Newsletter 16.11.18


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

The College Remembrance Day Ceremony last week was an opportunity to give thanks for the men and women who have died in wars. The ceremony was a very informative and reflective experience thanks to the coordination of Ms Tatonetti, Mrs Gregory and students. It is on days like Remembrance Day that we need to be so grateful for the blessings we have in our lives, to be living in a country like Australia.

I am also appreciative of the blessings we have at Mater Dei College. Our College has experienced success in a number of areas this year. On 22 November a group of students and staff involved in the Whadjuk Gift earlier this year are heading to Yagan Square to receive the PALS Engagement Award. At the ceremony with Hon Ben Wyatt MLA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs will announce the overall award. I wish Mr Hurd and Mrs O’Shea all the best.

We not only have talented students but talented staff at Mater Dei. Congratulations to Mr Denis Radacic as he has been awarded a West Australian Music Award (WAMAward). Mr Radacic won an award for Best Live Shot of a Touring Act. A great achievement.

In the next few weeks our Year 10 students commence examinations followed by a week to complete their Christian Service hours. I ask for parent support to ensure the Year 10 students use this time productively. The Year 7-9 students complete the academic year on Friday 7 December at 12pm. Families will receive information regarding transport for the early finish from the Deputy Principals.

I wish all families a smooth end to the academic year and I look forward to meeting with parents and students at our College Awards Evening on Wednesday 28 November at 7.00pm in the Bernie Boss Hall.

God Bless

Annette Morey

To download a St Thomas Aquinas Staff Nomination form please click on the image.

Reminder: Mater Dei College Awards Night Wednesday 28 November.


“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Lord, bless our Year 12 students who have concluded their exams and now enter the adult world. We ask that they especially feel your closeness during this time.
Give them calm hearts and quiet confidence in the knowledge that you hold them in the palm of your hand.
Bless them with wisdom and walk gently with them as they embark on this new course.
Give them the ability to trust in their own goodness which ultimately comes as a gift of your grace.
Bless them with a vision which transcends boundaries and expectations.
Hold them close to their families and bless their lives with much peace and love.
 We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


Year 10 and 11 Semester Two Examination and End of Year Information

This week Year 11 students studying ATAR subjects commenced their Semester Two examinations. The Year 11 examination timetable can be found HERE. Students are not required to return to school following their final exam. However, on Tuesday 27 November, students are invited to come to the College to review their exams during Periods 1 and 2. Staff from each learning area will be available in Catherine 15 to provide students this opportunity. Please note, however, that exams will not be able to be taken from the room on the day nor copies made. If students take up this opportunity they must also wear their school uniform and sign in and out at Student Services.

Year 10 students will commence their examinations on Monday 26 November. 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. A copy of the examination timetable and other end of year information can be accessed via the Year 10 Portal on SEQTA.

All other students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will conclude on Friday 7 December at 12pm. The Mater Dei College dedicated bus services with Westside Buses (Landsdale route and Banksia Grove route) will be available to transport students home at the conclusion of the day at 12 noon. As Transperth bus services will be limited at this time, students who normally use Transperth should use the Journey Planner to plan their trip home, or make alternative travel arrangements.
The Transperth Journey Planner can be accessed via:

Study Skills

As the end of year approaches and students are studying for their final assessments, now is a good time for all 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 area 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 over the holidays 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.


HAIRSPRAY is Underway!

Get to your local beauty spot and start stocking up on hairspray! Our 2019 musical production got underway last month in style with the whole cast of 60+ students coming together to belt out some of Hairspray’s classic tunes. Official rehearsals will commence on Day 1 on the students’ calendars, as we aim to hit the ground running!

This is an amazing community event and we are so grateful to welcome aboard TLS Productions Perth as a major sponsor of our show. If you feel you or your business could contribute to the success of the show, Director and Producer Steve Marshall would love to hear from you.
Mr Marshall can be contacted via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9405 0538

The Hairspray production is proudly sponsored by:

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 10 Marine Studies AQWA Excursion

On Wednesday 14 November, Ms O’Shea and Ms Croasdale’s Year 10 Marine Studies students were lucky enough to visit AQWA to help consolidate the concepts they had learned in class, throughout the semester. Students had the opportunity to see a huge range of different species of marine organisms that live along the WA coastline, in Australia’s largest aquarium. Students learnt how the Leeuwin current affects the different types of species along the coast and observed first-hand the numerous adaptations fish species exhibited in order to help them survive. Students were able to view a number of Loggerhead turtles which were being rehabilitated at AQWA and once they have grown and their health improves they will be transported up north and released back into the wild. Students had great fun interacting with starfish and sea cucumbers in the touch pool and watching the sting rays and sharks in the underwater discovery tunnel. The excursion ended with lunch at Hillary’s Boat Harbour.

Year 10 Chemistry Excursion

On Monday 12 November, Mrs Storch’s Year 10 Chemistry class attended a science show held at ECU along with several other Northern Suburb schools. Tim Harrison (Bristol ChemLabs Fellow and Science Communicator) demonstrated spectacular experiments involving various gases; nitrogen, carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen and methane. We all watched and jumped at the sight of exploding hydrogen balloons!
Caitlin Barnard

“I really enjoyed the Chemistry presentation that we went to at ECU. It was a great opportunity to learn more about science and the experiments were great fun. Mr Harrison’s speeches were very interesting and entertaining.”
Vanessa Firth

“Let’s just say blowing up gasses and creating small bombs is not something we usually do or see, but on Monday that is exactly what we witnessed with Mr Harrison. He blew things up, froze and boiled them and even made things explode. We got to see what was being talked about in action by chemically and physically transforming matter. As we do not generally get to do these in class, as they are too dangerous, being able to see them is something I am sure many of us will not forget.”
Tahli Arbuckle

“It was a great excursion because we learned about the different types of gases on different planets in our universe. Mr Harrison conducted an experiment of popping balloons with a lit splint that were filled with helium and hydrogen. Students got involved in the process of figuring out why they were different, just by their popping sound. He did many experiments using dry Ice, as well as informing us of the harm it could do to our cells. We came out with our brains filled with a lot of new information. The morning was fun and eventful and we were very lucky to be given the opportunity to attend.”
Tanisha Fenton


2018 Beyond School Study Guide

The Beyond School Study guide has been developed as a resource to assist Year 10-12 students figure out what type of study they can undertake to achieve their career goals and the financial assistance they can access on the way. In summary it contains:

• Extra financial help while you study – students can get a better idea of the different payments and scholarships they can receive while studying.
• Student support services – all students have a different road to travel when studying, so this factsheet outlines the extra assistance they can get along the way.
• Choose your own VET pathway – students may want to study a VET qualification online, on-campus or through an Australian Apprenticeship. This fact sheet illustrates these as VET study options as well as how students might be able to pay for VET studies.


Merit Certificates

Siena House

Elecia Shaw (Yr 9) has been awarded her Bronze level card. Congratulations

Community news

Save the Date

Mater Dei College Community Golf Day
The P& F invites you to take part in the 2018 Mater Dei College Community Golf Day. You are welcome to register your team of four players or if you don't have a four we will put you into a team.

Time: 8.30am for a 9.00am tee off

Cost: Adults $45, Students $30
The cost includes green fees, a sausage sizzle and drinks.

Golf cart ($45, holds 2) and golf Club ($20) hire can be reserved here and payment made directly to Marangaroo Golf Club on the day.

Date: On Sunday 2 December 2018 at 8:30am

Place: Marangaroo Golf Club, Aylesford Drive, Marangaroo, WA 6064
To book:

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