On this day in 1997 the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families was tabled in Federal Parliament. The 'Bringing them home' Report, revealed the extent of the forcible removal policies, which were passed and implemented for more than 150 years and into the 1970’s.


The legacy of these policies continue to be felt today in many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.


This Sunday, 26th May, is National Sorry Day.

Clear blue skies greeted us last Friday (17th May) as the whole school moved eagerly to Wentworth Park Greyhound Race Track for our annual cross country carnival. We were especially grateful to the parents who helped us to keep things running smoothly and to the Sydney University PDHPE Prac Students whose enthusiasm really kept the long distance runners motivated. Ms Turner did a great job of organising the whole event and, at the end of the same day, we were delighted to hear that 17 Ultimo students were eligible to go to the Zone Cross Country Event.

On Wednesday (22nd May), Ms Turner and Ms de Dear accompanied the 17 ultimo students to Jubilee Park. Zoe, Jayden, Caroline, Jaydn, Lauren, Lucas, Marcus, Stephanie, Jaxon, Jack, Isabella, Shirley, Elijah, Vuk and Solomon not only competed with great skill, they were enthusiastic team players who encouraged their fellow competitors across the finishing line. Unfortunately Rohan and Natalia, who both made it into the zones, were unable to compete on the day.

All the students competed with grace and determination but special mention should go to Lauren for finishing 5th in her race.

We’d also like to say a big thank you to the parents who went to Jubilee Park to encourage not only their own children, but all of the Ultimo team. Their help with supervision and cleaning up was much appreciated.


On Monday the 27th of May and on Wednesday the 29th of May, 13 debaters from Stage 3 will represent Ultimo Public School in two Debating Competitions. The competitions will be held at Darlinghurst P.S. and at Camdenville P.S. This will be a great opportunity for our students to practise and present their arguments in front of a new audience. We wish them all the best!


On Wednesday 8th May, Stage 3 departed at 7:00 am to go to Canberra. After 2 hours on the road, we had a break in a small town called Mittagong. We ate our snack and we played games. It took 2 hours to get to Canberra. We went to the Australian War Memorial. We studied about the world wars. We also went into the Unknown Soldier tomb. We went to the museum of democracy (Old Parliament House). We learned how to vote.

After we visited Old Parliament House we went to our motel. The students went into different rooms. In our room we had Jonathan, Arkan, Andre, Aston and Hien. We took a shower at the motel. After we took a shower we ate dinner. We had lasagne for dinner and Arkan had vegetable spring roll. After we ate our dinner we had chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream. Then we went back to our rooms.

On our last day, we went to Geo Science and the CSIRO. We did lots of experiments and used microscopes to magnify small things like insects.

We had an awesome time!

By Arka and Jonathan




Come and join the.....

Ultimo Public School Chess Club

Classes are every Friday, in the Library from 8 - 9am.

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To all the Kindergarten families and students of Ultimo Public School,

Please check out our new BLOG called 'Kindy Conversations' and discover all the exciting things we are exploring and learning at school.

Click on the image of our blog below to access and add your comments.

From Madagascar, Tanzania and Zambia


Fiona Davies Workshop
Saturday 11th of May 
$30 per child.
Artist Fiona Davies will run a children's workshop at Culture at Work in conjunction with the Fiona Davies 'Blood on Silk' exhibition.
With red and white ribbons children will learn how to weave a pattern based on Fiona's art installation at our gallery space. Children will have a tour of the exhibition and a talk about how the artist makes her work and why she is interested in science. 
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Where: 6-8 Scott Street Pyrmont
TEL: 0401884716

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Young Archie's Art Competition


Here is a wonderful holiday project for our creative Ultimo kids! Get out your paints and create a portrait of a person who is special to you.

Budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 are invited to submit a portrait for the Art Gallery of NSW’s inaugural Young Archie competition, as part of our family-focused activites for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2013 exhibition.

The portrait should be of a person who is special to you – someone who is known to you and plays a significant role in your life.

There are four age categories:

  • 5-8 year olds
  • 9-12 year olds
  • 13-15 year olds
  • 16-18 year olds


The competition will be judged by artist Ben Quilty, Archibald Prize winner in 2011 and now a Gallery trustee, and Victoria Collings, the Gallery’s senior coordinator of education and family programs, based on merit and originality.

Five finalists from each category will be exhibited at the Gallery and on the Gallery website. One winner will be chosen in each category.

Each finalist will receive an ANZ money box and Archibald 13 catalogue.

Each winner will receive a $100 ANZ Visa Debit card, an art pack from Faber-Castell and a family pass to the upcoming Sydney moderns exhibition at the Gallery as well as an ANZ money box and Archibald 13 catalogue.

Your artwork

  • One artwork only per entrant.
  • You may use any art materials you like but your artwork must be two-dimensional and on good-quality paper so it can be framed for display if you are a finalist.
  • Can be vertical or horizontal.
  • Must be no smaller than A4 (210 × 297 mm), no bigger than A3 (420 × 297 mm) and no thicker than 1cm.
  • Should be clearly labelled on the back with which way it should be displayed, along with your name, age, address and contact details. Make sure this doesn’t show through to the front.

How to enter

  • Download (go to School Downloads icon/ Community Events on this website), print and complete the entry form   which includes a brief statement (less than 100 words) telling us who you have chosen to depict and why. This form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Your artwork should be sent flat, not folded or rolled. We suggest you place it between two pieces of cardboard to protect it.
  • If you wish your artwork returned after the competition, please also enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope of the correct size.
  • Entries can be hand delivered or mailed to:

Young Archie competition
c/o Public Programs Department
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, Sydney NSW 2000

Key dates

Competition opens Wednesday 3 April 2013. Entries must be received by 9pm Wednesday 1 May. Finalists will be displayed 10 May to 2 June 2013.





On Harmony Day we had a special guest, Varushka who told us her story about coming to Australia with her family. She showed us her precious teddy bear.  When her parents arrived in Australia, they needed to hide their money so they inserted some coins and jewellery inside her teddy bear.  Thank you Varushka for your heart felt story, we really appreciate you coming to talk to us!

The Harmony Day student story tellers also hope you enjoyed hearing their stories at the Harmony Day Assembly on Friday 22nd March and learnt something new about them.

Even though we all come from different countries we all belong to one-humanity.

We have put their scripts onto the website so you can enjoy reading their stories once more......


Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls,

My name is Lynstel Noronha and I am in Year 6. I would like to tell you a little about my family story.

I was born in Bombay, India so my first language was Konkani an Indian dialect. My parents and I arrived just last year in April.

When I was 2 years old, my mum and I moved to Goa, a city on the west coast of India. We lived with my maternal grandmother. My father used to work as a chef and my mother used to tutor students at home.

The person I miss the most is my granny. She always used to take care of me and only speak in Konkani. Whenever I did something wrong, she would get cranky but then, she would forgive me.

When I was seven, my father came to Australia. He was thinking about settling his family in Sydney. He thought Australia was a great place for me to grow up because it has a very good life style and education system.

So this is why I came to Ultimo Public School.

When I first came to this school, I was very nervous because I couldn’t understand the Australian accent very well, but I am improving all the time.

 I will be leaving at the end of this year, so I look forward to a new experience in high school.

Thank you for listening to my story.



My name is Brendan Spivak and I was born in Pyrmont. I live with my mum Victoria and my dad Gennadi. You may wonder which country my parents come from? Well they’re from a country starting with R and it’s a long way from Australia. Can you guess what it may be?.....

(Wait…) Yes, Russia.

My great grandad was in the army in WWII. Sadly, he died in the war.

My grandad, who is now 83, served in the Russian army in Serbia for 25 years. He has been in Australia for 17 years and lives not far from here in Woolloomooloo.

My dad Gennadi, played professional soccer for the Ukraine and for Russia.

I like Australia because of its freedom.

Not many people think I’m Russian, but I still want people to know about my heritage. I am proud to be Australian but also proud of my family.

I like my Australian friends at school because we come from many different backgrounds and we learn a lot from each other.

I hope you enjoyed listening to my family story.


 Good afternoon everyone,

My name is Carolina Cooksey.  I grew up in Sydney Australia and I was born in the RPA hospital in Camperdown, just a few kilometres from here.

Not many people would think that I am half Asian from just looking at me. My dad comes from Australia. He was born in Drummoyne but has spent a lot of time in Asia, including more than twenty visits to East Timor.  And of course my mum comes from East Timor, an island located 800 kilometres north-west of Darwin.My paternal great uncle fought with AIF from June, 1915 on Gallipoli to the 11th of November 1918

in France in World War 1. Fighting in war is a dangerous task that really tests your bravery.

Unfortunately, he was gassed four times but lived to the age of 80.

My maternal grandma, who is a great massager, lives in Suri Craic Village in Ainaro District in the high mountains of East Timor.

My grandpa Luis lives in Comoro, a suburb of Dili, which is the capital of East Timor

I’m glad I live in Australia, because there is better health care and we have a much better access to local doctors and specialists.

The biggest set of health problems comes from mosquitoes carrying epidemic diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and JB encephalitis. You must watch out for the those mossies with yellow stripes on their backs that carry dengue fever, for which there is no preventive measure. As I grow older, I want to find out more about my family in East Timor. I’m proud of them and without them

I wouldn’t be who I am.

Thank you for listening to my story.


Good afternoon everyone,   

My name is Maia and I am in Year 6.

I was born in Auckland, a city in New Zealand. When I was five months old, my family moved to Sydney Australia.

My grandparents are from New Zealand. My mum is half New Zealander and half Australian…..and my dad is half Samoan and half Hawaiin.

When I went to school in Australia, I always felt included and excited to come each day.

In Sydney, I grew up with my parents and grandparents. I go to New Zealand regularly and when I go there I always meet new relatives. This is exciting but I do get a bit shy at first.

I really enjoy visiting New Zealand and meeting different people and discovering new places. I have been to many places in my homeland, both in the south and north island.

My favourite places are Queenstown because of its magnificent mountain views and Dunedin because it has a Cadbury Chocolate factory.

When I leave New Zealand to return to Sydney, I miss all my relatives. But I know I will see them all again.


Thank you for listening to my story.


Good afternoon parents, teachers, boys and girls,

My name is Audrey and I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. I grew up in Bali which is a small island.

My grandparents from my dad’s side come from China and they are half Kalimantan. My other grandparents from my mother’s side come from Java also an island in Indonesia. So I’m half Indonesian and half Chinese, and I can speak Indonesian, Balinese, Sudanese and English.

My school in Indonesia is not as easy as my Australian school.  In year 2 we had to do year 3 work. Sometimes, we had to do Year 7 work. It was very hard for us but we just had to do it slowly, step by step.

My family’s reason for coming to Australia was because my parents wanted me and my brothers, Andre and Adrian, to have a better future.

My dad is a doctor and my mum looks after us.

When I first came to Australia, everything was different, such as the food, the language and the culture.

At school, I feel nervous and happy, but everyone made me feel welcome.

I think that Australians are very friendly and they serve very nice food such as barbequed food.

I can’t speak English very well at the moment and I find it hard to communicate, but, I’m learning a lot every day from my teachers and my friends.

 Thank you.


 My name is Milo Bennett as most of you would know. I was born in Berlin, Germany and grew up there with my grandparents. When I was 7 years old, my family came to Australia.

My great grandparents fought in World War 1, and had to live in bunkers sometimes for months.

My grandpa, on my mother’s side is German and played European handball. He wasn’t that good at playing, but he coached the local U18’s team to become the Berlin champions.

My grandparents on my dad’s side are Croatian and Australian. My Grandma came to Australia when she was very young.

I couldn’t speak much English and felt strange when I first came to this school 4 years ago, but the teachers and my friends helped me.

I still miss Germany because all of my friends are there.

 I hope you found my story interesting.


Hello everyone,

My name is Harry and today I’m going to tell you about my story.

 I was born in the province Shanxi Sheng Yang in north-east China. I grew up with my maternal grandparents because my parents were busy working. My dad was a businessman and my mum was a doctor, so I spent little time with them.

Both my grandfathers and my great uncle fought in WW2 and also in the Korean War. My grandpa got promoted to air force general earning $300 a month. That’s three quarters of how much the President of China earns! As well as my grandfathers fighting in wars, my dad fought in the Vietnam War.

One of my relatives was the coach of the woman’s basketball in the in the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games.

My dad thought it was a good idea to settle in Australia because its population isn’t that big, it has blue skies unlike the polluted air in China.  And also, the weather condition is just perfect because in China, it gets quite cold and it snows a lot.

I’m happy that I live here.

I hope you enjoyed listening to my family story.   




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