The Rocket

22 August 2019
Issue Twenty Five 22nd August  
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Important Information
Student News
The children busy working on the OSHC Spring Mural
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

August 2019

17 - 23rd   Children's BOOK WEEK

23rd  Book Parade 9.00am

26th - 6th Sept   Swimming - Year 5/6

29th  Superhero Incursion - Level 1

30th  Royal Botanic Gardens - Level 3

30th  Basketball Round Robin



September 2019

4th  Spoil the Staff Morning Tea

5th  Japanese Cultural Day

6th  MW Div Athletics

17th  Curriculum Day

20th  Birthday Breakfast

20th  Footy Colours Day

20th  Last day of Term 2.30pm Dismissal







October 2019

19th  Pre Fete Working Bee - All School

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

Aerobics National Championships

Congratulations to our Aerobics Teams who participated in the School Aerobics National Championships at Broadbeach, Queensland over the weekend. The students, through their performances on stage and their behaviour off stage, epitomised the school values: Integrity, Curiosity, Care, Respect, and Resilience. The teams won 7 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals at the two-day competition.


Special thanks and congratulations to Miss Dodson and Mrs Searle for all their hard work and the extra time that they have dedicated to the program over the year. Thank you to Miss Canavan and the Committee who have been tirelessly involved over the year and particularly around competition days. With their last child being in their final year at Syndal South we say a huge thank you to Fiona Bahr and Katherine Duke for their dedication and unrelenting commitment over many years to the Aerobics Committee.


Cognercise Workshops

Judd Murray, the creative force behind Cognercise has presented works to our staff, students and parents this week. He spoke about the principles of Cognercise and its Four Pillars of Wellbeing: Essential Health, Physical Literacy, Mental Fitness and Social Intelligence. Judd is passionate about the need for self-empowerment as a way for individuals to realise their potential and to stay healthier longer. In his own words, "Cognercise has been designed to provide high quality tools and content which help empower all people without prejudice, enabling them to better realise their physical, mental and emotional potential and a sustainable state of health and wellbeing."


We had around 50 parents attend the parent’s workshop last night which was a fantastic response. I am confident that they all left the night armed with tools and information, designed to strengthen family health and wellbeing.



Monash Science

James and Mitchell from the Monash University School of Earth Science and Environment were here today to conduct an experiment to assist them in developing a teaching tool for geoscience graduates to understand ballistics accelerated by explosive volcanic eruptions. The experiment was called the ‘Trashcano.’ Students from Years 3 to 6 were the audience.



Book Week

‘Book Week’ is upon us, with the winners of the prestigious Children’s Book Council of Australia being announced last week. At school we have been celebrating with all classes reading the short-listed books.  Our major celebratory Book Week activity is planned for tomorrow (Friday), our special ‘Book Character’ Parade at 9am, which is sure to be a highlight. 


Fete News                                                  

A reminder that in preparation for the Fete we are asking for a ‘Lucky Jar’ to be sent to school tomorrow. We would like the clean jars to be filled with appropriate items that customers would like to purchase at the Fete. For example, hair accessories, stationery, sealed lollies, small toys etc. Please see the flyer below.

Launch into Learning

Yesterday, we had a fabulous roll up for our third ‘Launch into Learning’ session. This is where we invite future 2020 students to come and experience what our great school offers. The children enjoyed an engaging Visual Art lesson with Mrs Mann. The children made their own colourful jig saw puzzle.


A further reminder, in regards to 2020 enrolments, if there are any siblings that haven’t yet enrolled for next year if you could contact the Office for enrolment forms and if you know of anyone, a neighbour, or someone from a friendship circle, who has a child ready to start school next year can you please encourage them to contact the Office.


Coding Opportunity

I have been approached by the company 'Code Camp' to run an after-school coding program. I had previously heard from a parent about the program as their child had participated in the program and they were most impressed by the quality of it.


We are therefore asking for expressions of interest for Year 2 - 6 students interested in attending an after school coding program run by 'Code Camp'.  It would run 1 day a week after school for 8 weeks for 75 minutes per session (the day of the week has not been determined as yet).  The cost of the program would be $260 per student.  Please complete the google form (link attached below) if you are interested in your child attending.  We require a minimum of 10 students for the program to go ahead.


Google form -


Fathers Day Stall

The Foxy Crafters have been working very hard to produce some fantastic items that will be on sale next Friday at the Fathers Day stall, prices start at $2.  If students want to purchase something special for their Father from the stall they should bring their money to school in an envelope with their name on it. 


Enjoy your fortnight ahead.



Important Information

ICAS Update

ICAS have informed us that they will send us the numbers of students participating in the tests by the end of this week (23/08/19).


Once we have numbers we can allocate times and dates to administer the tests.


Please check The Rocket next week for more news.

Foundation & Grade 1 & 2
Reading Program

This year we have changed our Reading Program and the way we assess Reading.


To fully change over to this program we are having to re-label all our Take Home Books into the new Reading levels.


Therefore, we will be collecting all Take Home Books next week and there will be none coming home after the end of next week – Week 7.  Please make sure that you return any books that you have at home so we can get all the books in and re-labelled.


During this time please make sure that you continue to hear your child read – books can be borrowed from the School Library or the local Libraries.  The children will bring home more Library books during this time to be read at home with you.


Take home books will start coming home again in Term 4.  We will also be holding an information session in Term 4 on the new Reading Program and Assessment which will explain it and tips on how you can help your child when reading at home.


Thank you for your support on this matter.


Clare Searle

Literacy Learning Specialist



Student News

From the Library

What an exciting week for Australian children's literature, libraries, librarians, teachers, children, children's book authors & illustrators! It commenced last Friday with the announcement of the six 'Book of the Year' winners in each of the six different categories. 


The winning books for 2019 can be found on this website -


Reminder: TOMORROW Friday 23rd August is the SSPS BOOK PARADE  Students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character to celebrate BOOK WEEK!  There will be book prizes for the best dressed!!

Happy Children's Book Week everyone!

Ms Robinson

The children busy working on the OSHC Spring Mural

What's Been Happening

Theo is our Maker and Builder of the Week.  It was his  idea to make frisbees.  He thought about the resources he would need and how to undertake the task.  He then happily showed other children the process. 

Thankyou Theo.


Marissa insisted that she should get Artist of the Week, for this colourful flower made from tissue paper.  The children decided to let it go and to appease her.

A Gallery of events over the past week


Pupil Free Day

The Program will operate from 7.15 am until 6.30 pm on 17th September 2019.


September 2019 Holiday Program

The program is available from the Parent Desk in the OSHC room.  Bookings close on 9th September 2019 and will be accepted after this date and once the Program has commenced subject to availability.  All of these bookings will incur an additional $5.00 per day per child late fee.


Morning Drop Off

It is a requirement that you accompany your child to the Program and sign them in of a morning.  We have noticed a few children making their own way to the OSHC room.



Monday:  Fish Bowl

Tuesday:  Paper Plate Fox

Wednesday:  Patty Cake Liner Art

Thursday:  Cat Collage

Friday:  Exploding Boomerangs


From the Sports Desk


Year 1/2

Tuesday 27th August (1.50pm in Hall) - Naga Vandana-Chittapragada, Shan Zhong 



Thursday 29th August (2.30pm in Hall) - Lesley Groenewald, Zoe De Blasio, Sharon Burgess  

Year 5/6 Winter Sport Challenge

Our Year 5/6 students have been participating in a weekly Winter Sport Challenge this term, in games of Basketball, Netball, Soccer and Volleyball.


We had a representative from Chadstone Lacrosse Club running clinics for our Year 5/6 students this week, as part of the Sporting Schools program.


Lacrosse has its origins in a tribal game played by Native Americans and by some Plain Indian tribes in what is now the United States of America and Canada. There were hundreds of native men playing a ball game with sticks. The game began with the ball being tossed into the air and the two sides rushing to catch it. Because of the large number of players involved, these games generally tended to involve a huge mob of players swarming the ball and slowly moving across the field. Passing the ball was thought of as a trick, and it was seen as cowardly to dodge an opponent. Years later lacrosse is still a popular sport played all over the world.


Coach Sam taught us the basic skills of the game including scooping, cradling, passing & goal shooting.


AusKicker of the Year

CONGRATULATIONS to Lewis in Foundation for taking out the Auskicker of the Year award for the Syndal South/Waverley Blues Auskick program.


Shout out to Jeff Fuller who braves the wintry conditions to ensure that our grounds are kept safe for our kids to enjoy.

Footy Tipping

As we approach the final round, we have a 3 way tie at the top of the leaderboard. There is also a $20 jackpot to keep the rest of us interested.  

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

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Syndal South PS #11362 - PSW Uniform Price List Flyer.pdf