Secondary Update Term 2 Week 4

College Captains – Preparedness

At the Celebration Assembly on Wednesday 8th May, the theme was preparedness. Our College Captains spoke to the Years 7-12 students about the upcoming term and the importance of a committed and proactive approach to their studies. They shared the following tips with the student body:

  • Create a realistic study plan that includes scheduled regular breaks.
  • Study the more challenging subjects earlier in the afternoon and leave the easier work until later in your schedule.
  • Keep your study sessions short.
  • Create a study zone at home that is free of distractions and has just the right amount of noise for you.
  • Have you found out what your learning style is? Do you love colourful mind maps? Do you concentrate best when you are writing? Do you find it hard to sit still when you study? Speak to your PCG teacher or your classroom teacher who can support you with some tips.
  • Take care of your health – eat healthy, stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep and keep up the exercise.
  • Continue to engage in your activities even though it is assessment time. Go to your Soccer training. Show up to your Music lessons.

Year 10 STEM Challenge Day 2024

On Thursday 2nd May, 32 Year 10 students attended the Perth Science and Engineering Challenge. A weeklong event presented by the University of Newcastle and attended by 40 metropolitan high schools. The teams with the highest scores over all 5 days will be invited to the state finals. Students were involved in engineering challenges such as building a bridge, creating an earthquake-resistant tower, building wind turbines, aeroplanes, connecting power grids and more.

The Year 10 students challenged themselves and performed exceptionally well breaking several records. In addition to the overall first place, we achieved first place in these engineering challenges, Helter Skelter, Wind Turbine, Confounding Communications and Electracity. Congratulations to all the participants of the Year 10 STEM Challenge Day! Each student competed with an attitude of curiosity, collaboration, and creativity. Their efforts were acknowledged at our recent Celebration Assembly. Hopefully, our scores will be enough to take us through to the state finals!

Thank you to Mr Spriggins and Mrs Ognenis for attending with the students.

Champagnat Cup – Monday 29 May 2024

We welcomed Bunbury Catholic College and St Joseph’s Northam to Newman College for the Champagnat Cup. The day was filled with spirited competition, involving round-robin matches in Boys AFL and basketball, and Girls basketball and netball. Congratulations to all the students who participated, embodying the true spirit of sportsmanship. A heartfelt thank you goes to our dedicated staff and officials for their invaluable contribution in making this event a success. We have proudly retained the Champagnat Cup in 2024!

Wellbeing Program – Year 11 and Year 12 Guest Speaker

On Wednesday 15 May, a guest presenter from White Ribbon Australia will be coming to the College to speak to the Year 11 and Year 12 students about Domestic and Family Violence. This session aligns with the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum which all Australian schools are mandated to follow. Please click the link to access the letter that has been sent to Year 11 and Year 12 families. If you have any questions about this session, please contact the Leader of Wellbeing Year 11, Mr David Husband david.husband@newman.wa.edu.au.

White Ribbon Session Parent Note

Homework Club – Upcoming Opportunities

Quantum Club With Dylan O’Donohue

Commencing Week 5, Dylan O’Donohue, one of our regular homework Club Tutors, will be running the Quantum Club. Starting with the fascinating topic “Photons – What do you know?” all year 7 – 12 interested students are welcome to attend.

The Club will run from 3.30pm – 4.15pm every Wednesday until Week 9. Just sign up as usual for Homework Club when you arrive in the Hub. This club is auspiced by UWA, where Dylan is currently studying quantum theories.

Organisation with Josh Downes

Starting NEXT Thursday from 3.30 to 4.00, Josh Downes will be running a special session for Year 9 students in Library 1.

Josh is one of our valued Tutors who is currently studying Economics and Finance at UWA and has a wealth of experience in self-motivation and study success.

All year 9 students who would like to POWER UP their STUDY SKILLS are welcome. Please BRING some current work you want to complete, together with your DIARY or digital diary. Just Sign Up as usual for Homework Club, when you arrive, in the Hub.

These sessions will be running until Week 9.

Pathways and Careers Information: Year 10

Subject selection for Year 11, 2025

Please see below for some resources associated with subject selection for Year 11, 2025:

Students and families are reminded that the Newman College Careers Expo and Year 10 Parent Evening will occur later in Term 2. At this event, students and families will be able to speak to teachers about each subject, and also seek information from Universities, TAFEs and training providers about possible courses and careers.

It is expected that all Year 10 students will attend this event. Details are below:

  • Tuesday 18 June, 2024
  • Marist Auditorium
  • Careers Expo commences at 5.00pm
  • Parent Information evening commences at 6.00pm

Pathways and Careers Information: Year 11

WACE (secondary graduation) requirements

In Year 11 and 12, students are progressing towards their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), otherwise known as their secondary graduation.

In order to achieve their WACE, students need to meet certain academic targets across Year 11 and 12. These are:

  • Demonstrate the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy (either in Year 9 NAPLAN or in Year 10-12 OLNA).
  • Be enrolled in English / Literature in Year 11 and 12.
  • Be enrolled in at least 1 ‘List B’ (Maths / Science / Sport / Technology) subject.
  • Achieve at least 14 C grades, with at least 6 C grades in Year 12 subjects.

For students considering UniReady / UniPath in Year 12

A reminder to students on the General Pathway who are considering UniReady / UniPath in Year 12 next year. It is expected that students from the General Pathway would have participated in extra-curricular activities such as work experience, VET Certificates, Leadership, Service, and/or College sport. General Pathway students who have not participated in any of these extra-curricular activities may not be eligible for UniReady / UniPath.

For students thinking of attending University

Pathways and Careers Information: Year 12

Parent and family resources

Each year, the Australian Government publishes a resource for parents / guardians to assist in career conversations. The 2024 version can be found here: https://www.yourcareer.gov.au/school-leavers-support/parents-and-guardians-guide

WACE (secondary graduation) requirements

In Year 11 and 12, students are progressing towards their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), otherwise known as their secondary graduation.

In order to achieve their WACE, students need to meet certain academic targets across Year 11 and 12. These are:

  • Demonstrate the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy (either in Year 9 NAPLAN or in Year 10-12 OLNA).
  • Be enrolled in English / Literature in Year 11 and 12.
  • Be enrolled in at least 1 ‘List B’ (Maths / Science / Sport / Technology) subject.
  • Achieve at least 14 C grades, with at least 6 C grades in Year 12 subjects.

Gap year information

Students interested in taking a gap year in 2025 might find the following interesting:

Apprenticeship and Trades information

The April 2024 edition of the Apprentice Intake Guide has now been published. This guide is a large listing of many different apprenticeship opportunities available.

Students and families can access the Guide here: https://asa.cciwa.com/mp-files/intake-guide.pdf/

University Information

Early Offers

Students and families are advised that applications for University in 2025 are open as of 1 May 2024. Early Offers for University in 2025 will not be made to students until 2 September 2024. The currently available information about Early Offers is in the table below.

UniversityEarly Offer Information
Curtin UniversityEarly Offers are available for ATAR and non-ATAR students.Must achieve WACE and meet any prerequisites.Submit your application via TISC, putting your Early Offer course as your first preference.If your predicted ATAR is five points above the ATAR score required for your selected course, you will receive an early offer that secures your place in Semester 1, 2025. Your offer won’t be dependent on your final Year 12 ATAR score. You will still need to complete WACE and meet the English and subject requirements for your course.  If your predicted ATAR is less than five points above the ATAR score required for your course, you will still receive an early offer for a place at Curtin. You will need to achieve a final ATAR that meets course entry requirements, and meet WACE, English and subjects requirements for the course.If you are not studying the ATAR Pathway, your early offer will be conditional upon you meeting the admission criteria for your chosen course, achieving WACE and meeting Curtin’s English requirements.  
Edith Cowan University (ECU)Early Offer calculated from your most recent school results including exams.Must achieve WACE and meet any prerequisites.Early Offers for Certificate IV and UniReady/UniPath students will be conditional on passing.Submit your application via TISC, putting your Early Offer course as your first preference.Offers will be made on 2 September, 23 September, 14 October, 18 November and 2 December. Allow around 2 weeks for us assess your application.List of courses available for Early Offers is at: https://www.ecu.edu.au/degrees/early-offer-program  
Murdoch UniversityMust achieve WACE and meet any prerequisites.Early Offers for Certificate IV and UniReady/UniPath students will be conditional on passing.Submit your application via TISC, putting your Early Offer course as your first preference.  
Notre Dame UniversityMust be completing the ATAR Pathway in Year 12.Submit your application via TISC, putting your Early Offer course as your first preference.Offers will be made on 2 September, 20 September, 4 October, 11 December. Allow a few weeks for us assess your application.In the application you will be asked to provide details about your non-academic achievements and commitments, which may include work, caring responsibilities at home, volunteering, sports and school leadership, among others.Further information and eligible courses at https://www.notredame.edu.au/study/applications-and-admissions/pathways/early-offer  
University of Western AustraliaMust be completing the ATAR Pathway in Year 12.Submit your application via TISC, putting your Early Offer course as your first preference.All students must satisfy UWA’s English requirements and any subject prerequisite requirements.Students can apply for an Early Offer for all degrees with UWA excluding Assured Pathways to Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Podiatric Medicine or the Bachelor of Biomedicine (specialised).Further information at: https://www.uwa.edu.au/study/how-to-apply/early-offers/FAQs  

Information about University entry

Thinking of studying Medicine or Dentistry in 2025?

All students who wish to enrol in Medicine or Dentistry in 2025 (including Assured Pathway at UWA) will need to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) this year.

Please see below for some important dates:

  • 5 March 2024:           UCAT bookings open
  • 17 May 2024:             Deadline to book your UCAT for 2024
  • 10 June 2024: Deadline if you need to cancel your UCAT booking
  • 1 July 2024:               UCAT testing begins
  • 9 August 2024:          Last test date
  • September 2024:       Results available

You can check https://www.ucat.edu.au/ for more information, tips and practice tests.

Also, students applying for Medicine at Curtin University are required to sit the CASPER Test. CASPER scores are valid only for the next available admissions year, so applicants should only complete the test in the year immediately preceding their planned year of admission.

The CASPER Test is held nationally and is sat online from home. Applicants are responsible for making their own arrangements to register for the CASPER Test. Available Casper Test dates are:

  • 26 May 2024
  • 23 June 2024
  • 8 August 2024

You can find more information about this, and book your test, here: https://acuityinsights.app/casper/

UWA Medical entry handbook here (for Assured Pathway): https://www.uwa.edu.au/study/courses/doctor-of-medicine#admission-requirements

Curtin Medical entry handbook here: https://s30991.pcdn.co/study/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/07/Medicine-domestic-admissions-guide-2024.pdf

Entry to Medicine handbook (Australia-wide) is here: https://ncwa.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/8191-PathwaysandVET/ETjw34qlL3JItUN0ZODOMmkBAYwaFrwfJdQIzJuBgCDnLw?e=LrJcAu

University scholarships

Curtin UniversitySearch scholarships | Curtin University, Perth, Australia  
Edith Cowan University (ECU)ECU | Overview : Scholarships  
Murdoch UniversityScholarship finder (murdoch.edu.au)  
Notre Dame UniversityFind a Scholarship | Notre Dame  
University of Western Australia (UWA)The University of Western Australia : Scholarships (uwa.edu.au)  
Christian Leaders Scholarshiphttps://ichthys.org.au/christian-leaders-scholarship/

UPCOMING CAREERS EVENTS

EVENTDATELINK
Careers Expo & VET Expo16 May to 19 MayHome (careers-expo.com.au)
Year 10 Parent and Student Information Session (ECU)22 Mayhttps://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1166862?
Primary Education Careers Information Evening (UWA)22 Mayhttps://www.uwa.edu.au/study/events/bachelor-of-education-information-session-2024
Parent and Student Information Evening (Murdoch)22 Mayhttps://www.murdoch.edu.au/events/all-events/year-11-12-parent-supporters-information-evening
Year 9 to 12 Information Evening28 Mayhttps://www.curtin.edu.au/events/year-9-12-information-evening/
WAAPA Tour (ECU)30 Mayhttps://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1167027?
Engineering Information Evening (ECU)6 Junehttps://www.trybooking.com/COXTM
Early Offers Information Session12 Junehttps://www.uwa.edu.au/study/events/2025-early-offers-and-entry-pathways-webinar
Year 12s and supporters webinar (CQ University)13 Junehttps://www.cqu.edu.au/events/748072/year-12s-parents-and-supporters-webinar
Create For A Day (SAE Perth)6 Julyhttps://sae.edu.au/event/create-for-a-day/
WAAPA Information Evening (ECU)17 Julyhttps://www.trybooking.com/COKEE
Perth Skills West Careers & Employment Expo25 July to 27 JulyPerth Careers & Employment Expo (careersemploymentexpo.com.au)
WAAPA Tour (ECU)27 Augusthttps://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1167027?
Health and Education Information Evening (Murdoch)28 Augusthttps://www.murdoch.edu.au/events/all-events/mu-open-nights-health-education
Science, IT, Engineering Information Evening (Murdoch)29 Augusthttps://www.murdoch.edu.au/events/all-events/mu-open-nights-sciences-information-technology-engineering-maths
Nursing and Midwifery Open Evening (ECU)30 Augusthttps://www.trybooking.com/CPQJF
Business and Law Information Evening (Murdoch)4 Septemberhttps://www.murdoch.edu.au/events/all-events/mu-open-night-business-law-humanities-arts-social-sciences
Science and Maths Information Evening (ECU)4 Septemberhttps://www.trybooking.com/COKLI
Engineering Information Evening (ECU)6 Septemberhttps://www.trybooking.com/COXTM
Medical and Health Sciences Information Evening (ECU)11 Septemberhttps://www.trybooking.com/COKMA
Teacher Education Information Evening (ECU)12 Septemberhttps://www.trybooking.com/COKLT
Computing and Cybersecurity Information Evening (ECU)17 Septemberhttps://www.trybooking.com/COKNO
Engineering Information Evening (ECU)9 Octoberhttps://www.trybooking.com/COKXE
Year 12 Online Information Evening (Murdoch)15 Octoberhttps://www.murdoch.edu.au/events/all-events/year-12-online-information-evening
WAAPA Tour (ECU)30 Octoberhttps://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1167027?
Future Students Information Evening (ECU)20 Novemberhttps://www.trybooking.com/COKYN
   

From the Vice Principal – Term 2 Week 4

Year 9 Retreat

The Year 9 Retreat will take place on the 16 May; it follows our Vision for Mission: to form “Good Christians and Good Citizens”, offering students an opportunity away from normal school routines to pause and reflect on their relationship with others, themselves and God.

Year 12 Semester 1 Examinations

The Year 12 Semester 1 examinations commence on 20 May and will conclude on 31 May.  It is a period filled with anticipation, nerves, and a hint of excitement as students gear up to showcase their knowledge and skills acquired over the years. For Year 12 students, these exams represent, not just a culmination of their high school experience, but also a gateway to their future endeavours. The Year 12 examinations are more than just a test of academic prowess; they symbolise students’ growth and development throughout their schooling. From the first day of high school to this momentous juncture, they have absorbed knowledge, honed critical thinking abilities, and cultivated resilience in the face of challenges.

As we embark on this exam season, let us also take a moment to celebrate the achievements and successes of our Year 12 cohort. Each student’s journey is unique, and their efforts deserve recognition and applause, irrespective of the numerical outcomes. Let’s commend their dedication, hard work, and determination in reaching this significant milestone.

To all Year 12 students embarking on this pivotal phase, know that you are capable, resilient, and equipped to tackle whatever challenges come your way. Wishing you all the success and fulfilment as you navigate this chapter of your academic journey.

Newman Parent Forum

The Newman Parent Forum (NPF) occurs once a term and is open to all parents. It is a parent community gathering which is led by the Principal and Vice Principal, in collaboration with a nominated Newman Parent K12 Executive Committee.

The next meeting will take place on the 20 May, in the John Henry Newman Learning Centre from 6:00pm. This term’s meeting is an opportunity to share input and feedback and serves to help advance the best interests of those within our College Community. All parents across the community are welcome to attend this event. We look forward to welcoming you next week.

Parking – University Avenue

We understand that picking up or dropping off students can sometimes be hectic, but it is essential for everyone’s safety and convenience that vehicles are parked in designated bays. This helps maintain traffic flow, ensures emergency access, and prevents unnecessary congestion.

Policy of the Week – Harassment: Student and Student

It is important that students are aware that harassment generally involves unwelcome behaviour that intimidates, offends, or humiliates a student because of a particular personal characteristic. Here at Newman College, we assist our students to navigate adolescence and set expectations outlined in the Newman Norms, where students are asked to embed the Marist characteristics, act with integrity and show respect for the privacy, dignity and rights of others, to be polite in words and actions.  For further information on the Harassment policy please click here.

Child Safeguarding

Our Child Safeguarding Policy, which includes our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety and Wellbeing, was written to demonstrate the strong commitment of the College to child safety, and to provide an outline of the policies and practices that we have developed to keep our students safe, including from abuse or other harm. The College’s Child Safeguarding Policy applies to all adults in the College community, including Staff, Volunteers, Contractors, External Education Providers, parents/carers and other family members. This Policy applies in all College environments, both physical and online, and on-site and off-site College grounds (e.g. camps and excursions). Please familiarise yourself with the links below.

Child Safeguarding Policy

Marist Child Safe Adult Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Parents and Adults

Beth Murphy

Acting Vice Principal

From the Principal – Term 2 Week 4

Culture of School Improvement

As a school committed to continuous improvement, we are pleased to share updates on our ongoing progress. Currently, we are conducting interviews for Year 7, 2027, and are heartened by the interest shown in Newman College. This reflects the reputation of the College in delivering strong student outcomes across faith, wellbeing, and academics, demonstrated in our Year 12, 2023 WACE achievements, the best academic results the College has achieved in its history (summary below).

Your ongoing feedback as valued members of the Newman College community is essential in our journey of improvement. Through initiatives like the Leuven and DISA surveys, we gather valuable insights into our strengths and areas for growth as a Marist school. We appreciate those who have participated in these surveys and encourage others to share their thoughts as soon as possible (survey links below).

The dedication of our educators, the support of families, and the hard work of our students are integral to shaping the ongoing success of Newman College. Your continued support is appreciated as we strive for continuous improvement and excellence to deliver the best educational outcomes for our children.

DISA Survey click here.

Leuven Survey click here.

Year 7 Camp

Last week, I had the pleasure of witnessing firsthand the positive outcomes delivered through the enriching experience of Year 7 Camp. The camp serves as a pivotal moment in our students’ journey, providing them with invaluable opportunities for personal growth and social development.

During the camp, students engaged in a diverse range of activities designed to foster teamwork, communication, and resilience. From the exhilarating flying fox and boot camp course, to the hands-on experiences in canoeing and bushcraft, each activity challenged students to step out of their comfort zones and embrace new challenges alongside their peers.

It was heartening to see students form new friendships and connections within their cohort, further enhancing their sense of belonging and identity as ‘Newman Beings.’ The camaraderie and mutual support exhibited throughout the camp reflected the strong community spirit that defines Newman College.

Led by qualified instructors, working in collaboration with our dedicated Newman College teachers, the camp offered a safe and enriching environment for all participants. The program’s emphasis on teamwork, problem-solving, and communication skills was evident as students worked together to overcome obstacles and achieve shared goals.

As I observed the students participating in activities such as canoeing, commando courses, orienteering and scavenger hunts, I witnessed their growth and development firsthand. These experiences not only provided memorable moments and new adventures but also instilled essential life skills that will serve them well in their academic, social, and personal journeys.

The Year 7 Camp stands as a testament to the commitment of Newman College to holistic education, empowering students to thrive and excel in all aspects of their lives. It was inspiring to see the positive impact of this transformative experience on our students, reinforcing the values of teamwork, resilience, and growth that are at the core of our Vision for Learning.

Mother’s Day Celebrations

This week, Newman College embraced the spirit of Mother’s Day with heartfelt celebrations that honoured the invaluable role of mothers, grandmothers and mother figures in our lives and within our community.

Yesterday, our Community Mass resonated with the theme of ‘Mothers’ from a Marian perspective. Father Hygenis, in his uplifting homily, celebrated the remarkable contributions of mothers and mother figures to our lives and to the fabric of Newman College. Drawing from our Marist charism of ‘In the way of Mary,’ Our founder, Saint Marcellin Champagnat emphasised the importance of interacting with one another with gentleness and grace, embodying the spirit of “Strong Minds, Gentle Hearts”. The occasion was made even more special with hand-crafted Mother’s Day gifts, lovingly created by students in Education Support, available for purchase, as well as cupcakes and refreshments, adding a special touch to the celebrations.

Today, the Mother’s Day liturgy at Marian campus was a vibrant and joyous affair. The lively liturgy included a heartfelt play, captivating liturgical dance performances, and touching homages to mothers. The gospel reading centred on Mary’s profound ‘yes’ to Jesus, inspiring us all to embrace Jesus’ invitations and deepen our connection with Him in our daily lives and interactions with others. The culmination of the Marian liturgy was a delightful surprise video featuring students from Pre-kindergarten to Year 12 expressing gratitude to their mothers and mother figures, acknowledging their unwavering support and love.

To all the mothers, grandmothers, and mother figures in our Newman College community, we extend our warmest wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day. Your love, dedication, and nurturing spirit are cherished and celebrated not just today, but every day. Thank you for all that you do!

Michael Chiera

Acting Principal

From the Vice Principal – Term 2 Week 2

Champagnat Day

Please note that the date that the College will celebrate Champagnat Day has been changed to Friday, 14 June. All students, including Years 11 and 12 with Work Placement and/or TAFE, are required to attend the College celebration.

Extended Absences 

Parents are reminded that all extended absences (3 days or more) must be referred to the Vice Principal by email. 

Year 12 Externally Set Tasks

During Weeks 4 and 5 Year 12 students in General and Foundation Courses will sit Externally Set Tasks, which are compulsory and form part of the school-based assessment.

  • The EST:
    • is a written assessment task
    • is constructed to be completed in 50 minutes
    • is based on selected syllabus content from Unit 3
    • has a 15% weighting

It is important that students attend, and the College’s Assessment Policy will be followed.

Game Changers Retreat Year 9/10

The Year 9/10 Game Changers retreat will take place this Wednesday 1 May. Students will gather to reflect on the role of simplicity in their lives, and how as young Marists, they are encouraged to live in the present. The group will also explore Christian leadership and service through the stories and experiences of Marcellin Champagnat in La Valla and Jesus’ ministry in Capernaum.

Year 3 Reconciliation and Year 4 Eucharistic Retreats

Over the next few weeks, the Year 3 and Year 4 students will have the opportunity to participate in a Sacramental Retreat to deepen their understanding of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, which they have been learning about in class. The retreat days (Year 3 Reconciliation, Thursday 2 May and Year 4 Eucharistic, Thursday 9 May) begin with students participating in our Community Mass, followed by the Retreat, facilitated by 24:7 Youth Ministry. The facilitators provide meaningful and engaging activities that explore how the Sacraments can draw us closer to God and one another. Our prayers are with our students as they prepare to receive the Sacraments.

Year 7 Camp, NAS competition and Science Excursion

The Year 7 cohort have a busy couple of weeks coming up.

The Year 7 cohort will hold their year group Camp at Swan Valley Adventure Centre from Monday 29 April to Wednesday 1 May. The Camp’s theme will build on the Year 7 overarching theme of EMBRACE, fostering bonds, expanding horizons, and stepping out of their comfort zones. Through group activities such as orienteering, bushcraft, and canoeing, they will forge friendships and discover newfound passions, all amidst the stunning backdrop of the Swan Valley. We wish the Year 7s, Leader of Wellbeing Year 7, Mr Hofman, and the dedicated staff attending a wonderful time.

  • On Monday 6 May, the Year 7s will attend the Northern Associated Schools Winter Carnival. Students will participate in Soccer, Netball, Football, Badminton and against 4 other Catholic schools.
  • Thursday 9 May, the Year 7s will be attending the Perth Zoo to assist with their Science curriculum. Guided by zoologists and Perth Zoo staff, students will explore the hierarchical systems and naming conventions that are used to discover more about a selection of fantastic animals. They will explore the concept of taxonomic classification and how other types of classification, such as diet and conservation status, are essential in organising and caring for animals.

ICT Social Media Usage

Please see the link below for information regarding ICT Social Media Usage at Newman College.

ICT Social Media Usage

Staff Farewells

We would like to officially acknowledge those members of staff who concluded their time at Newman College at the end of Term 1 and the beginning of Term 2. We sincerely thank them for their dedication and support of students, parents, and staff during their time at the College and wish them well in their future endeavours.

New Staff Commencing

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the following staff members to our community in the indicated roles.

  • Joti Bhandari – ICT Support Officer
  • Sarwat Ayan – ICT Systems Administrator
  • Jess Wiedermann- Administrative Assistant PK – 2 (Mon-Wed)
  • Ned Shannon- Science and Religious Education Teacher Secondary
  • Rachael Mowatt – Food Technologies Teacher
  • Julia Farinaccio – Religious Education Teacher
  • Elija Meegan – Education Assistant
  • Anne-Marie Terry- Numeracy and Literacy Support Teacher Y3-6
  • Christine Polglaze – Dance Teacher Secondary
  • Rosalba Bottega – Gifted and Talented Teacher 3-6
  • Grace Walker – Languages Teacher Years 3-6 & Secondary
  • Monica Marziano – Languages Teacher Secondary

BETH MURPHY

ACTING VICE PRINCIPAL

From the Principal – Term 2 Week 2

Dear Parents and Guardians

Welcome to our first newsletter for Term 2! As we enter this new term, I hope each of you had a blessed Easter, celebrating the joy of Christ’s resurrection and the promise of new life. I trust your break was not only restful but also filled with moments of reflection and renewal, surrounded by the love of family and friends.

Marist Formation Day

Our staff commenced the term with a meaningful Marist Faith Formation Day. We were honoured to welcome the Marist Formation Team from NSW to lead us in a day focused on the theme “First Light – Reveal the Spirit.” The sessions, facilitated by Br Michael and Michael Nayla, were enlightening and deeply appreciated by our staff.

One of the highlights of the day was a reflection on finding the presence of the Holy Spirit in ordinary moments of our lives. This exercise reminded us that God’s grace is always around us, waiting for us to notice and embrace it.

The day was not only educational but also a spiritual rejuvenation for our team, reinforcing our commitment to nurturing our Marist faith and community within our school. We look forward to carrying this inspiration throughout the term and continuing to grow in our understanding of the Marist values that guide us.

ANZAC Services

On Wednesday 24 April, our three campuses united in solemn remembrance during student-led ANZAC ceremonies. Together, students and staff paid tribute to the courageous Australian and New Zealander service personnel who have selflessly served and sacrificed in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping missions.

These ceremonies provided a poignant moment for reflection as we honoured the memory of those who left their homes, including the young men who embarked from Perth to Gallipoli, embodying dedication and values that continue to inspire us.

As we commemorate their sacrifices, we are reminded of the precious freedoms we enjoy today, made possible by the bravery and commitment of our service men and women. Let us always be grateful for their sacrifices and honour their legacy by upholding the values they fought to defend.

Together, we will remember them. Lest we forget.

Y7-Y12 Parent Teacher Interviews

We recently conducted our Year 7-12 Parent-Teacher interviews, both in person at the Auditorium and online. These discussions focused on celebrating student achievements and identifying areas for growth, aiming to provide valuable support for students on their educational journeys.

We encourage both parents and students to actively engage with the feedback provided by teachers. By working together in this partnership, we can effectively support each student in reaching their academic and pastoral goals to ‘let their light shine’.

Thank you to all parents and teachers for your commitment to our students’ success and wellbeing.

School Production – The Tempest

Monday evening was a delightful experience as I had the privilege of attending the first evening show of our captivating adaptation of Shakespeare’s final play, “The Tempest.”

The students’ performance in our Year 12 College production was truly remarkable. Their talent, dedication, and infectious enthusiasm shone through, captivating the audience from start to finish. Each actor brought their character to life with such authenticity, a testament to their hard work and countless hours of rehearsals, leaving the audience spellbound.

A heartfelt congratulations to Mr Joshua Lang and our talented Year 12 Drama students for their exceptional efforts in making the performance a resounding success. A special thank you goes to the dedicated team of teachers and the behind-the-scenes crew whose tireless work ensured a seamless and memorable show.

Wishing you all well for Term 2.

MICHAEL CHIERA
ACTING PRINCIPAL