Newman News Term 3 Week 6: From the Leader of Early Childhood

Highlights from Past Two Weeks 

Book Week 

What a fabulous week of celebrations we have had this week, all around the theme “Old worlds, new worlds, other worlds”. A huge thank you to families who supported their students in dressing up for our annual book week parade. The children had a great day, as did the staff! It is a fantastic way to promote the love of reading amongst our students. A massive thank you to Mrs Alison Le Dan for her considerable efforts in making this week a success every year.

Book Week Author Incursion  

Marian students enjoyed an incursion by Western Australian author Sian Turner. Sian spoke to the students about her creative process and inspired many young students with the possibility of becoming authors or illustrators. Students also listened to Sian’s stories “A Whale of a Day in Botany Bay” and “Beyond our Garden Gate”.

Pig the Pug – Book Week competition winners 

It was incredibly difficult to judge the winners, amongst all the fantastic entries. A big congratulations to all children who entered and used their creativity and imagination to invent a new “pig the pug” character.
The winners were:

  • Elijah Sprylan – Kindy
  • Milania Di Vincenzo – Pre-Primary
  • Aelia Terrible – Year 1
  • Charlie Edwards – Year 2


Pre-Primary Blue students led us in a fantastic assembly this morning, centred on Mem Fox’s well-known narrative text “Koala Lou”. A big thank you to Mrs Battersby and Mrs Doe for their efforts in preparing students and allowing them to share their classroom learning with us.

Important Information For The Next Two Weeks

Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten 2022 / 2023 

If you have not yet enrolled your child in Kindy or Pre-Kindy for 2022, it is essential that you do so as soon as possible. Please contact Newman College Registrar for further information, including our flexible Kindy and Pre-Kindy offering.

The Great Book Swap

On Friday 3 September we will be holding a Book Swap in the undercover area at the Marian Campus and the event will run from 8.20am – 8.50am. The Book Swap raises much needed funds to buy books for disadvantaged indigenous children in remote indigenous communities.

Families are asked to donate good quality chapter or picture books from now until Thursday 2 September.  Donations can be dropped off at the library or to Marian reception.
On the day of the swap the students are asked to bring a gold coin donation and select a book to take home from those that have been donated. Students are welcome to bring additional money if they would like to purchase several books.

Father’s Day Liturgy 

We warmly invite all Marian fathers to join us on Thursday 2 September at 9.00am for our Father’s Day Liturgy. The liturgical celebration has been prepared by our Year 1 students and will be celebrated in St Cecilia’s Parish. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all our Dads and father figures, a very Happy Father’s Day for Sunday 5 September.

Marian / Lavalla Athletics Carnival 

We are excitedly preparing for our first combined Marian and Lavalla combined Athletics Carnival.

The Carnival will be held on Friday 10 September at the Marcellin Oval.

Details were emailed today 27 August.  The letter and program can also be viewed by clicking here. (Scroll to the bottom of the page)