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

4 March 2019

Newsletter Articles

Principal’s Report

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 as a partner in learning.

WUPS Open Night

Our open night is an opportunity for you to talk about your child’s progress. Classroom teachers are interested to hear about your child’s interests and strengths and how we can best support them in the classroom. WUPS classrooms will be open from 4-6pm on Thursday 21 March. We cannot wait to see all WUPS families.

2019 Student Leadership Team

Two weeks ago we held Student Leader Speeches at lunch times. All students who nominated spent time writing and practicing their speech. We are very impressed with the confidence that students showed when speaking in front of their peers. Congratulations to all students who nominated and congratulations to this year’s student leadership team. Leaders have already held one meeting to discuss their ideas for the year. Wyatt and Jack volunteered to organise and host our first assembly for the year and did a wonderful job. Charli and Jhett have been busy organising Clean Up Australia Day for WUPS.















External School Review

The Department of Education regularly reviews all Tasmanian Government Schools. The reviews are an important part of how the department supports each school.

Feedback from parents and the community is an important part of school reviews and we encourage you to participate. Times for participating are Tuesday 12 March at 8:30am – 9:00am or 2:30pm – 3:00pm in the library.

School Association Meeting

The first School Association Meeting will be held on Monday March 4. The meeting is held in the WUPS meeting room from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Members of our community are welcome to attend. The Annual General Meeting will be held in April. We are always looking for new members. The School Association will be discussing WUPS 60th Year Anniversary and discussing community feedback about the School Logo from last year.

Cosy Corner Thursday Mornings 8:30am – 9:00am

Thursday mornings you can find Wendy and Emmy in the Cosy Corner in the Early Learning Hub. Go in and have a chat. Tea or coffee is available. Next week the cosy corner will be making fabric hearts.

WUPS is a learning community

WUPS is currently reviewing current processes to support positive behaviour. We are working with Learning Services to support our School Improvement priority of increasing student engagement.

Here at WUPS, our core values include all people feeling safe and respected. When this occurs, learning and positive relationships happen. Unfortunately we are seeing the behaviour of others significantly impacting the safety and learning of students in our school and the safety of our staff.

We are all committed to providing high quality teaching and learning opportunities. At WUPS we believe in supporting all learners to succeed. Our commitment to students and families is genuine and as such moving forward the WUPS staff team will continue to ensure the school environment is a safe place. If students are being unsafe, disrupting learning or failing to be respectful to members of our community we will utilise a range of strategies including consequences such as reboot time during break times, internal suspensions and suspensions.

WUPS will work with families to ensure families are supported and have the tools and strategies to assist your children to come to school ready to respectfully connect and be creative thinkers. West Ulverstone is currently supported by two social workers. These social workers are more than willing and able to support you with behaviour management strategies to encourage school attendance and meet behaviour expectations to be a part of the West Ulverstone School community.

Throughout the year we will be holding community forums to develop a shared understanding of our vision that supports learning and growth of all students. We know best learning outcomes occur when it is a partnership between home and school. All staff are able and wanting to work closely with families for the best learning outcomes.

If you need to speak with members of our staff please make appointments through the office.

Working together for safe school

You are welcomed as a valued school member and role model for our school. While on school grounds or at a school activity, everyone has the right to be safe and be treated fairly and respectfully. Volunteers and visitors are expected to behave in a way that supports a safe school environment. This means that everyone at our school agrees:

  • We behave in a safe and respectful manner
  • We use constructive and appropriate language
  • We treat school property with respect
  • We work together to support learning
  • We cooperate with staff instructions and school procedures
  • We drive slowly and carefully on school campus
  • We behave in line with our school’s behaviour policy.

If unacceptable behaviour is displayed on school grounds or at a school activity the principal (or their delegate) may ask you to leave. Please request a copy of our school policy for volunteers and visitors for further information

Reboot Tool: Our Three Brains

Our Brain can be broken down into three main parts – Smart, Emotional and Wild.

The Wild Brain is responsible for all our automated functions – heart rate, breathing, body temperature control, movement, and our fight / flight / freeze (survival) response.

The Emotional Brain is responsible for our feelings and emotions (both positive and negative) and memory. It also houses the Amygdala which constantly scans like a smoke detector and picks up on any stress or perceived threat to our wellbeing or survival.

The Smart Brain is responsible for higher order thinking – complex thought, problem solving, language, reasoning, creativity and decision making.

When the amygdala perceives a threat, it will set off an alarm that sends us into Wild Brain and activates our Fight / Flight / Freeze response. The Wild Brain then hijacks the rest of our brain, shutting down all other non-essential functions, meaning it’s really hard for us to make a smart decision or to be reasoned with when we’re in Fight, Flight or Freeze.

With the support of Reboot, we are teaching students how to ‘feed’ their Wild Brain with things like breathing and movement so they can move up into Emotional and Smart Brains. We are making sure our learning environments address the physical (Wild Brain), emotional (Emotional Brain) and cognitive (Smart Brain) elements so that all students can effectively engage in learning.

Homework for Parents & Carers

Talk to your children about the kinds of things that we need our amygdala to pick up on so that we can go into Wild brain to protect ourselves – things like being chased by a large dog or almost stepping out in front of traffic. Then discuss what are the things that our amygdala sometimes perceives as a threat – things that you think might be too hard, too embarrassing or that remind us of a real or experienced threat. What kinds of things can we do to calm our Wild Brain so that we can access the Emotional and Smart Brains? Ideas include:

  • Breathing
  • Distraction
  • Listening to music
  • Laughter
  • Colouring in
  • Walking, skipping or bouncing a ball
  • Eating healthy food
  • Dot-to-dots
  • Having a drink of water
  • Puzzles

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

Aussie of the month

February’s Aussie of the month has been awarded to Harris.

Harris is a model student who always follows our school values and seeks out opportunities to extend his learning. He is polite and displays a high level of respect for all members of our school community. As a student leader, Harris is keen to find ways to improve our school and is willing to listen to the suggestions from his peers.

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Monday 18 February at our School Meeting:

Jack 5/6B
and Learning

Shataya 5/6A
and Respect

Lily 3/4A

Tahlia 3/4B
Learning and Safety

Judd 1/2A

River 1/2B

Rudi Prep
and Safety

Gold Cards


Outstanding work in maths

Feature classes 5/6A and 5/6B


A Great Start To Our Learning Journey

We are all settling well into our learning programs. In our English program we have been focussing on reading comprehension and strategies to help understand our reading, spelling rules including individual spelling programs, writing and literacy focussed computer tasks.

Within the next week we will be commencing our Maths groups which will involve all grade 5/6 students in both classes working together. Students will move in and out of groups as they become proficient in each skill. This allows students to consolidate their skills, move on when they are ready and extend those who have mastered operations.

We have worked on many social skills activities as we have been learning to work together. Last week we completed an activity called “On My Back” which was aimed at building self-esteem, giving statements of appreciation and building inclusion. At the end everyone enjoyed looking at what had been written on our paper capes. The photos show students involved in the activity.

Kylie Mudford
5/6A Teacher


Our year has started with a WOW!!

5/6B have had an amazing start to the year with all students putting in their best efforts to stretch their brains. We have settled into literacy learning with a focus on spelling, reading and writing and will be joining 5/6A very soon to focus on Numeracy.

Students enjoyed writing their speeches to apply for Student Leader roles with many of 5/6B students’ successfully gaining leadership and House Captain Positions. I am certain they will be fantastic representatives for WUPS

Deet Cox
5/6B Teacher

Ipads for sale

We have 4th Gen iPad’s available for purchase at $100 each and iPad Mini 2’s available at $125 each.

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

If you would like to purchase one, please see Bek or Nardi in the office or call 64252195.

Sports News

Ulverstone District Cricket Club

The Cricket roster will commence next Friday night, 8 March. Term 1 will be sent out early next week.

An information night and welcome for all parents/coaches/scorers will be held this Friday, 1 March commencing at 4.30pm at the Ulverstone Cricket Club. We will discuss the rules etc and the coming season. There will also be a clinic for the primary school players at this time out on the oval.

We are to see as many parents and players as possible there on Friday night!

For all junior enquiries, please contact Doreen Leary on 0407 811 992.

School Nurse

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)


A respiratory infection, which can be very serious in infants. The cough usually persists for weeks. It is prevented through immunisation with 'triple antigen'. Immunisation is available and recommended in accordance with the current Immunisation Schedule.

Procedures for Schools

Please refer to the online copy of this document (TASED-4-3005), located on the Tasmanian Department of Education’s website to ensure this version is the most recent (Version 2.0). Page | 10

  • Parents should be informed immediately if the child is displaying symptoms at school
  • Parents should consult their doctor or clinic immediately and, if there has been a diagnosis of pertussis but it is not being treated, the child should be kept home for 21 days or until they have taken 5 days of an appropriate antibiotic
  • Request that the parent inform you immediately if whooping cough is confirmed by the doctor
  • Inform parents/guardians of children in the same class/unit by usual communication methods (for suspected whooping cough schools may wish to use this pro-forma letter).
  • Children who have not been vaccinated can be requested to stay away from school for the full incubation period of 21 days (or 5 days if they are taking a course of preventative antibiotics).

Kerry Jewell – Fridays at WUPS
School Health Nurse – Primary, North West
Department of Education Tasmania

Oral Health Services

Community News

Fairy Godmothers Market


School Calendar

Monday 4 March

1:30pm Year 3-6 1500m race

Monday 4 March

5:30pm School Association meeting

Tuesday 5 March

School Photos

Friday 8 March

Athletic Carnival

Monday 11 March

Public Holiday

Tuesday 12 March

External School Review

8:30am – 9:00am, 2:30 – 3:00pm Community Meeting

Wednesday 13 March

External School Review

Wednesday 13 March

Inter Primary Athletic Carnival Years 3 - 6

Tuesday 18 March

Harmony Day

Thursday 21 March

4:00 – 6:00pm Open night