Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff of Mater Dei College,
I welcome all families back to school and hope all students are all well rested from the April school holiday period, eager and ready for the term ahead.
On Tuesday this week the staff met with many families at the Parent and Teacher Interview Day. It is important to reiterate the message of school and home working in partnership. The College provides help outside of the normal school hours to support student learning courtesy of our dedicated staff. Mr Sullivan mentioned the various activities and support the students can tap into at the first assembly for the term on Wednesday morning. In addition, the College library is open Monday to Thursday until 5.00pm.
At the assembly, we also had an opportunity to congratulate Rhiannon Clarke on her outstanding achievement of a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games and for Rhiannon to wear her medal for the college community to view.
The students were reminded by Mr Watson to start the term with the intent to strive for personal excellence and to not be satisfied with mediocrity. This term we have NAPLAN testing scheduled for week three which is fast approaching. Please support your child in working to the best of their ability in the National Test. It is advisable to avoid taking time away from school during this time to ensure the tests are completed in the required time limit. The students have been reminded in classes of the importance of taking such tests seriously, given the literacy and numeracy requirements for the senior school WACE. Students in Year 9 who meet Band 8 or higher in literacy and/or numeracy sections of the NAPLAN tests will be exempt from that section of the On-Line Numeracy and Literacy Assessment (OLNA) completed in Year 10. For more information, please contact Mr John Sullivan or access the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website for further details: www.scsa.wa.edu.au
This week you will have received communication from me about the 25th Anniversary Dinner Dance on Saturday 23 June. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a night out with past and present members of the Mater Dei community. Friends are most welcome!
I wish all mothers many blessings for Mother’s Day on Sunday 13 May.
God Bless Annette Morey Principal
Christ Has No Body
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks Compassion on this world, Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good, Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, Yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)
MESSAGE FROM THE VICE PRINCIPAL
Year 11 Course Selection for 2019
Term 2 marks the start of the Course Selection process for 2019. Whilst the procedures vary across the year groups the most important decisions are those based around entry into Year 11 for 2019.
Typically student choices for Year 11 are based around Post Secondary education options. Therefore, it is imperative that we recognise the game is changing and the variety of options and pathways to achieving success is now somewhat different in today’s world than it has been in the past.
These are some of the most important decisions students will make and students and parents should seek to be as well informed as possible before the actual process commences.
Students should choose the correct pathway for them based on a realistic view of what will deliver the greatest chance of success in line with;
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) Requirements.
Skills and abilities.
Interests, passions and dislikes.
Level of commitment required compared with past history and performance.
THE ATAR PATHWAY is for those students who are aiming for direct entry from Year 12 into a university education. Students can study up to 6 ATAR Courses, however at a minimum they must undertake at least 4. Students must meet all WACE requirements and achieve at least 50% in ATAR English. The final derived ATAR Score is derived from the top four courses after the final calculation of 50% of the school based score, plus 50% of the final External examination score on the completion in Year 12. Entry to university is subject to individual university requirements.
THE ALTITUDE PATHWAY provides students with an alternative pathway to university without requiring an ATAR. Students can study between 0 to 3 ATAR courses and must successfully complete a Certificate ll or higher course. All Universities offer a variety of Alternative Entry Pathways which should be investigated according to the specialist field.
Edith Cowan College, Curtin and Murdoch Institutes also offer a direct pathway for students without an ATAR into their associated university. Entry can be at a Diploma level for 1st year students after which, successful completion can lead to direct entry into the 2nd year of the affiliated degree.
The areas of specialisation and entry requirements vary and entry requirements are highlighted on the separate websites of each of the Institutes mentioned above.
THE GENERAL PATHWAY is a General course pathway for those students who aspire to enter the workforce, TAFE or are seeking an Apprenticeship. Students may study a variety of General and Certificate Courses. The Certificate courses must not exceed more than 50% of the total Course combination and at least 1 Certificate ll or higher must be successfully completed.
Please keep the following important dates in mind for current Year 10 Students.
May 17 and 18 Careers Expo Visit
May 21 – June 6 Course Information presentations to students
June 6 Parent & Student Course Selection Information Evening (attendance required)
June 25 – 27 Course Selection Counselling
July 18 Subject Selection Online opens
July 23 Subject Selection Online closes
Further information re Course Selection and events will be forthcoming in due course.
MESSAGE FROM THE DEPUTIES
SETTING EXPECTATIONS AND GOALS FOR THE TERM AHEAD
At our first whole school assembly for the term, all students were given the opportunity to reflect on three characteristics which students at Mater Dei College strive to be.
Striving for excellence in all we do
Mr Watson reminded students that we do not celebrate mediocrity which comes about from a lack of effort. All students are capable of achieving high standards and success comes in many forms. Success, however, requires commitment, believing in oneself, and doing ones best. Students were asked to reflect on their Interim Report and Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews, and consider what they can do in order to improve this term.
Responsible and Respectful of others and the environment
Mrs Boyer spoke about the importance of respect which is reflected in the way students wear their uniform both in school and in the wider community, the way they speak to and treat one another and look after the school grounds. Taking responsibility for one’s own actions was also highlighted as well as maintaining regular attendance and punctuality, and completing schoolwork, homework and assessments on time.
Dedicated and hardworking, valuing our educational opportunities
Mr Sullivan reminded students to be creative and to do their best not only in regards to learning but also in the other College pillars: Faith, Service and Community. Students were encouraged to become involved in a wide range of co-curricular activities, including teams and clubs, which provide opportunities for students to meet new friends, form relationships and spend time with like-minded people.
The list of co-curricular activities can be found by clicking this link.
Students were encouraged to reflect on these and other characteristics of a Mater Dei College student, which are printed on the inside cover of the student planner, and to consider what these attributes will look like for each of them this term.
COLLEGE PHOTO DAY
Next Wednesday May 9 is College Photo Day. All students should ensure that their full winter academic uniform is clean and that they are well presented in accordance with the College Uniform and Grooming Policy. A schedule of photos has been published and can be viewed in the daily notices on SEQTA. Families who would like to purchase photos should give their order forms directly to the photographers on the day.
Student Canteen Accounts
Parents are advised that the telephone top up for canteen accounts is no longer available. Online via the web portal login and Bpay payments are still available.
Study Skills What do you do when you get a disappointing assignment mark?
We all have times when we think we have done brilliantly then get an assignment back and are really disappointed instead. You could just feel really bad, or you could try these steps:
1. REVIEW AND UNDERSTAND
The first step is to work through the feedback and work out what went wrong. • Did you not meet the criteria? • What feedback were you given from the teacher? • Do you understand the feedback? • Can you work out why you got the mark you did? If you don’t understand why you got the mark you did, it is ESSENTIAL you ask your teacher for further clarification. Otherwise you will keep making the same mistakes.
2. CHALLENGE OR ACCEPT
Once you understand what the issue was, you can either accept it, or challenge it.
ACCEPT: If you feel now that the mark was actually fair enough, then it is time to move on. There is no point beating yourself up anymore about your disappointing mark.
Instead you need to treat this as a learning process, the people who are most successful in life don’t let their mistakes get them down, they see them as a learning opportunity where they can improve and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
However, if you really think your mark was unfair and you had met all of the criteria, you can talk to your teacher and politely explain your point of view and ask if they would reconsider your mark.
3. LEARN AND CHANGE
The only way to improve, is to work out what you did wrong, then try and fix it. It is actually a really good idea to re-do part of the work and re-submit. Not everyone has the commitment to do this, but if you do - then wow - you will really see the benefit in your results. It might just be a case of re-doing a section of the assignment and asking your teacher to review it.
But if you don’t have another go, you won’t know whether or not you have really taken the feedback on board. Some students let a bad mark get them down and start to think they are not capable of succeeding, so they don’t try to address the issue, make similar mistakes again and just feel worse. Don’t be that sort of person! Learn from what you have done and have another try.
Another good thing you can do is to ask to see other students’ work who received top grades for their assignments - to evaluate what was missing in yours or how you could improve yours next time.
It would also be a great idea for your next assignment to show your teacher a plan, or a draft early on, explaining how you think you’ve met the criteria, and seek feedback well BEFORE handing it in.
You might also like to visit the Assignment Skills unit at www.studyskillshandbook.com.au for some more ideas on approaching assignments.
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CECWA Strategic Directions
The Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) has a strategic purpose to ensure that Catholic education is delivered and managed through the system of Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) in a responsible and effective manner, working within the Catholic Mission, appropriate standards and regulations.
The CECWA has commenced the process of developing the strategic direction for Catholic education in Western Australia from 2019 to 2021. This fundamental work will enable the CECWA to consolidate and communicate our key objectives for coming years.
The first phase of this consultation involves gathering feedback from our Catholic education community that will inform the draft Strategic Directions 2019 - 2021.
We would like to invite you to complete a survey to provide your valued input. Visit https://connect.cewa.edu.au to complete the survey, open for participation until Friday, 11 May. There are hard copies available at reception should you wish to complete one.
The CECWA is eager to listen to our community through this important process and I thank you in anticipation for your participation in helping to shape the future direction of Catholic education throughout Western Australia.
Get a group of friends together and go and investigate the University’s, explore the courses you may like to do next year or in the future.
Murdoch Uni Open Day
Saturday 28 July | 10am to 4pm Join us at Open Day 2018 to explore your Think. Discover our wide range of courses and find the one that’s right for you. Academics, students and staff are available all day to answer your questions, show you around and help you uncover where your Think could take you. More detailed information, including the full program, will be available closer to Open Day 2018. Find out more - http://www.murdoch.edu.au/study/open-day
UWA Open Day Sunday 12 August Whether you're a future student, parent, teacher or member of the community, there will be so much for you to discover, experience and enjoy on the day. Explore our amazing campus while you chat to current students, meet our world-class teaching and research staff, and take part in a huge variety of entertainment, activities, tours, displays and information sessions on offer during the day. Find out more - https://study.uwa.edu.au/openday/
Week 2 -9 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.