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

26 October 2017

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Acting Principal’s Report

Welcome back to everyone for what is always a busy and hopefully a sunny term. I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable holiday spending time with family and friends. Everyone has settled back into the routines and structures of school well. Term 4 always brings an increase in events, activities and celebration opportunities as we wind up a successful year. Please keep an eye on our newsletter, Facebook page and school calendar for up and coming events.


Our fencing works have started and the existing fencing around the little area has been cleaned and repainted over the holidays. Doesn’t it look great! Fencing work will continue throughout the term.


A big welcome to Karen Richardson who has come to us from Reece High School where she has been the Literacy Leader and coach. Karen will be working in all classrooms and with teaching staff as we strive to continually improve our Literacy practice. Karen has expressed how lovely and welcoming the school community has been and is looking forward to meeting parents and working with our children.

2018 Enrolments

We are accepting enrolments for 2018. If your child is turning 5 in 2018, they are eligible to enrol in Kindergarten. We encourage all children from birth – 4 years to attend our Launching into Learning (LiL) programs to ensure their successful transition into school. Also if you know of any new families moving into our area, please encourage them to contact the school and come in to discuss enrolment. Enrolment forms are available from our school office or any of our Launching into Learning programs.

2018 Planning

We have commenced planning for 2018 and will soon begin to look at class structures and student placements. I ask that if parents have educational issues they wish to discuss that may impact on these placements, please contact the office within the next 2 weeks to arrange an appointment.

Professional Learning Day next Friday (3rd November)

Next Friday is a Student Free Day with staff focusing on planning for 2018 which will include reviewing data to monitor the progress of students and identify our priorities. We will also be spending some time on class structures for 2018. The remainder of the day will be spent working in grade teams to plan learning programs.

Education Act

As you are aware, the implementation of the new Education Act is well underway. This term we will aligning our school policies on Attendance, Enrolment, Behaviour Management, Dress Code, Levies and Charges and our School Association constitution with the Act.

Did you know?

Attending school every day has a big impact on how well your child goes at school. Attendance has a positive impact on students’ learning. The changes from the new Education Act specify when a student’s absence will be recorded as authorised or unauthorised. It is important that you discuss why your child is absent from school with the Principal or a staff member as soon as practicable. Please take some time to read information on the new Education Act via the link below:


English Competition

The English Competition certificates were presented at our whole school assembly today congratulations and well done to everyone who participated.

Year 2

Corben Clark


Rubi Coppleman


Paige Lehman


Amealiah Moss


Year 3

Roscoe Davis


Shataya Grant


Jessica Maxfield


Year 4

Lilyana Stock


Year 5

Jack Bundy


Joshua Maxfield


Year 6

Gebriael Davis


Reminder: Hats – Term 4

All students are now required to wear a sun safe school hat when playing outside. If students are not wearing a hat they will be asked to sit in the shade on the seats at the end of the primary corridor.

Kate Larcombe
Acting Principal


Things are getting exciting. We have moved into the hall for rehearsals using the stage. Our rehearsal day is now Friday.

The advertising poster is complete and will be placed in shop windows around town.

Production t shirts will be available next week for production students to purchase. The cost of the t-shirts are $10.00 and parents of performing students should receive a letter with the order form in the next few days. Students will also will receive a letter with the costume they are required to provide. The school will provide the majority of costumes but as stated in the initial contract, parents are required to supply some items.

Tickets for the school production will go on sale Monday 30th October and will be available from the school office.

Ticket costs are: Grade 7 – Adults $5.00 and Kinder – Grade 6 $3.00.

Don’t miss out on this amazing production!!!

Andrea Harding
Drama Teacher

Children and Technology Workshop

Would you like to know:

  • More about e-safety?
  • How to set blocks?
  • What are some good educational apps?
  • How to conduct a good search?
  • What are the recommendations for children using technology?
  • Plus much more

We are hoping to run some free workshops for parents early in term 4, where you can bring your device along and practice, listen, learn and talk with an expert in the field of children safely using technology.

If you would be interested in attending please contact the front office by Wednesday, 1st November on 64252195.

For more information please contact Kate Larcombe

Aussie of the Month

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as our August and September Aussie’s of the Month.


Mia Emanuel

Mia happily attempts and completes all activities to a high standard. She is accepting and inclusive of others.


Brady Walmsley

Brady is respectful and caring toward others. He is polite and well-mannered and a great Daily PE leader.

Feature Class News – 1/2A

In Grade 1/2A we have looked at Eric Carle books with a focus on the messages in the books. We found out many facts about animals and insects and also learnt about time through his writing. Eric Carle uses the art of cutting up pre-painted sheets of paper. Here are some of our pictures that we created by cutting and pasting.

On Tuesday afternoon we are working with the class next door (1/2 Finch) to improve our Social Skills. We read the Rainbow Fish and The Huge Bag of Worries. Our other groups are working on turn-taking, getting along and sharing.

Our Friendship tree in our classroom has lots of important questions and messages on it.

We have a CAFÉ in our classroom and we are practising ordering from a menu, using money to pay and finding out about how CAFEs work.

Jenni Redman

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 K/PA

Miss Millar is reading with Isabelle, Cormac and Megan

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: Drew gave 12 marbles to Marcus. Each boy then had 25 marbles. How many more marbles did Drew have than Marcus at first?

Answer: 24

Question: I collect 20 shells every 30 minutes, but I drop 3 shells every 2 hours. If I collect shells for 8 hours how many shells will I end up with?

Answer: 308 shells

This week’s Questions

Greg's mum made some cookies for the family. The cookies were so huge that she decided to cut them in half. Greg ate 4 halves and his brother, Brad, had 6 halves. There were 18 halves left. How many whole cookies did Greg's mum make?

Timmy wants to buy a bicycle that costs $140.

He has already saved $68. He plans to save $8 a month. How many months will it take Timmy to save enough money to buy the bicycle?

Book Club

The next book club orders are due back on Tuesday, 31st October.

If you would like to order any books as presents, please add a note to your order with a contact phone number and I will notify you when your order is back.

Thank you
Sharon Guard
Book Club Co-Ordinator

School Banking

The school banking co-ordinators are running a competition where students who bank every week of the term will go into a draw to win a back pack full of prizes. The prize for term 3 goes to Isabella Atkins from K/PB. Congratulations Isabella.

Sharon Mee and Jane Polden
Banking Co-Ordinators

Sport news


We kicked off the season with our first game of cricket being played against Forth Primary School. The score was 64-26 runs with Forth being the winner. We all tried our hardest and didn’t give up. I’m sure our team will improve with more training.

Tanner Mott
Team Captain

All home games will now be played at the West Ulverstone Recreation ground, Amy Street West Ulverstone. Our next game will be held at this ground on Friday 27th October at 4:00pm.

Cricket training will be held on a Wednesday night from 3:00 – 4:00pm at our West Ulverstone Primary School ground.

Alf Mott
Cricket Coach


Netball training will be held on Thursday nights, starting this week, from 3:00 – 4:00pm.

It is proposed that the roster games will start on Tuesday 31st October. More information will be passed on as soon as we receive it.

Thank you for your patience.

Robyn Britton
Netball coach


The Ulverstone District Cricket Club will once again be running a Milo In2Cricket program for children from ages 5-8, at the River Road ground on Tuesday evenings, from 4.00 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. The program will run from Tuesday, 24th October to Tuesday 12th December inclusive, at a cost of approx. $75.00 per child, which includes the program sessions and a Milo give-away pack (bat, ball, tshirt, milo hat etc.). REGISTRATIONS, together with payment, may be done online at the link below:



For children age 8-12 years, to be played at the Ulverstone Cricket Club, River Road on Wednesday nights . To commence 25th October at 5.30pm. Cost will be approx. $99 per child which includes eight sessions and a give-away pack. REGISTRATIONS, together with payment, may be done online at the link below:



Roster will re-commence on Friday 20th October.
For all junior cricket enquiries, please contact: Jason Pearce (Junior Development Officer) 0407 371 996

Drawn in @the Ulverstone Library

Ulverstone SLSC

Shell Questacon Science Circus

School Calendar of events


Friday 27th October

Questacon performance Grades 1- 6

Friday 27th October

Kinder/Prep Excursion to Hagley farm

Friday 27th October

1:40pm Grade 3 – Grade 6 Primary Assembly

Monday 30th - Tuesday 31st October

Firefighter Craig

Monday 30th October

1:40pm Kinder – Grade 2 ECE Assembly

Friday 3rd November

Student free day

Monday 6th November

Public Holiday