WEEK 8 NEWS - TERM 1
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
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
Dear Parents and Carers,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 correct challenge level (Year 3-4 OR Year 5-6). These can be found in the school or public libraries or access through the PRC website https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/booklist/home.html. Be sure to check out the rules that apply to the number of books you can read from a series, personal choice or level.
Read, read, read your own PRC books, swap with friends and borrow from the school or public libraries. On the reading log, record each title and PRC number and ask an adult to sign it. From our library PRC books, the PRC number can be found inside the back cover of the book or online. Students will be guided through the process of entering their books online during a library lesson this term.
Parent / Teacher Interviews
The Parent / Teacher Interviews were to be held in Week 10 beginning Monday 30th March. Components of reporting on student progress for Semester 1 include an interview for all parents at the end of Term 1 and a written report at the end of Term 2. However, with social distancing and isolation measures now being put into place your child’s teacher may contact you for a phone interview instead as this is the preferred method of contact at present. Some of our students and families have a loved one fighting an immune disorder and others have low immunity themselves.
Every year school children from Iluka Public School have attended Stewart House at no cost to their parents or carers. During the 12-day stay, they are provided with dental, optical, hearing and medical screening and treatment. Children participate in educational programs and excursions designed to develop their social and emotional skills, build self-esteem and improve their overall wellbeing. This experience provides children with a much-needed break from their current circumstances. Our students are inspired to see beyond the present and to have real hope and positive aspirations for their future. The NSW Department of Education provides infrastructure and staffing support for this school. All other costs associated with the children’s stay are met from charitable donations. This week envelopes will go home asking for a donation. We hope you are able to help.
Stage 2 Coffs Harbour Excursion
We have now received the final confirmation of costs for our Stage 2 excursion to Coffs Harbour on Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 October 2020. While costs for accommodation, transport, food and venues continue to rise, however, thanks to the school subsidising some of the costs through school funds, we have been able to keep the cost of this excursion to $250. This is virtually the same cost that students paid four years ago. Of course, it is important to note that this price can only be upheld with a minimum number of 30 students participating. Like most schools, we are required to pay a deposit to lock in bookings for accommodation and attractions. Therefore, we require a non-refundable deposit of $25 to be paid no later than Week 5, Term 2 to guarantee your child’s place on this trip. Should finances be an issue, please contact the office to arrange a meeting with Mr. Bradmore to discuss payment options. We look forward to your child experiencing all this fantastic excursion has to offer.
Finally, could I please ask parents and carers, that if your child has come down with a respiratory illness, please don't send them to school and arrange care for them. I am asking my staff to do the same. If a child falls ill at school, we will be asking parents and carers to collect the child promptly, to avoid any illness spreading at school. There are no school closures planned, and we will operate as normal, with these additional guidelines. When I receive updated information, from the Department of Education and Department of Health, I will ensure that you are notified.
Here is hoping we have a great week, Phil
CLASS K NEWS
Mathematics - In our number time, we have been learning about patterns and how to copy patterns. In our space lessons, we have been learning about the two-dimensional shapes of circles, rectangles, squares and triangles. Group work has commenced and the students are working together in a cooperative manner.
My First Year Photograph - I have been informed that our Kindergarten class photograph will appear in the Daily Examiner newspaper on Wednesday 25th March.
Head Lice- It is that time of the year when it is a good idea to check your child’s hair for head lice. Should any be found, please treat it appropriately.
Sight Words- Keep up the daily practice of our class sight words.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
I hope this week’s newsletter finds all well in your homes.
Reading: occurs every day in the classroom. It is great to see how well some students are progressing. Regular home reading really assists your child with becoming a more confident reader. Please continue to listen to your child and help them fill out their journal.
Maths: work has involved subtraction strategies, measuring with informal units and collecting data to construct a graph.
Writing: has involved thinking about events that have happened on the weekend and throughout the week and writing a recount.
X Country: practice has been happening 3 days a week in order to build up fitness levels.
Parent/Teacher: interviews will be held in week 10. Due to the current situation and school protocol, these interviews will be carried out via phone. A note will come home next week with further information regarding this process. The interviews are very important in regard to maintaining a positive and productive approach to your child’s education.
Have a great week, Di
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Wow, Week 8 already! The term is flying by.
This week we extend a warm welcome to Jack and Felicity who have joined our class. We hope you enjoy attending our beautiful little school.
Writing - We are now looking at persuasive texts. Students are required to form an opinion on a given topic and provide reasons for their way of thinking.
Maths - our focus this week is on recognising and continuing number patterns. We have also been looking at a variety of two dimensional shapes and their properties.
Home readers and homework - Home reading journals are collected every Wednesday, while homework is due on Fridays.
Have a fantastic week, Kristy.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
Fishing Program: Last week’s “Get Hooked” fishing program was a fantastic experience for the students. Although they were confronted with tough conditions, the students really stepped up to demonstrate outstanding behaviour to the organisers and also managed to land a few Bream. Head over to our galleries page to see all the images from the day.
High School Transition: Unfortunately the first transition day to High School has been cancelled. The students will hopefully attend their scheduled day next term.
Homework: Homework sheets for spelling were sent home yesterday and need to be returned on Friday.
Writing/ Speaking: Our key focus for writing is Expositions, which is closely linked with our speaking task, Debating. The students will be identifying high modality words and are encouraged to use a lot of persuasive language over the coming weeks.
Have a good week, Bec.
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
The first order for Book Club was processed last Thursday and I will be processing the last order this Friday. So if you would like to order from the last Book Club for Term 2 please do so by this Friday.
At the end of this week, I am required to send the Tablet Robotics kit to the next school, which happens to be Yamba Public. We are so lucky to be able to have the opportunity to learn and create with the use of these expensive technologies. This STEM Share initiative by the NSW education system is completely free and it provides the students with opportunities they may have never experienced before.
This being said, I have managed to successfully book the PC robotics kit for term 3. Included in the STEM PC Robotics Kit are:
10 x LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3
1 x Ozobot EVO Classroom Kit
10 x Grove Inventor Kit for micro:bit including 10x microbit
12 x Makey Makey
1 x Multi-Charger to charge 10 LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robots
Keep clean and have a great week, Matt.
Volunteers for Monday 23 March - Leonie and Mary
Volunteers for Friday - Sandy and Mark
Class donations this week are 5/6
If you are available to offer some time assisting in the Tuckshop please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
Unfortunately, the school cricket team has had to postpone the first round of the PSSA competition. We had been training hard and were looking forward to giving our best against what is always a strong Chatsworth Island side.