• Iluka Public School


Updated: Sep 17, 2020


  • Wednesday 16 September - Spelling Bee - Stage 1 (Yr 1 & 2)

  • Thursday 17 September - Spelling Bee - Stage 2 (Yr 3 & 4)

  • Friday 18 September - Spelling Bee - Stage 3 (Yr 5 & 6)

  • Wednesday 23 September - P & C Meeting @ 1:30 to 3:00 pm - Club Iluka.

  • Friday 25 September - Last day of Term 3

  • Monday 12 October - First Day of Term 4 for both students and staff

  • Friday 16 October - School Photos


Good afternoon Parents and Carers,

We are getting closer to the end of Term 3 and I am wondering how did we get to the middle of September already? The weather is warming up and everything is looking very green at Iluka PS.

K-6 students are really enjoying their golf sessions this term with Mark Adey on a Thursday. All students and some teachers have been refining their skills learning to hit a golf ball off a tee. We finished off last week with many students taking part in the Walk Safely to School day. I also had the absolute privilege of observing a very close debate between our Stage 3 students and a team from Gulmarrad PS. The students tried very hard but were just beaten. I was so proud of our team. This week, we will see our students compete in the annual Iluka Public School Spelling Bee. I wish all students the very best.


We have had jigsaws, Where’s Wally and now coloured chalk. Who would have thought a box of chalk could fill playtime with so much fun and learning! This week we simply let children express their creativity and their imagination by using chalk on any concrete surface for learning! It incorporated so many learning opportunities. It was great for all ages, Kinder to Year 6, and students again showed plenty of creative potential and interest. No cleanup or mess at the end either!


Over the past fortnight, Iluka Public School has commenced a whole school morning check-in routine. It is allowing teachers an insight as to how our students are feeling as they arrive at school. Surrounded by their peers whom they’ve known for months, or perhaps even years - and the teachers they see daily, our students are feeling connected and united. Iluka Public School is a safe, supportive school where our dedicated staff work every day to build strong relationships with every student.


I realise that when I talk about the importance of parents reading the newsletter I am probably talking to those who already do so. If you know people that don’t read it could you please encourage them to do so.

We use the newsletter as a regular way of communicating events and news about our school, to our wider community. Each week the newsletter is sent as an attachment via the school FaceBook app and placed on our website, under the News tab. I do not believe the expectation that parent’s access and read the newsletter is unreasonable. We talk about ourselves as a school community and communication is important. This is one way that parents can do their bit to support the school. It is actually an opportunity to spend five minutes with your child discussing what is happening at school. You may even choose to forward on the newsletter to our past students or friends.


Congratulations to 22 Iluka Public School students who received their Times Tables Licence on Monday 14 September 2020. Ten students from Years 5/6 and 12 students from Year 3/4 successfully completed the set tasks over the first half of Term 3. The 22 students have worked hard on mastering their tables and were very excited to receive their ‘first’ licence. This Times Table task was a program coordinated through the MangaHigh app, which the school had purchased for a specific time frame.


Teachers are required to be on duty 30 minutes prior to the start of the school day. Therefore, there is no teacher on duty until 8:30 am in the morning. Recently, we have had numbers of children arriving at school just on 8:00 o'clock in the mornings, prior to the start of supervision. We ask you to ensure that children arrive at 8:30 am or after, in line with supervision times. In the event that your child may need to be at school prior to 8.25 am for any reason, could you please make contact with me? Classes commence at 8:55 am and if children do arrive late, a parent (either in person or by phone) should be informing the office with a valid explanation.


School photos will be held on Friday 16 October 2020. That is Week 1, Term 4. If you have misplaced your previous school photo envelope, please contact the school office for a blank one. Sibling photo envelopes are also available from the front office. Please note these are only for siblings who are current students of our school. All envelopes are due back to school before or on the day. If you are paying by cash please make sure the correct money is enclosed as the school doesn’t process these payments and change cannot be given.


Planning is well underway for next year’s Kindergarten! We already have a number of children registered to start "Big School" in 2021. I have also had an excellent response to our personalised school tours. Please remind family and friends to contact the school on 6646 6149 regarding any students who will be enrolling for Kindergarten next year. Enquiries and enrolment forms are available at the office.


While our Stage 2 and 3 students recently had the opportunity to complete the Tell Them From Me Survey, Parents and Carers will now also have an opportunity to complete a survey and voice their thoughts. We encourage all parents to complete the survey, as results are used to inform school planning and areas for our improvement.

The parent’s survey can be found at


Unfortunately, we have been advised that due to COVID 19 and the changes to advice regarding the delivery of sport and physical activity in public schools, the School Swimming and Water Safety Program usually completed in Term 4 has been cancelled for 2020. We will keep you updated as new information is available regarding the program in 2021.


Each week students and staff are discovering ever-changing tuck shop suggestions, designed by our tuckshop team, Sandy and Mark. The menu is proving popular with the big sellers being the fruit sticks, jellies, Milos and the pizzas. We love it and send a big thank you to Sandy and Mark for their dedication to all things Tuckshop!


A reminder to students (and parents) of our school waste processes. At Iluka Public School we have four ways to dispose of waste:

Yellow Bins – for paper and cardboard.

Tote Tray – for 10c drink containers, such as popper cartons.

Plastic buckets – for food scraps for the chickens.

Rubbish Bins - for all other rubbish.

I was now wondering if any interested parent or community member would be able to collect and take our used drink poppers over to the recycling plant in Yamba to cash in? We would be very thankful for your help. Please contact me if interested.

Have a great week,



Newsflash - Kindergarten Spelling Bee Competition has just been completed. The Kinders displayed a positive attitude and demonstrated resilience throughout the whole process. Awesome job, everyone!

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Cody is our Kindergarten Spelling Bee Champion for 2020 and our second placed winner is Aryk. Congratulations to both of you for your outstanding achievements!

Writing - Last Friday, the Year Four students proudly showcased their descriptive writing slides they had created. The Kinders and I were amazed at the effort and the quality of the work produced. Congratulations Year Four and Mrs Gardner. We in turn, showed the Year Four students how clever we have become at constructing stories using our knowledge of known sight words and phonics. The Year Four students have kindly offered to work with the Kinders to turn a narrative story they are currently writing into a book. The students are very excited about this exceptional learning opportunity. Stay tuned for an update!!!



Hello Everyone

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful Spring days. We are so fortunate to live in such a picturesque part of the world. There are so many beautiful walks around Iluka.

We continue to maintain positive and effective routines in the classroom. All children love routine and knowing what is going to happen and what they have to do to succeed.

Well done to the children that participated in the Spelling Bee initiative. Our competition day is tomorrow. Spelling is a part of being able to communicate through writing. The children’s writing has progressed immensely this year. At present we are working on narratives and the children have been including more content and detail. Reading is also another area that is developing very well. Some class members have improved dramatically this year. Keep that practise going at home as it is very important for reinforcing skills learnt at school. We have been hearing some interesting talks during our speaking time.

We have been working very hard and will be looking forward to the end of term holiday. Enjoy your week, Di.


Hello everyone,

Spelling Bee - This week on Thursday, Year 3/4 students will participate in the Stage 2 Spelling Bee. I wish them all the best. I still have copies of the list words if anyone needs an extra copy.

Cyber Safety - Thank you Mr Jones for undertaking some important cyber safety lessons to ensure our students are safe when working online.

Golf - Unfortunately golf had to be cancelled last week due to the wet weather. However, everyone is looking forward to learning more new skills this week. Thank you to Mr Adey.

Writing and Google Slides - Year 4 students are currently working on descriptive writing. Last week they prepared a series of ‘What am I?’ clues using Google Slides to make a guessing game, especially for Kinder. I was so impressed with the effort and quality of their work. Kinder then in turn demonstrated their writing skills and constructed a story about a pirate. Wow, they have come so far this year and it brought back wonderful memories for the Year 4 students. Well done, Kinder and Miss Essery!

Have an enjoyable week.



Last week was a lot of fun.

Monday - We had the usual assembly in the morning. We also did more planning for the debate that was coming up on Friday.

Tuesday - Came quicker than expected! We had scripture in the afternoon with Sister Lyn.

Wednesday - Was an inside type of day because of the rain. Anything outside was cancelled.

Thursday - Was another wet day, unfortunately. Tennis was cancelled at lunchtime and because of the lack of sunshine, our golf sessions with Mr Adey were cancelled too.

Friday - We had the fun experience of participating in the Walk Safely to School event if we could. Also, our fellow student’s participated in Round 4 of the Premier’s Debating Challenge against Gulmarrad Public School. The debates have been via Zoom, because of COVID, so we all got to watch. Our team did really well, but we didn’t take the win.

Reminders - To the students and parents. If you want to go into the Handball Competition which Year 6 is running next week, this week is the LAST week to bring in your money ($3). You will get a free handball pop. Year 6 is using the money raised to go towards our farewell gift to the school.

  • Don’t forget your library bag and Home Reading Journal on Thursday.

  • Our Spelling Bee is on Friday. Keep practicing everyone!

  • Home Benefits work is due in on Friday.

Written by Grace and Krystal.



The new PC robotics kits have arrived. These kits will be taken full advantage of during the first 8 weeks of Term 4. Included in the kit is:

  • 10 x LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3

  • 1 x Ozobot EVO Classroom Kit

  • 10 x Grove Inventor Kit for micro:bit including 10 x microbit

  • 12 x Makey Makey

NEW BOOKS The school has recently bought a wide variety of Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) books that were shortlisted as must-have books for 2020. These books are of the highest quality texts for students to read, with many having a deeper, more meaningful message found within. The 2020 CBCA Shortlist is a treasure trove of some of the best Australian children's books published over the past year.

I hope everyone has a great week, Matt.


After missing out on our golfing session last week, due to wet weather, classes are looking forward to learning some more skills with Mr Mark Adey on Thursday.


  • Volunteers for Friday 18 September - Karla

  • Volunteers for Monday 21 September - TJ and Sandy

Class donations for next week: Year 3/4

Thank you to the parents and carers who donated treats to yesterday’s tuckshop. Word around the playground was the cupcakes were sensational!!! We very much appreciate your support.

A big thank you must go to our Tuckshop Co-ordinator Karla. Karla is not only responsible for ordering the tuckshop staples and the roster each week, but can often be found manning the Tuckshop on a Monday when volunteers are unavailable! If you could offer some time assisting in the tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you.


A reminder that Iluka Public School’s School Banking day is Tuesday.

Not currently involved in the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program, and would like to know more? Ask your child to collect a 2020 School Banking information booklet from Mrs Speirs, ask at the office or visit

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