Newman News Term 2 Week 6: From the Director of Mission and Catholic Identity

Key Dates

College Calendar Link – In recent times, our school calendar has changed regularly.

Year 8 Retreat 

On Thursday 26th of May the Year 8 cohort came together to enjoy their Retreat Day.  

The challenge was put to them to be the best year group involved in this and the team from 24/7 Youth Ministry could not stop saying how impressed they were with our young people and how well they engaged and gave everything a go with 110%. 

I spoke to the students before the day started and explained this is part of our faith story and our mission to create good Christians and good citizens. We are all walking the path, just at different speeds and distances. 

I had the pleasure of spending the day with the Year 8’s and could not be prouder to be their Leader of Wellbeing. The activities were fun and it was great to hear the laughter and see the students’ smiles all day. When asked to reflect and carry out activities in silence, they did so. 

Speaking to the students, the feedback I had from them was that it was a really enjoyable Retreat. They enjoyed the way the 24/7 Youth Ministry team delivered the day and it was presented by people not too much older than them which was good too. 

Again, I need to praise our Year 8’s on how well they did and how well they are going this term. I look forward to the rest of the year and seeing them grow even more. 

Scott Smith, Leader of Wellbeing Year 8 

Br Bill Sullivan’s Visit to Newman College 

As part of our commitment to formation for staff in 2022, Br Bill Sullivan, Director of the Hermitage in Mittagong, visited all 3 Campuses of the College this week. His visit provided a very valuable opportunity for staff to engage in some spiritual nourishment and care for the soul. The visit was aligned to our Strategic Directions ‘A Catholic School in the Marist Tradition’ and offered staff an alternative formation experience. 

Champagnat Day 2022 

Staff and students are busy planning for June 17 when we will celebrate the Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers and of Marist Education.  

Our K-12 College Community will gather to celebrate Champagnat Day with a Mass and various fete activities, proceeds of which will go to Australian Marist Solidarity. As one of 52 Marist schools across Australia, the Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat is an opportunity to gather, give thanks, and to celebrate our shared Marist identity.   

More details about this important even in our calendar will be sent to parents in Week 7. 

Community Mass 

Our weekly Community Mass continues each Thursday in the Champagnat Chapel and staff, students, families and wider community members are warmly invited to attend. The Mass commences at 8.10am, concludes by 8.40am and is celebrated by a Priest from a local parish. Each week the Mass is hosted by both primary and secondary school students. Please see the upcoming schedule below; 

Thursday 9 June; Fr Emmanuel-tv Dimobi, Marcellin and Year 5 Red 

Thursday 16 June; Fr Ruben Cardona, Catherine and Year 5 Blue 

Thursday 23 June; Fr Israel Quirit, Thomas More and Year 5 Green 

Introducing Issy (centre) our new Regional Marist Youth Minister. Issy has undergone training with Edwin (right) and Aleisha (left) at Newman this week. We look forward to seeing her more around the College working with our students.