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Newman News Term 4 Week 6: From the Deputy Principal Secondary

19 Nov 2021

Key Dates – Next fortnight

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

Remembrance Day  

On Thursday 11 November at 11am, Marcellin students gathered on Founder’s Court to commemorate Remembrance Day. The service was led by students in Years 7 – 10 and Mrs Bagg, who described the significance of Remembrance Day to our community. Students displayed reverence and respect throughout the service. Thank you to all staff and students involved in the service.

Year 10 Extended PCG – Discussion Panel 

Last Wednesday, Year 10 students participated in a panel discussion during Extended PCG. The aim of the panel discussion was to provide Year 10 students a forum to ask questions about topics linked to the Keeping Safe Curriculum, the Year 10 Wellbeing Program, and the Year 10 Health Curriculum. Students had an opportunity to ask an Emergency Department Doctor and Newman College staff questions on the following topics:

  • Protective Behaviours
  • Decision Making and Risk Taking
  • Personal Safety
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

Students were invited to submit questions prior to the discussion panel and our panel members were able to provide our Year 10 students with educated and expert responses. The Year 10 students engaged in the discussion in a thoughtful and mature manner. It is our hope that this experience will allow students to feel empowered to make good and positive choices going forward, and that the discussion help students to expand their knowledge to make informed decisions as young adults.

Year 7 2022 Transition Workshop 

The final Year 7 2022 Transition Workshop was held on Tuesday afternoon. The workshop was focused on Getting to Know the School. Our 2022 Year 7 students were welcomed by their Leader of Wellbeing, Mrs Bramanto, and shared afternoon with their PCG. Current Year 7 students led a Q&A session with the students. Students then participated in two activities; learning to use their combination lock and learning to read a timetable. They were then given a timetable and were challenged to follow the timetable and find their way around the campus. Students worked together to complete the challenges successfully. Thanks to our current Year 7 students, Year 10 Peer Support students and staff for their assistance in facilitating this workshop.

We can’t wait to welcome our 2022 Year 7 students at the start of next year!

Year 10 Humanities Incursion – Cecilia Hammond MP 

Yesterday, the Year 10 Humanities classes had the opportunity to meet Ms Cecilia Hammond MP, member for Curtin in the House of Representatives. Ms Hammond spoke to us about her involvement in multiple parliamentary committees such as intelligence and education. Ms Hammond discussed topics that link to the current Year 10 Humanities curriculum and provided a strong insight into how parliament is working in the current context of 2021. Ms Hammond discussed the GDP and the economic growth that our country is experiencing in the middle of a pandemic. We got an insight into the role of a parliamentarian, what a day in her life looks like and an understanding of the impact a member of parliament can have on their local community. The Year 10 students were engaged, and asked many interesting questions, which Ms Hammond answered confidently and kindly. It was a great experience and opportunity for our Year 10 students.

Year 10 Barista Course 

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, Year 10 EDGE students participated in a Barista course at Fremantle Baristas. The course began with a lesson on coffee beans and roasting, before learning how to use the coffee machines. After a morning tea and coffee break, students were shown how to produce the perfect extraction before learning to text milk and achieve the perfect microfoam. Students then had ample time to make cappuccinos, lattes, flat whites, and long macchiatos, even attempting some latte art! Our students quickly picked up the skills needed to make a great cup of coffee. Students will have an opportunity to practice their skills back at school in the Newman Café next year!

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Philosophy and Ethics at Newman College

 

Students in our Ethics course had the opportunity to enrich their reasoning skills in two challenging events this term. Firstly, students attended a first-year Philosophy lecture at UWA where they grappled with the question: “What is the mind?” This excursion prepared two teams very well for the online Ethics Olympiad competition which was held Monday 8th November.

The Ethics Olympiad is a competitive and collaborative event in which students analyse and discuss real-life, timely, and ethical issues.  It differs from a debate in that students are not assigned opposing views; rather, they defend whatever position they believe is right and win by showing that they have thought more carefully, deeply, and perceptively about the cases in question.

The two teams included the following students: Emily Peou, Zoe Boss and Sean Bolten and Charlotte Laurent, Angelica Rombouts and Ariana Mason. Students were challenged two four heats where they were required to analyse two case studies, respond to ethical questions and present their view to an opposing team. Students competed against several other WA schools, and two schools from Hong Kong. These students should be commended for their ability to reason and present their viewpoints in articulate and thoughtful ways.

Lara Ognenis, Gifted and Talented teacher

Year 11 Feedback Days 

The Year 11 Semester Two exams finish today, and feedback sessions will begin on Monday. The timetable for Feedback Sessions can be found here. It is compulsory for students to attend their Feedback sessions and are required to wear their summer uniform. These sessions give students an opportunity to go through the exam with their teacher and discuss exam technique and preparation.

Year 7 – 11 Awards Assembly 

The College will celebrate the achievements of our students in Years 7 – 11 at the awards assembly being held on Thursday 25 November in the Marcellin Gymnasium commencing at 8.45am.  Students are required to wear their Summer Uniform. The assembly will be recorded and streamed live. Please Click Here to access the link which will be live at 8.45am.
Parents of award winners will be notified early next week.

Year 10 River Cruise 

The Year 10 River Cruise will be held on Monday 22 November. The River Cruise departs the Barrack Street Jetty at 6:30pm and will return by 9:30pm. Students are asked to have dinner before they arrive as no food will be available on the boat. Students are looking forward to a fantastic night of dancing and costumes. The dress theme for the evening is Popular Culture Icons. Students can choose to wear themed attire or smart casual clothes. The River Cruise is always a highlight of the year and will be a wonderful celebration of the growth and achievements of this cohort.

 

Pastoral Care Group 

To provide students with consistent, predictable routines at the commencement of each day we will be moving Pastoral Care Group (PCG) to the beginning of the day. PCG class is critically important for relationship building, delivery of important messages and wellbeing programs, and for reiterating whole of school expectations in relation to our Newman College Norms.   This change has occurred after feedback from both students and staff on the effectiveness of the PCG classes in relation to the intent of the program. Period times for 2022 are listed below.

 

Problem Based Learning: Future Creators and Challenge Accepted 

During Week 9, students in Years 7 – 9 will participate a week-long problem-based learning challenge. Year 9 and 10 students who participated in the Problem Based Learning Immersion in the July holidays have been busy co-constructing the program for their peers. Students in Years 7 and 8 will work together in small groups and Year 9 students will work together.

Guided by staff, students will work collaboratively to create dynamic solutions to real-world problems. The week will culminate in a grand final assembly where students will present their solutions and their efforts will be celebrated.

This learning initiative reflects Newman College’s Vision for Learning ‘Shine through discovery’ – Let you light shine – and is focused on providing students with a range of enriching learning experiences. Students are permitted to wear their Sports uniform on Monday and Wednesday and their Guild Uniform on Tuesday. Students are required to wear their Summer Uniform on Thursday for the grand final assembly and Advent Liturgy.

For the week to be an enjoyable success and celebration of 2021, it is important that students see the significance of maintaining high standards of attendance, engagement and respect during Week 9, as it is at all other points in the academic year, and I sincerely appreciate your support in ensuring students in Years 7 – 9 finish the year on an exemplary note.

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. Early in Term 4, 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/

Hairdressing apprenticeship

We currently have an offer from Frank Basile Hairdressing in Floreat (and Kingsley) for an apprenticeship for a Newman student. Please let Mr Farley know if you’re interested in this opportunity.

The Flower Market (Herdsman and Subiaco)

We have an offer of employment at these businesses for a Newman student. Please contact Ron on 0417 721 712 if interested.

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

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