The Rocket

24 May 2019
Bulletin issue Fourteen 23rd May 2019
Diary Dates
Important Information
Education Week
Working Bee
Election Day BBQ & Cake Stall
Student News
From the Sport Desk
OSHC - Sandpit Fun!!
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

3rd  McCrae Homestead Level 2

4th  McCrae Homestead Level 2

6th  Second Hand Uniform Shop

10th  Queen's Birthday Holiday

17th  Curry Night

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

Important Information

Pupil Free Day

Monday 27th May is a Pupil Free Day.  No students are to attend school on this day.

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.



Help our School Fundraising - buy a Melbourne Entertainment Membership for 2019/2020

What is a Melbourne Entertainment Membership?  It’s a discount voucher book - containing hundreds of 2-for-1 and up to 50% off offers from many of the most popular restaurants, attractions and activities across Melbourne. All vouchers are valid through until 1st June 2020. You can flip through the book online to see what’s included (For example: McDonalds, KFC, Pancake Parlour, NeNe Chicken, Sushi Sushi, Shingle Inn, Burger Edge, Nachos Mexican Cantina, Basilico, Secret Kitchen, Cold Rock, Nitro Lab, Timezone, Legoland and many more).


An Entertainment Membership comes in your choice of two formats – a printed book with tear-out vouchers, or the digital membership edition (an app you can install on up to two phones).

This year’s book or digital membership costs $70 – order online at   The school receives 20% of the sale of each membership to help us achieve our fundraising goals.

Education Week

Wow! What a great way to celebrate Education Week. We had an abundant number of parents, grandparents, and friends visit our school yesterday. The day started with an assembly in the Hall where we heard a wonderful poem written by Antony and Olivia from Year 6.


Grandparents share all their love and always lift us up above.

In their eyes we can do no wrong, they make us feel safe like we belong.

They care for us and understand when we’re in need of a helping hand.

They give us hugs when we’re upset and tell us there’s no need to fret.

Our Grandparents are like our best friend and they’ll be there for us until the end.


After the assembly grandparents and friends were taken on a tour of the school which included visiting classrooms. To conclude the morning activities, there was a special morning tea in the staffroom.


After lunch, it was time for my favourite activity ‘Yard Art’.  All the students worked in their small multi-age group lead by a Year Six student to produce fabulous artworks based on a picture storybook. I was compelled before I left school that afternoon to go and have another walk around to savor the experience. It’s well worth a visit to see the artwork before it disappears.



Family Careers Night was a huge success. Thank you to all the families who returned to school in the evening and enjoyed experiencing the varied activities on offer. The teachers did an amazing job. The Aerobics display was a lively fun way to conclude the evening followed up by the passport draw won by Ella from Year 3 /4.



Working Bee

As previously mentioned we are trialing a different way of having our working bees this year. Due to the fact that many families have commitments on the weekend, we are hoping that by having a Saturday and Sunday of a weekend available to choose from this may be more achievable for families to attend.


So, the next working bee will be on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June, from 9.00 to 11.00 am. We are inviting all families to choose a day that suits you to attend. Some of the tasks we have planned are planting up the vegetable patches, moving mulch, sweeping, and cleaning the sand pits. As usual, we will conclude each working bee with a BBQ where parents can mingle and get to know others. 


To attend the working bee please click on the following link to register (or paste the link into your browser):-


The more people we have attend the more work will get done.


Election Day BBQ & Cake Stall

Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall

Once again the Syndal South families did not fail to come together and impress everyone with the yummy baked items that were sold on Election Day.


From sausages to slices to biscuits to cakes there was something for everyone! Our local community were very pleased to be able to have a hot sausage in bread followed by a yummy treat.


As locals made their purchases at the Cake Stall it was lovely to hear stories from older people who had sent their children to Syndal South many, many years before.  They commented what a lovely school we have and how they had helped out on cake stalls themselves back in the day.


A HUGE thank you to everyone who baked amazing items, we couldn't have done it without you.


Also another massive thank you to the people who helped out on the day taking shifts on the BBQ and Cake Stall.  Again we couldn't do it without the help of our volunteers.


A special final thank you to the children who helped out behind the Cake Stall (and Plant Stall) also.  I think they really enjoyed making sales, talking to customers and particularly using their mental arithmetic to add up the totals, take the money and work out the change!


The Election Day Cake Stall sales raised $1105.05, the BBQ raised $1567 and the Plant stall raised $84.50.


All fundraising supports student centered programmes.














Student News

Student of the Week




  • Respect – Always raising her hand when she wishes to share her great ideas!




  • Respect – For treating everyone with kindness and always using lovely manners.




  • Respect – During class discussion Rohan always listens respectfully to others views and makes appropriate comments.




  • Respect – Lui always remembers good manners towards teachers, peers and visitors.




  • Respect – Eisha knows when the right time to talk is and when to allow herself and others to learn.  A great role model of respect.




  • Respect – Daniel is a considerate and respectful learner who always raises his hand to ask a question.



  • Respect – By always waiting patiently, thinking before she speaks and raising her hand to ask and respond to questions.




  • Respect – Diya shows patience, waits for her turn and is courteous to others.  Well done Diya!



  • Respect – Contributing to class discussions thoughtfully, show active listening and thinking before you raise your hand.  Well done!



  • Respect – Sue constantly shows respect in the classroom by raising her hand and waits calmly whenever she had an idea to share.  Thank you Sue.



  • Respect – Andrew has put a lot of effort into being an active member of our reading and maths groups.  Well done Andrew!



  • Respect – Pahan shows respect at all times.  He is an excellent role model for other students.  Well done!



  • Respect – Katie demonstrated how to be a caring and respectful sports captain at the cross-country.



  • Respect – James is showing respect by making sure he completes his class work and always producing his best work.



  • Respect – Methul is a great friend who respects the opinions and rights of his peers.




  • Respect – In the impeccably polite way, you speak to everybody: the staff, volunteers and your peers.

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 challenge.


Happy Reading!



Chess Puzzle

Test your brain and get you flexing a few mental muscles.  If you think you know the answer, let Mr Kenez know for your chance to win a prize.  Answer will be in next weeks newsletter.


Happy puzzling!



Photo: SDSSA XC Go Syndal

From the Sport Desk

Photo: SDSSA XC Go Syndal


Rostered parents for next week are:

Year 1/2 Tuesday 28 May 1.50-3.30 pm - Matthew Cudmore & Hong Zhang

Foundation Friday 31 May 11.10am-12.40pm - Zoe De Blasio, Lesley Groenwald & Palmini Saligrm


Inter-school Sport

Tomorrow we play against Glen Waverley in games of football (home), netball (away), volleyball (home), soccer rounders (away), and kickball (home). Go Syndal!

Cross Country

Following a recount, it was discovered that SSPS had placed second in last Friday's Syndal District Cross Country Carnival. Having received the winners shield on Friday, it was a little disappointing to have to give it back on the Monday, but in true SSPS spirit, we acknowledged that an error had occurred and we move on. Congratulations to Pinewood on taking out the Championships. Despite this we still acknowledge the efforts of our students in placing second, a truly fantastic achievement and one that we can all be very proud of. 


Many thanks to all teachers for their support – the daily run at the start of the school day has become something that the kids are now used to and a part of the culture here at SSPS. There is supposedly a big problem in society re obesity in our children, but I don’t see it at SSPS. We also had lots of parents supporting and encouraging the great efforts of our kids at the finish line.  The Cross Country is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar year and one that really epitomises team/community spirit and ethos.


Congratulations and Well Done to the 21 students who have qualified for the Divisional Championships to be held at Norton’s Park on Wednesday 5th June.


Footy Tipping

We had 2 tipsters pick all 9 winners this week, with HeinrichG winning the $30 Jackpot having the smallest winning margin of 12 points. Winnings can be picked up from the school office during office hours. Overall Sandy Pie has stretched his lead, having also picked all 9 winners, to be sitting on top with 57 points, from Archfactor on 51 and Tip of the Round in 3rd place on 50.

Good Luck for this week.

Open Night

It was great to have so many of you drop into our Gym in the BER last night. Lots of kids took up the opportunity to have a quick workout of push ups, sit ups, lunges, etc. Exercise makes the heart beat faster.


PE Blog

Check out all things PE at our Phys Ed @ SSPS Blog. Thanks to our Sports Captains who will once again keep us posted and giving away lots of prizes to those who interact. CONGRATULATIONS to Zac & Nick who have won tickets to this weeks Dreamtime Game between Richmond & Essendon.

OSHC - Sandpit Fun!!

What's Happening:

From Monday 20th May 2019 we are serving fruit and dry biscuits at the After School Care Program.  Please provide additional snacks if you think your child/ren will require something more substantial.


The Pupil Free Day will run, but is being capped at 30 children due to staff shortages. If you have registered your child/ren to attend you will be charged unless you cancel by 20th May.


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.

Abhiyaan, Eddie, Shaurya and Ben are the creators of the week. They made a train out of skipping ropes and hula hoops. A simple invention made so much for them!

The maker of the week goes to everyone who participated in the blindfolded activity. The activity was all about having fun, and having a go, not just about being perfect! Great job everyone!

Monday:  Animal Handprint

Tuesday:  Flower Craft

Wednesday:  God's Eye

Thursday:  Animal Page Savers

Friday:  Buggy Friends

Community Advertising



Art Class

Ange (Luanna’s mum) has designed a series of Mixed Media art sessions at Apple Chadstone over the coming year. Students can attend any or all sessions.


For expressions of interest and queries please contact








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

The Rocket
SDSSA Cross Country
Ed Week Workout
Syndal Sth PS - PSW Uniform Price List Flyer.pdf
Election Day 2019 cake stall info (003).docx
Chess Puzzle