10 August 2018
Week 3.4 - Issue 11
From the Principal
Deputy Principals
Dean of Studies
Pastoral Care
Student Ministry
Fr Peter O'Reilly Scholarships
Semester Two Accounts
Academic Excellence
Student Achievements
Humanities and Social Sciences
Human Biology and Psychology Excursion
Year 12 Geography
Mathematics Workshop
Hackathon 2018
Year 8 Social - Rollerdrome
The Arts
State Basketball League
Redcliffe/Riverton Bus
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

Photo: Jessica Ramos

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

Earlier this week, we celebrated the feast of St Mary of the Cross, Australia’s first saint. One of the most used and known sayings of Mary MacKillop is:


“Never see a need without doing something about it.”


The feast day was marked with a special liturgy, where our students were reminded that we are called to be like St Mary, to be people of hospitality and welcome, to be people of action. There is an abundance of opportunities for members of our community to be people of action, particularly through, but not restricted solely to, our Campus Ministry team led by Ms Kyd.


I’ve also been delighted to witness the wonderful achievements of our students in the 29th annual Catholic Performing Arts Festival. The Festival involves nearly 21,000 Catholic school students from all over Western Australia and I am always proud to receive notifications of the achievements of our students. Once the Festival has come to a conclusion, we will acknowledge the many talents and achievements of our Performing Arts students and staff.


We finished this week with plenty of action, this time of the athletic kind, down at the Ern Clark Athletics Centre for our annual Interhouse Athletics Carnival. While specific details are still being ratified at the time this newsletter goes to the world, I am delighted to reveal the final House results:

1st: Tongerlo

2nd: Premontre

3rd: Magdeburg

4th: Kilnacrott

5th: Xanten

Congratulations to Tongerlo and all staff and students in Tongerlo House for their wonderful efforts in securing the House trophy this year. Well done to all students who participated with such enthusiasm, either athletically or in support of their peers, despite the chilly conditions. 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, and to our special group of Heads of House, for all their hard work in the preparation and smooth running of this year’s carnival.


Next week we celebrate a very special day in our liturgical calendar, the Feast of the Assumption, on Wednesday 15 August. It on this day, 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". We would like to extend a warm welcome to parents and families who wish to join us for College Masses at 10.10am (Years 7-9) and 12.00pm (Years 10-12) in St Joseph’s Church.


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.

God Bless,

Mr S Harvey (Principal)

Deputy Principals

Year 7 and New Students for 2019 Information Evening​

A reminder that on Thursday, 23 August 2018, St Norbert College will be holding the Year 7 and New Students Information Evening for all students commencing in 2019. The Information Evening provides families with important information about the transition program to assist current Year 6 students as they head into Year 7 next year as well as students in other year groups commencing at St Norbert College next year. Both students and at least one parent are required to attend the evening which commences at 6.00pm in the Fr Peter O’Reilly Centre. After an introduction to the whole group, families will then be split into five smaller groups for some more informal presentations and discussion about what students can expect when they commence next year and how they can best prepare for this transition.

Home Study Days

A reminder to parents and students that Friday 17 August and Monday 20 August are Home Study days. On Friday, all staff at St Norbert College are completing Christian Service in the community.


Important Dates for Year 12 students and families:

  • Closing date for TISC/University Applications: 28 September
  • College ATAR Exams: 1-9 October
  • ATAR students return to school: 10 October
  • ALL Year 12 students return: 12 October for House Assemblies and Graduation Rehearsals
  • ATAR Seminars: 15 – 18 October
  • Year 12 Breakfast, Final Assembly and Graduation Mass: 19 October
  • ATAR Exams: 29 October-15 November
  • WACE and ATAR results available: 17 December

Subject Selection Forms

All students from Years 7-11 should have completed their  subject choices for 2019 using Subject Selection Online. A reminder that a printout of the completed selections with parent/guardian signatures is required and should be given to Homeroom teachers as soon as possible.

Year 7 students have until Friday 17 August but all other year levels will be closed on 10 August.


A reminder to parents/guardians 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 Committee - Celebrating Our Dads

The Parent Committee is organising a breakfast to celebrate dads and significant male figures. Please keep Friday 24 August free to come and enjoy a light breakfast and coffee in the O’Reilly Centre from 7.30-8.30am. More details will be available shortly.

Ms S Rainford (Deputy Principal - Years 8, 10, 12)

Dean of Studies

The Science of Timing – Part Two

In the previous newsletter, I made reference to studies in chronobiology and the structured approach to the timing of tasks (When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink). In our efforts to consider the three categories or chronotypes that affect physiology and psychology, namely Owls, Larks and Third Birds, the key principle is for students to design their revision and study plan with greater specificity. The focus on analytical problems when levels of alertness are high, with potential distractions removed, is typically conducted earlier in our day, and study that requires insight, creativity and inspired thinking, occurs when the levels of energy, focus and mood have dropped.


The task of determining our own chronotype to then structure the study plan is an important step in the design process. According to Daniel Pink (p. 28), the simplest way to determine when your levels of alertness peak is to answer the following:

  1. Think about your behaviour during ‘free’ days (i.e., The days when you’re not required to awaken at a specific time).
  2. What time do you usually go to sleep?
  3. What time do you usually wake up?
  4. What is the middle of those two times? That is your midpoint of sleep (e.g., If you typically fall asleep around 11.30pm and wake up at 7.30am, your midpoint is 3.30am).

Daniel Pink draws upon the research by the German chronobiologist, Till Roenneberg (The Munich Chronotype Questionnaire: MCTQ) that presents a normal population distribution curve for the following:

By some estimates, the sleep midpoint of an adolescent tends to move towards the ‘late type’ and the design of a study plan may be more effective with a short (30 – 45 minutes) but focused study in the morning before lessons commence, followed by a block (45 – 60 minutes) in the late afternoon and a final block of study between 7.00pm and 10.00pm. Be aware that chronotypes may also change throughout life, and the ongoing challenge is to practice to determine when individual preferences lead to effective learning and revision.

NAPLAN ONLINE – School Readiness Test

The NAPLAN Online was introduced in 2018, with 274 schools in Western Australia participating. In 2019, St Norbert College will transition to the NAPLAN Online. The NAPLAN Online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information, and will enable student results to be returned to the school within a few weeks rather than a few months. The trial period to determine the College capability is about to commence with the School Readiness Test (SRT), that will enable St Norbert College to assess the technical readiness for implementation of the new online assessment. The SRT allows the College to conduct the national online assessment platform in a real-time classroom environment.


Over the course of a three-week period in August and September, a sample of students in Year 7 and Year 9 will participate in a trial of the assessment platform, by undertaking the online readiness tests using examples of the new NAPLAN Online questions. The test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete, and participation in this trial will assist the College with monitoring our internet connectivity. Students have access via their devices although the College will also trial the use of the lockdown software to ensure integrity of the test, while teachers will have the opportunity to practice managing the classroom logistics for an online assessment and the new test administration processes.


The SRT has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge, but rather to provide students with an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the new online assessments. As such, reports will not be provided, although participation in the SRT is a key step to ensuring a successful NAPLAN online experience in 2019.

ATAR Revision Seminars – Parent Committee subsidy

A reminder that the St Norbert College Parent Committee, offers subsidies to any Year 12 student 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. Alternatively, students may wish to consider some of the other options available:

Scholarships – Have your university fees covered

A range of scholarships are offered every year by Western Australia’s public universities (UWA; Curtin; Murdoch; ECU) and private university (Notre Dame) for Year 12 students entering undergraduate courses. Please contact myself at the College if you wish to find out more information regarding university scholarship applications.


Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Pastoral Care

How to talk to your teen about: Alcohol and drugs​

Following a very successful Parent Seminar conducted by SDERA (School Drug Education and Road Aware) on Tuesday 1 August, the Pastoral Care Team thought these strategies were useful and would complement the information presented.


How to talk to your teen about: Alcohol and drugs

Not all teenagers are getting drunk and high all the time (take a deep breath). Research (Youth 2012 survey) tells us that young people are actually smoking, drinking and doing drugs less now than they did in the past, and that’s good news. However, this stuff still exists in schools, at parties, and potentially in a cupboard at your house. So how do we help our kids to grow up with healthy attitudes about drugs and alcohol?

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Why do young people do it?

Think back to the first time you tried alcohol and ask yourself why you tried it. You might come up with all sorts of answers – maybe you thought you would laugh lots, or that you’d be better at dancing, or maybe you thought drinking a shandy with your grandma would make you feel like a grown-up.

What we do know is that there are three main reasons young people are tempted to get involved with drugs and alcohol – friends, fun and feelings. Understanding these and helping your kid develop healthy ways to meet these needs is one of the best things that you can do as a parent.



One of the biggest needs young people have is the need to belong to something. This means that young people will do almost anything to be accepted. They might start talking differently, change the way they dress or have way too many beers at that first party just to fit in. Often what is driving this need to fit in is actually a fear of rejection. Young people need to learn that their friends don’t live with the consequences of their choices, they do.



Teenagers grow up overhearing people tell stories about the crazy antics they got up to on the weekend, and often those stories involve alcohol or drugs. Stories like, “Yeah man, it was crazy we all decided to go swimming in the bath,” or, “We played a game called ‘Who can put the road cone on top of the tree’.”

Those stories may seem like silly teenage antics to you, but they can create an insatiable fear of missing out in young people. In fact, many young people end up believing that you can’t have fun unless you are drunk.



It’s easy to forget that as teenagers grow up physically, they are also developing emotionally. During the teenage years most of us have our first experience of the big feelings that life has to offer. Feelings like love, heartbreak, disappointment, humiliation or low self-worth.

Many young people find themselves experiencing these feelings, and some are too embarrassed to talk to their parents about it. Some end up using drugs or alcohol as a way to run away from these big feelings. Isn’t it interesting that we find it so easy to get help when we are physically hurt, but we find it so much harder to get help when we are hurting emotionally?

How do I help my young person make healthy choices about drugs and alcohol?


Help them belong to good things

Young people are experts at saying they are bored and looking at screens. The apathy they can appear to have about joining a sports team, or a youth group, or auditioning for the school choir is more about their fear of being rejected than their lack of desire to belong to something.

So, do whatever is in your power to create opportunities for your kids to belong to positive groups. It will be worth it even if it is hard to get out of bed to take them to sports on Saturday. Even if you might not want to take them to youth group on a Thursday night (I mean you are tired from work, right?), it is worth it, if it means they belong to something positive.


Teach them how to have fun without drugs and alcohol

As your teenager starts talking less and grunting more and eating all of the baked beans, it can be easy to think that they don’t even want to have fun anymore. But your teenager does want to have fun, so continue to give them opportunities to have fun as part of the family. Things like giving you a bad haircut, a scavenger hunt, singing karaoke terribly, pranking their siblings, op-shopping, holidays, fishing, hunting, watching live comedy, going to concerts or festivals.

And while they might fold their arms, roll their eyes and scoff, somewhere on the inside they are learning that life can actually be fun without drugs and alcohol.


Keep the conversation going

If you only have one goal as a parent, make it this – keep the conversation going. One of the first symptoms of any relationship breaking down is a breakdown in communication.

Young people experience so many new emotions in the teen years, and they often only have their teenage tools to understand them with. The point of keeping the conversation going isn’t to tell them what you think. It’s to try and see their world through their eyes. But the crazy thing is, if you do this well, they will want to know what their world looks like through your eyes.

So be prepared to make conversations happen. Go into conversation-friendly situations (when you are in the car, sitting around the table, or you have them trapped in the trolley at the supermarket) armed with good questions to find out who your young person is becoming and how they feel about their world.

If the conversation has broken down, then do something to start it again – go on a date with them or go away for the weekend. Make yourself vulnerable so that they can be vulnerable, because you are not going to be able to help them navigate their world if you are not actually involved in their world.


Communicate your expectations

Once you have listened well, you will have the opportunity to communicate your expectations. Here’s a tip – work out what your expectations are before you try to explain them. If you are parenting with a spouse or partner, it is also important to talk to your parenting teammate to make sure you both agree on said expectations.

Just remember, if you set your expectations too high, your teenager is more likely to find sneaky ways to do the things you don’t want them to do. Set them too low and you could be putting them in risky situations they are not ready to handle.

But remember, you cannot protect your kid from everything, and you do need to teach them how to navigate the world by themselves, otherwise they will never leave home – and you do not want that.

Help them find creative ways to say no. No one likes saying no, but we all find ourselves in situations where we need to say it. Solution? Brainstorm with your teenager creative ways to say no without losing face.

  • “I’ve already had my share today so I’m full.”
  • “I’m actually an undercover cop and I could arrest you.”
  • “Nah, I’m okay. My mum would kill me anyway.”

Now, don’t take this too far. Don’t get dressed up as a teenage girl and offer your child drugs to see if they will use one of your witty ways of saying no. They will not think that’s cool. Especially if you do it in front of their friends, and if your name is Barry. But do spend 10 minutes coming up with lines they can use to say no, if and when someone offers them drugs or alcohol.


Create an agreement

Young people occasionally learn from the mistakes of others. However, at some point in life, most of us learn from making our own mistakes. (No one wants their child to be at parties drinking so much that they get nicknamed ‘Drunky McDrunkface’).

But it is also important that you talk about this scenario with your young person. The worst thing that could happen is them getting a bit too drunk and being so worried they would be in so much trouble if they called you, that they decide it would be better to just not make the call. You want your teen to know that if they are in a dangerous situation, you will do anything to get them out of it.

Create an agreement so they understand that even if they have made a mistake, you will come and pick them up, no questions asked, wherever they are, at whatever time, and you will deal with your disappointment and the consequences later. Having a code word that they can use to enact this agreement is also a good idea. So, if they text you and say CODE WORD, you will know that they need help now. (Please note – ‘code word’ is a horrible code word).


Unconditional love

It may seem like young people care more about what their friends think about them than what you think about them, but that isn’t really what research tells us. Young people are desperate to hear again and again and again that you love them no matter what. The Youth 2012 Survey also tells us that 50 per cent of young people said that the reason that they didn’t drink alcohol was because they didn’t want to disappoint their parents.

Your kids want to know that you care about their choices. But what they want to know even more is that you will love them even if they make mistakes. Your opinion of their behaviour is interesting to them, but your opinion of them as a person is the most valuable gift you have to offer. So, tell your kids what they mean to you as often as you can.


Live a life worth copying

Lastly, all of our parents told us what their opinions about alcohol were, but we learnt way more from watching how they lived than what they told us. So, be honest with yourself for a second – do you want your kid to have the same relationship with drugs and alcohol that you do?

If you know that you have unhealthy attitudes or habits related to alcohol, then one of the best gifts that you could give your kids is to get healthier yourself. That is the best lesson you could ever teach your kids about drugs and alcohol

More information on this article can be found at:

The Pastoral Care Team

Student Ministry

Knitting Club

Knitting Club has resumed on Wednesdays at lunchtime. All students are invited to attend. Needles and wool are supplied. We always appreciate donations of wool, so if you have some at home that you no longer require we can put it to good use. Our Knitting Club knits basic squares that are then joined together to form blankets for Br Ollie’s Wheelchairs For Kids program. We also welcome parents and grandparents who would like to come in and knit with us, or knit at home and send in squares. If you are interested, please call Ms Kyd at the College for more details.


Ms M Kyd (Coordinator of Campus Ministry)

Fr Peter O'Reilly Scholarships

Fr Peter O’Reilly Scholarships – Open 17 August 2018

At the Presentation Night of the Silver Jubilee Year (1990), it was announced that a Scholarship in the name of Fr Peter O’Reilly, O. Praem, would be offered to a Year 10 St Norbert College student who wished to proceed to Years 11 and 12. This Scholarship would be offered annually and would cover tuition fees for the two years of study in Senior School. The current value of the Scholarship is approximately $9,000. The Scholarship is a needs-based assistance scheme to help a student who might not otherwise be able to continue his/her studies in Years 11 and 12. Application forms are available on our website or from reception.


Applications close Friday 12 October 2018.


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

Semester Two Accounts

Semester Two Accounts

Semester 2 statements were sent home this week. Thank you to those families who have paid Semester 1 accounts in full and those who have set up a payment arrangement with the College. Families who have difficulty with the payment of school fees are asked to please contact the Finance Officer, Mrs Joleen Scott on 9350 5433 or [email protected].


Fees are payable by Friday 31 August and can be paid at Reception by EFTPOS/cash/cheque, BPAY or by payment plan with the College.

Mr J O’Sullivan (Business Manager)

Academic Excellence

Aurecon Bridge Building Competition

Last week three Year 8 students, Ayden Ratnasekera, Bob Watson and Varun Shivnani competed in the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition. In the lead up to judging day, the students spent many hours designing and building a creative, innovative and strong bridge. With a set kit of materials and minimal equipment to be used, it made the task even more challenging.


Judging day began with a nervous wait to see if our bridge would withstand the weights added to it to test its strength. The bridge “failed” at 6kg but still looked mostly intact. Other schools were not so lucky as their bridges fell to pieces. The winning school's bridge, however, held a whopping 57kg. Engineers from Aurecon gave the team good advice as to how they could improve their bridge in the future. Congratulations to the boys on their massive effort. We’ll get them next year!



Next week many of the Year 7 students will have the unique opportunity to join and compete with students from around the globe in the UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge Australia organised by Curtin University (in association UNEP-DHI Centre for Water and Environment). This provides an exciting and authentic learning experience for students to work in teams through the online strategic game “Aqua Republica”. Good luck to our Year 7s!

Tournament of Minds

We have a team of seven eager students from Years 7 to 9 working together to solve a STEM challenge. The students need to invent a thought to be extinct animal organism, show their discovery via video, and be able to explain the science behind it in a 10-minute presentation. We wish our budding David Attenboroughs well in their challenge.


Mrs L Cardenia (Academic Excellence Coordinator)

Student Achievements

Ben Rowlands (Year 11 - K5)

All Schools Rowing Regatta

Congratulations to Ben Rowlands who represented St Norbert College at the All Schools Rowing Regatta on Friday 21 July held at Champion Lakes. Ben won the 1km single scull in a time of 4:31, the 1km quad (alongside rowers from Trinity and All Saints) in a time of 3:43 and the 1km Open Double (alongside a rower from Trinity) in a time of 3:38. Thanks to Sam Rowlands for sending through the information and images. Unfortunately, Sam was injured and unable to compete on the day. The brothers were introduced to rowing after taking part in a WAIS Talent Identification testing session held at the College last year. Congratulations Ben, we look forward to hearing more about your successes on the river and hope to see Sam back competing soon.


Chloe Reilly (Year 9 - T3)

We recently wished Chloe Reilly our best wishes in representing WA in the School Sport Australia U15 Girls AFL National Championships. We were pleased to hear that Chloe had a fantastic carnival and made the All-Australian team for being one of the best players for the championships. This is a significant achievement and now puts Chloe on the radar for AFLW clubs and we have no doubt she is an AFLW star of the future. Congratulations Chloe!


Jaco Jansen van Rensburg (Year 11 - K4)

Congratulations to Jaco Jansen van Rensburg who was announced as a member of the Athletics Australia Under 17 and Under 18 Talent Recognition List. The two groups are part of a next generation of athletes with the potential to represent Australia in future senior athletics teams. Well done Jaco and we look forward to following your journey!

MJ Jansen van Rensburg (Year 12 - K6)

Keep Watch!

MJ Jansen van Rensburg was recently featured in The West Australian newspaper in the “Ed!” lift out. The West Australian contacted the College asking for any “sport stars in the making” and they were very eager to feature MJ in a Q & A style interview accompanied by a great photo of MJ winning the Open boys race at the 2018 ACC Cross Country.


You can view the article below and keep an eye out each Tuesday as something tells me we might have a few more students featured!

Mr M Price (Head of Sport)

Humanities and Social Sciences

Year 10 HASS

On Wednesday 1 August, five Year 10 Humanities and Social Sciences students had the opportunity to share company with Mr Bill Johnston MLA Member for Cannington at Parliament House. The visit entailed a tour of the main building, admiring photographs of past and present leaders of Western Australia, followed by a three-course meal in the dining room. On the lookout for members of Parliament we recognised, we noticed a few familiar faces. After lunch we spent some time in the beautiful Legislative Assembly and learnt some party facts and sat in members’ seats. We were all mesmerised by the stain glass and wooden architecture. Congratulations to Brooke Bennett, Nicholas Colquhoun, Kayla Hartree, Maxim Musyukhin and Patrick Osias for being excellent ambassadors of the College and thank you to Mr Johnston for extending this invitation to the College.


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

Human Biology and Psychology Excursion

Year 12 Human Biology and Psychology

On Thursday 26 July the Year 12 Human Biology and Psychology students attended the Perth Zoo for a unique learning experience. Students attended two seminars which examined the evolutionary trends within the Primate order and how the principles of learning have been applied to the care and management of Perth Zoo’s animals. Under the direction of Perth Zoo staff, brave students were even able to touch a snake. Between seminars, students were able to explore the zoo grounds and see Zeus the notorious Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat and the Pygmy Marmoset; a favourite among staff and students. Well done to all students for their excellent behaviour and participation on the day.

Mrs B Kremer and Miss A Fogliani (Science and Psychology Teachers)

Year 12 Geography

Year 12 Geography “Amazing Race”

On Tuesday August 7 2018, the Year 12 Geography students participated in the inaugural St Norbert College Geography Amazing Race. Just like the real thing students in teams raced to various parts of the CBD. At each location, students conducted fieldwork activities and saw first-hand the different urban processes and problems occurring along with the planning solutions to address them.


The second part of the day saw students travel to Cockburn Central, a transit-orientated development to observe how locating high density residential and commercial functions near train stations can address the problems of urban sprawl and traffic congestion in our city.

The students had an enjoyable day, as they were able to put theory learned in class into practice. Congratulations to Kathlynn Loreto, Priyanka Tamang, Kryztal Nasuli and Gracelyn Gacutno for finishing the race first and to Linda Yeoh, Liam Trevena and Amy Murphy for gaining the highest marks on the day. Special thanks go to Ms Hyland for assistance with the excursion.


Mr A McGoorty (Geography Teacher)

Mathematics Workshop

Mathematics Workshop - Term 3


Hackathon 2018

St Norbert College students stand out at the City of Canning First Youth Hackathon 2018

On Friday 3rd August, St Norbert students participating in the Just Start IT entrepreneurship program and Certificate II Business course participated in the City of Canning Hackathon Innovation Challenge. The challenge centred around water literacy and in particular ‘How can we connect peoples’ values and behaviours to water, to help create a more water sensitive community and city where the water cycle is better understood and embraced.’


Our students actively engaged in the challenge working collaboratively throughout the day. Industry representatives from DWER, Watercorp, WA Police and Landgate supported the students and answered the excellent subject matter questions posed by our students. Two teams from St Norbert College were selected to progress through to the three team final round.

The two teams selected to present their findings at the final round later this year consisted of:

Team 1 – Archa Pillai, Belinda Parkin, Chelsea Dato, Liv Lubas, Lidia Kahsay and Ishu Adhikari

Their idea to promote water literacy centred on a cultural film festival that showcased water usage from migrant countries and educated about water use in WA.


Team 2 – Michael Pambuka, Hudson Montgomery, Tony Ngo, Tracey Bhujun, Mikayla Farrelly, Alexis Joseph

Their idea to promote water literacy was to create a garden landscaping app that rated the water sustainability of types of plants and garden configurations. This would educate on native plant options as well.


Congratulations to all of the St Norbert students who participated.


Mr L Smith (Business Teacher)

Mr M Openshaw (Head of Careers and VET)

Year 8 Social - Rollerdrome

Year 8 Social


A buzz of excitement spread around the College on Wednesday morning as the new look Year 8 Social was announced. We are going roller skating!


Where:                               Morley Rollerdrome,  95 Catherine St, Morley WA 6062

When:                                 Thursday 6 September from 4.00pm  to  6.00pm

                                              (Depart the College at 3.40pm and return to the College at 6.30pm)

Cost:                                   $27.00.

Guidelines:                      Neat, tidy dress suitable for rollerskating should be worn, with no excessive                                                             jewellery or make up. Long pants including jeans are recommended. Anyone                                                        wearing a skirt must wear leggings. Socks are essential for wearing the roller                                                          skates. Students will have time at the end of the day to change before boarding                                                    the bus.

Refreshments:              Nachos, drink and an ice-cream are included in the ticket price. Extra food/drinks                                                can be purchased at the venue at students' own cost. Please ensure you record                                                    dietary requirements on the MCB – Consent to Go medical form.

Transport:                       Buses from Horizons West will transport students and staff from St Norbert                                                            College and return them at 6.30pm. Parents are requested to collect their                                                                children promptly at 6.30pm from inside the Performing Arts Centre. No student                                                  will be  permitted to wait in the car park or at the front of the College.


Staff will be present to ensure that high standards of behaviour are maintained, and to join in the evening’s festivities. 


Ticket sales or collection will begin on Tuesday 14 August at lunchtimes in the Year 8 Quad. Final sales will be on  Friday 31 August 2018. Payment can be made online through MCB – Consent to Go at time of approval and tickets collected from the sales table. Your child will not be able to purchase tickets on the night. The consent approval and medical form on MCB - Consent to Go must be completed before a cash ticket purchase will be permitted. ENTRY WILL BE REFUSED TO ANY STUDENT WHO FAILS TO ATTEND SCHOOL ON THE DAY OF THE SOCIAL.


The SRC Year 8 representatives have worked hard to plan a great night. We are looking forward to a fun evening, with prizes, great music and a lot of fun. So Year 8s get your skates on and get a ticket.


Mrs M Silva (Teacher Geography, Religion and Humanities)

The Arts

Catholic Performing Arts Festival


We were delighted to receive an Outstanding Award in the Secondary Musicals for Oliver from the adjudicators at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. This is a wonderful result for us and we are so proud of all of the cast and crew. Well done!

Senior Drama Club

The Senior Drama Club performed at La Salle College in the second week of Term 3. They did an excellent job and everyone really wanted to know what was going on next in their play. I commend the students on their wonderful portrayal. The adjudicator was very impressed with their dramatic timing and tension and their vocal clarity and characterisation.


Both the Junior and Senior Drama Clubs are very busy rehearsing for our Drama Night on 5 September. Our audience will see two full one-act plays and we are hoping for a full house so that the casts will be ready for the Youthfest competition the following week. Information will be available soon in regards to tickets for this night.

Ms K Hilton (Drama Teacher/Oliver Director)


The St Norbert College Guitar Ensemble, directed by Mr Don Neander, performed on Friday 27 July at Lumen Christi College in the Instrumental Ensembles (Acoustic Classical Guitar) section of the Performing Arts Festival. A huge congratulations to the students of the Guitar Ensemble who were awarded a Certificate of Excellence for their performance.


The following week of the festival was dedicated to contemporary bands and both our Year 11 Certificate II and Year 12 Certificate III bands played their hearts out on Thursday 2 August at Corpus Christi College. Always a spectacular display of talent with live sound, lighting and smoke machines, both bands performed admirably and walked away with very positive responses from the adjudicator with mainly 'excellent' and 'very good' grades throughout. Well done to the Skinny Elephants, Electric Dissent and the Guitar Ensemble for getting us off to a great start in the Festival.


The incredible efforts of our vocalists have also continued over the last two weeks and congratulations go to the following students who represented the College in solo performances:

  • Isabella Giuffre
  • Kira Willis
  • Darcy Eyre
  • Jayde Blogna
  • Jaslina Pereira
  • Blake Jenkins
  • Siena Kelly
  • Ira Sanchez
  • Ariannah Tilli
  • Alexis Joseph
  • Nyssa Coutinho
  • Ira Sanchez and Siena Kelly (Duet)

In addition to this, Blake and Cooper Jenkins have received an Outstanding Award for Secondary Vocal Duet in the Instrumental Solo/Duet section of the Festival.


Congratulations again to all of these students for their time and dedication to music and the performing arts.

Mr C Beins (Head of Learning Area – The Arts)

State Basketball League

Mens and Womens State Basketball League

Last weekend, the Mens and Womens State Basketball League finals commenced with St Norbert College having a strong representation. In the WSBL, Nes’eya Williams (Yr 11) and ex-student, Lori Ashworth are representing the Perth Redbacks in their first-round match up against Stirling Senators. Perth won their first game in a best-of-three series and look to advance through to the next round with another win.


In the mens, Ryan Godfrey is the captain of the Rockingham Flames who took a 1–0 advantage over the Geraldton Buccaneers. Ryan is having another strong season averaging 15pts, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game. The Flames travel to Geraldton this weekend to hopefully close out the series. You can follow these players on the SBL website – Good luck to all involved.


Mr L Ford (Specialised Basketball Coordinator)

Redcliffe/Riverton Bus

Bus Service Change

The College Redcliffe/Riverton bus service has been slightly amended to commence Term 3.


The changes are:

  • The removal of the ‘Kent St at John Macmillan Park’ bus stop, which has not been used since the start of this year.
  • The addition of two new stops – Fern Rd before Watts Rd, and Leach Hwy before Braibrise Rd.


The remainder of the bus route remains the same and scheduled times of the other stops have not been affected.


The updated map is attached and is also available on the College website; hard copies can be found at Student Services.

If you have any questions or would like further information about the College bus services, please do not hesitate to contact me via email: [email protected] or by calling (08) 9350 5433.


Mr M Biddle (Community Relations and Marketing)


Uniform Shop



Mondays        8.30am – 11.30am

Thursdays      1.00pm – 4.00pm


Mrs R Kelly (Uniform Shop)

'In the Middle of Everything'

Copies of this outstanding publication, which chronicles the first 50 years of St Norbert College, are available for purchase for just $20. The 152-page, full colour book tells the story of people, young and old, who have been fully committed to the aspiration of being 'prepared for all good works' from the school's origins until the present day. 

To purchase a copy of the book, please contact Mrs Angela Hughes at the College on (08) 9350 5433.

VacSwim 2018

With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is essential.

You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays.

VacSwim is for all children - from beginners to more advanced swimmers and young people doing their Bronze Medallion. Your children can start as young as five years old.

Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim at pools and open water venues across the State.


Enrol your children in VacSwim now at


TeeBall - Cloverdale Comets


Kathmandu Kids


2018 Entertainment Book

Buy your Entertainment Book or Digital Membership through St Norbert College and support St Joseph’s P&F.


St Norbert College is again selling the Entertainment Books with proceeds going towards St Joseph’s Primary School. They are $70 each and you can purchase either a hard copy  at College Reception or the digital version by clicking on the link below.

Order page:

Virtual Book Link:

Class of 1988 and 1998 reunions

Class of 1988 – Saturday October 27, 2018

Class of 1998 – Saturday October 13, 2018

Both reunions will be held at The Merrywell, Burswood Casino, from 7pm onwards. No tickets or bookings required. Please spread the word! Enquiries to [email protected]

Free Yoga Classes for Staff and Students

Free Yoga Class for staff and students on Tuesday 28 August at 3.30pm in the Xanten Dance Studio.   Please book with Ms Harvey.


Mrs D Carvalho (Psychology Services)


  • Friday 17 August - Home Study Day
  • Friday 17 August - Fr Peter O'Reilly Scholarships open
  • Monday 20 August - Home Study Day
  • Thursday 23 August - 2019 Year 7 and new Student Information Evening, Br Pat Forum, 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Murdoch - Primer Classes.pdf
VacSwim October poster - HD for download.pdf
Registration Flyer - 2018-2019 Season - final.pdf
KK Sponsorship.pdf
Dads Breakfast.pdf
Recliffe new 2018.pdf
Morley Rollerdrome 1 (1).pdf