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Faith Formation

With our strong faith-based ethos and pastoral focus at Mater Dei College, we assist students in growing their Christian faith by helping them develop a sense of compassionate service for others and focusing on our College values of respect, compassion, integrity and resilience.

Following Mary’s example of faith with courage, we provide students with opportunities to learn and interact in a faith-based community, living out their faith and our College Pillars through their actions.

With Mary as our model in the discipleship of Jesus, we welcome all families, no matter their personal or faith background.

Encounter Days

As a Catholic College, we are called to constantly refer to the Gospel and ensure students have opportunities to encounter Christ. Thematic Encounter Days for students in Years 7 to 11 offer time to step away from the usual school routine and spend time with friends to develop a relationship with God. These days vary but have a contemporary focus and include a combination of liturgies, scripture, music, creative activities, reflection, meditation, silence, prayer, service and conversations with friends, staff and community leaders.

Students in Year 12 engage in a three-day residential retreat, allowing them to reflect on their past, present and future. The Year 12 Retreat is always a highlight of the school year for our graduating class as it further develops their relationships and spirituality and celebrates their Catholic identity and faith.

Christian Service Learning Program

Christian Service Learning in Catholic schools enables students to grow as people of service and justice from a Catholic faith perspective. Catholic schools challenge students to grow in their understanding that faith is not just a personal response to God’s love but a communal response to love one another as Jesus taught to make the world a better place for all.

Our Christian Service Learning Program encourages our students to see, reflect, inquire, judge and act as they become integrated Christian students who profess and live Christ’s values of love and service to all.

Our program comprises three categories: action, spirituality and curriculum, which allow students to explore the meaning, practicalities and responses of service ministry that all students undertake.

Archdiocesan Links

As a Catholic College which operates within the Archdiocese of Perth, both staff and students are involved in local and global projects and initiatives throughout the school year. These projects and initiatives encourage our College community to express their faith through action and the service of humanity.


Our College Chaplain works to support and care for our entire school community – staff, students and families. Our Chaplain leads the community in the sacramental and spiritual life of the College. Through his ministry, he carries the light and message of Christ to all.


The Chaplain Service is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workforce Relations under the National School Chaplaincy Program and the In School State Funded Chaplaincy Program.