• 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.