Newman News Term 2 Week 8: From the Leader of Wellbeing Primary

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As school leaders and teachers, we are responsible for introducing our students to technology and learning tools that add value to learning experiences, develop skills in our students for a fast paced, agile world and to educate and teach principles of digital citizenship and eSafety. We recognise the complexities of managing student behaviour, expectation and screen time; both at school and at home.

We are currently planning and preparing our Wellbeing program for Semester Two with the intent to provide support, education and strategies to parents regarding our curriculum, learning with devices and managing student screen time. We recognise the disruption that COVID-19 has had on our parent engagement opportunities and parent teacher collaboration and look forward to working in partnership more closely regarding these important topics in the Term ahead.


Last week we celebrated a large number of students who received merit awards. Congratulations to these students and the great efforts they have been giving both inside and outside of the classroom over these last few weeks. It is very encouraging to see so many students doing so well! Our final assembly for the Term will be held in Week 10 on Friday 3 July and will feature an assembly item from critically acclaimed director Mr Elliott and the Year 3 Blue class.
Merit Awards

Marcellin Award

The Marcellin Award at Lavalla is presented at assemblies to one student selected by the Leadership Team from submitted nominations.

Congratulations to Ty Patterson, Year 6 who received this fortnight’s award. Ty was nominated by his teachers for the outstanding way he conducts himself in all aspects of school life. He is polite, respectful, and is always giving his best efforts. Ty goes out of his way to help others at all times, and his actions and behaviour reflect the Marist qualities we so often hope to see in our students. He should be very proud of his efforts and the fine young person he is becoming.

Champagnat Week

This week the College has been very active in celebrating Champagnat Week. Marcellin Champagnat was a man who saw a need not just for the education of young people in his community, but also to love them. Click here to read a full overview from Simon​ Martino, Leader of Mission and Catholic Identity.

Student Voice

Last week, students from Year 5 met with Mr Finneran and Mr Martino to discuss the possibility of having bench seats outside the Years 5 and 6 classrooms (on the oval side of the campus). Students had to prepare a letter to Mr Finneran which linked in with the persuasive letter writing unit they were doing in class with Mrs Zelich and Mrs Hatchett at the time. Students were then invited to meet with Mr Finneran to present their case in person. We are so glad to be able to give students the opportunity to voice concerns or suggestions here at Newman College and to recognise the important contributions they have to make to our community.

Cross Country Carnival

Students have been training hard for the upcoming Cross Country Carnival, taking place on Friday 26 June. The College has however had to make a few changes to ensure we meet the current COVID-19 guidelines. Please click here to access this information.

Approximately 8-10 parents are required for this event. Please email Jemma Bulmer if you can assist on this day

Farewell Mrs Bulmer

At the end of this Term we will farewell Mrs Jemma Bulmer and her wonderful family. Mrs Bulmer has been our Physical Education teacher for the last twelve months and has done a wonderful job in guiding students to challenge themselves in all things sports related. We will dearly miss her loving and kind nature and the selfless way she approaches everything here at the Lavalla Campus. This means of course that Mrs Bulmer will be unavailable for parent interviews at the beginning of Term 3. If families would like to discuss the progress of their child in the physical education learning area, please email to arrange a time with her next week (Week 9).