• Iluka Public School


Iluka Public School students have continued to excel across a number of areas this week; This was displayed during the IPS Spelling Bee held early last week.

The school would like to congratulate all students who competed and to our champions and runners up across all three stages. We now have four very happy students who will go on to represent our school at the Clarence Valley Spelling Bee in Iluka this Thursday the 7th of June.


Then, our school captains were invited to attend the River 4 Learning Aboriginal exhibition at Maclean High School. Our captains continued to set high standards with the way they acted and presented themselves during the event. Thank you for your continued good work. Thank you to Mrs Cunningham for your organisation.

On Friday a small but strong field of IPS cross country students attended the zone cross country at Corndale PS. Here they encountered stiff opposition but all did very well. You are all winners to us. Thank you to the parents and carers for supporting your children.


The school students were also entertained by our newly formed IPS School Choir. A ‘flash mob event’ occurred with the choir entertaining us with their two chosen songs over recess time. They sounded beautiful Miss Essery. Thank you so much for giving up your time to prepare the high number of students performing.

May I also congratulate all students for their enthusiasm during Daily PE and in the drama classes with Mandy. Our students are so very creative and imaginative. I am forever so pleased with the way our students shine given the opportunities.

This Friday, both the girls and boys PSSA soccer team will be heading to Yamba to compete against Yamba Public School. They will all be travelling together by bus and the first game will be kicking off around 10:00 am. Unfortunately Mr Jones will be away at the professional development course in Grafton on this day and will not be able to attend. Mr Speirs and Mrs Cunningham will be the coaches taking them over for their battle against Yamba. I wish them all the best of luck in their match.

Now that the emphasis on our spelling bee has passed our attention now turns to the CWA projects. Iluka Public School students will be participating in a presentation day at the CWA Hall at the end of the term. I encourage all students to complete a project. All students who do are invited to afternoon tea. Work should be that of the students although parents are requested to support their child by helping to gather in pictures and information about Poland.

Teachers are presently in the process of writing the Semester 1 Reports. These are of course within the guidelines set down by the Department. We are hoping that everyone will find them informative and useful in helping to support their child in their future academic direction. Reports will be sent home on Friday 29 June. Interviews will be held during week 10. More information will be sent home towards the end of the term.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who came along to Friday’s Assembly. Our next one is being held on Friday 15 June commencing at 2.15pm. As always, parents are welcome to attend.

Parents and carers sometimes need assistance in many different areas. As the school principal I may be able to help you get through a problem. I have a number of services and resources available. Please do not think you have to carry problems alone. Please come and talk to me or phone me. The door is open.





Spelling Bee-Well done to all the Kindergarten and Year One students for participating in the Spelling Bee competition. Congratulations to our Early Stage One competitors - 1st Bailey Townsend, 2nd Reed Batinovic and Zoe Dean. Outstanding results in the Stage One competition with Fraser McEwen performing the best for our Year One class, coming 7th out of 30 students.

Professional Development-Yesterday I travelled to Coffs Harbour to participate in a professional development course relating to Engaging Young and Primary Learners with iPads. The day proved to be a great success! The new iPad skills will greatly improve student work quality and learning standards.


*Shell Questacon Science Circus permission note and $5 are due back before Monday 11th June.

*Photograph envelopes and money due back as soon as possible.

*Year One CWA Project on Poland due on Friday 22nd June.



Spelling Bee - Well done to all Year 2 participants in the Spelling Bee held last week. I was so impressed by the number of students who tried their very hardest and gave it go, even if spelling isn’t their strong point. Special congratulations to champion Beau Corston and our runner up Kobi Ensbey.

Poland Projects - Keep working on those Poland projects. If you need anything printed, please send it in on a USB stick. Projects are due on Friday 22nd June.

Speaking Topics - This week’s topic is ‘something I’ve made’ and next week is ‘things that are my favourite colour’.

Assessments - Students have been completing a number of assessment across key learning areas over the past week and throughout this week. It is great to see everyone is trying their best. These assessments will assist me in writing semester 2 reports, which will go home at the end of week 9.

Cross Country - Congratulations to Taya Mutton and Tessah Speirs who both represented our school at Cross Country at Corndale last Friday. We are all very proud of your achievement in making it to this level.


* Questacon Science Circus permission note and $5

* Photograph envelopes and money due back as soon as possible

Have a lovely week.



Congratulations to all students participating in extra activities such as the spelling bee, zone cross country, netball and soccer matches, it is great to see you representing your class and your school. I am away Friday with the soccer teams. Mrs Howard will be taking those students not playing.

POLAND posters have gone home today. This is a home project due back to school on Friday June 22. If you need something printed and don’t have a printer bring it in on a USB please. SCHOOL PHOTOS and QUESTACON notes are due back now. Even if you are not ordering school photos please send the form back empty. HOMEWORK is improving - well done. With the long weekend coming up homework is due back on Tuesday next week.

The students have completed their Bounce Back writing task and are now preparing a speech on the topic. The main focus of this activity is to help the kids reflect on setbacks in life and how they could use the skills they are learning to help cope better next time. BB tip for the week - A - Accept the things you can’t change! Chris.


Hello everyone,

Well here we are officially in winter. Nice to see some cooler weather which makes for good cozy evenings and snug sleeping nights.

Library: this week will be tomorrow.

Congratulations: to all stage 3 students that ‘had a go’ at the spelling bee. That is what it is all about! Well done to Eddie and Layla for making into the competition against the other schools on Thursday. We wish you all the best.

CWA project: cardboard will be handed out this week so that students can start to think about planning their projects that will be due the end of week 9.

Maths: work over the last week has been looking at different kinds of graphs and how we interpret information from them. Students have been given data to then take and construct a particular kind of graph.

History: this week we will look at migrants who were very keen to make the voyage to Australia during the gold rush.

Bounce Back: has been equipping children with different ideas to help when life becomes difficult. The strategies can be taken with them as they continue to develop.

PSSA Netball: girls played today and i’m sure they would have done themselves proud.

PSSA Soccer: teams play this Friday and I hope they have a great day.

Enjoy the cooler weather.



And at a blink of an eye, half of the term has gone. Library borrowing and returning is still going fairly strong among some classes, however 4/5 have dropped the ball a little and it is time to get back in the game. Week after week many students come to library saying they forgot it was their library day. Below is the timetable for this term. If you could maybe stick this on the fridge or somewhere visible for both you and your child they won’t have any problem with bringing their library bags and book to school on their day.


A new edition of book club by Scholastic has arrived at school and I am offering the catalogues to the students that might be interested in buying a book through book club. I will be placing the orders on Friday the 22nd of June so you still have a few weeks to place your order if you wish to do so.

All of the new books that we earned from our fantastic book fair are not long away from hitting the shelves. There is quite a lengthy process when there are a large amount of books that require barcoding, stamping, accessioning (adding to our system), and then covering. The first batch has been done and they all flew off the shelves that day. And many students also went home and reserved the new books online for when they are returned. I will be giving all the students a refresher lesson on how they can go into their student account and reserve books from home so they don’t miss out.