- Principals Report
- School Association Report
- SRC REPORT
- What’s happening in Grade 7 English?
- Curious Minds Experience - Tallirah Gale
- Senior Formal
- The Good Note Draw
- Planning & Information Night
- USC Theatre Sports Championship for the Leggacy Cup
- Devonport Tennis Club
- Central Connect
- Fun Fact Friday
- Lifeskills Weekend Workshop
- USC Creative Hub
- Sanitary Products
I returned to work on Monday the 9th after taking leave since the start of Term 2.
I would like to thank Mr Cleaver and Senior Staff for their work while I was away on sick leave. I came back to a school with plenty of action and opportunities available to students.
Congratulations to Mr Cleaver who is the nominated candidate for the Principal position of Hellyer College which was recently advertised. This promotion is recognition of the outstanding work that Mr Cleaver has undertaken over a long period of time at Ulverstone Secondary College.
Last night we held our Year 7 Information Night for 2022. There were a large number of parents and students in attendance which was pleasing. Transition for Year 6 students will start later this term and continue into Term 4. If you know of any parents who were unable to attend and would like information, please ask them to contact Mrs Leonard or Miss Stubbs through the school office.
Students have been involved in a lot of hands-on learning and celebrations of student achievement which has been happening.
Miss Henderson has been running an Art Club at lunchtimes and last Friday held an exhibition in the Art Gallery to celebrate their work. There were a number of clay fired objects up for sale which were quickly swept up by gallery visitors.
There will be opportunities for students to join the Computer and Chess Clubs at lunch if they are interested. Mrs Barker's catering class is also running a cafe in Home EC on Thursdays at lunchtime which is proving popular.
The Leggacy Cup in Theatre Sports was held last Thursday in the MPA. 'Cleaver's Nightmares', a group of 9/10 students, took out the gong over 'Cleaver's Angels'.
A big thank you to those who attended and to Miss Bromfield for her organisation.
The last day of Term 2 the SRC organised a Colour Run and Activities afternoon and raised funds for Dolly's Dream. A BBQ lunch was also provided to finish off a productive term.
Last weekend we had three teams battle out the grand final for their divisions in Devon Netball Grand Finals. Well done to all teams and a big thank you to Miss Bowerman for her organisation and coaching along with Miss Cook, Mrs Close, Miss Cavanagh and Miss Harvey for their coaching during the roster series.
We are currently planning our end of year activities and will follow our organisation from last year including the planning for a COVID safe event while uncertainty continues. At this stage we are planning a Presentation Day for Award winners and parents similar to last year's assembly on Tuesday 14th December. The time will be advised but more than likely 11:15am. This will be confirmed early in Term 4.
We currently have 'Cows Create Careers' happening with our Year 8's undertaking this work. Students and staff are thoroughly enjoying this hands-on learning.
On Wednesday 25th August after school we will be holding our Music Soirees in the Year 11 and 12 area to enable students to share and demonstrate their musical talent. A big thank you to Miss Harvey for her organisation and support of these students.
Today we held a 'My Futures' day for our Year 10 students so that they could gain some information re what options and classes are available to study in Year 11 and 12. Thank you to Miss Reynolds and Miss Archer for the organisation of this day for students.
Coming up, students will be involved in the Rock Challenge and UTAS Science Fair and Investigations in Burnie and Year 11 and 12 Moderation will occur on Friday September 3rd.
Please do not hesitate to contact me through the school office if you would like to discuss any areas of concern
This year seems to be going so rapidly and by third term our students start planning how to achieve their goals by the end of their year. As part of your Committee’s goals for 2021, we examined and endorsed the USC Improvement Plan. This contains a wide range of targets, priorities and actions all aiming to achieve better outcomes in both teaching and learning across the school. This year, we shall be very interested to monitor improvements in student wellbeing, relationships and involvement in their learning, particularly after the difficult 2020 year and COVID disruptions. We want all our students to embrace recovery from setbacks and enjoy even the smallest successes, building their own grit and resilience for the future.
We also looked into the Budget Plan for 2021 and thought that looked very satisfactory. The skills required to manage every aspect of these plans are immense and we benefit from the expertise of all our staff, not just our College leadership team, in putting plans into practice for good results.
A new Minister for Education, Sarah Courtney, has been appointed. She has not visited our College in the past and we look forward to hosting her and MHA Felix Ellis on a visit to see the good things happening here, meet some of our students and perhaps to emphasise the need for better toilets, in line with current policy for gender-neutral private facilities.
At our August meeting, we started planning for the special event of our calendar, the Association Cluster Schools Meeting, which will be at the Gnomon Room on 26 October. Put this date in your diaries! It is an opportunity to meet other parents from all the schools in the Central Coast, their principals and staff, and representatives of Central Coast organisations to share what is going on that benefits our students across all age groups. The theme is ‘Bring a Friend’ so we are hoping for plenty of parents to come. Based on the experiences of the last two years, it will be an interesting and enjoyable evening.
Our next meeting is 14 September and students’ family members are very welcome to attend meetings as observers. Any written submissions to the Committee should be submitted in advance to allow members to read them before the meeting. Meantime, your College Association continues to represent your interests. Please let our administration officer know any way we can help.
At the end of last term, the SRC held a Colour Fun Run to raise money for Dolly’s Dream. We would like to thank all participants and donors who contributed. We were able to donate nearly $6000 towards helping communities around Australia support families dealing with bullying.
The SRC has decided to celebrate Book Week again, so a Casual Clothes Day will be held on August 20th , with the theme ‘Book Character’. There will be fun literacy activities to do with your friends throughout the week which can win points for your House. We will also be launching the 2021 Spelling Bee Competition during lunchtimes of Book Week. Our Year 9-12 Heat on Monday 23rd August, Grade 8 Heat on Tuesday 24th August and Grade 7 Heat Tuesday 31st August. The Final will be held on Tuesday 7th September.
On the 23rd of September we’re holding our next whole school social for Term 3. The SRC were inspired by the Olympics so we’ve decided to have a ‘Sports’ themed social. Come dressed as your favourite athlete, or in your favourite sports gear and have a great night socialising, dancing and winning prizes.
Jada-Li Crossey and Tara Woodhouse
This term, students are exploring various types of poems. We are examining and analysing the various structures of poems as well as crafting some of our own. We are also beginning book study groups, where students will be focusing on developing skills to help with reading comprehension as well as having the opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings, and wonderings about what they are reading. There will be active group discussion and students will be keeping record of what they are learning in their Book Club booklet.
This newsletter, we would like to share some of the different poems created by some of our Grade 7 students.
Grade 7 English teacher
I am Poems
I am smart and good at reading
I wonder how big the universe is
I hear whispers in the wind
I see a world just out of my reach
I want to be able to talk to people
I am smart and good at reading
I pretend not to care when people ignore me
I feel reading is the key to happiness
I touch the crisp pages under my fingers
I worry that people judge me
I cry when I remember grief
I am smart and good at reading
I understand that I’m not alone in the river that is life
I say it doesn’t matter what people think of you, as long as it is positive
I dream about playing with my dogs (even the ones I don’t have anymore)
I try to live life happy
I hope that everything gets better in the world
I am smart and good at reading.
By Hugh Mayberry
I am creative and kind
I wonder why I have a strange laugh
I hear voices inside my head
I see dreams of the future
I want to help make a cleaner world
I am creative and kind.
I pretend that I am famous
I feel inspired to try
I touch the stars
I worry about my family
I cry when I laugh
I am creative and kind.
I understand that no one is perfect
I say to my friends I care
I dream the strangest dreams
I try to be the best person I can
I hope to be successful in life
I am creative and kind.
By Lydia Sutton
I am kind and outgoing
I wonder how different animals were created
I hear a little voice in my head
I see myself dancing in the rain
I want cookies
I am kind and outgoing
I pretend I’m a professional chef
I feel rain
I touch fluffy dogs
I worry about my family
I cry when I watch sad movies
I am kind and outgoing
I understand everyone is good in their own way
I say treat others with respect
I dream I will get a good degree in school
I try my hardest at math to get good grades
I hope I can get another dog
I am kind and outgoing.
By Gabrielle Ellis
Sand soft on my feet
The ocean blue as the sky
By Tyler Hearps
They work together
They run fast to catch their prey
They help each other.
By Jessica Maxfield
Red backs in the house
Red backs in my bed tonight
Red backs in my car.
By Kyle Jordan
There was a man from Cressy
Who was very messy
He loved to fish
And he made a good wish
To get rid of his wife Tessy.
By Lykus Coldhill-Fletcher
There was a young girl who was tall
She never learnt how to crawl
She could run, jump and walk
But she could never talk
so she jumped over a wall.
By Bella Grubb
In October last year, I was very fortunate to receive an email from the Australian Science Innovation and the Australian Maths Trust, inviting me to be part of a program called Curious Minds. My success in ‘The Big Science competition’ was the reason I was invited to participate. Curious Minds is an extension and mentorship program for girls across Australia in Years 9 and 10. It is focused on encouraging young women to learn more about their potential futures in STEM careers, that is those careers related to science, technology, engineering, and maths. The program typically consists of two camps in Canberra in both the Summer and Winter school holidays. However, COVID meant that this was not possible and therefore it was presented virtually on Zoom.
During the December camp we were participating in experiments, coaching sessions and team building lessons over the 4 days. We even got to listen to guest speakers who have very successful STEM careers. A highlight of the whole experience was that all the 70 girls on the camp were all paired with a mentor who would work with us for 7 months.
My Mentor was Alex Phillips. Alex has spent time throughout the world studying astrophysics and ecology and she now teaches in Sydney. She shared her knowledge and expertise with me.
We explored the field of marine biology in depth together and I was extremely lucky to be paired with her. We clicked right from the first meeting and we met every 3 weeks over the past 7 months on Zoom looking into what a career in marine biology could look like for me, with the end goal of conducting a Science investigation.
I chose to investigate the Forth River and the water quality by looking at macro-invertebrates and trace elements in the river, as I wanted to see if certain areas of the river would show more signs of pollution than others. This is still an ongoing investigation that I am also using as the basis for my Science investigation for class. I hope to take this to the UTAS Science and Engineering investigation awards later this year.
The July camp was in the holidays. I was able to present some of my findings and hear about the findings from the other girls’ investigations. There were very broad investigations conducted by other students, everything from finding the best way to dispose of bodies after death to analysing Harry Potter books using computer coding.
The Curious Minds experience required me to push right out of my comfort zones. I was asked to conduct a radio interview on ABC radio, which I was initially nervous about, but it turned out to be fun! It was very different having to participate in the activities through online platforms and we all encountered lots of technical difficulties at times, which we had to find ways around. I met so many amazing and inspiring people throughout, especially Alex who I will stay in touch with. She is hoping to be able to come visit me in the future (she’s currently in lockdown).
Although it was a huge commitment to undertake the Curious Minds program I am grateful for the opportunity and the support from my Mentor. I’d also like to thank Ms Waters for her support and encouragement throughout and Mrs McConnon and Mr Deegan for helping me at the start of the program.
For a few years now the SRC has 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.
Congratulations to students who were in the recent Good Note draw;
Year 7 & 8: Molly, Charli H, Rowan, Cameron, Blake C, Kyle J, Dominik, Jack B, Jessica M
Year 9 & 10: Callie E, Connor E, Jayden D, Jack B, Makinley G, Tallirah G, Kiarah N, Flynn R, Ethan V
Year 11/12: Liz B
Year 10 – 11 Planning
During Term 3 Year 10 students will be starting to make decisions about their pathway beyond Year 10. We will be visiting students in core classes from Week 4 to discuss the requirements to achieve the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE), the differences between TASC and VET courses and to outline courses on offer for students in 2022.
The ‘My Future Day’ will took place on Thursday August 19. During this day students were able to have a taster of courses on offer at Ulverstone Secondary College in 2022. It was fantastic to see Year 10s participating so positively on this day and thinking about their future pathways.
Year 11/12 Information Night
The Year 11/12 Information Night will take place on Thursday August 26. This is an excellent opportunity for parent/guardians to come in and learn about courses on offer, talk to teaching staff and find out about the support available for students at USC. Student enrolments will take place during Term 4.
Please feel free to contact one of us to make an individual appointment to plan your student’s personalised pathway via email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org ) or through the front office.
Kate Reynolds & Fiona Archer
North West High School Badminton Competition
On Thursday the 24th of June Miss Graham and Emily took a group of students from Years Seven to Ten to the Burnie Sports Centre to compete in the North West High School Badminton Competition. The day consisted of a female team, a male team competition, and four of our male students joining the “presidents’ team” with players from various other schools as well. We played an 8-team consolation format, with 5 doubles matches and 10 half court singles matches. All of our students really enjoyed the day, and the opportunity to try out something new. Students received some coaching tips from former Australian Badminton coach Lasse Bundgaard as well as a free racquet. Overall it was a great day learning some new skills and showing off their badminton skills.
Ticket to Play Sports Voucher Program
The Tasmanian Government has once again launched the Ticket to Play sports voucher program, with the 2021-2022 program now open.
See the information sheet below for more info on this program.
Have you represented Tasmania or Australia?
If you are a student who has represented Tasmania in your chosen sport, you are eligible for financial assistance from Ulverstone Secondary College.
Parents/Guardians are required to hand in a letter of evidence from their respective sporting association, supporting the student’s selection for the state or country and hand it into the front office.
House Captains along with SRC are working hard to raise money to support our state and Australian representatives this year. We will be donating:
- $50 for state representatives
- $100 for Australian representatives
Athletes will only receive one donation a year for their chosen sport.
We congratulate Year 9 student Jhett Holling who has recently represented Tasmania in the National Weightlifting Competition. Jhett competed really well managing to come away with a bronze medal in the under 15 competition. Well done Jhett, keep up the amazing work.
Thunder 3’s Basketball Tournament
On Thursday the 5th of August a group of 36 students from Years 7-10 participated in the Thunder 3’s Basketball Tournament. Teams consisted of four players with three on the court at a time, playing anywhere from four to eight games throughout the day as well as some teams making semi-finals and grand finals. All of our students represented the college exceptionally well, showing great sportsmanship and teamwork. A special thankyou goes to Geb Davis for giving up his day to volunteer as a referee to help the tournament run more smoothly. We would like to congratulate all eight of our teams on their efforts throughout the day as well as the teams who made semi-finals and the Year 7 girls’ team for winning their grand-final. This is a great taste of what is to come in Term Four with the North West High School Championships.
Following the successful inaugural Theatre Sports Championship in 2020, 8 teams from Years 8-12 and 2 staff teams have battled it out. This year two new games were played and the format had changed to a knockout, round robin style. Did Cleaver's Angels go back to back? Or will another team be holding the trophy? See the Principal's report to find out!
The Year 7’s have been learning theatre sports games during their drama classes and 6 Teams entered the Year 7 Theatre sports challenge which was held on the 29th of July. It was an afternoon of achievement, creativity and grit, with the teams performing in front of their peers. There were three games played, each one highlighting story telling.
It was a close in the final scoring, which was judged by Miss Stubbs and Miss Bowerman. Ludiasaurases, representing 7B, took out the top spot by only 40 points. This team, demonstrated excellent performance skills, highlighting the importance of a still moment and letting each other tell their story clearly, bringing in humour and welcoming the audience into their performance.
We would like to thank our judges Miss Stubbs and Miss Bowerman, Alec and Seth, for helping film the event. Talena, Todd, Brianna and Dylan for doing the extra jobs. Our wonderful hosts were Jye, Flynn and Josh.
6th 1060 points – Mickey Mouse, Club House 7F
5th 1330 points – Pan of feather – 7A
4th 1540 points – Death of Drama – 7C
3rd 1710 points – Bread Gang – 7D
2nd 1760 points – 7Easles – 7E
1st 1800 points – Ludiasaurases – 7B
Congratulations to all teams who participated.
Ms Paterson and Ms Bromfield