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2017 Year 10 Semester 1 Exam schedule and Uni/TAFE/Careers experiences

Please click here to view the schedule for Year 10 Semester 1 exams.

Languages Week

Last week was Languages Week and there were lots of activities going on around the College to celebrate Japanese and Indonesian language and culture.  It is also the Education Perfect Language World Championships until May 25th, where students could earn points towards certificates and great prizes.

The daily Homeroom quiz proved popular, with Mrs Lane’s Salvado E Homeroom showing their extensive knowledge and were the winners on 50 points for the week.  Followed by a tie for second with Sienna D and McCormack C and McCormack B in third place.

Popular activities included the photo booth, where students could dress up in Japanese and Indonesian traditional wear and eating traditional shaved iced treat known as ‘Kakigori’ in Japanese and ‘Cendol’ in Indonesian.  In the Library, there was origami to do and playing the traditional Indonesian game of Congklak got students’ competitive spirits going.  The challenge of the kendama was too much for some but Jayden Njo in Year 8, was our Kendama Champion! 

The Indonesian eating game of Krupuk had lots of participants and spectators but the highlight of the week was the Flashmob in Salvado Courtyard where many students joined in the dance, much to the delight of on-lookers.

A big thank you to the Language teachers and Mayumi Park for all their efforts in running these activities, as well the Library staff for their support and the wonderful Andrew Watson and the canteen staff for the delicious Japanese and Indonesian themed dishes that featured during the week.


Study Skills Handbook

The Study Skills Handbook has 43 units that can help students discover techniques to assist them to learn more efficiently and effectively. This will help students improve their academic results and achieve their personal best at school and beyond.

At this time of year, the units covering exam study techniques would be of great benefit to our students.

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Year 7 and 8 Social

The Year 7 & 8 Social has been rescheduled for June 9th from 6.30pm – 8.30pm in the Bernie Boss Hall.

Tickets can be purchased via the online shop on the College website. Cost for entry is $10 and will include pizza and a drink. The theme will be Good vs Evil. We hope to see lots of Year 7 & 8 students at this event.

Mrs Curtis and Ms Hodgson 

Year 12 Human Biology

Over a number of lessons during week 4, our Year 12 Human Biology students were fortunate enough to be able to participate in a microbiology practical at school. They were required to investigate the effects of different concentrations of alcohol on the growth of bacterial cultures and to determine which antibiotic our sample bacteria were resistant to.


Students had the opportunity to practice aseptic techniques when handling bacterial cultures, which is normally only done in university labs, as well as learning various techniques to create streak and lawn plates so they could conduct accurate tests.

The students enjoyed the challenge of developing new hands-on skills and using their theoretical knowledge of pathogens, immunity and the immune response to explain their findings and relate them to real world situations, especially in terms of the ever-increasing numbers of bacteria that are antibiotic resistant.

Well done to all the Year 12 Human Biology students on their achievements!

Ms Aoife O’Shea


Inter-House Athletics Carnival Results

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Weekly Inspiration 

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Chalkboard Artist Mrs Helen Cooke.  Inspiration Ms Candice Heinz.

Create a Short Story and WIN!  Write your own Alex Rider Story:

Celebrate MDC Reading Community 

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A perfect example of MDC as a community of readers.  Jamie Ferguson, Year 10, reads to Siaan Stubbs, Year 7.



We are now taking enrolments for siblings starting Year 7 in 2019 and all other years.

For further enquiries please phone our Enrolments Officer, Ang Lourens on 9405 4777 or email:



Term 2: Week 2 -10

Monday 8.00am -11.30am

Thursday 12.30pm - 4.00pm

(During school term only) 

In addition to visiting the Mater Dei College Uniform Shop and placing your uniform order in person, Matrix Uniforms (supplier of Mater Dei College Uniforms) now offers the convenience of online ordering.

Matrix Uniforms Contact: 0435 751 963

Please note this phone is only operated during school uniform shop hours. If we are unavailable, please leave a message and we will call you back.

For urgent queries please email 

From Term 2, purchases can now be paid with Cash, Eftpos or Credit card. Student Card will no longer be accepted in the Uniform Shop.


Treetop Café Blog

The winter weather is here and so is the winter menu at the Treetop Café. The menu is available on the school’s website and the daily menu will be distributed each day via email. There are always new items to look out for and hot, homemade soup will be available in winter.

Last week we celebrated languages week with Indonesian and Japanese food being available each day. The more adventurous were looking to try something different and were treated to miso soup, teriyaki steak rolls, goreng, steamed pork buns, beef rendang.

With these cold mornings, lots of people have discovered the breakfast menu. You can enjoy omelettes, egg and bacon muffins, French toast, thick café raisin toast, or a berry, yoghurt muesli cup. Real cocoa hot chocolate is also available and ONLY $2.00 a cup or try the COMBO (toast and hot chocolate) for $2.50, you can’t beat that for value!! 

We have a huge range of different cool drinks including: NEW Natural MILKS NO ADDED SUGAR, from Brownes dairy (flavours are Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate and Banana), new slushie flavours including apple and blackcurrant and watermelon, iced teas, a selection of life juice from EMMA & TOMS and more. 

The espresso machine is performing well, serving all your favourite coffees, from cappuccinos, flat whites, chai latte to long macs or even try a DIRTY CHAI, with a choice of hazelnut, caramel or vanilla syrups.  Coffee is only available to senior students (Years 10, 11 and 12), so come down and check it out. 

For lunch, there is a different hot food choice each day including: ciabattas, focaccias, paninis, a daily specialty salad, along with vegetarian and gluten free options and of course the old favourites.

Please come and talk to us and let us know what you would like us to supply, you never know if you don’t ask, and it may be a simple thing to do.


Chef Andrew