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WEEK 6 NEWS - TERM 3

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday 28 August - School Maths Bee,

  • Semester 1 reports go home

  • Monday 31 August - P & C Meeting - 2 pm at Club Iluka

  • 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

PRINCIPAL REPORT


Dear School Community,

As always thank you for taking the time to read the Iluka Public School newsletter. Each week we aim to put out a newsletter that informs you about what’s happening across the school and supports the community with information that allows you to best engage with your children’s educational journey at our fantastic school.


SAS STAFF RECOGNITION WEEK: 24-28 AUGUST

This week we recognise and say thank you to Lyn, (Linda) and Leah in the front office, to Lisa and Leah as our Learning Support Officers and to Mark our Grounds Assistant for the wonderful work they do at Iluka Public School.

2020 has already been a huge and challenging year. Through fire, flood and now the Coronavirus pandemic, Lyn, (Linda), Leah, Lisa and Mark have kept continuing to support our students, teaching staff and the school community.

On behalf of everybody connected to our school, ‘thank you’. You are all very much appreciated and valued.

P&C MEETING

Our first P&C meeting for Term 3 will be held on Monday 31 August 2020. The meeting will be held at Club Iluka (formerly the Iluka Bowls Club) at 2.00 pm. I hope to see you there.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The NSW Government now requires any student who is unwell or who has flu-like symptoms to be tested for COVID-19. A return to school is dependent upon a negative test result being reported. A GP-led respiratory clinic is located at Yamba.

Anyone with any of the following symptoms should present for testing: Fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains.

- In accordance with advice from NSW Health, parents and carers are reminded NOT to send children to school if they are unwell, even if they have the mildest flu-like symptoms. Iluka Public School will make work arrangements for students who present as unwell or have flu-like symptoms to be sent home.

- Parents/carers and other non-essential visitors are not allowed on the school site.

- Schools are not required to conduct widespread temperature screening or mandate the wearing of a mask.

Iluka Public School will remain vigilant when implementing infection control, physical distancing and personal hygiene protocols to protect the health and safety of students and staff. Iluka continues to promote the need to follow good hygiene practices such as:

  • regularly washing hands with soap and water.

  • avoiding sharing drinks or food

  • coughing or sneezing into your elbow, or a tissue which should be discarded immediately

  • filling water bottles from bubblers rather than using the bubbler directly.

I thank you for your understanding and continued support during these uncertain times.


EXTERNAL VALIDATION (EV)

Excitingly, next year Iluka Public School has been selected to participate in an External Validation Process run by the Department of Education. Therefore our EV team from across the school will dive deep into continuing our journey from Delivering to Excelling. Over the next two terms, members of this team will be contacting parents and asking for input into our work at school and will be asking your thoughts on ongoing school growth and our future. I look forward to sharing this exciting work with you as we move towards our next cycle of school planning.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

I am very proud of the uniform at Iluka Public. It gives me such pride seeing our school uniform, the ‘prawn’ being worn by students. It helps our children develop a sense of belonging, discipline and is a great equaliser for students. Please remember that we require all children to wear full school uniform every day. We currently have a few children not wearing school uniform, particularly black leggings and black shorts and I need your help in ensuring we maintain our high standards. Additionally, there is some lost property, so if you are missing any items please get your child to check.

2021 ENROLMENT AND TRANSITION

The school is currently accepting enrolment applications for 2021. Please note, we are only taking enrolments within our school zone. We are unable to accommodate any enrolments outside our school zone. If you, a neighbour or even a friend are interested in learning more about the school please don't hesitate to contact the school to arrange an appointment to discuss enrolment. We are also eager to receive sibling enrolments as soon as possible. Early enrolment helps us begin to plan for school structures. Enrolment forms are available via the school website and enrolment enquiries can be directed to the office. Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation across NSW and in line with the Department of Education guidelines the scheduled preschool transition program has not been able to go ahead. We encourage families who have questions regarding school enrolment to contact the school via iluka-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 6646 6149 to make a time to discuss any questions regarding the enrolment process or to set up a tour of Iluka Public School.

PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE UPDATE

This is the final week! The last day for Stage 2 and 3 students to enter books into their reading log is this coming Friday, 28 August 2020. We have been very successful so far, with eight students finished, but there is still time for everyone to finish. Thank you so much Mrs Gardner for continuing to encourage children, showcasing with the importance of reading and participation.


Have a safe and happy week

Phil


CLASS K NEWS

Resources - Kindergarten students have been asked to bring to school a ball of wool. The students will be using the wool for one of our creative art lessons next week. Library - A student returned the following book to our library on Monday, “A New York Year”, but this book is not a library book. If it is your child’s book, please let me know and I can return it to the rightful owner.

Assembly Awards - Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our school assembly last Friday: Amelia, Mason, Jy and Ragnar.

Reminders:

* Keep up the practice of the addition questions at home. Our best student achievement so far is 44 questions correct in one minute. Maths Bee competition for Kindergarten is this Friday 28th August.

* Reading Eggs and Mathseeds subscriptions for Kindergarten students ceases at the end of this year. Please make the most of the remaining time to use these wonderful free learning resources at home. When Mr Jones returns to school, I will once again send home your child’s login details.

* With the weather warming up, it might be time to check your child’s hair for head lice.

Lynne

CLASS 1/2 NEWS

Hello everyone,

It is great to be able to sense that Spring is just around the corner. The days are starting to warm up and get a little longer.

Breakfast is very important for children. It nourishes the child in readiness for a day of productive learning. It has come to my attention that some children are arriving at school without having eaten this meal.

Head lice is an ongoing issue. Could you please check your child’s hair regularly so as to identify these determined little creatures and thus decrease the chances of them being spread in the classroom.

Home Readers will be checked this week. Keep up the good work with supporting y