• Iluka Public School



  • Monday 7 September - Book Club (Issue 6) ordering closes

  • Tuesday 15 September - Early Stage 1 (Kindy) school Spelling Bee

  • Wednesday 16 September - Stage 1 (Yr 1 & 2) school Spelling Bee

  • Thursday 17 September - Stage 2 (Yr 3 & 4) school Spelling Bee

  • Friday 18 September - Stage 3 (Yr 5 & 6) school Spelling Bee

  • Friday 25 September - Last day of Term 3

  • Monday 12 October - First Day of Term 4 for both students and staff


Dear Parents and Carers,

As always, thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter.

I am so privileged to belong to such a friendly learning community as Iluka Public School.

While outside this week, with the warm winter sun shining, I spent quality time with students who were having their lunch break. I experienced firsthand the many opportunities students have for playing together, in both positivity and calmness. Our open COLA and table area is a haven for those children needing some help in making and maintaining friendships and for those who feel they need for some time out from the busy playground. Our garden and orchard area is bringing joy to those children who love dabbling in nature and the library is a place for quiet reflection, reading, puzzle play and connecting. Our well-resourced playgrounds, fixed equipment and back oval still provide the opportunities for those who desire physical activity at break times. We are learning together how to connect, understand and appreciate our own and others’ emotional needs and…we are going OK… in fact the school is humming along.

Thank you to our wonderful teachers for continuing to provide these exceptional opportunities for our children and thank you to our community for continuing to support us all to learn together at Iluka Public School.


Book week would normally be celebrated this week! However, due to Covid-19 precautions, The Children's Book Council of Australia decided to postpone Book Week until Term 4 October 17-23, 2020.

This week, as part of our structured play routines (as mentioned above), we invited all students to participate in an exciting hide and seek game based on the book, ‘Where’s Wally? Hidden around the school are pictures of Wally, his friends, and some accessories. Students collected their “Where’s Wally” Passport yesterday, designed to support literacy, numerous and social awareness, which is completed as they locate the characters. ‘Wanda’ even made a special visit. The kids thoroughly took to the challenge. It was a delight to witness their enthusiasm! There are a number of Where’s Wally books for use at the brown tables during recess and lunch, in case students would like to continue the game, but on paper! Good luck with the last of your searching boys and girls. I thank Leah and Lyn in the office for their work in organising this exciting adventure.


The school is currently accepting enrolment applications for 2021 enrolment.

Due to the evolving situation across NSW, and in line with the Department of Education guidelines, the Preschool Transition program has had to be suspended. However, why not schedule a preschool aged parents’ school tour with me? It is a great way to begin getting to know your child’s new school. I also encourage families, who are fortunate to reside within the Iluka Public School’s boundary and who have questions regarding school enrolment to contact myself by phone (66466149) or via the school email, so as to make a time to discuss any questions.


Last week I explained in our newsletter the latest update to COVID regulations. Again, I thank the majority of people who abide by the regulations. From the latest update, I would like to reinforce two points.

1. Students or staff who display flu-like symptoms should not be at school. They are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result and be free of flu-like symptoms before returning to school.

2. It is vitally important that any absences from school are explained as soon as possible. Students who return to school after an illness MUST have provided an explanation before or on the day of return.


On Wednesday, Year 5 students will be participating in the NSW Department of Education Check-in-Assessment. This is a quick snapshot of where our students are up to in their learning. The check-in-assessment focuses on Reading and Numeracy. Students will be asked to answer 40 multiple choice questions.


A number of head lice have been reported at school. Please ensure you check your child’s head on a regular basis and then treat if necessary. If a student has head lice detected at school then the parent will be contacted to pick up their child, treat them and then return them to school. If we are all vigilant we can stop the spread of headlice.


A reminder that the Breakfast Program is continuing and provides breakfast for students at the brown tables on a Tuesday and Thursday, from 8.30 am. Thank you to Ms Essery for her continued support of the students who access this program.


The tuck shop continues to be open on Monday and Friday. Please support our P & C who provide this great service to our school. If you can spare some time on either day to assist in the Tuckshop please contact the school office or Karla on 0405638768.


School photos have been scheduled for Thursday 16 October 2020.

Individual envelopes with each child’s name have now been sent home. Please return these envelopes, with your photo pack request completed, to your child’s class teacher. Envelopes can be returned to school from now until the morning of the 16th of October.

  • If you are paying for more than one student the payment can be sent in in one envelope, but all envelopes must be returned separately and the details of payment must be referenced on the other children’s envelopes.

  • Exact money needs to be put into the envelopes - the school will not give change and neither will the photographers.

  • Money Orders are to be made payable to ‘The School Photographer’. Please note, personal cheques are no longer accepted.

  • Online orders and payments can be made using the purple code on your envelope. Please write your receipt number in the space provided on the envelope.

  • You can order for more than one child in the same online transaction.

  • Package costs range from $27 - Group only, to $44 - Premium Pack.

  • DO NOT make an online payment for photos on the school website.


With Father’s Day this coming Sunday, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all those very important male figures in our student’s lives, being fathers, uncles, grandpa and neighbours a happy and rewarding Father’s Day. It is unfortunate that we are unable to hold our annual Father’s Day BBQ breakfast, but we wish you the very best all the same.

Enjoy your week. Thanks Phil.


Congratulations to all the students who put in the practice, stepped outside their comfort zone and competed in the Maths Challenge Competition held last Friday. Wow, what an effort by everyone involved. Congratulations to our three Maths Champions and placegetters and to Miss Lisa, Mr Speirs and Mr Bradmore for their official duties on the day. A gallery of photos will soon be available to view on the school's website.


Addition Blitz - Last Friday, the Kindergarten students got to “shine” in front of the school student body. Though nervous, but with determination, one by one they stepped up onto the stage to do their personal best. How proud I was of each and every one of my students for being a “risk taker” and “having a go”. Congratulations and outstanding effort to Aryk, Caden and Ilah. Well done, Kinder!!!

Mathematics - This week in number, we are learning about money. Our measurement focus is on time. Students will be learning to read, make and record o’clock time on an analogue and digital clock.

Personal Development - In our personal development program called “Bounce Back”, our class has been looking at relationships - getting to know others and how to deal with feeling shy or lonely. For the remainder of this term, we will be looking at how humour can help us to feel better.


* Please return Communication folders each day.

* Spelling Bee Competition for Kindergarten is on Tuesday 15th September.