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Term 1 Week 6: From the Deputy Principal | Mission and Catholic Identity

Shrove Tuesday

LavallaAs our College joined with the wider Church in beginning our Lenten journey, our Year 11 Remar students, with the assistance of their Caravel leaders Mrs Bramanto and Mr Robinett, began our Lenten fundraising for Caritas Australia through the sale of pancakes topped with fresh fruit, maple syrup and cream on Shrove Tuesday at both the Lavalla and Marcellin Campuses. Thank you to our students, parents and staff who supported this initiative, which raised $898 for Caritas Australia’s annual Project Compassion campaign.

Caritas Australia - Project Compassion Launch - 'Love Your Neighbour

Caritas VisitOn Shrove Tuesday Newman College was represented by a group of our Year 7 and Year 12 students who attended the Caritas Australia Lenten Launch at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, Highgate. Mr Finneran, Br Terry Orrell and Mr Lynch accompanied our students to the launch. Our students joined with members from our wider Archdiocesan community, representatives from Catholic Education Western Australia and the leadership team of Caritas in Western Australia to officially launch Caritas Australia’s 2017 Project Compassion campaign: ‘Love Your Neighbour’. The gathering had the opportunity to hear from three of our Year 12 students who undertook the College’s 2016 Philippines Immersion and service learning experience. Congratulations to Peter Loreck, Lucy Houghton and Jaxon Creed on their engaging and faith-filled witness to the transformative opportunities offered by the Philippines Immersion.

Thank you to the following students who attended the Caritas Australia Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch and represented Newman College:

Year 7
Lola Tuite, Mia Krikorian, James McGee and Laney Fitzpatrick

Year 12
Peter Loreck, Lucy Houghton, Jaxon Creed, Sarah Wright, Julia Diamond and Tayah Geneff

MarketingNewman College in partnership with Caritas Australia: Lent 2017

Throughout Lent, our College will collaborate with the work of Caritas Australia’s 2017 Project Compassion campaign. As the Australian Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency, Caritas Australia provides support in the form of community development in regions throughout Asia-Pacific. Newman College will join with the wider Church in seeking to financially support the work of Caritas in this region through our fundraising campaign during Lent. Funds will be raised through a range of initiatives across the Marian, Lavalla and Marcellin Campuses. Our goal this year is to reach $20,000 for our College contribution. In seeking to engage our students in an understanding of the collective capacity of what our College can achieve when it comes together, a contribution of $3 per week, per student, would see us reach our target. Throughout the course of our Lenten journey, our students will become more familiar with the work done in communities and with individuals in development nations through the education campaign and country profiles developed by Caritas Australia which can be accessed here.

Project Compassion

Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday 1 March students, staff and parents of Newman College joined in four Ash Wednesday liturgies across the College. Our Marian students joined with their teachers and representatives of the parent body at St Cecilia’s Church at Floreat, while students at the Lavalla Campus gathered in the Champagnat Chapel, and students at our Marcellin Campus gathered in the Marist Auditorium. We hope to continue to build our awareness of what it means to be in relationship with Jesus and with one another as we enter more fully into our Lenten journey of conversion and awakening to the dreams God holds for each of us.

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Remar Commissioning Ceremony

The Remar Commissioning Ceremony and Parent Information Evening, took place in Week 5 of this term. This special evening is an occasion at which all of us, as a Remar community, can celebrate the Rowers completing the previous year in the program, as well as welcome our Year 10 students (our Red rowers) into the Program.

This Commissioning Ceremony highlights the particular values which become the focus for the Rowers throughout the year ahead, for each year in the Remar Program presents new challenges and experiences.

We look forward to the year to come, as the Remar students endeavour to awaken their faith and service to our community.

Louise O’Mahony, Remar Coordinator

Philippines Immersion 2017

In 2017, Newman College will again be providing the opportunity for Year 11 students to participate in our service-learning partnership with communities in the Philippines. This service-learning and immersion opportunity is part of the College’s commitment to actively provide opportunities for students and staff to deepen their faith through active engagement in the realities of Catholic Social Teaching. We look forward to continuing to develop this opportunity and other opportunities as part of our College Evangelisation Plan which will be launched in June 2017.

May our Lenten journey of conversion be marked by the presence of God’s transforming grace.

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