Each week during Term 2, Year 1-6 students have been learning some tricky dance moves. They have worked hard to co-ordinate to the music and follow the instructions of the amazing instructor Drey from Dance Fever Multisport.
On Tuesday 22 June, their hard work paid off and they performed some well-choreographed, high energy dances. You can see by the faces and their funky moves, that they’ve enjoyed learning and performing in Dance Fever.
Swimming and Water Safety
Over the past two weeks students have been travelling to the East Ulverstone Pool to take part in the state-wide Swimming and Water Safety Program. Students have progressed in their confidence, swimming progressions and water awareness. We are very proud of students showing our values of Respect, Courage and Growth over the last two weeks.
A big thank you to Mr Pursell, Mrs Poulter, Mr Graham, Mr Shepheard and Mr Oliver for teaching students during the program. Also thank you to Kiara and Nardi for their organisation of the program.
Parent Engagement Meetings
This week we have held our Parent Engagement Meetings in the hall. The purpose of Parent Engagement Meetings was to collect the 2021 Mid Term Academic Reports and provided an opportunity to celebrate areas of success and discuss plans to address areas of need.
If you were unable to attend a meeting reports will go home with students today or posted if students were absent today. It is not too late to contact the office to make an appointment to see your child’s teacher next term.
I wish to thank families for making time to meet with teachers. 92% of WUPS families booked a meeting.
Jeremiah has his last day at WUPS on Thursday. We wish Jeremiah the best of luck in his next adventure and thank him for his contribution to WUPS. Krystle Simpson will start on July 20 supporting the Hands on Learning (HoL) Program.
Over the past few weeks we have had three students completing placements at WUPS.
Tahlia Turner a Year 10 students from Ulverstone Secondary College has completed 50 hours as part of her Learning Through Internship class. Tahlia has been working with Mrs Robertson and Miss Finch in the K/P class. We hope you enjoyed your time at WUPS.
Mr Oliver and Mr Shepheard, University of Tasmania (UTAS) Health and Physical Education (HPE) Pre-Service Teachers, have had a week teaching HPE in Week 9. Over the last two weeks they have been teaching our Swimming and Water Safety Program with Mr Pursell. Thank you and good luck completing the rest of your studies at UTAS.
We wish all WUPS families a safe and relaxing holiday. School resumes on Tuesday 20 July.
Yours in partnership
Congratulations Shilo! Shilo has been awarded a Gold Card for her improved commitment to learning. Well done!
Congratulations Jack! Jack has been awarded a Gold Card for his persuasive writing. Well done!
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!
The official Naidoc Week date is July 4-11. This is during the school holidays, so we decided to celebrate early at WUPS. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and lslanders and Observance Committee. Naidoc Week is held to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Naidoc is celebrated not only by indigenous communities, but Australians from all aspects of life. We orgainsed activities over the week for everyone to get involved in and celebrate this year’s theme ‘Heal Country’.
The activities included;
- Aboriginal Flag Hand Mural - Most people put a handprint of paint in on our flag sketch.
- Games - Each class played a game of Tails to promote team work and encourage us to ‘Heal Country’ together.
- Story Stones – We aboriginal dot art to painted stones.
Term 3 Upcoming Events
Talent Quest – Wednesday 1 September
Footy Colours Day – Friday 17 September
Written by Connor and Corben
It has been a busy term with lots of work happening in Kinder/Prep, topped off with the swimming program in Week 10. All students did a great job trying their best at the pool and then we also did some follow up writing and artwork back in the classroom.
It has been great to see all of the learning that is happening and we are excited to see what the rest of the year brings.
Hannah Robertson and Jessica Finch
Term 2 has been very busy in 1/2A. We have been practising our words every day and enjoyed writing together about a variety of things each week. Dance Fever was a favourite activity during Term 2 and we are so glad that Drey came to WUPS to teach us some smooth moves.
Leading up to holidays we have been learning about NAIDOC week and Dream Time stories. We listened to the story “How the Birds Got Their Colours” by Mary Albert.
Below are some of our recounts.
As we approach the end to the first half of 2021, it is important to pause and reflect on what a great start to the year it has been. Our students in 1/2B have demonstrated school values in a multitude of ways, particularly this term with our whole school focus of ‘Aspiration’.
Our students have been aspiring to achieve their personal best in all areas, particularly using our developing spelling skills when we are writing. We have been very lucky to have Mrs Banfield throughout this term helping us with this. Our students have become ‘word conscious’; always on the lookout for interesting words and effective strategies to spell them accurately.
As the term comes to an end, we have been engaged in the Swimming and Water Safety program. I for one, have been very impressed by the confidence and skills our students have demonstrated in the pool.
I hope you have an enjoyable and restful term break and look forward to starting Term 3.
Term 2 has been the best term ever……… this year! We have had a trip to Hagley Farm where we were in an olden days classroom getting growled at, even more than Mr Nayler and Mr Barnett usually do! We have danced our butts off every Tuesday, learnt about chance and data by getting water dumped on our heads and also snuck in a bit of “normal learning”. We have learnt about Anzac Day, adding description in our writing and looked at what plants need to grow and how that is similar to ourselves. Going to the garden and having Jayne come into class has helped us with being more kind to others and ourselves by thinking about our needs and reactions. We have learnt about the four R’s of sustainability and looked at how, we as individuals, can make a difference.
In 3/4B at swimming we have been learning backstroke and freestyle. We have groups with Mr Pursell, Mr Graham and Mrs Poulter. We have to take our shoes and socks off when we sit on the bench and listen to Mr Graham. Then he says we can go get changed into our swimmers and slide into the pool. We get into our groups. On Thursday we had a “Show Off Day”. We showed off what we have been learning. Some people were floating, some people were diving down to get a dive ring and some people jumped in at the deep end. Today there will be a big boat and we are going to learn about Water Safety.
Logan M & Brynee B
What a busy term it has been for all of us at WUPS, students have made such fantastic progress in all areas of their learning and we have seen some exceptional pieces of work created.
During the term we celebrated NAIDOC week and students in 5/6A created a mural for our class to celebrate this year’s theme “Heal Country” where we discussed the importance of working together to achieve our goals. This piece of work will remind us of the power of teamwork and co-operation.
During NAIDOC week, we read the short story The Burnt Stick, which is a story about the stolen generation and how the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia were impacted following the arrival of the first fleet in 1766.
The following is a piece of writing by Riley Small in response to this story.
This term students in Year 5/6 have also been learning about the power of persuasion, and how different writing styles can be used to impact their readers in different ways. One of the tasks students completed was to write a persuasive letter to Mrs McAuliffe stating their position on whether homework should be given to students in Primary school. The following piece of work was written by Jack Kingston.
We are always looking for opportunities to support students personal interests at WUPS and this term Riley and Doug from 5/6 Gee have been working on starting up a chess club which they are going to be running every Monday at lunch time during Term 3. Riley and Doug will be coming around to Year 3-6 classes early next term to remind people to sign up. There will be a special prize awarded to the winner of the chess tournament, presented during one of our assemblies at the end of Term 3.
5/6B have been working on writing persuasive texts. We are trying to persuade Mrs. McAuliffe to let us use the bottom oval.
These are some of our texts;
Why we should open the bottom oval
How would you feel if you had a huge oval and no one would let you down there because apparently there aren’t enough staff? Most people would believe that the bottom oval should open back up. It’s not fair on any of the upper primary students that we can’t go down there when everyone is cramped up on the top oval.
Surely you would believe that the bottom oval is a massive problem now, the school attendants' are completely wasting their time mowing and trying to keep it nice when we don’t even use it. At least if we were allowed down on the bottom oval it wouldn’t be wasting the school attendants time. It would actually be useful.
If you disagree and do not open the bottom oval, the government will cut it off and probably build houses down there. That would make everyone very upset and as a principal you wouldn’t want that right? I’m sure if the bottom oval opened the rope course would have cost lots of money to build and so would the basketball and netball courts too! Why would you want all of the money wasted on something we don’t even use? If we were allowed down there the kids would have a great time playing games and we wouldn’t just be roaming the school because there is nothing to do.
Some people would believe that opening the bottom oval would cause lot of fights, arguments and drama. To prevent all of those things from happening the teachers who are out on duty could send one of the kids on the bottom and one on the top, that would help with a lot of your worries. Since most of the teachers would be worried about fights instead of having 1 or 2 you could put 3, 4 or even 5 and you could set them zones of the bottom oval so all of the bottom oval is covered with supervision.
To finish this off my final reason is that, when the bottom oval opens up for all of the upper primary, the students would enjoy lunch breaks because of all the space there to just kick the footy. Ssome lunch breaks the sports leaders could organise fun games for the whole school to play instead of roaming the whole top oval. Some kids love getting out and about being active, playing games and just having a great time outside. But to do those things we need the bottom oval to open. The 3/4s could have a game of football or soccer and the 5/6s could do the same but on the bottom oval.
To sum everything up it would be a great idea to open the bottom oval, the kids who love to be active and enjoy playing games could do just that, why would you want to keep the bottom oval if no one can use it. What a waste of space, time and money. Why would the school attendants want to try and keep it nice by mowing it when no one is allowed down on the bottom oval. That is why the school has to open the bottom oval.
The bottom oval should be open
How would you like to have to deal with lots of drama because everyone is crowded around the swings and playground fighting for turns? To reduce the amount of fights every year we need to put an end to the top oval only policy.
To begin, I just wanted to let you know the bottom oval is a big space where friends can get away from the drama and enjoy their lunch breaks. For teachers to have taken away the bottom oval privileges, has been the cause of most of the problems of the yard because forcing friendship groups to get along doesn’t always work out, it may even create big punishments which ends with the fights getting bigger and bigger every time.
In addition I believe that the bottom oval being an out of bounds area is a waste of money. To pay to keep something in our school that isn’t going to be used is just a waste, if you’re worried about the duty teachers, the toilet duty teachers aren’t needed in the lunch and recess breaks.
Teachers need to be more productive with the time they have which basically means putting them on bottom oval duty so they can enjoy moving around free space while eating their lunch.
Furthermore, at the moment, we are over working our school attendants by making them mow the bottom oval lawns for absolutely nothing. Should I really start to talk about the lunch breaks wasted on going on the roof and getting balls and unnecessary items off the top? If people played on the bottom football and soccer field, no one needs to get anything off the roof.
This persuasive text clearly shows that I am very determined to get the bottom oval opened ASAP!
I believe everyone needs to be trusted to do the right thing on the bottom oval
PLEASE OPEN THE BOTTOM OVAL MRS McAULIFFE!
Open The Bottom Oval NOW!!
How would you like it if you had a massive space and you did not use it? I know that if you opened the bottom oval, everyone would be so happy and that’s your job isn’t it to make people happy?
To begin with people who love or enjoy playing sports could use the cricket pitch, football field and soccer field and just enjoy the big space.
Secondly it is a waste of money not using the bottom oval and things are going to rust and break before we get to use them.
Furthermore it is a big waste of time for the school groundsman to mow the grass if no one is using it. It is very dangerous for the groundsman to keep getting up on the roof to get footballs, but if we used the bottom oval they wouldn’t have to get on the roof.
Finally in my opinion we need to open the bottom oval now to make the most of it, to stop things from going on the roof, to stop things from rusting and breaking, people who enjoy playing sports can play.
|Friday 2 July||Last day of Term 2|
|Monday 19 July||Student Free Day - Staff Professional Learning Day|
|Tuesday 20 July||Term 3 Commences|
|Tuesday 20 July-Friday 23 July||Fire Education Program|
|Monday 26 July-Friday 30 July||Fissure Sealant Program - Oral Health|
|Wednesday 5 August||Year 5/6 Sports Day|
|Thursday 19 August||Year 6 Ulverstone Secondary College Information Night|
|Friday 27 August||Book Week Parade|
|Friday 1 September||Talent Quest|
|Friday 17 September||Footy Colours Day|