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WEEK 2 NEWS - TERM 4

Updated: Oct 22, 2020

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 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.


PRINCIPAL REPORT

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

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.

Phil


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.

Reminders:

* Kindergarten library day remains the same for this term. Please ensure that your child is organised for their library lesson each Monday.