• Iluka Public School



Dear parents, carers and the community

I was away for the first two days last week. What I came back to was just so pleasing to see. The students were calm, had settled quickly into class and school routines, happy and just pleased to be back at school. The staff, were happy, professional, well prepared and full of enthusiasm.

That same feeling was to carry on Thursday and Friday during our Athletic Carnival.

Iluka PS students and staff were truly exceptional and I am very proud to not only be the principal, but a member of the Iluka and Woombah school community. Visitors, parents and community members at our carnival commented on the special quality, wonderful tone and culture that exists here. Our children are the very best in the valley. Their behaviour, manners and caring nature was second to none. The way in which our children demonstrated the values of public education is a role model for all students.

Hopefully, the pictures provided show encouragement, students proud to be part of the Iluka team, students having-a go and children just being happy and smiling.

To see the full gallery of images from the athletics carnival follow this link.

At Iluka our philosophy is simple. We focus on what’s important; Every child, every minute, every hour, every day. We work with families to create truly personalised learning experiences that support each and every child to achieve their personal best. What we do here at Iluka PS matters and we take our role seriously. Every action that we take is aimed at improved student outcomes and positive community engagement.

Thank you Darren Gardner, Tom Howard, Mark D, Karla, Mark and Sandy and parents who possibly helped staff on the day or who were there to support their children and add to the vibrant atmosphere.


Phil Bradmore


A calendar of key events for Term 3 is included in this newsletter. Please read carefully to ensure you know when events are scheduled at school. This includes;

Education Week and will be officially celebrated on our Open Day Wednesday 8 August. At Iluka we will be celebrating and taking part in the following events;

  • 11.00 - Join your child for recess on the grass (Tea and coffee provided)

  • 11.30 - Classroom visits

  • 12.00- Choir / Polish dance

  • 12.10 - Class items K/1, 2 and 3

  • 12.30- Whole School Assembly

  • 1.00pm – Class Item 4/5 and 5/6

  • 1.15pm – Conclusion.

Importantly, I am always available to meet with parents and family members so please feel free to pop in and see me anytime to have a chat. I value suggestions and feedback from students, parents and families so we can keep providing the best educational opportunities for our children. Please come and see me if you are around the school, I would love to meet with you so we can work together to best support your child.

I have sent home a separate letter to the students in Years 5 and 6. As you are aware an excursion to the Lake Ainsworth Recreation Centre has been planned for some time. Student numbers are now being requested by the centre. A $50 non-refundable deposit is now required for each student attending. Please contact the class teacher if your child is attending this camp if you have not already indicated.

Bounce Back! is a positive education approach to wellbeing, resilience and social-emotional learning for primary school children.The program is gradually being introduced to the students and will continue in Terms 3 and 4. This month we are working on the core values of sharing and honesty.

The Small Schools Athletic Carnival is on this Friday. A separate permission note has been sent home to those students involved. Please return this permission note tomorrow. We wish all those students attending the very best.


Literature - This term our literature theme is based around a unit of Aboriginal Dreaming stories. We will be also completing various art activities relating to the Australian animals contain in these stories.

Athletics Carnival - It was extremely pleasing to see the students in Kindergarten and Year One supporting each other, even if their fellow class members were in a different house. Their positive attitude of ‘having a go’ even when the event seemed new and daunting was amazing! So proud of each and every student. Congratulations to Fraser, minor boy champion.

K-2 Excursion - Thank you parents for the quick response in returning the permission note and money for our Macadamia Castle Animal Park excursion. For organisational purposes, please ensure that your child’s permission note and money ($25 per student) is returned to school before Monday 20th August. If needed, a payment plan can be arranged with Mr Bradmore.

Lost Jumpers - Has your child come home without their jumper? I have a few unclaimed jumpers ranging in sizes from 6,7 and 8 in the lost property basket that I would like to return to their owners.


*Library day this term is Friday.



Athletics Carnival - Congratulations to all students on their effort and outstanding sportsmanship at the Athletics Carnival last week. Special mention to Paige Morrison the minor girl champion. Best wishes to the IPS team attending the Small Schools Carnival this Friday.

K-2 Excursion - Thank you parents for the quick response in returning the permission note and money for our Macadamia Castle Animal Park excursion. For organisational purposes, please ensure that your child’s permission note and money ($25 per student) is returned to school before Monday 20th August. If needed, a payment plan can be arranged with Mr Bradmore.

Writing - Our text type for writing over the next few weeks is ‘descriptions’. We are learning about adjectives and using these to describe objects in detail.

Maths - We are currently focusing on using a variety of addition strategies. Ask your child to show you jump strategy using a number line and split strategy, where the tens and ones are split.


  • Homework, library books and home readers are all due on Friday.

  • Banking is Tuesday.

Have a lovely week.



Hi everyone,

Athletics carnival: Well done to all the students that participated in the Athletics carnival last week. I was so proud of you all. I was very impressed with everybody’s effort and especially proud of the encouragement you showed towards each other. Congratulations to the students who have progressed to the small schools carnival this Friday. I am sure you will try your best and represent well.

Small schools Athletics carnival: Anyone attending the Small Schools Carnival received permission notes yesterday. They need to be returned ASAP.

Year 3/4 excursion: A reminder that permission notes and a $50 deposit is required for the Coffs Harbour excursion. We are organising accommodation and activities and need to confirm numbers. If you are having any financial difficulties, please see Mr Bradmore.

Daily PE: We have commenced our daily fitness circuit and the students are improving their fundamental movements and fitness.

Homework was sent home yesterday and needs to be completed and returned on Friday.

Home reading journals are due on Monday’s, please talk to your child about home reading to ensure they are on track towards 150 nights of Home Reading by the end of this Term. It is important that they read out of school time.

Have a great week, Bek


G’day everyone and a big thank you to all the participants at the Athletics carnival. It is very pleasing to see the effort and determination the children show on these days. Well done to all and congratulations to the athletes in our class who have made it to the next level which is on this Friday at Iluka Oval. I will be attending and Miss Anderson will have those students not participating.

CAMP notes are due back now. If you need a new one please collect it from the office. Part payment is most welcome.

HOMEWORK this Term goes out on Monday and due back on Friday please. Home Reading is essential - I cannot stress enough how beneficial this activity is for children. If your child is not reading at home please see me and I will help them find a novel they might enjoy.

Library and STEM on Monday. Please encourage your child to borrow from the library. Mr Jones has been steadily restocking the shelves with some fantastic books for all ages and abilities. Bounce Back this term focuses on values: what are they and how can we help to instil them in our lives. Our first core value is Acceptance of Difference.


Hello everyone,

I have about 85% of students back to school after the holidays. It seems the winter bugs may be about to strike.

Homework: is due this Thursday because of the Small Schools Carnival.

Well done: to all the competitors at last weeks athletic carnival. It was nice to see so many children trying their very best. Congratulations if you made it onto the next level.

Writing: for the next four weeks will be based on explanations. It is an important skill in being able to explain how something occurs.

Maths work: has been looking at percentages, fractions and decimals. Working mathematically has involved finding percentages and fractions of amounts and groups.

Class novel: was commenced and most children are showing they will enjoy the plot unfold and the characters develop.

Lake Ainsworth Excursion: is week 3 of term 4. The centre requires confirmation of numbers. Please pay a deposit for this excursion if your child will be attending.

Miss Anderson: working in our classroom is such a help. Having two teachers is very beneficial in enabling more one on one opportunities to occur.

Enjoy the winter sunshine and warmth. Di


Hello parents and carers. I have handed out term 3 book club to student’s that are interested in it. I will be placing this order at the end of week 3 so students will receive their orders by week 4 or 5. Don’t forget, using LOOP to order your book club is a very easy and efficient way for you to place your order online. They even have an app for you to download on your phone.

Each week in our school newsletter will be a new book of the week or a student book review. I will be encouraging students to write book reviews in their google drives to get published in the weekly school newsletter. If there are three students that write and share a book review I will publish all three. I am trying to encourage students to recommend good books to other students.

Unfortunately last term the year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students did not complete their stop motion video that was associated with their treehouse construction project. I will be giving them the opportunity over the next few weeks to complete this project and then I will upload them to our schools YouTube channel.

WEBSITE - Don’t forget to view our weekly school newsletter on our website as we have added images and galleries of activities that occur during the week at school.

Book of the Week

Mr Stink by David Walliams - It all starts when Chloe makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Yes, he smells a bit. But when it looks like he might be driven out of town, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed. ​Now Chloe's got to make sure no one finds out her secret. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or the nose.