As our senior students prepare to leave for study, exams, work and service that lie beyond school days,
St Norbert, pray for us.
As our senior students prepare to leave for study, exams, work and service that lie beyond school days,
St Norbert, pray for us.
The time of this newsletter marks a very important date and milestone in the lives of our current Year 12 students. Of course I speak of the Graduation events for the Class of 2017. This group of wonderful young people have made fantastic contributions to the St Norbert College community and it is always with some sadness that we farewell our students at the end of their time with us.
In speaking at the Graduation assembly today, I addressed the fact that at the end of their time in a Catholic school, generally students won’t recall much about its facilities, but they will remember the people. It is our hope that our students will remember the engagement that they have had with the Norbertines, the teaching and non-teaching staff, their fellow students and members of the wider College community.
I take this opportunity to reiterate a message from my address at our Graduation Assembly this morning in thanking the staff, parents and families, friends and fellow students who have played such an important role in helping our Year 12 students get to this point today.
I would like to thank a number of parents who graciously and generously gave up their own time to assist with the supervision of our Year 12 College examinations in the second week of the holidays and first few days of term. Our thanks to:
It is my pleasure on behalf of Fr Peter and the College community, to announce and extend congratulations to Mr Rod Dowling on his appointment to the position of Dean of Studies at our College, commencing in 2018. This follows the previous announcement of the appointment of Mrs Sharon Rainford to the Deputy Principal role. Mr Dowling is currently the Head of Year 12 at Aquinas College and comes to St Norbert College with great expertise, enthusiasm and character, coupled with a strong personal faith as a recognised Catholic school leader. We look forward to welcoming Mr Dowling to our community in 2018.
One of the highlights of our College calendar takes place on Tuesday 31 October. The College Presentation Night held at the Perth Concert Hall is a wonderful occasion where we all have the opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the marvellous achievements and be entertained by the tremendous talents of our students. This is a compulsory event in the College calendar, so we look forward to seeing all families in attendance.
As Pope Francis tweeted recently, “Hope is the virtue of the heart that does not close itself in darkness or remain locked in the past, but looks towards the future”. And so, in the week where we officially farewelled our Graduating Class of 2017, we encourage them to look upon the future with hope, and to reminisce of their experiences at our College with joy and happiness. Above all, we encourage them to have faith in God and have faith that, in their time here at St Norbert College, they are all better equipped and “prepared for all good works”.
Mr S Harvey (Principal)
It is with great pleasure that we advise you of the St Norbert College Student Leaders for 2018:
Student Ministry: Bronwyn Brims
Student Representative Council:
Sports: Samuel Rowlands
Performing Arts: Samuel Eaton
Media: Melisse Burgoyne
Captain - Janodi Weerasinghe
Vice-Captain - Jan Claude Busoy
Vice-Captain - MJ Jansen van Rensburg
Committee Chair - Tafadzwa Mbuzva
Captain - Lara Rangitoheriri
Vice-Captain - Kate Cooper
Vice-Captain - Lachlan Bunyan
Committee Chair - Joshua Hussey-Allen
Captain - Ira Sanchez
Vice-Captain - Liam Trevena
Vice-Captain - Tapuwanashe Kwerengwe
Committee Chair - Princess Cartojano
Captain - Destiny Perkins
Captain Vice-Captain - Seymour Gumba
Captain Vice-Captain – Jan Cyrus Tadena
Captain Committee Chair - Kalina Rivadenera
Captain - Abbey Chehab
Vice-Captain - Aayushi Subba
Vice-Captain - Allen Villanos
Committee Chair - Rafael Pecori
A special vote of thanks to Mr David Lyons-Nash who co-ordinated the whole student leadership interview and selection process in addition to his normal duties as Head of Xanten House. Thanks also to Mr Donald Nield, Mr Matthew Biddle, Ms Margaret Kyd, Mr Chad Beins, Mrs Kim Walker, Mrs Melanie Robinson, Ms Sarah Gardner, Mr Bronson Gherardi, Mr Patrick Ah-Fong and Mr Brendan McGrath who invested considerable time and effort in the interview process.
We offer our congratulations to these Student Leaders and look forward to their leadership over the next 12 months.
With every good wish to you all for Term 4.
Mrs N Quinn (Deputy Principal)
Congratulations to our Year 12 students who conducted themselves so well during the recent College Examinations. WACE exams commence on Wednesday 1 November. A reminder that morning exams commence at 9:20am and afternoon exams begin at 2:00pm. Students need to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start times with all the necessary equipment including the Personalised Examination Timetables which are the students identification and include student numbers. It is imperative that these timetables are read carefully as no allowance can be given if a student misreads the exam times, dates and venues. If a student misses an exam due to illness or other unavoidable circumstances, they will need to complete a Sickness and Misadventure Form. These are available from me. The Year 12 Handbook is a valuable resource that should answer most questions pertinent to the final weeks of the year. This is available from the SCSA Website
YEAR 11 EXAMS
A reminder that the Year 11 Exam period is from Monday 6 November to Tuesday 14 November. Timetables will be distributed in Week 4.3. Students need to remember to bring their STUDENT NUMBER to all exams.
If you are able to assist with supervision of these exams please contact Mrs Tracey Burgoyne [email protected] No experience necessary just a spare 2 or 3 hours in quiet, tranquil conditions. Year 11 students last day will be Friday 17 November.
YEAR 9 AND 10 EXAMS
Year 9 and 10 exams will be conducted from Monday 20 - 24 November. A Study Skills session on Exam Preparation will be held on Wednesday 1 November during Extended Homeroom for Year 9 students. Any other students requiring assistance are welcome to see me. Students entitled to extra time must arrive early for exams and present their PURPLE CARD.
Tickets are on sale through MCB or through Student Reception.
If you have ordered tickets through MCB but not paid please ensure you pay via the Credit Card facility on MCB or via student reception promptly. Student Reception accepts cash and has EFTPOS facilities.
Presentation Night is on Tuesday, 31 October commencing at 7:00pm in the Perth Concert Hall. I urge parents to purchase tickets promptly and to ensure students are sitting with their family group unless they are participating in an item or receiving an award.
Students who are receiving academic prizes will sit on Level 3 for the entire evening and will NOT need to purchase tickets. Award Winners, Year 7 students, those involved in performances and 2018 House Captains have special seating allocation and do NOT need to purchase tickets.
Year 7-11 Award Winners and Year 12 Award Winners have been notified via email. Please check emails from the College.
Attendance at Presentation Night is compulsory for all Year 12 Award Winners. All other Year 12 students are welcome to attend with their families.
Please note ALL students are to wear full Winter uniform as detailed below.
· Full Winter Uniform including the College blazer.
· Skirt length must be on the knee.
· Tights and black school shoes.
(shoes must be polished)
· Hair, one colour only, neat and tidy
– tied back in a blue or yellow hair tie.
· No make-up is to be worn.
· Jewellery rules apply.
· Full Winter uniform including the College tie and College blazer.
· Grey College socks and black school shoes.
(shoes must be polished).
Mr S Hodgen (Dean of Studies)
One of the most common student mental health conditions that secondary schools typically deal with is anxiety. In 2015, one in 14 young Australians aged 4-17 experienced an anxiety condition. This is equivalent to approximately 278,000 young people.
Understanding anxiety in adolescence
Adolescence represents a period of elevated risk for mental health issues, largely because of the rapid biological, psychological and social changes taking place.
It’s normal for adolescents to feel anxious at times, for example they may worry about starting secondary school and about fitting in with their friends. The point that anxiety becomes a concern is when the feelings are ongoing and are having a negative impact on a young person’s capacity to function in everyday situations.
An adolescent may be identified as having an anxiety condition if:
Young people experiencing anxiety may feel ‘on edge’ or worried most of the time. They might feel overwhelmed, frightened, dread or panic.
Some young people also experience a range of physical symptoms when they’re anxious – heart racing, butterflies in the stomach, muscle tension, shaking hands or nausea.
Types of anxiety
There are several different types of anxiety, each with unique characteristics. Some of the more common anxiety conditions include:
Young people living with this condition suffer severe and uncontrollable worry about multiple parts of their life. For example, they may worry excessively about being on time, doing well on tests, or keeping friendships.
Adolescents living with this condition have excessive worry about social situations and how others view them, for example, meeting unfamiliar people or giving a presentation. Adolescents with social anxiety may try to avoid social situations – which can include school.
Panic disorder is characterised by the sudden onset of symptoms including racing heart, sweating, shaking, trouble breathing and feeling as if something terrible is going to happen.
The BRAVE Program
The BRAVE Program is an interactive, online program for the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety. The programs are free, and provide ways for children and teenagers to better cope with their worries. There are also programs for parents.
To visit the website and create an account please go to: https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au/
The Pastoral Care team
As the year quickly draws to a close we begin to think of the festive season. It is often these times that we celebrate our food and culture with friends and family. Food, Family and Culture is the focus for the Year 10 Food Science students currently and it’s an opportunity to link not only our heritage at school, but also to transfer what the students are learning in the kitchen to the home.
The Portuguese Custard Tart recipe is a favourite among staff and students, and I sincerely hope that the wider College community enjoys it as well.
Mrs L Rogers (Teacher of Food & Nutrition)
Congratulations to Michael Pambuka, Nyika John, Izeldin Bol and Noel Mancuveni who recently participated in the Nic Naitanui Academy run by the Naitanui Academy and the West Coast Eagles. The camp gave the boys a taste of what playing football is like at the elite level and included fitness training, skills, recovery, and nutritional advice. The camp was run by Nic Naitanui and former AFL footballer Adam Selwood with presentations and assistance by Drew Petrie, Sam Butler and West Coast Eagles head coach Adam Simpson. I hope that the camp has provided an opportunity for these talented footballers and I look forwarded to seeing them on the park next year representing St Norbert College in our Senior Boys AFL team.
A link to the video from the camp can be found here: http://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/video/2017-10-12/naitanui-academy-talent-squad-camp
WAIS Talent Identification
Last term, the Western Australian Institute of Sport came to St Norbert College to run talent identification testing on our Year 10 and 11 athletes. The sessions are run between the WAIS and sport science students from UWA and is designed to find physiologically talented athletes and provide them with opportunities to try sports which they may not traditionally get exposure to. The strong results by some of our athletes saw them receive invites to the WAIS Rowing Development Squad, congratulations to Samuel Rowlands, Benjamin Rowlands, Noel Mancuveni and Lennon Butler. The feedback from the WAIS was that it was extremely unusual to have four athletes from one school receive invitations to the Rowing Development Squad and in total there were only six students invited to the program across all the testing they performed across numerous schools. Well done to these four students.
ACC All Stars Athletics
The success of our athletics team has continued with the announcement of the ACC All Stars Athletics team for 2017. Congratulations to the following students who were standouts in their chosen events and were the best performers across all divisions of the carnival:
Congratulations to these athletes who will be presented with their All Stars certificates and badges at assembly later this term.
Netball WA Regional Cadet Cup
Congratulations to Suzanne Vagg Johnson (Wheatbelt Flames) and Holly Giles, Zeta Stevens and Shenae Hartree (South East Demons) who represented their regions at the recent Netball WA Regional Cadet Cup. Day one of the carnival had the girls arrive at 7am at the WA State Netball Centre with games being played through until 7pm. The girls played a two-day carnival in their various Cadet age groups. These girls were selected from a large range of associations and hundreds of girls to form their regional teams. The weather was cold and wet with the games being extremely tough, testing the girls physically and mentally. Congratulations to these students!
Mr M Price (Head of Sport)
Eight St Norbert College students had their views on life, wealth, happiness and suffering radically transformed after spending a life-changing 12 days in Cambodia as part of an immersion trip.
The Year 10 and 11 students, who returned on September 22 from the trip, said they had been inspired to share their talents and possessions to help people less fortunate than themselves, whether locally or abroad.
“Seeing the different environments and living conditions in Cambodia has opened my views about the world and I want to see where I can contribute,” Year 11 student Britney Mundt said.
The group, who were accompanied by school staff members Miss Margaret Kyd and Ms Carrol Abel, spent time in remote Cambodian villages and visited several sites of historical importance.
One of the most moving experiences of the trip was a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Musuem, where the students met two of the survivors of the infamous S-21 Prison, where more than 12,000 Cambodians were murdered in the 1970s.
Despite the atrocities many Cambodians have witnessed, the group said the locals they met were happy, hospitable and remarkably generous given the little they have.
“The whole immersion reminded me that life isn't about the things that we possess but about the time we spend with other people; our feelings
during that time and our experiences,” Year 11 student Seymour Gumba said.
“During our time with the children there – without technology helping to entertain us – we learnt a lot about them, their hopes and dreams, and developed close friendships with them.
“The immersion made me realise all the things I take for granted of in my life… and it has made me more determined to try to help other people.”
St Norbert College Principal, Simon Harvey said the immersion was a unique opportunity for the students.
“The guiding principles of this immersion, as celebrated in the Commissioning Ceremony prior to the group’s departure, speak to the heart of why we value such opportunities for our students: ‘We commit to continue to live for others’," he said.
“It was wonderful to hear that the group relished the opportunities to visit and engage with, but ultimately, to serve the Cambodian people they met – living for others.
“What the girls experienced during those 12 days was truly life-changing, not only enriching their own lives, but also the lives of all members of the school community and is another example of how we strive to live our College motto and to be ‘Prepared for all good works’.”
Ms M Kyd (Coordinator of Campus Ministry)
On Tuesday 17 October the Year 7 Boys Basketball team took part in the ACC Super Series held at Bendat Basketball Stadium. The boys demonstrated a relentless attitude towards achieving some positive results. The day consisted of five games against some very competitive teams. Fortunately, St Norbert College went undefeated through the fixture games with everyone contributing in a range of ways. Shaun Ridgen, Aaron James and Thanos Snooks-Holding were able to contribute defensively. Bob Watson and Theo Steed were enormous rebounders all day.
The semi-final was dominated from the start with Thayne Bridges, Jesse Overmars, and Joseph Roscoe all showing their playmaking abilities by either scoring or setting up their teammates. Their efforts contributed to the outcome of the semi-final with St Norbert College coming out victorious 44-16.
The Grand Final saw St Norbert College versus Kingsway College in a battle of the two top teams. Again, the start of the match saw St Norbert take an early 10-point lead thanks to some excellent shooting from Ethan Port-Louis and Lance Cornwall. Ben Plewright also had the opposition on the back foot with a range of highly difficult layups which allowed St Norbert some breathing space towards the end of the second half with the boys being rewarded with a 38-29 victory and crowned ACC Super Series Champions.
I truly commend the boys for the spirit they played their games in, and for displaying a high level of teamwork and sportsmanship throughout the day. It was a truly deserved team effort from everyone.
Mr R Godfrey (Health & Physical Education Teacher)
In Week One the College held auditions for the College musical next year. We had three afternoons of fantastic talent and it made our choices very hard. We have finally cast the show and are delighted with the talent we have. Congratulations to those who were successful in their auditions.
More information will be coming soon and we hope that all of the College will join us on the Oliver! journey as we head towards performances in early Term Two of next year.
Stay tuned to see this amazing group of people perform for you!
Miss Hilton, Ms Alban , Mr Beins and Mrs Freind (Performing Arts Staff)
Instrumental Lessons Reminder – No student may commence or withdraw from instrumental tuition without a written request from a parent or guardian. In order to cease tuition at the end of Term 4, without financial penalty, Music Administration must receive written notice from parents.
Mr C Beins (Director of Music)
Venue: The Merrywell - Crown Casino
Time: 6.00pm onwards
Details: No bookings or tickets required - come for an hour or stay on for dinner. More details will follow here and on Facebook. Please spread the word!!
Enquiries: [email protected]
CLASSES OF 1997, 1987, 1977: Please register your interest in having a reunion at the email address above. Please get in touch with any contacts you have from these years.
Opening times Term 4:
Monday 8.00am - 12.00 noon and
Thursday 1.00pm - 5.00pm.
Uniform Shop is now taking second-hand clothing.
On Sale: Shelf Bra Bathers $45.00
Normal Bathers $36.00
Crop Tops $22.00