Newman News Term 1 Week 10 : From the Vice Principal

The end of term has come, and the celebration of Easter is nearly upon us. I am confident that most of our community members are welcoming the much-needed rest, relaxation of routine and time with family and friends. Despite the constraints around gathering as a community, students in PK-12 were able to celebrate the Easter story at reformatted liturgies, which included online presentations and small class gatherings. Throughout the Lenten period, we asked students and families to support fundraisers for Project Compassion and Caritas. Thank you for your generosity.  

Next term will see the winter uniform return for our students. Can I please take this opportunity to remind you to check clothing sizes for fit and ensure hair styles are in line with the expectations of our community prior to the start of term. We are hoping to recommence the term with a clear focus on learning and we do not wish for unnecessary distractions to take us away from our core business.  

As we celebrate Easter, in keeping with our 2022 Marist Theme ‘Known and Loved – Dignity for all’, may we remember God’s perfect love for all humans, in their richness and diversity, and may that love fill us with hope and a growing realisation of our unity, as one human-kind.  Happy Easter. 

Key Dates 

College Calendar Link – In recent times, our school calendar has changed regularly.  Incursions, Excursions, Retreats, Carnivals, Year 12 Ball, to name a few, have all had to be cancelled/postponed or delivered in a different format.  We sincerely thank you for your understanding and support. We encourage you to continue to look at the online College calendar as entries are updated daily.


The following staff are leaving our College community to pursue other endeavours for which we wish them every success.  We thank them for the support they have given to both students and staff during their time here. 

Cristina Guzzomi

Melissa Gordon 

Remmi Missell 

Kelly Fitzpatrick, Leader of Wellbeing Year 8, will be commencing maternity leave at the end of Week Two, Term Two, and Hannah Parker, Leader of Learning Science will be taking maternity leave from the end of Week 4. We wish both Kelly and Hannah well with their first journeys into motherhood.  

We look forward to welcoming Scott Smith into our College community and Marist family, in the role of Leader of Wellbeing Year 8. We are also welcoming Giorgia Bakeberg to our community as a Science and Mathematics teacher from the start of Term 2 and Olivia Biasin in the capacity of Art Technician PK-12.     

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews – Years 8-10 

Parent, Teacher, and Student interviews for students in Years 8-10 are being held online on Thursday 28 April from 4.00pm-8.00pm via TEAMS. Details have already been emailed to relevant families.   

Uniform Shop 

All stock of bathers and rash vests have been delivered to the uniform shop. A reminder to families that from the start of next year (delayed by a year) these items are compulsory for students in Years 3 to 10. Students will be engaged in swimming for the following periods of time.  

Aquatics summary 

  • All Years 3 – 6 students swim in Term 1 during HPE and at the carnival and engage in swimming lessons during Term 4. 
  • All Year 7-10 students swim for the duration of Term 1 approximately 22-27 lessons. 
  • Year 9 students swim for an additional 4 weeks in Term 3 as they complete a lifesaving module (approximately 12 lessons). 
  • Year 10 students complete a 4-week water polo module that will start in week 9 of Term 3 (approximately 12 lessons). 

Term 2 Information 

All students will return on Tuesday 26 April. Monday 25 April is ANZAC Day, which is a public holiday.  

  • Uniform Expectations 

All students are reminded of the expectations relating to their personal presentation. Please Click Here  to access uniform requirements and guidelines.  If you need to purchase new uniform items, please ensure you give yourself adequate time. 


There will be no COVID-19 reporting completed over the holiday period by our staff. However, if your child is required to isolate from the second week, please complete the online form to alert us to the absentee, and the positive case or household contact. All forms and information regarding COVID can be found on the Website

Code of Conduct

Please click here to download the Newman College Code of Conduct for Parents.

College Production – Masquerade

At the beginning of April, the gorgeous musical adventure of Masquerade came to life over four performances in the Marist Auditorium at Newman College. The production proudly featured a cast and crew comprising of students from Years 7-12.

Masquerade is a beautiful and whimsical play based on the children’s picture book by Kit Williams. The picture book explores the story of the Moon who has fallen in love with the Sun. The Moon sends a hare named Jack on a journey to deliver an amulet, pose a riddle and tell him of her love. Jack encounters a series of characters on his journey and eventually finds the Sun. Unfortunately, he has lost the amulet and scrambles the riddle along the way, as he negotiates the earthly elements.

The stage adaptation of Masquerade has an additional storyline, included at the request of Kit Williams. Playwright, Kate Mulvany, was diagnosed and treated for a rare cancer as a child. During the difficult times during treatment for her illness Kate’s Godmother visited her bringing a copy of Kit Williams picture book Masquerade. Kate has said that during the journey through the book she was instantly transported out of her pain and sickness, into the magical world of the story. Consequently, Kate Mulvany has added the metaphorical journey of Joe to take place alongside Jack Hare’s journey. Joe is a young boy fighting cancer, enduring the treatment, trying to make sense of his illness, and the meaning of love.

In the first half of the story, the boy Joe and his mother Tessa read the book together, while Jack Hare’s quest is acted out around them. In the second half of the story the gruelling chemotherapy treatment, the emotional impact of Joe’s illness, and his mother’s attempts to stay positive drive the narrative. Joe and Tessa join Jack on the imaginative hunt for the amulet, as the lines between myth and reality become increasingly blurred for Joe, Tessa and the audience. At the heart of this magical musical adventure is the theme of courage, morality, dreams and love.