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Friday 20th September
Friday 29th November
Saturday 9th November
OUT OF THE BOX MARKET
Saturday 7th December
LEAVER'S END OF YEAR ASSEMBLY
Wednesday 18th December
Dear Parents & Carers
This Term at Southern Support School has seen a strong focus on an area of core business for us – Reading.
Staff have undergone professional development led by Jane Farrall and our own Literacy Coach, Terry Mawbey. Across the school there has been a great deal of time spent on Shared Reading to support literacy development.
The following information is from some of Jane’s work:
Shared reading is a collaborative learning activity, based on research by Don Holdaway (1979), that emulates and builds from the child's experience with bedtime stories (Parkes, 2000)
- Can be done individually or in small groups
- Books can (and should) be read repeatedly
- Rich, interaction with emergent readers over books to promote language development and concepts about print.
For our students this strategy allows for significant differentiation in teaching and learning, especially through the use of CAR. Again, from Jane’s work:
With the earliest emergent literacy learners:
Comment: get the learner's attention
Ask: invite participation with a query or a question that can be answered by 1 or 2 words e.g. Where is the bear?
(Learner's turn: Response to the query)
Respond: provide some feedback
If the learner isn't able to respond, the parent consistently take's the learner's turn and models the correct responses.
(Ninio& Bruner, 1978; Sénéchal, Cornell & Broda, 1995; van Kleeck, Vander Woude& McDonald, 2006) CAR is from Notari-Syverson, Maddox and Cole, 1999
Through this work, we are developing the literacy skills of our students.
This was also part of the focus of our Book Week dress up day last Friday, which saw staff & students alike getting into the spirit of reading with fun costumes and a little bit of silliness.
SCHOOL PHOTOS are this Monday 2nd and Wednesday 4th September 2019 (Monday Junior Campus, Wednesday Senior Campus)
Photo order forms will be accepted up to and on the day (order online or correct cash only in the envelope)
School Absences: for all student absences the school can be contacted from 7.30am on 6165 6200
Alternatively you can text the school mobile of 0407 872 423 or
via the Schoolzine app (free and available on all mobile devices)
Next School Association Meeting Monday 16th September 2019
Red Class are continuing on with our great start to Term 3 and we welcome Anita to our team. We have celebrated Naidoc Week by completing our hand art work and reading the book ‘The Rainbow’ by Ros Moriarty and Balarinji.
All of our students have been working hard in our work room with our structured tasks. We have also been enjoying our re-vamped Engine room to help us develop our gross motor skills and have lots of fun. We are enjoying our trips to Wentworth Park and are working hard towards achieving our goals including staying with and transitioning as a group to remain safe in our community.
On Tuesday 20th August we were very lucky to see the return of the 'African Drums' and enjoyed some energetic and happy music.
One of our very important dates for this term will be Father’s Day and we have produced some beautiful keepsake pictures for our Dads!
Anna, Anita & 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, ‘Susie the Slinky’. ‘Susie the Slinky’ tells the story of an escaped slinky as it bends and stretches all over town, chased by Benji the builder, Chelsea the Chef and Noah the Neighbour.
In art and craft with Suzanne, we have been making shields for this year’s Book Week theme – ‘Reading is my Superpower’. We have also enjoyed celebrating the first signs of spring by making lovely bright flowers with oil pastels and inks.
In Kitchen Garden, we have been cooking Chow Mein and bread rolls from scratch. Yellow Class students have been enjoying using the switch to use the food processor, hoping on to slice cabbage and rolling the dough.
We recently had a visit from Salaka Interactive Drumming Tour. Yellow Class absolutely loved getting up to drum, clap and dance to the wonderful rhythms.
Jenna, Suzanne & the Yellow Class Team
Wow! What a busy term Orange Class have had. Last week we had great fun for Book Week, exploring a variety of books and getting to dress up as our favourite book characters. We even got to visit Lindisfarne Park in our costumes for Community Learning.
Orange class have been busy in Science for “Bend it, Stretch it!” We have been making green slime, bending pipe cleaners and stretching snake lollies. During our snake lolly experiment we predicted which snake would stretch the longest and then tested it to discover if our predictions were correct.
In Story Time we have been reading ‘Ronan the Rabbit’ and his adventures with balloons. We got to try out blowing up our own balloons. We also loved ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and used our senses to explore the different items from the story such as the long swishy grass.
In Art we made our own shields with art teacher Suzanne. We used masking tape and paint to come up with our own colourful designs.
In Music we had a great time watching an African drumming performance. We even got to have a go at playing them ourselves and some of us enjoyed a boogie!
In Kitchen Garden we have been enjoying exploring new flavours and tastes with a Winter warming leek and potato soup and a delicious curry. Orange Class have enjoyed harvesting the different vegetables and getting to smell all the different herbs including curry plant and coriander.
Orange Class have a busy term ahead - working on our targets, Father’s Day cards and experimenting with more slime!
Well Book Week went off this year - most staff and students all dressed up and had a ball on Friday. The staff were certainly having just as much fun as the students. There were many books read across the week, lots of laughter and some fantastic costumes on display. Each year it is getting bigger and better.
We managed to get a nice clear day to venture up the mountain a few weeks ago. Some students finding the wind very entertaining, whilst others thought that the cold was not their scene and hid in the warmth of the shelter. It is always a memorable experience for all involved.
Krystle has returned to school this week looking fabulous with her new glasses and has been kicking goals with her new and improved vision. Lots of looking around, reaching for objects and using her fork during meal times, Go Krystle.
We are hoping with warmer weather ahead it will lead to a healthier second half of the term.
Ella & the Green Class Team
Last week we had a lovely time celebrating Book Week. Reading is an important part of our school day, so it was wonderful to celebrate our love of books. It was great to see so many students and staff dressed up. In Purple Class we enjoyed our favourite stories, like Pete the Cat and Where is the Green Sheep? We also read some of the books we have written as a class, including our latest book about our visit to Café Auslan. In our writing sessions we had fun writing about books.
In our recent professional development sessions with literacy specialist Jane Farrall, there was a strong focus on the importance of shared reading with students. Current research has found that it is best practice to read three stories a day with emergent readers. Shared reading sessions should include using students’ AAC devices to make comments, ask questions, and provide opportunities for students to respond. Ensuring students engage in three shared reading sessions a day is the best way to support students to develop their literacy skills. Happily, reading stories is also a favourite class activity!
Denise & the Purple Class Team
Last Friday we celebrated Book Week. It was so fantastic to see the beautiful costumes all around the School. In Pink Class, staff went for a ‘Toy Story’ theme, which included Buzz (Liz), Slinky (Mon), Woody (Kristie) and an alien (Amy). We missed Bray, but are certainly looking forward to having her back.
We have been publishing some of our own stories in pink class and a personal favourite is about when we go shopping. The students enjoy having this story read to them and choosing the relevant visual about what they like to buy. We look forward to continuing this process throughout the year.
We have also been busy making Father’s Day cards, which we are very impressed with. We hope all father’s/carers/mothers have a fantastic day on Sunday.
Blue Class have been working solidly in all areas of the curriculum. Community Learning to Woolworths at Lindisfarne continues to be a great educational experience with all students demonstrating greater independence and requiring minimal assistance. We are all so proud of the students. A couple of weeks ago we decided to go the mountain, besides being cold which we were prepared for, unfortunately the wind was blowing a gale which some of the students found to be uninviting.
We were lucky to experience the African drummers, which the students thoroughly enjoyed. It was great to see our class (and indeed the whole school) getting up, playing the drums, and having a dance.
The SoSafe program is amazing. Thanks very much to Drew, Blue Class are learning about community workers, people they know and people they do not. This is an exceptional program to assist our students to learn about social safety. Rakkael, is providing an amazing music experience which the students are thoroughly loving, as well as Suzanne with her weekly Art experience. Annette continually provides the students with awesome healthy foods to cultivate and cook.
Bec & the Blue Class Team
We are now half way through Term 3 and the students and team are having a fantastic time engaging in the learning program in White Class.
The cold weather has not been deterring our students from helping out in the garden. The boys love walking to the garden and assisting with the various tasks needed to keep the garden running. Malakai and Brodie love to dig and move the pine bark, whilst Matt waters the plants, and Caleb looks after the chickens.
Community Learning has been an outstanding success this term. During our airport trips, Ethan has explored the terminal. He was fascinated by all the people and the wide array of brochures. Our class also went on a one-off trip to Mount Wellington/Kunanyi. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the drive and had a lot of fun back at class touching and throwing the snow we collected.
In week 5 we were lucky enough to be visited by the African Drummers who put on an amazing and interactive performance for our students. The students had a great time clapping, dancing, and playing the drums!
Also in week 5, we have been celebrating book week and the motto “Reading is My Secret Power”. We have been dressing up as our favourite book characters and reading some of our favourite books that we have chosen from the Middle school library.
Andre, Matt & the White Class Team
Well the days are getting longer and the weather warmer, although you wouldn’t have known it on our Community Learning excursion this week! We went for a walk along the foreshore at Montrose Bay across the bridges. The cold wind nearly blew us over! But everyone loved the view, spotting ducks, and patting a friendly puppy that crossed our paths. Jason made sure we kept ourselves warm by making us jog back to the bus.
Last week we were treated to a performance of African drumming which was fantastic. Everyone loved singing along to ‘Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot’ and other classics. Darcy joined in, keeping rhythm and having a great time. Thank you to the performers and Rakkael for organising the show.
We also had Book Week last week with the theme ‘Reading is my Super-Power’. Notable superheros in S-Green were Darcy who arrived as Spiderman, Ethan who flew in with his Thor costume, and Max who came as an amazing Dorothy the Dinosaur. Well done guys you looked great!
With the final round of home-and-away football matches last week, it signalled an end to the S-Green footy tipping competition for 2019. And the winner is…….. Jason!! Well done Jason, despite Max finishing really strongly he just couldn’t get quite enough points and finished 2nd. Jaxson had a strong finish to the season and made his way to 3rd place. Rounding out the ladder were Bella, Darcy, and Ethan. Thanks for playing guys. We hope everyone has a great fortnight.
Richard & the S-Green Class Team
S-Orange have participated in Community Learning enjoying their shopping and dining excursion three times in 2019. This August shopping was at Banjo’s Bakery and exploring was at Dru Point Margate. The first time, we had bought and ate lunch at Banjos Bakery then briefly explored Dru Point. A fortnight later we purchased and ate morning tea at Banjos Bakery and then explored Dru Point and used some of its facilities. These trip provided S-Orange with opportunities for each student to experience achieving success including in areas of Numeracy, Literacy, Science, Indigenous Historic Life, Social and Personal successes in the context of real life Community Learning.
At Banjos Bakery Lila, Ben, Dan, Matthew and Jack participated in the full shopping cycle experiences with a support person and Banio's Customer Service people. In turn, each student: * looked at the bakery products, * placed their order, * received their product/s on a plate, * waited as their order was entered into the Point of Sale register, * worked out and listened for the total price to pay, * took out and counted out enough money from their wallet, * worked out how much change to get back, * counted and gave the money for their order to the shop person, * watched their money tended counted as it was put into the POS register, * watched a receipt being printed and change taken out of the Point of Sale register, * received change and a point of sale receipt, * checked the receipt against their order and prices, * put the receipt and change into their wallet, * carried their food to the servery, * added sauce and or got a napkin, * sat and socially dined in the cafe with all of S-Orange staff and students, and * after eating cleaned up (including putting rubbish into the bin, placing used plates and cutlery onto the correct counter, pushing seats in, and then transitioning together. With faded levels of support, everyone used good manners, shared likes, wants, feelings, and being safe, used their communication (voice / device), and transacted with money – using the dollar up method.
Next S-Orange enriched their online learning including in the areas of Biological/Life Science and Earth Science at Dru Point. Students explored: The Dru Point Track, Reserve, Bicentennial Park’s facilities - playground, BBQ, picnic area, Toilets, Kiosk (closed but visible), Water/Sewerage Area (closed but visible), tennis court, the purpose built (children’s) bicycle riding paths, flora and fauna, wild life and insects, water and sea food, and to learn more about safety.
With encouragement, each person used their senses safely to look, smell, feel and identify different plants of plants. The different plants were identified by using a software application on a device.
We walked with exposure to views: over the North West Bay River estuary to Kunanyi / Mt. Wellington; of a great variety of waterbirds – foraging, feeding, nests; mudflats, flora, and fauna. Blossoms of black gums favoured by swift parrots; Blue wrens and robins. We also explored gardens along established tracks with culturally significant garden/plants as Tasmanian Aboriginal people once camped on the banks of the estuary and ate shellfish, waterbirds and their eggs. We viewed the use of some resources (water, soil, minerals, bark, …) and talked about how they are being used. We also saw and talked about the closed grey water and sewerage processing plant.
Warren & the S-Orange Class Team
Continuing with our work on weather we have been reading the temperature each morning and comparing the temperature outside to that of the classroom. We have identified appropriate clothing for the weather. This week we are making anemometers to measure the wind speed.
We have sorted and recycled our rubbish each week. This has involved a trip to the garden to place the recycling in the appropriate bins and the compost in the compost bin. We have also taken some clothing to the op shop bin.
Money has been our Maths focus this term. We have sorted, matched and counted coins, and read the dollar amount on price tags. A trip to the bakery is planned to practice purchasing items.
Our shared reading has centred around a book titled A Dinosaur Ate Dad’s Hair. There has been much laughter involved. Book week involved a “visit” from Wally from Where’s Wally and a Unicorn. It was wonderful to be able to share some favourite books.
Helen & the S-Red Class Team
Spring is around the corner, can you believe it?! Buds and flowers are starting to appear, with the promise of some nicer weather to come, which means more opportunities to get outside and explore our community.
The weather was nice enough for us to go on a “pirate treasure hunt” a couple of weeks ago, which tied in nicely with our maths unit on positional language. Students followed a map through the playground at Dodges Ferry in order to find their “treasure”. We will continue to work on these skills, plus others, as maths continues for Term 3.
We also recently headed out to TasTafe Clarence Campus to visit the Creating My Career Expo, and select students were able to explore a hospitality career in depth. We participated in some hands on experiences, making mocktails and sushi rolls. Students were able to taste their finished products and work alongside trained chefs and bartenders, gaining some valuable career exposure in the process.
Our recycling focus in Science is coming to an end, with everyone having a chance to sort and recycle the rubbish at school. We even attempted to do some of our recycling in class, by using paper scraps to make our own paper. Students were interested in the feel of the pulp after it had been blitzed up in the blender, very different to how paper feels once it is pressed and dried.
Finally, last week we all enjoyed dressing up as our favourite book characters for Book Week. As the week progressed we took the opportunity to explore a number of books together during shared reading, and on Friday some students came to school dressed to the hilt. We had Wonder Woman, Shrek, Lachie Wiggle and “the everyday kid” visit the classroom. Thanks to all who participated.
Kathryn, Roos & the S-Blue Team
We have had a fun few weeks in S-Yellow. We have finished our book “If You Give a Dog a Donut”, and as the dog in the book had a treasure hunt, the class thought that it would be a fun thing to do.
Florence made all students a treasure map of the playground and each student had to use their map to find their treasure. They all had lots of fun following their maps and finding a yummy treat. In science we have finished our unit of work on recycling. Every student this term has had the opportunity to visit the South Hobart Tip and sort the school recycling. This has been a great experience for the students and has coincided with the career focus of a recycler.
Our canteen program is stilling running and we have had some excellent feedback on the food we have been cooking. This term we have cooked, pies, Mac'n'Cheese, ham and cheese scrolls, chicken noodle stir fry and pizzas. The most popular dish so far has been the pizzas. We enjoyed Book Week and the book we focused on was Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy. Jaime and Selby had fun making masks for each character and we have them on display as you enter our classroom.
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.
This menu sees the addition of chow mein to the shared table, harvesting our bountiful crop of red and green cabbages. Benji chose a nice green cabbage with Michael from the Kitchen Garden to go into the chow mein Yellow Class were making. Our “girls” are continuing to lay enough eggs enabling students to make fresh custard to accompany their winter pudding of syrup dumplings. Jack collected 18 eggs after a weekend. Katelin from Blue Class had a lot of fun making custard for the Junior students. Ryan helps Helen serve up and garnish the tasty cauliflower dahl Purple Class had made.
In between the showers, students continue to help out in the garden. Nick helped to dig up, divide and pot up strawberry plants. Libby and Tina water the melaleuca and blackwood trees that S-Red Students planted in the Senior Playground. Josie pots up blackcurrant plants; some will be sold at the end of the year and others planted out in the kitchen garden.
The Kitchen Garden Program would like to thank Kristian & Sarah of Gastown East Restaurant, Cambridge Road, Bellerive for the kind donation of aprons; S-Yellow students wore them on canteen duty for the first time last week. Thanks also to Will Godman, for sourcing a number of barista aprons; S-Blue students looked the part in the School Café.
Annette & the Kitchen Garden Team
I would like to remind parents that when practical, medication should be given outside of school hours. Please discuss this with your GP/paediatrician at the time of the student’s consultation. If there is no alternative and medication has to be administered at school, we must have a signed parent consent (Purple Form A). For any prescription medication we must also have signed consent form from a GP/pharmacist/practice nurse (Yellow Form B). Staff CAN NOT administer medication without the correct forms being provided. If you require these forms, please feel free to contact the school to get some sent home in the school diary.
All medication MUST be labelled with the student’s name. For over the counter medication your pharmacist can print a label or you can use a permanent marker yourself.
Please contact the school if you require support with this.
It is the time of year that we see an increase in the community of various viruses. I would like to remind families that students who have had a fever, vomiting or diarrhoea should not attend school for at least 48 hours after symptoms have subsided. These virus’s spread rapidly and keeping students away helps protect other students and staff.
Junior School Assembly Term 3 - 13th August 2019 (Week 4)
Junior School Assembly Term 3 - 27th August 2019 (Week 6)
Senior School Assembly Term 3 - 14th August 2019 (Week 4)
NEXT SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING
Monday 16th September 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
SAVE THIS DATE!!!!
Friday 20th September, 5pm – 7pm
Where: Southern Support School - Junior Campus Gym
RSVP: to class teachers by Friday 6th September
The Friends’ School are again this year organising a disco party in conjunction with our senior students. Everyone is invited to come along in your favourite pair of PJs to dance the night away, play games, eat delicious food and celebrate with your friends and family.
Friday 20th September
Friday 29th November
Saturday 9th November
OUT OF THE BOX MARKET
Saturday 7th December
LEAVER'S END OF YEAR ASSEMBLY
Wednesday 18th December
Southern Support School has become a collection point for Lids for Kids. The lids will be sent to Envision Hands who then turn them into prosthetic limbs for children. We are also collecting bread tags that are recycled to make money to buy wheelchairs in South Africa.
We would love you all to collect lids and tags for us and our senior students will be sorting, counting and packaging them ready to send off. See the poster below for what type of lids we can use. If you’re unsure send them in anyway and we will sort them here at school.