Dei to Dei

Dear Parents and Caregivers

It was wonderful at this morning’s final assembly for the semester, to acknowledge so much evidence of school activities based on our four pillars of Faith, Community, Service and Learning. It was an opportunity to have invited guests from Caritas Australia, Reconciliation WA and the Australian Olympic Council address students, parents and staff; and to acknowledge the efforts of our students, both individually and collectively. The assembly also gave us an opportunity to farewell a small number of students and to also farewell Ms Ruth Pop (English) and Mr Luke O’Neill (PE/Health) whose temporary teaching contracts have come to an end. Thank you to these people for their contribution to Mater Dei College and we wish them well for the future.

The completion of the final performance of Grease this week will mean a well-earned rest for cast and crew. Cast members performed a couple of items at assembly today. I am sure they have gained a great deal from their Grease experience, not to mention the benefits of learning to work together as a team. I must make particular mention of our Director, Mrs Maree Grayden, whose energy and drive has been instrumental in ensuring the success of Grease 2017. Thank you to everyone for their dedication and commitment – students, staff and friends of our College – I know that your efforts are appreciated by all those who enjoyed the performances. 

Today’s assembly also gave me the opportunity to bid farewell to Mater Dei College as my tenure as Acting Principal comes to an end. I am most grateful for the welcome extended to me by our school community in October last year. Whilst I was expecting to be here for only 8 weeks, extending my stay to nearly 9 months has meant that I have come to know our school quite well and I leave with many fond memories. I believe that the longer wait to appoint a new Principal has been well worth it, so that we can gain the services of Mrs Annette Morey who commences as our new Principal next term. I am convinced that Mrs Morey is the right person to take Mater Dei into the next exciting stage of its journey and under Mrs Morey’s leadership, I believe that the future looks bright for our College. I wish Annette and everyone at Mater Dei, all the very best for the future. As I return to my role at the Catholic Education Office, I will still have some connection to the College, so I look forward to watching a promising future for Mater Dei unfold. 

I wish all families a safe and rejuvenating vacation period, we look forward to everyone returning in good health and spirits for the many challenges of Semester 2.

Good luck and God Bless

John Aldous

Acting Principal