St. Norbert College (Perth)

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St. Norbert College
Motto Ad Omnia Paratus
Motto in English
Prepared For All Good Works
Established 1965
Type Private
Affiliation Norbertine (Catholic Church)
Principal Annette Morey
Academic staff
90
Students 850
Location Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Campus Queens Park
Colors Blue and Gold
Nickname SNC
Website http://www.norbert.wa.edu.au/

St Norbert College (SNC) is a private Catholic secondary school in Queens Park, Perth, Western Australia. Founded in 1965 by Fr Peter O’Reilly O Praem, Fr John Reynolds O Praem, Norbertine priests and educators, the school was named after Saint Norbert of Xanten. In 1976, the college became coeducational and now[when?] enrolls about 900 students.

History[edit]

In 1959, Fr John Reynolds O Praem and Fr Stephen Cooney O Praem travelled to Western Australia from Kilnacrott in Ireland. The original intention was to establish a boys’ boarding school in York. This didn’t eventuate but the Norbertines have maintained a presence in the York parish until the present date.

In 1964, Archbishop Prendiville invited the Norbertine Canons to establish a boys’ school in Queens Park. St Norbert College was officially blessed by the Rt. Rev. F C Colwell O Praem, Abbot of Kilnacrott, on 7 February 1965. In that year, less than thirty students were enrolled in one Year 6 class.

The College expanded by one class each year until 1971 when the first students entered for the Leaving Certificate examinations. By this time, enrolments in Lower Secondary necessitated double streaming of classes. The College only enrolled boys until 1976, when girls were enrolled in Year 8. The College eventually eliminated lower grades, enrolling Year 8 through 12, with the neighbouring St Joseph's Primary School enrolling Year 1 through 7.

In 2008, new science facilities and a refurbished Administration Centre were completed.

In 2010, the College began enrolling students in Year 7, in accordance with the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia's expanded enrollment parameters.

Campus[edit]

St Norbert College has developed into a school with facilities set within six hectares of landscaped grounds. Facilities include:

  • Art and Craft Studios
  • Language Centre
  • Dance Studio
  • Design Studio for Photography and Technical Graphics
  • Trade Training Centre
  • Music Centre
  • Sporting facilities that include gymnasium and 25 metre swimming pool
  • Theatre

College life[edit]

The College assigns students to one of five Houses, each named for locations important in the life and legacy of St Norbert. They are Xanten, Prémontré, Magdeburg, Tongerlo and Kilnacrott. House Captains are senior students who have been selected to support the Head of House.

College Captains and an elected Student Representative Council act as liaison between the College Administration and the student body, and act as ambassadors for the College at public events.

Co-Curricular[edit]

The College provides an extensive co-curricular program in an attempt provide a range of learning experiences to further develop students with a breadth of knowledge.

Academic[edit]

Students are able to join any Academic co-curricular activity. These are conducted afterschool. Some activities have competitions that are associated with the Club others work on projects.

  • WA Junior Mathematics Olympiad Competition
  • Have Sum Fun Mathematics Competition
  • Science Club
  • Book Club
  • Forensic Club
  • IT Programing Club
  • Italian Club
  • Environment Club
  • Drama Club
  • Art Club
  • Sewing Club
  • Homework Help
  • Sport
  • Interschool Carnivals
  • Associated and Catholic Colleges (ACC) This Competition enables our most interested and talented students to represent their College at an Interschool level. The carnivals include Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics.

Interschool Sport (SAS) The College participates in many sporting competitions as part of the Southern Associated Schools Competition.

Volleyball Girls’ and Boys’ volleyball teams participate in the Senior Volleyball League.

Soccer Boy’s Junior and Senior Soccer Teams and Girls Senior Soccer compete in the Champion Schools’ Competitions.

Netball Students from all year levels participate in Interschool competitions.

Basketball Junior and Senior boys and girls compete in an Interschool competition.

Specialised Basketball Program Students have the opportunity to trial and be selected in our Specialised Basketball Program in Years 8– 12.

Saint Swim Squad This squad is a developmental swimming squad designed for students to improve physical fitness and their swimming technique. Training occurs before school with a qualified swimming coach.

Belt-Up Cup Football A Football Competition for boys in Years 10, 11 and 12 representing the College in the Interschool Football.

Smarter than Smoking Football A Junior Football Competition for all WA schools for Years 8 and 9 boys. Students are selected after trials to represent the College.

Social Justice[edit]

Benenson Society A social justice group which addresses concerns regarding political prisoners worldwide. On a weekly basis letters are written to various governments about illegal imprisonment, detention, torture, death penalties with the aim of prioritising for them the need to respect human rights.

Young Vinnies Like all St Vincent De Paul Societies throughout the world, the mission of Young Vinnies is to help those in need. Students collect food, blankets and clothes for disadvantaged people in the community.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Robyn van Nus - Olympic shooter

References[edit]

Catholic Education Office Perth

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°00′18″S 115°56′24″E / 32.005°S 115.94°E / -32.005; 115.94