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Hello Southern Support School Community,
We are now closing in on the end of the school year, teachers are finalising reports, and I have even spotted the odd festive season activity around the school.
In some exciting news our school has undertaken some work with Variety Tasmania and ZooDoo, and early next week some of our students will be visiting ZooDoo. The Zoo will be closed to the public for these visits, allowing our students to have a great experience whilst being fully supported by our amazing school staff, including our Speech Therapists who have been working on communication for the ZooDoo context with chat boards. Not all students will be going and those students who stay at school will be fully supported and have suitable programs on those days. We hope that this work will be the start of an ongoing partnership which provides exciting and engaging learning opportunities for our students.
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Monday 23rd November 2020
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The warmer weather has arrived which has meant lots of water-based play to keep cool and lots of happy Red Class students!
We particularly enjoyed the sprinkler mat that Bianca set up in the playground on an especially hot day. Red Class students showed how they embody our school rules of ‘Safe’ and ‘Caring’ by sharing the sprinkler mat with the other junior school students. We look forward to continuing our water-based play as the temperature continues to rise.
Last week was NAIDOC week and Red Class were lucky enough to spend time with Annette in our Bush Tucker garden caring for and tasting some of the many plants that the Palawa people of Lutruwita/Tasmania have used as food sources for generations.
Lauren, Anita & the Red Class Team
The first half of the term has flown by in Yellow Class, yet again. It has been a busy and fun filled term so far!
The last two weeks of the term have been filled with NAIDOC week activities. Our latest class story is When We Go Walkabout, which is a book produced through the Emerging Indigenous Picture Book Mentoring Project. The beautiful text invites children to look for Australian animals in different habitats throughout the course of one day.
In Art and Craft, we have enjoyed painting with brushes made from plant leaves and flowers and creating our own rock markings. Rock marking is the term used in Tasmania to describe the deliberate creation of marks or images on a rock surface by Aboriginal people in the past. In Art with Suzanne, we have busy making Christmas presents.
In Science we have been creating water wheels and examining how the energy of falling water can create movement and turn a wheel.
In Kitchen Garden, we have been cooking potato croquettes and poached rhubarb and custard. Yellow Class students have been enjoying using the ricer, hopping on to slice rhubarb and cracking eggs.
We celebrated Book Week earlier this term. Both staff and students got in on the action, dressing up as their favourite book character.
Jenna & the Yellow Class Team
We also had our school photos taken this week. Photos will be available for families prior to the end of the school term.
Colleen, Suzanne & the Orange Class Team
With only four weeks to go Green Class students are having a great Term 4. We have had an action-packed first half of the term and it only gets busier from here with more fun excursions, Christmas crafts, and outdoor activities.
In Science we have been continuing to observe how things move. Our focus for the term is on things that roll, bounce, and swing. So far we have had fun making different shapes of playdough and seeing how they roll. The students have made rolling pebble paintings, and have visited the bowling alley to see how balls roll.
Our Zones of Regulation program in the classroom has been a fantastic success this year. All of the Green Class students have gained a more comprehensive knowledge of what emotions look and feel like. This term our focus has been heavily on using ‘toolboxes’ of regulatory activities to help us get back into the green zone when we are feeling sad or frustrated (Blue and yellow zones). Students have done a magnificent job of engaging in these lessons and assisting in choosing tools to help them return to the green zone.
Green Class has changed things up in the kitchen. We have split into two teams, with one team cooking in the gym, and the other cooking in the classroom. Students have enjoyed this move, and have done a great job making coleslaw, croquettes, and pizza.
Lastly we would like to thank Tania for helping out in the classroom this term. Tania has done a fantastic job filling in for Shannon on Mondays and Tuesdays. We wish her all the best for when Shannon returns later in the term.
Matt & the Green Class Team
Wow, week 6 already! We have had a busy and fun filled term so far. It was very exciting to finally do Community Learning for the first time since Term 1. We took a bus ride to Lindisfarne Park and enjoyed our morning tea there. We had a lovely time and did some great class writing about it. We thought it was fun, exciting, pretty and funny!
We really enjoyed exploring the movement spin in our Science unit, especially in the gorgeous weather we have had. The water wheel was a big success and made for very fun and messy water play in the sun! We have also enjoyed our new book, Not Just a Book by Jeanne Willis. Students have enjoyed acting out pages of the book such as wearing a book as a hat, hiding behind a book if you’re shy and making a tunnel.
Many Christmas art and crafts are also well under way and we cannot wait to see them all come together by the end of the term. We have used materials such as coloured pasta and pipe cleaners, clay and Christmas baubles. We also look forward to continuing Community Learning and visiting some more exciting places.
Chelsea & the Purple Class Team
Can you believe that 2020 is coming to an end? The weather has warmed up nicely (some days) and some students have enjoyed water play, while others have simply enjoyed the sunshine.
It has been a lovely few weeks with our Kitchen Garden menu being absolutely delicious again. We have been making potato croquettes and a chickpea salad. We have also loved the pizza that other classes have been making.
We have one more week to conclude our 'Extreme Weather' Science unit, before we start getting into Christmas (it’s never too early).
Amy & the Pink Class Team
We have had a super exciting month in Blue Class. We celebrated Jayden’s, Kylen’s, Rose’s and Jed’s birthday. We read books about birthdays, listened to songs and we wrote a book about what we love about birthdays.
In the classroom, we continue working on word families, letters of the week and predictable chart writing. We have written books about; musical instruments I would like to play, sports I would like to play, on the weekend, and at the farm I see. The students love selecting and reading the books they have published during independent reading.
During October we made Halloween masks and we wrote an acrostic poem where the poetry spelt out Halloween. For the first letter of each line the students made a choice between two pictures and a sentence. We also read the book Is it Halloween Yet, the students loved the book and some of them wore their mask while listening to the story.
In the Kitchen Garden Program, Blue Class are making pizza as well as chick pea and silver beet salad. The students are demonstrating amazing cooking skills and are enjoying and completing all tasks that are set for them.
Bec & the Blue Class Team
The boys in White Class have been doing so well in group activities, both inside and outside as we make the most of the warmer days. They are showing engagement and are sharing the space so nicely.
Marcus and Finley are doing a wonderful job of letter sorting during literacy tasks and everyone is attending to stories and letter work.
Matt and Raph have been loving our hammock as a new addition to our outside space and using this as a tool to keep calm. Finley has also been doing a great job of selecting appropriate tools to remain regulated and doing well with increasing independence in fine motor tasks.
Matt really enjoyed riding the bike during gym sessions.
It is so lovely to see the boys settled and engaged.
We are looking forward to the festivities beginning shortly!
Laura & the White Class Team
Well here we are halfway through Term 4, and we are finally starting to see a bit more sun and warm weather! Students in S-Green have been enjoying the sunshine and chance to get out on the bus a bit more. Recently we have been on trips to Cornelian Bay, the Botanical Gardens, a walk over the Anzac Bridge to the Cenotaph, and a nice long walk along the Hobart Rivulet. Lilly and Jason have done amazing work staying with the group for an extended walk on these occasions, well done guys!
Katelin has been using her voice every day in the last few weeks, singing, reading books or repeating words during work tasks. It has been fantastic to hear her using her voice more! Jessica and Alice continue to do great work with their communication programs; Jessica communicating by reaching out to touch her PODD when prompted, and Alice accessing her device through modelling and decreasing levels of physical prompting, and independently accessing it. Well done guys! Kayla continues to make us all laugh with her infectious sense of humour and has been doing great work asking for “more” using TouchChat.
Recently, Thomaz has been accessing Hobart College as part of a transition program. He has done wonderful work becoming used to the environment, and is excited for his chance to access Hobart College, and cook lots of yummy food in their cooking program!Well done to all students as we enter the home stretch for the unusual 2020 school year.
Prioritising time out to relax in a busy day is a very important skill to learn. The students and staff in S-Blue like to work hard then take some time out to reset. We all are unique individuals who find different ways to do this. Brodie has been enjoying some bike riding. Lila loves playing music and singing songs. Max will pass the time watching the trees move in the wind. Ethan likes to sit in the sun and explore numbers on his iPad. Harry and Daniel love the swing, and Aaron builds amazing things with lego. What about the staff? Well Drew loves to draw. Peter enjoys climbing. Kylie B relaxes with puzzles and the other Kylie M unwinds with a walk. What do you like to do?
Drew & the S-Blue Class Team
S-Red students enjoyed a trip up Kunanyi as part of our NAIDOC week celebrations last week. Lucky for us the weather was not too cold and the mungalina (rain) held off long enough for us to find wurangkili (the sky) and puna malaki (white clouds). We also had a lovely visit to our native garden to smell, touch and taste the plants. We noticed how much they have grown over the past two years since they were planted!
We celebrated another birthday earlier in the month. Happy birthday Darcy! He enjoyed the cupcakes, chips and dancing as we celebrated together.
Kathryn, Roos & the S-Red Class Team
Our shopping trips have continued fortnightly and all the students are swiping and paying for their items. On the alternate weeks we are exploring the local park both on foot and by bike.
We had a lot of fun one Friday measuring the capacity of our wheelbarrow. We filled up 25 x 2l milk bottles with water and counted by twos as they were poured into the wheelbarrow. Ben kept count of the number of litres by recording the information, while Jack and Ethan refilled the bottles as Matthew emptied them into the barrow. When we had finished, we carefully emptied the wheelbarrow onto the gardens.
Helen & the S-Orange Class Team
Term 4 is well underway and it is an interesting time of the year. It gives us all a time to reflect on what the students have achieved during this year. We also continue with teaching and learning as well as preparing for next year! In a nutshell it is a very busy term.
Last week Dom had to say goodbye to his YLOT peers. This program had such a positive impact that it was sad to have them visiting us for the last time this year. Hopefully they will be back next year. What better way to celebrate by having ice-cream?
The students continue with their individual work crew jobs during the week. Nick completed his delivery job to the office and used his AAC to say hello to the staff at reception.
Selby is making the best of good weather days by having an outdoor sports activity session on the trampoline and showing off his skills of being able to catch and throw a ball whilst jumping.
Sam continues to show independence in the work skills room by completing three tasks with minimal support from staff.
Have a lovely weekend.
Andre, Aaron & the S-Yellow Class Team
Junior School Assembly Week 4 - 3rd November 2020
Junior School Assembly Week 5 - 10th November 2020
Junior School Assembly Week 6 - 17th November 2020
Senior School Assembly Week 6 - 18th November 2020
In celebration of NAIDOC Week the Kitchen Garden Program’s contribution to the newsletter focusses on our native garden and how a once ugly strip of land has been reinvigorated to produce bush tucker for our cooking programs.
Enjoy the photos of three of our 2020 Leavers, Dom, Dan and Ryan who in February 2018 helped plant the garden with Trisha Hodge and NITA Education. Ten varieties of natives were planted including saltbush, pepper berry and pig face. In June that year, working with Aboriginal artist Sarah, students painted the garden walls.
2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR – Now on sale – orders closing soon.
Our school calendar celebrating students’ achievements in the garden is now on sale. The calendar consists of thirteen months Jan 2021 – Jan 2022 inclusive; one class featuring for each month, and will make a great Christmas gift/stocking filler.
The closing date for calendar orders is Friday 27th November. Order forms were sent home last week but please contact your child’s teacher or the school office if you require another one.
A sneak peak of the Red Class page for January 2021is featured here.
On Friday we held our first ever virtual school disco! A huge congratulations and thank you to all the Friends’ School students who were involved in the planning and execution of the event. Each attendee was given a hand-crafted show-bag containing lots of goodies, as well as the all-important link to access the disco. Once we were all online, we started the party with some introductions and a little dancing. The first game involved a scavenger hunt around our homes to find shoes, things that were purple, things that were red, and plenty of other items. Our hosts lead us through balloon games, mask decorating, and even the sharing of our favourite dance moves. Jed was especially impressed with his birthday shout-out. Brodie enjoyed dancing away in his living room and sharing his favourite dance moves. Ben showed his creative side when it came to mask-decorating. Hunter was certainly enjoying the music. Bella and Ryan were conga-line superstars! All in all an excellent time was had, it really was an out of this world experience. Thank you again Friends’ school students for allowing us the opportunity to party, especially in light of the new “Covid-19 world” we live in. See you again next year!
Straps for students to carry their communication systems independently are now for sale through the school uniform shop. The price of these straps has been subsidised by the school association.
Small straps: $10
Large Straps: $15
There are samples on display on the junior and senior campuses if you would like to have a look at them.
If you would like to order one please contact the school office.
Here is the link to donate to the ABC Giving Tree:
Link for the ABC Weather Calendars: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/weathercalendar2021/12823080