College Notices

Prayer to Follow God Completely
O My God
give me your grace
so that the things of this earth
and things more naturally pleasing to me,
may not be as close as you are to me.
Keep my eyes, my ears, my heart
from clinging to the things of this world.
Break my bonds, raise my heart.
Keep my whole being fixed on you.
Let me never lose sight of you;
and while I gaze on you,
let my love of you grow more and more every day.
John Henry Newman (1801-1890)


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Dei to Dance – Catholic Performing Arts Festival

Last Friday 18 August, the Dei to Dance students performed at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. The performance was the culmination of a year-long preparation by the Year 12 ATAR Dance students.

Lauren Deasy, Elaina O’Connor, Lakiesha Bardsley and Hayley Cumming all worked tirelessly together to choreograph the routine titled 7 Sins

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The result was a seamless performance which received outstanding comments from the Judges. One Judge even claimed that he had “goosebumps” from the performance.

Congratulations to all involved, special thanks to Miss Meckenstock and Mrs Emanuele for their endless hours of assistance. This truly was a team effort that was well worth the time spent.

Mrs Martin

Dance Teacher

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Year 9 Blazer Fitting

We will be conducting blazer fittings for Year 9 students over the next few weeks. Therefore, please ask your son/daughter to attend the Uniform Shop on: 


28 August         Benedict

4 September     McCormack

11 September   Mercy

18 September   Romero 


7 September     Salvado

14 September   Siena 

We do not require a deposit/payment, but strongly encourage full payment at the time of ordering or before the blazers are received.  This will simplify the distribution process once the blazers come in.  If a blazer is fully paid for we will send you an SMS to let you know it is ready for collection.  If it is not paid for we will SMS you that it is ready for collection and payment. We accept payment by EFTPOS, credit card and cash.


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Next week is Wellbeing Week. Wellbeing is the “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy”.  To celebrate wellbeing week and improve our health and happiness, there are a range of activities planned for next week which you will find on the “Timetable of Events”. These include:

Colouring in activity with spray cans

Come and connect with colour and how you are feeling during well-being week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Colour therapy can help you identify with your feelings and maybe release feelings of nervousness, worry or simply feeling down. It can also identify feelings of happiness and contentment. We will have spray cans and areas mapped out for you to explore this valuable exercise. 

The Cuddly Animal Farm

Come and cuddle a lovely selection of very friendly animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, lambs, goats and a piglet, chickens, bantam hens, a rooster, ducks and quail on Thursday lunchtime in the Salvado undercroft.

Staff v student human chess

Come and watch the staff v student chess at recess on Thursday in the Salvado Courtyard. 


Reduce anxiety and stress, boost your immunity and improve your memory by giving meditation a go in the Drama room

Amazing Race

Take part in the amazing race during homeroom on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 

Shrub and Tree planting

Year 7’s and 12’s can get closer to nature by helping our grounds men to plant shrubs and trees in the Salvado courtyard on Thursday lunchtime

Healthy smoothies and bliss balls

Try some Healthy smoothies and bliss balls on Friday lunchtime at Café 107

Staff and student Community Lunch on Friday lunchtime

Come to the Salvado courtyard for a community lunch with staff and students and music from DJ Diffusion

Hip-Hop Class

Take part in a Hip Hop class in the Bernie Boss Hall on Friday at lunchtime


Take part in the LAP-A-Thon for LIFELINK during and extended homeroom on Friday.  Wear your crazy socks and raise money for St. Vinnies

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Joondalup Leadership Forum

Last week 9 of our Year 11 HASS students were selected to attend the Joondalup Council Leadership Forum. The forum consisted of a brilliant talk from Phil Britten, a survivor of the Bali Bombing, and his experience of making the most of life and how to set up your life for the challenges ahead. He was truly inspirational and provided the students with strategies for success (as well as a free book).

The second half of the day involved excellent free food and a chance to watch the workings of the local council. Mayor Troy Pickard talked to the students and answered a variety of questions, even being persuaded to wear his formal robes, before he led the open council meeting. Students were able to take part in the proceedings and look on as the council made decisions effecting the Joondalup area.


Year 12 Human Biology

Our Year 12 Human Biology students along with Rochelle Villemin & Lucy Branch, from the Year 10 ESP programme, were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to develop their skills in biological techniques this term. Students were given a fictitious scenario whereby they needed to determine the paternity of a child using imitation DNA samples from three potential fathers, the child and the mother. Students needed to develop their skills in using a micropipette to collect and dispense tiny volumes of DNA and once they mastered this, students then needed to load the samples from the child, mother and potential fathers into an agar gel.

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Students ran a current through the DNA samples in a process called gel electrophoresis and in doing so, created a unique DNA profile or fingerprint for each individual. By comparing the child’s DNA fingerprint with those of the mother and three potential fathers, students were able to determine who fathered the child. Congratulations go to all Year 12 Human Biology students on a very successful practical. Hopefully this opportunity has inspired some of our students to pursue a career in biotechnology in the future.

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OLNA Support 

The following after school OLNA support sessions are being offered by English and Mathematics teachers throughout Term 3. These sessions are strongly recommended for students in Years 10 and 11 who are still required to pass one or more OLNA assessment areas, and compulsory for Year 12 students to attend one session per week for each relevant OLNA assessment area.

Literacy Support (Reading and Writing)

Wednesdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm in MCC13-18 (Report to English Office)

Thursdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm in MCC13-18 (Report to English Office)

Other times may be negotiated directly between individual students and their English teacher. For further queries please contact Head of English, John Crooks:

Numeracy Support

Wednesdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm in MCC7

Thursdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm in MCC7

Other times may be negotiated directly between individual students and their Mathematics teacher. For further queries please contact Head of Mathematics, Peter Roberts: 

Students who would like a hard copy of any of the OLNA practice booklets may obtain them from outside the Learning Support office.

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

Merit Certificates

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Benedict House

Gabrielle Desveaux (Yr. 9) has been awarded her GOLD Level card.

Siena House

Tahli Arbuckle (Yr. 9) has been awarded her GOLD Level card.

Vanessa Firth (Yr. 9) has been awarded her GOLD Level card. 


ACC Athletics Training

ACC Athletic Training 25 Aug


Nadia King Visit

This morning we had the pleasure of hosting Nadia King the author to run sessions on her book ‘Jenna’s Truth’ with the Year 7 and Year 9 students; where she introduced herself as an author, talked about bullying, read from ‘Jenna’s Truth’ and talked about the writing process. She also conducted a writing tutorial with the Year 11 students, giving them the inspiration and guidance needed for an upcoming creative writing task. Nadia then joined Ms Grayden and her Year 11 Drama class to do some work on the play of ‘Jenna’s Truth’ .

It was a wonderful opportunity for students to meet an author, to discuss a socially relevant issue and to have an insight into the creative writing process.  Thank you to all the wonderful Mater Dei staff who willingly assisted in various ways to make this visit a success!

Mrs Janine Boyle

Library Coordinator 

Student Success

Blake Torrens – Year 11 Drama ATAR student has been selected to be a student ambassador for Black Swan State Theatre Company for 2018. 

Only four students are selected across the state each year. Each student will receive a subscription for the Black Swan 2018 season (two tickets each for eight plays) and have the opportunity to attend any talks, events, discussions and other opportunities to engage with Black Swan during 2018.  The winning four drama students and their teachers will be invited to the 2018 season launch, to be held at the State Theatre Centre of WA on 28th August 2017. Blake is an extremely worthy recipient of this award. He was nominated for the award by Mrs Grayden after he achieved the top mark in the year 11 practical performance exam.

CONGRATULATIONS BLAKE – I’m confident Blake will represent our college, with maturity and professionalism, and be an excellent ambassador for the State theatre Company.

Blake Torrens



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Year 7, 2020 Enrolments - if you have not enrolled siblings for year 7, 2020 please contact the Enrolments Officer, Ang Lourens on 9405 4777 or email:

Interviews for Year 7, 2020 will commence in March 2018


In 2018, there will be several scholarships made available for Year 7s and Year 11s. For further information please refer to the website or contact Ang Lourens, Enrolments Officer.

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Schools’ $20K Giveaway

The West Australian and Channel Seven are giving West Australian Schools the chance to WIN a share of $20,000 to help buy the things you need that make learning that little bit more fun! To be in the running to WIN, we must collect as many entry coupons as possible through their school, friends and family.

Staff and students can drop their coupons into the Library.

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Term 3: 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 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.


Treetop Café Blog

The winter weather is continuing with quite chilly winds and hopefully the winter menu at the Treetop Café can warm you up. The menu is available on the school’s website and the daily menu will be distributed each day via email. New things are always on offer so come down and have a look or just get on line and browse the menu.

You may have noticed LOLs are no longer available as they’re not being manufactured any more. A replacement product is now available as ‘CHILL J’ 100% natural squeezed fruit juices, Rippin’ Raspberry, Groovy Grape, Chillin’ Cola and Blastin’ Blackcurant, these are still only $2.00. 

NEW, Natural MILK, NO ADDED SUGAR, everyone enjoyed a FREE giveaway at the end of last term, we gave out an amazing 900 bottles, so hopefully you liked them and now they’re on sale at the café, a big thank you to Brownes dairy. The flavours are Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate and Banana. 

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

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