Wow! It’s been a very busy and productive fortnight at Syndal South. We have had the new State Member for the Mount Waverley District Matt Fregon and John Mullahy from the Electoral Office, attend our assembly to present our Foundation students with their new Library Bag which included four terrific books: ‘My Two Blankets’ by Irena Kobald, ‘Where is Galah?’ by Sally Morgan, 'The Second Sky' by Patrick Guest and 'Frog on a log in a bog' by Andy Griffiths. Matt and John then returned the next day to continue our discussion about how best he can support Syndal South now and into the future.
Last Friday night we had a fantastic ‘Welcome Picnic’ evening with many SSPS families and staff supporting this which will now be an annual calendar school event. The weather was perfect and the whole evening had a very relaxed feel about it. The children enjoyed all the activities especially ‘cracking the code’ where we saw the Huppe family win the $100 Robinson’s Book voucher. Special thanks to Viv Potter for organising all the activities in Charlie Kenez’s notable absence. Mr. Kenez was very disappointed on missing the picnic but last Thursday after many years of suffering in silence he had both his knees replaced (‘ouch’). The operation was a great success and he is now looking forward to working hard on his recovery to return to school at the beginning of Term 2. We all miss him and wish him all the very best!
Foundation Information Night
We held our Foundation Information Night where I congratulated all the parents on the way in which they had prepared their children for this school year. The children have transitioned beautifully and have settled in beyond expectations. We are so lucky! Thank you to our fabulous parents. The Foundation Team who ran the information session did an awesome job.
Tomorrow, we welcome back our ‘Weekaway Campers’ who from all accounts have had a fabulous experience really living our school values of Respect, Resilience, Integrity, Curiosity, and Care to be the main focus of this camp. We look forward to hearing more about the different experiences they had on their return.
Last Friday I popped over to the Hall to see the ‘Try Outs’ for the Aerobics, it was amazing. The boys were all totally focused on learning the routine, it was fabulous to watch the level of talent on display.
I’m looking forward to seeing the teams develop through their rigorous practice schedule as they work towards the competitions.
Meet and Greet Conferences
This year’s meet the teacher evening is scheduled for Wednesday 6th March. These meetings will give parents the opportunity to meet their child’s 2019 teacher and to communicate anything pertaining to their child’s learning. This year all bookings are being made online through the COMPASS parent portal. The booking system will be available from tomorrow afternoon. I look forward to seeing as many parents/carers at these important exchanges as possible.
Telstra Kids Grant
Monday, I received some great news from Telstra regarding an application that had been lodged by Sandeep Gupta, parent of Avaneesh in Year 2, for the Telstra Kids Grant. Sandeep had worked with Julie Pfitzner and Clare Searle to put the application together, with the result being that we will now receive $1,200 to spend on ipads. Thank you everyone, a fabulous effort!
Finally, I would like to welcome Mrs Jan Oliver to our school. Jan has joined the Year 3 /4 team and will be working three days a week supporting students with their literacy and numeracy skills development.