As we are fast approaching the end of the school year, I have been spending some of my time this week reading over report comments and reflecting on some of the wonderful learning and growth that has occurred over the year. As educators, we always hope that our children have positive experiences at school and that these experiences contribute both to their learning and their wellbeing too. As first educators of children, parents and families play a really important role in this too. The way we talk about and discuss opportunities or challenges within school can really frame the experiences that many of our students will go on to have. It is important for children to have a positive mindset when it comes to school and look forward to the opportunities they are presented with each day. If you feel the College could help you or your family with this, please just talk to myself or your classroom teacher.
Last week, students across the College celebrated NAIDOC Week. The theme for this year was ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ which recognises First Nations people who have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. Part of our NAICOC Week celebrations saw Year 4 Red present a performance and dance that retold the story of the Rainbow Serpent. It was a beautiful and respectful item which was a lovely way to end our week of celebrations.
We also congratulated several Merit Award winners and some very special recipients of the Art Excellence Awards which were a part of the recent Arts Festival.
Last week, our Marcellin Award was awarded to James Bornmann in Year 6. James is the living example of what it means to be an upstanding young man. Whether in class or on the sporting field, in a small group with friends, or in his role as Student Councillor, James epitomises what it means to be a student at Newman College. He has carried himself with both distinction and pride all year and put simply, is one of those special young people that makes our College a better place. Other students can learn from his positive approach to all aspects of school life as well as the way he treats others. James is a leader in the truest sense of the word. Well done James on setting such a fine example for others.
Last week, our Gifted and Talented (GATE) students from Years 3-6 gathered in the hall to present a showcase on a project they have been working on over the second half of the year. The showcase centred around the theme ‘Project Homeless’ which was a problem-based learning project where students were challenged to work together to create a solution to the homeless issues we see here in Perth.
Students were very excited to share their innovative ideas, completed projects and learning experiences. The students’ dedication, hard work and commitment to this project was excellent and it was wonderful to see so many families attending in support.
A big thank you to Mrs Zelich and Miss Sankar for their support of these students and the GATE initiative.
Lavalla Sing & Strings Concert
On Wednesday evening, a number of our Arts students took part in the Lavalla Sing & Strings Concert. Students performed a number of items as individuals, duets, bands and choirs. It was lovely to see the Marist Auditorium so full with families who are so keen to support the College’s Arts programs. We must give a special thanks to Mrs Grayden and the Arts Department for a wonderful evening, as well as the numerous music tutors across our Campus who have worked with our students all year to help them be ‘performance ready’.
This week, a number of students from the Lavalla Campus have taken up the opportunity to become involved in altar server training. Students have been meeting at lunch time to work with Mr Martino and our Acolyte, Mr Diamond to learn the ways of altar serving and the significance of some of the processes and rituals of Mass. It is so lovely to see students so willing to serve their College community in such a positive way. We wish them the best of luck as they continue their training.
Caritas Virtual Social Justice
Yesterday, students from a number of classes participated in the first of the Caritas Virtual Social Justice sessions. A recount from two of our Year 6 students is below:
“Today we participated in the Caritas Virtual Social Justice Sessions. We joined other schools around Perth and listened to presenters from Honiara, Solomon Islands and learnt about the challenges faced when collecting water and the importance of water. They shared a story about Pete who lives in the Solomon Islands and what he goes through with his disability. We now have more of an understanding of how much of a struggle these people go through every day.” Lola Corbett & Grace Richardson, Year 6 Green students
Swimming lessons commenced this week and it has been lovely to see so many students taking part so wholeheartedly. The manner and respectful nature of students has been on full show this week and it is so pleasing to see students leaving a positive impression on the swimming instructors. Swimming lessons will continue next week and we thank Mrs Short who has organised all our lessons this year.
College Hats For Sale
All students are required to have the College hat as part of the College’s uniform requirements. In line with our “no hat-no play” policy, students must wear a hat if they want to play outside. Hats are available to purchase from the College Uniform Shop or Lavalla Administration Office for $20. We ask you clearly mark hats and all other uniform items with your child’s name so misplaced items can be returned.