WEEK 10 NEWS - TERM 1
Wednesday 31 March - P & C Meeting @ 3:15 pm in the school library. All encouraged to attend.
Thursday 1 April - Easter Hat Parade, under the COLA - starting at 9:30 am sharp. (note home)
Thursday 1 April - Last day of Term 1. Happy holidays and a safe Easter break to all.
Monday 19 April - Staff Development Day
Tuesday 20 April - All students return for Term 2
Wednesday 21 April - Maclean Show Day Half Day Public Holiday (note home in Term1)
Friday 23 April - NO TUCKSHOP
Monday 26 April - Tuckshop will resume for Term 2
Sunday 25 April - ANZAC Day. Meet at the school gates - 10.15 am. Full school uniform.
Friday 30 April - Small Schools Cross Country Carnival - Iluka
Today at 3:15 pm in the school library. All welcome.
What a messy week the past week has been! I hope not too many of you have suffered too badly from the recent flooding. My thoughts are with any of you that have.
Persistent heavy rain last week forced Iluka Public School to make substantial changes to a number of planned events. With so much rain the Iluka Road was cut, leaving many students stranded on the other side of the Esk River. Changes to last week included the final day of the Intensive Swimming Program had to be cancelled, our Dressup Like Strong Mark day, which was as a goodbye & Thank You to Mark wasn’t quite what we’d hoped as he was stranded in Maclean and couldn’t be present, Friday’s Tuckshop was unable to open and almost a third of the school was absent.
ON THE POSITIVE SIDE…...
I wish to sincerely thank and congratulate the teaching staff from Chatsworth Island, Maclean and Grafton Public Schools and Maclean High School for their efforts and guidance towards all of our students over the past week, as they were unable to leave Iluka for their regular schools. I received lots of positive feedback from our students and I thank you very much for your effort and positive enthusiasm.
And Strong Mark did manage to make it over the Esk River Bridge on Friday to have his last day with us!
WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
It has so wonderful to start welcoming families back to our fortnightly whole school assemblies. This important gathering (and energy) had been sorely missed by staff and students. We look forward to keeping the assemblies and reintroducing a few more 'normal' and valued traditions back within our community during Term 2.
Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the Parent/Teacher interviews. Again, it’s a great opportunity for you to share stories, meet with your teacher and reflect on your child’s journey so far. The support of our parent community is always very much appreciated, and the teachers and I enjoy the strong partnerships that are built. Interview places are still available with some staff for tomorrow. Please contact the school if you require an interview time.
EASTER HAT PARADE
The Easter Hat Parade will be held under the COLA, on Thursday 1st April commencing at 9.30 am. A detailed note was sent home to our parents/carers last Friday explaining this initiative. In order to make our parade memorable, we would like all students to create their own simple Easter hat at home. Students will parade with their class displaying their wonderful creations. For those families who cannot make a hat, our Occupational Therapists have been working with students on Monday and Tuesday in the library at lunchtime to assist children to make a hat. Thank you Grace and Katrina for your assistance.
What has become a long standing tradition, going back many years now, Iluka Public School provides a strong presence at the ANZAC Day service held each year. This year ANZAC Day will fall on Sunday, April 25. For those who are able to attend, we will meet at the Charles Street school gates at 10:30, to start the march at 10:45 am sharp. A note was sent home this week outlining the specifics. Talking with the children in the playground, many have indicated their desire to participate. I would like to thank in advance the many families that will respond with a yes to the march on Sunday 25th of April. As always, I look forward to sharing in this special event with you.
MACLEAN SHOW DAY - WEDNESDAY 21 APRIL 2021
The NSW Minister for Industrial Relations has announced that there will be a local public holiday on Wednesday 21 April 2021. The Maclean Show has been gazetted as a half day public holiday. The school will be closed at 12 o’clock so that students and staff have the opportunity to attend the show. Busways have advised that there will be no change to its timetable. Therefore, buses will not pick up students at 12 o’clock, who would normally catch the bus home. Alternate arrangements will need to be made. A note regarding this event has been sent home earlier this week.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY - TERM 2
School returns in Term 2 for teachers on Monday 19th April, with children returning on Tuesday 20th April. On our Staff Development Day, all staff will be working at the Gulmarrad Public School. We will be participating in activities to improve outcomes for our students.
BREAKFAST CLUB - FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS
Remember that Breakfast Club is on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning, from 8.00 - 8.50 am under the school COLA.
Come and have juice, cornflakes or toast.
Miss Lisa and the OT volunteers would like to thank Iluka IGA, Cole especially, for all their help and support this term.
BIKE AND SCOOTER SAFETY
Thank you to all the students who ride a scooter or bike to school wearing their helmets. It is a rule at Iluka Public School that if you ride a scooter or bike to school that you must also wear a helmet. On many days I watch the students leaving the school riding their bikes to the back gates, with their helmets on. The students know that without a helmet, the scooter or bike cannot be ridden home. Great work, Iluka Public School.
Please remember that children are inexperienced road users and that it’s important they are supervised in the traffic environment. Please remember to:
Hold your child’s hand while in the car park, on the footpath and when crossing the road.
Always buckle up in your seatbelt and follow the national child restraint laws for 0-7 year olds.
Help your children exit the car using the rear passenger door onto the footpath side.
Ensure your child wears a helmet and rides in a safe place away from the road (if possible) while on a bike, scooter or skateboard.
Have a wonderful, restful and safe holiday.
MANDY PASHEN’S SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM - CREATIVE FUSION
Our local former dance teacher and SLSO staff member, Mandy, is returning to Iluka during the Easter School holidays. She is planning to conduct a Kids Holiday Activities Program to suit the students of Iluka Public School. Mandy is thinking of working on Tuesday 6/4, Wednesday 7/4, Thursday 8/4 from 10 am - 3 pm. Flyer following this newsletter.
INTENTION TO APPLY FOR YEAR 5 ENTRY TO AN OPPORTUNITY CLASS IN 2022.
Opportunity classes cater to academically gifted and high potential students who may otherwise be without sufficient classmates at their own academic and social level.
A Year 5 (currently in Year 4) virtual opportunity class is available for 2022 through Aurora College. If you wish to seek further information about this, please contact the office for details.
CLASS K/1 NEWS
It might be a good time over the holidays to check and ensure that your child’s name is clearly displayed on all lunch containers, drink bottles, school hats and school jumpers/jackets before they are brought to school next term.
Easter Hat Parade