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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

School Photo Day

School Photo Day is 18th June 2019. Students are to come dressed in full school uniform including black shoes (if possible). Photo envelopes will be sent home closer to the day and need to be returned to school on photo day. Family photos and group photos (prefects, sports house captains, friends, debating) will also be taken on the day. Family photos will be taken after class photos.

2019 Woolworths Earn and Learn

From May 1 to June 25 shoppers at Woolworths will receive 1 sticker for each $10 spent in store (excludes liquor, tobacco and gift purchases).

Please collect these and encourage family, friends and work colleagues to collect these for you too. There is a Earn and Learn Collection Box inside the school office to place completed stickers as well as one at the Woolworths in Grafton. The school will redeem the points earned for educational resources.

Sibling Enrolments for Kindergarten 2020

Do you have a child currently attending Iluka Public School who has a brother or sister born between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015?

If so, they are eligible to start Kindergarten in 2020. Please fill in the form attached to our website on and return it to the school office.

I again thank you for the positive start to school over the past fortnight. The boys and girls have been very well behaved and are working very hard in the classroom. Keep up the great work.

Have a good week. Phil


Congratulations to the Kindergarten and Year One students for their calm approach and exemplar behaviour shown over the last six weeks, while the new classroom annex and painting of our classroom took place. I am extremely fortunate to have such wonderful students in my class.

Maclean Show Art Awards


Scarlett-Computer Artwork-1st Prize

Tylor-Computer Artwork-2nd Prize

William-Computer Artwork-3rd Prize

Willow-Computer Artwork-Highly Commended

Year One:

Rex-Drawing-Highly Commended

Marley-Computer Artwork-3rd Prize

George-Article Made From Recycled Materials-1st Prize and Most Outstanding School Exhibit

Shaun-Article Made From Recycled Materials-2nd Prize


*Practice Round Two Spelling Bee words each night.

*Is your child on track to reaching 100 nights of reading by the end of this term? Daily reading is important.

*Please ensure that your Kindergarten or Year One child has spare clothes in their bag on a daily basis.

*It is important that absentee notes be placed in your child’s communication folder. Handing notes in at the office only delays my processing time. Your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

*National Simultaneous Storytime permission notes are required back at school by Friday.



Hello all,

I hope you are enjoying the lovely mellow May days.

Well done: to the girls and boys that all had artwork exhibited at the Maclean show. Some students received merits for their creative contributions. Developing the creative spirit within children is very important and we do it on a regular basis.

Best Wishes: to our Yr 3 students who will be sitting their Naplan this week. Try your best, that is all we ask.

Homework: is given each week. Well done to the children that complete it consistently and the parents that give that support at home to help get it done. It really is a small amount and very achievable.

Small School X Country: competitors from our class tried very hard last Friday. Great work if you made it to the next level.

Library day: is Thursday just for this week. Please encourage your child to borrow from our school library.

Have a super week. Di


Hello everyone. Firstly, congratulations to all participants in last weeks small schools x-country. A special mention to Phoenix who came first in his event! Well done also to those students whose work was selected and exhibited at the Maclean Show.

A big reminder I need to see all home reading journals every Monday please. Homework is due on Fridays. Best of luck this week to our Year 3 students sitting their first Naplan exams. Writing was completed today, reading/comprehension tomorrow.

Our Spelling Bee is on 28th May - all students have received the words to take home and study. Please encourage your child to have a go. 5 rounds of words can be very daunting for some students. Just concentrate on Rd 1 and go from there if you can.

Our theme on Courage this week has moved from what we are afraid of to what we can do about it. For example if you have bad dreams then DO NOT watch scary movies or computer games. Another good one the kids discussed was if you are home alone, try and keep busy - listen to music, watch TV, read a book. We all get afraid sometimes - building courage helps us to confront and gradually overcome those fears. Have a good week. Boardriders on again this Sunday.

Cheers, Chris.


Maclean Show - Congratulations to Jade, Hudson, Shanoah, Harlem, Emma, Amy-Leigh, Bradley, Matilda and Kelani who all achieved merit certificates for their creative artworks entered in Maclean Show.

Spelling Bee - Students received their Spelling Bee word lists prior to the holidays to allow plenty of practise time before the Spelling Bee competition.

NAPLAN - Best wishes to the Year 5 students who are sitting NAPLAN this week. We are off to a great start with the writing assessment completed today. We just ask that students have a go and try their best.

Mother’s Day - I hope all of the mums, nans and carers had a special day on Sunday and enjoyed the gifts very carefully chosen by your child/ren. Thank you to Miss Lisa and her team of volunteers who coordinated the stall.

Have a wonderful week!



Well done to all the students that have represented the school in the various sporting events over the last two weeks. Congratulations to all the students that have entered Art competitions and or attended the GRIP Leadership conference. Fantastic, behaviour, effort and FUN!

This year Iluka Public School has entered a team into the “Premier’s Debating Challenge”. I would like to congratulate Eddie, Amelie, Josie and Akaysha. These students will be representing us in our first debate on Tuesday the 28th of May against Palmers Island Public School.

Maclean High School Transition notes were sent home today and need to be returned. The Transition Day is on Wednesday the 26th of June.

Canberra notes must be returned ASAP.



The Book Fair is Here!!! Today marked the first day of our first Book Fair for the year. The Book Fair will be open for parents and carers each morning this week from 8:15 - 9:00 in the morning before school starts and also 3:00 - 3:30 in the afternoons after school. Students will have the opportunity to make purchases everyday during lunch when the library is open. For every sale our book fair makes the school earns 30% towards new resources for the library. I hope to see you all there at some time throughout the week. The Book Fair will run until Thursday 22nd May.


There will be no planned STEM lessons this week for students as I will be running NAPLAN online for both the morning and middle sessions.


All students will be given a chance to borrow and return their books as normal this week. There may be some slight variances in routine due to NAPLAN, however I will make sure all students get a chance to borrow and return throughout the week. Student’s are required to bring their library bags as normal.


Once again this year I have managed to book robotics through the STEMShare program run by the NSW Government. This booking will allow students to use lego robotics through Term 4.


A big congratulations to our 29 small schools’ cross country team of champions last Friday. I was so impressed by the students who turned up to participate and gave it their very best. I could not have been prouder. Well done to all students and especially those who were placed in the top 6 for their race. These students; Fraser, Finn, Phoenix, Mitchell, Travis, Hudson, Decoda, Paige, Taya, Jade, Emma, Amy-Leigh, Maddison, Izzy and Josie now have the opportunity to represent the Small Schools at the Zone Cross Country carnival at Corndale Public School. Thank you to Emma and Jason Mills who helped out on the course throughout the day.

Last Tuesday the Iluka Public School Netball team played a PSSA game against Yamba. Although we did not win, the girls played very well and represented our school to the best of their ability. All the girls gained valuable playing experience and displayed sportsmanship and teamwork throughout the game.Thank you Mrs Cunningham for your coaching. Just a reminder that many schools associated with the NSW PSSA have a requirement for parents and carers to sign a Parents/ Spectators Code of Conduct prior to their children being granted permission to represent the school in a sports event. It is really pleasing that at Iluka I have never considered it necessary to implement that practice. Please be mindful that we should show our appreciation for the teacher-coaches who give up their time to provide sporting opportunities for students at our school. Without them your child would not have the opportunity to participate.

Commencing this Wednesday all students K-6 will be participating in the sport of Touch Football. Thanks to the Sporting Schools Program, Kris Thomson from NSW Touch will be conducting 30 minute fun based activities to help us better understand and play the game of Touch.

Additional News

Iluka Preschool will be holding a sausage sizzle this Saturday 18th May at the Iluka Community Hall from 8am till 2pm. Please come along and support your community.

Canteen Helpers for next week are Monday 20th May, Mary and Leonie and on the 24th May, Sandy and Mark. Class donations are from Year 2/3.