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Message from the Assistant to the Principal - Mission
Miss Rebecca Michel
Mater Dei Catholic College is first and foremost a Catholic school where education in the faith is given a privileged place. We want to build an environment that nurtures and strengthens our students as they are transformed into better and more compassionate people. Religious Education has an integral place in this overall goal. Education in faith includes religious instruction, engendering a sense of the sacred, building a Christian community and inviting young people to care with the heart of Jesus Christ.
Mater Dei Catholic College has a history born out of the rich tradition and spirit of the Brothers, Sisters and lay people who have served Catholic Education in the Wagga Wagga district for over 130 years. The College attempts to meet the needs of the students for the present, and into the future. We aim to support our students to take their place in society through an education that we see as part of a life-long process which, in faithfulness to our mission statement, “is founded in Catholic faith, justice and love, is inclusive, learner centred and seeks excellence and wisdom”. Gospel values, as demonstrated by our patron Mary, Mother of God, as well as by Nano Nagle and Edmund Rice are articulated in our Mission Statement and are at the centre of all our endeavours. We accept the challenge, as they did, to reach out to Christ, present in the poor.
In preparing students for the Church of the future, students are encouraged to embrace opportunities to be leaders in prayer and community serviceactivities. Together with the staff, they build up an ethos and a way of acting that is characterised by an ever-present family spirit. This spirit values and respects each student as a unique individual, but also encourages her or him to find their true self in the community of the school and in the wider community of the Church, through openness and sharing.
Among “the poor” are the spiritually poor, those without love, those lacking academic skills, those lacking religious literacy. In assessing effectiveness, at the forefront are the needs of students. We look for ways to enhance student learning, growth and development. Working in partnership with priests and parishes and the local communities, Mater Dei Catholic College demonstrates a preferential option for the poor.
We have an active and vibrant faith life at the College and this ensures students are continually immersed in experiences which provide students with the values, knowledge and skills necessary to undertake lifelong personal, spiritual and intellectual growth.