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School News

Jun 26, 2020

Year Six Good News

Year Six have been busy this term creating all different forms of poetry!


Cyber Safety

Connecting with friends, family and school mates using a variety of social media platforms are almost a given for most young people when they reach high school.  At school, we spend time educating the students about their responsibilities as digital citizens and the correct etiquette that needs to be applied when interacting online.  Primary aged children do not have the skills or maturity to navigate social media platforms independently.  Young children are exposed to a number of risks when using social media sites.  Risks include being exposed to inappropriate content and mean or unkind comments.  This can lead to cyberbullying which in turn has significant consequences for the mental health of our children.  Parents are strongly encouraged to monitor their children’s use of the internet, especially in relation to social media.  Primary aged children should not have “private” accounts; even those that promote an audience suitable for young children should be closely monitored by parents at all times. The following link to the Department of Education site has tips that could be useful to parents.


Road Safety

It is wonderful to see such a significant number of our students either riding their bikes or walking to school each day.  Some students walk or ride with their parents and some do so independently.  We all need to do our part in making sure the students are always safe when riding or walking to school.  Please observe the 40km limit around the school during the school zone times, both before and after school.  Please slow down around the school.  Look out for children who are walking or riding their bikes.  We all need to take responsibility for keeping our children safe.


Sundowner Invitation

Parents are reminded that we are hosting a Thank You Sundowner for all parents to attend on Friday 24th July, in the school library, commencing at 6.00pm.  Please rsvp to the administration office, or via the link on the invitation.  We look forward to seeing you there.


Head Injuries Procedures

From time to time accidents happen at school that result in a bang or bump to the head. The staff will administer first aid, as required, as quickly as possible.  We need to be mindful that for young children delayed concussion can occur.  Therefore, if a student experiences a bump on the head, is distressed and has a lump or bruise, we will request that parents collect them to keep a close eye on them at home or take them for medical attention.  I thank our parents for their support as we work together to ensure the health and safety of our students.


Semester One Reports

Semester One Reports will be available to parents on Friday 3rd July.  Parents will receive a notification once the reports have been released for access on SEQTA Connect.  Please check you login details, as provided in the Seesaw message that was posted last Friday.  Please contact the administration office should you require any assistance.  Parents are strongly encouraged to check their access to the site prior to Friday 3rd July.


Religious Education News

Sacraments Update

The school has been working with Father Joseph to come up with new dates for the Sacraments of Eucharist, Confirmation and Reconciliation, while still adhering to Government guidelines.  We are happy to let parents know, that Reconciliation will go ahead in late Term 3.  When we know the exact numbers of people that can be in the Church at any one time, we will let parents know about Eucharist and Confirmation.  At the moment, we are hoping to have Confirmation in early Term 4.



Enrolments 2021

Thank you to parents and grandparents who recommend our school to others in the community.  We have had a few enrolments over this past week that are a direct result of an existing family recommendation.  Your positive and kind words to others about the school are greatly appreciated.

We are currently focusing our enrolment efforts on Pre-Kindy for 2021.  Please encourage family members, friends and neighbours to consider Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School for Pre-Kindy.


School Photos


Canteen News

Warm Milo will be available from the Canteen on TUESDAY mornings from 8.30am for $1. 


Battery Recycling

We are very pleased to “do our bit” for the environment by offering recycling collection for household batteries. You can drop your batteries off in the metal collection bin in the hallway opposite the Year 3 classroom.


Friday Giving

Don’t forget our Friday Giving Appeal to help the needy.

Please bring your donations of canned foods or non-perishables, etc. to school for collection each Friday.

Thank you for your generosity!



Parents are reminded that absentee notifications need to be sent through to the administration office prior to 9.30am in order to avoid an SMS message being sent out.  Parents emailing their class teacher about an absentee are asked to copy the administration office email into the message.


Dates for Term Two

  • 25th June: Milo Morning

  • 2nd July: Milo Morning

  • 1st July: 8.00am Coffee Van at school.

  • 3rd July: Final day of Term Two. Semester Reports available to parents.

  • 20th July: Term Three commences for staff and students.