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  • Wednesday 12 May - NAPLAN, Yr 3 & Yr 5 - Reading Assessment

  • Thursday 13 May - NAPLAN, Yr 3 & Yr 5 - Conventions of Language Assessment

  • Friday 14 May - Walk Safely To School Day

  • Monday 17 May - Scholastic Book Fair begins this week

  • Monday 17 May - NAPLAN, Yr 3 & Yr 5 - Numeracy Assessment

  • Wednesday 19 May - National Simultaneous Storytime for K/1, Iluka Town Library (note has gone home)

  • Thursday 20 May - PSSA Cricket. Round 3. Ken Leeson oval, Iluka. (applicable students only - note has gone home)

  • Friday 21 May - NAPLAN - final assessments

  • Friday 21 May - NR PSSA Cross Country Carnival - Corndale. (qualifying students only - note has gone home)

  • Friday 21 May - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm. All welcome to attend

  • Monday 24 May - P & C Meeting in the Library @ 3:15pm. Everyone welcome to attend

  • Friday 28 May - Kindergarten/Year 1/Year 2 Macadamia Castle Excursion (note has gone home)

  • Monday 31 May - Iluka Public School’s Spelling Bee - Early Stage 1 (Kindy) & Stage 1 (Yr 1 & 2)

  • Tuesday 1 June - Iluka Public School’s Spelling Bee - Stage 2 (Yr 3 & 4)

  • Wednesday 2 June - Iluka Public School’s Spelling Bee - Stage 3 (Yr 5 & 6)

  • Friday 4 June - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm. All welcome to attend

  • Tuesday 8 June - School Photo Day

  • Monday 14 June - Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday - No School Attendance

  • Wednesday 16 June - Year 6 Transition Day @ MHS

  • Friday 18 June - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm. All welcome to attend

  • Friday 25 June - Last Day of Term 2


It seems that we are now well and truly into Autumn. With this comes the cooler weather. Some of our students looked cold in the playground last week. Please ensure that a red or grey jumper or jacket is packed daily in their bag. Please also ensure your child’s name is clearly placed in their uniforms so that they can be returned if they are misplaced. We do not have a lost property basket!


We're working closely with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), NSW Health and other agencies to ensure our school continues to operate in the safest ways possible in the COVID-19 environment. Please use the link below for the latest advice. Also, if all visitors could look for the COVID Safe QR code posters before entering the school, and be sure to sign in at the office before coming onto the school grounds.


Thank you so much to the many Mums, Grandmothers, Aunts and friends who came along to our morning barbeque. It was a lovely morning and I know that the children loved seeing you here. I hope you had a wonderful day on Sunday.


Thank you to our P & C for organising a Mother’s Day stall last week for students to purchase gifts for Mother’s Day. Each class was taken to the stall, where students could purchase a special gift for their loved one. The gifts ranged from 50 cents to $5.50. Thank you to Jess and Carla.

Mother’s Day Raffle: The winner of the Mother’s day stall raffle was Lacey. Congratulations!


Last Thursday our Year 6 class participated in the GRIP Leadership conference at Southern Cross University, Lismore. The day was filled with enthusiastic presenters that challenged and encouraged the students with their leadership skills and endeavours. The message for the conference was ‘I need to put my own hand up and be ready for when it’s my time to lead’.

Our students had the opportunity to meet and work with many other student leaders from both public and private schools. Students were encouraged to use their talents and identify real needs in their school.

Thank you to Mr Speirs and to Club Iluka for again allowing us the use of their bus to help with transportation.


We wish our Year 3 and 5 students the best of luck as they begin their online NAPLAN assessments over the next two weeks. The NAPLAN online assessment window started today (Tuesday 11 May) and finishes on Friday 21 May 2021. Students will be assessed in Writing, Reading, Conventions of language and Numeracy. Please note: students in Year 3 will be completing their writing test with pencil and paper. It is planned that students will complete the assessments as per the following schedule.

  • Tuesday 11 May – Year 3 and Year 5 Writing

  • Wednesday 12 May – Year 3 and Year 5 Reading

  • Thursday 13 May – Year 3 and Year 5 Conventions of Language

  • Monday 17 May - Year 3 and Year 5 Numeracy

  • Tuesday 18 May – Catch up assessments

  • Wednesday 19 May – Catch up assessments

  • Thursday 20 May – Catch up assessments

The online format is an adaptive program, designed to assess a wider range of student abilities and to measure student achievement more precisely.

If you have any concerns regarding NAPLAN, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher.


All Year 3 and Year 5 students came along this morning to the COLA (brown seats) to eat breakfast together. A variety of fruit, cereals and toast was offered before the students sit their NAPLAN assessment. This breakfast option will be provided each morning before an assessment.



The National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association. Each year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 21st year, this colourful, vibrant and fun event aims to promote the value of reading and literacy and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Kindergarten to Year 6.

This year the selected children’s book, “Give Me Some Space” written and illustrated by Philip Bunting, will be read at the Iluka Town Library on Wednesday 19 May, commencing at 11:00 am. We thank the local librarian Tracey for inviting us to once again participate in this event.


Don’t forget all students from K-6 are welcome to join Miss Lisa for breakfast each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The program begins at 8.00 am under the COLA on the brown tables. Cereals and toast are available.



The Iluka Public School Spelling Bee contest will take place during Week 7, May 31 – June 2. All K-6 students have received a copy of their applicable spelling words from their classroom teacher, so as practice can be managed and encouraged from home.

The Junior (Stage 2 - Yrs 3 & 4) and Senior (Stage 3 - Yrs 5 & 6) Champions of our event will be offered the opportunity to participate in the NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee Competition, which will be held later this year. Stage 2 and Stage 3 students will be using in our school spelling bee the spelling words for this year’s NSW PSB competition. They can be found at this link: The Password is Spell21


National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) will be this coming Friday 14 May 2021. It is an annual event when all Primary School children are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school.


The 2021 Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is now underway. Students in Kindergarten to Year 2 complete the challenge in class when attending the library with Mr Jones. Students in Years 3 - 6 are required to undertake the challenge independently. To assist them each classroom has a set of approved PRC books for students to read in their spare time or during silent reading opportunities. Students can log their reading record online or they may use a paper copy, which has been supplied. The challenge concludes on August 20. For further details please see Mrs Gardner or visit the website

Class donations for Tuckshop next week: Year 2/3

Have a great week. Phil



K-2 Macadamia Castle Animal Park Excursion - The students are getting excited and the countdown of sleeps in class has begun! Thank you parents and carers for your quick response in returning permission notes for our K-2 excursion to the Macadamia Castle.

Lost Property - Has your child arrived home from school without their school jacket? I have a size 6 school jacket without a name. If it belongs to your child, you may collect it from the office.

Walk To School Safely - Your child will be given a ‘Walk Safely To School Day’ tattoo on Thursday, that they may wear to school on Friday. Mr Bradmore has approved this student activity.


History - This term we commenced our history unit of work called ‘Personal and Family Histories’. Kindergarten students have been asked to bring in a photograph/s of their immediate family and Year One students have been asked to bring in a photograph/s of their extended family.

Physical Education - Again our school has signed up to participate in the NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge. This term, a daily 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.

Event … Assembly Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our Whole School Assembly on Friday: Kindergarten - Hugo and Year One - Amelia, Elsie, Ragnar. Congratulations to our electricity monitors for carrying out their role in a responsible and reliable manner over the last two weeks - Elsie, Mason, Aryk and Ragnar. Due to their team effort, our class won back the Electricity Award. Well done!



Hello everyone,

I trust mums you were treated very well on Sunday. I hope your day was special and spent with family.

Naplan - begins this week for the Year 3s. We wish them all the best in working through the different tests. Remember… it is only one test and the children can only try their best.

Year 2 - excursion notes were handed out last week. Years K - 2 will be going to Macadamia Castle at the end of Week 6. Please return the permission note as soon as possible. Thank you Ms Essery for coordinating the excursion. I went there years ago when I taught kindergarten so it will be interesting to see what changes I notice.

Class Routines - continue as normal, only being adjusted for Naplan when necessary.

Reading - at home is vital. We do what we can at school but practise at home is essential in reinforcing skills learnt in the classroom.

Enjoy the beautiful May weather. Di


Hi everyone,

Art Workshop - We had the pleasure of working with local artist, Kerrie Speirs, on Monday. Kerrie is assisting our class in creating artwork that will be exhibited at Grafton Regional Art Gallery later this year. The theme for our art is Iluka - My Playground. Students had the opportunity to work with some new mediums this week - woodless pencils and water-soluble oil pastels. Special thanks to Kerrie.

Speaking task - Public speaking can be a difficult task and cause students to feel anxious. This is why learning the skills and practising them regularly is very important in building confidence. Students have been preparing a speech about themselves and will begin presenting them in front of the class this week.

Writing - Students are currently designing, drawing and writing persuasive texts. They understand that they must make their ideas and opinions convincing in order to persuade their audience.

Home Reading - I cannot emphasise enough the importance of reading on a daily basis. I see time and again students who have always been strong, confident readers getting left behind as the text we study in class becomes more complicated. Please don’t be complacent - even if your child is a good reader, they still need to be reading every day to continue to develop and maintain their skills.

Homework - Homework sheets were sent home today (Tuesday) and are due back next Tuesday. Students are also encouraged to practise the words for the Spelling Bee. All students took home a copy of the words previously but I have spares if they have been misplaced.

Have a lovely week,



Hi everyone

Rugby League Clinic - The students had a session with Wazza last Wednesday and they absolutely loved it. They refreshed their basic skills of dodging, passing and tagging, before incorporating those skills into a game of Oz Tag.

Netball - The class has also enjoyed learning the rules and positions for netball. They have really improved with their passing and their footwork during class sport.

NAPLAN - is scheduled this week and the students are raring to go. All I ask is that they set themselves up by eating and sleeping well.

NAPLAN Schedule - Writing - Tuesday 11 May, Reading - Wednesday 12 May, Conventions of Language - Thursday 13 May and Numeracy - Monday 17 May. Catch-up sessions will be held

Homework - Maths sheets this week. Worksheets were sent home today and need to be completed and returned on Friday for marking. Spelling Bee words have been sent home for the students to work through at their own pace in preparation for the school Spelling Bee coming up later in the term.

Debating - We will be continuing with persuasive language this term, with a focus on incorporating speaking and listening skills. The students will be learning the ART of rebutting.

Have a great week



Hi everyone. Firstly, well done to all students who attended the GRIP Leadership Conference last week. It was an engaging experience in an awesome venue shared with over 300 other Year 6 students from the Northern Rivers.

I was away on Friday but Ms Dobbin reported she had a wonderful day with our class. It makes me so proud to know the students are being respectful and trying their best at all times. Fantastic!

Rugby League Skills training has started with Wazza from the NRL. Mr Bradmore continues to offer a wide variety of sporting opportunities for our school. League will continue for another 3 weeks, followed by Netball. Thank you Mr Bradmore.

Congratulations to all students from our class participating in the Debating Team - Tandia, Jade, Kobe, Emma, Kiani, Noah, Jack, Oceane and Jay.

Good Luck to our Boys Soccer Team playing Chatty today. We are trusting in our Year 6 boys to show their younger team members qualities they learnt at GRIP, such as Generosity, Respect and Integrity. Chris.



Only one more week until our first Book Fair for 2021 arrives. Now that parents and carers are allowed on site, you will be given the opportunity to make purchases before school starts and also half an hour after school. We will also have an Eftpos terminal set up so you can make card payments within the library.


Issue #3 of Book Club is now due by the end of the week, as I have extended the closing date for orders. You can order via the LOOP online platform or by returning the filled in form at the back of the catalogue with the money to myself or the office. Please have all your cash or LOOP orders to me before Friday. Thank you.

Have a good week, Matt.


Congratulations to Jade and Emma, who were successful at the Northern Rivers Touch trials. Both girls now have the opportunity to trial at North Coast Regional PSSA Touch in South Grafton at the end of the month.

Next Thursday will see the Iluka Public School’s PSSA Cricket team play the third round of the PSSA Cricket knockout. The team – Fraser, Phoenix, Noah, Emma, Kobe, Ashton, Tulloch, Jay, Jack, Lilly, Finn and Jade will play against Gullmarrad PS here in Iluka. Good luck team.

LAST TIPS - Learning and Support


  • Volunteers for Friday - Sandy and Mark

A reminder that the Tuckshop will remain closed on Mondays till further notice.

Class donations for Tuckshop next week: Year 2/3

If you could offer some time to assist in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you


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