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

“If we have love in our hearts, we shall have God with us.”

“Find happiness in making others happy.” (Mary MacKillop 21.11.1899)

The Feast Day of Australia’s St Mary of the Cross, MacKillop, is celebrated on Monday 8th  August.  St Mary was an extraordinary woman.  She was a woman of great faith who was immersed in the world.  She lived the suffering of oppression, rejection, and hardship.  Mary’s affinity and great desire to assist vulnerable children and women, came from her own experiences.  This is what makes her so relatable to us today.  Amongst the challenges of her life, Mary’s faith remained steadfast.  She knew her faith in God would carry her through the hardships she faced, with a strong and positive attitude.   St Mary of the Cross is an example of a woman of courage and determination.  She never gave up.   We will commemorate the Feast Day here at school with a prayer service on Friday 5th August at 9.00am.  Parent and friends are welcome to join us.

Sacrament of Confirmation

The Year 6 students are working hard to prepare to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation on Friday 19th  August.  Please keep the students, their parents, sponsors, and their teachers, in your prayers over the coming weeks.

Students from other year levels are encouraged to come along and sing in the choir to support the Year 6 students receiving Confirmation.  The Mass will commence at 6.00pm and should be finished by 7.30pm.  Please see Mrs Keddie if you can help.

International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on 9 August each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognises the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues.  This year the day focuses on the role of indigenous women in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge.  In Australia, we raise awareness to the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are the longest existing indigenous culture on earth.

Parent Communication

The recent School Climate Survey indicated that parents would like more information and feedback about how their children are progressing at school. The school is keen to hear from our parents how we can improve in this area.  Please look out for a short survey that will be coming home soon to help us improve our feedback to parents.

Catholic Performing Arts Festival

The Catholic Arts Festival for 2022 has commenced.  We are delighted that we have visual arts works displayed in the Angelico Arts Exhibition.  Congratulations to Imogen, from Year 6, who performed beautifully in the piano solo section.  We now look forward to the combined Year 4, 5 and 6 musical, Little Red Riding Hood, to be performed in front of the adjudicator and audience at school on Thursday 25th  August at 11.30am.  Please add the date to your diaries and come along to enjoy what promises to be a wonderful performance.

P&F Coffee Morning

Please come along and enjoy a hot drink, courtesy of the P&F, on Thursday 11th  August at 8.30am.  A Parent Reading Workshop for parents of Pre-Primary and Year One students, will follow the coffee morning at 9.15am.

I look forward to welcoming parents and friends to the St Mary of the Cross Feast Day Prayer Service on Friday morning at 9.00am.

Best wishes for the weekend.

Warm regards

Therese Hussey


School News

Uniform Centre

Please note that the Uniform Centre will be open on Friday 12th  August in Week 4, rather than the usual Thursday opening.  This change is for Week 4 only.

Canteen Survey

A short survey is clearly a good survey!  The response to the canteen survey has been excellent – thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. The survey closes on Friday this week.  Please click the link to complete if you have not already done so. Canteen Survey

Canteen News

Thank you for supporting our school canteen.  The canteen provides an excellent service, and I am pleased to see that sales are steady.  Parents are reminded that Pre-Primary students may order recess from the canteen on Tuesday and Friday.

I know many of our students lament the loss of the Yummy Drummies from the canteen menu.  Unfortunately, Yummy Drummies are no longer available from our supplier.  Mrs Honter is looking into alternatives.

Derby Day is on Friday 12th August.  The canteen will be running a special and pre-orders are required.  Please pick up an order form from the office if you have not received one.


Uniform Committee Meeting

All parents are invited to attend a meeting on Friday 19th August at 2.30pm.  This is an opportunity for parents to hear about progress with the girl’s winter trousers and to offer suggestions.

Parent Workshops Offered in Term Three

Several workshops will be offered during this term.  Workshops are offered in response to parent requests and we invite all parent to come along.  Please add the dates to your diaries.  Workshops planned for the term are:

  1. Thursday 11th  August 9.15am. “Effective Home Reading” – facilitated by Diane Scriven for PP and Year 1 Parents.
  2. Thursday 8th September 9.00am. “Dealing with Children’s’ Anxiety” – facilitated by Social Worker, Chloe Grant. This workshop is for all interested parents.
  3. Wednesday 14th September 10.00am (following Year 6 Class Mass). “Managing a Transition to High School.” – Facilitated by Chloe Grant for Year 6 parents.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

The annual Bunnings Sausage Sizzle will be held on Saturday 20th  August at Midland Bunnings.  The sausage sizzle is a significant fundraiser in the calendar and its success relies on assistance from our parents.  Please consider volunteering to help out at the sausage sizzle for a few hours. A roster will soon be shared with parents, and I encourage you to help out.  It is always good fun and a great opportunity to meet other parents.

Life Education Incursion 30th August

The Life Education Incursion will take place on Tuesday 30th August.  Life Education is an Australian preventive health program that empowers children to make safe and healthy choices in their lives.  The Life Education organisation has online parent sessions available for parents to log into so they can learn more about the content the children will be covering in their incursion.  The link can be accessed via the QR code or at:

Pre-Primary Good News

“The Holy Spirit helps us to remember to be kind to our friends”.

We made pictures, to share how we can all be good friends in Pre-Primary!

Father’s Day Fun

Bread Bag Fundraiser


Upcoming Term Two Dates

Friday 5th August

9.00am St Mary of the Cross Mackillop Feast Day Prayer Service.

Monday 8th August

Feast of St Mary of the Cross (Mary Mackillop).

Tuesday 9th August

International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples.

Wednesday 10th August

Milo Morning

9.00am Year 2 Class Liturgy.

Thursday 11th August

8.30am P&F Coffee Van

9.15am PP and Year 1 Parent Reading Workshop.

Friday 12th August

8.30am Uniform Centre Open

9.30am School and Parish Mass for the Feast of the Assumption.

Canteen Derby Day Menu

Wednesday 17th August

9.00am Year 5 Class Mass

Thursday 18th August

9.00am Year 6 Confirmation Retreat at school.

Friday 19th August

9.00am Year 1 Class Assembly and Merit Awards

2.30pm School Uniform Parent Meeting

6.00pm Sacrament of Confirmation Mass at St Francis of Assisi Parish