Newman News Term 4 Week 6: From the Vice Principal

The term is moving quickly, and the students continue to be engaged in their learning across the school. The Primary Build is taking shape, and it is becoming easier to visualise what this wonderful new space will look like. This week we welcomed our new little Newman Beings to the Kindergarten Orientation for 2024, and we had our Year 7 Newman Beings of 2024 return to the Marcellin campus for another transition afternoon. These activities help our incoming students to form mental models, relationships and hence prepare them for a smooth and welcoming start to 2024.  

Class of 2023 Photos

If your child attended the Year 12 Graduation Evening, please access the images here to view and order.

The School Access Code is: NCMC142 

Christmas Carols & Primary Awards Night 

Due to several events taking place across the College we ask for parents support in following the below directions in relation to attending the Newman College Carols event:

  • Parents must park on the Cricket Oval. Enter via Dolomite Ave. With an event also taking place in the Auditorium and the Gymnasium, College car parks must not be used.
  • Toilets for parents are located in the Sports Centre. Students will be escorted to change room toilets by their teachers. Toilets in the Auditorium will not be available for the Carols event.
  • A BBQ will be available for all students and parents on the night.

Kindy to Year 5 2024 Transition Afternoon and Class List Distribution

On Friday 1 December, students from Kindy to Year 5 will participate in a transition session ‘Move Up Day’. This is part of our Wellbeing program, which aims to provide students with a smooth move into their 2024 class.    

Students will be informed of their 2024 classroom allocation on this day and will then spend the afternoon session with their 2024 classroom teacher and classmates. This session will be focused on familiarising students with their new learning space, learning more about their teacher and undertaking some fun activities.  

Class lists will be distributed to families that afternoon, and parents are encouraged to support their child’s placement and successful transition by engaging in positive discussion about the process and excitement about the future possibilities for their child.  

Please note: Class lists are final and no changes are possible.    

Year 3 2024 Transition

On Friday 1 December, as part of our Transition program, all current Year 2 students will attend a Transition Day at the Lavalla Campus, in preparation for 2024.   
The purpose of the day is to familiarise students with the Lavalla Campus and will involve a range of lessons and activities that will allow them to familiarise themselves with and experience their new Campus in 2024.  
Year 2 students should wear their blue Newman College sports uniform and bring their school bag containing recess, lunch, a water bottle, and the College hat.   
Families can drop students off at the Lavalla Campus from 8.15am, and students need to assemble in the Lavalla Hall where their Year 2 teachers will be waiting. Students should be collected from the Lavalla Hall from 2.45pm.   

Year 1 to 6 Swimming Lessons

A reminder Swimming Lessons commence on Monday for our Year 1-6 students. Important information regarding swimming lessons was emailed to all Year 1-6 parents on Monday of this week. Please refer to this email to ensure your child is prepared to start swimming on Monday.  

Click here for swimming information

Water Fun Day at Marian Campus

In Week 9, Marian Campus will be hosting their annual Water Fun Day including water slides, bubbles and all sorts of water play fun for the last day of school!  

  • Kindy – Water Fun Day will be held on Tuesday 5 December.  
  • Pre-Primary to Year 2 – Water Fun Day will be held on Wednesday 6 December.  

Please ensure your child is wearing sunscreen before school. Class teachers will ensure students reapply during the day as necessary. Students from Pre-Primary to Year 2 can wear their Sports Uniform for the day. Students may wish to wear their bathers underneath their clothes/sports uniform.  At different times throughout the day the students will be participating in the water fun activities.    

Students will need to bring:   

  • Bathers  
  • Rashie  
  • Towel  
  • Sunscreen  
  • Hat  
  • Spare bag for wet clothes  

This year, Pre-Primary to Year 2 students will have the opportunity to order a special Pizza meal deal from the canteen on this water fun day.  Parents can view the meal deal for the pizza order on Flexischools. All orders must be placed on Flexischools by 2.00pm on Wednesday 29 November. No orders will be accepted after this date. The canteen will still be available throughout this week, with a limited menu.  

Please note, parents are unable to attend the Water Fun Day. Supervision will be provided by teaching staff.

Lavalla Pizza Pool Parties  

As in previous years, Lavalla students in Years 3 – 5 will take part in a Pizza Pool Party at the Newman College pool on the following days from 11.00am until 3.00pm.  

Year 3 – Monday 4 December  

Year 4 – Tuesday 5 December  

Year 5 – Wednesday 6 December  

Students will need to bring:   

  • morning tea   
  • water  
  • school bathers  
  • rashie  
  • towel  
  • shoes and socks  
  • thongs  
  • hat  
  • Sunscreen  

Students may wish to wear their bathers underneath their clothes / sports uniform on this day.  

Parents can view the meal deal for the pizza order on Flexischools.  All orders must be placed on Flexischools by 2.00pm on Wednesday 29 November.  No orders will be accepted after this date. If your child is not ordering a pizza meal, they will need to bring their own packed food as usual on this day. The canteen will still be available throughout this week, with a limited menu. No other food is to be delivered on the day.  

Please note, parents are unable to attend the Pizza Pool Parties. Supervision will be provided by teaching staff.   

iPad Program 2024  

The College will continue with its rollout of College owned and managed iPads. In 2024, students in Years 2 – 4 will have a College owned and managed iPad. Students in Years 5 and 6 will continue to use their BYOD iPad.  

Parent Representatives 2024  

Each year, a Parent Representative is selected for each class in Pre-Kindy to Year 6.  The Parent Representative role is purely a pastoral and social role for members of the class. In 2024, the College will be advising those selected as a Parent Representatives that their focus is purely and primarily a social, community-building role, which may involve liaising with the class teacher with regards to any support required.   

In 2024 we will be asking parent reps to refrain from providing their parent groups with reminders or information about classroom/school events, dates, etc. The Primary staff have done a lot of work this year in building communication to parents, through initiatives such as the weekly SeeSaw slides from each class. In 2024, it is essential that parents refer to official College communication (SeeSaw, email, Newsletters) as their main source of information as all details are provided through these channels, and not rely on parent reps for this information.  

In the coming weeks an electronic form will be sent to Primary parents asking for nominations for the parent rep role, as well as asking parents to provide consent for their details to be shared with the class rep. Once received, we ask you to fill out this online form as soon as possible.