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Newman News Term 3 Week 10: From the Deputy Principal Wellbeing Secondary

27 Sep 2019

As Term 3 comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to wish staff and students a wonderful break that is well deserved. Our students have worked hard throughout numerous assessments, celebrated our achievements and built Guild Spirit at our carnivals.

We wish the Class of 2019 all the best as they embark on their final school assessments and prepare for their ATAR exams and/or life after Newman.

We congratulate our Year 11 students who will now become the leaders of the College and represent our community in the closing months of 2019.

We acknowledge the hard work of our staff, in particular, those who will be leaving us at the end of the term.

A reminder that Term 4 sees the College uniform revert back to summer standards. It is important that we all start the new term in a positive manner. Students are reminded that they need to ensure their uniform meets the expectations of the College from day one. Please use these holidays to have a haircut, replace damaged items and ensure uniforms are comfortable and fit appropriately.

Counselling & Wellbeing Team

Thursday 12 September was R U OK? Day – the National day of action to encourage and empower everyone to regularly and meaningfully ask “are you ok?” to support those struggling with life.

The Marcellin Campus took part in a range of awareness raising and wellbeing activities. Students got involved by wearing stickers, watching a video about the 4-step process for checking in with a friend, and participating in games at lunchtime. We hope this highlighted our whole-school approach to students being both supported and connected with others. Our goal is for us all to check-in with each other regularly throughout the year.

As we move into the break and our Year 12 students conclude their time here at the College, we would like to congratulate them on this wonderful achievement. The Counselling Team wishes all students an enjoyable and restful break and we look forward to seeing you in Term 4.

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Write A Book In A Day Competition

During Book Week, 22 students from Years 7-10 participated in the ‘Write a Book in a Day Competition’. The day required the groups of students to write a whole book in a single day; the competition was challenging to say the least!

It was by all means a very fun and productive challenge. It was amazing to just spend a day with friends and exercise the creative side of our brains to come up with a story fitting to a set list of criteria, all in one school day. You would think having to write a 4000 word story would be a boring school activity, but it was the complete opposite. It was a day full of snacks, laughter, banter, and collaboration.

My team of 10 had all participated in the challenge last year, and it only got better this year. I wholeheartedly recommend for anyone to take up this competition when they see the opportunity arise next year. You definitely won’t regret it. It’s truly a memorable day and event, and I will definitely continue to participate in this activity when the chance arises again.

Dylan Arto, Year 10 Student

Author Visit – Mark Smith

On Monday 23 September, Mark Smith came to Newman College to speak to the Year 8 students about his experiences and motivations as an author. Mark explained his early experiences as a frustrated and disobedient teenager. He revealed that, through an accident that left him unable to do physical activity, he had to learn to read and thus decided to become a teacher and then an author. He spoke about his many rejections at the beginning of his writing career and how he had to learn to write properly before he could get his short stories published. He then transitioned into a novel writer and has now published three books.

The experience helped me to learn about the process an author has to go through to have their book published. Mark is an amazing author and has written three amazing books in ‘The Road to Winter’ series. Overall, it was a very informative and engaging presentation.

Kai Kazmer, Year 8 Student