- 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
- Save The Date
- Li-Ve Tasmania Holiday Zone
- Lids For Kids
- Mental Health Services
- Woolworths Discovery Seed Packs
- Footy Colours Day
Dear Parents & Carers
We received some great news recently with approval for the next stage of planning for the redevelopment of our site ready to begin. So shortly we will again be meeting with the Facilities branch of the Department of Education and the architects to progress this important work.
As the Term draws to a close I have had a personal focus on getting into as many classrooms as possible, and as always, I have been impressed by the work of our students and the staff who support them in their learning. It is a wonderful thing to see the progress as the year moves towards the final Term and I will look forward to reading next Term’s school reports to see all of that great work captured.
Excitingly, we will host a visit by the Variety Tas Bash cars on Monday 21st October. This should be a great event, and Variety are wonderful supporters of our school and students.
A reminder that Friday 25th October (the day after Show Day) is a professional learning day for staff, with no students at school that day.
THE SCHOOL PYJAMA DISCO PARTY
5.00PM - 7.00PM
Junior Campus Gym
All students and their families are welcome
(even if you haven't RSVPd...)
FOOTY COLOURS DAY - Friday 27th September 2019
(last day of term 3)
Gold Coin donation
All monies raised go to Fight Cancer Foundation.
Wear anything, any colour, or of course your favourite footy team jersey.
Term 3 break is almost here.
School holidays begin Friday afternoon 27th September 2019.
School resumes for Term 4 for staff and students on
Monday 14th October 2019.
We hope you will all have a safe and happy break.
Term 4 2019 dates for students:
Mon 14th October - Thursday 19th December
There will be a student free day on Friday 25th October 2019.This day follows the public holiday for Hobart Show Day on Thursday 24th October 2019. Students will not attend school for these two dates.
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)
We are continuing our Bend It, Stretch It science unit based on the Primary Connections. The Red Class students have loved our new story about a bending and stretching slinky. Jono and Klay have particularly enjoyed playing with the slinky. Emmett has enjoyed having the story read to him by an adult. Logan enjoyed writing about his favourite things to bend and stretch.
Red Class has been enjoying their weekly visit to the garden. The class been harvesting the last of the winter vegetables and making some delicious foods. Everyone loved the pizza. Lincoln especially loved visiting the garden.
The class attended the hilarious performance of 'The Tortoise and the Hare'. All of the students loved watching it. Hunter and Harrison thought that it was especially funny.
In art, the class has been busy making Christmas cards for the end of the year. The class has enjoyed sensory play using Lush bath bombs. Emmett, Harrison Hunter and Klay all loved feeling and watching the bath bombs. Jono especially loved splashing in the water. Red Class would like to thank Lush for their kind and generous donation of the bath bombs. They smelt and looked AMAZING!
Anna, Anita & the Red Class Team
What a fantastic Term 3 we have had in Yellow Class.
We have continued to read our class story, ‘Susie the Slinky’. In Science, we have been looking at the properties of items and seeing if they stretch or bend. We have been playing with stretchy slinkies and bendy pipe cleaners, bending our pipe cleaners into special shapes.
In Art and Craft with Suzanne, we have been having fun with process art on slightly bent aluminium foil and thickened paint. We have also used cardboard pieces and tubes, along with masking tape to create aeroplanes, which will be decorated in the coming weeks.
In Kitchen Garden, we have been cooking minestrone soup and bread rolls from scratch. Yellow class students have been enjoying pulling the carrots from the ground in the farm garden and counting the bread rolls.
We recently had the pleasure of attending two performances in the school gym. First we got to see the 'Tortoise and Hare' production by Australia Playhouse. It was an interactive adaptation of the Aesop's fable all about diversity, kindness and how to be a real winner; with cameos from the Gingerbread man and the Pied Piper. The students were wonderfully engaged and encouraged to become a part of the story. Next we had a visit from Meerkat Productions. They performed an adaptation of ‘Room on Our Rock’ a beautiful book by Kate and Jol Temple which examines themes of sharing, empathy and refugees. Yellow Class loved the awesome puppets and audience involvement.
Jenna, Suzanne & the Yellow Class Team
Over the last few weeks Orange Class have been busy continuing their exploration into the Science Unit ‘Bend it! Stretch it!’ We loved making different types of slime including marshmallow and chocolate slime. We liked mixing all the ingredients together and watching what happens. We also enjoyed seeing how far we can bend and stretch our slime.
During story time, we have been reading the book “What the Lady Bird Heard”. We enjoyed pretending to be the different farm animals in the story using puppets. We also made our own ladybirds using a paper plate, these are proudly on display outside Orange Class.
In Art we have been working on Christmas cards and using cardboard tubes to come up with a Christmas tree design. These will be made into cards later on in the year.
We have been very lucky to watch two performances over the last three weeks. We watched a performance of 'The Tortoise and the Hare' and a performance of 'Room on our Rock'. We worked really hard to stay sitting in our seats and enjoyed interacting with the performers.
Over the next week, we are going to be reading the story “Room on our Rock” and explore the sensory elements of the story including: water, sand and seashells. We are also going to be making slime from chia seeds and focusing on the letters ‘R’ and ‘O’. We are looking forward to the end of Term and having lots of fun before a well- deserved break.
Rachel & the Orange Class Team
It has been an action filled few weeks. There has been lots of special performances in the gym - thanks to Rakkael for organising. The Green Class students loved getting up and being part of the action during the African Drumming performance. A special mention to Noah for going into the gym and sitting with Green Class for the start of 'Room on a Rock' performance, which is an awesome achievement, Well Done Noah.
We have also been on our first adventure to the Tasmanian Museum this year. Haily was intrigued at the microscopes in the Antarctic section, she was busily trying to figure out how they work. Evelyn, Mary and Ugo enjoyed exploring the museum at their own pace - looking, touching and playing with all the different things on offer.
Only one week to go and the weather is warming up nicely - Green Class are looking forward to a well-deserved break after a fulfilling, adventurous and productive term.
We hope everyone has a fantastic holiday.
Ella & the Green Class Team
This term we welcomed Chelsea to our classroom. Chelsea is a student from the University of Tasmania who is completing her final placement with us. She has spent a week in the classroom so far, and has developed great connections with the boys already. As a bonus, we got to celebrate Chelsea’s birthday with her, which we all enjoyed. Chelsea will be back next term and will be teaching across all curriculum areas.
A highlight of our term was a wonderful excursion to SUPATRAMP. It was so lovely to see Purple Class students having a great time, bouncing and throwing dodge balls. There were big smiles from all the boys! We finished our excursion off with some delicious pizza and chips. We will definitely be going back again.
We have had two theatre performances come to SSS this term, which was great fun. Another favourite activity was sensory play with bath bombs kindly donated by Lush. It has been a very busy, and fun filled term.
Denise & the Purple Class Team
Can you believe that we are almost into the last term of the year? To conclude term three, we have been continuing our Science unit on living things and what they need to survive. We have been having a particular focus on food this week; the students have enjoyed making bird feeders to hang from the trees in the playground.
Our new guided reading text that we will continue until the end of the term is called ‘Ten Terrible Dinosaurs’ by Paul Strickland. The students have given mixed reviews of the story so far, such as; fun, funny, scary and sad.
Our Kitchen Garden menu continues to be as delicious as ever, including cauliflower rice, bread rolls, frittatas, minestrone soup and cheesy vegetables. All Pink Class students have been participating and engaging really well in this program.
Pink Class has had a great finish to the term which included watching two performances in the last two weeks! The students enjoyed the singing and dancing and sat really well for the shows, clapping and laughing.
We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday break and look forward to returning for another happy and successful term.
Amy & the Pink Class Team
Blue Class have been working hard in all parts of the curriculum. In Science we are learning that all living things have needs and wants. All the students have identified the difference between living and non-living things. They have recognised that living things need food to be able to grow, move and even have fun. We made bird seed feeders as part of our understanding that all animals need food.
Community Learning to Woolworths (at Lindisfarne) continues to be a great experience for the Blue Class students. Our current numeracy goals are to match and/or identify 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent pieces, as well as $1 and $2 coins. The students have been practicing these skills as they handle their money at the checkout.
On a Friday after bike riding, Blue Class has been doing an additional cooking session. Thanks to Bettina for bringing in her Thermomix, we have been able to make homemade custard, smoothies, ice-cream and pesto. This activity beautifully incorporates our literacy goals as we read and sequence the recipe and comment if we like or don’t like the different foods.
We hope you have a great break and safe holiday and look forward to seeing you in term 4.
Bec & the Blue Class Team
As we reflect on the term in White Class the first thoughts that come to mind are how well the students have adapted to change throughout the term. We had teacher Matt return from injury, we commenced weekly Community Learning excursions, and Caleb left our school to attend another school on a full-time basis.
It has been a busy and creative time for everyone in White Class this term. In recent weeks the students have constructed planes from recycled cardboard, explored painting with different tools, and created collages on foil.
In our Numeracy lessons this term we have been looking at different 2D shapes. The boys have had a lot of fun playing shapes games on the Smartboard and trying their hands at drawing and finding shapes during our Teach and Learn sessions.
Teach and Learn sessions form an integral part of helping our students learn and master new concepts, and are differentiated for each student’s subject based learning goals. Brodie has been sequencing the days of the week, Marcus and Caleb have been identifying coins, and Matt has been identifying shapes and numbers.
During this term we have timetabled social games for the students and staff to interact in on a daily basis. Social games are a great opportunity to have some fun and reinforce important social interactions like turn taking, using communication, and following instructions and rules.
On a final note, we would like to wish our students and their families a lovely break, and we look forward to seeing you all at the start of Term 4.
Andre, Matt & the White Class Team
Well the weather is finally heating up but you wouldn’t know about it from our last two Community Learning outings! We have copped some fairly windy and cold days on our trips to Dodges Ferry and Risdon Brook Dam. The students were unperturbed however and enjoyed themselves walking at the dam and playing on the equipment at Dodges. Darcy came away from Risdon Brook Dam with a very impressive collection of gumnuts and pinecones; good finding Darcy! At the dam, Jason set the pace by power walking out in front with Leigh, making sure the following peloton got their steps up. Well done Jase! They were our last Community Learning outings for the term. We will start next term with a trip to Roscommon Reserve at Lauderdale.
Special mention to Max this week who has been doing fantastic work communicating with PODD. He is really starting to understand its function and has even communicated how he is feeling. Max has also been doing lots of walking, always completing more steps than he needs to. Well done mate! Jaxson has also been doing some excellent communicating, using a Big Mac switch independently to say “more” when eating his sandwiches. Well done Jacko!
Ethan and Bella get special mentions for their excellent work in Woodwork this week. Ethan has been building a robot, and did a fantastic job independently painting it this week. Bella has been building a beautiful jewellery box, which will be finished after a lick of varnish. Both these students are always very safe in the Woodwork shed. Well done guys! We hope everyone has a great fortnight and a restful break.
Richard & the S-Green Class Team
In Orange Class, each student with appropriate faded prompts and traditional/AAC communication created their very own story book. Each book has a full colour illustrated cover page, a story of six pages of typed print each with its full colour illustrations, and a standard ABC Reading Egg’s back page. Each student logged into the ABC Reading Eggs application, entered the Story Factory followed by selecting “Write your story in here! And ‘Make Your Own Book!” and then did each of the 6 key steps in Start your story.
By following the six steps each student demonstrated that they can:
“1. Choose a cover page” and choose their 7 from 10 pictures being one full colour illustration for the cover page and six full colour illustrations for the story pages.
“2. Write the name of your story” and include as the author their full name.
“3. Write the story” using in their own words. For ideas/inspiration, read and maybe select words or phrases from the word bank, sentence starters, or sentence endings.
“4. Choose a design” of font, colour, and layout for their book’s title, body text, and page numbers.
“5. Published their story”
Alert: Before entering the story contest, print the story in colour, sort the pages and bind the book.
“6. Enter the contest” for this week’s story contest.
Everyone in S-Orange is very proud to have created a real story book! Each student’s printed and electronic versions of their book looks great and are saved in the bookshelves – one in the S-Orange classroom’s bookshelf and one in the electronic Eggsplorer’s house.
Each S-Orange student presented in the middle/senior school’s assembly their very own written and illustrated real paperback story book. A PowerPoint slide was also presented showing the steps to: enter the Book Factory, choose full colour illustrations, do creative writing for each full colour illustration chosen, and write using their appropriate alternative pencils. These included a QWERTY keyboard, mouse, and Flip Alphabet strip.
Warren & the S-Orange Class Team
It is hard to believe that we at nearly at the end of term 3. The students have all being working extremely hard and making progress towards their individual goals.
We are finishing our Science and Maths focus for the term. For Maths we have been learning about money and going to the bakery to spend some. Our Science unit has focussed on the seasons and weather. We have measured the temperature each morning as well as the rain fall for August.
This term we have also being cooking on a Thursday and have made some great soups and breads.
Christmas sparkle also came early with all students being involved in making a special art project.
We would like to wish everyone a great holiday and look forward to seeing all the students in term 4.
Helen & the S-Red Class Team
Everyone in S-Blue has worked especially hard this term, and are all counting down the days until the school holiday break. We hope you all have a chance to rest and recuperate ready for the final term of the year (can you believe I just said that?!)
There have been a few stand out events that have happened in the class over the past three weeks that we’d like to share with you. Firstly, we got our Christmas spirit on, if just a touch early, to work on a special art project. More information on this to come, so watch this space.
We also hosted a group of Friends’ students to workshop details for the upcoming social. Everyone was busy working on party decorations, talking about party games, and exploring music choices. It was wonderful to see the collaboration happening in the room as everyone worked together. We are very much looking forward to dancing the night away tonight!
Last week also saw the inaugural S-Blue Art Show come to life. As part of the access to work program we have been exploring different career and lifestyle options, and the past few weeks students have been exploring what it is like to be an artist. Not only did they have a chance to work on their artistic skills, but also put into place a special art gallery so they could experience selling and displaying their creations. Thank you to all the staff who attended and “purchased” our pieces.
Finally, we have been busy sorting plastic lids for the Lids for Kids project. The lids are sorted and counted by the students, and then passed on to a charitable organisation to make prosthetic limbs for children. Please keep a collection of your used lids at home and send them into the school for recycling.
Kathryn, Roos & the S-Blue Team
We have had a few quiet weeks in S-Yellow, as both staff and students have been unwell. I think everyone is looking forward to the holidays to rest and recharge before the last term of the year. This week we finished our work in the canteen for the year, we hope that students and staff have enjoyed the meals that were on offer. It has been wonderful to see all the students’ independence grow as they complete their weekly canteen jobs. Next term we will still be running the café on the Senior Campus from 10:15am to 11.00am on Fridays.
As it is the end of term all our curriculum units are coming to the end, we will be finishing our work with seasons in Science, rhyming words for our spelling focus and in Maths we are completing our unit on mapping and directional language.
We would like to wish everyone great holiday and we look forward seeing everyone in term 4.
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.
Spring has arrived in the garden. After a thorough pruning last month, the fruit trees are now in blossom.
A change in the weather has also brought about a change in menu. Moving away from hearty soups, the shared lunch offered minestrone soup which was packed full of vegetables such as zucchini and tomatoes which students had harvested in Terms 1 and 2 and froze for later use. Senior students harvested and de-podded bush beans in Term 2, storing them in jars and these were also added to the minestrone soup. Thank you Nadine and Blue Class for suggesting this soup for the shared lunch; its been a winner!
Julian did a wonderful job with Emma using the Nicer Dicer to chop vegetables for the cheesy vegetable dish. Noah used a switch to operate a food processor when making the cauliflower rice; always a favourite at the shared table. Ethan stirs the minestrone soup and Lila puts the accompanying bread rolls in the oven. Shelby harvested celery for the soup and Kayla and Agi weighed the cauliflower they harvested for the rice dish; it weighed over a kilo!
At times in Kitchen Class where 3 classes are preparing lunch together, it can become a little overwhelming and students have an opportunity for a break if they need it. Michelle used her creativity to devise and make a number of activity boards for students to use in this time. Some are displayed in the Gym/Kitchen whilst others are just outside in the courtyard. Sebastian and Ella loved some exploring these sensory boards in between cooking whilst Izayah explored the kitchen utensil themed board in the small courtyard. Thank you Michelle.
Red Class visit the Garden Classroom each week. They practise using a variety of utensils such as whisks and Nicer Dicers to prepare different foods. Recently they made their own mini pizzas; spreading tomato paste onto the dough with a spatula and grating cheese to go on top. Students are encouraged to taste their efforts. Emmett did a great job making his pizza and Logan enjoyed tasting his. After cooking, students go into the garden to do jobs such as feeding the chickens, looking after the bird table, watering the garden beds and shredding paper for the worm farm. The birds have certainly enjoyed the fruit Red Class have been putting out for them.
On Wednesday 25th September our school is hosting The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program’s Professional Development/Training Day. It is a very exciting opportunity for us to showcase our kitchen garden program and the abilities and talents of our students. Our wonderful horticulturist, Michael Cook will be delivering a special presentation on food security to attendees.
Annette & the Kitchen Garden Team
Thank you to all parents and carers who have remained vigilant with students and their illness during Term 3. A reminder that students who have a fever should not attend school for 48 hours after the fever breaks. If a student develops a fever at school it is important that they are collected as promptly as possible. This helps keep all students and staff safe.
The holidays are a wonderful time to relax and unwind, it’s also a time when students often see medical specialists for review of health care needs. Please take this opportunity to update any seizure/epilepsy management plans, asthma management plans and anaphylaxis plans that may be due to expire before the end of the school year. If you have not had your epilepsy management plan reviewed recently, please contact Epilepsy Tasmania https://epilepsytasmania.org.au/ to have one developed by their specialist staff. Often the seizure/epilepsy plans prepared by GP’s don’t adequately describe the physical signs of a seizure which is an important feature of the document. Please check expiry dates on all emergency medication, midazolam is only effective for 6 months after dispensing from the pharmacy. Please check that you have supplied the relevant syringes and nasal atomiser where required.
Please be reminded that if you have any updated Manual Handling, Meal Management or Medical plans, send them in via the communication diary or email to email@example.com to ensure correct procedures are followed.
If you require extra copies of the Authorisation of Medication form A or B, please make a note in your student’s diary before the end of term and we will send them home.
Junior School Assembly Week 7 3rd sept 2019
Junior School Assembly Week 8 10th Sept 2019
Junior School Asssembly Week 9 17th Sept 2019
NEXT SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING
Monday 21st October
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
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