Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School

High Wycombe

30 Munday Road
High Wycombe WA 6057
(08) 6216 8400
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Matthew Gibney

Catholic Primary School

High Wycombe


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.

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From the Principal  – Term 2, Week 5

From the Principal – Term 2, Week 5

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students

Everyone gets anxious or worried every now and then. We may worry about sitting a test, starting in a new sport team or meeting new people.  These are normal everyday worries that are part of life. For some young people (and adults) however, worries or anxieties can become persistent. When this happens the worries and anxieties can interfere with the activities of day-to-day life and cause problems at school and at home.  When we see that anxiety and worries begin to affect our young people it is important that we act. Early intervention can go a long way to helping our young people to regulate how they are feeling and help them deal with their worries in a manageable way. As adults caring for children, it is up to parents and teachers to identify when things may be escalating and getting a little out of hand. Some of the common signs in children include:

  • Wanting things to be perfect.
  • Reluctance to ask for help or ask questions.
  • Difficulty joining in, shyness, or withdrawal from social interactions.
  • Avoidance of fear/anxiety-provoking situations.
  • Difficulty concentrating and/or completing tasks.
  • Feeling ill and/or requesting to go home from school.
  • Fear of tests, presentations, or performance-based situations.
  • Worrying that performance on assignments, tests or presentations will not be good enough.

At school we are committed to listening to our students and responding appropriately to their worries and anxieties.  The voice of the child is a term that we use regularly. We recognise that some children may find it difficult to talk to their teacher about what is causing them stress or anxiety. Whilst our teachers are great at “checking in” with students we understand that classrooms are busy places and students may not be able to find a private moment to voice their concerns. To provide another means for student to have their concerns heard we have introduced a letterbox system.  A letterbox is available outside the classroom, one for the junior students and one for the middle- and upper-year levels. Students are encouraged to write down their concerns or worries and place it in the letterbox at some time during the day. The boxes are checked each day so concerns can be followed up quickly.  A sheet is available for the children to use to make it easier to communicate their worries, if they would like to use it.  Please encourage the children to write their concerns and use the letterbox system if they do not find the time to talk to their teachers. We want our students to be confident in asking for help so we can work together, with our parents, to ensure day to day worries and anxieties do not turn into bigger problems.

National Volunteer Week

This week, across Australia, we are celebrating the wonderful gift that our volunteers bring to our communities. Here at Matthew Gibney we are graced with volunteers on a daily basis. My intention this week was to personally thank every volunteer who came into the school. However, this was an ambitious intention and not one I was able to fulfil, due to us simply having so many volunteers participating in a variety of ways each day. This week alone we have had parents volunteering in the following areas:

  • Canteen volunteers
  • Organising reading book exchange
  • Classroom helpers
  • Quiz Night volunteers meeting for a planning meeting
  • Quiz Night committee members sourcing donations
  • School Advisory Council members meeting
  • Parents volunteering on a school excursion and for Sacred Saints Interschool Sport.
  • Dads volunteering for the Busy Bee on Saturday.

I am sure I have missed something – but, the list for this week alone is impressive.  This is a small school where our parents have big hearts. On behalf of the staff and students we are sincerely grateful for all you to to assist us in providing the very best we can for our students. Your assistance, as volunteers is highly valued. Thankyou!

Parents and Friends Meting – Monday 24th May 2.00pm

Please consider coming along to the afternoon P&F Meeting on Monday 24th May commencing at 2.00pm.  The meeting will be held in the Library and toys will be available for young children. This will be an opportunity to join discussions about planning for school improvements and school events. The P&F meetings also provide our parents with an avenue to meet other parents and bring along any ideas you may have.

P&F 30th Anniversary Quiz Night 19th June

Preparations are under way for the Quiz Night. Donations for prizes are coming in thick and fast. We encourage all families to come along to the Quiz Night. Put together a table of 10 friends and support this wonderful fund-raising initiative to raise money for our nature playgrounds. Tickets are still available.

Pentecost Sunday

The Feast of Pentecost is celebrated on Sunday 23rd May. When the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles, seven days after Jesus ascended into Heaven, it literally changed their lives. The Holy Spirit gave the Apostles, and the followers of Jesus, the gifts they required to go out into the world and spread the good news of Jesus. Pentecost is sometimes referred to as the birthday of the Church. The Holy Spirit continues to give love, strength and grace to us, the followers of Christ, so we too can effect change in the world. The Year Six students will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, as the Apostles did, when they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation later in the year. The Holy Spirit gives all of us the strength, courage and wisdom we need to make Jesus real in our everyday lives.

And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. (Acts 2:2-4)

Good luck to our Cross-Country Team who are competing at the inter school carnival on Monday 24th May.

Warm regards

Therese Hussey

School News

First Eucharist Preparation

The Year Four class will participate in their First Eucharist Retreat Day on Wednesday 26th May. The retreat day will be an opportunity for the students and their teachers to reflect upon the Sacrament of the Eucharist so they are fully prepared to their First communion Mass on Sunday 30th May. Please keep the Year Four students, their families and teachers in your prayers during this time of preparation.

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.

Religious Education News

Catholic Education – Celebrating 200 Years

On Monday 24th May, Catholic schools across Australia will gather to celebrate 200 years of education.  This day has been chosen as it is the Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, the patron saint of Australia.

We invite our parents and families to join with us in the Library at 9am on Monday, for a special Prayer service to recognise this historical event for Australian Catholic Schools.

Making Jesus Real          Week 5 Term 2

This fortnight our focus is on kindness. 

Jesus was the epitome of kindness, for example: helping children, the sick, the poor and the excluded. The intention is to be inspired by his actions then explore and discover how we discover that kindness creates more kindness. Kindness is contagious and brings joy to ALL.

“… for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and gave me clothing …” – Matthew 25:35-36, 40

Eucharist 2021

Please continue to pray for the children who are receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist on the 30th May at 11am. 

A big thank you to all the children from Years 2-6 who have volunteered to sing in our choir on the day, accompanied by Mrs Aldred. Your generosity, shows that you are really making Jesus Real. 


Please Note: Change of date for Milo Mornings – apologies for the wrong date last week!

Canteen News

Children attending Sacred Saints Carnival (Years 5 & 6) on Friday 21st May can still order their lunch as usual. Their lunch will be distributed early for them.

Year Two Good News

The Year Two class have been learning about Ascension of Jesus!

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

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

Monday 24th May

  • Year 3-6 Cross Country Interschool Carnival
  • 2.00pm P&F Meeting in Library

Wednesday 26th May

  • 8.20 – 8.45 Milo Morning
  • Reconciliation for Year 4 students

Thursday 27th May

  • Year 4 First Eucharist Retreat Day

Friday 28th May

  • 9.00 Year 2 Class Assembly and Merit Awards

Sunday 30th May

  • 11.00am First Eucharist Mass