Dei to Dei Newsletter

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We are already at the end of Week 2 and all students by now will have been through a complete cycle of their timetabled classes. For our Year 12 students, the memory of a well organised Ball at which their conduct was exemplary, is perhaps fading very quickly. We are delighted with the way our new Year 7 cohort has started the year and I hope their parents valued the opportunity to attend our Year 7 Parent Information Evening last Wednesday.

Further to what I wrote in last week’s newsletter re parking and traffic at pick up time, please read the letter from the City of Joondalup that is included HERE, having been sent to all schools in the region this week – it may just save you a fine!

Those who have scanned the College calendar (under NEWS/Calendar on our website – press ‘Print PDF for the simpler version) may have noticed that there are two professional learning (pupil free) days during Term 1. This is more than usual but means that there will be fewer later in the year. Under the school registration standards, staff are required to undertake activities related to a protective behaviours curriculum – quite timely given the Royal Commission findings that have been publicised recently. They are also engaging in a restorative practices programme. Both programmes depend on having professional development within a certain timeframe and utilising facilitators according to their availability. The timing is not necessarily ideal but the number of pupil free days across the year will be no more than usual.

A reminder that parents are warmly invited to attend our Opening of Year Mass in the Bernie Boss Hall next Thursday 16 February at 9.20am. Please see the notices below regarding our Annual Community meeting on Tuesday 21 February and the House Swimming Carnival on Friday 17 February. 

Regards and God Bless,

Mr John Aldous

Acting Principal

 

Mater Dei College Annual Community Meeting

Dear Parents, Friends and Past Students of Mater Dei College,

The Annual College Community Meeting will be held at the College on Tuesday 21 February at 7.30pm in the staffroom (enter through Administration) and everyone is welcome to attend. If you have any questions you would like answered or would just like to find out more about the College, this is the ideal opportunity.

As is normal, we will be bidding farewell to a few of our board members, whose children have graduated from the College, which means that we have places for a further two or three new members on the board, which we need to fill at the ACCM.

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be a professor, accountant or financial guru to be a board member. Enthusiasm, commitment and passion; mixed with a little bit of common sense, are all that is required to serve on the Board. 

It is also not a very time consuming cause, the Board meets once a month for a two to three-hour meeting, and any further involvement is purely voluntary.

I know that everyone has very busy lives, but I can assure you that all the current board members lead very active lives as well, but have no problem with finding a few hours for this very rewarding contribution to the M.D.C. community.

If you are interested in joining the board or would just like to discuss it, please contact me at: bruce.cawcutt@bigpond.com or 0409 805 021 or go to view the article below for Nomination links and pdf’s. If you complete these forms, your name will be put forward at the ACCM for election to the Board.

We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at the ACCM.

 

Kind regards, 

Mr Bruce Cawcutt

Board Chairman        

 

Annual College Community Meeting

The Annual General Meeting for the College Board and the P&F Committee will be held on Tuesday 21 February at 7.30pm in the College Administration Building. This is a great way for parents to contribute to the school community, to support children in their education and to meet other parents. All nominations need to be submitted by Friday 17 February.

 

To nominate for a position on the College Board, please complete this online form HERE.

Or if you wish to print a nomination form, please download one HERE and return to the administration.

 

To become involved in the P&F Committee you can complete an online form HERE.

Or you can download a form HERE and return this to the administration.   

 

2017 Fees: Changes to how you will receive fee statements for fees

In 2017 the College has moved to electronic statements for fees. This will mean that you will have received your annual Fee Statement together with your Fee Instalment Agreement via email. The Fee Instalment Agreement will need to be completed and either returned (with signatures) via email or in paper form to the College Administration before the end of February. If you have not received an email regarding your Fee Statement, please notify the school office of your preferred email address.

Monthly statements will also be sent via email for your convenience. If you do, however, require a paper copy at any time, please do not hesitate to request one.

The Catholic Education Office stipulates the fee increases that each school is required to apply from year to year. For Mater Dei, the 2017 increase was required to be between 4 - 6%. Given the economic climate, our College Board decided to increase fees by the minimum 4%. Fee increases in schools have traditionally been above CPI for a number of years.  In 2017 for example, salary increases that are determined several years in advance through a system-wide EBA and which account for approximately 75% of our costs are rising at nearly twice the rate of our income from governments, which accounts for approximately 75% of our income.