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WEEK 1 NEWS - TERM 3

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Wednesday 14 July - POSTPONED - NCPSSA Softball, Lismore (applicable students only)

  • Thursday 15 July - IPS 2021 Athletics Carnival. 200m, 400m & 800m only. Ken Leeson Oval. 1:00 pm (note home) NO PARENTS ARE ALLOWED TO ATTEND DUE TO CURRENT COVID RESTRICTIONS

  • Friday 16 July - IPS 2021 Athletics Carnival. Ken Leeson Oval. 9:00 am (note home) NO PARENTS ARE ALLOWED TO ATTEND DUE TO CURRENT COVID RESTRICTIONS

  • Monday 19 July - Round 3 Debating Kings & Tigers v’s Evans River & Eagles. 9:20 am to 1:00 pm (via Zoom)

  • Tuesday 20 July - Scholastic Book Fair arrives

  • Thursday 22 July - 8 Week Sports Program for K-6 begins, Cheer/Gymnastics

  • Friday 23 July - Round 4 Debating Tigers v’s Evans River. 9:20 am to 11:00 am (via Zoom)

  • Monday 26 July - Education Week begins

  • Tuesday 27 July - Chess Competition at Yamba Public School (applicable students only. Note yet to go home)

  • Friday 30 July - Small Schools Athletics Carnival. Ken Leeson Oval (applicable students only. Note yet to go home)

  • Monday 2 August to Friday 6 August - Stage 3 Canberra Excursion

  • Thursday 12 August - Open Day (further details to come)

  • Friday 13 August - PSSA Girls Softball. Iluka v’s Narranga PS. (applicable students only. Note yet to go home)

  • Monday 16 August - Science Week begins

  • Wednesday 18 August - Life Education Van visits school

  • Monday 23 August - Primary Schools Tennis Championships, Maclean Tennis Courts. (applicable students only. Note yet to go home)

  • Wednesday 26 August - Year 6 Transition Day at MHS

  • Wednesday 1 September - 2022 Kindergarten Transition Program begins

  • Friday 10 September - Yamba Touch Gala Day (note and further details to come)

  • Thursday 9 September - Biannual Whole School Concert (further details to come)

  • Friday 10 September - Touch Gala Day (Stage 2 & 3) (note and further details to come)

  • Wednesday 15 September - Small School Big Impact Concert (applicable students only. Further details to come)

PRINCIPAL REPORT

Dear Parents and Carers,

WELCOME BACK

First and foremost, I hope you, your families, extended families and friends made the most of the two-week break and stayed well during this time. We again return to school during uncertain times for NSW.

Importantly, as a school we will continue to be focused on the learning, wellbeing and the health of our students, staff and community.

I appreciate your continued support and I will ensure that the community continues to be informed when decisions are made.

TERM 3 CHANGES

In line with the Department of Education’s current advice relevant modifications regarding how Term 3 shall begin at IPS have had to be implemented. These include;

  • QR Code sign-in for all staff and visitors

  • Sport within school grounds may continue, provided mingling of students is minimised 

  • Emergency drills can continue

  • Assemblies can be held with COVID-safe practices in place, however no visitors will be permitted

  • Dance and/or drama is permitted in line with COVID-Safe practices, held within classes.

  • Excursions will be limited to outdoor locations within the Local Government Area of the school, where the school can demonstrate COVID Safe practices.

  • Parents and carers may attend for the purposes of 2022 Kindergarten Transition programs

  • School orientation programs are permitted with COVID-safe practices in place

I encourage you to please see the attached for the complete list of changes and advice.

Moving forward I acknowledge that there may be further changes to planned events and activities. In some cases these events will be cancelled, postponed or adapted. Where the event has been postponed, the cost will be carried forward to when it takes place. Where the event has been cancelled the cost will be transferred to activities yet to be undertaken in Terms 3 and 4. This will be reflected in future communication regarding costs. If you have any questions please contact the school office.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY

Yesterday, as part of our Development Day all staff of Iluka Public School participated in their annual updating of our first aid skills, in particular our CPR and Anaphylaxis training. It was a very successful and important session and I thank all staff for their participation and our instructor Geoff.

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL

As you would be aware, I support the sense of community that we have here at Iluka Public School. Part of that sense of community is the interaction between parents and carers before and after school on the school grounds. Due to the current circumstances and social distancing, I please ask parents to drop off and pick up students from the various gates around the school. The playground is supervised from 8.30am.

PERSONAL HYGIENE

Iluka Public School takes the personal hygiene of all our students and staff seriously. Our teachers are constantly practicing and reminding our students of good hygiene practices at school, so please reinforce with your child how to wash their hands thoroughly at home. All staff (and Year 7 and above students) have been recommended to use a mask while indoors.

WELLBEING FOR ILUKA PUBLIC SCHOOL

It is important that we continue to do all that we can to support each other and maintain a sense of social contact, even if this is not in person. A phone call, a FaceTime, Zoom meeting, these interactions are important for everyone – students, parents, families. We all need to look after each other’s wellbeing and this is an easy way to do so. Please contact the school if we can help in any way with the wellbeing of your child or your family. We are here to help.

ILUKA PUBLIC SCHOOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

Our Athletics Carnival can be held this week, though with modifications. On Thursday afternoon we shall hold the 200m, 400m and 800m races at Ken Leeson Oval. On Friday there are Age Races on the Ken Leeson Oval in the morning and after Recess, Field events for every student back at Iluka Public School. Due to the latest guidelines parents, carers and family can no longer attend. There will be NO Tuckshop on Friday. All students are to attend and participate in this carnival.

RUNNING LATE FOR SCHOOL

Our school grounds are open, and students are supervised, from 8.30 am. The bell is rung at 8.55 am for classes to commence. Welcome to class and roll marking takes place in the first 5-10 minutes. This is vital in setting the rhythm for the day, making changes where they are needed and getting the day started. Late arrivals can cause disruption to students already settled but also distress to the student coming in and not aware of any change to routines or announcements made. Please arrive at school before the 8.55 am bell. Always let us know of a student’s absence on any school day via the School Stream app, calling the school office on 6646 6149 or emailing iluka-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au.

SCHOOL REPORTS FEEDBACK

At the end of Term 2 students came home with their Semester 1 report. Our school is looking to gather information about how your child is progressing. Your feedback is very important. Here are a few examples I have received. If you wish to forward an email to iluka-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au about your child’s report it would be very much appreciated.

Thank you for …………………. glowing report. He is going very well this year. We are thrilled to see the progress he is making.

We are so proud of ……….. report. She is making great progress. Hopefully she will continue to develop and improve over the next few months. Thank you to all the staff.

TUCKSHOP

In Term 3 the school Tuckshop will again be open Fridays only. Due to Department guidelines I would like to remind our community that no parents are to come to the Tuckshop on behalf of students in the morning before school. Tuckshop for Term 3 will commence on Friday 23 July.


Thank you everyone for your patience while we all navigate through the new guidelines.

Have a great week. Phil


MACLEAN HIGH SCHOOL NAIDOC ABORIGINAL GAMES DAY

During Week 10 of Term 2, Year 5 students from a range of local Public Schools were invited to participate in a day of Aboriginal games organised by the Year 10 Physical Activity and Sports Studies students at Maclean High School. It was a day of celebration for NAIDOC, which enabled students to develop an understanding of games that were historically played throughout Australia. The day was an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, improve their leadership skills and have fun being active in the sunshine. This is becoming an annual event at Maclean High School and with the positive feedback from participating schools we look forward to providing this opportunity again next year.

Mr Callan Obst, MHS.

CLASS K/1 NEWS

Welcome back to Term Three. The calendar is already filling up fast with up and coming events!

Organisation

Communication Folders - Please return your child’s communication folder on a daily basis.

Library Day - Our class library day remains on a Wednesday for Term Three. Library commences tomorrow.

Homework - Reading homework commences for all Kindergarten and Year One students on Wednesday. Year One spelling and maths homework recommences next week.

Curriculum

This term our English and Visual Arts units will centre around the topic of plants. We will be learning about how plants grow, carrying out science experiments, learning how to write information texts about plants and using different mediums to complete various artworks.

Events

If your child’s permission note for the Athletics Carnival was not returned to school prior to the holidays, could you please ensure that the form is returned to school before Thursday. Please note that students only wear their house colours (Hickey - Green and Rush - Yellow) to the Athletics Carnival being held on Friday.

Lynne


CLASS 2/3 NEWS

Hello Everyone,

I trust your two week holiday break was kind to you and your family. I hope you have remained well and feel refreshed for a busy Term 3.

Welcome - to Aaravjot and his family. Aaravjot will be in Year 2. We all hope you settle into your new school and enjoy our beautiful surroundings.

Homework - routines resume this week. Homework goes out on a Monday and comes back to school by Friday for marking and recording.

Home Readers - are available in the classroom for children to borrow each day. Reading each night is so important to reinforce the skills that we are developing in the classroom.

Athletics - carnival will be at the end of this week. All the practise that we did at the end of last term will be applied. Let’s hope that we get a nice sunny day.

Library - day is Thursday. The children did really well bringing their library bags and borrowing last term.

We are looking forward to working with you this term, Di.


CLASS 4 NEWS

Hello everyone and welcome back. Term 3 is already looking busy with lots of activities and events listed on the calendar.

Library - Year 4 students continue to attend the school library and STEM lessons with Mr Jones every Tuesday. Please remind your child to bring along their library bag to borrow. I know they are very enthusiastic about their borrowing and aim to have a 100% borrowing rate each week. Keep up the great work this term, Year 4!

Homework and Home Reading - Students are encouraged to engage in home reading on a daily basis and this week is no different. Just a little every day makes a difference. Homework sheets will resume next week.

Athletics Carnival - The carnival will be held this Thursday and Friday. Please ensure permission notes are returned by Thursday.

Have a lovely week.

Kristy

CLASS 5 NEWS

Welcome back everyone,

Firstly I would like to say a very big thank you to all the families for your tremendous efforts last term, contributing in making our last day of the Term so special. Our “World Class Party” was a great success. The students looked fantastic in their costumes and they thoroughly enjoyed their banquet of food.

Homework - Students are to take 5-10 minutes a day to journal. They are highly encouraged to get into good routines of reading every night. Homework sheets will be sent home next week.

Athletics Carnival - The carnival will be held this Thursday and Friday. Please ensure permission notes are returned by Thursday.

Library - Is with Mr Jones every Wednesday. Please ensure that students bring their library bags to borrow books that they are interested in reading.

I am looking forward to a fun filled term.

Bek

CLASS 6 NEWS

Hello everyone and welcome back to school for Term 3.

Athletics Carnival is this Thursday and Friday. Good luck to all our classmates.

Homework this term will initially be based around the students' personal learning goals. There is no homework this week however fitness training for half an hour every afternoon is encouraged.

All students should be reading books of interest at home daily. Library continues on Mondays. The students' borrowing was excellent in Semester 1 - let’s keep it going!

Topics in class beginning now include the Tokyo Olympics and Systems of Government. Canteen Kids begins next week. Canberra is up in the air - think positive! Have a great term, Chris.


LIBRARY/TECHNOLOGY

Welcome back to school. I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable break with your children. All student’s library days will remain on the same day as last term. If you have forgotten, these are the days.

  • MONDAY - Year 6

  • TUESDAY - Year 4

  • WEDNESDAY - Kindy/1 & Year 5

  • THURSDAY - Year 2/3

We will also be focusing on a specific author, similar to what we did last term. The second Book Fair for the year will be held this term, arriving in Week 2. We will have it for 2 weeks. I hope everyone has an enjoyable first week back at school. Matt.


SPORTS NEWS

Iluka Public School would like to extend a big THANK YOU! to school parent Sean Speirs and local tradesman and ex-IPS student Tim Cason, who made a private donation to the school of 2 Upright Bars for our football posts. Thanks boys for the donation, they will be put to good use in the coming years. Thank you to our Groundsman Timm for securing these to our existing posts.


During the holidays you may have been made aware that our Principal, Mr Bradmore, was called upon for his well known sporting skills. In a case of “you’re never to old to get in and have a go” Mr Bradmore dusted off his footy boots and assisted the Iluka Cossack Rugby Club in a game. Congratulations Mr Bradmore, you’re an inspiration to us all!

TUCKSHOP NEWS

There will be NO Tuckshop this coming Friday 16 July. Tuckshop will resume Friday 23rd July.

  • Volunteers for Friday 23 July - Sandy and Mark

If you could offer some time to assist in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you


BANKING NEWS

Congratulations to those bankers who remembered their deposits first day back! Welcome back to Term 3. School Banking takes places on Tuesdays.


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