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

8 November 2018

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Principal’s Report

Value of the fortnight – Safety


Reports will be sent home with students on Friday 14 December. Reports will include assessment ratings and tick boxes aligned to students work habits. The Australian Education Union has directed its members not to include comments on Term 4 student reports. Teachers will be available in the week beginning Monday 17 December for parent teacher interviews. We encourage you to come and speak to with classroom teachers if you would like to discuss your child’s progress.

ICAS Testing – Mathematics

Congratulations to Daniel, Naomi, Paige, Sienna, Karlia, Jack, Kyran, Kaitlyn, Mia, Ashton, Shataya, Corben, Riley, Carly and Harris for participating in the ICAS Mathematics Test. Roscoe, Blake and River received a Credit. Rubi received a Merit and she is highly commended for her achievement.

WUPS Grade 6 average score was above the Australian average. This is a fantastic achievement. We hope to see more students participate in 2019.

Middle Years Literacy Project - MYLP

Our school is involved in the Middle Years Literacy Project as part of the Central Coast cluster of schools. There are 8 schools involved in this project: Forth Primary School, East Ulverstone Primary School, Ulverstone High School, Ulverstone Primary School, West Ulverstone Primary School, Sprent Primary School, Penguin District School and Riana Primary School. This project has been focusing on teachers using the same language in classrooms to help with students transitioning from class to class and primary school to high school. All teachers across our school have been given learning goal (what we want our students to learn for the lesson) and success criteria (what they need to do to achieve this goal) magnets and/or laminated headings to use in their classroom This should help students have consistent language when learning about these two parts of their lesson.

Children, adult literacy and 26TEN

Parents play a vital role in the education of their children. For some, this is a real challenge because their own reading, writing and maths skills are not as good as they would like them to be.

In Tasmania we have 26TEN. This name represents the 26 letters of the alphabet and 10 digits we use for counting – the tools for life.

Over the next few issues our newsletter will share information about this network and how it can help adults with their literacy and numeracy.

26TEN helps adults with reading, writing and maths

Did you know that almost half of all adult Tasmanians struggle with everyday reading, writing and maths?

This means there are people in our school community who aren’t able to enjoy reading to their children or helping them with their maths.

Luckily, in Tasmania, we have 26TEN that helps build these skills so parents and carers can support their children’s learning.

If you or someone you know would like to improve your reading, writing or maths skills, call 26TEN on 1300 002 610 or visit the link below.


School Association

The school association has been busy this year discussing areas for school improvement and providing input into school policies.

Christmas Float

This year the WUPS will have a float in the Ulverstone Christmas Parade. If you would like to help or if you would like your children to be involved please leave your name at the office by Friday November 16.

Education Act

This year the school association has been working on developing policies in line with the Education Act. Policies can be accessed from the office.

  • School Levies and Charges – A letter will be distributed in the coming weeks
  • Volunteers and Visitors Behaviour Policy
  • Draft Dress Code and Uniform Policy – Feedback from families is invited

Focus for 2019

Respectful Student Behaviour Policy

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) 2019

STAS is one of the forms of financial assistance available to assist with the cost of school levies. Families who have been approved for STAS are not required to pay the composite levy charge.

If you haven’t applied for STAS but believe you may be eligible, please complete and submit an application form as soon as possible. Forms are available from the school or Service Tasmania.

Levies will need to be paid if STAS approval has not been confirmed.

If you have been approved for STAS in 2019, please provide the school with a copy of your confirmation letter.

Bek Van Der Neut
School Business Manager

iPads For Sale

We have a number of second hand iPads for sale, just in time for Christmas!

We have iPad (4th Gen), iPad Air and iPad Mini 2’s available for purchase at $175 each.

Each iPad will come with a charging brick and case, and a limited number will include a charging cable.

Please see Bek or Nardi in the office if you wish to purchase an iPad. Payment must be made in total to secure one – so please get in quick.

iPads will be available for collection on the last day of school.

Aussie of the month

Aussie of the month for September has been awarded to Rubi.

Rubi received this award for consistently demonstrating our school vales and for her high levels of Academic Achievement.

October’s recipient for Aussie of the Month is Marli.

Marli received this award for being a respectful, caring, helpful, polite and well-mannered young lady.

Congratulations girls.

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Monday 29 October at our School Meeting:

Madison 5/6A

Mason 5/6B

Eloise 4/5A

Monique 3/4A

Rhiannan 3/4B

Riley 1/2A

Chace 1/2B
Respect, Responsibility
and Learning

Michael K/PA
and Learning

Troy K/PB
and Learning

Feature Class – 3/4A

They are finally done. After a tremendous effort and perseverance, Grade 3/4A and B have completed their animal collages. Students used a range of mediums for their backgrounds including paint, ink, pastels and crayons, along with more carefully applied paint to create the faces of their chosen animal. Students have studied their chosen animal carefully and have considered angles, lines, colours and blends when painting.

Their work is truly amazing and we have had many compliments from students, staff and the public regarding the high level of work each student has produced.

We must thank Senator Anne Urquhart and Abbie-Lee Carey for supplying the boards which our artwork is mounted on. We would not have been able to create such masterpieces had it not been for the kind generosity.

Our artwork will be displayed around the school. Please feel free to come and appreciate the many talented artists we have in Grade 3/4 this year.

Mel Coulson and Thais Gardam
3/4A Teachers

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: Connecting strategy – making connections with other words

What can I do to help me spell words?

I can think of other words that are like my word and try using part of the other words.

I can think about others words that sound almost the same.

Do I know a memory trick to help me?

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:
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?

Answer: 9 days

Year 3 – 6 Question:
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?

Answer: 12 pigs, 19 hens and 17 sheep

New Question for Kinder – Year 2

There are four pieces of paper in a bag.

Each paper has a number on it. The numbers are 19, 23, 34, and 38. Harry took out one piece of paper. The sum of the remaining numbers was 76. What number did Harry remove from the bag?

New Question for Year 3 – 6

Henry jogs five blocks on the first day of training. Each day he increases his distance by another three blocks. On the last day he jogged 35 blocks. For how many days did he jog?

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 the link below:




  • 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



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.

There are still some vacancies for players in the UCC's Under 13 cricket teams, with matches played along the coast on Sunday mornings throughout November, December, January and February. Cost is $50 for the full season. Players must be Under 13 as at 31 August.

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

GIRLS ONLY UNDER 13 ROSTER - COME AND TRY NIGHTS: Monday 28 October from 4.30-5.30pm for four weeks.

There is an opportunity for any female Under 13 players interested in playing in an informal program every Monday night for the next three weeks (12th, 19th and 26th November), culminating in a gala day on Sunday 16 December.

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

School Calendar

Thursday 8 November

5/6A and B History Excursion

Friday 9 November

K-2 Excursion to UHS Lion King Performance

Monday 12 November

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

Tuesday 13 November

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

Wednesday 14 November

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

Thursday 15 November

3-6 Excursion to UHS Lion King Performance

Monday 19 November

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

Tuesday 20 November

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

Thursday 22 November

Kinder/Prep Excursion to Wings Wildlife park

Monday 17 December

Grade 6 Celebration dinner

Tuesday 16 December

Pool Party – Latrobe Pool

Thursday 20 December

Students last day

10:45am Grade 6 and Thank you morning Tea

11:30am Celebration Assembly - this will include Grade 6 presentations.

Friday 21 December

Teachers finish