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WEEK 8 - TERM 4

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 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)

PRINCIPAL REPORT

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 iluka-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au. 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.


BOOK FAIR

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.


OVERDUE BOOKS

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

SWIM SCHOOL

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

RAFFLE TICKETS

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.


CANTEEN DONATIONS

This week Year 3/4 are encouraged to send in a plate of donated goodies to sell at the Tuckshop.