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Welcome to Newstead College


2022 Welcome and Covid Information

Newstead College is a senior secondary school for students in Years 11 and 12. Established in 1997, it has modern classrooms, excellent specialist teaching areas and industry standard workshops.

Our facilities include an extensive wired and wireless computer network, photography and art suites, gym, tennis courts and oval, auditorium, recording and dance studios, industrial kitchen, a fully equipped hair salon, woodwork facilities, a construction workshop, well-equipped science laboratories and modern library and study facilities. The friendly size of the College ensures all students have the opportunity to work in smaller classes with highly skilled teachers.

Our curriculum and pedagogy is of the highest quality to maximise academic and social success for every student.

Our teaching focuses on the individual and all students are expected to strive for excellence.

Our student support and transition programs are inclusive of all students’ needs, ensuring students have access to relevant information in a supported adult learning environment.

We place emphasis on both academic and vocational pathways and liaise closely with the University of Tasmania and industry. Many students combine academic subjects with a vocational program. Our experienced enrolment counsellors work with students to select a two year course which will provide opportunities for future careers and aspirations.

Newstead College offers:

  • academic subjects as a pathway to university study
  • subjects offering university accreditation
  • foundation subjects
  • vocational programs
  • study support and tutorial programs
  • enrichment programs
  • student support programs.

Newstead College Life

Bus Transport
Buses travel to Newstead College from all major areas in and around Launceston. Metro buses service the inner suburbs such as Kings Meadows, Prospect, Newnham, Rocherlea, Mayfield, Riverside, Ravenswood, Waverley and St Leonards.

There are also buses from the West Tamar (Legana, Exeter, Rosevears, Deviot and Beauty Point), the East Tamar (Dilston, Hillwood, Mt Direction, George Town and Low Head), as well as Hadspen, Evandale, Devon Hills, Perth and Longford. Students also travel in to Newstead College from Scottsdale, Cressy, Campbell Town and Ross.

In some instances you may need to change buses in the city centre. However, you will be dropped at the front of the College in good time for the start of the first class of the day. During the day, buses regularly travel along Elphin Road to and from the city centre or it is only a 15 minute stroll to town.

There are copies of bus timetables available from the College Office.

Free Parking

There is easy-to-access, safe and free parking facilities for all Newstead College students on the College campus.

ID Cards

Students will be issued with an ID card which must be carried at all times and is used to borrow resources from the Library. You will receive information about ID cards with your enrolment confirmation letter.

Is smoking allowed at the College?

Smoking is not permitted on the College grounds or surrounding streets. It is an offence to smoke on Department of Education property. If students choose to smoke, they must leave the College grounds and streets surrounding the College, no matter what the weather. If you would like assistance to help you give up smoking then please talk to a teacher or one of our Student Support Team members.

Our Good Neighbour Policy

Newstead College is situated in a residential area and it is important that we are respectful of our neighbours. Smoking, littering and loitering are not permitted in the streets surrounding Newstead College. It is also important that you use respectful language, are mindful of your noise levels and do not trespass on neighbours’ property when walking to and from the College.

Student Support

Newstead College is safe, friendly and inclusive and we offer a range of support services to our students. We have a number of specialist staff who can assist students with subject information, career pathways and counselling, personal issues, learning difficulties, information about Centrelink, housing and accommodation services, job opportunities and provide links with or referrals to other key support agencies.

Our support team includes:
• Course Counsellors
• Social Worker
• School Psychologist
• Attendance Counsellor
• Support Group Teachers
• College Police Officers

Student Support Program

Student Support Program is compulsory for all students. This Program assists you to prepare for your life beyond Newstead College and focuses on career planning, goal setting, health and wellbeing issues as well as making wise choices. It connects students with the community and its resources. Activities such as assemblies, guest speakers, whole College events and career expos are all core parts of this Program. Your Support Teacher is a key contact for you at the College, providing pastoral care support, monitoring attendance and making contact with your parents or carers. The Student Support Program is an essential requirement for gaining the TCE and a recognised TASC subject is delivered in this Program, giving you five credit points at Level 2 towards your TCE.

Breakfast Program

Newstead College supports students to start the day well by offering all students a free breakfast in the College cafeteria from 8:15 am - 8:45 am daily. Toast and hot drinks are available.

Tutorial Program

Newstead College is committed to ensuring all students have the opportunity to gain the best possible results and the best chance of success. If you are studying a Level 3 or 4 subject at Newstead College, you will have the opportunity to participate in weekly tutorials. Tutorials are also available for some VET programs. Tutorials provide students with opportunities for extra explanations of the class work, preparation for exams, homework support and exam revision. Teachers will send reminders to parents if students should be attending tutorials.

Careers Program

Newstead College has a Careers Information Centre where students can access information about their career pathway. We also have a guest speaker program, visits by industry and agencies and Career Expos. The Careers Program allows students access to:
• current research and information on career planning;
• a team of teachers with careers training;
• assistance with university application and scholarship support;
• links with UTAS and TasTAFE;
• assistance with resumes;
• assistance with interview preparation;
• information on interstate universities, courses and entrance requirements;
• local job opportunities.

Student Attendance

Student achievement is closely linked with attendance. If you are absent from a class you are missing important subject information which will affect your final results. It is your responsibility to attend all your classes, including Student Support. Attendance is recorded each lesson and SMS text messages will be sent to your parents following an unexplained absence. Printouts of your attendance records are also sent home during each term. If absences occur without a valid explanation, your Student Support teacher or a senior staff member will contact your parents to discuss the reasons for this and aim to put in place measures to improve attendance.

Exemptions for absences are granted for specific purposes as listed below:
• illness – a medical certificate is required after five days of absences;
• death in the family;
• participation in State sporting, academic or cultural events;
• VET work placements;
• college excursions and activities.

You may also be able to get exemptions for personal reasons depending on the circumstances. However, exemptions will not be granted for excuses such as missing the bus or sleeping in. These absences will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’.

College Programs and Activities

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program

This program provides additional support to improve the educational opportunities and outcomes for students who are new residents to Australia. The EAL program provides teacher support according to the needs of the students and offers a range of activities to assist students to feel connected to the College and their studies. Students participate in a specialised English subject, plus three or four other subjects where they are provided with extra teacher assistance.

Learning Support and Programs for Students with Disabilities

Newstead College has a strong commitment to equity and the provision of inclusive education for all students. Students with disabilities have the opportunity to study subjects suited to their interests, goals and abilities. We also provide the following subjects designed to support students with disabilities or additional needs: Everyday Maths, Practical English, Preparing for Work, Community Access and Expression through the Arts (Music). Some of these subjects are not compulsory but they are available if students and their families believe they will be of benefit. The College also provides a supported work placement program to assist transition to employment and adult life.

Flexible Delivery

If you cannot attend day classes because you live in an isolated area or because of illness, you are eligible to enrol in our Flexible Delivery program. If enrolled in Flexible Delivery, you study at home under the guidance of teachers. Students have successfully completed pre-tertiary (Level 3) subjects through Flexible Delivery and have also completed their TCE and attained an ATAR. Enrolment into Flexible Delivery subjects is not automatic, there are education department eligibility criteria for enrolment and you will need to have an interview prior to commencing.

Enrichment Program

At Newstead College, we encourage you to balance your academic program with extra-curricular activities. We offer activities such as debating, sporting opportunities such as netball and futsal, cooking classes or music classes for students to engage in.

Student Leadership Council (SLC)

Our Student Leadership Council allows students an opportunity to have their say and actively represent the student body at forums and College Association meetings. Members of this group host and speak at assemblies, organise activities such as the College Ball and fundraise for the College and local charities.

College leadership will assist students to:
• build friendships, self-esteem and confidence;
• develop communication skills;
• experience opportunities in public speaking and managing events;
• develop team skills and understand the importance of participation;
• demonstrate an awareness of youth issues;
• participate in community events and represent the College.

Sport and Outdoor Education at Newstead College

Newstead College teachers are passionate about providing extra-curricular sport for students. We offer a wide range of sporting opportunities to help you stay fit, improve your skills or be a member of a College sports team. Newstead College is the current Northern Futsal title holder, as well as the reigning Year 11/12 Saturday Netball Premiers. We also have teams that compete in AFL, AFL 9’s (undefeated at the State Championships), basketball, cross-country, Burnie 10 (back to back College Champions), Schools Knockout Athletics, trout fishing, triathlon, surfing, equestrian and mountain biking.

Each term, the SLC, in conjunction with our sports teams, run Staff vs Students events, and we offer futsal, basketball, badminton and weights at lunchtimes in the College gym. Our tennis courts and oval are also available for use during the day.

Our extensive Outdoor Education and Leadership programs offer half-day and full-day trips, as well as overnight and 2 to 3 day camps with activities ranging from walks, to sea kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, rafting and much more.

HPE, Sport and Outdoor Education at Newstead are all great ways to connect with the College community, meet new people and develop leadership and teamwork skills that are highly valued in the workplace.

Interstate and International Trips

Some of the subjects you study may include the opportunity to travel interstate. These interstate trips link with curriculum content and can provide valuable insights into the material being studied and/or assist students to gain a deeper understanding of their intended career paths.

International trips also provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of the world and make connections with course content. International trips are held annually and are generally open to all students.

In 2018, an international trip to Spain and Rome will take place in either the July or October holidays. In 2019, students will have the opportunity to travel to the USA. These trips are open to all Newstead College students.

College Production

Newstead College has staged many outstanding musicals including Dusty, Peter Pan, Godspell, Pippin, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and The Wizard of OZ.

Our 2018 Production of Disenchanted! Gave audiences important messages about body image, gender roles and sexuality in a comedic and entertaining manner. In 2019, Newstead College are proud to present Little Shop of Horrors at The Earl Arts Centre – September 4-8.

Those who love working as part of a team and enjoy acting, singing, dancing, being part of a band or undertaking technical theatre work, this is the subject for you. Students enrol into the Musical Theatre (Production) subject which seeks to build social skills, self-confidence and team skills resulting in a major theatrical production staged in a professional working theatre during Term Three. Production takes up one line of your timetable and includes some holiday and after school rehearsals. By the time the production hits the stage you will have completed well in excess of the usual 150 hours of work involved in a subject. Therefore, when the Production is over you have the option to get involved in some other performing arts projects or you can devote the time to your other subjects, which is especially important if you are studying Level 3 or 4 subjects.

International Students

Newstead College welcomes International Students as a valued part of our diverse and multi-cultural student population. Students from Brazil, China, Germany, France. Chile, Korea, Japan, Britain and Sweden, just to name a few, have all been part of the Newstead community.

Teachers and students from Newstead College’s sister school in China - Jianou No 1 School from the Fujian Provence, complete Study Tours at the College. Likewise Newstead College teachers and students visit Jianou No 1 School.

The College hosts students from Brazil for several months of the year. Students can enrol into any of our extensive range of Year 11 and 12 subjects or programs. There is a particular focus on improving English skills whilst also completing a number of educational and sightseeing excursions across the state.

We also host other groups of international students for Study Tours. In 2017, this includes a group from France. Students are integrated into day classes and are able to experience a range of subjects whilst working alongside local students.

These are valuable cultural experiences for both our local students and our visiting students, and are particularly beneficial in some of our Language, Foods and English classes. Students often make lifetime friends from across the globe.

If you are an international student, we can provide you with a rich, high quality and enjoyable learning experience in a welcoming, safe, supportive and friendly environment. You can improve your English language skills whilst you focus on your academic pathway. We will provide extra tutorial assistance in English as well as your other subjects. You will also be offered extra-curricular opportunities to view our lovely state and enjoy the social and cultural life offered here at Newstead College and in Tasmania.

Student Accommodation - Newstead Residence

The Newstead Student Residence is located next door to Newstead College. The Residence provides accommodation for students from the East Coast and North East Central Tasmania undertaking Year 11 and 12 studies at Newstead or Launceston College. The Newstead Residence aims to provide students living and studying away from home for the first time, with a safe, supportive and friendly environment. The Residence provides a marvellous opportunity to experience life as an independent young adult. Students are responsible for their own meal preparation and cleaning of the unit with an emphasis on being a good neighbour.

The Residence has a shared accommodation arrangement and caters for 50 students. It is comprised of 12 self-contained, fully furnished and equipped three, four and five bedroom units which accommodate all male or all female students. Each student has their own bedroom and study with a shared lounge, bathroom and toilet. The lounge is fully furnished and the kitchen is equipped with white goods, cooking equipment, crockery, cutlery etc.

Facilities provided at the Newstead Residence include a study room with ten networked computers including email and internet access and a common room with recreational facilities. The common room provides students with an area to relax and socialise. Recreational activities include: an eight ball table, small air hockey table, large television and DVD player. A laundry with coin operated washing machines and dryers, as well as a clothes line are provided.

Residents stay for either a five day period, from Sunday night through to and including Thursday night or a full seven day period if circumstances warrant, e.g. Flinders Island students.

To be eligible for selection students must be:

• A rural or isolated student from the East Coast, or North East of Tasmania (including Flinders Island).
Selection is based on distance from Launceston. Students from these areas will take priority over
students from other areas of Tasmania including the NW Coast and Hobart.
• A full-time student enrolled in Year 11 or 12 at Newstead College or Launceston College. Year 11 and
12 students take priority over Year 13.
• 16 years to 19 years of age.
• Have independent living skills – capable of cooking, cleaning, attending to personal hygiene, following
hostel routines/rules and maintaining appropriate social relationships with other residents.