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

10 Sep 2021

Highlights from the Past Two Weeks 

Multicultural Week 

This week the College celebrated Languages week. Our Languages staff organised activities throughout the week to highlight the beauty of Multicultural Week.

Year 7 Italian students enjoyed authentic pizza, while Year 8 Italian students enthusiastically participated in an Italian Tarantella dancing workshop. Following an awe-inspiring lunch time performance on the Marcellin campus, Japanese Taiko drummers then ran a workshop for the Year 7 Japanese students to teach them about the beauty and power of the instruments.

The College community was entertained by Frank, the Italian accordion player, as well as by a talented Italian singer. A crowd favourite was the gelato van where students lined up for their delicious scoop.

We encourage our students to be curious and inclusive of all cultures and languages in their great diversity. This is the spirit of Languages Week at Newman College.

Year 7 Disco 

Year 7 students had a wonderful evening at the Disco on Thursday evening. The auditorium was transformed into a fluro-themed disco where students danced the night away and were entertained with fun games and organised by the Year 12 Student Leaders. Congratulations to Daniel McGough and Liam Payne for taking out the air guitar competition!

A big thank you to the Year 12 Student Leaders, Mrs Bramanto, Year 7 PCG Teachers and Miss Johnson for a fantastic night!

 

Student Use of E-cigarettes 

Adolescent use of e-cigarettes or vapes is unfortunately becoming a more common issue across schools in Australia. I would like to take this opportunity to remind families and students that the possession and use of an e-cigarette at school, regardless of the content of the e-cigarette, is strictly prohibited. Students who are found to be in possession of an e-cigarette on College grounds or who are using one in College uniform will have their enrolment at the school suspended immediately.

As a parent, you hold a significant amount of influence over your child’s actions. Openly talking to your child about difficult topics such as vaping can support them in their decision making and encourage good choices. Before you begin this important conversation with your child, you may wish to learn more about vaping at the following links:

If you require any further support, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Leader of Wellbeing

Important Information For Next Two Weeks 

Please keep up to date with the many College events here.

Sports Uniform   

There has been an increase in students wearing their Sports Uniform at school. The Sports Uniform is not an alternative to the Winter Uniform and correspondence from parents and guardians is required if a student is wearing the incorrect uniform. I thank you for your support in maintaining high standards for uniform and grooming.

Discord App 

Discord is a popular app and website amongst adolescents which has evolved into a communication platform. Discord is targeted towards teenagers and adults where users can communicate with each other through voice, video or text. Any user can have an account without disclosing their true identity and unfortunately there is a real possibility that users could be misrepresenting themselves, exposing teens to grooming, predators and other potential online dangers.

There are several things that parents can do to help their child minimise safety risks on Discord. Go through the terms and conditions and community guidelines together to help them understand exactly what is and isn’t acceptable and what they should do if they ever feel unsafe. Encourage them only to accept friend requests from, and join servers with, people they know and trust. Make sure they have set up the explicit content and safety filters in their account. Utilise the operating system’s parental controls on their device.

If your child is using the Discord App, I would encourage you to learn more about the app and how you can increase your child’s safety on the App here.

Athletics Team

The 2021 ACC Athletics Team has now been finalised. The squad has prepared well and is confident of challenging the other A Division Schools at next Wednesday’s (September 15th) Carnival at the State Athletics Stadium.
Below is an outline of our schedule in the lead up. It is very important that team members get to all remaining sessions.

On the day of the Carnival, students (Yr 12’s exempt) will arrive at the Sports Complex at 7am sharp in full PE uniform with their navy blue ‘warm up’ shirts over the top and tracksuits. There is no canteen, so students also require their own food and drink bottle for the day.

Athletes have been briefed as to what events they are competing in (including reserves), and all have a copy of the Team Program via SEQTA. The ACC Program can also be found here. 

Thank you for your support of the College Athletics program this year, especially given it is such a busy time. We have a great team in, and I am sure all athletes will be pushing themselves to achieve personal best in what will be an exciting day of competition.
All spectators are very welcome to attend. The ACC is also live streaming the event. Use the below link;

A Division – Athletics Carnival 2021 – Live Stream – YouTube 

  • WEEK 9
    Extra Relay Training
    12pm-1pm Monday
  • Tues 14 September
    Pasta lunch
    3.30pm – 4.30pm
    FINAL SQUAD TRAINING
  • Wed 15 September
    ACC A DIVISION CARNIVAL
    State Athletics Centre
    Students arrive 7am Sports Complex

Mr Connell 
HEAD OF SPORT 

ATAR Revision Workshops

Year 11 and 12 exams are fast approaching and I know students are starting to get prepared for their Semester 2 exams. Master Mind Australia will be conducting revision and exam preparation classes for secondary school students in the October school holidays.

The program offers Year 11 and 12 ATAR students an opportunity to receive comprehensive subject revision and exam preparation for their Final Exams.

Master Mind Australia are offering Newman College Students a 20% discount into the program. Further information on these programs can be found here. 

Careers and Pathways Update

Contact details:

Justin Farley
Pathways  Coordinator 
pathways@newman.wa.edu.au 
Tel. 9204 9457

Alastair MacNeill
VET Coordinator
vet@newman.wa.edu.au
Tel. 9204 9415

Year 10 

Subject Selection for Year 11, 2022

The College is currently constructing the timetable for Year 11, 2022, based on student subject selections. Later in Term 3, Year 10 students will be advised of their subjects for Year 11.

Chef / cookery apprenticeships

Students interested in a career as a chef may wish to apply for a new pre-apprenticeship course in Commercial Cookery. This is a 10-week full-time TAFE course, starting in Term 4, with a guaranteed apprenticeship upon successful completion. Please see Mr Farley if interested.

Year 11

Are you looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship?

If you are looking to begin your career as an apprentice or trainee, the 2022 Apprentice Intake Guide has been released. This guide has hundreds of job opportunities from businesses looking for apprentices/trainees in many different industries.

You can find the guide here.

Chef / cookery apprenticeships

Students interested in a career as a chef may wish to apply for a new pre-apprenticeship course in Commercial Cookery. This is a 10-week full-time TAFE course, starting in Term 4, with a guaranteed apprenticeship upon successful completion. Please see Mr Farley if interested.

Year 12

University applications open (TISC)

As of 19 April, Year 12s can apply for a place at University in 2022. In Term 3, all Year 12s will be provided with detailed information on how to apply via TISC.

There is no rush to apply and students will not miss out on a place at University. It is better to take your time and think carefully about the right course for you.

Closing dates are 30 September (for Medicine/Dentistry) and 21 December (all other courses).

University Early Offers

Western Australian universities are publishing their Early Offer programs for students entering university in 2022. Please see below for details:

Take a Gap Year with the Defence Force

You may be interested in taking a Gap Year next year and spending a year working in the Australian Defence Force (Army / Navy / Air Force). Details of this program can be found at: https://www.defencejobs.gov.au/students-and-education/gap-year 

ATAR Examination Timetables

The timetable for the 2021 ATAR examinations has been published, and can be accessed at: https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/examinations/examination-timetables

Year 12 students and families are reminded that all students enrolled in ATAR courses must attend, and make a genuine attempt at, the ATAR examinations. Failure to do so will result in that subject not counting towards your ATAR and/or WACE (graduation).

Are you looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship?

If you are looking to begin your career as an apprentice or trainee, the 2022 Apprentice Intake Guide has been released. This guide has hundreds of job opportunities from businesses looking for apprentices/trainees in many different industries.

You can find the guide here.

Chef / cookery apprenticeships

Students interested in a career as a chef may wish to apply for a new pre-apprenticeship course in Commercial Cookery. This is a 10-week full-time TAFE course, starting in Term 4, with a guaranteed apprenticeship upon successful completion. Please see Mr Farley if interested.

Post-school casual work

The College’s book supplier (West Books) is looking for casual workers for their warehouse. Work is available throughout the Term 4 / summer holiday period for immediate start. If interested, please contact Julie: Julie@westbooks.com.au

Information for school leavers and parents

Families and students may find these recent publications useful:

Upcoming Careers Events