Year 9 Blazer Fitting

We will be conducting blazer fittings for Year 9 students over the next few weeks. Therefore, please ask your son/daughter to attend the Uniform Shop on:


11 September   Mercy

18 September   Romero


14 September   Siena

We do not require a deposit/payment, but strongly encourage full payment at the time of ordering or before the blazers are received.  This will simplify the distribution process once the blazers come in.  If a blazer is fully paid for we will send you an SMS to let you know it is ready for collection.  If it is not paid for we will SMS you that it is ready for collection and payment. We accept payment by EFTPOS, credit card and cash.


Original Solo Performance Night – September 14

Held at the Irish Theatre Players home at the Irish Club of WA, this is a chance for our year 12 students to showcase their talent, and the culmination of two years commitment to ATAR and GENERAL drama at Mater Dei College, in front of family and friends. This a VIP invite only event. Some lucky members of staff and students have been invited to support and appreciate the creative and performing skills of this very talented class.  Chookas to you! 

Mrs Grayden

Year 8 Encounter Day – Forum Theatre  “Bystander” project

The very talented and hard-working Year 10 drama class facilitated a session on Year 8 Encounter Day for the Year 8 girls. They used the forum theatre style to explore the issue of bullying. Year 8 students were invited to put forward authentic situations for the year 10 class to improvise in performance. The Year 8 audience members then had a chance acting as spectators to step into another character shoes, and change the outcome of the scene. Students were encouraged to observe, and reflect on, the very powerful role of the bystander in bullying situations. The Year 10 students were fabulous, concerned, committed and compassionate. They were a brilliant acting ensemble, who have helped to make a difference in their school community.

SSWA Champion Schools Touch Rugby Tournament for Years 10 - 12

Last Thursday, approximately 30 senior students travelled down to George Burnett Park, Karawara, to participate in a one-day secondary schools’ touch rugby tournament. 

Both of our girls’ teams played six pool games against strong opposition and finished the day with a quarter final clash against Darling Range. Unfortunately, they were defeated in this knockout match quite convincingly. Along the way to their appearance in the finals, the girls had strong wins over Mercy College, Willetton Senior High, Applecross College, Lumen Christi College, Seton Catholic College and Chisholm College. The squad was made up of Year 10 and Year 12 students who displayed great effort and skill throughout the day. Staff coaches hold high hopes in particular for our year 10 team in next year’s tournament. Stand out performers included Mykhaela Winchester, Georgia Charles, Tenille Reidy-Crofts, Monica Akech, Violana Winchester, Aiysha Wigley, Maddy Lloyd and Jenna Jordan.    


Our boys played five pool games, winning four matches (most of these in convincing fashion) but unfortunately, they lost their other game to Atwell High by a slender margin. Despite finishing second in their ‘pool’, they did not qualify for the finals on percentage. Stand out performers included Nathan French, Tristan Hobley, Judd Clinch, Nathan Murray and Tarik Arbuckle.   


A big thank you must go out to Mr Gray and Mrs Martin for their coaching and support leading up to and on the day of the tournament. Congratulations to all who participated and represented the College with such distinction. We look forward now to participating in the 2018 SSWA Champion Schools Touch Rugby Tournament at the same venue where our Year 10 girls have a chance to feature in the grand final winner take all match.  

Mr G Byrne

House Coordinator

Certificate III Sport & Recreation ACC Students Officials

Last week Certificate III Sport & Recreation students were involved in a variety of officiating roles at one of the Associated & Catholic Colleges (ACC) Athletics Carnivals. Participation in this event allowed students to demonstrate proficiency in units of competency within their qualification. This is the second year that Mater Dei College has been involved in a joint venture to assist ACC Staff while gaining a more ‘hands on’ experience.

Our students completed a variety of roles from results ratifiers, computer data entry, equipment set up and marshalling. They were also able to apply their knowledge and skills in first aid as they assisted an athlete who had fainted on the track. All students conducted themselves extremely well and were praised by ACC and St John Ambulance Staff for their work ethic throughout the day.

Ms Amy Jaggard

Health and Physical Education Teacher

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Year 12 General English

Recently the Year 12 English students had a visit a visit from Nicole Noble, Executive Assistant to the Chief Operations Officer at Woodside Energy. Amongst many other responsibilities, Nicole represents as Skillpool Manager, advising on career growth, hiring of new staff and coaching and mentoring. 

Nicole passed on tips for interview preparation including resumes. She stressed the importance of community involvement on a resume, especially for the school leaver who might have little or no work experience. Her highly relevant and interesting presentation full of good advice and various tips and tricks to help students stand out from the crowd. 

The Year 12s enjoyed it immensely and will be able to use this knowledge in their final task for the course and in the world beyond Mater Dei.

Ms Sarah Laing

English Teacher

Youth on Health Festival

“Youth On Health Festival was established in Mandurah, WA in 1988 to equip local young people in making positive lifestyle choices, and build self-confidence and leadership skills. Twenty years later, Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest has grown into one of Australia’s largest celebrations of youth creativity and is a leading forum for health promotion. YOH Fest has empowered thousands of young people across Western Australia and the Northern Territory to share their stories on the issues most relevant to them through drama, dance or visual art. YOH Fest is run by young people, for young people. This ensures that YOH Fest focuses on what matters to young people in the festival and their community.” 

Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest is open to all schools across Western Australia and Northern Territory. Each year, students perform in front of judges and live audiences in an effort to qualify for the State Final and be crowned as the YOH Fest winner, landing them bragging rights and a cash prize for their school.

This year, Cailtin Easton performed in one of the Perth Regional heats and received a judges certificate for “superb stage presence”. She received outstanding feedback from the judge during the rehearsal program in the afternoon, and her show was exceptionally well received at the public performance of the competition.

Caitlin Easton is an exceptional Performing Arts ambassador for our college. Given the judges feedback we are hopeful she will be one of the 6 solo performers chosen from a total of 40 performers state wide to make it through to the grand finale at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on the 27th of October.  

Mrs Maree Grayden 

MDC Wellbeing Week Human Chess Competition 2017

After a very exciting two weeks of heats the semi - finals came down to:

Game 1 - Michael Truter (10) v Ethan Bennet-Bremner (7) with Michael winning, and,

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Game 2 - John Paul Acres (10) v Matthew Alphonso (10) with Matthew winning. 

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The Final between Michael Truter and Matthew Alphonso was played with Human Chess Pieces during Wellbeing Week. This was a lot of fun for everyone. Unfortunately, the rain came towards the end of the game, which meant the game was postponed until Tuesday of Week 8. 

The continued game was very exciting and ended in a Stalemate, so we needed to play another game to decide the winner. Wednesday 6th September 2017, both Matthew and Michael played again. This time Michael was declared the Winner.

All the competitors throughout the competition showed great sportsmanship and were supportive of each other. All the players were a credit to Mater Dei College.

City to Surf

On Sunday 27, August a number of staff participated in the 2017 City to Surf under the banner “Run4Reconciliation”. Reconciliation WA organised the team attempting to get 3% of all runners in the City to Surf to “Run4Rec” as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is 3%. Reconciliation WA’s aim is to raise awareness of and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through activities such as this. Mater Dei College had 10 staff and students sign up so as a College we certainly reached Reconciliation WA’s goal. 

We entered runners and walkers in the 21km, 12km and 4km events and designed a promotional sign which was received extremely well. Congratulations to all those involved. 

Thank you to Mrs Bradley for her creative talent and students Hannah Howl and Jared Newman for finishing the sign off for us. 

Mr Toby Hurd 


ACC Athletics Training


OLNA Support 

This week students in Years 10, 11 and 12 completed the September round of the Writing OLNA. The next two assessments next week include:

  • Numeracy – Monday 11th September Period 1
  • Reading – Tuesday 12th September Period 1 (Note - Careerlink students are able to complete this assessment on Wednesday 13th September).

Assessments will be held in the Upper Benedict building. Students concerned have been previously notified via College email, and are reminded to arrive prepared with their laptop fully charged. 

Throughout Term 3, after-school OLNA support sessions have been offered by English and Mathematics teachers. Thank you to all staff who were involved in preparing our students to complete these assessments. 

For all OLNA queries please contact Mrs Tamara Boyer, Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning:


Study Skills Handbook

Learning Collaboratively

We are all different in the way we prefer to learn. Some students like to work in groups, and others prefer to work alone. Some students like to discuss things over Skype or messenger and some like to work together in person. There is a reason why we have the saying ‘two heads are better than one’, so let’s see how this applies to different types of students. 

If you think you always prefer to work alone:

-       It is great that you are very self-sufficient. Students who prefer to work alone are often confident in their own abilities. However sometimes these students make it more difficult for themselves by not asking for help when they need it. So if you are this type of student, don’t struggle on alone when you get into difficulties or don’t understand something. Being able to ask for help when you need it is an important skill for academic success. Just become more aware that you don’t always ask for help and instead try reaching out a little more when you need help.

-       The other area to consider is that when you talk about things with other people it can often help you to see things from a different perspective. By discussing ideas with another person, you also may find you clarify your own thoughts. By not being open to collaboration, you might not develop your ideas as well as you could or you might not see potential issues that a fresh pair of eyes and ears might discover. If you haven’t done much collaboration, give it a try and you might find yourself surprised at how valuable you find the experience. 

If you already love working with other people: 

-       Make sure that you always contribute equally and don’t expect other people to do all the work for you.

-       Collaboration doesn’t mean cheating. For example, it is ok to discuss an assignment and what you think it is about and how you might approach it, but it is not ok to write the assignment together and hand in similar pieces of work.

-       Collaboration also doesn’t mean wasting time. If you are working with other people make sure you are staying on task and not getting distracted.

-       Every now and then you have to do things on your own. If you always do your Maths homework with your friends, you might not really know what you can and can’t do on your own. The first time you find this out could be a test which could be a big issue. Always ask yourself if the work you are doing is going to be enhanced by collaboration or if it is more appropriate to try the work on your own.

-       It is important each night to have a certain amount of homework time on your own. If you want to collaborate when you are working at home, make specific times to do this. Don’t skype the entire night with your friends. Instead have set times for collaboration and set times for independent work. 

You and your parents can learn more about group work skills at by logging in with the details below and working through some of the units. 

Username: formaterdeionly

Password: 122results

Merit Certificates

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Siena House

Alexis Firth (Yr. 7) x3 merit certificates


Children’s Book Week 2017

The theme was ‘Escape to Everywhere’ but as it turned out the place to escape to was the Library!  We had a very busy week with many activities happening at Recess and Lunch.  Each day was themed with activities to suit. Monday was Jane Austen 200, celebrating 200 years since Jane Austen’s death with quizzes, word sleuths and a ‘Mystery date with a classic’. Tuesday ‘s theme was ‘MDC Can Write’ with a shared story keeping everyone in fits of giggles! Wednesday was ‘Nadia King’ day with a very successful visit form author Nadia King.  Thursday we celebrated Harry Potter 20, 20 years of Harry Potter, with Harry Potter games.  Thursday was also ‘Dress Up Day’, staff and students were invited to dress as their favourite book character for a gold coin donation to the St Vinnies Winter Appeal. 


Jane Austen Quiz

Student:  Selam Kumlachew.  Staff:  Mrs Martins

Guess Which Book

Student: Jean-Paul Acres  Staff:  Mrs Martins

Travel Poster

1st Amy Cunningham

2nd Skyla Wolken

3rd Jacquelyn Wallis


Best Dressed Student

1st Amy Cunningham as Newt Scamander

2nd Harrison Cole as Skulduggery Pleasant

3rd Richard Slattery as Professor Snape

Best duos:  Kately Pyke and Destiny Cooke as Thing 1 and Thing 2 and Maisie Williams and Jacquelyn Wallis as Alice and the White Rabbit.


Best Dressed Staff

Best Male:  Mr Gerrard

Best Female: Ms Copeland

Runner-Up:  Ms Hodgson

Honourable Mentions:  Ms Brown and Mrs Chapple

Best Genre:  Mrs Hill as Steampunk

Best Departments:  Learning Support and English 


Thank you everyone for your participation in an amazing, positive week to celebrate books and reading!


Hofmann Engineering Apprenticeships

Machining / Mechanical Fitting & Fabrication

Hofmann Engineering Pty Ltd is an Australian owned company and is amongst the largest and most progressive in Australia. Established in 1969 Hofmann Engineering is seeking applications from progressive people wishing to pursue a career in modern engineering. 

Applications Close 3rd November 2017

Application to include: 

  • Hand written covering letter stating academic levels, reasons for

choosing this trade and hobbies / sporting interests.

  • Also include Year 11 and 12 academic reports, work experience records and


Hofmann Engineering Pty Ltd 3 Alice Street
Bassendean 6054
Ph: 08 92795522 

Fax: 08 92799386

Early registration of interest and questions are welcome.

From NCVER Friday- Bright future for VET students

Also from NCVER last Thursday-apprenticeship figures

Interested in Architecture

The University of Western Australia’s School of Design is once again running a design studio during the January 2018 vacation for school students in Year 10, 11 or 12 in 2018.

The focus will be a small-scale design project and students don't need any prior knowledge or artistic skills to participate in the studio. They will get a feel for what it is like to study design at UWA and develop new skills under the guidance of university staff.

    Activities on offer during the studio include:

    •       An introduction to the latest computer modelling and rendering programs

    •       Talks by architects, landscape architects and visual artists

    •       Model making and drawing classes

    •       Meet with current design students at UWA

    •       A site visit

    •       An exhibition of all the students' work at the culmination of the studio 

The studio website is:


Year 7 2020 Enrolments – if you have not enrolled siblings for year 7, 2020 please contact the Enrolments Officer. Interviews for Year 7, 2020 will start in March 2018 

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


Term 3: Week 2 -10

Monday 8.00am -11.30am

Thursday 12.30pm - 4.00pm

(During school term only) 

In addition to visiting the Mater Dei College Uniform Shop and placing your uniform order in person, Matrix Uniforms (supplier of Mater Dei College Uniforms) now offers the convenience of online ordering. 

Matrix Uniforms Contact: 0435 751 963 

Please note this phone is only operated during school uniform shop hours. If we are unavailable, please leave a message and we will call you back. 

For urgent queries over the school holidays please email

Purchases can now be paid with Cash, Eftpos or Credit card. Student Card will no longer be accepted in the Uniform Shop. 

Treetop Café Blog

The Treetop Cafe menu is available on the school’s website and the daily menu will be distributed each day via email. New things are always on offer so come down and have a look or just get on line and browse the menu. 

You may have noticed LOLs are no longer available as they’re not being manufactured any more. A replacement product is now available as ‘CHILL J’ 100% natural squeezed fruit juices, Rippin’ Raspberry, Groovy Grape, Chillin’ Cola and Blastin’ Blackcurant, these are still only $2.00. 

NEW, Natural MILK, NO ADDED SUGAR, everyone enjoyed a FREE giveaway at the end of last term, we gave out an amazing 900 bottles, so hopefully you liked them and now they’re on sale at the café, a big thank you to Brownes dairy. The flavours are Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate and Banana. 

With these cold mornings, lots of people have discovered the breakfast menu, you can enjoy omelettes, egg and bacon muffins, freshly baked banana bread, French toast, thick CAFÉ raisin toast or a berry, yoghurt muesli cup. Real cocoa hot chocolate is also available and ONLY $2.00 a cup or try the COMBO toast and hot chocolate for $2.50 can’t beat that for value! 

The espresso machine is performing well, serving all your favourite coffees, from cappuccinos, flat whites, chai latte to long macs or even try a DIRTY CHAI, with a choice of hazelnut, caramel or vanilla syrups.  Coffee is only available to senior students (Years 10, 11 and 12), so come down and check it out. 

For lunch, there is a different hot food choice each day including: ciabattas, focaccias, paninis, a daily specialty salad, along with vegetarian and gluten free options and of course the old favourites.

Please come and talk to us and let us know what you would like us to supply, you never know if you don’t ask, and it may be a simple thing to do.


Chef Andrew