WEEK 7 NEWS - TERM 1
Thursday 12 - Get Hooked Fishing Program, Yr 5/6 - Iluka Bay
Monday 16 - Basketball Gala Day - nominated students. Yamba
Wednesday 18 - First Maclean High School Transition Day, Yr 6
Thursday 19 - PSSA Cricket. IPS v’s CHIPS. Wherrett Park. 10 am
Friday 20 - Issue 2 Book Club Orders Close Today.
Friday 20 - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm
Monday 23 - NAPLAN Practice - Yr 3 & 5
Tuesday 24 - Harmony Day Luncheon
Friday 3 - IPS Cross Country
Friday 3 - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm
Monday 6 - P & C Meeting at 2:30 pm in Computer Room
Thursday 9 - ANZAC Day service at Iluka Public School - 10:40 am
Thursday 9 - Last day of Term 1
Thursday 9 - Movie Night @ IPS.
Friday 10 - Good Friday and start of school holidays
Tuesday 28 - Students return to school for Term 2
Dear Parents and Carers,
Weeks 6 and 7 at Iluka Public School
This week and last week continued to be full of opportunity for our students. While I have been working in the classrooms, I have been very impressed to see how hard students are working on their literacy, numeracy and fundamental movement skills. Some of the work I have set has been challenging but it has been wonderful to see many students showing resilience and determination to complete their tasks. When I am in the office or on the playground, I notice that all of our students have settled well into the school routine and that our Kinders are now confidently getting to know their way around the school. Pleasingly, we have had some very polite students completing messages to the front office, speaking clearly and waiting in turn. It has also been very satisfying to see our students across the school working together.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
This week the students have started borrowing the Premier’s Reading Challenge selected books. The challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read widely. Thank you to Mrs Gardner, Mr Jones and teachers for supporting this challenge. As a reminder the library is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunchtime.
Miss Aleisha Says Goodbye
Iluka Public School certainly has exceptional staff. As you may be aware, Miss Aleisha has been offered a wonderful opportunity to work at another educational setting in our local area. Miss Aleisha has been a valuable team member for Iluka Public School and we thank her for the time and effort she has put in working with our students and teachers. We wish her all the best for the future.
The Little Scottish Theatre Company presents The Wizard of Oz
Sixty lucky students from Iluka Public School will be departing for Maclean to see the performance of The Wizard of Oz on Thursday 26 March. Permission notes will be going home soon. This performance will be a wonderful opportunity for us to see our students Tessah, Kiani, Jessica and Nikkiri shine brightly on the stage and to see just how far our former students, Imogen and Olivia have progressed.
Year 6 Parents: Expression of Interest Forms for High School in 2021
A booklet titled ‘Moving into Year 7 in a NSW government school in 2021’ has been sent home with all Year 6 students. While this is not an application to enrol, this form is essential in indicating which secondary school you are intending to send your child to. Parents, please read all sections of this booklet carefully as it outlines the options available to you and gives you the basis for selecting the right secondary school for your child. Maclean High School is the locally zoned high school. If you have any questions about this form or need assistance in any way, please feel free to contact me after you have read through it. These forms are due back to the school office no later than 19 March. Information provided by parents/carers will then be recorded and forwarded to Maclean High school as part of this process.
The first Year 6 Transition Day for 2020 will be Wednesday 18 March. A separate note with details regarding this day has already been sent home.
Students Safety - Car Park, Spenser Street back entrance
Iluka Public School has well over 100 people entering and leaving the school on any given day. We ask that parents and students observe the following safety precautions: cars cannot park over the Spenser Street footpath. This footpath is used for students’ access and exits. Please park east of the main school gate, towards Micalo Street for 3.00 pm pickups. If you are running late to collect your child please phone the office to advise, so we can keep all students safe.
Attendance - School Goal Target - 90%
Weekly Attendance Rates
For the Week Ending 6/3/2020
1st - Year K – 98%
2nd- Year 5/6 – 95%
3rd- Year 3/4 – 82%
4th- Year 1/2 - 75%
School Average – 87.5%
Education for your child is important and regular attendance at school is essential for your child to achieve their educational best, increase their career choices and life options. NSW public schools work in partnership with parents to encourage and support the regular attendance of children and young people. On occasion, your child may need to be absent from school. Justified reasons for student absences may include:
• being sick or having an infectious disease
• having an unavoidable medical appointment
• exceptional or urgent family circumstance (e.g. attending a funeral).
When your child attends school every day, learning becomes easier and your child will build and maintain friendships with other children.
NAPLAN THE NATIONAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM – Literacy and Numeracy
NAPLAN is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. This year, like most schools, Iluka Public School students will sit the tests ‘online’. This means that NAPLAN Online 2020, will take place between 12th - 22th May, specific information will follow closer to the time.
A public demonstration website is available to help students understand the types of questions and tools available in the NAPLAN Online tests. It also provides an opportunity for students who may need some extra practice to experience using the interactive navigation of the online test, trial the online tools and to establish adjustments that may be appropriate for students with a disability.
Students can access the public demonstration site from the NAPLAN website all year round. Students should be aware that: unlike the real NAPLAN tests, the public demonstration site does not include tailored testing browser features, such as grammar and spell-check, which are disabled during NAPLAN testing.
Touch-typing is not a requirement to successfully complete the NAPLAN Online writing test. To visit the public demonstration site go to https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site.
Due to just a small decline in student numbers this year, it was with a great deal of disappointment that we saw our demountable classroom be taken away on the back of a semi-trailer. So many students and so much wonderful learning took place in that room. On the positive, the location has been set aside for a new playground. We look forward to the opening in the coming weeks.
Have a great week, Phil
CLASS K NEWS
Spelling- We have been learning to spell and write our sight words in our spelling lessons. We are learning to spell the words out aloud by saying the word first, then spelling the word using the letter names and finally saying the word again. This procedure is used so that the students become familiar with the process used in our school Spelling Bee competition to be held later in the year. Some practice at home is encouraged.
Bounce Back- The key message currently being taught in our ‘Bounce Back’ program is that being honest and telling the truth is important.
Physical Education- The whole school is participating in cross country training on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for the remainder of this term, in preparation for our school cross country carnival to be held on Friday 3rd April.
Assembly Awards- Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates, Sports and Library Awards at our whole school assembly last Friday: Willow, Aryk and Mason.
*Keep up the great work with the home reading.
*We are aiming for all students to have their library books at school on Monday for returning and borrowing.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
We are establishing routines well now. This week we would like to welcome Spencer to our class.
Spelling: words are introduced at the beginning of the week. Activities are completed to help learn them and then at the end of the week the children are tested to see how well they have learnt them.
Maths: work has involved exercises with time, patterns and measuring with informal units.
Writing: lessons have concentrated on strong sentence structure and extending ideas to create more detail. I can see an improvement as the weeks progress.
Home Reading Journals: will be checked this week. Well done to those students who have reached their 25 night milestone. Children have the chance to change their readers each morning before school or when we go into class.
Homework: has been coming in quite well. Keep it up!
Reading Groups: are going well.
Thank you Mrs Leseberg for teaching the class in my absence. Enjoy the green freshness.
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Cross Country Training - Last week we commenced cross country training on the oval. This will continue three times per week leading up to the cross country carnival, which will be held towards the end of term.
Writing - This week marks the end of our narrative writing and we will move into persuasive writing.
Maths - Our focus this week continues to be developing multiplication facts. Year 4 has gone a step further to look at factors and multiples. Students will have Quicksmart cards as required so that they can work on their multiplication tables at home too. Just 2 minutes a day can make a huge difference in a student’s ability to recall facts.
Head lice - Head lice has been reported in the Year 3/4 class. Please check your child’s hair and treat accordingly.
Home reading journals - I check journals every Wednesday when students attend the library.
Homework - Homework is due every Friday. Please remember, Homework Club is available every Wednesday and Friday morning. I am also happy to assist with concepts your child may be struggling with.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
Debating: Last Tuesday our Year 6 students attended a Debating Workshop at Alstonville Public School. The students learned some awesome techniques and valuable information. They saw first hand the importance of being confident. The day was a great success and I would like to say Thank You to Miss Lisa for helping transport the students to and from this learning event.
Get Hooked: This Thursday our class are participating in the local fishing program Get Hooked. Please ensure permission notes have been returned.
Whole School Fitness: Last week we commenced cross country training. The students have the opportunity to practice, three times per week in preparation for the annual Cross Country Carnival, which will be held towards the end of this term.
Writing: The students are currently writing some interesting pieces on Anzac Day. The prompt is “Who do we remember”.
Transition to High School: Our first Yr 6 Maclean High School Transition Day will be next Wednesday March 18. Please ensure permission notes have been returned.
Have a great week
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Issue two of Book Club is in circulation now and I have already started to receive orders from students. There are plenty of bargains to be found within this issue. The last order for this issue will be placed on Friday the 20th of March, which is at the end of next week.
Outside the library, myself and students will be turning the current planter box into a timber bench seat. This will provide flexible seating options for students during library lessons. Students during lunch will also be able to use the outside bench to grab a book and read, sit outside, colour in or just sit and talk to their friends.
I must commend the students on their borrowing and returning consistency that they have shown so far this term. My stats show me that 680 books have been borrowed so far this term across the four classes and that 93% of students have borrowed at least once this term. This means that 87 students out of 94 have borrowed a book this term so far. If you know your child is one of the students who has not borrowed...I NEED YOUR HELP. You need to motivate your child to borrow and read a book. If they try to tell you there is nothing they like, it is not true. I ask all students what they are interested in and I buy books based on this student feedback. If they are into gaming, well I have plenty of gaming books. If they are into dragons, well I have a vast array of dragon books. If they are into fairies and unicorns, well I have some of the newest ones of those. My goal by the end of the term is to have every single student to have borrowed and read a book from my library. I CANNOT do it without parents...so please help me MOTIVATE them.
Have a great week, Matt.
PSSA Cricket and Basketball
The Iluka Public School cricket team head to Maclean on Thursday 19 March 2020 for their first round of PSSA Cricket against Chatsworth Island Public School. We wish them the best of luck.
Last Friday, 5 Stage 3 students attended the Northern Rivers PSSA Basketball trials in Goonellabah. Congratulations to Mia, Grace, Emma, Tandia and Jade for your hard work and good sportsmanship on the day. For Emma and Jade, the basketball journey will continue as they trial for the North Coast PSSA Basketball in Grafton next week. Good luck girls.
Volunteers for Monday 16 - Mary and Leonie
Volunteers for Friday13 - Sandy and Mark
Class donations this week are 3/4
If you are available to offer some time assisting in the Tuckshop please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
WALLA WALLA BING BANG - Vacation Care Booking Form – April 2020
Walla Walla Bing Bang will be running Vacation Care during the April school holidays except on the public holidays. We have developed the program below, which has something to cater for everyone’s interests.
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