At Kates school, there are Five houses - Kate is in Premontre. Today they celebrate with a day of fun!
Here is a little bit about the 5 houses:
Xanten, near the Dutch-German border
was the birthplace of St Norbert in 1080. His early life before his
conversion was spent in this area. As such it holds a treasured place
in Norbertine history. Xanten is also familiar as the name of our
Performing Arts Centre. The Xanten mascot is a Tiger.
Prémontré is the valley near Laon in France where St Norbert
Established his first communities of canons and cannonesses. It was
from these that the Norbertine spirit spread through Europe. While
there is no longer a Norbertine community at Prémontré. it is the
beginning of Norbertine history. This house name would be familiar to
staff and students as it is the name of our Library. The Prémontré
mascot is a Penguin.
After some years at Prémontré, St Norbert was made Archbishop of
this German city and Primate (Head-Churchman) of Germany. In 1126 he
also established a Norbertine community there, which had a high
reputation for missionary preaching among the pagan people known as the
'Wens'. St Norbert was buried in Magdeburg, but at the time of the
Reformation his body was taken to the Abbey of Strahov in Prague. The
Magdeburg mascot is a Magpie.
The town of Tongerlo, in Belgium has a Norbertine Abbey which is the
'Grandmother' of the community here at Queens Park. Canons from
Tongerlo Abbey established a community in Ireland, which in turn made
the foundation in Western Australia. Tongerlo was established during
the lifetime of St Norbert, so it has a strong tradition which is over
850 years old.Norbertines from Tongerlo have spread the spirit of St
Norbert to Canada, Chile, Zaire, Ireland and England. The Tongerlo
mascot is a Kangaroo.
Kilnacrott is a Gaelic (Irish) word meaning 'church on a hill'. It
is the place in County Cavan, Eire, where Tongerlo Abbey established a
community of canons in 1924. Holy Trinity Abbey Kilnacrott founded the
Norbertine Community in Western Australia in 1959 when three Irish
Norbertines arrived. The Kilnacrott mascot is a Crocodile