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 7

From Principal – Term 4, Week 7

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students

On Sunday we commence the first week of Advent. Advent is our time of preparation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. It is a time of great joy and anticipation for the birth of God’s Son, Jesus. The first Sunday of Advent gives us the opportunity to centre our thoughts on hope.


Father, let your hope arise in our hearts!

Lift our eyes up to see that you alone are where our hope comes from.

Help us to shake off the anxiety, discouragements, and distractions that have filled this year.

May we pause to remember that we have hope in you.

We invite your Spirit into this beautiful Advent season.

Renew our sense of holy anticipation!

Let us be those who are waiting eagerly for Jesus to come again.

More than anything, we ask that you be glorified in this season of expectation.



Annual Community Meeting

Thank you for your attendance at the Annual Community Meeting last night. The reports from the Catholic School Advisory Council and the Parents and Friends Committee provided us with a snapshot of all that has been achieved during the year. Our parents and volunteers should be proud of their contributions towards the success of the school during 2022. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to take on various roles in 2023. A list of roles will be made available to parents in next week’s newsletter. The various reports from the Annual Community Meeting will be made available on the school website.

2023 Staff

I know parents are keen to know the teaching staff for 2023. I have a few more things to sort out, but my intention is to announce staffing to parents in next week’s newsletter.

Edu Dance and Nativity Concert

The Edu Dance and Nativity Concert is next Friday 2nd December, commencing at 6.00pm. Gates will open at 5.15pm for parents to come and have a picnic tea, should they wish to before the concert commences. Students will need to be in their classrooms at 5.30pm to get ready for the concert. Over the past few years, we have had students miss the concert because they have had an accident at school running around, prior to the concert commencing. We are trying to avoid this happening by having a shorter period of time with the students unsupervised.

Christmas Clothing

In Weeks 8 and 9 the students may wear Christmas accessories to school. They may like to wear Christmas earrings and Christmas head bands, or little Christmas hats to get into the Christmas spirit.

Year 6 Final Assembly, Thanksgiving and Graduating Mass

In Week 8 and 9 we have our final main events for the year. You do not want to miss the Year 6 Final Assembly. The students have been busy rehearsing and preparing for the assembly. Please come along and join in the fun as our Year 6 students entertain us one last time on Friday 2nd December at 9.00am.

The Thanksgiving Mass on Thursday 8th December is an opportunity for our community to come together in gratitude and thanksgiving to God for the success of the 2022 school year. We will acknowledge and pray for our Year 6 graduating students during the Mass. Mass will be followed by the Graduation Ceremony and morning tea. All are welcome to join us. Mass commences at 9.05am.

Pre-Kindy and Kindy Enrolments 2024

We are currently accepting enrolments for Pre-Kindy and Kindy in 2024. Please inform family, friends and neighbours, who are interested in sending their children to Matthew Gibney, to collect enrolment forms as soon as possible. Enrolment interviews will take place in Term One 2023 for the 2024 school year.

Enjoy this warmer weather. It is the first day of Summer next week and it is starting to feel as though the holidays are getting closer.


Warm regards


School News

Good News

The Pre-Primary students are preparing for Advent and the coming of Jesus at Christmas. They are enjoying decorating Christmas Trees and leaning about the Nativity.

Canteen News

End of Year Lunchtime Special Slushie $1.00

As the end of term is fast approaching, certain items on the canteen menu may become unavailable. Please can you explain this to your child so as not to disappoint. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


 Book Club

The cut off for book club orders will be Friday 25th November. Please be aware that the books ordered may not arrive before the end of term but we will endeavor to get them out before Christmas.


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.


Containers for Change

Please consider helping Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School’s P & F by scanning our bar code when utilizing the Containers for Change initiative.


Keyed Up Music


Upcoming Dates


Friday 25th November

  • 2.30pm Pre-Kindy Meet and Greet Play Date.

Monday 28th November

  • Kindy-Year 2 Transition

Monday 28th November

  • Kindy-Year 2 Transition

Wednesday 30th November

  • 6.00pm CSAC final Meeting

Friday 2nd December

  • 9.00am Year 6 Final Assembly
  • 6.00pm Kindy to Year 6 Concert

Monday 5th December

  • Dodgeball Incursion

Wednesday 7th December

  • Semester Two Reports available to parents.

Thursday 8th November

  • 9.05am Thanksgiving and Graduation Mass

Friday 9th December

  • Final day of Term Four


Family learning activities at the library

My name is Lisa, and I am a local TAFE student completing my Diploma of Library and Information Services.  I am also a casual team member with the City of Kalamunda Library services.

I am reaching out to the primary schools in the City of Kalamunda to invite your school community to participate in a survey regarding Family learning activities at the library.

Recently Kalamunda Library Services have partnered with Communicare to offer a range of free parenting sessions at some of the library branches in the area. Sessions included topics such as “Parenting in a Digital World” and “The 5 Love Languages of Children”.

I would love to hear from families regarding what type of learning-based programs and activities they would like to see at their local library. Participation in this survey is anonymous. No personal identifying information will be recorded.

Have your say by visiting  

Or scan the QR code below


Kind regards

Lisa McManus