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

12 April 2018

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Principal’s Report

It seems that it was only a few short weeks ago that we welcomed our students and families back to start the 2018 school year and now it is the end of term 1. It has been terrific to see and celebrate the many wonderful achievements by our students during this term. Whether it be running at the athletic carnival, receiving an art or encouragement award, talking to students about their learning when writing out Gold Cards, handing out values cards or Aussie of the Month Awards. It is always extremely rewarding to see students achieving at a high standard and working towards achieving their potential.

Often the end of term signifies some staff movement. This term we are unfortunately having to farewell Mrs Lisa Weary, Mrs Julie Knowles and Mrs Kylie Malone. Lisa has been working at West Ulverstone Primary since August 2017. Lisa approaches everything with a calm manner and this term she has been a very valuable member of the Grade 1/2 team. Julie has kindly volunteered for the past 2 and a half years. During this time, Julie has taken on a number of roles to enhance the learning programs of our students. You will be missed within our school community. Kylie has shown a high level of flexibility within her variety of roles in the 4/5 and 5/6 classrooms. She has developed some very positive relationships with both staff and students in her term at West Ulverstone. A big thank you to these three lovely ladies for their time at West Ulverstone and we wish you all the best in the future.

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy)

In week 3 of next term students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in both government and non-government schools across Australian will be participating in the annual NAPLAN assessments. Testing includes; reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They are one part of the schools assessment and reporting process which includes ongoing classroom assessment.

I would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable term holiday and look forward to seeing everyone back at the start of term 2.


Wednesday 25th April

We encourage students in any grade to represent our school at the Annual ANZAC Day Parade. Student participation in ANZAC Day is increasing and is greatly appreciated in the Veteran Community

Specific information/times required for the day are:

  1. Students will be required to meet Mrs Mudford, Mrs Steele and Mr Dome at 11:00 am in Victoria Street to form our school group (near the rear of the Ulverstone Civic Centre). The Parade will then proceed via Reibey Street to the Clock Cenotaph for the service at 11:30 am.
  2. Students are required to wear full school uniform and be displaying the West Ulverstone School Values throughout the duration of this important public community event. Please discuss this with your children/ren as participating in the parade will mean that they remain quietly with the group for the entire service (approximately 30 minutes) prior to the concluding march back to Victoria Street.
  3. Any students wearing medals of relatives are to wear medals on the right breast in accordance with official protocol. During the service our Student Leaders will be laying a wreath on behalf of West Ulverstone Primary School.
  4. Parents are asked to collect their child/ren from a school staff member back in Victoria Street after the service and return march/parade.
  5. Kinder – 2 Students are very welcome to march however, will need an adult to march with them during the parade for supervision purposes.

Thank you for your support of your child/ren’s participation in this special Australian commemorative day. We hope that you will join the mass of spectators at the Ulverstone parade.

Access to school grounds

If you wish to use the school grounds for recreation purposes during the school holidays, the Josephine Street gate and tennis court gates will be left unlocked during this time. Can you please remind your children to use these gates instead of jumping over the fences onto the school property.

Just a reminder that term 1 ends on Thursday 12th April. Friday 13th (tomorrow) is a student free day. Term 1 resumes on Monday 30th April. Hope everyone has a nice relaxing break.

Stephen Dome
Acting Principal

Aussie of the month

Aussie of the month for March has been awarded to Kaitlyn.

Kaitlyn received this award for always persevering with her learning and striving to do what is right. She is extremely helpful and encouraging to all.

Congratulations Kaitlyn!

School Values weekly winners

These winners were drawn out on Tuesday 10th April at our school assemby:

Karlia 5/6A
and Safety

Mason 5/6 B
and Learning

Jhett 4/5 A
Respect, Responsibility
and Relationships

Indiana 3/4 A
and Learning

Corben 3/4 B

Lily 1/2A

Tori 1/2B

Isabelle K/P A

Maysi K/P B
Respect, Responsibility
and Learning

Feature class


We have been very busy in 3/4B and I honestly cannot believe it is nearly the end of term! During Term 1 we have been writing narratives, working with numbers, collecting and collating data, understanding length as a measurement, reading lots and lots and gaining an understanding of Connection to Country. We have also welcomed another teacher to our class, Miss Hill, with great excitement.

Two weeks ago we celebrated Bullying No Way day. We spoke about the effects of bullying and how we feel, or would feel, if we were bullied. We also discussed how we should, ‘Speak up, even if our voice shakes’ and created a display to show how we feel about bullying. I was extremely proud of the way my students accepted the challenge and came up with ways to ‘Imagine a world without Bullying’.

Nicci Birch

Meet our student leaders

Name: Madison
Leadership Position: Sports Leader
Family: Mum, Dad, Ged (Step-Dad), Kyran & Kiarna
Pets: 2 dogs and a bird
Interests/Hobbies: Shopping and soccer
Favourite Subjects: Maths and P.E.
A goal for me this year is: To improve in English and write neatly
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Treating others equally and being a good role model
Who inspires you:
Mrs Mudford
When I leave school I want to: Be a nurse or photographer

Name: Isaac
Leadership Position: Sports Leader
Family: Mum, Dad, 2 brothers and 2 sisters
Pets: 1 dog, 1 rabbit, 9 chickens and 1 rooster
Interests/Hobbies: Gaming and sport
Favourite Subjects: Writing
A goal for me this year is: Getting an award at the end of the year
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Being a better person
Who inspires you: Dave Hughes
When I leave school I want to: Be an Actor

Grade 5/6 PCYC - Operation Resilience Program

3 Weeks to Go!

Healthy Tips from Nurse Kerry

It is essential that children drink the recommended amount for their age

If a child does not drink enough their urine may become concentrated and their bladder may become irritated. The bladder may need to be emptied more often. It can be more difficult to control the bladder and the bladder may be too small to hold all the urine made over night.

Ensuring your child drinks the recommended amount for their age will help the bladder to stretch so it is big enough to hold all the urine overnight. Wetting may initially worsen after children start to increase their fluid intake as the bladder only stretches to hold approximately an extra 30mls of urine a month.

Recommended daily water drinks

4 – 8 years


1000 – 1400 ml


1000 – 1400 ml

9 – 13 years


1200 – 2100 ml


1400 – 2300 ml

14 – 18 years


1400 – 2500 ml


2100 – 3200ml


6 drinks everyday helps the bladder to stretch
The drinks should be spaced evenly throughout the day
Ask school staff to encourage your child to have regular drinks
Reward charts can be helpful to encourage drinks
If your child can avoid ‘dark’ drinks, like blackcurrant and fruit juices which are more irritable to the bladder it may help. Milk too close to bedtime is also to be avoided if possible.
Children should have drunk most of their fluid intake before they come home from school (4 of their 6 drinks)
Children have most successes if they avoid drinks 2 hours before bedtime


Even a small amount of constipated stool can impact on a child’s bladder and its ability to fully fill. Children should be having their bowels open once per day and it should be a soft stool, with no straining required to pass it.

Treat constipation with diet and lifestyle changes such as;

High fibre foods
Five portions of fruit and vegetables every day
Drinking the recommended amount of fluid
60 minutes of physical activity every day

Contact your GP if you are worried, your child is in pain or you think your child may be constipated. They may require medication if you see no improvement following the advice above.

Encourage a bedtime routine, e.g. bath, books toilet, sleep. Having ‘2 wees at bedtime’ (double void) should be encouraged. Ensure there is some light if your child needs the toilet in the night e.g. a night light. Lifting your child does not promote a dry night; they need to learn to wake up. Consider practicalities if sharing a room or sleeping in a bunk bed. Do not encourage children to try and ‘hold’ their wee. If they need to go, they need to go! Holding can cause or worsen irritability of the bladder which can increase wetting.

Tap water is the best

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

Sea FM Apple for the teacher

Your local radio station SeaFM is once more on the hunt for The North-West Coast’s Favourite Teacher!

This May, we are asking primary school students to vote for their favourite teacher. Students will be asked to nominate their teacher at seafm.com.au and then be encouraged to vote.

At the end of the voting period the teacher with the most votes will win an Apple MacBook Air, plus every student in the class will win Movie Money Vouchers valued at $50!

Nomination Period: Monday 30th April – Sunday 13th May 2018
Voting Period: Wednesday16th May – Wednesday 30th May 2018

The winning teacher and school will be announced shortly after! Imagine celebrating a teacher at your school being crowned ‘The Best Teacher on the North West Coast’ as well as receiving some amazing prizes to match the accolades.

We are looking forward to promoting our hard working teachers!

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: Checking strategy – making use of other resources: live, print and electronic to proofread writing

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

Answer: 3 spiders and 5 beetles

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?

Answer: 4:15pm

This week’s Questions


A hotel wants its rooms to be numbered from 1 to 100. How many 9s will be needed?


If my three children have ages which add to 21 and multiply to 75, how old are they?

Ulverstone Robins Auskick and Mini League

Our students will join with Forth Primary School to make teams in both the Grade 3/4 and Grade 5/6 competition. The Grade 3/4 team is the Mariners and the Grade 5/6 team is the Lions.

All students in Grades 3 – 6 are welcome to join in. Students are able to play the below two games before they need to register. For further information, please contact the school office.

We do require a coach and helpers for both teams, if any parent or school community member is able to assist it would be more than appreciated. 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

Coles Sports for Schools 2018

Collection of sports for school vouchers at Coles has now finished. Please make sure you bring in your vouchers as soon as possible so we can send them off to be counted.

Thank you for your support.

School Calendar of events


Thursday 13th April

Terms 1 ends for students

Friday 14th April

Moderation day

Monday 30th April

Term 2 commences

Thursday 3rd May

9:00 – 12 noon Grades 5 and 6 PCYC

Monday 7th – Friday 11th May

Oral Health Fissure Program