Newman News Term 3 Week 6: From the Deputy Principal Primary

Students across the primary school have had a wonderful week of celebrations for Book Week. A very big thank you to our Primary Librarian, Mrs Alison Le Dan whose passion and enthusiasm for children’s literature brings Book Week to life for our students. It is Mrs Le Dan’s dedication that ensures the week is a success each year, as she arranges engaging authors to speak to our students and educate them about their love of writing and how they have made it into a successful career path. Not to mention, the amazing Book Week parade that we all enjoy participating in.  

Each year, I am amazed at the time and effort that families put into the costumes, and I extend my thanks for the effort that has gone on behind the scenes to dress your children for the parades. This year’s theme is “dreaming with eyes open” – I hope that our students develop a love of reading so that they can experience how reading allows them to ‘dream with their eyes open and escape into the many different worlds that fiction can open for them.  

Lavalla Assembly 

6 Red provided us with a fantastic recap of the Year 6 camp experience through their assembly performance last week. Watching the students retell the challenges of the pamper pole, flying fox and abseiling was fantastic, and creatively presented.  

Congratulations to our Merit Award winners, and the students who competed in the DaVinci Decathalon.  

Marian Assembly 

Well done to Pre-Primary Red whose assembly this morning was thoroughly entertaining and engaging. The set looked amazing and made it feel as though we were sitting in the Australian bush! 

Father’s Day 

With Father’s Day approaching on Sunday 4 September, we are taking the opportunity to celebrate the importance of fathers and father figures in our families and to thank them for their contribution to our community. 

On Thursday 1 September we warmly invite fathers, grandfathers and father figures to join us at 8.10am for our Community Mass in the Champagnat Chapel and to stay after Mass for refreshments with staff and students.  

On Friday September 2, the children and staff at the Marian Campus would love to see all the fathers, grandfathers and father figures for an early breakfast at 8.00am on the oval before continuing with a special Father’s Day liturgy in St Cecilia’s Church. 

For catering purposes, please click HERE to register your attendance. 

We wish all the fathers in our Newman College community a very happy and enjoyable day next Sunday. 


Congratulations to Lola Angus from Year 6 who made the State under 12 girls Futsal team. 
Lola will be competing at the National Competition in Sydney in January, 2023. Well done, Lola 


Last Thursday and Friday I had the great privilege of joining our Year 6 and Year 7 student leaders on their leadership camp. This is a camp that is organised and run by our Year 12 Outdoor Education ATAR students, where they invite our younger student leaders to take part. There were many things about this camp that students enjoyed – whether it was the blind walking trail, the scavenger hunt, or the archery.  

However, what students seemed to enjoy most was simply the time they spent together – the staying up late with the muffled talking late into the night, the shared experience of cooking their own food and eating together, and the many wonderful conversations that occurred around the campfire between Year 12’s and our younger students. It was a truly great example of our Marist Family Spirit at work.  

It was a great reminder that despite all the distractions of the world, and the numerous engagements we fill our plates with, sometimes the best experiences are the simple ones spent with others. Students on camp walk away with great memories not because they get to ride a flying fox…it’s because they get to ride a flying fox with their friends and their classmates surrounding them. Sometimes we need to remove the distractions around us, switch off the devices, and connect with those people in our circle and across from us. In doing so, we we get to learn about each other, build stronger relationships, and create shared experiences that we can bond over. The Marist mission is to make Jesus Christ known and loved to young people and this is exactly how we can do that – by taking the time to listen, connect, and see each other. I hope everyone can take the time over these next few weeks to spend some time doing something small and simple with those they love, enjoying the presence and company of one another.  

Stuart McClorey 

Leader of Wellbeing