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

29 March 2019

Newsletter Articles

Principal’s Report

Easter Raffle

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 schools

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


Community members are 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.

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.


As part of our Reboot work we have been working with students to assist them to understand which of their 3 brains (wild brain, emotional brain and smart brain) they are currently in and what they need to feed their brain in order to access their smart brain and be able to complete their learning at school. The key questions that all staff have been asking students to help them are:

  • How do you feel?
  • What do you need?
  • How can I help?

Last Newsletter we discussed how families can help feed children’s wild brains by ensuring they have enough sleep and nutritious foods. Some other things our brains need are:

Some of the ways to feed your brains which we have been discussing at school are:

What other ways can you think of to help your children (and yourself) feed your brains at home?

New Staff Member – Robyn Sutcliffe

Our Student Support Consultant Robyn Sutcliffe, is currently based at West Ulverstone Primary School. Robyn’s role is to provide Learning Service support around complex cases and to support schools across the North West Coast of Tasmania. Robyn’s work here at West Ulverstone will include supporting our whole student group, staff and wider WUPS community. Robyn is part of the Senior Staff Team at WUPS.

WUPS Open Night

Last Wednesday night we held an open night. We were delighted by the number of families who supported the event. It was heart-warming to see students proudly showing their parents their classrooms and work. A big thank you to New Mornings for cooking the BBQ and for the Neighbourhood House making for fruit kebabs. If you were unable to attend the open night and would like to meet with your child, please make an appointment through the office.

Student Leader Profiles

Harris – Year 6

My hobbies include playing with Lego and playing on my phone.

In 10 years’ time I will be working somewhere.

This year as a student leader I will help people.

As a leader I will be respectful of all teachers and students.

Imogen – Year 6

My hobbies include doing art and going outside.

In 10 years’ time I will have a job somewhere or be studying at university.

This year as a leader I will influence people to make good choices.

As a leader I will be respectful to every person in the school and follow the school values.

Library Leaders – Congratulations

During 2019 Library leaders will be working with Mrs Willoughby. Students form part of the student leadership team and will work together providing student lead activities/events for students.

Inter-Primary Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to students below who represented WUPS at the twilight Athletics Carnival in Penguin. Students represented the school with pride and gave their best efforts.

Good luck to Jonty Hamill who will be travelling to Launceston on May 10 to compete in the State Final.

Industrial Action – Stop work meetings

Public sector unions have called stop work action on Tuesday April 2.

As a result of the number of teaching staff participating in this action, there will not be enough teachers on duty at the school to ensure adequate supervision for students. Therefore the Minister has decided that the school will close at 1:30pm on Tuesday April 2.

This will mean the following arrangements for the day:

  • School will close at 1:30pm.
  • Families will need to make alternative transport arrangements for their child/ren in the afternoon if they travel on the bus.

I sincerely regret the inconvenience to parents and the disruption to the learning program for students; however, student safety is my primary concern.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

School Values Weekly Winners

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

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Respect and

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These winners were drawn out on Monday 25 March at our School Meeting:

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Responsibility and

Respect and

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Feature class 1/2A

In 1/2A we have been working on an inquiry unit about ‘Rocks’. These are the questions we have been investigating.

  • How do rocks get made?
  • How do crystals get in rocks?
  • How do rocks get their colour?
  • Why do crystals shine?

We have learned about igneous rocks, made from lava but now we are wondering. How do rocks get made if they are not from a volcano?

While conducting our inquiry we have gone looking for rocks, studied rocks that others have brought in, read books about rocks, started growing our own crystals and drawn volcanoes. But we still have lots of learning to do.

Julia Hill
1/2A Teacher


Hi everyone!

As the LIFT (Learning in Families Together) Co-ordinator, I am excited about 2019 and the opportunities we will have at WUPS to continue positive partnerships with all families and our community.

Each fortnight, a class teacher will share the teaching and learning that is happening in areas of reading, writing, maths, and social/emotional. They will also include some simple tips, ideas and resources you will be able to use to support your child at home.

Feature class of the fortnight

PREP – Miss Elisse McWhirter

Learning area

Fortnightly Focus

Suggestions for home


Visualising as a reading strategy

Describing unfamiliar characters or settings without showing the pictures – get your child to explain or draw what they’re imagining in their head



CVC words – consonant vowel consonant e.g. net, leg, bed, dog

Link to DoE handwriting document for ideas and correct formation posters

When you come across CVC words in your environment/books, help your child hear and record the 3 sounds using boxes like these


Counting forwards and backwards from any point (0-20)

Making comparisons between objects e.g. short, tall, big, small, more, less

When driving or walking, pick a letterbox number and count on or back

When putting away washing – whose socks are longer? Who has more washing? Is your jumper bigger or smaller than ___?


Identifying emotions

Using picture books and discussing character’s facial expressions i.e. how are they feeling? How do you know? What does their face look like?

Hannah Millar
LIFT Co-Ordinator

Naplan Online

NAPLAN is moving completely online in 2019. This means moving NAPLAN from paper-based assessments to online-based assessments. NAPLAN Online will provide better assessment and more precise results. The assessments feature a tailored test design where the questions a student receives will depend on their answers to previous questions.

Tasmanian schools will participate in NAPLAN Online from 2019.

NAPLAN Online testing will be held from the 14 to 24 May 2019.

NAPLAN Online 2019 will include four components, Writing, Numeracy, Conventions of Language and Reading. For 2019 Year Three students will be completing a paper based Writing Test. Online Testing will be available for each of the NAPLAN year levels (3, 5, 7 and 9)

Schools will receive results and reports for participants following the completion of NAPLAN Online 2019. Individual Student Reports will have the same format as the results from the paper based testing. The same report format is used for every student in Australia.

Individual student performance in NAPLAN is shown on a national achievement scale for each test. The performance of individual students can be compared to the average performance of all students in Australia.

Security and privacy are key requirements for the delivery of national testing. The online assessment platform has been designed to comply with relevant national data security policies and guidelines as well as data encryption standards. It meets the requirements of the Australian Government’s Protective Security Policy Framework and Information Security Manual to protect privacy of data, including any personal student data, required to be used.

Please see the Department of Education’s NAPLAN Online Privacy Notice for more information.


Thank you, in anticipation, for you and your child’s participation in this important national initiative.

If you have further questions, please contact the office on 64252195.

Chaplain News

The weather is cooling off quickly now and I have a supply of warm jumpers and coats. If you are in need of something warm for your child, please make contact with me via the office.

Leanne Jopson

Canteen Ordering

Tuesday Lunch Orders – Ulverstone Secondary College

If you wish to order lunch for your child from the Ulverstone Secondary College canteen and need help with installing the QKR App or with processing an order, please see Bek or Nardi in the office and they will provide you with a tutorial.

School Nurse

Avoid sweet drinks Tap water is suitable for all ages

Children who regularly consume sweet drinks such as cordial, soft drink and fruit juice are at an increased risk of tooth decay as they contain large quantities of sugar. Did you know that a 600ml bottle of soft drink can contain up to 16 teaspoons of sugar? Sweet drinks are also high in energy (kilojoules) and offer very little nutrition. Regular intake of sweet drinks can contribute to a range of problems including:

  • Tooth decay and erosion
  • Excess weight gain
  • Reduced appetite which may lead to fussy/picky eating
  • Changes in bowel habits.
  • Increase risk of Chronic Health issues – Heart disease, lung disease and it also affects the brain. Not to mention nutrition, self-image and emotional issues.

Tips to reduce sweet drinks!

Suitable for all ages

  • Encourage all family members to drink tap water with meals and snacks. Role modelling is important to encourage children to develop healthy habits.
  • Carry a water bottle and get one for everyone in the family, so you don't have to buy a drink if you're thirsty.
  • Before you go out, remind everyone to refill their bottles with tap water. If they’re thirsty, encourage them to drink some water first.
  • Give your child their own water bottle to take along to day care or kindergarten so they can refill with water throughout the day.
  • Avoid buying sweet drinks.
  • Offer plain milk without flavourings. Avoid adding flavourings and toppings with added sugar to plain milk as the added sugars can lead to tooth decay.
  • When other people look after your child, ask them to give your child plain milk or tap water rather than sugar sweetened drinks.
  • If your family is finding it hard to kick the sweet drink habit, try watering down sweet drinks gradually over a few days to help make the swap to water easier. You can also reduce the number of sweet drinks per day and offer watered down drinks until you can stop them. Children may be upset at first but will get used to it if you continue.

Remember, it’s never too late to start reducing sweet drinks!

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


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School Calendar

Monday 1 – Friday 5 April

Road Safety Week

Monday 1 April

Fostering Resilient Futures

9:30 – 11:00am West Ulverstone Neighbourhood house


5:00 – 6:30pm West Ulverstone Primary School

Tuesday 2 April

3/4 Road Safety Sessions

Tuesday 2 April

9:30am Whole School Assembly

Tuesday 2 April

1:30pm Stop Work Meeting

Monday 8 April

5:30pm School Association Meeting and AGM

Friday 12 April

Moderation Day – Student free

Monday 15 – Friday 26 April

School holidays