Newman News Term 1 Week 6: From the Leader of Wellbeing Primary


One of the privileges of working with young people is that you get to be a part of their growth and development. In fact, this is why teachers do what they do – there is no better feeling knowing you have impacted someone in a positive way. One of the ways we are trying to impact the students at Lavalla Campus this year is by developing their notion of leadership.

Many students think leadership is about ‘being the boss’, or as a concept exclusively reserved for Student Councillors. In fact, leadership is within the grasp of every student within this school. It is not about making grand gestures, it is about doing the small things right – like saying ‘I’ll try’ when given a challenge or helping someone in a state of need. It is about forging a path that other students can follow. I would encourage all parents this week to talk to their children about the many small things they can ‘do right’ over the next two weeks at school and for them to consider how they are contributing to the school community. Are their actions helping or hurting? Are they contributing to the chaos or the calm? It would be great to celebrate some of these examples in our next newsletter.

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Newman College Production; Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical
College Production

The College is proud to present Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical; coming to the Marist Auditorium in April 2020.

Adapted by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical is a story of a special girl with an extraordinary imagination and proudly features a cast and crew comprising students from Years 5-12. Click here to read the full synopsis of the story.

Matilda the Musical will be performed over 5 days:

  • Wednesday 1 April, 6.30pm
  • Thursday 2 April, 6.30pm
  • Friday 3 April, 6.30pm
  • Saturday 4 April, 1.00pm (Matinee)
  • Saturday 4 April, 6.30pm
  • Sunday 5 April, 1.00pm (Matinee)

Tickets: Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $80, Adult $29, Child/Concession $19

Click here to purchase tickets.


Congratulations to Mrs Zambonetti and the students in Year 5 Red who performed at our first Assembly of the year. They did a great job presenting a Learning Showcase of the year so far. A special congratulations must also go to all our Merit Award recipients this week. These students have obviously made a very positive start to the year and have worked hard to impress their teachers. Keep up the great work!

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Marcellin Award

Congratulations to Lauren-Rose Zvaunis (Year 4) who is the first recipient of the Marcellin Award for 2020.

Lauren was unable to participate in the Swimming Carnival, however she volunteered her time on the day to complete jobs for Mrs Bulmer and several other teachers. She spent the day as a runner between timers and recorder. She handed out morning tea and drinks, helped with equipment and any other odd jobs that were needed. All day she was beautifully behaved, helped enthusiastically with a positive attitude and was impressive by showing initiative where needed. Lauren also demonstrates these attributes in class with her enthusiasm, positive attitude and ability to work with all students.

Lauren, your actions demonstrate just what it means to be a ‘person for others’. Well done on your outstanding efforts and the leadership that you have demonstrated. You have set a fine example for us all.


This week I spoke to all students about how we are playing during Recess and Lunch. There have been some minor, but frequent instances of younger students getting inadvertently hurt while playing with older students. In light of this, students are to play within their year levels. This will also help students develop friendships among their peer groups which is very important to the social development of all children.