WEEK 1 NEWS - TERM 4
Friday 16 October - School Photos (All students should be in full school uniform, not SPORTS UNIFORM)
Friday 16 October - Tuckshop re-opens for Term 4
Monday 19 October - CBCA Book Week Commences
Wednesday 21 October - P.R.A.W.N.S Kindergarten Transition Recommences - 8:45am to 1:30pm
Thursday 22 October - Book Parade - 9am start (Note: No external attendance allowed)
Monday 26 October - P & C Meeting @ Club Iluka - 1:30 pm (sharp) start.
Wednesday 28 October - P.R.A.W.N.S Kindergarten Transition - 8:45am to 1:30pm
Wednesday 28 October - Year 6 Maclean High School Transition Day
Thursday 29 October - IPS Book Fair arrives
Friday 30 October - Whole School Assembly (no external attendance)
Wednesday 4 November - P.R.A.W.N.S Kindergarten Transition - 8:45am to 1:30pm
Welcome back to another new term, and can you believe, the last of the year! I hope everyone has had a refreshing and relaxing two week break. We are hopeful of an uninterrupted and settled term ahead. Many of our activities can now resume (including our Kindergarten Transition Program), although there are some that are still on hold. Please make sure you stay up to date by reading our Upcoming Events. Most notably parents/carers are still not permitted on school grounds or at school events and that our P&C meetings are to be held off the school grounds. As well, all authorised visitors to the school are still required to complete and sign in at the office as part of the COVID safe processes implanted by the NSW Government. Please continue to ensure your child/ren are kept at home if they are not well and for absences longer than three days a medical certificate may be required. As mentioned last term, I shall be telephoning you should your child be away from school two days in a row. All enquiries or concerns should be directed to the Office on 6646 6149. If you need to deliver/collect anyone or anything from school, please ensure you come to the Office to sign your child out / in.
ENROL NOW FOR 2021
Enrolment forms are on the website if you haven’t already enrolled. Importantly, If you are leaving the school and will not be recommencing with us in 2021, please let us know as soon as possible. Term 4 is the time when we start planning for the coming year, classes, teachers and physical resources and everything is dependent on our enrolment numbers. Thanks so much in advance.
We are so thrilled that the P.R.A.W.N.S Kindergarten Transition Program can resume. Miss Essery and myself look forward to welcoming all preschool students who will be attending Iluka Public next year to our School on Wednesday 21 October, Wednesday 28 October and Wednesday 4 November from 8.45 am to 1.30 pm.
NEW PRESCHOOL STUDENT ORIENTATION VIDEO
Year 5/6 have produced a virtual tour that has been released this week. Click the link to view https://www.ilukapublicschool.com/copy-of-ict. Thank you again Mr Jones and Mrs Cunningham and to the students of Year 6. We are still looking at other virtual opportunities to help you and your child get to know the school. We will keep you informed at each stage.
This is the last year of our School Plan which means we are in the process of starting to write our next 4 year plan. As a staff, we have been reflecting upon the improvements made throughout the current cycle and are starting to project into our next plan. Community involvement is a vital part of the process. Thank you to those parents and carers who returned their surveys or completed the Tell Them From Me Survey online. This term I will be working with the P&C, so please keep a lookout for the meeting dates and to take the time to participate. Your voice is valued. If you have any questions, please contact the school office via email or phone and I will be more than happy to talk with you.
Thank you Mr Jones and Leah for continually keeping our school website fresh and updated. Have you seen our short video with the drone view of the school? Click https://www.ilukapublicschool.com/ to view. It looks sensational.
Our students will need to put their best face forward and look their very best for our School Photographer this Friday. We are keeping our fingers crossed for a lovely sunny day so that the children and our school will look their finest. All students should be in full school uniform. (Not SPORTS UNIFORM)
HOME SCHOOL OFFICER
Late last term we had a visit from our two Home School Liaison Officers. Although they were generally very pleased with our students’ attendance, they did seek further information about students whose attendance rate was under 85%. Unless unwell or there is a family emergency, students need to come to school.
P & C MEETING
The next P and C meeting will be held on Monday 26 October. Until further easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the P and C meetings are being held at Club Iluka. The meeting starts sharply at 1.30 pm and concludes at 2.45 pm.
Have a safe and happy week, Phil.
CLASS K NEWS
Personal Development - For the first four weeks of this term, our ‘Bounce Back’ program focuses on unpacking the concept of bullying. The following key messages are being addressed in our lessons:
Bullying is when someone
teases someone else in a mean and unkind way more than once, says, writes or does mean things that hurt another’s body, their feelings,
tries to stop them from joining in and being liked.
It is not bullying when someone
just has an argument,
says or does something mean, just once.
Students will also be learning different strategies to use if ever bullied or if they view others being bullied.
Class Meeting - Our very first ‘Yarn Up’ meeting was held on Monday. These meetings give the students a chance to have a voice to express their opinions and make decisions relating to class/school operations. Topics discussed this week were student responsibilities within the classroom and what we could do to improve our lunch play. Our class leaders, Willow and Cody, then met with Mr Bradmore to discuss the improvements the Kinder students would like to see happen with the sandpit. Stay tuned for an update!
Please ensure that your child’s photograph envelope is returned before our school photographs on Friday.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
I trust you had an enjoyable holiday and feel refreshed and ready for a busy and productive Term 4. I hope you got to enjoy some of our beautiful scenery and beaches. We are truly fortunate to be living in such a picturesque location as our little ‘neck of the woods’ on the Clarence River.
Homework - routines have resumed. Homework is given on a Monday and returned by the Friday to enable it to be marked and checked off. Most children complete homework quite well. There are some that never do it. It is not difficult and doesn’t take that much time to complete.
The following school routines will be established again this week.
Library - day is Tuesday and Mr Jones really encourages the children to borrow books. Don’t forget your library bag.
Banking - day is Tuesday.
Scripture - is on a Tuesday.
Mrs Leseberg will be working with us in the class for the first half of the term.
Looking forward to a really great term! Di
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Welcome back parents and carers,
I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather over the two week break.
Homework - Students took home their weekly homework sheet on Monday. This is due back on Friday to be marked in class. Please have your child see me if there are any problems completing the activities and I am happy to assist.
Home readers - Journals are collected every Wednesday. I love to have a look at what students are reading and see their comments about the books they read.
School Photos - Please remember school photos on Friday. I hope to have everyone at school looking their finest in full school uniform please (not sport uniform). Don’t forget to send in the money envelope if wishing to make a purchase.
Bounce Back - On Monday we commenced our new unit ‘Being Safe’, which includes defining what bullying and cyberbullying are, the harm they cause and how we can all play a role in preventing and stopping bullying. This unit of work will continue to be undertaken over the coming weeks.
Enjoy the week.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
Welcome back everybody!
We are recharged and ready to go. It is great to see the students settle so quickly into their routines. The positivity and enthusiasm are encouraging and the atmosphere is calm :)
Handball competition - Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising competition. Money raised was $211.00 and will go towards this year’s selected Year 6 gift. A special thank you to Hudson’s family for generously donating the cake and icing for the Cake Pops.
Canteen Kids - The popular Canteen Kids is back for this term. The Year 6 students will be having Canteen Kids time each week, again using the funds raised to go towards their end of year gift. Canteen kids offers students the opportunity to incorporate lessons learned in class in a practical way and to gain some valuable life skills, prior to heading off to high school.
This week's menu note will be going home tomorrow. However, this week at Recess there will be Tzatiki dip with carrots for $1 and Pesto Pasta for $2.50 at lunchtime.
Home Benefits - Maths and Spelling sheets were sent home yesterday and need to be completed and returned to class on Friday.
Home Readers - are to be filled out each night and returned for viewing on Thursdays.
Library - Our day will remain this term on a Thursday. Don’t forget a library bag to be able to borrow.
Have a great week, Bek.
Each year since 1945 the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. This year's theme for book week is “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds”. Next week will be Book Week for 2020, and during this week I will be doing special library lessons with all classes based around CBCA prize-winning books, which we purchased last term. Also during lunchtime, I will have a range of activities directly related to this week's Book Week theme for students to interact with if they choose.
To celebrate this year's Book Week we will be holding a Book Parade within the school. On Thursday 22 October, the students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Book character. Unfortunately, this event will only be for the students, due to the ongoing COVID-19 regulations on schools. However, do not fear parents/carers, we will record the event with pictures of students' costumes, which will be posted to our website in a gallery. Students are encouraged to bring their uniform with them, to change back into after the morning parade.
BOOK PARADE PRIZES
This year, all students who dress up for the Book Parade will receive a ticket into the lucky door prize, which will be drawn at the end of the parade. There will be separate draws for each school stage, meaning there will be numerous prizes awarded. Winners will receive a $20 voucher that can be used at the final Book Fair of this term, which will be arriving in Week 4. This will be a random draw, only for students who attempt to dress up on the day. Costumes do not need to be purchased items. For inspiration check out Pinterest or do a google search on the character your child is interested in. There are some very clever and inexpensive ways to participate. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
The final Book Fair for 2020 will take place during all of Week 4 and half of Week 5. This will be a great opportunity to purchase a range of presents leading up to Christmas. Further details regarding the Book Fair will be posted on our Facebook page, newsletters and website in the coming weeks.
For the first 7 weeks of this term all students will be given the opportunity to take part in lessons using the robotics that we have acquired through the STEMshare program, provided by NSW Education. Students will take part in activities using the OZObots, Makey Makey, Little Bits and the Mindstorm Lego kits. We look forward to this techy challenge!
I hope everyone has a great first week back at school, Matt.
Congratulations to our Handball Champions for 2020. Thank you to all students who participated and supported this event. Thank you to Year 6 and to Mrs Cunningham for organising such a wonderful event.
Volunteers for Friday 16 October - Sandy and Mark
Volunteers for Monday 19 October - Leonie and Mary
Class donations for next week: 5/6
As we head into the final term of the school year, we are desperately seeking volunteers to help keep our tuckshop running. Due to a change in work commitments, our coordinator Karla is no longer available to cover Mondays, which she would graciously do a lot of. Without more support, our Tuckshop may have to close certain Mondays if no volunteers are available. If you could offer some time assisting in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
Welcome back to Term 4’s School Banking program.
A few reminders -
School Banking day is Tuesday.
Deposit slips must be fully completed. Thank you to all the students and parent’s who complete these each week. If you are unsure, or would like a sample to keep handy at home, let me know and I’ll arrange to have one sent home for you.
Not currently involved in the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program, and would like to know more? Ask your child to collect a 2020 School Banking information booklet from Mrs Speirs, ask at the office or visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking.
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