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TERM 1 - WEEK 5 - 2020
From the Principal's Desk

Schools Summit 
Last Thursday 20 February, I was fortunate enough to attend a Schools Summit titled “Succeeding in an era of change” at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. As the name suggests the focus of the summit explored the challenges that education faces in a time where change is happening at a record pace in our history and strategies to address the challenge. Whilst there where a number of interesting ideas suggested by all of the educationalist and panels presenting at the summit, overwhelmingly they all agreed on a few key points: 

  • Relationships are first and foremost in improving student outcomes
  • Education is about making learning appropriate for all students
  • Education is a partnership between the student, family, community and school and the more all stakeholders are involved the more likely a student is to fulfill their potential
  • Students should be challenged at an appropriate level of their skill and development

As a parents of teenage boys, my wife and I understand that it is not always easy to be directly involved in your son/daughters senior education. But involvement doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be supervising or helping with homework. It can be as simple as inquiring into progress into a particular subject or in our Newman context upcoming workplace learning opportunities. It can also involve encouraging your son/daughter to do the best that they can personally do in any opportunity and not always be satisfied with simply completing a task. Challenge can be motivating if encouraged at the appropriate level for any individual and great learning can take place when this happens.
Workplace Learning 
Professor John Polesel was one of the presenters at the summit and he is from The University of Melbourne. John is the Co-Director of the Centre for Vocational and Education Policy and he spoke about the role of Vocational Education & Training (VET) in schools. One of the points that John was very clear about was the fact that workplace learning is a major factor in gaining the maximum benefit from VET education at school.
Next week is an exciting time for our Year 11 students who on Thursday, 5 March will have their first opportunity in the workplace. On Monday 9 March (Week 7) the Year 12 students will commence the first Workplace Learning block for the year with the Year 11 block following in Week 8. Not only is it important to remember that Workplace Learning is a compulsory part of all VET courses but most importantly it offers a variety of opportunities; skill development, communication skills and teamwork just to name a few. As John Polesel suggests, it is also the time that students can maximize the benefits of studying VET education. Workplace Learning employers are often also the same people who have job opportunities for young people into the future.
Pink Stumps Day 
Thank you to everyone for supporting our Pink Stumps Day fundraiser. As I mentioned last week the day was about reflecting on those in need and how it can make a difference to those who have or who are experiencing challenging times know that others are thinking about them and that there are others in their community that care.
It has been a fantastic effort from the students and staff to raise over $1700 for our two targeted charities; The McGrath Foundation and the Bush Fire appeal so far. So please bring into your Pastoral Care teacher any money that is yet to be collected. It is not too late to bring in donations and receive tickets in our incentive draws up until Tuesday.
Have a great weekend.

Mark Nunan 

Be so happy that when others look at you, they become happy too.
Student Services News

It is hard to believe, but we are already nearing the halfway mark of Term 1. After a busy few weeks, the Work Readiness Program is now complete and our eager Year 11 students are preparing themselves for the Workplace Learning Program to begin. Year 12 have transitioned smoothly back into their studies and their Workplace Learning Program, with their first block week coming up in Week 7, followed by Year 11 block week in Week 8.

This Wednesday at the College, Year 11 celebrated Ash Wednesday which is a significant day on the Catholic calendar as it marks the beginning of Lent

Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. A big thank you to Mr Dave Lewis for leading the ceremony and the Youth Ministry Officers, Marrakai and Will, for coordinating the Ash Wednesday ceremony.

GRIT is almost upon us and a timely reminder for selecting the appropriate swimwear on the day. Please ensure you are aware of the College guidelines in regards to appropriate swimwear on the day (see picture below).

Have a great week and be kind to each other.

Adrian Ryan
Student Services Manager
SLR News 

What a great start to the year for SLR. 

This term is the start of a fitness journey for Year 11 and 12 Sport, Life and Recreation students of 2020. Year 12 starting off the year with high intensity 2444 Crossfit classes where they all broke out in a sweat, while still being able to encourage their classmates in fun fitness challenges. Year 11 have started their first practical classes by learning their strengths through fitness testing, from vertical jumps to getting their eye in on hand wall toss. 

Congratulations students on a great start to the year. 

Arcardia Meldrum
SLR Trainee
NSW CCC Championships

The New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges Sports Association’s 23rd Blue Awards were held at St Mary Star of the Sea College in Wollongong on Monday 3rd February. These awards recognise the excellence of secondary students in sport. In 2019, 179 students from Catholic secondary colleges gained selection in NSW All Schools teams and 34 gaining selection in Australian teams.

Nathan Graham from Newman Senior Technical College was presented with a Blue Award for outstanding achievements in athletics in 2019.

Nathan is a talented athlete and in 2019 he represented Lismore Diocese at the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Championships where he won gold in the 17yrs+ Javelin and set a new record of 58.12m.

Nathan competed at the NSW All Schools Championships winning gold in the 17yrs+ Javelin. As a result of these outstanding performances, he has been invited to the Australian College of Physical Education to attend the High Performance Program.

Nathan enjoys giving back to the sport he loves and coaches' junior athletes at the Wauchope Little Athletics Club. He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Program.

Congratulations Nathan.

Future Pathways & Career Development News
Year 12
Year 12 commenced Placement 5 on Wednesday 26 February. Block week for this placement will be 9 to 13 March. 

Year 11
Year 11 continue to receive contracts this week for their very first workplacement which starts on Thursday 5 March. Students must contact the employer as soon as they receive the contract to arrange a time to meet with them and get the contract signed. This is a good opportunity for the stu
dents to ask questions such as;
  • 'What time do I start/finish?'
  • 'Where do I go on my first day?'
  • 'What do I wear?'
The fully signed contract must be returned to the College within 1 week of receipt or before the placement commences and no student is permitted to attend workplacement without the fully signed contract held by the College. 

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. 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.

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.
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
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  

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

Any Questions? You can call Linda McGuire on 6580 3800 or email


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 5th & 19th 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 -
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
Thanks to the @nrl_bulldogs for dropping in to Newman to meet and greet some of our students! #hsclikenoother 🏉 
Are you ready for GRIT?
Don’t forget to bring back your signed waiver forms to the front office! #hsclikenoother #grit 
Dates for your Diary

School Photos
Tue 3 Mar

Year 12 Workplacement
Wed 4 Mar

Year 11 Workplacement
Thu 5 Mar

GRIT - Team Building Day
Fri 6 Mar

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


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