ST NORBERT NEWS

01 March 2019
Week 1.4 - Issue 2
PRAYER
From the Principal
Dean of Studies
Deputy Principals
Pastoral Care
Open Day 2019
College Bus Service
From the Business Manager
Scholarships
Year 12 Integrated Science
Prémontré
Interhouse Swimming Carnival
Italian Exchange Program
Cultural Corner
WorkPrep
SNESA Football Club
Notices
St Norbert College
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135 Treasure Road
Queens Park, Western Australia, 6107
AU

PRAYER

Prayer

 

God our Father,
The qualities I see lived out so well in some people
Are a reflection of your own goodness,
And I know that I have much to learn from
Other people who reflect your image and
Likeness in different ways.
Inspire me to respect others fully as my equals,
Seeing and loving in them
What you see and love in them.
Amen.
St Norbert, pray for us.

From the Principal

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

It is openly expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that the Holy Eucharist is “...the source and summit of our Christian life” and so what better way than to celebrate faith and spirituality at St Norbert College as a Christian community; a Catholic school influenced by the ethos of the Norbertine Order, than with a special Community Mass.

 

This year, the College Community Mass was held on Sunday 24th February in the College grounds and was a very special time to share with all of our families. I must convey our thanks to Fr Peter, Miss Margaret Kyd, Mrs Penny Mulley, Mr Chadwick Beins and the many other staff, students and families who assisted with the organisation and celebration of this special occasion. It was also wonderful to have Fr Stephen Cooney, one of our founding Fathers, present with us on Sunday. There was an opportunity following Mass to meet and greet with families and friends over a sausage sizzle and thanks must go to the members of SNESA (St Norbert’s Ex-Students Association) who assisted in cooking the sausages.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to remind our students, staff and families of the Plenary Council 2020. We have until Ash Wednesday next week to respond to the invitation to participate in the first phase of the Plenary Council: an open and inclusive process of listening, dialogue and discernment about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. The following link will allow those interested to find out more about the Plenary Council and the listening and dialogue sessions.

 

http://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/resources/have-your-say/

 

In the spirit of the Plenary Council, we must continue to ask of ourselves, “What do you think God is asking of us at this time?”

 

In the readings at our Community Mass and in Fr Peter’s homily, we are challenged to be a life-giving spirit, to be Christian. This coming week we mark the beginning of Lent, a very special time on our liturgical calendar with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. It is during this time that we are reminded to commit ourselves to be more Christ like in all that we do. We are called to prayer, fasting and almsgiving, to examine our hearts and minds, actions that strengthen us spiritually. I look forward to sharing these elements of our Catholic faith, highlighted during Lent, with all members of our community. 

 

Finally, I wish you all a restful and family-focussed long weekend.

God Bless,

Mr S Harvey (Principal)

Dean of Studies

Success starts with effort

In 2016, John Donahoe, the retired CEO of eBay, addressed students in a keynote lecture at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. The subsequent article* by Luke Stangel was titled, 'Dump the Myth of the High Achiever'.

 

“The myth of high achievers is a straight line: They grow up wanting to be entrepreneurs, earn straight As, attend top-tier schools, join a world-class team, climb the corporate ladder, and then lead major companies. The truth is, that line is rarely so tidy. People face adversity and personal setbacks. They hit career cul-de-sacs, experience failing relationships, and are forced to make trade-offs to achieve their goals. Twelve-hour days at the office can feel lonely and anxiety-inducing. Failure happens.”

 

In sharing with the students Donahoe offers reflections about points in his life and career where he faced difficult choices and leaned on others for support and help, and he urged students to develop a great life, that extends beyond just a great career. Using an analogy from elite sport (baseball), his primary message is that of dealing with failure (i.e. not performing to your goals and expectations). The greatest importance however, is that you must first commit to the attempt. In the same way that an elite athlete is required to perform in the competition, the time devoted to maintaining mental, physical, and emotional health as part of the routine of preparation is equally important.

 

“That takes the form of small things, like eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep. It could also mean hiring a therapist or a life coach to help build a framework to understand the world. Being able to travel through life with supportive communities of people is key.”

 

The message to apply for students is that, performing at your best requires you to build habits for health, seek the feedback from your teacher(s) and lean on the support of others when challenged by the feeling of being overwhelmed.

 

In addition, Donahoe highlights that, “Most high achievers like to win”, and early in his career, Donahoe said he felt anxious, particularly when he had to make big decisions. In one of his first positions as a management consultant with one of the big consulting firms, his boss offered the following sports analogy to overcome the fear of failure:

 

A gifted young baseball player played [from] Little League through [to] College, hitting an average of nine out of 10 pitches. Now, taking his first at-bat in the Major League, he was wracked with anxiety that he would fail. The fact is, an average of .900 [9 out of 10 pitches] in the Major League is impossible. The best baseball players in history are lucky to hit .350 — they miss two out of three swings. They sometimes strike out in a crucial moment, costing their team the victory. They drop balls, make bad plays, and disappoint their fans. The difference, is that world-class baseball players wake up every game day ready to swing the bat.”

 

For Donahoe, having been the CEO of two companies, the father of four children, having dual careers and countless life challenging experiences, is that:

 

“You can’t bat .900 in life. All you’ve got to do is bat .350 and don’t be afraid to get in there and swing.”

 

The fear of failure can be crippling to a student, and lead to not making any attempts, or being disappointed with anything less than perfection. Therefore, achievement occurs when a learner develops a mindset that encourages the effort to achieve a personal best, to think about the range of strategies that can be applied and to seek out the guidance and expertise of supporters (i.e. teachers) to assist. In other words, ‘get in there and take a swing’.

 

*https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/john-donahoe-dump-myth-high-achiever

Academic Achievement

Further to the outstanding achievements of students from the Class of 2018 who were previously acknowledged, the College wishes to extend congratulations to Samuel Eaton and Jayden Smeschkal on their achievement of the Certificate of Merit. Samuel Eaton achieved an ATAR of 93.9 and is taking a gap year before deciding his course pathway, and Jayden  has been offered a place in the highly competitive Diploma in Screen and Media, while also completing an additional Certificate IV to enable him to obtain a dual qualification in IT. Jayden has also been accepted into IIBT, a university course pathway provider for Curtin University and Edith Cowan University. Congratulations again to Samuel and Jayden.

The Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA)

The Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment will commence at St Norbert College on Tuesday March 5 through to Tuesday March 12. All students are required to demonstrate the minimum literacy and numeracy standards for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), and the School Curriculum and Standards Authority awards the WACE at the end of Year 12 to students who have met all the requirements.

 

NAPLAN Online

Please find attached a copy of the NAPLAN Online Information that has been distributed to students via their Homeroom. The dates for the Online NAPLAN will be from May 14 through to May 24. Further information will be included in the next College newsletter.

Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Deputy Principals

Students on College Grounds Before and After School

Parents are reminded that no student should be dropped off at the College before staff are rostered on active supervision at 8.20am. If for any reason students are on College grounds before this time and are not actively engaged in a co-curricular activity, they are to sit in the Year 8 area outside the office and staffroom. Students who are on College grounds after school and not in an organised co-curricular activity supervised by staff, are requested to study and do homework quietly in the Library up to but no later than 5.30pm on Mondays to Thursdays. Staff do not provide active supervision after 4.40pm.

Subject Changes

All elective changes for Years 8-10 have closed for this semester. Students in Years 11 and 12 are reminded to speak to either Mr Hawke or Ms Rainford if changes are required. All students need to make changes as soon as possible to ensure completion of assessments.

Open Day

A reminder that Open Day is on Friday March 8. Please invite all family and friends to come and see the College in action. Tours begin from the Xanten Performing Arts Building at 9am and 1pm.

Parent Committee

A reminder that our next meeting is on Tuesday March 12 at 6pm in the Br Pat Forum. We look forward to new parents and guardians joining us with ideas for the coming year. The meeting will be followed by our first Parent Seminar 'Having a Conversation about Mental Health - Workshop for Parents' presented by Youth Focus. RSVP to [email protected] or just come along at 7pm. Further information attached.

 

Thursday March 14

In an effort to make up the number of lost Fridays and Mondays during the semester, Thursday March 14 will operate using FRIDAY'S TIMETABLE (lessons). Please ensure that students are prepared for Friday's classes on that day.

Mobile Phones

The College recognises that on occasions mobile phones may be useful or perhaps necessary for students to bring to and from school for communication and safety reasons. The College encourages the responsible and courteous use of mobile phones. College expectations for mobile phones include:

  • Students are to ensure that their mobile phone is safely locked in their locker during the day.
  • Students must not carry their mobile phones or use them during the day and they should never be left in College change rooms.
  • Phones are not to be used during class time, in between lessons or during recess or lunch breaks.
  • Parents are asked to wait until the end of the day if they need to communicate with their son or daughter via mobile phone. In the case of an emergency, a message may be left with the College office. Likewise, there is a College phone at Student Services should students need to call their parents.
  • Mobile phones if seen or heard will be confiscated from students and must be collected from Student Services by the student at the end of the school day.  Students will be issued with a consequence by the Head of House.

Students Leaving Early

The following process must be followed for a student to leave the College grounds during the day.

  • Bring a signed note from a parent explaining the reason for the early leave.
  • The note must be handed to the Homeroom teacher or Student Services for recording into SEQTA.  An Early Leave Slip (pink) is to be filled out for the Homeroom teacher to sign. 
  • The Early Leave Slip (pink) is to be handed to Student Services at the time of departure to be signed.

If a student is feeling ill during the day, they need to report to Student Services where they can make contact with their parents using the College phone. It is not appropriate for students to use their mobile phones or laptops to make contact with parents directly requesting to be picked up. We have limited resources and will therefore be unable to visit classrooms to inform students when their parents arrive.  Full co-operation and understanding are requested from parents and students to ensure the safety of all our students and to limit interruptions to classes. Consequences may need to be used for students who do not comply with this procedure.

Lateness to School

Students should arrive at Homeroom by 8.45am. Students who arrive after 8.45am should report to Student Services to SIGN IN and have their College diary stamped. The student will then be recorded as being ‘Late to School’. A summary of this data appears on the Interim and Semester Reports.

 

A note should be provided by a parent/guardian explaining the late arrival on the day or as soon as possible. A phone call from a parent/guardian is recommended if a student is expected to be late for school (eg appointment, traffic/car delays).

 

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

Pastoral Care

Mindful Parenting

Your alarm didn't go off, so you rush around getting all the kids up and dressed and pack their lunches. You get to your car and notice that you are low on petrol so now you have one more stop on your way. Your son drops his book bag in the mud and his lunch and books tumble out. He splashes joyfully in the puddle singing and smiling and when he approaches you for a hug you see the mud and pull away. “Not now - we’re late,” you snap. Tears well up in his eyes and you silently berate yourself for always being late and for being so grumpy.

 

For parents, challenging moments like this that cause us to 'snap' or 'lose it' are regular reminders of how mindfulness can be such a valuable tool in parenting. There are two parts to this: the first is being a mindful parent by making choices for your children and your family in an intentional way, and the second is parenting kids who learn to use mindfulness as a tool in their lives.

Parenting Mindfully

Start with intention. When you have a why behind your actions, it can help to ground your parenting. What’s the point of homework? If you see it as one more thing to check off a long list, you will approach it very differently than if you see it as a time to bond with your children and glimpse their learning process. When your son heads to the soccer field or your daughter goes to ballet, remember that you started these activities for joy and for exercise; the busyness they add to your family schedule can sometimes get in the way of remembering that there is a purpose to their involvement. This allows you to stay out of the potential role of task master where you may encourage them to attain and achieve rather than to have fun and do their best. Practice having an intention to accompany every action.

 

1. Stay present. It’s easy to allow worry to take you away from the present. When you get a call from the school telling you your 5-year-old child has a reading delay and requires some extra testing, it’s so easy to imagine a future where they struggle in school and face frustration in the work world. They are 5 today. Deal with how this affects today. Not imagining the worst helps you be more effective at dealing with what’s happening in this moment. Worrying is like paying interest on a loan you haven’t been approved for.

 

2. Model and encourage communication about feelings. Communicating your feelings helps you and your family work as a cohesive unit. We are all wired differently so when things go wrong, we sometimes assume that everyone has the same reactions and beliefs. For example, my son has a messy room. Many of my friends have asked me why I don’t just 'make him clean it up'. Years ago when I tried to bribe or force him it just led to him shutting down. When I asked him, “Why is your room messy?” I would have expected him to answer that he didn’t want to clean it but what he explained to me is that when his room is all neat, he feels stressed out. He feels calmer when there’s a bit of chaos. I told him that mess for me causes a sense of disorganisation and it can be a source of stress. Our compromise: I am fine with his chaos as long as it is clean chaos and if I have company coming, he has to keep his door closed. Communication about why his room is the way it is and how I feel when I see a messy room led to us understanding one another better.

 

3. Listen. When you talk with your children about their day it is often either a one-sided, probing conversation that is initiated by you and gets one-worded responses, or a long-drawn-out story that the child initiates and you barely focus on as you cook dinner or drive to the next activity. Focus on opportunities to actively listen to your child. This means waiting to speak instead of directing the conversation where you think it should go. It also means not reacting or judging what they share. Become the kind of listener who asks great questions like “What did you like most about that?” or “Tell me about that”. Another pitfall to avoid is assuming you know why your child is sharing (this works with adults too!). I am solution-oriented so when my child comes home complaining about a conflict with a friend, my nature is to try to help solve the problem. I’ve learned that some people like to talk about things and that is enough to help them feel better. Others need action. Asking a question like “How can I be most helpful?” or even “Do you want help, or do you want to vent?” can be extremely useful.

 

4. Admit your mistakes. Parents seem to think they must be perfect. We get frustrated when we don’t know what we should do and yet our children didn’t come with a manual. Sometimes we make a choice that in hindsight isn’t really aligned with how we want to parent (like snapping). It’s important to show children that we learn from mistakes so when they make one, they learn too. There is nothing wrong with pointing out that you made a mistake (“I’m sorry I snapped at you. That’s not the way I want to talk to you”) and then trying again (“I’ve taken some deep breaths. This helps me to be calm. Could you please explain to my why you drew on the wall with a Sharpie?”).

 

Raising Mindful Children

Parents today want so much for their children that there is a danger of over-programmed children who control the home. The following are some important values to consider teaching and modelling for your children:

•              Love yourself

•              Be resilient
•              Strive to do your best
•              Happiness comes from within
•              Have compassion
•              Foster connection
•              Feed your body and mind healthy things

Mindful practices that parents and children can do together to foster these values are:

1. Deep breathing. Teaching kids that three rounds of slow inhalation/exhalation can calm the fight or flight response will help them to feel in control of emotions rather than feeling that their emotions control them.

2. Practicing gratitude. Making a point of talking about things you are grateful for helps everyone in the family to increase wellbeing. Try starting each dinner by listing the best moment of the day and something you are grateful for.

3. Meditation. Even parents who have their own meditation practice don’t always think to get their children meditating. According to Deepak Chopra, “The beauty of meditation is that everything comes from within, but ‘within’ means different things at different ages”. Be aware that children can probably sit for about as long as they are old, so a 7-year-old might start with seven minutes. Remember that everyone is different so let your child find what works for them. Model it, but don’t force it.

 

A mindful family works together as a team. I remember hearing Seth Godin’s definition of anxiety - experiencing failure in advance. As a parent you are guiding the team but not controlling outcomes. If you can help reduce anxiety about mistakes by normalising them at home, you help to dispel the fear. Then you can prioritise joy and celebrate learning. This will allow the experience to feel easier for the entire family.

More information on this article can be found at: https://www.ggs.vic.edu.au/institute/blog/blog-posts/mindful-parenting

 

The Pastoral Care Team

Open Day 2019

Open Day

Open Day will be held on Friday March 8, with tours of the school commencing at 9am and 1pm.

 

The day will provide an opportunity for prospective families to see the College's facilities, meet current students and staff, and to find out what makes St Norbert College a school of choice for so many families. For more information please call the College or visit the school website.

College Bus Service

Changes to Bus Routes

Upon the recommendations of Horizons West, there have been a number of small changes to the College's five bus routes, effective from the beginning of Term 1, 2019. These changes have been made to enable the bus service to cater for students' needs more effectively, while ensuring the journey is as efficient as possible. Bus drivers have been instructed to stop only at the scheduled stops, and will not be able to drop students off at locations not designated on the maps.

 

Due to an increase in the cost of hiring the buses, the price of tickets has increased to $30 for a book of 20 tickets. Tickets can be purchased from Student Services.

 

Please review the updated bus routes and timetables, which are attached below. The maps are also available at: norbert.wa.edu.au/Bus-Service/ 

If you have any questions or concerns about the bus service, please do not hesitate to contact me at the College on 9350 5433 or via email: [email protected]

 

Mr M Biddle (Community Relations and Marketing Officer)

From the Business Manager

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fee invoices were posted out this week.

 

If you have not received your statement please contact Mrs Joleen Scott at the College on 9350 5433.

 

To help with College finances please attend to your account either by paying in full by the due date of March 15, 2019 or by contacting the College to arrange a payment plan.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Mr J O’Sullivan (Business Manager)

Scholarships

St Frederick Academic Scholarships Now Open

Middle School Academic Scholarships are available to students entering Year 7 and cover full or 50% tuition fees and are tenable for Years 7 – 9 subject to student performance each year. A two-hour scholarship selection test will be conducted on Saturday May 18 commencing at 9.30am for Year 6 students.

Senior School Academic Scholarships are available to students entering Year 10 and cover full or 50% tuition fees and are tenable for Years 10 – 12 subject to student performance each year. A two-hour scholarship selection test will be conducted on Saturday May 18 commencing at 9.30am for Year 9 students.

Applications and details for the scholarships are available by visiting our website www.norbert.wa.edu.au where you can apply online via the link provided. The Scholarship Registration fee is $95.00.

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 commencing at 3.30pm.

 

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

Year 12 Integrated Science

Excursion to Canning River Eco Centre

As part of the Integrated Science program, students are required to explore and compare two local ecosystems as part of their Environmental Biology course. Mr D’Souza’s Year 12 Integrated Science classes embarked on a half day excursion to the Canning River Eco Centre located of Kent Street in Cannington (CREEC). Special mention goes to Miss Gardner for her assistance on the day and her wealth of experience and Miss Spinks as our bus driver to and from CREEC.

CREEC offers two unique ecosystems in very close proximity to each other. The Kent Street weir is a wall that divides the river. One part of the river is a salt water system that is highly affected by the tides while the other side of the river is a pure freshwater system affected by water sources from the Perth hills.

 

During the day students investigated how abiotic factors (non-living factors) can greatly influence biotic factors (living factors) in an ecosystem.

 

Students used specialised measuring equipment to measure the abiotic factors including ph levels, temperature, conductivity, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen, along with the river's nitrogen and phosphorous levels. Students then got to take samples of the macro invertebrates in the area. These macro invertebrates give a health score for the river which is directly correlated with the abiotic factors. Using all this information students then compared the two local water systems. All students worked exceptionally well and enjoyed the overall experience to apply classroom knowledge in the field.

 

Mr A D'Souza (Integrated Science Teacher)

Prémontré

Prémontré’s Year of the Penguin

What a start to 2019!!!!!!!!!!! With the Week of the Penguin still fresh in the minds of all St Norbert students and staff the hectic but positive start to the Prémontré year has been one to remember.

 

Week One began with a number of activities for the enjoyment of all and to celebrate the Feast Day of our Patron, Blessed Hugh of Fosse. At recess the Prémontré leaders, Calum Tavani, Gracie Farrar, Emma Vlahov and Sanjita Ghimire successfully organised and ran the ‘Pin the Crown on the Penguin’ activity which was enjoyed my many. Blind-folded and disorientated students from any House group were challenged to place the crown on the head of the penguin - where it rightfully belonged!!!

At lunch (again during Week One) more opportunities were provided by the Prémontré leaders with the viewing of a movie favourite, Penguins of Madagascar. All students were welcomed into the coolness of the Br Pat Forum and offered popcorn and lollies for their enjoyment. It was great to see so many people attend with their friends to relax, have a laugh and escape the summer heat!!!

 

On Friday of Week One the ‘House of Penguins’ celebrated Prémontré Day. We began with a wonderful Liturgy with Fr Peter and run by the students. It was heart-warming to hear the Prémontré students speak and to witness the reverence by all who attended. Following Liturgy the House moved to the ORC to share a meal of pizza and fruit with the Prémontré students and staff who also competed in the annual ‘Castles/Dodge Ball’ challenge. Congratulations to P7 for winning the trophy for 2019.

 

The Prémontré juggernaut continued to roll-on when we won the Interhouse Swimming Carnival recently. It was a great team effort where students and staff worked together to ensure ALL races were filled and we put our best TEAM-EFFORT forward. Congratulations and thank you to all the Penguins who participated and supported on the day!!

 

With our busy start to the year behind us, we look forward to the challenges ahead. It has been inspiring to see the students of Prémontré respond to the 2019 leaders who are doing an amazing job in doing their best to make it the Year of the Penguin.

 

Mr B McGrath (Head of House - Prémontré)

Photo: Frances Macapili

Interhouse Swimming Carnival

Photo: Frances Macapili

Interhouse Swimming Carnival

On Friday March 15 St Norbert College held the annual Interhouse Swimming Carnival at HBF Stadium. The atmosphere was electric all day with a number of members from the public commenting on how supportive the St Norbert College students were of their peers.

 

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

 

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

  • 1st  - Premontre – 5198
  • 2nd - Kilnacrott – 5109
  • 3rd -  Magdeburg – 5013
  • 4th -  Tongerlo – 4946.5
  • 5th - Xanten – 4442.5

 

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

  • 50m Freestyle Yr 10 M – Ethan Glassborow – PREM - 26.74
  • 50m Breaststroke Yr 12 M – Brian Anthony – TONG - 36.44
  • 50m Butterfly Yr 10 M – Ethan Glassborow – PREM - 28.02
  • 50m Backstroke Yr 10 M – Ethan Glassborow – PREM - 33.88
  • 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay Yr 9/10 M – Premontre – 2.00.41

On the carnival day, we announced the Champion and Runner Up students for their appropriate year level. The results are unofficial until the HPE Department has time to review all results. Unfortunately, a mistake was made on the day. Congratulations to Zac Dawson who won Year 8 Male Runner Up champion.

  • Year 7 Champion Female – Angelina Smith
  • Year 7 Runner Up Female – Tatum Cooper
  • Year 8 Champion Female – Sophie Griffiths and Emily Bates
  • Year 8 Runner Up Female – Kyla Shepherd
  • Year 9 Champion Female – Neve Adnams
  • Year 9 Runner Up Female – Harriet McCready
  • Year 10 Champion Female – Chloe Deliu
  • Year 10 Runner Up Female – Arielle Chant
  • Open Champion Female – Jessica Ramos
  • Open Runner Up Female – Suzanne Vagg Johnson
  • Year 7 Champion Male – Rory Welch
  • Year 7 Runner Up Male – Saxon Ridgeway Le-Gresley
  • Year 8 Champion Male – Riley Suckling        
  • Year 8 Runner Up Male – Zac Dawson
  • Year 9 Champion Male – Matthew Deliu
  • Year 9 Runner Up Male – Marty Cocking
  • Year 10 Champion Male – Ethan Glassborow
  • Year 10 Runner Up Male – Taj Hewitt
  • Open Champion Male – Brian Anthony
  • Open Runner Up Male – Michael Tilli

Mr L Ford (Head of Sport)

Italian Exchange Program

Italian Exchange Program

I am looking for families willing to host an Italian exchange student this year. If your child is studying Italian, or has studied Italian in the past, your family can host a student and therefore have the opportunity for your child to go on exchange at the end of this year (or next year).

 

A brief outline of the program is attached. Please consider this great experience for your child and your family.

Ms D Tersigni (Italian Teacher)

Cultural Corner

Harmony Day

Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. This day aims at celebrating our cultural diversity. The ongoing theme of Harmony Day is 'everyone belongs'. There are over 24 million people living in Australia who all contribute different customs, ideas, cultures, and languages to our country. At St Norbert College, we have over 40 different nationalities that make up our diverse community. We celebrate our diversity, from the traditional owners of this land to those who have travelled from countries all around the world to be here. In recognition of Harmony Day 2019, we will be holding our sixth annual Harmony Day celebration this year.

 

On this day we will be acknowledging and embracing our multicultural identity as well as upholding the sense of belonging and respect for everyone that calls Australia home. On Wednesday, March 20, the College will host a whole school Liturgical Service and an International Food Fair. Staff and students can purchase samples of foods from various countries at their designated food stalls. Food tokens will be on sale a week before the event outside the Student Ministry Office during lunchtime. Each sample serve will be $1.

 

Students are allowed to wear their traditional dress to school on Harmony Day. We are looking forward to receiving food contributions for the International Food Fair from the College community. 

 

In order to make this event possible, your donation of food to our College community is greatly appreciated. We would like a minimum of 30 sample serves of food from your country of origin. Please make sure that your preparation of food is nut free. If you are willing to contribute, kindly complete the form by clicking the link by Wednesday March 6: https://goo.gl/forms/GuvwtW9iwigMwY933

 

Your contributions are always appreciated. We thank you for your ongoing support of the St Norbert College community.

 

Mrs C Miranda (Harmony Day Coordinator)

WorkPrep

WorkPrep – Entrepreneurship Program 2019

What is entrepreneurship? It is a mindset where you develop the ability to find and solve problems others will pay you for…

 

The St Norbert College Entrepreneurship Program will help you develop this mindset by working in teams to solve business/community problems using proven business methods (Lean Start Up – Silicon Valley) used to start up companies such as Uber, Air BnB and Canva.

 

So grab some friends or come solo and join another team, think of a business idea or bring your problem solving hat and get involved in 2019. All ages welcome. The program runs every Tuesday afternoon from 3.30pm – 5pm. Please email Mr Openshaw to register your interest.

 

Three student teams from 2018 made the gala final to pitch their ideas to real-world entrepreneurs and start ups. One student secured a $5000 scholarship into a Business Accelerator Program to take her business to the next level.

 

This program normally costs $500 per student for one year but is FREE for St Norbert College students thanks to our sponsors, the City of Canning and Catholic Education WA.

Mr M Openshaw (Head of Careers and VET)

SNESA Football Club

SNESA Colts Registration 2019

TRAIN AND PLAY WITH YOUR MATES and MAKE SOME NEW ONES!

 

Be a part of the St Norbert Ex-Students Association Football Club and follow in the steps of past students who have continued their football from their school days at the College.

 

We are looking for Colts aged players to join the team. To express your interest please register here: SNESA Colts Registration 2019

Ages 16 – 20

$50 registration then play for FREE all season!

Trainings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm at Soklich & Co Oval, Queens Park Reserve, Treasure Rd, Queens Park.

New-look Saints set for season ahead

SNESA Football Club officially began its 2019 preseason with a solid turnout, including many new faces.

 

League Coach Mark Lupica addressed the playing group for the first 10 minutes of the session, followed by a range of skills and fitness drills to get the Saints back into the swing of things. President Rafic Aoun said it was a welcome reward for a lot of post-season work.

 

“It was great to see so many of our boys back, but even better to hear the excitement and positivity in their voice. There’s been a lot of hard work put in place by our committee and the result of that work was shown tonight. But tonight was just the beginning and we as a club are looking to build on this,” he said.

 

Thank you to Postfair Insulation Solutions, Lupica Plumbing, Catalano's Seafood and Fish Boss for sponsoring SNESA in 2019. Please forward all enquiries to [email protected] or contact Club President Rafic Aoun on 0423 869 440.

Notices

Bus ticket price increase

Please note that school bus ticket prices have increased for this year from $25 to $30 for a book of 20 tickets.

Mr J O’Sullivan (Business Manager)

Uniform Shop

SUMMER TRADING HOURS

TERM ONE

Mondays: 8.00am – 12.00pm

Thursdays: 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Mrs R Kelly (Uniform Shop)

City of Canning - School Safety

 

Year 7 Activity Day Information

 

Year 7 and 8 Immunisations

At the year group assemblies for Years 7 and 8, all students received immunisation packages from the Department of Health. These packs contain information about the diseases protected against and a consent form.

 

Parents must read the information carefully and return the completed form to school, even if they choose not to have their child immunised. All documents must be returned to Student Services by Friday, March 1. Essentially students need to take the envelope home, get the form completed by their parents and signed, then placed into their Homeroom tray as soon as possible.

 

Only students with a signed, completed consent form will be immunised. Parents may be contacted by the nurse to clarify information provided. More information for parents can be found at:

https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/U_Z/Year-8-immunisation-program

The immunisation dates are:

Round 1: Year 7s – Tuesday May 28 

Round 2: Wednesday November 27

Round 1: Year 8s – Tuesday May 21

Round 2: Thursday November 28

 

Mr B McGrath (Head of House - Prémontré)

Class of 2009 Reunion

Saturday May 18 from 7pm

The Camfield, near Optus Stadium

Enquiries: [email protected]

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 [email protected]

Mathematics Workshop

 

St Norbert College Tennis Coaching

 

Canning Districts Hockey Club

 

Master Mind Australia

MASTER CLASSES – TERM 1 - ATAR SUBJECTS

Master Classes are one-hour tutorial sessions conducted once a week during the school term. Each week they reteach, revise and reinforce the topics and areas of study that the students are dealing with in their classes at school.

Program will be conducted at:

Christ Church Grammar School

Saturday February 16 to Saturday April 6

20% school discount

For further information contact Dr Robert Hallam at Master Mind Australia on 9486 1377 or visit www.mastermindaustralia.com.au

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