- Ulverstone Secondary College Calendar
- Principal's Report
- Every School Day Matters
- Forth & Ulverstone Anzac Service
- Year 10’s Leading the Way
- Year 11 & 12 Report
- Year 11/12 Certificate II in Community Services
- Pride Club
- SRC Update
- Performing Arts at USC- Save the Date!
- School Football
- A New Online Home for School Football
- Road Safety
- Blue Gum Child and Family Learning Centre
- Devonport Choral Society - Freaky Friday Musical
- Devonport Netball Clinic
- Come and Try Tennis Event - East Devonport Tennis Club
- Devonport Gymnastics
- Slipstream Circus
- Para-Sport Athletics
- Motor Mouth Camp 2023
- Breast Screen Tasmania
- School Calendar
Welcome back for another school term – we’re excited for what’s ahead!
Start the term right by making every school day count.
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There are lots of things you can do to set your child up for success:
Make sure your child goes to school, every day.
Going to school every day gives your child every chance to learn and
grow and connect with their mates and teachers. It’s where bright
futures start and where they’ll benefit the most.
Get them excited for school
If you show a positive attitude and excitement towards school, your
child will pick up on that.
The most common thing we hear from students, of all ages, is that
school is where they can:
» spend time with their friends and teachers
» create new and fun experiences
» find their interests
» learn new things
» open up their options – for whatever future they want (whether
that’s their dream job or to travel around the world).
Share these positives with your child
Talk to your child about school
Open up a conversation with your child about what’s happening
at school. It will help you to better support their interests and
confidence in learning. If you show an interest in school, they’ll know
that getting an education is important and valued.
Celebrate the milestones
Big and small! Celebrate milestones such as making it through the first
day or week of school. And remember: all milestones look different. If
it’s a big achievement for your child, it’s important to recognise it.
Set up a time to talk to your child’s teacher or principal.
If you’re struggling to get your child to school, help is available.
Please talk to us at school about your situation. We’ll support you, in
whatever way we can.
Know when to seek help
There is no weakness in admitting you need help. If your child has
completely disengaged with school, and not attending at all, there is
support to help you. In the first instance, talk to us at school.
For more helpful tips, please check out the Anything can happen website
Sarah B commenced her 10-day Study Tour in Europe incorporating Anzac Day.
She had the opportunity to visit the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Picture shown is Sarah at Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood. Sarah paid tribute to a family member, Archibald Reinmuth Nevin from Forest Lodge, Illawarra (Carrick).
Year 10 Pathways to Year 11
This term in Reboot lessons Year 10 students will be exploring their pathways beyond Year 10. This will involve students getting to know the language associated with Year 11 as well as gaining an understanding of the range of courses that they can study in Year 11. Students will hear from guest speakers and complete activities in class to support their decision making about pathways into the future.
During Term 3 and 4, students will have access to Taster Days and other experiences to gain a better understanding of courses on offer here at USC as well as an opportunity to explore courses at other local schools.
If you have any questions in relation to Year 11 or would like to organise a time to have an individual pathway planning meeting for your child, please contact Kate Reynolds through the office or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 11/12 Update
Term 2 will be a busy term for Year 11 and 12 students with a range of learning opportunities coming up.
Some key dates for both students and parent/guardians to be aware of include:
Reasonable Adjustments applications close for Exams
12 to 30 June
Mid-Year Assessment including written examinations – schedule to come out soon for students.
Tuesday 20 June – 1.30 to 2.50pm
Year 11/12 Performance: Building Bridges – compulsory performance for all students during mid-year assessment.
Wednesday 14 June
Year 11/12 Term 2 Reports sent home with students.
Week beginning 26 June – Times to be confirmed
3 Way Conversations related to reports – times to be confirmed.
Applications open for Year 12 students for the Schools Recommendation Program at UTAS – university study in 2024
Good news stories – updates from Year 12s in 2022
Congratulations to Hannah W who has been in Melbourne following her passion of dance at the Patrick School of The Arts. Bailey F has been making waves and has commenced her Bachelor of Law at UTAS in Hobart.
Work Readiness Excursion to Harvest Moon – Friday 28 April
On Friday, 28 April, the Work Readiness classes went to Harvest Moon. They were welcomed by Tundra, donned their Hi-Vis vests and toured the factory and processing plants. We were interested to hear that broccoli is a diva crop, needing special care and handling; that onions and carrots have their own enormous and expensive machinery; and that these vegetables go all over the world. Harvest Moon has recently expanded into NSW to lengthen their growing seasons. We also got to taste some of the ‘Snackable’ carrots and stand in the freezing rooms required by cold chain processes. Thanks to Tundra from Harvest Moon and Belinda and Mahtia who came along on the excursion.
Reasonable Adjustments for External Examinations
Applications for Reasonable Adjustments applications open Wednesday, 8 March 2023 and close Wednesday, 31 May 2023.
Applications for Personal Circumstance/Misadventure open Thursday, 1 June 2023.
The Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification is committed to providing all Tasmanian senior secondary students with the opportunity to access and participate in TASC accredited courses, that would ideally lead to the conferral of qualifications and achievement of the Tasmanian Certificate of Education, the Tasmanian Qualifications Certificate and/or the Tasmanian Certificate of Educational Achievement.
TASC recognises that some Tasmanian senior secondary students may not be able to access or participate in TASC accredited courses on the same basis as other students without access to reasonable adjustments.
All Australian states, through their senior secondary authorities, including TASC in Tasmania, provide students with reasonable adjustments to support equitable access and opportunities for success in completing their senior secondary studies and assessment.
It is expected that students are able to demonstrate, with the support of their reasonable adjustment/s, the required knowledge, skills and standards of the course.
All information relating to reasonable adjustment policy decisions and process can be found in the TASC Reasonable Adjustments Policy.
Application forms for reasonable adjustments can be accessed at:
UTAS Schools Recommendation Program (SRP) – open June 29
Year 12 students can apply for up to five courses at the end of June. Rather than an ATAR, the application is based on your school’s recommendation. This recommendation can factor in students’ Year 11 results, as well as other considerations.
If students don’t receive an offer for their course through the Schools Recommendation Program, students will be re-assessed for a higher preference offer once your ATAR is released.
The program will be open to nearly all UTAS courses, including double degrees, undergraduate degrees, associate degrees and pathway programs.
Courses in Medical Radiation, Paramedicine and Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine work differently. Entry to these courses is very competitive, so an early offer is not available. However, UTAS still encourages students to apply as part of the Schools Recommendation Program application.
To find out more about the SRP program talk to Kate Reynolds or go to https://www.utas.edu.au/study/schools-recommendation-program
Scholarship Opportunity for Year 12s for study in 2024
AVCAT scholarships including the Long Tan Bursary, are tertiary scholarships for the children and grandchildren of Australian ex-serving veterans. Scholarships are $4000–$6000 per year, for up to three years.
Applications open on 18 August 2023, Vietnam Veterans' Day, and close at midnight AEDT on 31 October 2023. Students can apply online at avcat.org.au
Applicants must be:
- Enrolled or planning to enrol in a full-time course for one or more academic year’s duration at a university, TAFE, or RTO in 2024
- The child, stepchild, foster child, or grandchild of an Australian ex-serving veteran
- An Australian citizen or permanent resident
- In receipt of, or eligible to receive, a means-tested Commonwealth educational payment – Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY, Austudy or Veterans' Children Education Scheme (VCES) in 2024
Find information about scholarships, the application process or scholarship eligibility at avcat.org.au.
Term 1 has been very busy in the Year 11/12 Community Services class. We have started off with some great community events and getting involved in our local community.
We have once again provided the children’s activities for local event, EcoFest. Students came up with ideas, voted on them, and chose a few creative activities to be provided to EcoFest.
We had coloured pasta that kids could thread through a piece of string to create pasta necklaces and bracelets. Another activity we made up was nature mandalas, we found a lot of leaves, nuts, flowers, and bits of bark to then be glued onto a paper plate to decorate. We also had planting seeds into a cup, where the child would decorate a cup using textures or pencils, pour some dirt into it, select a choice of seeds which was either: strawberry, carrots, sunflower and cosmos flowers. They would pour a little bit more dirt and water over it to get it to grow.
I attended EcoFest on 1 April as a volunteer to run the activities for the kids. I arrived at Camp Clayton where it was being hosted at roughly 9am. When I got there, I met with Jennifer, the EcoKids Coordinator, my supervisor for the day. We set up a few tables and I organised the three activities. Infront of me here were a few other kid games and some music later in the day. A lot of children of all ages and their parents came past and made many seed cups and mandalas, near the end of the day the pasta necklaces were very popular for a few more people too. The day was a great success, well over a hundred kids came past the Ecokids area. A lot of fun and learning for everyone.
By Bradley Morris - Year 11 Student
The class also ran an Easter event down at Anzac Park for the Ulverstone Child Care Centre on Tuesday 4 April. The activities consisted of searching for chocolate eggs all over the park, playing on the play equipment and bag decorating. The event went from 9.25am to 10.45am. Students from the class assisted to walk 65 children from the childcare centre to the park and back again.
As a part of the excursion, we were required to conduct a risk assessment together as a group to assess any of the hazards that we may come across at the park, such as rubbish, the toilets and the river. We had lots of fun entertaining the children and putting on a large event in our community.
Hannah Linnell - Year 12 Student
The year 11/12 Community Services class planned and organised an easter egg guessing competition to raise money for the Little Free Pantry, located in Ulverstone. Both students and teachers at the school took the time to take guesses for how many eggs were in the container. The whole container of eggs was the prize for whoever guessed the correct number of eggs or who guessed the closest number. With the correct guess of 138, Mr Mainwaring and Tahli W (Year 9) won the container of eggs and decided to share the eggs. All together we made over $90 dollars, with that we went as a class to Coles and brought food to fill up the Little Free Pantry just before the Easter break. Most of the items were non-perishable these included soups, noodles, pasta, and long-life milk. We were also able to add some Easter treats that were made by students working out of the USC Central campus.
By Lily Wilson-Sharman - Year 12 Student
It's 2023 and Pride Club is back! Meeting at lunch every Tuesday, USC's Pride Club welcomes all members of the LGBTQIA+ community, including friends and allies. An intersection of community, culture and creativity, Pride Club celebrates individual expression through fun activities such as bracelet making! Anyone is welcome to join at anytime! Pride Club is run by Ms Reynolds, Ms Gillard and Ms Manglaras.
Starting this term the SRC will be hosting ‘Card Table Fridays’ which will take place each week of this term in the Music room at lunch. Every Friday a new game will be running, with ‘Spoons’ being the first one this week. You can find which card games are on by looking at the posters around school or student notes. There will be a whole School Social later in the term. Ask an SRC member if you have any questions.
Term 2 is set to be a busy one with two major performance events on offer.
Moments from Movies and Musicals, 15 June, in the USC MPA
The Drama 2/ Performing Art class has been developing a night of entertainment, based on songs and scenes from movies and musicals. Featuring performances from movies and musicals such as Mean Girls, High School Musical, The Lion King and Matilda this is guaranteed to be a night not to be missed. Ticket details will be available soon.
Song and Dance Night, 29 June, Leven Theatre
The Semester 1 Song and Dance Night will be held on 29 June in the Leven Theatre. This will feature dances performed by the year 8 , 9/10 and Dance 2 students. Joining them will be students from Music and Performing Arts. Tickets will go on sale in May. Be sure to add this event to your calendar as it is certain to sell out.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
A reminder that registration forms need to be returned with payment to the office prior to taking the field for the first game. The roster will now commence Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May. Rosters will be handed out once the school receives the final version.
Football jumpers and shorts have been handed out to the students that have returned their registration forms and payment to the office.
Please click link for more information and the registration form.
School Football Games this week:
Thursday 11 May:
- Year 7/8 Team = Ulverstone v Latrobe High School - To be played at Wesley Vale at 3.30pm. (Students to get changed at 2.15pm)
- Note: The bus will leave school at 2.30pm and return students to school after the game.
Friday 12 May:
- Year 9/10 Team = Ulverstone v Devonport High School - To be played at Byard Park (Devonport) at 1.00pm. (Students to get changed at 12.15pm)
- Note: The bus will leave school at 12.20pm and return students to school after the game.
The North West Junior Football Union (NWJFU) provides a school football pathway for the region's boys and girls.
A new NWJFU website has been developed to showcase the region's high school boys and girls competitions, available at www.nwjfu.com.au.
In the future we hope to expand the site to include the NWFL and club/association-based primary school rosters and AFL 9's events for our colleges and smaller secondary schools.
Key features of this site include:
- School and team pages
- Rosters and results
- Venue information (including maps)
- Competition resources (rules, procedures, templates)
- Competition history
- Match reports and previews
- Latest news
- Photo galleries and videos
The attached flyer is suitable for display in schools and inclusion in newsletters.
The NWJFU hopes you'll bookmark this website and share the link with students, parents and the broader school community to raise the competition's profile.
Blue Gum Child and Family Learning Centre in West Ulverstone
Have you been to see the new Blue Gum Child and Family Learning Centre lately? You will get quite a surprise!
Drive up Maud Street and see for yourself. We have roof, walls and windows with plaster being worked on right now.
The centre is a play-based space for families and their children from pregnancy to 5 years old to come and learn together.
We hope to open in September.
These are the key messages so far from the Local Enabling Group.
- Safe community,
- local connections
It’s a great time to get involved in the final months until opening.
- Complete the survey so we know what you need and have your say about what might be included https://forms.office.com/r/C63uG5SP9D
- Become a part of the Local Enabling Group. If you would like to join the LEG please email email@example.com
- Call 0499 873 869 to find out more about the Blue Gum CFLC.
- Jump on the padlet and add your thoughts WU CFLC Brainstorm for more engagement (padlet.com)
Applications are now open for the 2023 Variety Motor Mouth Camp!
This Camp is designed to assist kids who have limited speech and rely on a communication system/talker to express themselves.
The Variety Motor Mouth Camp was first piloted in Tasmania last year, thanks to the generous support from Motor Foundation, Variety WA, and Souther Support School, and 25 volunteers including speech therapists, occupational therapist, teachers and support teachers.
The Camp is designed to build parents' and kids confidence in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems and encourage families to incorporate their child's device in their everyday lives. The camp includes real-life scenarios, parents' workshop, camp mentors, and social connection with other families.
The feedback from parents and volunteers was very positive and clear that it must be an ongoing offer under our Variety Kids Programs.