06 April 2017
Issue Ten
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

Thursday                               Whole School Mass Yr 4

6 April


Friday                                    Lenten Prayer Reflection  7 April                                   - 8.35am         

                                                   Fun Run for the Parish

                                                  Last Day of Term


Term 2 2017

Wednesday                        First Day of Term

26 April                                for Students


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                







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

Holy Week

As we move in to Holy Week this year, we are exposed to the radical nature of God’s forgiveness in the manner in which Jesus accepts his crucifixion and death when he says,


“Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”.


The events of Holy Week remind us of our calling to be active Christians in the way we lead our own lives.  If we are harbouring hurt within us, Jesus’ actions can encourage us towards forgiveness and away from grudges and bitterness. 


We have all experienced hurt through the actions or words of another and this hurt we might have carried for years and deprived ourselves of the opportunity to embrace peace, hope, gratitude and joy by being ‘unforgiving’.

Jesus’ example to us on Good Friday, clearly defined for us the extent of God’s forgiveness and the encouragement for us to do likewise in our own limited human way. But Jesus’ example has an after effect as well, for on Easter Sunday he rose gloriously to a new life.

How about us this Holy Week?


Is there ‘unforgiveness’ we still have to deal with, that overshadows our lives?


Stations of the Cross

Stations are places where people wait while they are going from one place to another. A school-bus stop is like a station. People wait at train stations or bus stations or airports. Stations are also places where people take time to think about Jesus as he went to die on a cross. They are “Stations of the Cross.” They show us how much Jesus loved us.

The ‘Way of the Cross’ is a popular Catholic devotion which commemorates the Passion and death of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Most Catholic Churches will have ‘Stations of The Cross’ mounted along their walls in chronological order. The styles used can vary from elaborate paintings to simple clay interpretations. Each of the fourteen stations depicts an important and significant event which occurred during Jesus’ Passion and death at Calvary on Good Friday. Praying the Way of the Cross- alone or with a group – is a Lenten tradition.


The ‘Way of the Cross’ is usually an ‘action prayer’. Moving from station to station and praying or meditating at each of one is usually the format used. This activity must always be underlined with respect and dignity called for by its very content.


The origins of the Stations can be traced back to Jerusalem during the early centuries after Jesus’ death and resurrection. On Good Friday, early Christians would walk the path that Jesus had walked carrying his cross. Gradually, churches were built along the way and Christian pilgrims would stop at them and pray, remembering Jesus’ last journey. In the 13th century when the Muslims took over Jerusalem, Christians decided to continue to remember Jesus’ journey to the cross in their churches. Over the centuries these came to be known as the ‘Stations of the Cross’ and the devotion of praying the Stations on the Fridays of Lent developed.

Senior Swimming Carnival

A fantastic day was had by one and all at our annual school swimming carnival last week. The swimming day gave the Year 4-6 students an opportunity to show off their swimming talents and a chance to compete against each other in a range of events.  Students participated in 100m, 50m and 25m swimming races, novelty events and the relay event.

Huge congratulations must go to all the students who participated and all students involved should be proud of their efforts and attitudes throughout the event; it shows what a positive and co-operative community we have here at Infant Jesus School. Well done to all the Year 6 Leaders who assisted with organising their swimmers into races and co-ordinating the chants and cheers that occurred throughout the day. Thank you also to members of the the Wellness Ministry for the amazing assistance in organising the faction bays, marshalling the children for their events and assisting so competently in the water.


I would like to convey my sincere gratitude to the many parents who assisted with scoring, cheering, timekeeping and placings. A special Thank You and congratulations to to Mr Sheridan for his efforts in coordinating the carnival and making sure that it ran smoothly. Thank you also to the staff who assisted on the day.


Congratulations, finally, to Calaroga Faction for finishing first in the faction competition.  The results were:

               1st        Calaroga         664                 

               2nd       Aquina           586

               3rd        Lima               521                 

               4th        Siena              503


Champion Girls and Boys

Yr 4 Girls    Champion         Ella Delpero &

                                               Aurelia Leach

                  1st  Runner-up    Madison Mertens


                 2nd Runner-up     Emily Poat 



Yr 4 Boys    Champion          Jack Oakley 

                   1st  Runner-up   Lucas Rossi


                   2nd Runner-up   Simon Tran



Yr 5 Girls    Champion            Victoria Mok          

                   1st  Runner-up     Krystelle Marion

                     Champion           & Jennifer Le

                 2nd Runner-up     



Yr 5 Boys    Champion          Taig Mulvey 

                   1st  Runner-up   Ruben Dewitt


                   2nd Runner-up   Marcus Colonico




Yr 6 Girls    Champion           Layla Firns               

                  1st  Runner-up     Hayley Placzek


                 2nd Runner-up     Jiada Olivieri



Yr 6 Boys    Champion            Cronin Mulvey

                   1st  Runner-up     Declan Ryan


                   2nd Runner-up     Daniel Gianatti


Congratulations to all of the children who competed at the carnival.  Your enthusiasm, effort and sportsmanship were fantastic!        



During the last week of Term One, Year One - Year Six participated in a Mini STEAM Fair during their Innovation and Technology session. Each class rotated through a variety of timed STEAM tasks and completed different challenges. Some of the tasks included:

Amazing Architecture – Constructing the tallest tower possible out of marshmallows and spaghetti.

Strong Bridges – Building a bridge out of straws and cups that is strong enough to hold a cup of marbles.

Pyramids - Building a pyramid of cups without using your hands! 

The Mini STEAM Fair was a great success and all students were thoroughly engaged and demonstrating wonderful collaborative and group work skills. 



Next term we have organised two STEAM Nights – just for parents on Thursday 18 May from 6.30pm–7.30pm for parents of children in Years  4–6 and Thursday 25 May from 6.30pm– 7.30pm for parents of children in Years 1–3. There will be more information in the newsletter in the first week next term.



ANZAC Day is a national public holiday and is considered by many Australians to be one of the most solemn days of the year.  Marches held in cities and towns nationwide by veterans from all past wars, as well as current serving members of the Australian Defence Force and Reserves, with allied veterans and the Australian Defence Force Cadets and Australian Air League and supported by members of Scouts Australia, Guides Australia, and other uniformed service groups as well as schools and community groups. 


ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.  The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs.  ANZAC Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand, a rare instance of two sovereign countries not only sharing the same Remembrance Day, but making reference to both countries in its name.


As a school we will be commemorating ANZAC Day on the the first day of school next term, Wednesday 26 April, at 11am. 

All are welcome to join us for this special event.

Best Wishes & Welcome

We take this opportunity to acknowledge Mrs Lauren Jenkins who leaves us at the end of this term to prepare for the arrival of her second child. We wish Lauren and her family all the very best at this exciting time, and look forward to meeting the second Jenkins child!


We also wish Mrs Sue Bonomi all the best for her Long Service Leave next term. Sue will be returning to school on 6th June.


We welcome to the 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

Winter Uniform Changeover

Next term, all students are required to be in Winter Uniform. 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' Corner

The holidays are upon us again and it’s time to rest and relax.  Families always enjoy the break from the routines of school life and the opportunity to spend time together and to do the things they don’t have time for during term time. Parenting educator, Michael Grose warns us however, that some children can feel a little lost when familiar routines are abandoned on holidays. He suggests gradually easing students back into routines as the return to school comes closer so that children are prepared for going to bed earlier and getting up at earlier times.


To achieve a balance of activities during the school holidays, Michael Grose suggests three different types of activities that children want with their families – i.e. rituals and celebrations, including family mealtimes; one-on-one activities where you spend some time alone with each child; and unstructured, impromptu activities such as playing simple games, story- telling and walks around the neighbourhood. These are important relationship-building activities that bind families together and enable you to build up emotional collateral with kids as they move into adolescence.


Mix ‘me’ time with ‘them’ time. Plan a mixture of outdoor activities or trips with quiet at home activities where you can relax and recharge your own batteries.  The holidays give you a chance to spend time as a family but you also need to take some time for yourself each day.  It helps to let your kids know that you are having some timeout too.


Resist being your child’s home entertainment machine. Give children opportunities to keep themselves occupied or think of inexpensive, fun ways to keep themselves amused. “I’m bored” is an invitation for kids to keep themselves occupied rather than for you to keep them amused.

Team up with other families. Whether it is sharing celebrations with other families or just holidaying with friends, holidays offer the chance to broaden your child’s social circle. Parenting Ideas – Michael Grose

Infant Jesus Family

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Canoneo Family (Jules 5W, Kimberly PPB) as they say goodby to their beloved Grandfather who passed away recently in the Philippines.  


We also pray for the Cosa Family (Emma 4W) as they farewell their beloved Grandmother who passed away this week. 


And we hold in our hearts and prayers the Pelle family (Alessia 2B, Antonio 4B) who recently lost their beloved Grandmother who passed away in Italy.  


May they all rest in the peace of God forever in heaven.



Almighty and Everlasting God,

You have given the human race Jesus Christ our Saviour as a model of humility. He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man and giving his life on the Cross. Help us to bear witness to You by following His example of suffering and make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Your Son.



Parish Fun Run

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.”

The ‘Parish Fun Run,’ will be held tomorrow (Friday 7 April) at various times throughout the day. The children in Years 1-3 will run the event during their normal daily fitness times and Years 4-6 will run the event during the normal sport sessions on Friday afternoon. Pre-Primary children will run the event at a time convenient to them.  Three-Year-Old Kindy and Kindy children will have a collection box for donations in their classroom. Children can run, jog, walk, skip etc around the track. Each child will receive a card to record the number of ‘laps’. 


In preparation for this event, each student will receive a sponsor sheet that has been sent home. Please collect as many sponsors and/or donations as possible. Children can be sponsored per lap – or for a general donation. We hope that you are passionate and continue to support this worthy event.  We hope you have been collecting!!! 


We ask that parents be aware of who and where their children are going to collect sponsors and donations. Relatives and friends are the safest people to ask.


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, just for mums. 


Mums, please put this date in your calendar.


Term Two Pupil
Free Days

Monday 24 April will be a Pupil Free Day where staff will be participating in a Professional development day on our whole school focus of Mathematics. Tuesday 25 April is ANZAC Day and is a Public Holiday.

School resumes for students on Wednesday 26th April


 Thought for the Week


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.

Dr Martin Luther King (Jr)



Where did first term go? It has gone very quickly, but the children have learnt so much and everyone deserves a well-earned break. Fingers crossed we get some nice weather to go outside and to spend time with our children. I hope you all enjoy a happy and holy Easter with your families.


Have a GREAT Holiday - #ExpectGreatThings!




Paul Hille 







During the term, the children have been building strong relationships with their peers, along with the Pre-Primary staff members. We have been developing these relationships through our play, whole class and one to one discussions, indoor and outdoor experiences, and through a various games. It is an extremely beneficial process for the children, as it provides them with a sense of belonging and a foundation from which to grow.


In Religious Education we have explored the unit, “Special Me”. We explored the uniqueness of each child and provided opportunities to develop our understanding of one another and the gifts we bring. We reflected on how our special talents and uniqueness are gifts from God and discussed ways that we can use our gifts and talents to show love to others.


We also be explored the unit, “Thanking God for our Feelings” where we continued to build our understanding and knowledge of feelings. We continued to develop the ability to recognise our own feelings, manage these and express these in loving ways.


Our third unit, “A Happy Day”, which focused on the importance of new life. The children learnt about and reflected upon the true meaning of Easter which is that Jesus was raised to new life. An authentic understanding of the concepts of new life was developed by investigating the life cycles of bugs. Our insect investigation was complimented by the Spineless Wonders incursion.



Our Mathematics program uses a 'hands-on' approach where  the children have had opportunities to develop their mathematical understanding in an authentic and meaningful context. The focus has been to develop a strong awareness of everyday mathematics in an enjoyable way.


This term we have:

  • developed an understanding of numbers 1-10 and beyond.
  • developed an understanding of direct correspondence in numbers ie. accurately counting objects to find how many
  • explored the days of the week in chronological order and linked each day to a specific event.


Our Literacy Program supports the children to continue to build their understanding of the English language. This has been developed through play based, child led experiences, explorations and exposure to environmental print, and shared reading and writing. The children have been encouraged to take risks which allows them to develop a positive approach to understanding of written and spoken language.


This term we have

  • continued to develop an enjoyment for literacy through oral language, shared reading and modeled writing.
  • developed the children's oral language through a variety of planned and spontaneous experiences.
  • developed an understanding that the spoken word can be written and in turn, the written word can be spoken.
  • continued to develop an enjoyment of literacy through shared reading and modeled writing.
  • developed the children’s awareness of words. We have focused on hearing sounds in words, recognising the letters that make these sounds and encouraging the children to have a go at writing.
  • encouraged the children to use writing and reading as a way to explain their creativity and inquiries.
  • used language to explore, explain and problem solve.



The Interschool Swimming Carnival will be held next term on Thursday 4 May 2017 (Term 2 Week 2) at Challenge Stadium (Indoor Pool) from 



Interschool Swimming notes have gone home to those children selected to compete at the Carnival. Please complete them and return to the classroom teacher by the end of Week One (Friday 28 April).


As always, we are required to assist with the running of the carnival. If parents are available to help on the day please notify Mr Sheridan on the permission slip.


We wish the Swimming Squad well as they represent our school.



Our first term of the Preceptual Motor Program has come to an end and our Pre-Primary childlren have been amazing! They have been fantastic in moving through the 10 stations, marking off their 'Passports' and improving their fundamental movement skills.  This week the children have completed and been assessed on the first 10 stations and 10 new ones await them next term.  A big thank you to all the parents who offered to help lead a station, the program would not have run as confidently without your support.  As the program will continue in Term 2 we are still requiring parent help, so if you are able to lead a station in Term 2 please see the Pre-Primary staff.


Have a wonderful break.

Mrs Jenkins 

(Sports Specialist - Pre-Primary and Year 1)



This year we celebrate the 28th Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges. The Infant Jesus Choir, Band and Year Four Music Classes have commenced work upon their Performance pieces for the Festival.

Entries for the Festival are now open. If your child studies voice or learns an instrument and would like to perform in the Festival this year, please contact me on


Also please see attachment for Jazz for Juniors coming up at His Majesty's Theatre for children aged 4-7 years.
Nicole Boddy


Italian Festival 2017

The Italo Australia Welfare and Cultural Centre are running a number of competitions for the Italian Festival this year, one of which is the children's colouring competition. This year the topic for the colouring competition is 'L' Anno Internazionale del Turismo Sostenibile/The international Year of Sustainable Tourism.'


We are asking all parents to encourage their children to participate and do their best. It is a State competition and certificates and prizes are awarded from the Centre. Also could you please sign and send back the entry form available from our Italian Teacher Signora Cole.


P&F News

We would like to say a big thank you to our wonderful Parent Representatives who have done an amazing job in their roles throughout Term One!  We thought it would be a nice idea to put Faces to Names and have included photographs of the Parent Reps for your reference.


We're excited to announce that we are holding a Loose Change Fundraiser in Term 2!  Children in each class will be asked to donate change into their class bucket.  The class who raises the most will win a Class Pizza Party! Children will receive a pizza lunch, juice, a longer lunch break AND a secret surprise!  All classes will want to win this one so why not use the school holidays to start saving your small change!!

Nicola Cecchele - P&F President




Infant Jesus School is raising funds. Here's how you can help...
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"The Entertainment Book is such a great way to try new restaurants. It’s also a great opportunity to help community organisations."

Nicola Cecchele - P&F President


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


3YO (Pre Kindy) CATCHUP

Date:  Tuesday 11 April

Time:  9am

Venue:  Robert Thompson Reserve, Noranda.

Hope to see you all there. Weather permitting.



Friday 28 April 6.30pm
Save the Date!
Mum’s and Dad’s of our Year 4’s please save Friday 28 April for our first Parents dinner.
The venue is to be confirmed.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details. And we will also email details out soon.


Save the date: Friday, 28 April - Dinner!!


Friday April 21 – from 11am Noranda Park (Robert Thompson) hopefully weather permitting

Save The Date – Friday May 12 Lunch, noon, place to  be confirmed

Canteen Roster

Friday 7 April  

 Mina Pillera, Marisa Gulluni, Carol Penwald


Wednesday 26 April 

Sara McMenemy, Alison Wilathgamuwa, Justine Scriva

Friday 28 April

Rosa Ridolfo, Emma Yates, Patricia Rivera

Monday 1 May

Sandrine Teo, Franca Colli, Tracy Caputo


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





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. 




Feastday of St John Baptist de La Salle 7 April


In 17th-century France, education was reserved for those who were rich, and only by special providence did John Baptist de La Salle become interested in schools for boys who were poor. Born into a powerful, wealthy family, John’s background and early training for the priesthood prepared him for high offices in the Church. By chance, John met Adrien Nyel, who was establishing some charitable schools for boys in need. John disliked the rough behavior of those who were poor and the smells and sights of the slums, but he sympathized with their poverty. John helped open a school for boys in need. He secured five teachers and rented a building. As John checked on his school, he witnessed shocking conditions. John decided he had to bring order to the school. He planned to upgrade the standards of the teachers and train them to be religious educators. His teachers quit. But soon men of better quality took their places and thrived under John’s training. John began to see that he must identify with his teachers, so he gave away his fortune and dedicated himself to education.


John founded the Brothers of Christian Schools to educate those who were poor. “The more religious a school is, the more successful it is,” was John’s philosophy. His boys attended daily Mass, were taught the catechism and prayers, and had religion integrated into other subjects.


John motivated the students to prepare for a career and to live their lives by Christian principles. His schools attracted boys from fee-paying schools. Jealous instructors tried to bring lawsuits to ruin his work, but his efforts were praised by the people. John opened boarding schools for boys in need and gave them courses in practical skills. He founded schools for troubled children from wealthy families so that the young boys would not be sent to prison. John died on Good Friday in 1719. He is the patron of teachers.


Parish News


Sunday 9 April—PALM SUNDAY.

Masses at 6.30pm (Sat Vigil),  7.30am, 9.30am (procession of palms with the parish children), 11.30am (Italian) and 6pm.

Three days, one celebration                                          
Thursday 13 April—HOLY THURSDAY.  Morning prayer of the Church 8am in the Parish Hall. Confessions 8.30 - 9.30am. Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm, followed by Adoration at the Altar of Repose until 10.00pm
Friday 14 April—GOOD FRIDAY.

Morning Prayer of the Church at 8.00am in the Parish Hall. Stations of the Cross (parish youth) at 9.30am, Confession 8.30 - 9.30am (English), 9.30 - 10.30am (English and Italian), Via Croce (Italian) at 11.00am
The Passion of the Lord at 3pm.
Saturday 15 April—HOLY SATURDAY.  
Morning Prayer of the Church at 8.00am in the Parish Hall, Confessions 8.30 - 9.30am ,  Easter Vigil—Service of Light at 7.30pm. Includes adult baptisms (approx. 2 hours service). The service will begin outside the church around the fire. Followed by a celebration supper in the Parish Centre (approximately 10pm). Please bring a plate to share.
Sunday 16  April—EASTER SUNDAY.  Masses at 7.30am, 9.30am, 11.30am (Italian) and 6pm.


Sacrament of Confirmation 2017

Many thanks to all the parents and children who came along to the Commitment Masses over the weekend, It was lovely to see many families
 attending Mass together.
Dates to Remember:

PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT Monday 1 May at 7.00 pm
PARENT and CHILD NIGHT  Monday 22 May at  7.00 pm
CONFIRMATION MASSES  Saturday 10 June at 12.00 noon and at 3.00 pm



SATURDAY 8 April 9am—1pm

We need many hands to help make our parish grounds and centre clean and fresh for our celebrations at Easter. There will be gardening, cleaning and small maintenance jobs to be done.


Children are very welcome to come with their parents to help.  Morning tea and a sausage sizzle lunch will be provided to all the workers.  Lists will be in the foyer detailing the jobs that need to be done and the equipment required for each task. If you can bring your own equipment, that would be a help, but the parish will provide equipment if you do not have your own. It would be great to see some new faces!


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

 ALOMA'S STORY - the Philippines

Love Your Neighbour

A victim of Typhoon Santi, Aloma was provided with the skills to lead her vulnerable community in developing resilience to extreme weather events.


"All the skills that I learned, I pass on to friends and neighbours."

When Typhoon Santi destroyed her home in coastal Philippines, Aloma feared for her family’s safety and their future. Extreme weather events such as typhoons and cyclones are a common occurrence in this country, threatening the safety and food security of many families.

In the Philippines, GDP per capita is around one-tenth that of Australia’s, and life expectancy is around 14 years lower. Poverty is the single most important factor determining vulnerability to natural disasters, which makes communities like Aloma’s particularly vulnerable.

However, confidence began to replace fear for Aloma as she began participating in the Integrated Community Development Program (ICDP) in 2011. The program, run by the Socio Pastoral Action Center Foundation Inc., is supported by Caritas Australia. It helps communities to prepare for disasters, and adopt environmentally friendly practices.

Aloma’s training in disaster risk reduction empowered her to take a leadership role in her community in caring for the environment. She manages logistics during natural disasters, and encourages the families in her village to plant mangroves for land conservation.

The program also offers guidance on working together for the common good. As a result, Aloma says,


“All the skills that I learned, I pass on to friends and neighbours.”

Aloma’s community now cares for their common home together, and Aloma sees a brighter future for her children.


"My dream for my community is to continue what we are doing right now, so that the next generation will benefit from what we have started." - Aloma


World Meeting of Families - 22-26 August 2017

"Please say Please" - Pope Francis

Family life would be better if people used the words “please”, “thank you”, and “I’m sorry” every day, he said, and the world would be a better place if the Church reached out to the imperfect and the wounded.


The Pope’s reflection was part of a letter to Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, which is helping plan the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in 2018. The Vatican released the text of the Pope’s letter yesterday.


The letter was meant to help Catholic families and parishes around the world prepare for the gathering, which will focus on the theme, “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World.” Francis said he hoped the event would help families reflect on and share his apostolic exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia".


“Does the Gospel continue to be a joy for the world? And also, does the family continue to be good news for today’s world?” Francis asked.


The answer, he said, is “yes” because God’s love is his “yes” to all of creation and a “‘yes" to the union between man and woman, in openness and service to life in all its phases; it is God’s "yes" and his commitment to a humanity that is often wounded, mistreated and dominated by a lack of love.


“Only starting from love can the family manifest, spread and regenerate God’s love in the world. Without love, we cannot live as children of God, as couples, parents and brothers,” he said.


Making sure family life is “based on love, for love and in love” means “giving oneself, forgiving, not losing patience, anticipating the other, respecting. How much better family life would be if every day we lived according to the words, ‘please,’ ‘thank you,’ and ‘I’m sorry.'”


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin told reporters that the Pope’s letter shows the clear, central role families have in his great dream of renewal of the Church and society.





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Relationships Australia

Relationships Australia has an extensive range of short courses which serve as ‘tasters’ to their longer courses but also serve as a stand-alone opportunity to learn new skills and strategies to help support you in your parenting role.
The attached flier outlines parenting courses available in our West Leederville, Joondalup and Fremantle Branches for the month of April 2017.


St Mary's School Northampton - 150 Years Celebration

Please find attached a “Save the Date” for the above celebrations to be held next year on 13 & 14 April 2018.  We are hoping that by sending this far and wide we will be able to locate some ex staff and students of St Mary’s School who may be able to attend this very important milestone in the life of Catholic Education in Northampton.


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 or


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


Chisholm Alumni - College Musical VIP Night

The Chisholm College Alumni will be hosting its annual VIP event at the college musical on Wednesday 17 May 2017.
This year’s show is Mary Poppins.
Tickets are $20 each and includes the best seats in the house on opening night, drinks and nibbles pre-show and at interval.
For tickets please email

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