Newman News Term 4 Week 2: From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians

I trust Term 4 has commenced well for all families.  Our first two weeks have provided many opportunities for our community to come together, both as cohorts and as a College.  Our incoming Year 7 cohort for 2023 participated in an Orientation Day with a program assisting their familiarisation with Secondary School for the commencement of 2023.  Year 10 students came together for their week-long adventure camp in Margaret River and Year 12 students finished their mock exams.  As a school we celebrated St John Henry Newman Day last Friday along with our primary school buddy day and fundraiser.  Emily Siew is one of the Little Stars for this year’s Telethon.  The College is very proud of Emily and we look forward to supporting her during this weekend’s Telethon.

Year 12 Graduation

On Wednesday evening we celebrated the Class of 2022’s Graduation at Optus Stadium, with 640 people in attendance.  This significant event, which commenced with Mass and followed by our formal Graduation presentation, marks the end of our Year 12 students’ formal Secondary education.

The Year 12 motto this year, “United in spirit and mind, the class of 2022 forever aligned”, has been lived out throughout the year.  Our Year 12 students, as individuals and as a collective, have conducted themselves in a commendable manner and have exemplified our College’s Vision for Learning ‘Shine through Discovery’ – let your light shine (Matthew 5:16).

In my speech I referred to the poem, The Road not Taken by Robert Frost, and the impact decisions we make have on our lives.  Do we take the easy road, or the road less travelled.  To view my speech in full, please click here

I thank the Year 12 students for their contributions to Newman College and look forward to hearing of their journeys in the years to come.

School Registration

The final aspect to Newman College’s School Registration was held on Monday when members of the Non-Government Schools Regulation Department visited the College and met with our new Marist Schools Regional Director, Darren McGregor.  Renewal of School Registration this year by the Department of Education is a result of the incorporation of Marist Schools Australia Limited becoming our governing body from 1 January 2022. 

Newman College now has certified registration for a 5 year period, 1 January 2022-31 December 2026, under the governance of Marist Schools Australia.

Newman College Advisory Council

The Advisory Council took advantage of the visit of our MSA Regional Director and brought forward their final meeting for 2022 to last Monday 17 October.  Darren McGregor spoke at length about the governance structure of Marist Schools Australia which ensures each of their 12 governed schools is well supported by a Regional Director.  He provided a roadmap about how he would personally support Newman College in his role, ensuring that he visited the school on a number of occasions throughout the year.    

Arts Festival 2022

Please click here to view details of two significant upcoming events – Mythos Dance Showcase on Sunday 23 October and Visual Arts and Technologies Exhibition Opening on Wednesday 26 October.

Newman Parents Consultative Committee (NPC) Meeting – Monday 7 November

The final meeting of 2022 will be held on Monday 7 November.  Further information will be circulated closer to the time.

COVID-19 Update

Please click here to view the latest update on our College website.

Marist Sporting Carnivals

We are delighted to report that our Marist Sporting Carnivals are resuming, commencing with the Cricket Carnival 4-9 December this year in Warragul Victoria.  The Basketball Carnival will be held in Adelaide 26-30 March 2023 and the Netball Carnival will be held in Perth 19-21 June 2023.  We have commenced our planning for the staging of the Netball Carnival here in Perth and very much look forward to welcoming our visitors to Perth.

New Members of the College Executive

We welcome two new members of staff to the College and its Executive Team commencing 2023:

  • Beth Murphy has been appointed to the position of Deputy Principal of Teaching and Learning PK-12.  Beth replaces Jenny Miraudo following Jenny’s appointment to Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning PK-12 at Corpus Christi College. 
  • Ryan von Bergheim has been appointed to the role of Head of Primary.  Ryan replaces  Lisa McClue following Lisa’s appointment to the position of Principal at Our Lady of Good Counsel at Karrinyup.

We wish Jenny and Lisa every success in their new roles and look forward to celebrating their contributions to Newman College at the end of the year.

John Finneran