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

28 February 2020

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Principal’s Report

In partnership,

The start of a new year is a great time to review our values. Our values represent our culture and are more than just a nice thing to have. When these values are genuinely lived and reflected in our behaviour and decision making they can make a significant difference towards having positive outcomes for learners and their families, staff and community members. This year we will focus on deepening our understanding and use of values. Voicing and acting on our values is everyone’s responsibility.

Our Values focus in Term 1: Respect

During 2020 we will have a specific focus on one value per term to enable deeper engagement and reflection on the behaviours associated with each

Respect: Establishing relationships with respect for ourselves, others, the past and the environment.

What our students have to say about how they show respect at WUPS

  • “I play with people so they are not left out,” Rosie P/1G.
  • “I say hello to people of a morning and give lots of high fives,” Eli P/1P.
  • “I listen to people when they are talking,” Lochie 2/3C.
  • “I use my manners,” Reid 3/4N.
  • “I use kind words,” Blake 5/6G.
  • “I help others when they need it,” Indi 5/6B.

School Chaplaincy Program

In Tasmanian schools there are 83 chaplains in primary and secondary schools and colleges across the state. They are an integral part of the support staff in schools, providing emotional and practical support to school communities: students, staff, and families. Chaplains are selected based on their qualifications and skills.

Leanne Jopson has been working WUPS for three years. This year Leanne works on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Leanne supports students in times of grief and loss. She has revived the Chess Team and is supporting Student Leaders with the Wednesday Canteen. This is just a snap shot of the role Leanne has supporting families at WUPS. If you would like to speak with Leanne you can contact her via email leanne.jopson@education.tas.gov.au or call the office on 6425 2195.

For more information on the National School Chaplaincy Program in Tasmanian Movement Schools


James Todd – Lunch time volunteer

James has been a chaplain in a number of schools and volunteers his time at lunch time in the playground on Thursday’s.

Welcome Mrs Amanda Barlow

Mrs Barlow starts at WUPS on Monday as the Aboriginal Education Worker. She will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners by working with school leadership, teachers, support staff and parents/carers. She will support the teaching of Aboriginal histories and cultures through classroom activities, school life and the school community. We are excited to have Mrs Barlow as part of our team at WUPS please make her feel welcome.

House Captains

Congratulations to the 2020 House Captains. You should be very proud to be selected by peers in your house. Good luck at the carnival today, may the best sportsmanship win.

Introducing our House Captains for 2020:




School Association

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 6 April March at 5:00pm. Nominations are called for parent and community representatives. Nominations forms are available from the school office and must be returned to Bek (Returning Officer) by Monday 30 March at 3:00pm

Afternoon Tea with the Teacher

Come and join us on Tuesday 10 March for afternoon tea. The event will be a chance to meet teachers and have a conversation about your child’s progress so far this term. Families will take away a Progress Report and a full belly. We hope you can join us.

Angela McAuliffe

Values Champions

Week 2






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Prep/1 G


Prep/1 P


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Prep/1 G


Prep/1 P


Feature classes


5/6 Gee have had a very busy few weeks. Students have been participating in ICT lessons, Friday afternoon sports and Health and PE lessons.

Last week we had our first STEM lesson. It was fantastic to see how well everybody worked in their groups to explore concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to design and construct a protective casing that would keep an egg from smashing if it was to fall off a wall (Like poor old Humpty). Unfortunately, all of the eggs cracked, however we had a lot of fun and saw some pretty creative designs.

Reuben Gee
5/6G Teacher


Recently in 5/6B we have been looking at the importance of writing up a scientific method when doing experiments. We spent a few sessions last week engaged in heavy discussions about each section and why they were important. We discovered that people view the same thing in many different ways. After a lot of writing and thinking we finally got onto the visual experiment which helped sharpen our observation and recording skills.

PS. From our last newsletter post we found that people who are going to bed earlier are finding it easier to concentrate for the whole day in class.

Campbell Barnett
5/6B teacher


Hats in Term 1

A reminder that hats must be worn in Term 1 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.

Student Banking

Student banking will be on Tuesday mornings. If you require any information regarding this or would like to open a banking account for your child, please contact the office on 6425 2195.

Sharyn Mee
Banking coordinator

Community News

Ticket to Play – sports voucher program

Ticket to Play provides vouchers up to $100 in value towards club membership for children aged 5-17 years and listed on a Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card or in Out of Home Care. The key objective of Ticket to Play is to increase the number of young Tasmanians playing sport and supporting the Tasmanian Government’s objective of Tasmania being the healthiest population by 2025.

For information and to apply for a voucher go to the link below.


UBA Aussie Hoops

Thrive Kids Club

Fairy Godmothers

Mainly Music

Ulverstone Soccer Club

School Calendar

Tuesday 3 March

2:00pm Whole School Assembly

Monday 9 March

Public Holiday

Tuesday 10 March – Friday 3 April

Student Wellbeing Survey Years 4 - 6

Wednesday 11 March

NWPSSA Athletics Carnival

Friday 13 March

Ride 2 School

Monday 16 March

3:10 – 4:30pm Vision – Community Input

5:00pm School Association meeting

Thursday 19 March

School Photos

Thursday 26 March

North West Thunder Basketball Clinic

Friday 27 March

North West Thunder Basketball Clinic

Monday 6 April

5:00pm School Association AGM

Thursday 9 April

Student Free Day

Term 1 Ends

Friday 10 April

Good Friday

Monday 27 April

Term 2 Commences