Newsletter 19.10.18


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

It was wonderful to welcome back the students in summer uniform for the commencement of the final term for 2018. Whilst most of the College were enjoying the holiday break, our Year 12 students were busy completing their final College assessments for the year and the Semester Two examinations. Thank you to our Deputy Principals who coordinated the examinations and were present at school each day throughout the exams to ensure they ran smoothly. Well done to the Year 12 students for their excellent organisation and conduct throughout the exam period.

This week is a very exciting week for our Year 12 students as they complete their formal secondary education. On Thursday 18 October the Year 12 students had an opportunity to meet as a year group and to be acknowledged by the students at the College Assembly, followed by the Graduation Mass at the Cathedral in the evening. Whilst I had an opportunity to address the Year 12 students at the assembly and the Mass, I would like to formally wish each of them all the best in their future endeavours. Please keep the Year 12 students and their families who support them during this important time in your prayers.

At the end of Term 3 we acknowledged the achievement of our athletes at the ACC B division athletics carnival. Over the holidays we received the results of the Virtual Carnival from the ACC. The results from all carnival divisions are processed using SportsTrak so that the performances of every athlete at every school could be compared regardless of the carnival division. This is a great opportunity for students to gauge their individual performances against the best performers from all other ACC schools. The results of the virtual carnival are also used to select the ACC Honorary All Stars Athletics team. I am so pleased that in the virtual carnival ranking, Mater Dei came 11th out of 72 ACC schools. A fabulous effort!

Schools have been advised that the Australian Government Department of Education and Training has requested that schools provide a statement of addresses of the school community. The information will help determine funding. Parents will receive an email with the information collection notice in the next few days.
At present I am busy finalising student enrolment numbers for 2019. A reminder to please contact the College in writing if your child is not attending Mater Dei College next year. Families requiring support with school fees, please contact with Mrs Kristie Robinson in our Finance Department.

The past weekend was a joyous occasion for one of our staff Ms Jessica Wheeler. Ms Wheeler got married to Daniel last Saturday. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Rees!

God Bless

Annette Morey


Graduation Prayer

Father, we thank you so much for our time here together
For all the friends we have made
For all the days of laughter and fun
And for all the times of great discovery and learning.
We thank You for all who have given of their energy and skill
So that we can graduate from this amazing College.
Our teachers and mentors
Our family and loved ones
We thank You for them and give them all to You in prayer.

As this chapter on our life closes, so a new one begins.
We present ourselves like an open book before You.
Come and scribe Your words of life into our lives -
Fill our minds with Your thoughts
Fill our bodies with Your strength
Fill our hearts with Your dreams
That we might eternally love and serve You
This day and every day.

We ask all this in the glorious name of Jesus
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit
World without end.


Uniform and Personal Presentation

It is pleasing to see the majority of our students have returned to school this term well-presented and wearing the summer uniform with pride. Boys should now be wearing their navy blue shorts with the white College short sleeved shirt tucked in, navy blue ankle College socks and black standard leather lace-up shoes. Girls should be wearing the College knee length skirt and white shirt, navy blue ankle College socks and black standard leather lace-up shoes.

Becoming increasingly noticeable is the number of girls who have grown over the course of the year and require their skirt hems to be lowered. There are also some students who require haircuts. Students who have not had the opportunity to attend to uniform and presentation items such as these are required to do so by the commencement of next week. Further information about the College Uniform and Personal Presentation Policy can be found on SEQTA.

Year 11 Exams

Year 11 Exams Year 11 students studying ATAR subjects commence their exams on Monday 12 November. Students should now be revising for their exams and are encouraged to seek assistance from teachers regarding any difficulties they may be experiencing. Students will be given a personalised exam timetable which they must bring to each exam to gain entry into the examination centre; this is good training for the conditions students will experience in their final ATAR exams in Year 12. Please download the Timetable by clicking on the image below.

Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA)

The OLNA results from the September round of testing have now arrived from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA). Parents of students in Years 10-12 who completed this assessment should have this week received a notification email advising that updated OLNA status reports and assessment feedback are now visible on SEQTA. Mater Dei encourages all students who are still required to pass one or more OLNA assessment area to be proactive in their preparation for the next round of testing scheduled for March 2019. Students should continue practising their literacy/numeracy skills using the online subscription which was purchased for them by the College. 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. In addition, as indicated below, after school OLNA support sessions run by teachers from the English and Mathematics Departments will commence again from next week.

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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, Erin Meckenstock: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For all other OLNA queries please contact Mrs Tamara Boyer, Deputy Principal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Christmas Appeal 2018

The St Vincent de Paul Society’s Christmas Appeal begins this week. Once again, they are looking to provide hope, comfort and dignity to over 3000 families in Western Australia who will be struggling during the Christmas Season. Students in each homeroom have been asked to donate allocated Christmas food items as well as a gold coin donation for a gift voucher to bring some joy to needy families at Christmas. The Social Action Group is coordinating the Christmas Hamper Appeal and we would greatly appreciate it if your son or daughter could give generously to their homeroom’s Christmas Hamper. The items need to be donated by the end of Week 5. We ask that you only buy food items with a use by date no earlier than the 25th of December otherwise items cannot be used. We would like to thank you in advance for your generosity and support for this worthy cause.

Danielle Hodgson and Liz Copeland Social Action Group Coordinators

Wheelchair Challenge

On Thursday 11 October the College welcomed Mr Clint Morgan and Mr Tim Priest from Rebound WA to the whole school assembly. In Term 3 a group of students and staff took part in the Wheelchair Challenge, this involved them seeking sponsorship and using a wheelchair to navigate their way around the College. The result was a new empathy for those confined to a wheelchair and the successful fundraising of to receive a $1734.00. Mr Morgan accepted the cheque on behalf of Rebound WA and stated that the funds would be used to assist in purchasing wheelchairs. This is the first year that Mater Dei has been involved in the Wheelchair Challenge day and due to its success, we hope to support it again.

Improving Student Learning & Mindset through MindScholar Online Learning!

As part of our continual commitment to student learning and wellbeing, Mater Dei College has been trialing MindScholar Online Learning (MOL) with our Year 10 students during Term 3 and 4. MOL is a product from Psychologist run Australian company, MindScholar. They teach secondary students key learning and mindset strategies needed to thrive in high school. Specifically, the MOL E-Learning platform provides access to several key learning modules designed to improve student mindset & metacognition (ability to learn how to learn). Module content addresses key factors empirically proven as critical to student performance and well-being. These factors include mindset, stress management, metacognition, self-efficacy, hope and resilience/grit. MOL involves students completing a series of highly interactive text-based modules, earning certification upon completion. Teachers facilitate provided follow up lesson plans in order to help students entrench, personalise and apply their learnings. In essence, MOL follows a flipped learning format, a key successful 21st learning strategy which is gaining increasing traction within teaching pedagogy.

Shane Clarke Year 10 Coordinator

ICAS Writing Competition

In June this year, selected students from Mater Dei College participated in the 2018 ICAS Writing Competition. The results were very pleasing, with no fewer than ten students achieving a Distinction.

2018 ICAS Writing Competition
Year 7 – Jacinta Dean Year 9 – Eliza Bennett; Ashlee Harwood; Maya McKinnon Year 10 – Caitlin Barnard; Melissa Hemetsberger; Euan McLaughlin; Amelie Scanlon; Jacob Sheppard; Aneira Thomas

Congratulations to these students on an outstanding achievement. Many thanks to the English teachers for their tireless work with the students, and to all participating students for their commendable efforts.
John Crooks Head of English Learning Area


Six things you can do to get boys reading more Reading Shark Do Do Do Inspired by the ‘Baby Shark’ song. Students Need School Libraries

Mrs Janine Boyle
Library Coordinator


Blake Holly

Blake Holly in Year 7 has made the WA State 12’s Schoolboys Cricket team and will represent WA at the national carnival to be held in Bunbury in December 2018. He is a batsman and wicket keeper. Congratulations!

Merit Certificates

Romero House
Troy Graham (Yr 7), 1 merit certificate

Siena House
Caitlin Barnard (Yr 10) has been awarded her SILVER level card. Congratulations
Summer Vlahov (Yr 11), 1 merit certificate

Community news

Uniform Shop Hours:
Term 4 Week 1 - 10 Monday 8.00am - 11.30am Thursday 12.30pm – 4.00pm (During school term only)

All Souls
Our Lady of the Mission parish, Craigie will hold its annual liturgy service at Pinnaroo Crematorium Chapel on Sunday 4 November, starting at 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Please let your friends, family and neighbours know, particularly those who have lost a loved one this past year. Note: This is NOT a Mass. For further details please call 9307 2776.