Sunday, 5 November 2017

Maths Investigations - How many times can you fold a piece of paper in half?

Most of us discovered we could fold the paper 7 times. A few people worked out creative ways to get 8 folds. 

We then turned to Mythbusters to discover how many times they can fold a giant piece of paper.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Please join us for our annual Learning Celebration and Newman Symposium. It will be a fantastic celebration of the wonderful learning at St Mary's. We hope you can make it.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

CaSPA Student Ensemble auditions are coming soon!

Do you have a passion for the performing arts?

Are you a talented singer, dancer or actor?
Have you thought about auditioning for the CaSPA Student Ensemble program for 2018?

CaSPA Student Ensemble auditions are coming soon!

Auditions are in Term 4 at SCCVC Burwood. Primary auditions are on 16 Oct  5-7pm and Secondary auditions are on 17 Oct.

Being a part of the CaSPA Ensemble program is a great opportunity to extend your performance skills as you get to work with a range of industry professionals as well as expert tutors and teachers from our schools in the various art forms.

The program is tailored for students from Years 5 and up so current Year 4's are able to audition for the 2018 program. Current Year 6 students attending a Sydney systemic high school may audition for the High School program.

If you would like to audition go to the CaSPA website  to Register online. You must first read the Rehearsal and performance schedule and the Audition requirements for either VOICE or  DANCE or DRAMA. Please also email Mrs Bassett ( so that she knows who is auditioning.

Monday, 28 August 2017


What are the typical signs of sensitivity? What are the benefits and the challenges of being sensitive?

Click here for this interesting article that will answer these questions.

"Highly sensitive people have a number of very sought-after traits, including soaring creativity, intense focus, careful conscientiousness, empathetic kindness, and the ability to understand the world around them very deeply."

The University Technology Sydney (UTS) is again running a series of exciting as well as educational workshops targeting primary and early secondary school aged students in the October school holidays.

The program is called Bright Futures and offers a unique combination of eye-opening experiences based around subjects studied at UTS including Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Music and Communication/ Public Speaking.

2017 workshops

3 – 6 October

Click her for the Bright Futures October holiday program

Monday, 14 August 2017

Please come and explore our responses to this beautiful story

Click on this link to explore the responses to this story and to learn more about the Transmedia project that the Stage 3 Newman Group have been a part of.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Collaborative Transmedia project with other Newman classes

The Treasure Box 
by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood.
The Stage 3 Newman English group have been working on a collaborative project with two other Newman classes at other schools where we have read and responded to the wonderful Australian picture book, The Treasure Box by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood.

Stay tuned for the link to our final Blog in the near future. In the mean time, here's a sneak peak of some of the products that we have created.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Developing solutions and raising awareness in Geography

The Stage 3 Newman Group have been investigating how people and the environment affect each other in our recent Geography unit. They were challenged to identify an issue where humans are negatively impacting the environment and propose a solution to this problem.

Alexandre taught us about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and designed a unit that could battle this problem.


Elza and Rhea are calling us to action as Recycling Ninjas. Click here to view their website.

Stay tuned for more great learning as our presentations continue

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Would you like to know more about the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program?


Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) initiated the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program in 2011 as a response to ensuring educational equity was achieved for gifted learners in both Catholic Primary and Secondary schools.
Newman Selective schools provide high quality professional learning for staff and an authentically rigorous program for gifted learners within a nurturing Catholic environment, thus enhancing the whole-person. They offer a wide range of opportunities that cater for a variety of gifted learners and supports students’ social and emotional wellbeing.
Key Program Elements;
  • There are 39 Newman Selective schools across the Sydney Archdiocese supporting students from Kindergarten to Year 12
  • The program is facilitated by staff who have dedicated training in the field of gifted education
  • Academics and psychologists specialising in gifted education contribute to the development and delivery of the program
  • Students are assessed across a range of gifted domains in order to access the program and their progress comprehensively evaluated
    Students can participate in various programs such as creative arts, coding and computational skills, rich literature experiences, STEM initiatives and robotics
  • Newman Selective Symposiums are held annually to celebrate student achievement
  • To sustain a high quality educational program, all Newman Selective schools undergo a comprehensive accreditation process every three years
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