VERITAS 

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

Important Dates
&
Correspondence

Important Dates and Correspondence

 

 

VISION

At Infant Jesus. our vision is to develop the whole child to seek the truth through the teachings of Christ in Faith, Hope and Love.

 

 

OUR SCHOOL VALUES

Living Our Catholic Faith

 

Truth - We promote Truth and Justice

in a spirit of Infant Jesus.

 

Excellence - We work hard to be the 

best we can.

 

Uniqueness - We value the individuality of each person.

 

Community - We cooperate and engage in open communication with one another.

 

Relationships - We show respect and kindness to all.

Term 1 2017

 

Thursday                     Three Year Old Kindergarten

2 February                   Parent Teacher Meeting

                                          This meeting will be held in the School Library / School Hall and                                             will commence at 9.30am for parents of all children attending the                                            Three Year Old Kindergarten in 2017.

 

Commissioning           Whole School 6pm

Mass           

 

Tuesday                           Parent Information Night PP - Yr 6  6pm

7 February                  

 

 Thursday                       Volunteer Workshop  9.00am

16 February

 

Tuesday                           P & F Meeting

21 February

 

Uniforms

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

 

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

 

Student Free Days 2017

Our tentative dates for Student Free Days for 2017 are as follows

 

Term 1 - Friday 3 March

 

Term 2 - Monday 24 April      

 

Term 3 - Monday 17 July

 

Term 3 - Friday 22 September

 

Term 4 - Monday 9 October

 

Parents need to note that these days may change, due to availability of PD requests for staff.

 

Term Calendars

 

Principal's Report

Expect Great Things!

 

Welcome to the new school year with all its hidden joys and challenges.  2017 has very quickly come upon us following what has hopefully been a restful and enjoyable summer break.  As we set out once again on a new year of learning and discovery, I invite you to share in the challenge of all that lies ahead.


We all know that children receive the best education when parents and staff work as a team.  Parents’ enthusiasm, support and involvement are integral to the success of our school as are the skills, dedication and professionalism of teachers.  Together, staff and parents can provide educational excellence for every student, so that they can achieve their personal best.  Together, we can support one another to provide a friendly learning environment and celebrate our achievements.


I hope that throughout the year, our school will be a place where staff, students and families have opportunities to experience God’s presence in our lives.  Although he lived about two and a half thousand years ago, the prophet, Jeremiah, has words that are still relevant for us at the beginning of this new school year:

 

“The Lord says, I know the plans I have for you…… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

 
Within our school, we can all try to model God’s love for each one of us, by being a renewing community where all members are valued, affirmed and empowered; where our commitment to Gospel values is expressed in every facet of our school’s endeavours.  For this sentiment to continue throughout the year, it will require our collective wisdom and generosity of spirit to be at the forefront of all our communications.


Education today is a complex engagement because of the intensity and variety of external influences particularly through various forms of media and electronic communications.  Our school has a special role in assisting every parent with the education of their children, so that all children will develop a sense of personal responsibility and learn the correct use of freedom.  Throughout the year, our school will also provide experiences of liturgy and prayer as invitations to know and experience the enormous love and special friendship of God.


May the school year ahead, see staff and parents in genuine partnership in our collective role of secular and faith education.

 

New Families

In a special way, I would like to welcome all those who are new to the family of Infant Jesus School.  My prayer and hope for you is that your association with the school will be long and lasting, and one filled with many memorable memories. May your settling in be a gentle one.


Along with new families, we also have some new faces who have joined our staff for 2017. We welcome the following new staff members:

  • Miss Mitzi Phoebe
  • Miss Sophie Houston
  • Mrs Amanda Edwards
  • Miss Yen Wong
  • Mrs Francesca Ienco

As they too begin their time at Infant Jesus School, I have no doubt that you will join with me in making their transition into the school community as smooth and as welcoming as possible. I am sure that before long, they will also come to experience something of the warmth and school spirit, which is unique to Infant Jesus School


We also welcome back to school, Mrs Janelle White and Mrs Leanne Griffin who are rejoining the staff after taking leave.

Prayer

 

God, our Father,
we ask that Your Spirit be a constant 
influence in the lives of all who make up 
our school community this year.
 Help our students to be discerning, so
 that the outcomes of their choices will be
in according with Christian values.  

Amen. 

Theme for the Year

Theme for the Year
Infant Jesus School offers so many exciting opportunities and I encourage students and parents to attend relevant events and to be as involved as possible in the life of the school. We have a very ambitious vision for our school, and that is to be ‘A Leading Learning School’, where we aim to:

  • empower confident life-long learners, 
  • foster personalised and collaborative learning; and
  • build home/school, local and global connections. 

For this to happen we need to ‘Expect Great Things’ both from ourselves, as well as each other. When we foster and develop the partnership between the home and the school – great things will happen and our children will flourish! 

 

Listed below are some important dates and events that have been scheduled for the first term, as well as some other information about ‘life at Infant Jesus School’.

 

Commissioning Mass

The Commissioning Mass is a time for the whole school to come together to celebrate the beginning of the school year, as well as recognise those members of the community who will play integral parts in our school and children’s development.

 

All students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend this celebration on Thursday, 2 February (tonight) at the Infant Jesus Church. The Mass will commence at 6.00pm. Students in Years 1 – 6 will be required to wear their school summer uniform as this is a School celebration. 

 

Letter from the Archbishop

Attached is some words of encouragement in a letter from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe as we commence another school year.

 

School Prospectus

The Prospectus is an important document as it articulates key aspects of the school, as well as expectations for all members of this school community. Included in this School Prospectus is a copy of the mandated Code of Conduct.

 

The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to outline minimum standards of conduct in all behaviour and decision making to ensure the safety and well-being of students.

 

The Code of Conduct applies to staff, students, volunteers, parents and guardians as applicable.  There will be more information regarding this Code of Conduct and the implementation throughout the course of the school year. 

 

Parent Information Evening

The link between home and school is very important when trying to give our children the best education we can. The Parent Information Evening is scheduled for Tuesday 7 February commencing at 6:00pm. I strongly encourage attendance at these sessions as important information is provided that will support your child’s progress at school. It is a chance for you to meet your child’s teacher as well as ask any general questions you have at this stage of the year.

 

The evening will commence in the hall, with parents moving to their respective classrooms after a short presentation. For those parents who have two or more children in the school, a repeat of the class presentation will occur at 7:15pm. – for those families with more than two children at Infant Jesus we invite you to make a time with your classroom teachers to meet and familiarise yourselves with the classroom program. I do hope that as parents you have made the time to attend these evenings to meet your child/ren’s teacher for the year ahead.

 

Back to School Picnic

I encourage all families to attend this event on Friday 24 February. This event is coordinated by the Infant Jesus School P&F Association. This occasion is a way of celebrating your child/ren’s first few weeks at the school, as well as an opportunity to meet other parents and welcome NEW families to the IJ’s community. This will be held on the School Oval from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.

 

As in the past, you are encouraged to bring your own picnic dinner, or avail yourself of the food trucks which have been organised for the evening.  Once again this promises to be a fabulous community gathering to start the school year. 

 

Parent Representatives

We all know how difficult it can be to stay on top of everything your children are involved in, both at school and outside of school. This is why we believe Class Representatives will play an important part in our school communications.

 

Parents are encouraged to consider the role of Class Representative for 2017 and are able to nominate at the Parent Information Evening. We require one per class (two per year level) with the Class Representatives working in conjunction with the Class teacher, Principal and P&F Association in disseminating information and building community spirit.

Student Medical Details

Parents of students who have had a change in their medical information, need to access the Infant Jesus Medical Action Plan on the school website to update medical needs. Parents are required to complete this as soon as possible. 

 

Parents are reminded that an appointment should be made with their child's class teacher to discuss the Medical Action Plan as appropriate. Furthermore, if the medical needs of the child are significant, then an appointment should be made with the principal.

Did you Know . . . ?

  • If you combine all the ants in the world, they’ll weigh about the same as if you combine all the people.
  • A snail can sleep for more than three years at a time.

  • Baby rabbits are called… kittens.

  • Your heart beats 101,000 times a day. During your lifetime it will beat about 3 billion times and pump about 400 million litres (800 million pints) of blood.

 

Thought for the Week

The world is a great mirror.  It reflects back to you what you are.  If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful to you.  The world is what you are.  
Thomas Dreier 

 

 

Best wishes for the week ahead

 

 

Paul Hille

Principal

SCHOOL NEWS

LEARNING

 

TECHNOLOGY AT INFANT JESUS

It has been fantastic to see the children throughout the school engaged in their learning this week. This learning at Infant Jesus School  is greatly enhanced through access to and use of technology.

 

Children in Years 3 – 6 bring their own device and children from Kindy to Year 2 have access to iPads in their classrooms (For more information you can access the BYOD Program on our school website or directly at http://www.infantjesus.wa.edu.au/pdf/policy_ict_byodprogram.pdf)

 

To support the learning children in Years 3 – 6 need to have added the list of apps listed for the year level. Please access this list at http://www.infantjesus.wa.edu.au/pdf/curriculum_applist.pdf.

 

Please see the class teacher if the apps have not been added for the year level or your child has not bought in their own device  to use at school. 

NEW APPS FOR 2017

YEAR 3-6 - MyEDiary

 

The MyEDiary App brings the power of push notifications to your school’s eDiary. Download the app to receive notifications for newly assigned homework due dates, reminders, school events, announcements, newsletters and more.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/myediary/id1157372218?mt=8

 

Pre-Kindy - Year 6 - Seesaw

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school and share it with their teachers, parents, classmates, and even the world. 

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/seesaw-the-learning-journal/id930565184?mt=8

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/seesaw-parent-access/id930565469?mt=8

 

ENGAGEMENT

P&F News


As you will remember the P&F now has four sub-committees which parents are welcome to join at any time. We wish to thank the following parents for volunteering :

 

Social Committee 

  • Jenny Allpike
  • Maria Bellesini
  • Nicola Cecchele
  • Marisa Gulluni
  • Liselle Morgan
  • Ida Romeo
  • Sarah Ruggiero 

Fundraising Committee 

  • Jenny Allpike
  • Nicola Cecchele
  • Irene Gianatti
  • Marisa Gulluni
  • Liselle Morgan
  • Maree Previti 
  • Ida Romeo
  • Sarah Ruggiero
  • Anna Williams

IJ Care 

  • Ryan Wiles

Parent Education 

  • Ryan Wiles

If you wish to assist on any of the above committees please email Nicola Cecchele at [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 


WELCOME BACK PICNIC 
The traditional IJ Family Picnic will be held on Friday the 24 February, 5:30pm-8:00pm on the school oval. We have several food trucks joining us, thanks to Hey Pesto, Vinces Pizza and Mr Whippy for coming along!

 

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

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY CENTRE NAMING 

Currently students in Years 1- 6 are brainstorming different names to be entered into a school competition where all teachers and students will get the chance to vote on their favourite name for the Innovation & Technology Centre. Some staff have also had great suggestions, so if you have an idea for a name please send it through and I will add it to the list. Voting details will be out next week.

 

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

WORKSHOP FOR VOLUNTEERS

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

 

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

DISCIPLESHIP

PASTORAL LETTER FROM ARCHBISHOP TIM COSTELLOE

 

As you would possibly be aware the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse will begin its final public hearings in Sydney on Monday.  I attach for your information a Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Costelloe which has been sent to the Clergy asking them to make this letter available on the weekend masses. 

 

Music News

The year 2017 will see exciting new changes to the Choral Programme at Infant Jesus. This year a select Choir will be auditioned to represent the school at important school based and community events such as the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. The students experienced their first Choral class in preparation for the Commissioning Mass and were reminded of the big commitment it is to lead the school in the Arts Programme. Students excitedly and whole heartedly made the commitment to represent the school with excellence and to attend rehearsals each week.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Netball 2017

Registrations are open for the 2017 Netball Season.  Please register online using the instructions as attached.
Netball is for Year 3 – Year 6 students, games held on Saturday mornings at Noranda Netball Association.  Season starts in Term 2.
 
We will need many helpers again this year, if you are interested in volunteering your time to coach or manage a team, please register your interest via email at [email protected]
 
Cost: $180 for the season
 

 

Canteen Menu

Enclosed is the Summer Canteen Menu

 

OSH Club

Once again the school has continued its partnership with the OSH Club to provide after school care for our school children. If your family is intending to use this service in 2017 – more information can be found on the Infant Jesus School Website.

 

VERITAS 
2017 Calendar Terms 1-4.docx
Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Costelloe 31 Jan 2017.pdf
What’s in a Name.pdf
2017 App List.pdf
Message from Archbishop Costelloe SDB Jan 2017.pdf
OSHC 2017.pdf
Infant Jesus Netball Registrations Instructions.pdf
Canteen Summer Menu 2017.pdf
Canteen Summer Menu 2017.pdf