Newman News Term 4 Week 2: From the Ministry, Outreach and Advocacy Team

“A Marist school is a centre of learning, of life, and of evangelising. As a school, it leads students “to learn to know, to be competent, to live together, and most especially, to grow as persons”. As a Catholic school, it is a community setting in which faith, hope and love are lived and communicated, and in which students are progressively initiated into their lifelong challenge of harmonising faith, culture and life.”
– Water from the Rock, #126.


As our Year 12 students leave Newman College, we pray that their Marist school experience will be one that continues to transform and animate them to be people of the Gospel beyond their formal schooling.

Anti-Poverty Mass

On Thursday 17 October, the 2020 Social Justice Captains, Faith and Liturgy Captains and four Year 6 leaders, joined other students across the Diocese for the annual Anti-Poverty Mass. The Anti-Poverty Mass aimed to inspire, encourage and affirm the actions and efforts of young leaders to “Be the Light” in the world as we strive towards ending the suffering caused by poverty at home and abroad. Georgia Whitely and Tegan Connelly lead the procession to the altar carrying the Anti-Poverty cross.

Remar Gold Graduation

On Tuesday 22 October, 25 Remar Gold Rowers celebrated their Gold Graduation. This event acknowledged the incredible achievement of those Rowers who have been involved in the three-year program at the College. Throughout the evening, Rowers had the opportunity to affirm each other, thank their helm, Mr Van der Heever, as well as significant adults who have helped them through their journey, including Brother Terry Orrell, Mrs Clare Cole-Carter and Mr Daniel Litjens. The affirmations shared by the Rowers demonstrated the unique nature of the Remar program. Over the three crossings, Red (Year 10), Blue (Year 11) and Gold (Year 12), these remarkable young people have overcome challenges and obstacles to foster a caring and compassionate community that works for justice and peace. Thank you to Mr Van der Heever for his tireless support and guidance of this amazing group of students over the last three years. Thank you also to Mr John Finneran, Mrs Lisa Fogliani, and other staff who attended. Thank you to Br Terry Orrell who represented the Marist Brothers who continually shows us what it means to be Marist.

Philippines Free Dress Day – Friday 8 November 

On Friday 8 November, all students in Years 7-12 are invited to wear free dress to raise both funds and awareness for the Kuya Centre in the Philippines which will be visited by the Year 11 Philippines Immersion group in November. Every dollar raised on this day will go directly to young people supported by the Kuya Centre (a project of Australian Marist Solidarity).

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

The annual St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Appeal provides hope, comfort and dignity to over 3000 families in Western Australia who will be struggling during the Christmas season. As a Catholic school educating in the Marist Tradition, Newman College seeks to reach out and serve those in our community following the example set by Jesus in the Scriptures:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters, you did for me.”
Matthew 25: 35;40


Items for the St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Appeal will be collected across the College’s three campuses at Marian, Lavalla and Marcellin. In 2019, Newman College will be supporting the St Vincent de Paul Society at both St Cecilia’s Church in the Parish of Floreat / Wembley, as well as at Our Lady of the Rosary, Doubleview.

A letter was sent home to parents outlining the items requested for each campus, as well as details about collection points.

Download St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal Letter 2019

New Marist Youth Ministry (MYM) Regional Assistant in Perth

Daniel Litjens (pictured right) has been appointed as the first MYM Regional Assistant for Perth. Daniel is connected to the MYM Southern Team, linked with Melbourne and Adelaide. Having previously been on the Remar Ministry Team in 2017 and supporting Newman College with Remar retreats and camps, Daniel will bring experience, energy and passion to Marist Youth Ministry by connecting senior students and young adults to faith and service opportunities in Perth as well as helping them connect, grow and serve as future Young Marists. Post school young adults wishing to connect with Daniel can reach him at

24:7 Floreat Youth Group  

  • For all youth in Years 6-12
  • Every Sunday from 6.00pm – 8.00pm at St Cecilia’s Parish Centre, 47 Peebles Road, Floreat
  • Call Sebastian on 0403230395 or Emma on 0412310019 for more information.

Centre for Faith Enrichment Courses

Matthew’s Genealogy: One Introductory Story of Jesus, Tuesdays, 5 – 26 November, 10.00am – 12.30pm

Over four weeks, we will explore why Matthew thinks that Jesus’ birth/origin/genesis needs to be seen through the lens of a genealogy. We will see how a list of names helps us to understand who Jesus is, where he comes from, and what his purpose is. We will unpack Matthew’s story in the genealogy in the light of God’s saving presence in humanity’s history through the prophets, the kings and other very unexpected and often what we might classify as unacceptable, people.

CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Knowledge

  • When: Tuesdays, 5 – 26 November, 10.00am – 12.30pm
  • Cost: $35 (4 sessions)
  • Speaker: Sr Clare Sciesinski PBVM
  • Location: Newman Siena Centre, Doubleview (Clune Lecture Theatre).