On Saturday 17th November some staff members and friends of Ultimo Public School ran a public BBQ at Bunnings Warehouse at Ashfield to assist the Year 6 students in their fund raising efforts. This event was a fantastic success, which resulted in $2900 being raised!!! As a farewell gift from Year 6, it is intended that some of these funds will be used to buy new school banners with our updated logo on them. A big thank you to Mr von Sanden for organising the event and to Kerrie von Sanden, Ms Turner, Mr Tilliris, Mr Accaria, Ms Baitieri, Mr Parr, Shelley, Bev Mye, Chris Woods and Anne-Marie Richardson for giving up their time on the day!



Excitement is growing at Ultimo Public School as our 2012 Art Show approaches! 

The 'Art Show' will be held on Thursday 29th November, 5-7pm. The evening will be filled with fantastic things to see and do including a gelato stall, student musical ensembles, yummy food, a gelato stand and of course lots of wonderful artwork!  For the first time this year there will be an opportunity to purchase your child’s artwork by donation. All proceeds will go towards the school’s vibrant Creative Arts programme.

Please come along and join in the fun!



The Department of Education and Communities has presented a proposal to re-develop the site of the Ultimo Public School to construct a private mixed residential/commercial development incorporating a new school. 

The school is hosting a public meeting to discuss this and other possible plans and strategies for the development of additional primary education facilities for Ultimo and Pyrmont.

All concerned residents, parents, carers and community members are welcome to attend.

  • 7th November at 6:30 PM
  • Ultimo Public School in Assembly the Hall (entry on Quarry St). 

We look forward to your attendance and input on the night.

School Garden - WORKING BEE Thursday 15th November 3 - 5pm

Thank you for your support so far, now we need your help again to position our final 5 beds and construct our garden shed.

We are hosting a WORKING BEE on Thursday 15th November from 3pm until around 5pm. We will be located at the end of the Top Playground on our garden site.

If you think that you may be available to help, please email the school at the address below or sign the register in the COLA, near the Assembly Hall.

PLEASE BRING: Sun safe clothing, water bottle and closed shoes. Sunscreen will be provided. Light refreshments will be enjoyed in the Lord Wolseley on the Quarry Green at the conclusion of the Working Bee.

See you all there!

As part of our 2012 school evaluation we are focusing on how we manage the transition of students from one year to the next. Please assist us by taking a moment to complete the survey that is available via the following weblink until Friday 16th November, 2012:

Parent/Carer Survey – Transitioning between the years, 2012

Your insights will supply us with valuable information that will support school planning.  More precisely, the data we gather will help drive decision making around the way classes are formed and how we relay student information to the next teacher.  Students in Years 2 to 6 and teachers are completing matching surveys on this topic. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with us. 

Six students represented Ultimo Public School at the Inner City Public Speaking Competition on October 23. For the first time, our much younger students from Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 were involved in the public speaking event and performed extremely well. We congratulate the following students on their efforts and excellent achievement; Tristan, Tamaki, Samuel, Fred, Geena, and Acadia. A special thank you also to the parents and family members who attended on the day.


On 18 October, twenty schools from the Sydney Region were involved in the third Video Conferencing Debating Gala Day. Fifteen students in Years 4, 5 and 6 represented our school. Throughout the day they developed many skills such as understanding debating, writing speeches, working collaboratively and presenting in front of an audience.  Three topic s were discussed, one of which was, ‘Commercials are the best part of TV’. It was a valuable and positive learning experience for all students involved. We congratulate the following students on their efforts and dedication in this event; Carolina, Dylan, Harry, Lilian, Claire, Matthew, Edmond, Natalia, Grace, Isabella, Edwina, Milo, Acadia, Kelly and Flora.

Planting Day Invitation (doc 26 KB) Dear Ultimo PS Community, We are excited to announce that the City of Sydney has invited the Ultimo community to plant out the new verges on William Henry Street (between Bulwara and Jones) from 11:00am to 1:00pm this Satruday 15th September. We can then progress to the Ultimo PS Garden Working Bee at 1:00pm. We would love to see you at both of these special events!.

Growing up can be tough. Things don't always go to plan. So how can you help your child to develop resilience? 

Research shows children with good resilience perform better at school and are less likely to take part risky behaviour, particularly as they enter the teenage years.

The education department's principal psychologist, Ron Balderston, describes resilience as a shock absorber for the potholes of life.

"Resilient children know how to cope and have developed skills that enable them to flex so they can manage life's blows when they happen without them getting too down, stuck on ways that aren't helping or giving up," Ron says.

Top tips on building resilience

  • Teach your child to experience success by supporting them in something they like doing whether it's a sporting, academic or artistic endeavour.
  • Help them develop skills to be successful at school such as having a good concentration and memory by playing card games and puzzles.
  • Being able to read people's emotions is powerfully predictive of how well children can get on with people at school. Play games with your child by predicting what sort of day a person walking down the street may have had.
  • Be aware of the ‘yuk and yum' factor – some things will make your child feel good and other things will make them feel bad. The idea is for them to gather things around them that cheer them up if they've had a bad day.
  • Keep things in perspective – explain to a grumpy child their circumstances are not the worst possible, and that others have been through similar situations. Walk beside them as they handle the situation. This helps them to build hope and the belief they can handle problems when they come up.

Find out more about building resilience in your child – and watch a video on the subject on the School A to Z website.

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