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 8

From Principal – Term 3, Week 8

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students

Today you may have noticed staff wearing yellow in recognition of R U OK? Day. It is a special day on which we are encouraged to ask others, “Are you OK?”. It’s a wonderful concept that is as relevant to Christians as anyone else in our society. It is in checking in with each other that we can make a difference to someone else’s day. Our students and staff check in with each other often.  In asking someone if they are ok, we are living the example of Jesus in showing kindness, compassion and empathy for others.  This is what it means to truly make Jesus real.

This week is also National Child Protection Week. The week is a national campaign to highlight and educate the community that every child should be able to grow up safe. The campaign runs from Sunday 4 September through to Saturday 10 September 2022. This year the focus is “Every Child in every community needs a fair go.” As a Catholic school, this focus provides an opportunity to emphasis our strong commitment to the safety and wellbeing of young people in our care and the important role they play to help nurture safe environments at school, online , at home and in the community.


Dear Lord,

Teach me to reach out to you in my need

and help me to lead others to you by my example.

Most loving Heart of Jesus, bring me health in body and spirit

that I may serve you with all my strength.

Touch gently this life which you have created, now and forever.



Athletics Carnival

What a wonderful day we had last Friday for our Faction Athletics Carnival.  It was terrific to see so many parents and supporters coming along to cheer the students as they participated.  The encouragement our students showed to each other during the carnival was a pleasure to see.  Everyone participated with a strong sense of positivity and excellent sportsmanship.  Thank you to Mrs Hewitt and all the staff, and parent volunteers, for coming together to make the day so enjoyable.



Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival

It is my pleasure to announce that the recent Year 4, 5 and 6 musical performance of Little Red Riding Hood has been successful in achieving an Award Of Excellence from the adjudicators.  Congratulations to Mrs Aldred for this wonderful result.


Welcome Mrs Julie West

This week we welcome Mrs Julie West as Administration Officer. Mrs West will be working every day for the next few weeks as she becomes familiar with her role and starts to get to know our staff, students and parents.  Please pop into the office and introduce yourselves to Julie, when you get a chance.

I look forward to welcoming parents and friends to the Year 1 Assembly and Merit Award presentations on Friday 9th September.  The Year 1 students have been working hard to prepare an entertaining assembly for their visitors.

Fingers crossed the Dockers pull another great win out of the bag when they face Collingwood on the weekend


Best wishes for the week ahead.

Warm regards

Therese Hussey


School News

Year 3 Good News 

Year 3 are preparing for their Reconciliation – Tex, Hayden, Aurora, Lachlan, Jade and Nevaeh


From our Social Worker, Chloe Grant

Did you know…

that when you practice GRATITUDE you actively improve your mental health?

When we look for things in our life to be grateful for, we train our brains to seek the positive instead of focussing on negatives. The more we practice the more automatically this happens.

When we practice gratitude and remember positive things about our day to be thankful for, our brain is flooded with feel-good chemicals as if we are reliving the experience all over again.

It’s a win-win!

One way of doing this at home (without making it a chore!) is to go around the dinner table at night and each take a turn saying one thing you were grateful for that day. It can be as simple as “I am grateful for the 10 minutes of sunshine I got during my lunch break” or “I am grateful for the laugh I had with the person who served me at Woolies” or “I am grateful for the delicious dinner we just ate – its my favourite”. In my house sometimes they are as silly as, “I am grateful I had time to wash my hair this morning”

It only takes 3 weeks to change a habit, have a go and see if this can become part of your family routine.

Haircuts Suitable for School

Our School Uniform Policy clearly states that a number 1 haircut, or shorter, is not permitted. I have noticed several boys coming to school with full or partial number 1 haircuts.  Please abide by our school uniform policy and support the correct haircuts, suitable for school.  Notes will be sent home with students who are not abiding with our uniform policy. The policy can be viewed via the link:

MBA Monday Afternoon After School Sports Club

Parents are reminded that MBA Sports will be running an after-school sports club for students from PP to Year 6 on Monday afternoons in Term 4.  Parents may register their child to attend.  Registration and further information is available at: After School Clubs – Term 4 | MBA Sports Coaching – Eastern Suburbs  Please note that availability is limited.


Assembly and Prayer Service Date Change Year 1 and 2


  • Year 1 Assembly – Friday 10th September
  • Year 2 Assembly – Friday 23rd September
  • Year 1 Prayer Service – 21st September


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. Wednesday 14th September 10.00am (following Year 6 Class Mass). “Managing a Transition to High School.” – Facilitated by Chloe Grant for Year 6 parents.


Upcoming Dates

Friday 10th September

9.00 Year 1 Assembly and Merit Awards

3.15 Fathers and Children Sport Afternoon with MBA Sport Coaching.

Wednesday 14th September

9.00 Year 6 Class Mass

9.45 Year 6 Parent Workshop: Transitioning to High School.

Thursday 15th September

WASO Incursion

Friday 16th September

9.00 Year 4 Assembly and Merit Awards

3.30pm Challenge Club Night of the Notables.

Monday 19th September

9.00 First Reconciliation Retreat

2.30pm First Reconciliation rehearsal at St Francis of Assisi Church

Wednesday 21st September

9.00 Year 1 Prayer Service

5.30pm First Reconciliation Ceremony

Thursday 22nd September

Year 1-6 Interschool Athletics Carnival

Friday 23rd September

9.00 Year 2 Assembly and Merit Awards

Pre-Primary Excursion

End of Term 3

Monday 10th October

Commencement of Term 4