• Iluka Public School



Welcome back to what looks like being a fabulous Term 4. I am very sorry I was not able to return with the rest of the school as I was still recovering from eye surgery. I hope all families had a wonderful two week holiday and have returned to school ‘ready to go’. At this stage, Mrs Howard will be remaining on extended leave and we are pleased to once again welcome Miss Anderson on Year 5/6. Mrs Milne will be on the Year 3 class each Thursday while Mrs Cunningham takes her Social Skills program. As well, we wish ‘strong’ Mark a speedy recovery after a bad fall during the holidays. We hope to see Mark back at the end of this week.This term looks like it will not only be very busy, but will also be an exciting time. Students and teachers hopefully, will enjoy the many wonderful opportunities that comes to us during Term 4.

Before I can move on I want to mention that just before we left for school holidays we celebrated NAIDOC Week. Activities included a special day at Shark Bay. Here, the school held a NAIDOC assembly, participated in cultural activities and played Indigenous games. All students contributed to a marvellous lunch and I thank the parents for their support. Thank you also to Mr Speirs and Mr Jones for their organisation of the special day.

Next week we commence with our two major excursions to Lake Ainsworth and Coffs Harbour. Particular information about the camps is being sent home including teachers involved, what to pack, and what is on the itinerary.

Please note; Costs for excursions and camps are calculated on a cost recovery only basis, according to the number of students who have indicated their attendance. Staff believe that school excursions and camps enhance a student’s learning by providing opportunities for the student to participate in activities, both curriculum-related and recreational, outside the normal school routine. Unless it is an emergency or there has been a change in circumstances, the school budget struggles and cannot meet any shortfalls in funding for an excursion or camp due to the subsequent non-participation of a student who had previously indicated their attendance of the activity.

Please, payments need to be finalised before the excursion. Parents and carers need to quickly arrange a time to speak to the Principal should a financial assistance plan be required.

Again this term, our Kindergarten Orientation program will recommence. We remind parents and carers to ensure that you visit the school office to pick up an enrolment pack as soon as possible. Dates and times for the Orientation program are on the newsletter calendar.

Finally, please note in your diary that this year’s Presentation Day will be held on Tuesday, 11 December commencing at 11.00 o’clock. It will once again be held at the Iluka Community Hall. We welcome your attendance for this very special day.

Have a great week, Phil


School student applications for 2019 open from Monday, 15 October 2018.

Students progressing to Year 3 and Year 7 do not need to re-apply if they:

· are continuing at the same school

· are residing at the same address

· have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport for NSW.

Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification. Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply. Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2018 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2018, the system will automatically cancel a card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students should check with their operator for more information.


We welcome a new Kindergarten student to our class, Shaun. Shaun comes to us from Lawrence Public School.

English-This term our class will be learning about narratives and procedures. Our speaking/listening and writing work will relate to these two text types.

P&C 10c Collection-Congratulations to the Kindergarten, Year One students and parents/carers for all your hard work in raising so much money. The students learnt that it is not the start of a challenge that matters, but rather how you finish the challenge that counts. We would like to thank Miss Lisa for organising our class reward for raising the most money - movie and treats.


*Please return communication folders daily.

*Bank books are collected and sent to the office, after our morning assembly on Tuesday.

*This term our class library day remains on a Friday.



Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing break to prepare for the busy term ahead.

An extra special warm welcome to Kira, a new student in the Year 2 class, and her family who have joined our lovely little community.

Library - Year 2 students now attend the school library every Monday morning. Please ensure your child has their books to be returned and a library bag. I will check home readers during this time, so it is important that journals are brought in every Monday this term and are changed before the morning assembly.

Writing - Our focus for writing over the next few weeks is persuasive texts. Students will be given a topic and need to form an opinion as to whether they agree or disagree with the topic. They will need to think of reasons (arguments) to support their opinion.


* Homework is due on Friday

* Home readers and library books are due on Monday now

* Banking is on Tuesday

Have a great week.




I hope everyone is feeling rejuvenated and ready to dive into a fantastic jam packed term of learning. This term I will continue to work with you so your child can grow in confidence, with a love of learning, and a determination to be the best person they can be.

It is important that we work together. You need to ensure, that, as parents and carers you put a great value on school and education. Explain to your child that treating everyone with respect, being on time and in school everyday, wearing the correct uniform and working hard in school is important to you. These are also important life skills. The value you place on these will be the value your child holds.

Library Monday is Robotics and borrowing time. Please ensure your child has their books to be returned and a library bag. I will check home readers during this time, so it is important that journals are brought in every Monday this term.

Home routines Home Reading continues nightly. Homework went home today and is to be returned on Friday. I understand that we are all busy people, but you must put a routine in place whereby children know they must do their home learning – homework, reading etc…

Excursion Coffs Harbour excursion is in week 3. The students are very excited as we are finally preparing for camp. We have scheduled a stage meeting with the students this Friday and notes will be sent home.

Have a great week. Bek


Hi everyone and welcome back for Term 4. Lots happening so let’s get stuck into it.

Our Year 5 students go to camp next week. If you have any concerns about anything please see me asap. Please remember the Campers need to bring their own sleeping bag or doona, sheet/s and pillow. The medical info needs to be filled in online for Lake Ainsworth. Our Year 4 students will have a regular week of school.

Our Year 4 students attend Camp in Week 3. More information including a camp meeting will occur later this week.

Library this Term is on Thursday. Please please please utilise our wonderful library. The Town Library is also an excellent resource. Membership is free and it is a great place for kids and families to mix together within the community - not to mention the books!! Homework has undergone a revolution this term, for various reasons. It is compulsory and includes only 2 activities each day: 1. Home Reading. 2. Journal Writing. The kids have all been given a new book to use as their Jornal. It must come back and go home everyday - a challenge I know but let’s give it a go! Cheers for now, Chris.


Hello everyone and welcome to Term 4. I hope that you all had an enjoyable and relaxing break and are now ready to settle back into school routines.

This term is going to be very busy starting with the Lake Ainsworth camp next week. It is essential that all students have their medical form filled out online and that any remaining amounts are paid before the end of this week. The students and teachers will have a meeting this week in order to go over the

arrangements for Monday morning and to answer any questions the students may have. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact myself or Mr Bradmore. We will be happy to assist you.

Homework- This week I have prepared a short questionnaire for the students to complete as homework in order for them to identify any areas of concern or any worries they may have about being away from home for an extended time. Please ensure your child completes this task and returns it to me on, or before, Friday. I really want this camp to be a positive and inspiring experience for every student. Therefore it is very important that I am made aware of any anxieties that your child may have. If I do not know, I can not assist them in the best way possible.

Library- The library day for Year 5/6 is now on a Friday. Please remind your child to return their books each week.


  • Banking is on Tuesday

  • Home reading journals due on Friday

Have a great week.



Welcome back to school everyone and welcome to Term 4. This term is going to be jam packed with activities by the look of the calendar. If you are not already aware, I will be attending both of the school camps in weeks 2 and 3. The students library days will remain unchanged as per the below calendar.


K/1 - Friday

Year 2 - Monday

Year 3 - Monday

Year 4/5 - Thursday

Year 5/6 - Friday

I will not be at school on Thursday as I will be attending a STEM workshop in Yamba that will enable me to integrate all of the new robotics equipment into engaging and effective learning experiences for all students.


In week 4 I will be running our 2nd Book Fair for the year. This will be a fantastic opportunity for parents and carers to get organised early for Christmas and purchase some presents. If you missed our last book fair earlier in the year, it involves a huge range of brand new books and a wide variety of stationery options. With Yamba’s Book Warehouse closing down, our Book Fair will be a very convenient way for you to purchase some early Christmas presents. The Book Fair even comes with its own Eftpos machine so you can pay by card and even apple pay on your iPhone or Watch.