Secondary Education Y7 – Y12

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Catholic High School Education at Newman College seeks to achieve the goals that are articulated in the wellbeing definition above. Therefore, we raise awareness of issues connected to self-worth by creating a positive physical, mental and spiritual environment. Furthermore, we equip our students with skills that allow them to take greater responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of their peers.

Newman College offers a Catholic High School Education that is inclusive. Firstly, everyone is valued. Secondly, everyone is worth listening to. Finally, everyone can make a difference. We deliver a Catholic High School Education Curriculum that is collaborative and contemporary.

Year 7 to Year 9 – High School Years

As students enter their Middle Years of Schooling we continue to seek the development of the whole person by challenging them to explore their interests and passions. In this developmental stage we seek to promote young people who become:

  • Independent and self-regulated learners
  • Resilient in their approach to overcoming social, academic and emotional obstacles
  • Adaptable and flexible in their attitude to learning
  • Creative and imaginative thinkers who are able to work in teams to problem solve
  • Informed and strong advocates of Social Justice issues using the Gospel values as guidance
  • Strong advocates for positive and optimistic social change

A Catholic High School Education maintains a core focus on wellbeing. Wellbeing is about promoting a better way of life and equality for students. Wellbeing in its simplest definition is: Being Well. It is where the basic human requirements are met, whilst being afforded the opportunity to have optimistic aspirations enveloped in an environment where the endeavour of ‘Being Well’ can be achieved, therefore, attaining a satisfactory quality and standard of life and happiness.

Mike Kelly, Founder of the Institute of Wellbeing

Year 10 – Year 12 High School Years

In Senior education years students are encouraged to discover and develop their interests and strengths so that they might aspire to leading meaningful lives. As a result, a wide range of academic options await the students whilst Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Dance, Woodwork, Fabrics, Italian and Technology are further opportunities.

In addition, pathways and career counselling resources are available to students to assist in navigating current and future choices.  A wide range of sporting pursuits exist within the College program and beyond in the form of the Newman Sporting Association which offers eight sporting clubs at community level.

St John Henry Newman Learning Hub

At the heart of Secondary Schooling at Newman College lies the St John Henry Newman Learning Hub. This is an interactive learning space, representing the modern library. The Hub not only hosts lessons and learning experiences throughout each day, it is the hub of learning, including the after hours homework club which often see in excess of 100 students granted access to tutors and mentors to support development. This facility sees students afforded state of the art learning resources that support our Vision for Learning.


Secondary education at Newman College affords not only a wonderful pastoral care program, but also access to superb educational and co-curricular facilities. This ensures that each and every child has the ability to excel in whatever pursuits they are passionate about. These varied opportunities provide all students with a sense of belonging, linked to activities that enable them to meet like minded people, who challenge each other to improve and succeed. Above all, we are an inclusive community, priding ourselves on welcoming and supporting each and every one of our members.

Academic Enrichment – SHINE Program

We believe that all students are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential. This potential comes in many different forms be that intellectual, physical, creative, emotional, or social.

Newman College is committed to providing a challenging curriculum for all its students. In addition, we provide opportunities and support for students identified as gifted and talented. Our SHINE Program for students in Pre Primary to Year 10 delivers educational experiences of an appropriate depth and breadth for students identified as having exceptional academic ability.

The SHINE program is designed to provide an engaging and challenging curriculum for students to develop their aptitudes and talents. In the SHINE program students are encouraged to solve, hypothesise, investigate problems, concepts, or topics. They are also encouraged to navigate their own learning. The purpose of this program is to enrich student’s learning.

The program is designed with the College’s four pedagogical principles in mind:

  • Students are CHALLENGED to engage in critical and creative thinking tasks
  • Students are guided through COLLABORATIVE approaches to learning with like-minded peers
  • Students CREATE solutions and prototypes to demonstrate their learning and
  • The College and students CELEBRATE students’ efforts, learning and growth

SHINE at Marcellin

In the Secondary school students are encouraged and supported to realise their full potential in a wide variety of ways. The College is committed to supporting and providing enrichment and extension opportunities for gifted and talented students.

Students are encouraged to challenge, collaborate, create, and celebrate their academic success in their coursework. There are a wide range of ways students with exceptional academic potential or talent in a particular area are supported and challenged to help them develop their gifts and talents. This includes, but is not limited to, extension classes in different disciplines commencing at different year levels. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to undertake challenging and complex learning tasks with like-minded peers with the support and guidance of a Gifted and Talented teacher.

There are a wide range of academic competitions that are offered at the College including (but not limited to): Maths, Science and the Performing Arts. In 2021 invited students will have the opportunity to participate in inter-disciplinary competitions and programs such as Future Problem Solving, Da Vinci Decathlon and TOMs. In addition to this, the College is committed to the development and use of problem-based learning, design thinking principles and authentic learning, including immersion opportunities, to enhance the critical and creative thinking capabilities for students.

Program Selection

Students are invited into the various SHINE program levels using a multi-faceted identification process. This includes both subjective and objective tests and reports. Student’s progress, suitability, and readiness for the various stages of the programs is reviewed regularly.


The Secondary campus of Newman College uses the SEQTA program to communicate with parents of students. SEQTA is an all-in-one collaborative teaching and learning ecosystem. By bringing together multiple information sources into one easy-to-use Learning Management System, SEQTA liberates teachers from labour-intensive, disparate and fragmented software or paper-based systems. Furthermore, SEQTA allows you to remain involved in your child’s education in an informative but non confrontational manner. To learn more, Click Here.

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