ANNUAL COMMUNITY MEETING
There was man, a parent, who was walking past a construction area. There were several workers engaged in various activities, and the man asked three of them the same question,
“What are you doing?”
The first worker replied flippantly, I’m hauling bricks from one place to another trying not to think about it!”
The second said, “I’m earning a living the best way I can.”
And the third answered, “I’m building a great school – a place that will make tomorrow better!”
As a primary school principal, I can really empathise with the last worker’s appraisal, because I realise only too well that here, in this school, we are not just moving children around from one grade to another, we are building for their future and building for our future, as well. Here, we are aiming at nurturing the people who will make tomorrow better, and I am extremely proud to be part of that.
As a school, and in particular, a Catholic primary school, we have been given, as parents and educators, one of the greatest honours and responsibilities that are bestowed on an individual. We have been entrusted with the privilege to help nurture, educate and form the lives of young people in a way that is in accordance with Gospel Values. If we were to really look seriously at this task, it may be considered far too overwhelming to even contemplate.
I am not sure of the origins of the following extract entitled “The Challenge of a Dream”, nonetheless, I feel it reflects what we should be striving to achieve as a school community, particularly as we look to the future and the commencement of the new year.
“Dreams come and go in our lives. Far more die than come to reality. What is it, in us, that allows us to let go of our visions, that could create new and wonderful worlds. Why do we easily give into barriers? Why do we let ourselves conform and be satisfied with what is?
Reaching out to dream is risky. It can involve hardship that our imaginations never knew. Our comfortableness can so easily be disturbed. But, what beauty, as we accept the challenge of a dream! What a precious feeling to be supported, to have others say you can do it, we can do it together. Nothing is beyond our reach, if we reach out together, if we reach out with all the confidence we have, if we are willing to persevere even in difficult times and if we rejoice with every small step forward, if we dream beautiful dreams that will transform our lives, our world.
Nothing is impossible if we put aside our careful ways, if we build our dreams with faith – faith in ourselves, faith in our students, faith in our staff members, faith in our school families, faith in our parishioners and community members and above all, faith in the Lord God in whom all things are possible.”
I wonder if we gave ourselves a moment to step back and reflect – how would the year 2017 meet up to our expectations?
On Tuesday night parents who attended the Annual Community Meeting heard about how the school had performed over the course of the year. I am pleased to say that much of what we set out to achieve at the commencement of this year has come to reality and we can be all be extremely grateful. It has been an exceptionally busy, productive and rewarding year, with numerous developments taking place within the grounds of this school. There have been many successes over the year, as well as growth in the community. It has been tremendous to watch the growth in the children and see the support of parents through their involvement in their child’s education.
Many thanks to the parents and all the staff who attended the ACM on Tuesday evening. I believe the reports given and the information presented was most informative and gave some insight to what has taken place at our school over the year as well as future directions. Thank you to the members of the School Board and P&F who presented the various reports on the night. The full ACM report will be uploaded onto the school website in the coming week.
Board Members for 2018:
Fr Greg Parish Priest
Mr Ric Olivieri Board Chair
M Sam Modica Treasurer
Mrs Jessica Musca Secretary
Mrs Nevellene Linquist Parish Representative
Mrs Nicola Cecchele Board Member
Mrs Hien Trang Board Member
Mr Paul Hille School Principal
Ms Clare Moffat (Observer)
Mr Frank Colangelo (Observer)
Last Sunday, the Church celebrated the final feast in this liturgical year The Feast of Christ the King. Over the past 365 days we have lived the entire liturgical year and celebrated Jesus Christ's life, death, resurrection, and ascension into glory. This Sunday, we are preparing to begin anew with the First Sunday of Advent.
The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in his First Advent and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Our prayers at this time remind us that Advent is a season of waiting. Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation and of longing.
One of the best known of all Advent symbols is the Advent wreath. It consists four candles (three purple and one pink) in a circle with one (white) candle in the centre. The candles in the circle represent the four weeks of Advent.
During Advent, one candle is lit every week.
• The purple candles are for the sorrow we feel for not loving Jesus enough.
• The rose candle is for the joy surrounding the impending birth of Jesus.
• The evergreen symbolizes God is with us always and will never change.
• The circle symbolizes that God is eternal, with no beginning and no end.
We can make our classrooms and our homes look and feel like Advent. Even though our shopping malls are decorated for Christmas, and Christmas carols are being played and sung, we can try to make Advent a time of simple living, remembering the first coming of Jesus, and reflecting on how Jesus continues to come to us in our everyday lives.
YEAR SIX GRADUATION
Tomorrow evening our Year 6 students will celebrate their completion of primary school with a very special Dinner Dance to be hosted at the school by the staff and parents. Parents are invited to join the children at 8.30pm and share with their child the traditional parent/child dance. Please keep in mind the children want this special time from 6.30pm-8.30pm together, to enjoy each others company for one of the last times at Infant Jesus School.
On Friday, 9 December the Year 6 students will celebrate the end of their primary school education with a Graduation Mass and an Assembly. The Assembly will commence at 9.00am and all students from Year 1 to Year 6 will be attending. The Graduation & Thanksgiving Mass will commence at 11.00am in the Infant Jesus Parish Church. This is a very significant occasion for the Year 6 students and we invite everyone in the school community to keep our Year 6 students in their prayers.
Semester Two student reports will be distributed to all students on Wednesday 6 December. Parents are reminded that this report is a summary of what has been achieved throughout the second semester of 2017.
Students can be commended on their efforts throughout the semester and we thank the parents who have supported us by ensuring that students are continuing in their learning and development as a whole person.
I encourage parents to take the time to discuss the Semester Two Report with their child/children and, if there are areas of concern, to make an appointment to see the class teacher.
SCHOOL TIMES AND BEFORE SCHOOL CARE AT INFANT JESUS SCHOOL
As parent have been notified our school times have been modified slightly in 2018.
8.30am Classes Open (children need to be at school)
8.45am School Day Begins
10.30am – 10.50am Recess
12.30pm – 1.10pm Lunch
3.00pm End of School Day
We have quite a few students who arrive at school extremely early each day, some as early as 7.30am. There is limited supervision of children at this time as staff are only arriving.
Parents who need to drop their children off at school early (e.g. before 8.10am) should consider using the Before School Care facility we will be running through OSH Club in 2018. Details and an outline of cost for this facility are included below. (See the attached flyer)
OSH Club and the School are pleased to advise that Before School Care will be added to the current After School Care program for the beginning of next year!
This additional service will be open from 7:00am and includes breakfast plus a range of structured and unstructured fun activities for the children. Child Care rebates are applicable
Program details Session
Before Care $7.15 to $10.45 * (full fee $20.90) 7:00am – 8:40am
After Care $8.23 to $14.93 * (full fee $29.85) 2:30pm – 6:00pm
*pending rebates applicable.
Yesterday we were treated to a special performance by our Kindergarten students. They performed four amazing Christmas songs, complete with actions, much to the joy of all who attended this special assembly. Each Kindergarten child received their ‘graduation certificate’. Well done to all involved.
PRE-PRIMARY - YEAR SIX ORIENTATION 2018
Next Wednesday, 6 December at 11am, our children will participate in a special orientation session in their new classrooms. This is a time to discuss and find out about the many learning opportunities that they will be participating in during 2018. They will participate in a a conversation to understand more fully the expectations and focus for the year that they are entering.
They will also be introduced to their classroom teacher for 2018 and become aware of the students who are in the class with them.
This special time allows children to come together to begin the journey for the year ahead.
KINDY 2018 ORIENTATION
A reminder to parents a special famililarisation orientation will be held tomorrow Friday 1 December from 9.30am-10.30am. The orientation only applies to children not enrolled in the 3 Year Old Kindy Program this year at Infant Jesus School.
The end of a school year also is a time where we have to say a few goodbyes to members of the community. Next year two of our staff have accepted positions in other schools.
Michael Sheridan has been at Infant Jesus School for eight years. In this time, he has been a class teacher as well as the Physical Education teacher. Michael has accepted a teaching position in Karratha, WA teaching Year 3. Michael and his young family will be moving to Karratha early in the new year. This is a very exciting, as well as challenging role for Michael and we wish him all the best for his future.
Stephanie Duffy has been at Infant Jesus School for four years. In this time she has been the class teacher, in Year 3 and Year 4 year levels. Stephanie is moving to Whitfords Catholic Primary School, teaching Year 6. This too is going to be an exciting move for Stephanie, commencing in a new school and new community. Added to this, Stephanie gets married in April next year, so her year is going to really busy. We wish Steph all the best for this move.
There are also a number of staff who come to the end of their contracts in December this year. We say a very big thank you to the following staff:
• Mrs Jessica Lucas
• Mrs Maria Tassone
• Mrs Claire Dada
• Mrs Tania D’Angelo
• Miss Leesa Hermans
• Mrs Christine Andrews (Admin)
On behalf of the community, I sincerely thank each of these staff members, for their commitment and service over the years. Each of you have left a lasting impression on the school and the students, and we trust that this community has enriched your lives equally.
We hope that you carry with you always, fond memories of your time at Infant Jesus School and wish you all the best for your futures.
NEW STAFF COMMENCING IN 2018
We welcome the following staff to Infant Jesus in 2018. Kaela Neretlis, Jasmine Ziino, Deanna Foti (Classroom Teachers) & Kate Witkowski (Physical Education Specialist). These teachers come to our school with great recommendations and are excited to commence next year.
We also welcome Kerry King back after her extended leave.
INFANT JESUS FAMILY
Our prayers are with the Rico Family (Jillrey 3W) whose much loved Aunty passed away recently. May she rest in peace in heaven with all the Saints.
SACRAMENTAL DATES FOR 2018
The following proposed Sacramental dates have been planned and booked for 2108. All sacraments will be held at Infant Jesus Parish Church. In 2018, Infant Jesus School will continue the ‘Parish Based, School Supported Program’ which is designed to support families with the faith formation and sacramental preparation of their child.
TERM DATES FOR 2018
Term 1 Wednesday 31 January - Friday 13 April
Term 2 Monday 30 April - Friday 29 June
Term 3 Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September
Term 4 Monday 8 October - Thursday 13 December
SAVE THE DATE!!!!
P&F Back to School Picnic – 9 February 2018