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

25 October 2018

Newsletter Articles

Principal’s Report

Value of the fortnight – Relationships

Classes 2019

At the moment staff are organising classes for 2019. Your child’s current teacher is in the best position to formulate classes for next year. Our teachers take on board a number of considerations when placing students. Our goal is to create the most equitable classes possible, taking into account gender, learning ability, social connections etc. Whilst parents have one child to consider (in a given class), we have approximately 180 children to consider next year, and so decisions need to be suitable for the majority. We have dedicated, hardworking teachers who are collectively responsible for all our children. No matter what grade or class – each child in this school will be taught by quality teachers in a school culture of high expectations.

Teachers use a variety of methods to group children in order to maximise learning – and the focus is always on the individual. At West Ulverstone Primary School we have been thoughtful about developing opportunities for students to interact and learn with one another – both within their own class and in conjunction with another or across grades. These observations inform us about the conditions that best suit a particular student to learn – who they are friends with; and who they learn best with. We consider all these factors when placing children in classes for the following year.

Please understand, teachers will make the best decision for all children in the school - including what we believe is in the educational and social/emotional wellbeing of the majority of children. We are unable to accommodate personal requests because accommodating everyone’s personal wishes will not support what is best for all children. If there is any other information that you think your child’s teacher might need to take into account before we start to finalise classes, can you please talk to them prior to November 2.

Thank you for your support.

Children helping children - Shoe Collection

Do you have shoes at home that your children have grown out of and have some wear left? WUPS is a collection point for shoes that you would like to donate to children in Thailand. Every year a shipping container full of supplies goes to Thailand. This has occurred for the past 13 years. If you would like to donate please bring the clean shoes with laces tied to the office and we will do the rest.

HATS on for Term 4

There are still a small number of students who have not yet brought their hat back to school. Please help teachers by checking at home to make sure that your child has their hat at school (or if needed, you can purchase a new one at $10 each). Every child requires a SunSafe hat when learning or playing outside.

Day for Daniel’ – Thursday 1 November Keeping kids safe in our community!

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is a not for profit registered charity and was established in 2005 by Denise and Bruce Morcombe following the tragic abduction and murder of their 13 year old son Daniel in December 2003.

The 13th Annual ‘Day for Daniel’ will be held on Thursday 26 October 2018.WUPS will hold a casual clothes day on Thursday 1 November. This is a National Day of Action to keep our kids safe. It is about educating children through child safety and protection initiatives and helping empower our children to ‘Recognise, React and Report’ if they feel something is not right. Wear Red, Educate and Donate is the theme for ‘Day for Daniel’ as we strive to take action and conduct child safety activities in our local community’. ‘Day for Daniel’ is an important awareness event where more than 1 million people participated in ‘Day for Daniel’ in 2017.

The objectives of ‘Day for Daniel’ are:

  • To raise awareness about child safety and protection and to promote a safer community for children.
  • To educate children regarding their personal safety and empower them to ‘Recognise, React and Report’.
  • To honour the memory of Daniel Morcombe.
  • ‘Day for Daniel’ is also an opportunity for Australians to make a statement that crimes against children are not acceptable in modern Australia.

Please support this special day by wearing something red and bringing a gold coin donation!

Non-Student Attendance day

Friday 2 November is the final 2018 Staff Professional Learning Day – (student free day). A reminder to all families that students do not attend school on Friday 2 November as this is a ministerial approved staff professional learning day for all government schools. A reminder also that Monday 5 November is a Public Holiday.

Term 4 Staffing Update

This term we welcome Miss Alison Harvey as an Assistant Principal at West Ulverstone Primary School.

Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) 2019

STAS 2019 application forms will be available from the school in early November. Forms will also be available on the Department’s web site at that time and will be available at Service Tas Shops. Families that were approved for STAS 2018 will be contacted directly by the Department in writing advising them of their approval status for 2019. STAS letters to families will be sent at the same time as application forms are sent to schools.

Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) 2018 has closed to all new applications and any further assessments. STAS 2018 application forms will no longer be accepted. *This Taxable Income Table is a guide to your families’ eligibility for STAS 2019

Taxable Income Table 2017-18

Number of Dependent

Children

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8*

Income Per Week #

$696

$801

$913

$1, 032

$1, 158

$1, 298

$1, 438

$1, 583

Annual Parental Income #

$36, 192

$41, 652

$47, 476

$53, 664

$60, 216

$67, 496

$74, 776

$82, 316

Number of
Children

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8*

Income Per Week #

$696

$801

$913

$1,032

$1, 158

$1, 298

$1, 438

$1, 583

Annual Parental Income #

$36, 192

$41, 652

$47, 476

$53, 664

$60, 216

$67, 496

$74, 776

$82, 316

* For more than 8 children add $147 per week or $7,644 per annum for each additional child.

# Gross Taxable Income

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe
Principal

Meningococcal ACWY Immunisation Clinic

Tasmanians aged between six weeks and 21 years of age (people born after 1 August 1997) are eligible for a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine.

Bookings are now open for a clinic to be held at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre (77/79 Wilmot St) on Saturday 20 October.

http://www.trybooking.com/XGZJ

Click on ‘BOOK NOW’ to work your way through the booking process and please make sure you click on ‘PURCHASE’ at the end to confirm your booking.

If you need assistance to book for the Burnie clinic please call 1800 671 738 between 9 am and 5 pm Friday 12 October to Friday 19 October.

Bookings for the Devonport clinic on 27 October will open 6pm Saturday 20 October.

For general information on meningococcal disease please go to the link below:

http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/menw

Online Safety

We have had an increase this term in the number of incidents occurring as a result of arguments on social media platforms such as TikTok and SnapChat as well as on online multiplayer games such as Fortnite. The internet is a fantastic tool but when used incorrectly it can lead to issues such as cyberbullying. Although these problems may begin outside of school time they are affecting the learning and wellbeing of students at school. We would like to work with parents to ensure we are doing all we can to keep our students safe. All Primary classes include regular conversations and lessons about cyber safety. Because of the speed at which new apps and games are developed and introduced, our children often know more about these programs than we do. The E-Safety commissioner website (link below) is a fantastic resource to use to learn more about how we can all support our children to stay safe online. The website contains the following tips for parents:

http://www.esafety.com.au/

  • Stay Involved
    Establish your own account on the sites they use and learn about the privacy settings. Don't be intimidated by new technologies – understanding how these sites work may help you feel more comfortable with your kids exploring these spaces.
  • Checking age guidelines and “terms of use” for websites.
  • Setting rules
    Make sure your child knows what information they can share or post and encourage them to tell you before they join new networks and before they post any personal information, including their full name, address or school.
  • Establishing privacy
    Ensure your child’s account is set to the strongest privacy setting so only their circle of friends can view their information, tag them in a photograph or share posts. Many sites have privacy protection information and safety tips.
  • Promoting respectful communication

Advise your child to stay respectful and be nice online and to avoid responding to any negative messages and report any they receive to you or another trusted adult.

The school would like to work with parents to support our students to use the internet safely and respectfully. Please come and see us if you have any questions or concerns. We will continue to share information about online safety in our newsletter as well as on our school Facebook page.

School Values Weekly Winners

Koby 5/6A
Learning

Callie 5/6B
Respect and
Responsibility

Roscoe 4/5A
Responsibility
and Learning

Tahlia 3/4A
Respect,
Responsibility,
Relationships,
Learning
and Safety

Sebastian 3/4B
Learning

Marli 1/2A
Learning

Kiarna 1/2B
Responsibility
and Learning

Kobe K/PB
Respect

Jacob K/PA
Responsibility

Feature Class – 1/2A

We love books

1/2A have been doing some writing, reading and other activities around good quality literature. Here are some of the pieces of art from reading and studying such books as ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell, ‘The Cat in the Hat’ by Dr Seuss, the ‘Paper Bag Princess’ by Robert N Munsch and ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Stacey Price and Julia Hill
1/2A Teachers

Launching into Learning

Canteen

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.

Book Club

Orders and money for Issue 7 of Book Club are due back on Thursday November 1. Please enclose the correct money with your order, or you may go on line to the link below and place your order and pay by credit card. If you’d like your books for a gift please add a note including a phone number and I will contact you when the order returns.

http://www.scholastic.com.au/LOOP

Sharon Guard
Book Club 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!

Our feature strategy is: Meaning strategy – thinking about the meaningful parts of words

What can I do to help me spell words?

I can think about the meaning. Does it give me clues to the spelling pattern?
I can begin with the base word.
I can think about the ending of the 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:

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?

Answer: $14

Year 3 – 6 Question:

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?

Answer: 7:50am

New Question for Kinder – Year 2

Jordan found one shell at the beach on Monday. She found 2 shells the next day. If Jordan finds 2 shells every day after that, how many days until Jordan has 21 shells altogether?

New Question for Year 3 – 6

Mrs Harris sold 48 animals at the market. Her pigs sold for $20 each, her hens for $5 each and her sheep for $10 each. She collected $505 from the sale. How many of each type of animal did she sell?

Community News

WOOLWORTHS JUNIOR BLASTER CRICKET PROGRAM

(FORMERLY MILO IN2CRICKET)

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 the link below:

http://www.playcricket.com.au

WOOLWORTHS MASTER BLASTER CRICKET PROGRAM

(FORMERLY MILO T20 BLAST)

  • 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:

http://www.playcricket.com.au

PRIMARY SCHOOL CRICKET ROSTER

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

ULVERSTONE UNDER 13/UNDER 15/UNDER 17 TEAMS

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

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

Thursday 1 November

Day for Daniel – Casual clothes day

Friday 2 November

Student Free Day

Monday 5 November

Public Holiday (Recreation Day)

Tuesday 6 November

2:15pm Whole School Assembly

Thursday 8 November

5/6A and B History Excursion

Friday 9 November

K-2 Excursion to UHS Lion King Performance

Thursday 15 November

3-6 Excursion to UHS Lion King Performance