WEEK 3 NEWS - TERM 1
Wednesday 12 - Yr 5/6 Class Meeting @ 4:00 - 4:30pm
Thursday 13 - Tennis with Alan Jurd to recommence @ IPS. 1 pm, school tennis courts.
Thursday 13 - Yr 3/4 Class Meeting 4:00 - 4:30 pm
Thursday 13 - Yr 1/2 Class Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday 14 - Whole School Assembly, IPS COLA. Starting at 2:15 pm
Monday 17 - Final day to order Book Club
Friday 20 - Harmony Day
Friday 3 - IPS Cross Country
Friday 10 - Good Friday and end of Term 1 / start of school holidays.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Congratulations to all our staff and students on a fantastic first two weeks at our wonderful school. Our students have settled extremely quickly and I know our teachers have been very impressed with their classes. Our students have responded to changes in teachers and classmates like ducks to water! A special welcome to Grace and Malachi who joined us last week from England. The staff again thank you for your patience throughout the process of establishing their new classes and also acknowledge your support with students who may have been anxious or overwhelmed. Parent information sessions will take place in the next few weeks and we look forward to meeting you all and answering any questions you may have about the year ahead. It’s going to be busy, exciting and full of terrific learning opportunities.
Unfortunately, due to consistent rainfall and in the interests of all students’ health and wellbeing it was decided to postpone the swimming carnivals set down for last week. The 8yr and above carnival remained scheduled for today, Tuesday 11 February. Apologies for any inconvenience. I understand that families need to be contacted as soon as possible and that some families do not have Facebook. As a result, we have now organised an SMS message to be delivered to families when urgent matters arise. Please ensure we have your correct phone details and notify the Office if an update is required.
This year, we are concentrating on reading and comprehension. Reading and comprehension have many different elements to ensure students can capably read a text appropriate for their age. It is also important to distinguish these as two different skill sets. Reading is the ability to decode words in a text. Comprehension is the ability to process and make connections with the text, therefore understanding the meaning in the text. While we primarily focus on teaching reading strategies to students in the earlier years, the goal at the end of primary school is for students to understand text on multiple levels. The focus of professional learning in this area will be to give teachers a broader array of strategies that can be taught to students.
REWARD AND RECOGNITION
Student achievement is rewarded, recognised and celebrated within our school community by students working towards receiving a Certificate of Merit during Whole School Assemblies. To achieve each new level students must collect five Certificate of Merit cards. Once a student has received five cards they then hand these into the office and their next Award will be handed out to them at the next whole school assembly, which is usually held fortnightly on Friday afternoons from 2.15pm.
Thank you to the many parents who have sent their child/children to school in our beautiful school uniform. The uniform policy was established by the school and the school community. Just a few reminders regarding uniform:
1. Necklaces are not to be worn;
2. Studs or sleepers are permissible in your child’s ear. Any earrings that dangle are not permitted;
3. Rub on tattoos are not permitted as this is not part of the school’s uniform;
4. Nail polish is not permitted. Clear gloss is acceptable;
5. Any lipstick or eye shadow is also against the school’s uniform policy; and
6. Any long hair should be securely tied back (or in ponytails). This is not only for safety but minimises the risk of head lice.
Just a reminder to all our families that it is not appropriate to share photos, taken at school, of any children other than your own on Facebook or any form of social media. The school has individual permission from parents/carers to share the photos we upload onto our school online platforms.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP
Parents please be very vigilant when dropping and picking up your children to school. The start of the year is an extremely busy time and we still have instances where parents call their children across busy Charles Street and this may be very dangerous. Please escort your child across the road to ensure the safety of all our students.
Due to the bit of rain, we have experienced, the mosquitos are very friendly and in larger numbers. Please apply insect repellent to your child before leaving for school each day if you deem this necessary.
Last Friday Miss Leeann entertained our school with a beautiful concert showcasing singing and playing a variety of instruments. This year Miss Leeann will be giving students in Years K-6 the opportunity to learn guitar, bass and keyboard on a Thursday. A note was sent home last Friday to students who expressed an interest. Notes and payments are due back before lessons commence next Thursday 13th February.
The P&C meeting and AGM were postponed. The new date is set down for Wednesday 19 February. Note the new start time of 3.15 pm, meeting in the library. Everyone welcome.
The Iluka IGA Healthy Breakfast Program has started back again. The program runs every Tuesday and Thursday mornings, at the brown tables, from 8.30 am. The program is available for free to all students. This is one of the most important wellbeing programs that we provide to students. Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast:
can help you manage your weight
can help you meet your daily nutrition needs
can help with concentration
can boost your metabolism.
For the outstanding efforts of the Year 5 and 6 student volunteers, who give up their time before school to support students with their reading and homework.
To all the parents who have assisted in the canteen already this year.
To the staff who worked so hard in the holidays preparing our learning programs.
Thank you to our students who have come back ready to learn.
Have a great week, Phil
CLASS K NEWS
Class Meeting - Thank you to all the parents and carers that were able to attend our Kindergarten Class Meeting on Monday. Your attendance and support was greatly appreciated.
Home Reading - Kindergarten students commenced their home reading program today. The students were very excited about taking home their ‘first reading book’.
Health - This week we begin our second health unit relating to road safety. Students will be learning throughout the unit about pedestrian, passenger and bike safety.
Special Religious Education(SRE) - Scripture lessons for Kindergarten start next Thursday 20th February. Lessons are of 30-minute duration and commence at 2:20 pm. Our scripture teacher will be Mrs. Ruth Williams. Scripture information notes were handed out at our class meeting on Monday. Please complete and return to school as soon as possible.
Reminders: *Please only supply the items written on your child’s class requirement note.
*Infants Swimming Carnival rescheduled for this Friday 14th February. Let’s hope the weather is kind to us!
*A letter confirming our Best Start meeting time has been sent home in your child’s communication folder.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
What beautiful rain we have had. We certainly are a continent of extreme conditions.
Class Meeting: is this Thursday evening commencing at 7 pm. It won't take too long and will fill you in on some of our routines. It is also a good chance to meet and get to know one another.
Home Reading: appears to have gotten off to a good start. I will check children’s journals this week and write a comment.
Handwriting: has been a focus over the past couple of weeks. We have been using books with guidelines in them to help us get the height of our letters. We have been learning how to form our letters correctly and practising the sounds associated with these letters. It is very important to have the correct pencil grip as well. It is vital that these skills are learnt correctly in the early years.
Writing: has involved sentence structure and the importance of using a capital letter and a full stop.
Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday evening. Di
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Welcome to Week 3. The class is settling beautifully and students are quickly establishing routines and meeting expectations.
Homework: I was very impressed with the homework sheets handed in last week. Activities were completed to a high standard and almost every single student returned their work. Keep up the great effort! This week students also have their weekly spelling words to revise and they received a ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ sheet to assist with this. These do not need to be returned but are a means for students to practise their words. Homework sheets will be collected on Friday.
Home reading: Home reading was also off to a fantastic start. These are collected and checked every Wednesday while students attend the library.
Class meeting: Just a reminder that my class meeting will be held at 4 pm on Thursday 13th February. It is anticipated that it will take no longer than 30 minutes. Please let me know if you are unable to attend and I will arrange an information sheet to go home.
Attendance: Please ensure all absences are explained either in the form of a written note or a telephone call to the office.
Have a lovely week.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
Yes, it is week 3 already! They say time flies while you are having fun and yes we are learning lots and having fun. The class has started the term brilliantly. They are all trying extremely hard and I am very impressed with their application, enthusiasm and determination.
Homework club commenced last week and appeared very successful. Thank you to the students that came in to help the younger students with their Reading and Homework. Well done to all the students in my class that used this time effectively to work on their individual learning goals. It was lovely to see children doing their Times Tables, spelling and touch typing. Parents, please note that Homework club is a good opportunity for students to seek clarification on their Homework or any classwork that they are unsure about. I encourage them to come in and see me on a Wednesday or Friday morning from 8.30 am to seek any assistance.
Homework sheets are sent home on Monday’s and need to be returned to school on Friday’s.
Home Reading has begun and all students are to bring their journals to school on Thursday.
Class meeting - Our class meeting is this Wednesday the 12th of February at 4pm. I am looking forward to meeting with you to discuss routines and clarify any concerns or questions.
Have a great week.
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Book club orders are flowing in nicely. I have already received almost 10 orders from students so far and there is still a week till orders close, so thank you. There are two ways you can order Book Club. Either through the LOOP app/or online through LOOP or you can fill in the form on the back page of the catalogue and get your child to bring me the form with the money and I process the order for you. If you need assistance on how to order please pop your head into the library before or after school and I will be happy to help.
Our morning computer lessons are going great so far. Some of the most basic skills often get overlooked in the younger ages. Things such as right-click on a mouse, double click, how to move a mouse and how to type their own name to log on. These are the things I will be focusing on with the younger students so they understand the terms, basic navigation and gain a sound knowledge of the purpose of computers in the world around us. The upper grades will be focused around online safety, looking at the use of different programs and their special functions, graphic design, animation, data and many more advanced skills.
The robots once again are a huge hit with the students. These robots provide a wide range of opportunities for all learners. The kinesthetic students love the hands-on building of the Lego WeDos, while the higher-order thinking students love the challenges that confront them to code the robot to do specific commands. This keeps all learners engaged and interested.
This Thursday the Year 5/6 will participate in a live virtual classroom event called “Keeping safe in the game”. This event will help students to be empowered to keep safe when gaming. They will explore skills for creating safer gaming environments including; balancing time online, dealing with abuse and cyberbullying, managing in-app purchases and accessing help and support.
I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.
Based on our own professional judgement we will nominate students to attend trials as they arise and contact those families involved.
Well done to Emma Kerr and Jade Simon who participated in the NSW Little Athletics Regional Championships over the weekend in Tamworth, in what has been described as horrendous weather! Both girls have successfully made it onto the NSW Little Athletics State Championships in March and managed to do several PBs also. Emma placed first in Shot Put and Discus and then 3rd in High Jump and Triple Jump. Jade placed 2nd in Triple jump and has qualified for State for the very first time. Both girls should be congratulated on their achievements.
Volunteers for Monday 17 February - Karla & TJ
Volunteers for Friday’s - Sandy and Mark
Class donations this week are - 3/4
Unsure what “class donations” are about? To assist with the running costs of the Tuckshop the P & C asks our school families if they can offer any donations. To keep this fair we nominate a different class on a weekly rotation, with donations to be brought in on a Monday morning or a Friday morning. Donations can be in various forms, with some ideas listed below: Pantry items the Tuckshop frequently use such as rice cakes, cruskets, vegemite, serviettes. If you have a home garden and have surplus fruit or veg like lettuce, tomatoes, oranges, avocados.If you love to bake - cakes, slices, cupcakes, cookies. Store-bought items are also very welcome too. If you love to cook - sushi, mini quiche, fried rice, popcorn, savoury muffins, pasta dish. The P & C are extremely grateful for any donations that any of our families make. And please remember that if you would prefer to donate your time & wish to join the small but enthusiastic team of helpers in the Tuckshop please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405 638 768. Thank you.
StringSong Music Tuition – Iluka Primary Term 1
My name is Leeann Flynn, I am a Singer-Songwriter and Music Teacher at StringSong Music based in Woombah. I am very pleased to have been invited to Iluka Primary School to come and teach music this year and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone.
I will be attending a school assembly on the 7th February with my musical instruments to showcase what I teach. I am bringing my Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Harp, Banjo & Ukulele and will be singing and playing these on the day. I am very excited about coming to share some music and hoping it will be a fun time for everyone. This term I will be offering Group lessons (max 3 students) in Singing, Keyboard, Guitar & Ukulele. These lessons will be 30 minutes in duration each week and will commence in Week 4 – Thursday 20th February until Thursday 9th April (8 weeks).
If you would like your child to participate in these Group lessons in Term 1 please fill in the school’s permission note below and return it with your Term Payment ($120) by Monday 17th February. Payments for lessons can be made by Cash, Cheque or Credit Card (Additional Fees apply to Credit Card payments).
If you or your family members are interested in attending individual lessons in Singing, Banjo, Bass, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Keyboard, Mandolin or Ukulele please contact me: StringSong Music - 0418 973 212.
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