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Thursday, February 9th 2017

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Term 1 Week 2: From the Head of Primary

Welcome to the 2017 academic year and thank you for supporting your child for the year ahead. From the excitement of the first day to the settled space we are now in for Week 2, I am proud of every student and their positive start to the year. I would like to welcome the new Pre-Kindy and Kindy students and their families to the College and any new students who have joined us this year. It is my hope that 2017 is filled with joy, excellence and the Love of Mary.

Parent Meetings

On Tuesday evening, PK-Y2 parents met with their child's teacher at the Parent Information Evening. Discussed was the essential connection between faith, learning and wellbeing and the importance of constant communication between home and the College, so we can best meet the needs of every student.

The Y3-6 Parent Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 15 February.

Learning Spaces

The new learning spaces at both Marian and Lavalla Campuses are already having a positive impact on student learning. I invite all families to visit the spaces as our students are collaborating, engaging, communicating and problem-solving in flexible environments.

Settled Start

In 2017 Newman College is striving for a settled environment to ensure that our students learn and grow. This is directly linked to each child’s faith, learning and wellbeing. I would like to thank you, the parents and guardians, for helping create this settled environment leading up to the first day of school. It was evident that positive conversations have taken place about school, that families value education and support the vision of the College and are engaged in the faith and learning journey of your child. I look forward to working with you this year and if I can support you in any way, please contact me.

Gifted and Talented Program

The support of every student in our care is vital and everyone should be given the opportunity to share their God given gifts and talents. One area that has changed slightly for 2017 is the Gifted and Talented Program coordinated by Mrs Maureen Delane. The program is now called the Ignis Program to align with the Lumen Program in the Secondary School. Lumen is Latin for light or glow and Ignis is Latin for spark. This also fits the whole school Vision for Learning which is captured by the phrase “Shine Through Discovery”. More information about the Ignis Program will be made available shorty.

Y6 Student Council

The newly appointed Year 6 Student Council met with Ms Warchomij on Tuesday to outline their roles, set protocols for meetings, arrange rosters for recording minutes and an initial goal setting session. The Council was very enthusiastic and have already put forward some great ideas as to how they can support both the Marian and Lavalla Campuses. One idea was for students to design sacred spaces at each campus for students to enjoy. These student leaders will be formally recognised at the PK-12 Family Mass on 22 February.

Primary Movie Night

The Primary Social Committee will be conducting the annual Primary Movie Night on Friday 24 February at the Marian Campus. The evening is an opportunity for new families to come and be a part of this outstanding community and make lasting connections with the parents and guardians of your child’s friends. For the safety of our students the event is alcohol free. However you are most welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxed night out.

The Parent Social Committee will also be holding its Annual General Meeting in the near future and all are welcome to attend.

Parking at Marian

Parents are reminded to be courteous of our neighbours and to follow the road rules when parking around the school. Please do not park across driveways or on private property. More information will be made available on the Primary Intranet soon.

Birthday Treats

The safety of our students is our number one priority and with an increasing number of students having severe allergic conditions the College must do all it can to reduce the risk of harm. Due to this, we are no longer able to have students bring in edible treats to celebrate their birthday. A child’s birthday is a significant milestone and one that should bring joy to our College community so I respectfully ask that if you would like to send something along for the class that, instead of food, another token is handed out such as a sticker or stationary.

Mitch Bristow
HEAD OF PRIMARY

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