WEEK 4 NEWS - TERM 2
Joke of the week
Q: Why did the math book look so sad?
A: Because it had so many problems.
Notes in Circulation
Canberra , Stage 3.
This week I had the pleasure of being on class with our Kindys, 4, 5 and 6 students. The students and I really enjoyed this opportunity of working together. We reinforced our tables, learnt some new PE games, and did some art based on Frieda Kahlo, as well as STEM lessons. If you haven’t seen some of the work yet, please view the pictures on our Facebook page of our students learning.
Last week our students in Years 3 and 5 participated in the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Our students worked wonderfully, trying their hardest and giving themselves the best opportunity to shine. It was a week that caused many changes to our routines across the school but our students and staff handled it all in their stride. Well done. Thank you also to Mr Jones for your organisation during the week.
Mothers’ Day Stall
Thank you to all families who were able to support our annual P&C Mother’s Day stall last Thursday. We hope all the loved ones in our students’ lives enjoyed their lovely gifts. Thank you to Lisa for your organisation and to the parents who donated their time to help students to decide.
Breakfast Club is again providing cereal to all students in 2019. It operates on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Thank you to IGA for supplying our cereal, milk and yoghurts. Your continued support and donations are most appreciated.
Our students loved the Waterwise activities with Jo Cunningham from the Clarence Valley Council. As you can tell by the photos, the students were having a lot of fun learning how to save our most precious commodity.
Cane Toad Talk
Yesterday the K-6 students worked with Clarence Landcare. The government organisation provided in-school education workshops as part of a Cane Toad Control Project currently in place in the Clarence Valley.
Touch Footy Clinics
Congratulations to all students who participated in the TOUCH clinics as part of the Sporting Schools Program. For the next three weeks we will learn the skills and the strategies for playing this very active game. Staff know that most students are looking forward to playing in the up and coming gala day and we can’t wait to hear about your efforts to improve even further. Thank you Mr Kris Thomson for coming to Iluka to conduct a well prepared and fun program.
CLASS K-1 NEWS
We welcome Ilya to our Kindergarten class and welcome his family into our school community.
Spelling Bee-Next Monday, the Kindergarten and Year One students will participate in our Iluka Public School spelling bee. The aim is to promote school unity by having all students from K-6 participate in this program and to improve spelling skills through oral practice. Personal skills are developed through students being confidence enough to ‘risk take’ and ‘have a go’ when challenged, as well as develop resilience when mistakes are made. While the spelling bee is a competition, all students are winners for having participated.
The spelling bee commences at about 9:10am, after our morning assembly. All are most welcome to attend.
Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)-This term we commence our history unit of work called ‘Present and Past Family Life’. Kindergarten students are asked to bring in a photo/s that feature their immediate family members-mum, dad, themselves and siblings. Year One students are asked to bring in a photo/s that feature their extended family-mum, dad, themselves, siblings and grandparents.
Physical Education-Again our school has signed up to participate in the NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge. This term, a record will be kept of each student’s physical activity at school. At the completion of the program, students will be awarded a certificate according to their level of participation.
Assembly Awards-Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our whole school assembly on Friday: Kindergarten - Will, Tylor and Year One - Rex, George and Shaun. Keep wearing your correct winter uniform and black shoes, as our class again received the Uniform Award.
*Students need a piece of fruit or vegetables and a bottle of water for our ‘Crunch and Sip’ break each day.
CLASS 2/3 NEWS
I trust you have been enjoying the mellow autumn weather and occasional shower of rain to green things up around the place.
Well done: to our Year 3 students that sat their Naplan last week. I know you would have given it your best effort.
Maths: has involved looking at digital time, fractions, strategies to help with addition and subtraction.
Quicksmart: is a maths program that helps children develop number and table facts. They get some extra one on one time to practise these skills. This program has started in our class and is most beneficial.
Meditation and Relaxation: sessions have been introduced into our class each day. This is a time for the children to care for their minds and a chance to declutter their heads with information and worries. They are responding really well and I’m noticing some positive maths sessions after our calming times.
Bounce Back: sessions are also going well. We have been discussing situations when courage may be needed and what courage feels like.
PLEASE: keep supporting homework and home reading.
I hope all you mums and nans were looked after favourably last Sunday. I know I was!
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Hello everyone. ‘News of the Week’ is the Stage 2 Spelling Bee next Tuesday morning. We have been studying the words as a class and all students have a home copy of the lists as well. I know some kids are nervous but think of it as a learning opportunity and apply the skills we have been discussing in class - practise the words, breathe, you are amongst friends, get a reality check, what’s the worst that can happen?
Well done to Year 3 for their efforts in Naplan last week and special thanks to Mr Jones for coordinating the tests.
Now is a good time to start gathering ideas and information on Papua New Guinea. The Project is not due until the end of term however as the saying goes - the early bird catches the worm!
CLASS 4/5 NEWS
Hello and welcome to Week 4,
CWA Project - Mr Bradmore spoke about the CWA project at the assembly last Friday and suggested students start their Papua New Guinea project now and steadily work on them until about week 9. Cardboard will be provided to students. However, if you have already purchased some, only a half piece of cardboard is permitted due to limited space in the Memorial Hall. If students need anything printed off, please send it in on a USB stick so it can be printed.
Spelling Bee - Please encourage your child to practise the spelling bee words as our annual competition will be held next week. The Stage 2 (Year 4) Spelling Bee is on Tuesday morning and the Stage 3 (Year 5) competition is on Wednesday. You are welcome to come along and show your support. The Spelling Bee will get underway just after our morning assembly.
NAPLAN - Well done to the Year 5 students for their efforts with NAPLAN last week. Results are generally not back until late Term 3. Special thanks to Mr Jones for coordinating the online NAPLAN assessments.
History - Students are currently learning about early European colonisation, what life was like for the settlers and the impact this had on the Indigenous population. Students are very engaged by the topic and lots of discussion is happening.
Have a great week!
CLASS 6 NEWS
Spelling Bee: Our annual School Spelling Bee will be held next week. Stage 3 will be on Wednesday morning. I hope the students are revising their words. A list of the words were attached to last week’s newsletter. You can only get better at something if you practise. Good luck!
Geography: Our integrated unit this term is Global connections. The students have chosen a country to study and are working together to share and compare their knowledge. They will be presenting a PowerPoint presentation to the class in week 9.
Maths: The students are learning to be Money Smart they have learnt that a budget allows you to manage your money effectively and that the effective use of money can create a profit. Preparing budgets requires the use of effective strategies to solve problems using whole numbers. Materials selected for making a product can influence cost.
Canteen Kids: This Wednesday the students will be selling Pesto Pasta at lunch. The cost is $1 per bowl.
This has been a great initiative from the students as they are relating their learning and have identified that the materials selected for making a product can influence cost.
CWA Projects: Cardboard will be sent home this Friday to ensure plenty of time to be completed. The country of study this year is Papua New Guinea.
River of Learning: Well done and best wishes to all the students that entered a piece of Art into this year’s River to the Sea Art Competition. Our two captains will be travelling to Maclean High School next Wednesday to attend the 10th celebration of the River of Learning Program.
Please note: There are still a few outstanding notes that need to be returned as soon as possible:
Premiers Debating, High School transition and Canberra Excursion:
Have a great week!
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Tomorrow will be the last day for our Book Fair. I would like to thank all of the parents, carers and children that have purchased from our Book Fair this term. Your purchases has helped raise over $450 worth of books for our school library. Without these raised funds our school library would not be able to afford new books. New books keep the all the students excitement levels up to read and borrow books from our library.
As I was running NAPLAN all of last week, Mr Bradmore stepped into the role of the STEM teacher. STEM activities can often be quite different to regular classroom lessons as there is a strong emphasis on teamwork, collaboration, experimentation and minimal teacher instruction. It allows students to overcome problems and challenges by failing and trying again through a trial and error approach. Mr Bradmore stepped out of his comfort zone and took on the challenge which I was very grateful for. I believe from our conversations, Mr Bradmore enjoyed conducting STEM challenges with the classes and reassured him of the importance of STEM within our school setting and our students learning.
I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.
This Wednesday’s special is Pesto pasta!
At lunchtime only $1.
Remember to bring some money you don’t want to miss out.