VERITAS 

09 February 2017
Issue Two
Important Dates & Correspondence
Principal's Report
SCHOOL NEWS
COMMUNITY NEWS
Infant Jesus School
08 9276 1769
17 Smith Street
AU

Important Dates
&
Correspondence

Important Dates and Correspondence

VISION

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.

 

OUR SCHOOL VALUES

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

 

Thursday                       Volunteer Workshop   

16 February                  9am

 

Tuesday                           P & F Meeting 7pm

21 February

 

Thursday                        Parish Mass 9am

23 February                   Years 2 and 5

 

Friday                                 Back to School Picnic

24 February                     5.30pm

 

Uniforms

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

 

For opening times and online orders go to www.lowesschoolwear.com.au

 

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.

 

Term Calendars 2017

 

Principal's Report

Leadership in Action

 

Dear Parents,

 

The role of leadership, no matter the context, and the challenges it poses has been the topic of considerable debate for many across the years. The leadership role of parents in their family situation is likewise more difficult than it appears to be. The degree of difficulty depends somewhat on the style of leadership we choose to use and our reason for choosing that particular style.

If we choose to use an autocratic style, where we totally dominate and use the benefit of our adulthood to impose our will on our children, then, we will be in for a power struggle and will have to use threats, fear and punishment to achieve what we want. Unfortunately, our children will probably feel unsafe, unloved and untrusting of us. Our very strict rules and suffocating structures will cause our children to yearn for freedom, to be rid of us and our heavy-handed style of parenting. 

 

If we choose the opposite extreme and choose to use a permissive style and choose to be physically or emotionally absent, don’t set limits, be afraid to say “no” and never hold our children accountable, then, we will reign over chaos. Our children will think they have the right to do anything they like and, because they don’t respect us, they won’t respect other forms of authority. Unfortunately, our children will probably be perplexed by life, lack motivation to achieve because they have never known structure in their lives, and will find themselves easy prey for people who do not have their best interests at heart; they too, will live in fear and feel unloved.

 

If we choose to be in the middle of these two styles, we will be choosing an authoritative-democratic style. This style is based on respect, love and trust, where positive communication and cooperation are enjoyed on a daily basis. Our children will probably feel safe, loved and accepted yet free to be who they are. If we are pro-active and foresee problems before they can fully emerge, if we can welcome opinions and offer choices while not guaranteeing that our children will always get what they want, then, our children will be confident, able to think for themselves and able to make decisions that have a positive outcome. If our leadership has a confidence about it, it will inspire our children to take up the leadership role in their own lives.

 

Our leadership style is of vital importance to our children because, for better or worse, parenting styles tend to repeat from one generation to the next. The good news is that everyone has the capacity to develop good parenting skills and to be aware not to repeat patterns that expose children to negative and destructive experiences. Our children will feel loved and secure, if the way we go about living our lives and engaging with our children is in a positive, friendly yet firm manner.

 

Our children will sense a comfortable and uplifting atmosphere and environment that allows them to be relaxed and optimistic about life. Our children might even agree with the comment,

“Your actions speak so loudly, I can’t even hear

what you are saying.”

Author unknown.

Jesus, our leader, with the guidance of the Spirit within us, may we bring a spirit of joy, generosity and enthusiasm to the leadership role we have as parents.  May our children learn about you by the way we lead our lives.

Amen.

Letter from the Executive Director CEWA

 

Monday Morning Assembly

Each Monday morning, we will gather as a school to welcome the new week.

 

This very short assembly provides a wonderful opportunity for me as the principal to meet with all the students (Years 1 -6) and share any important messages for the week as well as discuss areas of focus for our school. More importantly, it provides us with the opportunity to pray together as a community. At these assemblies, we will also recognise children who are celebrating their birthday for the week.

 

Parent Information Evening

It was fantastic to see so many parents attend the Parent Information Evening on Tuesday. The opportunity for parents to come together to initially hear about the Vision and Focus for 2017, and then to be informed by their child’s class teacher about some key aspects of the particular year level is most valuable. In talking with parents over the course of the evening there was a real sense of positivity and excitement. Many thanks to the teachers and staff for their efforts in conducting these evenings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer

Dear God,

 

Bless this school which we have built for the education of our young people.

Bless our students and teachers, our parents,  employees

and all who promote sound education in our community.

 

May our children grow in wisdom, age and grace

before You and all Your people.

May this school always be a home of truth and wisdom,

of faith and good will toward all.

Through the prayers of 

Our Lady,  St Dominic and the Infant Jesus,

may this school help our community

and build Your kingdom of justice, light and peace.

 

Amen

School Board

Our first Board meeting will be held next Monday 13 February evening.

 

The 2017 School Board consists of the following members of our community:

  • Principal                         Paul Hille
  • Parish Priest                  Fr Sunny
  • Board Chairperson     Mr Ric Olivieri
  • Vice Chairperson         Mrs Min DeLeo
  • Secretary                        Mrs Jessica Musca
  • Treasurer                        Mr Sam Modica
  • P&F Rep                           Mrs Hein Trang
  • Parish Rep                       Mrs Nevellene Linquist
  • Ex officio (observer)    Ms Clare Moffat
  • Ex officio (observer)    Mr Frank  Colangelo

I look forward to working alongside the members of the School Board to ensure that our children are the recipients of the best Catholic education we are able to possibly give.  I realise that it is not always easy to find time in the busyness of our lives, but our children certainly deserve, and will benefit from, whatever time and support we are able to give.

 

I look forward to a very productive year with the Board working with the Leadership Team, P&F Association, and staff in promoting our goal of ‘Expect Great Things’ in all areas of our school. 

Infant Jesus School Code of Conduct

As discussed on Tuesday evening, the school now has a Code of Conduct that all members of the Infant Jesus School community need to adhere to. Parents would have received an abridged version of this. The complete Code of Conduct for parents is attached to the newsletter and published on the school website

 

Visitors – Sign -In

Schools have a ‘duty of care’ to students, staff, parents and visitors on the site.  To fulfil our ‘duty of care’ to everyone on the school site, all visitors to the school are required to sign in at the front office.  This includes parent helpers. 

 

Although this procedure may appear a burden it will ensure that the school can account for all individuals in the event of an emergency and it will help us increase our ability to protect any student, staff or parent on the site.  The sign-in book is situated in the front office.

Health Care Card

A reminder to all Health Care Card (HCC) holders the final date for HCC applications is 1st March.  If you are a Health Care Card holder you will need to reapply for the discounts to be applied in 2017. 

 

Please note that the HCC discount applies to the HCC holder only.  The discount is applied to the tuition fee component of the composite school fees.  All other fees are payable.

Infant Jesus Family

 

Our Prayers and thoughts are with the Miraudo family (Joseph 5B) in the sad loss of their beloved Grandmother last week. May she rest in peace forever.

Did you Know

  • A single drop of water contains one hundred billion billion atoms (Who counted them??)
  • Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt"!
  • 111,111 x 111,111  = 12345654321
  • Your foot and your forearm are the same length

Thought for the Week

 

Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned or worn.  It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love grace and gratitude.

Denis Waitley

 

 

May the week ahead be filled with many blessings

 

 

Best Wishes

 

 

Paul Hille

Principal

SCHOOL NEWS

Learning

Kindy News

The children have settled well into the routines and have begun to make lots of new friends. 

 

This term we will focus on developing oral language skills and confidently share experiences, feelings and ideas with teachers and peers. The children are encouraged to  recognise and attempt to write their names. They will be learning about letter sounds and concepts of print. During shared reading we will be emphasise the title, author and illustrator of the story and discuss where the starting point is when reading.  

 

During the term we will explore mathematical  concepts including patterns, counting using 1:1 correspondence and number recognition. We will introduce different forms of measurement by measuring the height and weight of the children using standard and non-standard units ( e.g. using blocks or string to measure their height).    

 

This term, we will be focusing on the concept of 'I am Special'. We will be exploring who we are, what we like, our special gifts and why God has made us all unique. The children have started to hand in their 'I am Special' posters.  

 

As the term progresses, we will also be exploring 'Growing and Changing' and 'New Life'. We will be comparing ourselves to when we were a baby and looking at all the things we can do now that we couldn’t do as a baby. 

 

We will also be exploring the different emotions we have and how we can show these emotions in appropriate ways. For example, if we are happy we can smile. We will then identify how we can care for ourselves so we are healthy and feel good. Eating the right food, getting enough sleep, keeping ourselves clean and having regular exercise will help us feel happy and energised.

 

Later in the term as part of our 'Growing and Changing' topic, we will be involved in the chicken hatching program, where the children will be observing chickens hatching and developing at Kindy. We will be developing the children’s curiosity, wonder and focus on new beginnings and new life. This will lead us to learn about Jesus and his ‘New Life’ at Easter.

 

Engagement

Lego Mania!

If any families have unused Lego blocks/pieces at home the school would love to take them off your hands. Please drop any Lego donations to the box in the Library.

 

Drone Needed: 

The school requires a drone to film above the school and to travel around our grounds for one of the videos planned to highlight our vibrant community, in future publications. and  showcased on our school website. 

 

If you have a drone that is able to do this - with the attachments required - please contact Paul Hille at the school. 

 

 

Music News

Congratulations to the Choir on their first performance at the Commissioning Mass held last Thursday.  The students strove for excellence, performing with vibrance and demonstrating great potential as leaders of the Arts Programme. It is wonderful to see such unbridled enthusiasm for the Choir at Infant Jesus School. It shows how our Music Programme is moving from strength to strength each year.  

 

It is a big commitment to be part of the Choir and once chosen to commit it is imperative to remain a member for the duration of the year.  A letter shall be sent home shortly for students to sign to confirm their commitment.  The Choir is only open to children from Years 4-6.  However, from those enthusiasts, singing lessons are being offered this term Wednesday afternoon 3.10-3.50pm in the Hall.   These lessons are available for all year levels, there are limited spaces available so please contact me if you are interested.

Nicole Boddy  

[email protected]

 

School Banking

 

School Banking will be held on Tuesday mornings between 8.00am and 8.20am in the old Uniform Shop room.  Great new rewards are out this year!
 
We are looking for volunteers! If you are able to help out on a few mornings or have any queries regarding the school banking please contact Maria Bellesini on 0410 151 110 or mariabellesi[email protected]
 
Thank you to the volunteers that have put their hand up to help again this year – Belinda Poat, Natasha D’Souza, Nicole Oakley, Billie Dewitt and Natasha Radice.

P & F News

Our first P&F meeting for 2017 will be held on Tuesday 21 February at 7pm in the school office.  We would love to see as many parents there as possible.  The main agenda items for the meeting will be the Welcome Back Picnic and proposed fundraising for 2017.

 

P&F SUB COMMITTEES
As you will remember the P&F now has four sub-committees which parents are welcome to join at any time. These are :
•    Social Committee 
•    Fundraising Committee 
•    IJ Care 
•    Parent Education 

 

If you wish to assist on any of the above committees please email Nicola Cecchele at [email protected].  Information in relation to proposed meetings will be published in the Veritas, so please keep an eye out for meeting dates.


PARENT CLASS REPRESENTATIVES
We hope you were able to listen to the presentations about this role at this week’s Parent Information Night.  If you are interested in being a Parent Representative this year, please get your nomination forms in to the school office by Tuesday 14 February 2017.  Nomination forms are also available from the school office.

 
WELCOME BACK PICNIC 
The traditional Infant Jesus School Family Picnic will be held on Friday the 24 February, 5:30pm - 7:30pm on the school oval. We have several food trucks joining us - thanks to Hey Pesto, Vinces Pizza and Mr Whippy for coming along!


There will also be a bouncy castle, obstacle course and face painting to entertain the kids. Children are welcome to use the play equipment at parents’ discretion and with parent supervision. We look forward to seeing you all there!
 

FAMILY CAMP

Family Camp 2017 is looking to get organised a little earlier this year, with the first meeting to be held Monday 20 February at 32 Browning Street, Yokine at 7.30pm.

 

We would love to see anyone who is interested in joining the committee or even just helping out with input and ideas to attend. Please SMS Linda on 0433 925 857 if you are able to attend, or would like to pass on a message.

 

Accountability

 

VOLUNTEERS WORSHOP

A Volunteer Workshop will be held on Thursday 16 February at 9.00am in the School Hall for parents wishing to help in the classroom or attend excursions with classes.

 

All parents who have not attended previously, need to attend the volunteer workshop if they wish to support classrooms with special activities. Please notify the office if you wish to attend this workshop.

Protective Behaviour Workshop

As mentioned at the Parent Night, our Protective Behaviours Program of work will commence in Term Two.   We have arranged a Parent Night for all parents to explore the program and what Protective Behaviours means for your children.

 

Venue :

Carmelite Gathering Place (The School Hall) 

Date & Time: February 23 - 6:30pm-8:30pm

Cost: Free

 

If you are attending this parent night please fill in your details on the following form so that we can cater for numbers. 

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LXW8YGB

My eDiary - Year 3-6

The MyEDiary App brings the power of push notifications to your school’s eDiary. The My eDiary has been introduced to all students in Year 3-6. On Monday afternoon the parent component of the diary will be pushed to all parents in Year 3-6. 

 

A parent afternoon will be held on Wednesday 15 February from 3:30- 4:30pm to assist in information regarding the new school digital diary.  

 

For parents not able to attend this meeting please view Links to Parent Information Slide.

 

How to view homework - http://help.myediary.com.au/article/54-how-can-i-view-my-childs-homework-in-the-ediary

 

How to send messages to teachers - http://help.myediary.com.au/article/75-how-can-i-send-a-message-to-my-childs-teacher

 

How to use the app - http://help.myediary.com.au/article/144-myediary-mobile-view-parents

 

 

Discipleship

FEAST DAY OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES 11 FEBRUARY

Each year over 2 million people make their way through the mountainous country of southeastern France to Lourdes. They come seeking cures, hoping to find answers, believing, and praying. At Lourdes, people recall the Lady dressed in white, with a blue sash, yellow roses at her feet, and a Rosary on her arm—the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

On February 11, 1858, Mary appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous. This was the first of 18 visits, many of them with 20,000 people present. When Bernadette asked the Lady’s identity, she replied, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Just four years earlier, the pope had proclaimed  it a dogma that Mary was conceived immaculate without original sin. The Blessed Virgin, through Bernadette, had come to call sinners to a change of heart. Her message was a request for prayer and penance. She also instructed Bernadette to tell the priests that a chapel was to be built on the site and processions held.

 

On February 25, 1858, the Lady told Bernadette to dig in the dirt and drink of the stream. Bernadette began to dig, and after several attempts she was able to find the water to drink. The water continued to flow from where she had dug with her hands until it was producing over 32,000 gallons of water a day—as it still does. There have been over 5,000 cures recorded but less than 100 of them have been declared miraculous by the Church. Most of these have taken place during the blessing with the Blessed Sacrament.

 

Today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. We may never travel to Lourdes and join in the processions, but we can know always that we have a Mother to help us and lead us to her Son, Jesus. And so we pray to her:

 

Grant us, O merciful God, protection in
     our weakness,
that we, who keep the Memorial of the
    Immaculate Mother of God,
may, with the help of her intercession,
rise up from our iniquities.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity
     of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.

 

(Collect Prayer from the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes)

 

Parish News

UP FROM THE WATER
6 Week programme for Lent  - especially for Infant Jesus School parents – with Billie.


This year, spend some time with other younger parents and with the words of Jesus by joining me on Tuesday mornings once a week from 28 February until 4 April. This programme is a beautiful reflective time which will give you a much needed opportunity to step out of your busy life and reflect on the things which really matter to you. The reflection will last about 1 hour and then I invite you to join me for a delicious morning tea, if you have time. The cost of the 6 weeks is only $7.00.
I would love you to come! Please call me to let me know or to answer any questions. 0458 388505.

 

WELCOME BACK TO CHILDREN’S LITURGY
Children’s liturgy is for all small people between the ages of 3 years and 8 years. At the beginning of Mass, the children will gather at the sanctuary, then proceed to the parish centre for their own age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word. They will rejoin the congregation at the Offertory procession. Please encourage your young ones to join in.
 

MORLEY YOUTH GROUP

Infant Jesus Parish 24:7 Morley Youth Group
All youth in Years 6-12 are invited join us this Friday night, 6-8pm in the Parish Hall!  For more info call Roger 0434 988 711 or Elizabeth 0410 554 393

Good God....It's Morning!
No! Good Morning God!

 

All depends on prayer. Begin with it and end with it.
Mary MacKillop 1980


Today God has been so good to me  

Mary MacKillop 1874


Gratitude is the memory of the heart

Mary MacKillop 1907


Our good God sees the heart  

Mary MacKillop 1871

 

Lord, teach us to pray! (Luke 11:1)

 

(from Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart Newsletter - Mary MacKillop Page)

COMMUNITY NEWS

Netball 2017

Registrations are closing this Friday 10 February 2017.  If you are wanting to enrol your child, please register following the instructions attached by the closing date. Any registrations after this date, will be placed on a waitlist.
 
Please ensure you are choosing the correct age group for your child:


Net Set Go – Year 3 and Year 4
Juniors – Year 5 and Year 6

 
We are needing coaches for all levels, if you are interested, please email [email protected]. Without coaches our teams will be not able to take the court. 
Cost: $180 for the season

 

Canteen News

Volunteers are still required for Monday and Wednesday Rosters. Attached is a form if you wish to volunteer. Thankyou to all those who have put their names down to help.

 

ROSTER:

Friday 10 February  

Nina Pillera, Melissa Gulluni

 

Monday 13 February

Jessica Musca

 

Wednesday 15 February

Jenny Allpike

 

Catholic Missions

REACH OUT AND GIVE LIFE

Catholic Mission National Office
Post: PO Box 1668 North Sydney NSW 2059
Phone: 1800 257 296 (Toll Free)
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.catholicmission.org.au

 

Events in the Archdiocese of Perth

 

16 Feb – 23 Mar GOSPEL OF SURPRISES: DISCOVERING THE WONDER OF JOHN

Every Thursday, 10.00am – 12:30pm, Newman Siena Centre (33 Williamstown Rd, Doubleview).

The Gospel of John is a masterpiece of the profound and yet the simple in relation to the story of Jesus. The course will give an in depth understanding of what lies beneath John’s writings. You are invited to take this journey into this very special Gospel and discover ‘faith’ in a new and fulfilling light! Suggested donation $45.00. Presenter: Mrs Jan O’Connor. Further info or to register, visit www.cfe.org.au, email [email protected], or call 9241 522

 

19 Feb 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - SACRED HEART CHURCH - THORNLIE

Thornlie Parish will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary at the current location on Sunday 19 February, at 10am. The occasion will be marked with a special Thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Emeritus Archbishop Barry Hickey who blessed and officially opened the church 25 years ago. The Mass will highlight the diverse multi-culturalism of the parish. This will be followed by entertainment in the school quadrangle and a shared meal in the school hall. All past and present parishioners are warmly invited and we look forward to seeing you. Further info: Janet 08 9459 4459.

 

24 Feb  PRAYING OUR EXPERIENCES – GROWING AWARENESS OF GOD IN MY EVERYDAY

Theme, The Lenten Journey - an invitation to look deeper into being a Christian.  Lent is an opportunity to review one’s commitment to living and giving witness to Gospel values. You are invited to be part of this prayer experience. Friday 24 February, 10.30-12noon, repeated 6.30-8pm, at Mary MacKillop Centre, 16 York Street, South Perth. RSVP essential by Tuesday 21 February. Further info:  Laura 08 9334 0999 or [email protected]

VERITAS 
2017 Calendar Terms 1-4.docx
2017 Calendar Terms 1-4 PDF.pdf
Infant Jesus School Code of Conduct Parents.pdf
Welcome Letter Exec. Director CEWA 2017.pdf
Infant Jesus Netball Registrations Instructions.pdf
How to Register for Netball.pdf
How to Register for Netball.pdf
HELPING IN THE CANTEEN 2017.pdf
HELPING IN THE CANTEEN 2017 PDF.pdf