WEEK 8 - TERM 4
Wednesday 2 December - Yr 6 Farewell dinner @ Club Iluka, 5:45 pm arrival (students and staff attend)
Thursday 3 December - Stage 2 (Yr 3/4) Excursion to Coffs Harbour. Leaving 7:30 am, arrival home approx. 10:45 pm
Friday 4 December - Yr 5 Prefect Speeches, 9:15 am start. One parent invitation.
Friday 4 December - Deadline for your email link to Zoom access on Presentation Day.
Monday 7 December - Library Stocktake begins. All overdue books to be returned.
Tuesday 8 December - Presentation Day, 11:30 am (Yr 6 parent/carer attend. Zoom invitation)
Tuesday 8 December - Yr 6 Disco @ School, arrival between 5:30-6:00 pm. Finish at 8pm.
Friday 11 December - Last tuckshop for the year!
Friday 11 December - School Reports go home
Friday 11 December - Final Whole School Assembly (no external attendance)
Tuesday 15 December - Last School Banking day for 2020
Wednesday 16 December - Students last day of Term 4
Thursday 17 December - Staff Development Day (No students attend)
Good afternoon Parents, Carers and Community.
AFL RICHMOND PREMIERSHIP PLAYER DAVID ASTBURY
The school was amazed that triple premiership player David Astbury could visit our school last Friday. David spoke to the senior students about the importance of being resilient, being a team player and chasing your dreams. David was terrific with the students and we very much appreciated the time he took out of his holiday to come to our school.
PS Yesterday, David generously donated one of his match worn jumpers which is proudly displayed in the office foyer.
END OF YEAR EVENTS
Historically for all of us at Iluka Public School the end of the year is always a busy period. This year will also be busy, but very different. We are going to try to make these occasions as special as we can for our students given the current circumstances and their limitations.
Our Presentation Day is on next Tuesday 8 December. Unfortunately, the number of parents who can attend is drastically limited and we are only inviting 2 parents/carers per Year 6 student. We have organised a Livestream so all other parents and carers can have a visual of what is happening in real time.
To be a part of this extraordinary Presentation Day, all Iluka parents and carers who want to be involved must send the school your email address so that we can send the Zoom link details to you. Your emails will need to be at school by this Friday 4 December. Our email address is email@example.com. Thank you
The Year 6 Farewell is going ahead on Wednesday 2 December (tomorrow night). We do know that parents are allowed in the club, but not into the auditorium where we will be. The P&C is covering the cost of the meal, but students will need some money for a drink.
The Year 5 Prefect Speeches are on this Friday 4 December. And once again, due to restrictions with numbers one parent from Year 5 may attend this important milestone event. The speeches will commence at 9.15 am.
The End of Year Disco will still go ahead for our students, but again it must be held at the school. The theme for the night is the 80’s. Think fluro, Rock Bands with big hair, punks, Madonna. The cost of the night is $3 and there will be drinks and chips available to purchase through the night. Pizzas will be available (no charge) from 5.30 pm and the disco will commence at 6.00 pm and conclude at 8.00 pm. I am sorry but this event (due to COVID guidelines) is for students of Iluka Public School only. Year 6 Parents only can arrive from 7.30 pm to see the cutting of the cake and the farewell song. Please note - all student drop-offs and pick-ups are to be through the Charles Street gates. Students will not be able to walk or ride home without an adult present.
Our annual Red Faces Talent Quest, Staff V’s Year 6 Big Ball Comp and the Tennis Tournament will take place during the last week of school. Again, it will be for students only to attend. These events are always a lot of fun and a great way to finish off the year.
I am aware that 2020 has been a year like none of us have ever known. I am the first to acknowledge that our students have missed out on many activities that were taken for granted in previous years. I do feel sorry for all of our students, but especially our Year 6. Their last year at primary school should be full of opportunities to make wonderful memories, as they get ready to begin the next phase of their education journey.
We have been trying our best to make the final term of 2020 as close as possible to previous years. We want our students, especially Year 6, to finish this year off with as much of an enjoyable and happy time as possible.
OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS CARE (OSHC) DEMAND
Does the Iluka Public School community require OSHC services?
In order to better understand the care needs of the Iluka Public School community and the impact of COVID-19 on the demand for places in 2021, the Department of Education has a short 5 question survey for parents and carers. This will provide the Department of Education with the data they need to inform and prioritise solutions.
Parents who are deemed to need OSHC care based on these questions will be offered the opportunity to complete a 10 question demand survey to fast track the paperwork required to establish an OSHC at our school.
We have attached an email asking parents to complete the survey by Friday 11 December 2020. Parents can access the survey at https://surveys.education.nsw.gov.au/s3/OSHCParentSurvey
AFTERNOON SCHOOL MESSAGES
I would just like to bring to your attention the habit of parents and carers calling the school in the late afternoon to have “going home” information passed onto their children. We know changes do arise, however, with the number of calls being received most days it is becoming difficult to ensure the messages are getting through and is leaving our office unattended for large periods of time. Though we try our best, we can not guarantee a message taken after 2:30 pm will reach a child in time. If you could have the conversation with your children in the morning about how they are to get home that afternoon we would appreciate your support.
Our last Book Fair for this year was a great success and the students enjoyed looking at the range of books for sale in the library. A special thanks to Mr Jones for organising this event for us.
The library is now closed for borrowing so Mr Jones can run a stocktake. Can I please ask parents to start searching around for any missing library books at home, that may be overdue. If books are lost, parents are asked to contribute to the cost of replacing the book for the library.
COVID-SAFE SUMMER PACK
We will be sending home a COVID-safe summer pack with each student before the year ends. The contents of the pack will help students maintain healthy hygiene practices and to stay COVID-safe during the school holidays.
Here are some quick tips to help you and your families stay COVID-safe during the school holidays:
Encourage your children to use their packs whenever they leave the house
Meet outdoors whenever possible and wear sunscreen
Meet in small groups
Encourage good hand hygiene practices and remind your children to cough and sneeze into their elbow
Keep up-to-date with the latest health information by monitoring the NSW Government website
The K-4 Swim School successfully concluded last week. Teachers believed that all students had an enjoyable experience and improved their swimming and are now more confident around the water. I thank Leah, Linda, our classroom teachers, Club Iluka and the Anchorage Caravan Park for their support. photos
A reminder that raffle tickets and money be returned to school before Thursday 10 December, as the raffle will be drawn on Friday 11 December during the Whole School Assembly. It is a departmental requirement that all ticket books; partly sold or not sold be returned back to school. Your support, time and energy is appreciated and we thank you for your support.
THANK YOU ILUKA
As we come closer to the end of the school year, we’d like to extend our thanks to you, our parent community, for demonstrating so much resilience and patience towards the circumstances we faced together. We strived together to get the best outcomes for our students despite the pandemic and you have stayed by our side the entire time. Thank you again.
This week Year 3/4 are encouraged to send in a plate of donated goodies to sell at the Tuckshop.
The school is currently having another cleanout of our storage areas. For a donation, we have a variety of student chairs available. If you are interested please contact me via the office on 6646 6149.
Have a great week. Phil
CLASS K NEWS
Geography - Last week in class, we discussed the impact litter can have on different environments. The students were somewhat amazed to discover that litter in our ocean could end up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. After our discussion, the students set to work to make posters advertising the need to put rubbish in the bins, not in the ocean, in order to save the sea animals.
Class Party - Our class party will be held on Wednesday 16th December, the last day of school for students in 2020. Our end of year class party will consist of playing some party games and watching a movie. There is no need to send in any party food, as I will be supplying the food (some healthy and some treats). Students will still need to bring in their food for Crunch and Sip, recess and lunch. Kindergarten students do not participate in Secret Santa, as this is a special activity for the more senior students in our school.
Assembly Awards - Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our school assembly last Friday: Cody, Aryk, Phillip and Jy. Well done to Callum, who won a Win Bin prize.
Thank you parents and carers for your quick response in returning library books this week.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
I hope you didn’t get blown away on Sunday night with the strong Southerly gust. Cooled us down somewhat.
Reports - are being worked on at present. Mrs Leseberg and I discuss the students and their progress as well as their attitudes and behaviors all the time. We have very similar opinions which is good. Reports will come home Friday of Week 9.
Library - books need to be returned now, please. Mr Jones will be busy doing a stocktake shortly.
Class Routines - will continue this week and next. We will start to send some artwork home as well as class exercise books the end of next week.
Swimming Scheme - was a great success during Weeks 6 & 7.
Thank You - to Mari and Rita for your organisation of activities to help improve Fine Motor Skills. The children have enjoyed the activities.
Stay happy and hydrated, Di
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Hello parents and carers,
Coffs Harbour Excursion - This Thursday Year 3/4 are travelling to Coffs Harbour for an exciting and action-packed day (and night) out. Please ensure your child has plenty of food for recess and lunch, lots of water, hat, swimming gear for the waterpark and a light jumper or jacket for the evening activities. They must have sensible covered shoes and can wear casual clothes (no singlet tops). If they wish, students may bring along some spending money to purchase a souvenir of their excursion. They will be responsible for their own money (maximum of $20) but all shopping will be collected for safe-keeping and handed out at school on Friday to ensure nothing is lost or broken.
Library - Last week was the final week of library borrowing and students now need to start returning books ready for the library stocktake. Please hunt around and see if any misplaced books can be found. Overdue notices will shortly be sent home for any outstanding books and a fee may apply if they are unable to be located.
Have a great week.
Class donations for next week’s Tuckshop is Year 3/4
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
The Year 6 Farewell Dinner is this Wednesday the 2nd of December.Yes! tomorrow night! Can you believe it??? The students are to be at Club Iluka (formerly Iluka Bowls Club) at 5:45pm for photos. The dinner should finish at approximately 7:30pm.
The Year 5 students have been working very hard on their application for Leadership speeches. Thank you to the year 6 students for your mentorship. I know that this is a very big occasion for the Year 5 students and they are looking forward to presenting to the school on Friday morning at 9:15am. I am so proud of the way in which you have worked together to build support and confidence in each other. I know that our school is in very safe hands as you all have the potential to be amazing leaders next year.
Disco - Next Tuesday is our end of year Disco and the students have chosen to go with an 80’s theme. Maybe there are some cool items in the back of the cupboard that the kids could borrow and wear to this fun occasion?
Raffles - Thank you to all the families for contributing. All Raffle ticket books SOLD or UNSOLD must be returned to school by Thursday 10 December. The Raffle will be drawn at the next whole school assembly.
Canteen Kids - Thank you for your support over the past few weeks with Canteen Kids. This week will be our last lunchtime offer and back by popular demand is Baked Potatoes. Next week we will be serving treats at recess. Students will be able to purchase various items from the canteen with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2.
Secret Santa - We have decided to give Secret Santa a go this year. All the students are required to buy a small gift to the value of $5. Names will be drawn out of the hat on Friday and all presents are required to be placed under the tree before we exchange gifts on Friday the 11th of December.
Home benefits - It is important to continue to complete home activities to extend and broaden knowledge. Maths Mentals went home this week and students are encouraged to continue reading at home on a daily basis.
Have a great week
BORROWING & STOCKTAKE
Borrowing has been closed for all classes as of this week. Students are to return their books on any day possible whether it is their library day or not. I will begin my stocktake at the beginning of next week doing little parts when time allows. Week 10 I will spend 3 full days scanning the senior fiction, junior fiction and non-fiction sections. Performing a stocktake each year allows me to keep track of missing books, remove any old and unused books and give the books, shelves and library a thorough clean in preparation for 2021.
YOUTUBE CHANNEL Have you checked out our YouTube channel yet? We try really hard to upload new content throughout the year to keep everyone entertained and provide you with an insight into activities that occur throughout the year. Please make sure you subscribe to our channel so you get notified when a new video is uploaded.
Our new 3D printer has been set up and over the last few remaining weeks of the term the Year 5/6 will begin creating 3D Christmas ornaments using the online program Tinkercad. I am very excited to see what the students can create.
I hope everyone has a great week. Mr Jones.
Volunteers for Friday 4 December - Sandy and Mark
Volunteers for Monday 7 December - Leonie and Tina
Volunteers for Friday 11 December - Sandy and Mark
The final Tuckshop of 2020 will be Friday 11 December.
Class donations for next week: Year 3/4
If you could offer some time assisting in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
Thank you to those school families who support our school and encouraging your children to practice healthy saving habits each week through the Commonwealth Bank’s School Banking program. Today (Tuesday 1 December) was the last day this year to use your tokens for rewards. We look forward to seeing what the CBA School Banking adventure will be for 2021.
Have you misplaced a Deposit book? Please contact the School Banking Co-ordinator via the school office on a Tuesday and we can arrange a replacement for you.
The last school banking day for 2020 will be Tuesday 15 December.