Important Dates and Correspondence
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Thursday 21 September
End of Term
Friday 22 September
Student Free Day - CATHOLIC DAY
Monday 9 October
PD Day All Staff
Student Free Day
Tuesday 10 October
Thursday 12 October
Parish Mass Years 1 & 6
Saturday 14 October
Reconciliation Commitment Mass 6.30pm
Sunday 15 October
Reconciliation Commitment Masses 9.30am, 6pm
Tuesday 17 October
Thursday 19 October
Class Assembly Year 1
Our tentative dates for Student Free Days for 2017 are as follows:
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.
Uniforms can be purchased from Lowes located at the Mirrabooka Square Shopping Centre.
Lowes have advised that any quality issues regarding uniforms can be addressed with their Mirrabooka Store directly and exchanges will be made on faulty stock. New shipments will be arriving soon with all stock and sizing available.
For opening times and online orders go to www.lowesschoolwear.com.au
We will soon have a facility to allow Readers of this Newsletter to read it in any language at the press of a button. More information in Term 4.
If you have articles for the Newsletter please be aware that the Newsletter is assembled on Tuesday and Wednesday and then emailed out on Thursday. It is helpful to assembly to have articles as early as possible. Thankyou
Recently, a friend of mind went to a series of talks, which emphasized the values of “Positive Thinking”, a type of “Always look on the bright side of life”, and to avoid, as far as possible, indulging in activities, which might produce “negative vibes”. According to my friend, newspapers and television news were top of the list of things never to be read or watched because they are full off “doomsday messages” about wars and robberies and bashings and plane crashes and road accidents and so it goes.
Sometimes after a winter that has been difficult with “flus and viruses” we might need to take stock of the attitude that we have towards our own life. This doubles in importance when we consider that, as parents and teachers, we are in a position to influence how children might feel about themselves. Unlike the newspaper and television news of today, we here at Infant Jesus School can view life with a completely different set of eyes because of the hope our faith offers.
Teachers and parents have limited chance of influencing the world’s major events, but we can be powerful in our school and in our home to instil in children some of the great positive Gospel values: love, respect, kindness, forgiveness, tolerance, sacrifice of self for another, gentleness, sharing and the list can go on. The development and presentation of these “positive” Christian values will help children become happy, well-balanced and confident human beings, capable of loving and caring for one another, their cultural heritage and their environment. When collectively, our children (and parents) are surrounded by these positive values it has an overwhelming optimistic effect on how we view the world in which we live. #ExpectGreatThings is our goal at Infant Jesus School.
We come to the end of another successful term here at Infant Jesus School. This term, has just ‘flown by’. It has been an extremely busy term with numerous events planned within the school. Most importantly, however, it has been the preparation and participation of the students in Year 4 in the Sacraments of First Eucharist. We congratulate these students once again on receiving this very special and sacred sacrament.
It is appropriate at the end of the term to thank a number of people for their efforts and contributions over the past 10 weeks. It is important to recognise the efforts and dedication of the Infant Jesus Staff. The teachers and ancillary staff of this school are most professional in their approach to the development of the students within their care and the advancement of the school as a whole. We particularly thank Miss Melissa Myles who has step into the role as Acting Assistant Principal. Melissa has made a wonderful contribution to the leadership team, staff and school in this role. She has committed herself and embraced all facets that these leadership roles bring with them in school leadership teams. Congratulations Melissa on a job well done.
We are appreciative of the numerous parents from the Infant Jesus School community who have offered their assistance and help to the students, staff and Leadership Team in some way over the term. This support is priceless and certainly assists in the overall operation of the school. Many thanks to all for your efforts.
Many thanks for everyone's efforts on Friday with the running of the Annual Athletic Carnival. It was great to see all the children involved in the various events, having fun and enjoying the sunshine. Thank you to the staff and parents for the assistance in setting up the carnival on Friday morning. A lot goes intro preparing a sport carnival and a critical element to this is the setting up for the day. Yesterday morning, was a little challenging with the weather, but we got there in the end!
We are also very grateful to the parents who lent a helping hand at the carnival with judging, marshalling and distributing place ribbons.
Lastly, but most importantly, we congratulate to Mr Michael Sheridan for organising and coordinating another successful carnival. It went very smoothly and all the student's participated enthusiastically. We received some really positive feedback throughout the day.
This week we held another very productive P&F Meeting. The group of committed parents is continuing to work hard for the students and community of Infant Jesus School.
The Quiz Night held last Friday evening was an Outstanding Success. The School Community would like to officially thank the P&F for their tireless work in organising the School Quiz night for 2017. The enjoyment and success of the evening was due to the excellent organisational skills where this seamless event was well planned and ran like clockwork. Thank you to the all the people who had a role before, during and after the event. By all accounts a fantastic evening was had by all.
It was wonderful to see our families gather on Monday night as the children shared their learning with their parents. The Learning Journey session provides an opportunity for parents, children and the school to come together to support, share and celebrate each child’s learning.
We also invited parents to share feedback on how we can improve our Teaching and Learning at Infant Jesus School. It was wonderful to hear that many parents are pleased with the Teaching and Learning program at the school.
“We are very happy with the teaching and the many ways it is gone about in the school.”
“We are very happy with all aspects of Infant Jesus School including the community spirit.”
The feedback we received will be shared with all members of staff and analysed to assist us with developing a plan for the future.
Monday 9 October - PD for Staff
Tuesday 10 October - Students commence
Tuesday 5 December - Christmas Concert
Friday 8 December - Year 6 Graduation & Thanksgiving Mass and last day for all students
September 27th is the feast of St Vincent de Paul. He was born in France in 1580 and spent his life loving and serving the poor, especially children. Today, St Vincent de Paul Societies, supply food, money and clothing to those in need. The following prayers reflect the life of St Vincent de Paul.
Open my eyes that I may see the deepest needs of men, women and children
Move my hands that they may feed the hungry;
Touch my heart that it may bring warmth to the despairing;
Teach me the generosity that welcomes strangers;
Let me share my possessions with people in need;
Give me the care that strengthens the sick;
Help me share in the quest to set prisoners free;
In sharing our anxieties and our love,
Our poverty and our prosperity;
We partake of your divine presence.
We take this opportunity to wish Ms Maureen O’Neill all the very best as she embarks on her well-deserved Long Service Leave. We are sure that Maureen will have a fantastic break and we look forward to seeing Maureen in 2018. Stay safe and well!
Next term, all students move back into their summer uniform. Children are permitted to wear their winter uniform up until the end of Week 2, if necessary.
All students are required to be in the full Infant Jesus School uniform by Week 3 of Term 4. Parents are reminded to have all items of school clothing clearly labelled as we constantly have items of school uniform in our lost property.
The date for the Annual Community Meeting has been changed from the 14 November to the 28 November at 7:00pm.
• All mammals have tongues.
• Dogs and cats, like humans, are either right or left handed...or is that paws?
• The earth rotates more slowly on its axis in March than in September.
• When you walk down a steep hill, the pressure on your knees is equal to three times your body weight.
No doubt, both staff and students are looking forward to a well-earned break. We pray that all families stay healthy and safe over the holidays, and return rejuvenated and revitalised in preparation for Term Four.
School commences for all Students (Pre-Primary – Year 6) on Tuesday 10 October and will conclude for all students on Friday 8 December.
If you were another person , would you like to be a friend of yours?”
FACTION ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
Yesterday we held our Faction Athletics Carnival and it turned out to be an amazing day! We were hoping for a fine day and the weather was beautiful. It was wonderful to see all of the children trying their best to improve their times and earn points for their faction. All of the children from Pre-Primary to Year 6 must be congratulated for their efforts, team work and cheering. In the end, after a close fought battle Lima (Red) was our winning faction for 2017 with Sienna (Blue) in second.
1st Lima (Red) 1188
2nd Sienna (Blue) 1115
3rd Aquino (Green) 1028
4th Calaroga (Gold) 1004
I would like to thank all of the parents and teachers who helped throughout the day. Without your support the day would not have run so smoothly. I would also like to thank the Wellness Ministry who did a fantastic job helping in their bays and supporting wherever they were needed.
Interschool Athletics Carnival
Some of our athletes will compete in the CPSSA Interschool Athletics Carnival. This will be held on Friday 27th of October at the State Athletics Track. Permission slips and details about morning training will be given out in week 1 to the children who have been selected.
Below is a list of our Champion Boys and Girls from Year 3-6. I have also updated the Athletics records with some of the children breaking the record from last year. The timing gates now mean we can keep these records. I have updated the list below.
Champion Runner Up 3rd
Yr 3 Boys Austin Tutt Marcus White Bryant Bao
Yr 3 Girls Zara Ielati Vaishvi Kittan Jasmine Penwald
Yr 4 Boys Lucas Rossi Adam Romeo Simon Tran
Yr 4 Girls Angelique Lilly Middleton Lydia Sammells &
Clayton Chloe Firns
Yr 5 Boys Marcus Nicholas Rozario
Yr 5 Girls Gabrielle Krystelle Marion Allyra Quartermaine
Yr 6 Boys Declan Ryan Massimo Daniel Gianatti
Yr 6 Girls Layla Firns Hayley Placzek Bayleigh Tonkin
Please the attached for the Athletics Records 2017.
PARENT & FRIENDS NEWS
THANK YOU! - Nicola Cecchele, Sarah Ruggiero, Jenny Allpike and Marisa Gulluni
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.
PRE PRIMARY PARENTS CHRISTMAS GATHERING
This has been set for Friday 27 October 8pm, 663 Newcastle Street, Leederville. Please contact Belinda 0410682991 or Gabrielle 0402140181 for details.
FATHER AND SON CAMP
Please see attached information regarding this year's Father and Son Camp.
Friday 22 September
STUDENT FREE DAY - END OF TERM 3
Wednesday 11 October
Alison Wilathgamuwa, Justine Scriva
Friday 13 October
Rosa Ridolfo, Emma Yates, Simone McGuire
Thank you for all the help you have given over the Term to our Canteen and to our Students. Term 4 commences with the Summer Menu. See attached:
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.
FEAST OF ST MATTHEW - 21 SEPTEMBER
The call from Jesus was more powerful than the call of wealth. Matthew left his work as tax collector. He invited Jesus to a dinner where other tax collectors (publicans) and sinners were gathered. The Pharisees were upset when they saw this, and they said to the disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus heard them and replied, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, `I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous, but sinners.” (See Matthew 9:9–13.)
We know nothing other than that about Matthew from the Scriptures, but we do know that Matthew preached the Good News of Christ, and at least part of the Gospel attributed to him was first written for the Jewish converts in Palestine. There is some uncertainty about where Matthew preached and where and how he died. Some say Matthew went to Persia; some say Syria and Greece, while others say Ethiopia. Yet we can learn much from Matthew. He was a man who knew quite well the power of money. He knew the comfort it could ensure, the recreation it could buy, the luxury it could provide. But he was wise enough to know what it could not do. Money could never give him that sense of peace deep inside. It could never befriend him when he was lonely or give him the strength and courage to go on when all else seemed lost. Money could never buy him forgiveness or love. But the love of Christ could do all this and more.
POPE FRANCIS AND THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
"We do well to keep in mind the early Christians and our many brothers and sisters throughout history who were filled with joy, unflagging courage and zeal in proclaiming the Gospel. (Evangelii Gaudium...The Joy of the Gospel... #263).
Many thanks to all the families who attended the Enrolment Masses last weekend. A gentle reminder that enrolment forms submission due date is Thursday 21 September. Please complete and return your child's enrolment form as soon as possible. Thank you.
Reconciliation Commitment Masses:
· 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, 7.00pm at the Parish Centre
Reconciliation Retreat at Schoenstatt Shrine
· Wednesday 25 October
First Reconciliation and Family Retreat
· Monday 6 November 5.30pm OR 6.00pm OR 6.30pm or
· Thursday 9 November at 5.30pm or 6.00pm
Yours in Christ,
First Communion Photos Now Available for Viewing
All those beautiful memories of the First Communion last week will last a while—the children looked so lovely and the families so happy. Mayfair Photography have delivered the proofs of the photos for viewing. Please come to the Infant Jesus Parish Office, Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 12.30pm to view the proofs and to place an order if you wish. Please note that photographing the proofs is NOT permitted, since all photographs are copyrighted to Mayfair.
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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“Mums Raising Teen Girls”
· The importance of the mother-daughter relationship:
· How mums can be positive role models for their daughters:
· How to better understand the challenges of their daughter’s teenage years:
· How mums can enhance their daughter’s self-esteem
Date: Monday 9 October 2017 Time: 6.30pm to 9.00pm Where: 22 Southport St, West Leederville
Bookings are essential – please phone 6164 0200 to enrol.
“Dads Raising Teen Girls”
· Building a positive relationship with your teenage daughter:
· Issues teenage girls face today:
· How to cope with the changes in your teenage daughter:
· What do teenage daughters need from their dads;
· Practical ways you can help her make better choices.
Date: Monday 9 October 2017 Time: 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Where: 22 Southport St, West Leederville
Bookings are essential – please phone 6164 0200 to enrol.
22-24 Sept ‘COME AND SEE’ - You are Invited to ‘Come and See’ the Josephite Way of Life. An opportunity for you to explore your dream, vision, pathway in the spirit of Mary and Julian. Sharing from the Sisters - the story so far. Will you write the next chapter?
When: 22-24 September (Gathering at 5pm on 22 Sept and finishing at 10am on 24 Sept)
Venue: ‘Kilmolee at Safety Bay’, 182 Arcadia Drive, Safety Bay
Enquiries: Alma Cabassi rsj: email@example.com, 0419 044 136. (Flyer available, from Laura)
29 Sept PRAYING OUR EXPERIENCES – growing awareness of God in my every day. Praying Our Experiences is about recognizing and inviting God in our every day. This is a directed contemplative gathering, followed by personal reflection time.
Theme: ‘Angels’ … Angels have been a part of prayer life, liturgy and in Scripture. On this feast of archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, we review the role of angels.
When: Friday 29 September 2017 Time: 10.30am -12.00noon
Venue: Mary MacKillop Centre, 16 York Street, South Perth
RSVP: Essential by Tuesday 26 Sept. P (08) 9334 0999
Conducted by Professor Clare Johnson
On Wednesday 4 October | 7.00pm – 9.00pm
At Newman Sienna Centre, Doubleview