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Newman News Term 3 Week 10: From the Leader of Wellbeing Primary

27 Sep 2019

As Term 3 concludes, I would like to extend my congratulations to all students as this Term has given us great cause for celebration of student achievements across a variety of domains. The Catholic Performing Arts Festival has seen Lavalla students excel at an individual and group level in both Music and Dance performances. It was my privilege to accompany the Newman College Mass Choir and see them perform ‘Heart Song’ at the closing night last week, with the talented students of the Lavalla Choir joining with Marcellin students to represent our College so proudly. This has also been a big term for athletic achievement, with IPSHA Cross Country and Athletics Carnivals highlighting the abilities of our finest Lavalla athletes. Furthermore, the Year 6 Unit have showcased their talents in STEM as the conclusion of their Lake Monger Dog Park project was celebrated recently at the CEWA STEM Showcase. These are just a few of the great number of student achievements both inside and outside the classroom to be celebrated at the Lavalla Campus.

As we leave the busyness of school aside for the next two weeks, I would like to wish all families a safe and restful break in anticipation of our final term for 2019. Christmas will soon be upon us, and there will be plenty happening in the lead-up, so rest and recharge and I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday 15 October.

Beating Hearts Band Performance

On Tuesday 17 September, the Newman College Beating Hearts Band treated us to a ‘Rock’n’Roll at Recess’ performance. Students from Years 3-6 showed their amazing drumming, singing and guitar skills to staff and students as well as parents. The performance was a great celebration of the many gifts and talents of our Lavalla musicians and some great dance moves were seen from the crowd. Thank you to our instrumental tutors and Mr Cobb for their commitment to our students.

CEWA STEM Showcase

Year 6 visited Newman Siena Centre on Wednesday 18 September as part of the CEWA STEM Showcase. Students presented the excellent work they have been doing in the planning and designing of a proposed Lake Monger Dog Park. They also had the opportunity to see what other CEWA schools have been doing in the area of STEM.

Following this amazing opportunity, groups presented their projects for judging on Friday 20 September. The judging panel included Newman College staff from the Marcellin Campus, CEWA representatives, and representatives from the City of Stirling. These students were acknowledged and winners announced at the Lavalla Prayer Assembly on Monday 23 September.

Finalists: Lara Esler, Olivia Lim, Leila Woods, Ava Van Dommelen, Jasmin Afflick, India Lillee, Olivia Ralls, Amelia Ng and Alexia Carbone

Winners: Leila Woods and Ava Van Dommelen

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Year 6 teaching team for their dedication and commitment to developing the project in order to provide the students with this amazing opportunity.
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Lavalla Assembly

Week 9’s Assembly was a wonderful celebration of student achievement. We were able to recognise the Year 6 Unit for their involvement in the CEWA STEM Showcase and acknowledge and congratulate the achievements of individual students in our recent Athletics Carnival. Year 5 Green presented their Assembly Item – a summary of the amazing learning that they have been doing in class through the theme of ‘Survivor’.

Lavalla Grandparents Day

On Wednesday, the Lavalla Campus welcomed approximately 150 grandparents to share in a morning of learning with Years 3-6. Grandparents joined in with cricket in PE, portrait drawing in Art, Drama, Music and a variety of other class activities where Lavalla students shared their learning.

Grandparents Day is a favourite annual event at the Lavalla Campus, and I wish to extend my gratitude to the Lavalla staff and students for their warm welcome, as well as the Primary Social Committee and wider group of parent volunteers who provided food and helped in setting up and serving refreshments at the morning tea.

Marcellin Award

Congratulations Damon Caratti Year 3 Red who was acknowledged and received the Marcellin Award at the last Lavalla Assembly.

Damon has been acknowledged for his incredible thoughtfulness and kindness in the way he treats everyone around him. He notices a need and acts upon it, really looking out for other people. He is a faith-filled person who shows his love for God in reverent participation in prayer and liturgy and is always respectful with staff, students and visitors; showing great self-respect by giving his best effort to all activities and persisting when faced with a challenge.

Damon is always so willing to learn, taking feedback and applying it to his work to grow and improve. He can always be looked to as someone who sets an excellent example in and out of the classroom and has a positive attitude to all aspects of school life which he shares with his peers. Damon brings joy to others and his smiling face and infectious laugh can light up any room

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