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WEEK 3 NEWS - TERM 4

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Wednesday 30 October - Year 6 Maclean High School Transition

  • Thursday 31 October - Preschool Transition 9:00am to 1:30pm

  • Friday 1 November - Whole School Assembly 2:15 - 3:00pm

  • Monday 4 November - Kindergarten and Year 2 Dental Check up 9.30 - 11.00 am

  • Thursday 7 November - Preschool Transition 9:00am to 1:30pm

  • Monday 11 November - Swim School Scheme starts Kindergarten to Year 4

  • Friday 29 November - Yr 5 Prefect Speeches

  • Tuesday 10 December - Presentation Day at 11am & School Disco at 6pm Iluka Bowling Club

  • Wednesday 11 December - Iluka Christmas Carols (school performance)

  • Thursday 12 December - 200 nights Reading Rewards - waterslide adventure

  • Tuesday 17 December - Yr 6 Graduation Dinner

  • Wednesday 18 December - Students last day of school for 2019

As of Term 1 2020 Iluka Public School will be going paperless with our newsletter. Our weekly news will be delivered in digital form via a weekly email (when you sign-up on the school’s web page) or by visiting the web page


PRINCIPAL REPORT


Welcome

I am always available to meet with parents and family members so please feel free to pop in and see me to have a chat. I value suggestions and feedback from students, parents and families so we can keep providing the best educational opportunities for our children. I am keen to build on our strengths and ensure that Iluka PS continues to offer high quality education in a nurturing environment. Please come and see me if you are around the school, I would love to meet with you so we can work together to best support your child.

School Maintenance

A few things are currently happening in regards to school maintenance:

1. The old BBQ COLA down the back oval has been fully stripped, strengthened, re-built and repainted

2. The Year 3/4 classroom has had external walls replaced

3. Fascia boards were replaced and repainted on the school’s main building

4. Water filters to our bubblers outside of the students toilet block will be replaced.


Iluka Woombah Rotary Awards

Congratulations to the following students who have earned Iluka Woombah Rotary Awards last Sunday. To Amelie for her Creative Arts, Malaki and Cameron for their Environmental work, Ky for his STEM challenges and to Josie for her Creative Writing. I am delighted to share our students’ achievements in their commitment to learning, successful work habits, leadership, creativity, collaboration, attitude and cooperation.

Maclean High School Transition

Families with students in Years 6 are advised that Maclean High School will be having their final Year 7, 2020 Orientation Day on Wednesday 30 October 2019.

NAPLAN

The school’s NAPLAN results have arrived and have all been distributed to parents. Overall, the school is performing better than schools that are similar to Iluka Public School in reading, writing, grammar and punctuation and numeracy for students in Year 3 and Year 5. 47% of our Year 3 students are in the top two bands for numeracy and 53% of our Year 3 students are in the top two bands for reading and grammar and punctuation. One of the most pleasing aspects of our NAPLAN results was our learning growth between Year 3 and Year 5. In numeracy, 58% of students achieved equal to or greater than expected growth, 66% in grammar and punctuation and 66% in reading.

Preparations for Next Year

As we look towards 2020, we are starting to make preparations for the year. It is important that we know our projected enrolments so that decisions can be made on the formation of classes and the staff allocations that we will require. If you are aware that your children will not be attending Iluka Public School in 2020, please let the school know as soon as possible. Also, if parents of the 2020 Kinder students could make their intentions known to Miss Essery or myself regarding the attendance of their child in Kindergarten next year, that would be much appreciated. We understand that some students may not be starting due to their age or that parents may choose another school for their child to attend. It is important that you communicate your intentions as soon as possible.


On saying this, over the next few weeks we will be welcoming many new families to the school as part of our Kindergarten Orientation program. It is always exciting to meet these new families and I encourage you to give a warm, welcoming smile as you see new people visiting. I welcome all our new families and we look forward to getting to know you.


World Teachers’ Day

World Teachers’ Day is an annual event celebrated on different dates across the globe. This year it was celebrated on 25 October 2019 in NSW. World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity to celebrate the 160,000+ hardworking and dedicated primary, secondary and early childhood teachers in NSW. It’s a day to reflect, recognise and appreciate teachers and the important role they play in shaping future generations. This year, the school congratulates Mrs Gardner and Mrs Cunningham as worthy recipients to receive World Teachers’ Day Awards. Both teachers should be congratulated for this award. They have the opportunity to accept their award in Coffs Harbour next week.

Thank you to Mary and Paul Mitchell for the beautiful cake and to Leah for your delicious scones. It was very much appreciated.


School Swimming Program

A reminder that our annual school swimming program will run in Week 5 and 6 of this term (11 November to 22 November). Children in Years 2-4 should come to school dressed in their school uniform. Children should bring their swimming costume, towel and hairbrush in a plastic bag so they can change in and out of their swimmers after the lesson. Children are permitted to wear sandals/thongs to and from the pool during the weeks of swim school. Whilst at school they must wear school shoes. The school will supply sunscreen each session, however if you have a particular sunscreen your child can only use please supply your child with this for the duration of the program.

Children in the Kinder / Year 1 class have had a separate information sheet go home in regards to their swimming program.


Technology

This term we have had an extra focus on technology, including an extended session on Monday afternoon where our staff investigated coding and robotics. This was an engaging hands-on session where we experimented with the tools and hardware we have at our school. It is exciting to see where this attention to the computational thinking part of our science syllabus, will take us in the future. Thank you to Mr Jones and the teachers involved in these activities – we really are building the future!

Stage 2 Excursion Dorroughby

Last week, from Wednesday to Friday, 29 students in Stage 2 travelled to the Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre and explored the surrounding unique rainforest environment. Stage 2 learnt about the natural features, sustainability and Dreamtime stories as part of their Geography unit. While at the excursion they explored Minyon Falls, time travelled back to school in 1890, made damper, butter and collected information about the platypus and how different groups and communities sustain and protect their environment. Students had an exciting time while participating in all activities. For some it was their first time away from home. Well done. A big effort! Stage 2 displayed excellent behaviour and were engaged during the rainforest walk asking great questions to their teachers. Well done Stage 2- fantastic for all! Thank you to Mr Jones who kept us up-to-date on Facebook and Mrs Howard and Mr Speirs who gave up valuable family time away from home. I appreciate your efforts and am very grateful. If you haven’t already you can view the complete gallery of photos on our website https://www.ilukapublicschool.com/galleries

Breakfast Club

Research indicates that children are more able to learn and concentrate when they have had breakfast. For this reason the school has Breakfast Club on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. There are many reasons why children come to school without breakfast. Sometimes they are in a rush and forget. Sometimes they don’t feel hungry until they get to school and in other circumstances families can run out of food and money for the week and need a helping hand. So whatever the reason, we encourage children to grab breakfast from the club on the available