Dear SSS Community,
Welcome to our first newsletter of 2021.
It’s been wonderful to see our students returning to their learning and our staff providing them with support as they transition back into their school routines.
On the subject of transitions, our experience as a school last year was that having students transition into their learning from the school foyers on both campuses led directly to some great outcomes. Teachers have reported that the classrooms have been more settled and that the day’s learning has started more smoothly. Another great benefit has been the increase in independence for many students who have been able to transition independently or with minimal support to their classrooms.
For these reasons we have decided to continue with the transition into learning beginning at the foyer where students will be met by school staff.
If you require a conversation with teachers, please inform the office staff, send the teacher an email to make a suitable time, or make a note in your child’s communication book.
Yours in learning
School Association first monthly meeting
Monday 22 February
1:00pm - 2:00pm
You can also attend on-line - contact: email@example.com for details on how to log in.
Everyone is very welcome to come along.
School Terms for 2021
Term 1: Wednesday 3 February - Wednesday 31 March
- Thursday 1 April is a student free day - Moderation day
Term 2: Wednesday 21 April - Friday 2 July
Term 3: Tuesday 20 July - Friday 24 September
- Monday 19 July is a student free day - Staff PL
Term 4: Monday 11 October - Thursday 16 December
- Friday 22 October is a student free day - Staff PL
- Friday 17 December is a student free day
Straps for Communication Devices and PODD books
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.
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We have commenced our Science unit on 'Water Works'. All the Red Class students have been enjoying the water play activities that we have been participating in as part of this unit, as we learn about the different ways that we can use water. Samuel and Evania were particularly impressed by the water wheel in our school garden. Exceptional fun has also been had with our water table and water balloon play-based learning sessions. We look forward to continuing our hard work not only in Science but in all curriculum areas as the year progresses.
Annette, Lauren and the Red Class team
Yellow Class have had a fantastic start to the new school year! We have five new class members this year! Alex, Hunter, Hunter and Logan have come to join us from Red Class. We also welcome two new staff members to the Yellow team - Julie and Renata.
We have been begun our new Science unit 'Water Works'. We have been examining the properties of water and exploring how water is used by plants, animals, and people. We have created bubble paintings in Art and Craft using a straw to blow air into coloured water and creating an impression on paper.
Our latest class story is ‘Ruby Learns to Swim’ by Phillip Gwynne and Tamsin Ainslie. The book follows Ruby as she goes through all the fun steps involved in learning to swim, before putting them all together to swim fast! Yellow Class students enjoyed doing the actions along with the story, kicking their legs and using their arms to swim.
In Drama, we have welcomed Drew back to Yellow class. We have enjoyed acting out the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ going over, through and around fabric water, mud, and snow.
We are looking forward to a wonderful year of learning.
Jenna and the Yellow Class team
It has been a great start to the new school year in Orange Class. A year which promises to be one filled with fun and learning. Our current focus is on developing relationships and settling into timetabled routines. It has been wonderful getting to know new and familiar students Arik, Harry, Drake, Ronan, Emmett, Leo and Hunter.
We have commenced our Science unit on ‘Water Works’ and have been enjoying water play activities as we begin to learn about the different ways that we can use water. We particularly enjoyed a water balloon experiment.
Specialist lessons are also underway with weekly Swimming, PE, Art, Music and Drama sessions. This week saw us engage in the Kitchen Garden program where we harvested beetroot and parsley to then make Beetroot and Carrot Fritters back in the classroom.
Gemma and the Orange Class team
Green Class wishes to welcome all students and families back to school for 2021. We have a great learning and sensory program we cannot wait to share with the students throughout the year.
Our students have hit the ground running this year and have already settled into a consistent routine of attending to their learning tasks each day. It has been pleasing to see the levels of engagement and attention during these tasks, well done Green Class students!
In Terms 1 and 2 we will be investigating 'Water' as our Science unit. We have begun the year reading stories and listening to songs about water, and investigating the three states of water – ice, liquid water, and steam. A central part of our Science inquiry will be to distinguish between wet and dry surfaces using touch and sight, as well as using our senses to engage with a myriad of fun and interesting water experiments.
Being active is an important part of staying fit and healthy and the Green Class students have certainly been very active in the first few weeks! The class has thoroughly enjoyed visiting the gym, playground, and bike track. These activities will continue weekly throughout the year.
Individual Education Plan (IEP) letters have been sent out to parents and carers to nominate a time to meet to discuss their child’s IEP goals for the year. If you haven’t done so, please nominate a time or get in touch with Matt to arrange a meeting.
We look forward to a productive and fun year in Green Class.
Matt and the Green Class team
Welcome to Purple Class 2021! We have had a lovely, positive start to the year. Our focus has been on making connections, and building caring, cooperative relationships between staff and students. The students in Purple Class have settled calmly into their new routines and we are very proud of them!
Happy Birthday to Mary, who celebrated her 12th birthday in the holidays!
These first few weeks of term have seen us engaged in a variety of activities; from cooking the produce from our amazing Stephanie Alexander Garden, to Swimming and Drama, Art, Music, Science, and PE. Plenty to keep us all busy!
We will be focusing on the topic of ‘Water’ for Science this term; identifying water in different places in the environment, exploring what happens when different materials become wet, what happens to water at different temperatures, and the water cycle. We will do this through art, sensory activities, stories, and music.
We will also engage in numeracy sessions and literacy sessions daily that involve counting and movement.
We are looking forward to a productive and engaging first term of school, and to working together to support our students on their learning journey!
Gayle, Muria and the Purple Class team
We have had a fantastic start to the year. All students have settled in nicely to Pink Class.
All programs have commenced, and students have been enjoying their extra PE time, as well as getting Drew back for Drama. Everyone has been particularly enjoying our story “There was an Old Lady who Swallowed an Egg” by P Crumble and Louis Shea.
We began our Science unit on ‘Our Earth’ by identifying the sun, moon and earth and will continue this throughout the term.
This year we have Shannon Booth as an intern in Pink Class. Shannon has worked at the school for several years and we feel very lucky to have her as part of our Pink Class team.
Amy and the Pink Class team
We have had a wonderful start to the year and I am amazed at how well all the students have settled into Blue Class.
Specialist programs have begun, and this year Drama has been included to the middle school timetable as well as an additional PE lesson which the students are thoroughly enjoying.
This week we will begin our Science unit on ‘Our Earth’. We will look at identifying the sun, moon, and earth, along with day and night.
During group work we focus on two letters of the week, we listen to a song, read a book and then the students use their AAC to find a word beginning with the letter.
Bec and the Blue Class team
The White Class boys have had an awesome start to the school year. It is great to see our returning young men, and we welcome Elijah and Izayah to our class. All the boys are settling into our class routines.
We have begun our Science unit 'Our Earth'. We are learning about day and night, seasons, and what activities we might do according to the weather.
The students have really enjoyed having Drew for Drama, this may have been the highlight of the week!
We have been learning about Henri Matisse during Art, and the boys have been very proud of their art work creations.
Laura and the White Class team
Students from S-Orange Class have done an amazing job following their new timetable and settling into the senior school routine this term. It has been wonderful to witness the students get to know each other and come together as a group.
In Science we have been looking at ‘Living Things’. Students have been identifying living and non-living objects.
In numeracy we have been working on our counting and using images to help us count.
In the garden we harvested fresh produce for the cooking menu! We have used these fresh vegetables in the kitchen program to make delicious Carrot and Potato Fritters and Beetroot Fritters.
Helen, April and the S-Orange Class team
What a great start we have had in S-Blue Class this year! Everyone is settling into their new class and routines smoothly and quickly. We have had two students transition to the senior campus and it has been fabulous to see them both adjust to the new campus.
We have hit the ground running and getting straight into the curriculum. We have all enjoyed getting to know each other and all students have been engaging in group activities
Our specialist programs kicked off in week two, with all students back in the garden with Shaani and cooking with Louise. The students are enjoying two PE lessons a week with Ciaran, Music with Rakkael and SoSafe with Lauris. They especially enjoyed being back in the pool with Ella and her team.
In Maths we are starting to explore shapes and numbers and will continue to focus on these areas as the term progresses. Science involves us looking at living and non-living things, and the students will explore what plants need to grow.
Shortly we will start booking in Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings, so we can discuss goals for the year This will be communicated further through the student diaries shortly. We are all looking forward to a positive, productive year.
Trudy, Drew, Josh and the S-Blue Class team
Welcome back to school for 2021 everybody! We hope everybody is settling into their new classrooms and routines well. In S-Green Class this year, I am the teacher Richard, and class staff are Jenny, Deb, Belinda, and Wendy. We have Jess, Lilly, Jason, Katelin and Kayla returning to the class as well as Sam and our new student Bianca joining us. All our students have had a wonderful start to the year, following their new routines and engaging well with their schoolwork.
So far S-Green students have had some excellent early success. Jason and Katelin have continued their brilliant communication development from 2020, while Lilly has made an excellent start with her structured tasks and literacy work. Kayla has been using switches and completing work in her standing frame, while Jess has been moving very well and making choices with her hands. Bianca has proven herself to be an amazing singer and dancer and a champion in Music class, while Sam managed well when in his new environment. Well done everybody!
We hope all classes have started out the year well.
Richard and the S-Green Class team
Welcome to 2021 students, families and carers of S-Red Class! What an exciting year we have planned for our senior students. We are lucky to have five school leavers in S-Red this year, and what a privilege it will be to guide these young adults through their final year of schooling, and watch them start their exciting new chapters out in the community!
The start of the year has been very settled, as we take the time to get to know each other. The first week or two involved hands on activities, such as Cooking and Art work, as well as a focus on using our communication systems so we could get to know each other better.
We are making the most of the summer weather and visiting the garden once a week. Not only do the students get a chance to perform garden maintenance tasks such as weeding, planting and watering, but they also pick vegetables needed for the kitchen program.
IEP meetings will be the hot topic over the coming weeks, please feel free to chat any time and I look forward to catching up with you all soon.
Kathryn and the S-Red Class team
A warm welcome everyone to S-Yellow Class for 2021! We have had a great start to the new school year. It has been wonderful to see the students settle into their new classroom environment so quickly. Students have already made great connections with staff and each other. We are looking forward to a great term.
We have had a very busy few weeks, getting back into programs such as Café, Cooking, PE, Woodwork, Music, Art, SoSafe and Swimming.
This term we will be focusing on our TASC goals. In Science the focus is on 'Biological Sciences' (living and non-living, plant care and food chains). This will also tie in nicely with our visits to the garden. In English the focus will be on me as a person, my likes and dislikes and my family. Shapes and numbers will be the main focus in Maths.
Watch this space for the upcoming IEP meetings to discuss goals and transitioning for the year.
We are looking forward to a productive and engaging first term of school.
Andre, Aaron and the S-Yellow Class team
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.
It has been a great start to the Kitchen Garden program and it has been wonderful to observe our students' enthusiasm when working in the garden and the kitchen. We were so lucky to return to school for the start of 2021 with the garden looking amazing and full of beautiful produce to harvest and cook. A big thankyou to all staff, students and volunteers who have made this possible!
This year the Kitchen Garden team are made up of the following staff:
- Louise McKinnon
- Shaani Sharp
- Karyn Radcliffe
- Michael Cook
The learning intentions for the beginning of this term are focussed on:
- identifying ingredients from the school garden and pantry;
- participating in harvesting from the SSS garden;
- tasting new, seasonal ingredients and dishes;
- learning how to safely use cooking equipment such as the Thermomix, electric frypan and graters; and
- most importantly, enjoying our cooking and gardening program.
Louise and the Kitchen Garden team
The SSS School Association would like to extend a warm welcome to all students, parents/carers and staff, both old and new, and we look forward to working with you in the year ahead. Thank you to everyone for your help coping with the challenges presented by COVID-19 in 2020 - we did a fantastic job keeping the school a safe, friendly and nurturing learning environment for everyone.
Our School Association is comprised of dedicated individuals, parents and school staff members who work together to achieve the best outcomes for our students. The current members are:
- Chair: David Long
- Vice Chair: Caitlin Jones
- Secretary: Louise Rickwood
- Treasurer: Paul Sheen
- Committee members: Simon Ellaby, Gayle West, Katie Willing, Christina Splann and Ron Franks
We are having our first monthly meeting for this year
Monday 22nd February
1.00pm - 2.00pm
You can also attend on line – contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to log in.
Everyone is very welcome to come along.
We meet monthly, in the senior campus - across the car park from the junior campus, and are always looking for new faces to join our Association.
Part of our work is to organise school and community events to raise awareness about the positive outcomes the school provides to our students and their families. Funds raised help to buy new equipment and make improvements inside and outside of the classroom environment.
We will be needing your help in 2021, so if you are considering coming along to a meeting, wondering how to get involved, or just want more information, please contact our school and talk to David, Simon or Lou R on 6165 6212. We look forward to seeing you!
Your fresh ideas and participation can help us make a difference!
SSS School Association
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Respect – respecting ourselves, others, our past and our environment
“We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.”
― Michelle Obama