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Dear SSS Community
It’s been great to see so many families engaging in IEP meetings over the last month, and I’m sure that this exchange of ideas and information between families and school staff will help in goal setting and learning.
Our School Association’s AGM is coming up on Monday 15 March at 1:00pm. Please consider getting involved and adding your voice to this important group. Topics the Association will be looking at this year include fundraising, and how the school engages and communicates with families. Our meetings are held monthly on a Monday and can be accessed remotely via video or in person at school.
Also, a reminder that as we move into the cooler months, and colds and flus become more common, please ensure that if your child is unwell they stay home. This helps keep everyone safe and offers protection, particularly for our medically vulnerable students.
Yours in learning
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 16th December
- Friday 22 October is a student free day - Staff PL
- Friday 17 December is a student free day
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Red Class are building on a fantastic start to the year and are continuing to enjoy the Science unit ‘Water Works’. As part of this unit we have explored the concepts of ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ through play-based learning. We dropped water ballons on the ground, and drew around the subsequent puddles of water with chalk to observe what happened when the sun came out. Our water table became an area for washing dolls and clothing, and hanging items out to dry.
We have explored the concept of freezing water and observing it melt. Students touched blocks of ice in different shapes and sizes and were surprised to see letters of the alphabet emerge as the ice melted. Later that day we also enjoyed some icy poles kindly given to us by Hudson’s family. Just what we needed on a hot day!
After listening to the story ‘The Jelly That Wouldn’t Wobble’, Red Class carefully heated some water in the kettle and followed a visual recipe to make our own jellies. Unlike the jelly in the story, ours were very wobbly and fun to eat.
Annette, Lauren and the Red Class team
We are continuing to examine water and it's effects on other things in our Science unit ‘Water Works’. Our latest class story is ‘Split! Splat!’, written by Amy Gibson and illustrated by Steve Björkman. The whimsical rhymes tell the story of a little girl and her adorable dog as they venture out on a rainy, spring day. The whole neighbourhood joins them and what results is a day of squishy, sloshy, muddy fun.
Yellow Class students have been studying the properties of foods when the are dry and how they change when water is added. We have also been making and testing predictions on whether different kitchen ingredients dissolve in water. We have moved on to looking at how the weather is impacted by water. The students made cotton ball rain clouds to examine how clouds produce the rain, which we really enjoyed playing in.
Yellow Class has been doing an amazing job in their specialist classes! All students have been touching a variety of foods in Cooking, and everyone is loving Swimming and becoming so independent in the pool! In Drama, the students have been watching Drew act out different feelings and correctly identifying which ‘Zones of Regulation’ he is in.
Great work, Yellow Class!
Jenna and the Yellow Class team
Orange Class has been exploring the concepts of ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ as part of our Science unit 'Water Works'. We have had fun using spray bottles and hair dryers on our bodies and different materials. The students have been working on using language to support what we are feeling, incorporating the words ‘hot’ and ‘cold’.
Gemma and the Orange Class team
The Green Class students have had a great start to the term. We would like to thank all our families for the positive and supportive conversations had during IEP meetings. We have created some very important and exciting learning goals that we cannot wait to start working towards.
We are now in full swing with the Kitchen Garden program. The students have really enjoyed visiting the garden each Tuesday morning to harvest fruit and vegetables and complete garden jobs. This year we have been cooking our harvested produce in our classroom. The students have done a masterful job of peeling, chopping, and mixing to create some very tasty frittatas. A highlight for most of the class was being able to use the switch adapted food processor to shred all manner of vegetables.
Our Science unit examining water has been well received by everyone. In the last few weeks, we have been using our senses to determine the difference between wet and dry surfaces. We have also had a lot of fun using water squirters to wash off our names and letters written in shaving foam. For our last experiment, we made our own lava lamps. Everyone did a great job of communicating the colours they wanted, and there were some very excited faces at the end!
The students have not skipped a beat with getting back into the swing of teach and learn, and structured tasks. It has been amazing to see how quickly everyone has picked up writing using their preferred writing tools. All students have produced some impressive writing samples – it is so exciting to see some terrific progress in this area so early in the year!
Matt and the Green Class team
This term Purple class has been investigating forms of water and the role temperature plays in changing water from solid to liquid to gas. We have also been trying to link these understandings with the water cycle and features of the weather, such as clouds, rain and rainbows. The students have really enjoyed exploring the colours of the rainbow and this has stimulated a lot of colourful creativity in our classroom!
We have also been focused on establishing a rich play-based learning environment and the students have responded very positively to these fun learning opportunities!
A big thank you to everyone for their contributions during our IEP meetings. There are just a few more to complete and we appreciate your patience as we follow up to ensure a meeting has been scheduled. The meetings held so far have provided valuable opportunities for sharing between home and school, and we look forward to working with you to help move our students forward on their learning journey this year!
Muria and the Purple Class team
Pink Class has continued their fantastic start to the year!
In Literacy, we have finished our story ‘Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons’ and have moved onto the story ‘Excuse Me’ by Dave Hughes and Holly Ife. Our focus letters are M and G.
We have been making Frittatas in cooking, and students have been working hard in the Kitchen Garden program. Some students have enjoyed using the switch to grate the vegetables for the Frittatas, while others have enjoyed sampling some of the ingredients.
Happy Birthday to Evelyn who recently celebrated her 11th birthday.
Amy and the Pink Class team
What a great three weeks it has been in Blue Class! It has been lovely spending the time getting to know each other. During Science we are learning about the moon, sun and earth. We watched a short video, listened to a song and read a book, as well as made a 3D model out of playdough to represent the different sizes of the planets.
In group work we have been focusing on word families, letters of the week and predictable chart writing. Predictable chart writing is where I write with the students over the course of one week allowing them to generate their own ideas. The result is a student written book for the class.
Students are loving all the specialist classes. In cooking we made and cooked Potato and Beetroot Fritters, and in the next couple of weeks students will be cooking Mini Frittatas. PE is proving to be a big hit with Blue Class, with everyone enjoying the extra session.
Bec and the Blue Class team
Week six already!
The boys are continuing to enjoy our art focus on Henri Matisse. They have done a wonderful job attending to task and are thoroughly enjoying the art process. See below for their own versions of ‘The Snail’.
We are also enjoying the relaxed pace of the Kitchen Garden program as we cook in class. It is wonderful to see the boys explore food and cooking, whilst maintaining regulation.
We recently read ‘Oi Frog’ which had everyone engaged with the silliness and rhymes.
The class has also discovered some aquarium fans during choice and relaxation times. The soothing sounds and majestic animals have really captured attentions!
Great work White Class!
Laura and the White Class team
In Literacy, S-Orange Class have been focusing on the letters A, B and D, looking at letter recognition and letter sounds.
In Science we have been exploring what plants need to grow. The class conducted an experiment to see how light, water and heat affect growth. We are monitoring the experiment to see how much the samples grow and will now look at the different aspects of what makes up a plant.
The class has been exploring shapes and identifying features of 2D shapes in Numeracy. The students have been investigating ways they can incorporate simple shapes into artwork.
In the Kitchen Garden program students have been potting seedlings, watering the plants and harvesting vegetables for the kitchen. From our harvest we made Vegetable Fritters and Watermelon Sorbet.
Helen, April and the S-Orange Class team
It is hard to believe that we are in week six of Term 1 - this term has flown by! The students are now getting into the swing of their new routines and timetabled activities.
The Kitchen Garden program is keeping us all very busy on a Tuesday, with every student involved in the harvesting of vegetables, and cooking a dish on the day. The class has enjoyed making different fruit sorbets in the Thermomix, and it is great to see the development of skills in each student during these activities.
Last Friday, the class participated in the Clean Up Australia Day activity in Wentworth Park. It was great to see the S-Blue Class students out in the sunshine, interacting with other classes from the senior campus.
Trudy, Josh and the S-Blue Class team
Well, here we are quickly getting through Term 1, and S-Green Class students have done a wonderful job settling into the school year. All are doing fantastic work engaging with the activities on their timetables. We have been very impressed with Bianca’s willingness to join in the woodwork, art, swimming, and cooking programs in her new school environment, and understanding how her timetable works. Well done B!
This week we were fortunate enough to start our Community Learning program for 2021. We all loaded onto the bus and went for a long drive to Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary. We looked for butterflies to support our class focus in Literacy and Science, and were fortunate to see hundreds of them! Students were taught to find the word 'butterfly' on Proloquo2Go, LAMP, and PODD. We also learned the Auslan signs for butterfly and caterpillar. Good job guys! It was nice to get out into the bush and walk along some tracks, as well as cross the bridge over the dry creek.
We hope all classes are enjoying Term 1, settling in well and enjoying the nice weather while it lasts.
Richard and the S-Green Class team
Things are continuing to move along nicely in S-Red Class. Thank you to those families who have made the time to come in for IEP meetings, it is such an exciting time to discuss the plan for the year ahead. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to further discuss any aspect of the IEP, or have any other questions or concerns.
The students have been kept busy with their programs. A highlight has been the weekly PE sessions with Ciaran - everyone returns to the class with smiles on their faces after participating in games, dancing and fun.
In Maths we are continuing to focus on counting, as well as 2D and 3D shapes. This week we are beginning to explore the properties of shapes, including sides and corners. Next week we will venture into the playground and see what shapes we can find in our environment.
Literacy has focused on our interests, who we are and what we like doing. Last week students shared their favourite foods, and we discussed similarities and differences in our likes (there seemed to be a clear favourite for hot chips!).
Work has begun in the school café, with S-Red students visiting one at a time on Friday mornings to serve coffee and food to customers. The program is an excellent opportunity for students to practice not only work-related skills such as serving and using equipment, but also communication (asking questions and listening to responses) and numeracy (adding dollar amounts together and handling money).
Kathryn, Lou and the S-Red Class team
The first half of the term has flown past so quickly in S-Yellow Class!
Students have been practicing writing skills using our alternative pencil, and working hard to choose letters to write a sentence from our photographs. Literacy continues to focus on ‘All About Me’, exploring likes and dislikes. It seems that when it comes to food, all the students love pizza! I’m sure we can have a word with teacher Louise from cooking class to see if we can fit this into the Kitchen Garden program.
We have been taking turns working in the Café. Some of us help with the baking process, some take orders from and serve the customers, and Selby usually counts the money and sorts out the budget. A great team effort!
We love PE and have had lots of fun moving our bodies in different ways while following the various exercise programs.
In Numeracy the focus has been numbers and shapes, with students exploring shapes in the world around them. We visited the garden and playground to find different shapes, and will start to explore three dimensional shapes in the coming week.
Science is always fun, and we are enjoying our current unit on ‘Living and non-Living things’. A few weeks ago, we planted bean seeds which are already starting to sprout! We will observe our beans for the rest of the term to see what happens to them.
Watch this space for so many more wonderful things to come over the next few weeks.
Andre, Aaron and S-Yellow Class team
It has been fantastic to observe students from the junior and senior campuses enjoying the Kitchen Garden program. We have been focussing on the safe use of kitchen equipment including electric frypans, graters and the Thermomix. The school garden currently has an abundance of zucchinis, carrots, beetroot and potatoes and students have used these ingredients to prepare and present a range of recipes including Vegetable Fritters, Zucchini Pikelets, Carrot and Zucchini Tagliatelle and Watermelon Sorbet.
Our senior students have also been busy preparing delicious cakes and savouries to serve and sell in the school café. Nic’s Polenta and Rhubarb Cake and Selby and Ben’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake have been very popular with customers!
Louise and the Kitchen Garden team
Junior/Middle School Assembly Week 5 - 1 March 2021
Junior/Middle School Assembly Week 4 - 22 February 2021
Senior School Assembly Week 6 - 11 March 2021
Senior School Assembly Week 4 - 25 February 2021
On Friday 6 March students from S-Red, S-Yellow and S-Blue Classes ventured to Wentworth Park to participate in Clean Up Australia Day. Since beginning over thirty years ago, Clean Up Australia Day has become a national event involving schools, community groups and businesses, encouraging groups to venture out and collect as much litter as possible.
Our students enjoyed a short stroll to the park, which seemed to be relatively clean. However once we started searching in the surrounding bushes, we quickly discovered loads of litter clogging the environment. The park is home to numerous wildlife species, including bandicoots and parrots, and we discussed the importance of keeping our environment clean and safe in order to protect the ecosystem that surrounds our school.
After walking along the path to the end of the park and back, we had collected a full bag of rubbish in just under an hour. There was excellent team work on display as some students held the bags open for others, and everyone shared in the responsibility of collecting the rubbish and helping to make our environment safer and cleaner. Well done to everyone involved!
The Freedom Wheels Program
TADTas is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the independence, dignity and quality of life for people with disabilities. It is run by volunteers made up mostly of passionate and innovated engineers. They are based in the south, however they do provide their service to clients in different parts of the state.
The Freedom Wheels program modifies standard bikes to give independence to children with disabilities by allowing them to ride a bike. TAD organisations throughout Australia provide a Freedom Wheels program.
In Tasmania the Freedom Wheels team consists of a TADTas technical volunteer and a therapist from St Giles Society, with regular assessment clinics held in Hobart and Launceston.
A standard range of add-ons have been developed that fit onto a range of standard bikes. This means that an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist can “prescribe” the attachments needed to correctly support a child. A bike can then be set up by TADTas technical volunteers in the clinic to suit the child. Support may include:
- Stabilising wheels
- Postural supports
- Foot/pedal supports
- Carer assist for steering and braking supports
TADTas encourage families to reach out to them if they are looking to modify a bike for a child living with a disability. The program is listed under the NDIS (Provider number 405000061), so there is very little out of pocket cost to the families, which usually covers the cost of the actual bike. Variety also offer Individual Grants, which may mean the family will have no out of pocket expense.
- About TADTas http://tadtas.org.au/about
- About Freedom Wheels: Freedom Wheels - TADTasTADTas
- TADTas FB page, which has many posts about the program (5) TADTas | Facebook
- link to the a short YouTube video https://youtu.be/cUxE-8ErqfQ
- Variety Individual Grants guidelines: https://www.variety.org.au/tas/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Guidelines-Individual-Grants-2020-2021.pdf
- Variety Individual Grants applications: Variety Tasmania Individual Grant Application 2020-2021 - Variety (smartygrants.com.au)