Dear Parents, Friends, Staff, and Students
Well, here we are in the final week of the term and the final week of the school year. The commencement of the year seems like a lifetime ago. When we stop to reflect, it is with a sense of amazement, that we realise all that has been achieved during the year. Our students, staff and families have had a wonderful year, despite the disruptions that we experienced in Term Two. I thank you all, most sincerely, for your contributions throughout the year. We are a successful school because of the trusting and sincere partnerships that exist within our community.
Please take the time to enjoy the special family time that is offered to us at Christmas and during the school holidays. The summer holidays are a special time for family connections, making memories and enjoying the company of others. Enjoy the slowness of pace without the rush of school lunches, uniforms and getting children ready on time. Most of all, I hope you find the time to connect with God and offer thanks for the gift we have to celebrate the birth of Jesus, together as families, at Christmas. When we look at the countries of the world, we realise that living in Western Australia, we have so much to be grateful to God for. The people of Ukraine, for example, were celebrating just like us last Christmas, but now will mostly struggle to find joy at Christmas in their country shattered by war. We keep them in our prayers.
God of Wisdom, we thank you for all the gifts you have given us throughout this school year.
We praise you for giving us life, for saving us in Christ, and for choosing us to be your people.
As we come to the end of this school year, we voice our gratitude for the good things you have done in us, and we praise you for all who have shared in the work of this school.
We ask you to bless them in your love and give them refreshment and peace. We praise you through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
At the end of this term, we farewell staff members and students. We farewell Diane Scriven and Saroya Powell, along with the Year Six graduating students. We farewell families who have their youngest child leaving the school. We have a few families who have been with us for many years. We wish you well, wherever you may go, and hope you take a little piece of the joy, love and peace of Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School with you. You are always welcome here. In particular, we farewell our Year Six students. They have been an exceptional group of young people. They are ready to face the big wide world of High School and they go with our blessing.
Thank you for the love, commitment and creativity that Diane, Saroya and the Year Six students, have given to our school.
Thank you for the way they have served us and given out so much for the good of our school.
We pray that they go on to find new treasures each day, and that the blessing of Christ will be upon all that they do, forevermore.
I am delighted to congratulate O’Hara Daly who has been awarded a full academic scholarship for Guildford Grammar School, commencing in Year Seven in 2023. The scholarship award is well-deserved. O’Hara is a diligent student, and the award reflects her attitude towards her studies.
Congratulations to O’Hara’s parents, and teachers throughout the years, who have guided and encouraged O’Hara to strive to reach her full potential. We are very proud of you, O’Hara!
Class Times 2023
Class times for 2023 will change slightly. We need to ensure we are offering the required instructional hours. In 2023 our class times are:
Pre-Kindy: 9.00am-2.45pm Kindy: 9.00am-3.00pm
Pre-Primary to Year Six: 8.45am-3.05pm
Student Leadership Model 2023
At Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School, we recognise that all students have the ability to be good leaders, given the opportunity to do so. After a great deal of discernment, the staff have made the decision to change the student leadership model in 2023 to one that includes all students as members of various councils. Membership on all councils requires a high level of responsibility. The students will have the opportunity to experience different councils throughout the year. The students will work with younger students during the year to give them a chance to voice their opinion about the school and school life. Sport captains will be decided closer to the carnival and will change for the various sport events, giving additional students an opportunity. There will not be separate “Student Leaders” in 2023.
Catholic School Parents Advisory Council 2023
Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to take up roles as members on the Catholic School Advisory Council in 2023. The Council members for 2023 are:
Chair: Neil Pescud
Vice Chair: Emma Brierty
Treasurer: George Coldham
Secretary: Jaime Smith.
Members: Narelle Gielingh, Glenn Waddington, Tristan Look, Clare Arnold (Parish Representative), Kaitlyn Gelmi (P&F Representative)
Sincerest thanks and best wishes to Mike Feltham and Katie Pillera who completed their terms on the Council at the end of 2022.
2023 Term Dates, Pupil Free Days and Public Holidays
Term dates are available on our website and can be accessed via the link: https://www.gibney.wa.edu.au/calendar/
Uniform Centre Opening Hours January 2023
We have decided that we will be open for collections on Monday 30th January from 3-5 pm, and on Tuesday 31st January from 9.30 – 10.30 am.
Best wishes to all our families and staff for a blessed, happy and holy Christmas. May the peace and joy of the baby Jesus be in your homes and hearts.
School commences in 2023 on Wednesday 1st February.
Keep safe and well during the holiday period and we look forward to seeing everyone back in the new year.
Year 6 students had their final session with their Year 1 buddies this week: swapping Christmas cards and stories!
Christmas Message from CEWA
Dear colleagues, parents, and friends of Catholic education
Catholic schools have long been cornerstones of the communities we serve across Western Australia, providing opportunities for every student to discover their God-given potential.
Looking back on the 2022 school year, we can again be proud of the great impact our efforts are having on the lives of students as well as the broader communities we serve.
Despite the challenges our school communities faced after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted early in the year, it was the welcoming spirit at the heart of our communities, the expertise, and dedication of staff, and our shared Gospel values that will be recalled as a hallmark of the year now past.
I am grateful for the perseverance of our teachers, students and parents who have continued to adapt to new ways of teaching and learning. I also thank our school leadership teams and all staff in our offices and schools for ensuring our schools remained constant in their mission to be inclusive and outstanding learning environments.
Considering the financial pressures many WA families find themselves in, providing an affordable Catholic education to all who seek one has continued to be of paramount importance. As we reflect on this, we are reminded that our calling is to support every student to prepare for an ever-changing world. This remains central to the remarkable achievements and progress in our schools this year and I acknowledge all in our community for your commitment to this mission.
In this season of Advent, and as we prepare for the joyous celebration of Christmas, may you and your loved ones receive the blessings of peace, joy, hope and love. For those spending time with loved ones from out of state or overseas this will be a particularly special Christmas after a period of being apart. With the familiar sounds of friends and family gathered together, we are reminded of the timeless blessing of the good news of the coming of Jesus Christ.
I wish you all a blessed Christmas and I look forward to welcoming you back in the new year as we continue our mission to deliver Christ-centred and child-focused education in WA.
Dr Debra Sayce
Uluru Statement From The Heart
This artwork was part of a set of artworks submitted by Year 2 students from St Joseph’s School, Kununurra for the 2022 Angelico Art Exhibition
Smoothies are on Sale on Friday Lunchtime for $1.00.
As the end of term is fast approaching, certain items on the canteen menu may become unavailable. Please can you explain this to your child so as not to disappoint. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
St Vincent De Paul Christmas Hampers
Thank you, once again, for all the food donations that have been sent to school for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper collection. We are very grateful for the positive response that we have had to our request so far and are looking forward to adding to this collection over the few weeks.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY is held during the 9.30am Mass each Sunday at St Francis of Assisi Church, and is for children from Pre-Primary to Year 4. The children hear the Gospel story at their level and then follow with an activity. Please bring your child to the hall before Mass. They will then return to the Church after the Prayers of the Faithful. For further enquiries call Philomena on 0417 936 757.
Containers for Change
Please consider helping Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School’s P & F by scanning our bar code when utilizing the Containers for Change initiative.
Keyed Up Music
Friday 9th December
- Year 6 Excursion
- Students’ Final Day of Term 4.
Monday 12th-Thursday 15th December
- Office Open
Wednesday 1st February 2023
- Students commence Term One.
Family learning activities at the library
My name is Lisa, and I am a local TAFE student completing my Diploma of Library and Information Services. I am also a casual team member with the City of Kalamunda Library services.
I am reaching out to the primary schools in the City of Kalamunda to invite your school community to participate in a survey regarding Family learning activities at the library.
Recently Kalamunda Library Services have partnered with Communicare to offer a range of free parenting sessions at some of the library branches in the area. Sessions included topics such as “Parenting in a Digital World” and “The 5 Love Languages of Children”.
I would love to hear from families regarding what type of learning-based programs and activities they would like to see at their local library. Participation in this survey is anonymous. No personal identifying information will be recorded.
Have your say by visiting https://forms.gle/wqwGemVnApySSkYE6
Or scan the QR code below
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