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

31 August 2017

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Acting Principal’s Report


It has been great to see all students in uniform, both tops and bottoms. Uniforms are an important part of our school. They define us as a member of a team and make us all equal. School uniforms also help identify students and support the safety of all. Uniform items can be purchased at Maveric Clothing.

NAPLAN Online – Trial of the New Online Assessment Platform

You may have heard that NAPLAN online is being introduced across Australia over three years from 2017. Tasmanian Government schools will be administering NAPLAN online from 2019.

Our school has opted to trial the new assessment platform (the computer system the test will be taken on) and assess our readiness to participate in NAPLAN Online from 2019. This trial is called the School Readiness Test (SRT).

The SRT is not a test of student achievement and results will not form part of a student’s overall assessment.

Feedback from schools participating in the trial will inform transition to the online assessment as well as provide valuable feedback to shape the final development of the NAPLAN online platform.

The SRT has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge, but rather to provide students an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the new online assessment.

Next week students in grade 2 and grade 4 will participate in the trial of the assessment platform, by undertaking two online tests that include examples of the new NAPLAN online questions. Each test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

If you have further questions, please contact Rachel Steele.

Fathers Day Stall

Just a reminder that the Fathers Day stall will continue tomorrow (Friday 1st September) for the 5/6 classes and for any students who have not had a chance to purchase a gift yet.

The Fathers Day raffle will be drawn tonight at the School Ball. Good luck to everyone who purchased a ticket.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our fathers a happy fathers day.

Nicky Green
Acting Principal

School Production ‘Porridge’ Fundraiser

Feature Class News – 3/4B

With last week being Book Week 3/4B, carried out some activities surrounding one of the books nominated for picture book of the year called, “Gary”. Gary is a pigeon who cannot fly and gets lost in the city. Using his scrapbook, Gary creates a map to get home to his other pigeon friends.

Students were so excited about the scrapbook aspect of Gary’s adventure they decided to design their own scrapbook page around their interests. This will be turned into a class book for everyone to share. Here are some examples of the amazing work they have created. If you would like to see the rest you will have to visit our class!

Also as part of book week we had the opportunity to dress up last Friday as our favourite book characters! The costumes were amazing

and a big thank you to all the parents for putting in an amazing effort into the costumes created.

Nicci Birch

2017 Book Week

On Friday 25th August we celebrated Book Week with a parade held in the morning. There was a vast range of characters and costumes. Thank you so much for helping your child/children with their costumes. Everyone looked fantastic and we all had a wonderful day. Below are our class winners.

Back from left: Blake Stock (5/6B), Rori Coote (5/6A), Rubi Coppleman (1/2B), Daniel Bundy (4/5A) Front from left: Charli Hamill (3/4B), Jonty Hamill (3/4A), Liam Bosworth (K/PB), Elliott Ruston (1/2A), Michael Parker (K/PA).

Alison Willoughby
Library Technician

2017 Book Fair

Our book fair was an over whelming success. We were able to get over $1000 worth of free brooks for our library. A huge thank you to all who made a purchase at the fair.

Sharon Guard
Book fair co-ordinator

School Ball

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

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

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

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.

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

A big thankyou to Rudi Majcen and Woolworths Ulverstone for the donation of fruit for the School Ball.

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 1/2A

Riley, Millie, Piper and Kobi are working with Mrs Gardam on reading for meaning. They are practising making predictions as they read.

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

Answer: 85 books

Question: 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?

Answer: 21 bikes and 6 tricycles

This week’s Questions

On average the teeth of an adult human are 1 ½ cm long and a great white shark are 7 ½ cm long. How many adult teeth, stacked end to end, would be needed to make the same length as the great white shark’s tooth?

If today is Tuesday, what day of the week will it be in 100 days from now?

Sports News


The decision has been make not to go ahead with the round robins. The last game for junior soccer and under 8's is the 2nd September.

We would like to take this opportunity to give Jacqui Hall a big thank you for all her efforts as Soccer coach for 2017.

NWPSSA Launceston Exchange 2017

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in one of the teams to play in Launceston. Selections were based on performances at the selection trials and from performances at the Devon v Darwin challenge games.

Devon Soccer - Girls

Stacey Robinson, Kaitlyn Riley

Devon Soccer - Boys

Tanner Mott

Devon Hockey - Girls

Sophia Hall-Riley

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

School Calendar of events


Thursday 31st August

School Ball

Monday 4th September

School Association Meeting

Wednesday 6th September

MAST 3-6

Friday 8th September

Assembly 11:30am K – 2 Sharing K/PB, 1/2A

Assembly 1:40pm 3 - 6 Sharing 3/4B, 5/6B