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

22 November 2018

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Principal’s Report

Value of the fortnight - Respect

In past newsletters and on our school Facebook page we have shared ways in which we can all keep our children safe online. We continue to have a large number of friendship issues occurring at school that begin at home on various social media platforms that impact on learning. Most of these apps are designed for adults and many require a date of birth to be entered to be able to access them. We have included information below about the age restrictions that apply to some of the most commonly used apps. This information comes from the Esafety Commissioner’s website.



What is it?

Age Restrictions

Fortnite Battle Royale is a popular, free version of the original Fortnite game. It is a ‘battle royale’-style third person shooter game in which up to 100 players compete online through player vs player (PVP) combat to be the last person standing.

Fortnite is not recommended for children under 12 years of age, as prescribed by PEGI .

Tik Tok is a music video and social networking platform that allows users to create 15 second videos with a choice of background music.

Tik Tok is intended for people over the age of 16. Its Terms of Service specify that it will terminate a user’s account if it learns they are under 16 years old.

Twitter is a real-time information network that allows users to find information streams they like and 'follow' the conversation.

Twitter is intended for people over the age of 13.

Snapchat is a mobile application that allows users to capture pictures and videos and send them as messages to other Snapchat users. Every Snapchat message has a viewing time limit. When the time limit is reached, the message is deleted and can no longer be viewed using Snapchat.

Snapchat is intended for people who are at least 13 years old. Persons under the age of 13 are prohibited from creating Snapchat accounts. For certain features or functionality offered, users must be at least 18 years old.

Instagram is a way to capture, edit and share your photos and videos with others.

Instagram is intended for people over the age of 13.

Facebook is a social networking site that allows members to connect and share with the people, places and things that they care about.

Facebook is available to people over the age of 13. Facebook will not create an account for a person who lists their age as under 13.

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.

Reading to your child

Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do?

Children perform better at school if their parents read to them and help them with their learning. That’s why building skills in parents and carers benefits the whole school community.

If you or someone you know would like some help so you can enjoy reading to your child, you can get help from your local library or by calling 26TEN on 1300 002 610.

Tasmanians helping Tasmanians

Did you know that many Tasmanians volunteer to help people build their reading, writing and maths skills? People like Jess, in our cartoon, who is letting Dan know he can get help from 26TEN.

Statewide, Libraries Tasmania, has trained over 1300 literacy and numeracy volunteers to give people one-on-one support.

If you or someone you know would like to know more about adult literacy and numeracy and how you can help call 26TEN on 1300 002 610.

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:


Children helping children - Shoe Collection

Do you have shoes at home that your kids have grown out of and they have some ware 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 the Philippines. 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.

Monday November 26 - Parent Information Session at 3:00pm

Year 5/6 Relationships and Sex Education

We encourage parents of Year 5/6 students to attend an information session with our school nurse Kerry Jewell. Kerry will be running relationships and sex education with students this term.

  • Girls only – Period “Stuff”
  • Girls & Boys – Puberty “Stuff”
  • Body Image
  • Nutrition
  • Personal Hygiene

Please contact Kerry Jewell on 5425 2195 if you have any questions.

Naplan – Top of School Naplan

At a ceremony held at Burnie High School, it was great to see the Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff recognise the students who were top of their school (179 across the state). Congratulations to Rubi who was awarded Top of School for West Ulverstone Primary School.

Communicating with the School Year-Round

Stay attuned to your child’s academic accomplishments on a weekly basis. 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 working with us to reach the WUPS vision, ‘Learn to contribute, Contribute to learn’.

Attendance everyday counts

School Association – School Logo

The School Association has had a lengthy conversation about re-branding. The conversation started with the need to update the Uniform Policy in response to the Education Act.

All members of our school community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed new logo. Information will be sent home to families before the end of the term.

It is important to remember if a change occurs there will be a 12 month grace period for families to purchase any new clothing items.

Celebration Assembly

We invite all of our families to attend an Assembly celebrating Year 6 students and the presentation of awards for all classes.

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.

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Monday 19 November at our School Meeting:

Alex 5/6A

Mia 5/6B
Respect and

Wyatt 4/5A

Charli 3/4A
Respect, Responsibility
and Relationships

Cameron 3/4B
Responsibility and

Sebastian 1/2A

Drey 1/2B
Responsibility and

Grace K/PA
Responsibility and

Sonny K/PB
Responsibility and

Gold Cards

Mia, Jack, Emmerson, Blake, Mayah and Amarli – completing their best learning and following the instructions to meet the learning goal.

Excellent achievement
in reading

For demonstrating
perseverance and
artistic flair when creating
his animal collages

100 home readers

For his fantastic

Feature Classes – Whole school

K/PA and K/PB

Last Thursday morning, Kinder/Prep A and B took a trip down to the West Ulverstone Beach. It was great to see how much learning came out of spending a few hours exploring our local beach. It made us appreciate how lucky we are that it was only a 10 minute walk.

We saw students building forts and jetskis from driftwood, collecting shells and other treasures, sorting and counting, dragging driftwood and sticks to make patterns in the sand, investigating bird life, finding prints in the sand and much more.

A big thankyou to Judy and Tara for coming along as parent help.

Hannah Millar and Elisse McWhirter
K/P Teachers

1/2A and 1/2B

This month both 1/2 classes were able to take our learning out of the school on our Burnie excursion. First we visited the Burnie Regional Museum to get a taste of what life was like in the local area back in the early 1900s. We were also able to explore the Museum’s exhibition about World War 1 which was a great lead in to Remembrance Day. After the Museum, we had a play at the Burnie Park before visiting the Maker’s Workshop where we were able to find out about how paper was made and have a go at making it ourselves. We all had a fantastic day and would like to thank all the parents who came along to help us with our learning. A special thank you to Miss Harding who stepped in on the day as well.

Stacey Price, Julia Hill and Jess Finch
1/2 Teachers


Grade 3/4A HASS Information Reports

Grade 3/4A have been working very hard on their country information reports in HASS at the moment. Students were assigned countries from Africa, South America and the surrounding neighbours of Australia. They are developing their research skills by using the internet, information texts, Atlases and their own prior knowledge. They are finding information regarding traditional foods and clothing, transport, man-made and natural features of their own country and much more. They are then comparing that to how things are in Australia and how lives of people differ around the world.

Students are creating chain links to present their information. Here are some amazing examples of their work.

Mel Coulson and Thais Gardam
3/4A Teachers


Wow, what a year of fun filled activities! We can hardly believe it is nearly the end of our school year together. It has been wonderful to see the students grow and achieve in personal and learning opportunities throughout the year. I have loved having them in the classroom and will miss them all as they go onto Grades 4 and 5 next year. On a personal note, I would like to say a big thankyou to all the parents who have supported both myself and the students during our year together. It has been lovely getting to know both you and your children and I wish every success for each and every one of them next year.

Nicci Birch
3/4A Teacher


4/5A have been learning about density in science, with a focus on sinking and floating. We have completed some experiments with different objects and liquids. Students are learning to predict which object or liquid has the highest density and then test their predictions by observing or completing experiments.

It has been pleasing to see how engaged students have been in this learning time and hear the connections they have made to real life, such as the difference in density between a balloon filled with air and one filled with helium. I was impressed with their suggestion that we could make lava lamps as another example of liquid density differences.

Deet Cox
4/5A Teacher


Recently we held a fundraiser for Day For Daniel. 5/6A learnt about emotional responses and how our bodies behave if we are feeling unsafe. We discussed and viewed important information and constructed our own trusted safety networks. We also discovered a free App which can help keep people safe no matter what age.

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation Help Me App is a great way to not only help keep kids safe but assist people of all ages from 7 to 97, covering all kinds of personal emergency situations.

The 'Help Me' button sounds a warning and allows you to send an SMS text to two (2) nominated safety numbers, as part of your Trusted Safety Network. Included in the text are GPS co-ordinates from where the text was sent, so the sender can be located or a last known place of contact is indicated.

The easy to use notes page allows you to record important details that can be stored for later recall should you require it. The app includes helpful numbers commonly required for assistance. There are also helpful resources, designed to educate children, parents and carers on how to keep safe plus keep them up to date on the latest news.

No matter who you are the Help Me App can help you. For full functionality the Help Me App requires the device to have sufficient credit to make a phone call if required.

For more information you can view online the Daniel Morcombe Foundation page, Keeping Kids Safe Resources drop down box then click on Apps.

Kylie Mudford and Yvette Lee
5/6A Teachers


Learning is what 5/6B is all about and we have worked hard all year on learning tasks. We have strived to do our best and give 100%. Our classroom has been filled all year with displays showcasing our wonderful work and I encourage all parents/carers to come see the learning we have achieved anytime.

We have worked extremely hard in Numeracy and here is an example of our work on mean, median, mode and range using Skittles.

Rachel Steele
5/6B Teacher

Book Club

Issue 8 is the last Book Club for 2018. Orders and the correct money are due back by Thursday, 29 November. Orders can also be placed online and paid by credit card. If you’d like your order to be a gift, please add a note and a contact phone number to your order. I’d like to thank everyone who has placed an order this year. It is another way for us to get new books for our library.

Sharon Guard
Book Club Co-ordinator

Sports News

State All Schools Athletics Carnival

A big Congratulations to Jonty and Charli for representing West Ulverstone at the State All Schools Carnival held at the Domain in Hobart recently. Jonty and Charli have trained very hard leading up to the championships and were excellent school representatives. Well done from all at WUPS.

Student Leaders

Day for Daniel - Thursday 1 November

It was fantastic to see so many people supporting the Daniel Morcombe Foundation by wearing red clothing. Thank you to everyone who made donations in support of Australia’s largest child safety awareness and education day. The event and the website resources are aligned with the Australian Curriculum in the Health and Physical Education subject area. This provided a good link to open up discussions and learn about strategies in our classrooms on how to keep ourselves safe. West Ulverstone Primary School raised $210 to support the ongoing vital work and education that the Daniel Morcombe Foundation provide!

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: Checking strategy – making use of other resources: live, print and electronic to proofread writing

What can I do to help me spell words?

I can check the word wall or class charts.
I can ask a friend to help.
I can use a dictionary 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:

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?

Answer: 38

Year 3 – 6 Question:

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?

Answer: 11 days

New Question for Kinder – Year 2

19 children take a minibus to the zoo. They are to sit 2 or 3 to a seat. There are 7 seats. How many seats will have 3 children seated on them?

New Question for Year 3 – 6

There are 8 students on the Maths Whiz team and their coach decides to give each one 4 pencils with ‘Math Whiz’ printed in gold. The pencils come in packets of 12. How many packets does the coach need to buy to give each team member 4 pencils?

Community News

Ulverstone Robins Junior Football Club Training

Under 12 Season 2019 training will begin Tuesday 27 November from 4:30pm at the Ulverstone Football Ground. Any queries contact Coach Justin Lillico on 0438 054 176 or follow the Facebook group 'Ulverstone Robins Under 12 2019'.

Under 14 Season 2019 training will commence Tuesday 20 November. Training will be held on Tuesday and Friday nights from 4:30pm - 6:00pm. Enquiries to Coach Chris McGurk on 0427 043 551.

School Calendar

Monday 26 November

9:00am – 10:30am LiL Playgroup

1:30pm – 2:45pm LiL Playgym

Tuesday 27 November

11:30am Kinder – Year 2 Sharing Assembly

1:30pm – 2:30pm LiL Water Safety (Splash)

1:30pm Year 3 – 6 Sharing Assembly

6:00pm – 6:45pm Pre-Kinder Open Night

Wednesday 28 November

9:00am – 10:30am Pre-Kinder (Kinder Orientation – Final Session)

Friday 30 November

Public Holiday (Devonport Show)

Monday 3 December

9:00am – 10:30am LiL Playgroup

1:30pm – 2:45pm LiL Playgym

Tuesday 4 December

UHS Grade 6 Sports Day

1:30pm – 2:30pm LiL Water Safety (Splash)

Monday 10 December

9:00am – 10:30am LiL Christmas Party

Thursday 13 December

11:30am Whole School Christmas Concert

Monday 17 December

6:00pm – 8:00pm Grade 6 Celebration Dinner

Tuesday 18 December

School Picnic at Latrobe Pool

Thursday 20 December

10:45am Thank You Morning Tea

11:30am Celebration Assembly

Last Day of Term 4

Wednesday 30 January 2019

10:00am – 12noon & 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Levy Payment and Stationary Collection Day

Thursday 31 January 2019

10:00am – 12noon Levy Payment and Stationary Collection Day

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Term 1 Starts