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What a wonderful week last week was! We began on Monday with an excellent staff meeting. At the meeting, staff discussed running a K-6 music program with music teacher, Miss Lisa Couper. Miss Couper will be employed for the remainder of Term 3 to attend school on Tuesday afternoons taking Ukulele and singing classes for all students throughout the school.

Tuesday was all about the Book Parade. Students, teachers, parents, carers and our school community fully supported the morning. Students and teachers enjoyed dressing up into varied characters to help us celebrate Book Week. For all the pictures please visit our webpage gallery at Thank you to Mr Jones for your organisation and to the P&C for donating some prizes to those lucky enough to have their name drawn for the class prize.

On Wednesday the school visited the Town Library again as part of the Book Week celebrations. Here, students met with Miss Jacqui (Librarian) and special guest book readers. Students were given time to explore the Iluka Library before returning back to school. As well, Year 6 students attended their third Maclean High School Transition Day. Year 6 students participated in two activities as part of the rotation program. Year 6 returned to school feeling nervous, excited and a little bit more grown up.

Thursday saw a delighted group of Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students attend the Macadamia Castle. Wow! The hands on activities included, feeding, petting and holding cute animals while the train ride was fun, fun, fun! I believe that life long memories may have been formed. Thank you to our wonderful teachers and SLSO’s for your organisation and energy. Thursday also saw 15 students represent Iluka at the Zone Athletics. Well done to you all. I believe the competition was strong but our attitudes, sportsmanship and behaviour was spot on. Great job team!

To finish off a busy week, all students attended a performance by several of the Polka Dot Inc. dancers called, “Find My Treasure” which was the name of the theme of this year’s Book Week. Students watched dancers that are both current and former students. It was very entertaining and all students appeared to appreciate the efforts. Thank you once again to Mandy Pashen for all your time and arrangements.

It was an amazing week with lots of hands on activities for the students. Life at Iluka continues to be full on.

Oh, and it does not stop next week. I am looking forward to catching up with all our fathers over egg and bacon rolls next Friday 31 August. Please make sure you fill out the RSVP and return it to school.

Till then have a great week.


K-2 Excursion-The students and staff had a fantastic day at the Macadamia Castle Animal Park last Thursday. The day was crammed packed with activity. The students enjoyed their train ride, animal/bird shows, wandering around the park looking at the animal exhibits, as well as the opportunity to feed the various animals. Once again the Iluka Public School students shone, with many positive comments made throughout the day by the park rangers and bus driver about our young students display of good manners and exemplar behaviour.

Find My Treasure- Last Friday the Preschool students joined us to watch the pantomime “Find My Treasure” performed by Mandy and her dance troupe. We thank Millie, Molly and Alice for all their hard work and time given to this performance. A big thank you to Mandy for her organisation of this show.

2019 Kindergarten Class- If you know that your child will be enrolling in our 2019 Kindergarten class at Iluka Public School, please complete and submit your child’s enrolment form as soon as possible. Planning is underway and the purchasing of resources for our 2019 Kindergarten class will commence next term.


*The target for the end of this term is 150 nights of reading. Students need to reach 200 nights of reading to be invited to attend the waterslide activity at the end of next term. Keep up the reading to stay on track!

*Please return all notes, permission notes and money in your child’s communication folder.



Macadamia Castle Excursion - What a fantastic day we all had at Macadamia Castle last week for the Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 excursion. Students thoroughly enjoyed the bird show, train ride and animal petting and feeding. I know many students are keen to revisit the park again to share the experience with their family. Congratulations to all of the students in attendance who were complimented on their excellent behaviour by both the zoo keepers and the bus driver. Special thanks to Miss Essery for organising the excursion.

Speaking Topics - Week 6: a mythical creature and Week 7: a famous artist

Professional Learning - Thank you to Mrs Milne for taking the class today while I attended literacy and numeracy professional learning in Ballina. I am sure the students had a great day and followed all of our regular routines.


* Father’s Day stall on Wednesday

* Father’s Day BBQ breakfast on Friday before school

* Homework, home readers and library books are due on Friday

* Bank books are collected on Tuesday

Have a great week and happy Father’s Day to all of the dads, grandads and carers on Sunday!



Hello Everyone.

What a busy and productive week our class had last week. This week is also gearing up to be another one. Today I am at Professional Learning in Ballina with Mr Bradmore taking the class. I thank the children for being so flexible and responsible when a change to routine occurs. Well done team.

Class Reading - We have been working our way through Paul Jennings Weirdest Stories on a daily basis. We are thoroughly enjoying this story while supporting the focus on fluency and expression in reading. Again I can not express enough how important it is to consistently listen to your child read aloud.


- Class library day is Monday. Encourage your child to borrow a book. Don’t forget a library bag.

- Father’s Day stall is on Wednesday. This is not compulsory, however gifts/cards are at a minimal cost.

- Homework is to be returned Friday.

- Father’s Day bbq breakfast RSVP due.

- Aleesah Darlinson (author visit) note and money to be returned.

I would like to wish all the fathers, grandfathers, uncles and carers a very happy day on Sunday.

Have a great week, Bek.


Hi everyone. A few reminders for this week: Father’s Day Stall tomorrow. Father’s Day Brekky Friday morning from 7am. All significant men in our students lives are welcome. Please return catering notes if possible. Happy Father’s Day to all!

Well done to most students sticking hard to their home reading - keep it up. The focus in mathematics lately has been real life maths - lots of outside activities including area, perimeter, volume, capacity, compass work and time.

Our Core Value this week is Fairness - what it means to be fair and how trying to think of the other person’s perspective may help us calm down when we get upset. An example recently in class came up during touch football practise. Some students were asked to take a break for a few minutes. From their perspective that was unfair but another perspective is that it gave the other students a chance to get more of a turn for a short time. Fair or Unfair? These situations come up daily at home and school. Let’s all take the time (when we can) to talk the kids through it and encourage them to see things from the other person’s viewpoint.



Hello everyone and welcome to Week 6.

Tennis Competition- Congratulations to Eddie and Decoda for participating in the tennis competition yesterday. You both played very well and represented the school in a positive manner. Well done boys!

Explanation Writing- This week we will finish explanation writing and move on to the next text type. Yesterday the students wrote an explanation about how sunflowers grow. On Thursday the class will each create an artwork based on Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ painting.

Class Novel- The class has finished reading “Hitler’s Daughter” and they are now working on completing the associated tasks. This week the students will start reading a new text titled “My Place” which is written by Nadia Wheatley. This text depicts the history of one particular piece of land in Sydney from 1788 to 1988 through the stories of the various children who have lived there. It aims to teach the reader about the history of Australia, about families, settlers, multiculturalism, and the traditional owners of the land. I am looking forward to delving into this book with the students.


  • Homework due on Friday

  • Library Day is Thursday

  • Banking day is Tuesday

  • Author visit permission note and money

  • Father’s Day Breakfast BBQ RSVP

*EGGS FOR SALE. $4 per dozen. Please see a Year 5/6 student or myself to purchase.

Have a great week!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers, grandfathers and carers.



And as quick as that we are halfway through Term 3. Book Club has arrived and students are beginning to slowly pick up their orders. Thank you to all the parents who ordered as it allowed me to buy a variety of new books for the library.


Unfortunately due to the overwhelming demand for the purchasing of the schools iPads, families that requested two or more iPads will only receive one. If this changes your mind on purchasing one please let the office know. We are currently waiting on the cases for the new ones and once they arrive we will be able to begin the process of selling the old ones and getting the new ones into classes.


Currently the library is undergoing a small face lift to create a more comfortable and inviting atmosphere to all students within the school. Here are some changes occurring:

  • The senior is getting a new shelving system against the wall to allow room for a variety of ottomans to be used for flexible seating options.

  • A collections section has been created for books that are part of a series to allow students to immerse themselves in a book series without having to look through the entire senior section.

  • The fiction section is being condensed into one area to allow room for a variety of seating options such as bean bags, small ottomans and stools.

  • I am also hoping to install a kiosk computer like the town library that will allow the students to search up and find books themselves during library time and lunch time.

  • A new “popular” timber book rack has been installed as you enter the library that has all the new and popular books on it


Weirdo 8 - By Anh Do

This week I have been reading a book called Weirdo 8. I borrowed it from the library. It is a really interesting book that is about a kid who has been waiting for his grandma to come down. When she comes down to see him Weirdo says he has a school excursion coming up at a farm and grandparents are allowed. When the excursion day arrives, Weirdo’s grandma wants to come. This is when the book gets interesting, but you will have to read for yourself to see what happens.I would rate this book a 4 out 5 stars. By Mythias.

Premier’s Reading Challenge - Final Week

There is only one week to go in the Premier’s Reading Challenge as it finishes on Friday 31 August 2018. All students in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 have completed their challenge with Mr Jones while visiting the library. However, students in Years 3 to 6 wishing to complete the challenge for this year and be eligible for their certificate need to have their reading records finalised by this date.

Please see Mrs Gardner if you need any assistance or follow the link below if you need to update your student reading record.

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