respect and kindness. This is at the core of his make-up and a beautiful thing to witness.

Berkley Blizzard, Year 2: For living the Marist characteristic In the Way of Mary to help find a friend’s lost drink bottle.

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.

Updated ICT Policy

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) includes any electronic device or application used to communicate, create, disseminate, store or manage information such as text, images, audio or video.
Students have the right to learn in a safe environment, including when they have access to ICT to enhance their learning. Newman College is committed to the responsible and educational use of ICT and to the protection of students by providing secure access to these services as part of their learning experience.

The College has completed a period of evaluation on the effectiveness of its ICT policy. While this process involved exploring the current use of ICT at the College, it also involved working with other schools in the Metropolitan area as well as direction from Catholic Education Western Australia. The updated policy is now available for parents, staff and students via the College website. Download ICT Policy

Author Spotlight @ the Lavalla Library

This term, the Lavalla Library has had an author focus on David Walliams. A great display has been prepared by Ms Bailey and it has been wonderful to see students enjoying dipping into these humorous stories.

Lavalla Eco Ninjas and Marian Sustainability

Last year a group of dedicated students formed a sustainability committee called the Eco Ninjas on the Lavalla Campus. The team have been working to improve the campus by reducing waste, growing vegetables and to inform students about sustainability and the environment. The Ninjas have recently received a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant of $1000 and look forward to using these funds to continue to improve our school. Thank you Mrs Stannard for your efforts in this process.

The students at the Marian Campus continue to provide their food scraps for the worm farm. We have the nutrient rich “worm juice” available for sale for $2.00. It is great for the garden.

New York Arts Tour Movie Afternoon Fundraiser

To support the 2019 New York Arts Tour, a family movie afternoon is being held for students and families in Pre Kindy – Year 8. The movie HOP will be showing in the Marist Auditorium on Wednesday 10 April. Click here to purchase tickets.

Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges 2019

Entries are now being accepted for the 30th Annual Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges. Students in Years 4-12 are encouraged to participate. Please register your interest with the Arts Department on the Marcellin Campus by Sunday 12 May to For more information visit

Primary Social Committee – New President

At the recent Primary Social Committee AGM, a new President was nominated. I am pleased to announce that Mrs Nicole Barnao is the President for 2019. I would like to thank Mr Michael Arnold for his time as President and to Mr Sean Boss for his dedication to this committee and the College.

Parent Drop Off

Parents are reminded that students must not be dropped off at school before 8.20am. The College offers duty of care from 8.20am onwards and it is not safe for your child to be left unattended.

iPads Before and After School

As we work to ensure our students are cyber safe, we remind students that they are not permitted to use their iPads before or after school. The device is only used under teacher supervision and we ask parents to support the College in this matter.

Parent Teacher Meetings

It is critical that parents and teachers work together to support the educational development of every child. This is why we encourage parents to arrange a meeting with their child’s teacher to discuss their learning. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please email your child’s teacher and a time will be offered.