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									Celebrating over 50 years of special education

                                                                                                          OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF MATER DEI, CAMDEN                                                                                          ISSUE 2 - 2008

                                                                                                          Celebrating over 50 years of special education

                                                                                                                                                     Bethany Sees Four ............................. 3   Hundreds Believe ........................... 5

8 – MATER DEI MATTERS   Mater Dei PO Box 3090 Narellan NSW 2567 Tel: (02) 4655 7481 Fax: (02) 4655 9515
                                                                                                          INSIDE THIS EDITION                        A Day with Kinder and Year 1 ...... 4               Race Day Success ............................ 7
Celebrating over 50 years of special education                                                                                                                                                     Mater Dei 50 years on
Dear Friends,                                      or being disabled or otherwise. The students        benefits and opportunities for the students           In August 2006, Barbara Maatouk
                                                                                                                                                                                            BETHANY SEES FOUR!                                                                           speech pathologist) assisted us with
                                                   and indeed the community of Mater Dei               of Mater Dei. One of our greatest challenges          gave birth to quads who were born                                                                                           feeding and language issues. Lyn
Welcome to our spring edition of Mater Dei
                                                   accept people as they are. They do so               is the provision of inclusion opportunities           14 weeks prematurely. They recently                                                                                         (the occupational therapist) and
Matters. Much has happened since our last
                                                   without pity or sympathy and there is               for our students. This simply means giving            celebrated their 2nd birthday and                                                                                           Karen, Kerri, Vida (the early
edition as we have hosted a very successful                                                                                                                  now attend day care 3 days a week.                                                                                          learning teaching team) came and
                                                   certainly no sense of discomfort or                 our students the chance to work and
Race Day, we have enjoyed another                  embarrassment at what people can or can’t                                                                 Here, Barbara tells us some of her                                                                                          encouraged        the       children’s
                                                                                                       socialise with people their own age who
wonderful Foundation Dinner and our                do. There is simply acceptance and                                                                        story and how they all have                                                                                                 development with fun activities,
                                                                                                       don’t have disabilities. By providing these
students have been involved in a host of           appreciation of the work that people do and                                                               managed, with a little bit of help                                                                                          stories and music. Their progress
                                                                                                       opportunities we give our kids the
very exciting activities throughout the            the contribution they make.                                                                               from Mater Dei’s early intervention                                                                                         has been fantastic; George was the
                                                                                                       confidence and the skills to be part of their
course of Term Three. Highlights in our                                                                                                                      team, Bethany.                                                                                                              last to crawl but the first to walk.
                                                                                                       own communities.
school program have included a great day of
fun and activity at our annual athletics                                                               Nelson Mandela tells us that ‘education is            At 7 weeks I had an ultrasound;                                                                                            Just after the quads first birthday I
carnival, a visit from Bishop Peter Ingham
to confer the sacraments of Confirmation
and First Communion to a number of our
                                                    “     I had the blues because
                                                            I had no shoes until
                                                            upon the street I met
                                                                                              “        the most powerful weapon we can use to
                                                                                                       change the world’. At Mater Dei we believe
                                                                                                       a very important part of our mission is to
                                                                                                                                                             the technician showed me 4 black
                                                                                                                                                             circles on the screen and said each
                                                                                                                                                             one was a baby. I cried with shock
                                                                                                                                                             and dismay at how I would cope.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        felt unwell and did a pregnancy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        test. It showed positive!! I thought
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the test was out of date so it must
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        be wrong. NO!! Three pregnancy
students and a fantastic song and dance                   a man who had no feet.                       build a more inclusive community. The                                                        Rebecca, Natalie, George and Raymond six months old.
                                                                                                                                                             Peter’s (my husband) main concern                                                                                          tests and 9 months later we had
routine by the students at our dinner. This                                                            opportunities that this new project provides
                                                                                                                                                             was that we would need a new car!                      purple and I could see the nurse pumping her                        Rachel. I expected her to look like
has been a wonderful term and one that has                                                             will allow us to work with the Wollongong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chest with one finger to get her heart going.        the quads but, no, she was a healthy full term baby.
again shown the strength of our community                                                              Catholic Education Office and Bishop                  I was sick throughout the pregnancy, constantly
                                                   Our students see life as an opportunity to
and the ‘can do’ attitude of our students.                                                             Ingham to build a culture of acceptance and           vomiting and I actually lost weight. I had been        Peter and I had a meeting with the doctors and a     We needed the quads to have contact with other
                                                   celebrate achievement rather than as a series
                                                                                                       compassion. In this way we build a more               warned I would go early. At 24 weeks I was             counsellor soon after we saw our babies. We were     children so they have just started day care and their
There is a beautiful little saying that has        of competitions in which we are continually
                                                                                                       inclusive world.                                      hospitalised for dehydration and ended up having       told not to expect to bring all of them home,        development is now much the same but a little
been quoted from a number of sources that          trying to prove ourselves. When we value
                                                                                                                                                             my babies by emergency C section at 26 weeks           maybe 3, probably only 2. Raymond was the            slower than other toddlers.
recently caught my attention and really            achievement we are all winners and the              I look forward to keeping you updated on              gestation. At delivery each child had a doctor, a      smallest and sickest and needed an immediate
embodies the spirit of Mater Dei. The quote        efforts of all are celebrated. In such a world      this exciting project in future editions of                                                                                                                       This also gave me some much needed time to
                                                                                                                                                             doctor helper and 4 nurses. They were so small and     blood transfusion and Natalie had heart problems.
is as follows; “I had the blues because I had      the only disability in life is a bad attitude       Matters as we begin this very exciting                                                                                                                            spend with Rachel. The quads really enjoy day
                                                                                                                                                             not breathing. All needed to be resuscitated.
no shoes until upon the street I met a man         and the students of Mater Dei have a                journey. I thank you for your continued                                                                      I stayed in hospital a week after the birth and my   care; they come home exhausted and are ready for
who had no feet”.                                  wonderful attitude to learning and to life.         support and interest in the work of Mater             First to arrive was George weighing 818 grams,         babies stayed 3 months. I visited them three times   an early night.
                                                                                                       Dei and I pray that you and your families             named after his grandfather. Natalie second born       a day and Peter came with me every day after
The sentiments reflected in this saying are        The Sisters of the Good Samaritan and the                                                                                                                                                                             We still receive services from Bethany but not as
                                                                                                       continue to enjoy the many blessings of our           weighed 840 grams. Raymond was third born,             work. During this time I wrote a diary to record
very much in keeping with the way the              Bishop of Wollongong have taken a further                                                                                                                                                                             frequently. Karen and Kerri will go out to the day
                                                                                                       loving God.                                           weighing 580 grams (less than a dozen eggs.)           the events and experience.
Mater Dei community approaches                     step in the development of a new Catholic                                                                                                                                                                             care centre and give them any assistance needed.
                                                                                                                                                             Rebecca was last born, weighing 615 grams. She is
disability. Our students don’t look at people      High School on the Mater Dei campus. We             Frank Pitt                                                                                                   We were finally able to touch them after a few       We are grateful for the care, dedication and
                                                                                                                                                             named after a saint and was the only one of my
being better or worse off, being rich or poor,     believe such an initiative will provide many        CEO/Principal                                                                                                weeks. We had to constantly wash our hands and       commitment of the Bethany early intervention
                                                                                                                                                             babies that I saw immediately after her birth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wear gowns and masks as the hygiene standards        team. Peter and I don’t feel the quads would have
                                                                                                       There were 240 students, pictured left, who were      I cried when I saw each of my babies on their          were very high. After about 12 weeks we were         progressed so far in such a short time without their

IBYC & WYD CELEBRATIONS                                                                                all World Youth Day Pilgrims from Benedictine
                                                                                                       Colleges from 11 countries as well as
                                                                                                       representatives from our “sister” Good Samaritan
                                                                                                                                                             second day. All the babies were on ventilators, with
                                                                                                                                                             tubes in their little arms and noses. They were so
                                                                                                                                                             small and you could see their veins through their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    allowed to bring Rebecca home. A week later
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Natalie, then George and lastly Raymond.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         assistance and guidance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         A final note; our family is complete, 5 children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With government assistance no longer available for   under 22 months is enough!
                                                                                                       Colleges from Australia.                              almost transparent skin. One of the scariest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    multiple births, my life became a cycle of           Barbara Maatouk
                                                                                                       The Eucharistic celebrations were very uplifting.     moments was when Natalie stopped breathing,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    changing, feeding, washing and bathing. I had
                                                                                                       Each Mass and prayer session was run by a             and the hospital staff asked me to leave. She was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    made a friend while in hospital and she came
                                                                                                       different school. The stand out mass was the                                                                 weekly, with her parents, to help me with the
                                                                                                       African one. The passion and the music during                                                                babies. My parents came and cleaned the house
                                                                                                       the mass were amazing.                                                                                       and with the help of good friends and at times a
                                                                                                       Another memorable moment during the congress                                                                 nanny we managed.
                                                                                                       was when three Mater Dei students gave a short
                                                                                                       presentation about Mater Dei. The 240 pilgrims                                                               The quads were followed up by Rainbow Clinic,
                                                                                                       and visitors responded to them with cheers,                                                                  (neonatal clinic attached to Liverpool Hospital)
                                                                                                       hoots, whistles and much flag waving.                                                                        for six months who recommended that the quads
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    would benefit from the services of the Bethany
                                                                                                       The following days were lead-up days to World
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    early intervention team at Mater Dei.
                                                                                                       Youth Day and they were rich and full,
                                                                                                       culminating in the walk across the Harbour                                                                   The children have made amazing progress since we
From July 10-14, Mater Dei student and staff representatives participated in IBYC, International       Bridge. From there it was onto Randwick for                                                                  started having weekly visits with the Bethany
Benedictine Youth Congress, as a prelude to World Youth Day, at a wonderful setting on the shores of   Saturday’s celebrations as a prelude to the big day                                                          team. Cathy (the physiotherapist) gave us therapy    George ten months old, wih Cathy, completing
Collaroy Plateau along the northern beaches of Sydney.                                                 on Sunday.                                            The quads doing physio exercises.                      and support to get the children moving. Pam (the     physio exercises.

2 – MATER DEI MATTERS                                           Mater Dei PO Box 3090 Narellan NSW 2567 Tel: (02) 4655 7481 Fax: (02) 4655 9515              Email: admin@materdei.org.au Website: www.materdei.org.au                                                                          MATER DEI MATTERS – 3
Celebrating over 50 years of special education                                                                                                                                    Our partners in making a difference
PEOPLE PROFILE                                              A day with Kinder and Year 1                                                                               HUNDREDS BELIEVE!                                        On Saturday September 13, 2008 we held the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                8th Mater Dei Foundation Dinner titled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “I Believe in me” at The Cube, Campbelltown.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The fabulous new venue, the funky decorations,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the groovy student performance and the famous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Bjorn Again” contributed to a great ambiance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                on the night and a great financial result for Mater
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A nett figure of just over $211,000 was raised.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                These funds will be directed to the running of
          Carla Warby                                                                                                                                                                                                           our life skills Community Participation Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and also begin a refurbishment project that will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                provide classroom based technology suited to the
           Pastoral Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                special needs of our students. This brings the
BORN: Sydney.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   total raised from this event to an amazing
                                                 This term has been very busy for the students in K-1W. Each term in English we have been focusing                                                                              $1.33million over 8 years.
LIVED: Camden, Cawdor, Cronulla and
Narellan Vale.                                   on a particular story. This term we have been reading ‘Tiddalick, The Frog who caused a Flood’. It is                                                                          The event also gave Mater Dei the opportunity
                                                 great to see the students interacting with each other at story time with lots of discussion about the events                                                                   to publicly farewell and thank retiring Board and
HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION: St Patricks               and characters in the book.                                                                                                                                                    Foundation member Mrs Theresa Testoni OAM.

College, Campbelltown.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor Teaching 0-5
years – Charles Sturt, Bathurst and Associate
Diploma. – Macleay College, Sydney.
WORK HISTORY: 3 years Authorised Supervisor
of Long Day Care Centre and in my 10th year at

Mater Dei.
WHAT YOU LIKE: Passionfruit.
WHAT YOU DISLIKE: Grocery shopping.
INTERESTS: My new Nintendo DS game
                                                                                                         We have also focused on our Multicultural unit
                                                                                                                                                                 An event like this involves many hands and we would like
                                                                                                                                                                 to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the
                                                                                                                                                                 following individuals and businesses for their very generous
                                                                                                                                                                 support of the Dinner and the students of Mater Dei:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hunter Tours, Ingleburn RSL Club, IMAX Theatre,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jenolan Caves, Jim Marsden, JMC Academy, John Fahey,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                John Therry Catholic High School Rosemeadow, John
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Watkins, Josephine Maxwell, JVC, Karons Devine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Pledges received:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NSW Government, Inghams, Bishop Ingham, Wayne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Brock, Clintons Toyota, Jim & Marion Marsden, Mary-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ellen Bland, Terry Fordham, Barrie Grimes, Mark Gates,

machine - Brain training game.                                                                                                                                   PLATINUM SPONSOR: Inghams Enterprises.                                                                                      Marissa Duffy, Gerry Ward, Ron & Christine Green, Mary
                                                                                                         of work. The students have been exploring the                                                                          Creations, Kennards Hire Campbelltown, Knapp &
                                                                                                                                                                 GOLD SPONSORS: The Rotary Club of Narellan &                                                                                Mackinnon & Anne Burns.
ROLE MODEL: My mother, Helen Fahey.                                                                      country of China and learning about the                 Campbelltown Catholic Club.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Associates, Lean & Haywood, Lexie’s Restaurant Narellan,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Organising Committee:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Macarthur Automotive, Macarthur Engineering,
FAVOURITE SONG: “I Feel Good” by James                                                                   Chinese culture and their special customs. We           SILVER SPONSORS: Bradcorp, CABE, Harrington                                                                                 Phil McCarroll, John Adam, Martin Cascarino, Angus Cox,
                                                                                                                                                                 Grove, Ingleburn RSL, Landcom, Lexus of Chatswood,             Macarthur Grange Golf Course, Macquarie Links
Brown.                                                                                                   have been practising using our chop stick skills,                                                                      International Golf Club, Margaret River Watershed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Debbie Gates, Jim Marsden, Kevin O’Keefe & Frank Pitt.
                                                                                                                                                                 Macarthur Automotive, Max & Nola Tegel, Perich Group.                                                                       Mater Dei Representatives and Performers:
                                                                                                         which has been very enjoyable to all. We have           BRONZE SPONSORS: BCP Group Services, Camden                    Premium Wines, Marsdens Law Group, Mary Cook, Max
FAVOURITE MOVIE: Pretty Woman.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Luke Chappell, Holly Levers, Samuel Thompson and Miles
                                                                                                         also been busy decorating the classroom in              Hire, CDF Wollongong, Clintons Toyota, Ironbark

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tegel, MBARK, McDonald’s, Medispecs Campbelltown,            Andrews, Shayley Brodbeck, Jade Di Girolamo, Jack
READING NOW: “Night” by Elie Wiesel and                                                                  preparation for our Multicultural celebrations.         Industrial Estate, Marsdens Law Group & Paul Wakeling          Michele’s Patisserie Camden, Mt Annan Botanical Gardens,     Foweraker, Joseph Gurnett-Attard, Rachelle Hadchiti,
                                                                                                                                                                 Motor Group.                                                   Narellan Sand Soil & Garden Supplies, Narellan Toolbox,
“Tiddalick The Frog who Caused a Flood” by                                                                                                                       Corporate sponsors and other supporters:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Jareer Jaber, Olivia Leadbeatter, Stefan Males, Candice
Robert Roennfeldt.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Narellan Town Centre, Olive’s Restaurant Camden, Open        Marsh, Chelsea Morris, Sophie Mussett, Isabella Nolan,
                                                                                                                                                                 Adrian Sawyer Turf, Arise Natural Therapies, Argyle Inn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Secret Boutique Narellan, Opera Australia, Paul Wakeling     Daniel Prout, Phoebe Said, Sarah Vassallo, Olivia Veneran
                                                                                                                                                                 Camden, Antill Park Country Club, Australian National
COUNTRIES TRAVELLED:             USA,      New                                                                                                                   Maritime Museum, Bel Posto Restaurant Wandin Valley,           Motor Group, PB Catering, Perich Group, Phil McCarroll       and Deanna Avery, Sarah Bean, Skye Bradbury, Elizabeth
Zealand and Hawaii.                                                                                                                                              Bliss Beauty Salon Eaglevale, Bowlers Break Café               Motor Group Lexus of Chatswood, Phil Stephens, Phoenix       Cross, Adrian Dellarmi, Zoe Dengate, Shae de Vletter-Sont,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Meg Fahy, Sarah Farrell, Kate Feeney, Ellen Gooch, Emma

                                                                                                                                                                 Campbelltown, BridgeClimb Sydney, Bubbling With                Leisure Group Mascot, Picton Cart Track, Playmaze
MOST EXOTIC PLACE VISITED: ‘Versace                                                                                                                              Energy Ingleburn, Bunch it with Country Florist Narellan,      Narellan, Qantas Link, QBE Insurance, RREDS Skips,           Harrison, Patrick Hamilton, Stacey Henderson-Smith,
Hotel’ on the Gold Coast.                                                                                                                                        C91.3, Café Medici Narellan, Caldwell Martin Cox,                                                                           Julian Kennedy, Nathan Leich, Fergus Mackinnon,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rydges Hotel Campbelltown, St Paul’s Catholic Primary
                                                                                                                                                                 Camden Golf Club, Camden Hire, Camden Paintball,                                                                            Cameron Montibeler, Demi Multari, Jake Nelson, Lisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                School Camden, SGP Insurance Brokers, Sign a rama,
DREAM: That my family is always healthy.                                                                                                                         Camden Valley Golf Resort, Camden Valley Lawns &                                                                            O’Connor, Debbie Paull, Sarah Piper, Dylan Rae, Jayde
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sharonj Handmade Jewellery, Skin Deep Beauticare
                                                                                                                                                                 Gardens, Camden Valley Inn, Campbelltown Catholic                                                                           Reil, Genevieve Ryan, Angela Saba, Shae Smith, Rebecca
WHY ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH MATER                  We focused on a unit of work on Aboriginality                                                                                                                                  Narellan, Society 389, Sr Jean Gates sgs, Sr Judith Souter   Sutton, Stephen Vamianakis & Faith Zadro.
                                                                                                                                                                 Club, Campbelltown City Bowl, Campbelltown Golf Club,
DEI?: I am a Pastoral Teacher of K-1W                                                                                                                                                                                           sgs, Stella Maris College Manly, Stephen Turner, Steve
                                                 for the first five weeks of the term. The students                                                              Catholic Development Fund Wollongong, Clinton’s                                                                             And a special thank you to those who helped behind the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Edge, Suitable for Framing, Terrey Hills Golf Club, The      scenes: Charlene Crocker, Lisa Gruar, Tina McManus, Lee
(kinder/year1). The students give me so much     have been exploring and learning about the                                                                      Toyota, Commonwealth Bank, Delfin Lend Lease, Downes
                                                                                                                                                                 Wholesale Nursery Rossmore, Eclipse Hair Design, Esprit,       Gardens Restaurant Mt Annan Botanical Gardens, Tony          Murphy, Luisa Penman, Suzanne Smart, the Mater Dei staff
love and respect. Watching the students grow     Aboriginal culture. We have been displaying all
                                                                                                                                                                 Finishing Touch, Gap Studio, Greater Union Cinema              Wolf & Son Quality Printer, Twin Creeks Golf Club & U        and parents who helped prepare our students, the gifts and
and change throughout their education is very    of our beautiful Aboriginal art works that we          Carla Warby                                              Campbelltown, HazCorp, Hayters Pavers & Timber,                Drink I Drive.                                               artwork and the fabulous staff at the Cube.
rewarding.                                       have painted outside our classroom.                    Pastoral Teacher

4 – MATER DEI MATTERS                                         Mater Dei PO Box 3090 Narellan NSW 2567 Tel: (02) 4655 7481 Fax: (02) 4655 9515                   Email: admin@materdei.org.au Website: www.materdei.org.au                                                                                              MATER DEI MATTERS – 5
                      Our partners in making a difference                                                                                                                                                                               Mater Dei 50 years on
                            FINANCIAL REPORT                                                                   THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS                                                        CHRISTMAS CARDS 2008
 Last year we changed our financial year end to 31 December from 31 January which                                                                                                            Mater Dei is selling a new range of Christmas cards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RACE DAY SUCCESS
 now makes us comparable to other organisations in the sector.                                      In addition to the money raised from our Race Day and Dinner we                          featuring the art of our students.
 Mater Dei remains significantly dependent upon government funding with 76% of                      have received a further $56,000 in donations since June 2008.                                                                                             A fun filled and exciting day was had by
 total revenue coming from recurrent funding. Fees generated from students makes up                                                                                                          CORPORATE CARDS
 7% of the total revenue. The remaining 17% of income is derived from fundraising                   Thank you to all for your generous support of our programs and                           Come in packs of 8                                               all who attended the second Mater Dei
 and other activities.                                                                              projects.                                                                                (4 designs, 2 cards of
 Government grants and fees alone however cannot cover all of our recurrent expenses.                                                                                                        each) for $5.00 and are                                          Race Day on Saturday, August 2 at
 It is only with the generous support of our community that we are able to provide the              MAJOR DONATIONS:                                                                         blank on the inside for                                          Kembla Grange Racecourse. The
 services that our children need.                                                                   • $30,000 from the Campbelltown Catholic Club for our school                             over-printing.
 Employment costs are by far the largest expense to Mater Dei, which reflects the                                                                                                                                                                             $29,500 raised will go towards the cost
 importance of our greatest asset, our staff. Without them, we could not deliver the                  and residential programs                                                                               REGULAR CARDS
 quality of service necessary for our children, and we very much appreciate their                   • $14,576 from CRAFT for our work placement program                                                      Are available in packs of 12 (4 designs,         of supporting an increase in the services
 continued dedication.                                                                                                                                                                                       3 cards of each) and have a verse inside.
 In conclusion the operation of Mater Dei from a financial sense has again been sound               • $2,000 from the Estate of Mary Kearney for our school program                                                                                           and the support we offer to Wollongong
 and we have managed to run at a modest surplus. This is in keeping with our financial                                                                                                                       Proceeds from the sale of the cards will
 goal of being financially stable but investing as much as we can in the level of services          OUR THANKS ALSO TO:                                                                                      help fund a variety of programs for              based school students with special needs,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mater Dei students.                                                                                                  Pictured L-R Back – Jack Primmer, Peter Deall, Troy
 we deliver.                                                                                        • Tony Moss, Bradford Insulation Social Club, Samuel Galluzzo,                                                                                            and their teachers.
 Accordingly this provides us with a good spring board into the next financial year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Primmer and Scott Miles, winning bidders of the
                                                                                                      Darren Andrews, Mr & Mrs Fam, Sarah Puls, Macarthur                                    Our thanks to the Catholic Development Fund,                                                                                         greyhound racing pup, with Lynda and Chris Hillsley,
 where we will look forward to further improving the range of services we deliver. I
 would like to thank my fellow Finance Committee members namely Frank Pitt, Anne                      Singers, Dieter Amelung and Helen Lewis for their recent                               Wollongong, for sponsoring the production of the                 Once again, the public auction                                      who donated the pup.
 Lauder, Daniel Kuchta and Peter Fitzgerald for helping me so much in my first 12                                                                                                            cards. Christmas cards are on sale at Mater Dei until
 months in the Finance Chair and I look forward to a prosperous 2008 year.
                                                                                                      donations                                                                              Monday, December 15, unless sold out before hand.                conducted by MC, Mr John Walsh,                                     The male pup was selected by the
 John Adam - Chairman Audit & Finance Committee                                                     • McDonald’s Macathur and its customers who raised $6,625 at                                                                                              proved to be the highlight of the day.
                                                                                                      the recent McDonald’s McHappy Time, for our school program                                    50 YEAR SOUVENIRS                                                                                                             successful bidders (a consortium of
        INCOME & EXPENDITURE For Year Ended 31 December 2007                                                                                                                                                                                                  Continuing his “alive” theme from last
               Recurrent Income                                 Recurrent Expenses                  • Maria Cavilleri from “Time for Coffee”, Narellan Town Centre                                          50th BIRTHDAY BOOK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  supporters at the event). The pup went
       Government Grants
                                                         Employment Costs
                                                         Other Overheads
                                                                                 1,267,066            for donating pre-loved play equipment and to all the Mater Dei                         Since 1957, Mater Dei, in                                        year, when he auctioned a budgie, John                              for $2,000 and will eventually race
       Fundraising/Other            706,050

       Total                      4,239,959
                                                        Total                    4,006,089
                                                                                                      dads who went there to dismantle it!                                                   partnership with parents, has                                    produced two gorgeous greyhound pups!                               under the name “Mater Dei Boy”.
                                                       Overheads                                                                                                                             been an advocate, carer and
                                                                                                    Mater Dei also acknowledges the support of DEST – the                                    educator of children and young                                   Thank you to the following for their support:
                                                                                                    Department of Education, Science and Training, the Minister for                          adults with an intellectual                                      Main Sponsor - Campbelltown Catholic Club.
                                                                                                                                                                                             disability. JOURNEY TO THE                                       Race Sponsors - Ingleburn RSL Club, Ironbark Industrial Estate, Oak Flats Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank.
                                                                                     Em ploym ent   Education and Training, the Department of Ageing, Disability and                                                                                          Gold Sponsors - Collegians RLFC, Illawarra Steelers and Peoplecare Health Insurance.
                                  Government                                            Costs                                                                                                HEART - 50 years, 50 stories, is a
                                                                                         68%        Home Care and the Enterprise & Career Education Foundation.                              beautiful book that has been                                     Committee - Steve Muter, Peter Fitzgerald, John Gamble, Phil Giblin, David Marsh, Tony Sanderson, John Walsh, Debbie Gates and
                                     76%                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frank Pitt.
                                                                                                                                                                                             written to celebrate this. Sr Jeanie Heininger sgs, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Donations in cash and in kind - Chris and Lynda Hillsley, Reg Young, KPMG Wollongong, Rydges Campbelltown, Michael’s Trattoria
                                                                                                                                                                                             editor of JOURNEY TO THE HEART, says “the
                                                                                                       All in a day at Mater Dei                                                             book speaks of the inner journey that is experienced by
                                                                                                                                                                                             everyone who has anything to do with Mater Dei. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wollongong, Espirit, John Walsh, Ingleburn RSL, Sydney Turf Club, Mary Mackinnon, Ironbark Industrial Estate, Merlot Constructions,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Steven Howes, Antill Park Golf Club, Coca-Cola, Beauty by Danielle and George Marando of Marando Real Estate Fairfield.

                                                                                                                                                                                             stories articulate its spirit, its special role, its paradoxes
                                                                                                                                                                                             and the effect it has on all who become involved with it.”
                                                                                                                                                                                             Available now for $30.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   YES, I WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT MATER DEI’S
                                                                                                                                                                                                  MATER DEI CHARDONNAY – 2007 –                                             PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN!
                                                                                                                                                                                                      50th ANNIVERSARY VINTAGE                                 ■ I wish to make a tax deductible donation of $
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mater Dei Chardonnay is locally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 produced from grapes grown at
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mater Dei’s Wivenhoe Vineyard                 ■ Please charge my: ■ Mastercard ■ Visa                                                        ■ AMEX
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and bottled at Vicary’s Winery at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Luddenham. 2007 tasting notes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Lovely fruit aroma and a clean
                                                                                                                                                                                             flavoursome palate with a lingering crisp finish. Ideal           Expiry                 /        Signature
                                                                                                     Primary students (and staff) having the best lesson ever! Experiencing playing in the   with lighter flavoured fish and salads.”
                                                                                                     “Kelva McCarroll River”, located in the outdoor sensory playground at Mater Dei.        New price of $12 a bottle or $144 a case.                         ■ I wish to give ongoing support. Please charge $    monthly to my
                                                                                                                                                                                             Available for immediate delivery.                                   credit card above until I advise otherwise.
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                                                                                                                                                                                             All proceeds from the sale of the Christmas cards,                  ■ Becoming a member of the Mater Dei Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                             books and wine benefit the children at Mater Dei.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ■ Becoming a supporter of Mater Dei’s Scholarship Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ■ Remembering the children of Mater Dei in my Will.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Macquarie Links International Golf Club                     Postal Address                                                                                                     Postcode
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Monday March 23, 2009
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                   PEACE EGG
                                                                                                                                                                                                Available for sale from Monday March 23, 2009                  Email

                                                                                                                                                                                              Enquiries: Ph (02) 4655 7481                                     If you would like to make a donation to Mater Dei please complete this coupon
                                                                                                     Primary classes 5/6 being pirates for a day. The highlight was discovering a rich
                                                                                                     treasure of chocolate coins under Mrs Templeton’s (Assistant Principal) chair.               or visit our website                                         and return it to: Mater Dei PO Box 3090 Narellan NSW 2567                                                   Thank you!
6 – MATER DEI MATTERS                                                                Mater Dei PO Box 3090 Narellan NSW 2567 Tel: (02) 4655 7481 Fax: (02) 4655 9515                         Email: admin@materdei.org.au Website: www.materdei.org.au                                                                                                        MATER DEI MATTERS – 7

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