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 1, Week 4

From Principal – Term 1, Week 4

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff, and Students


Lent and Project Compassion

On Wednesday the students attended Ash Wednesday Mass at St Francis of Assisi Church.  We were pleased to be able to share in a celebration of the Mass with the parishioners.  This was the first school and parish Mass at the Church since 2021.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Church Season of Lent.  It is a time to focus on our relationship with God, and how we can be disciples of Jesus, in the way we act with others and in the ways in which we support the wider human family. It was the perfect way to commission our Year 5 students as members of the Mini Vinnies Association.

Mini Vinnies and Project Compassion

The responsibility of the Mini Vinnies is to reach out with a sense of justice, by raising awareness and through fundraising, to those in our human family who require support, care and compassion.  The Mini Vinnies will lead the school during Term One in our support of Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion 2023. Each year, Project Compassion comes as a timely reminder of the importance of solidarity and how a single act of kindness – whether big or small, can make a life-changing impact in the lives of those who need it most. The theme of Project Compassion is ‘For All Future Generations’. This phrase is a powerful affirmation that the good that we do today will extend and impact the lives of generations to come. I am sure the Mini Vinnies will keep the theme in mind as they plan for Term One Project Compassion activities.


Dear Lord,

We pray for the ability to understand that God’s wisdom is greater than ours.

May our support for Project Compassion enable us to join Mary in saying yes to God’s plan of justice for the whole human family.

We pray that all people will have just access to the necessities of life.

May we, in our support for Project Compassion this Lent, do all we can to become a source of hope for those in need.



The P&F Welcome Disco was a wonderful success.  It was terrific to see so many families come along and enjoy the evening.  Thank you to the P&F organising committee!

Chocolate Fundraiser

The main fundraiser for Term One is the sale of Cadbury Chocolates.  The link will take you to the details of what is required. Orders need to be placed very soon.  Please try and support this fundraiser for the P&F.

Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School Cadbury Chocolate Fundraiser 2023 (

Artist In Residence Project

Carolyn White, our Artist in Residence, has commenced the mosaic project and has worked with some classes during this week.  Carolyn will be back next week to continue working on the project.    Every student and staff member will have the opportunity to be involved. We look forward to seeing the finished product at the end of the term.  Thank you to the P&F for supporting the Artist in Residence Project.

Cyber Safety Workshop

Parents and friends are reminded about the Cybersafe Workshop on Thursday 16th March in the library commencing at 6.30 pm.  The workshop will assist parents in ensuring their children are safe in navigating the cyber world.  Please come along – the workshop will provide valuable information for our families.  The evening will commence with refreshments at 6.30 pm. Please register via the link:

Open Morning for New Families

An open morning for new and prospective parents will be held on Thursday 30th March. The school will be open at 9.00 am and again at 3.30 pm.  Please invite neighbours and friends who may be interested in a Catholic education for their children to come along.

School Photos

Class, individual and whole school photos will take place on Monday 27th March for students from Kindy-Year 6.  The Pre-Kindy photos will take place on Tuesday 28th March.  A letter explaining the school photo ordering system, from Midland Photographs, has been sent home. Please note that online ordering will be available from Monday 27th February until Wednesday 12th April.

We look forward to welcoming parents to the Merit Award and MJR Award Assembly on Friday 3rd March.  I will be away that day as my eldest child is getting married on Saturday 4th March.  I have no idea where those years went.  At last, I feel as though he is now a “grown-up.”  We are praying for fine weather on the day.

 Best wishes for the week ahead.


School News

Good News

Geography in Year Three

We love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of drought and flooding rains.
We love her far horizons,
We love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for us!

Year Three Geography this term enquiring into the beautiful land we all come home, Australia. This week we have been learning about the States, Territories, Capital Cities and other features of each state.

Upcoming Dates

Friday 24th February
• Pupil Free Day

Friday 3rd March
• 9.00am Merit Award Assembly

Monday 6th March
• Public Holiday

Friday 10th March
• Year 6 Cricket Carnival

Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th March
• Sacramental Commitment Masses at St Francis of Assisi Church – all students receiving a Sacrament this year in Years 3, 4 and 6 are expected to attend.

Wednesday 15th March
• NAPLAN commences Years 3 and 5 

Thursday 16th March
• Paul Litherland Cyber Safety Workshop 6.30pm.

Friday 17th March
• St Patrick’s Day

Monday 20th March
• Pupil Free Day


Term 1 Planner

View the Latest Term 1 Planner


School Photos

The online ordering portal will be available from Monday, 27th February 2023 and will close on Wednesday, 12th April 2023.

Guide to Midland Photographers Online Ordering System


Counsellor’s Corner

Download some Tips for Separation Anxiety


Music at Matthew Gibney