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

One of the greatest strengths of our College is the ability for our students to share celebrations across the breadth of all year levels. This past week saw students from Pre Kindergarten through to Year 12 recognise Australia’s first peoples and celebrate the rich culture that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples bring to our country. Throughout the celebration of National Reconciliation Week 2020 we focused on the theme “We are all in this together” to learn more about the stolen generations and the impact that this has had on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Our College’s Reconciliation Action Plan was launched with a special smoking ceremony that was attended by students across the three campuses; Isabella Battersby and Stella Parelli attended on behalf of Marian students. All classes watched the ceremony via live stream and discussed the important role that they can play in understanding, learning and celebrating the culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Other activities included a College wide ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ where students used artwork of hands to represent our connection and solidarity with the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation.


Pre Primary Blue hosted a fantastic and engaging assembly last Friday that showed us their learning around Julia Donaldson’s story “Stick Man” and the role that each member within their family plays. They also sang a beautiful song thanking God for making them just as they are.

Merit Award winners very excitedly received their awards which focused on our Pedagogical Pillar “Create”. It was great to see that there are so many students across the campus putting this pillar into daily action.

Marcellin Award

Congratulations to the following students who received a Marcellin Award in Weeks 5 and 6.

  • Ella Jones, Year 1 Red: For always displaying a positive attitude. Ella, you are a role model of reliability, kindness and maturity to your peers and teachers and display the Marist characteristics of ‘Presence’ and ‘Love of Work’ in everything you do.
  • Zak Martinovich, Year 2 Red: For welcoming new members to our community and always going above and beyond to make others feel included and part of the Newman College family.

The Marcellin Award at Marian Campus is drawn from submitted nominations each Wednesday morning at Prayer Assembly.

National Simultaneous Storytime

National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. 2020 marked its 20th year.

Our involvement in this event aims to:

  • promote the value of reading and literacy
  • promote the value and fun of books
  • demonstrate the enjoyment of reading across all ages
  • support our whole school strategic focus on literacy

This year, Mr Finneran read the story “Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas”, written and illustrated by Lucinda Gifford to our Primary students. Pre Primary Green students were lucky enough to join Mr Finneran live in the library for the reading, whilst other students joined the reading via an online meeting from their classrooms.

Kindergarten Enrolments – 2021/2022

We are currently finalising our enrolments for Kindergarten students in 2021 and 2022. There are a limited number of places available, so we strongly encourage any families who have not submitted an enrolment form for younger siblings, to please do so as soon as possible.

Furthermore, if you have friends or family members who are interested in pursuing an education at Newman College for their child, please advise them to complete an enrolment application promptly. Click here for more information about our Kindergarten program or contact the College Registrar via