• Iluka Public School


Updated: Jul 21, 2020


  • Preschool Transition Day - Wednesday August 14

  • Town Library Visit for Book Week / MHS Transition Day Year 6 - Wednesday August 21

  • Zone Athletics Carnival - Thursday 22 August, Lismore.

  • Small Schools Big Impact Concert - Wednesday 28 @ 6:30pm Saraton Theatre, Grafton

  • Father’s Day Breakfast Bbq - Friday 30 August from 7am


Canberra/ Mt Selwyn Excursion

Currently I along with three other teachers and twenty-five Year 5 and Year 6 students are in Canberra. We have attended many outstanding attractions including the Australian War Memorial, the National Zoo and Parliament House. At this stage it has been very enjoyable. All students in attendance have been complimented by the management and other staff on the students’ exemplary behaviour and excellent manners throughout the excursion! Please follow us along on Facebook to see more photos and stories.

Open Day

I would like to thank the huge number of parents, grandparents and carers who came along to support their children at our annual Open Day. Your participation in these events is very much appreciated and I hope you enjoyed the morning’s performances and assembly.

Student Behaviour Expectations

Iluka Public School aims to provide a quality learning environment which is inclusive, safe and secure and free from bullying, harassment and intimidation for all students. We have high expectations for student behaviour and systems in place to support students in maintaining appropriate behaviour in classrooms and the playground. The vast majority of students respond well to teacher guidance and are able to self-regulate their behaviour. Unfortunately some require extra assistance and consequences to be applied to support them in making positive choices. I seek the support of our parents and carers to reinforce school expectations with their children so that our school continues to be a safe and productive learning environment for all.

Parent Problems with Other Students

All students come to school to enjoy a safe environment. All parents send their children to school expecting the environment to be safe. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should parents approach any student to deal with issues between their children and other students, be those issues at school or out in the community.

Iluka Public School expects that all parents/carers and visitors to our school behave in an appropriate and respectful manner to school staff and all students at all times. Under no circumstances are parents to approach students other than their own in the school grounds. All visitors including parents must report to the office if on site between the school hours of 9.00 am and 3.00 pm.

Parents should also refrain from approaching students on the way to and from school.

Kindergarten Transition

Transition to Kindergarten for 2020 has commenced. Parents are invited to now collect an application to enrol, from our Admin Office. New parents are welcome to contact myself for an interview to discuss all issues and to receive a tour of the school.


After the holidays we were advised that we had received a sum of money from Michelle Ryan. Michelle who was originally from the Maclean Music Academy, performed with three other talented musicians at the recent Lower Clarence Valley Opera. A raffle was conducted at the function with the money raised for musical equipment at our school. It was an honour for our school to be chosen. Quotes are currently being obtained and we will report back shortly on what this money has been used for. Thanks to Anne Commerford for all her work in relation to this generous donation.


In alignment with our STEM program, students are making the most of their opportunities with the 10 drones. They are providing a wonderful hands on experience. It’s great to see and hear students working together, sharing their coding knowledge and resources. The students are learning skills that may one day contribute to creating a career.

Zone Athletics Carnival

This year’s Zone District Athletics Carnival will be held at Riverview Park, Lismore on Thursday 22 August 2019. Notes have been sent home to the successful 19 students. Further training and fitness work has continued. I appreciate the students’ enthusiasm. Special thanks to Christine Kerr for helping our students on the more technical aspects of baton changing, shot put and the discus.


The link between success at school and attending every class, every day is very strong. We currently have 3 students who have 100% attendance for the whole year and they recently received a merit award at our whole school assembly. As a whole year group, our best attenders for Terms 1, 2 and 3 are Year 6 and Year 3/4. Every day at school counts and the impact of absenteeism increases with every day that a student misses.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with a disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019). Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling

  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional

  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools

  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools

  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with a disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability. The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy ( privacy-policy). Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal ( If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.

Canberra/ Mt Selwyn Excursion

I am looking forward to what I am sure will be another excellent couple of days for students at the Mt Selwyn Resort. See you Saturday at 3 am (approximately) when we are due back in Iluka.

Have a good week. Phil


Absences-Once again our absentee rate has soared. On Monday there were 5 Kindergarten students (⅓ of the Kindergarten student body) and 3 Year One students away (nearly ½ of the Year One student body). With so many students absent, learning comes to a grinding halt. An interesting fact to ponder. There has been only 15 school days this year, where every student has been present at school for the whole day.

Assembly Awards-Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our whole school assemblies on Thursday and Friday: Kindergarten - Elayna, Sandon, Sailor, Mariah and Year One - Rex, Zoe, Shaun, Charlie, Bailey.


*Please return town library book week permission note as soon as possible.