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

7 November 2019

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Principal’s Report

Classes 2020

At the moment staff are organising classes for 2020. Your child’s current teacher is in the best position to formulate classes for next year. Our teachers take on board a number of considerations when placing students. Our goal is to create the most equitable classes possible, taking into account gender, learning ability, social connections etc. Whilst parents have one child to consider (in a given class), we have approximately 160 children to consider next year, and so decisions need to be suitable for the majority. We have dedicated, hardworking teachers who are collectively responsible for all our children. No matter what year or class – each child in this school will be taught by quality teachers in a school culture of high expectations.

Teachers use a variety of methods to group children in order to maximise learning and the focus is always on the individual. At West Ulverstone Primary School we have been thoughtful about developing opportunities for students to interact and learn with one another, both within their own class and in conjunction with another or across grades. Observations of who students learn best with and their friend preference is used to decide class placement. We consider all these factors when placing children in classes for the following year.

Please understand, teachers will make the best decision for all children in the school - including what we believe is in the educational and social/emotional wellbeing of the majority of children. We are unable to accommodate personal requests because accommodating everyone’s personal wishes will not support what is best for all children. If there is any other information that you think your child’s teacher might need to take into account before we finalise classes, please talk to the teacher prior to the 15 November.

Thank you for your support.

Art Competition

Before the Term 3 holidays Blake, Mikayla, Lily, Jonty, Cameron and Amealiah created an entry for the Daffodil Show with Taryna and Mrs Mudford in Friday afternoon Personal Interest Classes. The group took out first prize overall and won gardening equipment and a cash prize for the school. Well done!

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

WUPS 60th Birthday Celebration

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Friday 25 October at our School Meeting:

Respect and

Respect and


Respect, Responsibility, Relationships,
Learning and Safety


Respect, Responsibility, Relationships
and Learning

These winners were drawn out on Thursday 31 October at our School Meeting:

Respect and Relationships



Respect, Responsibility
and Learning

Respect and


Responsibility and Learning

Gold Card


Received two gold cards

Excellent fraction work

Great independent writing


Outstanding effort in descriptive writing


Exceptional descriptive writing

Feature classes


On Friday 25 October, Kinder and Prep made the long journey to Hagley farm school.

We wandered around the farm, learning about and feeding animals like ducks, goats and chickens. We watched a cow being milked and saw some old equipment they used to use to milk them. We also went to the shearing shed and learnt how they shear the sheep.

We went for a tractor ride which was bumpy and loud (we got a bit wet!). We enjoyed playing on their playground for recess and lunch.

Before we went home, we went to see the chickens and collected some eggs. Then we got to see some newly hatched chicks, and we all got a hold.

We were very tired at the end of the day and lots of us had a nap on the bus.

A big thank you to all the adults who came with us on the day!

Kinder Hagley Excursion

Hannah Roberston
Kinder Teacher


Term 4 is off to a big start for the Preps with lots of different learning opportunities. So far we have had a trip to the beach, the Health and Wellbeing Expo, an excursion to Hagley Farm School, visits from Fireman Craig and the Bright Sparks Electrical Safety Program and a couple of outdoor learning opportunities.

At the Hagley farm school we were lucky to be able to see their flock of free ranging chickens as well as some chicks that had recently hatched. This has linked nicely with our eggs that have been incubating in our classroom for the last 3 weeks.

Prep Hagley Excursion

Mr McDermott has been leading the education experiences in the classroom and will be finishing up with us at the end of week 5. The students have been enjoying learning from a different adult and helping Mr McDermott to learn what Prep is all about.

The Preps have continued to work really hard across all learning areas and have been undertaking their PIPS testing to see how far they have progressed this year. We are all looking forward to making the most of the next 6 weeks.

Prep Experiences

Elisse McWhirter
Prep Teacher


The final day for students to borrow books from the Library will be Thursday 14 November (week 5). These items will be due back on the Thursday 28 November. Could a big effort please be made to ensure all library books are returned by this date.

Alison Willoughby
Library Technician


Year 5/6 students have Phase 2, their final session of the Operation Resilience program on Thursday 14 November. The day will be spent at the Burnie Challenge Course in View Road, Burnie. We will departing school at 9:00am sharp and expect to return to school at 2:35pm.

Students will need to:

  • Wear old, warm clothes as they will get wet and muddy
  • Wear old suitable sports shoes, slip on shoes not appropriate
  • Bring two old towels to dry themselves with
  • Have a complete clean set of clothes (including underwear and socks) and shoes to change into
  • Have a plastic bag to put wet/muddy clothes, socks and shoes in
  • Have a spare backpack to wear around the course (not school backpack).
  • Students must have 2 litres of water
  • Bring plenty of recess, snacks and lunch

This excursion will still go ahead if it is raining so please be prepared for all weather conditions.

A letter was sent home with your child with a permission form attached. Can you please ensure this form was returned to school.

Kylie Mudford
5/6 Teacher

Student Leader Report

Tape the Teacher

On Friday 25 of October we had a tape the teacher event. A big thanks to Miss Cox and Mrs McAuliffe for letting people tape you to a wall. Thanks to everyone who paid for tape to make sure both teachers were stuck. We raised $42.10.

On Wednesday 30 October the Library Leaders went to Hobart to meet the Premier for the Premier’s Reading Challenge. The Premier and some of the people he works with made a story about a stadium and then we got called out to go up and get a prize and shook the Premier’s hand. Then we got to go into the chamber. Before we went to meet the Premier we went to the Botanical Gardens. Then we went and had lunch at Hogs Breath Cafe in Hobart. After we went and met the Premier we looked in the Chamber and learnt the basics about Tasmanian politics. Before leaving for the big drive home we visited Supaworld where we rock climbed, bounced and flipped on big trampolines and completed an obstacle course. A big thank you to Leanne our school chaplain for coming with us.

WUPS held a Halloween social on Thursday 31 October. Thanks to everyone who came we hope you all had fun. A big thanks to Karlia, Naomi, Mia, Addy, Ruby and Imogen for making the social a fun afternoon for all students. You all did a great job decorating and running the social. Also a big thank you to staff and parents who came along to support the event.


Children helping children - watch below for how you can help. This week Student Leaders shared the YouTube Envisions Process to the school. WUPS is now a plastic bottle top collection point. Students are encouraged to bring to school clean used plastic bottle tops. Each class will count the number of tops they collect. All bottle tops will be donated to Envision at the end of Term 4.


Written by
Masyn and Indianna
School Leaders


On Tuesday 5 November, a number of 5/6 students travelled to Penguin to compete in the Regional Cricket Cup. WUPS was represented in the boys division with nine of our schools best cricketers. With excellent weather conditions, the boys demonstrated a great amount of talent, teamwork and respect. Unfortunately they just missed out on making the trip to Hobart for the competition winners.

WUPS also entered a team of six girls, whom had never played the game before. Well, what a moment to be proud of! All the girls took the game on with full intent, were willing to have a go and make the most of a great opportunity.

Well Done WUPS.

Max Watson
HPE Teacher


On Friday 25 October the school cricket team, Roscoe, Chiraphat, Daniel, Jonty, Cohen, Kurt, Blake, Seth and Axcel had their first game of cricket against Leighland Christian School. We bowled first and got some amazing wickets. Then we batted and a lot of people retired. We got a total of 107 runs but that didn’t match Leighland 131, so we lost that match.

On Tuesday of the next week, we played Sacred Heart. It was an interesting match and a high scoring one at that. Sacred Heart got 201 and WUPS only got 181.

By Roscoe

Current Cricket Roster

Buttons and Bows

Ulverstone Secondary College

School Association Nominations 2020

Nominations are hereby called for five Parent Representatives and two Community Representatives for the Ulverstone Secondary College Association in 2020.

Intending candidates are invited to complete a Nomination Form which can be collected from the school office. This form is to be completed and returned to the Returning Officer (Carol Bellchambers) at USC by 4.00pm on Friday, 8 November 2019. The terms of the appointments are for two years.

An eligible Parent Member is a person who is recorded in the School's records as a parent or guardian of a School Student currently enrolled at the School.

To become an eligible Community Member you have to be endorsed by the School Association to become a Parent Member prior to nominating.

Community News

New Mornings

Interested in study or work or have questions about your child’s health? Not sure who to talk to about it or where to start?

Wendy and Emmy from New Mornings have many years of experience supporting adults fulfil their future dreams through study and work and with helping parents with parenting questions. Wendy will be available on Thursday 7 November for study/work questions and Emmy on Thursday 21 November for Child Health information. They will be at Café Corner, WUPS Kinder area between 8:30 and 10:00am.

Ulverstone District Cricket Club


The Ulverstone District Cricket Club will once again be running a Junior Blaster program (formerly known as Milo In2Cricket):

  • For children from ages 5-7 approx.
  • At the UCC River Road ground on FRIDAY evenings 4:30 - 5:30pm
  • Program runs from this Friday 18 October to Friday 13 December inclusive
  • Cost will be $99.00 per child includes the program sessions and a give-away pack

REGISTRATIONS, together with payment, may be done online at then navigate to the Ulverstone District Cricket Club centre.



  • For children ages 7-10 years approx.
  • At the UCC River Road ground on FRIDAY evenings, from 5:30 – 6:30pm
  • Program runs from this Friday 18 October to Friday 13 December inclusive.
  • Cost will be $99.00 per child includes the program and a give-away pack.

REGISTRATIONS, together with payment, may be done online at the link below, then navigate to the Ulverstone District Cricket Club centre.



Ulverstone Cricket Club is calling for all interested players in these age groups (must be Under 13/15/17 as at 31 August) to play in the Cricket North West coastal roster on a Sunday morning. Roster runs from early November to February/March. Training for Under 13s is held on Wednesday nights from 4:00 – 5:30pm Ulverstone Cricket Club, River Road.

For further information, please contact Alex Lomas on 0422 401 784.

Community Food Van



Devonport Duathlon

School Calendar

Monday 11 November

Year 6 Transition at UHS

Tuesday 12 November

1/2A B Excursion to Guide Falls Farm

2:50 – 4:00pm Buttons and Bows

Wednesday 13 November

2:00pm Whole School Assembly – please note change of date

Thursday 14 November

Year 5/6 Operation Resilience Phase 2

Monday 18 November

5:00 – 7:00pm School Association Meeting

Tuesday 19 November

2:50 – 4:00pm Buttons and Bows

Friday 22 November

10:00 – 11:30am 1/2A B Excursion to Civic Centre USC Concert

Tuesday 26 November

2:50 – 4:00pm Buttons and Bows

Kinder Open Night

Thursday 28 November

Year 6 Transition at UHS

Friday 29 November

Public Holiday

Tuesday 3 December

Year 6 USC Transition Sports Day

Monday 9 December

5:00 – 7:00pm School Association Meeting

Thursday 5 December

1:30pm Whole School Assembly

Thursday 12 December

60th Birthday Celebrations – please note change of date

Friday 13 December

School Colour Run

End of year reports sent home

Monday 16 December

6:00pm Year 6 Celebration dinner Beachway Motel

Tuesday 17 December

School Picnic

Thursday 19 December

11:00am Celebration Assembly

Students last day

Saturday 21 December

3:30pm Ulverstone Christmas Parade