Dear School Community
As you would be aware the good people at Young Leaders of Tasmania (YLoT) ran a pilot school holiday program here onsite during the Term 1 school holidays. We have now evaluated this pilot and are pleased to announce that the program will be continuing on the same basis throughout the 2021 school holidays. Exact dates and details are yet to be confirmed, so stay tuned.
In other news, I currently have an Assistant Principal from the north of the state shadowing me as part of the Department of Education’s Principal Preparation Program. His name is Josh Moore, and he will be around the school learning about the Principalship until Tuesday 1st June.
Yours in learning
School Terms for 2021
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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Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
Sunday 6th June 2021
This School Association would appreciate any time you have available to volunteer at this fundraising event.
Please contact the school in person, by telephone or through facebook to advise what time/s you could help out.
We are now halfway through Term 2, and I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the fantastic communication that has been occurring in Red Class.
Students have been using a range of communication systems: namely PODD; Proloquo2Go; and LAMP. Tracey Hanigan, our fabulous school Speech and Language Pathologist, has helped with the implementation of these systems for our new students, and also with extending the vocabulary available for students who already had systems in place.
While these systems are different, they all enable us to achieve the same goal – ensuring that our students access their right to communicate. It has been incredible to see the progress that members of Red Class have been making in regard to their communication goals this early in the year. We are very proud of you Red Class!
What is your favourite thing to talk about with your child?
Annette, Lauren and the Red Class team
The first half of the term has flown by in Yellow Class!
We have started our new class story ‘I Don’t Want to Wash My Hands’ by Tony Ross. The story is a humorous take on the importance of handwashing. The Little Princess does not want to wash her hands, after all she’s already washed her hands so many times! She’s washed her hands before eating, after playing with animals, and after going outside. She’s washed her hands after sneezing and using the potty. Why should she wash her hands anymore? Well, because of germs and nasties, she’s told, which are too small to even see! But if they get inside your body, they can make you ill. Not even a Princess wants to be in bed all day!
In Science, we have been studying all things hygiene. We have enjoyed practicing effective handwashing, brushing our teeth, cleaning our classroom space, and washing different types of toys from cars to dolls.
Yellow Class have also enjoyed exploring the active learning equipment in the interactive room, such as the little den and the tactile wall.
Swimming continues to be a favourite specialist lesson in Yellow Class, with everyone making great progress in the pool.
In Music, we have been enjoying playing the bongo drums and chimes. We identified environmental sounds or music with visuals, and then listened to our choices.
In Drama we read ‘Octopus’ Garden’, by Ringo Starr and Ben Cort, and then wrote about which sea animals each of us liked best.
In Cooking Yellow Class students enjoyed chopping the vegetables and mixing the dough for the Vegetable Soup and Focaccia.
Jenna and the Yellow Class team
It is half-way through Term 2 and Green Class students are making fantastic progress towards their Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals. We cannot wait to share their progress with families when reports go home at the end of the term!
Our Music program has continued this term with Rakkael joining us every Monday morning to sing songs, play instruments, and have a fun time enjoying our favourite music. The students in Green Class absolutely love exploring and playing the different instruments.
We are currently reading a new class story for shared reading called ‘Do Not Open This Book’, by Andy Lee. The students have been highly engaged in every reading so far, with lots of smiles and giggles as we turn each page against the monster’s wishes. This book has been a great asset for teaching the different zones of regulation through the expressions of the sometimes very grumpy monster character.
In Science we have continued with our focus on ‘Water’ and all of it’s uses. Recently we have examined how we use water for cleaning, with students cleaning mud and shaving cream off the faces of some of our favourite story and TV characters. Green Class have really enjoyed touching the different textures and having a go at independently cleaning the characters using brushes and sponges.
Our Community Learning program will begin this week. Initially we are planning on visiting the Senior Playground each Wednesday during which time we will practice skills such as safe transitioning, staying with the group, and safe play in the playground. We can’t wait to get out and have fun!
Matt and the Green Class team
Purple Class have been having a great time exploring our senses this term! We have produced some interesting pieces of art-work as we inquire into each of our senses, and investigated the objects in our environment using these senses.
We have also been focusing on our personal hygiene habits, such as coughing into our arm, keeping fingers out of our mouth and making good choices about what we lick!
Muria and the Purple Class team
Pink Class have enjoyed listening to the story ‘Give Me Some Space’, which featured as the National Simultaneous Storytime book for 2021, and is about a girl who dreams of a life in space. Students explored what they would like to be when they leave school and created some artwork related to their career choice. The class also made some splatter paintings before gluing on planets.
In Cooking, we have been making Pumpkin Soup and Focaccia which have both been delicious! All students have enjoyed using the nicer dicers to chop the vegetables and the switch to make the dough for the focaccia.
Pink Class will soon begin our new Science unit where students will be exposed to concepts of renewable, non - renewable and sustainable. We will identify water and wind as sources of renewable/sustainable energy. Students will also explore Tasmania as a place and be exposed to aboriginal culture within Tasmania.
Amy, Shannon and the Pink Class team
Wow, can you believe we are halfway through Term 2 already! Students in Blue Class continue to astound me with their resilience, stamina and ability to adapt and accept change, along with their capacity to attempt new tasks. It is lovely to see their unique personalities shining through.
We celebrated Mother’s Day two weeks ago and in Blue Class we followed a task analysis to make our special mum/person a homemade orange and lemon bath soak. Students also made a card and selected pictures that represented how the student felt about their mum. Similarly, we wrote a book called ‘The Best Thing About My Mum’. Some examples from the students include:
- Aimee: ‘My mum cooks yummy food’
- Lachlan: ‘My mum is funny’
- Krystle: ‘My mum hugs me’
- Ryan: ‘My mum kisses me’
- Matilda: ‘My mum holds my hand’
- Joan: ‘My mum has the best smile’
We listened to a live story being read by an astronaut from a space station for the National Simultaneous Storytime 2021. The book was called ‘Give Me Some Space’. We also watched some videos and looked at images about our solar system from NASA. We then created an art piece to reflect the planets in our solar system.
Bec and the Blue Class team
It has been wonderful to see the White Class boys settled into their daily routines and increasing in their independence.
The boys are doing a great job of sharing spaces and items, as well as selecting appropriate tools for when they do not want to share spaces or items! It is lovely to see them increasing their ability to self-identify what works for them and put these tools in to practice.
We all enjoyed the book ‘That’s Disgusting’ and the humour that it bought to our literacy. We are also enjoying Behind the News (BTN) and watching this daily to become aware of what is happening in the wider world.
Well done White Class, your continuing hard work is amazing!
Laura and the White Class team
Well here we are, nearly halfway through the year already! S-Green Class has been very settled with all students making great achievements. We recently went for a walk along the Hobart Rivulet track, looking for platytpi. Unfortunately we didn’t see any, but Jason, Kayla and Katelin had a wonderful time running back and forth through the leaves of the weeping willow. We were also lucky enough to experience the Arctic Room at the Botanical Gardens as part of our Science unit on ‘Weather’. Our students did a great job using their AAC to determine that it was “cold” and Jason even dipped his toes in the water fountain!
Lilly has been doing fantastic work engaging with her school activities, especially in the garden and kitchen, community learning, and with her structured tasks. Bianca continues to improve her independence with structured tasks and communication, and has come a long way with her use of Proloquo2Go and understanding of school routines. Jessica has been moving really well and throwing balls all over the place, while Kayla has been doing amazing work asking for “more” on TouchChat. Katelin continues to rapidly improve her independent reading and writing skills, while Jason has been demonstrating his independence with Proloquo2Go communication. Well done everybody!
Footy tipping update: in S-Red Class, Ethan and Dan are winning with 39 points; Matthew, Ben and Lila all have 35 points; and Bella and Jaxson are even with 33. In S-Green Class, Lilly has shot to the lead with 40 points; Jess is 2nd on 39; Katelin 3rd with 45; Bianca 4th with 34; Kayla 5th with 33 and Jason in 6th with 30 points. Keep up the good tips everybody! Shout out to Dan who scored 8 out of 9 last round, with his one mistake being to pick the Magpies who only lost by a point! Special prize for any student who can score 9 out of 9.
We hope everyone has a safe and productive finish to the term.
Richard and the S-Green Class team
It is hard to believe we are already halfway through Term 2! S-Blue Class students are working very hard towards achieving their Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals.
Our Science unit this term is focusing on ‘Weather’. Students (and staff) have enjoyed some fun, weather-related science experiments; creating a cloud in a jar and then making it rain and making thermometers to measure temperature.
Our Community Learning is also going well. We have explored some great walks at the Waterworks Reserve and enjoyed our shopping trips to Shoreline Shopping Centre. Next week we hope to visit Mount Wellington as part of our Science unit.
I hope all the students enjoy the rest of the term.
Trudy, Josh and the S-Blue Class team
What a busy term S-Orange Class has had so far! The students have been developing their understanding of measurement by using informal measuring units such as blocks and paper clips to compare the sizes of different objects. Jed and Max did a great job using blocks to create towers and make comparisons. We are extending our learning about formal measuring tools such as rulers.
We have been lucky to enjoy some great weather this term, which has allowed us to spend quality time outside. Cooper has demonstrated an excellent talent for basketball! He has also enjoyed riding the bike, while Max loved going on the Carousel.
Kylen and Rose loved their gardening jobs while Amadeo and Aaron had fun shredding paper and adding it to the compost.
All the students enjoyed creating their paper bee for ‘Bee Week’ which are on display for everyone to appreciate.
Helen, April and the S-Orange Class team
It has been great to see all students participating well over the last three weeks. Everyone has settled into the general flow of the school week as we continue to fly through the term. Our Maths focus this term is ‘Measurement’, with all students enjoying a paper plane flying competition to finish off our investigations into length. Next, we will delve into weight.
English continues to be a favourite, with the class participating in the National Simultaneous Storytime last week. After exploring where and what the International Space Station is, we watched a recorded reading of ‘Give Me Some Space’, from an astronaut currently orbiting Earth!
Ben, Ethan, Jaxson, Dan and Bella have been doing a wonderful job shopping at Coles every week. Louise is certainly grateful for the help! Matthew and Lila have also done an excellent job of practicing their community transitions as they take advantage of the amazing autumn weather we have been having, visiting local parks.
As the year is quickly getting away from us, please let us know if we can help with any transition planning. Soon our Year 12 students will begin to transition to their chosen career path, and it is an excellent time for our Year 11 students to begin researching options for their future endeavours.
Kathryn, Tash and the S-Red Class team
S-Yellow Class have had a very busy time since our last newsletter! Students have thoroughly enjoyed making Lemon and Carrot Cakes and Sausage Rolls during the Kitchen Garden program. One of our favourite components was using the switch to operate the blender when we made the dough. Our products are proving a hit at the café on Thursday mornings, with everything selling out!
In Maths we have been exploring measurement and weight. Jack discovered that his glue stick is heavier than his pencil: the pencil only weighing 6g compared to the glue stick’s 45g, and Nic used the scales in the garden classroom to weigh potatoes. We also documented last week’s outside temperatures using a thermometer to help us collect the data for our weather graph. Nic was responsible for updating the weather board in the garden.
We enjoyed celebrating Selby’s 18th Birthday. Selby had a great time and was very impressed with the cake that Regina brought him. Nic and Jack chilled out with their music after a busy day.
Andre, Aaron and the S-Yellow Class team
S-Red and S-Yellow Class students have been busy harvesting, packaging, and delivering fresh produce to both the Country Women’s Association (CWA) in Lindisfarne and M & J’s Butcher on Clarence Street. The CWA staff have been very impressed with Ben’s professional, friendly approach and the garden produce has been selling in a flash. Jack from S-Yellow Class made his first delivery to M & J’s Butcher this week, with Darcy and Selby working very hard behind the scenes to weigh and package the produce ready for delivery.
Thank you to Nic who donated loads of lemons to our class. Nic used the Thermomix to prepare delicious Lemon Curd Cupcakes to sell in the café.
Junior classes have really enjoyed preparing Pumpkin Soup and Focaccia bread. Mia in Blue Class has been fantastic working on her cooking tasks and is always happy to help Karyn with the washing up at the end.
Middle classes have all been working well with Lily from S-Green Class doing an amazing job each week preparing the Focaccia bread.
Louise and the Kitchen Garden team
Middle school students continue to work on individualised learning goals across our seven fundamental PE areas while simultaneously working hard to improve their peer-to-peer cooperation and safe working in the gym. Some key highlights have included extending our sensory obstacle course work and incorporating more challenging whole-body strength and coordination activities.
Senior school students continue to make good progress towards their individual TASC goals across the many criteria as we progress through the course.
Great work everyone!
Ciaran and the HPE team
Students on the Junior Campus have been exploring the process of collage. They have been very busy exploring a wide variety of materials to glue onto bases, and making their own coloured paper by painting it in preparation to be used as part of their collage pieces.
Senior Campus Art
Students in S-Blue, S-Orange and S-Green Classes have been exploring different print techniques. So far they have investigated the process of monochrome printing through the use of wooden blocks and using cut fruits and vegetables as stamps to create one-off designs.
Students in the TASC Art program began the term by exploring complimentary colours. They created single coloured oil pastel drawings and used a colour wheel to identify the complimentary colour, then applied this as a water colour wash. Students have also been examining the difference between shades and tints and created a crazy textualized painting highlighting what happens when white or black paint is applied to a single colour. Students that finished their focus work were able to have some fun block printing.
Our Values represent what is at the heart of our Department, reflect what we stand for, guide our decision making and underpin all aspects of our work.
Acting with courage means:
- accepting challenges and embracing opportunities
- thinking creatively and being brave
- being prepared to stand up for what’s important
- not giving up
- having difficult conversations
- being innovative and taking calculated risks in some situations.