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WEEK 6, TERM 2

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Wednesday 26 May - National Sorry Day

  • Wednesday 26 May - IPS Sporting Schools Netball Clinic begins - 4 weeks (class times vary)

  • Friday 28 May - Kindergarten/Year 1/Year 2 Macadamia Castle Excursion (note has gone home)

  • Friday 28 May - PSSA Sports Gala Day - Ken Leeson Oval, Iluka. (See sports news for various times & events.) Yr 6 holding a BBQ and cake stall at Ken Leeson Oval

  • Friday 28 May - No Tuckshop at school due to excursion & sports gala day.

  • Monday 31 May - Iluka Public School’s Spelling Bee - Early Stage 1 (Kindy) & Stage 1 (Yr 1 & 2), 9:00 -10:00 am

  • Monday 31 May - IPS Kings v’s Broadwater PS Debate at Broadwater PS - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Monday 31 May - Stage 3 Canberra Presentation Evening - IPS library at 5:00 pm

  • Tuesday 1 June - Iluka Public School’s Spelling Bee - Stage 2 (Yr 3 & 4), 9:00 - 10:00 am

  • Tuesday 1 June - IPS Sporting Schools Football Clinic begins - 4 weeks (class times vary)

  • Wednesday 2 June - Iluka Public School’s Spelling Bee - Stage 3 (Yr 5 & 6), 9:00 - 10:00 am

  • Wednesday 2 June - MHS River of Learning - Yr 6 Leaders attending. 11:00 am - 2:15 pm

  • Friday 4 June - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm. All welcome to attend

  • Tuesday 8 June - School Photo Day

  • Wednesday 9 June - NR PSSA Softball Trials in Lismore(applicable students only - note yet to go home)

  • Friday 11 June - IPS School Reports go home

  • Monday 14 June - Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday - No School Attendance

  • Tuesday 15 June - Parent/Teacher Interview Week. Individual classroom times yet to be advised

  • Wednesday 16 June - Year 6 Transition Day @ MHS. 11:15 am pick-up

  • Wednesday 16 June - PSSA Girls Basketball Gala Day - Lismore (applicable students only - note yet to go home)

  • Friday 18 June - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm. All welcome to attend

  • Monday 21 June - Parent/Teacher Interview Week. Individual classroom times yet to be advised

  • Tuesday 22 June - MHS Year 5 NAIDOC Games Day (note and times yet to be advised)

  • Wednesday 23 June - P & C Meeting, IPS library. 3:15 - 4:15 pm

  • Friday 25 June - Last Day of Term 2

  • Friday 25 June - Festivals of Local Schools Art Exhibition begins today. Grafton Gallery

PRINCIPAL REPORT


KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE

I would like to congratulate those students who while recently attending their regular scouts night last Monday, were approached by a stranger. The students showed a very sensible attitude and did all the right things in a calm and settled manner.

The school has again been proactive in its teachings on Child Protection. The topic was covered during the Walk Safely to School Day. I would encourage parents and carers to please also reinforce child safety messages regularly as part of your family conversations. The attached link may be of help. https://www.kidsmartz.org/StrangerDanger

As this happened outside of school hours parents and carers are reminded to please contact the police if you ever have concerns. Unfortunately, this incident was beyond my control.


KINDERGARTEN 2022 AT ILUKA PUBLIC SCHOOL

All students entering Kindergarten at Iluka Public School in 2022 are invited to participate in our Schoolies (think Prawn) Education Program in Terms 3 and 4. This is an opportunity to explore and play in a new learning environment and will assist in helping them feel happy, safe and secure. To reserve a place in our ‘Schoolies’ program please call into the office to collect an enrolment package or call 02 6646 6149.

DEBATING

Today, our Tigers (think prawn) Debating Team participated in the first round of the Inter-School Debating Program. The topic for the debate was “Every Class Should Have A Pet” - and we debated the negative position. Our Tigers debated against students from the Norfolk Island Public School by Zoom. Our debating team did their very best, particularly being their first debate of the year, and we commend our students and debating coach, Mrs Cunningham for their efforts and preparation. This time around the team was unsuccessful in their debate.

P & C

On Monday we held a P & C Meeting, with many important topics in discussion. IPS would like to thank our wonderful P & C for their ongoing support of our school, with the organisation of fundraising efforts and the running of the Tuckshop. Our recent Mother’s Day Gift Stall is just one example of the work our volunteers do in providing opportunities for our students. Thank you!

Our next monthly P & C Meeting will be held on the 23 June at 3:15 am in the school library. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

EXTRA COMMITMENTS

This term has been extremely busy with many extra sporting commitments, curricula activities and a number of upcoming excursions impinging on the amount of time students have spent in the classroom. Teachers are very mindful of the amount of time that some students are missing from school and have put strategies in place to catch them up with their schoolwork. I would like to emphasise how important it is that students attend school on a daily basis and do not miss school for unjustified reasons. Shopping trips, birthdays, sleeping in, visitors and tiredness are not justifiable reasons for missing school.

Attendance Matters poster

SCHOOL STREAM - ABSENCE ADVICE

Thank you to those parents and carers that are using the School Stream App for communications with the school. Our office staff wished to express their thanks to those who are using the app to advise of absence, especially any absences in advance. The App has streamlined the procedure in the office immensely, allowing for a speedier and more efficient notification to teachers.

NAPLAN ASSESSMENTS

Our Year 3 and 5 students undertook the NAPLAN Assessments during last week. It was great to see them trying their hardest to be able to show how much they have learnt at school. There were some great conversations from the students after each test and lots of excitement as well. We have been extremely proud of how they have taken these assessments in their stride. Well done Year 3 and 5. Great effort!


ASSESSMENTS AND REPORTS

The teachers of Iluka PS have been very busy over the past few weeks collecting assessment data and beginning the process of writing student reports. The progress of each student has been monitored and teachers will report on literacy and numeracy outcomes as well as a general comment in each Key Learning Area. Reports will go home on Friday 11 June, with Parent Teacher Interviews taking place the following weeks during Week 9 and 10. Time slots for interviews are yet to be advised.


ASSEMBLY LAST FRIDAY

We held our K-6 Whole School Assembly last Friday, 28th May hosted by Yr 6 from 2:15 - 3:00 pm under the COLA. Thank you to the parents who attended.


NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME

Was a great success. The Stage 1 students, in the care of Ms Essery, Mr Jones and Miss Lisa, last Wednesday walked to the town library for the reading of the book “Give Me Some Space” by Philip Bunting. Iluka Public School would like to thank Clarence Regional Librarian Tracey for her storytime expertise and craft activity.

CLASS CELEBRATIONS

Class celebrations of student birthdays are always very exciting. Please remember to contact the classroom teacher (either by phone call to the office on 6646 6149 or email iluka-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au) to discuss the day and organise a time that will allow for the celebration to take place and be enjoyed by all. Also, a reminder that parents/carers are required to sign in and QR code via the school Office when entering the school. Currently, cupcakes are still required and there is no blowing out of candles.


STAGE 3 CANBERRA EXCURSION - PAYMENT PLANS

Making payments towards the Stage 3 Canberra Excursion is now required, with full payment required no later than 16 August (Week 1 Term 3). Thank you to those parents that have begun the payments or paid in full. Parents and carers are welcome to make installments of any size or frequency towards the Canberra excursion, via cash, eft or POP on our website (with the payment type as Canberra excursion). If you require a payment plan, please contact myself on 6646 6149.