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 9

From Principal – Term 3, Week 9

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students

This Week at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School

The run-up to the end of the term continues to gain momentum.  This week the students have enjoyed a range of activities that makes school life varied, interesting, and engaging.  The Year 3 and 4 students absolutely loved their visit to Optus Stadium.  The students marvelled at the scope of the stadium and the facilities the stadium provides.  The Year 6 students have had a busy week with their first before-school Chess Club morning, around the fireplace, in a very quiet classroom.  You could hear a pin drop walking past the classroom as the students were quietly engaged in learning chess or developing their tactics in a game.  Good luck to our students as they prepare for a Chess Tournament in Term 4.

The Year 6 students had their final class Mass this week with Fr Joseph.  There are a number of “final” events now for our Year 6 students as they look towards their final term at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School.

The week has continued with an enjoyable Kindy Athletics Carnival.  It was wonderful to see our youngest students participating in their races with such enthusiasm.  The visit from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra this afternoon was a joy for our staff and students.  The musicians entertained us with a repertoire of glorious music, and, in the process, the students were able to learn about the various instruments of the orchestra. But there is more!  We look forward to the Year 4 Assembly tomorrow morning and the Challenge Groups Night of the Notables tomorrow evening.  Just another busy week at Matthew Gibney!

Year 3 Reconciliation

Please keep the Year 3 students, their parents, and teachers, in your prayers. The students are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time at St Francis of Assisi Parish on 21st September.  The students have worked hard, under the guidance of Mrs Hawley, and are confidently prepared to receive the Sacrament as the next step of their faith journey. Best wishes to the students for a reflective retreat day on Monday.

Death of Queen Elizabeth II

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.  I was surprised to hear the reaction of the students.  I wrongly presumed that the life of the Queen would be of little consequence for them.  However, the students were keen to talk about the death of Queen Elizabeth and could appreciate that hers was indeed a life of service, courage, and great faith in God.

“As the Queen enters into the great mystery of eternal life with the Lord, we will pray for the repose of her soul and for the support and comfort of her family, her nation and the wider community of the Commonwealth.”

(Statement from Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB DD)     

Date Changes and Public Holiday 22nd September

Parents are reminded that we will have a public holiday on Thursday 22nd September to mourn the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II. This is not an early start to the school holidays and there is an expectation that students return to school on Friday 23rd September.  Friday is the final day of Term Three.

The Interschool Athletics Carnival has been postponed.  The various schools involved are trying to find a suitable date, sometime in the first 2 weeks of Term Four. Parents will be informed once the date has been confirmed.

The Year 2 Assembly will take place on Tuesday 20th September at 9.00am.  The Year 2 students have been working hard to prepare their assembly and we hope family and friends make the effort to come along.

Short Term Principal – Di Scriven

I will be taking some long service and will be away in the final week of Term Three and the first two weeks of Term Four. I will be spending time away visiting family in the UK.  I leave you in the very capable hands of Mrs Diane Scriven. Please support Di during my 3 weeks absence and look forward to seeing you all when I return on 24th October.


Commiserations to all the Dockers supporters!

Best wishes for the week ahead.


Warm regards

Therese Hussey

School News

Parents and Friends Association News

Save the date for Disco Bingo on Friday 14th October.  This promises to be a lot of fun and a wonderful way for the P&F to raise money for new reading books for our students.  Fliers are available in the administration office.  Get your best disco gear on and put a table together for a fun night of bingo calling and disco music.


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


Upcoming Dates

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

Thursday 13th October

  • Educ Dance classes commence

Friday 14th October

  • 00pm P&F Disco Bingo Night

Monday 17th October

  • 00am Procession of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Christmas Hamper collection commences.

Wednesday 19th October

  • 00 Year 3 Class Liturgy

Friday 21st October

  • 00am Merit Award Assembly

Monday 24th October

  • PP Wildlife Incursion

Wednesday 26th October

  • 00pm CSAC Meeting
  • 30pm P&F Meeting

Friday 28th October

  • Grandparents Day and Matthew Gibney Day Events

Monday 31st October-Friday 4th November

  • Wellness Week