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WEEK 8 NEWS - TERM 1

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Wednesday 17 March - Year 6 Transition Day @ Maclean High School (permission note)

  • Thursday 18 March - Issue 2 Book Club orders are due.

  • Thursday 18 March - Intensive Swimming Scheme. Yrs 2/3, 4 + selected Yr 5 students

  • Thursday 18 March - Whole School Vegetable Crunch & Sip - 10 am

  • Friday 19 March - Harmony Day celebrations Students are encouraged to wear the colour orange to celebrate Harmony Day.

  • Friday 19 March - Whole School Assembly. 2:15 pm. This is a Parents & Carers are invited to attend.

  • Friday 19 March - Due to Intensive swimming extracurricular tennis with Mr Jurd - 1 pm

  • Monday 22 March - Tell Them From Me Survey - Year 6, held in class

  • Monday 22 March - Canberra Excursion Presentation Night @ 5 pm - Stage 3 (Yr 5 & 6) parents & carers invited to attend. School Library. This is a Parent & Carer Information Night. Students can attend if necessary.

  • Tuesday 23 March - Tell Them From Me Survey - Year 4, held in class

  • Wednesday 24 March - Tell Them From Me Survey - Year 5, held in class

  • Wednesday 24 March - Due to Intensive swimming extracurricular tennis with Mr Jurd - 1 pm

  • Thursday 25 March - Intensive Swimming Scheme. Yrs 2/3, 4 + selected Yr 5 students

  • Thursday 25 March - NAPLAN practice for Yr 3 & Yr 5

  • Friday 26 March - IPS Cross Country carnival @ Iluka Public School grounds. Parents & Carers invited to attend.

  • Monday 29 March - Parent/Teacher Meeting Week

  • Wednesday 31 March - P & C Meeting @ 3:15 pm in the school library. All encouraged to attend.

  • Thursday 1 April - Easter Hat Parade & Last Day of Term 1

  • Monday 19 April - Staff Development Day

  • Tuesday 20 April - All students return for Term 2

  • Sunday 25 April - ANZAC Day. Time to be confirmed

  • Friday 30 April - Small Schools Cross Country Carnival - Iluka

As of the end of Week 7, 35 families out of our 74 have joined with us via School Stream. I thank them for their support of Iluka Public School.

The School Stream app complements & streamlines our current communication methods between school and home.

  • The School Stream app provides parents' and caregivers’ school contact information and easy access to school newsletters, notes and admin updates via their smartphones.

  • Under the Permission Notes and Absentee Notes tab parents and carers can now send notes to directly to the school, such as absentee notes, by filling in the appropriate information, signing their name electronically, and clicking submit. Feedback, especially in relation to this particular tool, has been very positive.

  • Importantly, it is also being used for alerts including reminders for upcoming events, excursion arrival times, and sports day notifications.

For parents and carers who do not wish to receive information through the app, our modified existing methods of communication will remain unchanged (i.e. newsletter, notes home, email, website and Facebook).

You can download the School Stream app in three easy steps:

  1. From your device go to the App Store (iPhone/iPad) or Google Play (Android) search for School Stream and download the app to your phone.

  2. Make sure you agree to push notifications.

  3. Once School Stream has finished installing, open the app, type your school name into the search THEN select your school

If you prefer more detailed instructions please visit the School Stream Website in addition you could try the 'Installing and Deleting' (pdf 70 KB) instructions.


PRINCIPAL REPORT

Dear School Community

I’m sure I’m not the only person who cannot believe we are nearing the end of Week 8 of Term 1.

This week, across NSW Public Schools, is ‘Vegetable Week’. We have special incentives for those students who bring along some vegetables in their lunch boxes each day. On Thursday the school will come together at 10 o’clock for a whole school vegetable crunch and sip time. We ask if you could support the importance of vegetables by adding something in this Thursday’s lunch box if you don’t already.


This Friday the school will be recognising Harmony Day. Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. Orange relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. Students can choose to wear something orange on Friday to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia. To recognise the significance of the day students may wear orange clothing to school (clothing to provide cover over the shoulders).


Last Friday I had the pleasure of joining in with every student at the school with our AFL Sports Program. It was a privilege and so wonderful to see students from Kindergarten through to Year 6 engaging in physical movement, developing and refining their gross motor skills and just having fun as a class.

It is rewarding to see first hand the enhancements made to the school this term by giving the students are larger ‘voice’ or say in how the school could improve. All suggestions are being made confidentially and with respect for each person in the school. Simple suggestions have included new soccer balls, books to purchase for the library, vegetarian pizzas at recess, padded mats to sit on instead of the concrete, fundraising events and mufti days. I value the student's input and we will continue to support suggestions as we can.


As the term progresses I continue to work closely with the Year 6 leaders, as they build on their sense of belonging and connection to the school before heading off to high school next year. The leaders have now taken over the responsibility for the collection of popper waste, in the hope to raise further money for the school. The popper collection has already seen the purchase of a large outdoor clock for students and staff, which is already in use. Thank you so much for the work you are doing Year 6.

On Monday we acknowledged and celebrated International Women’s Day. We spoke about the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. This year’s theme was ‘Choose to Challenge’.

Congratulations to those students who are participating in the Intensive Swimming program on Thursdays. Well done to you all. Your improvements and confidence have been demonstrated. A special big congratulations must go to Makenna, Indigo B, Scarlett, Charlie P and Tylor for their efforts when working with Ruth.

As we move well into the second half of this term it is vitally important that each member of the community continues to respect the guidelines under which our school (and all Department of Education schools) operate. This means respecting our safe drop off and pick up procedures, making sure you are signing in via the office for any meetings during the day and making your way on and off the site safely and promptly each day. Pleasingly, the latest information regarding changes to IPS operating guidelines are that parents and carers may now enter the school grounds. With this change I invite you to attend this Friday’s Whole School Assembly commencing at 2.15 pm. Please be mindful that adults are required to practice the 1.5m social distancing rule and if unwell to stay away.

Class donations for Tuckshop next week: Year 4


I wish to thank Karla, for her tremendous effort on Monday. She ran the tuckshop without assistance for the day. If you could offer some time to assist in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768.


Have a safe and happy week.

Phil


GOOD NEWS STORY

On Saturday Beau participated in the World’s Greatest Shave day. Beau donned his superhero cape hoping to make a small difference in the lives of Australian families facing blood cancer. Beau’s original goal was to raise $100. However, the total raised by Beau was well over $630.

Beau now joins with Zoe who earlier this year for the second time in her young life, decided to raise funds and donated her hair to the Hair With Heart campaign, which provides wigs for someone who has lost their hair due to a medical condition.

Congratulations Beau, and Zoe, on your community spirit and courage.

HARMONY DAY

Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. As the official day is Sunday 21st March, we will be celebrating Harmony Day on Friday 19th March. While we are not holding our traditional feast, students will still be engaging in Harmony Day activities in their classes. In schools, we celebrate inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for all Australians, from the traditional custodians of the land to those who have come from many countries around the world. Students are encouraged to wear the colour orange to celebrate Harmony Day. Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutua