The Excursion on the Replica of the H.M.S Endeavour 

On Friday the 9th of August, we walked to the Australian Maritime Museum and as we walked we saw the tall masts of the Endeavour, towering over us with her flag flapping in the harbour air. When we walked close to it, we found that it wasn’t that tall at all.

We stood on the deck and waited for the engine to start (Captain Cook never used an engine to move his ship).  As the ship was moving and we were quite relaxed, until we were asked to go under the deck. We climbed down a rope and went to the stern (back) of the boat. When we walked through one of the cabins, we found how small the Endeavour was. The doors were really small, as big as the door/cupboard under the stairs. Then we walked into Mr Banks’ cabin (Mr Banks was the botanist). It was filled with the plant, Banksia, which is a plant native to Australia.

We wandered back to the deck and went to the bow (front of the boat) to see lead lines and log lines. A lead line is a weight tied to a rope and it measures how deep the water is, but a log line is a piece of wood tied to a piece of rope and it tells the crew how fast the boat is moving. We also learnt that there are 30 ropes on the Endeavour and over 270 pulleys.

We all went to the side of the boat to see the cannon. We were told how the cannon works and the crew were demonstrating with a newspaper as a cannon ball. When the cannon fired, it smelt like rotten eggs and almost everyone covered their noses.

We enjoyed the Endeavour Excursion because we learnt a lot of information about the Endeavour that we didn’t know before and it was a really fun excursion.               

By Oliver and Hana



Do you need extra speech writing practice for the upcoming public speaking competition?

Do you need to learn how to effectively present a speech?

Starting on Monday the 12th of August, you have the opportunity to join the Stage 3 Public Speaking Club.

When: Monday lunch time, Term

Where: Level 2 ESL Room     

I hope to see you there!

Ms Baitieri

Congratulations to our Premier’s Debating team on a brilliant performance yesterday against Gardener’s Rd Public School. Carolina, Milo, Oliver and Hannah from Stage 3 chose the topic, Playing Weekend Sport Should Be Compulsory for School Children. They prepared some convincing arguments and I’m proud to announce that they won the debate. The whole school can’t wait to see you compete at the next level of competition.

Congratulations to Sara, Drew and Lauren who graduated from Level 2 of the Seasons for Growth program last term! The girls were joined by friends and family at Wentworth Park to celebrate the skills they developed during the program. To learn more about this special program visit the Caring for Students tab on our school website.



Seasons for Growth Program

Learning to live with change and loss


Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Ultimo Public School we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce or related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. This is why we offer a very successful education program called Seasons for Growth.

This program runs for eight weeks and is facilitated in small groups. It is based on research which highlights the importance of social support and the need to practise new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks. 

If you think your son or daughter would benefit from participating in Seasons for Growth we encourage you to speak to your child’s class teacher or contact any of the trained facilitators, i.e. Mr Strachan, Ms Ho’are, Mrs DeDear and Miss Cottle.

A brief information session for parents and carers who are interested in learning more about the program will be held in Miss Cottle’s classroom (Level 1) on Thursday 1st August, at 8.30am.


Nic Accaria



The whole school Athletics Carnival will be held for the participation of all students on Wednesday 31st of July 2013 at Wentworth Park Stadium

  • The 5 to 7 year old students will rotate through several fun activities focusing on skill development.
  • The 8 to 12 year old students will rotate through long jump, high jump, shot put, discus, 100m sprint, 200m sprint, 800m and modified games.


Friends and family are encouraged to attend and, if possible, assist in the running of the carnival.

Please download the 


here for more information.

NAIDOC WEEK is all about celebrating and recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Did you know that it’s believed to be the oldest surviving culture in the world?

During the week classes have:

-      learnt about the 2013 NAIDOC week theme: The 1963 Yirrkala Bark Petitions;


-      gained an understanding of the how Traditional Aboriginal People used scientific knowledge;


-      and started our NAIDOC Week Collaborative Artwork


Here are some photos of the Science Show....




 A special thank you to Keala's dad Michael for playing the didgeridoo at our Assembly

Collaborative Artwork

Ultimo Public Schools’ Collaborative artwork is

inspired by the 1963 Yirrkala Bark Petitions.

Work in progress…….




Ultimo is making a collaborative artwork. It is inspired by the Yirrkala Bark Petitions. During the next few weeks, every student will make their own print. We will use these to make a border onto ochre coloured panels, just like on the Bark petitions.  The collaborative artwork will then be entered into The Koori Art Expressions Exhibition, a Sydney Region Art Competition.


A HUGE thank you to Ms Godfrey & Ms Ternovy for their dedication and assistance with creating our Panels!



We shared the following ‘story’ during our assembly about the 1963 Bark Petitions………




Once upon a time, two families lived in Arnhem Land. They were known as the Yolngu People and their ancestors had lived there harmoniously for thousands of years, with strong connections to both land and sea.


One day they were told that White Man’s law had given permission for a mining company to extract a mineral called bauxite from their beautiful land. Bauxite is used to make aluminium which is something that the Yolngu people had no need for because their beautiful, bountiful environment gave them everything that they needed for a good, well balanced life.


The Yolngu people were upset that they had not been consulted. They were worried about the mining company destroying the land that they hunted on and the rivers where they fished. They knew that the mining companies would not understand about their special sacred places and that these would be lost forever.


The Yolngu Leaders pleaded their case to the ‘Whiteman’ boss by using the ‘Whiteman’s writing’ presented in a traditional way. It was painted on bark with a border incorporating all of the important symbols of their beautiful land. These amazing documents were the first traditionally prepared documents to be accepted into the ‘Whiteman’s’ most important and sacred building – Parliament House. They became known as the ‘Bark Petitions’.


Although the cause of the Yolngu People was defeated and the mining went ahead, the Bark Petitions inspired many other Aboriginal people with their vision and hope.


The Bark Petitions are remembered in this year’s

NAIDOC week celebrations as an inspiration to us all.




Sydney Schools Debating Competition

Our two debating teams, who competed in the Sydney Schools Debating Competition in Term 2, performed brilliantly. They participated in a total of three rounds - twice against Darlinghurst Public School and once against each other in our own school!

Congratulations on their amazing efforts at giving up their time after school to prepare and practise and also having the determination to improve their debating skills. At each round, they refined their skills such as defining the topic, constructing their arguments with more detail, rebutting arguments and after all this, presenting in front of an audience!

The final result was Team B winning one debate! We hope that Team B will continue in the quarter-finals. David, Brendan and Natalia were nominated as our talented debaters who will attend the Primary Schools State Debating Championships later in the year. Special thanks to Audrey, our chairperson and Dylan, Joyce and Lynstel for being our time keepers.


                                                         Team A                                                                                  Team B

Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition

During term 2, students in Stages 2 and 3 have been learning about public speaking. They had the opportunity to write speeches and practise presenting in front of their peers. Last week, Stage Speak Offs were held to select four candidates for the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition. On Tuesday, Marcus, Lucas from Stage 2 and Carolina and Oliver from Stage 3 participated in the competition against six other local primary schools. Our speakers performed brilliantly, demonstrating deep understanding of their chosen topic. They were oozing confidence and showing well-prepared and flawlessly-presented speeches. Congratulations to all of our speakers and in particular to Carolina  who was awarded a Highly Commended Certificate.

Premier’s Debating Challenge

The Premier’s Debating Team put in a superb effort in one of the most difficult debating competitions in our region. Congratulations to Oliver and Hannah from Uganda and Milo, Carolina and Arcadia from Warragamba. The team participated in 3 rounds this term against three different schools and received excellent feedback from the adjudicators. The final debate will take place in early Term 3 against Gardener’s Road Public school. We wish them well in their preparations and final debate.




While most of Australia will celebrate NAIDOC week during the school holidays (look out for events in the local area), we at Ultimo Public School will be celebrating NAIDOC week during Week 1 of Term 3. NAIDOC week is a time to RECOGNISE and VALUE the contributions made by Indigenous Australians throughout history and time.

We are excited to announce that this year all students in K-6 will enjoy the presentation of a show entitled "Flight, Sound and Fire – Science with an Aboriginal Perspective". The show will be presented in the hall in two sessions, K-2 and 3-6 (Families and Parents are welcome to attend). The show looks at the scientific principles behind some of the great inventions and environmental understandings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Students will discover the complex science behind the Boomerang – the first man made flying machine. Learn about the science of sound and the Didgeridoo. Find out about the inventions of the great Aboriginal Scientist (face of the $50 note) David Unaipon and discover how Indigenous Peoples of the Northern Territory today are helping cut Greenhouse Gases with their Caring for Country Fire Management Practices.

Each student is required to make a payment of $7.00.

Please find the form at the link below and return your payment as soon as possible.

Flight, sound and Fire - Science Presentation NOTE


Dear Parents and Carers
Starting on Wednesday 12th June our whole school will be involved in the installation of a new server and the migration of our ICT environments to Windows 7. During this time teachers, office staff and students will not be able to access their computers, Internet and email. Please ensure communication to the teacher at this time is verbal or written if needed on this day. We may experience some delays in accessing our new environments on the following days, Thursday and Friday, therefore would  appreciate your patience at this time too.
Kind Regards
Nic Accaria

After some unlucky weather, we finally had a beautiful day for walking along Blackwattle Bay. It was a long walk, but we enjoyed learning about the natural and built features of our local area along the way. We saw animals in their local habitats, and identified all of the different ways humans have changed the landscape. There is a lot to see and explore along the water and we would have loved to stay longer. All of us in Stage One would like to thank our volunteers who helped the whole day carrying things, keeping us safe and even joining in our games.



I liked the bit where we rotated activities the best. I liked the mouse and cat and maze game. We learned about animals and sculptures. We learned what they looked like and did Bingo with Mrs Lemaire. I also liked the part where we walked with Ms Ho’are. We played I Spy. That was fun. We saw the Anzac Bridge, a seagull, Centrepoint Tower, boats, and Bellevue House Café. (Cale)


I liked the part where we did the truck thing. We pretended to be a crane with Ms Ternovy and moved our arms like we picked up fake rubbish to put in the bin. I also liked the wind turbine and the winch. (Inyoman)

Congratulations to our three debating teams for an excellent effort in their very first debating competition! Even though we were unsuccessful in Round 1, the teams made us proud and received very positive feedback from the adjudicators. These adjudicators also passed on some important tips to our students. "Give even more detail in your arguments and practise, rebuttal rebuttal rebuttal!" Next week, the Premier's Debating team will compete against Chifley P.S. in our very own school hall. On Friday, the Sydney Schools Debating teams will return to Darlinghurst for Round 2. Good luck guys - we're all behind you!

Reconciliation Week is celebrated around the country between May 27th to June 3rd. It coincides with two significant dates in Australia’s history both of which provide strong symbols of our hopes and aims for reconciliation.


May 27 marks the anniversary of 1967 Referendum in which more than 90% of Australians voted to remove clauses from the Australian Constitution which discriminated against Indigenous Australians and afforded them Australian Citizenship.


June 3 marks the anniversary of the High Court of Australia’s judgement in 1992 on the Mabo case. This Decision recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original inhabitants of this continent and validated their legal right to Traditional Land.


Let's Talk Recognition   

This year our theme is about the need to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution. The Constitution is Australia’s most important document, setting out how our Nation’s democracy works. It currently lacks any reference to Australia’s First peoples; their distinct cultures, identities, and heritage, prior ownership and custodianship of the land, and their ongoing contribution to Australian society.


The Australian Government is considering making changes to the Australian Constitution to remove racist sections and to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Australians. Recognise is the national conversation about constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Visit the Recognise website to support constitutional change:

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!

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