Important Dates and Correspondence
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Wednesday Year 4 Schoenstatt Shrine
Friday Infant Jesus Day
Monday First Eucharist Parent and Child
28 August Workshop
Thursday Fathers Day Breakfast
31 August Whole School Mass
Our tentative dates for Student Free Days for 2017 are as follows:
Term 3 - Monday 17 July
Term 3 - Friday 22 September
Term 4 - Monday 9 October
Parents need to note that these days may change, due to availability of PD requests for staff.
Uniforms can be purchased from Lowes located at the Mirrabooka Square Shopping Centre.
Lowes have advised that any quality issues regarding uniforms can be addressed with their Mirrabooka Store directly and exchanges will be made on faulty stock. New shipments will be arriving soon with all stock and sizing available.
For opening times and online orders go to www.lowesschoolwear.com.au
We will soon have a facility to allow Readers of this Newsletter to read it in any language at the press of a button. More information in Term 3.
If you have articles for the Newsletter please be aware that the Newsletter is assembled on Tuesday and Wednesday and then emailed out on Thursday. It is helpful to assembly to have articles as early as possible. Thankyou
Today is a day that we come together to celebrate as a community as we honour our heritage and the traditions of our school. It is a special time to recognise our past and all the people who in different ways have contributed to the vibrant community that we have today.
We reflect on our identity and heritage and recognise our Dominican beginnings merging with the Carmelite Vision to create our community which is founded on Faith, Love, Hope and Truth. I have included some information for you below that you may wish to discuss with your children.
Infant Jesus School was established in 1954 by the Dominican Sisters to support the Catholic families in the Parish and to provide a quality Catholic Education for the community. The first School was opened on a site in Walter Road and was called St Paul’s. The school opened with an enrolment of 22 children. The two teachers in charge of the school were Sr Joseph and Sr Dominic.
In 1956 the Carmelite Fathers took over the parish. By the end of 1960 the school in Walter Road had become too small and was unsuitable as children were now enrolled in the school from Year 1 to Year 7. Late in 1960 a four-acre block was purchased at the corner of Smith and Russell Streets and a new building was built at a cost of 14 500 pounds. The new school had four classrooms and was built in plain white bricks.
The Dominicans – Truth
Dominic Guzman founded the Dominican Order in Prouilhe and Toulouse in Southern France between 1206 and 1216. Now referred to as 'The Dominican Family', the order comprises Friars, Sisters, Nuns, Dominican Lay men and women, the Dominican Youth Movement, Dominican Volunteer Movement and countless other groups who lay claim to the charism of preaching the gospel. The Dominican Mission, which we proudly inherit, is to study, explore and discover better, ever more effective and newer ways to disseminate the Gospel message of Truth.
The logo of the school up until the late 80’s was that of the Dominican order because of their close involvement in the teaching staff of the school. Black reminds us that self-discipline and penance are a necessary part of Christian life. White is the symbol of innocence inspiring us not to sin. Veritas sums up the whole idea of the motto – Truth.
The Carmelites – Faith – Carmelite Gathering Place
The rule of life given to the Carmelites by St. Albert Avogadro between the years 1206 - 1214, was finally approved as the true and proper Rule of Carmel by Innocenzo in 1247 and later underwent mitigations which were not in the original text. The Carmelite Rule states that it is basic for a Carmelite to "live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ. To live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ, the Carmelites bind themselves especially to:
The core value of love underpins all the Dominican and Carmelite values. At Infant Jesus we recognise the importance of Jesus’ greatest commandment to ‘love one another.’
The logo has the theme of the cross as the centre of the universe. The cross is in a central position beneath the stars of the Southern Cross. The circles behind the cross represent the sun, the earth and the moon. The cross stands on a semi-circular mountain which is Mount Carmel.
In the Carmelite tradition, coming from the inspiration of St. John of the Cross, the goal of life is seen as the ascent of Mount Carmel which is the place of union with Christ in faith, in hope and in love.
Today we are very fortunate to have a school facilities that are quite remarkable. Our students and staff are very fortunate and blessed to be educated and work in a school like Infant Jesus. We give thanks on Infant Jesus Day to all those who have gone before us and contributed in some way to make Infant Jesus School what it is today.
Happy Infant Jesus Day!
Infant Jesus School Students continue to showcase their outstanding gifts and talents at the 2017 Catholic Performing Arts Festival with our students demonstrating excellence in both vocal and instrumental sections.
Congratulations to our Infant Jesus School Concert Band on an outstanding performance in the Concert Band section on Tuesday evening. The Band performed three pieces, ‘Fires of Mazama', ‘Poeme' and ‘Ghosts of the Lost Ship’.The level of musical expertise demonstrated by the band was excellent and their hard work certainly paid off. Many thanks to Mrs Natalie Le Goueff for her dedication and hard work with this group.
Congratulations is also in order for our School Choir and Year Four Choir who both performed on Tuesday at the Primary Choral performance. The School Choir sang ‘Shelter’ and ‘I am Australian’ and the Year Four Choir gave a wonderful performance of ‘Can You Keep a Secret?’ and ‘School Song’. Thank you to Mrs Nicole Boddy, Miss Stephanie Duffy and Miss Rebecca O’Connor for all their hard work and assistance in working with the choirs.
We also acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the following students who received an ‘Excellence Award’ in the Instrumental Solo and Duet categories.
Annabelle Di Ciano - Instrumental Solo (Primary Woodwind)
Catie Hooper - Instrumental Solo (Primary Woodwind)
Elaria Pillera & Krystelle Marion - Instrumental Duet (Primary Woodwind)
Emma Pham - Instrumental Solo (Primary Brass)
Lilly Jackson & Grace Modica - Instrumental Duet(Primary Woodwind)
Annabelle Di Ciano & Victoria Mok - Instrumental Duet (Primary Woodwind)
Grace Modica - Instrumental Solo (Primary Woodwind)
The following students are also congratulated on receiving a ‘Merit Award’ in the Instrumental Solo and Duet categories.
Victoria Mok - Instrumental Solo (Primary Woodwind)
Lilly Jackson - Instrumental Solo (Primary Woodwind)
Jonas Sim & Alex Bao - Instrumental Duet (Primary Brass)
Justin Soh & Aurelia Leach - Instrumental Duet(Primary Woodwind)
Well done to all our talented musicians and singers!
Many thanks to all the families who made a special effort to support and celebrate with the community our second Family Mass for the year. We really appreciate the families who were able to assist in some way and the students from the School Choir who lead the singing on the evening.
Once again the staff of Infant Jesus were exemplary in their support for the school and parish. Their witness to their faith is a strength of our school and also to this community.
Thank to Mrs Maryanne Limerick who shared her 'faith journey' with the congregation on Saturday night.
Thank you also to Mrs Jenny Allpike and Mrs Nicola Tutt for reading at the Mass.
This week is a special celebration for the the Infant Jesus Parish Community as we celebrate 25years since the establishment of the new Church. Just think how many Baptisms, First Holy Communions, Confirmations and Weddings have taken place in our church over the last 25 years. Perhaps some of our Mums and Dads were married in our church or received their Sacraments in the new church.
The Program for the Silver Jubilee of Infant Jesus Church continues this week. On Sunday morning, at the 9:30am mass, Archbishop Timothy Costello will be celebrating this liturgy. This Dedication Mass, followed at 10:45am, with a performance by the Infant Jesus School Band & Choir.
At the completion of this event, commencing at 11:30am, all children will receive a cupcake and will be able to participate in various fun and games in the Parish Centre. We hope to see many parents and children from Infant Jesus School in attendance at the Silver Jubilee Celebration on Sunday morning.
6.30pm: Dedication Mass with Emeritus Archbishop Hickey. Followed by an International dinner—please bring a plate.
7.30am: Dedication Mass with the Carmelita Friars
Followed by breakfast in the atrium.
9.30am: Dedication Mass with Archbishop Timothy Costelloe. Followed by a performance by the Infant Jesus band and
the lunch in the parish centre.
6.00pm: Dedication Mass with Bishop Don Sproxton followed by soup and roast beef rolls around the campfire.
Infant Jesus School Prayer
We are the family
of Infant Jesus School,
united together through the gifts
of Faith, Hope, Truth and Love.
We pray to Jesus,
to help us love one another
as we love Him.
We ask Him to support us
to create a loving, caring
and respectful bond
within our Infant Jesus Family.
Give us the strength and courage
to live a good life,
to appreciate each other
for who we are
and to treat each other
as special members of
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Congratulations to the Di Tella Family on the safe arrival of a new baby boy, Hendrix. Little brother to Arielle in PPB.
Sunday September 3, is Father’s Day – A very significant day as we all know!!!! To recognise the occasion, we would like to hold a ‘Sausage Sizzle Breakfast’ for all of our dads in the school. This will commence at 7.30am on Thursday 31 August.
Following the breakfast there will be a Father's Day Mass in the Infant Jesus Church commencing at 9.00am, that all fathers and grandfathers are welcome to attend.
We encourage all dads to join us on this morning for a bite to eat and a cuppa before heading to work.
Those wishing to attend are asked to fill out the Form in the link below: http://bit.ly/2uFf4Gy
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
YEAR FIVE NEWS
This term continues to be full of fun and exciting learning experiences for the Year Fives.
In Religious Education, the students have explored how Jesus showed good human qualities and gave Catholics the Eucharist to enable them to live good lives. The children have learnt about the connections between Jesus celebrating the Last Supper at Passover and how Catholic’s celebrate the Eucharist today at Mass. They also discovered the relevance of the Sacrament of the Eucharist as a fulfilment of God’s promise of Salvation.
The children will now move onto focusing on the communities they belong to and encounter. They will also explore the laws of the Church created by God and the Ten Commandments. The children will examine the two great commandments of Jesus, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, with all your strength and all your mind’ and ‘You must love your neighbour as yourself’. The children will also continue to wonder at the talents and good qualities that are within them, leading them to wonder about God who created these qualities.
In English, the children continue to focus on ways to better comprehend texts and use a variety of strategies to interpret and understand the message and intent of the author. They have read about significant Australians who have shaped the colonies during their reading activities. ‘Shaping a Colony’ is the focus for the Year Five integrated studies unit and the children will be producing a biography on an individual from the 1800s such as; John Septimus Roe, James Stirling or Caroline Chisholm. The students have been involved in an iTunesU course to direct their learning through this inquiry.
The students continue to learn about the intricacies of the English language. In writing, the children have continued to develop their creative writing skills through narratives and persuasive texts and they will also write information reports and biographies on their historical learning.
In Mathematics, the children have continued to build on their understanding of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Throughout the term, they have had several opportunities to focus on financial management and budgeting. The children have been encouraged to keep up with the set tasks on Mathletics that support and facilitate the consolidation of their learning in mathematics. A weekly focus on problem solving strategies will continue throughout this term. These sessions have supported the notion that, “there is no one way” to solve a problem. trial and error, drawings and diagrams, tables and charts, are just a few examples.
During Art, the children have explored artworks from various artists and investigated the different approaches used to communicate ideas, beliefs and opinions. They have developed and applied techniques and processes when making their artwork and have reflected on this process.
This term in Health, with Mrs Grabski, the children have been learning about being healthy, safe and active. They have looked at how their identities are influenced by people and places and have investigated different community resources and ways to seek help regarding their health, safety and wellbeing. They will plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing, focusing on drugs and what effects alcohol can have on the body.
The Year Five students have been learning about coding with Miss Phoebe in the iLab this term. Coding is an essential skill that teaches the students how to solve problems and work together in creative ways. The Year Fives have been completing a mix of unplugged (not using a device) and plugged in activities to build up their basic programming vocabulary. They have begun by learning about simple commands, functions and loops and learn how to write code using the app, Swift Playgrounds.
YEAR THREE EXCURSION TO BROWNES
On Wednesday the Year Threes went on an excursion to Brownes Dairy. It was lots of fun! When we arrived there met Farmer Damian and Eloise. We ate our lunch before watching a movie. The movie explained how milk travels from a farm to our fridge. Then we were given safety vests to put on because we were about to enter the factory. 3W was given yellow vests to wear and 3W was given orange ones.
Farmer Damian walked us outside and we met a real live cow called Jersey! She doesn’t live at Brownes- she was just visiting because she normally lives on Farmer Damian’s farm. We then entered the factory where we walked down a very long walkway before we can to a top secret door. The door was top secret because not even Brownes employees are allowed in there!
Behind the door was a big window. Behind the window were robots which put the milk into bottles. The reason why Brownes uses robots instead of humans is because robots are so much stronger. We also saw a machine putting milk lids onto them. It was very cool to see the machine also putting the stickers onto the bottles- they were all the right way up!
Eloise then took us for the next part of the tour. She led us to the kitchen. When we got to the kitchen we met a woman called Kristy. Kristy allowed us to try traditional plain yoghurt and it was very bitter and sour. Kristy then let us make some cheese! We used vinegar and hot skim milk which made the cheese. We learnt lots about the transformation of liquids with Kristy!
After we went to the factory we finally got to milk Jersey the cow. Some of us were a bit scared to milk Jersey but it was actually very fun and she was a lovely cow.
Finally it was time to journey back to school. On the bus we played ‘Sleeping Tigers’ which was lots of fun! When we arrived back to school, our beautiful teachers had a surprise for us. Brownes had sent us a special treat of a bottle of milk each! The vanilla milk was delicious. We all wish that when we are in Year Four we can go back to Brownes!
PERFORMING ARTS NEWS
Well done to all the Performers!
INFANT JESUS SCHOOL IS THE BEST!
I believe that Infant Jesus School is the best. Firstly, Infant Jesus School is Catholic. They treat everyone the same and believe that everyone is part of God's family. They also pray to God, Jesus and everybody that is in need. Secondly, all of the classrooms are bright and colourful, but that's not all. Every time you walk into a classroom there are many amazing places to sit. The classroom has many things on display like posters, typing, and lots of ideas for different subjects. The classroom is also very entertaining. In Year Two we are reading the 52 Storey Treehouse, it is very funny. Finally, in the library there are tonnes of books, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Secret Kingdom and lots of other books. From the library you can see the iLab which it is new. There are loads of fun things in the iLab like Osmos and lots of other things. It is obvious that Infant Jesus School is the best.
YEAR FOUR EXCURSION
CAMP QUALITY PUPPET SHOW
On Monday 4 September Camp Quality Puppet Show is coming to Infant Jesus School. Students from Kindergarten to Year Six will view a puppet show which provides a fun and engaging performance that aims to dispels common myths and misconceptions about cancer in an age appropriate way. There will be three different shows catering to the pre-school, junior primary and upper primary age groups. The Camp Quality Puppet Show helps schools create supportive communities for any child affected by cancer, whether they are living with cancer themselves or have a family member with cancer. All parents are welcome to attend the performances.
9.00am – 9.45am Year One, Two & Three
9.50am – 10.30am Kindy & Pre-Primary
11.00am – 11.45am Years Four, Five & Six
FOOTY FINALS FUN DAY
On 15 September (Friday of Week 9) The Wellness Ministry will be holding an afternoon (after lunch) of football and sporting skills. All year levels from Pre-Primary to Year 6 will be placed in different AFL and WAFL teams and will rotate around a variety of activities containing different skills. The children are allowed to wear a piece of clothing of their favourite football team for a gold coin donation. All money raised will go to our Infant Jesus Parish.
This will be a fun afternoon but we will need some parent helpers to lead the different activities. Please complete and return the attached note to your classroom teacher if you can help out.
The Wellness Ministry
PARENT & FRIENDS NEWS
Year 3 Dinner
When: Friday 1 September 7pm
Where: Two40Three, Coventry Village
RSVP: by 28 August
Hope to see you all there - Justine & Sherrie
Year 1 Coffee Catch Up
When: Friday 1 September at 9.30am
Where: Slate Cafe, Bennett Springs
RSVP: Nicole or Kristiif you can attend
Year 5 Parent Dinner
When: Friday, 8 September at 7pm
Venue: Italians Restaurant, Morley
RSVP: ASAP, Maria 0410 151 110
Hope you can make it!
FATHER AND SON CAMP
Please see attached information regarding this year's Father and Son Camp.
WOOLWORTHS Earn and Learn
This year we are participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program. Through this program we will be able to get new educational resources for our school – and all we need you to do is shop for your groceries at Woolworths. From Wednesday 26 July to Tuesday 19 September we are collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers. You will get one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco and gift cards). Place the Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet and when it’s complete, the Sticker Sheet can be dropped into the Collection Box here at the school or at your local Woolworths.
Friday 25 August
Belinda Chami, Rosanna Monastra
Monday 28 August
Geraldine Soh, Olivia Ikosipentarhos, Jessica Musca
Wednesday 30 August
Sara McMenemy, Alison Wilathgamuwa, Justine Scriva
The attached Winter Menu continues for Term 3.
BAND AND CHOIR PHOTOS - MSP PHOTOGRAPHY
On our recent photo day, Band and Choir group images were taken. These images can be viewed and purchased:
1. To place your Order online simply go to https://mspphotography.shootproof.com/
2. Click Specials, then select the album titled: Infant Jesus School Specials - 2017
3. You will then be required to enter a password to view the Album. The password is 2017IFJS
4. Please ensure that you use your child's name at the checkout.
The online orders will be open until midnight on Wednesday 30 August 2017. The cost of each photo is $20 and these will be delivered to the school with the main school photographs. After this time, images can still be ordered online on a reorder basis at a cost of $35 per image. If you have any queries please contact MSP Photography on 9240 8000 or via email on email@example.com.
VOLUNTEER WORKSHOP AND CODE OF CONDUCT
To assist with school based events, please ensure that both of these have been completed.
1. Complete the Volunteer Workshop
Copies of the Code of Conduct are available from the front office.
VISITING THE SCHOOL - NEW SIGN IN PROCEDURES
An iPad is now available for entering the school during school hours. This replaces the sign in book. Please follow these procedures:
All visitors to the school must sign in i.e. Parents dropping things off, Parents picking up students, Volunteers helping Canteen or Class, Students arriving late, Maintenance workers etc.
PROLONGED ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL OF A STUDENT DURING SCHOOL TERM
There is an approval procedure that must be followed if you are taking your children out of school for several days.
It is important to note that the Education Act states that all children need to be at school at all times during the school year.
Prolonged absences should only be taken if it is essential for illness, pastoral and family reasons. In this instance it is a requirement that parents provide a valid explanation, in writing, for children’s
non-attendance at school.
It is also important to note that prolonged absence from school will impact on children’s learning.
PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY NEWS
Thank you for your donations to the St. Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal.
We are still continuing to collect ring pulls for Brother Ollie’s Wheelchairs. These ring pulls are donated to Brother Ollie who turns them into wheelchairs for the less fortunate. Any aluminium ring pulls can be placed in the green container located near the iLab.
Sacramental Programme - Sacrament of Eucharist
Many thanks to all the parents who attended the Eucharist Parent Information Night on Monday. We had a great number of attendees - it was lovely to see everyone. A kind reminder to all the parents who missed the Parents Information Night that a re-run meeting will be held on Saturday 26 August at 10am in the Parish Library. This meeting is part of the Eucharist Program, everyone is encouraged to attend. The meeting will only run for about half and hour.
First Holy Communion Seat Reservation Card: Please complete and return your cards to the Parish Office or email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Please note that reserved seating is for immediate family only (parents and siblings).
Parents Information Re-run Meeting: Saturday 26 August at 10am in the Parish Library.
Parents and Child Workshop: Monday 28 August at 7pm in the Infant Jesus Parish Centre. This meeting is for parents or guardians and the first communicant child. Please arrive promptly and collect your booklet at the door. Please bring your child's pencil case. Parents and their children will participate in very simple activities which will help the child understand the Sacrament more fully.
First Eucharist Retreat and Final Practice: Friday 8 September starts at 9am at Infant Jesus Parish Centre.
First Communion Masses: Saturday 9 September at 6.30pm; Sunday 10 September at 9.30am and 11.30am.
FAREWELL, FR. SUNNY!
Saturday 2 September 7.30pm
Bring a hot dish to share and join Fr. Sunny for a farewell dinner. Drinks and dessert provided. If you would like to give Fr. Sunny a parting gift, envelopes will be provided at Masses after the Jubilee. Please RSVP to the Parish Office.
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.
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Please find attached a flyer outlining Relationships Australia Parenting related courses running in September 2017.
Please find attached a flyer for the up and coming Mercedes College Open Morning.
St Thomas Aquinas College, Bedford 30th Reunion, 1983 – 1987 - Join us at the Queens Tavern, Highgate on Saturday, 9 September, at 7pm. Any queries - Facebook Page: St Thomas Aquinas College 30th Reunion (1983 – 1987)
SERVITE COLLEGE OPEN MORNING - 30 AUGUST
On Wednesday 30 August, we will host a free College Open Morning with student guided action tours and an opportunity to meet our Principal and key staff.
SERVITE COLLEGE ART EXHIBITION - 14/15 SEPTEMBER
The Infant Jesus community is warmly invited to join us for our Art Exhibition during 14 and 15 September.