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

22 June 2017

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Principal’s Report

Reporting and parent/Student/Teacher meetings

As teachers finalise reports we are looking forward to the opportunity to meet with parents and students. It is strongly encouraged that students attend and participate in the meetings as the report is of their learning and progress.

This year we have introduced online bookings for parent/student/teacher meetings. If you haven’t booked and would like to, please either click the link in the parent teacher article below or contact the office.

This year we will also be trying something new with all meetings being held in the school hall. Parents/carers are to enter via the Art room at the Josephine Street entrance where Senior Staff will greet you, hand out reports and direct you to your child/ren’s teachers. There will be tea and coffee available as well as fruit platters and water for students. You may wish to arrive a little earlier to allow time to read reports before meeting with teachers.  Please note the front entrance and rest of the school will be locked.


With Mr French leaving us last week to experience life in the USA we welcome Mr Dan Langford to our staff. Mr Langford will be taking the 5/6 class each Friday for the remainder of the term and will commence fulltime with us next term. Mrs Steele will work alongside Mr Langford for the remainder of the term. I’m sure we will all make Mr Langford very welcome.

With increased enrolments, particularly in the Grade 1/2 classes we have added additional Teacher Assistant support. Lisa Weary has been working in this area and will continue to work across the grade 1/2 classes.

Student Behaviour and Social/Emotional Wellbeing

The school has a strong focus on students social and emotional wellbeing and behaviours, based on our school values. In order to support students we have established whole school practices and work with students to take responsibility of their behaviour, help them in managing their emotions and ensure they are able to engage in learning and positive behaviours across the school. In order to best support students it is imperative we build positive partnerships with parents and work together on this. We understand that at times it can be difficult for parents to acknowledge or accept that their child may need additional support to engage positively at school however please be assured we are here to work with you in supporting and implementing strategies to address student needs.

Teaching and Learning

Across the school teachers continue learning to improve their practice and to embed our whole school agreed practices and strategies particularly in literacy and numeracy. Miss Nicky Green, Literacy Coach, works closely with staff to ensure we are engaging all students in their learning , particularly in the area of literacy. We also have our flexible programs aimed to support student learning for our high and additional needs students as well as extension programs for those achieving well above grade level in a number of areas. Additionally we provide specialist lessons in Physical Education, Visual Arts and Drama. Mrs Milne-Viney continues to provide high quality PE lessons, promoting participation and health and wellbeing.  Mrs Taryna Sims continues to provide high quality learning experiences in Visual Arts whist this year we have been fortunate in securing an experienced drama teacher in Ms Andrea Harding. Through Drama students have the opportunity to build confidence, self-esteem, self-expression, extend their literacy learning and team work. It was great to see three students perform monologues at our whole school assembly on Tuesday. We look forward to further performances as the year goes on.


We have seen an increase in absences this term with many bugs and illnesses taking hold. If your child has been absent it is your responsibility to contact the school if your child is absent. If your child is absent for more than five days a medical certificate may be requested.

Attending school every day all day is important to both academic achievement and also social and personal development. Parents are encouraged to make appointments for their child/ren outside of school time to minimise the impact of missed school. This year we are aiming for an average attendance rate of 94%. Our current attendance rate is 93%. Let’s make every day count!

Attendance per class as at 6th June 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 who are sitting at 95%

Magella Dudley

‘Winter Warmer’ Social Function

Keep Wednesday 5th July free for our upcoming School Social Function. 4:00pm – 5:30pm. More information to follow very soon.

Feature Class News -3/4A

As part of Geography we have been learning about different countries around the world. We have been researching lots of facts about our country including the flora and fauna, capital cities and places of interest.

We have also been comparing our countries to Australia and using venn diagrams to describe the differences and similarities between them. We have been having lots of fun finding out new information and learning new things.

Ms Coulson

Pictures of 3/4 A Hard at work.
Pictures of 3/4 A Hard at work.
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Aussie of the Month for May

Congratulations to Alexander Davidson in 4/5A

Alexander received the award for treating others with respect, encouraging others and speaking positively.

Values card recipients

Assemblies are a time we celebrate the holders of School Values cards. One card is drawn each assembly from all classes celebrating the School Values of Respect, Relationships, Responsibility, Learning and Safety.

These were the recipients from the assembly on Monday 19th June.

K/PA Cormac Davis – Respect, Relationships, Safety, Responsibility, Learning
K/PB Chase Milton - Respect, Relationships, Safety, Responsibility, Learning
1/2A Owen Banfield – Learning
1/2B Jack Kingston – Safety
3/4A Jessica Maxfield – Respect, Relationship, Learning
3/4B Addy Thompson – Respect, Responsibility
4/5A Daniel Bundy- Respect, Relationships, Safety, Responsibility, Learning
5/6A Mayah Campbell-McQueen – Responsibility, Learning
5/6B Courtney Cook – Responsibility, Relationships, Learning

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Parent/Teacher discussions will be held over four days from Monday 26th June to Thursday 29th June 2017.

This year bookings will be made online below. You can access this site and make your own parent/teacher bookings. A confirmation email will be sent to you. Please see below for instructions on how to use the online booking system. If you do not have an email address or cannot book online, please phone 6425 2195 and our administrative staff will be happy to help.


Fifteen minutes have been allocated for interviews and will be conducted in the School Hall. Please enter via the Josephine entrance. Parents/Guardians will receive their child/ren’s report prior to their appointment and tea and coffee will be available. All teaching and senior staff will be present.

Please feel free to arrive earlier than your designated appointment time to enjoy some refreshments.

Available interview dates and times are below. Dates and times may be different for part time teaching staff, please look online to see their availability. If you would like to make appointment with a member of senior staff please call the office on 6425 2195 to arrange another time.

Monday 26th June 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Tuesday 27th June 3.00pm – 4.45pm and 5.30pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday 28th June 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Thursday 29th June 3.00pm – 3.30pm

Instructions for how to book appointments:

Log on to https://westulverstoneps.sessionkeeper.com.au/

Click Book Appointment Now and a list of teaching staff will appear.

Click on Book Now button on the right hand side of the teacher you would like to book with.

Session times will appear. Choose a session time you wish to book, you can also use the calendar icon to change the date of the booking. When you have chosen a time, click the NEXT button.

Enter your details to finalise the appointment. This includes, first and last names, students name, email address, phone number and any notes you wish to add. Once you’ve filled in the form and checked the booking details, click the Confirm button.

You will receive a message to confirm your appointment was booked successfully via an email being sent to the email address you entered.

Only one appointment can be booked at a time.

If you would like to make a change or cancel an appointment, click the Manage Appointments link on the left hand side. Enter your email address to see a list of your booked appointments. You can then click Change or Cancel links to make changes.

Student Leader Profiles

Name: Matthew Brooks
Leadership Position: Pride and Safety Leader
Family: Mum, Nan and Bazza
Pets: Narchos (mouse), Basil (dog), Sox and Jag (cats), Elmo (bird) and fish
Interests/Hobbies: Gardening and pet care
Favourite Subjects: Art, Drama and P.E.
A goal for me this year is: To get all C’s for my grades
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Being a good role model
Who inspires you: Dr Harry Cooper and Dr Chris Brown
When I leave school I want to: Be a veterinarian

Name: Sophia Hall-Riley
Leadership Position: Pride and Safety Leader
Family: Mum, Dad, Regina, Michelle and Phil
Pets: Mother Kat and Billy (rabbit)
Interests/Hobbies: Friends and Motorbike riding
Favourite Subjects: Drama and P.E.
A goal for me this year is: To improve in Maths and Art
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Being determined
Who inspires you: Danielle and Courtney
When I leave school I want to: Be a mechanic

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

Question: Sally and Jake work at a pet farm. There are 6 sheep, 5 chickens, 3 fish and 9 cows. What is the total number of feet on the pet farm while Sally and Jake are working?

Answer: 74 Feet

Question: The sports club had a cupcake sale. They sold 2/3 of their cupcakes in the morning.

They sold 1/6 of their cupcakes in the afternoon. They sold 200 cupcakes altogether.

How many cupcakes were left to sell?

Answer: 40 cupcakes

This week’s Questions

Jordan found one shell at the beach on Monday. She found 2 shells the next day. If Jordan finds 2 shells every day after that, how many days until Jordan has 21 shells altogether?

Sam moved to Penguin with his parents in 1994 when he was 2 years old. The family moved to Burnie 2 years later. After living in Burnie for 3 years, the family moved to Launceston. In the year 2000 they moved to Ulverstone. How old was Sam when his family moved to Ulverstone?

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: Inferring

Language we use when inferring:
I would expect that _____
I already know that _____ so I think _____
In my experience _____

Sports News

House Points

Tally update for May

Mersey 1676
Forth 1609
Don 1426

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

New Mornings Trivia Night

School Calendar of events

Term 2 Calendar

Monday 26th – Thursday 29th June

Parent Teacher Interviews - see above for details

Monday 3rd July

School Association Meeting 5.00pm

Friday 7th July

Last Day Term 2