The Rocket

08 November 2019
Issue Thirty Four 7th November 2019
Diary Dates
Assistant Principal
Student News
Important Information
OSHC - Girl Power!
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

November 2019

13th  Edendale Farm Year 1 & 2

14th  Chesterfield Farm Foundation

14th  Cognercise Parent Workshop 7-8pm

28th  Instrumental Music Concert

29th  Camp Out on the Oval



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

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

Assistant Principal

2020 Grades

In our planning for next year we have made the decision to implement a  new setup arrangement.  Our classes will change from the current composite model  to straight grades. This will occur across all  grade levels from  Foundation to Year 6.  Due to the number of students enrolled  in year 5 and 6 in 2020 we will  continue with one 5/6 composite class as well.


Curriculum Day

Thankyou to all the staff who worked very hard on Monday diligently looking at student data and writing student reports. I know all staff thought it was a very productive and beneficial day and I am sure all parents are looking forward to reading about their child's achievements at the end of the year.

Lost Property

Just a reminder to parents about the importance of labeling all student uniform items. We are finding many brand new jumpers and hats in the lost property bin with no names. This makes it impossible to return the article of clothing back to its rightful owner. The staff will appreciate your support with this.

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support

Syndal South's new positive behaviour, token reward system has been positively received by our students. I have had wonderful conversations with students who have been very excited to tell me they have received 10 tokens and have placed them in the one of the choices outside Helen Freeman's office. At this stage the choice of free play with all the teachers is the most popular of the whole school rewards. I think I am going to need to bring my runners to school very soon.

Year 6/7 Transition

It is that time of year when our year six students are commencing their 6/7 transition events at all of the  local secondary schools in preparation for 2020. It is very important that if you have any extra information that you believe is important for the school to know about your child and this information  will help the school in their planning of year seven class groups, that you directly contact the relevant secondary college. The best contact people will either be the  Year 7 coordinator or  the Well-Being Officers. Alternatively you can contact me to arrange a  meeting here at Syndal South with representatives from the secondary college.  All of our secondary schools wish to make the year seven transition as smooth and successful for all of our  year six students as possible.

Term 4 Holidays

Just a reminder to parents that if you are  intending to take holidays before the school year ends, to please notify the office of the dates so that it can be recorded into Compass. This will also help teachers with preparations for end of year class events.

Student News

ICAS Update

We have received Digital Technology certificates and Spelling certificates.  Next week we will give out the Digital Technology certificates and the following week we will give out the Spelling certificates.  We are still waiting to receive Science, Writing, Maths and English certificates.  Participation and Merit will be handed out in the classrooms.  Credit, Distinction and High Distinction will be handed out at assembly.

I will continue to give updates in the Rocket.


Kate Holly


Important Information

Camp out on the Oval

Come and camp out on the oval and share a BBQ dinner with other families.  Friday 29th November is Camp Out night from 4.00pm onwards.  Children must be under the supervision of their parents.

Helpers will be required to help run the night, with the BBQ and activities.

See the attached flyer to book your camp site or to just come for dinner and breakfast.



Parent Workshop Evening

The date of H.E.L.P Parent Workshop evening has changed to Thursday 14th November.  For more information please refer below.


Hat borrowing

We have a number of students that borrow hats from the office each day.  It is very important that students have their own hats in their school bags and do not share hats with other students.

OSHC - Girl Power!

Whats Happening

Bookings for the January Holiday Program 2020 open on the 11th November 2019. The forms can be collected from the Parent Desk in the OSHC Room. If you have any questions, please see Maree, Jamie or Marissa. 


Please be mindful that the 27th January 2020 is a Public Holiday,  the 28th January 2020 will be a Pupil Free Day and the first day of Term 1 2020 is the 29th January 2020. You will be notified early December to register your intent to use OSHC on the Pupil Free Day on the 28th January 2020. 


Craft Activities

Monday:  Line Drawing

Tuesday:  Paper Planes

Wednesday:  Paper Dinosaur Hat

Thursday:  Snowflake Ballerinas 

Friday:  Fire Breathing Dragons

Special Mention to Charlie and Adham

The boys did a wonderful job keeping the children entertained with group games in the hall at the end of the day, on a very hot day!

Helper of the Week

Marcus is the Helper of Week! He helped tidy up the book corner and put all the books in order! Thank you Marcus!

Maker of the Week

Avnika is the Maker of the Week. She was so excited to do paper weaving, and she did such a great job!

From the Sports Desk


Year 1/2

Tuesday 12th November (1.50pm in Hall) -  Elaine Wong, Hong Zhang



Thursday 14th November (2.30pm in Hall) - Lesley Groenewald, Sharon Burgess


Interschool Sport

Summer Sport continues tomorrow with games against Glen Waverley in Cricket (home), Softball (home), Rounders (home), Hot Shots Tennis (away)  & Tee Ball (home).

Go Syndal !!!


Last Weeks Results -:

Cricket: SSPS 2/21  lost to Pinewood 1/77

Softball: SSPS  6 lost to Pinewood 18

Tee Ball: SSPS  28 lost to Pinewood 35

Rounders: SSPS  22 defeated Pinewood 18

Hot Shots Tennis: SSPS  13 defeated Pinewood 11


F-2 swim Program

Some ideas to help your child prepare for the forthcoming swimming program at Huntingtower Swim School

  • Check that bathers, towel, school uniform, hat, socks, shoes and underwear are named.
  • Practise changing out of your bathers and putting on your school clothes - how fast can you do this?
  • Practise putting on your socks and shoes after a shower or bath - does it feel funny when your feet are still a bit damp?
  • Practise putting your socks, shoes and all your clothes into a bag, with the towel on top and carry it from one part of the house to another without dropping anything.
  • Practise putting your towel, bathers and goggles into a bag and carrying them from one part of the house to another without dropping anything.

Please let your classroom teacher know if you are able to help out with the walk to/from the pool and supervising in the change rooms.

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
Camp Out Flier 2019a.pdf
Camp Out Flier 2019a.pdf
Syndal South PS #11362 - PSW Uniform Price List Flyer.pdf