WEEK 7 NEWS & IMAGES
Class Planning and Organisation 2019
As Term 4 comes to a quick conclusion, much planning will go into the operations of our school for 2019. We will be looking at staffing and classes. As student numbers are crucial to the way schools can be organised, please advise me as soon as possible of any variations to your child/ren’s enrolment for next year. We also need to know if your child will be absent for any period of time in early Term 1. Please let me know if this is relevant for your family. If you are aware of any family who may be thinking of enrolling for 2019, please also ask them to contact me as soon as possible. It is also around this time of year that parents may start to become interested in their child’s class placement for the following year. It is not common practice to accept requests for your child to be with another student or a particular teacher. However; if there are significant social or emotional circumstances surrounding your child’s needs which you think may warrant a special request, please come and talk to me.
As we move into 2019 we continually look on improving our three year 2018-2020 School Plan. We kindly ask that all parents and carers complete the two surveys attached to this newsletter.
What a wonderful week it has been for Iluka Public School.
Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending the Big River Public Schools’ Film Festival in South Grafton. Nine schools premiered their films. The films were wonderful especially so, the Year 3 production ‘Grammar Dilemma’ which took out ‘Best Music Video’ in the Awards ceremony. Well done to the students in Year 3, Mrs Cunningham and Mr Jones. The video has been uploaded on to our webpage at ilukapublicschool.com. You will find the video by navigating to our VIDEO section located in the top navigation bar. You can also type into Iluka Public School YouTube and you will find all of our video uploads on our channel.
On Thursday I then met with Mr Speirs and Year 5 students to participate in conversations centred on leadership qualities and in particular this Friday’s Prefect Speeches. I was so impressed with all the students who were attentive and I believe all of them would make outstanding leaders of the school. We emphasised to the eager students that speeches should contain a welcome, introduction, a little bit of the student’s background, interests or hobbies and state why they would make a great school leader. The speeches could perhaps be between 1 and 3 minutes. Key points that were suggested throughout the presentation included: that the speeches should show honesty and be about them, make them personable; that leaders should be great role models; and provide some examples of what qualities they possess.
On behalf of the school we wish all Year 5 students the very best for Friday. Parents, grandparents and community members are welcome to attend. Speeches commence soon after the morning assembly at 9.00am.
Mr Kelly, the Science and Technology teacher from Maclean High School spent Thursday with the Year 6 students. He brought along the Maclean High School’s Lego Robotics. Our students had to follow the instructions carefully and to work as a team to build a robot. The robots were then coded by the students to follow directions, move to sound and track around obstacle courses. It was a brilliant morning and very worthwhile. Mr Kelly was very impressed with the students’ knowledge and persistence.
On Friday, Iluka Public School students completed the Social Skills Program for 2018. The students spoke at the morning assembly about what they had learnt. A designated area, under the COLA on the back oval has been set aside for students to go to if needing a calm area. Thank you Mrs Cunningham for all your work in this area and we look forward to the program continuing in 2019.
The Special Swimming School has commenced. Students should get into the habit of drying their towel and swimmers at the end of each day. The swimming scheme is going ahead rain or shine.
And look what is still to come at Iluka Public School….
We are looking forward to our annual Helpers’ Morning Tea at 10.45am next Wednesday under the marquee. Please join us for a coffee and a biscuit.
Our annual Presentation Day Assembly will be held on Tuesday 11 December from 11.00am at the Iluka Community Hall. We look forward to you joining us to celebrate our students’ achievements across the school.
We are learning to sing two Christmas carols for this year’s Carols in the Park. Iluka Public School recognises that Christmas is a special time for families to be together and for some people they will feel a bit lonely. Iluka Public School students know how much it means to the community that we participate. We want to spread some Christmas cheer and help make the residents feel happy and jolly. We will be encouraging all our students to participate.
Just a friendly reminder to return any outstanding/overdue books to the Library by this Friday. Thank you to Mr Jones for your assistance in the Library throughout the year. The library stocktake will soon take place over the coming weeks.
Helpline Numbers/Online Resources
Kids Helpline: 1800 551800 or www.kidshelp.com.au
Lifeline: 13 1114 or www.lifeline.org.au
Headspace: 1800 650890 or www.eheadspace.org.au
Beyond Blue: 1300 224636 or www.beyondblue.org. au
WayAhead Directory: http://directory.wayahead.org.au/
Mental Health Telephone Access Line: 1800 011511 (operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is staffed by clinicians who can provide advice, make referrals and link callers to the Mental Health Service in their local health district).
School Counsellor: Mrs Glenys Gardam
HSIE Projects-Wow! Great job students, parents and carers. The model parks are amazing! There is such a diverse range of parks and a wide variety of materials used to create the models. Students will now give an oral report about their park. They will explain how they made their park (this relates to our speaking/listening work on procedures) and the features of their park (this relates to our work in HSIE).
Child Protection-The students have been learning the safety strategy of No Go Tell when they are in situations that they feel unsafe. The students have also learnt about the importance of having adult people on their network that they trust and can go to for help when feeling unsafe or unsure of situations. This unit of work has now concluded and students will be given their workbook to take home tomorrow. I encourage all parents and carers to spend some time having a conversation with your child about what they have been learning in our child protection lessons.
Reading Certificate-Kindergarten and Year One students successfully completed the 2018 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge in term three. Last Wednesday the students were presented with their certificate and all students are to be congratulated for this achievement.
Swimming Program-Our class swimming program continues next week on the following days, Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th December. Same procedures as this week.
*This week our library borrowing for 2018 concludes. For those students with overdue books, notices were sent home today. Please return overdue library books tomorrow.
*Keep on reading at home to stay on track!
Wow, only a little over three weeks to go! The term is really flying by, but there is still so much to complete.
Swim School - Swimming lessons at Maclean Pool have commenced and will continue all next week too. Students require their swimmers, towel, thongs, sunscreen and $3 for pool entry (or can be paid in full at the pool if you prefer).
Home Reading - Keep up the daily reading. Students 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 this week 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.
* Swimming gear every day
* Home reading journals are due on Monday
* Banking is on Tuesday