21 February 2020
Week 1.3 - Issue One


From the Principal
Dean of Studies
Deputy Principals
From the Business Manager
Stem Tour 2021
Year 7 2020
Year 12 Ball & Climate Canons
Academic Excellence 
Guide Dog at SNC
Swimming Carnival and Sport
Student Success
The Arts
St Joseph's Music Program 
Prémontré Day
Student Ministry
Mathematics Workshops 
Cultural Corner
Pastoral Care
Notices and reminders 
St Norbert College
(08) 9350 5433
135 Treasure Road
Queens Park, Western Australia, 6107



Lord of love, remind me to be a miracle this day.
Nudge me, Lord, as I begin to pass by a person who needs a smile.
Direct my attention to an elderly person who is struggling as they are going through a door.
Make sure I notice the tired mother with a fussy child who would be thankful if I let her go
ahead of me in the grocery line.
Bring to my mind a relative who would delight to receive a phone call from me.
Give me creative thoughts of things I can do for the children
of my church to make an ordinary worship day a day of celebration.
Lord, teach me how to be a walking miracle.
In Jesus’ name I pray,


St Norbert, pray for us


From the Principal

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

Welcome to the first newsletter edition for 2020. In the past three weeks, the College has hosted a range of exciting events to bring in the new academic year, not the least welcoming more than 900 students back from holidays, with nearly 180 new, young faces joining our College community. Welcome to our new students and their families and likewise to our new staff.


At our annual College Staff Mass in January, Fr Peter celebrated the beginning of the 2020 school year and commissioned those staff new to St Norbert College;


Ms Arnold

Learning Support

Miss Dao


Mrs Fitzgibbon

IT Support

Ms Frazier


Mrs Fulham

Learning Support

Miss K Hughes

Health and PE

Miss M Hughes


Mrs Matchado

RE and our afterschool study coordinator

Ms Muir


Mrs Stirling

Careers and VET

Miss Tran


Mrs Villarosa



We look to the year ahead determined to excite and energise our students about learning.

It is a pleasure to acknowledge and congratulate the Year 12 Class of 2019, staff and families on the following wonderful achievements;

  • 94.9% achievement of the WACE Certificate
  • 100% of our VET students completed a Cert II or higher in VET programs (68 students)
  • St Norbert College Median ATAR 83.4 (ranked 10th across all WA Catholic schools and 29th in secondary schools in WA).
  • 25% ATAR students achieved a ranking above 90 (they are in Top 10% in the state)
  • 100% of VET students achieving a Certificate II or higher
  • 89% of ATAR students received an offer to a public university in the Main Round

It was my special pleasure to attend the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) Exhibition and Awards Ceremony at Government House this week and to witness our very own Kadijah Brown (Class of 2019) being presented with a VET Exhibition for Business and Financial Services, Information and Communications Technology. This award recognises the student who has demonstrated the most outstanding performance in an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) VET Certificate II or higher in their final WACE year, with Kadijah being the only recipient. It is the first time for many years that a St Nobert College student has achieved such a prestigious award – Congratulations Kadijah.


Our Year 12 Ball was held on Friday 31 January at Fraser’s Function Centre in Kings Park. The venue and surrounds, including the stunning city lights, provided a delightful setting for our students to enjoy each other’s company to gather socially before the commencement of the academic year ahead. An enjoyable night was had by all and enormous thanks must go to Miss Pisconeri, Mr Mecham, Miss MaGee and student members of the Ball committee, for their dedication and organisation of this event and to all in attendance for their conduct. 


This Sunday, 23 February at 6.30pm, the College Community Mass will be held in the College grounds, a wonderful occasion for all in our community to gather in prayer to ask for God’s blessings on our school year. This special celebration is one of the two annual College events that families undertake to support, as part of the enrolment process.


Last week we held the annual Interhouse Swimming Carnival at Challenge Stadium. This event is undoubtedly one of the great sporting highlights for the year and this year was no exception. Heartfelt congratulations to Mr Godfrey, our Director of Canons Sport, for a terrific job in managing his first carnival, and to the many supporting staff for their efforts organising a fantastic day.


Congratulations to the staff and students of Magdeburg for their enthusiasm, dedication and performances in winning this year’s carnival, and to all students and staff for again making our swimming carnival such a wonderful College event. (See a selection of pictures and more information about each of these events further into the newsletter.)


In conclusion, I thank all of our young people for starting this year with a wonderful spirit of community, enthusiasm and joy. It bodes well for an exciting year ahead.


"Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life..." (Pope Benedict XVI)


God bless.

Mr S Harvey (Principal)


Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent

The beginning of Lent is a very special time on our liturgical calendar, marked with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. It is during this time that we are called to commit ourselves to be more Christ like in all that we do. We are called to prayer, fasting and almsgiving, to examine our hearts and minds, actions that strengthen us spiritually.


Our students and staff will celebrate Ash Wednesday next week with special liturgies in House groups, with the marking of the Ashes as a public expression of our faith and repentance.


2020 Student Residential Address and Other Information collection notice

This notice is from the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment to advise you that the department has requested that your child’s school provide a ‘statement of addresses’, in accordance with the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth) (Regulation).


Parents are requested to ensure that we have the most up-to-date and correct details for your family. Please contact the College if you have any concerns that the information we currently have is not accurate. If you have any further questions regarding the collection, you can contact the department by:

The department’s privacy policy is available on the department’s website at The privacy policy contains information about:

  • how individuals can access and seek correction of the personal information held by the department;
  • how complaints about breaches of the Privacy Act 1988 can be made; and
  • how the department will deal with these complaints.

Please click on this link for a complete copy of the notice from the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment;


Dean of Studies



In the 2019 article[1] by Roberta Kwok, “Why You Should Skip the Easy Wins and Tackle the Hard Task First” an emerging body research[2] conducted at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University suggests that people gravitate (prefer) to complete simpler tasks when struggling with a heavy workload. However, this doesn’t necessarily pay off in the long run, as avoiding hard tasks indefinitely cuts off opportunities to learn and improve skills. Breaking difficult tasks (such as study) into bite-sized pieces can develop satisfaction with the completion of each piece or step, while still providing the challenge and opportunities for development.


Doing the hardest thing first is also linked setting goals and measuring progress towards the goal(s). Simple measures of improvement may be with the achievement of a better course mark or grade, or by increasing participation in the lesson, by asking more questions or getting started on tasks earlier. Setting a goal such as increasing the amount of time and effort towards greater study time needs to be challenging, specific and realistic. A student may also set the goal to include new (revision) activities that may improve memory and recall. By asking the honest questions, Can I test myself? Can someone else test me? Can I explain a concept to someone else in my family? The student crafts the foundation goal, that is, the goal that is more important than all other ones.


This year, the focus on goal setting for students at the College will expand on the use of S.M.A.R.T Goals to also incorporate F.A.S.T Goals. The premise around F.A.S.T Goals has been developed through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, a world-renowned business school. A F.A.S.T goal is one that is designed to be frequently discussed, ambitious, specific and transparent. Every student (Year 8 – 12) has received an electronic copy of the Student Guide for developing goals. The aim is for subject goals to be completed by students by Week 1.5. For Year 7 students, the process will be delivered across a longer timeframe and addressed at later dates. An explanation of each element of a F.A.S.T Goal has been included below:




Frequently discussed

A goal forms part of an ongoing discussion to review your progress, (re)direct effort, prioritise tasks and seek feedback.


Your goal should be difficult but not impossible to achieve.


Your goal should be expressed as a definite and specific milestone that you are working towards achieving. 

You should be clear on how you will achieve your goal and how you will measure your progress.


Your goal and your current performance should be able to be made visible with whom you share your goal.

[1]  [2] KC, Diwas S., Bradley R. Staats, Maryam Kouchaki, and Francesca Gino. 2019. “Task Selection and Workload: A Focus on Completing Easy Tasks Hurts Performance.” Management Science. In press.



The opening College Assembly was an opportunity to recognise the achievements of the Class of 2019, and of current students, based upon their efforts last year.  An Academic Distinction is awarded in recognition of a student who has achieved an A grade in nearly all subjects, with the remaining grades awarded as B grades. The following students received an Academic Distincton for their achivements in Semester Two last year. The College congratulates all award recipients.


Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Sarah Abood

Maygen Brosztl

Talia Cappeluti

Calvina Carmelia

Jia Ying Chen

Patrick Costantino

Taylah Creighton

Suzannah Jeeves

Saahir Karnam

Lucy Nancarrow

Minh (Kien) Nguyen

Katie Seroney

Amal Suresh

Ali Trevenen

Meleina Zeeb

Nicole Alconaba

Mary Carter

Sharie Fernandez

Jasmin Hill

Isabella Hulm

Jonathon Le

Ashley Mascarenhas

Judyth Nawa

Anetka Pastuszak

Taine Rangitoheriri

Lexi Satti

Riley Suckling


Ashleigh Bell

Nishnata (Nishu) Chalisey

Chanmollika Chhim

Elijah Edmonds

Holly Giles

Audrey Lee

Shannette Ndossi

Jaslina Pereira

Caitlin Pettersen

Kathleen Porter

Guntaas Ranu

Ayden Ratnasekera

Varun Shivnani

Phoebe van Heiningen

Robert (Bob) Watson


Year 11

Year 12


Joseph Costantino

Arielle Chant

Keisha Desmond

Danika Hampson

Shenae Hartree

Sonna Jacob

Connor Le Dain

Jordan-Blaze Lightbourn

Chelsea Macalad

Sydney Midgley

Isioma Ongyemgba

Aixin (Mya) Oppelaar

Max Patriarca

Matilda Seroney

Zeta Stevens

Nicole Vlahov

Alyssa Yang

Ellie Barbato

Annissa Buckby

Arielle Chant

Jade Cooper

Haggai Girsang

Emily Peters

Elsa Tan




It was wonderful to welcome back graduates from the Class of 2019 for the first assembly of 2020. The theme was the College value of commitment. Class of 2019 awards included the "95 Club'' and leading State VET results. In his student address, College Dux Aldric Ratnasekera shared some top tips, especially for new students: Find your friends and stick close to them; Make friends with your teachers; Make the most of every opportunity and above all, "Don't stress''.




Aldric Ratnasekera


Kadijah Brown


Tallulah Armenti

Natasha Catalano

Chelsea Dato

Mikayla Farrelly

Ishel Jayawardana

Shanzae Jehangiri

Ethan Li Woo Chung

Millenium Paneru

Dawn Saji

Simran Shivnani

Dylan Wemyss


(Community Services, Health and Education)

Mikayla Farrelly


(Health Studies)

Shanzae Jehangiri


(Creative Industries)

Blake Jenkins

“95+ CLUB”

Shanzae Jehangiri

Ethan Li Woon Chung

Millenium Paneru

Aldric Ratnasekera

Dawn Saji

Simran Shivnani

Dylan Wemyss



Awarded in recognition of a student who has achieved an A Grade average from their top eight units of study in Year 11.


Ellie Barbato

Anissa Buckby

Amanda D’Cruz

Lorenzo Donatelli

Emma Paskett

Elsa Tan


Awarded in recognition of the positive learning behaviours demonstrated through the achievement of at least 85% of Excellent ratings awarded by subject teachers in the attributes of: Application, Behaviour, Completion of Assigned Tasks and Organisation. In addition to this, the student maintains high standards of learning behaviour with all other ratings above Satisfactory.


Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Sarah Abood

Calvina Carmelia

Jia Ying Chen

Taylah Creighton

Katie Seroney


Isabella Hulm


Caitlin Pettersen


Year 11

Year 12


Keisha Desmond

Shenae Hartree

Anushka Kotian

Yazmeena Mayne

Sydney Midgley

Tegan Reder

Matilda Seroney


Ellie Barbato

Riley Moore

Yen Ngo

Emily Peters

Selina Tan

Grace White



The Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment will commence at St Norbert College on Tuesday, 3 March to Monday, 9 March. All students are required to demonstrate the minimum literacy and numeracy standards for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), and the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (Authority) awards the WACE at the end of Year Twelve to students who have met all the requirements.


Students who have achieved Band 8 or higher in any of the three components of reading, writing and numeracy in their Year 9 NAPLAN are acknowledged as having demonstrated proficiency in using a range of ACSF Level 3 skills in that component and will not be required to sit the corresponding OLNA test.


The OLNA is comprised of three components — Reading, Writing and Numeracy. Students are allowed 60 minutes for the Reading and Numeracy components and 60 minutes for the Writing. The table attached provides an overview of the OLNA components for 2020:


Practice and Example Tests


These tests contain questions assessing skills from the Australian Core Skills Framework. The intention is not for schools to drill students on these tests as the skills, genres and prompts will differ between tests. None of the questions from the practice or example tests are included in the OLNA.


The Practice test for each component is designed to enable students to become familiar with the test environment. It provides them with practice in using the test website functionality and to experience the types of questions that can be expected in the reading, writing and numeracy components of the OLNA. It includes a set of 20 multiple-choice questions for reading; a set of 20 multiple-choice questions for numeracy and one writing prompt. Students have 20 minutes to complete each component.


The Example test provides an indicative sample of the diversity of skills assessed. Students can experience a complete assessment in the reading, writing and numeracy components. It includes a set of 45 multiple-choice questions for reading; a set of 45 multiple-choice questions for numeracy and one writing prompt. Students will have 50 minutes to complete the reading and numeracy components and 60 minutes to complete the writing component. The practice and example tests can be accessed by using the following:


web address:

username:          olna

password:           prac14

You can also direct enquiries to:


Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Deputy Principals


This Sunday is College Community Mass, a compulsory annual event for staff, students and families to mark the start of the academic year. Please arrive about 6.15pm with a blanket or chair. Parking will be available on the oval – entrance from Centre Rd and through St Joseph’s church car park. A free sausage sizzle will be held after mass with drinks available at a cost of $2. Students are required to wear their summer uniform and sit with their parents.


A reminder that our annual Open Day is on Friday 6 March. Tours will be conducted by our students at 9am and 1pm from the Xanten Performing Arts Foyer (corner of Treasure Road and Centre Street). Please spread the word about our wonderful College. Enrolments are encouraged prior to Year 5 to secure a place so this is a great opportunity to visit our College.




Congratulations to the Class of 2020 for their conduct at the “Night in Paris Ball”, held on Friday 31 January at the picturesque Fraser’s Restaurant in Kings Park. It was wonderful to see our students so well presented and enjoying themselves. Special thanks to staff co-ordinator Miss Pisconeri, Miss MaGee and Mr Mecham who were assisted by students on the Ball Committee.


Thank you to parents, guardians and students who attended the information sessions on Monday, 17 February. The Powerpoint presentation is now available on SEQTA documents. A reminder that any subject or pathway changes need to occur before 6 April.


It has been really pleasing to see that our students have returned to the College this year with outstanding standards of uniform and personal presentation. Those with minor uniform issues quickly sorted them out and by the commencement of Week 3 all students were dressed according to the College regulations. Staff at the College are determined over the coming weeks to ensure that these high standards are maintained. For that we need the assistance of parents and guardians.


Please help us ensure that your son or daughter is presented impeccably each day in their College uniform. Dresses are on the knee, neat conservative hair, freshly shaved faces for the older boys and minimal jewellery allows each student to present at the College each day ready for their academic studies. Should there ever be a problem with your child’s uniform and they are unable to present themselves according to the College’s uniform and personal presentation standards, please ensure that they are provided with a parent note explaining the situation that they can present to their Homeroom teacher upon arrival at the College.


A reminder that students should place their mobile phones and bags into their lockers upon arrival at school.  Mobile phones should not be used during the school day. Any urgent calls to parents/guardians need to be made using the phone in Student Services. This policy is in place to ensure that students are not distracted by their phones and also to ensure that we create a safe environment for all members of our community.


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


Parents are reminded that no student should be dropped off at the College before staff are on duty at 8.20am. If for any reason students are on College grounds before this time, parents are reminded there will be no active supervision and students are to sit in the Year 8 area outside the office and staffroom. Students who are on College grounds after school and not in an organised co-curricular activity supervised by staff, are requested to study and do homework quietly in the Library up to but no later than 5.30pm on Mondays to Thursdays. Staff do not provide active supervision after 3:40pm.


Parents are asked to ensure that your son or daughter is equipped with a College cap or hat so they can participate in Physical Education classes, outdoor activities, excursions and play at break times on the oval. Students will be asked to move under cover if they do not have their College cap/hat for their outdoor activities and lessons.


Please note changes to dates:

  • ACC Swimming Carnival - 27 March 2020
  • ACC Cross Country - 28 May 2020
  • Year 9 Retreat - 27 May 2020

Ms S Rainford

(Deputy Principal - Years 8,10,12)



On the first day of the school year, St Norbert College welcomed 170 new students across Year 7 to Year 11 to our College. The decision made by parents to send their daughters and sons to St Norbert College reflects a great level of trust placed by parents in the St Norbert staff and wider community.  


For students (and parents), the move to a new school can be filled with both excitement, nervousness and at times, a sense of worry. These feelings are natural and the College does all that it can to welcome our new students and to ensure that they feel comfortable and a part of our community as soon as possible. All new students are assigned either a buddy or a Year 11 Peer Mentor to help them in their transition to their new school and already new students and their Peer Mentors have shared a friendly and enjoyable lunch together aimed at calming nerves and developing supportive friendships that new students can draw upon in the weeks to come.


Additionally, the Heads of House, Homeroom teachers and College support staff are focused on making sure that all of the little challenges that spring up are quickly resolved and that the students feel a sense of belonging as soon as they can. Major events such as College and House assemblies, the Interhouse Swimming Carnival and the upcoming Community Mass all help add to the sense of identity and belonging for all of our new and established students.


Supporting new parents to our College is also an important consideration and the Parent Seminar for New Students held on Monday night was an excellent opportunity for the all parents with a child starting at St Norbert College this year to get to know the key staff who will be influential in the high school journey of their child and to ask clarify any points regarding the school transition program that they needed to ask.


I would like to thank all those parents who attended the Parent Seminar on Monday night. A copy of the slides from the main presentation can be accessed in the ‘Documents’ section of SEQTA Engage.



Many students arrive at the College listening to music and, before they leave the College, pop in their headphones as they start their journey home. It is important, however, to remind students and their families that travelling to and from school with headphones in can cause students to become disconnected to the world around them and as a result it may increase the danger as they enter traffic zones. The best practice for students is to ensure that they only have one headphone in and listen to their music at a lower volume thus allowing them to hear any problems that may be heading their way.


There has also, recently, been a trend for students to walk around school with their headphones in their ears. This does not necessarily mean they are listening to music as some students see their headphones and earbuds as a ‘fashion accessory’. This is not acceptable at the College as headphones are only to be used in classes for educational purposes and with the permission of the classroom teachers. Students walking around the school with their headphones or earbuds on display will be asked to remove them and repeat offenders will be issued an appropriate sanction by their Head of House.


Mr P Hawke

(Deputy Principals - Years 7,9,11)

From the Business Manager

Annual Statement of School Fees

The Annual Statement of School Fees were emailed to parents/guardians on 6 February 2020. 

If you have not received your annual statement please contact Mrs Joleen Scott.

A reminder that:

  • Option 1 – Payment in full with $100 discount, is due by 28 February 2020.
  • Options 2, 3 & 4 –Payment Plans, are due by 21 February.

Families who are having difficulty with payment of the school fees are asked to contact the Finance Officer, Mrs Scott on 9350 5433 or

Mr J O’Sullivan (Business Manager)

Canning Vale Bus Route change

Students and parents are reminded of the following amendments (in red) to the Horizons West bus service route:


Stem Tour 2021

Sydney and Canberra Stem Tour 2021


St Norbert College is proud to offer an exciting opportunity for the 2021 Year 9 and 10 students (currently in Years 8 and 9).


The College will conduct a STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) tour of Sydney and Canberra in the 2021 Term One holidays. Itinerary items currently include the CSIRO Discovery Centre, Taronga Zoo, Questacon and Parliament House. It is an exciting opportunity for students who are interested in STEM subjects.


An information evening will be held in Week 7 this term.


Click on the following link to register your interest or contact Mr Roger D'Almeida ( or Mrs Colette Miranda ( for further details.

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


Year 7 2020

Welcome to secondary College

The new Year 7s have had a successful start to high school. During the first week they braved the campus grounds with the help of their Year 11 peer support mentors and Homeroom teachers. The students have already tried many new subjects, mastered the use of their lockers and made new friends.


Week Two revolved around ensuring students were settling in well. Parents and guardians attended the New Parent Seminar, giving them the opportunity to learn about College life, services and events. Parents and Guardians were able to meet with Heads of House, the Leadership team and their child’s Homeroom teacher.

One of the highlights so far was the lunch shared by Year 7s and their mentors, followed by games, and a visit by the local paper which wrote an article about our transition program.


Upcoming events to look forward to include the Community Mass this weekend, Activity Day, Maths Incursion and the Year 7 Student Representative Council social event. Parents and guardians are expected to attend the Community Mass along with their child. Students will receive more information on the upcoming events in later weeks.


Ms E White (Head of Year 7)

Year 12 Ball & Climate Canons

Year 12 Ball

On Friday 31 January, our Year 12 students spent a magical evening at Fraser's Function Centre for the College Ball. With a theme of "A Night in Paris" the students were transported to a world of Eiffel towers, Chanel, roses, macarons and croissants! Arriving in style, the students were dressed beautifully, taking photos with the city backdrop at Kings Park. The evening was filled with good times, friendship, dancing, a delicious meal, photos and laughter. Thank you to the Ball Committee, Ms Rainford, Ms Harvey and the Parent committee for their assistance in making this night a success. It was one that the students will remember fondly in their final year at the College.   Please see attached for Year 12 Ball photo information.


The Climate Canons

The Climate Canons welcome our new students and families and existing students and families to the new school year. As a sustainable committee, 40 students strong, the students of St Norbert College are working towards ideas, solutions and projects that can make this College waste wise, sustainable and caring of our environment. The students have been involved in a number of projects in 2019 and are looking forward to continuing these as well as establishing new projects including setting up a garden, recycling e-waste and making positive, achievable changes in the College. Students, if you’d like to be involved, please email your expression of interest to Miss Pisconeri ( Watch this space for tips about how our community can be waste wise and sustainable and updates on the student’s projects.



Miss D Pisconeri (Humanities and Social Sciences Teacher (Geography) and Science Teacher)


Academic Excellence 

Year 7 – 9 program

This week saw the start of the Academic Excellence Program for Year 7–9 students for 2020. An enthusiastic group of students met early Tuesday morning to get to know each other and to learn what was in store for them this semester as part of the program.


When asked why they chose to participate in the Academic Excellence Program we received a range of responses: “I want to learn something new”, “I want to challenge myself”, “I want to be the best I can be” and “My mum made me”.


The Year 7-9 students will meet weekly to learn in depth about organisation, study habits, philosophy, engineering of bridges and debating, amongst other things. Each term students will be immersed into at least one research project where they can use their new skills.


Year 10 - 12

It is our aim to assist Year 10-12 students with what they see their needs are, whether it be focussed study skills, information about different pathways and occupations, or even meeting to discuss the world around us in a philosophical debating format.


Students will be asked to complete a survey in the near future so that we can gather this information and best assist them.


We will also continue to participate in many challenges and competitions throughout the year.

Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC)

In March a group of Year 10 students will compete in Round 1 of the Australia Brain Bee Challenge. Prior to the challenge, students will need to complete online tasks to study numerous facts about neuroscience. Their knowledge is then tested by completing an online quiz.


If students from Year 10 Advanced Science classes would like to participate could they please give me, or their Science teacher, their name by Thursday 27 February.

Australian Geography Competition

Later this term, students in Year 8-10 Humanities Extension classes will be sitting the Australian Geography competition. They will be testing their geographical knowledge and competing against each other and thousands of students across Australia. I hope the students enjoy this challenging event.


Mrs L Cardenia (Academic Excellence Coordinator)

Guide Dog at SNC

Meet Loui

St Norbert College has the great opportunity to welcome a Guide Dog onto the College grounds to support one of our students.  The College has been working closely with Guide Dog WA to ensure the successful integration of the guide dog named Loui as part of our educational endeavour.  Please see more information about the guide dog through the College letter attached.



Mr P Ah Fong (Head of House - Magdeburg)



Swimming Carnival and Sport

Swimming Carnival 2020

On Friday 14 February, St Norbert College held the annual Interhouse Swimming Carnival at HBF Stadium. The atmosphere was fantastic all day in testing conditions that wouldn’t stop the mascots from each House making known that they were there to support their House.


The annual Spirit Bear is awarded to the House that shows the best support, fills all events and is well organised. Congratulations to Kilnacrott House and Miss Abel for winning the Spirit Bear.


The House trophy was a tightly fought contest with a number of Houses looking to take it out throughout the day. Congratulations to Magdeburg House and Mr Ah Fong for winning the House trophy. The total scores are below:

  • 1st - Magdeburg – 5151
  • 2nd - Xanten – 4998
  • 3rd - Kilnacrott – 4963
  • 4th - Prémontré – 4813
  • 5th - Tongerlo – 4811

Well done to the College Media Team, which worked all day to cover the action at HBF Arena - Captain Emma Paskett, Sasha Bitao, Theresa Titus, Jessica LeDain, Connor LeDain, Sophia Mangat, Aaron James, Anushka Kotian, Ashley Mascarenhas, Stephni Jesuthasan, Ayden Ratnasekera, Isioma Onyemgba, Jeremy Pang, Phoebe VanHeiningen and Christine Buluran. A great effort! Check out some of the many great moments they captured in the gallery, above.  


The carnival provided some outstanding performances on the day with a number of College records broken.  New records are listed below:

  • 50m Backstroke - Year 7 F – Jamiela Penales
  • 50m Freestyle - Year 7 M – Charles Empleo
  • 50m Breastroke - Year 7 M – Charles Empleo
  • 50m Butterfly - Year 7 M – Charles Empleo
  • 50m Backstroke - Year 9 M – Riley Suckling
  • 50m Freestyle - Open M – Ethan Glassborrow
  • 50m Butterfly - Open M – Ethan Glassborrow

Unfortunately, due to time constraints at the Interhouse Swimming Carnival the College wasn’t able to acknowledge the Champion, Runner Up Champion and a Third-place students on the day. Congratulations goes to the following students:

  • Year 7 Champion Female – Jamiela Penales
  • Year 7 Runner Up Female – Jessica Aim
  • Year 7 Third Place Female – Sophia Drayton-Witty
  • Year 8 Champion Female – Angelina Smith
  • Year 8 Runner Up Female – Tatum Cooper
  • Year 8 Third Place Female – Ali Trevenen
  • Year 9 Champion Female – Sophie Griffiths
  • Year 9 Runner Up Female – Emily Bates
  • Year 9 Third Place Female - Kyla Shepherd
  • Year 10 Champion Female – Jasmine Volpi
  • Year 10 Runner Up Female – Harriet McCready
  • Year 10 Third Place Female – Paige Hale
  • Open Champion Female – Chloe Deliu
  • Open Runner Up Female – Zeta Stevens
  • Open Third Place Female - Arielle Chant
  • Year 7 Champion Male – Charles Empleo
  • Year 7 Runner Up Male – Joshua Hardy
  • Year 7 Third Place Male – Tyson Shepherd
  • Year 8 Champion Male – Saxon Ridgeway Le-Gresley
  • Year 8 Runner Up Male – Ashton Ricafranca
  • Year 8 Third Place Male - Rory Welch
  • Year 9 Champion Male – Riley Suckling        
  • Year 9 Runner Up Male – Zac Dawson
  • Year 9 Third Place Male – Glen Brosztl
  • Year 10 Champion Male – Matthew Deliu
  • Year 10 Runner Up Male – Marty Cocking
  • Year 10 Third Place Male – Lachlan Fenwick
  • Open Champion Male – Ethan Glassborow
  • Open Runner Up Male – Brian Anthony
  • Open Third Place Male - Michael Tilli


Sport News

Shenae Hartree, a member of our Canons Specialised Basketball Program, has been named in the WA U/18 Metro Women’s State Basketball team. The girls will travel to Ballarat, Victoria in April. Well done Shenae!


Best of luck to the Canons Specialised Basketball students who will be competing in the WABL Grading Tournament over the next few weekends. Be sure to implement what you practice and I look forward to hearing how you went.


I would like to ask all parents and students to pass on their sporting success to me throughout the year as we want to celebrate our students’ achievements at the College. Email:



Canons Swim Squad for Term 1


Where:       College Pool

When:        Tuesday & Thursday mornings @ 7:15-8:15am


Please bring College swimming attire.    All students are welcome whether you’re still learning or want to improve your fitness levels.



Canons Running Club Term 1


Where:      Meet in the Year 7 Area

When:       Tuesday afternoon from 3:30pm-4:30pm

                     Friday morning from 7:30-8:30am


All students are welcome if you want to improve your fitness levels.

Please wear your PE summer uniform.


Any questions regarding Swim Squad or Running Club please see Mr Godfrey in the PE office.


Swimming Events Challenge

There will be a Swimming Events Challenge session held on Thursday March 5 from 7:15am–8:15am at Aqualife, Victoria Park for any student who was unable to compete at the Interhouse Swimming Carnival. This is similar to how the Cross Country and Athletics Event Challenges will operate.


Please contact for you wish to challenge.


Mr R Godfrey (Head of Sport)

Student Success

Tegan Reder

“Fearless Tegan sets her own pace’’. “One stroke ahead’’. “Recognition for a High Achiever’’.


These are some of the headlines printed recently about Year 11 swimming champion Tegan Reder – who just swam the fastest S11 time in the world for the 50m breaststroke and 100m freestyle, as well as setting an Australian open record for the 50m breaststroke.

Tegan, 16, is in full training mode as selectors prepare for the 2020 Paralympics in Japan.


“I’m doing everything in my power, and I’m training a lot and am on a strict nutrition plan,’’ Tegan said. “Even if I just make the reserves this year . . . I really just want to make it.’’


Tegan, who is on an ATAR pathway, returned to College this week after a successful trip to Melbourne as part of the Dolphin Para Development Swimming Squad, which trains Paralympic hopefuls.


Her passion for swimming began during a PE lesson: “I was swimming for PE one day when I was in Year 9 and Heather, who coaches swimming, said ‘Why don’t you come and try a squad for a bit of fun’’ Tegan said. “I really didn’t think much of it but it led to ACC swimming, and that’s how I got into it.’’


Tegan explained of the three vision-based categories in competitive swimming, she is in S11, which is for the most visually impaired. The younger sister of College Sports Captain Chloe Reder, Tegan trains about 14 hours a week as well as at home, where she concentrates on core work and kick practice in the family pool.


“I like the pain of it,’’ Tegan said of big race meets. “The physical pain, when it feels my muscles are going to snap, and also that feeling you get when you’re standing on the blocks and they’re about to shoot the gun and you don’t know what’s going to happen. No two races are ever same. There are environmental factors, like if it’s cold, inside or outside, how well you’ve prepared, how fast you get off the blocks and the turns. I also just love the water and I’m happy when I get a PB.’’ We wish Tegan all the very best in the lead-up to the Australian Paralympic team announcements in June.

Zeta Stevens and Holly Giles



Meet two new champions of the touch rugby world.

Zeta Stevens (Year 11)  and teammate Holly Giles (Year 10) are the two youngest players in the Southern District’s Open Women’s Touch Rugby team, which just won a major State title.


“Holly and I scored consecutive tries and were ecstatic to come away as State champions, with myself in my first year of playing at this level and Holly in her second,’’ Zeta said.

During the race to the top, the pair even competed against an SNC Year 7 student, Mackenzie Baker, during the Touch Rugby State Titles on February 7, 8 and 9.  


“Over the course of the three days we went undefeated, both Holly and I putting out strong displays, being the youngest in the team by a couple of years,’’ Zeta said. “We came up against five teams over the weekend going undefeated in our round games, finishing top of the table, securing our spot in finals. 


“We played Northern Districts in the semi-final, taking out the win to vs Tompkins Park in the Grand Final.  The final was one to remember as we came away with the win 10 tries to six after a hard-fought 40-minute battle.


“Over the weekend we came up against fellow Year 7 student Mackenzie Baker whom plays for Perth Brothers. They finished up fifth on the table. Touch is a team sport and the spirit of the game is one that goes above and beyond many other codes of sport in the way it's played. You rise and fall as a team and at state champs we rose to the occasion doing not only ourselves proud, but our coaches, teammates and family proud also. I encourage others to find their sport because when you experience what Holly and I just have, it's something that's unforgettable. It gives you the courage to aspire to your goals and take others with you. So take the risk. Give it a go. I went out there for fun and came away with a state championship, you never know what can happen and that's the joy of sport.’’


Well done Mackenzie, Holly and Zeta.

                                                         Mrs L Quartermain (Community Relations)

The Arts


Instrumental lessons and ensemble rehearsals have commenced for 2020.


Students learning an instrument or voice through the College’s Music Program are asked to carefully read their instrumental timetables that were sent out on Friday. Attached to the email was the updated Music Handbook which provides important information regarding the program, including policies and procedures for absences, payment and the timetable itself. Failure to adhere to the information set out in the booklet may result in withdrawal from the Music Program. If you have any questions regarding lessons, please contact Mrs Katherine Freind (Performing Arts Administrative Assistant) at or by phoning the College on ext 226.

Ensembles also start this week for all College Ensembles as follows:

  • College String Ensemble (Monday 3:30-4:30pm) –  invitation only
  • College Senior Vocal Ensemble (Monday 1:00-1:30pm) – auditions will be held after the College Musical Production
  • College Chorale (Tuesday 7:45-8:45am) – non-auditioned and available to anyone interested in singing from Year 7-12
  • College Percussion Ensemble (Tuesday 1:00-1:30pm) – on invitation only
  • College Concert Band (Wednesday 8:00-9:00am) – on invitation only
  • College Liturgical Music (Wednesday 1:00-1:30pm) – non-auditioned and available to anyone interested in liturgical singing from Year 7-12
  • College Guitar Ensemble (Thursday 7:30-8:30am) – on invitation only

Ensemble contracts will be distributed at your first rehearsal and must be signed and returned ASAP to the Xanten Performing Arts Centre. Ensemble participation is compulsory for all students undertaking instrumental or vocal lessons through the College’s Music Program.  If you have any queries regarding any of the College Ensembles or you would like to join one, please contact Mr. Chadwick Beins (Director of Music) at or by phoning the College on ext 226.


I look forward to a wonderful year ahead for Music at St Norbert College.


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



St Joseph's Music Program 

SNC ew band program

The harmony between St Joseph’s School and St Norbert College just grew a whole lot louder.

This year, as part of a musical collaboration between both the primary school and the College, all Year 5 St Joseph students will participate in a wind instrument band.

The compulsory music program for Year 5s  means 64 students will learn to play either a trombone, trumpet, flute, clarinet and saxophone.


“This will be a great opportunity to learn and be exposed to a wind instrument,’’ St Joseph’s Principal, Mr John Rose said.


“It is planned to have the band made up of all students perform in Term Four. St Joseph’s School has always been strong in Performing Arts and the school saw this as an opportunity to further enhance one of our strengths.’’

The primary school will greatly subsidise the initiative and only charge each family $50 for the annual program. All students will participate in 30 40-minute tutorials (in small groups of three) led by trained musicians throughout the year as well as band sessions with Mr Chad Beins, Director of Music at SNC.

“Each student will be given a brand new instrument for 2020,’’ Mr Rose said. “Last year after a quick demonstration of all instruments they were able to choose an instrument. All students were able to get their first or second choice of instruments. Trombone was the most popular instrument with 18 students playing the instrument.


St Joseph Primary School and St Norbert College continue to work collectively and collaboratively and this is another initiative that strengthens the relationship of both schools.


“St Joseph School is blessed to be supported by Mr Chad Beins who has been involved when we commenced conversations about this program 18 months ago.’’


Mrs L Quartermain (Community Relations)

Prémontré Day

Prémontré Day 2020

With the Week of the Penguin still fresh in the minds of all St Norbert students and staff the hectic but positive start to the Prémontré year has been an enjoyable one.


Week One began with an activity for the enjoyment of all and to celebrate the Feast Day of our Patron, the Blessed Hugh of Fosse. At lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the Prémontré leaders, Emereen Moratella, Courtney McCrostie, Aditya Bhatt and Maria Interino organised the viewing of a movie favourite, Mr Poppers Penguins. All SNC students and staff were welcomed into the coolness of the Br Pat Forum and offered popcorn and lollies for their enjoyment. It was great to see so many people attend with their friends to relax, have a laugh and escape the summer heat!


On Monday of Week Two the ‘House of Penguins’ celebrated Prémontré Day. We began with a wonderful Liturgy with Fr Peter and presented by the students. It was heart-warming to hear the Prémontré students speak and to witness the reverence by all who attended. Following Liturgy the House moved to the Fr Peter O'Reilly Centre to share a meal of pizza and fruit with the Prémontré students and staff who also competed in the annual ‘Castles/Dodge Ball’ challenge. Congratulations to P2 for winning the trophy for 2020.


With our busy start to the year behind us, we look forward to the challenges ahead. It has been inspiring to see the students of Prémontré respond to the 2020 leaders who are doing an amazing job in doing their best to make it the Year of the Penguin!


Mr B McGrath (Head of House - Prémontré)





Student Ministry

Sewing Skills Required

Student Ministry requires some material to be hemmed and made into sashes.  It only requires basic sewing skills. If you can help out please contact Ms Kyd at


Year 9 Christian Service Learning Program

This week I launched the Year 9 Christian service Learning program to our Year 9 students. All Year 9 students need to complete seven hours of service to our College community this year. It is pleasing to see that some of our students have already,  through assisting at Breakfast Club and the Swimming Carnival.   We thank and appreciate the efforts of these students throughout the year.


Kimberley Immersion to Kununurra 2020

This week our 2020  Immersion program to the Kimberley in Western Australia was launched to our Year 10 and 11 students.  This life-changing experience will take place from the 12- 18 September 2020.  The immersion provides our  students to experience the wonderful culture of the Aboriginals living in the Kimberley region in Western Australia. Activities include working at St Joseph’s School, Save the Children evening activities, preparing and serving a meal at the Kununurra community kitchen and  intergenerational and cultural exchange between the residents of the Juniper Gerdewoonem Aged Care Facility. Further information about the immersion can be obtained from Ms Kyd by contacting me on 9350 5433 or by email at Applications for the immersion close on Monday 9 March 2002.


Ms M Kyd (Coordinator of Campus Ministry)

Mathematics Workshops 

Mathematics Workshops - Term 1 2020

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at (

Mrs C Miranda (Head of Learning Area - Mathematics)

Cultural Corner

Harmony Day

Harmony Day is all about celebrating the amazing cultures that make up our country. It is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world where 49% of Australians who were born overseas or have a parent who was. There are over 24 million people living in Australia who all contribute different customs, ideas, culture, languages to our country. Our cultural diversity is a great strength and brings with it a whole host of traditions, religions, languages and of course, food! This annual event promotes inclusiveness, respect, national pride and a sense of belonging for all.


At St Norbert College, we have over 40 different nationalities that make up our diverse community. We celebrate our diversity, from the traditional owners of this land to those who have travelled from countries all around the world to be here. In recognition of Harmony Day 2020, we will be holding our seventh annual Harmony Day Celebration this year.


On this day we will be acknowledging and embracing our multicultural identity as well as upholding the sense of belonging and respect for everyone that calls Australia home. On Wednesday 18 March 2020, the College will host a whole school Liturgical service, an International food fair and multicultural concert. Staff and students can purchase samples of food from various countries at their designated food stalls. Food tokens will be on sale a week before the event outside the Student Ministry Office during lunchtime. Each sample serve will be $1.


Students are allowed to wear their traditional dress to school on Harmony Day. We are looking forward to receiving food contributions for the International food fair from the College Community. An email will be sent next week asking for your generous contributions.


Mrs C Miranda (Harmony Day Coordinator)

Pastoral Care

Wellbeing and Mental Health at St Norbert College


At St Norbert College, Pastoral Care is based upon the Christian belief in the fundamental dignity and worth of each person. Care of the student is at the centre of education at our College and it represents a climate of people caring for and respecting one another and challenging one another to be the very best that one can be. Emphasis is placed upon building positive and respectful relationships between all members of the community, meeting the challenges of life by being compassionate and resilient and helping students to feel that they belong to the cohesive St Norbert College community.  


Without wellbeing, learning cannot take place effectively. We aim to develop the whole person and pastoral care is embedded into every area of College life. The College provides a safe learning environment in which students and staff can flourish and develop socially, spiritually, emotionally, academically and physically. High standards of behaviour and personal responsibility are promoted at all times as is respect for self, others, family, College community and campus, and the wider community.


This year the College has continued to develop positive wellbeing programs into Health Education for our middle school students to help provide them with wellbeing strategies. In Year 7 all students will complete the 'Positive Detective' which is a wellbeing and positive education program for schools. It encourages students to find the good in their world and share it with others to increase their own happiness and that of others. The Year 8s will be engaged in the 'BiteBack' program which is an online space for young Australians, where they can learn new ways to increase their levels of wellbeing, reduce stress levels, improve their mental fitness and amplify the good stuff in their lives. Our Year 9 students will undertake ‘Flourishing at School’, which is a software solution for schools seeking to excel at whole school wellbeing. Both staff and students will take part in online surveys that assesses the degree to which they have developed the 'pillars' of good mental health. The software platform gives each child access to easy to understand survey results, resources to improve their wellbeing literacy, activities to optimise quality of life, and a goal setting feature to assist students in translating improved self-awareness to action.


At St Norbert College we continue to support our students, as research suggests that schools today are dealing with a host of complex mental health and social issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, drug and alcohol use, bullying and violence. This is consistent with the findings from epidemiological studies, which indicate cause for concern regarding the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians.


In a 2013 Mission Australia Youth Survey (Perrens et al., 2013) involving over 14,000 young people aged 15–19 years, approximately one-fifth were found to be experiencing high levels of psychological distress. When survey participants were also asked to identify the issues they were most concerned about, the following four were identified in order:

•      Coping with stress

•      School or study problems

•      Body image                                                        

•      Depression


Students with good mental health and wellbeing are better equipped to cope with the everyday demands of school life such as attending class, forming and maintaining supportive peer relationships, completing assignments and achieving academic success. Many programs have demonstrated that enhancing young people’s social and emotional competencies also helps them to learn and achieve academically. On the other hand, students who experience ongoing mental health difficulties tend to have poorer records of school attendance, behaviour and academic performance and are more likely to drop out of school early. For this reason, student mental health can be considered to be part of a school’s core business, and directly related to its success. It is interesting to note that the relationship between mental health and academic achievement can also run the other way - taking part in school activities and achieving educational success can be a protective factor for young people by increasing their sense of competence.


At St Norbert College we are committed to providing education, support and guidance in the area of mental health and wellbeing for our students. All staff are currently completing Professional Development in specific areas of need. In recent years, a number of staff have completed the Youth Mental Health First Aid and Gatekeepers Suicide Prevention course. Our Pastoral Care Team, which includes the Principal, Deputies, College Psychologist and Counsellor, the Heads of House and Dean of Studies, work closely with the Homeroom teachers to ensure all students know they have someone to talk with if required. 


During summer holidays a group of SRC students and Year 12 Leaders voluntarily undertook a Mental Health and Wellbeing course. These students will have the knowledge and awareness to support their peers and offer advice and referral for mental health concerns. They have become a ‘reference group’ that will work and run activities within the SRC to support positive wellbeing activities to make school more ‘fun’ throughout the year.    


Each College newsletter will contain a relevant or topical article that we hope will help inform parents about the area of mental health and wellbeing of young people. We hope this information is of benefit, please feel free to contact us if you require further information or if we can help support you in any way. 


The Pastoral Care Team

Notices and reminders 

Year 7 Immunisations

Thank you to all the Year 7 students and parents for returning all the signed forms at the end of Week 3. The students will receive their immunisations during week 5 this term. Students can wear their full College Tracksuit with their House Shirt. Please ensure this includes the correct shoes as described in the College Diary. If you have any questions or concerns please email:



Year 7 (week 5)

First Immunisation

(HPV, dTpa)

Thursday 5 March

Second Immunisation

(HPV dose #2)

Wednesday 9 September


Year 10 Immunisations

WA Health recommends that all Year 10 students in Western Australia receive the meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine. This vaccine protects against meningococcal disease, specifically 4 serogroups of meningococcal bacteria: A, C, W and Y.


The Year 10 school-based immunisation program was introduced in 2018 to defend against a moderate recent increase in the number of meningococcal infection cases caused by these strains in Western Australia.


It is anticipated that immunising Year 10 students will reduce transmission of the bacteria to others and help prevent infections within the larger community.


At St Norbert College the Year 10 students will receive their immunisation envelopes on Wednesday 29 April and will take them home for parents to sign and return. Please ensure this occurs by Friday 8 May.



Year 10 (Week 2.4)


Meningococcal ACWY


Thursday 21 May


Mrs L Rogers ( Head of House - Tongerlo)



Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Term One 2020

Monday:  8am - 12.00pm

Thursday:  1pm to 5pm


NEW: St Norbert College Towel Ponchos

$40 available from the Uniform Shop 


Secondary Assistant Scheme

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


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


The Secondary Assistance Scheme consists of two allowances:

  • $235 Education Program Allowance (payment made to the school); and
  • $115 Clothing Allowance (payment made to the parent/guardian).

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

Forrestfield Football Club

Forrestfield Football Club


Upcoming reunions

Class of 1987


Students who graduated in 1987 are turning 50 this year.
Details for a much-anticipated reunion are:

When: Saturday 28th March

Time: 6pm

Where: Skydeck, Northbridge Brewing Company

Tickets: $25 to cover a few canapés. Buy drinks over the bar 
Contact: Nicole Abbott - 0403 758 223, email -

or event on Facebook: Class of ’87 - OMG we are turning 50!


Class of 2010

This picture, left, could have been taken yesterday but in fact it's the first day of Year 7 for the Class of 2010.

The former students are holding a 10-year reunion.
Saturday, 2 May
Time: 7pm onwards
Where: The Merrywell, Crown Perth

No tickets or bookings required. Enquiries


For parents - 2020 collection notice.pdf
OLNA Timetable.pdf
2020 Secondary Assistance Scheme.pdf
FFC 2020 School Flyer.pdf
2020 Important Dates.pdf
Mathematics Workshop for Term 1 (002).pdf
Newsletter Article initial flyer.pdf
Newsletter Article initial flyer.pdf
Parent Letter.pdf
St Norbet College Year 12 Ball Photo Information.pdf
St Norbet College Year 12 Ball Photo Information.pdf
FINAL SNC Fees Brochure 2020.pdf
SNC 2020 fees brochure.pdf
Canning Vale 2020.xlsx
2020 MUSIC handbook online.pdf