• 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

In literacy we are working on a short film “Grammar Dilemma”. I would like to give a big thank you to Mr Jones for his endless contribution in filming and editing.


· Home Readers need to be returned on Mondays.

· Colour run permission notes need to be returned.

· Ensure bikes are ready for Bike Day this Friday.

· Library books need to be returned on Mondays.

· Permission notes for the Intensive swimming program need to be completed and returned ASAP.

Have a great week. Bek


Hello everyone and welcome home to our Year 4 students. The teachers were very proud of them. The camp was a fantastic opportunity to not only have some fun but also face personal barriers and overcome them. Growing and fostering independence is a key goal of all school camps.

Lots happening this week. Friday is Bike Day and Colour Run. Students will need their bike and a helmet or they may share a friends bike if necessary. A white shirt is required for the colour run.

Swim school notes went home this week for Year 4 students. This program begins in week 7. Please keep up writing journals and home reading daily. Book Fair is on in the Library at present. Thank you Mr Jones. Child Protection is a focus for the next 3 weeks. This includes lessons regarding feelings, being safe, recognising unsafe situations, human rights and e-safety.

It has been remiss of me, however I would like to recognise our new students who are all settling into school beautifully - Madison, Holly, Kelani and Thomas.

The date for Year 5 Leadership Speeches has been set…...Friday 30 November at 9am. Mr Bradmore, myself and Miss Anderson will be working with the students to assist in their speech presentations.

End of year assessments begin next week. Early to bed please kids and come to school organised and prepared for the day.

Bye for now, Chris.


Hello everyone and welcome to Week 4.

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

Colour Run- Please return permission notes so your child can participate in the colour run on Friday.

Leadership Speeches- Year 5 students will present their Leadership Speeches on Friday the 30th of November. Students will work with Mr Speirs and myself over the coming weeks to prepare and practice their speeches before the big day.


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.

Have a great week



I’m back. All excursions for the year are done and dusted and now I can get back into organising and sprucing up the library to bring it into the 21st century. In week 8 I will be conducting a stocktake that will go over several days. If students have any lost or outstanding books that need to be returned I will be chasing them up over the next few weeks. Borrowing and returning will continue as normal for the students who return their books on time.


The Book Fair has officially opened and all are welcome. Parents, carers, friends and community members are all welcome to come down to our schools library and purchase an early Christmas present for one or ten of your loved ones. Below will be the opening times for the general public to visit and make a purchase:

  • TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY - 8:30am to 9:00am & 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The Book Fair will also be open every lunchtime (except Wednesdays) for students to make purchases.


The term is starting to get away from me and I only have our robotics equipment for another 3 weeks. The lower grades have been working on digital storytelling using the ozobots. The more they practice the better they become. I am hoping we can create some high quality end products to upload to our schools YouTube account for visitors to view.


All camp photos are up on our website now for everyone to enjoy. I have managed to put together the Year 5/6 Lake Ainsworth excursion video over the weekend so if you head over to our schools YouTube channel you can view it there. The Stage 2 Coffs Harbour excursion video is a work in progress which I will let you know about when it is completed and uploaded.


The Big River Film Festival is a few weeks away and the Year 3 students have begun creating their music video called “Grammar Dilemma”. Once the video is completed and screened at the BRFF I will then upload it to our YouTube channel for all to view.


The school has recently purchased the newest version of the Blushield Tesla Gold Cube. The Blushield technology assists users to maintain biological/cellular harmony, emotional balance and mental clarity when exposed to the negative effects of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, 5G, smart meters, baby monitors, mobile phone towers, computers, power lines, artificial lighting, electronics of all kinds, and all other sources of EMF.