Mater Dei College Notices

Head Lice Information

Please be advised that there has been reports of head lice at the college, as a preventative measure could parents/guardians please check your child/ren hair for head lice.

Please note: Mater Dei College follows the guidelines for treatment and management of head lice as per Department of Education Best Practice Guidelines.

What are Head Lice? Head lice are tiny insect parasites that live on the human head, feeding on the scalp several times a day. Head lice reproduce by laying their eggs (nits) on the hair shaft close to the scalp. They are not dangerous, don't carry diseases and are not a sign of poor hygiene.

How are head lice spread? Head lice are spread by head-to-head contact with another person who has head lice, e.g. when doing group work at school, playing, or hugging. Head lice can run from one head to another in seconds. Head lice cannot fly, jump or swim, but they can sometimes 'trapeze' from one hair to another. Brushes and combs are unlikely to transfer head lice and do not transfer viable eggs, as these are very hard to detach from the hair shaft. Head lice are not spread through bed linen, clothing or head gear, as they do not leave the scalp unless they are dead or dying. Eggs (nits) do not fall off until weeks after they have hatched as the egg shells are glued tightly to the hair shaft.

How do I look for head lice?

  • Dry head checks are unreliable, due to the speed at which head lice move.
  • Saturate dry hair with white hair conditioner, then comb in sections with a metal fine-tooth 'nit' comb. Wipe the comb on a white paper towel and examine them with a strong light or magnifying glass to look for head lice and eggs.

What do I do if I find head lice?

  • Check all household members (use white hair conditioner).
  • Choose one of the treatments from the Department of
  • Early treatment can prevent spread to further close contacts.
  • For further information go to


Foundation Day

On Friday 24, March, the students and staff at Mater Dei joined together to celebrate Mater Dei Foundation Day which coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation.

The aim of the day was participation and fun whilst also fundraising for Caritas.  Our celebrations started with a whole school Mass said by our Chaplain Father John. Students ate well from the Homeroom stalls at recess, then competed in House activities and games on the ovals. More eating was had at the Homeroom stalls at lunch, then the students settled in for a fun afternoon of entertainment with a choice of activities including: Mater Dei’s Got Talent, watched by an enthusiastic audience in the Bernie Boss Hall, a football match on the oval featuring our senior boys and the movie Ice Age 5 ‘Collision Course’ in the comfortable surrounds of the Catherine building.

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Two separate House competitions operated on the day (Junior House Activities – Years 7 to 9; and Senior House Activities – Years 10 to 12) culminating in the following results:

Years 7 to 9 Foundation Day points score

1st Romero 14 points

=2nd Benedict and Mercy 13 points

4th Salvado 12 points

5th McCormack 10 points

6th Siena 9 points


Years 10 to 12 Foundation Day points score

= 1st McCormack and Siena 14 points

3rd Mercy 12 points

4th Benedict 11 points

5th Salvado 9 points

6th Romero 4 points

This means on aggregate that Mercy House were the overall winners. Congratulations! 

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A big thank you and grateful appreciation is extended to all the staff and students who organised and ran the Homeroom stalls at various times of the day. A special thank you to Mr Schneider, Mr Stuart and Dr Keady who organised the various ‘entertainment activities’ in the afternoon.

Appreciation is extended to the hard-working House Advisors and Year Coordinators who took charge of the House-based games after the recess break and set the tone for a very enjoyable day.

Thanks to the generosity of the staff and students we will have a sizeable donation to give to Caritas which will help make a difference to the lives of people less fortunate than us. Happy Foundation Day!

Mr Gary Byrne


Hale STEM Challenge 

On March 23, 2017, Mrs Quelch took a selected group of Year 9 students to Hale School to compete in the Hale STEM Challenge. We were warmly welcomed and were allocated specific table numbers where we met students from several different schools, and formed our teams for the evening. 

We were introduced to the challenge with a video that explained NASA’s future plans for Mars exploration projects. This was the theme of the challenge we were about to face. 

We were required to create a space shuttle, using the provided materials at our tables, and throw it over a rope that was positioned about 8 metres off the ground. However, we had to convey a raw egg safely over it inside our designs without it breaking. We were allowed to practise with a hard-boiled egg but when the competition came, we had to replace it with an uncooked one. Points were allocated based on each team’s performance and design plan then prizes were handed out.

It was an extremely enjoyable night, even for those whose little egg astronauts sadly never survived the journey. We learnt about important team-building and communication skills and co-operated together throughout the challenge. It was a great opportunity to meet interesting new people and an opportunity to look forward to the things we plan to achieve within the next 30 years in space, beyond our world.

Caitlin Barnard 


Senior Boys Cricket

The Mater Dei Senior Boys Cricket Team played against Duncraig Senior High School in the quarter finals last Wednesday afternoon. The Team were sent into field and got off to a promising start with the ball in hand, eventually restricting Duncraig to 6/94 from their 20 overs. Standout bowlers were Elliot Morris 2/20 from his 4 overs and Riley Holly 1/9 from his 4 overs. The Team put in a strong effort with the bat eventually chasing down the total in 17.2 overs. The standout performer with the bat was Tristan Hobley with his contribution of 60 runs.

The Team has progressed to the Semi Final with the potential to play off in the Grand Final on the same day.

Riley Holly

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Home Economics and Design and Technologies Week

This term Home Economics and Design and Technologies celebrated our subjects with a week of interactive activities. We celebrated with; exotic fruit tastings, design a dress out of toilet paper, Co2 car races, Aboriginal & western fusion foods, a wood burning workshop, guess the unusual kitchen utensil, raw chocolate tastings, hovercraft races and topped the week off with hot chocolate in our new Hospitality Café.

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Students and staff had a great time all week trying new things and getting involved in the practical areas of the school.

Ms Peta Brown and Mr Rob Norgrove

Below are the subjects that students can choose within Home Economics and Design &Technology.


Home Economics Subject Choices

Design and Technology Subject Choices

Year 7 to 10 Foods

Year 7 Engineering

Year 8 to 10 Childcare

Year 8 Engineering & Materials

Year 7 to 9 Textiles

Year 9 Engineering & Materials

Year 10 Coffee Culture

Year 10 Engineering & Materials

Year 11 and 12 General Children Family & the Community

Year 10 Graphics

Year 11 and 12 ATAR Children Family & the Community

Year 11 Furniture Certificate II

Year 11 Certificate II Graphics

Year 11 MDT General

Year 11 Engineering General

Year 11 and 12 Hospitality Certificate II

Year 12 Furniture Certificate II

Year 12 Certificate II Graphics

Year 12 MDT General

Year 12 Engineering General

Year 11 and 12 General Food Science and Technology in 2018



Merit Certificates

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Romero House - Kiara Czerwionka (Yr 9) has been awarded her SILVER level card. Congratulations

Careers Corner

ECU Pizza Night for Year 11 and 12 students

Monday 1st May from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Joondalup Campus

Edith Cowan University is hosting a Pizza Night for Year 11 and 12 students interested in furthering their education at the tertiary level. Grab your parents and join ECU at their Information and Pizza Night.

University of Western Australia Interactive Tour

Start your pursuit with a tour of the UWA campus. You can view any of the colleges, culture, sports and other photo galleries from the Perth Campus and explore with an interactive fly over.

University of Notre Dame Information Evening

Tuesday 17th May from 5:30pm- 6:30pm at The University of Notre Dame Fremantle Campus

UND invite prospective students and their families to join them on campus for Notre Dame’s Course Information Evening. Find out what makes Notre Dame unique, discover the courses available at the Fremantle Campus, chat with academic staff, and find out how to apply.

Australian Electoral Commission: Enrol to Vote

Students who are already 18 or turning 18 this year should consider adding their details to the electoral roll to ensure they are able to vote at the next Federal election.

Skills in Demand for the Future

Hays Quarterly Report


Student Success

Emily Bennett

Emily Bennett(Year 9) recently had success at the Little Athletics State Championship event:

  • Gold Medallist for Under 14 Girls Shotput
  • Silver Medallist for Under 14 Girls Discus

Emily also won medals at the WA Athletics Championships in February this year.

  • Silver Medallist for Under 16 Shotput
  • Silver Medallist for Under 16 Hammer Throw
  • 4th in Open Women's Hammer Throw 

Emily has been invited to train for the international State team to represent WA in Malaysia in July! She will train with the squad and all going well, she will be selected and will compete in Malaysia.

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Skyla Wolken

Congratulations go Skyla Wolken from Siena E who travelled to Sydney earlier this year as part of the U15s Rugby 7s State Team. The Western Australian team outcompeted their rivals and won the whole tournament. Well done, Skyla and the team, on a fantastic effort!

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We are now taking enrolments for siblings starting Year 7 in 2019 and all other years.

For further enquiries please phone our Enrolments Officer, Ang Lourens on 9405 4777 or email:



Term 1, Weeks 6 - 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