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 1, Week 4

From Principal – Term 1, Week 4

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students

Ash Wednesday

Next Wednesday, 2nd March, we commence the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday.  Unfortunately, we cannot attend Mass at the Church, as we normally would. Each class will have a class liturgy where the ashes will be distributed by the teachers. The ashes will be blessed by Fr Joseph prior to us receiving them. The students will be encouraged to think about sacrifices they can make during Lent to help them grow closer to God.  Once again, we will be participating in Project Compassion for Caritas and more information will be made available over the coming weeks.

Parents and Friends and Advisory Council Meetings

The online Parents and Friends meeting last week was well attended. It is great to see so many new families connecting with the P&F.  The P&F are focusing on friend raising activities for 2022 and have come up with several ideas of family events to explore over the coming months.  Please keep a look out for suggestions as they are shared on the parent Facebook pages. Engaging with family activities is such a good way to get to know other families and to feel connected to the school community.

The Catholic School Advisory Council had its first meeting for the year last week.  The Advisory Council members met online to commence planning our direction for 2022.  Capital planning, marketing and parish connections are all focus areas for the Advisory Council. We are hoping to connect with local Federal Government members, prior to the Federal Election, to explain our local context and ask what they can provide to improve the outcomes for children in our school.

Please note that there has been a change of date for the next P&F and Catholic School Advisory Council Meetings. The meetings will be held on Wednesday 30th March at the usual times.

2022 Collection Notice for Parents/Guardians

The Australian Government Department of Education has made a request to the school for us to provide residential addresses and other information as required under the Australian Education Regulation 2013.  Further information about the collection can be found at: 2022 Student Residential Address Collection Notice

Merit Award Recipients

Congratulations to our first Merit Award class recipients for 2022.  The students were presented with their awards in class and were congratulated by their classmates and teachers.

Code of Conduct and Friending Teachers

The Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School Code of Conduct is available for parents to view on our website:

Our staff operate under the code of conduct which states that they maintain professional relationships with students and parents and refrain from social interactions.  From time to time our staff may “like” or “comment” on school social media posts.  Please do not seek to friend or follow our staff on their personal social media accounts.  Thank you for your attention with this code of conduct requirement.

Italian Day

We all need some light-hearted fun during this time of restrictions for school events. We have decided to have an “Italian Day” on Thursday 3rd March for our students and staff to dress up, enjoy ice creams and pizzas and have some fun. Details about the Italian Day can be found in this newsletter.

Making Jesus Real

The Gospel reading from Last Sunday’s Mass reading supports our focus on the Making Jesus Real value of “Friendship.”  A friend is compassionate, kind and forgiving.  Jesus explained this clearly to his disciples in the following passage from Luke: 6.37

“Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.  Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; forgive and you will be forgiven. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned.”


Please keep Mrs Honter and her family in your prayers and thoughts.  Alison has had to travel to Scotland to care for a family member and will be away for the duration of the term.  Lisa Denys will manage the canteen in Alison’s absence.  Please direct any queries about canteen to Lisa.

Best wishes for the week ahead.  Let us look forward to some cooler weather.

Warmest regards

Therese Hussey

School News

Religious Education News

Making Jesus Real 2022     Week 4   Term 1     FRIENDSHIP


As parents and family members …  Set a good example and be a good friend yourself.

This is one of the greatest ways to teach kids about being a good friend. Talk to your kids about your friends in positive ways. Make time for your friends and find opportunities to help them, and bring your kids along so that they can be involved too. Think about the characteristics you value in good friends and consistently demonstrate them yourself.

It is important that we clearly explain what good friends do.  Good friends…

  • Remember important things (birthdays, accomplishments, etc.)
  • Are reliable.
  • Do kind things for one another and use kind language.
  • Help out when a friend is sad or has a problem.
  • Like to spend time together.
  • Have fun with one another.


Ash Wednesday is on the 2nd March.  Due to the ongoing Covid situation, Fr Joseph will bless the ashes on the Tuesday for us and the children will receive their ashes in a classroom prayer service on the Wednesday.   


We will be holding an Italian Day on Thursday 3rd March.  Signora Davey has organised for a gelato van to visit the school, and every child will be able to have a gelato as a special treat. The children have practising how to ask for their gelato in Italian.  We will also have a slice of pizza to go with our lunch.  Students are invited to dress in Italian colours on the day and really get into the spirit. 


Year Three Good News

Anna, Mia, Arden, Jake and Zachary have been creating beautiful Pete Cromer art works!

Upcoming Term One Dates

Wednesday 23rd February

9.00am Year 4 Class Liturgy

Wednesday 2nd March

9.30am Ash Wednesday Class Liturgies.

Friday 4th March

9.00am Merit Awards presented in class.

Monday 7th March

Public Holiday – Labour Day

Wednesday 9th March

9.00am Year 1 Class Liturgy

Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th March

Sacramental Commitment Weekend Masses Years 3, 4 and 6.

Monday 14th March

K-6 School Photo Day

Tuesday 15th March

Pre-Kindy School Photo Day