Our School Mission

As a Catholic and Good Samaritan Education School in the Benedictine tradition, Mater Dei respects the dignity of individuals and their unique contribution to our school community.  We are committed to providing a holistic education for students that builds capacity to become fully participating members of their community and dignifies their giftedness.  We strive to work with Parents/Carers to empower students to live enriched, independent lives.

Good Samaritan Education is enriched and inspired by the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the Rule of St Benedict and the Sisters of the Good Samaritan

Rule of St Benedict

Dating from the sixth century, this ancient Rule continues to speak to the spiritual yearning of countless women and men, across the globe. The text of the Rule is remarkably brief, but it is refreshingly realistic in its understanding of who people are and who they can become. Although written for a group of monks, there are lessons for all contemporary people: lessons about mercy and humility; about hospitality, care and welcome; about living a balanced and sustainable lifestyle. It is intended for those who seek peace. It speaks about acceptance, compassion, and commitment to prayer and work. The Rule presents a gospel way of life, a life based on the teaching of Jesus Christ, the Good News, which Benedict called “the truest of guides for human life” - An excerpt from goodsams.org.au 

Our primary and secondary classes take their namesake from our Benedictine and Good Samaritan Heritage.

Class Name Significance Benedictine Value
Benedict Named after Saint Benedict. Our Good Samaritan Sisters are of the Order of Saint Benedict. Discipline
Gregory Named after Sister Mary Gregory, Mater Dei’s first School Principal. Hospitality
Polding Named after John Bede Polding, the first Bishop of Sydney who founded the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in Sydney. Stewardship
McCabe Named after Bishop McCabe, the Bishop who approached the Sisters of the Good Samaritan to change Mater Dei to a special needs school as opposed to an orphanage. Love of Christ and Neighbour
Gibbons Named after Mother Scholastica Gibbons, Mother Foundress of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Prayer
MacKillop Named after Saint Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first Saint. Justice and Peace
Samaritan Named after the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Community