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
After all that our community has experienced over the last few years, this event is a lovely way of bringing together our school community. All are most welcome to attend. Bring your family and friends.
Wishing all the students and families a safe and happy holiday.
CLASS 2/3 NEWS
What an eventful week we had last week with the weather. Basically, we had about 60% of the class for most of the week. With the road closed some of our students were cut off.
Class work - is being finalised for the term this week.
Maths Diagnostic Test - will be given this week.
Home Reading - can continue over the holidays. The children can take some extra books home. I encourage you to discuss with your child what they are reading. Get them to talk about the content of their text, the characters and events.
Art Work - has been collected from the children and will be submitted to the Maclean Show Committee to be judged in set categories, and displayed in their pavilions for the general public to look at.
Easter Hat Parade - is on Thursday morning. It is a lovely way to start the school holidays.
Interviews - were very beneficial. Thank you for making the time to come along to discuss your child’s progress.
Have a really relaxing holiday break. Stay safe and enjoy the Autumn weather. We will see you all back recharged for an eventful Term 2. Di
CLASS 4 NEWS
Wow, I can’t believe Term 1 is done already. It has been a fantastic term, where students have settled well and worked hard. They now deserve a well earned break before another busy term after the holidays.
Cross Country - All that training paid off today when students competed in the IPS Cross Country. I congratulate them on their determination and effort to complete the gruelling course. Well done!
Easter Hat Parade - This will be held on Thursday morning. Hats are being made at home. However, our resident O.T. students Grace and Katrina have assisted some students to create a hat during lunchtime craft. So if your child has brought home a hat, this may be worn if you prefer. The parade will be held on Thursday morning and parents and carers are most welcome to come along to this celebration.
Maclean Show - The Maclean Show will be held earlier next term and students have been busy creating some beautiful pieces of art to go on display.
Home reading - I encourage students to keep up home reading over the holidays. There are many books available from the classroom if they need reading material. Also school magazines were sent home this week and Mr Jones has allowed additional borrowing from the library for the holidays.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday and Happy Easter everyone!
CLASS 5 NEWS
No homework this week.
Thank you Parents and Carers for attending the interviews this week. I appreciate your time and for providing me with some great insight to your children. If you would like an appointment, please call the office on 6646 6149.
Easter Hat Parade will be held this Thursday, starting at 9:30 am under the COLA. Everyone is welcome to attend. For those who have been unable to make Easter Hats at home our wonderful OT students Katrina and Grace have been assisting students at lunchtimes to make a creation.
Well done to the class on your effort in Today’s Cross Country. You have all been working very hard towards your own personal goals and I am so proud of the awesome effort you have put in.
Currently, in class I am undertaking some end-of-term assessing. This data will assist me with fine tuning my planning and direction for next term.
A reminder that student took home yesterday the Expression Of Interest note for this year’s Stage 3 major excursion to Canberra/Perisher. If you could please return the bottom portion of the note as soon as possible, it will assist us with our planning and budgets.
It’s been an excellent term. Have a well deserved rest, keep up the reading and I will see you all for Term 2. Happy Easter. Bek
CLASS 6 NEWS
Hi everyone. The students have been very settled this term. They are treating each other with kindness and respect. Thank you, students, for an outstanding start to your final year of Primary School.
Homework this week is self-study for the end of the term Spelling Test on Thursday. The students have their 50 words - good luck.
Our topic this term has been Perspectives. The students have studied this from many angles such as: author perspective, audience perspective, historical perspectives (Early Colony revision and Migration), perspective in debating and also art. Understanding, or showing a willingness to understand other perspectives, is an essential skill that all critical and reflective thinkers share.
Congratulations to those who ran in the Cross Country on Tuesday morning. It’s a long way and not easy.
Easter Hat Parade is Thursday. Students can make hats during lunchtime at school if that helps. All Year 6 are planning on making a hat, I think.
Have a great holiday. Chris
The final Book Club for the term was delivered yesterday. There will be more opportunities for ordering through Book Club during Term 2.
EASTER HAT PARADE
Our bi-annual Easter Hat Parade will be held on Thursday 1st April, commencing at 9:30 am sharp and concluding at 10:15 am. Pleasingly parents and carers are welcome to attend, however you will need to sign on and scan the QR code in front of the Office. Students that participate in the parade will go into a lucky door prize for each class. If their name is drawn out for their class draw, they will be entitled to select a book from the collection I have in my back office as their prize.
TELL THEM FROM ME
Due to the floods, the Tell Them From Me survey was not completed by the Year 4’s and 5’s. This will be completed this week within these classes. This survey provides our school with some very valuable feedback on how students are going with their learning, wellbeing and overall attitude towards their learning and school. The TTFM survey is totally anonymous and our schools take this feedback very seriously from our students.
I hope everyone has a great holiday. Matt.
NORTH COAST RUGBY LEAGUE TRIALS
A big congratulations to Tulloch, who yesterday trialed in Kyogle at the Zone NRPSSA Opens Rugby League and was successful in gaining a place in the 17 man squad. Well done Tulloch.
NSW STATE KNOCKOUT CRICKET COMPETITION
It is with much regret that we report that the IPS boys cricket team who were scheduled to play in the NSWPSSA State Knockout Competition against Maclean tomorrow (Wednesday) in Maclean have once again had their game postponed. The new date in Term 2 is yet to be advised. Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to assist with the transport of the team.
IPS CROSS COUNTRY
Congratulations to all those students who gave their best today on the Cross Country course. Whether it was 500m, 4 laps or 6 laps you were awesome in finishing your race. A photo gallery will be added to the school website shortly.
Tuckshop will not be opened the first week of Term 2. Tuckshop will resume Monday 26th April.
Volunteers for Monday 26 April - TBC
A big thank you to the Tuckshop volunteers for Term 1. And welcome to our new helpers. Your assistance with this vital school service is greatly appreciated.
If you could offer some time to assist in the Tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
Wishing all our school bankers a safe and happy Easter and school holiday break.
Term 2 banking will resume Tuesday 20th April.
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