The Rocket

04 April 2019
Issue Ten 4th April 2019
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Important Information
From the Sport Desk
Easter Raffle
Japanese News
Earth Hour
Amedeo Perri, De La Salle College Vice-Captain, 2019
Mad Hatters at OSHC
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

April 2019

5th Last day of Term 1 - 2.30pm

23rd First day of Term 2 

24th Level 4 Sovereign Hill Excursion

25th Anzac Day Public Holiday - no students at school

29th School Photos


May 2019

6th Prep 2020 Information Night

27th Curriculum Day


Victorian School Dates 2019

Term 1 - 29 (Teachers only) - 30 January - 5 April 2019

Term 2 - 23 April - 28 June

Term 3 - 15 July - 20 September

Term 4 - 7 October - 20 December

Principal's Report

School Council

Early in March we called for nominations for School Council, I now can formally declare that the following nominated candidates were elected for the school council:


Sandy Delaney, Eric Zhang, Michelle Shen (parent representatives) Tahni Ross (Teacher/ FR) and Irene Antzoulatos (DET members).


I wish to congratulate and welcome all our new members and Sandy Delaney as a returning member to the school council. I look forward to working with the new council.


In our first council meeting last week, we elected new office bearers and convenors. I thank these members for taking on leadership roles within the School Council structure.


The 2019 School Council including office bearers are as follows:



Aaron Sudholz (President/OSHC Convenor)

Sandy Delaney (Vice President)

Maulik Shah (Treasurer)

Raja Ravi (Fundraising Convenor)

Lisa Macdermott (Parents Association)

Eric Zhang

Michelle Shen



Rebecca Stonehouse-Melke (Education Convenor)

Kate Simpson (Minute Secretary)

Tahni Ross

Irene Antzoulatos


Executive Officer

Helen Freeman


School Uniform

A reminder that it is important that all students wear the correct school uniform. We have increased the options available to ensure that all students are comfortable and warm during the upcoming winter months. It is a good opportunity over the holiday break to check whether uniforms are ready and correct for the term ahead. Again, just clarifying that tights worn with winter pinafore or summer dress must be bottle green or black, leggings must also be black or dark green, the long sleeve polar shirt or skivvy must be yellow or dark green. Thank you for your anticipated support with this.

Easter Raffle

Thank you to all our families who have so kindly donated Easter eggs, chocolates and Easter giftware for our Easter Raffle.  From all the wonderful donations Easter hampers have been made by three of our very talented mums: Nicki Harwood, Hye Jung Lee and Eun Joo Kim. The hampers look amazing!  So, this is the final reminder that we need all books and money returned by Friday morning. We are all looking forward to the big draw on Friday at the final school assembly starting at 2 pm.




Amedeo Perri - Ex Student of SSPS

Recently I received and email from De La Salle College regarding an ex student from Syndal South Primary School. The school have been working with their 2019 student leaders to explore some of their primary school experiences - how they have helped to shape them into the young men they are today. I thought it was appropriate to share this with you, please keep an eye out for the article later in the Rocket.

End of Term 1

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of Term One and what a very busy and productive term we have had. I would like to sincerely thank students, staff, and parents for your wonderful support and valuable contribution throughout the Term.


 I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very safe and enjoyable holiday break with your family and friends and look forward to another exciting Term ahead.


The school will resume in Term 2 on Tuesday 23rd April.

Important Information


End of Term

Tomorrow is the last day of Term 1.  School will be finishing at 2.30pm.  We will be returning on Tuesday 23rd April.

ANZAC Appeal

Pins, wrist bands and other items are for sale in the office for the  ANZAC  Day Appeal.  Prices start from $2.

From the Sport Desk

Bike Ed News

If your child's bike requires repairs following the checks carried out today, it would be appreciated if they could be organised before riding activities start next term.  3/4C and 3/4L start on 2nd May, 3/4H & 3/4I on 9th May.


A huge thanks to Dickie from Waverley Cycles & parent Jeff Fuller for assisting with the checks.

PMP News

Year 1/2 PMP returns on the first day of Term 2 - Tuesday 23rd April from 1.50pm-3.30pm.  Rostered parents are Elaine Wong and Hong Zhang.


Foundation PMP returns in week 2 - Friday 3rd May from 11.10am-12.50pm.  Rostered parents are Fiona Walker and Anthony Field.

Foundation Basketball Clinics

Some coaches from Nunawading Basketball Club will be visiting SSPS tomorrow to run a clinic for all Foundation students as part of the PE program. Nunawading Basketball have also, very generously, donated a basketball for each Foundation student, which they will be bringing home with them. Hopefully they will be able to use them during the holidays!

End of Term Borrowing

If anyone would like to borrow some sports equipment to use during the holidays please see me before the end of school tomorrow.


A massive thank you to everyone who has supported the PE programme this term in any or all of the following ways: 

  • Walking students to and from swimming
  • Managing and/or supporting teams at the Summer Sports Round Robin
  • Assisting and/or supporting at House Sports before, during and after the event.
  • Assisting and/or supporting at District Sports 
  • Assisting with PMP
  • Encouraging  and supporting students to join the ride/walk to school club
  • Joining and/or encouraging students to join the kilo club
  • Transporting students to/from district trial events.

We could not run the programme we do without your assistance and each and every bit of help is much appreciated.

Active April 

Active April is here and it is not too late to register & join in! 


Get active and WIN with Premier's Active April.  Calling all students and teachers – it's time to get on board with Premier's Active April, an exciting and fun way to get active, stay healthy, and enjoy time with family and friends. Not to mention to WIN some awesome prizes for yourself and the school.


Premier's Active April encourages all Victorians to commit to doing 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It's free, it's fun and it's part of the Victorian Government's commitment to get more people active and healthy.


Anyone can participate in Active April – friends, students, families, workmates or individuals, and it's FREE. Register today via the Active April website  Once registered, join the SSPS Team:

Team Name – SSPS

Team ID – team-ssps


Registrations are open and will stay open until 30th April 2019.

In 2019, every Premier's Active April participant will receive*:

Sporting Schools

Sporting Schools is a national program available to all Australian primary schools. It aims to engage more children in more sport based activity within schools and then convert their interest into club based settings.

It will help children foster a lifelong interest in sport, gain a healthier mind and body, have fun and learn sport activities and games in a safe environment.


Sporting Schools is based on the Playing for Life philosophy which encourages children to have fun by focusing on skills not drills. Sport is known for its immense benefits to the development and wellbeing of children and young people. Sport not only benefits children’s physical health but plays a role in developing confidence, social skills and emotional wellbeing. By focusing on having fun, having a go and getting active, Sporting Schools will provide children with positive sporting experiences to help develop a lifelong interest in sport.


The after school sport’s program will recommence here at SSPS on Thursday 9th May and run for 6 weeks, finishing on the 13th June. We will be focusing on winter sports including netball, football, soccer and basketball.


To register for the Thursday program, please complete the accompanying reply slip.



SSPS Footy Tipping

Still not too late to join in, although you have given some of us a head start. After  round two, no one has picked all 9 winners, so it jackpots to $30 this week.  We have 24 members so far, but would love some more. It’s easy to join and can be a bit of family fun, trying to tip winners, while raising funds for our school. For just $25 you can be a part of it and have an opportunity of winning weekly or end of season prize money, so get on board.


Go to: Create a login and click on Comps – Join Comp – and type in the following code HLSYRWJE .


Payment can be made at the school office.


SSPS Footy Tipping Leaderboard after Round 2:

Tip of the Round - 10

Goddo - 9

Saintseb - 9

The McDonalds - 9

Picken 4 Winners - 9

Jefffuller - 9

Sandy Pie - 9

Saint Oli - 9


Easter Raffle

Just one day to go.  Make sure you return all raffle tickets and money first thing tomorrow morning.




Japanese News

Japanese Shogi (Chess) Incursion for Grade ¾ Students

Last Tuesday, we had a visitor from Japan, Madoka Kitano who is a professional Shogi (Japanese Chess) player. She held a workshop about Shogi’s history, rules and manners.


Did you know? Which country is the origin that started this game? It is believed that chess (including English chess) originated in India in the 6th century AD.



Madoka created a simple version of SHOGI, called DOUBUTSU (animal) SHOGI for children. She visited 25 countries to introduce this to the world and in 2011, it became the number one selling game in the toys category of Amazon Japan. SHOGI is useful for children to develop their logical thinking, judgement, etiquette and communication skills. Why don’t try this fun board game and play it with your family one night? We are planning to make this board game in the class next term.



Earth Hour

Congratulations to everyone who participated in our first SSPS Earth Hour yesterday. It was great to see everyone get involved. We hope that now everyone will remember to turn off lights and other electrical items when they don't need them or aren't in the room.




Jade and Esther

Environmental Captains

Amedeo Perri, De La Salle College Vice-Captain, 2019

My name is Amedeo Perri. I joined De La Salle College in Year 7. In 2019 I am serving as College Vice-Captain.


Being chosen as a Student Leader makes me feel tremendously privileged. It means a lot to me and I know that it comes with great responsibility that will allow me to be at the forefront of developing and promoting the culture of the school. I believe it will also be a challenge that will help me grow and develop as a person. Most of all, I look forward to giving back to my peers, the teachers, the school and everything that forms the De La Salle community because they have done so much for me.

I came to De La Salle from Syndal South in Mt Waverley. My fondest memories of Syndal South reside in the playground having fun with my mates, whom I am still extremely close with to this day. I would have so much fun playing games with my friends, some of my favourite recess and lunchtime activities included “forty forty”, “tiggy” and others that we would have created ourselves. The massive school grounds really added to the fun factor.


Syndal South prepared me for my role as a Student Leader in a variety of ways, some of which that were not so obvious at first thought. In Year 6 the school offered leadership roles, I was Pintubi (Blue) House Captain and this was my first glimpse at what it was like to have a leadership position with its own set of responsibilities. The school also had weekly leadership lessons for Year 6 students where we worked on our public speaking, organisation, “thinking outside of the box” and of course lots of team-oriented activities.


Syndal South also had the "buddies" program in Years 5 and 6 which gave us all responsibilities, tasks to do and opened our eyes to the idea of taking initiative. Syndal South had some extremely worthwhile camps that always pushed us out of comfort zones. Syndal always made this a priority for them and I know it definitely payed off in the long run because being able to work and operate effectively whilst outside of your comfort zone is an extremely valuable trait as a leader. In school and district sporting events, Syndal South always enforced good sportsmanship and the encouragement of others which really brushed off onto it’s students and the community. Syndal South also made us run 1km to 3km every morning before school, within the school grounds. Not only did it keep us fit and get us awake and ready for the day but it built resilience and routine. It also exposed us to the idea of having a routine, which is a particularly important thing to have in order to do well in high school.


There was always strong culture at my primary school just like at De La Salle. There was always a good sense of community, inclusiveness and unity. I think having been apart of the Syndal South family made me value the importance of culture all the more in high school.


I particularly remember Mr Charlie Kenez as the most friendly, likeable, passionate, devoted and hardworking person at Syndal South. He was a role model to students and his passion for sports, health and fitness stemmed into everyone he taught.

Mad Hatters at OSHC

Fun Times at OSHC



Creator of the Week goes to Theo and Noah with this amazing house they made from straws



Well done Leandri.  What a masterpiece.  We are so proud of you and hope to see more of your fabulous artwork.



Nachiket is our helper of the week having offered his services to dry the dishes at After School Care.  Thankyou.



April Holiday Program information:

  • Excursion 9th April 2019 to Waverley Cinema to see the Movie 'Wonder Park', departing school at 9.30am sharp.
  • Excursion 17th April 2019 to Super Zu, departing school at 9.30am sharp.



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.



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School Banking

Thursday is School Banking Day!!


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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