We have well and truly hit the cooler months of the year, with the days starting to shorten and the temperature dropping. We hope that everyone is able to stay healthy throughout the winter, and in order to help with this our wonderful Nurse Julie and our School Association have supported an initiative which will see Clarence City Council provide 'flu shots to our students at school on Tuesday 11th June.
This great work builds on our previous success with having general immunisation clinics and also dental visits here at Southern Support School, in a supportive and familiar environment for our students.
Related to this, it is important that if your child does become unwell that you keep them at home until they recover. We have a significant number of students at our school with complex medical conditions who can be severely impacted by even common colds and 'flu. We appreciate your care and support in this matter.
We have had some great developments in the garden of late with the inclusion of a bush tucker garden and the painting of an indigenous themed mural along the wall into the garden. Thanks to the garden team and the students for this great work, and to NITA and the Aboriginal Sharers of Knowledge for their support with this project.
- For all student absences, the school can be contacted from 7.30am on 6165 6200
- You can also text the school mobile on 0407 872 423
- Monday 10th June is a public holiday
- Next School Association Meeting is Monday 17th June, 6 - 7pm, Senior Campus
We have enjoyed our sessions in the gym with students becoming very confident in using the equipment and obstacles with increasing independence (please see photos). We can use the swings, and throw, and kick the balls to our class mates.
We are hitting our Community Learning Goals as we are moving to the park each week and we are transitioning as a group and enjoying the different play equipment.
During Circle Time we are focussed on using our PODD books with an educator. We are using our pointer fingers to select visuals and looking at the pages many times each day. We are particularly focussed on the number and colour pages when we are singing our matching songs.
Well done Red class!
Anna, Jeannine & the Red Class Team
The first half of the term has flown by in Yellow class, yet again.
We have started our new class story, Little Barry Bilby, which is an Aussie retelling of Little Peter Rabbit. We meet lots of different Australian animals, such as ‘Barry Bilby’, ‘Peter Possum’ and ‘Colly Cocky’ as they are pestered by bugs flies, mozzies and beetles.
In art and craft, we have enjoyed decorating biscuits with red icing and chocolate chips to create edible lady bug art.
In kitchen garden, we have been cooking cauliflower rice and bread rolls from scratch. Yellow class students have been enjoying using the switch to use the food processor and counting the rolls as we shape the dough. We recently had the privilege of contributing to a mural in the newly developed native garden with a member of NITA Education, adding our yellow hand prints to the retaining wall.
In P.E. we have been practicing climbing though tunnels and rolling down slopes. Yellow class love swimming sessions on Fridays, it’s a great way to end the busy week.
Jenna, Anita & the Yellow Class Team
Students in Orange Class continued to work on their Science unit Schoolyard Safari. As part of this unit we have been reading a book The Snail and the Whale, which is all about friendship and keeping creatures safe in the wild.
In Kitchen Garden over the last three weeks we have been doing lots of vegetable harvesting and chopping, creating tasty stir fries.
We have introduced new timetables at play times and students have responded very well enjoying some extended social play and independent play on the slide, fort, swing and trampoline, with their peers as well as with staff. Meanwhile Lincoln has been having a great time exploring the playground independently in his new walking frame.
Tegan, Anita & the Orange Class Team
Green Class have really got into the swing of 2019; all students are settled into the daily routines, listening well and participating in all timetabled activities. Well done Green Team!!
A major achievement so far this term: Haily has mastered the skill of two feet jumping. She is jumping anywhere and everywhere at the moment, over bushes in the playground, in PE and in time to songs in circle time. Go Haily!
The cold weather has finally set in and we have had some inside playtimes over the last week. Green Class students have coped very well and have enjoyed making train tracks, playing with the doll house, reading books, engaging in active learning and playing with playdough. It is nice to see the students enjoying each-others company and playing alongside each other happily and safely.
Our Science unit Schoolyard Safari has continued to be a hit the term. Students have been busy and have made an ant diagram (on display outside Green Class), weaved spider webs and made pinecone bird feeders. They have lady beetle and butterfly tasks to look forward to over the next two weeks before we finish our unit and move on to Bend it, Stretch it.
We are secretly looking forward to wearing jackets, beanies, gumboots, playing in puddles and eating hot chips in the park over the next few weeks.
Ella & the Green Class Team
Purple class students have been reading a lovely story about an unlikely friendship, called Cat and Fish written by Joan Grant and illustrated by Neil Curtis. The book features beautiful line work and cross contour illustrations in black and white. In response to the gorgeous pictures, Purple Class students have created their own black and white art work, focusing on line and contour.
To make these works of art, students used the school’s antique book press. Students always enjoy using the book press. It is a lovely process that involves painting the printing plates, putting them in the press with some paper and winding the handle to close and open the press. The art pieces purple class students created were stunning.
We also enjoyed celebrating Kye’s 10th birthday with cake and pizza. It was a lovely celebration.
Denise & the Purple Class Team
We have been reading the story, Butt Out by Heath McKenzie as our guided reading text. It is about a cheeky baboon who does not want to wear pants and naturally, the students in Pink Class think this is very funny.
In the Kitchen Garden Program we have been making cauliflower fried rice and bread rolls, which are both delicious. Amadeo, Alice, Lizzie and Aimee have been using the switch to make the cauliflower fried rice (and of course Jed has been pressing it when we least expect it). Sam has been chopping up the vegetables and Kylen and Jed have been helping to cook and stir the rice, as well as make the rolls.
Everyone has been enjoying playing the different instruments in music with Rakkael and participating in SoSafe with Drew.
Sebastian has enjoyed going to the interactive room on a Friday afternoon and is looking forward to getting stuck into some science experiments.
Amy & the Pink Class Team
Blue class continue to make a tremendous start to term 2. Harry has already extended his communication on his iPad from a one-word request to a 3-step request. Well done Harry, we are all so impressed! Aaron is also using his communication device commendably, which is so lovely to hear his voice to express his wants and needs. Jayden is practising his new key signs and is doing a great job. Katelin is expressing herself through a variety of AAC methods and Jess is enjoying floor time to explore her environment. Kayla is doing an amazing job at switching.
Our current guided reading text is Magic Beach by Alison Lester. This book links nicely to our Science theme; Objects are a part of our environment. Students explored objects that they could take to the beach and objects that they may find at the beach. We then categorized them into their properties of hard and soft.
During Literacy, we are continuing our focus on independent writing through selecting a favourite picture or using the PODD to select a topic that interests us. During Numeracy this term, we will commence a unit on money to align with our community learning goals.
Freya celebrated her 12th Birthday and bought in Norman the guinea pig to help celebrate it.
Bec, Laura & the Blue Class Team
White class has been working on seeds and growth in science. Matt loved picking apart a pumpkin from the garden and looking at the seeds that came out. He then compared the size of the pumpkin seeds to the size of some fruit seeds from the garden.
Malakai has been practicing his heavy work and throwing down the medicine ball as a tool to stay in the green zone and remain calm.
Marcus has been engaged in role play with the many different hat choices in white class. The purple hat has been a favourite.
Ethan has been enjoying the addition of the green tunnel to white class. He enjoys rolling on it, sitting on it and climbing through it during song choices in circle time.
Caleb has been doing an amazing job in the garden. Helping to keep the vegetables watered and always checking on the chickens and making sure that they are well fed and watered.
Brodie loves his circle time songs. There is a picture of him letting us know that he was enjoying the zones songs.
White class want to send speedy recovery wishes to teacher Matt. We hope he will be back and working with us soon.
Andre, Laura & the White Class Team
Brrrr, welcome to Winter everyone! S-Green students have been rugging up a lot more lately, but we’ve still been lucky enough to get out on our community learning trips. In Week 4 we went for a lovely walk around the Lauderdale wetlands on a sunny day, keeping an eye out for frogs, birds and other wetland life; we didn’t see so many of those but did enjoy spotting horses in the paddocks nearby. This week we got a lucky break in the weather and went up to the new Domain Community Hub; we were all very impressed by the playground and facilities up there.
We have had some students make great progress with their communication lately. Max has been using a device to communicate “more” and “finished” when engaging in sensory play, as has Jaxson when he is eating lunch. Bella is now able to communicate “I feel …., how are you?” using her speech device (when asked how she is feeling), while Jason continues to show fantastic understanding of Proloquo2Go, a new communication system for him; this week he independently initiated communication to say “I want headphones” after he had finished work. Well done guys!
Our S-Green footy tipping competition is really heating up at the mid-season mark. After a fantastic round, Max has caught up to Jaxson and Bella, all on 40 points, with Jason on 47 and Zac out in front with an even 50 points. Darcy and Ethan have a little bit of work to do, but there’s still plenty of time left! A special prize will go to anyone who can pick 9/9 correct; so far our closest have been Bella and Max both scoring an 8. We hope everyone has a fantastic fortnight.
Richard & the S-Green Team
Colourful Semantics includes: Who? Doing what? What? and Where?
Given a picture, each student is successfully learning to do the Colourful Semantics Program with its coloured text questions and a variety of ‘a visual picture with text’ symbols as answers. Each student is using their talker and AAC such as iPad Proloquo2go, PODD Book 20 cell, and QUERTY keyboard with prompts. Students are learning to apply the Colourful Semantics to pictures that they select, beginning with themselves. Each student created their ‘written’ typed piece using Microsoft Word and inserted photos into Microsoft Word.
Colourful Semantics and Community Learning
Matthew used his 20 cell PODD with verbal, visual, and partial physical (elbow) prompt to answer the colourful semantics questions, Who?, Doing what?, What?, and Where?, about a picture that he chose.
Who? Matthew Doing what? is shopping for What? a sausage roll Where? at the bakery.
Altogether: Matthew is shopping for a sausage roll at the bakery.
Thomaz used his the iPAD Proloquo2Go, and QUERTY keyboard with verbal, visual, and gestural prompts to answer the colourful semantics questions about a picture that he chose. For his first picture, Thomaz worked with a student from the Young Leaders of Tomorrow.
Who? Thomaz Doing what? is touching What? a bird
Altogether: Thomaz is touching a bird.
Altogether: Thomaz is pointing at the sprinkler at the nursery.
Lila using his PODD with verbal, visual and partial physical prompts answered the questions.
Who? Lila Doing what? is squeezing What? a sprinkler Where? the nursery
Altogether: Lila is squeezing a sprinkler at the nursery
Altogether: Lila is touching moss on the rock. “It feels funny!”
Who? Jack Doing what? pointing What? menu `Where? bakery
Altogether: Jack is pointing at the menu at the bakery, “it was exciting!”
Using PQ2go Jack answered, Who? My name is Jack Doing what? looking at, What? water tap Verbally he said, “Jack is looking at water tap” [sprinkler] Where? Jack pointed at the Greenhill Nursery
Using PODD Daniel communicated Who? Daniel Doing what? What? Where?
Dan is looking at the garden at the nursery. [It was calming and beautiful.]
Ben picked and looked at a photo. Ben was successful, after his request; “Give me some clues.” In reply, ‘Ben, as a clue, ‘Write 10 things that you see in the picture.’ He listed using his Proloquo2go: Hot Food Menu, Red basket, White bucket, Car, Fence, Mat, Garage, Ipad, Ben and Roller Door. Then Ben answered:
Who? Ben Doing what? is reading What? the hot food menu `Where? at the bakery
Altogether: Ben is reading the hot food menu at the bakery.
Altogether: Ben is buying a large sausage roll at the Leslie Vale Bush Bakery.
Everyone bought a sausage roll or pie. We had a picnic. Lila summed it up, ‘Well done everybody. It was yummy.’
Warren & the S-Orange Team
Well, the days are certainly getting colder, but things are heating up in the S-Blue classroom! We are lucky to start our weeks at the pool, with all students enjoying their swimming program, especially the warm spa at the end of the session. Students are also fortunate enough to have two PE session during the week, which has them up and about working on gross motor skills, as well as social skills such as turn taking and participation.
In English we have been focusing on our writing skills, with students taking the time each week to write about an event that has happened during the week. For example, in Science last week we blew up balloons – by mixing bicarb and vinegar! The results were varied, which is to be expected when experimenting, and this gave the students lots to write about during their observations. Everyone was also very engaged during National Simultaneous Storytelling day, this year’s story was Alpaca’s with Maracas.
The Maths focus for term two continues to be measurement, with students looking at weighing objects and working out which ones were lighter and heavier. There continues to be a focus on money, with everyone having a turn at counting the money collected during canteen and café.
We have re-introduced work-crew jobs this term, with students spending the last session of the day working on their work skills. Each student has a job to complete, whether that be emptying the dishwasher, delivering mail or watering the garden. The goal is for each student to be as independent as possible, students are enjoying the opportunity to be responsible for their job and completing it on their own.
Thank you to all parents and carers for your help and support so far this year. With the second TASC report of the year sent home earlier we hope it gives you valuable information into our program. As always, we are here to answer any questions and support you in your goals at any time.
Kathryn, Tom & the S-Blue Team
In the last few weeks we have been having fun and making a mess in science. We have been enjoying exploring chemical and physical changes. The whole class had fun playing in slime and exploring the non-Newtonian fluids. It was interesting to watch student reactions when they applied force to the slime and how it felt hard and then when you let go of the slime it flowed freely.
This week we started on delivery of vegetables out of the garden to a café in Bellerive called Gastown East. Selby is harvesting the vegetables, Jaime is packing them and Dom is delivering them to the café. This is a great work experience opportunity for S-Yellow. We also have Aaron working with us on Fridays. Aaron will be supporting the class with community learning and also other work experience opportunities.
Trudy & the S-Yellow team
Flu season is well and truly upon us. Thank you to all families who have returned their child’s consent form to be vaccinated on Tuesday. We would like to extend our thanks to Clarence City Council and the Department of Health and Human Services for their support in providing this clinic to our students. I would urge all parents and carers to immunise themselves against the Flu as this helps reduce the spread in the community.
It is that time of year again that sees so many viruses being transmitted in the community. It’s important that we take as many precautions as possible to reduce the risk of transmission at Southern Support School to protect our most vulnerable students. Hand hygiene and covering your cough is an important step in stopping the spread of the flu virus. Staying at home and away from others is also recommended. If your child is unwell please keep them at home until symptoms clear. The flu is generally diagnosed by the presence of a fever, lethargy and body aches and pains. If you suspect your child has the flu please see your GP as soon as possible and keep your child at home until a diagnosis has been confirmed.
News from our Kitchen Garden
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.
It has been a very exciting time in the garden since the last newsletter.
Work began on decorating the wall of our newly established native garden. Sarah Pelikan from NITA Education returned to help students add a colourful touch to the grey brick walls by stencilling their hand outlines and painting a bright border. Yellow Class were the first to add their art work and they did a wonderful job in between the showers. We hope to have the mural finished soon in time for our NAIDOC menu.
The school has recently begun selling our organic vegetables to a local restaurant, Gastown East, in Cambridge Road, Bellerive. The chef/proprietors, Kristian & Sarah regularly walk their dog past our garden and were keen to know if we would have excess vegetables for sale. Last week we were able to deliver the first harvest basket to their restaurant and it looked amazing.
The basket included some lovely baby beetroots and mixed salad leaves which made it onto their menu with some grains, asparagus and feta cheese. Delicious! Students participating in the TASC Access to Work program will be involved in the harvesting and delivery of these vegetables to Gastown East.
Thank you to Shaani Sharp for the donation of Bush Honey to the kitchen; it will be used in our NAIDOC menu.
Thanks also to Will Godman, (Kylen’s Dad) and Tas Hotel and Catering Supplies who donated two cartons of tubs and lids to the program. Kylen got to go along to collect the tubs and bring them to school.
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.
A Word From the Chair Person
As you may know the funding arrangements for educating children with a disability in the Tasmanian State school system will change as of next year. We will be adopting a new model based on nation-wide data which will be aligned with the recommendations of the Gonski review. This model has been publicised recently by the Education Department, as “Educational Adjustments”.
In short, we will be moving to a need based arrangement, rather than the current system based on a child being listed on the severe disability register and an individual child’s perceived IQ range.
It is possible that this could have a negative impact on our ongoing budget. Unfortunately this year’s budget is currently under review. The School Association encourages all interested parents and carers to join us at our monthly meetings to find out where we are heading.
Whilst we all want a positive outcome for future funding, having your say will make a difference!
We are an open and friendly bunch of caring parents/carers so come along and have your say – let us know where and how we can make improvements for the whole of the school community.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon.
Chairperson, Southern Support School Association
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 17th June 2019
6pm - 7pm
Senior Campus Staff Room
All parents/carers welcome
School holiday support for your child
We’re doing it again … Li-Ve Tasmania is excited to let you know we’re running The Holiday Zone school holiday program. The Holiday Zone is a school holiday program for children with a disability aged 6-17, and their siblings. The Holiday Zone offers interactive, fun, inclusion-focused activities for children living with disability. Plus, the program provides activities and peer support for the siblings of children living with disability.
To view our fantastic program and secure your spot (places will fill fast!) please hop onto our website and complete the Holiday Zone Application Form
The Holiday Zone programs for children with disability and their siblings are funded by the Tascare Partnerships Program.
The School Uniform shop is located in the Senior Campus. You can access the shop by arrangement (with the school office) on Monday mornings.
Uniform order forms can be collected from both campus offices, or sent home by request in the home school diary.
Payment for uniforms is by direct bank deposit, or cash only.
Uniform orders can be returned to school at any time, however they are usually filled on a Monday morning. Your ordered uniform will be sent home via your child's class.
We are currently taking orders for the puffer jackets as these are not a regularly stocked item.
Puffer Jackets are navy blue with a school logo on them. Machine washable and line dry.
Children sizes 8 - 14 $55.00
Adult sizes XS - 5XL $65.00