This Issue

School News

Mar 30, 2021

Mathematics Leadership

Last week on Wednesday, Diane Scriven and Christina Zurzolo attended a Numeracy Leadership program presented by CEWA. The program is established to support Catholic leaders in implementing sustainable and effective strategies to improve numeracy results across all year levels at school. The program requires professional development each term with attending teachers presenting to school staff about current and new methods of teaching Mathematics in the classroom. The first day was about establishing personal school goals and growth mindset for students in the learning area of Mathematics.  

Diane Scriven & Christina Zurzulo

Term Two Planner

A Term Two Planner accompanies this newsletter.  Please check the calendar for dates that are important for your children during the term. Please note that Week Two of Term Two is a short week for our students.  Monday 26th April is the ANZAC Day Public Holiday and Tuesday 27th April is Pupil Free for staff to participate in professional learning. 

Term Two 2021 Planner for Parents

P&F Meeting Dates Term Two

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

  • Wednesday 21st April at 7.30pm
  • 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.

30th Anniversary History Snippets

This week’s history snippet focuses on the oval development.  As you can see from the photographs, back in 1992, the oval was a giant sandpit with some trees beginning to grow around the edges.  Ollie Worrell Swamp area was just that, a big swamp with no development or beautification.  The blue bin in the car park is still where it was originally placed.  The oval development was in its infancy and a far cry from the beautiful green space we enjoy today.  

Reading Workshop Change of Date

The Kindy to Year Two Reading Workshop scheduled for this week has been postponed to Term Two. The workshop for parents will be held on Thursday 22nd April commencing at 2.30pm. Toddlers are welcome.



Open Day and School Tours

An open day and school tours will be held on Thursday 29th April.  The school will be open for tours in the morning between 9.00-11.00am and in the afternoon between 4.00-6.00pm.  Please encourage family, friends and neighbours, who may be interested in sending their children to Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School, to come along.  Please encourage visitors to rsvp to the administration office.

Road Safety Around the School

Parents are reminded to drive with safety and courtesy in mind when dropping off and collecting children from school.  Our neighbours have expressed concern about some parents not driving within the 40km limit around the school during the 40km hours. As a courtesy to other drivers please carefully check to the right when exiting the school car park onto Munday Road.  Please be patient when waiting to line up to collect your children from the drive through.  It is not safe to overtake cars who may be pulling out from the drive through.

Religious Education News

Holy Week

As we enter Holy Week, we continue to reflect on the lives of people vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice and how we can respond through supporting Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion appeal. 

Let us take time to remember the life and teachings of Saint Oscar Romero. His many lessons include: live a simple life, commit to bringing peace to the world, speak the truth and of course aspire not to have more, but to be more. Some words from what has become known as the Oscar Romero prayer; “We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.”

Thank you for supporting Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Campaign. Your generosity will work for the freedom of those living in poverty, challenge unjust structures, and empower people to work for a sustainable way of life.

Please return all Project Compassion boxes and envelopes to the school office by Friday 28th May or donate online via the Caritas website at


Our focus for this week is FORGIVENESS.

“Sorry” is a small word, but it is so important.  It is a great quality to recognise that you have done something wrong, admit it and say sorry.  Big-hearted people can say “sorry” or apologise.  However, it is equally important to be able to forgive others, and Jesus asked us to not hold grudges or hang onto hurt and resentment. 

Through the events of Holy Week, we see how Jesus forgave those who rejected him, abandoned him and finally killed him. 

We need to have mercy and forgive each other, as God is merciful in forgiving us. God has forgiven all of our sins and He asks that we do the same for others.

Year Six Good News

Year Six have created Name Towers!

Dates for Term Two

Monday 19th April

  • Students and staff commence Term Two.

Thursday 22nd April

  • 2.30pm K-Yr 2 Reading Workshop

Friday 23rd April

  • 9.00am ANZAC Day Service

Monday 26th April

  • ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 27th April

  • Pupil Free Day

Thursday 29th April

  • 9.00-11.00am and 4.00-6.00pm School Tours

Friday 30th April

  • 9.00am Yr 1-6 Cross Country Carnival

Friday 7th May

  • Mother’s Day Mass and Morning Tea

Wednesday 12th May

  • 4.30pm First Eucharist parent and child workshop

Friday 14th May

  • 9.00am Merit Award Assembly