Newman News Term 2 Week 2: From the Director of Mission and Catholic Identity

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, an important day for families to honour their Mothers and give thanks to their significant contributions to our lives. In the Catholic Tradition, it is no surprise that Mary has many titles, “Queen of Peace”, “Mother of Mercy”, “Help of Christians”, and in Marist Tradition, “Our good and loving Mother”. These titles describe who Mary has become for many throughout history and our own Mothers and Mother figures, give us a glimpse of these Marian qualities, in the way they continually say “Yes” to loving and helping us all be the people God is calling us to be. I hope all our students this Sunday remember this Mother’s Day to take extra care of their Mums, Aunties, Grandmothers and Mother figures who for every other day of the year never stop taking care of us.

Key Dates

College Calendar Link – In recent times, our school calendar has changed regularly. 

Marian Lecture

The Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat, in partnership with Newman College, warmly invites you to attend the 2022 Marian Lecture.

The theme for this year’s Lecture is Human Dignity – An Aussie Value? The lecture takes the form of a conversation led by Jesuit priest and human rights lawyer, Fr Fran Brennan and is open to the whole College Community. The theme explores upholding the dignity of all people and the implications for a just society where we are all proud to live.

This is a fantastic event to reflect on the 2022 Marist Theme “Known and Loved: Dignity for All” and encourage us to reflect in line with our Catholic Social Teaching on the dignity of each person and the most vulnerable in our world.

For more information and to register your attendance at this free event see information below:

Community Mass

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we are very happy to resume our Thursday morning Community Mass and invite all to join us. Mass begins at 8.10am in the Champagnat Chapel and concludes at 8.40am. From Thursday 12 May, the Mass will be open once again to all staff, students, families and community members and we look forward to seeing you there. Please see upcoming schedule below;

Thursday 12 May: Fr Ruben Cardona, hosted by Chisholm and Year 3 Red
Thursday 19 May: Fr Israel Quirit, hosted by Camara and Year 3 Green

Year 10 Reconciliation

On Tuesday 10 May, students in Year 10 will be participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Champagnat Chapel, as part of our Vision for Mission: to form Good Christians and Good Citizens.

This sacramental celebration will offer students an opportunity to reflect on their relationship with God, self and others and particularly focus on the parts of their life where they can grow and nurture their spiritual life.

Year 9 Gamechangers Retreat

Each Game Changers group takes part in an annual Retreat Day. These days are facilitated by Marist Youth Ministry and offer an opportunity for Game Changers to connect and build community with each other.

The program features three main sessions, with an opportunity for large and small group discussion. The aim is to energise students in their ongoing journey as well as allow space and time to gather and plan for their leadership and service opportunities within and beyond the school context. 

“The Gamechangers retreat day was excellent! Comprised of three workshops, the day focused on communication, leadership, solidarity, and faith. Each of these workshops taught us life skills and we learnt more about each other, whilst playing fun games and having a laugh with peers, teachers and the facilitators. We learnt what life was like for people in less fortunate countries, who had to go through so much just to get their freedom and basic needs, which we generally take for granted. All in all, it was a really fun day!”

Kevin Xanthis, Year 9

Year 3 Reconciliation Retreat

The Year 3 Unit completed their preparation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at their Retreat Day on Thursday 5 May. 

Led by the 24:7 Youth Ministry Team, and assisted by specially trained Year 10 students, the Year 3’s gained a deeper understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and were given an opportunity to reflect on their relationship with God, with others and with themselves.

It was super fun!

“We watched funny videos and learned about God and Reconciliation”
Year 3 Green

The best game was Stuck-in-the-Mud

“One thing I learned is that when we go to Confession we come out all clean!”
Year 3 Red

We played lots of games

“My leader’s name was Julia. She’s really nice. She likes hanging out with us.”
Year 3 Blue