Mater Dei College Notices 

MDC ‘Bullying No Way’ Week 2017

Throughout Week 7, staff and students of the College came together to support the ‘Bullying No Way’ initiative and promote and celebrate strong, healthy relationships within the College.

During R.E. lessons, all students were asked to consider how they can demonstrate “Love for their fellow MDC Neighbour” and the wider community. Students wrote messages and placed them on the trees outside Student Services.

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The Year 12 Student Executive Council ran PCG lessons for younger students, where they discussed the issue of bullying and the role of the bystander. Students were encouraged to speak up and ask for help for themselves and their friends.

The week culminated in the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on Friday. During lunch and recess, students performed music and the school community gathered to enjoy the talents within the College. Students were also asked to tie a ribbon to demonstrate that they support the message.

The Library ran Bingo sessions during recess and lunch, which was popular with our students.

The winners of the Anti-Bullying poster competition attended a morning tea along with their friends with the Principal, Head of Arts and Deputies.

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As a College, we acknowledge the importance of raising awareness around this very challenging issue. We intend to build on this message each year and promote a culture of strong, healthy relationships and connectedness. I think we made a great start!!! 

Bullying no way

Mrs Stott

MDC Wellbeing Coordinator


Action Against Bullying

Last Thursday 16th March, members of the Year 12 Student Executive presented anti-bullying workshops to the Year 7 and 9 students during their Pastoral Care Group lessons. This was just one of the highlights of the week which focused on anti-bullying in the lead up to the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence (March 17th). The message passed on by the Year 12s was both moving and powerful, and importantly raised awareness of the impacts of bullying in and out of school. On Friday, Year 10 student and local DJ, Harrison Watson, also performed at recess and lunch while games took place in our library.

Thank you to all involved for an enjoyable week.

Katherine Bennett

(Deputy Head Girl)

ACC E Division Swimming Carnival

After a successful day in the pool on Thursday 16th March at the ACC E Division Swimming Carnival, Mater Dei College finished 5th overall. The students were fantastic and I commend them on their efforts. Mater Dei College won the Senior Girls and Overall Girls shields which is a huge achievement.

We also had a few personal achievements:

  • Seekara Wilson finished second in the Female U/13 age group
  • Natalia Caloiero won the Female U/15 age group
  • Shane Masolin won the Male U/19 age group
  • Asha Macdonald-Razvi also won the Female U/19 age group

These are all wonderful achievements you should be very proud. A special mention to our coaches Erin Robinson and Shane Masolin for their efforts during the 2017 swimming season. All your hard work has paid off, bring on 2018.

Miss Wheeler


Mater Dei Interschool Chess Competition

Over the past two weeks our Mater Dei Chess teams have competed in the WA School Chess League Competition.

In our first game at John Septimus Roe we won one game, drew one game and lost two games during the afternoon. Our second game on Monday was more successful.  Mater Dei hosted the competition against Irene McCormack and won three games and lost one. Our boys enjoyed their games and look forward to hosting our next game on April 6 against Sacred Heart College.

Mrs Quelch


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Senior Boys Cricket

Mater Dei has progressed through to the semi-finals after a comfortable win over Greenwood. Mater Dei won the toss and elected to bowl first. Joshua Collins put on another display with the ball completing his 4 overs with the figures of 2/8. Elliot Morris was tidy once again with figures of 1/20 from 4 overs. Greenwood were restricted to 5/101 off their 20 overs.

Mater Dei once again got off to a strong start through Michael Hammond (17) and Tristan Hobley (14) being 2/40 after 5 overs. After the loss of the next 2 wickets Mater Dei were looking a little shaky. Matt Richards (29*) and Josh Hobley (12*) steadied the ship, taking the team past the score in the 17th over. Mater Dei completed the win with only 4 wickets down. Mater Dei will now play Duncraig in the semi-final.

Tristan Hobley 

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DNA Towers

Last week our Year 10 Biology students learned about DNA and its role in living things. Students were required to build a model of DNA using gummy bears and toothpicks. To accurately reflect the structure of DNA, students had to follow the base pairing rule and twist their models into the double helix shape.

Congratulations go to all the students involved in this activity!

Kinetic Theory of Matter

This week our Year 7 Science students learned about the kinetic theory of matter. Students were required to create a short movie using props to explain how particles make up all matter and how states of matter can change depending on the addition or removal of heat. Well done, Year 7s for your fantastic videos!

Ms O’Shea

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Music Camp

During Week 7, Mater Dei’s Concert Band departed on a three-day camp to the pristine town of Guilderton, on the banks of Moore River. The students spent three days knuckling down on a refreshing repertoire of songs including “Bare Necessities”, “ABBA Medley” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”.

These hardworking students were greatly requited for their efforts with five-star catering, beach volleyball games, movies and an intense night of Singstar, which saw even the quietest of people giving their vocal chords a good ol’ try. This camp was both a challenging and extremely rewarding experience for the young musicians, and could not have been made a reality without the help of our dear Mrs Cooper, Mrs Biagioni, Mr Basile and Mrs Curtis.

Blake Torrens

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Twilight Lantern Parade 

Last week, Channel 7’s WA Weekender was on campus filming the Year 8 Visual Art students and Year 11 & 12 Cert III Visual Art students constructing their lanterns for the upcoming Joondalup Twilight Lantern Parade on Saturday 1st April.

This is our third time being part of the event and receiving a grant to assist with the construction of the lanterns. The segment will air on Channel 7 on March 26, 2017. 

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Careers Corner

Australian Apprenticeships Pathways: Occupational Videos

These occupational videos give an insight into specific areas of work, as well as personal experiences on how current trainees/apprentices have found their jobs.


Defence Jobs Australia Information Sessions:

Attend an information session and discover the variety of roles in the Australian Defence Force.

Perth: Women in the Army Information Session

Tuesday March 28th from 7:30-8:30 at Joondalup Army Reserve Depot


Student Success

Mater Dei Student Medal Haul at Little Athletics State Championship

Sav Marafioti (Year 9) recently had a string of successes at the Little Athletics State Championship event:

  • Gold Medallist for Under 14 Boys High Jump
  • Silver Medallist for Under 14 Boys Heptathlon
  • Silver Medallist for Under 14 Boys 200m Hurdles
  • Bronze Medallist for Under 14 Boys 90m Hurdles

Sav has been invited to train for the international State team to represent WA in Malaysia in July! He will train with the squad and all going well, he will be selected and will compete in Malaysia.



Noah Farrow (Year 8) also competed at the State Track and Field Championships for Little Athletics last weekend and received three medals:

  • Silver medallist in Discus
  • Silver medallist in High Jump
  • Bronze medallist in Shot Putt

WA Little Athletics has advised that Noah has been chosen for the State team and will be going to Sydney in April (school holidays) to represent WA at the National Championships in all three of his medalled events. 

Noah Farrow


Please congratulate Noah and Sav if you see them around.

Holly Boyer

Congratulations to go Holly Boyer from Siena A who will be travelling to the north island of New Zealand with her family as a reserve for the World Masters Softball Championship this April. If the team is successful they will be invited to compete in the World Games in Tokyo in 2019. We extend our best wishes to Holly, her family and the team for the upcoming tournament.  

Florence Griffiths

We would like to wish Florence Griffiths the best of luck as she travels to Sydney to compete in the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships in the Under 15 Pole Vault event. Well done, Florrie, on your achievements so far and good luck in Sydney!


Merit Certificates

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Jasmine Kolodynski (Year 7) from Benedict House and Samuel Ferguson (Year 8) from Salvado House both received merit certificates.




Weekly Inspiration

Weekly inspiration

Chalkboard Artist, Mrs Cooke for Mrs Jacobs.


Celebrating the start of the AFL season:

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The Library held BINGO during recess and lunch time to bring students together. The event was a great success with many students from all year groups participating. There was excitement plus, as our two very enthusiastic callers, Mrs Tamara Boyer and Mrs Teresa Cosgrove, called the numbers.  They added their own little twists on the special number calls!

Prizes were given to the first student to complete one row in any direction and then prizes for the students who filled the whole sheet (full house).

This was a very fun filled time for everyone.


 Enrolments for siblings

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 1, Weeks 6 - 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



New things are on offer at the Treetop Café, come down and have a look or get online and browse the menu.

I’m sure summer will turn up one day and when it does, come and enjoy a 99.9% real fruit slushie for only $2.00. The cold weather is fast approaching, so come on down and have real cocoa hot chocolate from our espresso machine, only $2.00 a cup, or toast and hot chocolate combo for $2.50, can’t beat that for value!

The espresso machine is performing well serving all your favourite coffees, from caps, flat whites, chai latte to long macs, with a choice hazelnut, caramel or vanilla syrups.  Coffee is available to all adults as well as Year 10, 11 and 12s.

With these cold mornings, lots of people have discovered the breakfast menu, you can enjoy omelettes, bacon and egg muffins, or a berry and yoghurt muesli cup.

Great light snacks, including gluten free (GF) items are all available, pick up some GF Froyo2go frozen yoghurts (cookies and cream not GF), sesame snaps, sultana and apple packs, and Goulburn Valley fruit cups with a variety of fruits.

We have a huge range of different soft drinks, a selection of mineral waters, iced teas, new juice from EMMA & TOMS and more.  

For lunch, a different hot food choice is available each day, ciabattas, focaccias, paninis and more. Of course the old favourites, a specialty salad each day, along with vegetarian and GF options are also available.

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