• Iluka Public School



Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who attended last night’s very informal family BBQ. The informative evening offered the opportunity to come and say hello to your child’s teachers and myself. Teachers provided a hand out to those in attendance explaining the many routines and requirements of each class. I remind all parents that your child’s education is an equal partnership between home and school. We are in it together and your support and trust is so important. The feedback from parents was positive, indicating that the meeting was beneficial and provided valuable communication between Iluka Public School and our local community.

Our first Whole School Assembly begins at 12:15pm this Friday. Parents are welcome to attend.

The school counselling service can assist with referrals to other agencies, advocacy to teachers and other professionals, as well as providing case management for your child. The school counsellor can also provide individual counselling to students and support for parents. The counsellor works as part of the school’s Learning Support Team and regularly receives referrals from them. To discuss your child’s needs please contact your class teacher and /or Mr Speirs (the Learning Support Coordinator) to discuss your child in the first instance. Together they may refer you to the School Counsellor.

Last Friday I received the news that our school will not be participating in the NAPLAN Computer Online Tests this year. Instead Iluka students in Years 3 and 5 will continue with traditional pen and paper testing. The dates of the three tests will be 15-17 May 2018. To provide the best support your child needs to be reading quality books


Our administration department is now accepting school contributions for 2018. This fee has been set at $30 per student. If you would like to make a payment, please visit the office at your earliest convenience. The Office is also happy to receive this payment via EFTPOS. All families as part of our school community have now received an invoice

requesting this school contribution. School contributions are allocated towards school stationery, technology, text books and other resources. We believe it is of great value. If you need to discuss a payment plan please come and talk to me.

All schools are increasingly recognising the need to address bullying, resilience and social skills. Our school will

continue to build on our work in these areas to maintain and strengthen our friendly and supportive culture. The resource material, called Bounce Back aims to help schools to encourage positive social

behaviour and reduce bullying behaviour.

Other actions we take will include:-

· reviewing the school Behaviour Code and Anti-Bullying Policy every 2 years.

· delivery of Well Being lessons across the school.

· use of the ‘Bounce Back’ resources and strategies school wide.

· using restorative practices across all school environments.

· Discussing Personal Development strategies during morning and Whole School Assemblies.

For the tenth year at Iluka PS, we will be participating in the Premier’s Sporting Challenge (PSC). The aim of the PSC is to have more students, more active, more of the time! Later on this year, all students will take up the challenge to complete in ten weeks of physical activity from Years K-6.

Two brilliant examples of such physical activity were held last week with our swimming carnivals. For the teachers, it was exciting to see so many happy students eager to have some fun and balance competition with their friends in the pool. We congratulate all swimmers who participated. I respect their efforts in testing themselves over

various distances and across the four technical swimming strokes. Well done to the Rush House.

Our champions on the day were, Senior Boy - Joel Brittain, Senior Girl – Millie Speirs, 11 years Boy - Ky Kratzman, 11 years Girl- Shahla Kane, Junior Boy - Hudson Batinovic and Junior Girl - Mia Mutton.

Permission notes have gone home for the Small School’s Swimming Carnival being held on Thursday 15 February at the Maclean Pool. We wish all 34 students attending all the very best.

Friday 2nd March is the National Schools Clean Up Australia Day. Iluka Public School will again be participating. Schools Clean Up Day is a fun and engaging way to teach our students about the responsible disposal of rubbish, resource recovery and the repercussions of rubbish dumped irresponsibly in the local environment. Students are asked to bring a plastic bag and gloves on the day. Please return your permission note to your classroom teacher to know that you can make it on the day. Because when the rubbish is gone, nature can carry on. A permission note containing more detail is attached to this newsletter.

The school tuck shop has reopened. The menu is exciting, healthy, balanced and is good value. It operates each Monday and Friday during term. The tuckshop menu was sent out with a previous newsletter. If you require a copy drop into the Office, they have plenty to spare. From 31 January 2018, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher valued up to $100 per calendar year for each student enrolled in school. The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities. Apply for your voucher at

Please support the Coles School Sports promotion if you can, which runs from 7th February to April 3rd. The tokens received will help the school to receive free sports equipment. The tokens may be placed in the Coles box located in the school office foyer. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

School banking will now be on a Tuesday. Books should be given to classroom teachers. Thank you to Jess Edie for continuing her role as the coordinator.

All the best for positive week.



Infants Swimming Carnival-The students were impressive with their efforts and behaviour throughout the carnival. Each student’s determination to ‘have a go’ and to ‘do their best’ was the highlight of the carnival. A big thank you to all the parents, carers, relatives and friends who came along and supported our Infants Swimming Carnival. I would also like to acknowledge the wonderful generosity of the owners and managers of the Iluka Anchorage Caravan Park, who continually support our Infant swimming programs.

Family BBQ-It was great to see lots of parents and carers taking this opportunity to find out what is happening in our Kindergarten and Year One classroom this year. If you were unable to attend, I will send home the general information sheet/class newsletter that was handed out at the family BBQ.

Health Screening-The Northern NSW Local Health District is providing a free health screening service for Kindergarten and Year One students. The community nurse will be assessing the vision and hearing of each child participating in the program. Please complete the consent form sent home today and return it to school as soon as possible if you would like your child to participate in this screening program.

Kindergarten Best Start Meetings-Thank you parents and carers for returning your Best Start meeting note so promptly. A note confirming our meeting day/time will be sent home in your child’s communication folder on Monday 19th February.

School Banking-Parents please note that there has been a change in our school banking day. Students are able to bank at school on Tuesday.


*Library day is Tuesday. *Return the permission note for the show ‘Circus of Life’ before Friday 16th February. Cost is $5 per child.



Family BBQ - Thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended the family BBQ yesterday afternoon. It was a wonderful opportunity for an informal catch up and to have a brief discussion about routines and expectations. If you were unable to attend, I have sent home the information sheet handed out with your child today.

Swimming Carnival - Congratulations to all students on their effort, level of participation and sportsmanship displayed at both swimming carnivals last week. Good luck to Beau, Kobi, Lexi, Taya and Macy who have all been selected to represent IPS at the Small Schools Swimming Carnival this Thursday at Maclean Pool. Permission notes have been sent home with your child and need to be returned as soon as possible. Please note - it is private transport for this event.


* Library, banking and home readers are all on Tuesday

* Homework is due on Friday

* Circus of Life visiting performance is on this Friday. Please return permission notes and $5.

* Whole school assembly on Friday at 12.15pm. All are welcome to come along.

Have a lovely week.



Hi everyone! Thank you to the parents that attended the family BBQ last night. It was great meeting with you. I found it very beneficial. To those parents that were unable to attend, I am looking forward to working with you this year. I sent a brief handout home today outlining class routines and expectations. ‘Together we can work out ways to better help your child reach their potential and at the same time enjoy school.

I am really happy with the overall progress the students are making. We have focused on movement in maths and are beginning to incorporate it into our Literacy sessions. The students really enjoy this part of the day. Movement can greatly impact on a child’s ability to learn.

There has been a significant improvement with the submission of Home Reading Journals this week. Please remember Journals and Home reading journals are to be submitted on Monday’s.

Have a great week Bek

YEAR 4/5

Good morning all,

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Swimming Carnival. It was a great day. Also best wishes to those students who are going on to represent the school at the Small Schools Carnival.

Thanks to the parents that came to the school yesterday afternoon for the BBQ. It was nice to have a chat and catch up.

The Home Reading Journals have been coming into school in great numbers. Well done.

Homework is due today and new homework will be sent home.

Remember that Library, Science and Sport will be held on Friday this term.

Art/Drawing lessons (Grafton Art Gallery) will be held every second Tuesday this term as well.

The first Whole School Assembly will be held this Friday at 12.15pm. All are welcome.

Circus of Life visiting performance is on this Friday. Please return permission notes and $5.

Have a great week. Cheers John.

YEAR 5/6

Hi all,

Great to catch up with some of you at the BBQ. Remember you can pop into the room and have a look at your child’s work before or after school.

Home Reading: has started with a positive response which is good. The children read from their current text every morning in class to start the day and I wander around the room checking journals to help keep them on track.

Homework: started reasonably well but there were a few students that did not hand it in. Let’s hope there is a 100% response this Friday.

Small Schools Swimming Carnival: is this Thursday. Congratulations to the children that managed to qualify for this next level. I will be attending the carnival. Students not going will work in the 4/5 and Yr 3 rooms.

Performance: is this Friday and we will write about it next week.

Assembly: is this Friday and I will be looking forward to handing out my awards. Some positive working patterns are being established.


Welcome to week 3. The term already seems to be moving along at a fast pace. All classes are on fire with their borrowing and returning so far. I have given all classes an incentive to become the best borrowers of 2018 by throwing the winner a class party at the end of the term. Students gain points for borrowing books but can also lose points for their class by not returning their books on a weekly basis. If they would like to keep reading the same book for two weeks I still have requested they bring the book in on their library day and reborrow it. I am hoping the enthusiasm continues throughout the year.

I have jumped on the home reading bandwagon and am keeping a journal for my daughter so we can make our 200 nights of reading and go on the slide at the end of the year. I am hoping that you as parents are supporting your child's reading as I am for my own daughter.

At the end of last year our school had the option to opt in or opt out of the NAPLAN online format. We made a choice to opt in as we felt during our trial last year many of our students engaged deeper with the online format. Unfortunately due to the influx of schools choosing the online format the departments resources do not yet have the capacity to effectively manage the high demand on online presence at the same time. This prompted them to put all the schools that selected to take the NAPLAN online into a lottery as they only had the capacity to handle 500 schools statewide at once. We were not fortunate enough to be drawn out so our NAPLAN will be taken the traditional pen and paper method. I personally am as disappointed as the students will be.

I have had around about 35 students sign up for our Minecraft club at school. This will take place every Friday in the computer room during lunch. I am hoping the students enjoy this experience and this opportunity they have been given by Microsoft. I am also looking forward to the students teaching me how to create in the digital platform that kids are talking about everyday.

STEM has started well this term. Currently classes are experimenting with bridges and creating bridges with low cost materials that I have gathered throughout the holidays. I will post some of their finished creations on our facebook page.

I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.

Coles Sports for Schools Program

Last week Coles supermarkets commenced the ‘Sports for Schools’ program where vouchers are given for every $10 spent in store. Iluka Public School is collecting these vouchers which will be used to purchase sporting equipment and other resources for our school later in the year. A collection box has been placed in the office. If you or someone you know purchases groceries online and has them delivered, there is an option to select Iluka Public School and vouchers will be automatically added to the school account. Thank you for supporting our school.