WEEK 2 NEWS - TERM 3
Tuesday 28 July - Book Fair arrives
Tuesday 28 July - IPS Athletics Carnival @ Iluka Public School bottom oval
Wednesday 29 July - IPS Athletics Carnival @ Iluka Public School bottom oval
Thursday 30 July - Tennis with Alan Jurd recommences
Monday 3 August to Friday 7 August - Education Week
Wednesday 19 August - Yr 6 Transition Day at Maclean High School
Tuesday September 15 - Friday September 18 - School Spelling Bee
Friday 28 August - School Maths Bee
WELCOME TO WEEK 2, TERM 3
I trust everyone had a positive and productive week to begin Term 3. Staff were keen to get underway with their teaching and learning programs. It was great to catch up with many of the students and discuss their holidays. I also had the privileged opportunity to spend some quality teaching time with our Stage 3 students. I congratulate them on the manner in which they worked and responded to the challenges of having a different teacher. Great job Year 5/6!
Here’s to a wonderful term of learning at Iluka! ;
THE ILUKA PUBLIC SCHOOL SPELLING BEE COMPETITION
The Iluka Public School Spelling Bee was introduced in 2017 as a fun and educational way for our school students to engage in spelling. The Spelling Bee encourages all students to improve their vocabulary and spelling and to promote literacy skills in combination with those completed in the classroom. The lists are available to be downloaded here. The competition dates are from Tuesday 15 September to Friday September 18.
THE ILUKA PUBLIC SCHOOL MATHS BEE COMPETITION
Stage 2 and Stage 3 Students Only
Mastering multiplication facts can give your children confidence when learning advanced maths concepts. Iluka Public School is giving students an opportunity to compete in our first Maths Bee Competition. It will be held on Friday 28 August 2020. Students will have one minute to answer a variety of mixed multiplication tables. To help prepare the Year 3 to Year 6 students, the school has subscribed to Magnahigh. Students will be allowed access to complete many online set multiplication activities. Student login details have been sent home today.
Early Stage One and Stage One Students
Similarly, for our younger students, they will have the chance to answer as many addition sums with numbers up to 20. It will also be held on Friday 28 August 2020. Students will have one minute to answer a variety of mixed addition sums to 20.
All students should be at school unless:
They have a medical certificate which states that they are unable to return to school due to an ongoing medical condition
They are currently unwell
Students who have a medical certificate to stay at home due to an ongoing medical condition will be supported to learn from home. As always, if your child is sick then there is no expectation for them to complete any work. If your child is sick for more than three days, a medical certificate may be requested. If your child is unwell, please do not send them to school. If they are unwell at school you or your nominated emergency contact will need to collect them immediately. Please make sure your contact details are up to date. Please ensure that the emergency contact forms sent home recently are returned to school as soon as possible.
A reminder that full winter school uniform should be worn at the moment and into Term 3 and this means appropriate socks, hats, jumpers and black shoes (if possible).
CHANGES TO THE SPENSER STREET BACK GATE AFTERNOON PICK-UP
As you would be aware, the Department of Education (DoE) and NSW Government have advised that the biggest risk of spreading COVID-19 is through adult-to-adult contact and for this reason, have suggested that parents and non-essential adults should not enter school sites. When completing the risk-assessment for afternoon pick-ups at the Spenser Street back gate, I determined that having parents wait outside the gate in their cars can be quite dangerous for our students. Therefore I am allowing limited entry onto the school site for the afternoon pick-up from Spenser Street. Many other schools in our area and across the state have enforced the government’s recommendations and not allowed entry to parents at all.
For the safety of our staff and students, please see our pick-up procedures for the back gate:
Come onsite as close to afternoon bell (3 pm) as you can
Wait near the big Cyprus tree on the back oval
Maintain at least a 1.5m space between other people
Leave the site as soon as you have your child/ren
Arrange to catch-up with other parents outside the school grounds
Do not park your car across the footpath
ATHLETICS CARNIVAL TUESDAY 28 - WEDNESDAY 29 JULY 2020
The one and half day modified carnival has again proven to be a big success. The modified events were aimed at maximising participation and having all children K-6, actively involved. There were 8 groups of children according to ages and gender, who rotated through a series of events. The events included 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m races. Students also competed in Long Jump, High Jump and Shot Put too. At the end of today’s events we had huge smiles and tired legs!
ENROLMENTS AND KINDERGARTEN 2021
If you have a child who is enrolling at Iluka Public School next year, we ask that you complete and return an enrolment form. You can access one online here:
Unfortunately, our P.R.A.W.N Kindergarten Orientation dates scheduled for Term 3 and our Kindergarten parent information evening scheduled for later this term have had to be postponed due to current health restrictions. We look forward to our ‘PRAWN Orientation Kindergarten Transition Program being held in Term 4.
In the meantime, I am able to offer new prospective parents for 2021 the opportunity to participate in a 1:1 tour of the school with myself. This will be available on a Wednesday morning in Weeks 3, 5 and 7. Please contact the school to make an appointment.
SEMESTER ONE MODIFIED REPORTS
As previously communicated, a modified report for Semester 1 will be sent home to parents and carers on Friday 28 August 2020.
THE 2019 ANNUAL SCHOOL REPORT
The 2019 Annual Report provides evaluation and updates on the school’s key programs and initiatives and areas for future direction. It also includes self-assessment using the School Excellence Framework across the elements of Learning, Teaching and Leading. This report is available on the school website or following the link below:
THE NATIONALLY CONSISTENT COLLECTION OF DATA (NCCD)
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) takes place every year.
The NCCD is a collection that counts:
the number of school students receiving an adjustment or support due to disability
the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students.
The NCCD uses the definition of disability as per the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Where needed, our teachers are required to provide educational adjustments to support all students to access the curriculum. Teachers include these adjustments in their teaching and learning programs.
Have a wonderful week, Phil.
EDUCATION WEEK ART SHOWCASE - GRAFTON SHOPPING WORLD
From August 3rd - 9th, Grafton Shopping World will be hosting an art display, comprising of the local schools. Take a leisurely stroll along “The Link” at Grafton Shoppingworld during Education Week and check out the abundance of local artistic talent. IPS has entered a substantial number of works.
CLASS K NEWS
Home Reading - It is really important that we get back on track this term with our home reading program. We need to once again establish a consistent approach to nightly reading, as well as returning readers each day. This term, students will be taking home three books on Friday, for weekend reading.
Healthy Ears - Mrs Green visited our school last week to speak to the Kindergarten students about how to keep their ears healthy, in order to maintain good hearing. Mrs Green was very impressed with the exemplary behaviour of the students during her presentation.
Visual Arts - Congratulations to Amelia, Elsie, Ilah and Jy who have had their artwork chosen for display at Grafton Shopping World.
Iluka Library - On Monday, we received the wonderful news that Callum and April were chosen as winners of the Iluka town library colouring in competition. Each student was presented with a $20 Book Warehouse book voucher in recognition of their great work and efforts. Well done Callum and April!
*Please ensure that your child is ready for their library lesson with Mr Jones, by making sure that your child brings their library books and bag each Monday.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
What a lovely weekend of rain we had. Great for snuggling up with a good book.
Writing: activities over the next few weeks will focus on how we gather and organise details to write an effective description. We have just started working in our new writing books.
Maths: work this week includes looking at patterns in numbers, division and sharing, 3D objects and angles.
Reading: of our class novel is a most enjoyable time. The characters that live in ‘The Faraway Tree’ get up to all sorts of tricks that certainly delight the children. It brings great joy to me seeing their little faces engrossed in the story and I hear big sighs when I have to stop.
Spelling: words are given at the beginning of the week. We discuss the particular patterns and learn them as well as completing associated activities.
Athletics: has also been on the agenda this week. Might be some sore legs tonight.
Stay healthy, Di.
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Visual Arts - Congratulations to Fraser, Navara, Tessah, Felicity, Eli, Kira, Nikirri, Kirra-Leigh, Jess, Taya and Finn who have had a piece of artwork selected to go on display at Grafton Shopping World. Have a look if you are visiting Grafton.
Library - There will be no library this week for Year 3/4 due to the Athletics Carnival. Routines will return to normal next week and I will check home reading journals then too.
Writing - We are currently looking at information reports during our writing lessons. Students are also preparing a verbal information report (with a Google Slides presentation) on an animal of their choice for our speaking topics too.
Maths - This week we continue to look at a variety of addition and subtraction strategies.
Home jobs - Please keep up the home reading, homework, Quicksmart (times tables) and Spelling Bee practice at home. We have both the Spelling Bee and Times Tables Tournament coming up later this term.
Enjoy the rest of the week!
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
It is great to be back and it is fantastic to receive feedback that the class has a great first week back. Mr Bradmore said they were very enthusiastic about their learning. Thank you Mr Bradmore .
Visual Arts: Congratulations to the students who have had their artwork chosen for display at Grafton Shopping World.
Literacy: Discussions and Debating are the two key focus areas for Reading and Writing this Term. Mr Speirs resumed his wonderful work with reading groups. A key focus of this Term is different perspectives.
Homework: Each week the students have a topic for Discussion. The topic is posted on google classroom and the students are to jot down differing perspectives on the topic. These topics will become modified debates in our classroom.
Times tables, Reading aloud and Spelling should all become daily practices at home. This will prove beneficial in the classroom.
Athletics Carnival: A modified carnival will be held at school for half the day today (Tuesday 28) and a full day on Wednesday 29 July.
Timestables Tournament: Friday 28 August. Students will have one minute to answer a variety of mixed multiplication tables. Resources have been provided by Mangahigh to set tasks for learning Timestables online. Passwords have been sent home for the students to access at home.
Spelling Bee: Friday September 18.
Have a great week, Bek.
Starting from Week 4 I will be taking 4 weeks of leave to spend time with the newest addition to my family. During this time Mrs Leseberg will be taking the classes for library and RFF for teachers.
Yesterday the Kindy students were given the opportunity to give the new laptops for a test run. These new laptops will be added to the Year 5/6 classroom and the current laptops in the Year 5/6 room will go to the students in the Year 3/4 class.
BOOK FAIR IS HERE!!! The first Book Fair for 2020 has arrived. The book fair will be here for 1 week only as I will be taking leave from Wednesday the 5th of August. The Book Fair will be open every morning between 8:30 - 10:00 for parents to come and purchase books for their child. Students will also be able to make purchases during lunchtime every day. The book fair is a great fundraiser for the school library and always allows me to purchase a wide range of books with the money raised, as the school receives 30% of all takings.
I hope everyone has a great week, Matt.
During the past week students have been going through their paces, taking a daily run around the school's long distance track, getting their bodies ready for today's athletics carnival. This afternoon, students competed in the larger running races, being the 200, 400 and 800 metres. Tomorrow will be the remainder of events, including the short course races, long jump, high jump and shot put. Congratulations to everyone. There was lots of digging deep and personal achievements today! Good luck for tomorrow. Go Hickey, Go Rush!!
Volunteers for Friday 31- Sandy and Mark
Volunteers for Monday 3 August - Tanika and Christine
Class donations for next week: Year 5/6 Class
If you could offer some time assisting in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
Remember, School Banking day is Tuesday.