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

17 August 2017

Newsletter Articles

Acting Principal’s Report

Staffing Update

This term has continued to be busy with staffing changes. Two weeks ago we farewelled Mrs Dudley so that she could take on the position of Acting Principal at Parklands High School for the remainder of term 3 and term 4. Rori and Geb (school leaders) presented Mrs Dudley with a card signed by all students and bunch of flowers. We hope Mrs Dudley will be able to join us for some of our end of year celebration events and we wish her all the best in her new role.


Jarrod Minton-Connell is joining us on Fridays to teach music to students in grade 3-6. Jarrod is an experienced music teacher and has a passion for teaching contemporary music

Musical Production – Porridge

Students have been busy over the last 2 weeks auditioning for a role in our school production ‘Porridge’. Parent consent forms are being sent home this week to confirm student participation so that roles can be announced. Please see below for details or see Ms Harding if you need more information.

Student NAPLAN Reports

NAPLAN reports were sent home with students in grade 3 and grade 5 last week. The NAPLAN testing results are based on one test on one day and don’t represent a child’s overall educational performance and learning. Please talk to your child’s teacher in order to discuss any aspects of the tests.

Fire Evacuation

On Tuesday 22nd August we will hold a fire evacuation drill. Personal from the Tasmanian Fire Service will attend this drill to ensure our procedures were efficient and effective for ensuring the safe evacuation of the school in the event of a fire. Regular evacuation drills also provide students with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the emergency procedure.

School Ball

Our annual School Balls’ will be held on Thursday 31st August in the school hall.

Early Childhood Ball (Kinder – Grade 2) from 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Primary Ball (Grades 3-6) from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Entry is by gold coin donation. Supper will be provided for students and a drink can be purchased for $1.00. Students are encouraged to bring their drink bottles. Students can wear their book week dress-ups or neat casual clothes. See below for further details about Book Week.

Please note, due to space restrictions we ask that students attend their own ball only and older children do not attend.

Attendance Matters: Changes to Student Absences

As mentioned in last newsletter the new Education Act came into effect from 10th July 2017. There are several changes in student absences. Details are available at the link below.



Father’s Day Stall

We will be holding a Father’s Day Stall on Thursday, 31st August (K/P,1/2, 3/4 & 4/5 students) and Friday 1st September (5/6 students). The cost of presents will range from $2.00 - $5.00. For those students who wish to purchase a present from the stall, please bring your money on the appropriate day.

If anyone is able to assist with setting up and running the Father’s Day Stall at the following times just show up on the day!

Wednesday 30th August 2.00pm - 3.00pm (Set up)
Thursday 31st August 9.00am-11.00am and 1.30pm -3.00pm
Friday 1st September 2.00pm-3.00pm

Fundraising – School Association

On Friday 25th August we will be selling raffle tickets for a Father’s Day Raffle outside Railway IGA Supermarket.

On Thursday 31st August our fundraising committee and Rotary Club of Ulverstone West will be holding a barbeque outside Woolworths Ulverstone. If you are in the area please purchase a sausage to help support the school.

Nicky Green
Acting Principal

Feature Class News – 4/5A

Meeting Zuess and Zelma

4/5A recently enjoyed a visit from Zuess and Zelma, the kittens that Koby found abandoned on their property. The Purton family have adopted the kittens and Koby has been busy making scratching posts and pom-pom play toys for them to enjoy.

The class learnt from Koby how to care for them, what they can and can’t eat and enjoyed watching them play together as they explored the classroom.

Students also took the opportunity to learn about similes. They wrote some sentences about the kittens using similes to describe them. Here are some they wanted to share.

Deet Cox

2017 Book Week and Book Fair

The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week for 2017 is on next week, 19th-26th August. The theme this year is Escape to Everywhere. We have the short listed books on display in the Library.

Our 2017 Book Fair will be held from Tuesday August 22nd - Thursday August 24th in the Art Room. Students will be able to have a look at the books on Monday August 21st and fill out their wish lists. Buying times for the fair will be 8.30am – 9.15am and 2.45pm – 3.30pm Tuesday August 22nd - Thursday August 24th. No one is under any obligation to buy but all proceeds go to buying new books for our library.

To celebrate Book Week we will be having a dress up day on Friday, 25th August. All students are invited to come to school dressed up in the theme ‘Escape to Everywhere’ or as their favourite book character. (No Superheroes please.)

If you have any queries, please ask. Don’t forget to save your costumes for the School Ball, Thursday 31st August.

Alison Willoughby
Library Technician

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 Friday 11th August.

India Cooper K/P A – Relationships & Responsibility
Mylie Olsen K/P B – Learning
Montana Crawford-Cooper 1/2 A – Responsibility
Sienna Emanuel 1/2 B – Responsibility
Seth Woodhall 3/4A – Respect, Relationships and Responsibility
Dominik Artavilla 3/4B – Learning
Daniel Bundy 4/5A – Responsibility and Learning
Landon Dobson 5/6A – Respect and Responsibility
Cara Dakin 5/6B – Responsibility

Rachel Steele

School Musical PORRIDGE

Wow! What an awesome response we have had from students wanting to audition to be part of this fantastic show.

Some auditions were held last week and the remainder will be held this week.

Following on from auditions the CAST will be announced!

Here is a brief overview of the show:

When a crime wave hits Happy Valley, there's a caseload of mysteries to be solved! Who's stolen Ma Hubbard's recipe book? Who's kidnapped Marigold the cow? And what dirty secret is Papa Bear hiding behind his Porridge empire? It's down to Private Detective Jack Spratt to uncover the terrifying truth in this tale of mystery, mayhem and breakfast cereal!

Join Jack, Goldie Lox and a cast of crazy characters including barmy billy goats, loopy lumberjacks, a potty police squad and a runaway cow in this brand new side-splitting musical comedy. It's a familiar tale, told like you've never heard before with familiar fairytale folk brought to life as you've never imagined! Porridge has all the ingredients of a delicious production - packed with spoonfuls of sparkling songs and bowlfuls of belly-laughs, this hilarious show will leave your cast and audience wanting seconds and shouting for more!

Performances will be held in our school hall and ticket sales will be announced closer to the date.

The performance dates have now been confirmed. Mark them onto your calendar.

Wednesday 15th November School hours – final dress rehearsal
Wednesday 15th November 7.00 pm – (this date is tentative in case of sell out performances)
Thursday 16th November at 7.00 pm
Friday 17th November at 7.00 pm

Andrea Harding
Drama Teacher

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.

Reading in 3/4A

Imogen, Shataya, Tori and Axcel are working with Miss Porteus on guided reading. Guided reading involves a teacher working with a small group of students on a similar level of text with a focus on comprehension and reading strategies.

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.

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: There are four pieces of paper in a bag. Each paper has a number on it. The numbers are 19, 23, 34, and 38. Harry took out one piece of paper. The sum of the remaining numbers was 76. What number did Harry remove from the bag?

Answer: 38

Question: Max had $35.00 and he withdrew some more money from his bank account. He bought a pair of trousers at $34.00, two shirts at $16.00 each and 2 pairs of shoes at $24.00 each. After the shopping, he had $32.00 left. How much money did Max withdraw from the bank?

Answer: $111.00

This week’s Questions

Kelly read 5 books every month. How many books did she read from September 2007 to January 2009?

Taylor’s Hardware has a number of bikes and tricycles for sale. There are 27 seats and 60 wheels all together. How many bikes and how many tricycles are there?

Sports News

NWPSSA Grade 5/6 Sports Day 2017

On Tuesday 8th August the North West Primary School Sports Association ran the annual 5/6 Sports Day. It was an enormous success with the sun shining. All our Grade 5/6 students participated in the day by playing either basketball, soccer, football or tennis against other Grade 5/6 students from schools as far away as Sheffield and Riana. All students should be commended on their fine sportsmanship and willingness to have a go.

A big thank you to Mrs Steele, Ms Cox, Mrs Mudford, Mr Langford, Mrs Scott and Mrs Jones and a very special thank you to our wonderful parent and grandparent volunteers Ms Jacqui Hall, Mr Alf Mott, and Mrs Lorraine Malone for their assistance with Tuesday’s Sports Day.

NWPSSA Devon Selection Trials

Below are the students that were nominated to attend selection trials this week. We would like to wish the following students all the best in their endeavor to be selected in NWPSSA Devon Sports Teams.



Soccer (Boys)

Soccer (Girls)

Starley Purton

Sophia Hall-Riley

Bailey Lambie

Kailyn Riley

Carin Dakin

Isaac Ling

Jack Bundy

Danielle Saward

Tyler Smith

Tanner Mott

Stacey Robinson

Aidan Hefford

Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Code of Conduct

The North West Primary Schools Sports Association, NWPSSA, fully endorses the following Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Code of Conduct for all players, officials, coaches, parents and supporters.

Young people involved in sport have the right and responsibility to participate in a safe and supportive environment on and off the field.

The way athletes, officials and spectators conduct themselves is equally, if not more, important than the performance/s displayed on the sporting field.

A full and comprehensive overview of the ASC Code of Conduct policies can be found at the link below.


ALL personnel involved are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the ASC Code of Conduct prior to participation in any sporting event.

Any person deemed to breach these codes may be asked to, or be, removed from the field of play or venue.

We remind ALL involved with any NWPSSA organised or sanctioned event to remember the following:

This is a game
The players are children
The coaches are volunteers
The referees are humans
We are
ALL learning!
Thank you for your support in promoting a positive, encouraging and safe sporting event for
our children.

From NWPSSA Executive.

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

Ulverstone High School Open Night – Grade 7 in 2018

Positive Parent Course

Ulverstone Surf Lifesaving Club News

The Ulverstone Surf Lifesaving Club hires sessions at the Ulverstone pool with lanes available for casual lap swimmers or for leisurely play on Mondays and Thursdays 6.00 – 7.00pm and Sundays 10.00 – 11.00am.

These pool sessions are not solely for members of the Ulverstone Surf Lifesaving Club but for those in the wider community that would like to have a swim and access an indoor pool during the winter period – be it for fitness, gain water confidence or to just spend time in the water.

The cost for each session per swimmer is:

Ulverstone Surf Lifesaving Club members $2.00 or non-members $5.00.

No bookings required you are quite welcome to just show at the pool during the above times.

For further information about the pool sessions or to find out how to become a member of the Ulverstone Surf Lifesaving Club, contact Ulverstone Surf Lifesaving Club Sports Captain-Liz Eustace eaeustace@yahoo.com.au

School Calendar of events


Monday 21st August – Friday 25th August Book Week

Tuesday 22nd August

Book Fair Buying Time

8.30am and 9.15 am

2.45pm – 3.30 am

Wednesday 23rd August

Book Fair Buying Time

8.30am and 9.15 am

2.45pm – 3.30 pm

Thursday 24th August

Book Fair Buying Time

8.30am and 9.15am

2.45pm – 3.30pm

Wednesday 30th August

Ulverstone High School

“Grade 7 in 2018” Open Night

Thursday 31st August

Father’s Day Stall Class Buying

9.00am-11.00am and 1.30pm -3.00pm

Thursday 31st August

School Balls

Early Childhood Ball (Kinder – Grade 2) from 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Primary Ball (Grades 3-6) from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Friday 1st September

Father’s Day Stall Class Buying