WEEK 10 NEWS - TERM 3
Wednesday 23 September - P & C Meeting @ 1:30 to 3:00 pm - Club Iluka.
Friday 25 September - Tuckshop will be closed - Last day of Term 3
Monday 12 October - First Day of Term 4 for both students and staff
Friday 16 October - School Photos
I would like to thank the Iluka Public School community; staff, students and parents/carers for everything that has been done to make this term a successful learning one. I am very proud of the way our school community has managed to navigate our way through the three terms this year.
Term 4 will begin in much the same way as we finish this term. I am hopeful that more restrictions will be relaxed for school activities in regards to what we are allowed to do. I wish students, staff and parents a well-earned, safe and relaxing holiday.
Students return on Monday 12 October 2020.
Parents, please make note in your diary that school photos will take place Friday 16 October 2020. Information and envelopes have already been sent home. Photos will include; Year 5/6 and Year 6 class photos, leadership team, house sports photos and a whole school photo.
The Iluka Public School Spelling Bee was introduced in 2017, as a fun and educational way for our students to engage with spelling. The Spelling Bee aims to encourage all students to actively participate with spelling and to promote improved literacy in combination with the English K-6 Syllabus. The competition was open to all students K-6 and I am so proud of all the students who were brave enough to compete. The competition was held last week and we congratulate our winning students. If you haven’t been there already, head on over to our photo gallery on the school webpage to see everyone in action. https://www.ilukapublicschool.com/galleries
Early Stage 1 - Cody, Runner up - Aryk
Stage 1 - Bailey, Runner up - Frankie
Stage 2 - Scott, Runner up - Beau
Stage 3 - Oceane, Runner up - Jack Mc
TELL THEM FROM ME SURVEY
This term, our school will be participating in the Partners in Learning parent survey, another part of the Tell Them From Me suite of surveys (student, teacher and parent surveys) on student engagement. The survey asks parents and carers questions about different factors that are known to impact on student wellbeing and engagement.
Running this survey will help our school understand parents’ and carers’ perspectives on their child’s experience at school. These include communication between parents/carers and staff, activities and practices at home and parent/carer views on the school's support of learning and behaviour. This valuable feedback will help our school make practical improvements.
The survey is conducted entirely online on smartphones, iPads, tablets, laptops or computers. The survey will typically take 15 minutes or less to complete and is completely confidential.
Although participating in the survey is entirely voluntary, we encourage maximum participation and your responses are very much appreciated.
Please click on the following link to complete the survey http://nsw.tellthemfromme.com/ilukaps
P & C MEETING
Our next P&C meeting is set down for this Wednesday 21st October starting at 1:30 pm-3.00 pm at Club Iluka (formerly Iluka Bowls Club). We look forward to seeing you there.
Enrolments for Kindergarten 2021 are now being accepted. Children born between 1st August 2015 and 31st July 2016 are eligible to enrol. Parents wishing to enrol a child for school next year should come to the office and speak to Ms Lyn or myself. Please note that due to adult social distancing rules we can only attend to one family at a time. You may wish to make an appointment first on 6646 6149.
When placing an Application for Enrolment there are a number of document requirements, outlined in the Enrolment package that parents/carers are required to supply. Hard copies of the following original documents must be provided - child’s birth certificate for proof of age, passports and visas for parents if the student was born overseas, and proof of residence (current council rate notice or lease agreement, with a copy of Rental Bond Board deposit receipt and 3 (three) utility bills e.g. gas or electricity account, water bill, mobile or landline telephone account).
You will also be required to submit your child’s up to date immunisation certificate. If your child suffers from asthma or an allergy, Iluka Public School will support your child’s needs with an Individual Health Care plan, established in conjunction with your doctor who must provide us with information regarding the diagnosis.
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY - CHARLES STREET
May I please ask that you ensure you drop off your child safely and park appropriately. If you are walking across Charles Street, then please use the crossing with your child. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure our students are safe.
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE - IT’S NOT OK TO STAY AWAY
The thought of an argument with children to get them to school is too great to bear for some parents. Too many students miss school through parent-condoned absences. Every day a student is away they are missing a learning experience.
If a child misses school for around 1 day a week, by the end of the year they will have missed almost 1 whole term of school. Over the primary school years they would miss almost 3 years of school.
What is a Justified Absence from school?
1. For an unavoidable medical or dental appointment. (best made for after school or in the holidays).
2. To attend a recognised religious holiday.
3. To attend an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (e.g. a funeral).
4. While sick or with an infectious disease.
If you require support to get your child to attend school or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school.
All absences must be explained within 7 days or earlier is even better.
We can all work together to make a difference in your child's future!
Be on time. Be at school. That’s the rule!
It is the responsibility of parents to notify the school of their child’s absence, as soon as possible, after the absence has occurred. If no explanation is received, the school will generate a note requesting an explanation of absence. Absences can be notified by letter or email and to the teacher or school. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
The last 5 weeks of guided play in Term 3 have created a safe place to try a new game for some, learn new skills for others, teach others what we know and have fun while being competitive and trying to win! Well done to all those involved in Jigsaws, Where’s Wally, chalk drawing and this week Year 6 students have organised a handball competition. We look forward to seeing all students having fun in the playgrounds.
TERM 4 ACTIVITIES
Prior to the end of Term 3, we are hoping to receive updated COVID 19 guidelines that will indicate the type of events that we are able to undertake in Term 4. Whilst we appreciate that it is difficult for families moving into the uncertainty of Term 4 regarding activities, we have been working hard behind the scenes planning multiple contingencies for the following events:
High School Orientation Days
End of Year Celebration Days
Year 6 Camp and Farewell
End of Year Presentation Day Assembly
Details of the plans for these events will be published either later this term or early next term, depending on Health advice and guidelines.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY/DENTISTRY PRACTICUM STUDENTS
Pleasingly, Iluka Public School has been selected to participate in two innovation programs being conducted through the University of Sydney. Occupational Therapy students are currently conducting face to face sessions with a number of selected students requiring extra assistance. It is wonderful to be able to offer additional support for their needs. Dentistry students will be conducting oral hygiene messages through Zoom. All students K-6 will participate in this video session.
At Iluka Public School, we really appreciate the importance of reading and encourage students to read regularly at school and at home! Our target this term, as part of the 200 nights home reading in a year goal, is the 150 nights mark. Congratulations to those students who will receive their certificate this week.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday break. Looking forward to seeing you all for Term 4. Phil.
CLASS K NEWS
Home Reading - To maintain the reading progress the students have made this term, I will be sending home books for the students to read over the holidays. Another great resource to use over the holidays is the Reading Eggs app. Please contact me if you need a copy of your child’s login details.
Library - There will be a change to our library day next term. Only for the first week, our class library day will be Friday. For the remainder of the term our library day will continue to be on a Monday.
Mathematics - On Wednesday, the students will take home some maths games. These games have been played in class and the students have been told they may now keep the games and the accompanying resources. Hope you get a chance to play them over the holidays.
Assembly Awards - Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our school assembly last Friday: Caden, Belinda, Aryk and Ragnar.
Reminder: Check your child’s hair regularly for head lice.
*Please return the photograph envelope before our scheduled school photograph day.
*An Iluka Public School satisfaction survey was sent home in communication folders on Tuesday. Could all surveys please be returned by this Friday.
Have a relaxing and restful holiday, as another busy term is just around the corner! Take care and stay safe. Lynne
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
I hope you are enjoying the beautiful mornings as the sun rises a little earlier and the birds wake up with their beautiful twittering.
Well done to all the boys and girls for giving the Spelling Bee their best effort. You all did very well indeed and trying your best is what it is all about. Congratulations once again to Bailey on being the Stage One victor.
The children will have a maths diagnostic test this week to end the term off. They are also having up to date reading running records being completed. The children may take a few extra books home for the holidays to keep practicing.
Have a lovely time together over the Spring holiday. Enjoy quality time together. See you all refreshed for Term 4. Di
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Spelling Bee - Congratulations to all Year 3/4 students who participated in the Spelling Bee last week. A special mention goes to the top spellers: Beau, Fraser, Olivia and especially Scott, who was crowned the Stage 2 Spelling Bee Champion. Well done everyone!
Library Day - Please note Year 3/4 will be attending their library lesson on Thursday this week, only to accommodate other extra-curricular activities in the school.
Handball Competition - Good luck to all the Stage 2 students who will compete in the handball competition this Wednesday. Thank you to Year 6 for organising this exciting activity.
Home Reading Awards - Congratulations to the following students who have achieved 150 nights of reading: Tessah, Paige, Jessica, Beau and Mikayla. For those who aren’t quite there yet, keep reading over the holidays. You can do it!!
Surveys - On Monday students took home school satisfaction surveys. Could you please return these by Friday? Thank you.
Have a relaxing and restful holiday. I look forward to seeing everyone again for what will be a busy Term 4.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
Spelling Bee - Last week our class participated in the annual school Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee was fantastic, all the children tried their best and everybody did very well. Congratulations to Oceane who managed to hold Jack off, in a very entertaining final.
Health - We have been learning a lot about how the human body works. We have looked at the Skeletal, Muscular, Digestive, Nervous, Respiratory and the Circulatory Systems.
Handball Competition - This week is the one and the only Handball Competition. All of the students in the school will be having a handball competition for the first time at Iluka Public School. The year 6 students have come up with this amazing idea to raise money for the school. The school has been very excited about this week. Stage 1 rounds will be played today at lunchtime, Stage 2 will be played at lunch on Wednesday and Stage 3 will be played on Thursday. ALL FINALS WILL COMMENCE AFTER RECESS THIS FRIDAY. All competitors will receive their Handball Pops on Friday.
Canteen Kids - Yes!!! Canteen Kids will be returning in Term 4. We shall commence in Week 2 of Term 4. Order forms will be sent out in Week 1.
Kindergarten 2021 - Due to COVID 19 restrictions the Kindergarten Transition program for this year has been put on hold. However, the Year 5/6 students wanted to find a way to communicate and inform the future students of the school. So, they are creating eBooks for the preschoolers to read via our school website. All books have individual voice overs, where the book is read to the little ones by the authors of the book. All of these eBooks will be uploaded by Mr Jones to our school website where the books can be read online via an internet connected device. Also, keep an eye out for a short music video advertisement that the Year 6 students have put together, it’s quite catchy!
Wishing everyone a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday.
Written by Kilani and Travis
The students have been really enjoying the new Children's Book Council Award winning books and the activities that are associated with them. There are also plenty of new books for students to borrow and I am allowing students to borrow extra over the holidays. However, please be mindful that if the books are lost or damaged over the break, they will need to be replaced or paid for.
Students have been creating some great eBooks with the use of Book Creator and hopefully, soon I will be publishing a select few to feature on our website.
I hope everyone has a great holiday with your children. Matt.
This week sees the final lesson in the golf program that Mr Adey has been presenting to the students on a Thursday. Last week’s lesson concentrated on perfecting “teeing off” and working on our stance. Iluka Public School would like to thank Mr Adey for sharing his skills and passion for the game of golf.
We wish our Year 6 students a good day on Thursday when they attend Iluka Golf Club to put into practice all that they have learned.
CANTEEN WILL BE CLOSED THIS FRIDAY (LAST DAY OF TERM) 24 SEPTEMBER.
Volunteers for Monday 12 October - TBA
If you could offer some time assisting in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
School Banking day is Tuesday.
Banking will resume Tuesday 13 October. We wish everyone a safe and fun holiday.
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