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

27 September 2018

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Principal’s Report

Little Leaders with Big Ideas Workshop

I wish to congratulate WUPS leaders for their involvement in the recent Little Leaders with Big Ideas Workshop held at Ulverstone High School on Thursday 6 September 2018. Thirteen students represented the school which involved participation in group activities with students from a range of Primary Schools in our Cluster. These activities were designed to challenge students to demonstrate their communication skills when feeling anxious, express their ideas and solutions to problems, use their imagination and creativity and to question themselves about their personal leadership skills.

ICAS Testing – English

Congratulations to Jack, Naomi, Mia, Ashton, Shataya, Corben, Riley, Carly and Sienna for participating in the ICAS English Test. Lily and River received a Credit. Roscoe received a merit.

Rubi received a Distinction and is highly commended for her achievement.

WUPS Grade 3 average score was above the Australian average. This is a fantastic achievement and we hope to see more students participating in 2019.

Value of the fortnight – Learning

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

“I keep trying,” Pia (Kinder).
“By practising sounding out letters at school and home to get better,” Ella (Prep).
“I like to write lots trying my best,” Jay Jay (Grade 1).
“Being on task and not giving up,” Sienna (Grade 2).
“By listening and staying on task,” Ashlee (Grade 3).
“By doing my own work not copying others,” Cohen (Grade 4).
“Helping other people with Maths,” Daniel (Grade 5).
“By completing all of my jobs,” Mason (Grade 6).

Reading strategies that work and take away the angst and stress of reading at home Echo reading

Negotiate with the child whether you will read a sentence, paragraph or page. The adult then reads the sentence, paragraph or page first. The child rereads (echoes) the sentence, paragraph or page back. Continue in this way to complete the book. Echo reading eliminates the frustration and anxiety that is too often associated with reading aloud.

By “echoing” your reading, the child has an opportunity to sound like a fluent reader. This is important in building a child’s sense of what it feels like and sounds like to be a good reader. Your child can feel confident, relaxed and will enjoy the experience.

There is no loss of comprehension and together you can have fun reading the story.

You are modeling good reading. When you make a mistake, share the experience. This gives the child an opportunity to understand that all readers make errors and self-correct.

For more information visit the link below:


Communicating with the School

Stay attuned to your child’s accomplishments on a weekly basis. We encourage families to 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 in the WUPS Learning Community.

Farewell Ms Kate Larcombe

Ms Larcombe has been successful in winning an Acting AST position at Ulverstone Primary School starting in Term 4. Ulverstone Primary are very lucky to be gaining a staff member who is so passionate about providing the best opportunities for kids and ensuring they are supported along the way. During the eight years Ms Larcombe has worked at WUPS she has continued to build positive relationship with all of our school community. Ms Larcombe will be missed at WUPS and we wish her the best of luck in her new position.

Welcome Miss Alison Harvey

Miss Harvey will be starting at WUPS in Term 4 as Assistant Principal. Miss Harvey has been working at Table Cape Primary School as an Advanced Skills Teacher this year and New Norfolk Primary School in prior years. Miss Harvey is looking forward to joining the West Ulverstone School Community.

Mud Kitchen Donation

We are very lucky to have been donated this wonderful Mud Kitchen for the K-2 play area.

Garry Townsend has generously built the mud kitchen for students at WUPS. We are very thankful for your kind donation.

Koinz 4 Kids 2018 Donation

On Wednesday we received a visit from the guys at Sea FM who presented WUPS with a cheque for $668. This money will be used to support our morning Breakfast Club. Thanks Sea FM! We are very appreciative of the generosity of the Tasmanian Community.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

Growing up online with Cybersafety Expert Susan McLean

Goodbye from Ms Larcombe

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the West Ulverstone School community for their support over the past eight years. West Ulverstone Primary is a great school and I have learnt so much during my time here. While it is time for me to have a change and continue to learn and challenge myself, I will miss all the friendly faces at WUPS. I look forward to seeing students and families out in the community and hope you will come up and say hello.

Kate Larcombe

Gold card award

Congratulations to Daisy McLean for her efforts completing her narrative and supportive illustrations.

School Values Weekly Winners

Please place this in the Newsletter in the same format as the last newsletter

These winners were drawn out on Monday 24September at our School Meeting:

Courtney 5/6A

Seth 5/6B

Lily 4/5A

Tahlia 3/4A
Relationships and

Lochie 3/4B
Respect, Relationships
and Safety

Marli 1/2A

Amber 1/2B
Responsibility and

Kash K/PA

Isabel K/PB
Responsibility and

Feature Class – 5/6B

In 5/6B students have had many learning and problem solving opportunities.

We have attended our mud run day which was a great opportunity for students to practice their learning at PCYC. They practice skills such as teamwork, communication, cooperation and leadership.

It was a challenging day with many ups and downs for some. It gives everyone a chance to shine and many rose to the top in their perseverance and communication skills.

Students have been learning about figurative language and how to use these skills to enhance their writing. They have created a number of poems and used the language in their narratives. In Numeracy, students have been busy over the term working with 5/6A in maths groups and we are happy with our progress in this learning area.

We are enjoying our swimming program and the chance for our leaders to work with the younger classes as helpers.

Rachel Steele
5/6B Teacher

Sports Update

Swimming and Water Safety Program

It was so wonderful to see so many students enjoying spending time in the water, listening respectfully to the swimming instructors and improving their ability to stay safe in and around water. It is evident that our program is producing some excellent results, for example every Grade 1/2 student is happily going under the water. Mrs Murfet, Mrs Woodhouse and Mr Hales have all been very impressed and excited by how well behaved, enthusiastic and hard working the students have been.

A big thank you to parents for their support for having their children organised to participate. It was also really nice to see so many parents, grand-parents, carers and friends coming, sometimes daily, to the pool to watch and support the children.

I would also like to say a special thank you to our Grade 6 helpers who supported our younger students in the pool, making their water experience a happy and safe one. You have all been fantastic!

Certificates will be sent home with the student’s in the first week back next term. Students need to attend at least half the sessions to receive a certificate. Kinder certificates will be kept and placed in their special folder for the end of the year.

Kathy Milne-Viney
PE Teacher

Primary Mixed Spring Netball Roster

Time to play netball! Junior Grades 3/4 Netta Mixed and Senior Grades 5/6 rosters will be held at the Ulverstone Sports Stadium. Join in and have some guaranteed fun over the summer months.

Roster commences: Tuesday 16 October – Tuesday 11 December

Cost: $30.00 per player to be paid on the first registration night

Registration forms and more information available from Mrs Lee.

Yvette Lee

Chaplains Message

I have been working with students to implement a recycling within classrooms. This week both Jakobhi and Daniel volunteered to start our recycling program stating “this feels right”. I will work with classes in Term 4 to implement recycling in the classroom.

PCYC Leaders Report

On 7 September all Grade 5/6 students attended Phase 2 of the PCYC Operation Resilience Program at the View Road Reserve in Burnie. We had to carry heavy logs and an even heavier rope through a really tough obstacle course. One of the challenges we had to face was going through the swamp which was freezing cold. When we were finally out everyone felt lots of relief.

One of the four key qualities we had to use was teamwork. Teamwork helped everyone by working together and not giving up.

We faced a lot of challenges throughout the day including a cliff. All 5 groups had to team up to get the four logs and rope up the cliff face. We had to have people behind the logs to push them up and people at the top of the cliff needed to pull up.

The key quality we used was co-operation. It was really important to get along and work with people to ensure the task was safe and completed.

Next we went through the bush which had lots of trees and the ground was muddy. We had to go up a hill which was about a 75% incline while carrying our logs and rope.

Effective communication was the key quality we had to use while going through the bush. We had to talk a lot to avoid problems and to make sure we were working together.

Finally the gigantic hill was really tough and everyone had to give their all before heading back down the other side. It was hard and such a relief as we were getting closer to the finish.

Another key quality we used was leadership. Leadership means taking charge, being prepared to listen and talking to your group about what was ahead.

At the end of the day we were all really tired but proud that we achieved our goal by completing the course. The key qualities of teamwork, co-operation, effective communication and leadership which we had practiced and learnt about made our success possible.

By Braith, Callie, Jack and Kaitlyn

Cake Raffle

The winner of Friday’s cake raffle was Myah from K/PA. Congratulations on winning the delicious cake supplied by Mrs Mudford! The next cake raffle will be held on Friday 28 September. Tickets will be on sale before school in the primary corridor, 1 ticket for 50c or 3 tickets for $1.


Ulverstone High School Lunch orders - Tuesdays

As of Term 4, all lunch orders will need to be placed and paid for via the QKR App. Please see the instructions below to make it easy for you to register. When ordering your child’s lunch, please ensure you do so on the West Ulverstone Primary School Lunch Menu to avoid disappointment. For those parents with children attending Ulverstone High School next year, you will be able to make most payments via this App. West Ulverstone Primary School will not accept any orders or payments over the counter. If you require any further information or help installing the QKR App, please do not hesitate to contact Belinda Gillard at the Ulverstone High School on 64251433 or via email – belinda.gillard@education.tas.gov.au.

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!

Our feature strategy is: Visual Strategy – focusing on the look of words

What can I do to help me spell words?

I can think about the letter pattern. Do I know another word that looks like this? I can think about how the word looks and try different letter patterns. I can think about which other letters could be used to write a particular word.

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 –Year 2 Question:
Ashton had two boxes of pencils with fourteen pencils in each box. He gave six pencils to his brother. How many pencils did Ashton have left?

Answer: 22 pencils

Year 3 – 6 Question:
I have read 213 of the 1004 pages of my book. How many more pages must I read till I reach the middle?

Answer: 289 pages

New Question for Kinder – Year 2

Tom and Bob are brothers and they each had the same amount of money which they put together to buy a toy. The cost of the toy was $22. If the cashier gave them a change of $6, how much money did each have?

New Question for Year 3 – 6

It takes John 25 minutes to walk to the car park and 45 minutes to drive to work. At what time should he get out of the house in order to get to work at 9am?

Community News



The Ulverstone District Cricket Club will once again be running a Junior Blaster program (formerly known as Milo In2Cricket)

  • For children from ages 5-7 approx.
  • At the UCC River Road ground on FRIDAY evenings, from 4:30 – 5:30pm
  • Program runs from Friday, 26 October to Friday 14 December inclusive
  • *Cost will be $99.00 per child, includes the program sessions and a give-away pack

REGISTRATIONS, together with payment, may be done online at www.playcricket.com.au



  • For children ages 7-10 years approx.
  • At the UCC River Road ground on FRIDAY evenings, from 4:30 – 6:00pm
  • Program runs from Friday 26 October to Friday 14 December inclusive
  • Cost will be $99.00 per child.

REGISTRATIONS, together with payment, may be done online at the link below:



Roster will re-commence on Friday 26 October. A new roster will be distributed the first week back after the school holidays.


Ulverstone Cricket Club is calling for all interested players in these age groups (must be Under 13/15/17 as at 31 August) to play in the Cricket North West coastal roster on a Sunday morning. Roster runs from 7 November 2018 to February/March 2019. Training will commence at the Ulverstone Cricket Club, River Road, on Wednesday 3 October (U13) - from 4:00 – 6:00pm and Sunday 7 October at 11:00am (U15 & U17) and thereafter on Thursday nights from 4:00 – 6:00pm.

REGISTRATIONS for all grades: Wednesday 3 October from 3:.30pm at UCC.

For all junior cricket enquiries please contact: Doreen Leary 0407 811 992

School Calendar

Friday 28 September

Last Day of Term 3

Monday 15 October

Term 4 Starts

Monday 15 October

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

Tuesday 16 October

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

Wednesday 17 October

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

Monday 22 October

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

Tuesday 23 October

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

Wednesday 24 October

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

Friday 2 November

Student Free Day

Monday 5 November

Public Holiday (Recreation Day)