Mater Dei College celebrates the diversity of our school community and fosters the dignity, self-esteem and integrity of each member. The Academic Excellence Program at Mater Dei College seeks to provide an education that is intentional, engaging and challenging. Opportunities are offered for our highest achieving students to extend and enrich their studies, and in doing so, demonstrate excellence across the curriculum to maximise their true potential. Like-minded academically talented students are encouraged to collaborate in a positive and supportive learning environment to develop 21st century learning skills, empowering them to achieve success at school and beyond.

Through students’ involvement in curricular and co-curricular activities, the program aims to:

  • Develop the God-given gifts and talents of each student.
  • Provide a positive and supportive learning environment in which each student is engaged and challenged in their personal pursuit of excellence.
  • Provide varied and unique learning experiences that meet the individual needs of every student, and enable spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual, social and emotional gifts to be revealed and nurtured.
  • Develop students’ confidence, emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
  • Encourage purposeful and self-directed, inquiry-orientated learning and problem solving.
  • Enhance students’ higher order, abstract, and critical and creative thinking skills.
  • Foster a growth mind-set and love of life-long learning.
  • Foster a culture where students delight in each other’s success and community members celebrate the achievements of all learners.
  • Engage in collaborative partnerships with families, universities and the wider community.