WEEK 1 NEWS - TERM 2
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Maclean Show - half day public holiday event.
Clarence Valley Council will have a half day public holiday event from 12 midday Wednesday, 8 May 2019.
Schools in the Maclean Valley including Iluka Public School will adhere to the gazetted 2019 Local Public Holidays Act by ministerial order and published on the NSW legislation website.
We have been advised that local bus companies will be completing their normal schedules for this day i.e. picking up at the school as normal from 3.10 pm onwards.
There will be NO midday pick up by the bus company.
Iluka Public School will operate as usual until 12.00 pm, where all staff will commence the local public holiday. From this time onwards, students are required to leave the school due to no supervision. Students will be unable to stay until our normal 3.00 pm finish time.
Please contact myself or the main office, if you have any further questions.
Mothers’ Day Breakfast
Next Tuesday, May 7 the school would like to invite Mothers’, Grandmothers and all significant ladies in the lives of Iluka Public School students to breakfast. We are hoping that this event is a very special occasion. Hopefully a few Dads can come and volunteer to help out too! The school will be preparing a delicious supply of breakfast goodies including fruit, muesli and bacon and egg sandwiches. Hopefully it will be a great way to start the day. Come on down from 7.30am.
Mothers’ Day Stall
Also next Tuesday, May 7 the P&C will be putting on a stall displaying a range of gifts students may wish to purchase for Mothers’ Day. Gifts will range in price from $1 to $5.
CWA International Day
During the term students will be invited to complete a project on Papua New Guinea as part of the CWA International Day. Students who do so, will be invited to show the CWA members their posters during an afternoon tea. Start collecting your photos and information. More details on this event will be sent home during the term.
Welcome back from the the Easter holiday break and to the start of Term 2. Our students seemed very excited to be back this morning and settled quickly back into their classes.
Firstly, I would like to recognise and thank the following people;
Thank you Number 1
The school very much appreciates the five families that looked after the school chickens. To the Kennedy, Warne-Shield, Thwaites, Freeman and Dean families we very much appreciate your time and efforts. And thank you to Mr Webster for repairing our broken chicken gate.
Thank you Number 2
We had a most enjoyable and entertaining evening when the school held a BBQ to welcome Amberley Air Force Officers down from Brisbane. The five gentleman each spoke about their different roles in the Air Force and what ANZAC Day meant to them. Our students listened attentively and asked some great questions. Thank you for attending and to Scott, Paul and Chris for cooking the sausages on the night.
Thank you Number 3.
Wow! The fly over of the Hornet jet certainly set the scene for a wonderful ANZAC Day March. Thirty-three students from our school attended in full school uniform as well as many other former students representing their high school. It was so pleasing and quite moving to see our students show the respect and actively participate in the ceremony. I would like to give a special mention and congratulations to our banner and flag holders, wreath layers and to Eddie, Josie, Xavier (on behalf of Amelie) and Caitlin who spoke so beautifully and confidently during the ceremony.
Work on the roof has also continued over the holiday. The toilet block and office areas have now been completed and today Year ⅔ have been able to return back to their classroom, which allows the library to be reopened. Excellent progress is being made and should be completed by Week 5 of this term. Thank you for your understanding and support.
Linda, our Administration Officer has taken Long Service Leave this term. Relieving in her position will be Leah. She will be working in the office Monday and Tuesday. Mrs Carol Wright is a welcome return and will be employed to cover Leah’s position on class. It is great to have Carol back once again at our school. Both Carol and Leah will do outstanding work during this time.
School Development Day
Yesterday all staff from Iluka Public School attended a most productive day with 16 schools across the Clarence Valley in Yamba. Thank you to the Iluka Bowling Club for allowing us to use their bus so that staff could travel together. For me, the highlight was listening to well known TV personality, author, artist and comedian Ahn Do who shared his personal story of having to leave war torn Vietnam as a refugee and settle in Australia. What an emotional journey Ahn took the audience on. The day was also extremely important with many educational workshops conducted across many areas of learning.
The cooler weather will soon be upon us so now is the time to check if your child’s plain red or grey jumper or track pants need replacing.
Here’s to a productive first week back.
Welcome back! Hope you were able to relax and enjoy the holidays with family and friends.
Attendance - This is an important term for learning and academic progress. It is therefore important that your child attends school on a daily basis, unless sick. Missed learning opportunities and experiences cannot be replicated or work simply ‘caught up’ on your child’s return to school.
Thematic Unit - Our focus theme for this term is “Under The Sea”. Students will be gaining knowledge about sea animals, during our thematic work. As well, we will be learning to write information reports about various sea animals. Our work in visual arts will also be linked to this unit.
Library Day - This term our class library day will again be on Wednesday. All students are asked to bring in their library bag this Wednesday, as borrowing of library books will recommence this week. If your child has any overdue library books, it would be appreciated if these books could be returned on Wednesday.
Home Reading - Our class/school target is to reach 100 nights of reading by the end of this term. Consistent reading is the key to achieving this goal. Students will recommence home reading tomorrow.
Assembly Awards - Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our last whole school assembly: Kindergarten - Elayna, Zayden, Sailor, Che, Mariah and Tylor. Well done Kindergarten and Year One students for once again receiving the Uniform Award.
I trust everyone had a lovely relaxing break and time to recharge the batteries as well as having quality parent/child time together. It is so nice that the Autumn weather has finally arrived.
Moving: back this week. YEAH! It’s nice to have a holiday (and we thank Mr Jones for his hospitality) but it’s always nice to go home. So we are settling back into our “little nook” near the canteen this week.
Home Reading: is SO important. Let’s get back on track if you have lost some consistency. I will check home reading journals tomorrow. Please make sure they come to school.
Homework: is as normal this week. It can come back to school on Friday.
Stationary: requirements are important for the daily routines of classroom work to run smoothly. Please make sure your child has 2 lead pencils for writing, an eraser, coloured pencils and textas.
Looking forward to a sunny, productive term.
Welcome back everyone. Thank you to all students from our class who participated in the ANZAC Day March, what a brilliant turn out!
There is no homework this week however I hope all students are back on track with their home reading. Please bring Journals in every Monday so I can check and record your progress.
Stationary is vital at school. Our supply of lead pencils and erasers is dry. Please update your child’s stationary on a regular basis, thank you. Library continues with Mr Jones on a Monday and Mr Jones takes our class all day every Tuesday also.
PSSA Soccer is this Friday from 10am at the Iluka Oval against Yamba. Several class members will be participating, we wish them good luck. Next Wednesday school closes at 12 noon for Maclean Show Day. Mothers Day Breakfast and Stall next Tuesday. All welcome to Brekky at school from 7:30am.
As usual lots happening!! I hope everyone has a safe and happy Term 2, cheers Chris.
Welcome back to what promises to be another busy but exciting term ahead. I trust everyone enjoyed a restful Easter break and holiday.
Soccer - Best wishes to all of the girls and boys participating in the soccer matches against Yamba on Friday.
Maclean Show - There is a half day public holiday next Wednesday 8th May and therefore the school is closed from 12 noon. All students have an artwork on display at the show so this is a good opportunity to view the interesting exhibits in the pavilion.
Library - Year 4/5 continue to attend library lessons on Thursday with Mr Jones. Please ensure students have a library bag for borrowing and that all library books are returned by the due date.
Home reading - Students need to get back into routine with their daily reading. Most students achieved 50 nights prior to the holidays and now the goal is to achieve 100 nights by the end of this term. Consistency is the key and just a little reading every day will assist in developing reading skills too!
Homework - Students have received a homework sheet this week and it is due back on Friday.
Have a great week!
Mrs Cunningham is away Tuesday and Wednesday so we welcome Miss Anderson on to the class.
Thank you to those students who attended and did an outstanding job during the ANZAC Day service. Congratulations Eddie, Xavier (whom read a great poem on behalf of Amelie), Josie and Caitlin. Thank you to Akaysha and Ky our banner holders and to our school captains, Decoda and Isabelle for their respectful work when laying the wreath.
Good luck to our class members representing the school in the upcoming Soccer, Netball and Cross Country events. We wish you well.
Library will be on Thursday again this term. Please remember to bring along your library bag so you can borrow. Reading is knowledge, knowledge is power.
Regarding GRIP Leadership. GRIP Leadership Day is on Thursday May 9. 13 students from Year 6 will be attending the GRIP Leadership Day at the Lismore Town Hall. Please note that students will now be required to pick up the bus from the Woombah Woods Caravan Park. More details on this change will come home with the attending students this week.
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY
Welcome back to school and welcome to Term 2. The calendar is looking like a busy one already so I hope everyone is recharged for an action packed term. I will be moving back into the library space this week for the rest of the year and the students will be doing STEM with me for the term. The students STEM activities will be centred around project based learning and will enable them to take control of their own learning.
In week 2 the first Book Fair for the year will arrive at the school and be open for students, parents and the community to purchase books and stationery to raise money for our school library. This will run for 2 weeks and will be open during lunchtime on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays and also from 8:30 am each morning except Fridays. I will also remain open from 3:00 pm till 3:30 pm in the afternoons after school.
Lunchtime library will reopen again this term. Unfortunately the roof on the computer room is still being worked on so that means that Minecraft Monday will not be running until that roof is completed.
I hope everyone has a great first week back at term. Matt.
This term our students will be representing the school in many different PSSA events;
On Friday, May 3 we wish all the best to our boys and girls PSSA soccer teams. Both teams are playing in Iluka at the Ken Leeson Oval against Yamba Public. The girls play first at 10am followed by the boys at 11am. I know that the Iluka Public School community supports you both and wishes you good luck.
Then on Tuesday May 7 the PSSA Girls Netball team plays in Round 1 of its competition. Again the school will be playing Yamba Public. The game is set down to be played at the school commencing at 10.30am. We wish the girls the very best of luck for this game. Just do your best and support each other.
On Friday May 10 the Small Schools Cross Country Carnival is to be held. Permission notes have been sent home separately and should be returned to Mr Bradmore this week. This carnival is also being held at the Ken Leeson Oval in Iluka and will be commencing at 9.30am.
CREATIVE ARTS NEWS
The North Coast Creative Arts Camp will be held again this year for students from years 4, 5 & 6 who excel in Creative Arts. This years camp will be held from August 11 - August 16 at Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre, Lennox Head. The cost per student will be $500.
If you are interested in further information, please see the office staff for details. Applications close Friday May 24th.