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Newman News Term 3 Week 4: From the Leader of Wellbeing Primary

14 Aug 2019

The past fortnight has seen the Lavalla Campus celebrate innovative learning experiences. I wish to extend my gratitude to the staff who work tirelessly to provide our students with opportunities to explore and create within flexible learning environments. Last week’s STEM Festival was a perfect example of such an opportunity and the students rose to the challenge set for them. The events outlined below are just some of the many reasons we have to celebrate as a community and for our students to continue to Shine through Discovery.

STEM Festival

Last Friday, the Lavalla Campus was abuzz with energy and engagement as our students were challenged to think outside the box and create arcade games from recycled materials. The day was a celebration of student creativity and collaboration. Reflections from staff were glowing as the students’ projects continued to amaze with their levels of innovation. At lunchtime the students were treated to a Science show by Mr Spriggins from the Marcellin Campus. They watched with eager anticipation as he set off ‘bombs’ and rockets for his curious audience. Click here to see more photos from the day.

The students’ hard work was celebrated in a wonderful way on Monday as a selection of the arcade games were featured on Channel 9 News as part of their coverage of Science Week. Occasions such as this deserve to be highlighted in the wider community as the STEM Festival is another excellent example of how we continue to live out our Vision for Learning. Click here to see the Channel 9 live cross.
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Speak Up

On Wednesday, the College was represented by three Year 6 students in the interschool heats of the Freemasons Speak Up Competition. Maddy Carroll, Christian Di Biase and Olivia Ralls were selected as the three best speakers in our school finals last term and approached this week’s heats with enthusiasm and dedication. Congratulations to all three students who have made it through to the Preliminary Finals to be held on the 26 and 27 August.

Book Week

As Book Week approaches, Lavalla students have enjoyed an incursion from Storyteller, Glenn Swift. Leading into this year’s theme ‘Reading is my Secret Power’, students are excited for next week’s author visit and the much anticipated annual Book Week dress-up and parade which will take place on Friday 23 August at 9.00am in the Marist Auditorium. We thank our dedicated Librarian, Mrs Alison Le Dan, for her preparation of all the events in celebration of Book Week.

Lavalla Parent Workshops

On Thursday 29 August (Week 6), Lavalla Campus looks forward to welcoming parents to an evening of workshops facilitated by our dedicated and talented staff. Parents will be able to select three sessions from a variety of workshops including Literacy, Numeracy, Digital Literacy and Growth Mindset running between between 5.00pm – 7.00pm. These workshops aim to further support the partnership between the College and home in the education of the whole child. Further information will be sent to Lavalla families outlining the details early next week.

Year 7 Special Instrumental Program 2020

The Year 7 Special Instrumental Program is being offered to students enrolled at Newman College for Year 7 2020 who show potential for learning and excelling on a chosen instrument.

All Year 6 students enrolled for Year 7 next year will sit a music aptitude test during class on Wednesday 21 August. Click here to read more.