Newman News Term 2 Week 6: From the Deputy Principal Mission and Catholic Identity

On Thursday 6 June, Catholic Communities and Marists across Australia and 83 countries around the world celebrated the Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat, Founder of the Marist Brothers and Marist Education. As an Australian Marist community, we give thanks for the life, witness and commitment of the Marist Brothers and those committed to Marist education who have served in our community, and across Western Australia.

We give thanks in particular for the Marist Brothers currently present in Western Australia:

Br John Furlong – Community Leader, Churchlands Marist Brothers Community
Br Terry Orrell, Campus Minister (Churchlands Community)
Br Paul Murphy, Newman Teaching Staff (Churchlands Community)
Br Noel Hickey (Churchlands Community)
Br Nello Facci (Churchlands Community – Resident at MercyCare)
Br Richard Spain (Churchlands Community – Resident at MercyCare)
Br Max Middleton (Denmark, WA)

Please CLICK HERE to access a message prepared by Marist Youth Ministry Australia for the feast of Champagnat Day.

Please CLICK HERE to access the video message of the Superior General of the Marist Brothers, Br Ernesto Sanchez fms.

K-12 Celebrating Champagnat Day – Friday 14 June

To mark this very special day in the life of the International Marist Institute, our K-12 College community will be celebrating Champagnat Day across the College on Friday 14 June.

Download 2019 Champagnat Day Letter to Parents.3.2

We look forward to celebrating Champagnat Day as a K-12 community next Friday.

Archbishop’s LifeLink Primary Launch – Wednesday 5 June 2019

On Wednesday 5 June, Newman College hosted 478 students and teachers from 76 Primary Schools across the Archdiocese of Perth for the annual Archbishop’s LifeLink for Primary Launch. Visitors were welcomed by our Year 6 Student Council, with Ella Rose (Year 6) leading the Acknowledgement of Country, and the Year 5 and 6 Lavalla Dance Troupe sharing their Liturgical Movement piece titled: ‘Amazing’.

St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out

On Friday 24 May, 33 students from the Marcellin Campus (Years 7-12) attended the St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out. Students and staff participated in activities that looked at the facts around homelessness in Australia. Participants learnt that many issues and factors can affect a person’s access to a home, which contributes to the 116,000 people who find themselves homeless in Australia. Students and staff shared a simple meal of soup together before hearing from two Archdiocesan groups, including Mrs Carol Mitchell from the Justice, Ecology and Development Office and Mr Damian Walsh from Catholic agency, The Shopfront. Mrs Mitchell and Mr Walsh spoke about homelessness from two interrelated views, one being justice and the other being practical support and care.

Following a question and answer time, students began a Review of Life, following Joseph Cardijn’s – ‘See, Judge, Act’. To see the issue for what it is, judge it in light of the Gospels and faith and then to come up with actions that individuals and groups can take to address the issue. Before the evening concluded, students and teachers completed the See and Judge sections of the review and collectively agreed to meet again to complete the Act section. Following prayer, students and staff settled down for the night, some choosing to sleep on a thin mat, others sleeping directly on the floor. The short experience helped participants gain a greater understanding of the issues of homelessness and a small insight into rough sleeping. It was a great evening and we thank all of those who participated and volunteered to assist.

Year 9 Retreat – Friday 7 June

On Friday 7 June, Year 9 had the opportunity to share the day together as part of their annual retreat day. The day was hosted by the Youth Mission Team, and invited all our Year 9 students to consider more closely their relationships with each other, with God, and how they seek to actively build a vibrant community here at the College.

Student Reflection; “Today the inspiring YMT came to Newman College to do a meaningful and reflective retreat with the year 9’s. We looked at relationships with ourselves, each other and God and what we can achieve to become more connected to one another. Throughout the day the Team performed many skits that shared with us a lesson about being your best self. We also had the opportunity in small groups to share what experiences we have had in our lives. Towards the end of the day we had time to reflect with God and each other by lighting candles as a symbol of our prayers.

A big thank you to the YMT for giving up there time for us, helping us have a good time and sharing their experiences of God.”

By Hannah Stahl and Sydney Poor

Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Perth (December 8 – 10, 2019)

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

In December this year, Perth will be hosting Australian Catholic Youth Festival for all young people. Registrations are now open for Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2019. Newman College is looking forward to supporting this important event, which takes place every two years. Students form the College will be invited to participate in this event, and we look forward to the opportunity to showcase Perth to visiting Catholic young people from across Australia.

What is Australian Catholic Youth Festival?

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia.


The Australian Catholic Youth Festival exists to:

·         Provide a high quality formative and experiential opportunity for young Catholics to encounter Jesus Christ, in the context of the Catholic Church in Australia;

·         Listen to and discuss the issues and challenges in the lives of young Catholics in Australia;

·         Evangelise young people and empower them to be evangelists;

·         Provide young people with local examples and connections to vocations, social action, liturgy and prayer, Catholic music and catechesis.

You can learn more about ACYF by visiting the website:

2019 Marian Lecture: ‘After the Angel Departed – Seeking God: hints and glimpses of the God within’

The Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat hosted ‘The Marian Lecture’ on Tuesday 4 June in the Champagnat Chapel, Newman College. 87 Newman staff, parents, and members of the Archdiocese of Perth gathered for an encounter with international speaker, biblical scholar, author and award-winning poet, Dr Bonnie Thurston, who drew on the rich tradition of contemplation and how to be attentive to the God within.

Weekly Thursday Morning Community Mass (Champagnat Chapel – 8.10am – 8.35am)

All parents, guardians and families across our PK-12 College are invited to attend the weekly Thursday morning Mass. Our weekly Newman College Community Mass is an important way that we as a Catholic community seek to nourish and live-out our faith in community with one another.

24:7 Youth Group

For all youth in Years 6-12
St Joseph’s Subiaco every Friday 6.30pm – 8.30pm in the Parish Upper room
Call Aidan Walsh 0487 403 456 or Angela Firth 0455 960 174 for more information

Floreat Youth Group

St Cecilia’s Parish Centre, 47 Peebles Road, Floreat
Every Sunday from 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Call Sebastian on 0403 230 395 or Emma on 0412 310 019 for more information