WEEK 4 NEWS - PHOTOS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Updated: Jul 21, 2020
UPCOMING EVENTS IN FEBRUARY
Wednesday 20th - AFL Clinic K - Yr 6 (weekly for the next four weeks).
Friday 22nd - Kinder/Yr1 Nursery Rhyme Party.
Monday 25th - Best Start Meetings with Kinder parents throughout the week.
Wednesday 27th - AFL Clinic & PSSA NR Swimming Carnival - Alstonville
Students and staff continue to settle well into the new school year well. Things are going exceptionally smooth as we approach a third of the way into Term 1. Our enrolment numbers have risen by three this week with the arrival of Mariah in Kindy, Dylan in Year 2 and Thomas in Year 6. We welcome our three new families.
Meet the Teacher Week
Thank you to all the students and their families who attended the Meet the Teacher last week. It was a lovely opportunity for staff to meet with you all and talk about the successful start to the year. The enthusiasm and positivity on the faces of those who attended was fabulous to see.
Just as a follow up, Iluka Public School teachers love discussing your child’s progress and areas of development with you. However, this discussion cannot effectively take place in the morning lines, in the classroom after class has started and on some occasions immediately after the end of day bell. It is not feasible for classroom teachers to talk to you whilst classes are in session unless an appointment has been made for this time slot. To avoid disappointment and possibly frustration, we strongly encourage you to either contact the office to arrange a mutually convenient time to discuss the needs of your child with your child’s classroom teacher, write your child’s teacher a note requesting a phone call/meeting or send an email to the school’s email account, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our staff will always endeavour to get back to you as soon as they can. The staff of Iluka Public School all look forward working with you to support your child’s learning.
Innovative Teaching Spaces
We are super excited to be refurbishing and upgrading some of our classrooms and the library this year. Our aim is to provide modern, interchangeable and innovative spaces for our students to engage in dynamic and collaborative teaching and learning. We have started this process in the library and look forward to keeping you updated about these impressive changes.
Updating your Child’s Health Records and Emergency Contacts
As we commence the new school year, I would like to remind our families that it is important to inform the school if your child’s health care needs change or if a new health condition develops.
Information about allergies, medical conditions such as asthma and diabetes and other health related issues should be provided. This will greatly assist our school in planning to support your child’s health and wellbeing.
Please also remember to notify our fabulous office staff of any changes to your contact details or to the contact details of other people nominated as emergency contacts.
We appreciate your assistance in this matter.
Sports Report - Swimming
WOW! What a day we had for the Small Schools Swimming Carnival! It ran like clockwork and the Iluka students were super excited to do their very best. I was very impressed with all the students; they swam hard, they cheered hard and their behaviour was impeccable. Well done to all!
At assembly on Friday I announced that Hudson Batinovic and Ky Kratzmann were the 11 Years Old and Senior Boys Champion of the Carnival. A huge thank you to all the parents that helped on the stopwatches and for cheering all the students along. Events like this would not run as smoothly as it did if we didn’t have parent helpers, so THANK YOU!
We now have 5 swimmers that will be competing in the Zone District Carnival next Friday at Alstonville Swimming Pool. They are Ky, Tulloch, Hudson, Eddie and Jade.
Sports Report - AFL
With thanks to a successful grant application through the Sporting Schools Program, we have our amazing AFL program starting this Wednesday (tomorrow). All students from Kindergarten – Year 6 will be participating in a 30 minute age appropriate fun based AFL activities. Two up and coming young women from the AFL, Laura and Georgia, will be taking the classes through their paces. The Wednesday sessions will be staged for the next four weeks.
There have been a number of students that are causing major concerns to myself, the staff and the wider community in the way they are riding their scooters and bikes to and from school. I received at least five phone calls last week from community members having to brake, slow down or stop while our students moved off slowly to the side of the road. We would hate for an accident to occur. Parents please remind your children of the dangers of using the road inappropriately. I thank you for your support and cooperation in road safety.
Regular school attendance is vital for all students and we are required by law to monitor and report any emerging patterns of nonattendance. This includes whole day and partial absences. We are also required to monitor the absences that are being explained. When your child is absent, a note should be sent back to school with your child explaining the absence. Absences such as, having the day off for a holiday, extra-curricular sports activities, birthday, going for a haircut, visiting a friend etc are not justified and must be entered into our system as unjustified absences.
What is a justified reason for being absent from school? Justified reasons for absences may include the student:
- having an unavoidable medical or dental appointment (preferably, these should be made after school or during holidays)
- being required to attend
a recognised religious holiday
- being required to attend an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as attending a funeral)
- being sick, or having an infectious disease.
Please find attached to this newsletter the Absentee Note for 2019 that can be used should your child be away.
The first P&C meeting for 2019 is scheduled to be held on Monday 18 February. It will be the AGM. I look forward to seeing you there. Being a part of the P&C is a wonderful way to get to know other parents and contribute your thoughts and ideas to our learning partnership. It will commence at 7.00pm in the staff room.
During the school holidays our Wi-Fi network was upgraded. This week our computers have been upgraded to ‘Windows 10’. At the end of the year, we successfully ordered 4 new interactive panels in the classrooms. Our goal is to install an interactive panel in all classrooms by the end of this year. Thank you Mr Jones and Ms Rankin for all your hard work in this area. All classrooms now have the latest and fastest Wi-Fi and computers the department has to offer. We have also increased our allocation of iPads and Laptops and funding is put aside for extra devices and Apps when the need arises. Teachers are now documenting the teaching and learning that is happening at Iluka Public School through a cloud based system. This will enable ongoing collaboration between teachers-teachers, teachers-students and students-students.