- 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
- Communication Corner
- School Association
- Save The Date
- Beyond the School Gate
- Second Hand Uniforms
- Mobile Hairdresser
Staff started the Term with some great work on the student free day, with Teacher Assistants undertaking a full day of learning on Wellbeing, with our Wellbeing Coach Alli Williamson, and Teachers engaging in moderation for all of our students for the new Education Adjustments model.
You will have received a DoE postcard about this new Education Adjustments model and I encourage you to visit the website and feel free to let me know if you require any further information in regards to this important work for our school.
Our school has a number of important and exciting dates coming up which we need to let you know about:
- Thursday 7th November - Young Leaders of Tasmania celebration: this great event sees our Young Leaders buddies present to our SSS participants, parents, Members of Parliament, and other members of our school community on their learnings from the program. It will be held in the Junior Gym.
- Friday 29th November - Leavers Dinner: this fantastic annual event celebrates our wonderful Leavers and all of their achievements. It’s a great night, held at Wrest Point. Tickets will be available shortly from the Office.
- Saturday 9th November - Working Bee: we are having a working bee this year and are seeking participation from all members of our school community to do jobs big and small.
- Saturday 7th December - Out Of The Box Market: we are currently planning a special event for International Day of People With a Disability which will celebrate the work done by people living in our community with a disability.
For all student absences, the school can be contacted by phone from 7.30am on 6165 6200.
You can also text the school mobile on 0407 872 423, or notify us via the Schoolzine app.
School Association Meeting: the next meeting is Monday 19th August, 6.00pm, Senior Campus. All Welcome
School Photos: will be in Week 7, of Term 3 - Monday 2nd and Wednesday 4th September 2019
Welcome to Term 3. Red class has had a very busy start to the term. We have begun our science unit which is based on the concept of ‘Bend it, Stretch it’ from The Primary Connections. We have undertaken a range of experiments and made predictions. Our investigations have also been wonderful sensory activities and play-based learning. Everyone has loved making chia seed slime. Klay, Harrison and Jono particularly enjoyed mixing and stretching our slimes. We also used bubble slime to test if we could stretch it to make a bubble.
Logan, Emmett and Hunter have enjoyed listening to and engaging with our class story called Ronan the Rabbit’s balloon. The whole class has been placing the pictures onto the story and making selections of their favourite characters. Everyone also selected their favourite characters as part of our shared writing.
Lincoln has particularly enjoyed visiting the garden and has especially enjoyed collecting the eggs. Everyone has enjoyed exploring the garden and completing jobs with the plants.
The students have created some wonderful pieces of art. They have worked hard with Suzanne to create some colourful and textural fish. We also created some other textural art by bending and scrunching aluminium foil.
Anna, Anita & the Red Class Team
We have had a wonderful start to Term 3 in Yellow Class.
Yellow Class welcome a new teacher on Thursdays. Suzanne has been teaching drama in Yellow Class all year and it is exciting to spend the whole day with her!
We have started our new science unit “Bend It, Stretch It”. We been playing with lots of different types of slime and comparing how much they stretch. We have had lots of messy fun. Our latest class story is ‘Ronan the Rabbit’s Balloon’, which features a number of our students such as Ella the Elephant, Cody the Cat and Leo the Lion as they attempt to blow up a balloon. The book was written by one of our wonderful teachers, Anita and beautifully illustrated by our awesome Teacher Assistant Jodie.
Everyone has been really enjoying playing the Popup Pirate game during Teach and Learn. It has been a great game to practice turn taking with our friends.
In art and craft with Suzanne we have enjoyed painting with toothbrushes and water colours. Everyone really enjoyed the process, with several of the students requesting to do extra paintings.
In kitchen garden, we have been cooking a silverbeet and potato curry from scratch. Yellow Class students have been enjoying tearing the silverbeet and chopping the potatoes.
In Music, Yellow Class have enjoyed looking at themselves in the mirror and listening to a new song about bubbles while Rakkael showers everyone in bubbles.
It has been a great start to Term 3 for Orange Class.
We have welcomed Suzanne into class on Mondays. She is now working with us in the kitchen each week creating some delicious recipes. So far this term we have made yummy cauliflower fritters and roasted vegetables. The students have enjoyed digging for vegetables in the garden and trying the new foods we cook.
We have started a new science unit, Bend It, Stretch It. In the last days of Term 2 we explored playdough, seeing how far it would stretch. Over the holidays we placed some in the freezer and in the fridge as well as leaving some out. On returning to school we explored under which conditions the playdough stretched the most.
In music the students have been exploring with different sets of drums.
Tegan, Suzanne, & the Orange Class Team
All Green Class staff and students have returned after what sounded like an enjoyable and well-deserved break for all. Evelyn said “On the holidays I went to shopping.” Haily and other Green Class students said they went to the park over the holidays.
We have started a new Science unit called Bend it, Stretch it. Green Class students have already explored a range of different ways to bend, stretch and twist themselves and objects that we use at school. Lots of laughter and fun has already been had in this unit so far especially in the yoga session (see pictures.)
We have celebrated a few birthdays already this term with Michelle turning 22 (again) this year ;-) and Krystle having her birthday over the weekend.
Green Class have a busy term ahead - Book Week, Father’s Day preparations and lots of goals to achieve.
Ella & the Green Class Team
It’s hard to believe term three is here! We are making the most of being back at school with students hard at work on their individual goals.
In the first week of term Purple Class students went on an excursion to the wonderful Auslan Café, in Battery Point. It was great for students to be immersed in sign language, and the perfect place for them to practice their signs. There was a lot of signing ‘more,’ as Purple Class students enjoyed milkshakes and juice. A big thank you to Jane and Rachel at the Auslan Café, who were amazing, and went out of their way to make sure Purple Class students enjoyed their café experience.
We had a visit from interstate literacy specialist Jane Farrall, who ran a session with Purple Class students on onset and rime. Jane is an amazing presenter, and it was fantastic to see great engagement in her literacy session from Purple Class students.
We also had a lovely time celebrating Cambell’s 11th birthday. Happy birthday Cam!
Denise & the Purple Class Team
Term 3 is now well underway and by week 3, we have finally managed to see all the students well and happy to be back at School. We hope all students and families had a lovely term break and look forward to term 3 being as fun, successful and busy as the first two.
This term we have begun a unit on biological science, with a focus on sea life. Students will explore various items and we will have some fun learning if it is living or non-living and what it needs to survive. Ironically, only last week we found something in the playground that resembled an eel (currently non-living) which has sparked a huge interest in some students to discover what the creature/plant/thing is. We have a display on our pink class board, so please feel free to explore and put your guess on our chart.
During the kitchen garden program, we have been making two dishes (thanks Annette and Karyn). We have been making roasted vegetables and cauliflower fritters. Both have tasted delicious and all students have made an excellent start to the term, by participating so well. Well done everyone!
The term has already started off with a big bang, celebrating Bray’s birthday on Friday last week. Boy, do we love a party in Pink Class?! Happiest of birthdays to Bray, we hope you had an awesome day!
We look forward to having another fantastic term in Pink Class.
Amy & the Pink Class Team
Blue Class had lots to celebrate this term already. Harry turned 13 in the holidays so Blue Class gave him a surprise party. The students loved playing pass the parcel, hitting the pinate and breaking it to collect the lollies, and eating birthday cake. Aaron is doing an amazing job using his tools to self-regulate independently throughout the day and is doing an awesome effort participating in-group activities such as Circle Time, Reading Eggs and guided reading. Katelin is doing a wonderful job in the cooking program where she is working more independently. Jayden is exploring new pathways in his PODD book and Kayla is doing a fantastic job with switching. Freya and is doing amazing job in the pool and Jessica is engaging with new toys.
We had a visit from the Taiko Drummers. It was lovely to see some of our students participate in playing the drums.
This term we have recommenced our Community Learning excursions to Woolworths and for this term only on the alternate Thursdays we will be heading to different parks.
In Numeracy, money and measurement is a key focus this term. We are beginning to sort and identify coins, as well as recognizing shorter and longer objects.
In Science we have started a Sea Life Unit based upon Living things have basic needs. In Literacy, the students are writing with their alternate pencil about a selected picture of their choice or writing about what they like through using the PODD.
Bec & the Blue Class Team
A warm welcome back to our White Class students and their families! Teacher Matt is back on deck this term and is looking forward to working with all students to achieve their learning goals. We want to express our gratitude to Laura for stepping into Matt’s shoes in Term 2 and doing a wonderful job of teaching the students during this time.
This term is a busy term for the White Class team. We have begun our Community Learning trips to the Airport, which has been a great success. First we pretended to drive the bus in the classroom, setting up a pretend bus complete with steering wheels and maps on the Smartboard. All the boys have been very excited to go on the bus and look out the window for planes, helicopters, and other interesting vehicles along the way.
The boys have enjoyed our start to cooking this term. In Week 1 we made pancakes, and in week 2 we made cookies. The boys all pitch in to help make the food. For the cookies, Brodie poured the premix in, Mat cracked the egg, Marcus stirred the ingredients, and Ethan helped put the chocolate buttons on top.
In Week 1, students in White Class had an opportunity to view and participate in drumming with the Taiko Drummers from Japan. The drummers, alongside students from Rosny College, put on a fantastic performance that was enjoyed by all.
Science is always a big hit in White Class. This term we are focussing on the Chemical Sciences field, with an emphasis on the properties on objects in our environment. Our main focus will be on textures of objects we interact with. In our first lesson, the students went on a treasure hunt in the classroom, and then had to classify the items as either yummy or yucky, or hard or soft. Suffice to say the students had strong opinions about where to put the chocolates and the peas!
Andre, Matt & the White Class Team
S-Green class has been very excited to see the sun coming out and the days getting longer! Even if it is still pretty chilly outside. We made the most of the sun this week by going for one of our favourite walks around the wetlands at Lauderdale. Everyone enjoyed listening and looking out for wildlife and people walking their dogs. Darcy managed to find all the straightest and longest sticks and had a massive collection going by the end of the walk! He then made a great choice to leave the sticks in their environment. Well done Darce!
All our students have been working very hard to reach their goals this term. Jaxson has been doing some excellent communication work, by independently communicating “more” at lunchtimes, and Bella has been extending her Proloquo2Go sentences further and further. Ethan continues to work hard with his structured tasks, and Max has been doing some fantastic gross motor work each day. Jason and Darcy have recently demonstrated excellent understanding in our ‘Sea Life’ science unit.
With only a few rounds of footy left, we are nearing the end of our class footy tipping competition. Ethan and Darcy are still sitting down the bottom with 55 and 58 points, Bella had a strong round to leave her on 64 points, one behind Jaxson on 65. Max has had some great weeks to leave him in second on 68 points, while Jason seems to be consolidating his strong lead which is now out to 10 points (78). Not long left to make your move everyone!
We hope all classes have had a great start to the term.
Richard & the S-Green Class Team
S-Orange continue to write using colourful semantics, alternative pencils, keyboards and mice, MSWord, their communication words (using their devices/voices), images/photos from google, and ideas from a recent News2You story.
S-Orange read a real story in News2You. Ben said, ‘The story was about Tiny Homes. A home is where a person lives.’ We also found and looked at pictures of lots of Tiny Homes. We talked about the different sizes of homes, about travelling places, and what to have in our Tiny Home.
Do you live in a Tiny Home? Each person in our class lives in a home that is not a Tiny Home. Ben lives in a, ‘big home’. Jack lives in a, ‘my home is bigger’. Dan lives in a ‘bigger’ home. Peter lives in the ‘biggest home of all with lots of my friends’. It might be a castle? Matthew lives in a ‘small’ home. Lila lives in a ‘smaller’ home. Warren lived in the ‘smallest home’ on a holiday but not as small as a Tiny Home.
Some Tiny Homes have, ‘wheels’. People travel to different places and live in their Tiny Home for a while. Tracy likes to travel to many places in her car that tows her small home away from her big home. It is called a caravan. We all liked the pictures of caravans. A caravan is almost the same as a Tiny Home with wheels. Tracy can live in her caravan the same as person can live in a Tiny Home. Tracy can travel and live in many places the same as a person who travels and lives in a Tiny Home on Wheels. Emma wants to travel and stay in a home that is better than a tent – it is a Tiny Home that you can put up and take down whenever you want to. We all like to travel.
We all like to travel many places on Rocky’s bus. No one lives in Rocky’s bus. Rocky’s bus will need a make-over to be like a Tiny Home with wheels. ‘Yes, an idea’, said Lila. I want to build a Tiny Home with wheels.’ What do you want in your Tiny Home, everybody? I want a tiny home with ‘a kitchen’ pointed Matthew. ‘A shower’, said Lila. ‘A spa’, Ben said with a laugh. ‘A toilet in a shower, that is different’. ‘One or two beds to lie down to go to sleep.’ Jack spoke as he pointed, and a big screen TV’. ‘Wait, a better idea … Rocky’s Bus’, Lila excitedly shared. Are you saying we could add these to Rocky’s bus?’ ‘Look! Look! There is a bigger bus. A bus bigger than a Tiny Home and a bus bigger than Rocky’s bus. ‘It is the best idea.’ It is a double decker bus. It is like a home with ‘2 levels’ and it has ‘a car inside it’ too. A tiny car is inside the Tiny Home. ‘It is a Tiny home on wheels’ and ‘it has a garage on the bottom’ and ‘I will live on the top’. We all think that it is a very good idea! Phew, Rocky your bus is safe from a glamorous make-over, for now.
Jack said, ‘Rocky’s bus is not a Tiny House. Jack chose a photo on google images after searching for “tiny houses”, wrote and said: The Man is standing on his stairs of his tiny house.
Warren & the S-Orange Class Team
S-Red have been busy in the garden and kitchen this term. After harvesting the ingredients they have made pumpkin soup, curry and bread rolls. In the garden they have potted up plants.
This term we are looking at the weather and recycling. We have made a rain gauge and are keeping a record of the rainfall for August. After lunch we sort our rubbish into different bins – recyclable, compost and rubbish. We then take the compost down to the garden.
On Fridays we have social group. This is a time for exploring leisure activities. For the first few weeks of term the students have chosen to watch a movie, go to a café, read some magazines, and do their nails.
Helen & the S-Red Class Team
Welcome to Term 3! It appears that we all had a chance to relax and recharge over the holidays as everyone has hit the ground running. The first few weeks of term have been jam-packed with Taiko Drumming, book sorting, creating works of art, and a touch of learning too.
We were very lucky to have some wonderful Taiko Drummers visit the school on the first Thursday back at school. The students who attended were immersed in the interactive show, and even had the opportunity to use the drums to create their own show. It was a bit loud for some of our class, however they could still hear the drumming beat from the classroom! Thank you again to Rakkael who organised the visit.
As part of our work program students had the opportunity to sort books for the upcoming Variety Monster Book Fair. We visited their warehouse in Cambridge three times, and completed a number of tasks such as sorting the books by genre, checking the DVD and CD cases to make sure discs were included, and throwing away books that were in poor condition. We also had the opportunity to use a pricing gun to price DVDs back at school, an excellent opportunity to practice our cooperative skills.
In Art we have begun the term by looking at how colours interact with each other when a chemical is introduced. The students from S-Blue have been very engaged in this process and have been curious to see what happens when a chemical is applied to their artwork. They have been amazed that sometimes their artwork looks nothing like their original piece at the end of the process. We will continue to explore colours and chemical applications throughout the term with the focus on selling their art at the end of the year at ‘Out of the Box’.
And of course, our staples of English, Maths and Science haven’t been forgotten. We have started a unit on recycling this term, and our Maths focus for the next few weeks is money.
Kathryn, Roos & the S-Blue Class Team
S-Yellow has been very busy already this term. We have enjoyed the visit by the Taiko Drummers all the way from Japan. The class had had fun experimenting with the drums during the performance and we have some very talented drummers in S-Yellow. This term, the class is looking at different occupations and the skills we need for those occupations. Each student has had the opportunity to select a skill that they wanted to learn more of and then in class they are having the opportunity to practice that skill. So far we have looked at a café worker and a recycler.
In maths the focus is on money, and we are looking at recognising the notes and coins, ordering, addition with money and practicing real life skills with using money. For the first few weeks of Term 3 we have focused on recycling. Later in the term we will be changing the focus to exploring the different seasons. Aaron is still helping out on a Friday with community access and the class has been getting out and enjoying walks around Hobart.
Trudy & the S-Yellow Class Team
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.
In term 3 students enjoy a menu of hearty soups and curries. Our first menu for the term sees students harvesting our bushtucker plants to season and add flavour to the dishes. Ice plant leaves are added to the soup, kunzea to the bread roll dough, river mint to the yogurt accompanying the fritters and saltbush seasons all the dishes. The menu has been healthy and delicious.
Jason shaped the kunzea dough into bread rolls. Alice asked Liz for more pumpkin soup. Finley fried the spices for the curry. Daniel used a Nicer Dicer to chop the potatoes for the curry and Tomas fried the cauliflower fritters.
There is always lots to be done in the garden even in winter.
Rochelle and Laura added layers of matter to the worm farm. Hunter helped Michael water the farm garden. Selby shovelled sawdust into the wheelbarrow to maintain the paths. Mason recycled empty packaging from the kitchen and Tiffany re-potted some saltbush plants.
The Kitchen Garden Program is seeking donations of aprons; adult or children’s sizes. If you can help, please send into school.
Annette & the Kitchen Garden Team
Mental health and wellbeing has increasingly been in the public spotlight for the last few years. It is particularly relevant for our families as we focus significant time and energy on the physical and medical needs of our students, often to the detriment of our own health and wellbeing. It is well recognised that the additional stress of being a carer and a parent of a child with additional needs puts us at greater risk of poor mental health, financial stress, isolation and relationship stress.
We can improve and maintain our mental health by practicing self-care, nurturing close relationships and accessing respite care options when required. If you do start to feel stressed, anxious or depressed and these feelings don’t go away, it’s important to seek support early. Inability to sleep and changes to appetite can also indicate changes to health. Your GP is the best person to discuss changes to your mental health and develop a support plan specific to you and your family’s needs.
Beyond Blue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ have significant online resources to support mental health and well worth a look. They have links to good meditation and mindfulness apps, self-screening tools and internet based interventions for people who would prefer this approach. Headspace https://headspace.org.au/ is another great website and although aimed at younger people, I still find the information and advice relevant and usable.
ACD offers a local program called MyTime https://www.mytime.net.au/ which is a group program aimed at connecting parents with additional needs with other parents, while providing information and support to access to services.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like further information or resources.
Junior Assembly Week 1, Term 3, 23rd July 2019
Junior Assembly Week 2, Term 3, 30th July 2019
Junior Assembly Week 3, Term 3, 6th August 2019
Senior Assembly Week 2, Term 3, 31st July 2019
Last week Jane Farrall (Speech Language Pathologist) visited SSS and provided professional development to staff on best practice literacy programming for students with disabilities. Jane had the opportunity to work with several students across the school, using their writing tool (alternative pencil) during independent writing. She also worked within two middle school classes looking at spelling focus: onset and rime and shared reading. It was great to see students involved in their literacy program with their personal communication systems.
AST & Literacy Coach
NEXT SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING
Monday 19th August 2019
6pm - 7pm
Senior Campus Staff Room
All parents/carers welcome
The Southern Support School Association generally meet monthly 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.
Chair: David Long
Deputy Chair: Caitlin Jones
Treasurer: Paul Sheen
Secretary: Lou Rickwood
There will be more information released soon about the upcoming events. Please mark the dates in your diary now!
YLOT END OF YEAR EVENT Thursday 7th November
WORKING BEE Saturday 9th November
LEAVER'S DINNER Friday 29th November 2019
The Leavers Dinner is going to be a BIG night of celebration with 11 Grade 12 leavers this year! Make sure you pop the date in your diaries and come along for a FUN celebration with our students. More details to follow.
OUT OF THE BOX MARKET Saturday 7th December
Beyond the School Gate - a Parent’s Perspective
I attended the Beyond the School Gate event earlier this term - I had seen it advertised previous years, but as my daughter is now in Year 11 I thought it was time to put in an appearance. I am finding that as Jaime progresses through Southern Support School, I am starting to wonder what will happen once she is “too old for school”; what will her world look like once she has to move out of the now familiar environment and away from the fantastic staff who are so caring and involved with her every day?
Then I went to Beyond the School Gate and discovered there is a whole world outside waiting for Jaime to join in! The evening started with a few presentations from various groups and then the pizza came out and talking commenced. Service Providers, all accredited for NDIS, were on hand to talk about a myriad of ideas, from continuing to learn (getting job ready through improving literacy and numeracy), social skill building, finding and creating jobs, and housing and respite services were all represented. I came away from the session looking forward to new opportunities rather than fearing the end of our time at school.
The most important thing I learnt, and that I want to share with you is that it is never too early to start thinking about and planning for what comes next. The reason for this is that if you have an NDIS plan, you need some solid goals to work towards. Our experience has been that once you have some long term goals (10 years is a good start), NDIS coordinators are more than happy to work with you to develop a program of milestones and the services needed to reach those goals, and conversations about funding are easier.
Thanks to Beyond the School Gate we are again looking forward to Jaime’s future and are excited about the journey we will begin once her time at school has finished.
You are invited to join the
Southern Support School Uniform - Buy, sell, swap and give away Facebook page
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.
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