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

Important Dates

Important Dates and Correspondence

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Term 4 2017

 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

ACM Meeting


Wednesday 29 November

Yr 6 Dance Lessons


Thursday 30 November

Class Assembly Pre-Primary


Friday 1 December

Yr 6 Dinner Dance


Tuesday 5 December

Christmas Concert


Friday 8 December

Yr 6 Graduation Assembly and Thanksgiving Mass


Term Calendar 2017



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 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


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Principal's Report

Principal's Report

Dear Parents,


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!!


First Reconciliation

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.


Thomas Allpike

Chloe Andre

Vanessa Au

Bryant Bao

Christian Bellesini

Kai Blanchard

Alexander Bowran

Sayla Buckley

Anthony Buonocore

Holly Capone

Eva Cecchele

Joseph Celeno

Alexis Chan

Chase Clements

Olivia Colonico

Lucia Cugola

Alissa Dawe

Thu Minh Do

Erin D'Silva

Elijah Erceg

Sebastian Gibson

Maddison Giglia

Tahliah Gonsalves

David Hunter

Zara Ielati

Cooper Innes

Chloe Italiano

Gabriella Jackamarra

Charlie Jackson

Dominic Kosovich

Nicholas Kularatne

Jett Levings

Antonella Mammone

Meghan Marino Dayan

Jean-Paul Marion

Brigitte McMenemy

Sam Napoli

Kaila Newman

Jayden Nguyen

Chloe Nguyen

Robert Nguyen

Trian Nguyen

Jasmine Penwald

Cyara Quartermaine

Estelle Radacic

Jean-Paul Rapy

Jillrey Rico

Jai Ridolfo

Akira Teo

Zara Thaung

Campbell Tonkin

Sang Truong

Austin Tutt

Tayla Waters

Marcus White

Amelia Yates

Ava Zirino


China Here We Come

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:

  • Student learning.
  • Teacher capability.
  • Curriculum, including language learning and intercultural understanding.
  • Whole school improvement.
  • Community Engagement.

The benefits for our students include:

  • Development of intercultural understanding and sensitivity.
  • An appreciation of different points of view.
  • Development of 21st-century skills to enable critical thinking.
  • Cross-cultural collaboration.
  • A positive attitude to diversity.
  • Greater competence and confidence in language learning.
  • Communication skills and renewed enthusiasm for language learning.
  • Enhanced information communication and technology skills as students interact through wikis, blogs, and Skype.
  • Tangible illustration of the concept of global interconnectedness incorporating authentic collaborative learning activities.
  • Development of cross-cultural communication.
  • Development of international friendships and networks.
  • Increasing awareness of and comfort level with different styles of teaching.

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.



Remembrance Day

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. 



Volunteers Mass & Morning Tea

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

  • teachers and parents working together
  • better communication between home and school
  • greater understanding by parents of their children’s schooling
  • greater understanding of the role of teachers and the planning and organization required within a classroom                  
  • more goodwill and mutual respect between parents, teachers and staff
  • children seeing their parents and teachers sharing common beliefs, attitudes and goals.
  • more opportunity to see adults, both teachers and parents, as role models.


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 Evening 2018

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. 


Prayer for the Week

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.


Did You Know

  • The silk that is produced by spiders is stronger than steel.
  • The chances of an exact duplication of fingerprints are about 64 billion to 1.
  • Most of the world’s people must walk at least 3 hours to fetch water.

Last Word . . . .

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.


Thought for the Week

It is not how much we do in this life that is important, but rather,

how much Love we put into what we do.



God Bless,


Paul Hille







Term Four is proving to be a very busy time for all Year Two children, as they continue to be immersed in their learning.


Religious Education

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.



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. 





 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 .





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.


Nicola Cecchele (P&F President)



Date:  Sunday 12 November

Time: 10am

Venue: Whistlers Chocolate Company, Swan Valley

RSVP: Justyna 0400656665


Date: Sunday 12 November 2017

Time: 1pm

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  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


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

Thank You and hope to see you there .
Friday 8 December from 6pm 
Crimea Food Trucks, Morley 
BYO drinks, picnic blanket, scooters & bikes! 
All Year 3 families welcome.


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



Term 4

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.





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 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.





Congratulations to all the 75 children who received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation on Monday 6  November and Thursday 9 November.  We thank all the families for attending the Reconciliation family retreat and for supporting the children in their faith journey.  ​We thank everyone who has been involved in this very important celebration. 


We especially thank the children’s teachers, Ms Melissa Myles, Ms Yen Wong and Prep teacher, Mrs Angela Youens for their wonderful work in the children's preparation. Special thanks to our Parish Priest Fr Greg Burke, Fr Tadgh Tierney and Fr John Pallippadan, School Principal Mr Paul Hille, PREP Co-ordinator Mrs Sue Goodwin, school deputies, Mr Frank Colangelo and Miss Clare Moffat  for their continuous support in the programme. We also thank Sr Lisette Dreis for welcoming the children during their retreat at Schoenstatt Shrine and catechist teacher Ms Linda Doyle for facilitating the family retreat at the parish. We also thank and acknowledge the support and help of all the parish and school staff, ministries and volunteers. 
Thank you all very much and may God bless you more.

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.



"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).



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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



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,



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.

2017 Calendar Term 4 Parents (October).pdf
Disco 2017.pdf
NOTICE 5 - Father Son Camp.pdf
Canteen Menu Summer Term 4 2017.pdf
Volunteers Morning Tea Celebration.pdf