Important Dates and Correspondence
Thursday 2 November
All Souls Day
Friday 3 November
Monday 6 November
Family Retreat & Reconciliation Day
Tuesday 7 November
Wednesday 8 November
Year 6 Dance Lessons
Thursday 9 November
Class Assembly Year 3
Family Retreat and Reconciliation Day
Friday 10 November
Remembrance Day Reflection 11.00am
Wednesday 15 November
Year 6 Dance Lessons
Thursday 16 November
Parish Mass Year 2 & 5
Friday 17 November
Summer Lightning Carnival - Year 5
Tuesday 21 November
P & F Meeting
Wednesday 22 November
Yr 6 Dance Lessons
Thursday 23 November
Whole School Mass - Thank you to Volunteers
2018 Kindy Parent Information Night
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 4.
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
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Next week, the students in Year 3 will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. The students, their families and their teachers have been preparing for many weeks for this significant celebration in their faith journey.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available to all baptised Catholics in Catholic Churches around the world. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is normally available each weekend at times prescribed by the parish.
In the Catholic Church today, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated through one of three ‘rites’ . The First Rite involves only the priest and the penitent – the person confessing his/her sins. The penitent confesses his/her sins and receives forgiveness. This is the way the Year Three children have been preparing for and will receive, the Sacrament for the first time.
The Second Rite is a communal celebration that includes all the elements of the First Rite of Reconciliation. Normally students participate in this celebration with their classes. It involves listening and sharing the Gospel, an individual reconciliation and a thanksgiving response at the conclusion of the celebration.
We especially thank Fr Greg, the Sacramental Team, led by Faith Rico and the Year Three Teachers, Miss Melissa Myles and Miss Yen Wong for their efforts this year.
Christ, our Light,
we believe that you are here among us as you promised you would be when we gather in your name.
With a trust that goes far deeper than our limited capacity to imagine,
you have handed over to us responsibility to carry out your works and wishes in our world.
We ask you now
to walk beside us on our journey,
to fill our minds, memories and imaginations with hope and vision.
Help us to see our lives and work within your Church
with strong creative clarity,
so that we may serve more effectively,
all who search for faith and meaning in our world.
ANNUAL COMMUNITY MEETING
“The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute.”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church)
School Board Members 2017:
Fr Greg Burke - Parish Priest
Mr Rick Oliveri - Board Chair
Mr Sam Modica - Board Treasurer
Mrs Jessica Musca - Secretary
Mrs Min De Leo - Board Member (co-opted)
Mrs Hein Trang - P&F Rep
Mrs Nevellene Linquist - Parish
Mr Paul Hille - School Principal
Ms Clare Moffat - Observer
Mr Frank Colangelo - Observer
The School Board members have been wonderful in their commitment and enthusiasm throughout the year. We thank each of them for their contributions, skills and dedication. As a group, they have worked productively to plan for the future development of the school, particularly in the area of school finance.
PARENT AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION
The P&F Association of Infant Jesus School is an integral part of our Catholic school structure and is a valuable instrument in the Church’s ministry of education. This council has been structured to hopefully enhance collaboration and consultation with parents.
• Working to provide additional resources which are considered necessary for the children or to assist the teachers in their professional work.
VOLUNTEERS MASS AND MORNING TEA
On Thursday 23 November, there is a Volunteers Mass at Infant Jesus School followed by a morning tea in the to say ‘thank you’ to all the parents who have assisted with school activities throughout year. We recognise that parents are a very important link between home and school and we greatly value and appreciate the support they have provided the staff and students of Infant Jesus School. It is tremendous to have this level of interest displayed in the development of both the children and the school as a whole. Many activities could not be planned without their involvement and generous commitment of time and energy. To all our parent helpers - THANK YOU.
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 an armistice was signed that stopped the fighting in World War I. Since then, and after World War II, this day of remembrance became known as ‘Remembrance Day’ so we can remember the people who have died in all wars.
On Friday 10 November at 11.00am, the school community will pause for a Remembrance Day reflection. This will take place in the Piazza. We hope that in the future where ever children are at the eleventh hour of the eleventh month they will pause, reflect and remember all the people who have died in wars.
FATHER AND SON CAMP
KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT
This will be held on Thursday 23 November in the hall commencing at 6.00pm. This is for all parents of children attending Kindergarten in 2018.
Children poke fun at one another. It’s just what they do. Our instinct may be to immediately stop the behaviour and try to protect children from it, but, in fact, some teasing is critical to children’s social development. When kids make fun of their friends without aggression or any intention of hurting their feelings, it’s called positive or productive teasing. This kind of behaviour helps kids build relationships and use humour to address taboo topics or handle sticky situations.
60 to 70% of the teasing young kids do is positive. If we don’t let kids tease at all, we stop the majority of teasing that helps kids form bonds and navigate social situations. “Teasing is a way to handle the conflicts of our social lives in less aggressive ways.”
TEASING VS BULLYING
Teasing is misunderstood because it is often confused with bullying which has a strictly negative impact. The way to distinguish between the two is by the intent. The goal of teasing is to create closer relationships and make connections. The goal of bullying is to harm. Teasing turns into bullying when kids use it to gain greater social status. Of course, even the most positive teasing turns sour if it goes too far. To determine whether the teasing is positive or not, it’s essential to look at context. For example, if kids joke about a child’s shoes, that’s different from focusing on something much harder to control, such as being overweight.”
The line between teasing and bullying blurs again when the child being teased doesn’t know how to respond. “Everyone has a different set of personal boundaries,” says Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, “and that’s confusing for kids.” But, she says, if a child overreacts or withdraws in response to teasing, she may lost out on important social experiences.
Define the terms: When both people are equal in size, intelligence and age and are having fun, it’s teasing. But when the two aren’t equal - one’s more popular, bigger or powerful - and the exchange is out of balance, it’s bullying.
Listen without disagreement: If your child tells you her classmates called her ugly, don’t just jump in to reassure her that she’s beautiful. “As soon as you do that, you’ve let her be victimised.” Instead, listen to what she says and then help her come up with a plan to address it the next time it happens.
Do some investigating: If you want more information, don’t ask your child directly if he’s being teased. Instead ask a question that can be answered in the second or third person. How do kids joke around these days? Or, what is teasing like for kids today?
Finally, this term is an important one in classrooms, as teachers will be finalising teaching and assessment tasks in preparation for end of year reporting. It is also an important term for our Year 6 students who will be leaving us at the conclusion of the school year to head off to high school. I ask that parents work with the school to try to have children in attendance as much as possible during this term so that students can be fully engaged in the tasks that are being undertaken.
Hence, as we work towards the end of the 2017 school year, let us all keep reminding ourselves that our children are learning through inquiry, targeted and explicit teaching as well as through hands-on, problem-solving and play experiences. Each child, teacher and staff member has grown throughout the year and we are thankful for what we are and have achieved.
God bless and have a wonderful week!
The way I act affects many other people, like the ripples of water that spread out on a pond when I throw a rock into it. When I am selfish, angry or hurt and choose to act violently, how many other people do I hurt? In the end, how many people are affected because of the
way I choose to act.
“Love one another as I have loved you,”
May seem impossible to do,But if you try to trust and believe,great are the joys that you will receive. For love make us patient, understanding and kind,And we judge with our heart and not with our mind.For as soon as love enters the heart’s opened door, the faults we once saw are not there anymore,And the things that seemed wrong begin to look right,When viewed in the softness of love’s gentle light.For love works in ways that are wondrous and strange,And there is nothing in life that love cannot change,And all that God promised will someday come true.
When you love one another the way
He loved you.
We are each of us angels with only one wing; to fly we need only to embrace each other.
All the children in Kindy have been enthusiastically participating in a very busy Term Four.
We are will continuing our learning about God’s creation. We will identify these creations and then explore some of them throughout the term. We will investigate rocks, sticks and water, focusing on these wonder questions:
The Bible stories we will focus on initially are 'Jonah and the Whale' and the story of the 'Five Loaves and Two Fish'. As we near the Christmas season our main focus will be on the Holy Family and the story of the Nativity. The children will have an opportunity to dramatise the story of Jesus’ birth and gain some understanding of the true meaning of Christmas.
Our purpose this term is to consolidate the skills we have developed over the year in the area of Literacy. We will continue to encourage the children to 'have a go' at writing and to write for different purposes. Our language focus will continue to be listening to initial and final sounds through reading big books and joining in rhymes, games and activities.
As Oral Language are also a focus for this term, the children will be bringing home a special Kindy cuddly friend on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. They are to be returned the next Kindy day so that all children can have a go at taking them home throughout the term. The children will be given a bag with their special Kindy 'friend' and a small information pack. This aims to develop each child’s oral language skills and promotes participation and confidence in a whole group situation.
Another focus this term will be to further develop our Maths concepts through consolidating our counting skills and number recognition to 10 and beyond, continuing to develop an awareness of two and three-dimensional shapes and exploring position, investigating mass and capacity and location and orientation. In Science the children will be exploring and identifying objects that float or sink.
The iPads will be used to take photos of their work and to record their learning.
YEAR ONE EXCURSION
Last Friday, 27 October, the children from Year One ‘stepped back in time’ as they visited the Kalamunda History Village. The students explored the historical museum to gain an insight into early settlers’ life. The students discovered Kalamunda’s first state school building, the original post office, a settler’s cottage, an orchard shed and a carriage shed housing a range of older transportation vehicles.
The excursion assisted the children to develop a greater understanding of our local history. Included her are a few observations from the children about the 'olden days.'
I liked going to the shop to buy marbles with my money – Lucas
I liked looking at the old fire truck. We got to go inside the fire truck and pretend to drive - Naethan
I liked the fire engine because it looked like a party bus- Andres
I loved buying the mystery lolly bag at the general store- Marcus
I liked when the fruit got bigger and bigger when it was graded- Julian D.
My favourite part was going to the grader. We had to put fruit in and the lady pressed the button. The fruit started moving and the machine sized how heavy or light the fruit was. After the fruit was sized the machine stopped. - Benjamin
Last Thursday, the Pre-Primary children visited the Perth Zoo. Whilst the weather wasn’t the best, it certainly didn’t ruin our eagerness and excitement to get there. We had a great time on the bus and there was lots of chat about what animals we might see at the zoo.
After arriving, the children gathered into their groups and went off with the task of researching an Australian animal. Some of the animals we researched included; Tasmanian Devil, Kangaroo, Emu and Echidna. The children had to find out where this animal lives, what it eats and its features. They also had to create with a wonder question that they had to find the answer to - for example, “Does a dingo sleep at night?”
After researching their Australian animal, the children had the opportunity to see and explore a range of other animals. Most of us were lucky enough to make our way around the whole zoo, and see animals including elephants, giraffes, crocodiles, and some creepy spiders in the Nocturnal House!
Everyone had a fantastic day and we couldn’t have done it without all the wonderful parent helpers!
PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY
This term the Pastoral Care Ministry will be collecting non-perishable goods for the St Vincent de Paul Society 'Christmas Appeal'. The Christmas Appeal aims to collect non-perishable goods to be given to families in our community who don't have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas. This can be due to financial difficulties, illness, disability, homelessness or isolation. So St Vincent de Paul aims to, with our help, collect goods that can be given to these people with the aim of bringing joy to those less fortunate in our community. So we are asking that all families donate non-perishable goods including:
CEWA FAMILY FUNDED PROGRAM
Catholic Education Western Australia have partnered with Apple to help families purchase the products their children need in the classroom, and to provide learning and support around Apple products for education.
To purchase the Apple product that your school has specified, visit https://www.apple.com/au_eduind-k12-discounted_803593/shop
This custom-built page will help you find the right product for your child, and automatically applies the education discount on purchases for CEWA students and family members – free delivery is included. You can also purchase in-store, or over the phone on 133-622, just let the Apple staff member know your school’s name.
Part of the Apple Family-Funded program is the Online Personal Set Up service, which gives families the opportunity to connect with Apple specialists for a 30-minute session that helps them set up and learn about their device and useful apps.
Apple stores are located in Perth CBD and Garden City, for more information visit www.apple.com/au/retail
At Infant Jesus School we are proud to celebrate the achievements of our children and all their hard work. Congratulations to the following students who will receive an Honour Certificate at our assembly next Thursday morning.
We congratulate the following students:
PPB Chiara, Dimasi, Arielle Di Tella, Juliano D'Ovidio
PPW Chloe Zirino, Claudia Scriva, Dimitri Voitot
1B Tamara Joseph, Luca Ortin Sieczka, Julian Kosovich
1W Mario Ruggiero, Julian Panetta, Fletcher Innes, Leon Boby
2B Marco Boni, Elouise Radice
2W Emilio Guluni
3B Jett Levings
3W Austin Tutt, Elijah Erceg
4B Jack Oakley, Ella Delpero, Noah Ortin Sieczka, Dorothy Bao
4W Matilda Meade, Lilly Middleton
5B Van Luong, Tina Nguyen
5W Oliver Rodrigues, Natalie Vo, Daniella Virgo
6B Tin Pham, Matthew Wilson, Nyobi Viheriakoski-Barras
6W Alex Barker, Jayden Rodrigues, Alfred Yip
PARENT & FRIENDS NEWS
Rock Star Disco!
Yay, it’s disco week!! Tickets to the disco have been sent home with your eldest child. Please note that these are for forms and money that were purchased by Friday last week. Any forms handed in this week will not receive tickets. Your childs name will be noted at the door of their selected disco session. Please see the P&F Ladies at the door when you arrive. Thank you!
KINDY MUMS CATCHUP
Date: Thursday 9 November
Venue: Brisbane Hotel
PRE - KINDY END OF YEAR FAMILY CATCHUP
Date: Sunday 12 November
Venue: Whistlers Chocolate Company, Swan Valley
RSVP: Justyna 0400656665
YEAR 4 MUM'S END OF YEAR FUNCTION
Date: Sunday 12 November 2017
Venue: Matilda Bay - Site 4
Cost is $50 per person, this includes a beautiful grazing table from Carnival Creations, Champagne, Soft Drink and Water.
If you are thinking about attending, now would be the time to let us know and get your payment to us to secure your place. We do have a maximum for this event, so unfortunately when we reach that we will no longer be able to accept any other bookings. Please let us know you will be attending via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Simone McGuire on 0414 719 009 to arrange for transfer of your payment. Once payment is received we will email to confirm your place. Thanks ladies, we are looking forward to a wonderful end of year celebration with as many of you as possible.
Tash, Simone. M, Simone. S and Joanna
YEAR 1 END OF YEAR CATCH UP
Friday 17 November
Varsity Project Morley, 33 Rudloc Road, Morley (previously Mean Machines) from 7.30pm.
Partners are more than welcome.
RSVP to either Kristie Di Nella or Nicole Mammone by 6 November
YEAR 5 END OF YEAR DINNER
Date: Friday, 24 November
Venue: Oggi Bar and Eats
300 Walcott Street, Menora
Time: 7 pm
RSVP: asap to Maria 0410 151 110
YEAR 2 CHRISTMAS PARTY
Date: Saturday 2 December
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Empire Bar Rivervale
Cost: $25-$30 per head
This year we are asking partners to come along, or some of us are going solo. The choice is yours. We will have platters of food on the night. Drinks can be purchased at the bar. RSVP as soon as possible so that we can finalise the price. Payment is due no later than 13 November. Message either Nicole 0400266755 or Maree 0412336965 to confirm. Thank You and hope to see you there .
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER CAMP 2018
The first 2018 MAD Camp meeting will be held on Wednesday 8 November at 7pm at Fast Eddy's Cafe. This is an open meeting, we would love to see some new faces with great ideas!
Sherrie Giglia & Marisa Gulluni Camp Coordinators
FATHER AND SON CAMP
Friday 3 November
Rosa Ridolfo, Emma Yates, Simone McGuire
Monday 6 November
Renae Levings, Paige Di Dio, Olivia Ikos
Wednesday 8 November
Louise Murace, Pramila Crasta
Our Canteen runs with the Summer Menu during Term 4. See attached. We are also in need of helpers on Wednesday Roster. If you are available that would be appreciated.
SPECIAL NOTICE: We are currently organising the Canteen Roster ready for 2018. Can you please advise as soon as possible if you will be available for next year. Thankyou.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Our Year Three children are busily preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation next week. For Catholics, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a celebration. They celebrate that: Jesus forgives all their sins and that Jesus makes them close friends again with God. We believe that through the sacrament sins are forgiven, even those a person has forgotten about.
We continue to pray for our Year Three students as they continue to wonder at their conscience as they prepare for this sacrament.
FEAST OF ALL SAINTS
On Wednesday 1 November our whole school gathered as a parish community to celebrate All Saints Day. On this day Catholics honour all those who have entered heaven. Father Greg, in his homily talked about how saints were ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. Our school community is fortunate to have as its focus for this year #ExpectGreatThings. This really calls us to be ordinary people who do extraordinary things.
Family Retreat and Celebration of the Sacrament of First Reconciliation
· Monday, 6 November at 5.30pm, 6.00pm and 6.30pm
· Thursday, 9 November at 5.30pm and 6.00pm
Please see your enrolment confirmation email for your allocated date & time.
Please arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes early and remember to cross off your child's name on the list at the parish centre.
Infant Jesus Parish 24:7 Morley Youth Group
All youth in Years 6-12 are invited to join us this Friday night, 6-8pm in the Parish Hall. For more info call Roger 0434 988 711 or Elizabeth 0410 554 393.
THE COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED (ALL SOULS DAY) 2 NOVEMBER
Catholics believe that death can separate people who they love from them for only a while. We are still united with them in the Communion of Saints.
On this feast of All Souls, and throughout the entire month of November, we recall our deceased relatives, friends, and all the faithful departed who may yet be waiting for the full joy of heaven in purgatory. We pray for them, remembering that likewise these people being purified have the power to intercede for us too.
Let perpetual light shine upon them, with your Saints forever, for you are merciful.Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, with your Saints forever, for you are merciful.
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AUDITIONS FOR CHILDREN'S CHORUS OPERA
West Australian Opera invites child singers aged between 11-15 years to audition for the Children’s Chorus for City of Perth Opera in the Park. The children’s chorus will be made up of 4 girls and 4 boys.
Auditions will take place on Saturday 11 November 2017 at West Australian Opera (3rd Floor Studio, His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth. Entry via stage door).
For the audition, children should prepare to sing a song of their choice, preferably from memory and in a classical style. Simple art songs, folk song arrangements or traditional music theatre pieces written for children are encouraged. Pieces may be sung in any language, but English or Italian are preferred. Backing tracks and a cappella auditions are discouraged. A printed copy of the music should be provided to the accompanist on the day and a short resume and headshot detailing any relevant training and experience should be provided.
Children that are selected will be required to attend music and production rehearsals at His Majesty’s Theatre and stage rehearsals and the performance at Supreme Court Gardens. In order to qualify for these auditions, children must be available for all required rehearsals commencing Thursday 11 January 2018 and running through to the performance on Saturday 3 February 2018. Rehearsals will take place during school holidays or outside of school hours when applicable and practicable.
The rates will be as per the West Australian Opera Performers’ Collective Agreement 2011-2013 or subsequent agreement signed by the company. West Australian Opera complies with the Juvenile Code of Practice from the Performers’ Collective Agreement.
To register for an audition parents or guardians must complete the online registration form.
Registrations close Friday 3 November at 5pm. Parents will be notified of their child's audition time after this date.