WEEK 8 NEWS - TERM 2
Updated: Jul 21
Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Day MHS - Wednesday 26th June
CWA Projects due back in for collection - Thursday 27th June
Athletics Carnival - Thursday 25 July 12 - 3.00 pm and Friday 26 July - all day.
Over the past weeks, many wonderful experiences for our students have been created. Some of which had our students testing their talents and skills in the spelling and sporting arenas, seeing a live, musical theatre performance, travelling to Palmers Island to compete against peers from other schools in the debating arena. To continue giving our beautiful students varied skills, Mrs Cooper has begun teaching an amazing whole school dance item. Congratulations to our students who took part in last week’s session. By all accounts you represented your school and class with pride. We cannot wait to see the performance on our school Open day.
It is exciting to witness the many opportunities created here each day for our students as they learn things that are new to them, engage in play and try even when things are hard. Last week, we commenced our athletics clinics providing students with the opportunity to practice their skills in preparation for our athletics carnival in week 1 of Term 3. It is wonderful to watch students grow in both skill and confidence as a result of this program. The program will continue to run every Wednesday afternoon for the next three weeks. What a great way to end our day.
Kids in the Kitchen
Our Year 6 students, the Canteen Kids, are continuing to be outstanding leaders. This week our whole school was rewarded with the opportunity to purchase a delicious bowl of special fried rice at lunch time. Tomorrow it will be a baked potato with sour cream. I am sure you will join me in thanking our year 6 students and the way they are upholding our school values.
As the guest librarian on Wednesday, it was so great to see many students borrowing and returning. So many books were coming and going from the library. It shows that Iluka students are avid readers and love their books. I was so excited to be able to use the library’s barcode scanner at least 100 times. A BIG thank you to Mr Jones, who has been very busy covering new books and having the library fully utilised and humming beautifully.
Fly Me To The Moon
Last Friday students from K-6 were involved in a very special workshop hosted by ‘The Planet Space Science Show’. The show centered around the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon. We were one of the lucky schools chosen to host this school performance. The school subsidised the cost of this workshop for our students. We thank Mrs Gardner for organising this brilliant opportunity.
Semester One Reports
Teachers have been busy too, organising assessments and finalising Semester 1 Student Progress Reports. Student reports will be sent home to families on Friday 28 June 2019. Student reporting is the process of communicating information about student learning, their level of attainment and the progress they have made. Student reports show progress and allow this progress to be monitored over time. Teachers at all schools are now working extremely hard writing their Semester One Student Progress Reports. They are spending many hours not just writing the reports, but analysing work samples, collaborating with others to form assessments, discussing work samples, liaising with myself about grades….the list goes on. Much of this work goes on outside of work hours, but also before school and lunch times. Parents can be reassured that teachers take this process very seriously and approach the task with a high degree of professionalism. A lot of thought goes into the content of the report; this includes the grades students are given, their effort levels and the written comments.
Whole School Assembly
Due to last Friday’s school performance of The Planet Science Show, the next Whole School Assembly will be held this Friday 21 June at 2.15 pm under the COLA (subject to weather). The Year 6 Prefects will coordinate the assembly. All parents, carers and community members are welcome to attend.
As you would now be aware, this is the abbreviated version of our newsletter. For colour and attached photos we encourage you to visit www.ilukapublicschool.com or our Facebook page. I congratulate Matt Jones on his skill and creativity in making our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts current and visually appealing. I would be interested in hearing your feedback.
And lastly, may I REMIND all Year 5 and 6 parents that regular payments for the Canberra and the Selwyn Snowfields excursion are now DUE. Students will not be allowed to depart for the excursion without having paid the full amount or having made financial arrangements with myself. With the excursion fast approaching, it would be appreciated if payments could be finalised as soon as possible. A list of items needed for Canberra has gone home. Please remember students will need a clean school uniform (including jumper) for the War Memorial and Parliament House days.
Hold the Press! I have just been informed by our local Maclean High School that Josie, one of our Year 6 students was recently awarded a ‘River of Learning’ Award Certificate for the 2019 Schools River of Learning Art competition. Congratulations Josie! Go Iluka Public School!
Have a great week… Phil
YEAR K/1 CLASS NEWS
Kindergarten- Kindergarten students have taken home today a new set of words to learn by sight. We have commenced learning these words in class and the words are appearing in the books we are currently reading. Daily practice of these words at home and at school will ensure continued reading progress.
Year One- Year One students commence maths mental homework next term. Students have been given a book to take home to be covered. Please return the covered book back to school as soon as possible.
Earn and Learn Stickers- Thank you parents and carers for your support in collecting these stickers for our school. The front office collection container is filling up quickly due to your efforts.
*Library day tomorrow for Kindergarten and Year One students.
*Year One CWA projects are due next Thursday 27th June. Please do not write your child’s name on their project, as requested by the CWA judges.
YEAR 2/3 CLASS NEWS
Winter has surely shown us that it has arrived.
Reports: are being written at present and will be sent home the Friday of week 9.
CWA: project cardboard was sent home a couple of weeks ago. How are the projects coming along?
Handwriting: occurs each morning in our class. The students have a text book that they are working from. Year 2 children are learning correct letter formations and Year 3 children are learning the start of cursive handwriting. These skills are then encouraged into other class bookwork.
Spelling: words are introduced on a Monday. Activities are undertaken throughout the week to help learn these words. On Friday we have a test on these words.
Athletics: practice has started. This is a good time for students to practise their skills before the carnival.
The term is ‘marching along’ at a hectic pace. Take time to smell the roses!
YEAR 3/4 CLASS NEWS
PNG Projects are due back to school next Thursday 27th June. All students who complete a project are invited to attend the CWA ceremony including afternoon tea and presentation at the CWA hall in Week 10.
Poetry has been humming along in our class lately. Onomatopoeia, rhythm, rhyming and limericks. Kids, ask mum or dad to come up with a limerick. The first two handed to me or Ms Ross receive a win bin.
Speaking of Ms Ross, I am on leave from Thursday this week until the end of term. Ms Ross will be taking the students. I know they will enjoy their time and I wish everyone a safe and happy end of semester.
Reports are being prepared now and will be sent home at the end of next week.
Touch Football has been going great guns. It is so pleasing to see many students digging deep into their bag of courage tricks and applying them to this activity. Well done.
YEAR 4/5 CLASS NEWS
Cross Country - Best wishes to Jade, who is off to Nana Glen this week to compete in the Regional Cross Country. We are so proud of your achievements and congratulations for making it so far.
Papua New Guinea Projects - CWA projects should be well under way by now. These are due back at school by Thursday 27th June (next week). All students who complete a project are then invited to the award presentation and delicious afternoon tea with the CWA ladies in Week 10.
Physical Education - Athletics training and dance lessons continue this week. It has been wonderful to witness the positive attitudes of the students and how much enjoyment they gain from being outside in the sunshine developing their skills.
YEAR 6 CLASS NEWS
Thank you to all the students that presented their Powerpoint presentations in front of the class last Friday. You all did a tremendous job. They definitely faced their FEARS. This is an area that we are going to be focusing on. I would like to see all the students looking more comfortable in speaking in front of peers. How do we achieve this? With much more exposure and PRACTICE.
High School Transition Day next Wednesday.
Home work is due on Friday.
Home Readers are due on Thursday.
Canberra notes and money must be finalised.
Have a great week, Bek.
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
BOOK CLUB - This is just a friendly reminder that Book Club orders will close this Thursday. I will be processing all LOOP orders and cash orders that have been handed to me. The points earnt through this Book Club will help me to purchase new books that are due for release soon. Some popular new books that are coming out soon are the newest Pig the Pug, Minecraft Zombie and Storey Treehouse.
NEW BOOKS - Yesterday I ordered over 20 new books online that helped our series collections become complete. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, Minecraft, Prank Wars and other books are among some of the new books I have ordered for our library.
NEW DISPLAY - I have added a new display rack next to the library counter which will display books specific for a significant event. For example when Halloween comes around I will display a collection of spooky books that students may be interested in. There will be an array of books specific to the topic so students of all ages can get involved in the theme.
WEBSITE - Photos, photos, photos. Our weekly photos portray the enjoyment and happiness the students here at Iluka Public School show week in and week out. We are endeavouring to consistently add new photos weekly to our online newsletter for your viewing pleasure.
Volunteers for Friday 21st June - Liz, Tracey and Emma
Volunteers for Monday 24th June - Leonie and Mary
Class donations this week are Year 2/3.
If you are available to offer some time assisting in the Tuckshop please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you