• Iluka Public School



  • Tuesday 10 December - Presentation Day, 11am - Iluka Community Hall

  • Tuesday 10 December - School Disco (Disney theme) at Iluka Bowls Club @ 6 - 8pm

  • Wednesday 11 December - Catch Up/Thank You morning tea @ 11am. All welcome.

  • Wednesday 11 December - Iluka Christmas Carols (school performance) at IPS from 6pm

  • Thursday 12 December - Infant & Stage 1 Excursion to Yamba @ 8:30am - ferry terminal

  • Friday 13 December - Big River Film Festival Screening & Award Ceremony @ 9am (student only event)

  • Friday 13 December - Whole School Assembly @ 2:15pm

  • Friday 13 December - Semester 2 reports go home

  • Monday 16 December - 200 Nights Reading Rewards - waterslide activity

  • Monday 16 December - P & C Meeting @ 7pm (final meeting of the year)

  • Tuesday 17 December - Alan Jurd Tennis Challenge & IPS School Tennis Championships 9:30am

  • Tuesday 17 December - Yr 6 Graduation Dinner at Iluka Bowls Club @ 6pm

  • Wednesday 18 December - Students last day of school for 2019


Firstly, I would like to thank our staff for being so pro-active, flexible and supportive of the changes to routine due to recent bushfires.

It was with great pride last Tuesday that we watched our potential school leaders for 2020 bravely address students and teachers during their speeches. Each and every student who addressed the school should hold their head high as they all did themselves, their families and the school proud. Congratulations to the students who have made it into our School Leadership Team for 2020. I look forward to working with you all on the many events and duties that are required by our school leaders. Our new School Captains and Prefects for 2020 were announced at our Presentation Assembly today. Congratulations to all. Formal recognition will be in next week’s newsletter.

As we head into the busy end of Term 4, I am particularly proud and honoured to be the Principal of this amazing school. Today I took the opportunity to thank our amazing students, parents, community and staff at the Presentation Day Assembly. It was a wonderful morning and I thank all those who could attend. Tonight, it’s time to celebrate our Year 6 students and their time at Iluka PS with the annual disco, and to wish them luck on their new journey to High School.

Thank you to Mrs Howard for organising the Iluka PS Tennis Championships. Iluka Public School certainly have some talented tennis players. We look forward to the Grand Final when Decoda will play Eddie for the prestigious Golden Racquet Award, to be held next Tuesday 17 December on the school tennis court. All are welcome to attend.

I would like to recognise Mr Jones, who is working very hard in several roles at the moment. In the library he is doing the annual stocktake. All library books are now due to be returned. Notes are going home in the coming days for those students who have outstanding books. Books either need to be returned or replacement payment made with the slip provided. As well, Mr Jones is reorganising the computer room in readiness for it to become a new classroom. Next year, the computer room will be situated in the current Year 4/5 room. More details for 2020 will be announced in next week’s newsletter. Finally, Mr Jones has been very busy putting together a number of important slide shows, video clips and photo galleries in preparation for the upcoming assemblies and farewell to our Year 6 students. I thank him very much for his efforts in these areas.

I know many parents are aware, but I would like to reaffirm that students are kept off the back oval on days when there is very poor air quality or excessive heat. Children who suffer from asthma should have a puffer with them at all times.

Semester two reports will be provided to your child on Friday. The reports are a result of rigorous and continuous assessment and provide information for you regarding achievements to date and individual learning goals. Please take the time to look over the report with your child and celebrate their successes. Remember if you would like to discuss the report further an appointment needs to be made through the office.

I can’t believe that we are up to the second last week of the school year again so soon. On Wednesday (tomorrow) we are holding our Catch-Up/Thank you/Goodbye Morning Tea. It commences at 11.00am. It is the last chance for the school community to get together before we break for the summer. Please come along and join us if you can. I’d also like to mention that our final Whole School Assembly will be held this Friday 13 December at 2:15pm. We would love to see you there. For any students who may have Special Awards due, please bring them into me before Friday.

Similarly, I look forward to seeing many parents at this year’s Christmas Carols, being held on the school grounds this Wednesday evening. Could we please remind all students that the play equipment and top area of the school remains out of bounds. Parents support for this would be appreciated. Many thanks to those families who have volunteered some time on the P & C BBQ at the carols. We very much appreciate your help and support. If you would like to assist please let the office know and you will be advised a time slot.

I hope you have an enjoyable week. Phil


Excursion - Kindergarten, Year One and Year Two excursion is this Thursday 12th December. Students are required to be at the Iluka ferry terminal by 8:30am. Students will need to wear their sports uniforms and school sun safe hat. Enclosed and sturdy shoes are essential. Students will need to bring food/drink for recess and lunch. Cost is $5. Please return the permission note and $5 as soon as possible.

Home Reading - On Friday, home reading will cease for 2019. Please ensure that all home readers are returned and that your child’s reading journal is up to date. Students who have reached 200 nights of reading will receive their certificate at our whole school assembly this Friday.

Water Slide - Due to Iluka Public School being non-operational for a two week period, each student will have an additional 15 nights added to their journal record to compensate for this lost reading time. Therefore students who have reached the milestone of 185 nights of reading, will be invited to participate in the school water slide activity on Monday 16th December.

Class Party - On Wednesday 18th December, last day of school, we will be holding our class party. We will be playing some party games and watching a movie. Students do not need to bring in any party food, as I will be providing the treats while we are watching the movie - fruit, biscuits/cheese/dip, popcorn and chips. Reminders

*It is important that students wear their correct school uniform and black shoes this week, as our class is trying to win the uniform award again!

*Semester Two students reports will be sent home this Friday.



Hello Everyone,

It has been so nice to have everyone back at school after the extreme conditions experienced by us all. It definitely wasn’t a ‘holiday’!

Home Reading: awards will be given out on Friday. Well done to those boys and girls that reached the 200 night milestone. Consistency and persistence being the key components. Enjoy the waterslide!

Work: will start to come home over the coming week. The children have made an art folder that holds all the fantastic work they have done this year.

Class party: will be next Wednesday. We will have some time to work out what food we can bring in to share.

Year 2 Excursion: is this Thursday. All necessary information in the note.

Reports: will come home this Friday.

Thank You: for your support this year. I have appreciated the positive feedback. I have really enjoyed being a part of your child’s life this year. I liked getting to know each student as an individual and little person. It is rewarding seeing the academic progress as well.

Merry Christmas: to you all. May you enjoy being with your family and sharing time together. The simple things are best. Enjoy everything that summer has to offer and stay safe and happy. See you for a bright new year in 2020! Di


Hello everyone. First and foremost, well done to Kobe, Avalon, Beau, Tessah, Paige, Jessica and Eli for achieving 200 nights of reading this year. I know you will enjoy the waterslide with Mr Bradmore on Monday! We will recognise these students at the last Whole School Assembly this Friday.

Our class party is Wednesday 18th December. We are going to the museum and the Bay - more info to come!

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students for a great year. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching and getting to know them all. (Yes - all of them!) I wish all families and friends of Iluka Public School a very safe and happy time over the summer holidays. Merry Christmas, Chris.


Year 5 Prefect Speeches - Congratulations to all students in Year 5 for delivering such outstanding prefect speeches last week. I was so proud of every student just for attending school that day prepared to present their speech, let alone the heartfelt, honest and well-spoken messages presented. Well done, Year 5! Regardless of the outcome of the election, I know each and every student will be a wonderful leader next year. Thank you to Mr Bradmore for assisting the students to prepare for the speeches.

Home Reading - Congratulations to Shoanoah, Lilly, Emma, Jack, Oceane, Jade, Kiani, Hudson and Amy-Leigh for achieving 200 nights of home reading for the year. This is no easy feat and you all thoroughly deserve your session on the waterslide next Monday as a reward for your commitment. Don’t forget to bring your swimmers and towel.

Merry Christmas - I would like to take this opportunity to thank families for their support throughout the year. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching your children this year. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, a safe holiday break and all the best for 2020.