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.
CLASS K NEWS
‘Yarn Up’ Meeting - Elsie and Ilah met with Mr Bradmore last Thursday and spoke about the sandpit wish lists that the class had compiled. At the completion of the meeting, and after some consideration, Mr Bradmore delivered the good news that the students had been successful in their presentations and that sandpit toys would be purchased for class and lunch time play. Well done, Kinders! You are learning to use your ‘voices’ to make positive changes within our school.
STOP THE PRESS! - This morning a special delivery of one box arrived. Kindergarten were thrilled to see some of their new sandpit toys arrive.
Book Parade - Thank you parents and carers for going to so much trouble to make our book parade for 2020 such a special one for the students. They had lots of fun dressing up and showing off their costumes. Congratulations to Elsie who had her name drawn out of the library win bin box and received a book voucher to the value of $20. Thank you Mr Jones for organising this event for us.
Geography - This term we have commenced our geography unit ‘People Living In Places’. Last week we learnt about the way objects look from different points of view. The students were particularly interested in learning how objects look when examined from a ‘birds-eye’ view. This week we will be viewing different types of maps and developing our skills in making pictorial maps.
* Please ensure that your child comes to school each day with their hat and water bottle.
* It would be appreciated if the K-1-2 excursion note could be returned as soon as possible.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
How fantastic was the Book Parade last week. The children were so excited (who doesn’t like dressing up) and revelled in parading before their school mates.
I am filling in for Mrs. Howard this week, as she is on leave. I am having a lovely time with the children. They are working hard in all areas, putting a lot of effort into their work, and being extremely polite and respectful. They make it a pleasure to come to school each day.
The speaking topic for next week is: My Favourite Book Character. They must tell us who the character is and what they like about this character.
Have a lovely week
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Book Parade - Students looked fantastic in their costumes for the Book Parade last Thursday. It was a real highlight to see the excitement and smiles on their faces and the atmosphere amongst staff and students was electric. Thank you so much to parents and carers for the efforts you went to on this occasion. Congratulations to Tessah who was drawn as the lucky random winner from Stage 2.
Library - Year 3/4 attend the library every Wednesday. It would be lovely to see everyone borrow this week. Please send a bag to enable your child to borrow - a pillowcase, fabric bag or even a recycled plastic shopping bag is perfect if they don’t have a library bag.
Home Reading Journals - Journals are checked every Wednesday. Thank you very much to the 5 or 6 students who consistently bring their journal every single week. I would love to see more journals this week just to gauge where everyone is at with their reading.
Water bottles - Due to current Covid restrictions, students are not permitted to drink water directly from the school bubblers. They must use either a drink bottle or a cup when using the bubblers. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it is imperative that each student has a water bottle to remain adequately hydrated throughout the day.
Have a lovely week.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
Book Parade - What an outstanding effort from all the students and their families. The students really got into the spirit of the day and they looked fantastic. Thank you for all your efforts.
Canteen Kids - Canteen Kids will be serving baked potatoes from the kitchen this week. Thank you to everyone who supported the menu last week. We have made $60 so far!!
PE - Dance lessons have started and we have quite the mix happening. The Year 6 students are learning the Box Step, and the Year 5 students are learning Hip Hop. Both groups have so far have had great results.
Poetry writing - Figurative Language is the focus this week. All students are enjoying our Poetry unit. They are producing some very engaging pieces.
A reminder regarding notes due - Coffs Harbour, Surfing and High School Transition notes are due in ASAP.
Have a wonderful week, Bek.
The robotics had a week off last week during Book Week, in order for students to be part of a STEAM activity based around the Book Week theme “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds”. The students had to design, label and then build a creature of their own choosing. Their creature had to be their own original design, labelled, a minimum of 15cm tall and also stand up on its own. They had the choice of what materials they wanted to create their creature out of, using sustabianable items here in the library. Students learnt important lessons about weight, balance, measurement, planning and scientific labelling. All kids loved this activity.
Our last Scholastic Book Fair for the year will be arriving at the end of this week, and will be a great opportunity to buy some presents in the lead up to Christmas. Further details about the Book Fair and how parents can make purchases will be announced on our Facebook page and next week's newsletter.
Thank you everyone who helped their child dress up as a book character for our Book Parade last Thursday. Everyone put in a great effort. Well done to the lucky door prize winners from each class. These four students each received a $20 voucher that can be used at the upcoming Book Fair.
There are still a few students who consistently forget to bring their library bag on their set days. It has almost been a full year now with the students having their library day on the same day week after week. Please help them remember their library bag.
Have a great week. Matt.
Volunteers for Friday 30 October - Mark and Deb
Volunteers for Monday 2 November - Leonie and Vicki
Class donations for next week: Yr 1/2
If you could offer some time assisting in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
A reminder that school banking day is Tuesday.