Newman News Term 4 Week 2: From the Vice Principal

Key Dates

Tuesday 25 October – Year 7 2023 Transition Workshop #1 – 3.30pm, Marist Auditorium 
Wednesday 26 October – Visual Arts and Technologies Exhibition – 5.00pm, Marist Auditorium 
Friday 28 October – Parent Soiree – 6.00pm, Marist Auditorium 
Monday 31 October to Friday 18 November – Y12 WACE Exams 
Monday 7 November to Friday 18 November – Y11 Exams 

Welcome back to our final term of 2022. I hope that the fine weather during the holidays gave everyone an opportunity to appreciate the warmth outdoors and enjoy the time away from the daily routine of school life. This term will go quickly and if the first two weeks are anything to go by, it will be busy, productive, and enjoyable.  

We welcomed our incoming Year 7 students for 2023 on Monday of Week One with their Orientation Day and bid farewell to our 2022 Year 12s at the Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday of Week Two. This Sunday marks the beginning of our Arts Festival, where our Performing and Visual Arts students will showcase their wonderfully artistic creations from PK to Year 12.   

Our College community celebrated our Patron, Saint John Henry Newman on Friday of Week One with a K-11 liturgy in the Marcellin campus. This beautiful celebration was followed by a buddy day in our Primary School. The buddy day took on a carnival theme and the Primary community, under the leadership of our new Year 12 student leaders for 2023, raised funds for our very own Telethon Little Star, Emily Siew. Our Secondary students also fundraised for Emily with ice creams, drinks and a staff vs students Basketball game. The Community raised over $11, 500 for telethon7.  

Arts Festival

You are invited to join us in the Marist Auditorium next week for two spectacular showcases of creative talent. 

Mythos, the Newman College Dance Showcase for 2022, is a celebration of human storytelling and of those iconic stories which have endured through time. Sunday 23 October at 10.00am. Tickets can be purchased here

Ignite showcases our emerging artists and designers from Kindergarten to Year 12. Come along to opening night on Wednesday 26 at 5.00pm to celebrate our students’ endeavours in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, and woodwork. 

Two great events, not to be missed! We look forward to seeing you. 

Featured artwork: ‘Leo and Stella’ Graphite drawing on paper by Year 11 student Olivia Li Castro

Uniform – Bathers and Rash Vest requirements  

As previously communicated the College has introduced New College bathers and rash vests. In keeping with College uniform expectations, students are required to adhere to the following changes relating to College bathers and rash shirts.  

  • Years 1-2: No change. Students continue to wear their own personal bathers and rash vests.  
  • Years 3-9 (2022): College bathers and rash vests are compulsory.  
  • Years 3-10 (2023): New style College bathers and rash vests will be compulsory. No old bathers or rash vests can be worn.  

** Due to stock issues earlier in the year, students in Years 7 to 10 may wear the older version of the College bathers and rash vests for the remainder of 2022. New bathers and rash shirt must be purchased for 2023.   

Transperth – School Service Changes 

Transperth have asked we share this information with our College Community.

Services often change at the start of a new Term.  These changes include School Specials, as well as regular routes that service schools in the area. 

These changes are made in order to offer the best possible service across the network. 

Students intending to travel to school via public transport should: 

  • Check for information. As services change, website information will be updated  
  • Plan your journey prior to the start of school. The JourneyPlanner will be updated with the new school services two weeks prior to the start of school. Remember to change the date in the JourneyPlanner to the first day of school 
  • Not every school will undergo changes, however all students should plan their journey using the Transperth website.  

Staff Movements  

Following the promotional appointment of Mrs Lisa McClue to Principal of Our Lady of Good Council, the College undertook an extensive recruitment process.  The College is very happy to announce that Mr Ryan von Bergheim will take on the role of Head of Primary at Newman College from 2023. Mr von Bergheim has 13 years of experience in Catholic Education and has held roles such as Curriculum Leader, Digital Lead, Assistant Principal Religious Education, Assistant Principal Administration and Acting Principal at St Thomas’ Primary School. Mr von Bergheim is currently the Assistant Principal of Padbury Catholic and was the Acting Principal in Terms 2 and 3 of this year. We look forward to welcoming Mr von Bergheim into our Newman family in 2023.  

Congratulations to three of our staff members who have been appointed into promotional positions in other communities. Mrs Jenny Miraudo, Director of Transformational Learning PK-12 will be moving to Corpus Christi College next year as Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning PK-12. Ms Katya Anderson, Leader of Learning PK-6 will also be moving to Corpus Christi to take on the role of Head of Primary; Mr Mat Puljiz, Leader of Wellbeing Year 12 will be moving to Santa Maria College as a Dean of Year. 

We are happy to announce that the new Deputy Principal of Teaching and Learning PK-12 at Newman College will be Mrs Beth Murphy. Mrs Murphy comes to us with 15 years of educational experience in Catholic PK-12 and secondary schools such as Mazenod, Holy Cross, Sacred Heart and Corpus Christi. Mrs Murphy has expertise in the areas of teaching and leading in Humanities and Social Sciences, English, Learning Diversity and Religious Education. Additionally, Mrs Murphy spent five years as a Unit Coordinator and lecturer at Curtin University in the Faculty of Humanities and in the School of Education. She worked closely with Undergraduate and Master of Teaching Students. Mrs Murphy has experiences in Middle and Senior Leadership in positions such as Learning Support, Learning Diversity, and Leader of Pedagogy & Practice. Currently, Mrs Murphy holds a senior leadership role as the Assistant Deputy Principal of Pedagogy and Practice at Mazenod College, Lesmurdie. Mr David husband, Mrs Jo Smith and Mr Luke O’Mara will be joining our Leaders of Wellbeing Team next year. All three staff members have experiences in middle and senior leadership, in a variety of schools and in the wellbeing space. 

Following Mr Stuart McClorey’s appointment to Director of Mission and Catholic Identity in Newman, I am pleased to announce that Mr Justin Kirry will be stepping into the role of Leader of Wellbeing Y3-6 next year. Mr Kirry comes to us from St Lukes with experiences in roles such as Assistant Principal, Digital Technologies and Transformation Lead, Quality Catholic Schools Coordinator and classroom teacher from Years 2 to 6. Our Leader of Wellbeing PK-2 will be announced in the next newsletter.   

Mr Matt Connell has stepped down from his position of Leader of Sport. Mr Connell will be returning to the Physical Education and Mathematics classroom from 2023. Mr Tom Williams will be taking a year of leave from his position of Assistant Leader of Sport in 2023 and has taken up the Guild Coordinator role from Term 4 2022. We have appointed Mrs Marnie Barrett into the Leader of Sport position from 2023. Mrs Barrett is a highly experienced leader and comes to us from Holy Cross College, where she is currently the Leader of Sport K-12.  

Ms Margaret Goldsmith, PK-12 Coordinator of Music, has been appointed to the role of Dean of Music at Northshore Christian Grammar School, commencing next year. Ms Louise O’Mahony will be finishing as a Home Economics Teacher and Mackillop Guild Coordinator effective the end of the year and will be taking a role in Iona Presentation College. Ms Laura Goodwin, English Secondary Teacher has been appointed as an English Teacher with English Curriculum Leader role at FCJ College in Melbourne, commencing next year.  Ms Bethwyn Legg, drama teacher, will be moving to St Marys for 2023. 

We will have an opportunity to thank outgoing staff members for their significant contribution at the end of the year and look forward to welcoming our new staff into the Newman Family.  

Other Appointments for 2022 / 2023 

Alessia Chiera  Neurodiversity Specialist  
Ashley Lloyd  Secondary HASS Teacher – Ongoing 
Caelin Peters  Secondary English Teacher  
Elena Buemi Music Tutor 
Emily Mincherton Home and Economics Teacher 
Kellie McDonald Primary Dance Teacher  
Nicolletta De Gennaro HASS Teacher 

NPC Meeting 

The next meeting was originally scheduled to take place on Monday 31 October.   
Please Note: this meeting date has been changed to Monday 7 November 6.00pm, St John Henry Learning Hub. 

This group is critically important in providing input and feedback.  We encourage parents to join us at this meeting to gain insight into our school improvement plan and to discuss school concerns. 

We look forward to welcoming you on Monday 7 November. 


Newman News Term 4 Week 2: From the Deputy Principal Secondary

Staff and students have made an outstanding start to Term Four. We have had a significant number of events across the Marcellin campus, including orientation for 2023 Year 7 students, Year 10 Camp, St John Henry Newman Feast Day, Telethon Fundraising for Emily Siew, Year 7 and 8 Waterwise Experience, Year 12 exams, Graduation and so much more.  

The Class of 2022 Graduation 

Wednesday 19 October we were able to celebrate the Class of 2022 and the hard work of families, staff and students as they come to the end of their formal school years. Everyone who has had a part in the formation of these students is to be congratulated for their success. We wish all our Year 12 students every success for their future beyond Newman College.  

Our 12 Year students have now completed their schooling, ATAR students will be busy preparing for their final WACE exams scheduled to commence Monday 31 October. 

Year 12 Reports 

Year 12 reports, with the exception of IEPs, were made live on SEQTA on Wednesday 19 October at 4.00pm.  Hard copies of the statement of results and certificates of service (Co-curricular) were presented to students in their Graduation folders at the Class of 2022 event. 

Year 10 Camp 

There was a mixture of excitement and trepidation as we departed Newman College bright and early at 715am on Monday morning. Our stop in Australind with the cold wind prepared us for the temperatures of our five day camp in Karridale.

Upon arrival our Year 10 students were welcomed by the Outdoor Education Group staff. They were given a hiking pack and instructed on how to waterproof their clothing for their two day journey away from base camp. They become accustomed to long drop toilets and the smells that emanate from them in the late afternoon, and the one twominute shower for the duration of the camp came as a shock to many (some sadly chose to forgo their one chance to have a shower). 

Our Year 10s were challenged at times: Tuesday brought with it rain and the cold, getting lost on an already long bush walk, carrying 20 litres of water up the hill and abseiling down a 20 metre cliff. These incredible young people took it all in their stride with some shedding tears and throwing some tantrums along the way. Despite the challenges, the benefits of this experience were evident in the conversations, connectedness and care for one another. The Marist spirit underpinned a lot of what our young people did during this five-day camp: the strong sense of family spirit and their kindness and compassion towards one another as reflective of Mary our Good Mother. 

Every student who attended achieved something or challenged themselves: sleeping in a tent, conquering their fear of heights or simply connecting with a peer that they hadn’t had a conversation with before. 

Our teachers who attended are to be commended; their ability to manage conflict and inspire courage in our Year 10 students was phenomenal given the lack of sleep and coffee on offer. Thank you to Mike Diamond, Tiyana Kerimi, Maria Famiano, Cate McKnight, Bonnie Keynes, Gill Kennedy, Holly-Hope Grainger, Alex Gerreyn, David Nelson, Chris James and Jo Smith for their willingness to support our students during this five day experience. Special mention must be given to Paige Adams and Jorja Clark for their logistical expertise as they coordinated a significant number of bus shuttles to and from various camp sites and activities, and for overseeing the camping experience for our staff and students.

Year 7 and 8 Waterwise Experience 

This week, all students in year 7 celebrated National Water Week with a range of classroom activities including ‘water tasting’ where they had the opportunity to taste test samples of water ranging from tap water to high-end, imported bottled water. Students also participated in a Water Wise experience. An interactive, multi-sensory incursion on water sustainability

2023 Guild Representatives 

Guild Representative nominations will begin shortly for 2023. Students in Years 7-11 who are seeking opportunities to be recognised as leaders within the community are encouraged to apply. Details about the process will be posted on student Teams in the coming weeks. 

Year 11 Information for Exam period

October 21Final date to place and order and pay for 2023 Leavers Jacket 
Week 2
7 NovemberYear 11 Examination Period 
Week 5 – Week 6  
Examination Timetable can be located here  
Examination Rules can be located here  
21-23 NovemberYear 11 Semester 2 Examination Feedback Days 
Week 7 (compulsory for all ATAR students)  
Compulsory Feedback Timetable can be located here 
24 NovemberYear 11 Final Day – Compulsory for ALL Year 11 students  
Lunchtime Dismissal  
Week 7  

Transperth School Bus Services  

Transperth have notified the College that there are a number of students using the School Bus Services with insufficient funds on their SmartRiders.  
If your child utilises the Transperth School Bus Services, please ensure that they have sufficient funds for their journey.  
Please also remind your child about the expected behaviour on public transport.  

Student Uniform 

The College uniform forms part of the student code of conduct and common expectations that all students must meet. Please support staff in ensuring you child is prepared for school with the appropriate uniform. Students are reminded particularly about appropriate jewellery, skirt lengths, haircuts, and hats.  

Homework Club

Homework Club is place for students to come and finish their homework, study and access different specialist Teachers and Tutors. Students are welcome to attend Homework Club before after school commitments (such as sport). However, they must be prepared to work productively during that time and be respectful of the students around them (especially those that are preparing for exams). Students who do not meet these expectations will be asked to leave Homework Club.

Sun Smart at Newman College 

As is College policy, students are reminded that College hats must be worn on the oval during recess, lunch and for Physical Education. Hats can be purchased at the Uniform Shop. 

Newman News Term 4 Week 2: From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians

I trust Term 4 has commenced well for all families.  Our first two weeks have provided many opportunities for our community to come together, both as cohorts and as a College.  Our incoming Year 7 cohort for 2023 participated in an Orientation Day with a program assisting their familiarisation with Secondary School for the commencement of 2023.  Year 10 students came together for their week-long adventure camp in Margaret River and Year 12 students finished their mock exams.  As a school we celebrated St John Henry Newman Day last Friday along with our primary school buddy day and fundraiser.  Emily Siew is one of the Little Stars for this year’s Telethon.  The College is very proud of Emily and we look forward to supporting her during this weekend’s Telethon.

Year 12 Graduation

On Wednesday evening we celebrated the Class of 2022’s Graduation at Optus Stadium, with 640 people in attendance.  This significant event, which commenced with Mass and followed by our formal Graduation presentation, marks the end of our Year 12 students’ formal Secondary education.

The Year 12 motto this year, “United in spirit and mind, the class of 2022 forever aligned”, has been lived out throughout the year.  Our Year 12 students, as individuals and as a collective, have conducted themselves in a commendable manner and have exemplified our College’s Vision for Learning ‘Shine through Discovery’ – let your light shine (Matthew 5:16).

In my speech I referred to the poem, The Road not Taken by Robert Frost, and the impact decisions we make have on our lives.  Do we take the easy road, or the road less travelled.  To view my speech in full, please click here

I thank the Year 12 students for their contributions to Newman College and look forward to hearing of their journeys in the years to come.

School Registration

The final aspect to Newman College’s School Registration was held on Monday when members of the Non-Government Schools Regulation Department visited the College and met with our new Marist Schools Regional Director, Darren McGregor.  Renewal of School Registration this year by the Department of Education is a result of the incorporation of Marist Schools Australia Limited becoming our governing body from 1 January 2022. 

Newman College now has certified registration for a 5 year period, 1 January 2022-31 December 2026, under the governance of Marist Schools Australia.

Newman College Advisory Council

The Advisory Council took advantage of the visit of our MSA Regional Director and brought forward their final meeting for 2022 to last Monday 17 October.  Darren McGregor spoke at length about the governance structure of Marist Schools Australia which ensures each of their 12 governed schools is well supported by a Regional Director.  He provided a roadmap about how he would personally support Newman College in his role, ensuring that he visited the school on a number of occasions throughout the year.    

Arts Festival 2022

Please click here to view details of two significant upcoming events – Mythos Dance Showcase on Sunday 23 October and Visual Arts and Technologies Exhibition Opening on Wednesday 26 October.

Newman Parents Consultative Committee (NPC) Meeting – Monday 7 November

The final meeting of 2022 will be held on Monday 7 November.  Further information will be circulated closer to the time.

COVID-19 Update

Please click here to view the latest update on our College website.

Marist Sporting Carnivals

We are delighted to report that our Marist Sporting Carnivals are resuming, commencing with the Cricket Carnival 4-9 December this year in Warragul Victoria.  The Basketball Carnival will be held in Adelaide 26-30 March 2023 and the Netball Carnival will be held in Perth 19-21 June 2023.  We have commenced our planning for the staging of the Netball Carnival here in Perth and very much look forward to welcoming our visitors to Perth.

New Members of the College Executive

We welcome two new members of staff to the College and its Executive Team commencing 2023:

  • Beth Murphy has been appointed to the position of Deputy Principal of Teaching and Learning PK-12.  Beth replaces Jenny Miraudo following Jenny’s appointment to Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning PK-12 at Corpus Christi College. 
  • Ryan von Bergheim has been appointed to the role of Head of Primary.  Ryan replaces  Lisa McClue following Lisa’s appointment to the position of Principal at Our Lady of Good Counsel at Karrinyup.

We wish Jenny and Lisa every success in their new roles and look forward to celebrating their contributions to Newman College at the end of the year.

John Finneran


Newman News Term 4 Week 2: From the Director of Mission and Catholic Identity

One of the things I most look forward to in the Term 3 holidays is the chance to enjoy the AFL Grand Final. Although the game wasn’t as close as one may have hoped, it was still a good game to watch, and we must offer congratulations to the Geelong Cats (sorry John!) 

However, it wasn’t the result that stood out most for me that afternoon, it was the actions of Cats captain Joel Selwood. There were three moments in the afternoon that really stood out. These were: 

  • Joel walking out with Levi Ablett, son of Gary, who has a rare degenerative disease 
  • Joel giving his boots to the young Auskicker who presented him with his medal, as well as getting a photo with all the kids immediately after being presented with the premiership cup 
  • Inviting Cats spiritual leader and ‘hydration specialist’ Sam Moorfoot over the fence to join in the team celebrations, where he stayed with the team until they arrived back together in Geelong later that evening.  

What struck me as I was watching this unfold was how Christ-like Joel Selwood was in his actions that day. He was humble, showed love for others, and recognised the dignity of those around him others might consider the least – in this case children and people with disabilities. All this on a day where he could easily be forgiven for thinking only of himself or his team. 

There are lots of ways we can learn about Christ – we can go to mass on Sunday, and we can read from the Gospels. But we can also see Christ in the everyday actions of those beautiful people around us who seek to recognise the dignity of others, and make an effort to positively impact the lifves of others. In a Catholic community like ours, one may be forgiven for thinking it is up to the Principal, or Director of Mission & Catholic Identity to make Christ real in our community. But the fact is, this opportunity sits with every member of our community – parent, child, and teacher. We all share equally in the power to bring Christ to others through our words and actions, and each day brings us the opportunity to make this happen. What will you do with your power? 

Year 5 Leadership Retreat 

Yesterday, our Year Five students gathered in the auditorium to take part in a leadership retreat. Please enjoy this recount from Year 5 students below: 

Today we participated in the Year 5 Leadership Retreat. 24:7 Youth Ministry presented the retreat and one of our favourite activities was where we learnt about the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. We learned about the nine fruits of the spirit and how each one represents a quality that Jesus showed. We then found superheros that represent each fruit of the spirit. Some examples were, 

Self-control – Spiderman 

Peace – Wonder Woman 

Gentleness – Thor 

Faithfulness – Batman 

Goodness – captain America 

This retreat taught us a lot about leadership qualities, and we can’t wait for the future ahead of us. We really loved and enjoyed the leadership retreat. 

 Sia Halai & Berkley Blizzard 

New Ministers of Communion Commissioning 

Following thorough training with Br Terry Orrell, our new Ministers of Communion were commissioned on Wednesday of last week. It was so pleasing to listen to these students in their training speak about wanting to serve their community, and make a positive difference for others. We offer our congratulations to: 

Benjamin Butson, Sophia Brodie, Belle Jenkins, Indiana Lummis, Meg McAullay, Ethan Nguyen, Michael Pethic, Isaac Nolan, and Grace Rose. 

We are very proud to welcome these students to the student ministry team as they undertake this important role in the life of the Church and the College. We look forward to witnessing their service over the coming twelve months. 

St John Henry Newman Day 

The Feast Day of St John Henry Newman, after whom our College is named, is celebrated on October 9.  To mark this important date, students from Kindy-Year 11 gathered together as a whole school last Friday to celebrate the Eucharist with Fr Garner. It was wonderful to have all our students gathered together to celebrate as a whole community, and we are very grateful to Fr Garner for leading our celebrations.  

This day was also an opportunity for our students to join together in raising funds for Telethon to support our Year 3 Telethon Little Star, Emily Siew. Students took part in a carnival in the primary school with lots of games and activities such as silent disco, bowling, chocolate toss, and bowling led by our Year 11 student leaders. Marcellin students also took part in a number of fundraising activities in the secondary campus too. 

Year 12 Graduation 

On Wednesday night, several hundred family members, friends and teachers gathered to acknowledge and farewell our Class of 2022 students at Optus Stadium. The proceedings began with a thought-provoking Mass celebrated by Fr Garner, with beautiful music provided by the Ruah Choir under the direction of Ms Ava Bilton. The theme of our Eucharistic celebration was Let Your Light Shine (Matthew 5:16) where Fr Garner challenged all Year 12 students to go into the world and be the light for others. This is a beautiful message for us all, recognising that we all have the power to impact the lives of others.  

Thursday Morning Community Mass – Grandparents Day 

On Thursday 27 October we will be celebrating the important role that Grandparents play in our families and community. All Grandparents are warmly invited to start the day with Community Mass in the Champagnat Chapel at 8.10am and to stay for refreshments afterwards in the Chapel Foyer.  

Our regular Thursday morning Community Mass is hosted by both primary and secondary students and is celebrated by a Priest from one of our local Parishes. Please see details below of the upcoming dates; 

Thursday 27 October (Grandparents Day), Catherine and Year 5 Blue, Fr Hyginus Ebede 

Thursday 3 November, Chisholm and Year 5 Red, Fr Emmanuel-tv Dimobi 

In our prayers 

We were very saddened to hear recently of the death of Thomas English – a Year 12 student from Marist College in Canberra, as well as the death of Father Israel’s father in the Phillippines. As a Marist community we pray that Mary our Good Mother and St. Marcellin Champagnat watch over their families and give them strength during this time. Please let us keep Thomas’ family and Father Israel in our prayers and thoughts at this time. 

LifeLink Thanks 

This week we received a letter from Most Rev Timothy Costello to acknowledge and thank the College for the donation raised as part of the LifeLink Day initiative last term. The LifeLink organisation was established by the Archdiocese of Perth in 1994 to provide for the ongoing financial and promotional support of agencies established or assisted by the Church. LifeLink’s agencies deliver professional services & caring support to thousands of people in need throughout Western Australia each year. We are very grateful for the support of the College community in supporting this important endeavour. Click here to read the full letter.

St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal 

As Term 4 proceeds and Christmas approaches, we turn our attention to those families in our area who may be struggling with the resources to celebrate this year. 

Every year, Newman College partners with Floreat and Doubleview St Vincent de Paul groups to bring Christian joy and hope to families who need our support. Across PK-12, students will be asked to bring in a particular item to assist in creating Christmas hampers for these families. More information about this appeal will be shared in the coming days. 

Newman News Term 4 Week 2: From the Deputy Principal Primary

St John Henry Newman Buddy Day 

The St John Henry Newman Buddy Day began with a wonderful whole school mass, in celebration of this special Feast Day. Students then worked with their Buddies on a STEM activity, centred around the 2023 Science Week theme of ‘Glass’. Students learnt about the process of how glass is made, and the history and origins of stained-glass windows. Following this, they designed and created a stained-glass window design that represented the Marist theme ‘Known and Loved: dignity for all’. 

Little Telethon Star Carnival 

The College held a very successful Carnival, as part of last week’s Buddy Day celebrations. Newman College Year 3 student, Emily Siew has been selected as one of this year’s Little Telethon Stars. Emily was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at just 3 years of age, and bravely endured years of intensive chemotherapy at the children’s hospital. Emily also has bilateral hearing loss. 

A massive thanks is extended to our families for their support of this fundraising initiative. You may like to watch Emily on Telethon this weekend. Newman College Year 3 students Samantha Glyde, Christopher Kacperek and Lucius Van Zyl, along with our 2023 College Captains, will present a cheque to Telethon on behalf of Newman College. This cheque presentation will be on Sunday afternoon. To donate to the school’s telethon page, click here

Indigenous Literacy Foundation Book Swap 

The Marian Book Swap will take place on Thursday, 10th November.

The Lavalla Book Swap will take place on Friday, 11th November.

We hold a Book Swap each year to raise funds which the Indigenous Literacy Foundation use to buy books for disadvantaged indigenous children in remote indigenous communities. 

 Donations of good quality chapters or picture books can be dropped off at the Campus libraries or to reception.  There will be boxes provided for the readers to be placed in.

On the day of the Book Swap, the students will bring to school one dollar and can choose a book to take home from those that have been donated. Students are welcome to bring additional money if they would like to purchase several books.

Class Allocations 2023 

In Term 4, teachers will begin looking at class groupings for 2023. Many factors are considered when selecting class placements for students and each child’s best interests are the main priority when these decisions are made. Class placements are made in consultation with all year level teachers and significant time and consideration is given to this task. Students will be asked by their Classroom Teacher to nominate five friends, of which at least one will be placed in their 2023 class.  

Class placements are made with due consideration of gender, pastoral needs, social and emotional needs, special learning needs, and relationships.  Every effort is made to place children where they will have the greatest opportunity to succeed.  

If your child has specific issues which may need consideration, then you are asked to arrange a meeting to discuss this issue with their classroom teacher early this term or contact me via email at . Parents should be aware that requesting a certain teacher is not a consideration in the class allocation process.  

Once class allocations have been finalised by the leadership team, they cannot be changed. Class lists will be published to families at the conclusion of our Move-up Day. Further information will follow in the coming weeks regarding the particulars of Move-up Day. I thank you in advance for your understanding and support. 

Lavalla Assembly 

This morning, the 5 Red class put on a very lively and entertaining assembly titled ‘5 Red’s got Talent’. Hosted by Ella and Gatano, students were treated to a showcase of 5 Red students ‘let their light shine’ with all of their amazing gifts and talents. We had everything from singing, dancing, drawing, and footy! Well done to Miss Heaver and to the 5 Red students for putting on such an excellent show. We also recognised a number of merit award winners today, including those students who took part in our ‘Write a book in a day’ challenge, and the Ethics Olympiad. It was great to see so many students have so much to celebrate this early in the term! 

Grandparents Day 

If you are able to assist by bringing a plate to share with Grandparents on the Marian Campus Grandparent day event, that would be greatly appreciated. Please click on the following link and complete the form to indicate your assistance and what you will be bringing. 
Please bring your plate of food between 8.20am – 8.45am to the hall where Parents Helpers will assist you. 

Scitech Challenge Da

Scitech Challenge Days provide students with a fantastic opportunity to represent their school in a friendly competition with like-minded peers. In this year’s competition students used their interest of science, technology, engineering, and maths to solve space related challenges.  
This years ‘Space Race’ involved teams of Year 6 students taking part in multiple challenges throughout the day. 

Student Wellbeing – goal setting  

Thank you to everyone for the very warm welcome as I transition into my new role this term as Leader of Wellbeing. It has been wonderful to see an abundance of smiling faces (new and old!) at both campuses and getting to chat to the many students and families over the last two weeks. 

On Monday, I had the pleasure of watching 3 Green host our weekly Prayer Assembly at Lavalla Campus. The focus of this assembly was to remind ourselves to give our best effort in everything we do, so we can strive to achieve to the best of our ability… or put perfectly by one of our students, ‘so we can go ahead and smash goals’! 

Goal setting is critical for developing perseverance and building confidence in children to achieve what they want in life.  It teaches them to take responsibility for their own behaviours and learning and forms a powerful lifelong habit. 

How do we help children to set goals? A big part of it is teaching children to reflect on things they do well and things they need to improve on. Having daily conversations and regularly checking in with your child increases their ability to reflect on their day and perhaps what they can do better tomorrow. Celebrate the achievements – no matter how big or small they appear.  

I wish all students and families a fantastic start to Term 4 and hope that many a goal will be ‘smashed’ as we head towards the end of another school year!  

(Mrs Battersby – Leader of Wellbeing PK-6)