• Iluka Public School



  • Friday 11 September - Walk Safely To School Day

  • Tuesday 15 September - Spelling Bee - Early Stage 1 (Kindy)

  • Wednesday 16 September - Spelling Bee - Stage 1 (Yr 1 & 2)

  • Thursday 17 September - Spelling Bee - Stage 2 (Yr 3 & 4)

  • Friday 18 September - Spelling Bee - Stage 3 (Yr 5 & 6)

  • Friday 25 September - Last day of Term 3

  • Monday 12 October - First Day of Term 4 for both students and staff

  • Friday 16 October - School Photos


Good afternoon parents, carers and friends of Iluka Public School

The term is quickly flying past and the students are engaged in their learning with a positive hum around the school.

Thank you to everyone for supporting our school, it is greatly appreciated. We aim to always do our best and ensure we are providing a quality education for all of our students in a supportive and caring environment. It has been tough for everyone not to be able to come inside our gates and visit our school and I appreciate your support in this area. We are keeping our environment as safe as possible for our staff and students.

Students are requested to bring to school a water bottle every day.

The school is still having enhanced cleaning procedures throughout the day and all classrooms are following NSW Department of Health and NSW Department of Education guidelines.

I hope all our fathers and role model figures enjoyed their day last Sunday. I also hope you enjoyed reading your very own homemade card. Thank you to Leah and Lyn for organising this valuable keepsake.


Congratulations to the four students who participated in the Premier’s Debating Challenge last Friday. Iluka played host to the Grafton Public School on the topic, “All Year 5 students should learn to debate”. We had drawn the Negative side of the argument. Our team's performance was outstanding, however we lost the debate. I felt we were really close to a win but just dipped out this time. Thanks again to Mrs Cunningham for organising this wonderful opportunity for the Stage 3 students. Our next match is against Gulmarrad on Friday. Third time lucky perhaps!


Thank you to Mrs Leseberg for your work in the library over the past month. I know the students enjoyed their research and project tasks. We now welcome back Mr Jones who looks refreshed and ready for action after his 4 weeks of paternity leave.


I congratulate the many students who completed their Where’s Wally Passbook. The students were very clever finding all 21 characters. This week, students will have the opportunity to showcase their artistic skills. Sidewalk chalk art will be available from Wednesday and I am looking forward to seeing their unique creations appearing around the school.


Last Wednesday Year 5 participated in a new short online check-in assessment in Literacy and Numeracy. This assessment, together with regular school based assessments, gives Iluka Public School feedback on how students are performing in the absence of NAPLAN and allows teachers to tailor their teaching to our actual student needs.

Feedback from the Check-In will only be available on Department systems for teachers and there will be no parent report. As always, if you have any concerns about your child's learning progress, please contact the teacher to discuss.

The Check-In Assessment for our Year 3 students is scheduled to be completed on Monday 21 September 2020.


Planning is well underway for next year’s Kindergarten! We already have 3 students enrolled to start "Big School" in 2021. A getting to know each other ZOOM gathering with the Iluka PreSchool was held on Tuesday. It was a big success and I thank Leeanne and Aleisha for organising this opportunity. Please remind family and friends to contact the school regarding any students who will be enrolling in Kindergarten next year. Enquiries and enrolment forms are available at the office. Students must be residing in our Enrolment Zone to attend our beautiful school. Unfortunately, we cannot accept out of zone students.


Our latest ground improvements are almost finished with many thanks to our Stage 3 students for their hard work. The sustainability gardens have been cleaned and tidied, leaving another large area that will soon be used for general play. I believe Stage 3 students are helping to design a creative and natural play area for the school. Stay tuned!


Our patient and yet small, dedicated P&C group met for the first time at the Iluka Bowls Club last Monday. The new committee is now getting familiar with their roles and responsibilities and will be valuable partners for the school. The short time spent was very productive and meaningful. Sustainability was an issue discussed and as a result the school students now have an area where to deposit their food scraps.

I was now wondering if any interested parent or community member would be able to collect and take our used drink poppers over to the recycling plant in Yamba to cash in. Please contact me if interested.

SCHOOL PLAN 2021-2024

The School Planning Process for 2021-2024 has now begun.

Staff are currently working on evaluating our current school programs and completing a situational analysis reflecting on our teaching, leadership and management practices. We will be sending home a survey for families later this term or early next term to complete together to assist us in developing a School Improvement Plan that meets the needs of our students now and in the future. Please ensure when it comes that you take the time to discuss and answer it with your children. Thank you.


Well, it’s that time of year again when our school seriously starts talking about walking! Walk Safely to School Day, now in its 21st year, asks that we all consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking as part of a healthy, active way to get around. And although walking all the way to school isn’t realistic for many of us, it’s quite easy to figure out how you can build a walk into your family’s daily routine. You can teach your child the healthy habit of walking more by:

  • Walking with them the whole way to school

  • If they catch the bus, walk past your usual stop and get on at the next stop

  • If you have to drive, park the car a few hundred meters away from the school and walk the rest of the way.

Regular exercise like walking with your child not only helps them (and you!) to beat chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, behavioural and mental health issues, it also gives you a great opportunity to teach your child safe ways to behave around roads and traffic. Remember, Active Kids are Healthy Kids, so get planning your own Walk Safely to School Day journey for Friday 11th September.


Next Monday teachers will be involved in another professional learning session. Staff will be developing a whole school English scope and sequence program, in conjunction with Sharon Gale from the NSW Department of Education. We are again at the forefront of teaching and learning. The program will be very beneficial for staff and for students over the next two / three years.


School photos have been scheduled for Thursday 16 October 2020.

Individual envelopes with each child’s name have now been sent home. These envelopes, with your photo pack request completed, can be returned to your child’s class teacher or the school office from now until the morning of the 16th of October. Please note, sibling photos are also available, but are a separate envelope. These envelopes can be picked up from the front office.

Have a wonderful week, Phil.