07 December 2017
Issue Thirty-nine
Important Dates & Correspondence
Principal's Report
Infant Jesus School
08 9276 1769
17 Smith Street
Morley 6062,,

Important Dates

Important Dates and Correspondence

Term 4 2017


Friday 8 December

Year 6 Graduation Assembly and Thanksgiving Mass



Term 1 2018

Wednesday 17 January

Office Opens


Friday 26 January

Australia Day


Monday 29 January

PD Day Staff


Tuesday 30 January

PD Day Staff


Wednesday 31 January

Students commence



Uniforms 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

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 2018.

Newsletter Deadline

If you have articles for the Newsletter please be aware that the Newsletter is assembled on Tuesday and Wednesday and then emailed out on Thursday. It is helpful to assembly to have articles as early as possible. Thankyou

Principal's Report

Principal's Report

Dear Parents


The Very First
Christmas Day


His parents had no money, although He was a King -
An angel came to Joseph one night as he dreamed.
“Don’t be afraid to marry her, this child is God’s own Son,”
And with these words from God’s messenger, their journey had begun.


They travelled to the city, their taxes to be paid-
But when Christ was born they found no place for the baby to be laid.
So they wrapped Him up and used a lowly manger for His bed,
With nothing else but straw to place beneath the Christ-child’s head.


The shepherds came to worship Him, the wise men travelled  too—Led by a star up in the sky, they found the baby new.
They gave him gifts so wondrous, their incense, myrrh, and gold,
Thus completes the greatest story of a birth ‘twas ever told.


He was just a tiny baby, born in a stable far away—
They had no reservations, and no where else to stay.
But His birth was so majestic, in a simple sort of way,
A baby born in Bethlehem, on the very first Christmas Day.



Christmas has always been a very special time when families gather. We celebrate joyfully in seeing family and friends that we have not seen for a long time.  We often travel long distances to be with people who are very special to us.  We all have many wonderful memories of Christmas.  Children, especially, remember the gifts they have received.  Many of our family traditions are linked to what happened so many years ago in a stable in Bethlehem.



I would like to thank everyone - staff, students and parents for their help on Tuesday night.  The Christmas Concert was a huge success and the children shone!  Thank you once again to Nicole Boddy, and all the staff for coordinating the evening and making it such a huge success.


We wish all staff, students and parents a very safe, happy and holy Christmas. Thank you to one and all for all your efforts and support throughout the year.


To the departing staff members and families, thank you once again for all that you have given to Infant Jesus School and we wish you happiness and prosperity and hope that you will always remember your time at this school and your lives are filled with rewards.


To our Year 6 students, we hope that the faith and values you have been taught at Infant Jesus School will always be part of your daily lives and wish you God’s guidance and happiness. Best of luck in high school.


I hope all families enjoy the time they have together over this Christmas break and pray that each and every member of the community returns safely in 2018.


Merry Christmas and God Bless



Tomorrow the Year Six students will celebrate the end of their primary school education with an Assembly and Graduation Mass. The Assembly will commence at 9.00am and all students from Year One to Year Six will be attending. The Graduation & Thanksgiving Mass will commence at 11.00am in the Infant Jesus Parish Church. This is a very significant occasion for the Year Six students and we invite everyone in the school community to keep our Year Six students in their prayers. 


Noah Ashton                                        Alex Bao

Alexander Barker                             Thomas Bettles

Jackson Bogaers                               Imogen Bowran

Adrian Brown                                    Troy Buckley

Massimo Cecchele-Jones           Alessio Colli

Cassidy Doudakis                            Elizabeth Farnfield

Layla Firns                                            Liam Gaston

Daniel Gianatti                                  Ethan Gonsalves

Akiena Gunawardene                   Sasha Haigney

Raphael Ho                                         Anthony Huang

Xander Intervencion                     Amanda Joseph

Ella King                                               Jonathon Le Goueff

Arcangelo Mammone                   Emily Morgan

Cronan Mulvey                                Brian Nguyen

Derek Nguyen                                  Mitchell O'Bryan

Jiada Olivieri                                    Katia Panicciari

Lucas Pelle                                         Kasey Pham

Tin Pham                                             Julian Pinneri

Hayley Placzek                                Claire Prestianni

Isla Reynolds                                     Cristobal Rivera

Jayden Rodrigues                           Gianni Romeo

Leah Rossi                                           Isaiah Roussety

Declan Ryan                                     James Sammells

Vincent Sciullo                                 Arpita Sharma

Jonas Sim                                            Helena Sparks

Sasha Stepanko                               Xavier Teo

Sophia Terranova                           Bayleigh Tonkin

Nyobi Viheriakoski-Barras       Jed Williams

Matthew Wilson                             Alfred Yip



Semester Two student reports were distributed to all students yesterday. Parents are reminded that this report is a summary of what has been achieved throughout the second semester of 2017.


Students can be commended for their efforts throughout the semester and we thank the parents who have supported us by ensuring that students are continuing in their learning and development as a whole person. 


I encourage parents to take the time to discuss the Semester Two Report with their child/children and, if there are areas of concern, to make an appointment to see the class teacher.   


A reminder to our Pre-Kindy parents that there will be a Parent Meeting on Thursday 1 February at 9.30am in the school Library. All parents of all children attending the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten Program in 2018 are encouraged to attend.


We have quite a few students who arrive at school extremely early each day, some as early as 7.30am. There is limited supervision of children at this time as staff are only arriving.  Parents who need to drop their children off at school early (eg before 8.10am) should consider using the Before School Care facility we will be running through OSH Club in 2018. Details and an outline of cost for this facility are included below (see the attached flyer).

OSH Club and the School are pleased to advise that Before School Care will be added to the current After School Care program for the beginning of next year! 


This additional service will be open from 7:00am and includes breakfast plus a range of structured and unstructured fun activities for the children.  Child Care rebates are applicable. 
Program details Session            
Before Care     $7.15 to $10.45 * (full fee $20.90)   7:00am – 8:40am 
After Care      $8.23 to $14.93 * (full fee $29.85)     2:30pm – 6:00pm
*pending rebates applicable.

Please note that there will be some changes where payment of Fees is made by either BPAY or Direct Debit.
The school has been allocated a new BPAY Biller Code which is 279620.  This new BPAY Biller Code must be used for all payments made from 1 January 2018.  This new BPAY Biller Code will appear on all future Fee Statements along with your unique family Reference Number. Please change these details in your internet banking if you have the old BPAY Biller details saved as a regular payment.
Direct Debits
As a result of some banking system processing changes, families that have in place Direct Debits for payment of school fees, which would normally be processed between the Christmas and New Year period, will not be processed until Tuesday 2 January 2018.  Therefore if your Direct Debit is due between 27 December 2017 and 1 January 2018, it will not be processed until 2 January 2018.
If you have any queries, please contact the school office.



At the end of the year is also a time to farewell staff who are leaving the Infant Jesus School Community due to retirement, moving to another school or completing a contract.


We acknowledge and thank the following staff:

Claire Grabski -  Year 4–6 Health Teacher
Michael Sheridan - PE and Year 6 Yeacher
Stephanie Duffy - Year 4 Teacher
Nicole Boddy -  Music Teacher

Maria Tassone - Support Teacher
Claire Dada - Pre-Primary & Year 1 PE Teacher

Jessica Lucas - Year 1 Teacher
Leesa Hermans - Year 2 teacher
Tania D’Angelo -  Year 4–6 Health Teacher


We also farewell Natalie Le Geouff who has provided Infant Jesus School with an Instrumental Program and coordinated the Infant Jesus School Band  for many years.

We thank all these teachers for their contributions to educating the children at Infant Jesus School. We hope that they have found their time here both enjoyable and rewarding and they take some of the spirit of our community with them in their future roles.



The following staff will be joining the Infant Jesus School Community in 2018:


Miss Kaela Neretlis will be joining Infant Jesus School Staff after graduating from Notre Dame University in December 2017. Kaela is very excited to be starting her teaching career with the Year One children.


Miss Jazmine Ziino joins our staff at the beginning of next year teaching in Year Four. Jazmine is somewhat familiar with the school as she is an ex-Infant Jesus School student and has many fond memories of the teachers and her time here. Her previous teachers at Infant Jesus School inspired her to choose a career in teaching!


Miss Deana Foti starts her teaching career at Infant Jesus School in Year Five. She also attended a nearby local Catholic Primary School and, as a student, competed in sporting competitions against Infant Jesus School. 

Kaela, Jazmine and Deana are very excited and enthusiastic to be starting their teaching careers. They have already spent some time at the school and yesterday met the children they will be teaching next year. 

Miss Kate Witkowski graduates from Notre Dame University in December 2017. She is a registered nurse who has changed careers to follow her life-long passion to be a teacher. Kate will be co-ordinating and teaching the Physical Education Program across the school.

We welcome back Mrs Kerry King who has been on leave in 2017. Kerry returns to Infant Jesus School in 2018 and will be teaching Health in Year 3 – 6 and will also be part of the Support throughout the school. 


Parish Priest - Fr Greg Burke

Principal  - Mr Paul Hille
Assistant Principal -  Ms Clare Moffat
Assistant Principal -  Mr Frank Colangelo

Bursar - Mrs Irene Baginski
Admin Officer - Mrs Cheryl Macpherson
Admin Officer/Library - Mrs Jenny Houwen

 3-Year-Old Kindergarten - Mrs Mary-Ann Limerick

Kindy Blue - Mrs Tania Kosovich
Kindy White  - Mrs Tina Fazari

Pre-Primary Blue -  Miss Sophie Houston
Pre-Primary White  - Mrs Gabriella Clementson

Year 1 Blue -  Miss Kaela Neretlis
Year 1 White -  Mrs Christine Padua

Year 2 Blue - Mrs Leanne Griffin
Year 2 White - Mrs Maureen O’Neill

Year 3 Blue  -  Miss Yen Wong
Year 3 White -  Miss Melissa Myles

Year 4 Blue  - Miss Rebecca O’Connor
Year 4 White -  Miss Jasmine Ziino

Year 5 Blue - Miss Renee Allegretto
Year 5 White  - Miss Deanna Foti

Year 6 Blue -  Mrs Amanda Edwards
Year 6 White - Mrs Janelle White

Support Teachers

Pre-Primary Science -  Mrs Tania Kosovich
Pre-Primary Science -  Mrs Tina Fazari
Support Co-ordinator  -  Ms Clare Moffat
Maths Support -  Mrs Mary Tampalini
Reading Recovery - Ms Clare Moffat
Support - Mr Frank Colangelo
Support - Mrs Kerry King
Support  - Mr Paul Hille


Specialist Teachers

Physical Education  - Miss Kate Witkowski
Health (Yr 3-6) - Mrs Kerry King
Health (Yr 1-2)  - Mrs Mary-Ann Limerick
Science (Yr 2-6)  - Mr Rocco Capolingua
Science (Yr 1)  -  Mrs Mary-Ann Limerick
Music  -  To be confirmed
Innovation & Technologies - Miss Mitzi Phoebe
Gifted & Talented (i-Hour) -  Miss Mitzi Phoebe
LOTE  -   (Italo) Bruna


Educational Assistants

Pre-Kindergarten -  Mrs Anne Foley/ Mrs Emilia Cardile

Kindergarten Blue  -  Mrs Sue Bonomi/Mrs Ornella Boogaard

Kindergarten White -  Mrs Anne Foley/Mrs Angie Spadacinni

Pre-Primary - Mrs Judy Pugliese/Mrs Cathy Duschka

Year 1 -  Mrs Nicky Mabbs
Year 1 & Year 2  -  Mrs Sue Bonomi
Year 2  - Mrs Trish Wyllie

Support  - Mrs Ornella Boogaard
                   Mrs Angie Spadacinni    
                    Mrs Kerryn McLaughlin      


Ancillary Staff

Social Worker -  Mrs Penny Storey
Canteen - Mrs Francesca Ienco


Our prayers are with our staff member Gabriella Clementson and her family as they mourn the loss of their beloved Father. May he rest in peace.


Our thoughts and prayers are also with the Scaletti Family (Nick PKW2) in the sad passing of their Grandfather and Great Grandfather.  Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord.


The following proposed Sacramental dates have been planned and booked for 2108.  All sacraments will be held at Infant Jesus Parish Church.  In 2018, Infant Jesus School will continue the ‘Parish Based, School Supported Program’ which is designed to support families with the faith formation and sacramental preparation of their child.


Sacrament of Confirmation                  Saturday 9 June 2018


First Eucharist                                        Saturday 8 September 2018

                                                                 Sunday 9 September 2018


First Reconciliation                                Monday 5 November

                                                                 Thursday 8 November



Term 1        Wednesday 31 January - Friday 13 April
Term 2        Monday 30 April - Friday 29 June
Term 3        Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September
Term 4        Monday 8 October - Thursday 13 December

P&F Back to School Picnic – 9  February 2018 

Prayer for the Week


the Light of the World,

as we celebrate your birth . . . .

may we begin to see the world

in the light of the understanding you give us. 

As you chose the lowly,

the outcasts,

and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. 

May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving. 


A Christmas Reflection


… If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep... you are richer than 75% of this world


… If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace... you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.


… If you woke up this morning with good health you are more fortunate than the million who will not survive this week.


… If you have never experienced the danger of battle unfolding all around you, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation... you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.


… If you can attend a church meeting without fear of persecution, harassment, arrest, torture, or death... you are more blessed than three billion people in the world. 


… If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all. 


Author Unknown





Did You Know?

  • US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world's presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.
  • ALTHOUGH now mostly vegetarian, in Victorian times, mince pies were made with beef and spices.
  • HANGING stockings out comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas's donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.
  • BEFORE turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig's head and mustard.
  • THE first commercial Christmas cards were commissioned by civil servant Sir Henry Cole in London in 1843. Featuring a family drinking wine, one sold for #8,469 last year.

 Thought for the Week

"Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness.

To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart.

To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."
-- Oren Arnold


May the Blessing of Christmas be with you and

your family this Christmas








Thank you to the many students and parents who supported the Year Four's fundraiser for the LifeLink Christmas Appeal, a total of $187 was raised. There were over 100 entries for the 'Funky Reindeer Competition' handed in and it was very hard to choose only five winners! After much deliberation, Miss Phoebe, Miss O'Connor and myself chose the following winners: Alex Barker (6W), Domenica Italiano (5W), Mack Williams (4B), Georiga Mammone (2B) and Olivia Krans (1W). Thank you again for your support and congratulations to the five talented winners! 

Miss Duffy




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


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





Save the date!  Friday 9 February 2018
The 2018 family picnic will be held on the school oval.  We have a bouncy castle, obstacle course, face painting and food trucks, lots of fun for all ages!  
We would like to thank the parent community for all their support during 2017. Your time and efforts are very much appreciated.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and safe and happy holidays.
Marisa Gulluni - P&F President


MAD (Mother & Daughter) CAMP 2018.   

MAD 2018 promises to be wonderful time spent with your daughters and creating special memories and bonds. The camp will be held on 6-8 April 2018 at Point Walter Reserve.  

Please fill in your Registration Form, pay the deposit via EFT and hand in your form to the office. Forms can be emailed to Marisa ( over the holidays.  Deposits need to be paid by 9 February 2018. 





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

  • Sign in and receive a Lanyard or Exit Card
  • Enter the school
  • Sign out and return the Lanyard

All visitors to the school must sign in i.e. parents dropping things off, parents picking up students, volunteers helping canteen or class, students arriving late,  maintenance workers etc. The iPad is another important safety and security measure in monitoring all legitimate movements in the school. Only parents are permitted to  complete information regarding the movements of their child and sign accordingly on the iPad.



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.



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

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

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

 Monday 25 December: Christmas Masses at 7.30am, 9.30am & 11.30am (Italian Mass). Carols 30 mins before each Mass.
Tuesday 26 December: Boxing Day – Mass at 8.30am.
 Saturday 30 December: Vigil Mass at 6.30pm – Feast of the Holy Family.
 Sunday 31 December: The Feast of the Holy Family - Masses at 7.30am, 9.30am, 11.30am (Italian) & 6pm.
Mass at 6pm – Vigil for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.
Monday 1 January: Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Mass at 8.30am.
 Tuesday 2 January: Public Holiday. Mass at 8.30am.
 Saturday 6 January: Vigil Mass – The Epiphany of the Lord.
Sunday 7 January: The Epiphany of the Lord.
Masses at 7.30am, 9.30am, 11.30am (Italian) & 6pm.
Second Rite of Reconciliation for Advent

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

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


Change to Mass Times

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


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

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


Infant Jesus Parish 24:7 Morley Youth Group

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



The title of the Immaculate Conception recognises Mary’s privilege of coming into the world free from sin. Through the power of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, every human being can be freed from sin at Baptism.


Through that same power, Mary was always free from sin, even from that very first moment of life. On December 8, the Church celebrates this special privilege given to Mary. At the liturgy we thank God for all his blessings he has given to the people of our country. And we can thank Mary for watching over and protecting our people.


Collect prayer from the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception:

O God, who by the Immaculate Conception

of the Blessed Virgin prepared a worthy dwelling for your Son,

grant, we pray,

that as you preserved her from every stain

by virtue of the Death of your Son,

which you foresaw

so through her intercession,

we, too, may be cleansed

and admitted to your presence.

through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son

who lives and reigns with you in the

unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God for ever and ever. Amen




"Mary was able to turn a stable into a home for Jesus, with poor swaddling clothes and an abundance of love. She is the handmaid of the Father who sings his praises. She is the friend who is ever concerned that wine not be lacking in our lives. She is the woman whose heart was pierced by a sword and who understands all our pain. " (Evangelii Gaudium "The Joy of the Gospel" # 286)




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



Send a Christmas message to those you love and support those in need. When you choose a Global Gift this Christmas, you are bringing a moment of joy and helping create a lifetime of change for some of the world's most vulnerable people. 


This year you can help bring the gift of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love to our one human family around the world. Each Global Gift will go towards supporting our most important work; from responding to emergency situations to supporting education programs and training farmers with new sustainable livelihood techniques.  


Share a message of compassion this Christmas - simply select one of our beautiful Global Gift cards. When you send a Global Gift card to your friends or family you also share a gift with the world and help support our one human family. 


From only $10 you can change lives. Order Global Gift cards online at: or call us on 1800024413


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