Understanding your child's Report

The following attachment has been included with your child's report this Semester. 



It is important that everybody learn to do some calculations mentally when paper and pencil or a calculator is not handy. Over the next few weeks we will be look at the development of beginning mental math strategies that a parent might help a child learn at home. 

Mental math should not be confused with the memorisation of basic mathematics facts — such as knowing the times-tables by heart. While memorising basic facts makes mental math easier, doing mathematics mentally requires both memorised facts and the manipulation (strategies) of numbers and operations in order to solve problems that are much more complex than the simple number facts we can easily memorise. 

The following mental math strategies are arranged in general order from the easiest strategies children can learn to perform in their head to more difficult and challenging mental math gymnastics. 

Strategies for Addition 

Doing addition problems in your head is probably the best way to start doing mental math. Even young children — 5, 6, and 7 year- olds— can do the easiest strategies below. While the first few may seem trivial to adults, they are a good way for children to begin learning to do mental math. 

When the words “hearing” and “saying” are used in these strategies, they mean “hearing in your head” and “saying in your head.” 

◆ Adding One 

Adding one means hearing a number, then saying one number up —or counting up one number. The best way to introduce this to your children is to say a number out loud and then, after allowing them time to think, have them tell you the next higher number. Make it 

fun by having your children tell you a number and then you tell them the next number. Start with low numbers and, when your children are able to count higher, move to larger numbers. 


i-Hour Presentations - Year 6

Students in Year 4-6 have been participating in i-Hour this term, an exciting new initiative at Infant Jesus School. They have been working hard for five weeks with nine other students from their year level, following the engineering design process to solve a problem in our world. In groups of five, students have been brainstorming, planning and creating a solution for this problem. They have had certain tasks and requirements to meet along the way, working towards a final presentation session held this week in the Library where all of the Term 2 i-Hour groups have the chance to present their ideas to classmates, teachers and parents.  


The following groups of Year Six students presented their ideas today.



Helena, Imogen, Kasey, Katia and Xander presented the Fur Real App to bring awareness of animal cruelty in the circus.



Leah, Cronan, Daniel, Arcangelo and Noah presented a Bush Fire Awareness App to help the prevention of bush fires in Australia. 




Massimo, James, Arpita, Akiena and Alex presented Smoke Free - an advertising campaign to target teenage smoking prevention.




Cassidy, Elizabeth, Ethan, Jayden, Amanda and Sophia presented Sticky Notes Foundation to assist disadvantaged people gain employment.

Pastoral Care Ministry News

The Pastoral Care Ministry has decided to bring back collecting ring pulls for Brother Ollie's Wheelchair for Kids. We find this cause a simple, but effective way to use excess ring pulls – rather than throwing them out. The aluminium is then used to make the frames of wheelchairs for kids. We are very eager to start and hope our ideas will be appealing to all. There are posters which will be displayed around our school community.



Another cause we are determined to support is the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal. We find that this cause is one of the most significant as giving to others less fortunate is something that  we,  at Infant Jesus School, believe is very important. We will begin collecting for the Winter Appeal for two weeks from Term Three. So over the holidays start looking at any spare blankets or bedding, pots and pans, clothes or non-perishable food to bring in to support those in need.



Art Club

Thank you to the children who participated in Art Club this term. It has been an overwhelming success and we were very happy to dedicate time to help the children express their creativity in a variety of ways. Miss Duffy, Miss Allegretto, Mrs Edwards, Mrs Wyllie and Mrs Tampalini. 


Music News - Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Festival is drawing ever closer and the information regarding Performances is now readily available. 

The Infant Jesus Choir, the Year 4 Choir and the Infant Jesus Concert Band will be showcasing their hard work at a special Performing Arts Assembly on Thursday (Week 2) next Term and the dates for their Performances at the Festival are as follows:


The Infant Jesus Choir:

Liturgical Section

7th August 2017 (Monday)

11:15am - 12:00pm

St Benedict’s Parish Church, Applecross


The Infant Jesus Choir & The Year 4 Choir:

Choral Section

22nd August 2017 (Tuesday)

2:45pm - 4:00pm

Vasto Club, Balcatta


Infant Jesus Concert Band

Concert Band

22nd August 2017

7:00pm - 9:30pm

Newman College, Marist Auditorium 


Please also note that all individual instrumentalists who have entered the festival now have their dates and times for their respective Performances.


Year Two Excursion

Yesterday the Year Twos went on an excursion to Dolphin Theatre at UWA to view a fantastic production of “The Arrival”.  This play was adapted from Shaun Tan’s award winning book of the same title.


This play involved mime, puppetry, digital animation and amazing artworks.  We were all enthralled by the presentation and on our return to school we used the Clip app to recall and recount our experiences. These short movies were shared with our parents via Seesaw.



Sport News 


Last week, our Year 6 children represented the school at the CPSSA Lightning Carnival at Carine Open Space and Noranda Netball Courts. Initially there were concerns about the weather, but it turned out to be a fantastic day. Every child tried their best and showed sportsmanship to their opponents. Well done to every child that competed on the day and I hope you enjoyed it. A special thank you must go to the parents who volunteered their time to ensure each team had a coach and an umpire so the games could go ahead. We were very lucky to have the support of such amazing parents.





In Week 8, the children in Year 1-6 ventured to Lightning Park to compete in the Faction Cross Country Carnival. It was a fantastic day and we were blessed with amazing weather. The children had been working on their fitness all term and they should be proud of their efforts. Every child tried their best and earnt points for their faction and the winning faction on the day was Lima. Some children were also honoured in our assembly with medals and ribbons for finishing in the top 4. I have placed their names below.


I would like to thank all of the teachers and parents who helped out on the day, the P&F for providing refreshments and the Wellness Ministry for their fantastic leadership throughout the day. It was a wonderful community feel and without your support the day could not have ran so smoothly.




Next term, the children who finished in the top 5 places will represent our school at the Interschool Cross Country Carnival in Week 2 next term. We will continue running club next term for these children to prepare for the day, but it would be great if these children could do some running over the holidays.

Seasons for Growth 2017


A program to help children adjust and learn ways of coping with loss and grief or other significant changes in their lives. Further information and participation consent form attached.

Penny Storey - Social Worker


Tuning into Kids - Parent Program


Infant Jesus School will be offering the Tuning in to Kids parent program over six weeks, commencing in Term 3, Week 2. Further information and registration from attached.




P&F News


Infant Jesus School is raising funds. Here's how you can help...

We are raising as much as we can to support our technology and Innovation Centre, and we need your help! Order your NEW 2017/2018 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership now. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time!



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



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

Nicola Cecchele - P&F President



Hello to all families,

Family camp 2017 is well under way, with quite a few applications being received at the office,

However, we will need definite numbers as soon as possible, 

So if you haven't handed in your form and deposit please do so at your earliest convenience, or you can contact 

Linda or Ardrian if you have any queries or concerns. 


Family Camp is a great opportunity to make new friends, experience a bit of the Infant Jesus tradition and this year's theme is "Heroes and Villains".

Venue: Point Peron, Rockingham.

Date: Friday 29 September to Sunday 1 October. (not the long weekend and 2 nights only).

Anticipated cost of $350 per family (this may change after budget confirmation) includes accommodation, all meals, all indoor/outdoor activities and of course lots of fun and laughter. 


Places are limited. To secure your place and in fairness to everyone wanting to attend, this will be a first come first served basis on receipt of non-refundable $50 deposit on or before 19 June 2017. 


Please take your slip and the $50 deposit in an envelope with your name to the school office. The date and time will be noted on the slip. We are also asking if anyone has any items (figurines, posters, etc) in relation to the Heroes and Villains theme that you no longer use or need and are willing to donate. We will gladly collect. Please contact Ardrian on 0403439888. 


We look forward to seeing you all there, especially NEW families, so start spreading the word! Any queries please don't hesitate to contact

Linda Prestianni 0433 925 857

Ardrian Gonsalves 0403 439 888




When:    Saturday 1 July

Time:      8pm

Place:    Minq Bar Burswood Crown   

Cost:       $40 PP Nibbles/Drinks provided

Contact:   Nicole 0400266755 or Maree 0412336965 for payment

RSVP and Payments by 16 June



Christmas In July – Saturday 29 July 2017

Bring your partners along.

At Italian’s Function Room

A Set Menu dinner.

Time TBC


MAD Camp

Just to let you know that this year every attendee will be receiving a $15 refund.

A mother and one daughter will receive $30 refund; and

A mother and two daughters will receive $45 refund.

The money will be available for collection from Thursday morning in the school office.  The money will not be able to be collected by your child you must come into the office.  Thank you.


Canteen Roster


Friday 30 June

Billie Dewitt, Pauline Spence, Rosanna Monastra



Wednesday 19 July

Alison Wilathgamuwa, Justine Scriva


Thank you to all the Parents who give time in the Canteen, your help is invaluable and the students love to see you.  If you can not do your roster please arrange with another parent to do your roster as a swap. The attached Winter Menu continues for Term 3. 




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



Please consider others and park correctly along Lovegrove Way to help with the flow of traffic in that area.



To assist with school based events, please ensure that both of these have been completed. 

1. Complete the Volunteer Workshop 

2. Read and Sign the Code of Conduct which is new in 2017.  


It is a requirement that not only the Parent Volunteer Workshop has been completed, but the school based Code of Conduct has been signed and returned to the office.  


Copies of the Code of Conduct are available from the front office or online. 





Feastday St Peter and St Paul 29 June

Peter and Paul are giants of the Church. Both are apostles. Peter was very likely a middle-aged man when Jesus called him. He was a fisherman from Bethsaida, a village near the Lake of Galilee. Perhaps he was part of a fisherman’s co-op with his brother Andrew and friends James and John. At any rate, Andrew introduced Peter to Jesus. Jesus said, “You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas, meaning Rock.”


During the three years the apostles lived with Jesus, Peter showed definite signs of leadership. He was often the spokesman for the group. When Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It was Peter who objected to Jesus stating that he was on his way to Jerusalem to suffer and die. Peter is mentioned 195 times in the New Testament. He appears lovable, impetuous, practical, and sometimes weak under pressure. Jesus loved him dearly, even after Peter denied knowing him during the passion Peter became the leader in the early Church.


According to the Acts of the Apostles, he was the first to preach on Pentecost. He arranged for the selection of Matthias to replace Judas. He worked the first public miracle: curing the lame man at the temple gate. He welcomed the first person who was not Jewish into the Church. People thought just his shadow passing by would cure them.


He is called the “Prince of the Apostles.” Two letters in the Bible are said to be his.


Paul received the best education. Being a strict Jew, he persecuted the Christians who were teaching strange new things. One day on the way to Damascus to hunt for Christians, Paul met Jesus. Paul became the greatest Christian missionary, preaching and founding churches. In the beginning Paul had difficulty convincing the Jewish Christians that non-Jews could be baptised and did not have to follow Jewish rules. He finally won.


For about thirty years Paul travelled around the Roman Empire preaching about Christ and suffering. From his many letters that are in the Bible and from the Acts of the Apostles, he seems to have been affectionate, loyal, courageous, and dedicated. He was the right man to build the bridge between Jewish religion of the Old Testament and the Christianity of the New Testament.  




"Let us ask the Lord to help us understand the law of love. How good it is to have this law! How much good it does us to love one another, in spite of everything. Yes, in spite of everything! Saint Paul's exhortation is directed to each of us: "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21). And again: "Let us not grow weary in doing what is right" (Galatians 6:9). We all have our likes and dislikes, and perhaps at this very moment we are angry with someone. At least let us say to the Lord: "Lord, I am angry with this person, with that person. I pray to you for him and for her".

(From The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) by Pope Francis #101) 


Parish News

Thinking of becoming a Catholic?


We are running a Monday morning RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program for adults who would like to receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Communion and Confirmation.



If you would like to find out more, please call Billie at Parish office on 9276 8500.





Sacrament of First Eucharist

·  Enrolment Masses - Saturday, 22 July  at 6:30pm or Sunday, 23 July at 9.30am or at 6.00pm

·  Commitment Masses - Saturday, 19 August at 6:30pm, or  Sunday, 20 August at 9.30am or  at 6.00pm

·  Parent Information Night - Monday, 21 August, 7:00pm at the Parish Centre

·  Parents and Child Workshop- Monday, 28 August, 7:00pm at the Parish Centre

·  Retreat at Schoenstatt Shrine (for Infant Jesus School children only) Wednesday, 23 August 

·  First Eucharist Retreat and Practice (for PREP and Infant Jesus School Children) - Friday, 8 September, 9:00am at the Parish Centre

·  First Eucharist Masses - Saturday, 9 September at 6.30pm, OR Sunday, 10 September at 9.30am OR at 11.30am



We are excited to have begun another wonderful RCIA journey with a new group of interested people sharing their stories and asking some very hard questions! We have two groups running again: Monday mornings from 10-11.30am and Tuesday evenings  from 7 - 8.30pm. If you have questions about the Catholic faith or would like to be baptised into the Catholic Church, why not think about joining us? Just phone Billie on 92768500 during office hours (or leave her a message).



Infant Jesus Parish 24:7 Morley Youth Group

All youth in Years 6-12 are invited.

Join us this Friday night, 6-8pm in the Parish Hall. 

For more info call Roger 0434 988 711 or Elizabeth 0410 554 393

Nothing Ordinary about Ordinary Time


Ordinary Time exemplifies the old Jesuit motto: Age quod agis, “Do what you’re doing.” Namely, we are told, don’t worry about tomorrow, or yesterday. Don’t worry about this afternoon or this morning. It stresses God as the Eternal Now, humbling us with the lesson that we are most with God when we are in the present moment.


This past weekend, the Church's liturgical calendar moved back to Ordinary Time. At first, the designation might seem a bit peculiar, since the word “ordinary” is often associated with things that are unimportant, insignificant, or just downright boring.


And so, what exactly is meant by Ordinary Time?

Well, the first answer is very practical. In light of the past several high holy days - from Ascension, Pentecost, Holy Trinity Sunday, to Corpus Christi - today and the next several Sundays are rather uneventful, meaning, without a major event or teaching associated with them. After so many powerful feast days, the Church now returns to a season of typical Sundays and to a normal pace in the liturgy.


With this observation stated clearly, someone could innocently inquire about the focus of the Ordinary Time Masses. What does the Church give to believers who attend the liturgy during this season?

During Ordinary Time, the Church’s prayers and selections of readings from the Sacred Scriptures have believers accompany the Lord Jesus in his public ministry.


The Church selects healings, signs, and essential teachings from the life of Jesus Christ so that followers can be reminded, reaffirmed, consoled, and challenged in how they are living the Christian way of life. With this understanding, an awareness - beyond the practical - can quickly be grasped that Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary. The purpose and benefits of this season are rather extraordinary, indispensable, and fundamental to our following of the Lord Jesus.

In fact, the season is one of the sources from which our Christian lives are fed and upon which our celebration of the high feasts is grounded. CathNews <>