About Us

Mater Dei is a Catholic systemic school within the Archdiocese of Sydney. The school draws most of its students from the immediate area of Blakehurst, Carss Park, Connells Point, Carlton and Sylvania. The school caters for boys and girls from Kindergarten to Year 6 and has an enrolment of approximately 390 students.

Students attending the school come from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The different ethnic backgrounds which our students represent bring vitality to our proudly multicultural community.

The school employs 32 staff comprising 27 full-time and part-time teachers and 5 non-teaching staff, including teacher’s aides and general administrative support.

Mater Dei Catholic Primary School was founded by Fr Michael Kennedy in 1960. Lay teachers staffed the school when it was first opened and until 1964, when the Sisters of St Joseph took over the administration of the school. They maintained a presence in the school until 1979 when lay teachers again staffed the school.

The refurbishment of playground spaces to enable creative student play will be a whole-school priority for the next few years. This project has been actively supported by the parent community, both financially and also with their expertise and effort.

Before and after-school care is provided on site five days a week from 7.00am to 6.00pm.

Our Catholic Identity

The school achieves its mission by being a truly Catholic school community that reflects our school motto, 'Growing Together in Christ'. The core values of the school encourage respectful relationships, co-operation, acceptance, compassion, justice and forgiveness for all.

The school provides a diversity of rich prayer and liturgical experiences for students and their families. Throughout the year we come together for Sunday Grade Masses followed by morning tea to build community with the parish. The preparation for the Sacraments of Penance, First Eucharist and Confirmation is school-based. The partnership between home and school is highly valued, and parents actively support school programs through assistance in the classroom and close and open communication with teachers.

In the spirit of the Sisters of St Joseph there is also a strong emphasis on social justice initiatives and community support. The Student Representative Council aims to empower our students to act responsibly through their involvement in social justice projects, develop their global awareness, and foster an authentic, responsible student voice and leadership.

Students also support the needy in our community through Christmas and Winter Appeals for the St Vincent de Paul Society and visits to a local nursing home. In Term 3 the students organise a highly successful fundraising day for the school community to support the Charitable Works Fund.

Our Pastoral Care

A special feature of our pastoral care and discipline is the Restorative Justice approach, with Year 5 students trained as leaders in restorative problem solving. In Years 5 and 6, these students act as Peer Mediators to provide playground assistance for younger students. Staff use 1-2-3 Magic for Teachers as the basis of behaviour management. Workshops using this approach are also provided to support parents.

Students are given opportunities to develop leadership skills and build positive relationships through the Buddy program involving Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 5 and Year 6. Kindergarten students also engage in a supportive transition program at the commencement of the school year. Student leaders meet regularly to provide meaningful feedback to staff, share ideas and organise activities for the student body.

Our Academic Achievement

Students are actively engaged in differentiated learning programs which focus on developing individual competence within an innovative, inclusive and challenging curriculum with the emphasis on Literacy, Numeracy and Religious Education. The school curriculum in the early years provides strong foundational learning in literacy through the introduction of THRASS, which is taught from Kindergarten to Year 6.

Our Gifted Education program, Reading Recovery, Learning Support, Special Needs, early identification of learning needs and potential and targeted intervention provide ongoing support for the academic needs of all students.

We offer opportunities for students to develop their creative abilities through art and specialist Dance, Drama and Music lessons provided for all students. On-site Band tuition is available for students from Years 3 to 6, and keyboard tuition for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

The effective integration of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the curriculum is highly valued. Our students use of a range of contemporary technologies including iPads, iPods, Mac and PC laptops and desktops, interactive whiteboards, and document cameras in classrooms and our contemporary library. Students are also encouraged to integrate technology in their learning through the use of Lego Robotics, solar energy, and simple machine kits, and the use of animation techniques.

Our student technology team is engaged in filming and producing movies of major school events, which are shared within the school community

The school provides students with a stimulating and rigorous sporting curriculum. Kindergarten students also engage in a weekly Gross Motor program, with parental support. Interschool sport is also provided in Soccer, Netball and Oztag for students in Years 3 to 6 and representative sporting opportunities in a wide range of sports.

Extra-curricular activities include Mini Vinnies, Religious Education monitors, X-Factor talent quest, poetry recitation, choir, chess and debating. Students are given an opportunity to develop and showcase their talents through participation in school-based and wider community events in Art, Music, Choir, Dance, Drama and Writing.