The Rocket

27 June 2019
Issue Nineteen 27th June 2019
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal
Important Information
Student News
Student of the Week
From the Sports Desk
Parent's Association
A fun & messy morning
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

June 2019

28th Last day of Term, students dismissed at 2.30pm.


July 2019

15th First day of Term 3.


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

It was wonderful to see so many parents in attendance last night at the interviews. It is such a worthwhile opportunity to discuss your child/rens progress so far this year and then to discuss what the next level of work will be to ensure their future learning growth.


PA International Food Night

The PA ran a very successful International Food Night on Monday 17th June. There was a considerable increase in the number of families who attended last year’s event. There was an abundance of delicious food available to try. We look forward to seeing this activity gain even further momentum next year.



Music Concert

We all enjoyed a wonderful evening of music last Thursday. Leo, Paul, and Rosemary have done an amazing job tutoring many of our students on a variety of instruments over a very short time frame.


It was such a professional presentation. It was brilliant to see so many parents, grandparents, and siblings in the enthusiastic audience.



Bunnings BBQ Opportunity

Huge thank you to all the parents and teachers who braved the conditions last Saturday to make this fundraising opportunity a huge success. Special thanks to Raja Ravi, our fundraising convenor for embracing the opportunity from Bunnings. The profit from the day was $1152.69.



School Council

At the recent School Council meeting we made a special presentation to Mark Bahr, the 10 Year School Council Service Award from the Department of Education and Training.


This is an apt award to recognise Mark’s 10 years of commitment to the school! Mark served on many committees, including Education, School-Community Relations, and Finance. It is the dedication of time and effort from parents such as Mark that make School Council an effective governing body, which in turn makes our school an excellent place of learning. Thank you, Mark, for your significant efforts over the past 10 years - they are very much appreciated! 



Terrific Kids Awards

On Monday at assembly Anne, representing the Kiwanis Terrific Kids initiative, was here to present our Term Two recipients with their trophy and prize. Terrific Kids is a student recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem, and perseverance.


“Terrific” is an acronym for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable.


Congratulations to all our Terrific Kid receivers:


Foundation - Harris

Harris is a respectful and caring member of his grade. He is always mindful of other people’s feelings and has a positive attitude. Harris takes pride in all the work he completes and really is a terrific kid!


Year 1 - Yusra

Yusra is a well-deserved recipient of a Terrific Kid award as she emulates the qualities that make her a wonderful role model to her peers. Yusra is a student who is considerate and mindful to those around her. She always puts others first and displays signs of dependability and responsibility. Yusra engages with her routines of school life in a respectful manner and shows determination whenever being confronted with challenging tasks, thus demonstrating the value of resilience. Congratulations Yusra.


Year 2 - Samika

Samika demonstrates all the school values. Samika is a dedicated student and comes to school with a positive attitude for learning every day. She strives to be the best she can be and is always kind to her teachers and peers.


Year 3 - Quin

Quin is a cheerful, kind and respectful member of Syndal South Primary. She always greets others with a smile on her face, makes new friends and works well with everyone. Quin works efficiently in the classroom and finishes tasks on time, as well as going above and beyond with her activities. It has been a delight to have Quin in the classroom with her positive and curious attitude towards learning.


Year 4 - Nicole

Nicole is a thoughtful, kind and curious student who is always ready to learn. She is helpful in and out of the classroom and can be relied upon to assist her peers whenever they need help. Nicole shows respect in everything she does and displays the school values each and every day. She always presents her work beautifully and through regular reflections is continuously improving. It is a joy to have Nicole in our classroom and a positive attitude towards school makes her a pleasure to teach.  


Year 5 - Pahan

Pahan is a friendly and caring student who always displays the SSPS school values. He is respectful to peers, teachers, and visitors and regularly uses his manners without having to be asked. As a learner, Pahan is committed to improving his skills and always tries his best to achieve this. Pahan never gives up and regularly seeks feedback to improve his skills. These are wonderful attributes to have as a lifelong learner. Congratulations Pahan on being the Grade 5 Terrific Kid winner for Term 2.


Grade 6 - Isla

Isla is a thoughtful and caring student who values everyone.  Isla has pushed herself out of her comfort zone and approached Grade 6 with enthusiasm.  Isla is a delight to teach as she values learning and appreciates her teachers. Congratulations Isla on being the Grade 6 Terrific Kid for Term 2.



Staff Update

It is with a combination of excitement and sadness that we say goodbye to Simone Elimelech on Friday. Simone is leaving to take up a 12-month teaching position in Hong Kong.


We thank Simone for all the wonderful work she has done with her class this semester and wish her all the best for her new adventure.  We look forward to our continued contact with her as she shares her teaching experiences from Hong Kong and keeps in contact with us all while she is away.


We welcome Miss Linna Phuong to Syndal South who will be replacing Simone for the remainder of the year. Linna met her new class last week and returned today to work with Amber, the 1/2 Team Leader, on planning to ensure a smooth transition for all the students in 1/2 E.


End of Term

Once again, it is hard to believe that we are nearly halfway through the school year as another term draws to a close.


I would like to thank students, staff, and parents for your support and valuable contribution throughout Term 2. We have certainly had a very busy term which has included, Sovereign Hill excursion for Year 5/6, interschool sport, cross country, education week, NAPLAN, Mother’s Day Stall, McCrae Homestead excursion for Year 1/2 , Election BBQ, aerobics, Foundation tours, bike education, International Food Night, Working Bee, report writing, numerous staff professional learning sessions and finally last night’s parent-teacher interviews.


I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very safe and enjoyable term break with your family and friends.


All students will be dismissed by teachers at 2.30pm tomorrow from their classrooms.


School will resume in Term 3 on Monday 15th July at 8.50am.


Assistant Principal

Happy Reading

I would like to congratulate all of the students whose reports I read in years  1/2 and 5/6 this semester.


I was so impressed by the fantastic work ethic our students displayed and the persistence they demonstrated when presented with challenging tasks. All of our parents should be very proud of their child’s semester one achievements. I find it a great privilege to be able to read and celebrate in your child’s successes at primary school.


The term two holidays will soon be here and I have a challenge for both our parent and students. How many books can our students and parents read together so that our school can say 100% of Syndal South students completed the Premiers Reading Challenge in 2019?


Each week when I complete a school tour, and students are reading at our school Library, I ask the students “Who has completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge?” I have been very excited to see many hands raised as I ask this question.


Reading with your child is one of the most precious experiences you can have as a parent when your child is young. As many of us know they grow up far too quickly and the time passes where you can read to your child. Snuggling up together and reading a picture book takes only a short 5 minutes and it is a very special time not only for the parent but a very, very  special and rewarding  5 minutes for your child.


During the school holidays our local community libraries often run events for children, so this is another avenue parents can explore to support their children enjoying and fostering a love of books.


I know I will be visiting my favourite second hand bookshop in Canterbury during the holidays and stocking up on some exciting fiction books to read.


So to all our Syndal South parents, please support your child to meet the challenge and complete the Premiers Reading Challenge for 2019.


Have a safe and enjoyable break.


Rebecca Stonehouse-Melke


Important Information


Currently bottle tops, while although recyclable, are being sent to landfill. ‘Envision’ and ‘Grow with Joe’ are groups of volunteers that uses these bottle tops with 3D printing to produce prosthetic limbs and mobility aids for disadvantaged children.


Please collect and bring in your plastic bottle tops to the school – by doing so you will be helping children in need as well as the environment.

Donation points will be nominated at the beginning of Term 3.


For more information on the project:


Student News

Lunchtime Chess

CONGRATULATIONS to Kithmini, Aaron and Nathan who received medals following our final session this week. All 20 students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and impressed with their knowledge of the game. If you would like your child to participate in Lunchtime Chess next Term, please complete and return the accompanying reply slip.


Congratulations to all the Winners of the Respect Focus!



Somers Camp

160 children from Years 5 and 6 within the Monash and Waverley area took part in a 9 day outdoor education program at Somers School Camp, located on the shores of Western Port Bay. At the shorefront, tranquil views of the bay and Phillip Island  could be seen whilst trudging through dense seagrass and fine sand. 9 days just wasn’t enough!


New Friendships

From Syndal South Primary School the following students attended: Krisha, Finlay, Alex, Jimmy, Charlie, Erin and I (Charlize). We were all assigned to different groups and huts; it was time to form new acquaintances. Over the course of my stay, my roommates became my trustworthy friends. Together we enjoyed participating in activities that included: High Ropes Course, Initiatives, Art, Bushcraft, Drama, Orienteering and Environmental Studies.


Self Challenges

At the rock climbing session, Carmel the instructor pushed us past  our limits. My arms were aching from trying to grasp the climbing holds. My second attempt proved to be much more successful; I found myself standing at the top, grinning and preparing to abseil down the wall. Leaning backwards on the edge felt risky however, leaning further back so that I was nearly at a 90 degree angle to the wall was utterly terrifying. I had to lower myself with control and care; my grip on the rope had to be slackened in order to take small steps down. I will remember Somers School Camp as my first experience at abseiling.


Written by Charlize

Japanese Immersion Day

Last Friday a few of the grade 6 students were selected to participate in Japanese Immersion Day with 3 other schools. Our wonderful day began with a taiko drumming session and learning what Japanese is like in secondary college, then after recess we played some fun Japanese related games and tried calligraphy which is writing with a brush dipped in ink. To finish off our day we learnt a funky dance and closed it off with a thank you ceremony. It was so much fun and we had so many new experiences!


Japanese Captain, Xiao Yu



Free Dress Day

This Friday will be a free dress day. We are raising money for Fight MND this term. Fight MND is a charity run by Neale Daniher, a former AFL player who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2013. He established Fight MND to help find a cure for MND, which is when your nerve cells stop communicating and you lose muscle control. So please remember to bring a gold coin donation!


From your Student Voice representatives Athena and Miu


Student of the Week



  • Respect – By always listening quietly and thinking before she spoke in the classroom.




  • Alexa ensures she listens to instructions and asks for help when needed.  Keep up the great work!



  • Respect - Thank you for greeting me and your peers every morning with such care and enthusiasm.



  • Respect - Luca always greets others with a smile and initiates greetings.  He is also respectful of others and ensures they are okay.



  • Respect - Imogen has worked respectfully with her inquiry team.  She was able to direct the groups work without being bossy.  Great work Imogen!



  • Respect - Selene is a role model student for respect.  She never interrupts and waits patiently to speak during conversations, showing fantastic respect for others!



  • Respect – Samantha demonstrates beautiful manners towards teachers and her peers.



  • Respect – Tharul is showing respect for his learning by making sure he completes all his classroom tasks.



  • Respect - Confidently contributes to class and group discussions.



  • Respect – Jeffery is working hard at developing his English skills.  He produced an excellent Semester 1 reflection.




  • Respect – By speaking to a wide range of people with manners in the classroom, the yard, the dejo and the pitch.

From the Sports Desk

Active Transport

CONGRATULATIONS to Timmy (50 days), Avneet, Daniel, Joe, Charlie (25 days), Marcus and Deeksha (10 days), on receiving their achievement certificates at assembly this week. CONGRATULATIONS also to Marcus on receiving his 10km milestone achievement certificate as part of our before school Joggers Club. 

CONGRATULATIONS to both 3/4H & 5/6GP on being the most active class for the month of June. Data collected for Bicycle Victoria's Ride2School hands up program, indicates that our active travel rate for June is 38.8% of our student population is either riding or walking to school, which is pretty good for the middle of winter. HandsUp! counts help schools measure their progress and support more students to become physically active. 

Research shows that students who ride or walk to school contribute to their minimum physical activity level of 60 minutes per day. They are also more focused and ready to learn.

Sporting Schools

We have just been notified that we have been successful in our application for funding to support the Sporting Schools program once again next term. If you would like you child to participate, please complete the accompanying reply slip and return it to the office.


SSPS Footy Tipping

With only 9 rounds remaining, things are hotting up on the leaderboard. Keen Cats supporter 'Archfactor' missed out on picking all 6 winners, but remains on top with 79, closely followed by Sandy Pie on 77. We have a $20 Jackpot this week, so study the form and pick wisely.


Leaderboard after 14 Rounds;

Archfactor - 79

Sandy Pie - 77

Bottomless Tigers - 76

Goddo - 76

Troakey - 75

Holiday Borrowing

Anyone who would like to borrow some sports equipment over the holiday period, should see me, Mr Kenez after the final bell tomorrow.



Parent's Association

International Night

A big thank you to all the parents, teachers and students who made this year’s International Night a success. The event was held on the 17th of June with the participation of many eager food lovers.


Delicious food from many parts of the world not only added the taste but also reflected our diverse community.


Special thanks to Ruwani, Kate, PA volunteers and the teacher team who set up this beautiful event for us. 


Ruwani and Deane

PA Secretary and PA Vice President 2019 






A fun & messy morning

July Holiday Program

We still have openings for 3rd, 5th and 12th July if you are interested in making a booking.


21/06/19 - Avnika and Dany are our helpers of the week. They saw children stepping on and over the toys and decided to pack them away.



The gallery shows a few of the things that your children have been up to during the past week.

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

The Rocket
Sporting Schools Registration T3 2019.docx
Lunchtime Chess T3 2019 Expression of Interest.doc
Syndal Sth PS - PSW Uniform Price List Flyer.pdf