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WEEK 5 NEWS - TERM 4

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 November - Year 5/6 3 Day Surfing Experience commences in Yamba.

  • Wednesday 11 November - Remembrance Day ceremony

  • Friday 13 November - Stage 3 (Yr 5/6) Coffs Coast Adventure Excursion, 7:00am

  • Friday 13 November - Whole School Assembly (no external attendance)

  • Tuesday 17 November - Kindergarten to Year 4 Swim School Commences, Anchorage Caravan Park. Sessions running from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 26 November

  • Wednesday 18 November - Yr 6 Maclean High School Transition Day, 9:00am start

  • Friday 27 November - Whole School Assembly (no external attendance)

  • Wednesday 2 December - Yr 6 Farewell dinner @ Club Iluka, 6pm (students and staff attend)

  • Friday 4 December - Yr 5 Prefect Speeches, 9:15am start. One parent invitation.

  • Tuesday 8 December - Presentation Day, 11:30am (participation is yet to be confirmed)

  • Tuesday 8 December - Yr 6 Disco (time and place yet to be advised)

  • Friday 11 December - Whole School Assembly (no external attendance)

  • Friday 11 December - School Reports going home

  • Wednesday 16 December - Students last day of Term 4

  • Thursday 17 December - Staff Development Day (No students attend)

PRINCIPAL REPORT


Thank you to all students of the school for working to a consistently high standard since the start of Term 4. It has been great to spend time with our students and see so many happy, positive and engaged learners. Teachers are so proud of the work being produced in their classes. Keep up the great work!

Term 4 is always an exceptionally busy term so remember to keep your eye on all our channels of communication for important information relating to curricular and extracurricular activities coming up across our school community.


UPDATE ON COVID-19 GUIDELINES

The updated Term 4 operational guidelines now allow for a range of school activities to restart and I look forward to joining our students in a range of excursions and activities throughout the term. Information relating to these updated guidelines can be found on the NSW Department of Education website at the following link https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

SCHOOL LEADERS 2021

The Year 5 Prefect Speeches have been set down to start at 9.15 am on Friday 4 December. Importantly, COVID-19 guidelines are now allowing one parent/carer to attend the speeches. This is great news. The parent will have to remain seated and at 1.5m apart however, we feel this is a positive step in the right direction. This will help students relax their nerves on the day. We look forward to your attendance. Invitations will be sent home to applicable families shortly.


A number of exciting events and activities completed so far this term include;


K/1 EXCURSION TO THE PEACH FARM / POOL

This wonderful excursion took place last Tuesday. By all accounts, it was a delightful day and the weather held. The students are still talking about this one. Thank you teachers and support staff.

NAIDOC DAY

On Friday the school celebrated NAIDOC Day. Students enjoyed dressing in traditional colours and after recess participating in a number of cultural and meaningful activities. Teachers prepared exciting lessons and there was a great feeling at the school. Seeing all students, K-6, working together so well was an absolute privilege. Thank you Mr Speirs and Mr Jones, teachers and support staff for a terrific day.

STAGE 3 ACTIVITIES - SURFING

Stage 3 students this week have a number of exciting activities to attend. For the next 3 days, the Year 5/6 class will be learning important lifesaving skills and surfing on Yamba Main Beach. Then, on Friday the Stage 3 students will finish the week off with three very exciting activities at the Coffs Coast Adventure Centre in Coffs Harbour.

COFFS COAST ADVENTURE CENTRE

To finish off a fabulous week, the Year 5/6 students will be undertaking three activities at Coffs Coast Adventure Centre, Coffs Harbour on Friday. Students will be riding the Zipline, hanging out in the Z Balls and then challenging themselves on the Commando Obstacle Course. Parents/carers please see the note that went home for the full details on what students need to bring. I have no doubts there will be photos to view at a later date. Stay tuned!

JOHN COLLIS VISIT

The school wishes to thank Mr John Collis for speaking with our senior students yesterday. John was a former student of Iluka Public School. His stories were informative, especially during the World War 2 period, and most enjoyable to listen to. The session was recorded, with the school donating a copy to the Iluka town library.

BOOK FAIR

Thank you Mr Jones for organising another wonderful Book Fair. Students have enjoyed being able to purchase from a large number of books and stationery supplies. It has been a big success.


ATTENDANCE

All children of compulsory school age who are enrolled at school are expected to attend every day the school is open for their instruction. If your child is away it is required that parents or carers provide an explanation for absences by means such as a telephone call, written note or email to the school within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence. Some justified reasons for absence include illness, injury, and approved travel and specialist appointments. Most importantly, if your child is unwell it is important they stay home and get better before returning to school.

2021 Kindergarten Transition

To assist in building school readiness in preparation for the 2021 school year, last Wednesday Iluka Public School hosted its third and final transition day for our 2021 kindergarten cohort. It was great to see them all here. The school continues to accept applications for all 2021 enrolments. If you, a neighbour or even a friend are interested in learning more about the school please don't hesitate to contact the school on 6646 6149 to arrange an appointment to discuss enrolment.

HAPPY TEACHERS DAY

Internationally, World Teachers' Day was celebrated Friday 30 October. It was remiss of me not to mention this in last week’s newsletter. I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the incredible contribution made by our teachers at Iluka Public School. This year has been particularly challenging and I am very proud of our teachers and all support staff for providing quality learning opportunities for our students throughout the pandemic. ​

STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS 2021

The Department of Education has changed the start days to the 2021 school calendar, to allow an extra day of planning before students attend school. There will now be staff planning on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 January. This will mean the first day of school for all students in K-6 is Friday 29 January 2021. Our 2021 Kindergarten students will complete their Best Start assessments during Week 2.

MHS YEAR 7 ORIENTATION

Year 6 are off to high school orientation. Year 6 students will be traveling by bus on Wednesday 18 November to Maclean High School for their long-awaited orientation day. This orientation is for all Year 6 students.

RAFFLE TICKETS

Yesterday, every family received one set of raffle tickets from the Year 6 class. Year 6 is fundraising for an end of year gift for the school and are asking for our support. Raffle tickets cost $2 each. Each book has 10 tickets to sell. The raffle book stub, any unsold tickets and all cash is to be returned before Thursday 10 December 2020. The raffle will be drawn on Friday 11 December 2020 during the Whole School Assembly. There are four fantastic prizes to be won (see the Year 5/6 news for further details). Good luck.


Have a safe and happy week, Phil.


CLASS K NEWS

‘Yarn Up’ Meeting - In our ‘yarn up’ last week, our discussion focused on what skills are needed to be a reliable and responsible leader. This week the Kindergarten students take on the leadership role of putting out and returning the sandpit toys each day. Well done to last week’s leaders, Amelia and Belinda, for standing up in front of the students at our Tuesday whole school assembly and explaining the sandpit organisational procedures.

Home Reading - This is the last week for students to take home books of interest to read.

Assessments - Over the next several weeks, Kindergarten students will be participating in different curriculum assessment tasks.