Newman News Term 3 Week 6: From the Vice Principal

Making mistakes, learning from failure and taking risks are all important parts of the learning process. The great strength of our Marist family is our commitment to supporting, growing and forgiving one other when we make mistakes or decisions that don’t reflect our intent. Our Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery challenges students to develop the skills, experiences, knowledge and confidence to become resilient learners who are willing to take risks to achieve their goals.

Student Leadership

Students in Year 11 and Year 5 have committed to and are participating in leadership formation workshops as they prepare to lead the College Community in 2020. Members of the Leadership Team have led workshops focusing on our Catholic Identity, Servant Leadership and our Vision for Learning. I extend my thanks to Leaders of Wellbeing for developing this opportunity for the students and wish the students well as they prepare their leadership application.

2019 Newman Arts Festival

The Newman College Arts Festival is a celebration of the PK-12 Arts learning journey at Newman College held over three days (October 16, 17, 18). The event also showcases the artistic endeavours of the STEM learning area along with students’ instrumental, choir and drama performances.

Student Art Exhibition Opening Night

Wednesday evening is the official opening of the festival. We invite the Newman College and wider community to join us in celebrating student Art works created throughout the year and Art projects that have been inspired by collaborative workshops with the 2019 Artists in Residence. Opening night will also include a presentation of the student awards, including a people’s choice award. Food stalls, games and Art activities, for our budding younger artists will also be hosted on the oval.

Artist in Residence Program

The Newman College Artist in Residence Program for 2019 promises to be another exciting and truly authentic arts experience as our students, teacher, parents and members of our Newman community collaborate with industry professionals to strengthen and deepen their understanding of Arts skills and processes and build their cultural competency, cultural literacy and sensitivity around Aboriginal people; culture oral storytelling traditions, and connection to country.

We are pleased to welcome Andy Quilty (2018 Artist in Residence), and Contemporary Noongar Artists Bradley and Rohin Kickett as our 2019 Artists in Residence. Click here to read more.

Community Workshop

An opportunity for our staff, students and families to come together and work with 2019 Artist in Residence, Andy Quilty is also available. The Community Workshop will focus on experimental drawing and monoprint, equipping participants to build confidence as well as technical ability to take a more intuitive and exploratory approach to their work. Tickets cost $20 for Adults and $15 for Children / Concession. Click here to purchase tickets.

Newman Parents Soiree

Friday evening is a parent only “social event” opportunity to enjoy drinks and canapes with friends, whilst celebrating the student works of the Arts Festival.

Guests will also enjoy live music by dynamic and modern band Nano Soul. The group will seek to entertain their audience by performing a combination of funk, soul, and classic hits with a twist.

The event runs from 6.00pm – 9.00pm. Tickets cost $35 each and can be purchased by clicking here.


Click here to purchase tickets to win one of three great prizes:

  1. $2,000 credit to your 2020 Newman College Tuition Fees
  2. $500 OfficeMax Prize Pack
  3. $200 Uniform Shop Voucher

Tickets are $10 each with all money raised funding the 2019 Artists in Residence Program. The Raffle will be drawn at the Newman Parents Soiree on Friday 18 October, 7.00pm in the Marist Auditorium. The winner will be notified by telephone and published on the College website on Monday 21 October.

K-12 Literacy Approach

Staff across the College have been using the researched and effective approach by Lyn Sharratt to guide interpreting student data and measuring the impact of teaching strategies. Newman College is part of a literacy collective with over 20 other CEWA schools and benefit from directly collaborating with Lyn Sharratt, a Canadian academic and researcher. Follow the College Twitter account  and the Leader of Pedagogy, Peter Jones to gain an insight into many of the teacher professional learning initiatives.

Staff Wellbeing PL and Communication Protocol

Teaching and support staff from across the College came together for our Wellbeing Day which focussed on making sure we care for ourselves so we can care for others. Presenter Mark Bunn challenged staff to create a SHIFT in our thinking about health, happiness and stress using a combination of Eastern wisdoms and modern Western medicine. This is an important area of our Strategic Plan that extends to our work with students as they navigate complex issues facing young people.

A gentle reminder to families, that teachers will respond to email communication within two working days. Teachers are not able to respond within one day as they are teaching classes, marking assessments, planning lessons, on yard duty or taking cocurricular activities. I ask parents to accept these timelines as reasonable turnaround times in the busyness of College life. If there is an urgent matter that needs to be acknowledged, a phone call to the Leader of Wellbeing may be the most appropriate avenue.

Newman Parents – Monday 16 September

Newman Parents is honoured to host Paul Dillon at Newman College. Paul is the Director and founder of DARTA and is passionate about ensuring that the community has access to accurate and up-to-date alcohol and other drug information.

Topic: ‘Risk taking’: Why do teens do the things they do? What can parents can do to keep them as safe as possible?

RSVP to Jo Dunn, Marketing and Communications Officer by Wednesday 11 September

Code of Conduct

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.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensuring confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours AND outside of school hours that are associated with the College are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with any member of the Senior Leadership Team. We thank you in advance for your understanding and support of how we strive to partner positively with one another.