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Newman News Term 2 Week 2: From the Vice Principal

30 Apr 2021

It was great to welcome our students to Term 2 last week. Their renewed energy and enthusiasm was evident. They have settled back into school life with ease, despite the challenges that restrictions presented. It promises to be a long and busy term and we encourage students to maintain their pace of study and focus, whilst also making time for friends, family and fun.

Thank you to all our teachers and staff members for the preparation and planning you have undertaken to ensure a smooth start to the term for our students.

ANZAC Day 

Across the College this week, we marked the significance of ANZAC Day by gathering as a community to respectfully celebrate our past and present service men and women. We acknowledged the sacrifice men and women made for the freedom and safety of others. Thank you to special guests, students and staff who led these services.

School Production – Little Shop of Horrors

Rehearsals have commenced for our 2021 production.  Families were emailed details regarding opening night. Our Auditorium will be transformed into a restaurant for a Dinner Theatre Experience. While our cast and crew dazzle in this energetic horror, comedy, rock musical; guests will enjoy a sumptuous three course gourmet seated meal, including a selection of beer, wine, and coffee/tea. Tables are limited, you will need to get it quick! Please click the link below and fill out the form to register your attendance. Standard theatre ticket packages will be released in the coming weeks.

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Parent Sundowner

It is with great sadness that we must inform all parents that the Parent Sundowner which was scheduled to be held on Friday 7 May at 5:00pm has been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. We wish to advise all ticket holders that they will receive a full refund over the coming days.

The next opportunity for all parents to come together will be at the Parents Soiree in Term 4 as part of the Newman College Arts Festival. Further details will be communicated in Term 3.

Newman Parents Consultative Committee Meeting (NPCC) – Monday 10 May, 7.00pm 

The NPCC meetings, convened by the Principal and attended by various members of the College Leadership Team, is a representative group, voice, and forum to gain insight into our school improvement plan and to discuss school concerns. The NPCC serves to help advance the best interests of those within our College Community. Whilst policy is determined and set by the College Executive and supported by the Advisory Council, the NPCC is a critically important group in providing input and feedback.

An invitation is extended to all parents and guardians to attend the next Newman Parents Consultative Committee Meeting. At the next NPCC, our Gifted and Talented specialist, Ms Lara Ognenis, will present the Newman College ‘SHINE’ program for gifted and talented students across the primary and secondary. It is an exciting space for the College, this program continues to enrich and extend student learning in inter-disciplinary and innovative ways.

Problem Solve It Immersion – Parent Information Evening – Wednesday 12 May

It is with great pleasure we announce the re-commencement of the Problem-Based Learning Immersion for students in Years 9 and 10.  Newman College has partnered with the Singapore Republic Polytechnic (RP) and the University of Western Australia (UWA) to offer our students a unique immersive learning experience. The 4-day immersion experience will run from Tuesday 13 July until Friday 16 July 2021, spending time in both Mandurah and the Perth CBD.

This opportunity will only be available to a limited number of students and will incur a cost. An information session will be held on Wednesday 12 May @ 5.30pm in the John Henry Learning Hub. Full details of the immersion, along with enrolment procedures, will be discussed at this time.

Please click here to register your attendance.

Fun Fact

Did you know that between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled? What if everything else doubled too, like number of years in formal schooling! As we evolve as humans, lifelong learning becomes an absolute necessity. Learning, in whatever form, helps us to remain challenged, happy, feeling alive and growing – all the days of our lives

Code of Conduct

The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

As a Catholic community we are committed to educating the whole person. In order to do this, we need to ensure a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The basis for this environment is that all in the community model what healthy, respectful relationships look like. The Code of Conduct is the definitive guide to the behaviours we want to model to, and expect from, our children and young people. We want to create a culture that assists our children and young people on their learning journey. We can only achieve such a culture in partnership with all who participate in our community. The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

A reminder to all families that the Code of Conduct can be accessed via the College website. The Code is mandated by Catholic Education Western Australia and the application of the code extends to all staff, students, parents, guardians, caregivers and volunteers.

Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As always, if students ever need support, they are encouraged to contact their Leader of Wellbeing, a College psychologist, Counsellor or classroom teacher.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensure confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours, and those College associated events outside of school hours are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Additionally, postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are bound by the Code of Conduct. We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a positive partnership that supports our students, your children.