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No. 7

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Event Calendar

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Principal's News

Dear Parents Carers and Friends of BCSS,

The change in the weather over the last couple of days has reminded us that Spring is in the air. Our staff and students have been taking full advantage of the lovely sunshine, warmer weather and drier conditions.

Janine and the Junior Pod team have been taking the students on local walks exploring the natural attractions we have in close proximity to our school. It’s lovely to see the group head out all holding hands and excitedly pointing out different things of interest.

Kathy Z and the Middle Pod team have also been out exploring Wonthaggi and our many parks and trails. If you look carefully, as you travel around our town, you may spot some additions to the local Spoonville that the Middle School have added.

Nathan and the Senior Team have been exploring even further afield along the rail trail and other bushland settings within the surrounds of Wonthaggi. I was also lucky enough to join Kerryn and the Seniors for their regular Wednesday Long Lunch yesterday. Again it was absolutely delicious, a Balinese inspired rice dish followed by homemade apple turnovers. I am still salivating just thinking about it and I cannot wait to see what is on offer next week, maybe Greek.

There’s something about spring that makes us all feel light and happy and as we look forward to stage three restrictions being reduced it could not have come at a better time.

I hope you all enjoy a lovely weekend.

Take Care

Rob

Superhero Dress Up Day

THIS Friday, September 18 is our SUPERHERO DRESS UP DAY!

Come to school dressed as your favourite superhero and donate $$$ to Muscular Dystrophy Australia.

What is Muscular Dystrophy? MD causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.
In muscular dystrophies, abnormal genes (mutations) lead to muscle degeneration. Most forms begin in childhood.
Damaged muscles become progressively weaker.
Most people who have the condition eventually need a wheelchair.
Other symptoms include trouble breathing or swallowing which often results in a shortened life span.

Have some fun raising money for a great cause, and come dressed as a Superhero.

Let's see how much money we can raise!

For more information click on the link:
https://www.bassco.sponsored1.com/page/262


Free resources to build resilient families

The Department of Education and Training is offering a webinar and podcast series to help parents and carers support their children during remote and flexible learning.

RAISING CHILDREN PODCAST

The first 3 podcasts will be available from September 1, and the rest throughout terms 3 and 4, and can be accessed from podcast apps and via this link:
https://raisingchildren.net.au/guides/podcasts-and-webinars/podcasts

WEBINAR DETAILS

When: Tuesday, September 15 at 7.30pm
Duration: 45-minute presentation, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session
Format: online via live stream
Cost: free. Please register on the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/managing-the-coronacoaster-tips-for-building-resilient-families-registration-117927100131

Woodworking with the middles

The middles have spent their specialist time with Jack practising the safe use of various tools and measuring to create their very own pencil holders.

They will decorate and paint their creations to use within the classroom or at home.

Please click on the link for more photos:

https://www.bassco.sponsored1.com/page/263

2020 National Water Week Poster Competition

Each October, National Water Week (19 - 25 October 2020) makes a splash right across Australia, inspiring individuals, communities and organisations to work together to build community awareness and understanding around water related topics and challenges.

We are calling for primary aged students and special needs students in our region to enter our annual competition.

There are great prizes to be won in each category, including:

  • First prize – $100 gift card
  • Second prize - $50 gift card
  • Third prize – $30 gift card

All participating schools go in a random draw to win $500
to go towards a sustainability project, purchase of water
efficient products or educational materials.

Also, winners in the Western Water National Water Week poster competition will proceed to the State poster competition.

https://www.westernwater.com.au/files/assets/public/documents/education/poster-competition-information-and-entry-form.pdf




Erupting a volcano with the preps!

The word of the week was 'put'.

The Preps discovered what ingredients they would need to 'put' in to create a chemical reaction: an erupting volcano!

They waited with anticipation, and the outcome was a blast!

Virtual fun

Lunch with seniors

Seniors enjoyed a delicious meal of fried rice, apple turnovers and freshly squeezed juiced for this weeks lunch.

Managing illness in schools during Covid-19

What you need to know:

1. If a child is unwell, even the mildest of symptoms, they MUST stay at home
  • If the child becomes unwell during the day, they must be collected from school as soon as possible.
2. If a child has any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) outlined below, however mild, they should get tested and they MUST remain at home until they receive their results
  • fever
  • chills or sweats
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • loss of sense of smell or taste.
In certain circumstances headaches, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered symptoms.

For further advice: Call the 24 hour coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline 1800 675 398; call your local doctor or visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website or Facebook page

3. A child MUST stay at home until they are symptom free, even if their coronavirus (COVID-19) test is negative

If a person has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) they must isolate until they receive clearance from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Thank you for your continued support, together we can all stay safe.

Middles have joined the Spoonville craze!

The middles this week created their very own spoon characters and rock art to place amongst the community Spoonville project that can be found along the walking track that runs between the cape road and the Wonthaggi/Inverloch road.

Amongst the creations you might see cowboys, unicorns, snoopy, clowns, where’s Wally, Batman, Pooh bear or even tweety bird.

We can’t wait to return and see how our spoons are making friends.

Facebook

Facebook a easy way for our school to share information.

We have 2 pages...

The first page is a public page.
This page is for open for anybody to like and follow the news items we share.
This is a great page for all your family and friends to "like".
https://www.facebook.com/Bass-Coast-Specialist-School-267448466702003

The second page is a private group.
This group is only for parents and legal guardians of students.
No extended family or friends can be on this page due to privacy reasons of other students.
This page is a private group for families to connect and share great things our students are doing at home, wether it be cooking, riding a bike or going on a nature walk on the weekend.
We really want all our families to join this page and share all the success stories our students achieve.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/254667925675452

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all of the amazing Dads, step-dads, and grandfathers in our school community.

We hope everyone enjoys a safe and relaxing weekend.

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 bass.coast.ss@education.vic.gov.au

Community services available in the Bass Coast area

2020 enrolments

Unfortunately due to Covid we have had to postpone the start of pre-prep program for 2020.

But we are looking forward to meeting all our new preps on Thursday, November 26 at 9.30am.

For more information check out our website:
https://www.basscoastss.vic.edu.au/page/242/Pre-Prep-School-Readiness

New enrolments are very welcome across the whole school.

Please contact Bass Coast Specialist School on 03 5672 4474 or via email bass.coast.ss@education.vic.gov.au

Scholastic book club

Scholastic book club Issue 6 is available to order online.

Home delivery is available for $5.99 no matter how many books you order; or you can have your delivery sent to the school for free!

Issue 6 catalogue available here:
https://www.scholastic.com.au/media/5667/bc-620.pdf

LOOP - Family Book Club Login for order:
https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent/Login.aspx