West Ulverstone Primary School
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34 Maud Street
Ulverstone TAS 7315
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Phone: 03 6425 2195
Absentee Line: 0419 513 498

12 September 2019

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Principal’s Report

Working together for a safe school

You are welcomed as a valued school member and role model to 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.

Naplan

Reports were sent home to parents last week. The data from these assessments is used to assist teachers in planning for class and individual student learning as well as school wide planning. This year’s results clearly identified an improvement in reading both in year 3 and 5. This is a result of the hard work and ongoing commitment by students and teachers with the introduction of the common instructional model.

Maths Relay

Good luck to students who are representing WUPS on Sunday in the North West Maths Relay. The WUPS team consists of Daniel, Roscoe, Mia, Naomi and Chiraphat. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Davis for supporting the team.

National Teacher Assistant Week

On Friday 6 September we celebrated our wonderful Teacher Assistants in our morning meeting. We made a video highlighting our appreciation and classes made cards with a bunch of flowers. Absent from photo Mrs Debbie Scott.

School Association Father’s Day Stall

Thank you to our School Association for organising and running a wonderful Father’s Day stall for our students. We had many excited students purchase presents for their very special people.

Swimming and Water Safety Program

Our Swimming and Water Safety Program starts next week - Monday, 16 September.

Your child will need to bring along the following items every day throughout their program:

  • Swimming gear – including bathers and swimming cap (swimming caps will be provided by the school).
  • Towel and plastic bag to put wet swimming gear in.
  • Any medication (e.g. Asthma medication) that may be needed at the poolside.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe
Principal

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Friday 30 August at our School Meeting:

Gabrielle
5/6B
Respect and
Learning

Roscoe
5/6A
Respect and
Learning

Sienna
3/4B
Respect and
Relationships

Hunter
3/4A
Learning

Cormac
1/2B
Responsibility

Logan
1/2A
Responsibility

Rudy
Prep
Learning

Bailey
Kinder
Respect and
Relationships

These winners were drawn out on Friday 6 September at our School Meeting:

Rhiannan
5/6B
Learning

Addy
5/6A
Respect,
Responsibility,
Relationships
and Learning



Jarod
3/4B
Learning



Amber
3/4A
Respect



Charlie
1/2B
Responsibility

Jay Jay
1/2A
Learning

Isabelle
Prep
Learning

Jace
Kinder
Relationships

Rhiannan
5/6B
Learning

Addy
5/6A
Respect,
Responsibility,
Relationships
and Learning




Jarod
3/4B
Learning




Amber
3/4A
Respect




Charlie
1/2B
Responsibility

Jay Jay
1/2A
Learning

Isabelle
Prep
Learning

Jace
Kinder
Relationships

Gold Card

Sienna received two gold cards

Outstanding work on her sustainability assignment.
Dedicated time and effort into her outstanding Art piece.

William

Outstanding work on his sustainability assignment.

Siannah

Completing a Maths task with supreme concentration and perseverance.

Feature classes

Kindergarten

On Tuesday 27 August the Marine Discovery Centre visited our school. They bought a ‘touch tank’ where we got to touch hermit crabs, starfish, crabs and sea urchins. We rotated around activities such as printing flounder shapes on calico, sea creature patterns and painting sea animal plaster moulds.

The children also loved dressing up for book week – thankyou to the parents for putting in an amazing effort at buying and making costumes. Here are some pictures the children drew of themselves from their photos – they added some amazing detail!

Hannah Millar
Kindergarten Teachers

Prep

In the Prep room, students have continued their hard work with our Smart Spelling program which has been helping them develop their letter sound knowledge, spelling and reading. It has been great hearing how keen students are to share their letter of the week with their families.

In Maths we have been focusing on using our understanding of the math we have learned so far in problem solving activities. This is helping to bring meaning to what we are learning and see how we might use our math skills.

Through inquiry, we have been developing our thinking and wondering skills. Students have been coming up with some really great lines of inquiry through our science topic of what living things need.

During book week we read lots of the short listed books and completed a variety of different activities around the books – graphing our favourites, creating our own chalk people, and students have begun to create an animal version of the Head and Tails Insects book by John Canty, using the information we have collected during our inquiry.

This term the Preps also got to participate in a variety of activities when the Marine Discovery Centre came to visit.

This week we welcome Mr Jake McDermott to our classroom who is starting his final Teaching Practicum with us. He will be with us for week 8 this term and then the first 5 weeks of term 4. We are looking forward to having him working with us.

Elisse McWhirter
Prep Teacher

LiL

Our last Play Gym session for the term was held on Thursday 12 September. Playgroup and Pre kinder will continue to run on Mondays till the end of Term 3.

HPE

NWPSSA Athletes

On Thursday 12 September, three of our most talented young athletes embarked on a journey to Launceston to represent themselves and our school in the 2019 Major Sports Exchange. From an exceptional effort in the recent 5/6 Devon vs Darwin expo our students shone, granting them the opportunity to be selected.

Karlia and Wyatt were both selected as part of the North West soccer squad. Charli was selected in the North West girl’s football team. A huge congratulations to the three aspiring athletes and well done for representing WUPS in such a professional manner.

Jump Rope for Heart

It’s time to celebrate, recognise and conclude our Jump Rope for Heart program. On Friday 13 September, we were lucky enough to be gifted a clearing in weather to run our JUMP OFF. This was an opportunity for the whole school to engage in a number of different activities that would ensure a pumping heart! The Jump Rope for Heart Program is to raise awareness of heart disease and in turn support the National Heart Foundation. Our school and community almost raised $500! A very honourable mention to Zoey and William who both raised $79.08 each.

Well Done Skippers.

At West Ulverstone Primary School we love our Health and Physical Education. On Thursday 12 September, students participated in National HPE Day. The whole school engaged in a series of activities in the afternoon learning block. National HPE Day aims to highlight the positive outcomes of being active! With research showing that student’s participation in physical activity leads to better engagement, improved academic achievement during school years and better outcomes in adult life. With a 70% increase in students participating in 2019, WUPS students are joining thousands of other people all over Australia to help raise the awareness of the real benefits of quality Health & Physical Education.

Keep Moving WUPS.

Don’t forget our Swimming and Water Safety Program begins on Monday. The dates and times for our school program are:

Week 1

Monday
16/09/19

Tuesday
17/09/19

Wednesday
18/09/19

Thursday
19/09/19

Friday
20/09/19

9:10 – 10:00

5/6A

5/6A

5/6A

5/6A

5/6A

10:00 – 10:50

5/6B

5/6B

5/6B

5/6B

5/6B

10:50 – 11:40

3/4A

3/4A

3/4A

3/4A

3/4A

11:40 – 12:30

3/4B

3/4B

3/4B

3/4B

3/4B

Lunch Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

12:45 – 1:30

Prep

Prep

Prep

Prep

Prep

1:30 – 2:15

Kinder

Kinder

Kinder

Week 2

Monday
23/09/19

Tuesday
24/09/19

Wednesday
25/09/19

Thursday
26/09/19

Friday
27/09/19

9:10 – 10:00

5/6A

5/6A

5/6A

5/6A

5/6A

10:00 – 10:50

5/6B

5/6B

5/6B

5/6B

5/6B

10:50 – 11:40

3/4A

3/4A

3/4A

3/4A

3/4A

11:40 – 12:30

3/4B

3/4B

3/4B

3/4B

3/4B

Lunch Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

12:45 – 1:30

1/2A

1/2A

1/2A

1/2A

1/2A

1:30 – 2:15

1/2B

1/2B

1/2B

1/2B

1/2B

Week 1

Monday
16/09/19

Tuesday
17/09/19

Wednesday
18/09/19

Thursday
19/09/19

Friday
20/09/19

9:10 – 10:00

5/6A

5/6A

5/6A

5/6A

5/6A

10:00 – 10:50

5/6B

5/6B

5/6B

5/6B

5/6B

10:50 – 11:40

3/4A

3/4A

3/4A

3/4A

3/4A

11:40 – 12:30

3/4B

3/4B

3/4B

3/4B

3/4B

Lunch Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

12:45 – 1:30

Prep

Prep

Prep

Prep

Prep

1:30 – 2:15

Kinder

Kinder

Kinder

Week 2

Monday
23/09/19

Tuesday
24/09/19

Wednesday
25/09/19

Thursday
26/09/19

Friday
27/09/19

9:10 – 10:00

5/6A

5/6A

5/6A

5/6A

5/6A

10:00 – 10:50

5/6B

5/6B

5/6B

5/6B

5/6B

10:50 – 11:40

3/4A

3/4A

3/4A

3/4A

3/4A

11:40 – 12:30

3/4B

3/4B

3/4B

3/4B

3/4B

Lunch Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

12:45 – 1:30

1/2A

1/2A

1/2A

1/2A

1/2A

1:30 – 2:15

1/2B

1/2B

1/2B

1/2B

1/2B

Students in 5/6A will need to be at school by 8:45am each day of the program to ensure the bus is able to depart on time to allow for students to be ready and in the pool by 9:10am.

Your child will need to bring along the following items every day throughout their program:

  • Swimming gear – including bathers and swimming cap
  • Towel and plastic bag to put wet clothes in
  • Any medication (e.g. asthma medication) that may be needed at the poolside

Max Watson
HPE Teacher

PCYC

Grade 5/6 Operation Resilience Program

In week 4 Geoff our PCYC co-ordinator decided we were performing so well at all the stations that extra responsibilities could be added to challenge the teams. This week each team had a large box to transport through most stations. In addition one person in each group had to wear special goggles which affected their judgement of the space around them and their balance. Sometimes this makes it difficult to know how much you need to step down or up and can affect how to move under/over the equipment. The person nominated to wear the goggles needed to put their trust in their team that they would be cared for to safely move around the stations.

The large box which had to be carried around the course had to move over the Isle of Burke and Sewer Pit challenges without touching the ground. The large box was an extra consideration that the groups needed to take into account.

All groups were successful in moving their team member with goggles safely and the large boxes around the course. For this to happen all team members needed to use the four key qualities of leadership, effective communication, co-operation and team work.

Here are some groups helping their team members who were wearing the googles which affects balance and perception and teams moving their big box around the course.

Tori and Karlia are helping guide
Naomi safely on the Isle of Burke.

Daniel assisted Beau while their team
were moving over the Sewer Pit.

Here is a team working together to deal with the large box,
this was another added challenge.

Phase 2 Thursday 14 November 2019

We can now confirm the date for Phase 2 of Operation Resilience for both grade 5/6 classes. This will provide students with the opportunity to transfer the skills they have learnt to an outdoor setting. Further information will be provided in Term 4.

Thank you to our PCYC Sponsor

We would like to thank Leonie Hiscutt MLC for sponsoring our PCYC Program. Without this kind support, participation in this vital program for our grade 5/6 students would not be possible.

Kylie Mudford
5/6 Teacher

Student Leader Report

Canteen

Unfortunately the canteen will not operate during the last two weeks of term due to our swimming and water safety program, but will re-commence next term.

Sam Johnson

Last Wednesday the Student Leader canteen held a BBQ to raise money for the Love Your Sister charity, as we had Samuel Johnson visit our school to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. We sold a large amount of sausages, burgers and milk drinks and $422 was raised. Thank you to everyone in our School community who supported this fundraiser.

Tape the teacher

Tape the teacher will be held next term on Friday 25 October. The prices will be 50c for one strip of tape and $1.00 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 form will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Written by Ryan, Wyatt and Jonty

Talent Quest

The talent quest was a great success with 13 finalists. Every finalist did a terrific job. There were jolly jokers, dynamic dancers, super skippers and sensational singers. All acts were amazing, however there were six people that stood out to the judges. In 1st equal place was Paige singing and Finlay also singing. 2nd place was Cohen, Ashton and Beau telling jokes. 3rd place was Sienna who was dancing.

I think and hope that you were all having a great time and when you guys were out there doing your acts, you looked happy and pumped to be showing the school what you are best at.

Written by Roscoe Organiser and Host

Chess

Last Monday 10 September, students with Leanne and Mrs McAuliffe travelled to Rosebery where we had been invited to play chess against the schools on the West Coast. It was a sunny day and we left school early, arriving in Rosebery in time for an early morning tea. We waited for the first draw and we played a total of 6 games against other players. At the end of the games we had a BBQ, which had been cooked by the Rosebery school. Our team came third overall in A Division and we enjoyed our day. On the way home we stopped in at Guide Falls at Ridgley, where we had a short break from the long drive and we got a photo near the waterfall.

Written by Kyran and Charli

School Nurse

Why self-sufficiency is paramount

  • CONFIDENCE

Recently, a mother of two primary school children thanked me for the impact one of my presentations had on her parenting style.

When I asked what was it that made the difference, she said that one particular question I posed in the presentation had the most impact. The question was “What are you regularly doing for your children now that they can do themselves?”

This mother attended my Parenting for Independence seminar after reading my book Spoonfed Generation. My message of developing self-sufficiency in children from the earliest possible age stayed with her.

She said that the independence message really came home to roost when her children went to an international school in Germany two years later. Self-sufficiency was expected at the school so the training she provided them as a result of the seminar such as in teaching them to pack school bags, preparing snacks and assisting with meals, doing daily chores, and getting themselves up each morning helped to prepare them for the expectations of an international school.

Why is self-sufficiency important?

Self-sufficiency, of the ‘I can do it myself’ kind, is the basis of self-esteem and resilience. One of the main developmental tasks is for children and teenagers to gain a sense of control and mastery over their environment. This mastery begins by gaining basic competencies such as being able to feed and dress yourself as a toddler and then gradually adding new competencies as physical and mental capacities allow. The development of children’s independence can be frustrating and time-consuming, particularly if you are time-poor or have a strong perfectionist streak. But that is the price of independence-building.

Step back to allow kids to step up

Respected US parenting and child development expert Dr. Debora Gilboa (aka Dr. G) believes parents need to step back to allow children to step up. It’s a smart phrase that infers that parents need to take on the role of their child’s teacher rather than be the person who is always solving their problems and doing routine tasks for them.

Gilboa says, “It’s crucial that you take a step back and let your kids make mistakes and learn from their experiences. You aren’t going to be there in adulthood to clear the obstacles they face or solve their struggles.” It is through dealing with their own frustrations and learning from their mistakes that kids develop the resilience needed to stand on their own two feet.

Self-sufficiency tips

Gilboa gives the following three tips to develop self-sufficiency in children at any age:

  1. Problem-solving. When your child or adolescent comes to you with a problem, resist the urge to fix it. Invite them to resolve the problem themselves.
  2. Welcome failure. This is hard in our perfectionistic world but expect them to struggle and talk about what they can do to get back on their feet.
  3. Expect them to help. Give them tasks that help the whole family, not just themselves and make sure they do them well. Be patient, but firm.

Self-sufficiency has many forms and many faces, including the ability to problem-solve, emotional self-regulation and taking responsibility for your actions. It’s easiest to develop in children when they are young. This is also because not every child in a family will take to independence as willingly as others.

If developing independence is something that you haven’t focused on before, don’t despair. It’s not too late to start. Begin where you feel comfortable, rather than make huge changes straightaway. Persist rather than give in when you have resisters; the notion of independence is too important for children’s future success.

Michael Grose

Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation and the best-selling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. His latest release Anxious Kids, was co-authored with Dr Jodi Richardson.

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

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.

School Calendar

Monday 16 September

2:00pm Whole School Assembly – Please note date change

Monday 16 – Friday 27 September

K-6 Swimming and Water Safety Program

Tuesday 17 – Wednesday 18 September

Bright Sparks Electricity Presentation – postponed until Term 4. Dates to be advised.

Tuesday 17 September

Maths Competition

Thursday 19 September

English Competition

Friday 27 September

Footy Colours Day

Last Day of Term 3

Monday 14 October

Term 4 commences

Monday 21 – Friday 25 October

Fire Education Program

Monday 21 October

State Chess Championships Launceston To be confirmed

Thursday 24 October

Wellbeing Expo

Monday 28 October

5:30pm School Association Meeting

Friday 1 November

Student Free day

Thursday 14 November

Year 5/6 Operation Resilience Phase 2