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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This week we commenced interviews for Year 7 in 2019 (current Year 5 students). Following the completion of interviews, offers of places will be made later this semester. If you know of a child in Year 5 who may wish to join Year 7 at Mater Dei in 2019, please remind them of the need to submit an application promptly. If they have not received an interview time as yet, it means they have not yet applied for a place. The process involves an interview within 3 other families lasting approximately 45 minutes and a 40-minute tour conducted by some of our students. For siblings of existing students the process is a little different and slightly shorter – interviews for siblings of existing students will be occurring over the next two weeks at the completion of our school day and applicants should already have a letter outlining the day and time for their interview and tour.

Negotiations have been held in recent months regarding the outsourcing of our Uniform Shop. These discussions are now complete and from Term 2, our uniform shop will be managed by Matrix Uniforms which is the retail division of Tara Uniforms, who already supply at least 60% of our uniform stock. Operating a uniform shop is not part of our core business yet we still want parents to be well served in this area. From a parent perspective, there will not be significant changes to current arrangements. The uniform shop will continue to operate on our campus from the same facility. There will be some reduction in opening hours although this will be phased in over the transition period. Opening times for school holidays and the early part of next term will be advised later this term. Uniform prices will remain in keeping with other schools that are similar to Mater Dei College and any future price increases will have regard to changes in the CPI and will be subject to approval from Mater Dei College. The sale of second hand major uniform items will continue to be available through the uniform shop. In addition to the usual method of purchasing uniforms during opening hours at school, in due course, online ordering will also become available with a choice of home delivery or click and collect from school. We are confident that our school community will not notice any changes in the quality and price of uniforms beyond what we would expect if the uniform shop continued to operate under College management. We trust that the benefits to our College will be in keeping with the benefits experienced by other Catholic secondary schools who have also outsourced their uniform shops.

We have become aware that an ex-student of Mater Dei College (Daniel Clark, Class of 2012) has recently had surgery for a rare form of brain tumour and is facing a long rehabilitation. Daniel has a fiancé and 5 month old son. Some may have seen an item on Channel 9 news recently concerning Daniel’s plight. With both parents unable to work, a number of ex-students have been instrumental in establishing and promoting a ‘go fund me’ page to assist Daniel and his family. If you know of others who may know Daniel or if you want to personally contribute, the go fund me page can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/daniel-clark-assistance-fund  We will continue to pray for a swift recovery for Daniel.

Yesterday, Salvado House celebrated their Feast Day and this week we have had the Rottnest Year 11 and 12 Biology Camp and numerous excursions – there is always something happening at Mater Dei!

Regards and God Bless,

John Aldous

Acting Principal