• Iluka Public School



April Monday 1st - Parent teacher meetings to be held though the week. TUCKSHOP CLOSED

UNTIL TERM 2 Wednesday 3rd - Netball Clinics Friday 5th - Cross Country Monday 8th - P&C Meeting - 7pm Wednesday 10th - Netball Clinics Friday Friday 12th - Easter Hat Parade. Students last day of Term 1 Tuesday 30th - Students return from holidays


Canteen/Tuck Shop

Due to renovations the school tuck shop will now be closed until Friday 3 May. We apologise for any inconvenience during this time.


Scooter riding is lots of fun and physical activity is encouraged at Iluka Public School. Unfortunately, each week, the school receives many complaints from the general public about our students (usually the same) riding their scooters. Children who wish to ride scooters must abide by safety rules. Please ensure your child knows that, when riding on footpaths and outside shops including IGA and Somethin’ Tasty, that pedestrians have right of way. An approved helmet is strongly recommended for scooter riders. Scooters are not to be ridden or swung around in the school grounds or on pathways into the school.

ANZAC Eve BBQ Meet/Greet

On the eve of ANZAC Day, Wednesday 24 April at 5.00pm a family get together / barbeque has been organised. (This is in the second week of the school holidays. The evening will be attended by five military personnel (including a current day jet pilot) from the Amberley Air Base, Brisbane. After something to eat, they wish to present a small talk followed by a question and answer segment. All students and all families are most welcome.

Look for the attached note to reply with sausage orders at the end of this newsletter.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Teachers have now sending home notes notifying parents/carers of a meeting time with the classroom teachers for parent/teacher interviews. These interviews are scheduled for Week 10, week beginning 1 April, except Miss Cunningham’s class 6, which are also scheduled for Week 11. The interviews will be an opportunity to meet with the class teacher/s and discuss student progress, needs and student goals for 2019. It is also a very important opportunity for parents/carers to provide additional information to the class teachers about your child.

Cross Country

On Friday April 5, all students in Years K – 6 are participating in the school cross country carnival at Ken Leeson Oval, Iluka . The day promises to be a fantastic one with (hopefully) terrific weather and lots of enthusiasm. Good luck to all of our competitors and supporters. A separate permission note has been sent home. Remember to bring a chair and cheer on the runners as they cross the line.

And each year during cross country, I am reminded of my favourite poem. I have attached it to the bottom of this newsletter for your enjoyment too.

Renovation Update

The workers are making great use of the continuing dry weather. Our roof tiles have started being replaced with colour bond metal and our classroom annexe is now in lockup stage. On Monday work begun on B Block. - Please note that when B Block is closed the office will be moved to the Music room.

GRIP Leadership

The GRIP Leadership Day is a unique opportunity for our Year 6 students. Next term, they will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills as they attend this program. They will take part in a full day of interactive learning, listening to keynote speakers and watching multimedia presentations. We wish them well as they aspire to lead themselves and others. Notes have gone home and be advised that there is a closing date.

Easter Hat Parade

It is that wonderful happy time again when we have our bi-annual Easter Hat Parade for K-6. Please help your child to find bits and pieces from your craft box at home and decorate a hat or make a hat for the parade. There will be an Easter prize for all children in each class who participate.

Date: Friday, 12 April

Time: 11.30am

Place: COLA

All parents, grandparents and family welcome. Don’t forget to wear an Easter hat!

Chickens over the Holidays

We are looking for volunteers to help feed the chickens over the school holiday period. If you are able to help out please fill in the form attached to this newsletter and return it to the school office.

Your help would be much appreciated.


Congratulations Leah on obtaining your Certificate III in Education Support

Soccer Trials

Recently 4 of our students attended the Zone soccer trials. At these trials Decoda, Eddie, Xavier and Malaki tried their very best. We congratulate them on giving it their all.


NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy – important skills that each child needs to succeed in school and life. The NAPLAN tests are designed to help us make sure students are on track with their literacy and numeracy development. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in NAPLAN tests for Reading, Writing, Conventions of Language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy.

In Weeks 3 and 4 next term, our school will participate in NAPLAN Online. Students do not need to be computer experts to take the NAPLAN test online. Making sure students have computer skills is part of our school curriculum, and our teachers will ensure your child is familiar with the online format. To see the types of questions and interactive features of NAPLAN Online, visit the public demonstration site.

If you have any questions about NAPLAN Online, please contact your child’s teacher.

2019 Premier’s Reading Challenge

Well done to the students who have completed their Student Reading Records over the last week! All books need to be logged online via the NSW PRC website using your child’s individual login details by Friday 30 August.

Happy reading!

Notes Sent Home

Notes are available to download from the school website: please look under the ‘Notes’ tab

Maclean Show - half day public holiday event.

Finally, and to start preparing arrangements;

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.



Parent Meetings - Meetings are only for Year One parents, as Best Start meetings were held for Kindergarten parents in week five of this term.

Fire Drill Practice - The students handled our school fire drill practice in a calm and settled manner. I encourage families to have a discussion about what you would want your child/ren to do if there was a fire at your home.

Assembly Awards - Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our whole school assembly on Friday: Kindergarten - Sophie and Year One - Marley, George, Bailey. Once again our class received the Uniform Award. Please remember that black shoes are part of our school uniform code.


*Cross Country Carnival this Friday 5th April.

*Easter Hat Parade next Friday 12th April at 11:30am, under the COLA.



Hello all,

Perhaps there is a little taste of autumn in the air. We can all take a deep breath and be thankful for that cool air and decreased humidity.

Welcome: Deekan to our class. We hope you enjoy making friends with the girls and boys in our class as well as the other students in our school.

Great Performances: were enjoyed by all last week. These wonderful opportunities broaden our childrens’ horizons and outlooks.

Interviews: are being held this week. Thank you for returning the note and making a time to meet with me. Strong partnerships are very important between us.

Welcome: to Mrs Leseberg. She will be assisting me in the class for 3 mornings a week between 9-11am.

Art work: for Maclean Show is being organised this week. It will go into Maclean next week.

Enjoy the cooler nights. Di


Hello everyone. Our whole school X Country is this Friday at the oval. It is always a fun event and I encourage all parents and friends who are available to come along and cheer the kids on. It is a big deal for the runners and if they have someone there it really makes their day.

Parent/Teacher interviews are on all this week. Let me know if you have missed out and I can easily schedule an appointment.

The live performances last week were awesome. Well done to Jessica for her fabulous role in Alice in Wonderland!

The 2019 Easter Hat Parade is on next Friday 12th April at 11.30am. Students must create their hats at home. (Please see me if this is a big problem, I may be able to help.)

Artwork for the Maclean Show is being organised now, we hope to have one entry per class member. No homework next week.

Thank you and bye for now, Chris.


Art - Year 4/5 have been busy creating an array of artworks during the afternoon sessions. It is anticipated that each student will have at least one item on display at Maclean Show.

Performances - Thank you to the many students who attended the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ performance in Maclean and ‘Let the Music Move You’ hosted at IPS. Without your continued support, we may not be given the opportunity to participate in such events. It was very inspiring to see two of our very own students, Kiani and Jess on stage during the Alice performance. Congratulations girls!

Cross Country - Our annual cross country race will take place this Friday at Ken Leeson Oval. Please return permission notes as no staff members will remain at school.

Easter Hat Parade - Students are encouraged to start creating their Easter hat at home. These will be showcased at the Easter Hat Parade on Friday 12th April at 11.30am.

Homework - Yesterday, students received their final homework sheet for the term as there will be no homework next week. This is due on Friday. Students are expected to continue their home reading, especially those still working towards the term goal of 50 nights of reading.



This week has been good so far in our classroom we have been writing expositions and learning about percentages. We have been doing netball for sport and everyone has enjoyed it.


A few reminders that homework is due in Friday and we have now got a homework chart on our wall so we can track it.

Also home readers are to come in on Thursdays just like library bags and books.

Due to construction library has had to be held in the classrooms so ⅔ have a classroom. Mr Jones has been sending 2 in to borrow at a time and it has been great.

Netball clinic

Netball clinic has been going for 2 weeks now and it has been good. Everyone has enjoyed it we have been learning how to pass a ball and a few other skills!

Thanks Mythias and Caitlyn


Only two more weeks left until the end of the term and that also means only two more weeks left till I move back into the library and continue my transformation. Next term is going to be a big one as our library has a Book Fair happening during week 3 and 4. This will be a great opportunity for you to purchase a new book and help the school raise money towards new books.

All Book Club orders for this term should be received by all students. If your child has not received their order yet please tell them to come and see me. Please be sure that you did order something as I often get many students asking me when their Book Club is coming in, however they never actually put in an order.

Over the last few weeks classes have been finishing up their science and technology units and we have been working on film making. Students are being taught how to use correct filming angles when shooting front on with actors and also where they should be positioning their faces and mouths. Students have been having a great time practicing these skills with a Disney audition script called “Dance fever”. I am hoping to put up a few final editions of these clips onto our YouTube channel over the next few weeks. I have told the students that I will only use the videos that follow the strict criteria of shooting a scene with consideration of lighting, steadiness, background, effective acting and applying the 180 degree rule.

I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.

The Race - attributed to Dr. D.H. "Dee" Groberg

Whenever I start to hang my head in front of failure’s face,

my downward fall is broken by the memory of a race.

A children’s race, young boys, young men; how I remember well,

excitement sure, but also fear, it wasn’t hard to tell.

They all lined up so full of hope, each thought to win that race

or tie for first, or if not that, at least take second place.

Their parents watched from off the side, each cheering for their son,

and each boy hoped to show his folks that he would be the one.

The whistle blew and off they flew, like chariots of fire,

to win, to be the hero there, was each young boy’s desire.

One boy in particular, whose dad was in the crowd,

was running in the lead and thought “My dad will be so proud.”

But as he speeded down the field and crossed a shallow dip,

the little boy who thought he’d win, lost his step and slipped.

Trying hard to catch himself, his arms flew everyplace,

and midst the laughter of the crowd he fell flat on his face.

As he fell, his hope fell too; he couldn’t win it now.

Humiliated, he just wished to disappear somehow.

But as he fell his dad stood up and showed his anxious face,

which to the boy so clearly said, “Get up and win that race!”

He quickly rose, no damage done, behind a bit that’s all,

and ran with all his mind and might to make up for his fall.

So anxious to restore himself, to catch up and to win,

his mind went faster than his legs. He slipped and fell again.

He wished that he had quit before with only one disgrace.

“I’m hopeless as a runner now, I shouldn’t try to race.”

But through the laughing crowd he searched and found his father’s face

with a steady look that said again, “Get up and win that race!”

So he jumped up to try again, ten yards behind the last.

“If I’m to gain those yards,” he thought, “I’ve got to run real fast!”

Exceeding everything he had, he regained eight, then ten...

but trying hard to catch the lead, he slipped and fell again.

Defeat! He lay there silently. A tear dropped from his eye.

“There’s no sense running anymore! Three strikes I’m out! Why try?

I’ve lost, so what’s the use?” he thought. “I’ll live with my disgrace.”

But then he thought about his dad, who soon he’d have to face.

“Get up,” an echo sounded low, “you haven’t lost at all,

for all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.

Get up!” the echo urged him on, “Get up and take your place!

You were not meant for failure here! Get up and win that race!”

So, up he rose to run once more, refusing to forfeit,

and he resolved that win or lose, at least he wouldn’t quit.

So far behind the others now, the most he’d ever been,

still he gave it all he had and ran like he could win.

Three times he’d fallen stumbling, three times he rose again.

Too far behind to hope to win, he still ran to the end.

They cheered another boy who crossed the line and won first place,

head high and proud and happy -- no falling, no disgrace.

But, when the fallen youngster crossed the line, in last place,

the crowd gave him a greater cheer for finishing the race.

And even though he came in last with head bowed low, unproud,

you would have thought he’d won the race, to listen to the crowd.

And to his dad he sadly said, “I didn’t do so well.”

“To me, you won,” his father said. “You rose each time you fell.”

And now when things seem dark and bleak and difficult to face,

the memory of that little boy helps me in my own race.

For all of life is like that race, with ups and downs and all.

And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.

And when depression and despair shout loudly in my face,

another voice within me says, “Get up and win that race!”

Looking for Volunteers

The school holidays will soon be here and we are looking for volunteers to help feed our chickens over the break, April 13th - April 28th. If you are able to help us out for a couple of days or a week it would be greatly appreciated. Please complete the details below, return this form to the school office and we will contact you when we have a roster drawn up.


I can help with the chickens over the period of_______________ to_____________

All eggs that are collected during your time of caring for our chookies are yours!


ANZAC Eve BBQ 2019

My family ______________________________is attending the ANZAC Eve BBQ on

Wednesday 24 April 2019 at 5.00pm.

We shall require ____________________sausages.


ANZAC Day 2019

ANZAC Day 2019 will take place on Thursday, 25 April. It will be held during the second week of the school holidays. It will be a time for the Iluka Public School community to come together and pay tribute to the first ANZACs and to all the brave servicemen and women who have since followed in their footsteps. The march to the cenotaph will take place at 10.45am. All students (K-6) are invited to attend and participate in the march in full school uniform. Please arrive by 10.30am.


My family _____________________ is attending the ANZAC Day March on Thursday 25 April

2019 at 10.30am.