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From the Principal – Term 1, Week 9

Mar 30, 2021

Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students

As we head towards the two weeks holiday break, I take this opportunity to thank our students, staff, parents and volunteers for a successful Term One at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School.  Our delayed start back in early February feels like a distant memory. The delay has meant a short term that has been packed with activity.  I thank our students and staff for their dedication to the learning.  It has been most pleasing to see the progress that our students have made during the term. 

Thank you to our teachers and parents for making the time for parent and teacher interviews this week.  Most parents have come along to discuss progress during Term One and set some goals for Term Two.  Please contact your class teacher to organise a meeting time, early in Term Two, if you were unable to make a meeting time this week.


The students, staff and visitors prayed the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday morning with reverence and meaning.  Our Catholic faith is filled with rich traditions and practices.  The spirituality of the Stations of the Cross provided us all with the opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ journey and to meditate on the particular ways in which Christ offered up His life for us.  Praying the Stations of the Cross prompt us to think a bit further about how we can model our own lives after Christ’s.

Holy Week services are held throughout this week at St Francis of Assisi Parish as we lead up to Easter Sunday.

  • Thursday evening is the Mass of the Last Supper at 7.00pm
  • Friday is the Passion of our Lord commencing at 3.00pm.

Holy Week services and Easter Sunday Mass times can be viewed be clicking in the link:

I wish you all blessings for Easter and joy and peace in the Risen Lord.

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6


It was wonderful to have parents, parishioners and other visitors join us for morning tea, following the Stations of the Cross.  Thank you to the parents who generously organised the morning tea and worked with the Year Five students to set up and serve the morning tea to our visitors.   One of the greatest blessing for our school is the involvement and generosity of our community members.  Thank you for always ‘stepping up” to assist in so many ways. This term we have had many parents and grandparents support the school community in volunteer roles including; coordinating and working at the Welcome Picnic, assisting at the Cool Pool and Inter School Swimming Day, changing reading books, helping out in classrooms, canteen volunteering, coordinating the Easter Egg Raffle and organising the upcoming Quiz Night.  I know I have not covered everything this term, but to all our volunteers and supporters, please know that your contributions are always greatly appreciated.

Today, Holy Thursday, the staff have been participating in a regional faith day, hosted by Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School, to meditate upon and pray the Stations of the Cross.  The staff joined in with two other Catholic schools in our region to reflect on our journey with Christ towards the Resurrection.  It has been a prayerful way for our staff to conclude the term and prepare for the Easter holiday.

Best wishes to all families for a restful and relaxing holiday break.  The Easter break offers a time for families to spend quality time together, reconnecting with each other and with family and friends.   Please travel safely on the roads if you are travelling away during the holidays.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back for the commencement of Term Two on Monday 19th April.








Blessings for the Easter Season.

Therese Hussey