WEEK 2 NEWS - TERM 1
Thursday 6th - IPS Swimming Carnival (8yrs+), Maclean Pool. Arrive 9:45am for 10am start.
Friday 7th - IPS Infants Swimming Carnival, Iluka Anchorage Holiday Park. Starting at 9am.
Friday 7th - Music Introduction Concert at school with Miss Leeann @ 2:15pm
Monday 10th - Kindy Class Meeting @ 3:15 - 4:15pm
Monday 10th - P & C Meeting & AGM. IPS Staff Room @ 7pm. All Welcome!
Tuesday 11th - Small Schools Swimming Carnival, Maclean Pool.
Wednesday 12th - Yr 5/6 Class Meeting @ 4:00 - 4:30pm
Thursday 13th - Tennis with Alan Jurd to recommence @ IPS. 1pm, school tennis courts.
Thursday 13th - Yr 3/4 Class Meeting 4:00 - 4:30pm
Thursday 13th - Yr 1/2 Class Meeting 7:00 - 8:00pm
Friday 14th - Whole School Assembly, IPS COLA. Starting at 2:15pm
Friday 20th - Harmony Day
Friday 3th - IPS Cross Country
Friday 10th - Good Friday and end of Term 1 / start of school holidays.
Dear Parents and Carers,
I trust that everyone has had an enjoyable weekend spending quality time with family and friends. I hope it gave you the time to relax, freshen up and get ready for the full week ahead.
Once again, welcome to Iluka Public School in 2020. It has been lovely to see so many familiar faces return ready for the year and it has been wonderful to welcome our new families to the school community. Our 13 Kindergarten students started Thursday, and I have to say, I have never seen such a settled, happy group of eager students. They made a fantastic start to their schooling at Iluka. I would very much like to thank our new Kindy parents who did a great job in saying goodbye to their children quickly in the morning. It had a very positive effect in settling the children into their first day of school.
Staffing Positions 2020
We start this year’s educational programs with 92 students across 4 classes.
Principal – Mr Phil Bradmore
School Administrative Manager – Ms Lyn Rankin
School Administrative Officers – Mrs Linda Meyers, Mrs Leah Speirs
Early Stage 1 – (Kindy) - Ms Lynne Essery
Stage 1 – (Years 1 and 2) – Mrs Di Howard
Stage 2 – (Years 3 and 4) – Mrs Kristy Gardner
Stage 3 – (Years 5 and 6) and Relieving Assistant Principal - Mrs Rebecca Cunningham
Teacher Librarian/Computer Coordinator – Mr Matt Jones
Learning and Support Teacher – Mr Chris Speirs
Student Learning Support Officers – Mrs Lisa Waters, Mrs Aleisha McEwen, Mrs Leah Speirs
General Assistant – Mr Mark Goodwin
School Cleaner – Mrs Carolyn McDermott
As advised last year, from next week, our newsletter will be distributed online. This will reduce the amount of paper usage within our school environment and is in line with how newsletters are distributed by the majority of schools now. The newsletter will be available through the school website or the link on our Facebook page. During Term 1 there will be some hard copies available at the school office but I do encourage everyone to start accessing the newsletter digitally. Should you still like to receive a hard copy please contact the school. Permission notes will still be printed out and distributed to the students.
Our Parent Information meetings will be held shortly. Please check class news or Upcoming Events for times. The meetings are intended to provide an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teacher and be informed about the year ahead, the class organisation, the class program and expectations for the year. They are invaluable.
Iluka Public School P & C
Just a reminder, the first Iluka PS P&C meeting and AGM is being held on Monday the 10th of February. Meetings are held in the school staff room and commence at 7.00pm. All parents are most welcome to join us.
Tina from The Uniform Shop at 4 Stanley Street Maclean handles all our uniform needs. The Uniform Shop is trading Mondays to Friday from 9.00am to 4.30pm.
2020 Voluntary Contributions
We have again kept the level of voluntary contributions that we are collecting from parents to a minimum, to make this contribution affordable to all. The cost is $30 per child for the year or $50 per family. It has not been increased in a number of years. This funding will go to ensuring that our educational programs are appropriately resourced. Part of the voluntary contribution funding collected this year has been assigned to resourcing our music program. We will also buy new books and other resources, as well as pay for assessment tools to ensure that we are tracking and measuring improvement in our students’ learning throughout the year.
The school has also listened to parent feedback in regards to excursions, incursions and resources specific to your child. We have reduced the number of these additional programs this year, keeping only what we see as the most valuable experiences for our students. For families experiencing financial hardship there may be some financial assistance available.
Please note: parental financial contributions are entirely voluntary. All payments can be made direct at the office via cash or eftpos transactions.
2020 IPS Swimming Carnival
The annual swimming carnival is on this Thursday, 6 February 2020 (Week 2) at the Maclean Pool. Please ensure your child has returned their permission note to their classroom teacher. We look forward to a successful swimming carnival. NB: You may need to throw in an extra towel if the day is wet or drink bottle if the day is hot. The Infants swimming carnival will be on Friday 7 February 2020 at the Anchorage Holiday Park. A separate note has been given to those students involved.
There are numerous times throughout the year when we seek parental assistance and are always very appreciative of that support. It is a legal requirement for any parent volunteer, in any activity that involves the children, that they complete a working with children volunteer check. This only needs to be done once each year. Whilst I understand that it can be an imposition, it is done in the interests of protecting our children. All parental volunteers are required to report to the Office upon arrival and sign into the Visitor’s book.
Extra Curricula Activities 1
Interested in learning a musical instrument or learning to sing? Miss Leeann will be joining us this year as our music teacher. Miss Leeann will be at school on Friday 7 February from 2.15pm to introduce herself and to showcase a number of instruments she can teach. We look forward to welcoming and meeting her.
Extra Curricula Activities 2
Interested in learning tennis? Mr Jurd will be back on Thursdays to teach tennis from 1.00pm. Please see the accompanying ad in this newsletter for further details.
The tuckshop has reopened for 2020. For families new to IPS, tuckshop is open Monday and Friday each week. Lunch orders are taken on the morning before school starts. On tuck shop days recess, ice blocks and drinks may also be purchased with cash. The tuck shop is managed by the P&C and relies entirely on a dedicated team of parent/carer and grandparent volunteers to keep operating. Net proceeds from tuckshop sales then benefit school students through the purchase of school resources and equipment. If you would like to get involved either working in the canteen on Mondays or Fridays please contact the school office for more information. No experience necessary and it’s a great way to get involved in the school community! Copies of the menu, can also be found on the IPS website.
Have a great week, Phil
CLASS KINDY NEWS
The Kindergarten students have all settled in well and are currently learning class routines, as well as expected classroom behaviours. A big thank you parents and carers for your support in getting the Kindergarten students off to such a great start at ‘big school’. I would also like to thank the Year 6 students for their assistance in helping their ‘buddy’ to learn about our morning, recess, lunch time procedures, as well as helping their ‘buddy’ to explore and to learn how to play safely in our playground. Well done, Year 6!
Health Unit - Today we began our ‘Bounce Back’ program, which is a positive educational approach to wellbeing, resilience and social-emotional learning. The students have commenced learning the ‘Bounce Back’ song and were introduced to the key learning messages contained in the ‘BOUNCE’ acronym. A copy of the ‘BOUNCE’ acronym has been sent home in your child’s communication folder today.
Spare Clothes - This year I will be collecting your child’s spare clothing and placing their clothes in a tub, which will be stored in the classroom. Should your child need to be changed, the clothing will be on hand for all staff members to access. It will also free up some room in your child’s school bag. Please ensure that your child brings their spare clothing this week for collection.
*Infant Swimming Carnival permission notes are now due. Students go straight to the pool in the morning of the carnival, not to school. I will be waiting at the pool to greet you.
*Please ensure that your class meeting attendance slip is returned this week.
*It is important that communication folders are returned to school on a daily basis.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
Welcome back to 2020: a brand new year and decade. “Year of the Rat”. I’m really looking forward to this coming year and all the opportunities it holds for positive learning and creative expression. I’m excited about working with your child and getting to know you and form a strong link between home and school. It is very important that we work together with one common goal.
The children have settled in very well and seem like a lovely group.
Home Readers: were sent home on Friday. Books are to be recorded in the journal with date and face filled out. The students will have a chance to change their readers each day.
Homework: was also given out on Monday. It involves some maths and spelling/literacy work. Homework comes back to school on Friday.
Class Requirements: Children will need a pencil case with coloured pencils and textas (these are used a LOT), as well as an eraser, sharpener and a glue stick. A library bag is required for borrowing books and an old shirt will help (in most cases) to keep the creative ‘juices’ off the school shirt. I’m not making any promises though!
Class Meeting: will be held next Thursday evening, 13th Feb. at 7pm, here in the 1/2 classroom. It will only take about 1 hour. I would like one adult family member to attend please.
Hope you are coping with the high humidity. Di
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Hello and welcome back to school for 2020! What a lovely class I have this year. It is great to see many familiar faces from previous years plus some new ones too. We are settling in nicely and beginning to establish routines.
Home Readers: Home reading journals were sent home last week. Students may wish to read books from home or they are welcome to select books from the levelled boxes in the classroom. Journals are collected and checked every Wednesday.
Homework: A homework sheet went home on Monday and is due back to school on Friday. It is suggested that sheets may be kept in a folder or plastic sleeve. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Year 5/6 and Mrs Cunningham who have initiated a ‘Homework Club’. If students need assistance they may attend the club on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8.30am. Additionally, I am always available to assist and explain activities where necessary.
Class Requirements: Children require a pencil case with lead pencils, coloured pencils, textas, eraser, sharpener and a glue stick. A library bag is required for borrowing books on Wednesday.
Class Meeting: My class meeting will be held next Thursday 13th February at 4pm in the 3/4 classroom. It will only take about half an hour. If you are unable to attend, please let me know and I will arrange an information sheet for you.
Swimming Carnival: Please return the permission note and money for the Swimming Carnival to be held this Thursday 6th February.
Have an enjoyable week.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
Hi everyone! Welcome to the year 5/6 class. It was lovely to see so many enthusiastic students in class. We have started strong and are working hard on establishing expectations and routines.
This year the students have decided to start a Homework and Home Reading Club twice a week at school. This will be held in my classroom from 8.30am on Wednesday and Friday mornings. They are happy to listen to students read and complete their journals and also very keen to help with their homework.
Sports Captains: House meetings were held last Friday. Congratulations to Hudson, Amy-Leigh, Mia and Chaise for being elected as the captains. I am sure you will all be fantastic role models this year.
Home Readers: Home reading journals were sent home last week. Students may wish to read books from home or they are welcome to select books from the classroom. However at this age they are highly encouraged to pick books that they are interested in from the school Library. Journals are collected and checked every Thursday.
Library. Library and robotics are also on Thursday with Mr Jones.
Homework: A spelling sheet and mentals sheet went home on Monday and is due back to school on Friday. It is suggested that the sheets be kept in the folder that was provided.
Class Requirements: Children require a small pencil case with a red pen, blue pen, lead pencil, coloured pencils, textas, eraser, sharpener and a glue stick.
Swimming Carnival: Please return the permission note and money for the Swimming Carnival to be held this Thursday 6th February.
Class Meeting: My class meeting will be held next Wednesday 12th February at 4pm in the 5/6 classroom. Have a great week.
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Welcome back to school everyone. What amazing weather we have had these holidays and the ocean certainly delivered plenty of surf for the first 4 weeks of the holidays. I am feeling extremely surfed out and ready to get stuck back into work. I am expecting big things this year down in the library. As you would all be aware last year the library was slowly getting a much needed makeover and throughout the year this slowly occurred. In order to keep kids' passion and excitement for books alive I feel it is important to keep adding new and fresh content to our book collection.
Book Fairs and Book Club allows this to occur as it raises scholastic points for me to purchase books. Last year Book Fairs combined raised the school over $1500 in scholastic points which was spent on new and exciting books. I would like to thank all parents and carers who purchased any books throughout 2019 through these services. I am hoping to continue the trend this year. I already have two Book Fairs booked in for the year. I hope to see everyone attend at some stage during the two weeks of the Book Fair.
To also keep up with the ever evolving look and feel of libraries, I will be looking at getting more comfortable and flexible seating. This will help to create a more 21st century learning environment which experts and research suggests allows students to feel physically and emotionally comfortable which engages them to learn in a way that actually works for them.
CLASS LIBRARY DAYS
Kindy - Monday
Year 1/2 - Tuesday
Year 3/4 - Wednesday
Year 5/6 - Thursday
The first edition of Book Club is now in circulation and students are beginning to look through the catalogues at books that may interest them. Please remember that the school receives 20% of all Book Club sales made which then is used towards the purchasing of new books and resources for the school. You can either fill in the order form in the catalogue or order through LOOP. All orders are due in by Monday 17th of February (Week 4).
Again this term I have managed to book the tablet robotics kit through the STEMShare program. We had this kit at the end of the year last year, however, with multiple interruptions to students release we did not manage to gain the full potential of these robots. Each class will have the opportunity this term to dive head first into coding these robots. They will gain a greater understanding about the language and functions involved in making computers, robots and other electronic devices work.
In addition to each class library and STEM time, I will be taking classes for 1 hour per week to work on basic computer skills. This will range from understanding specific functions on a keyboard, computer parts, graphic design, typing, coding, formatting, data and for the younger ones logging in.
I hope everyone has an easy transition back into school life during this first week. Matt.
The students voted for Hickey and Rush Sports House Captains last Friday. On behalf of the school we congratulate Team RUSH - Hudson Captain, Chaise Vice Captain, Amy-Leigh Captain and Mia Vice Captain. Team HICKEY - Reef Captain, Travis Vice Captain, Kelani Captain and Krystal Vice Captain.
From time to time the PSSA Sports Unit invites schools to send students they think might be eligible to make the North Coast Representative teams. Before students attend Northern Rivers Trials we will have our own selection process here at school especially for the popular sports like soccer, netball, touch football & cricket (usually this is done through our sports program). If need be we will do activities in lunchtimes. Based on our own professional judgement we will then nominate students to attend trials and contact those families involved.
Volunteers for Monday 10 February - Leonie and Mary
Volunteers for Monday 17 February - Karla and TJ
Volunteers for Friday’s - Sandy and Mark
Class donations this week are Class1/2.
If you are available to offer some time assisting in the Tuckshop please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
Commonwealth Bank school banking will recommence next Tuesday 11 February. More details to come.
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Lower Clarence Tennis Association
Tennis coaching resumes at Iluka Public School for Term 1 on
Thursday 13 February.
Cost is $80/term (min 8 weeks)
New players most welcome.
Racquets supplied if needed.
Any questions, please feel free to call Alan on 0416 016 775
Service NSW Active Kids Vouchers can be used.