The Rocket 

16 August 2018
Issue Fifty Six 16th August 2018
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal's Report
Important Information
Parents Association
Student News
From The Sports Desk
A Reading Tip
Talk Homework
OSHC - It's UNO time!
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

August 2018

17th SDSSA Winter Sport Round Robin

17th School Disco

17th - 22nd Scholastic BOOK FAIR  - Library

20th Children's Book Week Costume Parade - Assembly

21st Children's Book Week - Library Activities 11am, 1.40 & 3.30pm

22nd Prep Transition

22nd Hands on Science Incursion Level 3

24th Aerobics Nationals on the Gold Coast

28th Year 5/6 Swimming program to commence

September 2018

4th Year 5/6 swimming continues

7th SDSSA Basketball Round Robin

13th - 19th Life Education Van


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

September 16 – Year  5

October 21 – Year  6

November 24 – All Years (Saturday)



Principal's Report

Parent Opinion Survey

Many families received a Compass email a few weeks ago about participating in the 2018 Parent Opinion Survey.  At this stage we have only had a few families complete the Parent Opinion Survey.  It is extremely important for our families who have been randomly selected to complete this survey, as it provides our teachers and School Council members with important information and feedback.  The school then analyses this information in conjunction with the Attitudes to School Student Survey to ascertain what is working well at our school and where there may be areas that we need to improve upon.


The Parent Opinion Survey only takes 10-15 mins to compete and all responses are anonymous.  The survey can also be translated into the language that you require if English is your second language.


Working Bee

A huge thank you to all our wonderful families who attended the ‘Year 3 and 4 working bee’ on Sunday.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend but I noticed the difference as soon as I arrived at school Monday morning.  The Facilities group again had a long list of jobs to be done and from all accounts the majority of these were achieved.  The next ‘working bee’ will involve the Year 5 and 6 families and this will be on Sunday 16th September starting at 9 am and finishing up at 11 am with a sausage sizzle.


Book Week

‘Book Week’ is upon us, with the winners of the prestigious Children’s Book Council of Australia being announced tomorrow.  At school we have been celebrating with all classes busily working on their Favourite Book door decoration and of course reading the short listed books.  Other celebratory Book Week activities planned are the Book Fair on tomorrow (Friday) after school and our special ‘Book Character’ Parade on Monday 20th August at 9 am, which is sure to be a highlight.  Here is a sneak peak of some of the classroom doors  . . .  



Disco Fever has hit Syndal South for our School Disco tomorrow night. The Disco will be held in the school hall.  I have heard it is a fabulous night so I am looking forward to being a part of the ‘grooving’! 


Trybooking has been re-opened, so get on and book your tickets before it closes at 2pm on Friday. 


I would like to sincerely thank our Parents Association for organising and coordinating another fun event for our students.


Social Media

Recently it has come to our attention that there is a worldwide circulation of dangerous social media challenges, referred to as ‘Momo’, ‘Blue Whale’ and ‘Slender Man’ which can be received from people you know or sent anonymously, and have extremely dangerous content.  The ‘Momo Challenge’ is being circulated by ‘WhatsApp’, instructing children to self-harm.  These challenges are extremely dangerous and very concerning.  I am informing you as a precaution and strongly recommend that you speak to your child about the possibility of receiving a message from these social challenges, and if they are to receive something that the message should be immediately shown to you and deleted.


Helping Hands

Do you know about our "Helping Hands" group at Syndal South Primary School? Helping Hands consists of a group of parents who support families who may be experiencing hardship.  In the past we have had members of the Helping Hands group provide home cooked dinners after the death of a parent in a family.  Helping Hands have organised the transportation of children to and from school when a parent was in hospital and could not get the children to school.  The families who received the support from Helping Hands were so grateful and really did appreciate all the care they received from the Syndal South community.


Many of the original parent members of our Helping Hands group have now left Syndal South as their children have transitioned to secondary school.  We are currently needing more volunteers to join and help support and provide assistance when required to our families in need. 

If you would like to help cook some dinners or help transport children to school when there is a need in our school community please speak to Rebecca Stonehouse-Melke (Assistant Principal) and she will pass on your details to Nicki Harwood (Parent) and coordinator of the "Helping Hands" group at Syndal South.


Finally, I would like to wish our Aerobic Teams all the very best as they head off next week to compete at the Nationals in Broadbeach, Queensland on the 24/25th August.


Go Syndal!


Assistant Principal's Report

Little Scientists Program Session Two

On the 8th of August, Alena, Riya, Rishab and I once again attended the ‘Little Scientist’ program at John Monash Science School (JMSS).  It was yet  again another extremely enjoyable session, and we all wished it went on for a little bit longer.  The session was based on chemistry, and there were four experiments.


Before we started the experiments the John Monash Students (year 10 - 11's) went through a brief explanation of nanotechnology/nanoscience and the nanoscale, which is related to chemistry.  Nanotechnology (or nanoscience) is the study of extremely small things like molecules and atoms (anything so small that the naked eye cannot see it).  The nanoscale is a scale that measures extremely small things; in fact, one nanometer is equal to one billionth of an actual meter!  After the explanation, we started the experiments.


The first experiment was called ‘exploring thin films’.  Have you ever seen the rainbow colours in water because of a little bit of oil floating in the water?  This experiment was based on that. The John Monash students required us to put centimeter marks on a piece of black paper, and then we put that paper into a tub of water.  We then put a drop of clear nail polish onto the water, and it floated on the top of the water, due to it being less dense than water, therefore lighter and staying there.  After about 5 minutes, we picked up the paper from the bottom of the water, and the nail polish stuck to the paper, and made a stunning rainbow effect on the paper; just like the ones you see when oil is dropped on water, but this one was permanent.


To the second experiment; the one all of us, Alena, Riya, Rishab and I, enjoyed the most, called ‘Magic Sand’.  Here we observed two different types of sand, normal sand and magic sand. We had a beaker of water and we had to put three different types of things in it, oil, normal sand and magic sand, and we had to find out if they were hydrophilic or hydrophobic. The word hydrophilic means that something can get mixed, dissolved or get wet by water.  Hydrophobic is the word used for something that can’t mix in with water.  In the end, we found out that normal sand was hydrophilic and the oil and magic sand was hydrophobic, as oil floated to the top, and magic sand clumped together and sunk to the bottom; sort of like a stone.  After that, we looked at the magic sand and normal sand in powerful microscopes.  Normal sand had microscopic stones in it,  and magic sand had stones that were sharp and crystal like.


Finally, we went over to our last experiment called beetroot blocks.  The aim of this activity was to find out the effect of size and surface area on reactions (to see how fast or slow coloured dye from beetroot cells can transfer to water).  For this experiment we were given beakers filled with water and beetroot pieces, all of them with the same volume of beetroot in them cut into different pieces, with one beaker having 2 pieces, the other having 4 and the last one having 8.  We saw that the water that became the most red was the one with 8 blocks in it, because as it was cut up more, the cells were more exposed and could make it more red.


Overall it was another marvellous experience and we all intently enjoyed it.  We would like to say  thank you to Mrs Stonehouse-Melke for accompanying us and the JMSS students for organising the experiments for all of us.


Farah Hassan, 5/6F



It has been bought to my attention that there have been  students this week at Syndal South who have been infected with Worms.  It is very important for families to understand about Worms and what you need to do to prevent your child from being infected.  I have included some information from a fact sheet below from the Royal Children's Hospital which  provides an explanation and guidance on how to treat the infection.


Rebecca Stonehouse-Melke



There are many different types of intestinal worms, but the most common is threadworm (also called pinworm).  Threadworm is a type of roundworm that is commonly found in preschool and school-aged children, however the whole family can become infected.


Threadworm causes a very itchy bottom, which is usually worse at night. If your child is infected with threadworm, it is not usually serious and can be treated easily with medication.  Medication can be accessed from your local Chemist.


If your child has threadworm, they may:

  • have an itchy bottom, which may become red and inflamed from scratching
  • be irritable and generally ‘out of sorts’
  • not sleep very well
  • have a reduced appetite.

You may be able to see threadworm if you examine your child at night. 

Treat all the family members at the same time, even if they aren’t showing any symptoms. Adults can also get threadworm.  If you have tried a threadworm treatment for your child and their symptoms have not improved, take them to your GP.


For more comprehensive information read the full fact sheet here -

Important Information

School Council


The school Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Tuesday 28th August 7 – 7.30pm.  The 2017 Annual Report will be presented.  A copy is on the new school website for your information ( ).



Good Luck to the Aerobics teams attending Nationals 24-25 August. I’m sure they will represent our school with pride!


Sub-Committee Meetings:

OSHC             Thursday 16th August

Facilities       Sunday 16th September

Education    Wednesday 5th September


Next School Council Meeting: Tuesday 28th August, 7.30pm


Sandy Delaney

School Council President 

From the Library

It's almost here . . . the CBCA Children's Book Week winners will be announced this Friday 17th August! Check at

This announcement  kicks off an exciting week of activities to celebrate the best of Australian children's books. Please come and support the library and your child's reading by buying a book at the BOOK FAIR in the library from Friday 17th August until Wednesday 22nd August after school from 3.30-4.00pm.  


Other BOOK WEEK Activities at Syndal South include:

Monday 20th August - Dress Up  Book Character Parade - Book prizes

Tuesday 21st August - Library Activities - Stories, Treasure Hunt

Prep-2 @ Recess & Year 3-6 @ Lunchtime

Wednesday 22nd August - Final day of the Book Fair!


All LOOP Book orders from Issue 5 have been delivered to students via their classrooms. Please contact me if you have any queries [email protected]


Happy reading from 

Ms Robinson 


Father's Day Cards

Father's Day is just around the corner and the Office has some wonderful  handmade cards, created by the Syndal South Crafters, for sale.

Prices are as follows:

$3.00 for 1 card

$5.00 for 12 cards

$10.00 for 20 cards



Parents Association


Last Chance to get tickets

Tickets can still be purchased for the School Disco on Trybooking but will close at 2pm on Friday 17th August.  So please book your tickets now so you don't miss out.

Student News

Student of the Week

Prep E  Nethuli - Resilience – by working persistently on her writing goals to make improvements.

Prep S  Maaike - Integrity – by always being responsible in the classroom and making great choices.  You are a wonderful role model!

Prep Y  Ivan - Curiosity – for using his imagination and creativity in inquiry’s “Make a Playground” session.  Keep trying to be your best.

1/2A  Oli - Care – Oli demonstrates great care for class equipment and his workspace.

1/2E  Jayden - Resilience – in the effort you’ve put into reading and writing this term.  Keep up the great work Jayden!

1/2R  Raiden - Resilience and Integrity – when working towards his personal goal of staying on task!  Great work Raiden!

1/2S  Zachary - Integrity – Zachary is dependable and responsible at all times.  He can always be trusted to do the right thing.

3/4A  Justin - Resilience – for working with great determination and enthusiasm when learning different strategies to solve subtraction problems.  Great job Justin!

3/4C  Shantanu - Respect – by respecting the school environment by collecting the compost for the Year 3/4’s during the week.  Keep it up Shantanu!

3/4H  Nicole - Resilience - Nicole never gives up, encourages others, and does her best in all classroom activities.  She is a splendid learner!

3/4K  Sithmi - Care – for showing wonderful care in her writing this week and used the student criterion effectively to come up with a great writing goal for herself!

3/4R  Luanna - Resilience - For her marvellous work ethic during maths.  Well done Luanna on your determination to understand the process and develop your subtraction skills.

5/6F  Naisha - Integrity – with her impeccable work ethic and well-mannered disposition at all times.  Excellent effort at socratic too!

5/6G  Ishani - Resilience – Ishani prepares well for socratic discussions.  She always participates confidently and can add ‘value’ to the conversation.

5/6DS  Minh Kanh - Respect – Miu is a diligent student who encourages others and values learning.

5/6DS  Kavish - Integrity – Kavish shows integrity through his participation and enthusiasm in our leadership program.

5/6T  Maya - Curiosity – by expressing your well-informed opinions in an eloquent manner and encouraging others to do the same.

From The Sports Desk

Photo: Benefits of Playing Sport

Never Give Up *Encourage Others* Do Our Best

Last weeks NED Show was a great success. Megan gave a great presentation, highlighting the importance of us all to:
Never give up * Encourage others * Do our best.®


The Yo- Yo's have been selling like hot cakes, with only the 'Boomerang' & 'Excelerator' left, with the glow in the dark 'Ned' having all sold out.


Joggers Club/Active Transport

Great to have some new members sign up this week.  Don’t forget to get your Joggers Card or Bike Riding passport each time you walk or ride to school.

Round Robin

Syndal South will be participating in the Annual Syndal District Winter Sport Round Robin being held at Parkhill Primary School tomorrow. There will be 4 games played throughout the morning, in games of football, netball, volleystars, soccer rounders and kickball. Parent spectators are more than welcome.



Check out all District Sports News at-;

Sporting Clinics

Over the last couple of weeks, we have had Karate, Basketball & Cricket Clinics held here at SSPS. The clinics not only provide our kids with a varied sports program, but also offer them the opportunity to pursue the sport out of school if they are interested. The club's involved will either provide handouts or newsletter information detailing contacts should your child wish to find out more about the club and training opportunities.



Footy Tipping

With only 2 more rounds to go, things are hotting up on the leaderboard. We also have a $70 Jackpot, so it's time to get serious. 

Good Luck! 

TOP 10 Leaderboard after Round 21





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On behalf of the SSPS Community, we would like to wish our team of amazing kids all the best as they head off to the Gold Coast for the National Aerobics Championships to be held next week. We know that they will do their best and do us proud.

Go Syndal !!!

Science Champs

It's a nice coincidence, that during Science Week, we heard that two former SSPS students have represented Australia in the Science Olympiads held recently. Congratulations to both Boris Deletic (Physics in Lisbon) & Shanni Chen (Biology in Tehran).


Check out all things PE at our Phys Ed @ SSPS Blog. Thanks to our Sports Captains who will once again keep us posted and be giving away lots of prizes to those who interact. Go there now, for your chance to win tickets to the ‘Collingwood v Port Adelaide' game at the MCG on Saturday.

A Reading Tip

Reading Strategies to Help your Child

When children read, they use sources of information in books (clues) to help them make decisions and problem solve new words, in order to make sense of the story.


The sources of information used are:

  • Meaning - what the story is about, pictures
  • Structure - grammar, repeated sentences
  • Visual - letter, sounds

Good readers combine all three sources of information.


What kind of information does your child use?  Are they checking the letters in a word?  A reader who checks the letters and words are using the visual features of print to read.


When your child comes to a new word, rather than just giving your child the answer, try one of these prompts to help them look at the letters and words.  An example of using visual information when reading is using the sound of the first letter to attempt or solve a word.


Encourage your child to check sounds or letters, along with thinking about the story and what ‘sounds right’ to understand the book and become a more independent reader. 


Jackie McArdle


Talk Homework

As part of the preparation for our ‘Big Write’ writing sessions in class, you will see below our first stimulus for ‘Talk Homework’.  The idea of the ‘Big Write’ is ‘that if the children can’t say it, they can’t write it’.


We need to encourage the development of language and listening skills in order to develop children’s writing ability.  Talk Homework is an approach developed through Big Write that promotes the development of such conversations.


To assist your child get the most out of the Talk Homework task, Ros Wilson suggests that we try to do the following:

  • Encourage as many family members as possible to be involved in the Talk Homework, possibly around the meal table!
  • Switch off the TV!  Try to ensure this is dedicated talking and listening time.
  • When giving your opinion, use the ‘because’ word to explain why you think that.
  • Give the possible opinions of two contrasting family members who are not present for the talk, and use the ‘because’ word to explain why they may be different.
  • Ask others around the table to give their opinions and to use the ‘because’ word.
  • Ask your child his/her opinion and ask them to use the ‘because’ word.
  • Link the topic you are given to discuss back to something you remember from when you were a child and say why things may be different now.  Project forward to how things may be different in the future.
  • Don’t write anything down!  Not only are we improving oral language, but we are also improving memory links.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.


Kind regards,

The Teachers at Syndal South Primary School





This semester so far all grades have been playing tuned percussion.  Here is a snapshot of some recent actions.



The Music Shack has a new piano!!


The Grade 5/6's have been playing tuned percussion:  marimbas, xylophones and glockenspiels.  Here they are playing and dancing The Can-Can.


The Grade 1 and 2's are good at being Ladybugs in-between playing Row Row Row Your Boat on tuned percussion.



Grade 5/6 Choir singing and body percussion to Istanbul not Constantinople.



Grade 1/2 sounding fantastic!

OSHC - It's UNO time!

What's on at OSHC

Monday: Scribble Art
Tuesday: Paper cup wind chimes
Wednesday: Fire breathing dragons
Thursday: Thumbprint Pineapples
Friday: Folded paper art


Monday: Breads & Spreads
Tuesday: Garlic bread
Wednesday: Raisin Toast
Thursday: Cheese, Dips & Crackers
Friday: Mac n Cheese


Artist of the Week

Isha from 3/4 A is our Artist of the Week. Isha showed great concentration and persistence during the Mosaic Tiles activity, and look at how fantastic the outcome was! Great job Isha!

Photo Gallery


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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 [email protected]


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.

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