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Thursday, August 17th 2017

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Term 3 Week 5: From the Head of Primary

As we continue to support the wellbeing of every student it is important that we as a Catholic community come together to enhance the academic, social and emotional needs of our students. The wellbeing focus launched this term has given us all a clear understanding of how we treat each other at the College under the 5 Pillars of RESPECT (of faith, of others, of self, of learning, of College) and has highlighted the expectations we have of one another. Wellbeing is further enhanced when those within the community feel connected. An example of this was the celebrations for the Feast of the Assumption where both campuses will came together and worked with their buddies.

Access to the Lavalla Campus
Thank you for supporting the new measures in place when accessing the Lavalla campus after drop off.

It is important that all visitors, regardless of how long you will be on the site, sign in and sign out at the front office.

Primary Angelico Art Exhibition

Angelico Art Winner croppedOn Tuesday night at the Angelico Art Exhibition Awards night, Charlotte Evans of Year 5 was awarded a prize in the General Exhibition 2D Year 3-6 category. We congratulate Charlotte on her award.

We also commend the following students who had work on display at the Exhibition - Tessa Hadfield Year 3, Catelyn Gill Year 4, Gabrielle Ang Year 5, Isabella Tavra Year 6.

Interschool Cross Country
Last week students from Years 3-6 represented the College at the IPSHA Interschool Cross Country event. Competing against 10 other schools our students achieved outstanding results, working together as a team and showed commitment, courage and determination.

The efforts of two Year 6 students, George Sculthorpe and Cody Tana, were outstanding. George finished first and Cody second for their age group. However, it was the way in which they supported each other during the event that was celebrated. Well done to everyone who represented the College and participated with great team spirit.

Please click here all the Newman Results.

Schools Tour
On Monday of Week 4 our Year 2 teachers visited 3 Catholic Schools to view and discuss flexible learning spaces and flexible learning opportunities for students. They visited St Lawrence Primary School, Padbury Catholic Primary School and St Thomas' Primary School and were able to affirm the hard work they are doing.

Word Mania
The students have taken part in the National Word Mania Competition to support their Literacy programs and work on spelling. It is a word building competition from a board of 15 tiles. Players have 3 minutes to create as many words as they can. Newman College achieved outstanding results as outlined below;

Word Mania

Congratulations to Years 1, 3 and 4 students for making the finals. GOOD LUCK.

Years 5 - 8 AssemblyAddison Blizzard 2
Last week the students from Years 5 - 8 gathered for an assembly to connect students in the Middle years of our College and to support the transition from Primary School into Secondary School. Thank you to Georgie Miller and Addison Blizzard for providing the entertainment.

Dogs at School
There has been a recent increase in the number of dogs being on school premises at drop off and pick up times. This is causing some students to be anxious, as they are scared of dogs. It is also dangerous around the carpark area as students are chasing them. Parents are asked to refrain from bringing their dogs onto School grounds during these times. Your understanding of this matter is appreciated.

Staff are regularly collecting both formative and summative data on every student and then devising learning opportunities to meet their individual needs. Parents may arrange a meeting with relevant teachers at any time to discuss this and their child's learning journey.

Book Week

  • Monday 21 August - Lavalla Book Week Parade
  • Wednesday 23 August - Marian Book Week Parade
  • Thursday 24 August - Kindy Parade

All details on Primary intranet.

Year 1 Early Morning Fitness
This term the Year 1 students have embarked on a new morning fitness routine.

This roster has been devised to target key fundamental movement skills and mindfulness, whilst engaging the children in physical activity. Physical activity helps the production of functional nerve cells/neurons in the hippocampus, the area of the brain which is responsible for learning and memory (

This roster takes place each morning at the beginning of the day. We are excited by the change we have seen in memory, concentration and achievement of our Year 1 students.

Loose Parts Play at Marian

loose play items (Small) rotated

Thanks to our wonderful families who have donated materials to the Loose Parts Play at Marian Campus. Parents are always encouraged to recycle any suitable materials such as pipes, pots and pans, wheels and ropes.

Marian Campus Bell times
Please ensure students are on time for the start of class. The bell goes at 8.45am.

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