This week our semester one reports will be released to families via SEQTA. There is a lot of time and effort that goes into preparing student reports, and I hope families can take some time over the holiday break to discuss the report with their child, and even set some goals or areas of focus for next semester. If I could, I would especially encourage parents to look at the ‘effort’ mark in the report as well as the values on the final page. This is the indicator of how much your child is working to their potential, and for many students, can often mean more than a letter grade. It is in indication of the effort, commitment, and attitude they have towards their learning – things that will matter long after the C’s & B’s are forgotten.
I will never forget in my first year of teaching in Kalgoorlie, a time when I was sitting with a family who opened their child’s report. After a quick scan of the letter grades, they quickly admonished their child for not doing better – a child who, although had struggled at times, had always given his best in class. While I am sure this came from a place of love and only wanting their child to succeed, it was heartbreaking to see all the hard work and efforts of this boy evaporate in a single moment. I really hope that families can find something to celebrate for their child this semester – to find something they are proud of and to be able to celebrate that pride and achievement with their child. Sometimes we need to remember that there are many ways children can let their light shine, and it is our job to try and see that too. Once you have celebrated, you can focus on the goals or areas for improvement – seeking to encourage our children to be the best learners and young people they can be.
I would like to thank all students for their efforts in the classroom this semester, and wish them all a safe, relaxing, and restful break.
Highlights from Past Two Weeks
Speak Up Awards
Last week, students across the campus gathered in the hall to observe the six amazing finalists in our Speak Up Awards competition. Students in Year 5 and 6 have been hard at work this term devising four-minute speeches with the purpose to inform, entertain, or persuade an audience. Students delivered these speeches in their classes, and for some students, again in front of their year level. Six students were then selected across both year group to compete in the final. A big congratulations must go to Thomas Van, Hamish MacGregor, Isabella Crisona, Liam White, Annabelle Adamini, and Harry Dolan for all their hard work and efforts in taking part.
Three students were awarded places on the day and will head through to the next round of the competition where they will compete against other schools. Congratulations to Harry, Isabella, and Liam on their success and we wish them all the best as the move forward into the next round of the competition!
Last Friday we were blessed with beautiful weather for our Cross-Country carnival. Students raced with great enthusiasm, and it was so pleasing to see so many students encouraging of on another. There were some fantastic displays if athletic ability on the day, and we were grateful to be able to welcome our parent community to attend too. Our winner of the Cross Country Carnival will be announced at our first assembly in Term 3. In the meantime, I hope you will join me in congratulating our age champions and runners up!
Year 3 boys
- 1st place: David Van der Walt
- 2nd place: Julian Cameron
- 3rd place: Hunter Bailey
Year 3 girls
- 1st place: Demi Boyce
- 2nd place: Amelie Santoro
- 3rd place: Amelia Scott
Year 4 boys
- 1st place: Stefan Moschopoulos
- 2nd place: Otis Keane
- 3rd place: Austin Cumberworth
Year 4 girls
- 1st place: Allegra Clark
- 2nd place: Jessica Avins
- 3rd place: Layla Bornmann
Year 5 boys
- 1st place: Luke Rombouts
- 2nd place: Dylan Hookway
- 3rd place: TBA
Year 5 girls
- 1st place: Kaydee Van Deventer
- 2nd place: Annabelle Adamini
- 3rd place: Livia Bogdanov
Year 6 boys
- 1st place: Jaspar Martin-Booth
- 2nd place: Liam Murphy
- 3rd place: Xavier Dunstan
Year 6 girls
- 1st place: Clancy Boss
- 2nd place: Chloe Rear
- 3rd place: Madelyn Bertolini
Please see update regarding reports from our Vice Principal here.
Important Information For The Next Two Weeks
Parent Teacher Interviews
Just a reminder to all families that our Parent-Teacher interviews will take place on Tuesday 20 July. The interviews are 3-way interviews and your child is invited to attend. These interviews are a valuable part of the collaboration process between teachers and families, and we encourage all parents to be in touch with their teachers. Students will return to school on Wednesday 21 July to commence Term 3.
Grooming & Uniform
At the beginning of this term, I spoke about the importance of wearing our uniform correctly and students being appropriately groomed coming to school, especially when it comes to our haircuts. I have since noticed around the school there are some very smartly dressed and well-groomed young men and women on our campus! I would like to extend my thanks to these students and their families for their support of our community, and to others who have been making an effort to wear their uniform with pride each day. With school holidays approaching, it is a good time to remind our boys especially of the standards for haircuts. Students returning to school in Term 3 must make sure that:
- hairstyles must be clean, neat and tidy
- hair should not be long enough that the fringe falls over the eyebrows
- hair should be of a consistent length all over (eg no undercuts, no long sweeps)
- hair must be of blade length number 3 or longer
- extreme hair styles and extreme changes of hair colour are unacceptable.
We really appreciate the support of students and families in helping to create a consistent, smart, and professional look for our school community.
UWA Research Project
The University of Western Australia (UWA) has an exciting opportunity for Newman College to participate in research.
The overall aim of the research project is to examine first impressions towards children with and without autism to better understand the social experiences of children and help understand the stigma towards children on the autism spectrum. Experiencing social rejection at an early age can be very difficult for children, and research suggests that one factor that may impact children’s social lives are first impressions.
First impressions can influence how we respond to unfamiliar people, and so understanding the factors that impact how first impressions are formed can be very valuable information in developing programs that foster social inclusivity. This study also investigates how adults form impressions of children because adults who work with children, such as parents and teachers, can have great influence on children’s social decisions.
The project encourages children to learn about first impressions with the message of inclusivity and acceptance of other children’s differences.
At this stage, they are inviting parents and their children aged 6-11 years to participate in this study and would appreciate any help from Newman College families on this project. The results of this current study will be used to inform the design of a later study involving children who are on the autism spectrum.
If you and your child are interested in participating, please follow this link to provide your consent and answer some questions regarding your child’s development: http://uwa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eJ83cMkCNuTJBZA
The link will also provide you with further information and guidance on how you and your child may participate in this exciting project.