Important Dates and Correspondence
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Thursday 9 November
Class Assembly Year 3
Year 3 Family Retreat & Reconciliation Day
Friday 10 November
Remembrance Day Reflection - 11.00am
Wednesday 15 November
Year 6 Dance Lessons
Thursday 16 November
Parish Mass - Year 2 & Year 5
Friday 17 November
Summer Lightning Carnival (Year 5's)
Tuesday 21 November
P & F Meeting
Wednesday 22 November
Yr 6 Dance Lessons
Thursday 23 November
Whole School Mass - Thankyou to Volunteers
2018 Kindy Parent Information Night
Tuesday 28 November
Wednesday 29 November
Yr 6 Dance Lessons
Thursday 30 November
Class Assembly Pre-Primary
Friday 1 December
Yr 6 Dinner Dance
Tuesday 5 December
Friday 8 December
Yr 6 Graduation Assembly and Thanksgiving Mass
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
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.
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
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Have you noticed an increasing reluctance on the part of your children to get out of bed in the morning over the last week or two? Well that’s what hard work and a constant routine does to small people (and big people) over the course of a school year. The only known cure for such an ailment is a good dose of Christmas holidays. In the meantime, those wonderful persons known as parents might have to call for understanding and family support.
There is an old review of a Japanese film titled “The story of Jiro”. The summary contained this sentence, “As he matures, Jiro learns the restrictions of the world and the suffering of life”. No doubt all adults can relate to this sentiment, as it has been part of the human experience for all of us. However, children who are full of hope and the excitement and expectation of what life might have in store for them, are sometimes alarmed by the growing realization that life isn’t as easy as it perhaps seemed to be when they were at the infant stage.
Sometimes our children are asked to master learning skills or cope with emotional situations which are beyond their capabilities or maturation levels and as a result, can slowly lose their confidence and self-esteem. If we, as the significant adults in their life are not aware of these difficulties and don’t assist our children to cope then, the children’s development to full potential will never be realized and their lives may not reach that fullness of which it was capable.
If at this time of the year we, as grown people, are feeling the wear and tear of a year’s accumulated happenings, then no doubt, so are our children. The question is, do we regard it as sufficient importance to find some sympathetic time to spend with our children. We shouldn’t attempt to shield our children from the realities of their life or mislead them with false hope. What we can do is to be seen to be understanding as to how they see their life and its difficulties and offer assistance. In this way, they feel as if they are the ones who are finding the solutions and coping with their problems.
Hopefully, self-esteem and personal confidence will soon be on the healthy road to recovery. It is so easy being a parent!!
Congratulations to all they Year Three children who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time this week. The children and their families participated in a very prayerful and memorable celebration.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation fills us all with the peace and love of Jesus which strengthens us on our faith journey. When children are being prepared to receive the Sacrament of Penance for the first time, much care is taken to present God as an all-loving, all-forgiving God. A variety of images of God are presented to the children such as the Good Shepherd who, though tired at the end of the day, goes out looking for a lost sheep; or the father of the prodigal son, who each day spends time looking down along the road hoping to see his son returning home. When the sheep is found and the son returns there is no punishment or harsh words but plenty of rejoicing.
The story of the Prodigal Son, exemplifies the characteristics of a loving and all forgiving Father and provides a wonderful example to parents and children about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and God's great love for each of us.
We thank the Year Three teachers, Miss Melissa Myles and Miss Yen Wong, as well as the other staff and members of the Parish Sacramental team lead by Mrs Faith Rico, Fr Greg, Fr Tadgh and Fr John for assisting in the preparation of the students and the celebration of this special sacrament.
Congratulations to all the students who receive the Sacrament of Reconcilation for the first time this week.
Thu Minh Do
Meghan Marino Dayan
Next week, myself, Clare Moffat and Melissa Myles will be travelling to China to establish our Sister School Partnership with Changjiang Experimental Primary School in Hangzhou. At the same time, we will be delivering some keynote addresses and conducting some workshops at the Innovation and Technology Forum for Leaders.
We believe establishing this sister school partnership with Sports Park Campus of Changjiang Experimental Primary School is a great way to motivate our students and provide opportunities to learn more about China. We believe that effective sister school partnerships can have a profound and positive impact on a range of areas of education. This includes:
The benefits for our students include:
We look forward to our partnership growing from strength to strength over the years. We are really excited by the opportunities that this relationship will potentially provide our students and our staff. We believe that this Sister school partnership will have a significant positive effect on the global awareness and attitudes of our students.
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 an armistice was signed that stopped the fighting in World War I. Since then, and after World War II, this day of remembrance became known as ‘Remembrance Day’ so we can remember the people who have died in all wars.
As a school we will recognise this important occasion with a special ceremony at 11.00am. The school community will come together to participate in a Remembrance Day prayer service which will be held in the piazza area. Parents and community members are most welcome to attend.
As parents would be aware, Thursday 23 November, there is a Volunteers Mass at Infant Jesus School followed by a morning tea in the Hall to say ‘thank you’ to all the parents who have assisted with school activities throughout year. We recognise that parents are a very important link between home and school and we greatly value and appreciate the support they have provided the staff and students of Infant Jesus School.
Volunteers at Infant Jesus School have assisted in many ways during 2017 both in classes and in many other areas of the school. We recognise that the involvement of volunteers has many benefits including
It is tremendous to have this level of interest displayed in the development of both the children and the school as a whole. Many activities could not be planned without their involvement and generous commitment of time and energy generously given by all our volunteers. To all our parent helpers and volunteers - THANK YOU.
Attached is an invitation to everyone who has volunteered at Infant Jesus School during 2017. To assist with catering please RSVP to the school office by 17 November, 2017.
KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT
This will be held on Thursday 23 November in the hall commencing at 6.00pm. This is for all parents of children attending Kindergarten in 2018.
God of love,
as I come to recognise You in the faces of people You place
into my life,
May I grow as the loving person You call me to be.
Help us to befriend those beyond our comfort zones,
open our hearts to those who are different to ourselves and help us to be bearers of reconciliation.
When love is needed,
send us as Your instruments.
Remind us each day that of all of the gifts You give us,
the greatest is love.
It is not enough to share that love only with those we hold dear.
Open our hearts to all humanity,
let us be slow to judge,
quick to forgive and generous to love.
As I will be away next week, Mr Frank Colangelo will be responsible for steering the ship. If there are any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact him. Hopefully, I will be able to send some pictures through from China for next week’s newsletter.
It is not how much we do in this life that is important, but rather,
how much Love we put into what we do.
YEAR TWO NEWS
Term Four is proving to be a very busy time for all Year Two children, as they continue to be immersed in their learning.
This term, in Religious Education, we began by focusing on the importance of work in our lives and the gifts that God has given us in order to carry out this work. We learnt that Jesus worked hard for us because He loves us. The children discussed that Jesus is our role-model and He has shown us how to carry out God’s work. Our final Religious Education Unit for this year will be 'Truth of the Gospels' and this focuses on our preparation time for Advent and the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
In English, we continue our daily dedicated Literacy lessons focusing on Reading, Writing and Word Study. This term the children will be consolidating their reading to ensure they achieve understanding at a deeper level. We will move through the stages of comprehension development from literal to inferential and, as the children are ready, to evaluative levels of understanding; this requires them to respond to texts at their level of development. Our reading groups are helping us to achieve this and the children are enjoying these sessions and are participating enthusiastically. In writing, the children will revisit the structure of a narrative and a written retell. A big emphasis is placed on supporting the children to proof read and edit their writing to ensure they fully understand the process of producing writing that has meaning and is grammatically correct. There will also be a focus on punctuation and spelling in order to develop these understandings to a deeper level.
In Mathematics, we began the term by learning about money, identifying it by name and exploring its value, need and use within our lives. The children have been using their skills of counting in twos, fives and tens to help with counting money. We have focused on identifying various ways to make up an amount using different coins and/or notes. Addition and subtraction skills have also been used by adding money and working out change when making a purchase. Our next focus will be on fractions, specifically whole, half, quarter and eighths. The children will be required to create equal parts from a whole object. In conjunction with working with concrete materials the children will explore writing fractions with the bottom number being the number of equal parts in the whole object and the top number being the number of equal parts selected or given.
In Humanities and Social Sciences, we have been learning about the seven continents and aspects that are unique to each of them. The children have been enthusiastically studying both a map and globe and locating places within each continent. When learning about how to locate places on a map we have also explored the compass rose and the directions it gives.
In Health this term, Mrs Clementson will lead the children to focus on changes in their relationships with friends and families now that they have grown older and have responsibilities they are entrusted with. They will also describe the changes in their physical appearance now compared to when they were younger.
The Science focus this term is Chemical Sciences and we are exploring how different materials can be combined for a particular purpose. Mr Capolingua has provided opportunities for the children to experiment with mixing both solids and liquids and to discuss the process and observing the outcome. This has led to investigating why different parts of everyday objects, such as toys and clothes, are made from different materials.
In Music, the children are working on performance techniques in preparation for the Christmas concert. Mrs Boddy is assisting them to develop and consolidate their theory, aural and keyboard skills in order to enhance their musicianship.
In Italian the children began by learning the names of different food items. Italian Christmas customs, traditions, foods and celebrations are also being explored this term as Signora Formato introduces these concepts to the children.
In Physical Education, the children are continuing to practise specific skills to be incorporated into structured activities. Mr Sheridan also plans for daily fitness activities focusing on both aerobic and skill techniques.
PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY
This term the Pastoral Care Ministry will be collecting non-perishable goods for the St Vincent de Paul Society 'Christmas Appeal'. The Christmas Appeal aims to collect non-perishable goods to be given to families in our community who don't have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas. This can be due to financial difficulties, illness, disability, homelessness or isolation. So St Vincent de Paul aims to, with our help, collect goods that can be given to these people with the aim of bringing joy to those less fortunate in our community. So we are asking that all families donate non-perishable goods including:
FOOD (Christmas pudding, tinned food, jelly, jam, long-life milk, tea, coffee, fruit mince pies, cereal, dried fruit, bon bons, candy canes, savoury biscuits, nuts, lollies, milo).
HOMELESS SERVICE HAMPER (Socks, shampoo, body wash, roll on deodorant, thermos cups, thongs, toothpaste and toothbrush)
FAMILY HAMPER (Nappies, cleaning products, washing powder, toiletries and socks).
*It is imperative that all goods are in date and in good condition. Could all donations please be sent to your child's classroom, where they will be collected by the Pastoral Care Ministry each week.
Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
CHISHOLM CATHOLIC COLLEGE ENROLMENTS IN YEAR 7 2020
Applications are now invited from parents of Year 4 children for entry into Chisholm Catholic College. The first round of applications close on Friday 16 March 2018 .
PARENT & FRIENDS NEWS
Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to make our Rock Star Disco a success! Our kids definitely rocked the night away! A special thank you to those incredible Mums who volunteered their morning and most of their evening - Sarah Ruggiero, Jenny Allpike, Marisa Gulluni, Maria Bellesini, Leah Wilson, Irene Gianatti, Nicole Mammone, Anna Williams, Daniela Sammells, Connie Sciullo, Ida Romeo, Liselle Morgan, Jill White, Jess Musca, Tracy Caputo, Maree Previti, Jessica Favaro, Billie DeWitt, Nicola Tutt and Pam Gioffre. We appreciate you more than you know.
PRE - KINDY END OF YEAR FAMILY CATCHUP
Date: Sunday 12 November
Venue: Whistlers Chocolate Company, Swan Valley
RSVP: Justyna 0400656665
YEAR 4 MUM'S END OF YEAR FUNCTION
Date: Sunday 12 November 2017
Venue: Matilda Bay - Site 4
Cost is $50 per person, this includes a beautiful grazing table from Carnival Creations, Champagne, Soft Drink and Water.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
YEAR 2 CHRISTMAS PARTY
Date: Saturday 2 December
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Empire Bar Rivervale
Cost: $25-$30 per head
This year we are asking partners to come along, or some of us are going solo. The choice is yours. We will have platters of food on the night. Drinks can be purchased at the bar. RSVP as soon as possible so that we can finalise the price. Payment is due no later than 13 November. Message either Nicole 0400266755 or Maree 0412336965 to confirm
FATHER AND SON CAMP
Please see attached information regarding this year's Father and Son Camp.
Friday 10 November
Rosanna Franchescino, Marisa Gulluni, Sarah Ruggierio
Monday 13 November
Sandrine Teo, Geraldine Soh
Wednesday 15 November
Emily Dayan, Jenny Allpike
Our Canteen runs with the Summer Menu during Term Four which is included in the attachment. We are also in need of helpers on the Wednesday Roster. If you are available that would be appreciated.
SPECIAL NOTICE: We are currently organising the Canteen Roster ready for 2018. Can you please advise as soon as possible if you will be available for next year. Thankyou.
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:
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 complete information regarding the movements of their child and sign accordingly on the Ipad.
PROLONGED ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL OF A STUDENT DURING SCHOOL TERM
There is an approval procedure that must be followed if you are taking your children out of school for several days.
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.
Faith Rico (Sacramental Coordinator)
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.
POPE FRANCIS AND THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
"Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction". (Evangelii Gaudium...The Joy of the Gospel... #7).
ARCHDIOCESE OF PERTH
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JOIN THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY VOLUNTEER FAMILY
St Vincent de Paul Society is seeking people to join their volunteer team. Your efforts will help to support their good works such as the provision of bedding, clothing and food to those experiencing hardship and providing shelter for the homeless. In turn you can enjoy a range of benefits proven to be associated with volunteering such as an increase in wellbeing, happiness, health and longevity. There are a number of diverse, interesting and stimulating roles available at a range of locations on a range of different time commitments. To name a few you could try your hand at sorting material donations, providing customer service in our retail stores, assisting truck drivers to collect donations, assembling furniture and helping with store displays. To find out more or to express your interest call Sarah on 63237531 or email email@example.com
Early in 2018, Mercedes College will commence interviewing Year Five students who are due to start Year Seven in 2020. If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes and have not yet requested an information pack, please contact Mrs Julie Lamb on 9323 1340 as soon as possible. Further information about enrolments is available on our website, www.mercedes.wa.edu.a
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 16 November we will be having a 20% Off Sale Day In-store and Online for all stock.