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 6

From Principal – Term 3, Week 6

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students

This week our Year 3 students, and their parents, participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation Workshop.  The workshop provides valuable preparation for our families as they ensure the children are as ready as possible to receive the Sacrament at the end of the term.  The teaching staff do a terrific job in preparing the children.  However, as parents are the first educators of their children in faith, it is always essential that our parents have every opportunity to be involved.  Sincerest thanks to Ms Keddie and Mrs Hawley for preparing for the workshop.  Please keep our Year 3 students in your prayers during their next few weeks of preparation.

Loving God help us to teach our children that you love us totally and unconditionally. Help us to encourage our children to grow in love and to learn how to say sorry, knowing that you always forgive. Give us the courage to pray with our children and to share our faith with them as we journey together.

Absences from School

Once again, I remind parents that notification of a student absence must be forwarded to the administration office, prior to 8.55am. Teachers do not have time in the mornings to check absentee emails. If the administration office is not notified of an absentee, an SMS can be sent out unnecessarily.  The administration staff need to finalise all absentees before 10.00am.  This is becoming increasingly difficult when we do not receive timely notification from parents.  Absentee checks are completed to ensure the safety and whereabouts of all our students.  Parent cooperation in this matter is appreciated.

Sports Carnival Canteen Ordering

Parents are reminded that canteen pre-orders for the Sports Day need to be placed by Tuesday 31st August.  No online ordering is available for the Sports Day special canteen menu and no late orders can be accepted.  There will be a special morning tea for visitors and special morning tea items for the students.  Once again, there will be no pre-ordering for these items and parents and students will need to pay in cash.  The regular lunch menu will be available for students and may be ordered online or in person.

Parent Help Required

Mrs Honter would appreciate some parents to help out with the canteen orders during the Sports Day.  It is a busy canteen day and a number of helpers are required.  Please let Mrs Honter or Mrs Kays know if you are available to help.


P&F Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Donations towards the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle on Saturday 28th August have been overwhelmingly generous.  Thank you to our wonderful parents for their generous support.  A few additional helpers are still required for the afternoon sessions.  Please let office staff know if you are available to help or add your name to the online roster that was shared on Seesaw.   Money raised for the sausage sizzle will go towards the 30th Anniversary Nature Playgrounds Project.

Father’s Day Breakfast

Thank you to the P&F for organising the Father’s Day Breakfast on Friday 3rd September.  We look forward to a big crowd joining us to celebrate the special gift that our Fathers are to their families.

Scholastic Book Fair

The annual Scholastic Book Fair will commence on Friday 3rd September and be available until Tuesday 7th September, both before and after school.  The Scholastic Book Fair is a wonderful opportunity for parents to stock up on Christmas gifts.  Sincerest thanks to Marnie Hughes for organising the Scholastic Book Fair, once again this year. 

Sport Carnival Day

The Athletics Carnival is quickly approaching.  The carnival commences with the jumps and throws on Thursday 2nd September.  This will be followed by the main carnival for students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 on Friday 3rd September.  We keep our fingers crossed for fine weather.  The Athletics Carnival is always a great day of fun competition for our students and we hope that parents will be able to come along and enjoy the day. Thank you to Mr Oliver Battistessa for his work in preparing for the carnival.

The Pre-Primary Assembly is tomorrow morning commencing at 9.00am.  These young students have been busily preparing and we wish them all the best for their performance.


Best wishes for the week ahead.

Therese Hussey

School News

Religious Education News

Making Jesus Real  Week 6 Term 3      


All around the world, successful friendship depends on the same, fundamental skills.

To be successful, children must:

  • regulate their own, negative emotions;
  • understand other people’s emotions and perspectives;
  • show sympathy, and offer help to friends in need;
  • feel secure and trusting of other people;
  • know how to handle introductions, and participate in conversation;
  • be capable of cooperation, negotiation, and compromise;
  • know how to apologize, and make amends; and
  • be understanding (and forgiving) of other people’s mistakes.

These are all skills that we promote and practise through our MJR program.


Next Monday 30th August, is our last Milo Monday for 2021.

A huge thank you to all the students who have come each week and bought a milo to support the Mini Vinnies.  Don’t forget you can order online or buy one at recess.

Your generosity each week, is very much appreciated.  The money that we have raised this year, will go to our local St Vincent De Paul Society of Maida Vale.  We know that there are many families in the local area who require support and assistance.


Thank you to all those who have donated unwanted clean clothes to the Vinnies Winter Appeal.  This will be picked up on Friday. 




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.

Kindy Good News

The Kindy class have been learning about books written by Julia Donaldson and the book series called “Pete the Cat”!


Upcoming Term Three Dates

Friday 27th August

  • 9.00am Pre-Primary Class Assembly

Saturday 28th August

  • P&F Bunnings Midland Sausage Sizzle

Monday 30th August

  • Milo Monday

Tuesday 31st August

  • Sports Day Canteen Orders Due

Wednesday 1st September

  • Walk and Wave Wednesday
  • 9.00am Year 2 Class Liturgy

Thursday 2nd September

  • 9.00am House/Faction Carnival Jumps and Throws

Friday 3rd September

  • Father’s Day Breakfast
  • House/Faction Athletics Carnival
  • Scholastic Book Fair Commences

Week 8: 6th – 10th September


Monday 6th September

  • Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday 7th September

  • Scholastic Book Fair

Friday 10th September

  • 9.00am Merit Award Assembly