26 April 2024 | College Newsletter - Issue 4

College Newsletter

In this Issue

From the Principal


The Impact of Social Media

As a school we want to continue to promote partnership with parents in each child’s learning. We know that the closer the communication between teachers and families, the better the educational outcomes for the students. However, the increasing impact on children and teenagers of what they are exposed to on social media, particularly TikTok, is a growing influence on young people that neither school nor parents can control. It shapes the thoughts, behaviours and ideas of young people. Concerningly much of the content young people are exposed to online can be harmful. In many cases, it is untrustworthy and preys on a young person’s insecurities.

This is why the Federal Government is looking at bringing forward a bill to rein in the spread of false and violent content on social media platforms. This is in response to the access young people have on a regular basis to video footage and content that is not appropriate. Unsurprisingly the profitable global social media companies are opposing these regulations.

There is now ample evidence that this evolution in social media is associated with a range of adverse personal and social effects. For instance, it has been shown that social media is a significant cause of the surging rates of anxiety and depression in teens, specifically teen girls. The growing use of social media has also led to an epidemic of misinformation.

Young people today will live their whole lives with social media. So how do we raise them in a way that their social media exposure does not result in ill effects and mitigate the potential detrimental impacts? As simple as it sounds the key is balance. Ensuring your children have more real-life than virtual connections. Young people should not be alone in their room for hours of an evening or during holidays. They should be encouraged to stay connected with family and friends. Involvement in community activities including sports, cultural and civic events, as well as socialising with friends and family are all healthy habits. Something as simple as eating together at the dining room table is a positive routine for young people, even when they try to avoid it. Encouraging your child to get involved in the many extra-curricular opportunities at school is another way.

Young people should also be reminded that there is a fine line between using social media as a chance to engage rather than compare. Ultimately we would like all of our children to know that we live in a happy and safe world where their individual differences are their greatest gift.

New College Website

After many months of designing, planning and editing we are pleased to this week launch our new College Website. Not only does it have a fresh updated look, we hope our families find it simpler to navigate with all the information you need easier to access. Be sure to explore the website when you have a chance and we would welcome any feedback: https://www.newhavencol.vic.edu.au/

In Quietness and Confidence Shall Be Your Strength

Tony Corr


Kiss & Go Parking Area

All parents, please be aware that the Kiss & Go parking area is akin to the drop-off zones at Melbourne Airport – you can park there for 1-2 minutes to retrieve your child and you are not permitted to leave your car in the Kiss & Go area unattended. Please only leave your car to assist your children into your car once they arrive at the Kiss & Go area.

A number of complaints have been received regarding parents waiting in this area for long periods and parking their cars in the area and leaving their cars unattended. If you choose to wait for your child in/around the Junior School, please park in the main carpark and ensure you leave the Kiss & Go area clear for parents moving rapidly through this area.

Please be mindful of other parents when using the Kiss & Go area. School pick-up and drop-off times are very busy periods.

Mr. Brett Torstonson

Director of Operations

College News

Newhaven College Mother's Day Lunch

Newhaven College mothers, grandmothers, friends and supporters are welcome to join us for a special lunch to celebrate Mother's Day.

Friday 10 May from 12pm

Phillip Island Winery

$55 per person

Grazing menu and drink on arrival.

Limited places, so Book Now: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1204012?

See you SEQTA messages for more details or contact us at marketing@newhavencol.vic.edu.au

Little Shop of Horrors

We encourage our entire College community to come along with family and friends to experience the wonder of the Newhaven College School Production.

Made famous by the 1986 film starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin Little Shop of Horrors follows the story of a nerdy florist, Seymour, who finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. 

Newhaven College’s talented performers include Dean Lyle (who played Shrek in 2022 and is The Dropkicks’ frontman) as Seymour, Jemima ‘sings like an angel’ Aitkens as Audrey I, Liam Fuery puts on a hilarious performance as the Dentist, powerhouse singer Angeline Anthony provides the voice of Audrey II, and Felix Fothergill shines as Mr Mushnick. The street urchins are played by Indigo Aurora, Meyanna Christensen, Cecily de Gooyer, Isabel Goss, Eve Oakley and Aoife O’Connell who keep the audience engaged by singing and dancing throughout the entire show. The ensemble cast provides the backdrop of a skid row town with each student bringing their own individual flair to the show. The backstage crew, front of house and orchestra include students of all ages, and are an essential part of the success of the show.

Director Karen Milkins-Hendry says “We will transport our audiences to the streets of Skid Row. With just a few more weeks until opening night, anticipation is building, and I invite everyone to join us for some great music, good humour, fabulous singing and of course – a man-eating plant!”

Tickets are on sale: trybooking.com/1194329

20th Ibaraki Visit - Japanese student hosting opportunity

From Sunday 28 July to Friday 9 August, 14 Year 9 students from our sister school, Ibaraki Christian Junior High School in Japan will visit Newhaven College. During their two week visit they will experience life in an Australian classroom and visit some of the local attractions organised by Newhaven College. This is an exciting opportunity for our guests as well as the families who kindly offer to host them.

Please consider hosting an Ibaraki student. Host families are provided with a financial allowance to help cover the cost of billeting a student for their two week stay and families involved will require a Working With Children Check.

If you are interested in becoming a homestay family or would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Mitsuko Horiguchi via SEQTA DM or call on 5956 7505 by Friday 17 May. We would love to hear from you.

Mitsuko Horiguchi

Japanese Exchange Program Coordinator

ANZAC Day Commemorations

Anzac Day was commemorated at ceremonies across the Bass Coast involving many of our students. College Captains Tahlia Williams and Max Arceo spoke at the Cowes RSL Dawn and 11:00AM services respectively. The Senior Vocal Ensemble performed the New Zealand and Australian National Anthems at the dawn service and the Middle School Choir performed at the 11am service. Our Junior School Captains and Vice-Captains Edward Lee, Chloe Shapardon, Eden Hallas and Leith Cameron laid a wreath.

College Captain Tom Bird delivered his speech at the Inverloch RSL service and Alice Mabilia was the guest speaker at the San Remo Community Service.

The College is extremely proud of the involvement of our student leaders as they continue the strong tradition of College Captains representing the youth of Bass Coast with pride and dignity on ANZAC Day. A wonderful addition to the Cowes ceremonies was to have the Senior Vocal Ensemble sing the New Zealand and Australian National Anthems. This was certainly a highlight and created a moving and spine tingling atmosphere.

On Friday morning College students and staff gathered in the amphitheatre to reflect and show appreciation to our armed forces past and present. Mackenzie Cameron (Year 11) played the bagpipes and James Cameron (Year 9) played the Celtic drum,  welcoming participants to the proceedings. College Captain Max Arceo and Alice Mabilia ran the proceedings, with the Junior School Captains laying the wreath. Year 9 student Keely Filsell and her music tutor Casey Thomsen played the Last Post on trumpet followed by Year 9 students raising the flags. The Combined College Choir sang In Flanders Fields and the New Zealand and Australian anthems. All students were reflective and respectful throughout the sombre occasion.

Jason Scott

Head of Senior School

Parents and Friends Association

Mothers' Day Stall

We are excited to run the Mothers' Day Stall during school hours on Thursday, 9 May 2024. Students in Prep to Year 6 will be attending the stall with their class while students in Years 7-12 will be able to attend in breaks 1 and 2. Gifts will be available for mums, grandmas and those dear to our hearts for $5 or $10.

Students that purchase a gift will be given a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of two amazing hampers for their mum or special person!

If you are a dad, uncle, grandfather, we need your help to run the stall on the day. To sign up, please visit: Newhaven College PFA Mothers Day Stall (signup.zone)


In line with school policy, all volunteers must complete a Volunteer Pack and have a valid Working With Children Check. Please reach out to the PFA if you need help with obtaining or completing the Volunteer Pack.

Parents and Friends Association Facebook Group

The PFA have started a new Facebook group: Newhaven College Parents and Friends Association | Facebook

This group is for sharing general school updates, PFA led event information, sports and extra-curricular activities of interest to students and for giving shout-outs to people and businesses in the community that have supported our events. Feel free to join our group to be kept up to date!


If you have any questions or would like to register your details to volunteer at future events, do not hesitate to reach out to us at newhaven.pfa@gmail.com

Angel Chambers

President | Parents and Friends Association

Junior School

Head of Junior School

Junior School Term 2

Welcome back to Term 2! We hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday break. It has been a positive start and our students have quickly settled back into learning and routines.

The Newhaven College staff had a productive planning day on the first Monday of term, laying the groundwork for an engaging term of learning ahead. It is going to be a busy term, with many activities happening both inside and outside of the classrooms.


At the end of the term, we will be sending out mid-year progress-based reports that align with the Australian Curriculum Standards. We strive to ensure we are reporting to parents in an on-going way to communicate and foster an understanding of your child’s progress. Continuous reporting throughout the term will be sent out through SEQTA in a range of areas, before mid-year reports are released. We hope you enjoy seeing the continual growth and learning occurring for your child.

Junior School Families Excel in Term 1 Reading

This year, all Junior School students have received decodable reading folders to enhance their reading skills at home. We are thrilled to see nightly reading habits flourishing and know that this will significantly impact students' reading development. To celebrate this achievement last term, we awarded a Principal’s Award (golden sticker) to students who consistently filled in their daily reading logs. The enthusiasm and positivity from home learning habits highlight the success of the program in fostering a love for reading and growth in literacy skills.

In Term 2, we are expanding the daily reading focus to improve comprehension and the ability to orally retell main passages/texts in sequence. This addition will allow students to enhance their understanding and retelling skills, further extending home learning with reading folders.

ANZAC Day Service

Our Junior School leaders attended the 11am Cowes Commemorative Service and laid a wreath on behalf of Newhaven College. It was wonderful to see so many Newhaven College students and their families at the Service. Students understood the significance of the occasion and paid their respects to those who served our country. See photos in the College News section of this newsletter.

Winter Uniform

All Junior School students must be in full winter uniform from the week beginning Monday 29 April for the remainder of Terms 2 and 3.

Mother’s Day Stall

I am pleased to inform you that there will be a Mother’s Day Stall on Thursday 9 May. Each class will be allocated a time to visit the stall. Children can bring their money to school before the day and their classroom teacher will store it in a safe place. Thank you to the Parents & Friends Association for organising this.

Mother’s Day Morning- Mums and Muffins

We are excited to announce our upcoming celebration for Mother's Day at school- ‘Mum’s and Muffins’ morning! This special event will take place before school on Friday 10 May. We extend a warm invitation to all mothers or special individuals to join us over a muffin, tea or coffee.

When: Friday 10 May at 8:30 am to 9:00 am

Where: Junior School Assembly Area

Who: Mothers or special individuals accompanying your child/children

Foundation Day Assembly

Foundation Day Assembly is on Tuesday 14 May commencing at 9.10am in the Gymnasium. Students wear their winter or sport uniform if they have sport or PE on the day. Parents are welcome to attend.

Congratulations to Year 1L: Our First Class to Win Junior School Values Award!

At our final Term 1 Assembly, Year 1L was honoured as the first Values Class for accumulating the most values keys. Odin and Taleisha shared some words on behalf of the class about receiving this special award.

"Hello everyone, we in 1L were absolutely thrilled to win the Values Award! We earned our keys for lining up after recess and lunch, transitioning smoothly between classes, and spreading kindness in the yard. Our hard work paid off with a fun reward: playing Pass the Parcel as a class! Each of us received a small squishy fidget toy, and we welcomed a new addition to our class, 'Sausage Dog', our furry 'book buddy' for our book corner reading sessions. A huge thank you to all our teachers for recognising our efforts and values. And a big shoutout to our classmates for being fantastic every single day!" See photos of 1L below.

Key Dates:

Wed 8 May - Junior School Assembly (Year 3)

Thu 9 May - Mother’s Day Stall

Fri 10 May - Muffins & Mother’s Day (8.30 am-9.00 am)

Fri 10 May - Pyjama Day Fundraiser (Gold coin donation)

Fri 10 May Mothers & Grandmothers lunch at Phillip Island Winery- Booking required

Tue 14 May - Foundation Day Assembly (9.10 am)

Wed 22 May - Junior School Assembly (Year 2)

Cath Huther

Head of Junior School

Merit Awards

Congratulations to the students in the following photo who were presented with their Merit Awards and recognised at Junior School Assembly from Term 1 and last week.

Middle School

Head of Middle School

Term 2

Welcome back, everyone! As we begin the second term of the academic year, it's pleasing to witness the enthusiasm and energy from our students. The Middle School classrooms are once again bustling with laughter, chatter and the promise of new beginnings.

One of the hallmarks of the beginning of Term 2 has been the proactive approach of our students towards goal setting. Upon their return to school, students engaged in setting their goals for the term ahead. From academic aspirations to personal growth milestones, our students demonstrated a commendable commitment to charting their path to success.

A noticeable buzz filled the air as students tidied up and organised their lockers, readying themselves for the term's challenges and adventures.

In line with our commitment to fostering positive behaviour and a supportive school community, our House Mentors took the initiative to introduce Positive Behaviour Expectations to our students. Emphasising respect, responsibility and cooperation, these expectations serve as guiding principles for our interactions within the school community. By upholding these standards, we ensure a harmonious and inclusive environment for all.

Reflecting on the achievements of the previous term, it's essential that we uphold the standards we've set for ourselves, our students, and our relationships with you, the parents. Building on the successes of the past, we are committed to fostering strong partnerships and accountability as we navigate through the term ahead.

To kick off the term on a high note, we organised an exciting Amazing Race activity for our students during Home Group on the first day. Paired with a partner from the same House but a different year level, students embarked on a thrilling adventure to decode clues scattered across various areas of the school. Along the way, they also had the opportunity to learn more about their buddies, strengthening bonds and fostering camaraderie. Despite the rain, it was a fun and relaxed way of easing back into the rhythm of school life, setting the tone for the term ahead.


On Tuesday, 23 April, our extended Home Group time took on an ANZAC flavour as students delved into activities centered around this significant day. To pay respect to the sacrifices made by ANZAC soldiers, students crafted origami poppies, a poignant symbol of remembrance. Additionally, they watched a video titled "The History of ANZAC Day," looking into the origins and significance of this solemn occasion.

Following the video, students engaged in meaningful discussions about the qualities exemplified by ANZAC soldiers. Drawing parallels to our school values of Empathy, Excellence, Responsibility, Honesty and Respect, students explored how these virtues are displayed in both the past and present. Through insightful conversations, students reflected on how ANZAC soldiers embodied these values in their service to the nation.

A highlight of the session was when students took a creative approach in visualising the connection between school values and the spirit of ANZAC as they drew what each value represents to us today.

Ralph Arceo

Head of Middle School

Tea Cup Plants for Lifeblood

Late last year the 5D and 5S students raised around $185 in honour of the late Karen Pearce, to be donated to the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood. Ruth Whitton and myself helped students design, market and sell a product as part of our Business and Enterprise unit for Humanities.

Both 5D and 5S came up with plants in a teacup, with many of the cups, plants and materials donated. The students sold these plants to staff and students, raising well over the expected amount.

Shona O'Dempsey

Year 5 Teacher

Senior School

Vice Principal & Head of Senior School

Youth Parliament Team

The Youth Parliament Program offers young people from across Victoria the opportunity to make change from one of the most influential positions in our state; the halls of Victorian Parliament. The Newhaven College Youth Parliament Team is now finalising their Bill regarding Coercive Control to make it a stand-alone offence. The purpose of the Bill is to introduce legislation to criminalise coercive control and strengthen the Government’s response to domestic, family and sexual violence. 

In preparation for Youth Parliament sitting week (30 June to 5 July) the team met with Jordan Crugnale MP State Member for Bass. Jordan was extremely supportive of the Bill and gave the students background information on the position of the State Government as well as tips on how to successfully present a Bill in Parliament. We wish the team of Gabriel Winterson, Gabriel Di Falco, Miranda Zalunardo and Keegan Hughes every success as they prepare for the upcoming training camp on 24 to 26 May and then the week of Youth Parliament in Melbourne in late June.

Gabriel Di Falco, Keegan Hughes, Jordan Crugnale MP, Gabriel Winterson, Miranda Zalunardo

Student Leaders meet with Jordan Crugnale MP

Jordan Crugnale also met with the College, Middle and Junior School Captains. This was a great thrill for College Captains Max Arceo, Tom Bird and Alice Mabilia, Middle School Captains Amara Pittorino and Finn Campbell-Walker and the Junior School Captains and Vice Captains Edward Lee, Chloe Shapardon, Eden Hallas and

Leith Cameron. The meeting with Jordan gave the student leaders the chance to ask questions about her political career, schooling and early leadership opportunities as well as the most pressing and important issues that she is pursuing for the residents of Bass.

Year 9 News

Welcome to Term Two at the Year 9 Environmental Centre. This term promises to be packed with activities including exam preparations, City CITE and various extracurricular engagements. Students are reminded to stay on top of their revision and plan to stay prepared for a busy period ahead.


Students should arrive at school each day in full Year 9 Uniform and ensure that they have their Year 9 fleece jumper every day. Given the nature of the Year 9 program offering many opportunities to utilise various outdoor spaces, the Year 9 fleece jumper is essential for each student. The school rugby top is not an appropriate substitute for this jumper; it should only be worn on occasions when students are in PE Uniform. Where students are not able to attend school in full Year 9 uniform, they must have a note from home or a SEQTA direct message from parents to the Mentor Group Teacher. School rain jackets may also be worn by students if they are seeking further protection from the elements.

State Coal Mine Visit for IDEAS

As part of IDEAS, our students visited the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi to delve into the study of the Industrial Revolutions and their impact on global systems. This excursion will offer valuable insights into the historical and technological aspects of industrialisation while also highlighting its connections to contemporary issues such as Global Systems, Climate Change and Global Warming in Science.

City CITE Program

The City CITE program is approaching and excitement among students is palpable. The City CITE Transport & Accommodation Form is now due and needs to be returned promptly to confirm accommodation and transport details.

City CITE Dates

  • Week 1: Monday 20 May – Friday 24 May.
  • Week 2: Monday 27 May – Wednesday 29 May (Melbourne).
  • Assessment Day: Thursday 30 May, Year 9 Environmental Centre.

Duke Of Edinburgh Award

A large number of students have signed up for the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Students will have the opportunity to work towards attaining their Bronze Award throughout the remainder of the year. It is not too late if students are still interested in joining they can speak with Mr Foura or Ms Hall.

Sam Foura

Head of Year 9

Year 9 Asian Studies Expo

On Wednesday morning on the 17 April the Year 9 Community gathered to celebrate the work of the Asian Studies students this year. Students presented content from the modern and ancient empires from countries as diverse as Indonesia to India, Iraq to Vietnam. There was plenty of food on offer, with a highlight being Chay’s Thai Chili and Rice! A shout out to James Cameron for his amazing sculpture of a Chinese medieval sword. 

It was great to have the Japanese and Support classes come join us for the morning – it's always an amazing way for our community to celebrate their work together. Thanks to Liz Hall, Carly Heislers and Alycia James for their hard work to make the day run smoothly.

Year 10 Elephant Ed

Year 10 students are looking forward to their Elephant Ed workshop this Wednesday 3 May during Period 3. Elephant Ed uses youthful, relatable and highly trained

facilitators to deliver workshops on consent, respectful relationships and sexuality education. This upcoming workshop on Safe Sex & STI's is the first of three workshops for Year 10 and assists students to make informed, positive and safe decisions about sexuality, relationships and growing up. Year 10 workshops later in the year cover ‘Inclusivity’ (19 June) and ‘When’s the Right Time?’ (30 October).

Year 12 Uni Tour

We had huge uptake in our Year 12 University Tour day, with 82 students experiencing campus tours at Monash University Clayton and Deakin University Burwood. These tours have given students a taste of campus life, the courses on offer and the facilities at each university. This was a valuable experience for students as they assess their options post Year 12.

VCE Media Excursion

On Wednesday 24 April, the year 11 and 12 VCE media students headed into Melbourne to see the Top Designs exhibition. Top Designs was hosted at the Melbourne Museum, and students were able to see the exemplary work from the 2023 cohort and gain inspiration from their work and folios.

Students then headed down to Federation Square, where they attended the exhibitions at ACME (the Australian Centre for the Moving Image). They were able to engage in arrange of media, from film production and television, to mixed media and video games. There were even some Artificial Intelligence demonstrations, which were terrific to engage with.

Elizabeth Hall & Rebecca Power

Careers Newsletter

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

Key highlights include:

  • Early Entry
  • Pathways
  • Open Days
  • Scholarships
  • Study Tips

Anthea Bennett

Head of Careers


General Excellence Scholarship

Newhaven College is calling for applications for their General Excellence Scholarship for entry into the College in 2025. This will be awarded to applicants in Secondary School at any level who can demonstrate outstanding abilities in one or more of the following fields:

  • Academic
  • Sport
  • Performing Arts (Dance, Drama, Music)
  • Leadership
  • Community Involvement

General Excellence Scholarships are awarded based on application and interview. Applications open Monday 15 April and close Monday 20 May 2024.

General Excellence Scholarship - Application form 2025

Music Scholarship 2025

Music Scholarships are awarded to talented, passionate and dedicated new or existing students of music who demonstrate strong musical potential. The

offer is for students entering Newhaven College in Years 5, 7, 9 and 11 in 2025. Music Scholarships include individual tuition and academic tuition fee reductions for the duration of the student’s enrolment at Newhaven College, subject to satisfactory progress. Students who are passionate and dedicated to music and demonstrate strong

musical potential are encouraged to apply.

Enquiries regarding the Music Scholarship should be directed to Matthew Goss, Head of Music on 5956 7505. Applications open Monday 15 April and close Monday 20 May 2024.

Music Scholarship - Application form 2025

Peter Reith Scholarship 2025

Mr Peter Reith was instrumental in the founding of Newhaven College, before pursuing a career in politics. Peter’s determined efforts saw the school open in 1980.

This scholarship is in recognition of his extraordinary contribution. The Peter Reith scholarship will be awarded to a student who, like Peter, strives to make a positive difference in the world through their actions.

Applications open Monday 15 April and close Monday 20 May 2024.

Peter Reith Scholarship - Application form 2025

Visual & Performing Arts

'Little Shop of Horrors' - Tickets on Sale Now!

Do not miss the event of the year. Get your tickets before they sell out: Little Shop of Horrors Tickets    

Don't miss the chance to witness our talented students bring this classic musical to life on stage.

Inspired by Art

Our Year 8 students have been inspired by harlequin images from the 17th Century in Italy, producing 4 colour lino prints to be transferred to paper as well as a t-shirt. 

Other students chose part of an image of a portrait to transfer to paper. They then have to over work that image with acrylic paints, pen and pencil so the original image blends into the background to create a character.

Sian Adnam

Art Teacher


House Dodgeball

Senior School starts Term Two with a bang!

On Tuesday 16 April all students from Year 9-12 participated in House Dodgeball Competition. With over 350 students in attendance ,the atmosphere was electric.

Each House was divided into Home groups A and B combined and C and D combined. The key rule was that the winning team was the team who had the least amount of people standing on the sidelines. This made for some tactical prowess with some teams going on all out attack whilst others kept their distance to avoid being struck.

Six rounds had passed and two semifinals were set; it would be Clarke vs Bass in the C and D draw and Sambell vs Bass in the A and B draw. Unfortunately for McHaffie they did not manage to get a team into the finals and the Bass team was quickly eliminated in the semis.

The final had arrived: Sambell vs Clarke, an old rivalry - just like the recent Athletics Carnival. Both teams went full out attack and the 300 strong crowd on the sidelines was very vocal. In the end this time Clarke was too good and took the win.

Cameron Pedersen

Sambell House Leader

Archie does it again!

Archie Smyth competed in the State Swimming Championships last week in both backstroke and butterfly. 

He set personal best times in both events, winning the backstroke and coming second in the butterfly. Extraordinary results in both events.

Matt Jackson

PE Teacher

And Olivia does it again!

Thirteen year old Year 8 Student Olivia Curtain has once again represented Newhaven College,with her amazing 13 year old pony Indi’s Mr Zorba Jones. They are the 90cm Intermediate Champions after three days of competition at the Petstock Equestrian Victoria Interschool State Championships 2024 held at Werribee Park Equestrian Centre. For the second year in a row, this combination of rider & pony has one the Interschool State Championship qualifying them for the Nationals held at Tamworth later in the year. This will be the third year in a row they have represented Newhaven College at the Nationals with them finishing Reserve Champion last year. Olivia has sadly outgrown her pony and is now training on larger horses.

Olivia and her family thank Newhaven College for their support with Equestrian Sports & Olivia’s journey, her coach Frida Lingren and Phil Lever from Lever Equestrian and her sponsors Melbourne Brick and Geohex.

Victorian Junior Surfing Titles

In early March, three of our Year 8 students placed a medal finish at Torquay in Round 1 of the Victorian Junior Surfing Titles. 

Evie Lutz - 3rd place

Savannah Bennett - 4th place

Angus Kennedy - 2nd place

They will go on to compete in Round 2 at Mornington Peninsula and Round 3 on Phillip Island over the next couple of months.

Congratulations, well done!

Not to be outdone by the girls, Year 8 students Angus Kennedy placed 2nd in the U14 Boys at the Victorian Junior Surfing Titles last weekend.

(Photos: Surfing Victoria)

Introducing our MTB Trail Building Crew! 

Trail building is an art form. It encourages our students to think outside the box and to exercise those engineering and problem-solving skills while doing something that they truly love. 

Trail building also allows the partnerships between our staff, parents and students to flourish. At Newhaven, we know that mountain biking extends far beyond the lines they ride; it is about building strong communities and sustaining young people into the future. 

More dig days coming up soon. If you’re interested in joining in the fun then we’d love to hear from you!

Watch the video on Facebook.

MTB Team

Newhaven College MTB Flying Frog Pump Track Challenge

On Saturday 25 May, the Newhaven College MTB Team will be hosting the official opening of our Pump Track! This fundraising event will include a Pump Track Challenge and sausage sizzle to raise money for an MTB trailer for excursions and events.

All Newhaven College students, parents and staff are welcome to participate! Details in the poster below.

Community Links

Donate your Bottles and Cans to Cancer Council

Our Year 12 Leadership selected Cancer Council as Newhaven College's charity for 2024. They're grateful for the generosity of our community so far. 

You can help with their fundraising by donating your bottles and cans by using the Newhaven Charity code when recycling. 

It's simple!

When you take your bottles and cans to the recycling depot in your neighbourhood, you can simply scan this barcode or key in the code below.

Thank you!

More information on the Container Deposit Scheme

Trauma Recovery

When children experience trauma, it profoundly disrupts their sense of safety and normalcy, manifesting in significant emotional and behavioural changes. Exposure to a traumatic event can cause young people to experience stress, anxiety, and potential trauma, particularly when the event receives ongoing media coverage. Parents observing their children struggle with trauma's aftermath often find the experience distressing. 

The impact of trauma is unpredictable, and therefore recovery timelines vary widely among young people. Depending on the age of the child, younger children may exhibit regressive behaviours, while older children often show signs of withdrawal and agitation. Parents and carers need to monitor what information their children are accessing and manage their exposure to help minimise emotional distress.

Understanding how trauma affects brain function can help in addressing the psychological aftermath. The brain stores traumatic events as powerful emotional memories, influencing behaviour through mechanisms beyond conscious awareness.

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Contact Newhaven College

Address: 1770 Phillip Island Road, Phillip Island VIC 3923

Telephone: 03 5956 7505 Email: lucy.couper@newhavencol.vic.edu.au

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