The Rocket

19 December 2019
Issue Forty 19th December 2019
Diary Dates
 Principal's Report
Important Information
Parents Association
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

December 2019

19th  Level 4 Fun Day at GESAC

20th  Last day of Term - 1.30pm Dismissal


January 2020

28th Teachers return

29th Year 1-6 students return

30th Foundation students start school


February 2020

1st  Secondhand Uniform Sale 9.30-10.30am

9th - 13th  Year 5/6 Canberra Camp

Victorian School Dates 2019

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

This week started with excitement plus! We had our Terrific Kids recipients for Term 4 presented with their trophies by Ed Wilson representing the Kiwanis Club. In addition, we were fortunate enough to have Norm Gibbs at assembly to present his award the ‘Norm Gibbs Community Leadership Award’ to Flynn from Year 6. Matt Fregon MP, our local member was also in attendance to support the presentation of the award.



"The Norm Gibbs Community Leadership Award” is awarded to a student who embodies that of Norm Gibbs – someone who is always looking for ways to give back, big or small. Norm has been recognised for his community service with many awards including Sir John Monash Community Leadership Award, and the Medal of the Order of Australia.


Norm is still involved to this day with Very Special Kids, the Down Syndrome Association, Camp Quality, Copeland Street, to name but a few.  Norm is someone who believes, in his own words, that “nothing is too small, and nothing is too hard.”


On Monday evening our Foundation students with their parents enjoyed a wonderful celebratory BBQ of the year that was. It was a great opportunity for the families to share stories about the journey and to marvel in the growth the students have achieved over the year.


Last night, Year 6 families and friends celebrated the graduation of 75 Year 6 students with a formal graduation ceremony, to mark the end of their 7 years of primary schooling. Prior to the formal part of the night, students and staff, many of which had taught these students over the past 7 years, enjoyed a delicious meal together.


I would like to acknowledge this outstanding and talented group of young people who have added so much to our school community as leaders, role models and friends to so many of our other students. Both staff and parents are certainly very proud of what they have achieved both as individuals and as the 2019 graduating group. One of the highlights of the ceremony were the skits prepared by the students which captured some wonderful memories and insights into their time at SSPS.


Congratulations to the following students who received awards on the night.


Citizenship Award

- Isabelle 56D

- Finlay 56D


Living the Moto Award

- Sam 56S

- Antony  56J


Leadership Award

- Olivia 56S

- Ewen 56J


All Round Award

Xiao Yu 56G

Flynn 56G


Sports Award

- Katie 56S

- Markas 56S


SSV Academic & Sporting Achievement Medal

- Xavier 56D


I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank all the Year 5/6 teachers in 2019 for their dedication and commitment to ensuring that the Year 6’s final year at SSPS was a memorable one. Thanks to Clare Searle (Team Leader), Michelle Dodson, Maria Giannone-Perri, Janine Stockdale and Aaron Tait.


On behalf of all the SSPS community, I wish all the graduating Year 6 students a wonderful start to their secondary schooling in 2020 and that all their dreams for the future be realised.


School Captains

Special thanks to Mui and Pete for being such wonderful role models and ambassadors in their role as school captains for SSPS. No matter the challenges, they supported each other and worked as a great team sharing responsibilities throughout the year. I have seen their confidence, public speaking and organisational skills grow throughout the year. Thank you and well done!


2020 Student Placement

Tomorrow students will be given the opportunity to meet their 2020 class teacher and find out who their classmates will be in 2020. Many hours have been spent on the creation of these classes, taking into account the needs of students, balancing academic performance and gender. We ask you to support the placements made and speak positively to your child about the year ahead for them.


Final Assembly and Early Dismissal

All students will be dismissed at 1.30 pm on Friday 20th December 2019. Prior to the dismissal, we will be holding a final farewell assembly at 1.00 pm. We will be acknowledging students leaving SSPS F-6.  The 2020 School Captains will be announced and Year 6 graduating students will be singing their graduation song. Parents are most welcome to attend our final assembly for 2019.


Finally, I would like to thank all students, staff, parents, carers, grandparents and School Council for your valued support and magnificent contribution throughout 2019. We have achieved much, and we have achieved it together working as a productive and generous school community.


To those families and staff who are leaving our school community, I would like to wish you all the very best for the future and thank you for your amazing contribution over your years at SSPS. I am already well aware of the loss you will be to the SSPS community!


It is now time for all of us to take a well-earned rest and spend some additional relaxing time with our families and friends and loved ones. I look forward to contributing and working with all members of the SSPS community in 2020.


I sincerely wish everyone a very safe and happy festive season with your families and friends.





The school has been notified today by the Department of Education that asbestos will be removed from Block B (Foundation and 1/2 building) during the school holidays. This is a positive outcome for the school. I have attached the letter regarding the removal for your information. The actual asbestos removal will take place between Monday 23rd December and Monday 13th January. There will be no access to the school during this time.  Fore more information please click on the following link.

Important Information

2020 First Day of School

The first day of school for Year 1-6 students is Wednesday 29th January.  Our Foundation students will be starting on Thursday 30th January.

Parents Association

End of Year Dessert Night

The Dessert Night was held on Monday evening and it was a wonderful gathering with families, friends and school team in lovely weather. Thanks to all the families who brought your favourite dessert to share. Thank you Ruwani for arranging this wonderful evening for us to celebrate the end of 2019.


Book of Achievement 2019

Download the Book of Achievement here to see what we have done this year! Join the volunteer group in 2020, details will be shared in our next issue. 


Second Hand Uniform Big Sale

We will open on Saturday 1st February 2020 from 9:30am to 10:30am. Come check out what limited items and stocks are available. If you have school uniforms to donate, please send to our office before 1st February so that we can arrange for the big sale. Thank you very much.


Deane Lam

PA President 2020


Photo: Merry Christmas

From The Sports Desk

Photo: Merry Christmas

Phillip Island Camp

102 Year 3/4 students along with 11 teachers and parents have returned safely from their Phillip Island Camp.  We stayed at the newly refurbished Christian Youth Camp in Cowes, Phillip Island.  We have been going to this camp for several years now, and find it to be an excellent camp. The sleeping facilities are first class, the nutritious meals are catered for by experienced kitchen staff and the activities available, both on the site and in the nearby area, are both varied and educationally beneficial. Following a PMI with Year 3/4C, it was decided that the Giant Swing, Archery, Ga Ga Ball,  Abseiling, Ranger Talk and Penguin Parade were the Positives,  the 'long' Bus Trip and the Dinner waiting line were the Minuses and the in-ground Mini Tramp, Penguin Facts, Magic Manor and the Maze were found to be Interesting. I thought the photo below was also rather Interesting. Huge thanks to parent helpers Scott, Alex, Naomi, Nicole and Angus from OSHC, for giving up their 'normal' life for the School Camp 'experience'. We hope you enjoyed it.


Summer Sport Success

CONGRATULATIONS to our school Hot Shots Team (Premiers) and Rounders team (Runners Up), who collected their pennants at the Syndal District Community Links Sports day held at Wesley College last week.  


The SDDSA Grade 6 Community Links Sports Day is an event run by the SDSSA that allows all year 6 students in the Syndal District, to come together for one last time before heading off to secondary school next year. 500 students from 10 local district schools, were mixed up into 20 groups and rotated through a variety of different sporting activities which are provided by local clubs and sporting organisations, including fencing, dance, lacrosse, squash, orienteering, taekwondo and hockey, to name just a few.


The day was an excellent opportunity for our students to increase their social ties with students from other schools, with whom they could be class mates next year! The Community Links Sports Day is also an excellent opportunity for students to become more familiar with sporting clubs and organizations within their local area.



CONGRATULATIONS to Katie and Markas on winning the SSPS Sports Award for 2019.


The award is presented to students whom we consider have achieved significant performances in the sporting programs that we run here at SSPS. Other criteria include sportsmanship, fair play, leadership and attitude towards their sport.


SSV Academic and Sporting Achievement Medal

And congratulations also to Xavier on receiving the SSV Medal for Academic and Sporting Achievement. His citation reads "Xavier demonstrates leadership, sportsmanship & integrity. He is the student others will follow. He finds the positive in everyone and enjoys nothing more than being active. He is highly intelligent and loves the challenges associated with learning. He pushes himself to achieve exceptional academic results. He has had amazing sporting success in 2019, competing at Regional Level in Athletics and Hot Shots Tennis and at District Level in Cross Country, Basketball and Soccer. He also represented the school in cricket & football. Outside of school, Xavier is an elite gymnast, winning the Gold Medal in the Under 13 Floor & Vault section at the Nationals this year." 


Signing Off for 2019

And a Happy New Year to everyone in the SSPS Community. Thanks for all your support over the year and hope to see you all back on board next year. For those leaving Syndal South, a very special thank-you, especially to the  Bierenbroodspot, Felstead, Frost, Gatehouse, Harris, Samy, Strahan, Anikijenko, Devanny, Kelso, Lawrence, Bahr, Declerck, Myers, Paraskevopoulos, Roach, Gekas, Harwood, McDonald, Nguyen, Whitfield, Bartlett and Silins, families for their wonderful support of our sports programs over many years. It would also be remiss of me not to thank Viv Potter for pretty much running the PE program over the first half of the year.  Also want to acknowledge the great contributions that Kate Holly, Aaron Tait and Lily Chen have made over the years and wish them well as they move on from the SSPS Community. 


Be sure to have a safe and Merry Christmas and hope that Santa slam dunks you and your loved ones a bounty of gifts.

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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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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