• 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.