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The College House System


Good pastoral care is based on sound relationships between students and staff. At Mandurah Catholic College there is a vertical House system where siblings are placed in the same Homeroom Tutor Group from Year 8 to Year 12. In such a system, by the time a student has reached Year 12, the Head of House, along with the Homeroom Tutor will have developed a strong relationship with the student as a result of having been a constant throughout the school life of the student. The older students generally care for the younger ones in a friendly and natural manner, welcome them to the House, initiate them to its ways and traditions and provide a good example for the younger students to build upon for the future. In Year 7, students are placed in a Homeroom with only Year 7 students so that transition to secondary school activities can take place on a daily basis.

There are six Houses at the College, which are each named after a saint. Students at Mandurah Catholic College are encouraged to become familiar with the qualities the patron saint of their House exemplifies and to apply them to his or her life. The House motto represents what members of the House should aspire to during their time at the College.

Students participate in the many varied Inter-House activities such as the athletics carnival, cross-country, swimming, beach carnival, netball, soccer, lunchtime novelty events, public speaking, theatre sports and Sale of the Century. The points scored at these events go towards the House Shield which is presented to the winning House at the annual Speech and Awards evening. Points are awarded not only for results but also for participation and positive involvement in each event. Each House has a Mission which all members of the House supports.


St Bernadette’s

Saint Bernadette had many visions of Mary. She is the patroness of illness as she suffered many types of illness in her life.

House Shield Emblem

St BernadattesRosary: Saint Bernadette is often depicted in prayer with a rosary or appealing to the Holy Virgin.

House Motto

Per Aspera Ad Astra: Aspire to the stars

House Mission

Brightwater Aged Care Facility: Students visit Brightwater after school and interact with the residents often taking them for a supervised walk. Visiting Brightwater encourages the students to develop and show empathy and consideration. Selected students also visit Brightwater for special events throughout the year such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services.

St Joseph’s

Saint Joseph was a carpenter who worked very hard to provide for his family. He was the foster father of Jesus who he loved as he was entrusted to him.

House Shield EmblemSt Josephs

Doves: Joseph was poor and when he took Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised, he offered two turtledoves as a sacrifice as he could not afford a lamb.

House Motto

Fidem in Deum: Our faith in God

House Mission

Telethon: Students spend afternoons baking cupcakes to sell to students and staff. The proceeds from these sales go to supporting Perth’s Telethon which raises funds for Princess Margaret Hospital.

St Mary’s

Mary was the Mother of God in His human nature. She is considered to be the Patron saint of all humanity. In art Mary is traditionally always wearing blue.

House Shield EmblemSt Mary

Fleur-de-lys: This is a symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary because it resembles both the Iris and the Madonna Lily.

House Motto

Palma Virtuti: Goodness is its own reward

House Mission

Relay for Life – A fundraising event for the Cancer Council in the fight against cancer and to create awareness for the disease and support for those suffering.

St Monica’s

Saint Monica was married to a very abusive Roman pagan who she eventually converted to Christianity. As a result, she is the Patron Saint of Wives and Abuse Victims. Her son was Augustine who she spent most of her life praying for to become a Christian and he eventually did.

House Shield EmblemSt Monicas

Praying Hands: Represents her prayer life and devotion to Jesus

House Motto

In Veritate Nos Confidimus: In truth we trust

House Mission

Wheelchairs For Kids: Raising funds to purchase wheelchairs for children in developing countries and to create awareness for those less fortunate who are unable to walk.

St Patrick’s

Saint Patrick was a missionary and is considered as the founder of Christianity in Ireland.

House Shield EmblemSt Patrick

Shamrock: Legend credits Saint Patrick with teaching the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, using it to illustrate the Christian teaching of three persons in one God.

House Motto

Nintuntur ad Succedunt: Strive to succeed

House Mission

The Canvas Bag Project: Assists people with crisis accommodation, food, clothing, bedding, household items and furniture. Students make canvas bags and fill them with toiletries and hygiene products.

St Peter’s

Peter, who was also known as Simon Peter, had humble beginnings as a fisherman and became one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is considered as the first Pope of the Catholic Church.

House Shield EmblemSt Peters

Keys: The keys represent that Peter had the keys to the door of Heaven.

House Motto

Vestri Optimus: Be your best

House Mission

Alzheimer’s Australia: This organisation provides meaningful engagement, stimulation and friendship to those with dementia. Students interact with the clients and participate in social outings.