Newsletter 24th August, 2023.

From the Principal

Middle Years and Early Years camp is next week, both groups are heading to Warrnambool. Terang students and Davey’s group are going Monday and Tuesday and will be catching the train there and for the return trip.   Middle Years Cobden students will be going Thursday and Friday, they are going by bus. The students are looking forward to lots of exciting activities and hopefully some sunny weather. Please make sure all medication is clearly labelled and handed to teachers on arrival, NO medication is to be in bags!

Our new building in Terang is almost completed and is on track for the move in the school holidays, the last day of term will be student free for our Terang students as we will have removalist trucks in on this day. Our bus will be going directly to the new address in Dow Street, day 1 term 4. We look forward to inviting the community and families to visit our amazing new facility.

Our students continue to improve their school attendance each week, with most students receiving attendance certificates each week. School attendance continues to be a priority for the Education Department as being at school gives the most opportunity for social and academic growth. If your child is absent, please record on XUNO or call the office on 5595 1995.

Take care

Kylie Carter.

Early Years Report

Book Week

2023 Book week was a great success. All students had a fabulous time with different activities and books.

Middle Years Camp 31st August - 1 September

Please note: Middle years camp is next week: Thursday and Friday. Please make sure all forms and monies are returned to the school asap to help with planning.

Book Week Celebration Day

This week we celebrate Book Week with whole school activities and art projects based on shortlisted picture books. Davey’s class started off the week with a frog collage, inspired by the book Snap!


Free Time Bluey – By Ashleigh Lucas

Bluey is funny

I like to watch Bluey on my iPad when it’s Free Time. My favourite is Dance Mode. It’s funny because Bluey is funny.

I like their dance moves. They make me laugh.


We started learning the 4 chords song land down under with the ukulele and started to record it.

The first time we tried to record land down under it didn’t work and it was really funny because it got everyone frustrated, we tried recording it on audacity and it was really bad. Then we recorded it on an online website Zach embarrassed Teesh because she didn’t know how to use it but the next time, we did it we knew what to do.

Thank you for putting your time into reading my newsletter acritical.

Bonnie Kerr.

Book Week in Middle Years

We had a parade to celebrate book week this week. We dressed up and invited the Early Years students to come across to Cobden to join us.

Lots of fun was had by our students who participated in Book Week activities. Some people made paper birds, some people made necklaces and others did drawings in the art room. Everyone listed to stories being read. It was a good day overall and it was all the more exciting as it was Izayah’s birthday. We also had a netball clinic which was really fun. Our camp is coming up next week and we are really looking forward to it.

Free time stuff I like - By Breanna Mitchell

When I have free time, I usually draw stuff, using devices and using the scratch website.

I use texters, pencils and eraser when drawing.

I do whatever I want in devices.

I use the scratch website in iPad and computer sometimes.

It was likely my favourite subject.

Later Years Update

2023 Opinion Survey - CLOSES TOMORROW !!

Have your say!! We want our PARENTS / CAREGIVERS / GUARDIANS to tell us what they think!

Cobden Campus Password:    576370
Terang Campus Password:    608489

Click here to complete the survey

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents / caregivers / guardians think of our school. The Parent / Caregiver / Guardian Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education that is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of families’ perceptions of school climate, student behavior, and student engagement. We encourage all families to participate. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

All families are invited to participate in the survey.

The Parent / Caregiver / Guardian Opinion Survey will be open from Monday 7 August to Friday 8 September 2023.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the survey period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in English and 10 other languages including Arabic, Greek, Hakha Chin, Hindi, Japanese, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Last year we used the survey results to plan for 2023 and how we can improve the school

Please contact Wendy at the office on 5595 1995 if you would like more information.

Art Therapy

Over the last 8 weeks we have been lucky enough to have local creative art therapist Jodie Honan attend HSS and run small group work with some of our senior girls.

The sessions  have allowed the girls to openly express themselves through art, in a small non-threatening environment whilst using a mixture of mediums eg. Paint, clay, slime, leaves, sticks, pens, pencils, charcoal.

As it was so well accepted by the girls we are currently in the process of organising more sessions next term.

Medical Social Stories – Easi Health  has been an incredible asset to me and my family, therefore I felt the need to share with our wider school community. As a fellow Special Needs Parent/Carer, I understand that some of us tend to see the inside of a hospital a little more often than others! is a website that contains medical social stories to help prepare your child for different tests and scans that they may need done, such as blood tests and x-rays. This resource was created by an incredible medical student that I was lucky enough to meet on one of my recent trips to hospital with my son. I was expressing my concern about him handling a blood test and calmly trying to explain the process so that they would let him do it, but without freaking him out. The medical students gently told me about this resource and asked if I would like to use it for my son. This helped him to understand the procedure using pictures and easy to understand language and he was much more willing to participate in the necessary procedure after reading the social story together. The wonderful medical student also showed me the contact feature, for if there were any procedures that she didn’t already have on there that people would like access to, please suggest it and she can add it for you!

Please look this website up and bookmark it on your phones for any situation, whether planned or unexpected!

Any questions about this, feel free to reach out to me at

Kind regards,
Letesha Sell

Wear it Purple Day - TOMORROW

The Resilience Project

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