• Iluka Public School


Updated: Jul 21, 2020

Upcoming events
Monday 25th - Best Start Meetings with Kinder parents throughout the week
Wednesday 27th - AFL Clinic & PSSA NR Swimming Carnival - Alstonville
Thursday 28th - NO music lessons with Anne (this week only)
Friday 1st - Clean Up Australia Day. Whole School Assembly - 2.15pm
Wednesday 6th - AFL Clinic. Guitar lessons begin with Gracie
Thursday 7th - PSSA Cricket - Alstonville. Music with Anne continue
Monday 11th - P&C Meeting - 7pm
Wednesday 13th - AFL Clinic
Friday 15th - Harmony Day. Whole School Assembly - 2.15pm


Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day

Start of the Year

Pleasingly, the year appears to be humming along so smoothly. The majority of our organisation has now taken place; we have finished our School Assessments, the Annual School Report (which can be downloaded from our up to date Website) has also been completed and the children are working well, busy making new friends, rekindling old friendships, and building positive relationships with their teachers.

Add that our SLSO’s Lisa, Aleisha, and Leah are providing additional support to individual students and small student groups and that our newly refurbished office and Administration team are so enthusiastic our school certainly is in a strong position!

Nursery Rhyme Café

I had the most enjoyable morning tea on Friday when Kindy/ Year 1 students welcomed their very proud and eager parents, carers and grandparents to the Nursery Rhyme Cafe. What an amazing morning we all had together. Our Kinder/Year 1 teacher, Miss Essery did such a wonderful effort in helping her class perform nursery rhymes, sing songs, dance and perform.

The Hickory, Dickory Clock was a beautiful way to conclude the morning with each child enjoying a small piece of cake and some special time with their Year 6 buddies. Thank you to our many visitors who arrived and enjoyed our friendly cafe hospitality.

Zone Swimming Carnival

We wish all of our Zone swimmers well on Thursday as they compete at the Alstonville Pool. We look forward to hearing of their success.

Questions/ Queries/ Concerns during the year

We have found over many years of experience that small problems or issues can lead to big problems if not addressed in a timely manner. We welcome your input into your child’s education and their school day. If at any time you have any concerns or queries please contact me (not anonymously), so that we can work with you to support your child. You can ring or come in to see your child’s teacher, the Assistant Principal, or myself if you have any queries at any time in relation to your child/ren.

P&C Meeting

Last week, the P&C met for the first time in 2019. We congratulate our committee led by President Lisa, Vice President’s Aleisha and Karla, Secretary Leah, Treasurer Oliver, Publicity Officer Cassandra and Canteen Coordinator Karla.

School before 8:30am

Just a reminder to any students arriving at school before 8:30am that they must sit quietly outside the office. Supervision is not provided prior to 8:30am so all students are asked to go directly to the brown tables with their bag and sit under the COLA reading or conversing with peers. For safety reasons there are to be no games or running around until 8:30am. After the bell rings students may place their bags in their class areas.


Parents must provide an explanation for absences to the school within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence. Where an explanation has not been received within the 7-day timeframe, the school will record the absence as unjustified on the student’s record.

Special Religious Education (SRE)

Students not attending SRE will be involved in reading, private study and other meaningful activities but will not be following the school curriculum as is the requirement in the Education Act. For further details about the Act (and the provision of SRE in NSW Government schools) please visit

Major Excursions

This year, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will participate in overnight excursions. These major excursions and camps are planned learning experiences designed to enhance understanding of the units of study and to provide the authentic context for the themes of study. The excursions provide additional benefits to the student’s personal growth and development. These experiences are not designed to be “vacations” for the students but opportunities to develop resilience, take personal responsibility and forge tighter bonds within the classroom. They give teachers an opportunity to get to know children in a different environment outside the classroom [and] quality teaching is based on really strong, positive relationships. A lot of team building happens. This is the “hidden” benefit of major excursions and camps and extend well beyond the planned itinerary.

Year 3/4 major excursion: Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre, 2101 Dunoon Road, Dorroughby NSW from Wednesday 23 October – Friday 25 October 2019. An expression of interest form is being sent home in coming weeks and interested students need to return the EOI and a $50.00 non-refundable deposit to secure a place, by Wednesday 31 July 2019. The final cost will be $140.00 which includes bus travel, accommodation, all meals and activities. The $50.00 deposit can be paid online. If paid online please record the receipt number on the EOI and return to the school by the 31 July.

Year 5/6 major excursion: Canberra on Monday 12 August – Friday 16 August 2019. Expression of interest were sent home last week and should be returned by Friday 12 April 2019 to secure a place, along with a non-refundable deposit of $50.00. The total cost of the excursion will be $500, for all travel accommodation, meals and activities/entrance fees. The deposit can be paid online.

If paid online please record the receipt number on the EOI and return to the school by the 12 April.

Emergency Contact Details

Your child’s Emergency Contact Details are being sent home today. Please check and make any changes necessary. All forms whether changed or not need to be returned to school.


Last week we had 94 visitors view our school website! This is an improvement from last week and hoping this trend keeps moving upwards to minimise paper usage. Specifically, our newsletter had 32 unique views. We would love to encourage parents and carers to view our newsletter online to help minimise paper usage.


‘Rhyme In Time’ Cafe-Thank you parents, carers, family members and friends for attending our Kindergarten and Year One ‘Rhyme In Time’ Cafe last Friday. Your attendance and support of this class event was greatly appreciated. Through ‘my eyes’, you got to see how settled your child is at school, how they are gaining confidence in their own abilities, their willingness to ‘have a go’ at things that are a little challenging, learning how to work as a team member within the class group and take direction from an adult. So proud of all of my students!

Speaking and Listening-Students have taken home today an information sheet about how our ‘news’ sessions will operate in class this term.

Home Reading-Home reading has commenced for all students in Kindergarten and Year One. It is important that the yellow home reading journals and home readers are returned to school on a daily basis. A reminder that Saturday and Sunday is for parents and carers to look at, read and discuss with your child their borrowed library books. These books can then be recorded in your child’s reading journal as two nights of reading.

Kindergarten Best Start Meetings-This week I will be meeting with Kindergarten parents and carers to discuss their child’s Best Start Assessment results. Letters confirming appointment dates and times were sent home last Monday 18th February. If you have not yet received a confirmation letter or have not made an appointment to meet, please contact me to make an appointment.


*Please return communication folders each day.

*Our class library day is Wednesday. Every student by now, should have a library bag and be regularly borrowing and returning their books on Wednesday.



Hello Everyone,

I hope this newsletter finds all well in your household.

Library: is a valuable resource within our school environment. It is great to see so many 2/3 children borrowing books from our school library. I’m sure that Mr Jones would be extremely pleased.

Routines: in class are starting to be established. Spelling is going well. The children are starting to grasp some of the different spelling activities that we are doing. A lot of children got 100% in their test last Friday.

AFL Clinic: was a good opportunity to improve some hand - eye coordination. The skills were relevant and practical and the children seemed to have a lot of fun practising.

Reading: skills being worked on at the moment are using expression when someone is talking. Comprehension questions with long answers are also being introduced. The girls and boys are trying very hard.

Speaking: this week is free news. Next week's speaking topic is talking about a favourite book and why it is so special.

Clean Up Day: notes back please. This is a positive deed our school does for our community.

Have a good week. Di


Hi everyone. This Friday our class will be participating in Clean Up Australia Day. Our location is the boat ramp area at the end of Spenser Street. Please return the green permission notes, thank you. AFL continues tomorrow - our first session last week was a great success. Best of luck to the Junior Boys relay team at the zone swimming carnival - Phoenix, Noah, Tulloch and Finn!

Class routines are on track, well done kids. This week in Maths we are focusing on the addition and subtraction algorithm, also symmetry and perimeter. Writing is all about narratives at the moment. We have been working hard on story starters and every morning the kids come up with some wonderful beginnings using the mini-whiteboards.

Just a reminder Home Reading Journals are checked on a Monday.

Cheers, Chris.


Year 4/5 are settling in well and establishing good routines. We extended a warm welcome to our new student Jay who joins us from Evans River.

AFL - We all thoroughly enjoyed our AFL lesson last week and picked up a few new skills. Students were complimented on their excellent listening and willingness to try something new.

Clean Up Iluka - A number of students need to return notes to participate in this worthwhile community event. Thank you to those who have responded quickly. Students may wish to bring along a pair of gloves and a garbage bag.

Swimming - Best wishes to Hudson and Jade who will compete at Northern Rivers Zone this week.

Homework and home reading - Currently the return rate of homework and reading journals is at 70%. Thank you to those students consistently completing and returning these tasks each week.

Have a wonderful week!



This week we welcome Bonnie into our classroom.


  • Debating is on Tuesday, 26th of February.11 students will be going to Alstonville for a debating course and the rest of the class will have set work to complete in other classrooms.

  • Wednesday is the AFL clinic and our class will continue to develop skills in handballing, kicking and marking.

  • Wednesday is the Zone Swimming Carnival. Good luck to all the students representing our school.

  • Library is on Thursday, make sure you bring your library bags. Home Readers are also due.

The class has learnt equivalent fractions and has been going fantastically.

By Angela and Bonnie.



The library has three new couches on the way, along with some side tables and an adjustable computer stand for a library kiosk to be set up on. The library kiosk will allow students to do their own searching for books in Oliver.


Issue Number One of Book Club has been ordered and should be shipped today. I am hoping it will arrive by this Friday, if not it will be definitely here next week. There will only be one Book Club order per term this year as we have two Book Fairs booked in for the year. The first one will be held in Week 3 of Term 2 and the second one will be during Week 3 of Term 3. Book Fairs are such fantastic fundraisers for our school as the school receives 30% of all revenue raised to be used towards new books, resources or even furniture.

I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.

Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics Participation Letter

A feature of the public education system in NSW is the opportunity to provide time in class for education in ethics, faith and morality from a religious or non-religious perspective at the choice of parents.The school website: provides information on these options to support parent/carer choice. A parent/carer may at any time notify the school in writing that they wish to change their decision. For more information about Special Religious Education (SRE) and Special Education in Ethics (SEE), including the list of approved providers, please visit: Students not attending SRE or SEE are given alternative meaningful activities. Non-denominational Christian SRE is available at Iluka Public School.

5 Road Safety Tips for Parents and Carers

Now that students are back to school after a break it’s a good time to chat with your child about safe behaviours when you walk or commute to school.

Here are our top tips to help our students make a safe trip:

1. Be alert and aware

Take note of the dangers you come across on your walk and bring them to your child’s attention. Point out dangers, such as vehicles coming out of driveways. Talk to your child about being alert in a road environment.

2. Hold hands

When on the footpath, at a crossing or in a car park always hold your child's hand. It is advised to do this up to the age of at least 8 years old and closely supervise until at least the age of 10.

3. Choose a safe crossing

Lead by example and choose a safe place to cross the road. Explain why it is the safest place to cross.

4. Set a good example

Your child watches everything you do, so if you cross at the crossing they will too. It is also important to share these messages with other carers who may walk with your child to school.

5. Stop, Look, Listen, Think every time you cross the road

Discuss this important road safety message. STOP! one step back from the kerb. LOOK! continuously both ways. LISTEN! for the sounds of approaching traffic. THINK! whether it is safe to cross.

Practise makes perfect

The more supervised practice your child can get the better, so why not make Term 1 the start of a new routine to walk with your child to school more often.

Older children may be ready to make the journey to school independently. Before they take this step, observe if they are road safe and reinforce the road safety messages.

For more information, check out the Department’s pedestrian safety advice for students, parents and carers.

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