The Rocket

11 October 2018
Issue Fifty Nine 11th October 2018
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal's Report
Important Information
Student News
A Reading Tip
From The Sports Desk
First Aid at the Holiday Program
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

October 2018

16th PE in Schools - Prep-2 Gymbus

17th Ride 2 School Day

17th PE in Schools - Lvl 4 Skateboard Clinic

17th Spoil the Staff Day

18th PE in Schools - Footsteps Dance Company

19th Dress up as Your Favourite Sports Star

19th Hot Shots Tennis - selected 5/6

20th-21st Solar Challenge

23rd Cardytoons Incursion Lvl 3

24th Prep Transition

26th Bandana Day

26th T20 Cricket Blast Cup - Year 5

26th Issue 7 LOOP Bookclub orders due

29th-30th School Concert

November 2018

5th Pupil free day

6th Melbourne Cup Day

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

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

October 21 – Year  6

November 17 – All Years (Saturday)



Principal's Report

Welcome back everyone!  I hope you enjoyed the break from school routine and were able to recharge the batteries, ready to launch into Term 4. We have another busy term ahead with an array of learning opportunities and experiences planned that includes our Concert, Solar Challenge, Physical Education Week, Years 3 /4 Camp, Prep -2 swimming, Year Six Graduation celebrations, just to mention a few. All of this happens concurrently with the regular business of teaching and learning and professional development of staff. We are looking forward to the weeks ahead with great enthusiasm.


The new playground equipment has arrived and by the feedback from the students it is a raging success. As I mentioned at assembly on Monday this equipment has been solely funded through fundraising over previous years. It is always wonderful to actually see students reaping the benefits of the hard-earned funds raised by the school community.


The change to the morning bell time to 8.50 am is having a positive impact, students are entering their classrooms having time to get organised for their busy day ahead and in many cases are able to have some quiet reading time. Thank you for your support with this.


It is rapidly approaching the time of year when teachers start the formal process of student placement for the following year. However, in reality student placement decisions are shaped during the entire year as teachers observe and listen to students in relation to their wellbeing and learning needs. 


Student placement decisions are not made lightly, as we recognise the importance of creating an optimum learning environment.  It is an extremely complex process to ensure that we have a balance and appropriate spread of ability, gender and social dynamics to promote learning and support all our students.


Classroom teachers and specialist teachers are very well-aware of friendship groups and the dynamics within the classes which either enhance or impede the classroom climate.  Teachers will use their extensive knowledge of how students interact and relate to each other when placing students.


We want to reassure all families that the teachers will be ensuring each student is placed in a class with other students with whom they are familiar (but perhaps not best friends with) and are able to build positive relationships to assist with their continued learning. All students are given the opportunity to nominate a selection of friends that they would be happy to be with next year. This process reinforces our values of building relationships and resilience in our students.


We also wish to remind families that in the lead up to the end of the year, through our transition sessions and Meet the Teacher session, students will have opportunities to mix and interact with other students in their year level, but in a different class.


Throughout the entire year, students have had many opportunities to develop relationships with students in their year level. Examples of these include: Interschool Sport, PE, Athletics Days, Cross Country Days, Camps, Excursions, Incursions, Japanese Day, Hoop Time, OSHC, mixed class groups rotating through integrated curriculum activities and classrooms where teachers are able to open the doors to create a larger learning environment incorporating classes.


At the beginning of next year, through classroom activities, students will be supported and encouraged to form new friendships and develop positive working relationships with students in their class to develop a supportive and nurturing learning environment for all.


We will be retaining our practice of accepting written information from parents regarding any specific learning needs which need to be taken into consideration when placing their child.  However, we are not able to take requests for children to be placed together based on friendships or requests for certain teachers as there will be some staffing changes for 2019 as there are in any given year.  Teachers are sensitive to students with friendship concerns, and we ask that you trust your child’s teacher along with past teachers and specialists to make the correct decision on their behalf.


Should you wish to alert us to other learning related concerns, please put this in an email to myself  If you prefer to write your concerns in a letter, please ensure it is in an envelope marked ‘Confidential’ and sent to me by Friday 2nd November 2018. Letters and emails received after this date cannot be accepted due to the commencement of our process.


Please remember and accept that, whilst parent concerns are noted, there is no guarantee that these concerns can be accommodated through the class placement process. You will receive a letter of confirmation that this request has been received. All confirmations will be sent by Friday 10th November.


The SSPS staff would like to thank you in advance for your trust in our professionalism and our ability to create the best learning environment for your child and all our students.


Just an early reminder to our Year Six families that our next working bee is Sunday 21st October from 9 to 11 am. It would be great to get as many families attending as possible.


Finally, we have Solar Challenge on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October at Scienceworks. The teams have been working extremely hard over a number of months to prepare for this challenge. Mrs Giannone-Perri and Mr Tait have been assisting Mr Ian Gardner. Mr Gardner has volunteered his invaluable knowledge and skills to support our teams entering the competition over many years. On behalf of the school community I wish all students competing all the very best.


Enjoy your fortnight ahead


Photo: School Concert Coming Soon

Assistant Principal's Report

Photo: School Concert Coming Soon

   School Concert 2018

“It’s all about the VALUES”

Preparations for  the Syndal South Concert - "It’s all about the VALUES” has begun in earnest with all of our students and staff learning lyrics and preparing exciting choreography routines to astound and amaze our community.


The Syndal South School Concert will be held on two evenings: 


Monday 29th and Tuesday the 30th October


                     Crossway Hall


           2 Vision Drive, Burwood East.


Reserve these dates in your diary now!


By making arrangements for the concert to be presented on two evenings it provides our   Syndal South community with the opportunity to invite many more members of their extended family to watch the children perform and see their child’s musical and performance abilities in action.


The School Concert is Syndal South's major fundraising event for 2018 and the funds raised from the concert tickets will be used to purchase more iPads for your children to use in the classrooms.  We therefore look forward to your support by attending this event.


Every child from Foundation to Grade Six will be expected to participate on both of the evenings of the concert and all students will be required to be at  the Crossway Hall  by 6.30 pm so that they can have their final costume inspections completed.


It is important to remember that all students who participate in the concert will be required to have an adult attending. If a parent is unable to attend the concert it is expected that an arrangement is made with another school parent to supervise your child. A letter must be provided to the class teacher to inform them of this arrangement. This is especially important when teachers are releasing students back into their parents care at the end of the evening.


The concert will be professionally videoed on Monday 29th of October and parents will be able to purchase DVD’s from the school.  Due to privacy requirements parents will not be able to use any digital devices to video or photograph students on either evening. We appreciate your support with this.


A requirement for the hire of the Crossway Hall is that the school community provides four traffic wardens each evening to help with the parking of cars.  A quick induction by the Crossway team will take place at 6.15pm and then parents would be required to help manage the traffic from 6.30pm. If you are available to help can you please contact Rebecca Stonehouse-Melke (Assistant Principal) at the office by Friday 19th October.


The concert will finish as close to 8.30pm as possible. It is extremely important that all students are collected as close to the finish time as possible by parents and not left unsupervised at Crossway.


Bookings for the concert will be opened on TryBooking on Wednesday 17th October, so keep an eye out for the Compass Newsfeed promoting the opening of ticket sales and the website link.

When you book your tickets online you will be able to view a map of the Crossways auditorium and select the seats that you wish to sit in. You will then be allocated a seat number and you will be required to print and bring that ticket along on the night to show proof of purchase and your allocated seat number.


There will be no cash sales on the evening.


If you need support with booking a ticket, arrangements can be made through the office.


The students and staff of Syndal South look forward to seeing you at the concert.


The New Playground Equipment

After trying out our new equipment here are some of the comments from our Year 1/2 students:


It is fun there and I like it. Minuki

It’s a bigger playground. Braedyn

I like the monkey bars in the playground. Riley

I like the information which helps us stay out of danger. Kingsley

I like the round, swirly slide.  Cindy

It's a bigger and better playground for me to play on.  Chenelle

I like the still net because it is easier to climb on.  Jonah

I like the steering wheel because it moves.  Ryan


I like the climbing wall.  Cohen

I like the green bumpy slide.  Jessie

I love the bright colours.  Vanshi

I will have fun there with my friends.  Benny

Obviously a wonderful space for our students!


Thank you to all the past and present members of our community who have worked together to achieve this goal.


In Term 3 all Grade 3/4 and 5/6 students participated in the Japanese Calligraphy competition of Japanese Language Teacher Association Victoria (JLTAV). Thank you to Jun Yoshihara (a Japanese internship student from Waseda University in Tokyo) and Mrs Bird (Hyuga’s mum) for their great help. It was a great opportunity for students to write Japanese Kanji Characters with brush and black ink.  



Grade 3/4 students investigated Japanese Martial arts, including Kendo, Judo, Karate and Aikido. Lucy and Nachiket from Grade 3/4 R demonstrated their Aikidou skills in the class. Well done! SUBARASHII (Wonderful)!



Erin and Eddie (parents of Chloe 3/4C) kindly lent their Kendo gear to us, giving Grade 3/4 students the wonderful opportunity to see a real set in person - Eddie was warmly referred to as “Mr Ken” (Kendo) for the term. He passionately recommends Kendo as a mentally and physically engaging martial art and encourages kids, if ever given the opportunity, to take up the sport.



Grade 5/6 students have started to learn about a Japanese traditional card game, Karuta.  Karuta was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in the mid-16th century. In class, we have been playing the latest version of the game, where students are learning up to 100 different words in preparation for a whole year-level wide competition.



Some Grade 5/6 students were lucky enough to experience a breakdancing lesson held by Jun Yoshihara (Japanese Intern student).



Prep E made animal masks.

Important Information

Family Contributions

The final installment for families is due this week.  Please come into the office if you are unsure of the amount. 

Lost iPad

If you have found an iPad in a grey cover in your child's bag can you please return it to the office.  It was placed in the wrong bag at OSHC on Monday night.

Working Bee - Sunday 21st October

On Sunday 21st October we have our next Working Bee.  This one is assigned as being for parents of our Year 6 classes.  The Working Bee starts at 9.00am, and concludes at 11.00am. 


We conclude each working bee with a BBQ where parents can mingle and get to know others. 


You will see below a list of jobs that we aim to complete on the day.  We will also be sending Year 6s a note via Compass which will give us an indication of whether you are coming on the day.  This is a new approach that will hopefully help parents feel more comfortable that they can meaningfully contribute. 


I look forward to seeing a great collection of Year 6 parents on the 21st October. 

Jobs to complete:

  • Coordinate people for the day (team leader) – stand by the shed and direct people to jobs
  • Organise morning tea/sausage sizzle (purchase the food – at School’s expense - and cook it in time for the BBQ)
  • Clear all gutters of leaves
  • Clear drains of leaves
  • Clear main drain outside school boundary between retaining wall and fence (Vasey and Wingate Avenue)
  • Rake joggers track
  • Trim overhanging branches on joggers track and school boundary
  • Clean out chook shed
  • Move soft fall mulch back under play equipment on all playgrounds - make sure rubber mats are not exposed
  • Remove cob webs on all buildings 
  • Clean up around BBQ area and Japanese garden
  • General safety check (play equipment, trip hazards, etc)
  • Litter pick up
  • Rake and clear leaves of sand pits
  • Front garden trim and tidy up
  • Repair joggers track with granitic sand
  • Painting
  • Sand pit sand – spreading
  • Wetlands area – clean-up

Student News

Hats On

Now that Spring is well and truly in the air, we are starting to see a rise in the UV levels. Remember to slip on a hat, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a shirt, seek some shade, and slide on some sunnies!


From the first day of Term 4 hats are required to be worn when outside. Students without hats will be asked to sit in the shade at playtime for their own protection. Remember - NO HAT NO PLAY! 

From the Library

Overdue library books from last term need to be returned or families will be charged $10 per book. Payment letters will be sent home next week!

LOOP Bookclub Issue 7 catalogues are available in the library, online and have also been sent home with students. New books are an ideal Christmas gift for children, so please consider purchasing some of these lovely new and great value books and support the library at the same time. All online orders are due by 5pm Friday 26th October 2018.


Please contact me if you wish to collect your order from the library or the Office otherwise all LOOP Bookclub orders are sent home with students! 


Happy reading from 

Ms Robinson -

A Reading Tip

Reading Strategies to Help your Child:


In the early stages of reading, it is important to encourage your child to monitor his/her own reading to become an independent reader.

A child is monitoring when they notice things are not quite right. They may stop, look puzzled or reread all or part of a sentence. Instead of correcting your child straight away after an error, allow them to notice the error, search for more information, reread and check in order to self-correct.


Give your child clues such as:  ‘Check it - run your finger under it.’ 

‘Does it look right and sound right?’


As your child becomes more confident checking their own reading, all you may need to say is ‘Try that again.’


Don’t forget to praise all attempts to correct an error, even if it does not lead to a successful correction.  ‘You tried to work that out. It was good the way you…’


Focus on self-monitoring rather than highly accurate reading. It is good to remember that:

  • All readers make mistakes.   
  • Good readers notice and fix some mistakes.
  • Good readers think about the story (meaning).


Jackie McArdle

Reading Recovery

Source:  Literacy Lessons (Marie Clay)

Photo: PE in Schools Week

From The Sports Desk

Photo: PE in Schools Week

PE In Schools Week

Next week, we will once again be celebrating Phys.Ed. in Schools week here at SSPS, with a variety of organised activities for all. Research shows that children’s participation in physical activity leads to better student engagement, improved academic achievement during school years, and better outcomes in adult life. Phys.Ed. in Schools week provides schools with an opportunity to highlight the positive aspects in areas such as Physical Education, Sport, Fitness, Health Education and Nutrition.


Physical Education is the only subject which develops motor skills as well as knowledge and attitudes relating to physical activity. It equips our students to participate in sporting, recreational and other lifelong pursuits. For the future health of our children, it is essential that they are provided with the knowledge and skills to lead active lifestyles. Here at SSPS, we believe that we are catering for the needs of our students, by providing them with a variety of experiences. During this special week, we have organized some daily activities, including;


Tuesday – Gymbus for years P-2

                  – First Aid for years P-6


Wednesday – Ride2School Day, so ride your bike to school & participate in some lunchtime bike riding activities

                         – Skateboarding for years 5-6


Thursday – Dance for Years P-6

                    –  Annual Staff versus Students Grudge Match. Witness non-stop comedy as the Year 6 students take on the staff in a ‘friendly ‘game of Netball during Lunch Time


Friday – Dress up as your favourite Sports Character

              – Hot Shots Tennis for selected students


Plus there’s more with Lunch Time activities including; Daily Sports Trivia, Hole In One Golf Competition, Basketball Goal Shoot, Super Kick, Handball Competition and lots, lots, more.


*** Draw a picture of you playing your favourite sport (collect an entry form from the office). Due in before 4pm Friday 19th October. Prizes presented for the drawing judged best in each year level, to be presented at Monday morning assembly.


***ACHPER Story Writing Competition – (up to 500 words – collect an entry form from the office). Write a story about your experiences in Phys.Ed. (best, worst, funniest, etc.). Also due in by 4pm Friday 19th October.


***PE Week Door Challenge – whole family fun – find the answers to win !


*** Daily Walking to school as part of VicHealth’s Walk to School program which encourages Victorian primary school students and their families to walk to and from school during October, building healthy habits for life.


*** Contribute to our Positivity Wall in the Hall.

First Aid In Schools

St John Ambulance will visit our school next Tuesday to deliver free First Aid in Schools training to our students.  Through the First Aid in Schools program, trained St John presenters lead students through tailored sessions on the importance of First Aid and what to do in the event of an emergency.  Our junior students learn about how to identify when there is an emergency, keeping themselves safe, and how to call for an ambulance.  Senior students learn about delivering CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the things they can do to assist in an emergency.


Participating students will be given a special piece of homework for parents to complete.  We encourage you to “do your homework” and go online ( to see how much you know about First Aid.  Are you First Aid READY?


Walk to School is back for 2018 and we can’t wait to get walking, riding and scooting to and from school! Join this year’s active travel revolution by registering as a school or individual.

Every October, Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. It’s a great way to help students learn healthy habits and achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity, every day. It also encourages primary schools, local councils and communities to make active travel easy, safe and accessible.

Along with the health benefits, walking to school has benefits for the whole community. It reduces traffic congestion, saves on parking, helps us connect with family and friends and even saves the environment! There are so many great reasons to participate in Walk to School this October.

Walk to School creates positive health outcomes. It’s based on extensive research and evidence indicating that increased physical activity in Victorian children can provide real health benefits. To promote physical activity in Victorian communities, VicHealth has funded 63 councils. They play a crucial role in supporting schools and ensuring it’s safe, easy and fun to walk, ride or scoot to school this October. 

After School Sport

At this stage, we will be offering after school sporting activities on a Thursday afternoon, from 3.30-4.30pm. The program will consist of summer sports, including cricket, tennis and tee ball. It will commence on Thursday 25th October and run for 6 weeks, finishing on the 29th November. 


If you would like to participate, all you need to do to register is to complete the accompanying reply slip. You will be notified if you have been successful in obtaining a place, as there will be a restriction on positions available depending on the sport. Positions will be filled on a first in basis.


Primary Schools Golf

Cat Odgers from Golf Victoria dropped in to SSPS earlier this week, as part of the Sporting Schools Program, to provide some golf tuition for our Year 5/6 students.  She was impressed with some of our golfers and encouraged them to sign up for the Primary Schools competition being held at Churchill Waverley Golf Club on the 22nd October. Any students in grades 3-6 who play golf, are eligible to enter. Go to the following link to register.


Around the Bay

CONGRATULATIONS to these Champions who successfully negotiated the 50km Round the Bay bike ride last weekend. What a sensational effort.


Leave Your Mark

Here is a great opportunity for those families leaving us at the end of the year. For a small donation, you can contribute to the SSPS Community Fitness Track and have your name inscribed for a lifetime! We are close to purchasing our second station to complement the newly installed Climbing Wall. If you would like to contribute, please complete the reply slip attached below.


First Aid at the Holiday Program

Whats On

Monday - Friday:  group collage of 'Summer' and everything associated with it using different types of mediums

Afternoon Tea:
raisin bread
Tuesday:  mini pizzas
Wednesday:  healthy slice
Thursday:  dips, carrot sticks and crackers
Friday:  yoghurt and fresh strawberries

Maddie, one of our educators at the program is heading to the Solomon Islands for 4.5 weeks to complete her next teaching rounds with ACU.  Virgin Australia has given each ACU student an extra 23 kg to take resources over to assist with teaching and learning.  It would be really appreciated if you could help by donating stationary, sporting equipment, anything Australian (maps, key rings etc.) children's books (picture books, chapter books, suitable for young, primary, tween and young adult) and art supplies.  Exercise books and paper are not required.

If you are interested in joining the OSHC Committee please see Maree or Lisa.  We would really appreciate your presence and input into the Program.



Activities over the Holiday Program


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.


Contribute to The Rocket

For all enquiries please call the office on

03 9802 5277 or email


Ad rates:  

Inserts - $35.00                                                             

Small items for school families -$3.00

Non-profit organisations  - No charge

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
Leave Your Mark Donation.doc
Leave Your Mark.docx
Sporting Schools Registration T4 2018.docx
We Did It !
Syndal South PS - PSW Mount Waverley.pdf
Syndal Sth PS - PSW Uniform Price List Flyer.pdf