Newsletter 05.04.19


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

This week Mater Dei hosted 300 students from the local Catholic primary schools for the “Whadjuk Gift” initiative. The Whadjuk Gift Project was an idea of Mr Toby Hurd, Head of Visual Arts and the College PALS Coordinator. Students and staff from: St Anthony’s School, St Luke’s Catholic Primary, Whitford Catholic Primary School, Liwara Catholic Primary and Padbury Catholic Primary, were involved in a learning experience for the term researching Whadjuk country and the different nations. Each student designed a T-Shirt and the students from each school wore the different T-Shirts representing the different nations. On Wednesday 3 April, the primary school students and a number of Mater Dei student helpers and leaders enjoyed a day of activities and celebrations at our College. It was a fabulous day enjoyed by all. My sincere thanks and congratulations to Mr Hurd, Ms O’Shea and all student and staff helpers. Thank you to Dr Debra Sayce, Executive Director Catholic Education WA and the Mayor for the City of Joondalup, the Hon Albert Jacobs and Mrs Emily Hamilton MLA City of Joondalup for their attendance. An enjoyable day was had by all and I was incredibly proud of our students as they were exceptional ambassadors of our College.

Next week, all parents will have access to the Interim Reports via SEQTA. Please read the report carefully and I ask that you have a discussion with your child. Please make appointments to discuss your child’s report at the Parent Teacher Interviews on Tuesday 30 April if any areas of concern have been indicated. It is important we work together in partnership for the benefit of your child’s education.

Throughout this term we commenced interviewing for Year 7 2021 enrolments. Interviews will continue throughout Term 2. Please ensure you have lodged an application if your child is currently in Year 5 and you would like them to attend Mater Dei College in Year 7.

As the school term draws to a close I wish all families a happy and safe holiday and a holy Easter. A reminder all students are required to return to school in Term 2 wearing the College winter uniform including the College Blazer for all year levels.

I look forward to meeting families this Saturday evening 6 April at the P&F Bogan Bingo night.

God Bless

Annette Morey


Infinite Creator,
Who, from the treasures of Your wisdom,
have marshalled the regions
of the universe with such artful skill,

You are proclaimed
the true font of light and wisdom,
pour forth a ray of Your brightness
into the darkened places of my mind;
disperse from my soul
the twofold darkness
into which I was born:
sin and ignorance.

You make eloquent the tongues of infants.
Refine my speech
and pour forth upon my lips
The goodness of Your blessing.
Grant to me
keenness of mind,
capacity to remember,
skill in learning,
subtlety to interpret,
and eloquence in speech.

May You
guide the beginning of my work,
direct its progress,
and bring it to completion.

You Who are true God and true Man,
who live and reign, world without end.

St Isadore’s prayer before studying.
His Feast is April 4 and he is
The patron saint of the internet

Look him up on Google!


Winter Uniforms Term Two

A reminder to families that next term all students are required to be dressed in full winter academic uniform. Students are advised to try on their uniforms this week to ensure they have not outgrown them, and sufficient time is left to have them altered as required, or purchase new items.

As well as the items outlined in the table below, it is compulsory for all students in Years 7-12 to wear the Mater Dei College blazer to school until the end of Homeroom/PCG, and on the way home from school. The blazer must also be worn during formal occasions such as Masses and assemblies, and when representing the College at excursions, functions and events off-campus. The College jumper may also be worn underneath the blazer and students are permitted to wear the Mater Dei College scarf. No other scarves, or beanies are permitted. It is also not acceptable to combine wearing academic uniform items with house or sports uniform items.

Girls Winter Uniform

  • Knee-length College skirt
  • Girls’ winter trousers (optional)
  • White College blouse (tucked in)
  • College tie
  • Stockings (opaque ink navy)
  • Black standard leather lace-up school shoes

Boys Winter Uniform
  • Long grey trousers
  • Grey belt
  • White College shirt (tucked in)
  • College tie
  • Navy blue school socks
  • Black standard leather lace-up school shoes

Year 12 students also have the option of wearing the Mater Dei College leaver’s jacket, however, the blazer must be worn on formal occasions such as at Masses and assemblies, and when representing the College at events off-campus.

We look forward to seeing all students return to school on Wednesday 1 May well-rested and well-presented.

Invitation to Attend Parent Seminar on Resilience

Mater Dei College is pleased to host Adam Przytula, founder of Armed for Life, for a free parent seminar ‘Resilience’. Adam is passionate about helping teenagers build resilience and develop good mental health and wellbeing. Adam has been involved in running sessions for teachers, students and parents in schools for over 20 years, and in his sessions, is able to draw upon his own life experience, as well as his work with young people as a teacher and school chaplain.

Adam’s presentation to parents is designed to complement Mater Dei’s Pastoral Care Program, which throughout Term One has focused on building resilience in our students. In this session, Adam will focus on the important role parents and care givers have in modelling resilience to their young people, and will provide practical tips and advice on dealing with problems in a healthy way so children learn to do the same.

The parent seminar will be held on 15 May 2019 from 6:30 - 8:00pm in the Catherine Breakout area at Mater Dei. For more information about this free parent seminar, follow the link below. Bookings can be made via:

Thank you to the Mater Dei College Parents and Friends Association for sponsoring this event.

This Month on SchoolTV - Trauma


Children and teens will experience events during their lives that will affect them emotionally and physically. How they react to these events depends on their age, personality and past experiences. Children can experience strong feelings of fear, sadness, guilt, anger or grief, making it difficult for them to cope with everyday life.

There are a number of ways that parents and care givers can support children after a traumatic event. Your reaction to an event, will impact your child’s ability to cope and recover. Children will look to the adults in their lives to help them better understand a traumatic event so it is important to ‘tune in’ to their fears and provide them with the comfort and support they need. This edition of SchoolTV assists parents gain a better understanding of trauma and how it affects children of all ages.

If you have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the relevant Head of Year, Deputy Principal or College Counsellor.

Here is the link to this month's edition:

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been part of the school calendar since 2008.

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May, specifically 14, 15, 16, 17 May. Wherever possible, please do not make appointments for your son/daughter on these days.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains’) of:

  • reading
  • writing
  • language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • numeracy.
NAPLAN tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum.

To get a sense of the ‘look and feel’ of the tests and to understand what types of questions are asked, a full set of example NAPLAN tests is available.

This year at Mater Dei the students will be completing NAPLAN online using their own laptops. For more information about the move to deliver NAPLAN in a computer-based environment, go to NAPLAN online. Practice tests can be accessed via the Public Demonstration Site. It is highly recommended that students attempt these tests before they sit the actual tests.

In order for students to get a feel for the type of literacy and numeracy questions they will encounter in the NAPLAN, and to get used to logging-in to the site, we will be conducting practice tests for Year 7s on Monday 8 April in period 5 and for Year 9s on Monday 8 April in period 6 in their English classes.

An information sheet with more information has been given to all Year 7 and Year 9 students to bring home this week, but if you have any queries visit the NAPLAN website or please contact John Sullivan at the College.


Enrolments for 2021

Languages excursion

On Wednesday 27 March, Year 9,10 and 11 Japanese classes went on an excursion to a Japanese festival run by the Tokyo City University students on an exchange program with Edith Cowan University (ECU).

The Festival started with a formal address, followed by a number of cultural activities including games and food that were available to us. There was everything from Kakigori (shaved ice), traditional Onigiri (rice balls) and Soumen (cold noodles) to taste; to activities such as wearing a traditional yukata, calligraphy and origami or trying to catch a balloon yoyo.

It was a fun event, and everyone enjoyed themselves. I can’t wait to attend the festival again!

Sydney Fogarty
Year 9


As a busy term comes to a close, a few notices from the Mathematics Department. 

Afterschool Maths Help Term 2 will be run on Thursday afternoons 3.30 – 4.30pm

  • Yr 7 – 9, MCC06
  • Yr 10 – 12, MCC07

OLNA support sessions will recommence following the release of results in May.

Parents and students will be informed of the Numeracy Support Program working towards Round 2 of Testing via direqt message and email.

Mathematics Enrichment Classes – Curtin University

During Term 2 and 3, Curtin University’s Mathematics and Statistics department offers enrichment programs for mathematically talented students across years 5 -11. Students are exposed to a range of problem-solving skills and challenges. Courses are offered on the Bentley Campus over a range of times. For more information, visit the website:

Music Tuition

Music tuition enrolments for Term 2 are now open.
1-1 Lessons are available on the following instruments:
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Violin, Viola, Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums! We also offer singing lessons!
If your child is interested in learning one of the above, please download the brochure below for more information.

To sign up please complete the form and return to our Director of Music, Mrs Clair Frankish.

Hairspray is Here!

After a much-anticipated wait, tickets for our College musical are on sale, live, today! 

The ensemble has been working tirelessly to bring this show to life and there are but six rehearsals left before production week in early Term 2. 

Performances will be in the Bernie Boss Hall, 8, 9, 10 and 11 May at 7:30 pm. Tickets for this event can be purchased via 

Please secure your tickets now, as we expect them to sell like hotcakes! 

Hairspray Talent

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.

Mater Dei College Facebook Page

Have you liked the Mater Dei College Facebook Page?
It’s a great way to keep up to date with all the activities of the students at the College and hear about upcoming events. You can click on the image to the left to access the page.


Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser - Pedal Prix STEM Project at MDC

The race is on for Mater Dei’s 2019 all-girl Pedal Prix Team who will be competing at the Busselton Pedal Prix Carnival in August this year. Our Pedal Prix team consists of a dozen students from Year 10 who have recently begun to raise funds to cover the costs of modifying their trike and making it as competitive as possible. We are also fundraising to cover the costs associated with race weekend, so if you’re keen to help the MDC Pedal Prix team get to Busselton, come to;

Bunnings Joondalup this Saturday 6 April anytime from 8am – 4:30pm and show your support by purchasing a sausage sizzle and drink.

We are also currently looking for sponsors and would welcome any assistance from our school community and beyond and who knows, maybe your business logo can be printed onto the student’s Pedal Prix trike!

For more information about Pedal Prix, visit or contact Ms O’Shea directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re keen to sponsor our team!

Year 8 Synergy Solar Car Challenge

The Synergy Solar Car Challenge is about creating solar panel cars. The first few Fridays in our Year 8 Science lessons, we were introduced to the Challenge, got into groups and started learning about how solar panels work and how to make cars powered by the sun. From then on, every Friday we would work on our cars until we had perfected them to the best of our ability. In the final lesson of creating our car, we timed them to find out the fastest car, then got them inspected for their structural integrity. Mrs Lombardo then announced the winning and chosen team, we got really excited because it was us!

On 28 March we went to Newman College to compete in the Synergy Solar Car Challenge. Once we arrived, we watched the finals of the Year 6 races which gave us an idea about what to expect. Once that had finished we got set up for building our car and were told to create a name for our car which ended up being MD Racer!!!! We started counting down until the hour we had to build and perfect our car. The last few minutes were stressful but we managed to work as a team and built an effective solar charged car. We learned a lot throughout the process and had heaps of fun. With the final rounds completed, the winning team was Duncraig Senior High so, congratulations to them!!!

Thanks to Mrs Lombardo for incorporating the project into our Science lessons, and Mr Raymond for his first introductory tutorial. Also, to Newman College for holding this event and finally, Synergy for making this experience possible.

Written and attended by Rose Blake, Bailey Perrie and Isabella Ray

Year 10 Science and Engineering Challenge

The Year 10 Science students attended the Science and Engineering Challenge held at the Claremont Showgrounds on 4 April 2019.


Pascal Stuart  

Last week one of our Year 9 students, Pascál Stuart (Year 9) was awarded his ‘First Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo.’ Pascál achieved his first black belt at 12 years of age, two years ago, but last week advanced to the first adult level in the martial art of Taekwondo as he received his First Dan Black Belt.

Rhiannon Clarke 

Rhiannon has been selected as a finalist for the Surge fitness sports awards. We wish Rhiannon well in the next stage of the award process.

Sporting News

2019 Inter-House Cross Country 

The 2019 Inter-House Cross Country race took a new course this year to bring the track distance to 3km in line with the minimum Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) race distance. Students ran from the College around Emerald Park and back to MDC. The day’s weather set up perfect conditions for some excellent racing and our students rose to meet the standard.

All students were challenged to achieve their personal best regardless of running ability and to try to test their aerobic endurance. It was excellent to see the intent from a majority of our students as they ran with enthusiasm and a sense of purpose. Students looked excellent in their new house shirts and their sportsmanship was commendable.

Long distance running is an excellent recreational activity that students can undertake in their local area for free and we encourage students to explore this activity as the health benefits, both physical and mental, are extremely positive.

Overall results will be announced to students at the Full School assembly in Week 10. Please find below a list of the Year Group Champions;

Year 7 Male Champion

Nicholas Maybury

Year 7 Female Champion

Kirra Francis

Year 8 Male Champion 

Ethan Marafioti

Year 8 Female Champion

Eloise Cleaver

Year 9 Male Champion

Joseph Caloiero

Year 9 Female Champion

Jasmine Kolodynski

Year 10 Male Champion

Noah Farrow

Year 10 Female Champion

Anna Daley-Graham

Year 11 Male Champion

Isaac DeMarte

Year 11 Female Champion

Taneesha Baker

Year 12 Male Champion

Callum Johnson

Year 12 Female Champion

Aiysha Wigley


UWA Individual Advisory Sessions for Year 10 and 11 Students.

Year 10 – 11 Individual Advisory Session
During the upcoming school holidays, we will be holding Individual Advisory Sessions for Year 10 - 11 students. These sessions are available from 15 - 17 April. This is your opportunity to ask questions and learn more about:
• UWA courses
• Entry requirements
• Subject selection advice
• The ATAR process
• The UWA student experience
Bookings are essential due to a limited number of sessions. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Sessions are held in the Circle Room, Reid Library.

To register and know more about this event, see:
To know more about our exciting event, please do not hesitate to contact us on 131 UWA (131 892).

Edith Cowan University

ECU - Teacher Education Information Evening, Mount Lawley
Wednesday 22 May 6.30 - 7.30pm, ECU Mount Lawley Campus
Find out why the Teaching course is popular at ECU and experience our well-equipped School of Education. ECU has Western Australia's oldest and largest School of Education, with over 100 years of experience in teacher education. We graduate more professional educators than any other WA institution.
Find out more and register:

UWA - Year 12 Individual Advisory Sessions

Monday 15, Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 April, 10.00am - 7.30pm
University of Western Australia, Perth Campus
These school holiday sessions are designed to help answer your questions about future study at UWA, including:
• Features and benefits of UWA's internationally recognised course model
• Courses and entry requirements
• Direct Pathways
• The TISC application and offer process
• Work Integrated Learning and student exchange opportunities
• The UWA student experience
Bookings are essential due to a limited number of sessions. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend.

Find out more and register:

UWA - Accelerate! Guitars

Friday 16, Friday 23, Friday 30 August & Friday 6 September, 4.30pm - 6.30pm
UWA Conservatorium of Music
Accelerate! Guitars is UWA's elite performance training program designed for classical guitarists in Years 10–12 who are looking to take their playing to the next level! Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with Chair of Guitar Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald, as well as some very special guests! The program includes a wide-range of practical activities including workshops and masterclasses where participants will receive expert individualised input on their current repertoire, and hone their ensemble skills while rehearsing and performing with the UWA Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble. The program will culminate in a joint performance with current UWA students, presenting the Australian premiere of Terry Riley’s exciting ensemble work Y Bolanzero, in addition to a variety of solo and chamber works for guitar. Places are strictly limited and entry is via audition.
Full scholarships are provided so there is no cost to participants.
Find out more:

Teen Coding With C#

Tuesday 16 - Thursday 18 April | 10.00am - 4.00pm | ECU Joondalup Campus
Learn one of the most in-demand coding languages in the world, used in start-ups, enterprise companies, and academic institutions. This is a top choice for students considering computer science or creative digital pathways at TAFE or University who want to take their skills to the next level in a fun and supportive environment. Coding with C# is a more complex coding language than typical drag-and-drop solutions taught in high school. So this particular Fire Tech course is built to level up your foundational code knowledge and bring you right from the basics to the next level. We find that many teens who have already started to learn to program on their own find our “back to basics” approach very helpful as they fill in any gaps in their fundamentals and extend key skills.
Find out more:

Teen Robotics Workshop

Tuesday 16 - Thursday 18 April, 10.00am - 4.00pm, ECU Joondalup Campus
Fire Tech’s Teen Robotics holiday workshop introduces students to design, construction and testing skills through a wide variety of robotics projects. This class is perfect for students interested in automation, mechanical engineering, creative design – or to just have fun with fantastic tech! Students will work in teams of two to build increasingly complex hardware-software projects to eventually compete against each other in creative challenges, similar to those found within the First Lego World League. Hosted in the ECU Engineering robotics labs, this holiday workshop will also give students behind-the-scenes access to a wide range of robotic technology including the soccer-playing NAO, production-style robotic arms and the human-sized Baxter used to train university students for real-world projects!
Find out more:

Digital Music for Teens

Tuesday 23 - Wednesday 24 April, 10.00am - 4.00pm, State Library of Western Australia
Unleash your inner music producer with Fire Tech’s Digital Music Holiday Workshop. Whether you are a budding composer or complete novice, this workshop takes all students through a wide variety of technical skills and music theory. Equip your creativity with the tools to create fantastic music and explore a variety of music genres to spark your curiosity and passion. While previous music experience can enhance your creations, you can take advantage of our pre-made libraries of loops and beats, which means that no prior musical experience is necessary. This holiday workshop provides a relaxed and fun environment for young people to explore trending music software, utilise digital keyboards and kick-start their creative journeys.
Find out more:

SAE Institute Perth - Study for a Day

Saturday 15 June, 9.00am - 4.00pm, SAE Institute Perth
Are you creatively inclined and thinking about studying creative media? We are offering an exclusive one day workshop event in the June holidays – get behind the scenes and pursue your passion! Don’t miss out on your chance to experience life as an SAE student, and discover what it means to be a creative professional in state-of-the-art facilities with industry experts by your side! Across the fun workshops, SAE Study For A Day attendees will work towards building a creative piece of work to take away for use in a portfolio or showreel. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation to acknowledge the creative work they have undertaken.
Find out more and register:

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: