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TERM 1 - WEEK 7 - 2020
From the Principal's Desk

As a Catholic community, Lent is an opportunity to reflect on our lives and to contemplate our life purpose. For those of Christian faith, Lent is a significant time in the Church’s calendar. as it represents the 40 days that Jesus spent contemplating his own purpose in the desert.
At mass recently, Father Peter spoke about ways that anyone can use this time of Lent to reflect on their own life. Whether you are Christian or not, Lent is a time to look for ways to be grateful for what we have and to examine our own life and its purpose. He suggested three simple ways of doing so, Almsgiving (giving to those less fortunate), by fasting or refraining from something we like or enjoy as a reminder to be grateful for what we have and for those to whom it gives meaning and prayer.
Workplace Learning 
Congratulations to our Year 12 students on completing their first workplace learning block of the year this week and next week the Year 11 students get their opportunity to experience a block placement. As has been outlined on many occasions, workplace learning is an integral part of all Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, but it is often not until students have had the opportunity to take part in all aspects of the program that they gain a full appreciation of what workplacement has to offer.
If the current health advice regarding the Coronavirus impacts in anyway a student’s opportunity to attend workplacement, students are to phone the College to inform us of the situation. Under those circumstances a student is not required to attend College on that day, but they are welcome to come to the College if they would like to do so. In those circumstances, students would be expected to be working on school related work from home.
Have a great weekend.

Mark Nunan 

Start each day with a grateful heart.
Student Services News

WOW what a day last Friday turned out to be. GRIT surely didn't disappoint. There was more colour than a Mardi Gras parade as Pastoral Care groups dressed up in tutus, wigs, custom made t-shirts, outfits and more coloured zinc than on Bondi Beach in summer. Spirited competitiveness played out across many PC’s, whilst others were happy to simply enjoy the activities without unleashing their competitive beast. This year the fan favourite was the slip and slide, although Mr Banham might disagree after his attempt saw his tyre tube explode beneath his frame. Other fun activities included kayak races, GRIT ball volleyball, danger Island bodyboarding, high intensity trivia competitions and of course the aqua park course. Luckily enough the weather held out and short bursts of sunshine allowed the obligatory sunburnt bodies to shine through at days end.

Big performers on the day were Mr Joe Ryan’s PC- Medium Rare. They seemed to work together tirelessly and came away undefeated for the day. Well done Medium Rare. Other notable performers were the very colourful Splice Girls who looked dashing in their lime green outfits, as were Shumy’s Sharks who unleashed their competitive beast on the day. Team Rangas deserve special mention also for being able to colour coordinate and dress 22 young lads into the same outfit. Not an easy task. Great job, Team Ranga.

Overall, GRIT provided exactly what it set out to achieve. A fun, team building day where students demonstrated teamwork and resilience to overcome obstacles in their Pastoral Care groups. Simply fantastic. Now let's use that same work ethic to overcome problems in the classroom everyday.

Next week Year 11 will be out on their first block of workplacement, all the best Year 11. Work hard and don't forget that you must notify your employer and the College if you are unwell and cannot make work for the day.

Have a great weekend and may we give thanks to all of the special females in our lives as we celebrate International Women's Day, where we recognise women for all of their fantastic achievements. 

Adrian Ryan
Student Services Manager
Confirmation Text on Workplacement Days

Year 11 Parents/Guardians will receive a text message on workplacement days asking to provide a reason to the College if your child is absent from workplacement. You do not need to reply if your child is attending workplacement.

Please note that it is College policy that students notify their employer if they are going to be absent from workplacement and Parents/Guardians are to notify the College.

Automotive News 

Year 11 and 12 automotive students have had a busy start to the year. Year 11 have completed their workshop induction, safety and environmental training and are now learning to jack and hoist different types of vehicles safely and efficiently. They are also starting the tool identification unit, learning the names, uses and care of all the special tooling that is used in a workshop.

Next term, the Year 11 students will extensively dismantle donor cars to learn how they are assembled and to learn the names, location and operation of various components. This is an excellent “hands-on” learning task which the students enjoy immensely.

Year 12 students are currently completing their Inspect and Service Engines Portfolio, whilst dismantling and reassembling 3 Mazda BT50 diesel engines which were kindly donated to the College by Port Macquarie Mazda. They are also learning how to diagnose engine faults by compression testing and measuring ignition firing voltages.

Newman College students competed well in the NSW Regional WorldSkills test at Hunter Trade College in late December, with Matthew Bone taking Gold by a large margin and thus receiving an invitation to compete at WorldSkills being held at Perth in August. Damien Tierney also received Bronze, missing out on silver by one point!

The School-based Trainees are also doing well, with extensive hours completed in the workplace.

See you on the road. 

Stephen Dibbs
Automotive Teacher

Future Pathways & Career Development News

Year 11
This week in Industry Based Learning (IBL) Sarah from The Careers Department came to the College to talk to the students about careers. You can see what's involved in the workshop on this page as you scroll down:

Year 11 have their first block week placement next week which means they will be at workplacement from Monday 16 March through to Friday 20 March. It is very important that students attend every day and if they cannot make it they must contact the employer and parents/guardians must let the College know. A text will be sent home each day to confirm attendance. Please only reply if your child is NOT at workplacement. Teachers from the College will be visiting students at their workplaces throughout the week.
Kylie Ham
Future Pathways & Career Development Team Leader

2020 Workplacement Calendar Year 11
2020 Workplacement Calendar Year 12

How to become a Real Estate Agent

What do Real Estate Agents do?
Real Estate Agents, aka Real Estate Brokers or Realtors, are licensed to help clients who want to purchase, sell, or rent a building, home, or block of land.

If you’re a great mediator who gets along easily with people, and you’re looking for a career with the thrill of closing deals and you get to work out of the office, then this could be the perfect career for you.

About you:

  • Personable, approachable, and honest
  • Great at communicating and negotiating
  • Customer and sales focused with in depth knowledge of local property markets
  • Organised and self-motivated

The job:

  • Find and sign up clients
  • Advise clients on pricing, marketing, financing and legal requirements
  • Promote and present properties
  • Negotiate and close deals including writing relevant marketing literature, reports, appraisals, contracts and terms
To read more about becoming a Real Estate Agent or to find your dream job head over to the Study Work Grow website.
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 Career Development Team.
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.

Everything in the counselling session is kept private and confidential, however if we feel 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.

Our College counsellor, Linda McGuire is located upstairs in the Pathways and Careers Office.


Monday: 8.15am - 4.15pm
Tuesday: 8.15am - 4.15pm 
(Wednesday not in)
Thursday: 8.15am - 4.15pm 
Friday: 7.30am - 3.30pm

Extra appointments are available if necessary.

Please book through the Newman Moodle page under - Wellbeing - Student Referral Form, or alternatively speak with a teacher or the front office.

Click here for the Counselling Brochure

Helpful links for parents

Raising Children

Reachout Parents

Parent Line

Dollys Dream

Any Questions?
You can call Linda McGuire on 6580 3800 or email
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  
Headspace Happenings 
March 2020

The team at headspace Port Mac are super excited to announce that our very first therapy dog 'Holly the Golden Retriever' will be hanging out at the centre on the 5 March & 19 March.  Thanks to Penny and the WAGS the Dog team for training some of the best pups and their handlers in town!  

Click here to find out more, plus what's happening this month including our FREE activities and specialized workshops for young people, parents, family and friends. 

Shelley Watts former Olympian and Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist packing a punch with our Year 11 SLR students yesterday. #hsclikenoother
Head over to the Newman Facebook page to see the full GRIT interview! #hsclikenoother #areyouready #grit2020
A quick glimpse from GRIT 2020! Head over to our facebook page to view more GRIT photos #hsclikenoother #guts #resilience #initiative #team
1 DAY TO GO! Don’t miss the bus... It will be leaving from the College at 9am sharp. don't forget to bring your GRIT!!! #areyouready #hsclikenoother 
Dates for your Diary

Year 11 Block Workplacement Week
Mon 16 Mar - Fri 20 Mar

Year 12 Workplacement
Wed 18 Mar

Catch up School Photos
Tue 24 Mar

Year 12 Workplacement
Wed 25 Mar

Year 11 Workplacment
Thu 26 Mar

Year 11 Parent/Teacher Interviews
Wed 1 Apr

Year 12 English Standard Assessment Task 2
Fri 3 Apr

Pupil Free Day
Thu 9 Apr


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