College Notices

Prayer for Students

Father of Light and Wisdom,
thank you for giving me
a mind that can know
and a heart that can love.

Help me to keep learning every day of my life--
no matter what the subject may be.
Let me be convinced that all knowledge leads to you
and let me know how to find you and love you
in all the things you have made.

Encourage me when the studies are difficult
and when I am tempted to give up.
Enlighten me when my brain is slow
and help me to grasp the truth held out to me.

Grant me the grace to put my knowledge to use
in building the kingdom of God on earth
so that I may enter the kingdom of God in heaven.


Need for higher education “Australian Jobs Report” 

At Mater Dei College we would highly recommend all students to complete Year 12. Statistics show that people with higher levels of education have better employment outcomes and higher wages than those who have not gained a WACE.

The Australian Jobs 2017 Report can be used to look at employment trends, successful training pathways and the importance of higher levels of education needed in this highly competitive labour market.

The statistics show that the majority of employment growth over the past five years has been in occupations that require at a minimum Year 12 graduation and encourage post-school qualifications through TAFE and universities. The table below highlights the direct relationship between education and labour outcomes.

For further information read

OLNA Support 

The following after school OLNA support sessions are being offered by English and Mathematics teachers throughout Term 3. These sessions are strongly recommended for students in Years 10 and 11 who are still required to pass one or more OLNA assessment areas, and compulsory for Year 12 students to attend one session per week for each relevant OLNA assessment area.

Literacy Support (Reading and Writing)

Wednesdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm in MCC13-18 (Report to English Office)

Thursdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm in MCC13-18 (Report to English Office)

Other times may be negotiated directly between individual students and their English teacher. For further queries please contact Head of English, John Crooks:

Numeracy Support

Wednesdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm in MCC7

Thursdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm in MCC7

Other times may be negotiated directly between individual students and their Mathematics teacher. For further queries please contact Head of Mathematics, Peter Roberts:

Students who would like a hard copy of any of the OLNA practice booklets may obtain them from outside the Learning Support office.

For all other OLNA queries please contact Mrs Tamara Boyer, Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning:

Year 10 Design & Technology

Seven Year 10 students came to the Design & Technology area on Saturday morning to help complete approximately 100 pencil boxes for Br Olly Pickett’s Wheelchairs for Kids project. 

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All the students put in a great shift and (with the help of some hot chocolate and marshmallow drinks supplied by Mrs Brown and a supply of pizza) did themselves and the college proud. Well done to all concerned.

Astronomy Report

Whilst it is an odd time to be thinking of astronomy and capturing images we did have a clear sky a few weeks ago which allowed us to continue the configuration of the telescope system. We are still restricted to manual operation for some of the observatory aspects (notably the rotation of the dome) but were still able to take some short exposure captures before the clouds rolled in.

A sample of the images below are raw images without layering:

Juptier with three of its moons visible: 


Saturn (10 second exposure)  


Alpha Crux binary system (60 second exposure) 


M104 – The Sombrero Galaxy (60 second exposure)

Sombrero Galaxy

This galaxy is quite a bit smaller than the Milky Way and about 30 million light years away.  

If you are using your own telescope at home there will be some interesting objects to look at in August.

At the moment Venus, Jupiter Mars and Saturn are all visible in the evening sky but will get lower as we progress further into August. 

Of the constellations, Scorpius is visible with its feature star being Antares, a very large red supergiant, and of course the Southern Cross (Crux) with the brightest star being Alpha crux (imaged above), a binary star system. 

Hopefully some longer exposure captures to publish at a later date if it ever stops raining!! 

Happy star finding

Dr Wayne Keady 

ACC Athletics Training         

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Literacy Focus

Week 5 focus is a) dependent prepositions, b) homophones c) punctuating speech in writing. 

Week 6 focus is a) using dashes, ellipses and parentheses in writing, b) using capital letters for the names of books, poems and plays c) The difference between affect and effect, lie and lay, rise and raise.


College of Electrical Training Open Day
On Saturday 2 September, CET Joondalup and Jandakot will welcome students, their families, electricians and contractors to find out about CET’s diverse range of electrical and telecommunications pre-apprenticeship and post-trade courses at the annual Open Day.


This is a great tool for our Year 10 – 12 students to explore course information and a comparison site with over 30,000 courses listed at all Australian Universities. Finding the course that leads to your career choice has never been easier. 

Job Outlook 

Job Outlook provides information about Australian careers, labour market trends and employment projections.

It can help our students make decisions about study and training, your first job, or the next step in your career.

Explore careers that interest you to learn about their future outlook, pay, main tasks, physical and other demands. Find out about the skills, knowledge and abilities you may need. Get ideas for careers you can aim for now or in the future. Follow links to job vacancies and related courses. 

WACE Revision Sessions at ECU
Monday 25 to Friday 29 September @ Joondalup and South West Campuses
Prepare for Year 12 exams, guided by experienced secondary teachers with WACE marking experience. And it’s FREE!
Register Joondalup 

Curtin University Social Work Info Evening
Wednesday 30 August – 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Are you interested in finding out more about a career in social work? Are you curious about what a social worker does and what a typical day looks like?
Find out more and register now
Curtin University Psychology and Speech Pathology Info Evening
Tuesday 12 September – 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Our psychology information evening provides a great opportunity to speak to the experts about your options in undergraduate psychology.
Find out more and register now
Murdoch University Pathways and TISC Info Evening
Perth Campus – 30 August @ 6pm
Learn about the TISC process and how to structure your preferences. Hear about OnTrack, OnTrack Sprint and FlexiTrack which are fee-free enabling programs making you eligible to apply for any course at Murdoch with an indicative ATAR of 70.0. Hear about the pathways and options available to you if you don’t quite get the mark you hoped, fall short in your ATAR English subject of if extenuating circumstances mean you can’t complete the ATAR.
Find out more 

Murdoch Scholarship Information – Learn more about the Murdoch First Scholarship, which rewards high-potential first-year students who receive an unadjusted ATAR score of 80.00+, and the Dean’s Scholarship for Scientific Excellence, rewarding high achieving students interested in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Mineral Science with a scholarship valued at up to $20,000. 

Open Day – Campus will come alive this Sunday 30th July between 9-3pm for Murdoch’s annual Open Day. With live music performed by Thelma Plum, the opportunity to win one of five double VIP passes at Perth Arena and over 250 activities for you to get involved with; this will be a day you don’t want to miss!

ECU Counter Terrorism, Security and Intelligence Info Morning
Saturday 26 or Sunday 27 August – 9am to 12pm @ Joondalup Campus
Considering a career in Counter Terrorism, Security or Intelligence? Chat to course coordinator, Jeff Corkill, about ECU’s Counter Terrorism, Security and Intelligence courses, the flexible study options and your career goals. It’s a great opportunity to chat with your future lecturer and meet students currently studying the course.
Register now

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme

is a not for profit organisation which provides young Australians with a unique, challenging and inspirational experience at sea. Our voyages increase self awareness, develop teamwork and leadership skills and create a strong sense of community responsibility amongst members of the youth crew. 

Young Endeavour undertakes around 20 voyages each year, mostly along the east and south coasts of Australia. Each voyage we embark 24 young Australians - the youth crew - and nine specially trained Royal Australian Navy crew, usually for an eleven day adventure at sea.

To sail in Young Endeavour apply for our ballot (which is like a lottery). The ballot opens twice each year, in January and August - you've got to be in it to have a chance to sail!

For more information

Study Assist

Provides Information for students about government assistance for financing tertiary study. The amount of fees you pay for your course depends on a range of factors, including the type of student you are (international or domestic), the type of course you are undertaking (e.g. Bachelor, Master, Diploma etc) and the type of provider you are attending (public university, private provider, VET provider etc. and whether your enrolment is subsidised by the Australian Government or a state or territory government.

Find out more at the following website


We are now taking sibling enrolments for all years.

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



Term 3: 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 over the school holidays please email

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 continuing with quite chilly winds and hopefully the winter menu at the Treetop Café can warm you up. The menu is available on the school’s website and the daily menu will be distributed each day via email. New things are always on offer so come down and have a look or just get on line and browse the menu.

You may have noticed LOLs are no longer available as they’re not being manufactured any more. A replacement product is now available as ‘CHILL J’ 100% natural squeezed fruit juices, Rippin’ Raspberry, Groovy Grape, Chillin’ Cola and Blastin’ Blackcurant, these are still only $2.00.

NEW, Natural MILK, NO ADDED SUGAR, everyone enjoyed a FREE giveaway at the end of last term, we gave out an amazing 900 bottles, so hopefully you liked them and now they’re on sale at the café, a big thank you to Brownes dairy. The flavours are Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate and Banana.

With these cold mornings, lots of people have discovered the breakfast menu, you can enjoy omelettes, egg and bacon muffins, freshly baked banana bread, 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 can’t beat that for value!

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