Dei to Dei 

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

Catholic Arts is alive at Mater Dei this term. I had the pleasure of attending the Catholic Performing Arts Dance section on Friday 18 August at the Perth Convention Centre.  The Mater Dei Dancers “Dei to Dance” opened the night with a spectacular performance titled “7 sins”.  Congratulations to Mrs Wendy Martin, support staff and our very talented dancers.

This week I received correspondence from the Catholic Arts Office congratulating our students who have been involved in the Instrumental section of the Catholic Performing Arts festival. Congratulations to Melissa Hemetsberger and Joshua Li on receiving a Merit Award in the Instrumental Duet section.

The Angelico Art Exhibition opened on Tuesday 15 August at the Forrest Centre in St George’s Terrace. The exhibition is a display of visual arts from a selection of students in the Catholic system.

This year Mater Dei had six students display their art work.  Well done to the following students: Ava Doherty, Charlotte Campbell, Samantha Beames, Demi Magatelli, Philippa Westlake, Eliza Bennett.

Tuesday 15 August was an important day in the Catholic calendar; The Feast of the Assumption which is a holy day of obligation where we remember Mary’s passing, body and soul from this world.  The Assumption is important to our College given Mary (Mater Dei) is our patron and we celebrated this important day with a Eucharist celebration celebrated by our College Chaplain, Fr John Daly. Thank you to Mrs Wendy O’Neill, Fr John and our senior student leaders for a lovely Mass. 

In my first five weeks at Mater Dei I have been impressed with the good will amongst the staff and students.  There are many opportunities for our students to engage in the College and to strive for personal excellence.  The AFL Girls Specialist Program is an area that is relatively new to the College and is popular amongst the students. From 2018 the AFL Specialist Program will expand to include a program for boys commencing with Year 9 boys in 2018. Mr Luke Hendricks has been appointed to the position of AFL Specialist Coordinator to oversee the growth of the program into the future. More information is available for interested students and parents. 

The weather has been very cold this past month, particularly in the early mornings when our students are travelling to school. At present the College Blazer has only been available for Year 10 -12.  From 2018, I would like parents to consider purchasing a College Blazer for Year 7-9 students.  The College Blazer will be become a compulsory uniform item from 2019 for all students in Year 7-12 during Term 2 & 3. Parents wishing to order a College Blazer for 2018 please make contact with Uniform Shop to arrange a fitting and order. 

Next week we celebrate Wellbeing Week at Mater Dei College.  Throughout the week, staff and students have an opportunity to be involved in a variety of activities such as: staff and student human chess, an amazing race, tree planting, hip hop classes and a College lap-a-thon. I look forward to all students and staff enjoying the community activities.

God Bless

Annette Morey

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