Swimming and Water Safety Program
A friendly reminder that our Swimming and Water Safety Program starts Monday, 21 June. Students will need to bring along the following items every day throughout their program:
- Swimming gear – including bathers and swimming cap (swimming caps will be provided by the school).
- Towel and plastic bag to put wet swimming gear in.
- Any medication (e.g. Asthma medication) that may be needed at the poolside.
Parent Engagement Meetings
This year we are holding Parent Engagement Meetings between Monday 28 June – Thursday 1 July. We encourage all families to use the booking link to make an appointment to meet with classroom teachers before Wednesday, 23 June. https://westulverstoneps.schoolzineplus.com/parentengagementbookings
If you need support using this link please come to the office where our friendly office staff will help you with this. If you are unable to come to this event, teachers will be making contact with you via phone. The purpose of Parent Engagement Meetings is to collect the 2021 Mid Term Academic Report for your child/ren and provides an opportunity to celebrate areas of success and discuss plans to address areas of need. More information about these meetings will be provided closer to the time.
I wish to thank our hardworking teachers for being available for these important meetings and for the time they have taken to write informative reports for families.
Staffing Update – Term 3 & 4
Mrs Crawford’s position as Acting Assistant Principal ends at the end of this term, however we are excited to announce she will be with us until the end of the year. We are excited to have some continuity in this role for the remainder of the year.
Mrs Catlin’s recovery has been prolonged and as a result she will not be returning until next term. When Mrs Catlin returns to school in Term 3, she will continue in her Quality Teaching Coach role Monday, Tuesday and every second Wednesday. A big thank for you to Mrs Catlin for taking on the Acting Assistant Principal role Thursday and Friday’s.
Congratulations to Mrs Smith who will be Acting Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) on a Thursday and Friday until the end of the year.
Welcome to Miss Connell who is joining the 3/4B teaching team on Wednesday and Friday’s during Term 3 and 4. Miss Connell has been a regular relief teacher at WUPS this term.
On Monday 28 June we welcome Miss Bek Van Der Neut back from Maternity. We also welcome Mrs Tiffany Smith to West Ulverstone Primary School who will join us on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as School Business Manager.
Congratulations to Kiara who has won the position of Acting Business Manger at Prospect High School. We thank Kiara for her time at WUPS and wish her all the best at PHS.
Congratulations to Mandy Barlow our Aboriginal Education Worker (AEW) who will be taking on a teaching role at Romaine Park Primary School in Term 3 and 4. We wish Mrs Barlow all the best as her career changes, slightly.
On Thursday 1 July we welcome back Mr Radford our Education Facility Attendant (EFA) who has been unwell. A big thank you to Ben Gibson who has been filling in for Mr Radford in his absence. We hope to see Ben working at WUPS again in the near future.
The Inter Primary Cross Country includes many different schools which come from Sassafras and as far away as Strahan. We entered the cross country with a very strong West Ulverstone team. Everyone tried their very best to get as big a result as possible. The Y5/6 Team had Jordan, Axle, Amelia, Riley, Monique, Corben, Katiah, Montana, Douglas, Chayse, Kendell and Lily.H run. It was a gruelling race of 2.2 kilometres for Year 5’s and 2.5 kilometres for Year 6’s. All students battled to the finish line, trying to beat the person in front of them. The Y3/4 Team consisted of Kaylab, Troy, Sonny, Miley, Brynee, Jasmin, Cormac, Reid and Kiarna.
Students were selected from the team due to finishing first, second and third place in our school carnival. We congratulate these 23 fantastic runners for their great participation and thank Mr Gee and Kellie for taking us. We finished fourth overall in D division.
Written by Riley and Axle
Yours in partnership
5/6B have been setting goals for our futures.
We have also been learning about National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week. We listened to the novel “The Burnt Stick” by Anthony Hill and to the song “Took the Children Away” by Archie Roach.
Some students chose to research The Stolen Generation, while some chose to describe the children being taken away from their mother. These are some examples of their work:
My version of how John Jagamarra was taken from his family by Paige L
That morning The Big Man from Welfare came. He marched up to where Lee-anne and John were sleeping. He looked down at the difference between their skin colours.
“I knew it!” he said with a sound of triumph in his voice.
He grabbed john by the arm and dragged him away from his crying mother.
“Please don’t take him,” she pleaded.
“He’s my son. Please don’t take him away!” she shrieked, tears pouring down her face.
John saw his mother’s pain. He looked up at the man’s face. He hated that man. A thought rushed into his head and before he could think on it again, he had already done it. The big man’s arm was bleeding, teeth marks were indented into his white skin. The man let go almost instantly, holding his arm in pain.
John ran to his mother. Leanne picked him up and ran into the bushes around the edge of the camp.
My version of how John Jagamarra was taken from his family by Rubi C.
I watched the big man talk to Mum. He seemed really angry.
“No!” she screamed, “You can’t take him!”
As the man got closer, I got super scared. Where was he taking me?
The big man and another man grabbed Mum and dragged her through the dirt and rocks. Why were they doing this? What did she do?
“No!” she screamed, “Stop!”
I could see the fear in her eyes as she held onto the gate. She made eye contact with me one more time, tears rolling down her face, dirt falling from her knees. Her head was turned away and her hair blew in the wind.
That was the last time I saw her.
My version of The Big Man from Welfare’s second visit by Amber S
After John Jagamarra had a bath in the river, his mother put more charcoal on his skin because she knew the welfare man would come in the morning. She just didn’t know when…….
In the morning the welfare man came. As expected, John Jagamarra and his mother were ready for his arrival.
When he came, they knew he would look at John but wouldn’t take him. For now………….
The Stolen Generation
The Stolen Generation is when indigenous children’s generations were taken away from their families as young children. They were taught how to live like a white person. The white people thought they were doing the right thing and that their parents would forget about them over time. They didn’t forget and they only missed their kids even more until one day the children came back and often their parents had all left. They sometimes tried to find their parents but they couldn’t be found anywhere. Some of them probably died from the drought or massacres. Sometimes they had just moved on.
By Andre G
These maps were decorated to represent Reconciliation.
In Science we have been practicing our cooking skills.
We are continuing to focus on our value of Aspiration until the end of term. During our school meetings held on Mondays and Fridays, a student from each class is recognised for being aspirational.
Congratulations to the students pictured below for being acknowledged for displaying our shared school value of Aspiration!
Mia has been awarded a gold card for her excellent work in Maths. Well done!
Lochie has been awarded a gold card for going above the task's expectations to show an understanding of the past. Well done!
On Friday 11 June the student leaders hosted a pyjama day. We saw most people in their pyjamas which was good to see. It was good to not only see the students in pyjamas but some of the teachers as well. We hope to do more free events before the end of the year.
NAIDOC Week – Celebrating Early
We will be hosting a NAIDOC week, next week. This years theme is Heal Country. We have planned multiple activities during the week. Some of these activities will be during class time so you will have to participate. We will also hold some optional activities at lunch time.
Next week on Thursday afternoon there will be a whole school assembly which you are invited to come and watch. There will be awards and our new school choir will be preforming for their first time.
Written by Corben and Connor
Scholastic Book Club
Issue 4 orders are due to the school office by Thursday 17 June. Hard copies of the catalogue can be found in all classrooms or you can view online at scholastic.com.au
Correct money must accompany the order or payment can be paid by credit card at scholastic.com.au/LOOP
Book Club Coordinator
How can I help you and your family?
World-wide there is an amazing increase in the population’s weight percentage.
This increase is especially noticeable in children where the effects can have a detrimental outcome on their health both short and long term. Being overweight has a direct correlation to health issues as seen in how it can affect our body.
Being Healthy is one of the behaviours that gives your and your child’s body the best opportunity in life.
It is made up of…
- Healthy Eating – Reducing sugar and highly refined foods
- Being active.
- Reducing sedentary behaviour.
- Eating from the 5 food groups. Each week I will put a healthy recipe suggestion into the newsletter.
Also, I am offering a friendly, informal chat with any parent from our school community interested in nutrition, meal planning, and ways to increase your health. Please call the school to leave your contact details & I will get back to you the next time I am at that school to make an appointment.
School Banking Program - Tuesdays
West Ulverstone Primary is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students. School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way to help teach your child the importance of saving.
Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards. Remember, there is no minimum deposit with School Banking, you can save as little as 5c per week, saving regularly is what is important.
If your child has previously participated in School Banking, or has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account, they can start banking straight away by bringing their Dollarmites deposit wallet to school on School Banking day. If your child has lost their deposit wallet, please contact the school office or visit any Commonwealth Bank branch for a replacement.
Getting involved is easy – you can open a Youthsaver account for your child in one of two ways: (1) Online: visit: www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking (2) visit a Commonwealth Bank branch. A big thank you to our previous banking coordinators and Robyn for volunteering your time this year. For further information about the program please contact the school office on 6425 2195.
Subs For You is a convenient, web based system to provide a healthy and affordable lunch option for your children. Please see below instructions on how to place an order. Orders must be placed by 8.00am on the designated day - Thursdays.
Orders are delivered to the school on Thursdays at the regular scheduled lunch time. If you have any queries about the ordering process please contact the school office.
For urgent order enquiries please call the Subway Business Manager Tiffany on 0477 259 030.
|Wednesdays ongoing until 23 June||Emotional Literacy Program Prep-Year 2|
|Monday 14 June||Queens Birthday Public Holiday|
|Tuesday 15 June||3/4A and 3/4B Hagley Farm School Excursion|
|Wednesday 16 June - 3.10pm-4.30pm||Vision Meeting|
|Monday 21 June - Friday 2 July||Swimming and Water Safety Program|
|Tuesday 22 June - 9.15am-11.15am||CFLC LEG Meeting|
|Monday 28 June - 4.45pm-6.15pm||School Association Meeting|
|Friday 2 July||Last day of Term 2|
|Monday 19 July||Student Free Day - Staff Professional Learning Day|
|Tuesday 20 July||Term 3 Commences|