Important Dates and Correspondence
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Monday Book Week
14 August Book Fair 8.00am - 8.30am & 3.00pm - 3.30pm
Tuesday Whole School Mass - Feast of the Assumption
15 August Book Fair 8.00am - 8.30am & 3.00pm - 3.30pm P & F Meeting
Wednesday Dress Up & Assembly
16 August Book Week
Book Fair 3.00pm - 3.30pm
Thursday Book Fair 8.00am - 8.30am & 3.00pm - 3.30pm
Saturday Family Mass 6.30pm
19 August Commitment Mass First Eucharist
Sunday Commitment Masses First Eucharist
20 August 9.30am and 6.00pm
Monday Parent Night Meeting
21 August First Eucharist
Tuesday Performing Arts - Choirs
22 August Vasto Club 2.45pm - 4.00pm
Performing Arts - Band
Newman College 7.00pm
Wednesday Year 4 Schoenstatt Shrine
Friday Infant Jesus Day
Monday First Eucharist Parent and Child
28 August Workshop
Our tentative dates for Student Free Days for 2017 are as follows:
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.
Uniforms can be purchased from Lowes located at the Mirrabooka Square Shopping Centre.
Lowes have advised that any quality issues regarding uniforms can be addressed with their Mirrabooka Store directly and exchanges will be made on faulty stock. New shipments will be arriving soon with all stock and sizing available.
For opening times and online orders go to www.lowesschoolwear.com.au
We will soon have a facility to allow Readers of this Newsletter to read it in any language at the press of a button. More information in Term 3.
If you have articles for the Newsletter please be aware that the Newsletter is assembled on Tuesday and Wednesday and then emailed out on Thursday. It is helpful to assembly to have articles as early as possible. Thankyou
On Friday 25 August, we celebrate Infant Jesus Day. It is a day that we come together to celebrate as a community as we honour our heritage and the traditions of our school. It is a special time to recognise our past and all the people who in different ways have contributed to the vibrant community that we have today. This year our theme is, "Expect Great Things."
We reflect on our identity and heritage and recognise our Dominican beginnings merging with the Carmelite Vision to create our community which is founded on Faith, Love, Hope and Truth.
The day will begin with Mass in the School Hall followed by recess and morning tea for parents and special guests. Immediately after recess/morning tea the classrooms will be open for parents to come in and spend time with the children. Parents can visit classrooms and be guided by their child around the school. Parents need to be aware that their child is in their care and when they finish the walk around the school they need to guide their child back to his/her classroom. Please ensure that children are signed in and out of the classroom.
If your family would like a sausage sizzle please fill out the Form in the link below: http://bit.ly/2vlBrmA
Immediately after lunch, weather permitting, we will participate in mission activities until approximately 1.30pm. Children will then resume normal classroom activities
Congratulations to our School Choir who participated in the Sacred Choral Music section of the Performing Arts Festival on Monday. The choir sang beautifully and were really quite impressive with their performance. Many thanks to Mrs Boddy for her efforts with this group.
It was an amazing experience to take the first ever select choir to the Festival and they achieved high results. The adjudicator wrote extremely positive comments which included “the children sang this beautiful prayer with conviction and understanding” and “Congratulations choir on a most enjoyable performance. You sang with confidence and conviction”. The Infant Jesus Choir is to be commended for their heartfelt performance and excellent effort. The Choir received a Certificate of Merit for their performance. Well Done!
The Choir will still be diligently preparing for our next performance on Tuesday the 22nd August at 2.45 at the Vasto Club in Balcatta.
Congratulations is also in order for our Infant Jesus Clarinet Trio and the Infant Jesus Flute Trio who both received a Certificate of Merit in the Instrumental Ensemble section of the Festival.
The Infant Jesus School Choir & The Year 4 Choir
Tuesday 22 August (2.45pm-4.00pm)
Vasto Club, Balcatta
Infant Jesus Concert Band
Tuesday 22 August (7.00pm-9.30pm)
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 19 August. This is a very significant time for the Parish as this Mass is the beginning of the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Infant Jesus Church.
This Mass is also one of the Commitment Masses for the children who are commencing their preparation to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
The School Choir will also be involved and will be leading the singing at this celebration. If you, and your family, would like to help in any way please contact Ms Melissa Myles or Ms Clare Moffat.
We are looking forward to seeing all families at this special occasion to begin the Silver Jubilee celebrations.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the new Infant Jesus Church. Fr Sunny and the assistant priests, along with the Parish Council and the various active committees within the church are planning for a big celebration to recognise the occasion. Three bishops, including Archbishop Costelloe will be attending the Masses over the weekend of 26 & 27 August.
As you know, Saturday 19 August is an Infant Jesus School Family Mass. There will be a number of opportunities for our community to be involved, particularly as Friday 25 August is IJ Day!
Attached is the Parish Jubilee Week Program. Please mark your Calendar.
Next Tuesday, 15 August, we will celebrate the feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a special Mass. This feast day celebrates Mary’s Assumption into heaven and the Church has made this a Holy Day of Obligation.
Mary loved God and always trusted in Him, doing all that God would want of her. Although she became the Mother of Jesus, Mary was a simple woman who lived according to the customs and traditions of her Jewish faith. On the Feast of the Assumption, we remember and celebrate that Mary was taken to heaven, body and soul, by God. This special privilege was given to her because of her sinless and exemplary life and total trust in God.
We pray that we will have the same faith and trust as Mary.
Help us to know what you want us to do Lord, and give
us the courage to follow your will.
Mary answered God’s call and became the mother of Jesus.
We pray that we will listen to God’s call and, like Mary, say‘Yes’ to Him.
Jesus was always the centre of Mary’s life.
May Jesus be as important in our own lives.
Mary’s love and faith supported Jesus throughout His life.
Bless our own mothers who love and support us in everything we do.
May Mary’s life and her reward at the end of her life,
guide us and encourage us to be people of faith.
May we follow the example of Mary and all the saints in
living lives of faith and trust.
Help us to have the faith and commitment of Mary.
Listen to our prayers loving God, so that, like Mary we
might find hope and comfort in you.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the Mammone Family (Georgia 2B, Angelo 1W and Luigi KB) as they farewell their beloved Great Grandmother who passed away recently. She was just a few months shy of her 111th birthday! May she rest in the peace of God in heaven.
We pray for the Lombardi Family (Eva 4B) in the sad loss of their beloved Great Grandmother who passed away recently. May she rest in peace.
Sunday September 3, is Father’s Day – A very significant day as we all know!!!! To recognise the occasion, we would like to hold a ‘Sausage Sizzle Breakfast’ for all of our dads in the school. This will commence at 7.30am on Thursday 31 August.
We encourage all dads to join us on this morning for a bite to eat and a cuppa before heading to work.
Those wishing to attend are asked to fill out the Form in the link below: http://bit.ly/2uFf4Gy
“Busy, busy, busy!” That seems to be the catch-phrase from everyone I talk to lately. When I ask “How are you?”, that is the answer I often get, even from children. It is not uncommon for some students to have four or five outside school activities a week. We do live in a world where things seem to move at a frenetic pace, constantly moving from work to home, to sport, to social activities with very little breathing space in between.
I have always been a believer in keeping my own children busy, especially with sports and outdoors activities. My mum always said it would “…keep them out of trouble.”!
Parenting expert Michael Grose says that there is “Nothing wrong with kids being busy as long as they have plenty of chances to relax and unwind.” He also points out that relaxation is the key to good mental health and well-being and is an important life skill for us all to learn. So how do we strike a happy and healthy balance?
One way to ensure busy kids unwind, Michael Gross assures us, is to make sure kids get bored every so often. There is a temptation to fill kids’ days with activities so that no time is wasted.
“I’m bored!” is the last thing most parents want to hear their kids say. Many parents feel compelled to do something to alleviate a child’s boredom.
Boredom can be good for kids’ mental health and well-being, giving them the chance to muck around and take it easy for a time.
Here are 5 ideas to help you unwind your kids:
1. Let your kids regularly stare into the ‘fire’.
Ever sat around a camp fire and stared at the flames? If so, you will know how calming it is. No exertion! No need to think! No need to talk to anyone! Just a chance to chill-out and relax. The TV is the modern version of the camp fire. Yep, TV used in this way is good for kids’ mental health.
2. Let kids exercise without rules
Kids are the kings and queens of play. Always have been. Until lately that is, when their lives have become highly organised and scheduled. Free, child-initiated play is the ultimate in relaxation. Fun games, games with few rules and games that kids control help them to unwind.
3. Let kids experience flow
Flow is a state we get into when we are so engrossed in an activity that time disappears. It is the ultimate unwind. We get flow when we pursue our passions so encourage teens to find activities that they truly love and get lost in. Free play generally takes young children to flow very quickly so opportunities for unstructured play are essential.
4. Help kids calm down around bedtime
Have a bedtime routine that calms kids down rather than winds them up. You can become part of this routine by reading books, telling nursery rhymes, providing soothing back rubs and other ways.
5. Unwind with your kids
Just think about your best memories from childhood. I am willing to bet that some of those would involve doing very little, or ‘just hanging out’ with family. These times are precious and a great way to rejuvenate and unwind with your children. We want our kids to be busy and involved rather than inactive and apathetic. However, activity needs to be balanced with unscheduled time so that perspective as well as everyone’s sanity is maintained.
A community is like an orchestra.
Each instrument is beautiful when it plays alone, but when
they all play together, each giving its own weight in tune,
the result is even more beautiful.
In Religion, the Pre-Primary children have begun exploring the topic, “Me and My Body”. This unit delves into how everyone has a body and the ways in which they use them. The children have been encouraged to wonder and discuss ways in which Jesus used his body and showed people how to use their bodies for good. Later in the term the children will explore the unit, “The Gift of Life” and reflect on things that they are able to do because they have been given the Gift of Life. They will then conclude the term by learning about God’s creation and ways in which people can care for all creation.
In Mathematics this term, the children will continue to practice and develop fundamental Math’s Skills such as number recognition, rote counting, one to one correspondence, patterns, counting forwards and backwards, 2D and 3D shapes, and attempting some simple addition.
Throughout the year in Pre-Primary, the children have been busy learning their sounds, and using this knowledge in their writing. Through writing, students are consolidating phonemic awareness and basic concepts of print such as letter recognition, letter to sound links, and blending. They are also learning to communicate with an audience, developing and refining their writing skills, manipulating sounds and attempting to spell words phonetically, developing their vocabulary and also building fluency and comprehension skills. This semester, the children will also begin to develop their reading skills through many hands on, interactive and fun experiences.
In the Integrated Program, the Pre-Primary children will be focusing on the Human Body, which links in to their Religion units. Their integrated program provides children the opportunity to use their creativity and imagination in their learning. The children will be given many opportunities to put their scientific skills into action through experimenting and inquiring about the Human Body. Children will use skills such as; observing, investigating, making predictions and problem solving. There will also be links to Humanities and Social Sciences as the children will explore how many things have basic needs that help them to stay alive.
BOOK WEEK 2017
Each year, across Australia, The CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) brings children and books together celebrating Children’s Book Week. The 2017 theme is “Escape to Everywhere”. Books are judged in four categories which are Early Childhood, Younger Readers, Older Readers and Picture Books, some of these books are on display in our Library.
To help celebrate Book Week all children are invited to dress up as their favourite character from a Book for the Assembly. A “Dress Up Pass” has been sent home. These passes are to be returned to the Library and will be placed into a raffle draw.
Book Week Celebrations:
Book Fair Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8.00am to 8.30am 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Wednesday 3.00pm to 3.30pm
EFTPOS Available excluding American Express and Diners Club
Wednesday 16 August
Book Week Assembly Play by School Performance Tours called “Read You Can Orang-utan.”
During the last few weeks the mental maths ideas have focused on strategies for addition including adding one, adding two, counting-on and making ten(s). Another useful strategy for addition is rearranging numbers and operations.
Rearranging Numbers and Operations
On paper, we tend to calculate with numbers in the order they are given. Doing mathematics mentally frees us to do calculations in the order we choose and can do more easily. For example, if we do 6 – 3 + 2 + 4 + 8 in our heads, we can rearrange it as (6 + 4) + (2 + 8) – 3—two combinations of 10, then subtract 3 last. However, to do this, a child must be able to remember the numbers and rearrange them mentally. This is hard for some people.
KINDY FARM INCURSION
On Wednesday the Kindergarten children were fortunate to have the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm visit. The excursion allowed the children to consolidate their learning of farm animals and some of the food products that farms provide and produce.
iMessage is an instant messaging app that comes preinstalled on all iPads. This instant communication tool enables the user to “text” other Apple devices. iMessage is not allowed to be used at school, nor does the school ever endorse children using iMessage for school communication.
Parents are encouraged to be aware if their child is using iMessage. Messages should be monitored at all times as anything that is posted online can be retrieved forever.
If you do not want your child to have access to iMessage this feature can be turned off by enabling restrictions.
How to Turn Off iMessage
If restrictions are enabled you need to turn off restrictions before you can perform this procedure.
1. Go to Settings – Messages
2. Set “iMessage” to “off”
3. Go to Settings – General – Restrictions
4. Enable Restrictions
5. Under Restriction settings go to “allow changes” – “Accounts”
6. Select “Don’t Allow Changes”
7. iMessage is now disabled
You will see in the column on the left in Settings the icon for iMessage fades. When the iMessage app is opened, a message will appear, saying, “This iPad is restricted from creating iMessage accounts.” When OK is clicked, the app closes.
PARENT & FRIENDS
Infant Jesus Quiz Night
Great news, we have released more tables! Tickets are on sale NOW!
• To book a table, please email [email protected]
• Tables of 8-10 only, no individual tickets
These will be the absolute LAST TABLES! Tickets are limited and selling fast so please book quickly!
Quiz Night Donations
We are in need of donations for Quiz Night prizes. If you are able to provide bottles of wine or chocolates we can include in hampers we would be very grateful.
Any businesses who can donate vouchers or products will be promoted via Facebook and on the night of the Quiz.
Please drop at the school office or email [email protected] if you would like us to collect the items.
Nicola Cecchele - P&F President
Infant Jesus Quiz Night
Tickets are on sale NOW!
- To book a table please email [email protected]
- Tables of 8-10 only, no individual tickets
Tables are LIMITED and selling FAST so please book quickly!
Pre-Primary Coffee Catch Up
▪️ Thursday 17 August
▪️ Straight after school drop off
▪️ tbsp - 10 King William St. Bayswater
Dinner - Friday 1 September 7pm at Two40Three, Coventry Village - RSVP by 28 August
Hope to see you all there - Justine & Sherrie
Year 5 Parent Dinner
Date: Friday, 8 September
Time: 7 pm
Venue: Italians Restaurant, Morley
RSVP: ASAP, Maria 0410 151 110
Hope you can make it!
FATHER AND SON CAMP
Please see attached information regarding this year's Father and Son Camp.
WOOLWORTHS Earn and Learn
This year we are participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program. Through this program we will be able to get new educational resources for our school – and all we need you to do is shop for your groceries at Woolworths. From Wednesday 26 July to Tuesday 19 September we are collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers. You will get one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco and gift cards). Place the Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet and when it’s complete, the Sticker Sheet can be dropped into the Collection Box here at the school or at your local Woolworths.
Friday 11 August
Rosa Ridolfo, Simone McGuire
Monday 14 August
Renae Levings, Paige Di Dio, Anella Tollis
Wednesday 16 August
Cheryl Barras, Marisol Rapy, Jenny Allpike
The attached Winter Menu continues for Term 3.
VOLUNTEER WORKSHOP AND CODE OF CONDUCT
To assist with school based events, please ensure that both of these have been completed.
1. Complete the Volunteer Workshop
Copies of the Code of Conduct are available from the front office.
VISITING THE SCHOOL - NEW SIGN IN PROCEDURES
An iPad is now available for entering the school during school hours. This replaces the sign in book. Please follow these procedures:
All visitors to the school must sign in i.e. Parents dropping things off, Parents picking up students, Volunteers helping Canteen or Class, Students arriving late, Maintenance workers etc.
PROLONGED ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL OF A STUDENT DURING SCHOOL TERM
There is an approval procedure that must be followed if you are taking your children out of school for several days.
It is important to note that the Education Act states that all children need to be at school at all times during the school year.
Prolonged absences should only be taken if it is essential for illness, pastoral and family reasons. In this instance it is a requirement that parents provide a valid explanation in writing for children’s
non-attendance at school.
It is also important to note that prolonged absence from school may impact on children’s learning.
PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY NEWS
The Pastoral Care Ministry is still collecting items for the St. Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal. The Winter Appeal is an appeal for items that will keep the homeless warm this winter. These items may include, blankets, jumpers, coats, beanies or sleeping bags.
Donations close tomorrow Friday 10 August.
We are also continuing to collect ring pulls for Brother Ollie’s Wheelchairs. These ring pulls are donated to Brother Ollie who turns them into wheelchairs for the less fortunate. Any aluminium ring pull can be placed in the green container located near the iLab.
POWER OF ONE
As part of the Infant Jesus 'Power of One' initiative, we will be having Kids' Kong classes for Pre-Primary and Years 1-6 children during Term 3. The classes will be a combination of aerobic fitness and dance, set to music.
CHILD PROTECTION WEEK
Child Protection Week will commence on Sunday 3 September, 2017, and we will officially celebrate Child Protection Sunday on 10 September 2017.
Once again, the Perth Catholic Archdiocese will be the host for the official Western Australian Child Protection Week Event. Child Protection Week is a national week and in every state, one event is chosen by NAPCAN (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) to be listed as the official state event. As such, the relevant Government Ministers and their CEOs and Directors together with the Commissioner for Police and Executive Director of the Department for Child Protection will be invited to attend. National Awards for Child Protection Agencies will also be announced at the Breakfast by the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA.
This year the competition for children’s involvement is a poster competition and all the details are attached. Please print off the flyer and start promoting this in your parish.
There will be a major prize for each age group winner which will be presented to the individual winners at the Child Protection Week Breakfast.
The winning children and a parent will be invited to attend the breakfast event at no charge and their posters will be displayed on the big screen during the prize presentations.
The overall winner will again win an iPad and the exciting news is that the overall winner’s poster will be used to create the official Safeguarding Poster that will then be distributed to all parishes for use in the foyer or hall.
ALL DETAILS ARE ATTACHED and entries need to be in the Safeguarding Office/Parish Office no later than 19 August 2017 for judging.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM - SACRAMENT OF FIRST EUCHARIST
Sacrament of First Eucharist Commitment Masses - A reminder to all families who have enrolled their child for the Sacrament of
Please remember to bring your child's holy card and to cross off your child's name at the registration before or after the Mass.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Parents Information Night- Monday, 21 August, 7:00pm at the Parish Centre
Parents and Child Workshop- Monday, 28 August, 7:00pm at the Parish Centre
First Eucharist Retreat and Practice- Friday, 8 September, 9:00am at the Parish Centre
First Eucharist Masses- Saturday, 9 September at 6.30pm, OR Sunday, 10 September at 9.30am OR at 11.30am
INFANT JESUS PARISH 24:7 MORLEY YOUTH GROUP
EDITH STEIN - ST TERESA BENEDICTA OF THE CROSS - FEAST DAY 9 AUGUST
As she was growing up, Edith prayed at home with her family and went to religious services. While this could be said about many Catholic saints, Edith’s family was a little different. She was from a devout Jewish family. Then when Edith was about 13 years old, she gave up faith in God altogether. Edith grew up in Breslau, Germany, the youngest of seven children. Her father died when Edith was young, so she became very close to her mother. Edith was a very intelligent girl. She was so smart that the teacher sent her home from kindergarten; there was nothing for her to learn there. Edith didn’t just study when there was going to be a test in school. She studied because she loved to learn. She always got high marks in everything except math. Edith continued her studies at the university, where she earned a doctorate degree in philosophy.
Then as an inquisitive young woman, she picked up the autobiography of Saint Teresa of Ávila. Edith was so captivated that she couldn’t put the book down, and she completed reading it in one night. The next day she bought a Catholic catechism and read it. Edith felt that she had finally found the truth she had been looking for since she was 13.
When Edith was baptized, her mother cried. Edith did not have the heart to tell her mother that she also wanted to be a Carmelite nun. So she waited. She taught school, translated books, and gave lectures—and she prayed. Finally in 1934, she entered the convent and received the name Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. She shared in the domestic work of the nuns, but also continued to write about philosophy. In 1938 the persecution of Jews became so intense in Germany that it became dangerous for the rest of the sisters in the convent. They could be killed simply for giving shelter to a Jewish person. Edith and her sister Rosa, who had also become Catholic, went to Holland.
Four years later Holland was occupied by the Nazis, and one day, without warning, soldiers came to the convent door. They gave Edith and her sister 10 minutes to pack before they put them on a train to Germany. From there they were sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz in Poland. Edith was canonized in 1998. One of her favorite sayings was “Far be it from me to glory except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Edith found her glory in the cross.
POPE FRANCIS AND THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
People in every nation enhance the social dimension of their lives by acting as committed and responsible citizens not as a mob swayed by the powers that be. Let us not forget that "responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation". Yet becoming a people demands something more. It is an ongoing process in which every new generation must take part: a slow and arduous effort calling for a desire for integration and a willingness to achieve this through the growth of a peaceful and multifaceted culture of encounter. (Evangelii Gaudium "Joy of the Gospel" #220)
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Every year Mathletics funds a series of targeted projects, in association with UNICEF. Their key objective is to increase school attendance by eliminating obstacles preventing children from accessing an education – such as poverty, hygiene, sanitation or access to water.
Students around the world are helping, just by playing Live Mathletics. UNICEF points are earned across the Live Mathletics game and curriculum activities by answering questions correctly. Mathletics turns those points into cash and donates it to fund UNICEF projects. Every 250,000 points earned equals $1 donated to the UNICEF fund, to a maximum of $100,000 per year. On average, students around the world complete enough activities to donate another $1 every five minutes.
The competition begins on August the 14th and all students are automatically registered through their Infant Jesus Mathletics account.
Guildford Primary School P and C are organising an Evening with Maggie Dent. She will be talking about Everyday Learning about Grief and Loss and Children.
Please find attached a flyer for a Sale that Lowes is having on Thursday 10 August.
A large selection of summer and winter items available for sale at very reasonable prices, all in good condition. For boys and girls, ranging from size 6-16. Please contact 0417 952 221 for full list.
Please find attached a flyer outlining Relationships Australia Parenting related courses running in September 2017.