WEEK 5 NEWS - TERM 2
Updated: Jul 21, 2020
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the halfway mark of what has been an already busy Term 2.
Thank you to the parent who provided the school with positive feedback regarding the conditions which were created by our staff to allow for the best possible environment for our students to put their best foot forward during NAPLAN. Awesome!
Thank you also to the parent who posted positive feedback about Walk Safely to School Day recently. Both those two comments were the highlights of my day.
DEPUTY SECRETARY OF PUBLIC EDUCATION
Last week I attended a forum hosted by Mr Mark Scott in Lismore. Mr Scott is the Deputy Secretary of Education. It was a very interesting speech based on the theme that all students and staff are Known, Valued and Cared. It was well received by all Principals especially from schools of similar size to Iluka.
The school is delighted that our roofing and new classroom extensions have concluded. It was lovely to walk through the front school gates, seeing the barricade fencing and storage and rubbish bin containers off the site. The school thanks all students, staff and wider community for their patience and understanding. I also appreciate that Mark our groundsman now has many areas to catch up on while the grass and gardens recover.
Congratulations to all our students who will do or have done their best by participating in the four Spelling Bees this week. We are so proud of your efforts. It is not easy to stand and perform in front of your peers and parents. You have shown plenty of courage and calmness to clarify your thinking and to spell the words correctly. I also commend the students on their resilience and being able to bounce back when able to proceed to the next round. Congratulations to our winning students. We shall have full results in next week’s newsletter.
RIVER OF LEARNING
To show our participation in National Reconciliation Week, our school captains and their teacher are attending the River of learning at Maclean High School tomorrow. Part of the day will involve looking at the art exhibition created by the Year 7 to 12 students that will be on display. We wish them all the best as they represent Iluka Public School. We look forward to hearing their stories when they return.
STILL TO COME
This term many students are participating in a wide range of extracurricular activities including:
River of Learning
Zone Cross Country
Shrek - The Musical
CWA - PNG Projects
Planet Space Science Performance
Year 6 to 7 Transition Day
Touch and Athletics practice
Responsible pet program
Semester 1 Reports and interviews.
It means that we all need to remain organised, have regular routines in place at home and ensuring we all have a balance in our daily lives.
School Photographs will be held at school on Tuesday 18th June. All students must be in FULL school uniform. Stay tuned for more details. Please don’t book any dental or doctor appointments etc on these days as the photo time slots on the day can not be guaranteed!
The staff at Iluka Public School are now working on their class assessments and report writing. They are looking forward to seeing you all around the end of the school term during parent/teacher interview week.
EARN AND LEARN
A big thank you to anyone who has collected stickers so far and put them in the Iluka Public School box at Grafton or brought them into school.
Our school relies on the voluntary contributions to provide additional resources. This ensures our students have the best possible learning opportunities and environment. The voluntary school contribution for 2019 has been kept at $30.00 per student, this equates to only a little more than 70 cents per child per school week.
Thank you to all parents and carers who have already paid this voluntary contribution. The contribution can still be paid at the office or online.
The school has been given the use of a smoothie bike from Live Life Well program. Smoothies will be available for 50c tomorrow during the hot dog day. Year 6 students will organise other days for the smoothie bike to be used. Students will be notified of the days and times the smoothie bike will be available.
Thank You for your continued support.
CLASS K-1 NEWS
It is with sadness that we say farewell to Abel and his family. We wish them well in the future.
Spelling Bee - Wow! Well done Kindergarten and Year One students for your participation and great efforts in the spelling bee. Congratulations to our Kindergarten Spelling Bee champions, William - 1st place and Sophie - 2nd place. An outstanding result for our top Year One spellers, Rex and Abel.
Sickness - Our class absences have soared over the last week, with a number of students coming down with the coughing/vomiting illness. While hygiene practices are taught and implemented at school, it is really important that when your child is sick that they do not attend school until they have fully recovered from their sickness. Otherwise illness can quickly spread to other students and staff, and no new learning can occur with a high student absentee rate.
*Please ensure that your child’s jumper or jacket has been clearly labelled with their name.
*HSIE - Just a reminder to send in family photo/s as soon as possible.
CLASS 2/3 NEWS
I trust that you are all enjoying the beautiful mellow weather.
Looks like a busy week!
Spelling Bee: has happened over the last couple of days for our class. Well done for ‘having a go’ and doing your best on the day. You just never know what word will come your way!
Responsible Pet Program: was held today for the Year 2 students. I’m sure they would have learnt some important safety tips when around dogs.
Cross Country: participants have some hills to climb this week. We wish you well on your participation.
Shrek Musical: is also on for those students that returned their notes and money next week. Theatrical appreciation is gained from witnessing these wonderful performances.
Touch football: skills continue tomorrow.
Library day: is tomorrow. Please encourage your child to borrow.
Earthworms: are quite amazing little creatures that are so important for healthy soil. We have been learning and writing about them and also decided to make our own mini version of one.
CWA Project: this year is Papua New Guinea. This project is undertaken at home. It has a heading, some important facts, map and pictures. The children have been given their cardboard today for it.
Best wishes for a happy week, Di.
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Hello everyone. Firstly, congratulations to all participants in today’s Spelling Bee. You were courageous for getting up and having a go. Well done to Beau from our class who was the Stage 2 Champion!! Medals will be presented at Friday’s Assembly.
In class we are very busy as usual. Maths this week continues with fractions and decimals. We have started writing poetry and in Geography we are looking at the Continent of Africa.
Good luck to those students running the hills and valleys this Friday for the Zone Cross Country at Corndale. May the force be with you Phoenix, Finn, Tessah and Mitchell!
Cheers for now and have a great week, Chris.
CLASS 4/5 NEWS
Spelling Bee - Congratulations to our Year 4 students who participated in the Stage 2 Spelling Bee today. I was extremely proud of everyone’s effort. Special congratulations to Oceane who was our Stage 2 Runner-Up. Good luck to Year 5 who will have their turn tomorrow.
Zone Cross Country - Best wishes to Emma, Jade and Travis who are off to Corndale this week to compete in the Zone Cross Country.
Library - Year 4/5 attend the library every Thursday. It would be wonderful to see a few more students bringing in library bags and borrowing regularly. Mr Jones ensures our school library is well-stocked with modern books that students are interested in. These books can be recorded in home reading journals and contribute to our 200 nights of reading.
CWA Project - Cardboard has been sent home for the CWA Papua New Guinea project. If students need a map, heading, flag, pictures or information printed off, please send it in on a USB stick and this can be arranged.
Absences - Please remember to send in a note or telephone the office to explain any absences your child may have. We have been hit particularly hard with illness recently and it is important for students to remain home if unwell.
Have a lovely week.
CLASS 6 NEWS
I would like to congratulate the students for their effort and contribution to Canteen Kids. The feedback has been very positive and the class are learning a variety of valuable skills and are looking forward to providing Hot Dog Day tomorrow.
We are working hard in class studying countries and writing information reports with google slide.
I would like to see consistency this term with the children’s organisational skills and responsibilities. I suggested that the students start a homework club amongst friends. The feedback has been great and there has been some success with an increase in submissions. Well done!
Diaries should be in on Mondays.
Homework needs to be completed and returned on Fridays.
Home reading journals need to be sighted on Thursdays.
Good luck to all the spellers and debaters! We will keep you posted.
Have a good week Bek!
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY
New Goal - Each classroom in our school has received one hundred new books. Our students have been thoroughly enjoying reading them. Our ultimate aim is to have 300 quality books in every classroom.
It has been a disappointing term in regards to borrowing with students. I would say there has been about a 20% decrease in students bringing their library bag on their library days from last term. I am hoping this can be turned around in the second half of this term.
Minecraft Club started back up this week during Monday lunchtime. It has been several weeks since the students have been able to participate in this activity during lunch. Students that are involved in Minecraft Club need to adhere to strict rules. If they are found destroying someone else's world without permission they will be banned for a week. If this happens a second time they will then be banned for the remainder of the term. These strict rules make sure that students are gaming responsibly and in a respectful manner.
The first Book Fair for this term has ended and with all your purchases and support I was able to raise $500 worth of new and exciting books to be put in our school library. I thank everyone that purchased something from our Book Fair. If you didn’t get a chance to visit our Book Fair need not worry as there will be another one at the start of next term.
ZONE CROSS COUNTRY
Best wishes to our Zone Cross Country team who will be participating in the Northern Rivers Zone Carnival on Friday May at Corndale Public School. These talented students are all excellent middle distance runners and are a credit to themselves for their hard work and commitment. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to come and watch their child. We wish all the students well and know that they will represent our school proudly.
Congratulations to our students for their efforts to learn the game of Touch with development Officer, Kris Thomsen. Kris is enjoying his weekly visits to Iluka because of our students behaviour, positive attitude and desire to improve. Keep it going Iluka!