Newman News Term 3 Week 8: From the Vice Principal

Key Dates

Mon 12 Sep – Year 5 Makers Market – 5.30pm 6.30pm, JHN Learning Hub 

Mon 12 Sep – Y7 2023 Parent Information Evening – 6.30pm – 7.30pm, Marist Auditorium 

Wed 14 Sep – Y7-12 ACC Athletics Carnival Division A – offsite 

Thu 15 Sep – Y6 IPSHA Athletics Carnival, All Saints College, Bull Creek 

Thu 15 Sep – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Opening Night, 6.30pm, Marist Auditorium 

Thu 22 Sep – Year 12 last day 

Thu 22 Sep – Year 12 Ball, 6.30pm – 11.00pm, Frasers Restaurant, Kings Park 

Fri 23 Sep – End of Term 3

Welcome to Week 8 and welcome to spring. This week there were a number of focuses on wellbeing and resilience across the school. As we finish another busy and productive term, it is a timely reminder to check in on each other to ensure our Marist family are travelling well. Over the last two weeks we have had Newman students compete across the school in the Speak Up finals in Primary and the Spirit of the Arts, Catholic Performing Arts festival continues for students in Years 3 to 12. Our Primary Athletics Carnival was a great success today, with the sun coming out to shine as our young people exhibited the sportsmanship and participation that defines our Marist family. The Year 7s came together to dance the night away on Thursday of this week and our Year 10 Children, Family and the Community students took on a virtual baby during Week 7 – they were shattered by the end of the week. There were numerous excursions and camps across Primary and secondary, including Outdoor Education, Humanities, Science and Gamechangers.  It is magnificent to see that we are once again able to provide these life-giving experiences of challenge, collaboration, and celebration to our students.  


NAPLAN Reports for our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will go live on SEQTA next week, Friday 16 September. Hard copies will be posted to your mailing address.

R U OK? Day 

Yesterday was R U OK? Day, the National Day of Action to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention. Students and staff were reminded that every day is the day to ask “are you OK?”  Starting meaningful conversations when we notice signs that people we care about might be struggling could help them to open up.  Asking if someone is okay is not always easy, but it could change a life. 

Staff and students were encouraged to accessorise with yellow items.  Yellow iced cupcakes were available for sale on all campuses, proceeds of which will go to R U OK to use towards mental health awareness. 


On Monday 5 September we held the first of our parenting series presentations. In partnership with Zero2Hero, Newman College invited three well known experts to our Marist Auditorium to speak to our parent and broader community on Resilience, specifically providing thoughtful insights into how to develop Resilient Young Minds, Claire Eaton, Claire Orange, and Linda Stade. As a mother to a lively 13-year-old, I certainly found the session useful, and entertaining.  My take aways…there is no substitution for connection and presence with your child. Teach you tween or teen how to focus on trying to stay above the line at least 80% of the time. When your young person approaches you with outrageous comments or tricky topical conversations, raise your eyebrows in a curious manner and seek further information. Finally, when conflicts and disagreements occur in peer groups, try not to get involved. Instead encourage your young person to Look for the good, Lift others up or failing that, Leave the person alone, give them space. Claire Eaton referred to these as the three Ls. 

Languages / Multicultural Week

The Languages Learning, once again, provided our students with various events throughout the week, Taiko – Japanese drums, Brazilian dancers, Indonesian musicians, accordion performance, and the ever-popular gelato van!  These events are just some ways we can bring greater cultural awareness to the College.   

Historically, this week is about celebrating those who have come from other areas of the world, and being able to share their culture, beliefs, and values with our multi-cultural country. 

Year 7 2023 Parent Information Evening

The College is running the Year 7 2023 Parent Information Evening on Monday 12 September at 6.30pm in the Marist Auditorium. This presentation covers relevant information about your child’s Year 7 experience in preparation for their transition from their current schools into their first year of secondary schooling here at Newman.   

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – College Production 

Excitement is building as we get closer to the opening night of our College production. Students, staff and members of our College community have been working very hard to ensure they dazzle you with their musical skills and creativity.  

Based on the famous novel by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features an original score composed by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and a book by David Greig. The score also pays homage to the Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley score from the 1971 film with songs from the motion picture including “Candy Man,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” “Oompa Loompa Song,” and “Pure Imagination.”  

Tickets are going fast so be sure to secure your tickets to a night of pure imagination! Click here to purchase your tickets.  

15/09/22 Opening night: 6.30pm    

16/09/22 Performance 2: 6.30pm   

17/05/22 Performance 3: 11.00am   

17/09/22 Performance 4: 6.30pm   

18/09/22 Performance 5: 11.00am 

SHINE Announcements

It is with great pleasure to announce some of the wonderful events our SHINE students have participated in recently.

Firstly, at Lavalla several students participated in the Children’s Book Council of WA Create a Book competition. Students spent time carefully curating their books and developing their stories. It is exciting to announce that Kate Gordon in Year 4 achieved second place for her book “Brother, Sister” in the story book category. We congratulate Kate for her efforts and her success in this wonderful competition. Well done Kate, we cannot wait to read more of your wonderful stories.

This term we have several students working towards the FameLab Academy Science communication competition. The FameLab is the world’s leading science communication competition that aims to discover charismatic early career scientists who can inspire people to see the world from new perspectives. We commend our school finalists – Ethan Wynne (Year 9 – Physics); Holly Kallawk (Year 9 – Space); Leyla Do (Year 9 – Height); Hannah Woolfrey (Year 8 – the heart) and Alyssa Petracca (Year 8 – Fingerprints). It is exciting to commend Leyla Do (Year 9) who will participate in the State Final on September 20 at the Heath Ledger Theatre.

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.