Newman News Term 3 Week 6: From the Vice Principal

Key Dates 

Thursday 1 September – Lavalla and Marcellin Father’s Day Celebration 
Friday 2 September – Marian Father’s Day Celebration 
Monday 5 September – Resilient Young Minds Presentation, Marist Auditorium 6.30pm


The last two weeks has been a busy period for events at the College. This week alone saw our Book Week celebrations, author visits and parades across the College. Our STEM festival ran activities from Years 3 to 12, our Year 11 Gamechanger students attended their Solidarity Immersion in Mullewa and our NAS carnivals occurred in the secondary years; the students and staff should be recognised and acknowledged for their engagement in these activities. The Catholic Performing Arts Festival ‘Spirit of the Arts’ continues to run for Catholic Schools across the state, and our musicians have been performing fabulously and should be commended.  

URGENT Parental Assistance Required  
Diagnostic Inventory of School Alignment (DISA)

As mentioned in earlier correspondence, Newman College is committed to annual school improvement, and we are seeking feedback from all members of our community to refine practices. This requires your engagement through the completion of the DISA survey. 
The DISA is a longitudinal survey that evaluates the perceptions of students, parents and staff on the progress of school improvement strategies and our Vision for Learning. It would be greatly appreciated if you could complete the survey here. It is anonymous, no log-in or password are required, and it takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Your responses will play a valuable part in shaping the strategic vision of Newman College for the years to come. 
Sincere thanks for your ongoing support. 

Resilient Young Minds – Monday 5 September, 6.30pm, Marist Auditorium

Newman College, in conjunction with Zero2Hero, are pleased to be hosting their expert panel, Claire Orange, Claire Eaton and Linda Stade.  They will deliver a presentation that addresses how we can best support our children by creating ‘Resilient Young Minds’.  We strongly encourage parents to attend this very informative event. 

Please note: this is a ticketed event for catering purposes.  Please click HERE for details and to purchase tickets. 

Father’s Day Celebrations 

In the lead up to Father’s Day, the College will celebrate Dads, Grandads and all the significant men in our students lives. We will honour these special men at the following events.   

Lavalla and Marcellin Campus – Thursday 1 September at 8.10am 
Community Mass in the Champagnat Chapel, followed by refreshments. 

Marian Campus – Friday 2 September at 8.00am 
BBQ Breakfast on the Marian Oval 
Followed by a Liturgy at 9.00am at St Cecilia’s Church. 

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


Book Week 

Throughout Week 6 our students celebrated the important role reading plays in our lives and in education.  This year the theme was “Dreaming with Eyes Open”.  Students enjoyed a variety of events including meeting authors HM Waugh and Raewyn Caisley, and Captain Cleanup visited the Marian Campus.   

As usual, the highlight for our Primary students was our Book Week dress up parades where students and staff came together to parade their wonderfully creative costumes of their favourite book characters.     

National Science Week (STEM) 

This year to celebrate National Science Week the College held a combined event running over two weeks.  Both Marcellin and Lavalla students were involved in the 14 events that were organised by the Science, Technologies, and Mathematics Learning Areas.  More information to come in upcoming newsletters.

Wellbeing Framework 

This week our PK to Year 12 teaching staff came together to collaborate on a Vision for Wellbeing. Our Vision for Wellbeing has its roots in our Marist charism, positive psychology, and the latest research on student wellbeing.  

We know that spirituality plays a significant role in assisting humans to feel a higher sense of purpose, peace, hope, and meaning. A rich spirituality assists humans to experience better confidence, self-esteem, and self-control. Our Marist spirituality and characteristics can help students to make sense of life’s experiences in a hope-filled manner. When unwell, our connected spirituality can at times help us to access inner strength and may result in faster recovery. 

We aim to launch this framework at the start of next year. Phase two of the collaboration will include student and parent feedback.  

Students Who Have Participated in State and National Representation

The College would like to recognise and celebrate the achievements of those students who have represented their team, sport, or activity at a state or national level. If your child has participated in an activity that falls within that category, we would love to hear from you. Please complete this form to let us know of your child’s achievement.  

NPC Minutes 

Please click HERE to access the minutes from the last NPC meeting which was held on Wednesday 10 August. 

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 31 October.  Reminders will be sent nearer the time. 

Staff Appointments 

Compliance Officer – Kaine James 
Administration Assistant – Sarah Migro 
Italian Secondary – Miriam Dell’Oro