VERITAS 

30 November 2017
Issue Thirty-eight
Important Dates & Correspondence
Principal's Report
SCHOOL NEWS
COMMUNITY NEWS
Infant Jesus School
08 9276 1769
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Morley 6062, info@infantjesus.wa.edu.au, accounts@infantjesus.wa.edu.au
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Important Dates
&
Correspondence

Important Dates and Correspondence

Term 4 2017

 

Friday 1 December

Year 6 Dinner Dance

 

Tuesday 5 December

Christmas Concert

 

Wednesday 6 December

Reports & Portfolios sent home

 

Friday 8 December

Year 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

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

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






Principal's Report

Principal's Report

Dear Parents

 

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)

 

ADVENT

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. 

 

STUDENT REPORTS

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.
 

KINDY CONCERT
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.

 

STAFF FAREWELLS
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 

Christmas Concert

The 2017 Christmas Concert

is on

TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER  

 

This is a whole school event and all students from Pre-Primary to Year Six are expected to attend. We certainly encourage and welcome all family members - grandparents, aunts, uncles etc. to join us for this special occasion.
 

This year the format will be different to previous years. Instead of the ‘Christmas Story’ being re-enacted by the Year 5 Classes, (with the remainder of the school standing on the grass area singing the various songs for the play) this year all year levels will perform two items. Classes will be performing on the stage, where hopefully parents will get a better view and see their child. 

 

The theme for this year’s Christmas Concert is “Australian Christmas”

 

Please read the information below as it outlines to parents what is required for the evening.

 
Other Information:

•    All children will need to be at school and in their classrooms by 6.00pm. The children will be seated as a year level during the concert.

•    All children in Years 1 – 6 need to wear jeans and a red, white or green shirt. The white shirt can be the Infant Jesus School sports shirt
•    Hair spray cannot be used for this special occasion
•    The School Band will begin playing from 6pm.
•    Parents will need to bring their own rug or chairs. 
•    Please note that we will have a lawn area for rugs. All chairs will need to be behind this area.
•    Playground equipment on the oval will be out of bounds
•   We remind you that all young children need to be seated with parents during the concert.


Parking for the Christmas Concert
A reminder that parking is available in the designated areas around the school as well as in the Church car park. Please respect the property of our school neighbours and do not park on resident's front lawns or block driveways. This is most important! We need to respect and look after our neighbours!
 
At the conclusion of the gathering, the children will go back to their classrooms. 
Parents will need to collect the children from each room.
  
We look forward to the Christmas Concert and sharing the end of year celebration together.


 

Prayer for the Week

This Advent we once again prepare for Christmas. While we look forward to remembering and celebrating the birth of Jesus, we also take this time to prepare our hearts and minds as we wait for the coming of the Christ Child. Just as we all look forward to the end of the school year; we also look towards Christ’s coming with excitement and with joy.  

               

Heavenly Father,

We remember Joseph and Mary as they awaited the birth of their child and prepared for the journey to Bethlehem. May we learn to trust in God like Mary and Joseph.

 

We recognise that people of different nations, cultures and religious traditions will come together to search out  new ways of living in peace built on justice.

 

We ask for your guidance as we learn to wait and   listen for the good news of the birth of our Saviour this Advent.

 

We offer this prayer through Jesus Christ your Son and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

Did You Know?

  • Switzerland eats the most chocolate equating to 10 kilos per person per year
  • cats spend 66% of their life asleep
  • the smallest bones in the human body are found in your ear

 Thought for the Week

“Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons. Love yourself, trust your choices, and everything is possible.” – Cherie-Carter Scotts

 

#ExpectGreatThings

 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

Learning

YEAR ONE NEWS

We hope you enjoyed the assembly showcasing the student’s work. The children worked hard to prepare for the assembly.

 

During the assembly, the children reflected on how they use their bodies to show God’s love to others and, through meaningful prayer, thanked God for their ability to use their senses. The students must be commended on their performance modelling the appropriate clothing to be worn in Australian landscapes and for confidently reading and roleplaying their written procedures which highlighted the features of procedural texts.

 

In Religion, the children have learnt about using their imagination to visualise stories from Jesus’ life and to show love for others in ways Jesus taught. They have also discovered how people have special gifts to help them learn and how Jesus wants his followers to use what they have learned to help others.  The children are now focusing on the preparation of Jesus’ birthday during Advent and remembering and celebrating the story of Jesus’ birthday at Christmas.

 

During our Literacy Dedicated Time, the have developed the children's Reading, Writing and Word Study skills. The text types we have closely looked at this term are Narratives, and Informative texts. During writing, the children have used their knowledge of life in the pioneer days to create a Historical Narrative. We have continued our explicit phonics instruction this term. We are becoming very strong readers and are able to decode words containing tricky letter combinations such as ‘ar’, ‘ea’, ‘ir’ and more! We will read and study Aboriginal Dream-Time stories, Narratives and Informational Texts.

 

In Mathematics, we looked at Australian coins and have learned to recognise, describe and order coins according to their value. Through hands-on experiences we have measured and compared pairs of objects according to their capacity or the amount each can hold. We will continue investigating numbers to one hundred and beyond by skip counting by twos, fives and tens starting from zero and we will explore numbers that are greater than and less than a given number.  

 

Our Humanities and Social Sciences program has focused on family life from the past and present. The children have explored how family life has changed or remained the same over time. Through an inquiry based unit ‘Blast from the Past’, the have investigated the differences and similarities between the students’ daily lives and life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods including family traditions, leisure time, communication and transportation. To deepen student’s understanding of life in the past we visited Kalamunda Historical Village where the children explored artefacts depicting historical life in the Kalamunda area.

 

Technologies have been integrated into our learning as we explored toys from the past. The students have designed and create a Softie Toy using felt, needles and thread. Using digital technology, the students will evaluate their creations before donating their Softie Toys to a child in need.

 

In Health this term, we explored how eating healthy foods can influence our health and wellbeing, as suggested by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. We researched the benefits of regular physical activity and identifying opportunities when they can be active at school, at home and in the community. Students analyse a variety of advertisements and popular health slogans to determine what the underlying health messages are and then create their own positive health message.

 

This term in Science we focused on Physical Science, where we developed an understanding that our senses are used to learn about the world around us: our eyes to detect light, our ears to detect sound, and touch to feel vibrations. We used our science inquiry skills to plan and conduct a vibration investigation, then processing and analysing this data in order to compare our observation with our predictions. Finally, we communicated and presented our findings to the class in a variety of ways.

 

During Physical Education this term, we focused on following simple rules and fair play in partner and group activities. The students discovered the importance of working cooperatively and showing encouragement towards others. The students have used fundamental movement skills such as; kicking, bouncing and catching to control objects in simple games. They used their body management skills to perform different types of rolls and balancing positions. The students have also learnt about the physical changes to the body when exercising, such as an increased heart and breathing rate.

 

iHOUR

Last Friday 24 November, iHour presentations were held for Year Four - Six students who participated in the program. iHour is based around one driving question - How can we make our world a better place? Students work together in groups to think of a problem and an innovative solution in five weeks. iHour culminates with a presentation session for students to share their ideas to peers, parents and teachers. Congratulations to the students for their fantastic efforts in iHour last term!  

 

YEAR FOUR

Hover Control - An improvement on a hover board - Hover Shoes! created and presented by 

Kristy, Lia , Jack , Madison M and Emma.

Robo Rubbish - A clever solution to clean up our streets created and presented by Marie, 

Justin, Noah,  Ashlen,  Mack and Neha. 

 iLitter iClean - A robo shark that will collect litter in our oceans created and presented by 

Veronica, Chloe, Andre, Jacob and Jenna.

The Food Saver - A new invention to reduce food wastage created and presented by Rosaria, Matilda, Maya, Olivia and Anton.

YEAR FIVE

VR Glasses - A Virtual Memory Album to take you back to your special moments created and supported by Joseph, Sofia, Amelia, Anthony and Natalia.

Tempera-  Thermal Clothing that is adjustable

created and presented by Mikayla, Tina, 

Carmen, Maria, Tenielle and Angel.

SFD - A Swimming Flotation Device for young people created and presented by Jules, Catie, 

Bianca, Calum,  Natalie and Hannah.

Brain Cane - An improved walking stick to assist blind people created and presented by 

Xanthia, Shanice, Daniella, Isabella and 

Cooper.

YEAR SIX

DA Radar -An App to bring awareness to, and give Natural Disaster Assistance created and presented by Matthew, Jairda, Nyobi, Julian

and Jonas

No Worries - a Mindfulness App to help combat stress and anxiety created and presented by Emily, Sasha, Tin, Anthony

and Brian.

Power Off - An Energy Saving App and motion sensor to help save on your electricity bills created and presented by Mitchell, Alessio, 

Jonathon, Cristobel, Alfred, Isla and Xavier.

 

The ideas created during ihour this year have been very inspiring and we might see many of these in the future. Congratulations to the 2017 inventors.

 

MINISTRY NEWS

PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY

‘I woke on Christmas morning knowing I made a difference to someone’s life.’

 

A man looked around him in a city street and saw a little girl poorly dressed, shivering and nearly starving. The man was angry with God and demanded: “Why don’t you do something about this?” But God did not answer. The man went on, and saw a homeless man in the gutter. Again he cried out: “Why don’t you do something?” But God was silent. In the middle of the night, God spoke to the man. He said gently: “I have already done something about these things. I made YOU, with eyes to see, ears to hear, and strong hands to help”.

 

Many individuals and families in our community struggle with poverty on a daily basis. For such people, Christmas is a tough time – while others celebrate the season with much cheer and overindulgence, some families are faced with the impossible task of finding enough money to buy a meal or even one gift for their children. The St Vincent de Paul Society aims to provide food hampers and Christmas presents to people in need in our community.

 

At Infant Jesus we have so generously given to others in need. On Wednesday St Vincent de Paul collected all the items, and were extremely thankful for the huge amount donated. 

 

This photo, taken on last week afternoon, does not do justice to the amount of food donated. On Wednesday Morning, a massive amount was brought into school - with even more slowly trickling over the past few days. 

 

The Pastoral Care Ministry truly thanks everone for the support our school community shows towards this worthy cause.

 

SEESAW ROLLOVER

Next year we will continue to use Seesaw to allow the children to share their learning with home. The children’s journals from this year will be rolled over and their 2017 class work will be still accessible. However, if you would like to save your child's journal from this year please read the instructions at the following link. 

 

https://help.seesaw.me/hc/en-us/articles/208754866-How-do-families-download-an-archive-of-their-child-s-work-

 

If you require any assistance please speak to Melissa Myles or Mitzi Phoebe prior to the end of the school year. 

 

TEACHER ASSISTANT CONFERENCE

Our Teacher Assistants recently attended the 25th Anniversary Teacher Assistants Conference which was held over a weekend.

 

Engagement

PARENT & FRIENDS NEWS

2017 P&F Donation

Congratulations and well done to our fundraising committee who did an incredible job this year and managed to raise $17,000 through all their fundraising campaigns. I’m pleased to announce that along with Parent Levies, these efforts have allowed us to make a $30,000 donation to the school this year to assist with the iLab, Christmas concert and updating of equipment in our classrooms. Thank you to all the members of the Fundraising and Social Committees - Jenny Allpike, Maria Bellesini, Nicola Cecchele, Irene Gianatti, Marisa Gulluni, Liselle Morgan, Maree Previti, Ida Romeo, Sarah Ruggiero and Anna Williams.

 

2018 P&F Executive Roles

Thank you to all the Parents who attended the ACM on Tuesday night. 

 

Congratulations to Marisa Gulluni on her new role as P&F President. Well done Marisa, you will do an outstanding job and we're all here to support you. Congratulations also to Jenny Allpike on her re-election as Treasurer. Elections for Vice-President and Secretary will be held at the first P&F meeting in 2018.

 

Second Hand Uniform Swap Meet

Exciting news!  The P&F are hosting a uniform swap meet!  So make sure you come along and sell those items that your kids no longer fit, want or need.  The event will be held in the school hall on Monday 4 December 8am-10am. Please see attached flyer for details.  Thank you to Justyna Dimasi for initiating and co-ordinating this event. 

 

Nicola Cecchele - P&F President

 

SCHOOL BANKING 2018

School Banking will continue to be held on Tuesday mornings and with change in school times will be between 8.10 and 8.30 am in the old Uniform Shop room.  I am sure great new rewards will be out next year! 

 

We are looking for volunteers for 2018! If you are able to help out a few mornings a term or have any queries regarding the school banking please contact Maria Bellesini on 0410 151 110 or mariabellesini@bigpond.com

 

A special thank you to the volunteers that have helped out in 2017 - Belinda Poat, Natasha D’Souza, Nicole Oakley, Billie Dewitt, Natasha Radice.  I look forward to volunteering with you all again in 2018. 

 

YEAR 6 PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Hi to all Year 6 Parents,

Our babies are going to high school next year, Where did the time go?

 
We have some fun stuff planned and we would love for you all to join us.
 
Firstly, Friday 1 December Dinner at Sun On Restaurant Morley straight from Dinner Dance drop. Parents to be back at school at 8.30 with full belly's. Dinner cost approx. $20 ahead plus drinks .
 
8 December Lunch after Mass Ceremony at our Table Grand Prom in Bedford. All are welcome and invited.  Please if you have never attended a lunch or dinner before we would really love to have you.
 
Lastly, help is needed and welcomed next Friday 1 December to make over the school hall for the dinner dance  straight from school drop off at 8.30am as well as 1.30pm to help set up food platters.
 
All RSVPs and questions are welcome - please call or text message 0403 345 235 or 0412 036 072.  Looking  forward to having a chat with you all Connie.  
 

YEAR 3 END OF YEAR FAMILY SUNDOWNER

UPDATE

When: Friday 8 December from 5pm 

Where: Robert Thompson Reserve, Corner of Benara Road & McGilvray Avenue, Noranda 
(Opposite Noranda Palms Shopping Centre) 
BYO food & drinks, picnic blanket, scooters and bikes. All Year 3 families welcome 

 

INFANT JESUS NETBALL

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.

 

A reminder the next MAD Camp meeting will be held next Thursday 30 November at 7pm  at Fast Eddy's Morley.

 


Accountability

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:

  • 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.

 

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.  

  • 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.


Discipleship

PARISH NEWS

Christmas Mass Times
Saturday 23 December: Vigil Mass at 6.30pm – Mass of the Sunday.


Sunday 24 December:  Masses at 7.30am, 9.30am & 11.30am (Italian Mass) – Mass of the Sunday.


Mass at 6.30pm – Christmas Vigil Mass with children’s nativity story. Carols from 6.00pm.
Mass at 12.00pm – Midnight Mass. Carols from 11.30pm.


 Monday 25 December: Christmas Masses at 7.30am, 9.30am & 11.30am (Italian Mass). Carols 30 mins before each Mass.
NO EVENING MASS.
 
Tuesday 26 December: Boxing Day – Mass at 8.30am.
 Saturday 30 December: Vigil Mass at 6.30pm – Feast of the Holy Family.
 Sunday 31 December: The Feast of the Holy Family - Masses at 7.30am, 9.30am, 11.30am (Italian) & 6pm.
Mass at 6pm – Vigil for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.
 
Monday 1 January: Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Mass at 8.30am.
 Tuesday 2 January: Public Holiday. Mass at 8.30am.
 Saturday 6 January: Vigil Mass – The Epiphany of the Lord.
Sunday 7 January: The Epiphany of the Lord.
Masses at 7.30am, 9.30am, 11.30am (Italian) & 6pm.
 
Second Rite of Reconciliation for Advent

Prepare yourself for the Christmas season by joining your parish family for this communal Rite of Reconciliation as we come together to listen and reflect on the Word of God; to express our sorrow for the times we have failed and to praise our God, whose forgiveness is unfailing. 

 
WEDNESDAY, 13 December at 7pm - Infant Jesus Church
THURSDAY, 14 December at 7pm—St. Peter’s Church, Wood St, Bedford.
THURSDAY, 21 December at 7pm - Good Shepherd Church, Lockridge

 


 
IMPORTANT NOTICE
Change to Mass Times

Following the recent survey of Mass attendees at the Saturday Vigil Mass, I have decided to change the start time of this Mass to 6pm. This change will commence from Saturday 13 January.

 

Also,  in future, when there is a public holiday, there will not be two morning Masses. We will have only one morning Mass at 8.30am.
Fr. Greg
 
Don’t throw that away!
As the school year comes to a close, please remember the parish when you are cleaning up your unwanted school supplies: pens, pencils, textas and stationery - are all useful. What we cannot use, we will pass on to where it is needed. 2nd hand primary uniform items also very welcome. Please drop your donations to the parish office or into the Church foyer.
 
Request from Vinnies- PreLoved Soft Toys

Our local St Vincent de Paul Conference is looking for soft toys to give out with Christmas Hampers this year. Can you help? Please drop them off to the Parish Centre from Monday to Friday between 9am and 12.30pm.

 

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

 

FEAST DAY ST GREGORY OF SINAI  27 NOVEMBER

Originally from Cyprus, St. Gregory migrated to Palestine where he joined a monastic community on Mount Sinai. Later he moved to Mount Athos in northern Greece where he developed his own method of contemplation that has influenced Christians worldwide. If, for example, you have ever prayed the Jesus Prayer, then the heritage of St. Gregory of Sinai has probably touched your life.

 

Gregory sought union with God by disciplining the body and quieting the mind. He taught that repetition of the Jesus Prayer opened the soul to the divine presence and led to the highest forms of contemplation. 

 

Some of the fathers taught that the prayer should be said in full: “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me.” Others advised saying half, thus: “Jesus, Son of God, have mercy upon me”; or “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me,” or to alternate, sometimes saying it in full and sometimes in a shorter form. 

 

Gregory taught his method to monks on Mount Athos and made it a source of contemplative prayer for the church of the East. He travelled to monasteries and dioceses throughout Greece and Macedonia, inviting monks and religious to practice the Jesus Prayer. In Macedonia he also established three colonies of anchorites who were devoted to contemplative prayer.

 

Gregory wrote extensively, including tracts on asceticism, verses on the nature of God, liturgical hymns, and theological treatises. His most significant work, The 137 Chapters or Spiritual Meditations, spread the practice of disciplined contemplative prayer throughout the East and Europe.

Gregory of Sinai died at Mount Paroria in 1346.

(loyolapress.com)

 

 

POPE FRANCIS AND THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL

"Faith also means believing in God, believing that he truly loves us, that he is alive, that he is mysteriously capable of intervening, that he does not abandon us and that he brings good out of evil by his power and his infinite creativity. It means believing that he marches triumphantly in history with those who 'are called and chosen and faithful' (Rev 17:14) " (Evangelii Gaudium "The Joy of the Gospel" # 278/)

 

 

CATHOLIC MISSIONS

Advent Message from Catholic Mission
This Advent, “Let us love, not with words, but with deeds.” (1Jn 3:18).   Why not make this line from Holy Scripture a reality by joining us on Thursday 14 December, 7pm at The Basilica of St Patrick, Fremantle for a captivating and beautiful evening of sacred music, readings and congregational carols to highlight the true meaning of the Christmas Gospel in our world today. Emeritus Bishop Justin Bianchini will be giving the reflection. Music from Eva-Marie Middleton (soprano), Paul Wright (violin), Dominic Perissinotto (organ) and The Basilica Choir.  Proceeds will go to Catholic Mission’s work in support of maternal and child health in Uganda. Tickets $30, Concessions $20, 12 year olds and under are free.  Add another ticket to your booking for just $10 and we will give that ticket to a homeless or refugee person so they too can share in the beauty of Christmas with us and enjoy a nice supper beforehand.  On-line bookings at www.trybooking.com/SWMO or pay at the door.

 

CARITAS AUSTRALIA

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: www.globalgifts.org.au or call us on 1800024413

COMMUNITY NEWS

Community News

ARCHDIOCESE OF PERTH

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Further info: Jamie O’Brien 08 9220 5900.

http://www.perthcatholic.org.au/News__Events-News.htm

 

JOIN THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY VOLUNTEER FAMILY

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 sarah.ledger@sydpwa.org.au

 

MERCY CARE

MercyCare is a leading not-for-profit Catholic provider of aged care, family, health, disability and community services. We understand how important it is for people to remain independent in their own home, and with the many changes that have occurred in aged care over the past few years, we know that this can be a very confusing, overwhelming time for everyone. Our Community and Home Support services are here to simplify the process. We have a range of flexible services, and can even help individuals over the age of 65yrs to access Government funded assistance.

 

Support can include everything from social activities, keeping up with household tasks, and even in-home nursing and medication management. Support is also available to carers when the time comes to take a break. Please contact Samantha from MercyCare to discuss the options that are available to help you and your loved ones. 

T: 6228 1537  E:sspiro@mercycare.com.au

 

 

VERITAS 
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