- Principal's Message
- Red Class
- Yellow Class
- Orange Class
- Green Class
- Purple Class
- Pink Class
- Blue Class
- White Class
- S-Green Class
- S-Orange Class
- S-Red Class
- S-Blue Class
- S-Yellow Class
- SSS Kitchen Garden Program
- Notes from Nurse Julie
- School Assembly
- School Association
- Eiluned's Retirement
- Beyond the School Gate
- Uniform Shop - Puffer Jackets
- Woolworths Earn & Learn Program
- Mobile Hairdresser
- Second Hand Uniforms
We are now halfway through the year and our students are showing great progress in their learning. I’ve had the pleasure of reading some progress reports and the learning contained within them is a testament to our students and the great staff who work with them every school day to support their learning.
We recently had the Clarence City Council vaccination team deliver ‘flu vaccinations at our school, thanks to some great work and co-ordination led by Nurse Julie. On the day we had 45 students engage with the vaccinations, with only a handful of students declining, which is a great result.
We are holding a Beyond The School Gate event at our school on Tuesday the 2nd July from 5:30pm in the Junior Gym. This is an opportunity to meet and talk with service providers about what is available for our young people in the wider community. Last year’s event was a great success, with parents and carers providing feedback that the event was both informative and useful. So please come along.
Another upcoming event, this one later in the year, will be a Working Bee. We are still working on confirming the date, but we will have the Bee later in the year once the weather warms up, focusing on our school gardens and grounds and minor jobs. Watch this space for more details…..
Lastly, I would like to congratulate our amazing teacher Eiluned Wright on her retirement. Eiluned would be known to most people as the person behind our fantastic pool program which has truly been a great success thanks to Eiluned’s dedication, care and professionalism. Eiluned is retiring today, bringing down the curtain on an illustrious teaching career spanning decades. We wish her all the best for a future full of craft, family and happy times.
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
- You can also notify the school via the Schoolzine app
- Final day of Term 2 is Friday 5th July
- Monday 22nd July is a student free day
- Term 3 resumes for students Tuesday 23rd July
- Next School Association Meeting is Monday 22nd July, 6pm, Senior Campus
- If you have any Earn & Learn Stickers at home, please send them in to school ASAP
Red Class have had an amazing Term 2 achieving some fantastic goals.
As a class we can now all attend to Circle Time and making song choices. Harry loves ‘If you are happy and you know it?’ while Hunters favourite is ‘One little finger’.
During Art we have been focussed on making collage fish with Suzanne. Harry and Jono loved touching all the different material whilst Emmett did a great job tolerating the different sensory textures.
During gym sessions Hunter loved riding on the back of the three wheeler. Lincoln did a great job using a whisk to beat up instant pudding with Annette in the Kitchen Garden.
We wish Logan all the best as he travels interstate to participate in Bright Start Therapy, and also wish Skylar a speedy recovery.
Jeannine, Anna & the Red Class Team
The last two weeks of the term have been filled with NAIDOC week activities. Our latest class story is ‘When We Go Walkabout’, which is a book produced through the Emerging Indigenous Picture Book Mentoring Project. The beautiful text invites children to look for Australian animals in different habitats throughout the course of one day.
In art and craft, we have enjoyed painting with brushes made from plant leaves and flowers and creating our own rock markings. Rock marking is the term used in Tasmania to describe the deliberate creation of marks or images on a rock surface by Aboriginal people in the past.
In kitchen garden, we have been cooking our NAIDOC recipes, bush honey carrots and lemon myrtle pancakes. Yellow class students have been enjoying counting the carrots and eggs as we harvest the ingredients for our delicious creations.
In Drama, Yellow Class have enjoyed experimenting with a microphone and exploring a new sensory story, ‘By the Sea’, while in Music they have loved playing on the harp.
Jenna, Anita & the Yellow Class Team
We are coming to the end of a great Term Two for Orange Class.
Students have been making some fantastic progress towards their IEP goals. Marshal is now drinking a full cup of water at mealtimes, Julian is staying dry for an hour each morning, Lachlan has been making great progress with his switching skills and Cruze is independently eating his yoghurt at morning tea. Sebastian and Jorja have been doing some great communicating using their AAC while Lincoln is having a great time navigating the playground using his walking frame.
It has been wonderful to see the social interactions between students within the class and also with other students around the school.
In kitchen garden we have been creating our NAIDOC recipes Wattleseed Bread Rolls and Saltbush Cauliflower Mash. Students have enjoyed kneading the dough and using our switches to operate the blender to make our mash.
Our final Schoolyard Safari book has been Ladybugs Holiday. The students have enjoyed making the many different insects fly across the page.
We are now looking forward to a busy Term Three. Everyone is very keen to welcome Codi back to class. He has been very much missed.
Tegan & the Orange Class Team
Green Class staff and students have continued to work hard in my absence over the last few weeks. They have created some great art work with both Suzanne (our new art teacher this year) and during additional art sessions in the classroom. Cat and Fish by Joan Grant has been one our Storytime books this term and students used our vintage printing press to make some very cool black and white prints last week.
Suzanne has also been work hard with students to use a range of different tools and materials to create a range of different artworks throughout the term. Green Class works are often on display as you enter the Junior School Campus so keep an eye out on your way in the door.
We have had a few spontaneous trips to the senior playground over the past few weeks. It has grown a lot in the past year and the Green Class students have thoroughly enjoyed the change of scenery, exploring the wide open spaces and different equipment they have on offer over there.
With Term 2 coming to a close, we are now looking towards planning and setting up for a busy Term 3 so that students can work hard towards achieving their IEP and other subject goals set this term.
Ella & the Green Class Team
Midyear reports have provided a lovely opportunity to take the time to reflect on the progress students have made so far this year. Purple Class students have amazed us with all they have achieved. It is great to see students making progress towards attaining their IEP goals, and in some cases achieving IEP goals already. I hope our parents and students feel proud of what they have accomplished already, this year.
With holidays nearly here we have been working hard, making the most of the remainder of the term. It has been great to see student’s engagement in literacy tasks, especially predictable chart writing. Purple Class have authored many books together this year. If you would like to check out our latest book and some of our class favourites please click on the links below.
We hope students enjoy a well-deserved break over the holidays, and we look forward to seeing everyone again for a productive term three.
Denise & the Purple Class Team
We are almost halfway through the year already. We have just completed the story, The Very Cranky Bear, by Nick Bland and are finishing the term with Pig in the Pond for guided reading. We all enjoy all the different animal sounds in the story (and how terrible we are at making the noises when reading). Students have enjoyed exploring different properties during science, including colour and texture.
During the kitchen garden program, we have been making the pepperberry potato bake, which has been absolutely delicious. But we have enjoyed all the other menu items too.
The first half of the year has been full of fun and achievements and we look forward to continue the year in the same way. We wish all the students and families and happy and restful term break and look forward to seeing you all in Term 3.
Amy & the Pink Class Team
Blue class students have been having a fun and productive term. We have been reading texts and sequencing the beginning middle and the end of a story. We read a procedural text about how to make a pizza; we then sequenced the story and made homemade pizzas.
It has also been exciting to see lots of lovely interaction between peers in Blue Class. Our new board games have been a success with the students; their engagement and enjoyment was lovely to see. We have a new SMART Board and the students love it as it has made learning engaging, motivating and fun.
In Maths, our focus is measurement and money. Money connects nicely to our shopping program and in Measurement we will be comparing length (longer and shorter objects).
At the end of this term, we will finish our unit in Science ‘Objects within the Environment’. The students created a beach theme and decorated seahorses using hard and soft objects, which has linked to the text Mermaid Beach by Alison Lester. Our new focus will be on living and non-living sea life.
We hope you have a restful, safe and enjoyable holiday.
Bec & the Blue Class Team
White class have been continuing to enjoy their science project. The boys did a wonderful job of searching for seeds in the outside areas of our school and talking about the different sizes of seeds they found.
Matt has been completing his structured work like a champ and has been involving himself more during group times. Great work Matt.
Ethan enjoyed walking around outside and searching for seeds.
Brodie has been enjoying some time chilling out in the small sensory space as a choice activity. He also tried very hard when towing Marcus around the gym on the bike.
Marcus and Caleb have been sharing so beautifully and enjoying each other’s company. So lovely to see such a fabulous friendship forming.
Malakai became a correctional officer in White class this week. He enjoyed playing dress up and enforcing the rules.
Well done boys, you have had a fantastic term filled with so much learning and development. We wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday break and very much look forward to Term 3.
Andre, Laura & the White Class Team
Well here we are at the end of another term, and what a busy one it has been! We have had some big news come out of S-Green lately; Zac has left our school to go full time in his mainstream school! This is a fantastic outcome for Zac and we are very proud of his efforts in his time at SSS, and how much he has developed in all aspects of his schooling. Special mention to Trudy and her team for the great work they did in Zac’s first years here.
For community learning last week we managed to head over to Cornelian Bay where we had a lovely walk and play. It was a cool day but the sun was out and everyone enjoyed getting out of the classroom. Next week we hope to finish the term off with a barbecue, weather permitting!
A quick update on the footy tipping as we head into the winter break; the bye round and the departure of Zac (who was winning) have really opened the door up at the top of the table. Max has had a great couple of weeks and has rocketed up into second place on 51 points. Jason currently leads the way with 56 points, while Bella (48), Jaxson (47), Darcy (45), and Ethan (37) make up the rest of the ladder. Keep it up guys!
We hope everyone has a great week and finishes off the term safe & well.
Richard & the S-Green Class Team
Colourful Semantics includes: Who? Doing what? What? and Where?
Each student wrote with their alternative pencil about their picture following the Colourful Semantics Program format. The Young Leaders of Tomorrow continued to buddy up with different students. They shared interests, played games, rode and raced on bicycles, played on swings, walked as a group, and together shared being learners and teachers – and new friends at school.
Matthew used his 20 cell PODD with verbal, visual, and partial physical (elbow) prompt to answer the colourful semantics questions about a picture that he chose.
Who? Matthew Doing what? is running What? treadmill Where? in the gym.
Altogether: Matthew is running on a treadmill in the gym.
Thomaz used a Proloquo2Go and a QUERTY keyboard with verbal, visual, and gestural prompts to answer the colourful semantics questions about a picture that he chose.
Doing what? is eating
What? 2 sausage rolls
Where at the bakery.
Altogether: Thomaz is eating 2 sausage rolls. at the bakery. Thomaz said with excitement. “It was yummy!”
Lila using his PODD Book with verbal, visual and partial physical prompts answered the questions.
Doing what? is dancing [and] holding
What? a counting strip
Where? in the kitchen
Altogether: Lila is dancing [and] holding a counting strip in the kitchen. “Yeah everybody. I finished.”
To share his story Ben picked and looked at a photo. Ben typed a list of ten things that he saw in the picture. Then read them out aloud: “The ten things that I see in the picture are, “Number 1. 10 dollars … actually 10 blue dollar notes, 2. Ben, 3. Thomaz, 4. Grass, 5. Hill, 6. Seat, 7. Bus, 8. Sun, 9. Shadow, 10. Window. Then Ben answered:
Doing what? is holding
What? the 10 blue dollar notes
Where? on the bus
Altogether: Ben is holding the 10 blue dollar notes on the bus.
Thomaz with a big smile said: “Ben is sitting next to me. Ben is kissing lots of money. I love it.” We shared in the laughter. Lila exclaimed, Thomaz, Thomaz, That’s funny. Jack then said, “Hey, where is the money now? We spent it. [Where Jack?] At the bakery.”
Speaking aloud using his own words and using PQ2Go Jack shared his fun time in the perfect blue sky and wind free “I’m the king of the mountain!” trip.
Doing what? playing snow fights, (“I got you. I win you lose.”)
What? the snow
Where? on top of the mountain.
Altogether: Jack is playing snow fights in the snow on top of the mountain. “I got you with snow ball first! and Thomaz!”
Using PODD Daniel communicated Who? Daniel Doing what? What?
Daniel is holding snow on the mountain.
Everyone played with the snow on the Mount Wellington. And yes Daniel. You are looking at snow that bounced off a staff member and it went into Rocky’s bus and is melting. Now running out of the bus. Oh no, it is green snow! Could it be green cordial leaking on the bus or my imagination?
What is spectacular is that some of the snow had frozen into sold ice onto the really big metal tower – look behind Jack in the background. The sun was melting some of the ice. From the ice, drips of water fell like light rain. Then all of a sudden like shattered glass snow and ice went falling downwards. You should of seen Warren jump so “high!” We thought he was never going to come down. As the snow and ice fell it glistened and sparkled in the sunlight behind it. Then it made the most amazing sounds as some of it crashed into the metal frame – it sounded like beautiful wind chimes with the slightest of echoes. Oh, Warren was OK, a little wet but a few more snow balls ‘’I got you!” and “I got you too” - he was ok. Actually, with “Snow melting and running like water down your back”, he went missing. “Where are you?” But we only saw a friendly abominable snowman next to Thomaz in his blue Where’s Wally Hat or Cat in the Hat.
Oh, if you students find our teacher on the Mountain tell him that “Warren you have had a long enough break and should be back out of the blue zone and back in the green zone by now!”
Rather than the abdominal snow man steal the story. With Lila looking at Daniel and Matthew laughing, Lila, Thomaz, Ben and Jack run flying together S-Orange wish you all a fabulous flying fun holiday!
Warren & the S-Orange Class Team
S-Red have been very busy learning about matter as part of Preliminary Science. We have learnt about solids, liquids and gases. We made frozen hands by freezing ice, we melted ice to make water and turned butter into cream. We learnt about gas by making a balloon inflate. This was lots of fun.
For Preliminary Maths we have been focussing on measurement. We have sorted things according to height, weight and length. We even measured Rhianna’s plait to see how long it was.
On Fridays we have social groups in the afternoon. For some this means an opportunity to put on nail polish or to have a foot spa with lots of bubbles. For others it is an opportunity to play a game with a friend or do some cooking.
Helen & the S-Red Class Team
Can you believe we are half way through the year already? Time certainly flies when you are having fun! And fun is certainly what we have been having in S-Blue.
Cooking continues to be a hit, and with our café and canteen responsibilities we seem to be cooking all week! Cooking is such a rich activity that incorporates literacy, numeracy, science and social skills all in one. As the students in S-Blue choose the canteen menu items, they are engaged from the very beginning. Once we have decided on a menu, we create a shopping list together, then head to Coles New Town every other week to purchase our ingredients. We also harvest plenty of fresh veggies grown right here at school, thanks to the wonderful Annette and Michael. We then collect and tally the orders so we know how much to cook. Finally, we head to the kitchen, and everyone cooks up a storm. All these activities certainly keep us busy during the week, and there is such a huge sense of achievement when orders are filled and our “customers” are happy. Keep up the great work team!
In science we have continued our work with solids, liquids and gases, with our “ice painting” experiment proving very popular last week. As the solid ice melted, the paint changed on our paper, creating lots of different shapes and patterns. Feel free to check out the artwork on display in the corridor outside the classroom.
We wish everyone a restful school holiday break, and look forward to seeing everyone recharged and ready to take on Term 3.
Kathryn, Tom & the S-Blue Class Team
It is hard to believe that we at nearly at the end of Term 2. It has been wonderful to see the progress that the students are making towards their individual goals and they all have been working extremely hard.
As the term is coming to an end, we are wrapping up our science and maths focus for the term. The students in maths have used different forms of measuring equipment. Our science unit, states of matter is also ending and the students have had fun mixing, melting and watching the reactions between different substances.
Guided reading for the last few weeks we have focuses on the book, If you give a Mouse and Cookie. The focus with this book has been sequencing and cause and effect. It has been a fun book to read and next week the class is going to make chocolate chip cookies to finish off.
Cooking this term has been going very well and each student has had an opportunity to cook one whole meal each. With the maths focus on measurement, the students have been able to apply their knowledge of weighing and measuring with measuring cups in the kitchen.
We would like to wish everyone a great holiday and look forward to seeing all the students in Term 3.
Trudy & the S-Yellow Class team
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.
The final menu of the term recognises some of our native plants to celebrate NAIDOC week, being held in July. Students are enjoying vegetables from the garden being cooked with saltbush, pepperberry, lemon myrtle, river mint, wattleseeds as well as bush honey.
The mural in our native garden is almost finished. Izayah and Cooper from Purple Class painted the berries on the large plant mural. Red Class students added their hand outlines to the wall; look at Hunter’s reaction when adding his to it.
Students in S-Red are also celebrating our native plants. They planted banksia and bottlebrush in the senior playground which to attract insects to pollinate plants. Mason and Chris planted a bottlebrush.
Our Red Class students are increasing their familiarity with, and use of different kitchen utensils. They are already competent with Nicer Dicers and have also used graters and rolling pins. Their new utensil for the rest of the term is a whisk. They poured milk into a bowl and added some instant dessert powder; after some good whisking they had a vanilla pudding. Lincoln certainly enjoyed what he whisked!
Some senior school students have kitchen garden goals focusing on measurement. Selby weighs a pumpkin he harvested for the restaurant delivery. It weighed over five kilograms. Max counted carrots with Nicola for the Bush Honey Carrots dish.
S-Orange students had to harvest carrots for their dish but before they did, they measured the soil temperature of the garden bed where they were growing. Staff and students estimated the temperature first before Ben measured it with a soil thermometer. There were some close estimations but the soil temperature was nine degrees centigrade.
Annette & the Kitchen Garden Team
The Flu vaccine clinic was held at school on the 11th of June, all students coped extremely well with the immunisation. Thank you to all families who accessed the clinic. It supports the need for extra services to be provided to support schools across the state and reinforces the need for it to be a yearly event.
Sleep, nutrition and behavioural concerns continue to be topics I frequently discuss with parents. These discussions and the information provided are carefully tailored to individual families and student’s needs, taking into consideration individual challenges. If you would like talk to me about any issues effecting your child, please make contact via the office, class teacher or your child’s communication diary.
NEXT SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING
Monday 22nd July 2019 (first day of term 3 - student free day)
6pm - 7pm
Senior Campus Staff Room
All parents/carers welcome
The Southern Support School Association generally meet on the first Monday of each Month and always welcome new faces to join us at the meetings, so please feel free to come along and join us. You can also follow us on facebook.
Dear Parents, Carers and the SSS Community,
I am retiring from my position as Swimming Teacher to move into a new stage in my life. While I am looking forward to travel, spending more time with family and friends, stitching lots of quilts and volunteering in the Kingston area, I will certainly miss swimming with the students and being at SSS. I would like to thank the members of our school community, including present and past Principals and staff, volunteers, Parents and Grandparents of our students, all who have played a vital role in supporting the swimming program. There are too many people to thank individually, but please know your support for me and the program has been hugely appreciated. I have worked at SSS (previously Hazelwood) for twenty two years, (seven as relief teacher and almost fifteen years in an ongoing capacity.) It goes without saying that I have loved this career, otherwise I would not have stayed for so long! It has been a total pleasure to work with the students. The joy at watching them develop their skills and the special moments have been magical. I will be back in term four for a bit of relief teaching (classrooms and possibly the pool) and I will look forward to seeing familiar faces again.
Beyond the School Gate is on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 from 5.30 - 7.30pm at the Southern Support School Gym.
This is a fantastic opportunity for our school community to explore post school options.
Would love to see you there!
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
We are excited have taken part in the 2019 Woolworths Earn & Learn program.
The sticker promotion has now finished. If you have any stickers at home, could you please send them in to school ASAP - no later than Thursday 4th July 2019.
The more points we earn, the more we can redeem from a choice of over 10,000 educational resources and equipment.
We are very grateful for your support.
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It is a place for students (and their families and/or carers) and staff to buy, sell, swap or giveaway any USED SSS uniform items.
NEW uniform items are still available, as usual, through the SSS Uniform shop.