16 February 2017
Issue Three
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                       Volunteer Workshop   

16 February                  9am


Tuesday                           P & F Meeting 7pm

21 February


Thursday                        Parish Mass 9am

23 February                   Years 2 and 5


Friday                                 Back to School Picnic

24 February                     5.30pm



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


Principal's Report

Respectful Relationships


Dear Parents,


There is no doubt that our earliest relationships provide a model for all our future relationships, and learning to trust other people as feeling, thoughtful human beings, will form the basis for having happy, satisfying relationships. To develop these happy, satisfying relationships, we will need good manners and basic courtesy.


Good manners need to be taught for they are important skills that our children should develop when they are young, so they can enjoy the benefit of them for the rest of their lives. It is in the family home that the “manners seed” needs to be planted and nurtured, along with core values and ethics. It is in the family home that children learn to be considerate, tolerant and respectful; this learning comes through parental guidance and example.

When children are polite, kind, honest and cooperative, they develop character and exhibit social skills that help others feel comfortable. These relationship building skills, also help children -and adults- to get on with friends and neighbours and, if the occasion arises, to resolve differences of opinion in a courteous and healthy way.

It has been said that “Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength” - Author Unknown. 


It is also an expression of ignorance of courteous behaviour and children who do not have social skills, can have a difficult time making lasting friendships with their peers and being accepted generally. They have missed out on learning the “Golden Rule”: Treat others as you, yourself, would like to be treated.


Manners are respect in action and should be learnt and taught through the experiences of daily living. “Mind your manners” often used to come from the lips of parents and indicated that their children knew what it was that needed to be “minded”. In a society that rarely offers example or support for parents, teaching manners to our children can be lonely and tedious. However, to see our children grow in respect and consideration for themselves and others will be a rich reward for effort.

Week Three of the term generally brings with it a satisfying relief that the year has begun successfully and that life within the school has once again settled comfortably into a productive routine.  The hype and anxiety that is often attached to the return to school is now almost a distant memory, and students are hopefully a little more certain of new expectations, which are often encountered with new teachers and a changed learning environment.  It is important that as parents we remain supportive, particularly in these first few weeks, as students settle into these new routines and accustom themselves with different expectations and teaching styles which may vary from teacher to teacher, class to class. 


A positive working partnership between home and school is absolutely vital in ensuring that a shared sense of responsibility is geared towards always maintaining what is best for each and every child.


Keep up the good work!

Power of One

Parents that attended the recent Information Evenings would have been informed about the ‘Power of One’ initiative the staff have adopted this year.


This year the staff of Infant Jesus School will develop a program called the ‘Power of One’ where they contribute one hour a week of Christian Service over a selected period of time. Throughout the year, staff of Infant Jesus School will work voluntarily, to integrate the principles of Catholic social teaching into practical experiences of service to others in society. This has commenced already, with Nicole Boddy conducting singing lessons with interested students and other staff cooking food to support those in need within the parish and community.

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.


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)



Loving God,
You have called us into your family.
Strengthen us by your spirit to live always according to your will. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


School Uniform

It has been pleasing to see many students wearing their new school uniform with great pride during the first weeks of school.  Each student is expected to be properly attired in full school uniform at school and when travelling to and from school. Uniforms are to be clean, pressed and in good condition. Shoes are to be well polished and white sport shoes kept clean. 


A uniform dress code reinforces in students a pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of the school community, and assists in developing pride in representing their school.


Our school uniform not only provides a sense of belonging and pride of association in students at Infant Jesus School, but also promotes the safety and security of students by allowing for the ready identification of students as belonging to our school. Equality is fostered through this Uniform Policy. 


IJ's P&F Association

Next Tuesday evening the Infant Jesus P&F Association will hold their first meeting for the year. I really encourage parents to come along to this meeting, firstly to find out a little bit more about what is happening in the school, and secondly to show your support for the P&F  Association.


We have a very committed and enthusiastic P&F Executive comprising of:


Mrs Nicola Cecchele             President

Mrs Sarah Ruggerio              Vice President

Mrs Jenny Allpike                  Treasurer

Mrs Marisa Gulluni                Secretary


The P&F Executive, along with all members of the P&F Association are very supportive of the school as it strives to provide better opportunities for the students who attend Infant Jesus School and look for ways to engage with parents and families to build the community spirit.

Student Medication

If your child requires medication to be taken during school hours, it is important that you complete an ‘Infant Jesus Student Medication Request/Record' form which is available from the front office and on the school website. 

  • Medication is to be delivered to the School Office by the parent/guardian in its original pharmacy labeled container. Please be aware that parents are responsible for delivering prescribed medications to the school and collecting it at the end of the day.     
  • The label on the original medication or a special letter outlining medication from the doctor must clearly state:                                          (i) the name of the child                     (ii) the dosage and times required.

Please ask your pharmacist for this

information when the medication is issued.

  • All medications are stored either in the school office/medical room or in a locked cabinet in the classroom, except where either refrigeration is required (e.g. antibiotics) or in the case of self-administered asthma reliever medication.
  • Asthma medication (reliever puffers only) may be held by a child for self-administration, only when parents/guardians have notified the school and given permission via the Student Medication Request/Record form. Preventer medications will be held in the Medical Room. 
  • It is the parent’s responsibility to collect any ‘out of date’ medication for safe disposal. It is also a parent’s responsibility to collect any unused medication at the completion of treatment.
  • Student Medication Request/Record forms for children receiving medications on a regular basis are to be reviewed each term, with a new permission form completed at the start of each year.
  • Parents/guardians must notify the School Office and complete a new Student Medication Request/Record form if there are any changes to details such as dosage or type of medication.

Allergies and Anaphylaxis
As there are children enrolled at Infant Jesus School who have allergies to a variety of substances, we ask that children do not share food at school. We appreciate your support in avoiding sending any foods that contain NUTS. A few children may experience very serious and even life threatening reactions to any food containing nuts or traces of nuts.

Library & Innovation Centre

Big changes are happening in our Resource and Innovation Centre over the next couple of weeks. Next week the carpet will be replaced. The furniture for the Innovation & Technology Centre should arrive the following week. Some parents and students would have already noticed the addition of some new technology in both the library and the old computer lab as well as the LEGO Wall. The technology and construction areas will all form part of the new design in the centre, which will be quite exciting when completed.


I am really appreciative of the efforts of Miss Mitzi Phoebe and Mrs Jenny Houwen as we make the alterations to this room. Many thanks also to the parents that assisted this week packing books into boxes.


We hope that this room will be completed by the first week in March and available to the students the following week.



Twitter @infantjesus54


Past Students

Three past Infant Jesus  students were awarded medallions for Academic Achievement at Chisholm College. The award is for the top 2% of Year 8 2016 students – it is calculated across all subjects and can only be awarded now as they include the end of year exam results.


Only 6 students received the award and three were girls from Infant Jesus.

The students are :

  • Elise Panicciari
  • Imogen Bowley
  • Teresa Tran


Parking & Drive Through Areas

Parking, especially at the beginning of the year, is very much at a premium.  Please be patient with the parking situation.  It will ease as the term progresses and more parents use the drive through to pick up and drop off children.   We also ask parents to be considerate of others to ensure that traffic flows smoothly. We need to be courteous of our neighbours and follow the No Standing street signs at all times to avoid being issued with fines.


Drive Through

This is for parents who wish to drop off or pick up their child/ren without parking.  Students will be supervised by a staff member to ensure they are collected safely by the child’s parent, or someone who has parental  permission, at the end of the school day.  Parents are reminded to be extra vigilant in their cars at this time as children depart the school grounds.


Did you Know

  • Did you know that August has the highest percentage of births
  • Did you know that unless food is mixed with saliva you can't taste it
  • Did you know that the average person falls asleep in 7 minutes
  • Did you know lemons contain more sugar than strawberries

Thought for the Week

Teaching kids to count is fine; but teaching them what counts is best.

Loris Malaguzzi



May your week be filled with many blessings



Paul Hille




Year Three News

Year Three is an exciting year full of new experiences and opportunities for the children, especially as we focus on receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will work alongside the Year Three children to assist them to grow in spirituality as they approach Term Four, when they will receive the Sacrament.


In Religion, the focus will be on the importance of human life. We will marvel at how God created human beings so that they can do and enjoy so many things. He created our souls, so that they never die and He created heaven so that we can live with Jesus forever. The children will explore the Sacrament of Baptism and come to understand that by being baptised they have joined God’s family. We will follow Jesus’ journey during Lent and look at how He died so that we could enter Heaven.


In Mathematics, the children will focus on the number system as they explore place value of numbers to the ten thousands. The children will focus on reading and writing numbers and understand that a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. They will use their prior knowledge of addition and subtraction to recognise the relationship between the two and build strong mental strategies. Reading and graphing data will also be a focus.


During English, the children will read for pleasure and for information. We will focus on the six strategies of Comprehension, Visualising, Summarising, Inferring, Questioning, Making Connections, as well as Decoding. They will be exposed to a variety of text types, in particular narratives and persuasive texts. The children will develop new skills to construct strong persuasive arguments and creative narratives. Spelling will be individualised to each child’s ability. 


Our Integrated Studies programme focuses on linking the children’s knowledge and experiences through all learning areas. They will be discovering the importance of community and the role our community plays in our lives. The children will look at how the community has changed over time and how we make democratic decisions in our society. During this unit of study, they will learn about how celebrations are undertaken within different cultures. They will also celebrate and learn about different events that occur throughout the year.


In Science, Mr Capolingua will support the children to learn about Biological Sciences. They will focus on classifying living and non-living things and recognise their features and characteristics such as growing, moving, sensitivity and reproducing. The children will continue to develop their science inquiry skills by planning, conducting, and evaluating scientific investigations and communicate their findings. It will be an exciting year of Science with Mr Capolingua!


In Health, the children will focus on developing their own interpersonal skills and emotional wellness. Children will learn strategies to help them manage their emotions and understand the concept of self-esteem.


In Music, Mrs Boddy is eager to work with the children to help them develop their musical knowledge. They will extend their understanding of the elements of music as they develop their aural skills as well as recognise and discriminate between rhythm and beat. Every Thursday the children will take part in Liturgical Singing which will allow them to join together in musical prayer.


In Physical Education, Class Sport and Morning Fitness the children will focus on crossing the midline and balancing skills. These gross motor skills will also assist in their cognitive development and are crucial for healthy development. 


Technology is a large part of the Year Three programme and is integrated into each learning area. We will focus on developing the children’s individual technology skills by using applications that will enhance their presentations, allow them to discover new content and record their understandings.  The children have all unpacked the school’s iPad expectations and understand the role of ICT in our classroom. We will initially focus upon building up the children’s skills by focusing on individual apps to ensure the children master their understanding and skills.


Every Thursday afternoon in the soon to be named Innovations and Technology Centre, the children will complete a range of activities based around the technologies curriculum and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) concepts. Class teachers will work alongside Miss Mitzi Phoebe to assist students in working collaboratively to solve problems, develop creativity and think critically, while making cross-curricular links with class topics.



Swimming Lessons

This year Swimming lessons will be increased to two days for children in Year 4-6. They will be held in Week 4 and 5. 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.

Mr Sheridan
PE/Sport Teacher

P & F News

The next P&F meeting will be held on Tuesday  21 February at 7pm in the school office.  Agenda items being discussed are the Welcome Back Picnic and 2017 proposed fundraising.  All are welcome, we hope to see you there!


The first 2017 Fundraising Committee Meeting will be held Thursday  16 February, 7pm at Fast Eddys Morley.  All are welcome, we hope to see you there!


The traditional Infant Jesus School Family Picnic will be held on Friday  24 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 look forward to seeing you all there!


As you will remember the P&F now has four subcommittees which parents are welcome to join at any time.  Committees are:

  • Social Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • IJ Care
  • Parent Education

If you wish to assist on any of the above committees please  email Nicola Cecchele at Information relating to proposed meetings will be published in the Veritas and on Facebook, so please keep an eye out for meeting dates.

Nicola Cecchele
P&F President

Canteen News 

Friday 17 February

Pauline Spence, Billie De Witt, Rosanna Monastra

Monday 20 February

Nicole Mesiti, Felicia Castrianni, Leah Wilson

Wednesday 22 February

Sarah McMenemy, Alison  Wilathgamuwa



My eDiary 


All parents in Year 3-6 have now been sent the link to My eDiary.  The App does not have the full functionality as the web-based application. If you would like to communicate with teachers via the electronic diary you need to make sure that you are using the web, rather than the mobile version - as we have found that there are some limitations with the app version - which they are working with developers to rectify. 


Download the app to receive notifications for newly assigned homework due dates, reminders, school events, announcements, newsletters and more.


How to view homework -


How to send messages to teachers -


How to use the app -



Volunteer Workshop

Today we had over 40 parents/grandparents participate in the Parent Volunteer Workshop .


The value of volunteers is seen through 

-teachers and parents working together

-better communication between home and school.

-greater understanding by parents of their children's schooling

-greater understanding of the tole of teacher and the planning and  organsation required within a classroom

-greater goodwll and mutual respect between parents and teachers

-children seeing their parents and teachers sharing common beliefs, attitudes and goals

-more opportunity to see adults, both teachers and parents, as role models - the value of education is shared between the home and the school.


We are looking forward to working with all those who contribute to our school by giving of their time and volunteering to help us.






The combined Catholic Churches of Maylands cordially invite you to a Sunday Afternoon Service and Discussion, 19 February  3-5pm at Our Lady Queen of Poland Catholic Church, 35 Eighth Ave Maylands. Discussion will be on "A place at the Table, Social Justice in an Ageing Society."  2016/17 Social Justice Statement of the Australian Catholic Bishops, this gathering is in response to the Bishops' Statement. The program will consist of a brief service in the Church, introduction and discussion in the Church Hall, followed by light refreshments later. Further info: Mrs Libby Giles 0450 907 048; Fr Stanislaw Tomasiak O.F.M.  0488 900 449; Fr Tomasz Bujakowski O.F.M. 9272 2154 & Fr Richard Charlwood 0439 622 056.



Brother Terry Casey and Sr Shelly Barlow RNDM, are offering a series of  four Laudato Si Weekend Retreats across March to July. The first of the Weekend Retreats will be on Friday 17 March, 4pm to Sunday 19 March, 2pm, at Kilmolee, Safety Bay, Ministry of the Josephite Sisters, 182 Arcadia Drive, Safety Bay.

Further info: flyer and registration contact Sr Shelley Barlow RNDM  08 9271 3873, 0499 352 899 or; or Br Terry Casey CFC, 0422 966 453,

Parish News

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 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

Artisans of Peace - World Day of Peace 50th Celebration 

It is a time to ponder what this New Year might hold for each individual, our nation and our world.  May our hearts be open to receive the gifts that the God of New Beginnings will bestow on us during this year.


This New Year marks the 50th celebration of the World Day of Peace.  Pope Paul IV introduced the commemoration of the World Day of Peace in 1967.  This year Pope Francis' message is entitled 'Nonviolence - A style of politics for peace'. He concludes his message by inviting each one of us to become 'an artisan of peace'. His message is so timely in a world torn apart by war and conflict. He challenges people across the world to seek a pathway to peace through a nonviolent approach.  Let us pray in the words of St Francis: 'Make me an instrument of peace where there is hatred let me show love'.


Daily there are women and men who dedicate themselves to being such instruments of nonviolence.  


Let us pray that Jesus' nonviolent approach to life will enable us to find creative solutions to the many conflictual realities that arise in our daily lives, and in the hearts of world leaders. 


'Let us make active nonviolence our way of life'.  (Pope Francis 2017)

May the blessing of peace be yours as we begin this New Year. 


May this peace begin in your own heart, words and gestures and may it flow freely from you into your world of influence.  


 (from Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart Newsletter - Sr Monica Cavanagh rsj
Congregational Leader )



Catholic Missions

Pope Francis, the head of our organisation has so often exhorted us to care for those in need and asks us “to obey [the Lord’s] call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the ‘peripheries’ in need of the light of the Gospel” (Evangelii Gaudium)  We would be delighted if you would again join us as we support the care of children and communities in need and the proclamation of the Gospel to all.


Who better to understand the needs of children than children? We would love Infant Jesus to join us this year as we focus on ‘children helping children’, raising funds to support school building programs and equipping teachers and children with teaching and learning resources, or funding health and nutrition programs and medication.
Socktober, Catholic Mission’s fun initiative that encourages young people to raise essential funds for children in need around the world will again be available with supporting material later in the year. Although Socktober is traditionally held during October, which is World Mission Month, we very much welcome your support at any stage during the year. 


Archdiocese of Perth

Please find Items for your personal information in the attached flyer.

Servite College

If you are considering sending your child to Servite College attached is a Flyer regarding their Open Day on  Friday 24 March.


Australian Girls Choir

Australian Girls Choir – February Open Classes.  Look no further than the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) because we encourage, challenge and inspire girls as they learn to sing, dance and perform. School aged girls are invited to try our fun and inclusive classes and learn more about being part of the AGC!


Contact us if you would like to attend a free trial class in February. Ph 08 6365 2101 or email


Mercedes College

Please find attached a flyer for the up and coming Mercedes College Open Morning, which we would like you to share with your school community.  


Marriage Encounter Weekend

Getting ready for school means lots of time spent on your children.  After school begins, why not give yourselves some time together? Don't you and your spouse deserve a beautiful weekend away together? 

Remember the early days of your marriage. Just being together was most important. The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend has the same focus.  The weekend centres entirely on your relationship.  It is a positive, private experience between you and your spouse, that revitalises marriage by helping you to see again those loving qualities in each other that you may be taking for granted. Take a weekend out of the busyness of your lifestyle, where there is just the two of you, free of distractions.  We invite you to join us on one of our next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends.  31 March – 2nd April 2017 or 11 – 13 August 2017 For information or booking contact:  0424 220 625 – George & Monica or  Email:  Website –


Relationships Australia - Parenting Courses March 2017


Netball Registration 


2017 Calendar Terms 1-4 PDF.pdf
Canteen Summer Menu 2017.pdf
Student Medication Request .pdf
Medical Action Plan.pdf
Student Medication Request .pdf
Australian Girls Choir.pdf
Mercedes College.pdf
Mercedes College.pdf
Infant Jesus Netball Registrations Instructions.pdf
Relationships Australia.pdf
Archdiocese of Perth Feb 2017.pdf