VERITAS 

27 April 2017
Issue Eleven
Important Dates & Correspondence
Principal's Report
SCHOOL NEWS
COMMUNITY NEWS
Infant Jesus School
08 9276 1769
17 Smith Street
Morley 6062, [email protected], [email protected]
AU

Important Dates
&
Correspondence

Important Dates and Correspondence

 

Term 2 2017

Monday                                 Confirmation

1 May                                      Parent Night 

 

Thursday                              Interschool

4 May                                     Swimming Carnival

 

Tuesday                               Whole School Mass

9 May                                     Mothers Day Yr 2

                                                  followed by Morning Tea

                                                  Board Meeting

 

10-12 May                           School Camp Yr 6

 

Tuesday                              P & F Meeting

16 May  

 

Thursday                           Class Assembly

18 May                                 STEAM Parent Night

                                                 Yrs 4-6 6.30-7.30pm    

 

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 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 CALENDAR 2017

 




Principal's Report

Easter Joy

Welcome back everyone as we commence Term Two.  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter with your family and friends.  I trust that your holiday break was very restful and that you are now ready for a busy term ahead.

 

We can now rejoice in the glory of Jesus and the joy he has given us in his resurrection. Easter is not just one day.  It is the whole season of 50 days, which will last until Pentecost. Easter time is about new life. We rejoice in the new life of Jesus.

 

The season of Easter is a very special time in our church year.  The Resurrection of Jesus provides us with a great symbol of hope.  Jesus has triumphed over death and has returned to us to be a guide to the reality of His Father’s Kingdom of Heaven.  His message of ‘love for God and each other’ is very simple but one that many of us fail to be able to completely realize.

 

Easter, is a reminder that from death (failure) comes the possibility of new life (hope).  I hope that you had the chance to celebrate the Hope of the Resurrection with your family over the break and that your time with your children was rewarding as they are living examples of the hope and freshness of New Life.

 

Expect Great Things

Our theme and motivator for the next few years is Expect Great Things. We want to embed this thinking into all associated with Infant Jesus School, but most importantly our students.

 

We want to #ExpectGreatThings :

  • Of ourselves and each other 
  • In the work that we produce and the effort that we apply
  • In the people that we are striving to become
  • In the way we treat other people and the conversations that we have
  • Of our School

Yesterday, we presented every student and staff member in the school with a wrist band which stated:

 

Infant Jesus School

Expect Great Things

We want all students, staff and parents to be constantly aware of their many gifts and talents  and that all of us are capable of Great Things! Students are encourage to wear these wrist bands as part of their school uniform to school each day. Hopefully, when the students are asked about their wrist bands they will be able to speak with great enthusiasm and pride about their school and all that they are doing.

 

Parents also are encouraged to share the good news about Infant Jesus School and embrace the Expect Great Things philosophy. 

 

Apple Distinguished School

Infant Jesus School is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017–2018. This prestigious award is granted to the school for its innovation and technology program and school’s one-to-one iPad program.  This program supports the innovative use of technology, where staff and students have opportunities to enrich their learning and teaching experiences in ways that would not otherwise be possible.

 

Infant Jesus School has a strong and clearly articulated vision that has been implemented by an innovative and forward thinking Leadership Team. The staff at Infant Jesus School, supported by the School Board, have conscientiously planned for the future, building a culture of continuous growth and excellence.

 

Infant Jesus School has been supportive of emerging leaders by inspiring staff to think differently and re-imagine learning. Staff are encouraged to use contemporary technologies extending beyond the four walls of the classroom. Exemplary and Key Teachers are encouraged to mentor and coach other staff within the school, as well as the West Australian Education System.

Opportunities for school based and personalised professional development to achieve new competencies are supported and celebrated. Our aspiration challenges us as a school to empower leaders, teachers and staff members to rise to the challenges of the 21st Century whilst creating the very best educational environment for their students.

             

The Leadership Team, with the support of the staff, developed a school improvement plan which detailed professional development for staff in both innovative pedagogy and technological skills. The school saw the benefit of all staff utilising an iPad and a MacBook. which have  enabled teachers to create their own content, access online resources and share their journey with others. Aligning with the school’s technology vision, the plan allowed for continuous professional development for staff and students.

 

Living, Leading and Learning in a 21st Century school places technology at the forefront. At Infant Jesus School, we have a fundamental belief in the value of innovation and technology and the positive impact it has on student learning. We believe that technology is used as a tool to enhance learning and the use of Apple Technology assists in this process.  

  

The selection of Infant Jesus School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. Our acceptance into the Apple Distinguished School Program exemplifies aspiration as we strive to become A Leading Learning School where all people are called to #ExpectGreatThings.

 

 

 


Welcome

We welcome to the Infant Jesus School Community:

  • Mrs Jessica Lucas who will be working in Year 1Blue from the beginning of Term 2
  • Mrs Mary Tampalini who will be replacing Mrs Jenkins in Maths support
  • Mrs Claire Grabski who is returning from leave
  • Mrs Claire Dada who will be teaching Physical Education and Health in the lower grades for the remainder of the year

 

Prayer

 

Father,

at the start of the new term

we remember the love of our families

and the companionship and support 

of colleagues.

 

We rejoice that you have entrusted us

with the education and care

of young people,

and have called us to help others to grow

in your image and likeness.

 

Empower us to bring out the best in others

and express appreciation

to all who encourage us

and bring us new life.

 

 

Inspire us to be positive in attitude,

encouraging in words,

and loving in actions.

Amen

 

Infant Jesus Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with Fran Ienco, a member of staff,  in the sad loss of her beloved Grandmother recently. May she rest in peace with God.

 

We also send our thoughts and prayers to the Tollis family (Sophia 1B) as they mourn the loss of their beloved Grandmother. May she rest in the peace of Christ forever.

 

Parish Fun Run

Thank you to all the people who have returned their Fun Run money and forms back to the school. 

 

The Infant Jesus School Fun Run has become an annual event supporting people in need. The Fun Run has typically been an event focusing on global events of natural disaster.

 

This year our school has committed to supporting the Infant Jesus Parish to purchase and upgrade the sound system. The close partnership between the parish and the school is highlighted by the words of Pope Francis. Pope Francis explains that the relationship between the family and the Church is so important. He said that the connection between the two is natural, because the Church is a "spiritual family” and the family is a small church. He added that "families and parishes are the two places where we encounter, in every age, that communion of love which has its ultimate source in God.”

 

Mother's Day

On Tuesday, 9 May we will be taking time, as a school, to celebrate some very special women in our lives, our mothers. A whole school Mass will be celebrated in the School Hall commencing at 9:00am, followed by a morning tea. 

 

Mums, please put this date in your calendar.

 

Interschool Swimming Team

We wish all the students who will be representing the school in the Interschool Swimming Championships next Thursday at Challenge Stadium. Mr Sheridan has coordinated with each of the students the events they will be competing in. If there are any concerns or questions regarding the carnival, please contact Mr Sheridan directly.

School Uniform

All students are required to be in Winter Uniform this Term. To assist parents and students in this transition, a two-week change over period will be permitted.  However, all students are required to be in full winter uniform by the commencement of Week 3.

 

Parents are reminded that a copy of the uniform requirements is available on the school website. Uniforms can be purchased at Lowes.  The school uniform also includes items such as the hairstyles we wear and the jewellery worn at school. Included below are the expectations for these.  Most importantly we need to continue to wear our school uniform with pride.

 

Hairstyles

Hairstyles for both boys and girls should reflect acceptable standards. Shoulder length hair or longer is to be tied up or secured with a clip to ensure hair is neat and tidy. Parents are requested to refrain from allowing children to dye or streak their hair during school terms. Headbands, scrunchies or ribbons need to be in school colours (Blue and White).

 

Jewellery

A watch, necklace with a Christian symbol and a signet ring may be worn.  No nail polish, tattoos or makeup may be worn during school hours.  Girls and boys may wear one stud or sleeper (plain - eg gold or silver) in each ear lobe.

 

Make up

Children should not wear make-up, nail polish, shellac, or acrylic nails with the school uniform.

From My Readings

 

With school routines being re-established at the beginning of a new term, now could be the time to introduce some new practices that could help build independence in your children.

 

Parenting expert Michael Grose is an advocate of using simple household chores like emptying the dishwasher to build independence skills. He asserts that the choice of who empties the dishwasher in your family tells a great deal about your parenting philosophy. When I told my son this he was VERY unimpressed as it is his job to ‘stack’ the dishwasher every evening and it is the source of many a ‘challenging’ conversation, but my husband and I have persevered as we see the benefits, even though our son does not! Michael Grose suggests that . . .

If you or your husband usually does the dishwasher then I humbly suggest that you may be working too hard. You’re letting your kids off the hook. On the other hand, if one or all of your kids (over the age of three) have this job then congratulations.  You’re travelling down the road toward redundancy, and your children are heading toward independence.

 

Many parents would love their kids to do this task but pragmatism (“It’s easier to do it myself”), lack of faith (“They’re sure to break something!”) and unwillingness to let go (“It’s my job after all”) get in the way.

 

Why  the dishwasher?

Good question.  Here are seven good reasons:

 

  1. These days almost every house has one and it’s a job that just has to be done!
  2. It’s fiddly and tedious and it needs to be done right, which is a great lesson for kids to learn.
  3. Kids learn that everything has a place in the kitchen, which is a great lesson for those who are organizationally challenged.  Knowing their way around the kitchen is also an important first step toward children making their own snacks and preparing meals - a worthy aim!
  4. It’s emptied every morning/day, second morning/day so kids learn about routine.
  5. As it needs to be emptied whether they feel like it or not, kids learn about grit (the ability to stick at a task even if it is boring) and self-control (through delaying gratification) - two important character strengths that contribute to kids’ success.
  6. If they don’t do it then who will?  It teaches kids that others rely on them, as well as the other way around.  Believe me, I see many young people who’ve never learned this lesson at home!
  7. Kids are hard-wired to help but they need the opportunity to do their bit at home.  The dishwasher is the perfect opportunity that never goes away!

 

There are plenty of other reasons for putting the dishwasher on the kids’ chores list, but that should be enough to get you thinking.

 

If getting kids to help is an uphill battle then I suggest you don’t let up.  Keep expecting them to help.  Keep working on a chores roster and keep at your kids to do the right thing.  One day it will all click and helping out will become habitual, hardwired into their brains so that helping out becomes neurological as well as psychological.

 Thought for the Week

A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child

Anonymous

 

 

Have a Great week!

 

Paul Hille 

Principal 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

Learning

YEAR FOUR NEWS

In Religious Education the children will continue to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist by further developing their understandings. Please note that the children will be required to attend a Eucharist Enrolment Mass at Infant Jesus Parish on the 22 and 23 July.

 

Our Literacy learning time will continue to  focus on the development of Reading, Writing and Word Study skills. During our reading sessions, our focus is on comprehending a range of texts, be they fiction or non-fiction. Our guided reading sessions will focus on fully understanding the text and trying to relate it to the children's life and experiences.

 

Our writing sessions  will focus on Informational Reports, Persuasive texts and Narratives. During writing, the children will use their knowledge of European explorers and the content learnt in History and Geography to create these text types.

 

Our Mathematical learnings will continue to focus on the Number and Algebra strand by exploring on the relationship between multiplication and division. The children look at this relationship by exploring fact families, which is simply understanding the relationship between multiplication and division. For example, if the child knows that 3 times 4 is 12, then they know that 12 divided by 3 is 4. The will also start to learn about division in its short form and word problems as well as double digit by single digit multiplication.

 

Another mathematical emphasis continues to be the consolidation of Times Tables.  The children are expected to know their times tables by the end of Year 4. They should know and understand the tables as well as being able to recall them mentally with speed and accuracy. This will support their learning with deeper mathematical concepts.   

 

Other Mathematical areas of focus are Geometry and Statistics and Data. In Geometry the aim is to understand and  use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps. This will be tied in the with children learning of explorers and the routes they traveled. In Statistics and Chance, the children will be looking at data representation and interpretation by conducting their own surveys.

 

The Integrated Learning program for this semester will enable the children to further  explore and discover different environments around the world. The children have been fascinated at the way people lived and how European Explorers would journey for months to discover new places in our world.  They will also be exploring sustainability and jobs that help our world to survive and thrive.

 

During our Health sessions, the children are learning about healthy lifestyles and how they can make healthy decision. They will compare the way we live today to how the explores lived and explore the different foods of today with the food that people ate in the past.

 

PERFORMING ARTS 

This will be another exciting Term for our budding musicians at Infant Jesus. The Choir, Concert Band, Ensembles and Soloists shall all turn their attention towards finessing the finer details of Performance in readiness of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival.


With the Festival fast approaching, just a reminder that  entries close on 8 May. If you are interested in your child participating in the Festival please contact me [email protected].


Please note no child will be eligible to enter after this date, so please if considering contact me immediately. 

Nicole Boddy

 

Book Club Announcement

The best gift any parent/carer can give their child is the love of learning and the joy and benefits of quality literature. Children who read at home, or are read to, have a head start on reading success in school.

 

Please support our School by ordering Scholastic Book Club. Each order helps earn free books and teaching materials for our school. A Book Club catalogue will come home with your child twice a term during the school year. It contains a vast selection of books offered including a wide range of reading levels and interests. You’ll find award-winning books, as well as old and new favourites.

 

Every catalogue now contains gold coin books which are only $1 or $2, making it even more affordable to participate. It is easy to order. Just look over the catalogue with your child,  select the books you want, mark them on the order form on the back of the catalogue and either:

  • 1. Return the order form to the office with payment of cash by the due date.
  • 2. Log onto a computer and sign into the Loop website and pay by credit
  • 3. Download the App and order on your phone/tablet. https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au

 

Our first catalogue will be sent home with your child tomorrow and orders must be completed by Friday 12 May.  If you have any problems please contact Jenny in the library.

 

Thank you for your support.

Jenny Houwen Library Officer

 


Engagement

P&F News

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT BOOK FUNDRAISING

Infant Jesus School is raising funds. Here's how you can help...
We are raising as much as we can to support our technology and innovation room, and we need your help! Order your NEW 2017/2018 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership now. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time!


"The Entertainment Book is such a great way to try new restaurants. It’s also a great opportunity to help community organisations."

 

A Sample Book and Order Forms are available in the School Front Office if you wish to have a look. 

Nicola Cecchele - P&F President

INFANT  JESUS FAMILY CAMP  2017
A big hello to all the families.  At this stage we have confirmed the date for the 2017 Family Camp. This will be during  the middle weekend  of September/October  school holidays, being Friday 29 September, and concluding Sunday 1 October.


We have reduced it by one night, but extended the last day until the afternoon. This will not be the long weekend, giving families  the option  to still make use of the  Queen's Birthday long weekend.

 

Family Camp  has been going for over 40 years, and we need to keep this tradition going, as it has made some of the best school memories for both the parents  and the kids  of those who have ever attended. 
Linda Prestianni 0433 925 857
Ardrian Gonsalves 0403 439 888

 

YEAR 4 PARENT DINNER
Year 4 parent Dinner on 28 April has been cancelled due to low numbers. This will be rescheduled for June.

 

YEAR 5 DINNER CATCHUP

Date: Friday, 28th April
Time: 7pm
Venue: Two40Three, Coventry Markets, Morley
RSVP: Maria 0410 151 110

Canteen Roster

TERM 2

Friday 28 April

Rosa Ridolfo, Emma Yates, Patricia Rivera

Monday 1 May

Sandrine Teo, Franca Colli, Tracy Caputo

Wednesday 3 May

Cheryl Barras, Marisol Rapy, Pramila Crasta

 

Please see the attached Canteen Winter Menu for Term 2 and 3.

 

Accountability

 

ANZAC REFLECTION

Many families may have attended a commemoration ceremony in the community on ANZAC Day - Tuesday 25 April. 

 

Yesterday the school also gathered to commemorate ANZAC day. The Year 6 children led this reflection which included sharing some information about the history and significance of the day, a gospel reading, prayers, laying of wreaths, a minute of silence, raising the flag and the National Anthem. 

 

 

 

 

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 

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. 

 

 


Discipleship

FEAST DAY OF ST MARK - EVANGELIST 25 April 

St. Mark was an evangelist, or Gospel writer.  In fact, he was the pioneer in Gospel writing. His is the shortest and the oldest of the Gospels. Little is known of Mark except from the New Testament.

 

He was not one of the twelve apostles, but was a member of the first Christian community. Mark had firsthand experience of the early Church and apostolic life. He was a traveling companion and assistant of Paul and Barnabas on the first missionary journey. Something happened to Mark on that journey, perhaps homesickness, so he returned to Jerusalem. The incident caused a quarrel between Paul and Barnabas. Barnabas, Mark’s cousin, was sympathetic toward Mark, but Paul would not hear of Mark accompanying them again. Later Paul and Mark must have been reconciled, because when Paul wrote to Timothy during his final imprisonment, he asked for Mark’s help.

 

Mark’s Gospel was a great contribution to the Church. It included oral and written tradition concerning the words and deeds of Jesus. Mark probably secured some of his material from St. Peter. He shows Jesus as the suffering Son of God. Mark knew that to accept the Risen Jesus meant to come to terms with the cross. Jesus was glorified because he willingly allowed himself to suffer death for our salvation. Mark writes that anyone who wishes to follow Jesus must accept the cross.

 

Mark wrote to proclaim the Good News to a community of both Jewish and Gentile Christians. His Gospel is direct and simple to read. He speaks to Christians about Jesus, who understands their difficulties and sufferings and will one day bring them to share with him eternal joy and glory.

 

Traditionally Mark is thought to have been founder and bishop of the church of Alexandria, Egypt, where he was martyred. Over the years artists have given a symbol to each of the evangelists. Mark’s symbol is a winged lion because his Gospel begins with the story of John the Baptist who, like a roaring lion, called people to repent.

 

Do I ever see the beauty that creeps unnoticed into my day??
 

Not long ago, Joshua Bell, the world-famous classical violinist, played outside a busy railway station – and hardly anyone noticed.


Within fifty minutes, a thousand people passed by, and only one or two paused in the presence of sublime beauty. A few children wanted to stop, but they were hurried along by preoccupied adults.

 

The majority just didn’t notice, or have time for,
the beauty that had crept, unnoticed, into their day.
A spiritually powerful, uplifting experience was passed up.
Are we sufficiently aware of the means God has placed at our disposal? "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10))
([email protected])

Parish News

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM

Sacrament of Confirmation Parent Night
The Sacramental Programme requires that at least one parent/guardian attend the parent information night on Monday 1 May, 7.00pm at Infant Jesus Parish Centre. Please note that this meeting is for parents only. Please do not bring children. Please come on time and remember to mark off your child’s name at the registration table in the foyer. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.

 

Dates to Remember: 

  • CONFIRMATION PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT Monday 1 May at 7.00 pm
  • CONFIRMATION PARENT and CHILD NIGHT  Monday 22 May at  7.00 pm
  • CONFIRMATION RETREAT, EPISCOPAL VISITATION AND PRACTICE Friday 9 June at 9.00 am
  • CONFIRMATION MASSES  Saturday 10 June at 12.00 noon and at 3.00 pm (For your Mass time allocation, please see the enrolment confirmation email sent to you)

For enquiries please send an email to Faith Rico, Sacramental Coordinator at [email protected].

 

 

 

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

Project Compassion

The Caritas Australia team would like to THANK YOU for supporting Project Compassion. If you still have your Project Compassion box or set of envelopes at home, please bring them back ASAP or visit www.caritas.org.au to make your donation online.

 

Thank you for supporting Project Compassion 2017. You are helping to empower our most vulnerable neighbours worldwide to build a better future for their families and communities.

#projectcompassion www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion

1800 024 413

 Fun Run for the Parish - Photos 
 

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Archdiocese of Perth

 

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City of Bayswater School Parking Schedule

 

Soccer Fun for Girls and Boys Aged 2-12

Relationships Australia

The attached flyer outlines all the parenting-related courses Relationships Australia will be offering in May 2017 at our West Leederville Branch.

 

Sleep Out Under the Stars - St Pat's Parish

The University of Notre Dame Australia is partnering with the St Pat’s Community Support Centre for the second year and will host the Sleep out under the Stars on the Fremantle Campus. This is a family friendly fundraiser and you are invited to attend all or part of the sleep over in support of the homeless in our community. This event is being held from 5.30pm Saturday 6 May 2017.
 
For more than 40 years, St Patrick’s has worked with the homeless providing food and shelter, together with services including health, self-development and mental well-being.

 

Funds raised from the Sleep out under the Stars will support St Pat’s and the dedicated team of staff and volunteers to provide a safe environment; and  promote social inclusion and self-worth to assist people to return to independent living.

 

For details please register at www.mycause.com.au/events/sleepoutunderthestars or www.stpats.com.au

 

Positive Parent Seminar - Govt of WA - Child and Adolescent Health Services

 

Chisholm Alumni - College Musical VIP Night

2017 Calendar Terms 1-4 Updated.pdf
2017 Calendar Terms 1-4 (as from 27 April).pdf
2017 Calendar Terms 1-4 (as from 27 April).pdf
2017 Entertainment Book.docx
Canteen Menu Winter 2017 PDF.pdf
Infant Jesus School Code of Conduct Parents.pdf
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Book Club Announcement[2].pdf
Book Club Announcement.pdf
Archdiocese of Perth Newsletter 30 March.pdf
Term 2 Relationships Australia.pdf
Term 2 Relationships Australia.pdf
Term 2 Relationships Australia.pdf
Positive Parent Seminar.pdf
City of Bayswater Parking.pdf