WEEK 4 NEWS - PHOTOS & UPCOMING EVENTS
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.
Last week we had 76 people click on this link ilukapublicschool.com to visit our school website! Have you visited the school’s website lately? By the end of next week our website will be again updated with information about the learning that is happening in the classrooms. Our school website is in place for you to find current information. Don’t forget to also check out our ‘Gallery’!
Ryan Ennis our former guitar teacher is no longer available to work at Iluka Public School. I would like to thank Ryan for his wonderful work during his time here. Please now find attached an Expression of Interest to attend guitar lessons with former student, Gracie Donsworth. Gracie entertained our school during morning assembly with an original song. I am sure she will relate well with all students who decide to participate in her classes.
Annual School Report 2018
I am proud to present to the Iluka Public School Community the Annual School Report for 2018. This report gives information about the programs and performance of Iluka Public School. It has been written for accountability purposes for both our community and the Department of Education. It is part of our process of self-evaluation, reporting and planning. The document can be read via our website.
Clean Up Australia Day
Each year the school participates in Clean Up Australia Day. Clean Up Australia Day is a simple way, Iluka Public School can take action to clean up, fix up and conserve our prized environment. The school covers many specific sites across the town. Last year we collected nearly one full red rubbish bin of litter. Students will be provided with a plastic glove and bags to pick up the rubbish. NO CHILD will be asked to pick up cigarette butts, glass or other dangerous materials.
A separate permission note with all the details is attached to this newsletter.
Have a great week.
CLASS K/1 NEWS
Absences - Unfortunately our class absences are quite high at the moment. It is important that your child attends school, as a missed educational opportunity disadvantages your child and cannot be caught up. All formal learning for Kindergarten and Year One students has commenced.
Assembly - Last Friday was our first formal assembly. Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates: Indigo, Pala, Willow, Rex and Zoe. The students were excited when Mr Bradmore announced that our class had won the Uniform Award for the class having the most students in full school uniform. Just a reminder that jewellery is not part of our school uniform. Stud and small hoop earrings, traditional/cultural/medical jewellery is fine for students to wear. Students at this stage do not need watches, as they can become a tool for distraction.
‘Rhyme In Time Cafe’ - Our class will be holding a ‘Rhyme In Time’ Café this Friday 22nd February, in the school library, commencing at 9:15am and concluding at 10:30am. The students will be reciting nursery rhymes, performing a reader’s theatre item, singing songs, showcasing their art/craft and bookwork at our ‘Rhyme In Time’ Café. Students have been invited to come dressed up as their favourite nursery rhyme character for our class parade.
*Kindergarten Best Start Meeting confirmation notes were sent home on Monday.
CLASS 2/3 NEWS
Firstly, a warm thank you to the parents/carers that took the opportunity and came along to our class meeting last Wednesday evening. I appreciate your input and look forward to working with you this year.
Well done: to Nikirri, Alby, Fraser, Priya and Taya for giving your best effort at the Small Schools swimming carnival last Thursday.
Speaking Topic: this week involves the children talking about a special toy they have. So far we have heard some interesting little talks. Good job boys and girls.
Reading groups: are going well in class. Children are applying skills that we talk about in groups. Practise at home with reading is extremely important so these skills can be reinforced.
Spelling: has also started in the class. Students have a set number of words to learn depending on their spelling ability. Activities are undertaken during the week to help learn the words as well as extending vocabulary. If you would like the term words to help your child at home just ask me and i will send them home to you.
Have a contented week. Di
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Firstly, thank you to those parents who came to our class meeting last week, it was great to meet you. If you could not make it but would like to catch up before the parent/teacher meetings at the end of term, please see me to organise a suitable time. Class routines are well underway and the students have been working solidly in the core areas of Literacy and Mathematics. For your interest our day begins every morning with the Daily 5 - these being; mini-whiteboard writing, tables practice, spelling, journal writing and independent reading.
Well done to our class mates who attended the small schools swimming last week - Noah, Beau, Finn, Paige, Phoenix, Kobe, Tessah and Tulloch. We wish the junior boys relay good luck at the Zone Carnival! AFL Clinics begin tomorrow for a 4 week period, followed by Netball Clinics later this term. Students may bring suitable joggers every Wednesday for these activities.
Our camp this year is in Term 4. Homework is progressing very well, thank you.
CLASS 4/5 NEWS
AFL Clinics - Tomorrow our class will commence a four week AFL program. We are very much looking forward to this opportunity.
Homework - Homework is due on Friday. Students are more than welcome to see me for assistance if necessary.
Swimming Carnival - Congratulations to all of the students who attended the Small Schools Swimming Carnival last Thursday. Best of luck to Hudson and Jade who will now compete at the Zone District Carnival.
Class meeting - Thank you to the parents and carers who attended my class meeting last week. Accompanying today’s newsletter is the information handout for those who were unable to attend.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call in and see me.
CLASS 6 NEWS
Last Tuesday Mrs Cunningham had her class meeting. Thank you to the two parents that attended. A hand out will be sent home today to the parents and carers that were unable to attend.
On Wednesday our class will be participating in the AFL clinic. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear to run around in.
Our library day is back to normal this week and will be on Thursday.
Homework is sent home on Mondays and needs to be returned on Fridays. A maths sheet is also sent home daily to the students that are keen to consolidate their learning.
There has been enormous improvement in our weekly spelling results. This comes down to the consistency in completing spelling homework. Magic Mike is on Friday and we are enjoying sharing our narratives with each other.
In Maths we are working on Fractions.
By Akaysha and Cameron
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Thanks to many of the girls in Year 2,3 and 4 I have ordered, accessioned and covered (thanks to Mrs Speirs) many new books that will interest the young female readers. We now have the entire series of Ella Diaries, Thea Stilton books, Miraculous Series and looking into purchasing the Secret Unicorn series.
The first day of Minecraft Club begun yesterday. Unfortunately I do not have enough computers for all students that signed up to participate. The list went down to as far as grade 3. If your child is in grade 2 and signed up, unfortunately they will be on the waiting list to participate on Mondays. As the year goes on, generally speaking students pull out as the weather gets cooler as they would rather be running around on the oval to warm up. I will keep students in the loop to whether they have a chance to play throughout the term.
ATTENTION: BOOK CLUB IS DUE THIS FRIDAY THE 22ND OF FEBRUARY
Book Club LOOP
The best gift any parent can give a child is the love of books and the joy and benefits of independent reading for fun. Children who read at home, or are read to, have a head start on reading success in school.
Our school is participating in Scholastic Book Club this year. Once or twice a term, during the school year, I will send home a Club catalogue with a different selection of books offered for all ages.
You’ll find award-winning books and bestsellers, as well as old and new favourites. I recommend them because the books span a wide range of children’s reading levels and interests and because they are inexpensive (some books cost as little as $2).
It is easy to order. The Book Club LOOP platform for parents allows you to pay by credit card. Your child’s order is submitted directly to school safe and sound and the books will be delivered to class. You can place your child’s order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
Owning your own books is something special! I hope that you will encourage your child to order books this year. Each order helps earn free books and teaching materials for our classroom, however there is never any obligation to order. I know of no better way to encourage reading than to allow children to choose the books they want to read.