Newsletter 08.03.19


Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff of Mater Dei College,
This week was an important time in the liturgical calendar with Ash Wednesday marking the start of Lent. This is a significant date in the Christian calendar; a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The Church calls on us to seek mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance. Thank you to Mrs Wendy O’Neill, Liturgy Coordinator for her organisation of the lovely Ash Wednesday service.

Last week the Year 12 students and a number of staff spent three days on Year 12 Retreat. Thanks to the staff who sacrificed their family time for our senior students. When talking to past students, the Year 12 retreat is remembered as a very special opportunity to spend time with their peers and teachers in their final secondary school year, to reflect on the past and to plan for the future.

The College Parents & Friends Committee is an important link between families and the College staff. We are currently in a transition whereby long standing members of the Parent & Friends Committee have served our community for many years and in some cases their children have now graduated from the College. We are looking for new members to form part of the committee and take on roles such as Treasurer, Secretary and Board Representative. Interested parents please contact Mrs Nikki Barnard, P&F President through the College or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The P&F social event for this year is Bogan Bingo scheduled for Saturday 6 April. The funds raised from this event will support the College Production of Hairspray. Bogan Bingo is an 18+ event and I strongly encourage parents to leave the kids at home and come along for a fun night out.

In the Newsletter last fortnight, I referred to the Code of Conduct required of all members of the College staff, students and parents. The news last week of the conviction of Cardinal Pell has been deeply distressing for the Catholic community, particularly for those whose lives have been impacted by sexual abuse. Out of respect for the ongoing judicial process, all representatives of Catholic Education Western Australia will not be providing comment on the conviction and upcoming appeal at this time, other than to say that we must continue to acknowledge the pain of all victims and survivors of abuse, and provide support to them and their loved ones wherever and however we can.

Our Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe SDB Archbishop of Perth in his letter dated 26 February, stated “Sexual abuse of children and young people is an abhorrent crime wherever, whenever and by whomever it is perpetrated”. I have attached the most recent letter from Archbishop Costelloe dated 2 March, in the link here.

As a school community, this is a reminder that every student and staff member needs a safe and supportive learning environment. We are committed to ensuring a culture of safety for our young people and all members of our College community. Please be assured Mater Dei College continues to place the safety and wellbeing of each student as the highest priority and we continually examine our practices and policies. In addition, the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum is a key element in our Pastoral Care Curriculum and therefore all students are educated in protective behaviours. This is indeed an extremely difficult and confronting time and I encourage you to contact me directly if you or your child requires support in dealing with this.

God Bless

Annette Morey


Your Word reveals to us a simple truth,
that sin entered this world
through human folly
in believing we could be like you,
and permeated history through envy, selfishness and greed.
Yet sin, which holds us tight
within its grasp
cannot resist a heart that is touched
by your grace through Jesus Christ,
cannot contend with Living Water
pouring into hearts and souls.
Your Word reveals to us a simple truth,
that sin is defeated
and we can become
the people we were always meant to be,
by your grace through Jesus Christ.


Information on the New Criminal Law Amendment (Intimate Images)

State Parliament recently passed the new Criminal Law Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill, making it illegal to distribute an intimate image of a person without consent.

The key messages for young people are:

  • It is against the law to take, keep, send or ask for an intimate image of a person under the age of 18
  • It is against the law to share an intimate image of a person of any age without their consent - in the case of someone under 16, the law says they cannot legally consent to an image of themselves being shared.

With the increasing use of digital technology and social media it is important that we continue to ensure our school community remains a safe place of learning and development for all our students. Child safety requires a consolidated approach from teachers, parents and friends, and we encourage you to pass on information regarding these laws to your children. At Mater Dei, we too will continue to address these important issues through our Pastoral Care Program including delivery of the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum.

This Month on SchoolTV - Sexting

To coincide with the passing of the new Criminal Law Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill, we would like to bring to your attention two past editions of SchoolTV Cybersafety Series: ‘Sexting’ and ‘Social Media and Digital Reputation’. As young people develop an interest in sex, technology and apps make sexting easy. Unfortunately, sexting among teens is becoming more and more common. As well as breaking the law, a person’s digital reputation may be compromised and once these intimate images make their way online it can be difficult to remove. How do we protect our young people from these risks? We hope you find the information offered in these editions of SchoolTV informative, and if you have any concerns about your child, please contact the relevant Head of Year, Deputy Principal or School Counsellor.

Click here to access the SchoolTV homepage, then follow the link to the Cybersafety Series:


This week students in Years 10, 11 and 12 completed Round One of OLNA testing for 2019. Results from this round will be published by SCSA in early May at which time the College will notify students and parents concerned.

In the mean time, after-school literacy and numeracy sessions will continue to run each week by teachers from the English and Mathematics Departments.

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, Mrs Danielle Hodgson: 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, Mrs Kim Williamson: 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.

Study Skills Tip for March: setting up your space at home 

The start of a year is a good time to reassess the space where you work at home. It is best to work in whatever space has the least amount of distractions. Here are some points to consider:

  1. Natural lighting is best, but if not possible then a good strong bulb in your room and a bright desk lamp is essential. What is the lighting like in your study area?
  2. Fresh air and oxygen to the brain helps keep you mentally alert. What is the ventilation and air quality like in your study area?
  3. Your work space sets the tone for the way you approach your study. Is your desk large enough? What is your working space or desk like?
  4. The chair you use should be comfortable (but not so comfy you fall asleep) and adjustable to reduce strain on your neck and shoulders. What is your chair like?
  5. When you are trying to memorise things, quiet is essential. No music (unless it is certain types of classical like baroque). How effectively can you keep your room quiet?
  6. Storage is essential to help you keep your notes organised and sorted. Shelves, a filing cabinet, drawers. What is the storage like in your room?
  7. It is important to keep your study area uncluttered and organised. A large pin board for notices and a calendar are useful. How organised is your study area?
  8. How many distractions do you have in your room? Computer, phone etc? It is always a good idea to switch off or remove distractions before you start work. If you have to use your laptop make a conscious effort to not use personal technology during times when you are doing schoolwork. How well do you cope with the distractions in your room?

To learn more about setting up an effective work area at home (including the effect the colour of your room has on your ability to study and how to set up your room ergonomically) visit the Home Study Environment unit of

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Cancer Council Rally Car Painting Incursion

Last month the Year 12 Certificate III Visual Arts class participated in what we hope to become an annual event at the College. The students completely prepared and painted an entire car in one day. Art Teacher Mr Chris Longshaw donated his own car and has signed up for this year’s Cancer Council Spring Rally. He will be driving with 250 other teams on the back roads from Melbourne to Townsville in cars worth less than $1000, raising money for the charity. The students learnt the practical skills to use aerosol spray paints and worked throughout the day as a team to successfully complete a beautiful moving artwork.

A time lapse video of the day can be found here:


STEM programs have either begun or are due to begin soon. Year 8 Science have got the ball rolling by trialling the ‘Solar Car Challenge’.

The other STEM Co-curricular programs, listed below, will begin next week on Tuesday after school, (3.30pm – 5.00 p.m.) in Salvado 5 & 6.

If any student is interested in joining in then please register with Mr Raymond in the Science or Design & Technology Offices.

Do you like to do things with your hands? Build it and they will come. In this club we will do STEM activities like - 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Coding, Game Design (See Video Game details below), Robotics and enter some competitions namely Robocup Soccer and First Lego League Robotics. Numbers are limited and regular attendance/commitment is required.

We aim to produce an interactive and stimulating video game. Along the way, the students will gain a real-world opportunity to acquire, harness and apply new skills and knowledge in STEM-related fields. We combine these with creativity and technology to produce a playable video game. Students can enter in teams of 1- 4 members.

Girls in Engineering and Woodside Oceanworks is excited to launch the 2019 Emerging Engineers for girls in Years 7-12! Students are invited to pitch their solutions to a real, widespread problem in the area of marine/subsea engineering and learn from current leaders in the field. Club registrations are now open. Afterschool workshops (3.30pm - 5.00pm) are on every Tuesday afternoon in Salvado 5.

In anticipation of their service, thank you to the teachers who have committed their time and energy to these endeavours: Mr Gray, Mrs Lombardo, Mr Portwood and Ms O’Shea.

For any additional information regarding the above co-curricular activities please contact or see Mr Raymond (That STEM Guy) at the College.

Pedal Prix

This year a team of Year 10 girls will take on the challenge of competing in Race 5 of the Human Powered Vehicle Super Series in Busselton, during August. The team will be responsible for making modifications to the school’s Tomahawk trike, building their fitness and learning how to ride and manoeuvre in the vehicle, so they are ready for race weekend. Any interested Year 10 girl can ask Ms O’Shea for more details, but positions in the team are filling up quickly!

Pedal Prix Fundraiser
Students will be working hard to fundraise to get the MDC all-girl Pedal Prix Team ready for race day! Students will need to raise funds in order to modify, update and equip the MDC Tomahawk trike so it’s ready for the race. Students will also need to raise funds to cover uniform, transport, accommodation and associated costs for race weekend. Please help by coming along and supporting our Bunnings Joondalup Sausage Sizzle!
Who: MDC 2019 Pedal Prix Team
What: BBQ Sausage Sizzle Where: Bunnings Joondalup, Joondalup Drive, Joondalup
When: Saturday 6 April Time: 8.00am – 4.30pm
Why: To assist with costs associated with this Pedal Prix STEM Program

Enrolments for 2021

2020 Scholarships

Applications open on 1 March 2019 and registration closes on 9 April 2019. Mater Dei College offers several scholarships for students of the College in 2020. Scholarships are available for the following areas:

  • Academic Scholarships for Year 7 (2020)
  • Academic Scholarships for Year 10 (2020)
  • Music Scholarships for all year levels
  • Hawks AFL Academy Scholarships Year 7 (2020).
To download a scholarship registration form and for further information please refer to our scholarship page HERE. 
*Please note there will be a $90.00 registration fee on the ACER website for academic scholarship testing.
Any further information can be obtained by contacting our Enrolment Officer on 9405 4777 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Keely Lynch  

Keely Lynch in Year 12 recently appeared in the production REST, demonstrating her amazing level of talent and commitment. Keely had this to say of the experience,

"From 21 January to 15 February, I was involved in the Western Australian Youth Theatre production called REST, which was a part of the Fringe World Festival. Last year in April I auditioned for the WA Youth Theatre and was fortunate enough to have been accepted into the Performance Ensemble and Writing Club, so I didn’t have to audition for the show. I was originally a part of the creative writing process before the show had been announced. Our one-hour show was an ensemble piece which we performed as a site-specific piece at the East Perth Cemetery. Most nights we performed two shows which often meant very late nights. The show brought to life the history of the site, as we performed for the audience around the cemetery. After performing a total of 32 shows, we ended up winning the award for the ‘Best Theatre Piece’ of the festival, the ‘West Australian Award’, as well as the $10 000 funding for the company. Our show received a 4.5 Star rating from the West Australian and a 5 Star rating from the Turnstiles. Overall it was a wonderful experience and a brilliant learning curve." 
Keely Lynch

Ashlee Harwood  

Congratulations to Ashlee Harwood, Siena D, who was selected during her performance at the U/17 National Softball Tournament for a place in the U/17 Australian Girls Squad. The squad will attend the 2019 Softball Australia Aussie Diamonds USA Tour to Mankato, Minnesota 29 June to 10 July.
We wish Ashlee all the best!


Law and Criminology Open Night – Murdoch

Murdoch Uni - 13 March, 5.30pm.
Want a career in law or criminology?
Our Law and Criminology Open Night is your chance to find the course that can turn your interests into a rewarding career. Whether you aspire to defend human rights, aim to work on high profile court cases or want to understand criminal behaviour to help make communities safer, come along to find out how to get started.
Book here –

NIDA Open Day 

NIDA - 15 June 2019, Kensington.

From backstage tours to alumni and course talks, free shows, NIDA Open classes and more, we have a jam-packed schedule of events to showcase everything that makes NIDA one of the top 10 drama schools in the world (2018 Hollywood Reporter ranking)!
Register to attend: 
Find out more –

A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force

Get the opportunity to experience what a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force could be like.
Have a year full of adventure, make new friends, gain new skills, leadership, and travel.
An ADF Gap Year is a truly unique opportunity for you to grow and figure out what next step you’ll take in life.
Find out more or sign up for information about 2020 places here.

Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program

Are you a high-achieving Year 12 student who wants to study at a leading Australian university?
Do you want to get a head start on your future?
If so, you may be the ideal candidate for The University of Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program.
This exclusive program is open to Year 12 students who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or are making a significant contribution to their school or community.

OPEN DATE: Once you’ve received your Semester 1 Year 12 results
CUT OFF DATE: End of August 2019
NOTIFICATION DATE: End of September 2019
LOCATION: New South Wales & Western Australia
Assessment Criteria -

  • An application form completed by yourself and your school – A personal statement of 300 words
  • Your Year 11 school reports
  • Your Year 12 Semester 1 report
• Any other supporting documentation such as awards and certificates
It’s free to apply
Apply here

Thinking beyond careers - for parents

Presentation 13 March, 6pm.

We are living in times of unprecedented change – a time where we are required to prepare students for jobs that haven't been invented yet. How do we equip students to navigate a future that hasn’t been dreamt of yet?

Find out how Notre Dame empowers its students with invaluable critical thinking skills. We'll also step you through the transition from high school to university, our admissions process and uni student life.

This event is for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 and their parents/guardians.

Medicine Info Session 

Medicine Info Session - 24 March, 10:30am
Interested in studying Medicine at Australia's leading university for Medicine? Find out all you need to know about Notre Dame’s Doctor of Medicine and Pre-Medicine Certificate programs including how to apply and important dates. You will also hear from current students and take a tour of our School of Medicine's facilities.

Find out more and register today at


5 Celebs Who Got Their Start as an Apprentice
Considering an apprenticeship, but not sure what it could offer you?
Find out some of the top celebrities who began their careers as apprentices, you might be surprised.

UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarship

The University of Western Australia in conjunction with the Fogarty Foundation provide 10 scholarships each year to senior secondary students who have shown significant academic ability, together with a strong sense of community involvement and leadership responsibility in Year 11 and 12.

The scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to undertake an undergraduate degree of their choice at UWA.

Each scholarship is worth $10,000.
Applications close in May 2019.

Community NOTICES

This FREE astronomy festival event is taking place at Curtin Stadium, Curtin University, Bentley on Saturday 16 March. It is of epic proportions and will be an engaging celebration of Australian science. As well as optical and radio telescopes observing throughout the day and night, Astrofest will feature a myriad of interesting, engaging and exciting indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family. There will also be many different telescopes to try out, or you can bring your own telescope for some expert advice in getting the most out of it. Bring an early supper and make yourself comfortable in the picnic area. Please note that children under the age of 13 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times while attending this event.

St Anthony’s Youth Group
St Anthony's Youth Group has commenced for 2019 and all Year 9 students and above are invited to join us for a mix of fun, games, religious education and socialising with friends.

We meet in the Church hall every second Sunday of the month after Mass (7.00 – 8.30 pm) and celebrate Mass together every fourth Sunday of the month.

Our Youth Group aims to provide an opportunity for our youth to make new friends, learn new information, gain confidence as Christians and develop a strong support network, through working as a team.

For more information about St Anthony's Youth Group, or if you'd like to join us, please come to our next youth gathering on Sunday 10 March 2019. Alternatively, you can text team leaders Beverley Deacon (0450 165 565) or Dawn Charlesworth (0433 620 162).

We look forward to having you join our family.
God bless you all!

Our Lady of the Mission event
This Easter, we are excited to be hosting international author and speaker, Jeff Cavins, at our parish. Jeff is no stranger to most of us, as almost every parish has run one of his famous Bible Timeline studies at one point or another. This is a very unique opportunity to hear him speak live. It is also a chance to engage with others from the parish as well as from the Archdiocese, and of course most importantly, deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ through the Mass, the talk, Adoration and Confession (which will be offered on the night).

TIME: 5.30 pm - 9.30 pm (The evening will begin with Mass, the talk starts at 7.00 pm)
TALK: “I’m not being fed: Discovering the food that satisfies the soul”

For more information and registration please pick up a brochure at the back of the Church or visit For your convenience, the team from Evangelisation Australia will be at all Masses on the weekend of 16/17 March to answer any questions and take your registration. This is an incredible opportunity for the parish, so we hope to see you all there!
God bless.

Can you help at the 2019 Interschools Championship Festival for Equestrians?
The 2019 Interschools Festival for Equestrian is on 26 to 28 April at the State Equestrian Centre, Brigadoon.

Max Conti Nibali will be attending on behalf of Mater Dei, but there may be others that would like to be a part of the Mater Dei team. Events included are Show-jumping, Dressage, Show Horse and Combined Training (qualifications may apply depending on classes entered).

If there are three or more from the same school then the team’s results are considered for Nationals.
If you are interested in taking part as an equestrian or as a Team Manager please contact Julia Conti Nibali by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Entries close 25 March.
All information is on the website

Joondalup Festival 2019

  • Friday 5 April: 5.30pm – 11.00pm
  • Saturday 6 April: 2.00pm – 11.00pm
  • Sunday 7 April: 2.00pm – 8.00pm

Exploring the Galaxy
Humans are driven to explore the unknown, discover new worlds and push boundaries. More than fifty years of human activity in space has sparked new scientific and technological benefits that improves the quality of life on Earth and leads to a better understanding of our universe and the solar system in which we live. Curiosity and exploration are vital to the human spirit, and this year Joondalup Festival invites you to Explore the Galaxy, as we seek to inspire young and old.