Important Dates and Correspondence
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Thursday 7 September
Parish Mass Years 2 and 5
Friday 8 September
First Eucharist Retreat
Saturday 9 September
First Eucharist Mass - 6:30pm
Sunday 10 September
First Eucharist Mass - 9:30am & 11:30am
Tuesday 12 September
Wednesday 13 September
Whole School Mass-11:00am
Thursday 14 September
Class Assembly Year 5
Friday 15 September
Quiz Night 7pm
Saturday 16 September
Reconciliation Enrolment Mass 6.30pm
Sunday 17 September
Reconciliation Enrolment Masses 9.30am, 6pm
Monday 18 September
Learning Journeys K-Year 6 from 3.30pm
Tuesday 19 September
P & F Meeting
Wednesday 20 September
Thursday 21 September
End of Term
Friday 22 September
Student Free Day
Our tentative dates for Student Free Days for 2017 are as follows:
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 Professional Development requests for staff.
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This is a good place for us all.
This is a nourishing place for us all.
This weekend we turn our attention to another community event, namely the Sacrament of First Eucharist. A couple of years ago, Pope Benedict had a question and answer session with a group of First Communion children. When the Pope was asked about his memories of his First Communion, his response contained the following. "I understand that Jesus had entered my heart, he had actually visited me. And with Jesus, God himself was with me. And I realised that this is a gift of love that is truly worth more than all other things that life can give."
Holy Communion is an incredible gift and the amazing thing about the gift is that it can be unwrapped time and time again in our lives and every time we do this, the gift will be brand new. Each new unwrapping gives us the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what the gift actually is.
In 2003, Pope John Paul II published a letter on the Eucharist which gave a clear insight into the nature of the gift: “We talk of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, because Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist is a presence in the fullest sense, where Jesus is wholly and entirely present. The Consecration at Mass changes the whole substance of the bread into the Body of Christ and the whole substance of the wine in the substance of his blood.”
For us, who have so many distractions in life, we might sometimes forget about God, forget about the Eucharist, forget to pray each day, forget to attend Mass. First Communion Day for a family member, can be a time of renewal for all family members, perhaps a time to unwrap the gift again and discover an understanding that is truly relevant to where we are in life. The Eucharist is the Sacrament of God’s love and love is something that all of us can use plenty of.
Noah Ortin Sieczka
Yesterday we hosted the Executive Director of Catholic Education WA, his Directors, a number of Catholic school Principals and members of their school leadership teams, educational consultants and teachers to our school to share in how Infant Jesus School is trying to challenge and reshape the teaching and learning program through our innovative approach to pedagogy and technology.
Principals and lead educators heard teacher’s stories, visited our student’s classrooms, and listened to children sharing their learning experiences.
The Infant Jesus School Website has been updated and relaunched. We are very excited to share this new and improved website showcasing a more contemporary picture of our school community. Our new website features many new items and reflects our thinking and direction as a LEADing Learning School.
As you aware our former parish priest, Father Sunny Peackal, will be moving to his new pastoral appointment and will be relocating at the end of the month to NSW. We also officially welcome Father Greg Burke back to our Infant Jesus Community.
We have decided that it is fitting as a school to farewell Father Sunny and welcome Father Greg at a Eucharistic celebration. This event will take place next Wednesday, 13 September, at 11:00am in the Parish. We welcome all parents and friends to this special celebration in the life of our church.
Have a wonderful week.
As we pray, we remember those students who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time on Saturday and Sunday, their parent’s families and teachers.
On the night of the Last Supper you gave us yourself in the Eucharist
To unite us with you and with one another.
You teach us with your Word,
You nourish us with Holy Communion,
You strengthen our faith in you, Lord.
You help us to serve others as you did,
You listen to our prayers and petitions,
You bless us with grace in abundance,
You forgive us our faults and our wrongdoings,
You bring us your life and your love.
Through our celebration of this sacrament,
May we come to you in thankfulness.
May we never forget your great love.
Draw us closer to you, fill us with your love
And help us to serve you in those we meet.
Our Thoughts and prayers are with Tina Fazari (Teacher KW) whose beloved Father passed away recently.
We pray also for the Commisso Family (Isabella 2W) whose beloved Grandfather passed away recently.
Eternal Rest grant unto them O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen
We wish Mrs Irene Baginski, our School Bursar, all the best for her Long Service Leave. We hope she has a wonderful break and returns refreshed and energised for the start of Term 4.
A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.
This term the Kindergarten children have been learning all about God’s creation. They have read the Story of Creation from the Bible and have discussed how amazing God is to create this world and everything in it. The children have identified their favourite part of creation as well as viewed the creation story.
The children have been busy exploring the natural and constructed elements in the outdoor environment. They have collected items and used the iPad to take photos of their observations and then sorted them accordingly. The children have investigated ways of caring and sustaining our environment.
From class discussions about the Creation Story the children have identified areas that they would like to explore more deeply. These are farm animals, growing plants and mini beasts. The children have developed wonder questions about what they would like to learn about these areas.
Some of the Wonder questions are:
- I wonder why God made these creatures with different bodies?
- I wonder what plants and animals need to grow?
- I wonder what these animals eat?
- I wonder where these animals live?
In the area of literacy, the children have been encouraged to write for different purposes. For example, label their drawings/paintings, recount events and write letters to their friends. Any attempt to write is praised and cherished, as we want the children to feel relaxed and confident in their attempts to write, rather than feeling anxious about making a mistake. We want the children to “have a go” with their writing.
We have continued to support the children’s learning about rhyming words. The children will be involved in many different activities where they will need to identify initial sounds in familiar words, such as their names and other words through fun activities and games.
In Mathematics this term, the children have continued to explore and extend knowledge of number and recall what number is missing in a number line 1-10 and beyond. The have identified and compared collections of objects and described if there is more, less, the same or not the same. To develop their spacial awareness, they have explored positional language using the book Rosie’s Walk.
In Science, the children have integrated measurement by comparing the heights of the plants they have been growing in class.
FOOTY FINALS FUN DAY
On 15 September (Friday of Week 9) The Wellness Ministry will be holding an afternoon (after lunch) of football and sporting skills. All year levels from Pre-Primary to Year 6 will be placed in different AFL and WAFL teams and will rotate around a variety of activities containing different skills. The children are allowed to wear a piece of clothing of their favourite football team for a gold coin donation. All money raised will go to our Infant Jesus Parish.
This will be a fun afternoon, but we will need some parent helpers to lead the different activities. Please complete the following form to let us know if you can help.
The Wellness Ministry
On Monday the fourth of September everyone went to an assembly in the hall. It was about cancer. They taught us that you can not catch cancer from someone else, it is very rare to get cancer when you're born and there are lots of different types of cancer like breast cancer, blood cell cancer and prostate cancer. When you have cancer you get a type of medicine called Chemotherapy. It has some side effects. These include: losing your hair, eyebrows, having a sore tummy and getting very tired.
Being sun smart prevents skin cancer.
If you know someone who has cancer, a great thing to do is make them laugh.
- Year Three Students
At Infant Jesus School we are proud to celebrate the achievements of our children and all their hard work. Congratulations to the following students who will receive an Honour Certificate at our assembly next Thursday morning.
We congratulate the following students:
PPB Dru Blanchard, Tahlia Erceg, Eva Del Borrello,
PPW Abigail Tutt , Owen Eyre, Gilbert Nguyen, Maria Pugliese
1B Isla Di Dio, Tessa Kolarikal, Oliver Martinovich
1W Grace Allpike, Alessio Castrianni, Anton Di Nella,
Leah McManus, Albert Nguyen
2B Marco Boni, Ethan Johnson, Dylan Vu, Ava Rozario
2W Bianca Roxburgh, Olivia Gatti, Ella Adams, Ryan Bai
3B Charlie Jackson, Lucia Cugola, Dominic Kosovich,
3W Sebastian Gibson, Erin D'Silva, Brigitte McMenemy,
4B Madeline Autunno, Chloe Firns, Simon Tran
4W Jenna King, Julian Romeo, Lydia Sammells,
5B Emily Civello, Mikayla Giglia, Natalia Truong, Joseph Miraudo
5W Ruben Dewitt, Gabrielle Fernandes, Declan McNamee
6B Brian Nguyen, Ella King, Sasha Stepanko
6W Amanda Joseph, Layla Firns, Akiena Gunawardene
FACTION ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
As you are aware the Infant Jesus School Athletics Carnival is scheduled for Wednesday 20 September. The details are below.
Athletics Carnival Details:
Venue: Noranda Sporting Complex Athletics
• Students will need to bring food, water and a hat.
If you want to pick your children up from the carnival then you need to advise the classroom teacher in writing prior to the carnival. Please return this written note along with the permission note by Friday 15 September.
If you are able to help on the day of the carnival then please tick the box on the permission note. There are a variety of jobs that we need assistance with even if it is only for part of the day. The help is greatly appreciated.
On Thursday 21 September at 11am the Australian School of Performing Arts will be at Infant Jesus conducting a vocal workshop for all girls from Pre-Primary to Year 6 interested in joining the Australian Girls Choir. The workshop will include fun rhythym, singing and movement activities. The children interested in participating on the day need to complete an Australian Girls form and hand it back in to the Music Department before Monday 18 September.
WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARN
This year we are participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program. Through this program we will be able to get new educational resources for our school – and all we need you to do is shop for your groceries at Woolworths. From Wednesday 26 July to Tuesday 19 September we are collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers. You will get one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco and gift cards). Place the Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet and when it’s complete, the Sticker Sheet can be dropped into the Collection Box here at the school or at your local Woolworths.
At the end of the promotion, we’ll be able to get some great new equipment. The range is extensive and offers lots of items ideal for our students – including resources for Maths, English, Science and some fantastic fun supplies for Arts & Craft and Sport. If you’d like to know more visit woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn. A box has been placed in the office for you to put your completed sticker sheets. If you have any questions about this promotion then please come and see me.
PARENT & FRIENDS NEWS
The committee has decided to open the last tickets for individual purchase. Tickets available for $15 each, please email email@example.com to book.
QUIZ NIGHT FOOD ORDERS
Pizzas and dip platters are available for pre-order before Monday 11 September. Please see the attached form to order.
QUIZ NIGHT DONATIONS
We are still in need of donations to be used as prizes on the night. In particular chocolates and items we can include in hampers. Any businesses who donate vouchers or products will be promoted on Facebook and on the night of the event. Please drop items into the school office or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to collect them.
ATHLETICS CARNIVAL SAUSAGE SIZZLE
A sausage sizzle lunch will be available to purchase for both adults and children attending the Athletics Carnival. To order please see the attached form and return by Friday 15 September.
Nicola Cecchele - P&F President
YEAR 5 PARENT DINNER
When: Friday, 8 September at 7pm
Venue: Italians Restaurant, Morley
RSVP: ASAP, Maria 0410 151 110
Hope you can make it!
YEAR 6 CATCH UP
When: Thursday 5 October at 7pm
Venue: Jamocca (Noranda Shopping Centre)
RSVP: by 28 October to Liselle 0409297193,
Connie 0412036072 or Ida 0409977524.
Let's have a bite to eat and organise the Year 6 Dinner/Dance. All welcome, more the merrier, many hands make light work etc.
YEAR 5 INFANT JESUS NETBALL
Infant Jesus Pink Diamonds won 2017 Premiership for their division in Junior Netball.
FATHER AND SON CAMP
Please see attached information regarding this year's Father and Son Camp.
Friday 8 September
Rosanna Franceschino, Lisa McCarthy, Marisa Gulluni
Monday 11 September
Louise Staltari, Wanita Gentile
Wednesday 13 September
Pramila Crasta, Emily Dayan, Louise Murace
The attached Winter Menu continues for Term 3.
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
Copies of the Code of Conduct are available from the front office.
VISITING THE SCHOOL - NEW 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.
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.
SAINT TERESA OF CALCUTTA 5 SEPTEMBER
When we think about the difference that love can make, many people very often think of one person: Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta. A tiny woman, just under five feet tall, with no tools except prayer, love, and the unique qualities God had given her, Mother Teresa is probably the most powerful symbol of the virtue of charity today.
Mother Teresa wasn’t, of course, born with that name. Her parents named her Agnes—or Gonxha in her own language—when she was born to them in Albania, a country north of Greece.
Agnes was one of four children. Her childhood was a busy, ordinary one. Although Agnes was very interested in missionary work around the world, as a child she didn’t really think about becoming a nun; but when she turned 18, she felt that God was beginning to tug at her heart, to call her, asking her to follow him.
Now Agnes, like all of us, had a choice. She could have ignored the tug on her heart. She could have filled her life up with other things so maybe she wouldn't hear God’s call. But of course, she didn’t do that. She listened and followed, joining a religious order called the Sisters of Loreto, who were based in Dublin, Ireland.
After two months in Ireland, spent mostly learning how to speak English, Agnes got on a boat (in 1928, hardly anyone took trips by plane), and 37 days later she arrived in the beautiful, busy, complicated country of India. In India, Agnes took her final vows as a sister and took the name Teresa, after Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. She spent 15 years teaching in a girl’s school in Calcutta, a job that she loved and was very good at. But then one day, she heard that call again.The voice in her heart was telling her that she was to make a very big change in her life—that she should leave her teaching position and go into the streets of Calcutta and care for the poor.
So Sister Teresa listened and said yes. She had lived in India for years, and she knew how desperate the poor of that country were, especially in the big cities. It was these people, the dying poor, that Sister Teresa felt a special call to love. After all, these were people who had absolutely no one else in the world to love them. Not only were they poor, but they were also dying. Why did their feelings matter? Wouldn’t they be gone soon enough? Teresa saw these people differently. She saw them through God’s eyes, which means that she saw each of them as his dear child, suffering and yearning for some kind touch or word, some comfort in their last days on earth. She heard that call and chose to live it out—to let God love the forgotten ones through her charity.
As is the case with all great things, Teresa’s efforts started out small. She got permission to leave her order, to live with the poor, and to dress like them, too. She changed her habit from the traditional one to the sari worn by Indian women. Her sari would be white with blue trim, the blue symbolizing the love of Mary. She didn’t waste time, either. On her very first day among the poor of Calcutta, Mother Teresa started a school with five students, a school for poor children. That school still exists today. She quickly got some training in basic medical care and went right into the homes of the poor to help them.
Within two years, Teresa had been joined by other women in her efforts, all of them her former students. She was soon “Mother Teresa” because she was the head of a new religious order: the Missionaries of Charity.
The Missionaries of Charity tried to care for as many of the dying as they could. They bought an old Hindu temple and made it into what they called a home for the dying. Hospitals had no room or interest in caring for the dying—especially the dying poor—so the dying had no choice but to lie on the streets and suffer. The sisters knew this, so they didn’t wait for the poor to come to them. They constantly roamed the streets, picking up what looked from the outside like nothing but a pile of rags, but was actually a sick child or a frail old person.
When a dying person came or was brought to Mother Teresa and her sisters, they were met with nothing but love. They were washed and given clean clothes, medicine, and—most important—someone who could hold their hand, listen, stroke their foreheads, and comfort them with love in their last days. Mother Teresa’s work of love started out small, but it isn’t small anymore. There are more than four thousand Missionaries of Charity today, living, praying, and caring for the helpless in more than a hundred different houses around the world, including in the United States.
Mother Teresa died in 1997, but even now, when we think about her work, we can learn all we need to know about love: It doesn’t take any money or power to love. It doesn’t take great talent or intelligence. It simply takes love. Mother Teresa did wonderful, brave work in caring for the forgotten, but if there’s one thing she would want you to remember about love, it’s that you don’t have to travel to foreign countries to practice the virtue of charity. In fact, love has to start where you live.
POPE FRANCIS AND THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
"Keeping our missionary fervour alive calls for firm trust in the Holy Spirit, for it is he who "helps us in our weakness" (Rom 8:26) (Evangelii Gaudium "Joy of the Gospel" #280).
First Eucharist Retreat and final practice:
Friday, 8 September starts at 9:00am at Infant Jesus Parish Centre
First Eucharist Masses:
· Saturday 9 September at 6.30pm
· Sunday 10 September at 9.30am and at 11.30am
Please arrive one hour before the Mass and bring your child to the Parish Centre. Please check your email for other information and your child's allocated Mass time.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturday 16 September at 6.30pm OR
Sunday 17 September at 9.30am OR
Sunday 17 September at 6.00pm
Saturday 14 October at 6.30pm OR
Sunday 15 October at 9.30am OR
Sunday 15 October at 6.00pm
Reconciliation - Parents Information Night:
Monday 23 October at 7pm at the Parish Centre
Reconciliation Retreat at Schoenstatt Shrine:
Wednesday 25 October
First Reconciliation and Family Retreat:
Monday 6 November at 5.30pm or 6pm or 6.30pm or
Thursday 9 November at 5.30pm or 6pm
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.
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ART EXHIBITION - 14/15 SEPTEMBER
The Infant Jesus community is warmly invited to join us for our Art Exhibition during 14-15 September.
PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH MAJOR MITCHELL PRODUCTIONS
See the attachment for further information.
Weekly Classes - Holiday Programs
3-4 Years, 5-6 Years, 7-9 Years, 10-12 Years.
Ring now for your Trial Lesson
We are pleased to be able to offer the following Lowes ‘School Formal Promotion’ to all Primary Schools for end of Year proceedings or special occasions.