College Notices

2017 Fees: Changes to how you will receive fee statements for fees.

In 2017 the College has moved to electronic statements for fees. This will mean that you will have received your annual Fee Statement together with your Fee Instalment Agreement via email. The Fee Instalment Agreement will need to be completed and either returned (with signatures) via email or in paper form to the College Administration before the end of February. If you have not received an email regarding your Fee Statement, please notify the school office of your preferred email address.

Monthly statements will also be sent via email for your convenience. If you do, however, require a paper copy at any time, please do not hesitate to request one.

The Catholic Education Office stipulates the fee increases that each school is required to apply from year to year. For Mater Dei, the 2017 increase was required to be between 4 - 6%. Given the economic climate, our College Board decided to increase fees by the minimum 4%. Fee increases in schools have traditionally been above CPI for a number of years.  In 2017 for example, salary increases that are determined several years in advance through a system-wide EBA and which account for 75% of our costs are rising at nearly twice the rate of our income from governments, which accounts for 75% of our income. 

Annual School Community Meeting

The Annual General Meeting for the College Board and the P&F Committee will be held on Tuesday 21 February at 7.30pm in the College Administration Building. This is a great way for parents to contribute to the school community, to support children in their education and to meet other parents. All nominations need to be submitted by Friday 17 February.

To nominate for a position on the College Board, please complete this online form HERE.

Or if you wish to print a nomination form, please download one HERE and return to the administration.

To become involved in the P&F Committee you can complete an online form HERE.

Or you can download a form HEREand return this to the administration.

 

Inter-House Swimming Carnival

The Inter-House Swimming Carnival is to be held on Friday 17 February at the HBF Arena Joondalup. The Carnival is compulsory for all students in Years 7 – 9 and selected students in Years 10 – 12. All remaining students in Years 10 – 12 are required to attend the College as per normal.

Students are expected to make their own way to and from the HBF Arena, Students are required to be at the venue by 8.30am and will be dismissed at 3.15pm.

For those students unable to make their own way to and/or from HBF Arena and for those students relying on Path Transit, bus shuttle services will depart the College at 8.00am and return to the College at 3.15pm. 

 

To indicate if you child/children needs to access this shuttle service click on the Swimming Transport Survey Link HERE. The site will be closed at 9.00am Wednesday 15 February 2017. Please finalise bookings by this time.

 

The program of events is designed to accommodate all swimming ability levels.

If any parents/guardians would like to be an official on the day, please contact me at the College. 

Please see below regarding parental assistance. 

 

Attendance is compulsory as per College Policy. 

Uniform Requirements: 

  • · House shirt and College Sports shorts/skirt, socks and shoes 
  • · Bathers: Modest and practical design 

 

Personal Requirements: 

  • · College Sports Bag 
  • · Lunch and drinks 
  • · Café facilities at the HBF Arena will NOT be available for students to access. Students will need to bring their own food and drinks for the day. 

 

Note: Items such as personal music devices, mobile phones and magazines are NOT to be brought to the carnival. 

To print the Inter-House Swimming Carnival flyer, please click HERE.

 

Helpers Needed

If parents are able to assist at the Swimming Carnival with duties such as Marshalling, Timekeeping or Result Recording. Please enter your details HERE.

Mr Mark Golding 

Head of Learning Area - Health and Physical Education 

 

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To view more photos from the 2017 Year 12 Ball, please follow this LINK. 

Mater Dei College Bus Service

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Mater Dei College has a specialised bus service. The service runs in Landsdale, Darch, Madeley, Pearsall, Hocking and Wanneroo to and from the College. Using the service is an opportunity to reduce traffic around the College and streamline access to and from school. Tickets must be purchased prior to boarding the bus from Student Services. The Timetable is located HERE.

There are two options for tickets: 

• Term Pass (please note that the card will only be valid for the term of issue and unused rides are not transferrable to another Term) Cost - $ 130 

• Book of Ten Bus trips. Cost - $ 16.00

Replacement tickets incur a $5 fee.

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Parent Course

There are still a few places available for this course that will be run on Tuesdays at 5.30pm for 4 consecutive Tuesdays (21 February to 14 March). The cost of the course is $50 and can be paid on the following LINK

If you have any further queries, please email Mrs Sally Stott HERE

  

Wellbeing Service

A very warm welcome back to Term 1 at Mater Dei College. For many, the return to school is filled with great excitement for new beginnings or catching up with old friends and motivation to improve grades. However, for some students, this can be a time of stress and worry. The morning rush, a change of pace from the relaxation of school holidays, new teachers and classmates and the return of homework deadlines can result in an increase in stress levels.

Kidshealth.org recently surveyed 600 students on back to school worries, and the following results may surprise you:

Worries 

 

According to the survey, one third of students worried about school work issues, which is to be expected, due to increased pressures and advanced academic material. However, equally of concern for students are social and appearance issues.

With such worries occurring in our young people’s lives, the following tips for parents taken from the Reader’s Digest can help with the transition back to school and limit stress levels:

1.     Listen

Listen to what is happening for your children, paying attention to not only what is being said, but the non-verbal cues. Trust your instincts if you feel something may be causing stress and open up channels of communication within the family.

2. Talk about homework

Take time to discuss homework with your children, focusing on their understanding and completion of the work, rather than the grades attained. Create a space in the home that is calm and stress-free to work. Managing their workload will be the key to their success.

3. Establish a routine

Set a routine that works for everyone both morning and evening. Try to make mornings calm and be enthusiastic about what’s planned for the day. Promote a balance in the evening between homework, family and relaxation time.

4. Know the rules

Understand the rules that school has in place. What happens if they are late to class? Are phones and devices allowed? Be attentive at parent meetings and understand the culture of the school so that you can have a solid grip on what’s expected of your child. Your understanding will help them better navigate demands and thrive at school.

5. “Un-Schedule” kids

There are wonderful extra-curricular activities for your child, but it is just as important that kids take time to relax and have some unscheduled time at home or outdoors. Keep one weekday after school that is a “free day,” and stick to that schedule for the school year. Your child will be relaxed and prepared for the rest of the week when you allow him/her to have proper downtime.

It is important for students and families to be reminded that slight increases or fluctuations in stress levels is normal and to be expected at this time of the year. However, if these feelings persist or get in the way of your child’s ability to attend school or participate in activities, then it is important to seek further support.

At Mater Dei, students have a number of layers of pastoral support to access within the College through their Year Coordinator, PCG teacher, Homeroom teacher and the Well-Being Service and Student Services staff.

We hope that with support available both at home and school, worries and stress dissipate and students enjoy the academic year. After all, happy, confident and positive children make the best learners!!

Mrs Sally Stott

Well-Being Service

 

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum

As many of you may already be aware, from 1 January 2017, the Department of Education Services and Catholic Education WA have introduced a Code of Conduct to be adhered to by all schools and staff in Western Australia. The Code provides a set of general principles to guide staff in their conduct as employees.

According to the Department of Education Services (Non-Government Schools),

“The code promotes positive work practices and establishes expectations for personal and professional boundaries concerning appropriate and inappropriate behaviour in relation to staff, students, volunteers, parents and guardians. It provides guidance about behaviour, relationships, attitudes and responsibilities and outlines the process that will be followed if the Code is not observed.”

Registration Standard 12 of the Code of Conduct addresses the issue of Child Abuse Prevention:

“The school implements policies, procedures, practices and strategies for the prevention of grooming and child abuse, including for boarding facilities if relevant, which are approved by the governing body, reviewed annually and updated in light of experience and relevant research, including at least:

(e) delivery to all students of a developmentally appropriate protective behaviours curriculum, developed by experts in child abuse prevention, and covering what the boundaries are between appropriate and inappropriate interactions and when, how and who to tell when a boundary is crossed; and

(f) provision of information to parents and guardians about the protective behaviours curriculum, the Staff Code of Conduct and when, how and who to tell when they have concerns about grooming or child abuse.

In response to this, Mater Dei College as instructed by Catholic Education WA have introduced the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum.

The Keeping Safe: Child protection curriculum (KS:CPC) teaches children from a young age to:

  • Recognise abuse and tell a trusted adult about it
  • Understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching
  • Understand ways of keeping themselves safe.

The KS:CPC is an evidence based, best practice curriculum developed collaboratively with child protection specialists, teachers, educational leaders and other professionals. It covers a range of topics including new additional material on current issues such as bullying and cyber safety. 

CEWA have trialled the program in a primary school in Kalgoorlie for the last 6 years with very positive outcomes. The curriculum is aimed at students in Kindergarten to Year 12 and is to be delivered in its entirety from Year 7-12 in a number of different methods best suited to the College.

There are 4 Focus Areas of the Curriculum:

  • The right to be safe
  • Relationships
  • Recognising and reporting abuse
  • Protective strategies

 

The College is currently in the process of delivering explicit training in the curriculum to all teaching and education assistants and this will be included in the 2017 academic programs.

Although parent permission is not required under the Education Act (1972), we encourage parents/caregivers to seek further clarification if required and to provide teachers with any relevant information about their child that could alleviate any concerns.  

More information can be found on the DECD child protection curriculum site https://www.decd.sa.gov.au/teaching/curriculum-and-teaching/keeping-safe-child-protection-curriculum

Please contact Mrs Sally Stott in Student Services if you have any questions about the program.

 

Mr John Aldous

Acting Principal

 

 Tennis Raquets

Social Tennis and Badminton Club

If you are interested in becoming fitter, being a part of a social non-competitive environment, improving your skills, while also having fun with your friends, then this is the club for you! Tennis will run at the top courts for the duration of Terms 1 and 4 and transition to Badminton in the Bernie Boss Hall for Term 2 and 3.

The club will commence in Week 2 of each term and will be on every Wednesday from 3:30 – 4:30pm. All equipment is supplied, although the correct MDC PE uniform is mandatory and a water bottle is highly recommended.

In recent years, this club has been very successful and we are looking forward to seeing some new faces (as well as the old ones) jam-packed with enthusiasm and a commitment to the club.

Mr Lewis Wells

Health and Physical Education Teacher

Books

@yourlibrary

Welcome to our weekly @yourlibrary column!

Term 1 theme is CONNECT.

Students will be invited to CONNECT with each other through conversation and games in the Library at Recess & Lunch.

On offer will be: jigsaw, Lego and puzzles.

We are also trying to establish MDC as a Reading Community and students will be encouraged to take on a Reading Challenge, also on display will be our Book of the Week, stay tuned. A Weekly Inspiration will be displayed on our chalkboard and published in this column.

Weekly inspiration

‘Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.’  C.S. Lewis

MDC Reading Community

Australia’s top 50 Authors HERE

Mrs Janine Boyle

Library Coordinator

  

Reminder for 2019 families

Interviews will commence in March for students entering Year 7 in 2019. If you haven’t completed an Application for Enrolment Form then please download one HERE and the Parish Priest Reference HERE. Then return the completed forms to our Administration building. Any queries can be directed to our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Lourens on 9405 0516 or by email: enrolments@mdc.wa.edu.au

 

UNIFORM SHOP HOURS  

Term 1, Weeks 2 - 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