24 May 2019
Week 2.4 - Issue 7
From the Principal
Dean of Studies
Deputy Principals
Pastoral Care
Student Successes
Performing Arts
Xanten Founders Day
Student Ministry
Climate Canons
Parent Committee
Student Representative Council
SNESA Football Club
St Norbert College
(08) 9350 5433
135 Treasure Road
Queens Park, Western Australia, 6107




Dear God,
We pray for balance and exchange.
Balance us like trees: As the roots of the tree shall equal its branches, 
so must the inner life be equal to the outer life.
As the leaves shall nourish its roots so shall the roots give nourishment to the leaves.
Without equality and exchange of nourishment there can be no growth and no love.



St Norbert, pray for us

From the Principal

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

“Celebrating our Norbertine tradition and the richness of our cultures, we honour the past and move forward with renewed vigour”.


For those unaware, this statement has been taken from our core College value of Heritage. We celebrated this value at our College assembly earlier this week with a vast array of presentations of recent and future events, recognition of student achievements and a celebration of accomplishments that are for the benefit of all.


In celebrating our heritage, we acknowledge the infinite contributions of those in the past but also recognise our role in building upon that heritage for the future of our College community and world beyond. Our Climate Canons spoke wonderfully of the sustainability changes within our campus to reduce the ecological footprint we impose, in an effort to manage the present for the preservation of a bright future.


We also witnessed a report and video collage of the 2019 Humanities Tour to Europe from a number of student participants. It was clear that the tour had a lasting impact on those who attended, with a host of memorable experiences, most notably the link with the spiritual origins of our College in the town of Magdeburg. I recommend further insight by reading from Dr Runco’s Tour report in our next newsletter (Week 2.6).


The richness of our culture was on display recently with the Drama production of “Around the World in 8 plays”, a very entertaining play performed by our talented students under the direction of Miss Hilton. We honoured mothers, grandmothers, aunties and motherly guardians with the Celebrating our Mum’s breakfast, a wonderfully well-attended event. Thanks must go to Dr Paul Costantino and the Parent Committee for their dedication and service.


In exciting news, we congratulate the Senior Girls Basketball team, under the outstanding tutelage of Mr  Ford, who competed in the final of the ACC Girls Basketball Championships at Bendat Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. In this knockout tournament, the girls proved clearly the best ACC Girls Basketball team of 2019, if not of all time, comprehensively taking out the final 81 to 39 over Sacred Heart College. Well done to Shenae Hartree, named the MVP of the final, and to all of her excellent teammates for their amazing efforts.


And in conclusion, as we embark on a period of examinations for our Year 10 – 12 students, I encourage them to show renewed or continued vigour towards their studies. I wish them well and hope their results are commensurate with their efforts.

God bless.

Mr S Harvey (Principal)

NAPLAN Assessments

Last week saw the commencement of the NAPLAN assessments for our Year 7 and 9 students and many would now be aware of the disruption that many students across our Country faced when completing the assessments due to technological and connectivity issues. The College, through the tireless work from a number of staff lead by Mr Dowling, our Dean of Studies, has endeavoured to ensure that no students were disadvantaged as a result of this disruption. I am very proud of our students for the manner in which they conducted themselves through a stressful time.


Br Pat Memorial Game

A reminder that the St Norbert Ex-Students Association (SNESA) football club are again acknowledging the much loved Br Patrick Doolan this weekend with their annual Br Pat Memorial Game and the presentation of the Br Pat Medal. 


And if you have time, come down to Queens Park Oval on Saturday afternoon to share in the spirit of the occasion.

Dean of Studies

St Norbert Day – Friday 7 June


The Semester One Examinations for ATAR Pathway (Year 11 & 12) students will be commence on Monday 27 May through to Thursday 6 June, and students are required to attend the College for scheduled examinations ONLY. All examinations will be held in the Cappenburg, unless otherwise specified.

The Examinations for Year Ten students will commence on Monday 10 June and go through to Friday 14 June. The examinations will be held in the Cappenburg and Rooms K6 and K7, and Year Ten students must check the timetable to determine where their class is required to attend the examination.


Year Ten Examinations

Monday 10th June             – English                                            (Period 1 & 2)

Tuesday 11th June            – Mathematics                                 (Period 1 & 2)

                                                   – Japanese                                        (Period 5 & 6)

Wednesday 12th June     – Religious Education                    (Period 1 & 2)

                                                  – Examination ‘Catch-up’              (Period 3 & 4)

Thursday 13th June         – Humanities                                     (Period 1 & 2)

                                                  – Sports Science                               (Period 5 & 6)

Friday 14th June               – Science                                              (Period 1 & 2)

                                                  – Examination ‘Catch-up’               (Period 3 & 4)


All students should be familiar with the expectations of uniform, presentation and conduct during examinations. If you are unable to attend an examination on the scheduled day due to illness or injury, your parent/guardian must inform the College as early as possible. A medical certificate must be provided upon return to the College.


The Subject Teacher and/or Head of Learning may allow a student to attend and complete a scheduled ‘Catch-up’ Examination, or the student may be referred to the Dean of Studies as required. Students should always aim to arrive to the College at least twenty minutes prior to the commencement of the examination, and all bags, mobile phones, smart watches and other devices must remain in the student’s locker.


Any student requiring special provisions for the examinations must place their Purple Card on the desk on the examination venue, and for students an Extra Time provision, all effort will  be made for these student(s) to commence their examination first, and ensure that their finish time coincides with all other students. Please note the following examples as they apply to Year Ten students during the examination(s):


Year 10 Student A (Provision for Extra Time – 10 minutes)

  1. Start Time: 8:50am
  2. Finish Time: 10:50am

Year 10 Student B (No provisions required)

  1. Start Time: 9:00am
  2. Finish Time: 10:50am


Students must ensure they are familiar with the required and permissible materials that may be brought into the examinations, and includes the provision of a water bottle with all labels/markings removed and to a maximum volume of 750ml only.



The College recently received the OLNA Round One (2019) results, and a letter will be sent out to Parents with regards to their son or daughter’s OLNA Achievement next week. The purpose of the letter is to inform you if your child has now achieved Category 3 in the OLNA for either Reading, Writing or Numeracy. Parents will also be informed if the student has not yet achieved Category 3, and is expected to participate in the OLNA Round 2, to be held in Term Three.


Please note that for a student in Year 9, they are only required to sit the OLNA from next year if they did not achieve at least Band 8 in the NAPLAN Assessment.

St Norbert Day – Friday 7th June

The Feast Day for the celebration of the entry to eternal life for Saint Norbert is June 6th and it is traditional for the College to mark the occasion with a day of celebration. This year the College will celebrate St Norbert Day on Friday 7th June with the following arrangements:


8:45 – 9:00          Homeroom

9:00 – 9:15          Students move to the O’Reilly Centre (ORC)

9:15 – 10:45        College Mass (all are welcome)


10:45 – 11:15      House Morning Tea – designated House areas

11:15 – 12:00      Staff vs Students Sport (College Oval)

12:00 – 1:45        St Norbert Day Fair

1:45 – 2:00          Pack up stalls, clean up and money collection

2:00 – 2:15          Homeroom

2:15 – 3:15          St Norbert Day Concert – O’Reilly Centre


Students have the opportunity to purchase tokens for hot food prior to St Norbert Day. These will be available from Student Ministry during the lunch breaks.


Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Deputy Principals

Parent Committee Seminar


The next Parent Seminar is scheduled for Tuesday 18 June at 6:00pm (please note the change of time) in the Br Patrick Forum. A guest speaker from Legal Aid will be providing information to parents about the new intimate image laws that came into effect 15 April 2019 as a result of the Criminal Law Amendment (Intimate Images) Act 2018 (WA).   In the case of someone under 16, the law says they cannot legally consent to an image of themselves being shared. The law aims to strike a balance between protecting young people from this harmful behaviour, and not unduly criminalising them.


As young people under the age of 16 are not exempt from this new offence, it is imperative that information regarding these new laws is shared with our students and their parents. On the same day, all Year 9 and 10 students will also be hearing from Legal Aid.


The key messages for young people are:

·         It is against the law to take, keep, send or ask for an intimate image of a person under the age of 18

·         It is against the law to share an intimate image of a person of any age without their consent. 


Information at both the student and parent sessions will include cyberbullying, sexting, filming school fights, sex and consent.  Parents are encouraged to come along and become familiar with the new laws as a means of guiding and protecting their children. Please RSVP your intention to attend (to assist with seating and refreshments) by calling the College on 9350 5433 or via email



ATTENDANCE during Week 5 & 6 for Year 11 & 12 students

A clarification on attendance for the next TWO weeks.

  • Yr 11 & 12 ATAR students only attend school when they have a scheduled examination.
  • Yr 11 & 12 VOCATIONAL students are required to attend all classes on
    • Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 May
    • Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 June
  • VOCATIONAL students should be continuing with TAFE commitments as well as WORK EXPEREINCE (where hours are still required) on Thursdays and Fridays.

 Uniform and Personal Presentation rules apply as well as punctuality (be on time) for ALL STUDENTS.



Please DO NOT drop your child off or wait for them for pick up in the administration carpark or the staff carpark next to the pool at the beginning and end of the school day. There is parking on Treasure Road and the Xanten Performance Arts Centre. The safety of all our community is our priority.


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

Year 11 and Year 12 Exam Week

Please keep our Year 11 and Year 12 students in your prayers over the coming weeks as they sit their Semester One examinations. ATAR students are only required to attend school when they have a scheduled exam although several students take advantage of this time to come into school to ask revision question of their teachers. For students on a Vocational Pathway, they are required to attend regular classes from Monday 27 to Wednesday 29 May (Week 5) and Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 June (Week 6). Vocational students should be continuing with their TAFE commitments during this time as well as their work placement where extra hours are required to be made up.


All Year 11 and Year 12 students are expected to return to the College on Friday 7 June for our St Norbert Day celebrations.


Students are reminded that during the examination weeks, regular school uniform regulations apply including those relating to the Year 12 Leavers’ Jackets.


Year 10 Examinations

As our Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR students head off for their examinations next week, the Year 10 students enter the final stages of teaching and learning prior to the commencement of their Semester One examinations in Week 7. These exams are important for all Year 10 students as they will contribute to the Semester One grade which will be used to support their entry into Year 11 courses next year.


Year 10 students have now received their examination timetable. This is also available for parents and students to access in the ‘Documents’ section of SEQTA. Year 10 students will only be required to attend school when they have a scheduled examination and are expected to use their time away from school for study.


Students are advised to read the ‘Examination Rules’ closely as it provides important information regarding the running of the examinations. Any student illness or medical concern on the day of the exam will require the parent to contact the College in the morning and a Medical Certificate to be provided to explain any absence.


This coming Monday, the 2020 Subject Selection process officially kicks off with the Year 10 Introduction to Course Selection taking place during Period 4. At this session, Year 10 students will be given an overview of the process ahead as well as be provided with information about many of the subjects on offer to Year 11 students next year. As with the recent Examination Preparation Session, relevant handouts and resources will be uploaded to the ‘Documents’ section of SEQTA for parents and students to access.

Leavers’ Jackets

Year 12 student have had a bit on an extra spring in their step over the past two weeks. On Monday 13 May they were given their Class of 2019 Leavers’ Jackets. Year 12 students have been granted permission to wear their Leavers’ jackets to and from school on Monday only. On the other week days, they are expected to wear their College Blazer to and from school and change into their Leavers’ Jacket at their locker. Leavers’ Jackets are not to be worn under their Blazer and students must wear their College Blazer when attending formal College occasions such as assemblies, Mass and excursions.



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

Pastoral Care

How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers

Experts say kids are growing up with more anxiety and less self-esteem.

By Rachel Ehmke


Many parents worry about how exposure to technology might affect toddlers developmentally. We know our preschoolers are picking up new social and cognitive skills at a stunning pace, and we don’t want hours spent glued to an iPad to impede that. But adolescence is an equally important period of rapid development, and too few of us are paying attention to how our teenagers’ use of technology—much more intense and intimate than a 3-year-old playing with dad’s iPhone—is affecting them. In fact, experts worry that the social media and text messages that have become so integral to teenage life are promoting anxiety and lowering self-esteem.

Young people report that there might be good reason to worry. A survey conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health asked 14-24 year olds in the UK how social media platforms impacted their health and wellbeing. The survey results found that Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all led to increased feelings of depression, anxiety, poor body image and loneliness.


Indirect communication

Teens are masters at keeping themselves occupied in the hours after school until way past bedtime. When they’re not doing their homework (and when they are) they’re online and on their phones, texting, sharing, trolling, scrolling, you name it. Of course before everyone had an Instagram account teens kept themselves busy, too, but they were more likely to do their chatting on the phone, or in person when hanging out at the mall. It may have looked like a lot of aimless hanging around, but what they were doing was experimenting, trying out skills, and succeeding and failing in tons of tiny real-time interactions that kids today are missing out on. For one thing, modern teens are learning to do most of their communication while looking at a screen, not another person.

“As a species we are very highly attuned to reading social cues,” says Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and author of The Big Disconnect. “There’s no question kids are missing out on very critical social skills. In a way, texting and online communicating—it’s not like it creates a nonverbal learning disability, but it puts everybody in a nonverbal disabled context, where body language, facial expression, and even the smallest kinds of vocal reactions are rendered invisible.”


Lowering the risks

Certainly speaking indirectly creates a barrier to clear communication, but that’s not all. Learning how to make friends is a major part of growing up, and friendship requires a certain amount of risk-taking. This is true for making a new friend, but it’s also true for maintaining friendships. When there are problems that need to be faced—big ones or small ones—it takes courage to be honest about your feelings and then hear what the other person has to say. Learning to effectively cross these bridges is part of what makes friendship fun and exciting, and also scary. “Part of healthy self-esteem is knowing how to say what you think and feel even when you’re in disagreement with other people or it feels emotionally risky,” notes Dr. Steiner-Adair.


But when friendship is conducted online and through texts, kids are doing this in a context stripped of many of the most personal—and sometimes intimidating—aspects of communication. It’s easier to keep your guard up when you’re texting, so less is at stake. You aren’t hearing or seeing the effect that your words are having on the other person. Because the conversation isn’t happening in real time, each party can take more time to consider a response. No wonder kids say calling someone on the phone is “too intense”—it requires more direct communication, and if you aren’t used to that it may well feel scary.


If kids aren’t getting enough practice relating to people and getting their needs met in person and in real time, many of them will grow up to be adults who are anxious about our species’ primary means of communication—talking. And of course social negotiations only get riskier as people get older and begin navigating romantic relationships and employment.


Cyberbullying and the imposter syndrome

The other big danger that comes from kids communicating more indirectly is that it has gotten easier to be cruel. “Kids text all sorts of things that you would never in a million years contemplate saying to anyone’s face,” says Dr. Donna Wick, a clinical and developmental psychologist. She notes that this seems to be especially true of girls, who typically don’t like to disagree with each other in “real life.”


“You hope to teach them that they can disagree without jeopardizing the relationship, but what social media is teaching them to do is disagree in ways that are more extreme and do jeopardize the relationship. It’s exactly what you don’t want to have happen,” she says.


Dr. Steiner-Adair agrees that girls are particularly at risk. “Girls are socialized more to compare themselves to other people, girls in particular, to develop their identities, so it makes them more vulnerable to the downside of all this.” She warns that a lack of solid self-esteem is often to blame. “We forget that relational aggression comes from insecurity and feeling awful about yourself, and wanting to put other people down so you feel better.”


Peer acceptance is a big thing for adolescents, and many of them care about their image as much as a politician running for office, and to them it can feel as serious. Add to that the fact that kids today are getting actual polling data on how much people like them or their appearance via things like “likes.” It’s enough to turn anyone’s head. Who wouldn’t want to make herself look cooler if she can? So kids can spend hours pruning their online identities, trying to project an idealized image. Teenage girls sort through hundreds of photos, agonizing over which ones to post online. Boys compete for attention by trying to out-gross one other, pushing the envelope as much as they can in the already disinhibited atmosphere online. Kids gang up on each other.


Adolescents have always been doing this, but with the advent of social media they are faced with more opportunities—and more traps—than ever before. When kids scroll through their feeds and see how great everyone seems, it only adds to the pressure. We’re used to worrying about the impractical ideals that photoshopped magazine models give to our kids, but what happens with the kid next door is photoshopped, too? Even more confusing, what about when your own profile doesn’t really represent the person that you feel like you are on the inside?

“Adolescence and the early twenties in particular are the years in which you are acutely aware of the contrasts between who you appear to be and who you think you are,” says Dr. Wick. “It’s similar to the ‘imposter syndrome’ in psychology. As you get older and acquire more mastery, you begin to realize that you actually are good at some things, and then you feel that gap hopefully narrow. But imagine having your deepest darkest fear be that you aren’t as good as you look, and then imagine needing to look that good all the time! It’s exhausting.”


As Dr. Steiner-Adair explains, “Self-esteem comes from consolidating who you are.” The more identities you have, and the more time you spend pretending to be someone you aren’t, the harder it’s going to be to feel good about yourself.


Stalking (and being ignored)

Another big change that has come with new technology and especially smart phone is that we are never really alone.  Kids update their status, share what they’re watching, listening to, and reading, and have apps that let their friends know their specific location on a map at all times. Even if a person isn’t trying to keep his friends updated, he’s still never out of reach of a text message. The result is that kids feel hyperconnected with each other. The conversation never needs to stop, and it feels like there’s always something new happening.


“Whatever we think of the ‘relationships’ maintained and in some cases initiated on social media, kids never get a break from them,” notes Dr. Wick. “And that, in and of itself, can produce anxiety. Everyone needs a respite from the demands of intimacy and connection; time alone to regroup, replenish and just chill out. When you don’t have that, it’s easy to become emotionally depleted, fertile ground for anxiety to breed.”

It’s also surprisingly easy to feel lonely in the middle of all that hyperconnection. For one thing, kids now know with depressing certainty when they’re being ignored. We all have phones and we all respond to things pretty quickly, so when you’re waiting for a response that doesn’t come, the silence can be deafening. The silent treatment might be a strategic insult or just the unfortunate side effect of an online adolescent relationship that starts out intensely but then fades away.


“In the old days when a boy was going to break up with you, he had to have a conversation with you. Or at least he had to call,” says Dr. Wick. “These days he might just disappear from your screen, and you never get to have the ‘What did I do?’ conversation.” Kids are often left imagining the worst about themselves.


But even when the conversation doesn’t end, being in a constant state of waiting can still provoke anxiety. We can feel ourselves being put on the back burner, we put others back there, and our very human need to communicate is effectively delegated there, too.


What should parents do?

Both experts interviewed for this article agreed that the best thing parents can do to minimize the risks associated with technology is to curtail their own consumption first. It’s up to parents to set a good example of what healthy computer usage looks like. Most of us check our phones or our email too much, out of either real interest or nervous habit. Kids should be used to seeing our faces, not our heads bent over a screen. Establish technology-free zones in the house and technology-free hours when no one uses the phone, including mom and dad. “Don’t walk in the door after work in the middle of a conversation,” Dr. Steiner-Adair advises. “Don’t walk in the door after work, say ‘hi’ quickly, and then ‘just check your email.’ In the morning, get up a half hour earlier than your kids and check your email then. Give them your full attention until they’re out the door. And neither of you should be using phones in the car to or from school because that’s an important time to talk.”

Not only does limiting the amount of time you spend plugged in to computers provide a healthy counterpoint to the tech-obsessed world, it also strengthens the parent-child bond and makes kids feel more secure. Kids need to know that you are available to help them with their problems, talk about their day, or give them a reality check.


“It is the mini-moments of disconnection, when parents are too focused on their own devices and screens, that dilute the parent-child relationship,” Dr. Steiner-Adair warns. And when kids start turning to the Internet for help or to process whatever happened during the day, you might not like what happens. “Tech can give your children more information that you can, and it doesn’t have your values,” notes Dr. Steiner-Adair. “It won’t be sensitive to your child’s personality, and it won’t answer his question in a developmentally appropriate way.”


In addition Dr. Wick advises delaying the age of first use as much as possible. “I use the same advice here that I use when talking about kids and alcohol—try to get as far as you can without anything at all.” If your child is on Facebook, Dr. Wick says that you should be your child’s friend and monitor her page. But she advises against going through text messages unless there is cause for concern. “If you have a reason to be worried then okay, but it better be a good reason. I see parents who are just plain old spying on their kids. Parents should begin by trusting their children. To not even give your kid the benefit of the doubt is incredibly damaging to the relationship. You have to feel like your parents think you’re a good kid.”

Offline, the gold standard advice for helping kids build healthy self-esteem is to get them involved in something that they’re interested in. It could be sports or music or taking apart computers or volunteering—anything that sparks an interest and gives them confidence. When kids learn to feel good about what they can do instead of how they look and what they own, they’re happier and better prepared for success in real life. That most of these activities also involve spending time interacting with peers face-to-face is just the icing on the cake.


Source:  Rachel Ehmke, R n.d., How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers, viewed 22 May 2019, <>.

The Pastoral Care Team


Blessed Hugh of Fosse Basketball Scholarships Now Open

Basketball Scholarships are available for students entering all Years 7-12. The scholarship covers 50% of College tuition fees. A prospectus for the Specialised Basketball Program is available on our website or from reception. Basketball try-outs are held on Thursday June 27 and Tuesday 2 July commencing at 3.30pm in the Fr Peter O'Reilly Centre.


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

Student Successes

Lilli McAuliffe - Year 11 - K2

Congratulations to Year 11 student, Lilli McAuliffe who was selected to represent Western Australia in the Intermediate State Team for Calisthenics.


The 2019 ACF National Championships will be held at the Kingsway Christian College, Darch, WA.  The competition will run from the 10th - 13th July, 2019 (1st week fo school holidays for WA).


Lilli has been training with the State Team since January 2019 as well as her riverton Calisthenics Club commitments as an Intermediate Team member and an assistant to the Junior Team and the Sub-Junior team.


Congratulations Lilli!


Jaco Jansen Van Rensburg - Year 12 - K4

Year 12 student, Jaco Jansen Van Rensburg recently competed in the School Sport WA, All Schools Cross Country U/17 Boys Division and came out victorious. We congratulate Jaco and look forward to him continuing his current form at the ACC Cross Country Carnival at Perry Lakes Reserve on Thursday 30 May.

Paige Craven Bower - Year 8

Paige Craven Bower in Year 8 has been selected to represent WA in the Girls AFL U/15 State Team. Paige will travel with the team to Tasmania in July. Congratulations to Paige. We look forward to Paige showing her skills in the upcoming Year 8/9 Girls AFL Competition.

Lily McDonald - Year 10 - T7

Lily McDonald has been selected in the WA State Team for 2019 representing the state in Women's Artistc Gymnastics.  Lily will complete in a National Competition to be held in Queensland in late June.


We congratulate Lily on her hard work and dedication and wish her all the best for the upcoming competition.


Jayden Foo - Year 7 - P6

Congratulations to Jayden Foo who participated at the Narathiwat 2019 with the Chung Wah Association Lion Dance and Dragon Troupe.

"It all started by our leader who suggested an idea of travelling and competing against other teams. Our team name was called the Chung Wah Association Lion Dance and Dragon Troupe. We trained our set for 8 months and the competition name was Narathiwat 2019. When we were at the competition we were ready for anything. After the performance, we came 2nd out of 19 teams. We weren't to win but to gain experience of how it feels to be at the competition. The next time we come back to the competition we will give it our best shot. "                                                                                                                                                       Jayden Foo


Mr L Ford (Head of Sport)

Performing Arts

“Around the World in 8 Plays”

Another successful College production has come to an end. Last week saw the production play to very appreciative audiences for four performances. The students of St Joseph’s Primary School were delighted to see the production and we had a huge number of compliments from the other audiences as well.

My thanks go to the very hard working Cast for the show, our backstage helpers, our ushers and the Performing Arts Staff who were fantastic.


Thank you to all of the families who came and supported the production. We hope to see you next year as well.


What show are we doing next year? All will be revealed very soon!


Ms K Hilton (Drama Teacher)



Prémontré Mother’s Day Raffle

The success of our Mother's Day raffle, organised by the Premontre Committee, couldn't have been possible without the generosity of all Prémontré students and staff. A big congratulations to our five winners and ultimately our five mums, who took home these incredible gift hampers. 

All the money raised is set to be donated to LifeLink to aid in providing ongoing financial and promotional support for agencies assisted by the Catholic Church who commit their efforts to helping the thousands of people in need throughout Western Australia.


It was so great to see so many students, and parents, who generously bought tickets for this raffle. 


Sanjita Ghimire - Year 12 - P2

Prémontré Committee Chairperson

Xanten Founders Day

Xanten Founders Day

On Friday 10 May, Xanten House celebrated their annual Founder’s Day.  Founder’s Day this year was significant as it was the 60th Anniversary. This day officially occurs 11 May and recognises the establishment of the Norbertine Order within Australia. 


As a House we started with a Liturgy led by Father Peter at the St Joseph Church. The Liturgy theme of 'Family' was spoken about and explored as Xanten House came together and joined as one. In continuing the theme, we joined together for lunch of freshly made burgers prepared by the Xanten Committee. In our competitive tradition we concluded with a Tug-o-War battle between the Xanten Homerooms with X6 the overall winners of this fun event.



I would like to thank our House Captain Aldric Ratnasekera. Our Vice Captains, Dylan Wemyss and Marissa Donovan and Xanten Committee Chair, Latitia Bondoc and the Xanten Committee for all their help, organisation and planning to allow this day to be a success. A big thank you to all Xanten Staff for their help on the day especially Miss Carrol Abel who helped in the preparation of lunch.


Mr A D'Souza (Head of House - Xanten)

Student Ministry


We have 11 students and 4 staff attending our very first Indonesian Immersion to Bali in September. This is of great excitement for our staff and students in attendance, but we would like to call upon the support of the whole College Community to support us in the following way. Each newsletter will have a focus of the donations that we will require. The good thing about this, is that you will actually have a number of these things already at home taking up precious storage space.


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

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

During this week  and next we will be collecting Pre loved children’s games such as Connect 4, Uno cards, Snakes and Ladders, Jigsaw puzzles  and Twister.


Listed below are the items for the following weeks.


Week 7 and 8

Packs of Australian animals – lapel pins  (available from the Reject Shop and Red Dot), stickers ,   colouring in books and coloured pencils, play dough

Pre loved summer clothing 


Week 9 and 10

New underwear suitable for boys and girls  aged 3 to 17 years old

Nail polish and hand cream – new or partly used


Term 3

Week 2 and 3

Toiletries including Hotel sized shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, roll on deodorant


Week 4 and 5

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


Donations can be bought into Student Ministry.


Ms M Kyd (Coordinator of Campus Ministry)

Climate Canons

The Climate Canons

On Thursday 9 May, 27 students who are dedicating their time to the Climate Canons, a student-led sustainability committee, visited the Total Green Recycling facilities in Kewdale. Total Green Recycling are minimising e-waste making its way to landfill by repurposing, reusing and recycling electronic devices such as laptops, computers, hard drives, TVs, power cords and so much more. All items used to make these products that have any value are stripped and sold to be reused. Total Green Recycling are putting a stop on the flow of e-waste to landfill, recovering useful materials and redirecting them into productive, profitable, green enterprise solutions. They are striving to clean our environment and to reduce carbon emissions, one electronic device at a time. In 2018 Total Green Recycling recycled and recovered 2356 tonnes of e-waste. This amount accounts for 500,000 electronic items.


You can help by dropping off your e-waste to collection centers all over the metropolitan area (Total Green Recycling is at 26 Miles Road Kewdale or at your nearest Officeworks). Total Green Recycling are also running a petition to give to the Western Australian Government to put a stop to all e-waste entering landfill. You can read more and sign the petition at For information about the company check them out at Thank you to Michael and Sharka at Total Green Recycling for educating us on e-waste and to Mr Saunders, Mr Openshaw, Mrs Silva and Miss Pisconeri for the opportunity.

Student responses

My experience at Total Green Recycling was definitely one to remember for all the best reasons. It really opened my eyes to the extreme importance of recycling instead of carelessly throwing precious materials into landfill. If it made a change for me, I'm certain it can make a change for anyone else who joins the Climate Canons and makes a difference. Even if it's a small difference, it's a difference none the less.   Sophie Griffiths


At Total Green Recycling, we learned how they have innovated their own system to recycle and how things that we throw away can be recycled and reused. Their goal is to ban electronics going to the land fill. We also learned how as a school community we can improve our recycling and the Climate Canons have the support  of Total Green Recycling to help us reduce our e-waste.   Nainpreet Kaur


Miss D Pisconeri (Humanities and

Social Sciences Teacher (Geography)

Parent Committee

From the Parent Committee


Many thanks to all who braved the very cool weather and attended the ‘Celebrating our Mums Breakfast’ last Friday morning in the Fr Peter O’Reilly Centre.


Students and their guests, as well as teachers and staff enjoyed freshly brewed coffees, hot chocolates and teas courtesy of the two expresso vans in attendance.


Croissants, quiches, pastries, fruit, hot muffins and beef sliders were in plentiful supply. The event was a great success and provided an opportunity for people within the St Norbert Community to meet and greet each other.


Many thanks to all those individuals who either helped organise the breakfast and/or prepared the ORC for the event.


On a side note, Mums and nannas, we promise to get the music selection and the technical issues with the sound system sorted for next year’s event.


Dr P Costantino (Parent Committee - President)





Student Representative Council



Last term, twenty-four student leaders from St Norbert College gave five hours of their personal time on a Saturday to complete a Teen Mental Health First Aid Course.


The course that they participated in was designed to give teenagers the skills they need to recognise and help other students with mental health concerns. With this knowledge and experience they can listen to and refer students to adults at school or external agencies.


Mental health problems have become common in teenagers and adolescents and we often turn to each other when stressed or upset and try to help. The students who have participated in the Teen Mental Health First Aid course have the ultimate goal of assisting others which can be done by seeking assistance from trusted adults. We all have challenges and times when things are tough. Why not talk with someone that can help? The students who participated in the mental health course were:





Tallulah Armenti



Natasha Catalano



Amanda D’Cruz



Sarina Dhakal



Marissa Donovan



Gracie Farrar



Sanjita Ghimire



Mara Homez



Tasmia Jhatam



Simran Shivani



Courtney McCrostie



Emereen Moratalla



Yen Ngo



Isabella Ficko



Ashton Perkins



Ayden Ratnasekera



Miah Homez



Phoebe Van Heiningen



Sharie Fernandez



Isabella Hulm



Lena Hobbs



Jeann Valdez



Emma Pickering



Gunkar Singh




These students are able to help those in need by providing an ear to listen and assistance in finding someone who can help.


Helpful links in case you require support could be:

Kids Helpline:


Beyond Blue:


Isabella Hulm and Emma Pickering (SRC Committee members)


We are the champions!


St Norbert College has won the inaugural ACC Senior Girls Basketball Championships after an undefeated winning streak in the new state tournament.


The trailblazing Canons defeated Sacred Heart, 81 to 39, in a grand final at Bendat Basketball Centre on Wednesday.


“We got off to a great start, we pressured them, our mindset was there and as well as defending strongly we had an ability to offensively execute what we needed to do," jubilant Head of Sport Luke Ford said.

“We have an elite level of talent. I’m absolutely stoked.’’


With a dream combination of four scorers and a strong defence, the Canons comfortably defeated every school they faced in the new tournament to bring the first trophy home to Queen’s Park.


Year 12 Nes’eya Williams, a development player with the Perth Links who was recently named in the State Basketball League All Star Team, scored 22 points while Year 10 Shenae Hartree, awarded Most Valuable Player, notched up 19 scores. Year 10 Laniesha Paddon’s 21-point effort along with 15 points from Year 11 Ivy Harding cemented the Canons’ status as unbeatable.


“It’s great able to be so successful with such a young team, which means we are going to be in a pretty good position the next couple of years as well,’’ Mr Ford said.


“It’s the most fun I’ve had coaching a team because they are so competitive and yet so humble. They have a fire, they want to beat teams but will also shake their hands and help them up straight away if they knock them down. Don’t let the smiles fool you. They are very competitive, but very fair. They are the perfect team to coach.’’


ACC director of sport Kyle March told the crowd: “They (Sacred Heart) were up against a very, very tough opposition in high school girls’ basketball, You won’t see too many better oppositions than that.’’


The victors will soon turn their talents to the 2019 Champion Schools Competition, which starts on June 17.


“We will try to get that one too. And we if do, you could easily say we are the best school in the state which is a pretty huge achievement,’’ Mr Ford said.


Congratulations to: Felicity Plewright, Ivy Harding, Shenae Hartree, Laniesha Paddon, Caitlyn Popelier, Ella Reilly, Chloe Reilly, Polly King


Senior Girls - AFL

On Tuesday 14 May the Senior AFL Girls Team competed in their first game of the season. With a few training sessions completed from the end of Term One, the team was ready to take on their first challenge in Ursula Frayne Catholic College.


With great intentions our senior girls headed into our first game determined to represent St Norbert College with distinction. This was until the realities of work, missed assessments, ACC netball and illness hit the team hard and Captain Chloe Reilly needed to call on some well-prepared juniors to fill the team.


On the arrival of Ursula Frayne to the oval, the only person that seemed to be concerned was the coach. The team wearing black, red and white strode to towards us with the average height of a basketball team with double our numbers. Again, the only person who was concerned was the coach.


The ball was bounced in the middle, Nicole Dobkowski tapped it down and with a strong shepperd from Ivy Harding, Amber O’Donoghue kicked the ball forward. There were some crunching tackles in our forward line by Summer Pollard and a goal was scored by Chloe Reilly. The tone had been set, the SNC girls were here to play and they knew how to play a strong and committed brand which was wonderful to watch.

Pressure on the opposition was the SNC style of play which stifled UFCCs ability to move the ball forward with any efficiency. The tackles continued with Paige Craven-Bower, Kyra Dalton and Olivia Bell getting amongst them to set the tone which continued when Chloe Reilly had to leave to attend training with the Dockers after 15 minutes. We were very fortunate to have Akeelah Mayhew watching the game before her Club training so with a quick call to her parents for permission she pulled-on a jumper and did a great job for the team.


Our backline was strong with Emily Young-Free, Kaitlin Johnson and Jacinta Barraza not giving their players any options as they piled on the pressure, bringing the ball to ground and giving our midfielders the chance to repel their attacks. Around the ground Destiny Geary-Dodsley and Charlie Pollard were fierce, Caitlin Spiegl and Kiara Brack-Denham were not beaten in the backline and Lachauntae Eades weaved some magic up front.


With Chloe gone, Ivy Harding took on the Captain responsibilities and led by example with Amber, Olivia, Paige, Summer and Kyra stepping up to dominate the game. With Summer kicking four goals SNC went on to take the win 9.7 (61) to 3.2 (20). It really was a great game where all players put in for the team and showed their willingness to represent the St Norbert College community prodly.


Disappointingly there was a late forfeit by Southern River College this week so we missed an opportunity to continue our good form. The last game of the short season will be this Tuesday 28 May at Queens Park oval starting at 4pm versus a strong SEDA team. It would be great to see a crowd there to support our Senior AFLW Team in their last game.


Mr B McGrath (Senior Girls Coach & 

Head of House - Prémontré)

Senior Boys AFL




Week 2.2 - 15 May: SNC vs. Sevenoaks Senior College


Every year there is one game that creates huge interest in the surrounds of Queens Park and that is the derby battle of the Colleges. The gathering crowd was electric with excitement.  This game draws the biggest student support as there are friends and ex-students in each of the Colleges.  Pride is on the line, and 12 months of bragging rights. This tension flows on to the field and this year all players kept their cool with only a few minor scuffles normal for a game occurring.


SNC was the stronger team from the beginning with a 5.1 to 1.1 first half score; the gauntlet had been thrown. Sevenoaks stepped it up in the second half holding SNC to only 6 scoring opportunities and creating 7 of their own. Accuracy was in SNC’s favour. It was a tough game everyone giving everything and taking risks, the injuries attest to this notably.  Jacob McClean took a knock to the knee having to retire and Francesco Tilli took an elbow to the head leaving a gash that in the end needed stitches.


The game was highlighted with some great chases, watching our powerful students run down and tackle leading opposition players. Connor Young Free excited the crowd with an incredible flying mark. Lubin Benedict’s speed was again impressive and his use of it to spread his support to other players integral. The courage of all our Year 10’s meant Sevenoaks were under constant pressure. Taj Hewitt and Ethan Glassborow entering and controlling packs on many occasions.


Our secret weapon was Mr Harvey as goal umpire (at our end in the first half encouraging the big scores). Goal scorers: Luke Kilgour, Izeldin Bol, Oscar Butler, Connor Young Free and David Puttick (4).

Final result SNC (8.4) 52 to Sevenoaks (3.6) 24.



Week 2.4 - 22 May: SNC vs. Mazenod College


It was really fantastic to see such an amazing level of support for the team. Many parents took time out of their busy days; siblings from SNC, St Joseph’s and younger; Past players from SNESA, special mention to Lennon Butler who has been at every game so far; Staff, and a growing number of SNC students. And for everyone who made their way to Queens Park Oval on a glorious autumn day the treat was a tremendous game of football.


Both teams played very mature football, some great exhibitions of flowing play through the centre saw the score remain tight in the first half and only a couple of goals difference. Contests in the forward pockets were fought hard with defence playing the key role for both teams. In the second half, teams were contesting the ball at every step, this saw some spectaculars marks and great ball skills on display.  Taj Hewitt and Oscar Butler were a brick wall in the backline for the whole game. Supported by a concentration of other players, the team was able to stymie Mazenod’s constant attack in the second half, keeping score lower than it could have been.  The high number of behinds was due to  the lack of opportunity for possession anywhere near the goal square.


Connor Chehab in this defence displayed some excellent marks and Connor Young Free was persistent in the chase and solid tackling. Jordan-Blaze Lightbourn a new player to the game of Aussie Rules displayed some amazing skills and was instrumental in clearing the ball from the pack on many occasions. Sam Berhane slowed the oppositions flow laying 10 plus shepherds and took several strong marks to move the ball in SNC’s direction. Francesco Tilli gave a number of chases forcing the errors. Jackson White was strong all game making some risky tackles in the second half and taking some heavy hits. Noah Tesfaye was brilliant in SNC’s forward half with some great marks and amazing tackling to stop the opposition gaining possession. Ethan Glassborow and Lubin Benedict displayed their great turn of speed to pull away from the chase on many occasions. It was an exciting game to watch, that the boys enjoyed playing at such a high quality and level of challenge. Flynn Beckwith’s question as he came off in the dying moments of the game, ‘Is there enough time to get back on Miss?’ reflected the attituded of the whole team. Goal scorer David Puttick.

Final result SNC (1.3) 15 to Mazenod (6.8) 44.


Mrs M Silva (Senior Boys AFL)


ACC Senior Girls Soccer v Seton

On Tuesday 21 May, the Canon’s Senior Girls Soccer Team hosted Seton Catholic College in their second game of the ACC School Soccer Championship. After a loss to Corpus Christi last week the team was hungry for a win. Alina George has cemented herself as our team’s goalie playing solid games both this week and last week making some very crucial saves in both games.

Our backline, consisting of Sharmane Enock, Tracey Bhujun, Juliana DeVeyra, Emereen Moratalla, Janista Naokhunthot and Joyce Otim had their work cut out for them with very strong offensive pressure from Seton. Latitia Bondoca and Lilika Mikaere were consistent in the midfield all game displaying their skills and fancy footwork. With the assistance of Sage Breeze, Monicca Biju and Jen Hannah Darang they created a number of scoring opportunities for our strikers Subeedha Rijal and Jaime Penales. For a relatively new player to soccer Chloe Reder made her mark on the game in both centre back and midfield, scoring the only goal for the game. At the final whistle the score was 1-0 to St Norbert.


The team has a few weeks break with upcoming exams but look forward to playing away against Emmanuel in Week 8 and hopefully come away with another win.

Miss J Bell (Soccer Coach)

Sport Uniforms

Can I ask all students involved in Interschool sport teams to check if they have any team shirts or parts of uniform hidden away in their wardrobes at home? If you do find any, please return them to the PE office. Thank you!

Mr L Ford (Head of Sport)

SNESA Football Club




Uniform Shop

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


NEW: St Norbert College Towel Ponchos

$40 available from the Uniform Shop 

Mrs R Kelly (Uniform Shop)

Entertainment Book

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

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

Order page:


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

Lost Property

There are a large number of lost 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)

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Woolworths Earn & Learn is back again for 2019. Earn stickers every time you shop at Woolworths, place them in the box or add them to your sticker sheet and place the completed sheets in the box at Student Services or at the front of the PE office. Every sticker collected will go towards new equipment for the College.


Sticker sheets are available in Student Services.


Mr Matt Price (Head of Health and 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

T.E.E Consultants 2019


Academic Associates - Year 12 Enrichment program at UWA


Academic Task Force - 2019 July School holidays


In-Focus Careers 




  • Monday 3 June 2019 - WA Day Public Holiday
  • Friday 7 June 2019 - St Norbert Day Celebrations
  • Thursday 13 June 2019 - Year 8 Social Activity - Rollerdrome
  • Friday 14 June 2019 - Applications close for Blessed Hugh Of Fosse Basketball scholarships
Examination Timetable.pdf
MenuTerm 2 2019.pdf
Add to email contacts for parents2 - Consent2GO.pdf
Djilba 2019.pdf
2019 TEE July ATAR Revision plus Enrolment Form.pdf
ATAR Enrichment Program.pdf
ATAR Revision Program.pdf
In-Focus May Newsletter 2019.pdf
SCIENCE EXPERIENCE_Newsletter copy 2019.pdf
SNESA Football - Match Report.pdf