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Newman News Term 2 Week 6: From the Leader of Early Childhood

28 May 2021

Highlights from Past Two Weeks 

Simultaneous Storytime

Mr Finneran took Marian students on an adventure into outer space during National Simultaneous Storytime. The book “Give me some space” by Australian author Phillip Bunting provided students with lots of laughs (apparently Uranus is the smelly planet) and plenty of excitement. You can view the full reading here.  Thank you to Mrs Alison Le Dan for her coordination of the event and of course Mr Finneran for his very enthusiastic reading performance.

National Simultaneous Storytime 2021

Artist in Residence Program 

We are very fortunate to have secured West Australian textile artist, Tanya Cain Abbs as our Artist in Residence this year. Tanya worked with Year 2 students last week in creating a traditional Japanese resist art called ‘Shibori’. Students created a sample design using Indigo dye before completing a tote bag as their final product. These artworks will form part of the PK-12 Art Exhibition later this year.

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Pre Primary Liturgy

Thank you to our Pre Primary students and their teachers for the beautiful liturgy that they prepared and celebrated last week in St Cecilia’s Church. The children were very respectful and reverent.

Important Information For The Next Two Weeks

Kindergarten 2022 and 2023 

If you have not already submitted an enrolment application for your child to commence Kindergarten in 2022 or 2023, it is essential that you do so as soon as possible. It is still necessary to complete an application for each sibling, as they are not automatically enrolled.

Please contact our College Registrar, Jo Dunn registrar@newman.wa.edu.au to submit your application.

New Pre Kindergarten Class – Commencing 3 June 2021 

Due to strong demand, we will be opening a new Pre Kindergarten class on Thursday 3 June.

Pre Kindergarten is an excellent opportunity to expose your child to the routines of school and allow them to foster their social, emotional, pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills prior to commencing Kindergarten.

Pre Kindergarten students can select from a 1-day or 2-day program on Thursday and/or Friday.

Places are strictly limited, so if you would like to enrol your child into this new class, please contact Gabbi Muir on 9387 9900 or marianadmin@newman.wa.edu.au as soon as possible.

Justin Coulson: Happy Families Subscription

Below is an extract from a recent Justin Coulson ‘Happy Families’ email. Newman families are eligible for Justin’s online subscription, which is fully-funded by the College. I encourage you to utilise this great resource. Details on how to access this service can be found below the article.

A wise teacher once brought balloons to school, told her pupils to blow them up and write their name on one. After the children tossed their balloons into the hall, the teacher moved through the hall mixing them all up.

The kids were given a few minutes to find the balloon with their name on it, but though they searched frantically, no one found their own balloon.

Then the teacher told them to take the balloon closest to them and give it to the person whose name was on it. In less than two minutes everyone was holding their own balloon.

The teacher said to the children,

“These balloons are like happiness. We won’t find it when we’re only searching for our own. But if we care about someone else’s happiness it will ultimately help us find our own.”

I know that parents spend a lot of time helping their children find happiness. But this week I’m going to make a different suggestion. Talk to your children about who you can help as a family. Then go and do something for someone else.

Perhaps it’s a meal. Maybe it’s some gardening. Or you might just visit someone lonely and take some cake and a drink to share.

Step outside the regular routine and do something – with your children – for someone else. And watch how it lightens your load and brings happiness to your family.

Families can sign up for a Happy Families subscription by clicking here.