WEEK 9 NEWS - TERM 2
Year 6 Transition Day, Maclean High School - Wednesday 26 June.
CWA projects - due in Thursday 27 June.
Whole School Assembly this Friday 28 June, starting at 2:15pm.
Semester 1 reports are being sent home on Friday.
CWA Project Presentation and Afternoon Tea - Friday 5 July.
End of Term 2 Friday 5 July. School resumes for students - Term 3 Tuesday 23 July.
School Athletics Carnival - Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July.
I am so very proud of all our recent achievements. If you have read our last few newsletters and our Facebook (or even Twitter) you will have noticed all the great things our students and staff are doing. Iluka Public School is a great school with fabulous teachers and wonderful students. For example, last Monday we had school photographs taken of all students and staff together. The photographer noticed how proudly students wore their full Iluka Public School uniform and had a genuine smile to indicate how happy they are here..
Iluka Public School Facebook and Website
Many parents are now accessing our new social media pages. For those who missed this information: In order to help our parents stay in touch with what is happening at Iluka Public School, two years ago we established our Facebook page, as well our Website, which are both used to acknowledge the amazing work done by students and teachers of Iluka and to showcase the many events and activities that take place here every week. (Please note: the social media accounts are a secondary form of communication – and should not be relied upon for reminders about upcoming events etc. We encourage all families to access the newsletter, when it is updated, as the core communication tool). Of course, both social media platforms are closely monitored and managed. The Facebook page is for use by parents (none of our students should have Facebook accounts anyhow, as they are under 13 years of age). We hope parents are finding these platforms helpful and an enjoyable way to stay in touch with what is happening in their children's school.
Every day I am reminded of how amazing the students at Iluka Public School are and Monday’s morning assembly was a perfect example. In the 15 minutes, we heard from three students. Firstly, from Jade who finished in eighteenth place (just 400 meters from the winner) at the Regional Cross Country Carnival in Nana Glen. Secondly, we heard from Tylah who in a state-wide Anti-bullying competition, was one of just 40 chosen to attend morning tea with the Governor of New South Wales in Sydney. Lastly, we heard from Jessica, in year 3 who performed her musical item ‘Castle in the Sky’ . Her beautiful singing was good enough to receive one gold and two silver medals at last week’s Eisteddfod in Maclean. There was something for everyone at the assembly and it was great to see such a wide range of talents acknowledged.
This Friday, Semester 1 student reports will be sent home. Please read the report carefully with your child. Included is a section to indicate whether the classroom teacher would like a meeting with you. Regardless of the yes or no request, parents and carers may still ask for an interview. Please telephone the school office on 66466149 for an appointment with your child’s teacher. Parent/Teacher interviews will be held from July 1 to July 5. The students in the Year 3/4 class, shall hold their interviews throughout Week 2, Term 3 when Mr Speirs returns from leave.
Thank you P&C
Thank you to the small group of parents who braved the cold last Monday evening to attend the June P&C meeting. The P&C discussed a wide range of issues including school enrolment zones, scripture, our website and the layout of the newsletter. The P&C also passed a motion that the group would share in the costs of installing new shade sail structures over the play equipment and COLA area. It was a productive evening. The next meeting is set down for Monday 5 August in the staff room.
Concerns regarding student safety online are constantly raised at staff meetings. This time it concerns the social media Tic Toc app. It is important for us as educators and parents to be mindful of children’s internet use. Raising children in a time of intense focus on social media and online activity can be stressful and worrying for parents. Teachers are trying to help keep our students safe and that they have positive experiences. The Department just released a new Digital Citizenship website that provides practical advice to parents and schools for keeping our students safe online. Visit today: https://www.digitalcitizenship.nsw.edu.au/
We have had perfect weather for our Athletics training over the last three Wednesdays. We are also proud of the high level of participation and effort being shown by our students. It has been great to have Christine K and her daughter, former student Sam, also supporting the varied activities. Thank you to Strong Mark for getting the equipment and grounds ready. You can view some of the long jump action shots in the below slideshow.
Kids in the Kitchen
Everyone has a place and an opportunity to shine at Iluka Public School. Last week students from our Year 6 class took to the kitchen again. The students made delicious baked potatoes with the option to add bacon or sour cream. Thank you so much kids. We really enjoyed them. We look forward to the next wonderful treat from the Year 6 students.
Compulsory School Attendance
Over the last two weeks many students have been away. Parents/Carers of children from Kindergarten to Year 6 should try and ensure that their children attend school every day. On some occasions, your child may need to be absent from school. Justified reasons for student absences may include:
• Being sick or having an infectious disease
• Having an unavoidable medical appointment
• Being required to attend a recognised religious holiday
• Exceptional or urgent family circumstances e.g. attending a funeral
Parents/Carers must provide an explanation for absences to the school within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence. Where an explanation has not been received within the 7-day time frame, the school will record the absence as unjustified on the student’s record.
YEAR K/1 CLASS NEWS
It is with sadness that we say farewell to Harlen and his family. We wish them well in the future.
Parent-Teacher Meetings - Thank you parents and carers for your quick response in booking a meeting time. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your child’s progress and future learning directions. A confirmation note was sent home yesterday confirming the date and time for our meeting.
Home Reading - As we approach the end of this term, students who have already reached our target of 100 nights of reading will receive their certificate at our whole school assembly this Friday.
Assembly Awards - Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our whole school assembly on Friday: Kindergarten - Willow, Che and Year One - Rex, Marley, George.
Please make sure your child is prepared for library lessons this Wednesday.
Year One CWA projects due this Thursday.
Semester One reports will be sent home this Friday.
YEAR 2/3 CLASS NEWS
The winter bugs are starting ‘to bite’. If your child is not well please keep them home as the sickness can spread quickly in a class full of children...and teacher.
No Homework: this week as I’m giving the students the chance to finish off their projects on Papua New Guinea. They are due on Thursday.
Home Reading: can still continue. Some children will start to receive their 100 nights reading awards.
Reports: will go home this Friday. If you would like to make an interview time please see me or send a note with your child.
Quicksmart: is a maths program to help improve the recall of number facts. The children are given cards to practise at home. Could you please help your child with these. The students that are putting in the hard work are reaping the rewards.
Last week of June - didn’t it go quickly! Enjoy your warm comfort food.
YEAR 3/4 CLASS NEWS
Mr Speirs is currently on leave but has left a couple of reminders:
Papua New Guinea projects are due this Thursday. No names on them please.
Keep up the home reading. It’s the 100 nights for end of term we are aiming for.
Reports will go home this Friday. Due to my leave any parents or carers wishing to discuss any matters can see me Week 2, Term 3. Please call or call in to the Office (6646 6149) to advise a day/time that’s suitable and I will endeavour to meet these.
On a final note - The weather has turned cold. Please encourage your child to wear/bring adequate clothing. Many children are expressing that they are cold, especially during recess and lunch times.
Stay warm and well. Cheers, Chris.
YEAR 4/5 CLASS NEWS
Week 9 already and the holidays are just around the corner.
Papua New Guinea Projects - CWA projects are due this Thursday 27th June. There will be no homework this week to allow students more time to complete their project. Please remember no names are to be recorded on the project but each student has been assigned an identification number.
Reports - Reports will go home this Friday. I am available for an interview next week if requested. Please see me or send in a note if you wish to meet.
Home reading - Keep up the excellent home reading to the majority of Year 4/5 students. I will be checking journals next Thursday and 100 nights certificates will be handed out at the assembly on Friday.
Cross Country - Congratulations to Jade on her 18th placing out of all 10 year old girls in the whole regional for Cross Country last week. What a magnificent achievement!
Enjoy the week.
YEAR 6 CLASS NEWS
Another week is racing away before us. In my absence I would like to thank the class for continuing to work hard and maintain high expectations. Congratulations to our Canteen Kids this past week in the kitchen. Such delicious potatoes! We have received positive feedback and will continue this creative adventure.
Transition Day tomorrow. Full school uniform please. Don’t forget a jumper in grey or red only.
Papua New Guinea projects are due on Thursday. Remember no names on them.
Home readers on Thursday.
Diaries in on Monday please.
Canberra’s final payment is due 5 July. I thank those parents and carers who have responded to yesterday’s notice. Please contact Mr Bradmore if assistance is required.
Have a good week. Bek
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Last week in STEM the older students were confronted with the roller coaster STEM challenge. During this activity students encounter many of the same issues that real-world roller coaster engineers address. In order to build working roller coasters, students must recognize the constraints placed on their designs and the design of real roller coasters by the fundamental laws of physics. Students learn that their ability to understand and work within these constraints is paramount to the success of their roller coasters. You can see the YouTube video of this activity below (online newsletter only).
Year 2/3 were faced with the challenge to create a racing car using the materials found in the library. They were required to create it big enough to fit the Magneto figurine found in the library. The car also had to have a door and all the wheels were required to rotate. The following lesson this week is to create a ramp from the top of a chair to the ground for the car to go down without breaking or falling apart. You can view some of the images for this activity below. A shot video will be constructed next week to see the results of their challenge.
Our new books have arrived for our library. There are around 20 new books that need to be accessioned, stamped and covered so students can begin borrowing them. This should be done by the end of the week.
Issue 4 of Book Club has been ordered and I am hoping is delivered at the end of this week or early next week.
I hope everyone has a great week, Matt.
Thanks to Matt Crawley, our NSW AFL Development Officer, Iluka Public School has been fortunate to have had two sets of AFL goal posts donated. The school is in the process of organising the installation. We look forward to having goal kicking practice happening in the near future.
Exciting news - the Tuckshop is now the proud owners of a new pie warmer. Many thanks to Oliver for organising and collecting this vital piece of equipment. Also a big thank you to Denise Sutton for her donation of a replacment bar fridge. We greatly appreciate your generosity.
Volunteers for Friday 28th June - Sandy and Mark
Volunteers for Monday 1st July - Karla and Deb
Class donations this week are Year 3/4. NB: donations do not have to be homemade goods. We would be very grateful for bought cakes, biscuits, packet of crackers, serviettes or fruit/veggie.
If you are available to offer some time assisting in the Tuckshop please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
It has recently come to staff’s attention that students are bringing items in their lunch boxes in glass containers. If parents and carers could please find alternative vessels for liquids or storage, it would be greatly appreciated. We commend those with sustainable thinking, but glass is extremely breakable and unfortunately on a mostly concrete seating area breakages are unavoidable and dangerous to all. We thank you for your assistance with this matter.