• Iluka Public School


Key dates:

  • Wednesday 29 April – 8 May 2020 Students learning from home where practical.

  • Monday 11 May 2020 (Week 3) - Staged return to school timetable.

  • Students will need their work packs and laptops.


  • Mondays – Kindergarten and Year 6

  • Tuesdays – Year 3 and Year 2

  • Wednesdays - Year 1 and Year 5 (GIRLS)

  • Thursdays - Year 5 (BOYS) and Year 4


Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope your transition from holidays to school mode was smooth and that your child has settled back into regular academic routines.

Thank you to all of you for supporting our school community with such a positive start to the term;

  • to parents for picking up work packs from school.

  • for the wonderful job that you are doing on the home front. Your children will continue with their learning because of all that you, under the expert guidance of our teachers, are doing in this area. Always remember though, that this is all new for our children too.

  • The staff have greatly appreciated the many ways that parents and students have been showing your kindness and support for the school.

Students to transition back to the Classroom in Term 2

Next week sees students returning one day per week into school. Please see ‘Key Dates’ at the top of this page for the class arrangements. The staged approach to manage a return to full face-to-face teaching sees students being reintroduced to some face-to-face learning in line with available health advice, the need to maintain smaller class sizes and the number of learning spaces. The plan is phased and flexible, allowing us to slowly bring schools back to normal. Students will attend school one day a week and learn from home on the other days. Importantly, all students who have borrowed laptop equipment over the last month will need to return these back to school on their identified day.

Corona-virus (Covid-19) Prevention Measures

Our school prides itself on our special events where we open our school to the community and we are always overwhelmed by the sheer number of visitors every single time. Unfortunately, one of these special events has unfortunately been cancelled; the Mothers’ Day Morning BBQ.

Other changes include;

  • Whilst we are normally happy for parents to bring cupcakes in for their child’s birthday, at present we also ask that you refrain from bringing any food items to school to be shared.

  • Parents and carers need to drop off and pick up students at the school gates.

Facebook Morning Check In and Story Time reading

I am hoping to stay connected with families by providing regular updates, messages and fun learning activities. Please join us on our Facebook site each Monday. I will be sharing the latest news from the Department of Education with all students and their families.

Learning from home campaign

To help our students currently working from home, the Department has launched a Learning from home campaign called connect better and learn together

The aim of the campaign is to inspire and uplift students, parents and carers, and teachers to feel connected and supported whether students are learning from home or at school.

Students and their parents and carers can continue to access advice, and curriculum-based resources on the Learning from home hub.

ABC TV Education

ABC TV Education has planned a daily schedule of free to air educational programs, from Monday 27 April 2020 to Friday 8 May 2020.

Programs can be accessed via the ABC TV Education broadcast on ABC ME (Channel 23) from 10am-3pm weekdays. Each day commences with programs suitable for lower primary students followed by upper primary and then secondary.

These programs are complemented by student booklets to cover all school ages and a range of subjects. You can download these resources on the Learning from home hub.

NSW Education LIVE

To help Iluka students stay connected when learning from home, NSW Education LIVE will be streamed every school day morning until Friday, 8 May.

Prominent Australians, including Guy Sebastian, TV foodies Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and Manu Feildel, Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis, Sydney Swans player Ollie Florent, and the Department’s very own Eddie Woo, have donated their time to help students kick start their day while learning together.

Recordings of all the live streams are available on the website so you can catch up at any time.

Home Learning Packs

The vast majority of our Home Learning Packs for the coming weeks have been collected by parents. These units when completed may be returned to school for marking from Week 3.


I would like to again take this opportunity to thank our very supportive staff, students, parents and community for adapting to the numerous changes that are occurring within our school and the wider community as we are enforcing preventative hygiene measures, social distancing and limiting large gatherings.

We are working closely with our Director, the NSW Department of Education and NSW Health to ensure we are minimising risks wherever possible to keep our students, staff and community safe.

If there are any concerns or issues please do not hesitate to call me.

Happy Mothers’ Day for Sunday.


Major excursions and camps - Lennox Head and Coffs Harbour

We still encourage families to consider that our two major excursions have not yet been cancelled. They are the Stage 3 Recreation Camp to Lennox Head and the Stage 2 Coffs Harbour Excursion.

If possible, please consider paying your deposit for our camps later in the year, as you will receive a full refund if they do not proceed.


Learning From Home - Parents and carers it is important that you visit our Iluka Public School website to view the Kindergarten learning timetable. It provides information on what lessons to do each day and a detailed explanation on lesson content.

Face To Face Teaching - Next Monday, due to the introduction of staggered teaching days, Kindergarten students will be able to attend school for face to face teaching. I look forward to this day and can’t wait to welcome all the students back to school.

Learning Packs - Kindergarten learning packs do not need to be brought to school on Monday. New weekly English work will be sent home, after the students have attended school. Learning packs will be collected later in the term.

Library - Kindergarten students will resume library lessons next Monday. Students will need to bring in their library bags and library books to exchange.

A Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums for this Sunday.



Hello everyone,

The winter chill has set in. Time for a blanket to go on the bed. The days are so beautiful and we are so lucky to have the glorious Iluka sun. Get out in it sometime and soak some of those good rays up.

Our lives and routines have been shaken up. We all have to make readjustments and try and establish different little routines in our new world for the time being.

I’ve discovered I have quite a lot of keen gardeners in my parent group this year. I have liked our discussions about our veggie gardens and what people are growing. I think it is so important for children to know where their food comes from and how to grow edible veggies.

I am really looking forward to next week and having the return of class groups on certain days. On Tuesday I will have my Yr 2 students. We also have another student to welcome into our class: Angelica. This will be a great chance to meet the girls and boys. On Wednesday the Yr 1 children return. During these days you will have the opportunity to visit the library with Mr Jones; so make sure you bring your library books. Also, bring in your learning packs so I can collect any work to be marked. We will continue working from them when you are at school.

To all the mums and nans out there I hope you are remembered fondly on Sunday and have a fabulous day! Di.


Hello everyone,

Next Tuesday we will welcome back Year 3 students for their staggered teaching day and on Thursday it will be Year 4’s turn. I really look forward to catching up with students again and will provide some learning resources for the following week to support online learning.

Please ensure all learning packs and school laptops come to school on the staggered days. I will endeavour to collect completed work for marking and students will require their computers to undertake some activities throughout the day.

I encourage all families to check the Iluka Public School website for the weekly learning plan and/or have your child log onto Google Classroom. This is where you will find all the learning materials, timetables, games and activities to support the work booklets that were sent home at the beginning of this term.

I thank you all for your ongoing support throughout this difficult time and look forward to teaching and learning returning to some sort of normalcy in the future. Until then, stay safe and healthy.


P.S. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums and nans for Sunday!


Good morning everyone! I wanted to start by saying a huge thank you to all of you for your support. Thank you for the wonderful job that you are doing on the home front.

I have placed an outlined timetable for the week to guide you through the daily activities. Your child needs to log onto google classroom daily, to engage in and complete the set activities. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to call the school. I am available to support you at any time during school hours.

As most of you have probably worked out the attention span of a child is roughly equal to their age, so for a five year old, this will be about five minutes, for a 12 year old, this will be approximately 12 minutes. Of course, every child is different, but try not to expect too much. Try to get daily routines happening. The children need brain breaks physical activity. Skipping, running, etc, between activities, before returning to their assigned tasks.

Next week we commence our staggered approach to the children returning to school. I am really looking forward to the face to face teaching and learning. Please ensure all learning packs and school laptops come to school on the set days. Library bags are also required as the students will have the opportunity to borrow books.

Monday: Year 6

Wednesday: Year 5 (Girls)

Thursday: Year 5 (Boys)

Happy Mothers Day for Sunday. I hope you all have a wonderful day!



Hello everyone. I hope you all are staying fit and healthy in these uncertain times. Unfortunately I have had to cancel my Book Fair that was scheduled in for this term and at the moment Book Clubs are on hold as well. When this all starts back up again I will let parents and students know how they can go about ordering books.

Library lessons will start up again next week and each child will be given the opportunity to come down to the library and borrow books. This will be a little different to last term for some classes, so please make your child aware of the below timetable.


  • Mondays – Kindergarten and Year 6

  • Tuesdays – Year 3 and Year 2

  • Wednesdays - Year 1 and Year 5 (GIRLS)

  • Thursdays - Year 5 (BOYS) and Year 4