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Great Teaching at Iluka

Great teaching does not just happen. Teachers need to be developed and supported to create inspired learning. There is no one single effective teaching method or strategy. Teachers need to be proficient in many teaching practices and more importantly be able to assess their impact on students. To become proficient, teachers need sustained professional development and this is one of the major strategies we will be implementing over the next two years to even further improve the quality of our teachers. What does that mean for you? It means that your son or daughter’s teacher may have to have time off class for professional learning. If that is the case, rest assured that the school will put in place strategies to ensure that the class’s learning is not disrupted.

Congratulations to Tylah

Over 38,000 students registered to be involved in this year’s Say No To Bullying Poster Competition and we’re excited to announce that our Year 6 student, Tylah as one of the 41 finalists. Tylah has now been invited to attend an Awards Ceremony at Government House in Sydney on June 21st. Tylah will find out if she is announced as the winner. The event will be hosted by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales.I would like to thank Miss Essery for her continuing support of this program. I believe it is the fourth year in a row Miss Essery has organised our school to participate.

View the 41 finalists and their artworks on the Interrelate website. Interrelate Finalists

Walk Safely To School Day

Well it's that time of year again when our school seriously starts talking about walking!

Walk Safely To School Day asks that we all consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking as part of a healthy, active way to get around. And although walking all the way to school isn’t realistic for many students, it's quite easy to figure out how you can build a walk into your family’s daily routine.

You can teach your child the healthy habit of walking by;

  • Walking with them the whole way to school

  • If they get the bus, walk past your usual stop and get on at the next stop

  • If you have to drive, park the car a few blocks away from the school and walk the rest of the way.

Regular exercise like walking with your child not only helps them (and you) beat chronic problems like obesity and mental health issues, it also gives you a great opportunity to teach your child safe ways to behave around roads and traffic.

So, start planning your own Walk Safely To School journey for this Friday 17 May 2019.

Spelling Bee

Our students in Early Stage One / Stage One - 27 May 2019, Stage Two - 28 May 2019 and Stage Three - 29 May 2019 will compete in the 2019 Iluka Public School Spelling Bee.

We know our students are pretty good spellers but can you be a great speller? Try yourself out with these Spelling Bee List Words that are attached to the newsletter or downloaded to our website.

Each student has already been given the ‘round’ words that our very courageous contestants will be tested on. Self discipline and determination to study the words will help all students in the lead up to and in the contests. All students will be encouraged to enter on the day knowing that just participating makes you a champion.

Good luck to you all.

Notes in Circulation:

PSSA Cross Country

National Simultaneous Storytime - Kindy/Year 1 only

Year 6 Transition

Premier’s Debating Challenge

Canberra Excursion

Dorroughby Excursion

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is open Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8.30-8.55am at the brown tables. We have Weetbix, Cornflakes and Rice Bubbles. All students are welcome.

School Plan 2019 and Annual School Report 2018

Our updated 2019 School Plan will be published to our website this week. This is the 2nd year of our school plan for the 2018-2020 cycle of evaluation. Our 2018 ASR has also been previously published on our website. Thank you to the staff for their hard work in putting this together.


It will be wonderful to finally see the new room addition and new colourbond roof to our Classrooms and Administration blocks being completed over the next month. To keep you updated, last Friday Kindergarten/Year 1 were able to return to their ‘brand new’ room. It looks just so fresh and refurbished. Thank you to Miss Essery and her students for their patience, understanding and flexibility over the past six weeks having to work in the computer room.

Student Behaviour

It was lovely to see the students so well behaved during the PSSA soccer games, during the PSSA Netball match and again while waiting for their Cross Country races. Our students are consistently praised by parents and community members for being polite and so respectful. We already know this, but it is fantastic when it is acknowledged by other people.

Whole School Assembly

We look forward to you joining us for our next Whole School Assembly this Friday 17 May in the Library. This assembly will be hosted by our school prefects.

Staff News

Mrs Speirs will be taking long service leave for the next four weeks. We will miss her tremendously and wish her all the very best as she takes a well earned break from school responsibilities. Mrs Carol Wright will be taking her place as a Student Support Learning Officer.

NAPLAN Online 2019 at Iluka Public School.

We wish all students from Years 3 and 5 the very best for this week. As you are well aware, the students are sitting their NAPLAN assessments using the online format, except for students in Year 3, who will sit their writing test offline in the traditional pencil and paper format. The school timetable is set out below.

Year 3

Year 3 Writing Assessment (Tuesday 14 May) Offline format (pencil and paper)

Year 3 Reading Assessment (Wednesday 15 May) Online format

Year 3 Conventions of Language Assessment (Thursday 16 May) Online format

Year 3 Numeracy Assessment (Friday 17 May) Online format

Year 5

Year 5 Writing Assessment (Tuesday 14 May) Online format

Year 5 Reading Assessment (Wednesday 15 May) Online format

Year 5 Conventions of Language Assessment (Thursday 16 May) Online format

Year 5 Numeracy Assessment (Friday 17 May) Online format