Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School would like to acknowledge the
Traditional Owners of the land, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation
and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Here is the land, here is the sky.
Here are my friends and here am I.
We thank the Whadjuk Noongar people
for the land on which we play and learn.
Hands up, hands down
We’re on Noongar ground.
Dear Parents, Friends, Staff, and Students
I hope all our families and staff enjoyed quality family time during the school holidays. It has been a joyful first week back to school, especially as we have focused on our mental health during World Mental Health Week. The students have enjoyed a more relaxed dress this week, especially the comfort of wearing their sneakers to school every day. Crazy Sock Day was fun! Who would have thought there could be such a creative approach to sock-wearing? During Mental Health Week we think about the importance of making meaningful connections. Children thrive in communities, and connection is vital for their wellbeing. When we have healthy connections – to family, friends, schoolmates, teachers, church and parish – this can support our mental health and sense of wellbeing.
Loving God, we pray for children around the world who are affected by mental health issues.
We pray no child would feel stigmatised or alone because of mental health.
We pray particularly for the world’s most vulnerable children who face mental health issues as well as the day-to-day battles of poverty. We pray especially, at this time, for the children of Israel, Gaza and Ukraine. They are innocent victims in the troubles of their country.
Keep all children safe and loved.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
On behalf of our school community, I extend congratulations to Mrs Hewitt, who is expecting a new baby in Term One of 2024. This is an exciting time for Shannon, Kyle and Aria as they prepare for the new arrival into their family. Mrs Hewitt will be with us until halfway through Term One.
Referendum Polling Booth Cake Stall
Please support the P&F by coming along to vote in the referendum on Saturday at the school polling booth. The P&F will have a cake stall with lots of wonderful treats on sale for parents and children. Please promote the Matthew Gibney Polling Booth amongst family and friends.
Welcome Back Mrs Aldred
This week we welcome back Mrs Aldred from her long service leave. We have enjoyed hearing all about Mrs Aldred’s travels and adventures during her time away.
Parents may have noticed the extension on the Kindy and Pre-Primary shed. The shed extension has been completed during the holidays to create more room for safe storage and to provide a designated space for the bikes and scooters. Shelves will shortly be installed and the tape removed. New chalkboards will shortly be installed on either side of the shed door for the children to enjoy.
Grandparents Day and Matthew Gibney Day – 26th October
Parents and Grandparents are reminded that the big event of the term, Grandparents Day and Matthew Gibney Day is on Thursday 26th of October. Invitations from the children should be coming home soon. Please RSVP using the following link:
Edudance and Nativity Concert Date Term 4
Please note the date of the EduDance Concert in Term 4. This year the concert will be on Thursday 30 November, commencing at 6.00 pm. The concert involves all students, from Kindy to Year 6. Please take note of the change of day. The concert is one that parents and grandparents look forward to. Please mark the date in your calendars as soon as possible.
Extend Before and After School Care 2024
Hours of operation, fees, how to book and holiday program information can be accessed on Extend’s website here. Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School – Extend Before & After School Care
Extend’s friendly and knowledgeable customer service team is on hand to help with all enrolment, booking and school holiday program needs.
Term 4 Dates
Please take note of the following important Term 4 dates:
- Saturday 14th October – Referendum Election and Cake Stall at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School
- Thursday 26th October – Matthew Gibney Day and Grandparents Day Mass and Celebrations.
- Friday 27th October – Pupil Free Day
- Tuesday 31st October – Year 6 Camp
- Monday 6th November – Pupil Free Day
- Friday 10th November – P&F Colour Run
- Wednesday 22nd November – Annual Community Meeting
- Thursday 30th November – Edu Dance and Nativity Concert
- Friday 1st December – Year 6 Final Assembly
- Thursday 7th November – Year 6 Graduation Mass
- Friday 8th December – Student Final Day of Term 4
Good luck to students participating in the Chess Club Competition next Tuesday.
Best wishes to Mrs Nickels and Year 1 for their Class Liturgy next Wednesday.
Don’t forget the P&F Meeting next Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm. All are welcome!
I look forward to welcoming parents and friends to the Merit Award Assembly next Friday morning.
Have a wonderful weekend.