Principal – Call for Expressions of Interest

The Academy is seeking an outstanding educator and leader as its foundation Principal.

The person we seek will be committed to the principles of classical education, dedicated to the promotion and growth of the Academy, responsive to the call of traditional Catholic liturgical piety and doctrine and motivated by the ideal of cultivating students to live as well-rounded persons.

The Newman Academy will commence classes in 2020 (pending registration) for girls and boys initially at primary levels with further plans to develop secondary levels incrementally in succeeding years, eventually offering classes to year 12.

The Newman Academy’s Vision and Mission is published here.

Enquiries: Fr Glen Tattersall, Parish Priest, the Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman, Caulfield in Melbourne, tel +61-3-9532 7771, email

Expressions of interest attaching a CV should be submitted to:

The Secretary
Newman Academy Ltd
233 Balaclava Road
Caulfield North VIC 3161

Or by email to:
by Friday 13 September 2019.

The Newman Academy is an independent Classical school commencing in 2020 (subject to the approval of the Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority, or VRQA). Students will benefit from the riches of a classical education, and receive sound instruction and formation in the faith, morals and worship of the Catholic Church.

The school aims not only to communicate a certain body of knowledge to its students, but to form them to think well, and live virtuously. This is summed up in the Academy’s motto: “Veritas vos liberabit” ("the Truth will set you free” - John 8:32).

The immersion of its students in the Latin liturgical tradition is central to the Newman Academy’s mission, with the study of Latin and Sacred Music (especially Gregorian Chant) being part of the core curriculum.

Details of the Newman Academy

Why the Newman Academy?

The Academy takes as its patron Blessed John Henry Newman (to be canonised on 13th October this year), Catholic convert, priest, and Cardinal. Newman was an outstanding scholar (a classicist and theologian), and founder of a Catholic University in Dublin. In his “Idea of a University”, Newman sketched his ideal of a classical and Catholic education, forming the whole person - mind and heart - on the principles of both faith and reason. He advanced the ideal of a liberal education (forming the free man in Christ), at the same time firmly opposing the “liberalism” of his day.

Year Levels

Subject to VRQA approval, the Academy will commence in 2020 as a co-educational school from Prep to Year 6. It is proposed to expand one year at a time thereafter, until it provides schooling to Year 12 and the VCE.


The school will be located at a well-provisioned facility in Caulfield North.


The school will be governed by the Board of Newman Academy Ltd, a company limited by guarantee.

Statement of Philosophy

Our Vision and Mission

  • Newman Academy develops the next generation of leaders by equipping students with the accrued wisdom of Western Civilisation via a classical education and a deep engagement with the Catholic tradition.
  • Newman Academy has a priority focus on producing well-rounded citizens with vision and ability rooted in a deep cultural confidence that enables students to take up leadership roles in shaping Australia’s future.
  • Each child experiences a supportive, stimulating and challenging learning environment where students are encouraged both to think well and live well.

Our Vision in Practice


A curriculum of subjects complying with national standards is delivered through the classical education prism of the Trivium and the Quadrivium. During each of these educational stages the student focuses on the foundational elements of the stage whilst applying them to the particular subject at hand.

1. Trivium: a method for structuring the foundational learning of young minds based on language.
a. Grammar: The art of combining symbols to create meaning. In this stage the child focuses on phonics, etymology and grammar, which equip the child with a deeper understanding of language and its intrinsic meaning and history. This lens is also applied to all other subjects at this stage.
b. Logic: The art of thinking. In this stage the focus is on the formulation of arguments, the logic that underpins arguments and a practiced understanding of the Socratic method, all of which enriches the critical thinking skills of the child.
c. Rhetoric: The art of communication. This stage represents the formal application of the previous two stages and develops a child’s ability to persuade in writing and in speech, conforming language and logic to circumstance. This is also where appreciation for countervailing views and differing approaches is fostered.

2. Quadrivium: A Latin concept meaning “the four ways”. Whereas the Trivium deals with language the Quadrivium deals with the thinking skills that cover the world of Mathematics, Science and the Arts.
a. Number: The art of arithmetic. This stage develops the child’s affinity with numbers and skill with mental arithmetic.
b. Geometry: This stage takes the numeracy of the child and advances the student’s mind to mathematical concepts that govern shape, size, relative position of figures and the properties of a space.
c. Music: Otherwise referred to as harmonics, this stage introduces the child to the world of music from a mathematical perspective with a focus on how the number relationships within music produce harmony and discord and the meaning that underpins beauty.
d. Cosmology: This stage relates to the scale and vastness of space, the movement of celestial bodies and advanced equations governing our understanding of the cosmos.

Students are gradually introduced to these stages of education at an age-appropriate pace, and continually revisit and solidify earlier stages at each new subject they study.


Newman Academy cultivates each student’s unique identity through an engagement with the Catholic tradition. There should be no conflict between faith and reason. Indeed, “faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth” (Encyclical letter Fides et Ratio, Pope St. John Paul II, 1998.)

Newman Academy is:

1. Inspired by a supernatural vision: Understanding that almighty God is the creator of all things, we seek to encourage and engender a deep love of God in the hearts of our students so that they may grow to love, honour and serve God in their lives.
2. Grounded in a Christian anthropology: Recognising that each child is made in God’s image and has a transcendent destiny we respect the dignity of the human person as a child of God and seek to fully develop the best aspects of human nature by focussing on Jesus as both model and means of holiness.
3. Animated by communion and community: We seek to foster cooperation and teamwork amongst all involved from students and parents through to teachers and the broader Catholic community.
4. Imbued with a Catholic vision throughout the curriculum: Our classical curriculum is infused and integrated with a Catholic vision that is in dialogue with other world views. This ultimately promotes a) a passion for the truth and an appreciation of differing views, and b) faith, culture and life in a way that is unique to the Catholic tradition.
5. Sustained by Gospel witness: We seek to promote Christian values in all staff and students by a code of behaviour modelled on Jesus Christ.

Applications for Enrolment (subject to VRQA approval)

The enrolment policy of Newman Academy can be found here.

Those wishing to send their children to the Academy are asked to download and complete the form below and return to Newman Academy Ltd, 233 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield North 3161.

Enrolment Form

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