“The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.” (Felix Mendelssohn)
This quote from the great German composer and musician resonates well when we reflect on all that we have enjoyed this term. The variety of experiences shared by our students and staff have brought much joy to many, and is such a beautiful part of our St Norbert College community.
The annual Creative Arts Exhibition was again a dazzling display of bright and vibrant pieces of art and technologies. It is such a wonderful celebration of the creative talents of our students and the dedication of our staff to support our young people to experience the pride and affirmation of exhibiting their work. Congratulations to all of our students and our teachers from the Arts and Technologies learning areas.
The Catholic Performing Arts Festival came to a close last week with the final concert at the Perth Concert Hall. We congratulate all of our students who performed with such distinction over the 52 days of the festival. At the final concert, it was a delight to see Courtney McCrostie being presented with the St John of God Health Care Performing Arts Scholarship, an acknowledgement of Courtney’s dedication to the Arts. Congratulations to Courtney and to all of our students who have represented our College with such distinction in the Festival.
Whilst on the theme of the performing arts, it was announced last weekend, after excellent performances from our Senior and Junior Drama Clubs, that our students had scooped the pool at the Independent Theatre Association’s Youthfest. Well done to Miss Hilton and all members of the respective clubs.
We farewelled our Kimberley Immersion team last Saturday when they departed for a week to serve the community of Kununurra. I can report that to date, students and staff have been working in the community kitchen, the Kununurra Aged Care Centre, at St Joseph’s school and with the Sisters of St Joseph’s and the Save the Children charity group. There have been lots of positive comments from members of the Kununurra community, reflecting the wonderful attitude and way that our students have worked alongside, with and for others. We look forward to their safe return this weekend.
This time of year is a very important time in the Student Leadership structure of the College where the important selection process for 2019 Student Leaders occurs. The calibre of applicants from our Year 11 cohort was again outstanding and I’d like to acknowledge all of the Year 11 students who submitted applications. Those students who have been selected for the various positions will be announced formally at a later date. I think however, that is important to remember that leadership never starts or ends with a badge, a title or a selection process, but is rather seen through action and example, and as such, we are always fortunate to have such quality students. Needless to say, student leadership in our College in 2019 is in a very enviable position with the calibre of students across the spectrum of our community.
Last year, we celebrated in earnest the achievements of our Athletics Team in coming 3rd in the ‘B’ Division of the ACC Athletics Carnival. This year, we went one better and congratulations must be afforded to Mr Price, the coaches and the team on coming 2nd, an achievement of dedication, skill and determination. Many weeks of hard work and effort came to fruition, and clearly audible and noticeable on the day, was the constant call from the announcer about the determination shown by the “students from St Norbert College”.
A reminder to all of our students that Term 4 sees the return of the College summer uniform. I encourage all students to take the small amount of time required to ensure, well before the start of next term, that they have their summer uniform in a fit and appropriate state to be worn from the first day. Holiday hours for the Uniform Shop are included in this newsletter for those needing to purchase new items.
A further reminder of a very important event in Term 4, the College Presentation Night held at the Perth Concert Hall on Tuesday 30 October. This is a compulsory event in the College calendar, so please plan ahead. One of the awards presented on this evening is the Br Patrick Doolan O Praem Award. In honour of the memory of Br Patrick Doolan O Praem, who passed to eternal life in January 2006, a medal carrying his name is presented annually to a member of the College staff who has given outstanding service to the College. I invite parents and students to nominate a staff member whom they believe fits the “outstanding service” criteria. Written nominations should be lodged with Mrs Angela Hughes by Friday 19 October 2018.
I took the opportunity this week to wish our Year 12 students well in their upcoming exams commencing during the holidays. It is an exciting time for our students and we look forward to the very memorable events early in Term 4, where we celebrate and congratulate them on their contributions to our College.
I would like to finish by offering all students and staff a safe, healthy and well-deserved school holiday period and renewed energy to face the final term of the academic year.
“The beauty of the universe consists not only of unity in variety, but also of variety in unity.” (Umberto Eco)
Mr S Harvey (Principal)