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

11 May 2017

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Principal’s Report

It has been great to see students settled and engaged in their learning. The term calendar is filling up quickly with activities and events. Parents and carers are encouraged to check the calendar.

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy)

This week students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in both government and non-government schools across Australian have been participating in the annual NAPLAN assessments. Testing includes; reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They are one part of the schools assessment and reporting process which includes ongoing classroom assessment.


With the structure of Kindergarten it is necessary to have assemblies on alternative days to ensure all Kindergarten children have the opportunity to attend. We are also having different sharing assemblies for Early Childhood and Primary. This term we will be holding 2 sharing assemblies and 2 whole school assemblies. The sharing assemblies allow students and classes to celebrate their learning with their peers while whole school assemblies celebrate achievement. The assembly are held in the hall and the times for Term 2 are as follows:




Class Sharing

22nd May

Whole School


2nd June


11:30am  Early Childhood

1:30pm Primary

K/PB & 1/2B

3/4B, 5/6B and 4/5A

19th June


11:30am Early Childhood

1:30pm Primary

K/PA & 1/2A

3/4A & 5/6A

20th June



Staff Professional Learning

Staff continue to challenge themselves to improve their teaching practice and the areas they work in across the school. Throughout the year all staff participate in both in school and external professional learning opportunities, training and workshops. This term all staff have updated their Asthma and Anaphylaxis accreditation. We also have Mr Stephen Dome coming in to deliver a session on trauma and the departments Good Teaching Guide: Trauma Informed Practice. Throughout the term teachers will also be participating in moderation sessions with our cluster schools to further improve assessment and learning task design.

Fire Drill

This term we will be conducting a fire drill during either week 4 or 5. It is necessary that we practice these once a term. Teachers will be speaking to their students to remind them of the importance of practicing evacuation procedures.


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 8th May 2017

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


Well done 3/4B and 4/5A for maintaining a consistent 96%!

Magella Dudley

Feature Class News

Kinder/Prep A & B News

In Maths Prep students have been learning about shapes, data collection and friends of ten as well as a core focus on number and subitising. Kinder students have been exploring patterns, shapes, colours and counting.

In English Prep students have been working on developing their writing through learning about the alphabet and phonics as well as practicing their reading skills. Kinder students have been working at recognising and writing their own names as well as being involved in stories and retelling events familiar to them.

Each Thursday, when all of the Kinder/Prep students are scheduled to be at school, we have been running outside play based learning experiences with links to all areas of the curriculum. Students are able to make choices about their learning and are able to explore at their own pace. On Thursday afternoons the Kinder/Prep students have been participating and dressing up in dramatic play with Ms Harding in Drama.

Kinder/Prep A&B Students
Kinder/Prep A&B Students
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Miss Hannah Millar & Mrs Elisse McWhirter
Kinder/Prep A & B Teachers

Grade 5/6 Operation Resilience Program

The week 4 challenge we are featuring this week is the cargo net. All team members needed to enter underneath the cargo net and make their way through to the exit end. The most successful teams started with students lifting the cargo net by standing around the outer edges and pulling the ropes upwards and away from their scrambling team mates. As team members exited the cargo net they then moved to the outer edge to replace others and help the rest of their team pass underneath.

This challenge relied on all team members taking on two parts to complete their mission. One part was passing underneath the net as quickly as possible and secondly by pitching in to help others by moving to the side and lifting the net. Team work and co-operation were required to meet both parts of the challenge.

Students who had a leadership role helped direct team members to a task. Communication had to be effective so that the team could hear where they are needed to help out and when it was their turn to conquer the cargo net.

Below are pictures of some groups helping their team members through the cargo net. The team needed to encourage their group to move underneath the net as quickly and efficiently as possible. Individuals needed to listen to instructions and trust others when they were being guided through the challenge.

Each team had an added challenge to move their team and a tyre through all stations. Koby successfully completed the cargo net challenge with his team’s tyre.

Mrs Kylie Mudford
Grade 5/6 Teacher

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.

Student Leader Profiles

Name: Demi Walmsley
Leadership Position: Sports Leader
Family: Mum, Dad, Sam and Coby
Pets: My dog Matilda
Interests/Hobbies: Slipstream Circus and drawing
Favourite Subjects: Maths, P.E., Drama and Art
A goal for me this year is: To improve my Maths
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Helping others to be happy
Who inspires you: My Mum and Dad
When I leave school I want to: Be a nurse and a circus trainer

Name: Geb Davis
Leadership Position: School Leader
Family: Mum, Dad, Roscoe, Cormac and Boaz
Pets: Our dog Bolt, budgies Verdie and Blue and three chickens
Interests/Hobbies: Sports, playing guitar and drums
Favourite Subjects: English, History and Geography
A goal for me this year is: To improve on being a Sports and School Leader
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: By following all our School values
Who inspires you: My Dad, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Warner and Adam Treloar
When I leave school I want to: Be a professional sports player or a P.E. teacher

RED Cards Information

As part of our school Behaviour Management Plan and Restorative Practices ‘RED CARD INCIDENT FORMS’ are sent home with students. This process maintains open communication with parents and carers. We request that parents assist this communication process by signing the slip at the bottom of the form and returning it to school. Please feel free to contact Senior Staff or your child’s teacher if you require any additional information about the incident.

Thanking you for your continual support

Mrs Milne-Viney
AST Teacher

Book Club

Book Club is due back on Tuesday May 16th. If you would like to order books as a gift just pop in a note with your order and I will contact you when your order comes back.

Sharon Guard
Book Club Co-Ordinator

National Walk Safely to School Day

Next Friday 19th May is National Walk Safely to School Day. Staff will be meeting students at the following locations at 8.10am if they would like to walk to school as part of a group.

Top of the Zig Zag track – Mrs Steele & Miss Millar
Wing Chung Academy, Queen Street – Miss Green & Mrs Mudford
Corner of Penguin Road and Clara Street – Mr French & Miss McWhirter

When arriving at school there will be fresh fruit and stickers for students who have participated in the walk.

Ms Larcombe
AST Teacher

UTAS Rural Clinical School Visit

On Thursday 18th May we will have the UTAS Rural Clinical School visiting to run small group sessions with Grade 3 students.

Medical students will run short activities with our students learning about health topics.

Mrs Steele
AST Teacher

2017 Anzac Day Service

On Tuesday 25th April the Ulverstone ANZAC service was held. Corben Clark, Gebriael Davis, Rori and Finlay Coote, Tanner Mott and Matthew Brooks assembled with Mrs Steele to pay respect to our past and present people and animals who served and are serving to protect our country. It began cold but during the service the sun shone. The service was lovely and all students behaved respectfully. Tanner, Gebriael and Rori presented our school wreath. Thank you to all who supported us by attending the service.

Mrs Steele
AST Teacher

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. We still have a lot of vouchers up for grabs!

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

Ethan and Frank went rowing. Ethan rowed the boat from 10:50 to 11:15. Frank rowed the boat twice as long.

How long did the boys row the boat altogether?

Answer: 75 Minutes

There are 8 students on the Maths Whiz team and their coach decides to give each one 4 pencils with ‘Math Whiz’ printed in gold. The pencils come in packets of 12. How many packets does the coach need to buy to give each team member 4 pencils?

Answer: 3 packets

This week’s Questions

There are 18 students in Gavin’s class. There are 4 more boys than girls.

How many boys are in Gavin’s class?

Jim, Carla and Tom are members of the same family. Carla is 5 years older than Jim. Tom is 6 years older than Carla. The sum of their three ages is 31 years. How old is each one them?

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: Questioning

Language we use when questioning:

  • I wonder why, where, when, how, if, who…..?
  • What is going to happen next?
  • Do I already know something about this topic?

Sports News

Anaphylaxis and Asthma Training Up-date

On Tuesday 9th May all our staff participated in training provided by the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania that up skilled us in the first aid required to deal with students that may suffer from asthma and anaphylaxis reactions. Below is an article that we have been asked to share with the school community

Students with asthma – no matter how mild

If your child has asthma – even if it is quite mild – please let us know.

We just completed training with the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania. They told us that there is no way of predicting if a student may suddenly have a major flare up, even if it has not happened before.

So please let us know so we can fulfil our duty of care and keep an eye on them.

Students with anaphylaxis

Please make sure that we have your child’s most recent Anaphylaxis Action Plan.

The plan that we are referring to is the one that has the patient’s photo attached and signed off by a doctor.

According to ASCIA, Australia’s authority on anaphylaxis, the plans should be renewed by your doctor at least once a year.

If you have any queries, talk to the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania, the organisers of the Schools Program, by visiting below or calling 1800 278 462.


3/4 Sports Expo

Our Gr 3 and 4 students will again be participating in the 3/4 Sports Expo organised by the North-West Schools Sports Association. It will be held in Ulverstone at the Recreation Centre on Wednesday 17th May. We will require parent help for this event for the day. Parents will be asked to help supervise small groups throughout the day. All volunteers must have a current Working with Vulnerable People Safety Check. If you can assist please contact Mrs Milne-Viney through the school office.

More information about the event will be sent out soon.

Devonport Basketball Tournament

West Ulverstone Primary School has been invited to enter teams in the annual 2017 Devonport Basketball Council Primary School Tournament to be held in Devonport on 14th, 15th and 16th July 2017. This is the middle weekend of the Term 2 holidays. Students that have shown an interest in participating in the tournament received a permission slip earlier this week. This form and the money will need to be returned to the school office by Friday 19th May. This will allow us time to sort out teams, coaches, umpires and assess whether it will be a viable option to enter and support the competition.

Lunch-time Activities

Students are delighted that we have introduced a variety of lunch time activities. The activities are being run by our very motivated and dedicated Sports Leaders.

Below is a brief outline of our program:

Lunch Time Sport - Term 2

ECE Area

Primary Area


Circular Games - Cara

Soccer Roster – Tanner & Starley


Skipping - Rori

Tennis – Landon & Geb


Soccer Skills - Jamie

Basketball Roster – Brady & Rhys


Skipping – Demi & Amber T

Skipping – Amalie

CUA School Fun –Run

West Ulverstone Primary School will again be participating in the CUA School Fun-Run which will be held on Thursday 1st June, starting at 1:40 pm. All students will have received information booklets earlier this week. Families can choose whether they would like to participate in the fundraising component of this event. This is a major school fundraiser offered bi-annually. All booklets and cash money will need to be returned to the school office by 8th June, 2017, in a sealed envelope with your child’s name clearly marked on it.

Students will have a chance to walk/run through the course for this event in Physical Education prior to the event day. The purpose of this event is for students to challenge themselves and improve their level of fitness while participating in a fun outdoor activity. Any extra practice that students do will enhance their fitness and performance in this event.

It has been great to see so many students bringing water to PE as this is the best thing for them to drink to rehydrate.

Students are encouraged to run in house colours. Students are to wear normal school uniform to school and will be able to change into house colours at lunch time.

The fun run will commence after lunch with the events in the following order:

Grade 2 girls
Grade 2 boys
Grade 1 girls
Grade 1 boys
Prep girls
Prep boys
Kinder girls
Kinder boys
Grade 3 girls
Grade 3 boys
Grade 4 girls
Grade 4 boys
Grade 5 girls
Grade 5 boys
Grade 6 girls
Grade 6 boys

Kinder - Grade 2 students will run inside the school. Grade 1 and 2 students will complete two laps and the Kinder and Prep students will complete one lap. Kinder parents are welcome to run with their child. Grade 3 - 6 students will run a course that takes them out of the school grounds. Ulverstone High School will again assist us by providing senior students to act as marshals around the course, thus ensuring the safety of our students.

Please feel free to come along and encourage our students.

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

School Banking Update

At the start of Term 1 we decided to run a competition to win a back pack full of prizes. To be eligible to go in the draw you were required to bank every week of the term. There were six students who achieved this and the winner is Tanner Mott for Term 1. Congratulations Tanner. We will continue this competition for each term for 2017 so please remember to bank every Tuesday.

Sharyn Mee and Jane Polden
School Banking Co-Ordinators

Camp Clayton Holiday Camps (Winter 2017)

School Calendar of events

Term 2 Calendar

Tuesday 16th May

Book Club Orders Due

Wednesday 17th May

Grade 3/4 NWPSSA Sports Expo

Ulverstone Recreation Centre

Thursday 18th May

UTAS Visit – Grade 3 students

Friday 19th May

National Walk to School Day

Monday 22nd May

Whole School Assembly 9.00am