Newman News Term 2 Week 6: From the Head of Primary

At Newman College we foster creativity by promoting a growth mindset allowing students to achieve to their full potential. Staff have been trained in developing a growth mindset and research proves this way of thinking significantly benefits student learning. A growth mindset, a differentiated curriculum and our Vision for Learning allows each student to achieve success at their level, develop in confidence and be challenged while at school. In Year 1 this looks like students creating tallies, graphs and making predictions about favourite ice-cream flavours and in Year 6 it looks like students designing a device to detect natural disasters.

Fitness Club – Lavalla 

Last Wednesday, Lavalla students enjoyed the inaugural Fitness Club run by Mrs Pugh.  The students skipped, ran and took part in a fitness circuit.  This will run every Wednesday starting at 7.45 am.  All are welcome.

Retreat Confirmation Year 6

The Year 6 students completed their preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at their Retreat on Friday 31 May.  Led by the 24:7 Youth Ministry Team, the students looked deeply at the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.  We support our Year 6 students with prayers as they complete their initiation into the Church.

“I found the Confirmation Retreat very informative.  We split into small groups and would always come back together to revise what we had learnt in each session.  We watched movie clips on the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we could see real life situations where each were used.  After each activity we played some sort of game to loosen our minds.”   Stefan Constantine

“On Friday at the Retreat we learnt about the Sacrament of Confirmation.  I had a great day and I found it very interesting.  We played a lot of fun games that everyone enjoyed.”   Maria Ledger

“I learnt heaps of new things about Confirmation at the Confirmation Retreat and had so much fun. The leaders were nice and funny and I hope we will see them again.”  Sophia Nardi and Olivia Lim

Holy Communion Retreat 

Our Year 4 students participated in the Holy Communion Retreat on Thursday 6 June led by the 24:7 Youth Ministry Team. This completes their preparation to receive the Sacrament and we wish them all the best as they will be able to participate fully in Mass. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and working with the Youth Ministry Team.

Reconciliation Week 

Students were immersed in Reconciliation as they prayed for all Australians to unite for our future. Each campus held a prayer assembly focusing on this year’s theme for Reconciliation Week “Grounded in Truth”.

Miss Sankar also created the Aboriginal flag made of the hand print of every Lavalla student containing a message of hope.

Marcellin Award

Congratulations to William Raats in Year 1 who has been recognised with a Marcellin Award for his hard work and commitment in keeping the school grounds clean by picking-up rubbish at lunchtime.

Isabel Burton from 3 Blue is this week’s worthy recipient of the Marcellin Award on the Lavalla Campus. Isabel has been acknowledged by numerous members of staff as someone who works hard, gives 100% effort in all situations and sets a great example.

Isabel actively volunteers to help others both in and out of the classroom. She is willing to support her classmates while still ensuring her own work is completed. Isabel quietly goes about getting a job done without thought of acknowledgement or reward. She uses her initiative and always offers help if someone is injured or unwell.

Isabel is always happy to include anyone in games and activities. She are valued by others as a group member because she shows excellent leadership skills while also remaining humble and allowing others to take the lead as well. Isabel also celebrates her peers’ gifts and talents.

The Marcellin Award at Marian Campus is drawn from submitted nominations each Wednesday morning at Prayer Assembly. At Lavalla Campus, the Marcellin Award is presented at campus assemblies to one student selected by the Leadership Team from submitted nominations.

Bushland at Lavalla 

When walking home from school, students should not cross through the bushland between the Lavalla Campus and University Avenue.  We encourage parents to use the Kiss and Ride facility provided where staff are on duty.


On Thursday 6 June, Year 6 were involved in a STEM activity called TINKERING.  Tinkering gives students the opportunity to be creative, think critically and collaborate in an inquiry-based approach to STEM-rich learning.  The day allowed our Vision for Learning “Shine through Discovery” to be present as the students took apart various electronic devices, labelled the parts, and noted the purposes and complexities.  Students then used the parts to create a natural disaster detector.  We were very fortunate to have Year 6 parents and grandparents assisting the students.

Newman Parents – Cyber safety 

Parents are invited to the next Newman Parents Event on Wednesday 12 June in the Marist Auditorium.  Guest Speaker Susan McClean will discuss how parents can support their child to navigate the digital world. Please click here for more details.


Pre-Primary Green were the winners of the Golden Gnome this week as they presented their assembly item on how we are striving to improve our sustainability here at the Marian Campus.  Each class has a Gnome to remind them to recycle, save power and save water.  The class recognised as making the biggest achievements in these areas receives the Golden Gnome and look after it for the week.

Positive Mindset 

At Newman College we strive to promote a positive culture to promote student learning. An area focused on by the College Councillors and Social Worker is the impact of negative self-talk. Please click here to access information that discusses this issue.

Parking/Pick Up  

A reminder to all parents/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.