Newman News Term 2 Week 2: From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians

Welcome to our first newsletter for Term Two, I hope that you had a safe and restful break with family and friends over Easter.

It is with great excitement that I write this newsletter as the new Principal of Newman.  I am honoured to become part of this community which has already given me such a warm welcome.  I am looking forward to becoming acquainted with students, families and getting to know the diverse Newman Community, finding out the strengths and talents of our students and helping our teachers to support our students in their learning journeys. 

I would like to thank Dr Lucie McCrory who was acting Principal in Term One.  Her professionalism and leadership was exemplary and to be commended as it was a very challenging term.  Mr Simon Martino supported Dr McCrory as acting Vice Principal and also showed exceptional leadership. 

I would also like to welcome new staff members and families to the College Community.  Best wishes for the term ahead and I trust the Marist experience will be a rewarding one.

Formation Day

Staff from Newman College, Bunbury Catholic College and St Joseph’s Northam gathered at Newman College on Monday 24 April for a joint Marist Formation Day. 

In 2023, we are invited by our Marist theme – Created and Called: a revolution of love and tenderness, to look at our lives and to see how we might better be the people that God has created and called us to be, the Marist Formation Team focused on this on the day.

Anzac Service

ANZAC ceremonies were held on Wednesday 26 April at each of the campuses. Each of the ceremonies highlighting the significance and importance of ANZAC day. We remembered and gave thanks for those women and men who served and for those they left behind.   The students led a respectful and reverent service and I sincerely thank the staff and students who were involved.  I also had the opportunity to speak with the students briefly and share my support of them in their Newman journey. One message that I want them to hear is that their personal best in whatever they do is always good enough, and it should be shared and celebrated

Y7-Y9 Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent, Teacher, Student interviews provide a formal opportunity for teachers and parents to discuss student achievements and progress.  Feedback was given along with actionable steps for students to meet their goals.  The hybrid model of both face-to face and online via Teams was well received by families

Y7-Y12 Guild Cross Country Carnival

Our annual Year 7 to Year 12 Cross Country was completed on Friday, it was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic runners on the day. Congratulations to all the students who participated,there were some superb performances. Thank you to the PE staff who organised the day and the students for their participation and efforts.  It was a fantastic day.

Year 12 Tie Ceremony

On Monday, Year 12 gathered in the Champagnat Chapel to receive their ties. This was another milestone moment in their Newman Journey and we took a moment to consider the significance of this event.

Year 6 Camp

The camp is a milestone event in the life of a Year 6 and both the students and staff entered into the adventure with great spirit and unity. I am sure Year 6 will have many stories to share and cherish from the great learning and community experiences they encountered on camp. Thank you to our staff, Delia Kretzman, Robyn Hatchett, Sarah Dalton, Justin Kirry, Marnie Fitzpatrick, Stuart McClorey, Marnie Fitzpatrick, Kathy Biancuzzo and Ryan von Bergheim who attended and for the work they did to make this a truly memorable event for all.

Events Ahead

We look forward to significant events occurring within the next few weeks which include Years 9-10 Singapore Immersion Trip departing this Saturday, Mother’s Day celebrations on Thursday 11 May and Friday 12 May, Years 7-12 Principal’s Assembly on Wednesday 17 May and Years 11-12 Marist Connect Night scheduled on Thursday 18 May.

Wishing our families all the best for the weeks ahead.

Andrew Watson