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

6 June 2019

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Principal’s Report


The majority of our Year 3 and Year 5 students have been busy completing NAPLAN testing. As you may have heard, some schools had technical difficulties during the Writing Test and this may have impacted on student’s ability to complete the test to the standard they were hoping. However, Tasmanian Government School students will not be asked to re-sit NAPLAN. This decision will allow Tasmanian Government School students, teachers and parents to move past NAPLAN testing and to continue with the 2019 school year. I could not be more pleased with the application students have demonstrated whilst completing their NAPLAN tests: reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy. Along with other data sets, NAPLAN tests provide us with important data to help guide our teaching and learning programs. Students are to be congratulated on the mature approach they have taken towards the tests.

New Staff

This week we welcome Mrs Sabrina Catlin to WUPS as Literacy Coach until the end of the year. Please make her feel welcome when you see her around our school community.

UTAS Students

Last week we welcomed Miss Burgess (5/6A), Miss Howard (P), Mrs Knowles (3/4A) and Mr Elstone (5/6A) to WUPS. The UTAS student teachers will be working with us until the end of term. Please make them feel welcome if you see them around.

Book review by Sienna

  1. The name of the book I am reading is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  2. Written and Illustrated by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake.
  3. This book is funny when Veronica Salt turned into a big blueberry.
  4. In my words Charlie was nice to his family and won the golden ticket. He did not expect to win.
  5. I think the best thing about this book is When Charlie went to the chocolate factory.
  6. I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

Student Leader Profiles

Name: Karlia

My hobbies are soccer, football and speedway racing.
In 10 years’ time I will be a vet, doctor or nurse.
This year as a student leader I will treat everyone with respect and give help where it is needed.
As a leader I will encourage others to preserve and try their best.

Name: Addy

My hobbies are gymnastics, singing and dancing.
In 10 years’ time I will be a vet or doctor.
This year as a student leader I will treat everyone with respect and help everyone.
As a leader I will encourage others to respect each other.

The student leader group with Leanne will run a canteen on Wednesday’s starting on Wednesday 12 June. We will be cooking Penne Bolognaise for $3.50 and Truffles for 50 cents each. The menu will change every 2 weeks. Please let a student leader know if you have any food suggestions.


In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Friday 31 May at our School Meeting:

and Learning



and Learning

Learning and

Respect and

and Learning


Gold Card

Awarded to:

Isabella for her fantastic recount
writing about her weekend

Rubi Coppleman for her
amazing descriptive writing

Feature classes


1/2 A have been investigating weather and we have found out lots of interesting things. We were very interested in extreme weather like cyclones and tornados. We learned that cyclones form over water and tornados form over land. We drew some cyclones, we drew what they look like and some of the damage they can do.

Julia Hill and Thais Gardam
1/2A Teachers


In 1/2B we are currently learning about money in maths. This week we are very excited to set up our class shop so that we can practise ideas such as matching money to price tags, counting collections of coins, adding prices and working out change. This is also a great way to reinforce our school focus value of respect as we are practise working cooperatively, using our manners and taking care of our learning space.

In science we have been investigating different types of movement, carrying out a variety of experiments. Some of these experiments have included the use of ramps which we needed to plan and construct ourselves so that we could test out the effect they have on the movement of different objects.

Jess Finch
1/2B 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

Shayarne Porteus Teacher

Learning area

Fortnightly Focus

Suggestions for home



After reading to/hearing your child read, get them to describe what they read using their 5 senses

What are you imagining it to look like? Smell like? Taste? Sound or feel like?


Information texts

Read a mixture of fiction and non-fiction texts at home. Talk about the different parts of



Using their pocket money/money box to sort coins, add coins together, use catalogues to find out what they can afford, how much change they will get, or how much extra they will need to save


Giving back to people, being grateful

Gratitude sentence starters – ask your child one of these at the beginning or end of your day:

What is your favourite part about your home? Why?

What abilities do you have that you are grateful for?

What is one of your favourite things to do? Why are you grateful for it?

What is something about your teacher that you are grateful for?

Who did something nice for you today? What was it?

What is something you love doing with your parents?

Hannah Millar
LiFT Coordinator

Book Club

Orders and money for issue 4 are due on Thurdsay 20 June. Don’t forget orders can be paid online via the link below:


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.

  • 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.

School Nurse

Violence against women

This is not a topic that should NOT be hidden - it needs to be


Australia has a choice. We can change the story that currently sees a woman murdered every week by a current or former partner. We can choose a future where women and their children live free from violence.

Violence against women is woven into the fabric of society to such an extent that many of us who are victimized feel that we are at fault. Many of those who perpetrate violence feel justified by strong societal messages that say that rape, battering, sexual harassment, child abuse, and other forms of violence are acceptable. Every day we see images of male violence against women in the news, on TV shows, in the movies, in advertising, and in our homes and workplaces. It is a fact of life for women of all ages, races, and classes.

If you or a friend, needs someone to talk too please click on the link for Local support services.


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

Cross Country

Last Friday we held our annual Cross Country and what a fantastic day it was. All students gave a huge effort with only 4 points separating our house teams. A big thank you to our families for their support of this event and coming along to cheer the children on. Some spectacular running from our Mersey House gave them the overall win with 188 points. Don pinched second with 185 points followed by Forth in third with 184 points. Congratulations to all our competitors who up held a great deal of respect for not only themselves but their school.

NWPSSA Inter School Cross country

An exceptional effort was put forward by all our runners at the NWPSSA Inter School Cross Country. With beautiful sunny conditions our runners were set to excel. With our school focus of RESPECT in mind, students did a fantastic job at representing WUPS. Not only did they take pride in their personal achievement but the support for each other was a real sight to see. A special mention to Charli, placing first in our schools division out of 100+ students. Thank you to Mrs Jones for accompanying the team and providing a great deal of support and encouragement.


Max Watson
HPE Teacher


On 24 May, WUPS played soccer at the Ulverstone Show Grounds. The Under 12’s played Ulverstone Primary School. We lost by one goal. The Under 10’s played Sacred Heart and the score was 16 - 1. Unfortunately, WUPS lost. Good try everyone.

Team member

On 31 May, WUPS soccer team went to play soccer representing our School, we were playing against Forth Primary School.

Everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun, until one of the WUPS players received a nasty kick to his ankle and he fell to the ground in a lot of pain. Everyone clapped and encouraged him to get back up and took him to the sideline.

There were only two minutes left in the game and the score was WUPS 7 Forth 5 and the scores remained this way when the final whistle went.

We are all looking forward to playing again next week.

Team member

Ipads for sale

We have iPad 4th Gen’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’d like to purchase one, please see Bek or Nardi in the office.

Community News

Penguin Basketball Club

Ulverstone Basketball Club

Ulverstone Surf Life Saving Club

2019 Mini League Roster – Ulverstone Robbins

School Calendar

Friday 7 June

Circus Performance

Monday 10 June

Public Holiday

Friday 14 June

North West Chess Tournament
Latrobe Primary

Tuesday 25 June

2:00pm Whole School Assembly

Monday 1 -
Thursday 4 July

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

Wednesday 3 July

Dance Fever Event