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

14 August 2018

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Principal’s Report

Staffing update

It is with great pleasure we announce Mrs Yvette Lee as the Acting Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) for Term 3 and 4. We warmly welcome Mrs Lee to our school community. Mrs Lee has extensive experience working in schools K-12 and is excited to be joining the team at WUPS. She spent the afternoon on Monday touring the school, meeting staff and students. As of next week Mrs Price will be working at Riana Primary School Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We wish Mrs Price success in her new role and are thankful she is able to continue working with us Monday and Tuesday. Mrs Julia Hill will be teaching Grade 1/2A on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until the end of the year. Miss Julia Hill will no longer be teaching 3/4B on Wednesdays. We are unsure at this stage who will be the replacement on Wednesday’s but will inform you as soon as this teacher is appointed. Teachers will be working together to ensure classroom routines and structures continue and the learning needs of all students are met.

Value of the fortnight – Responsibility

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

“We pack up without being asked,” Angelica (Prep).
“Owning up if we make a mistake,” Reeve (Grade 1).
“By putting things back where they come from,” Sienna (Grade 2).
“If you see rubbish in the playground pick it up and put it in the bin,” Jordon (Grade 3).
“By doing my morning jobs, timetables, number of the day and Milo reading,” Charli (Grade 4).
“I take responsibility for my actions by telling the truth,” Harris (Grade 5).
“I take care of people,” Jayde (Grade 6).

Reading Did you know?

Reading happens everywhere. Each day there are opportunities to read with your child:

  • Words on toys and games
  • Children’s books
  • Birthday cards and invitations
  • Using apps on devices
  • Letters and emails
  • Street names and road signs
  • Television ads and children’s programs e.g. Play School

It is never too early or too late to start reading with your child.

Reading aloud with your child is the best way to develop and improve your child’s reading and writing skills.

Every School Day Counts

Attendance matters as early as kindergarten. Studies show children who miss too many days of school can struggle academically. 20 missed days of school over 10 years of schooling is equivalent to missing a full year of education.

How can you help?

  • Plan vacations during non-school days.
  • Schedule your child’s medical and dental appointment at the end of the school day.
  • Make sure your child goes to school every day unless they are unwell.

School Satisfaction Survey

Annual School Satisfaction Surveys for students, parents and staff are being conducted during August 2018 across Tasmanian government schools.

The surveys provide an opportunity for students, parents and staff to give important feedback on what the school does well and where we can improve. Questions cover a range of topics about our school. All responses are secure and anonymous. Students (from Grade 5 and above), parents and staff are invited to participate. All Grade 5/6 students will complete the survey during school time. Surveys are being sent home with the students 16 August (today). We would prefer that surveys are completed online, however, paper copies have been distributed if this is not an option. We encourage you to complete the survey to give our school a clear direction for future programs and services for students.

Farmer Friday


In partnership with Ulverstone High School, we are now offering canteen to students on Tuesdays starting 21 August 2018. A note with full details and an order form was sent home earlier in the week. Please ensure lunch orders are handed in to the West Ulverstone Primary School Office by 10am on a Monday. No late orders will be accepted. Orders will be delivered for Tuesday lunch. Each student must have their own individual order. The correct money must be included in each order. We are unable to provide change. Additional order forms are available from our School Office. If your child is absent on the day of canteen and you have already ordered, the order will carry over to the next week as no refunds are available.

Subway Thursday’s

We are trialing Subs For You from Subway on Thursday. Information on how to order was sent home on Friday. Please contact the office if you require more information. For urgent enquires please call Jacinda on 0499990418.

To sign up now, visit the link below and place your order ready for next Thursday!


Fun Fact

Only two words in the English language end in - gry. Do you know what they are? Find out in next week’s newsletter.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

School Values weekly winners

These winners were drawn out on Tuesday 7 August at our Assemblies:

Naomi 5/6A
and safety

Kaitlyn 5/6B

Lilyana 4/5A
and Safety

Kyran 3/4A
and Learning

Lily 3/4B

Reeve 1/2A

Robert 1/2B

Logan H K/PA

Logan K/PB

These winners were drawn out on Monday 13 August at our school meeting:

Koby 5/6A
Respect and

Dominik 5/6B

Imogen 4/5A
Respect and

Monique 3/4A
and Learning

Mikayala 3/4B
and Learning

Sebastian 1/2A
Safety and Learning

Sienna 1/2B

Jacob K/PA

Maysi K/PB
and safety

Feature class


Alien Invasion
A collaborative story written by 4/5A.

We have been learning about rhyming stories for early readers and how the illustrations support readers in decoding new words. We have used simple rhyming words and letter patterns to create a story called Alien Invasion. After writing the story we worked together to draw the illustrations to support our writing. The students enjoyed this challenge and have done an amazing job. We presented our work to the upper primary classes in last weeks’ assembly and will now be looking at writing and illustrating some rhyming stories of our own.

Alien Invasion
The space ship landed with a thump.
It was so loud it made me jump!
Out came an alien, his face was blue.
Where did it come from? I had no clue.
It scared me so much I dropped my food.
That alien put me in a bad mood!
The alien thought it was funny.
It made me cry and my nose went runny.
The alien had four eyes.
It really took me by surprise.
It flew me over to French Fry Mountain,
And there we drank from The Fanta fountain.
Now the alien and I are friends,
This is where the story ends.

Deet Cox
4/5A Teacher

Meet our student leaders

Student Leader Profile

Name: Daisy
Leadership Position:
Library Leader
Mum, Dad, Ray, 3 sisters and 1 brother
One dog, cat and rabbit
Art and reading
Favourite Subjects:
A goal for me this year is: To read 12 chapter books
I can help make West Ulverstone Primary a better place by: Being friendly to everyone
Who inspires you: My Dad
When I leave school I want to:
Be a vet or an artist

Cake Raffle

The winner of Friday’s cake raffle was K/PA. Congratulations on winning the delicious cake supplied by Mrs Mudford! The next cake raffle will be held on Friday 17 August. Tickets will be on sale before school in the primary corridor, 1 ticket for 50c or 3 tickets for $1.

School Association

Parent Help for Father’s Day Stall

The Fundraising Committee requires volunteers to assist with the setting up and running of the Father’s Day Stall. Please let the School Office know either in person, via phone, text or email if you are available during any of the following times:

Wednesday 29 August from 1:30pm: Set Up Stall
Thursday 30 August from 9:00am – 3:00pm: Sell to Class Groups
Friday 31 August from 1:30pm: Sell to Class Groups and Pack Up Stall


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.

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

Have you picked out your costume for Dress Up Day on Friday 24 August?

Costume ideas

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 1/2A

Amelia and Lily are using the visual, connecting and checking strategies for spelling. They are learning how to recognise and spell frequently used words from the Oxford Word list on their class word wall. Students are able to remove words from the wall as they need them to complete literacy tasks.

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:
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.

Answer 50 + 20 + 16 + 15 = 101
50 + 25 + 19 + 7 = 101
30 + 27 + 25 + 19 = 101

3-6 Question:
Mrs Bee has seven cakes. She cuts some into thirds and some into quarters. How can she give equal amounts to her twelve grandchildren?

Answer: Each child gets a quarter and a third.

This Week’s Questions


Kelsey loves to count. One day Mrs Martin put a pile of cubes on Kelsey’s desk. Kelsey began to count the cubes. She told Mrs Martin the following facts about the cubes:

When I count the cubes by two I have one left over.
When I count the cubes by three I have one left over.
When I count by five I have none left over.
How many cubes did Mrs Martin give Kelsey?


I had cards numbered 1 to 9 and dealt four piles each of two cards keeping the last card. If the totals of each pair were 5, 7, 11 and 14, what numbered cards were in each pair?

Healthy Tips from Nurse Kerry

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

Multicap afterschool care

Ulverstone Basketball Clinic

The Dance Company

School Calendar of events


Friday 17 August

Farmer Friday

Monday 20 August –
Friday 24 August

Book Week and Book Fair

Monday 20 August

9:00 -10:30am LiL Playgroup
1:30 - 2:45pm LiL Playgym

Tuesday 21 August

9:00 - 9:45am Sing, Play Move

Wednesday 22 August

9:00 - 10:00am Pre-Kinder

Friday 24 August

Book Week Dress Up Day

Thursday 30 August

Whole School Performance - Crazy Science