Message from the principal

Chris Barlett

Welcome to Mater Dei Primary School East Toowoomba. My name is Chris Bartlett and I have been principal here since 2011.

I believe that every child can experience success with their learning. I know that the right environment can impact a child’s behaviour and their attitude to learning and life.

It is through the experiences we provide as teachers that students gain confidence in themselves, and that is what builds a lifelong love of learning.

Parenting is challenging enough, and when teachers and families actively support the social and emotional development of children, backed up by effective learning, children really do become happy, independent and self-directed learners.

This is the reason Mater Dei students are among the top academic performers, not only in Toowoomba but in Australia. It is the symbiosis of our parents, staff and students all working together towards a common goal of personalised learning for every child.

I love sport and am extensively involved in the touch football community in Toowoomba and regional Queensland. I coach individuals and teams to a national representative level and have a mantra for myself and my pupils, “the best me for the best we”. This mantra is also true of my leadership style at Mater Dei.

Our school context has allowed for the very first Catholic primary school teacher in Queensland to be accredited with Lead Teacher status by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, a huge achievement and a first for Toowoomba.

I am proud to lead a professional team of enthusiastic staff who are creative and innovative and deliver a variety of learning experiences so that our students have every opportunity to achieve their best. I eagerly share the exceptional work of our staff when I am invited to present our teaching and learning practices at education conferences and forums.

My goal for every student is that they graduate from Mater Dei in Year 6 as leaders of both themselves and leaders of others, ready to take on any high school environment and prepared for life ahead.

Our Catholic identity means families experience care and compassion from a supportive community in all aspects of school life. Parents say they enjoy the community feeling at Mater Dei, from the teaching and learning to the strong connection with our Parish, St Theresa’s and our social and community events.

I invite you to come and meet me personally, tour our school and see firsthand the teaching and learning that happens at Mater Dei.

Chris Bartlett