• Iluka Public School



  • Wednesday 21 August - MHS Transition Day, Year 6

  • Kinder to Yr 5 Iluka Library Visit for Book Week.

  • Thursday 22 August - Zone Athletics Carnival, Lismore

  • Wednesday 28 August - Preschool Transition Day including Principal/Parent morning tea.

  • Father’s Day Stall from 9:30am.

  • Small Schools Big Impact Concert, Stage 3. Saraton Theatre, Grafton.

  • Friday 30 August - Father’s Day Breakfast barbeque from 7am.

  • Thursday 26 September - School Biannual Concert from 6pm.


Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Week 5. Hard to believe we are at the middle of another term and yet, we have so much more to do before the end!

Canberra / Mt Selwyn Excursion

In week 4 of this term (August 12 - August 16), the Year 5 and 6 students undertook an education tour of the nation’s capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

We were delighted to see them return safely from Canberra very early on Saturday morning, after a wonderful week exploring our nation’s capital city and the Mt Selwyn Snowfields. The excursion was very successful. Visits to Parliament House, Australian National Museum and the Australian War Memorial ensured we meet our mandatory fieldwork requirements for the NSW Curriculum in a most enjoyable and engaging way. Years 5 and 6 also had a fabulous day and a half learning to ski at Mt Selwyn. All students looked to have a great time, learnt a lot and were fantastic ambassadors for Iluka Public School. A very big thank you to Mrs Cunningham, Mrs Gardner and Mr Jones for ensuring a successful excursion and for taking such great care of our lovely students.

Thank you again to our wonderful P&C group for supporting and subsidising the transport.

It was also wonderful getting to know the students away from the school environment. Your children were so organised and showed that at times they could ‘dig deep’, show resilience and demonstrate patience. They were a credit to their families. We would just like to add that we are grateful for everyone’s appreciation that has been shown on our arrival home.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program (PACER) towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

Click here for full Canberra Gallery

Sun Shade Shelters

The work currently being funded by the 2019 P&C is starting to come to fruition on the top oval of the school. Our three sun shade shelters have had some serious poles concreted into the ground during the past weeks. We now await for the sails to arrive. Come up to the school and take a close look. They will be so practical and attractive when finished.

Thank you Strong Mark

Our General Assistant, Mr Mark ‘Strong Mark’ Goodwin, has been working hard around the school of late, cleaning up after the roof renovations and removing concrete edging and plants from the top oval. The school looks brighter and cleaner and not only that— it looks so much better!

Fathers’ Day Stall and Fathers’ Day Breakfast

Coming up soon is our very popular Father’s Day Breakfast barbeque and the P & C supported Fathers’ Day Stall. The stall will be on Wednesday 28 August and commences with our Kindy/Year One class after the morning assembly (approximately 9:30am). Gifts have arrived and again range in price from $1 to $5. Students who forget their money on the day will have the opportunity to laybe one item. A note will go home with the cost of the item. If required students can be pay for it on Thursday. We need at least two parent/carer volunteers to assist with the stall. If you are available to assist please see Miss Lisa or leave your details at the Office. All classes will be invited to participate.

On Friday 30 August, starting at 7am will be our annual appreciation barbeque of all the male role models in our students’ lives. All Dad’s, Grandparents, Uncles and significant male supporter/carers are welcome to come along, share in a cuppa and a sausage and egg roll while having a chat or game with the kids. In the past our barbeques have been well supported and a fabulous way to start the day. If you are able to attend, please complete the attached order note and return this to school. We look forward to seeing you there.


Iluka Public School Choir will start this Thursday 22 August in 2nd half of lunch and will continue each week in the music room for approximately 12 weeks. All children from Years 3 - 6 are welcome. The choir will be run by myself and Anne Commerford. The aim of the choir is to learn how to sing in a group while having fun. We will be learning songs that are suitable for children’s voices. There is a level of commitment required from each child - that they will commit to regular attendance. A one off fee of $5 will be charged, which will help to cover the cost for the sheet music. While learning to sing is the aim, students will work towards performing an item at this year’s creative arts school concert (later in this term) and at a possible community event.

Head Lice

A number of classes have reported outbreaks of head lice this past week. Can you please take the time to check your child’s head and seek treatment if required. At the back of this newsletter is information on this often tricky subject. You can also check out the following links to provide further assistance and information. Fo further information on head lice you can visit the NSW Health website: or the Department’s website at:

Have a wonderful week. Phil


FRESHKids Tickets- Please send in completed ‘FRESHKids Eat Fresh And Win’ tickets on Wednesday, as Miss Lisa will be collecting these tickets at recess. A reminder that the competition closes on Friday 20th September. It is great to see the students, eating fresh fruits and vegetables at recess and lunch time.

Work Samples- This week, students will commence taking home various pieces of work that have been undertaken and completed throughout the year.

Mathematics- On Friday, the Kindergarten and Year One students will take home an information sheet about 2D shapes. Please spend a little time letting your child impress you with their gained knowledge about 2D shapes - names of the 2D shapes and features of the 2D shapes (numbers of sides and corners). A little feedback note will be provided for parents and carers comments.

Year One Maths Mentals- Maths Mentals homework for Year One students will recommence next week.


*Regularly check your child’s hair for head lice and if necessary treat.

*This Wednesday is our town library visit to celebrate book week.



Hello everyone,

Spring is just around the corner and there has been a lot of smoke in the air with the fires.

Library visit: is always a nice way to actively engage in BOOK WEEK. Today is our chance to visit our local library.

Good Luck: to Olivia, Flynn and Fraser with your Zone Athletics day tomorrow. Compete the best you can and be proud of yourself.

Basketball: skills are really improving. The girls and boys are gaining some excellent skills as well as enjoying this fast moving and action packed game.

Tomorrow: Thursday will be my last day for this term as I am taking some long service leave. Mrs Leseberg will be teaching the class for the remainder of the term.

See you all in term 4, Di.


Hello everyone.

Our visit to the town library for Book Week is on Wednesday. Please ensure notes are returned. Our class novel DragonRider is going great. Homework this week is a book report on a novel or favourite non-fiction book of the students choice.

Now that the Canberra Excursion is done we turn our attention to the Stage 2 Excursion from the 23-25th of October. More notes will go home soon. Please ensure monies are being paid to the office, thank you.

Best of luck to Noah, Blaine and Tessah at the Zone Carnival on Thursday!

Basketball clinics finish this week. They have been very popular with the kids.

Bounce Back tip of the week for all of us - it is important that our children are allowed to fail sometimes. This is when real learning can occur.

Cheers, Chris.


Mrs Milne - Thank you so much to Mrs Milne for her wonderful work on the Year 4/5 while I attended the Canberra excursion. It was very pleasing to hear of the excellent behaviour and hard work from the students during this time. Well done students!

Canberra Excursion - What an amazing week we had in Canberra and on the Selwyn snowfields! The organisation, behaviour, resilience and enthusiasm of the students was nothing less than outstanding for the entire week. It was a great opportunity for me to get to know not just my students, but also the Year 6 group, on a more personal level and share in some special experiences. Thank you to Mr Bradmore, Mrs Cunningham and Mr Jones for being wonderful staff to work and travel with. Please check out the photo gallery on the school website to see all of the students enjoying themselves.

Town Library - IPS classes are visiting the Iluka Library on Wednesday. Please ensure notes are returned to allow your child to walk to the library and be involved in Book Week festivities.

Zone Athletics - Best wishes to Mia, Emma, Jade, Shanoah, Reef, Travis and Kelani who will all compete at the Zone Athletics Carnival this week.

Have a wonderful week!



Hi Everyone,

Wow! What an exciting week it was on camp last week. Thanks to Mr Jones you can check out all the great photos on our school website. The students had a fantastic time away and were an absolute pleasure to take. I was so proud of all the students, so much personal growth both mentally and physically. Thank you Mr Bradmore, Mr Jones and Mrs Gardner for an enjoyable and memorable excursion.

PSSA Touch football will be played today at Yamba. Both the boys and girls teams will be travelling to Yamba to play. Goodluck to all the students participating.

Transition to High School is on this Wednesday (tomorrow). The students will rotate activities each time, getting a really good insight of how the school works. They are feeling more confident and familiar with the surrounds.

Best wishes also go to the students competing in the Zone Athletics Carnival on Thursday.

There will be no Canteen Kids this week as the students are attending their Transition Day. Canteen Kids will commence again next week.

Homework will go home on Wednesday this week. It needs to be completed and returned on Friday.

Have a great week Bek.



Well to say last week was a big one would be an understatement. The week was jam packed with activities from the moment we step off that first 12 hour bus trip down to Canberra. I am sure the students are still buzzing from this once in a lifetime experience that they all got to be apart of with all of their school friends.

All parents and carers should be really proud of their child in the way they behaved and appreciated the opportunity they were given. In my experience, they were the most well behaved students I have ever taken away on camp. If you get a chance you should ask your child who was the Zone 3 champion.

Click here for full Canberra Gallery


I have put together the camp video, however I want to add some music to it. This will take sometime to find backing music that will be relevant to the activity. I really don’t want to use the same music as last Canberra trip, so it may take me awhile to decide (my wife says I’m extremely indecisive).


All classes will begin their 6 week science units with me this week. Each week I will give readers a little run down of what your child's class has learnt about or researched during that week.

I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.


Thank you to our coaches for all of your hard work with your PSSA teams. Without you volunteering to coach these teams, there would be no PSSA opportunities for our IPS students. Coaches, your support of the sports program at IPS is much appreciated.

We wish both the boys and girls PSSA Touch teams all the best today (Tuesday). They played against Yamba Public School. Thank you Mr Speirs and Mrs Cunningham for your coaching.

Zone Athletics permission notes are due to the office ASAP. A meeting will be called Wednesday to ensure we athletes can be focused and perform well on the day. Good luck to our IPS Zone Athletics competitors on Thursday 22 August.

Thank you to Basketball Australia and Steve for running workshops for our IPS students. Well done to those students participating in the workshops on Wednesdays. It looks like lots of fun!

PSSA: Congratulations to all of our PSSA teams who represented our school and themselves with pride this season

Canteen News

  • Volunteers for Friday 23 August - Sandy and Mark

  • Volunteers for Monday 26 August - Mary and Tanika

  • Class donations this week are Year 3/4.

Any chance you could lend a hand assisting in the Tuckshop? Please leave details at the Office or contact Karla on 0405638768. You’ll get more out of it than you have to put in!

Fresh For Kids

Have your child/ren been requesting more fruit & veggies in their lunchboxes? We hope so! It’s the Fresh For Kids program, proudly supported in Iluka Public School by the P & C Association. For more information, fabulously healthy and easy recipes (see below), kids games & activites follow the link below to the Fresh For Kids website