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

27 September 2019

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Principal’s Report

Respectful Schools/Respectful Behaviour

We talk regularly to students about modelling respectful behaviour and how their choices impact on themselves and others, often in ways that they don’t realise at the time. The type of culture in a school community is often clearer in the moments when the direct presence/influence of adults is not there, e.g. the walk to and from school, school sports, recess/lunch and transition times. But school culture isn’t limited to the interactions between kids. It is represented by all of the interactions and relationships that take place in a school community; student/student, parent/parent, parent/student, student/teacher and parent/teacher. For the majority, I am really pleased with our student responses during these times. Building this positive culture though, extends beyond our students to staff, parents and in to each home in our community. A culture of respectful behaviour provides certainty for all. Everyone seeks and deserves this certainty in their school or workplace, therefore the responsibility and accountability is on all members of the community to behave in a respectful way, irrespective of the time or place.

Staffing Update

Bu Moir

This term we have been fortunate enough to have Bu (Miss) Moir on staff. Bu Moir has been teaching Indonesian and Literacy Support. Last week we heard prep students sing I’m a little teapot at our Friday morning meeting. It was delightful. We thank Bu Moir for being a part our WUPS teaching staff and providing the opportunity to learn another language.

Miss Finch

Today Miss Finch is celebrating her last day before leaving WUPS for maternity leave. We will miss Miss Finch’s dedication to her class and teaching as well as her caring nature. We wish Miss Finch and her fiancé all the best for a safe arrival of their baby girl.

Mrs Catlin

We are excited to announce Mrs Catlin is the successful applicant of our Literacy Coach position. Mrs Catlin will be part of our Leadership team until the end of 2021.

Swimming and water Safety

Over the past two weeks students have been travelling to the East Ulverstone Pool. Students have progressed in their confidence, swimming progressions and water awareness.

We have been very proud of students showing respect and willingness to have a go.

A big thank you to Mrs Murfet, Mr Hales and Mr Watson for teaching students during the program. Also thank you to Mr Watson, Mrs W and Miss V for their organisation of the program.

ICAS Competition

Well done to the following students who participated in the ICAS Maths, and or English competitions. The ICAS Assessments assess students' ability to apply classroom learning in new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. Lily, Cormac, William, Carly, Riley, Rubi, Paige, Corben, Sebastian, Aryannah, Sarah, Shataya, Roscoe, Lilyana, Naomi, Karlia and Daniel all demonstrated our value of learning.

Thank you to Mrs Mudford and Mrs Catlin for providing this opportunity to students.

12 Easy ways to beat school holiday boredom at home


We wish all WUPS families a safe and relaxing holiday. School resumes on Monday 14 October.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Friday 13 September at our School Meeting:

Mitchell 5/6B

Respect, Responsibility
and Learning

Ashton 5/6A

Respect, Relationships
and Learning

William 3/4B


Elliott 3/4A


Cormac 1/2B


Blayze 1/2A

Respect, Responsibility,
Relationships, Learning
and Safety

Ryder Prep

and Learning

Ellie Kinder

and Learning

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

Liam 5/6B

and Learning

Eloise 5/6A

Respect and

Kobi 3/4B


Elliott 3/4A

and Learning

Mylie 1/2B


Danika 1/2A


Rylie Prep

and Learning

Eloise Kinder


Aussie of the month


Aussie of the month has been awarded to Eloise.

Eloise is a respectful and responsible student who is always willing to assist other students where needed. She is always safe at school and goes out of her way to use her communication skills to be a supportive class member.

Gold Card

Rubi Coppleman

Magnificent writing about the ‘Freedom Machine’.

Jhett Cullen

Understanding subject specific words relating to natural disasters.

Brynee Brimfield

Excellent maths work

Thorn Smith-McKay

Complete subtraction of four digits including trading.

Beck Durant

Amazing Procedural text writing

Monique Robinson

Wonderful Ink Blow Art


Hard work on area maths


Hard work on area maths


Fantastic writing piece

Feature classes


Term 3 has been action packed in Kinder! Miss Millar and Sharon have worked with the kinders on their relationship building skills and it is fantastic to see their friendships blossoming. I have been lucky enough to take over Miss Millar’s role in kinder for the last two weeks of term. In this time we have loved swimming, playing outside in the lovely spring weather, painting and other sensory activities. Our kinders are excited to see which staff member’s house class bear ‘Euky’ spends his school holidays at!

Meg Wootton
Relief Kindergarten Teacher


After another fabulous term of hard work and lots of fabulous progress across all learning areas it is time for another short break. In week 9 the preps enjoyed their week at the pool and are all very keen for the end of year pool day. Next term we welcome Mr McDermott back for 5 weeks to work with our class as he completes his final University placement. Next term we will also be broadening our learning opportunities through one major excursion and hopefully several smaller local excursions. We hope you all have a fantastic break and we look forward to seeing everyone back next term for our last 10 weeks together.

Elisse McWhirter
Prep Teacher


We are enjoying our last week of school and are excited that it is our turn to swim. We have learnt so much about swimming and water safety. When we returned from the pool, we had a snack, a play and then worked our swimming diaries. On Tuesday we got into groups and took directions from our swimming teacher. It is very important to listen well at the pool. It is very noisy so we have to work at listening even harder.

We have had a busy term and are looking forward to the holidays. 1/2A hope that you have a good holiday too.

Julia Hill and Thais Gardam
1/2A Teachers


Wow, term 3 has really flown by. This term we have continued working on building our relationships with each other while exploring lots of areas in our learning. I am so proud of the hard work 1/2B have been putting into their learning this term, with so much progress being made. I am a little disappointed I won’t get to see how far they take themselves by the end of the year but I know they will continue to do their best with Miss Wootton and Mrs Haywood in term 4. I wish everyone the best for an excellent finish to the year and I will see you all in 2020.

Jess Finch
1/2B Teacher


Term 3 – wowee. What a busy, action packed term we have had in 3/4A.

We have been lucky enough to attend two excursions full of fun (and learning, of course). Monopoly by The Dance Company was a crowd favourite for both students and adults.

Most recently in Maths, children in 3/4A have been working on house design plans and calculating area. Today we wrap up our unit on procedural texts by making some penguin pancakes in English.

Students in 3/4A are loving our Swim & Water Safety lessons, learning new skills and developing more confidence as weeks continue.

We will finish up the term, though tired, with positive attitudes and growth mindsets.

I look forward to seeing students returning energised and ready to learn in Term 4. I wish you all a safe and enjoyable break.

Shay Porteus
3/4A Teacher


Another term finished and we wonder where the time has gone! We have had a very busy term including two excursions and lots of learning opportunities. We were particularly excited to see The Dance Company's production of Monopoly and support our classmates who were performing.

In Literacy, we have been busily trying to finish our picture books around our Lost Things so they can be shared with a younger class at the beginning of next term. In Maths we have been looking at perimeter and area. Students have been creating their dream house and will be measuring the area and perimeter of these. The houses are amazing and if they were ever built I would love to live in most of them!

While we are tired from a busy term and practising our swimming over the last two weeks we are excited about holidays and looking forward to term 4.

I hope you have wonderful holidays and are able to recharge for our final term together this year.

Nicci Birch
3/4B Teacher


Well it has been another very busy term in 5/6A. We have completed Phase 1 which is 5 weeks of the PCYC Operation Resilience Program.

As part of the work completed with other grade 5/6 teachers in our Cluster from Forth Primary through to Riana and including Ulverstone Secondary School some additional teaching and learning has been happening in our classroom to develop our persuasive text writing with a particular focus on improved conclusions.

We have had a visit to the beach cleaning up our local area on the way. This supports the work we have done around keeping the ocean free of rubbish to protect marine life and climate change. While we were at the beach students paired up to also complete an environmental art work. The photos below show our work.

We have been learning about inferring and how using this important skill can increase our understanding when we read. Inferring is using clues in texts and our prior knowledge so we can work out what the author is really trying to say. Some examples are shown.

Kylie Mudford and Thais Gardam
5/6A Teachers


In 5/6B this term we have been learning about the planets in our solar system. We spent time investigating the features of each planet and their order from the sun. We discovered that Earth is the only planet that has the perfect conditions to support life but some other planets have similar features to Earth such as Volcanoes and moons.

In the past two weeks we have enjoyed learning about swimming and water safety at the East Ulverstone pool. Some of us had the opportunity to swim with students’ from Early Childhood classes and loved being able to help them. Thank you to Mr Watson for the effort he has taken to plan this for us.

Deet Cox
5/6B Teacher


Music and Library

Don’t forget Music for 0-4 year olds is on every Wednesday from 9:00-10:00am in the school Library. We sing, play instruments, dance and do music activities with beanbags, scarves and lots more. This is followed by a story and opportunity to take a book home. Music is a wonderful way of exposing children to lots of early skills that are beneficial to their development. ...

  • It helps them develop social skills. ...
  • It helps the build their confidence. ...
  • It inspires creativity. ...
  • It teaches them patience. ...
  • It is a great form of expression. ...
  • It teaches them discipline.


Swimming and Water Safety

West Ulverstone Primary Schools Swimming and Water Safety Program has been nothing short of amazing. Each and every student, young and old, has shown the most enthusiastic and energetic approach to developing their swimming. It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch so many achieve newly learnt skills that may have previously been an overwhelming challenge. It has been fantastic to watch those stronger swimmers showcase their talent and assist others with their learning. Well done WUPS, an extremely successful swimming campaign.

Jump Rope for Heart

Thank you to ALL the students who got involved with Jump Rope for Heart!

A huge thank you for the effort skipping and fundraising for the Jump Rope for Heart program this term. Together we raised an incredible $502.35 and this money will all go towards vital heart research and education programs.

We’ve loved seeing so many smiling faces skipping on the playground and in sports lessons. Our Jump Off Day was a huge success.

Here’s our school leaderboard, congratulations to our top fundraisers! Keep up the skipping and thanks again for the hard work!

Max Watson
HPE Teacher


On Saturday 14 September, WUPS 5/6 team played their last game of soccer against Forth. Players were Jonty, Charli, Cameron, Liam, Cohen, Daniel and Karlia. West tied with Forth both scoring 3 to 3. Jonty scored two goals and Daniel one. It was a good game and West tried their best.

Written by Cameron and Liam
Team members

We have been playing soccer for the 3/4 West Ulverstone soccer team. Our coach was Trent Lehman. Every Tuesday evening after school Trent helped us train for our upcoming games in the hall or outside. He did an amazing job! Every Saturday morning we went to the Ulverstone showground at 9.00-10.00am or 10.00-11.00am to play soccer.

We loved playing soccer this year and wish it went for longer. A big thank you to Trent Lehman for helping us to learn to play soccer!

Written by Connor, Paige, Amealiah, Sebastian, Riley, Jordan and Shantay.
Team members


Grade 5/6 Operation Resilience Program

In Week 5 we completed Phase 1 of the PCYC Operation Resilience Program. The challenge we are featuring this week is the cargo net. All team members need to enter underneath the cargo net and make their way through to the exit end. The most successful teams started with 4-5 students lifting the cargo net by standing around the outer edges and pulling the ropes upwards and away from their scrambling team mates. As team members exited the cargo net they then moved to the outer edge to replace others and help the rest of their team pass underneath.

This challenge relies on all team members taking on two parts to complete their mission. One part is passing underneath the net as quickly as possible and secondly by pitching in to help others by moving to the side and lifting the net. Team work and co-operation is required to meet both parts of the challenge. Communication has to be effective so that the team can hear where they are needed to help out and when it is their turn to conquer the cargo net.

Pictured below is a group helping their team members through the cargo net. The team need to encourage each other to move underneath the net as quickly and efficiently as possible. Individuals need to listen to instructions and trust others when they are being guided through the challenge.

At the end of the session each class group were timed to see how fast they could move the whole group under the cargo net. We will need to wait until later in the year to see if 5/6B, who had the fastest time, are successful in winning the Cameron Baird Memorial Trophy. Our success depends on the times recorded from all other school groups who attend PCYC this year.

Just a reminder that the date of Phase 2 of Operation Resilience for both grade 5/6 classes is Thursday 14 November 2019. 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 Gavin Pearce MP 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

Today we held Footy Colours Day. The student leaders would like to thank everyone that has worn footy colours or purchased cupcakes. We are proud that we can donate $230 to kids cancer research.

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 one dollar for three strips of tape. We will be trying to tape Mrs McAuliffe and Miss Cox to the wall in the courtyard.

Written by Masyn and Wyatt

Mens Shed

Four students have been going to the Men’s Shed for an hour every Wednesday in term 3. During their sessions, they designed and built their own side tables. The boys are very proud of their efforts.

Well done boys.

Tasmanian Maths Relay

Grade 5/6 Team

On Sunday 15 September, Roscoe, Naomi, Daniel and Chiraphat went to the Penguin District School to compete in a Maths Relay. When we started we were given 45 minutes to answer 20 hard questions which included the operations of division, multiplication, subtraction and addition. Some of the questions were word problems which were also really difficult. We competed against over 30 schools from North-West Tasmania. Thank you to our parents who came along and to Katie Davis who was our school marker. Here is a photo of our team holding their certificates of participation.

By Daniel and Roscoe

Ulverstone Secondary College

Year 7 Enrolments 2020

Just a reminder to parents/guardians of Year 6 students, that Expression of Interest forms need to be returned to Ulverstone Secondary College as soon as possible. Your child will not be enrolled with us until this form is returned. If you require a form, or have any other queries, please contact our school office on 64251433 or email belinda.gillard@education.tas.gov.au.

Hats in Term 4

Spring is definitely here and the sun is shining bright. A reminder that hats must be worn in Term 4 when we play and learn outside. It is also important that students are wearing our school hat. These are available for purchase from Maveric Clothing.


We have a number of books that are missing or overdue from our School Library. School holidays is a good opportunity to find some of these books. We would appreciate it if you could help your children locate any missing books.

It was great to see the participation in recent book week celebrations. Everyone looked fantastic. Why not take some time these school holidays to read some of the books selected this year

Tricky’s Bad Day by Alison Lester

Poor Tricky! Nothing is going right for him. Milk spills, pyjama buttons won’t work, his little sister wrecks their game, and when he tries to help out, everything gets worse.

Tricky’s having a very bad day!

Then Dad has an idea. Outside it’s wild, but there’s a lot to explore…

A warm and funny story about the very recognisable mess, muddle and love that is the life of a young family - and the freedom of an outside adventure.

His name was Walter by Emily Rodda

'Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own ...' The handwritten book, with its strangely vivid illustrations, has been hidden in the old house for a long, long time. Tonight, four kids and their teacher will find it. Tonight, at last, the haunting story of Walter and the mysterious, tragic girl called Sparrow will be read -right to the very end ... From one of Australia's most renowned children's authors, comes an extraordinary story within a story - a mystery, a prophecy, a long-buried secret. And five people who will remember this night as long as they live.

From Australia's favourite storyteller comes a story, within a story, that shows us the extraordinary power of true love and solves a decades-old mystery.

Chalk Boy by Margaret Wild

Barnaby is a pavement artist. This morning he started drawing me. I have a head that can think, eyes that can see, ears that can hear and legs that can run. Best of all, I have a heart that can feel. Thank you, Barnaby.

A soulful and heartwarming story about what happens when a pavement artist's drawing comes to life.

The Dress-Up Box by Patrick Guest

The Frolleys have to move from their beloved house at 32 Sunshine Avenue to a place with dripping taps, stinky carpets and ants.

But they have brought something with them that can turn any house into a home.

The Dress-Up Box is a story about childhood, belonging and the power of imagination.

Alison Willoughby
Library Technician

Community News

Burnie Little Athletics Centre

Discovery Early Learning Ulverstone

Ulverstone District Cricket Club

Wings Wildlife Park


Ticket to play

School Holiday Hockey Clinic

School Calendar

Monday 14 October

Term 4 commences

Monday 21 – Friday 25 October

Fire Education Program

Monday 21 October

State Chess Championships Launceston

Thursday 24 October

Wellbeing Expo

Friday 25 October

Tape the Teacher

Monday 28 October

5:30pm School Association Meeting

Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30 October

Tas Networks Bright Sparks Program

Friday 1 November

Student Free day

Monday 4 November

Public Holiday

Thursday 14 November

Year 5/6 Operation Resilience Phase 2

Friday 22 November

60th Birthday Celebrations