No. 6


News from the principal's

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you for your support to enable our staff to have a student free day.

We are very fortunate to have many talented staff present for the day. Amy Van‘t hof presented us with The Zones of Regulation.  This school wide program which has been in effect since 2015 and has assisted students to learn how to self-regulate their emotions which improves learning outcomes. Amy V has just completed some intensive professional development and training with Bear. We are hoping that soon Bear will be certified as a Therapy Dog. Bear is a fantastic (and cuddly!) resource for Amy to use in her therapy sessions, also extremely popular with the children.  We welcome Bear to Bass Coast Specialist School as our new staff member!

Zoe Lowe’s presentation on the practical use of communication through Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) and the use of iPads to assist our students to communicate was engaging and enlightening.  We were also fortunate to receive an ex-member of staff who is now working with student disengagement.  She highlighted the importance of attending school and the opportunities that education can offer our students.

It has been an interesting term so far and the students have coped very well with the changes and have demonstrated outstanding resilience in difficult times.  Once again, we would like to remind parents that we are available to speak with you if you have any concerns during this period.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Stay warm and take care,


Woodworking with the seniors

The seniors have been busy making wooden pencil boxes at school. Students had to take turns, and learn how to cut the timber and use the hammer and nails.

It was a great program out on a sunny day.

View more woodworking photos here:


Introducing Bear as our official Therapy Dog in Training!

Bear is owned by our occupational therapist, Amy v and is now well underway into learning what it takes to be a therapy dog.

Research suggests that a certified therapy dog in the school setting can improve educational outcomes, so Bear is here to help support, engage and motivate our students and staff where and when he can.

Bear has been learning with the Lead The Way Institute after we received a generous grant from Bass Coast Shire Council for his training.

Once training is complete, he will be assessed, certified and ready to work with all of our students and the greater local community.

View more photos of Bear here:


If your child is sick (runny nose, sore throat, cough, temperature) - please do not send them to school.

This is a difficult time as we comply with the restrictions necessary for the health and wellbeing of our staff, students, families and the whole community.

If your child is experiencing any symptoms they must get tested and stay home until they are completely symptom free.


The middles have joined the community in creating a Spoonville along the rail trail near Mitre 10

Drop off & pick up

Drop of is strictly at 9am. Please do not drop your child and go.

All students will have their hands sanitized and temperature checked upon entry into the school.

Families must maintain 1.5 metres between persons and wear face coverings on entering and leaving the school grounds.

When picking up your child please call the office 5672 4474 and a staff member will meet you at your car.

Thank you for your continued support.

Seniors virtual classroom

Seniors held the first virtual classroom via zoom this week.

After some minor technical difficulties, it was great to see everyone having fun catching up and then getting lots of work done.

We look forward to doing this again!

Compass Communication

With limited access to the school site, communication with the classroom teacher or other staff may be difficult.

All staff are available via email on Compass.

If you do not have your Compass logon details yet, please contact the office 5672 4474 or via email

Seniors being active

Being active is vitally important for everyone's health.

Our students love getting out and about.

This week our students have enjoying going for bike rides and walks on the rail trail.

Check out this link for more photos:


Middles have had a busy week of music, community access and art.

It is great to see lots of happy faces, during these cold and wet days at school.

View more photos of the middles here:


We are currently taking enrolments for 2021
Enrolments for our students in 2021 are open, and we are very excited to already have new enrolments.

Our pre-prep program is going to look a little different this year, please contact Janine at school for more information.

If you would like a school tour, or have any questions regarding enrolments please contact our school principal Rob Sands or assistant principal Caroline Sibly for more information.

The schools phone number is 5672 4474 or email is

We are now paperless

Our newsletter is uploaded to Compass and our school website regularly.

If you do not have access to Compass yet, please contact the office for your login details.