This Issue

School News

Dec 7, 2022

Good News

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.

Yours sincerely 

Dr Debra Sayce
Executive Director

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


Family Camp

Canteen News

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.


Counsellor’s Corner


Children’s Liturgy

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


Upcoming Dates

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  

Or scan the QR code below


Kind regards

Lisa McManus