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.

This Issue

From Principal  – Term 3, Week 3

From Principal – Term 3, Week 3

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students

Catholic Schools in Western Australia currently provide an education for 18% of all WA school students.  This is a remarkable achievement for Catholic Education as it celebrates its 50th year as a WA education system. The reputation of our school is strong and positive and we are proud to be part of such a thriving system.  Here at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School I am delighted that our entry year enrolments, into both Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten are almost at full capacity for 2022.  Most of our enrolment interest comes from families who are recommended by our current families.  I can’t begin to thank our parents and grandparents enough for promoting our school so positively in the wider community. Your advocacy for our school assists us in creating the thriving, nurturing and pastoral Catholic school that continues to be an integral part of both our parish and local community.

Sacrament of Confirmation

This week the Year 6 students, and their parents and sponsors, joined with the St Francis of Assisi Parish Catechist students to participate in a workshop to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday 20th August. Sincerest thanks to Miss Zurzolo, Mrs Keddie, Mrs Thiessera and Mr Tjandra for preparing and facilitating the workshop.  The Sacrament of Confirmation is the final Sacrament of Initiation into the Catholic Church.  It is a significant time in the faith lives of our students. Please keep the students, and their parents and sponsors, in your prayers over the coming weeks.

God of all ages

You send out your Spirit to touch the hearts of all people,

Look kindly in our Year 6 candidates for Confirmation as they seek to hear your voice.

As they embark on their preparation for the Sacrament,

We pray that you send your Spirit to enlighten, guide, strengthen, console,

And open their hears as they continue to seek a closer relationship with you.

Help them to truly know the deep and abiding love you have for each of them.

Fill them with the joy of your presence.


Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

St Mary of the Cross, MacKillop, Australia’s first saint, will have her Feast Day celebrated on Monday 8th August. St Mary of the Cross is remembered for her remarkable life of service to others.  Mary MacKillop was dedicated to serving the poor and disadvantaged, especially through the education of children.  The legacy of St Mary of the Cross continues, as the Sisters of St Joseph work for the poor and disadvantaged, in countries throughout the world. 

Please join us to celebrate the life and legacy of St Mary of the Cross at our prayer service during assembly on Friday 6th August at 9.00am.

30th Anniversary Celebrations

The culture of our school is built upon its history and the contributions of all those who have come before.  All of us, staff, students, parents and parishioners add to the ongoing story of our community.  I was pleased this week to receive the following email from one of our past pupils who attended the recent celebration sundowner.  It is always encouraging that our past pupils want to reconnect with their old school and add their story to our history.

Dear Therese and Staff,

My friends and I would like to thank you for a fantastic night at the 30th Anniversary event a few weeks back. All the hard work the staff put in and to see all the old faces made the night fantastic.

I have also attached a photo of us all on the night and one from when we had been little students at Matthew Gibney.

David Shaw

Past Pupil

Angelico Arts Exhibition

The Catholic Arts Angelico Exhibition is an opportunity for our students in Catholic Schools in WA to showcase their visual arts talents.  Only eight pieces of art works per school can be entered into the exhibition and I am pleased that we have entries representing the artistic talent at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School.   The exhibition will be open from Monday 9 to Friday 27th August at the Forrest Centre, 221 St George’s Tce, Perth.




I look forward to welcoming parents and visitors to the Merit Award Assembly, and Prayer Service to celebrate the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross, on Friday at 9.00am.


Warm regards

Therese Hussey

School News

Religious Education News

Making Jesus Real  Week 3 Term 3      

Our new value this fortnight is COMPASSION. 

The Lord is gracious and righteous;

our God is full of compassion.

Psalm 116:5

When we look for opportunities to help people in need, we are showing compassion.  It is important for us to make our children realize that compassion has a much stronger meaning than simply “feeling sorry for” someone.  Every Monday, when our students buy a Milo to support St Vincent De Paul, we are helping them to know that there are others out there who need our financial support.  Our hearts are full of compassion for those who do not have the blessings that we have.   


Thanks to all our Year 6 students and the candidates from the Parish who attended our. Student and Parent Workshops on Wednesday afternoon. It was lovely to see some sponsors attending the sessions to find out more about the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Retreat Day will be held on Wednesday 18th  August with the 24/7 Youth Ministry leading the day.    

A big thank you to all the students who have volunteered to sing at our Confirmation Mass.  Your generosity and service is greatly appreciated.


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. 

Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment

Students in Years 3 and 5 participated today in the annual Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessments.  The assessment provides the school, and the Catholic Education system, with a snapshot of student achievement of knowledge of the Religious Education Curriculum. All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 across Catholic Schools in WA participate in the assessments.  Results of the assessments will be shared with the community, once they are received later in the year.

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.

Year 2 Good News

Year 2s celebrated ‘100 Days of School’!

Upcoming Term Three Dates

Friday 6th August

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

Monday 9th August

  • Milo Monday

Wednesday 11th August

  • Walk and Wave Wednesday

Friday 13th August

  • 9.00am Feast of the Assumption School and Parish Mass

Monday 16th August

  • Milo Monday

Wednesday 18th August

  • Walk and Wave Wednesday
  • Year 6 Confirmation Retreat Day
  • 6.00pm School Advisory Council Meeting
  • 7.30pm Parents and Friends Association Meeting

Friday 20th August

  • 9.30am Oklahoma Musical Performance and Adjudication (all welcome)
  • 6.00pm Confirmation Mass at St Francis of Assisi Church

Wednesday 25th August

  • Walk and Wave Wednesday
  • 4.00pm and 5.45pm Reconciliation Workshop for parents and students

Thursday 26th August

  • Book Week Parade – Kindy to Year 6

Friday 27th August

  • 9.00am Pre-Primary Class Assembly