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Term 2 Week 8: From the Deputy Principal | Mission and Catholic Identity

Year 7 Reflection Days

Youth Ministry
During Week 8, the Year 7 students participated in a reflection day as part of their school-based program. The Year 7 Reflection Days were facilitated by the Youth Ministry Team from 24:7 Youth Ministry, focussing on providing our Year 7 students with the opportunity to stop and pause at this mid-point of their first year of high school, to reflect on the gifts of family, our College, and their own journey of faith.

Our invitation to all students in Year 7 is that they come to appreciate the responsibility for serving those in and beyond our community with a love that is inspired through Jesus.

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Marist Family Mass and Jubilees
On Sunday 11 June (Trinity Sunday) the annual Marist Family Day Mass and Morning Tea was held. This occasion was unique in 2017, as it was also an opportunity for Perth Marists to recognise the Jubilee celebrations (milestones in Religious Life) for four Marist Brothers from Western Australia:
- Br Terry Orrell – Diamond Jubilee (60 years as a Marist Brother)
- Br John Furlong – Golden Jubilee (50 years as a Marist Brother)
- Br Harry Prout – Golden Jubilee (50 years as a Marist Brother)
- Br Matthew Clarke – Golden Jubilee (50 years as a Marist Brother)

In attendance to celebrate the significant milestones of these Brothers were Br Peter Carroll (Provincial Leader of the Marist Brothers and the Marist Association of Western Australia) and Br Ken McDonald (Vice-Provincial), family members of Br Nicholas MacBeath (Dec. 2001), who would have celebrated his Golden Jubilee, and family and friends of the Jubilarians.


Ad multos annos, Brothers!

LifeLink Primary Day
On Wednesday 7 June, Newman College hosted the annual LifeLink Day launch for primary schools. Newman College welcomed student and staff representatives from 73 of the 93 Primary schools in the Archdiocese of Perth. In 2016, agencies supported by LifeLink assisted 34,000 Western Australians. To symbolically recognise this each student at every primary school within the Archdiocese was asked to prepare a single heart that would be brought to the launch on 7 June and placed on the ovals at Newman College in recognition of each of the 34,000 people assisted by LifeLink. Our Year 4 and Year 5 students assisted in placing each of the hearts into one large heart on the Marcellin Campus oval at Newman College.

Click here to see more photos from the day.

Staff and Student Reflections of LifeLink Primary Day:
“On Wednesday 7 June, the Student Council represented Newman College at the annual LifeLink Day. Newman College hosted the event this year and we were responsible for welcoming guests from 73 Catholic Primary Schools across the Perth Archdiocese. We met Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, Bishop Don Sproxton, and Dr Tim McDonald, the Director of Catholic Education WA. We also recited a poem, ‘God’s Flight’ by Heather Flood for the audience. We worked extremely hard in the weeks leading up to the event in order to perfect it. We were really nervous when we saw how many people were in the audience but we rose to the occasion and Miss Warchomij, Mr Lynch and Mr Finneran were really proud of us. While the event was going on the Year 4’s and Year 5’s were busily placing LifeLink Hearts on the Marcellin Campus Oval. There were 40,000 hearts brought to the event by the visiting schools. We were all treated to a delicious morning tea to conclude the event.

LifeLink has raised millions of dollars over the years to support agencies who help people in need across Western Australia. They help people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, the homeless and poor and those with mental health issues. It has become so clear to us how important it is to support this charity which helps people in our very own community.”
- Grace Rose and Rebecca Harris, Year 6 students

“I was privileged to support our Year 6 Student Council as they represented Newman College in hosting guests from Catholic Schools all over Perth at the launch of the Archbishop’s LifeLink Primary Day. I could not have been prouder of the twelve students who make up our Student Council, they greeted guests with warmth and sincerity including students of different ages, teachers and school staff, Assistant Principals and Principals, as well as Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, Bishop Don Sproxton and Dr Tim McDonald. They represented our College with pride and were shining examples of how we expect our students to behave. They worked incredibly hard in the weeks leading up to the event, including giving up their own time to learn Heather Flood’s poem ‘God’s Flight’ which they recited beautifully for all of the guests. Archbishop Costelloe spoke about Jesus’ parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, putting into perspective how caring for others in need is showing the same for our Lord. This beautifully reflected the purpose of LifeLink and how it is the responsibility of us all to be open to seeing and hearing those in need in our community and doing what we can to help them. It was quite amazing to see the display of hearts gathered from all of the schools who visited on the day; 40,000 individual prayers, thoughts, notes and drawings to share as messages to those in need in our State. It took all of our Year 4 and 5 Units to get the hearts positioned in the time that the event was going on inside the Auditorium, and they worked tirelessly to do so! The 40,000 individual hearts collected as one enormous heart was quite a sight to see and symbolic of the Church’s intention for us to work together for this great cause. It was also wonderful to see students from different schools getting to know each other and celebrating LifeLink together. The LifeLink Primary Day was a fantastic way for our College and for the broader community to see what great students we have here at Newman College and to celebrate the achievements of LifeLink. I was thrilled to be a part of it.”
- Ms. Kate Warchomij (Leader of Wellbeing, Years 3–6)

Marian and Lavalla Campus LifeLink Free Dress Day - Wednesday 21 June

The LifeLink organisation was established by the Archdiocese of Perth in 1994 to provide for the ongoing financial and promotional support of agencies established or assisted by the Church in the Archdiocese of Perth. LifeLink’s agencies deliver professional services and caring support to thousands of people in need throughout Western Australia each year.

On Wednesday 21 June, Marian and Lavalla Campuses will have their annual free-dress day in support of LifeLink. Students are asked to make a contribution/donation to support the work of LifeLink in our Archdiocese. Donations will be collected in classes on Wednesday morning.

You can learn more about the work done by LifeLink in the links below:

Marist Association: ‘Underground Cathedrals’ – Newman College: Tuesday 13 June
- Presented by Dom Mark Patrick Hederman OSB

During the last couple of weeks, Dom Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB, has been delivering the Inaugural Marian Lecture across the country. This lecture series has been instituted as part of the Bicentenary of the Foundation of the Marist Brothers. Dom Mark Patrick is the former Abbott of the Benedictine Glenstal Abbey, Ireland and an internationally renowned and prolific writer of books as well as a public speaker. Many would view him as someone challenging the Church to move forward in a creative way.

As well as the Marian Lecture, Dom Mark Patrick has led symposiums with the Principals of Marist Schools Australia (MSA) and the Marist Brothers. He was also a distinguished guest in the ongoing Helder Camara Lecture Series at Newman College, University of Melbourne.

Click here to access the full text of the lecture and a recording from the Melbourne lecture.

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Marist Youth Festival 2017 (Friday 30 June – Monday 3 July)
The Marist Youth Festival (MYF17) is a vibrant four-day celebration of Catholic Faith, expressed through the Marist Charism, where young people aged 18-25 are inspired to deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their desire to serve as disciples of Christ and agents of change in today’s world.

Through creative workshops and inspiring keynote presentations, together with dynamic prayer and worship experiences, MYF17 invites you to delve deeper into contemporary issues of faith and justice and learn what it means to be Marists for today; young men and women who are grounded in prayer and action with a love for God, humanity and all creation.

MYF17 is a project of Marist Youth Ministry Australia, conducted on behalf of the Marist Association of Saint Marcellin Champagnat. Four Year 11 students; Anika Powers, Chris Heelan, Beth Redwood and Joseph Kavenagh will be attending to represent Newman College. The students will be accompanied by Mrs Rebecca Bramanto, Mr Daniel Lynch, Michael Heelan and Molly Rafter (both Newman College Class of 2016). Click here for more information.

Marist Youth Festival

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