Year Three News

Following on from the Year Three's learning of the geography of Australia, this term the children will be exploring the countries that surround our great nation. They will discover different cultures, food, climates and look at how places are both similar and different. 


In Religion, the children will explore their feelings and how their feelings affect the way they behave. They will identify different feelings Jesus experienced and explore the loving actions Jesus expressed towards all people. The children will learn the Parable of the Pharisee, the Tax Collector and the responses to The Angelus.


During English, the children will continue to focus upon the reading skills of comprehension, accuracy, fluency and vocabulary by reading fiction and non-fiction texts including novels, newspapers and reports. As the children’s reading has progressed they are now encouraged to choose novels from the library to read as a way of continuing to challenge their comprehension skills.


The children will be exposed to a variety of letter writing styles as they explore and write letters, emails and invitations. They will also study the structure of explanations and the importance of precision in language when conveying information.


All year the children have been working hard to memorise their times tables and will use these skills to gain an understanding of the processes of multiplication and division in Mathematics. The children will continue to develop their skills of addition and subtraction and consolidate their ability to work with large numbers. The students will learn to apply their knowledge of the four operations to solve written problems and apply these skills to monetary values. 


The Year Three Integrated Studies program will focus on the children understanding the location of some of the countries that surround Australia. The children will explore how people in these countries live, how the climate changes in relation to the environment and what flora and fauna live there. They will compare the lives of these citizens to their own and look at the similarities and differences of different countries.


This semester the children will begin studying protective behaviours. The aim of this program is for the children to be equipped with the skills necessary for protecting themselves. We encourage you to talk to your child about what they are learning.


In Health with Mrs Clementson, the children will be focussing on the physical, social and emotional changes that may occur as individuals grow older and identifying strategies to manage these changes. Showing empathy and respect for the rights of others and ways in which the children can support one another when faced with challenging situations, will also be an area of focus.


In Science with Mr Capolingua,  the children will be learning about chemical sciences. They will be exploring different changes of state and how a solid and liquid can be transformed by adding or removing heat.


This term the children will welcome a new Italian teacher, Signora Bruna Formato. They will continue to develop their skills in reading, writing and communication in Italian with Signora Formato. 


In Physical Education with Mr Sheridan, this term the Year Three children will be preparing for the Athletics Carnival. They will be practising their sprints, throws and team games including Leader ball, Tunnel ball, Flag Relay and Egg and Spoon. Each child will be encouraged to beat their personal bests. The children will also be looking at the benefits of Physical Education for maintaining a healthy weight and preventing some diseases.


This Term in Music with Mrs Boddy, the children will be developing and consolidating their theory and aural skills through improvising, composing and playing music on the keyboard.


They will also be investigating and responding to the Traditional Music of Australia’s neighbours: Indonesia, Bali, China, Tibet and Taiwan. In the latter half of the term the students will also be developing and enhancing their performance techniques in preparation for their Assembly item “You’re Welcome” from Moana.


Year 4 Incursion

The Year 4 children were visited by Jacquie and Miss Paulik from the Constitutional Centre.  The ladies spoke to the children about how the local government provides a range of services for us.  The children participated in games and quizzes and thoroughly enjoyed the incursion.



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. 





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 two means hearing a number, then saying the number that is two more. To do this, children can either mentally add two or count up by two. If you teach your children to count by twos: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, . . . etc., it will be easier for them to add two mentally. However, remember that they will also have to learn how to count by the odd numbers: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, . . . Also, if children understand that any odd number, plus 2, will always be another odd number, and that any even number, plus two, will always be another even number, these mathematics concepts can help them check their answers mentally. 

Interschool Cross Country

Our top long distance runners from last term’s Cross Country Carnival have been chosen to represent our school at the CPSSA Interschool Cross Country Carnival. This is a great opportunity to challenge themselves against the best long distance runners from other schools in our association. The details of the carnival are below.


Tuesday 25 July 2017

Alderbury Reserve, Perry Lakes (Near Hockey Clubrooms)

10:15am – 1:20pm. First event starts at 11:00am and presentations at 1:00pm


A note has been sent home with the children that will be racing and I ask that these are returned by tomorrow (Friday 21 July). Running Club will start up again for these children at 8:00am Friday and Monday morning.


Any questions about the day please come and see me.

Mr Sheridan

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. Hopefully, over the holidays you have collected any spare blankets or bedding, pots and pans, clothes or non-perishable food. Please bring these items in to support those in need.



Music News - Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Festival is now upon us with the opening Mass scheduled for this Friday at our Infant Jesus Parish.  Parental support in ensuring all children attend the rehearsals in the lead up to the each performance is greatly appreciated. 

The important calendar dates are listed below:


Performing Arts Assembly Showcase

Thursday 27th July (Week 2)


The Infant Jesus Choir:

Liturgical Section

7th August 2017 (Monday)

11:15 - 12:00

St Benedict’s Parish Church, Applecross


The Infant Jesus Choir & The Year 4 Choir:

Choral Section

22nd August 2017 (Tuesday)

2:45 - 4:00

Vasto Club, Balcatta


Infant Jesus Concert Band

Concert Band

22nd August 2017

7:00 - 9:30

Newman College, Marist Auditorium 

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 is 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 3. Further information and registration form is 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



Please see attached information regarding this year's Father Son Camp.




All Registrations and Deposit need to be in by 31 July

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. 


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



Saturday the 29 July at Italians Restaurant on Walter Rd

Both parents welcome 2 course menu $44 pp

BYO available and dessert extra

Love to see you all there….

RSVP Connie 0403 345 235

Liselle 0409 297 193 or Ida 0409 977 524


Canteen Roster


Friday 21 July

Rosa Ridolfo, Patricia Rivera, Lisa McCarthy

Monday 24 July

Sandrine Teo, Franca Colli, Geraldine Soh

Wednesday 26 July

Marisol Rapy, Jenny Allpike, Sara McMenemy


The attached Winter Menu continues for Term 3. 




At Infant Jesus School we are proud to celebrate the achievements of our children and all their hard work. Congratulations to the following students who will receive an Honour Certificate at our assembly next Thursday morning (27 July).


We congratulate the following students:

PPB       Amelia Chin, Stella Prokscha, Seth Vu, Arianna Celona

PPW      Aaron Dattilo, Laila Tartaglia, Oliver Ashton, Thy Truong

1B          Eva Autunno, Carmen de Mello, Kaelan McDonnell,

               Sophia Tollis

1W         Taryn Henderson, Alexander Wallace, Julian Barbas

2B           Joseph Franceschino, Keira Fruvall, Maria-Fe Gibson,

                Karl Gomes, Georgia Mammone

2W          Armanii Papa, Bridget Caputo, Jaxon Ramsay, 

                 Nicholas  Staltari

3B            Gabriella Jackamarra, Sayla Buckley, Chloe Andre,

                Jean-Paul Marion

3W          Holly Capone, Akira Teo, Thomas Allpike

4B           Lydia Brisbane, Kristy Nguyen, Dan Pham  

4W         Rosaria Mammone, Emilia Olivieri, Domenic Pugliese,

                Lucas Rossi 

5B          Amara Thaung, Lucas Dattilo, Amelia Contrusceri

5W         Alexsia Alvaro, Domenica Italiano, Jairus Linquist

6B           Thomas Bettles, Adrian Brown, Julian Pinneri

6W         Massimo Cecchele-Jones, Alex Bao, Ethan Gonsalves 



Feastday of Our Lady of Mt Carmel 16 July

On one side of the mountaintop, the priests of Baal stood next to the stone altar dedicated to their false god. They had been praying aloud all day, but no god had answered them. On the other side, the prophet Elijah stood alone next to a stone altar dedicated to the Lord God, Yahweh. That day Yahweh sent fire from heaven onto the altar, proving that he, Yahweh, was the one true God. The Old Testament records this showdown on Mount Carmel in northern Palestine (1 Kings 18:16–39).

During the many centuries between that event and the year 1156, people who wanted a quiet place to pray and to live close to God began to come together on Mount Carmel. A large monastery was built there to honor the Mother of God. The members of the monastery were called Carmelites.


In 1251, according to the tradition of the Carmelites, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Simon Stock, the sixth general, or person in charge of the Carmelite Order, and gave him a scapular. The scapular was a long piece of cloth worn over the shoulders and hanging, in front and in back, down to the ankles. After that, all the members of that Carmelite community wore scapulars. Today some religious men and women still wear the full scapular. Some people wear a small scapular made of two small pieces of cloth connected by narrow cord or braid. It, too, is worn over the shoulders. Wearing a scapular medal or the shortened scapular is a way of honoring the Blessed Mother. July 16 is a major feast for all Carmelite priests and sisters.




"There is a Marian "style" to the Church's work of evangelisation. Whenever we look to Mary, we come to believe once again in the revolutionary nature of love and tenderness. In her we see that humility and tenderness are not virtues of the weak but of the strong who need not treat others poorly in order to feel important themselves."

(From The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) by Pope Francis #288) 


Parish News



All parents who wish to enrol their child for the Sacrament of First Eucharist at Infant Jesus Church this year are required to attend ONE of the following enrolment Masses:


Saturday 22 July 2017 at 6.30pm   OR

Sunday 23  July 2017 at 9.30am    OR

Sunday 23 July 2017 at 6.00pm


When you arrive at your chosen Mass, please register at the registration table in the church foyer:

1. your child’s name

2. a contact phone number

3. an email address

During the Mass the parish priest will invite the children to the front, he will hand them an envelope containing the necessary forms, letters and information.

The parish priest will then bless the children and send them back to their seats.


Enrolment form submission starts on Monday 24 July till Thursday 27 July from 9.30am- 12.30pm at the parish office.



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