WEEK 5 NEWS - TERM 1
Updated: Mar 3
Friday 28 - IPS Clean Up Australia Day activities - around school area / Iluka Bay
Monday 2 - Premiers Reading Challenge Opens
Friday 6 - Whole School Assembly - 2:15pm
Thursday 12 - Get Hooked Fishing Program, Yr 5/6 - Iluka Bay
Wednesday 18 - First Maclean High School Transition Day, Yr 6
Friday 20 - Harmony Day
Friday 20 - Whole School Assembly - 2:15pm
Monday 23 - NAPLAN Practice - Yr 3 & 5
Friday 3 - IPS Cross CountryWhole School Assembly - 2:15pm
Thursday 9 - ANZAC Day service at Iluka Public School - 11am
Thursday 9 - Last day of Term 1
Friday 10 - Good Friday and start of school holidays
Tuesday 28 - Students return to school for Term 2
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have had another fantastic week at our wonderful school. Students have been working hard to be safe, responsible, respectful learners and the classes are reflecting their efforts, well done!
Whole School Assembly
A very successful Whole School Assembly was held last Friday in our library. Our students were very proud receiving their awards and I know the large number of families who attended were also extremely proud of their children. Our thanks to the school leaders, Hudson and Amy-Leigh for their organisation and being MC’s for this assembly. Special thanks to Kiani for her Welcome to Country. Also, thanks to our staff for their excellent support with our Student Leadership Program which is a very important component of our whole school ethos.
The school welcomes back for 2020 our three SLSOs. Leah, Lisa and Aleisha will again be re-commencing their most important work inside all our classes. The three SLSOs will be assisting all students with their reading, numeracy and word lists.
This important information about excursions at Iluka Public School is for the attention of all parents and carers. We have two major overnight excursions: Year 5/6 to Lake Ainsworth in September and Year 3/4 to Coffs Harbour in October. To help with the family budgets, the cost of each excursion at this early stage is yet to be advised for Year 3/4 and $370 for Year 5/ 6. The school, with contributions from the P & C will pay for bus transportation. If you are intending for your child to attend one of these major excursions and wish to start budgeting and paying it off now, this is not a problem and is encouraged. All excursions must be paid in full at least a fortnight prior to departure or the student may not be allowed to attend. If a family is experiencing financial difficulty, it is important that you speak to us early as the above prepaid rule will be strictly adhered to. With regards to behaviour, any students on behaviour levels at the time will not be allowed to attend an excursion. This is due to safety concerns. If a student is not following school rules within our school grounds and not complying with instructions, it is unsafe for that student, staff and fellow students to take him/her to an unfamiliar environment. Parents need to be aware that if their child's behaviour is not up to IPS expectations just prior to a special excursion and or performance, which is not directly related to the syllabus, they will not be able to attend.
Online Technologies - Instagram
The internet can be great fun and a powerful research tool for your child. However, please make sure you help your child manage the associated risks. Parental controls are software tools that allow you to monitor and limit what your child sees and does online. Be honest and open with your children about why and how you want to use these technologies. There are also apps to measure online time as well as set time limits on device use or internet access. It is so important to set boundaries for digital device use in your home: For example, your family plan could include rules like this:
no devices in the bedroom for younger children
all screens off in bedrooms after a certain time for older children
all screens off at least one hour before planned bedtime
all family members switch off at dinner time
devices charged overnight in a place your child cannot access.
New playground equipment
Iluka Public School prides itself on providing not only a safe and respectful learning environment but also a visually appealing one. To this end late last year the Year 6 class of 2019 as their parting gift presented the school with new playground equipment. This week installation commenced and soon we look forward to using the equipment. The new playground site is located under the trees down towards the back oval.
Pleasingly, a recent tree inspection by the Department has deemed our playground safe. It again means no trees have to be removed.
Thanks to all families for their support during the recent periods of extreme weather. Living in Iluka means that our students are generally able to play outside during hot and or wet days. However, teachers will use their discretion to close ovals if needed with the safety of all the students the main priority. Cool water and sunscreen is always available.
Looking to escape to another world, learn about rainforests or find out if piranhas really do eat bananas? Then look no further than our library. Each class has a time where they visit the library. All students are welcome to come to the library when it is open Monday to Thursday from 8:40 and at lunch time to read, play chess and other quiet games. Students must bring a library bag to borrow books. Our library also has robotics on loan this term so all students will get the chance each week to do robotics and coding lessons.
Big W Donation
Thank you so much to the Big W Grafton store for your most generous donation of $2,000. Yes $2,000. The school will be purchasing a wide range of resources and supplies. We appreciate their generosity.
Clean Up Australia Day
Iluka Public School has participated in Clean Up Australia Day for over 20 years. We promote sustainability and encourage programs that promote caring for our environment. All students will participate in this event. More details and permission notes will be sent home shortly.
There has been a reported case of one student with Chickenpox. In children it usually causes a relatively mild illness. For more information visit the NSW Health website at www.health.nsw.gov.au or follow this link for details about the issue.
What memories are your family planning on making this weekend? Try something new like: Building and flying a kite, Catch and release some bugs or tadpoles, Hold a handball competition, Take a family walk somewhere new. The recommendations are that children should spend at least 60 minutes per day undertaking huff and puff physical activity and spend no more than 2 hours per day watching screens.
Have a great week, Phil
P & C Extraordinary Meeting - Monday 2nd March @ 3:15pm, Library.
As a full committee was not formed at last week’s AGM, Iluka Public School currently has no P&C. The P&C are required to have all positions filled to operate. Positions vacant are President, Vice President and Secretary.
The Iluka Public School P & C is a not for profit organisation which helps support our wonderful school. Here is just a few ways in which the P & C can assist:
Promoting the interests of the school by bringing parents, citizens and teaching staff into close op-operation
Providing facilities and equipment to the school
Support student welfare and physical health through implementing healthy eating programs
Provide school Tuckshop
Encourage parent and community participation in curriculum and other educational issues in school
Assist in raising funds which directly assist students with school activities, such as transportation costs for major excursions.
Please note that without a P & C the school Tuckshop, which provides a fantastic service to our school will be unable to remain open.
If you are interested in joining the P & C but the time isn’t suitable, please send in a note to recommend a suitable time. We would love to see new faces and new ideas. Everyone is welcome.
CLASS K NEWS
We welcome back the Zomer family and extend a warm welcome to our new student April.
Reading and Writing - Last week, we began learning to recognise and say words using our sight. We have also started to learn how to write and spell these sight words. Commencing this week, the students will take home each week the sight words we have been learning in class, to practice at home.
Physical Education - Last Tuesday, the Kindergarten students started their weekly cricket skills program under the guidance of Mr Bradmore. Mr Bradmore commented on how settled and attentive the students were throughout the lesson. Mr Speirs will continue on with the program for the remainder of this term.
Clean Up Australia Day School Program - This Friday 28th February, Kindergarten will be participating in the annual Clean Up Australia Day school program. Kindergarten students will have the responsibility of tidying up the school playground. A permission note is not required, as we will not be leaving the school grounds. Prior to cleaning up the school playground, students will be instructed on how to remain safe when collecting rubbish. Students might like to bring some gloves to wear and bring a small plastic bag to place any collected rubbish in.
Lost Property - Are you missing a towel? It was left at the Anchorage Caravan Park swimming pool.
*School banking day is Tuesday.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
I hope you all are surviving this very hot and humid weather.
Welcome back Ilya! We are glad to have you back in our school. Another lovely student to have back is Tylor. Our class seems to be growing!
Support: in the classroom is always welcomed. These SLSOs and teachers help the children and myself.
Mr Bradmore: has been helping in the class most days with reading groups. He also takes the students for sport on a Friday.
Mr Speirs: is working in the 1/2 room on a Tuesday assisting with reading. He also takes the children on a Thursday afternoon for PE.
Mr Jones: teaches the class computer skills on a Tuesday morning. He has them for library and STEM from 12:15 on a Tuesday.
SLSOs: are in our room most days. Lisa, Aleisha and Leah will work with the children to help them with their reading.
Scripture: commenced this week with Mrs Williams. Non scripture children go to Mr Bradmore and do some class work.
I will check home reading journals on Tuesday. Please send them in.
Have a great week. Di
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Welcome - Year 3/4 are very fortunate to welcome some tadpoles into our classroom. We all thank Navara and her family for arranging for us to have a tank (thankfully with a lid!), tadpoles and food so we can watch their amazing transformation into frogs.
Thank you - Thank you so much to the students and their families who made my birthday a special and memorable occasion last week. You should be extremely proud of your children for being so thoughtful and caring towards others.
Clean Up Australia / Iluka - Students will be participating in Clean Up Iluka Day this Friday. Disposable gloves and garbage bags will be provided. You may send along thick garden gloves if you prefer these for your child.
Classroom Support - Year 3/4 is very lucky to have so many staff members supporting their learning within the classroom. This week we welcome back our wonderful team of SLSOs - Lisa, Leah and Aleisha, who are assisting students with reading and Quicksmart. Mr Speirs has been supporting students with their reading, while also teaching students cricket skills. Mr Bradmore takes the class for a weekly maths sessions and Mr Jones has been developing students’ computer skills. Thank you to all of the staff who support our students across the school.
Parent Surveys - Thank you so much to the parents who have completed and returned the parent surveys. I am finding this information invaluable.
Homework - Homework sheets were sent home on Monday and are due back on Friday. Don’t forget the Year 5/6 Homework Club is available every Wednesday and Friday morning before school and I am also available to explain any concepts.
Wednesday - Every Wednesday Year 3/4 attend the library, so please remember library bags. I check home reading journals while students attend the library so these are also necessary on Wednesdays.
Have a lovely week!
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
The class is working very hard and are engaged in their learning.
Debating:Thank you to all the parents that returned an expression of interest for your child to participate in the debating coaching day. I was very impressed at the amount of students that were interested. I tried to get all of the students in, however, I was unsuccessful. Therefore the year 6 students will be attending and I will be holding coaching days at school for those students who missed out. The year 5 students will have an opportunity to attend next year.
Maclean High School Transition: Permission notes and paper work for high school were sent home today.
Clean Up Australia Day: This Friday 28th February, the students will be participating in the annual Clean Up Australia Day school program. A permission note has been sent home.
Welcome back: Leah, Aleisha and Lisa our Learning support team. We are looking forward to having you working with us in our class.
Communication is essential! If you have any concerns about your child and their learning, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment to see me.
Have a great week. Bek
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY
BOOK CLUB Book Club arrived on Monday and has begun to be handed out to students. Please remind your child to collect their book club during recess or lunch. The new books from our book club points have also arrived so I will be accessing, covering and adding them to our library within the next few days.
GAME DEVELOPMENT On Monday I attended a game development course based on the use of the unity platform. This platform is free to download and allows users to create games that could potentially be sold and used by users around the world. Games such as crossy roads and flappy bird have all been created on this platform by young developers and has made them millions of dollars from a simple app used on mobile devices. You can go to https://unity.com/ to look at it yourself. I will be unpacking some of the basics of the platforms later in the term for the Year 5/6 students.
I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.
Small Schools’ Swimming Carnival
The Small Schools’ Swimming Carnival was held on Tuesday. Twenty- four students from Years 2-6 made up our enthusiastic squad. Congratulations to all who attended. I was a very proud principal because of their efforts, motivation and determination. Special mention to Jade and Hudson on being named Age Champions. We congratulate the six IPS students who head to Zone today and wish them the very best.
Volunteers for Monday 2 March - Karla & Deb. T
Volunteers for Monday 9 March - Tanika & Vicky
Volunteers for Friday’s - Sandy and Mark
Class donations this week is Kindy
If you are available to offer some time assisting in the Tuckshop please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
School Banking Day is Tuesday.
ILUKA FC - It’s Registration Time!
Online registration is now open for all players and can be found at www.playfootball.com.
For those parents with school age children, make sure to have your Active Kids Vouchers at the ready to get the $100 off the registration fee.
Note: As you would have seen, the Iluka playing fields are currently still being upgraded. We do not have a confirmed date as to when they will be ready to be played on. April/May has been mentioned but not officially confirmed. We would like all players to understand it is likely that we will need to play more games out of Iluka this coming season due to field closure. A Registration Day will be held this Wednesday 26th February at the “brown tables” under the COLA at Iluka Public School for anyone who is unable to register online.
Any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Iluka FC via Messenger or the Facebook page.
For registration assistance please contact the Registrar Leah on 0438 466 341 or Roxi on 0406 224 460.