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WEEK 7 NEWS - TERM 1

UPCOMING EVENTS


March

  • 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

April

  • 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


PRINCIPAL REPORT


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.

NAPLAN Practice

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.


Demountable

Due to just a small decline in student numbers this year, it was with a great deal of disappointment that we saw our demounta