As all families would be aware, Mr Finneran is taking Long Service Leave during Weeks 8, 9 and 10 of this term. As Acting Principal, I have great pleasure in presenting a snapshot of important events in the life of Newman College over the past two weeks.
Last Friday, our College Community came together to celebrate the Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat, the Founder of the Marist Brothers and the inspiration of Marist education. The great joy of this celebration is in the gathering for prayer and communion with the Secondary School Mass being celebrated by Fr Israel Quirit and the Primary School Mass celebrated by Father Dinh Chinh.
At the conclusion of the Marcellin Campus Mass, a number of long serving PK-12 staff were acknowledged for their committed and dedicated service to Marist education.
Whilst the weather made plans for fun and festivities challenging, we were still able to come together with great family spirit. Friendships were formed amongst our Primary buddies and the Battle of the Bands showcased the gifts and talents of our students and staff from the Marcellin Campus.
My congratulations to our netballers who represented the College at the Marist Netball Carnival, hosted by Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College in Alice Springs.
I had the pleasure of travelling with the team to Alice Springs last Saturday and spent the first few days with them. As I experienced, and what continued to be reflected throughout the week, was that our students conducted themselves in an exemplary manner, both on and off the court. The display of great sportsmanship and Marist spirit ensured an enjoyable and memorable experience for all.
The girls played with determination and spirit and performed strongly in the Challenge round of competition. Players Georgia Condon (Year 12), Sarena Kriletich (Year 10) and Holli Johnson (Year 11) were awarded Player of the Day over the course of the Carnival. I extend my thanks to Marnie Fitzpatrick (Coach), Ella Rosher (Manager) and Team Captain Taya Voysey for their support, care and leadership of the team.
Winter Music Concerts
The Winter Music Concerts held this week so beautifully displayed our Vision for Learning ‘Shine through Discovery’, with students showcasing their amazing talents through music, song and the arts. Both concerts were of a particularly high standard and most entertaining. I am sure those who attended either or both concerts will join me in congratulating our students on their very fine performances.
Our Primary families were advised on 14 June that Mitchell Bristow, Head of Primary, has been seconded to St Thomas’ Primary School Claremont as Acting Principal for Semester 2 2019, commencing at the beginning of Term 3. This is a great recognition of Mitchell’s sound leadership of the Primary school within our PK-12 community.
The College will restructure its leadership provision in the Primary school to ensure strong leadership is maintained for the duration of 2019. Further and more specific information will be communicated to Primary families over the course of the next few weeks.
We wish Mitchell every success in his new role.