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Friday, August 18th 2017

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Term 3 Week 5: From The Deputy Principal | Mission and Catholic Identity

PK-12 Assumption Day Celebrations

Assumption Mass (78 of 200) (Small)This week we celebrated as a College community the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As the Patronal Feast of the Institute of the Marist Brothers, it was this Feast day to which St Marcellin Champagnat, Founder of the Marist Brothers and Marist education, dedicated his new Institute of Brothers.

The Marcellin Campus held a Years 7-12 Mass on Tuesday 15 August, and today, the PK-6 Marian and Lavalla Campus students and teachers celebrated with a Mass led by Fr Joe Tran (Marcellin Campus Chaplain) and Fr Patrick Lim (Administrator of the Wembley-Floreat Parish), followed by rotations through Assumption Day classroom activities and the annual Lap-a-thon to raise money for Marist Solidarity Australia.

Leader of Youth Ministry & Advocacy
Integral to growing the College’s Ministry Team, in line with the objectives of the draft Ministry Plan, the College has advertised a new position to commence in January 2018; the Leader of Youth Ministry and Advocacy. This role will be integral to supporting our students and broader College community in shaping contemporary opportunities to grow and develop the way in which we as a community grow ‘good Christians and good citizens’ with Jesus and the call of the Gospel as our vision.

'RESET' – PK-12 Weekly Parent Prayer Group
Thank you to our parents who have begun to join our weekly PK-12 parent prayer group. A reminder that all are welcome (especially your pre-school-aged children).

When? Every Monday
Where? Kindy Green Classroom (Marian Campus)
Time? 8.45am – 9.30am
Who? All PK-12 parents and family members are invited to attend.

All are welcome as we begin to form this weekly parent community.

Update: Appointment of Youth Chaplain
The College has appointed Roger O’Neill as a part-time Youth Chaplain until the end of 2017. Now into his second week at Newman College, Roger introduces himself and his role at the College:

"My name is Roger O'Neill and I am the newly appointed Youth Chaplain. My main responsibility is to support the spiritual, social, and emotional wellbeing of Newman College students as well as to support leaders in developing and fostering strategies that support the wellbeing of the broader school community. My background lies in youth ministry after being involved in youth groups, camps and retreats ever since I was in Year 8. More recently I have been working as a Youth Minister running a youth group for high school aged students, assisting at school retreat days and Sacramental programs also to help run a youth choir in the local parish. My area of study thus far has been in Youth Ministry, Theology and Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care. I have a love for music mainly playing the drums and for sports such as rugby, soccer and AFL. As an ex-student of Newman College (2008), I am extremely excited to be back in this newly appointed role and to get involved and to meet as many of the students as possible. My passion lies in the hearts of young people and to assist them in moving forward on their path of life, with the hope to bring some light into their lives."

Philippines Immersion: Formation Afternoon #1 Immersion Students (Small)

On Wednesday 16 August, our Year 11 Philippines Immersion students gathered for their first formation afternoon in preparation for the Immersion. The afternoon focussed on understanding group dynamics. We welcomed Tia Hunt from St Joseph’s Northam, one of our Marist sister-schools here in WA, who will be joining us in the 2017 Immersion.

Remar Update

  • Remar Gold Retreat (Thursday 10 August – Sunday 13 August): Last weekend our Year 12 Remar Gold students travelled to Phillip Island in Victoria to participate in a gathering of 200 other young students in Remar from across the country. Thank you to Miss Louise O’Mahony (Remar Coordinator), Ms Nicky Garlick and Mr Matthew Box (Remar Gold Helmspeople) for making this opportunity possible. Remar updates and pictures from the Gold Retreat will be available on the Remar Australia Facebook page:

  • Remar Blue Caravel Solidarity Retreat (Wednesday 23 August – Tuesday 29 August): Our 34 Year 11 Remar Blue Caravel students are preparing to undertake their annual Solidarity retreat in Mullewa in the coming week. Miss Louise O’Mahony (Remar Coordinator), Mrs Rebecca Bramanto and Mr Dean Robinett (Remar Blue Helmspeople) will accompany our students on this important experience of outreach and ministry. We wish them and their Caravel well for the week ahead.

Fathers Day Celebrations
Fathers Day will be celebrated on Sunday 3 September. The College will be providing the following opportunities for our community to acknowledge and affirm both our biological fathers, and those who serve as father figures in our lives on the following days/times:

Wednesday 30 August
- Lavalla Campus Prayer Assembly
- Time: 2.45pm – 3.15pm
- Venue: Champagnat Chapel, Marcellin Campus

Thursday 31 August
- Newman College PK-12 Community Mass – Fathers Day
- Time: 8.10am – 8.40am
- Venue: Champagnat Chapel, Marcellin Campus

Thursday 31 August
- Marian Campus Fathers Day Liturgy
- Time: 9.00am – 9.45am -
- Venue: St Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Floreat

Sacramental Information – Celebrating the Sacraments at Newman College
As the time for the reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation, Eucharist and Reconciliation approaches, parents are asked to notify the College once their child receives each of these Sacraments, to ensure that this data can be added to our records. Upon reception of each Sacrament, children will receive a certificate. Parents a re asked to scan or photograph this certificate and email it to Flora Hughes, Registrar
Newman College and the Marist Association will also acknowledge this significant event in our students' Faith Journey at Assemblies throughout the year through the presentation of the College’s certificate of acknowledgement.

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, College Chaplain. 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.

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