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

29 March 2018

Newsletter Articles

Principal’s Report

Easter Holidays

I have thoroughly enjoyed the past eight weeks as Principal of West Ulverstone Primary School and would like to thank the school community for your support. I would like to wish all our families a safe, enjoyable and relaxing Easter break.

Easter Holiday Dates

Friday 30th March – Tuesday 3rd April Students resume on Wednesday 4th April

Daylight Saving – TURN BACK YOUR CLOCK

Don’t forget to put your clocks back this weekend.

Sunday, 1 April 2018, 3:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour

Getting involved in your school community

As a school community, we value parents as an integral part of their child’s education and encourage parents to become involved in school activities. Strong relationships between teachers and students, teachers and parents and amongst parents are fundamental to the wellbeing of the school. These relationships contribute to the development of a sense of community within the school – we are all here because of the students and it is in everyone’s best interest to make the experience positive and fulfilling.

Being involved adds richness to your child’s school experience and sends a clear message that their education is important to you.

You can choose how you become involved, based on your own particular interests, availability and skills.

Here are some suggestions:

  • talk with your child – ask ‘What did you learn about at school today?’ regularly read with your child at home
  • regularly read with your child at home
  • limit TV viewing on school nights
  • regularly discuss your child’s progress with their teacher
  • visit your child’s classroom
  • volunteer for parent help – you can help in the classroom with activities such as reading
  • volunteer to help out with school activities such as open days and working bees
  • read the school newsletter
  • join the school’s parent group
  • go along to a School Association meeting
  • attend school social occasions

Easter Raffle

Thank you to Di Clarke for organising the Easter Raffle. It has been fantastic to see our school community support this fundraiser with enthusiasm. Congratulations to all 16 prize winners; don’t eat it all at once!

Easter Recess

Our ‘Happy Easter Recess’ was a huge success and students and staff enjoyed their yummy fruit or chocolate buns and milk drinks. Thank you to Kelly Olsen and our school chaplain Leanne Jopson for coordinating and ensuring the success of this event. Kelly is keen to continue to provide opportunities for students to purchase food throughout the year. If you are interested in helping, please leave your details at the office.

Adopt a Cop

Today was a very exciting day for our school community as we officially ‘adopted’ Constable Sarah Rainbird as our School Police Officer. We are very fortunate to have Sarah join us and I know that she is looking forward to getting to know students and families. Last week Sarah met students in Kindergarten and Prep and this week she met some of our Grade 1/2's. The aim of the Adopt-A-Cop program is to enhance and build positive relationships between police officers, children and our community.

I will be on Long Service Leave for the last 2 weeks of this term. Mr Stephen Dome will be stepping in to the Principal role during this time.

Don’t forget to get your Math’s with Murphy answers in!  Grade 4/5A enjoyed watching Captain Underpants and participating in some fun art activities as their reward last week.

Jenny Ashton

School Association

School Association - Annual General Meeting and Member Nominations

The Annual General Meeting of the West Ulverstone Primary School Association will be held at the school, 34 Maud Street, on Monday 9th April commencing at 5:30pm. All school community members are welcome.

Nominations are called for the election of parent/legal guardians and community representatives for the School Association to take up a member position for a period of 2 years. Community members and parent/legal guardians of West Ulverstone Primary School are eligible to stand for election and second nominations. Nomination forms are available from the school office. Nominations close with the Returning Officer, Susan Dick, on Thursday 29th March 2018.

School Values weekly winners

These winners were drawn out on Monday 19th March at our school meeting:

Alex 5/6A

Kaitlyn 5/6B
and Responsibility

Jakobhi 4/5A

Shilo 3/4A
Responsibility & Safety

Lily 3/4B
Respect, Responsibility
& Learning

Reeve 1/2A

Megan 1/2B

Henry K/PA

Rudy K/PB

These winners were drawn out on Monday 26th March at our school meeting:

Maddison 5/6A
Relationships &

Seth 5/6B
Learning & respect

Jayden 4/5A

Jessie 3/4A

Sebastian 3/4B
& Learning

Noah 1/2A
& Learning

Chace 1/2B
& Learning

Jacob K/PA
& Relationships

Ryder K/PB
& Relationships

Feature class


4/5A turn Nude Food Day into a science experiment.

In 4/5A we have been learning to write and follow procedures. Last Friday we celebrated Nude Food Day by making some fruit faced pancakes

Students enjoyed measuring the ingredients, mixing, cooking and decorating their pancakes. We observed how the materials changed and wrote up the steps we took for our classroom display.

Students said the best part of the experiment was eating the pancakes because they were delicious.

Deet Cox

Meet our student leaders

Name: Aidan
Leadership Position: Sports Leader
Family: Mum, Dad and Reeve
Pets: A dog called Koda
Interests/Hobbies: Cricket, Football, Cars and playing the PS4
Favourite Subjects: Maths, P.E. and Drama
A goal for me this year is: To go well in school cricket and football
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Setting a good example to the lower grades
Who inspires you: D’Arcy Short and Jamie Elliott (professional cricketer and footballer)
When I leave school I want to: Play football or cricket professionally

Name: Mayah
Leadership Position: Sports Leader
Family: Mum, Step-Dad Damien, Masyn and Tilly
Pets: A dog
Interests/Hobbies: Dancing
Favourite Subjects: Art and English
A goal for me this year is: To become more confident in speaking
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Helping people to get along with one another
Who inspires you: Mrs Steele
When I leave school I want to: Become a nurse/midwife

North West Twilight running Carnival

On the evening of Tuesday, 20th March, we had 4 students represent West Ulverstone Primary at the North West Twilight running carnival. Congratulations Danielle, Jonty, Jordon and Naomi. You all did a fantastic job and we are proud of you all.


5/6 Cricket Report

This term we have had an excited bunch of young cricketers start training in preparation for the 5/6 cricket roster with Coach Phil Templeton. Our team this year is: Isaac, Jonty, Braith, Aidan, Kurt, Daniel, Jack, Chiraphat, Roscoe, Seth, Cohen, Jayde and Harris.

The first game was against Penguin Primary School at home. Penguin won the toss and batted first. They scored 54. It was a good effort to keep them to this score with our leading wicket takers being Aidan, Daniel and Jonty with 1 wicket each. It was hard work for the West batsmen. We managed to score 63 runs in our innings with Braith top scoring with 8 runs and Kurt making 5.

Our second game was to be at Riana Primary School but unfortunately this game was washed out.

The third game of the season saw us hosting Ulverstone Primary School. Ulverstone batted first and their total of 82 was always going to be hard to beat. Jack was our best bowler with 4 wickets well supported by Daniel and Cohen who took 1 wicket each. West found the Ulverstone bowlers hard to score off limiting us to a score of 50. Our top scorers were Aidan 5 retired, Seth 4 retired and Jack 4 retired.

Our cricketers will now have a rest until the roster resumes in term 4.

Report - Jack and Mr Dome

PCYC Operation Resilience Program

Grade 5/6 PCYC - Operation Resilience Program

5 Weeks to Go!

Healthy Tips from Nurse Kerry

Choosing a Backpack

Did you know? Kid’s backpacks should be no more than 10 to 15% of their body weight. If your child weighs 22.6Kg. They should have a 2.2 to 3.6Kg bag when full. The smaller your child, the smaller their bag should be.

Backpacks for kids need to be worn with both straps in order to evenly distribute weight. Otherwise it can cause neck and back pain for the wearer who has to compensate for the weight of the bag and adjust their hips and shoulders unevenly.

The spine is made up of 33 bones which can be compressed unnaturally if your child’s backpack is too heavy or worn incorrectly. An unsafe or heavy backpack can create issues with posture that continue even after the backpack is no longer worn.

When choosing a backpack rememberLess is more: The smaller the backpack, the less your child will fit into it.

Encourage your child to clean their backpack out every night after school and repack it for the next day. This way they aren’t carrying around a heavy backpack with unneeded items.

Two straps are better than one: Messenger bags, satchels and purses that force weight on one shoulder can be more detrimental than two strapped bags.

Comfort is king: Padded straps are a must when choosing a backpack for school. Narrow or unpadded straps can dig into shoulders and cut off circulation.

Kerry Jewell
School Health Nurse – Primary, North West
Department of Education Tasmania
Email: kerry.jewell@education.tas.gov.au

Oral Health Services Tasmania

Just a friendly reminder that all Fissure Sealant and Fluoride Varnish program forms are to be returned to school by Thursday 5th April at the latest, otherwise may child will miss out. This service has been offered to Kindergarten, Prep, Grades 1, 2 and 6 students. If you did not receive a form and your child is in the grades mentioned, please contact the school on 6425 2195.

Spelling with Sadie

Sadie knows that being confident at spelling helps with reading, writing and comprehension. Effective spellers use a large range of strategies when 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: Connecting strategy – making connections with other words

What can I do to help me spell words?

I can think of other words that are like my word and try using part of the other words.

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

Do I know a memory trick to help me?

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!

Last Week’s Questions and Answers

K-2 Question:
Using each number only once, fill in the circles with the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 so that each row of three circles adds up to 12.



Mr Smith's class was responsible for bringing balloons to the school Fair. Each of the 28 students brought in one pack of 5 balloons and everyone went outside to blow them up. As they were blowing up the balloons, 24 popped and 11 blew away. Mr Smith found 2 more packs of 5 balloons in his desk and the students blew them up without losing any more. How many blown up balloons did the class end up with altogether at the end?

Answer: 115 balloons

This week’s Questions


My collection of spiders and beetles has 8 heads and 54 legs. How many are there of each?


Max started making peanut butter cookies at 2pm. It took him 15 minutes to mix the ingredients for 48 cookies. He only had one cookie sheet to use and it held 8 cookies. Each batch took 15 minutes to bake and it took 5 minutes to get each batch ready for the oven. What time did Max finish?

Ulverstone Robins Auskick and Mini League

If your child is interested in playing football this season, Auskick and Mini League will start on Friday, 6th April 2018 and will run each week, during school terms, with a finish date to be advised later in the year.

Auskick is for students in Kinder – Grade 2 with a focus on building football skills. These sessions are held on Fridays from 5:00pm – 6:00pm.

Mini League is for students in Grades 3 – 6 and is school team based with a Grade 3/4 team and a Grade 5/6 team. Rostered games are played each Friday at either 4:00pm – 5:00pm or 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Training will be organised by the team’s coaches and is normally based at school. To participate in Mini League each team requires a Coach and 2 helpers. If any of our parents or school community members wish to fill any of these positions, please contact Mr Dome as soon as possible. Unfortunately, without a Coach or helpers, we have to forfeit our games.

Auskick and Mini League are both played at the Ulverstone Recreation Ground in Victoria Street.

Registration is now open. To register, please visit the link below, search for near Ulverstone, TAS and select to Register with Ulverstone Robins Auskick Centre.


The cost for the season is $85.00 and payment is required online at the time of registration. All first year players, regardless of their age group, can come along and participate for 2 weeks before they need to register. Please let the school office know once your child has registered.

Any parent or school community member help is more than appreciated to assist us in ensuring our students have a successful football season. It is recommended that all volunteers hold a Registration to Work with Vulnerable People card.

To stay up to date, “Like” Ulverstone Robins Auskick & Mini League on Facebook @robinsauskick.

Please contact Mr Dome at school or Josh Horton (Ulverstone Robins Auskick Centre Coordinator) on 0403 497 717 if you have any further questions.

Coles Sports for Schools 2018

School Calendar of events


Friday 30th March

Good Friday Easter Break

Monday 2nd April

Easter Monday

Tuesday 3rd April

Easter Tuesday

Wednesday 4th April

Students resume

Monday 9th April

9:00 – 9:30am Whole School Assembly

Tuesday 10th April

11:30am ECE Sharing Assembly

1:40pm Primary Sharing Assembly

Thursday 13th April

Terms 4 ends for students

Friday 14th April

Moderation day