Prayer For Patience and Gentleness
Bestow on us, O Lord,
a genial spirit and unwearied forbearance;
a mild, loving, patient, heart;
kindly looks, pleasant cordial speech, and manners
in the exchanges of daily life;
that I may give offence to none,
but as much as possible, 
live in charity with all people.
Johann Arndt, (1555-1621)

Student Leadership Team

The selection process of the 2017/2018 Student Leadership Team is now complete and it gives us great pleasure to announce that the following students hold these positions on the team:


Benedict House Leader

Chris Evans

Monique Feritto

McCormack House Leader

 Briahna Clarke

Eva Gauntlett

Mercy House Leader

Kiara Griffiths

Jessica Quinn

Romero House Leader

Joseph Ranasinghe

Layne Wilson

Salvado House Leader

Thomas Snelson

Madison Strunk

Siena House Leader

Jaxon Bilchuris

Alyssa Clark 

Head Boy

Aiden Boonark


Head Girl

Emma Pryce


Year Leader (7,9,11)

Alan Pryce

Autumn Fraser

Year Leader (8,10,12)

Riley Chua

Maddison Reid

Faith/Service Leader

Zac Atkinson

Ebony Cleland

Community Leader - Culture

Marta Brak 

Jamie Grove

Community Leader - Sport

Bevan Deasy

Gabrielle Bassanelli

Learning Leader

Haydn Lawson

Claudia Desveaux

Deputy Head Boy

Alan Pryce


Deputy Head Girl

Maddison Strunk


Congratulations to these students, we look forward to your leadership this term and in the year ahead.

Student Leadership


Results from the September round of OLNA have now been released to students and parents. After-school OLNA support sessions will take place throughout this term to assist students preparing for the next round in March 2018. These sessions are strongly recommended for students in Years 10 and 11 who are still required to pass one or more OLNA assessment areas. 

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

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

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

Yr 12 Macbook Software Removal

Year 12 students are reminded to bring their MacBook to the IT Department by Friday, 1 December for software removal. Please ensure you have backed up your MacBook as it will be restored to factory settings.

If you have any questions relating to this please e-mail the IT Helpdesk with the Subject Year 12 MacBook Exit Image.

Study Skills Handbook

Critical Thinking Skills

There are many things students can do to develop their own critical thinking skills. Critical thinking is your ability to think clearly and rationally, reflecting and developing your thoughts. Sometimes we can get a bit lazy with our thinking and we only consider things at a superficial level. Here are some things you can do to enhance your critical thinking. 

  1. CLARIFY YOUR THOUGHTS: The best way to clarify your thoughts is to try and explain your thinking to someone else. Even if you are talking to an imaginary person, you will find that explaining your thinking out loud helps you to see the flaws in your argument.
  2. QUESTION ASSUMPTIONS: Don’t take your thoughts for granted, every now and then think about why you believe a certain thought or how you know things to be true. Get in the habit of pausing and looking at what you are thinking and questioning what thoughts underlie your assumptions. Don’t just conform and accept a view because it is the popular one, instead pause and reflect on the arguments for and against that viewpoint and the strengths of each argument.
  3. LOOK FOR OTHER PERSPECTIVES: When you are presenting an argument, imagine yourself in a debate and think about what the opposing side might say. What would someone with a completely opposite view to you believe? Can you understand why they might think that way? Can you see some validity in their viewpoint?
  4. KEEP AN OPEN MIND: In order to look for other perspectives keep an open mind. If you immediately dismiss any thought that does not fit into the way you see the world, you will never be able to expand and develop your viewpoints, you will have a very fixed and limited view of the world.
  5. BE CURIOUS: Start to look outside the things you normally read and watch and think about. Learn more about things you know nothing about and were not previously interested in. Listen more to what people say, we learn so much more when we really listen rather than spend time planning what we will say next.
  6. MAKE INFORMED JUDGEMENTS: It is ok to not have an opinion about something because you don’t have enough information yet. Avoid rushing to judgements, take your time to gather information and evidence and assess it before making a decision. Try not to let yourself be swayed by emotion as this can affect your ability to assess information intellectually.

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

Username: formaterdeionly

Password: 122results

Literacy Focus


Mayoral Prayer Breakfast

On the 14th of October, four lucky year 11 student leadership council members and Mrs Croasdale attended the Joondalup Mayoral prayer breakfast. The delightful morning consisted of scripture readings, a speech from guest speaker Dr Ros Worthington and an amazing breakfast meal. Dr Worthington spoke with much compassion about the power of giving to those struggling with mental health issues, a topic the four of us believed to be very important. The overall atmosphere of the event was that of compassion and a sense of community within the Joondalup area, with local church members and other schools attending the breakfast. The actual breakfast was delicious, with the four of us eating as much as we could of the tasty meal. A massive thank you to the city of Joondalup for the opportunity to attend such a lovely event.

Jamie Grove

Student Achievement

Heather Bongiovanni

On Monday night Heather Bongiovanni (Yr. 10) competed in the Rotary 4 Way Test.  This is a demanding speaking competition.  Students have to write and perform a speech about a topic that they are passionate about.  Heather spoke to the Hillarys Rotary members and a Rostrum representative.  Heather spoke with zeal about exam stress.  She exhibited knowledge and confidence. Not only did she speak about the impact of stress on the mental health of students she gave an insightful solution. 

Heather won the local competition and now goes onto the regional event.  This event takes place in February 2018.  We wish Heather good luck for the next stage of this prestigious event.


Merit Certificates

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Romero House

Georgia Gaston (Yr. 9) has been awarded her GOLD level card. Congratulations

Benedict House

Zahli Moore (Yr. 7) x1 merit certificate

Mercy House 

Kailyn Hadfield (Yr. 8) x1 merit certificate 

Siena House

Jacquelyn Wallis (Yr. 8) x1 merit certificate


Murdoch Year 12 Horizons Summer School – A new three week university experience designed especially for students transitioning between Years 11 and 12 to complete a university-level subject at Murdoch while you’re still at school.

ConocoPhillips Science Experience - This science camp from the 11-14th December 2017 is an opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to explore the vast array of science courses and experiences available at university, through four days of engaging and interactive sessions, workshops, lectures and games. 


The Department of Education and Training (DET) has produced the Beyond School study guide  - the Guide is a digital resource for year 10-12 students providing information about Australian Government assistance so they are able to make informed choices about their future studies. There are 9 resources included:

o   Three tertiary education explainer infographics:

a.       Higher education or VET? – Provides information about each sector so that students can understand what type/level    of qualification they may need to get to the career they want.

b.       Pathways to university – Provides examples of ways that students can access higher education (e.g. bridging course; VET/sub-bachelor studies; ATAR; principal recommendation scheme) and points them to apply for uni via their relevant TAC.

c.       Choose your own higher education adventure – A flow chart for higher education students to select options that apply to them and find which HELP loan is most suitable for their study choices.

o   One HELP loan comparison ‘cheat sheet’ – a table to compare each different loan and provide information about when a student might access each one.

o   Five fact sheets – one for each of the four HELP loan schemes (HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, OS-HELP, SA-HELP) and one for the VET Student Loans program, that provide basic information about each.

You can access the guide here: Beyond school study guide


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: 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 summer menu can be found on the school website and will be sent out via email each day, so have a look and check out the new items. The new Keri Fruit blends have arrived and are very tasty!!  

CHILL J 100% natural squeezed fruit juices, Rippin’ Raspberry, Groovy Grape, Chillin’ Cola and Blastin’ Blackcurrant are still only $2.00.  To beat the heat on those hot days, grab a $2.00 slushie; we try out new flavours all the time. 


NEW PROVITAL fruit cups Two Fruits, Fruit Salad and Peaches. 

Breakfast is on from 7am each day, 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