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

30 August 2018

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Principal’s Report

Farmer Friday

Farmer Friday was a huge success thanks to the support of our school community. The idea came to light at our School Association Meeting. The day would not have been possible without the help of Jenny, Belinda, Emma, Kelvin, Joan, Wayne, Deborah, Nanelle, Kelly and Alysia.

Thank you to Jenny, Leven Gourmet Meats, Kings Feast and Simon (from far North QLD) for your generous donations.

We raised $680 to donate to drought relief. Well done!

Value of the fortnight – Safety

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

“Staying in the playground,” Boaz (Kinder)
“I follow the school rules to stay safe,” Bailee (Prep)
“Not jumping off things,” Tori (Year 1)
“Keeping my hands and feet to myself,” Sebastian (Year 2)
“I use strategies to stay calm,” Hunter (Year 3)
“Telling a teacher if someone is hurt,” Blake (Year 4)
“Walking inside,” Jonty (Year 5)
“Putting things away in the classroom so we don’t trip over,” Azaria (Year 6)

Reading - Where to start:

  • Talk to your child’s teacher about where your child is at with their reading. Find out if there are books and other resources you can use.
  • Come to our Launching into Learning program for children Birth to 4 years.
  • You don’t need to be an expert to help your child enjoy reading.
  • Visit the Ulverstone Library with your child to listen to a Library staff member read to children’s groups.
  • Audio books allow your child to hear a book and turn the pages as they listen and this is a way you can share a book and relax too.
  • Some authors, such as Mem Fox, read aloud on their websites - this has good resources for parents too.

https://memfox.com/for-parents/for-parents-ten-read-aloud-commandments/

For your child:

  • Children need to learn how to hear lots of sounds so that they can eventually see the words that use those sounds.
  • Try and set aside time each day to read with your child.
  • The earlier you start the better.
  • Model good reading behaviour at home.
  • Reading should be fun, for example, reading with a torch under a blanket or using your voice in funny ways.
  • Children love to have the same books read over and over; they really enjoy knowing what comes next.
  • Children enjoy rhythm and repetition so they can recite and laugh at the sounds of words, for example, Hairy Maclary books and Dr Seuss books.

For you:

  • Visit the LINC – they have resources that may help.
  • Talk with other parents to get tips.
  • Book shops have children’s book sections and can give you advice on the most popular books for different ages.
  • Be supportive and positive.
  • Make reading fun.
  • Mistakes are good – it means your child is learning.
  • Ask questions so that you know your child understands what they are reading.
  • Start a library at home by suggesting books as gifts.
  • New words and ideas create new opportunities for children to know their world so non-fictions books are great too.
  • Carry books in the car or have a book in your bag so you always have one on hand.
  • Visit the LINC – they have resources that may help.
  • Talk with other parents to get tips.
  • Book shops have children’s book sections and can give you advice on the most popular books for different ages.
  • Be supportive and positive.
  • Make reading fun.
  • Mistakes are good – it means your child is learning.
  • Ask questions so that you know your child understands what they are reading.

  • Start a library at home by suggesting books as gifts.
  • New words and ideas create new opportunities for children to know their world so non-fictions books are great too.
  • Carry books in the car or have a book in your bag so you always have one on hand.

Fun Fact

Do you know the answer to last week’s fun fact?

Only two words in the English language end in - gry. The answers are hungry and angry.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe
Principal

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Monday 20 August at our Morning Meeting:

Harris 5/6A
Respect, Responsibility
and Relationships

Ella 5/6B
Respect, Safety
and Learning

Eloise 4/5A
Learning

Blake 3/4A
Responsibility

Sarah 3/4B
Responsibility

Sophie 1/2A
Learning

Opal 1/2B
Respect, Responsibility,
Relationships, safety
and Learning

Ella K/PA
Learning

Shatayah K/PB
Responsibility and
Learning

These winners were drawn out on Monday 27 August at our Morning Meeting:

Courtney 5/6A

Respect and
Relationships

Jack 5/6B
Learning

Violet 4/5A
Responsibility
and Learning

Kobi 3/4A
Learning

Ashlee 3/4B
Responsibility
and Safety

Sebastian 1/2A
Respect

Cormac 1/2B
Respect and
Learning

Siannah K/PA
Responsibility and
Learning

Brynee K/PB
Learning

Feature Class – 3/4B

Earlier in the term we had a visit from Senator Anne Urquhart as part of the STEM in Schools for National Science Week. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. It allows students to combine these subjects to solve a problem/situation which may happen in their daily lives. The incursion introduced students to employment opportunities which incorporate STEM into their jobs. Senator Urquhart spoke with students about how she has used STEM in her career and created discussions around occupations which STEM will be a part of in the future. After the discussion, students had the opportunity to show Senator Urquhart a STEM design challenge – creating the tallest tower using 10 pieces of newspaper and a metre of masking tape. They had a great time and came up with lots of fantastic ideas to create their towers. We would like to thank Senator Urquhart for her time spent in the year 3/4 classrooms.

Last week it was Book Week and on Friday students had the opportunity to dress up. It was great to see all students from 3/4B take part. A special thanks to the parents for helping students come up with their wonderful characters.

As of last Wednesday we had a change of teaching staff in 3/4B on Wednesdays. We said farewell to Miss Julia Hill and welcomed Miss Kate Larcombe into our classroom. I would like to personally thank Miss Hill for all her hard work and caring nature during her time in 3/4B and I am sure the students will miss you. I would also like to welcome Miss Larcombe into our wonderful class and I am sure you will enjoy every moment.

Nicci Birch
3/4B Teacher

Cake Raffle

The winner of Friday’s cake raffle was Mrs Whitehouse. Congratulations on winning the delicious cake supplied by Isaac! The next cake raffle will be held on Friday 31 August. Tickets will be on sale before school in the primary corridor, 1 ticket for 50c or 3 tickets for $1.

Sports Report

Swimming and Water Safety Program

As part of the Health and Physical Education Program and aligned with the Department of Education’s mandated Swimming and Water Safety Program your child will be participating in a swimming program at the Ulverstone Pool to be conducted by Mrs Kathy Milne-Viney and qualified Austswim instructors. See the timetable below.

Individual class letters were sent home earlier this week. We will again be offering At Risk students a specialist timeslot. If your child has received an invitation to join this group please remember to return their permission slips as soon as possible, so that we can finalise this group.

Week 1

Monday
17 Sept

Tuesday
18 Sept

Wednesday
19 Sept

Thursday
20 Sept

Friday
21 Sept

9:20 – 10:20

5/6 A
5/6 B

5/6 A
5/6 B

5/6 A
5/6 B

5/6 A
5/6 B

5/6 A
5/6 B

10:20 – 11:20

3/4 A
3/4 B

3/4 A
3/4 B

3/4 A
3/4 B

3/4 A
3/4 B

3/4 A
3/4 B

11:20 – 12:20

4/5 A
+ AR

4/5 A
+ AR

4/5 A
+ AR

4/5 A
+ AR

4/5 A
+ AR

Lunch

12:40 – 1:30

1/2 A

1/2 A

1/2 A

1/2 A

1/2 A

1:30 – 2:20

1/2 B

1/2 B

1/2 B

1/2 B

1/2 B

Week 2

Monday
24 Sept

Tuesday
25 Sept

Wednesday
26 Sept

Thursday
27 Sept

Friday
28 Sept

9:20 – 10:20

5/6 A
5/6 B

5/6 A
5/6 B

5/6 A
5/6 B

5/6 A
5/6 B

5/6 A
5/6 B

10:20 – 11:20

3/4 A
3/4 B

3/4 A
3/4 B

3/4 A
3/4 B

3/4 A
3/4 B

3/4 A
3/4 B

11:20 – 12:20

4/5 A
+ AR

4/5 A
+ AR

4/5 A
+ AR

4/5 A
+ AR

4/5 A
+ AR

Lunch

12:40 – 1:30

Prep

Prep

Prep

Prep

Prep

1:30 – 2:20

Kinder

Kinder

Kinder

Coles Sports for Schools

A very big THANK YOU to all the wonderful parents, grand parents and friends that helped us earn so many points by collecting Coles Sports for Schools vouchers.

The order has arrived and we now have 3 portable badminton nets (valued at $212 each), 2 mini football goals (valued at $106 each), a large target (valued at $34) and a set of swimming goggles. Total value nearly $900. Well worth the effort!

I’m sure the students will get much enjoyment from this awesome equipment.

Kathy Milne-Viney
PE Teacher

Primary Touch Football Roster

Devonport Touch Association will be running a Year 3-6 mixed roster starting Monday 22 October with games commencing at either 3:30pm, 4:20pm or 5:10pm. This is a nine game roster which concludes on Monday 10 December. To get nine rounds completed, along with our Monday night games, we have included two Thursday games on 8 and 22 November. The Primary School Roster costs $45 and payment must be made online at the time of registering.

This roster will be held in Devonport at Meercroft Park, opposite the Bluff. Any students who are interested please see Mrs Lee.

Yvette Lee
AST

A message from our Chaplain

During National Student Volunteer Week it was a pleasure to take our School Leaders Braith, Kaitlyn, Jack and Callie to City Mission’s City Kitchen to assist with the preparation and service of a three course meal for the needy in the Community. Our students received very positive comments from the City Kitchen Volunteers and their clients. Our students shared the following with me when I asked them what they had enjoyed about this experience:

Jack: “When I went to the City Kitchen the thing I enjoyed the most was just being able to go along and help serve people that aren’t as fortunate, a nice meal and help them”

Braith: “The thing I liked the most is being able to help people in need who are doing it tough”

Kaitlyn: “The conversations that we were able to have with the people who were there”

Callie: “Being given the chance to help the people who can’t buy their own food”

I have recently been able to introduce some students to the many aspects of looking after chickens, with a project in conjunction with some neighbours of our school. The students have been learning about what chickens like to eat, what they like to do, how to interact with them and how to provide a safe, clean and happy environment for them to live in. This will be an ongoing project throughout the year and I hope to have as many students share this experience as possible.

Don’t forget the pop up op shop is open in the courtyard every Tuesday with any item of clothing just a gold coin donation.

Leanne Jopson
Chaplain

Book Week

On Friday 24 August we held our annual dress up day for book week. A parade was held in the hall and students went to an awesome effort with costumes. This made the job of judging really hard for Mrs Willoughby, Mrs Johnston and Mrs Whitehouse. In the end the winners from each class were:

K/PA

Ziggy

3/4B

Corben

K/PB

Boaz

4/5A

Roscoe

1/2A

Finlay

5/6A

Addison

1/2B

Kendall

5/6B

Jonty

3/4A

Jack

Staff Member

Mrs Birch

Book Fair

A reminder that the Book Fair has started in the Art Room and the dates and times are as follows:

  • Thursday 28 August: 8:30am – 9:00am and 2:45pm – 3:30pm
  • Friday 29 August: 8:30am – 9:00am and 2:45pm – 3:30pm

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.

Cash and credit card payments only.

Sharon Guard
Book Week Coordinator

Father’s Day Stall

The Fundraising Committee will be holding a Father’s Day Stall this Thursday 30 and Friday 31 August. The cost of presents will vary from $2.00 - $5.00. For those students who wish to purchase a present from the stall, please bring your money on the appropriate day:

  • Thursday 30 August – Kinder/Prep’s, 1/2’s, 3/4’s, 4/5 classes
  • Friday 31 August – 5/6 classes

Lolly Jar Guessing Game

Let’s have some fun this year for Father’s Day by guessing the number of lollies in the jar. $1.00 per guess. Each guess goes in the draw to win dad the following presents:

  • The lolly jar.
  • A fantastic pamper pack donated by Full Life Pharmacy, Ulverstone.
  • A $20 meat voucher donated by Milo Meats, Ulverstone.

The Grade 5/6’s will sell guesses in the Primary Corridor each morning before school until Friday 31 August when the winner will be drawn.

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 3/4A

Jessie, Axle, Ella and Mikayla are using three spelling strategies (sound, visual and connecting) as they work with Ms Coulson. Their focus is on the ‘oa’ letter pattern as they brainstorm words to make a list. They are also discussing other letter combinations that make the same sound.

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:

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?

Answer: The lowest number of cubes that Kelsey could have is 25

Year 3-6 Question:

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?

Answer: 2 and 3, 1 and 6, 4 and 7, 5 and 9

New Question for Kinder – Year 2

Tony had 10 pancakes. Mary had 2 pancakes more than Tony and Ashley had 3 more pancakes than Mary. How many pancakes did Ashley have?

New Question for Year 3 – 6

An explorer is planning a trip across a desert which will take six days. He can only carry 4 full water bottles at a time. If he needs to drink 1 full bottle each day to survive, how long must he take to cross the desert (including the time required to return for more water)?

Healthy Tips from Nurse Kerry

Kerry Jewell
School Health Nurse

Community Events

School Calendar

Thursday 30 August

Book Fair
Father’s Day Stall – K/P, 1/2, 3/4, 4/5 classes

Friday 31 August

Book Fair
Father’s Day Stall – 5/6 classes

Monday 3 September

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

Tuesday 4 September

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

Wednesday 5 September

9:00am - 10:00am Pre-Kinder

Thursday 6 September

Little Learners – Student Leaders at UHS

Friday 7 September

5/6 PCYC Operation Resilience Program - Burnie

Monday 10 September

9:00am Whole School Assembly
9:00am - 10:30am LiL Playgroup
1:30pm - 2:45pm LiL Playgym
5:30pm School Association Meeting

Tuesday 11 September

9:00am - 9:45am LiL Sing, Play, Move
11:30am ECE Assembly
1:40pm Primary Assembly

Wednesday 12 September

9:00am - 10:00am Pre-Kinder
MAST Boat Safety Years 3 – 6

Thursday 13 September

Social –
4:00pm - 5:30pm Kinder – 2
6:00pm - 7:30pm Years 3 – 6

Friday 14 September

3/4A, 3/4B, 4/5A Wizard of Oz Excursion

Monday 17 – Friday 28 September

Swimming and Water Safety Program

Friday 28 September

Last Day of Term 3

Monday 15 October

Term 4 Starts