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.

This Issue

From Principal  – Term 3, Week 1

From Principal – Term 3, Week 1

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students

After the disruptions of the final week of Term Two, it has been such a pleasure to welcome students and parents back to school for the commencement of Term Three.  I hope you have all had a relaxing holiday break. I have appreciated hearing stories from the students about holiday events, for those who enjoyed time at home and those who were lucky enough to have holidays away. 

This term we welcome a number of new families to our school.  I am most grateful to the class parent representatives for getting in touch with new families and helping them feel comfortable settling into a new school community. I am always impressed with the beautiful welcome that the children display towards our new students.  They go out of their way to help newcomers feel at home.  The students are a wonderful example to us all about inclusivity and welcome.

NAIDOC Week celebrations have been held at school this week.  We began the week with a visit from Uncle Nev Collard, who lead us in a welcome and smoking ceremony. Uncle Nev had some engaging stories for our students.  Parents are invited to our NAIDOC Week Prayer Service, on Friday 23rd July commencing at 9.00am.  The prayer service will give us an opportunity to pray together for the protection of this great land and the cultural heritage of Indigenous Australians. We have managed to display the banner that the students worked on together last year.  The serpent banner is proudly displayed in the undercover area.    

World Day for Grandparents

Pop Francis has declared Sunday 25th July as World Day for Grandparents.  The day is chosen as it is the day before the Feast Day of St Anne and St Joachim, the Grandparents of Jesus.  Here at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School we know that Grandparents are actively involved in the life of the school and the lives of their Grandchildren.  The school is enriched by the presence, care and contribution of Grandparents. 

Sundowner

We look forward to welcoming parents, past pupils, parishioners and special guests to the 30th  Anniversary Sundowner on Friday evening.  The attendance list has grown over the past week and we are delighted that so many friends of the school are keen to celebrate this significant milestone with us.

Nature Playgrounds

The nature playgrounds project has been a significant component of our 30th anniversary celebrations. I am delighted that the first stage of the project will commence in the Early Learning Centre playground in September.  The new playground structures will be available for the Kindy, Pre-Kindy and Pre-Primary students to enjoy in Term Four.  The playgrounds will be officially opened during our Matthew Gibney Day celebrations in Term Four.

Catholic Arts Festival

Best wishes to Mrs Aldred and the Year 5 and 6 students as they commence final preparations for the musical excerpt of Oklahoma.  The students will perform the musical for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival with a public performance on Friday 20th August at 9.30am.

I look forward to welcoming parents to the NAIDOC Prayer Service and merit award assembly on Friday 23rd July at 9.00am.

Warm regards

Therese Hussey
Principal

School News

Religious Education News

Making Jesus Real  Week 1 Term 3

 

 

 

Our MJR focus for the next 2 weeks is WELCOMING.

Our God is a welcoming God, He welcomes everyone.  When Jesus lived on earth, He welcomed anyone into his presence. With Jesus as our example, we should never be shy about welcoming others. 

One of the greatest things you can do for someone is to make them feel welcome.

Remember to introduce people to one another and take that burden off them.

Invite them into the conversation.

Make them feel included.

Don’t make them hang out on the outside.

Make sure they know they are welcome and that they belong.

Milo Mondays are BACK!

Year 5 Mini Vinnies are looking forward to serving warm milo next Monday 26th July and throughout this term to raise money for the St Vincent De Paul Society.  Please help us to help others in need.

Milo $1.50 with marshmallows

 

Welcome to Matty the Bear

The students were introduced to Matty the Bear at our gathering on Tuesday morning.  Matty will be awarded to a class that demonstrates the Making Jesus Real Values during a two-week period.  The students are looking forward to welcoming Matty to their class during the term.

SAVE THE DATE! Parish School Lunch – Gift from the Parishioners of St Francis of Assisi Parish.

The parishioners of St Francis of Assisi Parish have decided to gift the school with a school and parish community lunch on Sunday 17th October to celebrate our 30th anniversary.  The parish are arranging a luncheon for all members of the school and parish community. Families are encouraged to come along and enjoy this most generous gift from the parish.

Parent Intentions and Enrolments for 2022

Each year we have families discontinue their enrolment at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School, for a variety of reasons.  In order for us to allocate places to families who are currently on a wait list for the 2022 school year, I request that families who either know they will be moving, or those families who are thinking about a possible move, to please let the school know as soon as possible.  It is important that we can offer some certainty to parents who would like their child to attend our school in 2022.

Pre-Kindy Enrolments 2022

Pre-Kindy enrolments for 2022 are filling up quickly.  We have only a small number of vacancies.  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/

Year 6 Good News

Year 6 completed some fantastic painted waves for our Refugee unit and terrific Tessellations for Mathematics!

Upcoming Term Three Dates

Friday 23rd July 

  • 9.00am NAIDOC Week Prayer Service and Merit Award Assembly
  • 6.00pm 30th Anniversary Sundowner

Monday 26th July 

  • Milo Monday
  • Cockatoo Incursion

Wednesday 28th July

  • Walk and Wave Wednesday
  • 9.00am Year 5 Class Mass

Monday 2nd August

  • Milo Monday
  • Water Wise Incursion

Wednesday 4th August

  • 4.00pm and 4.45pm Confirmation Parent, Sponsor, Child Workshop
  • Year 3 and Year 5 Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment

Friday 6th August

  • 9.00am Merit Award Assembly and St Mary of the Cross Mackillop Prayer Service