23 February 2017
Issue Four
Important Dates & Correspondence
Principal's Report  
Infant Jesus School
08 9276 1769
17 Smith Street
Morley 6062,,

Important Dates

Important Dates and Correspondence


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.



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                        Parish Mass 9am

23 February                   Years 2 and 5


Friday                                 Back to School Picnic

24 February                     5.30pm


Wednesday                     Ash Wednesday

1 March                             Whole School Mass


Friday                                Student Free Day

3 March                             Staff PD


Monday                             Student Free Day

6 March                              Public Holiday


Thursday                          Class Assembly Yr 2

9 March  


Saturday                            Family Mass 6.30pm

11 March                            Confirmation                



Sunday                               Confirmation

12 March                            Enrolment 9.30am

                                               and 6pm Masses



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


For opening times and online orders go to




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 2017

School Parking Diagram 


Principal's Report

Re-Imagine Learning


Dear Parents,


Last year I shared information about the exciting LEADing Lights initiative being developed by Catholic Education Western Australia. LEADing Lights is the creation of a single digital ecosystem for all CEWA schools and early years centres, as well as central and regional offices. This landmark digital transformation initiative is designed to help every student achieve their full potential, every teacher deliver inspiring learning and every school become a flourishing happy school where students love to learn. 


Every student will be equipped with the same powerful tools to push boundaries, explore, create and collaborate across distance and device. Teachers will be able to educate in more flexible and contemporary ways, while taking advantage of exciting pathways for tailored personal learning and professional development. School leaders will have the real-time information they need to accelerate continuous improvement in student and teacher performance, graduation rates, health, wellbeing and achievement – across a class, a school or the entire system.


Parents will be brought closer to their child’s school journey through real-time information on how they are tracking and how to support their learning with direct access to information, people and services.

Across our schools, offices and early years centres, LEADing Lights also connects every CEWA staff member to the tools they need to work more effectively and empowers them with real-time information that is relevant to their role, so they can make the right decisions to better serve today’s students, schools and communities.


LEADing Lights will remove many of the complexities associated with the current disconnected school communication and technology platforms and will allow for increased and improved collaboration within and beyond the classroom for all participants in the school community. It will expand the ability to collect, analyse and leverage data at a student, classroom, year group, school, geography or macro level. It will transform the in and out of classroom experience for all. 

With LEADing Lights, students are more connected to learning than ever before because their portfolio of schoolwork travels with them. If they move schools, it’s easy to pick up where they left off. And for the first time, they can track their learning to understand their progress and benchmark it against CEWA averages if they wish, putting them in charge. Artificial intelligence within the software solutions makes recommendations and predictions on student progress with incentives and awards to support their personal goals.


LEADing Lights will foster a powerful social learning community and equip students with the 21st century technologies and deep learning skills they need to reach their full potential. It connects our education community to the latest communication, collaboration and productivity tools, learning resources, management systems, analytics and personal learning and development. 


It will give students powerful tools to explore, create and collaborate across distance and device. It will give teachers contemporary intelligent tools, tailored personal learning and professional development. It will give school leaders real-time data to drive continuous improvement in every school community. It will give parents real-time data on their child’s progress and how to support their learning. It will give CEWA enhanced student and financial reporting capability. 


LEADing Lights will deliver tangible, financial benefits, with its commitment to cost neutrality and subsequent savings, while delivering improved services, flexibility, security of data and more. 




Drones At IJ's

One of the most exciting developments in photography in the last year or two is the drone – high flying cameras that enable you to capture unique viewpoints of common subjects. Last weekend we were fortunate to work with Alister and Alan Jupp (parents and grandparents of the school) to get some great aerial images of our school via Drone technology.

Our aim with this project is to showcase the fantastic facilities our students and community enjoy at Infant Jesus through these images. In time, we will develop  a 'virtual tour' of the school, which will be placed on the school website for prospective (and current) parents to view.


It was really great working with these gentlemen and the quality of their work was wonderful.



Renew yourself in CHRIST

Receive the cross

 on your forehead.

Learn to know Christ and follow him.

Receive the sign of the cross

 on your ears,

that you may hear the voice of the Lord.

Receive the sign of the cross

on your eyes

that you may see the glory of God.

Receive the sign of the cross

on your lips,

that you may respond to the Word of God.

Receive the sign of the cross

over your heart,

that Christ may dwell there by faith.

Receive the sign of the cross

on your shoulders,

that you may bear the gentle yoke of


Receive the sign of cross on your 


that Christ may be known in the work

which you do.

Receive the sign of cross on your 


that you may 

walk the way of CHRIST.




On Wednesday, 1 March, the Church Calendar will change to the season of Lent.  The first day to signify this change begins with Ash Wednesday.  


Ash Wednesday is a day of special fasting for those of us who are able to do without meat or special foods as a way of prayer and renewal in Christ.  In classes, children will be discussing how they can become better people during Lent by trying to do things well or even giving up doing things that are poor choices.  We hope that you can support your child in this decision and even join them in their quest to be people of peace, hope and love. 


As a community, we will be marking the occasion of Ash Wednesday by attending Mass which will commence at 9.00am at the Infant Jesus Church.  All parents are most welcome to attend. During this Mass, ashes will be placed on our foreheads made with the sign of the cross as a symbol of our Christianity. Ashes are referred to often as a gesture of penance and mourning. These ashes come from the palms used during last year’s Palm Sunday celebrations. 


Ash Wednesday is unique in that it is the one time when we as Christians have a visible mark of identity placed on our skin which we wear during the day. There is a similarity between Baptism and Ash Wednesday in that the ashes are placed on our foreheads in the sign of a cross during Ash Wednesday while in Baptism oil was placed on our foreheads with the sign of the cross.


Ash Wednesday is a time for us to stop and repent. The words used as the ashes are placed on the forehead “Repent and believe in the Gospel” encourage us to reflect upon our sinfulness and call for us to turn back to God during the season of Lent.


As Christians, we are challenged to take stock of our lives and to reflect. It is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for meeting Christ in the Easter celebrations. As we journey through Lent let us keep Christ at the heart of all our words and actions. Let us focus our lives more clearly on walking in the way of Christ and living the Christian life.

Up from the Waters - Reflecting Sharing and Living the Gospel

With LENT not too far away, I would like to conduct a LENTEN program titled “Up From the Waters”. This is a six-week LENTEN program reflecting, sharing and living the Gospel and is also being run in the Infant Jesus parish. The program focuses on the significance of the waters of Baptism in each one of us.


Parents are invited to register their interest in this program that will be conducted at the school each Wednesday evening at 7pm, commencing, Wednesday, 1 March. Currently we have 4 parents enrolled in the program.


These Lenten reflections will take place at the school in a very non-threatening and prayerful environment. Interested parents are asked to register for this program by filling out the attached survey link. I believe that this is a wonderful way for parents of the school to come together, giving witness and sharing their faith and preparing themselves for Easter.


Dates for this LENTEN  program are as follows:

  • Wednesday 1 March
  • Wednesday 8th March
  • Wednesday 15th March
  • Wednesday 22nd March
  • Wednesday 29th March
  • Wednesday 5th April

Please register your interest via the following link:


“When Jesus had been baptised, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” (John 3:16)

School Board News

On behalf of the School Board we would like to extend our gratitude to the 2016 P&F Executive and members for the donation of $25,000 to be utilised towards funding our new Innovation & Technologies Centre.


We appreciate all your efforts and your focus on assisting the enhancement of our children's education


Mr Ric Olivieri


Infant Jesus School Board

Kindergarten Enrolments 2018

We are currently accepting Kindergarten enrolment applications for the 2018 school year. Interviews will take place in Term 2.  If you have a child ready to start Kindergarten in 2018 and wish to enrol him/her at Infant Jesus School, please make sure you complete an application form. 


It is important to note prospective enrolments that have a brother or a sister already enrolled at Infant Jesus School  still need to complete an application form and attend an interview.



Family Picnic

We remind all families about the ‘Back To School Picnic’ tomorrow evening (Friday 24 February). This picnic will commence at 5.30pm and conclude at 8.00pm. It would be fantastic to see many families in attendance for this annual community event.

Did You Know

  • The flamingo can only eat when its head is upside down.
  • If you put a can of Diet Coke in water, it floats. Regular Coca-Cola sinks.
  • Cows have the ability to walk upstairs but not down again.
  • Did you know Perth is Australia's windiest city

Pupil Free Day

Don't forget

  • Friday 3 March is a Pupil Free Day for students
  • Monday 6 March is a Public Holiday (Labour Day)

Thought for the Week


"We need to lower the tone a bit, speak less and listen more," he said, adding that "dialogue which brings hearts closer together" is "a medicine against violence".


Pope Francis



May the week ahead be filled with many blessings



Paul Hille





This term, in Religion, the children will focus on the Sacrament of Baptism.  They will learn about how God has granted them the gift of uniqueness and they will then explore how different occupations can embrace people’s special gifts and talents.  Through this discovery they will learn how God can call each of us to a vocation.


Later in the term the children will focus on Lent as we approach Easter. Through these studies they will follow Jesus’ story and example of how to make good choices in their daily lives and become responsible loving citizens. During this Lenten time, we will also focus on Christian service and how we, as a community, can support others in our world.


In Mathematics, the focus is on the number system as the children explore place value of large numbers into the millions. The children will be exploring a variety of number activities that involve reading, writing, ordering and computing with these numbers. We will continue the emphasis on the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as the children become competent to work with these operations on a daily basis. In particular, this term, the children will be learning how to compute with double digit multiplication. They will also be comparing, ordering and representing a variety of fractions and decimals. Our measurement learning focus this term is centred around perimeter, area, length, volume, capacity and mass.


During our English dedicated time, the children will read for pleasure and for information. They will focus on reading with improved fluency and expression to enhance and contribute to a deeper understanding of what they read. They will be exposed to a variety of text types in particular narrative and persuasive texts.  The students will use their skills to construct strong arguments and creative narratives.


Our Spelling program will consist of a word study program which includes studying the sounds of a language and knowing how the sounds are pronounced (orally) and represented (written).


According to research Spelling is best learnt when it is used in context so that it has meaning and purpose. The key principles are:

- Effective spellers use a number of different strategies interactively in order to spell correctly.

 - Independence and self-evaluation are essential for spelling development.

 - Learning to spell is part of the developmental process of learning to write.

 - Errors can be viewed as developmental signposts of children’s awareness of the spelling system.

- Spelling should be taught in context with meaning to the child and purpose as to why it needs to be learnt. 


This year we will be integrating Humanities and Social Sciences, History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship as the children build their knowledge of the world.


This term in Science, Mr Capolingua will be focusing on Biological Sciences. The children will be immersed in the adaptations that plants and animals make to survive in their environments. They will learn how to record their observations and ask questions that promote critical and analytical thinking. 


This year we are extremely lucky to have Miss Phoebe as our Innovations and Technologies teacher.  She will be working alongside the classroom teachers and all children in Year 5 to work collaboratively in the Innovation Centre which is soon to be named.  The children will be creating, exploring, designing, innovating and building using the STEAM principles and the Technologies Curriculum.


This term, the children have unpacked the school’s iPad expectations and understand the role of ICT in our classroom. They are aware of their responsibility to uphold these expectations. Please note that all iPads must come to school fully charged, as we are unable to put them on charge during the school day.


In Health, Mrs Jenkins will lead the children to focus on developing their own interpersonal skills and emotional wellbeing. The children will learn strategies to help them manage their emotions and understand the concept of self-esteem and in particular positive helpful thinking as opposed to negative thinking. 


Mrs Fiona Cole is our Italian teacher this year. Mrs Cole engages the children in speaking and understanding the Italian language. She has introduced the children to stories and greetings and is currently providing the children with opportunities to practise conversation.

Library News

Scholastic Book Club is the easiest, most reliable way to get your child excited about reading! There is a Book Club for every grade, from preschool through to junior high. Each Club is exclusively school-based, and is run by volunteers. In each issue in the Scholastic Book Club student catologue, your child will find a terrific selection of new and noteworthy fiction, classics, award-winning titles, perennial favourites, reference and sports books and more. Book Club offers a convenient way to purchase the best books at huge discounts.


We are looking for volunteers to start Book Club at our school.  If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer please complete link.

Thank you for your support. 

Jenny Houwen
Library Officer


Swimming Lessons

This year Swimming lessons will be increased to two days for children in Year 4-6. They will be held this week and next week. They will again be held at Bayswater Waves where the children will be supported by a qualified instructor to develop their strokes and confidence in the pool. 

The dates and times for each year level are as follows:

Year 4
- *Thursday 23 February (11am – 1:30pm)
- Friday 24 February  (12:00pm – 2:30pm)
Year 5
- Monday 27 February (12:00pm – 2:30pm)
- Tuesday 28 February (12:00pm – 2:30pm)    
Year 6
- Wednesday 1 March (12:00pm – 2:30pm)
- *Thursday 2 March (11am – 1:30pm)

*Please note that lessons on Thursdays are slightly earlier.

The children will leave by bus at 11:30am and return to school at 2:45pm (10:30am and return at 1:45pm on Thursdays). Below are a few reminders for parents and children.

•    The swimming session commences at 12:00pm and will conclude at 2:30pm. On Thursdays, the lesson will start at 11:00am and conclude at 1:30pm.

•    The children will be transported to and from the pool by bus and will be accompanied by myself and their classroom teachers

•   The children will be in groups according to their swimming ability and will have a qualified swimming instructor taking them for the session where they will focus on skill development.

•    The children are encouraged to have a larger meal at recess and take a snack to the pool to be eaten in the break between swimming.

•    The children will need to bring to school in a separate bag their towel, thongs, drink bottle, light snack and may also choose to wear goggles and a swimming cap.  Bathers may be worn to school beneath their school uniform but must not be able to be seen. If their bathers are longer than their uniform, then they may get changed before we go.

•    Children can come dressed in their sports uniform for the day of their swimming sessions. The children will NOT be getting changed out of their bathers when back at school. If they are attending on a Thursday, then the children can get changed if they need. As the children will be arriving back to school close to 3:00pm they can go home in their bathers. Children must change out of their thongs before leaving the classroom.

If your child has not returned the form indicating their swimming level, then please do so as soon as possible so they can be put into swimming groups.

P & F News

The traditional IJ Family Picnic will be held this Friday the 24th 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! Not all vans will have eftpos facilities so please bring cash with you. 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 hope to see you all there.


A very big thank you to all the parents who nominated themselves for Class Parent Representative.  We are excited to have such a motivated and energetic group of parents committed to this vital role.  Your 2017 Parent Representatives are :


Justina Dimasi


Sagay Hessing (KW)

Olivia Ikosipentarhos (KB)


Belinda Zirino (W)

Gabriella Erceg (B)


Nicole Mammone (W)

Kristie Di Nella (B)


Nicole Mesiti (W)

Maree Previti (B)


Justine Radicic (W)

Sherrie Giglia (B)


Simone McGuire / Natasha D'Souza (W)

Joanna Brisbane / Simone Sieczka (B)


Lisa McCarthy (W)

Maria Bellesini /Rochelle Contrusceri (B)


Ida Romeo (W)

Connie Scuillo / Liselle Morgan (B)



Thank you to the parents who have volunteered on the fundraising committee, we love your energy and ideas!


The committee met last week to discuss the year ahead and the goals we wish to achieve. We decided to set a fundraising goal of $10,000 for this year, which will be donated to the school for the new Innovations Lab.  The P&F are thrilled to support the school board and staff in their vision for this new lab and we're excited at the opportunities it will create for our children.  


The parent community has been asking for a quiz night and we've heard you!  The P&F quiz night will be held on Friday the 15th September so please put the date in your calendars.  We will advise on further details in the near future.


We are looking forward to the year ahead and achieving our goal with support of the entire parent body.  We can expect great things when we work together!


MAD CAMP is 3 Months away, our next committee meeting will be held Wednesday 1 March, 7pm at Fast Eddies Morley. All welcome. 


Parent Volunteers

We are very fortunate that we have many parents who willingly give of their time to assist us in various ways throughout the school.


This year we have implemented some procedures of all who are working, in any capacity, at the school.

Each volunteer needs to sign in at the office and collect a badge


At the conclusion of the session please sign out at the office and return the badge.

These procedures will ensure the safety of all.


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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse:
 A Letter from Dr Tim McDonald - CEWA Executive Director


Attached is a Letter from the Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


Project Compassion


The theme for Project Compassion 2017 is “Love your neighbour”.


This year, Project Compassion demonstrates how love for our neighbours can transform lives. For more than 50 years, Caritas Australia has been privileged to work together with our neighbours – our most vulnerable sisters and brothers in First Australian communities and in many other countries. Working with our partner agencies in those communities, we have developed the strength to combat poverty, promote justice and uphold the dignity of every person.


Throughout Project Compassion 2017, inspiring stories from the Philippines, Timor-Leste, Australia, Vietnam and Fiji will be shared, highlighting the importance of working hand in hand with communities around the world.


Project Compassion During Lent

Did you know that you can download a Lent Calendar for your iPhone or Android? You can also view it on the Caritas Australia website!


Use the calendar to deepen your spirituality this Lent and learn about Caritas Australia's work in six countries across the globe. Explore Project Compassion, meet inspiring people and reflect on the Lenten period through daily readings, prayers and social justice actions.

View or download at 

The Chair of St Peter the Apostle  


When the Pope cautions world leaders, pleads for peace, or condemns social injustice, people listen and respond. What makes the world listen to this man? The answer lies in Scripture and in Tradition. Peter is named first among the apostles of Jesus; he was often their spokesman and leader; he was the first to preach after Pentecost; and he was the leader in defending Christ and his message. Peter was at the Transfiguration and in the garden. 


He proclaimed to Jesus, “You are the Christ,” and Christ singled him out:

“So I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18–19)


Jesus prayed for Peter that he might strengthen his brothers. (Luke 22:32) And Jesus gave Peter a threefold commission to “feed my sheep.” (John 21:15–17)

From the beginning, the specialness, or primacy, of Peter has been recognized. On the feast of the Chair of Peter, we celebrate our unity as a Church. We celebrate the love, presence, and protection of Christ for us, the Church. The title Chair of Peter refers to the chair from which a bishop presided, a symbol of his authority. When the title refers to Saint Peter, it recalls the supreme teaching power of Peter and his successors. It is from the chair, from the pastoral power given him, that the pope shepherds Christ’s flock.


Family Mass

A focus for 2017 for Infant Jesus School is to strengthen the links between the Parish and the School. As a school community we have been invited to organise and lead parts of the Mass at Infant Jesus Church at 6.30pm on Saturday 11 March. This is also one of the Enrolment Masses in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 


The School Choir will be leading the singing for this celebration. If you, and your family, would like to help in any way please contact Ms Clare Moffat or Mr Frank Colangelo


We are looking forward to seeing many families at this special occasion.

Parish News

The Carmelite Community of Infant Jesus is delighted to announce that their Superior Father Greg Homeming OCD has been appointed Bishop of Lismore in New South Wales by Pope Francis. Father Greg will be consecrated in the Lismore Cathedral this week on 22 February. Infant Jesus School contributed to the funds collected by the Parish for a gift which was presented to Fr Greg  to mark this significant occasion.  Please pray with us and the Parish for Father Greg as he enters this important position in our Church. 




All families who wish to enrol their child for the Sacrament of Confirmation at Infant Jesus Church this year are required to attend ONE of the following enrolment Masses:

·      Saturday 11 March at 6.30pm OR

·      Sunday 12 March  at 9.30am  OR  

·      Sunday 12 March  at 6.00pm.


 Please remember to register your child's name and your contact details at the church foyer before or after the Mass. 


Infant Jesus Parish 24:7 Morley Youth Group
All youth in Years 6-12 are invited
Join us this Friday night, 6-8pm in the Parish Hall!
For more info call Roger 0434 988 711 or Elizabeth 0410 554 393


Attached is the latest copy of the e-Record.



We are currently looking for both players and a COACH for Year 3.  Please contact Chantelle Delpero if you are interested in joining the Netball Club. We currently have 4 team members and do not want them to miss out on playing this season.  Training day TBA.
We currently have 2 full teams.  Training will be held on Tuesdays.
Year 5 also has a couple of spots left, we would love to hear from you.  Training will be held on Thursdays. Important Date for Year 5 Teams, Round Robin grading will be held in the morning of Saturday 1st April 2017 at Noranda Netball Association.   All players must be present.  Please put this date in your diary.



Catholic Missions

Easter is a wonderful time to get together with our family and friends and reflect on why we celebrate this very special occasion–it is a reminder to give thanks that, by God’s grace and through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been given the gift of salvation.


This Easter, you are invited to share the message of faith, hope and love by giving a truly meaningful gift to your loved ones–a gift that allows you to also reach out and support communities in need around the world.


In over 160 countries, Catholic Mission supports the work of dedicated missionaries who spread the Gospel and help children and communities in need, as well as the vital training of seminarians and other young church leaders. You, too, can support this work by purchasing a Life-Giving Gift today!


Relationships Australia

Please see the attached Parenting Courses that are available during March.


Canteen News


Friday 24 February

Rosa Ridolfo, Emma Yates, Simone McGuire

Monday 27 February

Wanita Gentile, Louise Staltari, Olivia Ikos

Wednesday 1 March

Cheryl Barras, Marisol Rapy, Pramila Crasta


Please Note: Next Wednesday is ASH WEDNESDAY. Vegetarian Pasta, Arancini and Fish Burgers will be sold in lieu of meat products. Every Friday during Lent no meat products will be available. This is in keeping with our Catholic Lenten Practice of Fasting.


The Infant Jesus Soccer Club is holding its pre-season information day on Sunday 26 February 2017 from 10:00am to midday at our home ground at Emberson Reserve, on the corner of Emberson Road and Paine Road, Morley. Please come to the clubhouse on the eastern side of the park.
This is an opportunity for anyone interested in joining the club this season to get information about the club and how to register, try on a uniform to get your sizes, and the kids can keep busy with a game of soccer and an icecream.
The Infant Jesus Soccer Club plays in the Football West miniroos league, commencing in April. Registrations must be made through Fees for this season are $160.00 for one child and $150.00 for any other child within the same family.
Any enquiries can be made by email to


Our Lady's Assumption School

Calling past students, families and staff of Our Lady’s Assumption School in Dianella. This year, Our Lady’s Assumption School in Dianella is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
To commemorate this milestone, the school invites past students, families and staff to join in the celebrations with the OLA community.  To find out how you can be involved, head to the dedicated Facebook page at: Facebook/OLA50th or email   

2017 Calendar Terms 1-4.pdf
2017 Calendar Terms 1-4.pdf
Drop Off Diagram.pdf
eRecord Online.pdf
Royal Commission letter to Catholic communities.pdf
Relationships Australia.pdf