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

15 February 2018

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Principal’s Report

Fantastic Start to 2018

I am sure that parents who have been fortunate enough to come into the school in the over the past week will agree that the start of 2018 has been a very settled one. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 have quickly settled in to their new classes, are developing positive relationships with their peers and teachers and setting achievable goals that will ensure success throughout the year.

We will be having a Welcome BBQ on Tuesday 27th February, 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Further information will be sent home in the near future.

Social worker

In our Welcome Back to WUPS 2018 letter, we welcomed Ms Claira-Jane Duggan Social Worker to our school but we did not have a photo. Here is Ms Duggan


Communication between home and school is vital. Parents, as advocates for their children, are encouraged to make contact with the school regarding any matter which could impact on school life, no matter how small the concern. What may be a small matter in an adult’s mind can be quite different to that of a child. Identified early, these matters can be managed productively in a respectful and supportive manner. We aim to ‘know your child and their learning’ and with a positive and open relationship developed between home and school, we can, together make a difference!

Sun Smart Policy

Thank you to parents, students and staff for ensuring the expectations of our schools Sun Smart Policy continue to be met. It has been positive to see students wearing appropriate school hats, well done. If you would like a copy of the policy, please ask at the office.

Jayde Turner-O’Donell, Braith Templeton, Isaac Ling and Madison Majcen are showing us how to be sun smart.

School Value Focus – Relationships

Caring for others, making yourself and others feel good, being kind to all and cooperating with others in a positive and trustworthy manner.

Over the past two weeks we have had a whole school focus on our school value ‘Relationships’. Students and teachers have been exploring how to create a positive school environment, how students can be a good friend and why positive relationships are important.

School Health Nurse Programme

We are pleased to welcome back Kerry Jewell to West Ulverstone Primary School in her role as a school health nurse.

As part of the State Government’s long term vision to lift education in Tasmania and invest in essential services, a commitment was made to introduce child health and youth health nurses across Tasmanian Government schools. This program aims to support schools to create a physical and social environment that promotes health and wellbeing and assists to improve the health and education outcomes for children and young people in Tasmania.

Primary School Nurses focus on:

  • Vision and hearing checks
  • Health assessments
  • Providing advice and information to students, parents and school staff on child health, physical activity and nutrition;
  • Ongoing support for families;
  • Assisting schools with management processes for medication and consistency of care for students with medical conditions;
  • Addressing medical issues that may be impacting learning.

Jenny Ashton

School Association

School Association welcomes Mrs Jenny Ashton.

On behalf of the members of the WUPS association and all the parents and carers that we represent, I welcome our new Principal Jennifer Ashton to our school. At this stage Mrs Ashton is in an acting capacity but there is no doubt that she will be taking on this exciting leadership role with the full support and high expectations of us all.

In the past Mrs Ashton has undertaken acting Principal positions at Penguin District School and Ulverstone Primary School and has been Assistant Principal at Penguin District for the past four years.

These roles have given her the knowledge and strong capacity to lead our staff, students and parent community to continue the excellent educational leadership that we have experienced in the past.

Feel free to contact her should you have any queries about your child’s educational needs. Welcome to West Ulverstone Jenny.

The next meeting of the Association is scheduled for 19th March. This will be followed by the AGM in April. Please consider contacting or joining this group should you have ideas to contribute.

Stephanie Templeton

Class News

K/PA and K/PB

In Kinder/Prep A and B, we have been settling into our new classrooms. We have been developing relationships and making friends, learning routines and about our school values.

Hannah Millar K/PA
Elisse McWhirter K/PB

KPA and KPB images
KPA and KPB images
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Over the past week 1/2A have been getting to know each other and building relationships. We have been talking about making good choices, which will continue to be a regular talking point in our classroom to make sure it a great learning environment for everyone. Here are some photos of 1/2A learning about living things through gardening. We call this inquiry.

Stacey Price 1/2A

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In 1/2B we have been working on building relationships and getting to know the different people in our class. Each afternoon we have a group challenge with a focus on teamwork and working with different people in our class. So far some of our challenges have included making a boat out of foil and straws then testing how many marbles it could hold, building newspaper towers and working together to move objects using lengths of wool.

Jess Finch 1/2B

3/4A and 3/4B

Welcome to 3/4 A & 3/4 B!

We have had a busy start to the school year in 3/4 A & B. We have been working hard at collaboratively setting up our class rules, establishing our expectations and building relationships.

The students have been getting used to working with one another. Our aim is that we will create a co-operative learning environment that will see both class working together on many learning opportunities.

We look forward to the year ahead and the many successes we will accomplish.

Mel Coulson 3/4A
Nicci Birch 3/4B

3/4A and 3/4B pictures
3/4A and 3/4B pictures
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4/5A have really enjoyed the first week back at school. Getting to know each other, playing games and focusing on building positive relationships. We talked about our favourite things and are using this information to make a display called reach for the stars. Have a look for it next time you’re walking down the corridor.

Deet Cox 4/5A

5/6A and 5/6B

All students from both classes have been settling in well and have already been working together to enhance our learning. In conjunction with Safer Internet Day which was held on the 6th February, last Friday 5/6A and 5/6B viewed together an interactive webinar on one of our interactive whiteboards. The theme was titled “A Better Internet Starts With You.” The session we were involved in had over one hundred schools nationally linked up at the same time calling for action from everyone to engage with others appropriately to ensure better digital experiences

Students answered questions which were shared during the link up as teaching staff typed in our responses. We also typed in and shared online our votes to answer multiple choice questions. 4/5A were also involved in the session in their room and saw us waving enthusiastically to everyone when we used our webcam!

Our agreed pledge comes from the movie Wonder (2017) “When given the choice between being right or being kind choose kind.”

Pictured are students from both grade 5/6 classes involved in the webinar learning session.

Kylie Mudford & Kylie Malone 5/6A
Rachel Steele 5/6B

PCYC Operation Resilience Program

Grade 5/6 - PCYC Operation Resilience Program

Once again all grade 5/6 students will have the opportunity to be involved in the PCYC Operation Resilience Program. The program involves two phases. Phase one involves two hour sessions over the course of 5 weeks at the Burnie PCYC premises in an indoor setting. Phase 2 involves a whole day out at the site of the Burnie Challenge course where students put into action all the skills they learnt in phase one to be able to complete this challenging day.

This year the program starts on the 3rd of May. More information will be sent home to parents closer to this time. Without the kind support of Justine Keay MP we would be unable to participate in such a worthwhile program which is usually a highlight for all students during their time in grade 5/6.

So the countdown begins, 11 Weeks To Go!

Spelling with Sadie

Sadie knows that being confident at spelling helps with reading, writing and comprehension. Effective spellers use a large range of strategies to use with any words they write. These strategies include using: sounds, visual clues, meaning, making connections and checking. With about 250, 000 words in the English language we need to make spelling fun and purposeful – more like a code breaking treasure hunt!

Our feature strategy is: Sound Strategy – focusing on the sounds in words

What can I do to help me spell words?

I can clap out the syllables and make sure that I have represented each sound with a letter or letters.

I can think about other words that sound almost the same.

I can check that I have written a vowel in every syllable.

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 K-2 maths problem and a 3-6 maths problem that parents and students can do and talk about together at home. Answers will be in the next newsletter.

Class competition:

Put your answer (make sure it has your name and class on it) in the box at the office. The class with the most answers in the box each fortnight will be able to negotiate their class reward with Mrs Ashton. Good luck!

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!

This week’s Questions

After school, Sam and his sister stop for a snack at the corner shop. They both like fruit chews that cost 30c each. Each one eats 1 fruit chew each day after school. How much money will Sam and his sister spend in 1 week for their snacks?

Using only 4 straight lines, can you cut an octagon into five geometrical shapes - a triangle, two rectangles, a parallelogram and two trapezoids?

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club is up and running every morning out of the canteen. All children are welcome to come in for some cereal, toast and fruit. Some mornings they may even find Mr Dome making scrambled eggs!!

We still need a couple more helpers for Breakfast Club, so if you can spare some time from 8:10-9:00am one morning a week please contact Kate Larcombe at school.

School Banking

School banking will commence on Tuesday 20th February.

Thank you,

Sharyn Mee and Jane Polden
Banking Co-ordinators

Book Club

Welcome to Scholastic Book Club 2018. If you would like to order, please put your order and correct money in an envelope and hand it into the office by Friday February 23rd February 2018.

Payments can be made by credit card on the Scholastic web page. Please click on the link below for more information.

Sharon Guard
Book club Co-ordinator

Coles Sports for Schools 2018



Ulverstone Robins U12s Football Squad Trials

Tuesday 13th & 20th February 4.30pm-5.30pm Ulverstone Rec Ground

Attendance at training essential for squad selection. If unavailable for try-outs please contact Coach –Stephen von Stieglitz 0437091630

Follow Facebook ‘Ulverstone Robins U12 2018’ for updated information



It is planned to start the Primary School cricket roster on Friday 2nd March 2018. There will be four games in the first term (March 2nd, 9th and 16th and 23rd), which includes the long weekend, and a further seven or eight games in the last term, commencing on Friday 19th October, to be confirmed later in Term 3. All games will be played on a Friday night. Registration information is available from the school office and must be returned with money by Friday, 23rd February. Further information is available by contacting Jason Pearce on 0407 371 996.

Soccer for girls

Community Soccer programme, ‘Just for Girls’ will commence on 13th March 2018 at the Ulverstone Showgrounds, Basketball Stadium car park end at 4:30pm. There will be no cost for participants. Primary to senior secondary girls of all ages are all welcome. Please bring shin pads and a drink bottle. For more information, please contact Angela Aitken on 0419 587 132 or email aitkenange@gmail.com.

The Dance Company

The dance company runs classes week days after school and on Saturday mornings for all ages in both Devonport & Ulverstone.

These include Dance Play (aimed at ages 2-4)
Movement to Music (aimed at 4-6)
Intro to Dance (aimed at ages 6-8)
Hip Hop for boys & girls, Tap Dancing (Beginner & Intermediate)
Senior Classes for experienced Dancers
For more information check out The DANCE Company on Facebook
OR phone 0409 24 25 21

School Calendar of events


Thursday 22nd February

House captain voting

Tuesday 27th February

4:30 – 6:30pm Welcome BBQ

Wednesday 28th February

1:40pm Grades 3-6 800m races

Friday 2nd March

Athletic carnival