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

6 December 2018

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Principal’s Report

Value of the fortnight – Learning

I am always amazed at how quickly Term 4 disappears, I doubt that I am the only one! This time of the year although busy does allow us opportunities to celebrate successes and reflect on how much we have achieved during the year. All families are invited to attend our Christmas Assembly on Thursday 13 at 11:30am this will be the final sharing assembly for the year. Our Celebration Assembly will be held Thursday 20 December at 11:30am. At this assembly we will recognise student achievement and celebrate Year 6 Leavers.

School Association

I would like to thank the School Association for their wonderful support throughout the year and for your efforts in continuing to work in partnership to provide the best learning opportunities and environment for our students. I was lucky enough to enjoy dinner with members of our School Association on Monday evening.

Chair Person Stephanie Templeton
Vice Chair Person Alf Mott
Secretary Katherine Atkins
Krystle Simpson
Belinda Baldock
Emma Singleton
Jenny Plapp
Hannah Millar
Stephen Dome
Alison Harvey

Year 6 Students

We say goodbye to our Year 6 students on Thursday 21 December. They have been a superb group, showing determination, support for each other and acting as role models. We wish them well for their exciting next step to secondary school.

Student Leaders in 10 year time I….

“Will be living in Tasmanian and will be a teacher,” Callie.
“Will be living in New South Wales as Electrician/Pilot,” Braith.
“Will be living in Queensland working as a Zookeeper,” Kaitlyn.
“Will be living in Tasmania working as a Midwife,” Madi M.
“Will be travelling in Tasmania,” Maddi R.
“Will be living in Queensland working as an Artist,” Jayde.
“Will be living in America as a gymnast,” Courtney.
“Will be travelling in Melbourne,” Ella.
“Will be living in Sydney working in construction,” Jai.
“Will be living in America working as a Mechanic,” Alex
“Will be living in Tasmania working as a farmer,” Azaria
“Will be living in New South Wales studying at University,” Isaac
“Will be travelling in Tasmania,” Mayah.
“Will be living in Tasmania studying at University,” Amarli
“Will be living in Ulverstone working as an IT Man,” Blake
“Will be living in Ulverstone making money from YouTube,” Jayden
“Will be living in Melbourne working as a lawyer,” Danielle
“Will be living in Melbourne playing AFL,” Aiden.
“Will be living in Tasmania playing Soccer or Cricket,” Jack.

Maths is all around us

Did you know that maths is happening all around us, at the footy, in the supermarket or on the back of a medicine bottle?

Not having everyday maths skills can hold us back, but we can improve our skills with help from 26TEN.

If you want support to enjoy helping your child with maths, contact 26TEN on 1300 002 610 or pop into your library, where you can get one-to-one help.

Principal’s message

Over the last month or so you will have seen our messages about adult literacy and numeracy. 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.

We encourage anyone in our school community who would like help to come and talk to us about this.

26TEN helps adult Tasmanians to read, write and do maths

26TEN supports parents and carers to get help with reading, writing, spelling and maths. This gives them the confidence to support their children to learn and everybody benefits.

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.

If you or someone you know needs help, please speak to the school, your local library or call 26TEN on 1300 002 610.

WUPS Production 2019 Creepytown The Musical

Opening night – Halloween Thursday 31 October

“Something’s going down – down in CREEPYTOWN!”

When shy, vegetarian (and vampire...) Princess Lucy meets an adventurous, outgoing human girl called Jane, she sees a chance to realise her dreams of escaping her crazy vampire world and her ‘monstrous’ controlling parents. Meeting at the dental clinic recently opened by Jane’s square and well-meaning parents, the two girls make plans to escape Creepytown forever!

With original songs, a chorus of vampires, werewolves, zombies and witches.

School Logo

The School Association and WUPS staff have been working with a graphic designer to develop a new logo. Three designs are shortlisted and we need your vote.

Please use the slip on the letter that went home on Wednesday (Kinder’s on Thursday) or go to the link below to cast your vote.


Students will be given an opportunity to vote this week at school.

In 2019 we will celebrate WUPS 60th Year Anniversary. We are seeking information about our current logo. Can you please contact the office on 64252195 if you have any background information.

If any change is made there is a 12 month implementation phase.

Christmas Shirt Day Friday 14 December

Wear a Christmas Shirt for a gold coin donation.

Doughnuts will be available to order - 2 for $1. Information and order forms will be sent home next week

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 still have a number of second hand iPads for sale, don’t miss out!

We have iPad (4th Gen) 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 26 November at our School Meeting:

Courtney 5/6A

Callie 5/6B

Daniel 4/5A
Responsibility and

Montana 3/4A
and Relationships

Rhiannan 3/4B

Danika 1/2A

Cormac 1/2B
Responsibility and

Angelica K/PA
and Learning

Logan K/PB

These winners were drawn out on Monday 3 December at our School Meeting:

Taylen 5/6A
and Learning

Amarli 5/6B

Wyatt 4/5A
Relationships and

Indiana 3/4A
and Learning

Lochlan 3/4B
and Learning

Lily 1/2A

Michael 1/2B
and Learning

Heath K/PA

Rudy K/PB

Gold Cards


Outstanding progress in reading.


Outstanding perseverance in completing her pop art.


Brilliant writing piece on Orangutans and Palm Oil

Feature – Grade 6 Leaders

Being a School Leader at West Ulverstone Primary School has been fun and challenging. It was difficult at the start of the year learning the jobs the leaders were expected to do. It was fun going out on excursions and learning at the GRIP Leadership conference about how to be a better leader. I have enjoyed my year as a Leader.

By Kaitlyn

Being a School Leader has been a really cool experience this year as I’ve had many privileges such as being able to go out into the community for things like the ANZAC Parade and City Kitchen to help prepare, cook and serve meals for people who are less fortunate.
Some of the challenges I’ve had to face include PCYC and the Mud Challenge Course, the first time speaking on the P.A. system and the expectations of being a School Leader.
Some things I would like to say to the Leaders of 2019 are to have fun, take advantage of any opportunities and wear your badge with pride.

By Jack

My time being a School Leader has been great because of all the things I’ve been able to do. One highlight for me was going to City Kitchen in Burnie to help people in need. We learnt how to become better leaders at the Grip Leadership conference and at the Little Learners with Big Ideas workshop which was organised by the Ulverstone High School student council. I have enjoyed my year as a Leader!

By Braith

This year at West Ulverstone Primary School has been awesome. I’ve had an amazing experience and I’ve been able to do so many activities and faced a lot of challenges such as Phase 2 of the Operation Resilience Program with PCYC. I’ve been able to help at City Mission and at the swimming program. I’ve learnt a lot at the GRIP and Little Learners with Big Ideas workshop.

Something I’ve improved on is helping others when needed. Some things I would like to say to next year’s Leaders are to speak up, stand out and be the best you can. Enjoy the year while it lasts and make sure you have fun!

By Callie

As we are getting closer to the end of the school year, could all Library books please be returned ASAP.

As an incentive this year, the first class to return their Library books, by Thursday 13 December, will be the lucky recipients of a Class Reward or a School Values Card for Responsibility.

Alison Willoughby

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 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:

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?

Answer: 5 seats

Year 3 – 6 Question:

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?

Answer: 3 packets

New Question for Kinder – Year 2

Lottie has a bag of apples.
She gives half of them to Fred.
Fred eats two and then has four left.

How many apples did Lottie have at the start?

New Question for Year 3 – 6

Louise got an aquarium for her birthday and she wants to fill it with fish. She can afford to spend $2 a week on fish. The fish she wants cost 75 cents each. How many fish can she buy in 6 weeks?

Community News

Health Clinics

Little Athletics

Target Golf

Family Fun at Target Golf!
Prizes to be won! Open all school holidays!

Look us up on Facebook or go to the link below.


School Calendar

Monday 10 December

9:00am – 10:30am LiL Christmas Party

Thursday 13 December

11:30am Whole School Christmas Concert

Friday 14 December

Reports sent home

Christmas T-Shirt Day

Monday 17 December

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

Tuesday 18 December

School Picnic at Latrobe Pool

Thursday 20 December

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