TOKSAVE - Lihir International School

Term 3, Week 3, 2020

From the Principal

Dear parents and carers,

Monday is a public holiday for New Ireland Day. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the beautiful province of New Ireland, a place we are all lucky to call home. I am sure LIS families will find opportunities over the long weekend to be thankful for the people, culture and abundant resources New Ireland has to offer.

As part of the Provincial New Ireland Day celebrations, students from the Year 1-9 classes at LIS have had the opportunity to enter the Governor's Essay Competition. Students from all New Ireland schools are eligible to enter the competition. We wish all our entrants success!

Thanks to all the parents and carers for all their support and encouragement during the first few weeks of the term. We have made a great start, while getting used to the changes made to keep our children safe.

If you have any concerns, or would like further information on any of the topics in this newsletter, please do not hesitate to make contact.

Mr. Neville

Happy New Ireland Day!

Principal's Awards Week 2 Term 3

Kindy - Tyron Selep

Prep - Ovels Selep

Year 1 - Norman Giuna

Year 4 - Denzel Yanis

Year 5 - Thyra Laien

Year 7- Sharon Neville

Year 9 - Olisha Sition

Term 3 Calendar


LIS "New Normal" Requirments Term 3 2020

1. It is imperative that parents and carers do not send their children to school if they are sick or showing any symptoms of a cold or flu. If your child is sick, please keep your child home and seek appropriate medical attention. Children who display any signs of sickness will be isolated under supervision in the school's sick bay and parents called to come and collect them.

2. Entrance to school for students and parents / carers will be via the Aginas Oval gate only, which will open at 7.45am. Students who arrive before this (which is discouraged) are to wait in the carpark undercover area until 7.45am. Students should be at school by 8.05am, ready to start the day at 8.10am.

3. All students will be greeted at the gate by a teacher and will be tempreture tested.. They are to wash their hands at the wash station and then proceed to their classroom.  Parents and carers will not be permitted to escort their children to classrooms, including for Kindy. In the morning, Kindy students will be escorted to the Kindy classroom by a teacher aide and then will be supervised in the under-cover area outside the 1/2 classroom while waiting for parent pick-up at the end of Kindy.  If parents need to go to the office, they will be permitted to proceed to the wash station and are then to make their way straight to the school office. Students will not be permitted to return home during the day to collect lunch or forgotten items such as books, swimming gear etc. 

4. New wash stations have been installed around the school (see pics below) and hand sanitiser is available in all classrooms. Students will be required to wash their hands in the mornings before school, before and after recess/lunch and before leaving school in the afternoons. Educational videos and ISOS personel will be utilised to support education in hand washing and general hygiene.

5. All desks, door handles, playground equipment and other high contact equipment will be sanitised twice daily or after use by cleaning staff.

6. Social distancing measure of 1.5 metres will be employed in classrooms through desk arrangements. Social distancing markings have been painted on cement areas where students line up and in the undercover area for recess/lunch eating times. The school will implement staggered lunch and recess breaks between the primary and high school to reduce the number of children in the eating area at one time.

7. Students will each be issued with a reusable washable mask. Students will be encouraged to use these masks for travel to and from school and during specific identified activities at school.

8. The school canteen will be closed for the duration on term 3. Students will need to bring a packed recess and lunch each day - there is to be no dropping off of lunches by parents, siblings or haus meris. Students are also asked to bring a water bottle to school that they will refill instead of drinking from the bubblers.

9. In term 3 there will be no after-school activities, sports carnivals or team sports and we ask that in the afternoon, students are collected promptly and no later than 3.15pm. Students will however participate in the swimming program for term 3.

10. Term 3 will not have traditional assemblies at school. Virtual assemblies will continue thoughout the term, with the assembly link to be published in the weekly Toksave for parents to view.

Term 3 at LIS - Keeping our island and children safe!

Term 3 Swimming

All students from grade 1 to 9 will be participating in swimming lessons for PE this term.  Students are required to bring their swimmers and towel each week on their assigned PE day.  As classes walk to and from the pool, it is also suggested to bring a pair of thongs. 

Students will not be permitted to return home if they forget their swimming gear.

If you have any questions about swimming this term, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr McKeiver at the school.


3/4 – Monday

1/2 – Tuesday

9 - Wednesday

5/6 – Thursday

7/8 - Friday

From the Deputy Principal

Last week, I wrote about the importance of reading through every stage of school life. I am pleased to share that teachers in the early years have reported an improvement with the number of students bringing their reading folders each day.

Every child from Prep - Year 9 should be reading every day. High school students should be reading their library books or other texts that have at home.

Remember that students in the primary school (from Prep - Year 6) can also access the Reading Eggs program.

Please contact your child's teacher if you need log on details.

Together we can ensure the best reading outcomes for our children.

Ms Langusch             

Book Club

Dear Parents and Wantoks,

Welcome to Issue 5 of Book Club for the year. This term Book Club will be only available for online orders.   Unfortunately this means orders and payments cannot be done at the school office.

 How to place an order –

  • Pay on line using LOOP at (this is the preferred option) Fill out & sign the Bank/Visa/MasterCard Form. (See attached sheet for steps to pay using LOOP)

    Note: When looking for school in LOOP you will need to select QLD as the state the school is located in and look for LIHIR INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY SCHOOL (STRATFORD)

  • If you are using Scholastic vouchers, please check that the use-by date on the voucher is valid.  Vouchers are valid for 1 year from when you received it.

     If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Brewster at

    Please see link below

    Please click on the link below for more info on the next Book Club order.


    New Ireland Day Public Holiday

    There will be no school next Monday 27th July due to the Public Holiday for New Ireland day.