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

9 November 2017

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Principal’s Report

Student Free Day

Staff spent the student free day last Friday working together on reviewing school data, starting to plan for 2018 and reviewing classroom programs. We are lucky to have such a hardworking and dedicated staff team here at WUPS!


Our new colourbond fence from Josephine Street down to Stepping Stones is now up. Unfortunately we have had some vandalism and this fence has been damaged resulting in parts needing to be replaced already. We take great pride in our school and it is disappointing to think there are people in our community that do not consider how their behaviour impacts on others and the additional costs in replacing or repairing vandalised property.

Musical Production - Porridge

Rehearsals are in full swing for our school production ‘Porridge’. Students look smart in their production t-shirts and are all working hard with Ms Harding to put on a great show. Tickets are on sale now from the front office at a cost of $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for Kinder to Grade 6.

School Association – Constitution meeting

You are invited to a general meeting of the School Association to be held in the staffroom on Monday 20th November commencing at 5:30pm. The purpose of this meeting is to adopt a Constitution which aligns with the new Education Act.

Student Achievement

Jonty (3/4A) represented our school at the All Schools Challenge in Launceston on Saturday 28th October at the St Leonards Athletics track. He came 5th in the 100 metres, 4th in the long jump and 3rd in the high jump with a personal best. What an awesome effort Jonty!

I went to Launceston to the All Schools Sports Association carnival. I competed in the long jump, high jump, 100m and 200m running races. I ran in the relay in a team of 4.

In the 100m I came 5th and in long jump I came 4th. I achieved a personal best in the high jump of 1.23m, which is taller than me.

I was nervous but I felt really proud to be there and I did my best.

By Jonty Hamill

Assessment and Reporting

Teachers are currently undertaking a number of assessment tasks with students to support end of year reports and to also provide whole school data to inform school improvement.

2018 Planning and Class Placements

We have commenced planning for 2018 and possible class structures and will soon begin to look at student placements. I ask that if parents have educational issues they wish to discuss that may impact on these placements, please contact the office by Friday 10th November to arrange an appointment.

Enrolments for 2018

We are accepting enrolments for 2018 in all of our classes. If you know of anyone living in the area or moving to West Ulverstone with primary aged children, please encourage them to come and discuss enrolment.


As you know, 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 children outside of school time to minimise the impact of missed school.

We have seen an increase in unexplained student absences over the past few months. If you child is absent from school it is your responsibility to let us know the reason for this.

This year we are aiming for an average attendance rate of 94%. Our current attendance rate is 92%.

Let’s make every day count!

Attendance per class as at 2nd November:

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 on having a 95% attendance rate!

Nicky Green


Do you have your tickets for this awesome show?

Next week we hit the stage to perform to an audience. The students are very excited and extremely keen to get into their costumes. Therefore, it would be fantastic to fill the hall on both nights with a full audience. The students have worked very hard and truly deserve a big audience. So let your friends and family know to grab their tickets.

Porridge T shirts are still available at the school office for a great price of $10.00 with the school subsiding some of the cost. Students can wear their tops on production days and everyday next week. This is a great advertisement for us.

Advertising posters are available at the school office. If you can put one or two up at a business for us, please collect a poster from the office.

As this will be the last newsletter before we perform, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support in bringing this performance to life for the students of WUPS!

Andrea Harding
Drama Teacher

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 primary assembly on Thursday 26th October.

Seth Woodhall 3/4A – Respect, Relationships, Responsibility
Kurt Schumann 3/4B – Responsibility
Jai Desmond 4/5A – Learning
Danielle Saward 5/6B – Respect, Relationships, Responsibility
Geb Davis 5/6A – Respect and Responsibility

Feature Class News – 3/4A

3/4A have been growing crystals!!

As part of our Earth and Space science unit, 3/4A have been asking questions and making predictions about growing crystals.

Here are some of our predictions:

“I predict we might make crystals.” Masyn.
“I predict the crystals will grow because I think they are easy to make.” Imy
“I predict that we can make crystals.” Axcel
“I predict that the crystals will grow. They will Borax crystals.” Roscoe
“I predict we grow crystals because the Borax pieces could stick onto the pipe cleaner.” Shataya
“I predict the crystals will grow.” Austin
“I predict we can grow crystals.” Axcel

Crystals in 3/4A
Crystals in 3/4A
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Mel Coulson

Chaplain’s chin wag

Term 4 has already been very busy with a buzz around the school as opening night of our production Porridge draws closer. I am very excited as many of our students are in some way involved, whether it be in the show, making props or helping gather costumes.

So with this in mind I would like to give away some tickets to Porridge for students who receive a values card for meeting our school values. Any student who receives a school values card between Friday 10th November and Wednesday 15th November will go into the draw to win 2 adult and 2 children's tickets. Values cards during this period should be placed in the bright blue Porridge box which will be at the office. Winners will be drawn before the end of school on Wednesday 15th November. Good luck to all of the recipients of school values cards and I look forward to seeing an increase in students striving for a school values card.

Leanne Jopson

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 3/4B

Addy, Taylen, Karlia and Mia are working with Mrs Birch on their novel study. They are working on the reading comprehension strategy of making connections.

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: 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?

Answer: 14 whole cookies

Question: 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?

Answer: 9 months

This week’s Questions

19 children take a minibus to the zoo. They are to sit 2 or 3 to a seat. There are 7 seats. How many seats will have 3 children seated on them?

Donna paid for 5 bottles of orange juice with a $50 bill and got $16 in change. How much did she pay for each bottle?

Tasmanian Fire Service

The Juvenile Fire Lighter Intervention Program (JFLIP) is a free, confidential, state-wide service to help families deal with fire lighting behaviour.

How can I enrol my child in the program?

If you are the parent or guardian of a child who is playing with fire, you can contact JFLIP for advice or assistance.

Smoke alarms for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


We have been trying to get our first win of the season. We need all players to come to training so we can improve and learn how to work as a team.

Tanner Mott


Due to low numbers, the Netball organisers have changed netball from a roster to a skills session and then a game. This allows the Grades 3/4’s and 5/6’s to mix with other students from both East and Ulverstone Primary Schools’. The students are learning about Netball in a fun way.

Robyn Britton
Netball coach

Ulverstone Basketball Association

Term 4 Junior Local Roster Recommencing Monday 13th November for 5 weeks

Welcoming any new children to come and have a go.

Please turn up to the times relevant to your age group.

Court 1.

4pm - U/11 boys (07,08,09)*must have game play experience.
Experienced 2007 boys may play U/14s with prior approval from the UBA.

5pm - U/14 boys (06,05,04) *teams will be made up on the night and a round robin will be played.

Court 2

4pm - Hoop ball - Skills and Modified game play.
5,6,7 years. 8years(if never played before)

5pm - U/10 girls - game play
8 & 9 year olds.
7year olds with prior development and 10year olds with minimal development.

6.00pm - U/12 & U/14 girls - 3 v 3 roster. Divisions will be made to suit age and skill development.

Any further information please email Kate: kateoneill32@yahoo.com.

Ph: 0400160013 and leave a message

Junior Softball

Come and try Tee Ball or Softball on Saturday 11th November from 10.30am at the Ulverstone Show Ground, Flora Street West Ulverstone. All equipment is provided (gloves, bats, balls, helmets etc.) all you need is your sandshoes and a drink and make sure you bring along all your friends. This will be a weekly timeslot for all children (boys and girls) aged from 4-16 years; Teeball (4-9yrs), Batter up softball (10-13yrs). For more information please contact Matthew Knowles 0499902818

Like our page on Facebook for updates - Ulverstone Softball Association


School Calendar of events


Tuesday 14th November

Startsmart – Combank Grades 1-6

Wednesday 15th November

Porridge dress rehearsals

Thursday 16th November

7:00pm Porridge show

Friday 17th November

7:00pm Porridge show

Thursday 23rd November

9:00am Whole school assembly

Monday 20th – Wednesday 22nd November

Growing up Program Grades 3-6

Wednesday 22nd November

Kinder Orientation