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Friday, March 10th 2017

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Term 1 Week 6: From the Principal

Discerning the educational pathway for your child, specifically the choice of school, is one of the most important decisions parents will make. Understanding what culture, space and environment best suits a child’s individual needs takes time but also has an element of uncertainty.

Last week we welcomed prospective parents for Year 7 2019 to our Marist Auditorium. The night was our opportunity again to reaffirm the culture we are seeking to grow at Newman College. The power of the evening was in the reflections by our Year 8 and Year 12 students. Each student articulated the countless opportunities that are on offer at Newman College across the domains of Faith, Learning, Sport and The Arts, to name but a few. It is their story of student success which is our greatest asset to engage families in considering Newman College as the school of choice for their children. To be a College of choice, however, we need to pursue strategies to improve our PK-12 education to be one of the highest quality and relevance, enabling individuals to learn to build, share, manipulate, communicate and generate knowledge.

As a Catholic school educating in the Marist tradition, we are committed to the dual moral purpose of Faith and Learning as the central pillars of our community. The lived reality of this ambition in our community is informed and framed in part by the work of Viviane Robinson (2015) Student Centred Schools.

Robinson identifies five dimensions that lead to student success:
• Establishing Goals and Expectation
• Strategic Resourcing
• Quality Teaching
• Leading Teacher Learning and Development
• Ensuring a Safe and Orderly Environment

To be a College of choice we will be ambitious in our commitment to school improvement. Our new Vision for Learning - Shine through Discovery (Let your Light Shine, Matthew 5:16) will underpin our work in the provision of a coherent, systematic delivery of curriculum. Moreover, learning experiences that will inspire our children to become young men and women who can be good citizens and who will make a difference in the world in which they live.

For further information on Robinsons’ work please refer to the attached document pdfStudent Centred Schools Make a Difference

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As part of our ongoing commitment to improving our learning experiences for our students, the College will be screening the movie Most Likely to Succeed. This movie documents the work of High Tech High in California in the implementation of collaborative learning centred project based learning pedagogy that seeks to build and foster student engagement. We look forward to seeing you there.

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