Dear School Community
As the winter solstice approaches and the days shorten and cool down, I wanted to say thank you to everyone for ensuring maximum wellbeing by keeping unwell students at home. This helps everyone to be as well as possible, and to maximise learning, as we all know that we learn best when we’re in the 'Green Zone'.
Many of you would have been contacted by members of our school team about our engagement with you and the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). This is part of a larger project we are part of called Families & Us, which will result in some exciting ways of the school engaging with our learners and their families in the coming months.
You may have also noticed that the new childcare building is nearly complete, and is on track for handover in Term 3, which then leads into the redevelopment of the old childcare building into learning spaces and a library and another interactive room, which is also very exciting.
Take care and stay warm.
Yours in learning
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.
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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As we approach the half-way point in the school year, we have reflected on the wonderful progress our students have made so far, demonstrating their skills as communicators and learners. In their first year of formal schooling are Samuel, JJ, Khye, Patrick, Eva and Zaydon who have been ably assisted in this transition by our ‘veterans’ Hudson and Klay. As a team we have been honoured to observe this growth, evident in their mid-year reports which will be sent home soon.
Our shared reading text is 10 Scared Fish written by Ros Moriarty with beautiful illustrations by Balarinji. The story starts with one turtle by the waterhole allowing readers to follow the river to the sea, counting animals along the way until ten little fish meet a scary big shark. We have been ‘Sharing the AIR’; a shared reading strategy with our AAC devices to engage students in this text. Patrick used his LAMP app to comment ‘like’, ‘afraid’ and ‘scared.’ Anja recently visited Red Class where she enjoyed sharing the story with JJ. We love selecting our own books at reading time; Zaydon and Khye especially enjoy stories about the Minions.
The recent wet weather has enabled us to explore our Science work on wet and dry again. Wearing a very fetching rain jacket, Hudson explored the garden, Klay found a puddle and Samuel kept dry under an umbrella.
Annette, Lauren and the Red Class team
The first half of the year has flown by in Yellow Class!
We have just finished our class story The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems, and started The Echidna and the Shade Tree by Mona Green and Pamela Lofts. This book is based on a story told by Mona Green, of the Jaru people, to Aboriginal children living in Halls Creek, Western Australia. The illustrations are adapted from the children's original paintings of the story. Under the shade of a huge tree in the desert, Echidna spends his days minding the young of the other animals while they hunt for food. Despite his assistance, the other animals will not share their food. In anger Echidna uproots the tree endangering their safety. Their efforts to stop him explain why today he has stubby feet and spikes.
In Science, Yellow Class students have been making giant bubbles and rain clouds, and in Art with Roos and Eiluned we enjoyed creating clay echidnas and using chalk to draw on wet black card.
In Cooking we made Vegetable Chow Mein and Bread Rolls. The bread continues to be a hit, with lots of Yellow Class students enjoying one or more. We also enjoyed sampling carrots, pumpkin and potatoes while preparing the vegetables. Everyone in Yellow Class has been doing a fantastic job of sitting around the table as a group and working together to make some delicious food each week!
Jenna and the Yellow Class team
Welcome to Term 2!
Orange Class students are enjoying exploring our different senses. We really enjoy running our fingers through grass and rice, and sitting on a squishy foam wedge. When we explore our senses, Orange Class students then use their knowledge of the Zones of Regulation to tell staff how they are feeling. Exploring our senses makes most of us feel ‘calm’ in the ‘Green Zone’.
Gemma and the Orange Class team
Pink Class walked to the Senior playground to explore the world around us for Science. All students transitioned well as a group and enjoyed the play equipment and gardens.
In Cooking we made Pumpkin Soup and Focaccias and started a new menu of Vegetable Chow Mein and Bread Rolls which students and staff have enjoyed. We harvested the vegetables for the Chow Mein and used a switch to make the dough. Student’s counted the number of rolls made for the class.
Students recently enjoyed a rainy day where, rather than visit the garden, we brought leaves into the classroom!
Pink Class have just finished our story Red, Red, Red which focussed on the Zones of Regulation. Students discussed their favourite foods and what they thought particular animals enjoyed eating. For example, “octopuses eat submarines” and “sharks eat donkeys”. Our new book is How the Birds Got Their Colours, which is based on a dream time story.
We cannot believe that Term 2 has nearly come to an end and wish all families happy holidays!
Amy and the Pink Class team
There has been a lot to celebrate over the last three weeks in Blue Class: Matilda is independently getting her lunchbox from the fridge and carrying it to the table; Lachlan, Ryan and Aimee are engaging and participating well during Art and Cooking; Joan is sitting with the whole class during group activities; James is using his talker to request ‘outside’ with a modelled prompt; Krystle loves using the switch during cooking; and Mia attended her last day with Blue Class on Friday. Her bubbly personality will be missed by her peers and staff and we wish Mia all the best for the future.
During Literacy group work we have been focusing on word families, letters of the week, predictable chart writing and shared reading. During predictable chart writing we discussed the concepts of print, looking at where to begin reading, punctuation and the use of upper and lower-case letters in words.
Blue Class students are doing an amazing job! We love celebrating all of the big and small accomplishments with them.
Bec and the Blue Class team
As we approach the end of Term 2, and halfway point of the school year, White Class students have reflected on their achievements so far.
All of the boys are doing an amazing job and we have seen some wonderful progress in communication, regulation and attendance to task.
It is so lovely to see everyone happy to be at school and embracing their learning goals. Behind the News writing continues to be a hit and gives students a great, real world source of information to write with purpose. The boys are thoroughly enjoying the short daily news videos.
Wishing you all a delightful winter break. We look forward to continuing our learning journey next term.
Laura and the White Class team
Well we have made it to nearly the end of Term 2, well done everybody! Our students are working towards achieving their goals for the year and everyone is doing a great job.
Kayla is making excellent progress communicating “more” using TouchChat on the iPad, while Jess is also making some good early progress since starting the same goal. Lilly is doing fantastic work, particularly in the garden, and in engaging with cooking tasks. Bianca is working on her singing and dancing, entertaining everybody with her knowledge of pop music. Jason is doing fabulous work with his counting and one-to-one correspondence of numbers to 10, while Katelin continues to make great strides with her communication skills on LAMP. Well done everybody!
S-Green Class have enjoyed a couple of great community learning outings recently. Last week we were lucky enough to reach the summit of Mt. Wellington; and even managed to find some snow! Jason loved having a little snowball fight! Katelin and Jason braved the viewing platform in the driving wind, working hard to stay upright. Other students enjoyed the view from the observation room. This week we all had a great time ten-pin bowling. Congratulations to our winners Kayla and Katelin!
Footy tipping update: in S-Red Class Dan has had a couple of great weeks to take the lead with 49 points, while Ethan with 44 points and Lila with 43 points are hot on his heels. Matthew and Ben are tied on 42 points, while Jackson and Bella have 40 and 39 points respectively. In S-Green Class Lilly has continued her good form to lead with 51 points, Jess is in second on 43, Katelin and Bianca are tied on 42 points, while Kayla and Jason have 39 and 36 points. Keep it up everyone, there’s still plenty of games next term to try and make up some points!
We hope everyone has great finish to Term 2 and enjoys the break.
Richard and the S-Green Class team
Term 2 is fast coming to an end and everyone is in need of a well-deserved holiday!
Harry has recently started working in the café and is doing a great job taking orders and serving customers.
In Maths, we have finished our unit on measurement with the students using non-standard measuring units to measure items around the classroom. We are now focusing on addition.
In Science we made our own thermometers to measure liquid and to determine if it is hot or cold. Poor weather has delayed a trip to Mt Wellington to try out our thermometer; however we are hoping to make it there before the end of term.
Shared reading has been a class Literacy focus. The S-Blue Class students are using their AAC devices to make comments and to answer questions about what we are reading. They enjoyed our most recent book Tough Guys Have Feelings Too.
We hope everyone enjoys the final weeks of term and the school holidays.
Trudy and the S-Blue Class team
It has been a busy three weeks in S-Red Class, bringing out the party hats to celebrate two birthday milestones! Harvesting vegetables for the Country Women’s Association has continued to be an extension of our Kitchen Garden program, as Ben labels and delivers our garden produce every Thursday.
In Maths, we have moved onto exploring weight as part of Term 2’s measurement focus. Last week we compared classroom objects by holding them in our hands, as well as using balance scales to confirm which items were heavier and lighter.
In our investigation into stages of matter, our class undertook a range of Science experiments to observe how solids, liquids and gases can change. This has been messy at times, especially our experiment involving slime! However, it has led to some spot-on predictions and scientific observations.
Shared reading has been a class focus in English in the last two weeks. This has involved students using their AAC devices/PODD books to share some fantastic responses, relating their own experience to the books we have been reading.
We are nearing closer to the end of the term, so please contact us if you would like to discuss 2022 transitions for our Year 11/12 students.
Tash, Kathryn and the S-Red Class team
What a fantastic and busy term we have had in S-Orange Class. We cannot believe we are at the end of Term 2! Our Maths focus this term has been measurement with a car challenge competition to finish off our investigation into length. Next we move onto weight.
Students in S-Orange Class enjoyed writing letters this term, and wrote a letter to Simon asking him to come and read to the class. It’s been great to see their skills develop over the weeks and we thoroughly enjoyed reading Simon’s written reply. S-Orange Class also enjoyed Simon’s visit, where he read three stories to the class.
Students made Lemon Drizzle Cake, Pumpkin Soup and Foccacia in the Kitchen Garden program. One of our favourite components was using the switch to operate the blender when we made the dough. The cake and soup were such a success that many students went back for seconds.
Have a lovely holiday and we are all looking forward to Term 3.
Helen, April and the S-Orange Class team
Winter greetings from S-Yellow Class!
Students have been doing excellent work in their individual Teach and Learn sessions: Jack helped to sort money from the café and made sure the cash register had coins and notes available for change; and Nic worked on the concept of tall and short, and helped make a display for the class.
We have started a new Science unit focused on weather and seasons last week. Students will create a weather diary for the week, indicating what the weather is like outside each morning and afternoon. They will also be asked to record temperatures and other weather data. Everyone is showing great understanding in the early stages of this unit. Darcy also did a great job setting up the weather board in the garden.
We will be looking at preparation programs for our Year 12s, as they start their transition plans for 2022. As always, please let us know if there is anything we can help with.
Andre, Aaron and the S-Yellow Class team
In the Kitchen:
We are in the second week of our new menu and students have enjoyed preparing and tasting the new dishes. Junior classes are doing a wonderful job harvesting the produce required to make Vegetable Chow Mein.
The menu for middle and senior classes includes Bao Buns with Spicy Cauliflower, Vegetable Chow Mein, Vegetable Dumplings and Lemon Pudding. It has been lots of fun learning to make the new recipes and the Bao Buns have not only been fun to make, but taste delicious.
S-Yellow Class were excited to begin canteen this week. It has been a great opportunity for our students to practice their money handling, grocery shopping, harvesting from the garden, food preparation, cleaning and delivering food orders to customers. We will be continuing the canteen program with S-Yellow Class for the remainder of the term and then S-Red Class will take over in Term 3.
In the Garden:
We have enjoyed watching the garden transition from Autumn to Winter. The leaves have fallen from the trees, and we have been putting them in the compost, as well as using them in art and craft doing some leaf rubbing with crayons.
We have been harvesting pumpkins for soup and Declan found a very effective way of getting them back to the classroom.
The chickens are really enjoying our new activity of threading vegetables, where students thread vegetables onto a string and then we clip it up in their coop for them to eat.
It’s been nice to see the different winter crops in the garden and the different ways we need to harvest the vegetables.
We make sure we all rug up so we can still come out and enjoy the crisp fresh air in the garden.
Students have been excelling using teamwork for some jobs, as well as working hard individually.
Louise and the Kitchen Garden team
Thank you to all the parents, care-givers and staff who recently volunteered at our Bunnings sausage sizzle on Sunday 6th June. Also a very big thankyou to all the businesses who sponsored us:
- The Wursthaus Kitchen
- HS Fresh Food
- Woolworths Eastlands and
- M & J Butchers.
It was a lot of fun for everyone involved, and we raised over $820 which will be used for specialised resources for our students.
Well done everyone!!
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