24 August 2018
Week 3.6 - Issue 12
From the Principal
Deputy Principals
Dean of Studies
Pastoral Care
Student Ministry
Fr Peter O'Reilly Scholarships
Semester Two Accounts
Academic Excellence
Student Achievements
Interhouse Athletics Carnival
Year 12 Geography
Visual Art and Design
Italian Exchange
Year 8 Social - Rollerdrome
The Arts
St Norbert College
(08) 9350 5433
135 Treasure Road
Queens Park, Western Australia, 6107


St Augustine’s Prayer

Too late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient, O Beauty so new. Too late have I loved you!
You were within me but I was outside myself, and there I sought you!

In my weakness I ran after the beauty of the things you have made.
You were with me, and I was not with you.
The things you have made kept me from you - the things which would have no

being unless they existed in you!
You have called, you have cried, and you have pierced my deafness.
You have radiated forth, you have shined out brightly, and you have dispelled my blindness.
You have sent forth your fragrance, and I have breathed it in, and I long for you.
I have tasted you, and I hunger and thirst for you.
You have touched me, and I ardently desire your peace.

St Norbert, pray for us.

From the Principal

Photo: Sanjita Ghimire - 1st Prize Fra Angelico Art Award

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

Art never becomes boring because you never reach the end, there are always more ways you can improve or more things you can make, it really is the ultimate expression of yourself and knowing that is a really freeing feeling,” (Sanjita Ghimire – Year 11).


We were delighted last week when it was announced that our very own Sanjita Ghimire had won the prestigious 2018 Fra Angelico Art Award for Catholic secondary students, presented at the official opening of the 25th annual Angelico Exhibition last week at the Forrest Centre in Perth.


Sanjita’s artwork, titled ‘Youth is a State of Mind’, was among 169 entries submitted by students around the State, representing 31 different schools. Well done Sanjita, we are very proud of your efforts and your artwork. Sanjita’s piece and a host of other amazing art works from our students will be on display at our annual Creative Arts Exhibition, details of which are included in this newsletter.

The Catholic Performing Arts Festival is another most endearing and joyful event on the Catholic school calendar. From very modest origins back in 1989, the Festival this year has grown to include 20,910 Catholic school students performing in a range of artistic disciplines at over 12 venues within the metropolitan area alone. This year’s Festival commenced with an Opening Mass held on Friday 20 July at Infant Jesus Parish in Morley and culminates some 52 days later with the amazing Festival Concert at the Perth Concert Hall on Monday 10 September.


The Acting Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia, Dr Debra Sayce, shares a quote from Pope Francis in this year’s Festival program:


“Pope Francis encourages young people ‘to put your talents at the service of the Gospel,

with creativity and boundless charity’”.


The Festival has 14 sections of varied and diverse forms, the focus for our own students being the areas of instrumental, band and ensemble music; solo, duet and choral singing; dance and drama.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our very talented students and performing arts staff for their tireless energy in bringing their performance gifts to life.


It is important to acknowledge our Pedal Prix team, 'The SNC Supernovas' who attended the recent Busselton round of the National Human Powered Vehicle Pedal-Prix last weekend. The team of Year 9 and 10 students represented the College well on the day finishing 6th out of 21 in the age category and 18th out of 51 overall. Congratulations to the team (Jack Wheeler, Francesco Tilli, Michael Tilli, Xavier Jones, Daniel Gressieux, Connor Bunyan, Riley Moore, Lorenzo Donatelli, Brian Anthony and Dylan Williams) and to Mr D’Almeida and Mr Lawson for coaching and preparing the students and to Mrs Bunyan who assisted on the day.


I think it is fitting also to acknowledge the feats of one of our staff members. Mr Mark Lawson, who assisted our Pedal Prix students and works in our Technologies team, leaves over the weekend for an overseas tour which includes competing in the World Masters Canoe Championships in Portugal. Mr Lawson currently holds the National title in the Over 55s Canoe Marathon class. We wish Mr Lawson well in this competition.


I would like to finish by recognising the Staff Service Day last week, largely through the hard work and coordination of Ms Kyd, our Coordinator of Campus Ministry. St Norbert College is very proud of the lengths that our students go to serve those less fortunate in our community, so it was a wonderful experience for all of our staff to dedicate time, talent and treasure to the agencies that our students assist in the amazing work they do for those in need. As St Francis of Assisi says:


“For it is in giving that we receive.”


I can only recommend to our parents to encourage our young people to avail themselves of the opportunities, whether through our Campus Ministry team or beyond, to experience the wonders of giving service. Our staff received much from our giving last week and for this, we are always grateful.


God Bless,

Mr S Harvey (Principal)

Deputy Principals

Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up​

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


Year 12 Graduation

Invitations have been posted this week to all families of Year 12 students. Please RSVP by 17 September with the numbers attending.

Ms S Rainford (Deputy Principal - Years 8, 10, 12)

Uniform and Grooming Standards

One of the things that graduating students are often most excited about upon completing Year 12 is that they no longer need to wear their school uniform or conform to the College’s regulations regarding hair, jewellery and make-up. Even though many students will hang on to their Leavers Jackets or school blazer, there is an anticipated sense of freedom that will come with the completion of school. The reality of life, however, is quite different.


Depending upon their career path through life, students may be required to wear high-visibility or safety clothing at a future workplace. Or they may be required to wear a set uniform by their employer. Additionally, they may enter a profession where they will be required to wear more formal clothes or dress to a minimum standard. Often when students and parents ask me why schools such as St Norbert College set uniform and grooming standards, I refer back to these realities of being employed. Whether they be through set regulations or employer expectations, the majority of adults are required to dress in a certain way in the workforce. In this regard, the standards and expectations established by the College are an excellent preparation and help students develop personal standards of grooming that they may draw upon later in life. The staff at St Norbert College are extremely proud of our students being recognised in the community for the high standard of personal uniform and grooming they display. Despite this, however, there are some students across the College who attempt to ‘reinterpret’ the College uniform regulations to suit their own personal tastes. Some of the more common uniform infringements that the staff at the College deal with include:

  • Wearing additional earrings or piercings

  • Extreme hair styles or exceptionally short haircuts
  • Students refusing to tie up long hair

  • Wearing rings or non-religious jewellery

  • Wearing make-up to school

Staff will continue to focus on the uniform and grooming standards of our students. They will advise, guide and remind students about the College’s uniform expectations and where necessary, sanction those students who are not prepared to follow the College regulations. I would ask that all parents play an active role in supporting the College uniform regulations though ongoing discussions with their children about these standards. The College uniform regulations can be found on Page 11 of the Student Diary.

Mr P Hawke (Deputy Principal - Years 7,9,11)

Ms S Rainford (Deputy Principal - Years 8,10,12)

Dean of Studies

Photo: Our Japanese exchange students from Seijo Junior High School.

Achieving ‘flow’ (Psychology of Optimal Experience)​

My study pathway when I reflect back on the end of secondary school and the start of university, was not clearly defined or set out, as my first preference (Law) at the University of Western Australia, required study in another faculty for one year, before applying. Unfortunately, my first year as an undergraduate focused more on the enjoyment of life beyond school, and despite a keen interest in the content of most units of study and some satisfying results, an honest appraisal would say that I had underperformed. My second year in the Faculty of Arts (Humanities) was even less satisfying as I had less enthusiasm for my course offerings. A pivotal decision at the end of that year was the decision to change my course to an area of greater interest in the Bachelor of Science (Human Movement and Exercise Science). This decision in hindsight proved to be a wise one as my enthusiasm, motivation and drive to do my best improved greatly. I can still recall the lecture in the Psychology of Sport course, where our Professor introduced the concept of ‘flow’, the key research conducted by the psychologist Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi.


The study of flow or optimal experience has featured in elite sports performance and is often referred to as ‘being in the zone’, whereby the athlete is able to block out worries, fears and distractions and perceives a high degree of being mentally prepared and, ‘in-control’. However, ‘flow’ can easily be applied to achieving academic excellence, whether completing an examination or test, working on an assignment or committing to a period of study and revision. According to Csikszentmihalyi (2008, p.3):

“Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times – although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to enjoy them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen.”


When we commit to effort that is hard, yet achievable, our sense of self-worth and satisfaction increases and hence, we often see improved results. For many students, the course of study or career may not yet be clear or there may be thoughts about more changes to come, a willingness to commit to the immediate effort is required to practice the ability to generate optimal experience.


Recently, as part of Science Week, Miss Alysia Fogliani discussed her study pathway in Science at the University of Western Australia, and delivered a presentation on her Honours research in neuroscience, with reference to spinal cord injuries. The presentation highlighted Miss Fogliani’s enthusiasm for both scienctific research and teaching, and provides an example for students considering study pathways at university and beyond. Like many teachers at St Norbert College, Miss Fogliani’s ability to commit to her academic effort provides an example for students to continually seek their personal best, and the College appreciates all teachers that express their enthusiasm for their subject area, and willingness to make extra time to assist students. The reference for the research that Miss Fogliani was involved with can be viewed using the following link:



Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2008). Flow. The psychology of optimal experience. First Harper Perennial, New York.


Hodgetts, S. I., Yoon, J. H., Fogliani, A., Akinpelu, E. A., Baron-Heeris, D., Houwers, I. G., ... & Duce, E. (2018). Cortical AAV-CNTF Gene Therapy Combined with Intraspinal Mesenchymal Precursor Cell Transplantation Promotes Functional and Morphological Outcomes after Spinal Cord Injury in Adult Rats. Neural Plasticity, 2018.

Seijo Visitors

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

WACE Checker

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

How do I achieve the WACE Graduation? (see attached)


NAPLAN ONLINE – School Readiness Test

In 2019, St Norbert College will transition to the NAPLAN Online with the aim to provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information, and will enable student results to be returned to the school within a few weeks rather than a few months. The College is required to assess the technical readiness for implementation of the new online assessment in order to conduct the national online assessment platform in a real-time classroom environment.


The School Readiness Test (SRT) will take place for all Year 7 students on Friday 31st August, between 11:15am and 12:45pm, by undertaking the online readiness tests using examples of the new NAPLAN Online questions. The SRT will consist of a Writing Test that will include reading and listening to the audio prompts, and an Omnibus Test that covers all other NAPLAN domains.


Students will have access via their devices although the College will also trial the use of the updated lockdown browser to ensure integrity of the test. The SRT has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge, but rather to provide students with an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the new online assessments.


Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Pastoral Care

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

As a Catholic school in the Norbertine tradition, we are fortunate to provide our students with many different learning experiences. Soon our Year 12s will be Graduating and we know they will be better young adults because of their involvement in the Service Learning Program and also through the Religious Education classes where they learn about the selfless lives of St Norbert and Jesus. The article below explains how we can build human connections in our lives and the importance of developing these for a positive wellbeing.



by Michael Herbert


Schools are places of learning - obvious, I know! But have you ever stopped to think about this question - what is the most important thing a student has learned by the time they leave your school? Avoid broad and generalised answers such as “being prepared for a career” or “being ready to face the world”. So again, what is the one thing that a student will take away from their school life that will hold them in good stead throughout their adult years?


Research suggests Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a critical but underestimated element of school life. It provides social connection, a core psychological need that is essential to feeling satisfied with your life.


School communities can cultivate SEL by providing explicit opportunities to build human connections, using the Five Keys of Proactive Wellbeing:


1. Gratitude - the affirmation of goodness as an essential part of your school community where the relationship-strengthening that takes place helps to achieve goodness, in individuals and the community as a whole.


2. Empathy - understanding the needs of the people around us, increasing the likelihood that we will treat them as they wish you would treat them. Empathetic people do not judge others; they recognise the emotions and fragilities that drive them.


3. Altruism - actions that promote the welfare of others without the expectation of reward - often used as a synonym for selflessness.


4. Compassion - this is said to be the ultimate expression of our highest self because it demonstrates sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. The word ‘compassion’ is all-encompassing and is synonymous with at least 30 other words or expressions that address the needs of the human heart, mind or soul.


5. Forgiveness - is a key element of SEL because it highlights the best in humanity, bringing peace of mind to individuals and communities by letting go of those corrosive emotions that lead to vengefulness, bitterness, resentment and unhappiness.


Schools are not closed communities; they are open, alive and creative. SEL provides the human drivers for a young person to leave school with the social skills that will offer them meaning for a satisfying and productive life.


This article can be found at:


The Pastoral Care Team

Student Ministry

Knitting Club

Knitting Club has resumed on Wednesdays at lunchtime. All students are invited to attend. Needles and wool are supplied. We always appreciate donations of wool, so if you have some at home that you no longer require we can put it to good use. Our Knitting Club knits basic squares that are then joined together to form blankets for Br Ollie’s Wheelchairs For Kids program. We also welcome parents and grandparents who would like to come in and knit with us, or knit at home and send in squares. If you are interested, please call Ms Kyd at the College for more details.


Ms M Kyd (Coordinator of Campus Ministry)

Fr Peter O'Reilly Scholarships

Fr Peter O’Reilly Scholarships – Open Now

At the Presentation Night of the Silver Jubilee Year (1990), it was announced that a Scholarship in the name of Fr Peter O’Reilly, O. Praem, would be offered to a Year 10 St Norbert College student who wished to proceed to Years 11 and 12. This Scholarship would be offered annually and would cover tuition fees for the two years of study in Senior School. The current value of the Scholarship is approximately $9,000. The Scholarship is a needs-based assistance scheme to help a student who might not otherwise be able to continue his/her studies in Years 11 and 12. Application forms are available on our website or from reception.


Applications close Friday 12 October 2018.


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

Semester Two Accounts

Semester Two Accounts

A reminder to all families that the Semester 2 Accounts are due on Friday 31 August 2018.


They can be paid at Reception by EFTPOS/credit card/cash/cheque and BPAY.


The College can offer a payment plan to assist families with payment of the school fees. Please contact the Finance Officer, Mrs Joleen Scott on 9350 5433 or [email protected] to setup a payment plan or having difficulty with payment of the school fees.


Mr J O’Sullivan (Business Manager)

Academic Excellence

Tournament of Minds

Our Tournament of Minds team has been working tirelessly to prepare for their Challenges this Saturday at ECU, Joondalup. They will participate in problem-solving and discovery challenges as part of a team, working together to make decisions, solve problems and communicate effectively with each other.


The St Norbert College team decided to focus on the STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Challenge. They have worked through lunch breaks and after school over the weeks to formulate a solution to their chosen challenge and will have 10 minutes to present their solution at the Tournament. The team has created an awesome new species of animal who they have nicknamed, Dave. Dave was built entirely from recycled materials and he can eat, move and make sounds.


The second component of the tournament will require the team to attempt to find solutions to a previously unseen Spontaneous Challenge.


We wish the following students all the best in their Challenges:

Year 7 – Isabella Hulm and Sophie Griffiths

Year 8 – Ayden Ratnasekera and Varun Shivnani

Year 9 – Mya Oppelaar, Alyssa Yang and Tony Ngo

Science Café

Science Café is a National Science Week event presented by Scitech and The University of Western Australia, and supported by Chevron. This event aims to support and inspire the next generation of WA’s STEM professionals, and provide the students with a unique opportunity to speak one-on-one with STEM professionals and STEM undergraduate students to receive practical knowledge about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.


St Norbert College was invited to participate in Science Café 2018, held at UWA, yesterday. Congratulations to Selina Tan, Elsa Tan, Amanda D’Cruz, Licia Benedict, Shin Bawar, Lorenzo Donatelli, Riley Moore and Ankit Gurung for being selected to attend the event. I hope you had a very informative day.


"I was able to meet new people today and gain an insight into what it was like going to a university and the courses I can do there. I was able to see what it was like in the shoes of the uni students as I talked to them about UWA and how to get in using an ATAR score. I now have more knowledge into making the right choices for the university I go to, the courses I do there and the career I go into afterwards."

Lorenzo Donatelli (K3 Homeroom)


Thank you to Mr D’Souza for accompanying the students.


Mrs L Cardenia (Academic Excellence Coordinator)

Student Achievements

Tegan Reder​ (Year 9 - M1)

Congratulations to Tegan Reder who recently competed in a swim meet at HBF Stadium and came away with two silver medals and a bronze as well as two (provisional) Australian records! A sensational achievement by Tegan who now targets her efforts towards the State Championships on August 25th and 26th. Well done, Tegan!

Mr M Price (Head of Sport)

Interhouse Athletics Carnival

Photo: Jessica Ramos

Interhouse Athletics Carnival

On Friday 10 August, the College held our annual Interhouse Athletics Carnival at Ern Clark Athletics Centre. After a very, very wet start to August, we were blessed with some fine weather for the day. Congratulations to all students for their participation and enthusiasm. There was a tremendous amount of House spirit on display as you all participated in novelty events and traditional track and field events.


Congratulations to Xanten who took out the Spirit Bear in the new novelty games format which saw each year group participate in a range of novelty games against the other Houses. The idea behind this new format was to provide opportunities for more students to get involved on the day.

  • Xanten – 1,000 points
  • Kilnacrott – 975 points
  • Prémontré – 905 points
  • Magdeburg – 890 points
  • Tongerlo – 770 points

The House points were close all day but it was Tongerlo who ran out the winners of the 2018 Interhouse Athletics Carnival:

  • Tongerlo – 9,989 points
  • Premontre – 9,729 points
  • Magdeburg – 9,677 points
  • Kilnacrott – 9,623 points
  • Xanten – 9,188 points

There were an amazing 25 new records set on the day!

Congratulations to the following Champions and Runner Up Champions!


Yr7 Female Champion - Paige Craven Bower (Prem)

Yr7 Female Runner Up - Chloe Fitzgerald (Magd)

Yr7 Male Champion - Kaylan Mikaere (Prem)

Yr7 Male Runner Up - Vlad Lavi (Tong)


Yr8 Female Champion - Neve Adnams (Kiln)

Yr8 Female Runner Up - Holly Giles (Prem)*

Yr8 Male Champion - Caleb Yende-Emoko (Magd)

Yr8 Male Runner Up - Theo Steed (Xant)


Yr9 Female Champion - Shenae Hartree (Tong)

Yr9 Female Runner Up - Zeta Stevens (Kiln)

Yr9 Male Champion  - Francesco Tilli (Magd)

Yr9 Male Runner Up  - Jaxon Mikaere (Prem)


Yr10 Female Champion - Kayla Hartree (Tong)

Yr10 Female Runner Up - Chloe Reder (Magd)

Yr10 Male Champion  - Jack Sorrell (Magd)

Yr10 Male Runner Up - Mukaka Chibale (Prem)


Yr11 Female Champion - Carissa O’Sullivan (Kiln)

Yr11 Female Runner Up - Kadijah Brown (Tong)

Yr11 Male Champion  - Ben Rowlands (Kiln)

Yr11 Male Runner Up - Izeldin Bol (Prem)


Yr12 Female Champion - Savahna Nevill (Kiln)

Yr12 Female Runner Up - Lara Rangitoheriri (Magd)

Yr12 Male Champion - Nyika John (Prem)

Yr12 Male Runner Up - Noel Mancuveni (Magd)


Since announcing the age group winners at the carnival, I was made aware of an error in some results. After rectifying this mistake, Holly Giles was retrospectively awarded Year 8 Runner-Up Champion Girl. I would like to apologise to Stephanie Earsman and Holly Giles for the error.


Thank you to everyone who was involved in helping to organise and run events on the day, special mentions to our parent helpers Ms Fern, Mrs Hopkins, Mrs Hale, Mrs Povian, Mrs Craven and Mrs Langford who all volunteered their time on the day, Mrs Rogers and her team for the coffee and cake stall, the finish line team lead by Miss Hilton, the results room team lead by Ms McKenna, the PE staff and Head of Houses (and House Captains) who helped set up in the morning, the soulful sounds of Mrs Mulley and Ms Kyd, all the staff who assisted running field events, novelty events and supervising in House bays. Apologies to anyone I have missed!


It is a pleasure to be able to organise such a fantastic College event and we now turn our attention to the ACC Athletics Carnival which takes place in Week 9. 

Mr M Price (Head of Sport)

Year 12 Geography

Year 12 Geography - Regional Resource Recovery Centre Canning Vale​

On Wednesday August 22, the Year 12 Geography students visited the Regional Resource Recovery Centre in Canning Vale as part of their studies on the challenge of waste management in the Perth metropolitan area. Students were able to see the waste composting facility where general waste is turned into compost, the green waste facility where garden waste was turned into mulch and the materials recovery facility where recyclables are separated, baled and sold for reuse.


Students learned that Resource Recovery Plants are a far more sustainable option for dealing with the challenge of waste management. This is because they divert rubbish from landfill giving it a value with the goal of selling it to markets for recycling or recovering and reusing it in the community. Students were also informed that we all play a part in waste management and we can all take some simple steps to reduce contamination. These include ensuring our recyclables are put loose into the recycling bin (not in plastic bags) and that plastic containers have their lids removed before putting them in the recycling bin. Such simple steps can help resource recovery centres run more efficiently and recycle more of our waste. Special thanks to Ms Erica Rogers for attending and driving the bus on the day.


Mr A McGoorty (Year 12 Geography Teacher)

Visual Art and Design

Visual Arts and Design Competitions

Over recent weeks, there have been a number of Visual Arts and Design competitions across the State that our students have entered and/or been selected for. Acknowledgement is due to the following students:


Shawn Tan Award


Kelly McKie                        Year 7

Holly Giles                          Year 8

Audrey Lee                         Year 8       

Kathleen Porter               Year 8         

Licia Benedict                   Year 10

Kritsana Ayudhya            Year 11

Jessica Ramos                  Year 11 

Jason Partridge                Year 12

Lucas Tan                            Year 12  


Selected and exhibited:

Lucas Tan                             Year 12


St Georges Art

Selected and exhibited:


Olivia Bell                             Year 10

Sanjita Ghimire                  Year 11


Angelico Art Awards

Selected and exhibited:


Keisha Desmond                          Year 9

Swathi George Steven              Year 10

Olivia Bell                                        Year 10 

Jessica Ramos                               Year 11

Sanjita Ghimire                             Year 11

Lucas Tan                                         Year 12

Fra Angelico Special Award (1st Prize):

Sanjita Ghimire


Congratulations to those students whose work was selected for the curated shows and especially to Sanjita for winning 1st Prize at the Angelico Art Awards just last week.


The Creative Arts Exhibition held here at St Norbert College is fast approaching and everyone in the community is invited to come along and see first hand the exceptional work of our talented artists, designers and craftspeople. As usual there will be a Peoples’ Choice Award so you can vote for your favourite piece.

Ms A Marsh (Art Teacher)

Italian Exchange

Arrivederci Greta!!

This week Greta Filippeschi, our Italian exchange student from Pisa, returned to Italy after a two-month cultural exchange at St Norbert College. The time has flown!

Greta fitted in very well with the College way of life, applying herself in all her subjects, improving her English language skills and making friends with her fellow students.


Special thanks to host sister Lauren Strange and family for looking after Greta during her time in Perth. Greta was very emotional on her departure, as she truly enjoyed her exchange here and was very grateful to her hosting family and the College for allowing her to live this wonderful experience.


Greta hopes to return to Perth one day to see her host family and friends again… Until then, we wish Greta all the best in her future studies in Italy.


Hosting an exchange student is a wonderful opportunity to share and experience different cultures and make life-long friends. If any family is interested in hosting an Italian student next year (with the possibility of our St Norbert College student going to Italy on exchange) please contact me via email at the College for further information.



Ms D Tersigni (Italian Teacher)


Australian Mathematics Competition

I would like to congratulate our 133 students who sat the Australian Mathematics Competition on the 9th of August. Our students made up 0.07 per cent of the many young Australian students who sat for AMC Australia-wide. These students were faced with 30 carefully constructed and engaging problems. They explored and developed their problem-solving skills and are encouraged to utilise their creativeness in order to solve real life problems. Our teachers prepared these students for the AMC by using a variety of materials for training and practice which we sourced from Australian Mathematics Trust. As AMC is now available online, we are looking into introducing this version to our students next year.


I would like to thank the admin staff, Ms Harvey, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Burgoyne for their assistance, the teachers, Mr Beins, Mrs Eloff, Mrs Miranda, Mr D’Almeda, Ms Abel and Mr Ah Fong who were involved in supervising the students during the competition. I look forward to having more students participate in the 2019 AMC and in the years to come.


Ms S Teo (Coordinator of AMC 2018)

Year 8 Social - Rollerdrome

Year 8 Social


Where:                               Morley Rollerdrome,  95 Catherine St, Morley WA 6062

When:                                 Thursday 6 September from 4.00pm to 6.00pm

                                              (Depart the College at 3.40pm and return to the College at 6.30pm)

Cost:                                   $27.00.

Guidelines:                      Neat, tidy dress suitable for rollerskating should be worn, with no excessive                                                             jewellery or make up. Long pants including jeans are recommended. Anyone                                                        wearing a skirt must wear leggings. Socks are essential for wearing the roller                                                          skates. Students will have time at the end of the day to change before boarding                                                    the bus.

Refreshments:              Nachos, drink and an ice-cream are included in the ticket price. Extra food/drinks                                                can be purchased at the venue at students' own cost. Please ensure you record                                                    dietary requirements on the MCB – Consent to Go medical form.

Transport:                       Buses from Horizons West will transport students and staff from St Norbert                                                            College and return them at 6.30pm. Parents are requested to collect their                                                                children promptly at 6.30pm from inside the Performing Arts Centre. No student                                                  will be  permitted to wait in the car park or at the front of the College.


Staff will be present to ensure that high standards of behaviour are maintained, and to join in the evening’s festivities. 


Ticket sales or collection began on Tuesday 14 August at lunchtimes in the Year 8 Quad. Final sales will be on Friday 31 August 2018. Payment can be made online through MCB – Consent to Go at time of approval and tickets collected from the sales table. Your child will not be able to purchase tickets on the night. The consent approval and medical form on MCB - Consent to Go must be completed before a cash ticket purchase will be permitted. ENTRY WILL BE REFUSED TO ANY STUDENT WHO FAILS TO ATTEND SCHOOL ON THE DAY OF THE SOCIAL.


The SRC Year 8 representatives have worked hard to plan a great night. We are looking forward to a fun evening, with prizes, great music and a lot of fun. So Year 8s get your skates on and get a ticket.


Mrs M Silva (Teacher Geography, Religion and Humanities)

The Arts

Catholic Performing Arts Festival

On Friday 17 August, the College Concert Band performed at Newman College. The two pieces were quite difficult in comparison to the repertoire that they previously worked on, and with a very young band, they did the College very proud. Thank you to Mrs Freind and Mr Gonsalves for their assistance on the night and to Mr Hawke and all of the parents and friends who came to support the Concert Band.


Over the last two weeks, we have also had a number of solo performances and congratulations go to the following students who represented the College in the festival:

  • Thomas Rogers (Saxophone)
  • Deji Yin (Saxophone)
  • Elicia Yii (Flute)
  • Elijah Edmonds (Classical Guitar)
  • Luke Marshall (Classical Guitar)
  • Corey Lyons (Classical Guitar)
  • Patrick Osias (Classical Guitar)
  • Caitlin Spiegl (Classical Guitar)
  • Caris O’Hara (Classical Guitar)

Congratulations again to all of these students for your time and dedication to the performing arts. We will also have a full article on the Dance section of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival in the next newsletter.

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

Drama Night

Drama Night will be held this year on Wednesday 5 September. Both the junior and senior drama clubs will be performing and you will be able to have a sneak peek at the shows that they are doing at Youthfest, the week after.


Tickets are $5 and will be on sale at the door. The show will start promptly at 7.00pm in the Xanten Theatre. 


We would love to see you there!

Ms K Hilton (Drama Teacher)


Uniform Shop



Mondays        8.30am – 11.30am

Thursdays      1.00pm – 4.00pm


Mrs R Kelly (Uniform Shop)

'In the Middle of Everything'

Copies of this outstanding publication, which chronicles the first 50 years of St Norbert College, are available for purchase for just $20. The 152-page, full colour book tells the story of people, young and old, who have been fully committed to the aspiration of being 'prepared for all good works' from the school's origins until the present day. 

To purchase a copy of the book, please contact Mrs Angela Hughes at the College on (08) 9350 5433.

St Norbert College Receives Sporting Schools Funding​

Sporting Schools is an Australian Government initiative designed to help schools increase children's participation in sport, and to connect them with community sporting opportunities.


Sporting Schools has developed a targeted program for secondary school students in Years 7 and 8.


The targeted program focuses on Year 7 and 8 students, in order to address the barriers that prevent teenagers from participating in sport.


The program for secondary schools also aims to provide greater access to tailored resources and support where it is needed most. 


Our College was successful in securing funding to enhance our delivery of Athletics within our Physical Education Curriculum in Year 7 and 8 in Term One. Many thanks need to go to Athletics Australia for supplying teacher professional development and Alby Smith from Up and Running Sports for supplying our athletics equipment.


Those students looking to continue with athletics over the summer are encouraged to head to the WA Little Athletics for registration details.


Sporting Schools has already funded over 150 secondary schools and aims to fund more schools each term, giving Year 7 and 8 students the chance to enjoy and sample a variety of sports


Mr S Hodgen (Head of Health and

Physical Education)

Perth Redbacks Domestic Community

The Perth Redbacks' popular Summer competitions will be receiving some key changes as we place a stronger emphasis on continuing to evolve and strengthen our domestic programs to ensure our members receive best-practice junior domestic competitions. To do this we have reviewed a number of key issues such as court space, female/male participation and age groups. 


We again expect the Summer season at Loftus and Vic Park to fill up and to cater for increasing demand we will be making some key changes:

  • Our Leisurelife competition will now offer only BOYS or GIRLS competitions, with MIXED basketball now only being offered in our Under 8 age groups. Please note that Loftus will continue to operate as a MIXED competition at all age groups for the Summer season. 
  • Our existing offerings at Belmont and Leisurelife will be joined to form ONE competition with teams playing games each week at either Leisurelife or Belmont. 
  • We will be implementing a number of new initiatives in coach development to support our clubs with this transition. 
  • Age groups will remain at December 31 the year the competition ends. For Summer this means all players must be UNDER the age of the competition at December 31, 2019. We will continue to review this moving forward. For the Summer competition, players must be born in the following age groups:
    • Under 8 - 2012 and 2013
    • Under 10 - 2010 and 2011
    • Under 12 - 2008 and 2009
    • Under 14 - 2006 and 2007
    • Under 16 - 2004 and 2005
    • Under 18 - 2002 and 2003

We are incredibly excited to see the continued transformation and strengthening of your domestic competition. There will be a number of opportunities over the season to provide feedback on the changes to ensure the competition evolves for the 2019 Winter season. 


Team nominations are now open at or by emailing: [email protected]. You can also register online at:



To register your interest to be placed in a team for the new girls competition please contact your current club. We will also be welcoming individual FEMALE players to register with us to be placed in to a club/team for the upcoming season. If you do not have a club and wish to join our girls competition list please visit


We look forward to continuing to evolve and grow our offerings at both Loftus and Vic Park/Belmont in the future after reviewing our upcoming changes. 

Michelle Fletcher - Administrator

Perth Basketball Association

National Excellence in Teaching

Do you know an excellent educator? Why not nominate them for the National Excellence  in Teaching Awards.

2018 Entertainment Book

Buy your Entertainment Book or Digital Membership through St Norbert College and support St Joseph’s P&F.


St Norbert College is again selling the Entertainment Books with proceeds going towards St Joseph’s Primary School. They are $70 each and you can purchase either a hard copy  at College Reception or the digital version by clicking on the link below.

Order page:

Virtual Book Link:

Class of 1988 and 1998 reunions

Class of 1988 – Saturday October 27, 2018

Class of 1998 – Saturday October 13, 2018

Both reunions will be held at The Merrywell, Burswood Casino, from 7pm onwards. No tickets or bookings required. Please spread the word! Enquiries to [email protected]

Free Yoga Classes for Staff and Students

Free Yoga class for staff and students on Tuesday 28 August at 3.30pm in the Xanten Dance Studio.   Please book with Ms Harvey.


Mrs D Carvalho (Psychology Services)

Academic Associates and Academic Task Force


In Focus Careers - September Issue



  • Monday 28 August to Friday 31 August - Kairos Retreat 
  • Sunday 2 September - Father's Day
  • Thursday 6 September - Year 8 Social, Morley Rollerdome 4.00pm - 6.00pm
  • Tuesday 11 September - Creative Arts Evening, Xanten Performing Arts Centre, 6.00pm - 9.30pm
Breadth & Depth.pdf
Academic Associates.pdf
Academic Task Force.pdf
In Focus Careers.pdf
National Excellence in Teaching Awards.pdf
Dads Breakfast.pdf
2018 Event Results.PDF
Recliffe new 2018.pdf
Morley Rollerdrome 1 (1).pdf