Vice Principal & Head of Senior School

Cancer Council Fundraising

The Year 12 leadership team is very pleased to announce that this year, Newhaven College will be fundraising to support the Cancer Council. We are excited to be supporting a charity that does such important work including Cancer research, treatment, and supporting families affected by Cancer. We also feel that the Charity is

a great fit for our school community, and that in partnership we can work to maximise our fundraising efforts as a school this year. 

Here's the link to our online fundraising page. We'd love your support!

Max, Alice, Tahlia and Tom

Year 12 Captains

Wearing Pink for Breast Cancer Research

Rather than the usual blue of the College uniform, last Wednesday Newhaven turned ‘Pink’ for our first out-of-uniform day. Pink hair. Pink PJs, Pink clothes – the uptake and participation across all sub-schools was heart-warming. Senior School Bass House students baked and ran a Cake Stall that was over-run by our Junior School students. The day raised over $1500 with gold coin donations, the bake sale and generous donations via the QR Code from our College and Parent Community. We look forward to the next day in May.

One of our school captains Alice Mabilia spoke about the success of the day, "We are so happy everyone got involved today and dressed up in pink to raise awareness for Breast Cancer! Our main fundraiser, a bake sale was a great success as we were sold out within the first 10 minutes. A special thank you to our year 12 Bass students for baking the delicious cupcakes. We can't wait for our next fundraising day, to raise more money and awareness for our charity, Cancer Council!"

Sharon Paterson

Year 12 Teacher and Bass House Mentor

Year 9 Term 1 Wrap Up!

Year 9 has gotten off to a fantastic start! Despite the busy term, our students have been diving into their studies with enthusiasm and making some great connections along the way.

Huge congratulations to our new class captains for each year group:

  • 9A: George Mackenzie and Piper O'Brien
  • 9G: Kai Cashman and Ania Falzon
  • 9K: Georgia Slidders and Scarlette Jongejan
  • 9N: Harry Bently and Aisha Hibbert

We know these dedicated leaders will represent their classmates well and contribute to a strong sense of community throughout the year.

Year 9 students have hit the ground running with their Community Projects! They've been actively involved in giving back, with some volunteering at Aged Care Centres, assisting the younger students in the Junior School, and tackling environmental projects like weed removal along our coastline. Others have been instrumental in building the new Mountain Bike Facilities, showcasing their teamwork and dedication. We can't wait to see the incredible impact of their hard work!

Year 9 Uniform

Thank you to all the parents and students who have been supporting the school uniform. The season will be changing soon and many of our students do not have the required Fleece Jumper or recommended long pants that is required for our chilly winter months. During the holiday break can I encourage all students to be prepared for the upcoming winter weather and purchase the required pieces of uniform.


A reminder to all parents that the City CITE Transport and Accommodation and consent document are due to be returned by Friday 19 April. The students are starting to get very excited about the program.

Sam Foura

Head of Year 9

Year 9 Community Projects

As part of the Year 9 community program, some of our Year 9 students have been assisting in class, with students sharing their reading skills.

Some Year 9 students have been rolling up their sleeves and helping to keep our beaches clean, and others are helping with building the fabulous MTB track around the college grounds.

The satisfaction in doing good work and the skills learned from participating in Year 9 Community Projects is an essential part of the Year 9 holistic experience.

Year 11 Outdoor Environmental Studies Mount Buller Trip

The Year 11 Outdoor and Environmental Studies classes just wrapped up an epic adventure at Mount Buller! They hit the trails on mountain bikes, explored ecosystems on foot, and learned how humans interact with the mountain environment. Students even discovered how the resort keeps things sustainable and safe for summer activities! It was a whirlwind week of fresh air, learning, and adventure. Students will return to Mount Buller in Winter to look at the differences fingers are crossed that there is some snow on the ground for some skiing adventures.

Mr Foura and Ms Sidebottom

Year 12 Visual Communication Design Excursion

On Friday 22 March the Year 12 Visual Communication Design students went on an excursion to the MPavillion in the CBD, which is Australia's leading Architecture commission. The students had the opportunity to engage with the architecture via a talk, discussion and visitation and then respond to this experience by creating their own concepts for a Pavillion that they shared with the group. This was given as an introduction to their SAT folio work which asks them to select one client and come up with 2 final design solutions.

Webinar on CONSENT

On Thursday 2 May we are offering Year 7-12 parents the opportunity to participate in an online seminar on Consent.

Partnering with Elephant Ed, we share an aim to create a world in which every person is empowered with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to make conscious, healthy and respectful choices about relationships and sexuality. Among other topics, the seminar will cover:

  • Statistics and prevalence of sexual assault
  • Legalities surrounding consent
  • Avenues to seek help
  • Strategies to start the conversation at home

A link to the online seminar has been sent out via SEQTA message to all Year 7-12 parents earlier this week.

Please note that the seminar will not be recorded so parents will need to attend on the night.

You are required to register in advance for this webinar.

Your link to register for the Webinar is HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Running Shoes for Africa

Following 2019 alumni James Mercer's callout for running shoe donations at a Senior School assembly recently, students and families eagerly donated dozens of pairs of 'retired' running shoes.

On Friday, 22nd March, James' mother, Tracey Mercer, arrived to collect the donated shoes on behalf of her son. Tracey shared with us the remarkable news that James was personally taking over 100 kilos worth of shoes to Africa this week and any surplus shoes would accompany James on his upcoming trip to Kenya in June, where he will be running a boot camp.

Tracey Mercer emphasised that the shoes collected by Newhaven College would not only benefit running clubs but would also be distributed to children who walk barefoot to school, sometimes traversing over 10 kilometres. The impact of such donations goes far beyond the mere provision of footwear; it represents a lifeline for those in need, offering comfort, protection, and hope for a better future.

Tracey expressed her gratitude on behalf of James and herself, emphasising how overwhelming the support from Newhaven College has been. She also extended her appreciation to local sports stores whose generous donations further bolstered their efforts.

Careers Newsletter

Please be sure to check out this month's Career News 

Key highlights include:

  • Early Entry
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  • Key Dates

Anthea Bennett

Head of Careers