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WEEK 5 NEWS - TERM 1

Updated: Feb 25

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Thursday 25 February - Intensive Swimming Scheme start. Yrs 2/3, 4 + selected Yr 5 students. NB: The program will operate for 5 weeks, each Thursday.

  • Thursday 25 February - Zone Swimming Carnival - Alstonville Aquatic Centre

  • Friday 26 February - Whole School Tennis + Extracurricular tennis

  • Friday 26 February - Whole School Assembly @ 2:15pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this assembly will be for students only until further notice.

  • Wednesday 3 March - Wizard of Oz performance @ 10 am. Maclean Civic Hall. Participating students only

  • Thursday 4 March - Intensive Swimming Scheme. Yrs 2/3, 4 + selected Yr 5 students.

  • Friday 5 March - Whole School Tennis + Extracurricular tennis

  • Friday 5 March - Clean Up Australia Day activities.

  • Monday 8 March - P & C Meeting at the IPS Library. 3:15 pm

  • Tuesday 9 March - Soccer Gala Day for Stage 3 - South Grafton

  • Thursday 11 March - Intensive Swimming Scheme. Yrs 2/3, 4 + selected Yr 5 students.

  • Friday 12 March - PSSA Cricket in Maclean. Participating students only. Wherret Park, Maclean

  • Wednesday 17 March - Year 6 Transition Day @ Maclean High School

  • Thursday 18 March - Intensive Swimming Scheme. Yrs 2/3, 4 + selected Yr 5 students.

  • Friday 19 March - Harmony Day celebrations

  • Thursday 25 March - Intensive Swimming Scheme. Yrs 2/3, 4 + selected Yr 5 students.

  • Friday 26 March - IPS Cross Country carnival @ Iluka Public School grounds

  • Monday 29 March - Parent/Teacher Meeting Week

  • Thursday 1 April - Easter Hat Parade & Last Day of Term 1

  • Monday 19 April - Staff Development Day

  • Tuesday 20 April - All students return for Term 2

  • Friday 30 April - Small Schools Cross Country Carnival - Iluka

PRINCIPAL REPORT

Welcome to Week 5

It has been so wonderful to visit and talk to students in the five classrooms again this week. I have also been collecting and looking at the work students have been doing in their new workbooks. All students from Years K-6 have been working very hard.

Importantly, our 2021 Kindergarten students seem to be going so well. A big thanks must go to our kindergarten parents for the positivity, support and trust they have shown us as we navigated a very different transition to school this year. I appreciate how difficult it has been saying goodbye from the school gates.


Finally, as I’ve mentioned in previous newsletters already, I am really excited and energised for the year ahead. We are moving into the start of our next four-year planning cycle and over the next term, I look forward to sharing our vision for the school and how we intend on making it all happen. Stay tuned!


P & C FEBRUARY MEETING

At the beginning of each school year, all roles on the P&C Committee are made vacant. At the February AGM (yesterday), positions on the committee can be voted on by those present on the day. Unfortunately, due to a lack of numbers, the minimum quorum of 5 was unable to be reached at the February AGM and the meeting could not proceed.

Therefore, it is so important that if you wish to have a say in how the school is organised and to have a say in the operation of the P&C, please attend the next meeting. It will be held on Monday 8 March commencing at 3.15 pm in the school library.


The P&C roles for 2021 will include:

  • President

  • Vice - President

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • Fundraising Coordinator

  • Canteen Manager

  • Grants Coordinator

ASSEMBLY

Our first assembly for the year was held on Friday. It led off with the introduction of our 2021 student leaders. Our newly elected House Captains also took their Sport’s pledge as part of the ceremony. Assemblies will continue to be held on a Friday every fortnight with a starting time of 2.15 pm. Merit awards and the newly recognised Spirit of Iluka Public School Award will also be presented at assemblies. Due to COVID regulations assemblies will be by invitation only.

ATTENDANCE MATTERS

Why must I send my child to school?

Education is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 17

Once enrolled a child is required by law to attend school every day the school is open


Why is regular attendance so important?

Regular school attendance will help your child succeed in later life

Regular attendance makes learning easier for your child

Learning time lost from Kindergarten to Year 10

I day absent from school each week = 440 days = 2 years and 1 term

2 days absent per week = 880 days = 4 years and 2 terms

3 days absent from school each week = 1320 days = 6 years and 1 term

5 days per term = 220 days = 1 year and 1.5 terms

10 days per term = 440 days = 2 years and 3 terms

Whose responsibility is it?

Parents are legally responsible for explaining their child’s absences to the school within 7 days of the absence/s

Principals are legally responsible for accurate roll marking at school and contacting parents if a child’s absences remain unexplained by the parent.


Explanations for absences

Absences from school may be justified if your child;

has to go to a religious ceremony

is required to attend a serious or urgent family situation

is too sick to go to school or has an infectious illness


Do I have to let the school know my child is absent?

By law, parents are required to supply the school with a justified reason for their child’s absence

The explanation can be written, verbal or relayed to front office staff or electronic mail to the school


What if my child is late to school or needs to leave