Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools & Colleges Update & Awards

The 2018 Catholic Performing Arts Festival is in full flight with the Newman College Arts students ‘shining through discovery ‘across all of the Arts disciplines.

An enormous thank you and congratulation to Margaret Goldsmith (Newman College Catholic Performing Arts Coordinator), for her outstanding commitment in coordinating over 130 entries in the Visual and Performing Arts. Many of these entries include large students groups, and several of our students perform across several Arts disciplines. Our notably significant involvement has showcased our exceptional Arts program, which is led by our incredibly talented, committed and passionate Arts staff, and actioned by our equally gifted and talented students.

We have had increased primary school entries this year, with inclusion in the Junior Primary Coral Speaking section and the Primary Angelico Art exhibition. Our liturgical singing and choir program has once again been showcased at an exceptional standard of etiquette and performance.

The following students have had their Art work displayed at the Primary Angelico Art Exhibition for 2018. The students have displayed outstanding commitment to their craft and we are blessed that they are able to share their talents. Thank you to Mrs Amy Farrell for your instruction and support.

  • Charlotte Laurent, Year 6
  • Ella Hills, Year 4
  • Ella Scott, Year 5
  • Zoe Ehlers, Year 3
  • Savannah Doyle, Year 6
  • Harper Gamble, Year 6

The Secondary Angelico Art Exhibition opens on Monday 13 August. We encourage you to attend this exhibition to view our amazing Visual Arts student works. The program of events and performance has been published on the whole school College Calendar. Congratulations to the students below who have had their artwork selected to be showcased:

  • David Dal Busco
  • Chloe Meyer
  • Molly York
  • Ella Nicholas
  • Grace Hasler
  • Keira Burgess

Newman College Arts has been a highly visible contributor in 2018 in support of this wonderful festival in the Catholic Education calendar. The college has been represented across a record number of categories this year, with the number of awards we have received to date testimony to this.

Our involvement in Catholic Performing Arts is supported by our whole college community. On behalf of the Arts team we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the college staff who have support the students involvement, by adjusting learning and assessment programs, class instruction and activities to accommodate our student involvement. Thank you also to the parents of our students and for their tireless support in taking students to and from, and watching events.

Congratulations to all the students who have taken part in the festival so far, for all your accomplishments to date. “Chookas” to all those who are yet to perform, or exhibit. We wish you well!

Newman College has certainly shone in the Arts learning area, within the wider Catholics Education community, through our continued involvement in Catholic Performing Arts. Congratulations to all who have been involved for 2018.

Maree Grayden, Leader of Learning Arts PK-12

Below is a list of Award winners to date;


Jessica Gugliotta & Beth Redwood for Secondary Vocal Duet – Sisters of St John of God Award


Eva Hill & Maud-Elise Buchanan – Instrumental Duet (Secondary Strings)
Rose Troon – Instrumental Solo (Secondary Strings)
Newman College Arts Collective – Secondary Drama
Tessa Hadfield & Madeline Chakaodza – Instrumental Duet (Primary Strings)
Sam Biancuzzo – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Krishav Sheth – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Arlo Gaunt – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Owen Hill – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Leila Woods – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Liam Stannard – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Rainer Lin – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Montana Rapoff & Joshua Do – Instrumental Duet (Primary Strings)
Aidan Kwa & Holly Thompson – Instrumental Duet (Primary Strings)
Gabrielle Ang – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Lucas March – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Lavalla Strings – Instrumental Ensemble (Strings)
Newman String Quartet – Instrumental Ensemble (Strings)
Jessica Gugliotta & Beth Redwood – Secondary Vocal Duet
Senior Liturgical Team – Christian Dance (Secondary)
Beth Redwood – Secondary Vocal Solo
Emilie Costley – Secondary Vocal Solo
Addison Blizzard – Primary Vocal Solo


Grease – Secondary Musical
Michael Hart – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Jude Tanham – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Imogen Boss – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Jett Patterson – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Mason McCullough – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Alexander Boddy – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Lily Turvey & India Lillee – Instrumental Duet (Primary Strings)
Ty Patterson – Instrumental Solo (Primary Strings)
Newman Saxophone Ensemble – Instrumental Ensemble (Woodwind)
Alexander Santoro – Primary Piano Solo
Aidan Iannantuoni & Stella Martin – Instrumental Duet (Primary Strings)
Molly Hayes & Isabella Stanway – Instrumental Duet (Primary Strings)
Jessica Gugliotta – Secondary Vocal Solo
Newman Groove – Contemporary Band
Kai Ehlers – Primary Vocal Solo
Jordan Smith – Instrumental Solo (Primary Woodwind)
Pippa Simpson – Instrumental Solo (Primary Woodwind)


Newman College Brass Ensemble – Instrumental Ensemble (Brass) Newman College Clarinet Ensemble – Instrumental Ensemble (Woodwind)
Percussion Ensemble – Instrumental Ensemble (Percussion)
Asha James – Secondary Vocal Solo
Stephen Loreck – Secondary Vocal Solo
Trey Eaton-McCavana – Secondary Vocal Solo
Poppy Corbett – Secondary Vocal Solo
Isabella Beaumont – Secondary Vocal Solo
Lavalla Liturgical Choir – Primary Non Auditioned Choir
Bianca Trimboli – Primary Vocal Solo
Newman Jazz – Big Band
Newman College Year 5 Class Choir – Beginning Choir
Lavalla Campus Choir – Selected Choirs
Newman College Year 4 Class Choir – Beginning Choir
Symphonic Winds – Concert Band


Grace Hasler – Sculpture

2018 Marist Cricket Carnival Billeting

Newman College is honoured to be the host of the 2018 Australian Marist Cricket Carnival. The Carnival will run from Tuesday 4 December to Tuesday 11 December 2018. Five Marist Schools from Australia will compete and 65 competitors will take part.

Tournaments such as the Marist Cricket Carnival can only be held because of the generosity of those families who billet visiting athletes and we thank those families who have already offered their support. The financial implications of accommodating athletes in hotel/motel type accommodation would soon put an end to such competitions as for many families the cost of the trip would then be beyond their means.

We ask that the Newman Community rally and assist in accommodating visiting athletes as we endeavour to make this Carnival a success. Having children on the Marcellin Campus is certainly not a pre-requisite for billeting athletes. We would be delighted to accept an offer to billet from families with children on our Marian and Lavalla Campuses.

The responsibilities of the billet family include;

  • providing the athletes with meals and a bed
  • laundry facilities
  • ensuring that the athletes meet all the Carnival requirements

Billeting athletes is a wonderful and rewarding experience for both the athlete and the host family. Perhaps one day your child may be fortunate enough to be selected to represent Newman College at a Marist Sporting Carnival and require the generosity of a Marist Family during their interstate stay!

If you are able to assist in providing a visiting athlete with accommodation during the Cricket Carnival please contact Tania Bailey or 9204 9444 between the hours of 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Thursday. I look forward to hearing from you and am very happy to answer any questions you may have with regard to the Billeting Program.

An advertising flyer with an offer to billet form is attached for your convenience Marist Cricket Carnival Billeting Flyer

Angelico Art Exhibition Awards

Congratulations to Grace Hasler (Year 12) for her recent award at the Catholic Education Western Australia Angelico Art Exhibition Awards. Her sculpture, “Survival”, was accordingly given one of the major awards, the Caritas Australia Art Award. The criteria for this Award is for artwork which most reflects the Caritas Focus for 2018 (Human Dignity, Preferential Option for the Poor, Solidarity, Subsidiarity and Stewardship of the Earth’s Resources). Mr Finneran was pleased to have been present for the presentation and to listen to Grace’s family speak of her amazing commitment to producing the artwork.

We also had a number of students, both Primary and Secondary, exhibit artwork at the Exhibition. Congratulate to all students for their effort and commitment to their art works.

Pre Primary Fathers Day Breakfast

On Friday, the Pre Primary Cohort held a Father’s Day Breakfast where Dads and Father figures received a special handmade tie and enjoyed a sausage sizzle together. It was a successful morning and great to see all the Dads and Father figures attend.

Write A Book In A Day Competition

As a part of National Book Week 2018, 18 students from Years 7-9 participated in the Write A Book In A Day Competition, organised by and supporting the Kids’ Cancer Project charity. The students worked in teams to write, illustrate and publish an entire book in a single school day. They produced some incredible work and should all be extremely proud of their monumental efforts. Two students, Maud Buchanan from Year 7 and Joel Frenzel from Year 9, have written about their experiences on the day.


Student Reflections

At 8.15am, on Wednesday 22 August, a group of middle school students came to the Library with one goal in mind: to have finished writing an entire book by 5.00pm that day. We were split into two groups, writing two different stories. In each group, there were authors, editors and illustrators. In each story, there were specific elements that we needed to include. Our elements were: a forensic scientist, a tennis player, a rabbit, the Simpson Desert and a jailbreak, as well as certain words, like “clock”, “silver” and “patch”. At the start of the day, we began with a strong plot, but along the way we changed certain things, meaning that at 10.00am, we were still planning! Having to cut back on our writing time, we weren’t able to get the desired amount of editing done. However, I think that we did very well, considering the time constraints and random themes. In the end, our story, ‘Out For The Count’ was an entertaining superhero narrative with some brilliant characters. There were lots of things that I got from the day, the main ones being a sense of teamwork, new friends and a proudness of what we accomplished. I think that the competition was a fantastic way to build writing skills and make new friends, and if there is one next year, I will definitely do it again.

Maud Buchanan, Year 7

On Wednesday 22 August 2018, 18 students from the College participated in the ‘Write A Book In A Day Competition.’ After the students divided into two teams, the competition involved the teams to write a 4000 to 5000 word book with certain parameters. My team was known as Kool Kidz and Ko.

I got many things out of this competition. It tested my ability to work for long periods of time and my ability to stay calm in stressful situations. When we first received our parameters, my team split up into groups. Three people working on the setting, three people working on the characters and four people working on the story line. Once we put these key building blocks of our story together, we started the exciting process of creating our book. Again, we divided into groups, four amazing artists: Seb, Charlotte, Emily and Louis began to draw the illustrations while Jez, Tyler, Dylan, Ruby, Emilia and myself began to write chapters.

Throughout the day, we worked hard on our book, only taking small breaks at recess and lunch where we went down and saw our friends who weren’t participating in the competition. The competition tested our limits; our ability to stay calm and not get frustrated with each other. Finally, after working hard for roughly 9 hours and 15 minutes, we finished. We were all really happy with what we had created (titled ‘Hopea’) and had lots of fun while doing so. I highly recommend participating in the competition next year as anyone can do so and you can do it with friends!

Joel Frenzel, Year 9