Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School

High Wycombe

30 Munday Road
High Wycombe WA 6057
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Matthew Gibney

Catholic Primary School

High Wycombe

Welcome

Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School welcomes all new families to our school community. It is our hope that all the children will enjoy learning and be proud of their accomplishments.

From the Principal  – Term 2, Week 4

From the Principal – Term 2, Week 4

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students

How pleasant it has been this week to come to school and actually see the smile on the faces of our staff and parents.  We all feel so much better without masks – it certainly lifts the mood. Thank you again to our parents and visitors for your support over these past few weeks as we dealt with some COVID-19 restrictions. The biggest reminder I can give our parents, in order to maintain a healthy and safe environment at school, is to please keep your children home if they are unwell.  A day or two at home, when suffering a sniffly nose or a little cough, is usually enough to make sure that no germs are passed on to others. 

One of the more positive outcomes we have seen over the past two weeks has been the increased independence and resiliency of our students in coming into their classes on their own. We noticed this same resiliency last year when the students were coming into the school grounds independently. The teachers have commented how quickly the students have prepared themselves for class. The reduction in morning disruptions results in a smooth start to the day, for staff and students. As much as we love having our parents at school, perhaps parents could think about saying goodbye at the gate, once or twice a week. Perhaps the junior school parents could drop off at the door, from time to time. Giving our children these opportunities to manage, without assistance form Mum and Dad, is doing them a favour in developing the valuable life skills of independence and resiliency. 

First Eucharist Preparation

Preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist in the Year Four class is now in full swing. The students and parents joined together for a First Eucharist Workshop earlier this week. The workshop was an excellent opportunity for the parents and children to talk about the Sacrament of the Eucharist together. This is a very special time for the children as they prepare to receive Jesus for the first time in the Holy Eucharist. Please keep the Year Four students, their teachers and parents in your prayers as they prepare for the big day on 30th May. 

NAPLAN

The Year Three and Year Five students have been participating in the annual NAPLAN Assessment during this week. Once again, debate about NAPLAN is all over the media and everyone seems to have an opinion about the merit (or otherwise) of the annual assessments.  The tests provide the school and parents with data about how their children are achieving, at this point in time, in Literacy and Numeracy. At school we use the data from NAPLAN, alongside a wealth of additional data that is collected throughout the year, to inform us about how our students are tracking and to guide our teaching and learning programs.

Busy Bee – Saturday 22nd May

Please consider coming along to the Busy Bee on Saturday 22nd May. This is a good opportunity for our Dads to get together and complete some jobs around the school, before enjoying each other’s company over some refreshments. Please let the administration office staff know if you can come along. 

Today we commemorate the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. The Feast of the Ascension is the fortieth day after Easter Sunday. The Feast marks the end of the Risen Lord’s time on Earth. He ascends into Heaven to prepare a place for us, when our time comes.

 

Dear Lord Jesus Christ,

Right before your Ascension into heaven you told your apostles to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth upon receiving the Holy Spirit.

May I be similarly inspired to spread your Gospel message in word and deed, according to your will for me.

Amen.

I hope you can join us for our Merit Award Assembly on Friday morning at 9.00am.

Warm regards

Therese Hussey
Principal

School News

Road Safety

A few parents are crossing the road with their children, after school, away from the supervised pedestrian crossing. The drive through is always busy between 2.45pm and 3.20pm and crossing in front of the traffic is dangerous. Please take the time to cross the road at the pedestrian crossing.  

Pre-Kindy and Kindy Enrolments 2022

Pre-Kindy and Kindy enrolments for 2022 are filling up quickly.  Current families are reminded that an enrolment form is required for Kindy and Pre-Kindy before your child can be added to our lists for 2022. Please come into the office to collect an enrolment form or download a form available on our website. https://www.gibney.wa.edu.au/enrolment/

P&F 30th Anniversary Quiz Night

It has been wonderful to see the generosity of our families with the donations for the P&F Quiz Night. The donations box is in the administration office for parents who have not yet donated, and would like to do so. In particular, the committee could do with further hamper style donations, e.g. chocolates, wine, hand creams etc. Please consider purchasing a table of 10 tickets for the Quiz Night and come along to enjoy what promises to be a fun evening.

Cyclic Review

In Term One a number of parents, staff and students provided feedback to a review panel who visited the school to conduct our Cyclic Review. The review occurs every 5 years and provides valuable information to the school about our progress over the past few years and assists with setting goals for future improvement. Some of the key affirmations in the areas of Catholic Identity and Education from the review are:

  • The integration of faith, life and culture is evident in all aspects of school life.
  • The school provides a safe and welcoming environment, where all members of the community experience genuine belonging and connectedness. 
  • The Making Jesus Real (MJR) program encourages students at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School to act in a way that is consistent with the words, actions and teachings of Jesus.
  • There is a well-established and strong school and parish relationship and respectful solutions sought to address any concerns. The Parish Priest is a regular visitor to the school with every effort being made to overcome the challenges of the St Francis of Assisi church being 4km away in Maida Vale. 
  • The co-operative facilitation of the Sacrament preparation programs is evidence of the church and school working in unison.
  • The Panel found that there was a strong whole-school approach to the introduction and teaching of Literacy throughout the school.
  • Along with the focus on Writing, staff identified that there was also a focus on the development of good teaching strategies in Mathematics.
  • Parents were particularly pleased with teachers sending through the weekly/fortnightly Learning Intentions as this helps them to become more involved in and aware of the learning foci for their children.
  • The variety of assessments used throughout the school ensure that staff conversations are targeted and aimed at identifying the needs of the students. The rich data sources also ensure that the school is not reliant solely on NAPLAN to track growth. 

Religious Education News

Making Jesus Real          Week  4 Term 2

ENCOURAGMENT

Everyone needs a bit of encouragement from time to time, and often people aren’t as confident as they seem.  Often the people who appear the most calm and confident are also questioning themselves and in need of a boost.  So how do we know who needs encouragement and who doesn’t? Probably the answer is that we can’t always know, so try and give EVERYONE a bit of encouragement just in case!

Reflection

  1. Do you surround yourself with encouragers, or with discouragers?
  2. Do you practice positive self-talk or do you practice negative self-talk? In other words, do you build yourself up or do you tear yourself down?
  3. Who in your life, needs encouragement right now? How can you encourage them?

 

Year Five Good News

The Year Five class have been learning about Europe in Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS). We looked at lines and patterns used in the architecture of St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow!

P&F Meeting Dates Term Two

Meeting dates for the P&F during Term Two are:

  • Monday 24th May 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 23rd June 7.30pm

During Term Two the P&F will be preparing for the 30th Anniversary Quiz Night.  Your support at the meetings would be greatly appreciated.

Dates for Term Two

Thursday 13th May

  • Feast of the Ascension
  • 2.30pm Kindy Mother’s Day Afternoon

Friday 14th May

  • 9.00am Merit Award Assembly

Tuesday 18th May

  • Year 5 Excursion

Wednesday 19th May

  • 6.00pm School Advisory Council Meeting

Friday 21st May

  • Year 5 and Year 6 Sacred Saints Interschool Sport Afternoon

Saturday 22nd May

  • 8.00 – 11.00am Busy Bee

Sunday 23rd May

  • Pentecost Sunday