Lord Jesus,
You understand the difficulties humans face,
and the pressure I'm under right now.
I ask that you guide me as I take this test,
so that I may do my best.
Open my mind,
Clear my thoughts,
Relax my mind and body,
And grant me perfect concentration,
So I may use the knowledge I have gained,
To build up your kingdom,
For the good of all. Amen
David Bennett


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This term, the MDC community has had a focus on health and well-being. We ran activities designed to encourage students and staff to care for themselves throughout health and well-being week, including activities designed to ask staff and students to look out and care for each other during RUOK? week. Thanks to all students and staff who were involved. Remember that RUOK? Day is one day, but we still need to keep checking on each other. 

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All students will be in Summer uniform for the start of term 4. Students and parents, please ensure you are complying with the College uniform and grooming expectations noted in the policy on our website. Thank you for your support. 

Teresa Cosgrove and John Sullivan

(Deputy Principals)


The September round of OLNA is now complete. Students' updated OLNA status will be available in SEQTA in the latter part of October. 

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

Study Skills Handbook

Learning Collaboratively

We are all different in the way we prefer to learn. Some students like to work in groups, and others prefer to work alone. Some students like to discuss things over Skype or messenger and some like to work together in person. There is a reason why we have the saying ‘two heads are better than one’, so let’s see how this applies to different types of students. 

If you think you always prefer to work alone:

-       It is great that you are very self-sufficient. Students who prefer to work alone are often confident in their own abilities. However sometimes these students make it more difficult for themselves by not asking for help when they need it. So if you are this type of student, don’t struggle on alone when you get into difficulties or don’t understand something. Being able to ask for help when you need it is an important skill for academic success. Just become more aware that you don’t always ask for help and instead try reaching out a little more when you need help.

-       The other area to consider is that when you talk about things with other people it can often help you to see things from a different perspective. By discussing ideas with another person, you also may find you clarify your own thoughts. By not being open to collaboration, you might not develop your ideas as well as you could or you might not see potential issues that a fresh pair of eyes and ears might discover. If you haven’t done much collaboration, give it a try and you might find yourself surprised at how valuable you find the experience. 

If you already love working with other people:

-       Make sure that you always contribute equally and don’t expect other people to do all the work for you.

-       Collaboration doesn’t mean cheating. For example, it is ok to discuss an assignment and what you think it is about and how you might approach it, but it is not ok to write the assignment together and hand in similar pieces of work.

-       Collaboration also doesn’t mean wasting time. If you are working with other people make sure you are staying on task and not getting distracted.

-       Every now and then you have to do things on your own. If you always do your Maths homework with your friends, you might not really know what you can and can’t do on your own. The first time you find this out could be a test which could be a big issue. Always ask yourself if the work you are doing is going to be enhanced by collaboration or if it is more appropriate to try the work on your own.

-       It is important each night to have a certain amount of homework time on your own. If you want to collaborate when you are working at home, make specific times to do this. Don’t skype the entire night with your friends. Instead have set times for collaboration and set times for independent work. 

You and your parents can learn more about groupwork skills at by logging in with the details below and working through some of the units. 

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Password: 122results 

Lap-a-thon for LifeLink

Thank you for the wonderful support of the Lap-a-thon for LifeLink. We have raised a total of $2864.95 which will go a long way in helping needy local Western Australian families and individuals. 

Our financial support of LifeLink allows the following Catholic organisations to provide caring services and professional programmes throughout WA:

Archbishop Costello passes on his sincere thanks to the generous Mater Dei students! 

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Fremantle Dockers Cup

The Year 7 Girls had a fanatic day today at the Year 7 Fremantle Docker Cup. The girls made it through to the Grand Final and ended up finishing on a draw at the end of the day, taking home the overall shield.  


Taneesha BAKER in my homeroom (SIENA E) will be off to the Las Vegas in the US in February next year. She will be there to play soccer in a tournament where Talent Scouts will be watching all the teams play.

Hip Hop Dance Competition

Congratulations Riley Burke of Yr 7 Romero D who has been selected to perform during the upcoming September School holidays in two Hip Hop dance competitions which will be held in Caloundra QLD and Sydney NSW.

Riley won his age section and is currently the 2017 state U/13 champion for the ‘Get the Beat’ (GTB) dance competition. Due to his success he has received automatic entry to perform his winning solo along with an invitation to perform in the “Top 5” all genres dance division of which he came runner up out of 16 competitors. During this tour RIley has also been invited to dance in a “Champion of Champions” gala evening which includes a “Red Carpet” arrival.

It’s a very exciting time for Riley and a great opportunity to dance in front of a massive crowd during the World Supremacy Battlegrounds (WSB) Hip Hop dance competition held in Sydney. The respective top scoring troupes receive automatic entry into the  “Worlds” competition. Here they compete against other countries for example New Zealand, The Philippines and South Africa to name but a few. 

We wish Riley a safe and successful tour. 

Riley Hip Hop

State Netball Selection

Congratulations to Nakeiyah Pitt on her selection in the WA netball team for her age group. This is the 2nd year in a row Nakeiyah has been selected. We wish her all the best for the national tournament 23 November – 4 December. 

Nakeiyah Nguyen Pitt

Soccer Presentations

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A morning tea was held in the library on Wednesday 20 September to award trophies and celebrate a successful 2017 soccer season.


Junior Girls Soccer

Fairest & Best:  Kuchkoon Akech

Coach’s Award:  Sara Combes

Junior Boys Soccer

Fairest and Best: Kaelan Majekodunmi

Runner-up: Lebib Lebib

Senior Boys Soccer

Fairest and Best: Dylan McCann

Coach’s award: Douglas Kujji  

Congratulations to all players for a successful season of soccer!

Mr Eamon Murray, Mr Mark Fraser and Mrs Janine Boyle

Soccer Coaches 

Merit Certificates

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Benedict House

Zahli Moore (Yr. 7) x 1 merit certificate

Mercy House

Daniella Dickinson (Yr. 7) x 3 merit certificates


Weekly Inspiration 30 Years of Where’s Wally


We took the opportunity to celebrate 30 years of ‘Where’s Wally’ on the College Open Day, on Monday, with colour-ins, activities and stickers for our small visitors. After 30 years, he is still captivating!

Library Loans and Holiday Reading

As we approach our last week of term, students are encouraged to return all resources they no longer need and renew they wish to keep. Why not borrow some holiday reading while you are at it?  Can’t find anything interesting?  Ask one of the friendly Library ladies to help you! 


A series of VET brochures have been developed by the School Curriculum and Standards to provide schools with additional resources in order for students to make informed decisions about including VET as part of their secondary study options.

The VET and the WACE brochure is a great resource if students have questions about how VET can contribute towards the WACE and the VET Awards for Outstanding Achievement brochure can be promoted to students who are undertaking VET and workplace learning in Year 12 in addition to exhibiting excellence in their chosen field.

Additionally, schools may wish to refer to the Training Pathways brochure to assist with providing career advice to students on the post-secondary opportunities available through undertaking VET.

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VET Awards for Outstanding Achievement

Training Pathways



Through our long-term partnership with Woodside, Leeuwin Ocean Adventure is able to offer Year 10 and 11 students an amazing opportunity to join one of two Leeuwin Youth Explorer Voyages in either October or November 2017 at the heavily sponsored price of $350.00 per student. 

There are limited places available. To be eligible students must apply and demonstrate an interest in a career in the marine or maritime sectors. Careers in these sectors are diverse and include: 

Naval engineering 

Naval architecture 

Marine engineering 

Ocean engineering 

Shipwright / Boatbuilder 

Marine electrical 

Marine mechanical 

Marine tourism 

Marine biology 



Fishing industry 

Students wishing to apply for this opportunity will find further information about our marine careers pathway program on our website:  

The scholarship application form can also be downloaded at:

Scholarship applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria and accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

When submitting the scholarship application Leeuwin’s voyage application and medical details form must also be provided. This form can be downloaded at: 

You are most likely already aware that the Foundation’s Youth Explorer Voyages are a provider- developed endorsed program by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. As a bonus for students, successful voyage completion earns the student 1-unit towards their Western Australian Certificate of Education.  

Hofmann Engineering Apprenticeships

Machining / Mechanical Fitting & Fabrication

Hofmann Engineering Pty Ltd is an Australian owned company and is amongst the largest and most progressive in Australia. Established in 1969 Hofmann Engineering is seeking applications from progressive people wishing to pursue a career in modern engineering. 

Applications Close 3rd November 2017

Application to include: 

  • Hand written covering letter stating academic levels, reasons for

choosing this trade and hobbies / sporting interests.

  • Also include Year 11 and 12 academic reports, work experience records and


Hofmann Engineering Pty Ltd 3 Alice Street
Bassendean 6054
Ph: 08 92795522 

Fax: 08 92799386

Early registration of interest and questions are welcome.

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Interested in Architecture

The University of Western Australia’s School of Design is once again running a design studio during the January 2018 vacation for school students in Year 10, 11 or 12 in 2018.

The focus will be a small-scale design project and students don't need any prior knowledge or artistic skills to participate in the studio. They will get a feel for what it is like to study design at UWA and develop new skills under the guidance of university staff.

    Activities on offer during the studio include:

    •       An introduction to the latest computer modelling and rendering programs

    •       Talks by architects, landscape architects and visual artists

    •       Model making and drawing classes

    •       Meet with current design students at UWA

    •       A site visit

    •       An exhibition of all the students' work at the culmination of the studio

The studio website is:

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Year 7 2020 Enrolments – if you have not enrolled siblings for year 7, 2020 please contact the Enrolments Officer. Interviews for Year 7 2020 will start in March 2018 

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


Uniform Shop Hours 

Term 4 Extended Hours



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9.00 am

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11.30 am

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12.30 pm

4.00 pm


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.