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Newman News Term 3 Week 2: From the Acting Vice Principal

30 Jul 2021

New Staff 

We welcome the following new staff to the College Community and Marist family.

  • Troy Holdaway – HPE Teacher
  • Edward York – Science Teacher
  • Melissa Heaver – Year 5 Teacher (Term 3 and 4)
  • Lara Vlahov – Early Learning Sports Teacher (Term 3 and 4)
  • Jo Ricciardone – Physics Teacher (Term 3 and 4)
  • Alicia Nguyen – EA Lavalla Campus

Newman College Norms

Our Vision for Learning – Let Your Light Shine – reflects the Marist charism of Newman College and our unwavering belief that all members of our community can develop their unique abilities. To allow all members of our community to live out this vision to its truest potential, we respect and agree to a series of ‘non-negotiables’.

A non-negotiable is similar to a commitment. It is something that will be upheld, no matter the situation. Non-negotiables can be a very powerful force in a school community as they provide consistency and clarity in expectations and help to create a positive and collaborative culture.

Click here to view the Newman College Norms

Catholic Arts

The Performing Arts Festival is a unique opportunity, open to both Primary and Secondary school students, where they have the opportunity of performing to a public audience.  Categories include choral, drama, musical, instrumental, vocal and dance.  Newman College supports this event to order to ensure our students have a platform where they can showcase their talents.  Thank you to students and staff who attended the Opening Mass last Thursday.  Best wishes to all competitors.

Assumption Day Celebrations

Our K-12 Community will come together to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Patronal Feast of the Marist Brothers on Tuesday 10 August.  Information has been sent home to all families providing specific information for Marian, Lavalla and Marcellin students along with the proposed schedule of the day.

Newman Parents Consultative Committee Meeting  

The next meeting is being held on Monday 9 August, 7.00pm in the Auditorium Studios.

The NPCC meetings, convened by the Principal and attended by various members of the College Leadership Team, is a representative group, voice and forum to gain insight into our school improvement plan and to discuss school concerns. The NPCC serves to help advance the best interests of those within our College Community. Whilst policy is determined and set by the College Executive and supported by the Advisory Council, the NPCC is a critically important group in providing input and feedback.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)  

Teaching staff across the College participated in professional learning to increase their knowledge and understanding of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with a Disability. This ensures that all students have access to a quality learning experience at school and teachers can provide adjustments for students based on professional judgement, together with medical and professional diagnoses. I extend my thanks to Mrs Sarah Pagett, Learning Support, and the Diverse Learning Team for supporting staff in understanding this important resource and process.

Click here to access a resource for parents.

Code of Conduct

The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

As a Catholic community we are committed to educating the whole person. In order to do this, we need to ensure a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The basis for this environment is that all in the community model what healthy, respectful relationships look like. The Code of Conduct is the definitive guide to the behaviours we want to model to, and expect from, our children and young people. We want to create a culture that assists our children and young people on their learning journey. We can only achieve such a culture in partnership with all who participate in our community. The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

A reminder to all families that the Code of Conduct can be accessed via the College website. The Code is mandated by Catholic Education Western Australia and the application of the code extends to all staff, students, parents, guardians, caregivers and volunteers.

Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As always, if students ever need support, they are encouraged to contact their Leader of Wellbeing, a College psychologist, Counsellor or classroom teacher.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensure confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours, and those College associated events outside of school hours are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Additionally, postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are bound by the Code of Conduct. We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a positive partnership that supports our students, your children.