Term 3 Week 10: From the Deputy Principal Learning and Staff Development

Celebrating student achievements, contributions and efforts encourages students to grow and be more engaged.


At Newman College, ‘celebration’ is the public recognition of our individual and collective success. We celebrate by honoring the accomplishments, achievements and contributions of all members of the College community, encouraging personal growth and discovery. The close of every term brings many moments of success and Term 3 is no exception. We celebrated our skills and talents on the athletics track and field with Inter-school, Guild and Faction Carnivals for all students. Our students in the Arts celebrated their gifts through performance at the following events:

  • The Catholic Arts Festival
  • Year 12 drama and music recitals
  • The Jazz Lounge

Students at the Marian Campus have celebrated their learning by seeing their ideas come to life in the IDEAS Lab.

Students from Lavalla Campus have celebrated each other by showing gratitude and kindness. This week, we celebrated the Graduating Class of 2018. I sincerely thank each student for their contribution to the College community and wish them well as they explore their choices as they move beyond life at Newman College.

As teachers, we strive to foster celebration by committing to:

  • Providing all families and students with opportunities to come together to celebrate with Christ at the centre
  • Acknowledging growth of student learning
  • Instilling a sense of pride in our students by consistently celebrating their wide ranging performance, efforts and contributions
  • Regular community gatherings in celebration of our combined efforts and successes
  • Recognising and celebrating our discoveries and achievements

Staff Movements

We wish Mrs Paola Rich, Mr Peter Hunt, Mrs Carolyn O’Connor and Mrs Nicola Garlick a well-deserved break as they take long service in Term 4.

Mathew Puljiz is taking leave to care for his family. We wish him well and will welcome him back in 2019. Mrs Helen Leahy will lead the Year 9 students in Term 4.

Term 4 Commencement

Staff – Professional Learning: Monday October 8
Year 7, 2019 Orientation Day: Monday October 8
Students PK-11: Tuesday October 9

Parent Funded Designated Device Model

Next year Newman College will continue the parent funded, designated device model that commenced in 2016.
All students in Years 3-6 will require an Apple iPad. All students in Years 7-11 will require a Microsoft Surface Pro. Parents will be required to purchase a device for students entering Year 7, current Year 8 and current Year 9 students.

This designated device model will be made available in cooperation with a nominated supplier; providing a discounted educational bundle including a damage resistant cover and enhanced warranty. Details of the bundle and nominated supplier will be made available early in Term 4. 2019 will be the last year for the College funded MacBook program for students in Year 12.

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; and to all forums including social media and email forms of communication. The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensure confidentiality and accountability and support professional boundaries. Events held during school hours AND outside of school hours that are associated with the College are also supported by the Code. Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with any member of the Senior Leadership Team.

All families are reminded that if they have a concern about the education or wellbeing of their child, they should contact the College directly. We are always willing to support families, but school matters must be managed by the College. It is not appropriate to contact other families about concerns you have about their child. Please direct these matters to the classroom teacher, Leaders of Wellbeing or any member of the Senior Leadership Team.

The College recognises the convenience of year group Facebook pages that are moderated by parents. This is an excellent platform for sharing information involving College events and requirements. It is not appropriate to use social media platforms to seek clarity on teaching and learning or to debate College policies. Please refer these matters to your child’s classroom or PCG Teachers, or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and support of how we strive to partner positively with each other.