29 March 2019
Week 1.8 - Issue 4
From the Principal
Dean of Studies
Deputy Principals
College Parking
Pastoral Care
From the Business Manager
Academic Excellence
Performing Arts
Senior Visual Arts and Media
 Have Sum Fun
Cultural Corner
Year 12 Volleyball
ACC Basketball
SNESA Football Club
St Norbert College
(08) 9350 5433
135 Treasure Road
Queens Park, Western Australia, 6107



Heavenly Father,
We praise you and thank you for this day.
Look with love upon our family.
Bless us and keep us safe.
Guide our coming and our going and all that we do.
We turn to you in times of joy and sadness, knowing you are always there.
We welcome Jesus, Your Son, as the unseen guest in our home,
Our constant companion, our light and our salvation.
Keep us together as a close and loving family.


St Norbert, pray for us.

From the Principal

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

A shining light in our College calendar is Harmony Day, a day in which we gather to celebrate the diversity of culture and heritage in our community. It was also a day to pause and reflect on the tragic events that had unfolded in Christchurch only a few days before, as we as a community, stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and those of all faiths.


With permission, I would like to share an excerpt from a reflection given by two students of New Zealand heritage, Paige Hale and Harriet McCready. It was a beautifully prepared and delivered statement containing humility, personal sentiment, composure and a message to challenge us all to do our bit in making the world a better place.


An excerpt from Paige and Harriet...


As New Zealand citizens, both Harriet and I, along with our families are devastated by these events that have forever marked our peaceful and loving country. New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern marked March 15th as one of New Zealand's darkest days. To put into perspective how small New Zealand is and how big this terrorist attack was, the 50 people who were murdered in New Zealand is the statistical equivalent by population of a mass killing of 3,344 people in the USA. The terror attack on Friday was the worst attack of terrorism in New Zealand ever, it also was in fact one of the worst globally in recent times. With heavy hearts, we send our thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected and also to their families and friends. Our prayers also, to those in Christchurch who are still dealing with an unfolding situation.


My aunty is a resident in Christchurch, she lives no less than 100 metres away from one of the two mosques that were targeted. My aunty was able to help a young couple who managed to survive the bullets that were being fired at them. As I am sure you can imagine, this was a horrific experience that no one should ever have to go through. Now, more than ever, we need to come together and spread love, kindness and hope with one another. Paige and I ask that we acknowledge all the lives that were lost, and the families that are suffering. This is not what we, as New Zealanders stand for nor is it something we will tolerate in this world. We are the next generation. We have the ability to make a change. We need to come together to make this world a better place. Thank you.


I acknowledge Paige and Harriet for their initiative in seeking this important opportunity and the courage to share their message with our College community following such sad circumstances.


This week we sadly farewelled Mr Matthew Biddle, our College Community Relations and Marketing Officer, who has departed for the east coast with his family. Mr Biddle has been an integral part of the College and has done some amazing work in the promotion of our College as a school of choice in our region. We thank Mr Biddle and wish him, wife Carmel and their four children, all of God’s blessings in the future.


I acknowledge the wonderful work and commitment of Mr Luke Ford, our staff and College Swim Team at the recent ACC Swimming Carnival. It was another passionate, determined and committed performance from so many in helping our way to second on the overall shield. Well done and congratulations – further results are included in this newsletter.


In closing, I would like to draw to your attention, an article further in this newsletter authored by our College Dean of Studies, Mr Rod Dowling. In this article, Mr Dowling captures the importance of questions – and how appropriate questioning can lead to a greater understanding of the important things in life. I recommend this article and thank Mr Dowling for his insights.


God Bless,

Mr S Harvey (Principal)

Fr Joseph Tran

Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those affected by the tragedy and circumstances surrounding the death of Fr Joseph Tran last week. This has caused much sadness, confusion and distress and is a timely reminder of the importance of caring for one another. I remind all of the message I sent to all parents and guardians earlier this week that included a letter from Dr Debra Sayce, the Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia, and a statement from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, the Archbishop of Perth. If you have any queries or concerns about your children, please contact us, we are always available to assist where needed.

New Criminal Law Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill

We were recently informed of the passing of a new Criminal Law Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill by State Parliament, making it illegal to distribute an intimate image of a person without consent.


In the case of someone under 16, the law says they cannot legally consent to an image of themselves being shared. The law aims to strike a balance between protecting young people from this harmful behaviour, without unduly criminalising them.


The new intimate images law will come into effect on 15 April 2019 and I feel it is important that information regarding these new laws is shared with our students and their parents. The key messages for young people are:

  • It is against the law to take, keep, send or ask for an intimate image of a person under the age of 18
  • It is against the law to share an intimate image of a person of any age without their consent. 

The Department of Justice has provided all education providers in Western Australia with FAQs.


With the increasing use of digital technology and social media it is important that we continue to ensure that our College is a safe place of learning and development for all our students. At St Norbert College we have a number of strategies and policies in place to educate our students in cybersafety and appropriate use of technologies and it is essential that we all adopt a united approach from staff, parents, friends and the community, so I invite our families to have these conversations with their children. We will also be conducting information sessions with our students in the coming weeks.

Dean of Studies

“Wait, what?”

For many students (current and past), our school experience often required us to know answers. Examinations, tests, assignments and homework demands us to demonstrate knowledge by replicating the answers to questions. As the research field of education continues to grow and the world of work attempts to grapple with new generations of workers, entering a world of uncertainty, perhaps the key ingredient to obtaining the answers you want is to develop the skill of asking the right questions?


Until recently, Jim Ryan, the President of the University of Virginia, was the Dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and was charged with leading teams of some of the world’s pre-eminent education researchers. Jim is a lawyer by profession, worked for one of the Unites States Supreme Court judges (a prominent legal role in the USA) and eventually became a professor of law and academic. Jim Ryan’s journey is also fascinating, because he was adopted out, raised a Catholic, had a happy upbringing, albeit his adoptive mother battled with alcoholism for a long period of time and was able to eventually meet his biological mother at the age of 46. Jim also was able to meet his four half-siblings and discovered that they had lived fifteen minutes away from where he grew up. All of this came about as a result of Jim asking the question, “I wonder…?”


“Whether we’re in the boardroom or the classroom, we spend far too much time and energy looking for the right answer. But the truth is that questions are just as important as answers, often more so. If you ask the wrong question, for instance, you’re guaranteed to get the wrong answer. A good question, on the other hand, inspires a good answer and, in the process, invites deeper understanding and more meaningful connections between people.”


For Jim Ryan, there are five questions in particular that form the foundations of deeper understanding: Wait, what? I wonder…? Couldn’t we at least…? How can I help? and What truly matters?


By asking these questions we generate understanding, spark curiosity, initiate progress, fortify (strengthen) relationships and draw attention to the important things in life. Regular questioning using these can lead to what Jim Ryan believes to be the most important question in life, “And did you get what you wanted out of life, even so?” For us as members of a Catholic school community, we might also consider the question, “Did I use my gifts and talents in the service of others?”


If we consider how to apply these questions to the classroom, our learning and striving to achieve our personal best, what might this lead to? Good questions are asked because our curiosity about a topic has sparked an interest in knowing more (Wait, what?), and we may ask our teacher to help us learn more. When we don’t know an answer but become willing to try new approaches to the completion of tasks or study (I wonder…?). When we are trying to work in a group and cannot figure out how to get started (Couldn’t we at least?). As members of the St Norbert College community, so many of us continue to ask this important question: How can I help? And when we get stuck in limited ways of thinking, find it difficult to commence study or disagreements arise, we can re-direct our focus to important matters (What truly matters?).


At the foundation of all of these powerful questions, is a willingness to seek help when we cannot progress past the obstacles in front of us, and this is perhaps the greatest power in schools, understanding that achieving our personal best is the result of a greater team effort.

St Frederick Academic Scholarships

Applications are now open for the St Frederick Academic Scholarships. The Middle School Academic Scholarships are available to students entering Year 7 and cover full or 50% tuition fees and are tenable for Year 7 – 9 students, and are subject to student performance each year. The Senior School Academic Scholarships are available to students entering Year 10 and cover full or 50% tuition fees and are tenable for Year 10 – 12 students, and are subject to student performance each year. The two-hour scholarship selection test will be conducted on Saturday 18 May, commencing at 9.30am for Year 6 and Year 9 students. Applications and details for the scholarships are available by visiting our website where you can apply online via the link provided. The Scholarship Registration fee is $95.00, and applications close Monday April 8, 2019.

Studiosity/City of Canning



The City of Canning Library is offering free access for members of Studiosity for online, after-hours, one-to-one help with homework and study questions. From school to university students, Studiosity is able to help across a wide range of subjects and questions through Canning Libraries Online. Studiosity offers two services:

  1. Writing Feedback: Students can upload any writing draft such as essays, reports, and resumes and receive feedback that helps them think about and improve their own work.
  2. Connect Live: Students can ask a question or draw a diagram and get immediate help via live chat with a qualified Subject Specialist, across all core subjects.

Studiosity can assist with questions after school, on weekends and during holidays from a friendly, qualified Subject Specialist - just when you need that extra support. Students also have access to over 750 practice tests and downloadable worksheets with their accounts. These quizzes are available across English, maths, chemistry, physics and biology for Year 5 through to Year 12 levels, including NAPLAN specific content.


How do I get started?

Students need to become a member of the City of Canning Libraries by joining online at: Studiosity can be accessed with an online membership or a full membership that can be obtained by visiting one of the library locations. Your library membership number and password will be required to log in and access the service. For direct access to the Canning’s Studiosty log in page go to:


You can also download the Studiosity mobile app (App store or Google Play) and link it to your account for extra features that include: Save a question for later; Snap a quick photo of a problem or use voice-to-text technology. The City of Canning will hold an upcoming information session about the service for students, parents and teachers:

Studiosity Information Session – Monday April 8 (5.45pm, Riverton Library)

Please contact Lilly Kensell, Young People’s Services Librarian (0437 182 645 or for further information.

Australian National University – Direct Entry (Undergraduate Studies)

Students who are on the ATAR Pathway (or considering for Year 11) can visit the Dean of Studies' office (Student Services) to enquire about the direct entry to undergraduate programs (including scholarships and accommodation) at the Australian National University in Canberra. Students in Year 12 may also apply for an early, conditional offer (August) prior to completing their ATAR Examinations, for starting university in 2020. All students that apply to ANU are now required to complete service and co-curricular requirements. For more information, please visit:

NAPLAN (Online)

Please note that applications for an exemption, adjustment for disability for NAPLAN must be submitted by Friday April 12. The application for an injury adjustment may be submitted up to Tuesday May 14. Please contact the College if you require a form or go to: may wish to become familiar with the platform via the public demonstration site:

Italian Exchange – Host Family required

The College requires assistance with hosting an Italian exchange student to attend St Norbert College later in the year. Please contact Ms Diana Tersigni on 9350 5433 or email: if you are able to assist.


Mr R Dowling (Dean of Studies)

Deputy Principals

Parent Committee News

Year 7 Parent Gathering

Is your Year 7 child attending the Year 7 Social Activity  on Thursday April 4? Don’t want to go home only to turn around after an hour to come back for pick up? Why not have dinner with other Year 7 parents?


The Parent Committee has organised a get together on Thursday April 4 at 6pm while the Year 7 Social 'Amazing Race' is happening.


The special deal from the Bentley Hotel (1120 Albany Hwy, Bentley) is:

$15: Steak Sandwich OR Salad

$18: Fish N Chips OR Chicken Parmy


Please RSVP your name(s) AND order for the evening BEFORE 4pm on FRIDAY March 29 by calling Reception on 9350 5433 or via email (up to Monday April 1 at 9am).


Pre-ordering ensures quick service and the discount prices. Children are welcome (kids meal deals can be ordered on the night). PLEASE bring the correct amount (CASH ONLY) as no individual payments can be made on the night.


We look forward to having the opportunity to meet new parents of our Year 7 cohort.


Celebrating Mums and Grandmothers - SAVE THE DATE

The Parent Committee would like to invite all mothers and grandmothers to a light breakfast on Friday May 17 at 7.30am with their children. Further details will be provided next term.


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

Students Learning Early

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

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

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

Interim Reports

Interim Reports will be uploaded onto SEQTA at the end of the term. Parents and guardians are asked to ensure that they have logged onto SEQTA and also provided the most up to date email details. Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews will be held on Tuesday May 7 from 12pm – 7pm. It will be a Home Study Day.

Term 2

TERM 2 commences on Tuesday April 30. Students need to return in Winter Uniforms. Please ensure that these are organised as soon as possible. Note the Uniform Shop opening times.


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

College Parking

College Parking 

Seemingly the start of the school year is an appropriate time to remind all parents and friends of the need to observe standards signs, markings and courtesies when dropping off or collecting students at the College. The increase in usage of the Xanten carpark is expected but can we please ask for the following courtesies to be observed:

  • Drivers use the appropriate entry and exit gates and follow the arrow markings.
  • Cars are only parked in the marked bays. Parking across bays or in the middle of the driving lane only causes congestion and the potential for an accident.

Our carparks are designed to make it convenient for parents, but the safety of our students and the users of the carparks cannot be compromised, so attention to these requests would be appreciated.

Pastoral Care

Getting your head around parental controls

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to keeping your children safe online. The internet changes all the time, and it’s full of perils and positives that are tricky to navigate even as adults. While we’re all still learning what it means to support our kids online, we’ve got some ideas to help you get started. 



If your kids are keen YouTube users, there are a couple of ways that can help you to handle their usage. Firstly, turn on restricted mode. Restricted mode is a function that means you and your kids won’t see content that’s been flagged inappropriate by other YouTube users. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Click your display picture in the right-hand corner of your screen.
  2. Select ‘Settings’.
  3. Scroll down to the footer, where you’ll see your language, your location, and then ‘Restricted Mode’.
  4. Click ‘Restricted Mode’.
  5. Enable it by clicking ‘On’, and then clicking ‘Save’.

Even better than restricted mode, download the YouTube kids app. Make sure that’s what they’re using to access YouTube. It’s a creative, curated space where your kids will have fun and stay safe at the same time.


Browser safety

Chrome, Safari and Firefox all have ways to add extra security for your kids while they search. For very basic safe browsing functions to be added to your Chrome browser, take the following steps:

  1. Click on your Chrome Preferences.
  2. You’ll now see a page pop up. Scroll down to the bottom of it and click ‘Advanced’.
  3. Scroll until you see ‘Safe browsing’.
  4. Enable ‘Safe browsing’ by swiping right.

You can also go to the Chrome web store and check out the free add-ons for your browser. Add-ons are kind of like apps, but they live within your browser and they’re often free. If you search ‘Parental controls’ in the web store, you’ll be given a list of different add-ons. This is where it’s important to do your research and decide what will work best for you and your family.


Firefox is similar to Chrome, and add-ons are probably the most effective way to keep your kids safe without paying for something external. Head to the Moxilla Firefox store, search ‘Parental controls’, and once again, do your research to work out what will suit your needs best. 


If you’re using Safari on your iPhone or iPad, you can easily enable safety functions by following the steps below.


Phone safety

There are some simple steps you can take to keep your kids safe while using iPhones or iPads. If you have an older version of iOS:

  1. Tap your ‘Settings’ app.
  2. Tap ‘General’.
  3. Tap ‘Restrictions’, and enable them.
  4. You’ll be asked to create a passcode, so choose one that your kids won’t guess (probably not their birthday or 1234).
  5. From here, you can make changes to restrictions. Explore what you’d like to restrict.

If you’ve got a more recent version of iOS:

  1. Tap your ‘Settings’ app.
  2. Tap ‘Screen Time’.
  3. Tap ‘Content and Privacy Restrictions’. Once you’ve tapped there, check out the different things you can to do keep your iPhone private and safe.
  4. Tap ‘Content Restrictions’. This will help you to set perimeters for what your child will and won’t see on your phone.

If you’re an Android user, your parental controls will likely differ from phone to phone. Search the make and model of your phone, and you’ll hopefully find some tips as to how your phone in particular can keep your kids safe. External apps can also come in handy. You can do your own research on these, but we’ve listed a few that we like in the next section. 


External apps and hardware

There are paid third party apps that you can download for your device to help your kids browse safely. Check out Net Nanny and Norton Family. Both of these enable you to supervise web use and app downloads, as well as gain insight into what your kids are doing on your devices.  We’re big fans of Safe Surfer. They provide a piece of hardware for you to plug into your wifi router that heavily monitors the content that comes through, blocks all of the inappropriate stuff, and allows you to set bedtimes for devices. You don’t need to have any tech skills to use Safe Surfer, and you’ll get simple reports back that allow you to have conversations with your children about what they’re looking at. It also reinforces other restrictions that you’ve set on your browsers and devices.


Internet providers

Check in with your internet provider to see if they offer parental controls. We know that Spark and Vodafone both do, and it’s worth learning about how your provider can help your kids to stay safe online.



While all of the above are helpful, they’re not foolproof. Kids are a lot more tech savvy than you were in the days of dial up internet, and sadly, it’s likely that some things will still slip through the cracks. The best thing that you can do is have healthy communication with your child about what’s happening in their online world.


If you know your child is struggling with things that they’ve seen online, start a conversation with them. Stay calm and empathetic, and don’t be afraid to reach for help if you’re worried about their wellbeing. 


How we can help

We know that trying to talk about things that have been traumatic can be really tough, and we want to help with that. Psychologist Karen Young wrote an article for 'Parenting Place' about talking to children of different ages about trauma, which you can find here. This article in particular is helpful for walking alongside children if they’re struggling to process information about world events that they’ve stumbled across online. We’ve also got some really great articles that cover different areas of online safety, you can check out a few below:

At Parenting Place, we have family coaches who are here to help you work out how to have those hard conversations. They’re available in person, on Skype or via email. Learn more about how family coaching could help you here


Youthline and the Kids Help Line exist to support young people, and they’re trained in dealing with the challenges that come with the ever-changing world of the internet. Your child can call the help line on 135 247 or call Youthline on 1800 198 313, or call Kids Help Line on 1800 55 1800 for a free confidential chat.


More information on this article can be found at:


The Pastoral Care Team​​​​​​​

From the Business Manager

Semester 1 Accounts, Health Care Card Discount and Secondary Assistance Scheme

Thank you to all the families that have either paid their accounts or contacted Mrs Joleen Scott to setup a payment plan.


If you require assistance with your school fees, now is the time to contact the Finance Officer, Mrs Joleen Scott on 9350 5433 or to setup a payment plan or discuss your options.


The Health Care Card Discount and Secondary Assistance Scheme applications are closing very soon on the April 12, 2019. 


If you hold any of the following cards, you are eligible for a discount on your current school fees. The card holder must attend the school reception and apply before April 12.

  • Centrelink Heath Care Card or
  • Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card or
  • Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Concession Card

Mr J O’Sullivan (Business Manager)

Academic Excellence

Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC)

This week a group of Year 10 students competed in Round 1 of the Australia Brain Bee Challenge. Prior to the challenge, students had to complete online tasks to study numerous facts about neuroscience. They then tested their knowledge by completing an online quiz. We wait in anticipation for the results.

Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) Competition

On April 2 our Senior Mathematics Specialist students will sit the CAT competition. CAT competition is an online problem-solving competition that seeks to identify a student’s computer programming potential. Good luck to the students.

Australian Geography Competition

We wish the students in the chosen Year 10 Humanities classes all the best as they sit the Australian Geography competition in Weeks 9 and 10. They will be answering 40 questions in 35 minutes. I hope the students enjoy this challenging event.


Mrs L Cardenia (Academic Excellence Coordinator)


St Frederick Academic Scholarships Now Open

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

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

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

Blessed Hugh of Fosse Basketball Scholarships Now Open

Basketball Scholarships are available for students entering all years 7-12. The scholarship covers 50% of College tuition fees. A prospectus for the Specialised Basketball Program is available on our website or from reception. Basketball try-outs are held on Thursday June 27 commencing at 3.30pm.


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

Performing Arts

Ceasing Instrumental/Vocal Lessons

In order to cease tuition at the end of Term 1 without financial penalty, Performing Arts Administration must receive written notice from parents by TODAY (March 29). No student may withdraw from instrumental tuition without written request from a parent or guardian. Please direct requests to cease lessons to Mrs Katherine Friend or call 9350 5433 ext. 226.

New Payment Policy for Instrumental/Vocal Lessons

Invoices for Term 2 have now been sent to parents and guardians. Payment is due by Thursday April 4 (Week 9). Failure to do so will result in lessons automatically ceasing at the end of Term 1. If you have any queries or wish to discuss the matter further, please contact the Head of Arts, Mr Chadwick Beins via email at or call 9350 5433 ext. 226.

Oscar McDonald - Year 12 

Oscar McDonald in Year 12 was recently accepted as a violist for the West Australian Youth Orchestra, after auditioning for a position last December. He will be performing with WAYO throughout the year, and tickets are available for purchase from WAYO's website - with discounts for under 18s.


Congratulations Oscar on a wonderful achievement!


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

Senior Visual Arts and Media

Sculptures by the Sea

Senior Visual and Media Arts students made their annual pilgrimage to Cottesloe Sculptures by the Sea on Wednesday March 15. This year we arranged a guided tour of the exhibition, which included meeting some of the artists themselves, providing a deeper level of understanding of the ideas, materials and processes involved in making the works.

This was followed by a visit to Fremantle where the Media Arts class went on a photo walk, collecting ideas for their portfolios. The Visual Arts class made their way to the Artsource building where they were welcomed into the private studios of several of Perth’s best exhibiting artists such as Marcia Espenosa, Charmaine Ball, Bjoern Rainer Adamson, Susan Roux and Hiroshi Kobayashi. It was a wonderful day that has inspired our students to explore ideas and produce works of a higher calibre and complexity.


Ms A Marsh (Visual Arts Teacher)

 Have Sum Fun

Year 7 and 8 Have Sum Fun

Twelve Year 7 and 8 students had the opportunity to compete against other schools from Perth in the 2019 MAWA Math Have Sum Fun competition last Friday, March 22 at Trinity College.


The students included Joseph Abusman, Agna Aji, Alyssa Briggs, Syunei Lam, Jia Ying Chen, Minh (Kien) Nyugen, Saahir Karnam, Matthew Sanchez, Jeann Valdez, Jonathan Le, Sharie Fernadez and Taine Rangitoheriri. These young mathematicians have been coming to after school workshops for six weeks in preparation for the competition and were excited to show their mathematical might against the other schools.

The competition runs over four rounds and in each round the students in teams of six have 20 minutes to answer eight questions. Both teams did very well and finished on 16 and 13 answers correct out of a possible 32 questions with the winning team (All Saints College) scoring 25 out of 32. Students learnt a lot from the completion and most importantly, had sum fun doing so.

Mr L Nuske (Mathematics Teacher)

Year 9 and 10 Have Sum Fun

Congratulations to all students who participated so enthusiastically in the Mathematical Association of Western Australia’s ‘Have Sum Fun’ competition on Friday, March 22.


The competition is an exciting mathematics initiative that uses a quiz night format. Students in teams race against the clock to solve four intense rounds of challenging mathematics problems.


On the Friday evening from 7pm to 10pm, two teams in Years 9 and 10 battled against 33 others schools at All Saints’ College. Both teams competed well and demonstrated the St Norbert spirit.


Ms C Wang (Mathematics Teacher)

Have Sum Fun Face to Face (Year 11-12)

After taking some time after school to work on previous years’ questions, a group of Year 11 and Year 12 students formed three teams at this year’s competition which took place at Trinity College on Friday March 15.


Dawn Saji, Ethan Li Woon Chung, Elsa Tan, Licia Benedict and Vivian Johnson were on Team A, Sanjita Ghimire, Dylan Wemyss, Aakash Neupane and Emereen Moratalla formed Team Alpha and Team One comprised Simran Shivnani, Aldric Ratnasekera, Yen Ngo and Selina Tan.


Suitably supplied with lollies, snacks and fruit, as well as calculators and freshly sharpened pencils, the teams pitted their wits against the fiendish questions about trains and fruit juice, GST, geometry and whatever else got thrown at them. With eight questions in each of the four 20 minute rounds everyone was kept busy and enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment as they managed to crack some of the more difficult questions.


In the end the three SNC teams finished creditably in the middle of the honours list with 19 correct answers, although some way from the 28 correct answers for the winning teams.


Congratulations to all the participants and a big thank you to their parents who delivered them to Trinity and collected them again so late on a Friday night.


Mr C O'Gradaigh (Mathematics Teacher)


Italian Exchange

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


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


Ms D Tersigni (Italian Teacher)

Cultural Corner

Harmony Day Celebration

On Wednesday March 20, St Norbert College staff and students joined together in a celebration of the huge diversity of nationalities that make up our College. Special thanks to Fr Peter who conducted the Liturgy, which was followed by the international food fair. Moses from African Music Circles provided us the opportunity to learn a very important African cultural art of drumming and we also had the Indigenous face-painting workshop run by Ms Martin. We were also entertained with multilingual music organised by Mr Beins during our food fair. The whole school shared lunch gave us an opportunity to sample foods from 26 different countries having 63 different menu items. On behalf of our Harmony Day Committee, I would like to thank families and staff who generously donated food and also volunteered to help us on the day to make this celebration a great success.



Student Comments

"Harmony Day was a wonderful day which I look forward to each year. The food stalls are a great way of expressing different cultures. The liturgy was done in a respectful and harmonious way. I think Harmony Day shows that different cultures can show people a new way of doing things such as cooking with different ingredients that you may not have heard of. "                                                               Max Patriarca - T7


"I enjoyed being able to see all of the different cultural clothing being worn by members of the school community and all of the different cultural foods that were able to be purchased on the day."

Caitlin Pettersen - T7


"On Wednesday March 20, it was Harmony Day. We had an assembly, then it was lunch. At lunch there was lots of food stations, face painting and hip-hop dancing. Each food station was a different culture. Face painting was free and anyone could paint faces. Overall it was a fun day!"             Emma Kilgour – K6


"Harmony Day was awesome because there were lots of activities that everyone could get involved in. For example, drumming and face painting. My favourite part was all the multicultural food for sale. It was good that we got to wear our sports uniforms and sport shoes and it was nice to see all the teachers involved."                                                                                                                                                           Tyler Gayski - K6  


"I enjoyed Harmony Day because it was a big and fun social event that showed us the diversity of the whole school. The food was delicious and the events were a joy to participate in."                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sophia Pelicia - T7


"Harmony Day this year was a colourful event where staff and students were immersed in the multicultural community of St Norbert College. The Liturgy preceding the international food fair was representative of the many cultures we have at the school, also shown by students wearing their traditional clothing for the day, and included a deeply moving tribute to the victims of the Christchurch terror attack. The food was definitely one of the best parts of the day, with many enjoying the delights cooked by Ms Miranda at the Indian stall."                                                                                Yajnah Juggessur - K1

Mrs C Miranda (Harmony Day Coordinator)

Year 12 Volleyball

Think Again High School Cup

On Monday March 17, 18 Year 12 students participated in Volleyball Western Australia’s 'Think Again High School Cup' which is an outdoor beach volleyball tournament against other schools played at City Beach.


The 18 students were Chandrika Bhujun, Latitia Bondoc, Sarina Dhakal, Sharmane Enock, John Fuentes, Joshua Goadby-Cox, Jaco Jansen van Rensberg, Kaitlin Johnson, Vivian Johnson, Johna Jose, Kritsana Palakawong Na Ayudhya, Virgina Pambuka, Millenium Paneru, Aldric Ratnasekera, Ben Rowlands, Dawn Saji, Declan Sinclair and Vincent Zaldivar.



The students had been training once a week since Week 2 in the ORC in preparation for the competition and were more than excited to test their newfound skills against other schools.


The two boys teams finished equal 5th (four schools were tied 5th for last place) out of 8 teams and unfortunately ended the day with zero wins to their name.


The women’s pool consisted of 12 teams and the ladies finished 9th with two wins for the day. Each team played five games throughout the day and learned a lot by playing some very skilful teams. The next competition is in August so stay tuned for updates about our Senior Volleyball team.


Mr L Nuske (Coach)


ACC D Division Swimming Carnival

The ACC D Division Swimming Carnival was recently held at HBF Stadium with St Norbert College finishing in 2nd position behind Kingsway Christian College. Throughout the day, St Norbert College and Kingsway CC were the standout schools, breaking away from the competition early.

We had some standout performances on the day, with a number of our swimmers finishing in the top four for individual champions.


Male U/13 - 4th Place – Saxon Ridgeway Le-Gresley

Male U/14 - (Tied Runner Up) - Riley Suckling

Male U/15 - 3rd Place – Matthew Deliu

Female U/15 - 2nd Place - Neve Adnams

Male U/16 - Champion – Ethan Glassborow

Male U/17 - 2nd Place - Brian-Arruk Anthony

Female U/19 - 4th Place – Jessica Ramos


Results from the carnival can be found on the link below:

Special thank you to all the staff who assisted on the day and in the preparation leading up to the carnival.

Interhouse Cross Country

The Interhouse Cross Country Carnival will be held on Tuesday April 9 at St Norbert College. More information will be provided to students and parents in the coming week. Parents who wish to see the results can tune into the St Norbert College Facebook page to view the livestream of results at 3pm.


Students who wish to practice for the carnival are encouraged to attend the Canons Running Club which starts at 7.30am every morning. Please meet in the Year 7 area and the teacher in charge will record your name.

ACC Championship Basketball

The ACC Championship pool games have finished with the Canons girls team going through undefeated with an average winning margin of 60 points. The girls have been led proudly by Perth Lynx and WSBL star, Nes’eya Williams and U/18 State player, Shenae Hartree. The girls have played great team basketball and have put themselves in the best position to take out the inaugural ACC Basketball Championship.


The Canons now advance through to the knockout finals series with the first game against Clontarf Academy on Tuesday April 9. Get down to the ORC to support the Canons.


Mr L Ford (Head of Sport)

ACC Basketball

ACC Championship Senior Basketball

This term in basketball the ACC Championship Senior Basketball teams have been very competitive in their competitions. The students have been putting in hard work in their classes in preparation for the competition. After playing the last fixtured game this week both teams have enjoyed an excellent season.


Boys Team:

Vs Lumen Christi               W (52-24)

Vs Corpus Christi              L (52-38)

Vs Emmanuel                     W (50-36)

Vs CBC Fremantle            L (50-36)


The boys have gained a lot of experience from the competition with players ranging from Years 9 - 12. The boys unfortunately won’t advance to the next round, however, as a team they have improved as a group. The boys were led by our seniors Aidan La Brooy and Ethan McShane but also had some strong contributions from Jack Sorrell, David Puttick, Derek Barton and Joshua Dodsley. While also receiving assistance from Kieran Overmars, Bailey Crossley and our youngest members who held their own throughout the competition in Lance Cornwall and Ethan Port-Louis. Overall the boys conducted themselves in an outstanding manner and displayed a high level of skill at times.


Girls Team:

Vs Lumen Christi               W (99-5)

Vs Corpus Christi              W (68-45)

Vs Emmanuel CC              W (101-15)

Vs St Brigid'                        W (70-30)


The girls, led by seniors Felicity Plewright and Nes’eya Williams with assistance from Laniesha Paddon, Ivy Harding and Shenae Hartree, quickly took control of all four games. The girls team continued to work together and improve over the course of the competition. Contributions from Ella and Chloe Reilly, Caitlyn Popelier and Polly King were exceptional and assisted the team in being competitive this term. The girls will now look to Term Two where they will compete against some of the top basketball schools in the State when they play finals.


All athletes should be commended on their efforts and sportsmanship shown throughout the ACC Championship Competition.


Mr R Godfrey (Specialised Basketball Coordinator)

SNESA Football Club

Final Preparation for the 2019 Season

The SNESA Football Club concluded its preseason with two scratch matches against Manning and Piara Waters. It was a great hit out by the boys with some solid first runs for 10 of the club's 16 new recruits!


Our SNESA members also enjoyed our 2019 season launch on March 23 with a great night out had by all. This Sunday, March 31, the SNESA boys and committee members will be at Bunnings Cannington cooking sausages and selling drinks as part of their fundraising! Feel free to pop down and say hello!


Down at the club rooms on Thursday April 4, team selections will be at 7.30pm for the 2019 SNESA first League side with a jumper presentation. Presented by founders of the SNESA club back in 1978 will be Mark George and the Devine brothers; Mick and Brian. They will also be joined by past Captain and Coach Dan Volaric, past Captain Brad Viney and past President Joe Marshall. 


The following weekend kicks off the 2019 season with away games on April 6 at Ferndale Park; with our first home game of the year coming up on Saturday April 13 at Soklich & Co. Oval (Queens Park Reserve). Stay tuned for all the details!


For anyone looking to earn a bit of cash on the weekend and be involved at the club, SNESA Football Club is always seeking assistance for the following paid positions: 

- Boundary Umpires 

- Goal Umpires 

For further enquiries you are more than welcome to contact President Rafic Aoun on 0423 869 440 or at Volunteers are always welcome for help at the canteen, bar and onfield.

Introducing our 2019 League Co-Captains

Mark “Ace” Colace and Caius “C.K” Kelly - both graduates from SNC in 2009. In 2011 they were both part of the SNESA colts premiership flag. After both taking the skipper mantle the last two seasons, it’s become impossible to split the two and the decision was made to make them joint League captains for the 2019 season. 

Both play in the midfield on game day, and it’s encouraged for anyone wanting to see two of the hardest, most skilled working midfielders in amateur football to come and watch them in action at 1.20pm on April 13. 


Thanks to Postfair Insulation Solutions for their ongoing support and sponsorship in 2019! Please forward all enquiries to or contact Club President Rafic Aoun on 0423 869 440.


Bus ticket price increase

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

Mr J O’Sullivan (Business Manager)

Uniform Shop



Mondays: 8.00am – 12.00pm

Thursdays: 1.00pm – 5.00pm


NEW: St Norbert College Towel Ponchos

$40 available from the Uniform Shop 



ONLY New Students in Yrs 7-12


Tuesday April 2:   3.30pm - 6.10pm

Tuesday April 9:   3.30pm - 6.10pm



APRIL 2019


Tuesday April 23: 1.00pm – 6.00pm

Wednesday April 24: 9.00am - 2.00pm

Monday April 29: 9.00am – 1.00pm


Mrs R Kelly (Uniform Shop)

Years 7 and 8 Immunisations

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


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


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

The immunisation dates are:

Round 1: Year 7s – Tuesday May 28 

Round 2: Wednesday November 27

Round 1: Year 8s – Tuesday May 21

Round 2: Thursday November 28


Mr B McGrath (Head of House - Prémontré)

Heard any alumni news lately?


Norbertus, the St Norbert College alumni magazine, would love to hear any news about former students: engagements, weddings, births, graduations, promotions, sporting achievements, travels, reunions, catch-ups… Photographs and details gratefully accepted.

Please email

Class of 2009 Reunion

Saturday May 18 from 7pm

The Camfield, near Optus Stadium


Mathematics Workshop


ATAR Revision - April School Holidays


Auskick Information Night


Canning Districts - Hockey


In Focus Careers


Curtin University - Mathematics Enrichment Classes


Creative Writing Competition


Notre Dame - Netball Club



  • Thursday April 4 - Year 7 Social
  • Tuesday April 9 - Interhouse Cross Country Carnival
  • Wednesday April 10 - Holy Week Liturgy
Mathematics workshop - Term 1 2019.pdf
ATAR Revision Information - April School Holidays.pdf
Auskick info night 2.pdf
CANNING DISTSRICTS HOCKEY CLUB notice for schools 2019 Hookin2Hockey.pdf
CANNING DISTRICTS HOCKEY CLUB notice for schools 2019 Hookin2Hockey.pdf
In Focus Careers - April 2019.pdf
Mathematics Enrichment Classes 2019.pdf
Naidoc - Creative Writing Competition.pdf
Netball Flyer 2019[3].pdf
Youth Focus_CAMH_Resource List_Concise_A4_FA.pdf
Youth Focus_Parent Puzzle_A4_FA.pdf
Harmony Day Schedule.pdf
Italian Exchange.pdf