West Ulverstone Primary School
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34 Maud Street
Ulverstone TAS 7315

Email: West.Ulverstone.Primary@education.tas.gov.au
Phone: 03 6425 2195
Absentee Line: 0419 513 498

16 March 2017

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Principal’s Report

Mem Fox

Wow! How fortunate our school community was to have the opportunity to listen and engage with one of Australia’s best children’s authors. For those that attended on Friday it was an entertaining and informative experience that promoted the importance of reading. With the support of the Ulverstone West Rotary Club we were able to purchase and give away Mem Fox books to those in attendance. Thanks to Julia Hill, Kate Larcombe and Nicky Green for organising such an amazing opportunity for our community.


Thank you to everyone for a very successful Athletics’ carnival. The day ran like clockwork thanks to the great organisation from Kathy Milne-Viney. The detailed program, preparation, support and behaviours (along with an icy pole to cool us down) ensured a great day was had by all. We wish our athletics team well for today as they participate in the North West Primary School Sports carnival.

Progress reports

Students’ progress reports will be sent home on Friday and will provide parents/carers with an overview on how their child/ren have settled into school. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher to discuss issues, concerns or any aspect of the report or their child’s education.

School Improvement

With the foyer complete our first lot of fish have arrived to make their home in the fish tank and further enhance our foyer thanks to the expertise of Andrew Lee, (Amarli and Imogen’s dad). More fish will be added over the next few weeks. We have also moved our art gallery into the foyer with the installation of professional gallery rails. This will provide a great place to celebrate student achievement. We hope to display our first exhibition of student work on the walls by the end of the week. Our school enhancement project is still continuing with the staffroom currently being upgraded; the installation of a new kitchen, freshly painted walls and new furniture on the way.

School Association

Nominations are being called for 3 parent and 2 community representatives to join the School Association for a 2 year term. The role of the Association is to provide advice and recommendations to the Principal; formulate and develop where necessary the beliefs, values, priorities, policies and code of conduct; approve the budget; provide advice and recommendations to the DoE secretary; be advocates for the school and foster cooperation and partnerships with all members of the school community. Fundraising is also a sub-committee of the association. If you, or you know of someone who is interested in being on the School Association please collect a nomination form from the office. If you would like to know more about being a member please speak to a current member of the Association; Magella Dudley, Dianne Clark, Deanne Lee, Jacki Hall, Jasmine Cooper, Kim Lehmann, Stephanie Templeton, Jenny Plapp or Julia Hill. Nominations close March 30.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held 10th April at 5.00pm at the school. All very welcome.


A reminder to all parents and carers that if your child is absent from school it is your responsibility to notify us. If your child is absent due to sickness for 5 days or more you are asked to provide a medical certificate. It is important for both the academic and social development of children that they attend school every day. This year we are aiming for an average attendance rate of 94%. Our current attendance rate is 94%. Let’s make every day count!

Attendance per class as at 14th March

Kinder/Prep A


Kinder/Prep B


Grade 1/2A


Grade 1/2B


Grade 3/4A


Grade 3/4B


Grade 4/5A


Grade 5/6A


Grade 5/6B


Magella Dudley

Feature Class News

Focus on 1/2B

So far this year in 1/2B we have had a big focus on friendship and getting along with each other. We have talked about what sorts of things make a good friend and then recorded what we thought was the most important thing on our “Keys to Being a Good Friend”.

In week 3 we had a partner parachute challenge where we needed to design a parachute using the available materials to slow down a marble being dropped from the play equipment. This task involved lots of teamwork and problem solving as we tried to find ways to make our parachutes work.

For an art activity we created some scratchie pictures by colouring a page with oil pastels, painting the page black then scratching parts off to create a picture. This task needed lots of patience before we got to the final stage!

Jess Finch
Teacher 1/2B

Student Leader Profiles

Name: Brady Walmsley
Leadership Position: Sports Leader
Family: Mum, Dad, Ellie and Mollie
Pets: Wally my budgie
Interests/Hobbies: I like snorkelling, fishing, music and gaming
Favourite Subjects: Maths and P.E.
A goal for me this year is: To be a great role model for others
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Helping anyone in need
Who inspires you: My Pop that I never got to meet
When I leave school I want to: Go to University to become a Marine Biologist

Name: Rhys Orders
Leadership Position: Sports Leader
Family: Mum, Dad, Toby, Taylah and Tom
Pets: Rollo, Miffy and Ebony
Interests/Hobbies: I like programming, cricket and collecting things
Favourite Subjects: Maths, English and ICT
A goal for me this year is: To improve my handwriting and learn algebra
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Helping people in need and trying my hardest at everything
Who inspires you: Football players like Brent Harvey etc
When I leave school I want to: Study coding and programming for computers

Grade 5/6 Operation Resilience Program

The program focusses on four key qualities including leadership, effective communication, co-operation and team work. At the start of each session we meet up with Geoff and Tim our PCYC co-ordinators who explain the requirements of each station.

The first of our sessions held at PCYC saw this year’s grade 6 students lead the way as they were familiar with the program from last year. The students have been learning that large challenges can be achieved when working together with others. Here are some groups helping their team members over the swinging tyre wall. Group members need to hold the tyres steady and guide their team mates with instructions and encouragement.

School Leaders Report

We felt excited, happy and nervous to be back at PCYC. Our groups did well at following the key qualities and participating. The thing that helped us the most was when all groups used co-operation to get over the tyre wall.

By Amalie Benjamin and Tanner Mott

Thank You to Our PCYC Sponsors

We would like to thank Justine Keay MP and the Rotary Club of Ulverstone for their sponsorship of our PCYC Program. Without their kind support participation in this vital program for our grade 5/6 students would not be possible.

Maths with Murphy

Murphy knows that maths is everywhere! He knows that we all use maths many times every day, often without realising it. Each fortnight Murphy will share a new easy maths problem and a hard maths problem that parents and students can do and talk about together at home.

Don’t forget to put your answer (make sure it has your name and class on it) in the box at the office to be in the running for a fortnightly canteen voucher.

Answers will be in the next newsletter.

When working on problems together, don’t forget to ask each other questions such as: how do you know?, what are you thinking about? and can you draw something to help you work it out?

Have fun!

Last Week’s Questions and Answers

Tony had 10 pancakes. Mary had 2 pancakes more than Tony, and Ashley had 3 more pancakes than Mary. How many pancakes did Ashley have?

Answer: 15 pancakes

Marcus had $450.00. He spent 2/5 of it on a DVD player. He then spent 1/3 of the remaining money on a jacket. How much money did Marcus have left?

Answer: $180

This week’s Questions

Molly swam 45 metres on Saturday.
She swam 28 metres on Sunday.
The pool is 25 metres long.
How many metres did Molly swim in all?

A factory produced 2300 TV sets in its first year of production. 4500 sets were produced in its second year and 500 more sets were produced in its third year than in its second year. How many TV sets were produced in three years?

Reading with Riley

Riley knows that reading is fun and the more you read, the better you get! We read in order to do things such as follow directions and instructions, find information and interact with others through social media. We use strategies to help us make meaning and understand (comprehend) what we read. We encourage all students to read every day.

We want all students to be enthusiastic readers who read a range of texts for both pleasure and information. Please talk to your child’s teacher if you would like more information about reading.

Our feature strategy is: Activating prior knowledge

Language we use when activating prior knowledge:

  • What do you already know about…?
  • What have you read that seems similar to this?
  • I know that _____

School Photo Day – Thursday 6th April 2017


  • It is vital that there is correct money in your envelopes as there will be NO change available.
  • If your child did not bring an envelope home or you require a family envelope please collect from the school office.
  • Please return your envelopes by NO later than Wednesday 5th April.

Book Club

Money and orders for Book Club are due into the office by March 28th please.

Sharon Guard
Book Club Co-ordinator

Canteen 2017

Our canteen is now open serving food that has been lovingly prepared with our flexible program students.

A variety of items are on offer. They are priced from .50cents to $1.00.

  • Biscuits .50cents
  • Biscuits and cheese $1.00
  • Cakes and slices .50cents
  • Milkshakes, chocolate or strawberry $1.00
  • Custard $1.00 per cup or .50cents half a cup

At times other items will be available for purchase.

Canteen is open every recess only.

Table Tennis

We have 2 new table tennis tables to keep students active and entertained during lunch.

School Crossing Reminder

Please remember when collecting children, please use designated school crossings for the safety of all.

Mem Fox Visit

On Friday 10th March we were extremely lucky to have a visit from Mem Fox, a well-known Australian author and children’s literacy expert.

Mem shared with our parents and community members who attended how reading and talking with children positively impacts on their literacy learning. She highlighted the need for reading to be enjoyable and interesting.

Mem explained how reading with your child for 10 minutes a day can change their life as the interaction and language used creates such a strong foundation for future learning.

Thanks to the support of Ulverstone West Rotary Club every family who attended this event took home one of Mem’s amazing books to share with their family.

Kate Larcombe
AST Teacher

Positive Changes to Home Readers

We are making some important changes to our home reading program after reassessing the purpose of reading at home. Students will now be provided with a broader selection of reading material to enjoy. This could include library books, magazines or books students have been reading in the classroom.

Whilst students will still have their home reading booklet to record and celebrate reading achievement, we will not be providing school wide certificates and medals recognising 50 and 100 home reading turns. Reading achievement will be recognised in classrooms along with individual learning successes in other areas.

Mem Fox states that ‘school readers are disgusting’. Please read beautiful books to your children’.

Nicky Green
Literacy/Numeracy Coach

Easter Raffle

Sports News

For all sport enquiries please contact Mrs Milne-Viney, HPE Teacher.

2017 Athletics Carnival

On Thursday 3rd March Kinder - Grade 6 participated in our annual Athletics Carnival. The weather and ground presentation was absolutely magnificent. It was a wonderful day with all students participating to the best of their ability, with many students demonstrating and upholding our school values. Mr Dome was our special guest, arriving early to help me set up. I think he is missing us too!

Thank you to all staff members for their patience and support throughout the day. It was a fantastic team effort. Teaching staff mentioned how well behaved and fabulous all the students were at cheering, listening to instructions and staying in their house area when not competing. Who can forget Starley on the microphone, what an unforgettable performance! Congratulations to each and every one of you. A big thank you to our wonderful groundsmen, and staff members that arrived early to help with the setting up. Also to parents for their ongoing support, cheering and encouragement.

A special thank you goes out to 8 Ulverstone High students Leaders for their assistance throughout the day.

Final House Points










Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent West Ulverstone Primary at the North West Combined athletics Carnival:

Landon Dobson, Tanner Mott, Rhys Orders, Gradhi Allen, Starley Purton, Amarlie Benjamin, Cara Dakin, Stacey Robinson, Koby Purton, Aiden Hefford, Isaac Ling, Jack Bundy, Danielle Saward, Kaitlyn Riley, Mayah Campbell-McQueen, Amarli Lee, Daniel Bundy, Jonty Hamill, Mitchell Saward, Mia Emanuel, Karlia Riley, Naomi Polden, Wyatt Dobson, Cameron Gleeson, Austin Rush, Charlee Hamill.

The NWPSSA carnival will take place on Thursday 16th March at the Penguin Athletics Track. Students have taken home a letter with all the information.

We wish them all the very best. ‘Go WUPS’

Kathy Milne-Viney
HPE Teacher

2017 Athletic Carnival
2017 Athletic Carnival
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AusKick Registration Night

National Anti-Bullying Day

As March 17th is National Anti-Bullying Day I thought it timely to let the school community know that at our school we aim to create a safe and supportive school community for everyone.

Sometimes it can be difficult for parents or carers to know what to do when their child talks to them about bullying.

You are an important part of our work to prevent bullying and to respond effectively if it happens. Stopping bullying involves everyone.

If your child talks to you about bullying:

Listen calmly and get the full story. Your calm response is important to allow your child to tell you all about the situation. After they’ve told you their story, ask questions to get more details if you need to: who, what, where, when. Although you may feel some strong emotions about your child’s experience, try to keep calm to avoid more distress to your child.

Reassure your child they are not to blame. Many children blame themselves and this may make them feel even worse. You could say things like, ‘That sounds really hard to deal with. No one should have to put up with that.’ or ‘I’m so glad you told me. You should be able to feel safe at school; that’s not fair at all’.

Ask your child what they want to do and what they want you to do. A critical part of your response is to avoid jumping in to solve the problem. While it is natural to want to protect your child, helping them to find their own solution is a better option. It helps them feel they have some power in the situation.

Visit the link below to find some strategies. The website has tips and ideas for different bullying situations. One idea is to practise strategies at home to help your child feel more confident.


Contact the school. Your child may be reluctant for you to do this, so discuss the idea and reassure them that the school would want to know and is able to help. Make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher and, if you need to, ask to talk with the principal. Contact the school immediately if you have a concern about your child’s safety.

Check in regularly with your child. Keep the conversation going. It can take time to resolve issues, so check in regularly with your child about their experiences and their feelings. Your ongoing support is important.

If you are looking for support for yourself to deal with a bullying situation, visit the link below you will find ideas on the Bullying No Way! Website for parents.


As well, please contact the school if you would like to discuss any aspect of our approach to preventing bullying

Thanks for your support to make our school a great school for everyone.

Jenny Garnsey
School, Nurse

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Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (WWVP)

Over the past 12 months, all sectors of the community that involve working with young people, have been going through a transition period. This has involved moving from the previous requirement to have a Good Character Check (sometimes known as a police check) to the new requirement to hold a registration to work with vulnerable people (WWVP).

These moves are not an effort to create barriers to people volunteering in Tasmanian schools, it is quite the opposite. The requirement to have a WWVP registration provides a process to ensure that the people working with young Tasmanians are safe, of good character and have no prior convictions that are of concern. We strongly encourage all parents to register as a volunteer either on the Service Tasmania website or in person at a Service Tasmania office. Below are some examples of where it will be necessary to hold a WWVP.


  1. Parents/grandparents/carers coming into classrooms to help with reading etc. are required to hold WWVP Cards
  2. Parents/grandparents/carers involved with school excursions are required to hold WWVP Cards
  3. Examples of people NOT requiring WWVP cards are as follows:
  1. Parents/grandparents/carers coming into school in the morning, chatting amongst other parents and settling their child into school
  2. Parents attending carnivals
  3. People dropping off or picking up children
  4. Relatives attending school events such as assembly, sports carnivals, concerts, etc. where they are not directly participating
  5. Children under the age of 16

Scout Australia Tasmanian Branch

Leven District Association

1st 2nd Ulverstone Group

The above group has some vacancies for youth members male & female.
Cub Scouts 7 years to 10 years on Tuesday night 6.30-8.00pm
Scouts 10 years to 14.5 years on Thursday 6.30 8.30pm

We teach life skills, bush craft, construction, leadership, water activities, camping, hiking, canoeing, abseiling , rock climbing, citizenship, emergencies, mapping, knotting hand craft and many achievement badges.

Come join us and have a look. Have fun, make new friends or go camping. Call in to Alexandra Rd Scout Hall Ulverstone.

Phone Chris McKenna 0418966801 or Jos McKenna 64253121

School Calendar of events

Term 1 Calendar

Thursday 16th March

NWPSSA Athletics carnival (selected Students)

Thursday 23rd March

NWPSSA Twilight Carnival (selected students)

Friday 31st April

Devonport Region Grade 5/6 Finals T20 Blast Cricket (Participating teams)

Thursday 6th April

School Photo Day

Wednesday 12th April

Student Last Day Term 2

Thursday 13th April

Student Free day