Newsletter 16.11.18


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

Welcome to the last newsletter for 2018. Our 25th anniversary year, marked with numerous celebrations, has flown by. Thank you to the many students, staff, and families - former and present -who have made this year truly one to remember.

Last week we enjoyed a very successful Awards Night. I was impressed with our talented students and dedicated staff. The Masters of Ceremonies, Head Girl Roisin McKeown and Head Boy Ryan Forde were outstanding and showed maturity well beyond their years. The Dancers, Musicians and Choir performed beautifully with entertainment, led by Director of Music Mr Vince Basile, Mrs Kerry Byrom-Carter and Mrs Wendy Martin. Congratulations to all award winners on their contribution this year. There are many people involved to ensure the smooth running of an Awards and Presentation Night. Thank you to Mr John Sullivan and Mr Steve Marshall who were responsible for the planning, coordinating and overseeing of the awards presented, and to all staff for their support. I was so pleased our community had an opportunity to hear from our Foundation Principal Mr Bernie Boss. I am sure many students and families found Mr Boss’ stories of the early years of Mater Dei interesting and somewhat amusing. This year the College introduced a new award for the Highest Academic Achievement in the Year Group. Congratulations to the following students who achieved the highest academic award for their year group:
Year 7: Eloise Duff
 Year 8: Zahli Moore
Year 9: Zayan Hansrod
Year 10: Euan McLaughlin
Year 11: John Paul Acres
Year 12 Proxime Accessit: Eloise Sampson
Year 12 Dux: Aiden Boonnark

On Friday 16 November, Mr Hendricks and I had an opportunity to visit Mary MacKillop Catholic Primary School in Ballajura to present an AFL Scholarship Award. Congratulations to Nicholas Maybury commencing at Mater Dei in Year 7 2019. I was so impressed with the community spirit amongst the staff, students and families at the school and my thanks to the Principal Mr Bechelli for his warm welcome.

At the final assembly on Friday 7 December I thanked students for their efforts this year. I also reminded them to return to the College well groomed, organised and ready to commence study on Tuesday 4 February 2019. All new students and Year 7, 10 & 12 students and Peer Support Leaders commence on Monday 4 February. Please ensure all uniforms are organised prior to the start of the school year to avoid interruptions to important learning time.

Typically, at this time of the year we farewell some students and staff not returning to the College next year. I wish all students who are leaving Mater Dei College all the best for their future endeavours. There are staff not returning in 2019, some temporarily and others permanently. Firstly, the staff on temporary leave from Mater Dei College in 2019:
 Miss Liz Copeland (Term 1 long service leave)
 Mrs Lydia Emanuele (parental leave)
Mrs Maddie Guggisberg (parental leave)
 Mrs Lorraine Campbell
 Mr John Crooks

Congratulations to Mr John Crooks on his appointment to the Catholic Education Office for 2019 in the position of English and Drama Consultant. We look forward to Mr Crooks supporting our College from a system level.

The staff leaving Mater Dei College permanently are as follows:
Mr Vince Basile: has been the Director of Music since January 2000. Mr Basile will be on long service leave in 2019 and retiring from the College officially at the end of his leave.
Mr Mark Golding: will pursue his career as Australian Karate Coach. Mr Golding has been Head of Physical Education for 18 years.
Mr Garry Grabski: is retiring from the College after 9 years service.
Mr Eamon Murray: is retiring from the College after 13 years at Mater Dei.
Ms Patricia Burnett: is currently on long service leave and has retired from the College after 8 years at Mater Dei College.
Mrs Terri Stuart: has completed her contract at the College.
Mrs Josephine Storch has completed her contract at the College.
Mr John Cuka has completed his contract at the College.
I wish each of the staff members leaving the College all the very best and thank them for their commitment to our students.

Our College office closes for the school holiday break on Thursday 13 December and re-opens on Monday 21 January. Thank you to all members of our community who made this year a success.
I wish all families a very happy and holy Christmas and a safe return in the new-year.

God Bless

Annette Morey


Advent Prayer

Oh, Adonai, dearest Lord,
Compassionate God of justice,
so many areas of my life seem imprisoned
but you promise me real freedom
and peace in my life.

Renew my spirit and free my soul.
Please, open my heart
which you have bathed in the longing of Advent.

I am awe-struck as your glory fills the earth
and I want to follow you in caring for others.
Grant me the grace to see
how you shine your light on the poor
who have such a special place in your heart.
Come, Lord Jesus! Come!

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!


Congratulations to all our students on the completion of another school year, and thank you to all parents for their support throughout 2018. Semester Two Reports will be available for students and parents to access via SEQTA Learn and SEQTA Engage from Tuesday 12 December. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all families a very blessed Christmas and a safe and happy new year. Commencement of the 2019 school year will be staggered with students in Years 7, 10 and 12 returning on Monday 4 February. Year 11 Peer Support Leaders will also be required on this day. All other students will commence on Tuesday 5 February 2019. Prior to these dates, parents are asked to ensure that their children’s summer uniforms still fit, girls’ skirts are knee-length, and that students attend school presented in a manner which conforms with the College Uniform and Personal Presentation Policy. 

The Uniform Shop hours over the holidays are outlined on the College website. If you require this service, appointments are highly recommended to avoid waiting. To book an appointment please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your school, your name, contact phone number, your child's name, year and your preferred date and time. 

If you have any queries regarding the above information please feel free to contact Deputy Principals, Mrs Tamara Boyer and Mr John Sullivan, at the College. 


2018 PALS Award Ceremony

On Thursday 22 November, a select group of students and staff attended the 2018 PALS Award Ceremony held at Yagan Square. The event is an opportunity to celebrate school based reconciliation projects. PALS stands for Partnership, Acceptance, Learning and Sharing. It is a grant based initiative run through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The Grants are open to any school within Western Australia and are designed to provide opportunities for school communities to develop relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people(s). This year there were 620 schools involved and 669 projects state wide. Schools are encouraged to develop innovative projects that support and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture(s). The projects are entered into six categories, Student Engagement and Community Participation, Arts & Culture, Health & Wellbeing, Aboriginal Language & History, Environment and Digital Technology. This year Mater Dei College won the Student Engagement and Community Participation Category. The award was presented by the Hon. Ben Wyatt (Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Energy; Aboriginal Affairs). Embedded in our submission was our Whadjuk Gift Project, our Community Dinner and our Song Lines mural. This is the second year running we have won the Student Engagement and Community Participation Category and the fourth year in a row that Mater Dei College has either been named as a finalist or winner of a Category.

Special thanks to all the students involved and the following staff, Mrs Rees, Mr Wells, Ms Brown, Ms O’Shea and Mr Norgrove for their commitment throughout the year.

Mr Hurd

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.

Padbury Catholic Primary Mural Project

On Thursday 15 November a small group of Year 10 students accompanied Mr Longshaw, Ms Valentine Vagg and Mr Hurd to Padbury Catholic Primary school to paint a 11m x 4m mural with the help of the Year 1, 2 and 3 students. The mural is an integral part of the primary school’s prayer garden which is currently being revamped. In the weeks leading up to the event our Design & Technology department helped cut out 190 butterflies, birds and flowers from plywood. Each primary school student received either a butterfly, flower or bird which they designed and painted. Ms Valentine Vagg designed and painted a beautiful Mary image that was installed in the centre of the mural. The birds, butterflies and flowers emanated from Mary highlighting the amazing work the Padbury Catholic Primary students created. The following students represented our College beautifully: Michaela Chirikure, Nyadhot Chuang, Vanessa Firth, Florrie Griffiths, Sophie Holly, Georgia Kelly, Tahnee Lane, Bassel Louka, Ben Neeliplackal and Andre Desveaux. They were wonderful ambassadors of our College and surely left a positive impression on our local primary school. Thank you to Mr Longshaw and Ms Valentine Vagg for their commitment, creativity and direction during this valuable activity.

Mr Hurd

STEM Club: First Lego League Robotics Competition (FLL)

This year we saw a slight change to the FLL competition with the introduction of regional competitions where teams must qualify before entrance is awarded to the State finals held at Curtin University. Our team has been very busy all year preparing and looked forward to the regional held last Saturday on the St Stephens School grounds. Our team did very well and received the Judges’ Award for their efforts throughout the day, however they missed out on a place in the finals by a very small margin. Not bad for the first attempt! Congratulations go out to the Year 7 students Rose Blake, Corbyn Cunningham, Ellie Evans, Meg Freeman and Philip Von Guttenburg for their wonderful team effort. Special thanks to Parents on the day and Mr Gray for his tireless efforts assisting with the STEM Club in 2018.
Mr Darren Raymond

Christmas @yourlibrary

In the last weeks of the year students have enjoyed working on a Christmas jigsaw puzzle in the Library.
Although difficult, the puzzle was very addictive with students and some staff fighting over placing the last pieces of puzzle in the jigsaw! The finished product is truly beautiful.
Holiday Loans
Students and staff are encouraged to visit the Library before 12 noon on Friday to renew or return any outstanding resources and to stock up on some holiday reading. The summer holidays are the perfect time to escape with a book!

Wheelers ebooks and audio books
At your fingertips wherever you are on holidays!
Listen to an audio on that long road trip…
Students Need School Libraries


GREaT Nursing Program Year 10 2019
If you are interested in Nursing or Midwifery this is a great program to apply for. You will get a week’s work experience if your application is successful in a Hospital (this is very difficult to get into).

Applications for the 2019 GREaT Program will open on 4 February 2019 and close 5pm Friday 8 March. The application link button will only appear and be active during this time.

See the link for more information and make sure you come and see me to help with application in February next year.
Please advise interested students to go the website to have a look.

Curtin Uni Summer Help Information Sessions
17 - 18 December 2018 | 9.45 am - 5.30 pm
What should you do after getting your year 12 results? Head to our summer help sessions to learn about what to expect at Curtin, alternative pathways, scholarships and more.

Getting into Curtin with a low English ATAR
17 and 18 December: 9.45 – 10.00 am, 2.45 – 3.00 pm
Getting into Curtin when you didn’t meet our admission criteria
17 and 18 December: 10.00 – 10.30 am, 3.00 – 3.30 pm
Business and law
17 December: 11.00 – 11.30 am, 3.30 – 4.00 pm
18 December: 10.30 – 11.00 am, 4.00 – 4.30 pm
Health sciences
17 December: 11.00 – 11.30 am, 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm
18 December: 10.30 – 11.00 am, 3.30 – 4.00 pm
17 December: 10.30 – 11.00 am, 4.00 – 4.30 pm
18 December: 11.00 – 11.30 am, 3.30 – 4.00 pm
Science and Engineering
17 December: 10.30 – 11.00 am, 3.30 – 4.00 pm
18 December: 11.00 – 11.30 am, 4.00 – 4.30 pm
Career decision-making strategies: presentation and Q&A
17 and 18 December: 11.30 am – 12.30 pm, 4.30 – 5.30 pm
17 and 18 December: 12.00 – 12.30 pm
Find out more -

Murdoch Uni - Supporting your girls' development in STEM
Is your girl passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)?
As a parent or family member, you'll play an important role in supporting her as she turns her passion into a career. This information evening will give you the information you need to understand the diverse, exciting and secure career paths available to girls who study STEM.
This event is designed for parents and family members of girls in Years 7-12.
For more info and to register:

SOLDER Summer Camp
Provides high school aged students with an introduction to a range of modern technologies such as 3D printing, coding and electronics that are vital skills for the future.
The camps run across two days, on Monday 17 December and Wednesday 19 December.

Changes to the 2019 Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) Admissions Test

This year, 2018, will be the final year for students to sit the UMAT. For students intending to sit the UMAT in 2019 for entry to university in 2020, the test will be replaced by the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).

What does this mean for students?
If your students sat the UMAT in July 2018 nothing has changed. They should continue to follow the steps outline on the UMAT website.
Students who are planning to sit the UMAT in 2019, will instead need to register for and sit the UCAT.

Has the test changed?
Yes, the UCAT is a two hour computer-based test. Candidates will sit the test at Pearson VUE test centres located in Australia, New Zealand and some overseas centres.
The UCAT will be offered on a choice of dates throughout the month of July, rather than on one single date.

When do students need to register for the UCAT?
Registration for the UCAT will open in March 2019 and close in mid-May. Details of the test, including how to register are available on the UCAT website.

What You Need to Know About New Rights For Casual Employees
As of October 2018, casual employees now have the right to request a permanent part-time or full-time position after working for at least a year in a casual role. If like many young people you’ve spent a lot of your working life jumping from one casual job to the next then this is BIG news.
Read the article -

International Science School
An exclusive two-week science program
Every two years the ISS gathers 140 top science students from Australia and overseas for a two-week residential program of talks by world-renowned scientists, laboratory tours, hands-on activities and social events.
Are you going to be in Year 11 and 12 in 2019? Do you love science? If so, you've got to apply for the Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS).
The next International Science School will be held in from Sunday 7 July to Saturday 20 July 2019.
Applications open now
Find out more -


Student Success

Summer Holl

Year 9 student Summer Holl was recently cast as a runway model for Eco Fashion Week Australia, the largest international Eco runway. EFWA draws likeminded fashion designers together from around the world and showcases some of the best designs in eco-friendly fashion.
Summer was part of the 117 shows in both Port Douglas, Queensland and Fremantle.
Throughout the shows, Summer got the chance to walk for designers from Spain, Vancouver, Japan and New Zealand, just to name a few.
Congratulations, Summer. What amazing talent you have!

ICAS English Competition

Congratulations to Year Nine student, Koby Clarke, who received a Distinction in this year’s English Competition. The competition is run by the University of New South Wales and involves thousands of students throughout the world. Koby’s award means his performance was in the top six percent of scores by Western Australian Year Nines. Well done, Koby.

Mr John Crooks

Merit Certificates

Benedict House

Alexandra Cole (Yr 8), 3 merit certificates
Isabella Wesolowski (Yr 8), 3 merit certificates

Mercy House

Grace Billing (Yr 7), 3 merit certificates
Corbyn Cunningham (Yr 7), 2 merit certificates

Salvado House

Joshua Hill (Yr 7), 1 merit certificate

Siena House

Ellie Evans (Yr 7) has been awarded her Bronze level card. Congratulations

Romero House

Olivia Bearman-Skipworth (Yr 7) has been awarded her Bronze level card. Congratulations

Community news

City of Joondalup Holiday Activities

Register now for the Youth Event Series – Summer Holiday Program 2019 

Click image above for the full program.
Book before 31 December 2018 and you’ll get 10% off the full price of individual daily activities.

         How to book:
1. Visit and follow the prompts under Youth Event Series
2. In the filter by category box, select ‘youth’
3. Click on the day of the activity you would like to book
4. Complete the registration form by adding the participant’s details

Uniform Shop Hours:
Normal Trading Hours
Monday 8.00am - 11.30am
Thursday 12.30pm – 4.00pm

2019 Holiday Trading Hours
Monday 28 January 2019 Closed
Tuesday 29 January 2019 9.00am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 30 January 2019 9.00am – 3.00pm
Thursday 31 January 2019 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 1 February 2019 9.00am – 3.00pm

Monday 4 February 2019 8.00am – 11.30am
Tuesday 5 February 2019 8.00am – 11.30am
Wednesday 6 February 2019 Closed
Thursday 7 February 2019 12.30pm – 4.00pm
Friday 8 February 2019 Closed