• Iluka Public School



With our major excursions now over I wish to thank our highly dedicated teachers for giving up time away from family to attend Lake Ainsworth and Coffs Harbour.Our teachers worked long and hard to support every child achieve their best and without their support the excursions would not have taken place.

All camp images can be viewed on our website

Outstanding invoices were sent home yesterday. These amounts are for 2018 book fees and excursions. For financial reasons the amounts need to be concluded by the 30th November 2018. Your continued support to finalise payments is most appreciated.

Communication between home and the school is so important. I am always available to meet with parents and family members so please feel free to come to the office and see me 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 students.

A huge congratulations to James and Emma, who participated in the NSW cricket and athletics state championships recently. James is a wonderful cricketer and represented the North Coast. James’ highlight were the 86 runs not out made against Sydney North at Yarrawonga (on the Vic/NSW border). Emma, participated in the Junior Shot Put at Homebush. She was able to fly down and participate in her event before quickly boarding the plane touching down in Coffs where she joined her friends on camp. Both James and Emma are very talented Iluka Public School students and we look forward to hearing of their future sporting successes.

The process for electing our school captains and prefects commenced last week with myself discussing the roles and responsibilities of leadership to our Year 5 students. I was very impressed with their ideas and attitudes.The next step will be for these students to perform their speeches telling the school as to why they would make a terrific leader. The date for this is Friday November 30 commencing at 9.00 am.Year 5 students are informed of the six positions on Presentation Day .

A reminder that our annual school swimming program will be run in Week 7 and 8 of this term (26th November to 7th December). Children in Years 2-5 should come to school dressed in their uniform and change into their swimmers at the pool. Children should bring their towel, hairbrush, sunscreen and rashie in a plastic bag so they can change out of their swimmers after the lesson. Children are permitted to wear thongs to and from the pool during the weeks of swim school. Whilst at school they should wear school shoes. Please LABEL all your child’s belongings. All students attending the swimming program at Maclean need to pay the school for the bus ($40.00). Students will need to pay separately for their entry into the pool ($3 per day). A detailed permission note with further details was sent home yesterday.

Every year the P&C raise money to ensure the students at Iluka have necessary resources. Please help support the P&C by raising some sponsorship at this Friday’s Colour Run.

Location; Back Oval

Time: 1.45 - 2.30pm.

What to wear: Students will change out of their sport’s shirt uniform and into a white T-Shirt.

Also on Friday is the Iluka Public School Bike Day. There will be activities ranging from braking, obstacle course, entering an intersection, leaving a driveway, slalom riding, bike maintenance, U-turns and figure of 8. Bike Day is fun but with an important message. Bikes should be at school by 11.00am.

Our final three Kindergarten Orientation sessions will be held on Thursdays 8, 15 and 22 November. It has been wonderful so far, to see the new happy faces and families walking into Iluka Public School and we are so excited to welcome them into our fantastic community. If your child is starting Kindergarten in 2019 at Iluka Public School and you have not enrolled yet please complete an enrolment form and return it to the office as soon as possible so your child can benefit from the orientation sessions.These forms can be collected at the school office or found on our website (

Have a good week. Phil


Speaking and Listening-Students have been asked to bring in a game, card game or a board game (not a digital or electronic game) next week. Students will explain the rules of the game and then have an opportunity to play the game with their talking circle members. Following are the days the students need to bring in their game for sharing:

12th Nov-Monday … Reed, Rex, Zoe, Eli, Marley

13th Nov-Tuesday … George, Shaun, Jack, Charlie S, Bailey

14th Nov-Wednesday… Abel, Flynn, Claire, Lucas, Alby

15th Nov-Thursday … Isaiah, Fraser, Lacey, Mikayla, Indigo

16th Nov-Friday … Charlie R, Nikirri, Jaylen, Navara, Kirra-Leigh

Professional Learning-All NSW Kindergarten teachers will be required to implement the new Best Start Literacy and Numeracy assessments, as well as use the new system for recording data in 2019. Tomorrow I will be attending a professional development course to update my skills in this area.

Home Reading-Due to my attendance at a professional development course tomorrow, students have taken home today two home readers, one to read tonight and one for Wednesday night.

Child Protection-Students have been learning:

*that they are similar and different to other students

*that children have rights to having their basic needs met and to be protected

*how different situations can affect our emotions and feelings


*Keep up the home reading each night. 200 nights of reading needs to be met, in order for your child to attend the waterslide activity at the end of this term.

*HSIE project due on Friday 23rd November.

*Colour Run and Bike Education activities this Friday 9th November.



Bike Day - This Friday 9th November will be our bike safety day. Please make arrangements for your child to ride or have their bike and helmet at school by 11.00am to participate in the fun and educational activities.

Colour Run - We will also be involved in the Colour Run on Friday. Please ensure your child has a white/light coloured shirt to change into so they can be involved in the colourful festivities while undertaking the challenge.

Swim School - Yesterday permission notes went home about the swimming scheme held at Maclean Pool in weeks 7 and 8.

Home Reading - Very few home reading journals are being submitted on Mondays for marking. I hope students are keeping up their daily reading in order to qualify (200 nights) for the waterslide activity at the end of term. Well done to those who are on track and remember to bring in their journal.


* Permission note for Colour Fun Run (held on Friday 9th November)

* Homework is due on Friday

* Library books and home readers are due every Monday

* Banking is on Tuesday

Have a lovely week.



Hi everyone,

Wow! What an exciting time it was in Coffs Harbour last week. It was very rewarding for me as a teacher to see such personal growth in all of the students. Social skills were enhanced as the students established relationships and developed new ones. Independence skills were evident as the camp provided an opportunity for kids to take care of themselves. All of the children rose to this challenge, they enjoyed this new found independence and recognised the need to look after themselves, each other and their environment.The camp also encouraged physical fitness and active lifestyles. During camp the children were exposed to a variety of experiences. These experiences were active and facilitated. Personal challenges were conquered, as they were all willing to have a go at things that they have not tried before.

In PDHPE the focus for the remainder of the term is Child Protection. The students will have:

-An increased awareness of what makes safe and respectful relationships

-An increased knowledge and understanding of rights and responsibilities in relationships

- Improved skills to recognise and assess risk and respond to unsafe situations