WEEK 2 NEWS - TERM 4
Updated: Oct 22, 2020
Wednesday 21 October - P.R.A.W.N.S Kindergarten Transition Recommences, 8:45am to 1:30pm
Wednesday 21 October - Yr 6 Canteen kids @ Recess and Lunch
Thursday 22 October - Book Parade - 9am start (Note: No external attendance allowed)
Monday 26 October - P & C Meeting @ Club Iluka, 1:30 pm (sharp) start.
Wednesday 28 October - P.R.A.W.N.S Kindergarten Transition, 8:45am to 1:30pm
Wednesday 28 October - Yr 6 Canteen kids @ Recess and Lunch
Thursday 29 October - IPS Book Fair arrives
Friday 30 October - Whole School Assembly (no external attendance)
Wednesday 4 November - P.R.A.W.N.S Kindergarten Transition, 8:45am to 1:30pm
Wednesday 4 November - Yr 6 Canteen kids @ Recess and Lunch
Friday 6 November - NAIDOC Day celebration, Iluka Public School grounds.
Tuesday 10 November - Year 5/6 3 Day Surfing Experience commences
Wednesday 11 November - Remembrance Day ceremony
Friday 13 November - Stage 3 (Yr 5/6) Coffs Coast Adenvture Excursion, 6:45am to 7pm
Friday 13 November - Whole School Assembly (no external attendance)
Wednesday 18 November - Yr 6 Maclean High School Transition Day, 9:00am start
Wednesday 2 December - Yr 5 Prefect Speeches (parental/carer viewing via live stream)
Wednesday 2 December - Yr 6 Farewell dinner @ Club Iluka, 6pm (students and staff attend)
Tuesday 8 December - Presentation Day (time and place yet to be advised)
Tuesday 8 December - Yr 6 Disco (time and place yet to be advised)
Friday 11 December - Whole School Assembly (no external attendance)
Wednesday 16 December - Students’ last day of Term 4.
Thursday 17 & Friday 18 December - Staff Development Days (No students attend)
KINDERGARTEN TRANSITION 2021
According to new departmental guidelines, restrictions have lifted on school transition programs, school visits and school readiness programs for Kindy 2021 enrolments. As such, those students eligible to attend Iluka Public School can begin our face-to-face experiences. Our program will help support your child to prepare for Kindergarten in 2021. We are currently accepting enrolments and I encourage you to please contact me if I can be of any assistance or to answer any of your concerns.
Welcome to Week 2.
We have hit the ground running and the teachers have done an amazing job at getting all students quickly into a routine and engaged in their Term 4 learning program.
As you would be aware, we all have high expectations at Iluka Public School. Parents have high expectations that their children will do well. Students have high expectations that they will learn many new skills and concepts. Teachers have high expectations that their students will focus and engage in learning programs and other co-curricular activities. I have high expectations that students learn in quality classrooms where teachers provide explicit syllabus-driven and engaging lessons that are rigorous, dignified and meaningful.
Well, mums and dads and carers, I can proudly inform you that when I visited classrooms last week, I witnessed high quality lessons delivered by our outstanding teachers. I would be thrilled if my own children were taught by any Iluka Public School teacher. There is an old adage which says, "Teachers make a difference". At Iluka Public School, "teachers make a significantly positive difference" when it comes to maximising life and learning opportunities for children. I am very proud to lead a wonderful team of brilliant professionals!
STUDENT SAFETY & CHARLES STREET GATES
And speaking of high expectations …. please note that while waiting for your child/ren at the Charles Street gates, I ask that parents remain respectful at all times, and are courteous towards each other. It is paramount that parents speak positively about others and the school in front of the children when leaving the grounds at 3.00 pm. I appreciate your support and cooperation in this area.
Student Voice acknowledges that students have unique perspectives on learning, teaching, and schooling, and should have the opportunity to actively shape their own education. Student Voice involves students actively participating in their schools, communities and the education system, contributing to decision-making processes and collectively influencing outcomes by putting forward their views, concerns and ideas. Well, I congratulate the Iluka Public School students for displaying their voice through;
# Book Parade
We look forward to students celebrating Book Week when the K-6 students dress up in their favourite book characters. For our Year 6 students this may be the last opportunity to have fun dressing up in costume. Thank you for your support in this area. For those parents who are struggling with a costume, Leah (SLSO) has a number of spare costumes children can borrow. Contact the school should this be the case.
# Canteen Kids
Hopefully, you will get behind our Year 6 students and support their fundraising, by purchasing recess and lunch on Canteen Kids days. It is great to see our Year 6 students organising healthy, budget-friendly meals for their peers. Here are some of the Yr 6 2019 student's inaction in the kitchen. Last year's fundraising program was a big success.
# Sandpit Toys
It was great to catch up with the Kindergarten representatives, who were organised and talking so sensibly. They were expressing the need for more sandpit toys. It was a very productive and worthwhile meeting.
# 5/6 Digital School Tour
Well done Stage 3 students on producing two videos to promote and welcome new students to our school. The highly entertaining and informative videos will be sent to our local community preschool as part of our preschool transition. The video showcases our school and provides a virtual guided tour for all to see. Well done students!
PARENTAL NOTE FOR STUDENT ABSENCES:
Data confirms that our student attendance rate has been high and I congratulate all parents and carers for your support. However, sometimes children are too ill to attend school. When your child is well enough to return to school, please return a signed note explaining the reason for and date/s of their absence/s. To help simplify the process, you can follow the link https://www.ilukapublicschool.com/notes to our school website to access our standard absence note. If your child is sick for more than two days I encourage you to call the school office.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS WORKING AT ILUKA PUBLIC SCHOOL
Starting Monday, Iluka Public School, in partnership with the University of Sydney, welcomes two new Occupational Therapists into our school. Rita and Miriam are both very excited about meeting our students, staff and the community and look forward to working in partnership with you all to support the teaching and learning at our school. I know how hard it is in the Clarence Valley to find such a valuable resource for our community. Rita and Miriam will be working on a wide range of activities supporting students in need. If you wish to opt-out of this opportunity, please contact the office on 02 6646 6149. I know you will join me in welcoming Rita and Miriam to our school and the local community.
STRATEGIC IMPROVEMENT PLAN (SIP)
We are currently in the process of undertaking the initial stages of preparing for our new school planning cycle, commencing in 2021. This process involves the rigorous evaluation of our current school plan and a detailed analysis of a range of internal and external data regarding both the academic and wellbeing needs of our students. Over the coming terms, we will be undertaking the ‘Situational Analysis’. Conducting a situational analysis allows us to develop an understanding of our school’s current situation. As part of this situational analysis, we will collect data and evidence, collaborate widely with our community, and engage with research. This will be through a process of ‘looking inward’, ‘looking outward’ and ‘looking forward’. We look forward to working in partnership with our community to develop a Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) that is collaborative and meets the needs of our students and community.
Stay safe and have a lovely week.
CLASS K NEWS
‘Yarn Up’ Meeting - At our last ‘Yarn Up’, the students worked together as a team to compile a wish list of sandpit equipment that they would like to purchase for lunchtime play. Our class leaders for this week, Elsie and Ilah, are busy preparing for their meeting with Mr Bradmore. Elsie and Ilah will give a short presentation on behalf of the class, in the hope of persuading Mr Bradmore to purchase the toys on the class wish list. Good luck Elsie and Ilah. We know you can do it!
Home Reading - Many of the students are currently choosing their own books of interest to read at home. Within each interest box, there are books that have been leveled as being easy/medium/hard to read. Parental assistance will be required when your child is reading their books of interest.
Music - The students were excited and keen to begin exploring and making sounds on their glockenspiel instrument last Thursday. Over the next few weeks, we will be learning to play a few familiar songs.
* Kindergarten library day remains the same for this term. Please ensure that your child is organised for their library lesson each Monday.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
It was lovely to see all students return last week. We welcome Charlie to our class and hope you settle in well to our school community.
Don’t forget that this Thursday is the Book Parade. I’m sure the children have been pestering you with their ideas for what they could wear. Don’t forget your school uniform to change back into after the parade.
It came to my attention last week during Maths that many of the children are quite unfamiliar with our coins, their value and how they can be used to make different amounts. This is very understandable in what is fast becoming a cashless society however, it is something that they need to know. It would be great if you could take the time at home to “play shops” with them so that they gain an understanding of how cash can be used.
It has been pleasing to see many children exchange their home readers daily but, there is still room for improvement. It would be lovely if we could increase the percentage. As we do reading groups every day it is obvious to us those children who are reading on a daily basis at home.
The speaking topic for this week is “My Favourite Food”.
Have a great week.
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Book Parade - On Thursday students are invited to dress up as a book character for our Book Parade. Please send along your child’s school uniform in their bag to change into after the parade.
Dance Fever - Year 3/4 have commenced a unit of dance called Dance Fever. I am so impressed by the level of enthusiasm and participation during these lessons. For our hip hop dance activity, students are required to dance with a prop with this being a hat. If students wish, they may bring along a cap to wear during the dance lesson on Fridays. They will also require their school sun-safe hat to play as caps are not permitted in the playground.
Library - Students attend the library on Wednesday for their lessons with Mr Jones.
Have a lovely week.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
Welcome back students for the final term of the year!
In The Classroom - This week the Yr 5/6 students are practicing and perfecting their poetry skills for their new writing criteria. These include raps, shape poems, fixed and non-fixed poems. Poems can also help kids to come out of their shell and become more confident.
Canteen Kids - The Year 6 students are starting up Canteen Kids again this week. On their menu this week it’s Tzatziki dip with carrot sticks at Recess for $1.00 and Pesto pasta at lunchtime for $2.50 a bowl.
Up-coming Surfing Activity - Our generous teachers have organised for the Yr 5/6 class to go to surfing lessons at Yamba for three days, from the 10 to 12th November. We will be travelling by ferry each day. We will be split into two groups, one group in the beach swimming pool learning skills, with the other group in the water with the surf boards, running some drills. We are looking forward to this.
Stage 3 Adventure Excursion - On November 13, the Yr 5/6 class will be going on a one day non-sleepover excursion to the Coffs Adventure Park! We will be leaving about 7:15am, and returning at 6:30pm. The activities will include; Giant Flying Fox, Zball and a Commando course. We need to bring our own Recess and Lunch, but will be stopping in at Mcdonalds for some afternoon tea. The adventure will cost altogether $350, but the school will provide $300, while parents and carers provide the $50. If there is any financial difficulties please see Mr. Bradmore, and he will help solve the problem.
Reminders - Home Benefits are due in on Fridays.
Library day is Thursday. Don’t forget your library bag and bring in your Home Reading Journal for a check.
Written by Harlem and Kelani
Welcome to Week 2. The calendar for the rest of the term is filling up fast and there are plenty of activities for the students to look forward to, to finish off a very challenging year.
Welcome to Book Week everyone. This week's theme is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. To tie in with this year's book week theme each class will be doing a STEAM activity where they have to design and create their own creature with the STEM items in the library. There will also be colouring and bookmark creation activities they can be involved in during lunchtime library.
We will also be doing a book parade on Thursday morning. Photos of the student’s costumes will be available to be viewed via our website next week. Also, for every student that dresses up they will be entered into the lucky prize draw for each stage. The lucky winner from each stage will receive a $20 voucher that can be used at the Book Fair that is arriving next week and also a choice of a new book from my secret stash in my office.
I hope everyone has a great week. Matt
Volunteers for Friday 23 October - Sandy and Mark
Volunteers for Monday 26 October - Tanika
Class donations for next week: Kindergarten
If you could offer some time assisting in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
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