West Ulverstone Primary School
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34 Maud Street
Ulverstone TAS 7315
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Email: West.Ulverstone.Primary@education.tas.gov.au
Phone: 03 6425 2195
Absentee Line: 0419 513 498

19 December 2019

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Principal’s Report

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and recognise all staff for your dedication and skill, your hard work, sense of collaboration and commitment to making our school the amazing place it is.

My thanks and appreciation is also extended to all members of our support team (Social Worker, Speech and Language Pathologist, Psychologist, School Nurse, Respectful Schools Team) for your high level of service to schools.

Farewells

Miss Julia Hill

Miss Hill started at WUPS in 1999. She has filled a number of roles at school including classroom teacher, Support Teacher, Acting Advanced Skills Teacher and Acting Principal. Miss Hill has strong relationships with the West Ulverstone Primary School community. We wish you well in your new position teaching Year 2 at Somerset Primary School.

Mrs Pam Maria

Mrs Maria started at WUPS in 1999. She is a friendly and supportive staff member who has developed strong relationships with students and families over the past 21 years. We wish Mrs Maria all the best at East Ulverstone Primary School.

Mrs Thais Gardam

Mrs Gardam started working at WUPS in 2006 teaching Kinder and after that a number of roles including Support teacher and Reading Recovery teacher. Mrs Gardam has formed strong relationships with students and families. We wish Mrs Gardam well for 2020, she will teaching Year 2 at Sheffield School.

Mrs Jenny Plapp

Jenny started working at WUPS in 2006 as a Teacher Assistant. She is a devoted, caring and helpful Teacher Assistant. She consistently goes above and beyond involving herself in all aspects of the school community. We wish Jenny well for 2020, she will be working at Cooee Primary School as a Prep Teacher Assistant.

Mrs Kylie Mudford

Mrs Mudford started working at WUPS in 2009 as a classroom teacher. She is a caring, supportive and kind teacher who works hard to build relationships with students and families. We wish Mrs Mudford well in your new position teaching Year 3/4 at Penguin District School.

Mrs Elizabeth Johnson

Liz started working at WUPS in 2016 as an Administration Clerk and Teacher Assistant. Liz is a calm, friendly and helpful staff member. We wish Liz well for 2020, she will be working at Burnie High School as an Admin Clerk.

Mr Max Watson

Mr Watson started working at WUPS at the start of the year teaching Health and Physical Education. He is a caring and thoughtful teacher who helps everyone to do their best. We wish Mr Watson well for 2020 teaching at Don College.

Miss Meg Wotton

Miss Wotton started working at WUPS during the year as a relief teacher then teaching 1/2B when Miss Finch went on maternity leave. In her short time at WUPS Miss Wotton has formed excellent relationships with students and families. We wish Miss Wotton the best of luck for 2020 teaching Prep at Our Lady of Lourdes.

For staff returning in 2020 I wish you and your families a safe and happy Christmas and New Year; I hope you have an enjoyable summer break and return energised and ready for another busy year.

Back to School 2020

Term 1 will start for students Wednesday 5 February, 2020.

Year 6 Celebration Dinner

On Monday night I had the pleasure of attending the Year 6 Leavers Dinner at The Beachway Motel and Restaurant. Thank you to Miss Cox and Mrs Mudford for organising such a special evening. I particularly enjoyed watching the challenges at the end of the night. We wish you well for your education in 2020 and the years ahead.

WUPS into the future

In 2020 we will be embarking on an exciting journey to develop a new and shared vision. We are seeking community input on Thursday 30 January and Friday 31 January in a forum where all parents’ voices will be heard in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.

We have engaged Bill and Mary from Schools that Deliver to facilitate this process. Schools that Deliver has worked in over 200 schools around the word. You can visit the website below.

http://schoolsthatdeliver.com/

If you would like to be part of this process you will need to be available from Thursday 30 January 3:30pm until 7:30pm and 8:30am until 3:30pm on Friday 31 January. This event will be catered. Please RSVP to Bek by Friday 20 December on 6425 2191 and include any dietary requirements.

We look forward to working with you into the future.

Wishing all families a safe summer break.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe
Principal

2019 Award Winners

Aspiration – Highest Academic rating

Respect

Kinder

Eloise

K/PA

Mia

Prep

Maysi

K/PB

Lachlan

Year 1

Zooey and Isabella

1/2A

Marli and Kiarna

Year 2

Jayce

1/2B

Chace

Year 3

Riley and William

3/4A

Jordon

Year 4

Rubi and Paige

3/4B

Sienna

Year 5

Roscoe

5/6A

Ashton

Year 6

Lilyana

5/6B

Indiana

Major awards

Courage

Eloise

Sports Achievement

Jonty

Science

Daniel

Art

Harris

Marita Hargraves Encouragement

Karlia

Growth

Ruby

Leadership

Addison

Ulverstone Secondary College Bursary Prize for 2020

Jakobhi

Rotary 4 Way Test

Mia

Rotary 4 Way Test

Harris

Rising Star

Cameron

Minister for Education and Training Respectful Student

Imogen

Major awards

Courage

Eloise

Sports Achievement

Jonty

Science

Daniel

Art

Harris

Marita Hargraves Encouragement

Karlia

Growth

Ruby

Leadership

Addison

Ulverstone Secondary College Bursary Prize for 2020

Jakobhi

Rotary 4 Way Test

Mia

Rotary 4 Way Test

Harris

Rising Star

Cameron

Minister for Education and Training Respectful Student

Imogen

Parent Fact Sheets

Volunteers and Visitors

https://documentcentre.education.tas.gov.au/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=TASED-1797567314-9274

School Values Weekly Winners

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

Thorn
5/6B
Respect and
Responsibility

Addison
5/6A
Respect, Responsibility,
Relationships and Safety

Sarah
3/4B
Learning

Britney
3/4A
Respect

Derek
1/2B
Learning

Logan M
1/2A
Relationships

Isabelle
Prep
Learning

Eli
Kinder
Respect and
Responsibility

Gold Card

Nickolas

A fantastic research project

2020 Important information

2020 School Levies

Kindergarten

$125.00

Prep – Year 2, Year 6

$210.00

Year 3 – Year 5

$185.00

Payment of Levies

Invoices will be posted to families for each student’s levies at the beginning of 2020. Levies are due and payable when student stationary packs are collected. Our preferred method of payment is online via BPay or BPoint a week prior to the stationary collection day. This will save time and ensure a quick and smooth process when collecting stationary.

Payment of levies must be made by:

  • Online via BPay or BPoint – For families with more than one child, each invoice must be paid individually as each student has a unique reference number.
  • Cash or Eftpos / Credit Card at the school office
  • At Service Tasmania

Levy Payment and Stationary Collection Dates

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 from 10:30am – 6:30pm

Student Assistance Scheme (STAS)

Student Assistance is one of the forms of financial assistance available to assist with the cost of school levies. STAS is available for families who meet the criteria of an income test. Families who have been approved for STAS are not required to pay the composite levy charge, but may be required to pay other charges.

If you have not applied for STAS but believe you may be eligible, please complete an application form as soon as possible. Forms are available from the school office or Service Tasmania.

Levies will need to be paid if STAS approval has not been confirmed. If you have been approved for STAS in 2020, please provide the school with a copy of your confirmation letter.

Annual Student Information Updates

When collecting stationary, families will be required to check, amend if necessary and sign for each student the following forms:

  • Student Information Validation
  • Special Data Collection
  • Major Excursion Consent and Medical Information
  • Consent Form for Aquatic Activities

Feature classes

Kinder

As we wind down a busy year, here is a snap shot of 2 recent events Kinder have been involved in – beach excursions with Prep and 1/2B and our LIFT family Christmas morning. Thanks to Miss McWhirter for her help to organise our excursions, New Mornings for their involvement and parents who attended.

Kinder Snap Shot

We would like to thank our wonderful families for their support while working with their children in their first year of school. It has been wonderful to see each and every one of the children grow, change, persevere, be challenged, laugh, play and learn. We can’t believe how fast this year has gone and will miss all of them as they venture to Prep!

Hannah Robertson
Kindergarten Teacher

Prep

It has been an absolute pleasure working with and seeing the Preps grow and learn as a group and as individuals. The last few weeks have been very busy getting final assessments done to see the growth of each student this year. We have also enjoyed practicing and presenting our performance of the Grinch and creating some Christmas crafts. It was fantastic seeing the Preps have an absolute blast in the colour run on Friday. Wishing all our students a fabulous break and time with families. Looking forward to seeing you all again next year.

Elisse McWhirter
Prep Teacher

1/2A

One of the highlights of our year was our recent trip to Guide Falls Farm. We got to feed all the animals including the alpacas. There were some animals we knew a lot about and some that were more unusual like the peacocks and pheasants. We experienced some baby animals and then got to plant a sunflower seed, which we brought back to school and have watched them grow. Everyone had a lovely day despite the cold and windy weather.

Julia Hill and Thais Gardaam
1/2A Teachers

1/2B

In 1/2B we have really enjoyed our last few weeks of activities. It has been wonder to see friendships flourish and enthusiasm at an all-time high! We have been doing lots of Christmas cooking, outdoor exploration, participation in the school colour run and the picnic day. We even had a sneaky elf visit our class who we collaboratively named ‘Addie’. All of these activities alongside excellent attitudes have made for a pleasant end to the year.

Meg Wootton
1/2B Teacher

3/4A

I’m sure 2019 was the fastest year ever to be complete. I cannot believe it’s over! I feel extraordinarily lucky to have taught the beautiful class that is 3/4A this year. As a collective, the group is strong, dedicated, loving and supportive. They have had each other’s back (and mine too). We have shared many great memories and learning opportunities together. It has been a year to remember, that’s for sure.

A huge thank you to the parents and families who have shown continual support this year. I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New year.

Shay Porteus
3/4A Teacher

3/4B

I can honestly not believe that another year has flown by! What an incredible year it was. We did lots of learning in 3/4 Birch and became an amazing group of people who learnt what being a team is all about. I would like to thank all my students for trying so hard this year and meeting my expectations at every opportunity. I would also like to thanks the parents and carers who have taken the time to show genuine interest in their children’s learning and encouraged them to the best in everything they do. I hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas and holiday break and I can’t wait to see your smiling faces again next year.

Nicci Birch
3/4B Teacher

5/6A

After lots of rehearsals, 5/6A enjoyed performing their Christmas play ‘A Mobile Phone for Santa’ at the Celebration Assembly. The characters included Santa, Mrs Claus, Queen Elizabeth II, Mrs McAuliffe, Samuel Johnson, Elves and Reindeer. Good luck to or Year 6’s as they head off to High School and to our Year 5’s as they move into Year 6 in 2020!

Kylie Mudford and Thais Gardam
5/6A Teachers

5/6B

So many exciting things happening at the end of 2019 with the fantastic colour run on Friday 13 December. As the photos show the day was enjoyed by all.

This week we have the school picnic, Year 6 Celebration dinner and Celebration Assembly. It has been fantastic to see how much students have learnt over the year with everyone in 5/6B making progress and experiencing success. We would like to wish everyone a safe and relaxing break over summer.

Deet Cox
5/6B Teacher

Chaplain Report

As we draw to the end of another school year filled with learning and growing in our relationships and lots of fun, it would seem that the year has gone so much more quickly than the last.

I would like to wish everyone in our school community, the very best wishes for what can be a truly wonderful time, as we celebrate Christmas with family and friends and enjoy some time doing the things that we enjoy.

For some, this time can also be one of loneliness, stress and sadness and for those people, not a time that they look forward to.

Please know that if you need to talk to someone at any time, there are options available as follows:

Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

"Sometimes we need someone to simply be there. Not to fix anything, or to do anything in particular, but just to let us feel that we are cared for and supported"

Leanne Jopson
School Chaplain

Student Leader Report

CONNECT CAFE

On Thursday 12 December the student leaders went down to the connect café in Ulverstone. The connect café is for community members living with dementia. We went along to the café to talk with people and play some games.

COLOUR RUN

On Friday 13 December WUPS held the colour run. It was a huge success, there was a course marked out, it started at the top oval goals and went around the top oval and into some hoops and obstacles then went through the play equipment and down the slide. Then it went down a slippery dip and through some of the trees on the bottom oval. You could do it as many times as you could fit in your classes time period. Thanks to Mr Watson, the firefighters, parents and teachers for throwing the colour powder on us, setting up the course and spraying us with water. Without these people the colour run couldn’t have happened. We also want to thank East Ulverstone Primary School for their donation of coloured paint powder.

A MESSAGE TO THE 2020 LEADERS

If you want to be a leader in 2020 do not be scared. Nominate and say why you want to be a leader and no one will judge you. Share your ideas, but most of all be an up stander not a bystander. We hope the 2020 leaders can continue to offer fun things for the WUPS community and give back to the wider community.

Written by Roscoe and Masyn

Supporting Our Community

The student leaders have decided to use some of the money raised this year from events to buy Christmas hampers/toys for the Ulverstone Neighbourhood House to give to families in need this Christmas.

HPE

As we wrap up the end of Term 4, it is time to take a moment to thank all of those people who have helped out at our sporting events throughout the year. These carnivals and events are certainly not possible without the support of our communities and all the volunteers that offer their time. A special mention to Katie Davis, Jenny Plapp and Robyn Britton for your involvement with our sporting teams. Upon reflecting on the year, it is clear that WUPS has some seriously strong young talent coming through the ranks and it has been a very successful year of sport. All the best in 2020.

Max Watson
HPE Teacher

Cricket

Final cricket report for 2019

The final cricket game for the season was against Forth Primary School, played on Friday, 13 December. Outstanding batting by Blake and Seth (both scoring 11) and tidy bowling by Kurt (3 wickets for 9) and Axcel (2 for 3) saw WUPS victorious, scoring 1/63 to FPS’s 6/59.

As the season finishes, we say a sad goodbye to our Year 6 players and wish them well in High School. We are looking forward to a new crop of players in 2020. The team would also like to give a special shout out to Geb who has umpired all of our matches and to Kerry who has come to lock the school after games, allowing teams to have access to the toilets during the afternoon.

The WUPS cricket team have had a fantastic season with great improvements in skills shown by all. The team has approached their games with a spirit of enthusiasm and good sportsmanship. They have done West Ulverstone proud!

Katie Davis
Cricket Co-ordinator

Community News

Online Parenting Course

Camp Logic

Discovery Early Learning Centres

Drop in clinic

Community Food Van

School Calendar

2020

Wednesday 29 January

Book Sales, 10:30am – 6:30pm

Thursday 30 January

Schools That Deliver forum, 3:30 – 7:30pm

Friday 31 January

Schools That Deliver forum, 8:30am – 3:30pm

Wednesday 5 February

Term 1 starts

Thursday 20 February

School Association Meeting, 5:00pm

Monday 9 March

Public Holiday

Monday March 16

School Association Meeting, 5:00pm

Thursday 9 April

Term 1 finishes

Friday 10 April

Good Friday

Monday 13 April

Easter Monday

Monday 27 April

Term 2 starts