Dear SSS Community
The end of Term 1 is with us and gives us time to reflect on the great learning that’s been achieved.
As Principal I also reflect on the tremendous work that’s been undertaken by our new staff in learning the ropes, and the awesome work of the more experienced staff who have provided mentoring and coaching.
We had our School Association AGM and have elected a great team. An early focus is on fundraising to provide specialised AAC and switching equipment, with the Easter raffle getting us off to a great start. A big thank to everyone for donating Easter goodies and buying tickets.
IEPs are now being finalised and will be sent home soon to be signed and returned to school. Please ensure these come back to school signed, which lets us know that you’ve read and understood the document. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions if this isn’t the case.
Term 2 starts on Wednesday 21 April this year, and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school then.
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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
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During Term 1 in Red Class, we have been busy establishing ourselves as a community of writers!
Writing in Red Class has taken several forms:
- We have been using our alternate pencils with an adult, to write a response to something we are doing or have done in the past. This is the writing that you will see in our writing books.
- The students have also enjoyed writing as a whole class. Each afternoon we take the time to write about a picture from our day, before displaying this writing outside our classroom.
- We have also written charts based on something we have experienced. By participating in predictable chart writing we provide a structure for students to write while still encouraging them to generate their own ideas.
In Red Class sharing our writing with others is an important part of our writing process. We hope that you enjoy these photos of Red Class writing.
Annette, Lauren and the Red Class team thank you all (students and families alike) for a fantastic start to the year and wish you a relaxing and safe Easter break. We look forward to writing about it when we return!
Annette, Lauren and the Red Class team
We have had a wonderful Term 1 in Yellow Class! Everyone has settled in well and new friendships have bloomed.
In Science unit ‘Water Works’, we have continued studying the effect of water on other things.
Our latest class story is ‘The Rainbow Fish’, written by Marcus Pfister. The book tells the story of the most beautiful fish in the ocean, his scales shimmering the colours of a rainbow. When the other fish see him, they want shimmering scales too, but Rainbow Fish keeps the beautiful scales to himself. His choice not to share soon makes Rainbow Fish a lonely fish. He discovers, in the end, that in sharing his scales, not only does he bring a smile to others, but he feels happy as well.
Yellow Class have been busy creating lots of Easter crafts. We made rainbow eggs with paper towel and food colouring and enjoyed watching the colours bleed together to create new colours. We have also created silhouettes of rabbits with white paint and black cardstock.
Yellow Class continue to enjoy our specialist classes. In Kitchen Garden we made delicious Vegetable Pancakes with carrots, capsicum, and silver beet. Everyone enjoyed grating and slicing vegetables and mixing the pancake mixture. PE is a particular favourite specialist session for Yellow Class and we have all enjoyed playing cooperatively with bikes and the new inflatable shape cushions. Awesome work, Yellow Class!
We wish you all a wonderful, relaxing Easter Break and look forward to all the fun and excitement of Term 2.
Jenna and the Yellow Class team
Orange Class have been exploring our different senses through rice play, shaving food, working with playdoh and slime, the vibrating cushion, water play, movement and the interactive room. Please enjoy examples of these activities in our photos below!
Wishing all our Orange Class families a lovely Easter and school holidays, and we look forward to seeing our students refreshed and reading for more learning in Term 2.
It’s hard to believe Term 1 has already finished! We have had a great term in Green Class; the team is very proud of how the students have settled into daily routines and the learning achievements being made. Well done Green Class!
Shared reading is fast becoming one of our favourite times of the day in Green Class. This term we have read three class stories – ‘Oi Frog’, ‘Snot my Day’, and ‘That Alpaca Ate My Cracker’. A focus for our reading sessions has been sitting as a group, practising joint attention to the story, and learning concepts of print such as turning pages, pointing to words and illustrations, and holding our books correctly. The students have been very engaged, particularly when we used our ‘frustrated’ voices to act out scenes where food was stolen by the naughty alpaca.
Green Class students have had a wonderful time in the gym with Lyn this term and have been lucky enough to have two sessions a week. Everyone has been very relaxed and happy to give all activities and equipment a go. Favourites for our students include the bikes, scooter boards, swings, treadmill, and the crash mats.
This term Green Class have celebrated birthdays for Cody, Kerry, and Noah. We had lots of fun with balloons and streamers, and (the best part of all) ice cream cake! We can’t wait to celebrate more birthdays as the year progresses.
We wish our families a safe and enjoyable Easter break, and look forward to seeing you all again in Term 2.
Matt and the Green Class team
It has been a lovely start to the year! Everyone has settled into our new routines well and there has been a lovely calm atmosphere in the room on most days. Great job Purple Class!
In addition to our usual Teach & Learn and Structured Learning tasks, the students have enjoyed engaging with a variety of play-based learning activities this term and we have been fortunate to have acquired some exciting new resources. The students have been developing their ability to be self-directed and it has given us an opportunity to deepen our understanding of what each student finds most interesting. There have been opportunities to develop the students’ fine motor skills, and also their social skills, such as sharing and turn taking.
We wish you all a safe and enjoyable Easter break, and look forward to seeing you all again in Term 2.
Muria and the Purple Class team
Can you believe that Term 1 has come to an end? We have had a fantastic start to the year in Pink Class with all students settling in well. We enjoyed having Drew back this term for a session of Drama and are sad to be farewelling him this week. We wish him all the best!
We have been enjoying cooking in the garden classroom and made delicious milkshakes for our final cooking session this term.
We are finishing up our last book for the term with ‘Boo to a Goose’, and have written our own book based on this story. Some of our responses are hilarious!
We would like to wish everyone a fantastic Easter and a restful break, and we look forward to having as much fun and success next term.
Amy and the Pink Class team
Blue Class has had an awesome Term 1!
In Science the students have been learning about day and night, and seasons. We watched a short clip on how the Earth rotates on its axis as it moves around the Sun. The side of the Earth facing the Sun is bathed in light (daytime) and the side facing away from the Sun, out towards space, is darker (night-time). We then sorted pictures of activities we can do during the day and at night-time. We also listened to songs and read books about day and night.
In Kitchen Garden the students have made Vegetable Frittatas and Vegetable Pancakes. After we have harvested the produce and completed our garden jobs, we go back to Blue Class to cook.
In Literacy we have been doing lots of different activities. The students have been engaged in Readings Eggs which teaches them phonics, sight words and reading skills. We have also been watching Vooks, an online library of read-aloud animated storybooks that brings children's books to life.
We hope you have a lovely Easter and a relaxed, fun and safe school holidays.
Bec and the Blue Class team
How are we at the end of Term 1 already!
The White Class boys have done an amazing job this term of settling in with their new classmates and routines. We are all so very proud of them and the effort they put in daily!
We all have absolutely loved having Drew in for Drama and the boys have been incredibly engaged for his sessions. They will miss these! Thank you Drew for all your amazing energy.
White Class students continue to enjoy the Kitchen Garden program on Wednesdays, and exploring in the gym.
We look forward to continuing the amazing work next term. Have a wonderful, well deserved break!
Laura and the White Class team
What a busy time Term 1 has been for the students in S-Orange Class! We were lucky with the weather for our outdoor Science lessons on ‘Living Things’, where we explored the playground, and discovered which plants and animals live there. We have been experimenting with different ways to germinate seeds and have watched our seedings grow. We are caring for our seedlings daily and monitoring their process.
All students have been enjoying PE sessions outside, and bike races around the bike track.
S-Orange Class have been continuing their writing focus this term with students writing a reflection journal. It has been lovely to see what the students enjoy doing on the weekends.
In the Kitchen Garden program, Amadeo has been shredding, and Aaron and Kylen have been potting the new seedlings. On Fridays, Rose is responsible for setting up the weather chat and Cooper collects the apples.
Max has been assisting with delivering the daily notices and Jed is delivering the washing daily to all the senior classes.
Wishing everyone a restful and safe holiday break, we are looking forward to a jam-packed Term 2.
Helen, April and the S-Orange Class team
We have had a busy Term 1 in S-Blue Class, and all students are looking forward to a restful holiday. We have now completed our Science unit on ‘Living Things’, with the students completing the celery experiment, observing how the leaves change colour as the celery absorbed the coloured water.
S-Blue Class have really enjoyed the cooking program with Louise this term and it has been lovely having the kitchen to ourself! The students have enjoyed trying new recipes and using different kitchen utensils - we especially enjoyed making ice-cream in the Thermomix!
We have been lucky to enjoy some great weather this term, which has allowed us to spend time outside. Please remember to send a jacket to school with your child as we move towards cooler days.
Have a lovely break, and we look forward to seeing everyone for another term of learning.
Trudy, Drew, Josh and the S-Blue Class team
Well done everybody for making it to the end of Term 1! It has been a big term for all students in S-Green Class and everyone has done a great job settling in to our routines and school activities.
We have enjoyed time on Community Learning outings this term; searching for butterflies in Chauncy Vale and frogs in Lauderdale. This week we walked over to Wentworth Park to practice our road safety on the bike track traffic lights. Jason, Katelin, and Bianca did a fantastic job of saying when to ‘stop’ and ‘go’ as the lights changed, well done guys! Lilly also did very well to complete this task, assisting Jess to understand the process too. This was followed by a BBQ to celebrate the end of the term where we discovered Bianca is a big fan of sausages and burgers! Katelin was encouraged to go down the big slide which at first was a bit too much for her. However, with Ciaran’s assistance, she made it down the slide and ended up going down another three times by herself. Well done Katie! This was a really nice way to finish the term, and a big thank you to Ciaran for his help on our excursions. Next term we look to begin a shopping program.
It has been fantastic to see Sam regularly at school towards the end of Term 1. He has done a fantastic job getting back into his new class and routines, particularly with his individual work. Kayla has made some great strides with her gross motor program in recent days too. All very positive work to finish the Term. Well done everyone, we hope you can have relaxing and restful holidays!
Richard and the S-Green Class team
And just like that Term 1 is over! S-Red Class have been winding down the units of work as we get ready for an extended holiday break.
A highlight recently was our trip to the Botanical Gardens. We were lucky to have a perfect day weather wise, as we meandered through the gardens looking for living and non-living things. Everyone did a fantastic job staying safe, walking together as a group and completing worksheets as we looked for ducks, trees, flowers (living) and rocks, chairs and buildings (non-living).
On behalf of the S-Red Class team, I would like to wish all our families a safe and restful Easter holiday, and look forward to continuing the program in Term 2!
Kathryn, Lou and the S-Red Class team
What a busy fortnight it has been with the students in S-Yellow Class working hard across all aspects of the curriculum.
All of the boys have been enjoying their sessions in the gym, both for PE and exploratory time.
Jack has been focussing a lot of effort into strength training with the battle ropes and racing Ciaran around the bike track. Selby has been working on a range of fine and gross motor activities as part of his individualised circuit, and increasing the resistance on the treadmill each week. Darcy has been working on moving across objects and obstacles using trial and error, along with a lot of perseverance. Nic has been taking part in a range of team throwing activities and working to travel independently across a range of obstacles.
Towards the end of Term 1, students enjoyed a focused writing activity using their alternate pencils. Darcy was very engaged during this resulting in some excellent writing. Well done, Darcy!
In Woodwork this term we have been making pencil boxes, which required students to create four rebate joints to assemble the sides. Students marked out the area to be cut, and then used the mitre saw to complete the process. The next step involved removing any unwanted material using a mallet and chisel. This proved to be particularly engaging as students became very focussed on striking the chisel and watching as the wood chips came out. Students are still working on assembling all the components and will hopefully have them completed early in Term 2.
S-Yellow Class has been doing a great job keeping alive the bean seeds we planted for Science at the start of the term. It was Nic’s turn to water the bean plant on Friday last week.
Jack’s been busy juggling lots of different work crew jobs throughout the week such as stacking the vending machine, vacuuming, recycling, composting, cleaning and much more. Jack also helped to sort the visuals for the individual timetables last week.
Andre, Aaron and S-Yellow Class team
Our Junior and Middle School students have done a wonderful job harvesting ingredients from the garden to make Vegetable Pikelets. White Class have been working well and it is fantastic to observe their skills and enthusiasm grow each week. Marcus has been working very hard to develop his grating and mixing skills, and Elijah has done an excellent job practicing his knife skills.
Our menu for senior students has included Stuffed Zucchini with Rice and Vegetables, Cheesy Spinach Scrolls, Berry Muffins and Spicy Beetroot dip served with homemade Lavosh.
Students have had a great week trialling the dishes from this menu. It has been wonderful to observe our students tasting and smelling the new foods.
Jayden from S-Blue Class did an amazing job learning to use the Thermomix where he prepared the dough for our Cheesy Scrolls and Lavosh. Harry and Jayden worked together to roll out the dough ready for cooking.
Ethan from S-Red Class did an outstanding job preparing and icing our cake for the Café.
S-Green Class have been doing a great job in the kitchen each Monday. Jason worked very hard to prepare the Stuffed Zucchini, and Bianca made some delicious gluten free Easter Muffins.
Louise and the Kitchen Garden team
It has been a very busy term for all the students on the Junior Campus. We have looked at unconventional painting methods including painting with coloured ice cubes and painting with large dishwashing brushes. Students really enjoyed the primary paint mixing activity where they placed two primary colours inside a plastic snap lock bag which was then taped down to the table. They were then able to mix the colours together to create a secondary colour. This was a big hit with those students that are averse to getting anything wet or sticky on their hands.
Students on the senior campus have been exploring the process of collage. They have made their own collage trees, collaged quilts using fabric squares glued onto card and a colourful textured shapes collage with great success.
The big focus of our Preliminary Technology Art program for term one has been primary and secondary colours. Students have examined artworks by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo to identify which colours they used in their paintings. They have made their own Mark Rothko painting, had fun using salad spinners to create secondary colour paintings and are currently exploring how food dyes react when mixed with oil on paper.
It has been an action-packed term in PE on the Senior campus at Southern Support School!
All senior classes have been working on a range of activities in the gym, the playground and the senior bike track. We have been working to improve our strength, balance and coordination, ball skills and explored a range of moving across the floor, as well as different obstacles.
The good weather has also given us the opportunity in one of our two classes each week to use the senior bike track to walk, ride and run exploring both movement and the sensory gardens.
Great work this term!
Ciaran the PE team
Kylies to give away
Dementia Australia's Respite Centre 'The Vicarage' has donated a number of Kylies, to be distributed to families or carers of Southern Support School students who would find these useful to assist with incontinence issues. If you would like one or two, at no cost, kindly contact the office staff. Kylies will be available on a 'first in, first served' basis.
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