1 June 2018


Newsletter 01.06.18



Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff of Mater Dei College,

Last week we celebrated Sorry Day at our College assembly. It was perfect timing as we had an opportunity to introduce a new staff member to our community, Mr Chris Gosper to the role as Aboriginal Liaison Officer. Mr Gosper will be working with our families in a part time capacity.

This week we were so pleased to welcome the grade four students from St John Paul II Catholic primary school in Banksia Grove to engage in our science and drama program. It was great to welcome grade four teacher and alumni from Mater Dei, Miss Jessica Schofield with her students. A wonderful day was had by all.

Congratulations to 2017 alumni Elaina O'Connor, as she has been awarded the role of "Elle Woods" in the upcoming Musical Production of "Legally Blonde" at the Regal Theatre, Perth in August. An outstanding achievement for Elaina.

Also from the 2017 class, Charlotte Campbell has been chosen as a finalist in the Mandorla Art prize. Her work “new beginnings in a Modern Era”, along with the other finalists will be exhibited at Turner Galleries from June 1 to 30.

It is hard to believe we are half way through Term 2. Please keep our senior students in your prayers as the Year 11 and 12 students commenced their semester one examinations. The Year 10 students are currently preparing for their examinations and course selections for Year 11 2019. It is a timely reminder that students are expected to complete homework and study each night so they challenge themselves and strive to reach personal excellence. Please ensure your child is putting the time aside each night to complete homework, in addition to studying for upcoming test and assessments.

A news article from leading child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg on the topic of smartphones at schools took my interest this past week. Whilst the article was focussed on primary schools, there was an important reference to secondary schools and the use of mobile phones at school. The article referenced some secondary schools which have heavily restricted the use of mobile phones during school hours. Whilst Mater Dei was not mentioned, we are indeed one such school. Students are expected to refrain from using mobile phones from 8am until the end of the school day. They are encouraged to interact with each other socially on a personal level rather through their devices. I encourage all students to limit their time spent on social media and to forge healthy relationships with peers through co-curricular activities of which there are many on offer at Mater Dei.

I wish all families a safe and relaxing long weekend


God Bless
Annette Morey


Prayer Newsletter

FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI - Sunday June 3, 2018

"You consider Zacheus happy because Our Lord vouchsafed to enter his house and eat with him; you deem St. John happy because he rested on the breast of our Saviour at the Last Supper; and, above all, you regard St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary so very happy because they nourished and supported Our Dear Lord. But are you not as happy as they? Are you not even happier? You do not hold Our Lord in your arms as Simeon did, but you receive Him into your heart in Holy Communion; you do not rest on the bosom of St. John, but the Saviour rests in your heart after Holy Communion; you do not nurse and support Our Lord like St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin, but you have a still greater happiness, for the Saviour Himself nourishes you and gives Himself to you as your food. O Love! O Love! O who can understand the love of God for us!"

The Blessed Eucharist, Fr. Michael Muller, C.S.S.R


What Are We Doing To Our Kids?

This was the title of an article that caught my attention on Linkedin last week by Liana Simpson. Simpson is an experienced educator and mother. Her article highlights her perceptions on how children have changed over the years and as parent it struck a chord with me, to the point I thought it may be worth sharing some of the more thought-provoking observations.

I don’t for a minute pretend to be any sort of expert when it comes to parenting and this piece is in no way a criticism of anyone. Rather the article highlighted for me, that as a global society the outcomes of our collective best intentions may actually be doing more harm than good to our children, who will very soon be adults in this world, quite possibly without the skills they will need to cope.

The choice of whether this may be the case or not is up to us as individuals. Simpson however, contends:

Children of today have limited resilience and have adopted a ‘victim’ mentality. They can not cope with disappointment and more and more demonstrate a propensity to want to blame others for their fortunes.

Bullying, whilst never acceptable, is a term thrown around all to freely, at times for a single act of meanness, robbing our children of conflict resolution skills and the ability to effectively communicate with peers.

Scoring has been omitted from sport and other games so no one feels bad and has to experience being a loser and again we rob of children of the valuable life skills of losing humbly and learning from our mistakes in striving for improvement.

The article also, and rightly so, “raises the alarm” at the substantial increase in anxiety in children. As Simpson states, “My intention is not to belittle ‘anxiety’ or mental health issues in young kids but to raise awareness and raise the alarm! Why are so many children getting ‘worry’ sickness and what can we do to help reassure and support them better?” She further contends that students today are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety and we are incorrect in our assumptions that social media is the root of all evil.
This is not a long article but one well worth running our eyes over. If you wish to do so, there is a copy in SEQTA Engage/Documents/Wellbeing and is also available through the following link. What Are We Doing To Our Kids?

Paul Watson
Vice Principal


Year 10 Semester One Examinations

As per the schedule below, Year 10 Semester One Examinations will be held throughout Week 7 of this term. All examinations will commence at 9.00am with 5-minutes reading time and 90-minutes working time. Students should ensure they arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes prior to the commencement of each examination. Students should also familiarise themselves with the rules for candidates. These have been emailed to all Year 10 parents and students.

At the conclusion of each examination students will be dismissed to go home to study. For students 

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who wish to remain at school to study, the Mercy Information and Resource Centre (library) will be open.

In the lead up to the exams, Year 10 students are encouraged to access the Study Skills Handbook. A useful set of units to complete is “Improving How You Study” especially “Preparing for Exam Blocks”.

The link to the site is: https://www.studyskillshandbook.com.au

Username: formaterdeionly

Password: 122results

For all examination enquiries please contact Mrs. Tamara Boyer, Deputy Principal.

 Mon (11 June)

Tues (12 June)

Wed (13 June) 

Thurs (14 June) 

 Fri (15 June)






 English  Religious Education

Humanities and Social Sciences:

Geography & Economics or

History & Civics and Citizenship


Biology or

Chemistry or

Physics or

Marine Studies

OLNA - Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA)

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. Students who do not achieve Band 8 or higher in NAPLAN Reading, Writing or Numeracy are required to pass the OLNA.

After School OLNA Support Sessions

Note – Compulsory attendance at the following sessions is required for all Year 12 OLNA students and is strongly recommended for students in Years 10 and 11.

Literacy Support (Reading and Writing)
Thursdays 3.20pm to 4.20pm in MCC13-18 (Report to English Office)
Other times may be negotiated directly between individual students and their English teacher. For further queries please contact Head of English, John Crooks: john.crooks@mdc.wa.edu.au

Numeracy Support
Wednesdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm in MCC7
Other times may be negotiated directly between individual students and their Mathematics teacher. For further queries please contact Head of Mathematics, Matthew Kameron: matthew.kameron@mdc.wa.edu.au

Online Literacy and Numeracy Support
Mater Dei College has purchased an online subscription to support all students who need to pass the OLNA. This package enables students to practise questions from past OLNA tests, and provides specific feedback to students including suggested strategies. Year 11 and 12 students created their accounts last term and should still be able to login to https://olna.com.au/ using their Mater Dei email address and password. Year 10 students and parents have been sent an email this week and should follow the instructions to create their account. Parents should encourage students to logon to this website and practice regularly in the lead up to the August/September round of OLNA. Any student experiencing difficulty accessing their account should see their English/Mathematics teacher as soon as possible.

For all other OLNA queries please contact Mrs Tamara Boyer, Deputy Principal: tamara.boyer@mdc.wa.edu.au


Joondalup Youth Forum
On Thursday 31 May, Andre Desveaux, Melissa Hemetsberger and Sophie Holly attended the Joondalup Youth Forum. Minister for Youth, Hon Peter Tinley, and Member for Joondalup, Emily Hamilton, hosted the consultation forum providing secondary students from Joondalup the opportunity to share their views on the draft WA-wide Youth Strategy. Students contributed to a round table discussion with Ms Hamilton, the Minister and the Minister’s Senior Policy Advisor. Discussions centred around digital services for young people such as apps and websites; how government can best engage young people; what services youth hubs should provide; and ways in which the Government can recognise the achievements of young people other than through awards. On the way back from the forum the students expressed how much they appreciated the opportunity to share their views, and how they felt as valued members of the local community.Joondalup Youth Forum

“I thought the forum was very enjoyable as we were asked how we felt about issues such as mental health and services that are provided for young people. We all got to have a say and weren’t judged on our opinions. The information gathered will assist Ms Hamilton and Mr Tinley determine how they can better support youth in the future.” Andre Desveaux, Year 10

“The Youth Forum provided me a chance to have a say in the State Government's plans for the future, which is something I've never done before. It was great that Mr Tinley and Ms Hamilton were actively seeking the perspectives of young people because we are the future of the state.” Sophie Holly, Year 10

Today was a new experience for me and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was interesting to hear what students from other schools had to say, and to consider the range of knowledge about what the Government is trying to offer young people.” Melissa Hemetsberger, Year 10

Andre, Sophie and Melissa all agreed that what Ms Hamilton and Mr Tinley now do with the information gathered from today will be important in shaping the future for young people in Western Australia.

Mrs Boyer, Deputy Principal

Languages Week 2018
Last week to coincide with the Language Perfect World Championships, was Languages Week at Mater Dei. A variety of events were held including Kendama (Japanese Toy), Chopstick Relay, Congklak (Indonesian game), origami and photo booth opportunities.

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Students also got to try some Japanese and Indonesian treats such as, kakigori shaved ices, and the Krupuk eating challenge. With the bad weather of the last day, students enjoyed watching a Japanese anime in the warmth of the Benedict Building.

Arigato & Terima Kasih,
Mrs Rosanne Jacobs

Year 10 Science Subject Selection

This week our Year 10 students gathered together to hear about the various Science courses on offer for them as Year 11s in 2019 from both General and ATAR pathways. Students also had the opportunity to hear about the huge variety of career options MDC’s Science courses can lead to in the future. Many of MDC’s 90s Club members from previous years have studied a number of Science courses in upper school and have gone on to various universities in WA, to study degrees in Engineering, Biomedical Science and Physiotherapy, just to name a few. MDC’s Science courses offer a combination of practical hands-on activities as well as an opportunity to study and understand theories that underpin various concepts. Upper school Science courses do not only teach students scientific content, they teach problem solving strategies, critical thinking skills and how to apply knowledge and understanding to predict and explain unfamiliar situations. Even if students do not foresee they will pursue the sciences after school, the skills they learn will stand them in good stead in their future studies and careers. Students are encouraged to consider the following Science courses as potential options when making their subject selections in the weeks and months ahead;

• Biology ATAR
• Chemistry ATAR
• Human Biology ATAR
• Human Biology General
• Physics ATAR
• Psychology ATAR

The PowerPoint presented to students is available on SEQTA at: Portal/Year 10 Documents/Subject Selection. If you would like access to additional information and more in-depth descriptions about the content covered in the various courses, please visit: https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/science
Ms O’Shea

Year 10 Marine Studies
Over the course of the week, our Year 10 Marine Studies students have been conducting an assessed investigation on buoyancy, density and upthrust and how these factors change in fresh water compared to salt water. Students were required to work in groups to build their own hydrometer and then use it to test the density of a variety of different liquids to determine their relative density. Students then had to record the weight of various masses when they were suspended in fresh and then salty water. Using their data, students had to calculate the upthrust of distilled and salty water. Students also had to research how the Principle of Floatation affects cargo ships and how they used their Plimsoll Line to safely transport cargo from port to port. Well done, Year 10 Marine Studies students on all your hard work this week!
Ms O’Shea

CEWA student leaders’ forum 2018
On Wednesday 22 May, Claudia Desveaux and I had the privilege of attending the CECWA Student Leaders’ Forum at Aranmore Catholic College. The forum was held to consult students in the development of the CECWA Strategic Directions, fielding questions from Perth students about the effectiveness of the Catholic education system in WA; ‘What are we doing well? And what could we be doing better?’

CEWA STUDENT LEADERSAt the beginning of the forum, we were introduced to other student leaders from Catholic Colleges including Aranmore, Sacred Heart and Chisholm as we were given the opportunity to discuss our perspectives on questions, such as, “If you could change one thing about Catholic education in WA, what would it be?”. This question in particular prompted a range of different discussion points from the group, however, many students agreed on the need to make the Religious Education syllabus more engaging and relevant to everyday life. This and other key ideas were written down by the forum leader to take back to Catholic Education WA.

The knowledge that we had played a role in planning the strategic direction of the Catholic education system made the student focus group a valuable and rewarding experience. I highly recommend that other students consider participating in forums such as these if the opportunity arises in the future.
Aiden Boonark, Year 12

The Wheelchair Challenge
The Wheelchair Challenge is an event that challenges people to spend just one day of their life in a wheelchair while raising funds for Rebound WA.

There are a wide variety of circumstances that result in the necessity to live life in a wheelchair. Many of those could be experienced by you, or someone in your life. The Wheelchair Challenge provides students and staff with an opportunity to have first-hand experience of what life is like in a wheelchair while raising much-needed funds to help us continue to make a difference in the community.

It is called a challenge for a reason. Participants will be challenged by issues of accessibility in workplaces, school, shops and in many public spaces and facilities. They will learn a different way of dealing with everyday situations such as opening doors, crossing roads, navigating around furniture and even preparing meals. They may also gain a new perspective on how people in wheelchairs are viewed and treated.

The Wheelchair Challenge will take place at Mater Dei College on Thursday 30th August 2018. We have a number of staff and students that have nominated themselves for the challenge. These are;

Staff - Dr. Wayne Keady
Yr 8, Mya Gerschwitz
Yr 12, Monique Ferrirro
Yr , Brooke Luquero

MDC Learning Support Department


Picture11Sean Escott and Riley Burke (Yr 8) competed in the National Baseball Tournament last week in Lismore and on Friday they won the Gold Medal game. They are now the National Champions and have qualified to represent Australia in Livermore, California in late July in the World Series Intermediate League tournament. Well done, Sean and Riley






image004Earlier this month, Tahlia Rudrum (Yr 11) competed for the u/17s Western Australia State School Girls Softball team. Western Australia came in third, taking home a bronze medal. It was WA’s first bronze medal in 11 years. Congratulations, Tahlia.


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Word of the Week


Definition: a meat stew

Did you know? Slumgullion may not sound like the most appetizing name for a dish, but that's part of its charm. The word's etymology doesn't necessarily do it any favors: while the origins of slumgullion are somewhat murky, the word is believed to derive from slum, an old word for "slime," and gullion, an English dialectical term for "mud" or "cesspool." The earliest recorded usages of slumgullion, including one from Mark Twain's Roughing It (1872), refer not to a stew but a beverage. The sense referring to the stew debuted a few decades later, and while there is no consensus on exactly what ingredients are found in it, that's the slumgullion that lives on today


The slumgullion was hot, savory, and hearty, and on this rainy night we were all eager for seconds.

"She rode up a small dirt hill to a grassy clearing bordered by cabins, where she got a glimpse of the rock, big enough to seat at least a dozen campers, where she and her scouts had cooked slumgullion, a stew of meat and vegetables, over a camp fire."

— Jodi WeigandThe Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 9 Aug. 2007



The Good Careers Guide 2019 still contains over 400 comprehensive job descriptions, and advice and guidance for job seekers, regardless of whether you're fresh out of school, university, or want to have a change of career.

he Good Careers Guide 2019 is available to buy in print from our online bookshop and selected newsagents. You can also take a look for free with our eBook version

Enrolments Newsletter Website


Year 7, 2020 Enrolments – if you have not enrolled siblings for Year 7, 2020 please contact the Enrolments Officer. Offers for students to commence Year 7, 2020 will be posted out on 22 June, 2018.

For further enquiries please phone our Enrolments Officer, Ang Lourens on 9405 4777 or email: enrolments@mdc.wa.edu.au


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.


In the interest of the online ordering system to run efficiently, could we please ask when placing an order that the student's name be placed in the "Pick Up Name".

By entering the student's name, this will enable both the Uniform Shop and Student Services to track and deliver the orders more efficiently.

Matrix Uniforms Contact: 0435 751 963

Please note this phone is only operated during school uniform shop hours. If we are unavailable, please leave a message and we will call you back.

For urgent queries over the school holidays please email sales@matrixuniforms.com.au

Purchases can now be paid with Cash, Eftpos or Credit card. Student Card will no longer be accepted in the Uniform Shop.


St Lukes High School Youth Group (Yrs 7-12)
Friday evening (1st of June) come and join us in the Parish Hall from 7-9pm in a night jam packed of fun, food, games, hanging out with friends and learning new things about God.
Contact us at stlukesyouth.woodvale@gmail.com for more information

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Mon Jul 22 @12:00AM
Student Free day - Staff PD Day
Tue Jul 23 @ 8:35AM - 03:20PM
Student Free Day Parent Teacher Student interviews
Wed Jul 24 @12:00AM
Kagoshima student exchange
Wed Jul 24 @ 8:35AM - 03:20PM
Students return
Thu Jul 25 @12:00AM
CPAF Opening Mass
Thu Jul 25 @12:00AM
Kagoshima student exchange
Thu Jul 25 @ 8:35AM - 03:20PM
Yr7 ACC Freo Dockers Shield Cup
Fri Jul 26 @12:00AM
Kagoshima student exchange
Sat Jul 27 @12:00AM
Kagoshima student exchange
Sun Jul 28 @12:00AM
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