WEEK 5 NEWS - TERM 3
Pre School Parents Tour (by appointment only, call 6646 6149)
Friday 21 August - Whole School Assembly (students and staff only)
Friday 28 August - School Maths Bee,
Semester 1 reports go home
Monday 7 September - Book Club ordering closes
Tuesday 15 September - Early Stage 1 (Kindy) school Spelling Bee
Wednesday 16 September - Stage 1 (Yr 1 & 2) school Spelling Bee
Thursday 17 September - Stage 2 (Yr 3 & 4) school Spelling Bee
Friday 18 September - Stage 3 (Yr 5 & 6) school Spelling Bee
Well done students on how well you are working in our beautiful school. All students are settled into strong, regular learning routines. All students are showing steady progress.
This week Iluka PS is recognising NSW Science Week. Each day I am conducting a small experiment for all students to observe changes and to think about why or what is happening. Science is very important in our daily lives. The school aims to instil a love of science.
ATTENDANCE RATES ABOVE STATE AVERAGE
Now is maybe an opportunistic time to talk about the importance of punctual, regular attendance for all of our students. Punctual and regular attendance is a high priority for Iluka Public School.
Pleasingly, our current overall attendance rate sits at approximately 95%. This is an outstanding result considering it is winter and cold/ flu season.
I believe we can take steps together as a community to continue to improve this statistic further. The importance of attending school every day cannot be underestimated, and not just for the obvious reasons. School plays a vital role in the social and emotional development of children. Regular attendance enables students to develop a strong sense of belonging to a peer group and assists in building important coping and friendship skills.
ARRIVE HOME SAFELY
We strongly encourage safety, including road safety at Iluka Public School.
At the side gate (Spenser St) collection area, I strongly suggest that in the afternoon pick up time you walk from your car to the gate to collect your child.
Could all parents and carers be mindful when exiting from Spenser Street that there may be parents, carers and students walking to their car.
Please do not double park or drive over the footpath on Spenser Street (side gate) when dropping off or picking up your children. Please think about all our students and drive with care and patience.
When dropping off in the morning please ensure your children are getting out of the car on the safe side (passenger side) to stay safe.
WELCOME KINDERGARTEN 2021
We were super excited to see our Kindergarten class of 2021 commence their transitioning to Iluka Public School last Wednesday. Thanks to Miss Essery, our wonderful Kindy Teacher, the students had loads of fun at their school inside and outside the classroom. Some new toys, resources and technology was discovered that really challenged their creativity and thinking skills.
It is very unfortunate that the remaining dates set aside for our next P.R.A.W.N.S Transition Days have been placed on hold, due to COVID-19 concerns.
Please remember we are now taking enrolments for Kindergarten 2021. Any families who have preschool children commencing in 2021 are encouraged to please come into the office to pick up an enrolment pack and have a guided personal tour of the school with myself. Families need to be aware that it is NSW Department of Education requirement that all new enrolments are to provide a 100 point proof of residence. This information is contained in the enrolment packs along with a list of documents that families may use to show they are fortunate enough to be living in our designated enrolment area.
SCHOOL CAMPS AND EXCURSIONS 2020
Given the continuing concerns around the COVID-19 situation, we have taken the decision to cancel all impending off-site camps for this year. This was not a decision that was taken lightly, as we understand the importance that these extra-curricular activities have on students’ social and physical development as well as providing them with opportunities they may not normally experience. The health and safety of students and staff remains a priority and with deadlines drawing near for final numbers, along with doubt over when or if the Department’s ‘Learning Guidelines’ would change, it was decided to make this unfortunate but important decision.
Those families who have made payments towards the camps will have the option to have the funds held over to pay for any future activities or refunded. Please contact the office to make these arrangements.
This term I am thinking positively about the many extra-curricular activities we have opening up for the boys and girls. We have library lunchtime activities, restarted lunchtime chess, the ninja warrior course, non-digital activities (jigsaws), softball, and later on this term, golf. Along with traditional lunchtime sports and games all students are finding something positive and constructive to do. Well done students.
BUILDING THE SKILLS OF OUR TEACHERS
As part of our staff development, teachers will attend three hours of professional learning tonight, focusing on our students’ reading progress. The Department of Education’s Literacy Consultant will extend our growing knowledge on how to monitor student progress, how to move students along and how to help students achieve their reading goals. I thank the teachers for giving up family time, for your input. Building teacher capacity is an integral and important part of the culture of our school.
KEVIN HOGAN M.P VISITS
Federal Minister for Page, Mr Kevin Hogan, visited our school last week. Mr Hogan was here to present a book “in recognition for a passion for reading” to Kianni. Kianni was recommended by our librarian, Mr Jones, due to her enthusiasm for reading. Pleasingly our School Captains, Hudson and Amy-Leigh delivered a welcoming presentation on behalf of the school. They both should be commended for their maturity in delivering such a speech in front of our esteemed guest, staff and students. Good work.
TIMES TABLES AND SPELLING BEE LISTS
On Friday, Stage 2 and Stage 3 students have the opportunity to showcase their multiplication knowledge. This will conclude a blitz on times tables that have been occurring in the upper classes of the school since the beginning of the term.
Even though the official Clarence Valley Spelling Bee and Premier’s Spelling Bee’s are not on this year, students should keep practising and improving their spelling prowess so they can compete in the Iluka PS Spelling Bee! The dates are in the Upcoming Events section of the newsletter.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - CHECK IN ASSESSMENT - YEARS 3 AND 5
The Check-In Assessment is an online reading and numeracy assessment for students in Years 3 and 5. Iluka PS has opted to participate in these assessments and all students in Years 3 and 5 will complete them before the end of Term 3. The Check-In Assessments have been implemented to supplement existing school practices, to identify how students are performing in literacy and numeracy and to help teachers tailor their teaching more specifically to student needs. They are mapped to the NSW Syllabuses and National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions. There are two online assessments, one for reading and one for numeracy, with each consisting of approximately 40 multiple choice questions. A note will be sent home, providing parents and carers with the option for those that do not want to participate.
Have a great week
CLASS K NEWS
Spelling and Maths Bee - We have re-commenced practicing our words in class, so that we are ready for our Spelling Bee competition on Tuesday 15th September. As well, the students have been learning to solve and recall addition facts in one minute, in preparation for our Maths Bee competition on Friday 28th August. Some extra practice at home would be beneficial, so I will place another spelling word list sheet
and an addition question sheet in the Communication Folders on Wednesday.
P.R.A.W.N.S. Transition Program - What a fabulous time we had last Wednesday. It was great to meet our new parents (at drop off time) and to spend quality time getting to know the students entering Kindergarten in 2021. Our current Kindergarten students excelled in taking on the role of being a friend and class buddy to the Preschool students. Unfortunately the remainder of the transition days planned for this term have been placed on hold, due to advice received from the NSW Department of Education.
Lost Property - A student has lost their red, sized 5 jumper. It would be great if everyone could check jumpers to ensure that it has not been picked up and mistakenly taken home.
* We had 100% of the students in Kindergarten returning and borrowing library books on Monday. Let’s see if we can repeat this every week. Well done!
* Kindergarten toy day this Friday 21st August.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
There is a little taste of spring in the air which is lovely.
Some parents have asked me at different times how they can help at home. Firstly, I think it is important that you listen to your child read consistently. On completion of the text ask your child some questions about the story to develop their comprehension skills (eg who are the main characters?, was there a problem?, sequencing of story etc). Try and establish a regular time to do this. Also, children absolutely love to be read too. Maybe this could occur before bed and it is a great way to wind down and relax. Support with homework is also beneficial, and it is great for the children to see that you are interested in what they are doing. Homework has concepts that are being covered in the classroom and it is good for the children to practise these at home.
Other things you can do is look at the clock on the wall and talk about what time it is. If you have bathroom scales, let them find their mass, measuring their height and keeping a record of growth over the years, measuring out ingredients into half/quarter cups when cooking, are a few examples that you might like to try.
Enjoy the sunshine and the lovely showers. Di
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Last Friday, we commenced our peer mentoring maths program where Stage 3 students worked with the Stage 2 students. The afternoon went really well and everyone was highly engaged. Unfortunately we received notification yesterday that due to more Covid-19 restrictions, we are not able to continue with this program at this stage. Thank you to Mrs Cunningham and the Year 5/6 class for setting up this exciting and valuable program and we hope it can continue in the near future.
Please continue to practise times tables and spelling bee words for our upcoming events. If anyone needs another word list, I have plenty of spares.
Home reading journals are due on Wednesday. I check them while the class attends library lessons.
I have recently had a reported case of Headlice in the class. A note is being sent home today. Please check your child’s head and treat if required.
Enjoy the week.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
Year 6 Fundraisers: The Year 6 students have decided to have a Handball Competition in Week 10 of this term to raise money for their end of year gift that they give to the school. The cost of entering the competition is $3. The game will go for ten minutes. The last person standing in the Ace square at the end of the ten minutes, is the winner! All students entering the competition will receive a free handball cake pop.
MHS Transition: Unfortunately tomorrow’s Transition Day has been cancelled, due to advice from the NSW Department of Education. I will keep you updated as the information comes in.
Debating and Persuasive Writing: is really heating up in the classroom. Firstly I would like to say how proud I am in the way that the students are writing and speaking at the moment. This has been a key area of focus and I must say in such a short time, with copious amounts of extra writing and speaking time at home the students are really thriving. I have seen astonishing improvements and am excited to see how they perform this week.
Premiers Debating Challenge: I did originally nominate two teams into the Premier's Debating Challenge. However COVID-19 has changed many plans and unfortunately I was only able to take one team. I decided to allow any students wishing to participate to try out. Round 2 selections for our debating team will be made this week. Eliminations are held in class and the team will be announced in next week's newsletter.
Homework Benefits: Reading aloud, times tables revision and Spelling Bee practise!
Peer Mentoring: Last Friday, after lunch, we started our Peer Mentoring Program, where the Stage 3 students worked with the Stage 2 students. The afternoon went really well and the kids were highly engaged. Unfortunately we received notification yesterday that due to more Covid restrictions, we are not able to continue with this program at this stage.
Home Reading Journals: are due for review every Thursday.
Have a great week
The most current Book Club catalogue was sent home last week with students. If you would like one and are missing it, please ask your child to see Mrs Leseberg for another. Book Club orders are due back by Monday 7 September. Please return orders to the school office. This catalogie is full of many new, exciting books. Following are the two ways in which you can order:
LOOP - LOOP is the Scholastic Book Club’s Linked Online Ordering & Payment platform for parents. It allows you to order and pay online via credit card, negating the need to return forms and cash to school. It also cuts out the middleman, so you can be assured that your order is exactly as you want it. No waiting for change or wondering if the order actually made it to the Book Club Organiser. You can order and pay by visiting the Scholastic website at https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent.aspx or on the app (available in Google Play and the App Store).
CATALOGUE - You can simply fill in the form in the back of the catalogue with your child's details, the book or books they would like to order and return it to the school office at with the cash. Orders will then be processed on the final day of ordering.
Volunteers for Friday 21 August - Sandy and Mark
Volunteers for Monday 24 August - Karla and Deb
Class donations for next week: Year 3/4
If you could offer some time assisting in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
Please note: Previous balance & current balance is optional. Add this deposit is essential.
School Banking Co-ordinator’s have been advised to not bank incomplete deposit books, as this allows too much room for indiscretion with accounts. Thank you for your assistance with this matter.