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TERM 1 - WEEK 10 - 2020
From the Principal's Desk

Staff Professional Learning
Last week I wrote about holistic education and the fact that this “type of learning is authentic – it is truly transformitive and is the pathway to creating holistic skills for life”.

To provide students with this type of learning environment it is important for staff to have the opportunity to plan, collaborate and engage in learning opportunities so that they can continue to develop professionally. There is also a compliance element to staff learning, to maintain teacher accreditation, staff must meet a minimum number of professional learning hours over a set period of time to remain registered to teach. As such, there are always a number of staff professional learning days, often referred to as ‘pupil free days’, that are included in the school calendar. The first two of these days for the year had been planned for Thursday 9 and Monday 27 April. The letter that you received yesterday afternoon from our Catholic Schools Lismore Director, Dr Sally Towns, has changed that to include all of Week 11. I have included significant sections of Sally’s letter below for those who may not have had the opportunity to read it, but in essence it outlines the need to allow staff the time to plan, collaborate and develop meaningful learning opportunities in a circumstance that is unprecedented in our lifetimes.
All 11 NSW-ACT Dioceses, in consultation with the NSW Government and Catholic Schools NSW (CSNSW) are implementing Staff Development days for next week, 6-9 April (Week 11).
Therefore, from Monday, 6 April until Thursday, 9 April we will:
  • post no new lessons or work in this week for all students (Week 11);
  • continue to open our schools for those families requiring supervision for children to enable parent and carers to attend their places of work; and
  • continue with our staff to plan and prepare for education in the blended learning environment for next term.
We are all at the beginning of a significant shift in the nature of learning while the pandemic is managed. Each child is unique and how your family manages the blended learning required at this time will vary according to your own circumstance. However, with the commitment and professionalism of our staff, the support and goodwill of our parents and carers, and the adaptability of our students, we will ensure that the learning environment will operate effectively.

Thank you for your continued support, particularly over the last four weeks. We will continue to keep you updated as the need arises and working with you during Term 2, commencing Monday, 27 April.
School Fees
You will also receive another email from Sally this afternoon outlining the diocesan and parish support for school fees. As you may be aware, the collection of school fees at St Agnes Parish is a centralised system. So please read Sally’s letter and if you are a family experiencing hardship during this time, please contact St Agnes Parish for assistance. It is of the utmost importance during these challenging times that we support one another and ensure (as best we can) that everyone within our community gets our help, care and support.
Take care and be safe over the weekend.

Mark Nunan
Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.
Assistant Principal's Message

I would like to start this article with some big THANK YOUs. Thank you to all the students who have embraced the past few weeks of disruption with a positive attitude. So many of the students have impressed me with their ability to cope in these uncertain times and for that I am grateful. Thank you to the parents and families that have supported the students and thank you to the teaching and support staff who have jumped into a largely unknown world of blended learning to keep the show going.
I had a wonderful conversation with two of my Year 12 students, during a ZOOM lesson this week about how to focus on their work, whilst there are so many obvious distractions.  I attempted to get the boys to look at the situation from a future tense, suggesting possibly some 5 years from now. I explained "the Year 12 class of 2020 will forever be known as the HSC group that was affected by the Coronavirus. Do you want to use that fact as an excuse for what career you may be able to get, or, as a reason why your future job might be so great."   I tried to press upon the 2 boys that the skills that they develop during this next part of their lives could be the determining factor of where they find themselves in 5 years’ time.  This experience whilst uncertain and scary has the potential to produce students that are great communicators, self-motivated and very digitally savvy - great skills in tomorrow’s workforce.
Over the past 24 hours, I have heard a lot of information about how we are increasing our internet usage and I'm certainly aware of the cost and restriction that come with that. Below is some information and links that may be of assistance to our families.
Mobiles and mobile broadband - Register for 25GB of extra data
All our personal and small business post-paid mobile and mobile broadband customers can register for an extra 25GB of data at no extra charge - to use in Australia within 30 days if they register by 19 April 2020. You can register via the Telstra 24x7 and My Telstra apps until 19 April 2020 and the data will be available within 48 hours. We’ll send you an SMS when it’s been applied. Please note mobile broadband customers will not receive an SMS. You won’t see the extra data on your bill, but it will appear in your app usage information.
Home Internet - Enjoy unlimited data at home
From Thursday 19 March until 30 April 2020, we’re providing unlimited data for our personal and small business customers with home broadband plans (ADSL, NBN and cable). You don’t need to do anything. The data will be provided automatically, at no extra charge. Your data usage won’t be counted during this time, but keep in mind you won’t see the extra data on your bill. Our FairPlay policy applies. 
COVID-19 Support: Bonus Data
We're giving all eligible Postpaid mobile customers a one-off add-on of 20GB bonus data per service which can be activated through the My Optus app anytime during the month of April and is valid for 30 days from activation.

For eligible Prepaid customers, we'll also offer 10GB of additional data when you recharge $40 or more, or purchase $40 or more value SIM during April 2020. 
Thank you, everyone, for your understanding and support during this difficult time.
Have a great weekend.

Andrew Banham
Assistant Principal
Social Wellbeing:
Keep in touch with your friends & loved ones. Facetime, video chat or call a friend and talk about anything BUT COVID-19.
Student Services News

Hello Newman family, I hope your week has been calm and safe. This week students have continued their transition to online learning. Some students have engaged wonderfully with the technology, whilst others are still facing challenges. I encourage all students to connect with their class teacher and to meaningfully engage with their online learning platforms. Seek help if needed and work as best you can in these difficult times. 

This week I will share a message of hope that originated from the ancient Indians of South America. It encourages us to continue doing the little things in our daily lives as they contribute to changing the world.

Once upon a time, a small bird named Tasoo lived in a vast jungle. One hot summer day, a terrible wildfire erupted and the flames devoured many trees and animals living in the jungle. Other birds flew high into the sky and far away to safety, but Tasoo couldn't bear to leave her precious jungle home to burn. Day and night, she flew with all her might back and forth to the river, filling her tiny beak with water to drop on the raging fires. Tasoo's rare heart of courage and unshakable determination moved the heavenly gods to shed tears, and a great rain poured down upon the jungle, extinguishing the flames. And so it is that even the smallest actions of a determined spirit can change the world.

 Stay safe, have a great week and look out for each other.

Adrian Ryan
Student Service Manager/Leader of Catechesis

Human Services News

Our Year 11 nursing students enjoyed learning about the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) and why it must be worn correctly and appropriately. This is not only important during a pandemic, but at all times in health care in order to prevent the transmission of pathogens among clients and staff.

Wendy Schumann
Human Services Teacher
Mission Mixed Media

Nick Rajcany in his home ‘art studio’ continuing to create artworks in his Mixed Media Journal. He is utilising his creative problem solving skills and adapting materials, equipment and techniques in his own home.

Great job Nick and the Rajcany family!

Ruth Clarke
Art/Printmaking Teacher

Learning From Home Support

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Lismore have created a website designed to provide parents with support and resources to assist this new "learning from home' educational model. CSO Lismore will be updating this website regularly. You can find the link on the Newman Website ( under the Parents & Students drop down menu - Learning from Home. 
The Pathways & Careers Team News

The decision has been made to suspend/postpone the Workplace Learning Program. Could you please contact your employer to notify them of this update. 

At this time, School-based Apprentices & Trainees (SbATs) will, in consultation with the employer, family and College, be able to negotiate to continue to work in circumstances where the employer continues to operate. 

Below is the statement that has been released from the Catholic Schools Office Lismore: 

“All Work Placement in the Lismore Diocese is postponed until further notice due to COVID-19. This decision has been made with consultation and adherence to the schools’ responsibility for duty of care of students in the workplace. Consultation with Workplace Service Providers, who coordinated the placements has been undertaken.
This advice takes effect from Monday, 30th March 2020 and will be reassessed mid Term 2.
Once NESA provides further advice on their position of mandatory work placement, further direction will be provided by CSO”. 

We will keep you updated with any further changes.

Kylie Ham
Pathways & Careers Team Leader

The Pathways & Careers Team News

Stay home, look after yourself, and find out what's still available
By now, the vast majority of you are doing the right thing to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

So, while you can't attend an in-person campus tour or got to workplace learning, you can still check out your post-school options. We will provide you with virtual campus tours, tips for studying from home, resume-boosting competitions you can still enter and even museums you can visit without leaving the couch. 

Stuck at Home? Take a Virtual Tour
Many universities are now unable to take students for campus tours, but the good news is that they also have virtual tours that you can take from the comfort of your own home.
Find our list of all the virtual tours you can take here. 

Studying from Home? 
As we have moved to online learning, and it can be a big adjustment from learning at school. Here are some tips to help you adjust to your new environment at home.
Take a look at the blog here.

Staying Active at Home 
Feeling sluggish? There are still plenty of ways that you can stay active and healthy without having to leave the house.
Here are heaps of resources we’ve gathered to help you keep moving.
Feeling the Urge to Travel? 
You might not be able to travel the globe right now, but there are still plenty of ways you can experience the world from home.
Check out some of the great places you can explore online.
Enter Competitions from Home 
If you’re looking for something to do, there are heaps of different competitions that you can enter online. You might even win some great prizes.
See what you can enter on our competition database.

Kylie Ham
Pathways & Careers Team Leader

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
Holy Week Activities & Mass Times

Place a palm frond
As a sign of unity in our isolation, Fr Paul invites us to join with others around the world in celebrating Palm Sunday by placing a piece of palm or a palm frond at the front of our homes to mark the beginning of Holy Week.
Palm Sunday Mass
Fr Paul has recorded a video for Palm Sunday Mass.  People on our email distribution list will receive the link to it in their email on Sunday Morning; it also will be shared on Facebook; and be accessible on the Parish’s ‘With You for Life’ video channel (Just search ‘Palm Sunday Mass’).
Holy Week
Planning is also underway to record Holy Thursday Mass, the Stations of the Cross and the Easter Vigil and to make them available in a similar way.
You are also invited to tune into Channel 7 on Good Friday (3.00pm) and Easter Sunday (10.30am) as they will be broadcasting free-to-air Masses from St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.  This is a great opportunity to join in spiritual communion with Catholics from around Australia at this unique point in our history.
Gospel Reflections – Fr Paul will continue to do these in the lead up to Easter (and afterwards).
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.

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:
Newman College Policies, Forms & Recources

Here you can download the following documents:

2020 Rural & Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program
Newman Enrolment Policy
Newman Child Protection Policy & Procedures
Newman College Anti-bullying Policy
Parent & Guardian Concerns Complaints Policy
Newman Indigenous Partnership Agreement  
Here's a "How to Zoom" protocol guide for students and families to view, a reminder that if students are having any issues to phone to College
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. 
This week certainly looks a lot different for students and families, head over to our Facebook to see the full video of frequently asked questions.
Please refer to the emails sent directly to all students, parents and guardians regarding updates on the COVID 19 impacts to our community.
Dates for your Diary

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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