The Rocket

30 May 2019
Issue Fifteen 30th May 2019
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal
Student News
From the Sports Desk
OSHC Sport!
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

June 2019

1st  Working Bee

2nd  Working Bee

2nd  Aerobics States in Geelong

3rd  McCrae Homestead Excursion Years 1/2

4th  McCrae Homestead Excursion Years 1/2

6th  Second Hand Uniform Shop Open 9-10am

10th  Queen's Birthday Holiday

17th  International Food Night

Parents are welcome to bring a dish of their favourite cultural food to share.  More information to follow.

25th  School Council AGM


October 2019

26th SSPS Fete


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

Parent Survey

We have had an excellent response from families responding to the short opinion survey sent out a fortnight ago. As part of the Pre-Review Self-Evaluation (PRSE), this valuable feedback will be used in conjunction with other reflective feedback to shape the future direction of our school. If you still have a survey and would like to give your feedback if you could have it returned to school tomorrow that would be greatly appreciated.



Well, it’s been a wet and wild lead up to Winter this week, the cold days have reminded me to mention that we have increased the options available to ensure that all students are comfortable and warm during the winter months. 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 polo shirt or skivvy must be yellow or dark green and of course the tracksuit/bootleg pants, hair ties and bows must be either yellow or dark green. Thank you for your anticipated support with this.


Working Bee

A final reminder that the working bee will span over this Saturday and Sunday from 9.00 to 11.00 am. Thank you to all the families who have so far volunteered their time on Saturday or Sunday.  We would love to see some more names added to the ‘volunteer sign up’ using the link below Some of the tasks planned are:  planting in the vegetable patches, moving mulch, sweeping and cleaning the sand pits, spreading topsoil and granite sand, cutting back dead and overhanging branches and loading in the trailer, play equipment safety check and removing cobwebs under the eaves and around doorways. As usual, we will conclude each working bee with a BBQ where parents can mingle and chat.


To sign up for the Working Bee click on this link:-

Fundraising News

We have recently been notified that our application to the Bunnings Community BBQ has been successful. We have been allocated Saturday 22nd June at our local Notting Hill Bunnings in Ferntree Gully Road. Please look out for more information in the coming weeks regarding how you can support this valuable opportunity for fundraising for our school.


Harmony Day

Next Friday the ‘Student Voice’ representatives have planned activities to celebrate Harmony Day. The activities will run from 11.10 am to 12.50 pm (Morning Recess to Lunchtime).  All students will be allocated a multi-age group and will experience three different activities. The activities will be based on the presenters’ cultures, and we’re looking for each group to do a physical activity, a literacy activity, and a trivia/hands-on activity. The activities will be entirely run by the students (under the teacher's watch). A mini-assembly for reflection will conclude the session. Parents, if you are able to attend, you are most welcome.


Somers Camp

Next Tuesday we have seven students heading off to the Education Department Camp at Somers. The camp is for 9 days and provides upper primary school children from schools across Victoria with unique personal development experiences through Outdoor Education and community living in a healthy, happy and safe environment. The feedback from student’s attending this camp has always been extremely positive so I look forward to hearing from our students on their return.


Cross Country

All the best to our Cross Country team next Wednesday as they compete in the Monash Waverley Divisional Cross Country Competition.


Finally, I would like to wish our Aerobics Teams competing at the Victorian State Championships on Sunday at Geelong all the very best.

Assistant Principal

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support - Respect

What does the word respect mean to you? According to the Oxford Dictionary there are many different meanings for the word respect. Respect can mean the due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others. It can mean to avoid harming or interfering with something, e.g. the environment, and finally respect can mean to admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.


Respect is very important and as a consequence is included as one of our five values here at Syndal South Primary School.


Last year Syndal South successfully applied to be part of the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPS) coaching program. Jo Brayden from the Department of Education is working closely with our school’s SWPBS team to help us to develop a whole school consistent approach to the management of student behaviour in different school contexts. This can include the behaviours we expect to see within all classrooms, within the school corridors and in the school playgrounds.


This term the SWPBS team have decided to focus upon the value of respect with the result of bringing about improvements in student behaviour. We are focusing on a different behaviour each week and wish to see all students modelling the expected behaviour.


Each family should notice that every grade is currently displaying a respect chart in their classroom and upon that chart a behaviour focus of the week is displayed. Each teacher will be watching to see students who are modelling the expected behaviour for the week and the teacher will give out tickets and state the positive behaviour they have seen e.g. “Awesome, Deborah, you came to line up as soon as the bell rang”. The class teachers will be ensuring that they are free and frequent with the tickets since we want our students to experience a lot of success.

Every Friday two students from each grade will be drawn from the ticket container in their classroom and their names emailed to Ms Kate Simpson by 4pm. The student’s names will then go into the next Rocket to celebrate their achievements.


Congratulations to the students below who demonstrated respect by raising their hand appropriately over the past week.


All student of the week awards at assembly will also focus upon the value of RESPECT. You may have noticed this focus at either last week’s assembly or when you read the Rocket Newsletter.


We would also really like all of our families to support the school with our respect focus by positively acknowledging your son or daughter when they show a respectful behaviour at home. We appreciate your support with this.


Have a wonderful respectful week.


Rebecca Stonehouse-Melke



Student News

Woolworth Earn & Learn

We are again collecting the Earn & Learn tokens/stickers from Woolworths.  The more we get the more equipment we can get for the school.  So please bring in your tokens/completed forms and place them in the box at the office.   The promotion runs until the 25th June.



Library News

Last week all orders from Issue 3 of LOOP Bookclub were delivered and distributed to students via their classrooms.  Issue 4 will be coming out soon with orders arriving before the July school holidays.  Reading is always a great activity, particularly during these colder  winter months and holidays, so check out the catalogue for some excellent holiday reading books.  Remember all books purchased through LOOP Bookclub support and supply the school library with new books, so your support is greatly appreciated!

123READ2ME Program Book Bins

Hi!  We’re your English Captains for 2019 and we would like to announce that the Book Bins from the 123Read2Me program are coming to Syndal South again this year. So if you have any children’s picture books that you no longer want or need, please place them in the these Book Bins so another child can have their first book to keep and read. The bins will arrive at school on Wednesday 12th of June for two weeks and will be located near the front Office. We hope you will consider donating to this worthy cause!


Antony and Olivia – Year 6


Inger Robinson


Ashburton & Syndal South Primary Schools


The Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is now open. The challenge encourages students to read a set number of books over the years and record their efforts. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.


The PRC website has links to book lists and where you can see the number of books you are required to read plus loads more.  PRC student reading records will need to be finalised by 6th September 2019.


Syndal South's goal is that all children participate and complete the challege.


Happy Reading!



Environmental News

Congratulations to 1/2E for winning the golden lunch box.  They had only 3 pieces of rubbish, 2 weeks in a row!

Photo: Good Game

From the Sports Desk

Photo: Good Game

Interschool Sport

Despite the wintry conditions, we managed to get through most of our games against Glen Waverley -:


                                                SSPS           Glen Waverley

Football                                   91                         0

Girls Netball                             3                          3

Mixed Netball                           9                         9        

Volleystars                                 1                         2

Soccer Rounders                     0                        0

Kickball                                     10                        5


Tomorrow Syndal South play Holy Family in games of Football (home), Netball (home), Volleyball (away), Kickball (away) and Soccer Rounders (away). Games commence at 9.30am.




National Champ

CONGRATULATIONS to Xavier, who has won a team Bronze with Team Vic & individual all-around Bronze at the the National Gymnastics Championships held last week.

Footy Tipping

A couple of upsets denied tipsters from picking all 9 winners, so we Jackpot to $20 this Round. Sandy Pie still heads the leaderboard with 62, as Archfactor on 58 and Tip of the Round 57, make their move. Good Luck for this week.

OSHC Sport!

Whats Happening

Mr Kenez has organized After School Sport on Tuesdays, commencing 21st May for 4 weeks.  If you do not want your child/ren to attend please forward a note to the Program.  This is an arrangement exclusive to the children who attend After School Care on Tuesdays. 


Holiday Program enrolments are open from the  27th May 2019 till the 14th June 2019. Please book in as soon as possible as the program will need to be capped to 30 on the 1st July 2019, and from the 8th July 2019 to the 12th July 2019. Enrolments can be accepted after the due date, however there will be a $5 late fee each day it is late. 

Monday:  Cardboard Tube Monsters

Tuesday:  Paper Worm Pencil Holder

Wednesday:  Paper Plate Lollypop Designs

Thursday:  Leaf Animals

Friday:   Paper Butterfly

Creator of the Week

Vishnu, Marcus, Tanuja and Amrita are the creators of the week. The children used magnetic blocks to be able to create a ramp for cars. Great job!!

Helper of the Week

Raiden, Louis, Daniel and Marcus are the Helpers of the Week. They helped pick up all the sports equipment and bring it inside the OSHC room. Wonderful job boys!

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!!

Contribute to the Rocket

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Inserts - $35.00                                                             

Small items for school families -$3.00

Non-profit organisations  - No charge

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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