Newman News Term 3 Week 2: From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians

Welcome to Term 3.  Our first couple of days this term presented the challenge of having no internet or phones.  I take this opportunity to thank those parents who attended our parent teacher interviews and for your patience with the break in technology, which also affected surrounding suburbs.  Fortunately, services resumed on the first day of school and our start to the term has been relatively smooth.

I hope families enjoyed some time together over the recent break and that everyone has returned refreshed and ready for a new term.

Newman College Principal 2023

Congratulations to Mr Andrew Watson who has been appointed to lead Newman College from Term 2 2023.  Andrew is currently the Principal of Mazenod College in Lesmurdie.  Andrew visited the College at the commencement of this term to meet with staff and was reconnected with some of those who were at Newman when he was Head of Society and Environment in the late 1990s.

Andrew is a well-known and highly regarded leader in Catholic education and we look forward to him continuing Newman’s exciting development and evolution.  For anyone who missed the announcement, please click here to view.

An Acting Principal for Term 1 2023 will be announced by Marist Schools Australia Ltd in the coming weeks.

Year 11 Dinner Dance

Congratulations to our Year 11 students for their highly enthusiastic participation in the Dinner Dance which was held in Week 1.  The students conducted themselves superbly on the night and obviously had much fun celebrating with their cohort.

Parent Engagement

Newman Parent Committee (NPC):  Our next NPC meeting is to be held on Wednesday 10 August 5.45pm. I warmly invite all interested parents to attend.  Further information will be circulated closer to the time.

Christmas in July:  We celebrated Christmas in July at Newman College with around 100 parents. It was wonderful to see so many brave the chilly conditions and connect with friends in a relaxed and festive setting. 

Marist Schools Australia Conference

I will be accompanied by three members of our College Executive to attend the Marist Schools Australia National Conference in Brisbane next Sunday through to Wednesday.  Marists from around Australia and beyond will gather together for a series of symposiums and workshops.  Newman College will be presenting two symposiums:

  • Learning Strand – To Live is to Change; to be Perfect is to have Changed often
  • Formation Strand – Vision for Mission: To Form “Good Christians and Good Citizens”

We look forward to sharing our journey with colleagues.

My best wishes to all for an enjoyable and productive Term 3.