The Rocket

12 September 2019
Issue Twenty Eight 12th September
Diary Dates
Assistant Principal
Important Information
Student of the Week
From the Sport Desk
OSHC - Salt Painting
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

September 2019

13th Hot Dog orders due

17th  Curriculum Day

18th  ICAS English Y2-6

19th  ICAS Maths Y2-6

20th  Birthday Breakfast

20th  Footy Colours Day

20th  Last day of Term 2.30pm Dismissal



October 2019

19th  Pre Fete Working Bee - All School

26th  SSPS Fete


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

Assistant Principal

John Monash Science School  “Little Scientist Program ” Session 4

The four of us ( Albin, Nupur, Sathee and I) participated in a program run by the year 10 students at John Monash Science School. This week at John Monash Science School we learnt about the science design process. We participated with our school group and talked about the process.


Firstly, we listened to the teacher who told us that the science design process consists of thinking about a problem to brainstorm, then developing a model.  The teacher gave us an example of  how to make use of the design process. It was about how to grow a sunflower efficiently. We learnt  that the environment can change the final result  of an experiment and that only one variable should be changed at a time. This allows us to find out the difference without any interference from the other variables.


Our group discussed and decided to do an experiment on how to kill bacteria effectively. We brainstormed together and discovered that honey, ginger and salt usually kills bacteria.  We  made the decision that we will need to grow some bacteria.  Our group will need to  talk to Mrs Evans at school, to see if she will help us, by providing us with microscopes and other science equipment to preserve the bacteria.


After we had brainstormed our research assignment, we went and watched a special experiment which used acid and dry ice. We learnt that acids that are weak are alkaline based and stronger acids are acidic.  We also learnt that dry ice mixes differently when you use different amounts of dried ice and when you place it in a lot of dry ice, it dissolves quickly and makes fog like in the movies.


By Sanjaya


School Curriculum Day

A reminder to all families that next Tuesday 17th of September is a pupil free day. The staff will be participating in a professional development day focusing on School Wide Positive Behavior Support presented by our School Wide Positive Behaviour Coach, Jo Brayden.

Fete News

We continue to be in countdown mode for our 2019 School Fete. If you are available to help out on the day can you please have a look in the attached document and click on the link to volunteer.



Thank you to all of  the families that have already made donations of soft drink (1.25 litres) in the past week.  We still require more bottles, so there is still time to deliver them to school before the term 3 school holidays commence.


School Review

Our final school review day was held on Monday 9th September and we are very grateful to  the school principals, Debbie and Heidi who gave up their time at their schools to be members of our review panel and to be our challenge partners. They were able to provide many insightful suggestions based on their many years of experience  in education. 


We would also like to thank Aaron Sudholz, Syndal South's School Council President for rearranging his work schedule to participate in two full days of the review. His private industry perspective was also extremely interesting and of benefit to our school.


We look forward to writing our new 2020-2024  strategic plan next term, using the recommendations provided by the school reviewer and the panel, ready to implement  from the beginning of 2020.

Important Information

Curriculum Day

Tuesday the 17th September is a curriculum day.  No students are to attend school on this day.

Australian Synchrotron Open Day

From researching human cells to famous paintings, fossils to advanced electronic devices, the work done at the Australian Synchrotron is helping to build a brighter future for all Australians. Shine a bright light on an object and you can see it more clearly. Shine intensely bright synchrotron light and you can see objects in astonishing detail, right down to the smallest atoms!


The light created at the Australian Synchrotron is about a million times brighter than the sun. This brilliant light can be used to assemble tiny machines that would fit into the eye of a needle, improve cancer detection, and develop new drugs to fight malaria.


On Sunday 20th October 2019, you will have a rare chance to go behind the scenes of this state-of-the-art facility and experience these scientific wonders first-hand. ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) would also like to provide students from Syndal South Primary School that attend the event with a free branded educational gift. Book your free tickets now at and make sure to mention the name of your school to be eligible for the gift. Please email if you have any questions.  


The Australian Synchrotron is located at 800 Blackburn Rd, Clayton.


Tickets for the Open Day are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Hot Dog orders

All order forms for Hot Dogs must be at school by Friday 13th September.  

Crazy Camel Fundraiser

Crazy Camel Fundraiser orders are due back to the school by Monday 16th September.  

Please ensure that you return the order forms and your child's completed artwork to the office.  Payment can be made through the trybooking link below.

Please contact the office if you have any queries.

Terrific Kids Assembly

Terrific Kids Assembly will be held at 9am on Friday 20th September.

Student of the Week




  • Curiosity – By continually searching for ‘Wow’ words to use in her writing.




  • Integrity – By taking pride in her work and giving every task her best effort.




  • Integrity – For her enthusiasm and positive attitude when writing her ‘All about me’ information report.




  • Integrity – By always pushing herself in maths and offering to help others in class.



  • Resilience – By trying her hardest in maths and not giving up when it gets tricky.




  • Respect - Magnificent respectful reading to the class during Library Marcus.  Fantastic expression, animation and questioning skills!




  • Integrity – By always doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.



  • Integrity – By always following instructions and doing his best in all of his work.  Keep it up Andy!




  • Care – Arnay is a fantastic helper with the chickens and is taking more care with his work.  Well done!



  • Resilience – Working hard in writing, taking on feedback and being determined.  Well done!



  • Integrity – By always following instructions and ensuring she produces the best form of work she can.  Well done!



  • Resilience – For taking great pride in producing a high standard of written work in all areas of the communication.  Well done, Areesha!



  • Care – Aaron always shows care when completing work tasks.  His attention to detail is outstanding.  Well done!



  • Care – By helping children in his group on Japanese Day to do the activities when they found them difficult.



  • Respect – By working hard at swimming and completing the challenges this gave him.



  • Care – By always producing work of a high standard and for working on her hand writing so that her book work is excellent.



  • Curiosity – For working through her coding challenges and producing well coded games.




  • Curiosity – By consistently seeking new and challenging activities in all curriculum areas.



  • Thank you Hayley for offering your time, patience and support to assist with 1/2F planting.  You’re a star!

Photo: Footy Fever Hits SSPS

From the Sport Desk

Photo: Footy Fever Hits SSPS


Year 1/2

Tuesday 17th September (1.50pm in Hall) - Zoe De Blasio 



Thursday 19th September (2.30pm in Hall) - Lesley Groenewald, Zoe De Blasio, Sharon Burgess


A massive thank-you to all the parents who have come along to help this term. The kids love showing their parents their new skills.

We are most grateful to those parents who have offered to help with the program again next term.


SDSSA Hot Shots

Good Luck to our Hot Shots team, who head off to Nottinghill Pinewood Tennis Courts for the SDSSA Hot Shots Competition tomorrow.

Go Syndal!

EMR Athletics

CONGRATULATIONS to Xavier (Long & Triple Jump) and Vivian (200m), who have qualified for the Eastern Regional Athletics Championships to be held early next term.

Go Syndal!!!


Our Year 5/6 students had some fun playing Badminton as part of our focus on racquet sports this week.


Circus Time at SSPS

Our Year 1/2 students tried their hand at juggling scarves, balls, rings and batons to the sound of circus music during their PE session this week.



Karate Clinics

It was great to have Kieran & Chandler from Glen Waverley Taekwondo Centre drop in to SSPS to run clinics for our Year 3/4 students this week. There were lots of calls of 'Chambee' and 'Kiai' echoing throughout the hall.


Footy Fever Comes to SSPS

Next Friday 20th of September, we will be holding our Annual Footy Day as Finals Fever hits town. Let us teachers kick start your day with a hearty breakfast, dressed in our cozy PJ’s, before we strip off into our favourite footy colours for the grand footy parade. After the traditional Hot Dog lunch, it’s out to the main oval for the annual staff versus student’s footy match. A highlight of the calendar year, the year 6 students get to take on the teachers in the local grudge match. Staff numbers are a bit light on this year, so we are hoping to have a few parents drop by to lend us a hand. Parents wanting to participate can hand in their resumes to me for selection consideration.

Holiday Sport

For parents looking for some great sporting activities for your kids over the school holidays, look no further than on the advertising page of this newsletter. There are baseball, soccer and basketball camps to name but a few. So many great opportunities for our kids.


It is great to see the sun shining for us for Garden Club this week. We managed to find some creepy crawlies during our gardening, including a huge slug that we re-homed away from our newly planted lettuces.



Some of the students even had a chance to eat some of the plants, everyone loved the parsley.



This week's Golden Lunchbox goes to Foundation S. Don't forget that Wednesday (and everyday) is Nude Food Day! Keep up the great job everyone!


Janine Stockdale





OSHC - Salt Painting



Grace is the Helper of the Week.  She was very eager to help clean the room when asked.  Thankyou!



Monday:  Bat Puppets

Tuesday:  Pupil Free Day

Wednesday:  Popsicle Stick Unicorns

Thursday: Paper Patty Pan chickens

Friday:  Blow Art



The Pupil Free Day on 17th September 2019 will proceed.  The program will operate from 7.15am to 6.30pm.  A late fee after 6.30pm will apply at $5.00 per minute per child.



All bookings for the Holiday Program have been processed.  There are still vacancies on some days.  Please see the Educators at the Program if you need assistance.



Please be aware that if your child has not attended the Program for 8 continuous weeks, your enrolment will cease. You will need to re-establish the care arrangement.  We will submit new enrolment details which you must confirm online by using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

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!!

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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

The Rocket
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