• Iluka Public School



  • 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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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

  • Lateness is recorded as a partial absence and must be explained by parents


Clear Minded for Life is a program based on the science of the brain and is aimed at teaching children (and adults) to use their breath to enhance calmness of mind and promote focus. IPS participated in a very successful whole school program approximately 3 years ago. This morning we were grateful to welcome Dakotah to our school to provide a refresher for students and staff. Please see the attached flyer for further program details.


School Photo Day has been set for Tuesday 8 June. Individual ordering envelopes have now gone home. Here are a few simple details that will assist us with the process:

  • Please make sure each child returns their envelope. Even if payment is enclosed in a sibling’s envelope.

  • Please do not put envelopes inside other envelopes.

  • Personalised envelopes have a unique code for each child to order online.

  • Late envelopes with cash handed into the school after the day of photography will not be picked up.

  • Only online orders will be accepted after the day of photography (*not for sibling photos) or paid over the phone on 02 6628 0511.

  • All sibling photographs should be paid for in the sibling envelopes or online. Online payments for sibling photos cut off at 7 am on the day of photography, after that only cash will be accepted on the day.

  • Friends photos will also be available, on the day only, and as cash payments.


The next meeting of the P&C will be held on Monday 24 May at 3:15 pm in the school library. Everyone is encouraged and most welcome to attend.

Class donations for Tuckshop next week: Year 4

Have a great week. Phil



Please ensure that your child’s name is clearly written on their school hat and school jumper or jacket.

Curriculum - Art Workshop

Next Monday, the Kindergarten and Year One students will work with local artist, Kerrie Speirs, to create an original piece of artwork under her guidance. A great opportunity for all students and it is free!

Events - National Simultaneous Storytime

Just a reminder that the students will be walking to the Iluka Town Library at 10:30 am tomorrow to participate in the National Simultaneous Storytime event commencing at 11:00 am.



Hello Everyone,

I hope you have had a good week thus far.

Firstly - I would like to commend the Year 3 children for your efforts during NAPLAN. Parents, you would have felt proud seeing them focused and concentrating so hard. They did the very best they could and that is all that we ask.

Well done - to three of our boys: Reed, Shaun and Charlie for your selection in the PSSA soccer team. Mr Speirs said you played a great game and never stopped running.

Rugby - clinic has been very popular with the children. Some very good gross motor skills are being learnt.

Writing - this week has involved writing a letter. We are hoping to get some penfriends. The children seem quite keen about it.

Assessments - will be happening over the next couple of weeks in class. This will give us further information as to how your child is progressing.

Have a happy week, Di.


Hello everyone and welcome to Week 5,

Representative sport - Congratulations to Fraser and Zade who were a part of the victorious IPS Soccer Team last week. I would also like to commend a number of boys who attended the selection trials prior to the team being picked but were unsuccessful on this occasion. Although disappointed, they quickly bounced back, showing resilience and a positive attitude. Best wishes to Fraser for his cricket match on Thursday and to both Zade and Fraser when they attend Zone Cross Country on Friday.

Homework - Homework is due every Tuesday and the new homework sheet is also handed out on Tuesdays.

Art Workshop - Yesterday saw the conclusion of our art workshops with local artist, Kerrie Speirs. The students have created very colourful and appealing artworks, centred around the topic ‘Iluka - My Playground’. These will be exhibited at Grafton Regional Art Gallery later this year. Students had the opportunity to work with some new mediums such as woodless pencils, watercolour pencils and water-soluble oil pastels. Special thanks to Kerrie.

Speaking task - Students have begun presenting their speeches about themselves to the class and are also completing a self-assessment of their presentation. I have been impressed with the speeches so far.

Writing - Students are currently working on persuasive writing. They understand that they must make their ideas and opinions convincing in order to persuade their audience. We have been looking at a variety of topics and the students have been very enthusiastic in sharing their views and showing passion for what they believe in.

Mangahigh Maths Program - IPS has subscribed students to the Mangahigh maths program this year. This is an online program which is occasionally accessed during class time but is also available for students to use at home. If you are looking for an educational activity for your child to engage in during screen time, this may be of interest to you. Please ask your child to bring home their login details or contact me via the Office and we will be able to arrange the necessary information.

Have a lovely week,



Hello everyone

NAPLAN has now been completed for 2021. I would like to commend and thank all the students on their wonderful effort during the past week of testing. I was most impressed with their application and persistence during the testing period.

Homework - Journalling and Reflecting are a focus over the next few weeks. The students are to write a small reflection in their journal each day. Spelling Bee words should also be part of their regime as should nightly reading (out loud where possible).

Drama - A very big thank you to Ms Dobbin and Ms Reid for taking the class last Friday whilst I was collating evidence and working on the upcoming External Validation. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day, particularly the drama teachings, they were most impressed in the fact that Ms Reid is a high school trained Drama teacher. The students and I are very grateful for you sharing your knowledge and expertise Ms Reid, and we hope that you can make it back to work with us again.

PSSA - Well done to all the students that trialled for recent PSSA selection. Congratulations to the students that made the teams.

Next week we are lucky enough to host four different PSSA sporting rounds. Monday morning sees the IPS girls play Netball against Yamba at 10:00 am. Friday morning at 9:15 am down at the Ken Leeson Oval IPS girls Touch Football will play, followed by the girls and boys IPS Soccer teams. Well done to all the students that made the selections and best of luck for the games.

Have a great week



Hi everyone.

The students have created some more inspiring visual art this week. Every student created a unique piece on the theme ‘Connecting to Country’ for the upcoming Maclean High School ‘River of Art’ exhibition. We were also fortunate enough to have local artist Kerrie Speirs run 2 x 2 hour sessions on a project for end of term at Grafton Regional Gallery. The theme was ‘Iluka Marine Life’. Thank you to MHS and Kerrie, the students were highly engaged in these lessons.

Upcoming events for Year 6 include:

School Photo Packs have gone home today. Please return asap with payment, or not, thank you.

28 May - PSSA Soccer and Touch at Ken Leeson Oval, Iluka. Year 6 will be running a canteen to begin raising money for their End of Year Gift to the school. We ask for donations please of cakes/biscuits to sell on the day. If any parents could volunteer to assist and also help cook the BBQ that would be fantastic.

31 May - Canberra Excursion Information Night 5 - 5:45 pm.

2 June - Stage 3 Spelling Bee - all students have received their word lists and should be practising.

16 June - 2nd Transition Day at Maclean High School.

2 August - Off to Canberra we go! Payments should be coming to the office now, please.

Mangahigh Maths Program - IPS has subscribed students to the Mangahigh maths program this year. This is an online program which is occasionally accessed during class time but is also available for students to use at home. If you are looking for an educational activity for your child to engage in during screen time, this may be of interest to you. All students have their login details and can access at home for free. Have a great week, Chris.



Our first Scholastic Book Fair for the year has arrived and it has a huge range of books, stationery and other exciting items for students to purchase. I am hoping for a successful first Book Fair so that I can use the 30% of commission to buy a new range of senior and junior fiction books for our students to enjoy.

Now that parents are permitted onsite you will be given the opportunity to make purchases for your child in the morning or afternoon (please be aware that you are required to sign on & QR Code up at the Front Office first). We accept EFTPOS down in the library so you can be in and out in no time. The Book Fair will also be open during lunchtimes from Monday to Wednesday for students to make purchases themselves.

You will have plenty of time to make a purchase if you like, as the Book Fair will be at our school for two weeks. I will put pictures up of what is available on our Facebook page and you can also look at the images below.


National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 21st successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

This year's book is “Give me some Space” written and illustrated by Philip Bunting.

I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.


On Friday May 14, the Year 5 students had not one, but two teachers to replace Mrs Cunningham for the day. High school Drama and English teacher, Ms Reid joined Ms Dobbin for the day, team-teaching the Year 5 students. Scattered amongst their usual learnings of subjects like Maths and English, Ms Reid treated them to some fun “brain breaks,” with team games such as “Zap,” “Super-jog” and “Guess the leader.” These games were both fun and educational, teaching important skills such as listening, following instructions and “being a good sport.” Ms Reid emphasised the importance of everyone having a go, trying their best and not being upset if they went “out” in a game. She was really impressed with the Year 5’s and the positive attitudes and effort they put in throughout the day.

The finale in the last hour was a real treat, with Ms Reid teaching the students her favourite Drama activity, Picture Postcards. This activity involved teamwork, creativity and the drama skills of using interesting facial expressions and relevant body language to tell a story in a frozen “picture.” Ms Reid was super impressed with how quickly the students learnt the skills involved in creating a still picture of the scene she gave them! Finally, the students really got to show off their skills as their frozen pictures came to life, acting out short scenes related to their frozen “postcard.” There were some hilarious moments as students acted out scenes such as aliens landing on the school oval, a dance competition, a beach scene, a sporting scene and a zoo scene. Some of the funnier moments involved a Mum accidentally dropping her child into the lion’s enclosure, a surf scene where one of the students became the actual surfboard, some great alien voices, funky dance moves (and some not so funky!) All in all a great day was had by everyone in the room, proving that you can definitely learn and have fun at the same time.



This year our school has once again registered to participate in the NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to encourage students to participate in sport and physical activity educating them to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Over a ten week period our students will be monitoring physical activity levels during class time, at recess and lunch, as well as during sports lessons. Physical activity outside school hours will also count towards completion of the Challenge Award. The aim is to work towards an average at least 60 minutes of activity a day for ten weeks.

Our school will be working towards a whole school award at the conclusion of the Challenge. We would like to invite families to support us in encouraging students’ healthy use of leisure time and to experience the joy of being active together.

Each student in Years 3-6 will be issued with a logbook to record their daily physical activity. Whilst K-2 students will work towards a Gold class award level.

Students completing the Challenge will receive a personalised certificate (Diamond, Gold, Silver or Bronze), signed by the Premier of New South Wales.

Physical activity is valued for its physical, social and emotional benefits. It also helps young people to develop communication skills, confidence and resilience.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Challenge, please contact Mrs Cunningham on 6646 6149 who will be pleased to talk further with you.

Mrs Cunningham

Sports Coordinator


Iluka Public Schools Boys' Cricket team will this week be looking to back up their first round effort in the NSW PSSA Knockout Finals Series, and cap off another win for their school. The team this Thursday will play off against Gulmarrad at the Iluka Ken Leeson Oval, commencing at 10.00 am. Good luck.


This Friday, 21 May, our PSSA Cross Country squad consisting of 14 runners will just do their best at the Zone Cross Country Carnival at Corndale PS. Our students will be running the 2 and 3 kilometre races, and I am sure they will compete with enthusiasm, determination and perseverance. I am also positive they will demonstrate good sportsmanship throughout the day. We are all proud of you and wish you all the be



Congratulations to Emma and Jade who trialled at the NCPSSA Netball trials in Yamba today. Emma was successful in making the North Coast Netball team, while Jade was selected as a reserve player. Well done girls.


  • Volunteers for Friday 21May - Mark and Sandy

Class donations for Tuckshop next week: Year 4

Unsure of what can be donated? Items happily received can be donations of homemade or store bought baked or savoury goods (such as cupcakes, muffins, slice, sushi, fruit kebabs, vege dips) and pantry items that the Tuckshop regularly use (such as Cruskits, Rice Cakes, serviettes, lunch bags). If you would like to donate and are unsure please contact Karla on 0405638768 or see the Office. If you could offer some time to assist in the tuckshop, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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