YEAR THREE CLASS NEWS “Last week the Year Three children received their First Reconciliation..”
#Expect Great Things
YEAR FOUR CLASS NEWS “We have started a new and exciting unit for Technologies.”
SPORT NEWS “Lacrosse program for our Year 4-6 children.”
VERITAS Infant Jesus School | Issue 17| Week 6, Term 4
IN THIS ISSUE… NOVEMBER
FROM THE PRINCIPAL Educa'on Assistants Administra'on Staﬀ 2021 Class Placements Orienta'on Day ACM Informa'on First Reconcilia'on School Christmas Concert Kindergarten Informa'on Evening NAIDOC Week 2021 Enrolments From My Readings… Prayer of the Week Thought for the Week
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ CORNER Kindness and Generosity of Spirit St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal Year Six End of Year Celebra'ons SEQTA News
IMPORTANT DATES 1 December
Kindy 2021 Parent Information Night
Kindy 2021 Orientation
WE ARE CALLED Tradi'ons - The Season of Advent First Reconcilia'on St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal Dona'ons Advent Calendar 2020
CLASS NEWS Year Three Class News Year Four Class News Sport News
11 December Last day of the Term
P&F NEWS P&F CommiTee 2021 Entertainment Membership Digital Parent Representa've News Mother and Daughter Camp
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FROM THE PRINCIPAL 2021 Class Placements Around about this 'me each year decisions are made regarding class placements for the following year.
Orientation Day Each school year is a new start for everyone and a chance to begin afresh.
Dear Parents This week, I would like to make men'on of two groups of people who rarely get the accolades and thanks for the contribu'ons they make to the eﬀec've running of this school. Their jobs are vital and greatly assist the students and teachers within the community. The ﬁrst group is the Educa'on Assistants.
Education Assistants The Educa'on Assistants’ role within a school is to support the classroom teacher and the students. They perform this duty in many ways from taking small group work, to making teaching aids, to cleaning up a[er the children, to caring for the individual needs of our students and carrying out school du'es. Our Educa'on Assistants possess many quali'es and aTributes, which include pa'ence, versa'lity, ﬂexibility, ini'a've and industriousness. These are only, but a few of their skills for diverse roles in which they perform each and every day at Infant Jesus School. Through the involvement of our Educa'on Assistants the children within our school beneﬁt tremendously. Thank you to Educa'on Assistants that work in our school namely: EducaIon Assistants Pre-Kindergarten Kindergarten Blue Kindergarten Blue Kindergarten White Kindergarten White Pre-Primary Blue Pre-Primary Blue Pre-Primary White
Ornella Boogaard Judy Pugliese Emilia Cardile Sue Bonomi Ornella Boogaard Cathy Duschka Anne Foley Angie Spadaccini
School Christmas Concert This year our School Christmas concert will go ahead as ‘normal’.
Support EducaIon Assistants Year 1 Trish Wyllie Year 2 Nicky Mabbs Year 3-5 Kerryn McLaughlin Year 3-5 Raj Kaur Year 4 & 5 Sue Bonomi Year 6 Judy Pugliese
students around, enabling them to make new friends and broaden their outlook. If they were in a smaller school this opportunity would not be available. Parental requests become an addi'onal factor when considering classes for the following year and I would like to make clear our policy on this issue. LeTers to, or lobbying of, class teachers will not be considered. Because of the many other factors involved in balancing classes, parental requests can only be met in excep'onal circumstances. If you believe that such circumstances apply to your child, a request must be made in wri'ng to the principal (if you haven’t already done so) by Wednesday 25 November. No requests can be met a[er this date. Please do not ask your child for their preferred teacher as this does not cons'tute an excep'onal circumstance. Neither is the placement of a child in a class without their current best friend, or extended family member. When wri'ng your request, please indicate the reason for the request. This is your opportunity to explain in wri'ng your excep'onal circumstance.
Administration Staff As the ﬁrst point-of-contact, the oﬃce staﬀ provide the interface between the school and the public. To keep a school, such as ours, running smoothly much 'me and eﬀort is required. The ‘Oﬃce Staﬀ’ willingly give of themselves each day to ensure the day-to-day opera'ons of the school are carried out. On many occasions the ladies in the oﬃce go beyond their normal du'es to assist many diﬀerent groups within the school and parish community. Among some of the numerous du'es they perform, they are the ‘face of the school’ and the ﬁrst point of call for all families, especially new families and parents. They are also the ‘emergency centre’ when a child injures themselves in the playground. The oﬃce staﬀ are impera've in ensuring communica'on between home and school is maintained. We are fortunate to have both these groups of people working at Infant Jesus School and certainly value their eﬀorts and appreciate the diﬀerence they make to the lives of others and the func'oning of the school.
Exci'ngly, in 2021 we have four NEW teachers joining the staﬀ of Infant Jesus School. Final teacher placements have not been determined, so what the staﬃng looks like at the moment will be diﬀerent in 2021.
Thank you to our school Administra'on Staﬀ of: AdministraIon Staﬀ Execu've Assistant Finance Oﬃcer Senior Administra'on Oﬃcer Library Oﬃcer Canteen Manager
Please note my Execu've Assistant, Mrs Irene Baginski, will contact you via email to conﬁrm receipt of your leTer; however, I will not be conduc'ng interviews with parents, nor guaranteeing your request regarding class placement.
Irene Baginski Anne Stent Cheryl Macpherson Jennifer Houwen Francesca Ienco
MeeIng new and diﬀerent people is a fact of life and it is our role as parents and teachers to support them through change rather than protect them from it. I know that the teachers put a great deal of thought into the development of new class lists and I ask you to trust that the environment your child is going to next year is one in which they will thrive.
2021 Class Placements Around about this 'me each year decisions are made regarding class placements for the following year. Factors which are taken into account when balancing classes include; academic ability, gender, social, and emo'onal needs. Our teachers and staﬀ put a lot of 'me into this process so they can get the right mix of students for each class. Teachers and the Educa'onal Assistants are working with the students ﬁve to six hours a day, so they have a very good understanding of where the students are at, their social groups and behavioural needs. We are fortunate that we are a two-stream school, so we do have the ability to move
As a parent myself, and a teacher, I always trusted the school to do what they thought was the best for my children. Some'mes they were with their best friends, a lot of 'mes they weren’t. But they survived …. and added to their friendship base. I urge you to trust and accept the process.
Orientation Day This year the students and their families will learn who their 2021 teacher is on Wednesday 9 December. On that day, the children will "move up" to their new classroom and spend around an hour with their new teacher. This will give them an opportunity to realise that they know many other students and gain a sense of the feel of the classroom. As men'oned previously, many factors are taken into considera'on when crea'ng class lists. It is a huge task and is not something that is taken lightly. Fortunately, our Infant Jesus School staﬀ are truly amazing, and parents are assured that no maTer who their child's teacher may be - they will be focused on ensuring the best possible outcomes for each and every child in their care. Our staﬀ also work and plan together across year levels and our children have numerous opportuni'es to work with other children in their year level. Each school year is a new start for everyone and a chance to begin afresh. Thank you for assis'ng in this 'me of transi'on by showing your child you trust in their ability to move towards 2021 posi'vely and for helping them to focus on all the wonderful opportuni'es change oﬀers - this builds resiliency.
ACM Information “The role of parents in educa'on is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate subs'tute.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
The Infant Jesus School Annual Community Mee'ng for both the School Board (now School Advisory Council) and Parent Representa've Council will take place Tuesday 24 November in the school hall commencing at 6.00pm. At this 'me, Annual Reports of both representa've bodies will be delivered, and the School Advisory Council will present the school fees for the 2021 year. We have four posi'ons on the School Advisory Council with each of the four (4) members re-nomina'ng, which will see out their terms. One new nomina'on has been received at this stage. Nomina'ons close tomorrow, Friday 20 November The P&F Execu've posi'ons of President and Secretary are available with Marisa Gulluni (P&F President) and Maria Bellisini (P&F Secretary) standing down a[er three years in these roles. Please show your support and come along to the Annual General Mee'ng. Refreshments and nibbles will be provided a[er the mee'ng.
Reconciliation Congratula'ons to all they Year Three children who received the Sacrament of Reconcilia'on for the ﬁrst 'me this week. The children and their families par'cipated in a very prayerful and memorable celebra'on. Many Thanks to the Year three teachers, Miss Yen Wong and Miss Kaela Neretlis, as well as to Miss Clare Moﬀat, Mr Frank Colangelo, the Parish Sacramental Team, Fr Greg, and Fr Tadgh.
On Monday, Week 5, we welcomed to our school, Raelene, Grace and Julianne from Urban Indigenous. Grace and Julianne were our ar'sts in residence for the day and ably assisted by Raelene. They presented to the children, indigenous stories and insights into their own indigenous cultural tradi'ons through their artwork. Every student at Infant Jesus School was then able to par'cipate in comple'ng four amazing dot painted canvases that depict aspects of Grace and Julianne’s stories of their speciﬁc iden'ty to the land and peoples here in Western Australia. The canvases will be framed and displayed for all to see some'me in the near future.
School Christmas Concert This year our School Christmas concert will go ahead as ‘normal’. However, there will be some modiﬁca'ons required by the community if we are to host this evening. As we are currently in Phase 4 in Western Australia, we are required to enact our COVID-19 Safety Plan encompassing the following considera'ons: Due to COVID-19 Phase Four Restric'ons, Our Christmas Concert will be a liTle diﬀerent this year. Please adhere to social distancing requirements and be mindful of good personal hygiene (please use hand sani'ser prior to entering the school grounds.) The 2 square metre rule also remains current and if you are sick of unwell please stay at home. Only immediate family members are able to aTend (Parents & Siblings). Unfortunately for 2020 this means that - No grandparents, or extended family members will be able to aTend. Parents will need to bring their own rug or chair. There will be a lawn area for rugs. All chairs will need to be behind this area. Playground equipment on the oval, and the basketball court is out of bounds. All younger and older children need to be seated with their parents during the concert. At the conclusion of the concert children will return to their classrooms to be collected. Please adhere to the signage that outlines our COVID-19 safety plan on entrance.
We truly are grateful for this opportunity and thank Raelene, Grace and Julianne from Urban Indigenous for spending the day with us. These ladies also congratulated all our children on their eﬀort and par'cipa'on and acknowledged their respecqul behaviour and manner in which they par'cipated throughout the day. Besides this very worthwhile introductory incursion for NAIDOC WEEK 2020, all classes worked closely with the focus ‘Always Was and Always Will Be’ in their classrooms. In par'cular, the children were engaged in viewing some beau'fully directed and presented videos and online storytelling. As a result, they were able to gain further knowledge and understanding about our First Na'on’s Peoples and the stories that have shaped the lives of genera'ons since, keeping them connected to their past, their present and their future.
Kindergarten Information Evening A reminder to our Kindy Parents for 2021 that there will be a Kindergarten Informa'on Night on Tuesday 1 December in the School Hall commencing at 6.00pm for all parents of children aTending Kindergarten in 2021. The Kindergarten Informa'on Night will provide parents with the opportunity to ﬁnd out more about the school and the Kindergarten program in 2021.
NAIDOC Week ‘Always Was and Always Will Be’, the theme of this year’s NAIDOC WEEK began with all the children being introduced to story, culture and tradi'on from an Aboriginal People’s Perspec've.
2021 Enrolments As the school undertakes the process of prepara'on for the upcoming school year, it is important that we are aware of possible 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. Currently, our enrolment numbers are full with ‘No vacancies’ across the school. However, we have a number of families on our wai'ng list, so if you do know that you won’t be returning in 2021, please write to Mr Hille so as to allow other families the opportunity to gain a posi'on at Infant Jesus School. This allows the school to plan for next year’s classes and new enrolments.
From My Readings This Week…… One day, a small opening appeared on a cocoon. A man sat and watched the buTerﬂy for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that liTle hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had got as far as it could, and it could not go any further. So the man decided to help the buTerﬂy: he took a pair of scissors and opened the cocoon. The buTerﬂy emerged easily but it had a withered body, with 'ny shrivelled wings. The man con'nued to watch because he expected that at any moment, the wings would open, enlarge and expand, to be able to support the buTerﬂy’s body and become strong. Neither happened! In fact, the buTerﬂy spent the rest of its life crawling around with a withered body and shrivelled wings. It never was able to ﬂy. What the man, in his kindness and his goodwill, did not understand was that the restric'ng cocoon and the struggle required for the buTerﬂy to get through the 'ny opening, were God’s way of forcing ﬂuid from the body of the buTerﬂy into its wings, so that it would be ready for ﬂight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Some'mes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we went through life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could be: never being able to ﬂy. As parents we face the irresis'ble tempta'on to hurry along our children’s growth and development and see them achieve at a pace, we set rather than at a naturally developing one. The very best of inten'ons ul'mately limited the buTerﬂy for life. Rescuing children from the struggles and the challenges they face may be well inten'oned, yet ul'mately detrimental to the long-term wellbeing of the young people in our care. This was certainly the result for the buTerﬂy as his commiTed and loving observer sought to free him from a struggle. The urge to solve our children’s problems and issues through a reﬂex reac'on or response, such as withdrawing a child from a situa'on of taking maTers into our own hands or ﬁnger poin'ng or highly emo'onal reac'ons, can be overwhelming and yet rarely, if ever, does it provide a sa'sfactory outcome. Children can face sadness, anxiety, broken friendships, teasing, torment and loneliness. All of us must learn to face these struggles and emo'ons in life and this learning begins in our forma've years. This learning process is so much harder for some than others and the process can be hindered or helped by the interven'on we receive throughout our childhood. The pain of our children can o[en be more intense for us as parents, than our own. In essence we can take to the situa'ons our children face, with the scissors (as happened to the buTerﬂy) or we can stand beside the child oﬀering wise counsel, loving uncondi'onal support and guidance. The laTer helps the child develop the necessary strength, resilience, conﬁdence, and character to be equipped for their life journey. The scissors approach may deem them strugglers for life. As a parent or teacher this help takes pa'ence, conﬁdence, consistency and faithfulness in our belief that the longer-term outcome is of far greater beneﬁt than the quick ﬁx or the instant rescue.
Prayer for the Week
Most loving Father, the example of parenthood, teach us what to give and what to withhold. Show us when to reprove and when to praise. Make us gentle and considerate yet ﬁrm and watchful. Keep us from weak indulgence, or from great severity. Give us the courage to be disliked some'mes by our children, when we must do necessary things which are displeasing to their eyes. Give us the imagina'on to enter into their world in order to understand and guide them. Give us all the virtues we need to lead them by word and example in the path of righteousness. Amen.
Thought for the Week
“Age is an issue of mind over ma]er. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t ma]er.” (Mark Twain)
Paul Hille Principal #ExpectGreatThings
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ CORNER Kindness and Generosity of Spirit At this 'me of the year we try to make a special eﬀort to think of others – it may be people we know, but also those we don’t know by name. As a school community we try to be aware of the needs of others – especially those in the most immediate area of Perth. We always keep those in need in our prayers, but we also try and help in more prac'cal and some'mes personal ways. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal The St Vincent de Paul Society ‘Christmas Appeal’ is an ini'a've of the Year Six Pastoral Care Ministry. We are invited to help in a very prac'cal way to collect non-perishable items and bring these to school to support the St Vincent de Paul Society ‘Christmas Appeal.’ The non-perishable goods will to be given to families in our community who don't have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas. This can be due to ﬁnancial diﬃcul'es, illness, disability, homelessness or isola'on. St Vincent de Paul aims to, with our help, collect goods that can be given to these people with the aim of bringing joy to those less fortunate in our community. So we are asking that all families donate nonperishable goods including: ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦
TINNED FOOD (Tinned Fruit, Baked Beans, Tinned Vegetables, Tinned Tuna, Tinned Soup, Tinned Spaghet etc). TREATS (Christmas Cake, Fruit Mince Pies, Biscuits, Candy Canes etc) BEVERAGES (So[ Drink, Juice, Long Life Milk, Coﬀee, Tea, Milo etc) CONDIMENTS (Jam, Vegemite, Tomato Sauce, etc) MEALS (Pasta Sauce, Pasta, Rice, Noodles, Cereals etc).
It is imperaIve that all goods are in date and in good condiIon. Many thanks to everyone who had generously donated to this appeal. Our Pastoral Care Ministry have worked 'relessly to bring this appeal to frui'on. There words asking us to support them really endears us to the great work our children do in suppor'ng others. This semester in the Pastoral Care Ministry, we have requested that children collect items to bring in, to give to the people in need this Christmas. Each two or three year levels have been given a speciﬁc food group with a variety of items that would be necessary for a special Christmas. Saint Vincent De Paul is a Catholic organisa'on that funds and provides for those in need. We hope you will con'nue to support us this year!
Year Six End of Year Celebrations As our Year Six children are coming to the end of their primary school years the following memorable events and tradi'ons that will form their ﬁnal days at Infant Jesus School.
Friday 4 December - Year Six Disco / Dance
This event will be a parent organised and hosted event to be held on Friday, 4 December from 6.30pm – 9.00pm. For more informa'on, please contact the Gradua'on CommiTee or your child’s Parent Representa've.
Thursday 10 December - GraduaIon Luncheon
The Year Six students, the Leadership Team and their teachers will host a luncheon at Italian’s Restaurant. There is no cost to families for this event. We will depart Infant Jesus School by bus. Students will be allowed to wear Free Dress on this day and are to be collected early from school at approximately 1.30pm.
Thursday 10 December - GraduaIon Mass at 6.00pm
The Gradua'on Mass will be held at Infant Jesus Church at 6.00pm. All Year Six students will need to wear their Infant Jesus School Summer Uniform for this event. At this celebra'on each Year Six student will receive their Gradua'on cer'ﬁcate and a school gi[. Gradua'on cupcakes will be given out to all students at the end of the Mass.
Friday 11 December - Fun Day
On their ﬁnal day at Infant Jesus School the Year Six students will par'cipate in a ‘Fun Day’. They will depart Infant Jesus School by bus and will be aTending Event Cinemas Morley to watch a movie. At the Cinema, each child will receive a drink and popcorn to enjoy during the ﬁlm. A[er the ﬁlm, we will depart Morley Galleria and return to school for lunch. On this day all Year Six Students are to wear their School Leaver’s Shirt.
SEQTA News With semester reports being worked on by our teachers at the moment and then shared with you through SEQTA Engage we are currently communica'ng with parents to make sure that you are able to successfully log-in to SEQTA Engage. SEQTA Engage can be either accessed through the web or through an app for both Apple and Android devices. It is important that you remember your log-in details if they are not saved into your device. If you do not remember your password, you can request a reset email password by clicking on the Forgot your password? Link on the log-in page. Please note that the emailed link will expire in 1 hour from the 'me it has been requested. Some'mes the email may also be found in your Junk/ Spam folder. To change your password, you do need to know your Username and have provided an email address to the school. If you have any issues with your account, please do not hesitate to contact the school. Please do not contact SEQTA directly as their policy is that they will refer you back to the school.
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because rose is a liturgical colour for joy. The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday and is meant to remind us of the joy that the world experienced at the birth of Jesus, as well as the joy that the faithful have reached the midpoint of Advent. On the fourth week of Advent, we light the ﬁnal purple candle to mark the ﬁnal week of prayer and penance as we wait for the birth of our Saviour. This ﬁnal candle, the “Angel’s Candle,” symbolises peace. It reminds us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.” There is also a white candle which is placed in the middle of the wreath and lit on Christmas Eve. This candle is called the “Christ Candle” and represents the life of Christ.
The Season of Advent The Season of Advent is the 'me that the Church prepares for the coming of Jesus. The season of Advent commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and has a diﬀerent start date each year. The season varies in length and ends on Christmas Eve. In 2020 the season of Advent commences on Sunday 29 November. During the season of Advent, we prepare by recalling the past, celebra'ng the present, and looking to the future with hope. We prepare to celebrate not only the birth of Jesus, but also his presence in our family. We wait for the return of the Lord at the end of 'me when all hopes will be fulﬁlled. We await the coming of the light that will shine in the darkness, shining light on our path to peace.
The Advent Calendar, which has an ac'vity for each day, also helps us to focus on preparing for the coming of Christ into our lives.
When we enter the Church during the season of Advent, we will see an Advent wreath displayed and candles lit for each week of this season. We will also see a Na'vity scene which is added to in the ﬁnal days before Christmas. During the Season of Advent, the colour of purple is worn by the priest to signify that it is a 'me for prepara'on and penance. The altar cloths are also purple, and the Gloria is not sung un'l Christmas.
Congratula'ons to all the Year Three students who received the Sacrament of Penance (Reconcilia'on) for the ﬁrst 'me last week. Over two nights all the children and their families par'cipated in a reﬂec've retreat at the Parish Centre in prepara'on to receive the sacrament which took place in the Infant Jesus Church. Fr Greg was assisted by Fr Tadgh and Fr Patrick (a visi'ng priest from Embleton) in leading a very prayerful and memorable celebra'on. The children will receive their cer'ﬁcates at an Assembly next week.
During this 'me, as we wait in hope for the feast of Christmas and the coming of Christ into our lives in new ways, we may set up a Na'vity scene in our home, decorate an Advent wreath and follow the ac'vi'es on an Advent calendar. The Advent Wreath is made of evergreens which signify con'nuous life. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end symbolises the eternity of God and the everlas'ng life we ﬁnd in Christ.
St Vincent De Paul Donations The Pastoral Care Ministry are encouraging everyone to donate to the St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal. They have organised for each year level to focus on diﬀerent items. We extend our sincere thanks to all families for your generous dona'ons to assist those in need.
The candles on the wreath also have their own special signiﬁcance. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent, and one candle is lit each Sunday. Three of the candles are purple because the colour violet is a liturgical colour that signiﬁes a 'me of prayer, penance, and sacriﬁce The ﬁrst candle, which is purple, symbolizes hope. It is some'mes called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. It represents the expecta'on felt in an'cipa'on of the coming Messiah. The second candle, also purple, represents faith. It is called the “Bethlehem Candle” as a reminder of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. The third candle is pink and symbolizes joy. It is called the “Shepherd’s Candle,” and is pink
St John of the Cross was a Carmelite Saint who shared the Good News of Jesus with others and helped many priests.
Monday 21 December
Sunday 20 December
Mary and Joseph were very patient as they prepared for the birth of Jesus. Write some words or draw some pictures to show how you can be patient.
Feast of St John of the Cross
Light the Prophecy Candle and the Bethlehem Candle and the third pink candle the Shepherds Candle and pray for someone who needs your care.
Light all of the Advent candles. Pray a prayer to the Holy Spirit.
Monday 14 December
Draw your favourite part of the Christmas story.
Light the first two candles on your Advent wreath the Prophecy Candle and the Bethlehem Candle, and pray for peace.
Sunday 13 December
Monday 7 December
Make a Nativity scene
Monday 30 November
Sunday 6 December
Light the first candle on the Advent Wreath The Prophecy Candle and pray for all those in need.
Sunday 29 November
Think of what you can do to help your parents surprise them by having some jobs done before they ask.
Tuesday 22 December
Make some Christmas cards to give to your family.
Tuesday 15 December
Write about a time when Jesus answered your prayers.
Tuesday 8 December
Start a project that takes time and patience eg. plant some flowers, start a large jigsaw puzzle or a step by step art or craft project.
Tuesday 1 December
Listen carefully and do everything with a smile today. Reflect on the project that you started at the beginning of Advent to see if it finished.
Wednesday 23 December
Send a special card to someone you know who lives far away.
Wednesday 16 December
Jesus asked us to pray. Say a special prayer for someone in your class.
Wednesday 9 December
Write a kind note for someone in your family
Wednesday 2 December
This evening or tomorrow morning join the Eucharistic Celebration at the Parish to give thanks for the coming of Jesus at Christmas.
Thursday 24 December
Ask God to help you to do something you find difficult today.
Thursday 17 December
Write a note or draw a picture to say Thank you to someone who has helped you.
Thursday 10 December
(International Day of People with Disability)
Show your love for your brother, sister, cousin or friend by sharing with them today.
Thursday 3 December
Advent Calendar 2020
Friday 25 December
Mary waited for the birth of Jesus. Write some words or draw some pictures to show how you feel about waiting.
Friday 18 December
Pray with your family today to thank God for all the blessings you and your family have received.
Friday 11 December
Ask your parents or grandparents to tell you about Christmas when they were young.
Friday 4 December
With your family, talk about and plan for the Mass you will attend to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Saturday 19 December
Work with your family to do something nice for someone in need.
Saturday 12 December
Write a prayer to thank God for all your gifts and talents and the gifts and talents of everyone.
Saturday 5 December
Year Three Class News Last week the Year Three children received their First Reconcilia'on. The children were excited to greet the priest and remember to go through the ten steps with him. Before going to Reconcilia'on, the classroom teachers discussed each step and allowed the children to role play the process. A Reconcilia'on Retreat Day was also organised with the 24/7 School Ministry to consolidate the meaning of Reconcilia'on. Tahlia “I like learning about Reconcilia'on because you can always go and tell the priest your sins.” Aaron “I enjoyed all the fun games that the 24/7 School Ministry leaders played with us.” Cooper “It was fun learning and role playing the ten steps of Reconcilia'on.” Arianna “The sin experiment performed by the 24/7 School Ministry was exci'ng to watch.” Beware! Clima'c Zones! Danger! The Humani'es and Social Sciences (HASS) topic has got the ball rolling within the Year Three’s crea'vity skills. They have been designing collages and drawing pictures of each clima'c zone around the world. The children have started wri'ng documentaries which explain some important facts about each zone. They can’t wait to put together their ﬁnally product using iMovie.
Year Four Class News In Year Four, we have started a new and exci'ng unit for Technologies. We began our inquiry into coding by learning that robots are a piece of hardware that need to follow a code, and that the word ‘code’ is a precise set of instruc'ons. We pretended that our teachers were our ‘robots’ and had to give them a par'cular set of instruc'ons to make fairy bread. It was so much fun! We then applied our knowledge of coding to programme the Spheros to do certain things. So far, we have learnt to change the speed, distance and direc'on of the Spheros. We can also change the colour of the Sphero’s light and give it instruc'ons to speak. In wri'ng, we have been learning how to write persuasive texts. To persuade means to convince someone to agree with an opinion or viewpoint. We started the unit by construc'ng arguments that support children playing team sports. Team sports allow children to be ac've, make friends and work with others to achieve a common goal. We then studied the features that help strengthen our arguments like emo've verbs and high modality words. We used all of our knowledge of persuasive devices to write about whether all families should have a pet. Scan the QR codes below to hear some of the fantas'c work we produced:
Sport News WA SporIng Schools Lacrosse Program: Year 4-6
Infant Jesus has been very lucky to have partnered up with the Australian Lacrosse Associa'on to deliver an exci'ng four session - Lacrosse program for our Year 4-6 children. Jakson Bowran from Lacrosse Australia will lead our students through the program and teach students three skills: Throw, catch and scoop. Last Friday, the Year Five students were the ﬁrst class to take part in the program and it was amazing to watch the enthusiasm the students had for Lacrosse. The Year Four and Six students can’t wait to have their ﬁrst session this week….GO LACROSSE!
Interschool AthleIcs Carnival
On Friday, 6 November our Athle'cs squad made up of selected Year Three – Six children represented our school at the CPSSA Interschool Athle'cs Carnival. It was a great pleasure to witness the way our children competed against the other schools, but also their sportsmanship on the day. The team showed great pride in their school and should be commended on their eﬀorts. Each child tried their best in their events, with many children taking home place ribbons and achieving personal bests. The day was very exci'ng as Infant Jesus started at the top of the leader board and remained a front runner for the whole day. We ended up coming a close third!! Well done to all of our athletes.
I would like to thank Mr Colangelo and Mrs Houwen for their amazing eﬀort in marshalling and looking a[er our children. I also want to make special men'on to the parents who helped out on the day: Mrs Pillera, Mr MarinoDayan, Mrs Mammone, Mrs TuT and Mrs Bellesini. It was extremely warm down on the track and I am very grateful for their eﬀorts!
Term Four Swimming Training
Last Wednesday we had our second Swimming Training at Bayswater Waves. It was great to see so many children brave the cool weather to improve their swimming ﬁtness! Swimming will con'nue next week. Details are outlined below: Purpose: To prepare children for the 2021 swimming program and help build endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular ﬁtness. We would like to stress these are not lessons and is only open to those children who are competent swimmers: children must be able to swim 100m con'nuously. Days: Every Wednesday in Term 4 (commenced in Week 5) Venue: Bayswater Waves Swimming Pool Time: 7:20am – 7:50am ★ Students will need to wear their swimwear and bring goggles, cap and a towel (caps can be provided). ★ Students will need to be dropped oﬀ by a parent/guardian at Bayswater Waves ready to commence training
★ Students will need to be picked up at Bayswater Waves at 8:00am. ★ There will be a child fee of $3.20 - discounted school rate. ★ Parents need to ensure they sign their child/ren in and out of each session.
Breakfast: As liTle treat for our swimmer’s, breakfast will be provided in the school hall immediately a[er swimming. Breakfast will include: ➡ A variety of cereals ➡ Yoghurts ➡ An assortment of muﬃns ➡ Toast Mrs Lauren Jenkins Sports Specialist
Can you believe we have under four weeks of school left! So many exciting events coming up and the one that everyone looks forward to, is the Christmas Concert! What is in store for us this year? The P&F will be raffling two hampers at this event and both have some amazing goodies. We have one with a family pass to Adventure World and the other prize is the popular VIP parking spot both with extra goodies. So keep an eye out, and bring some loose change, as we will have a couple of tables set up at the concert for these great hampers. Winner will be drawn on the night!
P&F Committee 2021 The P&F will be having a change of executive members as some of us are moving on. So now is the time to nominate for these positions. If you are keen to be part and lead this committee this is the perfect opportunity. New faces and new ideas, is a great way to start. You also get the meet some pretty awesome parents.
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Parent Representative News Year 4 End of Year Christmas Catchup Sunday 6 December 2020 at 3pm Robert Thompson Reserve (Across from Noranda Shopping Centre) Children, Parents and siblings welcome BYO Nibbles (NO NUTS) , drinks, blankets, chairs, sports gear, hats & sunscreen Hope to see you thereâ€Ś
Mother and Daughter Camp Finally MAD Camp 2020, went ahead. What a great 'me had by all - even the weather couldnâ€™t stop our Mothers and Daughters from having a wonderful 'me together. Thank you to our Camp coordinators Carol Penwald and Natalie Newman, and the CommiTee for organising such a wonderful camp.
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