The Rocket

28 November 2019
Issue Thirty Seven 28th November 2019
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Important Information
Student News
Student of the Week
From The Sports Desk
OSHC - Chinese Whispers
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

November 2019

28th  Instrumental Music Concert -  6.00pm

28th  Bike Ed On Road Test

29th  Camp Out on the Oval 4.00pm onwards

29th  School Library Books DUE


December 2019

5th Bushfire Fundraiser

6th  Foundation to Year 2 House Sports

10th  2020 Orientation Day 9.00am -1.30pm

11-13th   Year 3 & 4 Camp to Phillip Island

13th  SDSSA Community Links Sports Day

13th  Year 2 Sleepover

15th  Working Bee

16th  Dessert Night

19th  Level 4 Fun Day at GESAC

20th  Last day of Term - 1.30pm Dismissal

Victorian School Dates 2019

Term 1:  30th January - 5th April 2019  (Teachers start 29th January)

Term 2:  23rd April - 28th June

Term 3:  15th July - 20th September

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

Wow! Can’t quite believe December is almost upon us!


Over the fortnight I have been involved in a few exciting and rewarding activities.


On Saturday 23rd November, I was lucky enough to join Max Chen’s proud parents at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to see Max receive one of the highest awards given by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) - The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Medal for achieving the top score awarded in a subject in a year level for English. There was only one other child who achieved this level in Year 6 in Victoria.  An amazing achievement! Congratulations, from all of us, Max.



Science Fair

On Monday night I attended the Australian Science Fair held at John Monash Science School. As part of the Little Scientists program, four of our Year 6 students, Albin, Nupur, Sanjaya and Sathee presented their research project. Their research question was “Can hand sanitizer effectively kill bacteria?” They were all able to articulately explain the investigation and the findings to other students, teachers and parents in attendance at the Fair.


The following is a report of the evenings experience from the four presenters.


We started by making Albin put his fingers on a petri dish which had agar in it. Then, Albin used some hand sanitizer and cleaned his hand then he put his finger on the next Petri dishes with agar and let the bacteria grow. After five days some growth of the bacteria had shown on two clean Petri dishes and two dirty Petri dishes. The difference from the clean to the dirty Petri dishes were significant. The reason why some bacteria was growing on the clean Petri dishes was that the hand sanitizer that we used, Palmolive Japanese Cherry Blossom, only kills 99.9% of germs so that is the reason why there was still some bacteria growing. At the Science Fair, there were many other projects done by other schools. Our project had attracted a lot of people and they asked questions about our project such as, “How much alcohol was in the hand sanitizer?’ and “Were we killing good or bad bacteria?” The year elevens had a separate science fair. Some of the topics they did for their project were “If homemade soil is better than organic soil?”, dementia, tetanus and human reproduction. Some students from different cities of Australia such as Sydney, Darwin and Adelaide, came to visit and judge the science fair. Everyone did an amazing job and our experiment was a success.

By Albin, Nupur, Sanjaya and Sathee


Instrumental Music Concert

I am looking forward to this evening to attend the Instrumental Music Concert. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who are part of the instrumental music program to showcase their talents and to share what they have learnt over the year to their parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.


Staffing News

I do understand that as one year draws to a close students, parents and teachers look forward to what the next year will hold for them. We are currently finalising the employment of teachers for the 2020 school year, as soon as this is finalised I will to let you know the staffing structure for 2020. Thank you for your patience with this.


Launch into Learning

Last week, we had our final ‘Launch into Learning’ transition days, with our new 2020 Foundation students. It was a musical experience, for our littlies with Leo Kahans our marvelous music teacher.


Orientation Day for our new Foundation students will be on Tuesday 10th December from 9.30am to 1pm. On this day they will meet their teacher and their ‘buddies’ for 2020, receive their school t-shirt and have a morning experience similar to a typical day at school.


Whole School Transition

Internal transition opportunities have begun, these allow for students to move to the next year level to experience their new environment in a relaxed informal manner. A more formal session is planned for Tuesday 10th December, when students will move to their next year's level space from 9am to 1.30pm. In addition to this, the teachers are again currently working on creating a ‘Fact Sheet’ for parents/carers who have students moving from Foundation to Year 1, Year 2 to 3 and from Year 4 to Year 5. The fact sheets will set out the major organisational changes that will take place for the students in preparation for the 2020 school year.


Camp Out

Camp Out is happening tomorrow night from 4pm onwards on the oval. From my many years in schools I haven’t heard of such an event, it sounds a perfect opportunity for lots of fun and community engagement.


Dessert Night

Please note there has been a change to the calendar, the Dessert Night has been moved to Monday 16th December. For those who are new to the school this year the Dessert Night is when families bring a dessert to share. It is our final opportunity to farewell the families who are leaving us at the end of the year, this includes all our Year 6 families and those families from other year levels too.


Finally, I would like to wish our Solar Car team all the best, Anthony, Flynn, Max, Ostap and Mrs Giannone-Perri, as they head to Hobart this weekend to compete in the Australian-International Model Solar Championships. Go Syndal!!

Important Information


Camp Out on the Oval

Only one more sleep to the camp out!


We hope you have your tents, sleeping mats and sleeping bags packed. Don’t forget your plates, bowls, cups, knives, forks and spoons and a folding chair or rug.


The timetable for the evening and morning is as follows:


Friday Night

  • 4pm Set up of Tents
  • 6 – 7pm Dinner
  • 7pm Start of Movie  ( Sunset - 7.30pm)
  •  8.30 -9pm Supper
  • Night Walk
  • Bed

Saturday Morning

  • 7am Cooked breakfast
  • 9am Pack up

We look forward to seeing you there!

Student News

After School Code Camp

After the success of Code Camp this year, the Camp will run again in Term 1 in 2020.  For anyone interested in enrolling their child please refer to the flyer below.


Student of the Week




  • Resilience – Having a resilient attitude and giving everything a go when swimming.




  • Care – By giving thoughtful feedback to his classmates and demonstrating all our school values.




  • Care – For displaying a positive attitude and taking wonderful care with her handwriting this term.



  • Resilience – For trying his hardest and not giving up whilst doing a reading and Maths test.




  • Care - For coming into the classroom with a smile on her face ready to start the day.



  • Resilience - Well done Nick on working towards your learning goals by displaying perseverance and the ‘Have a Go’ attitude.




  • Care - By always being kind and standing up for his friends when they are treated unfairly.



  • Respect – By always sharing full body listening when someone is speaking. Thank you!



  • Resilience - By working with his Inquiry Group to present a great pitch to our panel.  Well done!




  • Respect – Kameswara has made great efforts to ensure he is listening to instructions and is lining up on time.  Well done.



  • Respect – Being an active member of her Inquiry Group and presenting a wonderful pitch.



  • Resilience – Vallabh showed resilience through constant planning, practise and struggles in creating his pitch with his team. In the end they presented well!  Great work!



  • Resilience – For working conscientiously on his Semester Two goals of working well in groups and staying focused on set tasks.  Keep it up. Well done Tristen!



  • Resilience - Great seeing you work hard and improve your skills in Teeball.  Great fielding!



  • Resilience - In your continued enthusiasm in all subjects, even this late in the year.




  • Resilience - By being able to work with anybody to produce wonderful pieces of work.

Photo: Champions

From The Sports Desk

Photo: Champions

Interschool Sport

We played our last game for 2019 against Parkhill Primary School last week.



SSPS 20 lost to Parkhill 26


SSPS 19 defeated Parkhill 15

Tee Ball

SSPS 11 lost to Parkhill 15


SSPS 15 lost to Parkhill 16

Hot Shots

SSPS 16 defeated Parkhill 8


GO Syndal!!!


F-2 Swimming

A HUGE thank you to all the parents who helped out with the walk and in the change rooms. Without your support we couldn't run such an important program.


It was fantastic to see the students enjoying themselves and learning such vital skills in such a friendly environment. THANK YOU!!!


On-Road Bike Test

Congratulations to the Year 4 cohort on the successful completion of their Bike Ed Test. They had to ride a 2km course on their own, remembering all the road rules and bike handling skills they have been practising over the last 3 terms. A particular thank you to Ms Potter and Alec Blaber who have been assisting with the sessions all year, and to the many parents who responded to our plea for more helpers - we could not have run the program without your support. Despite the testing traffic conditions, including Montgomery Ave partially closed due to a burst water main in front of our school,  the kids demonstrated great confidence as they completed the course.


Completing the course successfully does not guarantee their ability to ride on-road. Road safety authorities recommend that children under the age of 12 should not be permitted to ride in any traffic environment without the supervision of an adult.


With the school holidays fast approaching, it is a timely reminder to us all about the importance of wearing helmets, bike maintenance and general bike safety and traffic awareness.



Bike Ed Challenge Champions

CONGRATULATIONS to our School Bike Ed Team, who took out the District Bike Ed Challenge held at St Christophers earlier this week. The team had to complete a variety of challenges including; a bike roadworthy assessment, conducted by Dicky from Waverley Cycles, a slalom circuit, tight turns, a minefield & a figure of 8 team challenge. Huge thanks to parent Nicki for assisting us on the day.


Go Syndal!!!



F-2 House Sports

Our Foundation - 2 students have been busy preparing for the F - 2 House Sports being held next Friday 6th December at school. The House Sports are a fun and colourful way in which to finish the school year in a sporting sense. Students are encouraged to wear their school House colours. During our PE sessions we have been trying to run faster, throw further and jump longer so that we can earn points for our House in a fun and friendly competition. The event is being organised by our Year 5/6 students who are currently planning and preparing during their PE sessions.




Field Events (Soccer Field)

9am - Foundation

9.50am - 1/2F & P

10.40am - Morning Recess

11.10am - 1/2A & J

12 noon - 1/2E

12.50pm - Lunch


Track Events (Main Oval)

1.50 - All F-2 students: Running Races, including sprints, hurdles & novelty relays


* Parents are more than welcome to come along to cheer the kids along!


Little Aths Champ

CONGRATULATIONS to Braedyn for picking up a bronze medal in the relay events held at Nunawading last week. 


Lunchtime Snapshot

Love how active our kids are during lunchtimes here at SSPS.


School Sport Vic State Teams

SSV will once again be offering the opportunity for students with emerging talent from Syndal South to register to trial for School Sport Victoria Team Vic State Teams in 2020.


Registrations to trial open on Sunday 1st December 2019 and remain open until Sunday 1 March 2020 for Boys Australian Football, Netball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, and Boys Football (Soccer).


Trails are not Come ‘n’ Try opportunities. They are a process for selecting a Team Vic State Team to represent the state at School Sport Australia Championships.


The following supporting documents will assist you in understanding the process for registration:

 1. Team Vic Big 5 process letter for parents and teachers

2. Team Vic Big 5 nomination letter to parents (for a maximum of 3 students per team)

3. Team Vic Big 5 not successful nomination letter to parents

 For further information visit

OSHC - Chinese Whispers

What's Happening

Bookings for the January 2020 Holiday Program are available from the Parent Desk in the OSHC room. The Program commences on the 13th January 2020. There is a Public Holiday on 27th January 2020, 28th January 2020 will be a Pupil Free Day and the first day of Term 1 is the 29th January 2020.


Please notify Maree if your child/ren will be on school camp from 11th to the 13th December to avoid incurring a cost.


We have surveyed the children over the past week in relation to our annual survey on the Program which we requested parents to complete.  The response was extremely positive with no complaints.  A few suggestions were put forward regarding board games which we had already addressed.


We welcome any feedback from our families and do take your responses seriously. 


Menu Plan

All snacks are served with a variety of fresh seasonal fruit.

Monday:  vegetables, cheese and biscuits

Tuesday:  raisin bread

Wednesday:  vegetables, cheese and biscuits

Thursday:  yoghurt with/out fruit

Friday:  vegetables, cheese and biscuits


Programmed Activities

Apart from these a variety of activities are always on offer. We endeavour to meet the needs of individual children at all times.

Monday:  lady bugs

Tuesday:  monster mix and match cubes

Wednesday:  cylinder monsters

Thursday:  sunflower noodles

Friday:  plasticine collage



Helper of the Week

Thanks Deanna for being the best soaper ever.  You ensured that no-one escaped, ensuring that everyone had clean hands to eat with.


Makers of the Week

A big thank you to Kate and Advika who came up with this great spinning idea for an activity. They guided the children through the process in a very responsible manner, and had a lot of interested children involved.


Gallery of Activities over the Past Week



Community Advertising






Waverley Kiwanis - Trivia Night

Wednesday December 11

We are celebrating the end of the year and we hope you can join us.


ENTRY:  $10 plus  BRING  a few gold coins for games

VENUE:  Rear St Stephen and St Mary’s   Anglican Church,  383 High Street Road Mt Waverley.  

DATE:  Wednesday December 11

TIME:  7pm - 10pm

RSVP:  Anne or Ed  9885 4797

BYO drinks, glasses and whatever you would like to eat.  We will provide tea, coffee and cake


Did you Know?

This year Waverley Kiwanis, with the help of our many friends  including other Australian Kiwanis Clubs, has achieved our target of $100,000 towards the ELIMINATE project, in so doing, helping  make the world free of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus.


Also . . . Waverley Kiwanis has contributed financial assistance and/or volunteer hours to organisations including:

- The Children First Foundation 

- Heart Kids

- Kara House (provides services for women and children escaping domestic violence)

- Monash Council Preschool Hearing Tests


Like to join us or be a friend of Kiwanis? . . . Talk to us


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

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