This Issue

From the Principal – Term 4, Week 4

Nov 2, 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


I prepare this newsletter from the sunny shores of Busselton as I accompany the Year 6 students on their annual Leadership Camp. The camp is a valuable leadership opportunity for our students as they prepare to complete their primary school education and move on to secondary school. We can certainly see the students rise to the many challenges on offer to them during their few days on camp. We thank God for this opportunity, especially as it is denied to so many children in our world today. I thank Miss Sheldrick, Ms Grant and Mrs Tormey for accompanying the students and for their care and dedication to ensuring a wonderful experience for them all.


All Saints and All Souls Day

The first week of November is significant in the life of our church. During the first week, we celebrate both the Feast of All Saints, followed by the Feast of All Souls. During the month of November, we continue to pray for loved ones who have gone before us. All Saints Day celebrates the countless number of saints in our church—those known and those unknown. We can all strive to be saints as we live our lives loving God and loving our neighbour.


Loving God,

We thank you for the lives of our loved ones who have died. We ask you to care for those who are missing them at this time.

May we always remember your promise that, one day we will all be together in heaven.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.



Week 5: WOW Week

Week of Wellness kicks off next week with our Catholic Day long weekend on Monday. The week is an opportunity for us to take the time to spend with family and try to avoid the stresses of our usual busy weeks. Remember, it’s no homework and no meetings week (but grab a book and read!).

  • Monday: Catholic Day Long Weekend—Pupil Free Day.
  • Tuesday: A lesson Outside.
  • Wednesday: Mindfulness in the Library.
  • Thursday: Family Lunch on the Lawn.
  • Friday: P&F Colour Run.


Welcome to Freddie – Therapy Dog

We look forward to welcoming Freddie to school on Wednesday next week. Sincerest thanks to Ms Grant for her hard work in registering Freddie as a therapy dog. We look forward to welcoming Freddie as a member of the Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School staff.


Remembrance Day

The Year 5 students will lead us in a Remembrance Day Ceremony on Friday, November 10th, commencing at 10.30 am in the courtyard. Parents and friends are invited to join us.


Colour Run – Raising Money for The Science Lab in 2024

The Colour Run will be held on Friday, November 10th, commencing at 1.45 pm. The event will be a highlight of our WOW celebrations. Huge thanks to the P&F for organising the event. We look forward to an afternoon of fun. Fingers crossed for fine weather.


Pre-Kindy and Kindy 2024 Play Dates

Parents of students in Pre-Kindy and Kindy in 2024 should have received an invitation to attend play dates later this term. Please check the invitations and mark the dates in your diaries.

  • Pre-Kindy Meet and Greet Play Date – Friday 24th November 2.30 – 3.00pm.
  • Kindy Parent and Kids Play – Friday 24th November 9.00 – 10.00am.

We look forward to meeting all our Pre-Kindy and Kindy children and parents for 2024.


Pre-Primary Parents 2024 Introductory Meeting

Parents of Pre-Primary students in 2024 are invited to come along to an introductory information session on Friday 1st December at 2.00 pm. At least one parent from each family is encouraged to attend. The information booklets for Pre-Primary 2024 will be distributed at the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.


Term 4 Dates

Please take note of the following important Term 4 dates:

  • Monday 6th November – Pupil Free Day
  • Thursday 9th November – Family Lunch on the Lawn
  • Friday 10th November: Remembrance 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


Next Week

Don’t forget the Catholic Day long weekend on Monday 6th November.

Best wishes to Ms Curley and the Year 3 class for their Class Liturgy on Wednesday. Please join us for the Family Lunch on the Lawn on Thursday.

We hope the Dads and children attending the camp this weekend have a wonderful time.


Have a wonderful long weekend.

Warm regards