No. 9


Principal news

Dear parents and carers,

Welcome back students and families!

It’s been a positive start and staff and students have returned with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and excitement for what will be an eventful and busy term.

Staff and Allied Health have been working on assessments which will inform teachers and assist in developing targeted learning goals for our students.  We have been surprised how despite the interruptions our students have encountered this year, many have made some significant progress in their learning. 

On Thursday afternoon, teachers have met to discuss, improve and further develop how we assess our students in literacy.  This important skill is central to all aspects of life and we aspire all our students to become the best readers they can be. 

Here are some important tips to help your child develop an interest in reading:

  1. Read to your child from the earliest age.
  2. Begin visiting the library regularly.
  3. Read to your child as often as possible.
  4. Don't stop reading to him once he/she learns to read.  Keep reading to them!
  5. Ritualize daily reading. Why not a bedtime story every night?

Have a great weekend,

Caroline Sibly
Assistant Principal

October is International AAC Awareness Month!

The goal is to raise awareness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and to celebrate the many different ways people communicate instead of or as well as talking.

Examples of AAC at our school include:

  • communication devices and communication iPads owned by the school and by individual students
  • communication boards around the school
  • communication books
  • visual schedules

Here are just a few of our AAC users in action and 10 things you may not know about AAC!

Please click here for more information and photos

FREE after school sports program

Bass Coast Shire Council & GippSport have partnered to offer FREE after school sports programs to children aged between 7-14 to help kids re-engage with local sport & the community.




All sessions: 4:00 PM till 5:15 PM

All sessions are based at Wonthaggi Rec Reserve. Due to COVID-19 restrictions all sessions are capped at a maximum of 30 participants and all participants must pre register using the link below.

Book now:

AFL grand final public holiday

Friday, October 23 is the AFL grand final public holiday.

There will be NO school.

Enjoy your long weekend and have fun watching the footy!

Bon Appetite

Hospitality on a budget with the seniors

click here for more photos

2021 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:

New enrolments are very welcome across the whole school.

Please contact Bass Coast Specialist School on 03 5672 4474 or via email

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.


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".

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.

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.

Live Penguin TV every night

Phillip Island Nature Parks are live streaming the Phillip Island Little Penguins arriving every night from 6:20pm.

Simply jump onto their Facebook page (
or Youtube channel (

Remember, this is a FREE livestream so watch out for any fake links asking for you to register or pay.

More information can be found at:

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