• Iluka Public School



  • Wednesday 2 June - Iluka Public School’s Spelling Bee - Stage 3 (Yr 5 & 6), 9:00 - 10:00 am

  • Wednesday 2 June - MHS River of Learning - Yr 6 Leaders attending. 11:00 am - 2:15 pm

  • Thursday 3 June - The Super Science Circus Show (note home)

  • Friday 4 June - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm. All welcome to attend

  • Tuesday 8 June - School Photo Day

  • Wednesday 9 June - NR PSSA Softball Trials in Lismore (applicable students only - note home)

  • Friday 11 June - Circular Cirus Show (note home)

  • Friday 11 June - IPS School Reports go home

  • Monday 14 June - Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday - No School Attendance

  • Tuesday 15 June - Parent/Teacher Interview Week. Individual classroom times yet to be advised

  • Wednesday 16 June - Year 6 Transition Day @ MHS. 11:15 am pick-up

  • Wednesday 16 June - PSSA Girls Basketball Gala Day - Lismore (applicable students only - note yet to go home)

  • Friday 18 June - Whole School Assembly - 2:15 pm. All welcome to attend

  • Monday 21 June - Parent/Teacher Interview Week. Individual classroom times yet to be advised

  • Tuesday 22 June - MHS Year 5 NAIDOC Games Day (note and times yet to be advised)

  • Wednesday 23 June - P & C Meeting, IPS library. 3:15 - 4:15 pm

  • Friday 25 June - Last Day of Term 2

  • Friday 25 June - Festivals of Local Schools Art Exhibition begins today. Grafton Gallery



I’d like to start this week with a message to our staff, in what can only be described as a wonderful, busy, wide ranging extracurricular activities, productive and the most enjoyable and proud week for Iluka Public School. Sincere thanks go to our teachers and support staff, who are wonderful role models for our students. As they do every day, our staff demonstrate integrity, accountability and respect in all they do. They understand each child’s unique path for learning and guide each students’ educational and social development. For everything you do in and out of the classroom and office, thank you.


We continue to ask all visitors to the site (except at pick up time in the afternoon) to visit the office and sign in using the QR Code and Visitors Sign-in Book.


The school appreciates the work our Year 2 parent, Amber Bennett has done in successfully obtaining a Junior Woolworths Landcare Grant for the school. A successful grant usually takes hours and hours of work completing the paperwork requirements and I thank Amber for her efforts. The grant will help bring sustainability into our classrooms. It will also teach all our students, K-6 how to care for our local environment. Please see the ‘before’ photos.


Iluka PS was so pleased to be able to organise and subsidise an excursion to Macadamia Castle last Friday. The most exciting day provided opportunities for our younger students to experience independence, social play, field work and to see firsthand many animals and native wildlife. Thank you to Miss Essery, Mrs Howard and Mr Jones for your organisation of this excursion. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the YouTube video Mr Jones has made of the excursion and the photo gallery on the school’s website


Last Friday, while K/1 and Year 2 attended their excursion, the majority of the school attended a PSSA Touch Football/Soccer Gala Day down at the Ken Leeson Oval. Thank you to Mr Speirs and Mrs Cunningham for coordinating the event and to the many parents (and Year 5 and 6 students) for their assistance on the day, especially in and around the bbq/tuckshop area. It looked like a magnificent and well planned day. Again, what a wonderful experience for our students to have and to consolidate and extend their confidence and execution of their physical and social skills.


Thank you Mr Jones for organising another wonderful Scholastic Book Fair. There were many parents and students popping into the library last week to browse and purchase the great selection of books. We hope everyone will now share the opportunity to do some great reading at home. We appreciate parents and carers supporting the fair.


This year Iluka Public School have entered two teams into the NSW Premier's Debating Challenge. The King Prawns and the Tiger Prawns. Both teams have gotten rid of the nerves and competed in first round debates. Last week the King Prawns held a debate against Norfolk Island Public School, via Zoom. The topic was, ’Every class should have a pet’. Our team was very competitive and spoke very well but unfortunately, were beaten by a better team on the day. On Monday (yesterday), our Tiger Prawns debated against Broadwater Public School, via Zoom, with the topic ‘All classwork should be group work’. The debate was another close contest and we are thrilled to advise of the Tiger’s success. The next round in the competition will see the IPS Kings debate against the Tigers, in what will no doubt be some fierce competition. This event will be held in the school library on Thursday 17 June. Good luck to both teams.


Iluka Public School has been chosen to participate later on this year in an External Validation process. The validation process involves an independent panel reviewing our school process of planning, self-assessment and reporting, which every school must undertake every four years. Our school is currently collecting data in readiness for External Validation. We are looking forward to showcasing our school and presenting our evidence to the panel at the beginning of Term 4.


2021 continues to be another successful year in fortifying our relationship with our local high school, Maclean High. We are thankful to be able to participate in a number of highly successful events which helps to foster this important connection, including the Year 6 Transition to High School Program, MHS Year 10 students assisting with our cricket and netball knockout sporting events, our school leaders attending the River of Learning ceremony, staff attending local AECG meetings, and our Year 5 NAIDOC Sporting Games Day. The result, I believe, is the creation of a small school (us) and a large high school (MHS) driving collaboration and the enhancement and celebrating one another’s achievements.


The P&C will hold its next meeting at 3.15 pm on Wednesday 23 June in the library. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.


There are Parent/Teacher Interviews in Weeks 9 and 10 of this term. It is vital and so important that if you have concerns regarding your child’s progress, please make an appointment with the classroom teacher. This is the time when strategies and resources can be put into action. Please ring the office to secure your interview or be sure to return your classroom teacher’s time slots (once released).


Following up on an incident that occurred earlier on in the month during a night at Scouts, one of my colleagues has highlighted to the school, the website for ‘The Daniel Morcombe Foundation’. This is a wonderful website with many resources which could assist families in educating their children about Stranger Danger. I encourage all families to visit this site and make themselves aware of the valuable resources available.


Today Public Works sent through to the school the early preliminary drawings of the proposed new Sun Structure, which will be positioned over our multi-purpose court. The school is looking forward to using the structure for many activities or events, for both students and parents, throughout the coming years. The court will also be resurfaced. There are plans for lighting to be installed so that after hours community events can also be held.


On Tuesday 8 June the School Photographer will be visiting our school. Please ensure all students wear their full school uniform.

Individual ordering envelopes have now gone home. Here are a few simple details that will assist us with the process:

  • Please make sure each child returns their envelope. Even if payment is enclosed in a sibling’s envelope.

  • Please do not put envelopes inside other envelopes.

  • Personalised envelopes have a unique code for each child to order online.

  • Late envelopes with cash handed in to the school after the day of photography will not be picked up.

  • Only online orders will be accepted after the day of photography (*not for sibling photos) or paid over the phone on 02 6628 0511.

  • All sibling photographs should be paid for in sibling envelopes or online. Online payments for sibling photos cut off at 7 am on the day of photography, after that only cash will be accepted on the day.

  • Friends photos will also be available, on the day only, and as cash payments.

Have a great week. Phil


The NSW Government is helping kids get creative with the Creative Kids Program. Parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher with a value of up to $100 per calendar year for each student aged 4.5 to 18 years old, enrolled in school.

The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and tuition costs for creative arts, speech, drama, dance, digital design, coding, and music lessons and activities. To apply for a voucher go to

Parents and carers may not be aware that this voucher can also be used to purchase “creative art kits” through online providers. If you conduct an online search you will be amazed at the resources available for use with this voucher. Here are a few examples.


Organisation … Home Reading

Kindergarten - Presently the students in Kindergarten are learning to read books at a new level, as well as decodable texts in class. Students will recommence their home reading next Monday.

Year One - It was with great disappointment last Tuesday that out of 14 students in Year One, only 7 students were able to return their home reading pouches on the correct day. Tuesday is the only day available for the changing over of Year One readers, therefore if your child returns their readers on any other day they will either have to re-read their previous readers or wait until the following Tuesday for new books to be issued.

Curriculum … Spelling Bee

What a proud teacher I was yesterday, to see our youngest students in the school standing up in front of the whole school community and performing to their personal best. In my eyes, you are all winners! In the Early Stage One (Kindergarten) Spelling Bee competition, Charlie was placed 1st, Jake 2nd and Billie 3rd. In the Stage One (Year One and Year Two) spelling competition Aryk was placed 3rd and Cody 4th.


Please return the permission slip to attend The Super Science Circus Show and Circular Circus Show. Cost $10 per student for both shows.



Hello Everyone,

This term is marching along briskly. We have been spending quite a bit of time working on assessment tasks as well as writing reports.

Yr 2 Excursion - with the K/1 children was so much fun last Friday. Thank you Miss Essery for organising the day. It was such a great day out. We all enjoyed our interaction with the animals, the bus journey and the fun train ride.

Year 3 - students will have their opportunity in Term 4 for an excursion to Coffs Harbour.

Spelling Bee - it is time to see how we go with the spelling of words in public. Well done to all the girls and boys that went in the competition and did the best job that they could.

Netball Clinic - last week was a great chance to practise our Gross Motor Skills and learn more about this popular sport.

Enjoy the cold nights and brisk mornings, Di.


Hi everyone,

Spelling Bee - Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the Stage 2 Spelling Bee today. Just by having a go makes you a winner in my eyes! Special mention to Lacey and Claire who were the Stage 2 Champion and Runner-up. These two students will now represent IPS at the Premier’s Spelling Bee in Maclean later this year. Well done, everyone!

Netball Skills - For the next few weeks we will continue our netball skills workshops with Tammie, a Development Officer from Netball NSW. In our first lesson, we learnt many valuable netball skills and most importantly, how to prevent injuries. Tammie was most impressed by our passing techniques in the last lesson.

School photos - School photos are next Tuesday the 8th of June. All students are to wear full school uniform on the day. Please ensure that the envelope and money come in on the day (or before is fine too).

Home reading - Please continue to support home reading. Daily reading helps students to develop their confidence and they are more willing to read in class situations.

Homework - Goes home on Tuesday and is collected the following Tuesday.

Have a lovely week.



Canberra Excursion Presentation - Last night we had an Information Night, a presentation about the Stage 3 Canberra Excursion. Thank you to all the parents that attended. Hopefully it gave you insight into the actual itinerary. The countdown is on, 9 weeks to go! A packing list will be sent home next week. This will allow you to gather the necessary equipment, the warm clothing that will be required.

Team teaching - With all the extracurricular activities that have been happening lately it has been very effective and beneficial to have consistency in the classroom. Thank you Mr Jones and Ms Dobbins for your wonderful team teaching in the class. The students and I love having you in our class and we truly appreciate all your efforts! A Team!

Spelling Bee - Stage 3 students will commence their Spelling Bee tomorrow (Wednesday morning) at 9:15 am. Best of luck to all competitors. Parents and carers are welcome to attend.

Netball Clinic - The class enjoyed their coaching session with Tammie last week. Tammie is a Development Officer for Netball NSW. She taught the students a lot of important skills like how to land correctly to minimise future injuries. I could already see improvement in their footwork and understanding of the game.

Homework - This week the students are to continue journaling each night. I have enjoyed reading their reflections, comics and stories. It is really important that they try to make the time each night to write.

Short Film - Last week the students created characters to enter a short film competition under the guidance of Mr Jones. The theme of the short film was Attendance Matters. Filming has finished, and may I say they did a fantastic job, in a very short time frame. Well done. We are now waiting for a few consent notes to be returned before we can submit it. Consent to Participate notes were sent home last week. Please ensure that you have filled out the note and returned it to school ASAP!

School Photos - are next Tuesday the 8th of June. All students are to wear full school uniform on the day. Please ensure that you have your envelope and money on the day (or brought in early to the office is ok).

Extracurricular Activities - So many activities happening at the moment. It is great to see the students taking up these opportunities.

May the Prawn Be With You!



Well done to everyone involved in the Gala Day on Friday. We had heaps of donations and raised $207.50! The Canteen Crew were so good - special mention to Harmony, Jonas and Oceane - organised, independent and hard working. Congratulations to all our participating athletes and thank you to the parent helpers and those who donated. It was a top day out!

Spelling Bee this Wednesday from 9:15 am - best of luck students! Parents invited.

Our Class Garden is well underway in the orchard area, come and take a look.

School Photos on June 8. Please return all envelopes.

Maclean HS Transition June 16.

Thank you to those parents who could make it to the Canberra Presentation evening on Monday. Contact the office for any further information. Departure date is August 2!




Yesterday was a sad day, as the Scholastic man wheeled away our book fair. However, on the positive side, we managed to make just over $1400 in book sales, meaning that we earned our library just over $420 to spend on new books and resources! What an effort.

If you missed out on this terms book fair, you can wipe those tears away because it is your lucky day. There is another one arriving just around the corner in Week 2 of next term. This will be great timing for students to do some extra jobs over the holidays to earn some extra money, which they may like to spend at the next book fair.


The library managed to purchase a 3D printer at the start of this year, and I am now beginning to teach and learn with the Year 5 students to its full potential. Last week the Year 5 students began to learn about the program TinkerCad in order to design 3D models to possibly get printed. The students were very excited to be the first class introduced to the designing stage of this process. I am hoping we can begin creating some interesting designs that we could print out.

I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.



The Girls' touch football team played an awesome game of football. I was impressed with their “teamwork” after only a short period of training time together. The score was 1-1 at halftime, with the girls winning their game 3-1. The team will go onto the next round against Kyogle PS (date yet to be advised).


The very exciting first match against Yamba 1-1 at the end of regulation time, then going on to win 5-4 on corners, after 10mins of extra time! In the second game it was a solid win 3-0 against Gulmarrad. Next match Rd 3 the girls will be v’s Wollongbar PS - Go Girls!


Another exciting first match played against Gulmarrad. Unfortunately, the boys went down 1-2. It was still 1-1 with only 2 minutes left, awesome effort boys! The boys had to back up straight after, with no rest and played Maclean PS. Also going down in a nail biter 4-3. Top effort boys!

Well done to everyone involved in a thrilling day at Iluka Oval.

Massive thank you to the Canteen Crew - Jonas, Harmony, Scott, Jonah, Beau, Tandia and Oceane!


  • Volunteers for Friday - Sandy and Mark

If you could offer some time to assist in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you


Remember, Tuesday is School Banking day.

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