Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff of Mater Dei College,
Last week we held the Annual General Meeting for our College community. Thank you to the parents who attended and to Board Chair Mrs Marie Mayer for leading the AGM. This year we have very little change in the College Board with only one position available. Congratulations to Mr Marc Barnard on his re-election to the College Board. The Parents and Friends Committee has also had a few changes in accordance with the constitution. My sincere thanks to Mr Chris Albonico who has completed his term as President of the Parents and Friends Committee. The 2018 Parents and Friends Committee is now led by Mrs Nicole Barnard as President and supported by:
Mr Garry Bayley Vice President Roxanne Clarke Secretary Mrs Lisa Sampson Treasurer
In the last fortnight our Year 12 students experienced some time away from school and family to attend a three day retreat. The feedback from students and staff was overwhelmingly positive. Thank you to Mrs Wendy O’Neill and Dr Wayne Keady for their organisation of this important opportunity for our College leaders.
Our College Foundation Day is fast approaching. This year for our 25th anniversary, we are blessed to celebrate our Mass with the Most Reverend Timothy Costello Archbishop of Perth, members of the Catholic Education Office and foundation staff. Parents are most welcome to attend the Mass at 9am on Friday 23 March. The students are required to wear their official College summer uniform for the Mass and there will be an opportunity to change into their House uniform to enjoy the festivities of the day. I look forward to a lovely day of celebrations for our College community.
This past week I have commenced enrolment interviews for Year 7 2020. Please contact Mrs Angela Lourens, Enrolment Officer, if you have a child currently in Year 5 and you wish for them to attend Mater Dei.
God Bless Annette Morey Principal
My loving Lord, it's so hard to love the world sometimes and to love it the way Jesus did seems impossible. Help me to be inspired by his love and guided by his example. Most of all, I want to accept that I can't do it alone, and that trying is an arrogance of self-centeredness. I need you, dear God, to give me support in this journey. Show me how to unlock my heart so that I am less selfish. Let me be less fearful of the pain and darkness that will be transformed by you into Easter joy.
MESSAGE FROM THE DEPUTIES
In order to graduate from high school and achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), all students are required to demonstrate a minimum standard in literacy and numeracy. This week students in Years 10, 11 and 12 completed one or more components of this online test. Results will be released by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) in the first week of May.
Bullying - No Way! Week with the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence
Next week is Bullying - No Way! Week with the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence being Friday 16th March. On this day, Australian schools will stand united in their communities to celebrate the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA).
The Wellbeing Team, together with members of the Student Leadership Team, will be running activities throughout the week. Student leaders will also engage in informal conversations with students from all year groups with a goal of raising awareness and discussing ways to address bullying behaviour. A timetable for the event filled week of action is available via the following link (see schedule attached). We hope to also launch the Peer Awareness Wellbeing Support (PAWS Patrol) campaign developed by the Peer Educators last term who participated in Building Healthy & Safe Relationships workshops. We hope this student-led approach combined with the anti-bullying stance of MDC is the change needed to effectively discourage bullying behaviours in our schools and community.
The National Day is a positive day of action, bringing school communities together to help find workable solutions that address bullying and violence.
Let's Take a Stand Together!
Mater Dei continues to subscribe to the study skills website www.studyskillshandbook.com.au
This is a website that will help students develop essential skills for academic success. There are units of work on topics such as improving time management skills, how to study, research skills, summarising, technology use, brain and memory. Basically, everything students need to know about getting good marks at school can be found on this site. For example, learn how the colour of a room affects the ability to study, what the best study techniques are for different types of brains, how to improve handwriting and useful software and apps to block students from technology distractions.
There are lots of useful handouts, grids and planners at the bottom of the THINGS TO PRINT page.
To access the handbook, go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and login with these details:
username: formaterdeionly password: 122results
The more of this website that students can work through the more they will set themselves up for academic success
Project Compassion 2018 – For a Just Future
Members of the Year 12 Student Leadership Team travelled to Newman College on Tuesday February 13 to participate in the 2018 launch of Project Compassion. Staff and students from Catholic schools all over Perth attended the event.
The day began with a Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony. After this we were taken into the auditorium where Project Compassion 2018 was officially launched by Perth’s Director of Caritas Australia, Deacon Paul Reid and Caritas Justice Educator for WA, Anita Finneran.
Mater Dei students had the opportunity to hear testimonies from those whom Project Compassion had supported as well as from students from other Catholic schools about their experiences helping communities in Australia and around the world.
After sharing a morning tea of pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, the event concluded with a Mass lead by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe and concelebrant priests. Archbishop Costelloe’s homily spoke of love, mercy and charity.
“By becoming involved in Project Compassion; by turning your eyes away from yourselves and on to those, both here in Australia but in a particular way those who do not have the advantages we in Australia have, can you show yourselves to be large-hearted people – generous, compassionate, encouraging and courageous?”
I hope this statement from Archbishop Costelloe will guide us all through this Lenten season, when we are called to look beyond ourselves and to those who are without or suffering in the world.
Zach Atkinson and Ebony Cleland, Year 12 Faith and Service Leaders
Year 12 Human Biology ATAR & Year 9 Biology
This week was all about brains! The Year 12 Human Biology students have been learning about the role of the brain in maintaining homeostasis within the body. During their dissection, students had to differentiate between grey and white matter, learn how to identify the major parts of the brain and explain how the structure of the brain enables it to perform complex tasks, both consciously and subconsciously. Our Year 9 students have also been learning about the nervous system and the basics of brain structure and function. During their dissection, they realised how delicate the brain was and how quickly it deteriorates in the absence of its protective structures. The Year 9s were able to identify the main structural features of the brain and link those areas to their functions. Given how well the dissections were conducted, I’m sure we have a number of budding surgeons amongst our students. Well done to all involved!
Get Your Motor Runnin’
The Year 12 Drama class of 2018 have been hard at work in preparing for their production of the full length, one act play, Engine by Janis Balodis.
Engine is a story of young people and cars. It’s about fixing what’s broken and celebrating life. It’s a funny roller-coaster ride that will break your heart and mend it.
Tickets go live at 7am Friday 9 March via trybooking.com/361340. With space limited to 76 seats per performance, don’t delay in calling ‘shotgun’.
Congratulations to James Munro-Clinton, Year 12, who has recently been selected as the Australian Ambassador to represent our country in the International Navy Cadet Exchange Program. James will travel to Sydney in the next school holidays where he will meet navy cadets from countries around the world, including New Zealand, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Bermuda and South Africa. As well as showing our international visitors how navy cadets operate in Australia, James will be responsible for teaching them about the Australian culture through participating in various tours and activities. James will also play a role in the Anzac Day ceremonies which take place in Sydney during this time. This is a fantastic achievement for James and we wish him all the best for this leadership opportunity.
Congratulations to Rhiannon Clarke, Year 10, for qualifying to represent WA at the Australian Athletics Open in February on the Gold Coast and the Australian Junior Athletics next week in Sydney.
Rhiannon's success at the Australian Athletics Open, where she won silver in both events, has led to her selection to represent Australia in the 100m T38 race at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast on 12 April.
Rhiannon will now compete in the Australian Junior Athletics next week in Sydney where she will represent Western Australia in the 100m and 200m
We wish her luck.
Daniel Fazzari (Yr. 10) has been awarded his GOLD level card. Congratulations
Pascal Stuart (Yr. 8) x1 merit certificate
Sam Ferguson (Yr. 9) x1 merit certificate
MATER DEI SPORTS
Senior Boys Cricket
The Mater Dei College Cricket Team continued their good form with a comprehensive victory over Irene McCormack Catholic College.
Mater Dei won the toss and chose to bat first. The Team posted a massive score of 2/286 from their 20 overs. Matthew Richards was the star with the bat making 138 runs. Elliot Morris also batted extremely well and finished on 64 not out. The bowling from Mater Dei College was excellent restricting Irene McCormack to be all out for 26. Riley Holly took 3/4 and Isaac DeMarte took 1/8 with both players bowling four overs each.
The Team are hoping to continue the good form against St Stephen’s Carramar in the final round robin game of the season.
Riley Holly Team Captain
Mater Dei Basketball
Mater Dei’s Basketball Team kicked off their season with an empathic win over Butler College on Tuesday March 6. When the team walked into the away venue, they were anxious to see how they would do against the larger Butler College team. But as soon as the ball was thrown up, the team was switched on and in the zone. Mater Dei rushed to a quick lead but it was brought back to a closer, more competitive game going into the half. Once the second half commenced, Butler College caught Mater Dei’s team off guard and obtained a one point lead. From this, Mater Dei shook off the rust from the half time break, and regained the lead and didn’t look back, finishing with a convincing 44-38 win.
During the first game, the new team had its ups and downs, but to the players and Coach Green, the game was never in doubt. With no expectations and no idea on how the team would do, the team, although shaky at first, showed flashes of beautiful chemistry and promising talent. Under the guidance of the new Year 12 leaders of the team and the two ascending Year 10’s, the team hopes to make finals, as they were just cut short of it last year. Mater Dei’s Basketball team of young men have set the tone of their season, and as it stands, they are undefeated and they would like to keep it that way.
Defence Force Info Sessions Perth Health Careers Information Session Date: 13 March | Time: 6:30 Pm, Perth Defence Force Recruiting Centre
Curtin Uni Medicine Info Session Are you passionate about providing primary healthcare services to your community, including under-serviced areas such as rural health, mental health and aged care? Come along and gain a unique insight into our accredited course and the rewarding career paths available to graduates. Thursday 26 April, 6.30pm (please arrive 15 mins early) Register now - http://news.curtin.edu.au/events/medicine-information-evening/
Notre Dame Medicine Info Session – Fremantle Sunday 25 March, 10:45am for an 11am presentation Light refreshments served beforehand Drill Hall (ND25), The University of Notre Dame Australia, corner of Croke and Mouat Street, Fremantle We invite you to join us on campus for Notre Dame’s Medicine Information Session. Information about the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Pre-Medicine Certificate (PMC) will be discussed including the application and selection process, course structure, and important dates and deadlines. For further information please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08 9433 0533. RSVP here - http://www.nd.edu.au/events/2018/medicine-info-session
Nursing and Midwifery Work Experience The Get Real Experience and Try (GREaT) Nursing and Midwifery Work Experience Program has been developed to encourage high school students to experience nursing prior to studying it with a State Training Provider or at university. The program has been developed for Year 10 high school students to experience the many aspects of nursing and midwifery in a clinical setting while observing the team in action. Over 5 consecutive days students will rotate through many areas previously not available to school students to find out what it’s really like to be a nurse or midwife and what nurses and midwives really do. Apply by 9 March 2018 Find out more - http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Careers/Occupations/Nursing-and-midwifery/Become-a-nurse-or-midwife/Work-experience-nursing-and-midwifery
Term 1 Week 2 -10 Monday 8.00am -11.30am Thursday 12.30pm - 4.00pm (During school term only)
In addition to visiting the Mater Dei College Uniform Shop and placing your uniform order in person, Matrix Uniforms (supplier of Mater Dei College Uniforms) now offers the convenience of online ordering.