Newman News Term 2 Week 8: From the Principal

Champagnat Day

Our K-12 College community celebrated Champagnat Day today, Friday 17 June, with Mass and annual Fete Day activities. As one of 52 Marist schools across Australia, the Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat is an opportunity to gather, give thanks, and to celebrate our shared Marist identity. 

In 2022 we celebrate 150 years of Marist education in Australia.  An international group of four brothers (a Scot, 2 Irishmen, led by a French man, Br Ludovic) arrived in Sydney in March 1872 to establish a school, St Patricks, in the Church Hill Parish conducted by the Marist Fathers.  In Western Australia the Marist Brothers arrived in 1913 and commenced the school of St Ildephonsus in New Norcia followed soon after by Marist Brothers Subiaco (1954).  The Marist Brothers commenced on the Churchlands campus in 1965 becoming Newman College in 1977.  In 2004, we commenced as a PK-12 community and in 2024 we will finally be one College on one site. 

The significance of this brief history is to recognise the remarkable contribution the Marist Brothers have made across Australia.  The words of our founder St Marcellin Champagnat, “may their life be an echo of what you have taught them”, was the same vision that inspired Br Ludovic all those years ago.  Today, Newman College is a thriving Catholic community of 1830 students where this vision is at the heart of our pursuit of excellence.  Our community is predicated on a charism that values family, presence and where relationships are cultivated to build a better society. 

Br Peter Carroll fms, Principal of the Marist Brothers, spoke this week at our Marist Brothers Churchlands Family Day about the Marist legacy over the last 150 years in launching the book, Sub Tuum Praesidium.  He stated that our Sesquicentenary of 150 years is an opportunity to look back with admiration and gratitude and look forward in hope and expectation. 

Br Peter said, “For 150 years, Marist schools in Australia have sought to nurture, educate and evangelise young people.  If we have failed to know and love then, then we have failed.  When we have done as St Marcellin instructed, then I’m confident we’ve succeeded in our mission.  As we face the future, let’s all commit to advancing the dignity of all our students and, in fact, all people.  Let’s start with our own though, by knowing and loving them – all of them – equally.”

Thank you to all members of our community for your commitment and contribution to our community. Particular thanks to Mr Simon Martino, Director Operations and Engagement, for his organisation of Champagnat Day.  We recognise our fundraising efforts which support our long term partner, the Kuya Centre in Manila, through Australian Marist Solidarity. 

Champagnat Global Network

On Tuesday evening I attended the international webinar for international principals for IG – what makes a school Marist.  130 principals from across the globe gathered in four languages as we discussed the growth of our Marist charism both locally and internationally.  This was an incredibly inspiriting meeting as we witnessed examples of Marist schools in Africa, Europe, Asia, South America and here in Australia.  An international gathering of school leaders and teachers will be held in Mexico city at the end of the year.

Lavalla Campus Cross Country Carnival

On Thursday our Years 3-6 students competed in their Lavalla Campus Cross Country Carnival.  We were so fortunate to have beautiful weather and the students participated with great enthusiasm and enjoyment.  Thank you to the staff who ensured that this event was so successful.

Results of the Carnival can be found in this week’s newsletter here

Newman Parents Consultative Committee (NPCC)

Our NPCC meeting has been rescheduled, to be held on Monday 20 June.  Agenda items will be:

  1. Reframing of the Newman Parents Consultative Committee
  2. Christmas in July event will be held early in Term 3
  3. Revitalisation of the Homework Club

I encourage as many parents and guardians as possible to attend this meeting.

COVID-19 Update

The WA government announced that from 10 June 2022, the mandatory vaccination policy would be updated in line with health advice. This means that staff in schools and residential facilities will no longer need to be vaccinated.

The triple dose vaccination requirements only remain in place for those working in healthcare and health support, workers in residential aged care, and workers in residential disability settings. As you know students are not required to be vaccinated, however if your child is on a work placement at one of these settings, they will need to continue to comply with the industry/business requirements at that workplace.

The change also means that parents and carers who regularly visit, volunteers, third party providers and contractors are not required to be vaccinated to enter a school or residential facility.

It is also important to remember that the removal of the vaccine mandate does not mean the pandemic is over. We continue to follow health advice and COVID-19 safe protocols, such as staying home when sick, wearing a mask as required, taking a daily RAT when identified as a close contact, and having good hand hygiene. I encourage you to visit the HealthyWA website for further information about COVID-19.

Thank you for your support.

Newman News Term 2 Week 8: From the Director of Mission and Catholic Identity

Key Dates

College Calendar Link – In recent times, our school calendar has changed regularly.

Primary Lifelink Launch 

On Wednesday 8 June Year 3 Red participated in the annual Lifelink launch, which was held online this year. Lifelink is an organisation that assists the work of social service agencies established by the Archdiocese of Perth.   

Year 3 Red with the support of Mrs Catherine Young, have spent time researching the work of different Lifelink agencies over the past few weeks. Through sharing this within our school community they have been able to raise awareness of how Lifelink supports those in need and provides hope and joy for all in our community. They created a beautiful poster about Lifelink, which was shared at the launch and will be displayed in our administration area.   

Year 9 Retreat

On Thursday 23 June, our Year 9’s will take part in their annual Retreat Day, facilitated by the Youth Ministry Team. The Retreat follows our Vision for Mission: to form “Good Christians and Good Citizens” as we offer students an opportunity away from normal school routine to pause and reflect on their relationship with others, themselves and God.  

These experiences have shown to be positive and rewarding for our students and we look forward to an enjoyable and enlightening day with our Year 9 students. 

Community Mass 

We welcome the whole community to join us for our regular Mass on Thursday mornings in the Champagnat Chapel. Starting at 8.10am and concluding at 8.40am the Mass is celebrated by a Priest from a local Parish and is hosted by students from both Marcellin and Lavalla Campuses. Please see the upcoming schedule below.  

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Thursday 23 June; Fr Israel Quirit, with students from Thomas More Guild and Y5 Green 

Thursday 30 June; Monsignor Kevin Long, with students from Brigid Guild and Y4 Red 

Newman News Term 2 Week 8: From the Deputy Principal Primary

Key Dates

College Calendar Link – In recent times, our school calendar has changed regularly.

Year 1 Red Assembly  

Last Friday, students gathered in the Marian Hall to enjoy an assembly item from Year 1 Red. They took us on a journey of storytelling and characters, reciting a story they have been learning as part of their Talk4Writing, and showing us the importance of developing interesting characters as part of our writing. They have obviously been working very hard in class, and their presentation of their work was enjoyed by all. We also got to acknowledge the excellent efforts of individual students, and even some whole classes, who were presented with merit awards. Congratulations to all students who have been recognised by their teachers for being learning superstars! 

Lavalla Cross Country Carnival 

Yesterday, students from Years 3-6 enjoyed perfect running conditions for their Cross Country Carnival. It was wonderful to see so many students taking part so enthusiastically and making the most of the day. It was also great to welcome parents and other spectators to the event – these are the small things we find ourselves grateful for in this (almost) post-pandemic world.

Congratulations to our age champions and runners-up, please find the list of students below. The winning faction will be posted in the next newsletter. Well done to all students who took part, and to our Sports Captains for their leadership on the day too.

Of course, we know none of this would have been possible without the amazing Mrs Richards – thank you for everything you do for our students and for delivering another wonderful carnival! 

Year 6 Boys

1st: Luke Rombouts

2nd: Dylan Hookway

3rd: Hamish Macgregor

Year 6 Girls

1st: Kaydee Van Deventer

2nd: Annabelle Adamini

3rd: Livia Bogdanov

Year 5 Boys

1st: Stefan Moschopoulos

2nd: Otis Keane

3rd: Xavier Fleay

Year 5 Girls

1st: Allegra Clark

2nd: Jessica Avins

3rd: Layla Bornmann

Year 4 Boys

1st: David Van der Walt

2nd: Joel Costley

3rd: Julian Cameron

Year 4 Girls

1st: Amelie Santoro

2nd: Shylah Davey

3rd: Mia Dorrington

Year 3 Boys

1st: Samuel Baily

2nd: Sebastian Fleay

3rd: Blake Martin & Jack McCagh

Year 3 Girls

1st: Lila Adamini

2nd: Amelia Heath

3rd: Annabel Gilbert

Interschool Sport 

Last week, our Year 6 students took part in an afternoon of interschool sport as we invited students from John XXIII to our College. Students had the choice to take part in a number of  sports including netball, soccer, football. I am very pleased to say there was a great level of spirited, but friendly competition between students, and from what I saw last week, it looked like all students were having a great time. I’m sure students are very much looking forward to next Thursday when Year 6 students will take part in the IPSHA Winter Sports Carnival. 

Coder Dojo & Homework Club 

Just a reminder to all families that Coder Dojo has now finished for Term 2. Homework club will finish this week (Week 9). Thank you to those students who have attended these clubs and shown beautiful manners and behaviour throughout. 

Lost Property 

It is amazing how much lost property has accumulated over these past few weeks, especially at the Lavalla campus. There are blazers and sports jackets galore in the library right now, desperate I’m sure to be matched up with their owners. Please take the time to label all of our child’s uniform, and even speak to your child about looking after their things. I would be petrified to go home to my Mum and Dad at school and tell them I had lost my blazer, yet for some students they do not seem phased by this at all! If you or your child has lost an item please come and check the lost property to see if it is there. 

Wellbeing

Last week, I wrote an article about frenemies – the notion of those around us who can often present as friends, but can also engage in some hurtful or mean behaviours. If you missed it last week, I would encourage you to take a look. As parents and as a school, we want to support children to enjoy positive relationships that help them to flourish; to raise them up to be the best they can be. Yet, it can be frustrating watching on from the sidelines when we see our child hurt, or going through a rough time, and they return to those same frenemies. Why does this happen? 

There are lots of things that children seek growing up. Love, affection, connection with others. But one of the things in school that children most seek is belonging. A connection to a group that allows them to feel that they ‘fit in’; to feel that they are accepted, and that they belong to a particular group. Many students find this acceptance and belonging in activities, clubs, or in different subject areas. But many more students find this in their social interactions; in their peer relationships and in those around them. 

The danger is, that the draw of belonging and acceptance can be so strong, that it can cause students to accept negative behaviour towards them, and compromise themselves or their values to be part of a group. For example, a student might say they don’t like something they once loved because it’s not accepted in the group (however subtly), or a student might not try hard in class, because it’s not seen by the group as the ‘cool’ thing to do. Psychologists have studied this phenomenon known as ‘groupthink’ – a process by which a group can make decisions where each member of the group attempts to conform their opinions to what they believe is the consensus of the group. In other words, students might act, say, and do what they think the group wants, rather than what they might want themselves. The strange thing in this, is that all students in a group might actually feel one way, but be acting in a complete other. 

This can be very challenging to navigate – after all we want our children to feel accepted and have a sense of belonging, but we also want them to be their best selves. There is no easy solution to get around this, except to bring this to light and begin to talk with your child about their friends and their perceptions and even role in their friendship group. By that, I don’t mean an interrogation in the car at 3.15pm , but perhaps just around the dinner table or something similar. Some good questions you can discuss as a family at home are: 

·      What do you think makes a good friend? 

·      Have you ever had to compromise on your values or opinions to be part of the group (this can include being a bystander to something they know is wrong) 

·      Read through the examples of frenemy behaviours. Does your child think they might have a frenemy? 

·      What should you do if you see a friend or someone else in the group being mistreated or even excluded? 

I will be talking with classes over the next two weeks about friendships and some of these topics. If you have any questions, or would like any further information on anything, please feel free to reach out to myself or your classroom teacher. 

Mr Stuart McClorey , Leader of Wellbeing PK-6 

Newman News Term 2 Week 8: From the Deputy Principal Secondary

Key Dates

College Calendar Link – In recent times, our school calendar has changed regularly.

Senior School Exams 

This week all Senior Schools students have returned to their usual timetable following their Semester One Examinations. I would like to congratulate students on their efforts towards these exams and as they begin to receive their feedback on their results, I encourage students to reflect on the progress they have made this year and start to set some new targets for the next semester.  

Senior School Ethics Olympiad  

Three weeks ago three Year 10’s flexed their debating skills in a challenging and rigorous competition. Students competed in three heats, as they were challenged with eight case studies. Students evaluated cases and justified their stances with a wide range of WA and Hong Kong schools. Sean Bolton, Isabella Melville and Scarlett Jones discussed freedom of speech, art, discipline, environmental movements and cheating in the Olympics among many topics. The team received an honorable mention and should be commended for their mature and thoughtful discussions.  

Lara Ognenis, Gifted and Talented teacher 

Careers Expo & Year 11 2023 Subject Selections  

On Monday evening senior school students attended the Careers Expo. Students had access to a number of external providers such as universities, TAFE and the Australian Defence Force.  

Year 10 students and their families had an opportunity to explore the Careers Expo and learn more about 2023 Year 11 subjects. Students and families then heard from Justin Farley, Leader of Pathways and Partnerships about the subject selection process. Students are encouraged to speak to their teachers and Subject Selection Mentor if they require support in their subject selections.  

Further information regarding the subject selection process can be found here.

Student Achievements 

Congratulations to Year 9 students Tyson Edwards and Ryan Warner who along with their Eastern Phantom teammates won the Junior League National Baseball Championships in Adelaide. After 12 consecutive wins, states and nationals, these boys have sealed the deal winning the Junior League National Grand final game.  
 
The boys will now represent Australia in the US at the Junior League World Series held in Taylor, Michigan in August.  Congratulations Tyson & Ryan! 

Uniform & Personal Appearance: 

School Photos are next week. Students and families are reminded about the following items of concern: 

  • Boys hair: there should not be a major discrepancy between long and short/shaved hair. Hairstyles such as a mullet, extreme fade and undercuts are not permitted.  
  • Jewellery is restricted to a wristwatch, a discrete cross or religious medal on a fine, light weight gold or silver chain. Rings are not permitted. Girls may only wear one pair of plain studs or sleepers in the lower lobe only.  
  • Blazers must be worn to and from the College and to PCG, Period 1 and 2.   
  • Boys must have the College shirt tucked into their trousers at all times.  
  • The Sports Uniform is to be worn for specialised subjects only. Students with a legitimate reason for being in their sports uniform must provide a note from their parent, however a note does not necessarily mean that a reason is acceptable. The following are examples of unacceptable reasons for being in the incorrect uniform:  
  • Forgetting to bring regular uniform to school, when there is training/activities before school.  
  • Uniform is in the wash  
  • Left part of uniform at another house  

As we finish the school term, I ask for your support in ensuring that students are always organised and present to school in the correct uniform.  

Photo Day

  • Y7-12 Sport Photo Day – Monday 20 June
  • Y7-9 Photo Day – Tuesday 21 June
  • Y10-12 Photo Day – Wednesday 22 June

Students are required to be in full Winter Uniform for their photos (this includes the Sports photos). For the Tuesday/Wednesday photo days, students are required to bring their personalised photo order envelope with them (which were handed out in PCG last week), even if families have opted not to purchase photos. Spare envelopes can be collected from Student Reception if a student has misplaced theirs.

OLNA Preparation – July Holiday Preparation Program 

Mastermind Australia will be holding a 6-hour OLNA Preparation Program over the July holidays. Further information for interested families and students can be found here.  

Newman News Term 2 Week 8: From the Vice Principal

Last weekend the senior leaders interviewed a number of applicants for our 2025 Year 7 cohort, currently in Year 4. In speaking with the families, we reflected on what life will be like for these students, who will become the Graduating Class of 2030. Whilst this feels like a long way away, it is only a small speck in the 150 years of Marist education that has been occurring in Australia.  

Today’s Champagnat Day was a wonderful celebration of our Marist Brothers, their contribution to our school and the characteristics that they stand for, such as Love of Work, Family Spirit, Presence, Simplicity and in The Way of Mary. These characteristics permeate all aspects of College life, assisting our students to develop into good Christians and good citizens.  

This year we recognised one student from each year group and two staff members in our community through an annual Marcellin Champagnat Award, presented with both a certificate and the Marist icon of a silver heart on fire. We also recognised one staff member in our community who embodies our Marist characteristics. Champagnat Awards were presented to: 

YearStudentYearStudent
KOscar Mooney6Tayla Berghan
PPGenevieve Luxford7Mitchell Pappas
1Cristian Cameron8Grace Bradshaw
2Leonardo Andrzejewski9Amelia Ng
3Madelyn Moyes10Charlotte Laurent
4Jack Edwards11Indiana Lummis
5Mya Cantelo12Molly Bradshaw
 Staff Member Staff Member
PrimaryAlison Le DanSecondaryJill Dickinson

Individual citations can be found here

Term 3 Pupil Free days 

  • Monday 18 July – Staff Formation Day 
  • Tuesday 19 July – K-12 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews 
  • Friday 12 August – Staff Professional Learning 
  • Monday 15 August – College Closed Faith Day 

Staff Movements 

Our new Leader of Wellbeing Sarah Ellam joined the community this week. Sarah had an opportunity to speak with our Year 10 parents and students at the Careers Expo on Monday evening. Joanne Smith also joined us this week as a secondary Humanities and English teacher. Lisa Webb from our Health and Physical Education learning area in the secondary school will be leaving us today. Lisa will explore AFL opportunities for herself and her family over east. Lisa plans to take the rest of this year and next year off. We wish her the very best in her endeavours and look forward to seeing her return in future years. Matilda Sergeant has been with us as a relief teacher this term and will be formally taking over Lisa Webb’s classes from next week.  

Removal of COVID-19 vaccination mandate 

The WA government announced that from 10 June 2022, the mandatory vaccination policy would be updated in line with health advice. This means that staff in schools and residential facilities will no longer need to be vaccinated. 

The triple dose vaccination requirements only remain in place for those working in healthcare and health support, workers in residential aged care, and workers in residential disability settings. As you know students are not required to be vaccinated, however if your child is on a work placement at one of these settings, they will need to continue to comply with the industry/business requirements at that workplace. 

The change also means that parents and carers who regularly visit, volunteers, third party providers and contractors are not required to be vaccinated to enter a school or residential facility. 

It is also important to remember that the removal of the vaccine mandate does not mean the pandemic is over. We continue to follow health advice and COVID-19 safe protocols, such as staying home when sick, wearing a mask as required, taking a daily RAT when identified as a close contact, and having good hand hygiene. I encourage you to visit the HealthyWA website for further information about COVID-19. 

Thank you for your support. 

Christmas in July – Friday 22 July 

Save the date! The College will be running a parent engagement event from 5.30pm – 7.30pm on Friday 22 July. The event will be themed ‘Christmas in July’. We look forward to seeing many of our parents join us in the Marcellin campus for Christmas in July drinks and canapes. Further information will follow.  

NPCC

The next NPCC meeting is scheduled for Monday 20 June in the JHN Learning Hub on the Marcellin Campus, 4.30pm to 5.00pm for afternoon tea and 5.00pm to 6.00pm for the meeting. Agenda items include the reframing of the NPCC, to the Newman Parents Committee, our parental engagement group for PK to Year 12, our upcoming Parent Event ‘Christmas in July’ and the Homework Club Revitalisation Plan.   

Expressions of interest are being called for parents to join the Newman Parents Executive Committee.  Please use the below link. 

Expression of Interest NPC and Executive  

Semester One Reporting Update 

Year 10 reports will be released live on SEQTA on Monday 27 June @ 4.00pm and not Tuesday 21 June as previously advised.  

All other reports from Kindergarten through to Year 12 will be released live on SEQTA on Friday 1 July @ 4.00pm.  

PLEASE NOTE:  
Parents/Guardians will not be able to download nor view a copy of your child’s Semester 1 Report if you have not previously activated your SEQTA Engage account.     

Please contact Flora Hughes via email flora.hughes@newman.wa.edu.au should you require assistance with logging into SEQTA Engage.  

Photo Days 

Monday 20 June – Marcellin Campus – Sports Photo’s 
Tuesday 21 June – Marcellin Campus – Y7-9 Photo’s 
Wednesday 22 June – Marcellin Campus – Y10-12 Photo’s

All students have received an order envelope which has a child specific access key.  Photo orders must be made online using this access key.  Your online order reference number needs to be written on the envelope and students are required to hand the envelope to the photographer on photo day.