Newman News Term 2 Week 8: From the Vice Principal

Last weekend the senior leaders interviewed a number of applicants for our 2025 Year 7 cohort, currently in Year 4. In speaking with the families, we reflected on what life will be like for these students, who will become the Graduating Class of 2030. Whilst this feels like a long way away, it is only a small speck in the 150 years of Marist education that has been occurring in Australia.  

Today’s Champagnat Day was a wonderful celebration of our Marist Brothers, their contribution to our school and the characteristics that they stand for, such as Love of Work, Family Spirit, Presence, Simplicity and in The Way of Mary. These characteristics permeate all aspects of College life, assisting our students to develop into good Christians and good citizens.  

This year we recognised one student from each year group and two staff members in our community through an annual Marcellin Champagnat Award, presented with both a certificate and the Marist icon of a silver heart on fire. We also recognised one staff member in our community who embodies our Marist characteristics. Champagnat Awards were presented to: 

KOscar Mooney6Tayla Berghan
PPGenevieve Luxford7Mitchell Pappas
1Cristian Cameron8Grace Bradshaw
2Leonardo Andrzejewski9Amelia Ng
3Madelyn Moyes10Charlotte Laurent
4Jack Edwards11Indiana Lummis
5Mya Cantelo12Molly Bradshaw
 Staff Member Staff Member
PrimaryAlison Le DanSecondaryJill Dickinson

Individual citations can be found here

Term 3 Pupil Free days 

  • Monday 18 July – Staff Formation Day 
  • Tuesday 19 July – K-12 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews 
  • Friday 12 August – Staff Professional Learning 
  • Monday 15 August – College Closed Faith Day 

Staff Movements 

Our new Leader of Wellbeing Sarah Ellam joined the community this week. Sarah had an opportunity to speak with our Year 10 parents and students at the Careers Expo on Monday evening. Joanne Smith also joined us this week as a secondary Humanities and English teacher. Lisa Webb from our Health and Physical Education learning area in the secondary school will be leaving us today. Lisa will explore AFL opportunities for herself and her family over east. Lisa plans to take the rest of this year and next year off. We wish her the very best in her endeavours and look forward to seeing her return in future years. Matilda Sergeant has been with us as a relief teacher this term and will be formally taking over Lisa Webb’s classes from next week.  

Removal of COVID-19 vaccination mandate 

The WA government announced that from 10 June 2022, the mandatory vaccination policy would be updated in line with health advice. This means that staff in schools and residential facilities will no longer need to be vaccinated. 

The triple dose vaccination requirements only remain in place for those working in healthcare and health support, workers in residential aged care, and workers in residential disability settings. As you know students are not required to be vaccinated, however if your child is on a work placement at one of these settings, they will need to continue to comply with the industry/business requirements at that workplace. 

The change also means that parents and carers who regularly visit, volunteers, third party providers and contractors are not required to be vaccinated to enter a school or residential facility. 

It is also important to remember that the removal of the vaccine mandate does not mean the pandemic is over. We continue to follow health advice and COVID-19 safe protocols, such as staying home when sick, wearing a mask as required, taking a daily RAT when identified as a close contact, and having good hand hygiene. I encourage you to visit the HealthyWA website for further information about COVID-19. 

Thank you for your support. 

Christmas in July – Friday 22 July 

Save the date! The College will be running a parent engagement event from 5.30pm – 7.30pm on Friday 22 July. The event will be themed ‘Christmas in July’. We look forward to seeing many of our parents join us in the Marcellin campus for Christmas in July drinks and canapes. Further information will follow.  


The next NPCC meeting is scheduled for Monday 20 June in the JHN Learning Hub on the Marcellin Campus, 4.30pm to 5.00pm for afternoon tea and 5.00pm to 6.00pm for the meeting. Agenda items include the reframing of the NPCC, to the Newman Parents Committee, our parental engagement group for PK to Year 12, our upcoming Parent Event ‘Christmas in July’ and the Homework Club Revitalisation Plan.   

Expressions of interest are being called for parents to join the Newman Parents Executive Committee.  Please use the below link. 

Expression of Interest NPC and Executive  

Semester One Reporting Update 

Year 10 reports will be released live on SEQTA on Monday 27 June @ 4.00pm and not Tuesday 21 June as previously advised.  

All other reports from Kindergarten through to Year 12 will be released live on SEQTA on Friday 1 July @ 4.00pm.  

Parents/Guardians will not be able to download nor view a copy of your child’s Semester 1 Report if you have not previously activated your SEQTA Engage account.     

Please contact Flora Hughes via email should you require assistance with logging into SEQTA Engage.  

Photo Days 

Monday 20 June – Marcellin Campus – Sports Photo’s 
Tuesday 21 June – Marcellin Campus – Y7-9 Photo’s 
Wednesday 22 June – Marcellin Campus – Y10-12 Photo’s

All students have received an order envelope which has a child specific access key.  Photo orders must be made online using this access key.  Your online order reference number needs to be written on the envelope and students are required to hand the envelope to the photographer on photo day.