Newsletter 22.03.19


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

It is hard to believe one year has passed since our 25th Anniversary Foundation Day Mass. This week ended on a high with our College Feast Day celebrated with a Mass for the whole school followed by activities, stalls, games and the end of day concert. Congratulations to all students and staff for a lovely day.

“Bullying No Way” was a theme for our College last week as we joined many schools across the Nation to take action against bullying. The College Wellbeing Team and staff coordinated a number of activities to empower our young people to address bullying to make our school a safe and happy environment for all. Dr Debra Sayce, Executive Director of Catholic Education visited our College on Tuesday and was impressed with the colourful hand prints on the Salvado courtyard trees.

The Inter-House Cross Country held last Friday proved more challenging this year with the course lengthened to the same distance required for the Association and Catholic College’s (ACC) event scheduled for later in the year. There were some outstanding performances in a number of year levels. Thank you to Mr Coutts and the Health and PE staff.

The ACC Swim Carnival was held this week at Challenge Stadium. Well done to the Mater Dei team for their effort and team spirit on the day. Our girls’ performance was very strong, placing 2nd for junior girls and senior girls and 3rd place overall for the team performance. Thank you to Mrs Rees, Sport Coordinator and staff for their support of our swimmers.

We wish Miss Parris Laurie all the best for the AFLW final this week. The Dockers will play Carlton at Ikon Park on Saturday at 11:45am, WA time.

God Bless

Annette Morey



Father of Light and Wisdom,
thank you for giving me
a mind that can know
and a heart that can love.

Help me to keep learning every day of my life--
no matter what the subject may be.
Let me be convinced that all knowledge leads to you
and let me know how to find you and love you
in all the things you have made.

Encourage me when the studies are difficult
and when I am tempted to give up.
Enlighten me when my brain is slow
and help me to grasp the truth held out to me.

Grant me the grace to put my knowledge to use
in building the kingdom of God on earth
so that I may enter the kingdom of God in heaven.




This Month on SchoolTV - Grief and Loss
Grief is a natural response to loss. It might be the loss of a loved one, relationship or even a pet. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief is likely to be. Children and adults grieve differently due to their developmental stage, and this can prove difficult for parents to understand.

Young children fluctuate in and out of the stages of grief rapidly, as they may not comprehend the permanency of death. They express their grief more physically. Teens on the other hand may not know how to express their grief and will need some space to process their loss. Some may choose to grieve alone, not wanting to stand out or be seen as not coping. Whilst others, who may have a greater understanding, can start to question their own mortality.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents can learn how to acknowledge their child’s feelings and the best way to support them through the grief. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition 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 this month’s edition of SchoolTV:

SchoolTV Special Report
The recent Christchurch massacre is one of the most extreme acts of terrorism the world has seen in recent times. Unfortunately, this tragedy will impact on many young people throughout Australia and New Zealand. Some parents and care givers may struggle to answer the questions their children might have, especially those who are already struggling with high levels of anxiety about the state of their world.

It is important to put this event into context for children of all ages. In this Special Report, parents and care givers will be provided with practical strategies on how to talk to their children in a reassuring manner. It will also highlight the necessity to be aware of the signs of trauma, should a child be adversely affected. Again, if you do have any concerns about your child, please contact the relevant Head of Year, Deputy Principal or School Counsellor.

Click here to access this special edition of SchoolTV:


Having an absolute ball!

The Year 12 Ball. The final year of high school. A night we celebrate with those friends and teachers, who have been a crucial part of most of our childhood and teenage years.

For most, especially the girls it is an event for which we start planning months in advance. The makeup! The hair! The shoes! And of course, the DRESS! And the boys who have a more laidback and simpler approach, like picking up their suits a few hours before. Regardless, it is a night when everyone, including the teachers look dashing.

On 16 February, Mater Dei’s Ball day had finally arrived. Everyone attended our school’s decorated gymnasium for the pre-ball gathering. Whether we arrived with dates, boyfriends, girlfriends or as individuals, everyone entered by rocking the red carpet looking extraordinary, showing everyone’s family and friends just how magnificent we look when we’re not in our school uniforms.

The night progressed in style, as everyone kissed their families goodbye, the year group departed in their own elaborate choice of transport, some in party buses, Hummers, others in limo’s and some even in Ferraris. We arrived at the beautiful dining room at Frasers, that overlooks the well-known Kings Park.

The rest of the night we dined in class as the night flew by, it was filled with a delicious three course meal, memorable speeches, well deserved awards, thousands of photos, laughs and of course enough top-notch dancing to last a life time.

At eleven o’clock the night sadly concluded. Everyone shuffled out with aching feet and sore throats after ending the night belting out to Bohemian Rhapsody and our beloved College song.

After months of anxious build up, our Year 12 Ball had come and gone. It was a night in which we were able to party and celebrate the many years we have spent together and the massive year yet to come, with the people who we have grown up with. It is an experience we will all remember and cherish as one of the highlights of our high school lives, as we look back on the many photos in years to come.
Keely Lynch

HUMANITIES – Parliamentary Committee Hearing

On Tuesday 5 March, Michaela Chirikure, Chido Mukomberanwa, Veronica Cheng, Elecia Shaw and myself, along with Ms Tatonetti, attended a parliamentary hearing in support of YACWA (Youth Affairs Council of WA). The hearing was concerning a federal bill to lower the voting age to 16 and 17 (non-compulsory). The hearing, which included federal politicians from WA and eastern states including WA Senator Jordon Steele-John, allowed the five of us to discuss with our representatives our opinion on the issue of allowing teenagers the opportunity to vote. Each of us were permitted to make a public statement which was recorded in the Hansard, and is now public record. Although the experience was slightly nerve wracking, we all coped well with the pressure when questioned by our politicians on the question of, why 16-17 year-olds should be allowed to vote. Much of the focus of the discussion centred on the issue of compulsory versus non-compulsory voting. We presented many valid reasons and positive aspects of non-compulsory voting for 16 and 17 year-olds, rather than compulsory voting. All-round the experience was an amazing opportunity, providing us with the chance to have a say in parliament about laws affecting, not only ourselves but every single young Australian. Hannah Snelson – Year 11

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.


Emily Prior  

Emily Prior (Year 7) was invited by Siobhan Reid PhD (Senior Lecturer) School of Human Sciences and the fourth year Sports Science students for an information, question and answer session on living with Cerebral Palsy. During the session Emily was asked about transitioning to high school and the logistics of getting around the school. Emily has shown confidence beyond her years speaking to such a large group. Well done Emily.

Sporting News

ACC Swimming Carnival 

ACC Swim Team had a very successful day at the pool finishing 3rd overall.

The Senior and Junior girls stood out both with 2nd place finishes overall for their age groups. We had a large number of students with fantastic personal achievements, including:

  • Asha Macdonald-Rasvi- 1st Overall Open Female
  • Jack Hemmingway- 2nd overall U/13 Male
  • Eloise Cleaver- 2nd overall U/14 Female
  • Noah Cleaver- 4th overall U/15 Male
  • Abbie Flanigan- 4th overall U/15 Female
  • Zayan Hansrod- 4th overall u/16 Female.

Mater Dei College Cricket 

The second game of the year for the Senior Boys Cricket Team was played against Butler College. After losing the toss and bowling first, Mater Dei got off to a great start with Cameron Demiris getting 2/17, Elliot Morris 2/0 and Callum Johnson putting in another good performance getting 2/10. Butler College were eventually bowled out for 75 runs. Cameron Demiris and Elliot Morris opened the batting, with both of them chasing down the total in just 8 overs. Elliot Morris finished on 37 not out and Cameron Demiris 27 not out. This win was great for the group.

The third game of the year was played against St. Stephens Carramar. Mater Dei batted first and got off to a great start with a good partnership between openers Elliot Morris who made 41 and Cameron Demiris 71 not out. Andre Amonini made a quick fire 36 towards the end of the innings. The Mater Dei Cricket Team compiled a good score finishing on 6/160. The team was confident that it was a defendable total. It was a hard-fought game early on with not many wickets falling, but Keenan McMahon ended with 2/9 and Andre Amonini 1/18. Now the Team has to wait and see whether they have made it to the knock out stages of the competition.

Cameron Demiris and Elliot Morris

Cameron Demiris and Elliot Morris 

We would like to congratulate Cameron Demiris and Elliot Morris who have been selected to represent the ACC against the combined Government Schools team for 2019 in Cricket. The standard of the players within the squad was at a high level and it was a difficult decision for the selectors to pick their final team encompassing team balance in the bowling and batting. Congratulations Cameron and Elliot. All the best from the Mater Dei Community.

ACC Cricket Match Results 

The Associated and Catholic Colleges, Representative XI (6/186) defeated the Combined Government Schools, Representative XI (9/184). Elliott Morris was named in the best bowlers for the day taking 3/16 (10 overs, including 4 maidens). It was a fantastic game of cricket and the boys should be extremely proud of the way they represented their school and the association.

A huge thankyou to the efforts of coach Chris Quelch from Carmel School, ex-student of Mater Dei. Thankyou also to the WACA for a wonderful experience for our top ACC cricketers.


Course information Evenings

Year 10 - 11 Course Information Evening
Date: 18 March 2019
Time: Faculty and student life expo 6.00 – 9.00pm Presentation 6.30 - 7.15pm
Location: Patricia Crawford Court, The University of Western Australia

Year 12 Course Information Evening
Date: 18 March 2019
Time: Faculty and student life expo 7.00 – 9.00pm Presentation - 7.30 - 8.15pm
Medicine presentation - 8.15 - 8.30pm
Location: Patricia Crawford Court, The University of Western Australia

Students are encouraged to book.
For further information contact the Future Students Team 131 892

SAE Creative Media 

Information Evening: Thursday 9 May, 5.00-7.00pm
Find your true calling with the leading global specialist in Creative Media Education.

We're opening the doors of our state-of-the-art, Perth campus on Thursday 9 May from 5pm-7pm.

If you're considering studying Creative Media, Animation, Audio, Design, Film or Games, now is the time to speak to our experienced team, your future mentors, and discover how you can pursue your passion in these dynamic and expanding industries. Talk to current students and learn about the life of a creative student while studying and into your future after graduation. You can begin your creative career now!

Info Night is a FREE event and is highly recommended for Year 11 & 12 students, Careers Advisors and Media Teachers.

Find out more here and register to attend here:
Download the Poster here:

STUDY FOR A DAY: Saturday 15 June 9.00am-4.00pm
Are you interested in studying Animation, Audio, Graphic Design, Film or Games?

Come and study with us for a day, and experience student life at our exciting Perth Campus! Learn from our industry- experienced lecturers, and get hands-on training with actual coursework from our degree programs. Study For A Day workshops are a fantastic way to experiment with the creative media fields and your area of interest. Our lecturers introduce you to technical skills in your discipline of choice, and provide insight into careers in your chosen field.
Tickets are $35.00 per person (incl. bf + gst). Limited spaces available.
Purchase your tickets here:

Forensic Industry

Are you interested in the Forensic Industry and curious to know if it is like what you see on TV??
Then read further as there are so many roles within Forensics that may suit your skills.

Community NOTICES

Entertainment Membership

Mater Dei College is fundraising for the Cambodian mission.  Support our Entertainment Fundraiser today and you will be able to enjoy valuable offers as well as receive $20 Woolworths online offer and $50 Cellarmasters online offer! Order yours today:

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has three weekends scheduled for 2019 – the first weekend is in April.

Rekindle your love for one another away from everyday distractions. What better way to celebrate the gift of your unique love than to make time to focus on each other and your marriage. Consider attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend to renew those feelings you had during your first few years together. We invite you to join us on our next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend 5-7 April 2019 or 26-28 July 2019 to be held in Mandurah.

For more information or booking contact: Valerie & Brendon on 0424 220 625 – Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website –