WEEK 1 NEWS - TERM 4
Tuesday 22 October - Harwood Sugar Mill Excursion (Years 3/4, Year 4/5 and Year 6)
Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 October - Stage 2 Dorroughby Excursion
Thursday 24 October - Preschool Transition 9:00am to 1:30pm
Wednesday 30 October - Year 6 Maclean High School Transition
Thursday 31 October - Preschool Transition 9:00am to 1:30pm
Wednesday 7 November - Preschool Transition 9:00am to 1:30pm
Monday 11 November - Swim School Scheme starts Kindergarten to Year 4
Enrolments for the 2020 school year
This is the time of year when we begin to look at staffing and enrolments for the 2020 school year. If you know that you are moving house, or for other reasons your child will not be at our school next year (except Year 6), could you please inform our school office as soon as possible. This really assists our future planning.
Our 2020 Kindergarten Orientation will be held on Week 2 - Thursday 24 October 2019, Week 3 - Thursday 31 October 2019 and Week 4 - Thursday November 7 2019. These sessions may be followed by a personal comprehensive transition to school program tour with myself. Please contact the office if you have a son or daughter starting Kindergarten next year who would like to be part of this transition program.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to Term 4
I hope both you and your child are feeling refreshed from the break in routine! A special welcome to our new student, Jonas Bennett who has transferred from South Grafton. As you may have noticed when entering the school, the grassed area of our new outdoor learning space / play area is now completed. Thank you to our Groundsman Mark who often arrived before 7.00 am each day to move the sprinklers around hoping to soak the new grass before the sun started to beat down. Students can now enjoy the spoils and eat their lunch on the luscious lawn! Thank you to the P&C for helping us complete the shade sail project. I know the students and staff are all looking forward to making use of the space.
Welcome to our Staff
We welcome back Mrs Howard from her Long Service Leave. It is great to have our Year 2/3 teacher return. Mrs Leseberg will once again return to her position as the LaST teacher.
We also welcome Mrs Krystal Roberts to Iluka Public School. Mrs Roberts is a third year Southern Cross University student here for six weeks working with Mrs Cunningham on the Year 6 class. I know you will join me in welcoming Mrs Roberts to our lovely school.
Please take special note of the activities and dates of the coming events. Just some of these activities include the Life Education Van, Sunshine Sugar Mill excursion, Stage 2 Dorroughby Excursion, Year 6 Maclean High School Transition, Intensive Learn to Swim Classes, the Big River Film Festival and the Get Hooked Fishing Program. Remember you can check the school’s website calendar for up to date event dates at www.ilukapublicschool.com.
The 2020 School Captains and Vice Captains will be elected in Term 4
The School Captains have a number of major responsibilities at Iluka. Their primary responsibility is to represent the student body and to chair weekly assemblies. In 2020 there will be a School Captain, Vice-Captain and two prefects elected. On Friday 29 November at 9.00 o’clock, Year 5 students are given the opportunity to nominate for election as School Captains for the coming year. They will address the students at assembly prior to the voting. All students from Year K-6 vote in the elections and the votes are tallied. The School Captains for the new year will be announced and the incoming Captains / Prefects presented with their badges at the annual Presentation Day held on Tuesday 10 December 2019.
Thank you 1. School Concert - Thursday 26 September
The Iluka Public School “Every Student Every Voice” Concert reminded us again of the number of exceptionally talented students in our school. It was a terrific night. Thank you to the patient and passionate Anna Cooper, Anne Commerford and Grace Donsworth for the high standard of music and dancing on the program. It was a fast-paced, highly entertaining musical/dance/action/comedy showcase. Huge congratulations to our Music Program Creative Director Chris Speirs, who in partnership with Matt Jones made 'all the magic happen'. Thank you to all staff across our school whose efforts ensured the smooth running of the event. Finally, thank you to our students and their families for their dedication and commitment.
Thank you 2. NAIDOC Day - Friday 27 September
Thank you again to our organiser Chris Speirs, our staff and the students who attended our special NAIDOC Day on the last day of Term 3. The students participated in different activities related to an aspect of traditional or contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. A sausage sizzle completed the wonderful day at Shark Bay before we returned to school.
On Monday night a small yet enthusiastic crowd attended the P&C Meeting. Some important items discussed included 2019 NAPLAN results, feedback from the school concert, 2020 planning. The next P&C meeting is set down for 25 November at 7pm. New members or attendants are most welcome.
REMINDER: Our school website, under the tab NOTES has any relevant notes/excursion information that is sent out to families. So if you have misplaced one please ensure that you look within this area of our website.
Have a great week, Phil
Selective High Schools in 2021. (For students currently in Year 5)
Selective high schools help students learn by grouping them with students of similar ability, using specialised teaching methods and materials. Selective high schools are unzoned so parents can apply regardless of where they live. Our nearest selective high school is Grafton High School, Grafton. Applications for Year 7 entry to selective high schools in 2021 must be made online between 8 October 2019 and 11 November 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. Parents must apply online at https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7
All applicants are required to sit the Selective High School Placement Test to be held on Thursday 12 March 2020. For more details, please contact the school office or myself for more details.
YEAR K/1 CLASS NEWS
Concert- Congratulations to all the students for executing their poetry and dance items so well on stage.
Life Education Van- The Kindergarten and Year One students visited the Life Education Van on Tuesday. Our health unit for this term is based on the Life Education module “My Body Matters” and will focus on the key concepts introduced during our visit to the Life Education van. Students will be learning about hygiene, nutrition and safety at home, school and in the community.
*This term our library day is Wednesday. Please ensure library books are returned on this day each week.
YEAR 2/3 CLASS NEWS
I hope you had a great Spring holiday. I would like to thank Mrs Leseberg for teaching the class while I was on LSL. It is great to be back and welcomed with so many warm hugs from the children.
Life Education Van: is today (Tuesday). It is always an interesting presentation and will be followed up in class.
Library Day: is tomorrow (Wednesday). Please bring books to change and library bags.
Home Readers: are due tomorrow as well.
Does your child have all necessary materials for class work? I’m looking forward to a great term with the children.
YEAR 3/4 CLASS NEWS
Hi everyone and welcome back to Iluka Public School for Term 4.
Camp is our biggest news for now. Next Wednesday we leave from school at 8am. Please arrive at 7:30am. Please have any medications clearly labelled and hand to Mr Speirs. A reminder to pack a pillow slip and single sheet and a sleeping bag or blanket/doona. The kids will need their backpack on the bus with recess and lunch for the first day.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) our class will visit Healthy Harold for a workshop on healthy living - notes and monies due, thank you. Next Tuesday we have an exciting excursion planned to the Harwood Sugar Mill. Notes will go home today. There is no cost for this excursion.
Reminders: Library is on Tuesday, Homework is due back every Friday.
Basketball Round 2 is on this Sunday at the Yamba Sports Centre. New players are welcome. See Mr Speirs for details.
YEAR 4/5 CLASS NEWS
Concert - Well done to all students who performed at our school concert last term. It is not easy to perform in front of a large crowd and they all danced and sang with so much enthusiasm.
NAIDOC Day - NAIDOC Day was a wonderful way to conclude the term. Students enjoyed their activities and displayed exceptional behaviour at Shark Bay.
Life Education Van - Today (Tuesday) our class visited the Life Education Van for our biennial visit from Healthy Harold. Students commence a module of work called BCyberwise and this will continue to be our personal development/health focus throughout the term.
Library - Students will continue to visit Mr Jones in the library every Thursday this term. Please remember to send along library bags and home reading journals every Thursday.
State Softball Competition - We welcome back Emma from Sydney where she attended the state softball competition during the last week of term. She had many early starts working on her skills, training and playing competition games. The North Coast team was placed 8th in the state at the end of the tournament. Congratulations Emma on an outstanding achievement.
Enjoy the week.
YEAR 6 CLASS NEWS
Hi everyone and welcome back!
Firstly I would like to welcome a new member to the A Team Mrs Krystal Roberts from Southern Cross University. She will be working with us over the next six weeks observing and teaching for her final practicum. I wish her all the best.
Yesterday the class returned enthusiastic and ready for their very last term of primary school and what an exciting and very busy term it shall be.
Life Education Van: is tomorrow (Wednesday). Any outstanding notes were sent home yesterday.
Harwood Sugar Mill Excursion: Is next week. Permission notes were sent home today and need to be returned as soon as possible.
Library Day: remains on Thursdays.
Home Readers: are also due in on Thursdays. Congratulations to the students that have caught up on their nights of home reading over the school holidays.
Transition to High school: The final transition for High School is in Week 3. Please ensure you have returned permission note and money.
Have a good week, Bek.
Welcome back to school and the final term for 2019. That's right it is only 10 more Fridays until Christmas. Looking at the calendar, it appears that this term is jam packed and will more than likely fly by.
I should be receiving Book Club very soon and this issue will be a great chance for you to get in early for Christmas for your child and even other loved ones you may be looking for Christmas presents for.
CLASS LIBRARY DAYS
Tuesday - Year 3/4
Wednesday - Year K/1 and 2/3
Thursday - Year 4/5 and 6
Cue the drum roll ...the Canberra excursion has been completed. After much procrastination and uncertainty on song choice, I bit the bullet and got stuck into it over the holidays. Unfortunately I did not get much footage at the Zoo as I was having too much fun looking at the animals. Again I missed a lot of good stacks on the snow fields as well, as it was frustrating having to take my gloves off to use my phone to get footage. I ended up getting snow in my gloves and I lost feeling in my fingers which resulted in a minor case of peg disorder. You can view the video by going to our YouTube channel.
New laptops for the Year 6 class have begun to filter in from the Department of Education. The Year 6 class will be lucky enough to enjoy the use of the new HP touchscreen laptops for the rest of the year when all of them arrive. We have managed to secure 24 of these devices, meaning that each student will be able to work on one independently. This will get them ready for their transition to high school next year where the majority of their school work will be done in the Google Classroom and with word processing software.
I hope everyone has a great week. Matt