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WEEK 9 NEWS - TERM 4

  • Tuesday 8 December - Yr 6 Disco @ School, arrival between 5:30-6:00pm. Finish at 8:00 pm.

  • Friday 11 December - Last tuckshop for the year!

  • Friday 11 December - School Reports go home

  • Friday 11 December - Final Whole School Assembly (no external attendance)

  • Monday 14 December - Library Stocktake begins

  • Monday 14 December - IPS Tennis Championships (no eternal attendance)

  • Tuesday 15 December - Last School Banking day for 2020

  • Tuesday 15 December - IPS Annual Red Faces Talent Quest (no external attendance)

  • Wednesday 16 December - Students last day of Term 4

  • Wednesday 16 December - Annual Yr 6 v’s Staff Big Ball Competition (no external attendance)

  • Thursday 17 December - Staff Development Day (No students attend)

2021

  • Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 January - Staff Development Days (No students attend)

  • Friday 29 January - Kindergarten to Yr 6 Return to School for Term 1

  • Thursday 4 February - IPS Swimming Carnival

PRINCIPAL REPORT

GOOD AFTERNOON

We know that this year has not been the year we all imagined for our children, but I am grateful that our school community recognises how hard our school has worked to walk that thin line between meeting Department and NSW Health Guidelines and ensuring we provide special experiences for our students this year. We know that some of the traditions and experiences our students normally look forward to have required modification or postponing this year.

However, Term 4 has been significantly busy, exciting and action packed, with activities including:

  • Three sessions of our Pre-Kindergarten Students Program

  • Stage 1, 2 and 3 excursions;

  • School leadership selection process,

  • Year 6 fundraising stall eg cupcake stall;

  • Survey applications for Before and After School Care;

  • Presentation Day on Zoom

We also squeezed in Swim School and the last scripture lessons for the year. Still to come is the Staff V’s Year 6 Big Ball game, Iluka Public School Red Faces Talent Quest and the IPS Tennis Tournament.


2020 PRESENTATION DAY

TUESDAY 8 DECEMBER, 11:30 AM - 1:00PM

2020 Presentation Day was held today, Tuesday 8th, under the COVID-19 Guidelines. Unfortunately, this year we could not have the usual number of parents, carers or visitors attend. Therefore, we enabled parents and carers to view the Presentation Day live via Zoom. If you were unable to watch the presentation live, you can receive a copy of the presentation on a USB. Students will need to bring a USB to school, we are unable to provide them. Once copied, the USB will be returned home for your viewing.

A lot of planning and work went on behind the scenes and I hope that it met the needs of our families. A big thank you to the administrative staff of Iluka Public School who worked hard to make this day a success. Special thanks also to Mr Jones for being innovative in the climate we are in at the moment.

END OF YEAR DISCO

At 5:30 pm tonight, Tuesday 8 December, all students in Years K to 6 are invited to take part in our End of Year Disco. At 5.30 pm the P & C in the Tuckshop will provide pizzas to students who attend. The disco will commence at 6.00 pm. Due to COVID guidelines the event this year will be held under the school COLA.


STUDENTS ARE ASKED TO DRESS IN THE THEME OF THE NIGHT: 80’S.

Packets of chips, poppers and water will be available to purchase for small charge (50c - $1). This event is for students of Iluka Public School only. Year 6 parents and carers are welcome on site at 7.30 pm, to join in the celebrations for the cutting of the cake and for the last song. DJ Static will provide the music and I have no doubts will do a wonderful job.


STAGE 2 - COFFS HARBOUR EXCURSION

Great school excursions take planning and effort, but the rewards can be huge for both students and teachers, give the students a memory that they will remember for a long time. In 2020, COVID - 19 has meant that our students have missed many opportunities to enjoy the benefits of sharing new learning experiences in new environments - perhaps with new teachers or instructors.

Excursions also offer students the opportunity to experience new learning in new ways. The anticipation and excitement of a great school excursion helps students retain new learning, while getting out of the classroom gives children an opportunity to spend time with each other in a new environment. School excursions often require students to spend time in small groups, observing, chatting and learning.

Last week our Stage 2 students had the opportunity to take their learning outdoors to Coffs Harbour. It was an early start and a long day. We did not get home until 11.00 pm. The group visited the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, Big Banana, Red Sails Restaurant and Mutton Bird Island. Student behaviour, participation and their camaraderie was exceptional. We are thrilled to be able to provide these opportunities for our students. Thank you Mrs Gardner, Miss Lynne and Mr Jones for your organisation supervision and attendance.

In the words of Year 4 students Paige, Olivia and Tessah, “ We really enjoyed the Dolphin Marine park, especially watching the seals do their tricks and getting to see the penguins. Big Banana was lots of fun. The 4D movie was exciting and scary at the same time! And Lazer Tag was cool. But we really liked Mutton Bird Island. It was interesting hearing the Dreamtime stories and then going up and spotting the Mutton Birds. Did you know they migrate each year all the way from Russia and Alaska? That’s so far!!! Also, the dinner was really yummy. Thanks Mr Bradmore for shouting us icecream.”

CLASSES FOR 2021

The school is working hard to finalise student placements and classes for 2021. As our community understands and appreciates, fluctuating student enrolments at a small school can have a significant impact on class structure and organisation. Forming new classes in the middle of the year is not preferred, and we will avoid this, if possible. However, we cannot anticipate, ahead of time, whether new families will join us next year. Increased enrolments after the start of the year may force a re-shuffle. However, we aim for stability and, based on anticipated enrolment figures, we are planning 5 classes (up one from 2020) for 2021. However, things may change, and often do, at our school. For this reason, class details and teacher allocation will be announced next week in a ‘draft only’ format. It will be subject to changes depending on future enrolments.


2021 ENROLMENTS

In 2021 we can anticipate 8 Kindergarten students. We look forward to welcoming you to the big school on Friday 29 January 2021.

CHANGES TO ENROLMENT FOR 2021

Any families or students who may not be returning to Iluka Public School in 2021, please contact the office to let us know so that we can plan accordingly.


THANK YOU YEAR 6

Congratulations to Year 6 who organised and held a very successful Canteen Kids last Wednesday. This was one of the fundraising events to assist them in funding the Year 6 Farewell and gift to the school.

Last Wednesday evening was a lovely gathering for Year 6 to say farewell as a group. Staff and Year 6 had a wonderful dinner together at Club Iluka. The room was beautifully decorated and a presentation was screened featuring the Year 6 of 2020. Mrs Cunningham did a wonderful job, organising the night and thanks again to Mr Jones for your professional and sentimental video.

Year 6 have modelled resilience and positivity to our entire school community this year and are wonderful role models to our younger students. They have shown amazing persistence, overcoming barriers with fortitude and a ‘can do’ attitude. We are so proud of our Year 6 students and are sad to see them leave us. On behalf of our school staff, I wish them all well in their future endeavours and anticipate continued success in their learning and development in high school.

VOTING FOR THE 2021 PREFECTS

Last Friday the whole school was delighted to listen to the speeches of the 19 Year 5 students who wish to stand for Captain, Vice-captain and Prefect in 20