Dei to Dei Newsletter

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to the commencement of a new academic year. A special welcome is extended to all students and families who are new to our school community. I trust the school vacation period has been restful and that students are ready for the many challenges that will confront them as they endeavour to fully commit to their studies and co-curricular involvement during the course of 2017.

At this week’s opening assembly for the entire student body, we had the opportunity to congratulate members of the Year 12 class of 2016 who had performed exceptionally well and received various School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) awards. We also inducted eleven of last year’s graduates into Mater Dei’s ’90s Club’. A summary of the achievements of our graduating class is listed in this newsletter. Continuing students who received Academic Honours for their efforts in Semester 2 last year are also listed below. At the assembly, we also welcomed two new teachers to Mater Dei College as temporary leave replacements – Mrs Josephine Storch who joins the Science Department for 2017 and Mr Luke O’Neill who joins the Physical Education & Health Department for Semester 1. We also have several staff returning this Term from various forms of leave – these include Mrs Habbishow (LOTE), Mrs Valentine Vagg (Art), Ms Copeland (English), Mr Roberts (Maths), Mrs Cuticone (Learning Support TA), Mr Golding (PE) and Mrs Cooper (Lab Technician).

Given we are all making a fresh start for 2017, I took the opportunity at assembly to remind students of the obligations they have to be good ambassadors for our College. I stressed to them that they continue to be students of our College when they are not at school and the wearing of our school uniform brings with it certain responsibilities from the moment they walk out the front door at home to the moment they return home. Their conduct and appearance is a reflection of them as individuals, their families and their school. I proceeded to give some examples of how student behaviour beyond the classroom can affect both positively and negatively, the reputation of all within our school community.

Please read the information in this newsletter related to our Annual School Community Meeting on 21 February. All parents are warmly invited to attend – just because you turn up does not mean that you will be asked to do a job! However, I do encourage parents to nominate in advance for positions on the School Board or Parents & Friends Association, as this is an excellent way to become involved in your child’s school. Please also note that the next meeting of the Parents & Friends Association is on Tuesday 7 February at 7pm in the Board Room of the Administration Block – all are most welcome.

The time corresponding with the afternoon pick up of students is traditionally a very busy time in all schools. To alleviate queues, parents will find that if they come to pick up their children just 10 minutes later, the queues will have almost disappeared and you will have saved twenty or more minutes of waiting time. This is particularly the case if your child takes a while to get from their locker to the car park. If you are handed a flyer by one of our parents over the coming week or two regarding minimising traffic congestion, please take the time to read it and understand that this suggestion has the full support of the school.

A number of people have asked what is happening with the appointment of a new Principal for Mater Dei College. This process is managed by the Catholic Education Office, but I understand that the position will be advertised in the coming days. An appointment should be announced in the latter half of March. I will remain as Acting Principal this Term and if the new Principal is unable to commence in Term 2, then I expect I will likely be asked to remain in the role to the end of Term 2.

Regards and God Bless,

Mr John Aldous

Acting Principal

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Graduating Class of 2016 Highest WACE Achievers

This week, we welcomed back the highest achievers of the Class of 2016 at our opening College Assembly. Each year, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) recognises excellent achievement through a number of awards.

Seventeen of our students were successful in gaining SCSA awards in 2016.

 

SUBJECT CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE in ATAR courses: Mitchell Sage

9045 students sat the Mathematics Applications exam in Western Australia in 2016 and Mitchell finished in the top 0.5 per cent of all candidates (top 45 students), an outstanding achievement.

 

CERTIFICATES OF MERIT AND DISTINCTION:

A Certificate of Distinction or Certificate of Merit is awarded to students who are recognised for excellence in accumulation of A grades in year 11 and 12 at the College.

 

CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION:

Mikaela Piastrella

 

CERTIFICATES OF MERIT:

Sharnee Ainsworth

Olivia Atley

Jessica Devlin

Chelsea Forward

Breanna Galea

Mackenzie Lane

Sandra Lebib

Emily Major-Goldsmith

Emma-Jane Potter

Ryan Sanjana

Holly Schofield

Zoe Smith

Michael Uhrhane

Jacob Veevers

Niamh Wallace

 

“90s Club”

A student’s ATAR is generated from their top four ATAR subjects and is used to gain entry into University. Congratulations to the following students who achieved an ATAR over 90 in 2016. They are now members of the Mater Dei College 90’s Club.

Olivia Atley

Jacob Veevers

Karla Mangano

Mitchell Sage

Niamh Wallace

Mikaela Piastrella

Peter Macready

Emma-Jane Potter

Breanna Galea

Holly Schofield

Sandra Lebib

 

Congratulations to all of these students. A summary of the SCSA statistics for Mater Dei College are included below.

Students who achieved secondary graduation

96.2%

Students who achieved at least one Certificate II or higher

79%

Students who achieved an ATAR

63%

Median ATAR

75.25

 

SCSA Course Awards – Mater Dei College

Business Management and Enterprise

1 of 9 schools with the highest achieving students in the course

 

Academic Honours

 Academic Honours are awarded to students for outstanding academic performance. Academic Honours are awarded each semester and students must achieve a majority (two thirds) of A grades on their reports. 

Congratulations to the following students who achieved Academic Honours in Semester 2, 2016.

First name

Surname

Year

Kiera

Andrews

Year 7

Courtney

Atkins

Year 7

Eliza

Bennett

Year 7

Tameika

Brown

Year 7

Ella

Cameron

Year 7

Holly

Carter

Year 7

Anna

Daley-Graham

Year 7

Maddie

George

Year 7

Zayan

Hansrod

Year 7

Ashlee

Harwood

Year 7

Summer

Holl

Year 7

Ze Zhao

Huang

Year 7

Ava

Martin

Year 7

Joel

Matta

Year 7

Maya

McKinnon

Year 7

Keenan

McMahon

Year 7

Matsidiso

Moyo

Year 7

Tayla

Ray

Year 7

Taylar

Roccheccioli

Year 7

Jade

Safy

Year 7

Mahalia

Woolterton

Year 7

     

Tahli

Arbuckle

Year 8

Caitlin

Barnard

Year 8

Emily

Bennett

Year 8

Dayna

Burke

Year 8

Rhiannon

Clarke

Year 8

Maximus

Conti Nibali

Year 8

Grace

Cosentino

Year 8

Ella

Cumming

Year 8

Isaac

DeMarte

Year 8

Andre

Desveaux

Year 8

Gabrielle

Desveaux

Year 8

Vanessa

Firth

Year 8

Joshua

Li

Year 8

Euan

McLaughlin

Year 8

Athena

Route

Year 8

Danielle

Speed

Year 8

Skyla

Wolken

Year 8

     

John Paul

Acres

Year 9

Keeley

Bennett

Year 9

Heather

Bongiovanni

Year 9

Alese

Briffa-Nobes

Year 9

Ciara

Fegredo

Year 9

Sarah

Flanagan

Year 9

Sean

Grady

Year 9

Josh

Hobley

Year 9

Zoe

Jones

Year 9

Jenna

Jordan

Year 9

Andrea

Keyer

Year 9

Keely

Lynch

Year 9

Lara

Panther

Year 9

Jemma

Rennie

Year 9

Megan

Rosser

Year 9

Kellieanne

Shenton

Year 9

Olivia

Strong

Year 9

Lucinda

Thai-Letran

Year 9

Megan

Wainwright

Year 9

Harrison

Watson

Year 9

Philippa

Westlake

Year 9

Aiysha

Wigley

Year 9

     

Gabrielle

Bassanelli

Year 10

Aiden

Boonnark

Year 10

Estelle

Burke

Year 10

Claudia

Desveaux

Year 10

Haydn

Lawson

Year 10

Breeanna

Paice

Year 10

Eloise

Sampson

Year 10

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