WEEK 4 NEWS - TERM 3
Wednesday 12 August - Kinder Transition Program (Preschoolers/Preschool staff only)
Thursday 13 August - Kevin Hogan visit/book presentation
Wednesday 19 August - Yr 6 Transition Day at Maclean High School
Pre School Parents Tour (by appointment only, call 6646 6149)
Friday 21 August - Whole School Assembly (students and staff only)
Wednesday 26 August - Kinder Transition Program (Preschoolers/Preschool staff only)
Friday 28 August - School Maths Bee
Semester 1 reports go home
Wednesday 9 September - Kinder Transition Program (Preschoolers/Preschool staff only)
Tuesday 15 September - Friday 18 September - School Spelling Bee
Wednesday 23 September - Kinder Transition Program (Preschoolers/Preschool staff only)
Dear Parents & Carers
With so much communication at the beginning of this term I thought it best to keep this newsletter brief.
Education Week last week was a success, as we celebrated the theme ‘Learning Together’. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions we were unable to invite parents, carers and families onto the school site to celebrate the learning that is happening in classrooms. Instead, I hope you enjoyed Mr Jone’s sensational video production of ‘A Day in the Life at our School’ and the work that was sent home from the classes. We finished off Education Week by wearing our Colours, having part of a school tabloid sports session (it rained) and having a Class Assembly. We love all learning together.
KINDERGARTEN 2021 - ENROL NOW!!!
We are now taking enrolments for Kindergarten 2021. If you know of neighbours, relatives, friends or others who you think may be intending to coming to our school, please let them know to contact us on 6646 6149 for information about enrolling, or direct them to our school website www.ilukapublicschool.com
Personal tours for new parents are also being conducted. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss what our school can offer your child. Again, please call the school for an appointment.
On Wednesday our aspiring debating squad from Years 5 and 6 put their problem solving, listening and vocabulary skills to the test by competing in the Premier’s Debating Competition against South Grafton PS. We could not come away with a win, but we are now a little wiser and more knowledgeable about the debating rules. All participants should be very proud of their efforts and we look forward to our next match against Grafton Public School. Thank you Mrs Cunningham for your work in preparing the students.
Congratulations to Matt and his lovely wife Sarah, on the recent arrival of their daughter Zimi Lee. All are doing very well. Mr Jones is taking 4 weeks paternity leave to settle in with the new family. Mrs Leseberg is doing a great job as our replacement librarian.
Wishing you a lovely week
CLASS K NEWS
Communication Folders - Our class communication folders are used as a way of transferring written information from school to home and home to school. The communication folders are sent home daily (even if there are no notes) and need to be returned to school each day. All Kindergarten students will be re-issued with a new communication folder to take home on Wednesday.
Special Religious Education (SRE) - Scripture lessons re-commenced for Kindergarten last Tuesday. Lessons are of a 30 minute duration and commence at 2:20pm. Our scripture teacher is currently Mr Colmorgan. Those students not attending scripture lessons are supervised by Mr Bradmore.
Assembly Awards - Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our class assembly last Friday: Callum, Cody and Aryk. Our win bin prize winners were Caden, Amelia, Elsie and Mason.
Reminders: * P.R.A.W.N.S. Transition Program this Wednesday 12th August from 9:00am until 12:00pm. Lynne
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
I hope all is well in your households. We are all experiencing difficult times at present and it is so important that we come together and support and look out for each other. Mental and emotional wellbeing is paramount for us to be able to function effectively. These two qualities are the foundation blocks of successful learning.
Having a very high attendance rate at school for the year is another important factor to gaining a positive and productive education. Obviously if your child is unwell they are kept at home but otherwise they should be at school every other day. I’m just reinforcing the guide lines that the Education Department provide us. It makes sense: if they aren’t at school they can’t learn. Thank you to the parents that give us their support in this regard. It was also nice to receive the lovely feedback about the art and writing we sent home last Wednesday. The children tried so hard with both activities and were extremely proud and very excited about what they had achieved.
Have a good week. Di
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Hello parents and carers,
Library - Students attend the school library every Wednesday. Please ensure they have a library bag to enable them to borrow some of our wonderful books. We really do have a modern library with the latest releases from a variety of authors. There certainly is something for everyone.
Homework - Homework is sent home on Monday and is marked in class every Friday. If there are any tricky parts, please bring it back in for some assistance. Please continue to practise home reading, spelling bee words and times tables. Home reading journals are due for collection every Wednesday.
Absences - Please ensure all absences are explained with a note or phone call to the office. Class rolls are checked regularly by the home-school liaison officer and it is important that absences are accounted for.
Have a lovely week.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
The class is really humming along………...
Home Benefits: Reading aloud, times tables and Spelling Bee words are the key focus areas for this term.
Spending 5 minutes a night on each will make a tremendous difference to their learning.
Times Table Competition: Stage 3 will have their first ever Times Table competition next Friday. Some of the students are working extremely hard in knowing their tables and are becoming very quick with their number recall. The competition will be similar to the QuickSmart program where the students will have 1 minute to get through as many mixed tables they can. Evidently the one who answers the most correctly in the time frame will be the winner.
Home Readers: I would like to see an increase in the amount of Home Readers handed in for viewing this Thursday. I can tell that most students are reading at home. However it is really important that they become regimented in their routines. Thank you to the few students in my class that have continually strived to get their Home Readers in each week for review. Hopefully we can lift the average (mean) this week.
Softball: Yesterday we were lucky enough to have Kerrie Potter the Softball Development Officer for NSW, come out and take our class for a 30 minute lesson. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and Kerrie was most impressed with the students' attitude and skills. We will continue to further develop these skills, during PE and sport for the remainder of the term.
Year 6 Transition to High School: A reminder that the first transition to Maclean High School will be next Wednesday the 18th August. Please ensure that your child has returned all the required documents ASAP.
Have a great week, Bek.
It was with great pleasure that Iluka PS welcomed to the school Mrs Kerrie Potter. Kerrie is a NSW Softball Development Officer and also the current NSW Opens Women’s Coach. We were lucky enough to have Kerrie come out and take Year 5/6 for a 30 minute lesson. Kerrie noted how much improvement the students had shown during the lesson. The school is currently completing a four week unit on the game.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the parents and carers who make donations each week. Thank you. Your goodies are very greatly appreciated, assist with our running costs and your children are very proud. Please note that all monies raised by the school tuckshop are returned to the school for future use by the P & C. In the past our funds have assisted with purchasing reading materials, subsidising excursion transport costs and placing shade sails around the playground. We are proud to be working for the school and our students.
Volunteers for Friday 13 August - Sandy and Mark
Volunteers for Monday 17 August - Sandy and Deb
Class donations for next week : Year 1-2
If you could offer some time assisting in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED IN THE SCHOOL BANKING PROGRAM?
Iluka Public School is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students. School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way to help young Australians practice good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking will earn an exciting reward everytime they reach 10 deposits.
The rewards available during 2020 are:
o Terry Denton’s Activity Book
o Mini Soccer Ball (size 2)
o Treetop Stationery Set
o Treetop Handball
o Tomato Seed Kit
o Magic Mist Drink Bottle
o Emoji Wallet
o Snakes & Ladders Game
School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.
Getting involved in School Banking is easy!
All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways:
Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.
2. In branch
Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.
If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit book in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.
School Banking day is Tuesday. Each week students hand in their banking deposit books to their classroom teachers for collection. They are returned to students via the classroom, usually by Thursday.
If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2020 School Banking program parent guide from the school office or visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking