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WEEK 2 NEWS - TERM 1

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Monday 1 to Thursday 4 February - Best Start Assessments to commence for Kindergarten

  • Monday 1 to 12 February - Classroom Assessments on various days for Yr 2 - Yr 6

  • Tuesday 2 February - School Banking will resume.

  • Thursday 4 February - IPS Swimming Carnival - Students 8yrs and over. Bus leaving school 9:10 am sharp. Maclean Olympic Pool.

  • Friday 5 February - IPS Infants (K/1) Swimming Carnival 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Meet at Anchorage Holiday Park.

  • Monday 8 February - Class Meetings Week. Today is Kindergarten @ 3:15 - 4:15 pm

  • Monday 8 February - P & C School Tuckshop will resume today.

  • Tuesday 9 February - Class Meeting - Year 1 @ 3:15 - 4:15 pm + Year 6 @ 4:30 pm

  • Thursday 11 February - Class Meetings - Year 4 @ 4:00 - 4:30 pm + Year 2/3 @ 7:00 - 8:00 pm + Yr 5 @ 5:00 pm

  • Thursday 11 February - 4 Week Sporting Schools Program - Whole School Tennis starts today.

  • Friday 12 February - Small Schools Swimming Carnival, Maclean Olympic Pool.

  • Friday 12 February - Whole School Assembly @ 2:15 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this assembly will be for students only until further notice.

PRINCIPAL REPORT


WELCOME

We hope you have had a relaxing, wonderful summer holiday. As a staff, we are very excited for the New Year and to welcome back our beautiful, talented students of Iluka Public School. I hope you are all recharged and ready to start a new school year. I would also like to welcome the many new families to Iluka Public School.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Latest information; Parents and carers can enter the school to:

  • meet with school staff with an appointment (including meetings for prospective students)

  • drop off students to their classes for Kindergarten and Years 1 and 2 for the first few days of school (finishes tomorrow Wednesday 3 February 2021) provided they follow physical distancing and hygiene measures implemented by the school and the Department.

  • All parents may attend parent orientation meetings to ‘meet the teacher’ with school staff for all year/stage groups. Meetings will be limited to 1 hour. Please check the Upcoming Events for your child’s meeting date.

  • For more information, details and advice please use the following link https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

FACILITIES UPDATE

If you drove past the school over the holidays you would have seen the numerous maintenance and construction projects that have occurred. Firstly, our new cricket pitch has been installed. Thanks to local Shane Batinovic and his crew and to Amanda from Enduro Turf Wickets for completing the work. The pitch has been relocated away from the soccer field. The pitch now has a green artificial turf laid with a bright yellow turf cricket crease over the new turf. As well, we are pleased with the new classroom blinds that have been installed throughout many classrooms and the Administration block. Thank you to Lyn for organising this.

STUDENT CLASS PLACEMENT

A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placements for the 2021 school year. Students have now been placed in their 2021 classes. Careful consideration was given to input from staff as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities. Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred teacher. Our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for all students.

Our classroom organisation for 2021 will be: K/1 – Miss Lynne Essery. Year 2/3 – Mrs Di Howard, Mrs Cath Leseberg. Year 4 – Mrs Kristy Gardner. Year 5 - Mrs Rebecca Cunningham. Year 6 – Mr Chris Speirs. Learning and Support Team teacher - Ms Amanda Dobbin (4 days), RFF/Technology/Library - Mr Matt Jones.

ATTENDANCE – EVERY DAY COUNTS

Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things at school every day – missing school puts them behind. A reminder about attendance - we are asking parents and carers to please ensure that their child is attending school regularly. We monitor attendance closely as per the NSW DoE policy. Principals are instructed to phone home if an absence is unexplained after two days and they must record the act of phoning or contacting the parent/carer. Lateness and absence can have a significant impact on learning and some of our most important learning experiences happen at the beginning of the day.

In the event your child is sick can you please contact the school to let us know. If your child needs to have an appointment, please try to make your appointment after the lunch break from 2:00 pm.


CLASSROOM PACKS

You can now purchase your ‘classroom’ pack. Setting up our classrooms as quality learning environments, with efficient access to technology and contemporary teaching resources is vital in ensuring that our students achieve the outcomes set for them. In order to ensure quality teaching, it is important that we set a ‘classroom’ pack for our school. Our Classroom pack is set at: 1 child $30.00 and for two or more children families $50. Included in each pack will be all textbooks and online subscriptions students will use. It also covers the costs of exercise books, pens, paper, folders and art equipment. All that parents/carers will need to do is supply a pencil case. Classroom packs can now be paid for at the office with cash or card or online by visiting our web page, www.ilukapublicschool.com

PARENT CONCERNS

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s educational, emotional or social wellbeing please contact our school to organise a meeting with your child’s classroom teacher. Most concerns should be resolved at the local level by the classroom teacher. If you can't resolve your concerns after speaking to your child's teacher, please come and raise your continued concerns with myself. You can reach the school on 6646 6149 or iluka-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au.

STUDENT ASTHMA PLANS AND ANAPHYLAXIS PLANS

If your child’s medical requirements have changed or you have a new Asthma or Anaphylaxis plan, could you please ensure all information is updated ASAP with the school office, to ensure the safety of your child and help us to abide by the Department of Education Work Health and Safety requirements.


TUCKSHOP

Class Donations for Tuckshop next week will be: Year 2/3

The school tuckshop will begin on Monday 8 February 2021. Our tuckshop operates on a Monday and Friday only. Please find our 2021 menu attached at the end of the newsletter. Don’t forget to check out each week our Tuckshop section below to find out more information regarding this positive service for the school.

As always, we are looking for volunteers for the 2021 school year. Last year we operated with a small, cheerful and productive group of parents, carers and community members. The Tuckshop service we offer to the school can not happen without this band of merry workers. If you could offer some time assisting in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. The students gain a lot of social, economical and practical life skills by utilising the Tuckshop and absolutely love to see a familiar face in there.

I eagerly look forward to seeing all students and families again. It remains an honour and privilege to be the School Principal. Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

Have a great week. Phil


CLASS K/1 NEWS

Kinder - I would like to extend a big, warm welcome to our new Kindergarten students and families. The Kindergarten students have all settled well and are currently learning class routines, as well as expected classroom behaviours. Thank you, parents and carers for your support in getting the Kindergarten students off to such a great start at ‘big school’.

Year One - To our Year One students and families I extend a warm welcome back and hope you had a wonderful break over the holidays. The Year One students are excited about being leaders this year and are keen to assume extra responsibilities within the classroom.

Classroom Organisation

Communication Folders - Every student in Kindergarten and Year One will be given a communication folder this week. The purpose of these folders are to assist with the relaying of written information between school to home and home to school. It is important to note that all forms/notes sent home in the communication folders are to be returned to the classroom for processing rather than returned to the office.

Library Day - Our class library day is Wednesday (tomorrow). Please ensure your child has a library bag ready for borrowing library books this Wednesday and that their library bag is clearly labelled with their name.

Classroom Events

Best Start - Kindergarten students commence their Best Start assessment tasks this week. On Monday and Tuesday the focus is on Numeracy and on Wednesday and Thursday the focus is on Literacy.

Infants Swimming Carnival - Our annual Infants Swimming Carnival is this Friday 5th February and is being held at the Anchorage Holiday Park here in Iluka. Please go straight to the pool in the morning of the carnival and I will be waiting to greet you there at 9:00 am. Please ensure your child’s permission note has been returned to school before Friday.

Lynne