VERITAS 

12 October 2017
Issue Thirty-one
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
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Important Dates and Correspondence

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Term 4 2017

 

Saturday 14 October 

Reconciliation Commitment Mass 6.30pm

 

Sunday 15 October 

Reconciliation Commitment Masses 9.30am, 6pm

 

Tuesday 17 October 

Board Meeting

 

Wednesday 18 October 

Year 3 2018 BYOD Night - 6.00pm

 

Thursday 19 October

Class Assembly Year 1

 

Monday 23 October

Reconciliation Parent Night Meeting

 

Tuesday 24 October

P & F Meeting

 

Wednesday 25 October 

Year 6 Dance Lessons

 

Thursday 26 October

Parish Mass Years 3 and 4

 

Friday 27 October

Interschool Athletics Carnival

Term Calendar 2017

 

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

Welcome Back

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome back to the start of another school term. I hope all the students had a wonderful break, and if parents were fortunate enough to have holidays that they too enjoyed their time off.  It is hard to believe that there is a little over 10 weeks until Christmas!! Term Four is always hectic in schools.  Teachers, staff and students no sooner ‘gear up’ for the term before having to ‘gear down’.  Teaching programs, reports, end of year celebrations, graduation and Christmas all have to be crammed into the next 8 1/2 weeks.  I therefore encourage all students to continue to apply themselves and work hard with their studies this term as it is critical to their transition to the next year level.

 

As parents, we have seen a significant amount of growth over the past three terms in our children. How quickly they seem to be developing and maturing. As the year marches towards the final stages, something all children require is persistence to experience success.

 

Parenting consultant, Michael Grose, describes persistence as the ability to persist when work gets hard or life gets tough. It is having the ‘stick-ability’ to work through difficulties and hang in there when things don’t go their way. Some children are more naturally predisposed to persist than others. They have a determined, even competitive streak in their temperament that doesn’t allow them to give in. These children and young people can drive themselves very hard to succeed and drive their parents and teachers nuts in the process.

 

As with every habit or personal quality there is an environmental and parental influence. In other words, we can make life easy for children so that they are not expected to persist or hang in there when things are tough. There are so many options available for children these days that they can afford to sit back and pick and choose the easy options.

 

Parents who allow children to stop work when it gets too hard, give up on a sport because they are not succeeding straight away or have a coach or teacher they don’t like are not developing persistence or ‘stick-ability’ in children.

 

Children show positive persistence when they continue to try hard at school even when they feel like giving up; they refuse to be distracted by their peers and complete lengthy assignments on time. They show positive persistence when they continue playing a sport until the end of the season even though they may not get sufficient game time to their liking. They show positive persistence when they work toward a set of goals or awards over a number of years. Parents can promote persistence by encouraging their children to keep going and not giving in at the slightest hurdle or difficulty.

 

Parents need to show confidence in their child’s ability to cope and get through  difficulties. “You can do it” is far more powerful in terms of promoting an attitude of persistence than “If it is a little too hard then try something else.” Let children know that there is a correlation between effort and success. In fact, they need to learn that by GIVING EFFORT they will experience more success. Talk about WORKING TOUGH with children. When children understand that to be successful they need to do things that are NOT always fun or easy. While it would be good if all work and learning was fun, in reality, this not the case. Parents can help children remember times when they, themselves, experienced success by HANGING IN when they were younger. The ability to persist in the face of difficulties maybe an old-fashioned quality but it is one of best success attributes that your children will ever develop.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

On Monday all the staff at Infant Jesus came together for the following:

  • A workshop with staff in area of Whole School Improvement. The day consisted of examining school data to determine future priorities and areas of direction.

There was particular focus on using this information to reflect on how we have been tracking and also to challenge us as to how we can continue to improve in the future.

  • A session was also held on current Digital Technologies information including screen time and enhancing the way in which devices are used in the classroom.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY

The beginning of the school term is an opportune time to remind parents and students of our Uniform Policy.  At Infant Jesus School, we wear a school uniform to promote equality and provide a sense of belonging and pride in our school. A copy of the Uniform Policy is included in the Parent Handbook and is on the school website at www.infantjesus.wa.edu.au

 

To assist parents in upholding the Uniform Policy please ensure

  • Children are wearing their sport uniform on the correct days
  • School socks are being worn (plain white socks are NOT a part of the uniform)
  • Uniforms are not mixed (eg. sports jumper worn with school uniform)
  • Sports shoes need to be predominately white.

Teachers have been asked to check uniforms every morning and Incorrect Uniform notices will be given to children who do not have a note from parents. If the matter is not rectified promptly, parents will be asked to meet with the teachers to discuss the matter.  

  

Thank you to the many parents who ensure our students wear their uniform with pride. 

 

 

SCHOOL TIMES

It is very important that parents see that their children arrive at school no later than 8.20am so that they can unpack and get organized in order to start school promptly at 8.30am.

 

Morning supervision is from 8.00am and children are not encouraged to arrive at school before this time. Class teachers (except Kindergarten) will have their classes open for the children from 8.20am.

  • Recess Time is from  10.30am–10.50 am
  • Lunch Time is from 12.30 pm–1.05 pm
  • End of the School Day is 3.00pm

In the afternoon, teachers will supervise the departure of students at the school carparks until 3.20pm. Any child remaining at school after this time will be required to report to the school office and stay there until they are collected. Please note that the office closes at 4.00pm. Thank you for co-operation in this matter.

 
 
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

Our Year Three students will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation this term. The students will receive the Sacrament on either Monday 6 November or Thursday 9 November at a special ceremony organised for these students. The Commitment Masses take place this weekend.

 

COMMITMENT MASSES

  • Saturday 14 October at 6.30pm OR
  • Sunday 15 October at 9.30am OR
  • Sunday 15 October at 6.00pm 

 

 

YEAR 3 PARENT BYOD INFORMATION NIGHT

In 2013, Infant Jesus School established a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) 1-1 iPad Program with the Year 3-6 classes.  The outcomes have been extremely successful and the iPad has become an educational tool in the child’s toolkit to help meet curriculum requirements alongside (rather than instead of) more traditional tools like text books, pencils and paper.

 

iPads, as a tool, are fast and automated, interactive and multimodal and they support the rapid communication and representation of knowledge to many audiences and adapt to different contexts. They afford children the opportunity to transform the ways that they think and learn and give them greater control over how, where and when they learn.

 

All Year Three students at Infant Jesus School require an iPad.  To assist parents with this transition and to provide some further information and detail we will be holding a Parent Information Night for our Year Two parents on 18 October 2017. This will be held in the School Library commencing at 6.00pm.

 

All current Year Two parents are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. Information presented on the night will include how the day to day use of technology enhances the learning for all children, an outline of the BYOD program and further information on Cyber safety.

 

 

 

TERM FOUR PLANNER

Included with this newsletter is the Planner for Term 4.  Please take the time to note the more important dates in your diary.

 

 

WELCOME

This term we welcome Mrs Tania D’Angelo to our Infant Jesus School staff. Tania will be teaching Health in Years 4 – 6 for the remainder of the year. Families may be familiar with Tania through her work at the school in Term 2 and 3. We hope that Tania finds her time at Infant Jesus School rewarding and enjoyable.

 

 

CLASS PLACEMENTS 2018

This term, staff will work together to place students in classes for the 2018 school year.  This is quite a complicated process and involves carefully considered and professional input from class teachers, specialist teachers, school administration and parents. These decisions are made very carefully by considering the best learning situation for all of our children. 

 

Classes will be formed taking into account a balance of academic achievement, gender balance, behavioural needs and the special learning needs of students.

 

Parents are invited to share information in writing to both the class teacher and the Principal by Monday 6 November if there is a particular reason their child might benefit from the school having the knowledge for next year. Parents should understand that requests for particular placement cannot be guaranteed.

 

The Principal makes the final decision about the composition of all classes.

 

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – CEWA

The following information was sent to the staff at all Catholic Schools during the holidays.

 

I wish to inform you that on behalf of the Bishops of Western Australia, I have met with and communicated to Dr. Tim McDonald that, following the expiration of his contract on 4 November 2017 as Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia, a new contract will not be offered to him.

 

This decision was made after a lot of reflection and deliberation. While acknowledging the good work that Dr. McDonald has done over the last five years, the Bishops wish to take Catholic Education in a new direction over the next five years, and that a new Executive Director will be best placed to implement our vision.

 

The Bishops wish to announce that Dr. Debra Sayce is to be the Acting Executive Director in 2018.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Bishop Don Sproxton     

Bishops’ Representative

Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia 

 

 

WHOLE SCHOOL ASSESSMENTS

As part of our focus on improving learning outcomes, all children in Years 1–6 will complete some literacy and numeracy assessments in the next few weeks. The information from these assessments greatly assists with future planning for the educational needs of each year level and gives a ‘whole school picture’ in the areas of literacy and numeracy within the school. This information will assist us in planning for the future educational needs of the students within the school.

 

 

INFANT JESUS FAMILY

Congratulations to the Soh Family (Justin 4B, Kaitlin 1W,  Emmeline PKW2) on the arrival of their new baby girl. Blessings on you all.

 

 

ANNAUL COMMUNITY MEETING

The date for the Annual Community Meeting has been changed from the 14 November to the 28 November at 7:00pm. 

 

 

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

At the commencement of this new term

We praise you and thank you for the gift of life

And for the opportunity of growth awaiting us.

We thank you for love – the love and concern of our families, our friends and our teachers.

We ask you to bless each of us for the term ahead.

Help us to grow in faith, in goodness and in generosity.

Create in us a capacity for giving that will make us

worthy to be called Christian.

Keep us strong in the face of temptation.

Let your wisdom be our guide.

Make each of us a messenger of peace, of truth and of joy.

We make this prayer through your Son, Jesus.

Amen


Did You Know...?

  • Kangaroos cannot walk backwards!
  • Hands and feet have more than half the bones in the human body
  • The potato is the staple food in many countries and is the most cultivated vegetable across the globe

Thought for the Week

When it rains look for rainbows,

when it is dark look for stars.

Unknown

 

 

God Bless,

 

Paul Hille
Principal

#ExpectGreatThings

 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

Learning

YEAR THREE NEWS

Welcome to Term Four! It is hard to believe that there are only nine more weeks of Year Three!

 

This is a very special term as the children will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The children will join the parish on a retreat to Schoenstatt Shrine on Wednesday 25 October. This day is a wonderful opportunity for the children to deepen their faith and discover different ways they can grow closer to God. 

 

In Religion, the children will learn about the special feast of Mary, the Mother of God which occurs on January 1st. They will also study Jesus’ teachings about how people can develop their talents and skills by obeying their parents, and helping others whenever they can. Later in the term our focus will shift towards preparing for Advent through listening to stories about Jesus’ birth and learning that, as Catholics, we celebrate the Season of Advent in preparation for Christmas. 

 

In English, the Year Threes will focus on the precision of language and discover how they can use adverbs, adjectives and verbs to enhance their writing. The children will consolidate their understanding of the structure of texts including narratives, recounts, retells and procedures. Inferential comprehension will continue to be a major focus in reading. 

 

In Mathematics, the children will explore patterns in numbers, with a particular focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will solve sums using Australian money and classify angles in the environment. The children will  measure items and organise them using length, capacity and mass as well as convert between common metric measurements.

 

The Integrated Studies Program will focus on the climatic regions of the world. The Year Threes will learn the difference between climate and weather and apply this new understanding to create a short documentary. They will also look at the different textures and patterns in art as they study collages and recreate their own climatic landscapes. Later in the term, the children will study different holidays and celebrations that occur in our Australian culture. The children will learn about the history of these events and how they impact Australian culture today.

 

This term during STEAM with Miss Phoebe, the Year Three students will be learning about the important concept of digital citizenship. They will use a mix of iBooks and picture books to reflect on different questions and scenarios relating to aspects of digital citizenship including passwords, online friends and screen time. The students will then spend their STEAM sessions creating and filming a documentary using a variety of technology tools such as iPads, green screens and iMovie. This work will coincide with their humanities work in class about different climates throughout the world.

 

In Science, Mr Capolingua will teach the children about how heat can be produced in many ways and how it can be transferred from one object to another.

 

In Physical Education with Mr Sheridan, the Year Three children will be learning the skills required to play Basketball including learning how to bounce the basketball while moving, shooting and how to gain possession of the ball from their opponent.

 

In Health with Mrs Clementson the students will examine their own eating behaviours and determine which foods they will need to eat more or less of in order to lead a healthier lifestyle. They will also review the amount and type of physical activity they take part in, so that they can reduce the amount of sedentary behaviour and increase their physical activity levels. They will focus on health messages in advertisements and analyse their content, which will help students to become aware of misleading information and marketing gimmicks that are sometimes used to make products attractive and persuade the consumer to purchase the product.

 

Mrs Boddy has been busy preparing the children for their Assembly item "You're Welcome" from the movie 'Moana' and teaching the children the Finale for the Christmas Concert. The Year Three children will be experiencing teacher directed rehearsals to improve performance and to engage their audience. They will also focus on improving their aural, theory and keyboard skills and pay close attention to binary form.

 

 

 

iHOUR PRESENTATIONS

On the last day of Term Three, 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

InstaFill Baths - No more wasting time waiting for your bath to fill created and presented by Tahlia, Kieran, Alyssa, Makala, Julian and Emilia.

 

Let it Grow Solar Tree Planter - A solar tree planting machine created and presented by Amie, Simon, Ben, Antonio, Mathia.

 

Bully Busters App - Information, tips and outside help to stop bullying created and presented by Alissa, Chloe, Sophia, 

Madeline and Jazmyn. 

 

Home Help – Handy vending machines filled with clothes and food for homeless people created and presented by Emma, Sophie, 

Aurelia, Marcus and Lucas.

Year Five

Baby Heart - A singlet and App to track your new born baby's health and well-being created and presented by Christian, Grace, Lilly, 

Terry and Emily.

 

Bridge Your Way Out - A lightweight, portable bridge to prevent any road work traffic jams created and presented by Declan, Sarah, 

Ruben, Domenica and Noah.

 

Credit Chip - A credit card microchip in your finger with pay pass technology created and presented by Elaria, Allyra, Rhys, Thomas

and Lucas.

 

Homework Help Online – An online tutoring App for students in Year 1- 12 created and presented by Chloe, Gabrielle, Nicholas, Declan

and Sarah.

Year Six

Track-E - A tracking solution for your key losing problems created and presented by Liam, Raphael, Derek, Claire and Sasha.

 

TechnoSleep - A mask to put you to sleep with linked stories and music created and presented by Jed, Alex, Hayley,  Gianni and 

Troy. 

 

Reconnect - An App to limit screen time and provide children with after school clubs and activities created and presented by  Declan, Vincent, Ella, Adrian and Thomas.

 

Up Food - A way to reduce food wastage and help homeless shelters created and presented by Layla, Bayleigh, Isaiah, Jackson and Lucas.

 

iLAB GRANT

At the start of 2017, Infant Jesus School redeveloped the outdated Computer Room into the iLab - a whole school cross curricula makerspace where students from Pre-Primary to Year Six can engage with the Technologies Curriculum and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). At the end of Term Three, the school received notice that this project received grant funding from the Australian Government. This money will be put towards buying robotics equipment for all students to use. Infant Jesus School is excited to continue to embrace new technologies and remain at the forefront of change and innovation.

 

 

 

CPSSA INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

On Friday 27 October 2017, our Interschool Athletics Squad will travel to the State Athletics Stadium to compete in the CPSSA Interschool Athletics Carnival.  All parents need to return the permission slip to your child’s classroom teacher if you have not already done so.

 

Training has already begun every Monday, Wednesday and Friday leading up to the carnival starting at 8:00am on the oval. Many children have already been out there training hard and it has been wonderful to see their will to improve. I hope to see all of the squad members attending.

 

Details of the carnival are below and due to the early start I ask that the children come to school on the day at 7:40am dressed in their sport uniform ready for the bus. More details can be found on the permission note.

 

Date:              Friday 27 October 2017

Venue:           State Athletics Stadium, Underwood Avenue, Floreat. 

                            Entry Via Challenge Stadium

 

As always we need some parent volunteers to assist on the day. If you are able to help then please indicate this on the permission note.

 

Mr Sheridan

 

SPORT NEWS

In very exciting news for our Year 5 children, the CPSSA has announced a Summer Lightning Carnival! This will mean the children will compete in either Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee or Cricket against other schools in our association. This is a great privilege as it will be the first year that this has been held. 

 

The Carnival will be on Friday the 17th of November from 10.00am to 2.00pm. In previous calendars, it was on a different date, however due to many schools having Remembrance Day commitments the association decided to move it back one week.

 

Both Ultimate Frisbee and Cricket will be held at Yokine Reserve with Tennis at Noranda Netball Courts. A permission slip will be coming home shortly with more details.

 

 

LIBRARY NEWS

Scholastic Book Club Issue 7 is now open, catalogues have been sent home. Closing date is Monday 23 October 2017.

 


Engagement

CONGRATULATIONS

Alyssa Soh won first place in the state Acro championships over the holidays.  Congratulations Alyssa, well done.

 

 

PARENT & FRIENDS NEWS

 

SCHOOL DISCO
This years disco will be held Friday 3 November in the Parish Hall and our theme is ROCK STAR!  Please see attached flyer to purchase tickets.

  

PRE PRIMARY PARENTS CHRISTMAS GATHERING

This has been set for Friday 27 October 8pm, 663 Newcastle Street, Leederville.  Please contact Belinda 0410682991 or Gabrielle

0402 140 181 for details.

 

YEAR 4 MUM'S END OF YEAR FUNCTION
Date: Sunday 12 November 2017. Start time is 1pm
Cost is $50 per person, this includes a beautiful grazing table from Carnival Creations, Champagne, Soft Drink and Water.  
Location is : Matilda Bay - Site 4
 

If you are thinking about attending, now would be the time to let us know and get your payment to us to secure your place. We do have a maximum for this event, so unfortunately when we reach that we will no longer be able to accept any other bookings.  Please let us know you will be attending via email aarontasha@iinet.net.au.  Please contact Simone McGuire on 0414 719 009 to arrange for transfer of your payment.  Once payment is received we will email to confirm your place.

 
Thanks ladies, we are looking forward to a wonderful end of year celebration with as many of you as possible.
Tash, Simone. M, Simone. S and Joanna

 

FATHER AND SON CAMP

 

Please see attached information regarding this year's Father and Son Camp.

 

CANTEEN ROSTER

Term 4

Friday 13 October

Rosa Ridolfo, Emma Yates, Simone McGuire

Monday 16 October

Sandrine Teo, Franca Colli, Geraldine Soh

Wednesday 18 October

Cheryl Barras, Pramila Crasta

 

Our Canteen runs with the Summer Menu during Term 4. See attached.

 

Accountability

MERIT CERTIFICATES

At Infant Jesus School we are proud to celebrate the achievements of our children and all their hard work. Congratulations to the following students who will receive an Honour Certificate at our assembly next Thursday morning.

 

We congratulate the following students:

PPB      Bethany Seiku, Arabella Jackamarra, Addison McCulloch,
                Kimberly Canoneo

PPW     Kayla-Poppy McGrath - Hogan,  Sebastian Laughlin,
                 Claudia Spiccia , Aimy Jobin 

1B         Julian De Silva, Sam Italiano, Aleah Mills, Jonathan Spiccia 

1W       Andrew Bettles, Olivia Krans

2B         Massimo Iannetta, Alessia Pelle

2W     Domenico Mammone, Adrian Dimasi   

3B       Jett Levings  

3W     Tahliah Gonsalves, Trian Nguyen

4B       Leo Gjini, Mathia Nguyen-Le, Sophia Tan.    

4W    Joseph Kolarikal, Lydia Sammells  

5B      Carmen Chan, Sofia Bellesini

5W     Ruben Dewitt, Xanthia McCarthy, Emma Pham, Sarah Sparks   

6B       Xander Intervencion, Vincent Sciullo, Declan Ryan   

6W     James Sammels,  Alfred Yip   

 

2017 PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

 

During Term Three many students from Infant Jesus School participated in the 2017 Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges. This was a wonderful opportunity for the students to share their gifts and talents with the wider community.

 

The following students received awards that will also be presented at the next assembly on Thursday 19 October.

 

Victoria Mok, Lilly Jackson, Justin Soh & Aurelia Leach, Jonas Sim & Alex Bao were awarded for a Meritorious Performance in Primary Instrumental Solo/Duet. 

 

Catie Hooper, Emma Pham, Annabelle Di Ciano & Victoria Mok, Lilly Jackson & Grace Modica, Elaria Lillera & Krystelle Marion were awarded for a Excellent Performance in Primary Instrumental Solo/Duet. 

 

 

VOLUNTEER WORKSHOP AND CODE OF CONDUCT 

To assist with school based events, please ensure that both of these have been completed. 

1. Complete the Volunteer Workshop 

2. Read and Sign the Code of Conduct which is new in 2017.  
It is a requirement that not only the Parent Volunteer Workshop has been completed, but the school based Code of Conduct has been signed and returned to the office.  

 

Copies of the Code of Conduct are available from the front office. 

 

 

VISITING THE SCHOOL - SIGN IN PROCEDURES

An iPad is now available for entering the school during school hours. This replaces the sign in book. Please follow these procedures:

  • 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.

 

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

FEAST DAY POPE JOHN XXIII -  11 OCTOBER

The twentieth century was an amazing century. Life changed dramatically during those years, mostly for the good. Diseases like polio and smallpox were conquered. People could travel across the world in a day on airplanes and communicate with each other in seconds on the Internet and the telephone. But not everything was great in the twentieth century. It was a century filled with horrible wars that killed millions and with evil leaders—like Stalin in Russia, Mao in China, and Hitler in Germany—who slaughtered tens of millions of people, too. Technology brought us wonderful inventions that made life easier and more fun, but it also brought us weapons that could wipe out half the earth, if they were ever used.

 

With so much possibility for good and evil, the twentieth century was a time that needed good leaders who could look at the past, present, and future and make good, prudent decisions. Even the church needed leaders like that. Just when we needed it most, God gave us a gift: Pope John XXIII, who was pope for only a short time (1959 to 1963) but who had an amazing impact on the church and the entire world. Of course, John XXIII was not the name he was born with. His parents named him Angelo—Angelo Roncalli, born in 1881 in the northern part of Italy. His family farmed for a living, and Angelo was the oldest boy of twelve brothers and sisters.

 

When he was a teenager, Angelo decided he wanted to be a priest. He studied in the seminary, where he was most interested in the history of the church. After he was ordained a priest, Angelo expected nothing more out of the rest of his life than that of a normal parish priest back in the part of Italy where he’d grown up. It was what he knew and what he thought God was calling him to. But very soon, it became clear that God had other plans for Angelo.

Over the course of his career, Fr. Angelo held many jobs, some exciting, some difficult. He was a secretary to a bishop for 10 years. He served as a medical worker in battlefields during World War I, and he never forgot the suffering he witnessed there. He represented the church in countries like Bulgaria and Turkey, countries where there were hardly any Catholics, and it was really important to understand and get along with people of different religions.

 

Finally, when he was 71 years old, Fr. Angelo Roncalli came home. He was appointed to be the leader of the church in the city of Venice, Italy. Fr. Angelo—now archbishop—had come home and, for all he knew, would spend the rest of his life simply tending to the needs of the people of Venice. But once again, God had something else in mind. In 1958, Pope Pius XII died, and, as always happens when a pope dies, all the cardinals of the church gathered to elect a replacement. Much to everyone’s surprise, they elected Angelo Roncalli of Venice. He was seventy-six years old.

 

Now, you would think that a seventy-six-year-old man would know his place. You’d think he would settle into the Vatican, sit comfortably in his chair, and just hold the fort until God called him home and a younger, more energetic man could get things going. Not quite.  Angelo—who was now Pope John XXIII—had plenty of energy and plenty of ideas. The time for action was now. The Spirit was calling, and Pope John XXIII, thinking of the past, present, and future, was going to answer. First of all, John XXIII knew that times had changed, and it was time for popes to stop acting like royalty, which they had been doing for too many years. John was supposed to wear a big, jewelled tiara on his head. He wore it twice. When he went from place to place, he was supposed to sit in a special chair that would be hoisted up onto the shoulders of men who would then carry him. Even though John was a large man and being carried would have been easier than walking, he usually preferred to walk.

 

Reporters had to interview the previous pope while on their knees in front of him. John stopped that right away. He was the bishop of Rome, so he acted like it, going into the city of Rome and mingling with people. The very first Christmas he was pope, John visited two children’s hospitals in Rome, spending time with sick children, something that people could remember no other pope doing before.

John knew that the Spirit had called him to serve the people of God, not to act like a prince among them. But that wasn’t the only thing he knew had to change. When John XXIII was elected pope, the world was a very different place than it had been even 200 years before. In the past, the church had a lot of power in the world. That wasn’t the case anymore. Nations had much more power than the church and were sometimes using that power to hurt people. John believed that the church needed to speak with a stronger voice so that it could protect all people from war, violence, and poverty.

 

Other things had changed, too. There were new ways of thinking about the world, ways that had nothing to do with religion or the Bible. Many people had come to believe that the advances of science made faith in God unnecessary. John saw much good in new scientific discoveries, but he also knew that without God we are lost. He wanted to help people who had faith learn how to talk to people who did not have faith in ways they could understand and in ways that would help everyone see the truth of God’s love. In other words, what John XXIII wanted was to open the church up to the world so that the church could spread the good news of Jesus’ love in a way that made sense to people of the new century. It wasn’t the Middle Ages anymore. It was the twentieth century. John wanted the whole world to be able to hear the Good News in twentieth-century words.

 

John XXIII had a vision and hope. He made a decision based on that hope and based on the virtue of prudence, a virtue that he spoke of a great deal. John—whom today we call Saint John XXIII—believed that Jesus’ love was for everybody in the world.He wanted the church to be a strong voice proclaiming that love in modern times to modern people. He looked to the past, present, and future in making his decision to lead the church in that direction. When we make prudent decisions, that’s exactly what we have to do, too: We should think about the past, understand how our choice will affect us in the future, and listen to God’s voice in our hearts in the present. Popes and kids—we’re all called to be prudent. We’re all called to be wise!

POPE FRANCIS AND THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL

"The Church proclaims "the Gospel of peace" (Eph 6:15) and she wishes to cooperate with all national and international authorities in safeguarding this immense universal good. By preaching Jesus Christ, who is himself peace (Eph 2:14), the new evangelisation calls on every baptised person to be a peacemaker and a credible witness to a reconciled life. (Evangelii Gaudium...The Joy of the Gospel... #239).

 

PARISH NEWS

First Reconciliation Commitment Masses - This Weekend
A reminder to all families who have enrolled their child for the Sacrament of​ First ​Reconciliation at Infant Jesus Parish this year that you are required to attend one of the Commitment Masses listed below:
Saturday 14 October at 6:30 pm OR
Sunday ​15 October at 9:30 am OR
Sunday 15 October at 6:00 pm 
Please remember to bring your child's holy card and to 
​cross off your child's name at the registration before or after the Mass.

 

Reconciliation - Parents Information Night (Parents Only)

Monday 23 October at 7pm at the Parish Centre
 
Reconciliation Retreat at Schoenstatt Shirne
Wednesday 25 October
 
First Reconciliation and Family Retreat

Monday 6 November at 5.30pm or 6pm or 6.30pm or
Thursday 9 November at 5.30pm or 6pm


 First Communion Photos Now Available for Viewing

All those beautiful memories of the First Communion will last a while— the children looked so lovely and the families so happy. Mayfair Photography have delivered the proofs of the photos for viewing. Please come to the Infant Jesus Parish Office, Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 12.30pm to view the proofs and to place an order if you wish.  Please note that photographing the proofs is NOT permitted, since all photographs are copyrighted to Mayfair.

 

Infant Jesus School Band -  Photos from Jubilee Mass

These photos are now available for viewing on the following link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/uSOlPeL5OFflf0G12

 

Infant Jesus Parish 24:7 Morley Youth Group

All youth in Years 6-12 are invited to join us this Friday night, 6-8pm in the Parish Hall.  For more info call Roger 0434 988 711 or Elizabeth 0410 554 393.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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Lowes Uniforms

We are pleased to announce a 20% Off Sale Day for all our Lowes Customers. Anyone who is not a Lowes customer can apply in store or online to receive the discount on the day.
 
On Thursday 12 October we will be having a 20% Off Sale Day In-store and Online for all stock. Please find Flyer attached.

 

WA Young Salesians - Summer Camp 8-12 January 2018

 Are you between 12-15 years or starting Year 7 in 2018? 
Come and join us for this 5 day fun filled camp at 
Nanga Bush Camp, Dwellingup. Only $205 ($41 a day) 
Contact your Parish Priest, visit the website or contact Graham on 0418 979 600 for more info or to pick up a form.
Places are filling fast! Register now at: www.wayoungsalesians.com

    

Marriage Encounter Weekend

We have the last Marriage Encounter Weekend being held for 2017 in Mandurah on 13-15 October. In order for this weekend to go ahead, and avoid disappointing the couples already booked on, we need more couples to register. 
 
The Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is an enrichment weekend for couples, which assists in strengthening marriages and in turn the stability of our children and family life and we would like to offer to the families of your students, the invitation of attending a Marriage Encounter Weekend.

 

Vacation Swimming (VacSwim) 2017/2018 Summer

Enrol your children now in VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.
 With swimming pools and beaches a part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children learn how to swim and are safe in the water is a must for all families. 

Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim in lessons run at pools and open water venues across the State. VacSwim is for all children – from beginners through to advanced survival, rescue and resuscitation.

Your children can learn to swim for just: 
•    $7.00 per child for a five day short program 
•    $13.00 per child for all other programs.

It's even cheaper if you have three or more children:
•    $18.00 a family for a five day short program 
•    $35.00 a family for all other programs.

To find out more about VacSwim and to enrol online please visit education.wa.edu.au/swimming.

 

St Vincent de Paul - Car Boot Sale

St Vincent de Paul – Lockridge Conference is conducting a Car Boot Sale on 5 November 2017 on the Good Shepherd Oval at Kiara, further details are on the attached flyer.

 

 

VERITAS 
2017 Calendar Term 4 Parents.pdf
2017 Calendar Term 4 Parents.pdf
2017 Calendar Term 4 Parents.pdf
Infant Jesus School Athletics Records 2017.pdf
Father Son Camp 300817.pdf
Canteen Menu Summer Term 4 2017.docx
Canteen Menu Summer Term 4 2017PDF.pdf
Canteen Menu Summer Term 4 2017.pdf
Disco 2017.pdf
2017_SVDP Carboot Flyer.pdf
WA_Young_Salesian_Camp_Form_2018[1].pdf
Marriage Encounter Term 4 PDF.pdf
Vac Swim.pdf
Vac Swim.pdf