No 10


Event Calendar

February 2021

Principal's News

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bass Coast Specialist School

It seems quite surreal that we have come to the end of another year. A year that can only be described as extraordinary. In many ways it has been a difficult time but we have so much to be proud of and so much to celebrate.

Last Thursday night it was my privilege to host our 2020 Graduation event. Graduation is one of the premiere events on the school calendar. It is the celebration of completing twelve years at school and the start of the young person’s journey into adult life. Like most things this year, we had to modify the event due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. However it was an absolutely lovely evening.

Our 2020 Graduates; Aaron Aplin, Brooke Pearce, Chloe Jefferies, Jeremy Snider, Ethan Draper and Tylah Maloney were amazing. It was great to see how proud the families, friends and staff were as the students entertained us with their singing and moved us with their speeches.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Akaysha Morrison and Sam Withington on the election as School Captains for 2021. Akaysha’s speech was so moving.

Recently I was lucky enough to be asked to join the Junior Pod on their Christmas party. It was a great day with lots of fun, games and great food. Unfortunately I had to leave the party and return to school. This was a bit disappointing because just after I left a very important person arrived.

A reminder that school finishes at 1:00pm on Friday and will recommence at 9:00am on Thursday 28th January.

On behalf of everybody here at BCSS I would like to thank all our families, carers and friends for your support this year and hope you all have a relaxing summer.

Take Care


Graduation Night

On Thursday night last week, our graduates and their families gathered together for a very special event.  For such a tumultuous year with the uncertainty from the pandemic, it was a welcome celebration in our school community.  It was the first time this year that parents, students and staff could assemble together face to face to celebrate a milestone for their children: graduation. 

We were very lucky to have supportive staff and volunteers who helped make this a successful night.  I would especially like to thank Bev Main for her videography services and Andrew Hamilton for the photography.  The photos are magnificent and I’m sure as Bev is editing the video, it will be a treasure to keep for years to come for our graduates.  We are also so grateful for the volunteer staff who helped make the event run smoothly by waiting on tables with refreshments.

What I personally enjoyed from this special evening was watching our graduates turn up looking fabulous and so excited to share this moment with the school community.  The graduates spoke about their experiences at Bass Coast Specialist School with confidence and pride and it was a delight to see them smile, talk and sing in front of the parents.

To close, I would like to add that this year has been like no other and as a result, our graduate students have pulled through with more resilience and adaptability than ever.  And so, 2020 graduates, I wish you all the best in the future and always remember to be safe, be kind, be a communicator and be a learner!

Yours in education,

Caroline Sibly

Assistant Principal

Outdoor Education first aid

As a part of the Outdoor Education program, senior students have been learning about basic first aid.
They have a good understanding of DRSABCD and have recently learned what to do to treat a snake bite.
They learned you must not suck out the venom, but instead stay calm and still.

Send for help

Please click here for photos

What was Wacky up to?

In October, Wacky the Wombat spent time in the middle year classrooms.

Wacky loved coming to school each day and spending his nights with different students, experiencing their home routines, and eating lots of food according to some of the students.

Wacky and the students loved spending time together and we had some great photos sent back to school of students having fun with Wacky after school.

Click here for more great photos of Wacky's adventure!

Room 6 visits The Ranch

In term 4 students from room 6 visited "The Ranch".
The Ranch has been set up as a program for students to come for work experience, learn about OH&S on farm, animal husbandary including animal care, maths with measuring out food for the animals, social and personal skills.
The students cared for 3 calves named Matilda, LouLou and Blackie; and 5 chickens.
Room 6 really enjoyed their time at The Ranch, it really was the highlight of their day.

Click here for more great farm photos

Middles have been busy

Middles were very busy in November.

With an excursion to Leongatha Wetlands and box contructions in the classroom

We had Elly, a youth worker on placement for 4 weeks this term and Nathan was awarded a prize for entering a save water poster competition.

Click on the link for more middles fun


Our school uniforms are available to order from Totally Workwear in Wonthaggi.

The shop is located at 11 Murray Street, Wonthaggi (opposite Woolworth petrol/Aldi).

Orders take approximately 10 days to arrive.

All uniform orders must be paid for prior to the order being placed.

SumerSalt Summer Program

Health school lunch & snack ideas

Click on this link for the schools healthy eating policy

Some healthy school lunch ideas can include sandwiches made with wholemeal or grain bread, a bread roll or pita bread with reduced fat cheese, lean meat or salad, or a quiche.

Healthy snack ideas may include reduced fat yogurt, hard boiled eggs, dry biscuits, rice biscuits, fresh fruit and veggies, along with a drink bottle with water.

NO sugary drinks such as juice or cordial.

Avoid snack bars as these are high in sugar or salt.

No chocolate biscuits, lollies or chips

*Ideally, your child’s lunch will only contain items that will be eaten, composted or recycled as we are trying to promote a rubbish free environment (no wrappers)

Please click here for the Australian guide to healthy eating chart

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.

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

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:


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.

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.