10 May 2019
Week 2.2 - Issue 6
From the Principal
Dean of Studies
Deputy Principals
Pastoral Care
Academic Excellence
Scuba Diving
HIT 19
Year 9 & 10 Science
Page 14
St Norbert College
(08) 9350 5433
135 Treasure Road
Queens Park, Western Australia, 6107



Dear Lord, as we begin this new school term, we gather once again as your community of believers.
We thank you for the energy and spirit that you renewed in us throughout our holidays.
We thank you for the time to enjoy our family and friends and to reflect on what is important in our lives.
Let this year be marked by enthusiasm and love so that, with the inspiration of your Spirit,

we may continue to grow in our faith.
Help us to fulfil Your hope for us with honest intentions and works of faith.
Let us be gentle with ourselves and bring laughter, joy and love to others.
We ask this in your name.


St Norbert, pray for us.

From the Principal

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

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them."


This stanza of the poem For the Fallen, written by Laurence Binyon in the early days of World War One, has become a common and much used Ode as part of ANZAC services across Australia, New Zealand and many other parts of the world. Soon after our return from the holidays, our College gathered to commemorate and to reflect uponthe legacy of the ANZACs at our annual ANZAC assembly.


It was another ceremony of great reverence and respect shown by staff and students alike, for which we are very proud. In the Principal’s address following this service, I also alluded to the wonderful example set by our students Emma Pickering (Year 8) and Oscar McDonald (Year 12), who represented our College at the annual City of Canning ANZAC Day service on Thursday 25th April. Excerpts from the speeches presented by Oscar and Emma on behalf of students of our College and in our region, have been included in our newsletter for you to read and I highly recommend them to all.


As Oscar shared, “Legacies only die if people forget them” and it is incumbent on all of us to remember the sacrifices made, by generations past and present, in developing a positive future for all in our local, national and global communities.


The 11th of May 2019 marks a legacy of a different kind. On this date this year, we acknowledge and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the arrival in Fremantle of Fr Peter O’Reilly and Fr John Reynolds, our ‘Founding Fathers’. Fr O’Reilly and Fr John were later joined in September by Fr Stephen Cooney and together they set about securing the Norbertine future in Western Australia and most prominently now, a vibrant, relevant and esteemed Christ-centred educational community called St Norbert College.


And whilst today is the day we acknowledge our ‘Founding Fathers’, it would be remiss of me not to wish our mothers, grandmothers, aunties and motherly guardians, a happy, rewarding and richly deserved, Mothers’ Day on Sunday. May we especially think of all of those times when the words, actions and unconditional love of our mothers, made all the difference.


“Mary, Mother of God, pray for all mothers”


God bless.

Mr S Harvey (Principal)

City of Canning ANZAC Day Service

Please see the attached speech made by  Emma Pickering and Oscar McDonald at the City of Canning ANZAC Day service on Thursday 25 April 2019. Emma and Oscar were invited to address the gathering and did so with such aplomb, resulting in numerous messages of congratulations. Their words of wisdom and maturity are a great message for us all.


Welcome to St Norbert College

We are very excited to welcome two new staff members to our College;


Mrs Bronwyn Pescud has recently joined us to assist us as an interim step as a College Psychologist. Mrs Pescud will be with us for two days per week for Term 2 as we work through a process of appointment following the departure of Mrs Carvalho. Mrs Pescud'S substantive role during the week is as a member of the Psychology Team at Catholic Education Western Australia.


Mrs Lisa Quartermain will commence working with us shortly in the role of Community Relations and Marketing Officer, following the departure of Mr Matthew Biddle to the Eastern States. Mrs Quartermain joins us after a distinguished journalism career around the globe, most recently in the education sector at Seven West Media here in Perth.


We are blessed to have Mrs Pescud and Mrs Quartermain joining our St Norbert College community and look forward to many wonderful interactions with them both in the future.

Dean of Studies

ACHIEVING YOUR BEST – “Earnings & savings”


As for many adults, vigilance with saving and spending, and preparing all the necessary statements for tax returns is both important and necessary. Our relationship with our accountant extends over two decades and still involves an annual meeting to meet and prepare all the necessary documents. What was once difficult and time-consuming, has become efficient and much easier to facilitate. And so is the case with habits for academic success that can start right now.


For many students, the beginning of Term Two is the time to develop and refine specific study plans, particularly for students in Year Eleven and Twelve. The opportunity to review the goals from the start of the school year, an honest self-reflection about your achievement towards these goals, and a discussion with the most-qualified person to help you reset is the foundation to future success. I have often reflected upon the advice of the wise financial advisers and the impact of compound interest on savings and investments – the small savings and gains that are made now, leads to a larger pay-off for the future.


Achieving academic (personal) excellence requires attention to regular habits and routines (much like the routine of ‘saving’ and ‘sacrificing’). Small gains in committing to short bursts of study, revision and homework completion now, instead of thinking, ‘I will do it later’, leads to larger gains (‘earnings’) as these routines became easier to maintain with less energy required to commence.


Making a commitment to complete homework and assignments as soon as possible, setting aside time to review notes and testing your knowledge of a topic are the ‘savings’ that compound and grow into ‘earnings’ as you progress through a course. The compound effect results in a consistent approach and a reduction in test and exam anxiety.


EXTERNALLY SET TASK – Year 12 (General Course) Students


The Externally Set Task is a compulsory requirement for all students enrolled in General courses, and forms part of the College’s school-based assessment. All Year Twelve students enrolled in General courses should note the College schedule (listed below) and are reminded that the College expectations for attendance and assessment will apply.


Monday 13 May

Religion and Life   (General)           



Tuesday 14 May

Mathematics Essentials

Health (General)



15 May       

Career and Enterprise



Monday 20 May

Children, Family & Community

Engineering Studies


Tuesday 21 May

English (General)

English (Foundation)



22 May

Integrated Science



Examination Timetable – Semester One (Year 11 & 12)

The Semester One Examination Timetable for ATAR (Year 11 & 12) courses will be available in Week 2.3. An electronic copy will be emailed to students next week.

Scholarship Testing – Saturday 18th May (9:30am – 12:00pm)

The Senior School Academic Scholarships for students entering Year 7 and Year 10 in 2020 will be conducted on Saturday 18 May, commencing at 9.30am. Students are to assemble outside the BP Forum by 9:15am on the day and will be directed to their room to complete the test.

NAPLAN (Online)

The NAPLAN Online will commence next week and students in Year 7 and 9 are reminded that the testing will be completed in their respective English and Mathematics classes. All students should ensure that they bring a charged laptop and headphones to complete the audio-based questions. The testing utilises the ‘Lock Down Browser’ (software) that ensures that students cannot access any other applications or websites whilst completing the tests. The schedule for the testing is as follows:



Tuesday 14 May

Year 7 Writing (Period 1)                       Year 9 Writing (Period 3)

Working time required 42 minutes:  Total time allocated 55 minutes

Thursday 16 May

Year 7 Reading (Period 1)                    Year 9 Reading (Period 3)

Working time required 65 minutes:  Total time required 75 minutes

Friday 17 May

Year 7 Conventions of Language (Period 1)             

Year 9 Conventions of Language (Period 3)

Working time required 45 minutes:  Total time required 55 minutes

Monday 20 May

Year 7 Numeracy – (Period 1)      Year 9 Numeracy – (Period 3)

Working time required 65 minutes:  Total time required 75 minutes


The test is to be conducted in ONE session. It comprises TWO parts:

  1. Non-calculator based
  2. Calculator based

Students are not permitted to use their own calculator for any part of the test, unless provided as a disability adjustment. The online calculator will only be available to students after they have completed the non-calculator part of the test. Students will not be able to return to the non-calculator part of the test once they have moved onto the calculator part.


St Norbert Day – Friday 7 June

The Feast Day for the celebration of the entry to eternal life for Saint Norbert is June 6th and it is traditional for the College to mark the occasion with a day of celebration. This year the College will celebrate St Norbert Day on Friday 7th June with the following arrangements:


8:45 – 9:15          Homeroom

9:15 – 9:30          Students move to the O’Reilly Centre (ORC)

9:30 – 10:45        College Mass


10:45 – 11:15      House Morning Tea – designated House areas

11:15 – 12:00      Staff vs Students Sport (College Oval)

12:00 – 1:45        St Norbert Day Fair

1:45 – 2:00          Pack up stalls, clean up and money collection

2:00 – 2:15          Homeroom

2:15 – 3:15          St Norbert Day Concert – O’Reilly Centre


Many Homerooms have commenced planning their activity, food or beverage stall and all students will have the opportunity to purchase food and beverages at the St Norbert Day Fair. This year, there will be the option to pre-purchase hot food in Week 2.4 (prior to St Norbert Day), and further details will be published in the coming weeks.


Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Deputy Principals

Staff Professional Development Day- Monday 29 April


The College staff spent the first day of the term engaging in strategies for our College Aboriginal Education Plan. “As a Catholic system, we are called to uphold Gospel values and social justice teachings to educate at the margins, and with this is a commitment to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people.” (CEWA)


The staff worked on becoming "Culturally Competent" and were fortunate to share in the stories of our twenty Aboriginal students and our Aboriginal Teaching Assistant Geraldine Martin’s family story. We are fortunate to have Mr Shaun Nannup speak to us about Reconciliation and Healing. His message that art, song, dance, language and story are importing elements of culture but we are one. After an indigenous lunch, we walked to Sister Kate’s and were welcomed by Dr Sue Gordon who shared the history of Sister Kate’s and her own journey as part of the Stolen Generation. It was clear that she experienced love and the importance of education which defined her sense of family. The day provided opportunities for us to make connections with the community and strengthen our curriculum for whole school improvement. Special thanks to the Mrs Geraldine Martin and the Professional Development Committee. 


Uniform and Personal Presentation

It was wonderful to see our students arrive back to school so beautifully presented in their winter uniforms. What a great advertisement to our College! A reminder that the College Blazer should be worn to and from school each day.


Parents and students are reminded that the College is unable to give out any medication (eg Panadol, Nurofen, antihistamine etc) unless it is an emergency. It is recommended that if students need non-prescription medication for headaches and allergies, that they keep a small quantity in their lockers.

Parent Committee Meeting


All parents and guardians are invited to attend the Parent Committee Meeting on Tuesday 14 May at 6.00pm in the Koinonia Room (Boardroom in Main Reception). All are welcome and we would love to hear your ideas for the remainder of the year. Our next Parent Seminar is scheduled for Tuesday 18 June at 6.00pm (please note the change of time). A guest speaker from Legal Aid will be providing information to parents about the new intimate image laws that came into effect on 15 April 2019 as a result of the Criminal Law Amendment (Intimate Images) Act 2018 (WA).   In the case of someone under 16, the law says they cannot legally consent to an image of themselves being shared. The law aims to strike a balance between protecting young people from this harmful behaviour, and not unduly criminalising them.


As young people under the age of 16 are not exempt from this new offence, it is imperative that information regarding these new laws is shared with our students and their parents.


The key messages for young people are:

·         It is against the law to take, keep, send or ask for an intimate image of a person under the age of 18

·         It is against the law to share an intimate image of a person of any age without their consent. 


Information will include cyberbullying, sexting, filming school fights, sex and consent.  Please save the date. 



Celebrating Mums and Grandmothers 

The Parent Committee would like to invite all mothers, grandmothers or significant females to a light breakfast on Friday 17 May at 7:30am with their children. Please see the flyer and RSVP to with the number attending by Monday 13 May. We look forward to seeing you!


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

Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews

Last Tuesday, the College conducted our first round of Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews based on the Interim Reports that were made available at the end of Term One. These interviews represent an excellent opportunity for parents and teachers to meet and work together to identify the best strategies that will help the learning journey of our students – especially in the lead up to the Semester One Reports later this term. Teachers always value these nights as it is enjoyable to meet the parents of our students but also to ensure that we are all ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’ when it comes to homework and study expectations. There is no doubt that our students benefit when parents and teachers work as partners in guiding, encouraging and supporting their education.

Sadly, some parents chose not to book interviews even when they had been requested at the time of the Interim Report. It is always important to take the opportunity to engage with your child’s teachers at this time as it provides the best opportunity for their ongoing improvement across their classes. St Norbert College values the close relationship we have with the families of our students as we know it reaps great rewards in the end. Whilst these parent interviews represent the best opportunity to engage with your child’s teachers, we also encourage communication at other times of the year through emails, SEQTA messages and phone calls.

The next Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews will occur on Wednesday 31 July between 12.00pm and 7.00pm. Parents will be notified about how to book interviews  closer to the date.

Year 12 Information

The start of Term Two represents an important time in the life of our Year 12 students here at St Norbert College. Leavers’ Jackets have just arrived, assessment deadlines are rapidly approaching and exams are only weeks away. The Semester One exams run between Monday 27 May and Thursday 6 June. During this time ATAR students are only required to attend school when they have a scheduled exam. For non-ATAR students, however, one significant change that has been made to the exam structure this year has been the continuation of General and Vocational classes during these exam weeks. This means that non-ATAR students will be required to attend school on the Monday  to Wednesday of the first week of exams (27/28/29 May) and on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the second week of exams (4/5 June). Normal College attendance procedures will apply to these students across those days. You will find below a summary of the key dates for Year 12 students this term:

  • Monday 27 May – Thursday 6 June: Year 11 & Year 12 Exams
  • ATAR students to attend their scheduled exams
  • Non-ATAR students to attend regular classes on the Monday-Wednesday
  • Friday 7 June:   St Norbert Day Celebrations
  • Wednesday 19 June: College Photo Day (Inc. Year 12 Graduation Photo)
  • Tuesday 2 July: Year 12 Retreat, Integrity House (compulsory event).

Year 10 Information

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

  • Thursday 16 May: Exam Preparation Session, Period 1, Xanten Theatre
  • Monday 27 May: Introduction to the Year 11 Subject Selection process, Period 4, Xanten Theatre
  • Monday 27 May -  Friday 31 May: 2020 Course Information provided in subject classes
  • Monday 10 June – Friday 14 June: Year 10 Exams
  • Friday 14 June: Subject Selection Information, Period 3, Xanten Theatre
  • Monday 1 July – Friday 5 July: Work Experience for Year 10 Careers & Enterprise students
  • Wednesday 3 July: Year 10 Parent-Student Information Evening, 6:00pm, ORC
  • Wednesday 31 July: Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews
  • Tuesday 6 August: Year 10 Subject Selection Interviews, 3:30 – 7:00pm, BP Forum

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority Year 10 Information Handbook offers important advice to parents and students about Year 11 and Year 12 and has been uploaded onto SEQTA Documents.


Mr P Hawke (Deputy Principal - Years 8,10,11)

Pastoral Care

How technology use messes with your sleep and what you can do about it

By Cathy Johnson


Blue light suppresses production of brain chemicals that make us sleepy.


In the habit of playing games on your phone or checking social media as the last thing you do before bed?


Even if you don't think you have a sleep problem, your night-time habits might be reducing your quality of life more than you think, experts say. Research has shown a clear link between technology use before bed and compromised sleep that affects our health and wellbeing.


While effects can vary from person to person, it may be as subtle as your thinking not being as sharp as it could be, your energy a bit sluggish, your vigilance a bit down, your mood a bit less stable.


As South Australian sleep researcher Dr Sarah Blunden puts it: "Sleep is the foundation of all physical and mental health essentially. That sounds very radical but it's true."

The dark side of blue light

  • Light from screens shining into your eyes sends signals to your brain that interfere with the production of melatonin, a chemical needed for sleep.
  • Although all wavelengths of light have this effect, blue light is particularly problematic. Blue light is so good at helping us feel awake, it's used in places like factories to help night workers stay alert.
  • Repeated use of a bright screen in the evening over five nights can delay the body clock by 1.5 hours, the Sleep Health Foundation says. This means you want to go to bed later and sleep in longer, which is a problem when work or study schedules call for an early start.

As well as making us feel below par, poor sleep has been linked with an increased risk of developing anxiety, depression, weight gain, reduced immunity, and some studies have found there's a relationship between sleep deprivation and high blood pressure or heart disease.


But when we asked you recently to tell us about your snooze habits by filling out our Sleep Snapshot questionnaire, it was clear the no tech before bed rule was being widely ignored. Our phones were revealed as especially irresistible, with more than half of respondents using smartphones in the hour before bed and 35 per cent actually taking them to bed with them.


Given this, it's important to understand some key facts about how night-time tech use might be keeping you from functioning at your best and what you might be able to do about it.

How technology use affects sleep

Technology use in the evenings may make it harder to drop off to sleep and can also reduce the quality of sleep and make you feel sleepier the next day. Using a screen for 1.5 hours or more seems to be when problems start, although not everyone is affected the same way.


The impacts on sleep are related to both the stimulating effects of interacting with a device and the effects of light from the screen. Passive activities like reading an e-book or watching a movie are thought to be less disruptive than interactive ones like playing a video game, making posts, or messaging.


Tech particularly bad for teen sleep

Digital detoxing in the real world

How can we manage our technology so we're not slaves to our phones?

The risk from intense light is especially significant for teenagers. This is because teenagers need more sleep (8-10 hours vs 7-8 for most adults) and also because changes in the brain mean teens already have a delayed sleep-wake pattern.


Teenagers also love to be engaged with other teens, and are especially fearful of "missing out" on well, pretty much anything. This creates something of a perfect storm for a sleep problem to develop. Says sleep physician Dr Chris Seton: "The screens not only take away sleep because they take up time, but they make kids more wakeful, and the more wakeful they are, the more activity they do, so it's a vicious cycle." And the evidence is this problem's getting worse. Between 2010 and 2016 there's been a significant increase in complaints of inadequate sleep among 18-24 year-olds, with 60 per cent of this age group now affected, Professor David Hillman, chair of Australia's Sleep Health Foundation said.


There is also emerging evidence this is resulting in an increased risk of behavioural disorders in young people.


Reducing the impact of screens on sleep

So, are there any sneaky tricks and measures that can get around the alerting problems of screens?

Here are some that respondents found helpful and offered to share with others when they filled out the Sleep Snapshot questionnaire:

  • "I recently discovered I can red-shift my iPhone light to take out the blue light and it's set to do this between 9pm and 7am."
  • "Put electronic devices in another room (my phone goes on charge in the kitchen). If you must sleep with a phone in your room (eg: on call), turn off notifications."
  • "Use the do not disturb function on your phone so urgent calls can come through but no noisy notifications."
  • "Have a technology-free period before bed and read an actual book."


Clearly, some of you are onto something because there's overlap with recommendations from experts at The Sleep Health Foundation:

  • Dim the screen on devices as much as possible at night
  • Reverse the setting on e-readers so that the type is white on a black background, rather than the other way round.
  • Consider using a free software program for PCs and laptops called f.lux which decreases the amount of blue light from screens.
  • Try the different apps, screen protectors and in some cases, inbuilt night settings that reduce blue light on phone screens.
  • Try to restrict technology use, especially the most stimulating kind, to earlier in the evening.

If you're feeling particularly exploratory (and indifferent to perhaps looking a little goofy), you could also try wearing orange-tinted glasses (which block blue light). There's some limited evidence they work.


A radical rethink

But experts like Professor Hillman believe it's worth going further than these measures and asking yourself a more fundamental question that some might consider radical: Are you simply doing too much?


Sure, technology can entertain, engage and enthral us, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have times where we decide to simply turn it off, he argues.


"We've got all these tools. We don't have dark and silence anymore. We have light and activity. And we can have that any time we want. Some of us continue to partition that off from our sleep time but a lot of us don't," he said.


The result is a brain that is "full on and tries to switch off. But it can't, because it's just overloaded. "Sleep is under pressure. It's that bit of life people feel is dispensable. Unfortunately, the physiological facts are that it's not," he said.


More information on this article can be found at:


The Pastoral Care Team


Blessed Hugh of Fosse Basketball Scholarships Now Open

Basketball Scholarships are available for students entering all Years 7-12. The scholarship covers 50% of College tuition fees. A prospectus for the Specialised Basketball Program is available on our website or from reception. Basketball try-outs are held on Thursday June 27 and Tuesday 2 July commencing at 3.30pm in the Fr Peter O'Reilly Centre.


Mrs A Hughes (Principal’s Executive Assistant and Enrolment Officer)

Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence Program

Last Friday marked the official start of the St Norbert College Academic Excellence Program for students in Years 7 to 9. Thank you to Mr Harvey for dropping by not only to congratulate the students on striving to challenge themselves academically, but also for getting out of bed so early on such a cold morning!


This week the students focused on habits, how to form positive habits and how to change bad habits. We also began researching different types of bridges and the forces that act upon them as a start to our Bridge Building Challenge.

The group of students will meet weekly to learn about aspects of higher order thinking, complete challenging projects and enter a variety of competitions. We wish them well on their journey of discovery, exploration and adventure!

Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC)

Congratulations to the Year 10 students: Diep Nguyen, Tony Ngo, Isioma Onyemgba and Juphil Jiji. They are the top four ranking St Norbert College students in the ABBC. They will be attending the State Finals in June. We wish them well in their further study of the brain and Neuroscience in the lead up to the competition.


Mrs L Cardenia (Academic Excellence coordinator)


Year 7 and 8 Immunisations

Thank you to all the Year 7 and 8 students and parents for returning all the signed forms at the end of Term One.  We still have a number of forms outstanding. Copies of Immunisation Forms can be collected from the Front Office. To save the nurses needing to call you on the day, could you please return the forms as soon as possible. Families yet to return the form will receive a phone call or email this week as a reminder.  The students will receive their immunisations during Week 4 and 5 this term. On the days below the 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 me at:



Year 7 (Week 5)

Year 8 (Week 4)

First Immunisation

(HPV, dTpa)

Tuesday 28 May

Tuesday 21 May

Second Immunisation

(HPV dose #2)

Wednesday 27 November

Thursday 28 November


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 Thursday 16 May and will take them home for parents to sign and return. Please ensure this occurs by Friday 28 June.



Year 10 (Week 3.3)


Meningococcal ACWY


Thursday 8 August


Mr B McGrath (Head of House – Prémontré)



Scuba Diving

Year 11 and 12 Scuba Diving Course

At the end of Term One, Lilika Mikare, Dermott Marovac, Derek Barton, Jarod McConochie and Tristian Lee embarked on a three day intensive Scuba Diving course. The PADI scuba diving qualification was offered to students in Year 11 and 12 students. 


Day One started with very nervous students travelling to the Bayswater Swimming Pool and starting their day with a swimming test to ensure they could swim 200m and stay afloat for 10 minutes. This was a basic test to ensure students had some swimming ability.  They then learned all about the scuba equipment and how to assemble and complete safety checks with their buddy. Throughout the day they completed numerous skills including descending in water, removing their mask and clearing it out underwater.  All these essential skills were tested again in open water during the next two days.


Day Two brought us to Coogee Beach jetty where we all kitted up for two off shore dives. This really gave the students the feel for open water diving in a safe sheltered area.

Day Three, we made the Journey to Fremantle docks to embark on a boat out to Rottnest Island. With confidence, students geared up and jumped into the choppy waters of the Indian Ocean. They descended to 18 metres below sea level where they saw entrancing reef structures and an abundance of fish species at two different dive sites. All students enjoyed their experience.


It was great a opportunity for students to embrace, with the majority of them gaining an open water certification from PADI. I would like to thank Mr D’Almeida for giving up his weekend to help in the supervision of the students.


Follow this link to watch the video:     https://youtube/JKJRcqUXfPQ


Ms S Gardner (Head of House - Kilnacrott)

HIT 19

Humanities International Tour 2019


The Humanities International Tour 2019 saw four teachers and 26 students travelling to Italy and Germany from 5 to 21 April. Cultural identities, historical evidence, artistic expressions, culinary experiences, and linguistic challenges inspired our students who had the opportunity to learn from the world outside the conventional classroom environment and witness the beauty of learning while travelling. All students have been outstanding representatives of our community, reflecting our College values in all occasions and always displaying a positive approach towards the different activities… even when walking for kilometres for the sake of knowledge: Paratus semper discere – Always prepared to learn!


A video made by students will be presented at the next College Assembly on Wednesday 22 May (Week 4). We all look forward to watching it! I take this opportunity to thank Mrs Silva, Miss Pisconeri and Mr McGrath for their hard work, professional skills and sincere support they have put into this extraordinary learning experience.  


Please see attached  Italian Newspaper Article:


Dr A Runco (Head of Humanities and Social Sciences)

From the students:

“The HASS trip was a once in a life time experience. The history, culture and art were so different in Italy and Germany compared to Australia, it felt like a different world. The trip was amazing. I have made new friends and new memories. My favourite part overall was the food, Pompeii and the giant bed in the MAXXI Museum in Rome. Coming home, it was sad to not wake up to the same people everyday, but I was happy to be back home with my family.”

Caitlin Bransby – X1



Siena is a visually breathtaking location that is absolutely filled with culture and history, not to mention the beautiful doors and windows everywhere. The Piazza Del Campo provided us with the chance to really take it all in. Siena was a place where many buildings and streets all looked very similar to each other, you had to really pay attention to where you were, so that you didn't end up lost. We also went to "The Museum of Medieval Torture and Prisons"; it was slightly confronting to see how certain methods of torture have been used throughout history. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to go back one day.” 

Courtney McCrostie – P6


“There were many different aspects of the tour we enjoyed. We really enjoyed exploring and visiting different sites in Italy, such as the Duomo di Milano, the Fontana di Trevi and Fori Imperiali. Our favourite place we visited was Siena. We loved the location of this city and the people were very friendly. Our first impressions of Germany were how modern, clean and innovative this country is. We also really enjoyed going to Magdeburg for the day and the river cruise in Wannsee: they were both very picturesque places to visit. Overall, we really enjoyed sharing these experiences with our friends and teachers.​”

Ellie Barbato – M2

“On the 5th of April,  26 St Norbert students departed Australia for Europe. Our first stop over was in Doha, where we were delayed for 6 hours. It was a relief to finally arrive in Milan after our tiring travels to begin our European journey after 2 years of planning and savings.

After a good sleep we were full of excitement to start our first activity, which for some was the soccer match Inter VS Atalanta, while for others shopping in Milan. After staying in Milan for two nights we left for Rome, with a stopover in the medieval city of Siena for one night. We stayed in the Eternal City for 5 nights. During this time, we did many activities; seeing the Colosseum and the ancient ruins of Rome, Pompeii and the Vatican City was an incredible experience.  We then stayed in Berlin for four nights, visiting many museums, sightseeing the such impressively dynamic city and witnessing the impact of World War II on society, a key event in Berlin's history, in particular visiting a concentration camp. This was quite insightful in understanding the value of democracy and the importance of freedom of speech, of protest, of thought, etc… After 16 days of travel and adventure it was time to come home, our plane got into Perth at 6pm on Easter Sunday, to return to our families and friends with stories and anecdotes to tell.”  ​

Ashlyn Farcas and Sage Breeze – K7 and K4


“The 2019 Humanities International Tour was truly one of the most unforgettable experiences I have had the privilege of embarking on. Visiting Italy and Germany and being enriched in European culture was amazing! In Italy, watching a soccer game with such a high level of intensity and comradery was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for myself. Seeing the Trevi Fountain, the ruins of Pompeii and the Colosseum were also among some of the memorable adventures. In Germany, visiting the Sachsenhausen concentration camp opened my eyes to tragic effects of World War II on Germany and the extreme prejudice that ultranationalism and populist movement caused in history and still occurs in some countries today. Berlin has a modern vibe, enriched by museums and memorials; but also our trip to Magdeburg has been quite revealing: a lovely small city on a river, embellished by ancient and contemporary art and architecture.


Overall the HIT19 tour was a once in a life time experience, the bonds shared between friends and teachers and the lessons I learnt throughout my travels will stick with me for life.”

Olivia Alderton – M1




Year 9 & 10 Science

ConocoPhillips Science Experience


Parents of Year 9 & 10 Students:


Is your child curious about a future career in Science? The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) immersion program which provides opportunities to get some real-life experience from Science Faculties in Western Australian universities.


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


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


Please contact  Mr Roger D’Almeida if you would like some more details regarding this exciting opportunity.


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


Senior Girls Netball Team

On Tuesday 7 May, the Canons Senior Girls Netball Team travelled to Emmanuel Catholic College to play Round 1 of the ACC Champion School Netball Tournament. With only 7 players, the girls played a full game each. The girls showed fantastic defence pressure, led by Gigi Armenti, Suzanne Vagg-Johnson and Anushka Kotian. Courtney Fitzgerald and Lauren Verbiest took control of the centre court, and Zeta Stevens and Kadijah Brown were able to finish off our hard-work with scoring goals. It was a tight contest throughout the whole game, with Canons only ahead by 1 or 2 goals after each quarter. In the end, the girls won the game by 3 goals.

A fantastic way to start the competition – hopefully we can continue the success.


Thank you to the parents that watched and supported the girls. Thank you Neve Adnams for umpiring the game.    Keep an eye out for the home games in the ACC competition during this term!


Miss A Fogliani (Netball Coach)

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Uniform Shop

Mondays 8.30am – 11.30am
Thursdays 1.00pm – 4.00pm


NEW: St Norbert College Towel Ponchos

$40 available from the Uniform Shop 

Mrs R Kelly (Uniform Shop)

Term 2 – Winter Menu

Please be aware that our Menu has some changes coming into Term 2.   It will  be on the website soon.  As the Café must comply with strict rules set by the Department of Education we must comply with these guidelines and follow the ‘Traffic Light System’.  Therefore there will be a few items currently offered in the Café that will not be available or they will be substituted for healthier options starting from Term 2.  Our Café aims to serve you fresh and healthy meal options every day and there will be plenty to choose from.  Please see attachment.


Mrs C McIntyre (Canteen Manager)

Entertainment Book

St Norbert College is selling the Entertainment Books again this year with proceeds to going towards St Joseph’s Primary school.

The books are $70 each and you can purchase either a hard copy (available at College Reception) or the digital version by clicking on the link  

Order page:


Mrs A Hughes (Principal’s Executive Assistant and Enrolment Officer)

Lost Property

There are a large number of lost items currently in the lost property boxes located upstairs in the ORC. Items include tracksuit jackets, running shoes, school shoes, towels, goggles, school shirt, jumpers, canons basketball uniform, socks and hats.


Please feel free to come up and have a look through the items if you are missing something.


Mr M Price (Head of Health & Physical Education)

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Woolworths Earn & Learn is back again for 2019. Earn stickers every time you shop at Woolworths, place them in the box or add them to your sticker sheet and place the completed sheets in the box at Student Services or at the front of the PE office. Every sticker collected will go towards new equipment for the College.


Sticker sheets are available in Student Services.


Mr Matt Price (Head of Health and Physical Education

Consent2Go - Email contact


Djilba 2019


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

Class of 2009 Reunion

Saturday May 18 from 7pm

The Camfield, near Optus Stadium




  • Friday 10 May - Around the World in 8 Plays - 7.30pm -  Xanten Theatre
  • Saturday 11 May - Around the World in 8 plays - 2.00pm - Xanten Theatre
  • Friday 17 May 2019 - Celebrating our Mum's Breakfast - ORC , 7.30am to 8.30am
ANZAC Day - City of Canning 2019.pdf
MenuTerm 2 2019.pdf
Add to email contacts for parents2 - Consent2GO.pdf
Djilba 2019.pdf
SCIENCE EXPERIENCE_Newsletter copy 2019.pdf
Article Italian newsletter.pdf
Around the World.pdf
snesa football club.pdf
SNESA Football - Match Report.pdf