Dear Parents, Friends, Students and Staff
As we approach the end of another school term I take the time to reflect on the many and varied achievement of our students, staff and parents. Term Three has been our first full term for the year. With the interruptions of the COVID pandemic in the first two terms of the year, we have relished the opportunity to have a little bit of “normal” during Term Three. I congratulate our students for their academic achievements during the term. It has been pleasing to see the progress they have made across all learning areas. During this term the students have received the Sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation. There have been Class Masses and Liturgies and we have had so many of our students display lovely qualities as they Make Jesus Real in many situations. The spiritual achievements of our students have been admirable. Sporting success has been most evident with the wonderful sportsmanship that the students of our school display. The Faction Carnival and the Inter School Carnivals were wonderful events. Not only did we see some terrific results during the carnivals, but we also saw our students congratulating, encouraging and supporting one another. True sportsmanship is alive and well at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School. The students have raised money for the Missions, had Milo Mornings for St Vincent de Paul and planted trees at Ollie Worrell Reserve. Our staff have dedicated additional time during the term to providing effective programs for the students in their care. They have participated in staff workshops to enhance their teaching and learning of Writing and Place Value for Mathematics. The staff have organised parent workshops for the Sacraments, organised Sacramental Masses, prepared excursions and incursions, sport carnivals and service experiences for the students. The staff and students are most deserving of the end of term break.
Thank you, parents, for your support. The Parents and Friends have been active in their many achievements during the term. From the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle to the Father’s Day Breakfast; the sport carnival meals to the Book Fair; our parents have stepped up, as they always do to make sure the school staff and students are supported in so many ways. Parents, I hope you too can enjoy some well-earned rest during the end of term break.
Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi
During the holidays we celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. St Francis of Assisi is the patron of our parish and the feast day will be celebrated on Sunday 4th October. St Francis of Assisi is the Patron Saint of animals and the environment. Our payers for the protection of the environment and all of God’s natural creation should be directed to St Francis of Assisi.
Praise be you my Lord, through:
Our sister Mother Earth,
Who sustains and governs us,
And who produces varied fruits and coloured flowers and herbs.
(from the Canticle of all the Creatures – St Francis of Assisi)
Out of School Hours Care
Thank you to our parents for returning the preliminary enrolment forms for a possible out of school hours’ care facility at Matthew Gibney for 2021. Discovery Kids will collect the forms next week and contact parents over the next few weeks with further details. The commitment from Discovery Kids with proceeding with the facility next year will depend on the number of responses we receive. I hope to confirm with parents early in Term Four.
Parents are reminded that the school must be notified as soon as possible if students are not returning in 2021. We have waitlists for some classes and would like to confirm places for families as early as possible. We continue to accept enrolments for Pre-Kindy in 2021. Please let friends of family members know that vacancies continue to be available in the Pre-Kindy class.
I will be taking long service leave for the first two weeks of Term Four. Diane Scriven and Karen Keddie will be responsible for the school during my absence. I will be back at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School on Monday 26th October.
We look forward to the commencement of Edu Dance in Term Four. Edu Dance lessons are always such fun for our students. Parents are reminded that Term Four commences for staff and students on Monday 12th October.
Best wishes to students, staff and parents for a restful and enjoyable term break. If you are travelling in this beautiful State of ours, please travel safely. We look forward to seeing you all in Term Four.