WEEK 6 NEWS, TERM 4
Wednesday 10 November - 2022 Kindergarten Transition Program. (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program will be for students & Preschool staff only. Parents/carers may drop off and pick-up only)
Thursday 11 November - Last day for Book Fair
Thursday 11 November - Year 6 Remembrance Day Service at Iluka Cenotaph, 10:45 am start. Note has gone home. Double vaccinated community members are able to attend. All must follow Covid Safety plan.
Year 5 Remembrance Day Service at IPS. 10:50 am. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program will be for students only)
Tuesday 16 November - Intensive Swimming for Year 2/3 and Year 4.
Tuesday 23 November - Intensive Swimming for Year 2/3 and Year 4.
Tuesday 23 November - P & C Meeting at Club Iluka. Starting at 1:30 till 2:30 pm. All welcome to attend. NB: Club Iluka will be governed by their own Covid safety requirements.
Wednesday 24 November - 2022 Kindergarten Transition Program (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program will be for students & Preschool staff only. Parents/carers may drop off and pick-up only)
Friday 26 November - Tell Them From Me survey closes.
Monday 29 November - Library Stocktake begins. Please help your child to return any outstanding library books that they may have.
Tuesday 30 November - Intensive Swimming for Year 2/3 and Year 4.
Thursday 2 December - Year 5 Prefect Speeches. Start time 9:15 am (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program will be for students only)
Tuesday 7 December - Final day of Intensive Swimming for Year 2/3 and Year 4.
Wednesday 8 December - IPS End of Year Disco, under the IPS Cola. Drop off at 6:00 pm, pick-up at 8:00 pm. Students will have to dance with their class cohorts. No parents or carers are to stay on site.
Thursday 9 December - IPS 2021 Presentation Day. One family member ONLY (including grandparents) may attend. The visitor must remain seated, be double vaccinated, wear a mask and QR code.
Tuesday 14 December - Year 6 Graduation Dinner at Club Iluka. Students only in attendance. (Further details to come, time also yet to be advised)
Wednesday 15 December - Iluka Community Carols, held on the Iluka PS Bottom Oval (further details to come)
Thursday 16 December - Last day of Term 4 and 2021 for all students
Friday 17 December - Staff Development Day (no students to attend)
Tuesday 1 February - All Students return to school for Term 1, 2022.
Thursday 10 February - IPS Swimming Carnival - whole school attending. Maclean Olympic Pool
DEAR PARENTS AND CARERS
Thrilled to report that today, Tuesday 9 November, Iluka Public School had 100% attendance.
WELCOME TO WEEK 6
I hope that all our families had a chance to rest, relax and enjoy their weekend. The students have settled in well this week and we are ready for a busy 5 days ahead. Can you believe that in the blink of an eye we have passed the halfway mark of the term already?
BOOK FAIR AND PARADE
We were all very excited to have the Book Fair return to our school last week. To celebrate we held a successful book character parade. We witnessed a wonderful array of costumes for the parade and I thank the parents and carers for your support. Congratulations to all the students who put so much effort into the morning. Pleasingly, we only had one child absent on the day from the school. Thank you to Mr Jones for organising both the Book Fair and parade.
STAFFING NEWS UPDATE
Congratulations No. 1 - The school is pleased to announce Mrs Cunningham was successful with her application. She is now permanently appointed as the ‘Assistant Principal; Curriculum and Instruction’ teacher. This is a new position created by the department for every NSW Government School. It is an off class position. She will work in this role one day a week at Iluka PS and one day at Palmers Island PS commencing in 2022.
Congratulations No. 2 - Similarly, the school is pleased to announce that Mrs Speirs was successful with her application. She is now permanently appointed to work one day per week as the Senior Administrative Officer. We will see Leah in the office on Tuesdays.
LEVEL 3 GUIDELINES;
Just a reminder that we are still operating on Level 3 Restrictions which means:
Staff are required to wear masks indoors (no longer outdoors) while on school grounds.
Only essential visitors are allowed on site and will be required to check in, always provide proof of double vaccination and wear masks.
Our Tuckshop is open with appropriate hygiene measures in place.
Parents and carers are to remain outside of school grounds, follow physical distancing and avoid gathering for drop-offs and pick-ups.
There is enhanced daily cleaning of the school and we ensure our classrooms are well-ventilated with open windows.
We have worked closely with NSW Health and other relevant authorities to support all our school staff. All staff have now received 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccination. This will help protect our students and community.
Importantly the buzz word now coming from the Department is that schools are to provide a ‘Cohort Model’.
Features of cohort modelling at Iluka Public School;
We will endeavour to restrict activities to established class only groupings (cohort).
All activities aim to minimise mixing and mingling between cohorts (classes).
Each class will be allocated a learning space, completing all lessons and break times with their cohort.
Playground areas and Tuckshop access will be staggered by cohort.
Within each cohort, students should maintain strict personal hygiene and physical distancing wherever possible.
Transportation to or from an event or activity must maintain defined cohorts. For example, students may travel to a venue by walking (with adequate supervision if applicable) or via a school-owned or operated bus, providing they have sole use. Students and staff can continue to travel to and from school as per the public health advice.
For Iluka Public School we will have to take the Year 2/3 and Year 4 cohorts to Maclean Pool with two buses.
Year 6 only will represent the school at the town’s Remembrance Day commemoration.
Scripture is able to return from Tuesday 16 November. We will follow the COVID-safe measures – especially maintaining the student cohort model and scripture personnel will show evidence of vaccination status to the school.
KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION PROGRAM
We look forward to welcoming our 2022 Kindergarten class tomorrow for their second Transition Day. Pleasingly, one fully vaccinated parent or carer is permitted to attend their child’s Kindergarten Transition Day when dropping off and picking up their child. I look forward to welcoming you alongside Mrs Howard to support and guide your child through the morning. Our first week was very busy as the new students settled in, learnt the different areas within the school, as well as engaged in some numeracy and literacy activities.
I would like to take this opportunity to let families know that due to the current COVID restrictions Transition students will not be able to mix with the older students this year.
TENNIS PROGRAM WITH MR JURD
Due to the Cohort Modelling at Iluka PS, Mr Jurd’s tennis program has also been modified. The times for his students are;
12:40 - 1:00 – Kindy / Year 1
1:00 - 1:20 pm – Year 2/3
1:20 - 1:40 pm – Year 4
1:40 - 2:00 pm – Year 5
2:00 - 2:20 pm – Year 6
Please check the calendar updates as the final weeks of Term 4 are just ahead for us.
End of Year Disco – Wednesday 8 December – Venue Iluka PS outside under COLA – students will have to dance with their class cohorts. No parents or carers are to stay on site. Time 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm pick up.
Presentation Day – Thursday 9 December – One family member ONLY (including grandparents) may attend. The visitor must remain seated, be double vaccinated, wear a mask and QR code. I thank you for your understanding.