- Principal's Message
- Red Class
- Yellow Class
- Orange Class
- Green Class
- Purple Class
- Pink Class
- Blue Class
- White Class
- S-Green Class
- S-Red Class
- S-Orange Class
- S-Yellow Class
- Assembly Awards
- SSS Kitchen Garden Program
- Kale and Silverbeet Mallung Recipe
- Art - Junior Campus
- TASC - Preliminary Technology Art Program
- TASC - Preliminary Technology Woodwork Program
- Community Feedback - Governance Framework
- Literacy Study
Hello SSS Community
Welcome to another school newsletter.
There are many great stories of learning in this newsletter, reflecting the great work of our students and the staff who support them.
And speaking of welcomes, our School Association will be hosting a school BBQ on Friday 30th October from 2:30pm to 4:00pm in the Junior Playground. This will be for current families and also to welcome those families whose students will be joining us in 2021. All staff are also welcome to join us in the warmer weather for an afternoon of BBQ, play and conversation.
Due to Covid-19 and the unpredictability of this year unfortunately the Li-Ve Holiday Program continues to be on hold, and is currently being re-assessed. We will keep the school community posted.
An opportunity for our school community to advocate for our students is currently open for the next month. Please see the information below regarding current the DSE Review.
Public consultations for the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 are open until 25th September 2020. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to have your say, and to spread the word to anyone you know with an interest in helping to make sure students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as students without disability.
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Another busy few weeks in Red Class!
For our weekly Art sessions with Suzanne we have been enjoying the use of natural materials; using leaves collected from the school gardens to make impressions in clay. We have also begun making some pieces for our Dad’s and other special people in our lives.
With Lauren we have been learning about action words and exploring what amazing actions we can do! We have been enjoying lots of movement specific songs to support this, and it has fitted well with our Science unit ‘On the Move’. Last week in Science Anita created a fabulous obstacle course for us in Red Space. It was lots of fun and we enjoyed exploring the different ways our bodies can move!
As we come closer to Spring, warmer days have meant more time spent outside. Red Class have been particularly enjoying our time spent in the garden with Annette and Karen. We have been working hard; feeding the chickens, shovelling mulch and shredding amongst other garden-based jobs. We have been excited to resume cooking in Kitchen Garden, with the chocolate mousse we made recently a hit with everyone involved. Yummy!
Lauren, Anita, Gayle & the Red Class Team
The first half of the Term has flown by in Yellow Class again!
We are continuing to examine things that move in our Science unit “On the Move”. Yellow Class have been studying which toys move and why, and how different surfaces and angles effect their movement.
We have been busy creating presents for a special person in our lives in Art and Craft, in honour of Father’s Day. We have been using movement to create our gifts. We have made some amazing pictures with paint pouring and wrapping paper with pendulum painting. Our latest class story is My Dad! by Charles Fuge. The story features a cuddly little bear, who tells his friends all about his Dad being “the roughest, toughest, biggest, strongest dad in the whole jungle.” His friends run off one by one in fear as they hear that his Dad "has teeth sharper than an alligator, more claws than an eagle, and can roar as loud as a lion". When the little bear finds himself alone and gets scared, it’s Papa who comes to save the day.
Yellow Class have been doing an amazing job in their specialist classes with everyone touching a variety of foods in cooking.
Everyone is enjoying P.E., trying new equipment, climbing and riding. Meanwhile, we have all been absolutely loving swimming and are all becoming so independent in the pool!
Jenna & the Yellow Class Team
Our recent Monday Kitchen Garden sessions with Annette has seen students harvest and cook ingredients to make Tomato and Lentil Dahl. After harvesting a few tomatoes Drake has enjoyed shredding paper for the chicken coup. A favourite job of Cody's has been washing the harvested vegetables back in the classroom. Helping to make the flatbread, Benji has been enjoying eating it at our class shared table. After tasting a little of the Tomato and Lentil Dahl, the Stir Fry Vegetables and the Colcannon this week, Ella shared that the Colcannon was ‘yummy’ using her communication device. Great work Orange Class!
Colleen, Suzanne & the Orange Class Team
The learning program in Green Class is full steam ahead as we approach the end of Term 3. All students are doing a wonderful job at following the class timetable and participating in group and individual learning tasks. Well done everyone!
Reading is an integral part of the literacy program in Green Class. Each day students have the opportunity to read a class story or pick their own story to read. During reading sessions we focus on building students knowledge of concepts of print, such as turning pages, where to begin reading on a page, and the difference between text and illustrations. This term we have read two class stories – The Ratty Racers, and The Naughty Naughty Baddies. The students have loved reading these stories and are enjoying our new story Busting.
Green Class students are fortunate to experience Art and Craft twice a week with two different teachers. With Suzanne, the students have been exploring clay using a variety of tools. James has loved rolling the clay, Evelyn used cookies cutters to make shapes, and Haily had a go at everything! With Ella, the students have making house mosaic pictures, gear paintings, and a ‘secret’ project to be revealed later in the term. The students have thoroughly enjoyed these sessions.
Another staple of the Green Class daily program is circle time. Each day we sit as a group and discuss the weather, day of the week, how we are feeling, the letter of the day, and how many of us are present. We use AAC heavily in these sessions to communicate with one another. We also use this opportunity to listen to educational songs and have a lot of fun. Some days the dress up box even makes an appearance....
Matt & the Green Class Team
It’s hard to believe we are already in week 6! Purple class has worked so hard towards their goals so far this term and it has been a joy to witness. Everyone has had wonderful participation in the garden, cooking in the kitchen and swimming in the pool. Julian has mastered how to crack eggs for the Frittatas and Matilda is our devoted potato chopper.
We have officially started our new science topic, "On the Move", beginning with the movement of bounce. We have enjoyed making homemade bouncing bubbles and bouncy balls. We are looking forward to more messy science activities as the term progresses.
We have also been lucky to welcome two YLOT volunteers, Charlotte and Lily, from Bellerive Primary School to our classroom.
Looking forward to a great rest of Term 3.
Chelsea & the Purple Class Team
This term (like the year) is going so fast! We are currently reading a book called Excuse me, written by Dave Hughes and Holly Ife. It is a very funny book about a girl, Martha May who has marvellous manners, but goes on a bit of an adventure after the baked bean bonanza at School. We have been looking at the letters M and E.
During cooking, we have been making Colcannon, which is a delicious mashed potato with chives and cabbage. We have also been making Vegetable Stir Fry.
We will begin our new Science unit about extreme weather in the next couple of weeks and look forward to having lots of fun, hands on experiments throughout this unit.
Shopping and swimming still continue to be Pink Class student’s favourite part of School, with everyone working really hard during these times.
Amy & the Pink Class Team
In Science, we will begin a new unit on extreme weather. We will investigate, extreme heat and extreme rainfall, hurricanes and tornadoes with lots of hands on activities and experiments.
In Art, students continue to explore clay. They have made a face as well used natural materials to create different patterns.
In cooking the last three weeks that students have made flatbread, vegetable stir fry and a curry dahl. Despite the cold weather everyone is doing an amazing job with harvesting fresh vegetables as well as feeding the chickens, composting, shredding and potting plants.
Bec & the Blue Class Team
White Class students have had a good week. Marcus worked beautifully on his structured work tasks and Teach and Learn on Thursday and Finley has done a great job using his communication device to respond with either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to questions. Matthew has contributed well during circle time, using his PODD with adult support to express how he is feeling and the type of weather for the day. Malakai did an excellent job on his spelling test and Raphael has contributed well with his communication device during story time. Great work white class!Terry for Laura & the White Class Team
What a busy term we have had so far! All students have done a wonderful job cracking on with their individual goals this term. Thomaz, Katelin and Jason have made big improvements with their spelling and writing recently. Alice and Kayla have been managing an increased gross motor workload very well, Jessica has been engaging and communicating well using PODD, while Lilly has been very settled, engaging in her timetable and communicating well using LAMP. Well done everybody!
We have been enjoying going out into the community again lately. This week we went for a trip to Cornelian Bay. Thomaz, Jason and Katelin all did an excellent job walking all the way to the end of the point and back again. Lilly also managed very well while Kayla, Alice and Jess had a more leisurely walk along the beach looking at ducks and gulls. We have also enjoyed trips to the Mt. Wellington summit, where the sun was shining and the snow cover was good, and also had a birthday party for Katelin at Simmons Park.
Footy tipping update: Jess had a very strong round last weekend, scoring 8/9 points (48) and taking the lead by 1 point over Kayla (47). From there the ladder goes: Thomaz (45), Alice (41), Jason (41), Lilly (40), and Katelin (33). Well done everybody, not too many rounds to go!We hope everyone is having a good term.
It has certainly been chilly outside as we continue our journey around the sun, so the S-Red students have been keeping warm and busy in the classroom. We have celebrated a couple of important milestones together over the past three weeks – Roos and Tiffany’s birthday! Everyone enjoyed singing, dancing, bubbles and of course party food. It has been wonderful to see our YLOT buddies return to school; they have been joining in our art and wood work sessions, and even had time to share a social lunch with us before heading back to their respective schools.
The garden jobs are never ending, this term the students have harvested, potted up, weeded and saved seeds. Removing the pumpkin seeds was a sensory delight. During science investigations we are wrapping up the “reduce, reuse, recycle” unit by exploring ways we can help reduce waste. Every student made a beeswax wrap, which is a great alternative to cling wrap.
Maths has kept us busy, we continue our year-long focus on counting and numbers, as well as introducing time concepts. We discovered we have a lot of time tools at our disposal on our iPads – clocks, timers and calendars. We also continued our shopping focus during community learning to allow some real life application of our money skills.
English is always popular, as we continue to enjoy stories together and create our own writing. Students are making some great connections to the texts we explore, and are doing a wonderful job of creating their own writing masterpieces.
As we inch ever closer to the end of the year, please make sure you have a chat to us if you need any help with your transition plans, especially our school leavers – only fourteen weeks left of school!
Kathryn, Roos & the S-Red Class Team
This term we have built a wheelbarrow with help from Aaron during woodwork time. Ben read the instructions while Jack and Ethan having located the relevant parts help to assemble them. We will use the wheel barrow to collect fallen sticks and bark from the Senior Playground. We visited Greenhhill Nursery on our community learning and bought two bare rooted fruit trees. After discussing the options it was decided that a peach and a pear tree were the most popular. When we came back to school we planted them into large pots.
Helen & the S-Orange Class Team
The students in S-Yellow are having a busy term. Selby is particularly happy that he can access the community learning program where he assists Aaron with the recycling on a Monday. On a Wednesday Selby visits 5 Mile Beach with Andre and Lou. Last week Selby wrote our names in the sand.
We also celebrated Nic’s birthday during week 2 of this term. Nic had a very yummy chocolate cake for his 17th birthday and he did a fabulous job blowing out the candles!
We would also like to welcome Josh and Blair from the YLOT program to S-Yellow. Josh and Blair visit Dom every fortnight. For the first meet and greet meeting Dom showed Josh and Blair around the school. They accompanied Dom on one of his daily work crew activities namely collecting the mail. Afterwards they played basketball with Jerry in the court yard.
Sam is independently following a work strip to complete his four work skills tasks for the day. Great work Sam!
Have a good weekend everyone.
Andre, Aaron & S-Yellow Class Team
Our culinary journey has taken our senior students to Sri lanka. The menu has comprised of a delicious beetroot curry, garlic naan bread, Sri Lankan potato fry and a silver beet and kale mallung. The word mallung means ‘to mix up’ and it can be made using different combinations of vegetables. Try it home; it’s simple and healthy and the recipe is at the end of our news. Our final menu of term 3 will take us to Thailand. What a ‘journey’ our senior students have had travelling around Asia/Indian continent.
MENU STRIP Seniors.
Our Junior and Middle School students have also been enjoying a new menu which is making the most of the winter vegetables in the farm garden. Potatoes and green cabbage are combined to make Colcannon; a traditional and yummy dish from Ireland. The stir fry varies each session; pumpkin, radishes, red cabbage, carrots and kale make for a vibrant and colourful meal.
MENU STRIP Juniors
Winter is a good time to get some maintenance jobs done in garden class. Students have been raking leaves for composting, mulching the garden beds and potting up seedlings which will be planted out into the garden next term. We were delighted to welcome back our garden volunteer Ross Gates. Ross has been volunteering for several years helping our students to keep the garden well maintained. On Monday mornings he is met by some keen faces and budding gardeners.
I enjoy finding out what happens in classrooms outside of the kitchen garden program. One afternoon I was lucky enough to read some writing by Purple Class students on their feelings about cooking. See below for their views.
We continue to be in need of a volunteer to assist on Thursdays in kitchen class with our Senior Blue and Senior Green classes. Please contact me at email@example.com if you can help or via the office on 6165 6200.
Annette & the Kitchen Garden Team
· 1 tbsp olive oil
· 4 spring onions, finely sliced.
· 1 tsp ground turmeric
· 2 green chillies, finely chopped
· 1 tsp black mustard seeds
· 1 tsp coriander seeds
· ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
· 12 curry leaves
· 1 cup of coconut
· 1 small bunch of kale, finely shredded
· 1 small bunch of silverbeet
· Juice of ½ lemon
· ½ tsp salt
- Slice spring onions and chillies.
- Heat oil in pan and add spring onions and mustard seeds. Stir until mustard seeds start to pop.
- Add curry leaves, turmeric and chillies and cook until curry leaves start to brown.
- Add coconut and salt and stir for another 1-2 minutes.
- Add kale and silverbeet and cook, tossing until greens are slightly wilted.
- Transfer to serving dish and sprinkle with lemon juice.
In Art classes this term junior and middle school students have explored clay. The first few weeks were spent playing with the clay. This involved providing opportunities for students to observe, feel, squeeze, twist, pinch and roll the clay.
Students have also used basic tools such as rolling pins, stamps, straws and cutters to work the clay. It has been interesting to observe the curiosity and spontaneity of many students, and watch what they create with the clay.
In these classes we have also created clay leaves by pressing leaves into the clay; clay faces by exploring the different parts of the face and making hair with a garlic press and clay medallions by pressing stamps into the clay.
It’s been a busy time with lots of fun!
As part of our Preliminary Technologies course students are participating in a woodwork program in our technologies workshop. Students have been learning the essentials for workshop safety including maintaining personal protection equipment and exploring the safe use of tools whilst creating and assembling their projects.
So far this year students have been introduced to the skills of joinery through creating housing joints. This has involved marking out sections of timber to be removed and then using a mallet and chisel to create the trench. Striking the chisel with the mallet was enjoyed by many as they watched the timber curl up and come out of the trench they created.
Our first major project has been a toy train. In this project students have had the opportunity to create every component including the wheels, axles, body and cabin. This project has allowed students to use a variety of tools in the construction of the components as well as implement different ways of joining the components with glue and clamps. The most intriguing part of this project has been the engineering principles that are utilised. As the students construct and assemble the axles and wheels they have a hands on experience in how things can have motion, how they can be propelled and what makes them stop. Students have also enjoyed decorating and developing some eye catching colour schemes to make their train unique.
For the remainder of the year we are making candle stick holders which I’m sure will make a nice addition to anyone’s sideboard. As well, we will be making Pickle Ball bats to use at school in conjunction with the Physical Education program to experience and learn the game of pickle ball.
A big thank you to Neil Hurling for regularly volunteering his time in the workshop and giving students the opportunity to learn from his experiences and expertise.
The Tasmanian Government has commenced a review on the governance framework for the three statutory entities that regulate education in Tasmania - the Office of the Education Registrar, the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification, and the Teachers Registration Board.
These entities provide critical education regulatory oversight and support services.
What they do impacts:
- the quality of the teaching that learners experience
- how learning is assessed and recognised
- the quality and safety of our learning environments
- the extent to which students are participating and engaged in learning pathways that are right for them.
A Steering Committee, including representatives from all three education sectors (government, catholic and independent) has been set up to guide the Review.
They are seeking community input into the review through the release of a Discussion Paper. Your feedback is invaluable to ensuring broad community views are captured and reflected in a future governance framework for education in Tasmania.
For further information and to view the Discussion Paper please visit https://www.education.tas.gov.au/about-us/legislation/review-of-education-regulation
Responses to the Discussion Paper close on 4 October 2020.