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Tuesday, August 15th 2017

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Term 3 Week 5: From the Deputy Principal | Learning and Staff Development

Student Leadership Program
This term we began an exciting and challenging journey for our Year 11 students who have expressed interest in being student leaders in 2018. Since the students' commissioning at one of our Community Masses the students have participated in their first workshop. This workshop was designed to investigate the characteristics of successful leaders, faith and leadership, learning and leadership and develop personal strenghts. As indicated in Mr Finneran's newsletter article this week, we were delighted to have the majority of these potential student leaders volunteer their services at the recent Year 7 2020 Enrolment Evening.

Over the coming weeks the students will begin to nominate for Leadership role for 2018 and we will continue to harness the strengths of these students and empower them to be the great leaders to which they aspire.

Learning Tours 2018
The College is excited and pleased to announce two learning tours for Secondary students in 2018.

Mrs Roberta Sampson has prepared an Italian Cultural Tour for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 departing in Week 11 of Term 1, 2018. The tour visits Rome, Florence, La Spezia, Bologna, Venezia and Treviso. Staff and students will be immersed in language, tradition and history as they tour Italy. Priority will be given to students who currently study Italian. An information evening for parents will be held in the Marcellin Campus Siena Learning Centre (Library) on 22 August at 6pm. Please direct any enquires to Mrs Roberta Sampson;

The Humanities Department is excited to propose an inaugural tour to Sydney and our Nation’s capital, Canberra. The tour is for students in Year 10 in 2018 and departs in Week 9 of Term 2. The students will visit Parliament House, Government House, the National Museum and Australian War Museum to name a few places. Students will be required to submit an expression of interest. More details will be shared with students in Year 9, and any enquires can be directed to Mrs Cath Bagg, Head of Humanities;

Digital Devices and eBooks

From 2018, the College will move to a parent-funded model for the provision of a designated digital device for students in Years 7 and 10.

The parent funded model is designed to help students keep up with 21st century learning and our Vision for Learning. Teaching has shifted to be a learner centred experience and, as such, students use their devices as part of their everyday classroom experience. A device will be named in coming weeks and the College is partnering with providers to ensure packages that include finance and insurance are competitive and offer best value for families.

For students at Marcellin Campus, the College is working closely with OfficeMax to ensure the provision of eBooks is an improved experience for all parents and students. We are committed to ensuring the booklist is clear and concise and accessing eBooks is a seamless process for all the students.

LEADing Lights

The role of technology in our learning as professionals and in our ambition to engage our students is ever changing and endless with possibilities and potential. We have a responsibility to orientate and immerse our students into a digital landscape so that they are safe, positive and responsible citizens who can filter and discern the integrity of the information they can readily and easily access online. Choice of device, software, apps and accessories are at the centre of our learning and teaching conversations and planning. Anywhere, anytime learning supported by technology is a reality for our students and our staff alike.

Catholic Education Western Australia have launched their strategic digital transformation initiative this year- LEADing Lights. This system-wide initiative aims to connect students, teachers, principals, resources, support networks and parents, to foster a powerful social learning community and equip students with 21st century technologies and deep learning skills they need to reach their full potential.

The Senior Leadership Team met with the LEADing Lights team earlier this week to discuss how the platform will support the College’s Vision for Learning, Shine through Discovery, and our professional learning program.
More information for parents regarding LEADing Lights, can be found here

Code of Conduct
A reminder to all families that the Code of Conduct can be accessed via the College website here. The Code is mandated by Catholic Education Western Australia and the application of the code extends to all staff, students, parents, guardians, caregivers and volunteers. As in past editions of Newman News we outline guidelines for each conduct statement.

Conduct Statement 2: You give priority to students’ safety and well-being in all your behaviour and decision making.


  1. You accept that you and all adults have individual and joint responsibility for the safety and well-being of students.
  2. You ensure the safety and well-being of students are the primary focus of your actions and decisions.
  3. You support the safety, health and well-being of each student, promoting and supporting decisions and behaviour that contribute to the student’s self-confidence, safety and well-being.
  4. You endeavour to ensure the voice of the student is heard as appropriate, taking into account age and circumstances.
  5. You seek out, welcome, and learn from information relevant to the safety and well-being of students in any form, including advice, disclosures, complaints, criticisms and feedback so that the school can learn and continuously improve.
  6. You respectfully advocate for the safety and well-being of students above all other considerations.
  7. You recognise that students and their parents are entitled to assume that the sole focus of your engagements with students is to educate them within a safe environment that puts their well-being above all else.
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