From the Principal's Desk
When the 2020 school year commenced in late January, for the first time our Newman College enrolments reached 400. Since then, we have had a number of students commence School-based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SbATs) and job trials. Approximately 30 students have signed out of the College to commence full-time employment, and 26 new students have joined our College community. In a more traditional, ATAR focused high school, that would be considered unusual and unsettling, but here at Newman College that, in essence, is what the College is all about. Students and their families choose to be part of our College community for a variety of reasons. For some, it is to focus on completing their Higher School Certificate (HSC) before pursuing their career pathway, for others, it is to gain the skills required to get the first full-time job opportunity that becomes available to them. The reasons are many and varied, but importantly, no one reason is any more valid than another.
By nature, Newman College is about adjusting, change and opportunity. It is about what author Chris Lowney describes as, “living with one foot raised – always ready to respond to emerging opportunities or changes”. The first half of the 2020 year has certainly been about adjusting and coping with change and I could not be more proud of the way our students and staff have managed the last few months. They have displayed an ability to adapt and change. They have shown resilience and have emerged ready to make the most of opportunities that are yet to present themselves. I would sincerely like to thank our students, staff and you, our Newman College families, for the support you have given us this semester.
Next term will bring with it a number of new challenges, particularly for our Year 12 students who will commence their Trial HSC exams in Week 5. I encourage them to plan their preparation for the exams during the break or, as a minimum, ensure that they are organised and prepared to return to the College on Tuesday 21 July ready to make the most of every opportunity available to them.
Monday, 20 July is a Professional Learning Day for all of our staff and therefore students will not return to the College until Tuesday 21 July. Thursday, 23 July is our St Agnes’ Parish Secondary Schools (SAPSS) Year 10 school visits. MacKillop College students will be in attendance in the morning followed by the Regional students. This presents another opportunity for our Year 12 students to work in partnership with the staff to display the different options available to the Year 10 students. Term 3 is already looking like a busy and engaging time for us all.
Once again, a sincere thanks to all of our students, families, employers and staff, for the support and tolerance over the past term. I wish you all an enjoyable, peaceful, relaxing, and safe break.