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

05 Nov 2021

The exam season is now in full swing with the commencement of Year 12 ATAR exams this week and Year 11 Semester Two exams next week.

The exam period can often be time a doubt and worry for both students, parents, and guardians. Below are a few practical tips for parents and guardians to help their children survive the exam season.

  1. Help them to keep perspective: Discourage conversations that focus on ‘What if I fail?’ or ‘What if my mark isn’t good enough?’ Try to help them focus on what is happening now and what they can achieve now. Mindfulness and Guided Meditations can be a great resource and there are plenty available on iTunes or YouTube.
  2. Try not to nag: This can be difficult, especially if it seems they are trying to avoid their study. Help your child build in breaks and social time into their study plan, that way they don’t feel as though you are monitoring their time.
  3. Keep them fed & encourage exercise: Ensure that your child has access to plenty of healthy foods or show your support by making them their favourite meal. Exercise can help to provide a fresh perspective and can revitalise a tired child. A walk with the dog, a swim or a run can make a big difference.
  4. Promote sleep: ensure that your child is getting enough sleep. Fatigue can have a detrimental effect on the brain processes, especially memory. Students will perform better bright and alert for their exams.
  5. Make yourself available to help: Whether it is quizzing them on Human Biology concepts, driving them to an exam or timing them while they complete a practice exam – it all helps!

I wish all our Year 11 and 12 ATAR students and their families all the best for the exam period!

Key Dates – Next fortnight

Click here to view the key dates for the next fortnight.

Year 7 – 11 Assembly: 

I met with all Year 7 – 11 students during PCG on Thursday to address some concerns around damage to school property and litter on the school grounds. Unfortunately, students have recently damaged changerooms, bathrooms and furniture. I have also noticed an increase in litter around the College grounds after recess and lunch. It is disappointing behaviour and not reflective of the students at the College. Students have been asked to show respect for the College by ensuring that they pick up after themselves and I am pleased to say I have seen a big improvement already. I encourage families to reinforce this message to their children this weekend.

Extended PCG – Week 4 

Year 8

On Wednesday during Extended PCG the Year 8 students participated in the ‘2021 Year 8 Squad Games.’ Each student competed individually, on behalf of their Guild, to be the last one standing.

The first game was a Guild Vs. Guild Rock, Paper, Scissors ‘tug-of-war’ which saw four guilds eliminated at the end of this round. The next game saw the remaining students face-off in 1-on-1 balance games and once again, half of the Year 8s were eliminated. Eventually, two finalists emerged, Andre (CH08) and Jack B (CA08).These two boys had the hopes of their PCG riding on their shoulders as they competed for the major prize – a catered lunch of their choosing for their entire PCG! The final game was an abbreviated version of Minute to Win It ‘Movin’ on up” and the crowd (made up of the eliminated contestants) was buzzing in anticipation!

In the end, Jack’s quick hands guided him to a narrow victory over Andre! A huge thanks must go to the PCG teachers who were excellent in their roles of supporting their PCGs and acting as judges/officials/referees throughout the competition. Until next year…

Year 11

Year 11s finished the term with a reflection on the bitter and sweet experiences that have made up 2021. They were encouraged to recognise the importance of finding time to be still in the busyness of life and consider what they will bring as leaders of the College in 2022.

This was also an opportunity for College Principal, Mr John Finneran to address the students to congratulate them on their growth and achievements throughout 2021.

Guild Representatives

Our 2022 Guild Representative Nomination Process is underway. Students who have nominated for Guild Representative participated in group interviews with members of the 2022 Year 12 Student Leadership Team. The standard of applicants this year is high and we look forward to announcing the successful candidates at the end of the term.

Year 7 2022 Transition Workshop

Last Tuesday the 2022 Year 7s joined us for an afternoon workshop. Our Year 10 Peer Mentors and Guild Coordinators assisted in the running of the afternoon, which included afternoon tea and ‘Getting to Know You’ activities. Our final workshop is on Tuesday 16 November. The focus will be ‘Getting to Know the School,’ where learn to use their lock and practice using a timetable to get around the College.

Production Camp

Next week the lead actors of the 2022 College Production, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cast will participate in an overnight Production Camp at Peel Manor House. Our Years 3 – 5 lead students will attend a day program. We are looking forward to seeing the progress made at the camp!

Year 10 EDGE Barista Course

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, students from the Year 10 EDGE program will attend Barista Course Training at Fremantle Baristas. This opportunity will enable our students to be trained as a barista to not only support their future employment but also enhance their pathway forward. These students will be able to practice and refine their skills in the Newman Café in 2022.

Year 11 Semester 2 Exams

The Year 11 Semester 2 Exam Timetable can be found here. Students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Examination Rules and Procedures before their first exam. All Year 11 Students will be required to attend the Year 7 – 11 Awards Assembly on Thursday 25 November.

 

Careers and Pathways Update

Contact details:

Justin Farley
Pathways  Coordinator 
pathways@newman.wa.edu.au
Tel. 9204 9457

Alastair MacNeill
VET Coordinator
vet@newman.wa.edu.au
Tel. 9204 9415

Year 10

Subject Selection for Year 11, 2022

The College is currently constructing the timetable for Year 11, 2022, based on student subject selections. Later in Term 3, Year 10 students will be advised of their subjects for Year 11.

Summer job opportunities

Students interested in job opportunities over the summer holidays might like to check the employment listings at: https://summerjobs.com.au/

Year 11

C grade credits for work experience

Students who have completed more than 55 hours of work experience this year can receive credit for this in the form of additional C grades towards their WACE (secondary graduation). Please check with Mr Farley if you would like to do this.

Are you looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship?

If you are looking to begin your career as an apprentice or trainee, the 2022 Apprentice Intake Guide has been released. This guide has hundreds of job opportunities from businesses looking for apprentices/trainees in many different industries.

You can find the guide here.

Plumbing apprenticeship

A former Newman student (who now runs a plumbing and gas business) would like to take on a Newman student as an apprentice. Please see Mr Farley if interested in this opportunity.

Air-conditioning apprenticeship

We have a Newman family who own a large commercial air-conditioning installation business, and they would like to employ a Newman student as an apprentice. Please see Mr Farley if interested in this opportunity.

There is also another Scarborough-based air-conditioning business looking for a possible apprentice. Please see Mr Farley if interested.

Christmas casual work

Westcoast Hi-Fi Osborne Park is looking for a student to work as a casual over the Christmas period with the possibility of an on-going position for the right candidate.

Please contact Victor on 9443 5553 or email him at osbornepark@westcoast-hifi.com.au if interested.

Summer job opportunities

Students interested in job opportunities over the summer holidays might like to check the employment listings at: https://summerjobs.com.au/

Year 12

University applications open (TISC)

As of 19 April, Year 12s can apply for a place at University in 2022. In Term 3, all Year 12s will be provided with detailed information on how to apply via TISC.

There is no rush to apply and students will not miss out on a place at University. It is better to take your time and think carefully about the right course for you.

Closing dates are 30 September (for Medicine/Dentistry) and 21 December (all other courses).

TAFE applications open for 2022

If you would like to study at TAFE next year, please note the following dates for applications:

·       Applications open on Monday 6 September

·       Applications close on Friday 3 December

To apply, visit https://www.fulltimecourses.tafe.wa.edu.au/, select your desired course, and follow the links to apply.

 

ATAR Examination Timetables

The timetable for the 2021 ATAR examinations has been published, and can be accessed at: https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/examinations/examination-timetables

Year 12 students and families are reminded that all students enrolled in ATAR courses must attend, and make a genuine attempt at, the ATAR examinations. Failure to do so will result in that subject not counting towards your ATAR and/or WACE (graduation).

 

Plumbing apprenticeship

A former Newman student (who now runs a plumbing and gas business) would like to take on a Newman student as an apprentice. Please see Mr Farley if interested in this opportunity.

 

Are you looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship?

If you are looking to begin your career as an apprentice or trainee, the 2022 Apprentice Intake Guide has been released. This guide has hundreds of job opportunities from businesses looking for apprentices/trainees in many different industries.

You can find the guide here. 

Air-conditioning apprenticeship

We have a Newman family who own a large commercial air-conditioning installation business, and they would like to employ a Newman student as an apprentice. Please see Mr Farley if interested in this opportunity.

 

C grade credits for work experience

Students who have completed more than 55 hours of work experience this year can receive credit for this in the form of additional C grades towards their WACE (secondary graduation). Please check with Mr Farley if you would like to do this.

 

Post-school casual work

The College’s book supplier (West Books) is looking for casual workers for their warehouse. Work is available throughout the Term 4 / summer holiday period for immediate start. If interested, please contact Julie: Julie@westbooks.com.au

 

Information for school leavers and parents

Families and students may find these recent publications useful:

·       “Your Career: What’s next for you?”
https://www.yourcareer.gov.au/media/xlcbghjw/school_leaver_information_kit.pdf

·       “What’s next for your child?”
https://www.yourcareer.gov.au/media/111fn3at/parentsandguardiansguideforschoolleavers.pdf

·       Year 12 Information Handbooks

o   Part I (General Information): https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/652107/Year_12_Handbook_Part_1_2021.PDF

o   Part 2 (Examinations): https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/728888/Year_12_Handbook_Part_2_2021.PDF

 

UPCOMING CAREERS EVENTS

Engineering and Technology Evening
8 November
https://www.trybooking.com/701174
ECU Joondalup

Business and Law Evening
https://www.trybooking.com/747439
22 November
ECU Joondalup

Creative Futures Evening
8 December
SAE Perth
https://sae.edu.au/event/creative-futures-at-sae-perth/

UWA Application Help Day
19 December
UWA
https://www.uwa.edu.au/study/events/uwa-application-help-day-2021