Exciting New School Bus!
13 March, 2019
Students and staff at Mater Dei are excited for the first ride in our new school bus. The bus was delivered by the wonderful team at Clinton’s Toyota who have worked with staff to ensure the bus met all the requirements unique to Mater Dei students.
The 22 seater bus has been modified to seat 16 including 2 wheelchair spaces, which has not previously been available in one bus. One class currently has 2 students in wheelchairs, so previously the class would need to split up between two smaller buses. The brand new bus allows more classes to travel together as one group and ensures our high levels of student supervision and safety are maintained when travelling off site.
Thanks to the generous support of the NSW State Member for Camden Mr Chris Patterson and former State Member for Wollondilly Mr Jai Rowell combined to donate via the NSW State Government Grants $80,000 towards this project. At our 2018 Foundation Dinner, supporters pledged a ‘seat on the bus’ raising over $100,000 which was a fantastic result and allowed us to purchase our new bus.
The arrival of the bus is perfect timing to say thank you to the two outgoing State Members who have both been strong advocates for Mater Dei throughout their time in office. They were both recognised as well as our other wonderful supporters that contributed to this project at our Principal’s Assembly last Friday afternoon (8 March).
Play Groups for 0-3 year olds
6 March, 2019
The experienced Educators of our Mater Dei Early Intervention Program are now facilitating weekly Play Groups for children from birth to 3 years of age who are presenting with developmental delay and/or disability.
Please contact the MDEIP Rooms on 4654 8727 if you would like further information as places are limited.
Event Sponsorship Packages
29 November, 2018
McDonalds Charity Fun Night 2018
28 September, 2018
Join us for a Charity Fun Night on Wednesday, 24 October!
WHEN: Wednesday, 24 October
WHERE: McDonald’s Macarthur
Food Courts at Narellan Town Centre, Macarthur Square and Campbelltown Mall
Camden, Narellan, Campbelltown, Gregory Hills, Emerald Hills, Mt Annan, Woodbine, Glenquarie, Minto, Eagle Vale and Rosemeadow.
*In-store, Drive Thru and McCafe
*10% of sales will be donated to Mater Dei.
Our Open Day
26 September, 2018
Our Open Day is a wonderful opportunity to see the broad range of opportunities we provide for our students.
To download a printable version of this flyer, please click here.
Ex Student Reunion 2018
25 September, 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. To download the invitation and information flyer, please click here.
Reunion Bus Timetable for Sunday 21 October:
Canteen Dates for Terms 2-4
13 June, 2018
TERM 2: Friday 03/05, 17/05, 07/06, 14/06, 28/06
TERM 3: Friday 26/07, 02/08, 09/08, 20/09, 27/09
TERM 2: Friday 25/10, 15/11, 29/11 (Special Canteen Christmas Lunch)
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
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.