WEEK 4 NEWS - TERM 3
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.
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.
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.
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
YEAR K/1 CLASS NEWS
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.
YEAR 2/3 CLASS NEWS
There has almost been a little taste of ‘Spring’ in the air. It is just around the corner.
Writing: has been concentrating on looking at both sides of a topic. We are learning about paragraphs and how to construct good strong sentences.
Maths: has involved looking at different strategies to tackle operations. The connection is being made between different operations.
Long Service Leave: I will be taking some LSL this term. Mrs Leseberg will be working with the class from the end of week 5 through until the end of the term. I will return the beginning of Term 4.
Open Day: was a great success. It was nice to see so many parents in our classroom having a look at the work we have been doing. I could see you enjoyed the assembly as well.
Enjoy your week, Di.
YEAR 3/4 CLASS NEWS
Hello everyone. Homework last week was the Iluka History Interview which the kids conducted. The Iluka of yesteryear has brought interesting discussions into our class. Did you know there used to be koalas in the trees outside the post office? Or that school swimming lessons were held in the Bay? The post office is now the surf shop and the postmaster was Mr Hickey. IGA was Knotts General Store and the golf course was all sand with emus running around. Awesome! Homework this week is drawing a location of your choice in Iluka such as the Bluff or the shops or a map of your own street. Anywhere is ok. The kids have been given an A3 sheet - get creative. Cheers, Chris.
YEAR 4/5 CLASS NEWS
Mrs Gardner is currently in Canberra on the Stage 3 school excursion. Reports so far say all is well and everyone has been enjoying the activities and sights of the capital.
Thank you to Mrs Milne who has been on class this week.
The Year 4 students should be congratulated on taking the initiative and helping with the jobs and responsibilities of the senior students in their absence. Well done future leaders.
A reminder that Town Library visit notes are due in.
YEAR 6 CLASS NEWS
There is no news this week for the Year 6 class, as they are away with Mrs Cunningham on their excursion. However, if the photos are any indication then everyone is having a fabulous, though slightly chilly time!
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Hello from Canberra. Firstly I would like to thank everyone that contributed to the Book Fair. We managed to raise $1670 which allowed me to buy $590 worth of new books for the library. I am hoping everyone enjoyed their library time with Mrs Cooper during this week.
I hope you are checking out our Facebook page with updates and images from our Canberra excursion. If you are not, I suggest you head over there now to have a peek.
See you all next week. Matt.
This week sees us halfway through our basketball clinics with Steve from the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre in Yamba. It can be reported that all students have made an impressive improvement on their basketball skills and their understanding of the game. We thank Steve for his continued positive encouragement and hope the students have enjoyed their chance to get to know basketball.
For 19 Iluka Public School students the next stage of their athletics pursuit is fast approaching. The Zone Athletics Carnival will be held Thursday 22 August in Lismore and we wish all our attending students the best of luck.
Volunteers for Friday 16 August - Sandy and Mark
Volunteers for Monday 19 August - Karla and Deb
Class donations this week are Year 2/3.
Any chance you could lend a hand assisting in the Tuckshop? Please leave details at the Office or contact Karla on 0405638768. You’ll get more out of it than you have to put in!