• Monday 18 to Friday 22 - Year 2 - 4 swimming scheme

  • Monday 25 November - Year 2 - 4 swimming scheme

  • Monday 25 November - P & C Meeting, 7pm in the Staff room

  • Tuesday 26 November - Volunteers Morning Tea 10:30-11:00am

  • Tuesday 26 November - Year 2 - 4 swimming scheme

  • Wednesday 27 November - Big River Film Festival, Years 3/4, 4/5 and 6. South Grafton High School

  • Friday 29 November - Year 5 Prefect Speeches

  • Monday 2 December - Get Hooked Fishing Program, year 5 and 6

  • Thursday 5 December - Surfing excursion, Year 5 and 6

  • Tuesday 10 December - Presentation Day at 11am & School Disco at 6pm Iluka Bowls Club

  • Wednesday 11 December - Iluka Christmas Carols (school performance)

  • Thursday 12 December - 200 Nights Reading Rewards - waterslide activity

  • Friday 13 December - Semester 2 reports go home

  • Tuesday 17 December - Alan Jurd Tennis Challenge & IPS School Tennis Championships 9:30am

  • Tuesday 17 December - Yr 6 Graduation Dinner at Iluka Bowls Club

  • Wednesday 18 December - Students last day of school for 2019


Challenging Week 6

What a challenging week students and staff have had here at Iluka Public School. With the strong winds, smoke haze, poor air quality, cancelled excursions and threatening bush fires, staff have as usual been professional and students’ flexible, calm and understanding of the situation. Please be rest assured that your child’s health and wellbeing are our number one concern when planning and organising activities.

Spear Pump – Bore Water

Also, please be rest assured that the school is not breaking Level 4 water restrictions (even though they have been lifted). Yes, we do have the sprinklers going but we have a spear pump and are using bore water. A surprise visit from the Clarence Valley town ranger has confirmed this.

Swimming Schemes

Year 2, 3/4 and 4/5 enjoyed the recommencement of swimming lessons on Monday. However, due to advice from the RFS regarding smoke hazard and possible road closures Tuesday’s lesson was cancelled. Swimming this week we be taken on a day to day basis. An extra two days has been added to the Department of Education Swimming Scheme, next Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 November. A big thank you to all the teachers who support our students during the program and for organising this important learning opportunity.

K/1 was also in the pool for the first time on Monday. Due to a number of considerations, such as poor air quality, K/1’s swimming was also cancelled on Tuesday. Again, infant swimming will need be considered on a daily basis. K/1 had a wonderful start on Monday and quickly established great routines in regards to their swimming.

2020 Class Placements

Currently we are planning to form classes for the first day of 2020, which will allow us to have an early start to our structured learning. I thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter and we look forward to a fantastic end of the year.

Kindergarten Enrolments

Enrolments for Kindergarten 2020 are now well under way. Children born between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015 are eligible to enrol. Parents wishing to enrol a child for school next year should contact myself or Lyn in the school office as soon as possible.

P&C Meeting

The next meeting of the P & C will be held Monday 25 November 2019 at 7.00pm. This meeting will be conducted in the staff room. Everyone is welcome and your support is greatly appreciated.

End of year Library Stocktake

This term in the library we will be completing a full stocktake. To help make this process as smooth as possible the last week of borrowing will be week 7 (next week). All student loans will need to be returned by week 8. Mr Jones and myself will be talking with all students about overdue books. If you receive an overdue notice it would be greatly appreciated books could be returned as soon as possible. Any concerns, please see Mr Jones in the first instance.

Friday’s Whole School Assembly

On Friday’s Whole School Assembly, Year 6 presented amazing reports about their unit of work on Bushfires. The reports were very entertaining and the audience learnt all about planning should there need to be an evacuation. A special thank you to all our wonderful parents and grandparents for coming. Well done!

Some Important Dates

There are some very important dates coming up so please ensure you have them marked on the calendar. Some of these activities include;

  • On Tuesday November 26, the school is hosting a volunteer’s morning tea. The event will commence at 10.30 am.

  • On Wednesday 27 November Year 3/4, Year 4/5 and Year 6 are attending the Big River Film Festival at South Grafton High School.

  • On Friday 29 November, the Year 5 students Prefect Speeches will be conducted. All are welcome to attend from 9.00 am.

  • Tuesday 10th December is our annual Presentation Day at the Community Hall. The presentation will begin at 11.00 am.

These are just some of the activities. Please check the calendar and save all the dates!

School Improvements

Fence panelling has been replaced between the Opportunity Shop and the school. The old Sports Shed has been repaired and is currently being repainted. It should be good for another 50 years. Playground markings under the COLA have also been repainted. The school is looking good.

Have a great week, Phil.


Assembly Awards - Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our whole school assembly last Friday: Kindergarten - Elayna, Sophie and Year One - Rex, George. With only one more whole school assembly scheduled for this year, Kindergarten and Year One students are keen to win the uniform award again at our next assembly. This would mean we have won this award at every assembly this year. Please keep up the great effort of wearing our correct school uniform each day.


*Our class is schedules to go swimming every day this week (subject to conditions). Swimming lessons finish for us on Friday.

*Keep up the home reading each night.

*Return library books on Wednesday.



Hello everyone,

Mother nature has had us all on full alert over the past week or so. Our thoughts go to those people who have faced life changing circumstances.

Swimming: has resumed and it is great to see the class organised for this daily event this week. This is a great opportunity for all the class so maximum participation is vital.

Maths : work has involved studying different types of graphs and collecting data to create a simple graph. Work with chance has also been undertaken.

Writing: has involved creating word webs to describe city and country life. We will discuss the positives and negatives of both lifestyles.

Reading: has involved some work with plays. The students are really enjoying this aspect of reading with some drama ‘thrown in’ as well.

Dancing: is coming along nicely. There seems to be numerous smiles on faces and fun being had.

Have a great week. Di


Hello everyone. Swimming has resumed however it may well be postponed again due to the fire conditions. Stay tuned. The children are reasonably settled given these interruptions, well done kids.

Assessments continue this week. Library is on Tuesday. Next week will be the last time for borrowing this year. Homework is due Friday. I encourage all students to push onward towards 200 nights home reading. Thank you to Mr Jones and the students for completing their film entry for the Big River Film Festival in Grafton next Wednesday 27th. Notes for the excursion are due back now, thank you.