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WEEK 6 - TERM 4

PRINCIPAL REPORT

The past week has been a flurry of activity!

SURFING

The Year 5/6 class experienced the opportunity to learn to surf with Jeremy Walters at Yamba over three days. It was such a wonderful opportunity. This activity encouraged our students to ‘get out of their comfort zones’ whilst being educational and fun! Students thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Jeremy was impressed by the students’ behaviour, positive attitude towards learning and organisation. Thank you Mrs Cunningham, Mr Jones and Mr Speirs for taking them to Yamba. Follow the below link to view the gallery of photos on our webpage or watch the video.

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ADVENTURE PARK

To conclude a wonderful week for our senior students, Year 5/6 travelled to Coffs Coast Adventure Centre on Friday. Wow! The three activities completed were sensational, thrilling and fun. Again, thank you teachers for the great job you do for our students. Congratulations students on your behaviour and remaining positive when placed in challenging new situations.

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ORIENTATION PROGRAM

Earlier on in the term, we were thrilled that restrictions had eased enough to allow the 2021 kindergarten students to participate in fun and games with our dedicated kindergarten teacher. This experience was supplemented with a video series that has been shared on the school website and Facebook page. Mr Jones and our Year 5/6 students have done an outstanding job of showcasing our school, by guiding our community on a virtual tour. Check it out below.

REMEMBRANCE DAY

Thank you to our wonderful students who participated in the Remembrance Day service on Wednesday, 11 November. Our students came to school so well presented in full school uniform. Each class had made poppys and were either placed in class wreaths or worn. During the ceremony, two students from each class came and placed these wreaths onto the cenotaph wall. It was a solemn ceremony and certainly a well-respected ceremony. I need to recognise and thank our special guest Sergeant Tim Plumb who spoke poignantly and with so much grace and humility. Special congratulations must go to all our Year 4 students who worked hard in the lead up to the service, with special mention to Ella Rose, Scott, Tessah, Olivia, Macy, Jessica, Bella, Beau, Lexi and Kirra who were excellent in running the ceremony. They carried out their roles at our Remembrance Day ceremony with care and pride.

Great work Iluka Public School!

PRESENTATION DAY

As mentioned above, COVID-19 restrictions are relaxing. Unfortunately, we are still not able to plan for and run a full Presentation Day assembly. Currently, we are only allowed to have a maximum of 20 parents attend a School Presentation Day. It is my intention to ask by invitation the parents of Year 6 students only (not Year 5/6 parents) to attend. COVID-19 safety rules will apply. We believe this restriction on numbers is unlikely to change. Therefore, we will also be planning a virtual Presentation Day via zoom for the remainder of the school community. The relevant links will be sent home prior to the event. Presentation Day is scheduled for Tuesday 8 December, commencing at 11.30 am.


CLASS WORK AND STUDENT REPORT CARDS

We have also been working hard in our rooms to complete our 2020 assessments. Teachers will soon start working on the end of Semester Two Report Cards. These report cards reflect the work that has been delivered in Semester Two this year and is stated in terms of outcomes. The report cards will also indicate your child’s level of achievement from ‘Outstanding’ to ‘Experiencing Difficulties’. In Literacy and Numeracy, your child will receive an overall grade from A – E. Please note, students achieving all outcomes will receive a ‘C’ grade, and should be celebrated for their performance. Report cards are to go home on Friday 11 December, 2020. There are no Parent / Teacher Interviews in Term 4.

However, if you have concerns regarding your child’s progress, please make an appointment with the classroom teacher through the office.


2021 SCHOOL LEADERS

Our 2020 School Captains and Prefects have been sensational during a most challenging year. Soon it will be time for them to move on and we wish to thank them for their efforts and working hard throughout the year.

On Friday 4 December our Year 5 students will have the opportunity to present their speech on why they would make a great School Captain or Prefect. Due to restrictions, one parent from Year 5 is allowed to attend the speech seremony and will be required to adhere to the COVID 19 safety plan. Good luck Year 5.


UPDATED COVID GUIDELINES

The department has released the latest COVID guidelines, effective from Thursday 12 November. They can be accessed from the following link. https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families

Here is a summary of the key points.

WHAT HAS CHANGED

  • Presentation Day can proceed with a limited parent audience, providing COVID Guidelines are followed. Please see above for the arrangements of this day.

  • Year 6 students can have their old school shirt or hat signed, but must provide their own pen.

  • The Year 6 Farewell Disco can proceed with dancing, but COVID Guidelines must be followed. The Year 6 Farewell Disco will now be held at the school. Parents will need to drop off and pick up only. Further details will be available closer to the date. Check Upcoming Events for date details.

  • P&C Meetings will be able to be held on site, after school hours, but must be capped at 20 attendees. COVID Guidelines also must be in place. Please note that the next P&C Meeting is set down for 23 November and will be held at Club Iluka.

WHAT REMAINS THE SAME

  • Non-essential adults are not to come onto school grounds, with the exception of pick up time and may only enter as outlined in a point below.

  • All contact with the school should be done via email or phone. Where face to face contact is necessary you must go via the office.

  • No student, staff member or parent is to come onto school grounds if they are feeling unwell.

  • Physical distancing of 1.5 metres must be practiced by all adults at all times.

  • At pick up time parents are not to enter school grounds until 5 minutes before the allocated time and must leave as soon as they have collected their children.

P&C ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The next P&C meeting will be held at Club Iluka at 1 pm on Monday 23, November. The P&C are always seeking interested parents/guardians who would like to join us and get more involved with the school. Joining the P&C is a great way to get involved in the school life of your child. The P&C via various committees work with the school to run the Canteen and fundraising activities. Every year, the P&C loses parents as their children move towards high school or other interests, so we need new successors. If you would like to get more involved in the P&C or have any questions, please feel free to contact the P&C President Tania Williams via the school office on 6646 6149.

SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY

Our school uniform is synonymous with our values of respect and pride in our school. The NSW Department of Education supports the wearing of a school uniform and requires students to conform to acceptable general standards of dress inclusive of the school's uniform requirements. At Iluka Public School, wearing of the full and appropriate school uniform is deemed important and is valued by the school and wider community. Issues of equality, health, safety and expense are all factors that contribute to the establishment of the uniform code. When the students are wearing our school uniform, they are representing Iluka Public School, so it is important that full uniform is worn by everyone correctly at all times. As well as being a symbol of unity, pride, identity and belonging; the school uniform provides a measure of protection for students travelling to and from school.


Have a safe and happy week, Phil.


CLASS K NEWS

Music - The students have worked hard to learn to play a few simple songs on the glockenspiel. This week the students will be assessed on their music playing abilities and our instrumental program will then cease.

Remembrance Day - The Kindergarten students were respectful listeners and demonstrated exemplary behaviour throughout the Remembrance Day service. Our class leaders, Caden and Callum, laid the wreath on behalf of our class. Well done Year Four students and Mrs Gardner for organising the service.

Iluka Fire Brigade - Last Thursday, the students enjoyed meeting up with some of our local fire brigade members and were very appreciative of the gift that they received.

Assembly Awards - Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our school assembly last Friday: Caden, Callum, Amelia and Belinda. Well done to Ilah, who won a win bin prize.

Reminders:

  • It would be a great help if items sent home in communication folders were removed before the folders were returned to school. Your assistance in this matter would be appreciated.