The Rocket

02 May 2019
Issue Eleven 2nd May 2019
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal
Student News
From the Sports Desk
OSHC - A Human Massage Train
Environmental News
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

May 2019

4th Aerobics Prelims

6th Prep 2020 Information Night

20th Ridiculous Rhyme Show

22nd Open Night

27th Curriculum Day




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

Wow! May already, how time flies!  We have had a great start to Term.


Sovereign Hill

Last Wednesday I enjoyed a great experience travelling up to Sovereign Hill with our Year 5/6 students. The students enjoyed, as did I, visiting the difference shops and experiences Sovereign Hill offers while taking us back in time to the early gold rush days of the 1850s. The weather was perfect, and our students took full advantage of all the activities available to them. The gold panning proved to be a popular choice. Thank you to the staff and the parents who ensured the day ran smoothly and was such a great success. It was a wonderful day; I enjoyed every minute.




The Out of School Hours Care Team led by Maree ran another successful program for our children over the school holidays. The activities on offer were all very engaging, the children all seemed to be enjoying themselves. Thanks again to the team, it’s very comforting to know that the children are in such good hands.


School Review

This year we will be having our school review in term three. Last year the Department introduced a new school review model for all Victorian schools.


‘The school review helps a school community by identifying goals and targets to improve student outcomes in the school’s next four year Strategic Plan. The new school review model is designed to reflect the significance of review outcomes for school leadership, professional practice, curriculum content, student voice, and school culture. The new school review model supports each school to differentiate its improvement journey by building on its current strengths and assisting it to respond to its challenges.’ (Department of Education &Training.)


The core work to be completed before the review is to prepare a Pre-review Self-evaluation (PRSE). When conducting the PRSE, it is critical that all members of the school community including students are provided with opportunities to contribute, be made aware of the findings, and the actions that follow. Over this term, opportunities to contribute to this important process will be made available to gain your valuable input, so please take up the opportunity to contribute.


Working Bee

We are trialing a different way of having our working bees this year. Due to the fact that many families have commitments on the weekend, we are hoping that by having a Saturday and Sunday of a weekend available to choose from this may be more achievable for families to attend. So, the next working bee will be on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June, from 9.00 to 11.00am. We are inviting all families to choose a day that suits you to attend. Some of the tasks we have planned are planting up the vegetable patches, moving mulch, sweeping, cleaning the sand pits. As usual, we will conclude each working bee with a BBQ where parents can mingle and get to know others. 


Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall

Yes, another great fundraising opportunity has been planned for Saturday 18th May, the Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall. We are hoping that you will once again support us by supplying homemade cakes, slices, and biscuits.  More information will be given in a couple of weeks.


SSPS Fete News!

Yes! Preparation is in full swing for our Fete to be held on Saturday 26th October.


There are a couple of things that we need your assistance with:

  1. We are looking for specialty stall holders, if you or someone you know makes handicrafts to sell, we would love them to be part of our Fete this year. For more details please contact Nicki on 0408 170 551.
  2. As part of the Fete, we are planning to have a major raffle. We are currently sourcing prizes that can be part of this raffle if anyone has any connections with possible donors, especially for a major prize, we would greatly appreciate you contacting me on 9802 5277.

As the Fete draws closer, we will be communicating regularly with you, as we need everyone’s support to ensure that this is a spectacular community event for Syndal South Primary School.



Finally, I would like to wish all the Aerobic Teams the very best at the upcoming Victorian Prelims this Saturday. They have been working extremely hard in preparation for the competition, with practice sessions before school, lunchtimes and over the recent school holidays.


Have a fabulous fortnight everyone!


Assistant Principal

Attitudes to School Survey 2019

We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing, and quality instruction, and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.

Students from  Year 4 to 6 at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool.  It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.


Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only. All responses to the survey are kept anonymous in the response file. Personal identification data will not be recorded in the survey response file. This ensures that the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.


This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school over the period Monday 6th May  to Friday 7th June. The survey only takes up to 20 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time.


The survey results will be reported back to the school before the end of term 2. All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only so that no individual student can be identified. Data suppression rules are used for schools with low student numbers per year level.


If you would like more information, please speak to your child’s teacher or visit:

Naplan 2019

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests.


NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process - it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance. NAPLAN also provides schools, education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy. 


NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are learning through their regular school curriculum. All government and non-government education authorities have contributed to the development of NAPLAN materials. In 2019 most students across Australia will sit NAPLAN online.  One of the main benefits of NAPLAN Online is tailored (or adaptive) testing, where the test automatically adapts to a student’s test performance. The test presents questions of higher or lower complexity, depending on a student’s performance. Tailored (or adaptive) testing is designed to assess a wider range of student abilities and to measure student achievement more precisely. Your child should not be concerned if they find questions more challenging than usual; they may be taking a more complex test pathway.


A student’s overall NAPLAN score is based on the number and complexity of questions they answer correctly. NAPLAN Online is not a test of keyboard skills. There are variations in how fast and well a student can type – just as there are variations in how fast and well a student can write by hand. Year 3 students will complete the writing test on paper. To get an idea of what the online assessment looks like, visit the public demonstration site at


In 2019, your child will sit the NAPLAN online tests at your school. However, children in some other schools across Australia will sit the NAPLAN paper tests this year. Federal, state and territory education ministers have agreed that all schools will move online by 2020. State and territory education authorities will determine when their schools move online. As students are assessed on the same literacy and numeracy curriculum content, regardless of whether they complete the test online or on paper, results for both formats can be reported on the same NAPLAN assessment scale.


All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are expected to participate in the annual NAPLAN assessment. Students with disability may qualify for adjustments that reflect the support normally provided for classroom assessments. You should first discuss the use of any disability adjustments for your child with your child’s teacher. A formal exemption may be granted for a student with disability that severely limits their capacity to participate in the assessment, or for a student who has recently arrived in Australia and has a non-English speaking background. Your school principal and your local test administration authority can give you more information on NAPLAN Online disability adjustments or the process required to gain a formal exemption.


The assessment window for NAPLAN Online is extended from three days provided for the paper test to nine days. This is to give schools more flexibility in scheduling and accommodate schools that may have fewer devices. The NAPLAN Online assessment window starts on Tuesday 14th May and finishes on Friday 24th May 2019.


Where possible, schools may arrange for individual students who are absent at the time of testing to complete missed tests at another time during the school’s test schedule. Individual students are not permitted to sit NAPLAN online tests after Friday 24th May 2019. 


Individual student performance is shown on a national achievement scale for each assessment. A result at the national minimum standard indicates that the student has demonstrated the basic literacy and numeracy skills needed to participate fully in that year level. A NAPLAN individual student report will be issued by your child’s school later in the year. If you do not receive a report, you should contact your child’s school.


Students and parents may use individual results to discuss progress with teachers.  Teachers use results to better identify students who would benefit from greater challenges or extra support.  Schools use results to identify strengths and areas to improve in teaching programs, and to set goals in literacy and numeracy. School systems use results to review programs and support offered to schools.  


For more information about NAPLAN: contact your child’s school, contact your local test administration authority at  or visit

Student News

Lunchtime Chess

Lunchtime Chess will commence on Monday 13th May in the OSHC room. Sessions are run by Kids Unlimited, a division of Chess World Pty. Ltd.


A cost is involved to cover teaching hours, prizes and use of equipment. That cost is determined by the numbers of students attending. It is hoped to keep the cost to around $60 for the term. If you would like your child to participate, could you please complete the accompanying reply slip, as an expression of interest. 



Active April

Well Done to those who have registered for the PAFC. Hope you managed to keep active over the holidays and have been making the most of your free YMCA  passes. The Syndal South Team has only 7 members registered, which is a bit disappointing, but they have flown the flag for SSPS, having completed 106 hours, 55 minutes. With only 5 days of April left, let’s see if we can double those numbers.

Sporting champion

During the school holidays Grace Li  from 1/2F attended couple of golf competitions through Golf Victoria Junior Series. She was crowned Gross Winner at the 'Pitch and Putt' on the 12th April and Net Winner at 'Yarra Bend' on 8th April.  We have seen a lot of improvement in her golf game and she is looking forward to attending the SSV Primary school golf events starting from next month.


As usual, thanks for the support provided by Syndal South Primary during school days to improve student's athlete skills.


Mother's Day Craft Stall

Buy beautiful handmade gifts and cards for Mother's Day and support Syndal South's fundraising venture!



Thursday 9th May - lunchtime only

Friday 10th May - snack and lunchtime, before and after school.




Gifts include jam, candles, pot plants, note pads, hair scarves, soap with knitted face washer & more.


Students should bring their money to school in a named envelope.

Prices range from $1.00 upwards with nothing over $10. 



Woolworths Earn & Learn


We're helping kids across Australia get exciting new equipment for their schools and Early Learning Centres. After delivering over 300,000 pieces of equipment for science, technology, maths, arts and more last time, we've brought Earn & Learn back.

So let's stick together Australia and make this year the biggest one yet.

Tokens can now be collected from Woolworths.  There is a box at the office to place your completed forms.  The promotion runs until the 25th June.

From the Sports Desk

Gymnastics News

A number of past and present SSPS students competed at the Victorian Championships during the school holidays. They had some remarkable results in their age groups and levels.


Women's Artistic Gymnastics

Level 8 Olivia - Beam Champion, Sophia - 2nd Bars

Level 9 Olina - 3rd All Around, Jess - 2nd All Around, Edith - 4th All Around

Future International Imogen - All Around Champion, Zoe - 3rd All Around, Alex - 5th All Around

Senior International Talia - 2nd All Around 


Men's Artistic Gymnastics

Level 7 Xavier - All Around Champion 


Many congratulations to current SSPS students, Olina, Olivia, Sophia and Xavier who have all been named in the Victorian State Team for upcoming National Championships and/or Border Challenge. Good luck in these prestigious events.

Swimming News

All Year 3/4 students should have received a report following their intensive swimming program late last term. If you have not received it, please let me know.


If your student is unable to swim 25 m without stopping we would highly recommend on-going learn to swim lessons, so that they are safe around water.


Huntingtower Sports & Aquatic Centre has included a discounted offer for Term 2 swimming lessons with the report, for all students who participated. 

PMP News

PMP continues for both levels in week 2/3. If you wish to be added to the roster let me know.


Foundation PMP Rostered parents for Friday 3 May 11.10am -12.50pm - Fiona Walker, Anthony Field


Year 1/2 PMP Rostered parents for Tuesday 7 May 1.50pm-3.30pm - Naga Vandana-Chittapragada & Shan Zhong

Inter School Sport

Tomorrow Syndal South play East Burwood in games of Football (home), Netball (home), Volleyball (away), Kickball (away) and Soccer Rounders (away). Games commence at 9.30am.

Go Syndal!!!


Good luck to all students & super-coach Dodson, as well as the support crew and cheer squad at the Victorian Qualifiers Competition to be held over the weekend. GO SYNDAL!

Divisional Tennis Tournament

Congratulations to Markas for his performance in the Divisional Tennis Tournament held yesterday, where he finished second; qualifying for the Regional Tournament to be held next week.  

Bike Ed 

Riding sessions commenced today for students in 4C & 4L (Group 1) and will commence for students in 4H & 4I (Group 2) next Thursday May 9th. Please remember to bring your bike and helmet.  If you missed the bike checks at the end of last term, make sure you see me before school so that I can ensure that your bike and helmet are safe classes start.



Between mid-August (Week 5 - Term 3) and 30 April when the Victorian uv levels are typically above 3, all students must wear a school sun protective hat that shades the face, neck and ears for all outdoor activities. Hats may also be worn for all outdoor activities outside of the August to April time period, by parent or student choice. 

Sporting Schools -After School Sports Program

This 6 week winter sports program commences after school next Thursday 9th May. If you registered and received a confirmation letter today, you have a confirmed place in this program which is now full. Meet Mrs Potter at the flagpole at 3.30pm and pick-up time is 4.30pm.

SSPS Footy Tipping

Finally an easier round, with 3 tipsters picking all 9 winners, but it was SaintSeb who picks up the $60 Jackpot with the lowest winning margin. Sandy Pie still holds the overall lead on 34.

World Curling Championships

Former SSPS student, Dean Hewitt has led Australia to a play off with the United States for the Bronze Medal in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships held in Norway earlier this week. 



OSHC - A Human Massage Train

What's been happening at OSHC

What's been happening in OSHC land

The April Holiday Program was a lot of fun with the children enjoying time with new and old friends. The activities were very popular with most children involved and keen to participate. The Holiday Program is a really great time to spend with the children and really get to know them.  Not only do the children have fun but also the educators who love spending  time with them.


Childcare Care Subsidy re-enrolment-8 week rule

Under the Child Care Subsidy, a child ceases to be enrolled if eight continuous weeks pass without the child attending a session of care at the program. When a child returns to care with the Program, the service will re-enrol them.  Once the child has been re-enrolled, parents must log on to their myGov account and confirm the new enrolment.





Monday:  apple crumble

Tuesday:  mini pizzas

Wednesday:  bread with spreads

Thursday:  cheese toasties

Friday:  yoghurt with fruit



Monday:  fuzzy sheep

Tuesday:  "give a dog a bone"

Wednesday:  ceramic tile mosaic

Thursday:  friendship flags

Friday:  rainbow flowers


This week we will focus on International Compost Awareness Week which runs from 5th May to 11th May 2019.  We will strive to improve the children's awareness of the importance of compost, a valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products.


An emergency drill was practiced on the 12th April during the Holiday Program.  The majority of the children responded immediately while being quiet and listening to instructions. The children that were unaware of the procedure were taken aside and the process explained to them and their questions answered.


Pupil Free Day Monday 27th May 2019

The Pupil Free Day will run.  If you have registered your child/ren to attend you will be charged for the day unless you cancel by 20th May 2019.











Environmental News

This term has started off well with lots of students joining us for our weekly Garden Club. This week we have planted some Rhodanthe flowers in the front of the school. Make sure you walk past and watch them grow!



This term we will be launching NUDE FOOD WEDNESDAY! Students will be encouraged to bring nude food every Wednesday. 


What is NUDE food?


Nude food is food that doesn't have a wrapper or any rubbish with it. So if you have a packet of chips, you don't bring the wrapper you put the chips in a container. Containers are great because they can be reused and are great for our environment.


On Nude Food Wednesday, each grade will be counting how many pieces of rubbish they have on that day. Environmental captains will be coming around to see which grade is our Nude Food Winning Class. A special trophy will be presented to this class at the next assembly. Will it be your grade? 



We start next Wednesday!!


Jade and Esther, Environmental Captains.

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.



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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

Aaron Sudholz

Parents' Association President

Lisa Macdermott

Phys Ed Co-ordinator

Charlie Kenez


Maree Sier

Phone: 03 9886 8483

The Rocket
Lunchtime Chess T2 2019 Expression of Interest.doc
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