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WEEK 6 - TERM 2

UPCOMING EVENTS


The coronavirus has been hitting industries hard, and it is not sparing our School Photographer either. Philip from ‘The School Photographer’ called yesterday to say that his team is still not operating this term and possibly into Term 3 as well. He apologised but would not be able to be in Iluka on Tuesday 16 June to take class photos as originally booked in.

Iluka Public School is endeavouring to make other school photo arrangements in Term 3. We will keep you posted.


PRINCIPALS REPORT


Good Afternoon All,

BACK TO SCHOOL

Thank you to our parents for such a smooth return to the first week of full-time face to face schooling. We were so happy to see many smiling faces coming back through the gate.

PARENTS

Staff and I would like to say a big thank you to our parents for remaining outside the school gates unless you need to come to the office. We understand that this is not easy for everyone, particularly for our parents of younger students. While the advice is that children do not need to social distance, it is the adults and their safety that we also must carefully consider. I appreciate your understanding regarding this.

MORNING ASSEMBLIES

We are conducting very short and precise morning assemblies and will be starting classes at 9:05 am. With the earlier start to learning, we ask that parents ensure they have their child at school by 8.55 am, to ensure they are not missing out on valuable learning time.


NO HAT NO PLAY/UNIFORM

Please ensure that your child has the correct full school uniform including their hat to wear to school. It is getting colder and students may need the extra warmth of a plain red or grey tracksuit or jumper. Black clothing is not part of our uniform!


STUDENT SAFETY AT THE BACK GATE (SPENCER STREET EXIT)

Last week there was a small car accident while students were being picked up after school. No child was hurt. May I please ask that you ensure you pick up your child safely and park appropriately. Please do not park across the footpath. We now have two teachers on the back gates to supervise students leaving at 3.00 pm, but it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure our students are kept safe.


REPORTING TO PARENTS

This semester we will be having a modified report. Recently the Federal Government released a statement that we will not be reporting with the usual A-E scale of achievement. The Semester One report will be sent home on Friday 28 August.


ENROLEMENTS

Enrolments for Kindergarten 2021 are now being accepted. Children turning 5 by 31st July 2021 are eligible to enrol. Completed forms can be handed in to the school along with the supporting documentation eg: birth certificate or passport, immunisation details and proof of residential address. Please contact the school office if you require further information or are interested in taking a school tour.


LEARNING FROM HOME

It was great to receive some photos of students who were working from home when the school was restricted to essential workers only. This week features Year 1 student Sailor having a fun educational experience at the beach. Thank you for sharing Sailor.


THE NEW NINJA WARRIOR PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT

It took 12 months of fundraising by Yr 6 of 2019, and it was quite a process to watch our new playground equipment area take place. However, the Iluka PS Ninja Warrior playground is now open. Strong Mark, our groundsman has done a wonderful job landscaping turf and ensuring the area is safe. The challenging equipment with the climbing net is a wonderful aspect of school, which our students will love the challenge of completing. This project will have the same impact now and in the years to come. It is now being used three days a week in this beautiful autumn lunchtime weather and as part of our daily PE program– something extra special for our lovely students to do as we return to normality.


CANTEEN

Now that students are back full time at school, the canteen has re-opened. Students are now being called to the canteen in class order rather than standing in long lines. We thank Karla, Mark and Sandy, and our volunteers, for all the work they do for our school.


RECONCILIATION WEEK

Last week we acknowledged Reconciliation Week. The theme for 2020 was, ‘In this together’. Students in the Stage 3 class discussed how to build relationships based on respect. They wrote reflections on this learning and listened to Aboriginal performers through online mediums.


LOANED TECHNOLOGY

We were able to provide many laptops and iPads to families to support online learning over the past 8 weeks. Now that we are back full time, these devices will need to be returned to the school. If you still have school-supplied devices at home, please ensure they are sent to school with your child and returned to the school office. Please ensure the charger is also returned.

MANAGEMENT OF STAFF AND STUDENTS

I am excited that our students are back at school. I know that there may be mixed emotions for parents as our students return to school. Please know that the school is well prepared and supported for the return to full-time operations. All activities and operations are in line with the AHPPC and NSW Health guidelines which are available at https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families.

I ask that parents and carers support and follow all requests regarding site access and practice physical distancing at all times.

NEW STUDENTS

Despite the turmoil and uncertainty we have recently faced during the pandemic, for some families its impacts have been felt in unexpected ways. As we can all appreciate, changing schools and often communities in a very big deal for any child and their families. Imagine undertaking this new chapter in life during a worldwide pandemic, when any semblance of school routine in non-existent. With premade plans already in motion when the pandemic hit, this is exactly the scenario several new families to Iluka Public School have faced in the past few weeks. We welcome to our school and local communities 5 new families. We warmly wish these families the absolute best of what our little pocket of paradise has to offer.


SCHOOL WEBSITE

Our school website has seen a few changes in recent times, with the addition of the Home Learning Portal. Home Learning is where students can access their Google Classrooms and information related to home learning. Our school website is where you can find information related to how our school operates including policies and procedures. For access to day to day information, as it happens, students and parents should refer to our school Facebook page.

OPPORTUNITY CLASS PLACEMENT PROCESS FOR 2020 YEAR 4 STUDENTS

There are now two regional resources for students exhibiting ‘Giftedness and Talent' in mainstream classes. They are located at Aurora College, Ballina and at Grafton Public School. They are known as an ‘Opportunity Class’. Year 4, students' parents have the opportunity to apply for a position in a Year 5 OC in 2021 through the Selective Schools Unit. Relevant information about the application can be obtained by contacting our school office for further details. Please note, the selection process for these classes are external to the school.

Take care. Have a great week.

Phil

CAN YOU HELP?

The school has been contacted by a GP who works in Brisbane and regularly visits Iluka in the school holidays with a request for assistance. She is wondering, and hoping, that some of our students would be happy to write a paragraph or two about their recent ‘at home schooling’ experiences. For example, celebrating a birt