Newman News Term 2 Week 8: From the Leader of Mission and Catholic Identity

As we celebrate Champagnat Week, it is important to recognise the why in what we do.  Most of us are fortunate enough to have access to the basics of life and then some. This week, students were asked to donate $5 – $10 to support Marist Solidarity Australia and to think about how this contribution could make a difference to the life of someone else.  It is hard for us here in our context to understand the enormous impact that this small donation can have on the most vulnerable. $5 for us here at school means a sausage roll at the canteen. $5 for a child from Kuya means food for a week. $100 from one PCG means Netflix, Stan, Disney, online gaming for a month. $100 for Preda means getting access to education. $1000 for us means a new mobile phone. $1000 for Kuya, Preda and Fatima means being able to house young people in safety away from violence and off the streets.

Several initiatives and activities were run throughout the week to raise awareness for the Philippines including Kicks for Kuya, Staff vs Student Basketball game, Phun Ties, and the Philippines Expo. On Friday we had our PK-12 Prayer Service, Buddy Day and Guild activities to celebrate our connection to the Marist Story.

Your support of Champagnat Week and Marist Solidarity Australia is very much appreciated.

Champagnat Awards

At our Principal’s Assembly on Wednesday our Leaders of Wellbeing presented a student from their individual year group with the Champagnat Award. These students have embodied our Marist Characteristics, Love of Work, Presence, Family Spirit, Simplicity and in the way of Mary. They have all displayed commitment to the life of the College, students who as Marcellin said, ‘do good quietly’ and are never seeking public recognition. Please click here to view our award recipients.