2 June

2017 Year 10 Semester 1 Exam schedule and Uni/TAFE/Careers experiences

Please click here to view the schedule for Year 10 Semester 1 exams.

Study Skills Handbook

Throughout the year you will have been receiving feedback from your teachers about your assessments. But are you making the most of this feedback? Many students are too focused on what mark they received and neglect to make the most of the feedback they are given.

It’s not just about what you did wrong either! The feedback is a chance to celebrate what you did right, what you understood and the skills and learning you demonstrated. 

However it is also a chance to address areas you found difficult or did not perform as well in.

Below are some questions you can ask yourself when an assessment is returned to make the most of the feedback you are given.

When a test or exam is returned: 

  • What specific feedback did your teacher give you and how should you use that feedback?
  • Will you be tested on these topics again or are they important for overall understanding in this subject?
  • Which areas do you need to ask for help on as you still don’t understand?
  • Which questions from your test paper should you re-do? Re-do them!
  • Should you re-write any questions or essays and re-submit?
  • Was there any revision work you did not complete before the test?
  • What topic areas do you need to review and revise, what should you do to address these?
  • Are there topics you still need to finalise study notes on?
  • Are there sections of your study notes that you need to re-do?
  • Did you plan ahead to give yourself enough time to revise?
  • What changes do you need to make in the way you study for that subject next time?
  • Are there students who did really well that you can talk with to find what they did differently


 For other types of assessments:

  • What parts of the assessment did you do really well?
  • What did you enjoy about the assessment?
  • What can you learn from the feedback you were given?
  • Is there any part of the feedback you don’t understand that you need to discuss with your teacher?
  • Can you ask a student who did really well if you can look at their assessment so you can see what is needed to get top marks?
  • What could you have done differently?
  • Do you understand what you need to do to improve or do you need to ask your teacher for more guidance?

You can learn more about how to make the most of feedback at www.studyskillshandbook.com.au by logging in with the details below and working through some of the units, particularly the units on ASSIGNMENT SKILLS and AFTER TESTS AND EXAMS.

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Strategies for Handling Exam Stress

Dealing with a degree of anxiety whilst preparing for and doing examinations is a normal behavioural pattern for students. In fact a certain amount of anxiety is indicative of a heightened state of motivation and is likely to improve performance (getting psyched up for the test after the year's preparation). The psyched up feeling or being in a state of readiness is perhaps like butterflies in the stomach but is one of being in control, and purposeful, and in this state you will do your best possible. 

For some students the feelings of anxiety can become so exaggerated that coping with them becomes their intellectual focus and less attention is paid to preparation and taking examinations. As a human being can tolerate an enormous amount of stress this does not necessarily mean failure in exams, but the experience can make life hell and performance will not reflect your abilities.

The feelings and thoughts associated with overstress/overanxious state are many and no two people will have quite the same experiences. Examples of what people do experience are:

  • poor concentration
  • sleep disturbance
  • strange lonely feelings
  • feelings and thoughts of running away
  • nausea
  • headaches
  • dread and loss of self-esteem
  • depression

You can of course have all these symptoms and others and still pass your examination. You may, however, want to reduce or be in control of anxiety and if so there are many strategies open to you. 


Strategies to Consider 

Peer Group Support

Your school peer group can be a helpful emotional and listening source and can also be used for group-study arrangements. Be mindful that fellow students have exams also and may not have the time to listen and encourage you as much as you would like. 

Reassuring tutor/academic

Seek out a friendly teacher or studies adviser and bend his/her ear - remember they do want you to pass your exams and can offer advice and help with academic problems and exam techniques. 

Actively seek support

Although help can be got at the last minute, plan ahead if you are anticipating anxiety problems; see the Wellbeing Service and Careers Coordinator. It could be helpful to talk over your feelings, gain understanding of your responses and plan to deal with them. As well as having specific skills, they have done examinations in the past. 

Read about exam preparation

Look at the many short books, which are available in the library and online about preparation for examinatio 

Take time out

Keep your social life going, spend time with friends and enjoy some down time.


Good sleep practices are essential for developing strong, healthy minds. Young people need on average 8 hours sleep each night and the bedroom should be their sanctuary. Try to get into a good sleep routine and in doing so concentration levels and energy will increase and memory will be improved. All key components of success during exam time. See http://au.reachout.com/Getting-into-a-sleeping-routine for more information. 


Eating regular healthy meals is important for boosting physical and mental health during exam times.

Try eating foods high in omega 3 as this is great brain food. Avoid processed, high sugar, high fat and high caffeine food and drinks, which can have a negative effect on sleep and mood. 


Regular exercise has a huge impact on a young person’s mental attitude and well-being. There is a huge link between physical health and mental health and physical exercise is well known to combat the negative effects of stress. Encouraging young people to do as little as 10 minutes exercise a day will re-energise the brain and body and increase concentration levels. 

Maintain Routine

Unless this has been successful for you in the past, don't change dramatically your eating, socialising or sleeping habits. Strive to keep a balance between study and other pastimes.


Audio-tapes to aid relaxation (both pre-recorded and specially made to suit your requirements)

No list of strategies could be exhaustive. It is important to consider your individual needs. It could also be worthwhile asking yourself if you have some personal problem and the anxiety attached to it is being brought into focus by your examinations.

For further information, please take a look at http://au.reachout.com/Beating-exam-stress which contains support and information on exam preparation, stress management strategies and meditation exercises.

Good luck!!

Careers Week @ Mater Dei

Last week we celebrated Careers Week with a variety of class room and extra-curricular activities throughout Year 7 – 12.


Our students had the opportunity to hear from a number of guest speakers within the College including ex-student Mark Borrello Managing Principal from Borrello and Graham Lawyers, Australian Defence Force, AMA Apprenticeships and Traineeships and Lattitude Global Volunteers.

As part of our subject selection process we took the Year 10’s to visit the Career Expo in the city, allowing them to explore over 100 exhibitors – universities, TAFEs, government departments, training providers and employers. The aim was to provide them with an opportunity to decide on future tertiary or vocational courses, to aid in their selection of upper-school subjects, and to get face-to-face with employers.  


Thank you to all staff and students that aided in a successful Career Week.

Mrs Tara Hill 

Year 10 Career Expo

On Thursday 25, May the Year 10 cohort took a trip into Perth City to attend the Careers Expo at the Convention Centre. The year group was split into two groups. The first group attended the Expo in the first half of the day and the other group after lunch. Once we were inside the Centre, we separated into groups and entered the room filled with various TAFE and University stalls. Each stall was promoting various career opportunities as well as informing students of the different courses available for our future employment and job opportunities. Everyone was able to discover different pathways such as job opportunities in Australia and other countries like America can provide. Each stall handed out various pamphlets, cards, books and pens for each student to take home. The day was very enjoyable and beneficial to each Year 10 student.


I believe that each student now has a better understanding of the opportunities and choices available to us once we graduate from Mater Dei College.

Keely Lynch (Yr. 10)


Sorry Day Wellington Square

Friday 26, May marked Sorry Day, the National Day of Healing. The event marked the day the "Bringing Them Home Report" was tabled in Federal Parliament in 1997, (the report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families).

Mater Dei College was lucky enough to participate in the activities at Wellington Square. Our talented Home Economics teacher Ms Brown created and developed cookies with her Year 12 students that incorporated Indigenous ingredients such as Lemon Myrtle, Wattle Seed and Quandongs. 600 boxes of cookies were baked and packaged for the event.

Sorry Day

The boxes were then sealed with a sticker design created by Mrs Bradley. It was a valuable learning experience for all involved and one our students should feel very proud of. 

Mrs Bradley, Ms Brown and Mr Hurd  

Year 8/9 Junior Boys Football

MDC vs Irene McCormack

Round 3 for the season has resulted in the team’s third convincing win, this time against Irene McCormack.


The team was lead to victory by Jack De Marte, who showed that he has some fantastic leadership skills, which the team responded to well. Various players selected by the coach will have the opportunity to captain the team as each week progresses. The final score for the game was MDC:117 to IM: 6.

Mr Wells 

Year 7 and 8 Social

The Year 7 & 8 Social has been rescheduled to June 9th from 6.30pm – 8.30pm in the Bernie Boss Hall.
Tickets can be purchased via the shop on the College website or during recess and lunch in the central courtyard.
Cost for entry is $10 and will include pizza and a drink. The theme will be Good vs Evil. We hope to see lots of Year 7 & 8 students at this event.
Mrs Curtis and Ms Hodgson


Weekly Inspiration - supporting our senior students through exams


Chalkboard Artist Mrs Cooke.


Notre Dame Early offer program for Year 12 students

Any student interested in going to Notre Dame to study in 2018 is welcome to apply for the early offer program.

This program makes early offers to Year 12 Students who have demonstrated academic excellence and ae making a significant contribution to their school, community or church. Recieiveing an early offer allows you to sit your Year 12 exams with added confidence and reduced stress.


  • Australian Citizen or Resident status provided
  • Predicted ATAR of 90 or above
  • Demonstrate exceptional personal and leadership qualities and are active members of their school, community or church. 

Applications Close Friday 28th of July

See Mrs Hill for more information

UWA Course Information Evening

UWA Year 10 and 11 Course Information Evening

Making high school less stressful for everyone

Our free information sessions gives you a head-start on making your Year 10 or 11 experience a positive one... even if you're not sure if university’s the right pathway for your future goals.

Find out more about:

  • UWA's courses and entry requirements;
  • Maximising your ATAR
  • How to keep your options open when selecting your upper-school subjects; and
  • On-campus activities and events we offer for Year 10 and 11 students.

You can also talk directly to Faculty-specialists about your specific interest areas.

  • Location

Social Science Lecture Theatre
Map location

  • Date and Time

5:30-6pm Expo with Faculties available. 6-7pm Presentation.

  • Event Type

On Campus

  • Audience

A secondary school student in Year 11

  • Registration

Making high school less stressful for everyone
Register now

UWA Year 12 Course Information Evening

Make the most of your WACE results and reach your goals

For many Year 12 students and their parents, applying for university can be a daunting process.

Our free information sessions provide advice on UWA courses, admission requirements and flag key dates for 2017. Our Future Students team will be available to answer your questions after the presentation.

The Faculty Expo is an excellent opportunity to talk directly to Faculty-specialists about your specific interest areas.

  • Location

Social Science Lecture Theatre
Map location

  • Date and Time

7-8pm Presentation. 8-8:30pm Expo with Faculties available.

  • Event Type

On Campus

  • Audience

A secondary school student in Year 12

  • Registration

Make the most of your WACE results and reach your goals
Register now


Merit Certificate

Merit CertificateJune 2

Caitlin Bezant (Yr. 8) Benedict House 

Student Success

Talented year 11 student Jessica Langdon is an actress and makeup artist in the upcoming Dark Psychic production of Confession: An Immersive Horror Experience. Jessica has completed her afternoon exam today, travelled straight home to prepare her own make-up for opening night tonight.

An original horror story the creators describe will ‘push you to the edge of your seat’. The Sunday Times TV guide writes that it is not for the faint hearted, and it’s a “hold your breath” scary story about life in a post-apocalyptic world. 

The show opens tonight the 2 June, 8pm at the Phoenix Theatre, Memorial Hall, in Hamilton Hill. For more information please go to the website, https://www.darkpsychicproductions.com/

**Jessica warns that it contains mature themes and language and is only suitable for a mature audience.


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: enrolments@mdc.wa.edu.au


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 sales@matrixuniforms.com.au

From Term 2, purchases can 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 will be available in winter.

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