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 4, Week 3

From Principal – Term 4, Week 3

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students

It has been lovely to be back at school and greet students and parents after my period of leave. Thank you to Diane Scriven and Karen Keddie for looking after everything during my absence. They have done a wonderful job, making it very smooth for my return.

Matthew Gibney and Grandparents Day – Friday 28th October

We are very excited about our Matthew Gibney Day celebrations to be held tomorrow, commencing at 9.00am. This is a special day on our calendar. It is a day for us to honour and thank God for the gift of our Grandparents, as we also commemorate our founder, Bishop Matthew Gibney. Please join us for as much of the day as you can.


  • 9.00 am: Mass, Year 5 presentation of the Matthew Gibney Story and cutting of the cake.
  • 10.00 am: Open Classroom, Pre-Primary to Year 6.
  • 10.40 am: Morning tea for our guests and visitors.
  • 11.30 am: Concert.
  • 2.00 pm: Disco.
  • 2.20 pm: PK and Kindy students invited to attend disco with their parents.

Please note that there will be no canteen available on Friday and students will need to bring their own recess and lunch.


Dear God, please bless my grandparents.
Thank you for the life they gave my parents
and for the life, they give to me.

For the ways they helped me and made me strong, I give thanks.
For the ways, they love me no matter what, I rejoice.
For the ways, they have paved the road that leads me here, I am grateful. 

Let them grow in wisdom and joy in life.
Let them find peace and rest from their work.
Let them be healed of every sickness and pain.


Staffing News

It is with a heavy heart that I inform our community that after 24 years of dedicated service to the school, Mrs Diane Scriven will be retiring at the end of this year. Mrs Scriven has been teacher, Assistant Principal and Short-Term Principal during her time at the school. Diane is a passionate educator and her contribution to the success of the school, over the past 24 years, has been significant. She will be greatly missed. However, I acknowledge that after such a successful career Diane feels now is the time to retire to spend more time with her family. We will celebrate Diane’s long and successful career with the school community later in the term.

Farewell to Louell Renzullo and Welcome to Trishna Baulka

As indicated to parents earlier this week, Mrs Louell Renzullo’s retirement takes effect, as from today. Louell has been a dedicated Finance Officer for the past 2 years and her contribution to the successful financial management of the school has been significant. We wish Louell all the best as she completes her working life to spend more time with family.

We welcome Mrs Trishna Baulka as our new Finance Officer. Trishna joins us from La Salle College and will be working Monday to Thursday. Please come in to the office and introduce yourselves to Trishna over the coming week. Welcome, Trishna!


World Teacher’s Day – 28th October

On Friday we celebrate World Teacher’s Day. This is a day when we acknowledge all staff who work in our school. All staff are dedicated to the wellbeing of every child and we celebrate and acknowledge their roles and the difference they make in the daily lives of our children. Please find the time to say “thank you” to our staff when you see them on Friday.

Wellness Week – 31st October to 4th November

We look forward to a successful Week of Wellness (WOW) commencing on Monday 31st October. A flier advertising the week’s activities will be sent home, via Seesaw. A few things to remember during Week of Wellness:

  • Monday: The week will commence with a walk and talk of the oval on Monday morning at any time between 8.30am and 8.50 am. Parents are invited to walk around the oval, with their children, and enjoy a chat and exercise to commence the week.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday 8.30 am: Storytime in the Library. Parents with Kindy and Pre-Kindy children are invited to stay.
  • Thursday 1.10 pm: Parents and Grandparents are invited to bring a picnic rug and enjoy a picnic lunch with their children on the school grounds.


Cybersafe Workshop – Wednesday 2nd November

Paul Litherland, from Surf Online Safe, will be facilitating a Cybersafe Workshop for all parents on Wednesday commencing at 6.45 pm in the school library. All parents are encouraged to come along to this informative workshop. Cyber safety is such a crucial parenting and education issue and concerns all of us as parents and educators. It is an ever-changing field and it is often overwhelming for parents to keep up with what is happening for children in the online world. This workshop will give our parents information that they can take away to assist with managing online behaviours and keeping their children as safe as possible. Please join us, commencing with wine and cheese at 6.45pm. Please rsvp using the following link:


Good luck to all participating in the Inter School Athletics Carnival next Tuesday. Fingers crossed for fine weather.

I look forward to welcoming parents to the Year 2 Class Liturgy next Wednesday.

I hope to see you all at the Matthew Gibney Day and Grandparents Day celebrations on Friday.

Best wishes for the week ahead. Warm regards


School News

Good News

In Year 4 we have been writing Poetry! Alejandro, Lexie, Andrew, Sienna and Benjamin have written fantastic Haiku Poems!

Canteen News

Due to ongoing price increases from suppliers, the canteen has had to increase prices on certain items.

Please familiarize yourself with these increases. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


All Saints Day Prayer Service

On Tuesday 1st November, the children from Pre-primary to Year 6 will participate in a Prayer Service in the Undercover Area to celebrate the Feast of All Saints.

We will start at 9am and all family and friends are very welcome to attend and celebrate the Saints of our Church with us.


St Vincent De Paul Christmas Hampers

Thank you, once again, for all the food donations that have been sent to school for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas hamper collection. We are very grateful for the positive response that we have had to our request so far and are looking forward to adding to this collection over the few weeks.


Children’s Liturgy

CHILDREN’S LITURGY is held during the 9.30am Mass each Sunday

At St Francis of Assisi church, and is for children from Pre-Primary to Year 4.  The children hear the Gospel story at their level and then follow with an activity.  Please bring your child to the hall before mass.  They will then return to the Church after the Prayers of the Faithful. For further enquiries call Philomena on 0417 936 757.


Keyed Up 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.



Upcoming Dates


Friday 28th October

  • Grandparents Day and Matthew Gibney Day Events

Monday 31st October – Friday 4th November

  • Wellness Week
  • Year 1 and Year 3 Excursion

Tuesday 1st November

  • All Saints Day Liturgy
  • Interschool Athletics Carnival

Wednesday 2nd November

  • 9.00am Year 2 Class Liturgy
  • 6.45pm Cybersafe Workshop

Friday 4th November

  • 9.00am Merit Award Assembly
  • Father/Child Camp – collection at 12.00pm.

Tuesday 8th November

  • Year 6 students depart for Busselton Camp