Newman News Term 4 Week 6: From the Ministry, Outreach and Advocacy Team

Marcellin Champagnat “showed himself to be a first-class educator of young people. His success in transforming the mostly poorly educated youth who wanted to be Brothers into capable teachers and religious educators was extraordinary. He was present among them, gave them good example, and helped them to develop humanly and spiritually. The secret of his success lay in the great simplicity with which he related to his young followers and in his great confidence in them.” (In the footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat, #23). Today, Newman College continues in Marcellin’s footsteps by working towards the development of the ‘whole person’, socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually.

Over the course of the last two weeks, students have been challenged to stand in solidarity with the poor and the marginalised both locally (St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal) and internationally (supporting the Kuya Centre in the Philippines). In true Marist style, students and staff across the College, have opened their hearts to those in need with an overwhelming demonstration of support.

Year 11 Philippines Immersion

Yesterday our Year 11 Philippines Immersion group were commissioned at our Thursday Morning Community Mass.

On Saturday 23 November, sixteen Year 11 students from Newman College and St Joseph’s School, Northam, begin their two week Immersion in the Philippines accompanied by Mr John Finneran, Principal, Mrs Carla Pastorelli, Leader of Wellbeing Year 11, Mr Tom Williams, Assistant Head of Sport, Mr Simon Martino, Leader of Wellbeing Year 9 and Mr Shane Bransby, teacher, St Joseph’s School, Northam.

The students attending are:
Jessica Ashwood, Anastasia Berti, Kate Broderick, Brodie Major, Meg Hobson, Mitchell Harris, Charlotte Easden, Ruby Vance, Samuel Giumelli, Samuel Beeton, Tegan Connelly, Damien Lockyer, Grace Collins, Jack Towie, Kate Harris (St Joseph’s School, Northam) and Hannah Morrison (St Joseph’s School, Northam).

We congratulate our 2019 Year 11 Philippines Immersion group on taking this next step in their journey following their six-month formation and preparation process.

Kuya Centre Free Dress Day / Crazy Hair Day – Gold Coin Donation

Over the past few weeks, students at the Marcellin and Lavalla Campuses were invited to wear Free Dress and students at Marian come to school with crazy hairstyles to raise both funds and awareness for the Kuya Centre in the Philippines which will be visited by the Year 11 Philippines Immersion group next week. The Free Dress Day raised $1,610.95 and the Crazy Hair Day $382.30. Every dollar raised on this day will be directed to young people supported by the Kuya Centre. The Kuya Centre is a project of Australian Marist Solidarity. You can read more about the Kuya Centre and the work of Australian Marist Solidarity by clicking here.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

The annual St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Appeal provides hope, comfort and dignity to over 3000 families in Western Australia who will be struggling during the Christmas season. As a Catholic school educating in the Marist Tradition, Newman College seeks to reach out and serve those in our community following the example set by Jesus in the Scriptures.

Items for the St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Appeal will be collected across the College’s three campuses at Marian, Lavalla and Marcellin. In 2019, Newman College will be supporting the St Vincent de Paul Society at both St Cecilia’s Church in the Parish of Floreat / Wembley, as well as at Our Lady of the Rosary, Doubleview.

A letter was sent home to parents outlining the items requested for each campus, as well as details about collection points.

Download St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal Letter 2019

Prayers for the Month of November

During the month of November, Catholics are invited to remember all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. Beginning the month of November is the feast of All Saints (Friday 1 November), followed by the feast of All Souls (Saturday 2 November).

You are invited to join our Thursday morning Community Masses at 8.10am to pray with and for those who have gone before us, both as saints, and those who you would like to remember in this month of November. Throughout November, staff and students are invited to write a prayer, or the name of a loved-one, and place it in a sealed box which will be placed at the front of the altar for each of our Masses in November. This box will be in the foyer of the Champagnat Chapel for the month of November. In this way, we as a community are able to unite our prayers in support and remembrance of each other, and to those who have travelled this way before us.

MYM Annual Christmas Trivia Night

Marist Youth Ministry and the Marist Association are hosting a Trivia Night to help fundraise for the Santa Teresa Holiday Program, which one of our teachers Miss Louise O’Mahony will be attending next year. This will be the first Trivia Night Fundraiser, which will run annually, and is open to all ages and families from Newman looking to have a blast and show off their knowledge. With plenty of prizes up for offer, it would be silly not to come! BYO all food and soft drink needed for the night. Click here to purchase tickets. We hope to see you there!

The Birth of Jesus and Christmas

The Centre for Faith Enrichment are running a course titled: The Birth of Jesus and Christmas. The Course runs on Thursdays between 5 December and 19 December, 7.30pm-9.30pm. This user-friendly online course looks at the origins and ‘developments’ of celebrating Christmas throughout the world whilst always returning to the ‘reason for the season’ – the birth of Jesus. The course is run by Rev. Dr Charles Waddell and the cost is $15. Click here for more information.


  • For all youth in Years 6-12
  • Every Sunday from 6.00pm – 8.00pm at St Cecilia’s Parish Centre, 47 Peebles Road, Floreat
  • Call Sebastian on 0403230395 or Emma on 0412310019 for more information.