Term 4 Week 4: From the Head of Primary

As we prepare to welcome new families into our College at our Kindy Orientation later this term, I am reminded how important play-based education is for our young people. As they enter our College community as three or four year old’s, their world is only just beginning. Our play-based environment allows the students to firstly come to understand themselves and their position in their family and their world, secondly it allows them to understand how to interact with others and finally it allows them to explore the world God made. This also allows them to foster a strong imagination, to create new games, to collaborate and to solve problems. Our staff are always implementing learning intentions through this process and we are fortunate to have such dedicated staff offering the best for our students. God Bless.

Marcellin Award

Congratulations to the following students who have recently received a Marcellin Award in Weeks 3 and 4:

Dylan Hookway, Year 2 Blue – for helping clean and tidy up the nature play space

Lucy Ringrose, Year 2 Green – For encouraging a friend when she was trying to master a new skill.

Zarne Raas, Year 4 Red – Zarne is described as a quiet and considerate person. He is someone who can see when someone else needs care or a helping hand and provides it in a very discreet way. Zarne will happily collaborate with anyone and has a gift for working in a group fairly. He sees the good in others, is incredibly reverent in Mass and in prayer, and stands out as someone who shares a special relationship with God.

The Marcellin Award at Marian Campus is drawn from submitted nominations each Wednesday morning at Prayer Assembly. At Lavalla Campus, the Marcellin Award is presented at campus assemblies to one student selected by the Leadership Team from submitted nominations.


Crazy Sock Day – Get Loud – Telethon Speech and Hearing

Today all students and staff wore their most colourful socks to school in support of raising awareness for Telethon Speech & Hearing’s (TSH) Get LOUD! campaign. Our College has been in partnership with TSH for 35 years who have made a real and significant difference to the children and families who attend our school. We were privileged to welcome Geoff Reader and Zita Ferreira from TSH attend this morning’s PP-Y2 Assembly where they presented the College with a plaque.

Years 1-6 Swimming Lessons

Thank you to all the parents who have registered for the Newman College in-term Swimming Lessons. There are still a number of parents yet to register. Please ensure you complete your registration as soon as possible to enable the Newman College Swimming club to finalise their groups for the swimming classes. Swimming lessons commence Monday 19 November. Click here to register.

2019 Parent Funded BYODD

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. A summary can be found here BYODD 2019 3-6 Summary

Please refer any queries to your relevant Leader of Wellbeing.

Parking at Marian

Parents are reminded that when parking in the streets surrounding the Marian Campus they must abide by the restrictions outlined on the gazetted signs. Parking restrictions are in place to ensure access and safety for parents during critically busy periods. As we are a part of the wider community, it is critical that all parents abide by the College Code of Conduct when interacting with members of the public and the Town of Cambridge. I appreciate all who are kind and courteous to our neighbours at drop off and pick up time. If you have any concerns regarding this please contact the College.


  • Year 2 Orientation, Wednesday 14 November
  • Kindy Orientation for Parents and Students, Monday 19 November – Marian Campus drop off 9am – 10.30am
  • Pre Kindy Orientation for Parents, Monday 26 November (times and further details will be advised in the Week 6 newsletter)
  • Pre Kindy Orientation for Students, Monday 3 December (times and further details will be advised in the Week 6 newsletter)

2019 Class Lists

The teachers are currently working through the placement of students in their classes for 2019. We take this process extremely seriously and we look to best meet the needs of every student. The classroom teachers have a wealth of knowledge of information about each child and is therefore best placed to make these decisions to suit each child’s academic, social and emotional development. The process is further supported by the Primary School Counsellor, Mrs Caryl Goia, our Psychologist Mrs Denise Bendotti and the Primary Leadership Team. Each child is given the opportunity to nominate who they would like to have in their class and this is used as a guide by their teachers. Please note that all relevant information is taken into consideration.

Gratitude Project – Wellbeing

I am truly grateful to all our wonderful families who have written emails of thanks and support to the Newman College staff. It is great to see how the Gratitude Project has positively affected the manner in which students work with our wider community. Staff will be coming together at the next PK – Y12 staff meeting to share how this project has improved resilience and promoted Wellbeing.

Lost Property

There is a significant amount of lost property at each campus that we are trying to return. Please ensure all items of clothing, including shoes, have your child’s name on it with a permanent marker. The Administration staff will then be able to get it back to you. There are also valuables that are being held at the front reception desk at Lavalla.

Primary Disco, Friday 9 November

Our students will be enjoying a night of dancing and games at the Primary Disco on Friday 9 November. Thank you to the Primary Social Committee and the parent volunteers helping on the night.

Past Events

The children at Newman College are continuously engaging in motivating learning experiences. These enhance their education and assist in embedding the learned content. Some highlights from the past two weeks include:

All Souls Paraliturgy
Telethon Speech and Hearing Get Loud! Crazy Sock day
Y5 Red Assembly