WEEK 3 NEWS - TERM 4
Updated: Nov 27, 2020
Wednesday 28 October - P.R.A.W.N.S Kindergarten Transition, 8:45am to 1:30pm
Wednesday 28 October - Yr 6 Canteen kids @ Recess and Lunch
Thursday 29 October - IPS Book Fair arrives
Friday 30 October - Whole School Assembly (no external attendance)
Wednesday 4 November - P.R.A.W.N.S Kindergarten Transition, 8:45am to 1:30pm
Wednesday 4 November - Yr 6 Canteen kids @ Recess and Lunch
Friday 6 November - NAIDOC Day celebration, Iluka Public School grounds.
Tuesday 10 November - Year 5/6 3 Day Surfing Experience commences in Yamba.
Wednesday 11 November - Remembrance Day ceremony
Friday 13 November - Stage 3 (Yr 5/6) Coffs Coast Adventure Excursion, 6:45am to 7pm
Friday 13 November - Whole School Assembly (no external attendance)
Wednesday 18 November - Yr 6 Maclean High School Transition Day, 9:00am start
Wednesday 2 December - Yr 5 Prefect Speeches (parental/carer viewing via live stream)
Wednesday 2 December - Yr 6 Farewell dinner @ Club Iluka, 6pm (students and staff attend)
Tuesday 8 December - Presentation Day (time and place yet to be advised)
Tuesday 8 December - Yr 6 Disco (time and place yet to be advised)
Friday 11 December - Whole School Assembly (no external attendance)
Wednesday 16 December - Students’ last day of Term 4.
Thursday 17 December - Staff Development Day (No students attend)
I would like to thank the majority of our school community and parents who are supporting the school through following our guidelines for drop off, pick up and kiss and drop. A reminder;
Parents and carers are NOT TO ENTER school grounds.
Please do NOT park over the footpath at our Spenser Street back gates at 3.00 pm.
Welcome to our two new Occupational Therapist Practicum students. Mary and Rita are qualified Occupational Therapists completing extended training to receive their Masters qualifications. Mary and Rita will be working with students across the K - 6 classes. The two specialists are based in Western Sydney but have relocated to Iluka Public School for the next eight weeks. Both have said they are excited, nervous and looking forward to working with our students, staff and meeting parents and community members.
CBCA BOOK WEEK
Last week Iluka Public School spent one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children's authors and illustrators. Our class librarian, Mr Jones created colourful displays, developed activities, ran competitions and told stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading. To conclude, the school held a book parade with students (and staff) dressed as their favourite book character. Thank you to all parents who supported this activity. If you haven’t been there already, follow the link https://www.ilukapublicschool.com/galleries to check out all the colourful action on the day.
Last Wednesday, the school was fortunate enough to have Year 6 students operate the canteen. The Year 6 students worked hard as a team to produce a delicious recess and lunch. The Pesto Pasta with cheese was delicious. Thank you Year 6, Leah and Lisa and to Mrs Cunningham for organising this fabulous opportunity. The money raised today will go towards an end of year gift for the school.
TRANSITION TO HIGH SCHOOL
The Maclean High School (MHS) team has been working extremely hard to organise a full high school transition for our Year 6 students. In Week 6 (Wednesday, November 18) our Year 6 students will get the chance to experience a day at MHS, rather than their usual day at Iluka Public School. I know that the students will find this experience extremely valuable as they learn about the different structures and subjects available in high school. Year 6 are all excited and looking forward to the experience of this upcoming transition day.
TRANSITION TO KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM - “P.R.A.W.N.S”
Our transition to Kindergarten program recommenced last Wednesday. We had seven very excited pre-schoolers attend. The program offers families and 2021 Kindergarten students opportunities to familiarise themselves with our school and prepare for a successful and happy start to Kindergarten. Our future transition dates are Wednesday, October 28 and Wednesday, 4 November. (Note: these sessions will be for students only, based on current COVID guidelines for schools). PS; please take the time to check out the Virtual Tour video of our beautiful school, created by our Year 6 students and produced by Mr Jones at https://www.ilukapublicschool.com/copy-of-ict
The next P&C meeting will be held on Monday 23 November 2020 commencing at 1.30 pm at Club Iluka. All parents, carers and community members are welcome to attend.
SECOND HAND UNIFORMS
As a new initiative, the school is now accepting second hand uniforms and we would welcome your donation. These uniforms will be stored onsite and used in numerous ways, such as providing a change of clothes when accidents arise or when personal circumstances necessitate uniform assistance. Students can hand in uniforms they no longer need or that no longer fit to their classroom teachers. All uniforms are to be clean and placed in a bag. These items should be in good and wearable condition, neither damaged nor soiled. Thank you for assisting us with this sustainable and often vital service.
Our Year 3 and Year 5 Literacy and Numeracy Check-in results came to the school and were analysed over the last two weeks. The school achieved some excellent results. Well done Year 3 and Year 5!
When I look through student attendance I can see that some students regularly have Monday off. There are definite patterns happening. It is so,so,so important your child attends school everyday. When your child attends school every day, learning becomes easier and your child will build and maintain friendships with other children.
Parents and carers can help foster positive attendance habits by:
helping their child learn the importance of punctuality and routine
ensuring their child arrives on time from the start of the school day, ready to participate in learning
reducing disruption to learning where possible, by planning any necessary appointments outside of school time
promptly communicating any absence to the school (within 7 days of the first day of any absence)
working with the school to encourage and support regular attendance.
POP payments are a convenient and efficient way in which parents and carers can make online payments for excursions and book fees. The POP payment facility is located on the Home page of our school website. Please find below a sample copy of our POP Payment form. Note that the Given Name, Surname and Date of Birth is the only required fields for this page. Please do not use Class, Year or Reference Number.
TERM 4 STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY VARIATION
In Term 4, students will finish the school year on Wednesday, 16 December. The last two days, Thursday, 17 December and Friday, 18 December are designated Staff Development Days. However, to optimise the use of these Staff Development Days, schools are permitted to vary these days to meet the needs of the school and its community. In Term 1 and 3, the staff at Iluka Public School attended twilight meetings on Monday, 24 February and Tuesday, 18 August. These sessions focused on Literacy Progressions, Teaching and Learning Programs and online COVID learning. In attending these twilight sessions, this then varies the last Staff Development Day, that being Friday, 18 December. Therefore, the last day of the 2020 school year for staff is Thursday, 17 December 2020.
Have a safe and happy week, Phil.