The Rocket

08 November 2018
Issue Sixty One thursday 8th November 2018
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal's Report
Important Information
Student News
5/6 News
From The Sports Desk
OSHC Breakfast
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

November 2018

8th  Healesville Level 1

9th Year 2 Sleepover

14th -16th 3/4 Camp to Mt Evelyn

14th Prep Transition

20th - 30th Prep -2 Swimming

20th Life Be In It Incursion Level 3

20th Christmas Cake Sale 3.30-4.30pm 

23rd Christmas Cakes Sale 3.30-4.30pm 

24th Election Day Sausage Sizzle, Cake and Craft Sale

30th School Library Books due


December 2018

19th Year 6 graduation


Victorian School Dates 2018

Term 1 - 29 (Teachers only) - 30 January - 29 March 2018

Term 2 - 16 April - 29 June

Term 3 - 16 July - 21 September

Term 4 - 8 October - 21 December


2018 Working Bee Dates

November 17 – All Years (Saturday)



Principal's Report


Plans have begun for the 2019 Syndal South Fiesta/Fair Extravaganza.

More information to follow in coming weeks........

School Concert

The Syndal South 2018 School Concert- It's All about the Values" was a resounding success. I was so impressed by the professionalism of all of our students and their performances were outstanding. The evening was so energetic, extremely colorful and a delight to watch. The music kept resounding in my mind, even after the final act was over.


A concert of such magnitude cannot take place without a lot of behind the scenes organisation. I would again like to thank all of the wonderful teachers and ES staff at Syndal South who: helped prepare the music and choreography for our students; who designed and printed the programs for the evening; who ushered parents and friends to their seats at the auditorium and a huge thankyou for all the other jobs  completed prior to and on the evening by the staff.


The parking at Crossway can be quite tricky, so I would like to especially thank our parents Jacques, Peter, Gus (Syndal South ex student) , Luke, Raja and Maulik for their help, or offer of help to keep the traffic under control on our concert nights. This support was greatly appreciated.


We have received wonderful feedback from our community about the concert and what a wonderful opportunity it provided for all of our students. Thankyou to all the school's community members who supported the students by purchasing tickets and celebrating with the children their fantastic musical abilities. 


Well done to all of our of our students from Foundation to Year 6. You are amazing.  We  look forward to entertaining you all again in 2020.



Assistant Principal's Report

John Monash Science Fair

Last Monday evening, when all of our students were singing at the school concert , four of our grade six students were proudly representing Syndal South Primary School at the annual John Monash Science Fair.  Our students researched in depth a science topic and then  presented their findings, using technology and posters.


There were many primary school students   from   our region presenting their work so I had a wonderful time talking to many of those students about their research. The evening was officially opened by the Principal of John Monash Science School, Peter Corkhill and a wonderful welcome to country was officiated by Arbup Peters the DET Koorie Education Coordinator.


As I wandered through all of the exhibits I was impressed  by  the standard of  all of the research presented and the ability of the students to articulate the issues they had been researching. I received a lot of positive feedback from the staff and parents about the quality of Rishab's, Elena's, Farrah's and Riya's presentations.  Well done guys.


A huge thankyou to the Rishab's, Elena's, Farrah's and Riya's parents for supporting the four students to complete their research during their term three holidays, when most of our students were  otherwise outside playing.


The John Monash Science Fair is also a  wonderful evening because it give the primary school students an opportunity to view research projects completed by Year 10 students. It gave our students a glimpse into the life of a student at John Monash Science School. I hope from this experience that it inspires   our four budding scientists to maybe apply to attend JMSS when they are in Year 10.




Important Information

Home-baked Christmas Cake Sale

As a festive fundraiser the Syndal South Crafters have baked delicious Christmas Cakes, jam, marmalade and granola to sell! With all funds raised going to the school these delicious homemade goodies will be available for purchase on Tuesday 20th November 2018 & Friday 23rd November 2018 from 3.30- 4.30pm in the LIBRARY!


Small Christmas Cake approx. 350 grams - $13.00

Medium Christmas Cake approx. 980 grams - $28.00

Large Christmas Cake approx. 1980 grams - $48.00


Cakes are un-iced, decorated with cherries and blanched almonds.

Ingredients include: mixed dried fruit, alcohol, spices, eggs, butter,

brown sugar, white wheat flour, jam and nuts (blanched almonds).


Strawberry Jam or Cumquat Marmalade - $6.00 per jar

Granola by the bag


Please note: There are only 37 cakes. Available until SOLD out!

Student News

From the Library 

Please return long overdue library books or pay at the Office as soon as possible! Reminder:  All school library books are due on Friday 30th November. Students will continue to read and use the library, but there will be no further student borrowing for 2018. 


Ms Robinson                       


5/6 News

The final term for 2016 is sure to be the biggest of them all.  While our Grade 6 students finish up their primary years and ready themselves for high school, our Grade 5s are already preparing to lead Syndal South as a captain or leader in 2019. 

So much has already happened in Term 4!  Our concert was run over two nights in Week 4 and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Our students worked tirelessly to perfect their dancing and singing and it’s obvious that their hard work paid off.  

At the end of Week 3, a large group of Grade 5 students headed to Jells Park to represent the school in the Syndal District Cricket Gala.  By all accounts it was a fun day and a valuable learning experience, made only possible by our helpful parents coaching the teams.  Thank you!  

On the same day, a group of ten students caught the train into ACMI to participate in the Victorian Schools Games & Apps Challenge.  Our kids worked extremely hard to code their own games based on global problems including poverty and pollution, and we all found the day to be a fascinating experience.

In addition, our Solar Challenge students’ months of preparation meant that they enjoyed a very successful weekend at the state and national championships. Three boat teams swept the medal positions in the Metropolitan Championships, while one car, “Carmelion,” will be heading off to Sydney in December for the National Championships.

Our Inquiry unit this term asks “What is Money and Where Does it Come From?”  This unit will look into elements of our economy, including what a consumer is, supply and demand, and how our pay cheques are not as impressive as our children may think they are. Students will be required to keep track of everything they earn as part of their classroom “job,” and they will be using the wage they’ve earned on things such as rent, insurance and utilities, before seeing what (if anything) they have left.  

This unit will feature an excursion to the Prahran Market in Week 7 or 8, where they will need to work with a strict budget within a real-life scenario.

There’s also plenty more to look forward to this term; between Graduation, excursions, sports days and a range of other activities, Term 4 will make sure that 2018 ends on a high note!




Photo: Inter School Sport

From The Sports Desk

Photo: Inter School Sport

Inter School Sport

Summer Sport recommences tomorrow with games against Glen Waverley in Cricket (home), Softball (away), Rounders (home), Danish Rounders (away) & Tee Ball (away).

Go Syndal !!!

Prep-2 Swimming

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.

There are still a few vacancies on the parent roster for assisting with the walk to/from the pool and supervising in the change rooms, particularly for the Prep grades. Please talk to your classroom teacher if you can help.

3/4 Camp

110 students from years 3/4 head across to Mt. Evelyn for 3 days of fun and adventure next week.

GATEWays Challenge

Good Luck to our 4 Year 5/6 Challenge teams the Syndal South Keymasters, Syndal South Sailors, Syndal South Samurais and Syndal South Spirit as they head off to Mountain Gate PS next week to pit their wits against teams from other schools. A Huge thank you to Mr. Tait for preparing the students for the challenge.


OSHC Breakfast

What's on at OSHC


Monday: cheese and vegemite scrolls

Tuesday: yoghurt and peaches

Wednesday: toasted cheese sandwiches

Thursday :bread with spreads

Friday: muffins


ACTIVITIES: these activities are revisited

due to popularity in the past.

Monday: infused ink art

Tuesday: celebration of World Kindness Day

Wednesday: blow art

Thursday: colourful spinners

Friday: magazine art



A reminder to parents who intend to use the January 2019 Holiday Program from 07th January to the 11th January 2019 to register prior to the 12th November. Late applications will not be accepted. The program will only operate during this time if viable. 


Thank you to all those teachers and parents who attended our breakfast on the 1st November.  It is a time when we can all stop and chat and enjoy each others company.  The children love to be part of this morning having an extended breakfast and a lot of delicious foods to eat.

OSHC will celebrate National Recycling Week and World Kindness Day on the 13th November.





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. School bags  can be purchased directly from the office for $35.


Our uniform is available at the PSW store in Mt Waverley.  Please see attached forms for further details.


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Inserts - $35.00                                                             

Small items for school families -$3.00

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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

Sandy Delaney

Parents' Association President

Lisa Macdermott

Phys Ed Co-ordinator

Charlie Kenez

Facilities Convenor

Peter Roach


Maree Sier

Phone: 03 9886 8483

The Rocket
Syndal South PS - PSW Mount Waverley.pdf
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