22 November 2019
Week 4.6 - Issue 17


From the Principal
Dean of Studies
Deputy Principals
Academic Excellence
Student Achievements
Student Ministry
Year 11 Integrated Science
Humanities and Social Science
Pastoral Care
Things to remember
St Norbert College
(08) 9350 5433
135 Treasure Road
Queens Park, Western Australia, 6107



We pray that our school will be filled with love
We pray that our learning will be full of truth
We pray that our playground will be full of joy
We pray that our friendships will be full of forgiveness
We pray that our teachers will be full of wisdom
We pray that our community will be full of hope
May we run with your love
Build on your truth
Play with your joy
Share your forgiveness
Rest in your wisdom every day


St Norbert, pray for us


From the Principal

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

A common theme of events celebrated here at St Norbert College in recent weeks was that of remembrance. As a College, we have had occasions to remember those we love and miss, those who have served us in conflict and even the loss of someone special. I speak of the special occasions of All Saints and Souls Day, our Remembrance Day service and the life of Abbot Noyens whose funeral was held in Tongerlo on the Feast of all Saints of the Norbertine Order.


It was very sad when we were informed of the passing of our beloved Abbot Noyens on 5 November at the Saint Camillus Community House in Antwerp, Belgium. The College, on behalf of our community, sent flowers to the funeral for Fr Abbot which was held on Wednesday 13 November, the Feast of all Saints of the Norbertine Order, at Tongerlo Abbey. Abbot Noyens was a regular visitor to St Joseph’s Priory in Queens Park and he will be cherished forever by the Norbertines and staff and students of St Norbert College alike.

A few days preceding the funeral, our College held a beautiful service to mark Remembrance Day and I thank Dr Runco, staff and students for their efforts in recognising this special day with reverence and respect.

Conversely though, it was with much pleasure this week that we welcomed Abbot Joseph Wouters, the Abbot General of the Norbertine Order. Abbot Jos has been visiting the Queens Park Priory since Sunday, spending a week here before returning to Rome where he resides. It was a special honour to escort Abbot Jos on a tour of our College, to see our terrific campus and to meet a number of our beautiful students and staff. We hope that Abbot Jos will become a regular visitor to Queens Park, much like Abbot Noyens before him.


It is wonderful to acknowledge the extraordinary achievements of our students in various publications. Many in our community would be aware through external media outlets that Isabella Hulm (Year 8) has been accepted as one of 10 secondary school students with a strong interest in war history to have been selected for a fantastic trip to Darwin and Singapore for the 2020 Premier's ANZAC Student Tour. This is an excellent achievement and a true testament to Isabella’s hard work and dedication to her studies. Congratulations Isabella!


I would like to finish with the words of Pope Francis on the occasion of All Saints Day, but also in memory of Abbot Noyens who will always have a special place in the heart of our College community;


“The memory of the Saints leads us to raise our eyes to Heaven: not to forget the realities of the earth, but to face them with more courage and hope” (Pope Francis @Pontifex)


God bless.

Mr S Harvey (Principal)


Dean of Studies

What is success?

The factors that predict success have been a topic of rigorous research and discussion, particularly in education for a number of years. Professor Angela Duckworth, a research psychologist and author at the University of Pennsylvania, has focused on the concept of 'grit’ as one of these primary factors. In Professor Duckworth’s work, grit is based around the idea of passion and perseverance towards (important) long-term personal goals, however her work has been scrutinised and criticised, with many arguing that there are other factors that have significant influence and therefore grit alone cannot guarantee success.


In response, Professor Duckworth has continued to examine grit, quitting and predictors of success, including her research with more than 11,000 cadets over the past 12 years from the United States Military Academy (West Point). The entry process into West Point is difficult and highly sought after and requires an extensive two-year process and the completion of a six-week initiation nicknamed Beast Barracks. The selection requires a high level of both physical and academic endurance. On average, three out of every 100 cadets drop out during this training  and this is fascinating for the research, as they retreat so quickly after such an arduous admissions process.


This accumulation of data aims to answer whether grit can predict the success outcomes, or that grit isn’t the most important factor. The research has so far concluded that given the combination of demanding physical and academic performance, ‘the grittier you are, the less likely you are to drop out during that very discouraging time’ and that while it is very important to help people stick with things when they’re hard, it’s not the best predictor of every aspect of success.


What then might be the practical implications, particularly for school students and the requirements for the completion of exams, tests and other assessments? Some degree of academic ability can predict academic success, however, the student that is willing to challenge themselves to work harder, seek feedback and develop a plan for their homework and study will gradually build up their ‘grit muscles’. Grit may be a contributing factor to the development of character – that is, a person that will acknowledge a challenge or difficult problem, and make a decision to try to find solutions or new ways of learning. A person of character develops the wisdom to also know when they face uncertainty about a topic or concept and will actively seek the help of another (for instance, a teacher) to assist their understanding. To some degree they do quit, however, they only quit in one specific way, in order for another to help them find new ways.


Professor Duckworth has noted that other attributes are also the key to long-term achievement and says: “If you want to lead a happy, healthy, helpful life, you want to cultivate many aspects of your character, like honesty, kindness, generosity, curiosity —and, of course, grit.” 


Therefore, while grit can help you to persevere, the development of these other qualities will add value to your journey to persevere, and that may ultimately be the true measure of success in life.


*Reference: (4/11/2019)





Examination Timetable


Week 4.7



Monday 25 November


Tuesday 26 November



Wednesday 27 November


Thursday 28 November




Friday 29 November



Year 10 English


Year 10 Science

Examination Catch-Up


Year 10 Humanities                


Year 10 Religious Education

Year 10 Japanese   

Year 10 Sports Science


Year 10 Mathematics

Examination Catch-Up

Period 1 & 2


Period 3 & 4

Period 5 & 6


Period 3 & 4


Period 1 & 2

Period 5 & 6

Period 5 & 6


Period 1 & 2

Period 5 & 6


Students in YEAR 10 will be required to attend the College for scheduled examinations only.



Week 4.8



Monday 2 December                                                     

Tuesday 3 December



Wednesday 4 December


Thursday 5 December


Friday 6 December


Year 9 Mathematics


Year 9 Humanities

Examination Catch-Up


Year 9 English        


Year 9 Science


Year 9 Religious Education Examination Catch-Up

Period 1 & 2                      

Period 3 & 4

Period 5 & 6


Period 5 & 6


Period 3 & 4


Period 1 & 2

Period 5 & 6


Students in YEAR 9 students will attend regular classes when not required to complete an examination.


Examination Guidelines

Any student who is unable to attend an examination due to illness or injury must inform the College as early as possible. Please note the following:


  • a)medical certificate must be provided upon return to the College.
  • b) The student's teacher  and/or Head of Learning may allow a student to attend and complete a scheduled ‘catch-up’ examination. A student may also be referred to the Dean of Studies if required.


Any students with special provisions for the examinations must place their Purple Card on the desk in the examination venue. If a student has a provision for extra time, then all efforts should be made for the student(s) to commence their examination first, and ensure that their finish time coincides with all other students.


Please check and ensure that you bring all required/permissible materials to your examinations as students are allowed to provide a water bottle with all labels/markings removed to a maximum volume of 750ml. Students are permitted to use the toilet only after 45 minutes and not in the final 30 minutes. (Students with specific medical provisions may be exempted).


Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Deputy Principals

Year 9 Examinations


All Year 9 students should be preparing for their final examinations which commence on Monday 2 December. Students are required to attend school and attend exams as scheduled. The examination timetable is available on SEQTA in Documents. Good luck to all students. Early preparation and the use of a Study Planner are essential to reducing stress during exam time.


Year 11 Reminders

We farewelled our Year 11 students on Friday 22 November with a mass and an assembly, which included a performance by the band Treasure Road. Best wishes to all students and families.

  • Statement of Results were issued to all Year 11 students. Appeals to results need to be lodged by 27 November.
  • Order forms with sizing and names for Leavers Jackets-due Friday 22 November. Payment required by 14 February 2020.
  • Ball tickets need to be purchased by 5 December.

Changes to 2020 subjects can be made by making an appointment with Ms Rainford via email or by contacting Mrs Burgoyne 9350 5433.

Student Leaders Planning and Development Day


A Planning and Development Day for student leaders for 2020 will be held at the College on Monday 2 December starting in the Xanten Theatre at 8:45am. Information has been sent to students and parents (MCB Consent2Go) of all College Captains, Specialist Captains, House Committee Chairs and SRC members. We look forward to a productive day beginning with input from our guest speaker, Mr Mark Clayden and planning for 2020 events. Parents are asked to complete the permission to attend via MBC Consent2Go as soon as possible.

Uniform Shop

A reminder that the last opening for the year will be Thursday 5 December, 1.00pm – 5.00pm.

Last Day of Term 4

A reminder that all Year 7-9 students finish on Friday 13 December at 12 noon. A Thanksgiving mass will be celebrated at 9:20am at St Joseph’s Church. All are welcome.

Commencement Dates 2020


To assist with summer holiday planning, the following are the commencement dates for 2020:

  • Monday 3 February:    Year 7, new Year 8-10 students and ALL Year 11 & 12 students
  • Tuesday 4 February:   Year 8 -10 students


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

Year 10 Exams

Next week Year 10 students commence their final exams which are scheduled to conclude on Friday, 29 November. All Year 10 students been have provided with their exam schedule which includes important information about how best to prepare themselves for their exams. Year 10 students are then required to return to the College on Monday 2 December and Tuesday 3 December for their exam reviews and for the final Mass and Assembly for the year. After this, students will then commence their Christian Service Learning and/or Work Experience.


I wish all Year 10 students the best of luck in their final exams but for some students it is extra important that they have a successful series of exams in order to qualify to study their preferred Year 11 subjects next year. Once Year 10 reports are published, students will still have the opportunity to move to meet with me to discuss moving across to their preferred subjects providing they have met the Minimum Entry Requirement. Students will be provided with details on how to book an interview time at their final assembly on Tuesday 3 December.

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


The Importance of a Healthy Approach


Term Four is commonly known as the ‘exam term’. Whilst not all students have end-of-year exams, all students still have final assessment tasks to complete and can often find that their energy reserves are running low after a long school year.


It is for this reason that we advocate students to have a healthy approach to their studies. It is important that students eat healthy foods, maintain an active lifestyle and get plenty of sleep during these final weeks of the school year. Those ‘fun’ pastimes such as watching movies or gaming should be put aside to focus on study, completing school work and being active. It is also important that students maintain their peer connections as this will help strengthen their resilience in these last few stressful weeks.


In this regard, we encourage students to bring healthy foods to school to keep their energy levels up. Foods that are high in sugar can often bring a quick burst of energy but this soon diminishes leaving students feeling more tired. Soft drinks, sugary foods and energy drinks should be avoided whilst fruit, vegetables and healthy protein should be encouraged. For any student who ‘rushes’ out of home on the way to school - rather than make a trip to the local shop for a sugar hit, they should remember that a healthy breakfast is always available at the College through the Breakfast Club which runs in the ORC every morning before school.


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


Academic Excellence

Treasure Trove: Stories of St Norbert’s Past


Staff and students have been lucky to have some of our ex-students give up their time to come and visit us to tell us about their time at St Norbert College, what they have been doing since leaving and what lessons they learned that assisted them in their lives.

Treasure Trove 1: Michael McLevie (Class of 2018)

Exactly a year after graduating from SNC, Michael McLevie returned to explain his unconventional approach to success, which began with an investment project while he was in Year 9. At age 14, Michael bought a website for $8500 (with the support of his father) which he estimates is now worth about $200,000. Michael describes the site – MC.MK (or Minecraft Market) as the eBay of Minecraft, the action-adventure computer game. MC.MK allows its 193,000 followers to buy, sell or browse advertised Minecraft-related wares. Michael was a user of the site and admits he stumbled across the opportunity to buy it - and fortunately the risk of borrowing the finances paid off. He is now studying a commerce degree at Curtin University, with a major in entrepreneurship.


Michael did not study ATAR subjects, electing a general pathway, and says being involved in Drama Club, including the 2018 production Oliver The Musical, helped with his public speaking ability, self-development and confidence within himself. Studying multi-media, robotics and IT at school also gave him a solid foundation of computer concepts and he credits the College will setting solid learning techniques. “The thing I’ve realised is that it’s not what you are learning but the process of learning, so now if I want to learn something new, I know how to approach study,’’ he says, adding: “It is not always a straight path to get where you want to go.’’    

Treasure Trove 2: Spencer Flay
(Class of 1991)

Spencer Flay had not been back to the College for some time and was surprised to see how much the structures had changed. During his time, there was no Fr Peter O'Reilly Centre, Br Patrick Doolan Forum, Cappenburg, Trade Training Centre or Xanten Performing Arts buildings. Spencer spoke about his love of his time at St Norbert College and the lifelong friends he made here, including the late Br Patrick. Spencer’s favourite subjects were Physical Education, Drama and English as a student and he enjoyed being part of the Xanten Singers, an after-school singing club.


On leaving school, Spencer completed a Law Degree and then spent a few years travelling the globe. He said his ‘piece of paper’ came in handy as it allowed him to use his degree to find work along the way and he ended up spending a few years based in London.


Spencer is a successful lawyer and partner in one of eight Australian major law firms. He deals with commercial law and enjoys his work. The students were interested in hearing about his cases.


Spencer encouraged the students to follow their passion and to make sure they have a balanced school life, remembering that study is important along the way. He said that with hard work you can do anything in life.

Treasure Trove 3: Fr CJ Millen
(Class of 2000)


We were very proud to have the first St Norbert College student to become a priest, Fr CJ Millen, as one of our guest speakers.


Fr CJ spoke fondly of his time here at the College. He said he wasn’t a strong student academically but did his best and liked to be involved in College life. We were told that Br Patrick and Br David were both positive influences in his school life.


Born in Kalgoorlie, Fr CJ lived in many country towns when he was young as his dad was a primary school teacher and then headmaster. The family was truly involved in community life. Later the family moved to Perth and that’s how the young CJ came to be a student at St Norbert College.


Fr CJ credits his upbringing and family for his faith formation. His parents made him go to church every week whilst he was younger. However, they often had open conversations with him about faith and his relationship with God. They wanted him to take his own journey.


While in senior school, Fr CJ had regular jobs, working in Kmart and being a swimming instructor. Once he left school he went to TAFE to do Computer Engineering, followed by completing a degree in Education and had other jobs in electronics and telecommunication but he always felt that there was something missing. A conversation with a priest helped him to realise that maybe his vocation was priesthood.


He was ordained a Deacon in November 2013 studying at Charles Seminary to be a priest and in March 2015 was ordained a priest and began working in the Thornlie area. Fr CJ now works with the bishop at St Mary’s Cathedral focussing on helping the youth. He has been promoting the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) being held in Perth 8-10th December.


Fr CJ told us to be open to anything and to do what you love. He also shared a few jokes, another passion of his, and gave us a blessing before saying goodbye.


Treasure Trove 4: Lucas East
(Class of 2001)


The final of our four guest speakers, Lucas East, has not been a stranger to the College since graduating in 2001. He returned has to be part of ex-student and staff/student pantomimes and recently visited the College to speak to a drama group too.


Lucas admits that he was a chameleon at school. He had many friendship groups and was able to adapt to fit in with the students in each group but always strived to be part of the “cool” group. Lucas said that he was often the sounding board for friends that had problems. After completing high school and when he realised that it was okay to be himself he re-connected with a group of friends that he still calls his close friends from St Norbert’s. During his time at school, Lucas loved Drama class. He said it allowed him to be the real version of himself and to gain many skills that he has used in life after school.


He admits that he probably enjoyed the social side of school too much and paid the price by not gaining a direct pathway to university. After some hard work, Lucas made it into university and successful completed an undergraduate Bachelor in Psychology. But the hard work had made him tired of study. He took a four-year break where he travelled to and did part-time work in many countries, his favourite being the Greek Isles.


On his return, Lucas went back to university and completed a Masters in Psychology. He now works as a Clinical Psychologist. He told us about the highs and lows of his job and how enjoys his work immensely.


Lucas had two main messages for the students. One was that in life you may not always take a direct path to where you want to go but with persistence you will find your own path that will take you there. The second being that you should be yourself and people will accept you for who you are.


Thank you to all our guest speakers for giving up their time to visit us and share their stories. It is much appreciated. And as you can see, each guest speaker had a common theme to work hard and persist so that you can love what you do.


Assessment of Languages Competence -  Japanese


Congratulations to the Year 10 and Year 11 students (see below) for their efforts in the Assessment of Languages Competence (ALC) Tests for Japanese. The online tests are designed to assess language competence in learners of additional languages and our students have proven that they are indeed competent at Japanese language.


The Year 10 students aimed to gain a Certificate I. They all earned the Certificate I and some excelled in their achievement. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Yin Yin Feng, Alina George, Sophia Lu, Alice O’Malley and Ava Pemberton for earning a Distinction in the Listening Test.
  • Alina George, Sophia Lu, Ava Pemberton and Alyssa Yang for earning a Distinction in the Reading Test.
  • Yin Yin Feng and Alice O’Malley for achieving a High Distinction in the Reading Test.

A fantastic effort by all the Year 10's.


The Year 11 students aimed to achieve a Certificate II, although a slight hiccup saw them completing the Certificate III listening assessment. All the students (Shin Bawar, Shania Cura, Amanda D’Cruz, Yen Ngo and Elsa Tan) earned a High Distinction for the Certificate II Reading Test. What an awesome effort!


And Shania Cura, Yen Ngo and Elsa Tan gained a Distinction in the Certificate III Listening Test. Amazing!


I hope that these results give them the confidence to do bigger and better things in Japanese in 2020.


Academic Excellence Lunch


This week we celebrated the amazing effort that the Academic Excellence students have made throughout the year with a special lunch. The students from Semester One and Semester Two were treated to platters of sandwiches, hot food, fruit, chocolates and fruit juice. The students were awarded their certificates of completion for the Academic Excellence Program.


Thank you to our Leadership team for joining the students in the celebration.


We look forward to the remaining weeks of the program and to 2020.


Mrs L Cardenia (Academic Excellence Coordinator)


Student Achievements

Thomas Rogers (Year 8 - X5)


Thomas Rogers  has continued his excellent progress on the saxophone, this time passing the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) his Grade 3 Exam. Congratulations Thomas!


Mr C Beins

(Director of Music

Head of Learning Area – The Arts)



World Skills Competition winners!

Meet our latest award-winners! The World Skills Competition medal presentation was held on 22 November during a breakfast at the Crown Perth Grand Ballroom. St Norbert took a clean sweep of the IT competition with gold, silver and bronze being awarded.  Kye Smeschkal, Haggai Girsang, Tristian Lee  (pictured above) were recognised in the skills-based competition that operates at regional, national and international levels, and is aligned to National Training Packages, Apprenticeships Australia and Jobs Australia schemes.

Haggai won the gold medal and will represent WA at the National Competition next year. Congratulations to these students.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ms K Gonsalves
                                                                                                                                            (Acting Head of Careers and VET)


Student Ministry

Catholic Agencies Christmas Appeal

From Week 3 to 9 this term, the College will be running our Catholic Agencies Christmas Appeal and we are asking for donations of non-perishable foods and gifts for the appeal.


We require donations of the following:

  • Christmas puddings
  • Custard
  • Tinned fruit and vegetables
  • Fruit mince pies
  • Jelly
  • Snacks for children
  • Shortbread biscuits
  • Candy canes and lollies
  • Cereal
  • Soft drink/cordial
  • Canned food
  • Chocolates
  • Biscuits
  • Small gifts for children and adults

Donations will be collected though homeroom and passed on to Student Ministry. These will be distributed to different Catholic agencies around Perth close to Christmas.


                                      Ms Margaret Kyd (Coordinator of Campus Ministry)


Year 11 Integrated Science

Year 11 Forensic Incursion

On Wednesday 30 October our Year 11 Integrated Science students had a Forensic Science incursion. To start the day, students had a visit from John Coumbaros a forensic scientist from ChemCenter.


ChemCenter is a state-run forensic lab which is located in Curtin University. Mr Coumbaros gave students a real-life insight into the life and work of a forensic scientist. He also gave great information on career pathways for students to follow to embark on a forensic job in the future. Mr Coumbaros gave students the opportunity to try on hazard base suits and gas masks. This is equipment that he would wear if he was approaching a chemical crime scene. He shared many stories of his career experiences and inspired students to achieve more.

Following this visit, students prepared a crime scene and a scenario for their peers to solve. They collected evidence on site using different collection methods and techniques. Students then applied skills and special techniques they have learnt throughout this semester to critically analyse who committed the crime.


Students had to work in teams and work together to formulate a report of their findings. The Year 11's were engaged in content until the last minute of the day and found the whole experience enjoyable. 


Ms S Gardner (Science Teacher and 

Head of House - Kilnacrott)

Humanities and Social Science

Year 9 HASS Extension Excursion - Courts and Parliament House


Nishnata Chalisey (P7) – Year 10 Extension

On Wednesday 13 November, the Year 9 Humanities Extension class went to the Supreme Courts and Parliament House of Western Australia. When we first arrived, we went to the Old Court House Law Museum, one of the first buildings built in the Swan River Colony, dating 1836. Our guide Rose Fealy gave us an opportunity to do a mock court trial: each student played a fictional role, as  lawyers, judges, judge's associate, ushers, witnesses, the accused and members of the jury. We got a script to read and eventually decided if the accused was guilty or not guilty, just like a real court trial. The whole experience was eye-opening as we learnt what an official criminal trial might be like. Everyone participated and enjoyed it so much that we were laughing about it for the rest of the day.​

Hafsa Siddiqui (X3) – Year 9 Extension

When we walked from the magnificent Supreme Courts gardens to the David Malcolm Justice Centre on Barrack Street, the skyscraper stood high above us transmitting a feeling of power and seriousness. The trial we witnessed was to do with a case of defamation. Inside the building a strict code of silence and respect is omnipresent. The trial itself was very interesting, as it dealt with offences via emails, offending and undermining the reputation of colleagues. Although we did not have time to watch the full trial, this experience gave us a great insight into the role of lawyers, witnesses and the judge in order to make a fair decision on the matter. After returning to the Supreme Court Gardens, we finally had our lunch in Elizabeth Quay, where we could also enjoy some gelato in the sunshine.


Christine Buluran (P5) and Shannette Ndossi (M1) – Year 10 Extension

Our visit to Parliament House was one to remember! We had the opportunity to visit the Upper House of the Parliament (known as Legislative Assembly) and then  attend 'Question Time' in the Lower House of the Parliament (Legislative Council) where politicians raised questions that enhanced their confidence and picked at weaknesses of the government. When we first walked into the room, we were expecting a formal exchange of questions between the politicians; however, what we witnessed was the use of rhetorical speech and sarcasm to depict each other’s faults. You don’t always get the opportunity to see the people who represent our state, step out of their boundaries and discuss matters informally right in front of your eyes, but we were lucky enough to be able to observe along the public viewing area one of the key-aspect of our democratic legislative system. By the end of the day, we had learnt a lot of information about our State Parliament and government… we even got treated with a box each of “Parlia-mints” as a gift!


It has been a pleasure to lead this group of students into our democratic institutions. Their approach, behaviour and engagement has been outstanding, as also noticed by our guides in both locations. The Humanities and Social Sciences teachers encourage each of our students to get involved actively in national and international politics, as this is the key for a healthy, inclusive, fair and long-lasting society.

I would like to thank Mr McGoorty for driving the group safely to our destination and back, as well as helping to ensure students gained the most out of this learning experience.


Dr A Runco (Head of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

As a Pastoral Care Team, we continue to support parents and families who find it difficult to keep control of their children’s mobile phone and computer usage. While your kids are learning to be good online citizens and make friends online, you can do your part by keeping tabs on their iPads, iPhones and other devices. Parental control Apps can help you monitor emails, social media profiles, texts, and other mobile functions. Below is an article explaining some options which may be useful especially leading onto the Christmas holidays.   


Best Parental Control Apps 2019


By Paul WagenseilBrian S. Hall & Sean Riley 

The digital age can be particularly challenging for parents whose kids have smartphones loaded with messaging apps such as Snapchat, TikTok or Kik. Those kids may really believe that their texts, tweets or viral videos can't wait until the following morning.



The best parental-control apps for smartphones can help you track your kids, see with whom the kids are communicating, block kids from viewing objectionable or dangerous websites, and even help kids understand the value of limits while preventing them from accessing adult content or communicating with strangers.


No single parental-control service we tested is perfect, but Net Nanny (formerly Zift) delivered the best mix of web filtering, location tracking and app management on both Android and iOS devices. (All of these apps can do more on Android than on iOS, due to Apple's tight restrictions.)


Norton Family Premier was a close runner-up for best parental-control app. Unlike Net Nanny, Norton's service offers text-message logging and monitoring, but only on Android devices. Norton Family Premier also lets you monitor Windows PCs.


Parents on tight budgets should consider Kaspersky Safe Kids. Its free tier includes web monitoring, time limits and app management, and its full-featured, paid plan is just $15 per year for an unlimited number of devices, including PCs and Macs.

Net Nanny Family Protection Pass

Zift/Net Nanny has excellent web-filtering technology and a modern, intuitive design. Among all the parental-control apps we tried, it comes closest to having feature parity between its iOS and Android versions. Its iOS abilities don't seem to have been affected by recent Apple policy changes.


Net Nanny can track your child's location, display their location history, and set time allowances and schedules equally well on both platforms. The iOS version lets you block several dozen apps on your kid's phone; the Android one lets you block them all. (Tom's Guide readers save $10 off each of Net Nanny's plans.)


The only thing Net Nanny can't do on a smartphone is monitor calls or texts. No apps we tested can do that on iOS, but several do on Android.

Read our full Net Nanny Parental Control review.



Excellent design, navigation. Gets kids actively involved. Now back in iOS App Store. Limited web filters. No call or text monitoring. Can get expensive.

Once the most powerful parental-control app for iPhones, OurPact was hobbled by an Apple rule change in late 2018 that nixed the service's geofencing, location tracking and time allowances on iOS. In early 2019, Apple quietly expelled OurPact from the App Store, but in July, after Apple eased up on its restrictions, OurPact was reinstated.


At its peak, OurPact was the only parental-control app we tested that could manage or block any iOS app. It can still do so for Android devices. OurPact also gets kids involved in managing the daily allowance of screen time that you give them, and it does a good job of scheduling.


Yet, its website filtering simply blocks porn, and it can't monitor calls or texts at all, even on Android. However, you can block messaging apps, and OurPact remains a joy to use.


Read our full OurPact review.

Norton Family Premier - Top pick for Android


Norton Family Premier's power and features are ideal for Android (and Windows) households with many children, offering nearly every feature a parent could want.


This service's location-tracking, time-scheduling, and web-filtering and -monitoring capabilities work on both iOS and Android, but time allowances are for only Windows and Android. App management and text-message monitoring don't work on iOS at all. There's no geofencing on either platform.


Norton Family Premier comes free if you spring for one of Norton's more expensive antivirus suites, such as Norton 360 Deluxe, which is often discounted to as little as $50 per year. At that price, getting Norton Family Premier along with Norton's excellent antivirus protection is a no-brainer.


Read our full Norton Family Premier review.

Kaspersky Safe Kids


Like Qustodio, Kaspersky Safe Kids lets you monitor your kids' activities on PCs and Macs, as well as on smartphones. Even better, Kaspersky's paid tier is only $15 per year, and even its free plan lets you set time limits, filter websites and manage other apps.


Kaspersky's location tracking and geofencing work in both iOS and Android, as do its web monitoring and device scheduling. But app management is limited on iOS, and the iOS app can't monitor calls or texts at all. Still, if you don't feel a need to read your kids' text messages, then Kaspersky Safe Kids is well worth considering.


In March 2019, Kaspersky Lab filed an antitrust complaint against Apple for allegedly forcing the removal of some features from Kaspersky Safe Kids. Apple hinted in June 2019 that it might relax some of its tighter restrictions on iOS parental-control apps with iOS 13, but we haven't yet seen anything different and Kaspersky's complaint is ongoing.


Read our full Kaspersky Safe Kids review.


Qustodio has software for Macs, PCs. iOS and Android devices and Amazon Fire tablets, and it lets you set time limits for individual apps and individual devices.


This service's limited location tracking works on both iOS and Android, although there's no geofencing option. However, a Family Locator feature that shows you where all your kids are at once was added in September 2019. 


You can manage only a few dozen apps on iOS, as opposed to all Android apps. Web filtering is more powerful on iOS, while monitoring texts and calls works on only Android.


The one big drawback is that Qustodio can get expensive, costing up to $138 per year for 15 devices. In early 2019, Qustodio experimented with offering a much cheaper three-device plan for $40 per year, but that did not last. (Note: For the time being, Qustodio is offering 10% off each of its plans.)


Read our full Qustodio review.


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The Pastoral Care Team


Play Colts Football 2020


Things to remember

Uniform Shop



Mondays 8.00am – 12.00pm
Thursdays 1.00pm – 5.00pm


Please be aware that the Uniform Shop’s last trading day will be  Thursday 5 December 2019




Thursday, 23 January 2020       1.00pm – 6.00pm

Tuesday, 28 January 2020        9.00am – 12.00noon

Tuesday, 28 January 2020        1.00pm – 6.00pm

Wednesday, 29 January 2020   1.00pm – 6.00pm      Monday, 3 February 2020    8.00am – 12.00noon


NEW: St Norbert College Towel Ponchos

$40 available from the Uniform Shop 

Mrs R Kelly (Uniform Shop)

2020 Student Allowances - Secondary Assistance Scheme

The State Government, through the Department of Education, provides financial support to eligible parents through the Secondary Assistance Scheme (SAS). The aim of the scheme is to assist low income families with secondary schooling costs.


Eligible parents/guardians with students enrolled in Years 7 to 12 studying a full-time secondary course at a Western Australian non-government school will be able to apply for the Secondary Assistance Scheme (SAS) in 2020.


The Secondary Assistance Scheme consists of two allowances:

  • $235.00 Education Program Allowance (payment made to the school); and
  • $115 Clothing Allowance (payment made to the parent/guardian).

Parents/guardians in receipt of the ABSTUDY School Fees allowance from the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) are not eligible for the Secondary Assistance Scheme, but they may apply for the ABSTUDY Supplement Allowance.  The payment amount is $79.00 Education Program Allowance (payment made to the school).


Year 7 and 8 Immunisations

The second round of the Year 7 and 8 Immunisations will occur next week.


A SEQTA message has been sent to all parents and guardians to explain the days in more detail.


Students can wear their full College Tracksuit with their House Shirt on the day. Please ensure this includes the correct shoes as described in the College Diary.


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



Year 7

Year 8

Second Immunisation

(HPV dose #2)

Wednesday 27 November

Thursday 28 November

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)

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

Host families needed! An enriching experience!

Japanese high school students will be visiting Kalamunda from 4th December to 6th December and we are extending the opportunity for families in the local community to participate. Hosting gives your family a wonderful opportunity to make an international friendship and integrate a new family member into your daily routine. You will also receive a generous payment for hosting. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Gold Intercultural Learning by email or call 08 9444 7687 / 0438 871 451.


St Joseph's Parish Youth



  • Friday 22, November  - Canons Specialist Basketball and Sporting Award Night, ORC, 5.30pm-8.30pm
  • Thursday 5 December - Year 7 2020 - Orientation Day
  • Friday 13 December 2019 - ALL Students conclude at 12.00 noon


St Norbert College Awards.pdf
OLNA FAQs for individuals who have left school and who intend to re-sit the OLNA.pdf
Issue 33 out now
PEP talks W3 and 4 T4 2019.pdf
PEP talks W5 and 6 T4 2019.pdf
In Focus Careers November Issue 2019.pdf
Spring Dance 2019 Flyer.pdf
2020 Secondary Assistance Scheme.pdf
Sound Of Music cast list.pdf