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WEEK 5 NEWS - TERM 2

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Wednesday 19 May - National Simultaneous Storytime for K/1, Iluka Town Library (note has gone home)

  • Thursday 20 May - PSSA Cricket. Round 3. Ken Leeson oval, Iluka. (applicable students only - note has gone home)

  • Friday 21 May - NAPLAN - final assessments

  • Friday 21 May - NR PSSA Cross Country Carnival - Corndale. (qualifying students only - note has gone home)

  • Friday 21 May - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm. All welcome to attend

  • Monday 24 May - P & C Meeting in the Library @ 3:15pm. Everyone welcome to attend

  • Friday 28 May - Kindergarten/Year 1/Year 2 Macadamia Castle Excursion (note has gone home)

  • Monday 31 May - Iluka Public School’s Spelling Bee - Early Stage 1 (Kindy) & Stage 1 (Yr 1 & 2)

  • Tuesday 1 June - Iluka Public School’s Spelling Bee - Stage 2 (Yr 3 & 4)

  • Wednesday 2 June - Iluka Public School’s Spelling Bee - Stage 3 (Yr 5 & 6)

  • Friday 4 June - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm. All welcome to attend

  • Tuesday 8 June - School Photo Day

  • Monday 14 June - Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday - No School Attendance

  • Wednesday 16 June - Year 6 Transition Day @ MHS

  • Friday 18 June - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm. All welcome to attend

  • Friday 25 June - Last Day of Term 2

PRINCIPAL REPORT

It’s already Week 5, and we are well and truly into the swing of things. This week I was extremely impressed by the respect and maturity shown by all our students towards a number of casual teachers, visitors and Department of Education personnel attending the school. Our visitors and guests were impressed by the students’ behaviour and enthusiasm and manners. Congratulations students!


CLASS VISITS

This week I again visited all classes. It is an absolute pleasure and privilege to be able to do so and I thank the teachers for the opportunity. This morning I was able to share a Premier’s Reading Challenge book called “Little Bird’s Day” by Sally Morgan and illustrated by Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr with the Yr 2/3 class. The story is a simple, universal one of a day in the life of Little Bird, as she sings the world alive. It was enjoyable to share this story with the students at the start of their school day.

REPORT CARDS

Presently, teachers are working on their end of Semester One Reports. These reports reflect the work that has been conveyed thus far into 2021. The reports will also indicate your child’s level of achievement from Outstanding to Experiencing Difficulties. In Literacy and Numeracy, your child will receive an overall grade from A – E. A student achieving all outcomes will receive a ‘C’ grade, an achievement to be celebrated within your homes. Reports will go home on Friday 11 June. Please check your child's individual Class News over the next couple of weeks for details regarding the opportunity for Parent /Teacher Interviews.


ART WORKSHOPS

Currently, IPS Year 4 and Year 6 students are engaged in art workshops with Kerrie Speirs, creating unique pieces of art using a variety of different mediums. Kerrie is a Clarence Valley artist, educator, curator and the owner of the Yamba Artspace Gallery and we are thrilled to have her creative presence within our classrooms. The students' works are taking shape, look amazing and will be displayed at the Grafton Regional Art Gallery during the next school holidays. The workshops will be on offer to all students with the same opportunities over the coming weeks.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN AND EXTERNAL VALIDATION

The school has begun undertaking the 2021 'External Validation' process. EV involves the school looking at where it currently sits against the 'School Excellence Framework', and developing plans on how to continue school improvement for our students. This extensive process has just commenced and is a wonderful opportunity for the school to look to the future.


NATIONAL WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL DAY

The weather was on our side with lots of sunshine last Friday as Iluka Public School students participated in the National Walk Safely to School Day. The idea was to encourage parents and students to walk to school, where possible, and promote the important elements of pedestrian safety. For some, this meant taking the long way round. We thank all those students and families who participated and had conversations regarding pedestrian safety. Thank you also to Oceane and Ace who presented our fruit platters to students and families at our school entrance on Charles Street.


CANBERRA EXCURSION FOR YEARS 5 & 6

After postponement earlier in the year, our Stage 3 parents and carers are invited along to an Information Evening (1 hour) about the Stage 3 Canberra Excursion. The date for the presentation is set for Monday 31 May. The meeting will take place at 5 pm in the school library. It is recommended that all parents who have students attending the excursion attend the meeting.

NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME

On Wednesday 19 May our K/1 class has been invited to attend the local town library, to take part in an exceptional morning of story and fun, while celebrating the National Simultaneous Storytime. Excursion details and permission note has been sent home.

BEFORE SCHOOL BREAKY PROGRAM

Miss Lisa’s Before School Breaky Program is now truly up and running. Please come along and join her Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:15 am for cereal, fruit and toast. It is a great way to start the day and to get your child topped up full of energy for a day of learning and play.

VISITORS ON THE SCHOOL GROUNDS

It is imperative that staff know who is on the school grounds at all times. The two main reasons for this are for child protection and for emergency procedures, so we know who we need to take with us in light of an emergency situation.

I ask that –

  • if you are dropping off an item for your child, Lyn or Leah in the Front Office will take the item and pass it onto your child at their earliest convenience.

  • If you are visiting the school grounds once school has started, after 9 am, and before school finishes at 3 pm, you come to the Front Office first and foremost.

  • if your child is arriving late to school, please walk them to the Front Office for a late slip. Your child will take himself/herself to class from there with the late slip. If need be, Leah or Lyn will walk with them to class.

  • If you are collecting your child from school early, please call the office earlier in the day and the ladies will organise with the classroom teacher, for your child to be waiting for you in the waiting room. If not, please come to the front office and Lyn or Leah will collect your child from the classroom.

We are very grateful for the wonderful work our lovely office staff does each and every day. They really do go above and beyond!


NAPLAN

Last week and on Monday, the students of Year 3 and 5 sat the NAPLAN assessments. Students completed the assessments mostly online, with the Year 3 writing assessment the only one done on paper. There were 4 assessments that the students completed, Writing on Tuesday 11 May, Reading on Wednesday 12 May, Conventions of Language on Thursday 13 May and Numeracy on Monday 17 May. Results will be sent home during Semester 2.


WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY

We are looking forward to our K - 6 Whole School Assembly this Friday, hosted by our school leaders, from 2.15 - 3.00 pm. Parents and Carers are welcome to attend, however, you will be required to use the QR Code and sign-in sheet located outside the Front Office, if attending. We hope to see you there.

ATTENDANCE

Education in New South Wales is compulsory for all children between the ages of six years and below the minimum school leaving age. The Education Act 1990 requires that parents ensure their children of compulsory school age are enrolled at, and regularly attend school, or are registered with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards for homeschooling. Once enrolled, children are required to attend school each day it is open for students.

Arriving at school and class on time:

  • Ensures that students do not miss out on important learning activities scheduled early in the day

  • Helps students learn the importance of punctuality and routine

  • Give students time to greet their friends before class

  • Reduces classroom disruption