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Newman News Term 2 Week 8: From the Head of Primary

21 Jun 2019

Champagnat Day

Friday 14th June saw our primary students come together at the Lavalla Campus for Buddy Day to celebrate St Marcellin Champagnat’s Feast Day (June 6th). Wet weather certainly did not dampen the spirits of our Marian and Lavalla students who enjoyed partaking in Marcellin Activities with their buddies in the morning and were still able to enjoy some time outdoors in the afternoon, playing with sport equipment and exploring the animals in the Petting Zoo. The K-6 Mass held in the Gymnasium was a highlight of the day, with the primary campuses coming together to reverently celebrate our patron’s Feast Day with Father Chinh. This was Father Chinh’s first time leading the entire primary school in celebrating the Eucharist and it was a lovely Mass! CLICK HERE to see more photos from the day’s celebrations.

We can’t wait for our next Buddy Day celebrating the Feast of the Assumption!

iPad Use 

Parents are reminded that students at Lavalla are only permitted to use their iPads under direct teacher instruction and that students are not permitted to use their iPads before or after school without this direction. All students understand that iPads must travel to and from the classroom safely in their school bag.

Parents are further encouraged to establish and maintain expectations of iPad use at home. A reminder that messaging apps are not required for use at school and therefore parents may choose to remove those apps from student devices. If you do allow your child to utilise these apps, we strongly encourage close monitoring and the implementation of rules around their use. A further reminder that should parents need to get communication to students during the school day, the expectation is this will come via the office where a message will be directed to your child, please do not directly message your child via their device. They will be breaching school iPad expectations if they respond to you during the school day.

Marcellin Award

Congratulations to Griffin Chester from 2 Blue who earned this week’s Marcellin Award on the Marian Campus.  Griffin has been recognised for sticking up for a friend who was being excluded and making sure they were able to join in. Well done Griffin!

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.

Year 2 Sustainability Incursion

Bunnings came to visit Newman College to help the Year 2’s learn about sustainability. We worked together to plant some winter herbs and a lemon tree. Now the Year 2’s will look after our garden to help grow produce to share in our ‘Fitness Friday’ exchange program. For more photos please CLICK HERE.

Interschool Sport 

Our Year 6 Unit continue to participate in this term’s interschool fixtures competing with IPSHA schools in the sports of hockey, soccer, netball and Australian Rules Football. Our Year 6’s represent Newman College proudly when playing both away and at home, and they are eagerly looking forward to the full day carnival which will take place on June 27th at John XXIII College.

Our continued appreciation and gratitude goes to those parents who have helped out all term and will again at the carnival. Parents are also welcome to attend as spectators next week – we love to hear cheering for Newman College!

Workout Wednesday 

Mrs Pugh and Ms Sankar have begun a ‘Workout Wednesday’ club at Lavalla Campus on Wednesday mornings. Students attending have loved starting their wintry morning with a warm up and enjoy exercising with students across Years 3-6. Anyone wanting to attend can meet Mrs Pugh and Ms Sankar on the basketball courts on Wednesday mornings at 7.45am in their sports uniform and are encouraged to bring a bowl and spoon if they would like to follow their workout with a bowl of cereal.

Please CLICK HERE for a round up of our sports news including Beep Test results!

Winter Music Night  

On Tuesday 18th June, students from the Lavalla Campus participated in the Winter Music Night held in the Marist Auditorium. We enjoyed performances by the Year 3 Choir and Year 3 Strings, Lavalla Choir, Lavalla String Quartet and Lavalla String Ensemble, as well as excellent individual performances by student musicians across Years 4-6. The evening was a wonderful celebration of the many musical talents of our Lavalla students and was a credit to their tutors, directors and Performing Arts leadership at Newman College. Thank-you also to all the parents who support their children in their musical endeavours.

Little Discoverer’s Playgroup 

The second session of our Newman College Playgroup was hosted this week. Mrs Rebecca Rose facilitated the playgroup session for children 0-3 years and their parents. Participants enjoyed a range of developmentally appropriate activities such as play dough, collage, dance, song and story time. The Playgroup has been incredibly popular and the College is currently exploring options around additional sessions being offered in Term 3. We look forward to welcoming new and existing families to the playgroup sessions and providing a further opportunity for families to be involved in our dynamic and child-centred community.

Primary Social Committee Quiz Night

On Friday the 7th of June, Primary Social Committee hosted their ‘Night of Nights’ Music Quiz Night fundraiser at the Marian Campus Hall.  The evening was a great success and a wonderful time was had by all in attendance. Thank-you to everyone who bought tickets for supporting our Primary Social Committee, and thank-you especially to the organisers and helpers on the night.

Cyber Safety 

On Wednesday 12 June, Susan McLean ran a CyberSafety session for parents at the College.  Susan is ‘Australia’s foremost expert in the area of CyberSafety’.  Serving 27 years as a Victorian Police Officer, she has been awarded numerous awards including The National Medal, the National Police Medal and the Victorian Police Service Medal.  She works with numerous governments and sporting groups such as the Federal Government’s CyberSafety Working Group, Cricket Australia and the AFL.

Susan’s parent module focused on making parents aware of the dangers facing young people today and looking at effective parenting techniques that can be implemented.

With the fast pace of technological development, Newman College is extremely grateful for the time Susan has spent at the College and we are certain that students, parents & staff have taken away many useful points from her work.

If you would like further information on Susan McLean, she can be followed on Twitter @Cybercop1 or on Facebook as Susan McLean – CyberSafety Expert.  Susan also operates her own website cybersafetysolutions.com.au