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From the Principal – Term 2, Week 6

Jun 5, 2020

Dear Parents, Friends, Students and Staff

We are very pleased to welcome parents back onto the school grounds next week.  We have had many challenges over the past few months and every small aspect of our lives that returns to “normal” is to be celebrated.  Parents of Pre-Kindy, Kindy and Pre-Primary students will need to drop off and collect their children from their classrooms, as they did prior to the recent restrictions.

Students from Year One to Six may be dropped off and collected from the school grounds, if parents chose to.  However, we will continue to have a staff member on duty at the front of the school for parents who would like to drop off and collect their children from the front of the school.  The students’ independence and resilience in entering the school grounds without their parents has been admirable.  I would love to see this continue, where possible. 

In order to abide with the social distancing requirements parents are not permitted into classrooms or corridors at the beginning or end of the day.  Students must be dropped off at the door only.  Please be mindful about coming in to the administration office and check how many people are in the office at any one time. We will need to minimise numbers in the small reception area and parents may have to wait outside the office during busy times.

Please continue to ring or email if you need to speak to class teachers.  Teacher meetings may occur at school, before or after school hours, with an appointment.

Parent help in classrooms may not recommence this term.

Assemblies, prayer services and class masses will be re-commence in Term Three.


Coffee at School on Friday 12th June

We look forward to our parents having an opportunity to come together, with the appropriate social distancing, of course, to chat and reconnect.  We will have a coffee van available on Friday 12th June from 8.00am until 9.15, inside the oval gate, with coffees available for parents who would like to stay.  Parents are welcome to stay for a coffee, once they have dropped off their children to running club or dropped off to their classrooms.


Class Times

Class drop off and finishing times will revert back to normal next week.  Class times are:

  • Pre-Kindy: 9.00am -2.45pm
  • Kindy: 8.45am -3.00pm
  • Pre-Primary: 8.30am (doors open) 8.55am (class start time) -3.00pm.
  • Year One to Year Six: 8.30am (doors open) 8.55am (class start time) -3.05pm.


Cross-Country Carnivals

We have been blessed with excellent weather for Cross Country Carnivals this week. It has been wonderful to see the enthusiasm the students have for the cross-country event and their encouragement and support of each other has been most admirable.  On your behalf I thanks Mrs Hewitt, most sincerely, for her work in preparing and facilitating the event for the students. Medals will be distributed to the students at our gathering on Monday.


Welcome to Mrs Jessica Evans

This week we welcome Education Assistant, Mrs Jessica Evans to our teaching team.  Jessica joins us to support the learning outcomes of students throughout various year levels at school. Please join me in welcoming Jessica to Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School.


Welcome to Christian Sesay

We are delighted to welcome Christian to the Kindy class.  We offer our best wishes to Christian and his family as they commence their journey at our school.



It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Edwin and Cynthia, parents of Francis (Year Three) on the arrival of Francis’ baby brother.  Francis is very excited about the new baby and we look forward to seeing some pictures over the coming days.  Best wishes to the family as they settle in with their new baby son and brother.


Trinity Sunday

Sunday 7th June is Trinity Sunday.  Trinity Sunday celebrates the Holy Trinity, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  The troubling news and scenes we see in other parts of the world, on our television screens, makes us all the more grateful for the lives we are able to safely lead here in Western Australia.  Prayers to the Holy Trinity will not go unheard as we join together to pray for all those people who are affected by unrest, discrimination and injustice.

We pray for all whose lives
have been touched by tragedy,
whether by accident
or a deliberate act.
For those who mourn,
immerse them in your love
and lead them through this darkness
into your arms, and light.
For those who comfort,
be in both the words they use
and all that’s left unspoken;
fill each heart with love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
whose own suffering brought us life,
here and for eternity. Amen


I look forward to meeting parents over a coffee next Friday morning.  Best wishes for a lovely weekend.


Warm regards

Therese Hussey