Newman News Term 2 Week 6: From the Deputy Principal Wellbeing Secondary

Term 2 has been a busy time for secondary students with a variety of activities occurring throughout the term and ending with Semester One Reports. In recent weeks our senior students have undertaken exams while our Year 10 students embarked on their subject selection journey and began to identify pathways they would like to follow over the coming years. Our secondary staff work extremely hard to prepare our students for these moments and I would like to thank them for all their efforts. As we move towards the end of Term 2, I would encourage our students to continue to apply themselves and embrace the opportunities afforded to them.

Year 7 Humanities Incursion

“On Tuesday the 28th of May we met Ryka Ali, he lives in Cairns (Queensland), and travels around Australia teaching about Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander culture.

He showed us so many things such as hunting techniques, traditional clothing, traditional instruments, how to play the didgeridoo and we had the opportunity to learn traditional dances. We got told about how they live now and what it looks like, we also got told how they get the materials to make hunting tools.

He taught us words and phrases in his language and how songs and dances tell stories. He explained why you only see men playing the didgeridoo as it is bad luck for women to play. We got shown how they make paint and what the symbols mean on their bodies, and that they only ever wear it for traditional reasons or for very special events.

The best part was watching Ryka make the teachers dance like kangaroos.”

Written by Tiarn Clark & Lyla Kaaks

Business Breakfast

On Tuesday 28 May, Year 12 General Pathway students had the opportunity to engage with the wider world of work at Newman’s inaugural Industry Networking Breakfast.  Representatives from several industries generously volunteered to attend this event.  During breakfast, the students were able to hear the experiences of their guests, ask them questions about their industry, and explore possible future career pathways.

Newman College extends thanks to the following guests:
Jennifer Robinson (MACA Mining)
Matthew Miller (MACA Mining)
Mark Herbert (P&N Bank)
Paul McKeown (Williams Electrical)
David Hunt (Williams Electrical)
Joe Norling (Programmed Property Services)
Neil Pagett (Media Industry)
Marcus Dean (Building Industry)
John Wolfe (Building Industry)
Phil La Brooy (Hospitality Industry)
Michael Sullivan (Australian Defence Force)
Peter Robertson (Electrical)
Tom Brajdic (IT Industry)
Natasha Kriletich (Entrepreneurship)
Chris D’Agostino (Travel Industry)
We would also like to thank the guest speaker for the morning, Jessica Ranieri (Class of 2018).

Justin Farley

Parking/Pick Up 

A reminder to all parents and guardians to please abide by the parking regulations in the streets surrounding the College.  Unfortunately at times, some vehicles are blocking full access to surrounding streets and those parking on the verge are often a hazard on footpaths used by students and the public.  This is a particular problem around University Avenue.  Your support is appreciated, thank you.

Traffic Warden 

Last Friday was Leslie Porter’s last day as our Tuscany Way Traffic Warden.  We have been most fortunate to had have Leslie in this role for the past 12 years.  On behalf of the students and the College community, I would like to thank Leslie for his work with our students and ensuring they arrived and departed safely from our school.

Cyber Safety Seminars 

In Week 7 the College will be visited by Cyber Safety expert Susan McLean.  Susan spent 24 years in the Victorian Police Force before moving into the private sector. She is the author of multiple books on Cyber Safety as well as a frequent visitor to schools around the country. Our Year 7 to 9 students will be lucky enough to hear her speak about cyber safety and digital citizenship.  Please click here for information regarding Susan’s Cyber Safety presentation for parents called “Growing Up Online” which will be held in the Marist Auditorium at 7pm on June 12.

Newman College Career Subject Selection/ Careers Expo

All Year 10, 11 and 12 students are invited to the Newman College Career Subject Selection/Careers Expo taking place on Monday 24 June commencing at 3.15pm in the Auditorium.Representatives from Universities, TAFE, Training Providers, Apprenticeships, Defence Force, and a variety of employers will all be present and waiting to answer your questions.

For Year 10 students: Each Learning Area at Newman will have a display and the teachers will be present to help you with your subject selections.

Thinking about doing some work experience?

Newman College has an extensive program of work experience for Year 11 and 12 students.  This is run by an external company called Onsite.  Students interested in undertaking work experience are encouraged to attend the Onsite Information Evening taking place at Aranmore College (Leederville) on Tuesday 25 June commencing at 6.00pm.

Aspiring to work in acting, theatre, or performance art? 

Have you considered taking a “short course” at WAAPA? These are available over the school holidays and cover a wide range of areas. Please Click Here  for more information.

Notre Dame Early Offers 

Notre Dame University has a unique early offer program which allows students to secure a place at Notre Dame before sitting the ATAR examinations.  This program is open to Year 12 students who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or are making a significant contribution to their school or community.  Applications close on 31 July 2019.  The application process can take some time to complete therefore do not leave it to the last minute!
Find out more at:

Upcoming Careers Events

For a comprehensive list of careers events including advice sessions, open days, work experience opportunities and industry specific advice, please click on the link below;

Download Careers Opportunities

Year 12 Students

We wish to congratulate our Year 12 ATAR students who have been working hard completing their Semester One Exams.  We are very proud of their efforts and look forward to the rest of the year.
We also acknowledge the Year 12 General students who have finished their Externally Set Tasks and the Year 12 Alternative Program.  This program saw students participate in a range of mathematics, finance and leadership workshops with guest speaker Damian Martin addressing the group.  These students also had an opportunity to meet with business professionals from the community to discuss future workplaces and ask questions at our Industry Breakfast.

Thank you to all students, staff and parents who supported these initiatives.  We look forward to seeing the Year 12’s continue being strong role models to their peers and participating to the best of their ability in all aspects of their schooling #Uniteyear12

Rebecca Bramanto

From the Counselling and Wellbeing Team

Exam time can bring with it stress for many students. While this is normal and expected, it is important for students to develop positive coping strategies in order to maintain their wellbeing during these times and perform to the best of their ability. ReachOut is an Australian online mental health organisation for young people and their parents, providing practical support, tools and tips to help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times. ReachOut suggests the following tips for productive study;

5 Steps to Study Success

Not All Stress Is Bad
While it’s often given a bad rap, the right amount of stress can actually motivate you to get stuff done. The key thing is to recognise when stress has tipped over from being a motivating force to an overwhelming emotion.

20-Minute Study Rule
No one can study for six hours straight and be effective. Break up your time into twenty-minute chunks for the most effective use of your brain.

Say It Out Loud
The best way to really remember and learn is to talk about what you’re learning out loud, without using any notes.

Breaks = Good, Constant Distraction = Bad
Taking planned and timed breaks will help you remain on task, but checking your social media every 5 minutes is a sure-fire study fail. Research shows that it can take up to twenty minutes to refocus on your task once you’ve been distracted.

Sleep Is Your Friend
If you get a good night’s sleep before your exam, you are scientifically proven to retain more of what you studied the day before than if you stay up crazy late.
The counselling team is available throughout the Semester 1 exam period to support individual students with study and stress related concerns. Support can be accessed through the relevant Leader of Wellbeing.