Newman News Term 3 Week 2: From the Deputy Principal Secondary

Welcome back, I hope students had an enjoyable break and have come back energised for Term 3. We have enjoyed the positive way our students have returned to school, prepared for another exciting term with many opportunities to let their light shine. In this final term for our graduating class of 2022, I hope our Year 12 students continue to set an example of perseverance, determination and resilience and always strive to make the most of their last few weeks at Newman College. 

Year 11 Dinner Dance  

The Year 11 students behaved impeccably, looked incredible and had a great time during the annual Dinner Dance. This year the celebration took place at The Ambrose Estate at Wembley Golf Complex. Students enjoyed good food, great music, and even better company.  

I would like to thank all Year 11 students for their engagement on the day and the outstanding way they represented both themselves and the College. 

Friday Nights Lights Basketball Carnival 

On Friday night in week 1 the Boys and Girls Marist basketball team competed against Churchlands Senior High School and Shenton College for the Friday Night Lights Cup. Both teams played really well and represented the College to a high standard. The girls came close on both games but unfortunately could not get the win. The boys team won against Churchlands and had a very close game against Shenton who finished the game in front by 1 point. 

A big thank you to the families, students and staff that attended the night to support our teams and particular thanks to: 

Matilda Seargent and Chris Cranley for coaching the girls Marist basketball team. 

Nic Vlahov and Chris Cranley for coaching the boys. 

Al MacNeill for managing the teams.

Breakfast Presentation from Professor Phil Bland 

On Thursday July 28, staff and students were very fortunate to have a breakfast presentation from Professor Phil Bland from Curtin University. This breakfast was hosted in partnership with Rotary International and attended by approximately 40 Rotarians and members of the Newman College community. Professor Bland has been based at Curtin University since 2012, and is the Director of the Space Science and Technology Centre. His research interests include meteorites, satellite communication and the origins of the Solar System. During his presentation, Professor Bland spoke about his lifelong interest in the field, as well as some of the recent developments in satellite technology and space investigation pioneered by Curtin University. He also shared with guests some information about new research initiatives at NASA and the role that Australia is playing in collaboration with those efforts. 

Many thanks to Justin Farley, Leader of Pathways and Partnerships, for his organisation of this event. 

Athletics Carnival 

The Guild Athletics Carnival will be held on Thursday 4 August at the State Athletics Stadium, Claremont. We are looking forward to a great day of competition. Students are to make their own way to and from the stadium. If this is not possible, there are limited places on a bus that will depart from and return students to the College. To request a seat on the bus, please complete the form here. 

If you have experience in athletics and would be willing to assist during the Carnival please complete the volunteer form here. Thank you, your assistance is greatly appreciated. 

The schedule of the events can be found here

Wellbeing Week  

Wellbeing Week will be celebrated in Week 4. Each day will have a different focus; Healthy, Connected, Present, and Grateful and there will be various activities across the College to highlight the importance of these themes for our Wellbeing. More information will be made available to students and families next week. 

DISA survey

Your feedback is kindly requested: please complete the online DISA survey. Newman College is committed to annual school improvement and seeking feedback from all members of our community to refine practices. This includes the completion of the DISA survey. The DISA – or Diagnostic Inventory of School Alignment – is a longitudinal survey which evaluates the perceptions of students, parents and staff on the progress of school improvement strategies and our Vision for Learning.

It would be sincerely appreciated if you could complete the survey here. It is anonymous, no log-in or password is required, and it takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will play a valuable part in shaping the strategic vision of Newman College for the years to come.

Upcoming Events 

Year 9 Bishop’s Religious Literacy Assessment; Monday August 1 

Guild Athletics Carnival; Thursday August 4 

Principal’s Assembly: Friday August 5 

Wellbeing Week; Monday 8 – Thursday 11 August 

Assumption Day Mass and K-12 Lapathon; Thursday August 11 

Pupil Free Days; Friday August 12 and Monday August 15