• Iluka Public School


Updated: Sep 14


  • 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.