Newman Immersion Day
On Thursday 3 July, 24 students from our feeder primary schools - St Patrick's Primary School Sutherland, St Joseph’s Primary School Como/Oyster Bay, St Catherine Laboure Gymea and Our Lady Star of the Sea Miranda came to our annual Newman Immersion Day. This is a day for students identified by their teachers to come to the College and experience life as a Newman student for a day. After a getting to know you exercise, students were involved in poetry writing with Mrs Oxnard. They explored the cinquain form, writing cinquains about the universe, their life and the world. Students from 7W - Sophie Wainwright, Ronan Conroy, Tait McKay, Natasha Beard, Karla Jones and Sophie Perkins worked with the primary students to support them with their writing, later teaching them to annotate the poems ‘Island Man’ and ‘Blessing’. After morning tea students worked with Mr Hair, who challenged them with a series of mind-twisting code cracking exercises. They also learned about the binary system and the ‘Order of Operations’. Our 7W Mathematics students Ella Briscoe, Jade Henderson, Jed Loader, Sienna Biggs and Marc Karlos Arrogante worked together with the primary students throughout these exercises. After lunch, we focussed on science with students donning lab coats and safety goggles to take part in a practical science experiment involving the separation of a salt water solution. The energy was high and Mr Mahony and Ms Ming inspired the students with their scientific expertise. 7W science students Sienna Biggs, Miriam Sinnerbrink, Amy Davis, Isabella Romano, Thomas O’Brien and Kian Carrabin effectively supported the students throughout this very practical science experiment. Special thanks to the primary teachers for bringing their students along for the day, and also to teachers Mr Hair, Mr Mahony and Mrs Ming for contributing their time and expertise to support this Newman initiative to provide insight to students from our feeder schools.
Mrs Jenni Oxnard, Newman Coordinator