25 May 2018
Week 2.4 - Issue 7
From the Principal
Deputy Principals
Dean of Studies
Pastoral Care
Student Ministry
Student Achievements
Year 12 Accounting and Finance
Youth Civics Leadership Day
Year 9 Italian
Year 10 Humanities
Year 10 Geography
Scitech Challenge Day
SNC Parent Committee
Where's My Bus App
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

Many in our community would be aware and have shared in the 50th Anniversary celebrations of our College in 2015. The anniversary was marked with a host of wonderful activities and events. One such activity was the commissioning of a written overview of St Norbert College, Queens Park 1965 - 2015. This publication is now available titled “In the Middle of Everything”, written by Mr Clement Mulcahy on behalf of the Norbertine Canons. Members of our community can purchase this wonderful publication with details provided later in this edition of the newsletter. It is with much gratitude and thanks that I acknowledge the work of Mr Mulcahy, and many others, in bringing this publication to fruition and highly recommend it for purchase.


Last weekend saw the end of the Easter season with the celebration of Pentecost Sunday. A number of our parishes also included the Sacramental celebration of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday. In this Sacrament, confirmands are enhanced with the special strength that the Holy Spirit provides. I am aware that students at two of our feeder primary schools, St Joseph’s and St Emilie’s, both celebrated this Sacrament on Pentecost Sunday. I congratulate these students and any others who receive this blessing of the Sacrament of Confirmation.


In other news, I must thank Mr Matthew Price, our Head of Sport, who facilitated the inaugural SNC Festival of Sport last Tuesday afternoon. The event saw a number of St Norbert Canons teams competing against rival schools in Soccer and Basketball here at our College. There was a palpable sense of spirit and energy with a sausage sizzle organised by Ms Kyd and the Campus Ministry team, and some entertainment by our Dance Troupes, choreographed by Miss Alban. The atmosphere would rival anything on offer at the nearby stadium. Thank you to all involved and we look forward to this style of event becoming a much-enjoyed occasion on our sporting calendar.


Finally, members of our community may be aware of the challenges we have faced this week. I thank our staff, the Norbertines, our parents and guardians, family and friends for their trust and support. Most importantly, I would like to acknowledge our students who ‘in the middle of everything’ were able to maintain our ever-present sense of community in supporting each other, all the while keeping focussed on their educational endeavours at hand. Pillars that we hold so dear here at St Norbert College.

God Bless.

Mr S Harvey (Principal)

Deputy Principals

Photo: Melisse Burgoyne

Positive Schools Conference

Heads of House and Deputy Principals attended the Positive Schools Conference in Fremantle on 24-25 May. We were inspired by a number of motivational speakers and experts in the importance of Positive Education. What is Positive Education? It is a curriculum that has solution-focused ideas and strategies for nurturing wellbeing, positive mental health and a love of learning and life in young people. Stay tuned for initiates that will be developed later in the year.

Year 11 and 12 Exam Week

Please keep our Year 11 and 12 ATAR students in your prayers in the coming week as they sit their Semester 1 examinations. Some Year 11 and 12 students will be using the time to complete tasks for their Certificate Courses and refining other assessments while others may be completing TAFE Courses and Work Experience.

Year 10 Information

This is a crucial term to begin the process of career decisions and therefore future academic pathways. There are some important events that are part of the subject selection process which are outlined below:

  • Monday 28 May -  Friday 1 June: 2019 Course Information in subject classes
  • Friday 8 – Thursday 14 June: Year 10 Exams
  • Friday 14 June: Period 3 - Subject Selection Information, Period 4 - Work Experience Induction (CAE students only)
  • Monday 25 – Friday 29 June: Work Experience for Year 10 Careers and Enterprise students
  • Wednesday 27 June: Year 10 Parent-Student Information Evening, 6:00pm, ORC
  • Tuesday 31 July: Year 10 Subject Selection Interviews, 3:30 – 7:00pm, BP Forum

The School Curriculum and Standards Handbook offers advice to parents and students and has been uploaded onto SEQTA Documents.

Drop off and pick up

The  safety of students is a priority at the College and some very dangerous practices have been occurring before and after school each day. Please do not drop your child off or wait for them for pick up in the administration carpark at the beginning and end of the school day. This carpark is only for Priory or school visitors. A resident from Treasure Road has informed the College that some parents are using their driveways for parking. Please be mindful that this is private property and they may contact the ranger if it continues.

Leavers Jackets

The Leavers Jackets have finally arrived but due to an error by the manufacturers, 20 students have to wait a few more days. It was great to see such excitement on the faces of the Year 12 students. I hope that they will enjoy the privilege to wear the jackets all day on Mondays on a trial basis. On all other days, the College Blazer must be worn to and from school. The lockers are the point of change in the mornings and afternoons. They should not be worn under the blazer. A reminder that students must wear their College Blazer when attending formal occasions  eg. College Assemblies, College Mass and excursions.


Year 12 Early Offer - University of Notre Dame 2019

Are you a high-achieving Year 12 student who wants to study at a leading Australian university? Do you want to get a head start on your future? If so, you may be the ideal candidate for Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program.

Our Early Offer Program is open to students who can demonstrate academic excellence and are motivated to make a special contribution to society, and/or who can show exceptional personal or leadership qualities. You can demonstrate this by your reports, your exam results, by your active contribution to school, church, or community, by your work achievements and by telling us about your personal or leadership qualities. Applicants will need to demonstrate a predicted benchmark ATAR of 93 for the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Physiotherapy; and a predicted benchmark ATAR of 90 for all other undergraduate programs. For academic capability, all offers are made based on Year 11 and Year 12 reports to date.


Such an offer means that you can sit your Year 12 exams with added confidence and reduced stress – it’s also a great way for schools to acknowledge their outstanding students. Early Offer applications for Semester 1 2019 are due 31 July 2018. For more information and an Application Form visit


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

Biggest Morning Tea

The Biggest Morning Tea was a massive Success! Thank you to all the amazing parents who helped with baking and donating items as it was delightful to see so many beautiful smiles create a wonderful morning tea. The Year 12s have raised $305 which is a great effort given the quick organisation for the event. If you still wish to donate, please follow the link:

                                                     Jason Partridge and Abbey Chehab (Year 12)

Dean of Studies

“Place, Pace and Space!”

Last week, I held a meeting with Year 11 ATAR students on preparing for examinations, as many of our students have been making the adjustments to the expectations of being a Senior School student. The fundamental message delivered to the students is that, “preparation is the foundation for success”. More importantly, this message is not the exclusive property of Year 11 and 12 ATAR students and can therefore, be applied to all. One of the slides that was presented was titled, “The Twelve Steps to (Academic) Success”, and was divided into: Nightly Routine; Parents and Friends; Exam Study Schedule and Self, (see table below) and provides practical strategies that students can use immediately:

Nightly Routine

This can be adapted and simplified further for students in all year levels and at all stages of their academic journey, into the mantra, “Place, Pace and Space!”. Quite simply, Place is about where you do your study and homework; Pace requires you to set achievable goals of study time and maintain balance; and Space is a reminder to put distance between the studious you and the distractions that can tempt if nearby. As with all new strategies, effort and practice is what contributes to long-term personal success, and there will be more about this in the next newsletter.

Semester One Examination Information (Year 11 – 12)

With many students commencing examinations next week, it is important to be familiar with the procedures for the Semester One Examinations, as outlined below:

1.  Candidates should aim to arrive twenty (20) minutes before the starting time.

a)  Please be aware that students who qualify for extra time must commence the examination ten (10) minutes before the scheduled start time.

2.  Bags must be placed in the locker and will NOT BE ALLOWED in the Examination venue.

3.  Students must remain silent when they enter the Examination venue.

4.  Ensure that all drinks are in clear plastic bottles with all labels removed.

a)  Only water is allowed in drink bottles

5.  Mobile phones will NOT be permitted under any circumstance.

a)  Any student with a mobile phone must turn the phone off and place it in the box provided on the supervisors desk.

6.  Students will be provided with sufficient time to check their equipment (when necessary).

a)  Calculators and notes for Mathematics examinations may require extra preparation time.

b)  Mathematics notes are not to be folded, creased or glued together.

c)  A student is permitted two A4 (double sided) sheets as a maximum.

7.  Use of the toilet

a)  Toilet visits are only permitted AFTER the first hour.

b)  Toilet visits are NOT permitted during the final thirty (30) minutes.

c)  Only ONE toilet visit should be necessary during an examination.

d)  Toilet visits are not a right and should ONLY be used as an emergency.

8.  When Reading Time commences, no writing is permitted during this period.

9.  At the conclusion of Reading Time, candidates will be informed that the Working Time has commenced.


St Norbert Day – Friday 15th June

The celebration of the entry to eternal life for St 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 15th June (Week 7) with the following arrangements:

8:45am   -    Homeroom

9:10am   -    College Mass

10:15am -    Morning Tea – House Gathering

10:40am -    St Norbert Day – Activity Group Meeting

11:10am -   Staff vs Students (Soccer)

11:50am  -  Depart for St Norbert Day Activity

3:15pm    -  College Dismissal

All students should have signed up for an activity, please attend Student Services if you have not yet completed your sign up, as the transport arrangements are now being made. An important reminder is that any student that is being collected directly from their St Norbert Day activity MUST provide written permission PRIOR to attending the activity.


Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Pastoral Care

Kids, Violence and Computer Games​

US researchers have found a link between violent computer games and kids' behaviour - and the effect may be long-lasting. For kids, it's an agonising choice - buy the Xbox 360 now, or wait for the Playstation 3?Strong parents, immune to pester power, may just say, "You're not having either of them. Go outdoors and engage in healthy active pastimes!"  Yeah sure, mum and dad. Get real.


If, and when, mum and dad do bow to the inevitable and buy the latest console, there's another issue to face. Just what are little Tom, Dick and Harriet actually going to be playing on them?


If the game contains violent action and images, it could seriously affect the child's behaviour - now and down the track.


That's the conclusion of a study published in this month's journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, which looked at how violence in computer games affects young adults. And the findings are worrying. The researchers found - as have other researchers in the past - that there's a definite causal link between the violence portrayed in computer games, and violent and antisocial behaviour.


Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Pittsburgh in the US randomly divided a group of 100 male university undergraduates into two groups (they chose men because men are more likely to play violent computer games than women). The men were aged 18 to 21, from a range of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. One group played a low-level violence game; The Simpsons: Hit and Run. The other group payed a high-level violence game; Grand Theft Auto III. In The Simpsons, players have to deliver Lisa Simpson's science project to school before Principal Skinner arrives and marks Lisa's project down as late. In Grand Theft Auto players take the role of a criminal employed by the mafia to use a baseball bat to beat up a drug dealer who's been selling drugs to prostitutes employed by the mafia (Hmm).


Before and after playing the game, both groups filled out a questionnaire that tested their attitudes towards violent acts and their attitude towards risky pastimes - alcohol and marijuana use, and unprotected sex. Their blood pressure was measured during play.


Men who played Grand Theft Auto had greater increases in blood pressure, more negative moods, more uncooperative behaviour, more conflict in their social interaction with others, and more permissive attitudes toward using alcohol and marijuana, compared to those who played The Simpsons. Their socioeconomic background and the levels of violence they had experienced in the past made no difference.


Long-term effects

Are these effects transitory, or are they lasting? That's the big question. To date there hasn't been a lot of research on the long-term effects of computer game violence because computer games are a recent phenomenon.


But there is plenty of evidence that shows a link between TV violence and long-term antisocial and violent behaviour, say the researchers. Exposure to television and media violence in childhood increases aggressive behaviour and criminality well into young adulthood, even after taking into account things like early aggressive behaviour, family socioeconomic status, parenting characteristics, and the safety of their particular community, say the researchers.


How does violence have this effect? Repeated acts of violence desensitise the natural aversion to violence that the child would otherwise have. And if the game rewards violent acts, but not non-violent ones, the child begins to think violence is not only acceptable, but desirable. The longer a chid is exposed to violence, the more ingrained these attitudes become.


There's a widespread but false belief that violent games are healthy because they allow kids a way of venting their aggression. They don't.


Supervision the key

That's not to say that a boy who plays a violent computer game is going to go out into the street and pick a fight. Extreme aggression, such as aggravated assault or homicide, is usually caused by several factors. Watching violent computer games is only one of many risk factors. Nor does it mean you should ban the console. Many children get a lot of enjoyment out of playing video games and these games can help build visual, problem-solving and fine motor skills.


What is does mean is that parents need to monitor what games their kids are playing.


Research on young children shows the bad effects of media violence are reduced when less time is spent viewing television and video game playing and when parents view the programs with children and offer guidance, the researchers say. Here are some tips from Young Media Australia, an organisation that advises on how media affects the healthy development of children. Before allowing your child to buy a computer game, rent the game and look at it with your child. If:

  • the game involves some characters trying to harm others;
  • this happens frequently, that is, more than once or twice in 30 minutes;
  • the harm is rewarded in any way;
  • the harm is portrayed as humorous;
  • non-violent solutions are absent or less fun than the violent ones;
  • realistic consequences of violence are absent from the game;

then think about whether you really want your child to play it. More information on this article can be found at:

13 Reasons Why

Earlier this month, the second series of '13 Reasons Why' began streaming on Netflix. The series deals with serious issues that teenagers in a fictional American community face including bullying, violence, substance abuse and suicide. It is for this reason that the show carries a MA15+ rating and is recommended on Common Sense Media for viewers aged over 16 years. The series '13 Reasons Why' is, however, very popular among secondary school students and so ReachOut in cooperation with HeadSpace and Netflix have developed some ‘top tips for parents’ who are considering allowing their teenage sons and daughters to watch the show. You can find these below:


'13 Reasons Why': Our top tips for parents

Here are some practical things parents can say and do to help families and teenagers make sense of the show and deal with challenging thoughts and feelings:


1. Read up on the issue of youth suicide. The show has caused a lot of anxiety for parents around this issue so it’s a good idea to educate yourself first. Be assured that talking about suicide with your teenager won’t ‘put ideas in their heads’. If you show that you are comfortable and knowledgeable talking about suicide and mental health, your kids are more likely to open up to you during a tough time.

2. Is '13 Reasons Why' right for your child? If your child is under 15, it’s our strong recommendation that the graphic suicide and sexual assault content makes it inappropriate for a younger age group. If they are older or you decide they can watch it, at least watch the show before them, and then watch it with them – that way you can be prepared to discuss any issues that arise.

3. Don’t binge watch it. '13 Reasons Why' has some very distressing content, and the distress will be multiplied if you watch episodes back to back. Do something soothing after each episode, like having a cup of tea or milo or watching something funny.

4. Talk to your teen about the issues raised after each episode. Check in with how they’re feeling. Leave open the option of not watching any more episodes if it’s too distressing.

5. Make sure they know where to go for help. Ask them who they would feel comfortable talking to if they were going through a tough time.

6. Connect your teenager to ReachOut if they are upset after watching an episode. There are other great services like Kids Helpline and Lifeline if they need to talk to someone.

Feeling suicidal is not uncommon for young people. If you’re concerned about your teenager, ask them directly if they’re feeling suicidal or having thoughts of ending their life, take them seriously and get help. For more info, learn about supporting suicidal teenagers on ReachOut Parents.


Need to talk to someone right now?

National 24/7 crisis phone services include Lifeline 13 11 14, Suicide Callback Service 1300 659 467 and Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.


For more information about this topic, please click on the link below:

Please let the College Psychology and Counselling Services know with urgency, if you notice that your child has been affected by this program.


Pastoral Care Team


Blessed Hugh of Fosse Basketball Scholarships Now Open

Basketball Scholarships are available for students entering 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 19 July commencing at 3.30pm.


Applications for Basketball Scholarships close on 15 June 2018.

Mrs A Hughes (Principal's Secretary-Enrolment Officer)

Student Ministry

Shopfront Winter Appeal and Canned Food Collection

Student Ministry are supporting Archbishop Timothy Costelloe’s LifeLink charity by collecting winter bedding and clothing for Shopfront. Scarves, socks and beanies are especially useful! If you have any that you no longer require your donations would be appreciated.


We are also aiming to collect 1000 cans of non-perishable food items for Shopfront. Cans of soup, vegetables, milo, spaghetti etc are very much appreciated. Please help us reach our target by bringing in some donations. Baskets will be placed in Homerooms for this or donations can be dropped off at Reception or the Student Ministry Centre. The Winter Appeal will run until the end of Week 8.

We will also continue our on-going collection of toiletries for Shopfront, especially those that are given at hotels. If you have some of these in your cupboards that you do not require, Shopfront would really appreciate these.


Thank you for your continued support.



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

Ms M Kyd (Coordinator of Campus Ministry)

Student Achievements

Lilli McAuliffe (Year 10) K2

Congratulations to Lilli McAuliffe who was selected in December 2017 for the WA State Calisthenics Team for 2018. This year's Nationals will be held at the Canberra Theatre in Canberra from Wednesday 11th July to Saturday 14th July.

This is Lilli's third year as a representative after being selected in 2015 and 2017 for the 14-16 age category.

On Friday 12 May, the Calisthenics Association of WA held their annual Graceful Championships and award presentations. One of the awards is the Amanda Young Award which is awarded to a Cadet (assistant coach for Junior and Sub-Junior Teams) who displays not only initiative and enthusiasm but makes an overall contribution to club culture and has been willing to contribute above and beyond. Lilli was awarded this accolade from CAWA and the award was presented by Lorraine and Barry Young who founded the Amanda Young Foundation. 

On behalf of the College I’d like to congratulate Lilli on such a fantastic achievement. Lilli’s parents made comment that Lilli's love and passion for this sport is beyond words and for her to receive such high accolades and acknowledgement is something that they are both extremely proud of! Well done Lilli and good luck at Nationals!

Mr M Price (Head of Sport)

Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to Cooper Notley, Jaco Jansen van Rensburg and MJ Jansen van Rensburg who all displayed very strong performances at the recent Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships. Cooper (6th in U/13s), Jaco (1st in U/16s) and Mj (3rd in 17+) have all qualified to represent WA at the national championships held in Queensland in August. Congratulations boys and good luck!


Mr M Price (Head of Sport)

Licia Benedict (Year 10) T2

Licia  has been awarded an A+ in her recent Australian Music Examinations Board – Pianoforte First Grade Exam. Congratulations on an excellent result Licia!

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


Oliver! 2018

Well what an experience we all had! From Term 4 of last year until Saturday 12 May 2018. The cast and crew of Oliver have worked, sung, danced, learned lines and have created the show that you saw. It was a group effort from over 65 people and we were all immensely proud of the work that was created.


Our set was beautiful and special thanks must be given to Mr Mark Lawson and our costumes were expertly created and sourced by Mrs Freind. Our stage crew were experts in moving furniture quickly and quietly in the dark and the whole show was lifted to such beautiful heights by our amazing musicians led by Mr Beins.

It was a huge undertaking by lots of people. Singers, dancers and actors all coming together to create the scenes and the storyline of Oliver.


We would like to thank all of the cast and crew for their hard work, the dedication in giving up so much of their own time and their willingness to do so with good humour. I am sure that everyone is delighted at having their Sundays back!


It was a delight to have four sold out nights for the show and the comments were so positive and so wonderful that we all felt it was worth the effort.


Thank you to all parents for their continued support and to all of the school community for their support during this production.


Miss Hilton, Ms Alban, Mr Beins, Mrs Friend and Mrs Palermo

Year 12 Accounting and Finance

Accounting Excursion – “Meet the Business Leaders”


On Monday 7 May, the Year 12 Accounting and Finance students had a great opportunity to attend a conference, “Meet the Business Leaders”, organised by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. The students were able to listen to and discuss with successful chartered accountants about their journey in the business world and what it means to be a chartered accountant.


There were several keynote speakers working in different fields ranging from business owners, corporate business to non-profit organisation. The students’ financial literacy, developed at school, enabled them to understand the technical terms used by the different keynote speakers, and it was beneficial to our students to be exposed to further financial literacy beyond the confines of their classroom.


A very interesting point, which was further discussed with students in class after the conference, was about mental health. It was mentioned at the conference that employers are also now asking during the interview process the skills and activities that staff have to achieve a work-life balance. More and more businesses are now conscious about the importance of mental wellbeing, and it was important to further discuss with our students how they can look after their own mental health in the workplace.  Below are some of the reflections of our students:

Jan Busoy:

The ATAR Accounting and Finance excursion gave us an insightful overview of how Accounting can be implemented in a wide variety of career paths, and does not have to be a path in itself. We found that Accounting is a good basis for when you are still confused about what you'll do in university, as it can be carried over to any other career path you may choose in the future. It brings a good salary, which is based on performance and qualifications. CA or Chartered Accountants is a qualification that you can achieve through a 3-year degree and then a chartered accountants training, which can take several years to complete, but boosts salary concordantly with the skills and knowledge the qualification provides. I found this excursion to be beneficial in providing me knowledge and helping me point in the right direction towards my future.


Reid Galliott:

During the excursion I learnt several things about career paths and what may interest me in the future. One big takeaway for me was that accounting was a flexible field, that acted as a cornerstone of most businesses. Along with fairly high pay, being an accountant ensures good job security.

Beyond just accounting however a focus of the day was on the flexibility of your career, and the importance of maintaining a healthy mental state. Both for your personal health and employability, it was important to take time to focus on hobbies that you have an interest in, as it makes you a more rounded person. Overall I learnt a lot that I am sure is to help me in the future when deciding upon my career.


Linda Yeoh:

The Year 12 Accounting and Finance class attended the 'Meet the Business Leaders' excursion at the head office of Chartered Accountants in WA. The various businesses leaders that we met all agreed that accounting is the cornerstone of every business. Being the cornerstone means that accounting is the foundation on which businesses are established and operate. Accounting is present in businesses in numerous ways, from the initial commencement, to the day to day recording and reporting, as well as through allowing businesses to budget and plan for the future. The leaders taught us that accounting skills are universal and desirable to employers, so acquiring accounting knowledge will be something you won't regret.


Amy Murphy:

On Monday 7 May, the Year 12 accounting class attended an excursion in Perth CBD, to talk with business leaders who had earned their CA (Chartered Accountant). Four business leaders attended the event, where each one visited each small group of students and offered us advice for our future and beneficial information on becoming a CA. One thing I learnt from the excursion was that people shouldn't be worried about entering the accounting business with doubts of the possibility that increasing technology could render accountants useless. Technology may be able to perform the practical side of accounting, such as producing income statements and balance sheets. However, it will never be able to provide businesses with management decisions and the best course of action. Hence accounting is a practical and rather broad subject to immerse yourself into at university if you are unsure on your future or simply enjoy accounting. 


I hope that, through our student’s’ reflections, students at St Norbert College can see the value in developing their financial literacy, and the career prospects in the business world they can have by studying a business subject such as Accounting and Finance.


Mr P Ah Fong (Accounting and Finance Teacher)

Youth Civics Leadership Day

2018 Youth Civics Leadership Day

On Monday 14 May, I was lucky enough to represent the College and take part in the Francis Burt Law Education Program (FBLEP). I was nervous at the beginning, as I was the only student from St Norbert College attending. The students from the schools were very warm and friendly; they welcomed me with open arms.


I was surprised to find that it wasn’t about law in its entirety, but was about knowing about the problems faced by today’s society and how to develop our leadership to solve these problems. In our first activity, we learnt about the Rule of Law, which states that nobody is above the law.  Without the Rule of Law, the world would be politically ‘devolving’ and many people would lose their rights. This was put into perspective when we heard Mr Ram Tin Thei talk about his experiences in Burma, having no rights because he was part of an ethnic minority.


We also heard from Ms Catrina-Luz Aniere, CEO of Millennium Kids, about the United Nations Goals for Sustainable Development. She discussed Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and we discussed ways that the world could live in peace without discrimination.  An example is the Snake Project, run by Ms Jane Pompey, who explained how having a snake would stop discrimination against Aboriginal people by transit offices. I found this a fairly imaginative way of discovering equality, but it was a way that worked, so it helped to fulfil Goal 16.


Next, Paralympic world champion and 1999 Australian of the Year, Ms Priya Cooper, presented her story to us about winning numerous gold medals in swimming while being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. I found her speech the most influential moment of the day and I learnt that no matter what other people tell you, stick to your goals and you will get there and that if you are disabled, you should stop thinking about the things that you can’t do, but the things that you can do. I had lunch with young lawyers after that and they inspired me to choose a career not just because you can, but because you love where it leads you. Just those two moments alone made my day; they left me with a timeless memory I will never forget.


After lunch, we were given a Certificate of Participation by the Honourable Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia, and took part in our last activity, which was the leadership workshop, led by Rob Weymouth. The workshop was based on numerous games that taught us the vital skills to being a leader in a fun and engaging way.


Overall, the FBLEP was a truly memorable experience for me, not only because I made so many new friends that day, but because I was able to take another step in my journey into Law and Leadership. I would personally like to thank the Law Society of WA and its affiliates, Dean Curtis and Michelle Davies, for organising the function, the guest speakers for the effort they put into inspiring us, and Dr Runco for organising my successful application to the program. The day was a day to remember and I would highly recommend this to anyone who has a spirit for civics, a love for law and a liveliness for leadership.


By Lorenzo Donatelli​ (Year 10 - K3)

Year 9 Italian

Year 9 Italian 'Corsini Exhibition Excursion  

“On Monday 21 May, the Year 9 Italian class ventured out to the WA Art Gallery to view the Corsini Art Collection.

It was an amazing experience for the whole class as we got to see some historical Italian artwork. We saw the style of paintings change over the centuries, ranging from oil canvas paintings, tempera on metal and board, sketches, as well as tapestries. Botticelli’s Madonna and Child with Six Angels is one of the highlights of the collection.

We got an insight on many interesting facts which the majority of us did not know before the tour. With the help of two wonderful tour guides, we were able to see life through other people's eyes, the telling of stories and the growth of the Corsini family over the many decades."       

                                                                                                               (Niamh Cooksley)


“The Corsini Collection was full of incredible artwork that all told stories about the time in which they were created. It was interesting to see paintings depicting different Biblical stories as well as the myths of that time. Life was extremely different then and getting a small glimpse of what it was like, was fantastic.”                                                      (Arielle Chant)


“The Corsini Collection was interesting and fun at the same time. It was interesting learning about the Corsini family and myths that occurred around that time. The paintings were amazing, they were painted with such detail and by looking at the paintings you could tell how passionate the artists were when painting. It was definitely an amazing experience that expresses Italian culture and art.”

                                                                                                                  (Sophia Giuffre)


“The Corsini Collection was very fascinating and the artworks and objects we saw were both interesting and beautiful. My favourite painting was of St Andrea Corsini and it was painted in the 1630s. The painting had two bullet holes through it, one exactly through the head of St Andrea. During WWII, a German soldier was trying to steal the artworks from the Corsini family and he fired two shots through the canvas. I highly enjoyed the Art Exhibition.”  

                                                                                                                    (Nicole Vlahov)


“I thought the Art Exhibition was very interesting and I liked learning about the  Corsini family."                                                  (Courtney Fitzgerald)


Many thanks to the Year 9 Italian students (and their parents/guardians) for appreciating and participating in the artistic and cultural aspect of studying a language. Hopefully one day the students can visit Firenze and the Palazzo Corsini to see the rest of this very special private collection. Grazie also to Davide Gottardi, the Italian native speaker who accompanied the class on this excursion.                            

Ms D Tersigni (Italian Teacher)

Year 10 Humanities

Year 10 Humanities

On Wednesday 23 May, Year 10 Humanities Extension and Mainstream 1 classes participated in the 2018 Australian History Competition. Students were challenged with questions ranging from topics related to their general knowledge to the Australian Curriculum. The relevant time period lapsed from late 1800s to WWII, focusing on Australian involvement in international affairs and the influence of significant global events on Australian society.


Students had the opportunity to apply not merely content, but analytical skills on written and visual sources learnt throughout the High School years.


The following are quotations from students leaving class after the competition:



“Extremely happy the results do not go toward my grade Caitlin Bransby

“The last questions clearly show the role of pop culture in our society.” Shania Cura.

“We particularly enjoyed the last few questions, as they are quite relevant to our generation” Samuel Kininmonth and Rishi Naik



Dr A Runco (Head of Learning Area - Humanities and Social Sciences)

Year 10 Geography

Year 10 Point Peron Excursion

On Monday 14 May, Mr McGoorty and Mrs Silva’s Year 10 Geography classes went on a highly anticipated excursion to Point Peron Rockingham as part of our studies of coastal processes and management.


At Warnbro Sound, we had the pleasure of seeing a dolphin in its natural habitat as we sketched the coastline and discussed coastal management strategies which have been implemented by the government to preserve and protect the coastal environment. At Point Peron, we went on a hike to see different coastal structures and the processes that formed them. Given the rather warm weather for May, students had the opportunity to indulge themselves in icecream in Rockingham after lunch at Rockingham foreshore.

The Year 10 Geography classes would like to thank Mrs Silva and Mr McGoorty for organising the excursion and Ms Pisconeri, Ms Hyland and Mr Brennan for attending and helping out on the day.

Isabella Ficko and Emereen Moratalla (Year 10)

Scitech Challenge Day

Scitech Challenge Day


Congratulations to four students, Augusto Biju, Isabella Hulm, Sophie Griffiths and Helen Zhang, for being selected to compete in the Scitech Challenge Day, and for winning their division. They worked well as a team and were enthusiastic when building a filtration system to make clean drinking water from filthy clay ridden water. The students were fabulous representatives of our College, well done!

The Scitech excursion, which I had the privilege to attend, was very enjoyable and a great challenge. Throughout the day we went to different parts of Scitech to learn about our much-needed water. First we had a talk about the amount of water in the world in the Planetarium and watched a film on it. Then we were introduced to the challenge: to make a filter which would cleanse filthy water. We moved to the CSIRO Lab to make our filter. We had a $100 budget to buy the materials. We put a lot of thought into choosing the right materials because that was the most important part. We chose perlite, wood chips, cloth, charcoal and clay. After we filtered the undrinkable water, although it was a light yellow colour it was good enough for us to win first prize in a group. The Scitech excursion was very engaging and was a great experience. Especially after when we won.

Augusto Biju - K1


I thought it was a great opportunity to become more academically enriched in the field of Science. It was fun and exciting, to build our own water filtration device, and see that our water came out filtered and cleaner. We worked together as a team, and came out at the top of our division. I made new friends, and strengthened the bonds that I already had with other students. I would like to thank St Norbert College for this amazing opportunity. 

Isabella Hulm - M3


Mrs L Cardenia (Academic Excellence Coordinator)

Australian Geography Competition

We wish the students in the Year 8 and Year 9 Humanities Extension classes all the best as they sit the Geography competition on Monday.

They will be answering 30-40 questions in 35 minutes. I hope the students enjoy this challenging event.


Mrs L Cardenia (Academic Excellence Coordinator)

SNC Parent Committee

News from the SNC PC

Dear Parents and Guardians,

One of the roles of the St Norbert College Parent Committee (SNC PC) is to support parent and school community engagement by organising parent seminars and ‘fun raising’ activities (as opposed to fund raising activities). In February, the Committee organised the sausage sizzle that followed the beginning of year school Mass. In April, a Year 7 parent’s night was organised to coincide with the Year 7 social. While the Year 7s were socialising at the school, a group of Year 7 parents engaged in their own socialising at Outback Jack’s in Cannington. A more detailed report on this evening will be provided by one of the parents on the SNC PC that attended, but, what I can say is that this event was a success and will be scheduled again for next year.

The SNC PC would like to especially thank all of the students and mums who attended this morning’s Mother’s Day Breakfast in the O’Reilly Centre. Over 100 students and mums enjoyed a catered breakfast that included muffins, pastries, fruit, juices and freshly brewed coffee from the mini truck parked just outside the ORC. This event not only proved to be a great opportunity for students to spend time with their mums (and fetch their mum tea, coffee or hot chocolate) but also served to bring members of our community together. We encourage both students and dads to keep an eye out for news about our Father’s Day breakfast which is currently scheduled for Friday 24 August.


Later this term, the Committee will be sponsoring a parent seminar on anxiety in teens. The seminar will be presented by ‘Headspace’ and will tackle the question of signs to look for and strategies to help with anxiety. There will be time afterwards for questions and answers as well as tea, coffee and biscuits. Please mark the 19th June at 7:00pm in the Br Pat Centre into your calendars. A call for RSVPs will be sent out in the school newsletter and by email message closer to the event. There will be another parent seminar on the 7th August in Term 3 with the tentative topic being drugs and alcohol. Further details to follow.


Another role of the Parent Committee is to support certain student activities with either financial assistance or with the purchase of materials or equipment. The Committee recently purchased 50 football jumpers for the school’s junior and senior girls football teams (25 each). The girls were in need of proper fitting jumpers and, so far, the jumpers have had a winning effect for both teams.


The search for a new 30-seater school bus continues with cost and quality proving to be a bit of a balancing act. The Committee is looking to make a substantial financial contribution toward the cost of replacing the old 1987 coaster bus as well as ensuring that St Norbert College is proudly emblazoned on all sides.


Thank you to all of the parents who have attended our meetings and/or who have assisted with organising the events that have been held. I extend an invitation to any parent who is interested in contributing to the Parent Committee and/or helping with the running of future events, to attend the next meeting on the 19th June at 6:00pm in the Br Pat Centre (ahead of the parent seminar on anxiety).


God Bless

Dr Paul Costantino



Senior Basketball

The Senior Basketball Finals began this week with two exciting games for our men’s and women’s teams. On Monday the girls team faced Willetton SHS at home in the ORC. It was great to see some of our younger students step up to the Senior level and fit so well into the team. Willetton got out to a quick start but our girls battled hard and were able to take a quarter-time lead 13–11. With continued strong play led by Savahna Nevill and U/16 State Team member, Shenae Hartree the Canons were level at half-time 20–20. Some unfortunate mistakes in the 3rd gave Willetton the lead which was hard to come back from. Willetton running out eventual winners 56–38.

Our Canons men’s team tipped off on Tuesday afternoon against Kiara College. Kiara had a very strong and big lineup which gave our boys some headaches early on. Missed shots and defensive lapses gave Kiara a 13-point advantage going into the 4th quarter. The boys, with a never-say-die attitude managed to rally behind a 33-point effort from Fletcher Clemmence to tie the game with 30 seconds remaining. Kiara came back and made a basket with Lennon Butler’s buzzer beater just missing. Kiara College came out the victors 58 – 56.


Mr L Ford (Specialist Basketball Coordinator)

Senior Boys AFL mid-season games - Never give up attitude continues


Week 2.3 - 16 May: SNC vs Sevenoaks

A challenging physical game that resulted in some injuries. Our players played maturely and kept their cool in the tense moments – meaning no SNC student was sent off. A number of staff, students and parents came down to support the team again. The players from SNESA (ex-student football team) were there as runners on the field. One point down at half time, the growing crowd lifted the team's spirit and they were able to outscore the opposition 4 goals to 1 in the second half. Goals scored: Curtis Spencer (3), Mitchell Colquhoun (assisted by Evander Bennell), Connor Young Free. Best on Ground: Jason Lamb, Lachlan Bunyan, Mark Cogger, Connor Young Free and Curtis Spencer.

Final result SNC 5.5.35 to Lynwood 2.2.14.


Week 2.4 - 23 May: SNC vs Kent Street


It was a tough first half where Kent Street came out running and tackling hard. They had a game plan and executed it well scoring 6 goals to our 2. The team refocused at the half-time break and were determined not to give up. Lennon Butler moved into defence and helped strengthened the group. Patrick Osias displayed great bravery in numerous contests. Ryan Tarmizi had a great game, including a solid mark despite a late thumping tackle he knew was coming. His courage was rewarded with a 50-metre penalty. Lachlan Bunyan displayed gutsy play in the packs and showed his speed with a spectacular run down the flank. We held the score to 2 goals each in the second half. Goals: Nyika John (1), Charles Pleiter (2), one assisted by a great running kick from Luke Miller, Mark Cogger (1). Best on ground: Mark Cogger, Ryan Tarmizi, Patrick Osias and Charles Pleiter. Final result SNC 4.3.27 to Kent Street 8.4.52.


Join our Year 12 players for their final game for the College and the last game of the season. Come down to Queens Park Reserve this Wednesday 30 May to see SNC v Clontarf. Bounce down is at 4pm.


Mrs M Silva (Team Manager)



Do you need an assistant?  Why not host a work experience student!


We are currently placing 150+ students with suitable host employers, in every possible industry. We would love to hear from any parents or friends who might have a work experience opportunity for one of our students.


Workplace learning is a valuable learning opportunity for Year 10, 11 and 12 students. The WPL program enables students to go into real workplaces to observe and assist their host employer. It provides excellent insight into the industry, a chance to gain practical experience and a wonderful opportunity for networking. Plus, it contributes to their WACE certificate.


Please note:

  • All work experience students are covered by insurance through the Out of School Learning Policy
  • Year 11 and 12 students attend each Thursday from 14 June to 14 September 2018 (some Friday options are also required)
  • Year 10 students will complete a one-week block placement from 25-29 June 2018

If you would like further information or can assist with a placement, please call Trevor Saunders on 

0422 050 424 or email  [email protected]

Mr M Openshaw (Head of Careers and VET)

Where's My Bus App

New Bus Tracking App Available

Horizons West have recently started to use the ‘Where’s My Bus’ app, which allows parents and students to track the location of their school bus in real time. You can also use the app to calculate the best stop for you to catch the bus and to find out how soon you need to start walking. The app tracks each bus on the St Norbert College Bus service in the mornings and in the afternoon.


The app is for iPhones and iPads only at this stage, and can be downloaded for free from:


You will need to login with the following credentials:

Username: [email protected]

Password: snc1234


If you have any problems downloading, installing or using the app, please contact me via email: [email protected].

Mr M Biddle (Community Relations and Marketing)


Uniform Shop



Mondays        8.30am – 11.30am

Thursdays      1.00pm – 4.00pm


Mrs R Kelly (Uniform Shop)

'In the Middle of Everything'

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

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

2018 Entertainment Book

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


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

Order page:

Virtual Book Link:

In Focus Careers 


ConocoPhillips Science Experience

Parents of Year 9 and 10 students:

Is your child curious about a future career in Science?

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) immersion program which provides opportunities to get some real-life experience from Science Faculties in Western Australian universities.

The program includes hands-on activities in laboratories, short interactive lectures and visits to local scientific facilities. It will also provide opportunities to meet with current university students, information on future study and possible careers in Science.

A flyer has been included which has more details including pricing and contacts.

Please contact myself if you would like some more details regarding this exciting opportunity.

Mr R D'Almeida (Head of Learning Area - Science)

Mathematics Workshop




Anxiety in Teens


Year 12 ATAR Enrichment Program at UWA



Monday 28 May 2018 - ​Year 11 and 12 Exams commence 

Thursday 7 June 2018 - Year 8 Social Activity, BP Forum, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Friday 15 June 2018 - St Norbert Day Celebrations and applications close for the Blessed Hugh of Fosse, Basketball Scholarships

DOS Nightly Routine.pdf
Nightly Routine.pdf
Examination Timetable.pdf
In Focus Careers - May 2018.pdf
Careers Newsletter June 2018.pdf
SCIENCE EXPERIENCE_eNewsletter-2018[2].pdf
Mathematics Workshop for Term 2 (002).pdf
Tutoring - Exam Revision and Prepare for 2018.pdf
Anxiety in Teens.pdf
Year 12 ATAR Enrichment Program.pdf
2019 Basketball prospectus and scholarship application.pdf
WorkPrep flyer 2018.pdf