This Issue

From the Principal – Term 3, Week 9

Sep 15, 2023

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


First Reconciliation

Please keep the Year 3 students, and their families, in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Wednesday 20 September.  The students have been working hard with Ms Curley, and their parents, to prepare to receive the sacrament. It is an exciting time for the students as they take this next step in their faith journey with God.

Loving God, help us to teach our children that you love us totally and unconditionally.
Help us to encourage our children to grow in love and to learn how to say sorry, knowing that you always forgive.
Give us the courage to pray with our children and to share our faith with them as we journey together.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen


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 6.00pm.  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.


Quality Catholic Education People’s Choice Awards

Our Artist in Residence Mosaic Project has been entered into the QCE Awards.  We encourage family and friends to vote for our entry in the People’s Choice Awards.  It only takes a minute to vote.   Login, via the link, and you will find our entry under the Catholic Identity heading. It’s time to cast your vote for the 2023 Quality Catholic Education (QCE) People’s Choice Award!


Extend Before and After School Care 2024

Extend is Australia’s largest family-owned and operated Outside School Hours Care provider. Our Before and After School Care is engaging, inclusive and safe. Coupled with our knowledgeable, compassionate and energetic Educators, there is a good reason why Extend is the place for your children to thrive, learn, laugh and play.

Since 2002, Extend has enriched the lives of children across Australia, we’ve partnered with extraordinary schools like Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School and have helped parents balance work with family life. Most rewardingly, we have had the privilege of shaping young minds, witnessing their growth and development during their most important years, and making a real difference in children’s lives. We are tremendously proud of what we have achieved and excited about the journey ahead.

Service Information

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

Customer Service

Extend’s friendly and knowledgeable customer service team is on hand to help with all enrolment, booking and school holiday program needs.


Intentions for 2024

Parents of students who are not returning to Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School in 2024 are kindly requested to inform the school as soon as possible. We have wait lists of families wishing to enrol their children in most year levels. It is important we give them as much notice as possible.  Thank you for your cooperation with this.


Summer Uniforms Term 4

With only one more week before the end of term, parents are reminded about Summer Uniforms for the start of the new term.  The Uniform Centre is open each Thursday morning for uniform supplies.

Please keep an eye out for the Term 4 Planner that is coming home soon.  There is a lot packed into the final term of the year.  Please take note of the following important Term 4 dates:

  • Monday 9th October – Students and staff return for the commencement of Term 4
  • Saturday 14th October – Referendum election 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 the Year 3-6 students participating in the Inter School Athletics Carnival next Thursday.  Best wishes to our Year 4 class for their assembly next Friday.

Enjoy this final week of term and have a wonderful weekend.


Have a wonderful weekend.

Warm regards