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

29 May 2020

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Principal’s Report

I am really excited that we have started our phased approach to returning students back into our schools in Tasmania. As teachers it was strange coming to school without classrooms full of students. We have enjoyed starting our new ‘normal’ this week. There was great excitement Monday when students returned to learning at school. We welcomed students at the gates with smiles and greetings, re-connecting with learners and reassuring families. On Monday we also welcomed 4 new families to the WUPS community.

The courage that we have demonstrated in our response to COVID-19 has been remarkable. I am continually inspired by the many different examples that have occurred. These examples include staff embracing different ways of working as well as teachers adapting their teaching practices to engage students learning remotely and more recently transitioning back to our new normal.

Public Health has always maintained that school sites are safe, however it is important to know that over the coming weeks we will be maintaining safety measures. This includes assisting students with hygiene practices, extra cleaning, and practicing physical distancing where we can. Some of the measures you will notice are:

  • Avoiding adults gathering: Stop, Drop and Go or Collect and Go will be important. Please avoid gathering and chatting to other parents during drop off and pick up.
  • Only students and staff inside: Entry to the school building (except the main office) will still only be for students and staff. If you have any concerns about how to get your child to or from their classroom, please contact their teacher or phone 6425 2195.

We continue to see a stable situation in Tasmania with no new COVID-19 cases for 12 consecutive days.

As you might have heard a number of times already, if your child/ren are unwell, please make the decision to keep them at home. Importantly, if your child/ren are experiencing any cold or flu like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, cough/itchy throat or shortness of breath, do not enter the school and arrange to be tested by calling the Public Health Hotline or your GP. This will help to ensure the safety of our community.

New Staff

The WUPS community welcomes Miss Maddie Burgess and Mr Alex French.

Hi everyone at WUPS,

My name is Maddie Burgess and I am so very excited to introduce myself as a new staff member at WUPS. Some of you might have seen me hanging around the school doing relief work but now I get to share a class with Mr French! I feel very excited that I am starting my teaching career at WUPS and am looking forward to all of the adventures it will bring. Let’s bring on the rest of the year in Y2BF!

Hi all,

My name is Alex French and I am very excited to introduce myself to the WUPS community as a new member of the teaching staff. I have spent the beginning of 2020 as a relief teacher on the North West Coast. I am looking forward to getting to know you all as we all return to school in the near future. Outside of teaching, my other passions include playing music and being involved with sport. I am very excited to meet you all and ensure 2020 is a year of fantastic learning, and of course, fun.

WUPS Vision

You might remember from a previous newsletter or from being a participant on 29 and 30 January that we started a journey to create a vision statement that is developed and owned by the community. We did this by holding a community workshop where everyone was invited. The workshop was facilitated by Bill Martin and Mary Wilson from ‘Schools that Deliver’ and together we started the process of building a vision for the future. In groups we brainstormed the following eight questions with every voice being heard and every idea later voted on.

  1. What most motivates and inspires our children to learn?
  2. If we could create “the school of our dreams” on this site, what would be its major characteristics?
  3. What are the current strengths of West Ulverstone Primary School, which we should build into our future?
  4. What do we most need to deeply understand about our children and our community to inform the way we work together?
  5. If we were to hear community members who we respect talking about West Ulverstone Primary School, what would we most like to hear them saying?
  6. How can our school and community work together to ensure that we keep our children at the centre of all we do?
  7. What do we most want our children to be able to do when they leave us?
  8. What characterises a school culture that creates a safe and respectful learning environment for students, staff and community?

We shared the draft vision with the WUPS community asking for feedback. The anonymous vision writers then used the feedback to construct our final Vision Statement. A copy of the final vision statement is below. We will be highlighting examples of people living our vision in upcoming newsletters. Please let us know of ways in which you and your family are living the WUPS vision.

WUPS Vision Statement

West Ulverstone Primary School has learning at the centre of everything we do in a culture of kindness. Everyone feels welcomed and respected. We have an innovative learning environment with strong leadership that recognises need and implements purposeful change. We make decisions that are based on improving student outcomes and ensuring that the student remains the focus. We provide opportunities for growth for children and their parents, building families’ capacity to support their child’s learning.

We strongly believe that every child is an individual who can learn and are supported by a clear understanding of the factors that can impact on this. We pride ourselves on our inclusive, engaging learning environment where happiness, laughter and fun are evident. We place a strong emphasis on developing the functional literacy and numeracy skills of everyone by providing quality tasks that build on strengths and interests in flexible environments.

We are aspirational and expect our learners to achieve their best. Essential to this are positive relationships in a safe environment where the school community feels valued. Respect and trust between staff and parents creates the foundation for optimal decisions to be made for our learners. Staff go the extra mile providing genuine care focused on the child’s wellbeing.

Children leave West Ulverstone Primary School as connected, resilient, capable and curious thinkers who can contribute positively to society. Their ability to problem solve and make choices, and a thirst for learning continues with them throughout their lives.

In partnership,

Angela McAuliffe
Principal

Home Reading

We are celebrating Home Reading Success at WUPS! Children are encouraged to read every night and record what they read in their Home Reading Journals. Due to the holidays and COVID-19 interruptions, we have several levels of success to celebrate! Make sure your teacher knows how many nights you have read for!!!

Celebrating 25 nights of reading – a big congratulations to Isabella Gardam, Sophie Gardam, Kye Grant, Jayce Waddington, Ellie Hannon, Aysh Grant, Reid Preston and Kaylee Bellchambers.

Celebrating 50 nights of reading – an awesome effort from – Isabella Gardam, Sophie Gardam, Aysh Grant, Kye Grant and Reid Preston.

Celebrating 75 nights of reading – that’s amazing – it means these students have read every night since we started the challenge – Kye Grant, Isabella Gardam, Sophie Gardam and Aysh Grant.

We look forward to seeing who wins the first gift voucher draw from the names of children who reach 100 nights of reading!

Sabrina Catlin
Literacy Coach

Feature Classes

5/6A and 5/6B

Whilst we were very impressed with the effort during online learning by most students in Years 5 and 6, we sure are glad to have full classrooms again! We have heard about new games that have been invented and new ways to entertain yourself whilst being stuck at home. There has been lots of chatter and catching up to do after nearly two months of not seeing friends, however, students in both 5/6 classes have settled back into most routines already and we are going to make the most of the time we have left of Term 2.

We have some exciting learning to get done in this term (and also some of the not so exciting stuff) in the science space. We look forward to showing off the results of our “science investigations” later in the year when we are finished!

With the return to school, we are also looking forward to restarting the Year 6 leadership programs and to provide opportunities for them to grow as a team. Can all leaders please make sure they are wearing their badges proudly each day.

Mr Gee and Mr Barnett
5/6A and 5/6B Teachers

A Message from our Chaplain

It’s wonderful to see everyone back at school this week, to see friendships being renewed and lots of exciting learning happening in classes. Throughout such a different time, it has also been great for me to connect with many of you - our school community, on your driveways and through front windows, who would have imagined this happening at the start of the year.

The cold weather is certainly very much upon us and I have quite a large number of coats and warm jackets available. If anyone needs something, please contact me through the school office.

Much love,
Leanne Jopson
School Chaplain

Brixhibition Lego Challenge 2020

The Tasmanian Brick Enthusiasts Inc. invites all Primary School Children on the North West and West Coasts to compete in a Lego Competition running in the second term of 2020.

For schools with more than 12 participating students, there are 3 age groups (4 students per age group)

  • Prep – Year 2, Years 3 and 4, Years 5 and 6

Winners to receive a winner's medallion (Age Group or Age Group & Overall Winner)

One overall winner from all age group winners will represent WUPS this year.

The schools overall winner will receive 1 "Age Group & Overall" winners’ medallion, 1 voucher for a Leven River Cruise, 1 free pass to Beaconsfield Heritage Museum, Richmond Gaol and a winners parents/guardians information sheet.

Rules

  • Each Lego display to be no larger than 52cm x 52cm x 52cm or no larger than four 32x32 lug Lego baseplates.
  • Each Lego display must be an original or freelance design and not made from a Lego kit.
  • Some adult help is allowed but the Lego design should be the child’s own design.
  • Each school must confirm their participation no later than Thursday 4 June 2020
  • All Parents/Guardians to have completed entry forms and each lego entry must be returned to WUPS no later than Monday 22 June 2020
  • Each Primary School’s overall winner must be determined and announced by no later than Friday 26 June 2020.
  • Individual participating Schools can choose to undertake their own judging by photos (virtual) or in-house (as previous years)
  • Each Schools Lego Challenge overall winner then will be invited to compete against other schools overall winners.
  • All Lego Challenge overall winners will be judged by Tasmanian Brick Enthusiasts Inc. members to determine the grand prize winners by submitting up to 4 photos (Virtual) only.
  • Grand Prize winners will be announced via the Brixhibition.com website by Saturday 4 July 2020

Please note: there will be no Brixhibition event this year

Book Club

Orders and money are due back on Thursday 18 June for Issue 4 of Scholastic Book Club. Don't forget you can place an order online and pay by credit card, on the link below.

http://www.scholastic.com.au/LOOP

Thank you,
Sharon Guard
Book Club Co-ordinator

School Banking

A Message from CommBank School Banking

The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the evolving situation due to Coronavirus, School Banking has temporarily been paused until the normal operating rhythm of schools resumes.

We will continue to assess the situation, along with how best to manage contribution payments and Dollarmites tokens for students. We will keep you informed of any updates.

If you would like to continue the momentum with the financial education of your children, here are some handy online resources available on our Website that you might wish to use at home:

  • Start Smart: resources that have been created to improve the money management skills of children, aligned to the Australian Curriculum and the National Consumer Financial Literacy Framework, and
  • The Beanstalk: videos and fun activities for children to learn about money.

Community News

Cup of Kindness Community Food Van

When:

Every Tuesday evening from 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Commencing on 16 June 2020

Where:

Ulverstone Anglican Church grounds

6-8 Kings Parade (next to McDonalds), Ulverstone

Purpose:

To provide a free meal and a hot drink to the disadvantaged, people in short-term financial crisis, those who are socially isolated, those new to the area seeking community connection and single parent families. All are welcome.

School Calendar

Thursday 4 June

Lego Competition Participant Names Due

Monday 8 June

Public Holiday (Queen’s Birthday)

Thursday 18 June

Scholastic Book Club Orders Due

Monday 22 June

Lego Competition Entry Forms and Lego Display Due

Thursday 2 July

Term 2 Finishes for Students

Friday 3 July

Professional Learning Day (Student Free Day)

Monday 20 July

Term 3 Starts

Tuesday 1 September

School Photo Day

Friday 25 September

Term 3 Finishes

Monday 12 October

Term 4 Starts

Monday 2 November

Public Holiday (Recreation Day)

Friday 27 November

Public Holiday (Devonport Show)

Thursday 17 December

Term 4 Finishes

Thursday 4 June

Lego Competition Participant Names Due

Monday 8 June

Public Holiday (Queen’s Birthday)

Thursday 18 June

Scholastic Book Club Orders Due

Monday 22 June

Lego Competition Entry Forms and Lego Display Due

Thursday 2 July

Term 2 Finishes for Students

Friday 3 July

Professional Learning Day (Student Free Day)

Monday 20 July

Term 3 Starts

Tuesday 1 September

School Photo Day

Friday 25 September

Term 3 Finishes

Monday 12 October

Term 4 Starts

Monday 2 November

Public Holiday (Recreation Day)

Friday 27 November

Public Holiday (Devonport Show)

Thursday 17 December

Term 4 Finishes