- Principal Report
- Grade 7 Report
- Grade 7 - Clean up Australia Day
- Grade 9 Report
- Year 11 & 12 Update
- 11 / 12 Community Services
- SRC Report
- Jungle Fantasy
- Questacon Ulverstone Invention Convention
- Virtual Science - Questacon
- School Nurse
- Passenger Conduct Code for School Bus Service
- Hay Fever
- Ulverstone Soccer Club
- Umpire AFL "Get in the game"
- Devonport Tennis Club - Holiday Camp
- School Crossing
Today we held our Swimming Carnival at Splash Devonport following our postponement earlier this term. Students and staff enjoyed the opportunity to get outside and do some physical exercise and be able to take their masks off. There will be a full report from H.P.E in the final newsletter later this term with the Champions, Winning house etc. A big thank you to Emily Hardstaff, Mr Harvey and Mrs Williams on the organisation of the day.
Congratulations to both Brodie Bonde and Tyrone Sherriff-Sherman who were recognised with an Outstanding Achievement in Vocational Education and Training from their study in 2021. Both students obtained Apprenticeships at the end of last year. Well done on your recognition for your work in Year 11/12 at Ulverstone Secondary College.
Together We Inspire Awards
Congratulations to Miss Reynolds who is a finalist this Wednesday in the Together We Inspire Awards. It is fantastic that she is being recognised for the outstanding work she is doing in our school especially in Year 11/12 area.
Congratulations to all our student leaders who were recognised our Virtual Assembly this week and presented with their badges. Despite the uncertain times they all have taken on their roles and adapted to the conditions to serve our school. Well done.
Progress reports will be distributed in the next week with the opportunity for Parent Interviews by phone in week 9 and 10. Please take the opportunity to contact staff regarding students’ progress this term.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or questions that you would like to discuss.
Grade 7 Report
Since our last newsletter, the Grade 7s have been knuckling down and settling into their learning. We are extremely pleased with the efforts the majority of students have made in their classes and this has been evident with the number of good notes given out to our Grade 7s. Congratulations to the following students for receiving a good note:
Jake, Tannah, Riharn, Arianna, Charlotte (7E), Logan, Olivia, Rhys, Jaxon (7D), Hayley, Jake, Axle (7C) Laylah, Lawson, Joel, Marhley, Suraya, Jhett, Lee, Trey (7B), Miah, Emma, Melissa, Khatijah, Annika, Jaxon, Logan, Bec (7B), Taylor, Eli and Alice (7A).
A few weeks ago, the Grade 7s participated in Clean Up Australia Day where each class group had an allocated section of the school to do a general clean up. We spoke about our school value Respect and how it is important to respect our school environment as well as give back to the school community. The students did a wonderful job on the day.
This week, Grade 7 leadership nomination forms are ready to be collected by students wanting to put themselves forward to be a part of this team. We will be meeting once a week to discuss how we can make our Grade 7 area better for students as well consider fundraisers and possible displays and future focuses. Forms can be collected from their Home Room teacher and passed back to Miss Leonard.
In Week 9, we will be having a Grade assembly. The purpose of this is to celebrate and recognise student efforts. We will have certificates given to students based on our school values as well as congratulate the winner of our first homeroom competition. We are thoroughly looking forward to this.
Over the next few newsletters, we will be focusing on different subject areas and outlining what the students have been learning. Our first focus is English. This term students have been learning strategies to improve their narrative writing skills. We have been focusing on ‘showing rather than telling’ as well as extending student vocabulary. Alongside this, we have a silent reading and individualised spelling program.
Below are some examples of students’ descriptive paragraphs which were created from various picture stimuli.
We hope you enjoy reading them.
If you have any queries concerning your child, please contact us via school phone or email.
Wendy Leonard (Assistant Principal) and Shaun Conkie (Grade Coordinator)
Grade 7 Descriptive Paragraphs.
From the distance I watch and listen, tasting blood as I bite my tongue in shock as the waves smash and thrash with loud crashes against the old broken-down light house of my childhood, causing it to crack and collapse into the ocean with an ear tearing roar! Devastating me, the only home I’ve ever know! Gone in one harsh movement. Suddenly the waves push higher exploding bigger and more fearsome in an eruption of water and waves. I feel the ground shake as the waves come back my way sending a huge spray of water in my face. I taste the saltiness of the water up my mouth and the stench of dead sea animals unfairly ripped from this world by this unearthly ocean scene.
I heard the waves crash down on the rocks as I saw the top of the giant ship come out from under the water. At first it seemed to be uninterested in me until I heard a giant bang! A few moments later the ship had completely sunk and all that was left was a few life jackets, a phone, and a lot of blood. I looked around seeing if anything or anyone was the cause of the death of these people and the destruction of this submarine, but to my luck I saw and heard nothing. I was starting to get worried because of lots of explosions kept happening. I could die and have my house destroyed.
The earthquake wreaks havoc across the city as the buildings start to be heard across the city as the buildings start to crumble. Loud bangs start to be heard from across a city that usually thrives. The people are shocked knowing they were just sitting down watching tv on a Sunday afternoon. All you can smell and see is ash falling from which used to be a bright blue sky but is now a great bloom of smoke. “What are we going to do now and how are we going to get out of this?’ people yell across the city.
The adrenaline rush was exhilarating. The thunderous roar of the crowd was deafening. I could see the umpire about to squander into his whistle. The excitement elevated a thousand-fold, now a squealing joy. I felt my ears booming along with my blaring voice. I felt exhausted and fatigued due to the evening darkness. The flood lights blaring, burning my eyes. As the whistle sounded, an ear-piercing head-splitting noise rose from the Hawks fans. Beer flew along with hats, scarves, and a tumultuous roar. They had won a long-awaited premiership.
My heart sinks to the bottom of my stomach, watching all these innocent people losing their homes. Thick, black smoke drifts through the sky, covering the bright, beautiful sun. My nose becomes tingly as I continue to breathe in the dirty air around me, the smokey smell the strongest I’ve ever smelt. Building after building tumble over, unfortunately landing on petrified citizens just trying to find somewhere safe to go. My throat feels dry due to the lack of water and food/ supplies, making the situation worse. Rubble and rocks fall at my feet wherever I walk. People scream and cry for help, running around like mad. Each burning building tells its own devastating story. Sirens go off and never stop, a sound I don’t enjoy listening to but have to put up with because of the war.
Your apartment building shattered and going up in flames with debris everywhere. You see someone else running towards the ruins probably checking if there were any survivors. It smells like an intoxicating smoke has insulted everything. Burning rubber, wood and all sorts could be smelt from a substantial distance. You can hear the roaring fire and crumbling bricks mixed with screams and loud explosions. The heat from the fire is unimaginable but the adrenaline rushing through your veins makes you not care, though you still feel petrified. All you can taste is the smoke that you breathe in trying to get away from the fire. You feel rage to those that have done this…
Grade 9 students have started the year well transitioning from Grade 8. With a wider variety of optional subjects on offer this year, students are enjoying experiencing new challenges. The newly elected SRC leaders are ready to lead by example again this year. Everyone is looking forward to another great year ahead.
We congratulate the following year 9 students who were elected and will be representing the wider school community:
Grade 9 rep: Jacob
Treasurers: Kristian and Kirra
Leadership Liaison Officers: Lucy and Bronte
Year 9 Homeroom teachers for 2022 are:
9A: Lochie Williams
9B: Naomi Barker
9C: Elora Ghea
9D: Kate Johns
Ignite: Lucy Beguely
Packages of Learning: Dean Mainwaring
Please do not hesitate to contact home room teachers or year coordinators if you have any questions or concerns.
By Sam Mawer and Lochie Williams Year 9 Coordinators
Year 11 and 12 Update
We would like to congratulate Year 11 and 12 students on their positive start this year. We welcome new and returning students to our school community. The start of the year is always full of change and students have been able to adapt and demonstrate grit by responding to these challenges.
This year we are delighted to have the largest number of students in Year 11 and 12 with 57 students in Year 11 and 46 in Year 12. This is the first time we have reached over 100 senior student enrolments. Staffing has also increased to 25 teachers teaching Year 11 and 12 courses. This presents an opportunity for more staff to extend their skillset and teach in the senior school.
Once again, we are actively working within the Mersey Leven Collective to offer students endless opportunities to study different course on different campuses. We have students travelling to Yolla District School, Sheffield School, Parklands High School, Hellyer College, Don College and Devonport High School. Students travel independently or via the USC buses and it’s exciting to be able to build these partnerships to provide lots of learning pathways for students.
Congratulations to Tallirah and Rori who will be representing the Year 11/12 students on the 2022 Student Leadership Council. Congratulations also to Matthew, Tara and Bailey who are representing Ulverstone Secondary College on the Youth Leaders Council for 2022.
There is a strong correlation between high attendance and success in learning. It is vital for students to attend all lessons. As such, we have now activated MGM messaging to notify parent/guardians if students are marked absent in classes. Please contact the office to explain if your child is away due to sickness or other reasons.
If students are absent from school due to COVID 19, we encourage them to contact their teachers where possible. Work can be provided on most occasions to support students with ongoing learning if they are well enough to work. Students can be negotiating extensions for assessments if absent due to ongoing illness or COVID.
Reports will be sent home on Monday 28 March. This will give you an indication of student progress to this point in time. Please contact staff if you have any concerns or questions.
Year 11/12 Community Services Certificate II
Despite the impact COVID has had on the start of the school year, we have been engaging with our community in several ways.
The class are busy preparing child focused activities that can be set up at the NW ecofest 2022. This event focuses on sustainable living in our community and is held on Saturday the 9 of April at Camp Clayton, Ulverstone. With the focus in mind, students have planned sustainable activities for children to engage in at the festival including creating nature mandalas, planting and a scavenger hunt.
We have initiated an Easter themed colouring in competition for East Ulverstone Primary School. USC students have created pages for Kinder to Grade 2 to colour in, and upon collection will deliver them to local Respect aged care facilities for residents to enjoy and to have their own turn at colouring as well.
The class has also coordinated an Easter egg guessing competition, with all proceeds being donated to the Ulverstone Neighbourhood house. All students grade 7 – 12 have the opportunity to guess the number of eggs, with the correct or closest guess to win the entire jar. Community Services students will be selling guesses outside the cooking rooms at lunchtime for the next few weeks, with the winner announced on Tuesday the 12 of April.
We would like the thank the organisers of the NW ecofest for inviting us to be involved, and for East Ulverstone Primary School, Mt St Vincent, Eliza Purton and Ulverstone Community House for supporting our ideas and projects.
We are pleased to announce our Executive for 2022:
Lynette Murfet and Lachie Gaffney
Eadie Mayberry and Sarah Brewer
Kirra Mitchell and Kristian Murfet
Leadership Liaison Officers:
Bronte Bakker and Lucy van Rooyen
Senior Secondary Officers:
Tallirah Gale and Rori Coote
This term the SRC has been very productive in planning different activities, events, and fundraisers whilst also meeting the governments COVID 19 regulations for schools across Tasmania. We started off our year with a planning and leadership workshop. In the workshop we got to know fellow SRC members, build confidence, do team building exercises and plan events for Term 1.
Our first event this term was Kindness Day on Friday March 18. It was National Day of Action against Bullying and the SRC decided to show our support by having a Kindness Day. We encouraged students to wear yellow accessories and there were lunchtime kindness activities in the music room. Our second event is Harmony week which is this week. On Thursday the 24 you can wear orange accessories to show your support to equality, diversity and different cultures. There will be a poster competition on the theme of harmony and belonging and the winner will receive a gift voucher to buy art supplies. There will also be a concert during lunchtime on Thursday. The SRC will be running more events this term so look on Student Notes, and ask SRC members for more updates.
Sarah Brewer and Eadie Mayberry
Planning and preparation for this year’s production Jungle Fantasy is well underway.
This year Ms Bromfield is working with a small but committed group of students in a new course, Technical Theatre Production. Under her guidance the students have been busy gathering ideas for the set, props, and costumes. Others have been working on logo and poster designs. It will be exciting to see how the final designs look, so please stay tuned.
There will be an opportunity for year 7 students to audition later this term.
We have created an USC Jungle Fantasy facebook page for cast, band, crew members and families to receive the latest information and rehearsal schedules (once these kick off). Feel free to send a request to join this closed group.
SPONSORSHIP: Sponsorship packages for Jungle Fantasy are available for individuals or businesses that can support us in this venture. Please contact Ms. Paterson via the school office or email email@example.com if you would like further information on how to become a sponsor.
Will the Jungle Queen’s secret remain a secret?
Will Catalina ever be able to play the sacred horn correctly?
Will Moonchie become a Movie Star?
All will be revealed in this fun, family friendly musical, that features a host of colourful characters, a large chorus of Jungle Cats, Bonglies and Monkeys and a rockin’ live band! This production is suitable for all ages. We can’t wait to share it with you!
“Like problem solving? Interested in creating but not sure where to start? Have an idea, but not sure how to help people understand it? Questacon is here to help!
These April school holidays between 27 – 29 April, Questacon will be flying into Hive Ulverstone to host an Invention Convention. Over three days you will come up with ideas and innovative solutions to a problem you care about. On the way there will be the opportunity to meet local experts, learn lots of new skills, and make connections with like-minded people from Northern Tasmania. The best part? It’s completely FREE!
Registrations are now open and places are limited so get in quick >> www.bit.ly/QuestaconIC “
On Thursday 3 March in Science we had a lesson via zoom with Questacon. Questacon is a place in Canberra that you can visit to learn about science, and it actively seeks to help communities across Australia engage in science. We learned about using everyday objects to make inventions. Some of the inventions made by the students included a book holder made from straws, paper cups and a hot glue gun, a bluetooth lawn mower, automatic rubbish scoop and a self-flipping pancake maker. We talked to a person who works at Questacon and showed her our designs. We had a great time and are thankful to the people who work at Questacon and our teachers for encouraging us.
By Abbey and Charlotte (7E)
I’m not only new to your school but new to this role also. I have been working as a Registered Nurse in primary health care in a local GP clinic for the last eleven years. I love working with people of all ages!! I’ve worked in other nursing roles for 27 plus years all up. I love being a nurse, for me, teaching people how to better look after themselves and empowering people to make good choices is sometimes hard but rewarding, to celebrate even the little wins and support with kindness!
I am looking forward helping the students learn new skills, participating in the activities of your school and teaching them to live healthy and happy lives! I will be popping up in your teenagers’ classrooms and around the school, say Hi if you see me around!
New changes to hay fever advice
Public Health has reviewed their advice about hay fever in the current COVID-19 environment.
Hay fever symptoms are similar to COVID-19 symptoms, so it’s important families know what they need to do if their child experiences hay fever symptoms.
If your child has hay fever symptoms, please keep them at home and test for COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test (RAT).
If your child tests negative on a RAT and symptoms continue, Public Health advises that you must do a second RAT 24 hours later, or seek a PCR test.
If the second RAT or PCR remains negative, this is sufficient evidence for your child to return to school if they feel well.
If symptoms change or increase in severity, please see your treating medical practitioner for review.
Please know that Public Health advice can change at short notice, and we appreciate your patience as we respond to these changes as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact the school office. For more information, please visit the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website or contact the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738, or Department of Education COVID Support Hotline at COVID19support@education.tas.gov.au or on 1800 816 057.
Welcome to 2022, a quick update as to what's happening at the Ulverstone Soccer Club for Grades 7-12.
Your assistance with getting information out is very much appreciated.
Youth – Under 18’s
Our Youth training’s have started training. There are a couple of positions open for any students wanting to come along to trainings. Some flyers attached if it’s ok to add them to your newsletter, it would be very much appreciated.
Youth Girls – Grade 7-10
Youth Boys - Grade 7-8
Boys Under 16’s – Grade 9-10
Boys Under 18’s – Grade 11-12
Girls Grade 11-12, if there is any interest we would love to hear from them too.
Thankyou for supporting our local sporting club
Ulverstone Soccer Club