16 November 2017
Issue Thirty-six
Important Dates & Correspondence
Assistant Principal's Report
Infant Jesus School
08 9276 1769
17 Smith Street
Morley 6062,,

Important Dates

Important Dates and Correspondence

Term 4 2017

 Friday 17 November

Summer Lightning Carnival (Year 5's)


Tuesday 21 November

P & F Meeting


Wednesday  22 November

Yr 6 Dance Lessons


Thursday 23 November

Whole School Mass - Thankyou to Volunteers

2018 Kindy Parent Information Night


Tuesday 28 November

ACM Meeting


Wednesday 29 November

Yr 6 Dance Lessons


Thursday 30 November


Class Assembly Pre-Primary


Friday 1 December

Yr 6 Dinner Dance


Tuesday 5 December

Christmas Concert


Friday 8 December

Yr 6 Graduation Assembly and Thanksgiving Mass

Term 1 2018

Wednesday 17 January

Office Opens


Friday 26 January

Australia Day


Monday 29 January

PD Day Staff


Tuesday 30 January

PD Day Staff


Wednesday 31 January

Students commence



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

iNewsletter Information

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.

Newsletter Deadline

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

Assistant Principal's Report

Assistant Principal's Report

Dear Parents


Some kids are resilient by nature – their temperament helps them to be mentally and psychologically tough. You know those kids. They get straight back up after a setback or disappointment. Rejection in the playground doesn’t faze them. Unfortunately, not every child has such natural resilience.


The good news is that most of the research shows that resilience can be nurtured and developed, particularly when parents themselves are resilient and they actively foster it in their kids.


Resilient kids share four basic skill sets: independence, problem-solving, optimism and social connection.


Building resilience – tips for parents

From a resilience perspective parents need to coach kids through some of their more challenging moments and reviewing what they may have learned for next time. Avoid solving all their problems for them.


You can promote a lasting sense of resilience in your kids by:

  • Having a positive attitude yourself. Your attitude as a parent impacts on their ability to bounce back from some of the difficulties they face. Make sure you model a ‘you can do it’ attitude for your child when he meets some of life’s curve balls.
  • Look for teachable moments. Many kids’ learning opportunities are disguised as problems. Make the most of these opportunities so that kids can grow and learn from some of the challenges they face.
  • Make kids active participants in the family. Active participation in a family develops the self-help, problem-solving and independence skills of kids that are necessary for resilience.
  • Build kids coping skills. There are plenty of strategies you can pass on to kids to help them cope when life doesn’t go their way, including acceptance, getting away for a while, and normalisation.

Promoting resilience in kids is a not a single event, but a continuous process that requires adults to be supportive and empathetic when things don’t go their way. It also requires you as a parent to have an understanding of resilience, so you have faith in yourself, and your child’s ability to cope.

China Delegation  

Our three international travellers have arrived safely in China. I will leave Paul to tell us more about the happenings in next week's newsletter. 



Parish ACM 

On Monday evening the Parish Community held their Parish ACM. This evening celebrated all the great works that occur in the parish. 


Father Greg delivered his Parish Priest Report and presented a proposed way forward for the next three years, which was very well received by those present. 


I have attached a summary of Father Greg's thoughts which will appear in the Parish Bulletin this week. 


Volunteers' Mass & Morning Tea

As parents would be aware, Thursday 23 November, there is a Volunteers' Mass at Infant Jesus School followed by a morning tea in the hall to say ‘thank you’ to all the parents who have assisted with school activities throughout the 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.


Volunteers at Infant Jesus School have assisted in many ways during 2017, both in classes and in many other areas of the school. We recognise that the involvement of volunteers has many benefits including:

  • teachers and parents working together
  • better communication between home and school
  • greater understanding by parents of their children’s schooling
  • greater understanding of the role of teachers and the planning and organization required within a classroom                  
  • more goodwill and mutual respect between parents, teachers and staff
  • children seeing their parents and teachers sharing common beliefs, attitudes and goals.
  • more opportunity to see adults, both teachers and parents, as role models.


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 generously given by all our volunteers.  To all our parent helpers and volunteers - THANK YOU.


Attached is an invitation to everyone who has volunteered at Infant Jesus School during 2017. To assist with catering please RSVP to the school office by 17 November, 2017.


School Start Times 2018

Just to inform parents in the school community that from the start of the 2018 school year the school start times will change. 


School will commence at 8:45am with classrooms opening at 8:30am. This is to align more readily with the guidelines set by both the Education Department and Catholic Education Western Australia in relation to the school operational hours mandated. 


Morning supervision, for Year 1 to 6 students, will begin from 8.10am and children are not encouraged to arrive at school before this time. Class teachers (except Kindergarten) will have their classes open for the children from 8.30am.

Kindergarten Information Evening 2018

This will be held on Thursday 23 November 2017 in the hall commencing at 6.00pm.  This is for all parents of children attending Kindergarten in 2018. 

Infant Jesus Family 

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Dattilo family (Aaron PPW and Lucas 5B) at this very sad time as they mourn the loss of their much loved grandmother who passed away recently.  


We also pray for the La Macchia family (Anthony 5B) whose beloved grandfather passed away last Saturday.  


Please keep these families in your prayers.


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.


Prayer for the Week

God of power and mercy,
protect us from all harm.
Give us freedom of spirit
and health in mind and body
to do your work on earth.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Did You Know?

  • Did you know potato, the delicious and favourite vegetable of children, is the staple food in many countries and is the most cultivated vegetable across the globe.
  • Did you know that Australia is the only continent in the world that has no volcanoes.
  • The goosy security – geese are used as security guards in a prison in Brazil! How cool is that!
  • Did you know; Albert Einstein’s eyes are preserved in a safe in New York.

 Thought for the Week

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

― Mother Teresa 



God Bless


Frank Colangelo
Assistant Principal







This term we have spent time preparing ourselves for Year One and refining many of the skills and knowledge we have learnt throughout our year in Pre Primary.


In Religion, we focus on three units, beginning with ‘I Can Talk To God’. Through this unit we explored how we can communicate with ourselves, with others around us, and with God. Children learnt how, through prayer, they are able to communicate with God. They also recognise that they can communicate with others in a loving way.


Moving on from this unit, we will begin to explore how God loves us and ways that he has shown that he loves us. We will also look at how our memory works and the way we remember special times and events in our lives, which then ties in to the final unit ‘Waiting’. We will think about how we need to be patient and wait for things, such as special events and celebrations, like Christmas. We will have many opportunities to engage in and learn the Nativity Story and discuss the importance of Christmas.


In our integrated program this term we have centred our learning around Australia. We will explore Australian animals, Australian and Aboriginal history and dreamtime stories. Through our explorations, children will use skills learnt throughout the year as they discover, observe, discuss, describe, collaborate, experience, reflect, consolidate and gain new knowledge about this topic. The children will engage with many stories about Australia, and stories written by Australian authors.


In literacy, the children will continue to consolidate their sound and letter knowledge, and use this in their writing as they sound out words to spell them phonetically, and write high frequency words that cannot be sounded out. We will also continue to consolidate concepts of print such as capital letters, spaces between words, full stops and writing left to right across the page. This term we will encourage the children to extend their writing and write as much as is possible for them. Children will have the opportunity to engage in modelled, guided and independent writing experiences, using both creative and informational writing approaches.


This term we will also be further developing our reading skills and strategies as children show a strong interest in stories, and words they see around them. Children will use comprehension and understanding, decoding skills and letter and sound knowledge in their reading. They will be exposed to a range of books and will participate in modelled, shared and guided reading.


In Numeracy, we will spend time reflecting on and revising familiar concepts, to deepen and expand on this knowledge. We will refine counting skills, number recognition, 2D and 3D shapes, days of the week, subitising, measurement, patterning and problem solving skills. Children will also work with both addition and subtraction sums and learn new strategies, such as counting on, to help them work out the answer.


PMP is back in action this term as the weather will, hopefully, be warming up!

We will begin PMP on Tuesday and Thursday from Week Four until Week Seven. 




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. We are asking that all families to donate non-perishable goods including:


FOOD (Christmas pudding, tinned food, jelly, jam, long-life milk, tea, coffee, fruit mince pies, cereal, dried fruit, bon bons, candy canes, savoury biscuits, nuts, lollies, milo). 

HOMELESS SERVICE HAMPER (Socks, shampoo, body wash, roll-on deodorant, thermos cups, thongs, toothpaste and toothbrush) 

FAMILY HAMPER (Nappies, cleaning products, washing powder, toiletries and socks). 


*It is imperative that all goods are in date and in good condition. 
Could all donations please be sent to your child's classroom, where they will be collected by the Pastoral Care Ministry each week. 


Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. 






On Friday, as a school, we paused to commemorate those who served in the defence of our home, freedom and nation as a country. As a gesture of remembrance for all those who have fought for us, we read a short poetic narrative called 'The Ode,' followed by the playing of 'The Last Post', signifying the end of another day. Immediately after this, we stood in silence to remember those who put our lives before themselves as we honoured them and our country.


Some of us wore rosemary or poppies to honour those who had died for our country and our freedom. 

Year Three Assembly

Last week, the Year Three children provided the school with an amazing performance teaching us about the different climates around the world. It was hilarious and engaging and it was like watching a musical. Everyone enjoyed their assembly a lot because we learnt so much about climates and changes in the climate. They also gave a lovely performance of ‘Your Welcome’ from the movie ‘Moana’. It was a fabulous way to end the assembly. 




This term the Environmental Ministry has been checking up on the school worm farm. In class, we are learning about sustainability and how to prepare for future generations.


The worm farm is a sustainable way to get fertiliser for plants and vegetables. The worms are fed scraps that are left over from the canteen. The Environmental Ministry checks on the worms, feed them and then they condition their soil so they have a healthy environment to live in. 


Last Friday, the Year 6 Wellness Ministry had a fun afternoon with all of the Pre Primary students. The Pre Primary students participated in different activities like Soccer Shotout, Hula Hoop Race, Bean Bag Toss and Bean Bag Skittles. It was a warm day and the children had a blast. All the Wellness Ministry loved seeing the smiles on their faces made all of us feel helpful and it encourages us to do more to bring smiles to more children. As leaders, we aim to expect great things from ourselves and others and we want the Pre Primary children to expect great things from themselves. Hopefully we can do this again before the end of the year.



Applications are now invited from parents of Year 4 children for entry into Chisholm Catholic College.  The first round of applications close on Friday 16 March 2018 .





1.       Friday 1 December
Sun On Restaurant, Rudloc Road, Morley
Dinner from 6.30pm (after drop off children to Graduation Dinner/Dance) until 8.15pm
2.       Friday 8 December
At Our Table, Grand Promenade, Bedford
Lunch after Graduation Mass
RSVP to Connie Sciullo on 0412036072 or Ida Romeo 0409977524

Date: Friday, 24 November
Venue: Oggi Bar and Eats
300 Walcott Street, Menora
Time: 7 pm
RSVP: asap to Maria 0410 151 110



In 2018 there will be the introduction of a new NetSetGO Tier Structure. This means that Year 2 through to Year 6 will be able to participate through Infant Jesus Netball Club. Additionally, there may be a skills based activity program for Pre-Primary and Year 1, offered through IJ Netball Club – depending on numbers and parent volunteers.


The official netball season normally starts on the last week of April – this will be confirmed next year. We are also looking for coaches and managers for all year groups. Please contact Hien – 0434197895 – if you are interested or have any questions. 


MAD (Mother & Daughter) Camp 2018.    

MAD 2018 promises to be wonderful time spent with your daughters and creating special memories and bonds. The camp will be held 6-8 April 2018 at Point Walter Reserve.

Please fill in your Registration Form, pay the deposit via EFT and hand in your form to the office. The deposit needs to be paid by 9 February 2018. Any queries please contact one of us on the form.


Please be advised, that you will be required to obtain a Working With Children Check (WWC). The forms are available from your local post office (some will be made available from the school office). You will need to tick the Volunteer/Unpaid Student Box on Page 3 (Part 5) and have (Part 7) signed by the Principal. Once this is done you will need to complete the process at the Post Office.





An iPad is now available for entering the school during school hours. This replaces the sign in book. Please follow these procedures:

  • Sign in and receive a Lanyard or Exit Card
  • Enter the school
  • Sign out and return the Lanyard

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. The iPad is another important safety and security measure in monitoring all legitimate movements in the school. Only parents are permitted to  complete information regarding the movements of their child and sign accordingly on the iPad.



There is an approval procedure that must be followed if you are taking your children out of school for several days.  

  • Letter or email must be sent to the Principal and teacher advising the school of the circumstances of the absence. 
  • School then formally approves the absence with a letter sent to parents.

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.



We have recently had an outbreak of head lice at Infant Jesus School. When this occurs we usually advise parents to check their children's hair and treat immediately if head lice are present. The attached letter gives you more information to read.




When Mary was asked to be the mother of the Saviour, she was completely free to accept or reject the offer. Her response, “Let it be done to me,” was a great act of faith. Because she did not understand what was happening, she must have known that there would be difficulties ahead. She replied yes to the angel's announcement and agreed to become the mother of Jesus, and the Church has declared Mary to be the Mother of God. Because she was the first to say yes to the Messiah, the Church has declared her to be the Mother of the Church.


The feast of the Presentation of Mary dates back to the 6th century in the East and the 15th century in the West. It is based on an ancient tradition that says Mary was taken to the temple in Jerusalem when she was three years old and dedicated to God. What we celebrate on this day is the fact that God chose to dwell in Mary in a very special way. In response, Mary placed her whole self at the service of God.


Every moment since your Baptism, God invites you to be open to his grace and dedicate yourself to him, as Mary did.




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.



"Mary is the woman of faith, who lives and advances in faith, and "her exceptional pilgrimage of faith represents a constant point of reference for the Church" (John Paul II).  Mary let herself be guided by the Holy Spirit on a journey of faith towards a destiny of service and fruitfulness. Today we look to her and ask her to help us proclaim the message of salvation to all and to enable new disciples to become evangelisers in turn." (Evangelii Gaudium "The Joy of the Gospel" # 287)




To coincide with the inaugural World Day of the Poor this coming Sunday,  please see the attached announcement from Catholic Missions. The theme is Mother and Child.


Send a Christmas message to those you love and support those in need. When you choose a Global Gift this Christmas, you are bringing a moment of joy and helping create a lifetime of change for some of the world's most vulnerable people. 


This year you can help bring the gift of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love to our one human family around the world. Each Global Gift will go towards supporting our most important work; from responding to emergency situations to supporting education programs and training farmers with new sustainable livelihood techniques.  


Share a message of compassion this Christmas - simply select one of our beautiful Global Gift cards. When you send a Global Gift card to your friends or family you also share a gift with the world and help support our one human family. 


From only $10 you can change lives.


Order Global Gift cards online at: or call us on 1800024413


Community News



Local news from across our parishes, agencies, schools and organisations can be delivered weekly directly to your inbox via The eRecord. It contains the latest news, events and photos from the Archdiocese. Parishes receive a PDF copy of the e-newsletter to print off and distribute for those who don’t have or don’t use email. Subscribe to the e-newsletter by sending details -

Further info: Jamie O’Brien 08 9220 5900.



St Vincent de Paul Society is seeking people to join their volunteer team. Your efforts will help to support their good works such as the provision of bedding, clothing and food to those experiencing hardship and providing shelter for the homeless. In turn you can enjoy a range of benefits proven to be associated with volunteering such as an increase in wellbeing, happiness, health and longevity. There are a number of diverse, interesting and stimulating roles available at a range of locations on a range of different time commitments. To name a few you could try your hand at sorting material donations, providing customer service in our retail stores, assisting truck drivers to collect donations, assembling furniture and helping with store displays. To find out more or to express your interest call Sarah on 63237531 or email



Early in 2018, Mercedes College will commence interviewing Year Five students who are due to start Year Seven in 2020.  If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes and have not yet requested an information pack, please contact Mrs Julie Lamb on 9323 1340 as soon as possible. Further information about enrolments is available on our website,



We are pleased to announce a 20% Off Sale Day for all our Lowes Customers. Anyone who is not a Lowes customer can apply in store or online to receive the discount on the day.
On Thursday 16 November we will be having a 20% Off Sale Day In-store and Online for all stock.


2017 Calendar Term 4 Parents (October).pdf
NOTICE 5 - Father Son Camp.pdf
Canteen Menu Summer Term 4 2017.pdf
MAD CAMP 141117.pdf
MAD CAMP 141117.pdf
Head lice letter to parents pdf.pdf
Catholic Missions Mother and Child.pdf
Volunteers Morning Tea Celebration.pdf
Parish Priest Report - Bulletin Summary .pdf
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