VERITAS 

04 May 2017
Issue Twelve
Important Dates & Correspondence
Principal's Report
SCHOOL NEWS
COMMUNITY NEWS
Infant Jesus School
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Important Dates
&
Correspondence

Important Dates and Correspondence

 

Term 2 2017                          

Tuesday                               Whole School Mass

9 May                                     Mothers Day Yr 2

                                                  followed by Morning Tea

                                                  Board Meeting

 

10-12 May                           School Camp Yr 6

 

Tuesday                              P & F Meeting

16 May  

 

Thursday                           Class Assembly

18 May                                 STEAM Parent Night

                                                 Yrs 4-6 6.30-7.30pm  

 

Monday                                Confirmation Parent & Child

22 May                                  Workshop

 

Thursday                             Parish Mass Yrs 1 and 6

25 May                                  STEAM Parent Night Yrs 1-3

                                                6.30 - 7.30pm

 

Thursday                        Class Assembly Yr 6

1 June

 

UNIFORMS

Uniforms can be purchased from Lowes located at the Mirrabooka Square Shopping Centre.

 

For opening times and online orders go to www.lowesschoolwear.com.au

 

Student Free Days 2017

Our tentative dates for Student Free Days for 2017 are as follows:

 

Term 2 - Monday 24 April      

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.

 

TERM CALENDAR 2017

 




Principal's Report

Parents as Role Models
 

Dear Parents,

 

Recently, I came across an article that I thought was pertinent to all of us as parents. The article spoke about how aware we must be as parents of our importance to be models in the lives of our children, and how they will eventually live out their lives reflecting the values they absorbed during the time they live with us. In essence the article spoke about three things, put forward as the “3L’s”.
 
Love
Children today need a lot of love; often they put on a brave front and appear so self-confident.  However, they need tons of love that must be sincere and honest. Children need to know that God’s love is real and they should be able to see it in our lives, the more Christian we are the more loving they will be.
 
Listen
Children say all the time, “No one listens to me!” Many times, they are trying to tell us so many things, but we are too busy and too tired to listen. As they say, we were given two ears and only one mouth – perhaps there is a message in this!
 
Laugh
It is important that we try and spread happiness in our homes and to all we meet. Just as Christ taught us to think of others, we too should try and think of others more often and be less selfish in our deeds. We have so many reasons to be happy and each one of us has been blessed in so many ways. If we were to sit down and think about all the nice things in our lives, I am sure we would be surprised.
 
Our children are with us only for a short time. Unfortunately, they grow up so very quickly.  Before long they will set out on the journey of their own life. The question for us is how good a role model were we to them in the short time we have them. Have we taught them about the love of God and to love others? Have we shown them how to listen and have we tried to spread happiness in our homes and with all we meet?

 

 

Mother's Day

“ I’d like to be an ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my children.” 

(author unknown)

 

Even though this might be the situation for you, make sure that on Mothers’ Day you are not too busy to take time to rejoice in yourself because:

“Happy Mother’s Day means more than having a happy day. Within these words lie lots of things we never get to say. It means, I love you, first of all, and then thanks for all you do. It means you mean a lot to me and that I honour you.”

 

For many years now, psychologists have been saying that the bonding of a baby with its mother in the first few minutes of life is vital for the stability of the new-born child. The mother-infant bond is an intense relationship of unparalleled human affection. It is the foundation of the child’s emotional and physical survival. No wonder the saying: 
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short time but their hearts forever”, rings true for each of us.

 

It is important that we do take the time next weekend to think of our MUMS. Mothers’ Day presents us with an opportunity to reflect on the many things that our mothers do for us, and continue to do for us each and every day. Thank you to all Mothers for the wonderful gifts that you are and we hope you have a beautiful day.

Due to the Year 6 Camp, Infant Jesus School will celebrate the occasion a few days early with a special Mass and a morning tea dedicated to our mums on Tuesday 9 May. This mass will take place in the School Hall followed by the morning tea.

Thank you to all Mothers for the wonderful ‘gifts’ you are and we hope you have a beautiful day.

 

Praying The Rosary - Month of May

The month of May has traditionally been a time when we pray to Mary.  The Rosary is often prayed during this time.  The Rosary tells of some of the very important events in Mary’s life.  Mary’s life begins joyfully, then experiences sorrow and is finally glorious.

 

Joyful Mysteries
At the joyful time in her life an angel, Gabriel, announces to Mary that she is to be the mother of Jesus. Mary then shares this news with her cousin Elizabeth. Jesus is born and then, as a baby, He is presented in the temple. Later, as a twelve-year-old, Jesus shares a special message with the teachers at the temple.

 

Sorrowful Mysteries
During the sorrowful part of her life, Mary watched as Jesus prayed in the garden before the soldiers came to take Him away. She was there when He was crowned with thorns and led off to die.  She saw Jesus die on the cross.

 

Glorious Mysteries
The last part of Mary’s life can be seen as a glorious time.  To begin, Jesus rose from the dead and went to heaven. Jesus then came back to see and talk with His friends. Finally, Mary goes to heaven to become the mother for all of Jesus’ friends. She is then crowned Queen of heaven and earth.

 

Mysteries of Light
In October 2002, Pope John Paul II added the Mysteries of Light to the Holy Rosary, calling us to pray the rosary daily; for our families – and for world peace. This Mystery reflects on some of the important moments in Christ’s life

Prayer

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

The Lord is with You

Blessed are You among women

and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

 

Holy Mary, Mother of God

Pray for us Sinners 

Now and at the hour of our death

Amen

 

From My Readings

The language of Independence-building

Independence-building is vitally important for parents.  It’s the pathway to children’s competency, confidence and creativity, and the short cut to resilience and real learning. Families always develop shared language around the values that have strong meaning for them. If resilience is a shared value then there invariably will be a strong set of words and phrases about resilience factors such coping, flexibility and perseverance.  

 

Similarly, the values of independence and self-sufficiency are reflected in a family’s proprietary language. In fact, it’s through shared language that culture exists. If you are looking to building a culture of independence in your family then creating your proprietary language around independence is a great way to start. 

These following twelve examples of independence-building language, and the principles behind them, will help you create your own family’s language. 

 

1.    “Never regularly do for a child the things a child can do for him or herself” 
Goal: Independence

This is perhaps the original parenting-for-independence manifesto, and it’s a philosophy that guides many teachers and parents today. In effect, this sentence means that wherever possible - we give children the skills and competencies to look after themselves physically and emotionally. It requires a great deal of patience, time and courage from parents and teachers as the sentence is easier to say than to put into practice. But it’s a worthy guiding principle that leads to self-sufficiency in children, and ultimately redundancy as parents.

 

2.    “Is this something you can do?” 
Goal: Self-help

Independence takes many forms but perhaps the most common is the development of self-help skills. The confidence, pride and, for most, sheer pleasure that kids doing the simple things for themselves such a toddler tying his shoelaces or a child making her own lunch is immeasurable. Yet it is so easily denied by well-meaning parents and adults who see it as their job to do everything for children. Independence begins at home with the development of self-help skills.

3.    “Have you checked the help roster today?”
Goal: Contribution

A great way to develop a sense of independence is to give kids opportunities to help out at home. There is no need to overburden children with jobs, but a sensible allocation of chores according to their age and study requirements is not only a great help to you, but fantastic training for them. It also builds accountability and a work ethic, both highly valued characteristics for continuing success at school and later in life. 

 

4.    “Which of these two would you prefer?”  
Goal: Decision-making

Parents as wise leaders need to call the shots on how the family life is conducted, including health and welfare issues such as appropriate bed and bath times. Some things are not up for negotiation. But there are areas where parents can rightfully hand autonomy to children and say, ‘It’s your call!’ Choice of clothes, how they keep their bedroom, what they eat and who they play with are the types of decisions they can make. Naturally, this is age-related and you do need to have some influence on their choices.

 

5.    “How can you make this happen?”   
Goal: Problem-solving

Kids get used to bringing their problems to parents to solve. If you keep solving them, they’ll keep bringing them. A problem-solving approach relies on asking good questions, which can be challenging if you are used to solving your child’s problems. The first question when a child brings you a problem should be: ‘Can you handle this on your own?’ Next should be, ‘What do you want me to do to help you solve the problem?’ These questions are not meant to deter children from coming to you; rather, to encourage and teach them to start working through their own concerns themselves.

 

6.    “We rely on you to do this.”    
Goal:  Reliability
Reliability is closely connected to responsibility and other aspects of independence.  Every child over the age of five should do something that someone else relies on whether it’s looking after a pet, clearing the meal table or emptying the garbage on a regular basis. Having others rely on you has its challenges and can be a learning curve. They’ll inevitably forget to put the rubbish bins out on garbage night, meaning your bin will be overflowing for the next week. They’ll need to be reminded about feeding the pet or clearing the table. Kids inevitably won’t get things right, but that doesn’t mean we should stop giving them responsibilities. 

 

7.    “What can you learn for next time?”  
Goal: Self-sufficiency

Learning from mistakes is part of the independence-building process for children. Often adult impatience or unwillingness to put up with errors prevents us from giving kids the chance to do things for themselves or take real responsibilities.  If independence is to be a major part of your family’s culture then it’s imperative that we help kids learn from their mistakes whether social, behavioural or just messing up while helping out at home.

 

8.    “How do you feel about this?”  
Goal: Emotional intelligence

An often over-looked aspect of independence is the ability to self-manage your emotional state. Emotional self-management starts with the recognition of how you feel about a particular event or action and then labelling that feeling. If possible prompt to identify their emotions before they act on them. You can also revisit events and ask children about the feelings that may have led to a certain behaviour such as hurting or yelling at a sibling.

 

9.    “When you muck up, you make up.” 
Goal: Accountability 

Kids of all ages will make mistakes. In fact, mucking up is part of the learning process. But kids will just repeat their mistakes unless they experience the consequences of their decisions. The use of behavioural consequences is a way of teaching children to take greater responsibility for their lives and to learn to make smarter choices. 

 

10.    “How will you fix this?”  
Goal: Restoring relationships

Independent kids are usually socially-smart kids who don’t operate in a bubble. They know that their behaviour impacts on others they are mindful of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of others. They also make amends or restore relationships when their behaviour impacts negatively on others.  Relationship restoration is a lifelong skill and involves the following: swallowing your pride, making up, giving something back, not holding a grudge and moving on.

 

11.    “You need to do what’s right, not what’s easy.”  
Goal: Integrity

A sense of integrity is important for a child’s independence because it’s the basis of reasoned and socially focused self-control and self-management. The job of parents is to move their children from ‘Me’ to ‘We’. Integrity is the great socialising agent for a child. They may get by without courage, endurance and grit but they won’t get far socially without integrity.

 

12.    “Let’s find a way to make this happen.”  
Goal: Positive risk-taking

One of the ways to develop independence is to work with them to build their skills and abilities to safely navigate an ever-broadening environment outside of the relative safe confines of their home. Ideas include adults and kids doing things together such as catching public transport until they are ready to go it alone or with friends; and giving kids smaller freedoms that lead to bigger liberties such as allowing a young child to walk part of the way to school on their own and then extending the distance as they get more experience and feel more confident.

Independence-building is vitally important for parents.  It’s the pathway to children’s competency, confidence and creativity, and the short cut to resilience and real learning. We’ve gradually retreated from this approach over recent generations much to our children’s detriment. It’s time to help kids reclaim their independence. Getting our language right is a good place to start as family change always begins with shared language. 

– By Michael Grose

Best Wishes

As many parents would be aware, tomorrow is Mrs Stephanie Archer's last day at Infant Jesus School as she takes parental leave commencing next week. Mrs Archer and her husband Nathan are expecting their first child in June this year.

 

Stephanie has been part of the Infant Jesus community since 2012, teaching in Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and now Year 1. Stephanie has always put her heart and soul into her teaching and we are sure that she will make a wonderful Mum. 

 

We wish her and Nathan all the very best for the as they embark on this new chapter in their life.

 

Interschool Swimming

On behalf of our Interschool Swimming squad I am very happy to announce that we return having WON the Overall Points Shield at today’s Carnival. I would like to congratulate all of the swimmers who represented Infant Jesus with pride and brought home the shield for the first time in a very long time!

 

Today’s carnival could not have happened without the parent volunteers who gave up their time for our children. I would also like to thank all of the parents who came to support and our teachers for coordinating the children and scoring. Special mention must be made to the children who raced their hearts out today and who were so successful in their races.

 

Below are the scores for the three shields, which shows that we also won the Boys Aggregate Shield. Well done to all Swimmers and we look forward to competing in A Division next year.

 

Girls Aggregate

1st  Mary MacKillop - 650

2nd OLA - 630

3rd  St Brigid's - 614

4th  St Kieran's - 588

5th  Infant Jesus - 578

6th  Good Shepherd - 424

7th  St Helena - 140

 

Boys Aggregate

1st   Infant Jesus - 690

2nd  Good Shepherd - 634

3rd   OLA - 566

4th   St Kieran's - 540

5th   Mary MacKillop - 510

6th   St Brigid's - 468

7th   St Helena - 248

 

Overall Winners

1st   Infant Jesus - 1268

2nd  OLA - 1196

3rd   Mary MacKillop - 1160

4th   St Kieren's - 1128

5th   St Brigid's - 1082

6th   Good Shepherd - 1058

7th   St Helena - 388

 

Well done to all our the competitors and Mr Sheridan. Many thanks to Mr Colangelo, Miss Allegretto and Mrs Houwen for their help and assistance on the day.

#ExpectGreatThings

 

Year 6 Camp

 It is an exciting time for our Year 6 students as they prepare themselves for their school camp. The students and staff will be setting off early next Wednesday morning to Forest Edge Bush Camp in Waroona.

 

The purpose of this camp is fundamentally about developing the leaders of the school. The school camp builds confidence, resilience and responsibility, turning students into empowered, inspiring leaders.

All children learn from the unique experience of community living; sharing, working and living as a team.  Being inter-dependant with peers affords the child an opportunity to make new friends, to view each other out of the context of school, and to witness and appreciate the different talents of others.  School camps expose children to different environments that they would not normally experience in daily suburban living.  Out of this they build personal competencies such as self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem, leadership and self-respect. 

 

Camps help develop self-esteem as children learn to try different activities in a supportive and friendly environment.  Professionally trained, outdoor Instructors help children feel secure and capable.  This will help children grow by providing a supervised, positive environment that has safety as a primary commitment. 

 

Students participate in activities they have never experienced before and are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and self-worth.  Camp is therefore a wonderful experience for all children as they learn new skills, and develop a sense of autonomy and trust in their decisions. 

 

The aims of the camp are: 

  •  to develop within the students their leadership skills.
  • to build and develop new friendships. 
  • to build personal competencies such as self-identify, self-worth, self-esteem and self-respect  
  • to participate in activities that perhaps students have never experienced before
  • to develop new skills and develop a sense of autonomy and trust in their decisions

 
Staff members attending the camp:

  • Mr Frank Colangelo        Mrs Clare Moffat
  • Mrs Janelle White          Miss Stephanie Duffy
  • Mr Michael Sheridan      Mrs Cheryl Macpherson
  • Mr Paul Hille

 

We wish all the students and the teachers all the best for the three days. We hope that they have a great time and participate in some wonderful and memorable experiences.

NAPLAN Testing

 As parents are aware, the national tests in literacy and numeracy will be conducted next week. The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will involve students at this school in Year 3 and 5. However, children in Year 7 and 9 are also assessed. These NAPLAN assessments are conducted in all states and territories in Australia at the same time. The results from NAPLAN will provide an important measure of how Australian students are performing in the content strands of numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

A major purpose of the assessment is to provide parents with information about the progress of their children in relation to nationally agreed benchmarks. Benchmarks represent the minimum expected standard of achievement in literacy and numeracy. Parents will receive a report on their child’s performance later in the year.

 

However, it must be realised this assessment cannot replace the richer judgements made about your child by the classroom teacher throughout the school year and should be viewed in this light. We wish all students the best of luck.

 

The timetable is as follows:

    Tuesday 9 May        

  •  Writing
  •  Language Conventions

    Wednesday 10 May    

  • Reading

    Thursday 11 May    

  • Numeracy

 

STEAM Parent Nights

This term, our school will be holding two STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) nights. The purpose of these nights will be to share with parents what STEAM is, how it fits into the curriculum and how our school is implementing it across the year levels.

 

There will also be an opportunity for parents to participate in mini STEAM activities based around what students have been learning in class.

 

The first STEAM Parent Night will be held on Thursday 18 May is for parents of children in Years 4, 5 and 6.
The second STEAM Parent Night will be held on Thursday 25 May for parents of students in Years 1-3.  

 

As places are limited, please register your interest as early as possible by following the link.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C8GGKC2

School Uniform

This term, all students are required to be in winter uniform.  To assist parents and students in this transition, a two-week change over period will be permitted.  However, all students are required to be in full winter uniform by the commencement of Week 3. This means all our students in Year 1 – Year 6 will be responsible for wearing the school tie, which includes the top button being buttoned up correctly.


The school uniform also includes items such as the hairstyles we wear and the jewellery worn at school. Included below are the expectations for these.  Most importantly we need to continue to wear our school uniform with pride.

expectations - from week 1 newsletter?

Digital Citizenship

Included in this newsletter is an article about Digital Citizenship that i encourage all parents to read as it provides valuable information about use of digital technology and cyber-safety.

Did you know?

  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  • Food can only be tasted if it is mixed with saliva.
  • Children laugh about 400 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day.

Infant Jesus Family

Our congratulations and prayers are with the Capone Family (Holly 3W) on the arrival of a little girl Stephanie Louise.  Blessings on you all.

 

 Thought for the Week

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

 

God Bless

 

 

Paul Hille
Principal

#ExpectGreatThings

 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

Learning

 

YEAR THREE NEWS

 

Welcome to Term Two! The children are eager to begin exploring the location of Australian states, territories, capital cities and major regional centres of Western Australia. They will discover how different cultural groups and events have played in the development and characteristics of our communities.  

 

In Religion, we will begin the term focusing on moral choices and how, like Jesus, we can choose what is right.  We then focus upon Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit to strengthen His followers. The unit introduces the children to the power of the Holy Spirit and how Catholics today receive this special strength of the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation. We also explore the human experience of belonging to a community. This leads children to wonder about God, who gave us our communities. As we wonder at the power of communities, we begin to understand the community in God – the three Persons in One God (Trinity).  

 

During English, the children will develop their reading skills of comprehension, accuracy, fluency and vocabulary. We will continue to use comprehension strategies, focusing on connecting, skimming, scanning and inferential questioning. They will be exposed to a variety of text types in particular recounts and information reports. The children will complete an assignment about a ‘special place’ in Australia which they will present to the class. We will continue to study the patterns in words and learn new sounds to assist in our spelling.

 

In Mathematics, the children will investigate the relationship between addition and subtraction and use this understanding to solve everyday problems that they encounter. The children will also investigate fractions in their lives and create written, pictorial and physical representations of halves, thirds, quarters, and fifths. Time will be a large focus of our learning and we encourage every child to be exposed to analogue clocks at home. The children will learn how to read analogue clocks to the minute and the relationship between common units of time. We will discover angles in our classroom and classify them according to size. The language of chance will also be developed and we will be encouraging children to use these words regularly in their daily vocabulary. The children will continue to play games, chant, write and sing their times tables to develop fluency.

 

Our Integrated Studies programme will focus on understanding the location of the states, territories, capital cities and other major locations of Australia. The children will discover the major attractions of our country and develop an awareness of our continent. They will look at how each capital city is unique and how different cultural groups have shaped our nation.

 

Technology plays a large part in the Year Three curriculum. It is important that along with developing technological skills, the children develop a respect and understanding of the Internet. We are continuing to teach the children about digital citizenship but we encourage you to keep an open communication with your child about using technology responsibly. STEAM with Miss Phoebe will continue to take place every Thursday afternoon.

 

 

 

PERFORMING ARTS 

This will be another exciting Term for our budding musicians at Infant Jesus. The Choir, Concert Band, Ensembles and Soloists shall all turn their attention towards finessing the finer details of Performance in readiness of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival.


With the Festival fast approaching, just a reminder that  entries close on 8 May. If you are interested in your child participating in the Festival please contact me [email protected].


Please note no child will be eligible to enter after this date, so please if considering contact me immediately. 

Nicole Boddy

 

Book Club Announcement

The best gift any parent/carer can give their child is the love of learning and the joy and benefits of quality literature. Children who read at home, or are read to, have a head start on reading success in school.

 

Please support our School by ordering Scholastic Book Club. Each order helps earn free books and teaching materials for our school. A Book Club catalogue will come home with your child twice a term during the school year. It contains a vast selection of books offered including a wide range of reading levels and interests. You’ll find award-winning books, as well as old and new favourites.

 

Every catalogue now contains gold coin books which are only $1 or $2, making it even more affordable to participate. It is easy to order. Just look over the catalogue with your child,  select the books you want, mark them on the order form on the back of the catalogue and either:

  • 1. Return the order form to the office with payment of cash by the due date.
  • 2. Log onto a computer and sign into the Loop website and pay by credit
  • 3. Download the App and order on your phone/tablet. https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au

 

Our first catalogue will be sent home with your child tomorrow and orders must be completed by Friday 12 May.  If you have any problems please contact Jenny in the library.

 

Thank you for your support.

Jenny Houwen Library Officer

 


Engagement

P&F News

LOOSE CHANGE CHALLENGE
This challenge is NOW ON! The rules are simple - there will be a change jar in every class for two weeks.  The class who raises the most wins!  The winners will receive a pizza lunch, juice, a longer lunch break AND a secret surprise!  

At 9am this morning, the tally board sits :

1st - 5W
2nd - 3W
3rd - 1W
4th - 4W
5th - 2B
6th - 2W
7th - PPB
8th - 3B
9th - PPW
10th - 5B
11th - 4B
12th - 6B
13th - 6W
14th - KW
15th - KB 
16th - 1B

The results are very close!  All the kids are excited about this one, so please send in your change!

 

 

P&F MEETING
The next P&F Meeting is being held Tuesday 16 May.  If you wish to add an agenda item please email through to Marisa Gulluni on [email protected] or [email protected]
All agenda items must be received by Monday May.

 

ENTERTAINMENT BOOK FUNDRAISING

Infant Jesus School is raising funds. Here's how you can help...
We are raising as much as we can to support our technology and innovation room, and we need your help! Order your NEW 2017/2018 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership now. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time!


"The Entertainment Book is such a great way to try new restaurants. It’s also a great opportunity to help community organisations."

 

A Sample Book and Order Forms are available in the School Front Office if you wish to have a look. 

Nicola Cecchele - P&F President

 

 

INFANT  JESUS FAMILY CAMP  2017
A big hello to all the families.  At this stage we have confirmed the date for the 2017 Family Camp. This will be during  the middle weekend of September/October school holidays, being Friday 29 September, and concluding Sunday 1 October.


We have reduced it by one night, but extended the last day until the afternoon. This will not be the long weekend, giving families  the option  to still make use of the  Queen's Birthday long weekend.

 

Family Camp  has been going for over 40 years, and we need to keep this tradition going, as it has made some of the best school memories for both the parents  and the kids  of those who have ever attended. 
Linda Prestianni 0433 925 857
Ardrian Gonsalves 0403 439 888

 

YEAR 6 LUNCH

Year 6 Lunch at Our Table, Grand Prom, Bedford from 11.30am
RSVP: by Tuesday 9 May to Ida: 040-9977-524, Liselle: 0409 297 193 or Connie: 0412 036 072

 

 

 

 

Canteen Roster

TERM 2

Friday 5 May

Mina Pillera, Marisa Gulluni, Carol Penwald

Monday 8 May

Belinda Poat, Louise Staltari, Wanita Gentile

Wednesday 10 May

Jenny Allpike, Louise Murace, Emily Dayan

 

Please see the attached Canteen Winter Menu for Term 2 and 3.

 

Accountability

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

Digital citizenship is about confident and positive engagement with digital technology. A digital citizen is a person with the skills and knowledge to effectively use digital technologies to participate in society, communicate with others and create and consume digital content (Australian Government).

 

Children today have access to the internet, which when used correctly is a wonderful resource. It is important that children are taught how to access this valuable resource. Just like we wouldn’t let the children explore a public library alone, it is important that they are supervised on the internet. As parents we need to become familiar with technology so that we are aware of what our children are doing.

 

Communication
Many apps allow children to socialise and communicate with their friends and family, but these apps also allow users from the outside world to communicate with our children. Many apps that have a “chat” feature can have this turned off through the settings. It is important for parents to have an open communication with their child about what to do if somebody that they do not know is talking to them, and what details they should be sharing online.

 

If you are unsure what features an app your child uses and if it is appropriate, Commonsensemedia (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/) reviews apps and gives them an age recommendation. Apps that give out location information should have this feature turned off. This can be done through settings- general- privacy- location settings.

Children also need to be aware of how they speak to others online. In some cases cyberbullying has become a criminal offence that tarnishes a child’s reputation for life. If it is not thoughtful, helpful, inspiring, necessary or kind they should not be saying it as it could be on line forever.

 

Uploads
As children grow up in this digital world and become more tech savvy, they begin to engage and create content. It is important that parents have guidelines and rules in place for what children can and cannot upload to the wider community.

 

Instagram, and many other sites, is a 13+ site that allows users to upload images/videos. Whilst these can be private accounts, sometimes children accept friend requests from strangers or people they think they know. Children should be educated to know not to upload revealing photos, pictures which give their location or personal details away or images of other people.

 

It is important that parents always have access to their child’s device and account and remain aware of what their child is uploading. Many of the things your child uploads now will be around for their entire lifetime and seen by future employees and the wider community. It is important that we protect them now for their future.

 

Supervision
It is important that children have adequate supervision when playing or engaging with the internet. Just like you wouldn’t leave them at the beach unsupervised children should not be left unsupervised online. Rules such as no devices in bedrooms/bathrooms, no devices at sleepovers, all devices are charged overnight in a communal spot or devices are only used in a communal place help ensure that your child is aware that they are being monitored when online. Parents should also have access to all devices at any time, access to all passwords and know of all accounts your child has in their name.

 

Youtube Unlisted Videos
As our students and teachers progress with our integration of technology into our learning areas, we have seen the children use many creative ways to demonstrate their learning. One way that has allowed us to capture the children’s understanding in a creative, engaging way is through the creation of movies. When sharing these learnings with our peers and parents we sometimes need to upload them to a third party site to allow them to be viewed at home or on parents phones, computers or tablets. YouTube Unlisted allows us to do this in a safe manner. Making a video unlisted means that only people who know the link to the video can view it. Unlisted videos do not appear in YouTube search results, your child’s channel, on the browse page, or on google search results.

 

PARKING - Admin

Please do not pick up or drop off students in the Admin Carpark. This Carpark is for office business and visitors to the school only. It is not a safe area for students to be at anytime due to the amount of traffic and delivery trucks using the space. Please use the designated pick up and drop of areas.

 

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 or online. 

 

 


Discipleship

ST JOSEPH THE WORKER - Feastday 1 May

Joseph understood the importance of work. He was a carpenter—a builder—and probably taught Jesus his trade. Through his work, Joseph honored the Father in heaven and continued the act of creation. He lived in dignity.

To give workers a patron, the Church turned to Joseph, who had been made the Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX in 1870 and the model for fathers of families. Joseph was named protector of workers by Pope Benedict XV, and in 1955, the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker on May 1 was proclaimed by Pius the XII.

Let us pray to Saint Joseph for his help in all our work and for those many people who want and need jobs but cannot find them.

 

 

We can only build the future by standing together - Pope Francis

Pope Francis' TED Talk was recorded in Rome and broadcast on Tuesday at the TED 2017 conference in Vancouver, Canada.

In his talk, which lasted 18 minutes, Francis offered a response to today’s challenges, focusing on how to maintain an attitude of hope through solidarity with one another.

 

Referencing his 80 years of life, the Pope opened his talk saying that “quite a few years of life have strengthened my conviction that each and everyone's existence is deeply tied to that of others: life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions.”

“We all need each other, none of us is an island, an autonomous and independent ‘I,’ separated from the other,” he said.

“We can only build the future by standing together, including everyone,” the Pope continued, adding that while we might not think about it often, “everything is connected, and we need to restore our connections to a healthy state.”

“Even the harsh judgment I hold in my heart against my brother or my sister, the open wound that was never cured, the offense that was never forgiven, the rancour that is only going to hurt me, are all instances of a fight that I carry within me.”

This “flare” embedded deep within our hearts “needs to be extinguished before it goes up in flames, leaving only ashes behind.”

 

TED is an international media organisation that posts brief talks online that are for free distribution and run under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”.

The talks are typically between 10-20 minutes, and are given by influential speakers who are experts in various fields such as business, science and technology, among others. Subtitles are available in more than 100 languages.

 

Pope Francis is the first pontiff to give a TED Talk, however, just days before announcing his resignation in 2013 Benedict XVI was given the “Charter of Compassion” by the organisation’s European director, Bruno Giussani.  ([email protected])

 

Parish News

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM

Many thanks to all the parents who attended the Confirmation-Parents’ Information Night last Monday 1 May. 

We had a great number of attendees and it was wonderful to see everyone.


A kind reminder to all the parents who missed the Parents Information Night, that a rerun meeting will be held on Saturday, 6 of May, 9.00am at the Parish Library. This meeting is part of your child’s Confirmation program, everyone is encouraged to attend. The meeting will only run for an hour.

 

Important Reminders

Parents’ Information Re-run Meeting:

·         Saturday, 6 May 9.00am at the Parish Library

Parents and Child Workshop:

·         Monday, 22 May 7.00pm at Infant Jesus Parish Centre

Please remind your children to bring their pencil case.            

Confirmation Retreat, Formal Visitation and Mass Practice:

·         Friday, 9 June starts at 9:00am at Infant Jesus Parish Centre

Confirmation Mass:

·         Saturday, 10 June at 12.00pm and at 3.00pm

(For your child’s allocated Mass time, please check your enrolment confirmation email)

 

SAINT NAME & SPONSOR NAME: We are now finalizing the certificates of all the children, please submit your child’s Confirmation-Saint and Sponsor Name Card as soon as possible.


SASH: Each child will receive a plain white sash on the day of Confirmation, but if you would like to have it decorated/embroidered, you may collect your child’s sash early from the parish office starting on Wednesday 3rd of May during office hours. Monday-Thursday 9.30am to 12.30pm

Please note that sash decoration is optional only.

 

Yours in Christ,

Faith Rico - Sacramental Co-ordinator

 

 MORLEY YOUTH GROUP

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

COMMUNITY NEWS

Archdiocese of Perth

 

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City of Bayswater School Parking Schedule

 

City of Bayswater Book Week Program - August 2017

 

Mercedes College

Please find attached  flyer for Mercedes up and coming College Production of The Little Mermaid, This year they will be performing 4 shows at the Regal Theatre in July.   

 

Relationships Australia

The attached flyer outlines all the parenting-related courses Relationships Australia will be offering in May 2017 at our West Leederville Branch.

 

Sleep Out Under the Stars - St Pat's Parish

The University of Notre Dame Australia is partnering with the St Pat’s Community Support Centre for the second year and will host the Sleep out under the Stars on the Fremantle Campus. This is a family friendly fundraiser and you are invited to attend all or part of the sleep over in support of the homeless in our community. This event is being held from 5.30pm Saturday 6 May 2017.
 
For more than 40 years, St Patrick’s has worked with the homeless providing food and shelter, together with services including health, self-development and mental well-being.

 

Funds raised from the Sleep out under the Stars will support St Pat’s and the dedicated team of staff and volunteers to provide a safe environment; and  promote social inclusion and self-worth to assist people to return to independent living.

 

For details please register at www.mycause.com.au/events/sleepoutunderthestars or www.stpats.com.au

 

Chisholm Alumni - College Musical VIP Night

The Chisholm College Alumni will be hosting its annual VIP event at the college musical on Wednesday 17 May 2017. This year’s show is Mary Poppins.

 

Tickets are $20 each and includes the best seats in the house on opening night, drinks and nibbles pre-show and at interval.


For tickets please email [email protected]
 

 

VERITAS 
2017 Calendar Terms 1-4 Updated.pdf
2017 Calendar Terms 1-4 (as from 27 April).pdf
2017 Calendar Terms 1-4 (as from 27 April).pdf
Entertainment Book Flyer (May).pdf
Entertainment Book Flyer (May).pdf
Canteen Menu Winter 2017 PDF.pdf
Infant Jesus School Code of Conduct Parents.pdf
Archdiocese of Perth Newsletter 30 March.pdf
City of Bayswater Parking.pdf
Term 2 Relationships Australia.pdf
Children's Book Week 2017.pdf