Mater Dei College seeks to deliver a successful transition to secondary school for students entering Year 7. The College has a number of programmes in place to allow students to integrate into the College seamlessly.
In conjunction with the College’s Pastoral Care programme, the Curriculum in Year 7 is designed to expose students to a number of new learning experiences with a variety of subject specialist teachers. The curriculum aims to enhance student learning experiences and assist them in the development of the required skills and knowledge to allow them to flourish as global citizens in the 21st Century.
The College Operates on a 31 Period a week Timetable, inclusive of a dedicated Pastoral care Period. For the large part periods are 55 minutes in duration with six periods a day.
Students undertake a number of core subjects throughout the year:

Religious Education (3)
English (4)
Humanities (4)
Mathematics (4)
Science (4)
Health and Physical Education (3)
Pastoral Care Curriculum (2)
Information Technology (1)
A Second Language (Japanese / Indonesian (2)

Students in Year 7 also undertake an additional 6 Periods drawn from the Practical and Creative Course Selections in line with National Curriculum Requirements. In Year 7 students are given a broad taste of these courses allowing for informed choices to take place in the later years.

Students will study two courses a term for two periods a week each. Rotating through the year students will study:

Music
Dance
Drama
Hospitality
Textiles
Engineering
Materials Design Technology
Digital Technology
Visual Arts

Students should be aware from as early as Year 7 that, as they progress throughout their secondary schooling, opportunities arise for students to choose the subjects and courses studied, especially in Years 11 and 12. It should be noted that when these choices become available students must meet the required prerequisites in order to choose the subject/course. It is therefore essential that students always do their best and begin to develop an efficient consistent work ethic from Year 7.
Students seeking to enter the Mater Dei Hawks Football Academy must apply through the appropriate College documentation available from the College.