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CHINA DAY Tomorrow, the school will celebrate China Day.

YEAR THREE This week received the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Infant Jesus School | Issue 17 | Week 4, Term 4




IN THIS ISSUE… FROM THE PRINCIPAL ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣ ‣

Sacrament of Reconcilia/on Family Mass Inter-School Athle/cs Carnival Annual Community Mee/ng P&F Associa/on Parents Volunteer Mass/Morning Tea School Fees China Day Remembrance Day P&F School Disco Capital Development Works 2020 Enrolments From My Readings This Week Prayer for the Week Thought for the Week


Free Dress Day for Farmers Reading Comprehension Mathema/cs Talks Maths Challenge


Eucharist Sacrament of Reconcilia/on St Vincent de Paul Dona/ons 24:7 Morley Youth Group



China Day

9 November

Family Mass (6.00pm)

11 Novenber

Remembrance Day ReflecPon

14 November

Year 3 Nearer to Nature Excursion

15 November

Year 5 Summer Carnival

15 November

P&F School Disco

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Year One Class News Year Two Class News Year Three Class News Year Six Class News Sport News

Helping kids iden/fy and express feelings


P&F Mee/ng School Disco Class Parent Representa/ve News MAD Camp 2020



OSH Club NewsleTer Mercedes College 2020 Enrolments

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FROM THE PRINCIPAL Sacrament of Reconciliation This week our students in Year 3 received he Sacrament of Reconcilia/on.

Family Mass A reminder to all parents that we will celebrate our second Family Mass this Saturday.

DEAR PARENTS Sacrament of Reconciliation This week our students in Year Three received the Sacrament of Reconcilia/on, a truly special and wonderful giX that they will now have the opportunity to par/cipate in as oXen as they like, which I think is something we all tend to forget from /me to /me. As we move through the year and maybe even life – it’s not only our physical resources that become depleted, but also our spiritual energies. This can make Christ’s challenge to us to be His personal representa/ves to other people, oXen seem to be quite beyond our means. However, being promised to other people has nothing to do with preaching or trying to convert people, but it does have a lot to do with just being ourselves and perhaps brushing up on some areas in which we know we can do beTer. St Teresa who, some 400 hundred years ago died in the Spanish city of Avila, trying always to be of a happy disposi/on once wrote, “God deliver us from gloomy saints who make both virtue and themselves abhorrent.” One story aTributed to her was the supposed the dialogue she had with God one day when seated on a mule and about to ford a fairly strong flowing river: “Lord, please ensure I make a safe crossing of this river.” Splash!!


China Day Tomorrow, the school will celebrate China Day.

“Lord, all the things I have done to you then you took no no/ce of my request!” A voice was said to reply, “Teresa, I did hear your request, but this is how I test all my friends.” “Then,” spluTered Teresa, “it’s no wonder you have so few.” This story, besides suppor/ng the happy disposi/on claim, illustrates the possibility of communica/on whilst engaging in the busy world of day-to-day living. All people (and our children) are different, for it is through their differences that life’s experiences are so rich, valued and enjoyable. As people, we have probably all experienced periods of ‘unresolved conflict’ at some stage of our life or maybe are aware of it in the life of a friend. A quick look around the world will show us how misery flourishes when differences are not resolved. Two things are needed for the restora/on of any rela/onship. The first is forgiveness. The second is a resolu/on to change what ever caused the rela/onship to suffer in the first place. This is what happens in the Sacrament of Reconcilia/on (or Penance). The rela/onship with God is restored to the best it can be at that very moment in /me! Christ showed us how to do this as he dealt with people who were part of his life – the Magdalene’s, the lepers, the blind and even those who were responsible for his death. To elect to follow Christ means that we endeavour to replace “our hearts” with the “heart of Christ”. This enables us to forgive as Christ did and does. This is what St Paul meant when he remembers that each day, he dies a liTle so that Christ can live more in him. We keep all our Year Three students in our prayers over the next few weeks as they now have received the Sacrament of the Reconcilia/on for the first /me. We pray that they will choose to use ‘this giX’ oXen.

Family Mass A reminder to ALL parents that we will celebrate our second Family Mass for the year this Saturday, 6.00pm at the Infant Jesus Church. It would be wonderful if we had a really posi/ve showing of Infant Jesus School families for this Mass.

Inter-School Athletics Carnival Congratula/ons to our Inter-School Athle/c Team who competed against Catholic Schools on Tuesday at the Athle/cs Stadium. Whilst all our students tried extremely hard, I would especially like to make men/on of the ‘Girls Team’ who won the shield for overall best performance. A fantas/c achievement! Infant Jesus School received fourth place overall. Many thanks to Mrs Jenkins for preparing and training the team and to Mr Colangelo and Miss Fo/ who assisted on the day.

Annual Community Meeting As parents are aware, our Annual Community Mee/ng will take place on Tuesday 26 November at 7.00pm. We encourage parents to consider assis/ng the school community by serving on one of these commiTees. Parents are encouraged to nominate for a posi/on on either the School Board (two posi/ons) or P&F Execu/ve CommiTee for 2020 and assist with the valuable contribu/on that both these parent representa/ve organisa/ons make to the Infant Jesus School Community. Informa/on and nomina/on forms: hTps://





commitment of /me and energy. To all our parent helpers - THANK YOU.

P&F Association The Parents’ and Friends’ Associa/on is an integral part of the Catholic School structure and is a valuable instrument in the Church’s ministry of educa/on. This year we have once again been fortunate to have a very dedicated and collabora/ve P&F Associa/on. We especially thank the Execu/ve CommiTee of:

School Fees The year is drawing to a close quite rapidly, and there are s/ll a number of families who have outstanding School Fee Accounts. We ask that all families please finalise their School Fees by 22 November 2019. Opportuni/es are con/nuously provided to all families who are experiencing difficul/es to discuss their situa/on with me. Some families have acted on this, and I thank them for their sincerity and honesty. If you are experiencing legi/mate difficul/es in rela/on to your school fees, please contact Mrs Irene Baginski at the school office so an appointment can be made with me at a convenient /me.

Mrs Marisa Gullini (President) Mrs Jenny Allpike (Treasurer) Mrs Maria Bellesini (Secretary) Mrs Joanne Brisbane (Board Representa/ve) Marisa and her team have done an outstanding job in implemen/ng a few new ideas and genera/ng the IJ Spirit here at our school. All their undertakings this year have been successful, and the mee/ngs led by the Marisa and her team have been purposeful and produc/ve. This Parent Class Representa/ves have been most suppor/ve of the P&F Execu/ve and have assisted in the distribu/on of informa/on as well as trying to generate a liTle bit of interac/on between the parents of the cohort. The Mother and Daughter Camp and the Father and Son Camps were hugely successful and con/nue to grow from strength to strength.

China Day Tomorrow, the school will celebrate China Day. This day is to recognise our close links with our near neighbours and to celebrate our partnership with our sister school in China. The day will commence in classrooms with children learning about and exploring links between our

In 2019, the P&F Associa/on supported the School Board with the funds to install the InteracPve Whiteboards, books for the i-Read IniPaPve and new school tents for spor/ng carnivals and the like. The P&F have raised over $30,000 this year which will aid in the purchasing of resources for students within the school. To all involved with the P&F Associa/on this year – THANK YOU! We congratulate the Execu/ve CommiTee for their efforts throughout the year. Their enthusiasm and commitment have been excep/onal, and I sincerely thank them all for their support this year. We also thank all the various members of the different subcommiTees for their assistance and all those who regularly aTend the mee/ngs to lend a hand.

culture and the Chinese culture. AXer recess there will be a brief assembly in the hall. AXer the assembly, students will commence their Chinese lessons! The day will be broken into five sessions and each child will par/cipate in each ac/vity. Students will rotate through the different ac/vi/es with their buddy classes.

Parent Volunteers Mass & Morning Tea On Thursday 28 November, a Volunteers’ Mass followed by a morning tea will be held in the School Hall to say ‘Thank You’ to all the parents who have assisted with school ac/vi/es throughout year.

This is a valuable opportunity to assist our students in developing their knowledge and understanding of the people and cultures of the Asia region. As Connected Learners’ children recognise the diversity within and between the countries in this area of the world. The learning enriches their lives and equips them with the skills to engage effec/vely with peoples of the Asia region.

We recognise that parents are a very important link between home and school and we greatly value and appreciate the support they have provided the staff and students of Infant Jesus School. It is tremendous to have this level of interest displayed in the development of both the children and the school as a whole. Many ac/vi/es could not be planned without their involvement and generous


Remembrance Day On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 an armis/ce was signed that stopped the figh/ng in World War I. Since then, and aXer World War II, this day of remembrance became known as ‘Remembrance Day’ so we can remember the people who have died in all wars.

From My Readings This Week… Parenting Behaviours Even the Best Parents Need to Stop As a paren/ng educator for more than 25 years, I’ve had many opportuni/es to observe and listen to parents in ac/on. During this /me, I’ve learned some valuable lessons about raising children and managing families. Usually, my advice is posi/ve in that I try to focus on what you should being doing as a parent. Maintaining forward momentum has always been my aim. However, it helps some/mes to be reminded of some of the behaviours we should stop or do less of, if we are to raise autonomous, emo/onally smart ci/zens of the future. Here are some paren/ng behaviours you may consider stopping or doing less of, together with replacement behaviour as well:

On Monday, 11 November at 11.00am, the school community will par/cipate in a Remembrance Day reflec/on which will be held in the piazza. Parents and community members are most welcome to aTend.

P&F Student Disco A reminder to all students about the P&F disco on Friday 15th November. This is always a fun-filled night for all the students and we greatly appreciate the efforts of the P&F to create this opportunity for all the students. This year’s theme is ‘Heroes & Villains’. Please see addi/onal informa/on in the newsleTer.

Doing too much Kids need to learn to fend for themselves and stand on their own two feet. Independence is the aim for parents. Learn to delegate.

Capital Development Works Work on the extension to the School Administra/on block – Stage 8 (staffroom) has commenced. As acknowledged already, this construc/on will see some adjustments having to be made being made to parking alloca/ons around the school. This will mainly affect the staff car parking area, but should not impact on the aXernoon drive-through. However, as there will be some major capital works within the school grounds, I ask all parents to be most vigilant with the safety of our students at both drop off and pick up /mes.

Winning arguments The need to win arguments and prove that you are right harms rela/onships and creates fer/le ground for conflict. Focus on the things that maTer. Expec/ng too liTle Expecta/ons are tricky. Too high and kids can give up. Too low and kids will meet them. Pitch them at their own abili/es and their developmental age. Speaking when angry Speaking tends to be a default mechanism regardless of your emo/onal state. When you’re angry, kids don’t listen. They pick up your venom but not your words. Choose the /me and the place to speak to kids.

2020 Enrolments As the school undertakes the process of prepara/on for the upcoming school year, it is important that we are aware of possible movements both in and out of the school community. The end of any school year is a busy /me for many families insofar as transfers due to work or other personal circumstances. With posi/on vacancies at a premium and with wai/ng lists already resul/ng for par/cular in all year levels, it is essen/al that we are made aware as soon as is prac/cable of either new enrolments or of families who may be transferring.

Failing to give proper recogni/on It’s easy to take children’s good behaviour and their contribu/ons to the family for granted. The behaviours you focus on expand so catch kids doing the right thing. Playing favourites Children usually know who’s the favoured or preferred child in their family. Your discipline and expecta/ons give this away. Share the paren/ng with others so you share the favouri/sm. Leung kids drop out of the family In small families most children have their own bedroom, which means isola/on is easy to achieve. Teenagers, in par/cular, tend to prefer their own


Paren/ng the individual Small family paren/ng is almost always an individual endeavour. It’s worth remembering that sibling rela/onships (if children have siblings) can be just as influen/al as the parent-child rela/onship. It will almost certainly outlast the parent-child rela/onship. Lead the group, manage the child. Refusal to express regret Some/mes parents can work themselves into a /ght corner aXer they’ve said something out of anger or despera/on. One parent I know cancelled Christmas out of despera/on and refused to admit she was wrong. Some/mes you need to acknowledge your mistakes and start over again.

company rather than the company of peers and parents. Put rituals in place and make sure everyone turns up to meal-/me.

Failing to use communica/on processes Establish communica/on processes and

Taking the easy way out It’s a quirk of modern life that as parents get busier with work and other things there is a tremendous tempta/on to avoid arguments by giving into kids. Hang in there when you know it’s the right thing to do. Judging yourself too harshly Parents are generally hard markers of themselves. Kids are more forgiving of their parents’ blunders than their parents. Parent your family as if it’s a large one. Solving too many problems It’s temp/ng to try to solve our children’s problems rather than leave some for them to solve. A forgoTen school lunch is a child’s problem not a parent’s problem. Pose problems for kids rather than solve them.

communica/on places well in advance of when you really need them. For example, if you are about to talk to your children about sexuality and rela/onships, what process do you use? Where will you hold that conversa/on? Neglec/ng your own wellbeing Many families operate under a child-first mentality, which places a lot of pressure and stress on parents. We happily drive kids to their leisure ac/vi/es at the expense of our own. Carve out some /me for your own interests and leisure pursuits.

Confusing helping for responsibility We all love it when our children help at home, but this shouldn’t be confused with taking responsibility. A child who gets himself up in the morning is learning to take responsibility. If you want a child to be responsible give him real responsibility.

Giving feedback at the wrong /me Timing is everything when you give kids feedback. If you give nega/ve feedback immediately aXer an event or ac/on, you risk discouraging them. Use ‘just in /me prompts’ to remind them how to do something. Pick your /ming when you give feedback.

Telling kids everything will be ok when they are anxious It’s human nature to reassure your children when they are worried or anxious that everything will be ok. This however is not always true and also reassurance leads to dependence. Validate your child’s worries so that they feel understood. Kids need to hear “I get it” rather than “Get over it”.

Clinging to the past The ghosts from the past are strong indeed causing us to put some of our problems onto our children. The problems we may have experienced growing up won’t necessarily be shared by our children. Retune your paren/ng antennae to your child’s life and away from yours.

Taking yourself too seriously There is a lot of gravitas placed on parents’ behaviours and on modelling that can weigh you down and take the joy from being a parent. Take /me to enjoy the liTle things in family life.


Believing everything your children say As loving parents, we want to trust our children and believe everything they tell us. Children are faulty observers and frequently only see one side of an issue. Help children process what happens to them and see issues from every side. AXer reviewing this list, for those of you who s/ll aren’t sure what to stop, there is one habit that I’ve seen take precedence over all of the others. You may be part of the majority of people who partake in this bad habit. What is the number one problem of the successful parents I’ve worked with over the years? It is doing too much for their kids.

Prayer for the Week Last week we celebrated the Feast of All Saints. Saints hold a special posi/on within the life of the Church. In Chris/an belief, a Saint is someone who has a deep commitment to Christ and the power of God has been experienced by others in some way. Such divine power may have been experienced through miracles, inspira/onal example or some extraordinary work. The following reflec/on helps us to remember and celebrate these holy men and women and their faith. We are also reminded of how we need to be in our lives.

For more great ideas to raise independent kids read Michael’s book Spoon-fed Genera/on: How to raise independent children.

Paul Hille Principal #ExpectGreatThings Most loving God We thank you for the example of the Saints who in their living of the Gospel were a witness to the human dignity of each person. They always faced life’s challenges with faith and courage May we follow their example and give of ourselves to those in need. Stay with us and encourage us to be witnesses to your on-going presence in the world by the way we live. Amen

Thought for the Week You can learn many things from children. How much paPence you have, for instance? Franklin P. Adams


ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ CORNER drought. Pray for the vic/ms of the drought. Pray for those people whose lives have been destroyed by the drought. Pray for resilience for people in drought-stricken areas,” Bishop Columba said.

Free Dress Day for Farmers The Church in Australia is dedica/ng this month as a /me to pray for those affected by crippling drought condi/ons and to pray for the giX of rain. Parishes, schools, families and other Catholic communi/es across the country are being encouraged to par/cipate in the Na/onal Prayer Campaign for Drought, which also invites people to provide assistance to those most in need.

At Infant Jesus School we will be having a Free Dress Day on Wednesday 13 November, for staff and students, to raise some much needed funds for this campaign. Please bring in a gold coin dona/on, or even more, to assist the farmers across our na/on. We will send the money directly to the Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes.

Bishop Columba’s diocese covers about half of New South Wales, including some of the most droughtaffected areas in the country. In his video message, Bishop Columba said that praying for rain shows our humility. 

“Rain is a giX. It’s a giX from God. When you don’t have that giX, you realise how precious the giX is. People out here in the bush really appreciate what a giX rain is. So, when we pray for rain, we’re not trying to tell God what to do. We’re actually admiung our humility, that we haven’t got control of everything. We actually need God’s providence and his care for us. That’s why we pray for rain. Pray for that giX in your own lives. Pray to God for an end to this

Thank you for your support. More informa/on can be found at: hTps:// Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green in his video message about the Na/onal Prayer Campaign for Drought (ACBC/YouTube)


Reading Comprehension Retelling Retelling is a strategy that all readers can use as it promotes increased and deeper comprehension and helps to develop expressive vocabulary. When children retell a story, they are using their thinking abili/es, memory, visualiza/on abili/es, and even their imagina/on. They are also developing sequencing skills as they work to explain and retell the events of a story in the order they read them. As children read a text and retell the story they also enhance their understanding of print concepts and story plot. When children begin to retell they usually focus on sequencing the events. Some/mes they may use pictures to assist their retelling. As children further develop skills in retelling they may talk about the beginning, middle and end and may start sentences with ‘In the beginning…’, ‘then in the middle…’, and ‘finally, in the end…’. Later children will be able to include details about the characters including the name of the character. They will also be able to describe the seung, major events of the story, the problem and the solu/on. 
 Retelling skills can also be used as adults and life-long readers. For example, think about a book you have read recently for personal enjoyment. You loved the book and are excited to share it with others. Someone then asks you, “What is the story about?” As you begin to explain what happened throughout the book, your purpose for retelling the story to your friend is important and needed. This is the same for children of all ages we want them to be able to SHARE stories, books, and informa/on with others! Think about some of the books from the i-Read collec/on in your year level. Make a list of the books that you could SHARE with others by retelling the story so that your friends will want to read some books from your list!


Mathematics Talk CommunicaPng with Children Using Math Language Talking About Math: 

Talking about Mathema/cs with your child – whatever his or her age – helps strengthen his or her mathema/cal reasoning and understanding. Some ways to keep the talk engaged and focused while you support your child include:

The new Mathema/cs Challenge will be posted in the next newsleTer and drawn at the Monday Morning Assembly in a fortnights /me.

‣ Revoice - Repeat what you heard your child say, then ask for clarifica/on (e.g., “So you are saying it’s an odd number?”).

Year 1-2 QuesPon

‣ Repeat/Restate – Ask your child to restate your reasoning (e.g., “Can you repeat what I said in your own words?”).

Anthony took a 20 metre piece of rope and cut it into 4 equal pieces. How long is each piece of rope?

‣ Reason – Ask your child to apply his or her own reasoning to someone else’s reasoning (e.g., “Do you agree or disagree? Tell me why.”). ‣ Adding On – Prompt your child to par/cipate further (e.g., “What more would you add to that?”). ‣ Think Time – Wait several seconds (try five) to give your child /me to think (e.g., “Take some /me to think.”). You may be surprised by how hard it is to stay silent in that /me!

Year 3-4 QuesPon

Shinji is 182 cm tall. Jane is 169 cm tall. If Brian is 15 cm taller than Jane, what is the combined height of all three people?

Year 5-6 QuesPon

100 people aTended a charity dinner. 14 of them paid $40, 12 paid $65 and the remaining guests paid $92. How much did the charity dinner raise?

Please add your answers to the boxes in the 11 Library.


Eucharist AXer we pray the prayer that Jesus gave us ‘The Our Father’ we are invited to join in and share ‘The Sign of Peace’. During the ‘Sign of Peace’ the priest prays that the peace of Christ will fill our hearts, our families, our Church, our communi/es and our world. As a sign of peace, hope and love, we show our unity in Christ and our reconcilia/on with one another by extending to those around us a sign of peace. Although we only greet those around us, the rite is intended to extend our wish of peace to all people throughout the world.

We Are Called - St Vincent de Paul donations for Christmas In our lives we have so many things to be grateful for, so the words of Jesus “Whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me” is especially relevant at this /me as we look forward to the joys of the season and celebra/on of Christmas. Many families are not as fortunate, and we will be helping to try and make the Christmas for needy families a bit more special.

As a community we join in the ‘Sign of Peace’ with both words and ac/ons.

Each year level is encouraged to bring dona/ons that will be then made into hampers. K/PP Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Drinks Items Decora/on Items Table Seung Items Cookie & Savoury Items Candy & Chocolate Items Meal Items Dessert Items

Please add your dona/ons to the box in each year level. The Priest says: Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live and reign for ever and ever.

24:7 Morley Youth Group For all youth in Years 6-12 Meets every Friday, 6pm-8pm at Infant Jesus Parish Hall Morley (Gold coin dona/on) Call Roger 0434 988 711 or Steph 0499 547 066 for more informa/on.

We respond: Amen The Priest says: The peace of the Lord be with you always We respond: And with your spirit The Priest says: Let us offer each other the sign of peace. Next /me you are at Mass and join in this familiar prayer consider how in these words and ac/ons we are sharing the peace that has been given to us through Jesus. Think about how you might also share this peace through your words and ac/ons each day.



Year One Class News Term Four has been a busy term for the Year One children. They have been working hard and have par/cipated in lots of fun ac/vi/es. Here are some of our highlights from the term so far. In Week Two, we par/cipated in the RAC Road Safety Incursion. We learnt all about the importance of crossing the road safely. We all had a turn at prac/sing to cross the road safely and remembering to – ‘Stop, Look, Listen and Think’. In Wri/ng, we have been exploring the features of an imagina/ve text. We have enjoyed using various different plush toys as characters for our narra/ves. We have used our crea/vity and imagina/on to create unique stories. We are able to share our stories both verbally and through wriTen text. In Mathema/cs, we have been learning about capacity. We have become experts at describing and ordering objects according to their capacity. The language we have learnt to use when describing capacity includes – empty, less than half full, half full, more than half full and full. We have prac/sed using these terms when using the water trolley in Mathema/cs rota/on. One of the most enjoyable parts of the term so far has been par/cipa/ng in Art with our Year Six buddies. We worked with our Year Six buddies to create a Chinese Hand Drum. Our Year Six buddies taught us what to do and discussed with us the upcoming celebra/on of China Day. We look forward to doing more ac/vi/es with our buddies later this term.


Year Two Class News The Year Two children have become Arcade Game designers as they have been designing and building their very own cardboard Arcade Games in STEAM. This task has seen them follow the engineering design process to research, prototype, construct, test and reect on their Arcade Game. The children have been busy crea/ng skill machines, mazes, ring tosses and ski ball games. We are looking forward to our arcade aXernoon where we will debut our games and test out each others crea/ons.


Year Three Class News This term Reconcilia/on has been the focus point for the Year Three students. They have been preparing for this sacrament by exploring their own rela/onship with God and reflec/ng on their family and friendship experiences. Role-plays, songs and thoughyul ac/vi/es have enabled the students to explore the First Rite of Reconcilia/on and the Prayer of Sorrow. Most importantly, they enjoyed their Reconcilia/on Retreat Day presented by the 24/7 School Ministry. The students definitely have been looking forward to celebra/ng this special sacrament in Week Four. The Year Three HASS topic, ‘Clima/c Zones’, has engaged the students in their learning as they have been researching about the different clima/c zones of the world. They have been busy liTle beavers working on designing collages for each area. In the coming weeks, the students will become news reporters and create documentaries using iMovie to tell everyone about the characteris/cs of each different clima/c zone. With some luck, the Year Threes are hoping to see their documentary on Channel


Year Six Class News Year Six students have commenced dancing lessons with Mrs Gilkinson on Wednesday aXernoons. This is in prepara/on for the Gradua/on Dinner Dance to be held at the end of the year. Last week we learnt the 'Hucklebuck' and the 'Cha Cha'. Much of our dancing is done in a 'progressive style' meaning we move on and change partners frequently. Yesterday was the second of our six sessions, and our improvement in our steps and movement is already showing. We look forward to showing our parents at the Dinner Dance how good we are at dancing!


Sport News Year Five Summer Lightning Carnival The Year Five students will be par/cipa/ng in the CPSSA Summer Lightning Carnival. The Carnival is Friday, 15 November from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Children will compete in either Tennis, Ul/mate Frisbee or Cricket against other schools in our Associa/on. Ul/mate Frisbee will be held at Coolbinia Reserve (behind Yokine Reserve), Cricket will be held at Yokine Reserve with Tennis at Noranda Netball Courts. We are s/ll requiring parent help for some of our teams, if you are able to help on the day please leave a message with the office or email: Further Informa/on: • Food (Recess, Lunch and snacks), water boTle and hat packed in the Infant Jesus School Bag. • Last year was extremely hot so we do recommend two water boTles. • The children need to wear their full sport uniform with correct socks and shoes. • All equipment will be provided.



Helping kids identify and express feelings Learning to iden/fy and express feelings in a posi/ve way helps kids develop the skills they need to manage them eec/vely. Here are some /ps on how to encourage your child to express their feelings.

Understanding feelings in kids Kids deal with many of the same feelings adults do Kids experience complex feelings just like adults. They get frustrated, excited, nervous, sad, jealous, frightened, worried, angry and embarrassed. However young kids usually don’t have the vocabulary to talk about how they are feeling. Instead they communicate their feelings in other ways. Kids can express their feelings through facial expressions, through their body, their behaviour and play. Some/mes they may act out their feelings in physical, inappropriate or problema/c ways. From the moment kids are born, they start learning the emo/onal skills they need to iden/fy, express and manage their feelings. They learn how to do this through their social interac/ons and rela/onships with important people in their lives such as parents, grandparents and carers. Being a parent means you’ve got a really important role to play in helping kids understand their feelings and behaviours. Kids need to be shown how to manage their feelings in posi/ve and construc/ve ways. When kids learn to manage their emo/ons in childhood it leads to posi/ve autudes and behaviours later in life. Kids who learn healthy ways to express and cope with their feelings are more likely to:


What you can do to help your child develop their emo/onal skills. Here are some of the ways you can help your child learn about and express their feelings: •

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Tune into cues - Some/mes feelings can be hard to iden/fy. Tune into your child’s feelings by looking at their body language, listening to what they’re saying and observing their behaviour. Figuring out what they feel and why means you can help them iden/fy, express and manage those feelings beTer. Behind every behaviour is a feeling - Try to understand the meaning and feeling behind your child’s behaviour. You can help your child find other ways to express that feeling once you know what is driving the behaviour. Name the feeling - Help your child name their feelings by giving them a label. Naming feelings is the first step in helping kids learn to iden/fy them. It allows your child to develop an emo/onal vocabulary so they can talk about their feelings. IdenPfy feelings in others – Provide lots of opportuni/es to iden/fy feelings in others. You might ask your child to reflect on what someone else may be feeling. Cartoons or picture books are a great way discuss feelings and helps kids learn how to recognise other people’s feelings through facial expressions. Be a role model - Kids learn about feelings and how to express them appropriately by watching others. Show your child how you’re feeling about different situa/ons and how you deal with those feelings. Encourage with praise - Praise your child when they talk about their feelings or express them in an appropriate way. Not only does it show that feelings are normal and it’s ok to talk about them, it reinforces the behaviour so they are likely to repeat it. Listen to your child’s feelings - Stay present and resist the urge to make your child’s bad feelings go away. Support your child to iden/fy and express their feelings so they are heard. When feelings are minimised or dismissed, they will oXen be expressed in unhealthy ways.

You play an important role in your child’s emotional development Helping your child identify their feelings is the first step in helping them manage them Kids who are able to identify, understand, express and manage a wide range of feelings experience long term benefits to their mental health and wellbeing. If your child needs some extra support talking about and expressing their feelings, we’re here to help! Encourage them to talk to a Kids Helpline counsellor today.



P&F NEWS P&F Meeting Our last P&F meeting before the ACM, was held on 29th October, it was great to see our Class Reps attend and some new faces and get some insightful feedback. It was also lovely to receive the message below from a parent who has been helping on the P&F Committee during her time at Infant Jesus.


“I have enjoyed my time on the Infant Jesus P&F over the years and I am actually feeling quite sad that we are leaving the school. The friendships that I have made have been so special. My highlight was being on the committee for the school fete which was a huge success. I encourage you all to keep with the P&F, not only is it fun and engaging but for the children to see the help that you give is something they will remember for years to come.”

School Disco - Friday 15 November Tickets Are On Sale! 
 Session 1 PK - PP 4.45pm-5.30pm
 Session 2 Yr 1-3


Session 3 Yr 4-6


Cost - $6.00 per child 
 Please pay EFT with details below or alterna/vely cash in an envelope to school admin. BSB: 086 006 Acc No: 670197623 

“I wish you all the best for 2020 and keep up the good work!” Anna Williams

Acc Name: Infant Jesus PF 
 Reference: ‘your surname’ and which sessions

We truly value our parent helpers and without them our events couldn’t run smoothly.

Snack bar available - CASH ONLY
 We will need volunteers to help out on the night, so

We will miss you, Anna!

if you can assist please email

Class Parent Representatives News

FRI 15








Year 5 End of Year Catch Up is Booked! ‣ Friday 29 November ‣ Dinner and drinks from 7.00pm ‣ Brisbane Hotel ‣ Please message Gabriella on 0402 140 181 if you can aTend. Year 2 Christmas Catch Up ‣ Sunday 8 December ‣ Hyde Park (area tbc) - any/me from 11am for fun, family BYO picnic




S e s s i o n 1 PK - PP S e s s i o n 2 Y r 1 -3 Session 3 Yr 4-6

MAD Camp 2020 Girl Power Registra/on OPEN for MAD Camp 2020!

4:45pm - 5:30pm 5:45pm - 7:00pm 7:15pm - 8:30pm

This is a special /me spent with your daughters crea/ng special memories and bonds. The camp will be held 3-5 April 2020 at Point Walter Reserve. Forms will also be available from the School Office.

Co s t - $ 6 . 0 0 p e r c h i l d Pl e a s e p a y EF T w i t h d e t a i l s b e l o w o r alternatively cash to school admin B S B : 0 8 6 0 0 6 A c c N o : 6 7 0 1 9 7 6 2 3 A c c N a m e : I n f a n t J e s u s PF R e f e r e n c e : ‘ yo u r s u r n a m e ‛ a n d w h i c h s e s s i o n Snack bar available - cash only

Carol Penwald (0402404329) Natalie Newman (0411588711)


When: 3rd to 5th April 2020 Where: Point Walter Reserve 1 stock road, Bicton Cost: Mother and 1 Daughter $340.00 Mother and 2 daughters $455.00 Please fill in the below form and pay the non-refundable deposit of $50 per family by eft to‌ Infant Jesus school p&F association camp BSB: 086 006 ACC: 599 734 050 REF: MAD (Family Name) Payment required by 1st Dec 2019, balance by 8th Feb 2020. All queries or payment option questions should be directed to Carol Penwald 0402 404 329 or Natalie Newman 0411 588 711

Mad Camp Registration Form Family Name: _____________ Mother / Guardian Name: __________ Daughter #1: _____________ Daughter #2: ____________________ Class of Eldest Daughter: ________ Date Deposit Paid: _________ Contact No: _____________ Email: ___________________________ Dietary requirements: ____________________________________ Fav Song #1: ________________Fav song #2: ___________________ Please note that MAD Camp has a strict nut free policy.



TERM – 4

We would like to welcome all new families and happy return to our existing families. We have had a great start to the term with a lot happening around the service. This term children are contributing to rearrange our indoor and outdoor nature area by giving their input & suggestions. This is a great opportunity for children to develop their responsibilities necessary for community participation and the reciprocal relationships between the environment and our service. Children developed their sense of ownership & belonging at OSHClub by giving their inputs to improve our environment and and are excid

What's happening in our service

This term we had a huge hit with French knitting activity. Children of all ages participated and knitted colourful bracelets, head bands and necklaces using recycle tube rolls pop sticks & wool.

OSHClub Little Chef

At OSHClub infant Jesus kids love baking and decorating their cakes with sprinklers and marshmallows.

Mercedes College 2020 Enrolments A sound educa/on is an investment in the future of your daughter. Mercedes College is commiTed to providing an affordable educa/on for those families seeking an all girls’ Catholic educa/on in the Mercy tradi/on. For those families wishing to explore op/ons, the Principal is always available to speak with you. Vacancies are s/ll available for 2020; for more informa/on please contact the Enrolment Officer on 93231323.  


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