WEEK 4 NEWS - TERM 1
Updated: Feb 25, 2020
Wednesday 19 - P & C AGM + Meeting. 3:15 pm in library. All Welcome
Friday 21 - Kindy’s Teddy Bear Picnic, 12:30 pm
Friday 6 - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm
Thursday 12 - Get Hooked Fishing Program, Yr 5/6 - Iluka Bay
Friday 20 - Harmony Day
Friday 20 - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm
Monday 23 - NAPLAN Practice - Yr 3 & 5
Friday 3 - IPS Cross Country
Friday 3 - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm
Thursday 9 - ANZAC Day service at Iluka Public School - 11 am
Thursday 9 - Last day of Term 1
Friday 10 - Good Friday and start of school holidays
Tuesday 28 - Students return to school for Term 2
On Tuesday we held a very successful Primary Swimming Carnival at the Maclean Pool, and we were very lucky to have excellent weather. I am very happy that we held off for a few days longer. Congratulations to all our students who displayed excellent sportsmanship and behaviour and we were all very impressed with how well they participated throughout the day. The range of additional activities to support our non swimmers was also a great success. Thank you to all our parents and community members who supported our carnival. A big thank you to our staff for their excellent support and organisation. Thank you also to the Maclean Pool. Congratulations to our Age Champions: Jnr Boy - Alby, Jnr Girl - Tessah, 11 Yrs Boy - Tulloch, 11 Yrs Girl - Jade, Snr Boy - Hudson, Snr Girl – Grace. Congratulations to our winning house: Rush.
Congratulations and best of luck to the 22 students who have qualified for the Small Schools Swimming carnival, which is being held today, Tuesday 18th February at Maclean Pool.
Last week we held our Meet the Teacher afternoons/evening. These meetings offered our parents and carers a great opportunity to meet their child’s teacher and to build strong family and school relationships. Meeting your teacher is very important as it is the first step to ensure a successful year for your child. At these meetings your child’s teacher presented the structures and expectations of the classroom. Parents were asked if there were any questions but it was not a parent teacher interview session. If you would like to discuss your child’s progress please contact the office to make an individual appointment with your teacher. Thank you so much teachers for making yourselves available for these meetings.
Year 6 Students - Grip Leadership
Early next term all of our Year 6 students are invited to attend the GRIP Student Leadership Program in Lismore. This is a great opportunity to develop a range of leadership skills. At the completion of this program students attending will receive a Leadership Certificate at the following Whole School Assembly.
Year 6 Students - Buddies
Teachers and staff have commented on the excellent effort the Year 6 students have made in developing friendships with their buddies. This has helped lessen the worries of starting big school. Congratulations Yr 6, on helping make the school a happier and safer place.
Special Leaders Morning Tea
Mr Kevin Hogan, Member for Page will be holding a special leaders morning tea for all Clarence Valley Schools later this term. All our leaders which include Captains, Vice Captains, Prefects, House Captains and House Vice Captains will receive an invitation from Mr Hogan outlining the finer details.
Whole School Assembly
Our first Whole School Assembly was held on Friday 14 February in our library. Congratulations to those students who received awards.
The P&C AGM will be held Wednesday afternoon, February 19 at 3:15 pm in the Library. Everyone is welcome. A community note has been sent home. If you would like to be involved in the P&C or volunteer in the canteen complete the attached form and return this to school with your child.
School Target 1 - Attendance
Missing school means your child misses out on vital information and maintaining learning routines. This can result in a loss of confidence and missing out on forming vital friendships. Attendance is recorded each day. As a parent or caregiver you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day, unless your child:
has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment (preferably these should be made after school or during holidays)
is required to attend a recognised religious holiday
is required to attend an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as attending a funeral)
is sick, or has an infectious illness.
If you are having difficulty getting your child to attend school regularly, you might like to talk to myself or the school counsellor. If your child has to be absent from school for any reason, please either tell your child's teacher or the administration manager at our school, or explain the reason by phone, email or written note as soon as possible and within seven days.
Note; Those students with a school average attendance rate of 90% or greater will be eligible for the end of year waterslide activity. This equates to not missing more than 20 school days per year.
School Target 2 - Home Reading Journals
I have often written about the importance of Home Reading with your child and returning the student’s Home Reading Journal regularly to your child’s teacher. It has been a focus for the school these last three years. For some families, I now realise this cannot be achieved. Hence, I would like to invite all students to the Homework Club on a Wednesday and Friday morning before school, in the Year 5/6 room. I also wish to be involved by listening to some of the students read during this time. If you do not want me to listen to your child read kindly write me a note and I will follow your instructions.
Have a great week,
CLASS K NEWS
Infants Swimming Carnival- Finally we had a break in the weather and was able to hold our Infants Swimming Carnival. A big thank you to all the parents, carers, family members and friends who were able to attend our small carnival. The students are to be commended on doing their ‘best swimming’ and for their willingness to ‘have a go’ in all events. Congratulations Kinder, Year One and Year Two.
Teddy Bears’ Picnic- This Friday 21st February, Kindergarten students are asked to bring to school their teddy bear or soft toy to spend the day with them at ‘big school’. Just a reminder that we will be holding our Teddy Bears’ Picnic at 12:30 pm. Parents, carers and family members are most welcome to come and have a picnic lunch with their child. After our picnic lunch, the students will be showcasing their class work related to bears and teddy bears.
Assembly Awards- Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates, Sports and Library Awards at our whole school assembly last Friday: Belinda, Elsie, Ilah and Phillip.
*Teddy Bears’ Picnic this Friday 21st February at 12:30 pm.
*Our class library day is Monday. Students return and borrow books on this day.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
Class Meeting: was a great success. Thank you to all of those parents that came to the meeting. I look forward to working with you this year.
Reading: groups have commenced. Consistent reading at home is very important in supporting what is happening in the classroom.
Writing: of letter shapes and numerals is a focus at the moment. We are making sure we get them the correct way around (not back to front, that is frequently happening). Also we are looking at the alphabet and seeing where the tall letters, low letters and vowels sit on paper with guidelines. Correct letter formation is also extremely important and getting these basic skills correct in the first part of the year is essential. In class we concentrate on correct pencil grip and posture as well as the slope of the letters.
Library: visits are wonderful. Please encourage your child to borrow from the library. Our day is Tuesday.
Have a productive week.
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Class meeting - Thank you to all parents and carers who came along to the class meeting last week. I look forward to working with you throughout the year.
Writing - We have commenced narrative writing in class. Students are showing a good imagination and are enjoying this creative type of writing.
Homework - Homework sheets were sent home on Monday and are due back on Friday. Students can complete all areas they are confident with and as long as they try their best, then I am happy. Don’t forget the Year 5/6 Homework Club is available every Wednesday and Friday morning before school.
Wednesday - Every Wednesday Year 3/4 attend the library, so please remember library bags. I check home reading journals while students attend the library so these are also necessary on Wednesdays.
Have a lovely week!
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
Debating notes - EOI debating notes have been returned and there has been great interest. I shall nominate us and keep you updated.
Small School Swimming Carnival - Good luck to all the students competing at the carnival today. Mrs Cooper will be on class while I attend the carnival.
Class meeting - Thank you to all parents and carers who came along to the class meeting last week. I am looking forward to working together throughout the year.
Writing - We have commenced narrative writing and the students are using wonderful synonyms to extend their vocabulary. This week’s key focus is emotive language.
Homework - Homework sheets were sent home on Monday and are due back on Friday. Don’t forget Homework Club is available every Wednesday and Friday morning before school to ensure it is completed.
Have a great week
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY
The students are loving the new computer room and they are also enjoying the new computer skills “hour of power” they have with me in the mornings. I am currently working on a “My Computer Skills” booklet that allows them to track and mark off their progress as they learn a new skill. This Booklet will carry them through from Kindergarten to Year 6. As they master a new skill each day, week, month, or year they mark it off in their booklet. I then sign and date it when they prove they have mastered the skill to me or their classroom teacher.
Next week I will be attending two courses to further my knowledge on technology. On Monday I will have a course at Grafton for game development using the Unity platform and on Thursday I will be attending a course to further my skills with the use of Google Classroom, STEM apps for iPads and also Google VR.
Book Club has been ordered and should arrive sometime next week. I will let the students know when their order has arrived. If the order is a secret or a gift please let me know so I do not give it to them. I would like to thank everyone that has ordered. Together you have managed to obtain $90 worth of scholastic points that will towards the purchase of new books for our library.
I hope everyone has a great week. Matt
YEAR 6 BUDDY PROGRAM 2020
I would like to congratulate the Year 6 students for taking their role of assisting the Kindergarten students settle into ‘big school’ so seriously and the considerate manner in which they have assisted our youngest students to navigate the many play areas within our school grounds. This Friday, the Year 6 students will be invited to bring their teddy bear to school and to join in some games with their buddy in the Kindergarten classroom. Starting next week, the Year 6 students will be encouraging their buddy to venture into the playground on their own, whilst still offering assistance and support when needed. L.Essery
Volunteers for Monday 24 February - Leonie & Vicky
Volunteers for Monday 2 March - Karla & Deb. T
Volunteers for Monday 9 March - Tanika & Vicky
Volunteers for Friday’s - Sandy and Mark
Class donations this week are Class 5/6
If you are available to offer some time assisting in the Tuckshop please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
Iluka Netball Club
Registrations are now open! Download your Active Kids Voucher first then head to our Facebook site to find the online registration link. Alternatively, we are having a sign on day this Wednesday 19th Feb at the Iluka Bowls Club between 4-5pm where the players can also try on their uniforms.
For further information message us via our Facebook page or contact Danielle on 0473 534 614.
ROTARY BOOK SALE
The Maclean Rotary Club is holding its first book sale for the new decade on February 28/29. Again a feature of the sale is the large volume of books suitable for children from pre-school to teenage which are free to children. Of course there are plenty of books for the mums and dads --fiction, non fiction, DIY, hobbies etc. These are available at $8 to fill a bag (and the more books can be packed in the bags the better we like it). The sale is at the dining room of the Maclean Bowling Club on Friday, February 28, and Saturday 29 morning commencing each day at 9am, until 5pm on the Friday and noon on the Saturday.
LETS LOOK AT LUNCHES
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