- Principal's Report
- School Association Report June 2021
- USC SRC
- SRC Incentive
- Mullets for Mental Health
- Cross Country
- Rock Climbing
- Duke of Edinburgh
- What's News
- Year 8
- Song & Dance
- Working on Water Program
- Song & Dance Night
- Wellbeing Week
- School Holidays Term 2
- Professional Learning Day
- Term 3 Commences
- Year 7 Information Evening for 2022
The return of the school cross country carnival was welcomed enthusiastically by staff and students during Term 2. The vast majority of students gave their best effort and enjoyed watching some of our staff participate in the ‘Mullet for Mental Health’ fundraiser. It was yet another example of staff and students working together to make a difference.
There are other examples of staff focussed on co-curricular learning throughout this newsletter.
Model United Nations
Ms Reynolds supported ‘Model United Nations’ participants at Deloraine recently. Our students were runners-up overall and won costume awards. This event provided great opportunities for our students to extend themselves in the areas of public speaking, critical thinking, creativity and working effectively as a team.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh adventurous journey to Cradle Mountain was an amazing experience for students from year 9–12 to participate in. We hope to continue to grow this award program as it aims to develop a number of critical life & leadership skills for young people.
Thank you to Mr Brandwood and Ms Reynolds for leading this trip.
Reports for year 7-10 have been completed and we are looking forward to meeting parents to discuss their child’s progress on Wednesday 23 June 3:30pm–6:pm. The following link will take you to the Parent/Teacher Interviews 2021
We welcome discussions on student progress at times outside formal interviews and continue to value parent support for the learning program.
Year 11/12 - 2022
One of the benefits of being a year 7-12 College, is maintaining positive relationships with parents over time. Our current Year 10 group will have a number of opportunities to consider their individual pathways to year 11 during Term 3. USC have a vibrant and personalised year 11–12 course offering. This includes opportunities for shared enrolments with schools across Mersey-Leven collective. Our pathways include students wishing to develop the work-related skills to enter full time employment beyond year 12, school-based traineeships, apprenticeships and academic courses that may lead to University Study.
We continue to embrace contemporary courses that are designed to meet the needs of all learners, ‘Learning through work’ is a new course offering for 2022. It will enable a significant period of time for work-place learning and for skills to be developed by young people through casual employment or volunteering to be formally recognised. More information regarding year 11–12 in 2022 and the senior formal 10–12, will be provided to parents and students by early Term 3.
It is very pleasing to see the positive impact of the learning requirements legislation improving the retention and attainment levels of students beyond year 10. A young person must be enrolled until 18 year of age or have completed a Certificate III Vet Course or be in 35 hours a week full time employment.
School-based or full-time apprenticeships or traineeships also satisfy this requirement as our ‘Endless Education’ a world of possibilities when you complete year 12.
End of Term 2
Last day of Term 2 is Friday 2 July, Term 3 commences on Tuesday 20 July.
Please enjoy some quality time with your family over the Term 2 holiday break, stay safe and look forward to many more learning opportunities at Ulverstone Secondary College in Term 3.
At the May meeting of your Association, our College application for capital works funding was at the forefront of our attention, and the consensus was that USC had been left behind when it came to major works. I wrote last newsletter about the refurbishments already achieved. However, we have been waiting for years for progress on a Master Plan for major improvements. Some stages of the major project include replacing the hexagon to make larger classrooms for Grades 9 and 10, and getting rid of the bullying hazard of the circular walkway, revamping toilets and changerooms to make them gender-neutral and safer, more pleasant to use for our students – these are important and need larger funding. Your members’ concerns were expressed and included in the 2021 Capital Works application and now we wait yet again.
Issues of on-going interest relate to long-term improvements to the James Street school access and potential use of the Information Centre once the new Cultural Centre opens. Its nearness to our College presents opportunity for a variety of uses that will enhance the Central Coast as an education and community activity hub.
Parents are very welcome to attend meetings as observers, just contact the office for details. Any written submissions to the Committee should be submitted in advance to allow Members to read them before the meeting. Meantime, your College Association Committee continues to represent your interests – please let Helen Johnstone, the administration officer, know any way we can help.
Dr. Rena Henderson
On Thursday 1 July, the SRC are organising a Colour Fun Run to raise funds for the Dolly’s Dream foundation. This money will go towards helping fight bullying.
Participation involves running through an obstacle course while your peers and classmates throw colour on you!
It will be cold, wet, and colourful but you will be doing it for an amazing cause!
There are a lot of prizes to be won - the more funds you raise, the better prize you can win!
Even if you only raise up to $10 you are eligible to win a prize!
To participate you must see Miss Harvey in her office to collect a sponsorship form.
The Good Note Draw
For a few years now the SRC have conducted a Good Note draw in assemblies.
The Good Note draw aims to recognise students who have been given a Good Note by their teacher. This can be for a range of things such as: having an excellent work ethic; working hard to focus on tasks; working independently; always doing your best and being polite and well mannered. Good Notes reflect the USC Values of Respect, Creativity, Belonging, Achievement & Grit.
Students drawn out of the Good Note box receive a $5 canteen voucher. All good notes received then go into the Mega Draw, which is conducted at the end of the year.
Students who were in the Good note draw last term were:
James J, Roscoe D, Teague Mc, Dylan B, Jess M, Campbell H, Makayla J, Felix J
Harris P, Mzee P, Brianna S, Sophie W
Year 9 & 10
Kaitlyn, Breeanna, Kiarah N, Jye G, Tara W, Jai D
This year the house captains raised money towards beyond blue. Beyond blue provides information for people suffering from depression, anxiety, self harm or has had an experience with suicide. Beyond blue has resources to meet your specific needs based on what you’re experiencing and your individual circumstances. There is a large amount of people who suffer from mental health conditions so we believed this would be an important foundation to raise money for. One in four young people suffer from a mental health condition, which when you think about it would be a large amount of our society. All of the house captains decided this would be an important foundation to raise money for so that’s when we opened our campaign Mullets For Mental Health. We ended up raising a total of $1300 to go towards this important cause. We would like to thank everyone for their donations and support with our fundraiser.
Maya Harding and Alyssa Pearson
School Cross Country Carnival
On Thursday 27 May we held our annual Cross Country Carnival. We were back to our normal location this year at the rec ground, and it sure did keep everybody excited. By adding a walking track for students to opt into we had amazing levels of participation from the whole school. At the conclusion of the races, the house captains ran their Beyond Blue fundraiser by shaving mullets and having colourful hairspray. A big thankyou goes to everyone that donated or participated in these events as well as the PE team for organising and running the day. We would like to congratulate all students on their efforts in the cross-country carnival this year.
The student houses battled it out with the final results from the day being:
1st place, Bass on 5,276 points
2nd place Flinders on 4,142 points
3rd place Tasman on 3,827 points
4th place Furneaux on 3, 811 points
Well done to Bass on taking out another win, keep up the good work everyone.
We would also like to give a special congratulations to the following students who are our champions and runners-up for 2021:
Year 7 Champions: Kyle Jordan and Bella Grubb
Year 8 Champions: Mitchell Sushames and Bronte Bakker
Year 9 Champions: Lachlan Gaffney and Chloe Jordan
Year 10 Champions: Alec Newton and Jenna Saltmarsh
Year 11&12 Champions: Will van Rooyen and Chelsea Firth
Year 7 Runner-ups: Hudson O’Neil and Emily Sushames
Year 8 Runner-ups: Cohan Gillard and Lucy van Rooyen
Year 9 Runner-ups: Jordan Lyons and Halle Deegan
Year 10 Runner-ups: Saxon Beard and Charlotte Vernham
Year 11&12 Runner-up: Aled Wescombe
Inter-High Cross Country Carnival
From our school cross country carnival, we were able to select a team to participate in the Inter-High Cross Country. We had some top performers by students across the day with Bella Grubb, Kyle Jordan, Lucy van Rooyen, Lachlan Gaffney and Jenna Saltmarsh all finishing within the top 5 of their races. With the school coming 3rd overall within the competition we are extremely proud of all student’s participation and encouraging others to strive for their best.
We would also like to congratulate Bronte Bakker on placing first in the year 8 girls age group for the day.
Indoor Rock-Climbing Competition
On Thursday 10June Mr Brandwood and Emily our HPE Trainee took a group of 27 students from years 7/8 to Don College for the day to compete in various levels of difficulty in Rock-Climbing. All students showed some great sportsmanship and took on any advice given to them.
There were 4 sections to the competition, including the inverted wall, the ledge wall, the overhanging wall, and the challenge corner.
Our school came away placing second overall for the day.
Well done to Charli Hamill for winning the year 7/8 girls division in the inverted wall speed climb race, and Kirra Mitchell on winning the year 7/8 girls division for the ledge wall speed climb.
We would like to congratulate following students and have presented them at school with a token of appreciation from Don College for their efforts on the day as there were some standout performers:
Emily Rush, Bailey McGuinness, Olivia Woolley and Ryan Crispin
Duke of Edinburgh
On Monday 31 May, eight intrepid adventurers undertook their adventurous journey to Cradle Mountain for their Bronze and Silver. The journey involved undertaking planning of the journey, carrying out the journey and now participants are reflecting on their experiences. We were excited to see a lot of snow and ice on arrival at Waldheim, where they stayed for the two nights. Once we arrived at the cabin, we began the process of unpacking before going for the first of our walks along the track through the valley near Waldheim, this was a very good first taste of the area as well as the many animals that we were able to find on our walk and continue seeing for the rest of our time there. After we had finished exploring the surrounding area, we decided it was time to get started on dinner, the meal on the menu was a classic vegetarian spaghetti bolognese. We had some difficulties along the road with the cooking, we still managed to pull it together and serve a dish that pleased everyone that ate it. After that it was time to settle down, happy we weren't outside where it was a chilly minus eight degrees. We definitely needed our layers ready, for the second day.
The next morning we prepared for the long day ahead, cooking a breakfast of porridge and heading out to complete our volunteer work. We took the school bus, and met national park ranger Matt at the visitor centre. He had arranged for us to plant over 150 Button grass seedlings throughout the carpark. It was a challenging job as the ground was frozen solid as well as the plants inside their pots. It took a good team effort to plant every Button grass seedling (which took two years to germinate to that age!) and restore some wilderness to the site. After we took one of the cradle buses to Dove Lake carpark to begin our longest walk.
We planned to tackle the Marions lookout hike. The journey was four hours of rugged and steep terrain. Tackling ice that was almost impossible to keep your footing on. After a few injuries and a stop at Wombat’s Pool for lunch we summited Marions Lookout. The view was incredible, the beautiful weather meant dove lake, Cradle mountain and surrounds were crystal clear. We took some photos and returned down the mountain side, retracing our steps and branching out so we could walk back to Waldheim. On our journey home we transitioned from the rugged mountainside, tranquil rainforests and finally Button grass plains. Here, we stopped an abundance of wildlife, wombats, currawongs and forester kangaroos. Not to mention our resident quoll who resided beneath our Waldheim cabin. We arrived back at the cabin feeling exhausted but accomplished. We spent the rest of the night cooking our delicious meal of vegetarian burritos, swapping stories and planning to leave the next day.
On our final day we started by cooking a breakfast of rice porridge to not waste the rice we had leftovers from the night before. Once everyone had finished eating their food we began the final packing and cleaning of the cabins before we left for our walk to the interpretations centre. We all woke up for the early start and due to the conditions overnight the path wasn’t as icy as we thought it was going to be meaning that we were able to pack everything into the van at the cabin rather than having to walk it down to the bus. This meant that due to the early rise we were about an hour ahead of schedule, the group was eager to get under way and we started out at a fast pace. This walk was slightly easier than the walk we did on day two as it was mainly flat ground. We took in the scenery as we walked and had a few encounters with wildlife before we stopped at a creek to have our lunch. We continued walking for about half an hour before we finally got reached the interpretation centre. We took a few minutes to rest and went to the Duke Of Ed display that was there. We finished off our trip by doing the enchanted walk and though it was short it was a great walk allowing us to get close up to some of the wildlife nearby. After we had finished we finally got into the bus and drove back to school. It was a long weekend, but well worth it for such an amazing
experience. We would definitely recommend taking up the opportunity to do your Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Charlotte Vernham & Isaac Close
On Friday, 11 June students from years 8-12 had the opportunity to participate in a dance workshop. Marlii Stubbs came in for the afternoon and taught students a jazzy routine.
It was challenging to learn choreography in such a short time frame, and quite a different style from anything our students are used to. It was great to see so many students stepping outside of their comfort zone and trying their best at something new.
The routine will be polished up here at school and performed at Song & Dance night, as well as in the upcoming Jazz M.A.D showcase, during the Devonport Jazz Festival in July.
On Thursday, 10 June the year 10 peer leaders held a trivia afternoon for all year 7 students. The afternoon was a huge success and all students thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There was an oreo challenge as well as lots of other treats up for grabs. Students had to work together in randomly assigned teams to answer questions from a variety of different categories. Some were harder than others! A huge hit was the ‘Jokes’ category. Thanks to the peer leaders for such a great afternoon and the year 7 students look forward to future activities that will happen throughout the rest of the year.
Year 7 Coordinator/Dance Teacher
COMMUNITY SERVICES CERTIFICATE II
This Term our Year 11 and 12 Community Services Certificate II class have been working hard to provide a playgroup for Children aged 0-2 from the Ulverstone Child Care Centre.
We had lots of different activities such as physical play, creative play, and musical play and many more activities for the children to enjoy, they all have lots of fun. The playgroup was held on site at USC in the multi-purpose room.
We will be running another playgroup for ages 2½-5 which the childcare centre will also attend. It has been a really good experience for our class to learn new skills and apply our knowledge and allows us to experience working hands on with children.
We will aim to be running more playgroups in the future and are being able to open it up to the public to attend. Stay tuned for more information!
Piper Hoey and Caitlyn Oliver
Community Services Students
On Thursday 3 June Ulverstone Secondary College were honoured to have the opportunity to attend the HMAS Melbourne and USS Frank E Evans memorial unveiling. The service highlighted the tragic incident in which HMAS Melbourne collided with the USS Frank E Evans resulting in the deaths of 74 American naval personnel. We were privileged to meet and hear stories from survivors of the collision. We would like to thank Mr Gary Smith from Ross, a survivor who was on board the HMAS Melbourne for choosing Ulverstone’s Shropshire Memorial Park for the commemoration and his tireless work to make this service possible.
2021 Song & Dance Night!
We are excited to be able to present our first semester Song & Dance Night, Thursday 24 June. We will be back at the Leven Theatre.
For details on how to book online please refer to the poster, designed by our trainee Alec. Be quick as tickets will sell out!
Know a year 9 or 10 student in Tasmania interested in a career on the water? Apply now to participate in the Working on Water program in October 2021 in Hobart. The hands on, out of school program introduces students to a wide range of career opportunities in the marine sector. The three day career pathway program takes students to marine related workplaces to talk to professionals and training organisations.
Apply at https://seafoodjobs.org/wow/ Applications close Monday 16 August 2021.
Open to students Statewide.
Scholarship opportunities for travel and accommodation exist.
24 Jun 2021
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Central Connect Wellbeing Week
Join us and many other organisations who are participating in Central Connect Wellbeing Week! For more information about all the activities that are on during the week, head over to their Facebook page - @centralconnecttas”
19 Aug 2021
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM