Pine Rivers Special School
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10 Lawnton Pocket Road
Lawnton QLD 4504

Phone: 07 3285 0555
Fax: 07 3285 2315

7 December 2018

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From the ECDP

This Term our students have been busy with fine motor, gross motor and sensory activities and we have been working on social stories and transition plans for lots of our little ones who are heading to Prep next year. Some of our students are headed to Pine Rivers and they have been to Early Years to become familiar with the classrooms, teachers and eating areas. We also have students beginning Prep in our local schools, so we have had visits from teachers to get to know our students. It’s an exciting time of year and we’re sending our best wishes to all of our families and students for a wonderful break and a productive 2019.

From the Early Years – Katie Tatnell

Early Years

We have had an amazing semester filled with lots of fun adventures, learning, and swimming! From the whole of the Early Years Sector we thank you all for the support and hard work throughout this year. Our students have worked very hard and have had many successes.

Here are some of our experiences so far:

  • Prep posted letters to Santa;
  • Grade 2 Visited Big W, Woolworths and the local library; and,
  • A trip to Pine Rivers Park!

Cheers/Regards etc….

Kate Tatnell
Sector Leader- Early Years

From the Early Years 5 Classroom

In EY5 this term we have been learning about maps in Geography. The students have really enjoyed this unit of work, exploring maps from story books and creating pirate maps where they had to find the treasure. Students followed maps around the school, following directions to find the next picture or arrow that would lead them to the final destination.

From the Primary 11 Classroom

This year has flown by! We have had so much and we can’t quite believe it is almost over. The pupils in P11 have been an absolute pleasure to teach. They have all displayed a great attitude and effort towards their learning! We are so proud of them!

They have made unforgettable memories taking part in some fun activities. They enjoyed looking at their Handa’s Surprise art work displayed at The Pine Rivers Show, as well as taking part in the colour run.

We all had great fun taking part in the Gold pass activities. We got very competitive playing laser tag against another class. Our Gold pass country fayre was magnificent! The pupils enjoyed the petting zoo, having their faces painted and buying tasty treats with their tickets. We all took part in the Holt Bolt activities, as well as exploring the various “treasure” themed rooms during book week.

We topped off our amazing year with celebrating the graduation of our year 6 pupils into senior secondary. Thanks to all who helped organise and celebrate the event!

We have worked so hard this year, and so over the next few weeks we are going to have great fun celebrating the Holiday season with a range of festive activities!

Both Kate and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this year. We hope you have a Merry Christmas, and wish you all best wishes for the New Year!

From the Nurse Nikki

Hi everyone

As the year starts to wind down, we need to look forward to the year ahead and I believe, do everything we possibly can to ensure a smooth transition into what is traditionally a crazy term 1. Some ways I think we can achieve this is:

  1. Organise reassessment if you know you will be required to perform specialised health procedures in 2019 or you wish to remain current
  2. Do a last minute check of health and emergency plans to ensure they are in date and ready to go for next year
  3. Organise a new nursing referral for student's in your class who may require a health or emergency plan, or specialised health procedure. This will ensure there is no delay in service delivery for next year
  4. On the student's final day, send home any medication and equipment and remind parents they will need to provide this again in term 1. Medications should not remain on the premises during the Christmas break. Any medication which is out of date or no longer required should be sent home immediately.
  5. All specialised health procedure document records and medication records of administration should be reviewed and filed under health in the student's file.
  6. Parents/carers often attend medical appointments during the holidays. This is the perfect time for them to organise: - new midazolam orders, updated asthma and anaphylaxis plans, dietician letters for students requiring gastrostomy tube feeds, updated health management reports, and any other reports or summaries that will assist the school in ensuring we have everything in place to maximise student safety and attendance

I hope these little tips help relieve just a little big of pressure for next year. Please if you have any questions, just give me a yell. I have attached a new nursing referral form for you just in case.

From the Michelle (Guidance Officer)


The NDIS will become available in Moreton Bay, including Strathpine and Caboolture, from 1 January 2019. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is responsible for determining who is eligible to access the NDIS. To allow the NDIA to determine whether your child meets the disability or early intervention requirements, you will need to provide evidence of the disability as part of the access request. This includes information on what the disability is and how it impacts on your child’s life on a daily basis. Many families at the school have already started this process. If you are yet to receive paperwork to register your child for the NDIS, please contact 1800 800 110 to register.

Information for Parents and Carers

One of the core aims of the NDIS is to better support you in your caring role. Your views, information and experiences are important in the planning process for the NDIS because you have a unique understanding of the person you care for.

Each participant will have an individualised plan that is tailored to their goals, personal circumstances and disability support needs. The types of supports that the NDIS may fund include:

  • personal care to support an individual in their home or the community
  • supports to assist people with disability to enjoy social and community interaction without relying solely on you
  • assistance with tasks of daily living, including help to improve a person’s ability to do things
  • training related to the caring role that may enhance your ability to provide care

Supports that maintain a carer’s health and wellbeing will also be considered. This support may include participation in a support group or a special interest network. In deciding whether to fund or provide a support, the NDIA will take account of what it is reasonable to expect families, carers, informal networks and the community to provide

Disability Information

Providing good evidence of disability will support the NDIA to make a decision about your child’s eligibility for the NDIS. It is recommended you provide information that is:

  • recent
  • completed by a treating health professional who is relevant to the primary disability
  • confirms the primary disability
  • confirms the impact of the disability on the different areas of your life
  • describes previous treatments and outcomes and
  • describes future treatment options and expected outcomes of those treatments

Primary disability refers to the impairment that impacts most on your daily functioning. For the students at the Special School, their major disability category is Intellectual Disability under the Education Adjustment Program.

NDIS Information Session

To support the roll out of the NDIS in this area, free information sessions are being held for families, carers and people with disability within the community.

This session is presented in partnership by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) with Moreton Bay’s Local Area Coordinator, Carers QLD. It will provide general information about the NDIS, how you can access it and information about getting ready for your planning conversation.

Pine Rivers Showgrounds – Arts & Craft Hall
Thursday, 06 December 2018
2.00pm – 4.00pm
757 Gympie Rd, Lawnton, Qld, 4501

To register:

Send email to: noting names and email addresses of attendees and any accessibility requirements. Children under adult supervision are welcome.

I would like to wish all of our families at Pine Rivers Special School a wonderful Christmas and a safe and relaxing holiday. I look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

Best wishes,

From Home Economics

As the school year comes to a close, can I say a big thank you to all the students for their great work in Home Ec following the rules to work safely in the kitchen and being awesome learners trying new foods and putting effort into theory lessons.

As Christmas approaches, we have tried some nice snacks for the hot weather. Here is one that was a surprise everyone enjoyed.

Watermelon feta canapes

1 x watermelon, diced
1 x block of feta, diced
1 x cucumber, cut in circles
Mint leaves

You will need:

Green chopping board
Cheese chopping board
Serving platter
Storage containers

Collect all your ingredients and equipment.

Wash you cucumber

Slice the cucumber to make circles about ½ cm thick. Place circles of cucumber onto a serving platter

Cut up watermelon into cubes about 1cm. Place one cube on each piece of cucumber.

Dice feta and place a small piece on top of each piece of watermelon.

Top each canape with a mint leaf. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful break over Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all next year!

Fiona Armstrong
Home Economics

From Chappy Lindsay

Chappy Chat

Hampers of Hope

A huge THANK YOU for your generosity towards the Hampers of Hope Appeal this Christmas. I am constantly amazed by our PRSS community who generously contribute to many community initiatives where we can reach out and bring hope to those around us. I know the items provided will bless families in our local community who need a little encouragement. It’s the little acts of kindness that make a big difference. Thank you PRSS Community.

Complimentary Brekky

Speaking of acts of kindness, I was recently invited to a class breakfast as the special guest. It was a ‘complimentary’ brekky. To explain, COMPLIMENTS were the aim of the game. The teaching staff had taken time to explain, model, practice and encourage their students to give compliments to one another. It’s a simple act, but incredibly powerful in positively changing someone’s day. I was privileged to have the students shower me with compliments. I may have shed a tear or two with their complimentary words from ‘You have a great smile’ right through to ‘You are the best Chappy!’ Powerful, simple, positive and encouraging words can change someone’s day. Let’s follow in our students’ footsteps and give it a go. Many thanks to S5 for their positive impact on my day.

May your Christmas be safe and refreshing, filled with joy and hope.

Chappy Lindsay
School Chaplain
Wednesdays and Fridays



Gold Pass Day


Last Day of School


School Holidays

17/12/18 – 29/01/19

Return to School 2019


2018 PRSS Year Book is in print as we speak. The price will be $16.50 and should be available at the end of this week. If you would like to purchase a year book please send the correct money to school and we will send the book home with your child. There will be one in the front foyer if you would like to look at the finished product before purchasing.

PBL News.

First of all the PBL committee would like to congratulate the hard work that staff have done in creating a fun and rewarding year when celebrating Gold Pass Days. With another outstanding effort this Term organising the Holt Bolt obstacle course. We would also like to thank Townsends for their support this year in making positive behaviour for learning such a success.

This term, our school wide raffle ticket system has also been introduced on the buses and so far the feedback we have received has been absolutely positive.

This week’s focus rule is Learner, which will be our focus rule until the end of term. Even though we are getting to the end of another year and our students are tired, well done for continuing to follow the school rules.

Until next year, the PBL team would like to wish all of our families and student’s a wonderful Christmas, stay safe and when we return next year, the rule for the week will be safe.