ST NORBERT NEWS

30 August 2019
Week 3.6 - Issue 13
PRAYER
From the Principal
Dean of Studies
Deputy Principals
All the colour of the Carnival
Take two: College photo day
Science Week highlights
The Arts
Pastoral Care
Norbie Gnomes Playgroup
From the Business Manager
Term 3: Things to remember
St Norbert College
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Queens Park, Western Australia, 6107
AU

PRAYER

St Augustine's Prayer

 

Too late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient, O Beauty so new.

Too late have I loved you! You were within me but I was outside myself, and there I sought you!

In my weakness I ran after the beauty of the things you have made. 

You were with me, and I was not with you.
The things you have made kept me from you - the things which would have no being unless they existed in you! 

You have called, you have cried, and you have pierced my deafness.

You have radiated forth, you have shined out brightly, and you have dispelled my blindness. 

You have sent forth your fragrance, and I have breathed it in, and I long for you. I have tasted you,

and I hunger and thirst for you. You have touched me, and I ardently desire your peace.
 

Amen

St Norbert, pray for us

 

From the Principal

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

 

The focus of a recent address by Pope Francis at the Vatican was the concept of “koinonia”, something very familiar to us all here at Saint Norbert College. As all would be aware, we title our annual yearbook “Koinonia”, our College boardroom bears this title and we often espouse how such a sense of fellowship and togetherness is an invaluable quality of our community.

 

Community is clearly articulated as one of our inherent College values as stated with the following explanation;

 

“Working together, we are bonded by our Faith and belief in each other, creating an environment that is trusting, open and purposeful”     

 

This value is ever present and widely celebrated throughout our school year. Most recently, while our students had the luxury of a study break on Monday this week, our staff were actively engaged in a Faith formation and development day. The program on this day was facilitated by Samuel Clear through his initiative known as “Walk4One”. Sam shared with our staff on many levels, including the importance of acknowledging God’s love amongst us, living a life of faith and integrity and our ability to make meaningful impact on the lives of those around us. These insights are all through the lens of Sam’s epic 15,000km journey on foot across the globe, asking communities to pray for unity in our world. I attached this link to Sam’s website for you to peruse for yourselves, his story of faith and integrity and the adventure he experienced: www.walk4one.com/

 

An annual celebration of all that is community within our College is the College Presentation Night held at the Perth Concert Hall on Monday 28 October. This is a compulsory event in the College calendar, so please plan ahead. One of the awards presented on this evening is the Br Patrick Doolan O Praem Award. In honour of the memory of Br Patrick Doolan O Praem, who passed to eternal life in January 2006, a medal carrying his name is presented annually to a member of the College staff who has given outstanding service to the College. I invite parents and students to nominate a staff member whom they believe fits the “outstanding service” criteria. Written nominations should be lodged with Mrs Angela Hughes by Friday 18 October 2019.

I conclude by wishing all of our fathers, grandfathers, uncles and significant male family members, a special Father’s Day on Sunday. A reminder to all that our Parent Committee has again organised a special occasion for these special male figures, our annual “Celebrating our Dads Breakfast” on Friday 6 September from 7.30–8.30am in the Xanten Performing Arts Centre. We look forward to seeing those who are able.

 

God bless.

Mr S Harvey (Principal)

               

Fr Peter O’Reilly Scholarship

A reminder to all of our Year 10 families that applications are open for the Fr Peter O’Reilly Scholarship, a needs based scholarship available to Year 10 students enrolled at the College and covers 100% tuition fees for Years 11 and 12. Applications open on Friday 23 August and close on Friday 18th October 2019. Details are available from Student Reception or by clicking on this link to the College website; 
http://www.norbert.wa.edu.au/ENROLMENTS/Scholarships/

Dean of Studies

Late Bloomers

Consider the following: How many of us knew exactly what we wanted to be as an adult when we were in high school? How many of us feel that we have ''arrived'' and we no longer have to strive towards fulfilling our career or vocation goals? How often are the early achievers celebrated and affirmed in our world today?

 

A recent article* by Rich Karlgaard in The Wall Street Journal (Asia Edition; May 3) explores these questions. We can see the articles that celebrate the student that gains a scholarship to a well-regarded university, is leading a technology company at a younger than expected age or is listed in ‘Thirty Under Thirty’ lists of influential people. And while we can affirm these people for their drive and achievement, Karlgaard explains: “Precocious achievement is the exception, not the norm. The fact is, we mature and develop at different rates. All of us will have multiple cognitive peaks throughout our lives, and the talents and passions that we have to offer can emerge across a range of personal circumstances, not just in formal educational settings focused on a few narrow criteria of achievement. Late bloomers are everywhere once you know to look for them.”

 

The writer suggests a shifting of attention from an obsession with youthful success in order to reduce emotional burdens on families and anxiety and depression among teens and young adults. In short, early blooming is not a requirement for lifelong accomplishment and fulfillment. The evidence in research suggests that between the ages of 18 and 25, most people are still living in a ‘volatile post-adolescence’. In both adolescent and young adult brains, the prefrontal cortex—the processing centre of our frontal lobe—is the last part to fully develop, and it is responsible for complex functions such as planning and organising, problem solving, memory, attention and inhibition.

 

The term for the maturity of our brain used by psychologists is executive function, and has nothing to do with IQ, potential or talent. According to Karlgaard, it is simply the ability to see ahead and plan effectively, to connect actions to possible consequences, to see the probabilities of risk and reward. In another study in the Journal of Psychological Science in 2015, neuroscientists Laura Germine and Joshua Hartshorne measured the abilities of nearly 50,000 adult subjects of various ages on online cognitive tests. In their study, the speed of information processing appeared to peak early, around 18 or 19. Short-term memory continued to improve until around 25 and then levelled off for another decade. The ability to evaluate complex patterns, including other people’s emotional states, on the other hand, peaked much later, when participants were in their 40s or 50s. And whilst we may know of the young entrepreneurs and innovators, according to a study by Northwestern University, the average age of Nobel Prize winners in scientific research is 39.

 

For our students, many will discover their interests and opportunities to succeed through alternative paths, without the need for early achievement. Their wider range of interests, subjects and school activities will create a path towards discovery of their own internal motivations, develop their character, teach them how to interact with people in different settings and with different abilities.

 

They will understand and appreciate the learning that comes from failure or quitting as they trim and refine their goals and strengths. And so, whether their path is clearly laid out, or they are still discovering, we should encourage all students to seek assistance with their learning, be bold enough to try a new way of revision or study and most importantly understand that the partnership of adaptability and commitment can reap rewards for a fulfilled life beyond school. School is where we learn to try in order to improve.

*https://www.wsj.com/articles/its-never-too-late-to-start-a-brilliant-career-11556896617?mod=e2fb&fbclid=IwAR3VJPGgM3v1idOlc4kCImU1JcY2eiLQKtOnMpnWPWm6YmxkMJO5iVGSv00

 

Japanese Exchange Program

The College has again had the privilege of hosting the student (exchange) visitors from Seijo Junior High School as part of their English study and cultural program. The students have enjoyed the opportunity to attend classes at St Norbert College, conduct activities with St Joseph’s Primary, be hosted by families from our College, as well as excursions to Kings Park and cycling around the Swan River. Immersions and cultural exchanges provide learning opportunities for all students, as they gather insights into life (as a student) in other countries, as well as develop interest in learning languages and about other cultures. We thank Mr Anthony Godden for his efforts with the Seijo Exchange and Ms Alex Muir (Overseas Cultural Exchange Consultants)

WACE Checker

 

The time is fast approaching for Year 12 students to complete all course requirements and commence the final preparations for course completion and Graduation. The WACE Checker https://wacechecker.scsa.wa.edu.au is an important online tool that students can use to track and update their WACE Graduation status. For students in other years, this resource may be used to set goals for academic achievement in preparation for the senior years.

How do I achieve the WACE Graduation?

 

Breadth & Depth

At least 20 units or the equivalent

At least 10 x Year 12 units or the equivalent

Four units from an English course*, post – Year 10, including at least one pair of Year 12 units from an English course

One pair of units from each of List A and List B

Achieved Standard Requirement

At least fourteen ‘C’ grades or higher (or the equivalent) in Year 11 and Year 12 units

At least six ‘C’ grades or higher (or the equivalent) in Year 12 units

At least four Year 12 ATAR courses or a Certificate II (or higher) VET qualification

Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN – Band 8 or higher; OLNA Category 3)

The minimum standard of Reading, Writing, Literacy and Numeracy

*Complete a full year of English in Year 11 and Year 12 is the equivalent of FOUR units

OLNA (Round 2, 2019)

 

For students that are required to attend the OLNA, please note the days and times as follows:

 

Day / Date

Assessment

Time

Venue

Monday 2 September

Writing

9.00-10.00am

BP Forum

Tuesday 3 September

Reading

Writing (Catch-up)

9.00 – 9.55am

9.55 -10.50am

BP Forum

BP Forum

Monday 9 September

Numeracy

Reading & Numeracy (Catch-up)

9.00 - 9.55am

12.00pm - 12.55pm

 

Business Centre

BP Forum

 

Examination Timetable – Year 12 (Semester Two)

The Year Twelve (Semester Two) Examinations will commence in Week 10 and conclude in the second week of the Mid-semester break. All examinations will take place in Cappenburg (C1 – C3) unless otherwise specified.

 

DATE

8:50am-12.00pm

12:50pm-4.00pm

Tuesday 24 September

 

Japanese – Second Language

(Orals)

Friday 27 September

 

English as an Additional  Language or Dialect (Orals)

Tuesday 1 October

English

Literature

English as an Additional  Language or Dialect

 

Wednesday 2 October

Economics

Psychology

 

Thursday 3 October

Religion & Life

Computer Science

 

Friday 4 October

Physics

Human Biology

 

Monday 7 October

Chemistry

Accounting & Finance

Modern History

Tuesday 8 October

Japanese – Second Language

Mathematics Specialist

Visual Arts

Design

Health Studies

Wednesday 9 October

Mathematics Applications

Mathematics Methods

 

 

If you are able to assist with exam supervision, please contact Mrs Tracey Burgoyne by email at tburgoyne@norbert.wa.edu.au.

 

Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Deputy Principals

Lateness to School

 

Being punctual (on time) is a mark of respect and shows that you are reliable. It means you also value other people’s time. Stress can also be eliminated by removing the anxiety of being late! It is unfortunate that lately a number of students are arriving at school late with no valid reason. If is often just due to a lack of organisation, perhaps going to bed late and therefore not being able to wake up on time.

We understand that there are genuine reasons why a student may be late to school (eg appointments, car issues, traffic), so we ask parents/guardians please contact the College as soon as possible to inform us and to ease our concerns when a child has not arrived.

 

Parent Committee - Dads Breakfast

The Parent Committee is organising a breakfast to celebrate dads and significant male figures (grandads, uncles). Please keep Friday 6 September free to come and enjoy a light breakfast and coffee in the Xanten Performing Arts Foyer (note the new venue) from 7:30-8:30am. Please RSVP as soon as possible by Friday 30 August by calling 9350 5433 or via email arobert@norbert.wa.edu.au indicating the names of those attending. The Committee will be finalising catering on Monday morning so there is still time to reply! There will also be a prize for the best ‘clean’ dad joke so be prepared.

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

Important Dates for Year 12 students and families

 

  • Closing date for TISC/University Applications:  30 September 
  • Year 12 College Exams (Oral):  24 September – 27 September 
  • Year 12 College Exams (Written):  1 October – 9 October
  • Year 12 Exam Review (ATAR students only):  15 October – 17 October
  • House Assemblies and Graduation Rehearsals (all Year 12 students to attend):  18 October
  • ATAR Revision Seminars:  21 – 24 October
  • Year 12 Breakfast, Final Assembly and Graduation Mass: 25 October
  • ATAR Examinations:  30 October – 18 November
  • WACE and ATAR results available:  19 December

 

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

 

All the colour of the Carnival

Inter-House Athletics Carnival at Ern Clark Athletics

On Friday 16 August the College held its annual Inter-House Athletics Carnival at Ern Clark Athletics Centre. In a race against time, wet weather held off long enough to ensure we could finish the day. The energy and enthusiasm shown by students, staff and parents is what makes a St Norbert College Athletics Carnival so special.

 

I would like to thank all student helpers, staff and parents who assisted on the day.

 

Magdeburg House showed great spirit, cheering on their House and trying their hardest throughout the novelty events and won the Spirit Bear award for 2019. Congratulations to Head of Magdeburg House, Patrick Ah Fong and Magdeburg staff and students.

 

In a first, the students team won the staff vs student race. The staff team have already started training for 2020 to ensure this does not happen again. Congratulations students.

 

The overall House champion trophy was won by Tongerlo House for the second consecutive year. Congratulations to Head of Tongerlo House, Bronson Gherardi and the Tongerlo staff and students.

Individual year champions and runners up, pictured above, who were awarded their medals at Assembly, are listed below along with new record holders:

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Kane Irvine – Champion

Nick Miragliotta – Runner Up

 

Angelina Smith – Champion

Claudia Didiwik – Runner Up

Vlad Lavi – Champion

Abhay Sewdyal – Runner Up

 

Paige Craven Bower – Champion

Summer Pollard – Runner Up

Ethan Port Louis – Champion

Mathieu Eustasie – Runner Up

 

Holly Girls – Champion

Neve Adnams – Runner Up

 

Year 10

Open

Champion House

Jordan Blaize Lightbourn – Champion

Kyran Taylor – Runner Up

 

Zeta Stevens – Champion

Alina George – Runner Up

Lubin Benedict – Champion

Cooper Jenkins – Runner Up

 

Chloe Reder – Champion

Carissa O’Sullivan – Runner Up

1st  Tongerlo  (10030 points)

2nd Kilnacrott  (9767 points)

3rd Prémontré   (9685 points)

4th Xanten    (9175 points)

5th Magdeburg   (9002 points)

 

New Athletics Record

Year 7 Male High Jump – Kane Irvine – 1.45m

Year 8 Female High Jump – Paige Craven Bower – 1.45m

Year 8 Female Shop Put – Paige Craven Bower – 8.98m

Year 10 Female Long Jump – Zeta Stevens – 4.82m

Year 10 Male Discus – Alex De Silva – 38.22m

Year 10 Male Shot Put – Alex De Silva – 13.52m

Year 10 Male High Jump – Connor Chehab – 1.80m

Open Female 1500m – Chloe Reder – 5.53.53

Open Male 1500m – Jaco Jansen van Rensburg – 4.09.74

Open Male Discuss – Mukuka Chibale – 33m

 

 

Mr L Ford (Head of Sport)

Gold for snap-happy Media Team

If a picture is worth a thousand words then our photo album of the 2019 Inter-house Athletics Carnival is priceless. The Media Team, led by Jessica Ramos, excelled in capturing all the colour of the carnival both on and off the track.

 

Wearing their official Media Passes and sticking to a tight-running roster of 30-minute shot blocks, the photographers tag-teamed throughout the day, racing back to the Production Desk (on the hour or half-hour) where their images were downloaded. Frances Macapili, who continually produces outstanding sports photography, proved equally as snap-happy capturing golden sporting moments as she did in focusing on the high-spirited spectators. Some of Frances's images are shown in the first of three galleries, below, followed by two galleries of winning pictures by the Team.

Thank you to all the Media Team photographers and production assistants - Sasha, Frances, Allyson, Maria, Emma, Ali, Lily, Rachel, Aaron, Jessica, Ethan, Phoebe, Ashley, Theresa, Connor, Christine, Ayden and Jeremy - for their valuable work.


                                                                                       Mrs L Quartermain (Community Relations and Marketing)

 

Take two: College photo day

Sports and Co-Curricular photographs

College Sports and Co-Curricular photographs will take place on Monday 2 September.

 

These photographs are taken for official school records and used in publications such as the College year book.

 

Uniform requirements for the day are as follows:

  • Sports groups - FULL TRACKSUIT with COLLEGE SPORTS SHIRT and correct SPORT SHOES.
  • Junior and Senior Dance Clubs - Full College Dance uniform with tan jazz shoes
  • Hip Hop Crew - Full College Dance uniform with white Hip Hop shoes
  • Non-sports groups - students are required to wear their FULL WINTER uniform (white College socks for girls)

It is important that all students are in attendance for their group photos so please keep this day free from appointments. Students who are in any sports group photos may attend school in full College Sports uniform.

 

Your ongoing support in maintaining your child’s uniform and personal presentation standards is always appreciated. Please be aware these photos are used for official purposes including the year book. As such, if your child does not meet College standards they are at risk of not taking part, hence their photo will not appear in this publication.

 

Please contact Miss Isard (kisard@norbert.wa.edu.au) if you have any queries regarding this matter.

 

Miss K Isard (College Photograph Coordinator)

Science Week highlights

Excellent experiments

This year’s Science Week activities included a collaborative practical lesson between Year 7 Science and Year 11 ATAR Chemistry classes. The Year 11s teamed up with Year 7s to conduct experiments that tested the skills of both year groups. Year 7s modelled compounds with lollies while the Year 11s demonstrated some explosive reactions, creating elephant toothpaste. Both year groups investigated the properties of dry ice in water and together looked at the properties of various solid compounds. The Year 11s were given the opportunity to model their laboratory skills, and the Year 7s had a chance to learn from their peers.

We were asked to help the Year 7s in a few experiments. The experiments ranged from testing solubility to experimenting with dry ice. The opportunity to help them develop their understanding of chemistry and pass on knowledge that we have learnt ourselves. We helped them complete answers on the worksheets and taught them about safety in the lab. The opportunity to teach the younger students was great and if it was presented again, we would definitely take it.                                                        Michael Berg  (Year 11 - M1)

 

Rio Tinto visits St Norbert College
 

Some of our Year 8 science classes were involved in an incursion with representatives from Rio Tinto. Students had a chance to investigate samples of rocks and minerals that the team from Rio Tinto had bought into the classroom. This allowed students to have a real-life insight into life as a geologist.

Pedal Prix in Busselton

 

Nine students travelled to the South-West to represent the College in the annual Busselton leg of the Australian Human Powered Vehicle Super Series. Students took turns to race in a recumbent bicycle in a six-hour rally format around the picturesque Busselton foreshore. The event promotes a range of outcomes including fitness, sustainability, competition as well as STEM problem solving and teamwork to ensure bikes adhere to strict scrutineering requirements, and importantly, goes fast! 

Our team comprising of boys from Years 9–11, represented the College proudly and placed fourth in their category of nine, with some teams flying over from the eastern states to compete.

 

Big Science Competition Results

 

Years 8 and 10 students recently participated in the ‘Big Science Competition’. It is an international competition that challenges critical thinking and problem-solving skills within a Science context.

Students from the College performed well with Diep Nguyen receiving a Distinction and the following students being awarded Credits:

 

Year 8

Sharie Fernandez

Jasmin Hill

Isabella Hulm

Ashley Mascarenhas

Sophia Pelicia

Taine Rangitoheriri

Riley Suckling

Aarush Vijapure

Kira Willis

Year 10

Rachel Bruyns

Arielle Chant

Keisha Desmond

Danika Hampson

Shenae Hartree

Chloe Hewitt

Sonna Jacob

Connor Le Dain

Jordan-Blaze Lightbourn

Isioma Onyemgba

Mya Oppelaar

Max Partairca

Tiana Suckling

Jeremy Veder

 

Ms K Magee  (Science Teacher) &

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

 

 

The Arts

Dance Festival

Week 5 was a short but very busy week in the College’s Dance Department. With extra rehearsals occurring in the lead up to the Catholic Performing Arts Festival performance, the Xanten Performing Arts Building was a flurry of students, music, dance and costumes. On Thursday 22  August, 68 students involved in the Canon’s Hip Hop Crew, The Senior Dance Team and The Junior Dance Team ventured off to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre for a technical rehearsal and an evening performance. All students performed with enthusiasm and gusto despite some butterflies. I am very proud of the students’ efforts and achievements as they represented the College with great pride.

I would like to thank Year 12 students Lilika Mikaere and Gracie Farrar for being outstanding Captains and for leading and choreographing the Canon’s Hip Hop Crew this year. Thank you also to the Senior Dance Captain Tallulah Armenti and the Junior Dance Captain Bianca Valenti for their commitment, encouragement and support  to their fellow peers and to the Dance Program.

 

Thank you to Mrs Jenny Palermo, Mrs Jenny Momus and Year 12 student Jo’hanna Langley who assisted with make-up and hair preparations on the evening. A big thanks must go to Mr Chadwick Beins and  Mrs Katherine Freind for their support and assistance on the evening. Most importantly, thank you to the parents and guardians for your support and dedication, without which entering such dance festivals would not be possible. If you were able to attend the performance I hope you thoroughly enjoyed watching our students and your children smile, perform and show-off their incredible abilities on stage as much as I did!

 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

Miss L  Alban (Dance Teacher)

Catholic Performing Arts Festival - Drama

It has been an incredible start for St Norbert College in the 2019 Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges.

Before the Festival even started, our College Drama Production entitled “Around the World in 8 Plays” was adjudicated and took home a Certificate of Merit thanks to the hard work of the 45-strong cast and their Director, Ms Kerri Hilton.

 

St Norbert College was also privileged enough to host the Secondary Drama section of the Festival in the Xanten Theatre with both the Junior and Senior Drama Clubs participating on Thursday 1 August. Both ensembles were awarded Certificates of Merit for their plays which was again a testament to the talents of our Drama students and Ms Hilton.

 

                                                              Mr C Beins (Head of Learning: The Arts)

Pastoral Care

How to talk to kids and teens about world trauma

 

When the world is struck with a catastrophic event, the instinct to shield our children from the effects of it is completely understandable. We want them to grow up believing that the world is pure and good and geared in their favour. We also want them to feel safe, and avoiding a discussion isn’t necessarily the way to make this happen.

Older kids and teens will know when something big has happened whether you’re the one who tells them or not. Knowing that something has happened, but not having anybody explain things, is a really scary thing to feel for any of us. Our kids are no different. We all need context and assurance and it’s the facts that will provide this.
All kids are different. They need different information to feel safe, they look for a different level of detail and they are impacted by different parts of the story.
Nobody will know your children better than you do, so it’s important to manage the conversation based on who they are, what they already know, and what it means for them.

 

1. The most important question.

Whatever their age, there is likely to be one thought at the front of their minds, ‘What about me?’ This is normal and healthy and part of the way they process what has happened. They need to understand it in terms of what it means to them and for their own safety and wellbeing. Let this guide your response.

 

2. Let them know that what they’re feeling makes sense.

We’re all different and will respond to things in different ways. Whether they feel nothing at all or very deeply, let them know that whatever they’re feeling is completely okay. The only way through a feeling is straight through the middle, and this will only happen when there is gentle acceptance of whatever that feeling is. If they see that you can accept what they’re feeling, it will be easier for them to do the same.

 

3. Name what you see or hear from them.

They need to know that you get it otherwise the things you say will fall short of comforting them. Saying things like, ‘Oh don’t worry,’ or ‘Don’t be silly – nothing like that will happen here,’ though said with the best of intentions, can actually make them worry more. It might also cause them to feel shame which will only make them shut down. They’ll still feel what they’re feeling and think what they’re think but you just won’t find out about it. Whatever they’re feeling, let them know that you get it by reflecting it back to them, ‘I can see you’re feeling scared. That’s completely understandable. It’s a frightening thing to happen.‘

 

4. And help them to put it in context.

If they’re feeling scared, it will be because they’re noticing the similarities between themselves and the people who have been directly hurt – ages, families, the area they live in – though it might be happening out of their awareness. Explaining the differences between their circumstances and the circumstances around the event will help to ease their fear. ‘This has happened in a different place to where we live. Nothing like this has ever happened here.’ Or if you’re living where the trauma has happened, ‘When something like this happens, people work really hard to make sure that something like this never happens again. The people who do this are really great at what they do. They learn a lot about how it happened and the type of people who did it and they use that information to keep everyone safe.’

 

5. Ask directly what it is they’re worried about.

Trauma triggers all sorts of things in all of us. Sometimes these will directly relate to the event: How will they look after the people who have been hurt? Have they caught the bad guys? How did it happen? Could it happen here? Sometimes, it might be more indirect and unexpected. They might become scared of you dying or getting sick. They might worry about not being able to reach you when they need to, or of something happening while they are asleep or separated from you. Let them know that when something big happens, we can feel all kinds of things that don’t make sense but there are no silly feelings or silly things to think. Ask them what they’re thinking and give them permission to say anything they want to.

 

6. Be available.

Let them know that they can come to you with questions, feelings, ideas and thoughts and that nothing is off-limits. Give them extra cuddles or an extra story. For older ones, spend extra time sitting on the edge of their bed at bedtime. They might raise things with you or they might not, but at least you’re there if they need to.

 

7. Let them see your compassion, empathy, and resilience.

It’s okay to let them know that you are sad for the people who have been hurt – this will nurture their empathy and compassion – but they also need to see your strength and capacity to cope with the news.

 

8. It’s okay not to have the answers they’re asking for.

Frightening world events don’t make sense to any of us. Your children might ask questions that you don’t know the answers to, such as ‘How did it happen?’ or ‘Why do some people do awful things?’ In these cases, ‘I don’t know,’ is a perfectly reasonable answer. Sometimes it’s the only one.

 

9. Remind them of the goodness in the world.

They need to have faith in the world and the people in it. Whenever there is trauma in the world, there are also remarkable demonstrations of solidarity and kindness, love and support for strangers. Let them hear these stories. We belong to a humanity that is good and kind. People who orchestrate traumatic events are acting against humanity, they’re not a part of it and when they strike, humanity always proves to be kinder, more generous, and stronger. Remind them.

 

10. Let them feel the arms of the world around them, too.

Let them know that when something like this happens, the world comes together to look after each other and that people from all over the world are working to make the world safer for them.

Being proactive in having the conversation with kids can ensure that you’re the one who sets the emotional tone for what has happened – not their friends, not social media and not the 6pm news. Show them that you have faith in their world and their ability to thrive in it.

 

Karen Young, Hey Sigmund

 

Read more: How to talk to kids and teens about world trauma

 

The Pastoral Care Team

Norbie Gnomes Playgroup

Community and Heritage

This term, the Year 12 Children, Family and Community class will be living the College values of Community and Heritage, by once again running the Norbert’s Gnomes Playgroup for children aged 2-4 years in our College Community. The session times will be:

 

Tuesdays                9:50 – 11:00am

 

Playgroup will begin on Tuesday 3 September (Week 7) and conclude on Tuesday 24 September (Week 10)

Parents are invited to come along and enjoy a morning tea, while your little ones are entertained for an hour. There is no charge for attending.

 

To book your place please complete the online registration below:

 

Gnomes Registration Form

 

All friends and family are welcome to attend!

 

Mrs S Mark (Head of Learning Area - Technologies)

From the Business Manager

Semester 2 Accounts / Electronic Accounts

 

Semester 2 Accounts were due on Wednesday 28 August 2019. Thank you to those families who have paid  in full or have setup a payment arrangement with the College. 

 

In future the College plans to issue accounts electronically via email. 

 

Could you please advise your preferred “Billing” email address to: fees@norbert.wa.edu.au.

 

Families who have difficulty with the payment of school fees are asked to please contact the Finance Officer, Mrs Joleen Scott on 9350 5433 or fees@norbert.wa.edu.au.

 

Fees are payable by Wednesday 28 August 2019 and can be paid at Reception by EFTPOS/cash/cheque, BPAY or by a payment plan with the College.

 

Mr J O’Sullivan (Business Manager)

 

Term 3: Things to remember

Uniform Shop

WINTER TRADING HOURS
 TERM THREE
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)

Helping you become a more effective parent

 

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)

SNESA -  last home game

SNESA have their last home game this Saturday at 2.30pm at Soklich & Co Oval (Queens Park Reserve)

A semi final v Ellenbrook. A win sees us through to the Preliminary Final, a loss sees us out. Reserves and Thirds were knocked out last week. Everyone's welcome to come along and support the team.

 Rafic Aoun  (SNESA President)

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 fmulligan@norbert.wa.edu.au

Mastermind Australia

 

Queens Park Little Athletics

 

Perth Redbacks Summer Competition

 

Reminders

  • Thursday 5 September - Music Scholarship Auditions, Performing Arts Centre, 3.30pm – 6.00pm
  • Thursday 5 September - 2020 Year 7 and New Student Information Evening, Fr Peter O'Reilly Centre / Br Patrick Forum, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
  • Friday 6 September - Celebrating our Dads Breakfast, Performing Arts Centre, 7.30am – 8.30am
  • Friday 6 September - Music Scholarship Auditions, Performing Arts Centre, 3.30pm – 6.00pm
  • Tuesday 17 September - Creative Arts Opening - XPAC - 6.00-7.30pm
  • Tuesday 17 September - Drama Night - Xanten Theatre - 7.30pm-9.30pm
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