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Newman News Term 1 Week 10: From the Principal

12 Apr 2019

College Production – Masquerade

Masquerade was a moving, heart-warming play so magnificently performed by our students. Congratulations to our Director, Bethwyn Legg, cast and crew for their efforts over the last six months. The feedback from the community has been effusive particularly from our Catholic primary schools who attended a matinee performance. Thanks to the parents and friends who supported the production from making costumes to serving drinks and nibbles at intermission. The sum of our community is exemplified by the success of this play.

Marist Basketball Carnival Bendigo

One of the key strengths of being a Marist School is our membership of Marist Schools Australia, which comprises 53 schools across Australia. This week our Open Girls and Boys Basketball teams travelled to Bendigo Victoria for the Annual Marist Basketball Carnival. Our basketballers performed admirably on and off the court. Their attitude and commitment represented the very best of what our Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery – Let your light shine (Mathew 5:16) seeks to achieve. This event, however, is marked not only by competitive basketball but by family spirit which defines our group of schools. For many of our students this carnival is a glimpse into the window of the Marist world that shows that we are part of something greater. The aspirations and hopes that come with a Marist education is the same for all students world over. At the heart though is how we come together, form relationships and seek to make a difference. This week exemplified this intent and for our basketballers an experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Easter Blessings

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe’s Easter message highlights the gift that are the words Peace be with you! The Lord does say, after all, that the peace he offers is not like the peace the world promises – it is something deeper, and truer, and profoundly life-giving. As I watched the Marian Easter Liturgy I reflected on the joy and happiness of our students in acting out the Easter story. Their joy brought me a great sense of peace to a time that has been challenging in the last few weeks.

As we move towards Easter I pray that our community seeks the peace that can be found through a commitment to faith and a relationship with Jesus Christ. I implore you to take the time with your children to attend your local parish for one or more of the Easter week liturgies. I hope you get the opportunity to feel the peace and hope I did at our Marian liturgy.

Wishing you all a peaceful and joy filled holiday.

12 Apr 2019

I extend my congratulations and gratitude to all staff and students for their commitment to our Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery, this term. We have witnessed creativity, challenge and collaboration through our learning and wellbeing programs and through our engagement beyond the classroom.

Fitness Friday and the IDEAS Lab at Marian, STEM thinking and Solar Car Challenges at Lavalla through to our College Production, Interschool and Guild carnivals all gives us many reasons to celebrate!

I hope that the Easter break gives all families an opportunity for renewal as we take time to reflect on the journey of Christ and the hope he brings to us all.

Staff Movements

We wish Joanne Karagiannis every success in her new position at the Catholic Library WA along with Shaunna Kilcullen who commences parental leave. Aaron Richards is welcomed back after his LSL.

New staff commencing in Term 2 are Bridgeen McDermott, Michelle Wells, Davina Sankar and Katie Closey. We look forward to welcoming you to our College community.

During the holidays Clare Cole will marry Sam and Simon Martino will marry Kirsten. God bless you on this day with a lifetime of shared love and joy.

Uniform Options Review

Student leaders will participate in a workshop early next term regarding the introduction of trousers and shorts as formal uniform options available to girls across the College. This feedback will be shared with the Newman Parent Consultative Committee (NPCC) meeting scheduled for next term on Monday 13 May. I welcome any feedback from our parent community at the NPCC meeting or via email lisa.fogliani@cewa.edu.au

Code of Conduct

A reminder to all families that the Code of Conduct can be accessed via the College website. The Code is mandated by Catholic Education Western Australia and the application of the code extends to all staff, students, parents, guardians, caregivers and volunteers. The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensuring confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours AND outside of school hours that are associated with the College are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with any member of the Senior Leadership Team. We thank you in advance for your understanding and support of how we strive to partner positively with one another.

Professional Standards for the Safety and Protection of Children

In addition to writing to the College community about our Code of Conduct, we feel it is also appropriate to communicate the processes, policies and frameworks the College applies to ensure our school is a safe place for all children and that our staff are informed, assessed and cognisant of their responsibilities to this commitment.

The College uses Complispace, a risk and assurance platform, to ensure staff access professional learning, knowledge and assessment relating to policy and procedures. On a cyclic nature, all staff, teaching and non-teaching, are required to undertake the learning and assessment associated with topics including, but not limited to, mandatory reporting, professional boundaries and the meaning of child abuse and key risk indicators. The assessment of each learning module is monitored by the senior leadership team, and staff must complete each module and assessment in a timely manner.

Important processes, such as Mandatory Reporting, are required of all staff annually. This is one strategy of many, applied to all staff, to support child protection standards.

If you would like any further clarity or information regarding professional standards at Newman College, please phone or email me so I can provide you with further support.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

What is the NCCD?

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards), Australian students with disability must be able to access and participate in education on the same basis as their peers. To ensure this, students with disability may receive adjustments to access education, based on the professional judgement of teachers, in consultation with the student and/or their parents, guardians or carers.

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) gives Australian schools, parents, guardians and carers, education authorities and the community information about the number of students with disability in schools and the adjustments they receive. The Australian Education Regulation 2013 requires all schools to report the data collected for the NCCD to the Australian Government on an annual basis.

Download What is NCCD?

Save the Date – Newman Parents, Wednesday 12 June

Newman Parents is pleased to host Susan McLean, Cybersafety expert.

Responsible digital citizenship is a priority across all wellbeing programs for our students. Parent education is essential as we seek to partner together for the safety of our children. This session is designed to cater for all parents from Early Childhood through to upper Secondary. Keeping up with the latest online trends, apps, games and safety measures can be overwhelming, however, with guidance and education, keeping safe online can be done. Click here for more information on this topic.


12 Apr 2019

As a Catholic and Marist community, we are challenged to live out the Gospel values of Jesus Christ in our everyday actions and words. Over the Term, students on the Marcellin Campus have pledged their commitment to service by their involvement with Caritas, supporting the College Twilight Tours for prospective families and by participating in extra-curricular commitments. Respectful relationships and positive partnerships between students and teachers have been demonstrated across all aspects of College life and in times of difficulty, we have come together in solidarity and compassion for one another.

Congratulations to all students for a great Term and wonderful start to the year; especially our Year 7 students who have settled beautifully into high school.

I wish everybody, a restful and holy Easter time of reflection and prayer.

Term 2 Dates

Years 7 students: Year 7 students will be attending the Year 7 Camp and Retreat during Week 1. The year group is split into two camps which crossover midweek.

Years 8 – 12 students: Return to school on Tuesday 30 April. Students are required to wear full winter uniform (students in Years 10 – 12 require the senior trim on their blazer).

Years 7-12 School Photo Days

School Photo Days are taking place on:

  • Monday 1 July – Years 7-12 Sports Photo Day
  • Tuesday 2 July – Years 10-12 Photo Day
  • Wednesday 3 July – Years 7-9 Photo Day

Order envelopes with instructions for parents will be given to students to take home in early Term 2.

Wellbeing Program Term 2

Download Years 7-12 Wellbeing Program Term 2 2019

Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN

These assessments are scheduled at Newman College in Term 2, Weeks 3 and 4, Tuesday 14 May – Thursday 23 May.

Year 10 Parent Information Evening, Subject Selection and Course Counselling

The Year 10 Parent Information Meeting will be held on Thursday 2 May at 6.00pm in the Marist Auditorium. Discussions will focus on ATAR and General pathways along with the subject selection process for students preparing to enter Year 11 2020. This is a very informative meeting and we encourage parents to attend. More information will come from Mr Geekie early next term.

SAVE THE DATE: The Expo will be held on the evening of Monday 24 June for students in Years 10, 11 and 12. Learning Areas will showcase the courses available for students in Year 11, 2020 and many university, TAFE and training providers will also be available on the evening. More information will be shared with the students in Term 2.

Years 11 and 12 Semester 1 Examination Timetables 

Download Year 11 Semester 1 Exam Timetable 2019

Download Year 12 Semester 1 Exam Timetable 2019

Download Year 12 Externally Set Tasks Timetable 2019

Pathways and Careers Update

Click here for the latest information that will assist students in Years 10-12 to make decisions about future careers and life beyond school.

Sport Update

NAS Summer Competition Premierships

NAS Sport is a great opportunity to play alongside team mates in a fun, healthy competition. Although the emphasis is on participation and enjoyment, it was fantastic to celebrate seven NAS Summer Premierships this term;

  • Year 7 Boys and Girls Touch Rugby
  • Year 7A Boys Basketball
  • Year 7B Boys Indoor Beach Volleyball
  • Year 7B Girls Indoor Beach Volleyball
  • Year 8A Boys Indoor Beach Volleyball
  • Year 9A Boys Basketball

NAS Winter Competition

Winter NAS Sport commences in Week 2 of Term 2. Nominations and Trials are underway and teams will be finalised before the first round. Students and parents can check out all information and teams on the SEQTA Forum. Parent Information and Fixtures can be downloaded here:

Download NAS Winter Parent Information 2019

Download NAS Winter Sporting Fixtures 2019

We wish all teams an enjoyable and successful season.

Cross Country Training / Run Club Program / Strength & Conditioning Term 2

Cross Country training has commenced under the expert guidance of our Head Coach and National middle distance runner Ben Chamberlain. Run Club will run alongside the Cross Country program this year. Lenny Hughes who is an Advanced Level 4 Athletics Coach and has 25 years coaching experience will oversee the Run Club Program. Run Club is open to all students irrespective of running ability with the emphasis on physical conditioning and wellbeing. It is open to all students from Years 4-12. Training commences at 7.00am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and is followed by breakfast. Students should bring a bowl and spoon for cereal. Cross Country and Run Club will recommence in Term 2 on Thursday 2 May at 7.00am. Students meet on the steps outside the PE office on the Marcellin Campus.

Students are also offered the opportunity to take part in the Strength & Conditioning Program. This is open to all students from Years 7-12 on Monday and Wednesday Lunchtimes and Friday mornings (7.30am at the new pool training facility). The focus of these sessions is to improve core strength, aerobic endurance and flexibility.

Winter Uniform Expectations

Please click here to access the winter uniform requirements and guidelines. All students are reminded of the expectations relating to their personal presentation. Thank you in advance to all families for your partnership in ensuring College guidelines are upheld along with your support of our Leaders of Wellbeing in the application of this expectation.

Uniform Shop School Holiday Trading Hours

The College Uniform Shop will be opening on the School Holidays on the following days:

  • Wednesday 24 April, 12.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Friday 26 April, 12.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Saturday 27 April, 9.00am – 2.30pm

If you have any inquiries regarding the uniform, please contact Diana Potter, Uniform Shop Manager, on 9204 9470 or diana.potter@cewa.edu.au

11 Apr 2019

We journey together to be better followers of Jesus.

The students have enjoyed another amazing Term and should be proud of their efforts. The way they have each come together in their classes and worked with their new teacher this year has seen them progress in their learning, their confidence and their understanding of what it means to come to a faith filled school. The season of Lent calls us to examine our lives and to see how we can follow the Gospel to rise again with Christ. Our faith drives all that we do here at Newman College and one of the greatest benefits is the sense of belonging, the sense of community, the sense of connection. These elements provide the perfect building blocks for learning.


Commencing in Term 2, we would like to support our families to reduce the amount of packaging and plastic in children’s morning tea and lunches. We would like to encourage recyclable containers, paper and wax wraps to replace single use plastics and packaging. Teachers will share information about waste and environmental impacts in each class in an age appropriate way.

We will be supporting our students to sort their rubbish at lunch and recess into the big recycle bins supplied by the Town of Cambridge and continue to feed our hungry worms with the compostable waste.

Each year level will begin their gardening projects next Term. Family assistance is appreciated and welcomed and gardening advice from any Newman green thumbs would be well received. Watch out for further notes and information.

Our Sustainability Committee would like to propose a new initiative called Newman Exchange where we share, reuse and recycle things in our school community. This could start with our own “Little Library” where you can bring a book and take a book or share extra produce from your garden such as lemons. Let us know your ideas.

Project Compassion

Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to Project Compassion this year. Your kind denotations will be received by those who are less fortunate and are greatly appreciated.

Walk for Water

To help our Years 3-6 students understand just how far some people need to walk for water each day, they participated in the walk for water event. This relay highlighted how fortunate we are and helped drive our Project Compassion fundraising efforts.

Solar Car Challenge

On Tuesday 9 April, a team of four students participated in the 2019 Synergy Solar Car Challenge Grand Final held at Optus Stadium. The team were faced with the challenge of assembling a solar car from a small solar panel and car parts. They had one hour to design and make their cars and they then put their cars to the test, racing them over a 20-metre track to see who was the fastest. Congratulations to the team, Swarom Kanvinde, Emily MacLaurin, Olivia Ralls and Stefano Rapanaro who showed great collaboration skills and persistence throughout the competition.

Save the Date – Mothers Day Events

Lavalla Campus – Monday 13 May

The Primary Social Committee will spoil our Lavalla Mothers with a free coffee and a light snack from the coffee van. Mothers are then invited to the Prayer Assembly dedicated to them at 9.00am hosted by Year 5 Red in the hall.

Marian Campus – Friday 10 May

The Primary Social Committee will also spoil our Marian Mothers with a free coffee and a light snack from the coffee van. Mothers are then invited to the Mothers Day Liturgy at 9.00am at the St Cecelia’s Church.

IPSHA Interschool Basketball Carnival

On Thursday 4 April, a group of Year 6 students participated in the 2019 IPSHA Interschool Basketball Carnival. The emphasis of the day was about giving everyone involved the opportunity to display skills learnt, promoting fair play, encouraging everyone to participate and of course to have fun! It was a busy day for all. Students played their way through seven games with lots of enthusiasm and great sportsmanship. Well done to everyone involved.

Primary Social Committee Easter Raffle Assistance

Thanks to the generous parent volunteers for their amazing efforts to wrap 280 Easter raffle egg prizes as part of our Primary Easter raffle in support of the Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion appeal.

Marcellin Award

Congratulations to the following students who received a Marcellin Award in Weeks 9 and 10:

Yash Sheth, Year 2: For leading by example to look after the new sports equipment #loveofwork

Drew Offenburg, Year 2: For helping others in need #IntheWayofMary

The Marcellin Award at Marian Campus is drawn from submitted nominations each Wednesday morning at Prayer Assembly. At Lavalla Campus, the Marcellin Award is presented at campus assemblies to one student selected by the Leadership Team from submitted nominations.

Winter Uniform Expectations

Please click here to access the winter uniform requirements and guidelines.

All students are reminded of the expectations relating to their personal presentation. Thank you in advance to all families for your partnership in ensuring College guidelines are upheld along with your support of our Leaders of Wellbeing in the application of this expectation.

Uniform Shop School Holiday Trading Hours

The College Uniform Shop will be opening on the School Holidays on the following days:

  • Wednesday 24 April, 12.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Friday 26 April, 12.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Saturday 27 April, 9.00am – 2.30pm

If you have any enquiries regarding the uniform, please contact Diana Potter, Uniform Shop Manager, on 9204 9470 or diana.potter@cewa.edu.au

11 Apr 2019

‘In these weeks of Lent, God has told us about his love and awoken in us a trust in him. Now, in this last set of readings as we enter Palm Sunday and Holy Week, God is showing us how to trust even when the presence of God seems far away, our strength diminished and our trust stretched. The readings of Holy Week could almost have a single heading: This is Your Life. As you walk through them, I encourage you to see where your life and the life of Jesus intersect, as indeed they do’ – Sr Hilda Scott OBS, Jambroo Benedictine Abbey.

Please click here to access the Mass times for Easter across the Archdiocese of Perth.

Years 7-12 Holy Week Liturgy

On Wednesday 10 April, the Marcellin Campus gathered as a community to recognise Holy Week and Easter by celebrating a Liturgy led by a group of Year 12 leaders. Students gathered were invited to reflect on the enduring challenge of the Easter story in our Christian tradition, and to place themselves in the continuing tradition which invites each of us to live the promise of Jesus’ resurrection in proclaiming the Gospel in our world.

PK-Year 2 Easter Liturgy

Our Marian Campus was led by the Year 2 students in the Easter Liturgy that portrayed the Passion of Christ. The students were able to see the true meaning of Easter and all joined in the story.


The season of Lent has allowed our students in Years 4 – 6 to take part in the rite of Reconciliation. This Sacrament repairs our relationship with God, with each child being able to receive absolution before Easter. Thank you to Fr Chinh and Fr Kaz for celebrating this for us.

Plenary Council 2020

The staff and students of Newman College have been contributors to the listening and dialogue process of the Plenary 2020. Please see below an update from the Plenary Council, and an overview of the next steps in this watershed moment in the life of the Australian Catholic Church:

Late last week, the National Centre for Pastoral Research (NCPR) completed the statistical analysis and reported that more than 17,500 submissions had been lodged, thousands of which represented groups. In all, more than 222,000 people either made an individual submission or participated in a group discussion that culminated in a submission. Read more below or head straight to the story here.

The NCPR will continue its quantitative and qualitative analysis of the stories that people have shared over the coming weeks. From that analysis, which will include prayer and discernment, national themes for discernment will emerge and be announced in June. Reports will be published on each of the themes and allow ongoing involvement for the large numbers of people who participated during the Listening and Dialogue phase.

Click here for more information on the upcoming aspects of the Plenary Council.

St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out

On the afternoon and evening of Friday 24 May students on the Marcellin Campus (Years 7 – 12) at Newman College will have the opportunity to participate in the St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out.

The theme of the sleepout is homelessness and aligns with the Australian Catholic Bishops’ 2018–2019 Social Justice Statement, titled; A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land, which was written in response to the growing problem of homelessness in Australia.

Students participating in the Sleep Out will take part in advocacy activities that explore homelessness in Australia, Catholic Social Teaching and what they can do, as individuals and as a community, to help address the issues connected to homelessness.

Download the attached document for more information and an expression of interest form. If you have any questions regarding this event, please feel free to contact Miss Clare Cole, Leader of Youth Ministry and Advocacy, on 92049416 or alternatively at clare.cole@cewa.edu.au

Download Letter of Interest Winter Sleep Out 2019

Project Compassion 2019

The theme for Project Compassion 2019 is based around hope and giving Lent 100%. The journey to Easter, that we have been undertaking, is also about hope. Hope in the resurrected Christ, in God’s eternal love and mercy. Through your generous support of Caritas Australia, you are demonstrating the power of hope. Hope enables us to rise above our fears and helps those in great need to shape a better future for their communities.

Newman College has once again demonstrated a willingness to stand in solidarity with the poor and marginalised in our world. Your efforts towards Project Compassion bring hope to those around us. We thank you for your generosity. As we are still collating the donations from the three campuses, the final amount raised for Project Compassion will be communicated early next term. We thank you once again for your support.

Weekly Thursday Morning Community Mass (Champagnat Chapel – 8.10am – 8.35am)

All parents, guardians and families across our PK-12 College are invited to attend the weekly Thursday Morning Mass. Our Newman College Community Mass is an important way that we as a Catholic community seek to nourish and live-out our faith in community with one another.

Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees – Freedom for all

The annual Palm Sunday Walk for Refugees will take this coming Sunday 14 April, 2019 beginning at 1.00pm at St George’s Cathedral, Perth. This ecumenical event brings together advocacy agencies from Perth to stand in solidarity with refugees. Everyone is welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity for families to contemplate the meaning of the Easter Resurrection in today’s world.

Photo caption: Members of the Ecumenical Social Justice Roundtable (ESJR)

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Doubleview Youth Mass and BBQ

Members of the Newman College family are invited to Our Lady of the Rosary Doubleview Parish for the Youth Mass and BBQ this Sunday 14 April. The Youth Mass begins at 5.30pm, with the BBQ to follow Mass. All families and young people are invited to attend whether you have been to the Parish or not. For more information please contact the parish doubleview@perthcatholic.org.au

24:7 Youth Group

  • For all youth in Years 6-12
  • St Joseph’s Subiaco every Friday 6.30pm – 8.30pm in the Parish Upper room
  • Call Aidan Walsh 0487 403 456 or Angela Firth 0455 960 174 for more information

Floreat Youth Group

  • St Cecilia’s Parish Centre, 47 Peebles Road, Floreat
  • Every Sunday from 6.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Call Sebastian on 0403230395 or Emma on 0412310019 for more information.
11 Apr 2019

Our aim is to provide students with all the latest information that will help them to make decisions about future careers and life beyond school.Please contact Justin Farley, Pathways and Onsite Coordinator for any further queries Justin.Farley@cewa.edu.au | 9204 9457

Notre Dame Early Offers

Notre Dame University has a unique early offer program, which allows students to secure a place at Notre Dame before sitting the ATAR examinations. This program is open to Year 12 students who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or are making a significant contribution to their school or community. Applications close on 31 July 2019. It takes some time to apply so do not leave it to the last minute! Click here to find out more.


Year 12 students wishing to study Medicine at Curtin University or Medicine/Dentistry at UWA (via direct pathway) in 2020 must sit the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) before 31 July 2019. Registrations are now open and the cost is $298 ($198 concession). Interested students must apply online and book their test. Click here

Note: Only Year 12 students are eligible, and the results are valid for one year only. Please see Mr Farley if you require more assistance.

Year 10 / 11 / 12: Try A Trade Day

Are you considering a trade for your future career? If so, you might be interested in the “Try a Trade” days below. You can attend a TAFE for 2-3 days and see if this career is right for you.
The list of trades and dates (and locations) is below. Please contact Mr Farley if interested.

Painting & Decorating / Bricklaying 30 April 2 May Thornlie
Bricklaying / Tiling 1 May 3 May Rockingham
Painting & Decorating / Bricklaying 14 May 16 May Thornlie
Carpentry / Painting & Decorating 20 May 22 May Mandurah
Painting & Decorating / Bricklaying 28 May 30 May Thornlie
Paraprofessional/ Business 28 May 29 May Thornlie
Bricklaying / Tiling 4 June 6 June Rockingham
Carpentry / Painting & Decorating 10 June 12 June Mandurah
Solid Plastering / Tiling 17 June 19 June Rockingham
Painting & Decorating / Bricklaying 18 June 20 June Thornlie
Painting & Decorating / Bricklaying 25 June 27 June Thornlie

Upcoming Careers Events

1-on-1 Advice Sessions Monday 15 April

Notre Dame

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Year 10-11 Individual Advice Sessions Monday 15 April


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Pizza Night for Year 11s and 12s: unravel the mysteries of university entry, regardless of ATAR Wednesday 1 May

ECU Joondalup

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Science and Engineering Information Evenings Thursday 2 May (Engineering)

Thursday 9 May (Science)

Curtin University

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Humanities Twilight Course Expo Wednesday 8 May

Curtin University

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Notre Dame Info Night Wednesday 8 May

Notre Dame University

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UWA Information Roadshow – North of the River Thursday 9 May


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Health Sciences Information Evening Tuesday 14 May

Curtin University

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WAAPA Tour Tuesday 14 May

WAAPA, Mount Lawley

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Careers Expo

Over 100 exhibitors: Universities, TAFEs, Employers, Training

16-19 May RSVP now
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Course Information Evening Tuesday 21 May


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Information Technology Open Night Wednesday 22 May

Murdoch University

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Teacher Education Information Evening Wednesday 22 May

ECU Mt Lawley

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Business and Law Information Evening Monday 27 May

ECU Joondalup

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10 Apr 2019

Lisa Fogliani, Vice Principal


Our Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery – Let your light shine (Matthew 5:16) challenges our learners to strive for personal excellence. Each student will encounter difficulty, success, failure and achievement. Adopting a growth mindset supports children to accept challenges as opportunities, failing as learning and to value perseverance and determination. By changing our language to support growth instead of grades, and encouraging children to believe they can improve supports resilient, engaged learners.

High Achievers Assembly

The high achieving students from the Class of 2018 were welcomed back for a special assembly where they were formally recognised for their 2018 WACE achievements. Their results exemplified the commitment of cohort to individual and collective excellence supported by outstanding teachers and supportive families. Jai Taylor addressed the assembly and provided sound advice to the Years 10, 11 and 12 students about how to navigate their final years of school. This included cultivating relationships with both teachers and friends, having balance, working hard, participating in school life and setting goals. CLICK HERE to view the WACA Results Brochure.

Newman Parents

On Monday 25 March, the College was honoured to host Dr Justin Coulson, one of Australia’s most respected relationships speakers, authors, and researchers to support our Newman Parents. Over 70 parents attended the morning session for parents of Early Education students, ‘9 Ways to a Resilient Child’, and 220 parents attended the Newman Parents evening session, ‘Respectful Relationships: Love at Home’. Newman Parents is part of the College’s commitment to parent partnership and being active participants in the education of their children, in collaboration with the College. The next event is taking place on Wednesday 12 June on the topic of Cybersafety.

05 Apr 2019

Daniel Lynch, Deputy Principal Mission and Catholic Identity


‘Trusting in God is both the most difficult and the easiest thing we are invited to do. It is the most difficult, because we always want to be in control, driven, in part, by the expectations of others, or ourselves. We are created by God. We are made in God’s image’ – Sean Cullen

Lent is a precious time of retreat for Catholics across the world. We know that Lent is a time of renewal in faith, hope and love so that we can enter more fully into the celebration of the Sacred Triduum of Jesus’ last supper, his suffering and death on the cross, and his glorious resurrection. As a PK-12 College community, our recognition of Shrove Tuesday, and the commencement of our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday with liturgies across our three campuses invited each of us to walk with one another during this time of renewal and refocus.

Project Compassion

Project Compassion brings thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. This year’s Project Compassion theme is: GIVE LENT 100%. Each week of Lent, Caritas profiles a person who is involved in a Caritas project and always gives 100%. Click here to view these stories. Throughout Term 1, a number of activities have taken place across the three campuses to raise the College target of $20,000

Shrove Tuesday

Year 10 students sold pancakes on both the Marcellin and Lavalla Campuses on Shrove Tuesday (5 March) in support of Project Compassion. Students at the Marian campus also received pancakes, with the Kindy and Pre Primary students making theirs with the help of their teachers. A total of $816.85 was raised across the three campuses.

Years 7-12 Caritas Fast

Students were invited to participate in the Caritas Fast held on Wednesday 13 March. Over 150 students participated in the Fast which saw them forgo their usual meals throughout the school day. The students were given barley sugars at recess and a handful of cold, cooked rice at lunch and a muffin at the end of the day. This small amount of food aimed at helping students appreciate how little some people in our world have to eat. It was a fantastic day which helped raise $3630.95 for Project Compassion.

Pre Primary – Year 2 Walk for Water

On Tuesday 12 March, students on the Marian Campus took part in the Walk for Water initiative to help them understand how some children around the world walk for many kilometres just to get water each day. Students watched the story of Thandolwayo from Vietnam who risks her life each day just to bring water back for her family? Click here to hear her story.

PK-12 Family Mass

This is the third year that this important whole-of-College annual event has been celebrated. The evening gave families and staff the opportunity to come together as an intentional Catholic-Marist community, and to share the Eucharist together as we begin this year as a united community. The evening was also an opportunity for the College to commission the Year 6 and Year 12 student leaders for 2019.

Year 10 Damascus Day

The Newman College Ministry Plan seeks to invite all students into an experience of prayer and ongoing Christian discipleship. Across Years 3–10, all students are afforded an opportunity to experience an annual retreat day. The Year 10 Damascus Day, run by the Perth-based Youth Mission Team, was an opportunity provided to all students in Year 10 to stop, withdraw and reflect on the opportunities and abundance they are called into on their own personal journey, and the collective journey of the cohort.

Year 12 Retreat

During this important time of quiet reflection and time away from the usual school routines whilst on Retreat, the Year 12 students had an opportunity to seriously reflect upon their lives. Several aspects of personal growth and awareness were considered such as self-esteem, relationships and responsibilities, as well as developing a broader sense of community. While on Retreat students had opportunities to explore and deepen their spirituality and faith experiences through small group sharing, reflective prayer and celebrating the Eucharist.

Student Reflections

“This retreat has been a valuable experience to me as you get to hang out more with people you didn’t realise you would get along with so much, while still having the time to be with your mates too”.

“I came to Year 12 Retreat with the intention of just relaxing for a few days and to get away from schoolwork, but I ended up being able to really open up and get so much more out of it than I expected”.

“Year 12 Retreat encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and get a richer understanding of my year group, it was an amazing experience”.

Year 11 Philippines Immersion – 2018

On Saturday 24 November, 16 Year 11 students and 3 accompanying staff members embarked on the 2018 Year 11 Philippines Immersion. The Philippines Immersion is another practical way in which our Marist communities at Newman College and sister school St Joseph’s School seek to build opportunities for solidarity, community engagement, relationships and connections between Western Australia and the Philippines. Since returning, these students have presented their experience of the Immersion to the PK-12 Newman College staff, and at the first Principal’s Assembly.

Please click here to view a video reflection prepared by the students.

Please click here to view and listen to an original poem, prepared by the students, with accompanying images to reflect on the experiences of the immersion.

As the year continues, our students will have a range of advocacy opportunities to promote justice and share their insights to grow a wider awareness among our College community.

Weekly Thursday Morning Community Mass

All parents, guardians and families across our PK-12 College are invited to attend the weekly Thursday morning Mass celebrated by Fr Mark Baumgarten. Our weekly Newman College Community Mass is an important way that we as a Catholic community seek to nourish and live-out our faith in community with one another. Click here to see a short video of the choir performing.

05 Apr 2019

Alan Fitzpatrick, Deputy Principal Wellbeing Secondary

Wellbeing Program – Term 1 2019

The Years 7-12 Wellbeing Program focuses on building students’ faith, self-belief and self-esteem. It has been designed to develop key life skills to help students cope with challenges in school and beyond. We are committed to developing the ‘whole’ person; socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically. Download Term 1 Years 7-12 Wellbeing Program

ACC Swimming Carnival

On Wednesday 27 March, the Years 7-12 squad competed in the 2019 A Division Associated & Catholic Colleges (ACC) Swimming Carnival held at HBF Stadium, Claremont. This was the first time in many years that Newman was in A Division and the team really stepped up and pushed hard all day finishing 5th overall (only 20 points off 3rd place). This is an outstanding achievement and proves the College is now back in a position to mix it with the big schools. It was a total team effort with most swimmers swimming ‘personal bests’. It was wonderful to once again collaborate and work with Head Coach Ralph McManis and the Newman Swim Club who guided the team through a very rigorous training program providing them the best opportunities for development and success.

The ACC of WA conduct a series of sporting carnivals with the broad aim to provide a culmination to school physical education programs and programs for students with disabilities in Years 7-12. The carnivals provide students the opportunity to further develop their skills whilst representing their school in a variety of sports.

Years 7-12 Science Competitions 2019

During 2019, the Science Department coordinates a range of Science competitions and events for students. These competitions are tailored to all year levels with some even tailored to specific disciplines, meaning there is something on offer for everyone! Download Science Competitions 2019

Homework Club

Homework Club runs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3.15pm – 6.00pm in the Siena Learning Centre. Supervised by teachers from various departments and past student mentors, students have the opportunity to attend subject focused workshops, examination planning sessions and the ability to meet with other students to work on homework and studying.

Year 11 and 12 Guest Speakers

Over the course of Weeks 6 and 7, Year 11 and 12 students had the opportunity to hear presentations from guest speakers Dr Jane Genovese and Mr Rob Pike on the following topics:

Dr Jane Genovese, Learning Fundamentals

Dr Jane Genovese from Learning Fundamentals presented evidence-based study hacks and tips to our Year 11 and 12 cohorts. In this session, students were taught active study techniques and strategies to help them take visual notes, become more organised and develop better focus strategies. Students also learnt how to identity their own procrastination patterns, find out what might be behind them, and how to motivate themselves at any time to get their work done.

Mr Rob Pike, Safe Driving

“Your choices define your future, in a positive or negative way, it’s your choice!” Rob Pike, a high-level athlete with plans of a sporting career, was in the back seat of his friend’s car when the driver lost control of the vehicle. Rob, the only survivor of the crash, shared with our students what it is like growing up with great ambitions and how a tragic accident changed his whole life and the future he had pictured for himself. Rob’s remarkable survivor story and details of the accident’s causation factors, left everyone inspired and thinking about the type of driver they want to be. https://learningfundamentals.com.au/blog/

Bullying No Way!

On Friday 15 March, the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) was recognised on our Marcellin Campus (Years 7-12). Students were invited to wear an orange accessory to show their support while some of the student leaders handed out information cards and stickers on the day.

05 Apr 2019


Mitchell Bristow, Head of Primary


Teachers work tirelessly to develop social and emotional skills in each student, to help them understand the core concepts of Literacy and Numeracy, to engage them through the Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery and grow them in their faith. This occurs every day and is a remarkable feat. One challenge that we must work in partnership with parents, is building student independence. This is a critical skill that will support them in all of their future pursuits. It is a fine balance between letting them take on challenges by themselves, supporting them without “doing” it for them and helping them bounce back when they make mistakes. As a PK-12 College, we continually challenge our students to become independent learners, independent individuals and confident young men and women.

Fitness Friday and Coffee at the College

This term the College launched a new initiative at the Marian Campus (Pre Kindy – Year 2), Fitness Friday. Every Friday students can enjoy a selection of activities including Lego Club, Cosmic Yoga, Running Club and Dance Aerobics. Fitness Friday coincides with another new community engagement initiative, Coffee at the College. The College is continually looking for ways to create opportunities for parents to interact, contribute and belong to the extended Newman College community.

Years 3-6 Eco Ninjas

Last year a group of dedicated students formed a sustainability committee called the Eco Ninjas on the Lavalla Campus (Years 3-6 Campus). The team have been working to improve the campus by reducing waste, growing vegetables and to inform students about sustainability and the environment. The Ninjas have recently received a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant of $1000 and look forward to using these funds to continue to improve our school.

Homework Club

Homework Club takes place every Monday from 3.15pm – 4.30pm for students in Years 3-6. Students have the opportunity to complete work, work with teachers and complete their homework.

CoderDojo Club

CoderDojo is held every Tuesday from 3.15pm – 4.30pm. This coding club brings together students from Years 3-12 and are taught how to code and program.

IPSHA Swimming Carnival

On Thursday 21 March, Newman College hosted the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Swimming Carnival. Students in Years 4-6 competed against other Catholic Primary Schools and represented the College with pride while demonstrating excellent teamwork and sportsmanship.

IPSHA conduct a series of sporting carnivals for students in Years 3-6 with the focus on participation. There are no shields or points awarded. It is about giving students the opportunity to compete against students from other primary schools, promoting fun and enjoyment, encouraging everyone to participate and highlighting the importance of fair play and healthy competition.