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From Principal – Term 3, Week 2

Jul 29, 2021

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students

The Year 5 Class Mass theme this week was, “Working with Jesus.”  During Mass the students, teachers and visitors reflected on how we live out our Baptismal promises.  We work with Jesus when we strive to show love for others, for the environment and for ourselves.  Thank you to Mrs Keddie, Ms Bettridge and Fr Joseph for preparing the students for Mass and for reminding us to Make Jesus Real in every aspect of our lives.

Dear God,

Please make me a Christian that loves other people with all my heart.

Help me to have a selfless attitude towards others.

Let me be a part of people’s solutions and not their source of problems.

Please let me be your true ambassador on earth, and let me serve you well.

In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.


Catholic Performing Arts Festival

Year 6 Student Leaders accompanied Mrs Keddie and I to the Catholic Performing Arts Opening Liturgy at St Mary’s Cathedral.  The liturgy showcased the talents and gifts of students across Catholic Schools in Western Australia.  During the liturgy the students received windmills as a symbol of the spirit of God.  I wish the following students, and their teachers, the very best of luck as they perform in the Catholic Arts Festival and share their gifts with others:

  • Amy Robinson, Charlotte Redfern, Imogen Powell – piano instrumental solos
  • Year 5 and 6 students – Musical Excerpt Oklahoma.


30th Anniversary Celebrations

It was such a pleasure to welcome guests to the 30th anniversary sundowner on Friday evening.  Past pupils, past and present staff and parents, parishioners and friends, enjoyed catching up, reminiscing and sharing stories of their experiences of Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School. Sincerest thanks to the Matthew Gibney staff for their assistance in organising and preparing for such a successful anniversary event.  Our next celebration for the 30th anniversary will be on Matthew Gibney Day.  Please save the date: Friday 29th October.

Welcoming the Cockatoos

The students and staff enjoyed a visit from bird scientist, Simon Cherriman, to teach us about the threatened black cockatoos.  Simon erected a cockatoo nesting box into one of our large trees to try and encourage cockatoos to come and nest.  The black cockatoo has its habitat threatened due to a number of environmental factors.  We thought it could take a few weeks for the cockatoos to find the nesting box, but the Year 5s were very excited to spot a flock of cockatoos flying into the tree the very next day.


I will be away from school on 2nd, 3rd and 4th August.  I look forward to returning on Thursday 5th August and welcoming parents to the St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Prayer Service and Merit Award Assembly on Friday 6th August.


Warm regards

Therese Hussey