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

24 October 2019

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Principal’s Report

Naplan Award Ceremony

Approximately 80 students in the north-west were recognised in a special ceremony on Monday celebrating student achievement in Naplan testing. Charli was presented with a Growth Award for demonstrating significant Academic Growth by the Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff.

Well Done Charli

Staffing

Every year schools have a turnover of staff due to the system wide structures. There are a variety of reasons why this occurs, requested transfers, required transfers, compassionate transfers and changes to school need. This year three staff members will leave WUPS at the end of the year. We will farewell Thais Gardam, Julia Hill and Kylie Mudford.

Health and Wellbeing Day

On Thursday 24 October, we hosted a Health and Wellbeing Day. This event was made possible by Mrs Walker applying for a grant through the Mental Health Council of Tasmania as part of Mental Health Week Tasmania (which fell in the holidays). During the day students rotated around activities relating to health and wellbeing. After school the event open to the public which showed student work and featured a range of external stalls. We were lucky to have a visit from the Minister of Education and Training the Hon Jeremey Rockliff. The expo was a great opportunity for the community to come together and improve our knowledge of Health and Wellbeing.

Thank you to Hearing Tasmania, Cancer Council, Delta Therapy Dogs, New Mornings, Neighbourhood House, Beyond Blue, SCoos Tasmania, Ear Worx and DoTerra and all staff at West Ulverstone Primary School for your support of our event.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe
Principal

School Values Weekly Winners

These winners were drawn out on Friday 18 October at our School Meeting:

Imogen
5/6B
Responsibility and
Learning

Dominik
5/6A
Respect

Owen
3/4B
Learning

Kendell
3/4A
Responsibility

Tyran
1/2B
Respect

Danika
1/2A
Respect,
Responsibility,
Relationships and
Learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pia
Prep
Learning

Eli
Kinder
Respect and Relationships

Gold Card

Imogen

Narrative using descriptive words

Tyran

Fantastic writing piece

Danika

Working exceptionally well on her writing for the class book

Isabella

Concentration and attention when working on her ‘Best part of me’ writing piece

Angelica

Concentration and attention when working on her ‘Best part of me’ writing piece

Will

Sensational word writing

Brynee

Working really hard on her writing piece

Feature classes

3/4A

Term 4 has started exceptionally well for 3/4A. All students have returned to school focussed, eager to learn - and a lot taller!

Week 1 has already been busy, in preparation for the upcoming Health Expo. Students have completed their own independent projects on a health dimension of their choice, as well as their group presentation. We look forward to participating in Health Expo activities this coming Thursday.

Busy times continue with the 3/4 Sports Expo this week, plus visits from Firefighter Craig.

I am so impressed by the work ethic and attitudes shown by students already and look forward to seeing this continue as the year wraps up.

I cannot believe we only have nine weeks left! We are all looking forward to many upcoming events and are making the most of a great year in 3/4A.

Shay Porteus
3/4A Teacher

3/4B

Welcome back to our final term of Team Birch. The progress I have seen from your children this year has been amazing and I am so proud of all they have achieved this year. However, we still have lots of learning to do! In the classroom we have been reviewing our reading comprehension strategies and writing genres. In numeracy we have started mapping and coordinates and will be moving onto chance and data and fractions.

Swimming for the last two weeks of term 3 was fantastic and it was lovely to see the students enjoying their time learning to swim. The change in their swimming abilities from the beginning of the swimming program to the end amazed myself and the swim teachers.

We are excited for the next 9 weeks and will enjoy the time we have left together.

Nicci Birch
3/4B Teacher

PCYC

Year 5/6 Operation Resilience Program

Just a reminder that the date of Phase 2 of Operation Resilience for both year 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 sent home soon.

Kylie Mudford
5/6 Teacher

Student Leader Report

This term we will be organising an event were we give back to our community. Please let us know if you have any ideas to help us. We are also brainstorming ways to use the money we have raised to benefit our school community.

Up Coming Events

Thursday Halloween 31 October
Casual Clothes Day – Gold Coin Donation

Canteen

Canteen will be offering a Halloween decorated lunch. You can pre-order a chocolate spider cupcake for $1 and a spooky cheeseburger for $2.50. Please see the office if you have lost the order form that was sent home.

Social

After school, two socials will be held in the hall.

Kinder – Year 2 3:00 – 4:00pm

Year 3 - 6 4:30 - 6:00pm

There will be music, dancing, games and lots of fun.

Written by Jack and Harris

Chess

After qualifying for the State Chess Titles throughout the year of competition, it was an excited team who travelled to Launceston early on Monday morning to play 9 games against all qualifiers from around Tasmania.

  • Roscoe and Jonty described the day as “challenging” and they are so right, the competition was tough!
  • Chiraphat said the day was “good”, we had a day of good competition and good relationship building.
  • Harris’s day was “awesome” and right from the start I could see that he intended to make the day awesome.
  • Axcel said his day was “fantastic” and I fully agree with Axcel it was a fantastic day.

I would like to thank everyone at West Ulverstone who has participated in chess this year in any way and I look forward to continued practice and many more chess tournaments, where we not only learn the skills needed for a great competition, but we meet new friends and develop new relationships, while exampling our school values in other school settings.

Leanne Jopson
Chaplain

Tas Fire Service

A Fire Fighter from the Tasmania Fire Service has visited our school this week to present a Fire Safety Program to our students.

The program is an initiative of the Tasmania Fire Service which aims to deliver appropriate fire safety education to every primary school child in Tasmania. The program is part of the Tasmania Fire Services ongoing commitment to educate the public for a fire safe Tasmania

Activity Books will be handed out to children from Years 1 – 4. After the conclusion of the program the activity book can be taken home and we encourage other members of your family to participate in the activities to ensure your home is fire safe.

INSTALL AND MAINTAIN SMOKE ALARMS (Smoke alarms save lives)

Smoke alarms warn occupants of a fire and ensure safe evacuations. Every home should have photo-electric smoke alarms installed in each bedroom, hallway and at the head of the stairway, connecting levels, if you live in a house with more than one level. They provide an early warning of fire, giving people more time to get out potentially saving lives and thousands of dollars in property damage.

Smoke alarms should be tested weekly with flat batteries being replaced immediately. Batteries should be replaced at least every twelve (12) months; a good time is at the end of daylight savings time. Some alarms have 10 year lithium batteries that do not need replacing every year.

PLAN AND PRACTICE A HOME FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

  1. With the family, plan two ways out of every room. In case of fire, one exit may be blocked by flames or smoke. Choose a safe meeting place outside where everyone will meet like the letter box.
  2. Enable Doors And Windows To Be Easily Unlocked
    Door deadlocks and windows locks are in many homes and can be deadly in a fire. When you are in the home leave keys in any deadlocked door and ensure windows can be easily opened in the event of a fire. The best fire escape plan is worthless if your escape route is blocked.

CRAWL LOW UNDER SMOKE (Crawl low and go, go, go)

Everyone should know if you get caught in smoke, the cleanest air will be several centimetres off the floor. Get down on your hands and knees and crawl to the nearest safe exit. Shout Fire! Fire! Fire! To warn others.

2 METRES FROM HEATER / FIRE

Always keep clothes, newspapers, kindling and other flammable material at least 2 metres from the heater or 2 big giant steps away from it.

STOP, DROP AND ROCK AND ROLL

Everyone should know this rule. “If your clothes catch fire, don't run! Stop put your hands over your face, gently drop to the ground, and rock and roll back and forth on the ground until your clothes stop burning. This will smother the flames while protecting your face, mouth and lungs from the flames.

A MATCH/LIGHTER IS A TOOL FOR ADULTS

Matches and lighters are extremely dangerous in the hands of a child. Store them up high where children can't reach them. Teach children that matches and lighters are tools for adults; they are not toys for children.

COOKING (Turn it off before you turn away)

Never leave cooking unattended. Turn it off before you turn away. Be alert when cooking; keep children out of harms way. Pot handles should be turned inward so they won't be knocked over the edge of the stove.

IF A FIRE STARTS IN YOUR HOME REMEMBER TO:

  • GET OUT – CRAWL LOW UNDER SMOKE
  • SHOUT FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! TO WARN OTHERS
  • GO TO YOUR SAFE MEETING PLACE (e.g. Letterbox)
  • CALL THE FIRE BRIGADE ON TRIPLE ZERO “000
  • GET OUT STAY OUT - NEVER GO BACK INSIDE.

REMEMBER: Plan ahead – there’s a lot you can do to prevent a fire.

Book Club

Book Club orders are due on Thursday 31 October 2019.

Sharon Guard
Book Club Co-ordinator

HPE

Year 3/4 Sports Expo

What a day out!! Wednesday’s 3/4 sports Expo at the Ulverstone Sports and Recreation Ground was nothing short of sensational. All of our WUPS students enjoyed every minute of it. With a full day of sports rotations, students were able to try sports like judo, Golf, athletics and the list goes on. Thank you to all supporting teachers for helping create such a successful day!

Well done WUPS

Cricket

Just a friendly reminder that cricket starts again this Friday 25 October. The first game will be held on the WUPS cricket pitch.

Max Watson
HPE Teacher

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.

Community News

Ulverstone District Cricket Club

WOOLWORTHS JUNIOR BLASTERS CRICKET PROGRAM:

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 website below, then navigate to the Ulverstone District Cricket Club centre.

http://www.playcricket.com.au/

WOOLWORTHS MASTER BLASTERS CRICKET PROGRAM:

  • 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 website below, then navigate to the Ulverstone District Cricket Club centre.

http://www.playcricket.com.au/

PRIMARY SCHOOL CRICKET ROSTER:

Roster will re-commence on Friday 25th October.

ULVERSTONE UNDER 13/UNDER 15/UNDER 17 TEAMS:

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.

Ulverstone Show

Volunteering

Fairy Godmothers Market

Devonport Duathlon

Emu Bay Lions Club

Ulverstone Softball Association

School Calendar

Monday 28 October

5:30pm School Association Meeting

Monday 28 October

Year 6 Transition USC

Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30 October

Tas Networks Bright Sparks Program

Wednesday 30 October

1:00 – 2:00pm Premiers Reading Challenge Hobart

Tuesday 29 October

2:00pm Whole School Assembly

Friday 1 November

Student Free day

Monday 4 November

Public Holiday

Thursday 7 November

Outdoor Classroom day

Tuesday 12 November

2:00pm Whole School Assembly

Thursday 14 November

Year 5/6 Operation Resilience Phase 2

Friday 22 November

60th Birthday Celebrations

Thursday 12 December

1:30pm Christmas Assembly

Thursday 19 December

11:00am Celebration Assembly