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

20 December 2018

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Principal’s Report

Value of the fortnight – Relationships

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and recognise all staff for your dedication and skill, your hard work, sense of collaboration and commitment to making our school the amazing place it is.

My thanks and appreciation is also extended to all members of our support team (social worker, speech and language pathologist, psychologist, nurse, Respectful Schools Team) for your high level of service to schools.


Miss Nicky Green

Miss Green started at WUPS in 2009. She has filled a number of roles at school including classroom teacher, Raising the Bar Literacy Coach and Acting Principal. Miss Green has strong relationships with the West Ulverstone Primary School community. We wish you well in your new position teaching Prep at Penguin District School.

Mrs Kathy Milne-Viney

Mrs MV started working at WUPS in 2013 teaching Physical Education and Acting Advanced Skills Teacher. Mrs MV has formed excellent relationships with students and families. She is the type of person who has already organised things before you even ask her. Mrs MV will be working at the School of Special Education and we wish her well for 2019.

Mrs Rachel Steele

Mrs Steele started working at WUPS in 2010 as a classroom teacher and Acting Advanced Skills Teacher. She is a devoted, caring and helpful teacher. Mrs Steele will be teaching Year 7 at Parklands High School and we wish her well for 2019.

Miss Mel Coulson

Miss Coulson started working at WUPS in 2017 as a classroom teacher. She is a caring, supportive and kind teacher. We wish Miss Coulson well in her new position teaching Year 5/6 at Riana Primary School.

Mr Randall Hardy

He is a caring and thoughtful teacher who helps everyone to do their best. Mr Hardy will be working at the School of Special Education and we wish him well for 2019.

Mrs Stacey Price

Mrs Price started working at WUPS at the start of this year teaching 1/2A. She is a friendly and supportive teacher who has developed strong relationships with students and families. We wish Mrs Price and her husband all the best for a safe arrival of their baby boy.

Mrs Yvette Lee

Mrs Lee started working at WUPS during Term 3 as Acting Advanced skills teacher. In her short time at WUPS Mrs Lee has formed excellent relationships with students and families.

We wish Mrs Lee well for 2019 as she returns to her teaching role at Hellyer College.

For those returning next year – I wish you and your families a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. I hope you have an enjoyable summer break and return energised and ready for another busy year.


Term 1 will start for students Wednesday 6 February.

Year 6 Leavers Dinner

Monday night I had the pleasure of attending the Year 6 Leavers Dinner at The Ulverstone Bowls Club. Thank you to Mrs Steele and Mrs Mudford for organising such a special evening. I particularly enjoyed watching the challenges at the end of the night. We wish all our Grade 6 Leavers well for your education in 2019 and the years ahead.


Miss Julia Hill has been recognised for 40 Years of Service with the Education Department. What a fantastic Achievement.

Wishing all families a happy and safe Christmas break.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

Farewells from leaving staff

Sadly, after two years, I will be leaving West Ulverstone Primary School as the 3/4 teacher. As some of you probably know I am heading to Riana Primary School next year on a 5/6 class.

Thank you to all the students who made me smile and put up with my singing. I am so proud of all you all and the successes you have achieved. You gave me so much and made me look forward to coming to school each and every day. I will miss you all and I look forward to hearing about what you have achieved in the future.

Thank you to the parents who have supported our classes in a thousand different ways.

Another huge thank you to all teaching and senior staff and all of my teacher aides at WUPS. We are a close team at WUPS and I appreciate all the support you all have given me through my time there. I couldn’t have asked a better groups of colleagues to work with and I have learnt so much from each and every one of you.

A final thank you goes to Mrs Birch, my awesome colleague teacher. You are an amazing teacher and together we made a great team. I look forward to hopefully working with you again in the future.

It has been a marvellous journey at WUPS. I have created many life long memories and I have worked with some extraordinary people. Though I am leaving, I know I will hang onto those friendships for many years to come.

Thank you all so much.

Mel Coulson
3/4A Teacher

After 2000 school days, teaching over 160 students and having had valuable experience in a number of different leadership roles, my time at WUPS has come to an end. Thinking back and reflecting on the past 10 years makes me realise what a special place our school is. I have worked with lots of great people, have been lucky to teach lots of great kids and am definitely going to miss being a part of the WUPS community. Please come and say hello and let me know what you and your family are up to next time our paths cross.

While I am feeling sad to be leaving, I know that it is time for me to go and continue my journey as a learner as I meet and work alongside new people. It is going to take me some time to adjust to arriving at work and not see the familiar faces and people I know well; however, I am looking forward to returning to the classroom.

As I walk out the door on Friday afternoon, I be leaving with many fond memories that will stay with me forever. Thankyou! Enjoy Christmas and the holiday break, stay safe and I wish everyone well for 2019 and beyond.

Nicky Green
Raising the Bar – Literacy and Numeracy Coach

I would like to thank all the staff at West Ulverstone Primary School for a fantastic year. I have appreciated all the support and taking the time to make me feel welcome and be a part of a great team. Thanks to all the students that I have worked with over the year, you have made it very enjoyable. I look forward to hearing about your future endeavours. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks.

Randall Hardy
PE Teacher

Although a very short stay at WUPS, I leave with many new memories! Visiting chickens in the classroom, watching Learn to Swim programs, playing UNO after school, cooking cupcakes, teaching again in a 5/6 class, daily cuddles, book week celebrations and meeting parents and siblings are all occasions which have allowed me to settle back into Primary school life!! Putting on the vest and throwing on a hat to venture out on duty have allowed me to have many conversations with gorgeous young people and I thank them for letting me into their lives!!

To our Grade 6 students heading to high school, you are ready to tackle this new challenge and embrace all that it brings!! To our remaining students and staff transitioning to their new classes, I wish you all the very best and hope 2019 is memorable and full of amazing memories!

Finally, to single out just one of many, thank you for the visits and cuddles my little mate Kobe. They were both cherished and made my day on many days!!

Yvette Lee
AST 5/6A Teacher

As a 10 year old I remember the first time I went on the Gee-whiz at the Burnie Show. For me WUPS has been just like that! Initially when you hop on, you are excited, not knowing what to expect, before long you are being thrown from side to side, feeling a little scared but still enjoying the ride. It gets faster and faster, you’re getting bumped and bruised, wind in your face and then it’s all over. I remember getting off the Gee-whiz and immediately running around to the other side to line up for another ticket. I loved every minute of the ride! I came to WUPS hoping to make a difference, even just a little. For me being a teacher, it’s that little difference that motivates me. I remember watching a youtube clip by Rita Pearson, ‘Every kid needs a champion’. It has had a huge impact on the way I approach my job. I have always formed strong relationships with my students but I now understand why, particularly at my time at WUPS. Every kid needs a champion, someone to believe in them, someone to listen to them, love them and if necessary someone to go into bat for them. I hope I have achieved this! Thank you all so much it has been the best ride ever.

Kathy Milne-Viney
PE Teacher

Thank you to all the support from students, families and colleagues over the past year at West Ulverstone Primary School. Whilst i am sad my time is finishing at West Ulverstone I am very excited about welcoming Baby Price into the world and returning to Hobart to start this next adventure. I hope everyone has a safe holidays and an amazing 2019 school year.

Stacey Price
1/2A Teacher

To all of the West Ulverstone school community I would like to express my thanks and great honour in teaching your children. They have brought me great joy and many learning opportunities. I thank all the wonderful people I have worked with and will continue to see them as lifelong friends. It has been a journey and a great experience.

I am excited and looking forward to the many new challenges and learning opportunities that my new school will offer me both as a teacher and a person.

Rachel Steele
5/6B Teacher

2018 Award Winners

2018 Award Recipients
















Year 1






Year 2





Cormac, Robert

Year 3

Rubi, Sarah





Year 4






Year 5













Jack, Amarli

Major awards

Academic Achievement Award


Academic Achievement Award


Art Achievement Award


Sporting Achievement Award


Sporting Achievement Award


Science Award


Humanities and Social Sciences Award


Marita Hargraves Encouragement Award


Marita Hargraves Encouragement Award


Dobson Electrical Performing Arts Award


Ricoh Resilience Award


Braddon Community Leadership Award


Ulverstone High School Bursary Prize for 2019


Rotary 4 Way Test Award


Rotary 4 Way Test Award


Ulverstone Judo Club 'Rising Star' Award


Minister for Education and Training Respectful Student Award


Aussie of the month


Aussie of the month for November has been awarded to Lily.

Lily consistently upholds our school values and looking for ways to extend her learning


Aussie of the month for December has been awarded to Jack.

Jack always treats others with respect and he has a kind and caring manner.

Congratulations to these two worthy winners.

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Monday 10 December at our School Meeting:

Maddison 5/6A
Respect, Relationships
and Learning

Jonty 5/6B

Jakobhi 4/5A

Reagan 3/4A

Beck 3/4B

Jay Jay 1/2A
Respect, Responsibility
and Relationships

Tyran 1/2B
and Learning

Mylie K/PA

Jasmin K/PB
Respect, Responsibility
and Learning

These winners were drawn out on Monday 17 December at our School Meeting:

Maddison 5/6A
Relationships and

Danielle 5/6B

Izayah 4/5A
Relationships and

Axle 3/4A
Respect, Relationships
and Learning

Ashlee 3/4B
Respect and

Sebastian 1/2A
Respect, Responsibility,
Relationships, Safety
and Learning

Abhiraj 1/2B

Charlie K/PA

Sonny K/PB
and Safety

Gold Cards


Excellent progress in Quicksmart. Chiraphat is inclusive and understanding towards his Quicksmart partner.


Outstanding improvement in writing


Christmas Wombat book report - outstanding effort creativity and hard work

2019 Important information



Mrs Angela McAuliffe

Assistant Principal

Mrs Alison Walker (nee Harvey)

Kinder/Launching into Learning

Miss Hannah Millar


Miss Elisse McWhirter


Miss Julia Hill/Mrs Thais Gardam (Wednesday’s)


Miss Jess Finch


Miss Shayarne Porteus


Mrs Nicci Birch


Mrs Kylie Mudford/Mrs Thais Gardam (Monday’s)


Ms Deet Cox


Ms Andrea Harding


Mr Max Watson

Literacy Coach


2019 School Levies



Prep – Year 2, Year 6


Year 3 – Year 5


Payment of Levies

Invoices will be posted to families for each student’s levies at the beginning of 2019. Levies are due and payable when student stationary packs are collected. Our preferred method of payment is online via BPay or BPoint prior to the stationary collection days. For families with more than one child, each invoice must be paid individually as each student has a unique reference number. Please bring your receipt with you. This will save time and ensure a quick and smooth process when collecting stationary. A levy instalment plan will be made available to parents or guardians who are unable to make a full payment at the beginning of the school year.

Stationary Collection Dates

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 from 10:00am – 12noon and 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Thursday, 31 January 2019 at 10:00am – 12noon

Student Assistance Scheme (STAS)

Student Assistance is one of the forms of financial assistance available to assist with the cost of school levies. STAS is available for parents or guardians who meet the criteria of an income test. Families who have been approved for STAS are not required to pay the composite levy charge, but may be required to pay other charges. If you have not applied for STAS but believe you may be eligible, please complete 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.


This year some students have had the opportunity to explore coding. There has been a lunch-time group on Wednesdays for any students interested since Term 3. During Term 4 there has been a Flexible Learning group on Tuesdays in the middle block.

Students have been becoming familiar with coding and some of the concepts of computational thinking. They have been learning to persevere, persist, problem solve and think creatively while working through courses on “code.org” which is a free Computer Science website which is designed for students, using popular characters and jigsaw type activities to program games.

The Following students have completed at least one ‘Hour of Code’ as well as some course lessons.




























Special congratulations to Sarah who persevered and completed Course 2 much sooner than the expected time frame. Well Done Sarah!

Thais Gardam

Maths with Murphy

Last Week’s Questions and Answers

K –Year 2 Question:
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?

Answer: 12 apples

Year 3 – 6 Question:
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?

Answer: 16 fish

Community News

School Calendar

Thursday 20 December

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 Commences

Monday 11 March 2019

Public holiday Eight hour day

Friday 12 April 2019

Term 1 Finishes

Friday 19 April 2019

Good Friday

Monday 22 April 2019

Easter Monday

Monday 29 April 2019

Term 2 Commences