Term 3 Week 10: From The Deputy Principal, Mission and Catholic Identity

Years 7–12 Sacramental Program

In Term 4, the College will be sharing with families details regarding a new opportunity that has been extended by the Archdiocese of Perth to Secondary Schools. The opportunity is to develop age-appropriate preparation programs that support secondary-aged students who may have missed the chance to prepare and receive the sacraments in Primary School. This model is a first for Secondary Schools, and will deliver an opportunity for the College to provide a school-based preparation program that connects students to local Parishes, to then receive the Sacraments. Here at Newman College, we have had a number of families express the desire for their daughters and sons to prepare to receive the Sacraments in Secondary School. In this Year of Youth, Bishop Donald Sproxton, Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of Perth has extended this opportunity to all secondary students in our Archdiocese on behalf of Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB.

I invite you to contact me if you would like to discuss this further, or to express an interest in advance of the details of this program being shared with our College community in Term 4. Please email daniel.lynch@newman.wa.edu.au

Year 10 2019 Peer Mentors

Last Thursday, the Year 10 2019 Peer Mentors were commissioned during a special Communion Service.
The Peer Mentors will be working with the Year 7 2019 students. They will help the students settle into our College by getting to know them, holding fun activities, showing them around the College and being a student mentor for them by answering any questions they may have.
On Monday 8 October, the Peer Mentors will attend the Orientation Day for Year 7 2019 students, helping them to adjust to their new surroundings. We congratulate the Peer Mentors for their service to the College.

Remar Red Leadership Camp

On Thursday 11 October, 21 Year 10 Remar Red Rowers will be attending the Red Leadership Camp on Phillip Island, Melbourne. The camp provides an opportunity for Rowers to meet others from across state borders, further building the sense of a wider Remar community. It aims to strengthen the Rower’s understanding of the Christian life, built around the four spokes – prayer, ministry and service, community and faith development. Rowers are challenged to reflect on their personal call to be a Christian leader by “Sailing away from mediocrity” with ‘dedication and sacrifice’.

Australia Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement Perth Launch

The 2018/2019 Social Justice statement was launched by Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton on Thursday 20 September at an event organised by the Justice, Ecology and Development Office (JEDO) of the Archdiocese of Perth. The Statement is titled A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land; and it confronts the growing challenge of homelessness and housing insecurity in Australia. The launch commenced with a Welcome to Country by local Aboriginal elder Aunty Marie Taylor from the Whadjuk Noongar people and included a panel discussion from Debra Zanella (Ruah CEO) and Deacon Greg Lowe (WA Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office Director), as well as a friend of JEDO with lived experience of homelessness. If you would like to know more about the social justice statement for 2018-2019 a summary can be found here and the full statement can be found here.

Sacramental Programs

When your child has received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion or Confirmation, please send a copy of their Certificate from their Parish to Newman College Registrar, Flora Hughes Flora.Hughes@newman.wa.edu.au. College records can then be updated and a card of congratulations can be presented to your child at Assembly.


24:7 Floreat Youth Group

Thank you from all of us at 24:7 Floreat to those amazing people who came down to our Quiz Night last Sunday night! It was by far our biggest night ever with 57 people gathered. The spontaneous karaoke, cup stacking competition, and the free pizza made for a memorable evening. Next week we’re having a more relaxed but equally entertaining night as we continue to celebrate the end the term (and our superhero program) with a superhero movie night!! Looking forward to a great night of movie watching with you all next week!

We meet each Sunday night (6.00pm – 8.00pm) in the Parish Centre for all young people in Years 6-12. Call Angela 0455 960 174 or Sebastian 0403 230 395 for more information.


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 celebrated by Fr Joseph Tran and 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.