Yeronga Uniforms Closed for Stocktake
21 June, 2017
Yeronga School Uniforms' Camden Store will be closed for stocktake from Saturday 1 July 2017 and will reopen on Monday 10 July 2017. Please viit their website (http://www.yerongauniforms.com) during this closure to place orders.
Director of Continuous Learning
25 May, 2017
Following an exhaustive recruitment process conducted by TrakSearch, I am delighted to advise that Tennille Bertram has been appointed as Director of Continuous Learning at Mater Dei.
Tennille joins Mater Dei with considerable experience dealing with young adults with disabilities particularly in the field of acquired brain injury. Tennille has worked at the Royal Rehabilitation Centre in Sydney, the Liverpool Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Mid Western Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program, Royal Private Rehabilitation and Westmead Brain Injury Unit. Her passion is to improve the lives of people with a disability.
Tennille is a qualified Speech Pathologist having completed a BA in Applied Science (Speech) and a Masters of Health Science majoring in Research, both from Sydney University.
Tennille's most recent position was with the Sydney Catholic Education Office working with teachers to develop evidence based interventions for students with additional learning support needs.
Tennille brings a warm and engaging personality to Mater Dei and a capacity, commitment and imagination to bring to life this important initiative in the life of Mater Dei and young adults who have completed their compulsory schooling.
Tennille's appointment to this new role marks an exciting time in the evolution of programs offered by Mater Dei that currently include an Early Intervention Program and a K-12 School Program.
I envisage that the emerging opportunities in the Mater Dei post school program will differ from existing programs in that they will be;
- Focused on continuous learning including specific skill development.
- Evidence based.
- Informed by best practice models locally, nationally and internationally and
- Driven by the principles of self determination.
I am confident that Tennille is committed to animating these principles in the planning of Mater Dei's post school options. I am delighted that Tennille has joined the community of Mater Dei and I warmly welcome her and assure her of our confidence and support.
Tennille will take up her appointment commencing Monday 28th August.
Mater Dei School Newsletter
22 June, 2018
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13 June, 2018
CANTEEN DATES FOR TERM 2: 15th, 22nd and 29th June
Could all orders be placed in the student's Sticky Beaks bag or a paper bag (separate lunch and recess order bags please) with your child's order, name, class. No envelopes please. The orders need to be brought to school no later than 9am Thursday. Students in K Samaritan, K/1B, 1/2G and 2/3P MUST place and order for recess and lunch. Over the counter sales for all other classes at recess. ALL students must place an order for LUNCH!
Updated Forms - Changes to Afternoon Arrangements
7 June, 2018
Our Country Fair
30 May, 2018
Ex Student Reunion
30 May, 2018
This year's Ex Student Reunion will be held on Sunday 21 October 2018 commencing at 9.30am in the Mater Dei Chapel. As in past years, this will coincide with the annual Mater Dei Country Fair. An information letter letter will be loaded here as soon as all the details of the day are finalised.
Reunion Bus Timetable for Sunday 21 October:
Annual Foundation Dinner
29 May, 2018
Our 18th Fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday 8th September 2018 at The Cube Convention and Entertainment Centre, Campbelltown.
This is always a very popular event that sells out very quickly.
Announcement: Acting Assistant Principal
8 May, 2018
Appointment of Acting Assistant Principal
June – December 2018
I am pleased to advise that Eryn Lonergan has agreed to the Acting Role of Assistant Principal commencing Monday 11th June 2018 and concluding Wednesday 19th December 2018. I am grateful to Eryn for accepting this important Acting Role until the end of the 2018 school year. I know that Eryn will bring the same capacity and commitment to this role that she does to her current role as Leader of Curriculum and that she brought to this same Acting Role throughout term three 2017.
I am also grateful to Kylee Laugesen, Jacqueline Gorey and Karen Taylor for their support of Eryn’s appointment and to Kylee and Jacqueline for accommodating changes to their specific roles and responsibilities for the remainder of 2018 to ensure continuity of the great work in action in our school. I will advise of these specific changes in due course.
In the second half of 2018, it is my intention at this stage, to advertise the permanent role of Assistant Principal that will commence from the beginning of 2019.
Announcement: Assistant Principal Sam Giles
4 May, 2018
Dear Parents, Carers, Staff and friends of Mater Dei,
It is with considerably mixed feelings that I write to inform you that Sam Giles, Assistant Principal, will be leaving Mater Dei to take up a senior leadership position with Catholic Schools New South Wales (CSNSW) as the Manager, Disability Support. Sam's final day at Mater Dei will be Friday 8 June 2018.
This is a wonderful opportunity for Sam to express her considerable leadership capacity in a different and broader context. The leadership of Catholic Education, and specifically, those students requiring additional supports, need people like Sam in senior leadership positions; people with obvious capacity to think and work strategically, to problem solve effectively and to engage in relationships that are distinguished by mutual respect for the dignity and worth of each person. Sam brings all of these qualities to leadership as well as a quite unique ability to act with integrity and conviction. Sam will make a great contribution to this important work and the beneficiaries will be every student in a NSW Catholic school who has an additional support need of some kind or other.
Of course, it is also true that Sam will be greatly missed at Mater Dei. She has made a unique and extraordinary contribution to every aspect of the life of our school since she joined the staff in 2010 and particularly since her appointment as Assistant Principal in 2011. Sam has been without peer as Assistant Principal. The very best.
There will be opportunity for our extended community to appropriately acknowledge Sam's contribution and to farewell her from our staff. More detail will be forthcoming.
In due course, I will advise of the arrangements to replace Sam in her role as Assistant Principal.
I know you will join with me in thanking Sam for all that she has contributed and all that she has been to our school community and to wish her well in the next phase of her professional journey. Sam will leave Mater Dei with our gratitude, our prayers and our warmest best wishes.