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WEEK 8 NEWS - TERM 3

Updated: Sep 17, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday 13 September - Year 3/4 local history excursion & Whole School Assembly @ 2:15pm

  • Friday 20 September - Touch Gala Day @ Yamba Touch Football Fields, Angourie Road.

  • Thursday 26 September - Every Student, Every Voice School Concert, Iluka Community Hall from 6pm

  • Friday 27 September - NAIDOC Day at Shark Bay & last day of Term 3.

  • Monday 14 October - First day of Term 4 for staff and students.

PRINCIPAL REPORT


Almost there

With just three weeks remaining of the term it is vital that students are making the most of every opportunity offered to them. At Iluka Public School there has been no shortage of things students could be doing. Whether it's the choir, Gracie and the guitarists, Rugby League practice, Minecraft Mondays, tasting the Canteen Kids special lunches, reading books in the shade, Gardening Club, dancing with Anna, touch team practice, playing lunchtime chess games or kicking AFL goals – the opportunities continue to go on;

1.Robotics

Last Thursday, Year 6 students participated in a STEM - Robotics session with Mr Kelly from Maclean High School. While working as part of a small team, students were challenged to build a lego robot in the first session. They were then required to write a specific code to make it follow certain directions and commands. The students did a wonderful job and were never daunted.

Again, we ask students to take every opportunity because you never know where they will lead and you never know what opportunities will arise as a result of them.


2.Premier's Spelling Bee

On Thursday we wished the best of luck to our Premier Spelling Bee finalists - Beau, Oceane, Eddie and Micah. They competed in Maclean against the best spellers from 15 other schools (including those from Grafton). The students all had wonderful successes. Beau, Micah and Eddie made it through to Round 4 finishing in the top 6, while we give a special congratulations to Oceane who was the Junior Runner-up (Round 7). Wow! Our spelling results have consistently improved over the last couple of years.

3.Reading – Book Hour

Did you know that for children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future? In adults, reading has been shown to reduce stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk or having a cup of tea.

Last Thursday after lunch, the school participated in Book Hour. We wanted our students to either rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading; to take the time to learn, escape and relax. Parents and carers might like to read at home or enjoy an extra-long bedtime story with the children in your life.

COLA - Construction Over Multipurpose Court.

With the shade sails now complete and with the new grass striking, Iluka Public School is now ready to commence Stage 2. This will mean applying for funding to cover the multipurpose court with a COLA like structure. This will be a major construction. We are asking members of our sporting communities, students, teachers, parents and community members to have their say on what they would like to see in this area. My vision is for local Sports’ Clubs and/or students on the weekend being able to use this area when it is raining. I would love to know your thoughts. You can email any suggestions to iluka-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au or call the school on 02 66466149 to make a time for a chat.


Strong Connections

Iluka Public School works hard to promote good communication and strong relationships with local community groups. Currently plans and discussions are being held between Rotary and the school to bring ‘Christmas Carols in the Park’ to the school, should the town oval be closed over the summer. More details on this exciting venture to follow.


Chickens Update

Thank you to Emma Mills and family who have volunteered to mind the chickens while the school renovates and rejuvenates the chicken coop.

Dorroughby Excursion 2019 - Years 3 and 4 (Stage 2)

The Dorroughby Excursion will occur in Week 2 of Term 4, from Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 October. Students in Stage 2 - Year 3 and Year 4 can attend. The excursion involves staying two nights in the dormitories of the Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre. Students will participate in a range of activities including attending a working dairy farm, bushwalking in the National Park and having lunch at Minyon Falls. The cost of the trip will be approximately $140 per student (this includes the deposit). We have provided more information, permission notes and an itinerary to classes involved. If you require more information please contact the school.

Kindergarten Organisation

I would like to remind parents with children starting Kindergarten in 2020 to complete their applications to enrol and return them to the school office as soon as possible. Some of you may be aware of the Department of Education’s new enrolment policy. There are minor changes to the policy but there is a strong emphasis on schools not accepting out of area enrolments except for extenuating circumstances. In Term 4 our Kindergarten Orientation Program continues. There will be another three sessions. They are Thursdays - October 24, October 31 and November 7.

Please phone me for an appointment to secure your 1 on 1 personal tour.


2019 NAPLAN Results

The results for all students in Years 3 and 5 who sat the NAPLAN tests in Term 2 will be sent home as soon as the school receives them. Parents are asked to take the time to read and interpret the report. These tests help to pinpoint individual needs and also show where school improvements can be made to the curriculum. Parents can contact the class teacher should they require further clarification of the results.

A school snapshot of the results will be presented at a P&C meeting.


TELL THEM FROM ME STUDENT FEEDBACK SURVEY

Our school, like many other public schools in the state, will participate in a Department of Education initiative: The Tell Them From Me student feedback survey: Years 4-6. The survey aims to help improve student learning outcomes, and 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. Schools in Australia and around the world have used the Tell Them From Me survey to help improve how they do things at school. We wish to assure you that the survey is confidential. The survey is conducted online and will typically take less than 30 minutes to complete. It will be administered during school hours between August and October. Participating in the survey is entirely voluntary. Parents who DO NOT wish for their child to be involved should contact the office.

Parking In Spenser Street

Once again may I remind all parents, grandparents and carers that parking and driving on the footpath area outside the multipurpose gate in Spenser Street is both dangerous and illegal. We have had some near-misses reported to us. I’m sure no-one wants to harm a child so please stay off this area. Parents may be fined for parking in this area. The road rules on the RMS website (http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/safety-rules/road-rules/parking.html state the following:

General Parking Rules

You must not stop your vehicle (that is, bring it to a stop and either stay with the vehicle or leave it parked) in the following circumstances:

  • Double parked (that is in the road alongside a car that is parked)

  • On or across a driveway (unless dropping off or picking up passengers for no longer than 2 minutes)

  • On or across a footpath

  • On a median strip or traffic island

  • In a clearway

  • On footpaths and nature strips