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WEEK 8 NEWS - TERM 1

UPCOMING EVENTS


March

  • Wednesday 18 - First Maclean High School Transition Day - CANCELLED

  • Thursday 19 - PSSA Cricket. IPS v’s CHIPS. Wherrett Park - CANCELLED

  • Friday 20 - Issue 2 Book Club Orders Close Today.

  • Friday 20 - Whole School Assembly - CANCELLED (Awards will be given within class only)

  • Monday 23 - NAPLAN Practice - Yr 3 & 5

  • Tuesday 24 - Harmony Day Luncheon - CANCELLED

April

  • Friday 3 - IPS Cross Country - event to be held as an in-class activity only

  • Friday 3 - Whole School Assembly - CANCELLED (Awards will be given within class only)

  • Monday 6 - P & C Meeting at 2:30 pm in Computer Room - CANCELLED

  • Thursday 9 - ANZAC Day service at Iluka Public School - CANCELLED

  • Thursday 9 - Last day of Term 1

  • Thursday 9 - Movie Night @ IPS - CANCELLED

  • Friday 10 - Good Friday and the start of school holidays

  • Tuesday 28 - Students return to school for Term 2


PRINCIPAL REPORT


Dear Parents and Carers,


Good afternoon,


In these ever-changing times please be rest assured that school is open, in good spirits and there is still a buzz of learning and happy faces all throughout the school. We thank you for your understanding and support. Obviously, we will keep our school community informed as we receive any updated information and directives.


Corona Virus Update

In light of the advice received earlier this week from the Federal Government, we will not hold large gatherings from Monday 16th March onwards. This advice will cause an increased level of disruption at the school, over the coming weeks and possibly months. Thank you in advance for your patience and support throughout this challenging time.

Changes;


  • We have decided to not hold our usual morning assemblies and this Friday’s Whole School Assembly,

  • Students are sitting in particular class areas to eat their lunch before playing,

  • We postponed Monday’s Basketball Gala Day,

  • PSSA Sport / Trials are cancelled,

  • Wednesday’s Year 6 Maclean High School Transition Day cancelled,

  • PSSA Cricket on Thursday cancelled,

  • Unfortunately, Harmony Day and our excursion to The Wizard of Oz have been cancelled,

  • Our P&C meeting has also been cancelled,

  • Youth Week Movie Night has been cancelled,

  • And, at this stage, our Easter Hat Parade is also cancelled and possibly our ANZAC Day service may also be cancelled.


Iluka Public School takes the personal hygiene of all our staff and students seriously so please remind your child how to wash their hands thoroughly.

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pandemic/Publications/hand-wash-community.pdf.


We have organised additional bathroom cleaning between the recess and lunch break and have provided hand sanitiser to all classrooms. We are supervising hand sanitation, particularly for our K-2 students. Students have been given reminder lessons in best hand washing and hygiene practices. We have introduced regular hand washing schedules throughout the school day. We are promoting cough and sneeze etiquette. We are continually monitoring and evaluating our practices in line with NSW Health guidelines and we will continue to make adjustments as required. Importantly, if your child does have cold or flu symptoms please do not send them to school until they are well, to avoid the spread of illness.

Cross Country

Meanwhile, our students have been practicing their cross country running during their sports lessons as part of our PE curriculum. This year we will be doing the IPS Cross Country during week 10 for our students only. It will be four or six laps of the school running and walking. Children who turn 8 this year may have the opportunity to run in the Small School Cross Country Carnival in early Term 2 based on the school results and pending Department guidelines and advice.

Tell Them From Me Surveys - Term 1

In Term 1, Years 4 -6 students have taken part in the Tell Them From Me student survey. The survey will provide us with valuable feedback on what our students think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Schools in Australia and around the world have used the Tell Them From Me survey to help them improve.

Canteen

The Canteen is currently open Mondays and Fridays for recess and lunch. WE NEED PARENTS HELP TO KEEP THE CANTEEN OPEN MONDAYS. Volunteers have not been stepping up to ensure we can remain operational on a MONDAY. Please support our Canteen to ensure we can keep it going for your child/children. Please contact Karla on 0405638768 or leave your details with the Office if you can help.

NAPLAN Online Practice Test

Iluka Public School students in Years 3 and 5 will participate in the NAPLAN Online practice test on Monday 23 March 2020. This test is designed to help students familiarise themselves with types of questions and for staff to become familiar with functions and administrative tasks. Year 3 and Year 5 will sit a 40-minute omnibus test which will have questions from domains of Reading, Conventions of Language and Numeracy.

It is important to note that there will be no reporting of student results for the practice test and participation in the practice test has no effect on students’ NAPLAN results from the tests which students will sit in May this year.


In advance of taking NAPLAN Online, students, teachers and parents are invited to use the public demonstration tests to familiarise themselves with the type of questions and related functionalities available in the NAPLAN Online assessment.


Some of the key features include a range of question types, on-screen tools, timers and interactive navigation. Students are encouraged to try all the tests for their year level to practice the complete range of question formats available in the online assessment.

Please refer to https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site


Spencer Street Parking

Recently I have been contacted by a number of concerned community members about our parents parking in or across the school driveway and footpath along Spencer Street. Please ensure you follow the road rules and do not park across these areas as it is not acceptable. Please respect our students and allow them the freedom they are entitled to and allow them access to the footpath safely. There can be poor visibility around cars which could lead to an accident. Thank you for your understanding.

Premiers Reading Competition

Premiers Reading Challenge is up and running. K-2 students will be completing the challenge in library time with Mr Jones. All Year 3-6 students will be keeping their reading log up to date either at home or in the classroom. Please encourage your child to complete the challenge by helping them to find PRC books on the correc