WEEK 11 NEWS AND PICTURES
I would like to start this newsletter by sharing an uplifting experience I had whilst umpiring the Round 3 of the PSSA cricket. Having scratched our way to 70 runs things were looking grim at drinks when Maclean were already 5 for 49. They need only 22 runs for victory. The Iluka players huddled around each other, they continually supported the bowler and dug very deep. Every bowl and every stop was clapped by our team. In the end, Iluka came out winning 70 to 65. We now move on to Round 4. Students from different backgrounds, boys and girls, small families and large families sharing a common and inspirational experience. Congratulations. I would encourage everyone that if they get the opportunity to play a team sport they must ‘give it a go’.
The longer I spend at this brilliant school, working with outstanding staff and amazing students the more evidence I see of successful programs in action – delicious meals created in the school canteen by our dedicated volunteers led by Karla, great singing and tunes being played coming from the Music Room, creativity and problem solving in the Library, collaboration and communication in all classrooms, science and technology coming from the computer room, happiness and curiosity in Kindergarten, healthy competition and a desire for personal best on the sporting fields. No wonder our students are so engaged and productive.
On Friday 24 April (ANZAC Eve) at 5.00pm under the COLA we will hold our School ANZAC ‘Get to Know the Troops’ presentation. Four service men and women will be special guests of Iluka Public School. During the presentation, students will learn about the traditions and life on an airbase in today’s defence force. A previous note has gone home and we attach one to this newsletter to see who will be attending.
On ANZAC Day at 10.30am students will assemble for the traditional march to the cenotaph. We would love you all to join us for both these special occasions as we remember the brave souls who gave their lives for the freedom of others. During the march a number of students will present tributes to the soldiers on the morning. All parents, grandparents and students are invited back to the school after the assembly for light refreshments.
The end of the school day is a busy time. Students are heading home via bus, walking or being picked up by a family member. Should a change occur in the going home arrangement for your child, please advise the school by calling the office on 66466149 or sending a letter to the teacher. For students travelling by bus, if no advice has been received by the school regarding a change in routine and his or her bus arrives, the students will be put on the bus. Thank you for your support in ensuring our students are safe and that the end to the school day is as happy and stress free as possible.
It is coming into that lovely season where students are getting runny noses. Can you remind your child/ren to sneeze into their elbows rather than hands to help stop the spread of germs. If any families would like to donate a box (or two) of tissues for their class we would be most grateful.
It is hard to believe we are at the end of first term already. We have had a busy first term and I have been impressed by the level of engagement of the students and commitment of the teachers to provide challenging and interesting learning tasks in their classrooms. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe break and I look forward to a busy and productive Term 2.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Sister Lynne and her Soul Survivor Group. Arrangements have now been made that will see around 30-40 young men and women volunteering their time to work over the holidays to improve our gardens, our playgrounds and our buildings. This work will assist the staff in maintaining quality learning environments for our students.
YEAR 4/5 ART WITH KERRY HOWLAND
Last Friday we were able to hold our annual cross country. For the past two years we have held our carnival at the school in the interest of all of our students’ safety and that the spectacle is easier to view from the playgrounds. Thank you to those parents who were able to help and support the students along the track. The champions for 2018 are as follows:
Girl 8/9s - Jade Simon, Boy 8/9s - Thomas Epis, Girl 10 years - Krystal Lane, Boy 10 years - Steven Studdert, Girls 11 years - Isabelle McEwen, Boy 11 Years - Xavier Edie, Girl 12/13 years - Millie Speirs & Boy 12/13 years Jack Simon.
Thank you staff for your help and guidance.
There will be one more Whole School Assembly this Friday, the last day of term. The assembly will commence at 2.15pm.
There will be one more P&C Meeting this Tuesday night (tonight), 10 April, 2018. The meeting will commence at 7.00pm in the staff room.
At the end of Term 1, Mr Melrose will be on extended leave. From the beginning of Term 2, Mr Speirs will be teaching 4/5.
Just a reminder that teachers return on Monday 30 April for the School Development Day. They will be at Gulmarrad Public School as part of our Community of Schools Program. School resumes for students on Tuesday 1 May. As mentioned above, April 25 is ANZAC Day and we invite as many students as possible to participate in the morning march. During the holidays please be respectful and stay away from the school grounds.
Updating parents and carers about CCS starting in their school
Our school has been included in the Connecting Country Schools (CCS) project, which is delivering upgraded wireless connectivity and internet access to more than 900 schools around the state. Planning for installations at our school has commenced with our assigned Technical Officer from the Department’s IT Directorate, who are managing this project. CCS will deliver upgraded and reliable wireless access in all our learning spaces, assisting teachers to deliver future focused learning to prepare our students for digital age jobs. Improved wireless and internet services will also give students more chances to connect and collaborate and greater access to online knowledge databases, streaming media, educational institutions and experts. We are working with our Technical Officer to ensure that disruptions during the installation are kept to a minimum. External contractors who will visit the school to undertake work are required to have a Working With Children Check.
CLASS K-1 NEWS
I wish everyone a safe and relaxing holiday. The Kindergarten and Year One students have worked hard this term and deserve this well-earned break. See you all next term.
Fire Drill Practice-Last Wednesday, all students/staff participated in our annual mandatory fire drill practice. The Kindergarten and Year One students carried out the practice in a calm and sensible manner. Well done! Students have been asked to have a discussion with their parent/s and carer/s about what their family plan would be if a fire occurred at home.
Home Reading-Please keep reading over the holidays, especially if 50 nights of reading was not reached this term. Just write me a short note if you would like your child to take home some extra books from school for holiday reading.
Library-Next term our class library day changes from Tuesday to Thursday.
ANZAC Day-I am hoping for a significant turn out of Kindergarten and Year One students for our ANZAC Day march.Students are asked to wear their school uniform for this event.
CLASS 2 NEWS
Cross Country - Congratulations to all of the students on their participation in the Cross Country last Friday.
It isn’t easy to run so far in warm conditions. However, everyone gave it their best and felt a real sense of pride for following through with the activity. Well done to Taya, Tessah, Olivia, Finn and Scott who have all made it onto the Small Schools Cross Country to be held next term. Keep up the training!
Homework sheet - Each week students write their 10 spelling words on their homework sheet. This is so they can practise their words at home in preparation for weekly spelling tests every Friday. Words may be written in their homework book or can be practised verbally like the Spelling Bee. Homework is due every Friday.
Home reading - Congratulations to all students who achieved 50 nights this term. Anyone who didn’t quite reach this goal can continue to read over the holidays to get back on track.
ANZAC Day - This year ANZAC Day falls in the school holidays. Mr Bradmore has arranged a special ANZAC Eve afternoon at the school and it would be lovely to see students attend this special event. Students attending the ANZAC Day march are asked to wear their full school uniform.
Library - Next term Year 2 students will attend the library every Friday.
Have a safe and relaxing holiday break. See you all in Term 2 for another busy term.
CLASS 3 NEWS
I would like to say “Thank you” to the parents for taking the time to attend our parent teacher conference. I appreciate your time and effort for meeting with me. I am confident that joint partnership is the key. We are all working for the same results, a positive and successful school year for your child. It was a pleasure meeting with you! If you have any questions throughout the year, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Well done to all the students that participated in the school Cross Country, last Friday. It was wonderful to see everyone having a go and trying their best. There were some impressive performances, fantastic attitudes and great results.
Congratulations to all students who achieved 50 nights of Home Reading this term. Anyone who didn’t quite reach this goal can continue to read over the holidays to get back on track.
Could everyone please check their child’s school jacket. Oceane Mitchell’s jacket is missing. I believe that someone has accidentally taken the wrong jacket home. Oceane’s initials are on the inside of her school jacket. I have a jacket in my class if anyone is missing theirs.
I am hoping that the students can attend the ANZAC Day march in the second week of the holidays. Students are asked to wear their school uniform for this event.
Maths mentals booklets will be sent home with the student’s today. This is only for any students who are interested or proclaim they are bored during the school holidays :)
Have a safe and happy holiday. Bek
CLASS 4/5 NEWS
Good Morning All,
Congratulations to everyone that participated in the School Cross Country. It was a great success.
ANZAC Day is approaching. Please make an effort to attend the ceremonies if possible.
I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. Once again I would like to say thanks to the families and state what a pleasure it has been to teach your children over the years that I have been at Iluka Public School. I wish them every success in their future endeavours
It has also been a privilege to work with such a great team at Iluka Public School.
Have a great week. Enjoy the holidays.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
What lovely showers of rain we have been having. The vegetables in the garden are thriving.
Interviews : will be held this week as I was sick last week. It is a tight schedule. A short catch up to share information.
Very proud: of the amount of effort so many of the class applied to the X Country race. It is a very challenging event and not all of us are meant to be long distance runners. The amount of determination and perseverance exhibited was truly commendable. Well done 5/6.
Anzac Day: is a very special day of commemoration for many of us. I hope to see many of the 5/6 students attending the march and ceremony. Some of our class will be reading at the cenotaph.
Continue: home reading over the holiday break. It’s a really good way to relax the 2 weeks of holidays.
YEAR 5/6 BALLOON POWERED LEGO CAR STEM ACTIVITY
We all need a chance to recharge our batteries in preparation for a busy term 2.
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Welcome to the final week of term. The attitude that all students have shown towards reading and borrowing books so far this year has been incredible. This is by far the most consistent term of borrowing I have experienced in my time at working at Iluka Public School. I am expecting this to continue into next term and for the rest of the year. The students should be very proud of themselves for their efforts this term.
As you may have read earlier in the principal's report, our school has been selected in the next round of schools to have their wireless network upgraded. This will be allow WiFi connection speeds to be quicker than the school has ever seen and the wireless access points will be available outside of the classroom. This will allow students to use laptops and iPads outside while still have full access to the world wide web.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. Matt.
NORTH COAST CREATIVE ARTS CAMP - 2018
The North Coast Creative Arts camp will be held at Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre at Lennox Head from Sunday 12th August (4pm) until Friday 17th August (3:30pm). The camp is for students in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 who show an above average ability in music, dance, vocal, visual arts and drama. Music students need to be competent at playing an instrument and reading music. Dance, visual arts and drama students need to be of above average ability in their chosen field as a significant emphasis of the camp is performance and display. All students will be involved in a choral activity. Cost of the camp is $490 per student which covers everything during the week, except transport. This is the responsibility of parents.
Should you wish further information about the Creative Arts camp or an application form, please do not hesitate to contact me. Application forms need to be returned to school before Friday 8th June.
Coles Sport for Schools
Thank you to the many families and friends who supported our school with Coles Sport for Schools vouchers. A special thanks to Coles Yamba for providing a collection box for our school. This promotion has now ended. If you have any vouchers still at home please send them in as soon as possible, as we are posting these off for counting before the holidays.