Dear School Community
Thank you to everyone who has signed and returned IEPs and associated plans. Your input into this process is highly valued. If you haven’t yet signed and returned these please do so as soon as possible.
For those of you who have been onsite recently you would have noticed the great progress with the building works. Stage One is due to be completed in August, with work then turning to Stage Two which is the redevelopment of the current childcare building into 3 learning spaces, a library, and interactive space. Completion date for the project is early 2022.
Please see below for an image of the redeveloped childcare building.
Also, we will once again be holding an Influenza Vaccination Clinic at school this year in association with Clarence City Council. Consent forms have been sent out to families and carers. Please sign and return promptly if you would like your child to take part.
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 16 December
- Friday 22 October is a student free day - Staff PL
- Friday 17 December is a student free day
Phone 6165 6200 from 7:30am
Text 0407 872 423
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Influenza Vaccination 2021
Thursday 3 June 2021
The 'Influenza Vaccination Consent Form' has been sent home with students and must be returned to school by Friday 14 May 2021.
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The Red Class team were delighted to welcome students back to class after the Easter holidays.
We finished Term 1 with the story ‘Big Rain Coming’, and made rainclouds using squirty cream and blue food colouring. Our Science unit on ‘Water’ continues this term, and in Art and Craft sessions with Roos and Lynne, students designed and made their own collage clouds. Samuel chose coloured paper to make a grey storm cloud whilst JJ’s cloud was bright and blue.
Last week we had a visitor to Red Class when Terry, our school Literacy Coach, joined us for the morning. She was impressed with how well students are engaging in early literacy and communication skills. Hudson shared the writing in his journal and Patrick attended to his LAMP communication app with her during circle time. In Red Space, Klay found alphabet letters hidden in a sensory play tub of sprinkles!
On Tuesday, Red Class students also enjoyed their first Drama session with Denise.
Patrick celebrated his birthday on Thursday. Thank you Sarah for supplying ice-cream cake to share – it was yummy!
In shared reading, we listened to the story ‘The Mummy Book’, and using our communication devices described what our mummies like to do. After listening to the story we recorded our thoughts on our predictable writing chart and re-read these during the week. Eva said her mummy likes to make things whilst Khye said his mummy likes to cuddle.
We thank our mummies for loving and taking care of us and wish them a ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ on Sunday.
Lauren, Annette and the Red Class team
Yellow Class have had a fantastic start to Term 2! Our students have all done a great job getting back into school routine: unpacking their bags; signing in; and engaging in all their favourite activities around the school.
We have been busy creating presents for a special person in our lives in honour of Mother’s Day. Our latest class story ‘My Mum’, by Anthony Browne, is a lovely book about a child describing what they like about their mum, and talks about how mums are lots of fun and filled with love.
Yellow Class has eagerly jumped back into the Kitchen Garden program! After a rainy visit to the garden, we made Vegetable Soup and Bread Rolls. Students enjoyed cutting up lots of different vegetables, along with making and rolling the dough.
We welcome Denise to Yellow Class this term as our Drama teacher, and have enjoyed reading and discussing some beautiful books with her. Music has seen the students enjoy exploring all the instruments.
Jenna and the Yellow Class team
At the end of Term 1, and continuing into Term 2, students in Green Class have been consistently engaged in writing, using a variety of writing tools we call ‘alternative pencils’. Currently we see students using full alphabet boards, 4-letter flip charts, and a program called ‘Abilipad’ on the iPad. All students are doing amazingly well at using their ‘alternative pencils’ to create some very good writing. Well done Green Class!
The ‘Zones of Regulation’ program is an integral part of the learning program in Green Class. In Term 1 we learnt about the emotions of angry, sad, happy, and frustrated. In Term 2 our weekly lessons have focussed on how our body feels when we experience these emotions, how others are feeling, and how to communicate feelings with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). A big hit has been the use of puppets to act out some emotions. Green Class students are making excellent progress with their understanding of the ‘Zones of Regulation’.
Our visits to the garden to harvest vegetables for cooking have continued successfully. The students love exploring the nooks and crannies, and have settled into a routine of doing jobs to help out. Some of our students’ favourite jobs include shredding, caring for the chickens, watering, shovelling mulch, potting plants, and tending to the worm farm.
Matt and the Green Class team
Welcome to Term 2! Purple Class have started the term very well! Everyone has settled nicely into our class routines after the holiday break, and we have seen lots of calm behaviour and engagement in our learning activities. Great job Purple Class!
This term we have started an inquiry into how we use our senses to learn about the world around us, especially water, which has been our focus since Term 1. We are singing lots of songs and creating some funny pieces of art work as part of our inquiry. Take a look at Julian’s giant ears!
We are also working on expanding our play based learning activities into our outside play area this term, which is exciting. Purple Class students have been enjoying the good weather outside whilst developing their skills of sharing and turn taking, and engaging in some refreshing water play!
All the Purple Class students would like to wish their mums a very happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for all you do! The students enjoyed selecting a special gift for you today and we all hope you like it.
Muria and the Purple Class team
We have had an excellent start to Term 2 in Pink Class, reflected in great attendance rates so far. To begin the term, we have been reading the book ‘Pig the Pug’, which is a favourite for some of the students. We have used the book to discuss different feelings and the ‘Zones of Regulation’. We have also been looking at ‘ig’ and ‘ug’ words and the letters 'p' and 'g'.
Students have continued cooking in the garden classroom of a Friday, making soup and bread rolls, which have been enjoyed by several students.
We would like to wish all the mothers a lovely day on Sunday.
Amy and the Pink Class team
Blue Class has had an awesome start to Term 2 and have settled in well to the morning routine of unpacking their bag, structured tasks, independent writing and then choice.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a critical component of our school day and during Literacy group work, the students explore different pathways as well as practice familiar cells to communicate their individual needs, express their likes and dislikes, or to make a comment. Predictable chart writing provides structure, whilst allowing the students to generate their own ideas. One of our books was called ‘I want to be….’ and it was heart-warming to find out the students' responses. Lachlan chose prime minster, Matilda and Ryan chose a babysitter, Krystle chose a vet, Aimee chose a pirate, Mia selected a cleaner and Joan picked a fire fighter.
Blue Class have been doing an amazing job in the garden! Instead of going to the garden with the other classes from the middle sector, all classes are now going down by themselves. We have found this to be more relaxing for the students who are more willing to engage and participate in doing their jobs. During cooking we made soup with bread rolls.
Bec and the Blue Class team
Welcome back to Term 2!
It was so lovely to see the White Class boys excited to be back at school. They have all been doing a wonderful job of sharing spaces and attending to tasks.
We focused on Oliver Jeffers book ‘Here we are’, for the first two weeks of term. The boys all enjoyed the pictures and the shared story experience.
We have been watching ‘Behind the News’ on ABC iView everyday and writing about our favourite segments. This has proved to be a popular daily activity and helps us discover what is happening in the world around us.
We are very proud of the boys and their progress so far and look forward to seeing them flourish further.
Laura and the White Class team
Welcome to Term 2! S-Blue Class students have been working very hard this term, and are becoming excellent communicators with their Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). We have started our community learning, visiting the Botanical Gardens, Woolworths, and the Waterworks Reserve where the students have been practicing using their AAC out in the community.
This term our Science unit is ‘Weather’. We have been looking at the weather forecast and then communicating what the current weather is. Later in the term we will conduct experiments where we make our own rain clouds and thermometers, and participate in many more fun science activities. On Friday we have introduced work crew jobs in the classroom. Students have been helping with jobs such as shredding, vacuuming, cleaning, and looking after the worm farm. We hope everyone has a great Term 2.
Trudy, Josh and the S-Blue Class team
Welcome back everyone for Term 2. The students have been busy getting to know two new staff members working in the S-Red Classroom. Tash is a new teacher who will be taking over for Kathryn when she commences maternity leave at the end of Term 2 and Mick has joined the TA team for the rest of the year. It has been wonderful to watch the new relationships forming in the room as Tash and Mick settle in.
Students have been kept busy as usual. This term we have started a shopping program and each Friday selected students will visit Coles to shop for ingredients needed in the kitchen garden. This gives them an opportunity to explore money in a real-world context, as well as plan and budget for recipes. The students who do not attend shopping will be practicing their safe transitioning and community interactions at local parks. Hopefully the weather stays kind to us on Fridays!
Kathryn, Tash and the S-Red Class team
S-Orange Class had a fantastic start to Term 2. We have begun our new Maths unit ‘Measurement’, where we have been looking at units of measure and relating this to everyday objects. We examined the difference between big and small, and short and tall objects we use in our home. We enjoyed the challenge of seeing who could create the tallest tower.
Our latest class story is ‘Dear Zoo’, by Rod Campbell. This book is about a child who writes to the zoo and asks them to send him a pet. We have been using this story to help us learn how to write letters. We wrote a letter to our parents and Simon. We were delighted to receive a response from Simon.
We have had an absolute ball in the pool, learning to kick our legs, go underwater and glide through the water. The whole class is making fantastic progress with their swimming skills!
April, Helen and the S-Orange Class team
Welcome back for Term 2! S-Yellow Class have done an excellent job settling back into school routines after the break.
The students in S-Yellow Class have been learning about the 'Properties of Matter' in Science. We sorted a variety of objects according to shape, size, texture, and colour. We also investigated the different states of water and then classified items as solids, liquids, or gas.
In Maths we have been busy measuring objects using informal measuring units such as blocks, as well as formal measuring tools such as a ruler. Darcy did a great job using cubes to measure ladders printed on an activity sheet.
In cooking Selby, made a lovely carrot cake that was sold in the café, along with Nic’s muffins which also sold out quickly.
Jack enjoyed doing his gardening jobs, especially feeding the chooks!
Andre, Aaron and the S-Yellow Class team
We have really enjoyed getting back into the garden with some additions to our hen house: new colourful chickens! The garden is full of lovely fresh produce that we are making good use of. Michael has put the cover on the greenhouse, so we will be able to do some potting up, even on rainy days.
The Junior Campus students have been busy practicing their chopping and rolling skills by preparing seasonal soup and bread rolls.
The menu for our Senior and Middle Campus students utilises the amazing crop of vegetables currently in the school garden, in particular an abundance of pumpkins. Harry from S-Blue Class delivered a selection of each dish to his class which included:
- Stuffed golden nugget pumpkins
- Roast pinkeye potatoes with garlic and rosemary
- Minestrone soup and bread rolls
- Mini apple cakes
In S-Orange Class, Cooper has been doing an amazing job weighing ingredients and operating the bread maker to make delicious bread rolls, and Aaron enjoyed cutting the dough to make scrolls.
S-Yellow Class have been busy preserving excess vegetables from the garden as well as preparing some delicious cakes and pumpkin scones to sell in the cafe. Nic, Jack and Darcy have used the Thermomix to prepare a hot sweet chilli sauce, as well as pickled beetroot. Selby worked very hard to create the labels for each of these food products which are available for sale in the office.
Louise and the Kitchen Garden team
These sessions are free and open to anyone who has questions about their NDIS plans. We welcome prospective NDIS participants as well as providers, and support coordinators.
We encourage anyone coming along to please bring a copy of their plan so we can help them:
• Understand their NDIS plan
• Know what they can spend their funds on
• Make sure they are not over or underspending funds
• Understand what plan management is / different types of NDIS funding
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We welcome you to join us in Hobart for the 2021 AGOSCI Conference
AGOSCI is pleased to welcome delegates to beautiful Hobart, Tasmania, for the 15th Biennial AGOSCI 2021 Conference – Explore. Engage. Emerge. The conference will provide an inclusive forum for the sharing of stories and evidence-based practice with a focus on beginning communicators. We will create a space for open collaboration between AAC communicators, families, exhibitors, educators and allied health professionals. This is the first time that AGOSCI has held their conference in Hobart. We hope that you will take up the opportunity to come down and explore new horizons with us.
To apply for a scholarship to attend the conference, please use the following link:
Or, go to the AGOSCI conference website https://agosci2021.org.au and scroll to the bottom of the registration page.
The online application process involves 11 short questions. Scholarships close on Friday May 7, 2021.