Newsletter 02.11.18


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

On Wednesday we welcomed the incoming Year 7 students and families for 2019. The students enjoyed a day of activities and getting to know the Peer Support Leaders and House Advisors. My thanks to Mrs Angela Lourens, Enrolments Officer and Mrs Tamara Boyer, Deputy Principal and all staff for their work in organising the day for our future students. Congratulations to Mrs Wendy Martin on her appointment to the role of Year 7 Coordinator in 2019.

This week the Year 12 ATAR students commence their WACE examinations. Please keep our Year 12 students in your prayers throughout this month. In the next few weeks many students will undertake examinations starting with the Year 11 examinations. I ask parents to please supervise your child’s study and homework schedule to ensure students achieve to their full potential.

Some of our Hawks AFL students had a unique opportunity last week when a West Coast Eagles representative and media team came to Mater Dei with the AFL Premiership Cup. There was great excitement among the students and the staff. Some of the photographs can be viewed on the West Coast Eagles website and our College Facebook page.

We have been fortunate this year as we celebrate many achievements as a College. This week we were advised by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, that Mater Dei College’s ‘Whadjuk Gift’ PALS Project is the winner of our Student Engagement and Community Participation 2018 PALS Award. Well done to Mr Toby Hurd on this creative initiative.

The past student and staff reunion scheduled for this Saturday 3 November is fast approaching. I look forward to reconnecting with many past members of our college community in our 25th Anniversary year.

To mark our 25th Anniversary year, the College Executive in consultation with the College Board have introduced a staff award to be presented at the Annual Awards and Presentation Night on 28 November. Named after St Thomas Aquinas, the Patron Saint of Catholic schools, the award is to acknowledge outstanding service to the College by a staff member, teaching or non-teaching, to be presented at Awards Night each year. As this award is by nomination from parents and students of our College I invite interested families to lodge nominations with me by Friday 16 November. A nomination form can be downloaded by clicking on the image below.

God Bless

Annette Morey



November is the month during which we especially remember
those loved ones who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.



Announcement of 2018/2019 Student Leadership Team

Congratulations to the following Year 11 students who have been selected for the 2018/2019 Student Leadership Team. The students will be formally announced at the Annual College Awards and Presentation Evening on Wednesday 28 November.

Head Boy - Ryan Forde
Head Girl - Roisin McKeown
Year Leader (8,10,12) and Deputy Head Boy - Harrison Watson
Year Leader (7,9,11) and Deputy Head - Girl Tahlia Townsend
Year Leader (7,9,11) - Charlie Griffiths
Year Leader (8,10,12) - Shanai Beezley
Benedict House Leader - Alese Briffa-Nobes
Benedict House Leader - Jai Kolodynski
McCormack House Leader - Madeleine Lloyd
McCormack House Leader - Nicholas Dykstra
Mercy House Leader - Sarah Flanagan
Mercy House Leader - AJ Pimentel
Romero House Leader - Kellieanne Shenton
Romero House Leader - Nelio Fernandes
Salvado House Leader - Adrienne Gloster
Salvado House Leader - Keely Lynch
Siena House Leader - Aiysha Wigley
Siena House Leader - Oliver Steer-Wright
Community Leader Culture - Heather Bongiovanni
Community Leader Culture - Jesse Leonard
Community Leader Sport - Lara Panther
Community Leader Sport - Jordan King
Faith/Service Leader - Molly McConnell
Faith/Service Leader - Megan Rosser
Learning Leader - Keeley Bennett
Learning Leader - Rochelle Villemin

Year 10 Semester Two Examination and End of Year Information

This week all Year 10 students and parents were sent a communication outlining important details about the Semester Two Examinations and end of year information. A copy of the examination timetable and other end of year documentation can be accessed via the Year 10 Portal on SEQTA.

Once students complete their examinations they are not required to return to school in 2018. Throughout Week 9, students are encouraged to seek their own placement for one or more combinations of Christian service and paid or unpaid work experience. This is an opportunity for students to:
• Participate and serve in the wider community.
• Put values, such as care and compassion for others, into action.
• Enhance their faith development, and sense of meaning and self-worth.
• Develop their own gifts and talents.
• Respect and appreciate the experience and gifts that other people have to offer.
• Learn new skills.
• Broaden their experience and understanding of the world of work and explore a range of career opportunities.

A list of Mater Dei College approved Christian service & work experience agencies can be accessed via the Year 10 portal on SEQTA. Students and parents are also welcome to use other agencies or businesses of their choosing.
Further information can be obtained by contacting Mr Shane Clarke, Year 10 Coordinator, or Mrs Tamara Boyer, Deputy Principal.

Year 11 Exams

A reminder that Year 11 students studying ATAR subjects commence their examinations on Monday 12 November. Students have been issued a personalised examination 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 WACE Examinations in Year 12. Please download the Timetable by clicking on the image below.

Study Skills

With examinations on the horizon for Year 10s and 11s, it is a good time for students to explore some tips and advice on the online Study Skills Handbook. There is a lot of good information on this website which is worthwhile investing some time working through in preparation for exams and other assessments. Our school’s subscription details to this online study skills website are:
User name: formaterdeionly
Password: 122results

Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA)

Mater Dei encourages all students who are still required to pass one or more OLNA assessment areas to be proactive in their preparation for the next round of testing scheduled for March 2019. Students in Years 10 and 11 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 are run each week by teachers from the English and Mathematics Departments. Students in Year 9 who did not achieve Band 8 or higher in the Reading, Writing or Numeracy NAPLAN are also encouraged to attend.

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.


AFL Scholarship Winners

The recipients of the 2019 AFL scholarships have been announced and the awards presented at their primary schools. Those who received a scholarship are:
• Thomas Dobson, Greenwood Primary School
• Kirra Francis, Greenwood Primary School
• Ava Tavolaro, Liwara Catholic Primary School
• Nicholas Maybury, Mary MacKillop Catholic Community Primary School.

Mayoral Prayer Breakfast

On Wednesday 31 October, Head Boy and Head Girl, Ryan Forde and Roisin McKeown, and Faith/Service Leaders, Meg Rosser and Molly McConnell, as well as Mr Sullivan attended the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast for 2018. The morning began with an introduction from the Mayor of Joondalup, Albert Jacob, followed by a performance by the LJBC Swing Band. Afterwards, a delicious breakfast was served whilst we listened to a series of readings and prayers and discussed topics such as spirituality and Christianity within society. We were then joined by Captain Scott Norman; who is a member of the Salvation Army and the Royal Australian Army. He spoke about the idea that as Christians we need to be more selfless and through this allow us to promote a society based on those around us. This speech was followed by more readings and prayers from Christian members of the City of Joondalup. The morning was concluded with a final speech by Albert Jacob who we also had the pleasure of meeting.

Enrolments for 2021

Interviews are about to start for students commencing in year 7 2021 in March 2019. If you have not enrolled your child yet, please to contact Mrs Lourens (Enrolments Officer) on 9405 4777 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Year 8 Engineering

The Year 8 Engineering class raced their Rubber Band Cars. All the students had lots of fun as evident from the video and photo.

Mr Rob Norgrove

Rice Day

On Friday 26 October 2018, Mr Green’s Year 11 Religion class challenged the whole College to live below the line for just one day. The aim of this challenge was to have the College experience, what it is like for almost half of the world’s population who have no choice but to live under $2 a day.

The day started in Period 2 where we started cooking for recess but as soon as we started to serve the rice, we realised that we had underestimated the amount of people that wanted to participate in the rice day. This led to the serving of ‘crunchy’ rice as we did not have enough time to cook. To be prepared for lunch we started to cook in period 3 in order to have enough and for the rice to be properly cooked. At lunchtime, we served the majority of our rice to staff and students, with only a little spare.

This act of solidarity was greatly appreciated by both the Year 11 cohort and the students going on the Year 11 Cambodia Mission in 2019. We would like to thank the Clarkson, Dog Swamp and Joondalup Woolworths who kindly donated bags of rice for this event. We would also like to thank the staff and students at the College who participated in this challenge and helped raise $820 for the 2019 Cambodia mission trip.

Junior Girls Soccer Presentations

The Junior Girls Soccer team recently celebrated a successful season with morning tea in the Library. Trophies were awarded to Andrea Moyo – Fairest & Best, and the Coaches Awards went to Anna Daley-Graham.

Mrs Janine Boyle Junior Girls Soccer Coach


Ashlee Harwood

Congratulations to Ashlee Harwood on her recent trip to Japan to compete in the Under 19’s Selected Australian Softball Development Team. Ashlee had a fabulous time and this is her recount of her experience.

“On 4 October, myself, along with two other girls from my state, departed from Perth to Japan via Singapore. Our first five days were in Chiba where we trained at a Japanese high school, learning that they are very committed to their afterschool sport. I was surprised to see them set up and mark their own diamonds (something you don’t see in Australia). We played a 3-day weekend tournament against other high school teams. Sadly though, we only won one game as the Japanese teams were very competitive and are extremely talented in executing their skills during a game.

We also went to Tokyo where we mostly did sight-seeing of the city, visiting the Tokyo Sky Tower and other landmarks. We then played another game in a more rural part of Tokyo where we played against a university team. Moving off to Ota, where we would spend our last two days, we got the chance to watch the big league of softball and see Aussie softball stars such as Stacey Porter and Melanie Roach play as part of the Japanese teams. We did get our chance to play in the stadium as well, only losing by a few runs.

Throughout the trip, we got to eat at traditional Japanese restaurants, go to Disney Land, tour around Japan, exchange gifts from our home countries with our opponents and experience the culture of Japan which is all an experience I will never forget.”

Ashlee Harwood Year 9 Siena D

Merit Certificates

Mercy House
Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded their Bronze level card:
• Isabella Ray (Yr 7)
• Meg Freeman (Yr 7)
• India Bradley (Yr 7).

Community news

Save the Date

Mater Dei College Community Golf Day
Date: Sunday 2 December 2018
Place: Marangaroo Golf Course
Time: arrive 8.30am for an 9.00am start

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