The Rocket

05 December 2019
Issue Thirty Eight 5th December 2019
Diary Dates
Assistant Principal's Report
Important Information
Student News
Student of the Week
From The Sports Desk
OSHC - quiet time reading
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

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 9-11am

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

Assistant Principal's Report

Camp Out

Last Friday evening our school oval was looking very exciting, as tents started popping up from the late afternoon. Deck chairs and camping equipment soon let our local community know that Syndal South was hosting a very special evening.


The intermittent showers of rain throughout the evening did not put a dampener on the  event, as students and parents snuggled down in the  BER to watch Rise of the Guardians and was enjoyed by all.


To Fiona and Mark, a huge thank you for organising our 2019 School camp out. It is one of the events on the school calendar that our families look forward to attending. We encourage any families who have never attended this event to come along next time and give it a go. 



Plastic Bottle Top Collection

Thankyou to all of our families who have been continuing to support Syndal South's plastic bottle top collection. Thank you to the Macdermott family for the super collection of bottle tops below. As you can see we are doing a great job, but are still happy to take more.


Final Working Bee 2019

A huge thank you to all our families who have supported our school this year and given up their time to help with our working bees. We are very privileged at Syndal South for our students to learn in such a magnificent environment. We have arranged for our final working bee for this year to be held on Sunday 15th December commencing at 9am and finishing with at sausage sizzle at 11am.  We look forward to many hands making light work of the set tasks for that Sunday morning.



Year 5/6 Bushfire Fundraiser

Well done to our 5/6 cohort who organised a fundraising day today to raise money for children who have been or are currently affected by the devastating bushfires.  This fundraiser is the culmination of their inquiry unit this term  "As a global citizen how can I make a difference?" .


The 5/6 classes ran stalls and activities for the children to participate in.  There were 8 stalls including: chocolate toss, icy poles and home made crafts. By providing their time and products, as well as raising money, students were demonstrating how they could give back to the community. It was a fantastic fundraiser, raising just over $2,000.



Year 6 Transition

Next Tuesday, our 2019 year 6 students will be attending an exciting day at their new secondary college. It is always a great day as our students have the opportunity to meet their teachers for 2020 and also have the chance to start making connections with students from neighboring primary schools.


We wish all the best to our Syndal South year 6 students and we hope they have a fabulous day.

Foundation - Year 5 Transition

As the year 6 students embark on their Year 7 transition adventure, Syndal South will also be hosting an orientation day from 9am until 1pm. On Tuesday 10th December all students (including newly enrolled students) will have the chance to complete fun activities at their new year level. 


Our 2020 Foundation students will also be arriving at the later time of 9.30am and they will have the opportunity to work and play in the Foundation classrooms as part of the Kinder to school transition process.


We wish a warm welcome to all the new families who will be commencing at Syndal South in 2020.

Important Information

Camp Out on the Oval
Friday 29th November

What a great night everyone had on Friday night, despite the weather! We had about 45 tents pitched on the Charlie Kenez oval and there was over 130 people for dinner. The kids had a ball looking at all the tents, playing in the school grounds then watching a movie after dinner. After a supper of hot chocolate and cake, then a night walk around the grounds looking for wildlife, all was quiet from about 10.30pm.


 After surviving some heavy rain overnight, the campers got up to a great cooked breakfast of cereal, pancakes, bacon and eggs – a few of the parents looked a bit bleary eyed, but nothing that an early morning cup of tea or coffee couldn’t fix!


A huge thank you must go out to all the wonderful parents and teachers that volunteered their time to set up, cook, serve, wash up and pack up – their help makes these events possible. Special thanks must go to the Delaney's, Brad Frost, the Huppe's, Janine Stockdale, Scott Palmer,  Tahni Ross, Rachel Ivin and Jeff Fuller for their amazing efforts. Thanks to the other parents, office staff and teachers that gave us a helping hand as well. Special mention to Bushy Park for their support of the event by giving us the green groceries at wholesale prices.


The Camp Out raised just over $2,500, a fantastic effort!


Go Syndal!!

Fiona and Mark Bahr



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 – For being resilient and responsible and striving to work towards his learning goals.




  • Care – Avnika is a fantastic member of every group she works with – she takes turns and is always patient and polite.  Well done!




  • Care – For displaying a positive attitude and taking wonderful care when completing all work.




  • Resilience - Continuing to put in his best effort in the classroom throughout the swimming program.



  • Resilience - Continuing to put in his best effort in the classroom throughout the swimming program.



  • Resilience - Fantastic effort Radifa at showing such determination and drive to succeed in learning to swim.  Well done!



  • Care - Thank you for always demonstrating a responsible, positive and committed attitude to your learning and those around you.




  • Resilience – By trying his hardest and continuing to do his reading at home.  You have become a fantastic reader.  Well done!



  • Resilience – By conquering her nerves to give such a beautiful solo performance on the piano at the Instrumental Music Concert.



  • Responsibility – By making sure she completes her work to the best of her ability.




  • Respect – Jeremy has improved his whole body listening skills and focuses on the task at hand.  Terrific work on your power of 3 sentences.



  • Respect – For your wonderful greeting each morning and your helpful nature in class.



  • Respect – For always helping others in school and showing respect through full body listening.



  • Responsibility - Linda is always such a hard worker and is dedicated to her studies.




  • Care - By going out of your way to welcome others in our transition sessions.



  • Care - In your enthusiasm in helping younger students during transition activities.

From The Sports Desk

ACHPER Conference

I attended the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Conference last week. The above photo is taken of one of the buildings at Monash University. Makes a lot of sense to me!


The conference provides educational opportunities to all who attend - no matter how experienced you are, there is always something new to learn. The opportunity to network with peers, catch up with former colleagues, encounter new/familiar vendors and suppliers as part of the trade exhibition, listening to how others are doing things; sharing how you do things - most engaging, relevant & fun!


Can't wait to put some newly acquired practices into the PE program in 2020!

Active Transport

With Summer now upon us, it is a great time to be getting outdoors and hitting the Joggers Track which will help you to feel more energized and invigorated and before you know it, you’ll be going about your day with an extra spring in your step.


CONGRATULATIONS to 3/4H on being the most active class for November.


This has finished for the year - a massive shout out to all the parents who have helped out this year, we could not run the program without you and your continued support is much appreciated. Particular thanks go to those parents who have turned up to help even when they were not rostered on and sometimes for both Prep and 1/2 sessions in the same week. You are AMAZING!!!

F-2 House Sports

Our Foundation - 2 students have been busy preparing for the F - 2 House Sports being held tomorrow. 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!

Dad's Army

See you tonight at Box Hill Indoor from 6pm. Last one for 2019 !

Walk Champ

CONGRATULATIONS to former student, Olympian Rhydian Cowley who won the National 50km walk on the weekend, to qualify for the Olympic Games being held in Japan next year. Rhydian began his love of walking, pounding the paths of Syndal South's fitness track, as a member of our before school Joggers Club.

OSHC - quiet time reading

What's Happening

We are still accepting bookings for the January 2020  Holiday Program.

Please be mindful that the 27/01/20 is a Public Holiday and the 28/01/20 a Pupil Free Day.  

If you intend to use the Program on 28/01/20 you will need to complete the request form which is located on the Parent Desk in the OSHC room prior to 13/12/19.  This will enable us to determine whether or not we have sufficient children enroled to operate. You will be advised of the outcome.










Menu Plan

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

Monday:  yoghurt

Tuesday:  vegetables, cheese and biscuits

Wednesday: raisin bread 

Thursday:  vegetables, cheese and biscuits

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 to Friday, revisiting past popular activities and any other suggestions are also welcome.


Gallery of Activities over the Past Week


Community Advertising

For Sale







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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