13 September 2019
Week 8 - Issue 14


From the Principal
Dean of Studies
Deputy Principals
Year 9 Humanities
The Arts
Creative Arts Exhibition
Student Success
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Interschool Athletics
Norbie Gnomes Playgroup
Pastoral Care
Numeracy Week
The Climate Canons
SNESA Grand Final bound
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Dear God, 

may we meet mercy each day,
In light of our own heart, at the hands of our loved ones,
In the eyes of the stranger and the needy.
If by chance we do not at first meet it, then may we search our heart for it,
Listen patiently for word of it, and it will tap us on the shoulder,
A quiet surprise, a small gesture, the tender look, given and received in the encounters of our day.
We pray for the strength to be filled with mercy as we walk on this, our precious earth.
We ask all this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.



St Norbert, pray for us


From the Principal

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

Our monthly College assemblies always showcase and acknowledge the vast array of talented students in our Community. Last week was no exception, the focus being on the College value of Adaptability. Within that assembly, we also celebrated Book Week with a number of our staff and Year 11 and 12 students coming to school dressed as one of their favourite book characters.

As some of the photos in this newsletter depict, the College Leadership Team came dressed as the characters from the much loved 1900 classic by Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Those who have read the book would recall that the Lion seeks courage, the Scarecrow is after brains and the Tin Man wants a heart.


In my address to the assembled students and staff, I shared what I believed to be the unheralded strengths of the character Dorothy, so warmly played by Ms Rainford at our assembly. Dorothy is the epitome of friendship and kindness, a selfless attitude towards others, focussing all of her energies helping the other characters achieve their goals and in so doing, putting her hopes and dreams of returning home on the back burner.

I think that our students are very lucky because, like the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow, in this one place of Saint Norbert College alone, our students have 96 staff who are like Dorothy – staff who put the goals and dreams of our students central to all that they do here. We always put the best interests of our students at the forefront of every decision we make. This is not to mention the wonderful support our students get from their peers and from family and friends outside of school.

In light of this, we were delighted to be able to recognise and raise awareness this week of the R U OK? campaign. As stated on the organisation's website, “this day is all about raising awareness about suicide prevention and understanding that a conversation could change a life. The R U OK organisation tries to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life”. Our thanks must go to Miss Sarah Gardner (Head of Kilnacrott) and Mr David Yeoh (College Psychologist), who along with a host of our Student Representative Council members, were active in the promotion of this important day.

Our College motto, being “prepared for all good works”, will be ever-present on overseas shores in the coming weeks as Ms Margaret Kyd and staff lead a group of Year 10 and 11 students (pictured above) on our very first Indonesian Immersion. The opportunity to share our time, talents and treasure is an immeasurable gift and a visible and tangible example of faith in action. We wish our team all of God’s blessing for safe passage, work and return.





Liam Baxter

Alicia Bertinat

Ruby D’Castro

Juliana De Veyra

Chloe Hewitt

Sydney Midgley

Janista Naokhunthot

Shakira Pezzali

Ashton Perkins

Chloe Reder

Jack Wheeler

Colette Miranda

Laura Alban

Patrick Ah Fong

Fran Drummond Hay

Margaret Kyd


God bless.

Mr S Harvey (Principal)


College Presentation Night – Brother Patrick Doolan O Praem Award


The College Presentation Night will be 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. We 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.

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 that covers 100 per cent tuition fees for Years 11 and 12. Applications open on Friday 23 August and close on Friday 18 October 2019. Details are available from Student Reception or by clicking on this link to the College website;

Dean of Studies

Deep Learning


Think about a topic that you know a lot about. A particular topic in science; a piano recital; a movie genre; the history of your favourite sports team. Can you produce facts that not many others would know? Could you consider yourself an expert on your particular topic?


Now think about the time it has taken for you to achieve mastery of either a particular skill or body of knowledge. It is unlikely that you became this expert in just a few days or weeks, or even months. When we deepen our knowledge about a topic, it often takes place over a significant period of time, as we develop and learn more about this topic and the nuances that others may gloss or skim over. This is often referred to as deep learning, and has enormous benefits for our intellectual development.


In a recent article* by Liz Mineo (“A recipe for how high schools can foster more analytical, critical, and creative thinking”), Jal Mehta, a Professor of Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, was interviewed about deep learning and examined the role of teachers in leading students to deeper learning. Professor noted that for many schools:

“Students still experienced a lot of unchallenging instruction; they were doing a lot of worksheets and tasks that were pretty low level, where they were expected to memorise content and apply algorithms rather than analyse, synthesise and create.”

Schools understand that there is often a necessity to perform and master some of these "low-level'' tasks in order to build depth of knowledge and understanding. These low-level tasks can be mastered in a short time (often referred to as powerful learning), while deeper learning goes beyond the understanding of the surface features of a subject or discipline, but the underlying structures or ideas. For example, if we were talking in Science about a biological cell, shallow learning would be able to name the parts of the cell and powerful learning would be the ability to recall all these parts of the cell in a much shorter time-period. Deeper learning would be an ability to understand the functions of the cell and how they interrelate.


Professor Mehta also contends that deeper learning emerges from mastery, identity, and creativity. Through mastery we developing significant knowledge and skill, while identity is seeing yourself as connected to doing the work. The third element, creativity, is not just taking in knowledge but doing something in the field. According to Professor Mehta, when the three elements come together, it often yields deep learning.


For teachers to support deeper learning they need to be able to define a vision of instruction (the learning intentions for the lesson, “What will we aim to learn?”) and align this to the curriculum to be delivered. As a teacher organises the learning to match these, we create consistency in our learning experiences across classes and curriculum. Our ongoing challenge is to combine intellectually demanding learning that is also open, playful, and warm, as our best learning occurs where there is rigour and joy (enjoyment) of the learning.


For students, an openness and willingness for inquiry in subjects and interests can foster deep learning. A subject, topic or learning environment that captures their interest (including extra-curricular interests) leaves a student wanting to know more, and so begins their motivation and their pursuit of learning.


Professor Mehta makes a distinction between powerful learning and deep learning, noting that powerful learning can happen in an hour, but deep learning can only take place over a long period of time. It takes time to develop knowledge, skill, and mastery over a domain.


We must strive to avoid moving quickly across large loads of content, but rather find time to explore issues in more depth or examine things from more different angles. Learning should become more than, “What do I need to do to get an ‘A’ grade?”


I have often reflected on the example of my Year 11 History Teacher, and his ability to make history ‘come alive’, often imagining ourselves directly immersed in the Russian Revolution. Because of this I was able to look beyond seeing History as a boring subject of just facts and dates, and consequently, my love of history and current affairs has continued into adulthood. My Teacher taught me that history was essentially about interpretation and understanding of why major historical events happened. This fundamental question was a constant challenge in our assessments as we were continually asked, “But why?”


And so, we must aim to avoid false assumptions in learning at school of: 'Either they learn the content or it will be fun and interesting’, and ‘Either it will be rigorous or it will be relevant to the students’. Many of our students can master powerful learning in short periods of time, yet deep learning is something that they must be willing to invest time in, beyond timetabled lesson for a subject. If our students appreciate deep learning, they are motivated and will continue to develop multiple interests and mastery of a greater range of topics. And this is learning that adds meaning and purpose to becoming. “Prepared for all Good Works.


(23 August 2019)


Academic Excellence

This term the students in Academic Excellence  have been working to produce great results for the Tournament of Minds and Aurecon Bridge Building competitions. The students gathered at lunch times as well as attending sessions before and after school as part of their preparation. They demonstrated perseverance and dedication and are to be congratulated on their efforts. Here they write about their experiences.


Isabelle Cayoun (Arts Team Captain)

On Saturday 31 August, seven students attended the Tournament of Minds to participate in the Arts Competition. Our team consisted of Judyth Nawa, Aldrin Saji, Shelna Sony, Subriti Bhandari, Emma Pickering, Sharie Fernandez and Isabelle Cayoun.

The team enjoyed their time talking with each other as well as competing in two challenges. Although anxious upon arrival, we were able to practise before the first challenge started.

The ‘Long Challenge’ was to recreate the Wizard of Oz but set in Western Australia. This challenge  involved choosing our yellow brick road and creating characters and obstacles that our characters would face. We had a lot of fun making a script, costumes, music and background scenes. Our performance in front of the judges was defined with a square, lined with tape in the middle of the stage, and once we stepped into the square that is when the play commenced. Everyone was nervous but we had remembered all our lines and did a great job performing.


After the performance we went to another building to participate in the, ‘Spontaneous Challenge’. This required us to answer a question presented by the judges in the most creative way possible.  We were allowed five minutes to prepare before presenting. With answers spinning left and right, we gave it our best and have learned much from our experience.


Isabella Hulm (STEM Team Captain)

As part of the STEM category our team was required to build a working model of the CCC Machine which will carry the species through the DNA collection point. The team was required to create and place models of endangered species on the machine and demonstrate at least three complete full circuits or rotations. The carousel was required to carry at least five different endangered species simultaneously.

We also were required to justify the reasons for choosing each particular endangered species and why their DNA was to be collected, using plausible scientific research. Jonathon Le managed to create an outstanding ICT virtual model demonstrating how this machine could collect and store the DNA. The virtual model could also assist in the explanation of the mathematical calculations of how long it would take for all species on the current endangered list to be DNA sampled. We did very well in the Long Challenge, being judged on our dramatic performance, presentation of the model and scientific research. 


Prior to the Long Challenge, we also participated in the Spontaneous Challenge, working as a team to present a creative answer with three minutes to prepare an answer to the unseen question and one minute to present. We were evaluated on our team work and creative response, and despite both teams not progressing to the state finals, we came away from the Tournament Of Minds with an enjoyable and enriching experience. 


Emma Pickering and Sharie Fernandez

The Aurecon Bridge Building Competition held on Thursday 5 September at Scitech, City West, was attended by two teams representing St Norbert College among a total of 24 schools. Our team, the ‘Bridgeneers’ consisting of Chanelle Min, Emma Pickering and Sharie Fernandez, were competing in the afternoon and so we were able to explore the many activities at Scitech, including machines that would scan our shadows, allow us to speak from one point in the room to another and tunnels that would trick our brain into thinking we were falling.

We then entered the Planetarium where all the bridges were tested, using a machine which would weigh the bridge down until it broke. Our group constructed a truss bridge, comprised of triangles, and our final result was 11.4 kg. Overall, we enjoyed the day and gained a valuable learning experience.

Sophie Griffiths

The Aurecon Bridge Building Competition is a STEM challenge that required our team to construct an entire model bridge from a limited supply of balsa wood, glue and five metres of string. Our team were the ‘Truss-ty Bridges’ consisting of Isabella Hulm, Kelly McKie and myself constructed, 'Bridget', a triangular truss bridge painted yellow and blue (our school colours NOT that football team!). 'Bridget' took two weeks to build and every single day that we worked on her has been a worthwhile experience. ‘Bridget’ withstood an amazing 36.4kg of pressure, well above the average of 18kg. Although we watched two weeks of effort and work get broken, both teams had an amazing, enriching and positive experience and I'm looking forward to participating again next year.

Edith Cowan University – Achievement Awards 2019


Are you a current Year 12 student? Have you nominated ECU as your first preference in TISC? If the answer to both of these questions is ‘Yes’, you may be eligible to apply for the Edith Cowan Year 12 Achievement Award. This award is a one-off award of a $1000 gift card presented to the successful nominees who demonstrate academic achievement and a commitment to ECU’s core values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Enquiry and Personal Excellence. There are 40 awards available and interested students must contact Mr Dowling before the nomination closing date – Monday 30 September.

Elevate – Ace Your Exams

On Friday September 13, we again hosted the ‘Ace Your Exams’ seminar presented by Elevate Education. Presented over two sessions, the first for the Year 11 & 12 ATAR students and then for Year 10 (ATAR selected pathway) students, the aim of the seminar is to provide practical strategies for students as they approach the final stages of revision for examinations. The presenters were able to breakdown a schedule of tasks to complete in the months, weeks and days leading up to an exam, and draw upon their own recent experience of both senior secondary and university examination success.


Year 12 Examinations – Parent Assistance required


The College is seeking assistance with supervision of the Year 12 (Semester Two) Examinations during the upcoming holiday break. The examinations commence on Tuesday 1 October through to Wednesday 9 October, and are held in the Cappenburg Building. If you are able to assist, please contact Mrs Tracey Burgoyne at the College and indicate your availability for the following days:


Tuesday 1 October


Wednesday 2 October


Thursday 3 October


Friday 4 October


Monday 7 October


Tuesday 8 October


Wednesday 9 October

8:45am – 12pm



8:45am – 12pm and/or 12:45pm – 4pm


8:45am – 12pm and/or 12:45pm – 4pm


8:45am – 12pm and/or 12:45pm – 4pm


8:45am – 12pm and/or 12:45pm – 4pm


8:45am – 12pm and/or 12:45pm – 4pm


8:45am – 12pm


Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Deputy Principals

Term Dates


Term 3 concludes as follows:

  • All Year 12 students  -   Wednesday 25 September at 3:20pm
  • All Year 7-11 students   -   Thursday 26 September at 3:20pm

Term 4 commences as follows:

  • All Year 7-11 students   -   Tuesday 15 October at 8:45am (in summer uniform)
  • Year 12 ATAR Pathway students  -  Tuesday 15 October at 8:45am (in summer uniform)
  • Year 12 Vocational Pathway students  -  Friday 18 October at 8:45am


The Term 4 Family Calendar will be uploaded onto SEQTA at the end of Term 3 for all other important dates.


Drop-off and pick-up

The safety of students is a priority at the College and some very dangerous practices have been occurring before and after school each day. Please do not drop your child off or wait for them for pick up in the administration car park at the beginning and end of the school day. This car park is only for Priory or school visitors. 

Lateness to School

Being punctual 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 recently a number of students are arriving at school late with no valid reason. It 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 News

In keeping with the St Norbert Parent Committee’s (SNC PC) role in supporting parent and school community engagement, a Father’s Day Breakfast was held on the morning of Friday, 6 September in the new venue of the Xanten Performing Arts Foyer. Students were able to invite their Dad, Grandad or male role model to breakfast.  Nearly 100 people attended and enjoyed a catered breakfast that included bacon and egg muffins, beef sliders and fruit.

The two coffee vans were busy all morning making free coffees and hot chocolates.  This event not only proved to be a great opportunity for students to spend time with their significant male role models but also served to bring members of our community together.  Dad jokes were plentiful and two lucky dads were awarded with chocolates. The Celebrating Mums and Dads breakfasts proved very successful for the last two years and will be include in the 2020 calendar.


A Parent Committee planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 19 November at 6pm in the Koinonia (Board Room in Administration). We look forward to parents joining us with some fresh ideas for Parent Seminars in 2020. 

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


Uniform and Personal Presentation


As Term Three moves into its final weeks, some students seemingly have decided to wait until the school holidays before they fix any issues to do with their uniform, haircut or personal presentation. This is not an appropriate response as students are required to present themselves according to the College’s uniform and personal presentation expectations at all times. Those students who are identified to have uniform irregularities such as haircuts, missing buttons, incorrect hem lengths or additional piercings will need to rectify these issues immediately. For any situation where there is a valid reason why this cannot be done, students are required to provide their Homeroom teacher with a parent note explaining the reason behind the uniform infringement. This is especially true for Year 12 students who are reminded that following the College’s uniform and presentation standard is a prerequisite for involvement in the upcoming graduation ceremonies.


The commencement of Term Four will see students return to their College summer uniform. In the weeks prior to the start of the new term, families are asked to begin checking whether any uniform additions or alterations to the summer uniform will be required. This will allow plenty of time to ensure that uniforms will be perfect of the first day of term.



RSVP for Year 12 Graduation

Year 12 students and families are asked to confirm their attendance at the Year 12 Graduation Mass and Supper by Monday, 23 September. Students are required to hand in their RSVP slip to Student Services before this date.


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


Year 9 Humanities

Courage to Care

On Thursday 12 September, a Year 9 Humanities class attended the program Courage to Care at Notre Dame University in Fremantle. The program informs and educates young Australians about the dangers of prejudice, racism and discrimination. Starting from the Holocaust experience, and exploring different forms of discrimination and social division, the excursion provided students with an understanding of social justice.


A stunning sunny day allowed the group to gather comfortably on the grass of Fremantle Esplanade and have some stretching time! Then we walked to Notre Dame. At the end of the program, we returned to the Esplanade for lunch, but not before visiting Moore and Moore Art Gallery. The group appreciated the artworks displayed on the walls, representing Australian wilderness. After lunch on the Esplanade, we made a brief stop at the icecream shop before hopping on the College bus to return to school.


The following are some thoughts of the Year 9 Humanities Extension class in regard to the significance of this excursion:


“Courage to Care relates to RU OK Day, as it explored issues of upstanders show courage and empathy towards those who are struggling. Normal people are capable of doing good, helping someone in a situation of being bullied or being hurt. Learning of people’s stories gave us an insight on what their families went through. I have learnt by helping someone we don’t have to put ourselves in danger, but we can talk about it instead.”                                                                     Miah Homes - K7


“The program brings teenagers to understand and recognise the importance of initiative in helping others. To not be a bystander in something unfair or unjust.”                                  Phoebe van Heiningen - K7


“Courage to Care was really eye opening about the injustice of the Holocaust and the importance of Social Justice. It showed that to be an upstanders rather than bystander.”                                  Kathleen Porter - M1


“Today we learnt about discrimination, racism and the consequences of words and attitudes. An important message was to  be aware that you don’t have to save the world, just small deeds that help make positive changes.”                                                                                            Ciara McLean - X3


“A fantastic educational experience! Courage to Care gave us an insight on the lives of ordinary people that helped Jews because of the care and love inside their hearts. If we do small things to help others, the world would be a better place.”                                                                    Ann Sibbi - M4


“An amazing experience! At Notre Dame University we learnt to stand up and care!”                                                             Maleesha Meegamarachchi - X4


“I think the excursion was a good opportunity to learn about social justice from the point of view of Jews during World War Two. I think some aspects of the program should be made more engaging for students of our Year level. Overall, the presentation made me think of reasons and consequences of Adolf Hitler’s actions on Jews.”      

                                                                                                                 Bob Watson - K5


“We got to learn about individuals and many families that had the courage to care for those facing injustice, pulling their own lives at risk. The Courage to Care excursion was very enjoyable.”         

Nishu Chalisey  - P7


“We learnt about the courage some people had during World War Two to protect, feed and hide persecuted Jews. After watching a video, we got into small groups and used interactive material. It was amazing to know how a small act of courage can do amazing things.”

Isabella Hancock - X2


“We learnt about stereotypes and how many Germans during World War Two weren’t like the Nazi and had the courage to care. I think other students should also do this program.”                          Varun Shivnani -  M6


“Being an upstander is better than a bystander. After watching a video on the Holocaust, in small groups we talked about the importance of being brave enough to help others.”                                           Subriti Bhandari - M7


“The Courage to Care programme was very insightful and opened up a different perspective on the term ‘social justice’. This excursion informed me on the destruction that World War two caused, and the impact it had on Jews around the world. It exposed me to the idea that ordinary people can do extraordinary deeds. This can link to Are You OK today, s we can make someone feel better, by caring and just asking ‘Are you OK?’                                                                                                    Shannette Ndossi - M1


A particular thanks to Mrs Silva who drove the College bus and assisted with supervision. We both agree all students displayed an outstanding behaviour and represented our College community at very high standards.


Dr A Runco (Head of Learning Area - HASS)

The Arts

Catholic Performing Arts Festival


We have come to the end of what has been an exceptional display of talent from St Norbert College in the 2019 Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges.


At the start of the term, the College Guitar Ensemble, Guitar Quartet and String Ensemble experienced great success. The Guitar Ensembles, both directed by Mr Don Neander performed on Friday 2 August at the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre and continued their great form over the last few years to take out two more Excellence Certificates to add to their growing collection. And in their first ever performance off campus, the String Ensemble, directed by Ms Megan Partridge, also received an Excellence Certificate in the Secondary Strings section at Trinity College on Monday 12 August.


The largest musical section of the Festival is the contemporary bands and our Year 11 Certificate II bands (14:25 and The Zingers) and the Year 12 Certificate III band (Skinny Elephants) provided some awesome sets on Monday 5 August at Prendiville Catholic College. Particular congratulations go to The Zingers who received an Excellence Certificate and to the Skinny Elephants who were awarded the first Outstanding Certificate in the Festival for St Norbert College in 2019. Special thanks to go to Ms Matilda Jenkins for her work with these bands in preparation for the show.


The College Concert Band had the opportunity to showcase their talents at the Churchlands Concert Hall stage on Monday 26 August. The ensemble played very well and received excellent feedback from a number of parents and other music teachers present, but were unlucky to not walk away with a certificate this year. To bring us to the conclusion of the festival, the choral section saw our College Chorale and Senior Vocal Ensemble perform at Trinity College on Friday 2 September. Looking to improve on their results from 2018, both ensembles sang beautifully and again received a very supportive response from the audience. Both groups were awarded Excellence Certificates, an improved result that came down to the hard work of all of the students and their director, Ms Elysia Murphy.


In addition to the College ensembles and bands that performed so well, well done to the following students for their performances in the Instrumental Solo/Duet section throughout the Festival:

  • Sharie Fernandez
  • Max Patriarca
  • Licia Benedict
  • Frances Macapili
  • Thomas Rogers
  • Deji Yin
  • Elicia Yii
  • Ana Frances Gabriel
  • Summer Pollard
  • Aarush Vijapure
  • Adam Min
  • Kira Willis


  • Alexis Joseph
  • Ariannah Tilli (Excellence)
  • Nadia Infirri (Excellence)
  • Isabella Giuffre (Excellence)
  • Darcy Eyre (Excellence)
  • Aditya Bhatt (Excellence)
  • Patrick Osias (Excellence)
  • Corey Lyons (Excellence)
  • Luke Marshall (Excellence)
  • Elijah Edmonds (Excellence)
  • Abira Wolf (Excellence)



Further congratulations to the following students who were awarded an Outstanding Certificate in the Instrumental Solo/Duet section of the Festival:


  • Nyssa Coutinho
  • Blake Jenkins
  • Cooper Jenkins


  • Cadence Smythe
  • Caris O’Hara


We are so very proud of everyone’s achievements throughout the festival in Dance, Drama and Music! Thank you to all of the students for your dedication and commitment, to the parents for your continued support and to all of the staff and the College’s leadership team for your hard work to help provide these opportunities for our students. Particular thanks to Mrs Katherine Freind for the tireless work that she puts into the festival behind the scenes both in the lead up to and during what is an incredibly busy festival!


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


Drama Night


The Junior and Senior Drama clubs have been working very hard for many weeks in order to be ready for Drama night. We will be presenting two shows on the same night . 'Romeo to Go' and 'Little Women, Wrath of the Undead'. Tickets are $5 and are available from Mrs Friend in the Performing Arts area.


The show starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17 September and will finish at approximately 9pm.


The two shows you will see will then be heading to Darlington on Sunday afternoon to compete in the Independent Theatre Associations’ One Act Drama Festival. The Junior Drama Club won this competition last year so we are hoping to be able to replicate this again this year. There is a very tough field this year, so we hope to do well.


The Junior and Senior Drama clubs are not auditioned.  Anyone can join and we welcome people who want to be involved. It is great to win competitions but it is equally important to be able to gain some confidence, to step out of your comfort zone and to feel supported by your friends on stage. Not all the students in drama club want to be actors, but the fantastic benefits of working on a show together are excellent reasons for joining.


We hope to see you on Tuesday night.


Ms K Hilton (Teacher of Drama)

Creative Arts Exhibition

Showcase taking shape 

Xanten Performing Arts Centre Foyer is being transformed into a gallery of ingenuity ahead of Tuesday night's opening of the 2019 Creative Arts Exhibition.

Dedicated staff including Samantha Mark, Amanda Marsh, Leon Rogers, Mark Lawson, Sam Eloff, Scott Arnold, Craig Mecham, Bradley Collins and Greg Hulshoff are working tirelessly to display students' completed works in the areas of: 

  • Visual Art
  • Media Arts
  • Design – both Photography and Graphic Design
  • Textiles
  • Wood
  • Metals
  • Engineering
  • Food Science
  • Children, Family and Community
  • Robotics
  • Multimedia

The free community event runs from 18-20 September, from 8.30am to 4.30pm. All welcome. 

Q and A about the exhibition with Head of Learning (Technologies), Samantha Mark.

How long has this annual event been going and how did it evolve?
It started over 20 years ago, as an afternoon wine and cheese in the art room! It was a compulsory part of the Visual Art course back then, that students needed to have an exhibition of their work, so the Art teacher at the time transformed the classroom to try to create a gallery vibe. That vibe expanded in the years that followed. We used to take over the gym, then we moved into the Br Pat and Cappenburg buildings. This will be the third year we’ve used the new Xanten Performing Arts foyer.

What are some of the highlights this year?
Diversity of the student work is the biggest highlight. There’s also going to be a hi-tech display of robot art! And a giant set of knitting needles!!

Why is important for students to learn about and develop skills in creative arts such as textiles, woodwork and food science?
The process of being creative in any format – art, textiles, wood … it doesn’t matter which one, is a continual challenge of problem solving and looking for solutions. So many potential decisions to be made in the process. The finished product is just one version of that students decision making journey. On another day, it could’ve turned out quite differently. I think an advantage of working on long term projects like we do in these subjects areas, is that there’s no instant do-over. The students these days are quite used to just deleting and starting again. You often can’t do that with project based learning, as you have to modify and adjust to create a new solution with every step. I think the students get a good sense of actions and consequences when they work like this. They have to think about their actions, think about their options, before moving forward in the production journey.

With so much emphasis on digital learning nowadays, what feedback do you get from students who spend time exploring their freehand creative side?

Many of them love to switch off, and define these rooms as their “happy place”. I think they get the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the process, rather than be caught up in the frenetic pace of modern life. There’s great mindfulness that is also associated with these subjects. For many students, this is where they focus with their hands, so their minds can settle and heal.

What is the judging process? How difficult is it to judge the winners? 

The guest judge, Michael Kimbar, is a Senior Visual Arts educator with more than 16 years’ teaching experience in a diverse range of settings from gifted and talented, education support and mainstream classes. He is passionate about the promotion of the arts as a subject and especially Visual Arts as a first-choice subject and engaging with community. Michael is currently teaching at Byford Secondary College where he has built a pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning.

The judge usually comes through and looks at the exhibition the day before opening night, and chooses their top three pieces to win the $100, $75 and $50 carousel vouchers. The Principal also gets to come and choose his award-winning piece, which also receives a $100 voucher. The remaining 20 x $20 vouchers are determined usually by the collective decision making of the teachers setting  up the exhibition, who have been both working with the students throughout the process, but also looking at the work for days on end in setting up the exhibition. There’s a lotof man hours involved in getting everything put together for opening night. The final award is a People’s Choice award, which can only be voted for on opening night, Tuesday 17 September. The winner of this is announced following the exhibition at a College assembly, where we acknowledge the work and the student behind it for each of the prizes.

                                                                                                                         Mrs L Quartermain (Community Relations)



Student Success

Year 12s in the spotlight

So much happens on a daily basis at St Norbert College it is no wonder the Press pop in from time to time. Last week two photographers from different media outlets arrived within an hour of each other to cover “good news stories’’ at the College. First, a photographer from Seven West Media headed to the oval to picture set-for-Spain soccer goalkeeper Sean McCracken (who demonstrated a diving save in his winter uniform!) while the Canning Examiner  captured preparations for the upcoming annual Creative Arts Festival.


The result was some positive media coverage of Year 12 student Sean McCracken in The Sunday Times sports pages “Teen’s Next Stop, Spain’’ and Sanjita Ghimire on Page 3 of the local independent paper sharing her impressive, evolving acrylic self-portrait that will sit beside the many and varied student works to go on display at Xanten Performing Arts Centre from 18-20 September. 

Also in the same edition of The Sunday Times was a story about fellow Year 12, basketballer Nes’eya Williams being one of three young players to be officially signed by the Perth Lynx, the only team representing WA in the WNBL. The story followed a feature in The West Australian’s Choosing A School supplement just days earlier highlighting how St Norbert College is helping create WA’s future basketball stars. Mr Godfrey spoke about how his four-year stint playing college basketball in the US has helped provide solid foundations for the Specialised Basketball Program. 


Nicholas Lee (Year 12 - M4)

Another Year 12 excelling in his chosen sport is Nicholas Lee who was chosen by Football West to represent WA in soccer in Indonesia.


Having now settled back into College life after the trip, Nicholas reveals the highlights.

“For me the highlight was the bond I made with my teammates and the people I met over there while bonding over the game that we all love, football,’’ he says.


“The games were mixed. We started off with a loss to an amateur side (likely due to fatigue and the heat) but then we went on to beat professional side, Persebaya U20s in a 1-0 game. Our next game was a 1-1 draw with Persebaya U18. 

I feel that I played my part in all games and gave everything I could to get results against tough teams.

“It was a huge honour to not only represent Western Australia but also St Norbert College.

“My next step is continue with what I have already been doing with Inglewood (Football Clubs), improve as a player and, hopefully, that will lead to more opportunities like what I was just given with the state team.’’


Mrs L Quartermain (Community Relations and Marketing Officer)

Bright futures in basketball

St Norbert College would like recognise and congratulate two female athletes at our College. The two females athletes who have been involved with St Norbert College Specialised Basketball Program have both been awarded for their commitment and skill in the sport.


Nes’eya Williams has just signed with the Perth Lynx in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL). This marks the first professional contract signed by a Specialised Basketball athlete. The signing highlights another impressive addition to Nes’eya’s basketball resume. This year Nes’eya was awarded an All-star starters spot averaging 13.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the Perth Redbacks in the State Basketball League.

Shenae Hartree was recently awarded the Murdoch University WABL Female Player of the Year at the Basketball Western Australia awards night held at Crown Perth. Shenae is in the WABL’s Top 5 for scoring (16.61 points per game) in the 18s Championship Division. Shenae has also had a fantastic year competing in the 18s Western Australia Metro team as one of the youngest starters in the competition. This has been nationally recognised by members from Basketball Australia for future elite competitions.


St Norbert College and the Specialised Basketball Program congratulate Nes’eya and Shenae. The girls will continue to be great ambassadors of the basketball program through their willingness to be coachable, a great teammate and their work ethic.




Mr R Godfrey (Specialised Basketball Coordinator) 

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Indonesian Immersion


It is hard to believe we are only a few days out from our immersion to Indonesia. The students and staff attending thank everyone in the College community for the support in our preparations. We are so proud to take around $4000 in cash and over 160 kilograms in raised donations to the agencies in Indonesia that we will visit. We have set up a Facebook page  so we can share our experiences with you along the way. Search for St Norbert College Indonesian Immersion 2019. Please like our page to share in the experience and see the wonderful work that our students and staff will be doing on behalf of the College. 


Ms M Kyd (Student Ministry Coordinator and 

 the Indonesian Immersion Group)



Interschool Athletics

ACC Athletics Carnival

Our Associated & Catholic Colleges of WA B-Division Athletics Carnival team are continuing to train hard in preparation for the upcoming interschool competition. In an exciting initiative by the ACC, all track events will be live streamed using the YouTube link below.


The stream will be on a private channel and can only be accessed by using the following link. The live stream cannot be accessed by searching on YouTube. Here is the link: . The carnival will take place at the State Athletics Stadium from 8am to 3pm, Thursday 19 September.


If you are one of the lucky parents able to attend the carnival you can spot our athletics team by the new St Norbert College branded marquee. A big thank you to the Parent Committee for the funding of this purchase and to Mrs Lisa Quartermain (Community Relations and Marketing Officer) who helped design and organise for the marquee to be manufactured in time for the big event .


Nitro Athletics

On Tuesday 3 September a group of 41 athletes participated in the WA Nitro Schools Athletics Competition. Nitro Athletics is the T20 version of athletics where athletes compete in 60m sprints and receive additional points of the ‘powerplay’ an event or are accurate in their jump or throw.


In what was an amazing achievement, we won two gold medals and a silver medal in the following year groups:

Junior Boys – Silver Medal

Intermediate Boys – Gold Medal

Senior Boys – Gold Medal


Parents and students are welcome to view photos and videos from the event on Instagram @canons_sport 


                                                                                                                                                             Mr L Ford (Head of Sport)

Norbie Gnomes Playgroup

Community and Heritage

Year 12 students are opening their classroom doors – and hearts - to babies and toddlers this month as part of their Family, Children and Community studies.


The Norbert Gnomes Playgroup – a tradition at the College for 25 years - runs once a week, with students providing arts and crafts, planned activities such as treasure hunts, morning tea and cuddles to the offspring of ex-students, staff on maternity leave and infants and pre-schoolers connected to the College community.


Norbert Gnomes Playgroup runs every Tuesday until September 24 (Week 10) from 9.50am to 11am. Parents are invited to come along and enjoy a morning tea, while their 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 L Quartermain (Community Relations) and
Mrs S Mark (Head of Learning Area - Technologies)

Pastoral Care

5 ways parents can help teenagers study for exams

Preparing for exams can be stressful – and not just for your teenager, but for every member of the family. To help create a positive environment, there are practical ways you can help your teenager feel ready for their exams – and minimise the tension in your household.


1. Focus On The Basics

Effective study is almost impossible without the basics taken care of first. Being well-fed, hydrated and well-rested is a solid foundation for study success and without these important ingredients, your child’s brain will find it hard to work at full capacity.

You can do your bit by providing a home environment that is organised, clean, calm, and quiet – with a well-stocked fridge and pantry cupboard filled with healthy, nutritious snacks. Aim to keep mealtimes regular to help them create a routine they can rely on. 

As exams get closer, focus on offering smaller, lighter meals throughout the day to help boost their energy, without feeling sluggish. By giving them the tools to study more effectively, they can cope with study sessions better – and that means more effective study, with better outcomes. This video shows just how important food is to teens who are studying.


2. Create Study Goals - and Prioritise

When the going gets tough, it’s natural to take the path of least resistance. For your teenager facing a range of subjects, it’s helpful to direct them to tackle the most difficult subjects at the start of their session, when their ability to concentrate is at its best.

By prioritising all the tasks that demand a high level of focus and creativity, they’ll have a better chance of dealing with them before their energy gets sapped. 

Setting study goals is a positive way to work through any study session. Instead of reading four chapters of a text book in one stint, and risking information overload, encourage them to break down their study into smaller chunks. Focusing on one chapter and devoting all their attention to it for an allocated time period will give them a better chance of retaining the information. 

When that goal is reached, encourage a break – a walk around the block, a few minutes shooting hoops, some yoga or stretches, a refreshing shower, or some other quick activity that gets them away from their desk and gets them moving for a few minutes.

There are handy project-management apps that your teenager may benefit from using to outline and prioritise study tasks. Talk to them about what’s on offer and how it might help them to see if it’s right for them. Try showing them these 
5 steps to study success that our youth service came up with.


3. Identify Exam Stress Early

Be aware of the warning signs that could indicate stress in your teenager.
Some common stress signs include:

  • Interrupted sleep
  • Erratic eating habits
  • Low confidence
  • Increased frustration or anger
  • Headaches, eczema, skin break-outs

If you notice your teenager suffering from any of the above, check through the study preparation basics to see what you can help with. If their health is compromised, find out how a GP can help with stress.


4. Communicate

Ask your teen how their revision is going and if there is anything you can help them with. Even a simple conversation at the end of the day and sharing some positive feedback about what they have achieved can be a big boost and help them feel less alone. 

Don’t feel bad if they don’t want to talk. It’s not personal. Making them feel bad about not opening up to you will only add to their stress, not reduce it.


5. Look After Yourself - And Be Positive (And Resilient)

You might have lots going on in your own life but trying to maintain an environment of positive support is important for your child’s study success. If you’re facing your own worries with work or personal issues, make sure you have a great friend to talk to – confiding in your teenager at this time about all the tricky situations that might be going on in your office or extended family will not help them focus on their study in a positive way. 

Looking after yourself is one of the best things you can do to help look after your teenager. There will be times they feel down and stressed and may take it out on you. By making sure your own emotional health is in good shape, you’ll be less likely to fly off the handle and better able to cope with their mood swings.

Exam preparation time is a busy one – and it can be emotionally challenging. It’s important to remember that it does come to an end. Be as supportive as you can and remind other members of the household to help out in whatever ways they can too – assigning other siblings some extra household chores can go a long way to creating a more organised, calm household that helps everyone cope with the increase in stress levels.


For more information please go to:


The Pastoral Care Team

Numeracy Week

Competition results


Thank you to everyone who participated in Numeracy Week by answering the 10 questions that were sent out via direct messages last week.  


In first place is Aldric Ratnasekera (X4) in Year 12 with nine correct answers.


Second place was a tie between Matthew Sanchez (X4) in Year 8 and Saahir Karnam (T1) in Year 7, who each had eight correct answers.


Ms M Lim (Teacher of Mathematics)


The Climate Canons

Plastic recycling program update

The Climate Canons met on Wednesday 11 September to review and discuss their plastic recycling program. In just 14 days the College had already removed 240L of PET 1 and HDPE plastics from making its way into landfill and potentially damaging the environment. Our next project is our vertical garden, generously donated to the Climate Canons by Naked Energy.


You may have heard of Woolworths' newest campaign, Discovery Garden, where if you spend $30 you get a vegetable, herb or flower seedling. The Climate Canons would like to request support from the wider College community and ask if you have any extra seedlings or do not want your seedling, can you please donate them to our vertical garden?


You can drop off your seedlings to Ms Harvey at Student Services.  If you have any questions please contact me at the College on 9350 5433 or via email at The Climate Canons appreciate your support in this endeavor.


It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. We can all do our part to make this a dream, not a reality and the Climate Canons are working, one small step at a time, to make a positive difference. Thank you for your ongoing support.


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

Science Teacher)

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Term 3 Noticeboard

Uniform Shop

Summer uniforms

Families are reminded that during the October school holidays, the Uniform Shop will be open on Thursday, 10 October from 1pm-6pm, and again on Monday 14 October, from 8am – 12pm.

Summer uniforms will be required from the start of Term 4, on Tuesday 15 October.


Mondays 8.00am – 12.00pm
Thursdays 1.00pm – 5.00pm


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)

Class of 1986 Reunion

Former students who graduated 33 years ago are now turning 50 - with a reunion planned to celebrate. Find the organisers on Facebook at “St Norbert College (unofficial) 1986 Graduation Year” and RSVP to the event on that page.

Firetech Workshop

Coding, Gaming, Robotics, Media, Drones, Animation and more:


The National Institute of Dramatic Art


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


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  • Tuesday 17 September - Drama Night - Xanten Theatre - 7.30pm-9.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 September - Creative Arts Exhibition
  • Thursday 26 September -  Term 3 concludes
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