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

10 May 2018

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Principal’s Report

Term 2 is set to be a busy term for students and staff, with Grade 3 and 5 students participating in NAPLAN testing (information below), staff working together to assess student work and writing mid-year reports and our Pre Kinder program commencing in Week 4.

Students have been excited this week for the opportunity to purchase a gift for a special person for Mother’s Day. Thank you to Di Clark and helpers for volunteering their time to organise and run the stall.

It was fantastic to have so many students, parents and staff attend the ANZAC Day Ceremony during the holidays. Thank you all for taking the time to represent West Ulverstone Primary School with pride and honour.

During the school holidays the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery held their annual Children’s Festival. The festival was held over six days in April and the theme was CREATE! Our school along with 12 other Tasmanian schools took part by creating banners that were displayed outdoors during the festival.

Students from Art Extension group and our art co-ordinator Taryna Sims worked together to design and create a banner that celebrated our location. They were only able to use the four colours of paint provided and as you can see below, created a wonderful representation of the North West Coast.

West Ulverstone Primary School’s Pre-Kinder Sessions


Starting on Wednesday 23rd May; every Wednesday during school terms


9:00am – 10:00am


Launching into Learning Room

Our Pre-Kinder program provides play based experiences and activities for you and your child to engage in together. Sessions will include stories and singing, early numeracy concepts, sensory and messy play along with opportunities for imaginative play and creativity.

Children will socialise and develop skills such as getting along with others, sharing, taking turns, listening and staying on task.

We will also provide you with information about ways you can assist your child to be school ready and answer any questions/queries you may have.

Please contact the office on 64252195 for further information.

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) 2018

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) commenced in Australian schools in 2008. Each year, all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in common national tests which assess:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • Numeracy.

The scheduled dates for the tests in 2018 are Tuesday 15th May, Wednesday 16th May and Thursday 17th May.

The benefits of participating in NAPLAN testing:

  • NAPLAN tests the skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy.
  • NAPLAN results provide valuable information on how your child is progressing against national minimum standards of literacy and numeracy skills expected for each year level.
  • The NAPLAN tests provide you as parents with an individual report that shows your child’s results and a comparison of your child’s performance against all other Australian students in their year level.
  • Teachers use the NAPLAN results to determine your child’s areas of strength and where future focus is required and how best to provide support or extension activities.
  • School teachers use the online NAPLAN Toolkit to analyse your child’s results. The Toolkit provides detailed information right down to the individual question with links to teaching strategies.
  • Principals, senior staff and others use NAPLAN results to inform school planning and to allocate resources and support including informing decisions around targeted programs and initiatives for individuals and groups.

The best way you can assist your child is by helping them to feel comfortable about the nature and purpose of the tests, and assure them that the tests will give them an opportunity to show what they have learnt in class.

For more information about the national tests, please visit the national NAPLAN website below.


Jenny Ashton
Acting Principal

School Values weekly winners

These winners were drawn out on Monday 30th April at our school meeting:

Maddison 5/6A
Respect and Safety

Mayah 5/6B
and Safety

Shataya 4/5A

Monique 3/4A

Rhiannan 3/4B

Jay-Jay 1/2A

Chase 1/2B
and Learning

Ella K/PA

Sonny K/PB

Grade 2 – 6 English and Mathematics Competition

Does your child enjoy English and/or Maths and want to challenge themselves? If you said yes, then the ICAS National English Competition and/or the National Mathematics Competition could just be what they are looking for!

ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement. It is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments for primary and secondary school students. ICAS does not assess how well students remember what they have been taught, it assesses the higher order thinking skills needed for success in key areas such as English and Mathematics.

Watch the video below for more information:


Last year it was great to see our students’ success and participation in both the National English and Maths competitions and we strongly encourage students in Grade 2 to 6 to test themselves and have-a-go again this year.

Both competitions cost $9.90 (each) per student which covers the cost of the competition materials, Certificates of Participation/Achievement and an Individual Diagnostic Report.

The English Competition will be held on Tuesday 31st July and the Maths on Tuesday 14th August, during normal school hours and will be supervised by staff. If your child wishes to participate in either/both competitions, please contact the school office to collect and fill in a permission/payment form. Forms with payment need to be returned to the school office by Friday 8th June to ensure participation.

If you have any questions please contact Miss Green via the school office on 6425 2195.

Anzac day

Our school was well represented by a number of grade 6 leaders and students from most grades at the Ulverstone ANZAC Day Service on April 25th. All students represented our school outstandingly through proudly wearing their uniform and displaying respectful and responsible behaviour on this significant day. Prior to our march there was a fly-over of a number of planes to mark the occasion. Our school leaders laid a wreath on behalf of our school. Thank you to all parents who came along to march with us.

Stephen Dome

Feature class


Towards the end of last Term, we opened up the doors between the Kinder/Prep rooms and made this space into a Noodle Shop. The children directed the learning and were keen to make signs, menus, shop labels and order forms. We had an ‘eat in’ restaurant and ‘takeaway’ counter. We did lots of talking about how shop assistants and customers interact with one another. As you can see by the photos, it was a very popular play space! This term, we are changing this area into a Veterinary Clinic, and we look forward to learning about ways to care for animals.

Last term Prep students finished the term working hard on recounts of familiar stories and demonstrating their progress as early readers and writers. In Maths they worked on matching number names, numerals and quantities and are now exploring 2 dimensional shapes and 3 dimensional objects. In Science students are looking at what materials things are made of and are developing an inquiry into what this means.

Last term the Kindergarten students did a fabulous job of settling in and finding their feet as active learners. This term they have been exploring how to continue and make patterns and practicing their people drawing skills through sketching their classmates.

The Kinder Prep staff are looking forward to a fabulous term with all of our students.

Hannah Millar and Elisse McWhirter
Kinder/Prep teachers

Indigenous performance

On Wednesday 2nd May, Dion Drummond came to our school to share with us some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dances. Here is some feedback from our students:

I liked it when the teachers danced.

I liked learning how the shakers were made.

I liked when he called up the students to dance.

Meet our student leaders

Name: Blake
Leadership Position: Sports Leader
Family: Mum, Dad and Lily
Pets: 2 cats, Tilly and Mitsy and 2 dogs, Bert and Coupe
Interests/Hobbies: Gaming/Forza Horizon 3
Favourite Subjects: Maths. P.E. and Art
A goal for me this year is: To become more confident
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Helping to explain the school rules if I see someone doing the wrong thing.
Who inspires you: My Dad
When I leave school I want to: Race cars

Name: Danielle
Leadership Position: Sports Leader
Family: Mum, Dad, Erin, Codey and Mitchell
Pets: 2 cats, Ginger and Luna and 1 dog, Princess
Interests/Hobbies: Gymnastics
Favourite Subjects: Maths. P.E. and Art
A goal for me this year is: to make primary school a better place
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Being respectful and following the school values
Who inspires you: Mum and Dad
When I leave school I want to: Move to Queensland and get a job there

Cake Raffle

The School Leaders will be organizing fortnightly cake raffles starting next Friday 18th May. Tickets will be available for purchase in the upper primary corridor before school and will cost 50c a ticket or 3 for $1.00. The winner will be drawn out and announced at the end of the day.

Grade 5/6 PCYC - Operation Resilience Program

All groups started this year’s program positively, using calm voices with everyone pitching in to help each other out. The program focusses on four key qualities including leadership, effective communication, co-operation and team work. The students will be learning that large challenges can be achieved when working together with others. At the start of each session we meet up with Geoff our PCYC Co-ordinator who explains the requirements for each station.

At the end of the session team leaders report back to students from all attending classes on what their group did well, what didn’t go well, a goal to work on next time and a rating out of 5 on how the group went overall.

Here are some groups helping their team members over the swinging tyre wall. Group members need to hold the tyres steady, guide their team mates with instructions and encouragement.

Team leaders and their groups are encouraged to discuss their approach before attempting each task.

Story Dogs Fundraiser

On Friday 25th May, the School Leaders are organising a fundraiser to support the Story Dogs program. Story Dogs volunteers and their dogs wear uniform in the colour orange. For a gold coin donation students can wear casual clothes including something orange. This could even be orange ribbons.

Story Dogs help children to improve their reading skills and helps make reading enjoyable. Their mission is to make reading fun for children so they become confident, lifelong readers.

Pictured is a Story Dog, volunteer and some students who are involved in the program.

By Callie

Healthy Tips from Nurse Kerry

RECIPE: Super green ‘sausage’ rolls

Battle no more to get your kids to eat their greens with this delicious recipe from Roberta Nelson.

Getting enough greens, let alone vegetables, into your child can be a giant task. So giant that sometimes it’s easier to just not give them the vegetables at all.

However, ensuring your child is getting a broad range of nutrients particularly from plant foods is a surefire way to give them the best shot at growing as a healthy and happy little person which makes it difficult when they don’t want to eat what’s good for them.

The solution? Vegetables in disguise. These dressed up ‘sausage’ rolls are entirely sausage-free and loaded with kale and other veggies but, your little one doesn’t need to know much more other than that there’s pastry involved, it tastes like a sausage roll and that there will be tomato sauce for all.

If you’re going to serve your children one kind of green, kale is the one to go for as its superfood status and nutritional benefit cannot be compared to much else. It is a dark, leafy green that has high amounts of vitamin A, C and fibre. Vitamins A and C help support immunity and the fibre will support a happy and healthy digestive system.

Kale also contains calcium, iron and potassium which are important nutrients for growth and development. As well as all of this, kale contains a number of impressive anti-oxidants that protect your child’s body from unavoidable free radical damage that occurs during day-to-day life.

Children who are fussy with their food will eat what tastes good and does not look too intimidating to manage. That is why creating nutritious foods based on what kids know and love is a good place to start. They will be happy to have it and you will be happy knowing you are looking after all their nutritional needs. They’ll thank you for it later!

Super green 'sausage' rolls

makes 16 pastries


  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 heaped cups kale, de-stemmed
  • 200g haloumi
  • A handful of fresh mint
  • A handful of fresh basil
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked (or egg alternative)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed

To brush: milk, butter, olive oil and smoked paprika (see step 3).

How to make

  • Heat your oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper. Place your frozen pastry sheets on the bench top to thaw while you prep the rest of the ingredients
  • Grate your zucchini and set it aside in a strainer so that the excess liquid can drip off. Then, in a food processor or blender, blitz the onion, kale, haloumi, mint and basil until they are finely chopped (you might need to do this one ingredient at a time depending on your machine). Transfer them to a mixing bowl then blitz the oats into a coarse flour and add them to the mixing bowl as well. Combine all the ingredients together then add the lightly whisked eggs to bring everything together. Place the mixture in the fridge for around 10 minutes to set
  • To prepare the rolls, cut the pastry sheets into equal halves so you have four pieces. Take the filling mixture from the fridge and using your hands, place a line of filling down the centre of each piece. You might need to squeeze it out with your hands as you do this to remove excess moisture. Once the filling has been placed, roll the pastry on top of itself and seal the rolls closed. Cut each roll into four, brush with melted butter, milk or olive oil and a dusting of smoked paprika if desired, place them on the baking tray and into the oven to cook for around 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crunchy


  • If you would like to freeze these rolls, you can do so by wrapping them up in cling wrap prior to cutting them into smaller portions and putting them into the freezer for later. They will last approximately one month in the freezer
  • These can easily be re-heated if you end up cooking too many at once. Store them in an airtight container once cool and re-heat them for 10-15 minutes at 160 degrees

Kerry Jewell
School Health Nurse – Primary, North West
Department of Education Tasmania

Ulverstone Soccer club

This Saturday 12th May, the soccer season will start with a non-rostered event. All under 8’s, 10’s and 12’s are to arrive at the Soccer club by 9:00am. Children will be placed into teams and will have a fun game with the official roster to begin the following Saturday 19th May.

Any students who are not registered will be able to do so on Saturday 12th May.

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 the link below 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!

Spelling in 5/6A

Alex, Karlia, Addy and Naomi are using the visual strategy for spelling. They are focusing on the look of words and using their knowledge of the ‘ie’ and ‘ei’ letter pattern as they look for words in books.

Spelling tip

Correct spelling

Spelling advice

Common misspelling


-mem- in the middle

rember, remeber

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:

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

Answer: 20

3-6 Question:

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

Answer: 1, 5 and 15

This week’s Questions


Rosie's dad gave her 42 stamps. Her goal is to have a collection of 100 stamps. She bought 12 stamps at a shop and ordered 9 stamps from a magazine. Then she bought a special set of 14 stamps from the post office. How many does she still need to reach her goal?


Oscar loves to read. On July 1 he checked out 15 books from the library and on July 8 he checked out 18 books. On July 15 he checked out 21 books. At this rate, how many books will Oscar check out of the library on July 29?

Coles Sports for Schools 2018

All vouchers will be posted on Monday 28th June. Please return your Coles vouchers before this date to help our school receive some great sports gear for our school.

Thank you for your support.

Thrive Kids Club

School Calendar of events


Friday 11th May

Oral Health Fissure Sealant Program

Tuesday 15th May – Thursday 17th May


Wednesday 23rd May

3-4 Sports Expo

11:00am National story time

Friday 25th May

Story Dogs Fundraiser