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

6 July 2018

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Principal’s Report

Holidays and Student Free Day

It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of another term. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and enjoyable term break.

Monday 23rd July is a Student Free Day. On this day staff will be working collaboratively, with a focus on reading. In the afternoon we will be working together with some of the schools in our cluster in relation to the Middle Years Literacy Project.

Staffing Changes

I need to inform you all regarding the Principal position at our school.  I have recently been selected for the role of Early Learning Leader within the Department of Education and I will be taking up this state-wide position at the beginning of next term. As a result I am leaving West Ulverstone Primary School.  This has been a difficult decision and not one that I have taken lightly. I will certainly miss everyone associated with West Ulverstone Primary School.I believe the school has much to offer and great opportunities for future growth.

I am very pleased to announce that Mrs Angela McAuliffe has been appointed to the substantive Principal position. Mrs McAuliffe is currently acting Principal at East Ulverstone Primary School and has had previous Principal experience at Andrews Creek and Strahan Primary Schools.  I have spoken with Mrs McAuliffe and I know she is very excited about the opportunity to continue to work in the Ulverstone community.  I would personally like to congratulate McAuliffe and wish her all the best in her new role. Mrs McAuliffe was able to attend a brief school assembly today where she was introduced to staff and students.

Thank you for your support, friendship and collegiality during my brief time at West Ulverstone. I wish everyone associated with the school a positive finish to the year and great a future.

Congratulations to Mr Stephen Dome who has been successful in winning an acting Assistant Principal role at Burnie Primary School. It has been fantastic to have Mr Dome back at WUPS and his enthusiasm, willingness and strong connections to the school will be greatly missed. Burnie Primary’s gain is certainly our loss.

We also farewell Mrs Susan Dick, our School Business Manager, who has won an acting position at Riana Primary School. Mrs Dick’s friendly face in the office will certainly be missed by all.

Mrs Nardi Whitehouse will step into the School Business Manager role on Thursday and Friday and we welcome Mrs Liz Johnston to the Admin role on these days.

Parent Teacher Meetings

Thank you to all the parents and guardians that made the time to attend Parent/Student/Teacher meetings this week. As a school we value the opportunity to sit down with you to discuss your child’s learning and together set learning goals for the remainder of the year. If you have been unable to attend your child’s Parent/Student/Teacher meeting please contact the office to organise a time early in Term 3.

Staying in Education: Increased Minimum Education and Training Leaving Requirements from 2020

Tasmanian students are staying in education and training for longer, assisting them to achieve a qualification that significantly improves their life chances and choices. The progress made over the last four years is clear to see in this graph showing Tasmanian Education Retention and Attainment.

The changes made by the Education Act 2016 will help us to keep improving, with increased minimum education and training requirements to apply for students who are in Years 11 and 12 in 2020 (and students in earlier school years).

This change will apply to students who are currently in Years 9 and Year 10 in 2018 and support the growing community expectation that education does not end in Year 10 – in fact, Years 11 and 12 are two of the most important years of school. They might be a student’s last years at a school but they are the first steps into their future.

Times have changed and the vast majority of today's jobs require a Year 12 or higher qualification. Employers are looking for people who are able to show they are flexible, adaptable and willing to learn new things.

What young people need to complete their education is not a ‘one-size fits all’ solution. The new education and training leaving requirements recognise the need to have an option for everyone. High school students should talk to their teachers about their options and what will best suit their needs. This will help them make informed choices about what will work for them.

Your pathways: Where to from here is a great place to start looking at the many options available. Education and training participation pathways may include:

  • senior secondary study at a college or a school offering Years 11 and 12, or being home educated
  • undertaking vocational education and training (VET), including through a registered training organisation, a Trade Training Centre or an apprenticeship or traineeship, including an Australian School-based Apprenticeship.

In certain circumstances, a young person may be eligible for an exemption, including where they have secured full-time employment (35 hours a week).

It’s not always easy to stay in school – but anything can happen when you finish school.

Jenny Ashton
Acting Principal

Aussie of the Month

Our Aussie of the Month for June has been awarded to Addison.

Addison received this award for treating everyone with respect and having a kind and caring manner. Congratulations Addison!

School Values weekly winners

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

Isaac 5/6A
and Relationships

Dominik 5/6B

Kurt 4/5A
Learning and

Monique 3/4A

Hannah 3/4B
Respect and

Isabelle 1/2A
Respect and

Drey 1/2B

Angelica K/PA

Troy K/PB

Feature class


Our Grade 6 students have attended two transition sessions at Ulverstone High School. These sessions assist students to become more familiar with staff, subject areas and the layout of the school. At the end of our second session we toured the school to find out where different subjects were taught. We also walked through the grade 7 area and saw where the lockers were located. Pictures are of students enjoying P.E. and games with Mrs King.

At the end of each session at the PCYC Operation Resilience Program, we reflected on the skills we learnt at PCYC and how they linked with our school values and can be transferred in the future. The following comments were written by our Grade 5 students:

Addy said, “Having good relationships calms people down. Good relationships are helpful because we can give people confidence and spirit to get through the obstacles.”

Naomi said, “Learning is helpful so further in life I will know how to do more things.”

Taylen said, “Being responsible will be helpful to guide the people who are wearing goggles.”

Chiraphat said, “Being respectful helps shy leaders feel more confident.”

Harris said, “I saw good relationships when people were helping others.”

Karlia said, “I saw respectful behaviour when Courtney had the googles on everyone was talking and treating her respectfully.”

Kylie Mudford and Stephen Dome
5/6A teachers

Grade 5/6 PCYC - Operation Resilience Program

In week 5 we completed Phase 1 of the Operation Resilience Program. At the completion of the session each class group were timed to see how fast they could move the whole group under the cargo net. We will need to wait until later in the year to see if we were successful in winning the Cameron Baird Memorial Trophy. Our success depends on the times recorded from all other school groups who attend PCYC this year.

During our sessions at PCYC Geoff our co-ordinator decided we were performing so well at all the stations that extra responsibilities could be added to challenge our teams. One week each team had a large heavy rope to transport through all stations. In addition for two sessions, two people in each group had to wear special goggles which affected their judgement of the space around them and their balance. Sometimes this makes it difficult to know how much you need to step down or up and can affect how to move under/over the equipment. The people nominated to wear the goggles needed to put their trust in their team that they would be cared for to safely move around the stations.

The large heavy rope that had to be carried around the course had to move over the tyre wall, planks and boxes without touching the ground. The rope needed to go under the logs on top of the mats used as boats in the river. It also needed to move under the cargo net. The added rope was an extra consideration that the groups needed to take into account.

All groups were successful in moving their team members’ with goggles safely and the big heavy rope around the course. For this to happen all team members needed to use the four key qualities of leadership, effective communication, co-operation and team work.

Here are some groups helping their team members to move around the course while they were wearing the googles which affects balance and perception.

Naomi is helping guide Courtney safely over the ‘Sewer Pit’.

Taylen and Jhett keep a close eye on Koby while they are on ‘The River’ challenge.

Koby is being protected by his team mate Chiraphat.

Here is a team working together to deal with the large heavy rope. This was another added challenge.

PCYC Fundraiser

Cake Raffle

The winner of Friday’s cake raffle was 1/2A. Congratulations 1/2A on winning the delicious cake supplied by Callie. Our next cake raffle will be on Friday 3rd August. Tickets will be on sale before school in the primary corridor, 1 ticket for 50c or 3 tickets for $1.

Meet our student leaders

Name: Azaria

Leadership Position: Sports Leader

Family: Mum, Dad, Jessica, Gaige, Terrie, Jayden, Hayley, Tristan and Sarah

Pets: Lots of birds, ducks, chickens, 3 cats and guinea pigs

Interests/Hobbies: Music, movies, art and hanging out with my friends

Favourite Subjects: Art and maths

A goal for me this year is: To use more complex words in my writing

I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Following all the school rules and being the best Sports Leader I can be

When I leave school I want to: Be an animal carer



A note went home last week with the eldest students in Kindergarten-Grade 2. The LIFT committee and I would love to see you in the LIL room on Wednesday afternoons. Come and enjoy a cuppa and some afternoon tea. This is an opportunity to chat, ask and answer questions, brainstorm ideas, provide information and offer resources to support your child at home with literacy and numeracy.





Every Wednesday

LIFT – Learning In
Families Together
Coffee and Cake

2.20 - 2.50pm

Launching into
Learning room

If you couldn’t make it to our PIPS and KDC info session and would like some information, please come and see me.

Hannah Millar
LIFT coordinator

Men’s Shed

Every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 - 2:30pm, I take a group of four boys to the Ulverstone Men’s Shed. They have been building a train or racing car which is in a kit form and a naughts and crosses board game. The volunteers at the Men’s Shed guide and help our students in various skills like hammering, drilling, screwing, painting, sawing, sanding and measuring. On Wednesday the boys helped sand some seats that are being made for the Central Coast Council 7 day makeover challenge.

Here are some photos of their finished constructions.

Children helping as part of the Central Coast 7 day makeover.

Annette Jones
Teachers Aide


Congratulations to the following winners in the 2018 Brixhibtion competition.

Drey - overall winner

Indianna - Grade 3-4 winner

Liam and Cohen – team winners

Drey’s creation, along with winners from other schools, will be displayed at the Brixhibition Exhibition at the Ulverstone Sports and Leisure Centre, Flora Street Ulverstone on Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th July from 9:30am – 4:00pm.

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 3/4B

Students in 3/4B have been working on the short ‘ea’ sound as in ‘bread’ and the long ‘ea’ sound as in ‘eat’. They are using three spelling strategies (sound, visual and connecting) as they work together to brainstorm words to add to their list.

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:
K- 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?

Answer: 8 students

3-6 Question:
Toy cars cost $8 while trucks cost $11. How many of each can be bought for exactly $100?

Answer: 7 cars and 4 trucks

This week’s Questions


This is a picture of some triangular numbers. Can you see the pattern? What will the next triangular number be? What will the sixth one be?


What is the smallest number which has a remainder of 3 when divided by 5 and a remainder of 4 when divided by 6?

Healthy Tips from Nurse Kerry

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

Lost property

There are a variety of items in the lost property box at the office. Please take time to check if your child is missing anything. Any items not claimed will be donated to charity.

The dance Company

Winter Fair

The Christian reformed church in Ulverstone will be holding a Winter Fair on Saturday 14th July from 8:00am – 1:00pm at 36 John Street Ulverstone.

Items for sale will include books, clothes, crafts, preserves, fresh produce, plants and more. A variety of hot food will be available on the day.

All funds raised will support the Ulverstone High School Chaplaincy Program.

School Calendar of events


Friday 6th July

Last day of Term 2

Monday 23rd July

Professional learning day - no school

Tuesday 24th July

Students start Term 3

Monday 6th August

Whole school Assembly

Tuesday 7th August

11:30am ECE Sharing Assembly

Tuesday 7th August

1:40pm Primary Sharing Assembly