Dear School Community
Congratulations to all our students for their great work this year, and a tremendous thank you to everyone who has supported them in their learning.
While 2020 has presented us with some challenges, as a school we have risen to the occasion, and can be very proud of the work everyone has done and the growth and the learning that has taken place at Southern Support School.
On Friday we sent home 2020 Reports and 2021 Student Packs, with classes for next year.
Signing off on the Reports for me personally is a very satisfying and proud moment as I reflect on the achievements of our students. I trust that you too will feel proud of the achievements of your children this year.
All the best for the holiday season. See you in 2021!
The final day for students is
Thursday 17th December 2020
School resumes for students on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.
The office will re open Monday 18th January 2021 for any enquiries
School Terms for 2021
Term 1: Wednesday 3rd February - Wednesday 31st March
- Thursday 1st April is a student free day - Moderation day
Term 2: Wednesday 21st April - Friday 2nd July
Term 3: Tuesday 20th July - Friday 24th September
- Monday 19th July is a student free day - Staff PL
Term 4: Monday 11th October - Thursday 16th December
- Friday 22nd October is a student free day - Staff PL
- Friday 17th December is a student free day
SCHOOL UNIFORM SHOP
OPENING HOURS PRIOR TO SCHOOL RESUMING
Thursday 21st Jan & Thursday 28th Jan 2021
12.00pm - 2.00pm
The school uniform shop is run by the School Association.
It is located in the senior campus
(across the carpark from the junior campus)
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
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As we come to the end of the school year, I would like to reflect on the year we’ve had.
2020 will always be remembered as the year that COVID-19 caused turmoil and disruption to our lives, however the students of Red Class amazed us by demonstrating their capacity to be resilient and adapt to the rapid changes unphased. Throughout these disruptions, Red Class students demonstrated their efficacy as ‘Learners’ by continuing to surprise us with their engagement and learning in all curriculum areas.
It has been a pleasure to work with your children this year, I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas break and look forward to seeing their continued growth next year and beyond.
Lauren, Anita & the Red Class Team
It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in Yellow Class!
We have been reading a new Christmas themed book Macca’s Christmas Cracker by Matt Cosgrove. The book is all about an alpaca whose favourite time of year is Christmas. He loves thinking up amazing presents for his friends. But when he looks in his piggy bank, he finds he has no money! Macca and his best friend Al have to come up with a plan to make the best Christmas surprise for all their friends, and in doing so, discover the true spirit of giving.
We have begun making Christmas crafts, decorating Christmas bags, making edible snowman bark and Christmas treats.
We have had an amazing year in Yellow Class! Every student has made such awesome progress, kicking goals left and right.
Hunter has been increasingly interested in his peers and choosing to play safely along side them.
Jono has been engaging in group sessions for extended periods and sitting at the table with the group for mealtimes.
Lincoln has flourished with his communication device and has begun saying two-word utterances.
Emmett has begun to explore a wide range of sensory activities, regularly engaging in art and craft independently.
Ronan has been using PODD pathways to communicate with staff, using a wonderful pointer finger.
Noah has become very proficient at using his communication device, independently navigating pathways.
We hope you all enjoy a happy and safe holiday and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!
Jenna & the Yellow Class Team
As the end of the year fast approaches it is starting to feel more like Christmas as we share stories about Santa, sing carols and make gifts and decorations that will be sent home over the next few days for families to enjoy.
For our final day together on Thursday we will have a class party to celebrate students achievements over the past year.
We would like to thank the wonderful Teacher Assistants who have worked in Orange class this year. It is always a pleasure to work alongside others who share the passion to support children learn and I thank them for their skill, energy and dedication. It has been invaluable to myself and of huge benefit to the children – thank you.
Thank you families for your support and feedback throughout the year, and we wish you all the best for the summer and year ahead.
Colleen, Suzanne & the Orange Class Team
Wow, what a great term we have had in Green Class!
Towards the end of this term, Green Class students have been working away on all sorts of Christmas art and crafts. We won’t give away what they have made yet, but it is safe to say they have done a terrific job at making some very nice pieces to take home.
We have also had two changes in Green Class in the past few weeks. Firstly, we have welcomed back Shannon to the team. And secondly we have welcomed Benji (along with Teacher Assistant Zac) into our class. Benji has done a great job of settling into the routines of Green Class, and the other students have done a great job of welcoming Benji into the class.
The students in Green Class have had a great year and have made many achievements. We look forward to all families receiving student reports and reading about the fantastic progress our students have made. We are extremely proud of the effort and participation all students have made this year.
We hope all our families have a lovely Christmas break, and we look forward to seeing and working with you in the new year.
Matt & the Green Class Team
Purple Class has had an excellent last term of the school year. We have enjoyed participating in Community Learning, visiting parks and enjoying special morning teas. We have a special last excursion to SupaWorld planned for week 10 that we are very excited for! Students have all done well to transition, be safe in the community and use their communication devices to speak and write about their experiences.
We have also enjoyed getting to spread holiday cheer through our book, The Night Before Christmas and creating beautiful Christmas themed artwork. It has been fun to participate in the new movement science unit, "stretch". We have stretched our bodies, made extra stretchy slime and stretchy animal crafts.
We are very proud of the effort and resilience students have demonstrated to accomplish all that they have this year, particularly with all the disrupted circumstances. We hope you enjoy the well-deserved school holidays and look forward to seeing you all again next year!
Chelsea & the Purple Class Team
What a year it has been and I cannot believe it has come to the end! It has been an odd year, with lots of disruptions and everyone has handled it like legends! I would like to thank all students and families for their understanding and support through such a difficult year.
All students have done a fantastic job and progressed in many ways this year. We have all had a lot of fun and many laughs together.
We will be sad to say goodbye to some of our students next year, but know that they will all do so well in 2021. We would like to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas break and look forward to seeing everyone in the new school year.
Amy & the Pink Class Team
Well, what an interesting but still awesome year we have had! The students have all done such a magnificent job during such a tricky time. They have shown great resilience during a time that has not been ordinary and I am so proud how they transitioned back to Blue Class.
It has been delightful to see them all progress and thrive through out the year, especially in communication and self-regulation. They should all be very proud of themselves, as we are of them. I would like to thank Nadine, Bettina and Siobhan for their amazing support as they have assisted in the great achievements of all the students.
We would like to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas. Amazing job Blue class, you are all legends!
Bec & the Blue Class Team
Wow, what a year we have had! The boys have all done such a wonderful job during such a challenging time.
It has been so wonderful to see them all grow and flourish over the past year. They should all be very proud of themselves as we most definitely are!
Reflecting on the year it is evident that each and every one of the boys has learnt a great deal, especially in their zones work and it has been wonderful to see them feel so comfortable in our learning environment.
Great job White class, you are all champions!
Laura & the White Class Team
Here we are at the end of the year, and what an interesting one it has been! All our students and staff have done an absolutely amazing job navigating what was an unpredictable year with lockdowns and learning from home. Well done everybody! Thank you to Senior Staff for their efforts in guiding us through turbulent times.
It has been a very busy fortnight as we try and wrap up learning programs and have fun at the end of the term. Recently our students had the opportunity to head along to ZooDoo with the other classes which was an amazing experience. Jason absolutely loved getting close to the animals, hand-feeding deer and kangaroos and verbalising the names of all the animals he met. Lilly did a fabulous job meeting the zebras and camels from the bus in the top paddock. Katelin enjoyed meeting the birds and Tasmanian devils. Thomaz loved looking at the cheeky monkeys, while Kayla had a close encounter, going eye-to-eye with a snake! Luckily the snake had a zookeeper there to keep both Kayla and the snake safe! A huge thank you to the staff at ZooDoo and Variety for their help in organising the day and cooking a BBQ lunch. Thank you also to Kathryn for making it all happen.
We were lucky enough to enjoy a BBQ lunch in Wentworth Park recently. We have had a student teacher along with us for the last couple of weeks, Greg. It was great having Greg in S-Green and all the students really enjoyed building relationships with him; especially Thomaz who had found a new person he could beat at games on the Wii! We celebrated the end of Greg’s Prac with a BBQ lunch which we all enjoyed.
A huge congratulations to everyone in S-Green class this year. Every student has made significant progress with their learning and development across the year. It has been a lot of fun, but now it is time for everybody to enjoy their Christmas and summer break. Well done to all classes!
Richard & the S-Green Class Team
S-Blue is busy finishing up business for 2020. It’s been a challenging year for most people. The students in S-Blue have demonstrated their incredible capacity to manage change. Their resilience has grown along with their ability to regulate their emotions through the use of toolboxes and AAC. S-Blue staff are very proud of each of the boys and impressed with the progress they have each made.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the S-Blue team. They bring incredible skills, experience and passion to their work. Our team has been greatly supported by all of the input and expertise from therapists over the year. Also a big thank you to the specialist teachers for creating such enriched learning experiences for our students each week.
Happy holidays everyone.
Drew & the S-Blue Class Team
Well that’s a wrap for 2020! What an interesting, challenging, fast-paced year it has been! I was looking through the photos of the activities we have all completed this year, and had to stop at the twenty or so I selected to add to this article – there were so many moments captured! I think the pictures will speak for themselves as a wrap-up of the year - new skills were learned, friendships were formed, and most importantly, a whole lot of fun was had!
All the S-Red students have done an excellent job of working collaboratively during the year, and each of them should be commended for their ability to handle the amount of change this COVID-year has brought. Not only are our students preparing for one of the biggest life-changing events of their life, they have had to do it in a year when the whole world was changing with them. I am so proud of all they have achieved. To our leavers – Tiffany, Jaime, Ryan and Libby; it has been a delight working with you this year, and I am so excited to see what the future holds for you. We wish you all the best on your journey ahead, and please keep in touch! Darcy, Jaxson and Bella; you have come such a long way this year with your own preparations for your final year at school next year, it will be exciting to continue this journey with you in 2021.
To all S-Red students, families and friends, thank you so much for your ongoing support this year, I appreciate everything you have done for our class. I wish you all the best for a joyous and safe Christmas.
Kathryn, Roos & the S-Red Class Team
2020 has been a very different school year with a number of unplanned disruptions. Yet, despite these the students forged ahead attaining and refining skills and experiencing new opportunities, including go-karting. With a number of students not attending school due to COVID-19 it was wonderful to see those who did handle the changes and the absence of their friends in such a positive and calm manner.
One of the more challenging changes was the pool being closed and so bike riding became our new swimming. The students practiced around the senior playground track before tackling the Wentworth Park bike track. A great feat. Hopefully some will move on to riding two-wheeler bikes next year.
Two of our students, Mason and Dan, leave at the end of this year. We will miss them we and wish them well in their new endeavours next year.
For Ben, Ethan, Jack and Matthew, Year 12 beckons and with it all the excitement and anticipation of new experiences, building on their wonderful achievements of this year.
To our students and their families we wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and thank you for your patience and support throughout this year.
Helen & the S-Orange Class Team
This year is quickly drawing to a close and before we know it, it will be time to say goodbye to 2020. The time has also come to say goodbye to Dom, who has reached the end of his school career. Best of luck to you on your future endeavours.
The students in S-Yellow class have continued their great progress during Term 4. Well done to each and every one of you, we could not be prouder of you! Soon it will be time for them to relax and spend some time with their families.
To get us all in the Christmas spirit Nic is lending a hand decorating the class Christmas tree. The students have made the most beautiful Christmas decorations for the classroom.
Dom continues to do his work crew jobs everyday as he has done for many years. From collecting the mail to recycling and stacking the vending machine, we can always count on Dom to get the jobs done!
Selby is doing the laundry on a weekly basis to make sure Aaron has clean aprons for woodwork. It was great to see Selby becoming independent in completing this task.
Sam is enjoying some quiet time in the gym after following his individual timetable for the day. On that note I guess it’s time that we all enjoy some down time with our loved ones over the summer break.
Thanks for a fantastic year everyone, especially to the most awesome TAs in S-Yellow who helped to make the crazy year of 2020 bearable!
Andre, Aaron & the S-Yellow Class Team
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The Department of Education is trialing an Expression of Interest process seeking volunteers from families who can provide feedback and comments on some key projects of work during 2021.
Why is parent voice so important to us?
Because we are committed to improving family engagement and feedback from families is important to us.
There is more than one way a family can contribute to decision making for public education in Tasmania.
- At a class level, families can contribute to, and participate in their child’s learning
- At a school level, families can contribute to school based and Department-wide policies through their School Association Committee, and
- At a system level though responding to calls for input from the Department.
What are the projects you might be involved in?
- Helping us to develop online information on how families can raise an issue or make a complaint to the Department of Education about a school or child and family learning centre (CFLC).
- Helping us to develop a marketing campaign to encourage respectful behaviours in our education settings. This Campaign will target the school community and ensure that acceptable behaviours are maintained in Tasmanian schools.
- Other projects will be added during the year.
How can I get involved?
There will be a variety of ways that you can be involved, from short surveys to meetings, and you can choose how much or how little you wish to be involved. Simply complete the survey below to tell us the best way to engage with you.
Please note that protecting your personal information is important to us. Any information we collect and use is in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2004.
If you are keen to be involved please complete the short (5 minutes) survey below.