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From Principal – Term 3, Week 9

Sep 15, 2022

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students

This Week at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School

The run-up to the end of the term continues to gain momentum.  This week the students have enjoyed a range of activities that makes school life varied, interesting, and engaging.  The Year 3 and 4 students absolutely loved their visit to Optus Stadium.  The students marvelled at the scope of the stadium and the facilities the stadium provides.  The Year 6 students have had a busy week with their first before-school Chess Club morning, around the fireplace, in a very quiet classroom.  You could hear a pin drop walking past the classroom as the students were quietly engaged in learning chess or developing their tactics in a game.  Good luck to our students as they prepare for a Chess Tournament in Term 4.

The Year 6 students had their final class Mass this week with Fr Joseph.  There are a number of “final” events now for our Year 6 students as they look towards their final term at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School.

The week has continued with an enjoyable Kindy Athletics Carnival.  It was wonderful to see our youngest students participating in their races with such enthusiasm.  The visit from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra this afternoon was a joy for our staff and students.  The musicians entertained us with a repertoire of glorious music, and, in the process, the students were able to learn about the various instruments of the orchestra. But there is more!  We look forward to the Year 4 Assembly tomorrow morning and the Challenge Groups Night of the Notables tomorrow evening.  Just another busy week at Matthew Gibney!

Year 3 Reconciliation

Please keep the Year 3 students, their parents, and teachers, in your prayers. The students are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time at St Francis of Assisi Parish on 21st September.  The students have worked hard, under the guidance of Mrs Hawley, and are confidently prepared to receive the Sacrament as the next step of their faith journey. Best wishes to the students for a reflective retreat day on Monday.

Death of Queen Elizabeth II

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.  I was surprised to hear the reaction of the students.  I wrongly presumed that the life of the Queen would be of little consequence for them.  However, the students were keen to talk about the death of Queen Elizabeth and could appreciate that hers was indeed a life of service, courage, and great faith in God.

“As the Queen enters into the great mystery of eternal life with the Lord, we will pray for the repose of her soul and for the support and comfort of her family, her nation and the wider community of the Commonwealth.”

(Statement from Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB DD)     

Date Changes and Public Holiday 22nd September

Parents are reminded that we will have a public holiday on Thursday 22nd September to mourn the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II. This is not an early start to the school holidays and there is an expectation that students return to school on Friday 23rd September.  Friday is the final day of Term Three.

The Interschool Athletics Carnival has been postponed.  The various schools involved are trying to find a suitable date, sometime in the first 2 weeks of Term Four. Parents will be informed once the date has been confirmed.

The Year 2 Assembly will take place on Tuesday 20th September at 9.00am.  The Year 2 students have been working hard to prepare their assembly and we hope family and friends make the effort to come along.

Short Term Principal – Di Scriven

I will be taking some long service and will be away in the final week of Term Three and the first two weeks of Term Four. I will be spending time away visiting family in the UK.  I leave you in the very capable hands of Mrs Diane Scriven. Please support Di during my 3 weeks absence and look forward to seeing you all when I return on 24th October.


Commiserations to all the Dockers supporters!

Best wishes for the week ahead.


Warm regards

Therese Hussey