• Iluka Public School



  • Wednesday 23 June - PSSA Touch Football - IPS v’s Kyogle PS. Ken Leeson Oval. 10:30 am

  • Wednesday 23 June - P & C Meeting, IPS library. 3:15 - 4:15 pm

  • Friday 25 June - Last Day of Term 2

  • Friday 25 June - Festivals of Local Schools Art Exhibition begins today. Grafton Gallery

  • Monday 12 July - Staff Development Day. No students attend

  • Tuesday 13 July - First day Term 3 for all students

  • Wednesday 14 July - 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)

  • Friday 16 July - IPS 2021 Athletics Carnival. Ken Leeson Oval. 9:00 am (note home)

  • Tuesday 20 July - Scholastic Book Fair arrives

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

  • 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)

  • Wednesday 18 August - Life Education Van visits school

  • Wednesday 26 August - Year 6 Transition Day at MHS

  • Wednesday 1 September - 2022 Kindergarten Transition Program begins

  • 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)



Thank you to all parents/carers who have assisted within the school this term, from being valuable members of the school’s P&C to parents/carers who volunteer in the canteen. All aspects play a pivotal role in ensuring Iluka Public School is successful.


Congratulations to the many students who received Whole School Assembly Certificates this term. It is wonderful that Iluka Public School’s Child Wellbeing Policy and our Positive Behaviour processes are embraced by all students and families. During the term, I have been very busy signing all of the certificates; a task I thoroughly enjoy as I track our successful students. Keep up the great work.

We ask that if you are attending the Whole School Assemblies that you QR register as you enter, sanitise and sit taking note of social distancing.


Congratulations to those students who have started to produce some cleverly designed work using the 3D printer. Under the guidance of Mr Jones, students have learnt skills using an online 3D designing tool called Tinkercad. They are designing and creating pieces using a 3D printer, then students will use their pieces to create an animated story using Stop Motion technology. Several students shared their learning journey in a presentation on Monday morning’s assembly. Thank you to Mr Jones for facilitating this wonderful, innovative opportunity and well done to the students for their hard work and fabulous creations!


Each newsletter, I have been highlighting the importance of attendance. Research highlights a clear correlation between student attendance and the achievement of quality academic and social-emotional outcomes. The research tells us that students with an attendance rate below 90% are educationally at risk. (Reference: NSW Department of Education Every Day Counts Student Attendance Guide May 2021). ABOVE 90% IS OUR EXPECTED STUDENT ATTENDANCE. This equates to 5 days per term. Every day counts. Missing just one day a fortnight can amount to four weeks of lost learning over a year. Over their school life, this can equal one year of missed learning. We continue to have a few students who are also arriving late to school or missing a lot of school time due to appointments. It is important that students are punctual each day, that parents provide a note explaining the reason for a student’s absence and that the scheduling of appointments during school time is avoided wherever possible. Your child’s teacher, together with the school leadership team, regularly track and monitor student attendance and work with families to promote positive school engagement and attendance.


If you have a child starting school next year or you know of a friend or a neighbour or relative due to start school in 2022 please pass on this information. Applications can now be submitted online – click on the link below which will take you to the enrolment page of our school website. Please contact our office staff if you have any questions about the enrolment process.


We are looking forward to our upcoming K-6 Athletics Carnival on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 July 2021 at the Ken Leeson Oval. Please ensure that you return your child’s permission note, handed out during class either today or tomorrow.


Our next P & C meeting will be held on Wednesday, 23 June at 3.15 pm in the school library. Everyone is welcome to attend.


As you would be aware, Iluka Public School was successful in securing a Woolworths Landcare Grant. Thank you to Amber Bennett for completing the grant submission for us. We are excited to be able to reinvigorate our Vegetable garden space and prepare it for a native stingless beehive later in the year. Thank you to Woolworths for their support and sponsorship.


Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disabilities. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling

  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional

  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools

  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools

  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.


Reminder to Stage 3 students that the Canberra medical information sheet is now due. Full payment is due by Friday 16th July, unless otherwise arranged with me.


During Term 3 all students from K-6 will be participating in an 8 week gymnastics program. This program will run on Thursdays, as part of the K-6 sport program for the term. We thank Mrs Tammy Tuck for her assistance in running this exciting program and look forward to providing you with

Have a great week. Phil


It is hard to believe that we are halfway through 2021 and that our second holiday period is about to start. I hope that you get a chance to catch up with family and friends, as well as some time for rest and relaxation. It is with great sadness that we farewell April and her family. We wish them all the best for the future!

Organisation … Year One Homework

This week Year One students will take home their readers and daily spelling words to practice. Due to the holidays, there will be no maths homework. Please ensure that all maths books are returned this week.

Events … Assembly Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our Whole School Assembly on Friday: Kindergarten - Tully and Year One - Callum, Amelia, April. Well done to our Win Bin winner, Jake!



Hello everyone,

I hope you are enjoying our lovely winter weather. The days have been golden and the nights fantastic for sleeping.

Thank you - to those parents that attended parent/teacher interviews. We appreciate your positive feedback and value your input and ideas.

Home Reading - can be continued during the holidays. Books are available in the classroom as well as our wonderful school library.

Work ethic - of the class has been consistent throughout Term 2 and we are sure this positive attitude towards learning will continue in second semester.

Enjoy - the break and opportunity to spend time with your children. These are precious years and before you know it you will be ‘empty nesters’.

See everyone refreshed and reenergised for third term, Di


Hello everyone,

Here we are in Week 10, halfway through the year. It has been another busy term and we look forward to the break to rest and recharge for Term 3.

Farewell - Sadly we say goodbye to two special class members at the end of the week. We wish Kirra-Leigh, Mikayla and their families all the very best for the future. Today, we farewelled Sister Lyn, who has been a scripture teacher at IPS for many years. We thank her for her dedication to IPS and the Iluka Community and wish Sister Lyn all the very best in retirement.

Homework - Homework sheets are due today (Tuesday). However, I will still accept and mark homework submitted after the due date. There is no new homework sheet for this week.

I thank parents and carers for their support throughout the Semester. I wish everyone a relaxing holiday and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. See you back after the break.



Hello everyone,

Maclean Highschool visit - Today we are off to the high school to learn about Indigenous culture and interact in games. The Year 12 students will be organising games and activities for our students to participate in.

World Party - Students will be making their presentations of their chosen country on Friday. They may bring along, and when presenting, wear a traditional costume or colours to present their country. The presentations will be followed by a Fiesta/luncheon. All the students are asked to bring in a plate of food that best represents their country of study. We shall sit down and share this meal in class at lunch.

Farewell - Sadly we say goodbye to Sister Lyne. Today is the last time we get to hear from the master teacher. Sister Lyne has been a very valued scripture teacher at our school for many years. The students and I have thoroughly enjoyed and learnt a lot from your teachings. You will be sadly missed and we wish you all the very best for a well deserved retirement.

Sadly we also say goodbye to Jessica Hinde at the end of the week. We wish her and her family all the very best for the future.

Canberra Excursion - medical/consent note needs to be returned to school ASAP.

Holidays - Enjoy your time with family and friends. Stay safe! Spend time on YOU! Set goals. Be positive, adventurous and kind! See you after the holidays.

Cheers Bek


Hi everyone. Thank you to all the students for their efforts throughout Semester 1. They have tried really hard in class and remain a settled and cohesive team. Well done kids! I am constantly amazed at the resilience of our children in an ever changing world. If I could be so bold as to offer some thoughts on the holidays…………..Keep positive. Encourage solution based thinking. Speak kindly to each other. Do not allow their young minds to be infected with social media yet..please.

Cheers, Chris.



And just like that we are halfway through the year and I am a half a year older (and feeling it). The library borrowing and returning this term has been humming along and the students should be commended on their efforts. Most classes are operating at around about 90-95% of borrowing and returning each week.


The kids in the upper grades are loving 3D printing. The year 5 and 6 students have all managed to design a 3D name tag that they will be attached to their main piece of luggage for the Canberra excursion. The Year 5 have been lucky enough to begin creating their own characters for an animated story which they will be creating in Term 3 using the Stop Motion app on the iPads.


The Children’s Book Council of Australia books have been ordered and some should start to arrive this week. Unfortunately, there were a number of them on back order and will more than likely arrive at the start of next term.


I received this email at the start of last week after applying for a Robot EOI -

“Congratulations Matt, your school, Iluka Public School, has been successful in your registration to receive 20 FREE LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 from stem.T4L. We are currently processing this now and will begin shipping the LEGO EV3 sets out to your school in Term 3 Week 1.”

This is awesome news. These are robots that our school gets to keep forever, meaning will not be limited to using them for one term only.

I hope everyone has a great holiday and you get plenty of offshore conditions. Matt.


Congratulations to our Girls PSSA Basketball team, Emma, Jade, Tandia, Oceane, Shanoah, Lilly, Tessah and Taya, who played 3 rounds of basketball last week in Lismore. We are thrilled to advise that the girls played hard and worked well as a team and won all 3 games. They have now qualified for Round 4 of the knockout competition, which will be played during next term against a team from our northern boundary.


  • Volunteers for Friday - TBA

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


Well done to all our school bankers this term. Remember banking is collected on Tuesdays.

We will resume banking for Term 3 on the first day back - Tuesday 13th July.

Have a wonderful break.

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