• Iluka Public School



  • Thursday 14 November - Yr 6 Bushfire Excursion to Yamba

  • Friday 15 November - Yr 5 and 6 Kayak & Stand Up Paddle Board adventure, Iluka Bay

  • Monday 18 to Friday 22 - Year 2 - 4 swimming scheme

  • Monday 25 November - Year 2 - 4 swimming scheme

  • Monday 25 November - P & C Meeting, 7pm in the Staff room

  • Tuesday 26 November - Volunteers Morning Tea 10:30-11:00am

  • Tuesday 26 November - Year 2 - 4 swimming scheme

  • Wednesday 27 November - Big River Film Festival, years 3/4, 4/5 and 6. South Grafton High School

  • Friday 29 November - Yr 5 Prefect Speeches

  • Monday 2 December - Get Hooked Fishing Program, year 5 and 6

  • Thursday 5 December - Surfing excursion, year 5 and 6

  • Tuesday 10 December - Presentation Day at 11am & School Disco at 6pm Iluka Bowls Club

  • Wednesday 11 December - Iluka Christmas Carols (school performance)

  • Thursday 12 December - 200 Nights Reading Rewards - waterslide activity

  • Friday 13 December - Semester 2 reports go home

  • Tuesday 17 December - Alan Jurd Tennis Challenge & IPS School Tennis Championships 9:30am

  • Tuesday 17 December - Yr 6 Graduation Dinner at Iluka Bowls Club

  • Wednesday 18 December - Students last day of school for 2019


Welcome to Week 5

Can you believe that we are into Week 5, Term 4 already? The past four weeks have certainly flown by. This time of the year now brings with it a lot of additional deadlines to meet. Please ensure that you keep up to date by reading your weekly newsletters, returning the permission notes and marking all relevant dates on your calendars. The second half of the term sees Swim School commence and Surf Ed, Semester 2 reports, our Presentation Day ceremony, Year 6 disco, school and class activities and a myriad of deadlines from the Department, and that is just the tip of the iceberg!

Together, we will not only survive but we will thrive!!


Congratulations to Year 6 for conducting a very moving and emotional Remembrance Day ceremony on Monday, 11 November. To acknowledge such an important event, this year Iluka Public School commemorated the event at the town’s cenotaph. We thank the Maclean RSL for allowing us the privilege and the opportunity to do so. The students spoke beautifully and it was heartwarming to see students, parents/caregivers, friends and special guests place their wreaths or flowers at the base of the flagpole during the ceremony. Thank you all for attending.

Photos courtesy of Peter Johnson


Last week Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students attended a boat safety workshop conducted by John Seer from the RMS. At the conclusion of the presentation John wrote;

To the Staff and Students

“I wanted to let you know how impressed I was by the friendliness and general behaviour of each and every one of those students. Spending 50 minutes with each group was certainly pleasing, but what touched my heart the most was their interest and politeness towards myself and Anita (co-worker).These children are certainly a credit to your school and to their families. Congratulations to you all. You are one of the best behaved schools in NSW”.

Well done Iluka Public School – what great ambassadors for our school!


The School Swimming and Water Safety Program has been cancelled across the North Coast by the North Coast Sports Association for the rest of this week. This is due to poor air quality and travel safety concerns for school groups and instructors. I have been doing my best to contact all schools directly who are due to be in the water this week.

Year 2 - 4 swimming scheme will recommence Monday 18 till Friday 22 November as originally planned. Students will now also have Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 November as 2 additional/make up days.

Please contact me for any further information or details regarding this.


This week Emma travelled to Sydney to take part in the state PSSA athletics titles at Homebush. Emma participated in the Junior Girls Discus (10th) and Shot Put (20th) after receiving North Coast selection last term. Emma has been very focused on her training over the past few months. We congratulate her wonderful successes.


Many students have been enjoying the delicious food prepared by our P & C Tuckshop volunteers and by the Year 6 students in the Canteen Kids program. A special mention to Sandy and Mark. Sandy has been making delicious healthy foods, with last week’s Greek Salad being delicious. Similarly, the ‘Kids in the Canteen’ did a wonderful Pesto Pasta. We are very lucky to have wonderfully healthy and rather inexpensive foods being made available to us.


A big thank you to Miss Essery for her wonderful, interesting and engaging preschool Kindergarten transition sessions. A big thank you also to our new parents who have enrolled their child at Iluka Public School. Thank you for putting your trust in us with your child’s education. I now look forward to meeting with you personally, finding out about your child’s strengths and weaknesses so to put into place strategies to ensure your child thrives at ‘big school’.


I look forward to meeting with our P&C on Monday 25 November 2019 at 7pm in the staff room. Hope to see you there!


This term you will receive your Semester 2 (Yearly) report for your child’s progress. This will be sent home to all students on Friday of Week 9. Students will be given a grade for their achievement and for their effort in class work because it is important to acknowledge the amount of work each child puts in to his or her work.

Teachers examine a large amount of material in order to assess each child. As set out by the Department of Education, grades of Outstanding, High, Grade Level, Working Towards and Experiencing Difficulties are given on each key learning area (KLA) to describe how each child is performing against expected outcomes for their grade.

In years 1 to 6 a grade of ‘Grade Level’ means that the student is on track in that particular KLA for this time of year. A grade of ‘Working Towards’ or ‘Experiencing Difficulties’ means there is work to do to bring the student up to year expectations. This is another reason that it is important to know what level of effort is put into work. If a child is doing his or her very best it is important to acknowledge this and give positive feedback for this effort.


Parent/Teacher interviews can be arranged if you wish to discuss the report. Please contact the teacher or office if this is the case.


Iluka Public School is very fortunate to have such capable and enthusiastic school leaders this year, and we will be sad to see them leave. Soon I will work with the Year 5 students to start the process of choosing our new school leaders for 2020. It will be important that the new leaders live up to the high standards expected at this school. Candidates will deliver an election speech to students at the morning assembly on Friday 29 November with voting taking place after the speeches conclude. Please support us by discussing with your child/children the qualities of a good leader and what that looks like at Iluka Public School. We wish all Year 5 students good luck.


Iluka Public School would like to acknowledge and thank all the volunteers who make our school a special place to be. Please join the staff for a Thank You Morning Tea on Tuesday 26 November 2019 commencing at 10.30 am.


A formal Buddy Program has been operating at Iluka Public School for the past thirty years. Children are introduced to their Year 5 buddies during the Kindergarten Orientation and continue with the same buddy when they start school the following year. We are very proud of our buddy system and very proud of all Year 5 students. They do an amazing job for the school. Buddies are determined by gender, how many students are enrolling and personalities. Year 5 learn valuable skills as well. They learn leadership and responsibility. Please trust us to make the right decision. It is not taken lightly. We take your child’s wellbeing and interest into consideration before making a final decision.

Department of Education’s Revised Enrolment Policy

Iluka Public School will continue to enrol students who live in their local intake area, regardless of the school’s cap status. Iluka Public School will continue to provide families with support and advice during the enrolment process, including assessment of exceptional and compelling circumstances particularly for vulnerable students and their families. Parents and carers have a right of appeal to determine whether the stated processes have been applied in a procedurally fair manner.

Have a great week. Keep safe. Phil

As temperatures have begun to rise we wish to remind parents/carers that a drink bottle for each student each day is an essential item. Please remind your child to bring one each day. We offer the Hydration Station outside the school office for students to refill their bottles as required.


We wish to extend our thanks to all the volunteer rural fire service men and women working so hard to save lives and properties during this unprecedented fire period.

Remembrance Day - Our youngest students in the school were respectful and demonstrated exemplar behaviour throughout the Remembrance Day ceremony on Monday. So proud of you all!

Swimming Program - Just a reminder that there will be no swimming lessons this week. We have been directed by the NSW Department of Education to remain at school this week, due to poor air quality and extensive fire activity.

Home Reading - Our class home reading program will cease on Monday 9th December. Students who have reached 200 nights of reading by the 9th December, will be invited to participate in the school waterslide activity at the end of this term. Please keep up the daily reading until this time.

Library - Kindergarten and Year One library borrowing of books will cease on Wednesday 4th December. Please start searching for any books that are overdue or misplaced. Lost books incur a fee.



Hello everyone,

Can you believe it is week 5 already. We are finishing off some assessment tasks this week.

Swimming Scheme: has been cancelled for the remainder of this week and will resume next week. Please remember all the important things to be packed each day: swimmers, towel, rash shirt, pool entry and plastic bag for wet items.

Reading: over the next couple of weeks will involve the study of plays (which all children love). Associated activities will be connected with the plays. The plays will involve reading strategies as well as dramatisation. Should be fun!!!

Dancing: has also been a lot of fun. So far we have learnt the Hokey Pokey and Heel Toe Polka. We will also be learning the Mexican Hat Dance, Macarena and Nut Bush.

Have a productive week, Di


Hello. Swim School started brilliantly on Monday. All the students were well behaved and tried their best. Unfortunately the Department of Education has cancelled all external excursions for the remainder of this week due to the threats from smoke and fire. Swimming will recommence next Monday 18 November.

Assessments continue in class over the next fortnight. A reminder Homework is due on Friday, thank you.

Improvements in reading gained over the year should be consolidated with continued Home Reading of appropriate texts. I encourage all students to read books every night for the remainder of the term and through the summer holidays.

Stay safe, regards Chris.


Swim School - Year 4 students were off to a great start with swim school yesterday. Please note that swimming has been cancelled for the remainder of this week due to the smoke from the bushfires. Students will need to bring their swimming gear all next week, including $3 pool entry every day.

Kayaking - Year 5 students have been invited to attend a kayaking and stand up paddle board session this Friday. Please return notes and money to enable your child to participate in this unique opportunity.

Leadership - This week Year 5 students commenced writing their election speech with Mr Bradmore. The group already demonstrates wonderful leadership skills and they have taken on their role of being a buddy for the preschoolers with such enthusiasm and seriousness. Regardless of the election outcome, every student will be entrusted as a valuable leader of our school next year. Speaking of which, GRIP Leadership notes went home last week and while it is not until next year, numbers attending are now required. Please return this note as soon as possible. Please note the payment is not due at this stage unless wishing to get it out of the way.

Remembrance Day - Thank you to the Year 5 students who attended the Remembrance Day commemorations at the local cenotaph yesterday, and especially to Reef and Hudson who laid a beautiful wreath, made by the class, on our behalf.

Enjoy the week.



Wow another week has passed! I am enjoying my time at Iluka Public and year 6 are treating me well.

I have two weeks remaining in the classroom and a busy 2 weeks that will be!

Excursions: This week sees the bushfire unit coming to an end with our concluding excursion on Thursday, please remember to be at the ferry wharf by 8.30am. This unit of work couldn't have come at a more appropriate time with much of the state under serious bushfire threat. I hope that parents are finding their children coming home with tips, ideas and questions regarding bushfire plans.

Friday Years 5 and 6 will be kayaking and paddle boarding, so please don't forget to return the permission note.

Remembrance Day: Congratulations to all year 6 students that were involved in Mondays service, lovely, respectful behaviour was demonstrated and students successfully completed their allocated jobs. It was a pleasure to be part of the service alongside Iluka Public School.

Homework: I have sent students weekly homework sheet home for those who wish to complete however, it will not be compulsory this week as assignments are due on Friday.

Have a wonderful week and stay safe. Krystal


Big River Film Festival

The Big River Film Festival is only 2 weeks away. At this stage the Year 4/5 video has been completed.

  • The Year 3/4 video is titled “Let's get Physical” and is about getting kids off video games and getting them outside exercising more. Well in this case it’s more like boot camp.

  • The 4/5 video is a news report about a new species of animals found at Iluka Public School. It is a little bit of a send up of David Attenborough. The on ground news reporters are in for a shock when they encounter these new animals.

  • As for the Year 6 video, they will be doing a “So you think you can Dance” parody. This will be created this week on Friday if everything goes to plan.

All of these films are meant to be light hearted and fun for the students. I know that all students love making these films and love getting the opportunity to be involved in film creation whether it be acting, filming or directing. Permission notes have been sent out for students to attend the film festival day at South Grafton High School. It is always a fun and enjoyable experience for students to walk the red carpet and feel like film stars for the day.

Book Club

The final Book Club for the year is out now and this is a great opportunity for parents, carers and children to purchase presents leading up to Christmas. Please remember that 30% of all purchases made through Book Club comes back to our school’s library. With 2020 just around the corner I would love to be able to have enough scholastic points in our account to buy some new and fresh titles for the start of next year. And don’t forget you can pay by credit card through the LOOP system. Just follow this link


Tuckshop will be CLOSED for the 2 weeks of swimming 11 - 22 November