Established as an orphanage by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Order in 1910, today, Mater Dei School and Services is a community-based organisation that provides therapy services, education and post school programs for babies, children and adults with an intellectual disability or developmental delay. The approach that we take is reasonably simple and is based on the principle of encouraging inclusion and full participation by our students with all members of society.
We work to provide those under our care with the skills and abilities to access their local communities as valued and contributing members in a manner that builds acceptance and dignity for
people with disabilities.
The underpinning philosophy for all that we do at Mater Dei is “Inclusion for all". Much of our work is focused on providing opportunities and experiences that will help our students develop skills and confidence to be fully included as valuable and respected members of their community. We pride ourselves on providing an individualised and holistic education for all children and adults in our care and support to their families.
Mater Dei belongs to the community of ten schools across Australia called Good Samaritan Education (GSE). Established in 2011 by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, the mission of Good Samaritan Education is to sustain and nurture our Catholic schools as Good Samaritan Benedictine communities of learning.
As a community of faith, GSE is deeply rooted in the Benedictine spirituality gifted to us by the Sisters. The Rule of Benedict, written over 1500 years ago and lived by the Sisters for over 150 years, underpins GSE’s commitment to the ministry of Catholic education. This commitment is further inspired by the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37) and given witness through the engagement of the schools with the ministries and works of the sisters.
As a school and ministry of Good Samaritan Education, Mater Dei continues to be guided by the Good Samaritan Philosophy of Education and shaped by its commitment to the values of our spiritual tradition, including stewardship, mutuality, prayer, hospitality, humility, discernment, justice and peace.
Good Samaritan Philosophy:
Catholic education in the Good Samaritan Benedictine tradition is committed to developing students who will engage with today’s world as grounded, hope-filled young people who are equipped to lead wisely, to listen deeply and to treat their neighbour and their environment with justice, love and the compassion of Christ.
Since June, 2012, GSE has assumed all rights and responsibilities associated with the governance of these ten schools.