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From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff and Students

 

Prayer for the Third Week of Lent

We pray that we will deepen our faith over the whole of our lives.

May we be open to the many lessons God wants to teach us.

Through Project Compassion, may we support the journey of all to fullness of life.

Amen

Building Project

The Year 1 and 2 toilet block build has commenced! I am most grateful to our builders.  They have been courteous and understanding to the school and are doing all they can to keep the loud works either before or after school hours.  So far, so good! Thank you to our Year 1 and 2 parents for accommodating the limited space and dropping their children to the undercover area in the mornings and collecting them in the afternoons from drive through, or the front of the admin block.  Your cooperation has made for a smooth start.

Sacramental Commitment Masses

The Sacramental Program is integral to the Religious Education Program and the spiritual life of our Catholic school community. Participation in the Sacramental program is often a highlight of Primary Education for many of our children. This year, students will again receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation in Years 3, 4 and 6.  In preparation, all students who are receiving a Sacrament in 2024 are expected to attend a Parish Mass at St Francis of Assisi Church over this weekend to make their commitment to receiving their Sacrament. Mass dates and times are:

  • Saturday 9 March: 6.00pm
  • Sunday 10 March: 8.00am, 9.30am and 6.00pm.

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations- Project Compassion Fundraiser

We look forward to celebrating St Patrick’s Day on Thursday 14 March.  The Year 5 Mini Vinnie students are busy planning their stalls to sell goodies on the day to support our Project Compassion fundraising for Lent. Students are encouraged to wear something green to school, with their uniform, to acknowledge St Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget to send in some money, between 50c and $2, for the children to purchase food items from Mini Vinnie stalls.

Parent Teacher Interviews – 19 March.

Parents are asked to look out for the booking link coming home next week to book in time for a Term One Parent and Teacher Meeting.  Meetings are required for all classes, Kindy to Year 6.  Teachers will be available on Tuesday 19 March from 12.30 until early evening.  Please make the time for a meeting with the class teacher.  This is an excellent opportunity to speak to the teacher about the progress your child has made in Term One, and to discuss together how parents and teachers can add further support to maximise the children’s development.

Please note that classes will conclude at 12.00pm on 19 March to free teachers to conduct the meetings.

Extend OSHC will be available for care of students on Tuesday 19th March from 12.00-6.00pm.  Please make sure children are booked in beforehand.

Winter Uniform

It seems a bit crazy to be talking about Winter Uniforms when we are still struggling through continuous hot days. However, the cooler mornings usually begin early in Term Two and jumpers and long trousers may be required.

Winter Uniform requirements for Term Two and Three are:

Girls

Navy blue skort or long winter trousers.

Blue school Shirt.

School jumper.

Navy tights or school socks.

Black school shoes.

Boys

Blue school shorts or long winter trousers.

Blue school shirt.

School socks.

Black school shoes.

School tracksuit jackets and tracksuit pants should be worn on cooler days with sport uniforms.

Rain jackets and scarves are available as additional items in the Uniform Centre.

The full uniform list requirement can be viewed on our website: Uniform – Matthew Gibney

Extend Out of School Hours Care

Parents are reminded that we have an excellent out of school hours care service available at school for children from Kindy to Year 6.  The service is available in the mornings from 6.30am and until 6.00pm.  Information Sheets are available from the administration office.

Merit Award Recipients – Week 5

Congratulations to all our students who were the proud recipients of a Merit Award at the assembly last week.  Great job everyone!

P&F Meeting

Don’t forget the P&F meeting next Wednesday evening at 7.00pm.  All are welcome.

Final Notices

I will be on long service leave commencing Thursday 14 March until the end of the term.  Karen Keddie will be Principal during my absence.  Karen will be supported by Christina Zurzolo. Please contact Karen or Christina should you need to.  I will be back for the commencement of Term Two.

We are in the Noongar Season of Bunuru.  it is the hottest time of the year with little or no rain and extends through to the end of March. In traditional seasons we are Autumn.  However, the Noongar Seasons seems far more accurate at the moment with no sign of cooler Autumn weather in sight.

Warm regards

Therese Hussey

Principal

School News

PUPIL FREE DATES 2024

Please note the Pupil Free dates for 2024.

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

The Year 1s have been learning about warm colours and using different paper techniques to create works of art.

Counsellor's Corner

Therapy Dog at Matthew Gibney!

You may have seen the signs, you may have even caught a glimpse of those long legs and elegant nose.

We have a very special staff member at Matthew Gibney – Freddie the Therapy Dog.

This week the Pre-Primary class got to know Freddie up close after reading a story that had a very fast greyhound in it.

Freddie enjoyed showing the class how they could ‘borrow his calm’ while lapping up all the pats.

Click the link here to learn more about the work Freddie does at our school.

Please let us know via QR code (if you haven’t previously) if your child has a fear of dogs, or dog allergy.

P&F News

RE News

Fourth Sunday of Lent
 9 & 10 March

Memory is 26 years old and lives in rural Malawi. As the eldest child in a low-income farming family, Memory had to take on many household chores and farming activities to support her parents. They struggled to pay for Memory’s school fees and school supplies, and Memory often had to walk to school barefooted.

With the support of Caritas Australia and its partner the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM), Memory was able to enrol at a technical college where she learnt technical skills in carpentry. She undertook a three-year carpentry course, with CADECOM supporting part of her tuition and boarding fees.

Memory became the first female carpenter from her village. Today, she works as a carpenter at one of Malawi’s largest hydroelectric power stations. With the income from her job, she can provide financial support to her family and inspire other young women in her community so that they may have the opportunity to succeed in a male-dominated industry.

Please donate to Project Compassion.

Together, we can help vulnerable communities face their challenges today and build a better tomorrow, for all future generations.

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: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

Community News

Could you use an extra $500 towards school costs in 2025?

The Saver Plus Program is about boosting financial skills, to develop (and keep) good savings habits.

You can put money towards education expenses including:

  • Computers, laptops, and tablets
  • Books, uniforms & shoes
  • Sports & music, camps, excursions, and more…

If you save up to $50 a month for 10 months, Saver Plus will double it. $500 saved + $500 matched = $1000 (in 10 months).

Visit www.saverplus.org.au for more details.