For Parents

At Mater Dei Catholic Primary School we recognise that parents and carers are the first educators of their children, and encourage a productive partnership with them to ensure the best possible outcome for our children.

We are committed to the right of all people to be treated with respect and courtesy and to feel safe. We recognise the need to guide the children towards self-control, resilience and independence. In helping children to develop socially acceptable behaviour, it is essential that school, home and community work together.

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. Parents and carers are also significantly involved in the school through the Advisory Council, the Parents and Friends' Association, social events and fundraising. Parent education workshops in reading, THRASS, grammar, numeracy and ICT are provided each year.

School Hours

Parents are required to ensure that that their child arrives at school on time. This is essential for your child's learning.

The school day begins at 8.55am and concludes at 3.10pm. Students who arrive late are required to sign in at the school office before proceeding to their class. School attendance is governed by the compulsory education requirements of the NSW Education Act 1990.

Parents who wish to seek leave from school for their child, for any reason, are required to complete an Application for Exemption from Attendance at School a minimum of a week prior to the proposed commencement of the leave. Certificates will only be granted when it has been clearly demonstrated by the applicant that an exemption is in the student's best interests in the short and long term, and that alternatives to exemption have been considered. Families are strongly encouraged to arrange family holidays during designated school holiday breaks. Parents are also strongly encouraged to make medical appointments outside of school hours where possible.

Playground Supervision

Supervision commences at 8.25am each day and ceases at 3.40pm. Children who cannot be collected before this time should be sent to After School Care which operates until 6.00pm. Before School Care operates from 7.00am.

Child Protection Legislation

At this school, volunteers include the following - Work Experience students, parents and family members who assist with various school programmes and  excursions. These volunteers are asked to complete a CEO Volunteer Application form (until a new Working with Children check is in place) stating that they are not persons prohibited from working with children. Volunteers are required to attend the school's Child Protection and Confidentiality workshop at the beginning of each year. Volunteers are required to complete and sign the required documentation at the completion of the workshop.

School Newsletter

Our fortnightly Newsletter is our main means of communication with parents. The Newsletter will keep you up-to-date with what is happening within the school and the wider field of education.

Principal's Advisory Council

The Principal's Advisory Council is composed of parent representatives as well as the Parish Priest, Principal, Assistant Principal and School Secretary. The Advisory Council meets once a term to provide wisdom in relation to the broader areas of challenge for the school community. It provides feedback, support and advice to the Principal and assists the school in achieving its goals. Parents are invited by the Principal to join the Council for a two to three year term.​​​​​​​​​​​​​