West Ulverstone Primary School
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34 Maud Street
Ulverstone TAS 7315
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Email: West.Ulverstone.Primary@education.tas.gov.au
Phone: 03 6425 2195
Absentee Line: 0419 513 498

21 June 2018

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Principal’s Report

Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings and Midyear Reports

Mid-year reports will be available for parents/guardians to collect at Parent/Student/Teacher conversations next week. Parent/Student/Teacher conversations are an important part of our reporting to parents commitment and where possible, and appropriate, it is beneficial to have the student as part of these conversations. This is an opportunity to share successes and to develop goals for the second half of the year.

It is a West Ulverstone Primary School expectation that all families attend the meetings, at which time you will receive your child’s report. Our goal is to have all families attend and will make contact by phone with those families who have not booked a meeting time.

This year’s interviews have been scheduled for the week of Monday 25th June to Wednesday 27th June with interviews on Tuesday 26th available until 7:00pm. As in past years, you will be able to book interviews online. The booking link (see below) is now available. Parents who cannot book online are able to seek assistance from our helpful and friendly administrative staff.

https://westulverstoneps.sessionkeeper.com.au/

Understanding what the ‘A-Es’ mean

In previous generations, we might have associated an ‘A’ with a high level of achievement or 100% recall of factual information. The assessment against the Australian Curriculum shows that a ‘C’ is now the standard expected of that grade level. For many of us this is a shift in our thinking. The table below is a helpful guide in assisting parents and students to have a greater understanding of their assessment ratings.

Describe this achievement level

Using this phrase

And this letter

The student has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the content and can readily apply this knowledge. In addition, the student has achieved a very high level of competence in the processes and skills and can apply these skills to new situations.

Well above the standard expected

A

The student has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content and a high level of competence in the processes and skills. In addition the student is able to apply this knowledge and these skills to most situations.

Above the standard expected

B

The student has a sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved the expected level of competence in the processes and skills.

At the standard expected

C

The student has a basic knowledge and understanding of the content and has achieved a basic level of competence in the processes and skills.

Approaching the standard expected

D

The student has an elementary knowledge and understanding in few areas of the content and has achieved very limited competence in some of the processes and skills.

Below standard expected

E

Describe this achievement level

Using this phrase

And this letter

The student has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the content and can readily apply this knowledge. In addition, the student has achieved a very high level of competence in the processes and skills and can apply these skills to new situations.

Well above the standard expected

A

The student has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content and a high level of competence in the processes and skills. In addition the student is able to apply this knowledge and these skills to most situations.

Above the standard expected

B

The student has a sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved the expected level of competence in the processes and skills.

At the standard expected

C

The student has a basic knowledge and understanding of the content and has achieved a basic level of competence in the processes and skills.

Approaching the standard expected

D

The student has an elementary knowledge and understanding in few areas of the content and has achieved very limited competence in some of the processes and skills.

Below standard expected

E

WOW WOW WOW! We have had a fantastic response from students in all grades to the competition. All entries are currently on display in the foyer and judging for each group will take place later in the week.

There are three age categories this year. The winner in each category will win a medallion.

Our overall school winner will also receive an "Age Group and Overall" winners’ medallion plus a voucher for a Leven River Cruise, a free pass to Beaconsfield Heritage Museum, and a free pass to Brixhibition. Wow!

The Schools Competition will be held at the Ulverstone Sports and Leisure Centre on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June. Individual entries will be in the running to win:

1st Place $300 Gamesworld Plus Voucher
2nd Place $200 Gamesworld Plus Voucher
3rd Place $100 Gamesworld Plus Voucher

Ulverstone High School Production – Primary Choir

Ulverstone High School will be holding a school production of the “Lion King” later in the year. As part of this, grade 5/6 students from local primary schools were invited to audition for the Primary Choir. We had a small number of students take this opportunity and I am pleased to announce that Daisy, Alex and Ella were all successful. Congratulations, it certainly take courage to perform in front of your peers and a large audience.

Middle Years Literacy Project

West Ulverstone Primary School along with East Ulverstone, Ulverstone, Forth, Riana, Sprent, Ulverstone High and Penguin District School are working together as part of the DoE’s Middle Years Literacy Project. Funding had been provided to embed quality teaching and learning in literacy. The focus is on Years 4 – 8 and especially the transition from Years 6 – 7. Schools are asked to implement initiatives to improve teacher practice, student outcomes and student transitions. Schools are able to utilise evidence-based approaches and develop professional learning communities. Schools must focus on explicitly teaching skills for literacy.

A competition was recently held and students were asked to design a logo for the cluster of schools. Congratulations to Karlia and Blake who both received certificates of recognition for their creative entries.

Jenny Ashton
Acting Principal

School Values weekly winners

These winners were drawn out on Monday 18th June at our school meeting:


Blake 5/6A
Responsibility, Respect,
Safety, Relationships
and Learning


Harris 5/6B
Relationships


Shataya 4/5A
Learning


Indianna 3/4A
Relationships, Respect,
Learning, Responsibility


Jayla 3/4B
Respect, Responsibility
and Learning


Lily 1/2A
Responsibility


River 1/2B
Responsibility


Lochie C K/PA
Responsibility


Lochie P K/PB
Responsibility and
Learning

Feature class

3/4A

3/4A have started a unit on mass. As an introduction to this we read Pamela Allen’s Who Sunk The Boat? After a discussion about mass and how we measure weight, students were asked to design and create their own boat. The aim of this design challenge was to create a boat that held the most weight. We used blocks, dice and weights. Students place these things in the boat until the boat finally sunk. We then measured how much each boat held and later compared them as a group.

Mel Coulson and Thais Gardam
3/4A teachers

Grade 5/6 PCYC - Operation Resilience Program

The week 4 challenge we are featuring this week is the cargo net. All team members need to enter underneath the cargo net and make their way through to the exit end. The most successful teams started with 4-5 students lifting the cargo net by standing around the outer edges and pulling the ropes upwards and away from their scrambling team mates. As team members exited the cargo net they then moved to the outer edge to replace others and help the rest of their team pass underneath.

This challenge relies on all team members taking on two parts to complete their mission. One part is passing underneath the net as quickly as possible and secondly by pitching in to help others by moving to the side and lifting the net. Team work and co-operation is required to meet both parts of the challenge. Communication has to be effective so that the team can hear where they are needed to help out and when it is their turn to conquer the cargo net.

Here are some groups helping their team members through the cargo net. The team need to encourage each other to move underneath the net as quickly and efficiently as possible. Individuals need to listen to instructions and trust others when they are being guided through the challenge. This year there is a challenge cup being awarded to the fastest class from all schools who attend PCYC. On our next visit it will be our turn to have our time recorded.

Each team had an added challenge of having a group member wearing googles which impairs their perception. Courtney is pictured in the cargo net wearing the googles. She received lots of support from her team.

PCYC Fundraiser

Cake Raffle

The winner of our last cake raffle was Kinder/Prep B. Congratulations on winning the delicious home-made caramel mud cake supplied by Kaitlyn! The next cake raffle will be Friday 29th June. Tickets will be on sale before school in the primary corridor, 1 ticket for 50c or 3 tickets for $1.

Chaplain’s Chin Wag

Pop-Up Op Shop

I will be holding a pop-up Op Shop in the Courtyard under the covered area. This will start next Tuesday 26th June 2:40 pm – 3:00 pm and each Tuesday thereafter. Warm items of clothing will be available in a range of sizes (mainly childrens to begin with). Please make a gold coin donation for the purchase of any item. If a donation is difficult for you please let me know. I would love to see you next Tuesday and look forward to helping our families with some warm clothing as winter really sets in.

Leanne Jopson
Chaplain

Sport

NW Cross Country

On Wednesday 6th June our school cross country team participated in the North West Primary School Sports Association Cross Country event. Our school competed against the best runners from all of the primary schools along the North West Coast.

Our teams consisted of:

Grade 6 Girls: Team Danielle, Azaria, Maddison and Ella
Grade 6 Boys: Team Koby, Jack, Isaac and Kaleb
Grade 5 Girls: Team Addison, Taylen, Naomi and Ella
Grade 5 Boys: Team Jonty, Chiraphat, Mitchell, Harris, Daniel and Thorn
Grade 4 Girls: Team Charli, Shataya, Gabrielle and Ella
Grade 4 Boys: Team Wyatt, Roscoe, Austin and Liam

The teams were selected from the results from our school Cross Country.

All our athletes put in a fantastic effort running their best over the tough distance of either 1800m (Grade 4’s) 2200m (Grade 5’s) or 2500m (Grade 6’s). This resulted in the school finishing in 2nd place in our division which is a terrific achievement. The student behaviour on the day was awesome and made me proud to be a part of West Ulverstone Primary.

Some notable achievements on the day were:Jonty 13th, Charli 14th, Wyatt 16th, Danielle 21st, Jack 22nd, Maddison 24th in their respective races. Considering that there would have been approximately 150 students in each race these results are outstanding.

Stephen Dome
AST

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 K/PA and K/PB

Jason and Xavier are practising their names by tracing over letters with a whiteboard texta. Troy and Angelica are experimenting with letters as they have-a-go at writing. These students are using early stages of both the sound strategy and the visual strategy for spelling.

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 Brett built a tower using four different coloured milk cartons. The red carton was below the green carton. The blue carton was above the yellow carton what was above the green carton. Which carton is on top?

Answer: Blue

3-6 Question:
Each corner number is the sum of the numbers on the two sides which make the corner. Find the side numbers

Answer: 15, 5, 25

This week’s Questions

K-2

Twenty nine students were waiting in a line to play a game. The teacher chose the first person in the line and then every fourth person in the line after that. How many were chosen?

3-6

Toy cars cost $8 while trucks cost $11. How many of each can be bought for exactly $100?

School Calendar of events

Calendar

Monday 25th June –
Wednesday 27th June

Parent/Teacher Interviews & Collection of Reports

Monday 2nd July

9:00am Whole school Assembly

Tuesday 3rd July

11:30am ECE Sharing Assembly

1:40pm Primary Sharing Assembly

Friday 6th July

Last day of Term 2