31 August 2023
STUDENTS DO NOT NEED TO WEAR THEIR SUN HATS IN TERM 2 AND 3.
SCHOOL CANTEEN IS OPEN – WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.
TERM 3 - 2023
Monday 4 September to Friday 8 September
Wednesday 6 September
3/4 (B,D,E) Excursion
Monday 11 September
3/4 (A & C) Excursion
Friday 15 September
Friday 15 September
Thursday 21 September
Thursday 28 September
Footy/Sports Colours Day
Friday 29 September
Last Day of Term
From School Principal – Cathy Bester
Wow! What an absolutely fantastic array of costumes we had for our Book Week Parade last Thursday! Children were dressed in all their favourite book characters with so many of our staff members joining in the fun. It was great to have so many families join us for the parade and to share in the joy of celebrating Book Week. Our book exchange was a fabulous way for children to take home a new book and to pass on books they themselves have previously enjoyed.
Dressing up is always so much fun and what better way to come to school today than in our PJ’s! Thank you to our Student Council for organising this event with all money raised going to the Tim Blair Foundation – supporting families of children with cancer. We are extremely grateful to all families for their contribution to this very worthy cause.
It’s been a very busy week at UPS with our open classrooms on Monday afternoon. It was wonderful to see so many families visiting classrooms to share with their children some of the amazing learning they have been doing.
Once again, I must thank Kayla Rush and her mighty team of helpers for organising and running our annual Father’s Day stall. It always gives me great pleasure to see so many of our children browsing the stall for the perfect gift for dad and coming away with a big smile when they have purchased their gifts.
Please support our School Association by ordering some Beadoughs Donuts. Order forms have been sent home with children this week. All money raised going to support a variety of projects in our school that are subsidised by our School Association.
Last Wednesday it was our privilege to host a special service to commemorate 20 years since the passing of Frank McDonald. Our SRC joined with dignitaries and Frank’s family to honour his memory. Frank was the oldest Australian World War One veteran when he passed away at the age of 107 in 2003. He served in two wars and was awarded a Military Medal for bravery. He attended Ulverstone Primary School, and we have a garden in his honour. We currently have some of Frank’s descendants attending UPS.
A big congratulations to Alfred in Kinder B who was selected as an award recipient in the 2023 Young Archies Awards. We are very excited that one of our Ulverstone Primary students has been recognised in a state-wide competition for their artwork. Well done Alfred!
The 2023 School Satisfaction Surveys are here.
Every year the Department for Education, Children and Young People (DECYP) conducts a School Satisfaction Survey to find out what your child(ren)'s school does well and where it may improve.
We would be grateful if you completed our online survey about Ulverstone Primary School. Your feedback is very important to help us inform our school-planning and decision-making.
The survey is open from Monday 28 August 2023 until Friday 22 September 2023 and should take about 5 minutes to complete.
Take the online survey by clicking this Link. or pasting it in your browser: https://ncv.microsoft.com/yTuzsXUJHb
The survey is carried out on a secure website and all responses are anonymous and confidential.
All families in this school received the same survey link and no identifying information is collected. A summary of the survey results will be provided to schools. Responses from individuals or small groups will NOT be disclosed to any DECYP staff.
Please contact us if you require any assistance.
Thank you for taking the time to fill in this survey.
Assembly – School Values
Congratulations to the following students who were presented with certificates at our School Assembly on Friday, for living our UPS core values:
Annika Harrison, Vincent Holden, Raley Johnson, Benjamin McCoy
Mia Anderwald, Freya Chatwin, Ayden Wilson
Meshach Anketell, Grace Blackwood-Beattie, Harrison King, Harry Lucas
Madison Bombara, Oscar Dickson, Summer Holman, Elsie Wright
Scarlett Beveridge, Luke Chant-Lowey, Travis Wilson
Letti Baldock, Lacey Dyson, Austyn Hewitt, Alice Turner
Clay Johnson, Makaylee Martin, Flynn Tillman
Ruben Hammersley, Zairah Jumawan, Imogen Somers
Xander Campbell, Maya Clark, Elka Ives, Max Marshall
Hudson Brooks, Coban Dawes, Isabel Maddison
Chace Abley, Coby Ainslie, Cindy Lin
Stella Dickson, Fletcher Dyson, Macie Smith, Fynn Viney
Amari, Jedd Gale, Tahlia Hill, Paige Thomas
Montana Dobson, Shannon Lakin, Frankie O’Neill, Brock Smith
Prue Chant-Lowery, Bailee Corbett-Taylor, Amarni Febey, Ayla Leitch
Art Gallery Winners
Aria James, Aubree Luff, Hunter McCoy, Olive Targett
Eleanor Costello, Toby Hill, Kaley Ives, Esta Kelly, Elleemay Lynch
5/6C Class News
This term 5/6C have been discovering the threats to Australia’s environment and how we, as individuals and a country, manage these. We have read articles about climate change, created posters about ways we can help the environment, and researched animals and their habitats using the National Geographic for Kids website. We are currently researching the impacts natural disasters have on the environment and how we can prepare for and manage these disasters.
To celebrate Book Week, we read one of this year’s CBCA Book Week Shortlisted books (nominated Picture Book of the Year), ‘My Strange Shrinking Parents’. We discussed the themes and messages in this and worked on some associated tasks.
Reflecting on our Sporting Schools Badminton Program
Our school community has recently participated in a Sporting Schools Badminton program, and the experience has been nothing short of inspiring. Students from Grade 1-6 had the opportunity to work with Lasse Bungaard, an Olympic level Coach. Witnessing students picking up rackets for the first time and eventually mastering the art of serves and hitting back and forth was a highlight of the program. Beyond the physical achievements, this program has taught us about dedication, the joy of progress, and the beauty of friendly competition. Congratulations to all the students who took part and gave their best effort!
Kicking Off with Soccer
We are currently focusing on soccer after all the excitement that the Matildas brought to Australia and this Sport. Students have been buzzing with energy as they practise their dribbling, passing, and striking skills. Beyond the skills, soccer is about collaboration, communication, and learning to anticipate moves. Through this program, we're not just creating soccer players; we're shaping individuals who understand the importance of teamwork and the satisfaction of achieving common goals.
Anticipating AFL in Schools Clinics
To finish off our PE learning in Term 3, students will have the opportunity to work with AFL Tasmania Junior Coordinators in the upcoming AFL in Schools program. AFL is more than just a sport; it's an integral part of our culture. With these clinics, we're immersing our students in the excitement of handballs, marks, and goals. More importantly, we're instilling in them the values of leadership, adaptability, and resilience - qualities that define champions both on and off the field. We look forward to Jack and his team coming in and working with us.
Swimming and Water Safety
Preparations are now underway for our upcoming Swimming program at the beginning of Term 4. I am eagerly anticipating the three weeks I will spend at the Ulverstone Pool, where I will have the opportunity to support students in enhancing their growth and development in what is undeniably an important life skill. More information will come home with students soon.
Recently, Riisa Sensei from the Japan Foundation Sydney visited Ulverstone Primary for classes with Kinder and Grade 1 / 2. We learnt about ‘Obon’, a festival to remember our ancestors, how to wear a traditional yukata and a special festival dance. Students enjoyed practising their Japanese and dancing with Riisa Sensei.
Breakfast Club is run by our wonderful Teacher Assistants and Breakfast Club Leaders five mornings a week in our school hall and is well attended by students.
We are seeking donations from our school community to support this valuable program. Donations of long-life milk, jam and Milo would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at our school office.
Art - Items wanted
If anyone has the following items available the Art teacher would greatly appreciate them:, Any fabric offcuts, wool or ribbon.
Items can be left outside the STEAM room. Thank you.
School Health Nurse
Head lice are small, wingless, blood sucking insects. Head lice only survive on humans. If removed from the head, they die very quickly (usually within 24 hours).
Did you know?
Parents and carers have the primary responsibility for detecting and treating head lice.
If your child has head lice, you must treat your child with a treatment recommended by the pharmacist. Your child will be welcome to return to school as soon as treatment has started.
- Anyone can have head lice it does not mean you are dirty, head lice do not care if your hair is clean or dirty.
- People get head lice from head to head contact, head lice cannot jump or fly.
- To help prevent head lice spreading we ask that you notify the school if you detect head lice in your child’s hair.
- Teach your child not to share hats, hair bands, swimming caps or combs and brushes.
- Long hair should be braided or tied back for school.
For more information -
If you would like more information or want to discuss ways that we can support you with your child’s health and wellbeing please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.