Newman News Term 4 Week 2: From the Vice Principal

Key Dates

Tuesday 25 October – Year 7 2023 Transition Workshop #1 – 3.30pm, Marist Auditorium 
Wednesday 26 October – Visual Arts and Technologies Exhibition – 5.00pm, Marist Auditorium 
Friday 28 October – Parent Soiree – 6.00pm, Marist Auditorium 
Monday 31 October to Friday 18 November – Y12 WACE Exams 
Monday 7 November to Friday 18 November – Y11 Exams 

Welcome back to our final term of 2022. I hope that the fine weather during the holidays gave everyone an opportunity to appreciate the warmth outdoors and enjoy the time away from the daily routine of school life. This term will go quickly and if the first two weeks are anything to go by, it will be busy, productive, and enjoyable.  

We welcomed our incoming Year 7 students for 2023 on Monday of Week One with their Orientation Day and bid farewell to our 2022 Year 12s at the Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday of Week Two. This Sunday marks the beginning of our Arts Festival, where our Performing and Visual Arts students will showcase their wonderfully artistic creations from PK to Year 12.   

Our College community celebrated our Patron, Saint John Henry Newman on Friday of Week One with a K-11 liturgy in the Marcellin campus. This beautiful celebration was followed by a buddy day in our Primary School. The buddy day took on a carnival theme and the Primary community, under the leadership of our new Year 12 student leaders for 2023, raised funds for our very own Telethon Little Star, Emily Siew. Our Secondary students also fundraised for Emily with ice creams, drinks and a staff vs students Basketball game. The Community raised over $11, 500 for telethon7.  

Arts Festival

You are invited to join us in the Marist Auditorium next week for two spectacular showcases of creative talent. 

Mythos, the Newman College Dance Showcase for 2022, is a celebration of human storytelling and of those iconic stories which have endured through time. Sunday 23 October at 10.00am. Tickets can be purchased here

Ignite showcases our emerging artists and designers from Kindergarten to Year 12. Come along to opening night on Wednesday 26 at 5.00pm to celebrate our students’ endeavours in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, and woodwork. 

Two great events, not to be missed! We look forward to seeing you. 

Featured artwork: ‘Leo and Stella’ Graphite drawing on paper by Year 11 student Olivia Li Castro

Uniform – Bathers and Rash Vest requirements  

As previously communicated the College has introduced New College bathers and rash vests. In keeping with College uniform expectations, students are required to adhere to the following changes relating to College bathers and rash shirts.  

  • Years 1-2: No change. Students continue to wear their own personal bathers and rash vests.  
  • Years 3-9 (2022): College bathers and rash vests are compulsory.  
  • Years 3-10 (2023): New style College bathers and rash vests will be compulsory. No old bathers or rash vests can be worn.  

** Due to stock issues earlier in the year, students in Years 7 to 10 may wear the older version of the College bathers and rash vests for the remainder of 2022. New bathers and rash shirt must be purchased for 2023.   

Transperth – School Service Changes 

Transperth have asked we share this information with our College Community.

Services often change at the start of a new Term.  These changes include School Specials, as well as regular routes that service schools in the area. 

These changes are made in order to offer the best possible service across the network. 

Students intending to travel to school via public transport should: 

  • Check for information. As services change, website information will be updated  
  • Plan your journey prior to the start of school. The JourneyPlanner will be updated with the new school services two weeks prior to the start of school. Remember to change the date in the JourneyPlanner to the first day of school 
  • Not every school will undergo changes, however all students should plan their journey using the Transperth website.  

Staff Movements  

Following the promotional appointment of Mrs Lisa McClue to Principal of Our Lady of Good Council, the College undertook an extensive recruitment process.  The College is very happy to announce that Mr Ryan von Bergheim will take on the role of Head of Primary at Newman College from 2023. Mr von Bergheim has 13 years of experience in Catholic Education and has held roles such as Curriculum Leader, Digital Lead, Assistant Principal Religious Education, Assistant Principal Administration and Acting Principal at St Thomas’ Primary School. Mr von Bergheim is currently the Assistant Principal of Padbury Catholic and was the Acting Principal in Terms 2 and 3 of this year. We look forward to welcoming Mr von Bergheim into our Newman family in 2023.  

Congratulations to three of our staff members who have been appointed into promotional positions in other communities. Mrs Jenny Miraudo, Director of Transformational Learning PK-12 will be moving to Corpus Christi College next year as Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning PK-12. Ms Katya Anderson, Leader of Learning PK-6 will also be moving to Corpus Christi to take on the role of Head of Primary; Mr Mat Puljiz, Leader of Wellbeing Year 12 will be moving to Santa Maria College as a Dean of Year. 

We are happy to announce that the new Deputy Principal of Teaching and Learning PK-12 at Newman College will be Mrs Beth Murphy. Mrs Murphy comes to us with 15 years of educational experience in Catholic PK-12 and secondary schools such as Mazenod, Holy Cross, Sacred Heart and Corpus Christi. Mrs Murphy has expertise in the areas of teaching and leading in Humanities and Social Sciences, English, Learning Diversity and Religious Education. Additionally, Mrs Murphy spent five years as a Unit Coordinator and lecturer at Curtin University in the Faculty of Humanities and in the School of Education. She worked closely with Undergraduate and Master of Teaching Students. Mrs Murphy has experiences in Middle and Senior Leadership in positions such as Learning Support, Learning Diversity, and Leader of Pedagogy & Practice. Currently, Mrs Murphy holds a senior leadership role as the Assistant Deputy Principal of Pedagogy and Practice at Mazenod College, Lesmurdie. Mr David husband, Mrs Jo Smith and Mr Luke O’Mara will be joining our Leaders of Wellbeing Team next year. All three staff members have experiences in middle and senior leadership, in a variety of schools and in the wellbeing space. 

Following Mr Stuart McClorey’s appointment to Director of Mission and Catholic Identity in Newman, I am pleased to announce that Mr Justin Kirry will be stepping into the role of Leader of Wellbeing Y3-6 next year. Mr Kirry comes to us from St Lukes with experiences in roles such as Assistant Principal, Digital Technologies and Transformation Lead, Quality Catholic Schools Coordinator and classroom teacher from Years 2 to 6. Our Leader of Wellbeing PK-2 will be announced in the next newsletter.   

Mr Matt Connell has stepped down from his position of Leader of Sport. Mr Connell will be returning to the Physical Education and Mathematics classroom from 2023. Mr Tom Williams will be taking a year of leave from his position of Assistant Leader of Sport in 2023 and has taken up the Guild Coordinator role from Term 4 2022. We have appointed Mrs Marnie Barrett into the Leader of Sport position from 2023. Mrs Barrett is a highly experienced leader and comes to us from Holy Cross College, where she is currently the Leader of Sport K-12.  

Ms Margaret Goldsmith, PK-12 Coordinator of Music, has been appointed to the role of Dean of Music at Northshore Christian Grammar School, commencing next year. Ms Louise O’Mahony will be finishing as a Home Economics Teacher and Mackillop Guild Coordinator effective the end of the year and will be taking a role in Iona Presentation College. Ms Laura Goodwin, English Secondary Teacher has been appointed as an English Teacher with English Curriculum Leader role at FCJ College in Melbourne, commencing next year.  Ms Bethwyn Legg, drama teacher, will be moving to St Marys for 2023. 

We will have an opportunity to thank outgoing staff members for their significant contribution at the end of the year and look forward to welcoming our new staff into the Newman Family.  

Other Appointments for 2022 / 2023 

Alessia Chiera  Neurodiversity Specialist  
Ashley Lloyd  Secondary HASS Teacher – Ongoing 
Caelin Peters  Secondary English Teacher  
Elena Buemi Music Tutor 
Emily Mincherton Home and Economics Teacher 
Kellie McDonald Primary Dance Teacher  
Nicolletta De Gennaro HASS Teacher 

NPC Meeting 

The next meeting was originally scheduled to take place on Monday 31 October.   
Please Note: this meeting date has been changed to Monday 7 November 6.00pm, St John Henry Learning Hub. 

This group is critically important in providing input and feedback.  We encourage parents to join us at this meeting to gain insight into our school improvement plan and to discuss school concerns. 

We look forward to welcoming you on Monday 7 November.