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An important part of this transition process is our annual Leavers' Dinner. The Leavers' Dinner is wonderful night where we celebrate the students' achievements across their years of schooling. Our leavers will carry with them many skills they have learnt and happy memories of their time at Southern Support School.
Our grade 12 leavers are: Ryan, Daniel, Libby, Jaime, Dominic, Tiffany, Damon and Mason.
Our Grade 10 leaver Thomaz is making the exciting move to Hobart College to complete his senior secondary years. We will also remember our friend Pete.
Looking forward to seeing all the leavers, their friends and families dressed up and ready to celebrate at the Wrest Point Casino on Friday the 27th November at 6.00pm.
Louise Rickwood (AST)
For Simon Ellaby
The virtual School Social hosted by the Friends is taking place Friday 13th November 4.30-5.30pm. This in an online event with a Space theme.
Please see the invitation in the Newsletter for further details!
School Absences: For all student absences the school can be contacted from 7.30am on 6165 6200
Alternatively you can text the school mobile of 0407 872 423 or
via the Schoolzine app (free and available on all mobile devices)
Next School Association Meeting
Monday 2nd November 2020
The meeting will be held on the Senior Campus, alternatively you can join through Microsoft Teams. Please contact Louise if you would like to attend the meeting online.
The Southern Support School Association generally meet monthly and always welcome new faces to join us at the meetings.
Chair: David Long
Deputy Chair: Caitlin Jones
Treasurer: Paul Sheen
Secretary: Lou Rickwood
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What a fantastic start to the term. As the weather has warmed up all of Red Class has loved getting outside in the glorious sun! Alex has especially enjoyed getting outside for some play-based learning.
The class has enjoyed reading about Ronan the Rabbit and his balloon this term. Hunter has especially enjoyed listening to the story and Hudson eagerly awaits for the balloon in the story to pop. As part of our Science ‘Movement’ exploration we have been looking at how things move, grow and expand. We have blown bubbles and balloons, which Harry and Logan especially enjoyed. We played with slime and even made marshmallow slime, which Klay loved. Declan and Hunter enjoyed watching the paint splatter as we flicked paint-covered pom-poms onto sheets of paper.
We had a brilliant Book Week celebration. All of the students looked wonderful in their costumes.
We have continued our Science unit 'On the Move'. Yellow Class have been studying the concepts of stretching and bending, and have been comparing different types of slime. We are examining the way each type of slime stretches and bends and seeing which ones we can create air bubbles in.
We enjoyed tie dying, seeing how the way in which we bend the fabric changes the patterns we create. We have also delighted in the unique patterns we can create in marble painting simply by moving the special paint around on the surface of water.
Our latest class story is Ronan the Rabbit by Anita Price and Jodie Irvine. The story follows Ronan the rabbit as he manages to blow up his balloon with the help of his friends. His friend Ella the Elephant blows up the balloon so much with air it eventually pops!
We have had an absolute ball in the pool, with everyone doing an amazing job gaining confidence and independence in the water.
In Kitchen Garden, we have been making beetroot and couscous salad and leek and silver beet slice. Everyone has had a turn at cracking eggs, chopping beetroot with the nicer dicer and hopping on to cut silver beet and leeks with a knife.
We have also been exploring how objects ‘roll’ as part of our Science unit 'On the Move'. We had fun making playdough roly poly shapes to roll on ramps, as well as investigating how sand hills can be rolled flat with toy vehicles. Further exploring the concept we created some colourful marble paintings by rolling pebbles dipped in paint around a paper lined tray. The activity encouraged lots of discussion about rolling, fast, slow, big and small.
Green Class would like to welcome back all students and families to what we hope will be a fun and exciting term.
We started the Term by celebrating Chelsea’s 10th birthday. We had a lovely celebration with party decorations and icecream cake. Everyone had a great time, particularly Chelsea, who was grinning from ear to ear.
Students have started attending So Safe lessons in the classroom. Our focus with these lessons is to teach the students what public and private places look like, and how we should interact with others in these places. We will also be discussing public and private body parts in these lessons. The lessons we conduct reinforce the teaching we are doing in other activities we do regularly, such as swimming and community learning.
In Week 2, Green Class participated in book week, with the teaching team dressing up as characters from one of our favourite stories The Naughty Naughty Baddies. The students were very interested in the silly costumes and decided to get in on the act themselves! Cruze dressed up like a donut, Evelyn became a banana, and Haily put on a Buzz Lightyear costume. We had so much fun dressing up and acting out the story!
We are planning on going on many fun outings for Community Learning. Our first outing this Term was to Supaworld in Derwent Park. The students did a fantastic job of being safe and mindful of others. Cruze had a blast bouncing on all the trampolines, Evelyn gave the rock climbing wall a good go, and Haily went up on the tall rope walk. We all had great time and cannot wait to go on our next trip.
Welcome back to the last term of 2020. It’s hard to believe how fast this year has flown by! We have had a lovely start to the term, preparing for and enjoying book week. We are happy to welcome our YLOT buddies back, as well as a TAFE student, Meg who will be with us for six weeks.
It has been great getting back into the school routine. We have enjoyed continuing our Science theme 'On The Move' exploring the movement spin, using salad spinners to paint and operating a water wheel.
We have also loved our first book of the term, I’m Going to Eat This Ant. It is a silly book about an anteater who is looking for new and exciting ways to enjoy his food. Our favourite part is at the end when his tongue gets tied around a tree by the ants and he says, with his tongue out, “I’m theriously conthidering thomthing elth for thupper.” It gives us all great belly laughs every time! It has also given us an excellent opportunity to talk about some of our garden and cooking roles.
We look forward to a jam packed and exciting end to the year!
We have had a wonderful start to the term with footy colours day and also book week/day. We loved seeing so many wonderful costumes around the School last Wednesday.
We have just finished reading two class books So Gorilla by Dean Russel and The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland.
We continue our Science unit on 'extreme weather' with experiments around hurricanes, tsunamis and tornadoes coming up next. Students have been really enjoying predicting and discussing what will happen before doing a hands on experiment.
It won’t be long and we will be discussing Christmas and getting into lots of crafts and fun activities around that.
We have many things to celebrate in Blue Class already this term. The students' ability to sit and participate in group work has been amazing, along with the development of each student using their communication device independently during these sessions. This has been a wonderful outcome to witness. I am very proud of all the students as well as the awesome team I have who support the students to achieve these successes.
In our 'Extreme Weather' unit so far we have investigated volcanos, bushfires and earthquakes. For each topic we created hands on experiments which allowed all of the students to participate, as well as make predictions like a Scientist would.
In cooking for the past three weeks the students have made, pizza, coleslaw, croquets, beetroot and fetta salad as well as a spinach and leek slice. The students are loving the menu and are doing an amazing job preparing the dishes.
White class has had a wonderful return to Term 4. We have been making the most of the sunnier days doing some of our learning outside. The boys have really engaged with our class story whilst outside in our courtyard.
Raph has been enjoying swinging in the sun and Finley enjoyed some social games in the sunshine.
Marcus and Matt continue to display so much enjoyment during their PE and gym sessions.
Malakai has enjoyed making coleslaw as part of the cooking program.
We can’t wait to see what this term has in store!
The students in S-Blue have all returned well from holidays and are ready to learn. All the boys are engaging in their timetable, taking on new challenges and still finding time to relax and have some fun. Focus areas have been counting and identifying numbers from 0-10, onset and rime, alphabet exploration and writing with alternative pencils. The students are all continuing to make fantastic progress with their communication systems.
Welcome to Term 4 everyone! What a busy term we have ahead of us, as our leavers begin preparations for their exciting new chapters. Already some of our students are spending time with their new service providers, whilst others are exploring their possibilities beyond the school gate.
In class we are finalising our units of work. During Literacy sessions we are starting to make our own stories, this week the story centred on a dinosaur that visited the Sydney Harbour Bridge! In Maths we are continuing our counting focus, particularly the concepts of more, less and sharing objects. Science saw us visiting the local playground to find things we can push and pull.
Preparations are underway for a number of end-of-year events, including the Leavers' Dinner and our virtual social. Please keep an eye out for important communications headed your way via student communication books.
The S-Orange students have been busy collating the data they collected about the weather over a four-week period at the end of last term. They have graphed their data and have then made conclusions about the weather such as that it has been rainier on Tuesdays.
Jack has been looking forward to work skills each week especially using the shredder and can crusher. Ethan and Ben have been working in the café on Tuesdays and developing their barista skills. Mason has found swimming sessions to be very relaxing while Daniel has been learning about the seasons and enjoying the spring sunshine. Matthew looks forward to our fortnightly shopping trips.
When we transition around the school such as to the gym or pool, we have been practicing using ordinal numbers and walking from place to place in a calm manner.
As part of our Science program we will be doing activities around 'Force and Motion' as well as hopefully hatching some chickens in time for Christmas.
Helen & the S-Orange Class Team
It's been a busy start to Term 4 for the students in S-Yellow. As we are starting to finalise data collection on the student’s goals for the year, it is great to see how they have progressed since the start of the year. Each student at his own pace, working hard towards achieving their goals. With only seven weeks left, we will continue to work as a team and take moments to celebrate student achievements as the year draws to a close.
Every fortnight Dom looks forward to catching up with his YLOT buddies. On their last visit Dom showed them the bike shed and they went for a ride on the bike track. This week Dom is looking forward to a Lego challenge with them.
Nic has been helping out with work crew jobs around the senior campus, from collecting the attendance registers in the afternoon to recycling. Nic helped to sort and recycle items and took the bins to the bus for Selby to take to the South Hobart recycling centre. Another example of great team work by the boys in S-Yellow.
Sam has been doing great following his timetable and transitioning around senior campus. Sam enjoys teach and learn tasks and is showing independence doing some of his classroom activities.
Selby loves Science, especially the experimental side of things. Selby followed the instructions on how to make a volcanic eruption and was very pleased with himself when the experiment worked!
Have a great weekend everybody.
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.
Our culinary journey continues in Term 4 with a menu from Mexico. The shared lunch included a spicy vegetable and bean chilli plus a very tasty chicken and rice dish, arroz con pollo.
MENU STRIP Seniors.
Term 4 means that our Junior and Middle Campus students can once again enjoy pizza for the shared lunch. Leo made the dough on Monday and Benji rolled it out into pizza shapes. Students also made some crunchy carrot and zucchini croquettes which were very popular along with a delicious leek and silver beet slice. Jono and Lincoln harvested beetroot to make the beetroot, feta and couscous salad; it was yummy.
Students continue to work hard maintaining the garden. Aimee looks after the many birds that visit the garden. She uses a visual schedule each week to add seeds and fruit to the bird table and then using a watering can, she fills up the bird bath. Kye works with Michael to load pine bark into the wheelbarrow for mulching the garden beds. Cruze sorts out the empty plant pots in the greenhouse by size. These can then be washed and stored away.
MENU STRIP Juniors
Red Class have been harvesting potatoes and making their own hot chips. These were very popular. Hunter, Harry, Declan and Hudson certainly thought so.
2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR
This year we are printing a school calendar to celebrate our students’ achievements in the garden. It will be on sale soon and would make a wonderful Christmas gift/stocking filler. The calendar will consist of thirteen months Jan 2021 – Jan 2022 inclusive; one class featuring for each month. More details and an order form will come home with your child shortly. A sneak peak of the Red Class page for January 2021 is featured here.
A big thank you to our holiday volunteers who checked on the garden and the chickens when school was closed. Daniel with his Mum Kathy, Tracy and Josh, Mary with her Grandma Trisha, Jill and Ross, and Kathryn with her children. We really appreciate your help and the chickens were glad to see you.
Annette & the Kitchen Garden Team
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.
Impact of Learning from Home on Students with Disability
The Department is seeking feedback from parents in relation to the impact of learning from home on students with disability during Term 2, 2020.
Information from this survey will help identify how we can better support Learning from Home for students with disability in the future.
Parents are invited to complete the parent survey by Wednesday 11th November 2020.
This survey contains 16 questions and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.