WEEK 8 NEWS - TERM 4
Updated: Dec 10, 2019
Thursday 5 December - Surfing excursion, year 5 and 6 @ Main Beach, Yamba
Tuesday 10 December - Presentation Day at 11am
Tuesday 10 December - School Disco at Iluka Bowls Club @ 6pm
Wednesday 11 December - Iluka Christmas Carols (school performance) at IPS from 6pm
Friday 13 December - Big River Film Festival Screening & Award Ceremony @ 9am
Friday 13 December - Whole School Assembly @ 2:15pm
Friday 13 December - Semester 2 reports go home
Wednesday 16 December - 200 Nights Reading Rewards - waterslide activity
Tuesday 17 December - Alan Jurd Tennis Challenge & IPS School Tennis Championships 9:30am
Tuesday 17 December - Yr 6 Graduation Dinner at Iluka Bowls Club
Wednesday 18 December - Students last day of school for 2019
Dear School Community,
Principal's Reminder of his Upcoming Events
Tuesday 10 December Presentation Day at the Iluka Community Hall, 11.00 am
Wednesday 11 December Carols at the School from 6.00 pm
Thursday 12 December Reading Rewards Waterslide
School Non Operational
I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank our school community for your patience, resilience and support in keeping our students safe over recent days.
During this time our school area experienced unprecedented fire conditions (with fires burning out of control, thick smoke and strong winds) which presented challenges for our school parents/carers, students and staff. Moments like these caused great uncertainty as situations changed rapidly.
Unfortunately it was necessary to cease operations at Iluka Public School, however, the safety of students and staff was paramount. It was the right thing to do.
I was extremely impressed by the professionalism and dedication shown by the staff in the face of high pressure (especially on the first Tuesday). My Director worked closely with the Rural Fire Service NSW, when making the difficult decision for our school and our colleagues from the two other local government public schools to become non-operational. Together, they were able to ensure that our staff and students were safe.
With the need to temporarily cease operations at Iluka Public School communication via our Facebook and website meant that families had certainty each day as to whether or not schools were safe to open. I thank Mr Jones for his assistance. Unfortunately, certain events have had to be cancelled while others were postponed. Please now check the school calendar for updates. I apologise for any inconvenience or short notice for any particular event.
Iluka Public School in Term 4
The school term is now full, busy and has now become a learning sprint to the end. The newsletter, Facebook and the website will attempt to keep you up to date. The front office staff are also a great source of information if you need to call. We are teaching and learning still, so ensure that your children are at school and on time every day, ready to learn with their teachers and their peers.
Keep an eye out for end of year activities such as the K/1 Excursion, Presentation Day, Volunteers’ morning tea and Year 6 Graduation Dinner for example. You may want to organise some leave from work to attend an event. Semester 2 report completion is the current priority.
This year the theme for the Year 6 Farewell/End of Year Disco is “Disney”. Our senior students look forward to seeing you all for a fun night dressed up in all things Disney. The disco will be held at the Iluka Bowls Club from 6 - 8 pm on Tuesday December 10.
Sun Safety and Asthma Alert
High temperatures and dense smoke haze has become the norm of late. Please ensure that your child comes to school with lots of water, sun protection and asthma puffers (if required).The library will be open at lunch for children who may prefer to stay indoors.
Unfortunately the Intensive Swimming Scheme for Kindy / Year 1 and Years 2, 3 and 4 has had to be cancelled. The pool has been booked out by other schools. Thank you to staff and parents for your cooperation and understanding. The office are working hard to organise credits for future performances and excursions. I thank you for your patience and understanding as we work our way through individual student lists.
Tomorrow, Wednesday 3rd December, commencing at 9.10 am, members of the Year 5 class will be presenting their speeches to their peers and the staff seeking one of the four available captain or prefect positions. The current student leadership team have been speaking and working with all of the Year 5 students about the rewards and responsibilities associated with being a leader at our school. I encourage all students in Year 5 to think carefully about the information and advice presented to them and to consider how they will make their own special contribution to Iluka Public School in 2020. We wish them all the best and all parents and friends are welcome to attend.
End of year Stock take
This term the library will be completing a full stock take. To help make this process as smooth as possible borrowing has ceased in the library and all books are to be returned ASAP. Mr Jones and myself will be talking with all students about overdue books. If you receive an overdue notice it would be greatly appreciated books could be returned as soon as possible. Any concerns, please see Mr Jones.
Christmas Carols in the School
The annual Rotary Christmas concert is planned for Wednesday 11 December, to be held at the school. All students from the school will be involved in singing the first song. The night will begin at 5.30pm with ham raffles operating. A school BBQ will be available and is being organised by the P & C. The performance will kick off at approximately 6.00pm. Please note that the students should remain with their families on the back oval during the carols. Please refrain from playing under the COLA or in out of bounds areas.
Planning classes for 2020 is well underway. Anticipated enrolments for 2020 have been submitted to the Department of Education. If you are not expecting your child/children to return to Iluka Public School next year, can you please inform the office, in writing, to assist with our planning. Also, if you are planning to enrol another child (in area), please see the office for an enrolment form.
Parents and Carers Catch Up Morning Tea
It’s hard to believe that we are now in December of 2019. The time has certainly passed quickly and a lot of things recently have happened around our school community. I would really appreciate it if you could please come to our Catch Up Morning Tea under the COLA on day Wednesday December 11 at 11:00 am. The school will be providing biscuits, tea and coffee and would love to say thank you for your support during the year and to catch up with your news.
Have a good week. Phil
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Well what a few weeks it has been. It has been a rough week for all of you over the river and I had serious concerns when that northerly was blasting throughout the week. Looking on the positive side of things, you got to spend extra time with your children during difficult times and it’s these situations that bring families even closer together. I know me personally would rather know that my child is safe at home with me rather than being separated from them during such uncertain times.
I feel all parents should be very grateful for the efforts and lengths that Mr Bradmore went to in order to keep parents informed and up to date with the situation at hand. I know for me I would want to be with my family in a situation like that and would relish the chance to spend more time with my child.
Well it’s that time of year again where I am stock taking. I will need all students to return all books to me by the end of the week. There will be no more borrowing for the rest of the year.
Book Club will be ordered tomorrow. In order for it to arrive on time I will need orders to come to me by tomorrow. I have noticed a number of parents ordering through LOOP and I congratulate you on that. It makes the process much quicker and simpler for both of us.
I hope everyone has a good week readjusting back into school routine. Mr Jones.
Volunteers for Friday 6 November - Sandy and Mark
Volunteers for Monday 9 November - Mary and Tanika
Volunteers for Friday 13 - Sandy and Mark
Volunteers for Monday 16 - Sandy and Mark
Class donations this week are Kindy/One.
Advice to assist parents, teachers and students following recent fires.
This information provides advice and assistance for parents, teachers and students following recent bushfire related events impacting local communities.
Large scale distressing events impact our school communities in many ways. The bushfires that impacted a number of our communities has been unsettling and stressful for many people.
Distress may be related to:
having been directly at risk/exposed to fires (loss of homes, pets, personal belongings)
being concerned about family or friends feelings and memories related to previous experience other grief and loss.
Information for parents
The recent fires across a large part of NSW have affected our students and schools in different ways. It is important to recognise that almost all distress or behavioural change following such an event is normal. There is no such thing as a typical reaction.
Children react in different ways depending on age and personality. Some may show much distress or they may ask many questions and appear preoccupied with the event. Some of these reactions may appear immediately but others may not show themselves for weeks or even months later.
Some reactions may include sleep disturbances, regressive behaviour (thumb sucking) nightmares, fear of the dark, clinging to parents/carers, loss or increase in appetite, physical complaints that have no medical basis, aggressive behaviour, competition with siblings for parental attention, withdrawal and/or loss of interest in regular activities.
Children look to the significant adults in their lives for guidance on how to manage their reactions. Parents and teachers can help children cope by remaining calm and reassuring them that they will be alright.
Importantly most children are resilient and return to their previous level of functioning over time.
How you can support your child
Monitor how much your child is being exposed to television/social media stories regarding the fires; children can be distressed by watching repeated images. Explain to them that news reports will repeat images and stories and it may not be a good idea to keep watching.
Find out what your child’s understanding of the event is and correct misunderstandings or confusion.
Include your child in making plans for the future.
Support your child to stay connected to friends.
Keep to your regular routines and activities as much as possible.