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From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff and Students

Prayer for the Beginning of Lent

We pray for all who are trying to rise from the ashes in their lives.

May our support for Project Compassion remind us that now is the time to turn to the Lord,

 with all our hearts and embrace the needs of God’s whole family.

Amen

Thank you, staff, students, parents, and friends, for coming together, along with the parish community, for Ash Wednesday Mass.  Ash Wednesday marks the commencement of our Lenten journey towards the great celebration of Easter.  Lent is a time when we are asked to consider how we make God’s love visible to others.  Our students would call this, “Making Jesus Real.” During Lent we should try extra hard to live the message of Jesus, which is one of justice, compassion, inclusion, and love.  Project Compassion gives us an opportunity to put our prayers into action and give our support to Caritas as they work to empower communities in Australia and around the world.

National Apology Anniversary

Earlier this week we commemorated the National Apology to Stolen Generations made on 13 February, 2008. This day marks the Stolen Generations, the survivors or past government policies that allowed for the removal of Indigenous children from their families.  There remains may reasons for continuing to say sorry to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people.  Our school, along with the wider Catholic community of Western Australia, is committed to working with our Indigenous students and families towards reconciliation.

Merit Awards and MJR Awards – Week 2 and 3

Congratulations to the students who received the first-class Merit Awards and the Making Jesus Real Awards for Term One. Our students have made an excellent start to the year and are working diligently, with positivity and enthusiasm.  Well done!

Waterwise Incursion

Earlier this week our students participated in a Waterwise Incursion to learn about the water cycle and water conservation.  I am delighted to share with you the positive feedback sent to us by our wonderful Waterwise facilitators.

Thank you for inviting the Waterwise School Team to Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School yesterday to deliver our Water Conservation incursion to the students. I so enjoyed the sessions and hope the students did too. I was greatly impressed with the students’ engagement, willingness to ask and answer questions and their participation in the activities. They really did your school proud. (Tanya Burnett Water Corporation)

Congratulations

Congratulations to Year 5 Teacher, Ms Shannan Watt and her partner, Jack, who have announced their engagement. We wish Shannan and Jack all the best as they plan for the future together.

CSAC and P&F Meetings

We held our first CSAC and P&F Meetings for the term on Wednesday evening. I am most grateful to our parents who attend the meetings, both in person and online.  Your dedication towards the school is always appreciated.

CSAC members will work with the school this year to:

  • Ensure the school is adequately maintained.
  • Ensure financial accountability.
  • Implement a wellbeing strategy.
  • Develop marketing strategies.
  • Assist with the management of the junior toilet block building project.
  • Monitor and plan for safe and adequate parking.

The P&F are working to:

  • Plan for a number of friends raising events throughout the year.
  • Plan fund raising initiatives– spread evenly throughout year levels.
  • Ensure adequate and effective communication across all year levels.
  • Welcome new families into the school.
  • Plan relevant parent workshops.

Seeking a Parent for Grant Applications

The P&F are seeking a parent who may have a particular interest or expertise in completing grant applications.  If this is you – please have a chat with Stephanie Kaciuba or Caris Smith.  You can also pop into the office and let myself or Julie know you are interested.

I can’t believe we are almost into Week 4.  The hot weather has made it a challenging start to the term.  However, our students and staff have been resilient and have made the necessary adjustment for the  weather. We have another hot week coming up.  The P&F are generously providing all students with an icy pole treat at the end of the day on Monday.  A special treat for us all to look forward to!

Enjoy the weekend.

Warm regards

Therese Hussey

Principal

School News

Our MGCPS Focus: Friendship is… Fun

At URSTRONG, we begin by looking at social-emotional wellbeing through the lens of friendship. To start let’s look at FUN in friendships.

It is important for students to reflect on having fun in friendships. Feel-Good, Green-Zone Friendships are good for your health. Friends can boost our health & wellbeing!

Sometimes we can have so much fun that you go into “flow state”. Smiling Mind defines it as… “Sense of fluidity between your body and mind, where you are totally absorbed by and deeply focused on something, beyond the point of distraction. Time feels like it has slowed down. Your senses are heightened. You are at one with the task at hand, as action and awareness sync to create an effortless momentum. Some people describe this feeling as being ‘in the zone’. This is the flow state and it’s accessible to everyone, whether you’re engaged in a physical activity, a creative pursuit, or even a simple day-to-day task.”

Having fun with friends is like the ‘cherry on top’ of all the amazing ways they boost our wellbeing.

Think about:

  •      Why are feel-good, green-zone friendships good for your health?Can you think of reasons.
  •      Why is it important to have FUN in our friendships?
  •      Have you ever been doing something you loved that you almost zoned out and were totally immersed in it? Have you experienced ‘flow state’ before?
  •      If I am not having FUN in my friendship, why could this be happening? Have we moved from the green zone, if so, what can WE do to get back to a healthy friendship?

Book Club News

Issue one of the Scholastic Book Club Catalogue was sent home with Student on Wednesday. The cut off for orders is this Friday 16th February so we were not given a lot of time between them being delivered and the order due date.

Ordering is online only through the Loop website.

Pupil Free Dates 2024

Please note the Pupil Free dates for 2024. – some have been amended since they were advertised in the newsletter in December 2023.

Monday 4th March: Labour Day Public Holiday

Thursday 25th April: Anzac Day Public Holiday

Friday 31st May: Pupil Free Day

Monday 3rd June: WA Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 4th June: Pupil Free Day

Monday 19th August: Pupil Free Day

Monday 23rd  September: King’s Birthday Public Holiday

Monday 7th October: Pupil Free Day

Monday 4th November: Pupil Free Day

Good News

Year Four have been learning about themselves and others in bright and colourful ways!

Counsellor's Corner

Parenting Workshops

This week I’d like to share a few interesting workshops that have crossed my path.

Click the links below to find out more:

Tween’s and Teens Summit (Calm & Connected)  – Click Here (Free)

Mothering Our Boys (Maggie Dent) – Click Here

2 Day Autism Workshop for Parents and Carers (Positive Partnerships) – Click Here (Free)

P&F News

RE News

Modern Slavery

Modern slavery describes slavery and slavery-like practices including forced labour, child labour and human trafficking.    At the core of this crime is deception. Victims of modern slavery are often vulnerable, coming from areas where there is little possibility of work. They are offered a job, a chance to make money and to build a new life for themselves.

Globally, Catholics have been called by Pope Francis, to take action and end all forms of modern slavery.

Pope Francis asks each and every person to become aware of the extent of the problem and the suffering it causes, whether they consume the commercial goods produced through slavery or make financial profits as a result of the practice.   He reminds us that the work of ending modern day slavery will be long, requiring courage, patience and perseverance.

Across Australia, Catholic agencies, including our own Catholic Education Western Australia, have committed to eradicate modern slavery through ethical procurement practices and supply lines.

It is no small task, but we must try. As Pope Francis has pointed out, buying goods is not just a commercial matter; it has moral dimensions.”

Further Reading:  https://acrath.org.au/

Project Compassion 2024 – Week 1

This year, Project Compassion brings you the stories of three resilient women from three different corners of the world. They are facing vastly different challenges but are all united by one dream: to create a better tomorrow for all future generations. ​

Meet Ronita from the Philippines. Ronita is a mother of two young boys living in a slum in Quezon City. She went back to school to finish her education so that she could earn income to support her children.

Meet Leaia from Samoa. Not having access to a reliable source of clean water was very difficult for Leaia and her family. But, with the support of Caritas Australia, a water tank was installed at their home, improving their health and living conditions.

Meet Memory from Malawi. Memory, the eldest daughter from a rural Malawian family, trained to become a carpenter and is now a trailblazer for future generations of women in her village.

Throughout Project Compassion, you will get to know the stories of Ronita, Leaia and Memory. Journey with them as they forge a path to a brighter future for all generations.

Please donate to Project Compassion.

You can donate through Project Compassion donation boxes and envelopes available from your parish, by visiting caritas.org.au/project-compassion or by calling 1800 024 413.

Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Community News

Catholic Education WA – Celbrating Easter

Spread the joy of Easter by joining our Acts of Kindness Competition!

Imagine this: a world where every small act of kindness creates ripples of joy. Your mission is to spread kindness through acts of good will!

Whether it’s helping a friend, expressing gratitude, or lending a hand to a teacher, your deeds can make a big impact on the world.

For more information go to – Celebrating Easter – CEWA

Extend OSHC

Last week I spoke to the children about the Chinese New Year celebration, and that we have a piece of accordion like wrapping paper that we could use to create a dragon to do the dragon dance. Children were very excited, they started getting under the wrapping paper lined in a row walking around the room. Some were even excitedly talking to me about planning what to do and even telling me what colour theme of the dragon.

On Monday the 12th February the children made the dragon head. They then helped cut and glue the fins and teeth and attached the scales to the fabric for the dragon’s body. After the dragon was ready the children decided the movements they wanted to do with the dragon dance. It was funny to hear someone say ‘looks like the Jenga dance movement’.

This cultural immersion activity was planned, not only as a fun exercise, but for children to understand in a subtle way what is rhythm. What do we hear and how do different rhythms translate into dance body movement or expression. Children had fun and could not get enough of doing the dragon dance, and everyone had a chance holding the head and being the line leader. Our love for dragons was so big that we continued our lunar festival theme the next day with a mini-individual handheld dragon.

We hope to see you soon at our services, until then the children and I wish the Chinese community an auspicious Year of the Dragon.

Diana Graham

Service Coordinator Extend Matthew Gibney Catholic School. Ph 08 7081 2164 Email us: Mathewgibneycps@extend.com.au