Important Dates and Correspondence
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Wednesday Year 4 Schoenstatt Shrine
Friday Infant Jesus Day
Monday First Eucharist Parent and Child
28 August Workshop
Thursday Fathers Day Breakfast
31 August Whole School Mass
Tuesday Reconciliation for First Eucharist 11am
Thursday Parish Mass Yrs 2 and 5
Friday First Eucharist Retreat
Saturday First Eucharist Mass
Sunday First Eucharist Mass
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
We all have a father, and almost any man can biologically father a child, but the irreplaceable and unique role of fathers is often little acknowledged. Fathers today are more likely to be closely involved and emotionally connected with their growing children than their grandfathers were. This is good news for children for many reasons.
Dads Help Their Children Thrive
Children do better academically, emotionally, and socially when their father has greater involvement in their lives. They tend to take more risks, while also developing greater self-discipline. Involved fathers are also more likely to have a stronger influence on their children’s moral development and religious belief and practice. The kind of involvement is important too. The most effective forms involve:
• Listening, encouraging, and conveying warmth
• Providing everyday assistance
• Providing reasonable and consistent behavior correction, and
• Facilitating children’s increased independence over time
Dads do it Differently
Father’s play styles and type of nurturing provides unique benefits:
On our baptism day, we become the beloved son or daughter of our Creator and Heavenly Father. Jesus showed us what our relationship with God the Father can be like, he called his Father ‘Abba’, an affectionate Aramaic name, much like Daddy or Papa.
Do you feel this close to your Father in Heaven?
Try praying to our Father with an affectionate name that comes most naturally to you. It might feel a bit strange at first, but with practice you will feel more comfortable talking to God as a Father who loves you.
A Prayer for Fathers
we praise you for the gift of our fathers
and those who have been father-figures
We thank you for the life and love they
have brought to our world.
May they be strengthened in virtue and
faith so that they might give glory to you through
their lives of service.
What Makes a Dad?
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
And then there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it—
Many thanks to all the staff who assisted with the preparation, setting up, cooking and serving the Father's Day Breakfast this morning. It was tremendous to see this level of support by the staff at this school. Some of the staff even came in on their day off.
It was fantastic to see so many DADS in attendance this morning! We hope all dads enjoyed the opportunity to share a special time with their child/ren as well as catch up with a few of the other dads within the school. Thank You also to our Year 3 students and the School Choir for leading the Liturgy in the hall.
Next Wednesday, September 6 we have invited, the Executive Director of Catholic Education WA and 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 an innovative approach to pedagogy and technology.
Principals and lead educators will hear teacher’s stories, visit flexible classrooms, and listen to children sharing their learning experiences in a variety of hands on workshops on exciting topics such as:
• Leadership in A LEADing Learning School
• Technology in the Early Years
• Collaborative teaching
• Discover how students and staff create content for a global audience
• STEAM and robotics
• Project Based Learning
We are really looking forward to this opportunity to share the work we are doing and at the same time learn from other leaders and teachers how we can continue to drive school improvement.
I saw a wonderful sign outside a florist the other day which stated, “ Only six months to go to Valentine’s Day; get your orders in now!”
Surely, a tongue in the cheek job! However, Father’s Day is the big push at the moment, only a few days to go before dads will receive that gift that will no doubt make their day!
All that aside, the following article offers all married men a wonderful piece of advice – perhaps a Father’s Day resolution.
“How would you like to be healthier, live longer and earn more? Without having to go on a diet, do exercise, or work harder or longer? Sounds like a never-never idea, doesn’t it? Well, there’s a very simple prescription that will help you achieve these goals.
It was worked out by a group of German psychologists, physicians and insurance companies who cooperated on a research project designed to find out the secret of long life and success. They found, according to Dr Arthur Szabo of West Germany, that the key to longer, happier, wealthier lives for men lies in one single act. All you have to do is:
The meticulous German researchers discovered that men who kiss their wives every morning, have fewer automobile accidents on their way to work than men who omit the morning kiss.
The “good-morning-kissers” miss less work because of sickness than the non-kissers. And they earn from 20 to 30 percent more money and live some five years longer than men who are stingy with their kisses.
Dr Szabo explains, “A husband who kisses his wife every morning begins the day with a positive attitude.”
Is there any hope for those gentlemen who neglect to deliver that morning kiss? They have a lot going against them, insists Dr Szabo. These unaffectionate fellows start the day with negative feelings and doubts about their own worth. You see, a kiss is a kind of seal of approval.
If you have been rushing out of the house in the morning without kissing your wife, consider changing your ways.
Congratulations to the School Band and Choir on their recent performances at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival.
September 8 is celebrated as the birthday of Mary, the Mother of Jesus . We do not usually celebrate the birthdays of saints, instead we celebrate the day they died because that is the day they are born into the joys of heaven. But the birthday of Mary, our Mother, is an exception. We celebrate her birthday because she was a very special person who was chosen to be the Mother of Jesus.
Our Blessed Mother has many titles, but the greatest title of all is Mother of God. Mary is mother to all saints and the Mother of the Church. We honour Mary for giving us Jesus and ask our Mother to help us to be her faithful children and followers of her Son. We honour Mary best, by imitating her virtues: her openness to God, her faithfulness, her humility and her concern for all.
As a father and father-in-law to three young dads, it’s great to see each of them embracing the life-changing nature of fatherhood and becoming fully involved in their children’s lives.
I see myself in these young fathers, and in doing so I’d like to guide them away from making the same fathering mistakes I did. However, knowing that young dads are loathe to take fathering advice from a member of the previous generation, I’ll give the following advice to my younger self instead:
1. Play to your strengths
Men generally parent differently to women, based on their biology. Fathers often parent in a more active or action-oriented way than mothers so games, play and physical activity become important parts of a man’s parenting repertoire. Your partner may not always appreciate your more active approach, particularly if you play with kids just before bedtime then leave it to her to calm them down.
Practical advice: Be yourself, but be smart about it!
2. Lighten up – don’t take yourself too seriously
It’s easy to get caught up in your own importance, taking yourself and your work too seriously. For many men a bad day at work translates into poor or, at best, distracted experiences when they’re with their families. Consider putting a strategy in place, such as exercise, that will help you leave work and the moods it engenders behind.
Practical advice: Be present in mind as well as in body when you’re with your kids.
3. Have something in common with each child
It would be wonderful to say that you can always connect with your kids, but family life is not that straightforward. There’ll always be a child who we struggle to connect with or a developmental stage during which a child seems alien to us. In these cases and times it helps if you share a common interest (such as a love of sport or music) with a child so that you always have something that will bring you together, even though you may not always see eye to eye.
Practical advice: Be prepared to take an interest in your child’s interests.
4. Take it easy on your son
Many dads are tough on their boys and have expectations way above their son’s interest and ability levels. It helps to remember that it takes a little longer for a boy to mature. Resist the temptation to turn every game and every joint activity into a lesson and avoid giving advice when all your son wants is some understanding.
Practical advice: See the boy as he is now, not the future man, when you spend time with him.
5. Enjoy the outdoors with your daughter
The biological nature of fathering causes most men to be very protective of their daughters. But that doesn’t mean you should put your daughter on a pedestal and treat her like a little princess. Expect a lot from her. Play with her, and get her outside into nature as it will do wonders for her confidence levels.
Practical advice: Enjoy spending time with your daughters on a daily basis.
6. Be ready for kids to knock you off your pedestal
Most children in the pre-school and middle- to late-primary school years look up to their dads. “My dad is better/bigger than your dad” is a type of mantra that’s familiar to many parents. Make the most of it as this Superman Syndrome doesn’t last. Young children soon become adolescents and will go to great lengths to prove that you’re Clarke Kent after all. Expect that they will stop laughing at your jokes, raise an eyebrow at your well-intentioned advice and even stop being friendly to you in public. Ouch! It can be hurtful to a man who just wants to be the best dad he can be.
Practical advice: See number 2 above: don’t take yourself too seriously.
7. Give your kids a compass and a map
One day your children will become independent of you. Don’t worry! You won’t be irrelevant, just redundant in a practical and managerial sense. There are two things you can do to help your kids safely navigate the world when you’re not around. First, help them develop a set of positive values including integrity, honesty and respect that will act as their moral compass when they have difficult decisions to make. Second, reveal your personal story over time as this narrative will become a personal map that will reassure them when life gets tough. It’s good to know that they are not in uncharted territory when they finally strike out on their own.
Practical advice: Tell kids your story – don’t make them guess it or learn it from someone else.
Father’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the contribution that men make to the lives of their children. It’s a very personal reflection as each man’s experience of fathering is as unique as the children they are raising. I invite you to reflect on your own fathering as well as the contribution that fathers – whether your own dad or someone else’s – have made to your own life.
(by Michael Grose)
If you are the parent of a student in Years 3, 5, you will be receiving an individual report of your child’s results for the tests they sat in May. These tests in key areas of literacy and numeracy provide parents and educators with a snapshot of how students are progressing — individually, as part of their school community and as a nation.
NAPLAN results enable parents and teachers to see how students are progressing, not just within their class, but also against national standards that have been agreed upon by all state and territory governments.
How does NAPLAN help my child and my school?
NAPLAN is designed to provide data on a student’s literacy and numeracy achievements. It complements school assessment and provides nationally comparable data that allow for objective discussions, for successes to be celebrated, additional support focussed where it is needed and to address areas requiring improvement.
NAPLAN allows for an understanding of a child’s literacy and numeracy ability at a school, state and national level. It helps governments to know whether programs designed to improve student literacy and numeracy are effective. It assists parents to know how their child is tracking against students in the same year level across Australia.
What impact will the results have on my child’s future?
NAPLAN results can help teachers and parents direct extra attention where it is needed to help students improve their literacy and numeracy skills. As such NAPLAN tests are ‘low stakes’ for students as there are no rewards or punishments for the result a student achieves. Testing children is not new. NAPLAN is unique because it gives a national snapshot of how students are doing in the important skills of literacy and numeracy. NAPLAN does not carry the same potential consequences as ‘high stakes’ tests, such as Year 12 exams.
Some schools may ask for NAPLAN results in addition to school reports as part of the admissions process for secondary school, or for students changing schools. NAPLAN tests are not designed to be a school admission test, however, results are sometimes used to inform new schools of student needs. If you have any concerns, ACARA encourages you to talk them over with the school.
What if the results are not what I expected?
NAPLAN tests are not pass/fail tests. Students are provided with an indication of where their results are on the common assessment scale. The student report also indicates the skills and understandings that students are expected to demonstrate at each band of the scale. The same scale is used for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 so you will be able to track your child’s progress over the years.
NAPLAN results provide a snapshot of student performance on the days of the tests. There are many reasons why students may not have performed to the best of their ability, such as illness or other distractions. Equally, some students may perform much better than expected when compared against their regular classroom assessment results.
A reminder to all parents and student that the school Athletic Faction Carnival is only a few weeks away. Wednesday 20th September is the date set for the BIG carnival with the venue being the Noranda Sporting Complex/Athletics Track (access via Wylde Road). Please mark this date in your diary!
Just to inform parents that next Wednesday, 6 September, there will be no canteen available for students. Please mark this date in your diaries.
Congratulations to Troy Buckley who recently played his first event with Golf WA Junior Tour 12 years and under on Sunday 27 August at Royal Fremantle Golf Club. Troy was in a three way tie for first place with a score of 52 from 9 holes. A great result Troy for your first try at this event.
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person. He believed in me.”
Don't Forget! Scholastic Book Club Orders are due Monday 4 September.
YEAR TWO LEARNING
The Year Two children are immersed in their learning and are continuing to work towards being the best that they can be.
YEAR 4 NETBALL
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
CAMP QUALITY PUPPET SHOW
On Monday 4 September Camp Quality Puppet Show is coming to Infant Jesus School. Students from Kindergarten to Year Six will view a puppet show which provides a fun and engaging performance that aims to dispels common myths and misconceptions about cancer in an age appropriate way. There will be three different shows catering to the pre-school, junior primary and upper primary age groups. The Camp Quality Puppet Show helps schools create supportive communities for any child affected by cancer, whether they are living with cancer themselves or have a family member with cancer. All parents are welcome to attend the performances.
9.00am – 9.45am Year One, Two & Three
9.50am – 10.30am Kindy & Pre-Primary
11.00am – 11.45am Years Four, Five & Six
PARENT & FRIENDS NEWS
The committee has decided to open the last tickets for individual purchase. Tickets available for $15 each, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
QUIZ NIGHT DONATIONS
We are still in need of donations to be used as prizes on the night. In particular wine, 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 email@example.com if you would like us to collect them.
INFANT JESUS DAY
We would like to thank volunteers for so generously donating their time to help on Infant Jesus Day. Events like this need lots of hands and we appreciate you lending yours! Thank you Sarah Ruggiero, Jenny Allpike, Marisa Gulluni, Maria Bellesini, Ida Romeo, Connie Sciullo, Sherrie Giglia, Irene Gianatti, Liselle Morgan, Anna Williams, Jess Musca, Billie Po, Olivia Ostaszewskyj, Nicola Tutt, Justyna Dimasi and Belinda Charmi. Thank you to our superstars on the BBQ, Christian Gianatti, Leah Wilson, Mathew Williams and Natalie Marion. Finally thank you to all the Parent Representatives and Parents who donated food for the morning tea.
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!
FATHER AND SON CAMP
Please see attached information regarding this year's Father and Son Camp.
Friday 1 September
Emma Yates, Simone McGuire, Rosa Ridolfo
Monday 4 September
Renae Levings, Paige Di Dio, Anella Tollis
Wednesday 6 September
There will be no canteen available for students on this day.
Marisol Rapy, Cheryl Barras, Jenny Allpike
The attached Winter Menu continues for Term 3.
A reminder that fees are due by this Friday 31 August 2017. Please contact the school office if you are unable to pay by this date.
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.
Infant Jesus Day
On Infant Jesus Day the activities in the afternoon raised a significant amount of money. The session raised $2139.75. We thank everyone in our school community for a fantastic day celebrating our school heritage.
SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
It was wonderful to see so many Infant Jesus School families at the parish over the weekend celebrating the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of the church. Many thanks to our talented Infant Jesus School Concert Band and School Choir for their heartfelt performances. Thanks are also extended to the P&F who provided cupcakes for the children to enjoy after the 9:30 mass.
ENVIRONMENTAL MINISTRY NEWS
As the Environmental Ministry, we have been inspecting the classes of each year level every Monday. We check their uniform, class and bags and there has been a clear improvement to our school. Classrooms are neater allowing better thinking and a better school and we hope that we keep showing a steady improvement - the students at Infant Jesus School are definitely #ExpectingGreatThings in their uniform, work and school. Good job Infant Jesus!
SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT - FEASTDAY 3 SEPTEMBER
Gregory was born about A.D. 540 in Rome, the son of a wealthy senator. Like most of the nobility of his time, he was well educated. But unlike many, he was generous and concerned about those who were poor.
In his early thirties, Gregory was made the chief prefect, or governor, of Rome. Gregory was attracted to the religious life and soon left his position. He converted the family estate in Rome into the Abbey of Saint Andrew, became a monk there, and founded six Benedictine monasteries on his estates in Sicily. In about 578, he was ordained a deacon of Rome and sent as the papal ambassador to Constantinople, where he served until 585. When he arrived back in Rome, he was made the abbot of Saint Andrew’s.
In 590, Gregory was acclaimed pope by the clergy and the people of Rome. Unwillingly, Gregory accepted the role, calling himself the “servant of the servants of God.” Because of his political skill, learning, talents, and deep devotion to God, Gregory was able to make peace with the invading Lombards, save the city from famine by reorganizing the property and granaries of the Church, and restore order within the Church. In 596, he sent Augustine of Canterbury and 40 other monks to England to teach the Angles the faith. Gregory is called the “Apostle of England.” He died March 12, 604
POPE FRANCIS AND THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
"The Gospel offers us the chance to live life on a higher plane, but with no less intensity: "Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others"". (Evangelii Gaudium "Joy of the Gospel" #10).
Many thanks to all the First Eucharist families, school and catechist teachers who came along to the Parent and Child Workshop last Monday the 28th of August. It turned out to be a successful night all because you were there selflessly sharing your time for the good of our children.
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
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturday 16 Sept at 6.30pm OR
Sunday 17 Sept at 9.30am OR
Sunday 17 Sept at 6.00pm
Saturday 14 Oct at 6.30pm OR
Sunday 15 Oct at 9.30am OR
Sunday 15 Oct at 6.00pm
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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Servite College Open Morning – 30 August
On Wednesday 30 August, we will host a free College Open Morning with student guided action tours and an opportunity to meet our Principal and key staff.
Servite College 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.