• Iluka Public School



Newsletter and App

We are always seeking to ensure the communication across the school community is optimal. Our primary ways of communicating are via the school newsletter, email and via Facebook. Please note how user friendly our format is. I ask all parents to please consider now subscribing to our newsletter and email via the school website

Happy Lunar New Year of the Dog

We wish all families in our community, who celebrated the Lunar New Year last weekend, a very HAPPY New Year.

Invoice Statements

Invoice statements have now been sent to homes three weeks ago. The cost was $30 for the year including texts and stationery. So far, the payment response has been fair. Please consider weekly part payments of $5 for the remainder of term 1.


Last Tuesday 20 February 2018 the Annual General Meeting of the P&C was held. Congratulations to the new and old P&C committee who work very hard to ensure the students in this school are being supported. The committee for 2018 consists of:

President- Lisa Waters

Secretary- Leah Speirs

Treasurer- Sonia Deakin

Vice-President- Cassandra McClelland

Vice-President- Karla Morrison

All parents and carers are welcome to attend, become a member of the P&C ($1) and have your say in P&C activities and events for 2018. The next meeting is on Tuesday 13 March at 7.00 pm.


PSSA sport (cricket) begins on Thursday 8 March against Chatsworth Is. Students who have been successful in gaining selection in the team have received a note this week. Notes must be returned to Mr Bradmore ASAP.

NB: If your child has a musical lesson/tennis practice that clashes with PSSA training then the musical/tennis practice takes precedence. PSSA Netball in 2018 will also be soon under way. Mrs Cunningham will soon be encouraging girls to attend trials.

Tuck shop

Karla, Sandy and Mark are doing a wonderful job in the tuckshop. Please come and visit them at tuckshop or send us an email if you are interested in finding out how you can assist as a volunteer. Tuck shop relies on its volunteers!

Circus For Life

Last week the students from years K-6 went to the library to watch a performance called ‘Circus for life”. The

performer, Linda shared lots of strategies on how to cope with anxiety and negative thoughts. Many students and teachers had an opportunity to assist on stage and be a part of the show. The students enjoyed the show and had lots of fun! Below are some student comments;

I liked it when she juggled the ball on the umbrella. It looked really hard to do. Malaki - Yr 4/5

I thought when she juggled all those hoops...there were the same time. It was amazing. She didn’t drop any of them! Rex and Bailey - Kindergarten

Coles Sports For Schools is Back!

Iluka Public School are still participating so please collect the vouchers when you shop and deposit them into the Collection Box in the office. (Thank you Xavier for the biggest bag of vouchers I have ever seen!) We have also had some Iluka Community members who do not have children at the school call in and drop them off. We thank them very much for their efforts and for thinking of us!

Zone Swimming Carnival

Tomorrow the Zone Swimming Carnival will be held in Lismore. We wish our squad all the very best. Any student requiring assistance can meet with Miss Lisa who is attending.

Permission Notes

Two weeks ago parents received requests for permission for students to walk around the local area, including to Iluka Oval, to be published in local media if needed and to update important medical and emergency numbers. There was also our internet agreement to be signed. Could all parents please return these to the class teacher as soon as possible.

Kiss and Drop Zone.

Yesterday, along with a member of the P&C, I met Alex from the Clarence Valley Council. We discussed the

improved road works, which was originally planned for 2014. It was also in regard for a Kiss and Drop Zone to be used during the morning and afternoon pick up. We are hopeful that work will finally commence this year.

International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)

Iluka Public School will again be registering for the ICAS competitions. Payment is needed and entries will close on Friday 9 March. Late entries are unable to be accepted. Students from Year 2 and up are able to participate in the Science, Spelling, English and Mathematics papers. These are a valuable source of information for your child and their progress. The dates and costs are listed below:

Digital Technologies (Years 3-6 only) – 8 May 2018 ($10.00)

Science (Years 2-6) – 29 May 2018 ($10.00)

Writing (Years 3-6 only) – 13 June 2018 ($20.00)

Spelling (Years 2-6) – 14 June 2018 ($13.00)

English (Years 2-6) – 31 July 2018 ($10.00)

Mathematics (Years 2-6) – 14 August 2018 ($10.00)

NB: A minimum of three students is needed for each subject to be tested.

Staff Car Park

I again take this opportunity to remind parents to avoid using the staff car park for dropping off and picking up

children from school. At no time should the staff car park be used as a drop off zone or used as a walkway to access the school grounds. I urge all parents to help ensure the safety of our students by avoiding the staff car park at all times.

For the new families to IPS I would like to introduce our school Chaplin Mrs Lisa Waters. Lisa can be contacted on 66466149 and is present at the school Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

Have a wonderful week. Phil


School Uniform-Just a reminder that jewelry is not part of our school uniform. Watches, stud and small hoop earrings, traditional/cultural/medical jewelry is fine for students to wear.

Reading-There are many components to our class reading program - Modelled and guided reading where students are taught the skills to improve their reading in class, independent reading where students practise reading familiar books in class, home reading where parents help their child to practise the skills being taught in class and library reading where parents get to read and share a book with their child to create a love of reading. Each component is important in helping your child to become a successful reader.

Home Reading-What a great start to home reading this year! Students take home class books on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Parents may use their own books for their child to read on Saturday and Sunday or parents may read their child’s library books to them on Saturday and Sunday and this can be recorded in your child’s yellow reading journal as two nights of reading. Our class/school target is for each child to have read for 50 nights by the end of the term.


*Library day is Tuesday.

*’Clean Up Australia Day’ for schools is this Friday 2nd March. Please supply gloves for your child to wear.