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WEEK 6 NEWS - TERM 1

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 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

PRINCIPAL REPORT


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

  1. 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.

  2. Be sure you agree to push notifications.

  3. 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.


ATTENDANCE

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.


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

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”.

P&C NEWS

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

Have a great week. Phil


CLASS K/1 NEWS

I would like to welcome Jye to our Year One class and extend a warm welcome to his family.

Organisation - Year One

The students have a homework contract to complete each week, which consists of reading, spelling and maths work. The weekly contract, readers and maths books are to be returned on Tuesday, not Monday.

Reading - The students take home six books to read each week. The titles of the books are recorded in the reading log section on the weekly contract. The books vary in difficulty from easy, medium, to hard within each reading level. Students may require parental assistance when reading the more challenging books.

Spelling - Our class spelling program has been differentiated to meet the needs of the students. Therefore the words your child takes home to practice may vary in quantity to another student and extension words are provided for those students working at a higher level. Students are encouraged to practice their spelling words by writing their words on a chalkboard, whiteboard, piece of paper, forming the words with playdough or magnetic letters. The focus is not on how they practice their spelling words but rather that the words are practiced on a daily basis. No evidence of their word practice needs to be returned but should be ticked off on the contract sheet.

Maths - It is really important that only the unit of work noted on the weekly contract sheet is completed, as it corresponds to the concepts being introduced in class for that week. Maths books are sent home on Wednesday. It is wonderful to see the students presenting their work neatly. Keep up the great work!

Curriculum - Personal Development Program … Bounce Back

In our Bounce Back program, the students have been learning the importance of kindness, being friendly, including others and respect for others. We have viewed a story called “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?” and learnt that we can ‘fill up someone’s bucket’ by saying and doing nice things for someone and that ‘bucket dippers’ make us feel unhappy when they do or say things that are not nice.

Events

Assembly Awards - Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our

Whole School Assembly on Friday: Kindergarten - Hugo, Charlie, Lylah and Year One - Willow, Elsie. Well done Kindergarten and Year One for winning the school Electricity Award.

Lynne

CLASS 2/3 NEWS

Hello Everyone,

What lovely rain! Some noisy storms as well. Familiar weather patterns from years ago.

Well Done - to the girls and boys that have handed in weekly homework over the last 4 weeks. Keep it up!

Home Reading Logs - were checked last week. Could you please check to see that your child is bringing “home readers” home? They may need a little help with filling the log sheet out.

Writing - Last week involved convincing the audience about why children should eat vegetables. They came up with some really great ideas. The students are learning about the structure of a text and what good writers do to get their ideas across to the audience.

Quicksmart - is a maths program that assists children in learning number facts and being able to recall them at a quicker pace. Mrs Speirs works with individual students on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Let’s all have a wonderful week. Di.

CLASS 4 NEWS

Wow, what a jam-packed week we have coming up. Many students will be attending the Wizard of Oz musical on Wednesday. We wish Nikirri, Tessah and Kiani all the best and look forward to seeing them perform. Intensive Swimming continues on Thursday after a very successful start last week. Please ensure students have all the necessary equipment and $3 pool entry. Tennis with Mr Jurd is on Friday this week and will be followed by our Clean Up Australia Day activity. Please ensure all permission notes are returned. Not only will this week be filled with many learning opportunities but will also see us out and about proudly representing IPS in the community. Please keep up the homework and the home reading record. These are due on Friday.

Thank you to the parents and carers who have returned the Parent Surveys. These give me valuable details about your child and their learning. If you require another form, please send in a note.

Have a great week.

Kristy

CLASS 5 NEWS

Hi everyone

Wow! Time flies when you are having fun. The students have been working extremely hard. They have actually halved their transitioning times:) One of our class goals achieved!! They are striving and achieving their Personal Bests on a regular basis. Data has been collected on many aspects of learning. This emphasises the importance of the goal being measurable. For example, they know how many words they can write, read and type per minute. How fast they can run 500 metres in. How quick and accurate their number recall is continuing with QuickSmart.

Soccer Gala Day - The whole of Stage Three are participating in a Soccer Gala Day in South Grafton next Tuesday. Notes were sent home yesterday and need to be returned as soon as possible.

Homework - Went out Monday, due back in Friday.

The Wizard of Oz - This Wednesday the majority of the class are heading into Maclean to watch a musical performance of The Wizard of Oz. So excited! Best of luck Kiani, Tessah and Nikirri. May you shine bright.

Class School Stream - Next week on the Year 5 class section of School Stream, the students shall begin to post a weekly blog of what is happening in the classroom. We are hoping to share some of the work we are doing in the classroom.

Have a great week. Bek

CLASS 6 NEWS

Hi everyone. Term 1 is well on the go now! The students are firing on all cylinders and there is a lot to keep up with. Sleep is so important - students at this age should have 10 hours per night. Have a consistent pre-bedtime routine, limit screens well before bedtime, keep lights and screens out of bedrooms and exercise outdoors as often as possible.

Wednesday is the Wizard of Oz Performance for many students. Break a leg Kiani!

The sporting Challenge is soccer this week on Thursday.

Tennis on Friday as well as Clean Up Australia Day (note went home Monday).

Next Tuesday is Soccer Gala Day in South Grafton (note went home Monday).

The first Transition to High School visit to Maclean High School is coming up on 17 March (note to follow). All students must attend as this program is a valuable resource in transitioning from Primary to High School.

An Expression of Interest form for attending a NSW Government High School in 2022 went home Today. Please complete and return to our office, thank you. Chris

LIBRARY/TECHNOLOGY

BOOK CLUB

I am still waiting on the delivery of Issue #1 of Book Club to arrive. I am hoping it arrives sometime this week. If it has not arrived by the end of this week I will be chasing it up as they are generally fairly efficient.


NEW BOOKS

I have just ordered another range of new books to add to our library, including the latest Ninja Kid, Diary of a Minecraft Zombie and a collection of new graphic novels.


GRAPHIC NOVELS There are some myths about reading that tend to be perpetuated relentlessly. One of them: That graphic novels don’t count as “real reading.” However, many experts, especially Librarians disagree with this. Graphic novels will improve your child's reading skills like any other book would, and they are fantastic choices for reading outside of class.

Here are three reasons you should encourage your child to read graphic novels throughout the year:


1. Graphic novels are full of text. Sure, they have drawings, illustrations, and sometimes photos, but they also have text that readers must actually decode, analyze, and comprehend. With graphic novels, kids still must follow plots and character development. They must understand cause and effect, and they must learn about perspective. All of these things will improve their reading comprehension.

2. Graphic novels are engaging. Often, especially for reluctant readers, graphic novels add the extra support kids need to help them through a text. They tend to be particularly captivating for kids, and the combination of text and pictures provides context for stories that they may otherwise not completely understand.

3. Graphic novels are high-quality reading material. Just like traditional novels, graphic novels have exciting and complex plots, characters, and conflicts. The plots have twists and turns. Characters are developed and dynamic. Conflicts are presented, unwound, and resolved like they are in other texts. The only difference is that graphic novels have more images to support the development.

Extracted from Scholastic

Have a good week. Matt


SPORTS NEWS

Competing today in Northern Rivers PSSA Zone Tennis competition is our Year 6 student Emma. We hope she’s had a good day out on the court.


And tomorrow, we wish our Year 6 student Ace all the very best for his 50m Freestyle event, which he will be competing in at the North Coast Regional PSSA Swimming Championships in Coffs Harbour.


CANTEEN NEWS

  • Volunteers for Monday 8 March - Karla and Felicity Pearce

  • Volunteers for Friday 11 March - Sandy and Mark

Class donations for next week’s Tuck Shop : Kindergarten/Year 1


If you could offer some time to assist in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you

BANKING NEWS

Welcome back to all our school bankers. Do not hesitate to contact our School Banking Co-ordinator, Leah on a Tuesday in the office if you have any questions.

Remember - School Banking Day is Tuesday.


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