Open Day Saturday 16 March 

Our annual College Open Day continues to be one of the highlights of the school year as we open the gates to show anyone who is interested what a wonderful school we have.

The Open Day is much more than just an opportunity for prospective families to visit. It also provides a day where our current families can explore the spaces, activities and facilities our students engage in each day. It is a chance to visit your child’s school in action. And that is what we want to show on Open Day – Newhaven in action. So whilst demonstrations and brochures are lovely, there is nothing better than seeing our students being active. And there will be a lot for them to do. So whilst many students have volunteered to participate on the day all of our students are most welcome and it would be wonderful to have them in attendance.

Our Open Day continues to evolve. Last year we moved the day from May to March with great success as the warmer weather and earlier time slot significantly increased our attendance. Amongst the recent additions to Open Day are equestrian displays, trade skills activities, musical and drama items, as well as lots of activities in our sporting precinct. This is in addition to the classroom activities that are taking place throughout the school. Our alumni reunions and Parents & Friends events are just some of the other activities on the day.

New Pump Track for our Mountain Bike Academy

This year we have continued to add to the activities at Open Day. One of the exciting initiatives is the presence of our Mountain Bike Group. They are currently working hard on the first part of our mountain bike trail which will be a 250-metre pump track ready for Open Day. The Mountain Bike Group will be gathering for a sausage sizzle and working bee on our new track – as well as a few fun demonstrations. So if you or your children are interested in knowing more about one of Australia’s fastest growing sports and our newly established Mountain Bike Academy at Newhaven, please pay them a visit.

Finally, to see all of our facilities being utilised on the day we will be hosting practice games between Inverloch-Kongwak and Traralgon in footy and netball. Our sporting grounds and facilities are first class so it will be great to see them being used.

I would encourage all of our current families to come along on Open Day – even for a short time. And maybe bring a neighbour, a relative or a friend with you.

College Charity 2024

Our Year 12 student leadership team have announced that the Cancer Council will be our College Charity for 2024. The charity was chosen after careful deliberation from our student leaders and is a most appropriate cause for our school to support. The Cancer Council is a charity that works across every area of cancer, from research to prevention to support. The student leaders have a range of fundraising initiatives planned throughout the year that I am sure all of our students and families will support.

Thanks to Greg Harrison

My sincere thanks to Mr Greg Harrison who concluded his time on the College Board this month. Greg has been a generous and thoughtful contributor in his time on the Board. As a past student and Newhaven parent he has a great passion for the College, its community and the success of the school. Greg’s experience in planning and management was a valuable addition to the Board’s deliberations and decision making. We thank Greg for his contribution and wish him all the best for the future.

In Quietness and Confidence Shall Be Your Strength

Tony Corr