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WEEK 3 NEWS - TERM 3

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Wednesday 5 August - Pre School Parents Tour (by appointment only - call 6646 6149)

  • Wednesday 5 August - IPS Debating Team, debating South Grafton PS at South Grafton

  • Thursday 6 August - Kevin Hogan visit/book presentation

  • Friday 7 August - Whole School Assembly (students and staff only)

  • Wednesday 12 August - Kinder Transition Program (Preschoolers/Preschool staff only)

  • Wednesday 19 August - Yr 6 Transition Day at Maclean High School

  • Pre School Parents Tour (by appointment only)

  • Friday 21 August - Whole School Assembly (students and staff only)

  • Wednesday 26 August - Kinder Transition Program (Preschoolers/Preschool staff only)

  • Friday 28 August - School Maths Bee

  • Semester 1 reports go home

  • Tuesday September 15 - Friday September 18 - School Spelling Bee

PRINCIPAL REPORT

EDUCATION WEEK - ‘LEARNING TOGETHER’

This week we are celebrating the 50th year of ‘Education Week’. Education Week will be a little different this year. We are disappointed that we cannot invite you into our classrooms, but we are living in unpredictable times, as you are well aware. The theme for Education Week this year is ‘Learning Together’.

To bring you into our classrooms we will be releasing on Facebook a short video on Tuesday evening during Education Week, of our students learning together. Your child will also be bringing home an artwork, to represent a little piece of their classroom, Wednesday afternoon. On Friday 7 August we are celebrating with ‘Colours of Your Country’. We encourage children to come dressed in mufti (casual clothes) and ready to ‘Learn Together’. This may be colours of Australia, colours of your heritage, colours of your team...completely your choice! You may wear sports shoes and be sure to bring a hat/cap, as physical activity will be happening on the day. The sport’s activities will be focusing on cooperation. To conclude, our Year 6 leaders will be hosting a Whole School Assembly. It will be our first for Term 3. Class Awards will be handed out. We are looking forward to a great day and another busy week!


MR JONES / BOOK FAIR

On behalf of Mr Jones our librarian, we thank you for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair. We hope you enjoy the books purchased by your child. We now wish Mr and Mrs Jones all the best, and eagerly await the arrival of their new baby. Mr Jones will be on leave for four weeks. Mrs Leseberg will take on the role of Librarian in the meantime.

ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

On Wednesday 29 July Iluka Public School held its annual athletics carnival on the back oval. We began the day by proudly marching on to the oval in our two sporting teams. What followed was a wonderful day for competitors. I thought having it on the school oval was a big success. Thank you to our very encouraging and supportive parents for watching at a respectful distance too. School House spirit was alive and well and I thank the House Captains for their efforts in this area. The school students continued the tradition of dressing up for the day in sports colours. We congratulate our Age Champions for 2020. Minor Girls; Frankie, Minor Boys; Jy, Junior Girls; Tessah, Junior Boys; Fraser, 11 Years Girl(s) Jade and Emma (tied) , 11 Years Boy; Phoenix, Senior Girls; Amy-Leigh and Senior Boys; Travis. Well done to the Rush House who were the overall winners on the day. Once again, thank you so much staff for your efforts on the day. Follow this link to view the full gallery of photos taken on the day.

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KINDERGARTEN 2021

Iluka Public School is enrolling for Kindergarten 2021. Please visit, ring or email our school office for an enrolment form. Pleasingly, our P.R.A.W.N.S Kindergarten Transition Program dates have now been re-established. They are being held on Wednesdays, commencing August 12, August 26, September 9 and September 23, between 9.00 am and 12.00 noon. Parents will not be able to attend due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

However, I am also inviting prospective new parents to arrange for a personal tour of our beautiful school. The dates for tours are Wednesday August 5, August 19 and September 2. Please contact the school office on 6646 6149 if interested.


PUBLISHING PERMISSIONS

Last week I chased up parents with regard to permission to publish, relating to a special project we were doing for Education Week. For future activities we will not be doing this. As per legal advice, the school is to withdraw any child, without publishing permission, from an activity that may be published in the school newsletter or school website. If you would like to get further information regarding publishing permission or change your current permission status, please contact the office.


PREMIER’S DEBATING CHALLENGE

Selected students in Years 5 and 6 have been given the opportunity to form debating teams and compete in The Premier’s Debating Challenge Competition. Tomorrow (Wednesday) Iluka Public School will compete against South Grafton Public School. The school thanks Mrs Cunningham for her efforts to improve our Public Speaking capabilities. Mr Speirs was also happy to accompany the students on this activity. The involvement in this competition has been a serious commitment for Mrs Cunningham and our students. We wish them all the best and thank them for their efforts.


STRUCTURED PLAY

Play takes on many different forms. Structured play has the means to help children learn how to do things. Structured play activities can benefit children’s confidence and perseverance. Structured play can improve communication and cooperation. Along with soccer, sand play, the ninja warrior course and the library activities, Iluka Public School is introducing two more choices for students.

1. Non-digital games

Beau and Eli from Year 4 have nearly finished a 300 piece jigsaw in the library. Large communal jigsaws hopefully will become very popular. Students will work on large piece puzzles during recess and lunchtimes. Jigsaws require a good memory and an eye for detail and encourages social interactions between students of all years. The jigsaws are left on the tables until they are completed and any student (and some staff also) are able to have a go. When they are finished we will take photos then they are broken up ready to go again.

2. Friday Lunchtime Music Performances

Every Friday lunchtime there will be musical performances on the stage. This will showcase the talent we have at Iluka Public and give our musical students a chance to improve their performance skills. Interested students can speak to myself to put their names on the performance list. A microphone will be available for use and an iPhone connection is available. All are welcome to come along and support their musical friends.

Have a great week.

Phil


TERM 3 UPDATED GUIDELINES

We are all aware that we are living in a time where guidelines and rules change almost daily to combat the impact of COVID19. Our school is no exception and I have definitely tried to keep our community aware of these changes. I thought this might be an opportunity to just revise the current situation.

From my understanding, the Department is still very clear that they do not want non-essential adults on school grounds. This means we have the following guidelines;

  • Parents must not enter the school grounds at any time, with the exception of pick up time. They cannot enter the grounds until 10 minutes before pick up time and must leave immediately, once they have collected their children. Whilst on the grounds they must maintain social distancing. (1.5 metres)

  • If a parent has business with the school it should be done over the phone if possible. If it is essential that they do it in person they must come to the office. At no time is a parent to enter the school grounds where the children are.

  • If a parent needs to give something to their child or collect their child early, they must go to the office. The admin staff will bring the child to you or pass on the article to the child.

  • No child should come to school if they are feeling unwell. Prior to COVID, children would be sent to school if they were feeling only a little unwell. This is no longer acceptable, students in this case must remain at home.

  • If a child becomes unwell at school, parents will be contacted and they will be requested to come and collect their child as soon as possible.

  • No parent should come onto school premises if they are feeling unwell. This includes coming into the office.

  • The library will operate as per normal.

  • Outside programs of an educational nature can now take place. This means our ‘Sport in Schools Program’ can now recommence.