11 August 2017
Week 3.4 - Issue 12
From the Principal
From the Dean of Studies
Pastoral Care
Academic Excellence
Catholic Performing Arts
Languages Week
Senior Girls Soccer
Year 7 Dockers Cup AFL
Year 8 & 9 Basketball
Staff Recognition
St Norbert College
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Celebrated every year on August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily Assumption into Heaven, before her body could begin to decay, a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin’s passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts and a Holy Day of Obligation.




Almighty God, You gave a humble Virgin the privilege of being Mother of your Son, and crowned her with the glory of heaven.
May the prayers of the Virgin Mary bring us to the salvation of Christ and raise us up to eternal life.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.


St Norbert, pray for us.

From the Principal

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

Benvenuti alla Settimana delle lingue – this week we celebrated Languages Week with a host of wonderful events supported by our languages teachers. I’m sure all students thoroughly enjoyed the Gelato cart, the bocce games, the pizza, the homeroom quizzes and engaging with the variety of cultures celebrated at the College this week. Many thanks to Ms Tersigni for all her efforts making the week so enjoyable.

With a week of wild and woolly weather, we also hosted the annual and much anticipated Interhouse Athletics Carnival, thankfully the rain held off and the carnival proceeded in windy but relatively dry conditions. Well done to all students who participated on the day, either athletically or in support of their peers. Many thanks to our families and friends who supported our students on Friday and to all staff who worked tirelessly to make the event so special. Of special note, we acknowledge the efforts of Mr Price, our Head of Sport and his team, for all their hard work in the preparation and smooth running of this year’s carnival.

It is my pleasure to announce and congratulate today’s overall winning House - Magdeburg. Congratulations to Mr Ah Fong and all students from Magdeburg House on their success today. Results and individual accolades will be published at a later date.

On Tuesday 3 August, our Year 11 students gathered at Tompkins on Swan Function Centre for the Year 11 Dinner Dance. It was a lovely evening, in a beautiful setting with lots of glamour and class. Many thanks to Miss Humphry and Mrs

Ghani for their organisation and to the staff in attendance. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to exhibit the ballroom dancing skills they had learnt under the guidance of Miss Alban. Of very special note was the exhibition of traditional and contemporary ballroom dancing by Kade Best and his dancing partner, Miss Isabella King from Mercedes College, who performed for all at the start of the evening.

As we cast our eyes towards next week it is with interest that we celebrate Science Week with a host of wonderful activities, including the Sensational Science Visits. This is one of the highlights of Science Week and sees a number of our Primary Schools bringing students along to participate in many of the activities.

Our Parent Committee has been working very hard behind the scenes organising a special event for our fathers and male guardians in the lead up to Father’s Day in early September. The first ever “Bring your Dad Lazer-Blaze Night” will be held on Friday 1 September and we hope that as many of our fathers/guardians as possible can make some time to enjoy the company of their children in this community event. Further details are included in this newsletter. We hope this is the start of something special and the Parent Committee are looking at events next year in a similar vein for our mums and female guardians.

Congratulations must be extended to our Head of Physical Education, Mrs Melanie Robinson. Mrs Robinson was this week awarded the highly acclaimed AFL Ambassador for Multicultural Programs in 2017, recognising all her work with the development of Australian Rules Football in our College. Mrs Robinson was selected from a number of highly accomplished nominees and we congratulate and thank her for the work she is doing with our students.

It is my pleasure to repeat an announcement made last week of the appointment of Mrs Natasha Quinn to the Vice Principal position at Chisholm Catholic College commencing in 2018. We congratulate Mrs Quinn and will farewell her appropriately at the end of the year. In the interim, we also wish her well as she embarks on long service leave this Friday until the end of term and welcome Mr Donald Nield back to our community for the short term in the Deputy Principal role, commencing in Week 6.

Sadly, prior to the next newsletter, we will farewell Mrs Bridget Murphy, our much loved Head of Mathematics. Mrs Murphy and her family are returning to Ireland, with Thursday 17 August being her last day here at the College. Our love, best wishes and thanks go to Mrs Murphy for the wonderful contributions she has made to our College community and we hope she returns to us again someday in the future.

We prepare ourselves for the Feast of the Assumption on Tuesday 15 August, where according to our faith, we believe that our Holy Mother, "having completed her course of earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”. There will be Masses celebrated for our students and staff, but we also extend a warm welcome to parents and families who wish to join us. Masses will be celebrated at 12.00pm (Years 7-9) and 1.35pm (Years 10-12). As we prepare ourselves for this special time, we are called to reflect on the love, goodness and grace with which we should live our lives, in the spirit of our Holy Mother.

Dio vi Benedica!!

Mr S Harvey (Principal)

From the Dean of Studies

Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) Round 2

Year 10-12 students required to sit the OLNA have been notified. Parents can also view student status by accessing the information via SEQTA. Student who have not achieved Category 3 are required to sit the assessment. The Maths and English staff are currently providing extra assistance both in classes and after school to prepare for the test which is now required as part of the WACE (Graduation) in 2017.

Writing:     Monday 4 September 9:00am in Forum

Numeracy:   Tuesday 5 September 9:00am in Forum and P7

Reading:   Wednesday 6 September 9:00am in Forum

Year 12 Exams & Seminars

A reminder that the Year 12 College examination period will run from Monday 2 October to Tuesday 10 October. Normal classes will be suspended in the second week of Term 4 to enable ATAR students to attend specially organised Seminars/Tutorials for preparation and remediation before the commencement of WACE exams on Wednesday 1 November. If you are able to assist with exam supervision, please contact Mrs Tracey Burgoyne [email protected].

Seijo Exchange

On Wednesday 16 August, we will welcome 14 students and 2 teachers from Seijo Japan. I thank all our host families for assisting with the program and we look forward to hearing about their time in Perth in a future newsletter.

Presentation Night 2017 - Save the Date

A reminder that the annual Presentation Night will be held on Tuesday 31 October at 7:00pm in the Perth Concert Hall. It is a special evening that showcases the special talents of our students and recognises student achievement.

Academic Distinction

The following students were also recipients of Academic Distinction:

               Benjamin Plewright                            Adam Min

               Abira Wolf                                               Bianca Valenti

               Paige Hale                                               Shannette Ndossi

               Kathleen Porter                                    Guntaas Ranu

               Holly Giles                                              Miah Homez

               Audrey Lee                                              Ayden Ratnasekera

               Phoebe van Heiningen                      Ciara McClean


Mr S Hodgen (Dean of Studies)

Pastoral Care

Six Ways to Help your Teen Develop a Positive Attitude About School

How often do you hear the groan, “I don’t want to go to school!” Do you have to poke and prod your teen to wake up and get out of the house on time? Does your teen come home grumpy and full of complaints about homework, friends, or teachers? While this is not unusual behaviour for teenagers, it doesn’t mean we should accept it. Kids who groan, complain, and generally express negativity will become adults who do the same. Parents can help teens develop a great life skill by teaching them to keep a positive attitude about school! Here are some tips to stop the negativity:

1. Role Model

Studies show that adolescents learn more by observation than any other way. Even if they act like they don’t want to be anything like you, teens have the tendency to imitate their parents. So, you need to check your own attitude. If you have a bad attitude about work, friends, or your boss, then you are teaching your teen to also have a bad attitude about school, friends, or their teacher. Do not vent or complain about your own circumstances in front of your teenager. Model a good attitude by looking for the positive in every situation. For example, you might say, “I’m really disappointed that I wasn’t chosen to serve as College Captain, but on the positive side, it would have been a lot of work and now I can spend more time with our family”. Pointing out optimistic versus pessimistic attitudes from news stories is another good way of showing your teen how to look for the positive in real life. Providing a positive environment for your teen gives them the tools they need to be positive thinkers.

2. Guide your Teen to Positive Talk

The way we talk can actually help us feel better or worse about our own situations. While it’s important to listen to your teen share about their day, you should not allow them to continuously vent about the negative. Teens who begin to develop an overly negative attitude about school may easily overlook all the good things that happen.

When your teen is frustrated or upset about something at school, validate your teen’s feelings. Do not dismiss their concerns by saying things like, “That’s not a big deal,” or “Quit being so dramatic”. Instead, listen closely to what they say, make eye contact, and ask questions to show that you’re interested in what they are saying and trying to understand their concerns. Once your teen has been fully heard, do not allow them to continue to repeat the negative.

3. Encourage Active Participation

Looking forward to after school activities can make the school day feel more enjoyable. Encourage your teen to sign up for clubs, play sports, or join band. A teen who doesn’t love academics may develop a more positive attitude if they have something to look forward to at the end of the day. They can develop new friendships with teens who have similar interests or discover a mentor in the teacher who leads the club or sport, all of which keep them more engaged in school.

4. Actively Problem-Solve Together

Problems at school can really weigh your teen down. They may feel negative because they don’t know how to handle a situation. Perhaps they are not getting along with one of their teachers, or they had a disagreement with a friend. Whatever the situation, instead of just letting your teen complain and vent their negative attitude, use it as an opportunity to teach problem-solving skills, a vital tool they will need their entire life. Read our previous blog to learn how to Teach Problem Solving Skills. Help your teen see that there are always new ideas or possible solutions to every problem.

5. Encourage your Teen to Make a Difference

Research shows that teens who choose to help others are more likely to: feel grateful, valued, and empowered; perform better in school; have higher self-esteem and aspirations for the future; and develop a strong work ethic. Even if your teen doesn’t love school, when they feel like they are serving a greater purpose, they are less likely to have a negative attitude. Discuss possible opportunities for your teen to get involved with the community, such as organising a food or coat drive, joining the Student Council, helping sick children in hospitals, organising a bake sale to raise funds for a worthy cause, sewing blankets or hats for homeless or helping young children learn to read. These types of activities can help your teen to develop a more positive attitude and to appreciate what they have and the education they are receiving.

6. Help Your Teen Establish Goals

A negative attitude can sometimes be the result of a lack of progress (feeling “stuck”) or a feeling of insignificance or worthlessness (feeling like the things they are doing are pointless). Teens with clear goals are more likely to have a positive attitude about their school experience. Teens who create and work toward short-term goals can more easily see progress and feel excited about the future. 

Final Thoughts…

Teens who have good critical thinking, planning, and problem-solving skills tend to think more positively than their peers. Parents and teachers can role model and teach these skills to youth. Be sure to praise any effort your teen makes at thinking more positively. Positive thinking will help them in school and well into their future. For more information about this article go to:


The Pastoral Care Team



Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence

Oxbridge Mock Interview questions were held at St Norbert College in Week 3 as an opportunity for students to develop the ability to think laterally, and apply their thinking to new ideas and different contexts. There were no right or wrong answers to a question, rather a focus on its originality, and how a person may think. Questions such as ‘Do statues move?’ or ‘Would you rather be a seedless or non-seedless grapefruit?’ are the sort of questions asked at interviews for universities such as Oxford or Cambridge today. We are attempting to develop the minds and thinking skills of our students beyond the mere seclusion within individual pathways. Teachers and students were welcome as spectators. 


“It was an exciting and challenging experience. Daunting at first, all participants eventually warmed up to the idea of expressing their ideas in new and innovative ways, leading to a profound and interactive discussion with teachers and the audience.”                                                                              Sean Spiegl – Year 12   


“The Oxbridge mock interview was a very enlightening experience, with questions that forced the participants to think laterally, to think ‘out-side-the-box’. All the questions instigated entire continents of thoughts within the participants’ minds, allowing them to bring all the knowledge they have in every single subject area into the answer of a single question. Overall, I felt it was an extremely thought-inducing process, through which we learnt new ways of thinking about not just questions, but the entire universe.”                                                                                                                                                Jasdeep Jutla – Year 12


Mrs  C Miranda, Dr A Runco, Ms G Coulter

Academic Excellence Program

Catholic Performing Arts

Performing Arts – Catholic Performing Arts Festival 2017 Update


Next Thursday 17 August all students in the Canon’s Hip Hop Crew and the Senior and Junior Dance teams will be gearing up to perform at the annual Catholic Performing Arts Festival at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The students have been working very hard towards this big event and have been very committed, attending after school and Sunday rehearsals in preparation. I would like to thank the dedicated parents and guardians who ensure that the students attendance at rehearsals is possible. If you are interested in supporting the students and viewing the magnificent array of performances at CPAF, tickets can be purchased from ticketek:

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Miss L Alban (Dance Teacher)



There have already been a number of fantastic musical performances at this year’s festival ranging from solo acts, bands and ensembles.

Congratulations to the following students who have represented the College in solo performance so far:

  • Samuel Eaton (Electric Guitar)
  • Josephine Wong (Violin)
  • Hayleigh Lucas (Cello)

A big congratulations must also be extended to the College Guitar Ensemble and the Certificate II and III Contemporary Bands (Teen Spirit and No Treble) for their performances at the Performing Arts Festival. Both ensembles received very good reports from the adjudicators and are to be highly commended on their efforts. Thank you to Mr Don Neander for his work as director of the Guitar Ensemble!

Mr C Beins (Director of Music)


Drama Club perform at CPAF

The Junior and Senior Drama clubs performed at Prendiville College on the night of Thursday 28 July as part of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. Both groups performed excerpts from the plays they have been rehearsing at school in preparation for Showcase and for the Independent Theatre Association’s, one act play festival.

The host college Prendiville College, complimented our students on their friendly demeanour and their support for each other. A member of the public commented on our student’s beautiful manners and said it was lovely to see.  Both groups performed very well and should be very proud of themselves.

The next opportunity to see these talented students performing will be Showcase on Tuesday 5 September and then on Saturday 16 September, when both groups will perform the two full one act plays .

I look forward to seeing you there.

Ms K Hilton (Drama Teacher)

Languages Week

Hello, Ciao, Konnichiwa, Olá, Namaste, Salut,
Guten tag, Nihao!


Language Week aims to raise awareness and to value the language diversity in WA society… and of course here at St Norbert College!

There are many benefits of learning another language, as well as preserving the language of origin of one’s own family. Many students do not know this language, so hopefully this week has served to stimulate interest and curiosity in discovering the languages spoken at home or by grandparents.

To celebrate Languages Week, we organised a daily Homeroom quiz, a Gelato cart selling Italian gelato to students, pizza at lunchtime for students of Italian and also games of “Bocce” (rain permitting!).


Thanks to Isacco Milan and his Gelato cart and “La Pagnotta” bakery, Malaga.

Thank you, Grazie, Arigato, Gracias, Merci, Toda, Dhanyav!

Ms D Tersigni (Italian Teacher)

Senior Girls Soccer

Senior Girls Soccer

27th July: Finals Round 2-2 full time, 1-2 on penalties.

Due to their success in the Regular Season, the Senior Girls Soccer Team made it through to the knock-out phase of the competition.  We faced Leeming Senior High School in an away game, in windy and at times rainy conditions.  The first half started in a low key fashion, with both teams playing the first ten minutes tentatively.  Leeming were the first team to allow the play to open up a little and scored the first goal of the game in a lucky rebound play.  Leeming’s second goal came five minutes later, after a throw in found a loose player in the box, who slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner.  One of the best worked goals we’ve had scored against us in all fixtures. Down 2-nil  the SNC team headed into the half-time break with their backs to the wall.  It was hoped that a change in formation would also mean a change in our fortunes.  The girls are to be commended on the way they approached the second half. Within ten minutes Latitia Bondoc had pegged one back, with a magnificent strike that evaded the Leeming keeper.  Before long we had equalised, thanks to some terrific play in the midfield from Tapu, which was finished in style by Amelie.  Despite having all of the play in the second half and ample shots on goal, the team could not find the net and the full time score was 2 goals all.  A decision was made before the start of the game that in the event of a draw we would go straight to penalties.  In a situation that mirrored the close game, it required 8 penalties to be taken, before there was a winner. Unfortunately the game did not finish in our favour and we went down 1-2 on penalties.  

It has been an absolute pleasure to coach the team this season, and they are to be commended on the amazing comeback that forced their final game to a shoot-out. We will be wrapping up the season and celebrating our success with a team lunch at school- well done girls!


Miss S Fairhead (Coach)


Year 7 Dockers Cup AFL

Year 7 Dockers Cup AFL Carnival

On Tuesday August 1, 45 Year 7 boys and girls participated in the Dockers Cup Carnival at Ferndale Park. The day was organised so that the boys teams played each other once in short 30 minute games and the girls played 40 minute games with two 20 minutes halves. The overall winning teams went on to a Grand Final the following week against other division winners.  Along with St Norbert College, there were teams representing Seton Catholic College, Mazenod College, Emmanuel Catholic College and Serpentine-Jarrahdale Grammar.

The boys were enthusiastic all day and had some hard-fought games against much more skillful oppositions. It was great to meet some parents who came down to support the students who were all fantastic ambassadors for the College. Special mentions to Jesse Overmars, Theo Steed and Mason Howie who were excellent all day.

The girls had a lot of enthusiasm and gave every game all they had winning one out of three games. Overall I was very impressed with the skill level of our girls. Neve Adnams and Gabrielle Kininmonth did well in ruck positions throughout the day whilst Melody Mancuveni and Glenda Cornwall fought hard in defensive positions. Our main goal scorers were Teegan Lidster and Louise Hayward. Special mention to Charlotte Brown and Holly Giles who played all over the field in each game.

Overall it was a very enjoyable day for all involved and some special thanks is also extended to the senior students Lennon Butler, Dermott Marovac, Darrell Eustasie and our Practicum Teacher Brendan Lewis who helped on the day with goal and field umpiring and also to Mr Matt Price for organising the day for the Year 7s to have opportunities like these to participate in.

Mrs M Robinson and Mr A McGoorty (Year 7 AFL Coaches)


Year 8 & 9 Basketball

Year 9 Basketball

The Year 9 boys Basketball team embarked on their first carnival for Semester 2.  St Norbert played against some fierce competition, in which the boys demonstrated a high level of resilience throughout the fixture. Their toughest game came up at the end of the day in the Grand Final against Southern River College. There were numerous lead changes throughout the game but it was St Norbert College who showed how valuable teamwork can be, winning the game by one point.


Well done to the Year 9 boys who represented the College in outstanding fashion. Combining their efforts with skill, teamwork and sportsmanship it proved to be a fantastic day and a well deserving win.

Mr R Godfrey (Coach)


Year 8/9 SSWA

On Friday 28 July a select group of Yr 8/9 Specialised Basketball students participated in the SSWA Junior Basketball carnival held at Willetton Basketball Stadium. Going into the carnival the girls were confident that they had the ability to do well. With the first match against Clontarf, the girls started off slow but the defensive pressure lead by Kayla & Shenae Hartree resulted in some easy scoring opportunities. A continued defensive focus resulted in a positive start for the Canons, beating Clontarf. The results were much the same against Lumen Christi & Thornlie with the St Norbert College students working together and capitalising on excellent full court pressure. After going through the carnival undefeated a rematch against Clontarf was on the cards. Once again, the girls made the most of their scoring opportunities and worked hard on defense which lead to the win. The students have now advanced to the SSWA State Junior finals which will be held later in the Term.

Mr L Ford (Specialised Basketball Coordinator)



Instrumental Lessons 

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 3, without financial penalty, Music Administration must receive written notice from parents by Friday 8 September 2017.

Mr C Beins (Director of Music)

Staff Recognition

Staff Recognition

On Tuesday 8 August representatives from Catholic schools attended a breakfast to celebrate teachers and staff who had given 30 and 40+ years of service to Catholic Education.  Five staff members attended.  Richard High was a teacher who was recognised for his 50 years of service. Listening to his speech outlining the changes he had witnessed throughout his career, staff were thrilled to hear him acknowledge his 5 years teaching at St Norbert College. 

Commencing in 1972, St Norbert College was Richard’s second teaching appointment. In his speech, he spoke of the charism of the Norbertines and recounted memories of the ‘staff lunches’ held in the Priory. Richard was appointed by Fr. J. O’Donohoe, O.Praem and during his tenure he held the position of Senior Master - Social Science.  Richard witnessed the first lay Principal of St Norbert College, preparations for the introduction of female students and the planning for new buildings and facilities. 


Catching up with him at the end of the event, he remembered his time at St Norbert College with affection, as well as past members, Brian Rogan, John Hulshoff and Kathy Jones.

Ms M Smith (Librarian)



Hello Parents and Students

If you enjoy a good burger and feel like supporting the St Norbert College USA Basketball teams please head to Grill’d in Victoria Park.

For the month of August, we are on the Local Matter’s Jar. Please pop your bottle cap into this jar to help generate support towards the students involved in the tour.

The more bottle caps we get the more money is donated towards the tour!  It’s a simple (and delicious) way to show your support.

Mr L Ford (Specialised Basketball Coordinator)


SNC - Parent Committee
Bring Your Dad Lazer-Blaze Night



Venue:       The Merrywell - Crown Casino

Time:          5.00pm 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.

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