Our Vision and
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
- 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
- Each child experiences a
supportive, stimulating and challenging learning environment
where students are encouraged both to think well and live
Our Vision in Practice
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.
Trivium: a method for structuring the foundational
learning of young minds based on language.
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.
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.
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
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.
Number: The art of arithmetic. This stage develops the
child’s affinity with numbers and skill with mental arithmetic.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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