• Iluka Public School



The Iluka school community warmly welcomes Ms Lyn Rankin to Iluka Public School. Ms Rankin was the successful applicant for the position of Senior Administration Manager. We wish her all the best in her new role and I know, she will enjoy her time working with our amazing staff, parents, carers and beautiful students at our school. Can I also thank once again, Linda and Leah who have both done brilliantly while a replacement could be found. Please drop by the office and say hello.

Our Year 3 and Year 5 students have now completed their NAPLAN assessments. Well done to all the boys and girls for their efforts. There are always great letters doing the rounds on social media at this time – reminding students that whilst it is important to try our best in all that we do (including our NAPLAN test), these tests do not measure all that each students is capable of, or has achieved. We recognise that each and every child is unique and brings their own special gifts, skills and experiences to their learning. Our goal is to nurture each child to achieve their very best across all areas. As parents, it is important to remember that whilst NAPLAN assessments provide us with some valuable information about both school and student performance, they are certainly not the only measures we use at school. Teachers and students are involved in ongoing assessment throughout the year, and this data ensures that our teaching and learning programs are always adapted to meet the learning needs of our students. Thank you to Mrs Cunningham and Mr Jones for timetabling and assisting with the NAPLAN preparation.

Last week, on the morning assemblies I have focused on the importance of our Bounce Back Program. Bounce Back is about the students’ ability to succeed and prosper after facing setbacks and hardships. It is especially important during the tween years when children face new academic challenges, pressure and rejection from peers, and have an increasing awareness of their own limitations. Children who can ‘bounce back’ are less likely to develop depression, anxiety or unhealthy coping mechanisms like aggression, eating issues and substance problems.

Tip #1. Watching TV and playing video games does not aid language development. TV, computers and video games are for entertainment. They are fun and engaging for children to play and there are some appropriate and great educational / video games that will not do any harm. However, 10 minutes of your total attention with them, talking to them is more beneficial than 10 minutes of passively watching TV or using the computer. Please turn the TV off during meal times, and use this time to talk with your children instead. Encourage your child to do other things after school, like art work or going outside. Ask them to help prepare dinner or give them something else to do! Good luck!

Don’t forget – School Photo Day is on Wednesday 20 June.

Excursion payment roster - Please refer to the payment plans in the newsletter for the payment instalment dates for both the Stage 2 -Coffs Harbour excursion and the Stage 3 - Lake Ainsworth excursion.

It was lovely to attend and participate along with our Kindy/Year 1 students in the National Reading Hour Event last week. Students participated with the local preschool in reading Hickory Dickory Dash. Thank you to Jacqui at the town library for your story reading and activities. It was highly interactive and entertaining. To see the two groups reading together showed an atmosphere of nurturing peer support, calm attentiveness and comradery. We are now looking forward to participating in this event again next year. Well done students on being able to leave the school and walk so sensibly to the library and back. Thank you to Miss Essery for your organisation.

Kindy enrolments for 2019- It may be early in the year to begin thinking about Kindy 2019 but that is exactly what we are doing. If you have a child who will enter Kindy next year, or you know of a family who will have a student for 2019, can you please encourage them to come to the office to begin completing paperwork for enrolment.

Parents and friends are invited to join us for the Iluka Public School Spelling Bee to be held on the stage. Tomorrow it is the Year 1, Year 2 and Kindy turn. The Spelling Bee will begin after the morning assembly from 9:10am. The winners of Stage 2 and 3 will go on to compete in the Clarence Valley Spelling Bee which will be held at the Iluka Community Hall on Thursday, 7th June, commencing at 9.30, all parents and community members are very welcome to come along to support our students. Light refreshments will be available.

Our next assembly will be held this Friday, from 2.15-3.00pm. See you there.

Good luck to all the Iluka Public School students attending the Zone Cross Country Carnival this Friday. The carnival is being held at Corndale Public School. We will have results published in next week’s newsletter.

Anti-Bullying Policy- Please find attached to this newsletter a draft copy of the IPS Anti-Bullying Policy. Should you wish to comment on this policy please call or write to me . My email address is:


Responsible Pet Program-Last Friday we had a visit from Gina and her teaching dog Mr Cruze. The students learnt some important information about how to keep safe around their own pet dogs and those owned by other people.

Spelling Bee-This Wednesday the Early Stage One (Kindergarten) students and Stage One (Year One and Year Two) students will participate in their Spelling Bee competition. All students are winners for being a ‘risk taker’, for getting up on stage, ‘having a go’ and for ‘doing their best’.


*Please return photograph envelopes and money as soon as possible.



Speaking Topics - This week’s topic is ‘a new toy I have’. All toys must remain in bags and will only come out for the purpose of news to ensure they are not lost or broken and to follow IPS’s strict no toys at school policy.

Spelling Bee - Year 2 students have their Spelling Bee this Wednesday morning just after the morning assembly. Good luck girls and boys!

Emporium Art - Students worked on an oil pastel artwork with the theme of ‘In my backyard’ over the last fortnight and some of the artworks have been selected to go on exhibition at the Emporium from June 10th.

CWA Projects - All students have now received a heading, maps, flag, coloured pictures and cardboard to commence their CWA project on Poland. Additional research will need to 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

* Banking is Tuesday

* School Photos money envelopes

Have a lovely week.



Hi everyone!

Congratulations to all the students that participated in the Spelling Bee today. I was very proud of you all. Best wishes to Eddie Cok and Layla Smith who were the stage three winners and Oceane Mitchell and Kiani Thwaites who were the stage two winners. They will be representing the school next Thursday in the annual Clarence Valley Spelling Bee.

In writing the students will be working on information reports. This ties in well with our Geography unit where the students have chosen a country to study. They have begun collating information, which they will share, via a powerpoint presentation in Week 10. This research allows understanding of how the students should approach, organise and execute their projects for the at home task for CWA. The country of study is Poland. I apologise in the delay with the cardboard. It was actually sent home with the students today.

I have started with some assessments in preparation for reports that are due out at the end of this term.

Home reading journals were slow to come in this week, please talk to your child about home reading to ensure they are on track. It is super important that they read out of school time. Just as advantageous is the practice of numeracy skills. They should run-through their Quick Smart cards or play, maths games with the deck of cards provided, on a daily basis.

Cheers Bek


G’day everyone and a big congratulations to all classmates who had a go in the Spelling Bee. Well done. We have been discussing in class what ‘catastrophising’ means. A catastrophe is something like a major flood or bushfire, it is not getting out in handball or missing a word in the spelling bee. Over dramatising every day setbacks creates a negative mindset and atmosphere for ourselves AND others.

Last weekend at local soccer was Silent Saturday, a day where parents and coaches were encouraged to be quiet and just let the kids play their game. It was a very different morning to most game days and a big reminder that as adults we can really set the tone for how our kids react when setbacks occur. Keep it positive, fun and even keeled for the kids. Adult conversations and reactions in front of or within earshot of children have a massive influence on how kids think and make sense of their world.

HOMEWORK is in capitals and this sentence in bold for a reason. I am in danger of over - catastrophising the lack of interest in homework in our room at present. I will persist, but I need your help.

Cheers for now, Chris.


Hello all,

I hope you are keeping well as a few winter bugs are starting to ‘snoop’ around.

Spelling Bee: for our stage was yesterday. I felt very proud of every stage 3 student that took the stage and put in their 100%. We continually work on trying to improve the general accuracy of our everyday spelling.

Home Reading: is going very well. Some students are reaching the 100 night milestone which is wonderful. But more importantly it is great to see the girls and boys really enjoying their books and the stories that unfold for them.

Maths: work over the next week will look at statistics, graphs and probability. We can learn so much from different kinds of graphs and also represent information very well through this form.

Writing: will move onto constructing informative reports. Report writing is an important skill students take with them to high school.

History: this week will look at the struggles women have faced over the years with Australia moving forward.

Emporium art: has been worked on over the last couple of weeks and some of the student’s art has been selected to be exhibited at the Emporium. June 10, 11am being the special opening.

Enjoy your week as June is on our doorstep!




Stage 2 and 3 treehouses are coming along well and they are thoroughly enjoying creating their ultimate treehouse. Early stage one and stage one have been involved in short STEM activities that involve the use of lego. They have been required to replicate famous landmarks around the world. The students have to apply mathematical knowledge such as scale, proportion and 3D design to recreate these landmarks. They have been having a great time taking on these challenging tasks.


Library borrowing among students has dropped off this term compared to last term. Students need to understand that reading is a lifelong activity. The more your child sees you reading, the more chance they will show a greater interest in it.


The Minecraft Education has been great. There is a real buzz amongst the students when they get to be involved in the minecraft activities. The peer support that students demonstrate to the new minecrafters is something they should be very proud of. The students have taught me loads of new things I never knew were possible with Minecraft.

I hope every has a great week, Matt.


The Iluka Public School Choir and Verse Speaking Team (Year 1 and Year 2 students) have been hard at work for the last four weeks preparing for the Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod, which is held in Maclean each year. I am currently waiting for final confirmation details from the committee about the date (will be either Monday 18th June or Tuesday 19th June) and performance schedules. Once these details have been forwarded onto our school, information sheets relating to this event will be sent home with the students participating in the Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod.