02 March 2017
Issue Five
Important Dates & Correspondence
Principal's Report
Infant Jesus School
08 9276 1769
17 Smith Street
Morley 6062,,

Important Dates

Important Dates and Correspondence


At Infant Jesus. our vision is to develop the whole child to seek the truth through the teachings of Christ in Faith, Hope and Love.



Living Our Catholic Faith

Truth - We promote Truth and Justice

in a spirit of Infant Jesus.

Excellence - We work hard to be the 

best we can.

Uniqueness - We value the individuality of each person.

Community - We cooperate and engage in open communication with one another.

Relationships - We show respect and kindness to all.


Term 1 2017

Friday                                Student Free Day

3 March                             Staff PD


Monday                             Student Free Day

6 March                              Public Holiday


Thursday                          Class Assembly Year 2

9 March                              followed by Morning Tea


Saturday                            Family Mass  and        

11 March                            Confirmation Enrolment

                                               Mass      6.30pm                                                              

Sunday                               Confirmation

12 March                            Enrolment Masses 9.30am

                                               and 6pm Masses


Thursday                           Parish Mass 

16 March                            Years 1 and 6





Uniforms can be purchased from Lowes located at the Mirrabooka Square Shopping Centre.


For opening times and online orders go to


Student Free Days 2017

Our tentative dates for Student Free Days for 2017 are as follows:


Term 1 - Friday 3 March

Term 2 - Monday 24 April      

Term 3 - Monday 17 July

Term 3 - Friday 22 September

Term 4 - Monday 9 October


Parents need to note that these days may change, due to availability of PD requests for staff.





Principal's Report


It’s nearly football season again! Sometimes members of a football team wear black armbands as a symbolic mark of sorrow for the passing of a close associate. Their supporters are decked in the team colours to show their willingness to be identified as a club supporter. True believers live the game with their heroes expressing their support physically and emotionally.  In good times and bad they stick by their club.


Lent is here and we are presented with the opportunity to give expression to the type of supporters that we are.  Some supporters celebrate only the happy time in Jesus’ life such as Easter and Christmas. As “true believers” we should also pray with him on Holy Thursday, stand by him on Good Friday and join him in prayer and fasting during the forty days of Lent.


Lent is a time when we can choose to put ourselves to the test both physically and emotionally by some acts of fasting and abstinence, periods of reflection and self-examination and perhaps spiritual redirection.  It’s a time to grow in closeness to Jesus.


It’s sobering to realize that if we “give up” TV watching, chocolates etc, we are “giving up” things that most people in the world have never had!  What is really meaningful to us? Our time, given to assist people in need; Our pride, through an act of long due reconciliation; Our finance, given to an aid organisation. So how will you this Lent renew your Christian commitment and express Christ’s message of love, care and forgiveness.


Lenten Penance: Practices of penance are meant to help us to come to openness to God. They need to be educative, transforming us so that our hearts may turn more easily to God. The choice of Lenten penance is important. It is not just what we do; it is why we do it, and the effect that it has on our lives. Choose wisely and Lent can become a time of many graces and significant growth in our relationship with God.

DAYS OF PENANCE Abstinence from meat and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On all other Fridays of Lent the common practice of penance is fulfilled by performing any of the following:

  • Prayer – for example: Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to the church or chapel; reading the Bible; making the Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary.
  • Self-denial – for example: not eating meat; not eating sweets or dessert; giving up entertainment to spend time with the family; limiting food and drink so as to give to the poor.
  • Helping others – for example: special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened.


Our theme of “Expect Great Things” calls us to be the best people we can be. It challenges us to be better tomorrow than we were today.


Schools are communities where staff, parents and students come together for the common good, which encompasses the welfare of all and the educational progress of each individual student. As a school, we try and support parents in the education of their children. As parents, we are role models not only to our children, but others associated with this school.


For our school community to offer an environment of harmony, goodwill, opportunity for individual development and the exercise of Christian virtues, it is important that we constantly remind ourselves to think about what we are saying and how we go about saying it, particularly in the presence of children.

Family Picnic

It was wonderful night last Friday night with the annual P&F Back to School Picnic. It was a very warm evening; however, it was wonderful to see so many families in attendance, enjoying one- anothers company. Many Thanks to our P&F for coordinating the event.


Aerial Images

The aerial images seen in this newsletter  were taken  by PlaneTorque Australia Pty Ltd a CASA approved drone operator. Alan and Alister Jupp (parents and grandparents of the school) once again worked with the school on Friday night to get some great aerial images of our school and the Family Picnic.


Royal Commission

Now that the final hearing of the Royal Commission has concluded, Archbishop Costelloe has published a pastoral letter, as well as a video conveying the same message, for the Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of Perth, including Catholic schools.  Please view the Archbishop’s video here:


Parent Class Representatives 2017

We held a very productive Parent Class Representatives meeting on Tuesday. This band of enthusiastic and energetic ladies will act as the conduit between the P&F Association and the various classes. Among other things, the Class Representatives will assist in:

  • Organising social events for your class during the year e.g. parent coffee catch ups, class play dates for the children, parent lunches/dinners, family picnics
  • Welcoming new families and support them as they integrate into the Infant Jesus School community
  • Encouraging and support parents to be involved in school community events and activities
  • Creating and maintain a contact list for your class
  • Co-ordinating the community morning tea for your class assembly
  • Attending P&F meetings (two meetings per school term)
  • Liaising with other Parent Representatives when required

We are extremely grateful to these ladies for assisting the school in this capacity.


Innovation Technology & Resource Centre 

It has been a busy start to the term as we have endeavoured to transform our library and old computer lab into a very contemporary and modern innovation and resource centre.


We will share more information about the room and how it will be used in next week's newsletter; however, we thought parents may appreciate a look at a few photos of this centre.



2017 Residential Address Collection

Non-government schools are required, as part of their obligations under the Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act), to provide the residential addresses of their students across all campuses.


In accordance with section 21 of the Australian Education Regulation 2013, the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (AGDET) will be collecting student addresses for all non-government schools between 1 March and 31 May 2017. This data is traditionally used in conjunction with the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census to determine the Socio Economic Status (SES) of each school and, ultimately, of the System. This has had a direct impact on the System and your own school`s funding.


Parking Around the School 

Following on from last weeks addition to the newsletter regarding parking around the school, please find attached a diagram showing parking. Please be mindful of parking restrictions and carefully observe and follow signs. 



Kindergarten 2018

We are currently accepting Kindergarten enrolment applications for the 2018 school year. Interviews will take place in Term 2.  If you have a child ready to start Kindergarten in 2018 and wish to enrol him/her at Infant Jesus School, please make sure you complete an application form.   This includes families currently enrolled in the Infant Jesus Pre-Kindergarten Program.


It is important to note prospective enrolments that have a brother or a sister already enrolled at Infant Jesus School,  still need to complete an application form and come in for an interview.


It is not okay to stay away from school for any reason except legitimate illness and extreme family circumstances. Any unexplained absence and extended holidays during school time, even with a note of explanation, are all considered illegal by the Department of Education and the Federal government, and may mean fines to families who do not send their children to school.


As a school we are legally responsible to report via an electronic program, all absences every day, including continual lateness to school. Please make sure you are compliant with this legislation and please assist by contacting the school by 9am on the day of absence. Please also send a note upon return even if you have been contacted by phone from the school. Your support is appreciated.


God, our Father,

 in spite of the fact that 

you are all loving and forgiving to us, 

our words and actions

 do not always

 express love and forgiveness. 

Rouse up and

 sustain within us a friendliness and cheerfulness that is fitting

 for Christian people.



Up from the Waters - Reflecting Sharing and Living the Gospel

 A six-week LENTEN program reflecting, sharing and living the Gospel and is also being run in the Infant Jesus parish. The program focuses on the significance of the waters of Baptism in each one of us.


Parents are invited to register their interest in this program that will be conducted at the school each Wednesday evening at 7pm. Currently we have 7 parents enrolled in the program.


Dates for this LENTEN  program are as follows:

  • Wednesday 8 March
  • Wednesday 15 March
  • Wednesday 22 March
  • Wednesday 29 March
  • Wednesday 5 April

Please register your interest via the following link:


Infant Jesus Family

We congratulate the Scaletti Family (Nick PK) on the birth of baby Lilliana. Blessings on you all as you welcome your little one home.


A message from the Director of Catholic Education - Dr Tim McDonald 

Please find attached the State Election commitment responses from both major parties, in addition to a summary document that has been compiled.  




Thought for the Week


Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water.

Loris Malaguzzi 



May the week ahead be filled with many blessings



Paul Hille





In Year Four children are preparing to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The Religious Education program guides the children to discover more about themselves and their personal relationship with God. 


During English, children will further develop their Reading, Writing and Word Study skills. The text types we will be focusing on are Narratives and Persuasive texts. In order to consolidate what is being taught during Reading time in class, the children have been given a grid of 20 reading challenges. The children must complete one activity per week about their reading book as part of their homework.


In Mathematics, consolidation of Times Tables is ongoing. Our focus this term is Place Value; how to read and interpret numbers to the tens of thousands and the properties of odd and even numbers. Another area of focus is chance and probability and how to read and interpret graduated scales on a range of measuring instruments.


The Humanities and Social Sciences program (History, Geography and Civics and Citizenship) this term covers Aboriginal connection to place and country prior to colonisation. Miss Phoebe will help us with our Humanities program as she teaches us technologies and how best to present the information we have gathered. In Science, the children will develop an understanding of life cycles and will have a go at growing beans. Mrs Jenkins has so far been helping the children understand the purpose of exercise and diet and how this can help us live long, healthy lives.


Every week the children participate in a sport session as part of the Physical Education Program and they have shown much enthusiasm and excitement! Each week the children try a new activity, which promotes fitness and fundamental movement skills. On Fridays, the children have a sport session with their class teachers and will also participate in morning fitness on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


The children have again taken very quickly to the use of one-to-one iPads in the classroom. They have also been very responsible when using the iPads and are aware of the iPad expectations that are in place at the school. We congratulate the children on their application to learning with the technology devices. Please ensure that your child’s iPad is up to date with the apps required. The app list can be found on the school website under the heading ‘Curriculum’.



On Monday 27 February, the Year Four children went to Fremantle on an excursion to learn about the culture of Indigenous Australia. We had great fun learning about the tools that were used, listening to stories from our tour guide Greg and getting to see inside the Round House! The children will put this information to good use this term in the documentaries they are creating on Indigenous Australia. We even got to sneak a peek at some sculptures which were on display around Bathers Beach! Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers who joined us and were very helpful in ensuring the children’s’ safety.



Perceptual-Motor Program: Pre-Primary
This term our Pre-Primary children will be commencing a Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) two mornings a week. Perceptual deals with obtaining information and motor refers to the outcome of movement. Thus, perceptual-motor activities require children to use their brain and body together to accomplish tasks—for example, walking on a balance beam while reciting the alphabet.


Participation in perceptual-motor activities enables children to develop greater levels of body control and encourages greater effort in all areas of the school curriculum. Research has shown young children who possess adequate perceptual-motor skills enjoy better coordination, greater body awareness, stronger intellectual skills, and a more positive self-image.

The key areas of development through PMP are: 
Gross motor skills: The acquisition of large scale movements e.g. walking, running, jumping, skipping, climbing and moving in and out of positions. 
Fine motor skills: The acquisition of small scale movements e.g. performing building tasks and isolating various fingers.
Crossing the midline of the body (laterality): Children who fail to develop this skill are at risk of changing hands at the midline when performing tasks involving movement on a horizontal place. Eyes must also learn to track across the body midline to avoid potential difficulties with reading. 
Balance: Closely associated with the development of gross motor skills. 
Body and space awareness: Spatial concepts such as behind, between, backwards, forwards and up/down. 
Visual and spatial skills: Students are helped to track objects in all directions, match shapes and copy patterns. 
Rhythm sequence, memory and listening: Activities such as clapping to rhythms, fast vs slow movements, counting claps, steps and jumps. 

The program will be running on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning for a half hour session 
(8:45am-9:15am). To run this important program, we need the assistance of 10 parents each morning.  We are hoping to start Week 6 so we ask that if you are available to help on any morning to speak to the Pre-Primary staff or Mrs Jenkins.  

Thank you

Mrs Jenkins
Sport Specialist (Pre-Primary and Year 1)



Over the last two weeks our Year 4, 5 and 6 children have been attending Bayswater Waves for Swimming Lessons. These lessons have been a huge success with the children improving their swimming skills as well as having a lot of fun. The instructors have been wonderful and I would like to thank Bayswater Waves for accommodating us. One instructor came up to me at the end of a lesson and said the Infant Jesus children are her favourite to teach. This shows that our children are living out our school values and I thank them for that.


Next week a note will be coming home regarding our Swimming Carnival. If you, along with your child, could please choose the events they would like to compete in that would be great. Please consider their ability in the water and if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to ask.

Faction Swimming Carnival
Friday 31 March 2017

Bayswater Waves (Outdoor Pool)

Mr Sheridan



P & F News

A very big thank you to all the parents who nominated themselves for Class Parent Representative.  We are excited to have such a motivated and energetic group of parents committed to this vital role.  Your 2017 Parent Representatives are :


Justyna Dimasi


Sagay Hessing (KW)

Olivia Ikosipentarhos (KB)


Belinda Zirino (W)

Gabriella Erceg (B)


Nicole Mammone (W)

Kristie Di Nella (B)


Nicole Mesiti (W)

Maree Previti (B)


Justine Radicic (W)

Sherrie Giglia (B)


Simone McGuire / Natasha D'Souza (W)

Joanna Brisbane / Simone Sieczka (B)


Lisa McCarthy (W)

Maria Bellesini / Rochelle Contrusceri (B)


Ida Romeo (W)

Connie Scuillo / Liselle Morgan (B)


Thank you to the parents who have volunteered on the fundraising committee, we love your energy and ideas!

The committee met last month to discuss the year ahead and the goals we wish to achieve. We decided to set a fundraising goal of $10,000 for this year, which will be donated to the school for the new Innovations and Technology Centre.  

The parent community has been asking for a quiz night and we've heard you!  The P&F quiz night will be held on Friday the 15th September so please put the date in your calendars.  We will advise on further details in the near future.

We are looking forward to the year ahead and achieving our goal with support of the entire parent body.  We can expect great things when we work together!

The P&F were pleased to donate $25,000 to the school which will assist in funding the new Innovations and Technology Centre.  The P&F are looking forward to supporting the school board and staff in their vision for this new lab and we're excited at the opportunities it will create for our children.  

Get ready, Free Dress is coming on Friday 17th March!  Children are encouraged to come to school in appropriate clothing of their choice for a gold coin donation.  Please send your child in closed shoes.  The P&F will be handing out free ice creams to the kids, so this is a day they will not want to miss!

What a beautiful summer night we had last Friday for the family picnic!  It was fantastic to see all your friendly faces having such a wonderful time.

Thank you to the Social Committee and parents who volunteered their time working through the afternoon and evening; Sarah Ruggiero, Jenny Allpike, Marisa Gulluni, Ida Romeo, Maria Bellesini, Maree Previti, Irene Gianatti and Liselle Morgan.

Nicola Cecchele - P&F President




Thursday 16 March at The Coffee Club, Morley Galleria from 8:45am. All welcome, see you there!


MAD Camp
It’s that time of year again, MAD Camp.  Let’s get physical and have fun with our friends while meeting new ones.  This year promises to be full of fun with lots of laughs.  The camp will be held on 26-28 May 2017 at Point Walter Reserve.  Please fill in your Registration Form, pay the deposit via EFT and pass your form into the office for collection.  The deposit needs to be paid by Friday 31st March 2017 and the form handed into the office.  Any queries please contact one of us on the form.




To assist with school based events, please ensure that both of these have been completed. 

1. Complete the Volunteer Workshop 

2. Read and Sign the Code of Conduct which is new in 2017.  


It is a requirement that not only the Parent Volunteer Workshop has been completed, but the school based Code of Conduct has been signed and returned to the office.  


Copies of the Code of Conduct are available from the front office or online. 



Merit Certificates

At Infant Jesus School we are proud to celebrate the achievements of our children and all their hard work. Congratulations to the following students who will receive an Honour Certificate at our assembly next Thursday morning.


We congratulate the following students:

1B    Zac Mesiti, Sabrina Pillera

1W    Felicia Mungar, Vu Nguyen

2B    Mevin Thomas, Natalia Del Riccio, Gabriel         Richardson

2W    Allegra Scriva, Riley Krans, Asha Beaton

3B    Preston Ginger, Campbell Tonkin, Sang Truong

3W    Jai Ridolfo, Anthony Buonocore, Kai Blanchard

4B    Zac Jacobsen, Mack Williams, Emma McDonnell

4W    Marcus Pereira, Angelique Clayton, Maya McGuire

5B    Alana D'Alessandro, Jennifer Le, Michael Fosberry

5W    Noah Martinovich, Krystelle Marion, Annabelle Di Ciano

6B     Sasha Haigney, Leah Rossi

6W    Bayleigh Tonkin, Jed Williams, Xavier Teo


Family Mass

A focus for 2017 for Infant Jesus School is to strengthen the links between the Parish and the School. As a school community we have been invited to organise and lead parts of the Mass at Infant Jesus Church at 6.30pm on Saturday 11 March. This is also one of the Enrolment Masses in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 


The School Choir will be leading the singing for this celebration. If you, and your family, would like to help in any way please contact Ms Clare Moffat or Mr Frank Colangelo


We are looking forward to seeing all families at this special occasion.

Parish News

Bishop Gregory Homeming OCD was ordained the sixth Bishop of Lismore at St Carthage's Cathedral in Lismore on Wednesday 22 February.


Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP was the principal ordaining bishop while the co-consecrators were Bishop Peter Ingham of Wollongong and Bishop Emeritus Geoffrey Jarret of Lismore. Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana read the Papal Bull in Latin followed by a translation in English.


On the steps of the cathedral, Jill Rokovada extended a Welcome to Country to Bishop-elect Homeming and the assembled archbishops and bishops on behalf of the Bunjalung people. A smoking ceremony also took place.


Bishop Homeming was born in Sydney on 30 May 1958 to an Australian-Chinese family. He joined the Discalced Carmelite Order in 1985. The new bishop adopted as his motto, "God Alone Suffices" from St Teresa of Avila, the founder of his Order.


In his opening words, Archbishop Fisher acknowledged "the nuns of the Goonellabah Carmel who for the past fifty years have made the charism of the Carmelite family present in this diocese". He welcomed visiting clergy and religious, representatives of the other churches, members of the Chinese-Australian community, and other distinguished guests. He also paid tribute to Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett for his service as the fifth Bishop of Lismore from 2001 till now.

"As our first Chinese-Australian prelate, Bishop Homeming is a sign of the changing face of the Church in Australia," Archbishop Fisher said in his homily.


"Some might think this is no time for making new bishops; I sympathise with their disenchantment. But there is a providence in God calling a man like Greg, with his legal background, critical intelligence, spiritual wisdom, pastoral sensitivity, and gentle soul to help lead us forward at this time. Bishop Greg must be a wise leader, a glad shepherd and, finally, an authentic witness to Christ," Archbishop Fisher said.


All families who wish to enrol their child for the Sacrament of Confirmation at Infant Jesus Church this year are required to attend ONE of the following enrolment Masses:

·      Saturday 11 March at 6.30pm OR

·      Sunday 12 March  at 9.30am  OR  

·      Sunday 12  March  at 6.00pm.

 Please remember to register your child's name and your contact details at the church foyer before or after the Mass. 

Canteen Roster

Friday 3 March        Student Free Day 

Monday 6 March     Student Free Day

Wednesday 8 March  

Louise Murace, Emily Dayan, Tracy Caputo

Project Compassion

Dinia's story - the Philippines

Love Your Neighbour

With the help of a program supported by Caritas Australia, Dinia gained the skills to earn a better income for her children and help neighbours in her vulnerable community.


As much as possible I will try to help [my neighbours] so that we are on the same level."
Dinia. Dinia’s story is a story of healing, through her own skill and perseverance, and through support from a Caritas-Australia funded program. Living in the Philippines, she struggled daily with poverty in a country with many vulnerable communities.


People living in rural and coastal areas have very little access to basic services. They face extreme weather events, environmental degradation and the effects of internal conflict and have little hope of a sustainable income. For Dinia, the untimely death of her husband meant an end to his small income and a greater struggle to feed and educate her children.


She struggled alone, facing a future without hope, until her community encouraged her to participate in the Socio Pastoral Action Center Foundation Inc. (SPACFI) program supported by Caritas Australia.


Dinia from the Philippines
SPACFI’s Integrated Community Development Program helped her develop diverse ways to gain a sustainable livelihood, continue to send her children to school and contribute to her community. The program foregrounds the need to work together for the common good, awakening Dinia’s innate generosity and leadership qualities. She was able to learn about organic farming, managing livestock, and starting a small business.


Now she has an integral role in her community, a sustainable livelihood, and a brighter future for her children. “My life is much better now. It is much easier,” she says.

I have a feeling of contentment, being able to help others." - Dinia



Infant Jesus Soccer Club
Thank you to all those who attended the Infant Jesus Soccer Club information day on Sunday 26 February 2017. Anyone who was unable to attend or who still requires uniform sizing, there will be opportunities to try on the uniform on Tuesday 28 March and 4 April 2017. Please attend the clubrooms between 5pm and 6pm and speak to Michelle.
To make things easier for parents, all uniform purchases will now be made online through the Infant Jesus Soccer Club website. Once you have confirmed your child’s size, please place your order at . Please help us to avoid last minute exchanges by placing your order early.
Please direct any enquiries to Michelle Jacobsen at 




Infant Jesus Netball Club
Reminder that all fees are due this Friday 3 March 2017.
Training commences for Year 4 on Tuesday 14 March 2017 and Year 5 on Thursday 16 March 2017.



Our Lady Assumption 50th Anniversary

Calling past students, families and staff of  Our Lady’s Assumption School in Dianella.

This year, Our Lady’s Assumption School in Dianella is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
To commemorate this milestone, the school invites past students, families and staff to join in the celebrations with the OLA community.
To find out how you can be involved, head to the dedicated Facebook page at: Facebook/OLA50th or email   


Archdiocese of Perth


The Mary MacKillop Foundation invites you to “Breakfast in the Garden”. Come and join the fun, meet old friends and make new ones.  Garden Venue; Saturday 11 March,  8am, Mary MacKillop Centre, 16 York Street, South Perth (St Joseph’s Convent).  Bring $15 for breakfast. BYO chairs, tables, blankets, umbrellas, sun screen and smiles! RSVP before 7 March to Laurie Mayne 08 9271 5649, or



Personal Advocacy is a unique ministry mandated by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe that provides a way for people with intellectual disabilities to be included in the life and liturgy of their parish and local community, a place where their faith will be nurtured. This is achieved through small faith based friendship groups, and one to one friendships with a person with a disability and a volunteer. You are invited to attend an observation of a group in the Morley PAS Resource centre and experience the unique way faith is bought to people with intellectual disabilities, as this form of spirituality is more readily experienced than defined. Wednesday 15 March 9.45-12noon. RSVP essential to



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2017 Calendar Terms 1-4.pdf
Drop Off Diagram.pdf
2017 Calendar Terms 1-4.pdf
Infant Jesus School Code of Conduct Parents.pdf
Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Costelloe 27 Feb 2017.pdf
Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Costelloe 27 Feb 2017.pdf
Drop Off Diagram.pdf
Drop Off Diagram.pdf
Drop Off Diagram.pdf