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TERM 3 - WEEK 1 - 2020
From the Principal's Desk

Term 3 
Welcome back to Term 3, I hope that the break has allowed all members of our community to recharge and prepare themselves for the busy term ahead. There are a number of significant events that take place this term, some of which I have outlined below. I would like to start by thanking our Year 12 students for their help and support this week. On Thursday we hosted the Year 10 students from MacKillop College and Regional College to give them the opportunity to see, firsthand, the subject choices and facilities that our College has to offer and help them make the most appropriate decision about their Higher School Certificate (HSC) pathway. Quite simply, the Year 12’s were outstanding and we are very proud of the way that they represented and showcased their College to the visiting staff and students.
Virtual Open Night 
The visits from our St Agnes’ Parish Secondary Schools Year 10 students are timed to occur the week before our Enrolment Open Night each year. Traditionally, the Enrolment Open Night is an opportunity for Year 10 students and their families to explore the facilities and opportunities that are available to all students across our region. Given the circumstances of 2020, we have had to consider alternatives to having large gatherings of people, so for the first time our Enrolment Open Night will be Online. Anyone considering enrolling at our College is asked to register at and join our Virtual Open Night 6.00pm on Tuesday 28 July. From the comfort of your own home, you can learn more about our course offerings and facilities, and about the enrolment process. From the site you can book your enrolment interview (bookings open at 6.00pm on Tuesday). Please don’t hesitate to contact the College Office if you have any queries about the Virtual Enrolment Open Night or the enrolment process in general.
Trial Higher School Certificate Examinations 
The Year 12 students have now begun their final term of formal classes. In Week 5, the Trial HSC Examinations will begin as has been outlined in previous editions of the newsletter. It is imperative that all students and families ensure that all matters relating to a successful completion of the Trial Examinations and all HSC matters take priority at this time. Under no circumstance should students be taking time out of school to attend to non-school related issues.
Preliminary HSC 
It is also a significant time for our Year 11 cohort who have now embarked on their final term of the Preliminary HSC. This means that all competencies, classwork and assessments for the Preliminary stage of the HSC must be completed by the end of this term. In Week 10, all Year 11 students will sit the Preliminary HSC exams which will mark the end of Year 11. When students return in Term 4 they will commence Term 1 of the Year 12 Higher School Certificate.
Have a great weekend.

Mark Nunan

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
Assistant Principal's Message - Learning & Teaching

Hello and Welcome to Term 3.

Term 3 started with a very busy staff professional development day where all staff were involved in numerous meetings, mostly with a focus on Pedagogy, "the way in which we teach". These meetings had many robust conversations and I was pleased to see many positive outcomes starting to emerge from the day.

The start of the term signifies a busy time at the College in regards to assessments and exams. In Weeks 5 and 6 Year 12 will sit their Trial HSC exams and Year 11 will have their assessment period at the end of the term.

On Thursday the Year 10 students from MacKillop College and St Joseph Regional College visited our site as many of them consider making the change to Newman for Years 11 and 12. It was very satisfying to see how the Year 12 tour guides and volunteers welcomed the visitors and participated in great displays. The visiting group of teachers were very complimentary on the behaviour and skills displayed by our Year 12's. Thank you to all the Year 12 students involved for your time and the leadership which you showed. 

We have recently welcomed Mrs Sue Leahy and Mr Wayne Ulrich onto our staff. On behalf of the wider Newman College community, I would like to wish both of them all the best as they begin with us.

Have a nice weekend.

Kind regards,

Andrew Banham
Assistant Principal - Learning & Teaching

Student Services News

Hi Newman family and welcome back to Term 3. I hope that you all had a wonderful and restful break, and returned fresh ready for what shapes as a very busy term.

Year 12 students continue to gather momentum as they count down to the final weeks of their educational experience at Newman College. With their Trial HSC exams in Week 5 and 6, retreat in Week 8, it certainly seems like a busy final few weeks for Year 12.

Year 11 recommence their Workplace Learning Program this week and already there has been several outstanding reports and positive feedback from employers. Keep up the great work Year 11 and continue the outstanding representation of yourself and the College as you move into your block week in Week 3 of this term.

This week Newman College hosted MacKillop College and Regional College Year 10 students as they prepare to make decisions about their future educational pathways. Our fantastic Year 12 students were actively involved in tours, display lessons and hosting of the two schools. They displayed leadership and qualities beyond their years. Well done to all students involved. Truly awesome.

Have a great week everyone and remember to be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything.

Adrian Ryan
Student Services Manager/Leader of Catechesis

Bits & Bytes - Information Technology News

Although this academic year has been very different to others, students in Information Technology have enjoyed and experienced a range of achievements.

Year 11 have completed the hardware of computer systems module, culminating in a series disassembly/reassembly of a personal computer speed competitions. Currently, students are completing a website assessment item with the theme of a website for an Australian tourism destination. The software chosen to produce this is Wordpress, as this is currently the world’s most popular platform for website creation.

Year 12 have been completing 2D animation project work using Adobe Animate CC. The Specialisation class has been extending this experience creating 3D animation projects using Blender.  The Year 12 Specialisation class members presented to the visiting Year 10 students on Thursday. I was very proud of their enthusiasm and efforts in reflecting on their experiences in the Information Technology subjects at Newman.

Chris Green
Information Technology Teacher

Workplacement News

Last semester saw the unfortunate slowing down of our Workplace Learning Program due to the impact of COVID-19, so it was exciting to see many of our Year 12 students recommencing this towards the end of Term Two.

One of these students was Alysha Campbell. Alysha is currently undertaking a Retail placement at Your Discount Chemist, in which she is gaining skills in customer service, teamwork and task prioritisation. Also an excellent Human Services student, Alysha has been able to consolidate her knowledge of infection control and its role in protecting staff and clients. 

During a pandemic, pharmacy staff are at an increased health risk as they tend to be the first point of contact for people requiring health advice and medication. It is therefore crucial to implement practices such as frequent environmental cleaning, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

Alysha, you are a quiet achiever in a noisy world. Newman congratulates you on your outstanding efforts at Your Discount Chemist and wishes you all the best for the remainder of your placement.
The Pathways & Careers Team News

Year 11
Congratulations to Year 11 who have successfully recommenced Workplace Learning this week. A few reminders regarding Thursdays;
  • If you cannot attend workplacement the employer must be contacted by the student and the College contacted by the parent/guardian in a timely manner. A text will be sent home every Thursday. 
  • Please ensure students are getting their diaries signed at the end of each workplacement day by the employer to record hours.
  • Any questions please contact your PC/IBL Teacher or myself.
Block week for Year 11 will be 3 to 7 August. Attendance at workplacement is required every day of this week.

Year 12
Year 12 continues with Workplace Learning on Wednesdays. This is a very important time for Year 12 to gain valuable work experience and perhaps secure an opportunity for when they finish their schooling.

2021 Scholarships
Following is scholarship information which may be of interest for students considering study in 2021. 

Scholarships of up to $6,000 for full-time study or $3,000 for part-time study are available. There is no limit on the types of courses that qualify or the age of the applicant. Courses may be undertaken at University, TAFE or VET courses, on campus or by distance learning. Applicants all have one thing in common - a desire to play an active part in the future of rural NSW.

Scholarships include:

Defence Force Recruiting’s Virtual Information National Schedule
All centres across Australia share the schedule in hosting and prospects/candidates can register to any session as the information is the same across Australia. We are currently using a platform called Google Meets and once you have registered, on the day of the information session we will send you the link to the virtual session. ** Are all the sessions hosted by the NSW/ACT team.

Click here to view the Virtual Information National Schedule for July 

To register for an info session please click on the following link and scroll to the bottom of the page and find the session you would like to register too.  

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 Apprenticeship: Carpentry
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
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

If you or someone you know needs immediate support please contact these crisis services

Emergency 000
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

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
Beyond Blue  1300 22 4636
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.

Are you unsure about what’s next, don’t know where to start with looking for a job or how to work out what you might want to study? headspace Work and Study is here to help.

Our service is tailored to your needs and can support you in developing the skills and confidence to reach your work or study goals.

It’s all online - we use webchat, video, email, or phone – so you don’t need to travel and it’s totally free!

Our specialists provide one-on-one support including:

  • job search skills and job applications
  • resume and cover letter preparation
  • career planning
  • study and enrolment support
  • support transitioning from school to work or further study
  • navigating Centrelink or other government support options
  • balancing your mental health and wellbeing with work or study.
Watch this short video on how Headspace Work and Study can help you.

Register your interest here
Wow, our Virtual Open Night is shaping up to be HUGE! So much content to help you with your HSC choices. Don't forget you MUST register before 28 July!
Year 11 Team Building Day 🤾🏼‍♂️
#dodge #duck #dip
#dive and #dodge

REGISTER FOR ACCESS - This year, we’re doing our Open Night differently. From the comfort of your favourite couch, join us at our LIVE Virtual Open Night.
Introducing Newfit. Our College gym has a new look and is now known as ‘newfit’. See Mrs Taggart or Arcadia for gym signups. #newmanfitness
Dates for your Diary

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

2021 Enrolment Interviews at Regional
Wed 5 Aug

2021 Enrolment Interviews at MacKillop
Thu 6 Aug

School Photo Catch Up
Fri 7 Aug

2021 Enrolment Interviews at Newman
Tue 11 Aug



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