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TERM 2 - WEEK 10 - 2020
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.

Mark Nunan
Even the mightiest eagle comes down to the treetops to rest

Assistant Principal's Message - Mission

As we come to the end of a uniquely challenging term in the life of our education system, we reflect with gratitude on the gift that God has presented us. We begin to see our lifestyle, our relationships, our classroom, indeed everything in our world, with a new perspective. At such times in history, it is important to have a blueprint on which to reassess our priorities. The Beatitudes given to us by Jesus provide such a blueprint.

While the Beatitudes of Jesus provide a way of life that promises salvation, they also provide peace in the midst of our trials and tribulations on this earth. One of the first contemplations on the Beatitudes came from St Gregory of Nyssa, a mystic who lived in Cappadocia in Asia Minor around 380 CE. He described the Beatitudes this way:

“Beatitude is a possession of all things held to be good, from which nothing is absent that a good desire may want. Perhaps the meaning of beatitude may become clearer to us if it is compared with its opposite. Now the opposite of beatitude is misery. Misery means being afflicted unwillingly with painful sufferings.”

Nicole Prior
Assistant Principal - Mission

Student Services News

Hi Newman family. Wow what a big term we have had. After all of the disruptions through Covid-19, it is still great to see the smiling faces of our students.

Today at Assembly our College Captains Kye and Ruby spoke to year groups about the importance of seeing the good in all situations, appreciating what we have and looking after our family and friends.

During the Assembly I challenged students through a video clip, to put down their technology and connect with their families. It was a powerful message that I hope students understood to be very important to them. If you would like to watch the clip I have included the link.

Upcoming events next term:

  • Year 11 will be on workplacement block week in Week 3. 

  • Year 12 Trial HSC Exams Week 5 and 6

  • Year 12 Retreat Week 8

  • Last day of lessons and Final Assembly Week 10

Have a great break everyone and remember to do something nice today that your future self will thank you for.

Adrian Ryan 
Student Services Manager/Leader of Catechesis

English News

I stumbled across an obscure quote recently.  The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus (circa 500BC) said, “No man ever steps in the same river twice." My love of kayaking brought a personal understanding to this quote because the river always changes and so does the person entering it.
When I gave this further thought, it occurred to me that the quote was quite appropriate to teaching – No person ever steps into the same classroom twice. The range of personalities, the different energy levels or moods, the different challenges faced within the learning environment and the different pressures experienced at different times of the year make for a unique experience each and every time students and teachers enter a classroom.
I would argue that 2020 has presented a range of challenges and has most starkly shown us the ever-changing nature of the classroom. COVID-19 took from us the face-to-face presence of the young people in our care, made inaccessible the classrooms from which we teach and learn, and removed the immediate presence of the supportive school community that we value here at NSTC.
Despite all this we continued to teach and we continued to learn. There were those who thrived online.  These students learned that they could adapt and cope in a difficult situation. There were also those who struggled with the blended learning environment. These students should not see this as a complete failure, but an opportunity to reflect and learn, so they are more prepared to respond to the challenges life throws at us from time to time. All students were given the opportunity to learn important lessons about themselves – that they can persist through difficult times; that people do reach out to support those in need; that they can adapt; that they value and need people present in their learning.
I would like to thank all the students for their efforts this term. Year 11 English Studies students have worked to produce some well-structured and impressive arguments which explore the positive and negative aspects of sport. Year 11 English Standard students have composed an analytical essay in response to literature which demonstrates their growth. Year 12 English Studies students have created some excellent travel blogs and the Year 12 English Standard students have impressed in their essay responses to a collection of poems. Congratulations to those who have continued to work towards improving their skills in this area – you are making a great commitment to your future. 
I would also like to thank the English staff for their commitment during this challenging time. They have been active in meeting the needs of students, they have effectively responded to the need to reshape our delivery of course material, they have supported each other and they have kept their good humour along the way. 
Having the opportunity to write the newsletter item in Week 10 gives me the opportunity to wish you all the very best for the coming weeks. For some it will be more of the same but for others, an opportunity for a rest...a well-earned rest...a rest, I'm suggesting, many of us need.

Take care.

Brad O'Connell
English Teacher

Workplacement News

While the majority of Year 11 Workplacements were unfortunately cut short because of COVID-19, Nelson Gregory (pictured) continued to attend his School-based Apprenticeship at Goodear Builders.

Workers in the construction industry are at risk of infection due to the large number of workers on any given job site. Working in close proximity to others increases the possibility of exposure to the virus. Nelson has had the opportunity to learn about the importance of safe physical distancing, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and staggering break times to ensure the safety of all staff.

Congratulations on your magnificent effort, Nelson; the Newman community is proud of you and we are sure your employer appreciates your efforts as much as we do.

The Pathways & Careers Team News

Jobs for Night Owls 
Find that you function best at night instead of during the day? We’ve put together a blog with some career ideas for night owls.
Take a look at it here and see if any of them might interest you. 

2 Important Soft Skills 
Soft skills are becoming more and more important for employers looking for the right person to fill a job. Two of these skills, adaptability and flexibility, are particularly important.
Take a look at our latest blog to find out how these skills can benefit you, and how you can learn them

Kylie Ham
Pathways & Careers Team Leader

Year 11 Workplace Learning Calendar 2020
Year 12 Workplace Learning Calendar 2020

Newman College Job Board

Available now
Full-time/Casual: Front of house, Hospitality
Full-time: Business Admin/Customer Service
Full-time: Office All Rounder
Full-time Apprenticeship: IT Industry
Full-time Traineeship: Retail/Hospitality
Casual: Care Support Employee
Casual: Community Support Worker
Full-time: Client Service Officer
Casual: Bartender 
Full-time/Part-time: Customer Contact Officer
Casual: Receptionist
Full-time Apprenticeship: Automotive 'Electrical'
and many more...

Head over to the Newman College Job board on our website to view all of the latest jobs.
Counselling is a process of talking about and working through what is on your mind or what is going on in your life. Through talking and getting things out, you are often able to find some clarity for your concerns. In this current situation it may be helpful to talk about what is happening for you.

Everything in the counselling session is kept private and confidential, however if we believe you are going to cause harm to yourself, or someone else or could be involved in a highly illegal activity, our counsellor or teachers are mandated to report.
Students are able to fill out a referral form or your teacher can help you with this and the counsellor will make contact with you. The referral form is located on the Newman Moodle website (see link below).

Newman Moodle page - Wellbeing - Student Referral Form

Our College counsellor, Linda McGuire is located upstairs in the Futures Hub – Pathways and Careers area.

Monday 9.00am - 3.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 3.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 3.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm

Counselling Brochure
Student Wellbeing

Online support options and information
I have added some useful links and information below including 24hr supports.

Local Essential Services
Mental health access line 
1800 011 511
Suicide call back service 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue  1300 22 4636
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids helpline 1800 55 1800
Parent line
Raising children
Head to health
Smiling mind
Reachout tools and apps 

Any Questions? You can call Linda McGuire on 6580 3800 or email

Stay safe and take care.
St Agnes Uniform Store will be changing their trading hours from 13 July 2020. This will be a permanent change.  
Their new permanent trading hours will be: 

Monday - Friday
12.00pm - 5.00pm
9.00am - 12.00pm
The Skills and Thrills Digital Parents Showcase

The Skills and Thrills Digital Parents Showcase is an engaging and informative 20 minute video created to highlight Vocational Education and Training (VET) and the success stories that emanate from VET pathways.  The Digital Parents Showcase will help parents better understand vocational pathways, including apprenticeships/traineeships and school-based apprenticeships/traineeships, and gives parents the knowledge they need to help their children make informed career choices post high school.

Click here for the more information.
Year 11 Team Building Day 🤾🏼‍♂️
#dodge #duck #dip
#dive and #dodge

Today students planted a sea of hands on the oval in an act of recognition - of identities, cultures and history for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Introducing Newfit. Our College gym has a new look and is now known as ‘newfit’. See Mrs Taggart or Arcadia for gym signups. #newmanfitness
We'd like to congratulate those students who have recently finished their formal schooling to take up full-time work. #skilledworkers #hsclikenoother
Dates for your Diary

Pupil Free Day
Mon 20 Jul

Term 3 Commences
Tue 21 Jul

Year 12 Workplacement
Wed 22 Jul

Year 11 Workplacement
Thu 23 Jul

2021 Enrolment Virtual Open Night
Tue 28 Jul

Year 12 Workplacement
Wed 29 Jul

Year 11 Workplacement
Thu 30 Jul

Year 11 Workplacement Block Week
Mon 3 Aug - Fri 7 Aug


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