Important Dates and Correspondence
Thursday 26 October
Parish Mass Years 3 and 4
Friday 27 October
Interschool Athletics Carnival
Wednesday 1 November
Whole School Mass - All Saints Day
Year 6 Dance Lessons
Thursday 2 November
All Souls Day
Monday 6 November
Family Retreat & Reconciliation Day
Tuesday 7 November
Wednesday 8 November
Year 6 Dance Lessons
Thursday 9 November
Parish Mass Years 2 and 5
Family Retreat & Reconciliation Day
Thursday 9 November
Class Assembly Year 3
Friday 10 November
Summer Lightning Carnival (Year 5's)
Wednesday 15 November
Year 6 Dance Lessons
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
During the first week of November our Catholic Christian community commemorates two important feast days namely, The Feast of All Saints, which celebrates the recognition given to ordinary people who developed their personal qualities to an exemplary degree, and The Feast of All Souls which celebrates the life of people, especially those people who have gone before us in our own family and who are now part of the Resurrection that Christ showed and promised.
The concept of “holy souls” is somewhat easier to grasp than that of “sainthood,” for we have all experienced the departure of family or friends. We pray for them after they have gone and hope that they are with God and enjoying the perfection of whom they strove to be whilst they were alive.
However, “saints” are far more difficult to comprehend as we have never had first-hand experience of a “saint” and tend to rely on the traditional names. Probably, we have never thought too much about some of the ordinary people in our lives as being saints in the making or that we are called to sainthood from the time of our Baptism.
Sometimes when we read the story about Jesus and the little children coming to him, we think what a wonderful expression of love and concern. However, after a few minutes Jesus could hand them back to their parents who were the real carers and who had the real experiences - not always positive - of trying to provide total care. The following insight into parenting has a nice balance of reality and ideal:
Parents are the ones with the responsibility to provide a “home” where children can develop and learn to discern what is helpful and what is harmful; where they can ask questions without fear of rejection; where they can discover their own identity, and develop the esteem and confidence to eventually leave home and travel on. So, in effect, children are “guests” to whom we respond and never “possessions” to use for our own ends.
Additionally, we have this wonderful role to encourage children to “sainthood” by allowing them to develop their qualities to the highest degree. As well, I suppose we are revealing ourselves to them by what we do do and say to them; I wonder what type of “holy souls” we’ll be remembered as being!
Next Wednesday, to commemorate the occasion students from Pre-Primary - Year 6 will join with the Parish to celebrate a Mass at 9.00am next Wednesday 1 November. Parents and carers are most welcome to attend. Please come along and join with the school in commemorating this great celebration.
China Sister School Partnership
Feedback from their recent training program, was that they were most impressed with their visit to Infant Jesus School, talking with the School Leadership, visiting the iLab and speaking with the students and teachers about their learning. The 23 experienced Science and IT teachers from China were very captivated with what they saw at Infant Jesus School.
Since that visit we have been approached by the Principal of one of those visiting schools to invite Infant Jesus School to become their Sister School. The Chinese school is called Sports Park Campus of Hangzhou ChangJiang Experimental Primary School. The Sports Park campus is an offshoot of the famous Hangzhou Chang Jiang Experimental School perhaps one of the most well-known quality schools in Zheijiang Province.
The Principal, Ms Gan, is very keen to develop the relationship with our school further. To this end, we have been invited to China to participate in a special Signing Ceremony and work with some of the Teachers, parents and students at this school.
Australian Curriculum states that, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia, will allow all young Australians to develop a better understanding of the countries and cultures of the Asia region. Though this study, students will develop an appreciation of the economic, political and cultural interconnections that Australia has with the region.
Specific activities that can result from an active Sister School relationship are; exchange of teachers for short term professional experience, exchange of IP and knowledge, development of a buddy system for children from both schools, opportunity for skype lessons and an opportunity for the Chinese school to offer online Chinese language and cultural sessions for the Infant Jesus children.
We believe establishing this Sister School Partnership with Sports Park Campus of Hangzhou Changjiang Experimental Primary School is a great way to motivate our students to learn more about China. It will provide opportunities for our students and staff to:
• Learn a Chinese language
• Broaden international perspectives
• Promotion of multi-cultural prosperity
• Provides opportunity for us to strengthen
cooperative exchanges related to teaching
• Given that we live in a digital world it is
important for our students to learn more
about what is happening outside Australia
• Strengthen and promote friendships
• Communicate globally
The second opportunity that has been made available is an invitation from the Hangzhou Institute of Education Sciences, the Hangzhou Education Society and the Hangzhou Education Bureau for Infant Jesus School, to present at ‘The Forum of Educational Innovation in Hangzhou 2017’. The theme of the conference and presentations will be based around the transformation of Learning and Teaching Methods. We have also been asked to conduct some workshop on inquiry based and project based learning under the watchful eye of over 200 principals and deputy principals at this forum.
We believe this will be a tremendous opportunity to share with others the ‘good news’ about our school as well as showcase some of the work we are doing here at Infant Jesus School. Ms Clare Moffat (Assistant Principal) and Miss Melissa Myles (Year 3 Teacher) will be accompanying me to China and assisting with these workshops and keynote addresses.
Father & Son Camp
Whole School Assessments
Pre-Kindy Enrolments 2018
We still have places available for Pre-Kindy 2018, if you wish your child to be enrolled please ensure you pick up an Application Form from the office and submit it as soon as possible.
Student Drop Off and Pick Up
It is very important that parents see that their children arrive at school no later than 8.20am so that they can unpack and get organised in order to start school promptly at 8.30am. Morning supervision, for Year 1 to 6 students, is from 8.00am 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 8.20am.
It is school policy that parents (carers) of Kindergarten and Pre-Primary children must wait with their children until the classroom opens. This is to ensure the safety of the children before the school day starts. Older siblings attending Infant Jesus School cannot assume the responsibilities of the parents and wait outside the Kindergarten or Pre-Primary classrooms with younger siblings.
The date for the Annual Community Meeting has been changed from the 14 November to the 28 November at 7:00pm.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the Nguyen Family at this very sad time. Tan and Teresa Nguyen are a former family here at Infant Jesus School along with their children Aimee and Anthony. Tan who is an Acolyte at Infant Jesus Church passed away suddenly after a short illness. Please hold the family in your prayers as they cope with the loss of their beloved husband and father..
A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated
Almonds are a member of the peach family
“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.”
YEAR 6 NEWS
Welcome back to school for Term 4. As you are aware, this is the final in your Year Six child’s primary school journey.
Thank you for your participation with our Learning Journeys. We enjoyed observing and listening to the confidence displayed by the children as they discussed their learning with you. The children value the time spent with parents and as educators we never underestimate the importance of children sharing their learning with their parents. The active involvement of parents is essential in the development and formation of your child’s education.
As part of our Religious Education and Health programmes, the Year Six children will be covering aspects of human sexuality and relationships during the next few weeks. Often Year Six children are aware of these topics from a variety of sources. It is important to note that education of children in human sexuality is primarily the right of parents. The school supports parents in this area and the Catholic Marriage and Fertility Services from the Archdiocese of Perth. Family Life have the privileged role of complimenting the efforts of parents and the school by providing programs for both parents and children which support the personal development and Christian values of each child.
In the English Learning Area, we will continue to consolidate the writing of different genres and to work within our individualised literacy groups to further develop our skills in reading comprehension. We will be creating historical narratives early this term and the children are looking forward to sharing them with you.
In the Mathematics Learning Area, the children will be consolidating their understanding of number and algebra, statistics and probability and measurement and geometry. Problem solving will continue to be a focus in small groups with the support of Mrs Tampalini.
In HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences), we will be focusing on Business and Economics with Sustainability and Fair Trade as our focus. The children will research this topic and create their own food to market and sell. This will be the driver of our Literacy activities.
In Music, the children shall be developing and consolidating their aural and theory skills paying close attention to the Pentatonic, Major and Minor Scales. They will be creating their own compositions and performing them for the class and completing their research and interviews of famous composers throughout the ages. They will be reviewing rehearsal processes to improve their musical performances for their Graduation and the Christmas Concert.
This term during STEAM sessions, the Year Six students will be exploring simple circuits with the help of Makey Makey Kits and LittleBits. Makey Makey Kits turn every-day objects into a keyboard for a computer as they work with conductive materials to carry electricity to create a simple circuit. Students will first use the Makey Makey kits to play the piano with a piece of fruit! Along with using the Makey Makey Kits, students will use LittleBits to go follow the engineering process from designing, building, testing and improving inventions while using simple circuits.
During Science this term, the children will be exploring Physical Science. Electrical energy can be transformed and transferred in electrical circuits and can be generated for a range of sources. We will be investigating different electrical conductors and insulators, exploring how moving air and water can turn turbines to generate energy and features of electrical devices such as switches and light globes.
The Year Six children will also participate in dance lessons, which started yesterday, to prepare them for their formal dinner dance. This dinner dance will be held on Friday 1 December.
On Friday 8 December we celebrate the children’s Graduation from primary school. This ceremony will commence at 9.00am in the School Hall and will be followed with our Thanksgiving Mass at approximately 11.00am at the Infant Jesus Church. This is a very significant time for all the Year 6 children and we are looking forward to seeing parents and many families members join us for this celebration.
CHISHOLM CATHOLIC COLLEGE ENROLMENTS IN YEAR 7 2020
The Parents of Year 4 students are invited to join their sons and daughters for a presentation about Chisholm Catholic College, which includes a screening of a 10 minute DVD about the College.
The presentation will take place at Infant Jesus School on Tuesday, 31 October at 11.00am.
The U/12 WA State Tennis Team won a bronze medal at the National Bruce Cup Championships held in Shepparton, Victoria. Layla Firns (6W) was part of that team. It is a huge effort by the team. Everyone played exceptionally well and the team exceeded all expectations. Well done Layla and all the team.
PARENT & FRIENDS NEWS
Ticket forms to this years Rock Star Disco must be received by this Friday 27 October. Please see attached form to purchase.
PRE - PRIMARY PARENTS CHRISTMAS GATHERING
Date: Friday 27 October
Venue: 663 Newcastle Street, Leederville
Please contact Belinda 0410682991 or Gabrielle 0402 140 181 for details.
YEAR 3 MUMS MOVIE NIGHT
6pm Wednesday 1 November at Greater Union Morley Galleria. All welcome. Tickets available at: http://bit.ly/2gasjuK
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.
YEAR 2 CHRISTMAS PARTY
Date: Saturday 2 December
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Empire Bar Rivervale
Cost: $25-$30 per head
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!
FATHER AND SON CAMP
Please see attached information regarding this year's Father and Son Camp.
Friday 27 October
Belinda Chami, Billie Dewitt, Rosanna Monastra
Monday 30 October
Nicole Mesiti, Tracy Caputo, Leah Wilson
Wednesday 1 November
Alison Wilathgamuwa, Justine Scriva
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.
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 - 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.
WHOLE SCHOOL MASS
On Wednesday 1 November the whole school will gather to celebrate the Feast of All Saints at the 9.00am Mass at the Infant Jesus Church. This is very significant feast in the Church year and calls us to recognise and remember all those who lived their life serving God. All parents are very welcome to join us for this special celebration.
SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION
Yesterday the children preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time attended a Retreat at Schoenstatt Shrine.
This is a recount of the day.
It was 8:30am on Wednesday the 25th of October 2017. My friends, teachers, the catechist children and I jumped on the bus and drove to the shrine where we learnt about Reconciliation as we are preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
First we had the bus trip! It was a long, long journey and took an hour. When we arrived we walked to a door and met Sister Lisette and Mr Henry. We watched a long video together. We chatted a lot and ran out of time. Then it was time for recess!
After recess we lined up at a gate and went into a small room. We were about to make a prayer rock. They were so easy to make. Then we lined up and went into a bigger room where we made a love heart person. Later on Father Greg came. He told us about the Seven Sacraments and taught us all about Reconciliation.
Soon it was lunchtime and we were allowed to have a big, fun play. Soon after we got to go to the chapel. The chapel has been around for 25 years since people built it. When we went in it was very tiny! Sister Lisette taught us how to be dragon warriors and also told us about God’s greatest treasure. We left the chapel and got to go and build the safest place for a sheep to live. When we finished we got to keep our sheep. It was time to come back to school.
I had a great time and I wish I could to back! My favourite was going into the chapel.
Sacrament of First Reconciliation 2017
We thank all the parents who came to the First Reconciliation-Parents' Information night last Monday 23 October. We have been blessed to have Fr Gregory Donovan as our main speaker this year as he presented to us the love, mercy and overflowing grace of our Holy Father through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
A gentle reminder to all the parents who missed the Parents Information night that a rerun meeting will be held this coming Saturday, 28 October at 9.30am in the parish library. Everyone is encouraged to attend, Fr Greg Burke will be the presenter. Thank you and we hope to see you there.
Important Dates to Remember:
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 School Band - Photos from Jubilee Mass
These photos are now available for viewing on the following link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/uSOlPeL5OFflf0G12
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.
FEAST DAY SAINTS SIMON AND JUDE 28 OCTOBER
How do you feel when you are chosen to do something important? Honored, surprised, nervous? Some of the apostles must have felt as you do.
After spending much time in prayer, Jesus decided to choose 12 men, 12 rather unlikely candidates, who would be his apostles and proclaim the Kingdom of God to all people. Simon the Zealot was one who was called. The Zealots were a Jewish group who believed that the promise of the Messiah meant a free and independent Jewish nation where they would never have to pay taxes to the Romans again. Some Zealots were also very concerned that the spiritual ideals of their religion be kept. But others in the group acted more like modern-day terrorists by raiding, killing, and inciting riots. Simon was known as “the zealot” to distinguish him from Simon Peter.
At the same time, Jesus called Jude Thaddeus, brother of James, most likely a fisherman by trade. Along with 10 other men, these two followed Jesus, lived with him, fled when he underwent his Passion, and rejoiced when he rose from the dead. At Pentecost they were filled with the Spirit and a burning desire to spread the Good News to all.
Jude travelled to Mesopotamia to preach, and Simon went to Egypt. Eventually they both ended up in Persia, modern-day Iran. There they worked together evangelising the people until they were both martyred. These two unlikely candidates for apostleship finally witnessed to the risen Lord with their lives.
Traditionally Saint Jude the Apostle is identified with the author of the Letter of Jude in the New Testament. He has also come to be known as the saint of hopeless cases.
(Picture St Jude Thaddeus)
POPE FRANCIS AND THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
"The salvation which God offers us is the work of his mercy. No human efforts, however good they may be, can enable us to merit so great a gift. God, by his sheer grace, draws us to himself and makes us one with him." (Evangelii Gaudium...The Joy of the Gospel... #112).
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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.
Enrol your children now in VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.
Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim in lessons run at pools and open water venues across the State. VacSwim is for all children – from beginners through to advanced survival, rescue and resuscitation.
To find out more about VacSwim and to enrol online please visit education.wa.edu.au/swimming.
St Vincent de Paul – Lockridge Conference is conducting a Car Boot Sale on 5 November 2017 on the Good Shepherd Oval at Kiara, further details are on the attached flyer.
2 x Size 6 Summer Dress
1 for $10
1 for $20
Ring Justyna on 0400656665 if interested