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WEEK 4 NEWS - TERM 1

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Tuesday 16 February - SRE (Special Religious Education) program to resume

  • Thursday 18 February - Final Day for Orders for Issue 1 Book Club.

  • Friday 19 February - Whole School Assembly @ 2:15pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this assembly will be for students only until further notice.

  • Monday 22 February - Best Start Parent Meetings Week - Kindergarten only. Times as per the individual notice.

  • Monday 22 February - P & C Meeting @ Club Iluka - 1pm. All Welcome

  • Thursday 25 February - Intensive Swimming Scheme start. Yrs 2/3, 4 + selected 5 & 6 students. NB: the program will operate for 5 weeks, each Thursday.

  • Thursday 25 February - Zone Swimming Carnival - Alstonville Aquatic Centre

  • Friday 26 February - Whole School Assembly @ 2:15pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this assembly will be for students only until further notice.

  • Wednesday 3 March - Wizard of Oz performance @ 10 am. Maclean Civic Hall. Limit of 50 students.

  • Friday 5 March - Clean Up Australia Day activities.

  • Tuesday 9 March - Soccer Gala Day for Stage 3 - South Grafton

  • Friday 19 March - Harmony Day celebrations

  • Friday 26 March - IPS Cross Country carnival @ Iluka Public School grounds

  • Monday 29 March - Parent/Teacher Meeting Week

  • Thursday 1 April - Easter Hat Parade & Last Day of Term 1

  • Monday 19 April - Staff Development Day

  • Tuesday 20 April - All students return for Term 2

PRINCIPAL REPORT


I would like to congratulate the staff, students and their families at Iluka Public School on the way we have commenced the year. I truly believe that this start to the year is second to none. When visiting the classrooms I see how well we have settled and already, students are growing academically, socially, emotionally and physically. I see that they are engaged and happy.

To our parents I would like to remind them that we are all different, we all have our own strengths and weaknesses and we all grow at different rates. As a parent, support your child, share this new journey with them and model a positive attitude to school. All I can hope for is that each child will enjoy going to school, try their hardest and achieve their individual best. If at any time you have questions do not hesitate to contact myself, the school or the teacher via the office. There is no question that is too silly or an issue too unimportant.

I look forward to continuing the positive start of your child’s educational journey with you.


YEAR 2/3, YEAR 4 SWIMMING PROGRAM

We live in a coastal community. Our lifestyle revolves around water. One of my personal goals for Iluka Public School students is for all students to be able to swim 50 metres, by the time they finish Year 6.

Commencing on Thursday 25 February, Iluka Public School will offer a 5 lesson program designed to improve the swimming and water skills of our students. This program is targeted at Stage 2, with the inclusion of some older students in need of assistance. Hopefully, these skills will lead to confidence, enjoyment and most importantly safety in and around water. The program will run for five weeks, every Thursday. It will be held at the Maclean Olympic Pool. Qualified swimming instructors will conduct the lesson with Iluka Public School teachers also assisting. The cost will be $3 each Thursday for pool entry, to be paid directly to the pool. The bus and swimming teachers are being paid for by the school.

Students not attending are expected to be at school.

A separate permission note will be sent home today, further explaining the program.

PARENT/TEACHER INFORMATION MEETINGS

Thank you to the many parents who were able to make it to our informal class meetings. It was good catching up with you and I appreciated the feedback I received.


TUCKSHOP

The tuckshop is now open for 2021. It is open every Monday & Friday unless notified otherwise. Our tuckshop is run purely on a voluntary basis and without sufficient volunteers, we would need to reduce the days or not operate at all. We encourage parents to volunteer to help out at the canteen. Further information is available through our tuckshop coordinator Karla Morrison.

KEEPING OUR STUDENTS SAFE

The safety of our students is of the utmost importance to me. The one concern I have always had is outside the school at pickup time. Whether it be in the car or as a pedestrian, many of our parents engage in practices that put their own or other children at risk. The majority of the time these practices can be put down to impatience on the parents’ part. It is important to remember that we will not release the students until it is safe to do so. Of particular concern are the double parking or cars waiting across the footpath on Spencer Street and secondly, parents not using the school crossing to collect students. To those parents, I remind them that we have these guidelines to keep their children and other children safe. Please support us.

P&C

The P&C will hold its first meeting of 2021 at 1.00 pm on Monday 22nd February 2021. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the P&C meeting is being held off-site at Club Iluka. The meeting will be an AGM. We welcome your attendance.

EMERGENCY DRILL & LOCKDOWNS

Over the next few weeks, as part of our Department of Education Health and Safety procedures, students and staff at Iluka PS will be undertaking emergency drills in order to be adequately prepared in the event of an emergency. Following these drills teachers will speak with their students about the purpose of the drills and answer questions that may arise.


SMALL SCHOOLS SWIMMING CARNIVAL – FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY

The Small Schools Swimming Carnival was held at the Maclean Pool last Friday. It was an outstanding success for our school. Twenty-three students represented Iluka and all swam their hearts out. I congratulate all students on their behaviour, attitude, teamwork and spirit. Some of the results included; Jnr Boy Champion – Reed, 11 Years Boy Champion – Jonah, 11 Years Girl Champion – Macy, Snr Girls Champion – Jade.

From this carnival, many of our students have been invited to compete in the NRPSSA Zone Carnival. This will be held on Thursday 25 February 2021 in Alstonville. Good luck to those students.

WIZARD OF OZ

It is great to see that the live performance of The Wizard of Oz at the Maclean Town Hall is back on following the 12 month delay due to COVID-19. You may recall three of our students are performing in the show. We wish our students, Kianni, Nikirri and Tessah all the very best with their performances. Iluka Public School has been fortunate enough to secure 50 tickets. These tickets are becoming scarce. Be one of the first 50 students to return the note and money to Miss Lyn in the office - not the class teacher, not me but to Miss Lyn in the office, to secure a seat.

A separate permission note will go home Thursday and students can bring their note and money back to school on Friday morning from 8.25 am.

WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY

This Friday will be our first Whole School Assembly for the new year. We had postponed last week due to the number of students attending the swimming carnival. Due to the Department’s Covid guidelines and restriction on numbers we again will be having an “in-house” assembly, with students and staff only. It is our hope that we will see a return to parent/carer visitation in the not too distant future.


Class donations for Tuckshop next week: Year 5

Have a great week. Phil


CLASS K/1 NEWS

Organisation - It is wonderful to see the Kindergarten and Year One students independently walking through the school gates of a morning, with growing confidence. Starting this week, I will be waiting and greeting your child down near our classroom instead of the front gates, so that our new routine of organising our communication folders and home readers can be established.

Room Temperature - Parents and carers please be advised that our class air conditioner has been set to 24 degrees celsius, which provides a comfortable working environment for students and staff. Should your child find this temperature still too cold, they may need to wear a jumper during class time.

CURRICULUM

Physical Education (PE)

Last week the students in Kindergarten and Year One commenced their tennis lessons with Mr Jurd during our Thursday PE session. Our class tennis program is free to students.