Who We Are

At Mater Dei we work together with families and carers to provide innovative and contemporary education and therapy services to babies, children and young adults with an Intellectual Disability or developmental delay.

Mater Dei School is the oldest and original educational offering of Mater Dei, which began as an orphanage by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Order in 1910.

More recently, Mater Dei’s offerings have expanded to include: Mater Dei Early Childhood EducationNextPath Continuous Learning and NextPath Assessment & Therapy.

You can explore the Mater Dei community by clicking on each logo below.


The Mater Dei Organisation Leadership Team and Board Members contribute sound governance and strategic advice, guiding The Mater Dei Organisation, inclusive of NextPath to deliver on its brand and promise.

To find out more about Mater Dei, it's Leadership Team and Board Members, please click the link below:

Mater Dei Organisation

Mater Dei is a registered charity and tax deductible gift recipient. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Your generosity ensures we can continue to provide groundbreaking, Research and Evidence-based education and support to our school students, as well as high-quality, innovative services and resources across all programs.

Message from our CEO

Mater Dei is an organisation that works with babies, children and young adults with an intellectual disability, in conjunction with their families and carers, to provide innovative and contemporary education and therapy services.

As a member school of Good Samaritan Education, we do this within a Benedictine spiritual framework that emphasises the dignity of each person, and a commitment to welcome, inclusion, hospitality and stewardship. These are tangible values that define our way of doing things and which contribute to the outstanding reputation that Mater Dei enjoys in the wider community. 

Every day at Mater Dei the professional capacity and capabilities of staff are visible, as is the personalised learning created for each participant, and the genuine care shown to all.

We are indeed fortunate to be located on a beautiful rural setting in Camden, having operated here since 1957 under the stewardship of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. The influence of the Sisters is still profound, and the prayerful climate and peaceful culture of the school owes so much to their legacy.

This is a wonderful place to be and I invite you to find out more about NextPath and the world of Mater Dei on this website.

Welcome to Mater Dei.


Paul McCann
Interim CEO/Principal