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

05 Jun 2020

Reconciliation Week Highlights

Our College had a beautiful launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan to celebrate Reconciliation Week. Our plan is centered around building relationships with our local community and equipping our students to have a better understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and culture. The event was live streamed to over 2,000 people which included students, staff and many families from our broader College community. Click here to watch the launch.

Students engaged in a symbolic bridge walk from the Lavalla Campus to the Marcellin Campus in remembrance of the event that took place 20 years ago when over 250,000 Indigenous and Non-Indigenous People walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. During class students were introduced to Aboriginal art and the story of Stuart McMinn who crossed the bridge as a 15 year old boy. Mr McMinn, now 30 years old, recorded a message for our students that explained the significance of Reconciliation and used the analogy of a watch to explain how all Australians have a role to play in building positive, respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other Australians. Click here to watch a highlights video from Reconciliation Week.

Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat Celebrations

Saturday 6 June is the Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat. This year, our College community will be celebrating the Feast Day with a range of activities throughout Week 8. Please click on the link below to access the letter that outlines all of the details for the week. Our community will be fundraising for Australian Marist Solidarity and specifically, the Kuya Centre for Street Children. Families are being asked to donate $5-$10 to support this organisation that our students visit on the Philippines Immersion.

Download Champagnat Day Letter to Families 2020

Thursday Morning Community Mass

This week saw the commencement of our Thursday morning Community Mass. The College is committed to offering the Eucharist for our students during this time. This week saw students from the Lavalla and Marcellin Campuses celebrate the Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat. Next week, students in Years 8 and Years 4 will be hosting our morning mass.