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

6 July 2017

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Principal’s Report

Term Windup

As with the end of each term we reflect on the successes and achievements, identify areas that require growth and look for positive challenges ahead. This term has continued to see growth in our Whole School Consistent Practices, particularly in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy. Students have also had a diverse range of learning opportunities both at school and off site. These opportunities broaden student learning and provide experiences for them to build future learning on.

Parent Information Sessions

Kate Larcombe and Nicky Green have conducted a number of parent sessions to provide information on a range of topics (Kindergarten development check, PIPs assessment and reading). These have been well received by parents and sessions on other topics will continue in term 3.

Mid-Year Reports

It was great to have most of our families attend parent/student/teacher meetings last week to discuss student progress and celebrate individual successes. It was fantastic to see so many students participate in discussions about their learning. The feedback we have received regarding both online bookings and holding the meetings in the hall has generally been positive, however we would like further feedback in order to improve the process next year. Parents/Carers are invited to provide feedback either via our schools Facebook page or to the school office.

Canteen/ Hot Lunches

Unfortunately due to small recess sales the canteen will not operate next term.

Given the risks associated with boiling water we are unable to provide boiling water for noodles or cup a soups. Parents are encouraged to send these in thermoses. Students are able to bring ‘left overs’ or food that can be heated in their class microwave ovens. We appreciate parent support with this.

Social Media Issues

It has come to our attention that some students are using social media sites such as Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook to send and receive inappropriate content including comments and pictures. This includes a number of students setting up fraudulent accounts. Whilst this is occurring outside of school it is impacting on student learning, and their social and emotional wellbeing. A way of supporting students with the use of social media and the seriousness associated with inappropriate use we have sent a letter to all Grade 3 – 6 students and are seeking advice from authorities.

We urge parents to be aware of when and how students are using social media and discuss the dangers of sending and viewing inappropriate content. Also if you could discuss with your child the seriousness of such behaviours specifically in relation to making up false accounts.

Tips using social media safely

Educate yourself about social media and how different sites work.
Be aware of age restrictions – is your child old enough to have an account?
Talk about the dangers and consequences of cyberbullying and sending photos online
Only allow children to use electronic devices in common areas of the home (not their bedrooms)
Establish some rules about using social media
Regularly check your children’s accounts and privacy settings
Encourage children to report any inappropriate use to an adult ASAP

School Holidays

A reminder that Term 2 concludes Friday 7th July. There is a professional learning day for staff on Monday 24th July with students commencing Term 3 on Tuesday 25th July.

Have a safe and happy holidays

Magella Dudley

Feature Class News -5/6A

This term one of our focus areas has been learning about fair testing and conducting scientific experiments. We have investigated which brand of paper towel is the best value for money. We compared the price and absorbency of four well-known brands of paper towel.

We measured how many millilitres of water was absorbed by the paper under controlled conditions. Our results were recorded in tables and graphs which was then compared across the whole class. This information was linked to the cost to complete our investigation. Feel free to call into 5/6A to find out which brand our investigation indicated was the best value for money.

As you can see by the pictures below many students were focused on their learning. Perhaps we have some future scientists in our classroom.

Grade 5/6A Hard at Work
Grade 5/6A Hard at Work
Click images to enlarge

Kylie Mudford

Student Leader Profiles

Name: Monica JonesLeadership Position: Library Leader
Family: Mum, Dad, Jacob, Coby, Noah, Siannah and Indy
Pets: 2 dogs Blackie Black and Raphael, 1 rabbit Rosie and 1 cat Chocolate
Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family and colouring in
Favourite Subjects: P.E. and drama
A goal for me this year is: To move up to a higher level in reading
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Keeping our school clean without any rubbish
Who inspires you: My Mum
When I leave school I want to: Work in a shop

Name: Jack Schumann
Leadership Position: Library Leader
Family: Mum, Dad, Kurt and Ruby
Pets: A dog named Bliss
Interests/Hobbies: Football
Favourite Subjects: Maths, P.E. and art
A goal for me this year is: To help more people with their work
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Helping kids to get along with each other
Who inspires you: My Mum and Dad
When I leave school I want to: Play football

School Leader Report

Hello my name is Rori Coote and I’m going to talk about what has been happening in our school.

The grade 1/2s have been on an excursion to the Ulverstone Museum and Dinosaur Park. Everyone seemed to enjoy their excursion.

The Lego competition finished on the 27th June and there were some great entries. I was fortunate enough to win the school competition. My entry will represent the school at the Lego Expo this weekend.

Grade 6 students have been enjoying their transition sessions at the Ulverstone High School. They have been doing MDT (Woodwork). Our projects are not quite finished and we are hoping that we can get an extra week to finish them off.

In the third week of next term is the Grade 5/6 Sports Day. This will be an opportunity be involved in sport and meet kids from other schools.

So as you can see there are lots of great things happening and coming up in our school.

Tasmanian Premiers Reading Challenge

The Tasmanian Premiers Reading Challenge has been happening in our classrooms this term.

As a special incentive our school received a Hawthorn Football Club junior fan pack. We also have books and a stationary pack as prizes.

We held a Hawks colouring competition to decide our winners.

Congratulations to the following children.

1st Ella Stevens 3/4A
2nd Austin Rush 3/4A
3rd Stacey Robinson 5/6A
4th Kiarna Majcen K/PB

Below is Ella’s entry!

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

On Thursday 6th July Leanne Wease from NDIS will be at the school from 2.30pm – 3.30pm to provide information to parents about the NDIS.

If you would like to drop in and chat with Leanne she will be in the AV room with information on how to access support for eligible people through the NDIS.

School Banking

The winner of the banking competition for Term 2 is Carly Polden.

To be in the running of the competition, simply bank every week of Term 3 and your name could be selected to win a back pack full of goodies donated by the Commonwealth bank.

Congratulations Carly

Sharyn Mee and Jane Polden
Banking Co-Ordinators

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: 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?
Answer: 9 days

Question: 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?
Answer: 8 years old

This week’s Questions

There are usually 30 students in Mrs. Holt's 3rd grade class. 1/5 of the students are absent. How many students were in class?

Tim's garden is divided into 3 sections. There are three times as many pepper plants as cucumber plants. There are twice as many tomato plants as pepper plants. If there are 8 cucumber plants, how many tomato plants are there?

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: Summarizing

Language we use when summarizing:

  • In my own words, the story is about _____
  • The most important thing to know about _____ is _____
  • The main idea of this text is _____


This year 10 students entered the Brixhibtion competition. All entries were very creative which made it very hard to judge and decide the winner.

Rori Coote claimed the winner’s prize with a very close second to Jakobhi Allen.

Rori has been invited to display her lego model, along with winning entries from other primary schools, at Brixhibition held at the Ulverstone Sports and Recreation Centre on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July from 9:30am - 4:30pm.

Congratulations Rori.

Sports News

Gymnastics and Physical Education

During our Physical Education classes this term we have been focusing on Gymnastics. The students have enjoyed the challenges of working with class mates on balances, rolling, handstands, using the beat board and volt box and working safely. As an extension Grade 3-6 students have been creating individual sequences to present to their peers.

NWPSSA Grade 4/5/6 Cross Country

Congratulations to our West Ulverstone Primary Inter Primary Cross Country team which placed 3rd in the Division C section of this year’s North West coast event. This event was held on Wednesday 21st June at The Ulverstone Football Ground/Fairway Park. Schools are allocated to divisions depending on the numbers of students enrolled in Grade 4, 5 and 6 at each respective school.

Division C was a very competitive division and placing 3rd out of 7 schools was an excellent result considering that West Ulverstone Primary have moved up a division this year. Our students did an amazing job running strongly in all their events showing depth, talent and determination. Team members were also fine ambassadors for our school, vocally cheering on their fellow runners.

With each race having close to 130 participants it was fantastic to see many of our runners making the top 50 in their respective races.

Some of our best performances included; Amalie Benjamin who came 10th in the Grade 6 girls event, Danielle Saward came 11th and Madison Majcen came 21st in the Grade 5 girls, and Jonty Hamill who came 18th in the Grade 4 boys race.

Symmons Plains All Schools Cross-country

Congratulations to Charli Hamill who came 22nd out of 242 & Jonty Hamill who came 174 out of 291 in the recent All Schools Cross-country event.

It was a fabulous effort by Charli and Jonty and they were awesome representatives for West Ulverstone Primary School.

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

Slipstream Circus Holiday Camps

School Calendar of events


Thursday 6th July

NDIS Information Session

AV Room - 2.30pm

Friday 7th July

Last Day Term 2

Monday 24th July


Tuesday 25th July

Students First Day - Term 3

Tuesday 1st August

ICAS National English Competition

(For participating students)