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Hello SSS Community
I’m excited to share three pieces of good news with you.
School Redevelopment: Construction work has commenced on the redevelopment of our site. You may have seen trucks and diggers working on clearing the site for the relocation of the childcare to the front of our site.
Leavers’ Dinner: Please keep the date Friday 27th November free for our 2020 Leavers’ Dinner at Wrest Point, more details to follow in coming weeks.
Online School Social: In these Covid times we are needing to be innovative, and in conjunction with students and staff from Friends School we will be hosting an online school social on Friday 13th November, again more details to follow in the coming weeks.
School Absences: For all student absences the school can be contacted from 7.30am on 6165 6200
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Monday 21st September 2020
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Crash! Bang! Smash! What was that!?
It was a yellow excavator demolishing a building under the watchful eye of Red Class!
As a building was demolished as part of the middle-school restructure, Red Class practised being Safe, Caring Learners by transitioning safely as a group to the worksite to watch the demolition take place. A highlight was seeing a big dump truck arrive to take away the rubble as we were watching!
We will be reading Demolition by Sally Sutton for our shared story time to build on this experience, so listen out for lots of heavy machinery talk at home.
Lauren, Anita, Gayle & the Red Class Team
What a fantastic Term 3 we have had in Yellow Class.
We have started our new class story, Susie the Slinky. Susie the Slinky tells the story of an escaped slinky as it bends and stretches all over town, chased by Benji the builder, Chelsea the Chef and Noah the Neighbour. In Science we have been racing balls and cars down ramps, making predictions regarding which will be faster. The items on the smooth ramp moved faster than the items on the rough textured ramp. We have also built spinning tops out of old CDs. They make a beautiful sight as the designs we drew on them spin around!
In Art with Suzanne, we have been making clay decorations, printing on the clay with stamps.
In Kitchen Garden Program, we have been cooking Aloo Gobi and making Flat Bread from scratch. Yellow Class students have been enjoying chopping different vegetables with the nicer dicer and using the bread maker to make dough.
We have been regularly enjoying playing Pop Up Pirate in the classroom, practicing turn taking and honing our fine motor skills at the same time.
We look forward to a fun filled Term 4!
Jenna & the Yellow Class Team
Over recent weeks in Orange Class our motto has been Yes, I Can! Here are some Yes, I Can statements from Orange class this term:
Sebastian can request a play activity using LAMP.
Benji can use his AAC device Proloquo2go to tell us how he is feeling.
Ella can walk up an incline in the playground using her walker.
Cody can take off his trousers in readiness for swimming.
Leo can request a preferred activity using PODD.
Hunter can match words to pictures in the alphabet book.
Drake can independently shred paper in the garden classroom for the chickens.
Douglas can independently ride a bike around the bike track.
Celebrating with students their achievements is something very special and one we feel fortunate to be a part of – our students are very inspiring young people!
We look forward to seeing students after the holidays for the final term of the year, where we will be further exploring 'On the Move' as part of our Science theme and making Christmas crafts and goodies.
Colleen, Suzanne & the Orange Class Team
Term 3 has been an excellent term for learning and fun in Green Class. The students have all made significant advancements in a number of areas and we can’t wait to share their individual success in their reports next term.
Improving student expressive communication is one of the priorities for Green Class. Our students use a variety of AAC to communicate including LAMP, Proloquo2go, PODD, TouchChat, and Key Word Sign. Students are given opportunities at all times to communicate, and the adults in the classroom do an excellent job at modelling how to use AAC. It has been amazing to see the significant progress each student has made using AAC throughout the year. We are so excited to see what further progress the students will make in Term 4. Well done Green Class!
This term in Science we have been examining how objects and living things can move. Our focus has been on things that stretch and slide. We looked at how different objects can or cannot stretch and had a tug of war, made stretchy accordion animals, and created our own super stretchy slime. To test sliding we dropped various objects on a slide to see if they would slide, and created slithering sliding snake pictures with help from Sammy the snake.
In the last half of this term we have been going on weekly shopping trips to Woolworths in Lindisfarne. The students have done very well at being safe in the shops, staying with the group, handling money, and using their AAC to speak to the cashiers. Next term we are looking at visiting some very fun places, stayed tuned for more information at the start of next term.
Matt & the Green Class Team
Term 3 has just flown by! We have loved and thrived having our specialist classes back. Everyone has had great engagement in the Garden, Cooking and Swimming. It has also been lovely to be reunited as a whole school at assembly as well.
We have enjoyed starting our new Science unit 'On the Move', looking at the movements bounce and swing so far. While it has been fun to experiment in the classroom, we have transferred the learning to around the school and at both Junior and Senior playgrounds. We have started writing a new book based on our ideas about swinging and look forward to including all of the photos we have captured at both playgrounds.
Purple Class has also been working on many beautiful artworks based around construction. This has included using gears to paint with, operating a printing press and paper weaving.
We are looking forward to the last week of term and wish everyone a fun and safe school holidays!
Chelsea & the Purple Class Team
Term 3 is drawing to an end and we have been doing some exciting things in Pink Class. We have begun exploring 'Extreme Weather' in Science, specifically flooding and bushfires. Students have enjoyed predicting what will happen, doing experiments and discussing.
We have just finished our class stories, Colin and Lee and Dear Zoo. Lachie and Krystle particularly have enjoyed Dear Zoo and have been exploring the animals as we read.
Students continue to explore clay and have made some beautiful pieces with Suzanne in Art this term.
During Cooking, we have been making two dishes- Flat Bread and Aloo Gobi (potatoes, cauliflower and plenty of spices).
This week we have the MAST boat in the swimming pool and everyone will get the chance to explore this during their session.
It has been a fantastic term and all students have made great progress and enjoyed being at School. We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe school break and look forward to getting stuck into Term 4.
Amy & the Pink Class Team
In the last three weeks during Literacy group work we have been focusing on word families, letters of the week and predictable chart writing. During predictable chart writing we have focused on where to begin reading, talked about punctuation as well as the use of upper and lower-case letters.
We also celebrated Fathers/Special Person Day. The students wrote and published a book about their dad and made a special homemade meat seasoning rub.
In Science, we began our new unit 'Extreme Weather'. We investigated extreme rainfall and how this can lead to flooding. So, we created a flood experiment to explore the impact of changing river volumes using a small- scale model. Blue Class loved the experiment, everyone was engaged and enjoyed the hands on activity.
In Cooking the last three weeks students have made Cheesy Vegetables, Corn Frittatas and Apple Crumble with Custard. They are all doing an amazing job in the Garden and the Kitchen.
We hope you all have a safe, fun and restful break.
Bec & the Blue Class Team
White Class continue to enjoy their cooking and are becoming such great bakers!
The boys are all doing well with sharing spaces and equipment and it has been lovely to see interactions between them. They have all been practicing using their toolkits in the classroom.
Malakai has enjoyed making silly sentences, Raph and Marcus have enjoyed time spent at the bike track on the swings, Finley has also been enjoying the swings and Matt has been enjoying using his lycra sock over the air bed.
Great work White class!I can’t believe how quickly this term has gone! We look forward to what Term 4 and its festivities have in store. Wishing you all a safe and healthy school holiday.
Well here we are nearly at the end of Term 3! The year is starting to fly by now, but we in S-Green are certainly looking forward to some warmer weather and longer days.
All our students have been doing fantastic work throughout this term. Katelin, Thomaz, and Jason have been doing some amazing work in their literacy programs, developing their spelling and phonemic awareness. Well done guys! A big thank you goes to Terry and Regina for driving this program and their assistance in setting it up for us to use in class. Lilly has been fantastic at following her timetable and attending all her classes throughout the week, and joining us for walks during Community Learning. Well done Lilly! Alice recently made a big step forward with her communication device, independently requesting a “drink”, while Kayla has also been independently asking for “more” using PODD. Jessica has also been using PODD very well and has made gains reading tactile books and using switches. Well done everybody!Footy tipping update: it was a big week last week with three students (Thomaz, Kayla, and Jason) all scoring 8 points out of 9. This has shaken up the ladder a little bit and Kayla (66 points) has taken a 3 point lead over Jessica (63 points). Thomaz is right behind Jess with 62, Alice has 60, Jason has 59, Lilly has 56, and Katelin has 54 points. There is only one round of football left before the finals! So it is everybody’s last chance for a big score. The winner will be announced early in Term 4. We hope everyone has a great finish to Term 3.
S-Blue students have had a busy few weeks. We had two birthdays; Lila turned 17 and Aaron turned 15. We celebrated with parties and music. The students are using their toolboxes to regulate themselves during the day so that they are best able to follow their timetables and complete work. All of the boys have been open to trying new work tasks and activities to extend their learning at school.
We have seen some incredible communication from each student; Dan writing about the gym, Brodie asking for the toilet, Max using his PODD to ask for space, Lila exploring his iPad and Ethan and Harry using their iPads to comment and request.
The S-Blue Team are all very proud of the boys!
Drew & the S-Blue Class Team
Finally the weather is starting to warm up! S-Red students have been enjoying some PE sessions outside and have participated in orienteering sessions. We are not sure what is more fun – finding the letters or discovering the punchline to Lyn’s latest joke!
Community Learning continues to centre on our shopping trips. The students are becoming very good at navigating the local Coles supermarket and locating the items on their list. These adventures give us a lot of experience using money as well the opportunity to practice our social skills as we transition through the store.
Our Science focus for the past few weeks has been 'seasons and weather'. Everyone has really enjoyed exploring the differences between the seasons. We have created a sensory bottle depicting the colours and feelings of each season, with each of the students choosing an item to place in the bottle. So far the winter one has been the best (blue marbles, silver glitter, blue pom-poms filled with liquid soap).
All students have been continuing their writing focus this year. When completing shared writing we have been exploring the concept of editing, by finding incorrect words and punctuation. It has been lovely to see the growth in our sentence writing over the past few months.
Wishing everyone a restful and safe holiday break, we are looking forward to a jam-packed final term!
Kathryn, Roos & the S-Red Class Team
S-Orange enjoyed a fabulous swimming session this week. All students put on a life vest and had a turn in the boat. Jack did a great job helping to tow the boat around the pool as well as helping to get the boat out of the pool at the end of the session.
The peach tree which we planted earlier this term is now starting to bloom and you never know we may have peaches before the end of Term 4. This has coincided with our Science work about 'Weather'. We are keeping a daily record of the weather over a four weeks period and then will be graphing our data.
In our writing we have been focussing on the use of capital letters and full stops.
Each fortnight we go to Woolworths at Sorell and practice our shopping skills. The students are becoming very adept at locating their items for purchase and using the self-service checkout.
Whilst we have worked hard we have also found time for some fun during our outside times at lunch time. Whilst Matthew enjoys the trampoline, Ben a swing, Daniel and Mason a sunny spot, Jack practising his art skills with chalk on the concrete paths Ethan especially enjoys playing with our remote control car out in the playground. He has learnt to steer the car under the tennis court net, around the table and almost from one side of the playground to the other!
Wishing everyone a relaxing break before a busy Term 4.
What a busy time Term 3 has been for the students in S-Yellow! We were lucky that the weather played along nicely for our outdoor Science lessons on 'seasons and weather'. No pun intended. Dom looked at the thermometer to compare his reading of the day’s temperature with Jerry’s phone app.
Nic helped Florence to prepare resources that he is going to use as part of his structured tasks during Term 4. Nic has also been assisting with mail collections on Fridays, as well as being the student responsible for collecting the attendance registers from classes on the senior campus in the afternoons.
As part of our Numeracy Program we worked on money skills. Selby’s weekly responsibility is to count the money from the canteen and complete a calculation sheet for Trudy.
We wish you all a relaxing holidays.
Andre, Aaron & S-Yellow Class Team
MENU STRIP Seniors
With the arrival of Spring, Lila has been enjoying exploring the mud kitchen whilst Kayla records a sunny morning in the garden.
Our Junior and Middle School students have also been enjoying a new menu which has included a delicious pudding. Using rhubarb from the farm garden and some stewed apples from the freezer a yummy Fruit Crumble has been enjoyed. No crumble is complete without some yummy custard, Julian and Noah from Purple Class whisked up eggs, milk, cornflour and sugar, then heated them in a pan to make some. Marshal had a little taste test of the custard before taking it out to the shared tables.
MENU STRIP Juniors
Kylen collected the eggs to make some frittatas for Tuesday’s shared lunch. Seb grated cheese and Drake put the frittatas in the oven to bake. Hunter did a wonderful job rolling the dough into Flatbreads; a great accompaniment to the Aloo Gobi or Cauliflower Curry.
Maintenance work continues in the garden; Noah gets to work digging the pine bark which is then used to mulch the garden beds. Hudson shows us what he likes to do when he visits the garden; going to see "the girls"(chickens).
Red Class recently began harvesting in the farm garden and using the produce to do some simple cooking. Their first recipe involved carrots. Enjoy the photos of students pulling them out of the ground and tasting the cooked carrots.
The Kitchen Garden Program offers opportunities for learning across a range of subjects. This year our focus in Numeracy has been in measurement; size, length, capacity, mass. See the photos of Lincoln and Dan as they identify which item is big or small. Great work!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help or via the office on 61656200.
Annette & the Kitchen Garden Team
In our Preliminary Technology Art Program, students have been using different tools to create different effects in clay. Over the past several weeks they have been making clay tiles and wind chimes. These are currently in the kiln being fired and will be coming home soon.
Book Week – Come dressed up as one of your favourite characters on Wednesday 21st October.
It is that time of year again! This year’s book week theme is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. Book week begins on Sunday 17th October to Friday 23rd October. Students can dress up as one of their favourite characters from a book. Please feel free to use dress up items and get creative using things you have from home.
Students at SSS participate in reading with adults through Shared Reading (teacher reads aloud and uses comprehensive communication system to enable students to express their opinions towards a text, understand new vocab, relate text to their personal experiences) and Independent Reading (selecting a text of their preference and reading by themselves or listening to a text read by an adult).
Our classroom displays during Book Week will focus on students engaging in reading. If you would like to know any more information regarding book week please do not hesitate to get in touch with your classroom teacher.
This year’s Literacy Action Plan focus is on writing; ensuring all students have access to a suitable writing tool and opportunity to write regularly to improve their writing skills. On the teacher PL day in July, teachers assessed students’ writing samples using the Developmental Writing Scale (Levels 1 – 14, developed to recognise incremental shifts for students with complex communication needs).
The outcome of this assessment is that our school now has its first Writing Data Wall that is visible in both junior and senior staffrooms. In addition to establishing this wall, teachers have collaboratively begun unpacking strategies to engage students in writing and move students up to the next level.
The first step to writing improvement for any child is that they see themselves as writers. As adults, we are superpowers who can help make those connections. Any writing attempts students make using their writing tool is celebrated and shared with others, then teachers model their writing and make connections between both student and teacher models.
If you would like to know more regarding your child’s writing progress, please do not hesitate to get in contact your child’s teacher.