13 December 2019
Week 4.9 - Issue 18


From the Principal
Dean of Studies
Deputy Principals
Year 7 News
Catholic Youth Festival
Concert Band Roadshow
Student Ministry
Year 9 Italian
Tour announcement
Mathematics - Boot Camp
Academic Excellence 
Canons competition
Fr Peter Joseph Award
Pastoral Care
End-of-year notices
St Norbert College
(08) 9350 5433
135 Treasure Road
Queens Park, Western Australia, 6107


 A Christmas Prayer 

Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth,
may we begin to see the world in the light of the understanding you give us.
As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news

the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart.

May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves
in this season of giving.


St Norbert, pray for us


From the Principal

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

It is remarkable how quickly it seems that another school year has come to an end. We celebrated Thanksgiving Mass today, celebrated by Fr Peter, as a way of acknowledging and giving thanks to God for the year that has passed, for the learning that has taken place, for the challenges overcome and the friendship made and fostered.

There were two very important celebrations within our own Norbertine Canonry of Queens Park this week that I would like to acknowledge. Back in 1974, Fr William Fitzgerald joined the community here, instantly becoming the first Australian born Norbertine. He was later ordained to the Priestly ministry in 1979 and although Fr William now resides in America, he returned this week and celebrated his 40th Anniversary of Ordination. This was followed on Wednesday with the 37th Anniversary of Fr Peter’s Ordination, celebrated in part with a beautiful Mass with the St Joseph’s school community. We are so blessed to have the warm and guiding presence of the Norbertines in our College community and it is equally special to be able to celebrate such important occasions with them.


This year, the 55th year in the life of our College, has been captured beautifully with the release this week of the much-anticipated 2019 edition of our Koinonia annual. It is not only amazing to reflect on how much we do and see in a school year, but also to enjoy the pictorial and written expression of this in such a vibrant way. Heartfelt congratulations to Mrs Lisa Quartermain, our Community Relations and Marketing Officer, for producing her first and such a terrific edition of Koinonia. It takes tireless energy, enthusiasm and skill to produce an annual of such quality and we thank Mrs Quartermain for her efforts.


The end of any school year brings sadness too, as we farewell much-loved staff who move on to other schools or pastures. I would like to acknowledge Mr Lionel Smith (Business), Mr Tony Vu (Mathematics), Mr Raymond Andrew (English), Ms Michela Buhagiar (English, Religious Education and recently, Career Education) and Mr Caiden Vales de Menezes (after-school study coordinator) for their commitment and service to our students and our College. I would like to make special mention of the following staff who have served our community over many years:

  • Miss Sarah Gardner - After more than six years as a Maths and Science teacher and much-loved Head of Kilnacrott house, Miss Gardner moves to the sunny climes of Broome to be the Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care at St Mary’s Catholic College.
  • Mr Luke Ford - Since 2013 Mr Ford has held the roles of HPE teacher, Canons Basketball Coordinator and most recently Head of Sport. We congratulate Mr Ford on being appointed to the role of Head of Learning and Sport at St Andrew’s Grammar and wish him well in the future.
  • Ms Evie Morris - Ms Morris has been an outstanding and dedicated member of our Learning Support Team for nearly 8 years and our loss is Chisholm Catholic College’s gain. We acknowledge and thank Ms Morris for her compassion, kindness and commitment.
  • Mr Massimo Tassone - Mr Tassone has been a quiet achiever, working in the background assisting staff and students with IT support for more than six years. Next year Mr Tassone moves back to his old school of Mater Dei College to be closer to home and family, especially with the impending arrival of his second child.
  • Ms Georga Coulter - Ms Coulter has been an energetic personality in our Religious Education team for five years, moving next year to be closer to family and a Catholic school in the Parramatta diocese in New South  Wales. Thank you, Ms Coulter - our blessings are with you in the east.
  • Robyn Kelly - Mrs Kelly has served as the part-time Uniform Shop Manager since 2005. In that time, Mrs Kelly was essential to the efficient and economic functioning of the Uniform Shop, kitting all of our students in various College uniform and attire. Mrs Kelly will be concluding her role in the Uniform Shop during the 2020 school year to take up an extended position at Xavier Catholic Primary School.

It is important to also acknowledge those students and families who finish their time at St Norbert College and move to other schools and endeavours. We thank you for your contributions to our College and hope that the memories gained and the friendships shared will be with you throughout your life ahead.


I would like to thank all in our community for your efforts in making 2019 another successful year. We continue to grow both as a community and as individuals, we love that learning is ever-present, the challenges we face make us better and stronger, we have dedicated time and energy to enhancing the lives of others and we continue to build and grow our friendships and sense of community. St Norbert College is a very special community indeed.


This time of the year is one of joy, wonder and happiness for Christians the world over. From the moment of Mary’s Immaculate Conception to the birth of Jesus, we are reminded of the challenges and barriers that we inevitably have to meet in our lives. More importantly, we reflect that God’s love for us is our strength in overcoming these obstacles.


I would like to wish all of our students, staff and families, the blessings of a happy and holy Christmas and a safe return in 2020. May God’s blessings of peace and love characterise your festive season.


 “May you have the spirit of Christmas which is PEACE,

The gladness of Christmas which is HOPE,

And the heart of Christmas which is LOVE...


God bless.

Mr S Harvey (Principal)


Dean of Studies

School Holidays – Now What?


As the school holidays commence, many students will take the opportunity to 'switch off' from the rigour and routine of school (academic) work. And while many will feel that they have earned and deserve a rest, we also know that life continues to place demands on our time and energy. Students often return for a new school year after the holiday break and struggle to re-establish their academic habits and routines. A simple solution to ensure that students don’t struggle with the effort to ‘switch on’ again in February, is to encourage them firstly to help around the house, and secondly, to start with the hardest jobs first. And if you anticipate complaints, simply inform them that the research supports this as a way to become successful as an adult.


In his article from 2017, “Kids Who Do Chores Are More Successful Adults”*, Bill Murphy Jr. highlights the evidence from long term studies around this idea. The Harvard Grant Study is one of the longest running studies in history, (starting in 1938 and continuing through to the present day) and has identified two things that people need in order to be happy and successful: Love, and a work ethic.


Furthermore, Julie Lythcott-Haims (Author of How to Raise an Adult, and the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University) proposes that the earlier a child starts with helping around the house, the better. This enables the development of a ‘roll up your sleeves and pitch in’ mindset and is more likely for a person who can identify that there is often unpleasant work to be done, someone has to do it and so it might as well be me. The evidence suggests that this is what gets you ahead in the workplace, and so, if we aim to prepare students for the new school year, we may be better served by creating a routine of regular chores and housework!


And so why do the hardest task(s) first then? Some may argue that completing the easier tasks provides a feeling of confidence and competency? To some degree, this is correct however, further studies** by Dias et al. (2019) at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Illinois, USA) suggest that avoiding hard tasks, ‘indefinitely cuts off opportunities to learn and improve one’s skills.’ If we can tackle the harder tasks by breaking them down into small milestones or achievements, we can help students to still receive the ‘achievement high’ that would typically come from easy tasks, whilst still providing the challenge and the opportunity for development or improvement. This is where the critical learning occurs that extends student capacity.


There is however a catch,  because this doesn’t mean less work for parents, teachers and adults. The initial effort and energy may be difficult when getting started into the routine, or more importantly, getting their standard of work to a level that doesn’t require someone else to do a better job after them. Much like teaching and learning, developing the knowledge and skills requires practice, the guidance and mentoring of an expert and specific feedback in order to improve.


Added to this, students benefit from confronting the harder tasks (chores) first, persevering through to completion and gaining the satisfaction of the reward being in the effort. They also learn that many daily jobs and tasks are repetitive (E.g. Washing the dishes, clearing up after meals, cleaning the benches and floors) as is the case with the daily routines for school and academic work.


So, remove the guilt that the holidays are all about the reward of doing nothing, and remind them that by taking the lead to ‘push through’ when the going gets tough, they are building their work ethic for sustained success. And if they do this well, I hope and pray that your Christmas break is relaxing and restful.


*“Kids Who Do Chores Are More Successful Adults” by Bill Murphy Jr. (29/03/2017). Accessed at:


**”Why You Should Skip the Easy Wins and Tackle the Hard Task First” by Roberta Kwok(04/11/2019) Accessed at:; based on research by KC, Diwas S., Bradley R. Staats, Maryam Kouchaki, and Francesca Gino. 2019. “Task Selection and Workload: A Focus on Completing Easy Tasks Hurts Performance.” Management Science.


Student Achievements – Term Four

The College presented a number of awards at the final College Assembly on Friday 13 December and the following students are to be congratulated on their contributions and achievements.


Service Learning (40+ hours)

Rylee Curtis; Hudson Montgomery; Miah Homez


Academic Excellence Program – Writing Competition Winners

Sharie Fernandez; Chanelle Min


Academic Excellence Program – Certificate of Completion

Saahir Karnam; Aldrin Saji; Shelna Sony; Amal Suresh; Isabelle Cayoun; Sharie Fernandez; Sophie Griffiths; Isabella Hulm; Jonathon Le; Kelly McKie; Chanelle Min; Judyth Nawa; Emma Pickering; Subriti Bhandari; Adam Min; Jaslina Pereira 


Australian Problem-Solving Mathematical Olympiad

Logan Davies; Jia Ying Chen; Sarah Abood; Joseph Abusman; Agna Aji; Glen Brosztl; Maygen Brosztl; Ashley Mascarenhas

Shelna Sony; Deji Yin


Australian Mathematics Competition – High Distinction

Logan Davies; Ashleigh Bell                   


Australian Mathematics Competition – Distinction

Jia Ying Chen; Daniel Hanish; Saahir Karnam; Jeremy Pang; Katie Seroney; Joyal Shyju; Jeann Valdez


Merit Winners

Marley Kago; Shamoon Jehangiri; Blake Webb


God Bless and Merry Christmas.


                Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Deputy Principals

Important Dates for 2020


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


Semester Two Reports

Students in Year 10 and Year 11 have been given access to their Semester Two reports. Students in the remaining years will be provided their reports by mid-next week. The report provides students and parents information about their subject achievement, academic progress, learning behaviours and provides an understanding of their achievement in relation to the remainder of their year group both at school and across the state. State grades are awarded in subjects that are run in ability streamed classes. As Year 7 classes are not streamed, there are no state grades awarded as the College grade is the state grade.


While there are no Parent/Student/Teacher interviews linked with these reports, they still provide an excellent opportunity for students to reflect on the academic progress that they have made this year and to identify areas to focus on for next year. Ideally, this would involve a discussion between students and their parents when they receive their report which could then be revisited immediately before the start of the 2020 academic year. We all like to set New Year resolutions around this time and so reflecting on the report give students the opportunity to set academic resolutions for the new school year.

Booklists and Class Allocation

All students have been sent a copy of their classes for 2020. The decision to place students in the different ability streamed classes is done in consultation with the subject teachers and the Head of Learning Area. The allocation of elective subjects, however, is based upon the preferences that the students submitted through SSO in Term Three. Should any student in Years 8-10 wish to select a different elective, they will have the opportunity to do so at the start of the new school year. Changes, however, will only be permitted based on the class numbers and whether the request fits the existing timetable.


The 2020 Booklists were made available to parents last week. You can access the 2020 Booklists either through the ‘Documents’ section in SEQTA or via the College website. Those orders lodged before this coming Sunday, 15 December will not incur a delivery fee.


When the texts and supplies arrive for the new school year there is always a mixture of emotions amongst students. For some, it is a reminder that the holidays are winding up and that school will start again soon. For others, there is a sense of excitement of returning to school to continue their learning journey alongside their friends. Either way, it is a good practice for students and parents to sit down together and look through the books and explore the topics and concepts that lie ahead. Studies have shown that this simple activity can have a positive impact on both the student’s learning and any lingering nervousness they may have for the coming school year.


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

Year 7 News

Orientation Day

Last week we welcomed the Year 6 students to St Norbert College who will be joining us in Year 7 next year. Throughout the day, students met other students from different schools and became more familiar with what’s it like to be at the College. They had lots of fun participating in different activities organised by teachers and student leaders. The Orientation Day was a great opportunity for students to become more comfortable and confident with starting at St Norbert College.  Thank you to all students and staff who assisted with the Orientation Day.


First Aid Program

This week the Year 7 students participated in the “First Aid Focus” Program conducted by a trainer from St John Ambulance. Thank you to Claire who led each of the Year 7 classes in the program. Students were provided with the opportunity to be equipped with the first aid skills they need, especially if faced with a medical emergency. The course was fun and informative with hands-on techniques and demonstrations.


St Joseph's Visit

On Wednesday, four Year 7 students from the College presented a talk to the Year 6 students at St Joseph’s School about their insight into starting secondary school. Lance Moratalla, Angela George, Levi Chang and Joyal Shyju shared information, experiences and advice about what to expect in Year 7. It was great for the Year 6 students to hear from four of their fellow ex-students. Well done and thank you to Lance, Angela, Levi and Joyal.



Year 7 2019

Congratulations to our Year 7 students who have completed their first year at St Norbert College.  The Year 7 students have made a wonderful start, where they have met new friends and enjoyed being involved in a variety of activities at the College.  Thank you to all staff, students, parents and the College community for their hard work, help and support to make the Year Sevens transition into secondary school as comfortable as possible. 

I wish you all a Happy and Holy Christmas and a safe and enjoyable holiday.


Miss C Abel (Head of Year Seven)

Catholic Youth Festival

Treasure Road's #ACYF19 journey

St Norbert College was represented by 14 student pilgrims at the 2019 Australian Catholic Youth Festival. The biennial event is held in different locations around Australia, with previous festivals held in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. This year Perth was chosen to host the event at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The three-day festival was filled with an array of faith-focused sessions that aimed to provide young people with the opportunity to engage more deeply in their relationship with Jesus and be witness to the power of the Holy Spirit in the Church of Australia and the world.

Our St Norbert students joined more than 5,000 young people from around the country and participated in plenary sessions with emphasis on prayer, worship, music and talks as well as many other workshop-style sessions over the course of the festival. They took away with them practical ways of seeking the Holy Spirit in their lives and challenged them to “listen to what the Spirit is saying”. They experienced laughter, tears and heartfelt love and peace and will look to embrace this further in their own lives and here at St Norbert College.


As you also may have seen through social media that St Norbert’s was invited to perform at the festival on the invitation of the Catholic Youth Ministry and were fortunate to have been chosen as the only musical item representing Catholic Education at the event. The students loved the experience and took away many musical skills in their largest performance to date.


Thank you to all of the students who participated and gave of themselves so fully to the experience - Licia Benedict, Courtney McCrostie, Christine Buluran, Emereen Moratalla, Jordan Cirillo, Regina Ndossi, Jen Hannah Darang, Jaslina Pereira, Isabella Ficko, Ariannah Tilli, Graciano Gacutno, Elicia Yii, Haggai Girsang and Sophia Lu.


Thank you as well to Ms Alysia Fogliani for her help in coordinating and giving of her time in the lead up to and at the festival itself.

                                                                                                                                                                                           God Bless
                                                                                                                             Mr C Beins (Head of Learning - The Arts)

Concert Band Roadshow

SNC band tours local schools 

This week the St Norbert College Concert Band spent a day on tour - a roadshow that not only allowed us to perform for the Gibbs St Primary School students and workshop with their young, talented musicians but to also work on our own skills with the Ursula Frayne band students and music teacher. It was a great performance opportunity to exhibit what we have accomplished throughout the year as well as an opportunity for us to improve our own playing and experience a different style of learning, broadening our music education.

A huge thanks to Mr Beins, for giving us these opportunities and coordinating the day, and to Mrs Freind, Mrs Spinks and Mr Mecham for assisting us in having a great day. ​


Elicia Yii (Year 11 - P3)


Student Ministry

Spirit of giving

A big THANK YOU to our wonderful parents, students and staff who generously donated to our appeal this year. The generosity of our College community during this time was outstanding. All up we were able to put together a total of 80 hampers for Norbie Care families, ShopFront and the Emmaus Community - a great effort in making the Christmas season a joyous one for those around us.


Ms M Kyd (Student Ministry Coordinator)

Year 9 Italian

Italian Excursion to Fremantle


The Year 9 Italian course traditionally finishes with an end-of-year cultural excursion to Fremantle, a city with a strong Italian heritage and culture.


Our excursion included a visit to the Welcome Walls, the Maritime museum (which featured an “Ancient Rome” display), the “Cappuccino strip”, and of course our authentic Italian lunch at Capri restaurant, followed by “un bel gelato”. Here students put into practise their language skills to order their preferred pasta dish and ice cream flavour.


For the past two years, Dr Runco has been accompanying the group and has added an extra HASS dimension to the excursion, informing students of the history of Fremantle, its port and surrounding heritage buildings, the past whaling industry and of famous West Australians such as CY O’Connor and John Curtin. Grazie to Dr Runco for your assistance.



Wishing all students of Italian and their families “Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo”!


Ms D Tersigni (Italian Teacher)



“Our experience at Fremantle is one  that we will look back on with fondness.

We started the day with a train trip to Fremantle, which took a very long time but was still enjoyable due to the presence of our peers.

The highlights of our day were the museum, where a few of us dressed up as Gods from ancient Rome; going into a fairy store and trying on fairy fits; the delicious Italian food and gelato and lastly our small trip to the City Beach store where we all tried on bucket hats.

Not to mention Dr Runco's history lessons on Fremantle throughout the day. We thank both Ms Tersigni and Dr Runco for allowing us to go on this excursion where we had heaps of fun”.                 

Shanette Ndossi & Amelie Momus


Tour announcement

Sydney and Canberra Stem Tour 2021

St Norbert College is proud to offer an exciting opportunity for the 2021 Year 9 & 10 students (currently in Years 7 & 8).


The College is conducting a STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) tour of Sydney and Canberra in the 2021 Term 1 holidays. Itinerary items currently include the CSIRO Discovery Centre, Taronga Zoo, Questacon and Parliament House. It is an exciting opportunity for students who are interested in STEM subjects.


An information evening will be held early in 2020 which will include further details.


Click on the following link to register your interest or contact Mr Roger D'Almeida on 9350 5433 or by email ( for further details.


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


Mathematics - Boot Camp

Five-week challenge for Year 6s

The Mathematics Boot Camp for current Year 6 students entering St Norbert College in 2020 was an enriching experience. The students were eager to attend the camp for five weeks on Thursday afternoons. They were challenged with times tables, problem solving questions and primary school mathematics content. We also ran the adult maths camp for parents and grandparents for three weeks at that time. I wish to thank Ms Wang, Mr Vu, Ms Lim, Ms Tersigni and Ms Teo for running these sessions after school.

Students comments:


Theory Snooks-Holding

Notre Dame Catholic PS

My experience at the maths bootcamp was really fun because I got to meet new people and hang out with my friend Chloe because she was in my class. I also enjoyed learning about new maths problems and meeting my teacher.


Baljodh Uppal

Gibbs Street PS

In this exquisite mathematics boot camp we went through many different concepts of maths. The program was deeply explained and well thought out to give us a clue of the curriculum we will be receiving in Year 7.  Overall, I would love to come back and would honestly recommend this to others. The activities were fun to study. We were shown how to solve problems after finished in great detail.


Chloe Perez

Notre Dame Catholic PS

I thoroughly enjoyed attending the boot camp and I’m  sure all my friends did too. Here at SNC, the teachers are very welcoming and the students seem quite friendly. The math boot camp questions are well balanced from the Year 6/7 school curriculum. It was a good chance to make new friends and I can’t wait to make more next year.


Alona Manoj

Wattle Grove PS

Five weeks at St Norbert College for the Year 6 Boot Camp 2019 Mathematics has helped me increase my mathematic knowledge. It was a wonderful privilege to attend this Boot Camp. Hopefully St Norbert Collage will keep up with the Boot Camp. Thank you for letting me complete Year 6 Mathematics Boot Camp 2019.


Serah Simon

Wattle Grove PS

I had great time in the past five weeks at St Norbert College Year 6 Mathematics Boot Camp. The teacher was very nice and taught us with a great effort. I learnt a lot of new things which I’m very grateful for. The camp has prepared me for high school. Thank you, St Norbert's, for the amazing classes I completed.








Tanaya Elliott

St Emilie’s Catholic PS

I have learnt a lot of things such as multiply fractions, prime numbers and to be more confident when saying my times tables. I have enjoyed this boot camp a lot  because it taught me a lot of math strategies and gave me more confident coming into year 7. I would definitely encourage next year’s year 6’s to do the math camp. Thank you to Ms Lim for teaching me new things at boot camp.


Audrey Kamazizwa

Queens Park PS

I have learned many things from the wonderful Ms Lim like writing number sentences, improper, mixed and proper fractions and many other things. I definitely enjoyed coming to the boot camp 2019 and would definitely recommend it for next year’s Year 6s.


Sheryl Matchado

St Joseph’s School

I have learnt a lot of new tricks, for example I learnt how to do the times tables 6-12 with my hands. It was fun and interesting at the same time. I also learnt how to do decimal multiplication. At first, I got confused on how to do it but at the end I got there. Thank you for all the teachers who stayed after school and helped us learn more about maths.


Scarlett Tirtajaya

St Joseph's School

This experience has been an amazing opportunity because I learned maths equations that I didn’t know how to solve and also bonded with few of my friends from this and I have also made new friends. This past few weeks have flown by, and honestly, I kind of wish that they had extended the time period for math boot camp. I learnt what pronumeral “x“ means, how to simplify fractions, percentages, decimals, division and I even learned a new way of multiplying numbers with our fingers. I have loved this experience so far and I hope I see others here again next year.


Blaise Stancil

Kewdale PS

We did lots of problem solving and fractions. I liked that the content was challenging but not too hard that it was frustrating. I think we should have worked on more times tables especially because I know I struggle  with them.

MAWA Conference 2019

This year St Norbert College presented two sessions at the conference held mid-November on “Magic Mental Maths” and “How to write a Mathematics investigation for Year 11 and Year 12”. I like to thank Mr Ó Grádaigh, Ms Teo and Ms Lim in assisting me to run these presentations.


Mrs C Miranda (Head of Learning Mathematics)

Academic Excellence 

Writing competition finale

And that’s a wrap!  After a busy and exciting year, the Academic Excellence Program students have completed their final project for the year. The students competed against each other in the St Norbert College Writing Competition. The students had just 30-minutes to write a short story or poem on the topic, “Why does helping others lead to the greatest success?”. Their results were amazing, thoughtful and well-written pieces, especially in the short time the students had. So much so that I have awarded two winners, one for the best poem and one for the best short story. The winners have given permission to publish their work here for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!


That Someone

By Sharie Fernandez


She sat within her own world of darkness

The weight a burden on her shoulders

As heavy as a tonne of bricks


She had a dream that she wanted to chase

But the clouds above her were too dark

Grey, lifeless, dull


Going to school was never joy

It was painful, filled with stress

Her position was in the corner of her classroom

Nobody tried to talk, nobody ever realised, nobody ever noticed


At least that’s what she thought


Continuing on with her day she felt people stare

She felt people judge but at the same time they didn’t seem to care

She missed the days when everyone talked to her

She missed the days before she was sick

Now she was an outcast, she didn’t belong

Once more noticing, her life as heavy as a brick


She cried raindrops before going to sleep

Her family didn’t notice a thing

She hid from them

She didn’t want them to worry


A miracle happened one day

Someone came and someone spoke

That someone seemed to be worried about her

The tornado inside of her seemed to still

Calming, stopping, slowly


Someone talked, someone realised, someone noticed

That someone knew

Her eyes were opened for the first time in forever

And she realised that there was more than one person that cared too


The grey clouds became bright

The darkness within her was filled with light

The dream that she wanted to chase became clear again

But this time it was a different dream

She wanted to help others just like that someone

That someone that helped her


She realised that being successful wasn’t just about being well known

But within herself being successful was making the smallest gesture

Which would make the biggest difference in that someone’s life

She was thankful

And hoped one day others would be thankful too


Helping others Leads to greatest success

by Chanelle Min


If you think about the greatest successes people have ever achieved what do you think about. Do you think about Steve Jobs or Bill Gates maybe even your favourite pop star? Do they really have the greatest successes? The answer is no. The greatest success doesn’t come from money or how popular you are, they come from the people like you and me. Sure, not everyone knows your name or you might not be the most popular person but you could or have been the person to change someone’s life, to take them from near death to alive. How you might ask well, through the small action of kindness, through helping that old lady cross the road or from even asking your friend how they are. This leads to the greatest success you can have called kindness.


Happiness is the new rich; inner peace is the new success; health is the new wealth and kindness is the new cool. This quote lets us reflect on the most important things in life. With this we can prove that the greatest successes come from inner happiness and most important kindness. Going back to the kindness point, when we help someone through a small act of kindness, what do we feel? We feel happy with ourselves, we gain confidence and pride. We are one with the person inside us and we bring out the that person. Now that is the greatest success. Kindness that leads to self-peace and self-love.


Some people who are reading this are probably thinking how do I do that or what if I’m not confident enough to ask a stranger if they need help. Well you can achieve this success by starting off with the small things such as helping your mum and dad, sisters and brothers, or teachers and friends. It could be as little as picking something up from the floor or making sure your younger siblings are ok. There is one thing though. You can’t do it for a reward. If you were to do it for an award you would not be able to achieve success because it is simply just going to make you greedier and ruin your inner happiness. All it takes is a few simple steps and you can achieve the greatest of successes.

                                                                                                                                                    Congratualtions Sharie Fernandez and Chanelle Min                                                                          

Academic Excellence Program 2020


Expression of Interest letters have been sent to our current Year 7 & 8 students for the Semester One Academic Excellence Program 2020. If your child is in Year 7 – 9 in 2020 and wishes to participate in the Academic Excellence Program, please have the EOI form in to me by Wednesday, 16 December. There are no pre-requesites for joining in Semester One. Come and see what the Academic Excellence Program is all about, have some fun and be your most EXCELLENT self.


Mrs L Cardenia (Academic Excellence Coordinator)

Canons competition

National Nitro Athletics

On Monday 9 December St Norbert College entered two teams in the National Nitro Athletics competition at the WA Athletics Stadium. With more 50 schools travelling to Perth from the eastern states, it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our talented athletes on a national scale.


With a lot of these athletes backing up from the Australian All Schools Championships the days prior, it was going to be a tough ask but our students did themselves proud.


Some outstanding results included Lubin Benedict running a PB and winning the 110m Hurdles and outgoing Sports Captain Cooper Jenkins winning the 60m Sprint after being crowned the 3rd fastest runner in Australia for 100m.


Our Senior Boys were just pipped at the end, finishing fourth in Australia, and our Intermediate Boys finished fifth. This was a huge effort considering St Norbert College has half of the student population compared to some of the other schools attending like Melbourne's Trinity Grammar and Caulfield Grammar.


Thank you to all the students who came back in their holidays to represent the College and also the parents who came down and showed amazing support.


Mr L Ford (Head of Sport)


Fr Peter Joseph Award

St Joseph's inaugural award-winner

Pre-primary teacher Andrea Lewis, who has taught at St Joseph’s since 2002, has been awarded the inaugural Fr Peter Joseph Award.


The honour recognises a staff member from St Joseph's who has gone above and beyond to support the community of St Joseph's in 2019. One staff member described Mrs Lewis’s dedication and commitment to all of her students as “boundless’’.


“Her dedication to giving a solid religious and educational foundation to each child is immeasurable,’’ the nominee said.  “Andrea treats everyone she meets with dignity and respect and demonstrates compassion, peace, tolerance, forgiveness and mercy in all that she does.’’


St Joseph’s Principal Mr John Rose said the idea to implement the Fr Peter Joseph Award was inspired by the College’s Br Patrick Doolan Award, inaugurated in 2006 and awarded this year to Head of Year Seven, Miss Carrol Abel.


“After attending the 2018 St Norbert Presentation Night and seeing the staff being recognised with the Br Patrick Doolan Award, I thought it would be nice to recognise a staff member and honour Fr Peter for his amazing support and service to the St Joseph School community,’’ Mr Rose said.


As well as receiving a plague and glass cross, Mrs Lewis has been invited to participate in St Norbert College’s 2020 Kimberley Immersion.


“In 2019 the Leadership Team nominated Mrs Drummond Hay to support St Norbert College with their service learning in Indonesia and I thought it would be more reflective of the whole staff if the Fr Peter Joseph Award winner was offered the opportunity to attend the service learning the following year,’’ Mr Rose said.


“This award is an opportunity to recognise the many staff who go above and beyond for the students of St Joseph’s and honour a man who has dedicated his life to the Norbertine Queens Park community.’’

                                                                                                                      Mrs L Quartermain  (Community Relations)

Pastoral Care

Healthy, happy holidays


For some young people, this time of year can be challenging. It can feel as though you've been taken away from your usual routine of school or work and you may not get to see your friends, teachers or workmates as often as you would like to. This can leave you feeling bored, unsupported, upset and sometimes anxious. It’s important to stay healthy and look after yourself.  Here are a few tips:

Eat Well

It’s important to have a balanced diet with less of the bad things (like junk food and lots of sugar) and more of the good things (such as veggies, fruit, whole grains and water). This can help with sleep, energy levels and general health and wellbeing.


Sleep well

Getting a good night’s sleep helps you feel energised, focused and motivated. Developing a sleeping routine can help you sleep much better. Try to wake up around the same time each day, get out of bed when you wake up and go to bed around the same time each night.


Be socially active and get involved

Spending time with friends is really important for keeping and building on existing friendships. Getting involved with volunteer work, hobbies, clubs or committees, or sports can help you feel connected to your wider community while also meeting new people.



Play is important for staying mentally healthy. Devoting time to just having fun can recharge your battery, revitalise your social networks and reduce stress and anxiety.

Activities to try over summer

Find a casual job
Earn extra pocket money, gain skills and meet new people. Check these tips on how to write a resume and prepare for an interview


Organise and explore
List places you want to visit and things you want to do. Take up a photography course, or find another course that interests you.


Creative projects
Get your creative juices flowing! Revamp your bedroom or create an art piece. Invite a friend over or ask a parent to help.


Get active
Get out on the oval and kick a footy with mates, check out the local skate park or go for walks.


Give back to the community and gain some great experience

Remember to also look out for your friends and loved ones and check in to see how they are doing. If you are worried about them, let them know that you are there to help.


For more information on this topic go to:


The Pastoral Care Team


Play Colts Football 2020

Contact the President, Rafic Aoun on  0423 869 440 or email

End-of-year notices

Norbertus Out Now

The summer edition of Norbertus, the St Norbert College alumni magazine, is out now. You can find it on our website, Facebook page and also at

In Issue 34, the magazine looks back in time at what the College was like in 1989 and 1999 and also features collages from the Class of 1977’s latest catch-up, and the Classes of 1986 and 1989 reunions that were coincidentally held on the same day in October.


As well as interviews with former stuents Joe Sciorilli, Matthew Thomas, Clare Bradley, Mark Kelly, Terrence Walsh, Jody Tièche, Julia Nabizadah, John Wojdylo and Hilmar Aevarrson, there's all the colour of SNESA Football Club and more! Many thanks and well done once again to Mr Frank Mulligan for another fine collection of stories and pictures of SNC alumni.


After a well-earned summer break, roving Norbertus editor Mr Mulligan 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

Uniform Shop Hours




Thursday, 23 January 2020       1.00pm – 6.00pm

Tuesday, 28 January 2020        9.00am – 12.00noon

Tuesday, 28 January 2020        1.00pm – 6.00pm

Wednesday, 29 January 2020   1.00pm – 6.00pm      Monday, 3 February 2020    8.00am – 12.00noon


NEW: St Norbert College Towel Ponchos

$40 available from the Uniform Shop 

Mrs R Kelly (Uniform Shop)

St Joseph's Parish - Christmas Mass Times

  • Vigil - Tuesday 24 December - 7.30pm Carols - 8.00pm Mass
  • Midnight - Tuesday 24 December - 11.30pm Carols - Midnight Mass
  • Christmas Day - Wednesday 25 December - 9.30am Mass - Carols 9.00am


Locker Sale

You may have heard that St Norbert College is upgrading student lockers next year.   So we need to dispose of our old ones.  We are offering them for sale to parents and the St Norbert community.  Lockers come in banks of 4 or 6.  All we ask is for a $10 donation to Norbie Care.

If interested please email


Mr J O'Sullivan (Business Manager)

2020 Student Allowances - Secondary Assistance Scheme

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


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


The Secondary Assistance Scheme consists of two allowances:

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

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


New Year Return Dates

  • Monday 3 February 2020 - Year 7, new Year 8-10, and all Year 11 and 12 students commence.
  • Tuesday 4 February 2020 - Year 8-10 students commence


2020 Secondary Assistance Scheme.pdf
Issue 33 out now
Spring Dance 2019 Flyer.pdf
2020 Important Dates.pdf
Newsletter Article initial flyer - DALR.pdf
Newsletter Article initial flyer.pdf