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

30 August 2019

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Principal’s Report

Marine Discovery Centre

This week WUPS was home to a baby shark, crab, star fish and plankton. We were privileged to have a visits from the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre. Mr Andrew Walsh is the Discovery Centre teacher who travelled from the south of the state to provide an experience for our students. Each class was involved in a lesson linked to the Australian Curriculum that covered topics such as bioluminescence, animal life cycles and the physical characteristics of marine life.

Respect Tokens

Children have been very excited by the opening of the WUPS Respect Shop. The Respect Shop will be open every Monday at recess time for children to trade their respect tokens. Items at the shop are priced from 10 to 100 and include items such as stationery, bouncy balls, books and sensory items. The shop also contains a range of vouchers to access experiences such as cooking, spending time in another class and even using a teacher’s chair for the day.

North Melbourne Visit

On Wednesday 21 August some of the greats of North Melbourne Football club visited our school. Ian Fairly, Ross Henshaw and Donald McDonald answered questions that we wanted to ask. We were given the chance to hold four of the premiership cups and have a kick with the greats and our friends. WIN news and the Advocate visited. We were very lucky to have that opportunity to show off our school with a great football team. We would like to thank North Melbourne Football Club.


As of Term 4 Ulverstone Secondary College (USC) will cease providing lunch orders to WUPS. We thank USC for providing us this opportunity. Wednesday Student Leader canteen and Thursday Subway orders will continue.

Reading is my super power - Book Week

Thank you to families for supporting book week. The parade was a fantastic showcase of our students’ love of reading. We do not know who had more selecting costumes: our students or our staff!

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.

Road Safety – Children Safety Depends on You

  • Make sure your children are in appropriate child car seats that are fitted and used correctly.
  • Abide by the 10km/h speed limit in the car park.
  • Stick to the 40km/h speed limit in a school zone as children are about and can be unpredictable.
  • Look out for buses pulling out.
  • Always park and turn legally around schools and avoid dangerous manoeuvres like U-turns and three-point turns.
  • Always give way to pedestrians, especially when entering and leaving driveways.
  • Drop the kids off and pick them up on the school side of the road. Calling out to them from across the road is dangerous because they may run to you without checking traffic.
  • Walking together to and from school.
  • Plan your trip to school so you are using pedestrian crossing areas where possible.
  • Always hold your child's hand up until the age of eight.
  • Drop off and pick up your child near the school gate and avoid calling them from across the road.
  • Talk to your children about Stop, Look, Listen and Think every time they cross the road:
    Stop one step back from the kerb
    Look continuously both ways
    Listen for the sounds of approaching traffic
    Think whether it is safe to cross and keep checking until safely across

Every School Day Counts

Attendance matters as early as kindergarten. Studies show children who miss too many days of school can struggle academically. 20 missed days of school over 10 years of schooling is equivalent to missing a full year of education.

How can you help?

  • Plan vacations during non-school days
  • Schedule your child’s medical and dental appointment at the end of the school day
  • Make sure your child goes to school every day unless they are unwell

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Friday 16 August at our School Meeting:


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and Learning

These winners were drawn out on Friday 23 August at our School Meeting:

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Aussie of the month

July Aussie of the month has been awarded to Montana.

Montana speaks politely to adults and peers and uses her imitative to help others in need. She shows pride and persistence in all leaning tasks. Montana is respected by others for her resilient attitude, kindness and positivity.

Gold Card


Outstanding sketching in art


Magnificent cat creation in art


Magnificent cat creation in art


Improved commitment to learning


Maths work about permimeter


Received two gold cards

Excellent sentence writing and always working hard
Making massive progress with reading


Excellent writing on the Hungry Caterpillar

Feature classes


We have been doing dome transient art. Transient art is pieces of work you create but they are not meant to last long. We have worked with rocks pop sticks, blocks and also chalk after reading the Book Week story Chalk Boy. We have had fun and the children have learned that you can create art form anything wherever you are.

Julia Hill and Thais Gardam
1/2A Teachers


Last week in 1/2B we had lots of fun celebrating book week. We read a number of the Early Childhood books shortlisted for Book of the Year and followed up with some different activities such as creating our own rainbow bears taking inspiration from the book “Rainbow Bear” by Stephen Michael King. Our dress up day on Friday was a great way to top off the week with lots of amazing costumes to be seen.

Jess Finch
1/2B Teacher

Student Leader Report

Sam Johnson Visit

On Tuesday 3 September a very special person named Sam Johnson is coming in to our school to visit. Sam travels around the Australia raising awareness and money for cancer. Sam’s sister died from cancer. He made a promise that he would raise money for the cancer in the hope of finding a cure. You might know Sam from TV shows like Dancing with the stars and Molly. We will be having a BBQ at WUPS on Wednesday 4 September and all money raised will be donated to the Love your sister charity.

Tape the teacher

Tape the teacher will be held next term on Friday 25 of October. The prices will be 50c for one strip of tape and one dollar for three strips. We will be taping Mrs McAuliffe and Miss Cox to the wall in the courtyard.

Footy Colours Day Friday 27 September

On Friday the 27 September we will hold Footy Colours Day. Please support us by wearing footy colours and bringing a gold coin donation. Cupcakes will be sold for 50c each an order from will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Written by Masyn and Imogen
School Leaders


Grade 5/6 Operation Resilience Program

By week 3 improvements on all stations are starting to be made. Two team leaders are elected for each group at the start of the session. The leaders are responsible for making sure everyone in the group knows what their role is when working on each station, to achieve the common goal of the group. When approaching each piece of equipment mini meetings are held to come up with the team’s agreed strategies.

‘The River’ challenge will be featured this week, this involves all team members needing to be moved from one end of the river to the other. The team use coloured mats (boats) to transport all members. There is an obstacle in the river which is a log, all boats and passengers must pass under it. If any part of a team member’s body touches the river that team member has to go back to the start of the river again, which requires a team effort to get them back.

This is another challenge where all the four key qualities of leadership, effective communication, co-operation and team work needs to be used for the team to successfully complete their mission.

The team need to be patient if one of the group end up in the river some people will need to go back to get them. Teams will not be successful if they become frustrated with each other or blame others.

Here are some group members working together to move one of the boats under the obstacle (the log).

Thank You to Our PCYC Sponsor

We would like to thank Senator Anne Urquhart for sponsoring our PCYC Program. Without Senator Urquhart’s kind support, participation in this vital program for our grade 5/6 students would not be possible.

Kylie Mudford
5/6 Teacher


Devon Representatives

Congratulations to Wyatt (Soccer), Charli (Football), Jonty (Football) and Karlia (Soccer) who have been selected to represent the Devon region (schools from Sassafras to Penguin) today as part of the North West Primary School Sports Association Year 5/6 Sports Day.

All students were invited to try out for the Devon team and were selected to represent Devon from a training session. We wish students the best of luck and we are excited to see how you go.

Jump Rope for Heart

We’re skipping through the term!

Jump Rope for Heart is well underway and it’s great to see so many children out in the playground skipping with smiles on their faces West Ulverstone has already raised $333.10. It’s not long until our Jump Off Day on Friday 13 September so keep on practicing those tricks! And don’t forget to share your online fundraising page with friends and family to raise money for a great cause! Still need to sign up online? It’s easy just follow this link and enter your details.


Lost and found

We have a large number of unnamed items in our lost and found. Can you please come to the office and check if any clothing belongs to your child. Any unclaimed items will be sold with second hand uniforms in the next few weeks.

Community News

Ulverstone Netball Assosciation

East Ulverstone Swimming Pool

Ticket to play

School Calendar

Monday 2 September

West Coast Chess Competition

5:00pm School Association meeting

Monday 2 – Friday 13 September

Student Wellbeing Survey

Monday 2 – Friday 20 September

School Satisfaction Survey

Tuesday 3 September

Sam Johnson visit – Love your Sister

5/6A Outdoor Education Excursion

Wednesday 4 September

Love your sister BBQ fundraiser

Monday 9 September

2:00 – 2:30pm Talent Quest

Monday 9 – Friday 13 September

UTAS Students visit

Thursday 12 September

9:00 – 10:30am MAST Years 3 – 6

Nation HPE Day – afternoon activities

Friday 13 September

Year 3/4 Excursion – Monopoly Performance

Jump Rope for Heart

Monday 16 – Friday 27 September

K-6 Swimming and Water Safety Program

Tuesday 17 – Wednesday 18 September

Bright Sparks Electricity Presentation

Tuesday 17 September

Maths Competition

Thursday 19 September

English Competition

Year 6 Little Leaders - USC

Friday 27 September

Footy Colours Day

Last Day of Term 3

Monday 14 October

Term 4 commences