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

21 November 2019

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Principal’s Report

Central Coast Cluster

As part of our ongoing professional development as educators, teachers from Kinder to Year 7 across the 8 schools in our Central Coast Cluster meet together after school twice each term. The Central Coast Cluster encompasses Penguin District, Ulverstone Secondary College, West Ulverstone, East Ulverstone, Ulverstone, Riana, Forth and Sprent Primary schools.

Over 110 teachers meet together in small grade groups with their colleagues from other schools to plan lessons using best practice strategies, develop and trial assessment tools, share and discuss evidence of student learning to ensure we are constantly reviewing our practice.

On Wednesday, groups presented a gallery of their work for the year, allowing all teachers to view the planning and student outcomes from each group.

Bringing together so many schools and teachers to share their practice and student learning makes our Central Coast cluster one of the largest in the state! Our schools value the time allocated to regularly meet and we look forward to working together to continually improve our practice again in 2020.

A big thank you to Adrian Beard (PDS), Narelle Maher (PDS), Nicky Green (PDS), Jessica Wood (EUPS), Julie Wells (FPS), Donna Harris (RPS), Mel Coulson (RPS), Rebecca Von Stieglitz (UPS), Robyn Wells (UPS), Vicki White (UPS) and Kylie Mudford (WUPS) for their assistance in leading groups this year.

Louise Rawlings

Central Coast Cluster Co-ordinator

Celebration Assembly

This year’s celebration assembly will be held on Thursday 19 December at 11:00am. At this assembly we will be celebrating Year 6 student’s time at WUPS and also presenting awards for all classes. We invite all of our families to attend.

Morning Literacy Block feedback from Sarah Crawford (Middle Years Literacy Leader)

I wish to share with you a very positive experience I had today when I came in to WUPS to work with Year 3/4A. The instant I walked in the room I noticed it was calm, focused and there was a general positive feel coming from the class. I was very quickly informed that the class had been discussing a situation that involved a boy in NSW who was 8 years old and had a stroke two weeks ago at his school. He was currently in hospital. The class had decided to make and write in cards to send to the boy. Moving around the room I had opportunities to talk with the students about this. Every single student in the room showed me empathy, compassion and humility. I felt privileged I was able to share this moment with them and let Miss Porteus know that this was a very fine example of her students living the school values of respect and relationships.


Every year schools have a turnover of staff and this is due to a system wide structure. There is a variety of reasons why this occurs, requested transfers, required transfers, compassionate transfers and changes to school need. At the end of 2019 we will farewell Mr Max Watson, Mrs Jenny Plapp and Mrs Pam Maria. In 2020 we will welcome the following teachers Mr Damien Pursell, Mr Campbell Barnett and Mr Klay Nayler. Class structures and teachers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Progressive Achievement Testing (PAT)

Testing started this week using the Progressive Achievement Tests – known as PAT tests. Students have applied themselves diligently to the Reading tests from Prep to Year 6. Tests for Spelling, Vocabulary and Punctuation and Grammar have been additional tests for Years 3-6. Next week we will tackle the Maths tests. With encouragement and support, all students have given their best to complete and check most tests undertaken this week.

2019 Schools Poetry, Short Story & Art Competition

Congratulations to Jhett, Hannah, Cameron and Jayla who have passed the first round of judging. Jhett entered The Dragon, Hannah My Little Pony, Cameron Bear Mountain and Jayla her Wolf piece. Thank you to Taryna and Mrs Catlin for supporting students with this opportunity.

ICAS Testing - Mathematics

16 students participated and were awarded 1 credit, 2 merit and 13 participation certificates. Congratulations to Cormac, Lily, Carly, Sebastian, Rubi, Aryannah, Sarah, Corben, Paige, Shataya, Daniel, Naomi and Karlia for participating in the ICAS. Riley and William achieved a merit. Roscoe received a merit. All students are commended for their achievement. We have not received results from the English competition.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe

Parent Fact Sheets

Authorised Absences


WUPS 60th Birthday Celebration

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Friday 8 November at our School Meeting:

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Prep Learning


These winners were drawn out on Friday 15 November at our School Meeting:

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Year 5 and 6 Printing Information 2019

Please be advised that the school is currently in the process of preparing the end of year school year Celebration Assembly program and Year 6 information. Student’s first and family names will be printed in this publication (unless you have indicated otherwise on the enrolment or validation form).

If you do NOT wish to have your child/children’s full name printed in this publication, please provide this request to the school office by Wednesday 27 November (changes will not be able to be made after this time due to printing deadlines).

Gold Card


Two gold cards - Classifications using a branching key and huge improvement in reading.


Challenging Maths work


Amazing descriptive writing

Feature classes


The Best Part of Me

We have been working on a project inspired by the book ‘The Best Part of Me’ by Wendy Ewald. The children picked a part of their body that they think is special and wrote about why it is so special and what it means to them. The project encouraged the children to think about all the good things about themselves and why their bodies are so important.

Julia Hill and Thai Gardam
1/2A Teachers


The first half of Term 4 has been full on in 1/2B with lots of exciting learning opportunities. We have been in the kitchen cooking, had two walking excursions to the beach, participated in the Health and Wellbeing expo and so much more!

The biggest highlight of the term so far was our excursion to Guide Falls Farm on Tuesday 12 November. Even with interesting weather conditions, the children had a ball feeding animals, planting their own plants and participating in a treasure hunt. Seeing all of the animal’s sparked great conversation back in the classroom as part of our current ‘Living and Non-living things’ Science unit.

1/2B have been working hard is all areas of their learning and we are all looking forward to the excitement further activities will bring for the remainder of the term.

We have loved having Mrs Haywood in our classroom for the past 5 weeks and were all sad to say goodbye to her on Friday. Mrs Haywood has assured us she will be back to visit 1/2B before the Christmas break!

Meg Wootton
1/2B Teacher

Student Leader Report

Student Leaders

Over the past fortnight student leaders have been planning events for the rest of the year. With help from Leanne, we have been able to offer a canteen once a week serving up to 70 meals. Keep a look out for upcoming events with posters around the school and on Facebook.

Written by Masyn



Current Cricket Roster

Buttons and Bows

Community News

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 the link below 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


School Calendar

Monday 25 November

Pre Kinder, 1:30pm – 2:50pm

Tuesday 26 November

Buttons and Bows, 2:50pm – 4:00pm

2020 Kinder Open Night, 6:00pm – 6:45pm

Thursday 28 November

USC Year 6 Transition, 9:00am – 11:00am

Friday 29 November

Public Holiday – Devonport Show

Monday 2 December

2020 Kinder Orientation, 1:30pm – 2:50pm

Tuesday 3 December

Year 6 USC Sports Day

Wednesday 4 December

LiL Excursion to Guide Falls Farm (final LiL session for 2019)

Monday 9 December

School Association Meeting, 5:00pm

Thursday 12 December

60th Birthday Celebrations, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Friday 13 December

Whole School Assembly, 11:00am

School Colour Run

Reports Sent Home

Monday 16 December

Year 6 Celebration Dinner, 6:00pm

Tuesday 17 December

School Picnic at Latrobe Pool

Thursday 19 December

Celebration Assembly, 11:00am

Term 4 Finishes

Saturday 21 December

Ulverstone Christmas Parade, 3:30pm

Wednesday 29 January 2020

Book Sales, 10:30am – 6:30pm

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Term I Starts