• Iluka Public School



On behalf of the school I warmly invite all Mums, Grandmothers and carers to a Mother’s Day Breakfast on Friday, 11 May from 7.30 - 9am. We’re inviting all of our hardworking Mums, Grandmothers, Aunties and carers to join us for the breakfast which will include:

  • Tea, coffee and egg and bacon rolls*

  • Photo album opportunities,

  • Games and activities for mums and their kids

On Monday, the school had the pleasure of meeting Mr John Baker. Mr Baker is the new Department of Education, Director for the Clarence Valley. He enjoyed his time at the school meeting both students and staff. Mr Baker left with a great impression of the school and looks forward to building positive relationships with the school and community.


In 2018, students at Iluka Public School will complete the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests online. Year 3 students will still do the writing on paper. This is the first year NAPLAN tests will transition from traditional paper tests to online tests. A school readiness test conducted in August and September 2017 helped inform the technical readiness of NSW schools for the move online. Only a small proportion of NSW schools will sit NAPLAN Online in 2018. Federal, state and territory education ministers have agreed to full participation over the next two to three years. The proposed schedule for testing is as follows;

15th 9.15-11.00 – Year 3 and 5 – Writing

17th 9.15 – 10.30- - Year 3 – Reading

21st 9.15 – 10.30 – Year 5 – Reading

22nd 9.15 – 10.30 – Year 5 - Language Conventions

23rd 9.15 – 10.30 – Year 3 - Language Conventions

24th 9.15 – 10.30 – Year 5 - Numeracy

25th 9.15 – 10.30 – Year 3 - Numeracy


The Small Schools Cross Country will be held on Friday 18 May at the Iluka Town Oval. The school will be sending a team to this event. Children need to bring morning tea, sunscreen, hat, something to sit on and a bottle of water. The students can dress in their sports uniform. Parents are most welcome to attend on the day. Please Note; Iluka Public School will be running the canteen on the day. Your support on the day would be most appreciated.


This afternoon Iluka Public School is taking on Chatsworth Island Public School in the Round one competition of the PSSA Netball Knockout style tournament. We wish the girls all the best and I look forward to sharing the positive (fingers crossed) news next week.


The Term 2 Calendar detailing key events for this term is attached to this newsletter and uploaded to our website. All dates are correct at time of printing.


This Wednesday our hard working P & C and parent volunteers will set up our annual Mother’s Day stall. There will be a selection of items on sale at a cost of between $1 and $5 each. Siblings will get the opportunity to see what other family members have purchased. This year the stall will be held in the library. Lay-by will be on offer to any child who has forgotten to bring their money. The purchase will be kept at school, a note sent home with amount owing. If you do not wish your child to purchase, please send the note back indicating so. Only one item can be placed on lay-by.


The next P & C meeting will be held tonight, Tuesday 8th May in the Staffroom commencing at 7.00pm. The new 2018-2020 School Plan will be presented. All welcome.


Final costing has come in for the Stage 2 (yrs 3 & 4) & Stage 3 (yrs 5 & 6) excursions. Following are some brief notes on each excursion. More details on the individual itineraries will be presented at a later date.

Stage 2 will be participating in a 2 night/3 day program based out of Coffs Harbour from the 31st October to 2nd November. The total cost for this excursion will be $195.00 per child. At this stage a deposit of $50 will be required by 15th June.

Stage 3 will head off for a weeks worth of fun and activity at Lake Ainsworth from 22nd - 26th October. The full cost of this excursion will be $395.00 per child. A deposit of $75.00 will be required by Thursday 24th May. On the back page of this newsletter are suggested payment dates and amounts. If you know you will have financial difficulties with payments please do not hesitate to come see me, sooner rather than later. Payment can be made via the usual methods - eftpos in the Office, cash and using the POP payment service at our website


The school will be involved in the Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 18 May. For those students who normally come by car it would be a great idea to be dropped off further away from the school and walk the rest of the way to school. Walking is a great exercise for all ages.


On Wednesday 23 May the Kindy and Year 1 class will be participating in an exciting event. It is the Simultaneous Read where all students around NSW listen to the read­ing of the same book at the same time. The contact for this event is Miss Essery. The event will take place at the Iluka Town Library. A separate note has gone home for those involved.


If you have any concerns regarding a school issue or before you come to make a big ‘school’ decision about please get both sides of the story. Seek out sound advice! It is important to address them first with your child’s classroom teacher by making an appointment. If you feel that the issue has not been resolved, you can make an appointment to see the Principal. It’s important to go through these channels first before an issue is raised with the Principal.

Phone 02 66466-149


Staff can also be contacted by calling the front office to make an appointment or by sending an email through to the school’s email address:


Students will commence Bounce Back lessons in Week 2.


Now that the weather has turned a little cooler students are reminded that if they are wearing jumpers to school it should be a school jumper (plain red or grey). Parents/carers are please asked to put names on the jumpers as it makes it much easier to find the rightful owner when they are left out in the playground or under the COLA area.


This Thursday, our Year 6 students are attending a leadership conference in Lismore. We are part of over 500 other Year 6 students attending the “GRIP – Leadership Program’. Our students will have the opportunity to listen to powerful and motivational speakers while at the same time enjoy the fun and interactive presentation. The bus will leave around 7.00 am and returns after 4.00pm.

Have a great week.



HSIE (Human Society and Its Environment)-This term our unit of study is titled “Families Past and Present”. This week the students will be learning about the different family structures that exist today and in the past, as well as sharing information about their own immediate family. Year One students will be completing an activity relating to their own family tree and have been asked to bring in photographs of their parents/ both sets of grandparents to aid them with this task. On completion of the task, photographs will be returned. It would be greatly appreciated if these photographs could be sent to school by Monday.

Mothers’ Day-The students have been busy creating a special gift for their mum/grandmother. The P & C purchased the materials necessary to make the gifts and Leah Speirs kindly offered to coordinate the various Mothers’ Day projects throughout the school. Hope you have a wonderful day on Sunday.

Scripture-Our scripture lessons are now being held on Thursday and commence at 2:30pm.

Communication Folder-The following notes have been sent home today:

-The BOUNCE sheet explains the key messages being taught in class during our “Bounce Back” lessons.

-Simultaneous Storytime information and permission note.

-Dentist Assessment information and consent form for Kindergarten only. This assessment is free.


*Please ensure that your child has their library bag and borrowed library books at school each Thursday.



Speaking Topics - Congratulations to all students who were well-prepared for their news last week. Some students brought in something to discuss, prepared palm cards or even created a Powerpoint presentation. This week’s topic - a book I enjoy. Next week’s topic is - a groovy pair of socks!

Mother’s Day - Special thank you to Leah Speirs for assisting students with the P&C craft activity for Mother’s Day. There will also be a Mother’s Day stall held on Wednesday with gifts ranging from $1-$5. I hope all mums, grandmas and carers have a lovely day on Sunday - Happy Mother’s Day!

Head Lice - A number of families have reported that head lice have been found. Please check your child’s hair regularly and treat accordingly.

Dental Check Ups - Accompanying today’s newsletter is a permission note for your child to attend dental health screening to be conducted at the school on Tuesday 5th June. Please return the permission note if you wish for your child to have their teeth checked.

Library Day - This week only, Year 2 students will attend the library on Thursday.

Reminders -

* Library books and home readers are due on Thursday this week only.

* Homework is due on Friday.

* Mums, grandmothers and carers please come along to the Mother’s Day breakfast on Friday morning.

Have a lovely week.



Hi everyone! We have had a very busy week. The students have been working very well in class and have settled into good work routines. It was very pleasing to see the majority of students submitting their journals this week.

Years 3 and 5 will be commencing NAPLAN next week. Writing is on Tuesday 15th and Reading on Thursday 17th of May. They will complete the rest of their Naplan testing the following week, with Language and Conventions on Wednesday 23rd of May and Numeracy on Thursday 24th of May. There is no need for any anxiety with Naplan. The students are well prepared and are aware of what is required.

Mother’s Day - Special thank you to Leah Speirs for assisting students with the P&C craft activity for Mother’s Day. There will also be a Mother’s Day stall held on Wednesday with gifts ranging from $1-$5.

Please note: There have been a few students sick this term. If your child has a temperature and is coughing a lot, it is probably best if they stay home. There is a maths home work sheet this week. Home reading journals are to be submitted on Monday

Cheers Bek.



Well done to all students! Different Teacher, different systems, different routines - and everyone is trying hard to get used to it. Great stuff kids, keep it up. We are working hard on RESPECT and this week is all about GOOD MANNERS. Our class motto is ‘Change Your Words, Change Your World.’ We all think negative thoughts sometimes but if we don’t always verbalise them it can assist us in having a more positive outlook.

Mothers Day Stall is tomorrow - gifts ranging in price from $1 to $5. Thank you Miss Lisa for once again organising the stall. A big thank you also to Mrs Speirs for doing the P&C craft activity. Happy Mothers Day to all our treasured mums out there, thank you for everything you do. I hope to see anyone that can make it on Friday to the Mum’s Brekky. All welcome.

Our school Spelling Bee is fast approaching. All students have their words and should be training hard at home as well as in class. Homework went home yesterday and along with Journals is due back on Monday. Everyone is expected to read every night and have a go at Homework. I have lots of spare books, come and see me if you need one to keep for home or class. NAPLAN begins on Tuesday with everyone’s favourite, writing. All good, as I said last week it is just another learning and assessing tool in our kit. This year it is all online for Year 5. Enjoy the difference! Chris.

Year 5/6

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying the taste of the beautiful May weather.

We have all returned to school and resumed positive work routines within the classroom. We have 27 students in the 5/6 room. Yes, I hope you understand it is a large class.

ANZAC Day: was a real success. Well done to all the students from our class that turned up to commemorate such a special day. Special recognition goes to Shahla, Sharlee, Imogen, Molly and Millie for reading out your poems at the service. I only heard positive comments about the children from our school.

Home Reading: continues to be a focus for us. We like talking about enjoyable books that we are reading and we also share them in a joint box for others to use in the room. Most children are on target and heading towards their 100 nights of reading.

Homework: for the first couple of weeks will be a revision of what sort of questions to expect when sitting a Naplan test. Homework is giving at the beginning of the week and is expected to come back into class on Friday to be marked.

NAPLAN: is on for Year 5 next week.

PSSA Netball: girls would have played today and I’m sure they would have shown a pleasing amount of effort and sportsmanship. Well done girls.

Year 6: are off to Lismore with Mr Bradmore on Thursday for the leadership conference. This is a great opportunity for the senior leaders of our school.

Mothers’ Day: projects have been undertaken in CAPA over the last 2 weeks. I hope you like the special gift and are remembered fondly this Sunday.

So, as you can see there is never a dull moment at school for us. Always something happening. Please continue to support your child in a positive manner as they continue their academic journey. Di



This term the year 4, 5 and 6 students will be involved in a project based task based around building and construction. Using recycled materials the students will be creating the ultimate treehouse. By following a set of design instructions, they will create a three dimensional treehouse that is completely original based on their own imagination. There are no limits to what they create. Maybe they’d like to have a two story house connected by a rope swing or cargo net. Maybe they’d like zip lines as an easy escape route. It’s a treehouse. There are no rules. They are only limited by your own imagination.


This Friday will see the arrival of Iluka Public School’s book fair down in the library. This will give the students, parents and carers the opportunity to purchase brand new books directly from our library. The book fair will last for 2 weeks and will have a huge variety of book options for students to choose from. The book fair will be open everyday except Tuesdays during weeks 3 and 4. I will be opening it from 1:20 to 1:45 on these days. Parents and carers are more than welcome to come to the school during these times to see what they could purchase. The book fair allows for eftpos to be used for book purchases. If you are planning on coming during these times please make sure you sign in at the front office. I will also announce a time that the book fair will remain open after school hours for parents to look at when they pick their child up from school in the afternoon.