• Iluka Public School



Greetings everyone,

As we head towards the end of the year our thoughts turn to organisation for 2019. Over the next month I will be meeting with staff to try and possibly organise our classes for next year. As always, the number of classes are determined by the number of students in our school.

Teachers work hard to get the best mix of students in each class. The school is unable to make decisions on class placement based on parents’ preference of teachers or putting best friends in the same class. If there is a reason based on student wellbeing and learning that parents wish to be considered, please email me via the school email.

To assist, if you will be leaving Iluka Public School at the end of 2018, can you please notify the front office or myself as soon possible.

As well, exciting news! Next year, Iluka Public School will again be implementing a social skills and emotional learning program for students as part of its school wellbeing program. The program's core purpose is to up skill students from Kindy to Year 6 in the social and emotional capabilities all young people need to acquire in order to be successful in school, experience well-being and have positive relationships. These capabilities include Confidence, Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along and Emotional Resilience. More information on this exciting and important program will follow into Term 1 of next year. Stay tuned.....

If you have not yet, or also know someone who has not yet enrolled their child for Kindergarten 2019, please do so or remind them to do so ASAP. Kindy Orientation continues this Thursday. It's been lovely seeing our 2019 Kindergarten cohort spending time in their new 'Big School' on our Kindergarten Orientation days. Children have been having fun spending time in the Kindergarten classroom, the playground, the play equipment, in the chicken pen and making new friends. A special thanks must go to all our students who helped out on our Orientation days by taking care of the Preschool children and speaking to them about what school is like.

The Term 4 Statement of Account was sent home to all parents/carers last fortnight. To assist with our end of year accounting, payment is due by 30 November. It is the expectation that all excursion, activity, book fees, etc are paid. If you have a query with an item on your account or if you did not receive the letter, please contact the school office immediately.

Congratulations to all students especially Year 4/5 and 5/6 students while meeting former student, Mr George Battese last Friday. Mr and Mrs Battese noted our students were enthusiastic, had beautiful manners and listened and sat so well during the Whole School Assembly. Congratulations Iluka Public School.

Year 5 and Year 6 students will soon be fortunate to experience lessons in water safety and learning to surf from former Australian surfing champion, Jeremy Walters accompanied by Mr Speirs and Mr Jones. This program will be offered with minimal cost subsidized heavily by the school. Key messages will be focused on safe practices in the surf; A very timely event as we approach summer holidays. Thank you to Mrs Rankin for her organisation and coordination.

Any feedback you might have about our school is great. Just email comments to

Reports for this semester will be based on the work students have completed in Terms three and four. The layout of the report will be the same as the Semester 1 report, showing an overall grade for the semester and an effort scale as well as a teacher comment. The process of assessing students and recording their achievements is an ongoing one and there are many opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning. Reports will be handed out to students on Friday 14 December.

The Presentation Day Assembly will be held on Tuesday 11 December at 11.00 in the morning. It will be held at the Iluka Community Hall.


For all parents, helpers and volunteers, e.g. reading parents, library helpers, banking coordinators, book club helpers, Scripture, P&C parents, lost property, stopwatch helpers at carnivals, Year 6 farewell & bar-b-que helpers, P&C, canteen helpers, class parents, plus any other parents who helped with their child’s home reading at home. Date Wednesday 28 November Time 10.45 – 11.30

Parents, there are lost property items in the basket outside K/1. If you or your child is missing any item listed please see Miss Essery.


Swim School permission notes were sent home recently. Swim School is a Year 2-4 school program run by Iluka Public School commencing in Week 6 and runs to Friday 7 December. Swimming is an invaluable, life saving skill that all students benefit from. Please ensure that you send the signed permission notes back to school by Friday 23 November 2018. If you have any queries about the swimming program please see Mrs Cunningham.


School student applications for 2019 are open.

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.


All Year 5 students will present their address to be school leaders at a special school assembly to be held Friday 30 November at 9.00 am. Voting will be after the assembly (or next morning if we run out of time.) The announcement of the 2018 school captains and prefects will be made on Presentation Day.

Have a great week,



Home Reading-Our class home reading program will finish for the year on Monday 10th December. Please keep on reading right up to this date. The water slide event will take place on Wednesday 12th December.

Library-Our final borrowing day will be Friday 30th November, due to our annual library stocktake starting on Monday 10th December. Please look for any overdue books. Lost or damaged books may incur a fee.

Child Protection-Our last child protection workshop focused on the characteristics of a good friend and how our friends help us. This workshop was delivered by Vanessa, who commented on the excellent behaviour displayed by the students during the lesson. Great job Kinder and Year One! So proud of you.

Swimming Program-Just a reminder that Kindergarten and Year One students will be attending swimming lessons next week on Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th and Thursday 28th November. The students will need to bring to school - swimmers, shirt to go over swimmers, a jumper, towel, sunscreen and a plastic bag for wet items. The students will get changed into their swimming costumes at school, after the morning assembly. The students will travel to and from the pool by bus. We will leave at 9:30am and return to school by 10:45am. There is no cost for Kindergarten and Year One students to go swimming.

Sport Certificate-In term two, Kindergarten and Year One students participated in the 2018 NSW Premier’s School Sport Challenge. Today the students were presented with their certificate and all students are to be congratulated for reaching the gold level of attainment.


*Park projects are due this Friday.



Home Reading - Many students have already reached 200 nights of reading for the year but are continuing to read on a daily basis.Well done! For those who haven’t reached this milestone as yet have until Monday 10th December to submit their journal. The ‘Roaring Rapids’ water slide event will take place on Wednesday 12th December.

Library - Borrowing will cease at the end of November in preparation for the enormous task of our library stocktake. Please look for any overdue books as those that are unreturned may incur a fee.

Swim School - Swimming lessons will commence next week at Maclean Pool. For the following 2 weeks, students will require their swimmers, towel, thongs, sunscreen and $3 for pool entry (or $30 on first day if you prefer) in a plastic bag on a daily basis.


* Swim School note and $40 for the bus

* Homework has now concluded

* Home reading journals are due on Monday

* Banking is on Tuesday



Hi everyone!

Welcome to another busy and exciting week.

Assessments: We are finishing off some assessments this week. The students are looking forward to presenting their sustainability projects on Thursday with Mrs Milne.

Big River Film festival: Mr Bradmore will be taking the students to Grafton to watch their short film “Grammar Dilemma”. I would like to congratulate the students for their efforts. It was a very challenging task with the restraints of time and illnesses. I do apologise to the students who were unable to fill their part as planned due to absences. The bus will be leaving school at 9:00am and returning around 3:00pm.

Home Readers: need to be submitted on Mondays. I need to see all Home Reading Journals next week. There are some students who have not brought them in for a while and I need to clarify who will be eligible to participate in the water slide activity for attaining 200 nights of Home Reading.

Swim School - Swimming lessons will commence next week at Maclean Pool. For the following 2 weeks, students will require their swimmers, a towel, thongs, sunscreen and $3 for pool entry (or $30 on first day if you prefer) in a plastic bag on a daily basis.

Have a great week. Bek


Hi everyone. Recently our students have been attending lessons in Child Protection. Topics discussed have included feelings, rights, trusted adults and the difference between good and bad secrets. If you would like to discuss this part of the NSW Curriculum don’t hesitate to speak with me in more detail.

Assessments are continuing in class. Keep up the hard work kids and another reminder to all carers would you kindly assist your child by getting them to bed early and also organised for the day, thank you.

Swim school begins on Monday for our Year 4 students. Notes and payment are due please. A plastic bag is handy to bring the wet towel and cossies home in. $3 every day for pool entry too.

Our Year 5’s have a lot happening as well including Leadership Speeches at 9am on Friday 30 November and the fishing program on Tuesday 4 December. There is a whisper they are going surfing soon also with the 3 hottest surfers in the Clarence instructing them - Jeremy Walters, Mr Jones…………………..and some other bloke! Stay tuned for more details.

Have a good week, Chris.


Hello everyone and welcome to Week 6.

Tennis Championships- The annual tennis championships started last week and Round 1 has nearly been completed. The Year 5/6 students have been doing an excellent job of umpiring and collecting balls during the games. Well done boys and girls!

Get Hooked Fishing Program- On Tuesday the 4th of December the students will travel to Yamba to participate in the ‘Get Hooked’ fishing program. This program will equip the students with valuable knowledge and information that is based on the six Junior Fishing Codes. All students are expected to attend and from my experience last year, they will thoroughly enjoy the program. Travel is by bus and the school has once again heavily subsidised the cost. The cost is now only $5. Please return permission notes and payment as soon as possible.


  • Year 5 Leadership speeches on Friday 9am November 30th.

  • Banking is each Tuesday.

  • Library day is Friday.

  • Home reading journals collected each Friday.

Have a great week.



OVERDUE BOOKS In preparation for this terms’ stocktake in the library, overdue notices will soon be sent home. We would really appreciate if you would have a good look for missing books and return them to the library as soon as possible. ALL books MUST be returned by the end of Week 7.


Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who supported our Scholastic Book Fair with purchases of books and novelty items. It was a successful week as we raised $500 of scholastic points for our library which will be used to purchase new books for next years borrowing.


The last edition of Book Club for 2018 is available now from the library. There are many student’s that missed out on buying something from the Book Fair that have shown interest in an order through Book Club. If you would like to place an order you can do it through the online LOOP system or send in the order to me at the library. There are some great Christmas presents in this Book Club edition.


I have been doing some research into how to make our library more student friendly and many school libraries have moved away from the traditional A to Z cataloging of books on the shelves. Research has shown that displaying books in genres such as mystery, action, comedy, horror etc increases students desire to read as they can easily access a group of books that interest them. This being said I will be looking into ways I can organise the senior fiction section into genres.


Within the next few weeks I will be looking into getting some new flexible seating arrangements for the library to create a more relaxed, comfortable and modern age library atmosphere.


Well the dream is almost over and at the end of next week all of the STEMshare robotics kits will be packed away and shipped off to the next school. I am sure all of the students would back me up by saying that it was so cool to have the opportunity to use robotics in our school for several weeks. Hopefully in the near future we can purchase some robotics for the school to own as their own.