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HOT OFF THE PRESS - FIRST NEWSLETTER OF 2019


Get To Know Your Class Teacher Information Session

A big reminder for next Week - Week 3

A ‘Getting to Know Your Teacher’ Information Session will be held during Week 3 for all classrooms. All returning parents and new families are welcome to attend and have a chat with the teachers. The Information Sessions are as follows;

- Kindergarten / Year 1 - Monday February 11 3.15 pm - 4.15 pm

- Year 6 Tuesday February 12 3.15 pm - 4.15 pm.

- Year 2/3 Wednesday February 13 7pm -8 pm. (Note; Preschoolers and students will be catered for in the computer room with Mr Bradmore supervising.)

- Year 4/5 Thursday 14 February 4 pm - 4.30 pm.

- Year 3/4 Thursday 14 February 4.30 - 5.00pm.

Tea and coffee will be available 20 minutes before all meetings if you would like a chat with the Principal.

PRINCIPAL REPORT

P&C AGM Meeting Monday February 18@7pm in the staff room

Welcome back to the start of another great school year at Iluka Public. It was wonderful to see all the students return last week with much enthusiasm and anticipation for the year ahead. Students had many great adventures to tell from their break and I was impressed with our school as the students quickly returned to routine with our values of being safe, responsible and respectful.

Also thanks to all the staff for their dedication and commitment in taking time before the commencement of school to ensure each class and the office was ready to begin their work on Day 1. Staff have worked hard over the break and the last few weeks to plan many fantastic learning opportunities for the term.

The 2019 Kindergarten students started their first day of school on Thursday with excitement and eagerness as parents and carers waved them off. The smiles of the students certainly told a positive story of their first day at Iluka Public as I visited each class. We warmly welcome all our new students and all the new families across the school into Iluka Public and look forward to working with you over the coming years.

“Pick Ups” at the Charles Street gates near the school crossing is an important area for our school community. It is vital that this is a safe and structured area due to the number of cars pulling up at the kiss and drop zone, the number of parents collecting students and the need for students to cross the road on exiting our school. Students must assemble in various areas (before leaving the school) including those on bikes, buses, walkers and those individuals being collected. Parents and Carers are asked to arrive not before 2.50pm and to wait near the brown tables for their child. If you are arriving in a car please make sure you are parked or stopped in the correct area for safety reasons.

The staff car park area is also an important area that needs to be kept clear. Please ensure that you are not dropping students off in this car park or accessing the driveway.

Our Primary Swimming Carnival is on this Thursday and we thank in advance those adults who can assist with the time keeping of the carnival on the day. On the following day students in Kindy / Year 1 will compete in their carnival at the Anchorage Caravan Park, Iluka. A separate permission note has been sent home.

We are looking forward to another outstanding year at Iluka Public School!

OFFICE HOUSEKEEPING

Change of Routine

If your child has a change of routine a note must be sent to the class teacher that morning. Sometimes changes are unavoidable and parents need to ring the office. All messages should be phoned in by 2.00pm to ensure your child receives the message.

Money

Money that is sent to school for visiting shows, sport, excursions etc. needs to be in a sealed envelope with child’s name, class and what it is for. Visiting shows must be paid as early as possible to avoid your child missing out.

Book Fees

The 2019 book fees remain at $30 for each child.

Visitors to the School and Appointments

All parents visiting the school must enter through the front office and sign in. Parents wishing to speak to teachers must make an appointment at the office. Teachers are not available during class time.

Property

Please label all clothing and property with your child’s name. The school endeavours to return all lost property to its rightful owner. Toys and valued items are not the responsibility of the school and are not encouraged.

Late Arrivals

Students arriving late to school must enter through the front office and receive a late note. Parents need to send a note with their child explaining their lateness.

Notes

Health Care Plans, Medical Information and Change of Personal Details are currently being updated by the office. Student invoices and contact details will be sent home in the coming weeks. It is important to check all the information we have on file and return these forms even if there are no changes as soon as possible.

School Uniform

Thank you parents for your efforts to ensure that the children have returned to school in full school uniform. We have an expectation that all children will wear the school hat which are available at the office. School hats are also required for all excursions and Friday sport. Our school shoes are black and joggers may be worn for Friday sport.

Absence from School

Please ensure if your child is away from school a note is sent through as soon as possible to explain the leave day. The departmental Home School Liaison Officers are regularly examining our school rolls for attendance. During the school year if you need to take additional holiday time, The Department of Education requires students to complete an application for extended leave. These forms are held in the office and need to be completed and returned to school for approval. Please ensure you contact the office if you need one.

Internal Bell Times

Start School 8.55 am

Session One 8.55 – 11.00 am (120 min)

Recess 11.00 – 11.30 am

Session Two 11.30 – 1.00 pm (90 min)

Lunch 1.00 – 1.45 pm

Session Three 1.45 – 3.00pm (75 min)

Finish School 3.00 pm

School Assemblies

School Assemblies are every fortnightly Friday: (commencing) Week 3

K-6 – 1.45pm – 3.00pm

2019 Staff Teaching

Kindy/ Year 1 - Miss Lynne Essery

Year 2/3 - Mrs Di Howard

Year 3/4- Mr Chris Speirs

Year 4/5- Mrs Kristy Gardner

Year 6 – Mrs Rebecca Cunningham

Administration

Ms Lyn Rankin – Monday to Friday

Mrs Linda Meyers- Monday/Tuesday

School Learning Support Officers

Mrs Lisa Waters

Mrs Aleisha McEwen

Mrs Leah Speirs

General Assistant

Strong Mark Goodwin

CLASS K-1

I would like to extend a big, warm welcome to our new Kindergarten students and families. The Kindergarten students have all settled well and are currently learning class routines, as well as expected classroom behaviours. Thank you parents and carers for your support in getting the Kindergarten students off to such a great start at ‘big school’. To our Year One students and families welcome back. Hope you had a wonderful break over the holiday. The Year One students are excited about assuming extra classroom responsibilities and being the class leaders this year. We welcome Harlen to our class.

Class Requirements-Please only supply the items written on your child’s class requirement note.

Communication Folders-Every student in Kindergarten and Year One have been given a communication folder. These folders assist with relaying written information between school and home. The folders need to be returned on a daily basis.

Library Day-Our class library day is Wednesday. Please ensure your child has a library bag ready for borrowing this Wednesday and that the bag is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Special Religious Education (SRE)-Kindergarten and Year One students will commence scripture lessons next Tuesday 12th February. Lessons are of a 30 minute duration and commence at 2:00pm. Our scripture teacher will be Mrs Ruth Williams. Parents may choose to exempt their child from these lessons by notifying the school in writing, simply stating that you do not wish your child to attend scripture.

Reminders:

*Please ensure that permission notes for the Infants Swimming Carnival are returned before this Friday.

*Our Class Meeting will be held next Monday 11th February, commencing at 3:15pm and concluding at 4:15pm. Please return attendance and non-attendance slip before Monday.

Thank you for your assistance in returning notes quickly.


Lynne

CLASS 2/3

Welcome to 2019. I am looking forward to working with your child and you this coming year.

Home Reading: has already started. There are plenty of readers in the class for students to take home each night. Home reading is a very important nightly homework task. Readers should be changed regularly. I will check to see how the children are going on Wednesday : so they will need their journal at school on this day.

Homework: will be given each week. It will not be too difficult but helpful in reinforcing concepts being learnt at school. It is given out on a Monday and returned on a Friday.

Stationery: requirements are important to enable high quality class work to be undertaken. Please ensure your child has 2 lead pencils, eraser, sharpener, coloured pencils and textas.

Library: day is Wednesday and all children are asked to bring their library bag so that they can borrow. They will get the chance to work with Mr Jones as well.

Scripture: will commence next Tuesday. It will be in the afternoon from 2:30- 3pm.

Class Meeting: will be held next Wednesday evening here in the 2/3 room between 7 and 8pm. I have made it this time in the hope of getting one family member from each household to attend. If you need to bring your children Mr Bradmore has kindly said he will watch them in the computer room.

Attendance: was brilliant last week with 100% of the class at school every day. An excellent start to the year.

Art: is a favourite class activity and a paint shirt is necessary so as paint does not get onto uniforms. The op shop has a good supply.

Hope you are coping with the heat. We seem to have dramatic contrasts of weather over the country at the moment. Stay cool and hydrated! Di.

CLASS 3/4

Welcome to all students and families for 2019. Stage 2 is off to a flying start and we must commend the students for returning to school ready and willing to try their best.

Our class meeting will be Thursday February 14 at 4:45pm. If this time is inconvenient please contact Chris to catch up together soon. Parent/Teacher meetings will be held at the end of Term 1.

Library with Mr Jones is on a Monday this term. Science and Technology will also take place at this time. Mr Jones also has the class all day on Tuesday. Homework is due every Friday and will be marked as a whole class exercise. Home Reading has started and journals will be checked every Monday. Scripture with Sr Lynne will be at 12:30pm every Tuesday. Please notify the school in writing if you do not wish your child to attend.

Stationery requirements for our class include lead and colour pencils, erasers, sharpener, pencil case and an art shirt for painting. Textas are allowed also.

The Swimming Carnival is this Thursday. All abilities are catered for including 20m and 50m events. Participation is the aim of the carnival. We hope to see all students having a swim and doing their best. Extra support is available to all those who need it.

Our class has a wonderful feel to it already. This is very pleasing. We wish all families the very best of health and good fortune for 2019.


Chris and Matt.

CLASS 4/5

Welcome back for 2019! Year 4/5 are off to a great start and I am very much looking forward to the year ahead. Special welcome to our new student, Travis, and his family.

Stationery requirements - Students require a small pencil case with a number of pens, lead pencils, an eraser, sharpener and glue stick.

Home reading - Home reading commenced last week and the key to success is consistent reading … just a little each day. There are a number of book boxes in the room for students to borrow from if they wish. However, most students said they would prefer to read books from home, town library and the school library. Home reading journals will be checked every Thursday.

Library - Students will attend library lessons every Thursday with Mr Jones. Science and Technology will also be incorporated at this time.

Homework - Homework went home yesterday and is due on Friday. We did go over the sheets in class to assist students in understanding the tasks. However, they are more than welcome to see me for further assistance if necessary.

Swimming Carnival - The IPS Swimming Carnival is this Thursday at Maclean Pool. Please ensure notes and money are returned by Wednesday. Students will require plenty of water and food in addition to their swimming gear. There will be opportunities to purchase from the kiosk also.

Scripture - Sister Lynne will commence scripture lessons next Tuesday 12th February.

Class meeting - I will be holding my class meeting on Thursday 14th February from 4pm-4.30pm in the Year 4/5 room. While I do encourage parents to attend, a handout will be available to those who are unable to make the meeting.

Once again welcome to 2019 at IPS. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call in and see me.

Kristy Gardner

CLASS 6

Hello and welcome back to what I hope is a great year. The 6 class has kicked off the first term with a great start with our teacher Mrs Cunningham. Last week was pretty low key as it was only 3 days but settling in took no time at all for we have already done our diagnostic assessments and we shall start working on our units of work. Below you will find important information that relates to our class.

Stationary Requirements

This year the students will need to bring a pencil case, led pencils, eraser, coloured pencils and a sharpener

Swimming Carnival

Please remember to bring, sunscreen, hat, goggles , swimmers and money to get into the pool.

Scripture

We all love Sister Lyn and she will be joining us in week 3 from 2:30-3:00 on a Tuesday every week.

Library

Yay...library is back and we will be joining Mr Jones on Thursday each week after recess.

Home Reading

Home readers are due on Thursday each week so we can all get on the waterslide.​


​I hope every has a great week, Amelie.

LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY

Welcome back to school everyone. What amazing weather we have had these holidays and the ocean certainly delivered plenty of surf for the first 4 weeks of the holidays. I am feeling extremely surfed out and ready to get stuck back into work. I am expecting big things this year down in the library. As you would all be aware last year the library was slowly getting a much needed makeover and throughout the year this slowly occurred. In order to keep kids passion and excitement for books alive I feel it is important to keep adding new and fresh content to our book collection.

Book Fairs and Book Club allows this to occur as it raises scholastic points for me to purchase books with. Last years Book Fairs combined raised the school over $1000 in scholastic points which was spent on new and exciting books. I would like to thank all parents and carers who purchased any books throughout 2018 through these services. I am hoping to continue trend this year and I have already for one Book Fair booked in for Education Week so I hope to see everyone attend at some stage during the two weeks of the Book Fair.

To also keep up with the ever evolving look and feel of libraries, I will be looking at getting more comfortable and flexible seating. This will help to create a more 21st century learning environment which experts and research suggests that it allows students to feel physically and emotionally comfortable, and engages them to learn in a way that actually works for them.

To eliminate any confusion among students and parents each term we have decided to have their library day on the same day for the entire year. Their library day will only change if their teacher is away on a Professional Development day. If this does occur you child will be told, it will be included in the newsletter and also an update will be added to our Facebook page. Below is the library days for each class for 2019. These days will not change unless advised otherwise.

MONDAY Yr 3/4 Mr Speirs

WEDNESDAY Yr K/1 Ms Essery & Yr 2/3 Mrs Howard

THURSDAY Yr 4/5 Mrs Gardner & Yr 6 Mrs Cunningham


I hope everyone has an easy transition back into school life during this first week. Matt.

BOOK CLUB

Scholastic Book Club- issue 1 out now

Don’t forget to look for the Book Club Issue catalogue that will be coming home in your child’s school bag.

Book Club provides a fun and convenient way of bringing the best in children's literature into your home. It’s packed full of exciting books from best-selling authors, popular titles and series that kids love, as well as products and books that make perfect gifts for younger siblings who may not be at school yet.

Ordering from Book Club is easy—simply go online and place your order and then Scholastic’s ‘book elves’ take care of the rest. Before you know it, your child will have a lovely surprise to take home once their order gets delivered to their classroom.

When ordering from Book Club, you are not only helping your children, but you are also helping your school—20% of your spend goes back to your school in valuable Scholastic Rewards, which are used to buy classroom resources.

To celebrate the start of the New Year, any family ordering from issue 1 will also receive a free All About Me Activity Journal to help us kick-start our 2019 plans.

For more information about Scholastic and Book Club, visit www.scholastic.com.au


ADDRESS

Iluka Public School

21-27 Charles Street

Iluka, NSW, 2466
Australia

 

Phone: (02) 6646 6149

Fax: (02) 6646 6783

Email: iluka-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

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