Newman News Term 2 Week 10: From the Vice Principal

Congratulations on a wonderful Semester One. As I look around the school, I can see that the community is ready for a well-earned break. Week 9 was one of the busiest in our calendar this year.  Students and staff should be commended on their participation, efforts and dedication to our community.  I hope that the holiday period is exactly what it needs to be for you and your family.  

We encourage all parents to consider the Christmas in July Parent and Executive function that is happening on the Friday 21 July, week one next term. It was a great opportunity last year for us to come together and enjoy festive food and drink, conversation, and fun. Further details are provided below.  

A reminder that our Year 10 Subject Selection Interviews are on Monday 17 July and Parent Teacher Interviews are on Tuesday 18 July. Further information has been emailed to families. 

Return to School – Term 3

Students PK-12 return to the College on Wednesday 19 July.  Please ensure students adhere to uniform and grooming expectations associated with our Winter Uniform. Refer to the College website for further information.

Year 12 Semester One Academic Tracking

Throughout your child’s senior schooling the College conducts significant academic tracking and mentoring to assist them in their pursuit of personal excellence and in achieving the WACE requirements for graduation. In relation to specific subject feedback, families are strongly encouraged to attend the Parent Teacher meetings on Tuesday 18 July, 2023.

The data collected from Year 11 and Semester One of Year 12, along with predicted ATARs for students completing the ATAR pathway, allows the College to determine whether your child is on track to achieve their WACE and entry into university (if applicable). For those students currently deemed at risk of not meeting the above requirements, students and families will meet with Mrs Beth Murphy (Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning PK-12) and Ms Gemma Beekink (Leader of Wellbeing Year 12) in the coming weeks, to discuss support and strategies that will assist in your child progressing towards graduation and reaching their post-secondary destination.

The College is committed to providing the necessary guidance and assistance to students and families and we look forward to working in collaboration with you to support the progress of your child.

Year 7 2026 Enrolments

The College is in the final stages of the enrolment process for the Year 7 2026 cohort. 

Families are reminded that if you have a child currently in Year 4 attending another school and you have not yet submitted an application for them, to contact the College Registrar, Miss Jo Dunn asap to request an application form 

All students (whether they have a sibling currently enrolled at the College or not) must go through the College’s enrolment process which includes; submitting an application and attend an interview. 


The last of the Academic Reports (Y7-9) will be live on SEQTA today at 4.00pm. We encourage parents to download a copy of all available reports from SEQTA. 

Should you require any assistance with SEQTA access, please contact Flora Hughes via email

2023 Religious Education Assessment (REA)

Catholic schools across Western Australia enrol students in Years 3, 5 and 9 to participate in a system-wide, online assessment in Religious Education. This assessment will take place in timetabled classes during Term 3, Week 3. Students following a regular classroom program are expected to participate. Exemptions may apply. 

The purpose of the assessment is to measure student learning of the content in the Religious Education Curriculum. Test items relevant to each participating year level are developed by the Religious Education Directorate at the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia. The test items consist of multiple choice, short and extended response. Formal student reports are produced and made available in Term Four. The reports from the assessment complement the school-based assessment programs in Religious Education. As a system-wide, online assessment, classroom teachers, school and system leaders are provided with a ‘point in time’ snapshot of student performance in Religious Education.  

Please contact your child’s teacher or me if you have any enquiries regarding the administration of the 2023 Religious Education Assessment.  

Uniform Review and Alignment Committee Meeting 

During the inaugural meeting of the committee, members engaged in discussions concerning the alignment of the uniform PK-12, specifically consistency and continuity. The participants shared and exchanged great ideas, recognising the importance of this endeavour. The positive attitude and enthusiasm expressed during the meeting confirms our motivation to collaborate, make progress, and tackle the challenges that lie ahead.   

Christmas in July

The College is delighted to once again be holding our parent and Executive function of Christmas in July on Friday 21 July @ 6.30pm in the St John Henry Learning Hub.  Please join us to celebrate at this parent only event. Enjoy mulled wine and Christmas ‘cold cuts’ as we connect and share our journey together in this community. Click HERE to purchase tickets. 

Performing Arts

20 July – 11 September

Term 3 will welcome the beginning of Catholic Performing Arts 2023, and we are delighted to have so many students involved in the instrumental and vocal sections as a soloist or ensemble member. 

Our magnificent tutors are in the process of sending out the detailed event and venue information for each section relevant to your child, this may be over email or a hardcopy.  In the interim, please use the link below to view the programme of events from July – September. 

Performing Arts Festival – Spirit of the Arts 

Program of Events 

Transport: Performances are located at various locations around Perth. Transport to these performance’s is the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian, unless communicated otherwise. (Ensembles – Concert Band, Concert Wind, Scherzando, Vivace and Chamber Orchestra will have return transport arranged by the College.  Students will depart and return from here). 

Tickets: Try Booking ticket sales for the Performing Arts Festival, opens on Friday 7 July

Further details regarding the festival can be found here:   

Please email should you require further information. 

Staff Changes Semester Two

Departing Staff 

Ramesh Naidu (Mathematics), Tayla Nichols (Primary Dance), Kaylee Bryer (Science), Russell Roberts (Mathematics), Andrew Oreb (Marketing) 

New Staff Term 3 

Matilda Sergeant (Mathematics), Sharee Hart (RE), Michelle Carroll (Lab Tech), Pamera Tee (Science), Lucy Taylor (Mathematics), Jennifer Smith (Admin Assist Curriculum & Relief), Joey Lim (EA), Kate Bartlett (EA). 

Thank you to our departing staff, for your dedication and commitment to your roles and the support of our students and staff.  We wish you every success in your new endeavours.   

We look forward to welcoming our new staff upon our return to school in Term three, Monday 17 July.