Dei to Dei

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff of Mater Dei College,

Wellbeing Week was an enjoyable experience for both students and staff.  The spirit of good will was alive during the participation of the many community building activities.  In particular, the Cuddly Animal Farm was a popular choice as was the mural painting and music courteous of Harrison Watson in Year 10. The whole school lap-a-thon was a fun and healthy way to start the day. Thank you to Ms Marisa Morris and her team of staff on the Wellbeing Week Committee.

Ms Peta Brown, the Home Economics Team and the Year 12 Hospitality students put on an outstanding Community Dinner. The Japanese theme, the food, décor and artwork was fantastic.  An absolute credit to the College.

To celebrate the end of the Catholic Arts Festival, the Mater Dei College Showcase officially opened on Wednesday evening.  The Showcase is an opportunity to celebrate the talents of our students in the area of Arts and Technology. Congratulations to the Art and the Technology Learning Areas on a very successful Showcase Opening Night.  The displays of student work, entertainment from our talented musicians, singers and dancers and the catering was all very impressive.  The atmosphere was very positive. My particular thanks to Mr Brian Morison for his coordination of Showcase.  It was lovely to see past Principal Mr Clement Mulcahy (1999 – 2009) attend to support our community. 

The College Open Afternoon is scheduled for next week, Monday 11 September 3:30-5pm.  Many Learning Areas have organised displays of student work and activities for members of the public to view, in addition to the Showcase in the Bernie Boss Hall.  I encourage current families to attend this event to view the many activities and student projects at the College.

I am pleased to announce an exciting new initiative for 2018: The Inaugural Space Camp USA Tour which is scheduled to take place in September 2018. The tour will be open to students in Years 10 and Year 11 as there are some age restrictions due to the nature of the activities and the timing of the trip in the school year. The focus will be students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths). The students will have an opportunity to attend The Advanced Space Academy in Huntsville Alabama in addition to other STEM activities in the USA. An Information Night has been scheduled with Edutours for the evening of Wednesday 18 October for interested families.  Students are asked to see Dr Wayne Keady for an initial Expression of Interest Form for more information.

In a previous newsletter, I mentioned the departure of Mrs Teresa Cosgrove, Deputy Principal at the end of the academic year and the subsequent appointment of a Vice Principal for our College.  The appointment process has been completed and I was overwhelmed by the number and caliber of applicants for the position. It is with great pleasure I announce the successful applicant for the Vice Principal position at Mater Dei College is Mr Paul Watson. Mr Watson is currently the Deputy Principal at Prendiville Catholic College in Ocean Reef, a position he has held since 2010.  Prior to Prendiville, Paul was Deputy Principal at Kearnan College in Manjimup for a period of five years and Exmouth District High School for 1 year. Mr Watson has a strong history of innovative practice and 21 Century Learning focus in addition to exceptional interpersonal, timetabling and leadership skills.  His passion for education and for life-long learning in addition to his vast experience in educational leadership holds him in good stead to take on the new role of Vice Principal at Mater Dei College. The College will welcome Mr Watson at the commencement of 2018.

God Bless

Annette Morey

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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)