• Iluka Public School


Updated: Apr 2, 2019



Wednesday 27th - Netball Clinic K-6

Thursday 28th - Alice in Wonderland Jr. performance in Maclean

Friday 29th -Visiting Performance -Let the Music Move You.

April Monday 1st - Parent teacher meetings to be held though the week. TUCKSHOP CLOSED

UNTIL TERM 2 Wednesday 3rd - Netball Clinics Friday 5th - Cross Country Monday 8th - P&C Meeting - 7pm Wednesday 10th - Netball Clinics Friday 12th - Easter Hat Parade. Students last day of Term 1 Tuesday 30th - Students return from holidays


What another brilliant week it has been at Iluka Public School;

Outstanding Readers

One of our focus areas is to continue building students’ reading comprehension and fluency through the ‘Home Reading Journal’ program.

This week I had the pleasure of listening to some of the students reading some of their books. Their efforts were outstanding. The beautiful reading had me wanting to listen to them all day!

Harmony Day

Thank you to the students and parents in making Harmony Day such a success. It was a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home - from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world. Importantly, when students embrace diversity (recognising other’s differences) it strengthens them in many ways.

Year 5 and 6 Canberra / Selwyn Snowfields Excursion

Year 5 and 6 parents and carers made the most of the opportunity by attending the Canberra/ Selwyn Snowfields information night yesterday. Five parents/carers attended. Thank you Mr. Jones for preparing the PowerPoint and to the teachers in attendance. It looks like a fun and educational week. Secure your seat by returning your non refundable deposit of $50. You will find a payment plan in this newsletter that might make budgeting easier.

School Renovations

We have been advised by the Site Manager that work is progressing on time and that there has not been any major delays as yet. He thanked us for our cooperation and understanding as sometimes there will be worksite noise. We will continue to monitor any impact to teaching and learning across the school the works maybe causing.

Parent / Teacher Interviews

Bookings for parent/teacher interviews for all students have been sent home by class teachers. It is so important that all parents / carers attend. Please contact the teacher if times are unsuitable.


Last Wednesday all students participated in a 45 minute session of netball. Thanks to the Sporting School Programs another three sessions will be held every Wednesday for the remainder of the term. Teachers reported that students enjoyed the clinics.

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy 2019

NAPLAN tests will be conducted across Australia for all students in Years 3 and 5 from 14 – 17 May. Our students will sit the Online NAPLAN test this year. Today, the students involved practiced for 45 minutes on the computers preparing for the type of questions they may receive. If you would like further information about your child’s participation in NAPLAN please contact myself. For more information please go to

Alice In Wonderland

This Thursday, the 60 students who purchased the Alice in Wonderland tickets will be taking the bus into the Maclean Civic Hall. Miss Essery, Mrs Howard, Mrs Cunningham and Mrs Gardner will be attendance. All other students are expected to attend school and classes will continue as normal. The show starts at 10 am so an early fruit break / recess will be taken. Students and teachers plan to be back by lunchtime. Students are expected to be in full school uniform.

Easter Hat Parade

It is that wonderful happy time again when we have our bi-annual Easter Hat Parade for K-6. Please help your child to find bits and pieces from your craft box at home and decorate a hat or make a hat for the parade. There will be an Easter prize for all children in each class who participate.

Date: Friday, 12 April

Time: 11.30am

Place: COLA

All parents, grandparents and family welcome. Don’t forget to wear an Easter hat!


Reading Tip-Students in Kindergarten and Year One should be pointing to the words that they are reading. Please ensure that your child uses their right hand, when pointing to the words.

Spare Clothing-It is really important that Kindergarten and Year One students have a spare pair of undies and shorts in their school bag. When the situation arises that your child needs to be changed, it is always comforting for your child to know that they can be changed quickly into dry clothes, rather than waiting for us to ring a parent or carer to bring clothing to school.

Travel Home-If a variation to your child’s normal home travel arrangements is to occur, please complete and send in the Home Travel Variation note or ring the office before 3:00pm so the new information can be relayed to your child. Please note, it is not correct procedure for your child to verbally give me information about a new home travel arrangement, variations can only occur under advice from parents not students.


*Disney Alice In Wonderland Jr performance on this Thursday 28th March.

*Please return green permission note for school performance “Let The Music Move You” and $4.50.

*’Save The Date’…Cross Country Carnival on Friday 5th April. More information to be sent home.



Hello all,

Well we made our move to the library last week and tried to take what we thought we would need for the duration of our stay. We have settled in well to our new little abode.

Homework: is a weekly task and really needs to be consistently completed for the benefits to be reaped.

Home Reading: is a part of homework and needs to be attended to on a daily basis for progress to be made.

Speaking task: for next week is to talk about your family.

Writing: at the moment is concentrating on developing good structure for a narrative (story). This week we used a plan that we made to construct a 4 paragraph piece of writing. The students did really well. Billy, our class mascot got into a little bit of difficulty before being rescued.

Maths: work has involved odd and even numbers, multiplication work, a study of triangles and some addition work.

Harmony: day was a time to reflect and be thankful for all of the different cultures that combine to make our ‘great southern land’.

Performance: money can come in, please.

Interview: notes have been sent home regarding a short ‘catch up’ in week 10 to discuss how your child has settled into first term of 2019. Please fill out suitable times and return to school.

What great rain we have had! Nothing like storm rain. Di


Hello everyone. Thank you for making Harmony Day a big success last week. The kids had an absolute ball because the range of food was amazing. It was great to watch them sit and enjoy the banquet together.

I cannot stress the importance of Home Reading enough. The children should be reading books they are interested in and enjoy. Please see me if you need help assisting your child to engage in a book at home.

End of term Parent/Teacher interviews occur next week and notes have gone home today. Please fill in suitable times and return asap. I will contact you to confirm your time.

The 2019 X Country Carnival occurs next Friday at Iluka Oval. The students have been training hard although the heat has limited us a bit this year. Netball Clinics continue tomorrow. It is awesome to see many of our classmates trying out for the netball and soccer PSSA teams. Best of luck to all. Writing this week moves into discussing viewpoints from both sides. Maths touches on chance again, as well as data and revision of the relationship between multiplication/division. Have a good week, regards Chris.


Netball - Students thoroughly enjoyed their netball session last Wednesday. It was great to see those who know the rules helping others, those who have never played before giving it their best, and in particular, the boys, who had some reservations initially but found the game to be great fun. We look forward to the rest of the clinics.

Library - Due to the Alice in Wonderland performance on Thursday, Mr Jones kindly took the Year 4/5 class on Monday this week. However, students may still be able to exchange their books on Thursday at lunch time if they bring them along.

Camp Notes and Meeting - Please return the expression of interest notes for either Dorroughby (Year 4) or Canberra (Year 5). This assists us in the extensive process of planning these valuable learning opportunities.

School Performance - The show “Let The Music Move You” is coming to Iluka Public School this Friday 29th March. Please return the permission note and $4.50.

Parent / Teacher Interviews - A note regarding parent/teacher interviews went home last week. Please return this note by Wednesday 27th March if you would like to secure an interview time.


* Home reading journals are due every Thursday

* Homework is due on Friday

* Banking is Tuesday

Have a great week!



This week is another busy week in the Year 6 classroom. We are enjoying our class novel ‘Storm Boy” and have been doing character studies.

On Thursday some students will be going to Maclean to watch “The Alice in Wonderland Jr” performance.

On Friday there is a visiting performance at school “Let the Music Move You”. Please make sure that permission notes and money have been returned to school.

Last night there was an information session for parents about the Canberra excursion. Information packs have been sent home today. It is important that you complete and return the enclosed forms.

Short Interviews will be held next week. Notes went home today where you can assign a day to have a 10 to 15 minute chat about your son/daughters progress.


Homework is due on Friday.

Diaries are due on Monday.

Home Reading journals on Thursday

Have a good week Matilda and Tylah


Our final Book Club for this term has been closed and orders have been posted so they should arrive by the end of the week. Thank you to all of those parents that have ordered through Book Club this year so far. It has allowed me to buy many new books for our ever growing library.

Today the students in Year 3 and 5 had a NAPLAN practice in the computer room. The practice test was a success for both year groups.

I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.

Harmony Day

Thank you to our generous school community for the wonderful and vast array of multicultural foods on offer last week for Harmony Day. Many students used the opportunity to try some new foods and others spent some time learning about their food and its origin. Many thanks to the parents, grandparents and carers who worked in the tuckshop throughout the day to warm food, serve and clean up after the event. Thank you everyone for making this day such a huge success!

A number of containers and trays are still awaiting collection. If you recognise any from the photo below, please see Mrs Gardner.

Information on Scoliosis

An information sheet put out by the National Self-Detection Program for Scoliosis has been sent home today with our female students in Year 5 & 6. Scoliosis (spinal curvature) is an important health concern for adolescent girls. Early detection and treatment if required gives better long term results. More information sheets are available from the school office.