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School News

May 5, 2021

Religious Education News

Making Jesus Real          Week  3 Term 2

Our MJR focus for the next 2 weeks is about using encouragement every day to show love and care for others.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” 

(Thessalonians 5:5)

At Matthew Gibney we encourage each other everyday. We offer help and support, we share ideas and resources, we LISTEN and we build relationships with others and value them. We encourage each other every time we speak positively and recognise people’s efforts, hard work and behaviour. We work best when we know we are valued, when our work is acknowledged and appreciated by others.

Honouring Mary

For centuries, the Catholic Church has emphasized the month of May as a time of honour and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is a source of grace, truth, and mercy.  

On Monday morning, the children and staff participated on our annual procession as we welcomed Our Lady to spend time with us this week. Each day, classes will say the Rosary with Our Lady in the Sacred Space. Every child received a set of Rosary Beads from the St Francis of Assisi Legion of Mary. We greatly appreciate the support and encouragement that the Legion gives our school each year.  

Sports News – Oliver Battistessa

Faction Cross Country Carnival 2021

On Friday the 30th April Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School held its annual Faction Cross Country Carnival. Graced with wonderful sunny weather and enthusiastic children a great day was had by all. It was wonderful to see parents watching on from a distance, wearing masks, cheering on loudly and proudly!

Congratulations to Russell who finished as champions with a massive 226 points. In second place Durkin on 178 points, third place Turner with 174 points, followed by Carson on 153 points.
















Well done to all our outstanding students who gave their all during the cross-country carnival! Below are the champions and runners-up from each year level.




Year 1 Boys

Levi. S

Levi. M

Year 1 Girls



Year 2 Boys



Year 2 Girls



Year 3 Boys



Year 3 Girls



Year 4 Boys



Year 4 Girls



Year 5 Boys



Year 5 Girls



Year 6 Boys



Year 6 Girls



Running Club will continue each Friday morning from 8am. All students are welcome to come down and build up their fitness, especially those who will be going to the interschool cross country carnival in week 8 (team will be confirmed in the coming weeks).

Busy Bee

Matthew Gibney Dads are invited to come along to a Busy Bee on Saturday 22nd May.  There are a few small jobs around the school that require some work – nothing too heavy!  The busy bee will commence at 8.00am and conclude by 11.00am with a sausage sizzle and refreshments.  Please call the office if you are able to attend.

Pre-Kindy and Kindy Enrolments 2022

Pre-Kindy and Kindy enrolments for 2022 are filling up quickly.  Current families are reminded that an enrolment form is required for Kindy and Pre-Kindy before your child can be added to our lists for 2022. Please come into the office to collect an enrolment form or download a form available on our website.

P&F 30th Anniversary Quiz Night

It has been wonderful to see the generosity of our families with the donations for the P&F Quiz Night.  The donations box is in the administration office for parents who have not yet donated, and would like to do so. In particular, the committee could do with further hamper style donations, e.g. chocolates, wine, hand creams etc. Please consider purchasing a table of 10 tickets for the Quiz Night and come along to enjoy what promises to be a fun evening.

Thank You Message from St Mary’s Northampton

I am pleased to attached the following message from Mr Ben Will, Principal of St Mary’s in Northampton, thanking us for the generous donation towards their families following the recent cyclone.

Thank you for the very kind words, thoughts, prayers and wonderful news regarding the fundraiser. I would like to pass my deep appreciation onto your community for their generosity on behalf of all the students at St Mary’s school.

As a result of the Cyclone there has been a free service offered for school lunches and dinners for families that have been displaced. The funds raised by your school will directly help to fund this program throughout the term.

Once again thank you to you and your community for your generous donation, this is what being a system of Catholic schools is all about.

Year Four Good News

The Year Four class have been making wonderful My Mum Rocks posters!

P&F Meeting Dates Term Two

Meeting dates for the P&F during Term Two are:

  • Monday 24th May 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 23rd June 7.30pm

During Term Two the P&F will be preparing for the 30th Anniversary Quiz Night.  Your support at the meetings would be greatly appreciated.

Dates for Term Two

Friday 7th May

  • 9.00am Mother’s Day Mass and Morning Tea 

Monday 10th May

  • Constable Care Incursions K-6

Monday 11th Friday – Friday 14th May

  • NAPLAN for Yr 3 and Yr 5

Wednesday 12th May

  • 4.30pm First Eucharist Parent and Child Workshop

Thursday 13th May

  • Feast of the Ascension
  • 2.30pm Kindy Mother’s Day Afternoon

Friday 14th May

  • 9.00am Merit Award Assembly

Tuesday 18th May

  • Year 5 Excursion

Wednesday 19th May

  • 6.00pm School Advisory Council Meeting

Friday 21st May

  • Year 5 and Year 6 Sacred Saints Interschool Sport Afternoon

Saturday 22nd May

  • 8.00 – 11.00am Busy Bee

Sunday 23rd May

  • Pentecost Sunday