2017 Year 10 Semester 1 Exam schedule and Uni/TAFE/Careers experiences

Please click here to view the schedule for Year 10 Semester 1 exams.

Study Skills Handbook

Throughout the year, you will have been receiving feedback from your teachers about your assessments. But are you making the most of this feedback? Many students are too focused on what mark they received and neglect to make the most of the feedback they are given.

It’s not just about what you did wrong either! The feedback is a chance to celebrate what you did right, what you understood and the skills and learning you demonstrated. 

However, it is also a chance to address areas you found difficult or did not perform as well in.

Below are some questions you can ask yourself when an assessment is returned to make the most of the feedback you are given.

When a test or exam is returned: 

  • What specific feedback did your teacher give you and how should you use that feedback?
  • Will you be tested on these topics again or are they important for overall understanding in this subject?
  • Which areas do you need to ask for help on as you still don’t understand?
  • Which questions from your test paper should you re-do? Re-do them!
  • Should you re-write any questions or essays and re-submit?
  • Was there any revision work you did not complete before the test?
  • What topic areas do you need to review and revise, what should you do to address these?
  • Are there topics you still need to finalise study notes on?
  • Are there sections of your study notes that you need to re-do?
  • Did you plan ahead to give yourself enough time to revise?
  • What changes do you need to make in the way you study for that subject next time?
  • Are there students who did really well that you can talk with to find what they did differently

 For other types of assessments:

  • What parts of the assessment did you do really well?
  • What did you enjoy about the assessment?
  • What can you learn from the feedback you were given?
  • Is there any part of the feedback you don’t understand that you need to discuss with your teacher?
  • Can you ask a student who did really well if you can look at their assessment so you can see what is needed to get top marks?
  • What could you have done differently?
  • Do you understand what you need to do to improve or do you need to ask your teacher for more guidance?

You can learn more about how to make the most of feedback at www.studyskillshandbook.com.au by logging in with the details below and working through some of the units, particularly the units on ASSIGNMENT SKILLS and AFTER TESTS AND EXAMS. 

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Strategies for handling exam stress

Dealing with a degree of anxiety whilst preparing for and doing examinations is a normal behavioural pattern for students. In fact a certain amount of anxiety is indicative of a heightened state of motivation and is likely to improve performance (getting psyched up for the test after the year's preparation). The psyched up feeling or being in a state of readiness is perhaps like butterflies in the stomach but is one of being in control, and purposeful, and in this state you will do your best possible.

For some students the feelings of anxiety can become so exaggerated that coping with them becomes their intellectual focus and less attention is paid to preparation and taking examinations. As a human being can tolerate an enormous amount of stress this does not necessarily mean failure in exams, but the experience can make life hell and performance will not reflect your abilities.

The feelings and thoughts associated with an overstress/overanxious state are many and no two people will have quite the same experiences. Examples of what people do experience are:

  • poor concentration
  • sleep disturbance
  • strange lonely feelings
  • feelings and thoughts of running away
  • nausea
  • headaches
  • dread and loss of self-esteem
  • depression

You can of course have all these symptoms and others and still pass your examination. You may, however, want to reduce or be in control of anxiety and if so there are many strategies open to you.

Strategies to Consider

Peer Group Support

Your school peer group can be a helpful emotional and listening source and can also be used for group-study arrangements. Be mindful that fellow students have exams also and may not have the time to listen and encourage you as much as you would like.

Reassuring tutor/academic

Seek out a friendly teacher or studies adviser and bend his/her ear - remember they do want you to pass your exams and can offer advice and help with academic problems and exam techniques.

Actively seek support

Although help can be got at the last minute, plan ahead if you are anticipating anxiety problems; see the Wellbeing Service and Careers Coordinator. It could be helpful to talk over your feelings, gain understanding of your responses and plan to deal with them. As well as having specific skills, they have done examinations in the past.

Read about exam preparation

Look at the many short books, which are available in the library and online about preparation for examinations.

Take time out

Keep your social life going, spend time with friends and enjoy some down time.


Good sleep practices are essential for developing strong, healthy minds. Young people need on average 8 hours sleep each night and the bedroom should be their sanctuary. Try to get into a good sleep routine and in doing so concentration levels and energy will increase and memory will be improved. All key components of success during exam time. See http://au.reachout.com/Getting-into-a-sleeping-routine for more information.


Eating regular healthy meals is important for boosting physical and mental health during exam times.

Try eating foods high in Omega 3 as this is great brain food. Avoid processed, high sugar, high fat and high caffeine food and drinks, which can have a negative effect on sleep and mood.


Regular exercise has a huge impact on a young person’s mental attitude and well-being. There is a huge link between physical health and mental health and physical exercise is well known to combat the negative effects of stress. Encouraging young people to do as little as 10 minutes exercise a day will re-energise the brain and body and increase concentration levels.

Maintain Routine

Unless this has been successful for you in the past, don't dramatically change your eating, socialising or sleeping habits. Strive to keep a balance between study and other pastimes.


Audio-tapes to aid relaxation (both pre-recorded and specially made to suit your requirements)

No list of strategies could be exhaustive. It is important to consider your individual needs. It could also be worthwhile asking yourself if you have some personal problem and the anxiety attached to it is being brought into focus by your examinations.

For further information, please take a look at http://au.reachout.com/Beating-exam-stress which contains support and information on exam preparation, stress management strategies and meditation exercises.

Good luck!!


Junior Girls Soccer

Tuesday 6 June. 

Woodvale B defeated MDC: 2-1.

Our first away game saw us travelling to Woodvale to play their C team which actually turned out to be the B team and a very talented team of Year 7 soccer players.  Mater Dei were outclassed in the first half by a very slick team to go into half time 1-0 down; despite the tireless efforts of keeper Andrea Moyo and sweeper Emily Bennett.

The girls rallied after half time and the ball spent more time in our attack but Woodvale managed to get another one in the net, leading 2-0. 

Eventually Taneesha Baker scored and our hopes lifted as there was still time to equalise; alas it was not to be and Woodvale took the match 2-1.

Congratulations to all girls for their sportsmanship and teamwork.  A big thank you to the parents that came along to support us and a big thank you to Mr Gavin Bicknell who was our linesman.

Wednesday 7 June. 

Joseph Banks defeated MDC: 2-1.

Another game and another 2-0 loss! Mater Dei were at home to Joseph Banks, another Soccer Academy School. 

The score belies the effort of our girls who fought hard to overcome the Joseph Banks side. Our one and only goal was scored by Kuchkoon Akech, who had many more opportunities along with Sara Combes who was persistent in the attack. Andrea Moyo was once again a strong set of hands as keeper and was ably assisted by our powerhouse back, Emily Bennett.

I was assisted on the day by Year 10 students, Zoe Jones and Tiana Parin who provided loads of enthusiasm and encouragement to the junior girls.  A big thank you to Mr Stephen Mackin who not only took on the role of linesman but provided refreshments and encouragement to the girls at half time. Thankyou also to Mr Antonio Leitao who along with Mr Mackin, assisted myself and their daughters in putting the nets away at the conclusion of the match.  Jamie West, Year 11, once again refereed our game in a most professional manner; thank you, Jamie!

We have one more game in the round robin competition, which we will need to win to secure a spot in the finals. 

Janine Boyle

Junior Girls Soccer Coach



Weekly Inspiration


Chalkboard Artist Mrs Cooke.



UWA Student events

Feeding the Future (open to all year groups)
Sunday, 18 June 2017
10AM – 4PM

In the world today, 870 million people don’t have enough to eat. Hunger kills more people worldwide each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Join us at Feeding the Future to discover how future needs will influence future careers, with talks, interactive displays and live demonstrations. The event will highlight the breadth of career possibilities and showcase some of UWA’s pioneering work in the field.
Registrations are open for this event here: www.uwa.edu.au/feedthefuture 

YR12 Individual Advisory Sessions
11 – 13 July, 2017
10AM – 7.30PM

The Future Students team at UWA are hosting YR12 students and their parents on our campus in the July school holidays with Individual Advisory Sessions. Families will have the opportunity to have a one-on-one consultation with the Future Students team in order to gain more knowledge on:
• UWA courses
• Admission requirements
• Direct Pathways into postgraduate courses
• Important dates for YR12 students
• The TISC application and offer process
• The UWA student experience
Registrations are now open and bookings are essential. Please head here to register:https://study.uwa.edu.au/events/year-12-individual-advisory-sessions 

Experience the Notre Dame difference

For Year 10s, 11s and 12s

Register now

Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia, Drill Hall (ND25),
corner of Croke and Mouat Street, Fremantle ( map ).
Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm

Come to Notre Dame in Fremantle and get a taste of what uni life is like in Freo’s West End.
You can take part in lectures and activities (without the assessments!), join a campus tour, and meet current students and academics.

Register below for your areas of interest. You can choose from a range of study areas including Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Nursing, Philosophy and Physiotherapy. Once registered you will receive a personalised timetable for the day.

Year 12s, you can come to the application workshop at 2.30pm-3pm . Advisors will take you step-by-step through the application form and answer all your questions about applying. Bring along your application to have it reviewed or hand it in, if you are ready.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Questions? please contact us at future@nd.edu.au or 9433 0612. 

Activities on the Day include:

  • Education - How are you intelligent? Exploring multiple intelligence theory
  • Physiotherapy session
  • Nursing - Could you do it?
  • Journalism - Write is might: Journalism at Notre Dame
  • Business - What's in a name? Why Marketers help create logos
  • Politics & International Relations - Ahlan Wa Sahlan - Welcome to the Middle East
  • Law - Trial by media: how much do you really know about the world's most notorious criminals
  • Film and Screen Production – Short Films, Big Ideas: Screen time at Notre Dame
  • Nursing - So you think you've got what it takes to be a Nurse?
  • Philosophy- What is true happiness?
  • Law - 'What Coins?' Bitcoins: The Virtual Legal Reality
  • Behavioural Science - Mind Games
  • Biomedical Science- Unlocking the secrets of the human brain
  • Business - e-Business in the Not-for- Profit Sector
  • Exercise & Sport Science - Athlete Selection for Sport
  • Medicine - Problem Based Learning
  • Study Abroad Information Session
  • Preventive Health - What's in a drink?
  • Arts & Sciences (History) - Historical Sleuths: The "Detective" Work of Studying the Past
  • Business - Let's work in a famous recording studio

Register now

Year 10 Girls focus on Mining Camp (FREE)

Come on an adventure and discover the world of mining in the historical town of Kalgoorlie!

There are all sorts of exciting jobs for girls in the mining industry. 

Girls’ Focus on Mining Camp is an opportunity to visit different mine sites and participate in a range of university and career workshops.

  • Travel to Kalgoorlie on the Prospector with a bunch of like-minded girls and get a real life insight into what working in the mining industry is like.
  • Visit the Curtin WA School of Mines (WASM) which is ranked #2 in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering and find out what university life on campus is like.
  • Stay at the Kalgoorlie camp school, explore the historic town, meet WASM students and women working in the industry.

WHEN:  Monday, 25 September to Friday, 29 September (school holidays)

WHO: Open to girls in Year 10 in WA schools

COST:  Nothing!  The camp is sponsored by mining companies and the WA School of Mines.  All travel, meals and accommodation is provided.

‘Focus on your future: Focus on Mining’


  • This camp is open to individual students and not school bookings.
  • Participants of the program must commit to, attend and complete all aspects of the program.
    • Full camp attendance - 5 days of exploring Mining Engineering and Sciences in WA 
    • On-camp video report 
    • Post-camp review evening 
  • Program places are limited. 
  • No personal details will be shared with any other organisation. 
  • Places are limited and close Friday, 7 July, 2017
  • Interviews will be carried out late July
  • Selection decisions are final

Applications close Friday, 7 July, 2017


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact:

Tanya Croft, Science Outreach Officer

Email: tanya.croft@curtin.edu.au

Phone: 08 9266 5274



AusAppPathways is a new app that helps students at the beginning of their career research to explore the many apprenticeship and traineeship pathway options.


AusAppPathways is available for both Apple and Android devices.

The app allows students to browse from general industry options to apprenticeship and traineeship occupation information, saving and sharing their ideas as they go.

Students can search for occupation and training descriptions that are suited to Australian School-based Apprenticeships and filter results by State and Territory.

The AusAppPathways app also provides information and helpful links on job hunting and career research as well as contact information for local Apprenticeship Network providers and a link to Group Training Organisation listings. 

AusAppPathways’ content is dynamically drawn from the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website (aapathways.com.au). The resource is managed by the Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service, an initiative funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

You can watch a short video presentation on the AusAppPathways app on YouTube by clicking here


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: enrolments@mdc.wa.edu.au



Term 2: 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 please email sales@matrixuniforms.com.au

From Term 2, 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 winter weather is here and so is the winter menu at the Treetop Café. The menu is available on the school’s website and the daily menu will be distributed each day via email. There are always new items to look out for and hot, homemade soup daily.

With these cold mornings, lots of people have discovered the breakfast menu. You can enjoy omelettes, egg and bacon muffins, 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, you can’t beat that for value!! 

We have a huge range of different cool drinks including: NEW Natural MILKS NO ADDED SUGAR, from Brownes dairy (flavours are Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate and Banana), new slushie flavours including apple and blackcurrant and watermelon, iced teas, a selection of life juice from EMMA & TOMS and more. 

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