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

7 December 2017

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Principal’s Report


Over the last fortnight we have had a school-wide focus on improving behaviours. Each class was asked to agree on a goal to work on to help us end the year in positive way. School values of respect and responsibility were featured in every goal. Talk to your child to find out what their class is working on and how they are going.


The next stage of our new fencing has started. Workmen are busy putting new posts in for the tubular fencing which will run along Josephine Street. This will join the colourbond fence and the tubular fence around the little area. There will be a new gate at the Josephine Street entrance which will be open at the beginning and end of each day as students arrive and leave. During school hours this gate will be locked. All visitors to the school will need to enter via the front office.

Shine Concert

Tonight a number of our students who were in our school production of ‘Porridge’ will be participating in a combined concert along with other local primary schools and Ulverstone High School students. Some of the chorus and the dancers from the cast will perform two of the songs – The Porridge Pot and Happy Ever After. The concert is being held in the Ulverstone High School gymnasium and entry is via a gold coin donation at the door. There will be a sausage sizzle outside the gymnasium from 6:10pm. Everyone welcome!


Our end of year summary reports go home with all Prep-6 students tomorrow. In your envelope you should find:

  • A Letter explaining the reporting process
  • End of year report (Preps will receive a PIPS report)
  • Attendance report
  • 2018 levies and class placement information

Kinder portfolios will be sent home on Thursday 14th December.

Upcoming End of Year Events

With only 10 days of school left for 2017, we have a number of end of year events coming up:

  • Monday 11th December – LiL Christmas Party
  • Wednesday 13th December – Kinder Orientation evening
  • •Thursday 14th December – Thank you Morning Tea and Celebration Assembly
  • Monday 18th December – Grade 6 Leavers Assembly, Luncheon and Leavers Dinner
  • Tuesday 19th December – School Picnic

Information for some of these events has been sent home already. Other information will be sent home closer to the event. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Staffing for 2018

Unfortunately staffing for next year has not been finalised as there are a number of positions yet to be confirmed. However, I can confirm class teachers for these classes:

Kinder/Prep A

Hannah Millar

Kinder/Prep B

Elisse McWhirter




Jess Finch




Nicci Birch


Deet Cox


Kylie Mudford


Rachel Steele

I can share that we will be farewelling Jenni Redman. Jenni is transferring to East Ulverstone Primary School in 2018.

Jenni has worked at West Ulverstone for 10 years and takes with her a wealth of experiences and expertise especially in her understanding of teaching students to read.

I would like to sincerely express our thanks to Jenni for all she has done for every student, every staff member and every family she has worked alongside during her time at West. We wish her all the best in her move to East Ulverstone Primary School.

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.


We communicate school information and our newsletter with parents and the wider community via our Facebook page and the Schoolzine app. Our school newsletter goes home each fortnight on Thursdays.


Do you have the Schoolzine app? If you haven’t you can download it via the app store and then:

  2. Select AUSTRALIA and then TASMANIA
  3. Search for WEST ULVERSTONE and click SAVE

We have now added a form to help with communicating student absences with us. Once you have the app, click on the Absentee icon, fill in the absentee form and click submit. You will then see a message that says ‘Thank you for your submission.’

Nicky Green

Aussie of the month

Congratulations to Jack Bundy, Aussie of the month for October

He received this award for always speaking respectfully to adults, remaining focused on his learning tasks, being inclusive of all students and always striving to do his best.

2017 Student leaders report

As school leaders we have lots of responsibilities including making P.A. announcements, leading assemblies and being good role models to the rest of the students in the school. Every two weeks we change the school value that is focussed on for the fortnight. The options we get to choose from are Respect, Responsibility, Relationships, Learning and Safety. Mrs Steele helps us with assemblies as she organises us a program to read from. We have also delivered speeches at a workshop that we attended at the Ulverstone High School last term. We spoke to grade 6 students from all the Primary Schools in the Ulverstone area as well as the High School student representative council and teachers. Public speaking has been good for building confidence. Being a good role model means that we have to show all the school values even when we’re outside school.

By Geb

Every day the school leaders put a special cover over one of the bench seats which is called the Buddy Seat. The idea of the buddy seat is that if anyone is feeling lonely or has no one to play with at recess or lunch others know to be friendly and invite that person to join in and play. Setting up our buddy seat links in well with our school value of having good relationships. We try our best to uphold all our school values and to help others keep on track.

By Rori

This year the School Leaders and Sports Leaders have run lunch time activities with assistance from Mrs Milne-Viney. We have helped set up, supervise games or sports and pack away equipment for both the Early Childhood and Primary Classes. Lunch time activities gave kids something to do and the opportunity to make new friends. The activities helped students with the school value of Respect by learning to take turns and listening to Leaders and also build Relationships.

By Amalie

This year we have been involved in a lot fundraising which has also proven to be fun. We have held various raffles such as the Easter raffle and we also raised money for the Story Dogs, who come into our school to help out students with their reading. The Footy Colours Day raised money for children with cancer helping them to have access to education while in hospital and throughout their illness. My personal favourite this year has been having the opportunity to be involved in the School Production thank you to all the people that made this possible. It’s been a busy and fun year at West Ulverstone Primary and we wish next year’s Leaders well for 2018!

By Tanner

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 are the recipients from the whole school Assembly on 20th November 2017

K/PA – Ella Atkins – Relationships
K/PB – Liam Bosworth – Responsibility
1/2A – Jaxson Smith – Relationships
1/2B – Sophie Remier – Respect, responsibility, relationships and learning
3/4A – Violet McLean – Learning, Relationships and Respect
3/4B – Mia Emmanuel – Respect, Responsibility
4/5A – Harris Pinner – Respect and Learning
5/6A – Madison Majcen – Relationships and Responsibility
5/6B – Demi Walmsley – Respect and Learning

LiFT Family Fun Night

Last Thursday evening we held our LiFT (Learning in Families Together) Family Fun Night for early childhood families. Thank you for all the families who attended, it was a fantastic evening. It was great to see children interacting with their family members to make some special Christmas crafts. Outside the weather was fantastic and we enjoyed a barbeque before an extra special visit from Mrs Claus.

Sports news


Once again it has been my absolute privilege to have worked with West Ulverstone’s Sports Leaders. This year we have had 13 Sports Leaders: Amalie Benjamin, Rori Coote, Cara Dakin, Gebriael Davis, Landon Dobson, Tanner Mott, Rhys Orders, Starley Purton, Amber Thompson, Jessica van der Lek, Jamie Walker, Brady Walmsley and Demi Walmsley. These students have maintained sports gear in classrooms, assisted me in PE lessons, been invaluable in worked with younger students in the water aquatic program, assisted class groups at the annual school balls, umpired and organised lunchtime activities, ran activities on footy colours day, helped at carnivals, set up gear and ran a successful daily Physical Education program. They have been a fantastic help and an asset to the schools Health & Physical Education Program.

I would like to thank these students for making my job a much easier one. Their contribution to the overall well-being and general fitness level of the schools population is very significant.

2018 Sports Leaders
2018 Sports Leaders
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NWPSA Annual Dinner

The following WUPS volunteers were nominated for Merit awards.

They enjoyed an evening out with other volunteers and members of the NWPSA.

Jacqui Hall - Open & Under 10 Soccer Coach and Cricket coach assistance

Jacqui has been WUPS Soccer coach for a number of years. She is a member of the Ulverstone Soccer Club Junior Development Committee and has held a number of positions with the club for many years. Jacqui has coached, umpired and organized all age groups at West, mostly on her own. Jacqui’s passion to get all students involved and participating into a sports team has been outstanding. Jacqui has openly accepted and encouraged students from other schools (where schools were not entering teams in the competition) to play in our teams including many students from East Ulverstone, Sprent and even home schooled children. Jacqui also assisted with the coaching of our cricket team. She has never said no to assist and coach teams for the 5/6 NW sports days and parent help at 3/4 expos. This year she was up early to open up the shed down at the showground to set up the grounds for the central coast 5/6 day. She is also one of the first parents to be called for any class excursion. She also volunteers in our breakfast club at least one day a week. Jacqui has already told me that she is keen to coach teams next year even though her youngest daughter is off to high school next year. A very worthy recipient.

Alf Mott - Jack of all Trades and Pa of the Year

Alf is the very proud Pa of 3 beautiful grandchildren. He is fully committed to giving his grandchildren the best chance for a happy and a healthy future as possible. Alf has assisted, umpired and supported our school cricket team for many years. He accompanied us and drove children to Hobart on more than 1 occasion to play in the T Blast competition. He is always asked to attend 5/6 sports days, 3/4 expos, parent help for NW athletics carnivals and school excursions and he always says YES. Alf is also a member of the school association. He is an absolute inspiration, the kids at West call him a legend and all respect, love and appreciate the genuine positive impact he has had on their lives.

His 2 eldest grandchildren will be in high school in 2018 but his youngest has just started Kinder this year. We look forward to many more years with Alf being a very important influence in our school.

Just a friendly reminder if anyone has any soccer tops at home, could you please return them asap.

Thank you

Kathy Milne-Viney
PE Teacher

Drama wrap up

What a fantastic year it has been. The first year of drama for the students at WUPS for every grade.

It was always such a joy to walk into the school and have students calling out if drama was on today!

Each class covered various learning genres, ranging from cooperative games, movement to music, mime, improvisation, scripted short plays, musical instruments, script writing, monologues and the list goes on.

Of course then we went on to offer the fantastic opportunity to our students to be part of our school production PORRIDGE. This was a huge highlight for myself and the students. The positive outcomes from a production for students are just wonderful. Students further gain cooperation and team skills as well as continuing to develop confidence and self-esteem.

The latest drama opportunity is from Sea FM Radio who are offering Primary School students the opportunity to be on the air with Lee & The Morning Crew in Breakfast.

Every weekday morning they will choose a student who has submitted their weather report online and play one on air to deliver the weather forecast at 8.30am with Lee & The Morning Crew.

I have offered the opportunity to all the grade 5/6 students to work with me on a weather report script and then we shall upload the recording to the radio station. A fantastic opportunity and experience offered to our students.

Below are some of the student’s feedback from the production.

Porridge was awesome. I had so much fun playing Jack Spratt and seeing everybody else do so well. It was such an honour to be in one of your productions. Thank you so, so much for putting it on.


It was really fun standing on the stage and singing. I liked that I got to be in the chorus. I feel very lucky that the school allowed a production so I could be in it and that I could do it with my sister.


My thoughts on production is it was amazing! A very fun experience. I hope there’s another production next year and I would like to thank Ms Harding for the great experience.


Again, I would like to thank everyone for their support with the production.

I look forward to teaching drama again next year at WUPS. I wish you all a Happy and Safe Christmas and Holiday.

Andrea Harding
Drama Teacher

Celebration Assembly

Families are invited to attend our
Annual Christmas Celebration Assembly,

When: Thursday 14th December
Time: 11.30am - Approx. 1.00pm
Where: School Hall

Performance Items

5/6 Mudford

A Christmas Poem

Kinder/Prep Millar

5 Jolly Santas

1/2 Finch

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

3/4 Birch

Aussie Night Before Christmas

5/6 Langford

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Kinder/Prep McWhirter

When Santa Came Down the Chimney

3/4 Coulson

Run Rudolph Run

1/2 Redman

I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa

4/5 Cox

Aussie Christmas with Auslan Sign Language

After each class performance there will be two awards presented to each class:

  • Best Attendance in 2017
  • Upholding School Values

Audience expectations:

Class teachers will be discussing expected audience behaviour with students before this special event. We ask that parents support us by also displaying behaviour in line with our school values. Appropriate appreciation will be shown through clapping after each item and we ask that people refrain from whistling and calling out.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Chaplain’s chin wag

It has been a pleasure during 2017 to continue building relationships and engaging in positive interactions with our student group, parents and wider community. This has been strengthened through our student body, by our outside school programs including our Men's Shed and Nursing Home visits. The feedback received from these groups has been overwhelmingly positive as we have showcased our school values in the Community.

I would personally like to thank everyone who has provided me with fantastic support throughout the year. I look forward to 2018 as we continue to build strong relationships.

I wish everyone a restful and safe Christmas and holiday season as we celebrate this very special time of the year.

School Banking

The last day for school banking in 2018 will be Tuesday 12th December.

Thank you for your support this year.

Sharyn Mee and Jane Polden
Banking Co-ordinators

Library Books

Could all library books please be returned by Friday 15th December 2017.

Thank you
Sharon Guard
Book club Co-ordinator

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 5/6B

Amarli and Rhys are practiced their reading in the shared learning space in the Primary corridor.

They are learning that reading every day is important.

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: The puppet show begins at 2:00 p.m. It lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes. What time does it end?

Answer: 3:30pm

Question: Sally and Jim each have a bag of hard candy. Sally said, "Jim, if you give me 5 pieces of candy from your bag, I'll have as many pieces as you." Jim laughed and answered, "No, you give me 5 of yours and I'll have twice as many as you." How many pieces did they each have to begin with?

Answer: Sally had 25 pieces; Jim had 35

This week’s Questions

There are 12 people in Mr Smith’s living room. 6 people are wearing socks and 4 people are wearing shoes. 3 people are wearing both. How many people are in bare feet?

My aunt can fold 16 paper cranes in 4 minutes. My uncle can fold 15 paper cranes in 5 minutes. How long would it take them to fold 42 cranes if they work together at those rates?

Outdoor cinema

School Calendar of events


Friday 8th December

End of year reports go home

Monday 11th December

LiL Christmas party

Wednesday 13th December

Kinder parent evening

Thursday 14th December

11:00am Thank you morning tea

11:30am Celebration Assembly

1:30 Kinder/Prep Christmas party

Kinder reports go home

Monday 18th December

Grade 6 Presentation Assembly

Grade 6 luncheon

6:00 – 8:00 pm Grade 6 Leavers dinner

Tuesday 19th December

School picnic – Latrobe pool

Thursday 21st December

Students last day