VERITAS 

16 March 2017
Issue Seven
Important Dates & Correspondence
Principal's Report
SCHOOL NEWS
COMMUNITY NEWS
Infant Jesus School
08 9276 1769
17 Smith Street
AU

Important Dates
&
Correspondence

Important Dates and Correspondence

VISION

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.

 

OUR SCHOOL VALUES

Living Our Catholic Faith

Truth - We promote Truth and Justice

in a spirit of Infant Jesus.

Excellence - We work hard to be the 

best we can.

Uniqueness - We value the individuality of each person.

Community - We cooperate and engage in open communication with one another.

Relationships - We show respect and kindness to all.

 

Term 1 2017

 

 Thursday                           Parish Mass 

16 March                            Years 1 and 6

 

Friday                                  Free Dress Day

17 March

 

20-24 March -                  Parent - Teacher            

                                                       Interviews

                                               By Appointment

 

Tuesday                               P & F Meeting

21 March

 

Thursday                             Parish Mass Yrs 3 and 4

23 March                     

 

Thursday                              Assembly Yr 6 

30 March                               Presentation of Badges

 

Friday                                    Swimming Carnival

31 March

 

Saturday                              Commitment Mass

1 April                                    Confirmation  6.30pm

 

Sunday                                 Commitment Mass

2 April                                    Confirmation 9.30am,                                                          6pm

 

Thursday                               Whole School Mass Yr 4

6 April

 

Friday                                    Fun Run for the Parish

7 April                                    Last Day of Term

 

 

UNIFORMS

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

 

For opening times and online orders go to www.lowesschoolwear.com.au

 

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 CALENDAR 2017

 


Principal's Report

Using our Talents

Which type of person are you, a risk-taker or a security-seeker? Some people really love taking risks, as is instanced in the emergence of extreme sports; these participants love the rush of adrenaline and the feeling of escaping the ordinary. However, most of us are not risk-takers, but security-seekers committed to a lifestyle of playing it safe. Playing life too cautiously could have us fall into the following description:

 

“There was a very cautious man who never laughed or played; he never risked, he never tried, he never sang or prayed. And when he, one day, passed away his insurance was denied; For since he never really lived, They claimed he never died.” Author unknown.

 

Strange as it may seem, Jesus told a story that seemed to encourage risk-taking. The Parable of the Talents tells the story of a wealthy man who was about to go on a long trip. He called his servants and according to their ability, gave one 5000 gold coins, another 2000 gold coins and the other 1000 gold coins. He told each to take care of what had been given to them.

 

The first two servants invested the money and made an equal amount, but the third servant buried his money and made nothing. When the wealthy man returned, he applauded the enterprise of the two servants who had made the successful investments and promoted them to positions of greater responsibility. The third servant he deemed to be useless and threw him out of the household. Paraphrased from Matthew 25: 14 – 30.

 

Risk-taking is actually part of everyday life and is taken for granted in matters from food consumption to travelling by car. The great motivational speaker and author, Zig Ziglar, put it neatly when he said, “It’s risky when a plane leaves the runway, but that’s what planes are for. It’s riskier for the plane to sit there and accumulate rust.” There are shades of the Parable of the Talents in that statement.

The Season of Lent is upon us again and it is a time for us to focus intentionally on what helps or hinders our commitment to Christ. It may be better not to give up something, but to take on something, to build up our spiritual muscles. How about this for taking on something:

 

“There was a woman in Swaziland, Orma Mavimbela, who had a well-paid job in the civil service. She felt called to do something for the AIDS orphans whom she saw daily around her. So, she gave up her job and paid for three feeding centres where children could get a meal, receive some loving care and play games. Pretty risky; what happens when her money runs out?” 

 

Of course, few of us are in a position to do as Orma did, but what can each of us do? We are all made in the image of God, but we may not be so Christ-like in our behaviour. Maybe this Lent we could take part in some minor risk-taking. One more quote from Zig Ziglar:

 

“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough people to get what they need.”

 

“Father in heaven,

May Your love be the foundation and motivating force for my life. Help me to step out of my sheltered life and take Your love to other people in a way that is personal to me. 

Amen.”

 

Bullying. No Way!

Friday, 17 March, marks the 2017 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. This annual day gives school a platform to say "Bullying. No Way!" and to reinforce the message that bullying and violence at school are not okay at school, at any time.

Parenting educator, Michael Grose, describes bullying as “an insidious behaviour that transgresses children’s natural right to feel safe and secure.” He explains that it can adversely affect children’s learning, emotional well-being, future relationships and self-esteem.

It is important to remember that bullying is not to be confused with random acts of violence, conflict, teasing or conflict. According to New South Wales Education and Communities, bullying is defined as repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. The key word here is repeated. Children often tease or fight and this should not be confused with bullying.


Listed below are a few tips offered by Michael Grose  on what to do if you suspect your child is being bullied:

 

1. Listen to their story

Children who are bullied need someone to believe their story.  Take them seriously and avoid dismissing complaints as tell-tale. Use common sense to differentiate between bullying and more random, non-selective antisocial acts.  Kids can be nasty to each other, yet this doesn’t constitute bullying.

2.    Deal with their feelings

A child who is bullied probably feels scared, angry and sad.  Boys are more likely to display anger and girls claim they feel sad.  The degree of emotional intensity is an indicator of the amount of bullying. Recognise and validate their emotions.  Let them talk about how they think (remember boys respond better to ‘think’ language) and how it’s normal to feel sad, scared or just plain confused.

 

3.    Get the facts

Get a clear picture of what happens, including who is involved, the frequency and what happens prior to any bullying. Get your child to be as specific as possible by asking good questions. An accurate picture will help you determine your next course of action.

 

4.     Give them coping skills

With a clear picture you can start giving your child some help about how he or she may deal with bullying including using avoidance strategies, being more assertive and changing poor body language.

 

5.      Get the school involved

Bullying is best handled when parents and teachers are involved.  Approach your school through the appropriate channels, make yourself aware of your schools’ anti-bullying procedures and programs.

 

6.      Help build your child’s support networks

Kids need a group of friends to support them when they experience bullying so  look for practical ways to broaden friendship groups.

 

7. Build their self-confidence

Provide children with systematic encouragement.  Let them know through your word

 

Attached below is the School Pastoral Care Policy on Bullying

 

Digital Transformation LEAD Educator Day

On Tuesday, three Infant Jesus Staff members were invited to present at the Digital Transformation LEAD Educator Day at the Catholic Education Office.  Mitzi Phoebe, Melissa Myles and Renee Allegretto went along to share their knowledge about various digital technologies, including multi touch iBooks, using green screens in the classroom, flexible learning spaces and digital citizenship.  The day was attended by over a 100 teachers and other delegates from Catholic Schools in Western Australia.

 

Infant Jesus Family

Our congratulations and prayers are with the Kolarikal Family (Joseph 4W, Tessa 1B) on the arrival of a little baby girl Elizia to their family. Blessings on you all.

 

Family Mass

Many thanks to all the families and staff members that came along to our first Family Mass last weekend at Infant Jesus Parish Church. I know Fr Sunny was very pleased and impressed with the efforts of so many families from the school. We hope to continue to develop these Family Masses over the next few years so that they become an integral part of the Infant Jesus culture.

 

A huge Thank You to Mrs Nicole Boddy for organising and conducting the school choir on the evening. This year the members of the School Choir have made a commitment to attend these school celebrations. I sincerely thank these students and their parents for honouring this commitment.

 

Our next Family Mass is on Saturday 12 August.

Prayer For Lent

Teach us, dear Lord, to number our days
That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy
That we may rejoice and be glad all of our days.
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.
And establish the work of our hands.

Amen

 

Parent Teacher Meetings

During Week 8 of this term, parents will have the opportunity to meet with their child/ren’s teachers to discuss their progress so far this year. Parents are encouraged to play an active role in the education of their children and these interviews are an ideal forum in which to help enrich the learning opportunities for students and to build partnerships between home and school.

 

There are many ways parents can find out about their children’s progress at school and some of these include:

  • Formal and informal interviews
  • Reports on student performance (in Term 2 and Term 4)
  • Letters & E-diary
  • SeeSaw portfolio
  • Parent information evenings

 

Parents and the broader community play a vital role in supporting successful learning outcomes for our children. Research tells us that the most meaningful partnerships are those where schools, parents, students and the community work together to focus on student learning. Parent and community engagement that is effectively focused on student learning can deliver powerful outcomes.

Parish Fun Run

The Infant Jesus School Fun Run has become an annual event supporting people in need. The Fun run has typically been an event focussing on global events of natural disaster.

 

This year our school has committed to supporting the Infant Jesus Parish to purchase and upgrading of a new sound system. The close partnership between the parish and the school is highlighted by the words of Pope Francis. Pope Francis explains that the relationship between the family and the Church is so important. He said that the connection between the two is natural, because the Church is a "spiritual family” and the family is a small church. He added that "families and parishes are the two places where we encounter, in every age, that communion of love which has its ultimate source in God.”

 

The ‘Parish Fun Run,’ will be held on Friday 7 April (rescheduled from Friday 24 April) at various times throughout the day. The children in Years 1-3 will run the event during their normal daily fitness times and Years 4-6 will run the event during the normal sport sessions on Friday afternoon. Pre-Primary children will run the event at a time convenient to them.   Three-Year-Old Kindy and Kindy children will have a collection box for donations in their classroom. Children can run, jog, walk, skip etc around the track. Each child will receive a card to record the number of ‘laps’. 

 

In preparation for this event, each student will receive a sponsor sheet that will be sent home this week. Please collect as many sponsors and/or donations as possible. Children can be sponsored per lap – or for a general donation. We hope that you are passionate and continue to support this worthy event.  You can start collecting today!!! 

 

We ask that parents be aware of who and where their children are going to collect sponsors and donations. Relatives and friends are the safest people to ask.

Kindergarten 2018

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

 

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

 

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.

 

Mother Teresa 

 

 

Have a great week

 

 

Paul Hille 

Principal 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

Learning

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

The Innovation and Technology Centre is a brand new addition to Infant Jesus School this year.

This learning environment is rich with possibilities where students and teachers come together and learn new skills and are not fixed by a set of materials and spaces. It provides many opportunities for learning to be enhanced through collaboration and project based work. 

 

The space provides creative time and space for teachers and students to explore, fail and retry, bounce ideas off one another and build something together which may not always have digital technologies as the focus. 

 

This wonderful new learning space will focus on the Technologies Curriculum and will integrate   STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths)  into the student’s classroom learning. Students will visit the Innovation Centre with teachers once a week, with sessions making cross-curricular links with class themes/topics.

 

All classes have now had a session in the room and the excitement levels were high! Here is a brief snapshot of what the  Pre-Primary, Year 2 , and 6 classes have been learning .

 

Pre-Primary are developing their photography skills. They will discuss what a good photo is using the ipads,  focus on taking steady pictures and applying different editing features to enhance their work. This will be integrated in with the class topic of Feelings.  

In Year 2, students have been connecting to places all around the world – and even visiting them! Using the Green Screen and the iPads, the Year 2’s were able to use images of their selected places and to make it look it like they were there. They are in the process of using these pictures as writing prompts to create postcards. They also are using the App, Chatterpix to help explain their connections and bring their postcards to life.

 

In Year 4, students have been learning all about Aboriginal culture in class. They have used some of their STEAM time to investigate iMovie, story-boarding and different camera shots. They are now in the process of transferring their information about Aboriginal culture into scripts and filming a BTN style report with iMovie. They are sure to be a hit!

 

In Year 6, students discussed the importance of digital citizenship and the THINK acronym. As the school leaders, they will be creating posters and short movies about the expectations of students in the new Innovation and Technology room to display for all classes to see. They will also use their STEAM session to build on class work about circuits.

 

PERCEPTUAL MOTOR PROGRAM 

 Our Pre-primary children commenced the Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) on Tuesday. The program consists of ten stations and the children rotate through three stations each morning (Tuesday and Wednesday). The children were fantastic in demonstrating their fundamental movement skills and had great fun at each station. We must say a big thank you to all the parents who have offered their time to help with the running of the program and we are all excited to continue the program next week! 

 

 Mrs Jenkins
Sport Specialist (Pre-Primary and Year 1)

 

 


Italian Festival 2017

The Italo Australia Welfare and Cultural Centre are running a number of competitions for the Italian Festival this year, one of which is the children's colouring competition. This year the topic for the colouring competition is 'L' Anno Internazionale del Turismo Sostenibile/The international Year of Sustainable Tourism.'

 

We are asking all parents to encourage their children to participate and do their best. It is a State competition and certificates and prizes are awarded from the Centre. Also could you please sign and send back the entry form available from our Italian Teacher Signora Cole.

Engagement

SEESAW PARENT INFORMATION EVENING

As you are aware, this year Infant Jesus has embraced the application Seesaw across all year levels. We are using this to transform our learning journey from the classroom and into our individual households. Seesaw is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what's happening in the classroom. Seesaw gives students a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology. Each student gets their own journal and will add things to it, including photos, videos, drawings, or notes.

 

A parent workshop has been scheduled for the 16 March at 3:30pm - 4:00pm & then repeated again at 6:30-7:00pm. Please fill in the survey to indicate your attendance at these workshops. 

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FX53WLP

 

 

 


P & F News

FREE DRESS DAY!

Get ready, Free Dress is tomorrow! Children are encouraged to come to school in appropriate clothing of their choice for a gold coin donation.  Please send your child in closed shoes.  The P&F will be handing out free ice creams to the kids, so this is a day they will not want to miss! 

 

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE - QUIZ NIGHT

Planning of the P&F Quiz Night has begun.  The next meeting will be held Tuesday 28 March at 6.30pm at Fast Eddy's Morley.  All are welcome to attend and we hope to see you there.

 

P&F MEETING

The next P&F meeting will be held Tuesday 21 March at 7pm in the school office.  Agenda items include:  Quiz Night, Loose Change Challenge.  We'll see you there!

 

Nicola Cecchele - P&F President
 

MAD CAMP

It’s that time of year again, MAD (Mother & Daughter) Camp.  

 

Let’s get physical and have fun with our friends while meeting new ones.  

 

This year promises to be full of fun with lots of laughs.  The camp will be held on 26-28 May 2017 at Point Walter Reserve.  

 

Please fill in the attached Registration Form, pay the deposit via EFT and pass your form into the office for collection.  The deposit needs to be paid by Friday 31st March 2017 and the form handed into the office.  Any queries please contact one of us on the form.

 

INFANT  JESUS FAMILY CAMP  2017
A big hello to all the families.  At this stage we have confirmed the date for the 2017 Family  Camp. This will be during  the middle weekend  of September/October  school holidays, being Friday 29 September, and concluding Sunday 1 October.


We have reduced it by one night, but extended the last day until the afternoon. This will not be the long weekend, giving families  the option  to still make use of the  Queen's birthday  long weekend.


We will be having another  meeting on Monday 27 March, 8pm at 32 Browning  Street, Yokine.


We are hoping to get the old, and some new fresh faces attending, whether  you are willing to join this exciting committee, or just volunteer your time to help out. Family camp  has been going for over 40 years, and we need to keep this tradition going as it has made some of the best school memories for both the parents  and the kids  of those who have ever attended. 


If you could please let me know if you are able to attend, otherwise if Monday doesn't seem to suit, I can change it  around.
Kind regards 
Commandants
Linda Prestianni 0433 925 857
and
Ardrian Gonsalves 0403 439 888

 

YEAR 2 COFFEE CATCHUP

Thursday 30 March at Slate Cafe, 12 Dulwich Street, Bennett Springs

Time: Straight after school drop off

RSVP to Nicole Mesiti or Maree Previti

 

Accountability

PARENT - TEACHER INTERVIEWS

Our Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held  next week.  

 

Teachers have timetables displayed outside classrooms for parents to select a time to meet with their teacher.

 

This meeting is to to discuss your child’s progress

and to ensure that the school and home continue the important partnership of working together.

 

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 or online. 

 

 

Discipleship

Feast Day of St Patrick
17 March

How do you teach a classroom that's as big as a whole country? How do you teach a whole country about God?

 

St. Patrick's classroom was the whole country of Ireland and his lesson was the good news of Jesus Christ. How in the world did he do it? Well, it was only possible because he depended totally on God. But letting God give him strength and direction didn't always come naturally to St. Patrick. That was a lesson he had to learn himself. And he didn't get to learn it from understanding, gentle teachers in a comfortable classroom. He learned it from a band of thieving, roving pirates.

Although we think of Ireland when we talk about St. Patrick, he wasn't actually born in Ireland. He was born in Britain, perhaps even in Scotland. His father was a deacon, and his grandfather had been a priest. But Patrick didn't think too much about God. We don't really know why this was. He probably thought he didn't need God. He probably thought other things could bring him as much happiness as God could. God just wasn't on Patrick's mind as he roamed the fields of his homeland, tending animals and learning how to be a man.

 

But his happy, carefree life ended one day when crowds of strangers appeared on the horizon. They looked dangerous and frightening, and they were. They were pirates and thieves, on their way to capture slaves to take back to Ireland. Patrick was one of those hundreds of captives. He was snatched from his family and his home. He was taken from all of his future hopes and dreams. Patrick was thrown on a ship, bound in chains, and taken over the sea to Ireland. He was sixteen years old. For six years, Patrick was a slave in Ireland. He was put to work watching sheep and cattle. Patrick had just enough food to live on, and when he wasn't working, he tried to rest in tiny huts that were damp and cold.

 

But something strange and wonderful happened in Ireland. All alone, frightened for his life, and among people who worshiped trees and stones, Patrick opened his heart to God.

 

That happens to a lot of us, doesn't it? When everything's going great, we don't have any time for God. But then something awful and painful happens, and there we are, back at God's feet.

During those years, Patrick started to pray. He thought about God all the time, and it gave him peace of mind. He knew that no matter how much he was suffering, God loved him.

 

Eventually, Patrick escaped from slavery and travelled to France, which in those days was called Gaul. We're not sure exactly how much time Patrick spent in Gaul. But it was enough time for him to draw closer to God as he prayed and studied in a monastery.

 

One night, deep in a dreamy vision, Patrick heard voices. He heard many voices, joined together, pleading with him. “Come back,” the voices cried, “come back and walk once more among us.” Patrick knew it was the Irish people calling him. Strengthened by the courage that only God can give, Patrick went back. He returned to the very people who had stolen him from his family, worked him mercilessly as a slave, and knew little, if anything, about the love of the true God.

Before he left Gaul, Patrick was made the Bishop of Ireland. He then travelled across the sea to teach the people of Ireland about Jesus Christ.

 

Patrick had a big job ahead of him. He had to show a country full of students that there was no point in worshiping nature. Trees can't forgive your sins or teach you how to love. The sun, as powerful as it is, could not have created the world. Patrick explained things using simple examples that people could easily understand. For example, he used the three-leaf clover to show people how there could be three persons in one God.

 

Patrick preached to huge crowds and small villages. He preached to kings and princes. He preached in the open air, and he preached in huts. Patrick never stopped preaching, and he never stopped teaching. He couldn't stop—the whole country of Ireland was his classroom, and he couldn't afford to miss even one student!

Soon, Patrick had help. Men became priests and monks and women became nuns. Wherever they lived, those monks and nuns settled in monasteries and set up schools. More students were being reached every day.

 

But, of course, the greatest help Patrick had was from God. When he was young, Patrick had forgotten God, but that would never happen again. He knew that God supported him in every step he took. God gave Patrick the courage to speak, even when Patrick was in danger of being hurt by pagan priests who didn't want to lose their power over the people.

 

Patrick's most famous prayer shows us how close he was to God. It's called “St. Patrick's Breastplate.” A breastplate is the piece of armor that protects a soldier's heart from harm.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left.

 

 

Parish News

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM

Sacrament of Confirmation 2017
We thank all the families who attended the Confirmation Enrolment Masses last weekend. 
Kindly complete and return the enrolment forms along with the necessary attachments as soon as possible.

Important Dates to Remember:
 

Commitment Masses - Confirmation

  • Saturday 1 April at 6.30 pm OR
  • Sunday 2 April at 9.30 am OR at 6.00 pm 

 

Parent Information Night - Confirmation

  • Monday 1 May 7.00 pm

 

Parents and Child Workshop - Confirmation

  • Monday 22 May 7.00 pm

 

Confirmation Retreat, Episcopal Visitation and Formal Practice

  • Friday 9 June at 9.00 am

 

Sacrament of Confirmation Masses

  • Saturday 10th of June at 12.00 pm and at 3.00 pm (For your Mass time allocation, please see the enrolment confirmation email sent to you)

 
Enquiries: Faith Rico, Sacramental Coordinator at [email protected]

 

TUESDAY 21 MARCH AT 7.30PM

INFANT JESUS CHURCH

In the middle of Lent, come and experience a reflective and relaxing hour of prayer in the style of Taizé; music, silence, candlelight and prayers of petition based around the Gospel of the Third Sunday of Lent. The perfect sustenance for the remainder of the Lenten journey.  ALL WELCOME.


“Return to the Lord, your God….
…for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”
                                – Joel 2:13


SECOND RITE OF RECONCILIATION

Wednesday 5 April at 7.30pm.
Join your parish family in this beautiful communal expression of repentance and sorrow in preparation for the great Feast of Easter.


Reflect on the Word of God, be led gently through an examination of conscience, be healed by individual confession. Go back into the world with a heart that is empty of all sorrow and regret and be filled with our loving Father’s unwavering love.
 

MORLEY YOUTH GROUP

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
 

***ADVENTURE WORLD TRIP*** 
Youth from all 24:7 Youth Groups are invited to Adventure World on the 1st of April! For more information & to get a permission slip, please contact Roger 0434 988 711 or Elizabeth 0410 554 393

Canteen Roster

Friday 17 March   

Billie DeWitt, Pauline Spence, Rosanna Monastra  

Monday 20 March   

Felicia Castrianni, Nicole Mesiti, Leah Wilson

Wednesday 22 March  

Sara McMenemy, Alison Wilathgamuwa, Justine Scriva

 

Please Note: Vegetarian Pasta, Arancini and Fish Burgers will be sold in lieu of meat products every Friday during Lent. This is in keeping with our Catholic Lenten Practice of Fasting.

 

Please see attached the Canteen Menu for Lent.

 

Project Compassion

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR  

Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation, a Caritas Australia partner, offered Uncle Richard and other former Stolen Generations survivors the chance to heal after a childhood of suffering.

 

"We’ve still got a lot of anger but we’re controlling it now, coming together."
Uncle Richard


First Australian Uncle Richard is a survivor of the Stolen Generations, forcibly removed from his family as a child and taken to Kinchela Boys Home (KBH) in NSW. Hundreds of Indigenous boys were incarcerated there between 1924 and 1970, suffering ongoing physical and verbal abuse. They lost every aspect of their identity – their names, their culture and their families.

When Uncle Richard left KBH, he struggled with the legacy of pain, trying to find relief through his work as an artist. But he attributes the beginning of his healing to something even more powerful than his creative work, his reconnection with former KBH boys.

 

The KBH Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) was established by KBH survivors to reunite with one another and begin healing. KBHAC’s Unlocking the Past to Free the Future Program works to restore the social and emotional wellbeing of the survivors and their families. The former KBH boys have realised that their shared suffering has created a brotherhood. They support each other by sharing their stories, and coming to a common understanding of how their experiences have impacted on themselves and their descendants.

Through KBHAC, the men are also opening the door to the wider Australian community, inviting everyone to journey together as neighbours in the healing process. Caritas Australia supports KBHAC and is proud to walk alongside in partnership on the journey to wellbeing.

 

"We can hopefully show the way for other people to learn from our pain. And we're trying to be the leader, a role model for our kids." - Uncle Richard

 

Please donate to Project Compassion 2017 and help Australia’s Stolen Generations and their families to heal from the pain of the past. You can donate through School boxes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.

Infant Jesus School Kenya Outreach

A few years ago Infant Jesus donated leftover polo shirts from our Uniform Shop to the Southern Cross Kenya Aid to Educate (SCKATE). Jenny Gartrell is the contact for SCKATE and has kept in touch with our School since. Jenny has sent through some photos of the children who had received the shirts.

 

Pick up arrangements

Please make sure your child understands the pickup arrangements for each day when you drop them off. Last minute phone calls to the school to run messages when the office is already busy runs the risk of the message not getting through. 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Soccer

INFANT JESUS SOCCER CLUB
Thank you to all those who attended the Infant Jesus Soccer Club information day on Sunday 26 February 2017. Anyone who was unable to attend or who still requires uniform sizing, there will be opportunities to try on the uniform on Tuesday 28 March and 4 April 2017. Please attend the clubrooms between 5pm and 6pm and speak to Michelle.
 
To make things easier for parents, all uniform purchases will now be made online through the Infant Jesus Soccer Club website. Once you have confirmed your child’s size, please place your order at ijsoccerclub.com . Please help us to avoid last minute exchanges by placing your order early.
 
Please direct any enquiries to Michelle Jacobsen at [email protected]

 

 

La Salle College

Please see attached Flyer for La Salle College Open Day and Enrolments.

 

Our Lady Assumption 50th Anniversary

Calling past students, families and staff of  Our Lady’s Assumption School in Dianella.

 

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

 

Trinity College Currently Taking Enrolment Interviews

 If you are looking for a holistic, quality Catholic education for your son, Trinity College in East Perth may be the school you are searching for.  We strive to provide the highest level of teaching and learning in an environment that keeps expanding to meet the physical and emotional needs of all students. To learn more about the extensive things on offer such as our state-of-the-art robotic observatory or our Design and Technology Centre using the latest equipment in technology laboratories, please visit our website for further information. Interviews are now taking place for Year 7 in 2019, with limited places available for Year 7 next year. Visit www.trinity.wa.edu.au or contact 9223 8121 to book a guided tour.

 

Archdiocese of Perth

 

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City of Bayswater - Have a Go Day

The City of Bayswater has partnered with Inclusion WA to implement 'Have a Go Day' - a free community-led event providing 'Have a Go' activities. The initiative aims to connect residents to local clubs, groups and businesses that provide opportunities to participate in cultural, recreational or sporting activities. Previous Have- a-Go-Day events have seen over 1000 attendees, with over 50 clubs, community groups and businesses showcasing their activities and services.
 
Come along and check out a wide range of stalls and activities facilitated by local community groups and clubs, from lacrosse, tennis, drama to ultimate frisbee, scouts and dragon boating. Entry and activities on the day are 100% free of charge, plus there's also live music, prizes and giveaways, food stalls and more!
 
Have a Go Day
Date: Sunday 9 April 2017
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: The RISE, 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands.
Cost: Free!

Relationships Australia

Relationships Australia has an extensive range of short courses which serve as ‘tasters’ to their longer courses but also serve as a stand-alone opportunity to learn new skills and strategies to help support you in your parenting role.
 
The attached flier outlines parenting courses available in our West Leederville, Joondalup and Fremantle Branches for the month of April 2017.

 

Netball

Year 4  train Tuesday 3pm - 4pm.
Year 5 train Thursday  3pm – 4pm.

Lost Property

There was a West Coast Eagles Backpack that was left at the school at the end of 2016. It has clothing for a small child in it but no name. Please see office staff if you think it is yours. Other items in lost property are:

 

1 pair spectacles - red

5 watches

1 Chinese Kickboxing Grading June 2015 Medal

1 gold necklace

1 wooden pair rosary beads

VERITAS 
2017 Calendar Terms 1-4.pdf
2017 Calendar Terms 1-4.pdf
2017 Calendar Terms 1-4.pdf
MAD CAMP REGISTRATION FORM 2.pdf
MAD CAMP REGISTRATION FORM 2.pdf
Infant Jesus School Code of Conduct Parents.pdf
Canteen Menu Summer Lent 2017.docx
Canteen Menu Summer Lent 2017 PDF.pdf
Canteen Menu Summer Lent 2017 PDF.pdf
Kenya Photos.pdf
Kenya Photos.pdf
Seesaw Introduction Letter.pdf
Seesaw Parent Intro Presentation.pdf
Seesaw Parent Intro Presentation.pdf
2.3 Pastoral Care Policy - Coutering Bullying .pdf
2.3 Pastoral Care Policy - Countering Bullying .pdf
2.3 Pastoral Care Policy - Countering Bullying .pdf
2.3 Pastoral Care Policy - Coutering Bullying .pdf
2.3 Pastoral Care Policy - Coutering Bullying .pdf
La Salle College.pdf
La Salle College.pdf
La Salle College.pdf
Relationships Australia 143.pdf
Relationships Australia 143.pdf