21 June 2019
Week 2.8 - Issue 9
From the Principal
Dean of Studies
Deputy Principals
Pastoral Care
R U Legal? 
Student Ministry
Performing Arts
Student Success
From the Head of Sport
AFL Football
St Norbert College
(08) 9350 5433
135 Treasure Road
Queens Park, Western Australia, 6107




God, who is Love, unite us in Christian fellowship by sharing the Apostolic

tradition of common ideals, worship, and service.

Guide us towards that holiness which harmonises every dimension of our being,

and prepares us for all good works.
Fill our hearts with your Holy Spirit, that we may promote the welfare of all as the

Body of Christ on Earth;  and so pattern our lives each day according to Jesus,

your Son in whose name we pray.



St Norbert, pray for us

From the Principal

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

“I would like to come to Saint Norbert College because it’s a Catholic school, it’s a great school and the students and the teachers are really nice. And you do so many great things here” _ (Year 5 student)


I get the privilege to interview all prospective students from our new families and begin by asking the young person why they would like to come to Saint Norbert’s. I have included the response above from one of the Year 5 students I interviewed earlier this week. The answers to that question are often varied and, on occasion, quite surprising. The common elements raised however include, delightedly, that we are a Catholic school, a welcoming environment of good reputation and achieving quality outcomes for our students in a myriad of areas.


With youthful exuberance, many of these young people are already using their own words to express our College Mission.


On the very rare occasion that families do decline our offer of enrolment, they often justify that they have received an offer of an enrolment at another school that specialises in a sporting program, or the Arts, or Gifted and Talented, or a scholarship program, or because of the opportunities to tour overseas, and many other reasons. It would be scant arrogance that would see me purport that offerings in these areas are not important – we offer many of these programs and opportunities, complementary to the values of our College.


In the spirit of today’s first reading, I take this opportunity to boast of Saint Norbert College;


“So many people boast on merely human grounds that I shall too”. (2 Corinthians 11: 18).


When families decline our invitations for enrolment on these grounds, I sit comfortably in the knowledge that the people who do choose a Saint Norbert College education, now valued members of our community, do so because we live, breath and exist in a Christian community, with the guiding presence of the Norbertine ethos, dedicated to fostering the growth of our students as whole persons, in the image of Christ. All key components of our College Mission as you will read below. We are more than any one specific part of our College, we are the sum of all of our parts that makes us, so correctly stated by a Year 5 student, “. . . . a Catholic school, a great school . . .”


Respectful of our programs and the great work that our staff, families and students contribute, I categorically state that we are not a specialist sport school, we are not an arts school, we don’t just focus on academic excellence and other adjectives that I’ve heard used to describe us. We are all of these and so much more.


“St Norbert College is a Christian community; a Catholic school influenced by the ethos of the Norbertine order to foster the growth of our students as whole persons who will live in faith with the Church and humanity, in the image of Christ” (Saint Norbert College Mission).


I thank our families for investing in us to educate and care for their young people and for supporting us in helping our students be “Prepared for all good works”.


“For wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be too”. (Matthew 6: 21).


God bless.

Mr S Harvey (Principal)

Dean of Studies

What truly matters?


In previous newsletters, the discussion about the ability to ask the right questions (E.g., “Wait, what?” and, “I wonder if?”) acts as a guide for persona academic preparation and planning. In total, five essential questions are proposed by Professor Jim Ryan, President of the University of Virginia, and concludes with the fifth and final question, “What truly matters?”. This is the most crucial question to ask, according to Professor Ryan and reflects the value of commitment.


This question forces the examination of the key issue and can help students to separate the truly important from the trivial. By asking, “What truly matters?” a student may start to recognise the distractions that limit their own learning and achievement. The question can assist when we are too caught up in routines to pay attention (I.e. “But we have always done it this way”), or when we lack confidence in our ability and focus on irrelevant details, rather than confront the difficult and challenging work right in front of us.


The question serves to focus effort and attention on completing the important tasks and responsibilities and, therefore, frees up our time that can be devoted to our interests, hobbies and motivations. More importantly, asking “What truly matters?” expands our perspective to include how we can serve and support others, and how can we ensure that students can achieve with a network of parents, guardians and teachers to keep the focus on learning.


As the exams, tests and assessments for Semester One conclude, the reports are analysed and dissected and goals are reviewed and refreshed for Semester Two. What truly matters is becoming aware of the pitfalls and distractions that limit achievement of our personal best and a renewed commitment to focus on the core habits and routines that enable success.

Assessment Catch-Up

This year the College elected to implement after-school catch-up sessions for students that are absent from in-class assessments. The constraints of the curriculum often requires assessments to be completed and marked within a short time-frame, and the purpose of the catch-up is to ensure minimal disruption to student learning.


The College appreciates that the circumstances for an absence is often beyond a student’s control, and may include ongoing health-related absences. The assessment catch-up sessions are scheduled from Tuesday to Friday (3.30pm – 4.30pm) and aim for students to complete assessments within seven days of the originally scheduled due date. 


If no alternative arrangements have been made with a subject teacher or the respective Head of Learning Area, then the assessment item remains incomplete at the end of this period, and will no longer be offered. As always, we encourage a conversation to achieve the best learning outcome for students.

University of Notre Dame – Early Offer

If you are a Year 12 student, here's your chance to secure a university education through the Notre Dame Early Offer Program. This program is open to Year 12 students who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or are making a significant contribution to their school or community.


With an early offer, you can sit your Year 12 exams with added confidence. It’s also a great way for schools to acknowledge their outstanding students. Applications for an early offer to study in Semester 1, 2020 are due by Wednesday 31 July 2019. Go to for more information regarding applications.

ATAR Revision Seminars – Parent Committee subsidy


For many Year 12 students, the opportunity to attend ATAR Course Revision Seminars in the school holidays can enhance their examination preparation and course content knowledge. Due to the support provided by the St Norbert College Parent Committee, any Year 12 student who attends an ATAR revision seminar is eligible to receive a subsidy ($20) for attending. If you attend a seminar during the July school holidays, please pay for your course and then return your receipt to the College at the start of Term Three to receive the subsidy.


As an added incentive, TEE Consultants are giving away a FREE subject course in the TEE July Program, valued at $175. To enter, all a Year 12 ATAR student needs to do is use the link below and enter their details at:


Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Deputy Principals

Year 11 Information


As the end of Semester One approaches, the process of future academic pathways and subject selection for 2020 begins. There are some important Year 11 events that are part of the subject selection process which are outlined below:


  • Monday 1 July:                 Year 12 Subject Selection Information Period 6, Xanten Theatre
  • Wednesday 31 July:       Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews, 12-7pm


Year 11 students wishing to change subjects or pathways this year need to make an appointment with Ms Rainford as soon as possible. Changes need to by the end of next week to minimise missing Semester Two work, which commenced last week. Changes can only occur with teacher approval, if there is room in the class and if the Minimum Entry Requirement is met.


Reports will be uploaded in the last week of Term 2 and Subject Selection Online will open.


Information about the Year 11 Dinner Dance to be held on Thursday 8 August at the South of Perth Yacht Club was provided at a Year Assembly on Wednesday 12 June. Parents are asked to complete approvals/RSVPs via MCB-Consent2Go as soon as possible. Tickets are $68.


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

Year 10 Parent Information Night 


Year 10 families are reminded that the Year 10 Parent Information Night will be held on Wednesday 3 July in the O’Reilly Centre. The evening commences at 6pm and is an opportunity for both parents and students to find out more about the subject selection process and about what students need to do to choose their preferred academic courses going into Year 11.


Student attendance at the evening is compulsory as there is significant information that will be shared with families about Year 11 choices, using Subject Selection Online and about the course counselling process that all students and parents will participate in Term 3. You will also be provided with your Year 10 Semester One report at the Information Night.

Year 12 Parent Information Night 


On Tuesday 2 July, all Year 12 students will be attending the Year 12 Retreat at Integrity House with the Youth Mission Team. Students will depart the College at 8.45am and will return to the College at 4pm. Students are required to wear their PE shirt and College tracksuit however they are allowed to wear their Leavers’ Jacket in place of their College tracksuit top.


The Retreat offers our Year 12 cohort one of the final opportunity to come together and form lasting memories that they will hold onto in the years after they leave the College. The aim of the Year 12 Retreat is to provide students with a greater understanding of their uniqueness and worth and to help them realise the potential they have to positively influence the world around them.


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

Pastoral Care

How Movement and Exercise Help Kids Learn

– By Deborah Farmer Kris


Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki was a rising star in the field of memory when she looked around and realised that her lifestyle wasn’t sustainable.


“I was trying to get tenure and I was doing nothing but work," she says. "I had no friends outside of my lab. I knew I needed to do something. I thought, at least I can go to the gym and try to feel stronger.”


Suzuki signed up for the classes that “looked the most fun”. As she expected, her mood and fitness level improved – but she began to notice something else at play. “About a year-and-a-half into that regular exercise routine, I was sitting at my desk writing a grant and this thought went through my mind, ‘Writing is going well!’ I had never had that thought before. Then I realised that all of my work had been going better recently, and the only major change I had made to my life was regularly working out.”


That observation prompted her to explore what exercise was doing to her brain. “My hippocampal memory was clearly better at remembering details and retrieving information."


These days, Suzuki has switched her primary research focus to the cognitive benefits of exercise. She is the author of the book Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better, and gave a popular TED Talk on exercise and the brain.


She also teaches a class at NYU called "Can Exercise Change your Brain?" To tap into the brain-boosting effects of movement, she begins each class with an hour-long workout session, followed by a 90-minute lecture and discussion. She has been measuring outcomes of this hybrid teaching method in quantitative and qualitative ways. “One student told me, ‘In my other 9am classes, I am hugging my coffee cup. In this class, I don’t even need to take notes because I remember what is said'.”


She says exercise is the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain and she is on a mission to help her students and the public understand the “life-changing,” mood-boosting, cognitive-enhancing effects of physical activity.

The Cognitive Benefits of Exercise

Suzuki encourages people to think about the brain like a muscle. Exercise strengthens both the prefrontal cortex (which is involved in executive functioning) and the hippocampus (which plays a key role in memory and learning). In this way, exercise supports our ability to think creatively, make decisions, focus and retrieve key information. In her research, Suzuki found a single workout can improve a student’s ability to focus on a task for up to two hours.


Exercise stimulates the growth of new neurons, Suzuki explains, in a process called neurogenesis. In addition, it increases the neurochemical BDNF, which acts as a fertilizer, strengthening neurons and making them less susceptible to breaking down. Physical activity also increases levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine and endorphins that support emotional well-being, motivation and response to stress. As we age, exercise has a protective effect on the brain, says Suzuki, making it less susceptible to neurodegenerative diseases and normal cognitive decline. With exercise, “you are making synaptic connections, and you are making more synapses grow. Movement will help your brain today and protect you against neurological decay in the future.”


The Case for Movement in School

Recess has cascading benefits for children, says Suzuki. “It really has to do with what we know about how the brain works and how we can rejuvenate brain activity – particularly focus, attention and mood. When you cut down recess, you are removing time that kids can run around. And when they run around, their brains are getting a bubble bath of good neurochemicals, neurotransmitters and endorphins. These help memory and mood. A simple burst of exercise helps students focus better — to filter out what they do and do not need to pay attention to in class.”


She argues that movement breaks in K-12 classrooms support the deep kind of learning that they should be striving for.


“Adults need this, too,” says Suzuki, including teachers.  “Even though it takes time from your workday, it will give you back time. You will be more productive if you take that time off.  Even if it’s just a walk up and down the stairs or a walk around the block. That is a surefire way to make your work more productive. It’s how humans were built.  We were not built to sit in front of a screen all day long. Our bodies and brains work better with regular movement. It’s better than coffee.”


Adding more movement to the school day is an attainable goal, says Suzuki.  She points to a program called The Daily Mile, an initiative that started six years ago at an elementary school in Scotland. The head of school, Elaine Wyllie, “realized that students weren’t looking healthy,” says Suzuki, “so she asked teachers to take their students for a 15-minute walk or run every day.”


More than 8000 schools in 65 countries — including half of all schools in Scotland — have now adopted this program. The website includes guidelines and tips for making the program accessible to all students with the aim of helping them become “fitter, healthier, and more able to concentrate in the classroom.”

Scotland fights child obesity in a simple and effective way - BBC Stories


Reframing Exercise as Movement

Suzuki recognises that “exercise can be a four-letter word” for some people — something that feels unpleasant or impractical, given the demands of life. So she has begun to talk about it as simply “movement” in her talks and workshops. One of her favorite “brain hacks” is taking a mundane task and making it more physical —  such as “vacuuming like Mrs. Doubtfire.”


“The thing is, there are so many ways to move your body,” says Suzuki. “It’s hard to get someone who does not exercise to move regularly. Once you get over the hump, you can start to be much more mindful and see and feel the immediate effects of exercise – you are literally changing your brain.”

The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki


For more information on this article go to:




The Pastoral Care Team

R U Legal? 

Lessons in law

Is being nasty online against the law? Can a teenager face penalties for saving inappropriate images on their phone? Can a 10-year-old be charged by police?


As Year 9 and 10 students learnt during R U Legal? education seminars held at the College this week, the answer to all of the above questions is ‘yes’.


The criminal justice system and how it affects young people was explored in detail when a Legal Aid criminal defence lawyer spoke to students, staff and parents about topical issues such new laws governing social media, the age of criminal responsibility and common ways that young people in general are getting into trouble with the law.


R U Legal? is a program of free community legal education sessions and resources for young people between 10 and 18 years old, developed by Legal Aid WA, and presented from the perspective of criminal lawyers and using real-life examples to show legal consequences to young people.

“Sending messages and publishing things can get you into all sorts of trouble,’’ students seated in the Xanten Theatre were told. “Bad choices and taking risks can have long-lasting effects and actions can affect a wide group of people.’’


The information was “very relevant and important for students to understand’’, said Head of House Mr McGrath.  While parents who attended a similar R U Legal? 4 Parents Guide to the Digital World at the BP Forum later the same day reported: “It was a very interesting and informative hour well spent’’.


To find out more about the R U Legal?programs which includes tips on cybersafety,



Mrs L Quartermain (Community Relations

and Marketing Officer)

Student Ministry

Indonesian Immersion

Eleven students from Years 10 and 11  will embark on the College's Indonesia Immersion in September. As in previous years, the immersion will be an opportunity for students to visit another country and immerse themselves into the way of life and culture of the people. It also aims at supporting our College motto of being “prepared for all good works”  through engagement with children and agencies who are in need.

From now until the end of term our focus for collections to take on the trip will be:

  • New underwear suitable for boys and girls  aged 3 to 17 years old
  • Nail polish and hand cream – new or partly used

In Term 3 our focus will then be:


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. The donations will be given to the following places while we are at the Immersion - The Smile Foundation, Sidhi Astu Orphanage, Paud Samaritania 2 School, Samaritania Rescue Home and Cancer House.


Thank you for your continued support!


Ms M Kyd (Coordinator of Campus Ministry)

Performing Arts

A Time to Shine: Music Night 2019


The St Norbert College Music Night will take place on Wednesday 26 June at 7pm in the Xanten Theatre. It is a showcase of all of our talented College Ensembles and selected outstanding performances from the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges in 2018. Pre-sale tickets for the families and friends of students performing have concluded and general tickets are now available for sale for $5  from Katherine Freind at Xanten Performing Arts Centre Reception. 


Payment of Instrumental /Vocal Lessons for Term 3


Payment of instrumental/vocal lessons for Term 3 is due by Thursday 27 June (Week 9). Failure to do so will result in lessons automatically ceasing at the end of Term 2. If you have any queries or wish to discuss the matter further, please contact the Head of Arts - Mr Chadwick Beins via email at or call 9350 5433 ext 226.


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


Student Success

Hidden Talent

Year 7 Rainelle Micosa has a unique and hidden talent. When she swaps her College blazer for a 'judogi', she is a mini-master of judo and its grappling technique that involves off-balancing or lifting an opponent and throwing them to the ground – or immobilising an opponent in seconds!


Rainelle is so adept at the modern Japanese martial art she earned fourth place in her age group at this month's National Judo Championships held on the Gold Coast  and now has her sights on representing Australia.


Having taken up judo two years ago, Rainelle practices her combat skills at Belmont’s Centenary Park along with her brother, Raven.

Currently an orange belt, she was chosen to represent WA in the Senior Girls division comprising 10 opponents from around Australia who faced each other in two-minute bursts.


“I really enjoyed the experience and meeting opponents from different places,'' Rainelle says. “Judo is tough, but you do get used to it and it’s important to be nice and help opponents up after the game.’’

The word judo consists of two Japanese characters, ju, which means "gentle", and do, which means "the way". While it demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline, it does not involve kicking, punching or striking techniques of any kind. 

Now back in training three times a week, Rainelle is working towards selection at the next Oceania Judo Competition. Good luck, Rainelle.


Fields of Dreams

JULY will be a busy month for Year 8 Paige Craven-Bower both on the football field and in track and field.


During the school holidays, Paige will travel to Malaysia to compete in an international athletics championship before heading to Tasmania to represent WA in an AFLW competition.


A javelin thrower, Paige will compete in 27th annual SSSC/MSSM/LAWA International Athletics Championship in Kuantan, Malaysia, where she hopes to propel her spear more than 35m.

It’s not the first time Paige has thrown the javelin on a big stage, having competed in the All Schools Athletics Australia championships in Cairns last December.


Her berth in the Under-15s WA ALFW team means she will face fellow School Sports teams from the Northern Territory, NSW and South Australia on the Apple Isle. 

Paige, who first picked up a Sherrin in Year 1 and plays Full Back for the Belmont-Redcliffe Year 8 boys team on Sundays, enjoyed a solid season playing alongside much older students in the Canons Senior Girls AFLW team. Good luck in both competitions, Paige.  


Artistic new look for NAIDOC Week

Canons Indigenous All Stars basketballers have been busy exploring their artistic side, creating design concepts for a new sports uniform to be worn in a game to celebrate NAIDOC Week and to further extend the College’s cultural literacy and connection to Aboriginal and Indigenous Australians.

Year 9 Lachauntae Eades was one of three students selected to present her design concept (pictured) of dot-paintings, stars and waterholes to graphic designer Yvette Ricciardello who will digitally create a final masterpiece using elements of each of the student's drawings. The new design will also be worn as clash jumpers. Mr Price and Mrs Martin, who are working with students on the projectwere impressed by how each student used different symbols in their designs that relate to them.


"The bigger picture going forward (2020 and beyond) would be to arrange a game with Clontarf to be played during NAIDOC week and create an annual celebration,'' Mr Price revealed.


NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week is an Australian observance lasting from the first Sunday in July until the following Sunday . 


Mrs L Quartermain (Community Relations

and Marketing Officer)

From the Head of Sport

ACC Cross Country All Stars

The Cross Country All Stars team is selected from the top five placegetters in each event and also the winner of each No Limits (Multi-class) event at the carnival.  Congratulations to Year 12 Jaco Jansen van Rensburg who has been named into the All Star Team for 2019. We thank Jaco and congratulate him on his successful career to date and representing St Norbert College to the best of his ability. We all wish Jaco luck in his future endeavours .


The ACC Cross Country All Stars team 2019 has now been published on the web site and is available for viewing at


Sport Uniforms

Students involved in sport teams through Semester One are asked to check at home if they have any borrowed uniforms. If you do manage to find some tucked away can you please return them to the PE office. 


Communication between coaches

Communication is a vital life skill that is developed over time. At our College, we have many forms of communication techniques that students can use to contact staff members. If you are unable to attend a training session or game can you please contact the appropriate staff member minimum 24 hours prior. This allows the staff to make any necessary changes required. This makes good practice for when students graduate  from College and enter the workplace. Thank you for your cooperation.


Mr L Ford (Head of Sport)

AFL Football




Week 2.8 - 19 June: SNC vs. Kent Street SHS


Kent Street came out strong and took an early lead of three goals, the team dug deep to stop the charge. Mr Houwen and the bench strategised and developed a plan. Oscar Butler’s dominance in defence was a key to the change. Jaxon Mikaere and Cooper Jenkin's dependable gritty tackles and pack work turned the control of the game over to us. Patrick Osias risked it all, taking an elbow to the face. Leaving everyone wondering was the nose broken? Samuel Berhane provided some great shepherds, one directly resulting in a goal to Izeldin BolJack Sorrell and Dalton King assisted in moving the ball down the ground to keep it in our 50 more often. By the end of the first half the lead was reduced to one goal.

The half-time talk was electric. the team could feel the tide had turned and the strategy was to hold possession and  keep our focus on the game as Kent Street was making mistakes. Liam Belsher-Smith’s dependable play every game helped steady the team, and he was backed by the consistent efforts of Tristian Lee. A spectacular mark from Izeldin Bol above the shoulders of the other players and a standard of football that the opposition could not match was set, only scoring twice in the half. Even a physical tussle that saw some spectators taking the field behind play did not draw in the SNC players, their maturity and focus was rewarded as they stepped it up a notch and some spectacular plays were seen in the last 10 minutes of play. The Year 10’s provided some great passages of play to move the opposition possession to our 50 quickly. The speed of Lubin Benedict was amazing as he chased the pack to provide a shepherd opening a run down the flank for Izeldin Bol whose kick to Charles Pleiter resulted in a goal. Kade Hanley took a great contested mark that was captured by our Media Team. Flynn Beckwith stepped up to the ruck when injury hit. And the goal of the day was scored by Kade Hanley from forward pocket at a impossibly tight angle. Final result SNC (7.4) 46 to Kent St SHS (6.0) 36. Goal scorers: William Roscoe, Connor Young Free, Izeldin Bol, Charles Pleiter, and Kade Hanley.


The team would like to acknowledge the assistance of Luke Kilgour and Mark Cogger who have been unable to play, yet come each week and take on the goal umpiring and running for the team; and the support of the SNESA players who came down in numbers again this week to support the boys and offer an invitation for them to join the many ex-students at the club so they can play on for many years to come. Our congratulations go to Ethan Glassborow for being selected in the AFL National U16 World Team Program we hope you enjoy the amazing experience.


Mrs M Silva (Coach)



AFLW – Finals Fever!


The positive season to St Norbert College’s AFLW team continued when they played a qualifying final against Ellenbrook College last week.


In tough, wet and windy conditions, our girls knew they were up for a fight early on as the Ellenbrook girls had a good mix of AFL and rugby players. The tackling (not all of them legal!!) was rough from the first bounce, but that did not deter the Canons Team. With Shenae Hartree playing in ruck, she was able to feed our midfielders, Chloe Reilly, Ivy Harding and Paige Craven-Bower, who worked well together to boot the ball forward and give us scoring opportunities.


To match them in the ‘physical stakes’ we continued to make the ball our object. Zeta Stevens ran and tackled hard to play a great first game of the season with Caitlin Spiegl continuing to do the same; as she does. Up front we had Summer Pollard, Nicole Dobkowski and Jacinta Barraza, who were providing options, and Natasha Catalano, who was tackling with good intent We scored a few goals early putting the pressure on our ‘single-minded’ opposition.


With Kyra Dalton linking up well on the wing it was our defence who had to ‘tough out’ the second half as Ellenbrook were a few goals behind. Ella Reilly again played the General who called the shots and guided our backs. Amber O’Donoghue was resolute at fullback, Lachuantae Eades and Emily Young-Free tackled hard-but-fairly to stop the goals, Akeelah Mayhew played well and Olivia Bell provided our run around the ground. Rylee Curtis was a handy addition and showed her pace throughout the game. Kaitlyn Johnson again played her tough brand of footy as Destiny Geary-Dodsley and Charlie Pollard provided us with options on a number of occasions. Our players continued to defend numerous attacks without becoming overwhelmed. With 7 minutes of the game remaining, the game was called to a sudden end when an opposition player suffered a serious knee injury.


It was a wonderful display by the SNC girls who put in a determined and disciplined effort to take the win by 7 points. A proud moment for the coach and all the spectators who came down to watch in the sometimes-unpleasant conditions. A big thanks to Mr Ford for providing shelters for the teams and spectators, to Ms Kyd the ‘super-manager/cheerer’ and to our students, parents and friends who rallied for our girls throughout. We now had to wait for our next finals opponent!!


On Tuesday, we boarded the College bus for a direct flight, I mean, drive to Mount Helena to play Eastern Hills College in a semi-final. We had some new passengers with us as there were other compulsory events on for some of our girls, so we were very fortunate to have Polly King, Jordan Wood, Charlotte Brown and Bianca Halton join our team for the first time.


The 40-minute-plus drive east had us arriving in what seemed like the deep-forest, which made for a picturesque, but rather small ground. At first sight some of their players seemed as tall as the trees around us, so we knew we were up for a contest in the air if they had the skills.


Both teams gathered in the middle to listen to the umpire’s instructions, the coin was tossed and the girls then moved to their positions. There were definitely some nerves in the fresh-air as the winner would progress to the Grand Final. The ball was tossed in the air and the game was on!!


Captain Chloe Reilly, who had organised our team professionally before the game, received some wonderful tap downs from Nicole Dobkowski early and with her licence to go for goal from just outside the centre square, she bombed a couple of goals. Chloe had made her mark early-on, but this team had the fire-power to put her under some pressure and to subdue her immense talent.


The game then moved into a battle of wills and our backline were under constant pressure. The tackling by Lachaunte Eades was ferocious and she was well-supported by Kiara Brack-Denham, Charlie Pollard and Caitlin Spiegl, who all fought hard. With the oppositions taller players becoming a factor, the Eastern Hills girls began to mark the ball and link their play like an experienced team who knew their strengths.


At half time the challenge was put to the team to punch, punch and then punch the ball some more, to bring the footy to ground. We knew this was going to give us our best chance, but it was easier said than done. Paige Craven-Bower and Ivy Harding continued to gather the ball, but they were under immediate pressure. Natasha Catalano tackled hard (as she does best) and Kaitlin Johnson worked hard to defend. Kyra Dalton continued to create a link from defence to offence to give us a chance to score and Jordan Wood worked hard to provide options for us up-front. They continued to score goals…


With our options reducing Nicole Dobkowski was moved to play on one of their taller forwards and ‘pinch-hitter’ Amber O’Donoghue was moved into the ruck to stem their flow. Akeelah Mayhew worked hard, Subeedah Rijal worked well at half forward and Emily Young-Free didn’t give up in her efforts to help our team win the game. With an injured Ella Reilly working hard as a water-runner there were signs that our girls were tiring in what was a tough game. Jacinta Barraza worked hard, Bianca Halton showed some positive signs for the SNC AFLW team in the future whilst Charlotte Brown showed she still had the skills after a lay-off. Polly King turned from basketballer to footballer in a matter of minutes and has the skills to be impressive in both sports.


With all options and efforts exhausted the gallant St Norbert team went on to lose by 5 goals. Although the girls were disappointed in the loss, they should be very proud of their efforts and how they represented St Norbert College, not only in how they played the game.


It was great to see the SNC girls had fun this season. They enjoyed playing with their fellow students from different year groups, creating new friendships and bonds. As a coach it was great to see this all occur with the wonderful leadership of Chloe Reilly, Ivy Harding and Ella Reilly putting our AFLW team in a very positive position for the future.


Mr B McGrath (Coach)



Match Report



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 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

Southern Stars - Touch Football

The Southern Stars have been a fixture of the South Perth community for over 30 years now and has traditionally been one of the highest participation touch clubs in the State. We strive to create an atmosphere for all members, from juniors to seniors, from beginners to the elite, a place in the community that can bring people together and this program is a great place to start.


Ursula Frayne, St Joachims, Our Lady of Mercy, Our Lady help of Christian - 120 year reunion


Health 4 Life


Academic Associates - Year 12 Enrichment program at UWA


Academic Task Force - 2019 July School holidays


Catholic Schools Parents WA - Job Vacancy



  • Monday 24 June 2019  - 2020 Blessed Ricvera Music Scholarships open online
  • Wednesday 26 June 2019 - Music Night - Xanten Theatre, 3.30pm-9.30pm
  • Wednesday 3 July 2019 - Year 10 Parent Information Evening (Subject Selection) - O'Reilly Centre, 6.00pm
  • Friday 5 July - End of Term 2
Examination Timetable.pdf
MenuTerm 2 2019.pdf
Add to email contacts for parents2 - Consent2GO.pdf
Djilba 2019.pdf
Issue 33 out now
2019 TEE July ATAR Revision plus Enrolment Form.pdf
ATAR Enrichment Program.pdf
ATAR Revision Program.pdf
CSPWA - Administration Assistant.pdf
In-Focus May Newsletter 2019.pdf
2019 Juniors Flyer - Southern Stars.pdf
Celebration Reunion Poster.pdf
Newsletter insert Independent Schools Control Group.pdf
Independent Schools Control Group.pdf
Results ACC 2019 - web v1 (1).xls
Jaco Jansen van Rensburg - Allstar Team 2019