• Iluka Public School


Upcoming events


Wednesday 20th - Netball Clinic, Yr 6 High School Transition

Thursday 21st - Harmony Day Monday 25th - Canberra Excursion Meeting

Wednesday 27th - Netball Clinic

Thursday 28th - Alice in Wonderland Jr. performance in Maclean Friday 29th - Visiting Performance

April Monday 1st - Parent teacher meetings to be held though the week. Wednesday 3rd - Netball Clinic Friday 5th - Cross Country Monday 8th - P&C Meeting - 7pm Wednesday 10th - Netball Clinic Friday 12th - Students last day of Term 1 Tuesday 30th - Students return from holidays



A reminder to all our parents that our newsletter is the main form of communication of what is happening in our school. The newsletter is posted on our website from 4:00 pm every Tuesday. You can view it on our website from that time every week.


Over the last couple of weeks I have tried to say good morning to the parents, carers and students arriving through the Charles Street entrance or who are using the Kiss and Drop Zone. It has been a real positive highlight to see and talk with so many happy parents and students. By all reports, students are excited to be coming to school and many have settled into excellent routines.


I have had the pleasure of spending time in a number of classrooms over the past few weeks. The students with whom I have spoken have a clear understanding of what is expected of them in their learning and what they need to do to progress. This means teaching is explicit, high expectations are established and students are up to the learning challenge. Thank you to 4/5 and 2/3 for having me.


This Thursday is Harmony Day. This year’s theme is Everyone Belongs. I am pleased to say at Iluka Public School, students show great respect for individual difference, acknowledging everyone has a different story to tell. This Thursday students are invited to wear an orange accessory in addition to their normal school uniform as a sign that we acknowledge everyone belongs at our school. Students are also asked to bring along a plate of food with an international flavour. Eg. Pasta – Italy to share at lunch time. Students are asked to bring a plate along with a fork.


On Monday, Mrs Sharon Gale presented a Literacy workshop, supported by all teaching staff and myself. The workshop was held in our school library and was attended by representatives from Palmers Island School. Lots of interesting ideas were shared. At Iluka PS our Literacy focus is on reading with fluency and reading comprehension. The team has some great ideas for activities that will be used in the classroom.


I believe that the most powerful way for any family to support their children through school is for them to make regular contact with their children’s teachers. During Week 10 (April 1 – April 5) we will be having our usual parent teacher interviews. This is a great opportunity to meet with teachers and talk about your child and their learning. In order to book your interview times, please keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks in your child’s class news for further details.


We are delighted that this term, our school, like many other public schools in the state, Year 4/5 and Year 6 students have participated in a Department of Education initiative: the Tell Them from Me student feedback survey. The survey measures factors that are known to affect academic achievement and other student outcomes. The focus of the NSW-wide survey is on student wellbeing, engagement and effective teaching practices. The survey is a great opportunity for our students to provide us with valuable and quick feedback on what they think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. More than 6,300 schools in Australia and around the world have used Tell Them From Me to survey 5.4 million students. Capturing the voices of our students will help improve how we do things at our school.


Thank you to the many parents and carers who have paid their Statement of Accounts. To pay your child’s ‘Statement of Account’, it is helpful to the school if Parents and Carers use the Parent Online Payment (POP) system. This is to reduce the amount of cash being handled at school by students and staff. To pay by POP, please go to the Iluka Public School website at and select ‘Make a payment’.


Congratulations to the Kindergarten and Year One students for coping so well with the changes that have occurred over the last few days. We have settled into our temporary classroom, while work commences on our room.

Harmony Day - This Thursday 21st March. Students are asked to bring a plate of food to share at lunch. Please note that students will need to bring their own Crunch and Sip food, as well as their recess. Students will also require their own plastic plate or bowl, and plastic fork or spoon. We would like to thank Mrs Gardner for organising this wonderful annual event.

Bubble Party-Next Tuesday 26th March, our class will be holding a “bubble party”. I will be providing lots of resources to make bubbles, but students may wish to bring in their own bubble making toys to use. After our “bubble party” we will be writing a recount about this special event.

Performance-The show “Let The Music Move You” is coming to Iluka Public School on Friday 29th March. Cost is $4.50 per student. Please return the permission note separate to the money (only place money in the envelope) and return to school in your child’s communication folder.

Parent-Teacher Meetings-I have had an opportunity to meet with the Kindergarten parents to discuss their child’s Best Start assessment and progress on adapting to life at ‘big school’. I would now like to meet with my Year One parents to discuss your child’s progress. Year One students took home an information sheet about meeting times yesterday.

Assembly Awards-Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our whole school assembly on Friday: Kindergarten - Sandon, Scarlett and Year One - Harlen, Charlie. Our class also received the Uniform Award and Cleanest Class Award.


*Library day tomorrow.



Hello All,

We survived our move to the library. Nothing like ‘a little holiday’ away from home. We will make the most of our new abode for the next 4 weeks. We will look forward to returning to our little nook next term!

Speaking Tasks: are going quite well.This week we will be trying to unravel some clues to work out our mystery objects.

Writing: work is starting to look at paragraphs and how we can organise our ideas into a logical sequence. Maths: has involved some ‘groups of’ work, measuring objects and rounding numbers off.

Reading: is going along well and we are practising going back into the text to find an answer if we can’t remember that part of the story.

Sport: has involved working as a team, improving our hand-eye coordination and having fun.

Have a great week, Di.


Hi everyone. The big news this week is our annual Harmony Day lunch on Thursday. All students are asked to bring a plate of food to share at lunch. Any parents who are available to assist with serving would be greatly appreciated. Netball Clinics begin tomorrow as part of our PE Program for this term. Cross Country training also continues. It is nice to see many students improving their stamina over the course. A little bit of training each day will help at the end of term race. We are looking forward to the show “Let The Music Move You” coming to Iluka Public School on Friday 29th March. A permission note accompanies today’s newsletter. The cost is $4.50 per student. In Maths at the moment we are working on the relationship between multiplication and division, also chance and 2D shapes. Writing moves into persuasive texts for the next two weeks. The students should be good at arguing their point of view, don’t you think?

Have a great week, cheers Chris. (PS Boardriders this Sunday all welcome).


AFL and Netball - We thoroughly enjoyed our AFL skills lessons over the past few weeks and now look forward to commencing netball skills this week.

Camp Notes and Meeting - Please return the expression of interest notes for either Dorroughby (Year 4) or Canberra (Year 5). This assists us in the extensive process of planning these valuable learning opportunities. There will be a parent information session next Monday afternoon at 5pm to discuss aspects of the Canberra excursion.

Cross Country - Students have been working on their fitness in our whole school daily PE in preparation for Cross Country which will be held towards the end of this term.

School Performance - The show “Let The Music Move You” is coming to Iluka Public School on Friday 29th March. A permission note accompanies today’s newsletter or can be found on the school website. The cost is $4.50 per student.

Harmony Day - This Thursday 21st March. Students are asked to bring a plate of food to share at lunch. Students are still required to bring fruit break and recess as normal. They will also need their own plate and cutlery.

Parent / Teacher Interviews - A note regarding parent/teacher interviews will be sent home later this week. Please return this note by Wednesday 27th March to secure an interview time.


* Home reading journals are due every Thursday

* Library is on Thursday

* Homework is due on Friday

* Banking is Tuesday

Have a great week!



Last Wednesday we tried our first Canteen Day. We made Quiches and sold them for $1 each. We are happy to say that we made a profit of $34 as the ingredients were donated by Mrs Cunningham. The leftover Quiches were put into the freezer and are available to students who forget their lunch or do not have any food to eat. There will be no canteen this Wednesday as we are off to Maclean High School for our first transition day.

This week we have been learning about the development of democracy, the levels of government and the importance of being a good citizen.

In maths we are working on multiplication with double digits.


Harmony Day is this Thursday and all the students are encouraged to bring in a plate of food to share and also a plate and cutlery.

Homework is due on Friday and Home Reading journals need to be submitted on Thursday. Keep up the good reading.

Student diaries need to come in on Monday so we can work on organisation for the week.

There will be a parent information session next Monday afternoon at 5pm to discuss aspects of the Canberra excursion.

Micah and Thomas.C


Hello everyone and welcome to week 8. As you are probably all aware, I have no home at the moment. Well that’s a bit dramatic I guess, I just can’t use the library with my classes for 4 weeks. I will be attempting to continue borrowing and returning with students, however classes will not have full access to the library as it is being used as a classroom for the Year 2/3 class.

On Wednesday Mrs Delaney will be replacing me as I will be at a professional development course at Grafton based around film-making and artificial intelligence. I am hoping to bring back some new ideas and skills to apply within the classroom.


The new touch panels have been successfully installed in their specified classrooms and are being consistently used by the teachers and the students in the classroom.


The final day for ordering issue #2 of Book Club will be this Thursday. I will place all orders Thursday afternoon in order for books to arrive by week 9.

I hope everyone has a great week, Matt.


Let the Music Move You

Accompanying today’s newsletter is a permission note for the visiting performance ‘Let the Music Move You’. Please return the note and $4.50 to enable your child to attend the performance held at Iluka Public School on Friday 29th March.

Harmony Day

Our school will continue its long-held tradition of serving a multicultural lunch to celebrate Harmony Day again this week. This will take place on Thursday 21st March. Families are kindly asked to send along a plate of food to share. Some ideas of plates to share include; sushi from Japan, spaghetti from Italy, hot dogs from the USA, goulash from Hungary, lamb koftas from Greece and tacos from Mexico. Food can be savoury or sweet, as dessert will follow lunch.

Thank you to the wonderful parents and grandparents who have offered to assist on the day. However, we are still looking for more volunteers to help with the warming and serving of food on the day. If you are able to assist, please leave your name at the office. Food can be left at the tuckshop on arrival at school or can be dropped off at any time up until about 12 noon. Students will also require a plate and cutlery to enjoy their tasty lunch.

Bandaged Bear Appeal

This March marks the 30th anniversary of the Bandaged Bear Appeal, which raises much needed funds to support sick and injured children and their families while in the care of The Children’s Hospital. Mrs Gardner will be selling Bandaged Bear merchandise this week as a fundraiser.

Items for sale include:

Pen $3

Extra large pen $4

Silicone phone wallet/pouch $3

Lapel pin $5

Thank you for supporting this worthy cause!

Stewart House Donation Drive 2019

Stewart house is a charitable foundation giving less fortunate children the opportunity of a break away within a safe and caring environment. By making a donation of $2 or more you will go in the draw to win a $4,000 holiday to a destination of your choice. All donations need to be placed in the Stewart House envelopes provided at the office or attached to the paper copy of today’s newsletter. To go in the draw all envelopes need to be returned to the school office before the 17th May.


There has been some cases of head lice reported this week. Please check your child’s hair regularly and treat if necessary. Head lice are a common problem in all schools and with vigilance from all families it can be kept under control. For further information on head lice go to the NSW Health website:


Year 5 and 6 parents are welcome to come along to a presentation being held on Monday 25th March at 5pm. Mr Bradmore will have information about the excursion as well as a Powerpoint Presentation being put together by Mr Jones. Please come along and bring any questions you may have and we will be happy to answer them.