The Rocket

13 December 2019
Issue Thirty Nine 12th December 2019
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Important Information
Student News
Student of the Week
From The Sports Desk
Parent's Association
OSHC - Limbo!!
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

December 2019

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 6.30pm

19th  Level 4 Fun Day at GESAC

20th  Last day of Term - 1.30pm Dismissal

Victorian School Dates 2019

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

Principal's Report

Wow! Today I travelled down to Phillip Island to spend the day with our 3 /4 campers. We joined the Ranger for an information talk and then enjoyed two activities; Rockpool Ramble and Feathers, Flippers and Fun. In the afternoon we travelled to the Nobbies, then back to camp for more engaging activities. A wonderful day had by all!




Staffing News

Next year we are excited to welcome four new staff to Syndal South Primary School - Nathan Philpotts, Chloe Bourke, Rachel Howes and Jo Fisher.


The staffing structure for 2020 is as follows: –


Principal – Helen Freeman

Assistant Principal - Rebecca Stonehouse-Melke


FS           Kate Simpson

FR           Tahni Ross

FA           Irene Antzoulatos

1P           Linna Phoung

1J            Jess Jason

2P           Amber Panagopoulos / Jo Fisher

2H          Rachel Howes

3C           Danielle Canavan

3P           Flavia Petrucci

4S           Clare Searle

4B           Chloe Bourke

5I            Rachel Ivin

5P           Nathan Philpotts

5/6 GP  Maria Giannone-Perri

6D           Michelle Dodson

6S           Janine Stockdale


Specialist Team

Physical Education - Charlie Kenez

Music - Leo Kahans

Japanese - Eriko Miyagi

Art - Merrilyn Mann/Skye Threadgold

Science - Jessie Evans

EAL - Skye Threadgold

Teaching Support – Jan Oliver

Office Team – Richard Wang, Julie Pfitzner, Michelle Huppe

Education Support Staff - Inger Robinson, Sally Blaber, Alec Blaber, Ramaya Sundar.


We say farewell with heartfelt wishes next week to Kate Holly who is heading to Ruskin Park Primary School, Aaron Tait who is heading to Pinewood Primary School and Lily Chang who is returning to complete further studies.


All students will be informed of their 2020 class and teacher next Friday morning, the final day of term.


Aerobics News

There will be some changes to the Aerobics programme in 2020. Due to the fact that after many years of dedicating her time and unrelenting effort to coaching and achieving an abundance of success Michelle Dodson has decided to retire from coaching.


We have enlisted the help of Action Sport Aerobics Coaches to train the teams next year. Clare and Michelle will still be involved in co ordinating the programme.


As we are making changes, we have also changed Competitions.  We will now be entering the FISAF (Federation of International Sport Aerobics and Fitness) competitions not Schoolaerobics.  They have a State Competition on June 6th and 7th in Hampton Park and Nationals on August 6th – 9th in Brisbane.


Training sessions will be run before school and at lunchtimes and fees will still be payable through the school. The teams will still be representing Syndal South Primary School. There will be more information regarding the Aerobics Program early in 2020.


Please see Clare and Michelle if you have any questions.


Working Bee

Just a reminder that we are having our final ‘Working Bee’ on Sunday 15th December from 9.00am to 11.00am. This will give us the opportunity to give the grounds a good tidy up before the holidays and to clean out the storage shed. At the conclusion of the morning there will be the usual Sausage Sizzle provided. Look forward to catching up with you then.


Roadworks - Concreting

Concerting works will be undertaken near the school crossing on Montgomery Avenue tomorrow.  Please be patient whilst these works are undertaken during school drop off in the morning.


Parent Helpers Morning Tea - Wednesday 18th 10.40am

The staff would like to thank all the parents that have volunteered in the school in 2019, so please join us for morning tea on Wednesday 18th December at 10.40am. 


We have many wonderful parents that have attended excursions, camps and sporting days.  Our banking ladies and parents in the class rooms, library volunteers and parents attending working bees have all been very generous with their time.


For some of you this will be a final goodbye to Syndal South.  We could not hold all of these activities without your help.  


Parents Association AGM

The PA AGM was held last Friday and the newly elected office bearers are Deane Lam - President, Kate Edwards-Davis - Treasurer, and Ruwani Apsara Hewakoparage - Secretary.  A big thank you to Lisa for all her work as President over the last 3 years.


Enjoy the final week!


Important Information

Dessert Night 16th December

Our end of year dessert night is to be held on Monday 16th December at 6.30pm. Bring your favorite dessert to share with other families and celebrate the end of 2019.  It is our final opportunity to farewell the families who are leaving us at the end of the year, this includes all our Year 6 families and those families from other year levels too.  See attached flyer for more details.



Library News

Payment letters for OVERDUE/LOST school library books were sent home to families via students last Friday 6th December. These books need to be replaced as soon as possible, so please either: 

*return the book                                      OR

*buy a new book in replacement     OR

*pay $10.00 per book                             OR

* make a donation to the school's library fund!


With only two Fridays left in the school year of 2019, I would like to take this opportunity to THANK all the parent volunteers for their support and assistance in the library this year. Special thanks must go to Michelle Shen for coming in each Friday and also to all the dedicated covering and shelving volunteers. Your generous donation of time and hard work ensures the library remains tidy, orderly and filled with lots of lovely newly contact covered books for our students to read and borrow - THANK YOU! 


Happy reading from

Ms Robinson  


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 Syndal South's outdoor facilities, such as the fitness track or outdoor furniture, and have your name inscribed for a lifetime!  If you would like to contribute please see Julie or Michelle in the office.

Student News

Japanese News

Karuta (Japanese traditional card game) Competition

Syndal South Students, Katie Delaney, Olivia Schwatschko, Antony Maroudas, Xiao Yu, Charlize Chen, Nupur Chourse, Matthew Lam, Jimmy He and Michelle Guo participated in the first Victorian Primary  School Karuta competition at Ashburton Primary school.  It was intense competition. 24 selected students from Ashburton Primary School, Glen Waverley South Primary School and Syndal South Primary School competed against each other fiercely. All student followed the complex rules and showed perfect manners. I was very proud them. Well done!  We cannot wait for the next competition in 2020.

Eriko Miyagi (Sensei)




2020 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




  • Responsibility – Thank you for always demonstrating a responsible, positive and committed attitude to your learning.




  • Respect – By using his manners with his friends and adults, and always being kind.



  • Care – By putting in lots of time and effort into his free writing work and doing his best to do cursive writing.



  • Resilience – By persisting when solving some challenging maths problems involving percentages.  Keep it up Joe!




  • Resilience – Declan worked hard to improve his persuasive writing by adding more detail and examples.  Well done Declan!



  • Resilience – Arnav puts in 100% with every learning task.  He challenges himself and takes risks.  Well done for demonstrating a great attitude!



  • Respect - Luvina is an active learner who tries her very best in everything she does.  She shows whole body listening and always raises her hand.



  • Integrity – For always trying her best, helping others in the classroom and overall being reliable in the classroom!



  • Resilience – Aaron has worked hard in achieving his semester two goals.  A great effort Aaron.  Keep it up!



  • Care - I loved seeing Yiota encourage and help the younger students during their shot put effort.  What a caring and wonderful helper!



  • Care - In your efforts to help others at both the Bushfire Fundraiser and the F-2 sports.




  • Care - By going out of your way to help others at our Bushfire Fundraiser stall.

Photo: F-2 House Sports

From The Sports Desk

Photo: F-2 House Sports

F-2 House Sports

What a great day! The Year 5/6 students did an awesome job in putting the program together. The morning ran like clockwork, with all students rotating through the 4 field events, including discus, shot put, long jump & high jump. Then after lunch it was time to hit the track, with the 50m sprint & hurdles events. From all reports the kids had a great time. Huge thanks to those parents who made the effort to come along and cheer us on. The final results had Kunjen (Green House), taking out the winners shield.

Go Syndal!



Active Transport

CONGRATULATIONS to Avneet (100 days), Lizzie (60 days), Timmy (55 days), Daniel, Charlie (40 days), Imogen and Joe  (25 days) on receiving their Active Transport certificates at assembly this week.

Master Blaster

Former student, Kyle Viccars blasted a century for Victoria in the Under 19 National Cricket Championships held in Perth earlier this week. 

Go Kyle!

Parent's Association

Parent’s Association Annual General Meeting President’s Report - 2019

Once again it has been a very productive year for the Parent’s Association (PA) and firstly I would like to formally thank everyone within our School Community who gave their time and resources to participate in our School Community events and projects throughout the year.  The PA is only as good as our community participation.


In particular I would like to thank our leaving parents and wish them and their children well as they start their journey through High School or other schools.


We ran a number of wonderful events this year.  And given our role being more about community engagement than fundraising we were very successful in combining both and raising loads of funds for the school anyway. Thank you to all who donated their time to make our events so successful.


Our events in no particular order are:


Icy Poles at the School Sports Day

A huge thankyou to Kate for making this happen by organising the Icy Poles. Also thankyou to those who helped hand them out.  As with other years it was a very hot day so the students and teachers really appreciated it.  We improved on the previous year by having the children come in their groups to the canteen.  The children were very well mannered and I am proud of them.  They were also conscious of their environment and placed all rubbish in the bin.


Grandparents/Special Person’s Day

Grandparents/Special Person’s Day was another event we held.  This year the school provided the food and our role was to turn up and help serve.


Election Day Cake Stall

In Term One we had the Federal Election. As usual we had a Cake Stall that was very successful. We had so many parents baking cakes and other items. It was a huge success allowing us to raise over $1000 for the school reading programme. Thank you to everyone who worked very hard and gave up their time to help out on the stall.  Also a huge thank you to our amazing families for making all the baked treats.


International Night

This event was very successful in bringing the community together to get to know each other while enjoying some amazing dishes.  It was very well attended and we had lots of feedback on how wonderful the night was.  Thank you to Ruwani for organising the event.


Spoil the Staff

It was so much fun to Spoil the Staff this year.  Lisa, Monique and Catherine did a great job organising the event and decorations. While planning to give the staff a light morning tea followed by a lunch we ended up with the School families supplying so many food items the staff were fed all day! They also had lots of food left over for the next day.  The 5/6 Staff had swimming and Monique set up a table with food and served them lunch at the pool.  What a lovely idea!


School Disco

The School Disco was a massive success this year raising over $4000 ($1400 on glow items and $2700 in ticket sales). Feedback from the children was that it was the best Disco yet and attendance was up on previous years.   Lisa and Janine had great fun organising the event and plan to make it bigger and better in 2020.


Uniform Shop + Saturday Super Sale

This year we held our first ever Saturday Uniform Shop Sale to coincide with the incoming Foundation student’s transition day.  It was a massive success with over $600 in sales.  Deane also coordinated the Uniform Shop for the year and we have had solid sales all year around.


Hot Dog Day

Thank you so much to Kirsten for coordinating Hot Dog Day.  The kids love this event and it was a huge success.


School Banking, Entertainment Book

Thanks to the parents who manage School Banking each and every year.  Also thanks to Kate for managing the Entertainment Book sales.



The PA contributed to the Fete this year by again running a Cake Stall.  Again it was a huge success with our cakes selling out way before the end of the fete!


End of Year Dessert Night

Our End of Year Dessert Night was a great event (really our first of the new committee at the end of 2018).  It was well attended and we are very much looking forward to our next Dessert Night on the 16th of December.


I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed my time as the PA President for 2017, 2018 and 2019.  I know how blessed we are having such a wonderful school to support and genuinely wish all the best for our next team in 2020.


Lisa Macdermott

PA President 2019

OSHC - Limbo!!

Whats Happening

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

Please be mindful that the 27th January 2020 is a Public Holiday and the 28th January 2020 a Pupil Free Day.  


If you intend to use the Program on 28th January 2020 you will need to complete the request form which is located on the Parent Desk in the OSHC room. 


To those parents who have registered we would like to inform you that this Pupil Free Day will proceed.


All families must re-enrol their children into the OSHC Program for 2020.  This enables us to keep up to date with our information.  Without the completed enrolment and other necessary documentation your child will not be able to attend.  The enrolment forms are available from the school website and the OSHC room.

Menu Plan

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

Monday:  Vegetables, cheese and biscuits

Tuesday:  Yoghurt

Wednesday:  Vegetables, cheese and biscuits

Thursday:  Yoghurt

Friday:  Donuts

Programmed Activities

Monday to Friday - we will be making a range of Christmas crafts. The children always have a variety of actvities and toys on offer. We endeavour to meet the needs of individual children at all times. If there are any recommendations for future activities the OSHC staff are always willing to hear!

Natasha is our Helper of the week (1) - Helping the OSHC leaders mark the roll!

Anisha, Tanuja, Madelyn, Akain & Isabelle are our Helpers of the week (2) - They helped the OSHC leaders unpack our big boxes of resources for 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. 


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!!

Contribute to the Rocket

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Inserts - $35.00                                                             

Small items for school families -$3.00

Non-profit organisations  - No charge

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
Dessert night 2019.pdf
Syndal South PS #11362 - PSW Uniform Price List Flyer.pdf