Term 3 is quickly coming to an end. Our Senior Formal for Year 10-12 students will happen on Friay night in our school gymnasium and will be catered by Mrs Barker and the catering class. Due to COVID restrictions last year we moved into our gym and students very impressed. Mr Deegan, along with students, was keen to repeat this process again this year.
Due to the large number who normally attend, once again this year we will not have parents and family on site so that we can meet our COVID-19 plan. I would encourage parents to take photos at other venues around the community to avoid large gatherings.
Last year due to the weather a large number gathered at the wharf area which caused major disruption to business there, especially Buttons Brewery which were impacted. Please avoid this area and take the opportuniyt to utilise our fantasic community spaces. We will once again have a live stream of arrivals so family can watch as the arrivals happen.
I am now able to confirm that Mr Cleaver has been appointed to the position of Principal at Hellyer College. Mr Cleaver will start at Hellyer College on November 2nd. We are intending to farewell him as part of our final assembly in December's end of year celebrations to recognise his outstanding service to our college since 1998.
Tournament of Minds
Congratulations to our Tournament of Minds team who were successful in the Tasmania section of this activity and will now compete in the International Finals early in Term 4. Thank you to Miss Zonaras and Miss Beguely for their work with the students. We look forward to hearing of further successes.
All Year 11 & 12 students will have the opportunity to be vaccinated as part of the Department of Education rollout to colleges. Students will be given information and parents are welcome to contact Belinda Gillard through the school office if you have any queries.
Health and Wellbeing Week
Last week staff and students had the opportunity to participate in a range of activities to raise awareness of looking after yourself and taking "time out" of our busy lives. Thank you to Miss Graham and her team for their leadership in this area. Mr Hogan's class once again have put a student picture display on the walls in the Tennis Courts which stands out as you drive along James Street.
Year 7 2022 Transition
Year 7 2022 transition visits have started and will continue into early next term. If you know of anyone that has not received information or will be moving to Ulverstone Secondary College in 2022 following relocation to the area please ask them to contact the office and ask for Miss Stubbs or Mrs Leonard for further details.
Students in Year 10 will have the opportunity to find out about VET courses on Thursday 23rd September. For further details contact Mrs Archer through the front office.
Final Day Term 3, Footy Colours Day and Final Assembly
Footy Colours Day will be held on Friday 24th September and we will also be having a Whole School Assembly to recognise achievements from Term 3.
Since returning from Leave I have been reminded of the opportunities that students have access to in our school and how busy each day and week is. As I have said many times over my time here "if it is to be, it is up to me".
Enjoy the last days of Term 3 and have a great break as we come back for what will be a busy and jam-packed lead up to Christmas.
Please do not hesitate to contact me through the school office if there is anything of concern you would like to discuss.
Your Committee met in mid-August and the proposed School Associations Cluster Meeting for October was a major topic. The date has been moved to 26 October to accommodate potential attendees. It will be an interesting evening event for all of us who have school children of any age. Please plan to bring a friend with you. We shall advise the program and booking arrangements in early October. Mark your diary now!
This time each year we start considering new members to join the Committee. We meet about twice each term. Meetings last for two hours (7-9pm) and there is no fund-raising obligation. The term of office is usually for two years. There is a great welcome for any member of the adult school community – parents, family members and guardians – to come along and provide their insights and experiences to benefit the activities of USC and its student body. Please contact Mrs Bellchambers through the school office for more information and an application.
The SRC has been hard at work for the past few months planning events for our school. On the 20th of August we held a ‘Book Week’ Casual Clothes Day where students got to dress up as their favourite book character. A few days later, on the 23rd, in honour of Book Week, we held our USC Spelling Bee which involved students Year 7-12 competing to win house points (and Mars Bars). Congratulations to winner Jada-Li Crossey, runner-up Isaac Close and joint third place getters Oscar Bellchambers and Jacob Gaffney.
‘Wear it Purple Day’ commenced on the 27th of August to raise awareness around the school for the LGBTQ+ community. To end the term, the SRC was inspired by the Olympics, so we have decided to hold a ‘Sports’ themed social, where you can come dressed up in your favourite sports gear. This will be held in late Term 3, with proceeds going to our State Representatives and New Horizons Tasmania.
Jada-Li Crossey and Tara Woodhouse
In English, the Year 7s are continuing to explore, analyse and create different types of poems. Over the next week, students will select one poem from their folio to publish ready to create a class anthology. Here are some more examples of our students’ work.
Grade 7 English Teacher
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
Moon and stars wonder.
Where have all the people gone.
Alone in hiding.
I play Minecraft,
Made a mine named it the shaft,
Next I need to make a raft,
All I need to do is handcraft,
I need to brew using witchcraft,
This isn’t no Warcraft,
Just got shot with a bow bang,
That’s so sad damn,
Should get back at them,
Run them over ram,
Used a truck,
Hate that duck.
This morning when the clouds were crying
Jess texted Lydia to say
Something that quite surprised her,
That she wouldn’t be at school today!
Lydia wasn’t impressed
She felt like throwing a punch
She stomped and screeched like a child
For she’d be alone at the spelling bee this lunch!
So Lydia sulked into the classroom
To see Jessica grinning with glee
‘Cause the entire time she was tricking
Then they laughed till their breath ceased to be!
A Day Alone
He is cuddly and kind
He does a very loud bark
Like a vacuum with a voice
Messing up the house with marks
He is as dumb as a pickle
One day his family leaves
To spend a day learning
He cries in the breeze
He waddles whimpering with the wind
Then a car comes up the driveway
His family has returned
This repeats until Friday.
I love her
she warms my heart
she is a mystery
her body is a great art
I love her
Her eyes so pretty
she’s so charming
her humour so witty
and her looks make even the earth stare
her eyes as blue as the sky
as she stares, she shares some love
And I hope we never say good bye.
Dragons are fictional
Dragons have an evil feature
Dragons are as evil as a demon
Dragons are a mythical creature
Dragons are flying reptiles
They have a sharp toothy smile
Dragons are in most Asian cultures
And they live nowhere near the Nile
Dragons are dangerous and destructive
Avoid them or you’re near dead
Oh no! Here comes one now
You’re laying in a hospital bed.
Ulverstone is small
It is a town
We go fishing
Where the river goes down
The waves clap
When they meet
With a bang
To flow with a beat
Cars go past
We have shops
What are great
On Monday the 30th of August, a team of eight Ulverstone Secondary College students travelled to Burnie High School for compete in Maths Relays against 23 teams from across the coast. In teams of four, students had 45 minutes to answer complex questions of increasing difficulty in a relay format.
The Junior Secondary team of Oscar Bellchambers, Ephraim Maxwell, Jacob Gaffney and Nicholas Nener performed exceptionally well, finishing 5th in their category, which was won by a dominant Burnie High School team in a record breaking performance. The Senior Secondary team of Jed Padman, Saxon Beard, Tambai Lake and Tate Thow also performed well in their division with a very challenging question set.
I would like to thank all students for their participation and sportsmanship, and we would like to thank Derrick Murfet for giving up his time to come along with us as a marker.
Science week – Stile Escape rooms
We had some fun with students participating in 'Escape' rooms based around the theme – Food Different by Design. The issue of Rice vs Climate Change was considered in a Biotechnology context. Students had to ‘Escape’ from a flooded Biotechnology laboratory by solving a variety of challenges. To solve each challenge, they needed to draw on their scientific knowledge from a range of different disciplines. Students had 20-30 minutes to complete the challenge section of the lesson. It was great fun!
Cows Create Careers
Year 8s have had the opportunity to raise calves for three weeks this term. We have learned a lot by getting to know the calves and learning about the husbandry, ethics, and dairy industry careers that are possible. We tracked the calves’ growth and participated in some investigations relating to dairy such as making bioplastic, butter and yoghurt and looking at Brownian motion of the water when fat droplets from milk were suspended in water. We produced some creative images, wrote business letters or Science reports and created 3D models or PowerPoints or Movies of our experiences as part of the experience. Students will get to celebrate their learning in Term 4. Thanks to Dairy Australia for their continued long-term support, along with our Farmer Rodney Poke and our Mentor Chris Haynes. Thanks to the Year 8 Science teaching team and Trevor Brooks for your extra efforts.
UTAS Science and Engineering Investigation Awards (SEIA)
All Year 10s have completed open investigations during Term 2 and Term 3. Students were selected by teachers to present their investigations at this competition. We are really pleased how well the students’ posters and reports communicated their findings.
Congratulations to the following students who received acknowledgement of their learning success.
- Physical Science 9-12 – Runner up – Amadea Cleaver and Zoe Cox - An investigation into the fingerprint quality when changing types of powder and surface material.
- Environmental Science 9-12 – Runner up – Charlotte Vernham - The effect of water quality of Skeleton Creek Dams on the presence of Platypuses.
- Environmental Science 9-12 – Honourable mention – Tallirah Gale - An investigation into water quality and the macroinvertebrates along the Forth River.
- Agricultural Science 9-12 – Honourable mention – Isaac Close - What is the effect of extreme environments on germination?
- Health Science 9-10 – Honourable mention – Cal Monson and Dahnee Lowery - Effects of temperature on blood clot formation.
Thanks to the teaching staff and laboratory technicians who made this learning possible.
TSTS – Research investigations
Year 9 and 10 Science students can enter their research investigations for this competition. Students need to work with their teacher to submit their Science investigation report and logbook as a pdf before the 24th of September.
On Tuesday 10th August and Tuesday the 24th of August, Miss Graham and Emily took a group of Year 7, 8, 9, and 10 girls to Byard Park in Devonport to compete in this year’s girls football gala days hosted by AFL Tasmania.
Our Year 7/8 team was mainly made up of students who had never played football before. This was an awesome opportunity for the girls to have a go, learn the game and receive some tips on how the game works. The girls played three games against other schools, as well as a final where they finished the day with their first win, overall placing third. There was great improvement shown throughout the day with everybody representing Ulverstone Secondary College with pride. Well done to all students who participated and gave the game a crack.
After a delay in having the football grounds open for us to play on, the Year 9/10 girls were finally able to make it to Devonport to compete in some great games of footy. After playing 7 games of football during the day, it really showed us how consistent these girls are with their commitment to the event. The girls had an extremely successful day, winning all games as well as their final against Latrobe. We would like to thank all the girls for their teamwork and inclusion of each other on the day, as well as congratulate them on their efforts.
The Year 9/10 team competed against the West division’s winner Marist Regional College on Tuesday the 14th of September.