Newman News Term 2 Week 2 – From the Head of Primary

As we start the second Term of the year and move into the month of May, we are reminded of the love and compassion of Mary our Good Mother. The students had an exceptional start to the term, coming back from holidays rested and ready for the challenges ahead. At Newman College we create collaborative learning spaces to maximise our students’ ability to interact with each other through discussion, modelling and feedback which promotes creativity. This is clear in the play-based environment of the Marian Campus where our youngest students are learning social skills that will underpin their learning in the future. This term, the students will focus on empathy, learning to understand another person’s perspective or to walk a mile in their shoes. As a proud Marist College, Mary is always our example in developing empathy and promoting wellbeing for all.

ANZAC Services

Lavalla Campus

On Friday 3 May, the Year 6 students commemorated the Spirit of the ANZAC’s at a ceremony in the Marist Auditorium. The students led a respectful and reverent service in memory of those who served in the armed services for Australia and New Zealand, calling to mind those who are also currently serving in peace keeping missions across the world. Joining us from the Army was Warrant Class Officer Class 1, Damien Liddell and Abler Seaman Joshua Abbot representing the Navy. It was remarkable to see how our young leaders truly honoured this important event.

Marian Campus

The students from the Marian Campus made cards of remembrance for those who served our country. Sub-branch RSL President Rick Green graciously received the handmade ANZAC cards which will be sent to Defence Force personnel that are currently serving overseas.

Year 6 Camp

“The Year 6 students enjoyed an action-packed camp full of fun, laughter and friendship at the Forrest Edge Adventure camp in Waroona. We were challenged to “expand our paradigm” to overcome our fears and branch out of our comfort zone. We developed leadership skills based on teamwork, confidence building and were challenged to take on responsibility and practice self-management. Some of the many highlights were abseiling, kayaking and the incentive course. Thank you to the amazing Forrest Edge staff and teachers for working with us.

Ella Nguyen, Alexia Carbone, Maya Prtenjaca, Addison Blizzard, Lela Do, Year 6 students

Click here to see more photos from camp.


Over Weeks 3 and 4, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be completing NAPLAN. Aside from Writing in Year 3, students will be completing NAPLAN online.

It is essential that students come to school with their devices fully charged and working. This includes having the NAP Locked Down Browser installed and a pair of plug in headphones.

There will be catch-up sessions throughout the week if students are absent.

Any questions can be directed to the classroom teacher at Lavalla Campus and Leader of Wellbeing at Marcellin Campus.

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Gifted and Talented Mathematics Challenge

This week, selected students took part in the Australian Maths Trust (AMT) Maths Challenge. The Maths Challenge is a problem-solving activity aimed at stimulating those students with a particular interest in mathematics in their year level. Students receive a problem book containing four problems and are required to present written solutions to as many of these problems as they can. We wish the team all the best.

Year 2 Flexible Learning Space

The Year 2 collaborative learning space has been full of excitement in these first few weeks back at school. Discovering the forces that move toys and objects and learning about children’s rights in health. Learning together as one class!

Waste Wise Audit

On Friday 3 May, the Years 4 and 5 classes attended an incursion by the City of Stirling Council about their waste program. The presenter, Cara, taught students what they should do with their rubbish by using the three bin system. Everyone received a gift bag of a sandwich container, a pen with woolly hair and a leaflet to remind us about how we should recycle. It was very educational and made the students think twice when throwing their rubbish away.

Save the Date – Primary Parents Social Night

The Primary Social Committee are reaching out to the community for sponsorship and prize donations for the upcoming social night. To contribute towards the “wine wall”, donations will be gratefully accepted at both Lavalla and Marian receptions. Please contact Kara Edwards if you are interested in becoming an Event Partner

School Photo Days 2019

A reminder that the School Photo Days are taking place on:

Students must bring their photo order envelope on their designated photo day (whether purchasing photos or not) as the camera links to the bar code on the order envelope.

Marcellin Award

Congratulations to the following student who received a Marcellin Award in Week 2:

Vivienne Porter, Year 1: For keeping our playground tidy of rubbish #LoveofWork

The Marcellin Award at Marian Campus is drawn from submitted nominations each Wednesday morning at Prayer Assembly. At Lavalla Campus, the Marcellin Award is presented at campus assemblies to one student selected by the Leadership Team from submitted nominations.

Mothers Day

We wish all our mothers and those who are mother-figures in our community a wonderful Mothers Day on Sunday. May you be blessed with the love of your family and friends on this special day.

Thank you to the Primary Social Committee for providing all our mums a coffee and breakfast at the Marian campus. This was followed by a beautiful Liturgy hosted by our Year 1 students and Fr Kaz.

Mothers will be offered a coffee by the Primary Social Committee at the Lavalla Campus on Monday 13 May followed by the prayer assembly hosted by Year 5 Red.

Run Club

There was a great turnout at Run Club this week as we started the Term 2 fitness program. The Lavalla students were in fine form and we encourage everyone to come and join us on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7.00am. Breakfast is served to the runners at the end of the session.

Kindy Speech Screening Information Session

Our Kindy parents attended a Speech Screening Information Session this week to learn more about how we support our students to develop their speech. The session was led by Jeanette Morley and Sandra Gerbaz who conduct the speech screening process at the College.

Homework Club and Coder Dojo

Homework Club and Coder Dojo will recommence in Week 3. Homework Club is on Monday from 3.30pm – 4.30pm in the Lavalla Library and Coder Dojo is held on Tuesday from 3.30pm – 4.30pm in the Lavalla Multipurpose Rooms.