Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff of Mater Dei College,
The College visit to Francis Jordan Catholic Primary School was a highlight for our Concert Band, dancers and AFL Representatives on Thursday last week. The Mater Dei students and staff entertained the primary school students, demonstrating their talents and the opportunities available at Mater Dei. My thanks to Mr Basile, Mrs Martin, Mr Hendricks and students.
This week we hosted the Year 4 students from St Luke’s Primary School for a Mater Dei Discovery Day. The students enjoyed time in the Science Laboratories and Art Workshop. Well done to the student leaders and to Mrs Lombardo, Mr Hurd and Mr Longshaw.
The Community Fair and Arts Showcase is scheduled for this Saturday from 11am-3pm (prior to the Eagles game!). I encourage families to attend, to enjoy the community stalls and to view the Showcase of students work in the Salvado courtyard. This year the Arts, and Design and Technology Learning Areas have been very creative not just in the classroom, but with the whole learning space into the Salvado courtyard. Many students and staff have contributed to the artwork under the careful guidance of our Visual Art teachers. Mrs Genevie Baker will be present as the guest artist for the Showcase as she is the Arts Consultant at Catholic Education WA. I look forward to seeing families on the day.
The Showcase will be followed by Open Afternoon on Monday 10 September 4-5.30pm. Each Learning Area in the College will demonstrate student work and learning opportunities.
Next weekend, our students and staff involved in the College Inaugural Space Camp are scheduled to depart for the USA. In addition, the Japanese language students and staff are due to depart for a tour of Japan. These are such exciting opportunities. Please keep them in your prayers.
This week all Principals received a letter from the Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe, Archbishop of Perth. Archbishop Costelloe’s Pastoral Letter is a response to the Royal Commission. As Catholic educators and leaders, our highest priority is to ensure our Catholic schools are safe places where all students can flourish in their learning. I urge families to please read Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter which is included with this newsletter.
Annette Morey Principal
To read Archbishop Costello’s Pastoral Letter, please follow the link HERE.
Welcome to the Plenary Council 2020
Together, we are on a journey of listening to God by listening to one another. We invite all Australians to engage in an open and inclusive process of listening, dialogue and discernment about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia.
Your voice is needed – join in! Speak boldly and with passion, listen with an open and humble heart. With faith and guided by God’s Holy Spirit, we journey together, toward the future.
Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost.
Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.
O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia
and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council.
Give us the grace to see your face in one another
and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road.
Give us the courage to tell our stories
and to speak boldly of your truth.
Give us ears to listen humbly to each other
and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying.
Lead your Church into a hope-filled future,
that we may live the joy of the Gospel.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
bread for the journey from age to age.
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.
St Mary MacKillop, pray for us.
Have your say!
MESSAGE FROM THE DEPUTIES
Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA)
Round Two of the OLNA has now been completed for 2018. Thank you to all staff who assisted the students in preparing for this assessment throughout the year, especially teachers in the English, Mathematics and Learning Support Departments. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority are due to release students’ results on Monday 15 October 2018. Correspondence advising relevant students and families will be sent following this date.
Lap-a-thon for LifeLink
During Wellbeing Week this term all students and staff in the College participated in the Lap-a-thon for LifeLink. This whole school event was the major College fundraiser for LifeLink and students were asked to raise some funds for this worthy cause.
We are pleased to announce that the total raised for LifeLink was $4092 and would like to thank all those who contributed so generously. This money will go a long way in supporting the needy individuals and families who access the following Catholic agencies.
Daydawn Advocacy Centre
Centrecare Employment and Training
Catholic Ministry for People who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired
Bishop Don Sproxton will be our special guest at our whole school assembly on the last day of term and will accept our donation on behalf of LifeLink.
Study skills tip for September – best way to study?
Students sometimes ask ‘what is the best way to study?’. The answer is, there is no best way. An important lesson for students to learn is that everyone learns in different ways, everyone has different approaches and preferences, and what works well for one person may not work well for another. This truth applies to all aspects of effective learning – time management, research skills, writing skills and so on. There are certainly good techniques and strategies available in all of these areas, and also approaches that work well for the majority of students. However, it is essential that all students try different techniques to see what works best for them. Preferences could also change over time, so it makes sense to at least once a year stop and reflect on approaches to learning. What did you do, what worked, what didn’t, what should you change, what should you keep, and what new things could you try. This is what ‘metacognition’ is all about. It means taking the time to try and understand more about the process of learning and your role as a learner. Students who take a metacognitive approach to their learning are much more likely to improve their results. How can you find out different study techniques to try? Talk to the people around you – friends, siblings, parents – ask them what techniques they have used. Also ask your teachers what they would recommend for their subject. You can also visit the unit on the Study Skills Handbook that covers how to study for tests and exams. You will find lots of active studying strategies and grids to help you plan for exams. Just remember – there is a worst way to study – just reading your notes over and over and hoping the information stays in your head!
Our school’s subscription details to this online study skills website for secondary school students are –
We are happy to announce that Lachlan Hemetsberger from Francis Jordan Catholic Primary School is the recipient of the Year 7 - 9 2019 Academic Tuition Scholarship.
It is a very competitive process we are certain that his family is very proud, we look forward to Lachlan joining our school community.
Tournament of Minds
The Tournament of Minds (TOM) Challenge day took place on Saturday 25 August at Edith Cowan University. The new team of students performed in the Language/Literature Challenge. They had been working on the challenge since the start of Term 3 before and after school. They did not make the top three in the State, however the feedback from the judges was very positive and they were impressed that they were all new to TOM. Those involved were:
Ashlee Harwood (Year 9)
Taylar Roccheccioli (Year 9)
Elecia Shaw (Year 9)
Ethan Bennett Bremner (Year 8)
Rose Blake (Year 7)
Bailey Perrie (Year 7).
Year 12 Human Biology Zoo Excursion
As part of the syllabus for Human Biology, students are required to learn about the features that classify humans as part of the primate order. Students must examine various features such as;
Eye position and how this increases a primates’ reliance on sight over smell
The hands, especially their opposable first digit, prehensility, friction ridges, and nails rather than claws, which assist them to move efficiently in the trees while also improving their ability to manipulate objects
Locomotion and in comparing quadrupedal ground runners, with quadrupedal branch runners, and then comparing slow climbers, such as orang-utans with the best brachiators in the primate order, the gibbons.
Students had the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge and understandings in preparation for an upcoming assessment on why humans are classified as primates and the features, that make us unique.
On Thursday 30 August, students and staff from Mater Dei College participated in Rebound WA’s Wheel Chair Challenge. For the entire day we moved around school only via wheelchairs. Not only did we have a first-hand experience on what it is like for school students who are confined to a wheelchair, but we also raised much needed funds for Rebound WA.
This experience was a big eye opener for myself, and I am sure for the others also, as being a Year 12 student I have gone through high school with very little trouble making my way around the school. By the end of the day I had blisters on both hands and my arms were very tired. Being in the wheelchair added around ten minutes onto the time it took me to get to my classes, making me late to most of them. It made me more appreciative that I could get around so easily compared to those who are in wheelchairs and even those with other physical disabilities.
An amazing total of $1,344.56 has been raised so far which will go towards providing social, recreational and sporting opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities. A big thank you to Mrs Fullam and Ms Scott for organising the event and to all those who sponsored our team. The fund-raising link is open till the end of Term 3.
On Wednesday 29 August our Hospitality students hosted the annual Community Dinner for the College Board, Executive and past staff members. Students prepared and served the food as an assessment component of their Hospitality Certificate. The food and decoration were indigenous inspired and looked beautiful. Congratulations to the students and staff involved.
Dei to Dance
On 22 August, Dei to Dance performed at the Catholic Performing Arts festival at The Perth Convention Centre.
The dancers worked all year choreographing two routines for the performance.
The Year 11/12 Certificate class collaborated on a piece called, Rise Against Hunger. The piece was inspired from a quote by Mother Teresa, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, just feed one.” The dance was a contemporary work that captured the essence of the message and compelled the audience to relate to this very touching subject.
The second piece was choreographed by two Year 10 students, Tahnee Lane and Laura Doleman. They chose to choreograph a piece related to the latest mass shooting incident in the U.S. The piece was aptly titled, The Last Mass Shooting and was very well received by both judges and audience members alike.
If you would like to see the students one last time, they are performing in an informal setting at the Open Day afternoon on Monday 10 September in the Bernie Boss Hall, from 3.30 to 4.30pm.
Congratulations to all involved.
Mrs Wendy Martin
ASI - Big Science Competition
The following students are to be congratulated for outstanding results in the very challenging Australian Science Innovations (ASI)– Big Science Competition they sat earlier in the year.
It is a 50 minute, multiple choice competition testing critical thinking and problem solving skills. Questions are set in real-life, contemporary contexts, making them relatable and interesting which are aligned with the Australian Curriculum – Science.
Euan McLaughlan – High Distinction
Maya McKinnon – High Distinction
Keenan McMahon – Distinction
Kaleb Cunniffe – Distinction
Harman Singh – Distinction
Ethan Turkovic – Distinction
Mrs Georgina Lombardo – Science Teacher
Children’s Book Week
In Week 6 the Library celebrated Children’s Book Week with the theme of ‘Find Your Treasure’. Numerous activities were offered to the College to promote an interest in books and reading, culminating with Dress Up Day on Friday 24 August with gold coin donations going to the St Vinnies Winter Appeal.
Chess Winner: Matthew Alphonso. Runner-Up: Alen Kratina
Treasure Hunt Senior Winners: John-Paul Acres and Brody Williams. Junior Winner: Philipp von Guttenberg.
Guess the Treasure in the Jar 277: Indiana Scoby-Smith
Reading Challenge: Ellie Evans
Treasure Island Word Sleuth: Ruby Wilson
Best Dressed Book Characters
Seniors: Winner Amy Cunningham and Runner Up Bailey Tucker.
Juniors: Winner Ashleigh Moscarda and Runner Up Indiana Scoby-Smith
Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm and participation!
Mrs Janine Boyle. Library Coordinator
AppleCare for Education
AppleCare offers end user support for all members of the Catholic Education of Western Australia ‘Mac’ community. This is a 24-hour 7-days a week support service, that covers ALL Apple hardware and software issues, accounts and settings. It is available for staff, students and families, regardless of the AppleCare coverage currently on their device.
If you are experiencing problems with a device or software then contact:
AppleCare for Enterprise – CEWA End User Support
Phone – 1300 760 237
PIN – 2933
Mr Stephen Round
Information & Technology Manager
SSWA Champion Schools Touch Rugby Tournament for Years 10 - 12
On Thursday 30 August, approximately 24 senior students travelled to George Burnett Park, Karawara, to participate in a one-day secondary schools’ Touch Rugby tournament.
Our girls team played five pool games against strong opposition and finished the day with a quarter final clash against Mandurah Catholic College which they won by a narrow margin. In their ‘knock out’ semi-final against Aranmore Catholic College the following Monday, the girls tried hard but were convincingly defeated. Along the way to their top four finish overall, the girls had strong wins over Mercy College, Melville Senior High and Quinns Baptist College. The squad was made up of Year 10 and Year 11 students who displayed great effort and skill throughout the tournament. Stand out performers included Violana Winchester, Aiysha Wigley, Maddy Lloyd and Jenna Jordan.
Our boys played seven pool games, winning four matches and drawing one. In their other two games, they lost narrowly to Atwell High and Willetton High. Despite finishing equal second in their ‘pool’, they did not qualify for the finals on percentage. Stand out performers included Zac Atkinson, Tarik Arbuckle, Jesse Lloyd, Christopher Evans and Harry Steer-Wright.
A big thank you must go out to Mr Gray and Lachlan Atkinson (past student of the College) for their coaching and support leading up to and on the day of the tournament. Congratulations to all who participated and represented the College with great distinction. We look forward now to participating in the 2019 SSWA Champion Schools Touch Rugby Tournament at the same venue where our senior girls have an opportunity to reach the grand final ‘winner take all’ match.
Mr G Byrne
Touch Rugby Manager
Jude Gauntlett recently returned after representing WA at the under 15’s Jinshan Shanghai International Soccer Tournament, competing against the Chinese and Indian national youth teams and Slavia Prague Football Club. Congratulations.
Rhiannon Clarke was Nominated for the 2018 Pierre de Coubertin Award. The Olympic Academy Day and official State Presentation was held on Saturday 1 September 2018 at the West Australian Institute of Sport.
This day was held in conjunction with the WA Official State Presentation for recipients of this year’s Pierre de Coubertin Award, providing them with opportunity to meet Olympians, attend Leadership Workshops and learn about the International Olympic Movement.
Rhiannon feels so honoured to be nominated by Mater Dei.
2018 Pierre de Coubertin Award Presentation Information
Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of modern Olympics and was convinced of the importance of sport in the development of the individual. He believed in the qualities of excellence, sportsmanship and respect which embody the values of Olympism.
The Pierre de Coubertin Awards, an initiative of the Australian Olympic Committee, are designed to reward not only the elite sports people but those that display strong character and ideals, representing the school at the highest standard both on and off the field. Previous Western Australian winners of this award include Fergus Kavanagh (Olympian, Hockey), Kim Mickle (Olympian, Athletics), Harry Taylor (Geelong FC) and Daniel Wells (North Melbourne FC).
The Awards are held annually in each state (except NT) and are presented to one Year 10, 11 or 12 student, from participating High Schools. In WA in 2018, The Australian Olympic Committee awarded 43 students from among the approximate 16,000 students attending those participating High Schools.
Of the 43 students, 33 students and their families attended the State Presentation Ceremony held in Perth. The students were invited to an Olympic Academy Day held prior to the Presentation Ceremony, which provided students with a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about leadership, goal setting and resilience from some of WA’s Olympic heroes. Olympians Jesse Phillips (Sprint Kayak); Tamsin Cook (Swimming); Danielle Kettlewell (Synchronised Swimming) and Rhys Grant (Rowing) shared with the students their own Olympic journey. The students also learnt about the Olympic movement and toured the Western Australian Institute of Sports high performance facility.
Emcee, Olympian Jesse Phillips who has attended multiple Pierre de Coubertin days, said he is grateful for the opportunity to meet students and foster their spirit for personal excellence.
“The students receive an insight into the whole Olympic Movement. The journey is much bigger than just what you see at the Olympic games every 4 years. It is an ongoing journey with many obstacles, setbacks, hopes and dreams to represent our Country”.
The students were thrilled to meet some of their sporting heroes and among them was Olympian Lauren Mitchell (Gymnastics). Her message was threefold:
1. Discover your Why - What do you want to achieve?
2. Control what you can, such as the preparation not the outcome
3. Change the language - create positive dialogue, set small challenges on the journey to achieve your ultimate goal.
“It was fantastic to speak to the students and their families today, I love sharing my story and the process of how I achieved my goals to hopefully inspire them to achieve their own”.
Australian Olympic Committee WA State Manager Lisa Lilleyman acknowledged the great support from schools throughout Western Australia for the Pierre de Coubertin Award, with nominations received from metropolitan and regional schools including Albany, Geraldton and Christmas Island.
“We are thrilled so many wonderful WA Youth could be recognised for displaying the Olympic Values and their commitment to excellence in all areas of their lives. We are pleased so many could join us for the Academy Day and continue to be inspired by our Olympians”.
Beth Gauntlett (Yr 8) has been awarded her Bronze level card. Congratulations
India Bradley (Yr 7), 2 merit certificates
Meg Freeman (Yr 7), 2 merit certificates
The International Science School 2019
Every two years, The International Science School gathers 140 top young science students from Years 11 and 12, from around Australia and across the world to participate in an amazing, all expenses paid (approximately $3,500) two-week residential program of science at the University of Sydney. The program includes inspiring talks by world-leading researchers, tours of scientific labs, hands-on experiments and activities, and a packed social program and runs from 7 July – 20 July 2019.
To be eligible to apply, you must be able to satisfy the following criteria;
Be in Year 11 or 12 in 2019
Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
Achieve the highest grades in top level courses in English, Science & Mathematics by the end of Year 10 or in the most recent Year 11 assessments (selections are based on academic merit and aptitude and preference may be given to students who have a preference for a career in science)
Applicant must study at least 60% Maths and Science subjects (preference may be given to a student studying at least one of Chemistry or Physics)
Application is to be supported in writing by the school Principal and/or the Head of Science confirming the applicant is one of the top science students in their year group at school
Curtin STEM Outreach – Year 11 & 12 Focus on Mining Camp
26 – 30 November 26 – 30, Curtin University, Bentley
Do you want to feel the rumble of dump trucks and a distant explosion, inspect an operational mine site, rub shoulders with industry professionals and learn about the role of science and mathematics in the mining industry?
Uni of Notre Dame Admissions Info Evening and Expo
Wednesday 5 September, 6pm, Fremantle
At Notre Dame, we know you're a person, not a number. That's why our admissions process goes beyond a single score. Entry to Notre Dame is based not only on your academic record and potential. We also consider your personal qualities, motivation to study and contribution to your community.
Find out all you need to know about how to apply direct to Notre Dame at our Admissions Info Evening. We can provide you with feedback on your application and personal statement if you bring it with you also. You can even apply on the night!
Have your questions answered about our degrees and alternative pathways at our Program Expo.
Applications for Semester 1, 2019 are due Friday 28 September.
During the September school holidays, the UWA School of Design is offering a series of short workshops on our campus, intended to appeal to school students who have interests in the fields of art, design, architecture, landscape architecture, and history of art. The workshops will all be conducted by School of Design staff and will be hands-on interactive experiences, suitable for students aged 13 and over.
Australia Apprenticeships Pathways
A first step into an industry or career pathway can start with apprenticeships or traineeships in industries like community services and health, travel and tourism, communication and information technology, financial services, agriculture and horticulture, and government.
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.