Our vision is to prepare students for life in a global community following, with courage, Mary's example of faith.
As a Catholic College, with Mary as our model in the discipleship of Jesus, our mission is for our students to:
- Grow in their Christian faith.
- Develop a sense of compassionate service to others.
- Learn and mature in the College's safe, inclusive and caring environment.
- Display high standards of behaviour and courtesy.
- Strive to achieve their personal best.
- Be confident, persevering and resilient; and
- Become active citizens and future leaders who make a positive difference in their community and the world.
OUR FOUR PILLARS
Mater Dei College exists to serve its students by helping them to develop into the people who God intends them to be.
We can be most effective in this service by leading our students to understand and believe that they have infinite worth. This infinite worth, and thus inalienable human dignity, is based on nothing more and nothing less than the fact that they are created by God in His OWN IMAGE.
We can best lead our students to a belief in an acceptance of this fact by treating them at all times with respect, decency and genuine Christian love and warmth.
If we do this we have a real chance of helping them to experience and believe in God who is Love and Compassion. If they believe in and experience such a God, they have a real chance of developing into who God means them to be.
If we do not love and reverence those entrusted to us, we will become a major obstacle to their achieving the above and must stand accountable for this.
At Mater Dei College, the Faith, Courage and Compassion of Mary will be our example and guide in all that we do.
The second pillar of education at Mater Dei College is Community.
Mater Dei College recognises that as a quality education provider, the overall formation of our students is the product of a community of committed people.
Placing value on Community by cultivating a sense of belonging among our staff, students and parents is key to fulfilling our mandate to nurture the whole individual and cause them to thrive in every sphere of their life.
The College is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for all members of the Mater Dei Community to collaborate, contribute and celebrate together.
The ideal of service is central to the ethos of Mater Dei College and one of its four pillars.
Jesus provides us with a model of servant leadership and encourages us to seek ways in which we can be of service to others. For students this means growing their awareness of the circumstances faced by their fellow humans and their desire to come to the aid of the less fortunate and the less able. It also means gaining an understanding of the fundamental human need to care for others and to be cared for by others.
As a community we model service at many levels from the opportunities we provide students and the wider College Community to offer charity and assistance to people in need, to our support of charitable organisations such as LifeLink and Caritas, to our provision of services to meet the needs of our students and others in the College Community.
The Learning Pillar at Mater Dei College supports that part of the College’s programme common to all schools but with a particular slant. The College endeavours to provide as broad an education as possible for as long as possible in the belief that all students have a gift, a talent or an interest. The aim is to identify and nurture this and so create a desire for excellence, for success and for life-long learning.