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

9 May 2019

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Principal’s Report

Premier Reading Challenge

On Monday 29 April the Premier Reading Challenge begins Tasmania wide. The message from the Premier is ‘reading is like sport – the more you practice the better you get’. I encourage students to take up the challenge of reading at least 10 books in the 10 weeks. Reading and literacy skills are the basic building blocks of life, no matter what you aspire to do or be. This year you can also win book prizes, Hawthorn football game tickets and school visits by players At West Ulverstone Primary School we encourage students to read every day. This year our Library Leaders are organising the Reading Challenge.

Student Leader Profiles

Name: Masyn Year 5

My hobbies are reading, fishing, shooting and AFL.

In 10 years’ time I will be an online gamer.

This year as a student leader I want to make people like books.

As a leader I will help people to read more books.

Name: Naomi Year 6

My hobbies include art, sports and running.

In 10 years’ time I will be working at Oliver’s Bakery.

This year as a student leader I want to help others.

As a leader I will be a role model to others.

School Association

The School Association Committee (SAC) met this week to discuss school improvement and fundraising ideas. It was decided that the 60 Year Anniversary Celebrations will be postponed until later in the year. A big thank you to the fundraising committee for organising the Easter Raffle. The raffle made $696. Staff Members elected onto the SAC are Leanne Jopson and Nicci Birch. We thank Hannah Millar and Jenny Plapp for their commitment to the SAC over many years.

Upcoming Events

Mother Day Stall – Thursday 9 May and Friday 10 May at WUPS in the Terrapin
Election Day BBQ - Saturday 18 May at WUPS outside the hall
Next Meeting - Monday 3 June 6:00pm at WUPS

Walk to School Day – Friday 17 May

Friday 17 May is National Walk Safely to School Day. Now in its 20th year, the annual campaign and community event encourages all primary school children and their families to walk regularly and safely to school. Join us in two locations at 8:00am.

  1. West Ulverstone Neighbourhood House
  2. Mount St Vincent Carpark (South Road and Jowett Street intersection). All families are welcome to walk with us.

Reboot Tool: 5 Faces & Self-Regulation

Self-regulation is one of the most important skills a child can develop. The capacity to know what you are feeling, what you need to feel better and respond appropriately to a life situation is a key determinant in outcomes socially, personally and at school. Self-regulatory ability is a stronger predictor of long-term school and life success than talent or natural ability. Reboot’s 5 Faces are helping our staff to co-regulate with students to build their ability to self-regulate.

Co-regulation is the act of supporting a person to self-regulate. Everyone requires this support to develop basic skills in self-regulation, and at challenging times we all require the support of another person to self-regulate. Reboot’s 5 Faces are a simple visual tool to support young people to identify where they are at and what they need to feel better.

It is possible to feel all 5 levels of emotion in 5 minutes if enough stimulating things are happening. There is nothing wrong with being a number 1 or 2, sometimes you can’t help it (e.g. when someone you love leaves or dies, when someone betrays and upsets you) – it is acting out on it that is the problem.

With the support of Reboot, we are building skills in all our students so that they can self-regulate their behaviours and remain engaged in life and learning.

Homework for Parents & Carers

Talk to your children about their emotions – can they identify how they feel by using the 5 Faces? Do they know what they need to feel better? Assure them that you are there to support and help them feel the best they can.

Use the 5 Faces at home – be open and honest with your children when you are feeling a 1 or a 2 (they might even pick up on it before you do!) and explain to them what you need to feel better.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Friday 3 May at our School Meeting:

Respect and

Respect and

Respect and


and Safety

and Learning

and Learning

Gold Card

Awarded to Elliott
For outstanding focus completing a number task. Well Done!

Outstanding accomplishment in Health and Physical Education.

Outstanding resilience and progress in Maths.

Awesome effort boys

Feature class 5/6A and 5/6B

5/6A’s scientific experiences have mainly been focused on inquiry skills, learning about fair testing and conducting experiments to answer questions to solve problems. We are investigating which brand of paper towel is the best value for money. We will compare the price and absorbency of four well-known brands of paper towel.

We measured how many millilitres of water was absorbed by the paper towel under controlled conditions. Our results were recorded in tables and graphs which will be compared across the whole class. This information will be linked to the cost to complete our investigation. Feel free to call into 5/6A in the coming weeks to find out which brand our investigation indicated was the best value for money.

As you can see in the student photos below students were focussed on learning the skills of observing, measuring and recording data with accuracy to be used as evidence to assist with explaining their findings.

Kylie Mudford
5/6A Teacher

In science 5/6B have been exploring fair testing. We chose to test four different brands of paper towel to see which one is the most absorbent. Our hypothesis was: More expensive paper towel is more absorbent.

We predicted which brand was the most expensive and then tested them all five times each by placing each piece of paper towel into 200 ml of water for 20 seconds and recording the amount of water that each piece absorbed.

Students are learning to predict, conduct a fair test and record results.

We will use the data recorded to find out what brand of paper towel is the best value for money.

Deet Cox
5/6B Teacher

5/6 PCYC Operation Resilience Program

The PCYC Operation Resilience Program will start on the 24 July (Term 3). Information will be sent home to parents closer to the time. Without the kind support of Justine Keay MP we would be unable to participate in such a worthwhile program which is usually a highlight for all students during their time in grade 5/6.

Kylie Mudford PCYC Co-ordinator

Kindergarten Development Check

Throughout Term 1, we have been checking off KDC markers gradually through the experiences the children have been engaging in on a daily basis. We are currently completing the final checks ready to submit by the end of May.

In the next few weeks I will be contacting families to book a short 15 minute meeting about your child’s progress and KDC results. You will also have a chance to look at a sample of our end of year portfolios.

Hannah Millar
Kindergarten Teacher


Dear families,

May is Scholastic National Reading Month!


To celebrate, we will be holding a book exchange in the Hall (Josephine Street entrance) on Wednesday 22nd May from 8.15am-9.00am.

Come along and enjoy a warm Milo with your child, read a story and choose some new ones to take home!

Bring pre-loved, good condition children’s books to swap on the day - alternatively, you can bring your book donations to the Early Learning Hub (Kindergarten/LiL room) before or after school.

Keep your eyes out for an invite to be sent home next week.

Hannah Millar
LiFT Coordinator

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.

Book Fair

This year’s book fair will be held in the Terrapin from 22-24 May.

Opening times will be;

Wednesday 22 May 3:00 – 4:00pm
Thursday 23 May 8:30 – 9:00am and 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Friday 24 May 8:30 – 9:00am and 3:00 – 3:30pm

Payment for books can be by cash or EFT will be available. A promotional leaflet will be sent home for each family soon. This is a great way for our library to get new books.

Sharon Guard
Book Fair Co-ordinator

Book Club

Book club Issue 3, is due back to the office with correct money and order form on Friday 17 May. Upon delivery of the last issue, we received an unnamed order. Please see me if you are missing any books.

Sharon Guard
Book Club Co-ordinator

Brixhibition Schools Challenge 2019

The Tasmanian Brick Enthusiasts Inc. and Brixhibition invite all Primary school students on the West Coast and North West Coast, to compete in an individual Lego Competition running in the second term of 2019.

  • Parent/Guardian to return entry form to your school before Friday 7 June 2019
  • Each student or team to have their Lego creation completed and ready for judging by your school by Monday 17 June 2019
  • Each School to have judged and announce their winning student and team by Friday 21 June 2019
  • The overall winning student of your school will win a winner’s medallion, Leven River Cruise, Beaconsfield Heritage Museum, and Richmond Gaol vouchers
  • Each Schools Lego Challenge overall winner is invited to display their winning Lego creations, at the Ulverstone Sports and leisure Centre, Ulverstone on Sat 13 and Sun 14 July 2019.
  • All Lego Challenge winners displayed at Brixhibiton will be judged by Tasmanian Brick Enthusiasts Inc. members.
  • Individual student overall Prizes (Prizes awarded to students)
        1st Place $300 Games World Plus Voucher
        2nd Place $200 Games World Plus Voucher
        3rd Place $100 Games World Plus Voucher
  • Winners announced at 3pm, Sun 14 July 2019 at Brixhibition
  • Applications and Conditions of entry are available from your school

Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th July 2019
9:30am – 4:00pm
Ulverstone Sports and Leisure Centre, Flora Street, Ulverstone.


Trent Lehman will be holding soccer training for under 10’s and under 12’s on a Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 – 5:00pm. If it is raining, training will be held in the hall.

Woolworths Earn and Learn

We are excited to be taking part in the 2019 Woolworths Earn & Learn program. During the previous campaign, we were able to purchase some great resources with the points we earned, thanks to you. From now until June 25, you can collect stickers at Woolworths that go towards Earn & Learn points. For every $10 you spend at Woolworths, you will receive a sticker. These stickers can then be given to your children to collect on a special sticker sheet. Once it is completed, they can simply bring it back here to school or you can drop them into the WUPS collection box at Woolworths, Ulverstone. We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you have any questions, please ask at the school office.

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.


Six easy steps for ordering Subway lunches

  1. Sign up at www.subsforyou.com
  2. Log into subsforyou.com
  3. Select your details then add student
  4. Select order lunches and highlight student
  5. Select order day (Thursday) and lunch pack
  6. Order lunch before 8am on the designated lunch day


Ipads for sale

We still have a number of 4th Generation ipads and ipad Mini 2’s for sale. Each ipad will come with a charging brick and case. Please contact the office on 6425 2195 if you are interested.

Oral Health Services

Oral Health have sent out a second round of forms for their Fissure Sealant and Fluoride Varnish Program. This program is open for Years Kinder, Prep, Grades 1, 2 and 6. If you have not received a form and your child is in these years, please contact the office on 6425 2195.

Community News

2019 Mini League Roster – Ulverstone Robbins

The Dance Company


Emu Bay Lions Club Book Fair

School Calendar

Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 May


Tuesday 21 May

2:00pm Whole School Assembly

Friday 17 May

Walk safely to school

Saturday 18 May

Election BBQ

Monday 20 – Friday 24 May

Book Fair

Wednesday 22 May

National Simultaneous Story Time

Friday 24 May

Cross Country

Monday 3 June

6:00pm School Association meeting