WEEK 6 NEWS - TERM 1
Wednesday 3 March - Wizard of Oz performance @ 10 am. Maclean Civic Hall. Participating students only. Students to return to school by 1:00 pm
Thursday 4 March - Intensive Swimming Scheme. Yrs 2/3, 4 + selected Yr 5 students.
Friday 5 March - Whole School Tennis + Extracurricular tennis
Friday 5 March - Clean Up Australia Day activities.
Monday 8 March - P & C Meeting at the IPS Library. 3:15 pm
Tuesday 9 March - Soccer Gala Day for Stage 3 - South Grafton
Thursday 11 March - Intensive Swimming Scheme. Yrs 2/3, 4 + selected Yr 5 students.
Friday 12 March - PSSA Cricket in Maclean. Participating students only. Wherret Park, Maclean
Wednesday 17 March - Year 6 Transition Day @ Maclean High School
Thursday 18 March - Intensive Swimming Scheme. Yrs 2/3, 4 + selected Yr 5 students.
Friday 19 March - Harmony Day celebrations
Thursday 25 March - Intensive Swimming Scheme. Yrs 2/3, 4 + selected Yr 5 students.
Friday 26 March - IPS Cross Country carnival @ Iluka Public School grounds
Monday 29 March - Parent/Teacher Meeting Week
Thursday 1 April - Easter Hat Parade & Last Day of Term 1
Monday 19 April - Staff Development Day
Tuesday 20 April - All students return for Term 2
Friday 30 April - Small Schools Cross Country Carnival - Iluka
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM - NEW!
Teacher supervision hours before school are from 8:30 am to 8.55 am. However, often students are arriving from 8.00 am. This year Iluka Public School is trialing a Before and After School Program. Miss Lisa is now working from 8.00 am and again from 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only. If this is something parents are interested in please contact the school on 6646 6149 to secure your place. Activities planned include breakfast, homework assistance and minor ball games.
WELCOME TO WEEK 6
WOW! Can you believe this week we reach the halfway mark of Term 1. I continue to visit every classroom on a number of occasions throughout each day and I am always so pleased to see class after class working hard and seeing students focussed on doing their personal best.
SCHOOL STREAM APP
Each week I have tried to make the newsletter applicable to everyone within our school. I try to put some information in here that’s relevant to all parents, in hopes that the communication is engaging. But I’m questioning whether by doing that, I am actually doing a disservice to parents because parents have had to trawl through pages every week just to find something that might be applicable to their child. So based on my theory and as a result of feedback received from our parent community I am now strongly recommending you download the School Steam app for our latest newsletters, event information, latest news, etc. It will immediately help you keep up with what is happening for you and your child at Iluka Public School.
How to download your FREE app
School Stream is free to download and can be found in the App Store (iPhone/iPad) or Google Play (Android) search for School Stream and download the app to your phone.
Be sure you agree to push notifications.
Once School Stream has finished installing, open the app, type your school name into the search THEN select Iluka Public School. An email confirmation will provide you with a code.
The School Stream App will send parents/carers push alerts to their mobile phones to inform them of special events such as swimming and athletic carnivals, parent-teacher evenings, P&C meetings and notification if excursions are running late or early. Please let me know what you think of School Stream.
“WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY” ATTENDANCE BY PARENTS
There have been no changes to the guidelines set at the start of 2021, that have an impact on the day-to-day operations of our school. I again thank parents for their patience and understanding.
One thing I can do is invite a parent whose child will receive a Whole School Assembly Award to attend our Whole School Assembly.
It will be my pleasure to contact you on the Thursday before the assembly to invite one member from each family to attend the Friday afternoon. I see it as an opportunity to further strengthen that important relationship between the school and the families.
We have had a great start to the year for students being at school every day, but we are starting to see an increase in the number of children being absent from school. While we understand there are times that they need to be absent, such as when they are sick, but it is important to minimise the other events that take them away from school that we can have greater control over, such as appointments. It is better that they arrive late or leave early to make an appointment, rather than take the entire day for it. Even better if the appointment is after school. By doing this, we teach our children that school is extremely important and they value the education that it provides them.
ZONE SWIMMING CARNIVAL
I am so proud of our Small School Swimming squad who competed in Alstonville last Thursday. Our students put in mighty efforts. Congratulations, on facing your fears, showing determination and striving to do your best. This week’s Spirit of Iluka Award was presented to the team at the Whole School Assembly last Friday.
SPORTS SELECTION PROCESS
I have had a number of parents contact the school regarding their children trailing for PSSA North Coast sporting teams. In order for students to be considered for these opportunities, they need to excel in the identified sport. Students are selected based on their previous performances in school teams and any knowledge we have of excelling in their local team.
We will soon have two university students engaging in a placement for their degree at our school. We are currently in the process of developing a plan for them to support our students. This support may take the form of stress management skills, self-regulation or to help students strengthen their Fine and Gross Motor Skills. If you are interested or think your child is in need of an Occupational Therapist please do not hesitate to call me.
DR SEUSS DAY
March 2 is recognised around the world as the birthday of the famous author Dr Seuss. This week Iluka Public School has slipped the famous books into our daily diet of literature. Today, students were tasked with a character hunt, having to locate 10 of Dr Seuss’s more famous characters which were hidden around the school. During Recess and Lunch, students searched and had a lot of fun. And in the words of the famous author - “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book”.
At the first P&C meeting of the year, which was an AGM, we were unable to form a quorum. Therefore will be holding an upcoming meeting on Monday 8 March and I’m pleased to advise we are able to meet face to face again at the school. The meeting will be in the form of an AGM.
When: Monday the 8th of March at 3.15 pm.
Where: The school library
Everyone is welcome to join and we would love to see some new faces.
Class donations for next week’s Tuck Shop : Kindergarten/Year 1