15 June 2018


Newsletter 15.06.18



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

This week all families should have received communication from our Vice Principal, Mr Paul Watson regarding a survey. As mentioned in the communication, the Mater Dei Executive are committed to the ongoing improvement of our College and as such we are very keen to hear the voice of our parent community.  I strongly encourage parents to complete the survey as your input is invaluable for the future planning of Mater Dei.

The community spirit was alive at the AFL exhibition matches on Friday afternoon.  My sincere thanks to the parents of our AFL students who organised the sausage sizzle, cakes and condiments for sale. It certainly added to the atmosphere on a cold winter’s afternoon. Although in its infancy, the AFL program is proving to be very popular and as a result we have extended the program to commence in Year 7 2019.  The College Board has approved two scholarships to the value of 50% off tuition fees for Year 7 2019. Interested families are asked to make contact with Mr Luke Hendricks, AFL Academy Director.

This week we welcome back our Year 11 and 12 students from their examination break. Well done to our senior students who conducted themselves in a very professional manner during the exam period.  We keep our Year 10 students in our prayers this week as they experience their first senior examinations. I wish them well.

Next week Mater Dei students and staff enjoy MADD week.  Music, Art, Drama and Dance will be the focus for the week. Some of our music students started the festivities early with the flute ensemble and clarinet ensembles visiting the nearby nursing home to spread their love of the Performing Arts. On Thursday, we have invited the Little Lord Street Band to Mater Dei to perform at lunch time. Thank you to Mr Basile and the staff for organising MADD week for our community.

In the past fortnight, our College Chaplain Fr John has announced at his parish at St Anthony’s Wanneroo that he is being moved in July to another parish after eleven years in the Wanneroo community. This news has been taken very hard by many in the St Anthony’s parish community. We have some good news however for Mater Dei as Archbishop Timothy Costello has approved Fr John to remain as Chaplain at Mater Dei College. My sincere thanks to Fr John for his ongoing support of our College community.

At the end of this term we farewell one of our staff, Mr Matthew Kameron, Head of Mathematics.  Although Mr Kameron is relatively new to Mater Dei, he will be missed by staff and students.  Mr Kameron has been appointed to a role in software development, linked to education. When addressing staff, Mr Kameron has expressed that he will miss teaching. We wish him well in his new endeavour.

I am keen to re-establish our community care program Mater Dei Care. Mater Dei Care is an initiative of the Mater Dei College Community and the Mater Dei Parents and Friends Committee. This is a scheme which encourages families to participate in voluntary work supporting other families within their school community who are faced with emergency situations. Interested families are asked to register your name with our Parents and Friends Committee.  There is more information on our College website under the Community banner and a link to the Parents and Friends Committee to register help in different ways, such as supplying a meal.  Families in need of Mater Dei Care support are asked to contact me or one of the Deputy Principals at the College to ensure utmost confidentiality.


God Bless
Annette Morey


Prayer Newsletter

The fruit of silence is prayer
The fruit of prayer is faith
The fruit of faith is love
The fruit of love is service
The fruit of service is peace.

Prayer which St Teresa of Calcutta wrote on her Business Card


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)

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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 at Home

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 at home or at school, and provides specific feedback to students including suggested strategies. Parents, please encourage your Year 10, 11 or 12 student to login to https://olna.com.au/ using their Mater Dei email address and password and practise regularly. Any student experiencing difficulty accessing their account should see their English/Mathematics teacher as soon as possible. These teachers are also available to go through the online feedback provided for improvement.

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

Study Skills – Overcoming Procrastination

Do you ever find yourself procrastinating? You mean to start work on an assignment, but you just keep putting it off until it ends up being a mad rush the night before it is due. The Overcoming Procrastination unit at www.studyskillshandbook.com.au  looks at the reasons why students procrastinate and what techniques they can try to overcome this common problem. Setting work targets with rewards at the end of each completed step is a well-known strategy, but an example of a less commonly known technique is the ‘two-fer’ concept. For this technique you have two tasks, one you don’t mind doing and one you have been procrastinating about. Decide on a set period of time that you will work for. During this time, if you have any trouble working on one task or reach a point where you have a bit of a mental blank, you should then switch to the other task and alternate between them. Of course it is better to focus solely on one task but if this isn’t working by alternating between two tasks at least you are being productive for the whole period of time and forcing yourself to do some work on the less favoured task.

You might also like to visit the Assignment Skills unit at www.studyskillshandbook.com.au for some more ideas on approaching assignments. 

Our school’s subscription details are –

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ACC X-Country Carnival

Huge congratulations to those who competed in this year’s ACC X-country on Thursday 31, May at Perry Lakes Reserve. The Day was full of rain, rain and more rain however the students made Mater Dei very proud. We came 20th overall with a few outstanding performers. Special mention to Taneesha Baker Year 10 who finished 17th, Kuchkoon Akech Year 10 who finished 18th and Erin McMahon who came 36th Year 7 in their age groups out of 300+ runners. Well done to all who ran on the day, you should be very proud of your efforts.

A special thank you to those senior students who left exams to come and run, missed days of career link and those who chose to run whilst away from the College. I would also like to thank those students who 'ran up' today, this is a huge ask and I can't thank you enough for stepping up to help your team succeed. You did MDC very proud.

Finally, thank you to those parents/guardians, grandparents, brother and sisters who came down to support MDC today. Having a familiar face to cheer you on is lovely to see.

I look forward to seeing what 2019 holds for MDC X-country.

Miss Wheeler

Mater Dei Discovery Day 2018 

Earlier this term, year 4 students from St John Paul II visited Mater Dei College for our first MDC Discovery Day.  The day was split up into 2 workshops/sessions which included visits to the Science and Drama Departments, where students were entertained by Mr Marshall, the Year 10 ambassadors from the Excellence in Science Program (ESP@MDC) and myself.  Personally, it was a wonderful opportunity to be able to introduce these budding young scientists to life in the lab at MDC. 

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After observing various chemistry based demonstrations, students then went into groups to discover organisms under the microscopes, look at the structure and function of flowering plants, and they also got to take home their own slime, sherbet and seedlings. I hope the students, parents and teachers from St John Paul II enjoyed the experience and we look forward to welcoming these families to MDC in the future.

Mrs Lombardo – Science Teacher


Liam photoYear 11 Hospitality student, Liam Brnic has made it into the finals of the HGT Taste of the Future Cooking Competition. Only 9 students across WA in Years 11 and 12 make it into the finals. The final cook-off will take place at Belmont Trade Training Centre on 21 June, 2018. Liam will be cooking for some amazing Perth chefs as Judges; Don Hancey, Stephen Clarke and Paul Beard. We wish him all the best.










At the recent DMIA Dance Competition on the weekend, Bailey Perrie won Rising Star and Abigail Pedley won Miss Personality.

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Laura Doleman and Tahnee Lane also competed at Dance Quest Competition.  Both girls received a string of awards including 1st Place (Laura) and 3rd Place (Tahnee) in open 15/U Jazz Solos.

Congratulations to our talented MDC Dancers!


Year 7 Girls AFL Carnival 

The Year 7 Girls participated in an AFL carnival on Tuesday 12, June at Inglewood oval. The girls were very enthusiastic throughout the day despite the heavy rain and subsequent losers. Well done to all involved. Thanks to Mrs Martin and Miss Wheeler on the day. 

SSWA Champion Schools Junior Touch Rugby Tournament 2018

On Thursday 7, June, two junior team’s travelled down to George Burnett Park, Karawara, and represented the College with distinction in the annual Champion Schools Touch Rugby (Lower Division) one-day tournament. 

Our junior female team played five ‘pool’ games against a number of schools during the day winning two matches, drawing one and narrowly losing the other two. As a result, they did not qualify for the finals. Stand out performers from this team included Kiara Bingham, Andrea Moyo, Tahlia Chomiak and Elecia Shaw.

Our junior male team won just one of their five ‘pool’ games but two of their losses were by very narrow margins. They also did not qualify for the finals. They can count themselves unlucky though some exceptionally talented teams from Thornlie and Aranmore were included in their ‘pool’. Stand out performers included Josh Bedford, Will Dobson, Sam Ferguson and Fred Walker. 

A big thank you must go out to Mr Gray and to the two senior student assistants for their coaching and support leading up to the tournament and on the day itself. A hearty congratulations to all who participated. The next opportunity for these young students to display their talent and skill against high quality opposition will be at the 2019 Champion Schools Touch Rugby Tournament at the same venue.

Mr G Byrne

House Coordinator

Junior Girls Soccer

Mater Dei def Wanneroo 12-0.

The score tells the story unfortunately, Mater Dei were overwhelming too strong for the young, inexperienced Wanneroo team. Goals:  Andrea Moyo 5, Dior Mackin 3, Faye Doherty, Destiny Cooke, Katelyn Pyke, & Sara Combes 1 apiece.

Mater Dei def Woodvale B 2-1

We set off to Woodvale with only 10 players, feeling a bit nervous as Woodvale are always a slick team. The play was very even until Andrea Moyo scored our first goal off a great pass from Faye Doherty, taking us into half-time 1 up.  The play continued to be a hard fought battle into the second term until Woodvale finally equalised bringing the score level.  Both teams had many scoring opportunities but the score remained level right up to the last minute when Katelyn Pyke finally put one away to secure our win. We welcomed back from injury Caitlin Maloney, who did a great job as keeper in the first half and were lucky to have Maggie Beckwith filling in for us as she did a sterling job in defence.  Congratulations to Emily Bicknell who took on the role of keeper in the second half and showcased her AFL marking and kicking skills!  Thank you to the parents who braved the chilly weather to support us.

Mrs Janine Boyle

Junior Girls Soccer Coach


Book of the Week

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Benedict House

Zahli Moore (Yr. 8) has been awarded her Bronze level card. Congratulations

Siena House

Ellie Evans (Yr. 7) x1 merit certificate

Summer Vlahov (Yr. 11) x1 merit certificate

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


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
Kagoshima student exchange

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