Chess Coaching

Chess coaching for students at Ultimo Public School in 2014 is held on Fridays from 8:00am – 9:00am in the library.  Term 1 lessons will commence on 14th February and are open to students in years 2-6.

Learning and playing chess helps children develop their logical thinking and problem solving skills, improves their concentration and focus, while also being a great source of enjoyment. Activities include group lessons on a demonstration chess board or interactive whiteboard, puzzle solving and fun practice games. 

Students earn merit awards by making checkmates, or by displaying skills and positive qualities, which all good chess players strive to develop.

If your child is interested in taking part, you can collect an enrolment form from Mrs Lemaire, download one from the school website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy.

For all enquiries, please contact

Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170


On Monday 9th December, Sydney Academy of Chess will be running the Ultimo Public School Chess Championship at school from 8:30am – 11:30am.  Test your skills against the sharpest minds in the school and win as many games as possible against the other children, to earn trophies and medals!  There will also be age prizes, and everyone earns a certificate for taking part.  All that is required to participate is an understanding of the rules of chess.  For a copy of the entry form, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., download it from the school website or ask Mrs Lemaire at school.

For all enquiries, please contact Sydney Academy of Chess on 9745 1170.


Last week Uganda attended the UTS Gallery with Ms Godfrey and Mr Accaria. The exhibition was called 'Trace Recordings'. The exhibition considered changes in portraiture, identity and surveillance in our contemporary world. Artists use mediums as far flung as Pakistani folk inspired paintings to outdoor vinyl paste ups of people caught in Google map's street view. UTS ART educators introduced students to the artworks and the ideas behind them in a fun and interactive workshop. Students created face painting designs to fool computer recognition software and ventured on an accompanied walk outside the gallery to visit artworks on the street. You can check it out until the 29th of November.

A link to the exhibition is here:  

Ms Godfrey


On Monday the 11th of November all students from Warragamba, Timbuktu and Uganda attended a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Unfortunately the weather on this day was terrible, but this did not dampen our spirits.

At 9:30am we finally arrived at the Maritime Museum and headed straight into a function room to take part in the Remembrance Day Ceremony. I think attending this event was an excellent opportunity for students to show their respect for all people who have died and served our country in past wars. Two of our school leaders (Milo & Acadia) laid a wreath on behalf of our school. 

After the ceremony we all headed into the Maritime Museum to eat our lunch. We were all feeling quite hungry and also looking forward to seeing all the cool exhibits inside. After lunch we split off into two groups. My group visited the Viking Exhibition first, while the other group went on another tour to learn about Australian immigration. I thought both activities were pretty cool, however my favourite was the Vikings exhibit. I found the activities were really interactive and taught everyone a great deal about Australian migration and Viking history.                                            

Finally, we all started our walking journey back to Ultimo Public School. We all had a really awesome day and I now realise how lucky we all are to attend excursions in our local area. I can’t wait till we go on our next excursion.

By Abbey Birtles (Warragamba)

As part of Sydney’s Inaugural Corroboree Festival we have been invited to participate in the Gurung (an Eora word meaning ‘child’) Parade. Timor, Nalondo & other students from the Stage 2&3 NAIDOC team (with their chosen friend) will be participating in the Gurung Parade, the opening event of Corroboree Sydney.

This event is set to be a regular cultural festival on the City of Sydney calendar.

Corroboree is an Indigenous cultural festival based in Sydney ‘where Gadigal country meets the sea’. It brings together traditional and contemporary Indigenous culture, non-Indigenous and Indigenous people, locals and visitors alike though participation in workshops, exhibitions, markets and a family day.

The Gurung Parade will involve Indigenous and non-Indigenous students from across Sydney marching together alongside their teachers and families, to enhance their sense of personal, community, national and global identity.

They will parade from Hyde Park to Government House where they will be met by the Corroboree Council of Elders and The Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir. Entertainment will be provided on the lawns of Government House by some of the state’s most talented young indigenous performers, for the children to enjoy as they eat their own lunches.

For further information please visit the Corroboree website:

Family and friends are encouraged to join in the festivities by supporting us along the parade route and meeting us at Government House, where students will finish with a picnic lunch break while being entertained by various performers.

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