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TERM 1 - WEEK 6 - 2020
From the Principal's Desk

Congratulations to everyone at the College on the manner in which the 2020 year has begun. Whilst there are always challenges when more than 50% of students are new each year, we can be proud of the manner in which the 400+ staff and students who share our College each day have come together as a community in such a short period of time.
It takes patience, acceptance, humility and hard work to form and maintain meaningful relationships and to build community and culture. So with this in mind, I would like to thank all the staff and particularly Mrs Prior, Mr Ryan, Mrs Dempsey and Mr Lewis for their work in putting together the ‘extras’ that play an enormous role in building the relationships, community and culture that create an environment that gives every student the opportunity to reach their full potential. One such event is Newman GRIT which occurred today and there will be a more detailed report in the Newman Newsletter next week. The Parent Partnership evening, the Ash Wednesday Services, Family Breakfast and Pink Stumps Day are all examples of the extra opportunities that allow us all to bond together into a caring community that values everyone.
Our Wonderful Community 
My wife and I have been fortunate enough to be part of the Port Macquarie community for 19 years and feel blessed that we have such a wonderful environment in which to raise our boys and to live. But being part of the St Agnes Parish and Newman College community has opened my eyes to a side of our community that not everybody gets to see as closely as I do. I am so grateful that our wider community are so invested in the education and training of the students at our College. To have over 400 students in the workplace is testament to the flexibility, generosity and commitment to community that employers show every week. On behalf of our students, their families and our staff I would like to say thank you for your continued support. You are all truly significant partners in the education, training and formation of the young people in the wonderful community of which we belong.
Workplace Learning 
Congratulations to our Year 11 students on completing their first workplace learning day this week. 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 the program that they gain a full understanding of what workplacement has to offer.
Next week (Week 7) the Year 12 students commence the first workplace learning block of the year and the Year 11’s will follow in Week 8.
Finally, you should have received from the College an email outlining details with regards to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training 2020 Student Residential Address collection. This information is simply a courtesy to you to inform you that the collection is taking place. You do not need to do anything; the College will coordinate the collection of the required data from our school enrolment records. The only exception to this is for those families that have changed their residential address and believe that the College data is now incorrect. If you do fall into this category would you please contact the office on Monday 9 March.
Have a great weekend.

Mark Nunan 

We rise by lifting others.
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.
A snapshot of our GRIT day

To view more photos of GRIT day head to our Facebook page


Marine News 

Marine Safety and First Aid have been the focus for Year 11 Marine Studies students this term. In conjunction with completing their First Aid qualification, students have plunged into the practical components of surf safety at Flynn’s Beach and demonstrated in-water skills at the pool. Whilst at the beach, students had the opportunity to identify rips and hazards, practice rescues with rescue tubes, swim out through the surf break, tread water and body surf back to shore.

Whilst cyclone Uesi gave us some welcomed rain and a wild ocean, we investigated the marine debris on our beaches and the pool was also a good place to be. At the pool, students completed many water skills including a 200-metre swim and snorkel and 10-minute tread water. 

The Year 12 students have started a Diving and Dive Science unit. The focus of the unit is to introduce various forms of diving, dive equipment and dive safety. The highlight was experiencing and using the Hookah which is an underwater breathing apparatus. 

We have a few more weeks left to finish the in-water skills before we immerse ourselves into some snorkeling and exploration of the complex ecosystem at Shelly Lagoon. 

Congratulations and thank you to all of the students who have satisfied the course requirements by remembering their practical gear each week and engaged with interest and skill development in the water activities.

Cath Perry
Marine Teacher
Diocesan Touch Football Selection Trials

Congratulations to our students who represented Newman at the Diocesan Touch Football Selection Trials today. We had 12 students selected to be a part of the Lismore Diocesan Teams who will travel to Nelson Bay in April to compete at NSW CCC. Amazing effort!

Future Pathways & Career Development News

Year 11
Year 11 commenced placement on Thursday 5 March. A reminder that if students cannot make placement for any reason the employer and College must be notified in a timely manner. Parents/guardians can also reply to the workplacement text message with absent reason.

Year 12
Block week next week! This is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their abilities and employability skills and perhaps set themselves up for employment opportunities in the future.

Career awareness 
Career awareness is not simply falling into a certain career and staying put. Career awareness begins with asking yourself a few important questions, 
  • “What do I want from my career?" (Do you want to travel, to be outside, to work with people, to have job security...?)
  • “What are my strengths?”
  • “What skills do I have?”
  • “How can my life experiences feed into long-term career success and fulfillment?” 
Rather than waiting for your career to just happen, career awareness means actively staying awake and finding the drive to make future plans.
Kylie Ham
Future Pathways & Career Development Team Leader

2020 Workplacement Calendar Year 11
2020 Workplacement Calendar Year 12
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 9am - 1.35pm
Tuesday 9am - 1.35pm
Thursday 9am - 1.35pm
Friday 9am - 1.35pm
Extra appointments are available if necessary.

Please book through the Newman Moodle page under - Wellbeing - Student Referral Form, or alternativley 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
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  

2020 Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection Notice

This notice is from the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department), to advise you that the department has requested that your child’s school provide a ‘statement of addresses’, in accordance with the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth) (Regulation).

What do you need to do?
You are not required to do anything. Your school is responsible for providing the requested details to the department, however, you may wish to ensure that your school has the most up-to-date and correct details for your family. Click the link below for more information.

2020 Student Residential Address and Other Information collection notice


A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is not only a chance to experience what a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force could be like, but also to have a year full of adventure, new friends, new skills, leadership, and travel. An ADF Gap Year is a truly unique opportunity for you to grow and figure out what next step you’ll take in life.

To be eligible to apply, you'll need to be an Australian citizen aged between 18 and 24 on completion of military training (dates vary by job). You'll also need to have completed Year 12 (subject passes required vary by job) and have passes in Year 10 English and Maths. Refer to individual job pages for more information.

Applications are currently closed. Register your interest below and get notified when applications open in 2020 for Gap Year roles.

Defence Jobs Gap Year Register your interest

Defence Careers Information Sessions
24 Feb – Sydney – Women in the Defence Force
24 Feb – Tamworth – Defence Info
25 Feb – Albury – Gap Year
25 Feb – Wollongong – Army Reserve
25 Feb – Canberra – Gap Year
25 Feb – Armidale – Defence Info
26 Feb – Sydney – Army Info
26 Feb – Gunnedah – Defence Info
27 Feb – Wollongong – Trades in Defence

For a Defence event near you visit:

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. 

Football Players Wanted
Clubs around the Football Mid North Coast zone have now submitted their 2020 team nominations.
Final adjustments are in the process of being made before a complex draw process will take place. Competitions are set down to commence on Friday 27 March around the zone.
Players who have not yet registered are urged to contact their local clubs ASAP to avoid missing places in squads.
The attached list of clubs have advised they have places available in a number of age groups from juniors to seniors.
Interested players can contact their club by heading to the FMNC club contact page -
Congratulations to our students who represented Newman at the Diocesan Touch Football Selection Trials. Amazing effort! #hsclikenoother
Thanks to the @nrl_bulldogs for dropping in to Newman to meet and greet some of our students! #hsclikenoother 🏉 
Big thanks to everyone involved in yesterday’s PINK Stumps Day. 🏏💞 #mcgrathfoundation #bushfireappeal #hsclikenoother
Get excited! The pitch is ready for the students vs staff Pink Stumps Day Big Bash.#pinkstumpsday #mcgrathfoundation #bushfireappeal
Dates for your Diary

Year 12 Block Workplacement Week
Mon 9 Mar - Fri 13 Mar

Year 11 Workplacment
Thu 12 Mar

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


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