Term 3 Week 8: From the Dean of Wellbeing

Educational research cites ‘feedback’ as having the greatest effect on student learning and improving the quality of teaching. Feedback can be self-reflective, from the teacher, or in most cases from peers. Teachers enable peer to peer feedback by ensuring success criteria is understood by all students in relation to the task. Asking questions of students such as, “Where am I going”? and “Where to next”? help to support all students to achieve their goal and evidence their learning gain.

Teachers create environments to draw out student thinking and understanding; that identify ‘gaps’ and next steps for each student; and provide feedback to help each student address their learning ‘gap’. Processes such as drafting, practising, prototyping and trialling; all seek to gather feedback, foster collaboration and enhance the learning cycle.

The Jazz Lounge

The Jazz lounge at Newman College will get your toes tapping, fingers snapping and your smile cracking.
Join us for a relaxed evening of swing, blues, funk, lounge and a variety other contemporary music styles performed by the Marcellin Campus jazz, contemporary and chamber ensembles.

2019 Humanities Tour

The Humanities Department is pleased to be calling for expressions of interest from Year 9 students for the 2019 Humanities Tour. The tour will be taking place from Wednesday 3 – Wednesday 10 July 2019. Some of the places/sights students will see are:

  • Exploring Sydney CBD
  • Enjoying the sights of country New South Wales and the Eastern Highlands
  • Discovering the political, historical and cultural delights of Canberra
  • Visits to Parliament House, the National Electoral Education Centre, the Royal Australian Mint, the National Portrait Gallery, Government House, the National Museum of Australia, the High Court and the Australian War Memorial.

Expressions of interest are to be handed in to the Humanities office by Friday 14 September (Week 9).

2019 Arts Tour

In 2019, the College is offering a 14 day Arts Tour of New York City. On Monday 3 September, the Arts Department hosted an expression of interest evening for students (and their parents) in Years 10-12 involved in Arts programs, where they had the opportunity to learn more about this exciting opportunity. Some of the activities/sights students will be involved in and see are:

  • Performance masterclasses and arts workshops with industry professionals
  • Iconic New York experiences such as biking through central park, viewing Broadway shows, the Highline, and walking the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset.

The tour company Platinum Travel Corporation has prepared a tour pamphlet with all necessary details regarding the tour. These are available from the Arts office. Alternatively please contact maree.grayden@newman.wa.edu.au if you are interested in receiving an electronic copy.

In response to parent feedback from Monday’s meeting, the College has decided to extend the offer to current Year 8 students who are planning to be involved in Arts programs or courses in 2019 and beyond. Year 8 students enrolling in Year 9 Visual Art, Drama, Dance, Music (including bands and ensembles) and or Dance Troupes are invited to apply for the tour.

Please register your interest with Maree Grayden, Leader of Learning Arts PK-12 to receive an application form and all necessary tour details. All inquiries regarding the Arts Tour should be directed to Maree Grayden.

Please note: APPLICATIONS with $500 DEPOSIT are required to be received by Friday 14 September.

Newman College Arts Festival

Artist in Residence Program

The Newman College Arts Festival program has been in full swing over the last couple of weeks with some truly wonderful inspirational and enriching arts experiences being facilitated by our 2018 Artist in Residence, Mr Andy Quilty. Click here to read more.

Save the Date: Newman College Student Art Show – Wednesday 10 October

The student artwork inspired by Andy will be showcased at the exhibition on Wednesday 10 October along with a multitude of 2D and 3D artworks produced by students from across all three campuses (this includes Technology Materials and Design projects). The showcase will also feature the presentation of awards and Performance Art by Years 9 and 10 Drama students and an array of musical items from Music students in the Music programs at Lavalla and Marcellin campuses. Click here to read more.

Parents of Newman Soiree – Friday 12 October

Join our community for a night of fun and fanfare, set amongst the artwork of our student community. On Friday 12 October join parents and friends at the Marist Auditorium from 6pm to 9m. A cocktail reception including drinks and canapes will be provided, along with live jazz performances from experienced jazz musicians. Every ticket purchased will provide an entry into the major prize draw, which includes a first prize of 50% discount on your eldest child’s tuition fees in 2019; along with other great prizes! Tickets are just $30 and can be purchased by clicking here. Bookings close October 2, so please book promptly.

The Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges 2018

The Catholic Performing Arts Festival has come to a close for 2018. We have had a record number of entries this year, with a record number of outstanding, excellence and merit awards being presented to our Performing Arts students. Click here to read more.

Year 10 2019 Blazer Requirements

To signify entering into Senior School, students in Years 10,11, and 12 wear braiding on their College Blazers.

  • ALL students in Year 9 entering Year 10 in 2019 are asked to bring their DRYCLEANED blazers to the Uniform Shop with a payment of $25 to have the braiding added.
  • Only Blazers which have been drycleaned will be accepted.
  • The preferred time is during the second week of the holidays. Click here for opening hours
  • If you are unable to make these times, blazers can be dropped off during normal trading hours until Friday 2 November 2018
  • Students will be notified to collect their blazers from the Uniform Shop before the end of Term 4.
  • Alternatively NEW Blazers with the trim can be purchased for $200 if your current blazer does not fit and is not suitable for the next few years.


NAPLAN results will be released to parents once the school receives copies. SCSA is currently printing the reports in Melbourne and has not yet made data available to schools. The NAPLAN results provide a snapshot across the year groups and can help inform the College about student and cohort progress. If you wish to discuss any literacy or numeracy concerns, please speak with your child’s relevant teacher.
Recently, Newman College undertook a mandated School Readiness Trial for NAPLAN Online as part of the system wide preparation. As a part of this trial we have set in place measures to ensure students are able to perform at their best when NAPLAN moves online in 2019.

Homework Club

Homework Club continues to be a place where students can work together or receive assistance from Marist Youth Mentors or a range of teachers.



Students have begun sitting the second round of OLNA. OLNA assistance has been offered via Homework Club with a Literacy focus on Monday and Tuesday; Numeracy focus on Wednesday. The College will still have Literacy and Numeracy specialists attending during Term 4 and are a valuable source for assistance. Due to the popularity of the specialists, Marist Youth Mentors, who were high performing students at Newman College, are also in attendance to help with course work.

Peer Mentors

Last Friday, 41 very enthusiastic 2019 Year 10 Peer Mentors who are assisting with the Year 7 2019 student transition program attended their first meeting.
The Peer Mentors will be meet the incoming Year 7 students on their Orientation Day (Monday 8 October) which is one day before the commencement of Term 4 for all other students.
On Thursday 13 September, the Year 10 Peer Mentors will be inducted at our Community Mass in the Champagnat Chapel. I would like to congratulate the students and thank them for their generous contribution to the Wellbeing of our Year 7 2019 students.

Maths Pathway Parent Information Evening Year 7

The Year 7 Maths Pathway Parent Information Evening was held last week on Wednesday 29 August. Mrs van der Heever, Maths Coordinator addressed parents explaining the rationale behind the changes to the way Maths will be taught to Year 7 students in Term 4, and why the Maths Department would like to implement this program in 2019. Richard Wilson, one of the co-founders of the program then explained how the program works, the research behind it and the role parents can play in helping their child achieve success to the best of their ability in this subject.

Thank you to those who were able to attend the evening. We understand that there were a number of Year 7 students involved in the Catholic Performing Arts which limited the ability of some parents to attend. Many questions were asked at the end which provided us with valuable feedback and insight into both concerns and appreciation for this exciting initiative. Further information regarding Year 7 Maths in Term 4 will be emailed to Year 7 parents in due course. The presentation was recorded and can be viewed by clicking here.

Year 8 and 9 return of Laptops

To assist with the update process and to carry out warranty repairs, students in Years 8 and 9 are required to return their Macbooks on the final day of school in Term 3 (Thursday 20 September). Mr Simon Martino, LOWB Year 8 and Mr Mat Puljiz, LOWB Year 9, will oversee the collection of the laptops. Laptops will be returned to students on the first two days of Term 4.

Year 11 Semester 2 Exam Timetable

Please click here to view the Year 11 Semester 2 Examination Timetable which runs from Monday 5 to Friday 16 November. Year 11 Semester 2 Exam Timetable 2018

Year 12 Semester 2 (Mock) Exam Timetable

Please click here to view the Year 12 Semester 2 Examination Timetable which runs from Monday 1 October to Friday 12 October. Year 12 Semester 2 Exam Timetable 2018

Absence from Examination Venue

  • An acceptable reason for absence from an examination is illness or extenuating circumstances which must be confirmed by a doctor’s certificate
  • Please contact Mr James McLaughlin, LOWB Year 12 via email james.mclaughlin@newman.wa.edu.au on the day of your absence. Your Medical Certificate should be presented on your return to school
  • Alternative arrangements for you to sit your examinations will then be negotiated

VET Completion Dates

Year 12 students completing a Certificate II or III must submit all work by Thursday 20 September. Students who need to make up work, due to their workbooks not being 100% correct will need to come back during the second week of the holidays from Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 October. Please contact your child’s Certificate teacher or Mr Al McNeill for clarification if required

Upcoming Events

Year 12 ATAR Drama “All Sorts” Performance

ACC Athletics Carnival

Year 7 2019 Parent Information Evening

Water Polo Secondary Champion Schools Competition

Past Events

The students at Newman College are continuously engaging in motivating learning experiences that support embedding and enhancing their education. Some highlights from the past two weeks are:

Multicultural Week

Year 12 ATAR Music Evening

Year 11/12 High Achiever Breakfast

Maths Week

R U OK? Day

Write A Book In A Day Competition