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Friday, May 19th 2017

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Term 2 Week 4: From the Deputy Principal | Mission and Catholic Identity

‘If we want to be Christian, we must first be Marian’Pope Francis

Pope Francis

On Saturday 13 May, Pope Francis canonised two of the Fatima visionaries, brother and sister Francisco and Jacinta Marto, on the 100th anniversary of the first apparition in 1917. In addressing pilgrims gathered at the Chapel of the Apparitions for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s appearance to three children in Fatima, the Pope said being Marian means ‘We have to acknowledge the essential, vital and providential relationship uniting Our Lady to Jesus, a relationship that opens before us the way leading to him’. In this month of May, we continue to ask Mary to walk with us in our journey of faith, hope and love as we seek to come more closely to know and love her son, Jesus.

Click here for further coverage of the Canonisation of Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

Praying the Rosary in Kindergarten
The children in Kindy have been learning that May is the month of Mary, our Mother in Heaven. They made Rosary Beads as gifts for their mums, with the knowledge that every time we say a Hail Mary it is a gift to Our Lady - so the Rosary Beads are a gift for their mum on earth and their mother in Heaven. The children have also been learning to pray the Hail Mary, a very important Marian prayer.

In light of the canonisations at Fatima on the weekend, the children learned about how Our Lady appeared to the shepherd children. They then lay down, reflecting on their pillows, with their own Rosary Beads and talked to Mary in their hearts. Some of the things the children said they talked to Mary about, were amazing! One little boy said ‘I love you Jesus and Mary, full of grace’. A little girl said; ‘Can you please look after the people in Heaven?`. Another asked Mary; ‘Can you please look after the poor people, especially the children?’. Our children have a true love for Mary and always ask to say the Hail Mary at prayer time. What a beautiful relationship to develop whilst at Kindy, which will hopefully deepen further, as they grow older. Tricia Starkie, Kindy Teacher

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IMG 9729PK-12 Mothers Day Celebrations
Last week we were blessed to have the opportunity as a College community to publicly affirm, celebrate and remember the wonderful gift of our Mothers, and all Mother figures who have journeyed with us in inviting us to become the people we are. It was wonderful to see the 150+ mums who attended the Marian Campus Paraliturgy at St Cecilia’s Church on Thursday 11 May, as well as to see our children ‘pampering’ their mums on Friday 12 May in the afternoon session. Likewise, it was wonderful to welcome all mothers and mother figures to the Lavalla Campus Prayer Assembly on Wednesday 10 May. In looking to further broaden the opportunities for all Mothers at the Marcellin Campus to attend a Mothers Day event, this year we offered our weekly Thursday Morning Community Mass to gather and give thanks for the gift and presence of our mothers. It was wonderful to catch up with so many mothers at the morning tea that followed. We look forward to growing this event further in 2018. Click here to see more photos.

Marist Association Mothers Day Mass – Saturday 13 May - St Cecilia’s Church, Floreat
Thank you to all who were able to join staff and students from Newman College at our inaugural parish partnership Mass on Saturday 13 May at St Cecilia’s Church, Floreat for our Mothers Day Vigil. This is a developing initiative in which we are seeking new ways through which to work closely with our local parishes to build relationships, community and support for families in growing each young person on their faith journey. Thank you to Dianne Grinbergs, Religious Education Coordinator, Primary & Parish Partnership Coordinator for organising the event, as well as the following staff who assisted in leading our music on the evening:

- Mitchell Bristow
- Margaret Goldsmith
- Kate Oliver
- Matthew Box
- Shauna Kilcullen

We look forward to confirming the details of our next parish to the community.

Celebrating the Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat – Founder of the Marist Brothers and Marist Education – Friday 2 June
In 2017, we will celebrate the Marist Bicentenary. It has been 200 years since a young priest in rural France dared to dream of the possibility that existed for bringing Christian education to those who lived in poverty in rural France. It was in founding the Marist Brothers that Fr Champagnat was able to bring to life these aspirations. Here at Newman College, we seek to develop ‘good Christians and good Citizens’ in the spirit and tradition of Marcellin and his early companions. At the heart of our community, we are blessed and affirmed on our Marist journey through the active and ongoing presence of the Marist Brothers community here in Perth. We as a College join with these extraordinary men who have done so much to build this fine College, and we affirm and celebrate their contribution to animating Marcellin’s vision. On Friday 2 June, we will be celebrating this significant milestone across the College with the following campus events:

Marian Campus
· 9.00am – St Marcelin Champagnat Para Liturgy – St Cecilia’s, Floreat
· Discovering St Marcellin Champagnat & our Marist story activities (classrooms)
· Marian & Lavalla Campus combined Buddy Day

Lavalla Campus
· Discovering St Marcellin Champagnat & our Marist story activities (classrooms)
· 11.00am – Mass – Champagnat Chapel
· Marian & Lavalla Campus combined Buddy Day

Marcellin Campus
· 8.45am: Students meet in PCG rooms for roll call
· 9.15am: Mass – Gymnasium
· 10.30am – 11.00am: Morning Tea
· 11.00am – 1.00pm: Champagnat Day Fete – fundraising for Marist Asia Pacific Solidarity -
· 1.15pm – 2.30: Battle of the bands and Talent Contest – Gymnasium
· 3.00pm – Dismissal

As this is a significant day in the life of our Marist Institute which is spread across 83 countries around the world, and is present in 52 schools in Australia, we wish to remind all families that this is an important day to gather and build our College community around the very identity that makes us who we are as a Catholic-Marist College.

Building Community: Remar Blue Caravel and Education Support Combine
We want to unify our College community and, seeing that our Special Education students are often absent from our normal classes, we felt the need to connect with them more closely in College day-to-day life. In Remar, we aim to serve our community, and we have come to better understand that there are ways we can help here at our own school. It became clear that lunchtime basketball was a great initiative that can create bonds between students and serves as a beneficial experience to all that participate. It has been very successful and already, we have developed friendships and a better understanding of our fellow peers. Our Caravel, teachers and other students have showed their support by playing, watching and ensuring we all have a great time. We look forward to continuing and growing this relationship through basketball, and other social activities. Anika Powers and Chris Heelan, Year 11 Remar Blue Caravel

ED Support

Sacramental Information – Celebrating the Sacraments at Newman College
As the time for the reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation, Eucharist and Reconciliation approaches, you are asked to notify the College once your child receives each of these Sacraments, to ensure that this data can be added to our records. Upon their reception of each Sacrament, your child will receive a certificate. Please 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 your child’s 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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