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On the last day of Term 1, teachers from all three Support Schools in Tasmania met in Campbell Town and engaged in an excellent day of professional learning and moderation on literacy and writing, with a particular focus on alternate pencil use and samples of student writing. This day was a great example of state-wide collaboration and learning. Thank you to Terry Mawbey our Literacy Coach for co-ordinating and leading this important work.
We have had some queries on the decision to not take and share photographs of students in the pool program. This decision is based on a Department of Education wide policy focussed on the safety of all students. Whilst we understand and appreciate how wonderful some photographs from the pool can be, we must maintain a strong focus on safety for everyone.
On Monday 6th May we received a visit from the Tasmanian Minister for Education, Jeremy Rockliff and the Secretary of the Department of Education, Tim Bullard. Both were impressed by the scope and quality of the education we are providing at Southern Support School, and asked me to pass on their thanks to all of our wonderful staff for their excellent work. Providing visitors to our school with a tour and an explanation of what we do, and how we do it, is one of the highlights of my role, and an aspect of the role I am always proud to fulfil.
This week is Support Staff Week, where we recognise and celebrate the amazing contribution made by our Teacher Assistants and other Support Staff. The positive impact of our Support Staff on the learning of our students is tremendous. They are dedicated and professional and caring in their work. So please take a moment if you can and thank a Support Staff member next time you visit our school.
We have loved our trips to the garden and observed and nursed the chickens. If we are lucky, we collect the eggs for cooking. We have been helping harvest some herbs and vegetables and preparing and chopping them for cooking.
We have been observing the changes in the leaves and collecting some natural objects to look at on our light table.
We made some beautiful Mother’s Day gifts and hope that all our Mums and carers realise how special they are as we painted and decorated our cards and poems. We loved reading the story, Why I Love My Mummy, and hope that we can help you read this at home.
We are aiming to read books every day and have been pointing to pictures in books and turning some pages. One of our books this term is Ten Little Fish and we are focussing hard to count the fish on each page.
In our structured tasks we have been learning how to post objects and work from left to right. Thank you Laura for helping us learn how to do this.
Well done Red Class.
Jeannine, Anna & the Red Team
We have spent the first two weeks of term celebrating our Mums, in anticipation of Mother’s Day. We have been reading the story, My Mum, which looks at all awesome things our Mums do and how much we love them. In predictable chart writing, we have been writing about our Mums – the students chose words like awesome, pretty and kind to describe their Mums. In art and craft, we have enjoyed creating trinket bowls from clay and shaving foam marbled cards for Mother’s Day presents.
We have begun a new book I Love Bugs in story-time, which looks at the different features of different bugs and their habitats. In art and craft we have begun making paper-mache eggs, which will hatch a surprise insect at the end of term.
In kitchen garden, we have been cooking devilled eggs and vegetable stir fry. Both have been delicious and sampled by many of the students.
Jenna, Anita and the Yellow Class Team
It has been a busy start to Term 2 in Orange Class.
We have celebrated two birthdays already this term. On our second day back we had a belated celebration for Cruze who turned 9 on April 27th. Codi also celebrated his 9th birthday on May 13th.
The students in Orange have been developing their skills in using the Zones of Regulation. When working on their Zones toolboxes all of the students did a fantastic job of identifying the activities that best help them to get back into the green zone when they are feeling a bit blue or yellow. Julian has already gained great confidence in putting his toolbox to work.
On the first Friday back we had a lovely visit to Lindisfarne Park. Students enjoyed rediscovering their favourite places and activities with their classmates.
Students also enjoyed working with our art teacher Suzanne to create cards for all their wonderful Mums for Mother’s Day.
Tegan, Anita & the Orange Team
It has been birthday central in Green Class so far this term. We had a party for my birthday (an age I do not wish to disclose) on the first day of term and Ugo turned 10 on Monday the 6th of May. Many thanks to his mum for delivering a delicious cake, we had a great party to celebrate this special occasion for Ugo.
We have been working hard on interacting with adults/peers safely and actively during choice times and students have been responding well to adults playing alongside them. This was an area highlighted in many students’ IEP goals.
A special mention to Noah for his outstanding efforts in the Kitchen Garden Program this term so far. He has been completing a range of activities in the garden such as shredding, watering, harvesting and cleaning vegetables for cooking. In the “kitchen” he is sitting at the table during the cooking process, assisting by using switches to operate the appliances. We look forward to seeing what exciting things all students can achieve this term.
We hope all our Mothers had a wonderful weekend, we all had a ball making your cards/gifts this year.
Ella and the Green Team
We enjoyed celebrating Izayah’s 11th birthday. Izayah had a great time sharing this birthday celebrations with his friends. He loved blowing out the candles, and eating the delicious cake that his mum brought in. We are looking forward to celebrating Shelby and Kye’s birthdays next.
Last week Purple Class students were busy making mother’s day presents to celebrate their amazing mums. We hope all the wonderful Purple Class mums had a lovely mother’s day.
With IEPs finalised, students have begun working hard to achieve their goals. Amid the hard work they are still finding time to enjoy their favourite activities, like community learning and outside play.
Denise & the Purple Class Team
Our new guided reading text is called Busting, by Aaron Blabey and this will continue to be our text over the next couple of weeks.
Students have enjoyed making fruit crumble during the kitchen garden program. One of our favourite components to this dish is using the switch to operate the blender to make the crumble.
We are all looking forward to having another happy and successful term.
Amy & the Pink Team
Welcome back!! Blue class has had a wonderful start to Term 2. The beginning of Blue Class week continues to be very busy with Kitchen/Garden program, swimming, music, So Safe, and assembly. Our guided reading focus has been Why I Love My Mummy by Daniel Howarth. We have been working with this book, in preparation for Mother’s Day. We talked about why we love our Mum and what makes her special. We had a great time making beautiful cards and hand cream for our mums. We hope all our awesome mums had a lovely mother’s day. We are continuing to examine objects and their properties in Science. Community Learning has been extremely successful and the students look forward to it every fortnight. Harry and Katelin’s bike riding skills are improving every week.
Bec, Laura & the Blue Team
Welcome back to all our students and families.
White class has hit the ground running this term, with students and staff diving right back into learning and fun activities.
This term our science focus is again on Biological Science; we are exploring life on the farm, looking at how farmers grow crops and care for animals by meeting their basic needs of survival. In our first lesson, the students investigated where seeds come from by squishing and opening some fruit and vegetables. We also planted our own bean seeds and will care for them and watch them grow over the coming weeks.
The gym is a favourite destination for our students to help them regulate and have some fun and exercise. The boys love using the cross trainer, swings, and bikes, as well as exploring the tunnels and other soft mats our wonderful P.E. teacher Lyn provides.
Some of our students have recently started using new electronic augmentative and alternative communication devices at school. The students have done a fantastic job carrying the devices around the school and community, and have been very receptive to using them to assist with their communication. We thank Tracey Hannigan and Bron Bronson for assisting in this acquisition.
Cooking in white class has been a hit. To begin this term we have been making toast with butter and vegemite. Our students have been doing an excellent job learning how to independently use the toaster and spread the butter, and they are especially proud to show off their creations to our office staff. Great work boys!
Andre, Matt & the White Team
Welcome back for Term 2 everyone! We hope that students and staff were able to have a nice break. Bella was lucky enough to fly all the way to Perth for a family holiday, and to meet her new cousin! She was very excited to show everyone the photos and talk about the baby.
Well it is starting to get very dark and cold! In S-Green we have been preparing ourselves for winter through our Science unit on weather. Despite the students all showing great understanding, I don’t think anything could really prepare us for the cold turn!
We managed to get out on Community Learning to John Doggett Park in West Hobart last week, home of the famous skate bowl. Max showed his extreme streak by going on a bowl run with Richard! Everyone else enjoyed a play on the equipment at the park.
Last week in science we made lava lamps by pouring oil and water in a bottle with some food dye. The kids enjoyed seeing how the oil and water would separate, before dropping Alka-Seltzer tablets in to create an effect of bubbles travelling up through the oil. It was lots of fun and quite messy!
We hope everyone has a fun and productive start to Term 2.
Richard & the S-Green Team
S-Orange walked through the playground and garden collecting vegetation. Everyone put some eggs into a pot of water. The eggs were cooked. Drops of food colouring and some flowers were put into bowls with hot boiled water with some vinegar. Each student wrapped leaves or rubber bands around an egg and then put it into a stocking. Next the stocking was put into one or more of the bowls with the different colours – red, blue, pink, violet, yellow, and green. The eggs were left to dry. Olive oil was wiped all over each egg. Eggs were taken home as a gift. You will see a photo of some leaves and flowers with some of our beautiful Easter eggs.
“My name is Ben. I am making hot cross buns with flour and sultanas. I then made it into balls by rolling them. I cut them and put them into the dish. I made hot cross buns for Easter to take home. My hot cross buns tasted yummy!” Everyone in S-Orange made hot cross buns. Dan is checking if his are ready to take out of the oven. Matthew has just finished putting his into a backing dish.
“Thomaz! Hooray! Zombie cake. It’s funny! Come on. Come on. Cake. Cake soon. Yes. Yes. [Let’s sing first.] Happy Birthday too Thomaz. Happy birthday Thomaz. Happy birthday to you. Hip hip HOORAY! HIP HIP HOORAY!! Hip Hip Hooray!”
“I am Thomaz the zombie. I am making a zombie face for fun. Zombies like zombie cake. This is a zombie birthday cake! Kym made the cake. The cake has teeth like zombie monsters. The cake has green zombie blood. Peter, Warren, Kyle, Tracy, Jack, Daniel, Ben, Matthew, and Lila celebrated my birthday. It was exciting!”
“Ah! Ah! Look everybody more cake. “Sing happy birthday everybody. Look! Look! Yum. I like birthday cake. Jack, look birthday cake. Sing happy birthday everybody. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday Jack. Happy birthday to you. Hip hip, HoooRAAY! Hip hip, HOOOray. HIP HIP HooRAY!”
“Jack. It is my birthday. Mum made me banana cake. Icing. I like icing. Candle on it. I will blow it out, watch this. I blew it out, did you see that?" [Jack enjoyed the attention and was a little bashful.]
Warren & the S-Orange Team
It was wonderful to see everyone come back rested after their holiday.
Last term S-Red had spent Friday afternoons making a dog as our exhibit for the art from trash exhibition. Our skateboarding hound was constructed from light shades, old fencing wire, newspaper and scraps of material. He was a very happy looking mutt.
For community learning this term we went for a visit to the Long Gallery at Salamanca to see our dog on show.
For Science this term we are keeping a record of the daily weather and Dan is not impressed that there has been very few sunny days. We are also looking at the different states of matter. Measurement is the key focus for math and we have already measured the length of Rhianna’s plait. 50cms long.
It looks as though it will be another busy term for S-Red.
Helen & the S-Red Team
Welcome back everyone for Term 2. We hope you all had a chance over the holidays to rest up and enjoy some fun activities. We have enjoyed listening to the stories of everyone’s adventures.
S-Blue are in charge of the school canteen this term, which has us back in the kitchen on Wednesdays cooking up a storm to feed the senior campus. Students have decided on what items to cook; together they collate a shopping list and on Fridays we head to the shops. The canteen program provides a rich environment for us to practice our literacy, numeracy, communication and work skills.
Not only are we in charge of the canteen, we are also continuing our hard work in the school café. At this point in time there is not much for the adult helpers to do as the students are quite independent in running the show!
Things are getting exciting for our Year 12 leavers as we continue to focus on their individual transition plans. Whilst working on their independent living skills, we also continue to build upon work-related skills such as sorting, filing and packing. These jobs are completed in the garden, kitchen, work skills room and around the school.
In Science this term we are focusing on solids, liquids and gases. The initial introduction to these concepts was a huge hit as students created slime to explore the solid and liquid states. We also looked at the reaction caused when bicarb soda is mixed with water, and created bath bombs for our wonderful mothers. We hope you enjoyed them! We will continue to explore these concepts over the term.
Thank you once again for all of your input into the IEPs, these have now been sent home for you to review. We appreciate everyone’s contributions as we build these shared plans.
Kathryn, Tom and the S-Blue Team
This term S-Yellow class has really enjoyed participating in swimming and everyone is returning to class very relaxed for the afternoon session. We have also started cooking for the other two senior classes this term. It is great to see the students becoming more independent in the kitchen and we are hoping by the end of term that some of the students will be completing a recipe independently.
This term in science we are focusing on chemical sciences. We have had fun melting and heating, and we have observed gases occurring. This week in science we cooked pikelets and watched a chemical change. The class also enjoyed eating them. In maths we have been working on measurement, we have started the term looking at informal and formal measurement tools and had fun measuring items with dinosaur feet, paperclips and blocks. We wish everyone a great Term 2.
Trudy & the S–Yellow Team
I have started working with Epilepsy Tasmania this week in an effort for Southern Support School to gain their Epilepsy Smart School recognition. This is not a simple process for us as a school, as this program is designed for schools who have a very minimal number of students with Epilepsy. The first step will be using a uniformed Seizure Management Plan and Emergency Management Plan for all students with seizure disorders. I will be working closely with paediatricians and other health care providers to ensure this process is as easy as possible for parents. I will provide more information to parents as we progress through the programme.
The Kitchen Garden Program at the Southern Support School acknowledges and pays respect to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community as the traditional and original owners, and continuing custodians of this land and acknowledge Elders – past, present and future.
The garden continues to provide a bounty of produce for our menus. With an array of vegetables to choose from; pumpkin, swede, radish, chinese cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, cauliflowers, parsnips, the stir fry dish is different each day. It was great to see Caleb in the farm garden last week. He was interested to find out what we were growing and got a nice surprise when he pulled at some leafy green plants; carrots!
Our new chooks have also been laying plenty of eggs, and as a result we were all rewarded with curried eggs being returned to the menu. Nick did a great job mashing the cooked eggs and adding some mayonnaise. Dominic used some of the Kennebec potatoes he harvested at the end of last term to make gnocchi.
It’s a time of the year to tidy up and carry out some maintenance in the garden. Senior students including Daniel from S-Red have harvested the last of the pumpkins for storage and have cut up the pumpkin stems for cold composting. Harry works with Jerry, a new volunteer to the school on mulching the garden beds; that should keep the weeds down. Jaime pots up coriander; she helped to save these seeds from the herb garden at the beginning of term one and they will soon be planted out. Jason helps to maintain the large worm farm by adding layers of organic matter including shredded paper. Matthew waters a newly top-dressed bed of chinese cabbages. They’ll be ready to eat later in the term.
We know how fortunate we are at SSS to have such beautiful organic produce to cook with and at times we have a surplus of vegetables. With this in mind the school has recently become a recognised partner of Food Connections Clarence; a group of organisations, businesses, schools and volunteers who are committed to working together to help improve access to healthy low cost food, to those most vulnerable.
Last week students from S-Green, harvested some vegetables and donated them to Clarence High School, also a Food Connections partner. Their students will be providing a lunch of soup, toasties and apple slice at a local community centre this month using some of our produce. We should be very proud of ourselves.
Thank you to Karyn Radcliffe’s Mum Margaret, for the donation of pears to the program; we used them in our fruit crumble, and to Jill Gates and Jodie Irvine for donating plastic tubs. We are always in need of plastic tubs and lids so please send in to school if you have some to spare.
The kitchen garden program is always in need of volunteers to support our students particularly on Mondays and Fridays in kitchen class. If you are able to assist even on a casual basis, please contact me via home school communication books or at email@example.com
Annette & the Kitchen Garden Team
The Junior/Middle School assembly is held every Tuesday at 1.55pm in the Junior gym
The Senior School assembly is held every second Wednesday at 2.00pm in the Senior gym
Parents, carers, friends and family are all welcome to attend.
Please sign in at the office on arrival.
The current School Association Office Bearers are:
Chair – David Long
Deputy Chair – Caitlin Jones
Treasurer – Paul Sheen
Secretary – Lou Rickwood
We always love to welcome new faces to the meetings, so please feel free to come along and join us. You can also follow us on Facebook.
NEXT SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING
Monday 20th May 2019
6pm - 7pm
Senior Campus Staff Room
All parents/carers welcome
SSS SENIOR STUDENTS WANT YOUR RECYCLING!
The students in S-Yellow, S-Red and S-Green have joined Terracycle. We have joined the Bausch + Lomb Recycling Programme. Accepted waste is:
- All brands of used contact lenses
- All brands of used contact lens blister packs
- All brands of used contact lens cases
Our school is also competing in the Colgate Community Garden Challenge!
The schools that collect the most oral care waste and online votes can win a recycled community garden set!
Accepted ORAL CARE waste is
- Tooth paste tubes and caps,
- Floss containers
- Tooth brush and tooth paste tube packaging
Collection bins are located at the front office at Junior and Senior Campuses!
To find out more about these programs please visit https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB TERM 2
Every purchase from Scholastic Book Club helps the school to buy extra classroom resources.
Scholastic Book Club orders for Term 2 are now open.
LOOP Online Ordering
The easiest way for families to order and pay for Book Club is to use the online LOOP platform. This will ensure that students get their orders, which are delivered to school for free, and that the correct payment is received. Please use the link to register and start your order. www.scholastic.com.au/loop
LOOP is also available as an app, for both Apple and Android devices.
LOOP-only Special Offers
Families who order via LOOP will receive a free reusable book bag with their second order for the year, and a poster and bookmark for those who place their third order.
Cash Payments (if your school accepts cash)
For cash payments, please ensure you have the correct money and that the envelope is securely sealed with your completed order form and labelled Book Club order. This makes it a lot smoother to process all orders and ensures the order can be submitted to Scholastic in a timely manner.
How families reward their school
Thank you to everyone who ordered from Book Club in Term 1. Southern Support School earns Scholastic Rewards, as 20% of what you spend goes back to the school. Your support, in ordering from Book Club, will allow the school to buy additional books and classroom supplies.
ART FROM TRASH
In the final weeks of term one, the senior yellow, red and blue classes were hard at work completing art projects that were featured in a recent exhibition, held at the Salamanca Arts Centre over the term one holiday period. “Art from Trash” is an annual exhibition that encourages the reuse of discarded materials in the production of amazing visual art.
Students engaged with the project by first collecting discarded items, either from the community at large or by visiting the local tip shop. They then explored ideas relating to art pieces made from rubbish, before selecting their final projects. S-Red decided to make a dog named “Harvey” using newspaper, and discarded plastic items. S-Yellow chose an under the sea theme, creating a fish using bottle rings. S-Blue found an old chair at the tip-shop which they then covered with plastic lids.
Once the art pieces were completed at school, they were delivered to the Long Gallery and put on display. Amongst wearable art, amazing sculptures and some strange contraptions, our pieces sat and were admired by hundreds of people during the course of the exhibition. Some students were even lucky enough to visit the gallery before the closing of the event.
The pieces are now on display in the senior campus office if anyone would like to pass by and admire them.
DARK MOFO ACCESS PROGRAM
PAEDIATRIC REHAB FAMILY WORKSHOP
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR WORKSHOP SERIES
Dolly Bhargava is running the following workshops for Parents, Educators (Early Childhood, OSHC, Primary and Secondary schools), Disability Staff, Allied Health, Mental Health and Supervisory Professionals supporting children, adolescents and adults.
BURNIE workshops at Burnie Central Townhouse Hotel, 139 Wilson Street, Burnie
- Developing Emotional Regulation Skills in Individuals with Anxious, Oppositional and Aggressive Behaviours (24th of May, 9am - 3pm) (Register for $165 before 5 May; $220 from 6 May)
LAUNCESTON workshops at Tailrace Centre, 1 Waterfront Drive, Launceston
- Teaching Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (29th of July, 9am - 3pm)(Register for $165 before 10 July; $220 from 11 July)
- Developing Emotional Regulation Skills in Individuals with Anxious, Oppositional and Aggressive Behaviours (30th of July, 9am - 3pm) (Register for $165 before 10 July; $220 from 11 July)
- Assessing-Preventing-Managing Challenging Behaviour (31st of July, 9am - 3pm) (Register for $165 before 10 July; $220 from 11 July)
HOBART workshops at Philip Smith Centre, 2 Edward Street, Glebe
- Teaching Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (5th of Aug, 9am - 3pm) (Register for $165 before 10 July; $220 from 11 July)
- Developing Emotional Regulation Skills in Individuals with Anxious, Oppositional and Aggressive Behaviours (6th of Aug, 9am - 3pm) (Register for $165 before 10 July; $220 from 11 July)
- Assessing-Preventing-Managing Challenging Behaviour (7th of Aug, 9am - 3pm)(Register for $165 before 10 July; $220 from 11 July)
To register please refer to the attached flyer.
I am also running a series of ACT TQI and NSW NESA Approved Positive Behaviour Support Online Courses. For more information please see the attached PBS online courses flyer.
Speech Pathologist with a Masters in Special Education
Behaviour Zen Pty Ltd
PH: 0423 293 254
As part of implementation of Educational Adjustments Disability Services/Inclusion and Diversity Services are holding Parent and Family Forums across the state during term 2.
Parents and families are invited to attend an information and discussion forum in Term 2 to discuss Educational Adjustments. From 2020, there will be a new approach in our schools to assist students with disability to access, participate and engage in quality educational programs.