WEEK 2 NEWS, TERM 3
Thursday 22 July - 8 Week Sports Program for K-6 begins, Cheer/Dance
Friday 23 July - Round 4 Debating Tigers v’s Evans River. 9:20 am to 11:00 am (via Zoom)
Monday 26 July - Education Week begins
Tuesday 27 July - Chess Competition at Yamba Public School (applicable students only. Note yet to go home)
Friday 30 July - Small Schools Athletics Carnival. Ken Leeson Oval (applicable students only. Note yet to go home)
Monday 2 August to Friday 6 August - Stage 3 Canberra Excursion (Excursion details and go-ahead currently being clarified by Lyn)
Thursday 12 August - Open Day (further details to come)
Friday 13 August - PSSA Girls Softball. Iluka v’s Narranga PS. (applicable students only. Note yet to go home)
Monday 16 August - Science Week begins
Wednesday 18 August - Life Education Van visits school
Monday 23 August - Primary Schools Tennis Championships, Maclean Tennis Courts. (applicable students only. Note yet to go home)
Wednesday 26 August - Year 6 Transition Day at MHS
Wednesday 1 September - 2022 Kindergarten Transition Program begins
Friday 10 September - Yamba Touch Gala Day (note and further details to come)
Thursday 9 September - Biannual Whole School Concert (further details to come)
Friday 10 September - Touch Gala Day (Stage 2 & 3) (note and further details to come)
Wednesday 15 September - Small School Big Impact Concert (applicable students only. Further details to come)
Dear Parents and Carers,
WELCOME TO WEEK 2
As you would be aware, all schools across NSW are under COVID restrictions. Schools across NSW have been divided into groups, according to the level of restrictions imposed at this specific time. As Iluka is a regional school we are currently regarded as Level 2. We post information to our School Stream App and school Facebook page, informing families of restrictions and changes to school items as they unfold. Please ensure that you have access to these, so that you can remain informed. We appreciate your support in keeping all in our school community safe.
The latest information for our school can be found at the following link https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families/schools-outside-of-greater-sydney1
Students should not attend school if unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms. Any person with any COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home and should not return to school until they have received a negative test result and are symptom-free.
Visitors to the school will be kept to an absolute minimum and I would ask for parental support of this until NSW Health advises the Department differently. If you must attend our school, you must wear a face mask, go straight to the office and use our QR code to check-in.
Although this term is off to an unusual beginning, we had a wonderful start to the new school term. Students settled and the classrooms were buzzing once again with learning. Please always know and trust that staff are doing everything in our capacity to ensure continuity of learning programs and the wellbeing of our students remains foremost in our plans. If you have any concerns about the welfare of any child of this school, please do not hesitate to call me.
May I please welcome to our school our new Year 2 student, Aaravjot. I hope that you are settling in well and have been able to feel comfortable, supported and are enjoying your new school and classmates.
BUILDING WORKS UPDATE
As you may have noticed, building works continue to occur across the school. During the holidays, preliminary work began on the construction of a sun structure over the multipurpose courts. Plans have been drawn up and tenders for the job are now being requested. Roof remediation work in A Block was also completed, whilst we are also awaiting an extension to our Sports Shed. All these projects have been carefully planned, but do take time. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work towards making the school the best learning environment it can be for our students.
SEMESTER ONE STUDENT REPORTS
Semester One student reports were sent home last term. In last week’s newsletter I asked for any feedback on the reports from the parents and carers. What did you think? Did you like your report? Are you happy? Please send me in a note or email to email@example.com if you have any feedback.
RECORD-BREAKING ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
A late-night shower and a cool breeze could not postpone the Athletics Carnival, which was held last Thursday and Friday. It looked a bit uncertain, but the skies cleared allowing the carnival to go ahead as planned. With coloured zinc, hair ribbons and costumes, students from K-6 classes arrived at school ready for two days of racing, throwing and jumping. Students participated in several events throughout the carnival. In their respective age groups, Emma broke records in discus and Jade set new records in high jump and the Senior Girls 200m race. Thank you so much to the teachers, and ‘Tough Timm’ who assisted in the setup, running of events and packing up of equipment. All hands on deck ensured the smooth running of the carnival. 44 students have qualified for the Small Schools Carnival. Students have been notified, with the small school’s carnival to be held on Friday 30 July 2021. Congratulations to the winning house team, Rush.
Special thanks to our parents and carers who remained respectful observers. I really appreciate your understanding and support.
We are currently working on the photo gallery of the carnival. This will be added to our school website shortly.
On Monday (and again this Friday) our IPS Debating Teams participated in the third round of the Premier’s Debating Challenge. The students were very excited to play against Evans River, but unfortunately, we had to go back to a virtual debate scenario. Our King Prawns and Tiger Prawns teams debated exceptionally well against Evans River with some tough topics. Unfortunately, we lost both debates. We wish more success for this Fridays debate.
This Thursday we are very excited to begin our cheer and dance lessons with teacher Tammy. Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, measures have been put in place to ensure the health, wellbeing and safety of all concerned. Tammy is a very talented teacher and we look forward to creating another memorable performance to be highlighted at our concert night extravaganza at the end of the term. It is our aim to have the outstanding quality of creative and performing arts for which Iluka Public School is well known for be on display and the value of including all students clearly visible for all to experience.
Have a great week. Phil
CLASS K/1 NEWS
Curriculum … Mathematics
This week our focus sub-strand in maths is Two Dimensional (2D) shapes.
Events … Athletics Carnival - Congratulations to all the students who turned up to participate in our Athletics Carnival on Thursday and Friday of last week. Well done to all the students who received ribbons. Congratulations to our class Minor Boy Champion, Jy, on his outstanding achievement.
CLASS 2/3 NEWS
I hope everyone is coping ok with the restrictions and limitations with lifestyles at present. We can all try to remain optimistic and do the best we can each day to stay healthy and happy.
Homework - has resumed. The key is consistency.
Home Reading - is a continual process but an extremely important acquired life long skill.
Maths - work involves practising tables, number facts, counting patterns, work with 3D shapes and some measuring exercises.
Writing - last week involved writing a Dreamtime story with an introduction, body and conclusion. The children concentrated really well on this task.
Reading - groups continue to operate with Mrs Leseberg, Ms Dobbin and myself.
Great Work - with all the effort given at the Athletics Carnival.
Have a productive week. Let’s be thankful for each day we have. Di
CLASS 4 NEWS
Carnival - Well done to all students on their effort, courage and sportsmanship displayed over the two day Athletics Carnival. Special congratulations to Fraser (Junior Boy Champion) and the winning house, Rush!
Homework - Homework recommences this week and is due next Tuesday. Students are also encouraged to read a little every day. This can be recorded on the homework sheet. Maths - This week in maths we are focusing on addition, including 3 and 4 digit addition, some with trading.
Cheer - We are really looking forward to commencing our cheer lesson starting on Thursday. Students have met Tammy previously and spoke about some of the skills they will be working on. Hopefully, the class can showcase their talents to an audience at the end of the term.
Debating - Thank you to Mrs Cunningham and the IPS debating teams for inviting us to watch your debates online this week. Year 4 students are picking up on ideas and will, no doubt, be stronger debaters when their time comes from having had this experience. Thank you and well done!
Have a lovely week!
CLASS 5 NEWS
What a very busy first week to the term. Well done to all the students for settling well into classroom routines. Our focus has been on goal setting and it sure was lovely to see students striving and achieving their goals, both in and out of class! Fantastic effort was shown by all students at Fridays Athletics Carnival. Special mention to our class Age Champion Kira! Wow!! Goals can really come true, with lots of practice!
Civics and citizenship - The unit of work focuses on developing their understanding about government and democracy, laws and citizens and citizenship.
Literacy - The students have been working on research and information reports. Last week they started researching information about the Olympics. Prior knowledge was limited, as the last Olympics was 5 years ago! Barely school age???. The students are enjoying their research tasks and in particular are enjoying sharing their knowledge of different events.
Homework - Journals went home yesterday. The students are encouraged to read and write daily.
Have a lovely week
CLASS 6 NEWS
Hi everyone. The Department of Education has placed an immediate stop on all out of local area and overnight excursions. As a result of these restrictions the Canberra Excursion is still undecided about going ahead, sadly. We will do our best to organise a replacement camp for Stage 3 later in the year if necessary.
Homework begins this week. We are focusing on the Tokyo Olympics for the next fortnight.
Home Reading should occur daily/nightly. It is encouraging to see many students sourcing books about genres they are interested in; eg teen fiction, fantasy, sport, crime, etc.
Congratulations to all participants in last week's Athletics Carnival. It was wonderful to see the positive attitude and effort on display. Year 6 has had an excellent attendance rate at school and also very high participation in various events this year, well done to all.
Special mention to our class Age Champions - Blaine, Jade and Emma, and Phoenix. Well done.
Canteen Kids begins on Wednesday. The first group of cooks have been very organised and we look forward to their Big Dogs (hot dogs!) - thank you to Sariah, Blaine, Tulloch and Jay.
The school Debating Teams have been very busy and many of our students continually push themselves in this valuable area. Thank you to Mrs Cunningham for her time and organisation for our students.
Several of our students will attend the local area State Chess Competition at Yamba PS next week. We wish them luck too. Regards, Chris.
We have kicked off the term with a very successful sports carnival. Unfortunately I was unable to see some records get broken on Friday, however, I am sure it was exciting.
All of the new books for the senior fiction section that were purchased over the holidays have now been covered and will more than likely fly off the shelves this week. The new CBCA picture books will be covered this week. A further $500 worth of books will be added to the library soon, thanks to a kind donation from Big W. Sadly, I currently have around $700 worth of books sitting in my online cart - so I need to do some culling to get it down to the $500 limit!!
The Mindstorm Lego robotics arrived this morning. These robots are ones that we will get to keep forever. This is so exciting, as normally we only get to use them for a term, then pull them apart and send them back.
The 2nd Scholastic Book Fair for the year arrived today and is all set up. Students will be able to make purchases during lunchtime and in the mornings. We will be able to provide parent access to the Book Fair on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons only between 3:15 to 3:30 pm. Parents are required to use the QR code check-in, wear a mask and hand sanitise upon entry to the library. This access will be for this week and next week only.
I Hope everyone has a great week. Matt.
PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE
Today marks exactly one month until the end of the 2021 Premier’s Reading Challenge, as it will close on Friday 20th August. Students in Kindergarten to Year 2 have been undertaking the challenge when attending the library with Mr Jones. Congratulations to the following students who have already completed the challenge for 2021: Bowie, Alby and Lacey. Quite a few students in Years 3-6 have already started their reading log, and it would be a shame to not see it through. While students may read five own choice books, the remaining 15 books must be from the PRC Book List. The school library has a large stock of PRC books to help students achieve their quota, as does the community library. Please pass on paper reading logs to Mrs Gardner once completed or use the online system at https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html
Congratulations to everyone who attended and had a go at our 2021 Athletics Carnival. Special mention to the following students who are our 2021 Age Champions:
Infants Girl Champion - Sophine, Infant Boy Champion - Jy
Junior Girl Champion - Frankie, Junior Boy Champion - Fraser
11 Year Girl Champion - Kira, 11 Year Boy Champion - Blaine
Senior Girl Champion - Emma and Jade, Senior Boy Champion - Phoenix
Volunteers for Friday 23 July - Laura, Minnie and Karla
If you could offer some time to assist in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
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