• Matt Jones



  • Wednesday 24 March - Tell Them From Me Survey - Year 5, held in class

  • Wednesday 24 March - Due to Intensive swimming extracurricular tennis with Mr Jurd - 1 pm

  • Thursday 25 March - Dress Like Strong Mark Day (note went home)

  • Thursday 25 March - Intensive Swimming Scheme. Yrs 2/3, 4 + selected Yr 5 students

  • Thursday 25 March - NAPLAN practice for Yr 3 & Yr 5

  • Friday 26 March - IPS Cross Country Carnival @ Iluka Public School grounds. Parents & Carers invited to attend.

  • Friday 26 March - Modified Tuckshop (due to carnival) - cold food items only for sale. (See notes below in Principal Report)

  • Monday 29 March - Parent/Teacher Meeting Week

  • Wednesday 31 March - P & C Meeting @ 3:15 pm in the school library. All encouraged to attend.

  • Thursday 1 April - Easter Hat Parade & Last Day of Term 1

  • Monday 19 April - Staff Development Day

  • Tuesday 20 April - All students return for Term 2

  • Sunday 25 April - ANZAC Day. 10.15 am. Meet at the school gates. Full school uniform.

  • Friday 30 April - Small Schools Cross Country Carnival - Iluka

  • The School Stream app complements & streamlines our current communication methods between school and home.

  • The School Stream app provides parents' and caregivers’ school contact information and easy access to school newsletters, notes and admin updates via their smartphones.

  • Under the Permission Notes and Absentee Notes tab parents and carers can now send notes to directly to the school, such as absentee notes, by filling in the appropriate information, signing their name electronically, and clicking submit. Feedback, especially in relation to this particular tool, has been very positive.

  • Importantly, it is also being used for alerts including reminders for upcoming events, excursion arrival times, and sports day notifications.

You can download the School Stream app in three easy steps:

  1. From your device go to the App Store (iPhone/iPad) or Google Play (Android) search for School Stream and download the app to your phone.

  2. Make sure you agree to push notifications.

  3. Once School Stream has finished installing, open the app, type your school name into the search THEN select your school

If you prefer more detailed instructions please visit the School Stream Website ( in addition you could try the 'Installing and Deleting' (pdf 70 KB) instructions.



It was with great sadness to receive the news that our Groundsman, Strong Mark, is leaving Iluka Public School. This Friday will be Mark’s last day. Mark has been with the school since 2003. I would like to thank Mark for the dedicated years of service and loyalty to Iluka Public School. I cannot thank him enough for helping me and the students and staff and for his work to make the school reach its full potential. His efforts have helped the school be a positive asset and something the community should be proud of. His smiling attitude through all types of weather and all the little things he did each day to help us will be sorely missed. Congratulations on a job well done. We wish him all the best.


As our way of saying goodbye, this Thursday 25 March students are asked to dress up in their gardening/workers clothes or in other words, “dress up like strong Mark” for the day. Remembering that Year 2/3 and Year 4 are also attending the Maclean Swimming Pool (at this stage it is still on) and that they will need to change into their swimming costumes too!


Our school has had another excellent week with a number of very successful activities completed despite the wet and wild weather we have been experiencing.


Last Thursday NSW Vegetable Week was celebrated. Our students and staff participated in the biggest Vegie Crunch. Thank you so much to parents and carers for supporting this occasion and also to Cole from our local IGA store for their donations to support our students and our school.


Harmony Day is held every year on the 21st March to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, based on the successful integration of migrants into our community. Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. This theme was celebrated last Friday, with students encouraged to wear the colour orange. The theme for this year’s Harmony Day was “We Belong”. A number of students shared their ideas during the whole school assembly on how they belong to Iluka PS. Our thanks to Mrs Gardner for leading this celebration.


The whole school, K-6, will be holding Parent/Teacher interviews this week and next. It is your chance to discuss the progress of your child/children with the classroom teacher. Miss Essery, Mrs Howard and Mrs Cunningham are organising their own times. Please send the return slip back to them with your available time. Please contact the office (66 466 149) if you require an interview with Mr Speirs and Mrs Gardner. If the nominated days are unsuitable, please let your child’s classroom teacher know and they will organise an alternative time. When you arrive for these interviews please sign in with the QR Code and outside each classroom will be a manual External Visitors sign in sheet for you to complete as well.


I have received excellent news this week that our school has been included in the NSW DEC Rural Access Gap (RAG) Direct Intervention Package which is focused on overcoming an inequity of access to digital technologies that support schools. The focus of the package is schools in rural, regional and remote areas of NSW. In total, it covers about 210,000 students in 1002 schools. Our school will receive an additional 14 laptop devices and 2 Interactive displays to be installed in our classrooms as part of our school entitlement through the NSW T4L. This is fantastic news for our school to ensure that our students have access to the best available technologies.


Our bi-annual Easter Hat Parade will be held on Thursday 1st April, commencing at 9.15 am sharp and concluding at 10.15 am. Pleasingly parents and carers are welcome to attend however you will need to sign on and scan the QR code in the office. Students that participate in the parade will go into a lucky door prize for each class. If their name is drawn out of their classes, they will be entitled to select a book from the collection found in the office of the library.


One of my goals on my school’s ‘bucket list’ has now been achieved. Recently, we submitted a quote to upgrade our basketball/netball/tennis facility by installing a new sun structure over the court. The court will also feature lights, enabling local clubs to use our court in all types of weather and after school hours. I now wish to confirm this initiative has been approved and we are hopeful of it being completed by the end of the year. This is great news! This new structure will mean our students and the community will have an outstanding sporting resource to utilise.


The next P&C meeting will once again be held as an Annual General Meeting, as a new committee is yet to be formed. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 3.15 pm in the school library. All are welcome to attend. It will be wonderful to see some of the regular members and superb for any new members to participate. We look forward to continuing the healthy partnership between the school and the community.


With the upcoming Cross Country Carnival falling on a Friday, IPS’s P & C run Tuckshop will be holding a modified Tuckshop down at the oval (weather permitting). Only cold food items can be ordered or will be sold on the day - no pies, burgers, lasagne etc. There will be sandwiches, wraps, tea, coffee and general morning tea fare on sale.

If you are able to assist the Tuckshop by donating cakes, cupcakes, slices, sandwiches, pieces of fruit for sale it would be greatly appreciated.