The Treasure Trove – Ex Students’ Stories

The Treasure Trove - Ex Students' Stories

 

 

St Norbert College is proud to launch an audio series devoted to stories of our alumni – from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s and beyond! 

The Treasure Trove is a series of short audio interviews, featuring former students’ fondest memories about their school days at Treasure Rd, how St Norbert College prepared them for all good works and what they are doing now.

Based on interviews with our veteran drama teacher Miss Kerri Hilton, the three-five minute accounts of life at St Norbert College are a must-hear for all former students – and prospective ones!

Listen now:

Alec O’Connell
Class of 1978
Now – Headmaster, Scotch College
‘We all came from good families and didn’t have a lot, so there was a closeness. I still keep in touch with my friends’


Gabriella Rossitto
Class of 1989
Now – Television journalist, Nine Network
‘The camaraderie and diversity made school richer and we all got along. In one word, it’s community’.


Pete Curulli
Class of 2002
Now – Radio broadcaster
‘St Norbert prepared me for life after high school, though I didn’t know they were doing it at the time. It was a huge hand in preparing me to be a father, businessman and broadcaster. I felt welcomed, supported and loved’.


Aaron McGoorty
Class of 2001
Now – Teacher at SNC
‘For me, it has been more than a school. My whole family has a close connection to St Norbert College and the Norbertines – it’s even how I met my wife’.


Peter McNully
Class of 1992
Now – Chief Legal Officer, Chevron Australia
‘I have gone through life arguing, and persuading people, as it has been a big part of my career and I learnt the foundations through the debating competitions at Xanten Theatre’.


Lucas East
Class of 2001
Now – Psychologist
‘I was given independence and a voice and I felt part of a community. I left with self-esteem’.


Karen McDermott
Class of 1981
Now – Ambulance transport officer.
‘I still have my same best friend from high school and now our kids are friends. The girls are like sisters to me.’


Michelle Devereux
Class of 1988
Now – Director of VET (careers), SNC
‘The Norbertines have created a beautiful atmosphere of community and the school caters for every student. It’s wonderful to be back’.


Lorissa Kelly
Class of 2002
Now – Head of Development WA
‘The exposure we had to lots of history and the connections to people from lots of different places in the world has been really good for my career’.


Jackie Burke
Class of 1989
Now – Assistant Principal, Mary McKillop Catholic Community Primary School
‘I remember lots of laughter, lots of fun, great friends and a diverse range of excellent teachers. I learnt the value of hard work’.


John Masiello
Class of 1989
Now – Multi media producer, Foxtel, University of Canberra
‘The stand out for me is the friendships I made – and the Homerooms, which were a great way to get to know people from different backgrounds and people you would never normally speak to’.


Brad Habib
Class of 1995
Now – Sound designer/founder SoundBox and Soundbyte Productions
‘Amazingly, St Norbert College helped me realise there was a career out there for me in an area I was passionate about’


Kelsey Zampino
Class of 2015
Now – Teacher at SNC
‘St Norbert College has been a huge part of my growth. I have spent eight of my 24 years here’.


Paul Booth
Class of 2007
Now – Commonwealth Bank executive
‘Our school trip to an Aboriginal mission was turning point for me and helped me be a better Australian. I remember exceptional teachers and made my best friends who I still see every week’.


Peter Shinnick
Class of 1989
Now – Disability sector, previous owner Athletes Foot
‘It was a safe and supportive place. With 700 students, we all knew each other on a first name basis and we got to know our teachers well.’

Reuben Norris
Class of 1988
Now – Catholic Education, head of School Finance
‘My teachers taught me some really good skills and the school gave me a social justice background . . . so much so I am passionate about Catholic Education today’.

Sheenagh Delaney
Class of 1999
Now – Human Resources sector
‘St Norbert College put me in a position to have the confidence to try my hand at anything. We weren’t pushed into a corner. We were given morals and encouraged to live by them.’

David Martin
Class of 1988
Now – Australian Air Force, Mortgage Broker
‘I have nothing but fond memories of high school – especially the social aspect. We developed good relationships with teachers’.

Gavin Moraday
Class of 1995
Now – owner of GEMM Commercial renovations
‘I knew I would do something manual and St Norbert College prepared me for life. I still have the same circle of friends which is why I sent my son there.’

Spencer Flay
Class of 1991
Now – Corporate Lawyer
‘St Norbert College gave me confidence and I left feeling the world was my oyster. I still remain friends with my friends at school – not only my year group, but the year above and below.

 

If you would like to share your story in The Treasure Trove, please email khilton@norbert.wa.edu.au