Mater Dei College Notices
There has been one reported case of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in the community. A fact sheet on the disease is provided for you, please download a fact sheet HERE. The health department advises that if you or your children experience symptoms as noted on the fact sheet, please see a Doctor immediately. Whilst Whooping Cough is airborne and anyone coughing should cover their mouth and avoid coughing on others, it is a timely reminder that students should also not share drink bottles, and ensure that they are washing hands thoroughly and regularly, to reduce the risk of spreading a range of infections.
Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA)
Information regarding the next round of the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) was emailed to relevant Year 10-12 students and parents last week. It is important that students access their confidential OLNA status report via SEQTA which indicates which OLNA component/s they are required to complete in the next round beginning Tuesday 7 March.
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) has designed a practice test for each OLNA component to enable students to become familiar with the test environment. A sample test has also been developed which provides an indicative sample of the diversity of skills assessed so students can experience a complete assessment in the reading, writing and numeracy components. Students can try these tests as often as they like so it is strongly recommended that students do so at home via the following website and log-on details:
After School Support – Mathematics and English
As OLNA approaches, English teachers will be available on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon to assist students who would like to do some extra preparation for the Writing or the Reading assessments. Sessions will run from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Interested students should speak to their English teacher to register.
After-school help is also available for students studying English ATAR or Literature ATAR, in Year 11 or Year 12. These sessions will run on Wednesday afternoons, and some Thursdays and Fridays, throughout the year. Once again, students who are interested must register with their English or Literature teacher, or contact the Head of English: John.Crooks@mdc.wa.edu.au
Mathematics Help for all years is scheduled every Wednesday 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Students who will be required to complete the numeracy assessment for OLNA are advised to attend in the coming week.
Fukui Senior High School Visit
On Tuesday, 91 students from the Fukui Senior High School visited our College for a day’s cultural and language immersion. Fifty Mater Dei College students hosted the Japanese students around the school. Their hosts took them on a tour of the College, played badminton, participated in classes and enjoyed recess and lunch with their new friends. The visitors were given the opportunity to sample some Aussie favourites such as Vegemite, Lamingtons and Tim-tams.
This is what some of the Year 7 students had to say of the experience,
Jasmine Kolodynski, “It was fun. I love how they can speak both Japanese and English.”.
Beth Gauntlett, “They were willing to try everything and they were some interested in our school and students”
Zahli Moore, “They taught me so many new Japanese words”
And in their own words:
Last Wednesday, the Mater Dei Senior Boys Cricket Team started off their 2017 season with a comfortable win over St Marks Anglican Community School. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Mater Dei got off to a strong start and were in a good position at 4/130 after 11 overs when Michael Hammond was dismissed for 104 off 39 balls. Thomas Snelson made sure that Mater Dei posted a strong total with some late innings hitting, scoring 46 not out. Mater Dei finished their 20 overs with the score being 6 for 203.
St Marks never really got going in their pursuit of 204, being bowled out for 92 before the conclusion of their 20 overs. The wickets were spread between the bowlers, with Joshua Collins impressing with the new ball and Matthew Richards almost spinning himself to a hat-trick while cleaning up the tail.
A good win first up for the team, with some tougher competition to come in the next two games.
Please note that the Library will be closing at 4.15pm on Tuesday 28 February.
Book of the Week
Matilda by Roald Dahl.
Five fascinating Matilda facts;
Tim Minchin’s musical is coming to Crown Perth on February 28: https://m.ticketmaster.com.au/Matilda-the-Musical-tickets/artist/1601714
Chalkboard artist: Elisha Nicomedes, Year 12.
Mrs Janine Boyle
UWA Years 10 and 11 Course Information Evening
Wednesday, 22 March
5.30pm – 7pm
The Years 10 and 11 Course Information Evening will have an informative presentation for parents and students, specifically on UWA courses and admission requirements, advice on subject selection, fee information and the UWA student experience. All UWA faculties will be present so that families will also have the opportunity to speak directly to specific course advisers. Light refreshments are provided.
UWA Year 12 Course Information Evening
Wednesday, 22 March
7pm – 8.30pm
The Year 12 Course Information Evening will have an informative presentation for parents and students, specifically on UWA courses and admission requirements, Direct Pathways into postgraduate degrees, our new Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree, fee information and the UWA student experience. All UWA faculties will be present so that families will also have the opportunity to speak directly to specific course advisers. Light refreshments are provided.
Bookings are essential, students can register HERE.
Jobs of the Future 12
Industry areas to watch out for, can be viewed HERE.
Year 10 Science Camp for Indigenous students
The camp provides participants with a hands-on experience of science, engineering, medicine and technology. There is an emphasis on fields relevant to Indigenous communities in Western Australia, including sustainability, health, ecology, conservation, infrastructure, water, energy and mineral resources. Information sheet HERE.
To Apply online, Click HERE
Ciana Martinus (Year 12) has been selected to participate in the 22nd National Schools Constitutional Convention, being held at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra from 15 - 17 March 2017.The National Schools Constitutional Convention programme provides senior students with an opportunity to become better informed about how Australia's Constitution provides a democratic framework and encourages them to take an active interest in the operation of government. It is a great honour to be accepted, as only 120 students are chosen.
UNIFORM SHOP HOURS
Term 1, Weeks 4 - 10
Monday: 8.00 am - 12.00 pm
Wednesday: 8.00 am - 9.30 am
Thursday: 8.00 am - 12.00 pm & 12.30 pm - 4.30 pm