WEEK 8 NEWS
I will be taking Sick Leave from Monday 18 June. During this time Mrs Cunningham will be Relieving Assistant Principal.
Congratulations to our parents, family members and carers and in particular to our community members for joining us and celebrating last Friday’s Whole School Assembly. Both the staff and I were absolutely overwhelmed with the turnout for the afternoon. Thank you so much for joining in with the presentations. In particular thank you to John and Anne McLean for their presentation to our ambulance logo design winners. We had so much wonderful feedback. The students were so excited to have family members with us on the day. The children are proud of you and their school as well. The next whole School function is the Poland presentations at the CWA Hall. Students selected will receive a certificate on the day.
Today our Choir and our Year 1/2 ‘Verse Speaking’ students performed at the Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod. The Eisteddfod was each group’s first competition of the year. Both the choir and the verse speaking participants performed exceptionally well. Each group received praise from the adjudicators for their singing, pronunciation and dynamic control. Well done Miss Essery and her teams.
Our Strategic Direction 3 taken from the school plan states that we are endeavouring to work closely with our local high school at Maclean. To do this, Year 5/6 students have been working closely with art teacher Melissa Stanford in ceramics. The workshops are teaching the students how to create individual and colourful sculptures in a step-by-step fashion. Creating the sculptures requires two lessons. The students first lesson was used for designing and making each child’s unique piece.These pieces have now been taken off our school site for firing and will be returned in Term 3 ready for the second lesson in which the students will be glazing their works. I hope that this new positive relationship with the MHS can continue into the future.
I would like to thank parents who have taken on board my comments about school uniform and are ensuring their children are dressed accordingly. It looks great to see nearly all students wearing their correct uniform. I remind parents that colourful leggings are not part of the school uniform and girls should be wearing red or grey tights. I have also seen some students wearing caps to school. These are not part of the school uniform. Sometimes however, there are the occasional instances where a child may be wearing something other than the correct uniform. In these instances the parent needs to write a note for the class teacher to indicate the reason for their child wearing an alternative piece of clothing. This should not occur for more than a few days.
Again well done to most of our students with their Home Reading Journals. Home Readers K-6 need to be returned at least once a week so the teachers can change the books and/or monitor the books for consistency. Regular Home Reading allows for the practise of expression and fluency on known text.
Last week I officially heard that Mr Melrose had retired. I would like to extend a big congratulations to him on his retirement and wish him well for the future.
Our drama / gymnastics program is now well and truly running. We know that our students really enjoy the opportunity to be involved with Mandy, our trained leader who specialises in this area. We have had an excellent start to the program and look forward to presenting items during Education Week, Term 3.
Thank you to Leah who has worked closely with the teachers to submit a grant to establish our Walkthrough Garden classroom. Our students will be able to take part in outside Science and Art lessons in this beautiful outdoor area. Along with our vegie garden this new area, if approved, will allow our students to engage in an “outdoor classroom”.
Now is the time to lodge enrolment forms for Kindergarten 2019 and the front office will happily provide assistance and information. Often it can be the families with younger Iluka PS siblings that leave enrolment to the last minute. Submitting enrolment forms early assists the school in planning for Transition Days and identifying anticipated 2019 enrolments.
Art Exhibition 1
The Emporium sponsored a space to enable students to showcase their artistic ability. On the Sunday of the long weekend the exhibition was officially opened. Mrs Howard and many of our students were in attendance. Please take some time when down at our local shopping area to pop in and have a look at some of the work completed by our very talented students.
Art Exhibition 2
Again well done to all the children who submitted their ideas for a logo to help promote the Iluka Ambulance Action Group. Congratulations to our winners, Millie , Kobe , Eli and Alby. All entries are currently being displayed in the shop front window where the pet shop used to be.
CLASS K-1 NEWS
This week we welcome Marley to our Kindergarten class. Marley comes to us from Wardell Public School.
I.A.A.G. Competition-Congratulations to Alby Kennedy in Year One, who won our class award for the best logo design in the Iluka Ambulance Action Group competition. Well done, Alby!
School Photos -Tomorrow, Wednesday 20th June, the school photographer will be at our school taking individual, family and class photos. It is important that your child arrive at school before 9:00am as photos commence straight after our morning assembly. Please ensure that your child is correctly dressed in full school uniform. Student envelopes need to be returned tomorrow with payment.
*Students need to bring a piece of fruit/some vegetables to eat during our Crunch and Sip break each day.
*Year One Poland projects are due this Friday 22nd June. By submitting a project, your child will be automatically invited to participate in the award ceremony and free afternoon organised by the CWA.
CLASS 2 NEWS
Maclean Eisteddfod - Congratulations to Year 2 students for their participation at the Maclean Eisteddfod today in the verse speaking category and many who were also in the choir. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to be involved in competition of such a high standard and I thank Miss Essery for inviting the Year 2s to be a part of the verse speaking and for giving up her time to prepare the students.
Speaking Topics - This week’s topic is ‘a game I like to play’ and next week will be ‘what I do in my spare time’.
Iluka Ambulance Action Group Competition - Congratulations to Eli Peene who won the class award for his logo design in the IAAG competition.
School Photos - School photos are tomorrow, Wednesday 20th June. The photographer will be at our school taking individual, family and class photos. Please ensure that your child is correctly dressed in full school uniform. Envelopes need to be returned tomorrow with payment if they haven’t already been sent in.
Poland projects - Keep working on these at home and send in when completed. They are due by next Friday 29th June. All students who complete a project are invited to the afternoon tea and presentation held on the last day of term.
* School photographs envelope and money are due tomorrow Wednesday 20th June.
* Homework, home reading journals and library bags are all due on Friday.
* School banking is every Tuesday
Have a lovely week.
CLASS 3 NEWS
CWA projects are due this week. All students who complete a project are invited to the afternoon tea and presentation held on the last day of term.
World Class Party - Year 3 will be having a world class party on the last day of term. Each student has been asked to prepare a traditional dish from the country of which they have studied. Separate notes will be sent home next week with further details.
Reminder - School Photos will be held tomorrow, Wednesday 20th June, the school photographer will be at our school taking individual, family and class photos. It is important that your child arrive at school before 9:00am as photos commence straight after our morning assembly. Please ensure that your child is correctly dressed in full school uniform. Student envelopes need to be returned tomorrow with payment.
Have a great week. Bek
CLASS 4/5 NEWS
Great to see POLAND projects coming in, remember to see me if you need something printed. SCHOOL PHOTO ENVELOPE is due tomorrow for photos. Full school uniform please. Good luck to our classmates performing in the Choir today. Congratulations to Isla for a 3rd in Piano at the Eisteddfod! It is great to so many kids having a go at extra activities including music, tennis, choir, PSSA sport and more, well done to all participants. Our class talks are progressing nicely, special mention to Harlem and Matilda for their exceptional efforts. Also to Bradley for an outstanding win in the class Bocce game last week! Reminders - Library, homework and home reading journals all on a Monday please. BB tip for the week -
Keep things in perspective! Cheers, Chris.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
Winter has well and truly arrived. Cold nights but some beautiful sunny days!
Welcome: to Ella O’Keefe to our class. Ella has settled in very nicely. I’m very confident that she will enjoy her time at our school.
IAAG: competition was a success. Well done Millie on your excellent winning logo. You have to be in it to have a chance of success!
Ceramic work: was made possible in our class last week thanks to the high school and Ms Stanford and 4 lovely Year 9 students that assisted her. A project is underway. All students learnt some important skills when working with clay and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Poland: projects are due the end of next week. Hope they are progressing nicely!
Congratulations: to the girls and boys that have reached 100 nights of reading. A great milestone this semester.
Class Novel: is progressing really nicely. We enjoy our times reading it.
Science: show last week was very interesting. Good to see some some students sharing their good scientific minds with the audience.
Year 6 High School Transition: is next Wednesday. A permission note will be coming home about it.
Best Wishes: to the school choir that performed today!
Have a pleasant week. Di
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
This coming Friday I will be ordering Book Club. If you wish to purchase something for your child in this edition, I will need the order and money by Friday.
Our Friday lunchtime Minecraft Club has been going well. Every week we have all 30 computers being used and all students are displaying online etiquette when they are in other friends worlds.
The borrowing and returning has picked up the pace again within the school. There are still a few students that forget their library bags and books, however overall I would say 80% of the students are showing consistency. We have plenty of new books in the library and students have been taught how to reserve books online through their student portal.