16 August 2019
Week 3.4 - Issue 12
From the Principal
Dean of Studies
Deputy Principals
The Arts
Pastoral Care
Special event
Languages Week
Climate Canons
Indonesian Immersion
Australian Mathematics Comp
From the Business Manager
Norbie Gnomes Playgroup
Term 3: Things to remember
St Norbert College
(08) 9350 5433
135 Treasure Road
Queens Park, Western Australia, 6107



God our Father,
your love for our world and for each of us individually is so great that
you sent Jesus, your Son, to live fully as one of us.
May he lead us to live in peace and work well with each other to build
your kingdom in our world which you love so much.
May your Spirit unite us and lead us to appreciate and value
all who are different from ourselves.


St Norbert, pray for us


From the Principal

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

                          “Now Christ's body is yourselves, each of you with a part to play in the whole”.
                                                                           (1 Corinthians 12: 27)


It was back on June 21 this year, when I shared in the newsletter at that time, my sentiments that fostering the growth of our students “ . . . as whole persons . . . ” is fundamental to our College mission. You may recall that I was also categorical in stating that our College is not a specialist of any individual program but that we are the sum of our programs and endeavours, and so much more.


This has been very evident in the past two weeks with a wide variety of special occasions, all celebrating the efforts of so many for the holistic education of our students.


In the past fortnight we have held Subject Selections interviews for our Year 10 students moving into Year 11 next year, the Year 11 Dinner Dance was held at the South of Perth Yacht Club following weeks of dance lessons under the guidance of Miss Laura Alban, the Parent Committee facilitated an emotional, engaging and motivational seminar with Robert Pike as the guest presenter, we welcomed our special guests from Seijo Gakuen Junior and Senior High School in Japan, and we finished the fortnight with today's high-spirited Inter-house Athletics Carnival. This newsletter is full of these and many other examples where the life of our community is a collective mix of creativity, excitement and diversity.


I would though, like to focus on events from this week that I believe, are wonderful expressions of the essential spiritual and cultural ingredients of our College community.

The Feast of the Assumption

We are first and foremost a Catholic community and a very special day in our liturgical calendar is the Feast of the Assumption, celebrated on August 15. It is on this day, according to our faith, we believe that our Holy Mother, "having completed her course of earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”. I thank Father Peter, Mr Chadwick Beins and Ms Margaret Kyd for their unique efforts which allowed us to celebrate Masses for this special Feast of our Lady in a most reflective and relevant manner.



NAIDOC Celebrations

Our College assembly this week was a celebration of NAIDOC, acknowledging the wonderful contributions made by Australian Aboriginals in our world and country. We were extremely fortunate to have Dr Sue Gordon as our guest, a distinguished Australian with strong ties to our College and marvellous achievements in public life. Dr Gordon grew up at Sister Kate’s Children’s Home in Queens Park, her sons attended Saint Norbert College in the 1980’s as boarders at the Pallotine Hostel in Riverton and most recently, Dr Gordon and community members of Sister Kate’s hosted a presentation for our staff as part of our professional and formational development program. We are very thankful for the time and wisdom Dr Gordon shared with us.


It was a wonderful day of celebration, a day in which we also hosted the inaugural All-Stars Basketball game, in itself a celebration and exhibition of the exquisite skills of our Basketball students, Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal alike.


It would be remiss not to offer, on behalf of our College community, our sympathies to the families of Sister Kate’s on the passing of their much loved brother, and universally admired, Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer. It was a privilege for us to host Dr Gordon and to celebrate the contributions of our Aboriginal students, families and community members, on the day that would be marked for the passing of such an iconic, humble and champion human being.


Interhouse Athletics Carnival

Ern Clark Athletics Centre was the scene today for our Annual Interhouse Athletics Carnival.  Well done to all students who participated with such enthusiasm, either athletically or in support of their peers, despite the chilly and sometimes wintry conditions. Many thanks to our families and friends who supported our students and to all staff who worked tirelessly to make the event so special.  One of the many highlights of the day was a surprise dance performance by our graduating Class of 2019; may this be the first of a long tradition.  Of special note, we acknowledge the efforts of Mr Luke Ford, our Head of Sport and his team, and to our special group of Heads of House, for all their hard work in the preparation and smooth running of this year’s carnival.

Dedicated Service to Catholic Education

Late last week Catholic Education WA hosted their annual Staff Breakfast to celebrate the contribution of some of the system’s longest serving employees. Saint Norbert College is very lucky to have amongst us, two staff who were recognised for their tireless dedication to our students;

  • Miss Maureen Smith: 40 years of dedicated service
  • Ms Sharon Rainford: 30 years of dedicated service

We acknowledge and congratulate both Miss Smith and Ms Rainford and look forward with enthusiasm to many more years to come at Saint Norbert College.

In closing, I use one of the many spectacular lines of our College song “Prepared for All”, as I believe it’s a poignant reminder of the inherent beauty of God’s gifts and the ability to do so much for ourselves and others;

“Lord, you gave us our abilities, Teach us to use your gifts responsibly...”


God bless.

Mr S Harvey (Principal)


Special guests

We were blessed this past week to have some very special guests residing at the Priory. This photo  shows our much-loved Father Stephen Cooney O.Praem, sharing a very rare opportunity of time with his brother, Father Albert SMA and his sister, Sister Gerard CSN. We hope that Father Albert and Sister Gerard enjoyed their time here in Queens Park with Father Stephen.


Fr Peter O’Reilly Scholarship

A reminder to all of our Year 10 families that applications are open for the Fr Peter O’Reilly Scholarship, a needs based scholarship available to Year 10 students enrolled at the College and covers 100% tuition fees for Years 11 and 12. Applications open on Friday 23rd August and close on Friday 18th October 2019. Details are available from Student Reception or by clicking on this link to the College website;

Dean of Studies

Generalists & Specialists


One of the questions that I grapple with constantly is centred around effective learning for students, and does secondary schooling produce generalists or specialists? In listening to a recent podcast* from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (Don’t Underestimate Generalists: They Bring Value to Your Team; July 9th, 2019), it was claimed that the traditional path to success has emphasised the goal of striving to excel in a single discipline or field rather than being a generalist.


However, journalist David Epstein, the author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World was interviewed in the podcast and is seeking to challenge this view, offering an alternative point of view that, in some instances it is better to be a “jack of all trades, master of none,” as the old saying goes.


In his book, Epstein looks at the strengths of generalists versus specialists, focusing on how keeping a broad range of interests, experimenting and changing course every now and then are essential to finding your true passions — and the success that comes with loving what you do. He examines the path to elite sport and compares Tiger Woods to Roger Federer, and examines whether large amounts of deliberate practice and highly technical training is a better pathway than  playing a dozen different sports, and delaying specialisation. Further to this, Epstein argues that the pattern and pathway of Roger Federer is better:


“All around the world, sports scientists track the development of athletes and found they have a so-called sampling period, where they gain these broad general skills to scaffold later learning. They learn about their interests. They learn about their abilities. They systematically delay specializing until later than their peers, who plateau at lower levels.”


However, becoming a specialist should not be abandoned entirely, as it has been proven to be effective in learning environments, where all information is available, people wait for each other to take turns, the next steps are clear, and they are based on pattern repetition (E.g. Chess). The argument by Epstein is that,


“If you’re in these kind learning environments, feedback is immediate and always fully accurate, so specialisation does work quite well. The problem is, the more that kind of expertise is based on either pattern recognition or repetitive motions, and the more you’re in one of those domains, the more likely it’s getting automated.”

And so, does a student benefit from learning in an ordered and structured environment, where one type of question is mastered before moving on to master the next? Or does learning require a degree of unpredictability, whereby different types of questions or problems are presented for a student to apply their skills for thinking, reasoning and problem-solving?


According to Epstein, variety in training (learning) is better in what is termed, ‘wicked learning environments’, where patterns don’t repeat and you have to do things on the fly and at speed, and you have to solve problems you haven’t seen before.  In many domains of psychology, sport science and education, this is called, ‘transfer of learning’ and requires a broader-based learning approach. A student is therefore trying to learn how to match a strategy to a type of problem instead of just learning how to do repetitive patterns. Another question to consider, is how does this impact a person’s future career and income prospects?


The research quoted in both the book and podcast, offer a view that early specialisation has an advantage in terms of income in the workplace (post-school and university) but they often pick a ‘worse fit’ for themselves. Early specialisers tend to pick things they already knew about, because of their confidence in these domain. Those who delay specialisation catch them and surpass them by about six years out, and in many cases, the earlier specialisers start quitting their careers in much higher numbers because they failed to optimise the degree of fit between their ability and their interest in the work they do.


The advice for students that may be seeking to achieve well and build a foundation for life beyond school requires three key elements: The first element is to learn to set the right goals, build your strengths and change your interests to experiment with maximising your match quality. The flexibility within the middle years of school (Year 7 – 9) allows for these opportunities, as students can try a range of subjects and electives as well as engage with a range of topics within their compulsory subjects. As they develop their strengths and interests, engaging with the opportunities through the co-curricular offerings can enhance and broaden student learning. As noted by Epstein:


“We learn stuff about ourselves, our interests and our strengths as we try things, so we should have a period of zig-zagging and experimentation like those athletes, like those comic book creators, like those technology inventors. And we shouldn’t just see it as a sunk cost, where you say well, I’ve started down this path, so now I don’t want to get off.”


Of course, this isn’t easy as the challenge is to change your thinking from a belief that this is ‘lost’ or ‘wasted’ time. The better approach is to adopt a mindset or belief that what is ‘learned in one domain’ can be brought to the ‘other’. Perhaps the wise approach is to try as many broad options as possible, build your strengths as you develop your interests and look to specialise later in school or life.



Elevate – ‘Ace Your Exams’ Seminar

The ‘Ace Your Exams’ Seminar is an opportunity to provide practical and timely tips and strategies for Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR students in the lead-up to the Semester Two Examination period. This year, we will again offer this to ATAR students, and will be extending this offer to include Year Ten students that have selected the ATAR Pathway for 2020.


When:                          Friday 13 September

Period 1:                     Year 11 & 12 ATAR

Period 2:                     Year 10

Where:                          Xanten Theatre

Curtin University Scholarships (2020)

Scholarships are now open for Year 12 students who wish to study at Curtin University in 2020.

John Curtin Scholarship Program

This program is for students in the top 5% of the College’s graduating year who can demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities and engagement in community service. The program includes the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship and the Julia Gillard Women in Leadership Scholarship. The application form may be downloaded from the Curtin University Scholarships website. The closing date for these applications is Wednesday 18 September, 2019.

Principal’s Recommendation Award

Western Australian secondary school principals may nominate two students based on any of the criteria listed on Curtin University Scholarships website. The nomination form is to be completed by the closing date of Friday 8 November, 2019.

Other scholarship opportunities

Curtin University is also offering a number of merit and financial need based scholarships for 2020. These scholarships close on Friday 15 November 2019. Please note that if students are shortlisted for more than one scholarship or award, they will be offered the scholarship or award of the highest value. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Scholarships Office at

Olna Workshops (Year 10 – 12)

Literacy workshops for OLNA practice will be held to prepare students who are sitting the OLNA (Round 2) assessments in Week Eight. The workshops will run on Thursday mornings (8:00am – 8:30am) in Room C2 for the following:


Reading Workshop: Thursday 22 August

Writing Workshop: Thursday 29 August


Please email Mrs Johnson if you would like to confirm a place at these workshops.


Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Deputy Principals

Year 7 and New Students for 2020 Information Evening


A reminder that on Thursday, 5 September 2019, St Norbert College will be holding the Year 7 and New Students Information Evening for all students commencing in 2020. The Information Evening provides families with important information about the transition program to assist current Year 6 students as they head into Year 7 next year as well as students in other year groups commencing at St Norbert College next year. Both students and at least one parent are required to attend the evening which commences at 6.00pm in the Fr Peter O’Reilly Centre. After an introduction to the whole group, families will then be split into five smaller groups for more informal presentations and discussion about what students can expect when they commence next year and how they can best prepare for this transition.


Subject Selection for 2020 Electives


Students in Years 7 -9 are currently going through the process of selecting their electives for next year. Students have been logging into Subject Selection Online to select both their preferred electives as well as two reserve electives. Students in Year 8 and Year 9 have until Wednesday, 21 August to complete their elective selections for 2020.  For students in Year 7, they have a little longer to complete the process as they need to navigate their way through some of the compulsory categories of electives that they must choose in Year 8. Subject selection closes for Year 7 students on Tuesday, 27 August.


At the completion of the process, all students must print out a copy of the ‘Selection Report’ and hand it in at Student Services signed by both themselves and a parent. Information regarding the curriculum choices available to students is available in SEQTA in the ‘Subject Selection Portal Page’.


Year 12 Graduation Information

The end of Year 12 is rapidly approaching and the Class of 2019 are doing all they can to prepare for the completion of the final assessments, course work and exams that they will face over the coming months. Part of this also involves the preparation of the formal process of St Norbert College Graduation that takes place on Friday, 25 October.


In preparation for this important night, three key resources have been uploaded into the ‘Documents’ section of SEQTA for students and parents to access:

  • Year 12 Term 3 and Term 4 Information 2019: This outlines all the important events, dates and requirements for Year 12 students before the end of the year.
  • Year 12 Application for a Reference 2019: For those students wishing to apply for an official reference from the College. These are due in by Tuesday, 27 August.
  • SCSA Year 12 Handbook Part Two: This is important information released by SCSA dealing with ATAR Exams and SCSA Certification. This goes with the Year 12 Handbook Part One which was uploaded at the end of May.

I encourage all Year 12 parents and students to access these resources so that they are fully informed of the remaining requirements for the completion of Year 12.

How Good Are Our Teachers?


St Norbert College prides itself on the outstanding dedication and commitment of our teachers to their students. Teachers are always looking for new and relevant development opportunities to assist in their professional learning with the intention of improving their classroom practice.


Recently several of our teachers on staff have been the ones responsible for running professional development opportunities for teachers from other schools. Sometimes this is through Catholic Education, through subject associations and even within an international context. One example of this is happening over the following weeks when the St Norbert College Mathematics Department hosts teachers from other schools for Mathematics Methods workshops.


Whether it be Mathematics, Health & Physical Education, English and Literacy, Technology or any Learning Area, it is a great reflection on our teaching staff that they are both eager to develop their professional practice and just as eager to share it with their fellow teachers.   


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

Home Study Days

A reminder to parents and students that Friday 23 August and Monday 26 August are Home Study days. The College office will also be closed.



A reminder to parents/guardians to call the College before 8:45am if your child is going to be absent for the day. A written note or medical certificate is still required on their return.

Mobile Phone Policy

An updated Mobile Phone Policy is available on SEQTA Documents. The policy is based on the principles of mutual responsibility and respect of all parties involved in the use of mobile phones. It requires accountability on the part of the user for his or her actions. It is designed to assist in managing the safe and responsible use of mobile phones by students and involves parents as partners in assisting their children in the proper use of mobile phones. It is underpinned by an overall requirement for students to exercise care and use their mobile phones in a considerate manner and to be aware of situations in which others could be affected by their actions.

The following are some important points from the policy:

  • All phone calls during school hours of an urgent nature should be made using the phone at Student Services. Parents are reminded that in cases of emergency, contact should be made to the College Reception (9350 5433) to ensure your child is reached quickly and assisted in any appropriate way.
  • Mobile phones should be switched off and placed in lockers upon arrival at the College and remain in the locker until the end of the school day.
  • Students attending after school events (eg. socials, sporting fixtures off campus), may be allowed to have their mobile phone, but must follow directives of staff for their use.
  • Students may be allowed to have their mobile phones when attending excursions if it assists in teacher supervision and duty of care.
  • Teachers may on occasion give students permission to use their mobile phones in class for educational purposes. This usage is subject to the same regulation and supervision as laptops. Mobile phones would need to be returned to lockers by the end of the lesson.
  • Students using the Premontre Library after school, may have their mobile phones with them provided it is on silent mode.
  • Unless express permission is granted, mobile phones should not be used to make calls, send SMS messages, surf the internet, listen to music, take photos or use any other application during the school day and other educational activities, such as assemblies, sporting fixtures or excursions.
  • Students found in possession of their mobile phones after they have arrived at the College or using them without permission, will have their phone confiscated and a Rostered Detention will be issued. The mobile phone can only be collected from Student Services at the end of the day.

Please take the time to read the full policy on SEQTA.

Parent Committee Guest Speaker

The Parent Committee hosted a truly inspirational guest speaker, Mr Rob Pike.  Parents and students who attended on Tuesday 13 August (pictured above) were moved to hear Rob’s personal story of the consequences of split decisions. He provided messages on friendship, hope, strength, purpose and to never give up even when faced with tragic circumstances.

The Parent Committee are always looking for suitable guest speakers. Please email with suggestions and ideas.


Parent Committee- Celebrating Our Dads

The Parent Committee is organising a breakfast to celebrate dads and significant male figures (grandads, uncles). Please keep Friday 6 September free to come and enjoy a light breakfast and coffee in the Xanten performing Arts Foyer (note the new venue) from 7:30-8:30am. Please RSVP as soon as possible by Friday 30 August by calling 9350 5433 or via email indicating the names of those attending. There will also be a prize for the best ‘clean’ dad joke so be prepared.


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

The Arts

Pastoral Care

Balance trust and freedom with your teenager

Working out how to give your teen freedom and trust them with it can be a balancing act. If you rely too much on fear or authority, they are more likely to rebel in order to gain some control. On the other hand, too much freedom can leave them feeling unsupported and like you don’t care. How can you give them the freedom they crave with the trust you need to know that they’ll be safe?

There are some boundaries that every teenager needs to have. These will help you feel comfortable that your child knows what your expectations are and will give them security and the ability to start self regulating their behaviour.


8 tips for setting boundaries

Your primary job is to keep your child safe and healthy and support them to grow into a responsible and contributing adult. Below are some tips for setting boundaries that can encourage your child to develop independence. 


Boundaries should grow with your child

Knowing that your child is probably excited to learn what life is like beyond their family, there are some things that you can do to help them grow within boundaries that don’t inhibit them. These boundaries should change and adapt as your child gets older and at a rate that they can handle with maturity.


Outline your expectations

The boundaries you set for your child should be based on reasons that are clearly communicated to them. Make it clear that if they respect these reasons and meet your expectations, you will be happy to extend their boundaries and the freedom they have. You may want to let them know that with freedom comes responsibility and there will be consequences for times when they don’t comply with the boundaries you agreed on.


Let them decide their own hobbies

Hobbies create safe areas of independence and self-determination and can help your child to socialise with peers who share their interests. Let them decide how and where they will engage in them. They may have hobbies and interests which involve a level of risk. Learning how to take safe risks is healthy.


Allow them to determine their appearance

This area of their life is essential to finding out who they are. Their taste might test your opinion of good style, but we all have photos of when we were a teenager that make us cringe. This is the time for individuality to be explored. They will have rules for how they dress for school so you may need to discuss what’s appropriate for those times.


Give them some areas in their lives where they are completely in control

Think about the issues you feel confident they are ready to take on. When you do give them control, make it explicit. Commit to accepting their decisions, even if you don’t agree with them. This could be from getting to and from school on their own, taking public transport, getting a part time job or even being in control of their bedrooms. That’s right, it could be their private and personal space. How they choose to keep it is up to them. They will soon learn that not doing the laundry means no clean clothes.


Curfews should grow with your teenager

Having rules around when your teenager can go out with friends and requiring them to keep you informed shows you care. By adapting and giving them more freedom as they age shows you trust them more. Talk about the reasons for this rule, and decide together what should happen if they know they will be late.


Include your child in big decisions that affect their lives

This includes things like school and the subjects they take, further study, staying out late, and rules for using devices etc. If they help make these decisions they are more likely to honour them and it will give them a sense of control over their lives.

Give them opportunities to develop experience

Reducing restrictions over time gives your child room to demonstrate they can be trusted and make good decisions. Reward them with increased freedom. Knowing your child will be able to look after themselves is a great reward for both of you.


When to let go

Teenagers with too much freedom can be at just as much risk as those who haven’t had enough.  There is a balance that you need to strike. Here are some ways in which you could do that:

  • Give them safe outlets for thrill seekingIf they are looking for thrills, support them to take on hobbies or engage in activities like rock-climbing, sports, outdoor activities, or even creative arts.
  • Let life be the teacher. You can’t protect your child from failing, feeling disappointed, hurt or sad. They have to find this out on their own. Life is about taking risks, both negative and positive ones, that’s how we learn to make the right decisions for ourselves. Preventing your child from taking risks won’t empower them to become the adult you want them to be. Celebrate their successes and learn how to support your child to respond well to failure.
  • Let them know they can always rely on your support. You won’t always like or agree with the choices your child makes. Being there for them means letting them know that you may not always agree with them but that you will always support them.

Did you find what you needed?


More information on this topic can be found at:


The Pastoral Care Team

Special event

Year 11 Dinner Dance

The beautiful riverside setting made for a memorable night of dancing and fun for all of the students and staff who were present. The dance was held at the South of Perth Yacht Club on Thursday 8 August, and it was a nice opportunity to take a break from our busy academic lives. We were fortunate to have Cassie Best (Year 8) and Keegan Best (past student) perform ballroom dances along with their partners, Harrison and Megan. Thank you for sharing your talent and offering your time to perform on the night!


We would like to commend our ‘Best Dancer’ winners: Annissa Buckby and Graciano Gacutno for the Waltz; Nell Tarkila and Daniel Miller for the Barn Dance; and Courtney McCrostie and Jordan Cirillo for the Jive. The Year 11 Dinner Dance Committee would like to thank the College staff for attending; and Ms Alban and Tallulah Armenti (Dance Captain) for the time spent on our dance lessons. We also extend our thanks to Mrs Silva for coordinating the event and to Ms Lim for assisting the committee. We hope that all Year 11’s enjoyed the event. Look out for more photographs from the evening to be displayed at the College next week.


Emereen Moratalla (SRC Year 11 Representative)

Languages Week

Languages Week


It was an exciting, delicious and hands-on Languages Week at SNC last week (5-9 August).


In 2016, Ausstats identified that 300 languages are spoken in Australia. Additionally, more than one fifth (21 per cent)  of Australians speak a language (other than English) in their homes.


This year is the “International Year of Indigenous Languages” which added to the importance of Languages Week at the College. It is fitting that Languages Week runs into NAIDOC Week (Week 4) for more celebrations and competitions.

A number of competitions were held, including both an Italian and Japanese Homeroom Quiz on major locations, art works and facts on both countries. It was a very close competition between 3 Homerooms, but K5 (Ms Pisconeri’s Homeroom) was the winner of the major prize; a bag of Italian chocolates!


The staff of St Norbert College is very multicultural and international, so in another competition, students had to match 14 staff members with their flag of origin. Some staff have backgrounds from more than one country, which consequently increased the difficulty of the competition. Congratulations to Paul Fuentes in Year 10, who correctly matched the highest number of staff to flags. Runners-up: Sophia Lu and Adam Min. Each student wins a $5.00 Canteen voucher for their efforts.


On Wednesday and Thursday, Food Carts arrived at the College for both students and staff. Home-made, fresh Italian Panzerotti (pizza-type pouches) were available, filled with mozzarella and ham, mozzarella and tomato or with Nutella as a sweet alternative. Staff also enjoyed a variety of Japanese Sushi Rolls. Thursday was Gelato day with a range of flavours, served in cups or cones.


St Norbert College has a strong tradition of both Italian and Japanese in the classroom. Students can take Languages through to WACE in Year 12, while students in the younger years have the experience of learning Japanese and/or Italian, and the unique cultures of Japan and Italy. Languages Week is a time to celebrate the diversity of languages and cultures both inside and outside the classroom.


Mr T Godden (Japanese Teacher)

and Ms D Tersigni (Italian Teacher)


Climate Canons

Plastic recycling program

On Wednesday 14 August the Climate Canons launched their plastic recycling program. PET 1 plastic bottles will be collected around the school in small red bins and will be sorted for collection by Greenbatch Foundation who will repurpose the plastic. By recycling through Greenbatch, we can save plastic from entering landfills, oceans and waste incinerators.


The explosion of plastic products in the last several decades has been extraordinary. Quite simply, humans are addicted to this nearly indestructible material. We are producing over 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50 per cent  which is for single-use purposes – utilised for just a few moments, but on the planet for at least several hundred years.


Since the 1950s, around 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced worldwide, that’s equivalent to the weight of more than 800,000 Eiffel Towers. And only 9% of it has been recycled. In some parts of the world, using plastic is already illegal. Kenya introduced one of the world’s toughest laws against plastic bags in 2017. Now, Kenyans who are caught producing, selling, or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of US$40,000.


A report by the Guardian found that 1 million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute, and this number is set to increase by another 20 per cent by 2021 if we don’t act. The same report said more than 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were purchased in 2016 across the world — up from 300 billion a decade ago. Additionally, less than half of the bottles purchased in 2016 were recycled — with just 7 per cent of those collected turned into new bottles, and the rest ending up in landfill sites or the ocean.


Worldwide, about 2 million plastic bags are used every minute. This might seem like an unbelievable number, but according to Ecowatch, between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide annually. Plastic is killing more than 1.1 million seabirds and animals every year. A study conducted by the University of Queensland in Australia, based on data collected since the late 1980s, found that Green sea turtles now ingest twice the plastic they did 25 years ago. According to the United Nations, ingestion of plastic kills an estimated 1 million marine birds and 100,000 marine animals each year.

So, what can we do to change this? Here at the College, starting this week, the Climate Canons are introducing a plastic recycling program. In each of the quads around campus you will find a red bin for collecting only PET 1 plastic which includes your water bottles and juice bottles. Please only place this type of waste in these red bins.


We need everyone on board to do their small part to ensure we all can be proud of a future we leave for generations to come. Please assist the Climate Canons by using these red bins properly. Thank you to the Parent Committee for their assistance with purchasing the bins.


If you have any questions or would like to join the Climate Canons you can email Miss Pisconeri. The Climate Canons look forward to the College’s ongoing support of this project.



Miss D Pisconeri (Humanities and Social Sciences (Geography)

and Science Teacher)


Indonesian Immersion

Indonesian Immersion

The generosity of the College community in donating to next month's immersion have been wonderful. Please see below the donations required for Term 3.


Week 4 and 5

  • Tennis balls, small bouncy balls, marbles,  bags of share packets of chocolates

Donations can be bought into Student Ministry.


 The donations will be given to the following places while we are at the Immersion :

  • The Smile foundation
  • Sidhi Astu Orphanage
  • Paud Samaritania 2 School
  • Samaritania Rescue Home
  • Cancer House

Thank you for your continued support!


Ms M Kyd (Coordinator of Campus Ministry)



Australian Mathematics Comp

Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) 2019

Congratulations to all of our students who sat for AMC 2019!


These students spent countless of hours by putting in effort to practice past year papers to familiarise themselves with the different problem-solving questions. A total number of ninety-two Year Seven to Year Twelve students sat for the paper version and a total of thirteen Year 12 students sat for the online version.


The purpose behind organising AMC at St Norbert College is to expose and equip our students to develop their problem-solving skills to help them navigate real world problems which require practical solutions. We are eagerly awaiting the AMC results which will be out by mid-September.


An excerpt of a question taken from AMC (Year 7 and 8):


A 3 by 5 grid of dots is set out as shown. How many straight-line segments can be drawn that join two of these dots and pass through exactly one other dot?


(A) 14        (B) 20        (C) 22          (D) 24           (E) 30





Have a go!


I encourage more students participation in AMC 2020. Look forward to see your name in the AMC list next year!


Ms  S Teo (Teacher of Mathematics)


From the Business Manager

Semester 2 Accounts / Electronic Accounts


Semester 2 Accounts were posted on 6 August 2019. Thank you to those families who paid Semester 1 accounts in full or have setup a payment arrangement with the College. 


In future the College plans to issue accounts electronically via email. 


Could you please advise your preferred “Billing” email address to:


Families who have difficulty with the payment of school fees are asked to please contact the Finance Officer, Mrs Joleen Scott on 9350 5433 or


Fees are payable by Wednesday 28 August 2019 and can be paid at Reception by EFTPOS/cash/cheque, BPAY or by a payment plan with the College.


Mr J O’Sullivan (Business Manager)


Norbie Gnomes Playgroup

Community and Heritage

This term, the Year 12 Children, Family and Community class will be living the College values of Community and Heritage, by once again running the Norbert’s Gnomes Playgroup for children aged 2-4 years in our College Community. The session times will be:


Tuesdays                9:50 – 11:00am


Playgroup will begin on Tuesday 3 September (Week 7) and conclude on Tuesday 24 September (Week 10)

Parents are invited to come along and enjoy a morning tea, while your little ones are entertained for an hour. There is no charge for attending.


To book your place please complete the online registration below:


Gnomes Registration Form


All friends and family are welcome to attend!


Mrs S Mark (Head of Learning Area - Technologies)


NAIDOC jumpers: the inside story

Indigenous uniforms are becoming more and more prevalent in professional sporting codes - each design tells a story and every colour and symbol has deep significance to Australia’s Indigenous culture.

It was during a recent visit from Shaun Nannup where he spoke proudly and fondly of the Indigenous culture and his connection to country where the idea to create an Indigenous-inspired Canons basketball uniform and annual game as part of our College celebration, first came to light. The creation of these uniforms had to be more than just following a trend in professional sport, it was an opportunity to truly celebrate Indigenous culture and the wonderful impact that these students and their families have on our College community.

As a combined effort between the Physical Education department, Specialised Basketball Program and the Aboriginal Education Support within the College, it was our contribution towards increasing the College’s cultural literacy and connection to Indigenous Australians.

The project really started to come alive when we started to receive design submissions from students; each one being a unique blend of symbols and colours that had significant meaning to the artist. Speaking to each student about their submission, the pride that they felt was infectious and it was this feeling of pride which was a stark reminder of why projects like these, are so important. It is a truly special moment to show a student the finished product of their original pen and paper design. To some it may just be a uniform, but to others it is a personal interpretation of their cultural connection and its importance to them.

We were excited to unveil these uniform during the College’s NAIDOC Week Assembly, which was followed by an exhibition game between the NAIDOC All Stars and Canons All Stars, made up of students from the Canons Specialised Basketball Program. The plan now is to build on this concept by playing future exhibition games against other schools in 2020 and beyond. The Basketball Program will also aim to proudly use these uniforms across the different Canons teams in future basketball games and competitions.

The support for this project has been immense; thank you to Mr Harvey and the College Leadership team, Mrs Quartermain for her commitment to capturing this project as it evolved, the Canons Specialised Basketball Program, Mrs Martin for helping to facilitate and guide this project, and most importantly, our student designer Lachauntae Eades and the Indigenous students at St Norbert College who supported this initiative.


                                                                                                                                             Mr M Price (Head of Sport)

Term 3: Things to remember

Uniform Shop

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


NEW: St Norbert College Towel Ponchos

$40 available from the Uniform Shop 

Mrs R Kelly (Uniform Shop)

Entertainment Book

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

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

Order page:


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

Helping you become a more effective parent


Lost Property

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


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


Mr M Price (Head of Health & Physical Education)

Year 10 Immunisations

Thank you to all the Year 10 students and parents for returning the signed forms at the end of Term Two. 

We still have a number of forms outstanding however and these families have been emailed about this. Copies of Immunisation Forms can be collected from the Front Office. To save the nurses needing to call you on the day, could you please return the forms as soon as possible.


The Year 10 students will receive their immunisations during Week 3 of this term on Thursday 8 August. On this day the students can wear their full College Tracksuit with their House Shirt, please ensure that correct footwear is worn (refer to the College Diary for more details). If the FULL sports uniform cannot be worn students must wear their normal winter uniform.


If you have any questions or concerns please email me at:


Mr B McGrath (Head of House - Premontre)

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

VacSwim 2019

You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons for the October school holidays. 


With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s important your children are safe in the water.


Programs are available for children from five to 17 years and cater to all skill levels – from beginners to those doing their Bronze Medallion. They are being offered at pool venues across the State.


Enrol your children in VacSwim now at



In Focus Careers



  • Friday 23 August - Home Study Day
  • Monday 26 August - Home Study Day
  • Thursday 5 September - Music Scholarship Auditions, Performing Arts Centre, 3.30pm – 6.00pm
  • Thursday 5 September - 2020 Year 7 and New Student Information Evening, Fr Peter O'Reilly Centre / Br Patrick Forum, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
  • Friday 6 September - Celebrating our Dads Breakfast, Performing Arts Centre, 7.30am – 8.30am
  • Friday 6 September - Music Scholarship Auditions, Performing Arts Centre, 3.30pm – 6.00pm
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MenuTerm 2 2019.pdf
Relationships Australia.pdf
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Djilba 2019.pdf
ATAR Enrichment Program.pdf
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2019 Juniors Flyer - Southern Stars.pdf
ATAR Revision Program.pdf
Celebration Reunion Poster.pdf
2019 TEE July ATAR Revision plus Enrolment Form.pdf
Independent Schools Control Group.pdf
In Focus Careers Newsletter August 2019 Issue.pdf
CSPWA - Administration Assistant.pdf
In-Focus May Newsletter 2019.pdf
Tickets for CPAF Dance.pdf