Newman News Term 4 Week 2 2020: From the Vice Principal

Graduation Award Winners

Last night, families, friends and staff gathered to celebrate Mass and Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2020. This is a very special occasion on the College Calendar and marks the end of a journey from Kindy to Year 12. The achievements were acknowledged with the presentation of Subject Awards and College Awards. Congratulations to each student and their family. We extend our thanks to teaching staff, from Primary through to Secondary, who have guided, walked with and supported each student over many years. Special thanks to Mrs Carla Pastorelli, Leader of Wellbeing Year 12. Your commitment to this group of students has been unwavering and exemplifies the true mark of a teacher.

As Marist educators, we reflect on the words of Marcellin, ‘May their lives be an echo, of what you’ve taught them’. Our prayer for the graduates of 2020 is that their lives continue to be formed by the tenants of our Marist spirituality and each of you leave Newman College with the courage of your faith, a heart for compassion and a call for service.

Click here to see the full list of award recipients and more photos from the night.

Newman Parents 2021

Planning for the 2021 Newman Parents program is underway. If there is a topic you would like to explore, please email me at

It is hoped the College can offer a program of both online and face to face parent engagement opportunities.

Awards Ceremonies 2020 

Mindful of the restrictions in place, the College is preparing and planning the best way to host respective Awards Ceremonies at the end of the year to maximise parent engagement, acknowledge the achievements of students and celebrate the 2020 school year.

Please Save the Dates below. Details of each event will be shared closer to the date.

  • Years 7-9 Awards Ceremony – Thursday 26 November, Marist Auditorium
  • Years 10-11 Awards Ceremony – Thursday 26 November, Marist Auditorium
  • Year 6 Celebration Assembly and Lavalla Awards – Tuesday 8 December, Marist Auditorium

Arts Festival

A reminder that the 2020 PK-12 College Arts Festival opens on Sunday 25 October with Divergence the Dance Showcase held in the Marist Auditorium. This is a ticketed event, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Click here for more information.

Covid-19 Update

With the delay of moving to Phase 5 restrictions by the State Government, the following protocols will remain in place until 24 October.

  • Assemblies and College community events: Whole school and campus assemblies are limited to ensure student numbers do not exceed the 2m2 rule. Adult visitors and staff should maintain physical distancing where possible.
  • The College will continue to enforce the 2m2 rule per adult for indoor spaces. All official visitors as per College guidelines are required to sign in.
  • Student attendance at school is compulsory, except for those who are recognised as medically vulnerable or who have medically vulnerable family members. If you are concerned about your own family situation, please contact Lisa Fogliani, Vice Principal for additional clarity and advice.

The Government has stressed the importance of Western Australians to continue to keep up physical distancing where possible and to maintain good personal hygiene to better protect ourselves and the general health of the community.

In addition, students will be continually and explicitly taught the importance of handwashing, physical distancing and observing personal hygiene to a high standard (as developmentally appropriate).

If Students are Unwell 

We ask that students who are presenting with a fever or flu like symptoms stay at home until their symptoms are clear.  It is the responsibility of all families to ensure they support the wider College community.

Our Commitment To Child Safety

The College is committed to providing an environment that is safe for all children. We actively work towards and promote the principles of the Catholic Education’s Child Safe Framework. The framework upholds a child safe culture, healthy and respectful relationships, and extended guardianship in school communities, based on the latest research and recognised best practices.  At times, we rely on partnership with parents to ensure all members of our community are safe, supported and cared for. Thank you to community members that have positively and openly supported this intent. If you are concerned about a child, please communicate with Campus Leaders, Leaders of Wellbeing or any member of the Senior Leadership Team.

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.  Postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are also bound 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.