Newman News Term 4 Week 2: From the Deputy Principal Secondary

Welcome back to Term 4. I hope that our students and families enjoyed a wonderful break. Term 4 is shaping up to be a great term, filled with many opportunities for our students.

Key Dates – Next fortnight

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The Class of 2021 

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 on their Graduation! This significant milestone was celebrated at Optus Stadium on Wednesday 20 October. It was a fantastic evening commencing with Graduation Mass, followed by dinner, the presentation of the Class of 2021 and Major Awards. We wish our Year 12s all the best for their future beyond Newman College, we know that your time spent at Newman has prepared them well for what may lie ahead.

Our Year 12 ATAR students have now completed their Semester Two Exams and have received feedback from their teachers. We wish them the best of luck as they prepare for their upcoming WACE exams.

Year 10 Adventure Camp 

Week 1 saw our Year 10 cohort depart for a week down south in beautiful Karridale to take part in our annual Year 10 Adventure Camp. Run by the Outdoor Education Group, this camp provides our young people with an opportunity to not only challenge but extend themselves in a safe and supportive environment. With the key aims of developing relationships, leadership skills, resilience and independence, this camp certainly provided the Year 10s with experiences that supported their self-development and transition to becoming young adults within our Newman community.

Our Year 10s faced a number of challenges – be that physical, emotional or mental – but their strong sense of self belief, support of their peers and their desire to achieve more than they think, was resoundingly evident in all they undertook. Activities included: rock climbing, caving, high ropes, canoeing, abseiling and plenty of ‘bush bashing’ hiking – and whilst these activities were tough, the sense of accomplishment and achievement was outstanding and a privilege to witness. The feedback from students relating to the development of their peer relationships has been very positive. They have all expressed that they have strengthened existing friendships and provided them with the opportunity to get to know others in their group that they may not have known as well before departing camp. The vibe around the camp site was buzzing and they were excited to progress to Year 11 with such strong and positive bonds with each other.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Year 10s for the way in which they conducted themselves across this week. The level of maturity, respect and kindness that was displayed reflects that these young men and women are developing into well rounded young adults and members of our community. Each student reflected and embodied our Marist values in all they undertook, and it was an absolute pleasure working with our young people on this camp. I was impressed with the way in which this cohort of students presented themselves, and that positive attitude they displayed all week – I am very proud of the way in which they represented themselves and the College.

Thank you is also extended to the Newman College staff that assisted and accompanied our Year 10’s on this camp. Our staff played many roles on camp and enabled our students to achieve their goals and push themselves outside of their comfort zones. Thank you for your support and being away from your families to ensure that the 10s had such a memorable experience.

Newman College Staff:

  • Paige Adams
  • Jorja Clarke
  • Cath Bagg
  • Cliff Reaves
  • Torren Diletti
  • Andrew Shuckstes
  • Matthew Connell
  • Alex Gerreyn
  • Regan Dyer
  • Bonnie Keynes
  • Chris James
  • Cameron Tremayne
  • Kathy Fryer
  • Gabby Biasin
  •  Alison Fitt
  • Michael Van Der Heever

2022 Guild Representatives 

Guild Representative nominations for 2022 have begun for students from Years 7 – 11. Students seeking leadership opportunities in their Guild are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will work closely with the Year 12 Leadership Team, PCG teachers and Guild Coordinators in 2022.

Students can nominate via an online form which has been sent out through direct messages this week. On the form students are prompted to ensure that they have discussed their nomination with parents or guardians. Following nominations, staff will endorse students and there will be a vote in PCG. Students will also undertake an interview as a part of the process.

This is an opportunity for students to build on their leadership skills and represent their cohort in school wide initiatives. Please discuss this opportunity with your child and encourage them to apply.

Student Time Management  

This week, students were informed that their teachers will be closely monitoring students arriving late to class this term. The aim of this is to support student organisation and punctuality. The beginning of each lesson is where important information is provided and helps to set students up for a successful lesson and to get the most out of their learning. Leaders of Wellbeing will regularly monitor students arriving late to class and will contact students and families if there are concerns.

Transperth School Bus Services 

Transperth have notified the College that there are a number of students using the School Bus Services with insufficient funds on their SmartRiders. If your child utilises the Transperth School Bus Servcies, please ensure that they have sufficient funds for their journey.