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

2 August 2018

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Principal’s Report

Welcome back for Term 3. It is with great excitement that I write this newsletter as the newly appointed permanent Principal. I am very passionate about education and I look forward to partnering with you to provide your family an engaging and high-quality school experience. You as parents are your child’s first teacher and I believe that by working together, we can make sure your child’s social, emotional, and academic needs are met. It is my aim to learn student’s names as quickly as possible and I have asked students to help me with this by introducing themselves to me during break times.

My last two and a half years have been spent as Principal at Strahan Primary School (2 years), Acting Principal at Andrews Creek Primary School (Term 1, 2018), and Acting Principal East Ulverstone Primary School (Term 2, 2018). I am delighted to bring my skills as an educational leader to your school. Along with staff, I will work hard to continue the success established at WUPS by building strong relationships with parents, students, staff and the wider community. I believe that great schools are the results of great teachers, so my primary objective will be to ensure that every student is receiving high-quality instruction from every teacher. I anticipate an uninterrupted remainder of the year as we support your child on their learning journey.

It has been great to see our whole school community reconnecting so positively after the holidays. Students are excited and re-energised to continue learning to contribute and contribute to learn. Welcome to the new WUPS students and their families who have joined our school community for the start of this term.

Value of the Fortnight – Respect

At West Ulverstone Primary School our value of the fortnight ‘respect’ is demonstrated by students in the following ways;

  • “By waiting my turn to speak”, Liam (Prep).
  • “I show respect by listening to everyone when they are talking”, Marli (Grade 1).
  • “By being nice to everyone”, Clevelan (Grade 2).
  • “By treating others the way I like to be treated”, Amealiah (Grade 3).
  • “By using my manners”, Kyran (Grade 4).
  • “By waiting my turn”, Eloise (Grade 5).
  • “Being helpful and by using positive language”, Jack (Grade 6).

Well done to students who have received a School values card so far this term.

Communication at home

How often do you ask your child how was your day? Or what did you learn today? Research tells us the typical response is good or I didn’t learn anything. Does this sound familiar? I wanted to share with you questions to promote conversation that were published by TASSO (an organisation that supports School Associations).

Instead of asking how was your day? You could try…

  • What made you smile today?
  • What was your favourite part of today?
  • Can you tell me an act of kindness that you saw or showed?
  • What did you do that was creative?
  • Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
  • What was the hardest rule to follow today?
  • If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
  • What made your teacher smile or frown?
  • What kind of person were you today?

Communicating with the School Year-Round

Stay attuned to your child’s academic accomplishments on a weekly basis. Communicate with us regularly. When you have a question or concern, write a note, email, phone or come and speak to us. You are always welcome to schedule a meeting to discuss with the teacher your child’s successes and challenges. We need you on our team and together we will be learning to contribute and contribute to learn.

Fun Facts

More than 14 billion pencils are produced in the world every year. That’s enough pencils to circle the globe 62 times.

The average pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line 56 kilometres long.

Finally, thank you to each of our families for preparing your child/children to be ‘School Ready’ following the holiday break. Our staff look forward to working with you to ensure students are learning to contribute and contribute to learn. As Principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to contact me at any stage if you have questions or concerns. Alternatively you can contact me via email angela.mcauliffe@education.tas.gov.au or by phoning 6425 2195. I look forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

School Association

The Chairperson and Committee of the School Association would like to warmly welcome Mrs Angela McAuliffe to the Principal position of our school. We wish her time at WUPS to be wonderful.

Office Bearers of the School Association for 2018


Stephanie Templeton

Deputy Chairperson

Alf Mott


Katherine Atkins


Vicky Xypteras

Parent Representatives

Belinda Baldcock, Krystle Simpson, Emma Singleton

Staff Representatives

Hannah Millar, Jenny Plapp

Fundraising committee

Abbi-Lee Carey, Di Clark, Kim Lehman

School Values weekly winners

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

Courtney 5/6A
Responsibility and

Daisy 5/6B
and Safety

Lily 4/5A

Charli 3/4A
and Learning

Lochlan 3/4B
and Learning

Owen 1/2A
Respect and

Sienna 1/2B

Liam K/PA

Jasmin K/PB

Feature class


This year in 1/2B we have been exploring different books and authors through our Author of the Month. This week we had a go at creating some graphs to find out which of the authors we have looked at so far is everyone’s favourite. We found out the most popular author so far is Dr. Seuss, followed by Mem Fox. Our author of the month for July has been Alison Lester. We have enjoyed a number of her books in a short time since we were on holidays for 2 weeks. We are also very excited to start looking at our new author of the month for August, Roald Dahl, and sharing some class novels together.

Jess Finch
1/2B teacher

Meet our student leaders

Name: Courtney
Leadership Position: Library Leader
Family: Mum, Dad, Tyson and Tahlia
Pets: A dog called Buster
Interests/Hobbies: Playing games/P.E.
Favourite Subjects: PE.
A goal for me this year is: Complete all my learning tasks on time
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Helping others to be respectful to all adults and people in our school
When I leave school I want to: Be a gymnast

Name: Ella
Leadership Position: Library Leader
Family: Mum, Jono (Step-Dad) and my brother Henry
Pets: My dog Minnie
Interests/Hobbies: Art and roller skating
Favourite Subjects: English
A goal for me this year is: To learn more in maths
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Helping organise things and fix problems
Who inspires you: My Aunt Romnie
When I leave school I want to: Be a better artist and become successful in my job

Cake Raffle

Our next School Leader cake raffle will be this Friday 3 August. Tickets will be available for purchase in the upper primary corridor before school, 50c a ticket or 3 for $1.00. The winner will be drawn out and announced at the end of the day.


New Term 3 Timetable

Play group

Monday 9:00am – 10:30am
LiL Room - Miss Julia Hill

This program encourages children’s learning through play based activities.

Play Gym

Monday 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Hall - Miss Elisse McWhirter

This is an inside active program focusing on developing whole body movement (jumping, climbing, hopping, balancing) involving strengthening the core muscles of the body. It also includes hand eye coordination through ball skills (throwing, catching, kicking).

Sing Play Move

Tuesday 9:00am – 9:45am
LiL Room - Miss Julia Hill

This program focuses on singing, playing instruments and moving to music. It promotes language learning, rhythm and rhyme, motor skills and social skills.

Pre Kinder

Wednesday 9:00am – 10:00am
Lil Room - Miss Hannah Millar

Pre Kinder is for children who turn five years old in 2019. Our Pre Kinder program provides play based experiences and activities for children and their parents to engage in together.

Outreach Playgroup

Thursday 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Neighbourhood house – Miss Julia Hill

This playgroup is a small playgroup based at the Ulverstone Neighbourhood house where we enjoy lunch, take part in play based activities and connect with the other Neighbourhood House programs.


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

Hannah Millar
LIFT coordinator

Ulverstone High school Year 7 Information Night

Book Fair

The Book Fair will be held in the Art room this year. Come and have a look at some beautiful books and novelty items. This is a great way for you to buy a book for home and for us to get new books for our library.

Opening times and dates are as follows,

Wednesday 22 August 2:45 – 3:30pm
Thursday 23 August 8:30 – 9:00am and 2:45 – 3:30pm
Friday 24 August 8:30 – 9:00am and 2:45 – 3:30pm

Cash and credit card payments only.

Sharon Guard
Book week co-ordinator

Book Week

This years’ book week theme is find your treasure

What costume will you wear on Dress Up Day, Friday 24 August?

Book Club

All book club orders are due back on Friday 10 August 2018.

Sharon Guard
Book week co-ordinator

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 5/6B

Mayah, Emmerson, Danielle, Kaleb and Callie are using the visual strategy for spelling. They are focusing on the look of words and using their knowledge of letter patterns as they make decisions about which words are spelt correctly in their tricky spelling card game.

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.

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:
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?

Answer The next number is 15. The sixth number is 21.

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

Answer: 28

This Week’s Questions


Find at least three different ways to score 101 by adding four of the following numbers:

50, 30, 27, 25, 20, 19, 16, 15 and 7.


Mrs Bee has seven cakes. She cuts some into thirds and some into quarters. How can she give equal amounts to her twelve grandchildren?

Healthy Tips from Nurse Kerry

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

Ulverstone Basketball Clinic

School Calendar of events


Monday 6 August

Whole school Assembly

Tuesday 7 August

11:30am ECE Sharing Assembly

Tuesday 7 August

1:40pm Primary Sharing Assembly

Wednesday 8 August

5/6 Sports Day

Thursday 9 August

UHS Year 7 Information Night 7:00pm

Tuesday 14 August

ICAS Maths Competition

Monday 20 August –
Friday 24 August

Book Week and Book Fair

Friday 24 August

Book Week Dress Up Day