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

24 May 2018

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Principal’s Report

Today our early childhood classes participated in National Simultaneous Storytime. I was given the privilege of reading this year’s story ‘Hickory Dickory Dash’ to students in the library.

National Simultaneous Storytime is held every year and a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 18th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

Students thoroughly enjoyed the fun story of a mother mouse searching for her runaway children and avoiding a hungry cat.

Colder Weather- A Reminder about School Uniform

Thank you to parents who are helping to ensure their children are wearing our school uniform. We are really proud of the school uniform and the expectation is that all children to wear it.

As we head into the colder weather, we have noticed an increasing number of children who are not wearing correct school uniform, particularly jackets and jumpers.

Uniforms are available from Maverick Clothing located at 17 Reiby Street, Ulverstone, Phone 64251695.

Why it is important to wear the correct school uniform

  • It helps a child’s sense of belonging and pride in their school.
  • It lessens students clothing expenses for their day to day use
  • It reduces bullying due to the fact that everyone is dressed the same and children cannot be teased for wearing something different.

If you are experiencing any difficulties around uniforms, please contact the school office on 6425 2195.

National Walk Safely to School Day

It was great to have so many families join us last Friday for National Walk Safely to School Day. It was a great way to start the day and staff enjoyed the opportunity to walk and talk with students. Thank you to our staff and parents for joining in the walk. This annual event is to encourage school children, their parents and carers to walk regularly and safely to school.

Mother’s Day Thank you

Our Mother’s Day Stall and Raffle this year raised a total of $1776.90. The Fundraising Committee are working towards raising enough funds to enable us to install a new digital school sign. We received a community grant through our School Associations involvement with the Community Empowered Schools Project which will pay for a significant portion of the project.

Jenny Ashton
Acting Principal

School Values weekly winners

These winners were drawn out on Monday 14th May at our school meeting:

Naomi 5/6A
Relationships and

Dominik 5/6B
Responsibility and

Eloise 4/5A

Gabrielle 3/4A
Relationships, Respect
and Learning

Liam 3/4B
Relationships and

Amber 1/2A

Tyran 1/2B

Isabella K/PA
Responsibility and

Kobe K/PB

These winners were drawn out on Monday 21st May at our school meeting:

Alex 5/6A
Responsibility and

Kaitlyn 5/6B
Responsibility and

Imogen 4/5A

Blake 3/4A
and Learning

Connor 3/4B
and Responsibility

Tyron 1/2A

Cormac 1/2B
and Learning

Ella K/PA

Troy K/PB

Grade 2 – 6 English and Mathematics Competition

Don’t miss out – have you entered yet?

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 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 $10.00 (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.

Feature class


Our 5/6 students have been working hard in all learning areas.

They have had a great first term and have settled in well with each other and with classroom routines.

They began the PCYC program this term and the Grade 5 students also spent last week completing NAPLAN testing. They did great and were all so focused on using the whole time to ensure best effort!

In Literacy, they have been learning about and extending their knowledge on narratives, they planned and then wrote a story using a writing prompt and also had a turn at writing their own. They also examined persuasive text closely and had some opportunities to persuade us.

In Numeracy, both the 5/6 classes work together to improve our skills. We open our doors and share our teachers and assistants across the classes for best practice. The students work within groups that change frequently as they move in knowledge and they work with a teacher, assistant and independently three days a week. We are focused on number in these groups with all students focusing on the four operations and some students even working on BODMAS! We are also learning about translation and completed some great tessellations.

In Science, we have been learning about living things and began growing some chives. We hope to bring these home at the end of term and use them in our cooking.

In HASS, we have been learning about heroes and famous people in Australia. We completed a poster about our famous person.

We have worked hard to complete many great works in Art and enjoy Drama and P.E each week.

The 5/6 team are looking forward to this term with our great students.

Rachel Steele
5/6B teacher

Meet our student leaders

Name: Jai
Leadership Position: Library Leader
Family: Mum, Zoie and Mark
Pets: Daisy and Missy
Interests/Hobbies: Playing video games and cooking
Favourite Subjects: Science and Drama
A goal for me this year is: To have better spelling
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Keeping the library tidy
Who inspires you: All teachers
When I leave school I want to: Be a video game tester

Name: Alex
Leadership Position: Library Leader
Family: Mum, Dad, Annie, Ash, Jess, Lily, Reece, Skyla and Kenzie
Interests/Hobbies: Playing guitar, reading and video games
Favourite Subjects: Maths. Science, Art, P.E. and Drama
A goal for me this year is: To be a good role model and to follow the school values
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Respecting school property and being safe
Who inspires you: My teacher Mrs Mudford
When I leave school I want to: Be a chef or mechanic

Grade 5/6 PCYC - Operation Resilience Program

At the start of each challenge groups meet and discuss with their leaders strategies to complete each station. This week we will talk about what is involved in completing the ‘Sewer Pit’ challenge. No one is allowed to jump from any part of the equipment or touch any part of their body or the plank on the blue mats. If any of these rules are broken the whole team need to go back and start all over again. The aim is to get your whole team from one end of the ‘Sewer Pit’ to the other side. To move your team you are provided with only two planks which need to be moved along to transport the whole team.

To be successful all teams need to use the four key qualities of leadership, effective communication, co-operation and team work.

Here are some groups helping their team members over the ‘Sewer Pit’. This involves a real team effort, listening to others and lots of encouragement. Teams will not be successful if they lose their cool with each other or blame others.

The plank can be quite heavy and awkward to pass along. Some people need to stand on the red supports to make room for others.

The plank needs be secured to safely move people.

PCYC Fundraiser

Cake Raffle

The winner of Friday’s cake raffle was Aryannah, congratulations Aryannah! The next cake raffle will be Friday 1st June. Tickets will be on sale before school in the primary corridor, 1 ticket for 50c or 3 tickets for $1.

Story Dogs Fundraiser reminder

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 this Friday including something orange, this could even be orange ribbons.

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


On Wednesday some of our students chose to take up the fabulous opportunity to audition for the Ulverstone High School Musical Production ‘The Lion King’, which will be performed in October. If the students are successful they will be part of the chorus. Students were required to choose and prepare a song to sing in front of the Ulverstone High Schools Director and Musical Director. Not only was this an exciting and worthwhile experience, but a very nerve racking one as well. The following students auditioned: Alexander, Isaac, Mason, Danielle, Ella, Jhett, Imogen, Jakobhi and Daniel

Congratulations and well done to all the students and good luck.

Andrea Harding
Drama Teacher


Cross Country

Well done to all those students who ran in today’s Cross Country and a big congratulations to all the winners.

The North West Cross Country will be held on Wednesday 6th July. Selections for the team will be made after today’s Cross Country with students being selected from grades 4 to 6.

Sport star

Grade 5 student, Jonty, competed at the Tasmania Primary School Sports Association Athletics Carnival on Friday 18th May held at St Leonards.

Jonty participated in the High Jump (placed third at 1m 33cm), Shot put, 1500m (placed 7th), 100m (placed 5th).

The North West team won the State Shield with the help of Jonty’s superb efforts. Well done Jonty!

Healthy Tips from Nurse Kerry

Focus on Vision

This month’s school nurse newsletter focuses on vision. According to Bausch (2011) one out of five children has some kind of vision problem. Although students with vision problems are often identified in school screenings, traditionally there has been a lack of follow-up (Bausch 2011). Because vision can affect learning, it is important for students who have difficulty with the school vision screening to follow-up with the eye doctor.

There are some challenges for families when it comes to vision care. Parent’s scheduling conflicts can make it difficult to get an appointment. Other barriers include students’ refusal to wear glasses, and forgetting or misplacing glasses. Since untreated vision problems are associated with learning deficits, we need to work together to ensure that students’ who need glasses receive them, and most of all, wear them in school when needed (Ethan 2010).

What is Myopia Anyway?

Myopia is a fancy word for nearsightedness. A nearsighted person can see clearly up close, but distant objects seem blurry. Myopia is the most common eye problem of the teen years according to Dr. Harold P. Koller. The eye ball may grow too long from front to back during the growth spurt. The image converges just short of the retina making things far away seem blurry. Some symptoms that may suggest a visit to the eye doctor is needed include:

Recurrent headaches
Frequent eye rubbing
Unexplained drop in school performance

Let us know if your child develops any of these symptoms during the school year. We would be happy to do a vision screening as needed.

Nutrition for Eye Health

Everyone knows that carrots are good for our vision, but other foods also help protect us from vision problems such cataracts, glaucoma and dry eyes. Eating foods with vitamins A,C,D,E and Zinc, as well as omega 3 fatty acids and flavonoids are great for your eyes. Not sure what foods to eat? Check out the chart below and enjoy!

Did You Know?

When glasses were first invented they had to be balanced on the nose.

In 1452 people started to read more due to the invention of the printing press. This is when glasses were first mass produced.

In 1728 ear pieces were added to glasses.
(Our first hands-free technology)

From 1930 to today, celebrities made wearing glasses a fashion statement. Like clothes, glasses are always being updated to stay in fashion.

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!

The following teachers from our school have been nominated: Nicci Birch, Mel Coulson, Jessica Finch Hannah Millar and Rachel Steele.

Voting Period: Wednesday 16th May – Wednesday 30th May 2018. Please keep voting!

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 1/2B

Meg, Michael, Cormac and Tyson are using the visual strategy for spelling. They are working with Miss Hill on looking at letter patterns and thinking about how words look as they practise sight words.

Spelling tip

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:
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?

Answer: 23 more

3-6 Question:
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?

Answer: 27 books

This week’s Questions


Jane built a square cubby house on one side of the river. She used eight posts for each side. How many posts did she use altogether?


A cube is painted then cut into 27 smaller cubes. How many of these are painted on just two sides?

Thrive Kids Club

School Calendar of events


Friday 25th May

Story Dogs Fundraiser – wear something orange

Monday 28th May

Whole school Assembly

Tuesday 29th May

11:30am ECE Sharing Assembly
1:40pm Primary Sharing Assembly

Thursday 31st May

9:00am – 12:00pm PCYC 5/6

Monday 4th May

School Association meeting

Wednesday 6th May

9:00am – 12:00pm PCYC 5/6