WEEK 5 NEWS - TERM 2
Monday 8 June - Public Holiday, Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend
Tuesday 16 June - School Photos
Monday 22 June to Friday 3 July - Parent Teacher Interviews
BACK TO SCHOOL FULL TIME
Finally, we received the welcomed advice from the Department of Education that indicated schools are now once again safe for us.
The staff at Iluka Public School welcomed students on Monday, as we returned to full time teaching. I would like to take this opportunity one more final time to thank the staff (teaching and non-teaching) at IPS for the thorough, professional and compassionate way in which they dealt with everything that happened during the COVID-19 lockdown. Similarly, I would also like to thank the parents and carers who stepped up and became facilitators of learning for their children whilst they were confined to their homes. I appreciate that, at times, this was very difficult for some families, so again I thank you.
WELCOME NEW STUDENTS
Since we have been in lockdown a number of new students have joined us at Iluka PS. We welcome Callum in Kindergarten, Angelica in Year 2, Bowie in Year 3, Ace in Year 5 and Layla in Year 6. Great families and great students. May your time in Iluka offer you a wonderful experience.
Iluka PS will see some changes and structures to our normal routines this term. Mr Speirs is now employed 5 days per week, to take literacy lessons with smaller groups of students from Stage 2 and Stage 3. He will coordinate his work with Mrs Gardner and Mrs Cunningham and work from the demountable. Similarly, Mrs Leseberg has been invited to work with Mrs Howard with the Year 1/2 students in a similar capacity.
We encourage parents, carers and visitors of our school to continue to abide by the State Government’s recommendations for social distancing. These protocols include minimising the time you are at the school drop off sites, not to enter the school grounds without prior arrangement and communicating with the school via phone and/or email where possible, rather than in person. Thank you for your continued consideration.
All laptops and other resources (workbooks, readers, library books and handwriting workbooks) are now required back at school. Please assist your child to bring them back, as they are used by the students during lesson time at school.
DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP STUDENTS
When you are dropping off students in the morning, please aim to do so quickly and as close as possible to the 8.55am bell. However, any students arriving from 8.30am onwards will be supervised in the top playground as usual. Students are encouraged to drop their bags on the hooks in front of their room. In the afternoon, please also arrive as close as possible to the 2.55 pm (Kindy and Year 1/2) and 3.00 pm bell (Year 3/4 and 5/6) and exit the school as quickly as possible. Please maintain social distancing protocols of 1.5 m with others. All our exit gates are now able to be used and I recommend parents and carers collect from the back and side gates as well.
Students are now expected to return to school. In order for our staff to accurately monitor student attendance, we ask that parents inform the school if their child is unable to attend school due to sickness. Parents play a huge factor in assisting us to accurately monitor attendance. If verbal notification has not be provided, then a note explaining the absence is required as soon as the student returns to school.
We request that students come supplied to school with their own stationery equipment, which helps to minimise sharing of equipment. As usual, students should bring each day their hat, Crunch N Sip (fruit or vege snack), recess, lunch and water bottle each day.
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ILUKA PUBLIC SCHOOL WELLBEING HUB
We asked students to share photos of what they’ve been doing while social distancing. I’d like to see a few of these shared in future newsletter editions. For example, thank you to the students that shared their lego inspirations. Future Lego Masters!
DAVID WALLIAMS - THE AUTHOR
For all you David Walliams fans, or those who just like reading and writing, I have just enjoyed watching an author talk recently recorded with him at the Sydney Opera House. Here is the link if you would like to see it too.
Meanwhile, Mr Jones, our hard working librarian has been very busy. He continually looks at reorganising the library to make it fun, easier to find books and an exciting place to be. There are many new books being added to the library collection; many new releases, and some new on the Premier’s Reading Challenge too. Check out the Oliver student portal, to view them. Remember you can reserve books there too, and when available, they will be delivered to the students.
We will soon be reopening the school canteen. The big day is Monday 1 June. Thanks Karla and our small band of volunteers for all your preparation and help.
WINTER AND OUR UNIFORM
Students may continue to wear their normal school uniform. However, with the cooler weather, students may wish to wear warmer clothes. Our uniform policy states that students may wear plain red or grey track pants and/or plain red or grey jackets. Beanies and gloves may be used coming to school but only to the school gates. Black is not a colour of our uniform. We wear our specific sports uniform on Fridays. Please ensure all jackets, jumpers and school hats are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Face-to-face Special Religious Education (SRE) will not be available until schools resume full normal operation. We will endeavour to advise you when this service will be operational again.
LAKE AINSWORTH STAGE 3 EXCURSION & COFFS HARBOUR STAGE 2 EXCURSION UPDATE
This is the latest correspondence from the Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre:
“At this stage, we are hopeful to be able to facilitate your event at Lake Ainsworth in September. Currently, our centres are closed until the end of Term 2, with this decision to be reviewed in June, in line with any new advice from the relevant governing bodies as the situation progresses. Should any further closures ensue, rest assured we will be in contact to advise you of this with as much notice as possible.”
IPS has received a similar notification from the Coffs Harbour facility and our activity providers for the Stage 2 excursion.
We encourage parents to continue making your excursion payments, as we are anticipating attending both excursions. We understand that for many families financial stress as a ramification of the pandemic is a reality and I encourage you to speak with myself if you require assistance regarding payment.
ILUKA PUBLIC SCHOOL PRAWN PRIDE