Newman News Term 3 Week 6: From the Vice Principal

Once again, the last two weeks have been extremely busy with events, incursions, and excursions. 
Our STEM festival ran activities during week 5. We celebrated book week this week with author visits, and as usual we were amazed at the wonderful costumes that students wore to the book week parades. Year 11 Game Changers students travelled to Mullewa to participate in their Solidarity Immersion and NAS carnivals were attended by secondary students. Catholic Performing Arts Festival continues to run for Catholic Schools across the state. We acknowledge both staff and students for their engagement in all these activities. 

The next two weeks are going to be just as busy with Father’s Day celebrations, PP-Y6 Athletics Carnival and Languages Week, to name a few. Parents are encouraged to look at the Key Dates and Events section for more information, and to check the College calendar on a regular basis. 

Father’s Day Celebrations (2 events)  

Please join us when we celebrate our fathers, grandfathers, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.  Click here to view your invitation and RSVP for catering purposes by Monday 28 August.   

Thu 31 Aug – Y3-12 Father’s Day – Community Mass, 8.10am – Champagnat Chapel, Marcellin Campus.

Fri 1 Sep – PK-Y2 Father’s Day Liturgy, 9.00am – St Cecilia’s Church, Floreat 6014.  

PP – Y6 Athletics Carnival – Friday 8 September

We are once again excited to be combining the Marian and Lavalla Athletics Carnivals. The carnival will be held on Friday 8 September on the Marcellin campus oval and will be completed in a roving carnival format, which promotes a high level of student engagement and participation. Please see the event program and map attached below. 

Details and Program

We look forward to welcoming parents and families to the campus on this day, joining us in celebrating the wonderful achievements of our Primary students. 

College Production – FAME Jr 

The excitement is building! The rewards of great commitment and energy from the Newman College Creative Team and our wonderful cast of students in the College’s Senior School Production Company are visibly tangible, as we countdown to opening night for FAME Jr on Thursday 31 August! 
Our incredible cast and crew were put through their paces with a full run and costume parade at rehearsals on Wednesday 23 August. The show promises to be high energy entertainment with great music, singing and dancing performances from this talented Senior School cast. 

Hurry, get your tickets! Three big nights! 31 August, 1 September, 2 September at 6.00pm. 

There will be a door prize on closing night Saturday 2 September for the best dressed 80s costume in our audience. 

FAME Jr 2023 Tickets, Marist Auditorium Theatre, Churchlands | TryBooking Australia 

Languages Week – Mon 4 to Fri 8 September 

In Week 8, years Pre-Primary to year 12 will celebrate Languages week. Languages week is designed to raise awareness of the benefits of language learning, and to highlight the linguistic diversity in our community. 

Languages week is also, an opportunity to celebrate the work our students have done in learning Italian, as a second Language at Newman College. 

Primary Campuses – Please click here for further information regarding scheduled activities and to order/purchase Gelato!!! 

Secondary Campus – Please click here for details of weeks events


Newman News Term 3 Week 6: From the Principal

Read, Grow, Inspire

This week we have celebrated Book Week and the 2023 theme of “Read, Grow, Inspire”. The foundation of Book Week is fascinating and comes from a post-war period in Australia where there was a recognised dearth of children’s literature. Each of our campuses celebrated the week in their own way. For Marian and Lavalla, the highlight was the Book Parade, with students dressed as their favourite book character. Anything that supports children to find a purpose to read is an important reason to get behind, as we all want young people to find their spark for literature, which will be with them for life.  

Year 11 Game Changers Mullewa Immersion 

The College has spent this week as part of the Mullewa Community. The Town of Mullewa is in the state’s Midwest, a short drive from Geraldton. Mullewa is best known for its beautiful Church of Our Lady of Mt Carmel and the Holy Apostles of St Peter and St Paul, as well as a place of great beauty during wildflower season. The opportunity for our students and staff to support the local community is a well-established program at Newman which allows our students to exercise community outreach and service.  

Newman Parents Forum 

Earlier in the week, we held the Newman Parent Forum, where the focus was to present the recently launched “Vision for Wellbeing” to parents. Mr Ryan von Bergheim, Head of Primary and Mr Simon Martino, Deputy Principal Secondary, discussed the overarching framework. Mrs Edwina Battersby and Mr Justin Kirry, Leaders of Wellbeing, outlined its application in the Zones of Regulation which has been implemented in Primary. The meeting was recorded, please click here to view the recording. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 6 November

Industry and Careers Networking Breakfast 

On Tuesday, the College held an Industry and Careers Networking Breakfast for Year 12. The majority of the guests who hosted conversations at the tables over breakfast were Alumni of the College or of our founding colleges. In small table groups, each guest discussed their pathway in their profession or career, answering many good questions from the students who were eager to gather information about developing careers and networking.  Year 12 students were also informed about the opportunity to join our Alumni and the importance of maintaining the relationship with the College as graduates. Christine Tonkin, MLA, Member for Churchlands, addressed the students with insights into her passion for serving that formed her career in politics, as well as highlighting the defining role her Aunt, Brigidine Sister, Bernice, played in forming her desire to make a difference in people’s lives.  Sister Bernice is also an Alumni of Brigidine Secondary School and Principal of two of our Primary Schools. 

Principal – Mercedes College 

Earlier in the week, I shared with the community the exciting news that our Vice Principal, Dr Lucie McCrory, has been appointed Mercedes College Principal commencing January 2024. Mercy Education recognised in their search for the next leader of Mercedes College, Lucie’s exceptional leadership skills and formation through her own professional development and the experiences of leadership at Newman and other Catholic schools. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Lucie. The communication can be viewed here

Newman News Term 3 Week 4: From the Principal

Wellbeing Week

Feeling well, or ‘wellbeing’ is fundamental to our overall health and enjoyment of life. Taking care of our wellbeing should be both an individual and a collective pursuit. Being present, allows us to consciously monitor how we are travelling emotionally. This week the College celebrated Wellbeing Week. The structure of the celebration was undertaken in the Primary by our Primary Leadership Team and by our Captains of Wellbeing, Belle Jenkins, and Kai Kazmer along with Mr Martino in the Secondary. Each day, we focussed on one important aspect of ‘being well’. Monday’s focus was ‘presence; Tuesday’s focus was ‘healthy, Wednesday’s focus was ‘gratitude” and Thursday’s was ‘connected” with parents, teachers and students affirming all that is good in life.  Lapathon was also held on this day which the students thoroughly enjoyed.  

On Friday 11 August our staff will participate in Professional Learning led by speaker, Mrs Lisa Danza from Access EAP. The topic of the session will be looking inward for wellbeing.  

As I write this article, I have the screen in my office in constant scroll mode through the hundreds of gratitude certificates written by students that are addressed to other students and staff, acknowledging gratitude for the positive impact members of the community have on them. Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness (GEM) are three practical approaches that help us exercise strategies cultivating wellbeing. Paying attention to what and who provides us with life giving energy and happiness, allows us to feature these more regularly in life. Taking care of our wellbeing should be both an individual and a collective pursuit.

Year 11 Leadership Workshops 

A group of Year 11 students have been taking a deep dive into preparation for senior leadership in 2024. Mrs Sarah Ellam, Leader of Wellbeing Year 11 and various members of the College Executive have been working alongside the students in their leadership workshops in recent weeks. Our staff have remarked about the group’s passion and dedication to continue the legacy of good leadership on behalf of all Newman students. On Wednesday afternoon, Dr McCrory and I were delighted to lead a session with the students focusing on the group crafting a mission statement for their leadership in 2024. The quality of their work was outstanding and they were able to articulate a connection between who we are as a Marist community and how their leadership can progress the support of students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12.  

Speak Up Success 

Our Year 5 and 6 students have been involved in an extensive undertaking where they have crafted their skills to meet the challenge of public speaking. On Tuesday 8 August, three Newman students, Vienna Crisona, Grace Taylor and Lola Vogl were recognised for their presentations in the Speak Up contest. We congratulate the Year 5 and 6 students for taking on one of the biggest challenges anyone faces – public speaking and celebrate the work of these students in the next stage of the finals.  

Feast Days

On Tuesday, we recognised the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross, Mary MacKillop, the first Australian to be canonised. She is a figure that both religious and non-religious Australians have been able to relate to- she experienced many of the challenges in life that we encounter today. Mary did not allow those challenges to define her and worked to bring the joy of education to regional Australian communities where there was little opportunity for formal education. Our MacKillop Guild students have a rich and grounded patron to follow, and we give thanks for the life of St Mary MacKillop. 

Next Tuesday 15 August, we join with the World Church to mark the Feast of the Assumption, commemorating the end of the earthly life and assumption into Heaven of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Feast Day was chosen for the Marist Brothers at the time of their foundation by Saint Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers and Marist Education.   As one of 54 Marist schools across Australia, the Feast Day of the Assumption is an annual opportunity for all members of the Newman College community to gather, give thanks, and to celebrate our shared Marist identity. 

Newman News Term 3 Week 4: From the Vice Principal

Welcome to Wellbeing Week! Our whole of school focus during Week 4 has been on making visible to students and staff, the ways in which we can commit to and enjoy a life of ‘being well’. We hope that the students enjoy their four-day weekend and can extend this focus and apply the strategies and learning over that period. Our staff will be engaged in Professional Learning tomorrow, which is aptly centred on understanding Wellbeing. The College is closed on Monday. 


Don’t forget to get a group together to purchase tickets for our Senior School Musical FAME. It promises to be a magnificent performance.  

Newman Parents Forum

The next NPF meeting is being held on Monday 21 August at 6.00pm in the St John Henry Learning Hub on the Marcellin Campus.  We encourage all parents to attend, and we look forward to welcoming you. Our Head of Primary Mr Ryan von Bergheim will begin the evening with a getting to know him session. Then he will introduce our new Vision of Wellbeing with the Deputy Secondary, Mr Simon Martino, which was launched this week during Wellbeing Week. Our Leaders of Wellbeing in Primary Mrs Edwina Battersby and Mr Justin Kirry will present on the Zones of Regulation initiative for learning and emotional health.

Newman Parent Information Series Event

‘Screen Ages’ How to raise digitally resilient and rested young people 

Join zero2hero and Newman College for a parent seminar on cyber safety, psychology and sleep. Perfect for parents, guardians and carers, this seminar is open to everyone with children in any Primary or Secondary School looking to gain valuable insights from leading experts through a panel discussion and Q&A. 

Homework Club  

Year 7- 12 Homework Club is an effective space where students can come after school to study, complete homework and access a wide range of specialist teachers and tutors Monday – Thursday 3:155:00pm in the JHN Hub. Attendance has been excellent this year, and the majority of students have been respectful and considerate towards staff, their peers and the JHN space.  

A reminder to all students that they must sign into Homework Club and come with the materials needed to complete their homework and/or studies. Students are welcome to bring snacks to eat after school and have a small break prior to starting their homework.   

To help staff maintain a positive and effective workspace for all students during Homework Club, students are reminded that they are required to follow the Code of Conduct.  Those students who do not abide by these expectations will lose the privilege of attending Homework Club.   

Year 12 Parking

The College has a dedicated onsite parking area specifically for Year 12 students which we expect them to use.  It is important we consider and balance the needs of residents and commuters around our campus, in particular  Dolimite Road and Tuscany Way.  Please remind these students to use the Year 12 carpark instead of using public roads. 

Timor Leste – Teacher Lucy Lane’s Reflection of her recent visit to Timor   

During the July school holidays I joined a team of 6 Australian teachers travelling to Timor Leste to support the staff at the Catholic Institute for the Formation of Teachers (ICFP) in Baucau.  

This was a pilot programme to support staff with their English language skills and with teaching methods. It was an amazing experience to see the Timor Leste staff grew in confidence and ability during their daily lessons over the course of the 2 weeks. A selection of administration and teaching staff were supported with English speaking, listening, and writing skills. Their enthusiasm, commitment and welcoming nature was inspiring. Daily lessons have continued from Australia (via Zoom) to ensure that the new links the programme forged and the excellent progress with English continue. 

While in Baucau the Australian teachers also got the opportunity to visit other activities of the Marist Brothers in Timor Leste. Visiting the special education unit at Katalosa and witnessing the progress of the new Marist school being built at Lau Tem. The new school reflected the modern teaching approaches that are here at Newman College. 

This was a truly Marist experience for all involved. The international nature of the Marist family was clear through presence and love of work in action. The motto of the ICFP “A heart that knows no bounds” truly reflects the Marist work in Timor Leste. 

Performing Arts: 20 July – 11 September  

Term 3 will welcome the beginning of Catholic Performing Arts 2023, and we are delighted to have so many students involved in the instrumental and vocal sections as a soloist or ensemble member.  

Our magnificent tutors are in the process of sending out the detailed event and venue information for each section relevant to your child, this may be over email or a hardcopy.  In the interim, please use the link below to view the programme of events from July – September.  

Performing Arts Festival – Spirit of the Arts  

Program of Events  

Transport: Performances are located at various locations around Perth. Transport to these performance’s is the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian, unless communicated otherwise. (Ensembles – Concert Band, Concert Wind, Scherzando, Vivace and Chamber Orchestra will have return transport arranged by the College.  Students will depart and return from here).  

Tickets: Try Booking ticket sales for the Performing Arts Festival, opens on Friday 7 July.   

Further details regarding the festival can be found here:    

Please email should you require further information.  

Parent Teacher Communication Protocols 

Parents are reminded that the most efficient and effective method for contacting teachers and support staff is through the staff member’s email address. In most costs, our staff will respond as appropriate to the communication within 48 hours.


Newman News Term 3 Week 2: From the Principal

Welcome Back

Welcome back to the start of Term 3 and Semester 2. I hope all students had a restful break and families found the time to enjoy one another’s company. The term has begun well, and we were pleased to host Parent-Teacher interviews before the first school day, providing further feedback to parents regarding their children’s progress over the first half of the academic year.  

College Life

As I scan the upcoming events for the term, I note that they strongly support Shine through Discovery and our Marist characteristics. The Catholic Performing Arts Festival has begun and we have 245 students participating in this event, showcasing their talents and skills. I wish them all the best for upcoming performances and congratulate them for following their passions in the Arts.  

On Wednesday evening, staff joined the Year 11 students for the Dinner Dance at Wembley Golf Course. The students enjoyed one another’s company and embraced the evening as a celebration and opportunity to continue forging their identity as the Class of 2024.  

This Sunday, Mr Stuart McClorey and Mrs Jane Short will accompany a group of Year 6 students to a special event being hosted by Archbishop Costelloe at St Mary’s Cathedral. Students will participate in the opening of an art installation which has been made from the collages students across W.A. made in the lead up the LifeLink Appeal last term. This is a great opportunity for these students to proudly represent the College, and to see their hard work on permanent display for everyone to see.  

Three more upcoming events speak strongly to our expression of faith and presence. Next week, students from Year 6 to 12 will experience the Winter Sleepout in solidarity for all in Perth who live without the certainty of a warm and safe home. The third Marist Connect evening will bring together Year 11 and 12 students from Newman, St Joseph’s Northam and Bunbury Catholic College to spend some time together in reflection and fellowship as they explore the theme of future choices. Additionally, mid-way through the term, our Year 11 Gamechangers students will venture to Mullewa for their immersion experience, where they will be supporting the local community and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School in the lead up to the Mullewa show.  

Primary Build

In recent weeks, the activity on the new build site for our Primary school has ramped up. Over the holiday break, the College warmly welcomed Rocky Slater WA State Manager of BADGE Construction; College architect Stuart Preston of Munns Sly Moore, and Mark Irwin Mayor of the City of Stirling, to participate in a ceremonial ‘turning of the sod’. We were all excited to ‘break ground’ on what is set to be an incredible project for the College for years to come.

The construction is now underway, and we will keep the community briefed with its progress. 

3rd World Grandparents and the Elderly Celebration

In last Sunday’s Mass, parishes joined in celebration and gratitude for Pope Francis’ World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. The celebration aligns with the liturgical recognition of  

St Joachim and St Anne. The day shines a light on the invaluable role of grandparents and the elderly in society and reminds us of the invaluable benefit there is in embracing their wisdom and knowledge. Pope Francis invited us to pray this prayer and I share it with you: 

Prayer and Blessing for Grandparents and the Elderly 

All-powerful and ever-living God,  
in whom we live and move and have our being,  
we thank you and praise you for giving these members of our community long years,  
lived in faith and in doing good. 

Grant that they may have the loving support of their friends and relatives,  
that in good health they may be cheerful.  
And in poor hope not to lose hope. 

Sustained by the help of your blessing,  
let them spend their old age giving praise to your name.  
Through Christ our Lord.  


Andrew Watson