ILUKA PUBLIC SCHOOL COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER NO 4 23rd February, 2010 AWARDS – Congratulations to last week’s class meeting. Thanks to those who sent their award winners Tarryn Jensen, Bella apologies. Duncombe, Paige Schembri, Kendell Horne, Sound for next week is 'm' and the Letterland Jonah Blackburn, Evan Bryant, Isla Brittain, character is Munching Mike. Gabrielle Christiansen, Madyson Schembri, Readers for next week are 'Hugs' and 'Ouch'. Callan Thomas, Chad Brock, Katie Behn, Words to practise at home are- Ben mum dad Conor Whitelock, Malana Haupt, Josh Lane, can hug pup cat sister grandad baby his Ben Aaron Everson, Daine Laurie, Kayla Stirling, has a bat ball jump over the wall slip fall. Taylah Horne, Hulieo Anderson, Tiffany Hunt, Word Families are -an as in can and -all as in Mary Evans, Tabitha Madden, Brianna Verrall. ball and -ug as in bug. Colour is green. P.E – Lachlan Gooding, Bonnie Everson, Fruit break is a great idea and is working well Cherie Verrall, Angus Cliffe. for those who bring fruit. It is supposed to last CITIZENSHIP – Mary Evans, Reanna Smith, for a maximum of 5 minutes. Anyone who has Brianna Verrall and Crystal Frewin. seen a five year old trying to eat a whole apple Special Awards – Hulieo Anderson, Brianna knows it is like a beaver attacking a big old Verrall, Ember Edie, Ethan Starkey and tree. It's only taking little bites and is going to Connor Hurrell. take a long time to do the job. Chop/slice the fruit up into manageable SPORTS CAPTAINS – Congratulations to our bits and put it in a container of some Sport Captains they are description. Hickey – Girls – Amy White (C) and Bree If there is a lot left over put it in another McMullen (VC) Boys – Jamie White (C) and container for big lunch. Keep the fruit break Raymond Laurie (VC) small and manageable. Rush – Girls – Paige Higgins (C) and Tiffany Thank You - Leigh Barrington F.O.F.F. Hunt (VC) Boys – Thomas Kerr (C) and Kaine (Facilitator of Fruity Frolics) Emberson (VC) YEAR 1 – Starting last week we are learning BUILDING THE EDUCATIONAL about different lifecycles. Last week we REVOLUTION (BER) UPDATE – Tenders for completed a chicken’s lifecycle and this week Iluka Public School’s library and classroom we will be doing a shark’s lifecycle. This will went out late last week. integrate our HSIE, Science and English KLA’s. MUSIC – One music teacher commenced back We have also started to make our own class last week. At this stage we have only the one book based on Dr Seuss novel – ‘Oh the places teacher with another (Mr Troy Castle) stating you’ll go.’ Each child has completed a draft of that if there are more students wishing to their page and published it on the computers. undertake private music lessons that he is We have also added borders, colours and other also available to take music lessons at our effects. This week we will be completing the school. If you are interested in your child illustrations and putting the books together. having private music lessons at Iluka Public Last Friday we learnt some exercises to music. School please notify the school. Students are working on upper and lower body techniques, keeping in time, singing and MUSIC TEACHER – JAN KERR having lots of fun doing it! Qualified Grade 5 Piano and Grade 2 Guitar Home Reading and homework are going very I would prefer not to take students wanting to well. Keep up the great effort! do exams as I just don’t have the time I will be sending home a list of great websites required, as extra hours are needed. this week. I will also be sending home a copy of their CLASS NEWS Mathletics usernames and passwords as soon as I receive them. KINDER – Lots starting to happen already. Fruit break is each day around 9.30 – 10.00 Thanks to those parents who turned up for the am. During this time students can eat a piece of fruit or vegetable – ‘NO processed food’. This is to keep energy levels up and more have been talking to your children about that importantly to promote and encourage the topic of ‘homework’ that we discussed. (Read students to eat fruit and vegetables. Tanya between the lines!) I checked Home Reading Journals today and YEAR 2/3 – Thank you to all of the parents some children are progressing nicely. Quite a who attended the class meeting last Thursday. few received their 25 nights sticker, Mrs Homework was the topic of greatest Dennis gave us some books (that particularly interest/concern to many parents. I believe appeal to the boys) and they have been every student should do homework as it is popular to read. valuable to their learning and gives parents an Speaking Topic (next week): choose a insight to the types of activities we do at favourite movie (rating G or PG) and convince school. However, I realise every child is the class why you like it so much. Mention different, so I encourage parents to work with characters, set, plot etc (not the ending). their child to complete an amount you both Our HSIE on democracy is developing well. We feel comfortable with. It may be the whole lot are holding our own little referendum. Ask or just half – whatever works best for the your child about it! student. Breaking it up over several nights can Year of Recycling: please save for me:- be helpful. I would much rather see students 1) egg cartons attempting their homework than to lose 2) polystyrene trays (from meat/fruit etc) interest due to the amount or difficulty, and 3) ice cream lids/containers not do it at all. 4) margarine lids/tubs English – This week we have started looking at Environmental Science the class are divided procedures. Procedures tell how to make into 3 groups and will work on a Thursday things. Yesterday, we made a ‘green hairy afternoon from 2.30 – 3.00 in our school thing’ which is the end of a stocking filled with garden (with Anya) and with me on our soil complete with googly eyes and a face. playground gardens. Hopefully, it will soon have green hair when Thank you Anya for your time and the grass seeds sprout. Today we made input/energy. floating flowers which opened up right before Have a happy, healthy week! Di our eyes. Maths – This week we are looking at counting YEAR 5/6 – Many families could not make in groups of ten (by 2s and 4s for Year 3) and last weeks proposed class meeting due to prior addition to twenty. The Year 3’s will be adding commitments. We will send home some up to six one-digit numbers with the emphasis information regarding class meeting on looking for combinations of numbers that information in the near future. make ten first. Wednesday week (3rd March) Year 6 will be Both groups of students will be looking at having their first Maclean High School Year 7 number patterns which involves counting Transition Day. A note will go home with forwards (and backwards by 2) by 2s, 3s, 5s information and a permission note to sign. and 10s (also by 4s and 6s for the Year 3). Please return this note ASAP. If you do not Later in the week we will be measuring the wish your child to attend please inform us mass of objects. Year 2 will use informal units with a note. such as blocks and paperclips while the Year Homework has been disappointing with about 3’s will be introduced to kilograms. Kristy 1/3 of the class not returning their homework and their Home Reading diary. Each week YEAR 3/4 – A couple of cases of head lice Year 5/6 will have Maths Mentals homework have been detected in Year 3/4. Parents please on Monday night to be returned Tuesday for check your child’s hair and treat if necessary. correction and a homework sheet to be We have been working hard on the Structure returned Friday. In the past we have kept of narratives in class. We are aiming for students in at lunch to undertake their concise, well structured orientations. Aaron homework and Home Reading, if you do not Everson’s published below is a particularly wish your child to be kept in at lunch please good effort. send along a note stating so. ‘Long long ago in the dream time, an Aboriginal Library is on Wednesday. Our HSIE unit for man and a British man lived in an Aboriginal the rest of the term focuses on the community. The Aboriginal man took care of his Government of Australia. At the moment we family and did exercise. The British man lived are studying the birth of Democracy in Ancient by himself near the Aboriginal man.’ Greece. In writing we have been reviewing Times tables for this fortnight are 3X and 5X. postcard and letter writing. The class is quite Tressa settled and working well. YEAR 4/5 – Hello Parents, Thank you to the parents that attended our class meeting last Tuesday evening. Yes, I TRIVIA – A blue whale weighs the same as 30 to explore issues that are important to them. elephants. We care and we listen, any time and f or any A large feather is made up of over a million reason 1800 55 1800 different fibres, barbs and hooks. The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly International Women's Day Brunch, Yamba backwards. 6 March 2010 LOWER CLARENCE WOMEN’S GROUP A THOUGHT – The cost of educating a child INVITES YOU TO INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S today is immense, but the cost of not DAY educating a child is incalculable. BRUNCH SATURDAY 6 MARCH 2010 10 AM – 11.30 AM TREELANDS DRIVE COMMUNITY COMMUNITY NEWS CENTRE YAMBA Wu Tao – The dancing way. Introducing an GUEST SPEAKERS‘Love Bites Program amazing dance and exercise program that will ’ENTERTAINMENT ‘Youthful voice & guitar’ have you feeling energised, de-stressed and RAFFLE for local Women’s project ‘Deborah peaceful in one hour! Novak mounted photos’ Wu Tao + Tai Chi and Yoga. CWA Hall – Iluka. DONATIONS TO UNIFEM Cost: $10 per Time 5.30 – 6.30 pm Monday 1st March 2010 person Concession $5.00 Cost $10.00 Please book by Thursday 4 March Yamba Community Centre New Kids Helpline Website Goes Live – Tel: 6646 1478 www.kidshelp.com.au The New Kids/Teens General enquiries: Helpline website offers a safe, fun and Susan Howland – 6645 0001 or 6646 2129 or interactive place for children and young people 0427 975 131 email@example.com DATES TO REMEMBER Friday 26th February Tuckshop Meeting 9.30 am Wednesday 3rd March Year 6 Maclean High School transition day Friday 5th March School’s Clean Up Australia Day Thursday 11th March P & C Meeting and AGM 3.30pm Wednesday 17th March National Ride to School Day Friday 19th March Harmony Day Tuesday 23rd March Rugby skills workshop Wednesday 24th March Bus safety Monday 29th March NRZPSSA – Football/Soccer – Goonellabah Thursday 1st April Last Day School Friday 2nd April Good Friday ILUKA PIZZA PHONE/FAX 6646 5117 Tuesday – Sunday 5 – 8 pm TAKE AWAY Friday – Sunday OPEN 5.00 pm DINE IN AND TAKE AWAY OPEN 7 NIGHTS A WEEK OVER CHRISTMAS AN EASTER HOLIDAYS 55 CHARLES STREET, ILUKA PROUND SPONSORS OF ILUKA PUBLIC SCHOOL’S 200 NIGHTS READING PROGRAM New rules for children in cars A reminder that from March 1 children up to the age of seven must travel in approved child car seats or wear restraints. These new laws have been passed to address the high rate of injuries from children travelling in cars. Research shows that younger children using adult seat belts greatly increase their risk of injury. For around $100 for a booster seat, families can reduce the risks and save lives. The RTA has produced an information brochure to assist in choosing suitable child restraints and seats. The free Safer Child Restraints Guide is available from motor registries or on 1800 060 607 or www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety/children/childrestraints/. This page also includes all information on the new laws. Keep track of building projects The three-year $14.7 billion, Building the Education Revolution (BER) is in full swing. To keep track of the progress of building projects being constructed in NSW schools, check out: www.ber.nsw.gov.au. Key features of the new site include access to Twitter, blogs and vodcasts which allow instant communication about any project.