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Week 8 News, Term 4

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Wednesday 24 November - 2022 Kindergarten Transition Program (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program will be for students & Preschool staff only. Parents/carers may drop off and pick-up only)

  • Friday 26 November - Tell Them From Me survey closes.

  • Monday 29 November - Library Stocktake begins. Please help your child to return any outstanding library books that they may have.

  • Tuesday 30 November - Intensive Swimming for Year 2/3 and Year 4.

  • Wednesday 1 December - Stage 3 (5&6) Lawn Bowls Activity, 9:30 - 10:30 am (note home today)

  • Thursday 2 December - Year 5 Prefect Speeches. Start time 9:15 am (One family member ONLY (including grandparents) may attend. The visitor must remain seated, be double vaccinated, wear a mask and QR code).

  • Friday 3 December - Stage 3 (5&6) Lawn Bowls Activity, 9:30 - 10:30 am (note home)

  • Tuesday 7 December - Final day of Intensive Swimming for Year 2/3 and Year 4.

  • Tuesday 7 December - Final day for School Banking

  • Wednesday 8 December - Stage 3 (5 & 6) Lawn Bowls Activity, 9:30 - 10:30 am (note home)

  • Wednesday 8 December - IPS End of Year Disco, under the IPS COLA. Drop off at 6:00 pm, pick-up at 8:00 pm. Students will have to dance with their class cohorts. No parents or carers are to stay on site.

  • Thursday 9 December - IPS 2021 Presentation Day. One family member ONLY (including grandparents) may attend. The visitor must remain seated, be double vaccinated, wear a mask and QR code.

  • Friday 10 December - Stage 3 (5&6) Lawn Bowls Activity, 9:30 - 10:30 am (note home)

  • Friday 10 December - Semester 2 Reports go home today.

  • Monday 13 December till Thursday 16 December - Kindergarten / Year 1 Intensive Swimming Program. Daily activity from 9:30 till 10:30 am. Anchorage Holiday Park. (note home this week)

  • Tuesday 14 December - Year 6 Graduation Dinner at Club Iluka, 6 - 8 pm. Students ans staff only in attendance.

  • Wednesday 15 December - Iluka Community Carols, held on the Iluka PS Bottom Oval (further details to come)

  • Thursday 16 December - Last day of Term 4 and 2021 for all students

  • Friday 17 December - Staff Development Day (no students to attend)

2022

  • Tuesday 1 February - All Students return to school for Term 1, 2022.

  • Thursday 10 February - IPS Swimming Carnival - whole school attending. Maclean Olympic Pool

PRINCIPAL REPORT


DEAR PARENTS AND CARERS

We are fast approaching the end of term, and the end of the year, and looking back on the year we have had, we should all be very proud of our school and it’s communities achievements. Our school has been remarkably resilient and our students have been truly outstanding. The pride our students show when in the playground and their commitment to their learning is truly outstanding and we are grateful.

END OF YEAR SURVEY (1.)

The parent survey linked below will help to clarify and strengthen the important relationship between parent and school. Participation in the parent survey is optional. It should take around 5 minutes to complete. We encourage parents to complete the survey for us to better support you and your child(ren).

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejW6U0evXunBhmHQCIaQkdrqoUsMfo9IBeiil6WOPzhQQ4YQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

OUR WEBSITE IS MOVING

Our school website will be moving to the NSW Government supplied school website service over the next few weeks. From Monday 29 November our current website will be frozen and future updates will only be provided on the new site. We will notify you of this web address as soon as it is official.

PREFECT SPEECHES FOR OUR YEAR 5 STUDENTS

On Thursday 2nd December we are holding our yearly Prefect speeches for our Year 5 students who wish to become a leader in 2022. Iluka Public School values student leadership very highly and students chosen for these very prestigious positions have a great responsibility to lead our school with PRAWN PRIDE. I would like to wish our student nominees all the very best for their speech. We are looking forward to hearing what I am sure will be many quality presentations. Good luck to all students. Please note, one family member who has been double vaccinated can attend the event, will be required to wear a mask, QR check-in at the front office and remain seated.

Can I please take this time to congratulate our 2021 leaders, Oceane, Jade, Tulloch, Emma, Ace and Jack, who have represented our school in an outstanding manner throughout a very challenging year.

TELL THEM FROM ME PARENTS SURVEY OPEN (SURVEY 2)

This term, our school is participating in the Partners in Learning parent survey, another part of the Tell Them From Me suite of surveys (student, teacher and parent surveys) on student engagement. The survey asks parents and carers questions about different factors that are known to impact on student wellbeing and engagement.

Running this survey will help our school understand parents’ and carers’ perspectives on their child’s experience at school. These include: communication between parents/carers and staff, activities and practices at home and parent/carer views on the school's support of learning and behaviour. This valuable feedback will help our school make practical improvements.

The survey is conducted entirely online on smartphones, Ipads, tablets, laptops or computers. The survey will typically take 15 minutes or less to complete and is completely confidential. The parent survey is open until Friday, 26th November. Although participating in the survey is entirely voluntary, your responses are very much appreciated.

To access the survey for our school go to: http://nsw.tellthemfromme.com/tr44v

KINDERGARTEN 2022 ENROLMENTS

Do you know any family or friends within the Iluka/Woombah community who have children beginning Kindergarten next year? If you do, don’t forget to let them know to collect and submit an enrolment form for Kindergarten 2022. We will hold our last Transition to School program tomorrow, Wednesday 24 November from 9:30 till 1:30 pm. This will help ensure a smooth and successful start to Kindergarten. Enrolment packs can be collected from the office or accessed online at: https://www.ilukapublicschool.com/

END OF YEAR PRESENTATIONS

The NSW Department of Education has recently provided further updates to guidelines regarding end of year presentations and excursions. Our whole school presentation will be an outdoor event for students and for one parent or carer only. Our Presentation Day will be held on Thursday 9 December. We are also providing an option for parents and carers to join via live stream. More details later.

END OF YEAR DISCO

Our Year 6 End of Year disco will also be an outdoor event. The disco is set down for Wednesday 8 December. Parents and carers cannot attend, but importantly Year 6 parents only will be allowed on site for the Year 6 cake cutting ceremony. Year 6 parents will need to adhere to the COVID-safe requirements which include full vaccination and check in procedures.

Importantly, for the disco, the Year 6 students have selected the theme of After Five (see Year 6 classroom news for details).

BUS TRAVEL APPLICATIONS

2022 school travel applications are now open! To apply go to https://transportnsw.info/. We ask that parents plan ahead and make sure their child has a valid pass to use from the start of the school year. Bus operators are flexible and understanding, particularly at the start of the school year, and will ensure students can travel safely to and from school. However, to best support our operators and assist in planning, we encourage all students to have a valid pass, as early as possible, from the start of the school year.

SEMESTER 2 REPORTS

Reports are still carefully being completed and will be printed ready to go home Friday 10 December. A huge thank you to our teachers for the many hours they have spent so far compiling these reports. Having seen some of the literacy and numeracy data myself, I am proud of the wonderful results and efforts of our students. They are always striving to meet the high expectations set for them by our teachers and community.

Based on NSW Department of Education guidelines, the reports have been adjusted in recognition of the impact of the Learning from Home program. The report indicates work that has been submitted during the home learning program, focusing on English and mathematics. The report will be complemented by an optional parent/teacher interview, where the class teacher will focus on academic progress, future directions, wellbeing and identify what can be done to support learning growth. Further details of when interviews will be held will be posted soon.

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