02 August 2019
Week 3.2 - Issue 11
From the Principal
Dean of Studies
Deputy Principals
Academic Excellence
Student Success
Indonesian Immersion
Pastoral Care
Social Media
Climate Canons
Term 3 
St Norbert College
(08) 9350 5433
135 Treasure Road
Queens Park, Western Australia, 6107



Loving Lord inspire me to be welcoming and generous in my attitude to others, showing individuals that they matter and are important. May I make a difference to someone in my part of the world today.


St Norbert, pray for us


From the Principal

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, Staff and Friends of St Norbert College,

It seems so long ago that the term started but, in reality, it was a little over one week ago. Perhaps in a school setting time flies by when you’re having fun and are busy and engaged. And we definitely have been here at St Norbert College.


Our Staff Professional Development Day last Monday (pictured above) was highlighted by sessions which continue to develop in our staff, as part of our College Strategic Plan 2019 – 2021, an understanding of student learning needs and the teaching strategies that best address these needs. The focus for the morning session was a growing awareness of the uniqueness of education, for our students with English as an additional language or dialect. During this terrific presentation by our experienced staff, we all witnessed video messages from some of our EAL/D students and our thanks go to these students for sharing their thoughts and experiences of Australian school life for them.

Please view our College Strategic Plan 2019–2021 on our website:


We were delighted to welcome Associate Professor Clive Walley of the Whadjuk people, who is also the current Director of Indigenous Education and a member of the Aboriginal Health Team at Notre Dame University in Fremantle. Professor Walley shared his own story and great insights into the potential pathways that a quality education, like that offered at St Norbert College, can have for all of our students including those of Aboriginal background.


The last session was a reinforcement of the day’s message that, as staff in Catholic schools, it is incumbent that we look beyond the superficial, always respectful of backgrounds, uniqueness, needs and talents and endeavour to utilise these as strengths in building an optimal learning environment for all of our students.


I’m sure all would agree that our students are extremely talented in so many ways and Catholic Arts, which includes the Catholic Performing Arts Festival and the Angelico Arts Exhibition, are wonderful displays of these talents. Such special events are a major feature of this term, involving more than 21,000 students in Catholic schools in Western Australia. For the first time in the Festival’s 30-year history, we welcome a Sacred Choral ensemble from the Kururrungku Catholic Education Centre at Billiluna Station in the Kimberley, nearly 3,000 kilometres from Perth. 

The Festival commenced with the Opening Mass at Saint Mary’s Cathedral and I would like to acknowledge Grace Edmonds in Year 7 (pictured above) who delivered the First Reading with great poise, eloquence and faith-filled spirit. On Sunday was the Orchestral Mass, also at Saint Mary’s Cathedral, where a number of our senior Choral and music students along with Mr Beins, joined the Cathedral Choir to share in a warm, spiritual and invigorating celebration of the Eucharist. I was  privileged to witness our student contributions on both occasions and was enormously proud of their involvement.


I would like to acknowledge Mr David Yeoh who joined our community as our new College Psychologist. Mr Yeoh previously worked at the Autism Association of Western Australia and we are very fortunate that he has joined us at Saint Norbert College. We also welcome Miss Celeste Haji-Ali as part of the Cadet Teacher program through a joint partnership between Catholic Education WA and the Federal Government. We look forward with enthusiasm to the contributions and membership of both Mr Yeoh and Miss Haji-Ali in our community.


A very special event coming soon is our annual NAIDOC assembly, a highlight of this school term for us, taking place at the College on Wednesday 14 August. We are also very excited to be in a position this year to acknowledge the contribution of our Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal students in Basketball with a showcase of talent on display at lunchtime in an Indigenous uniform designed by Lachauntae Eades (Year 9). The new uniform will be unveiled in full at the NAIDOC assembly, sporting the logo (pictured above) which is also based on Lachauntae's drawings. I warmly invite all Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal families who have the time to join us, for our special NAIDOC assembly at 9am and then the All-Stars Basketball game at 1pm, both in the Fr Peter O’Reilly Centre.


In conclusion, in all of our busy-ness and engagement, we are determined to demonstrate that here within our St Norbert College community, we are all of one mind and one heart.


“We stand together united as one people;
proud of our ability to work together;
grateful for our gifts;
nourished by our diversity and our harmony...”


God bless.

Mr S Harvey (Principal)

New Flags – Special thanks


I would like to make special mention of Ms Wilkinson (mother of Kyle Wilkinson-Dinnie in Year 8) who, through her work with Senator, the Honourable Linda Reynolds, has gifted the College new Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. We very much appreciate this kind gesture.

Dean of Studies

Preparation for adulthood – Academic Success


In a previous newsletter, reference was made to Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University and the author of “How to Raise an Adult” and a belief in the importance of chores and helping around the house. The belief that helping around the house provides a foundation for academic, employment and career success is important to consider for building and maintaining a work ethic. In the book Ms Lythcott-Haims discusses the common-held perception that Millennials do not have a work ethic (held predominantly by their predecessors) while also arguing that in fact, a majority of Millennials do in fact have a work ethic and a willingness to try their best. A contentious point is raised in that the previous generations may have in fact contributed to the mindset that is so often attributed to the Millennials.

Another dangerous assumption is the “I have a test” mindset, whereby parents will wait upon the child hand and foot as they are incapable without the intervention of the parents. Ms Lythcott-Haims states (pp.199 - 200): “Extracurricular activities, tests and homework are important, but equally important is that we teach our children the skills and values that come from doing chores. Through chores they will learn responsibility for contributing to the work of the household or the team; autonomy in handling tasks; accountability to meet a deadline and a particular level of quality; determination to get a job done well; perseverance when challenges are met and the value of taking the initiative instead of waiting to be asked.”

And so Lythcott-Haims expands on this to argue that even if the child’s effort is not needed to ensure the smooth running of the home, they must contribute, know how to contribute and feel the rewards of contributing in order to understand the value of working hard when they head out into the workplace and the community.

With our understanding of this, we can look to how these capabilities that are achieved through helping at home translate to school and homework and study in particular. Performing to the best of our academic ability requires a responsible approach to school work; personal responsibility to use the time well and attend to deadlines; perseverance when learning is challenged and a value in taking the initiative to see assistance. Therefore, whether the goal is for university entry, a vocational pathway or to just gain employment, initiative, responsibility and reliability will be required.

The earlier the helping at home begins, the greater the chances for success in adulthood.


Academic Achievement (Semester One)


The College is pleased to recognise the students that demonstrated outstanding effort in Semester One. Recently, these students were presented with their awards  for Academic Distinction and/or Ad Omnia Paratus.


The point system was introduced in 2016 to calculate Academic Distinctions in Years 8 – 10, and takes into consideration the stream that a student is studying, and for Year Seven students achieving a majority of ‘A’ grades with no grades less than a ‘B’ (E.g. Minimum of ‘A’ and ‘B’ grades).

The Ad Omnia Paratus Award is awarded to students achieving a minimum 85 per cent of ‘Excellent’ in the working attributes for each subject. Congratulations to the following students on their achievement and effort:


Year 7

Ad Omnia Paratus: Sarah Abood; Agna Aji; Sienna Bien; Jia Ying Chen

Academic Distinction: Sienna Bien; Alyssandra Briggs; Maygen Brosztl; Talia Cappelluti; Melissa Catalano; Jia Ying Chen; Taylah Creighton; Daniel Hanish; Suzannah Jeeves; Jessica Le Dain; Angelica Massoud; Minh Nguyen; Eva Paterson; Katie Seroney; Cadence Smythe


Year 8

Ad Omnia Paratus: Sharie Fernandez

Academic Distinction: Mary Carter; Darcy Eyre; Sophie Griffiths; Isabella Hulm; Jonathon Le; Judyth Nawa; Anthony Paradiso; Anetka Pastuszak; Taine Rangitoheriri; Matthew Sanchez; Lexi Satti; Riley Suckling; Jeann Valdez; Kira Willis


Year 9

Academic Distinction: Ashleigh Bell; Nishnata Chalisey; Chanmollika Chhim; Elijah Edmonds; Holly Giles; Audrey Lee; Maleesha Meegamarachchi; Shanette Ndossi; Jaslina Pereira; Caitlin Pettersen; Kathleen Porter; Guntaas Ranu; Ayden Ratnasekera; Varum Shivnani


Year 10

Ad Omnia Paratus: Arielle Chant; Keisha Desmond; Danika Hampson; Anushka Kotian; Isioma Onyemgba; Tegan Reder; Matilda Seroney

Academic Distinction: Keisha Desmond; Shenae Hartree; Danika Hampson; Anushka Kotian; Matilda Seroney; Arielle Chant; Isioma Onyemgba; Nicole Vlahov; Jordan-Blaze Lightbourn; Connor Le Dain; Sydney Midgeley; Aixin Oppelaar; Max Patriarca; Zeta Stevens; Joseph Constantino; Tiana Suckling


Year 11

Academic Distinction: Jade Cooper; Haggai Girsang


Year 12

Ad Omnia Paratus: Jorja Belli; Aldric Ratnasekera

Academic Distinction: Jorja Belli; Mikayla Farrelly; Joshua Goadby-Cox; Dermott Marovac; Aldric Ratnasekera

Seijo Exchange – Assistance required

The College has a warm and long-lasting relationship with Seijo School in Japan and we are again seeking support from families in the St Norbert College community to assist with hosting visiting students from Seijo School in Term Three.

We are in urgent need of two families that may be willing to host female students, and we encourage you to contact Mr Anthony Godden at the College if you are able to assist. This is an opportunity to provide an Australian cultural experience for overseas students and build mutual friendships between our students and the Seijo students.

Curtin University Scholarships (2020)


Scholarships are now open for Year 12 students who wish to study at Curtin University in 2020.


1.  John Curtin Scholarship Program

This program is for students in the top 5% of the College’s graduating year who can demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities and engagement in community service. The program includes the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship and the Julia Gillard Women in Leadership Scholarship. The application form may be downloaded from the Curtin University Scholarships website. The closing date for these applications is Wednesday 18th September, 2019.


2.  Principal's Recommendation Award

Western Australian secondary school principals may nominate two students based on any of the criteria listed on Curtin University Scholarships website. The nomination form is to be completed by the closing date of Friday 8th November, 2019.


3.  Other scholarship opportunities

Curtin University is also offering a number of merit and financial need based scholarships for 2020. These scholarships close on Friday 15th November 2019. Please note that if students are shortlisted for more than one scholarship or award, they will be offered the scholarship or award of the highest value. 


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Scholarships Office at

OLNA Workshops
(Year 10 – 12)

Literacy workshops for OLNA practice will be held to prepare students who are sitting the OLNA (Round 2) assessments in Week Eight. The workshops will run on Thursday mornings (8:00am – 8:30am) in Room C2 for the following:

  • Reading Workshop: Thursday 8 August & Thursday 22 August
  • Writing Workshop: Thursday 15 August & Thursday 29 August

Please email Mrs Johnson if you would like to confirm a place at these workshops.

ATAR Revision Seminars – Parent Committee subsidy


A reminder that the St Norbert College Parent Committee offers subsidies to any Year 12 who attends a revision seminar. If you attended a seminar during the break, please pay and then return your receipt to the College and you will receive the $20 subsidy. Please note that the subsidy applies to workshops completed through Revise Online -


Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Deputy Principals

Subject Selection Year 12, 2020

All students in Year 11 are reminded that they need to complete the subject choices for 2020 using SSO. Forms are now overdue. Please ensure they are completed, printed, signed and returned as soon as possible.

Home Study Days

A reminder to parents and students that Friday 23 August and Monday 26 August are Home Study days.


Parents/guardians are reminded to call the College before 8:45am if your child is going to be absent for the day. A written note or medical certificate is still required on their return.

Parent/Student Seminar: Road Safety

The Parent Committee has secured an excellent guest speaker, Mr Rob Pike, for a presentation based around choices and their consequences on Tuesday 13 August from 7pm at the Br Patrick Forum. The presentation is more than a road safety message and is highly recommended for BOTH parents/guardians and students; particularly those who are gaining their independence on the roads. Students in Year 10 are completing their Keys for Life during Health Education classes and this presentation would complement the course. RSVP to by Monday 12 August for catering and seating purposes.  If you have not attended a Parent Seminar previously, this is the one to attend!

See flyer attached



Parent Committee- Celebrating Our Dads

Following the overwhelming response to our previous parent breakfasts, the Parent Committee is hosting a breakfast on Friday 6 September.


Students are asked to bring their dads or significant male figure to come and enjoy a free light breakfast and coffee in the Xanten Performing Arts Foyer (new venue) from 7:30-8:30am. RSVP by Friday 30 August indicating the names of those attending. See flyer attached.

Ms S Rainford (Deputy Principal - Years 7,9,11)

Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews

Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews were held at the College on Wednesday 31 July. As many as 1015 interviews took place between teachers and families which reflects the great importance that both parents and the College place in meeting to discuss student progress. Opportunities such as the Parent/Student/Teacher interviews are essential as it emphasises the three-way partnership that must exist for students to get the most of their time here at St Norbert College. Through regular communication, parents and teachers can work together to ensure that students are making the most of their educational opportunities

Year 10 Subject Selection

The Year 10 subject selection process is drawing to a close with students having until 9am on Monday morning to finalise their selections. By this time, all students are required to have selected a pathway that they have been accepted into studying – either by achieving the Minimum Entry Requirements or be being granted permission by the Head of Learning Area to study the course.


The final step in this process occurs this coming Tuesday, 6 August when we conduct the Year 10 Subject Selection Interviews. These commence at 3.30pm and will be held in the BP Forum. Families have already been given their appointment details at the Year 10 Parent Information Evening last term, however, the list of interview times will be published next Monday morning for Year 10 students to confirm their appointment time. Both the student and a parent are required to attend the evening as there is important paperwork that needs to be completed at the interview.


Mr P Hawke (Deputy Principal - Years 8,10,12)

Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence Program Year 7-9


Today marked the beginning of the Academic Excellence Program for Semester Two. There were many familiar faces in the group but also some new ones, all eager to embark on the journey of discovery. The big challenge for them this term is to work together as a team and share their talents to find a solution one of the Tournament of Minds Challenges. We wish them well in their endeavours.


Mrs L Cardenia (Academic Excellence Coordinator )



Photo: by Olivia Bell - Year 11

Student Success

Photo: by Olivia Bell - Year 11

 Olivia Bell, Felicity Plewright


I attended an exhibition gala event at St George’s Cathedral in central Perth last week where two of our students had works selected for the show. This annual event showcases the talent of secondary art students’ works from across the state and all school systems. Every year I am astounded by the skill, the imagination and the vision our teenagers bring to these events. Our two representatives, Olivia Bell (Year 11) and Felicity Plewright (Year 12) were equal to the best on show. Attached is a photograph of Olivia Bells’ painting The Orange Barrier. Coming soon is our next major exhibition event, the Angelico Art Awards. These prestigious awards will be held at the Forrest Centre, Adelaide Tce between August 19–30. The exhibition is open to the public and is always well worth a look.

Ms A Marsh (Visual Art Teacher)



Holly Giles - Year 9 - P5

Congratulations to Year 9 student Holly Giles who has been successful in making two state teams over the school holidays. Holly will be representing the U/18 Western Tigers & Touch Football WA at the National Youth Championships in September at the Sunshine Coast.

Shortly after, Holly will travel to Canberra in October and represent the SchoolSport WA in the U/15 Touch Rugby team at the School Sport Australia Championships.


A fantastic effort and certainly someone to watch in the future.

Mr L Ford (Head of Sport)


Jordan-Blaze Lightbourn - Y10 - X2

Super-fast Year 10 Jordan-Blaze Lightbourn won a trifecta of medals in Malaysia over the holidays - one gold, two silver and three bronze - at the 27th WA Little Athletics International Tour to Kuantan and Kuala Lumpur.

The sprinter and long-jumper achieved a personal best jump of 6.44m to win the gold and his lightning-fast efforts on the track secured silver and bronze in 100m, 200m and relay events contested by WA and Malaysia’s best Under 16s, 15s and 14s athletes.

“I was surprised to win gold,’’ 'JB' said. “I jumped a 30cm PB of 6.44 metres. I started training with a new coach a few weeks ago - she is a Level Four coach and specialises in jumps – so that helped.’’

The SNC multiple Sport Award winner and ACC All Star has lost count of the number of medals he has at home since taking up Little Athletics six years ago at the age of nine.


You’ll see JB in action at the upcoming InterHouse Athletics Carnival at Ern Clarke, running and jumping for Xanten.

                                                     Mrs L Quartermain (Community Relations)


Laceyanne Clemmence - Year 10 - X1 

In week 10, Term 2, Laceyanne Clemmence (Year 10) had the opportunity to attend a workshop run by Sydney Dance Company at All Saints College. Here is her recount of the week:


For the last week of term 2, I was lucky enough to be able to engage in Contemporary Dance workshops at All Saints College with the Sydney Dance Company. I learnt how to think quick and create improvisation (creating dance on the spot) as well as how to work with other people and their works of improvisation. I also got to learn a few pieces of choreography that was originally performed by the Sydney Dance Company. I was honoured to represent St Norbert College at this event and I encourage others to try different workshops if they too get the opportunity.                                                                                                                                                       Miss L Alban (Dance and Physical Education Teacher)

Indonesian Immersion

Indonesian Immersion

The generosity of the College community in donating to next month's immersion have been wonderful. Please see below the donations required for Term 3.


Week 2 and 3

  •  Toiletries including Hotel sized shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, roll on deodorant, used children’s clothing

Week 4 and 5

  • Tennis balls, small bouncy balls, marbles,  bags of share packets of chocolates

Donations can be bought into Student Ministry.


 The donations will be given to the following places while we are at the Immersion :

  • The Smile foundation
  • Sidhi Astu Orphanage
  • Paud Samaritania 2 School
  • Samaritania Rescue Home
  • Cancer House

Thank you for your continued support!


Ms M Kyd (Coordinator of Campus Ministry)



Pastoral Care

Your homework questions answered

Once children start school, homework becomes part of the family routine. Diane Levy answers the questions parents often ask as they navigate the potentially tricky territory of spelling lists, maths worksheets and science projects.


My child has been at school all day, are there any benefits to doing further work at home?

Theories keep changing as to the educational benefits of doing homework. But there are positive benefits for a moderate amount of homework. It reinforces the learning that has been done during the day. The basics of maths and learning to read require a degree of practise that can’t always be done during school hours.


Homework encourages self-discipline, time management, and taking responsibility for yourself – these are all skills that can only be taught by ‘doing’. Homework and projects are also a good chance for parents and children to spend time together – connecting after a busy day, sharing and developing new and common interests, getting closer – and arguing. Yes, it can be a fraught time! But remember, supervising homework is part of parenting and, as with most aspects of parenting, it gives the opportunity for both support and boundaries, closeness and aggravation.


When is the best time to do homework – straight after school or do children need a break first?

If you’re lucky enough to have a child who loves to do their homework straight after school to get it out of the way (there are a few), then by all means let them do that. Other children will need a transition between home and school. They’re usually pretty hungry by the time they get through the door, so feed and water them well. Some parents have the idea that if they have too much afternoon tea they won’t eat their dinner, but a lot of kids don’t eat a lot of lunch at school because they are so busy, so they need a big, healthy afternoon tea. You won’t get much homework out of a ‘hangry’ child.


Another question that’s worth asking is, “Right now, what is the emotional age of your child?” School can take a lot out of our children and we need to be mindful of the effects of a tough day. You may have said goodbye to an eight year old that morning, but it may have been a two year old in an eight year old’s body who came home. You’ll need to nurture them back into an eight year old before they can do any homework.


Think about what they need to get back up to their chronological age. Do they need space?

Do they need time blobbing out or time playing outside? They may need to be allowed to have a bit of a grizzle about their day. Some parents worry that if they talk about the negative school stuff, children will be negative about homework. My take is that if you have negative stuff going on in your brain you need to get it out to an empathetic ear. Let’s get their feelings settled down first so that their brains can begin to function.


We bought a flash new desk and office chair, but can’t get our daughter to stay in her room to do her homework. What can we do to persuade her?

It’s common to hear the advice that children should be given a special, quiet space to do their homework – preferably a desk in their bedroom. This works well for some children and dreadfully for others. Some children work best with noise in the background and the whole family humming around. Others need a quiet space. Not everyone works well at a table – some work better lying on the floor. I think we should make allowances for the kind of children we have.


How can we get our children motivated to do their homework?

Ideally, homework is about mastery rather than seeking a reward. Fuel them with encouragement, rather than offering bribes for completion. “Wow, you nailed it!” and, “This is hard, let’s try again, you can do it!” Give them the support they need, when they need it. (Just a heads up, if they are working hard on writing and ask how to spell a word, that’s the time to tell them how to spell it, not the time to tell them to look it up in the dictionary!).


Think about how you model motivation. Consider turning your mobile phone off during homework time – children don’t do well when their parents are distracted.

If the work looks very different to what homework was like when you were at school (we’re talking maths in particular here), make an appointment to go over some of the basics with the teacher. Most will be very happy to give you a catch-up lesson so you can help your child. It’s a much better alternative to your child seeing you frustrated and hearing any negative comments that may follow.


We seem to start off okay, but homework sessions often seem to end in shouting, and straight-out refusals to finish. How can we change this?

There comes a point where it is absolutely fine to say, “This isn’t working, we need a break.” If a homework session is turning into a nightmare, it’s not worth the relationship damage to keep pushing the limits of both parent and child. Take a 10 minute break and go and kick a ball around outside or do something completely different. For the completely uncooperative child, a 10 minute break might mean they spend the time in their bedroom.


The main question to ask is, “Is this a support issue or a boundary issue?” The chances are you have been told the homework is ‘dumb’ or ‘boring’. That usually means it is too hard (not always, but often). If your child is refusing the homework you need to work out if it is too much, too hard – or if they simply don’t feel like doing it. In all of those scenarios you can enlist the help of the teacher. If it’s too hard, it’s good for the teacher to know, but if there’s a compliance issue it’s good to let the natural consequences play out. “You can stop now, but I will need to let the teacher know that you didn’t feel like finishing.”


Homework is rather like the rest of parenting. Your job is to provide appropriate rest, refreshment, support, encouragement and boundaries. Their job is to do the actual work of learning and practising.


More information on this article can be found at:



The Pastoral Care Team

Social Media

SNC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube

Have you liked our Facebook page? Did you know the College is active on Instagram and Twitter? 
Social media is proving increasingly helpful in keeping the extended College community up to date with the many happenings at SNC – from upcoming events to sporting highlights, student success and the many facets of College life.


With more than 2000 followers, our Facebook page is a great way for the College to share news items, such as the cake stall and barbecue on Interview Day or galleries of pictures such as the Year 9 camp (both shown above).

Look out for our Media Team’s Instagram posts at the upcoming Interschool Athletics Carnival. Find out more about the impending Parent Seminar featuring inspirational guest speaker Rob Pike by clicking on our Facebook Events page. Or see what the Canons are up to through the eyes of our Physical Education staff who sometimes even live stream Canons competitions.

The most recent addition to our You Tube Channel was a video about Year 11 and 12 Subject Selection, as told by several Leavers. View the video at and to receive regular updates of College activities simply 'like' or 'follow'  and  and


Mrs L Quartermain (Community Relations)


Climate Canons

2040 Documentary Night

On Tuesday 30 July, 16 enthusiastic students attended a viewing of “2040”, the climate change documentary by filmmaker Damon Gameau who travelled the world in search of new approaches and solutions to global warming (trailer at link The documentary offered the Climate Canons an opportunity to think positively and sustainability about our future and gave us some great ideas to implement at the College. Thank you to Luna Cinemas Leederville for accommodating us and to Ms Isard for driving the bus, Mr Nuske, Ms Marsh and Mrs Coulter for supervision. It was an excellent informative and educational evening.


Miss D Pisconeri (Humanities and Social Sciences Teacher (Geography)

and Science Teacher)



Athletics Training


Athletics season has commenced at the College with a large number of students perfecting their throwing, jumping and running techniques. St Norbert College staff, along with athletics coaches Lisa Hopkins and Ben Catley are helping students improve and achieve their goals. Training times are below. We hope to see you there.


Tuesday afternoon 3.30 - 4.30pm (Girls Only) – Skill development focus with Lisa Hopkins (Athletics Coach) – Free Canons waterbottle for the first 15 students attending

  • These sessions are designed for girls to ‘have a go’ and more of an introduction to athletics.

Wednesday afternoon 3.30 - 4.30pmAll students

  • Long Jump, High Jump, Hurdles, Javelin

Friday morning 7.30 - 8.30amAll students -  with Ben Catley – running coach –

  • Discuss, shot put, 100m, 200m, 400, 800m, 1500m


Mr L Ford (Head of Sport)


Basketball Carnival win

Hot off the press:  Just a short while ago, the Year 7/8/9 Girls Basketball Team put up a great fight against Rossmoyne Senior High school and - in extra time - took the win! Given the result, the girls won the SSWA Basketball Carnival and will be competing again later on in the term. Go Canons!

Ethan McShane (Year 12)


Mathematics - Holiday Workshop


During the winter break, we had (17) Year 12 and (18) Year 11 Mathematics Methods students attending the Workshop on 11 and 12 July. Key content of the course was revised in the first half of the session and focused on the skills required to answer exam questions during the latter half. It was beneficial for both year groups as it created an awareness to improve their study techniques and also boost their confidence and motivation in answering an exam.


Comments from students who attended these workshops:


I along with some of my peers was given the opportunity to attend a workshop run by Mrs Miranda. The workshop focused on reviewing the contents of Semester One Mathematics Methods having a strong focus calculus. To begin with, Mrs Miranda worked her magic and covered more than four months of content within an hour and a half, going through all the differentiation rules, differentiating trigonometric functions, applications of differentiation, integration and integration applications. The next couple of hours were spent covering the previous exam and learning how to rectify mistakes. Overall It was an extremely valuable day. Once again and I’m definitely not alone in saying this would like to thank Mrs Miranda for giving up her free time and running the workshop.                                           Millenium Paneru (Year 12)                                                                                       


Several Mathematics Methods students gathered to revise and consolidate their knowledge of Semester One concepts and go through their exams. At this workshop, we were provided with many, many past exam papers which motivated us to use our brains in this time of post-exam laziness. Thanks to this opportunity to keep our minds mathematically fit, I believe many of us have gained confidence to do well in the upcoming end of year exams. Thank you so much to Ms Miranda for giving us time from your holiday to help us revise the Semester One content.                                                              Yen Ngo (Year 11)  



The Year 11 Mathematics Methods Workshop on 12 July co-ordinated by Mrs Miranda was a great opportunity for students to revise Unit 1 content in the course in order to improve their results in the future. The workshop involved developing our maths skills, such as learning how to 'tackle' exam-style questions by being able to apply the same concepts in different ways. We are grateful to Mrs Miranda for offering her time and support during the school holidays.

Emereen Moratalla (Year 11)



The Year 12 Mathematics Workshop was extremely beneficial for my understanding and study of the topic. It deepened my understanding of various topics taught throughout the first semester while teaching new ways of tackling the questions. The day was greatly helpful to the Year 12 class, thanks to Mrs Miranda and Mrs Cardenia. It was an enriching experience that I would highly recommend to others wanting to achieve high scores.

Shakira Surin (Year 12)



The workshop was beneficial to all of the Year 12s who attended. Apart from offering an opportunity for revision and exam practice in a shared and classroom setting, it also exemplified the importance of studying quality over studying quantity. Mrs Miranda structured the session in a way which demonstrated that we were all capable of completing our methods exams to a high standard - much higher than we might expect - providing a source of added confidence for our next exams.                                                                               Tallulah Armenti (Year 12)



The holiday workshop could not be any better. Previously before the workshop, I was unable to understand and complete complex math problems that are seen in semester exams and tests. However, when it came to the workshop, our teacher, Mrs Miranda, gifted the class with the knowledge and skills that were required to solve various mathematic problems. I am definitely looking forward to the next workshop and encourage fellow students to join as it can enhance your knowledge of math and be prepared for all good works.     

                                                                                                     Patrick Osias (Year 11)                

Mrs M Miranda (Head of Learning Area - Mathematics)


Match Report


Term 3 

Uniform Shop

Mondays 8.30am – 11.30am
Thursdays 1.00pm – 4.00pm


NEW: St Norbert College Towel Ponchos

$40 available from the Uniform Shop 

Mrs R Kelly (Uniform Shop)

Entertainment Book

St Norbert College is selling the Entertainment Books again this year with proceeds to going towards St Joseph’s Primary school.

The books are $70 each and you can purchase either a hard copy (available at College Reception) or the digital version by clicking on the link  

Order page:


Mrs A Hughes (Principal’s Executive Assistant and Enrolment Officer)

Helping you become a more effective parent


Lost Property

There are a large number of items currently in the lost property boxes located upstairs in the ORC. Items include tracksuit jackets, running shoes, school shoes, towels, goggles, school shirt, jumpers, canons basketball uniform, socks and hats.


Please feel free to come up and have a look through the items if you are missing something.


Mr M Price (Head of Health & Physical Education)

Year 10 Immunisations

Thank you to all the Year 10 students and parents for returning the signed forms at the end of Term Two. 

We still have a number of forms outstanding however and these families have been emailed about this. Copies of Immunisation Forms can be collected from the Front Office. To save the nurses needing to call you on the day, could you please return the forms as soon as possible.


The Year 10 students will receive their immunisations during Week 3 of this term on Thursday 8 August. On this day the students can wear their full College Tracksuit with their House Shirt, please ensure that correct footwear is worn (refer to the College Diary for more details). If the FULL sports uniform cannot be worn students must wear their normal winter uniform.


If you have any questions or concerns please email me at:


Mr B McGrath (Head of House - Premontre)

Heard any alumni news lately?


Norbertus, the St Norbert College alumni magazine, would love to hear any news about former students: engagements, weddings, births, graduations, promotions, sporting achievements, travels, reunions, catch-ups… Photographs and details gratefully accepted.

Please email

VacSwim 2019

You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons for the October school holidays. 


With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s important your children are safe in the water.


Programs are available for children from five to 17 years and cater to all skill levels – from beginners to those doing their Bronze Medallion. They are being offered at pool venues across the State.


Enrol your children in VacSwim now at



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  • Tuesday 6 August - Year 10 Subject Selection Interviews, BP Forum, 3.30pm-7.00pm
  • Tuesday 13 August - Parent Committee Seminar, BP Forum, 7pm
  • Friday 16 August - Interhouse Athletics Carnival, Ern Clark Athletics Centre
  • Friday 23 August - Home Study Day
  • Monday 26 August - Home Study Day
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