WEEK 6 NEWS - TERM 3
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
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
* 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.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
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 your child and their reading at home.
Reports will be coming home this Friday.
Have a positive week, Di.
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Times Table Challenge - On Friday students in Year 3/4 will contest the Times Tables Challenge. Students will have 1 minute to answer as many multiplication facts as they can. Perhaps you may want to try this at home with your child in preparation for Friday.
Library - Library is on Wednesday with Mrs Leseberg. Students have been working very hard on their early Australian explorer posters and I look forward to seeing the final product. Well done students and thank you Mrs Leseberg.
Homework - Students are really reaping the rewards from completing their homework and then marking it in class. They are getting instant feedback on their work and learning how to complete any questions they may have had trouble with. Keep up the great work everyone.
Reports - Semester 1 reports will be sent home this Friday.
Have a fantastic week!
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
Our class report,
Last week, our class explored the techniques of debating, our teacher Mrs Cunningham pushed us to our absolute limits. And the Year 3/4 class was judging as the latest debate was happening. It was probably the most thrilling thing I’ve ever done in my primary school career. In a debate, you have at least one hour before you start, they put you in a room with a dictionary and that’s it (the dictionary is for looking up persuasive and compelling words to use in your debate). Then you come up with great sentences that have to last at least four minutes then you sit down at the debate and come up with rebuttals whilst the speaker is talking. - Halem.P
Some of the Year 5/6 class were taking notes and giving feedback to the students who made it in the debating team. Mrs Cunningham also gave feedback to all the students who made it in the debating team too. The students who made it obviously stood out to all the other students and Mrs Cuningham. - Layla J
We have a Times Tables Competition on Friday, so be sure to practice your times tables.
Keep on practicing your spelling words because the Spelling Bee will begin in Week Nine. The Stage 3 Spelling Bee day is on Friday the 18th of September.
Reports are also coming home this Friday.
Please don’t forget in four weeks' time our Handball Competition will commence. It's $3 per entry and you’ll receive a handball cake pop once you’ve entered. Thank you.
Written by Harlem and Layla
During this past week, a number of overdue books have been returned to the library. Thank you to those students and parents who have tracked them down. For those students still with outstanding books, don’t lose heart. Keep looking and bring it back in when you find it.
Please remember a bag is essential to borrow books.
Class library days are as follows:
Monday - Kindergarten
Tuesday - Year 1/2
Wednesday - Year 3/4
Thursday - Year 5/6
We have many, many wonderful books in our school library. Parents can help encourage borrowing (and reading) by discussing what their child might like to read. Students are welcome to ask the librarian or student support for help in finding a book in the genre they are interested in.
PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE
August marks the final opportunity to complete the Premier’s Reading Challenge and it will close on Friday 28th August. Students in Kindergarten to Year 2 undertook the challenge when attending the library with Mr Jones. Congratulations to the following students who have already completed the challenge for 2020: Oceane, Amy-Leigh, Tessah, Taya, Paige, Lexi, Jessica and Fraser. Quite a few students in Year 3-6 have already started their reading log and it would be a shame to not see it through. Please note a very important change to rules for this year due to COVID 19 - students may read 10 own choice books rather than the usual 5. This means only 10 books from the PRC Book List need to be read along with 10 books of the students’ own choice. The school library has a large stock of PRC books to help students achieve their quota. Please pass on paper reading logs to Mrs Gardner or use the online system at https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html
Last week we completed our sports unit on Softball. It was a big winner amongst all stages, with many students grasping the fundamentals of the game and having a ball (pardon the pun!). Several classes also used the T-Ball sets available and many enjoyed this variation of the game. A big thank you to Mr Bradmore and Mr Speirs for assisting classes with these sessions.
Our next sporting unit will be upskilling our students in the game of golf. Mr Mark Adey, from Iluka Golf Club, will be instructing these sessions. After the completion of the 4 week program our Stage 3 students (Yrs 5 & 6) will be heading out to the Iluka Golf Club for a round of golf on their course. We’re looking forward to this next sport and also sharing our endeavours with you.
Volunteers for Friday 28 August - Sandy and Mark
Volunteers for Monday 31 August - Karla and Ebonnie
Class donations for next week: Year 5/6
If you could offer some time assisting in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
School Banking tokens: What you need to know about tokens.
· One Dollarmites token will be issued for every School Banking deposit made (maximum of one per week).
· You need to have made 10 School Banking deposits to redeem a reward.
· Tokens do not expire. If you don’t have enough tokens at the end of any year, you can save them for the next year until you have 10 tokens to redeem for a reward item.
· Tokens cannot be pooled between or given to, siblings or friends to get rewards faster. The School Banking rewards program is designed to reward individual savings.
· All rewards are available to order from the term listed and are offered only while stocks last.
· Your deposit/token count is electronically tracked by School Banking so it doesn’t matter if you lose your Dollarmites tokens.
· You can also track your tokens on our fun easy to use CommBank Youth app (visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking for more details).
· If you forget to put your School Banking in one week, you are unable to make 2 deposits the following week for 2 tokens. Maximum of one deposit/one token per week.
How to redeem your tokens for a reward
· Complete a rewards card slip by writing in your details and ticking the item you would like to redeem for the term.
· Place the slip in your yellow Dollarmites wallet with your 10 Dollarmites tokens.
· Hand it in with your School Banking Deposit on School Banking Day.
Thank you for supporting the School Banking program and remember, School Banking day is every Tuesday.