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TERM 1 - WEEK 9 - 2020
From the Principal's Desk

Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Skills for Life
Over the past few weeks I have explored elements of the College motto “Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Skills for Life” and how they can not only make us better people individually but that they can make our communities better places for all. In essence, these first two elements form part of the holistic development of the individual and are integral in the formation of Skills for Life.
Whilst holistic education is not exclusively Catholic, Catholic education is fundamentally holistic. And this is why we strive to create a culture of and offer opportunities to our students that ensure our College is not just a place of ‘academic’ education but also a place of cultural transmission and renewal. We do so by creating environments that enable learners to continuously transform their understanding of themselves and their worlds and to use this to face the challenges and possibilities of their lives and their future. This type of learning is authentic – it is truly transformitive and is the pathway to creating holistic skills for life.
The GRIT teambuilding day and related activities, family breakfast, work readiness program, Pink Stumps McGrath Foundation and Bushfire Appeal day are all examples of opportunities that have been provided to students to explore opportunities to grow and develop holistically. The Workplace Learning Program is another example of the type of authentic learning that can take place when students work in a real workplace, solve real life problems and engage with members of the community outside of their family and the College. Authentic learning is not just about taking new knowledge and skills for oneself but is more about giving of one’s unique humanity to others and to the community. Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Skills for Life is more than a motto, it is a culture that is integral to holistic development of the young women and men in our care. It is about creating an environment that provides all members of our community the opportunity to become the best person that they can become and to develop into the leaders of the future who are transformative within the community.
A Different Type of Learning
Whilst none of us want to be in the global crisis that we currently face, the reality is that we are and we need to work as a community to manage, support and protect one another. One of the important ways that we can attempt to keep some normality, to a very unique situation, is by continuing to engage all school students in their education. This extreme circumstance requires ‘a different type of learning’ to allow students to continue with their learning as best we all can. Whilst most students are quite familiar with two key online learning platforms that are being utilised, ‘Google Classroom’ and ‘Moodle’ what is new to most of us is the use of Zoom conferencing to maintain face to face contact between students, teachers and teacher assistants.

All students in all subjects will spend time (as per their College timetable) in face to face lessons every week. I encourage you to have a look at zoom with your son/daughter to understand how this platform works. Importantly though, it will not only provide students with the opportunity to continue engaging in curriculum, it is a great opportunity during this time of challenge to better assess the wellbeing of students on a daily basis.
I do hope and pray daily that you are all well and are able to support one another. Please don’t hesitate to contact the College if we can support in any way. I hope the weekend brings you some rest and peace.

Mark Nunan 

Hope is being able to see the that there is light despite all of the darkness.
Student Services News

Hello everyone in the Newman College community. This week, the College has experienced unprecedented challenges in a situation that we have never seen before. As the safety of our students remains at the forefront of our decisions, the College students were advised they can now stay at home and partake in their studies.

Teachers have been busily updating resources to online platforms and sharing their lessons via Google Classroom, Moodle and via Zoom meetings. Please be assured that the College remains open for teaching via online formats. If your child needs to attend school for supervision they may do so, however, lessons will remain online rather than face to face.

Workplacement for students continues if the individual employer is able to take students so please contact your employer to remain certain of their working arrangements.

If any student has questions regarding their classroom platforms, please touch base with the College and you will be directed to your required help. 

Stay safe and well.

Adrian Ryan
Student Services Manager & Leader of Catechesis
CSNSW Sports Events Cancelled

As of Monday 23 March 2020 CSNSW Sports Events have been suspended until further notice.

Please visit the CSNSW website for an up to date list of all cancellations:

The Pathways & Careers Team News

Cabin fever and boredom can be responsible for some really bad moods and unhelpful head spaces.

A good way to combat those feelings, is to stay busy.

You might think that’s not as easy as it sounds if you’re in isolation or lock down, but there are loads of resources already out there, with more popping up every day.

Click on the following link to some of our top suggestions. You will find websites that explore the world, free podcasts on a range of different subjects, free ebooks and a list of some of the best education websites.

Keeping busy in isolation and lock down

Just remember, things will get back to normal in the not too distant future.

So try and make the most of any time out and be ready to dive back into your busy life brighter and better than ever.

Kylie Ham
Pathways & Careers Team Leader

2020 Workplacement Calendar Year 11
2020 Workplacement Calendar Year 12
The Future Hub & Student Job Board

Our careers office has a new look and is now known as The Pathways & Careers Team located in The Future Hub. They are determined to provide students, families, employers and staff with innovative, relevant and professional services that help to deliver positive outcomes for all.

With the ever changing needs of our students and the services provided by the Newman careers team we felt it was time for an update. So we have created a logo and named our work space The Future Hub.
Why The Future Hub?
Well it’s all about the student and where they’re headed ie: The future and it’s a centre around which other things revolve or from which they radiate - the central part of this ever spinning wheel that is Newman, ie the Hub. So from this day forward the team upstairs will now be referred to as The Pathways & Careers Team located at The Future Hub - same great location, same great service - just a different name.

The Newman Student Job Board is now up and running! You can visit it directly via the link:  Job Board or just google it! The Student Job Board is located on the College website and makes it easy for students and parents to see what’s available for students in our area and abroad.

This is where you can find all the latest jobs that come directly and exclusively to our College as well as advertised jobs that we think are relevant to Newman students. Along with this our Facebook and Instagram pages will post reminders when there are updates, but you can google it at any time.

Kylie Ham
Pathways & Careers Team Leader

Are you interested in hosting students for workplacement?

Are you an employer or do you know a business that is able to host a workplacement student?

If so, please contact the College on 6580 3800 and talk to the Pathways & Careers Team.
Due to the current College blended online learning situation Counselling sessions look a bit different. Email and Zoom will be the means of contact (with Parent/ carer consent), while not on College grounds.

I have emailed all current students attending appointments to advise of processes and support to links and information. Please contact the College if there is any further information required.

On return to the College we can resume face to face appointments as needed. but in the meantime, I encourage you to use some strategies such as the "Smiling Mind app meditations", gratitude, online or over the phone supports and general connection to friends and family.

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

Online support options and information -  Please reach out if needing support

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 

Stay safe and take care.

Linda McGuire
College Counsellor
St Agnes Uniform  Store Closure

In light of the current situation around COVID-19 , The uniform store and online shop will be closed until further notice.

Please contact the Parish Administration Centre on 6588 7444 for urgent enquiries.

2020 Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program

The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program (RRESP) has been introduced to improve access to and completion of tertiary education courses for students from regional and remote areas in Australia.

Scholarships are valued at up to $18,000 for eligible students from regional and remote Australia, in any course of study. Scholarships are awarded taking into consideration financial need, with priority assessment given to the following applicants:
  • Residential address is in a RA4 or RA5 category
  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and provided supporting documentation
  • Identify as having a disability, and provided supporting documentation
  • Chosen course relates to a field where there is low female representation
  • Affected by natural disasters such as drought, 2019-2020 bushfire and/or floods
 RRES supports students for up to four years full-time (or part-time equivalent) with the costs of studying Certificate IV to PhD level courses. It is available for flexible study, and includes part-time and online students. Recipients may also be eligible for an additional $500 to undertake an internship during their studies.
Further information on the RRES program, including program guidelines, eligibility requirements and how to apply, are available online through the organisation administering the scholarships, Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC):
Rural, regional and remote students affected by a natural disaster and experiencing difficulty developing or submitting an application are encouraged to contact QTAC directly to discuss their circumstances and eligibility:
QTAC Phone: 1800 290 979
QTAC Email:
Newman College Policies, Forms & Recources

Here you can download the following documents:

Newman Enrolment Policy
Newman Child Protection Policy & Procedures
Newman College Anti-bullying Policy
Parent & Guardian Concerns Complaints Policy
Newman Indigenous Partnership Agreement  
Introducing The Future Hub. Our careers office has a new look and is now known as The Pathways and Careers Team located at The Future Hub. 
Shelley Watts former Olympian and Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist packing a punch with our Year 11 SLR students yesterday. #hsclikenoother
Please refer to the emails sent directly to all students, parents and guardians regarding updates on the COVID 19 impacts to our community.
A quick glimpse from GRIT 2020! Head over to our facebook page to view more GRIT photos #hsclikenoother #guts #resilience #initiative #team
Dates for your Diary

English Standard Assessment Yr 12 Task 2 & Yr 11 Task 1
Tue 31 Mar

Pupil Free Day
Thu 9 Apr

Easter Sunday
Sun 12 Apr

School Holidays
Mon 13 Apr - Fri 24 Apr

Pupil Free Day
Mon 27 Apr

Term 2 Begins
Tue 28 April


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