Smartrider Card

You would have read in a previous issue that the Uniform Shop has been outsourced to Tara Uniforms.  As a result, Smartrider Cards can no longer be used for uniform purchases.

A small amount of students are requesting withdrawal of cash from their Smartrider Card at the Cafeteria. It is our preference that parents make alternative arrangements for Uniform Shop purchases as we are not able to guarantee that the cash is used for the intended purpose.

The online ordering system is very convenient for purchases and will enable parents to avoid sending cash or the need to attend the College in person.

We will no longer be able to facilitate such requests from the end of Term 2 and your cooperation will be greatly appreciated

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SSWA Champion Schools Junior Touch Rugby Tournament 2017

Last Thursday 8, June, two junior team’s travelled down to George Burnett Park, Karawara, and represented the College with distinction in the annual Champion Schools Touch Rugby (Lower Division) one-day tournament. 

Our junior female team played seven ‘pool’ games against a number of schools during the day winning six matches and drawing one. As a result, they finished undefeated, topping their ‘pool’ and qualifying for the finals. In the knock out semi-final, the girls lost narrowly to Seton College. Stand out performers from this team included Jessica Broughton, Kuchkoon Akech, Emily Bennett and Taneesha Baker.


Our junior male team won 3 of their five ‘pool’ games narrowly but the 2 losses they suffered in their other ‘pool’ games cost them any chance of qualifying for the finals. They can count themselves unlucky though as the exceptionally talented Aranmore team was included in their ‘pool’. Stand out performers included Andre Amonini, Isaac DeMarte and Jack DeMarte.    

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A big thank you must go out to Mr Gray and to the three senior student assistants from Yr. 12 for their coaching and support leading up to the tournament and on the day, itself.

A hearty congratulations to all who participated. The next opportunity for the College to show its developing ability in this sport will be at the Champion Schools Touch Rugby (Open Division) Tournament later this year at the same venue. 

Mr G Byrne

House Coordinator

Student Success

Katherine Bennett

Congratulations to Katherine Bennett Year 12 was selected to receive the 2017 Pierre de Coubertin Award for 2017. 

This award is awarded to those individuals who excel at the highest level in College Sports within their school community and also recognises the outstanding leadership and personal skills of this individual.

Katherine was invited to receive her award last Friday 9th June at an Academy Day at UWA. Katherine had the rare opportunity to hear from Olympians and for them to share with such openness and honesty their personal sporting experiences. This gave recipients a true insight into their journey and hearing their valuable life lessons. In return promoting a positive environment for young Athletes in sport.

We congratulate Katherine on her Award. 

Ms Jessica Wheeler

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Sav Marafioti

Congratulations to Sav Marafioti who has been selected in the Western Australia Schools AFL 15s Team to compete in Perth, WA from the July 23 – 29 July, 2017.


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Weekly Inspiration


Chalkboard Artist Mrs Helen Cooke.


Book of the Week

Yassmin’s Story / Yassmin Abdel-Magied 




Year 7/8 Social Good v Evil


Superheroes , Comics & Graphic Novels!



UWA Student events

Feeding the Future (open to all year groups)
Sunday, 18 June 2017
10AM – 4PM

In the world today, 870 million people don’t have enough to eat. Hunger kills more people worldwide each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Join us at Feeding the Future to discover how future needs will influence future careers, with talks, interactive displays and live demonstrations. The event will highlight the breadth of career possibilities and showcase some of UWA’s pioneering work in the field.
Registrations are open for this event here: 

YR12 Individual Advisory Sessions
11 – 13 July, 2017
10AM – 7.30PM

The Future Students team at UWA are hosting YR12 students and their parents on our campus in the July school holidays with Individual Advisory Sessions. Families will have the opportunity to have a one-on-one consultation with the Future Students team in order to gain more knowledge on:
• UWA courses
• Admission requirements
• Direct Pathways into postgraduate courses
• Important dates for YR12 students
• The TISC application and offer process
• The UWA student experience
Registrations are now open and bookings are essential. Please head here to register: 

 Experience the Notre Dame difference

For Year 10s, 11s and 12s

Register now

Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia, Drill Hall (ND25),
corner of Croke and Mouat Street, Fremantle ( map ).
Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm

Come to Notre Dame in Fremantle and get a taste of what uni life is like in Freo’s West End.
You can take part in lectures and activities (without the assessments!), join a campus tour, and meet current students and academics.

Register below for your areas of interest. You can choose from a range of study areas including Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Nursing, Philosophy and Physiotherapy. Once registered you will receive a personalised timetable for the day.

Year 12s, you can come to the application workshop at 2.30pm-3pm. Advisors will take you step-by-step through the application form and answer all your questions about applying. Bring along your application to have it reviewed or hand it in, if you are ready.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Questions? please contact us at or 9433 0612.

Activities on the Day include:

  • Education - How are you intelligent? Exploring multiple intelligence theory
  • Physiotherapy session
  • Nursing - Could you do it?
  • Journalism - Write is might: Journalism at Notre Dame
  • Business - What's in a name? Why Marketers help create logos
  • Politics & International Relations - Ahlan Wa Sahlan - Welcome to the Middle East
  • Law - Trial by media: how much do you really know about the world's most notorious criminals
  • Film and Screen Production – Short Films, Big Ideas: Screen time at Notre Dame
  • Nursing - So you think you've got what it takes to be a Nurse?
  • Philosophy- What is true happiness?
  • Law - 'What Coins?' Bitcoins: The Virtual Legal Reality
  • Behavioural Science - Mind Games
  • Biomedical Science- Unlocking the secrets of the human brain
  • Business - e-Business in the Not-for- Profit Sector
  • Exercise & Sport Science - Athlete Selection for Sport
  • Medicine - Problem Based Learning
  • Study Abroad Information Session
  • Preventive Health - What's in a drink?
  • Arts & Sciences (History) - Historical Sleuths: The "Detective" Work of Studying the Past
  • Business - Let's work in a famous recording studio

Register now

 Year 10 Girls focus on Mining Camp (FREE)

Come on an adventure and discover the world of mining in the historical town of Kalgoorlie!

There are all sorts of exciting jobs for girls in the mining industry. 

Girls’ Focus on Mining Camp is an opportunity to visit different mine sites and participate in a range of university and career workshops.

  • Travel to Kalgoorlie on the Prospector with a bunch of like-minded girls and get a real life insight into what working in the mining industry is like.
  • Visit the Curtin WA School of Mines (WASM) which is ranked #2 in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering and find out what university life on campus is like.
  • Stay at the Kalgoorlie camp school, explore the historic town, meet WASM students and women working in the industry.

WHEN:  Monday, 25 September to Friday, 29 September (school holidays)

WHO: Open to girls in Year 10 in WA schools

COST:  Nothing!  The camp is sponsored by mining companies and the WA School of Mines.  All travel, meals and accommodation is provided.

‘Focus on your future: Focus on Mining’


  • This camp is open to individual students and not school bookings.
  • Participants of the program must commit to, attend and complete all aspects of the program.
    • Full camp attendance - 5 days of exploring Mining Engineering and Sciences in WA 
    • On-camp video report 
    • Post-camp review evening 
  • Program places are limited. 
  • No personal details will be shared with any other organisation. 
  • Places are limited and close Friday, 7 July, 2017
  • Interviews will be carried out late July
  • Selection decisions are final

Applications close Friday, 7 July, 2017 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact:

Tanya Croft, Science Outreach Officer


Phone: 08 9266 5274


AusAppPathways is a new app that helps students at the beginning of their career research to explore the many apprenticeship and traineeship pathway options.

AusAppPathways is available for both Apple and Android devices.

The app allows students to browse from general industry options to apprenticeship and traineeship occupation information, saving and sharing their ideas as they go.

Students can search for occupation and training descriptions that are suited to Australian School-based Apprenticeships and filter results by State and Territory. 

The AusAppPathways app also provides information and helpful links on job hunting and career research as well as contact information for local Apprenticeship Network providers and a link to Group Training Organisation listings.

AusAppPathways’ content is dynamically drawn from the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website ( The resource is managed by the Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service, an initiative funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

You can watch a short video presentation on the AusAppPathways app on YouTube by clicking here


We are now taking enrolments for siblings starting Year 7 in 2019 and all other years.

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


Term 2: 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 please email

From Term 2, 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 here and so is the winter menu at the Treetop Café. The menu is available on the school’s website and the daily menu will be distributed each day via email. There are always new items to look out for and hot, homemade soup daily.

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

We have a huge range of different cool drinks including: NEW Natural MILKS NO ADDED SUGAR, from Brownes dairy (flavours are Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate and Banana), new slushie flavours including apple and blackcurrant and watermelon, iced teas, a selection of life juice from EMMA & TOMS and more. 

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