WEEK 7 NEWS - TERM 2
Updated: Jun 23, 2020
Parent/teacher interviews. Please keep up to date when your child’s interview times have been scheduled.
Friday 3 July - Last day of Term 2
Monday 20 July - Staff Development Day
Tuesday 21 July - Students return for Term 3
WELCOME TO WEEK 7
It is wonderful to see the student back at school. Classrooms are full of learners, the playgrounds are full of games, excitement and laughter. Staff too, are enjoying having their students back. It’s hard to believe we are halfway through the year! To me, it feels like the beginning of the year again – everyone is settled and excited. The students are really enjoying being back with their friends and classmates. I know that some of the time students may say they don’t like school…. but right now, I would beg to differ.
THE FIELD OF DREAMS
As much as possible, I have been out and about in the playground, particularly on the back oval. I have certainly enjoyed the race challenges on our circular track, the athletics and AFL practice, and the excitement and chatter of our students on the challenging, new playground having fun. I too am very happy to have students back at school.
THANK YOU TO PARENTS, CARERS & FAMILIES
I know this hasn’t been an easy time, but you have survived. Congratulations to you. Your resilience has definitely been tested through challenging times. Hopefully, we are all through the worst of it. However, we are still following the Department of Education, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and NSW Health guidelines. These include:
Regular supervised handwashing
Hand sanitiser in all classrooms
Social distancing where practical and possible
Additional cleaning of high touchpoints across the school
Any child with a cold, flu, high temperature or just generally feeling unwell, is sent home.
Limiting adults to essential visitors only.
The last point has been extremely tricky. At Iluka Public School, we value the partnership with parents and carers in the education of your child. As a school, we encourage and welcome parents at drop off and pick up times of the school day. As a school, we enjoy catching up with parents in the office as they pay for things or return notes. As a school, we actively encourage volunteers to our P&C meetings. Unfortunately, along with a lot of other familiar customs, school life has changed a little with COVID19 and this has become our new normal.
One of the main concerns is adult to adult transmission. We are very fortunate to be in Iluka as throughout all of this there has not been a recorded positive case. We too are doing our part by putting plans in place for everyone’s safety and health. Can I please ask you, as parents, carers and community members to follow the following guidelines so that we can continue to do our part.
No adults are to enter the site unless you are an essential visitor.
If you are dropping your child at school late, students need to organise a late note before going to his/her classroom
If you are picking up your child early, please go to the office. We will arrange for your child to meet you at the office.
Pick up time in the afternoon has been a bit tricky, as we are trying to escort 101 students safely off the site. Please work with us and the plan in place so that we are not worried about lost children or anxious little ones.
ANZAC STORY WRITING COMPETITION
The school congratulates Year 5 student, Kiani for receiving second place in the Maclean RSL ANZAC Day writing competition. Kiani wrote a heartfelt piece thanking the soldiers, nurses and the animals for their service to protect and serve their country. Kiani received a certificate and a book voucher. Her story is attached below:
Have another great week
CLASS K NEWS
Home Reading - This week, the Kindergarten students will recommence their home reading program.
*Please return the Kindergarten Semester One Meeting form by Monday 15th June. A note confirming our meeting date and time will be sent home in your child’s Communication Folder on Wednesday 17th June.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
I trust you had an enjoyable long weekend. Here we are in week 7 already.
Homework and home reading are long term commitments for the year and are very important in maintaining what is happening in the classroom. Please continue to support your child in their efforts to regularly complete these tasks.
Library day is Tuesday.
Athletics: training has been going really well over the last two weeks. We love the running track that Mr Bradmore and Strong Mark made on the bottom oval.
Interviews: will be held in the last two weeks of term and appointments can be made by phoning the school office on 6646 6149 to organise a suitable time.
Stay warm and healthy. Di
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing long weekend.
Whole school sport - For the past two Fridays, all students at IPS have been developing their athletics skills on the oval. It is wonderful to see everyone participating together and enjoying sport in the sunshine.
Library - Just a reminder that students attend the school library every Wednesday. Please ensure they return their previous books and bring along their library bag for borrowing.
Interviews - Parent/teacher interviews are scheduled for Weeks 9 and 10 this term. Please contact the office on 6646 6149 to arrange an appointment that suits you. If you have any immediate concerns though, I can bring your interview forward if necessary.
Have a great week.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
Homework was sent home today and needs to be returned on Friday. Students should revise their spelling words each night as their spelling test is on Friday mornings.
Home Reading Journals need to be filled in and returned on Thursday.
Geography: The students will be making a 3D model of a sustainable city (Iluka Beach). We would kindly appreciate any recyclable materials that you have at home (margarine, milk, ice cream containers, egg cartons, etc).
Interviews - Parent/teacher interviews are scheduled for Weeks 9 and 10 this term. I have made myself available every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Please contact the office on 6646 6149 to arrange an appointment that suits you.
Have a great week
The final order for Book Club Issue 4 will be processed this Thursday. If you would like to order something for your child or possibly yourself (the last page has some older reader novels) I must have the order by Thursday. Alternatively, you can order online via LOOP or through the LOOP app. So far I have processed 2 orders for this issue and the orders have earned the school almost $100 in scholastic points to buy new books for the library. Thank you.
Our school library has had a new shipment of books arrive at the end of last week. They will be covered and accessioned for students to borrow by the end of the week. I believe it is important to keep a new and fresh flow of books coming into the library to help keep the interest and excitement in reading going for students. As new books come in, old ones must go out. I am keeping the old books aside to possibly sell at our next school fundraiser.
I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.
Volunteers for Monday 15th June - Mary and Leonie
Volunteers for Friday 19th June - Sandy and Mark
Class donations this week is Year 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
At the time of publication, the school had not received an update on when School Banking will resume. We will keep you posted.