• Iluka Public School


Updated: Jul 21, 2020


Dear Parents and Carers,

Staff Development Day Saturday 17 March

I would like to thank the teaching staff (and our casual teachers) who attended the Staff Development Day on Saturday 17 March. On behalf of the parents and carers of Iluka Public School I would like to thank the staff for their continued pursuit for excellence, their continued efforts to develop as truly professional teachers and for their commitment to the students of Iluka Public School.

Harmony Day at Iluka PS

The message of Harmony Day is everyone belongs. IPS will be celebrating Harmony Day on Thursday 22 March. Each student will be involved in classroom based activities centred on the theme ’Harmony’. The school is asking all students to contribute on the day by supplying a plate of food that originated from another country. Our diverse country makes Australia a great place to live. Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. Some ideas of plates to share include; Sushi from Japan, Meatballs and spaghetti from Italy, Hot dogs from the USA, Goulash from Hungry, Lamb Koftas from Greece, Tacos from Mexico. Children are also required to bring along a plastic plate/bowl and cutlery.


Mrs Howard’s Garden Tour

Thursday 29th March at 10am Mrs Howard will be running a thirty minute environmental tour within the school grounds. It would be wonderful to see lots of parents come along and get a first-hand glimpse of this fantastic school program. Afterwards morning tea will be served for those in attendance.

Sports for Schools

Thank you to everyone for collecting the Coles Sports for Schools vouchers. Our boxes are getting full. Remember the more vouchers we have the more we will be able to redeem on sports equipment. As we love our sport at Iluka we are really excited with the prospect of new gear. When you shop at Coles simply ask for the Sports for Schools vouchers and place them in the box in our foyer. Here is Sister Lynne dropping in those collected by her parishioners. Thank you all. Keep collecting!

Stewart House

Every year 1,800 public school children attend a safe haven next to Curl Curl Beach at no cost to their parents or carers. It is called Stewart House. During a 12 day stay they are provided with dental, optical, hearing and medical screening and treatment. Children participate in educational programs and excursions designed to develop their social and emotional skills, build self-esteem and improve their overall wellbeing. This experience provides children with a much needed break from their current circumstance. Children in the care of Stewart House attend a specific purpose school onsite for 8 days of their 12-day stay. The NSW Department of Education provides infrastructure and staffing support for this school. All other costs associated with the children’s stay are met from charitable donations. Some Iluka Public School students have visited with Stewart House – it is indeed a great asset and worthy of support. If you would like to make a donation of $2 or more an attached envelope is included with this newsletter. Please return these to the office.

Positive Behaviour and Bounce Back

What is the focus this week?

This week our school focus is on Whole School Assemblies. That is, what should an assembly, look, feel and sound like. If you are at school for drop off, please feel free to stay and see how we are delivering this message.


Online Readiness Training. On Thursday 22 March, students in Years 3 and 5 will be participating in a practice NAPLAN test. The idea of the test is for students to gain further understanding of what they need to do and understand during the more formal tests in Term 2.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Class information letter regarding Parent/Teacher interviews and is attached at the end of this newsletter for your convenience. I cannot stress the importance of attending this valuable interview.

PSSA Summer Sport

The PSSA Knock Out Boys Cricket competition continues. A date for Round 2 has been selected. We play Harwood Public School on the Harwood Cricket Oval, Monday 26 March. Permission notes have been sent home today. Private transport will be required.

Year 6 to 7 Transition Day

Year 6 will head off to Maclean High School for their first transition day tomorrow, Wednesday 21 March. High School Expression of Interest forms are due back to the school by tomorrow. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher, Mrs Howard.

Book Fees 2018

The cost of resources to support student learning is on the increase. As a school, we work hard to ensure that our students have the best resources. This year, we have deliberately chosen to not have so many text books for students schoolwork as this would directly affect the finances of families to provide each student with books. The school therefore purchases resources, including devices to support student learning. However, each year many of these devices need to be replaced due to age or damage. This year we have decided to use some the school fees to support the purchase of technology resources.

The 2018 fee is only $30.00. If you are experiencing financial difficulties please do not hesitate to contact the school to discuss how we can be of assistance. We are happy to support a payment plan.


Have a productive week.



Bounce Back Program-Last Saturday I attended a professional development course called ‘Bounce Back’. ‘Bounce Back’ is a positive education approach to wellbeing, resilience and social-emotional learning for all students from Kindergarten to Year Six. This week we will be implementing ‘Circle Time’, where students get to share how they are feeling and any worries/concerns they may have with others.

Harmony Day-Our school will be celebrating Harmony Day this Thursday 22nd March. Students have been asked to bring a plate of food representing another country/culture to share at lunch. Students will also need to bring their own plastic plate/bowl and plastic fork/spoon on the day.

Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)-Every three years schools are asked to participate in a census relating to the early years of schooling. The last census was conducted in 2015 and will again be implemented this year. A letter has been sent home today explaining the purpose of the census and the data that is to be collected.The census only involves the students in Kindergarten. Please contact me if you require further information.


*Year One maths homework is due on Friday.

*Please return Semester One meeting notes by Monday 26th March. Confirmation notes sent home on Wednesday 28th March.



Bounce Back Program - IPS staff attended a professional learning course on Saturday about the ‘Bounce Back’ program. Bounce Back is a whole school approach towards social-emotional learning, wellbeing and resilience. We are beginning to implement the program into classrooms this week by learning the ‘Bounce Back’ song and with the introduction of ‘circle time’, where students share their feelings about the day and express any concerns they may have.

Library - Due to unforeseen circumstances, Year 2 students will be attending the school library on Friday this week only. Please ensure students have their library books and bag this Friday.

Harmony Day - IPS will be celebrating Harmony Day this Thursday 22nd March. Students have been asked to bring a plate of multicultural food to share for lunch. Students will still need to bring along their recess and also need to bring their own plastic plate/bowl and plastic fork/spoon on the day.

Book Fees - Thank you to parents who have paid the $30 book pack fee for this year. This fee covers the cost of textbooks, workbooks and stationery supplied throughout the year. Please pay to the office if you have not already done so.

Parent Teacher Interviews - Last week a note regarding parent teacher interviews went home. Thank you to parents who have already selected preferred meeting times and returned this note. Please return interview request notes by Monday 26th March so that confirmation slips can be sent home next week.


* Harmony Day this Thursday - bring a plate of food to share and also a plastic plate and cutlery

* Home reading journals and bank books are due on Tuesday

* Library is Friday for this week only

* Homework is due on Friday

Have a harmonious week!



Hi everyone! We have a very busy week scheduled. The children are preparing for Cross country and they are practising every day to improve their fitness.

All the year 3 students will be doing an online practise test for NAPLAN this Thursday.

Could you please discuss and ensure your child has enough food to eat throughout the day. Some students seem to be eating all their lunch at recess and are still hungry at lunch. Please also keep in mind we have a fruit break every morning. Just a reminder to check your child’s school bag on a regular basis. With such warm weather any food items left inside quickly becomes smelly and attracts flies.

Our focus in writing is Expositions and the students will be writing a letter to the council to convince them that they believe Iluka needs an ambulance station. In maths we are gathering and interpreting data.

Interviews will be happening towards the end of the term. A note was sent home today about days and times. Please indicate three time slots that would best suit you and I will endeavour to give you one of those times.

Harmony Day this Thursday - bring a plate of food to share and also a plastic plate and cutlery.

Library day is Monday and home reading journals and reflective journals are also to be submitted on Mondays. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to come in and see me!

Cheers Bek.


Good Morning All,

The students are practising for the School Cross Country at school first thing in the morning or after recess.

Harmony Day is on at school this Thursday. Please bring a plate to share and a paper plate and cutlery.

Library day this week will be held today but will return to Fridays again from next week.

All year 3 and 5 will be doing an Online Practise Test for NAPLAN this Thursday.

Homework will be going home today and Home Reading Journals can still be brought in on Friday.

Interviews will be held in week 10 and 11. A note will come home this week outlining the availability of dates and times.

Have a great week. Cheers John


Hi Everyone,

Professional Development: Last Friday I attended professional development in Lismore regarding young people being able to regulate emotional feelings whom are on the autism spectrum. It was very informative and helpful. I always talk to my class if I am not going to be at school and fill them in on change of routines. It is then up to them to show maturity and be able to cope and function well not having their normal classroom teacher. These skills are necessary for students to develop on the brink of entering high school. Well done to most of the girls and boys on maintaining a consistent attitude and work ethic in my absence.

Bounce Back: is a fabulous educational program on developing positive outlooks and strategies for life when difficult situations arise. It identifies varying emotions and helps to understand them more. We will be starting to experiment with some of the activities in class.

Year 6 Students: visit the high school tomorrow. We will have an early lunch. They are looking forward to their first visit.

Home Reading: is going along really well. The consistency level is fabulous. A lot of students are approaching the 50 night milestone.

Interviews: will be happening towards the end of the term. A note will come home this week about days and times.

Talking topic: is producing some interesting presentations. Well done 5/6!

X Country: practice is important to increase stamina and fitness and to help children participate and thus be successful. We are doing it after recess each day.

Harmony day: is Thursday. We will share food from different cultures and acknowledge the importance of getting along and working together.

May harmony prevail! Di


LIBRARY - Students borrowing is still going strong and all students should be very proud of themselves. I just want to remind students to bring their library bags on the day when it is their library day.

BOOK CLUB - I will be ordering Book Club this Friday. If you would like to purchase something for your child please make sure your order is in by Friday.

STEM - Students in the upper stages are currently reflecting on their bridge building projects and this is being done through their google drive. So far I have had some great reflection writing by the Year 5/6 class.

NAPLAN ONLINE - This Thursday years 3 and 5 will participate in a practice NAPLAN online test. It will be a 45 minute test to test the capacity of the network when 500 schools go online at the same time. The test is a mixture reading, language conventions and numeracy.