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WEEK 7 NEWS, TERM 3



TERM PLANNER/UPCOMING EVENTS

With the current COVID-19 climate and the continued changes to the guidelines to ensure we remain safe, the Term 3 Upcoming Events planner is presently on hold until we receive further direction as to what can and can not happen within schools.

I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


PRINCIPAL REPORT

Dear Parents and Carers,


At this difficult time for everyone in NSW, it is important that you are kept up to date with the latest developments on how the NSW Department of Education is continuing to support schools, students and families.

First, a big thank you to every family for your efforts to support learning from home for your children. We acknowledge the experience for every family will be different. The connection between the school, teacher, you and our students is vital to ensure that everyone feels supported. Even in a learning from home environment these connections can have a profound impact on the learning that continues to take place.

The department is working very closely with NSW Health as the restrictions and the stay at home orders change. The clear messaging from NSW Health, at this current time, is that families should be keeping children at home unless it is absolutely necessary they need to attend school.

STAYING UP TO DATE

There are regular meetings between the department, NSW Health, the Government and a range of other agencies. The department has been advocating strongly for staff and students to have access to vaccinations, to seek clear information on how we can help to keep our communities safe and up to date with relevant information.

The department’s COVID-19 page is constantly being updated, and outlines the restrictions in our schools as well as other useful information and resources to keep you up to date and supported.

LEARNING FROM HOME

All schools across NSW are now implementing their Learning from Home programs. The learning from home page has a wide range of curriculum based activities to further supplement your child’s learning, if required.

We understand the pressures of parents both supervising learning from home as well as completing their own work. Parents are the best judge of what is appropriate for your child to be doing at home. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or your child’s teacher if you need further guidance or something is not working for you.

RETURN TO SCHOOL

As always student and staff safety is our number one priority. The Premier has strongly indicated that restrictions may ease, but will not be fully lifted for some time and the department will be directed by NSW Health and Government advice. We will continue to work on the best way to support the safe return of students to schools.

Thank you again for your understanding and support of our school, please do not hesitate to reach out if we can do anything to assist you and your family to help us all get through these challenging times.

Stay Safe, Phil

BOOK WEEK

Unfortunately, our planned trip to the town library celebrating Book Week was cancelled.

Thank you to our town librarian Tracey and our very own librarian, Mr Jones for the huge amount of time they put into arranging the planned Book Week activities that were to take place in our libraries.


Instead, this week I hope your child/ren are able to get involved in celebrating the wonderful world of books and reading on the theme for this year’s Book Week: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.


Did anyone have a costume based on the theme they were planning to wear? Does anyone want to share a photo dressed up as a book character? Please send in a photo to the school email address at iluka-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au and Mr Jones will create a visual for next week.


CLASS K/1 NEWS

Learning From Home - A big shout out to all my students and parents for the valuable job you are doing in implementing the work that has been sent home in the learning packs. Under these difficult and challenging times, it is important to know that we are all ‘doing our best’. The learning from home packs have been designed to revise, consolidate and move forward student learning. As well, it is important that students have some ‘hands on learning’ tasks, rather than always completing worksheets. Exercise and play time are equally important components of any learning program. Please note that all students, whether at home or at school, are set the same learning tasks depending on the grade they are in and their personalised learning needs. No extra assistance is given to any student that attends school. I thank you all for your support and I look forward to a time when we can all gather together and have a “catch up chat”.

Mangahigh Maths - This term, the Year One students were introduced to the Mangahigh online maths program. It is anticipated that next term, the Kindergarten students will also commence this program. Mangahigh is one component of our Year One maths program. I have just gone online to look at our student participation rates and achievement levels in the different assigned tasks. Congratulations to the following students for receiving bronze, silver or gold medallions in the assigned tasks set - Callum, Elsie, Cody, Aryk and Jy. Keep up the great work! I will be checking in again soon, to see who else has earnt their medallions.

Science Experiment - Thank you so much for all your awesome photographs and videos of the science experiments that were carried out at home. It would be fair to say that Miss Essery had “watering eyes” when viewing your wonderful work!

Lynne


CLASS 2/3 NEWS

Hello Everyone,

I hope things are going along ok for you. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. The Learning from Home class work is based more around revision. In most cases the children should be able to do a lot of the activities with a little help/guidance. Try to establish a time for the working routines. I would suggest in the morning from 9 am. 2 - 2 1/2 hours of set class work is more than enough for this age group. The important things are literacy and numeracy. So there is a mixture of spelling, reading, writing and maths work.

A small additional pack (with another reader, worksheet, Week 6 homework and a unit of mentals) is available this week if required. Cath or I will give you a phone call next week, if we are still in lockdown, to see how everything is going.

Best wishes, Di.

CLASS 4 NEWS

Hello parents and carers,

Thank you for your continued support during ‘Learning from Home’. It was pleasing to see all learning packages were collected from school and I was able to connect online with most students at some stage throughout the week. New learning packages for this week are available at the front gate. If your child is able to join us, we have a morning catch up on Google Classroom every day between 9 am - 10 am. This is an opportunity for students to check in with me and get help with any work that they may be struggling with, but more importantly to them, it gives them the opportunity to connect with their peers. This activity is limited to a one hour window to avoid students spending much of their day on screens and devices. However, I am available to answer any questions or assist students where necessary throughout the day via the school contacts or directly on Google Classroom. As I have said previously, there is no expectation that all work must be completed. Each family circumstance is different and children respond in various ways. Having said that, I hope students are finding a balance between completing some work but also maintaining an active lifestyle outdoors too, such as riding their bike, kicking a ball around or a walk along the beach. I look forward to the day when we can all reunite and continue the learning journey in the classroom. Until then, stay safe and healthy.

Kristy

P.S. I would love to see students (whole families even) get involved in our virtual Book Week dress up!


CLASS 5 NEWS

Hello everyone,

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Well done on making the class transition into online learning as smooth as possible. The students laptops were picked up last week and most of the students are checking in daily. The students are familiar with using Google Classroom and are collaborating beautifully. Their ICT skills are developing at a rapid rate: WE ARE LEARNING SOMETHING DIFFERENT EVERYDAY!!

Today we had our first video conference via Zoom. It was great to see that 50% of the class were able to navigate their way into the room. I saw a great sense of RELIEF on their faces as they entered the room. It was really lovely to see and hear the excitement and elation of happiness and joy. There were a few students with technical issues. Keep persisting, go to Google Classroom for further instructions and sessions.

Sending positive vibes.

Bek


CLASS 6 NEWS

Hi everyone.

I hope you are doing well. I understand it is not an easy time for students and parents/carers. Just do a little bit each day. I recommend 2 hours. There is a range of activities to choose from, for example: