WEEK 4 NEWS - TERM 1
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This term our sports unit is called “Moving My Body”. The unit provides opportunities for students to develop specific fundamental movement skills while participating in individual, group and team physical activities. The students apply decision making and problem solving strategies to develop and perform movement skills and sequences, building their self-awareness and communication skills in the process.
Homework - Year One students commence their maths homework this week. Students take home their maths book on Tuesday and return their completed homework on Monday. Please note that all written answers are to be completed using a lead pencil (one has been provided for your child) and coloured work is completed using coloured pencils not with texta. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Safety Drills - Last Thursday, the whole school participated in an annual fire drill practice. The students are to be congratulated on the calm manner in which they walked to our gathering zone and how they patiently waited for the all clear signal from Mr Bradmore.
Kindergarten Best Start confirmation letters for parent meetings were sent home in communication folders on Monday 15th February.
CLASS 2/3 NEWS
If you are a tennis fan (like me) you will be enjoying the Australian Open this week. There have been some exciting matches. The children also enjoyed some tennis with Mr Jurd last week.
Thank You - to the parents that attended our class meeting last Thursday evening. I appreciate your support and input.
Routines - are being established. Nice to see students borrowing from the library on a Thursday with Mr Jones.
Maths - texts have commenced. Mrs Leseberg will be working with the Year 2 children and I will be working with the Year 3 students. Makes for lower teacher/ student ratios.
Writing - at the moment is developing skills to convince the reader of your point of view.
Hoping your week flows smoothly, Di.
CLASS 4 NEWS
Routines - Students have very quickly settled into new classroom routines which allows them to commence their work with minimal fuss. Year 4 students are commended on their outstanding start to the year. Well done!!
Class Meeting - Thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended last week’s class meeting. Your support and involvement was much appreciated. Thank you also to those who put in an apology - I realise the time didn’t suit everyone due to other commitments.
PE / Sport - Last Thursday we commenced class tennis lessons with Mr Jurd and the students had a fantastic time! This program will continue for 3 more weeks and is possible under the Sporting Schools Grant. Also, special thanks to the Year 6 students not attending the swimming carnival last Friday, for creating sports tabloids for students to rotate through. Again, Year 4 students thoroughly enjoyed these activities.
Homework - Homework appeared to be a success last week. On Monday students selected a sheet from the two available levels and this is due back on Friday for marking. Levelled home readers are also available in the classroom. However, students may wish to read books from home or the library. Please record home reading on the homework sheet. Thank you for your support with these important jobs.
Have a great week!
CLASS 5 NEWS
Class meeting - Thank you to all the parents that attended the parent teaching meeting last Thursday. I am really looking forward to working with you.
Goals - The students have set Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Timely goals for the Term. I strongly encourage conversations about HOW (the steps or actions) required, need to be taken to achieve their goals.
Daily Fitness - is an area where students are already seeing good progress. Their upper body strength has increased and all students are setting Personal Bests in their daily skip count routines.
Homework - Yesterday I was off class with school business and the homework sheets were not sent home. They are on their way home today and will be due back Friday.
Soccer Gala Day - coming up in Grafton for Stage 3 on 9 March. A note will be going out soon.
Have a great week
CLASS 6 NEWS
Hi everyone. Well done to all Year 6 students for their efforts in supporting their Kindergarten Buddies. It assists in setting a tone of togetherness within the school and is an important aspect of personal development for the older students, ie; responsibility, role modeling, sacrifice, empathy and respecting diversity. Awesome!
A key focus in Year 6 is building student capacity around what it means to be a skilled and critical reader. What am I reading? Who wrote it? Why did they write this? What is the author’s purpose? Are they trying to influence me? What is their motive? Just think about what they have to decipher in today’s world - newsreels, social media, click-bait, pop-ups, fake news, real news, mass advertising etc.
Today we will participate with Year 5 in an interactive zoom session with the State Library of NSW on Going Places: Migration to Australia.
Soccer Gala Day coming up in Grafton for Stage 3 on 9 March. A note will be going home soon.
Thank you to those parents/carers who were able to make the class meeting last week.
I am contactable easiest by a phone call to the office. Have a nice week. Chris.
In recent days I have purchased about $400 worth of new books for the library. These purchases are made possible via scholastic using our earnings from previous book fairs and book clubs. These books are currently in the process of being accessioned, labelled and covered to be added to our library. I purchased a large range of graphic novels as they are hot property at the moment. Graphic novels are even getting our most reluctant readers to pick up a book again and get hooked into reading.
All orders for issue 1 for Book Club are due by this Thursday. This day all orders will be placed including the LOOP orders that were placed online. Thank you for everyone who has purchased books from this issue.
All classes have had the opportunity to use the Dash robots and begin some basic coding with these enjoyable robots. This week students will begin to start creating more complex codes to make the robots perform specific movements. They will also be experimenting with more advanced commands to make the robot operate for longer, with a longer sequence of movements.
This term I have chosen two authors for all ages to study. We will be studying Julia Donaldson (my favourite author to read to my daughter) and also Aaron Blabey (Pig the Pug creator). Both authors write stories that can reach all levels of readers. Their books have engaging illustrations and often a deeper meaning delivered within the story. We offer a large number of these books within our library and I hope the students will enjoy exploring and learning about these talented authors.
I will be bringing back Minecraft Club to the library on Mondays. Yesterday we had a sign-on day for students from Years 3-6 to show their interest. I mentioned to the students at the assembly that I would let the parents know about this via the newsletter and if a parent or carer did not want their child to participate in Minecraft during lunch on a Monday you MUST contact the school to let us know. You can email the library directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know if you don’t want your child to participate.
I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.
Well done to our team of 22 students who competed at the Small Schools Swimming Carnival last Friday. An outstanding effort was made by all, with additional congratulations to the 4 students who were Age Champions - Reed, Macy, Jonah and Jade. A number of students will now go onto the NRPSSA Zone Swimming carnival, which will be held Thursday 25 February in Alstonville. Students who have qualified to attend will have received a note at the small school carnival.
Congratulations to the Iluka Public School student representatives at yesterday’s Northern River’s PSSA Cricket Trials, held in Alstonville. Emma, Tulloch, Noah and Fraser (unfortunately Lilly was unwell and unable to attend) had a full day of cricket activity, in the hopes of gaining access to the next stage of selection. Emma, Noah and Fraser will now attend the next stage, a trial game against Grafton district on the 7th and 8th March, in the hopes of making the North Coast PSSA Cricket team. We wish you the best of luck.
Volunteers for Monday 22 February - Karla, Justin and Symmone
Volunteers for Friday 26 February - Sandy and Mark
Class donations for next week: Year 5
If you could offer some time to assist in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
Tuesday is School Banking day. There is no minimum deposit with School Banking, you can send as little as 5c per week in, saving regularly is what is important.
For every deposit made at school, students will receive a Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for a School Banking reward item. We are awaiting the rewards ordering slips.
If your child has lost their book, please contact your School Banking Co-ordinator for a replacement or visit any Commonwealth Bank branch.
Thank you for supporting the School Banking program at Iluka Public School. We are currently awaiting the arrival of the School Banking Information Pack for parents or you can visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking
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