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 and Beauty Point), the East Tamar (Dilston, Hillwood, George Town and Low Head), as well as Deloraine, Westbury, Hagley, Carrick, Hadspen and Evandale, Perth and Longford. Students also travel in to Newstead College from Scottsdale, Cressy, Campbell Town and Ross.

During the day, buses regularly travel along Elphin Road to and from the city centre, or it is only a ten-minute stroll to the city centre.

Bus timetables are available from:

• The College Office
• Transport Services: transport.tas.gov.au
• Metro Tasmania: metrotas.com.au (try the Trip Planner)
• Kinetic: wearekinetic.com
• Manions’ Coaches: manionscoaches.com.au
• Jack’s Bus Service: jacksbusservice.com.au

Free parking

There are 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 mailed to your home address in December.

Is smoking allowed at the College?

  • It is an offence to smoke or vape on Department for Education, Children and Young People (DECYP) property.
  • Smoking is not permitted on the College grounds or surrounding streets.
  • It is illegal for a person under 18 years of age to smoke/vape.
  • If students choose to smoke, they must leave the College grounds and streets surrounding the College, no matter what the weather.

For more information, please visit the DECYP website. If you would like assistance to help you give up smoking then please talk to a teacher or one of our Wellbeing 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, including nature strips, when walking to and from the College.

Breakfast Club

Join the Wellbeing Team for a free breakfast. Students can help themselves to toast and hot drinks in the College Cafeteria, free of charge every day from 8.30 am to 9 am. Microwaves and sandwich presses are also avaliable for student use in the Caff at all times.

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.

Attendance (Every minute counts!)

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 each term.

Exemptions for absences, which will be noted as ’authorised’, are granted for specific purposes such as:

  • Illness – a medical certificate is required for long term illness
  • Bereavement
  • Participation in state or national sporting, academic or cultural events.

You may also be able to get exemptions for personal reasons depending on the circumstances. Exemptions will not be granted for excuses such as missing the bus, sleeping in or for appointments that can be made outside class time. These absences will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’.

If absences occur without a valid explanation, your Student Support Teacher or an Assistant Principal will contact your parents to discuss the reasons and aim to put in place measures to improve your attendance.

Natasha, Newstead College’s Engagement Officer, works with students who have prolonged unexplained or unauthorised absences. Natasha can provide individual support and also works with students’ families to discuss the options available for students to engage with learning either at the College or with alternative educational or training providers.