- 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
- School Assembly
- Out of the Box Market
- ABC Giving Tree
- Lids for Kids
- School Association
- Other Notices
Dear Parents & Carers
A huge thank you to everyone who came along and lent a hand at the recent Working Bee – we had 45 adults in attendance, numerous children, and moved three small mountains of pine bark as well as completing other jobs such as painting and pruning. The school is looking excellent as a result of all the hard work!
Also keep in mind two more upcoming events –
the Leavers Dinner on Friday 29th November,
and our inaugural
Out Of The Box twilight market on Saturday 7th December.
Teachers are hard at work currently finalising reports and looking back at student achievement and forward to the next steps in learning. These will be sent home in the coming weeks along with the rest of the end of year paperwork including 2020 class groupings and social scripts.
For all student absences, the school can be contacted from 7.30am on 6165 6200.
You can also text the school mobile on 0407 872 423, or notify us via the Schoolzine app.
OUT OF THE BOX MARKET
SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2019
SOUTHERN SUPPORT SCHOOL
3.00PM - 7.00PM
Showcasing microbusinesses and occupations for poeple with a disbility, SSS Senior students will be showcasing and selling products they have been making in the work skills sessions this year. Come along and support them!
Food and drinks available for purchase
Bring the family along to this inaugural event
An International Day for People with Disability Event
2019 LEAVER'S ASSEMBLY
Wednesday 18th December - Senior Campus Gym
Please be seated by 1.30pm for a 1.45pm start
We are still participating in LIDS FOR KIDS
Please continue to send in your plastic lids and bread tags.
The Senior Campus students are enjoying sorting and collating them.
Final day for students is Thursday 19th December 2019
School resumes for students on Wednesday 5th February 2020
Where has the year gone? Red Class has been extremely busy so far this term and it is certainly true that time flies when you are having fun!
As part of our Science we have been continuing with our ‘Bend It, Stretch It’ unit. Hunter and Logan particularly enjoyed making balloon racing cars. We made the cars using bottle tops, straws, balloons and cardboard. Klay has done a lot of counting during our lessons and was able to count 10 bottle caps for the cars. We also looked at the movement of a parachute. Emmett and Harry had a blast using the parachute and tossing balls on it
During our cooking and garden lesson our students have loved exploring the garden and picking vegetables and herbs. Logan has particularly enjoyed collecting herbs and delivering them to Robyn at the office. Lincoln and Klay has had a great time visiting and feeding the chickens.
All of the students have loved our activities during Art. Everyone has enjoyed creating multiple pieces of art using different materials. Jono really liked our art activity of potato printing stars. All of the students had a great time blowing colourful bubbles to make bubble paintings. Jono and Emmett particularly enjoyed watching the colourful bubbles pop. The students have loved making our secret Christmas gifts for their families and it will be wonderful for them to give them out soon.
Anna, Anita & the Red Class Team
We have been very busy in Yellow Class.
We have been finishing off our science unit “Bend It, Stretch It”. We been examining the properties of clay, seeing how much it stretches as we roll it. We have created water colour paintings and then stretched and bent plastic wrap over the top. This has left interesting patterns and markings in the watercolours.
Our latest class story is Stretch by Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin. The energetic rhyming book explores the many, many ways a person can get limber. More than simple toe touching, a dog stretches to ride a breeze, grab a snack from a tree, and catch a wave. His bubble gum even gets in on the stretching action. POP! And he reminds us not to forget that we also need to stretch our imaginations
In kitchen garden, Yellow Class have been on a salad spectacular! We have cooked radish and potato salad along with a Moroccan chickpea salad. Yellow class students have been enjoying using the nicer dicer to cut potatoes, with some students beginning to do it independently!
In Drama, we have been interacting with puppets, props and costumes. It has been fun to try on different costumes and play with the puppets, with the colourful bird being a particular favourite. We have also been discussing our opinions about the stories and songs we watch in Drama. Some of the Halloween themed songs were funny and scary!
Jenna, Suzanne & the Yellow Class Team
We are half way into Term 4 and what an exciting time we have had. We have been reading the story Shapes of Australia and enjoying the beautiful illustrations of different landscapes across our nation. We have enjoyed looking at and touching different natural objects from the story including: twigs, leaves, shells and feathers.
This week, we are reading the story Neon Leon; a story about a chameleon who is trying to find a place to fit in. We have enjoyed looking at the bright neon colours in the story and looking through different coloured lenses.
In Science we are continuing our exploration into the Unit ‘All Mixed Up’ and we have made a volcano eruption using vinegar, red food colouring and bicarbonate of soda - we were all very excited to watch the eruption.
Orange Class students have also been making our own Christmas wrapping paper using stamps and ink to wrap up all our special clay ornaments.
In Art we have been exploring painting with toothbrushes - and have created some beautiful and interesting abstract paintings.
In Kitchen Garden we are enjoying making pizzas - we have all taken turns making dough, rolling it out into rectangles and adding on our own tasty toppings.
Over the next few weeks we are going to enjoy more Christmas activities, begin our new Christmas story and have some fun watching a pantomime.
Rachel & the Orange Class Team
Well Green Class pulled off an overnight camp to Gumleaves Bush Retreat last week. All Green Class staff and students had an absolute blast. There was something for everyone - climbing equipment, flying fox swings, animals and nature to explore. We all had a chance to feed the deers - their names were Rocky (yes, our Rocky was happy about this), Rosie, Baby Girl, Bambi, Missy and Rambo. We also got to feed a horse called Ginger and her baby foal Acorn. Everyone slept well- a little bit of singing and hiding in cupboards happened during the evening, but overall we were very happy campers.
On the Wednesday we ventured to Swansea to the Barkmill Café and Museum before returning to school. What a success! A huge thankyou to Nurse Julie for all her help leading up and during the camp. Also Rocky, Julie, Michelle, Gayle and Kylie for giving up their free time to make the camp happen and run smoothly.
In other news we have been busy across all areas to finish working on goals across all subject areas so that the wind down into Christmas can occur. Christmas and all its preparations are all about to begin. We are all looking forward to making the most of the last four weeks in Green Class.
Ella & the Green Class Team
What an incredible 5 weeks of term it has been in purple class. I really can’t believe how fast the time has gone! It has been a wonderful experience seeing the boys strive to achieve their learning goals while sharing lots of smiles and laughter.
We have read some beautiful books this term including Shapes of Australia and Neon Leon. It was also a great joy to see the boys focus on our chemical science unit, which was a big success! They explored and named properties of several different materials, with a specific focus on waterproof materials like wax. Additionally, we have been using clay in art. So far we have rolled, molded and imprinted beautiful pieces of work.
However, one of the biggest highlights of the term so far was when we went to the Hobart Show! It was such an amazing day that could not have gone any better. Each of the boys’ personalities shone through as they were all drawn to the different experiences available. Some of the biggest hits were visiting the farm animals, enjoying tasty treats and a few even had the courage to have a go on a bouncy slide.
Week 5 was my final week on placement at Southern Support School. I feel very fortunate that I got to spend this time in Purple class with the amazing students and team. I have no doubts that the end of term will be just as great.
Thank you! Chelsea
Denise & the Purple Class Team
We have been reading Pete the Cat and his White Shoes. Students have been talking and writing about their own shoes, including the colour and what they thought about them. We have begun work on Christmas and will soon be getting into the Christmas stories too. We have started by making cards and various other crafts. But don’t worry, we have not put the Christmas tree up yet.
During Week 5, we had three student's birthday parties. Kylen had a party on Monday, Jed on Wednesday and one for Sam on the Friday (for his birthday on Saturday). We hope these students had a fantastic birthday.
A huge congratulations to Amadeo and the A Team for completing the Point to Pinnacle in order to raise money for ‘Water for a Village’. Well done everybody.
Amy & the Pink Class Team
The last few weeks in Blue Class has been extremely busy. We finished our unit in Science “Living things have needs and wants” and the students were able to determine the difference between living and non-living things that require food, water and shelter.
In Literacy, as a whole class we have been looking at the IP word family. We listened to a song, we read a book and then we make words. We have read many books including, The Witch on a Broomstick, Kind, Guess How Much I Love You? and There’s a Sea in my Bedroom. After reading each book, I asked the questions if they like or do not like the book and then they further described why they liked or did not like in the story. Their comments ranged from “I like the book because it was funny, to I did not like the book because it was boring. It is always beautiful to hear their honest opinions on what they thought about a story.
In Numeracy we are consolidating work in measurement, Numbers and Money. In Art, Blue Class students have been making Christmas decorations with clay while in Music everyone has been working on keeping the beat, drumming to a slow and fast tempo. In the Kitchen/Garden program, the students are demonstrating a huge range of independent skills ranging from harvesting the vegetables, to chopping them up in the kitchen, and setting the tables ready for a shared lunch.
Bec & The Blue Class Team
The first half of the term has flown by in White class, yet again!
We have been so busy over the last few weeks. Our community learning visits are going really well. We are so proud of the students accessing public spaces in a safe manner. The Boat Park at Dodges Ferry seems to be a hot favourite. All the students thoroughly enjoy the bus trip and the play equipment. It’s not just Marcus enjoying the play equipment, but Shannon as well!
Back in the class Matt and PJ are hard at work in the Zone, working on his sensory program. Malakai is keeping fit by using the tread mill in the senior gym.
During work crew tasks, the students help out with jobs around the school. Brodie gets into his hard work shredding. When the shredding box is full a student takes it down to the garden to be used in the compost.
Science in White Class is very colourful this term! Students are exploring how different solutions can change colour through mixing them. Ethan was very interested to see what will happen to the colours on M&M’s when water is added to them. The end result was a pretty rainbow effect!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Andre, Matt & The White Class Team
Well here we are on the home stretch for 2019 and what a great term we have been having in S-Green. Students have been very settled and completing lots of great work. It is a great time for our new sign of the week “party” – as we have had three birthdays in the last fortnight! Firstly, Bella turned 17 and had plenty of friends visit for her party. Then we got to celebrate Darcy’s 16th birthday on Monday with a trip to the Domain Community Hub and a bit of a celebration up there. Finally, last Friday we had Max’s 14th birthday, where he had a great time breaking open a piñata! There is still one more party to go, with Ethan’s birthday coming up in early December. Ethan is actually lucky enough to be going on a cruise in the Pacific with his family! What a fantastic opportunity, we will miss him but we are sure he will have an amazing time.
Bella has been visiting Rosny College recently in preparation for a dual-enrolment for College next year. She has been doing a wonderful job and it is great to see her accessing college with her peers and reflect on how far she has come in the last few years, particularly with her communication and work skills. Well done Bella! Ethan has also really impressed with his work lately, particularly with his understanding of emotions and public/private in SoSafe. Max has been doing some top work with PODD communication, while Jaxson has consistently been using switches, PODD and yes/no visuals to communicate. Darcy has been particularly settled this term and working very hard, while Jason continues to improve his literacy and numeracy skills, always impressing with his understanding of new concepts and communication pathways.
With the weather warming up we have been really enjoying our community learning outings lately. So far we have had a bushwalk at one of our favourite spots, Roscommon Reserve in Lauderdale, and have also been to the Domain Community Hub for Darcy’s birthday. Our next trip will be up to Knocklofty Reserve where we will go for a walk and enjoy the view. We hope all classes are having a productive and fun last term for 2019.
Richard & the S-Green Class Team
The S-Orange boys jammed in music by playing instruments and the stars are: on bells, Dan, spoons Matt, ukulele Lila, accordion Jack and maracas Ben.
S-Orange shared their 29th thing that they can do with balloons as: Fun playing Balloon Badminton
Swish and whoosh go the racquets, we did THWACK it!
With our INFLATED red balloons, we did WACK it!
In our community we continued to learn, enjoy and look after the living and non-living things.
Some may change from living to non-living because they are under a threat of dying too soon. Then we will only experience the non-living things like fossils, skeletons and statues. We saw and touched some special iconic Tasmanian animals commonly (scientifically) known as:
* The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) that Matthew is investigating,
* The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax subsp. fleayi),
* The yellow‐tailed black‐cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)
* The critically endangered ancient maugean skate or black stingray. (May be it is a white spotted skate, peacock skate, Whitley’s skate, long nose skate, an eagle ray, torpedo ray, or another one.),
* The beautiful pot-bellied seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis),
* One of the crustacean being a crab. ‘It has big claws and its shell is hard.’ Yes, Jack hard like a skeleton on the outside of its body (exoskeleton). ‘Different to human skeletons on the inside (endoskeleton)’, remarked Ben.
* Dan, pointed to the kangaroo in the PODD, a good guess looks like a small baby kangaroo. Maybe it is a bandicoot - an eastern‐barred bandicoot (I guess) that once live in Tasmania - more scientific guessing, looking, research, and answers are needed for this one. Hard to tell when it is made of non-living rocks and concrete.
We want to see it here now, a living animal, like the next animals living in the creek at Molesworth or in the riverbank and water of Salmon ponds. An animal that has been living for (about) over 120 million years.
‘It looks funny, quack, quack’ Like a duck.’ Yes, Lila a bit like the duckling in class it has a duck-bill, webbed feet, lays eggs, likes/live in water, but it has no feathers – it has fur like an otter. It is the platypus a very-very special unique/distinct fauna species.
Remember, that there is a wide range of living fauna because of the amazing variety/diverse marine, estuarine (mixes of salt/fresh water) and foreshore habitats, including 150 species of fish and 130 species of birds. 7 vegetation communities, 23 fauna species and 45 plant species may become non-living unless we all learn more about our world and look after it from now on so future generations too enjoy life.
Warren & the S-Orange Class Team
Students from S-Red have been learning to use the new Thermomix to make custard for students in the junior School. Rhianna and Tiffany have become very adept at measuring out the ingredients and then carefully putting them in the jug as instructed before pressing the “next” button.
For community learning we have visited the Cat Cafe in North Hobart. There we played with the cats, getting them to chase balls as well as enjoying our pats before having morning tea. We have also visited the Casino, the venue for the Leaver's Dinner next week.
Pete, Libby, Daniel and Mason have enjoyed making Christmas wrapping paper as we learnt about force and motion in science. It was a very messy process involving the use of a pendulum to spread the paint.
Currently we have 12 chicken eggs in an incubator and we are hoping they will hatch in about 3 weeks.
Helen & the S-Red Class Team
Wow, would you believe there are only four weeks left of this year? It has certainly flown, especially for our leavers, who are gearing up to begin the next exciting chapter of their lives. There has been a substantial focus this year on what a career is, and exploring all the possible options each student has when they leave school. There is an excited buzz in the air as we share our plans and goals. Some students have already begun transitioning to their new programs, and I encourage all parents and carers to stop by for a chat so together we can help make this process as smooth and successful as possible for all involved.
There is chatter abound regarding our exciting end of year events. Two in particular are generating the most excitement:
The Leavers Dinner – Friday November 29th. If you haven’t secured your tickets yet, please do so, by contacting the school office.
Out of the Box Market – Saturday December 7th. Held in conjunction with International Day of People with Disabilities, this market to be held at our school is tipped to be a massive success. All students have been working on projects throughout the year, to sell and fundraise at the market. We are looking for students willing to come and volunteer on the day, either manning a stall or helping in our pop-up café. Please let us know if you can make it for an hour or two on the day.
In the classroom everyone has been kept busy as we start to wrap up the year. We’ve been documenting all the amazing achievements made and all the students have been busily working away. A highlight of the week is our shared lunch, with everyone enjoying the barbeque menu. In science we continue to explore forces and motion, culminating in a rousing in-class experiments involving a hair dryer and toilet paper!
Kathryn, Roos & the S-Blue Class Team
As a class we are busily getting ready for the Out of the Box Market on Saturday the 7th of December. Every member of the class has been contributing to making Christmas craft to sell at the market. We have been making Christmas ornaments, badges and are preparing yummy jams to be sold. So we hope you can all come a long and have a look at what we have created.
Trudy & the S-Yellow Class Team
News from our Kitchen Garden
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.
The weather has been rather topsy-turvy over the last couple of weeks so the addition of a rhubarb crumble and custard to the menu was welcomed by students on the Junior Campus. Pizza continues to be a favourite at the shared table. Cruze helped Lucy to serve up the pizza he had made. Thank you to Lucy for all her hard work with students on the program; best of luck in the new job. She’s always welcome to visit us for lunch.
The school was registered to participate in the National Outdoor Classroom Day on 7th November but unfortunately we couldn’t spend much time outside and had to cancel our BBQ in the garden. However, S-Blue Class was able to complete one of the activities we had planned for the day – seed spheres. This was an activity introduced to us as part of the recent Stephanie Alexander Training Day. Students combined potting mix, flour and water with wild flower seeds, forming the dough into small balls. Jayden worked with Maria to roll his seed mixture into balls. These have been left to dry and will be packaged and sold at the upcoming Out of the Box Market on Saturday the 7th December.
This Term our senior students are busy undertaking some maintenance work in the garden. Dom trims the strawberry plants whilst Harvey helps to get next year’s pumpkin crop in the ground. Laura pots up salvia plants which attract insects to the garden and Tiffany harvests the garlic crop; this will be stored for later use in the kitchen.
We have recently formed a new connection with Clarendon Vale Primary School’s Kitchen Garden Program. As their garden establishes itself, we are harvesting some of our surplus produce and donating it to their shared lunch. This week Jed harvested some snow peas for their menu. Thanks to Tracy, who on Wednesday mornings, ensures that the harvest basket is delivered to their chef, Merlin.
A big thank you to everyone who helped with the school Working Bee on the 9th November. We moved a lot of pine bark during the day; even my dog Cadbury helped out!
Annette & the Kitchen Garden Team
There will be a 2019 Celebration Assembly for our School Leavers
Wednesday 18th December
1.30pm for a 1.45pm start
Senior Campus Gym
SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2019
SOUTHERN SUPPORT SCHOOL
3.00PM - 7.00PM
SSS Senior students will be showcasing and selling products they have been making in the work skills sessions this year. Come along and support them!
Food and drinks available for purchase
Bring the family along to this inaugural event
An International Day for People with Disability Event
Southern Support School has become a collection point for Lids for Kids. The lids are sent to Envision Hands who then turn them into prosthetic limbs for children. We are also collecting bread tags that are recycled to make money to buy wheelchairs in South Africa.
We would love you all to collect lids and tags for us and our senior students will be sorting, counting and packaging them ready to send off. See the poster below for what type of lids we can use. If you’re unsure send them in anyway and we will sort them here at school.
The Southern Support School, School Association meet monthly, and we always welcome new faces to join us at the meetings. Please consider coming along as we really need you. For further information you can contact the school office (senior campus) on 6165 6200.
You can also follow us on Facebook https:www.facebook.com/SouthernSupportSchoolTasmania
Next School Association Meeting is
Monday 25th November
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Senior Campus Staff Room
Our final SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING for this year is on
Monday 16th December 2019
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Senior Campus Staff Room
Chair: David Long
Deputy Chair: Caitlin Jones
Treasurer: Paul Sheen
Secretary: Lou Rickwood