Important Dates and Correspondence
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Monday Performing Arts Choir
Tuesday Board Meeting
Thursday Parish Mass Yrs 3 and 4
Monday Book Week
Tuesday Whole School Mass
15 August P & F Meeting
Wednesday Dress Up & Assembly
16 August Book Week
Saturday Family Mass 6.30pm
19 August Commitment Mass First Eucharist
Sunday Commitment Mass First Eucharist
20 August 9.30am and 6pm
Monday Parent Night Meeting
21 August First Eucharist
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 PD requests for staff.
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 3.
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
Next week, Tuesday 8 August, is the Feast of St Mary MacKillop - Australia's first saint.
FEAST OF ST MARY MACKILLOP
Mary MacKillop is Australia's first saint and is known as Mother Mary of the Cross. During her life she was faithful, courageous and always trusted in God. Her work inspired countless people both in Australia and throughout the world. Mary was well known for saying 'Never see a need without doing something about it.'
Saint Mary's life began in 1842 in Fitzroy, Victoria. She was the eldest of eight children, and was well educated by her father. Unfortunately, he lacked financial awareness, so the family was often without a home of their own and depended on friends and relatives so family members were frequently separated from one another.
From the age of sixteen, Mary earned her living and greatly supported her family, as a governess, as a clerk and as a teacher at the Portland school. While acting as a governess to her uncle's children at Penola, Mary met Father Julian Tennision Woods who needed help in the religious education of children in the outback. At the time Mary's family depended on her income so she was not free to follow her dream. However, in 1866, greatly inspired and encouraged by Father Woods, Mary opened the first Saint Joseph's School in a disused stable in Penola.
Young women came to join Mary, and so the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph was begun. In 1867, Mary was asked by Bishop Shiel to come to Adelaide to start a school. From there, the Sisters spread, in groups to small outback settlements and large cities around Australia, New Zealand, and now in Peru, Brazil and refugee camps of Uganda and Thailand. Mary and these early Sisters, together with other Religious Orders and Lay Teachers of the time, had a profound influence on the forming of Catholic Education as we have come to know and experience it today. She also opened Orphanages and Providences to care for the homeless and destitute both young and old, and Refuges for ex-prisoners and ex-prostitutes who wished to make a fresh start in life.
Throughout her life, Mary met with opposition from people outside the Church and even from some of those within it. In the most difficult of times she consistently refused to attack those who wrongly accused her and undermined her work, but continued in the way she believed God was calling her and was always ready to forgive those who wronged her.
Throughout her life Mary suffered ill health. She died on August 8, 1909 in the convent in Sydney where her tomb is now enshrined. Since then the Congregation has grown and now numbers about 900, working mainly in Australia and New Zealand but also scattered singly or in small groups around the world. The "Brown Joeys" may be seen in big city schools, on dusty bush tracks, in modern hospitals, in caravans, working with the "little ones" of God - the homeless, the new migrants, the Aboriginals, the lonely and the unwanted, in direct care and in advocacy, in standing with and in speaking with. In their endeavours to reverence the human dignity of others and to change unjust structures, the Sisters and many others who also share the Mary MacKillop spirit continue the work which she began.
This great Australian woman inspired great dedication to God's work in the then new colonies. In today's world, she stands as an example of great courage and trust in her living out of God's loving and compassionate care of those in need.
Mary MacKillop was Canonised on October 17, 2010 at St Peter's Basilica, Rome. Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed Mary's sainthood during the Canonisation Mass. Mary MacKillop truly lived and passed on the Gospel values. Her love, faith, trust, commitment and enthusiasm live on in our lives today. Mary is a wonderful inspiration and model for all.
Mary MacKIllop's Feast Day is 8 August.
One way to help your child achieve at school is to work together with your child’s teacher. The parent-teacher partnership takes work from both sides to become a reality. Here are some ideas from parenting educator Michael Grose that will help.
There’s no doubt that the best outcomes for kids happen when teachers and parents work together to support children’s learning. Here are 10 ways you can work with your child’s teacher to maximise your child’s chances of school success.
1. Know what your child’s teacher is trying to achieve.
Like children, every teacher is different with their own specific expectations, goals and interests. Get to know your child’s teacher and gain an understanding of their approach and aspirations for your child’s class.
2. Keep your expectations reasonable and positive.
If your expectations are too high children may give up. Too low and they will meet them! The trick is to keep your aspirations for your child in line with their ability and their interests. Also, be realistic about what your child’s school can deliver. Sometimes our expectations of schools are not in line with their capabilities or their roles.
3. Support your teacher’s expectations and activities at home.
One practical way of supporting your child is to take a real interest in their home-based learning tasks and follow the guidelines laid out by teachers.
4. Send kids to school ready to learn and on time.
Maximise your child’s chances of success by sending them to school in a good frame of mind, with plenty of sleep and a good breakfast. Also make sure they get to school on time. It’s estimated that many kids miss up to two weeks of school a year when they are routinely late by just five minutes a day.
5. Inform teachers of your child’s challenges and changes.
Life’s not always smooth sailing for kids. Family circumstances can alter. Friends move away. Illness happens. These changes affect learning. Make sure you keep your child’s teacher up-to-date with significant changes or difficulties your child experiences, so he or she can accommodate their emotional and learning needs at school.
6. Skill children to work with others.
Schools are social places requiring children to work and play with each other much of the time. Teaching manners to kids, as well as encouraging them to share their time, space and things with others are practical ways to help kids with their social skills. Talk through any social challenges they may have, helping them develop their own strategies to get on with others.
7. Respectfully seek joint solutions to problems and difficulties.
Resist the temptation to solve all your children’s problems or think you have the only solution. Most learning and social problems can be resolved when teachers and parents work together in the best interests of the child.
8. Participate fully in class and school activities.
There is a huge body of research that points to the correlation between parent involvement in a child’s schooling and their educational success. Quite simply, if you want your child to improve then take an interest in his or her learning, attend as many school functions as you can, and follow the lead provided by your child’s teacher. This simple strategy will have a massive, long-term impact.
9. Trust your teacher’s knowledge, professionalism and experience.
Your child’s teachers are your greatest allies. Their training, their experience around kids and their objective professionalism puts them in a strong position to make judgement calls about your child.
10. Talk up what happens at school.
Your child will take their cues from you about how they see their school. If you want your child to value learning and enjoy their time at school, then you need to support your school and make sure he or she hears positive messages about learning, teachers and the school itself. You can set a strong educational agenda at home by talking up your school.
This type of 10 point plan is easy to read but hard to put into practice, particularly when you get busy or your child has significant difficulties. Choose two or three ideas from this list to really focus on in the coming year and you’ll find that the rest will fall into place. Good luck and nurture the partnerships you have with your child.
During the next few weeks students from Infant Jesus School are participating in the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival. Children will represent the school in the Choral (School Choir) and in the Liturgical sections of the festival. The festival incorporates students from Catholic schools around the state. It is a time of great excitement for our budding musicians as they will assuredly share their hard work and prowess, through voice or upon dedicated instruments, with the wider community.
On Monday the Infant Jesus School Choir will be participating in the Liturgical section at St Benedict's Parish Church, Applecross. In the following weeks the School Choir, Year Four Choir and the School Band will also be participating in the festival on the following dates -
The Infant Jesus School Choir & The Year 4 Choir
Tuesday 22 August (2.45pm-4.00pm)
Vasto Club, Balcatta
Infant Jesus Concert Band
Tuesday 22 August (7.00pm-9.30pm)
Child Protection Week will commence on Sunday 3 September, 2017, and we will officially celebrate Child Protection Sunday on 10 September 2017.
Once again, the Perth Catholic Archdiocese will be the host for the official Western Australian Child Protection Week Event. Child Protection Week is a national week and in every state, one event is chosen by NAPCAN (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) to be listed as the official state event. As such, the relevant Government Ministers and their CEOs and Directors together with the Commissioner for Police and Executive Director of the Department for Child Protection will be invited to attend. National Awards for Child Protection Agencies will also be announced at the Breakfast by the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA.
This year the competition for children’s involvement is a poster competition and all the details are attached. Please print off the flyer and start promoting this in your parish.
There will be a major prize for each age group winner which will be presented to the individual winners at the Child Protection Week Breakfast.
The winning children and a parent will be invited to attend the breakfast event at no charge and their posters will be displayed on the big screen during the prize presentations.
The overall winner will again win an IPad and the exciting news is that the overall winner’s poster will be used to create the official Safeguarding Poster that will then be distributed to all parishes for use in the foyer or hall.
ALL DETAILS ARE ATTACHED and entries need to be in the Safeguarding Office/Parish Office no later than 19 August 2017 for judging.
This week, a small contingent of staff from Infant Jesus School will be attending the National Diocesan System – School Improvement Colloquium for School Effectiveness and Improvement across the system. We have been asked to present at this conference some of the work we are doing as a school in the area of school leadership, whole school improvement and digital technologies. The theme –Catholic School Improvement – Impact on ALL Students – places at the heart of the Colloquium, a focus on the young people we serve in Catholic education.
Our workshop details the development and impact of school improvement over the past three years; shares the future direction of school and system reform in WA through Leading Lights; and demonstrates moving theory to practice through the sharing of one school’s journey in developing quality teachers who have embraced digital transformation with improved outcomes for students as their focus.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the new Infant Jesus Church. Fr Sunny and the assistant priests, along with the Parish Council and the various active committees within the church are planning for a big celebration to recognise the occasion. Three bishops, including Archbishop Costelloe will be attending the Masses over the weekend of 26 & 27 August.
As you know, Saturday 19 August is an Infant Jesus School Family Mass. There will be a number of opportunities for our community to be involved, particularly as Friday 25 August is IJ Day!
Attached is the Parish Jubilee Week Program. Please mark your Calendar.
A focus for 2017 for Infant Jesus School is to strengthen the links between the Parish and the School. As a school community we have been invited to organise and lead parts of the Mass at Infant Jesus Church at 6.30pm on Saturday 19 August. This is a very significant time for the Parish as this Mass is the beginning of the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Infant Jesus Church.
This Mass is also one of the Commitment Masses for the children who are commencing their preparation to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
The School Choir will also be involved and will be leading the singing at this celebration. If you, and your family, would like to help in any way please contact Ms Melissa Myles or Ms Clare Moffat.
We are looking forward to seeing all families at this special occasion to begin the Silver Jubilee celebrations.
On Tuesday 15 August, we will celebrate Assumption Day Mass in the Infant Jesus Parish Church. This is a Holy Day of obligation. On this feast of Mary, we celebrate a special favour that God gave to Mary, our Mother. The Assumption means that Mary was taken up into the glory of heaven not only with her soul, but also with her body. As we celebrate the feast day of Mary, we ask our Blessed Mother Mary to guide, protect and care for us.
Mary MacKillop Prayer
God of the pilgrim Mary MacKillop
trusted your guidance in her journey of life
and deepened her confidence in your will.
May we renew our trust in your Providence to lead us in hope.
May we relish the sacred in the ordinariness of our lives.
May we grow in the fullness of your love and the depth of your mystery.
We ask this through Jesus Christ the way, the truth and the life.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
With second semester well upon us, the Year Two children are immersed in their learning and continue to work towards being the best that they can be.
The Religious Education unit begins by wondering at the human experience of being alive and able to love. The students will be introduced to the source of these experiences, the human soul. The students will be introduced to reasons why Catholics celebrate the Eucharist (Mass) using special actions, vessels and words. Finally the unit explores ways in which Christians are called to love God and love others.
The second unit begins with wondering at the human experience of belonging to a family. This leads people to wonder at God, who gave us our families to love each of us personally. We explore ways in which Jesus lived in a family and this shows us ways of loving family members. Finally, the unit explores ways in which members of God’s family are called by Jesus to love each other as he loves them.
Our daily dedicated Literacy block is divided into three specific areas targeting Reading, Writing and Word Study. During third term the children will be learning about the structure of writing persuasive and informative texts as well as consolidating their understanding of writing narratives, retells and recounts. With persuasive texts they will be formulating arguments to support a variety of topics. They will continue to edit their own work and progress to publishing their writing.
The children are also building and consolidating strategies to assist them with literal and inferential comprehension. We ask that you continue to support your child in this area at home during their daily reading sessions by encouraging your child to predict, recall and discuss what they have read.
Our Maths’ dedicated time will continue to support children in their understanding of Place Value. The children will be exploring the concepts of multiplication through repeated addition, groups and arrays as well as division through sharing.
In the area of Data Representation and Interpretation we will continue to collect and represent data through graphing and tallies. In the Measurement and Geometry strand we will explore the concept of telling the time using both analogue and digital clocks. We will specifically be learning about o’clock, half past and quarter past/quarter to.
Our conceptual focus this term is examining the changes in technology and the impact this has had on our lives today. Through discussion and research we will explore the history of music/entertainment devices and how technology has changed the way generations of people live out their daily lives. We will also be exploring the impact developing technology has had in various areas of our lives especially communicating with others both near and far.
In Science we will identify and discuss the many properties of different materials and the way in which these materials can be used and recycled. Through experimentation, the children will manipulate materials, test ideas and assess the suitability for different uses.
It is important that everybody learn to do some calculations mentally when paper and pencil or a calculator is not handy. Over the next few weeks we will be look at the development of beginning mental math strategies that a parent might help a child learn at home.
Mental math should not be confused with the memorisation of basic mathematics facts — such as knowing the times-tables by heart. While memorising basic facts makes mental math easier, doing mathematics mentally requires both memorised facts and the manipulation (strategies) of numbers and operations in order to solve problems that are much more complex than the simple number facts we can easily memorise.
The following mental math strategies are arranged in general order from the easiest strategies children can learn to perform in their head to more difficult and challenging mental math gymnastics.
STRATEGIES FOR ADDITION
Doing addition problems in your head is probably the best way to start doing mental math. Even young children — 5, 6, and 7 year- olds— can do the easiest strategies below. While the first few may seem trivial to adults, they are a good way for children to begin learning to do mental math.
When the words “hearing” and “saying” are used in these strategies, they mean “hearing in your head” and “saying in your head.”
The Pastoral Care Ministry has spoken to each year level informing them about the St. Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal. The Winter Appeal is an appeal for items that will keep the homeless warm this winter. We are collecting items that are in good condition and that will keep people warm. These items may include, blankets, jumpers, coats, beanies or sleeping bags. Please place your donations in the boxes that are in your class’ wet area by Friday 4 August.
We are also continuing to collect ring pulls for Brother Ollie’s Wheelchairs. These ring pulls are donated to Brother Ollie who turns them into wheelchairs for the less fortunate. Any aluminium ring pull can be placed in the green container located near the iLab.
During lessons throughout the school day teachers have observed that some students are dimming their iPad screens to conserve battery life. When the screen is dimmed the children’s eyes must strain to see the screen. We ask that parents remind their children to set their screen brightness to an appropriate brightness and remind them to charge their iPads each night.
iPads run on lithium batteries which respond well to frequent charging. It is recommended to not let iPads regularly drain completely before charging as this can harm the battery. The iPad battery has a built in sensor to prevent it from overcharging so the best time to charge your device is overnight. More information on this topic can be found
INFANT JESUS QUIZ NIGHT
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- To book a table please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tables of 8-10 only, no individual tickets
Tables are LIMITED and selling FAST so please book quickly!
YEAR 3 TERM 3 EVENTS
Coffee - Thursday 3 August at The Coffee Club, Galleria straight after drop off
Dinner - Friday 1 September 7pm at Two40Three, Coventry Village - RSVP by 28 August
Hope to see you all there - Justine & Sherrie
FATHER AND SON CAMP
Please see attached information regarding this year's Father and Son Camp.
Congratulations to Victoria Mok in Year Five who recently had her historical narrative, ‘Digger’s Dream’ published in the iBook store.
Victoria’s book can be downloaded from: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/diggers-dream/id1265009244?ls=1&mt=11
A program to help children adjust and learn ways of coping with loss and grief or other significant changes in their lives. Further information and participation consent form is attached.
Penny Storey - Social Worker
Infant Jesus School will be offering the Tuning in to Kids parent program over six weeks, commencing in Term 3, Week 3. Further information and registration form is attached.
Friday 4 August
Belinda Chami, Billie Dewitt, Rosanna Monastra
Monday 7 August
Nicole Mesiti, Leah Wilson, Tracy Caputo
Wednesday 9 August
Olivia Ikos, Alison Wilathgamuwa, Justine Scriva
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
2. Read and Sign the Code of Conduct which is new in 2017.
It is a requirement that not only the Parent Volunteer Workshop has been completed, but the school based Code of Conduct has been signed and returned to the office.
Copies of the Code of Conduct are available from the front office.
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 may impact on children’s learning.
POWER OF ONE
As part of the Infant Jesus ‘Power of One’ initiative, we will be having
Kids’ Konga classes for Years 1 – 6 children during Term 3. The classes will be a combination of aerobic fitness and dance, set to music. Further details are included in the attachment.
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Tuesday 15 August
Mass Times: 7am, 9am (Whole School Mass) and 7:30pm
“Thy pure and spotless body was not left in the earth, but the abode of the Queen, of God’s true Mother, was fixed in the heavenly kingdom alone.” - St. John Damascene
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM - SACRAMENT OF FIRST EUCHARIST
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
· Commitment Masses- Saturday, 19 August at 6:30pm, or Sunday, 20 August at 9.30am or at 6.00pm
· Parents Information Night- Monday, 21 August, 7:00pm at the Parish Centre
· Parents and Child Workshop- Monday, 28 August, 7:00pm at the Parish Centre
· First Eucharist Retreat and Practice - Friday 8 September 9am at Parish Centre
· First Eucharist Masses- Saturday, 9 September at 6.30pm, OR Sunday, 10 September at 9.30am OR at 11.30am
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
Truth was Dominic’s motto and his goal. Dominic was born in Spain, the youngest of four children. He was educated by his uncle, a priest. Dominic became a priest and joined a religious community. Soon he became the prior, or head.
Dominic might have lived his whole life in that monastery if he had not gone with his bishop to northern Europe in 1204. As they traveled, Dominic saw that many people were following heretics, or false teachers. One heresy was Albigensianism, named for the French town of Albi where it had begun. These who followed this heresy taught that people do not have a free will. They taught that marriage was bad, but suicide and the killing of elderly or fatally ill people could be good. Because these heretics lived strict lives with little comfort, people believed them.
Dominic saw that the Catholics sent by the pope to preach against the heresies lived in comfort. The people would not accept their teaching because their lives did not support what they taught. Dominic, his bishop, and three Cistercian monks went from city to city preaching the truth of Christ, using the Bible. They went on foot, depending on others for food and a place to sleep. Soon people returned to the faith—not only because of what these preachers said, but because of how they lived.
In 1206 Dominic began an order of religious women. At one point the bishop died, and the three monks left Dominic. To make matters worse, war broke out between the heretics and some Church members. Dominic’s mission seemed to be failing. At this time he was greatly supported by the prayers and encouragement of the Sisters.
By 1215 a few men had joined Dominic in his work of preaching. He founded the Order of Preachers, better known as the Dominicans. Dominic urged his members to study and to pray. Then they would be ready to preach. Dominic realized that to be true witnesses of the Gospel, Dominicans could not be wealthy. His followers also deeply loved the Blessed Virgin Mary and spread devotion to her through the rosary.
Dominic’s community was different from most because his friars traveled and preached instead of staying in their monastery. Dominic’s order tried to reach the well-educated who were deceived by heresy, while the Franciscans went to the poor and uneducated.
While St. Dominic was on a preaching mission through northern Italy, he died, only six years after he had founded his community.
Dominic was able to draw the members of this community together and inspire them to love and forgive one another. He was outstanding for his love of truth, his clear thought, his organizing ability, and his sensitive, loving nature. For Dominic, love for people was part of his love for God.
Infant Jesus School is one of many schools in Western Australia established by the Sisters of the Dominican Order. Our newsletter, Veritas, reflects our Dominican heritage.
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Guildford Primary School P and C are organising an Evening with Maggie Dent. She will be talking about Everyday Learning about Grief and Loss and Children.
Enrol your children now in VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays.
To find out more about VacSwim and to enrol online please visit education.wa.edu.au/swimming
Please find attached a flyer for a Sale that Lowes is having on Thursday 10 August.