At our recent assembly some students from 5/6B shared the introduction of their Information Reports. The class had been deliberately writing intriguing introductions to engage the reader. Students have acted on feedback from Mrs Coates to improve their writing. Some of the introductions that sucked me in are below.
Did you know one of the smartest men in the world had MND (motor neurone disease) many of us wear the big freeze beanies, but do you really know what they are dedicated to? Read this book to find out how Stephen hawking and his family lived with his disability.
Written by Sienna Emmanuel
Bipolar Disorder affects 45 million people world-wide. Bipolar can cause crying, mood swings and unwanted thoughts plus more. You might have bipolar or family or friends that suffer from bipolar disorder or maybe you just want to learn about it. Read on to learn more about bipolar disorder.
Written by Sarah Aitken
Anorexia Did you know 1.2 percent of people suffer with anorexia worldwide? This book will help you understand what anorexia is, how to spot the signs and what to do about it.
Written by Ruby Clark
You may have heard of the 911 terrorist attack, but do you really know the mastermind behind it? Osama Bin Laden was an incredibly evil man. From 2001 to 2011 he was a major target of the United States, as the FBI offered a $25 Million bounty in their search for him. Sound interesting? Keep reading, it gets better!
Written by Rubi Coppleman
Floor history but not so boring. Floors are one of mankind’s greatest creations. Without it we would be standing on dirt, sand, rocks and snow and floors have had lots of upgrading. So now the Modern floor is made from vinyl, wood, concrete, stone, wool, plastic, and now this book is here to tell the history of floors and stuff about them.
Written by Sebastian Bellchambers
Needles in the strawberries
Have you heard of the women who put the needles in the strawberries? Did she go to jail and were there charges? Why did she do it? And did she get caught in the act? We are going to find out why this dastardly woman carried out this evil scheme.
Written by Connor Brimfield
Which one engaged you?
The staffing process is under way for 2021 starting with permanent staff transfers. Sarah Crawford will be joining us as a permanent AST. Congratulations Mrs Crawford.
Axle Pitchford - My favourite things about Men’s Shed are:
- Making a pencil holder.
- My favourite tool was the hammer.
Jack Kingston - My favourite things about Men’s Shed are:
- Working with tools.
- The sanding edges of wood.
- Building different things.
- Working and talking with the men.
We thank the Men’s Shed for giving us this opportunity. Thanks also to Mrs Jones for making this possible.
On Tuesday, 21 September and Thursday, 23 September classes went to the hub, for a rethink waste afternoon where we learnt about plastic waste and heaps more. We even did an activity where we sorted out recyclable and non-recyclable waste into mini garbage bins. It was especially fun to learn some new facts that we did not know. I loved every bit of it and hope in the future we can take on what we have learnt to help our environment. I hope that we can change the way we use plastic and make the environment we live in the healthiest and cleanest it can be.
Written by Montana Crawford-Copper
Child and Family Centre State-wide Forum 2021 – Looking Back, Looking Forward
On Friday, 17 September the Child and Family Centre State-wide Forum 2021 celebrated an important milestone – our 10-year anniversary. By ‘looking back, looking forward’, we will celebrate the many achievements of the past ten years and focus on our hopes and dreams moving forward. The event showcased the CFC model which is internationally regarded as best practice for supporting a great start for children. Leanne Jopson, the West Ulverstone Primary School Communication Inclusion Worker (and our School Chaplain), attended the celebration at the East Devonport CLFC. Paige Lehman and Corben Clarke represented the West Ulverstone CFLC.
LET’S TALK ABOUT TALKING!
We aren’t joking when we say talking is a superpower. Being able to communicate is an essential skill in every part of our lives. You can help your child by talking with them every day. Whether you have a baby or a teenager, small chats can make a big difference.
So get sharing, and of course - get talking! Home - Let's Talk
Hat Reminder – Term 4
Please help teachers by checking at home these holidays to ensure that your child has their hat at school. If needed, you can purchase a new one, they are $10 each, available at Maverick Clothing in Rieby Street. Every child requires a SunSafe hat when learning or playing outside during Term 4.
That's a wrap for Term 3. Have a safe and enjoyable term break, see you Monday 11 October.
Yours in partnership
Footy Colours Day
Friday September 17 we held Footy Colours Day. The student leaders would like to thank everyone who participated. We are proud that we can donate $133.50 to kids cancer research.
Wear Pink For Breast Cancer
On Wednesday October 13, we will be hosting Wear Pink For Breast Cancer. If you come in pink on this day you will need to bring a gold coin donation that will go towards research into breast cancer.
On Friday October 15, there will be a sausage sizzle. This BBQ is free. You will need bring your recess and a drink on this day.
For fantastic persuasive writing. You should feel very proud of yourself. Well done Kash!
Maddison received a Gold Card for getting 100/100 in her sums two days in a row. Fantastic work Maddison!
This term, we are focussing on our value of Growth. During our school meetings held on Mondays and Fridays, a student from each class is recognised for their Growth.
Congratulations to the students pictured for being acknowledged for displaying our shared school value of Growth!
Term 3 has just flown by in Kinder/Prep with so much happening to keep us busy with events like Science Week, Book Week and so much more. Children have been learning about health, nutrition and exercise through some incursions from Active Squirtz. Preps were then able to use these sessions to inspire some writing to share what they enjoyed the most.
Students in Kinder/Prep have recently been having lots of fun role playing in our class vet surgery with lots of teamwork and learning happening along the way. It has been fantastic to see the progress so many students have been making with their learning this term and we look forward to continuing that in Term 4.
At W.U.P.S. - We Detectives.
During Term 3 we have allocated Detectives to ‘catch’ their peers displaying the expected behaviours in the playground and classroom. Students have enjoyed being Detectives and recognising their peers for being kind, inclusive and safe in the playground. For active listening, having a go and following instructions in the classroom. Everyone has felt pride in being recognised for their positive behaviour.
Life cycles in 1-2A
This Term we have been learning about life cycles. Students have observed the growth of a bean seed to seedling and described success and failure relating to this.
Our growth of tadpoles is allowing students to understand what different living things need to survive.
We look forward to sharing pictures of our frogs before they are put back in their natural habitat next Term.
1/2 B have had an exciting and crazy term.
Firstly, a huge thank you to Mrs Thais Gardham for giving our students a fantastic few weeks while Mr French was off looking after Charlie.
We have continued working on becoming Word Wizards, and students have collaborated with Mr French on how to better use technology during spelling time.
We have set up a PADLET page that allows us to notice words as a whole group, and sort them according to their letter pattern. Students in 1/2B are fast becoming effective spellers which is so exiting to watch.
Term 4 is sure to be busy so I hope all students have some time to relax and recharge ready for the final term of the year.
Watch out parents and carers! You might find yourselves buying Maccas for tea, new PlayStations and spending money on whatever your kids want! The 3/4 group having been working on their persuasive skills over Term 3. We have been looking at persuasive devices like emotive words, fact vs opinion, personal pronouns, rhetorical questions and exaggeration (please see below our 300+ persuasive writing pieces- Kobe’s joke). So, if your kids use their newfound super powers against you to stay up later, we’re sorry.
If you can, ask your kids to plan out a weekend so that they can keep you on track using their improved time telling skills. The analogue clock was tricky to get a handle on but we’ve all developed our ability to read it.
Late start to school
I think we should make it so we have to go to school at 12:00 pm and go home at 4:00 pm so everyone isn't tired. Most people get woken up by their parents and/or grandparents. Example, I had a late night on Sunday and was very tired the next day. This is a good idea so if anyone sees this, try to make this happen please. Actually, it's not a good idea, it’s a great idea! I hope this will happen. I like having breakfast in the morning because I feel like I don’t have enough time to have breakfast because I'm very rushed by Pa. But then we probably won't have recess. I guess we could get a longer lunch play. Yeah let's go with that. A longer lunch is a great idea.
Conclusion, I really hope this happens so I can start having breakfast when I wake up. I get hungry at roughly 10:00am.
WUPS NEED A CANTEEN!!
A canteen would be my favourite but we don’t have one, this needs to change. WUPS needs a canteen because you might forget your lunch boxes. You might eat everything in your lunch box and it's not fair that other schools have a canteen and WUPS doesn’t. If you want to make young children happy give us a canteen!! All the children at WUPS are very sad because there is no canteen and they will all starve without one and then there will be no more children left at WUPS.
This term in 5/6, we have done plenty of exciting things. This is our end of term report.
We learnt about Convicts with Mrs Coates class. We learnt about how Australia was settled. We had an excursion to Brickendon estate to learn more about convicts. It looked like a colonial farm with ducks, cows, donkeys, sheep, and much more. We went on a long bus ride to Longford.
We have had the choice of what Personal Interest Group we wanted to do. There was music, sport, sewing/knitting, lego challenges and more. We had the first choice in the first 5 weeks and the second choice in the last 5 weeks. There were different choices in the second choice.
In the last week of term, we did a program called Think Waste where someone came in to talk about recycling. His name was Mr Walker. Mr Walker talked about what was recyclable or not. We then went through lots of rubbish and sorted them into recyclable, garbage, and soft plastic.
This term, we learnt about writing information reports. We watched lots of videos and then we started on what we were going to do it about. Then we made our sub- topics and then we started writing our draft. After a few weeks, we started making our books. We made them on Word and now some of the books are actually getting made.
In week 5, the Taroona High concert band came to our school and played some of their music. It was very loud and noisy, but it was very good. They showed us some instruments and they were very interesting.
In 5/6 Gee, we held a chess club tournament. The winner was Arie, second was Riley, and third was Cormac. Mr Gee made a roster and ladder, and it was really fun.
This term, the WUPS Talent Quest was held. There were lots of tied winners. First place was Eloise and Leo and Jamison. Second was all the preps. Third was Paige and Michael and Riley.
This Term Grade 6's have been going to the high school for transitions. So far, we have done drama and digital tech and have met our teachers for drama and digital tech.
We can’t wait for next term and are looking forward to hearing about Mr Gee’s baby and when it’s born, the athletics carnival, more grade 6 transition, end of year picnic, big day out and the grade 6 leavers assembly.
We hope everyone has a great holiday and we can’t wait to see you all back in Term 4.
From Riley Small and Piper Phillips – 5/6 Gee
This year's Book Fair will be held next term on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 October, in the school Library.
Students can purchase items between the hours:
Wed, Oct 27: 8.30am - 9.30am & 2.30pm - 4pm
Thurs, Oct 28: 3pm - 4pm
Purchases can be made via EFTPOS or cash.
Students will have a chance to view the books on Tuesday, Oct 26, to fill out their wish lists. All purchases contribute to our library receiving new books.
Book Fair Coordinator
Ever opened up your mouth and heard your own parents speak?
I’d frequently speak to my kids when they’d been less than perfect and I could hear my father speaking. I’d use the same words, same tone of voice and same body language as my father. The similarity was a little spooky.
This happens because the ghosts from the past are very strong impacting not just our communication but our parenting as well. Kids copy their parents. Temperament, gender, genetic and birth order factors all play a part in shaping kids. They signify the differences between children’s behaviour, attitudes and interests.
It’s in children’s similarities that the impact of parenting is seen.
Are all your kids tolerant, generous, kind and forgiving, perhaps some less than others? If so, there’s a good chance that you possess those qualities or, at least, one parent displays those qualities.
Children learn what they live
When kids live with gratitude, encouragement and affection on a daily basis they are more likely to adopt those behaviours themselves. In fact, those types of behaviours become part of their values system.
They may shy away from these behaviours in adolescence yet most kids will return to their core values in their twenties and beyond. Most kids find their identity only after they’ve rejected it.
Similarly, when kids live with criticism, mean-spiritedness and intolerance they are more likely to display those attitudes. Teachers and schools can impact children’s attitudes and behaviours but it can be hard to override the values that kids develop at home. Kids are more likely to reflect their parents’ attitudes and behaviours than those of their teachers.
Do you like what you see?
Take a good look at your kids’ attitudes, behaviours and values, particularly how they treat others. If you like what you see then give yourself a pat on the back because you’ve done a good job through both overt teaching and modelling of raising a person in your likeness.
If you’re not happy with what you see – I’m not referring to the out-of-character, poor behaviour that kids at times display due to fatigue, a stage or some other unknown reason (kids will be kids) – but if you cringe when you see some of the attitudes and behaviours that your kids routinely show then some self-reflection may be the order of the day.
That’s nothing necessarily to be ashamed of. Kids get front row seats to the very best and very worst of their parents’ behaviours. We just need to make sure that our best is amplified and our worst is minimised or, at least, not witnessed by our kids.
It helps to sit down with your partner or a trusted friend and review the type of person that’s on display for your kids every now and then. It will be a worthwhile exercise both personally and as a parent. As your kids are a reflection of you, start the reflection process by looking at the behaviours, attitudes and states of mind they have in common. If you’re happy with what you see then you’re okay. If not, then maybe it’s time for some changes.
Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation and the best-selling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. His latest release Anxious Kids, was co-authored with Dr Jodi Richardson.
|Friday 24 September||Last Day of Term 3|
|Monday 11 October||Term 4 Commences|
|Monday 11 October||School Association Meeting 4:45pm - 5:45pm|
|Wednesday 27 October||Spring BBQ|
|Friday 29 October||Student Free Day (Professional Learning Day)|
|Wednesday 24 November||Year 6 Orientation Day|