WEEK 8 NEWS - TERM 3
Updated: Sep 17, 2019
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.
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;
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 email@example.com or call the school on 02 66466149 to make a time for a chat.
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.
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.
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
This makes it clear that it is illegal to park anywhere on or over the footpath in front of the Multipurpose Court. Within a school zone the fine is $180 and two demerit points.
Have a good week, Phil.
YEAR K/1 CLASS NEWS
We would like to wish Mariah and her family all the best, as they will soon be heading off on their big adventure travelling around Australia.
FRESHKids Tickets - Please send in completed ‘FRESHKids Eat Fresh And Win’ tickets on Wednesday. All tickets need to be redeemed by Wednesday 18th September, as this is the last collection day for tickets.
Bounce Back - This week we commence a new unit of work, which focuses on ‘Humour’. The key message being taught is that ‘humour can help you feel better’.
CWA Maclean - Scarecrow competition in aid of Drought Relief, in conjunction with CWA Maclean Spring Fair. Open to all ages. Use any materials and your imagination. $2.00 entry. Bring to CWA rooms at 40 River Street Maclean between 8:30am - 9:00am on Saturday 21st September. Scarecrow judging 10:30am. Auction 11:30am. Enquiries: Leonie 0402821491
*Please let the office staff know of any changes to your address, phone number or your child’s health.
*Save the date! Iluka Public School Concert on Thursday 26th September at the Iluka Community Hall, commencing at 6:00pm. All are most welcome to attend. Entry is free.
YEAR 2/3 CLASS NEWS
Like all of Iluka we are not enjoying the smokey air, however we are not letting it get in the way of all the hard work we are doing. Students are remaining calm and using a sensible manner during this unusual experience.
Year 2/3 have been eagerly practising for their concert items. Remember to keep the night of Thursday 26 September free for the schools Every Student Every Voice concert. Starts at 6pm.
It’s wonderful to see an increase in the amount of completed homework being submitted on Friday’s. Keep it up.
Could I please ask parents and carers to ensure that your contact details are up to date. Any changes can be noted in writing and sent in or call the Office on 6646 6149 to update them.
Have a good week. Cathie
YEAR 3/4 CLASS NEWS
Hello everyone. As Mr Bradmore’s chart in this newsletter shows us, daily reading benefits students greatly.
There is plenty happening here, as usual:
Iluka Walking Tour Excursion this Friday starting at the Museum at 9:10am, the Co-op at approximately 11am and the Coastguard at approximately 12:30pm. Parents are most welcome to join us. Students will take their bags with them for the day with their recess, lunch and water bottle. Therefore there will be no Canteen for our class available on Friday.
Basketball this Sunday (for those involved) from 9am at Raymond Laurie Sports Centre, Yamba.
Dorroughby Camp notes went home yesterday. Medical notes and payment due back asap please.
Touch Football Gala Day is next Friday 20th September in Yamba (for those involved). Notes and money due now please.
School Concert practice is well underway. Save the date - Thursday September 26 at 6pm.
Congratulations to Beau who made it to Round 4 in the Premier’s Spelling Bee at Maclean last week. Great effort Beau!
CWA Maclean- Scarecrow competition in aid of Drought Relief, in conjunction with CWA Maclean Spring Fair. Open to all ages. Use any materials and your imagination. $2.00 entry. Bring to CWA rooms at 40 River Street Maclean between 8:30am - 9:00am on Saturday 21st September. Scarecrow judging 10:30am. Auction 11:30am. Enquiries: Leonie 0402821491.
YEAR 4/5 CLASS NEWS
Regional Athletics - Best wishes to Emma who is competing at the Regional Athletics Carnival in Lismore this week. We know you have been training hard and will give an enormous effort on the day!
Spelling Bee - Congratulations to Oceane who achieved Runner Up at the Premier’s Spelling Bee in Maclean last week!! Oceane competed against around 30 students from the Clarence Valley. What a wonderful achievement and testimony to Oceane’s commitment to learning and working hard.
School Concert - Please keep the evening of Thursday 26th September free so that you can attend our bi-annual School Concert to be held at the Iluka Community Hall. Students have been preparing both a dance and song throughout this term and look forward to presenting both items to the audience.
Costume - Students are asked to start hunting around for suitable clothing to wear to our school concert. Fitting with our sporty dance theme on the night, students are asked to wear their red school shorts (red skort is suitable for those girls who do not have red sport shorts). The class have been divided into two teams - the Tigers who will wear black t-shirts and the Lakers who will wear white t-shirts. A shirt with a fancy print can be worn inside out for the performance if they do not have a plain shirt. All students should be familiar with which team they are in for the dance.
Reading Hour - Last week we participated in reading hour. We took our books outside and enjoyed our beautiful school surroundings while immersing ourselves in a book. It was really refreshing to see students bringing in books from home or making that extra effort to borrow a library book for this special occasion. However, the real highlight was hearing the children share the funny/scary/action-packed events of their stories with their friends on the walk back to the classroom. I encourage all students to find an author or series of books they enjoy and read a little each day. Books really can take us to so many different places!
Dorroughby Excursion - On Monday a meeting was held for Year 3 and 4 students to discuss their excursion to Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre scheduled for early Term 4. Students were given a plastic sleeve containing information, medical notes and a packing list. Please ensure payments continue to be made and forms are returned to the office.
Bounce Back - This week in Bounce Back lessons students are learning about what makes a positive and successful day. Instead of asking your child ‘What happened today?’ and getting the usual ‘Nothing’, try ‘What worked well for today?’ and ‘Why did it work well?’
YEAR 6 CLASS NEWS
Tomorrow Canteen Kids are making chicken, lettuce and mayonnaise wraps for $2. Thank you for your support. And yes, orders will be taken tomorrow morning (Wednesday).
Students are working hard in class and outside in the school grounds. They are demonstrating good leadership skills.
We have been enthusiastically preparing our two items that we will be performing at the school concert on Thursday the 26th September. Don’t forget to save the date!
Touch Football Gala Day at Yamba next Friday. Please ensure that your permission notes and money are returned ASAP.
Thank you to the students for improvement in the submissions of your Home Reading Journals last week. I am hoping for further improvement this Thursday.
Have a great week, Bek.
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Things change and when opportunities arise we have to grab them. That being said there have been a few little changes with classes when I have them. For the Year 3/4 class we will be looking at filming for the next two weeks for their concert item. As for the filming with the Year 6 class, this will begin this week as last week they had the robotics day which affected the start of their filming for the Big River Film Festival.
The first shipment of new books for the library from our last book fair have been covered, labelled and accessioned and students have begun borrowing them. If students want to reserve these books they can do so through their student portal. Years 3 and up have been taught how to do this via their student portal and many of the avid readers take full advantage of this function.
We have again signed up to the STEM Share exchange for next term. I have ordered the tablet robotics kit which is comprised of LEGO WeDo robotics and other robots. These will be coded and used from K-6. The moment these items arrive at our school I will begin using them with each class.
Book Club is due in by this Thursday. As it stands I have zero orders. I cherish the look of excitement on each child's face when they are told their book club is in. Unfortunately I won’t get to see this occur at this rate.
I hope you all have a great week, Matt.
This coming Friday Year 4 student Emma Kerr will be representing the North Coast at the Regional Primary Athletics carnival in Lismore. Emma has impressively qualified for 3 events - shot put, discus and high jump. Everyone at Iluka Public School wishes Emma the very best on the day. We are so proud of you!
Volunteers for Friday 13 September - Sandy and Mark
Volunteers for Monday 16 September - To be advised
Class donations this week are Kindy/Year 1.
If you are available to offer some time assisting in the Tuckshop please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you. You’ll get more out of it than you have to put in!
ILUKA BOARDRIDERS - Iluka Boardriders is this Saturday 14 September, starting at 9am. Check Facebook or the local sign (next to the IGA) for where we will be. Bbq on the beach.
SAVE THE DATE: A special Women's Surfing Day will be held on Saturday 5th October. More information to come.