• Iluka Public School



  • 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



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.

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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


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 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 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.


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.

Have a great week. Phil


Curriculum … Spelling Bee

The excitement is building, as we get closer and closer to our Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) and Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) competition day next Monday 31st May. The aim of this program is to improve spelling skills through oral practice. Personal skills are developed through students being confident enough to ‘risk take’ and ‘have a go’ when challenged, as well as develop resilience when mistakes are made. While the Spelling Bee is a competition, all students are winners for having participated. The Spelling Bee commences after our morning assembly at 9:00 am. All are most welcome to attend.

Event … Assembly Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our Whole School Assembly on Friday: Kindergarten - Jake, Lylah and Year One - Caden, Belinda and Jye. Well done to our Win Bin prize winners - Lylah, Cody and Ragnar. Once again our class won the Electricity Award.



Hello everyone,

What beautiful weather May is producing for us! How lucky are we living where we do to experience this gorgeous climate.

Maths: assessments will take place this week. This is a time to see how well your child has grasped concepts and managed to retain knowledge to reproduce in a test situation. Both year levels have been working really well from their Maths Plus texts so we are hoping for some pleasing results.

Reports: are being worked on at present. They will go home at the end of Week 8.

Reading: groups are going well. Expression, fluency and vocabulary are being continually concentrated on as well as comprehension development.

Home Reading: is the way you can support us at school.

Have a great week, Di.



Week 6 marks the halfway point of Term 2. This week and next, there will be some assessments undertaken to gauge student learning and assist with Semester 2 reports. Reports will be sent home at the end of Week 8.

Homework - goes out on Tuesday and is due back the following Tuesday.

Home reading - is encouraged every single day. As Dr Suess said “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Mangahigh - Last week, teachers undertook Professional Learning about using the Mangahigh mathematics program to support student learning and provide extension where necessary. While we do access this during class time, it is also available for students to use at home. If you are looking for an educational activity for your child to engage in during screen time, this may be of interest to you. Please ask your child to bring home their login details or contact me via the Office on 6646 6149 and we will be able to arrange the necessary information.

Spelling Bee - is coming up next week. Please encourage/help your child prepare for the competition. All students have taken home a copy of the word lists, but please let me know if you require another copy.

Soccer - Best of luck to Zade, Fraser and Mikayla who are competing in the IPS Soccer teams on Friday. Go Iluka!

Have a lovely week,



Hello everyone

Well done to all the students that participated and tried their very best at the Zone Cross Country last Friday. Gallant effort!

Homework - Notebooks were sent home last week, as I am encouraging the students to write every evening. The students are to choose a different text type, theme or genre each night.

Spelling Bee - The Stage 3 Spelling Bee will be held straight after the morning assembly on Wednesday 2 June at 9:00 am. Students are to revise their words at home. Most students are revising Level three and four words this week.

Home Reading - boost confidence in the classroom. The children that read at home on a regular basis appear more eager to contribute during whole class reading opportunities.

Geography - Students are learning about the diversity of the world’s people. They each have a chosen country to study. Students research, explore and reflect upon similarities, differences and the importance of intercultural understanding.

Mangahigh - If you are looking for an educational activity for your child to engage in during screen time at home, this may be of interest to you. Parent information notes and logins have been handed out today.

Girls Touch Football - PSSA Round 1 will be played at 9:15 am this Friday against Yamba Public School. The game will be played at the Ken Leeson Oval, Iluka. Best of luck to all girls involved.

Boys and Girls Soccer Gala Day - This Friday at Ken Leeson Oval, straight after the Girls Touch Football game, Rounds 1, 2 and 3 will be played in the PSSA Knockout Competition. Good luck Iluka!

Canberra Excursion Information night - is next Monday 31 May at 5 pm in the school library.

Have a great week



Hi everyone.

Friday - all of Year 6 is going to Iluka Ken Leeson Oval for the day. We will walk there as soon as the school bus arrives and return at approximately 2:30 pm. Our class is running the Canteen for the Touch Football and Soccer Gala Day and assisting with setting up/running of the day/pack up. All families are asked to contribute a cake/biscuits etc to sell, please. All profits raised from the Canteen will go towards the 2021 Year 6 Gift to the school which is presented at the end of the year.

Well done to Noah, Jade and Phoenix who participated at the Zone Cross Country last Friday. Special mention to Jade who won the senior girls division - amazing!

Congratulations to the Tigers Debating Team who performed admirably v Norfolk Island PS today via Zoom - Jade, Emma, Jack and Oceane.

Good Luck also to Emma and Jade as they head off to Sydney next week for the State Basketball Championships.

Canberra Excursion Information night is next Monday 31 May at 5 pm in the school library.

Maclean High School Transition is Wednesday 16 June.

Assessments are occurring over the next fortnight in readiness for Semester 1 Reports.

Have a great week, Chris.



Our first Scholastic Book Fair for the year is still here for another week. There is a huge range of books, stationery and other exciting items for students to purchase. I am hoping for a successful first Book Fair so that I can use the 30% of the commission to buy a new range of senior and junior fiction books for our students to enjoy.

Now that parents are permitted on site you can make purchases for your child in the morning or afternoon (please be aware that you are required to sign on & QR Code up at the Front Office first). We accept EFTPOS down in the library so you can be in and out in no time. The Book Fair will also be open during lunchtimes from Monday to Thursday for students to make purchases themselves.


The genrefication of the library is continuing throughout the entire library and I am currently working on the Non-Fiction section. The Dewey decimal system has its place in high schools and public school libraries, however, I am finding it much more beneficial for students to have all books sorted into genres. An example of this was when I created a tub for birds in the non-fiction section. In my four years of running the IPS library, it was the most amount of bird books I had seen borrowed in a week. My goal by the end of the year is to have all non-fiction books tubed in specific genre types to allow students to flick through and choose some specific to their interests.

The Genrefication of the senior fiction section has been a huge success and I have seen dramatic growth in borrowing from this area, so I am hoping the same will occur when I genrify the non-fiction section.

I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.



The Iluka PS Cricket team played their 2nd knockout game against Gulmarrad PS in the State Knockout Competition last Thursday. Good fielding and good tight bowling and a fantastic team effort kept GPS down to 99 runs. Phoenix and Fraser then opened the batting. The two had a fantastic partnership at the wicket. Phoenix had to retire at 40. Noah added to the score with some great running between wickets to reach the total before drinks. Thanks to our former students, Harvey, Dacoda, and James for their umpiring and scoring. Our next game is yet to be confirmed.


The PSSA Zone Cross Country Carnival was held at Corndale Public School last Friday 21 May. With beautiful blue skies above Iluka Public School had 15 students attending in all age groups. The 8, 9 and 10 year olds completed a 2km loop, while 11, 12 and 13 year olds completed a rather hilly 3km loop. All students should be congratulated on doing an outstanding job on a hilly and rough underfoot course. A special mention to our senior student Jade who won her event and will now compete at the PSSA Regional event in a few weeks' time. Thanks to all the parents for transporting and attending with the students.


Yesterday Iluka Public School played Yamba Public School in the first round of the PSSA Netball Knockout competition for 2021. It was a very entertaining game to watch. Iluka was up by one in the first quarter and down by one at halftime. They, unfortunately, went down by 3 points after a well challenged third and fourth quarter. It was wonderful to see the girls play as a team and we are proud of their efforts. Congratulations to Yamba PS.


This coming Friday, Iluka Public School’s PSSA girls touch football and soccer teams, plus our boy's soccer team will compete in a PSSA day down at the Ken Leeson Oval here in town. The touch team will compete in their first round of competition against Yamba PS. The girl's soccer team will compete in 2 rounds of the knockout competition while our boy's team will play in their second round of soccer followed by another match (depending on the results). Below is the breakdown of times and events.

NSWPSSA Girls Touch Football Knockout @ Ken Leeson oval

9:15am Iluka v Yamba Public School

NSWPSSA Girls Soccer Knockout @ Ken Leeson oval

10:15 am Match 23 - Chatsworth Public School v Gulmarrad Public School

11:15 am Match 24 – Yamba Public School v Iluka Public School

12:15 pm Loser Match 23 v Loser Match 24

1:15 pm Winner Match 23 v Winner Match 24 (winner to progress in the NSWPSSA Girls Soccer Knockout)

NSWPSSA Boys Soccer Knockout @ Ken Leeson oval

10:15 am Match 24 Maclean Public School v Yamba Public School

11:15 am Match 23 Iluka Public School v Gulmarrad Public School

12:15 pm Loser Match 23 v Loser Match 24

1:15 pm Winner Match 23 v Winner Match 24 (winner to progress in the NSWPSSA Boys Soccer Knockout)

Our Yr 6 students, with parent support, will be manning a fundraising cake stall and bbq throughout the day, with all proceeds raised going towards their end of year gift. If any school families were able to donate cake/slices/biscuits for the stall our Yr 6 class and teacher would be very grateful.


Due to the Junior Stage’s Macadamia Castle excursion and the PSSA Sports Gala Day down at the Ken Leeson Oval - there will be NO TUCKSHOP AT SCHOOL ON THIS FRIDAY 28 MAY.


Remember, Tuesday is School Banking day. Thank you to those students bringing in their deposit books.

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