- Principal's Message
- Red Class
- Yellow Class
- Orange Class
- Green Class
- Purple Class
- Pink Class
- Blue Class
- White Class
- S-Green Class
- S-Orange Class
- S-Red Class
- S-Blue Class
- S-Yellow Class
- SSS Kitchen Garden Program
- Notes from the School Nurse
- School Assembly
- School Disco Rap-Up
- School Association
- Young Leaders of Tasmania Event
- Working Bee
- Out of the Box Market
- Lids for Kids
- 2019 Leaver's Dinner
Dear Parents & Carers
Some of you may have recently noticed some work in the grounds of the school, including the installation of a ground level trampoline, a wheelchair friendly roundabout swing, and some car park work behind the walkway. This work has been completed with the outstanding contribution of Hazel Brothers, who have donated time, staffing and resources to make this work manageable for our school. A huge thank you to all who have contributed!
Term 4 is a busy Term at Southern Support School. In addition to the day to day teaching and learning, our dedicated staff and school community are involved in 4 major school events.
As a member of our school community your participation and engagement in these events is welcome and encouraged.
These events are
- Young Leaders of Tasmania end of year celebration on Thursday 7th November at school, where participants detail their experiences and share their learning and celebrate the time spent with their buddies
- School working Bee on Saturday 9th November to spruce up our grounds and help out our extremely hard working grounds staff
- The 2019 Leavers Dinner on Friday 29th November at Wrest Point, which is a tremendous night of celebration for our 11 Year 12 leavers – tickets available very soon!
- The inaugural Out Of The Box Market on Saturday 7th December, hosted at our school, which will be a great event showcasing goods and services by members of the community living with disability.
One last piece of news is that our new website is up and running. It holds information, school policies, and details about some of our programs. The address is https://southernsupportschool.education.tas.edu.au/
YOUNG LEADERS OF TASMANIA (YLOT)
End of Year Event
Thursday 7th November 2019
4.00pm - 5.30pm
Southern Support School - Junior Campus Gym
Southern Support School
Saturday 9th November 2019
9.00am - 3.00pm
BBQ Lunch provided
Come for the day, or an hour or two
Please register your availability at the school office 6165 6200
OUT OF THE BOX MARKET
Showcasing microbusinesses and occupations for people with a disability; plus lots of goodies made by students will be for sale
Saturday 7th November 2019
3.00pm - 7.00pm
at Southern Support School
2019 LEAVER'S ASSEMBLY
please be seated by 1.30pm
for a 1.45pm start
Wednesday 18th December
Southern Support School - Senior Campus
We are still participating in LIDS FOR KIDS
Please contiue to send in your plastic lids and bread tags.
The Senior students are enjoying sorting and collating them.
Red Class have made a wonderful start to Term Four. We welcome back Skylar and look forward to her being part of our adventures this term.
In Art the students made some colourful rockets, they constructed these using recycled materials and the results are out of this world. Jono particularly enjoyed using the glitter to decorate his rocket!
In Science the students are continuing with their ‘Bend it Stretch it' unit. Our new story is called the Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen and it is a lovely book that is helping us with our Science unit. The story is focussed on how the balloon is about to bend and stretch to create different shapes. Emmett and Harry thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story and helped to lift the story flaps. The class used a parachute to create our own giant balloon. Klay and Jono enjoyed running under the parachute while it was being raised and floating. Emmett loved collecting the balls that were tossed around by the parachute.
In the garden we are busy harvesting and watering the plants now we have some warmer weather. We are chopping and making yummy pizzas to eat. Logan has particularly enjoyed visiting the garden and bringing mint back to the office for Robyn.
We are Looking forward to and exciting and fun term!
Anna, Anita & the Red Class Team
We have had a wonderful start to Term Four in Yellow Class.
We have been continuing with our Science unit 'Bend It, Stretch It'. We been examining the properties of fresh and dried playdough, comparing how much they stretch. We have had lots of messy fun. We have tie-dyed socks, scrunching and bending the socks before stretching elastic bands around them.
Our latest class story is The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen. The Blue Balloon tells the story of a indestructible blue balloon, which stretches and bends in magical ways before taking a boy and his dog, Kipper, on a wonderful adventure.
In Art and Craft with Suzanne, we have enjoyed playing with clay. Everyone has really enjoyed the process. The students have also been doing some water colour painting, which has been a big hit.
In Kitchen Garden, we have been cooking frittatas. Yellow class students have been enjoying using the nicer dicer to cut carrots and snow peas. Cracking the eggs has also been a big hit, with some students doing it independently.
We had a very exciting visit from TasBash recently. It was fabulous to see all the cars and people dressed up in funny outfits. Everyone enjoyed looking at the cars, a particular favourite was a car covered in fake grass!
Jenna, Suzanne & the Yellow Class Team
Wow! What a busy start to the new term it’s been in Orange Class! We have really enjoyed starting our new Science unit ‘All Mixed Up’ and are loving exploring clay. So far we have pressed different objects into clay, made pinch pots and we are beginning to make dishes. In the next coming weeks we hope to paint the objects using colours of our choice just in time for Christmas!
Last week, we had a special visit from Tas Bash cars where we got to see all the fantastic cars and meet the drivers. We had fun listening to music, watching the lights on the vehicles and meeting all the people in costumes.
In Kitchen Garden we have been making lots of fresh salads to match the changes in the season. We’ve had lots of fun harvesting salad leaves, beetroot and lots of other vegetables to make our delicious dishes. Some of us have been practicing our cookery skills including: chopping, using the blender and delivering our dishes to our friends.
In Drama, we really enjoyed listening to the song the Wheels on the Bus and pretending to ride the bus with a steering wheel and a bus cap.
We started Term Four with the fantastic story Party Pants which we loved… Come and see our new display for our very own designs of ‘Party Pants’!
Over the next few weeks we will be making Halloween crafts, reading our new book Shapes of Australia and focusing on our learning targets before the end of the school year!
Rachel & the Orange Class Team
What a way to start the term off with a visit to the Royal Hobart Show, Tas Bash visiting us at school, and celebrating Matilda’s 11th birthday, all within two weeks.
Green and Yellow Class students blew us away at The Royal Hobart Show - they all showcased how they could be safe and calm in such a busy and vibrant place. We saw/touched a range of different animals (even snakes), explored the carnival, played games, sat as a group eating lunch and most students even chose their own show bag to take home. It was a fantastic day out had by all.
Tas Bash was also a recent large highlight. A huge thankyou to Drew for organising this event in the Junior Campus playground. All the students loved all the driver's fancy cars, dress-ups and goodies. Definitely one of the best morning tea playtimes of the year.
Green Class staff and students are busily preparing for our upcoming camp to Gumleaves Bush Retreat in Week 5. We look forward to sharing the experience with everyone.
Ella & the Green Class Team
We have had a fun filled start to the term. In the first week of term, Purple Class students had a fabulous time looking at the Tas Bash Cars. They particularly liked getting in the cars and trying out the crazy horns! It was a great morning, with lots of laughs and excitement. Many thanks to Tas Bash for visiting.
We all had a lovely time celebrating Finley’s 10th birthday with delicious cake. Happy birthday, Finley!
Last week Purple Class students enjoyed an excursion to the Royal Hobart Show. It was wonderful to see students take great delight in seeing the huge array of animals. Some students also enjoyed the food the show had on offer, and others even had fun on the jumping castle slide. It was a very exciting day, with so many things to see and do. I would like to congratulate the entire class for being so amazing for this very busy excursion. Purple Class parents should be very proud of their remarkable boys.
Term Four is upon us and it won’t be long before we are getting into our Christmas spirit. In the meantime, we have been reading The book with no pictures, by B.J. Novak. Students have described the story as being funny, fun and silly. There are lots of giggles when I have to make nonsense words and even sing a song.
During Kitchen Garden classes we have been making the chickpea salad. All students have enjoyed harvesting and chopping the vegetables. Our favourite things on the menu have been pizza and coleslaw.
Last week we were lucky enough to have Tas Bash come and visit our School. We got to see some funny cars and some even funnier people dressed up.
All Pink Class students have made some fantastic progress this year and we look forward to the rest of the term being as successful.
Amy & the Pink Class Team
This term in Blue class, we have been very busy. In Science we made birdhouses and bird-feeders to cover the topic 'living things need food and shelter'. In Cooking Blue, class made pizza as well as a rice dish. The students have been doing an amazing job with all their garden and kitchen goals.
A couple of weeks ago we had Tas Bash come to our school. The students loved looking at all the different cars and engaged really well this experience. In Art the students have been exploring and creating clay models, they have really enjoyed this experience. In music, they have singing and dancing as well as exploring different instruments.
Bec & the Blue Class Team
The students in White class have been very busy already this term. We have enjoyed the visit by TasBash. Malakai enjoyed looking at all the different vehicles on display. Getting into the vehicles and turning on the sirens was great fun! We like making the best of the good weather. We had a Zones of Regulation lesson in the court yard. As you all know, Zones of Regulation forms a big part of our program in White Class and the boys are doing a great job with this.
Marcus is using the skills he learnt in cooking class to help make his own pizza for lunch. Matt made green jelly during cooking class. This term, the class is looking at water and in science. Ethan is experimenting with food colouring and water. Each student has had the opportunity to do experiments, observe and make comments using their AAC devices.
A “ghost“ by the name of Brodie visited our music lesson. Luckily Brodie is a friendly “ghost” and nobody was scared. On that note we wish you a nice weekend.
Andre, Matt & the White Class Team
Welcome back for Term 4 everyone! We hope that students and parents were able to get a little rest and relaxing time over the break. We also enjoyed a day off last week, and hope that those who braved the Hobart Show enjoyed themselves!
Our students have had an excellent start to the term. Jason has been working extra hard on his literacy lately and made some great strides with reading and spelling. Max has been doing lots of walking in his walker or supported by a staff member, and has been very happy to do so. Darcy has been in great form, always engaged, and completing all tasks as independently as possible. Bella and Ethan have made great progress with independently completing their structured tasks in the morning. Jaxson continues to communicate well during eating times by communicating “more” using switches. The classroom has been very settled lately and it has had a fantastic impact on student learning. Well done everyone, keep it up!
We look forward to enjoying the longer, warmer days that Term 4 brings and finishing the year off with smiles on our dials.
Richard & the S-Green Class Team
S-Orange continued enjoying Community Learning exploring: * the life of Flora and Fauna; * the historic life, food, and medicine of the homeland of the Melukerdee indigenous tribe; * sustainability by wisely balancing caring, using, and having resources for today and tomorrow; * And more successes in social and personal contexts/settings linking in literacy, language, science, numeracy and fun in the playground. (We are looking forward to exploring life and learning at Molesworth and shopping/dining at other places this term.)
Finding our way and I Spy
Students used google maps to explore Dru Point, Howrah, surrounding areas and other places. Students entered information to get and share maps, directions, satellite views, and images. We looked at directions along the Southern Outlet and the Channel highway from Howrah to Dru Point and Banjos Bakery Margate. Yes, we shopped and dined again – fantastic, ‘Everyone use our manners.’ Ben reminded us.
The students chose to go along the Channel Highway to share and talk more about the sights that we saw in class. We also played some I spy with my little eye. “Guess what? I spy with my little eyes a new sight. What is it?” Jack, replied ‘A tower’. Yes it was the shot tower. Everyone shared in thinking about the tower and its history. How did the Shot Tower get its name? What is a ‘shot’ and what is the tower? How is shot made? And other questions. It was fun sharing questions and remarks for real answers and guessing answers.
Everyone continued sharing guesses and real answers at Drupoint with some new highlights. One was about, what food did the indigenous tribes eat in the area? We explored and found shells. Lots of shells and different ones. Also, we found a tree with something odd/funny on it?
Guess – is it: white fairy? Floss? Some of Santa’s beard? Cotton wool? White wool? It is white, soft, fluffy, no smell, … and it is living? We used nearly all of our senses: looking, listening, touching, smelling, and our emotions. We learnt that it was a living Fruitless Mulberry Tree and it was covered in the white living pest called woolly aphids. The aphid make and leave the odd woolly stuff behind. The tree grows no fruit. So there is no fruit to eat nor to make dyes for indigenous people. What is the use of a fruit tree that does grow/produce fruit?
Again we used nearly all of our senses, this time for shell food. What about taste? Some of us have eaten the shell food before so a simple answer is that it tastes like different fish. Maybe everyone can try shellfish with their family/carers to find out more about periwinkles/cockles, pippies, mussels, scallops, abalone and oysters. “Find a pearl, said Ben!”
We also had fun. Lila and Peter are playing on the helicopter swing. Lila pointed to his photo. “Look Peter, Lila and Peter on the swing.” Lila is happy. “I like it.” It is fun? “Yes! Fun”
Warren & the S-Orange Class Team
Term 4 has started on a very busy note with S-Red being responsible for canteen this term. The students have helped to select the menu for the term and are very enthusiastic about what they are making.
In Science we are exploring force and motion. We have been out in the playground photographing the things which can be moved by pushing or pulling. In Maths we continue our work on numeracy and numbers, along with time being our key focus. Looking at our likes and dislikes will be our focus for English. We have finished making our giraffe puppets following on from our reading of the book Giraffes Can’t Dance.
We are also busy making things for the Out of the Box Market which will be held on Saturday 7th December. A good place to do your Christmas shopping!
The highlight for S-Red so far this term was the visit to the school by the Tas Bash cars. All of the students enjoyed going over to the Junior playground to see and hear the cars.
Helen & the S-Red Class Team
S-Blue have certainly had a busy start to our final term, starting with an exciting visit from the Tas Bash cars. A few of our students were lucky enough to visit the junior campus and were showered with giveaways, bubbles and lots of high-fives. Jayden especially enjoyed looking at all the different cars, lights and listening to the sirens.
In the second week a group of students visited the Royal Hobart Show. We were so lucky to experience some amazing weather, which is unusual for show week! We looked at the horses, tried our hand at a sideshow, rested at the top of the hill before heading onto the paddock to purchase show bags. On the way out we were lucky enough to witness the human cannonball shoot up into the air! All the students displayed exemplary behaviours and enjoyed selecting their favourite show bag to purchase.
As well as these exciting events, we haven’t forgotten our normal classwork! Our focus for Science over the coming weeks is forces, and we will be exploring how things move around the school and in the playground. Our work program sees everyone busily attending to Christmas crafts – whilst it may seem early our Out of the Box market is only a little more than a month away! Please take note of the dates of the upcoming events as outlined in the newsletter.
In Maths we are beginning to consolidate our number skills that we have been working on all year, and in English we are exploring our likes and dislikes. Our class is lucky enough to be cooking shared lunch again this term so we are very much looking forward to spending more time in the garden, especially as the weather starts to warm up.
Kathryn, Roos & the S-Blue Class Team
This term in Maths we are reviewing what we have learnt this year and consolidating. In Science we have started a unit on forces and simple machines. We are also spending time making and creating items for the Out of the Box Market. So, we hope you can all come a long - on Saturday 7th December - and see what we have produced. We are making some great stuff and are we are all enjoying creating things to sell. I hope everyone has a great term.
Trudy & the S-Yellow Class Team
The Kitchen Garden Program at the Southern Support School acknowledges and pays respect to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community as the traditional and original owners, and continuing custodians of this land and acknowledge Elders – past, present and future.
At the end of last term, the school hosted a professional training day for the Stephanie Alexander Garden Foundation. This involved practical garden activities including making worm cafes, decorative teepees and bee hotels and preparing and sharing a delicious Sri Lankan themed menu. Dominic popped into the kitchen to check on lunch and helped make some asian rice noodle baskets.
There was also a special presentation to attendees on food security by Michael Cook. Thank you to Michael, Trudy and Karyn who contributed to the day’s program. Thanks also to our Office Team; Robyn, Julie, Lucy and Jess for organising 20+ keys and swipes for the attendees and to our junior campus classes for being so accommodating to allow us to prepare for the training day.
Term 4 is pizza term and students were very pleased to see it back on the menu. Yellow Class did a wonderful job making the frittatas and Ronan enjoyed eating them. Mary made a spicy arroz verde (Mexican green rice) for the shared table. Josie demonstrated safe knife skills whilst making the kale and red cabbage slaw. All this activity results in quite a bit of washing up! Well done James on helping Mitchi to clean up.
In the garden, Ugo and Kylie use PODD to decide yes/no on what vegetable to harvest. Daniel and Tracy use PODD to identify vegetables on the harvest table in the garden classroom. Dan helps Michael plant out some zucchini whilst Nick uses sugar cane mulch to prepare the garden beds for the hot weather.
This term Red Class have started harvesting in the herb garden before cooking in the garden classroom. They have been making garlic bread and what a great job they have done. Skyla was very busy with Emma mixing the butter with the garlic to spread on her bread. Well done Skyla. Lincoln enjoyed eating his garlic bread.
Thank you to Laurie Buttigieg for the donation of broad beans to the program.
Hope to see you at the garden working bee on Saturday 9th November. RSVP to the Office.
Annette & the Kitchen Garden Team
During Term 4 we will be visited by Clarence City Council immunisers to deliver the second dose of HPV vaccine to a small number of Grade 7 students, relevant families will be notified closer to the date. We will also have a second dental visit from Oral Health Tasmania towards the end of term with consent forms sent home in due course.
A reminder for parents to check expiry dates on medication sent to school, especially EpiPens and Midazolam. Midazolam (once removed from its original sealed foil packaging) is only effective for 8 months and should be replaced after this time.
Please remember to be sun smart this term. Apply sun screen at home in the morning, send a broad rim hat for outside play and garden sessions and supply sun cream if your student has sensitive skin. We will provide and apply SPF 50+ for all students unless you supply an alternative sun cream.Nurse Julie
An excellent time was had by all at the PJ Disco party last term. It was wonderful to see so many people dressed in their bedtime best, dancing the night away and joining in the games. There was so much to eat, and a special thanks goes out to Dale and the team at Woolworths Shoreline for donating all the fruit, it certainly paired well with the ice-cream sundaes made by the Friends’ School students. Another massive thank you to Brenda and the students at Friends for hosting another fabulous night. We hope everyone had a memorable evening!
NEXT SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING
Monday 18th November 2019
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Senior Campus Staff Room
All Parents/Carers Welcome
The Southern Support School Association generally meet monthly and always welcome new faces to join us at the meetings. Please feel free to come along and join us. You can also follow us on facebook.
Chair: David Long
Deputy Chair: Caitlin Jones
Treasurer: Paul Sheen
Secretary: Lou Rickwood