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

14 March 2019

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Principal’s Report

Being part of WUPS community

Wearing school uniforms is the easiest way to feel a part of the WUPS community. Here at WUPS we are committed to ensure we are all in uniform every day. School uniform is not just about how we look it is our first experience in developing an understanding of social expectations. Here at WUPS we pride ourselves on growing and developing connected community members.

Uniform items

The West Ulverstone Primary School Dress Code and Uniform Policy states that all children wear:

  • A navy polar fleece top/polar fleece jacket with school logo in gold
  • A navy broad brimmed sun safe hat for Terms 1 and 3. (There is a No hat - No play policy in Terms 1 and 3. Children without hats sit in the nominated shade areas.)
  • Dress - checked
  • Skort – navy blue
  • Shorts – navy blue
  • Track pants – navy blue
  • Drill trousers – navy blue
  • Polo Shirt - Navy/gold polo shirt with school logo
  • Jacket – navy blue with school logo
  • Embroidery on jackets only - (surname on back colour in navy blue)
  • Shoes – either flat heeled black shoes (preferred) or a running shoe/sandshoe, not slip-ons.
  • Jeans/Tights are not acceptable as an item of school uniform.
  • West Ulverstone School Association in consultation with the school community will review the uniform list and put forward items for inclusion or deletion and this will be advised to parents/carers by the school newsletter.
  • Deleted Items – hoodies are no longer part of our school uniform. Families will have a 12 months grace period to transition to a jacket.

School Association

This year WUPS will celebrate its 60th Year Anniversary. The School Association are busy planning events to celebrate. Events will include a Community Open Day and cocktail night. The date is yet to be confirmed but it will most likely be the weekend of the 11 and 12 March. If you are interested in helping with these events please leave your name at the office.


Community members and parents are encouraged to nominate. Find time to have a say in school policy. Meetings are monthly on a Monday. The constitution states that members cannot miss three consecutive meetings.

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 our WUPS families.

Parent Information Session

You are invited to Fostering Resilient Futures. As part of supporting a respectful school culture, we are delighted to welcome Mrs Robyn Sutcliffe (Senior Social Worker) to share with our community her extensive knowledge about how we can best support our children to be strong and resilient young people.

  • Above and Below the Line behaviour – conflict behaviour
  • Why we find ourselves where we are with young people e.g. low levels of resilience and self-esteem / high levels of anxiety
  • Psycho-education and the brain, the issues with mislabelling anxiety / depression, etc
  • Technology and its impact
  • Strategies to build and foster resilience / fulfilment and grit

Option 1

Option 2

Where: Ulverstone Neighbourhood House

Where: West Ulverstone Primary School

Date: Monday 1 April

Date: Monday 1 April

Time: 9:30am – 11:00am

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Please RSVP to the School Office (6425 2195) by Friday 29 March.

Reading - Where to start

  • Talk to your child’s teacher about where your child is at with their reading.
  • Find out if there are books and other resources you can use.
  • Come to our Launching into Learning program for children Birth to 4 years.
  • You don’t need to be an expert to help your child enjoy reading.
  • Audio books allow your child to hear a book and turn the pages as they listen and this is a way you can share a book and relax too.

For your child

  • Children need to learn how to hear lots of sounds so that they can eventually see the words that use those sounds.
  • Try and aside time each day to read with your child.
  • The earlier you start the better.
  • Model good reading behaviour at home.
  • Reading should be fun, for example, reading with a torch under a blanket or using your voice in a funny ways.
  • Children love to have the same books read over and over; they really enjoy knowing what comes next.
  • Children enjoy rhythm and repetition so they can recite and laugh at the sounds of words, for example, Hairy Maclary books and Dr Seuss books.

For you

  • Visit the LINC – they have resources that may help.
  • Talk with other parents to get tips.
  • Book shops have children’s book sections and can give you advice on the most popular books for different ages.
  • Be supportive and positive.
  • Make reading fun.
  • Mistakes are good, it means your child is learning.
  • Ask questions so that you know your child understands what they are reading.
  • Start a library at home by suggesting books as gifts.
  • New words and ideas create new opportunities for children to know their world so non-fiction books are great too.
  • Carry books in the car or have a book in your bag so you always have one on hand.


Our Reboot focus for this term has been to introduce our students to the idea of our 3 brains: Wild Brain, Emotional Brain and Smart Brain. All classes have discussed the importance of feeding our brains to ensure we are able to successfully learn at school. Families play a very important role in helping our students to “feed their brains” and come to school ready for learning. Some ways in which families can support this at home are:

  • Sleep- Having enough sleep is a very important way to feed our wild brains. The Australian Centre for Education in Sleep reports that Primary School aged children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep to stay healthy, happy and able to perform at their best at school. Missing out on sleep has been proven to affect behaviour, emotions, concentration and more. Some tips to improve students’ sleep are:
      o  Regular bed and wake times
      o  No television or computer games directly before bed, and no screens in the bedroom
      o  Avoidance of other activities that ‘stimulate’ your child such as exercise too close to bedtime
      o  A consistent, gentle and loving bedtime routine.
  • Nutrition- Feeding our tummies is another great way to also feed our wild brains. When we are hungry we struggle to concentrate on learning tasks. Having a healthy breakfast and bringing a healthy lunch to school are ways in which families can also support students to feed their wild brains. We also offer a breakfast club 5 days a week to ensure we are giving students every opportunity to be ready for learning.

Stay tuned for next newsletter where we will share some other ways in which we can feed our wild, and emotional, brains.

House Captain Report

On Friday March 8 we had our Athletics Carnival. It was a sunny day and most students showed their support by wearing house colours. Everyone showed good sportsmanship and had a go. Our favourite event was tug of war.

The final scores were: Don 494 Mersey 500 Forth 508

Well done to all students who are in Forth we can wait until the Cross Country carnival so we can try and win again. Written by Jhett Cullen and Naomi Polden Forth House Captains.

Student Leader Report

On Friday 1 March WUPS took part in Clean Up Australia Day. Each class was given an area to clean up. Each class got gloves to wear a rubbish bag and a recycling bag. There was a lot of rubbish in the gardens and on the top oval. Everyone did a great job cleaning up which was good to see. We encourage everyone to take care of our environment and put rubbish in the bin were it belongs. Organised and written by Charli Hamill and Jhett Cullen

Student Leader Profiles

Chiraphat – Year 6

My hobbies include playing cricket and running.

In 10 years’ time I will have a job as a builder.

This year as a student leader I want to organise events and raise money for new equipment.

As a leader I will help everyone who needs help when I can. I will model the school values.

Mia – Year 6

My hobbies include dance, running and general sports.

In 10 years’ time I will have a job but I’m not sure doing what.

This year as student leader I will organise fundraisers to help the school and will listen to everyone’s ideas.

As a leader I will take care and pride in our school. I will model the school values

Café Corner

Thursday mornings you can find Wendy and Emmy in the Cafe 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.


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.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

Respectful Schools Team Leader

I would like to introduce myself; I am Mrs Nardia Broomhall, the Respectful Schools Support Team Leader for West Ulverstone Primary School. Our team consists of 12 leaders throughout the State. Each school has a team leader allocated to their school. We work primarily on:

  • Establishing and maintaining an inclusive, respectful culture;
  • Positive Behaviour Support;
  • Engagement;
  • Trauma informed Practice;
  • Student Support Structures and Processes;
  • Observations and recommendations (Behavioural, Educational Adjustments, Learning Plans).

We provide support to schools in various ways; at a whole school or individual student level through working collaboratively with Support Teachers, leadership teams, whole staff groups, classroom teachers and Teacher Assistants. As well, we will consult and collaborate with Professional Support Staff, other Support Teams and external agencies as appropriate. You will see me around WUPS into the future.

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Monday 4 March at our School Meeting:

Rhiannan 5/6B
Respect and

Roscoe 5/6A
and Responsibility

Reagan 3/4B
Learning and

Piper 3/4A
and Learning

Meg 1/2B

Blayzee 1/2A

Tyson Prep

Feature classes 3/4A and 3/4B

Grade 3/4A have had a wonderful and very busy start to the year.

Recently we were lucky enough to have a visit from AFL Tas. We have enjoyed the sun and worked on Clean Up Australia Day to make WUPS beautiful. This inspired some thoughts for upcoming excursions.

In English, we are learning to create entertaining narratives. We have been focussing on each element individually – sizzling starts, character, setting and plot. This week, we are using our prediction and visualisation skills to imagine and create characters of our own.

In Maths, we have grown our knowledge of odd and even numbers and how they work together. We are currently working on place value.

We look forward to many more exciting things in 3/4A for the term and for the rest of the year!

3/4B have had a great start to the year! We have gotten to know one another and have really begun to become a team. In term 1 we have been doing lots of learning including narrative writing, using prediction when reading, and have begun to look into telling time.

We have also had the opportunity to be a part of Clean up Australia Day and had an opportunity to get some football tips.

We cannot wait for our parents to come in and visit our classroom during the Open night and see all the work we have been completing.

LIL Story and Song

Held in the School Library on Wednesday’s from 9:00-10:00am. Ages 0-5 are all welcome.

Your child will have the opportunity to sing, play instruments and move to music followed by a story and then choose a book to take home.

Music and movement together provide many benefits to mental and physical development in children. Music also helps children with social interaction and language growth.

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

West Ulverstone Primary school showed an amazing amount of talent at the NWSSA Interschool Athletics Carnival. Respect, support, excellence and great sportsman ship was on display by all our students that attended. Out of our 38 students, we had a total of 30 placings and 4 students securing a spot to represent WUPS in the Twilight carnival next Tuesday. A big thank you to all the Parents that turned out to cheer on our runners and Mrs Cox and Mrs Jones who supported the team.

Max Watson
HPE Teacher

Book Club

Orders and correct money for Issue 2 of Book Club need to be to the office by Friday March 29, alternatively you can place an order on line using the LOOP payment.

If at anytime you'd like your purchases to be a gift please add a note to say and a phone number so I can contact you when the order comes back.

Thank you

Sharon Guard
Book Club Co-Ordinator

School Nurse

Recommended daily water drinks

4 – 8 years


1000 – 1400 ml
1000 – 1400 ml

9 – 13 years


1200 – 2100 ml
1400 – 2300 ml

14 – 18 years


2100 – 3200 ml
1400 – 2500 ml

It is essential that children drink the recommended amount for their age

If a child does not drink enough, their urine may become concentrated and their bladder may become irritated. The bladder may need to be emptied more often, it can be more difficult to control the bladder and the bladder may be too small to hold all the urine made over night.

Ensuring your child drinks the recommended amount for their age will help the bladder to stretch so it is big enough to hold all the urine overnight. Wetting may initially worsen after children start to increase their fluid intake as the bladder only stretches to hold approximately an extra 30mls of urine a month.


6 drinks everyday helps the bladder to stretch
The drinks should be spaced evenly throughout the day.
Ask school staff to encourage your child to have regular drinks
Reward charts can be helpful to encourage drinks
If your child can avoid ‘dark’ drinks, like blackcurrant and fruit juices which are more irritable to the bladder it may help. Milk too close to bedtime is also to be avoided if possible.
Children should have drunk most of their fluid intake before they come home from school (4 of their 6 drinks)
Children have most successes if they avoid drinks 2 hours before bedtime


Even a small amount of constipated stool can impact on a child’s bladder and its ability to fully fill. Children should be having their bowels open once per day and it should be a soft stool, with no straining required to pass it.

Treat constipation with diet and lifestyle changes such as;

High fibre foods
Five portions of fruit and vegetables every day
Drinking the recommended amount of fluid
60 minutes of physical activity every day

Contact your GP if you are worried, your child is in pain or you think your child may be constipated. They may require medication if you see no improvement following the advice above.

Encourage a bedtime routine, e.g. bath, books toilet, sleep
Having ‘2 wees at bedtime’ (double void) should be encouraged.
Ensure there is some light if he child needs the toilet in the night e.g. a night light
Lifting your child does not promote a dry night; they need to learn to wake up
Consider practicalities if sharing a room or sleeping in a bunk bed

Do not encourage children to try and ‘hold’ their wee. If they need to go, they need to go! Holding can cause or worsen irritability of the bladder which can increase wetting.

Tap water is the best

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

Oral Health Services

It’s not too late to return your forms for this service. If you would like another form, please contact the office.

Community News


Penguin Basketball Association Junior Roster

Rhee Taekwon-Do

Ulverstone Soccer Club

School Calendar

Tuesday 18 March

Harmony Day

Thursday 21 March

4:00 – 6:00pm Open night

Friday 22 March

Ride to School Day

Monday 1April

Whole School Assembly

Friday 12 April

Moderation Day

Monday 15 – Friday 26 April

School holidays