Newman News Term 2 Week 10: From the Leader of Wellbeing Primary

As the end of Semester 1 draws to a close, it is important to take the time to recognise the many amazing efforts of students across the campus. Many students have much to celebrate, in not only their academic growth, but their social, spiritual, and emotional growth too. The end of the semester is a time for reflection, a time to celebrate achievements and a time to set new goals and aspirations for the remainder of the year ahead.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable break, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back soon.


Y3-6 reports will be available to access via Seqta on Friday 3 July, 4.00pm. See Newman News Term 2 Week 10: From the Vice Principal for information on how to access reports.

I would encourage all families to sit down and read their child’s report together. Take the time to celebrate success, commend your child on the positive aspects of the report and then make plans for how to improve even further. I would pay most attention to the ‘effort mark’ in each subject and the final page of the report which reports on your child as a person. In my experience many parents already take this positive approach to reports with their children but this is a story I have come to share each year with parents regardless.


This morning we celebrated our final assembly for Term 2. It was a great way to finish the semester and we were treated to a wonderful and entertaining assembly item from Mr Elliott and the Year 3 Blue class. Congratulations to all of the Merit Award winners. This week we celebrated those students who have really embraced the ‘Challenge’ aspect of the College’s Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery. If you missed our assembly click here to watch it via the College’s Youtube channel. I would also like to extend my special thanks to Mr Adam James and Mrs Dixie Johnstone who have worked behind the scenes all term to bring us our remote assemblies.

Marcellin Award

The Marcellin Award at Lavalla is presented at assemblies to one student selected by the Leadership Team from submitted nominations.

Congratulations to Samuel Sobon, Year 3 who was recognised for his leadership and selflessness. During Champagnat Week, students had the opportunity to dress in free dress and Samuel decided to use this opportunity to create his own special outfit for the day – one that carried an important message about recycling. Samuel, you have set a great example for others. You have shown that we all have the opportunity to make a difference, and it is simply a matter of how we choose to use those opportunities. You have shown others that even the smallest actions can have an impact on others. It is so pleasing to see leadership qualities in a person so young. Well done Samuel!

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Cross Country Carnival

Last Friday we were able to welcome the parent community back on campus for the first time this term as we celebrated the Cross Country Carnival. All students took part wholeheartedly and enthusiastically and it was great to see so many students encouraging and supporting each other. Congratulations to Knox faction who took out the carnival on the day! Click here to see the final results, age champions and more photos from the day.
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Surf Competition

Also last Friday, three of our Year 6 students took part in the Secondary Surf and Bodyboard Competition. Oliver Howson, Luca Vulinovich and Luca Chester all rose to the occasion on the day, paddling out with young men some twice their size in challenging conditions. Well done to Luca Chester and Luca Vulinovich who made it into the final, placing 1st and 4th overall respectively. An amazing result!
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Farewell Mrs Bulmer

This week our students and staff bid farewell to Mrs Jemma Bulmer, Health and Physical Education teacher, who is returning to Queensland with her family. Mrs Bulmer is someone who shows an unending love for her students and works tirelessly behind the scenes coordinating events and funding grants so that they can have great experiences.

Speak Up Finals

On Tuesday a number of students in Years 5 and 6 took part in the Speak Up Finals. Students were tasked to create a speech which would inform, persuade, or entertain an audience. Each student presented their speech to their class, with students eventually being nominated to take part in the finals. The six participants in the final were Oliver Groughan, Isabella Crisona, Ruby Hankinson, Samuel Wrona, Harry Dolan and Stella Martin.

Congratulations to Isabella in Year 5 Green and Samuel in Year 5 Red who placed in the top two positions. They did a wonderful job delivering their speeches with tremendous passion and humour. Well done to all students involved.