The Rocket

14 November 2019
Issue Thirty Five 14th November 2019
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Student News
Important Information
Student of the Week
From the Sports Desk
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

November 2019

19th - 29th  Foundation - 2 swimming

28th  Instrumental Music Concert -  6.00pm

29th  Camp Out on the Oval


December 2019

11-13th   Year 3 & 4 Camp to Phillip Island

20th Last day of Term - 1.30pm Dismissal

Victorian School Dates 2019

Term 1:  30th January - 5th April 2019  (Teachers start 29th January)

Term 2:  23rd April - 28th June

Term 3:  15th July - 20th September

Term 4:  7th October - 20th December

Victorian School Dates 2020

Term 1:  29th January - 27th March 2020 (Teachers start 28th January)

Term 2:  14th April - 26th June

Term 3:  13th July - 18th September

Term 4:  5th October - 18th December

Principal's Report

Well, the Term 4 buzz is upon us. There has been a real surge in learning activities since our last newsletter.


Parent Information Night - Reading

Last night it was fabulous to see so many parents at our ‘Parent Information Night on the Teaching of Reading’. Our Literacy Team did a great job running through how reading is taught at Syndal South Primary School from Foundation to Year 6. The session also covered how parents can best support their child at home with their reading. Thank you to the parents who attended and for the questions that were asked which made it an interactive discussion-based evening.


Foundation Transition

Yesterday, we had our final ‘Launch into Learning’ transition days, with our new 2020 Foundation students. It was a musical experience for our littlies, with Leo Kahans our marvellous music teacher.



Orientation Day for our new Foundation students will be on Tuesday 10th December from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm. On this day they will meet their teacher and their ‘buddies’ for 2020 and have a morning experience similar to a typical day at school.


Internal transition opportunities began today, these allow for students to move to the next year level to experience their new environment in a relaxed informal manner. A more formal session is planned for Tuesday 10th December, when students will move to their next year level space from 9am to 1.30pm. In addition to this, the teachers are again currently working on creating a ‘Fact Sheet’ for parents/carers who have students moving from Foundation to Year 1, Year 2 to 3 and from Year 4 to Year 5. The fact sheets will set out the major organisational changes that will take place in preparation for the 2020 school year.



Next week, Foundation and Year 1/2 students commence their swimming program at Huntingtower. It’s an activity that is so important not only for building their confidence and skill levels in swimming but also their independence level in managing their belongings and being able to dress and undress themselves, I am looking forward to going to watch some sessions over the next couple of weeks.


Thank you!

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to again sincerely thank our wonderful school community for all their support for the recent Syndal South Family Fete. Personally, the main purpose of such an event is the opportunity for community engagement and from the feedback we have received from both parents and children this was definitely achieved. Considering the weather, the final amount raised of $7,513, was a great outcome.

Student News

Graduation Bears

A reminder to Year 6 students wishing to purchase a Graduation Bear to return the order form and money to the office before Friday 22nd November.

ICAS Update

Monday 18th - Spelling certificates to be given out at assembly.

Monday 25th - Science certificates to be given out at assembly.


We are still waiting for English, Writing and Maths certificates.

Important Information

Camp Out Night


Thank you to everyone for the great response to the Camp Out.  We have about 50 families camping on the oval and joining in the fun on 29th November.


In order for the event to run smoothly, we would love to have some help. 

We need people to assist with:

  • Taking the kids on a night walk around the school grounds seeing if any night life can be spotted.
  • Supervision for the movie in the BER.
  • Assistance with the BBQ and serving food.

Thank you to the people who have already volunteered. If anyone else would like to be involved please let me know by email - or make yourselves known on the night. Please remember that particularly for the first 2 activities, Working With Children’s checks are required.


Fiona Bahr

On Behalf of the Fundraising Committee

Family Contributions 2020

All 2020 Family Contribution Forms have been posted to your home.  If you have any questions regarding these forms please contact the office.

Student of the Week




  • Resilience - For his enthusiasm and admirable perseverance when building a recycled robot in inquiry.




  • Resilience - Serena has put a fantastic effort into reading and has made wonderful progress.



  • Resilience - Well done Sophie on trying your best at all tasks, persisting with a positive manner when confronted with challenges.




  • Resilience – By asking for help when stuck and using that feedback to create a very persuasive piece of writing.



  • Respect - By using his manners and thinking before he speaks.  Keep it up Sai!




  • Resilience – Making good choices when selecting his inquiry group and persisting in developing project ideas.



  • Resilience – Olivia has persisted and improved her writing by using good openers, paying more attention in class and contributing to discussions.



  • Respect – Anabelle has showed respect during Inquiry by working well in her group and listening to everyone’s ideas as well as coming up with your own! Well done!



  • Care – Hasandi showed care through ensuring the equipment she uses is stored properly and is overall helpful in the classroom.



  • Respect – For his enthusiasm and collaborative team work demonstrated during our solar competition weekend!  Well done and thank you!



  • Respect - Vivian is always showing respect to others in class.



  • Resilience - In your improvement during Socratic, where you’re starting to speak without hesitation.




  • Resilience - By settling into Syndal as well as you have.  It’s like you’ve been here before!


What's Happening

Bookings for the January Holiday Program 2020 has opened as of the 11th November 2019. The forms can be collected from the Parent Desk in the OSHC Room. 


Please be mindful that the 27th January 2020 is a Public Holiday.  The 28th January 2020 will be a Pupil Free Day and the first day of Term 1 will be the 29th January 2020. You will be notified early in December to register your intent to use OSHC on the Pupil Free Day on the 28th January 2020.

Craft Activities

Monday:  Fish Weaving

Tuesday:  Animal Marionettes

Wednesday:  Tissue Paper Cultural Flag

Thursday:  Self Portrait

Friday:  Plasticine Art

Afternoon Snack

Everyday the children are served a selection of fruits along with another snack listed below:

Monday:  Raisin Bread

Tuesday:  Vegetables, Cheese & Crackers

Wednesday:  Yoghurt with Fruit

Thursday:  Vegetables, Cheese & Crackers

Friday:  Vegetables, Cheese & Crackers

Helpers of the Week

Our Helpers of the Week are Adham and Kamerswara as they helped OSHC leader Marissa hand out the special treats on the Pupil Free Day, which meant that they got their treat last. Thanks boys, you were super helpful!!

Makers of the Week

Our Makers of the Week are Anisha, Avneet and Keeley. The girls worked together whilst making their 3D flowers. During the process of making them they were discussing what they were doing and communicating ways they thought that they could make their art pieces better. Well done girls!


To all the OSHC families, 

Our team would appreciate your response to this survey by the 6th December. This will give us an insight on your thoughts of the operational aspect of the program.



OSHC team.

Photo: Regional Finalists

From the Sports Desk

Photo: Regional Finalists


There will be NO PMP for the next two weeks due to the F-2 Swim program. Please see your classroom teacher if you are able to help out with swimming.

Interschool Sport

Tomorrow we play host to Burwood East in games of Cricket (home), Tee Ball (home), Rounders (home), Hot Shots Tennis (away) and Softball (away). Last weeks games against Glen Waverley were washed out.

Go Syndal!


Hot Shots Tennis

CONGRATULATIONS to our Boys Hot Shots Tennis Team, who have placed 3rd in the Regional Finals held at Nottinghill Tennis Club yesterday. The boys should be very proud of their efforts, winning all minor games to head their Pool going into the finals. Unfortunately they lost to Templeton Primary School, the overall winners, to place 3rd. Huge thanks to Team Manager, Kathryn Duke for her support.

Go Syndal!!!


F-2 House Sports

Our Foundation - 2 students have been busy preparing for the F - 2 House Sports being held on Friday 6th December at school. The House Sports are a fun and colourful way in which to finish the school year in a sporting sense. During our PE sessions we have been trying to run faster, throw further and jump longer so that we can earn points for our House in a fun and friendly competition. The event is being organised by our Year 5/6 students who are currently planning and preparing during their PE sessions. More information to follow.


CONGRATULATIONS to those students who made the effort to Walk to school during the month of October. Hopefully you are feeling better for it, knowing that you have, made a difference to the traffic congestion around the school, reduced the pollution in the air, enjoyed the company of other walkers and most importantly made a conscious decision to improve your own health and wellbeing. Some of you may have enjoyed it so much that you are now doing it on a more regular basis. 


CONGRATULATIONS to 3/4H on having 21 students completing 593 walking entries to and from school for the month of October !

Pee Wee International Tournament

‘Flynn and his Ironworks Eagles team have played four games so far, winning two and losing two. A highlight for Flynn was scoring three goals (a hat trick) in the very first game of the tournament! He was named the Game MVP and was given a ‘Top Gun’ helmet to wear for the morning!’

Go Flynn!



Community Advertising








School Community Information

Second Hand Uniform

Our second hand uniform shop is run by volunteer parents and is open monthly on the 1st Thursday of the month from 9.00 to 10.00am. It is located next to the OSHC rooms.


Please note:  payments are now cash only. 


Our uniform is available at the PSW store in Mt Waverley.  Please see attached forms for further details.




School Banking

Thursday is School Banking Day!!

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Lunch Orders

Students are able to order their lunch via Classroom Cuisine – Monday through Friday, except Tuesdays. Classroom Cuisine is an online lunch order provider.

Community Contacts

School Office / Newsletter
Phone: 03 9802 5277


Helen Freeman

Assistant Principal

Rebecca Stonehouse-Melke

School Council President

Aaron Sudholz

Parents' Association President

Lisa Macdermott

Phys Ed Co-ordinator

Charlie Kenez


Maree Sier

Phone: 03 9886 8483

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