Newman News Term 3 Week 8: From the Deputy Principal Secondary

This morning I had an opportunity to farewell the staff and students on the Marcellin Campus as I prepare to go on Maternity Leave as of Week 9. I am so privileged to be witness to the growth, resilience of our students and see their sense of family spirit and presence to one another each and every day. At the heart of our Marist community is the notion of family spirit and I am looking forward to embracing this with my own child and family. I would like to thank the families within our College community for their ongoing support. See you in 2023! 

Year 11 State School’s Constitutional Convention 

In week 7 some of the Year 11 Politics and Law students attended the State School’s Constitutional Convention at the Constitutional Centre in West Perth. Students participated in a range of workshops centered around the role of the Governor General, the head of state and potential constitutional reform.  

Languages Week 

Languages Week was celebrated in style at the Marcellin campus, with a range of lunchtime activities and performances for all students to enjoy. 

Japanese Taiko drummers, Indonesian and Brazilian dancers, along with an Italian accordion player, entertained our students and staff at lunchtimes, and some lucky students got to join in with cultural songs and dances. The Italian Gelato van was again very popular with delicious gelato, as was Japanese Origami and Anime viewing in T Block. Instead of the regular bell at the end of each day, students were dismissed with some popular music from a range of countries including Japan, Italy, Greece and Spain. 

The Year 7 Japanese classes participated in a Taiko Drumming workshop, while Year 8 students improved their chopstick skills in a chopstick competition. The Year 7 and 8 Italian classes will enjoy a scrumptious pizza cooked just for them, early next week. 

It has been a wonderful week celebrating Languages and the richness that foreign cultures and language brings to our community.  

Year 7 Disco

Year 7 students had a fantastic night at the Disco on Thursday evening. The students danced the night away and were entertained with fun games organised by our Year 12 Student Leaders. A big thank you to the Year 12 Student Leaders, Mr Puljiz, Year 7 PCG Teachers and Mrs Bramanto for a great night! 

Week 9 Guild Activities – Wednesday 14 September

Guild Activities will be held during Extended PCG this upcoming week. These activities will be year group-based competitions where Guilds can earn points for the Champagnat Shield. This will be the Year 12 cohort’s final Guild Activity! All students are permitted to wear their Guild Uniform to school on this day. 

Year 8 Allwell Testing – Monday 19 September 

Year 8 Allwell Testing will be held on Monday 19 September from 8:45am – 12:40pm. Students are required to bring a blue or black pen and a scientific calculator. Information about the sessions will be shared with Year 8 students during Week 9. Students with special arrangements will receive separate communication confirming their arrangements. 

 The purpose of the Allwell Academic Assessment is to: 

  • Provide another point of information about your child’s relative strengths 
  • Provide the school information about any gaps in the cohort’s learning to better tailor teaching and learning programs. 

Parents will receive a report back with information about your child’s current level of achievement in the areas of mathematics, reading comprehension, spelling, and written expression. 

 Students cannot study or prepare for the assessment, and it does not count towards any end of year grades or reporting. 

Year 10 Peer Support Training Day – Tuesday 20 September 

Year 10 students were invited to apply to be a Peer Support Student for our 2023 Year 7 students. Applications are now in, and students will be invited to participate in a Peer Support Training morning in Week 10. During this time, students will prepare to support our incoming Year 7 students for the transition into high school.

Industry Breakfast

On Monday 29 August, all Year 12 students attended the annual Year 12 Industry Networking Breakfast. This event is arranged by the College as part of the Year 12 Pathways program, and aims to provide students with useful insights into future employment post-school. Each student was able to select a table and engage in conversation and professional discussion with an adult who is employed in an area of interest. We were fortunate to be able to draw on the resources of our past students, current staff, and wider community and we are grateful for the many generous adults who volunteered their time to attend and speak to the Year 12s. The careers involved covered a wide spectrum, including medical, finance, education, law, construction, trades, health, marketing, real estate, and entrepreneurship.

Year 12 Final Day & Ball 

The final day for our Year 12 students is fast approaching! Further information will be sent to Year 12 parents in Week 9 outlining the final week festivities for our Year 12 students. The final day will begin with a Farewell Assembly and end with the Year 12 Ball.