Newman News Term 3 Week 8: From the Leader of Wellbeing Primary

As we approach the end of another term, teachers and educators often find themselves reflecting on the year that has passed. Thoughts turn to academic growth, goal setting and celebration of achievement. But at this time, teachers are also reflecting on the young people their students are becoming. What difference have I been able to make in the lives of my students this year? How have I helped guide them? What do I still wish to achieve before the end of the year? One of the most important aspects of school that we frequently talk about is development of the whole child. But what does this mean? A well-rounded education is more than just a focus on academics, it is about developing character and resilience, a moral conscience and personal values in our students. It is these aspects of our students lives that will live on long after the lessons of the day are forgotten and those that will still shine through many years from now. It is an important part of the school experience that teachers are seeking to develop at all times.

Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to all students who successfully took part in a wonderful carnival today. We were blessed with good weather and it was so nice to welcome families back onto campus for one of the Years 3-6 community highlights of the year. Although there were some very close contested races throughout the day, in the end it was Knox faction who came out on top winning the carnival with 8059 points. Congratulations also to Delany Faction for winning the Spirit Award. As well as witnessing some terrific individual displays of athleticism today, even more importantly there were plenty of fine examples of sportsmanship and support for each other to be seen today too. Well done to these students. We owe a big thanks to Mrs Richards for all her hard work in preparing and organising the day and hope everyone enjoyed themselves. Age Champions will be announced at the next assembly. Click here to see more photos from the day.

Fathers Day Liturgy

On Monday, the Lavalla Campus welcomed all fathers and father figures onto campus for a coffee and a special Morning Prayer Assembly. We heard from some of our Year 3 Red students who had created both good humoured, and meaningful reflections about their Dads and we took some time to celebrate all the wonderful contributions Dads make to our lives. Please enjoy one of the reflections from Grace Taylor in 3 Red below:

Dear Dad,

Happy Father’s day! Thank you for being there when I need you. I like it when we go to the park with Snowy and fly the kite, it makes me feel good at the end of the day. I like how we laugh at things on the radio.

Time for a Guess Who? He shouts at the TV in football games like the players can hear him, he pretends he is the commentator on the radio, and takes me to the park with Snowy. Can you guess who he is? It’s my Dad!

He’s funny, kind, cheerful and loving, plus a thousand other adjectives I don’t have time to say.

Love from Grace.


Last week students were treated to a bumper assembly headlined by the Year 3 Green class who delivered a great performance centred around the Earth, Sun and Solar System. Students have been learning all about this topic in class and presented both an informative and entertaining assembly item (with plenty of songs and choreography too). Well done to Mrs Gray and our wonderful Year 3 Green students. We also celebrated our IPSHA Cross Country participants and a large number of award winners which is so pleasing to see. Well done to all students! If you missed the Assembly you can watch it by clicking here

Marcellin Award

The Marcellin Award at Lavalla is presented at assemblies to one student selected by the Leadership Team from submitted nominations.

Congratulationns Benji Davies, Year 5 who was awarded the Marcellin award at the last assembly. Benji is a young man who is always ready to offer a helping hand and give up numerous lunch times to help others. Every one of his thoughts and actions is genuinely motivated from the heart, in both his consideration of others and in his endeavour to be the best person he can be. His humble, respectful, and diligent nature has made him a valued member of not only his class, but the Newman College community. Congratulations Benji on demonstrating the Marist values of St Marcellin Champagnat so readily and setting a fine example for others.

The West Australian Advertisement Award

In Term 2, Year 4 students entered a competition run by The West Australian newspaper to design an advertisement. Each student had to choose a company to research and design an ad within the stated guidelines. Almost 1000 advertisements were entered and the winners were chosen based on their visual appeal, originality and creative concepts. Congratulations Ella Baw whose winning design was featured in The West Australian. She received a $100 gift certificate too. Well done Ella on an amazing effort!

Author Visit

Last Monday, students received a visit from West Australian author and artist Michael Speechley. Michael spoke with students about the process he went through to get his first book published and the many occasions he has had to overcome failure in his life. He delivered a very humorous, but heart-warming presentation that finished with him reading his first ever book, ‘The all new must-have orange 430’ – a book about consumerism and the different ways our choices can impact the environment. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event and we must thank Mrs Le Dan for the time and effort she took to organise this visit.

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Photo Day Reminder

Families are reminded that School Photo Day is on Monday 14 September (Term 3 Week 9).

Students need to remember to come to school in their full winter uniform. Boys are reminded to have their ties on, top buttons done up and shirts tucked in. Girls are to make sure they are wearing the appropriate hair ties and jewellery. All students will need their envelopes to present to the photographers on the day. A schedule of the day’s photos is below.

Download 2020 Lavalla Campus Photo Schedule

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Dental Screening

Dental Screening for all students enrolled in the school Dental Service will take place on Thursday 5 November.

The screening is a quick growth and development check to look for any obvious concerns. It is not a full dental examination.

If you have any queries please contact Deanmore DTC on 9245 2664