WEEK 3 SCHOOL NEWS
Say No to Bullying
Congratulations to Year 5/6 student Amelie Collard. Last Friday, Amelie and her family attended a very special presentation in Sydney. Amelie received an award for her ‘Say No to Bullying’ poster. It was presented to her by the Governor of NSW and his wife. We are all very proud of Amelie’s achievement. Thank you to Miss
Essery for organising this event and to the P&C who supported the Collard family with a small travel subsidy.
Mother's Day Breakfast
Last Friday was a beautiful and rather special morning. The school invited all our wonderful mothers, grandmothers, carers, guardians and special parent figures to this very special event. Forty-seven wonderful ladies attended our first Mother's Day Breakfast. It included a neck and shoulder massage from the kids, games of tennis and a book fair! I would like to acknowledge our hardworking Linda (from the office) for organising this event. I would also like to thank Oliver, Johnno, Mark and Shannon for helping cook the egg and bacon rolls. Delicious boys! At the end of the morning a lucky door prize, an hour massage donated by Florence at the Stillwater Wellness Spa operating at the Anchorage Caravan Park was drawn. Well done to Deb Thwaites, a most worthy winner.
During the week, students also had the opportunity to purchase gifts for their mothers from the P&C stall. Thank you to Lisa and the P&C team for organising the Mothers’ Day stall.
Lastly, special thanks once again to Leah for helping teachers with their wonderful homemade craft items. I am sure you made all the parents feel very special.
School Report 2017 and School Plan 2018 – 2020
The 2017 Annual Report and 2018-2020 School Plan for Iluka Public School are both available on our website www.ilukapublicschool.com. Thank you to the staff and community for your input into both documents. The School Plan maps the direction of the school until 2020.
This Friday the 18th May, all qualified students will be participating in the annual Small School Cross Country Carnival at the Ken Leeson Oval. Hopefully, we will be fortunate enough to have beautiful weather on the day. It has been very impressive to see the enthusiastic participation of all the students in their lead up and practice of the 2km/3km races. Thank you boys and girls for returning your permission notes. Thank you also to the P&C and volunteers who will be operating a tuckshop at the oval (as well as the school tuckshop) on the day.
(NAPLAN) Tuesday 15 May - Friday 25 May 2018
Students in Years 3 and 5 sit for the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test each year in May. The dates for NAPLAN this year are: 15-25 May, 2018. The assessments are an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learned in class. There are four tests covering numeracy, reading, writing and language conventions (spelling, punctuation and grammar). The NAPLAN test results and the student reports will be released in August. The student report will show your child's results in the key areas of reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy. It will also show the national average, the range of results for the middle 60% of students nationally and our school's average for each test. This means you will be able to compare the performance of your child against other students in the same year of schooling. The additional student report will list all the questions in each test, along with a brief description of each question. This report will show you which questions your child answered correctly. A common assessment scale is used on each NAPLAN report so that you can track your child's progress through the years.
Walk to School Day - Friday 18 May
The countdown to Walk to School Day has begun! With just four days to go, primary school aged children across Australia are gearing up to take those important steps towards a healthier future by participating in National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 18 May 2018. This day aims to encourage each Australian child to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle by including a walk at the beginning and end of each day to achieve at least 60 minutes of daily exercise, to help prevent obesity and other health problems. The event also promotes reduced car-dependency, greater use of public transport, cleaner air and road safety to primary school children throughout Australia. For more information go to: www.walk.com.au
Lake Ainsworth Recreation Camp Years 5-6 and Coffs Harbour Visit Years 3-4
With a big thank you to Leah in the office, the details of this years excursions have been announced to students in Years 3/4 and shortly to the 5/6 students. All students who have met the criteria of the school’s behaviour code will be given the opportunity to represent Iluka Public School at Lake Ainsworth and Coffs Harbour. Invoices were sent out last week and again this week, with the costs associated for each camp. Should you need a financial payment plan or assistance do not hesitate to contact me. My goal is for all appropriately behaved students to attend the camps.
CLASS K-1 NEWS
Literacy-Our literacy unit this term is called “What’s In My Garden?” The students will be learning to write information reports and recite poems about various minibeasts we often find in our gardens. We have been currently gathering and learning information about bees, have learnt how to label a diagram of a bee and are currently learning how to sort/group information in order to write a report about a bee.
CWA Projects-This year the Country Women’s Association has chosen Poland as the country they would like students to learn about. Kindergarten students complete their project in class and the Year One students complete their project at home this year. Further information about the Year One project has been sent home in their communication folder today. Students that have completed a project are invited to an awards presentation and afternoon tea held at the end of the term.
*Simultaneous Storytime permission notes are required back at school before Monday 21st May.
*Please return Kindergarten Dental Assessment consent forms.
CLASS 2 NEWS
Mother’s Day - I hope all mums, nans and carers had a lovely day on Sunday for Mother’s Day and especially enjoyed the gifts your children so lovingly created or picked out for you. Special thanks to the P&C and Mrs Speirs for assisting with these activities.
Home readers - Many students are forgetting to change their home readers on a regular basis. I am encouraging Year 2 students to change their reader as soon as they arrive at school, before playing, and placing it in the yellow home reading box in the classroom. This ensures valuable teaching time isn’t wasted once lessons have commenced. As discussed previously, home readers don’t have to be changed every day as some books are long and I also encourage families to share special books from home too. However, I do appreciate sighting journals every Friday to ensure we all stay on track. Keep up the great reading!
CWA Projects - This year the country of study for the annual CWA project is Poland. Next week, students will be given various items such as cardboard, a heading, map, flag and some pictures to get them started, but it might be an idea to start thinking about this project that will be undertaken at home. Projects will be collected towards the end of term. All students who create a project will be invited to the CWA hall for the awards presentation and afternoon tea at the end of the term.
* Dentist permission notes need to be returned
* Homework, home readers and library books are due on Friday
Have a lovely week.
CLASS 3 NEWS
I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Good luck to all the students participating in the Small Schools Cross Country this Friday. Please ensure your child has Mosquito repellent, sunscreen, water and a hat. Year 3 and 5 have NAPLAN testing this week and next week. Year 3 have writing on Tuesday and reading on Thursday. They are enjoying Geography. We are learning about Australia and comparing it to Poland.
Please note: Library is on Mondays. Home readers and journals also need to be returned on Mondays. They should be spelling reading and journaling each night.
Have a great week Bek
CLASS 4/5 NEWS
G’day everyone. Thank you to all families who were able to attend the Mother's Day Brekky. It was a lovely morning. The Premier's Sporting Challenge is well underway and the students are completing their charts in class. Keep up the effort in daily fitness and stay active at home and around town. Reading Journals and Homework are due on Monday. Naplan begins today with the writing task. Good luck to our hard working students. Small Schools X Country is this Friday. I will be attending the carnival, as are many athletes from our class. Pace yourself and have fun! Some quotes we are studying in class at the moment: ‘Change your words, change your world!’ ‘Bad times don’t last!’ and ‘Nobody is perfect!’ Chris.
YEAR 5/6 NEWS
I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful golden May days and beneficial rain. I know the vegie gardens are most appreciative of this regular rain.
Mums and Nans: I hope you were remembered well on Sunday and treated kindly. It is a special day when we remember all the positive things you do for us and just what a special person you are in our lives. We love and care about you very much.
Congratulations: to Amelie on being recognised for the interesting and relevant content in your “say no to bullying” poster. Amelie travelled to Sydney for an award ceremony. We are very proud of the great ideas that you have with your art in our room, Amelie. Keep it up!
Year 6 students: had the opportunity to attend a leadership conference in Lismore last Thursday. Thank you Mr Bradmore for escorting the students. 13 out of the 19 senior children attending this day and all of them had some worthwhile to talk about regarding the conference. I consistently work on developing positive attitudes towards leadership within my class and feel very proud of students who exhibit a great role model for the younger students in our school.
Naplan: tests started today. Writing is the first. We have worked really hard on our writing this year to improve certain skills and strengthen the quality of our written expression.
Writing: focus will move from creative narratives and convincing arguments to more factual information reports.
Maths: over the last couple of weeks has focused on looking at word problems and finding strategies that help us work them out. This is a more difficult area of the maths curriculum. We will continue working on these strategies.
X Country: is this Friday. I will be attending this carnival. Homework can be handed in on Thursday of this week or the Monday of week 4.
Enjoy your week and take time to ‘smell the flowers’. Di
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
As you are all most probably aware, I am running a Scholastic Book Fair down in the library for 2 weeks. So far the response from parents and students making purchases has been overwhelming. The sales have far exceeded my expectations and I am very excited to see the final numbers. The success of this Book Fair will allow me to purchase new books for our library and also new resources for STEM projects. I would like to thank all parents and carers that have purchased books so far. For parents that have not purchased anything and would be interested the Book Fair is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at lunch time and will also be open Friday morning this week between 8:00 - 9:00. If you are dropping your child into school on this morning please pop on down to the library and check it out.
The Year 4/5/6 students have begun designing and creating their ultimate treehouses. I am very excited to see these creations come to life and see the creativity in each students mind come to life.
We now have 40 iPads spread across the school to help with students engagement in learning. I am regularly looking for new, educational and engaging apps to put on the iPads. The school has recently moved to an MDM (Mobile Device Management) system that allows me to install apps on iPads without having to collect them. Going down this road allows me to find apps at home and send them out to the iPads in the classrooms ready for them to use. If you know of any apps that you believe that could be beneficial to the classroom (free ones would be preferred) please let me know and I will look into getting them for the classroom sets.
I hope everyone has a great week and all the best to the students completing NAPLAN over the next two weeks. Matt.