Our Country Fair
30 May, 2018
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.
17 October, 2017
We have a number of positions available. If you would like to be a part of our team, please go to our Current Vacancies page.
Transition to School Workshops
24 August, 2017
The Mater Dei Early Intervention Program invites its families to a Transition to School Workshop presented by Pamela Templeton, Directory of Services.
You have a choice as the workshops will be presented on the following days:
- Monday 18 September 2017
- Tuesday 19 September 2017
- Wednesday 20 September 2017
- Thursday 21 September 2017
- Friday 22 September 2017
- From 12:15pm to 2pm
How do families navigate to the most appropriate Kindergarten placement for their children?
RSVP Friday 15 September 2017 on 4654 8726 or by emailing our team as limited places are available.
Appointment of Director of Development
9 June, 2017
APPOINTMENT of DIRECTOR of DEVELOPMENT
I am pleased to advise that Catherine Jeffcoate has been appointed as the new Director of Development at Mater Dei.
With the departure of Sharon Pascoe-Thomas I have taken the opportunity to review the needs of the Development function and I have decided that a full time resource to lead the team will best serve our needs moving into the future. Consequently, Catherine will be engaged on a full time basis, five days per week, and will assume overall responsibility for the Development program. Simone Wilson will continue to be an integral member of the Development and Foundation team as will Alison McManus. Simone will continue to be directly responsible for the Mater Dei Foundation and specifically, regular giving programs. Simone will work closely with Catherine and report directly to Catherine.
Catherine is currently the Development Officer at St Gregory’s College Campbelltown. She has occupied that role for thirteen years since 2005. Catherine brings to this new role at Mater Dei extensive experience and a sophisticated skill set in event management, marketing and public relations. Catherine is widely known and respected in the Macarthur community including among the broader Mater Dei community.
I know that Catherine will continue to build on the outstanding work of the team that she now joins at Mater Dei. Her presence will significantly enrich our community.
Catherine will take up her appointment on Monday, 17th July. I know you will join with me in welcoming Catherine and Craig, Matt and Amy and Jess to our community.
Athletics Carnival Cancelled - G Day Going Ahead
8 June, 2017
Due to this week’s wet weather, our Athletics Carnival has been postponed until Friday 23 June.
Our G Day Liturgy and P&F Cake Stall Morning Tea will go ahead in the School Hall from 9.30am. Students and Staff will return to class at 11.30am for normal Friday lessons. Full Winter School Uniform and NOT sports clothes or sports uniform is to be worn by students.
A note with further details is being sent home with students today.
23 June, 2016
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will conduct a hearing from 11-22 July 2016. The Mater Dei School in the 1990s will be part of the focus of the hearing.
We are mindful of the pain felt by victims and their families and we join with the Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in expressing deep regret for the lives that have been damaged through tragic events such as the abuse of vulnerable children and adults.
Members of the school community, past and present, are welcome to contact the Principal.
You can read the statement from the Sisters of the Good Samaritan here.
You can read the letter from the school principal to the Mater Dei community here.