The Rocket

29 August 2019
Issue Twenty Six 29th August 2019
Diary Dates
Assistant Principal
Important Information
Student News
Student of the Week
Parent's Association
From the Sport Desk
Show and Tell prior to the parade for Book Week
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

August 2019

26th - 6th Sept   Swimming - Year 5/6

29th  Superhero Incursion - Level 1

30th  Royal Botanic Gardens - Level 3

30th  Basketball Round Robin



September 2019

3rd  ICAS Digital Technologies Y3-6

4th  Spoil the Staff Day

4th  ICAS Science Y2-6

5th  Japanese Cultural Day

6th  MW Div Athletics

10th  ICAS Writing Y3-4

9th -11th  ICAS Writing Y5-6

11th  ICAS Spelling Y2-6

13th  PA Meeting 2:30pm

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

Book Week Book Parade

Last Friday we were greeted with a magnificent sunny winter's morning, perfect for the Syndal South Book Parade. All of our students were exuding excitement as they walked into our school admiring the efforts of the students and trying to guess who the book character was that they had dressed up as. Many of our families enjoyed the morning as the students walked or bopped along to the fantastic music playing over the speakers, with their grade around the basketball court.


We were all  extremely impressed by the efforts that the students and their parents put into creating a costume and prizes were presented to many students across the levels.  The staff also joined in the celebration and looked ever so magnificent  as their book character. 


John Monash Science School-“Little Scientist Program ”-Session 3


This week at John Monash Science School we learnt about Biology and  living things. If you can remember from the last two weeks,  the four of us (Nupur, Albin, Sanjaya and I) participated in a program run by the year 10 students at John Monash Science School. This week, we participated in three group activities. 


One of the experiments that we did was looking at pond scum through a microscope. Pond scum are microscopic living things in ponds not visible to the naked eye. We needed to prepare slides to go under the microscope. So we took a rectangular slide and a thin square slide. We used the pippet to suck up some of the pond scum, which are brown coloured dots, on the water and  put it on to the rectangular slide. To see a clear image we made sure that there was more pond scum than the water. Then we put some blue dye to make the pond scum more visible. After that we carefully put the thin square slide on top of rectangular slide containing the pond scum and looked through the microscope. What we were looking for was a red blob. We were told that if the blob moved, that indicated it is alive, and we managed to find one !


The next activity was looking at onion skin cells. We first had to draw what we thought onion skin looked like. I thought it would be like oval shapes lined together. Then we looked at the onion skin up close through a microscope. The microscope had three lenses that could magnify the object. The biggest lens was the strongest. The cells looked like rectangular bits that were lined up together like a brick wall. Amazing!


The last activity that we did was learning about physical and behavioral adaptations. Adaptation means the changes that help a living thing live in its environment. Physical adaptation means the features of an organism like a bird's bill. Behavioural adaptation means what the living organism does to survive. Like how birds migrate. We looked at frogs and their body structure and why they were green. We also felt the frogs skin and it felt soft but slimy as well. We moved on to the stick insects and then the grasshoppers and talked about the physical and behavioral adaptations of the two creatures.


By Sathee


Fathers Day Craft & Baked Goods Stall

The SSPS Father's Day Stall is on this FRIDAY 30th August in the library before and after school ONLY!! (8.30-9.00am and 3.30-4.00pm).  Foundation students will visit with their class teacher from 9am.


The Foxy Crafters have been working very hard to produce some fantastic items that will be on sale and prices start at $2.  If students want to purchase something special for their Father from the stall they should bring their money to school in an envelope with their name on it.



Important Information

Father's Day Craft & Baked Goods Stall

The Father's Day Craft & Baked Goods Stall is this Friday 30th August in the library before school 8.30 - 9.00am and after school 3.30 - 4.00pm ONLY! Prices start from $2.00.  If students want to purchase something special for their Father from the stall they should bring their money to school in an envelope with their name on it.



Legacy Badges

The school is selling Legacy badges and other items to support Veterans families.  Prices start from $2 and can be purchased at the office or in class when they are brought around.

Japanese Cultural Day

For Japanese Cultural Day on the 5th September, we will be holding a Chopstick Challenge where the students will be picking up as many dried beans in a certain time period as they can. The number of beans that each student can pick up and put into a container will be the number of points that their grade gets. The grade with the most number of points will win a small prize. To get ready for the challenge, it would be great if the students could fit in a bit of practice picking up the beans, particularly those students who don't normally use chopsticks. It's a great way to keep them occupied while you get dinner ready!   



Miyagi and Senn sensei


How to Eat With Chopsticks: 9 Steps

How to Eat With Chopsticks: A step-by-step guide on how to properly hold and eat with chopsticks.

Student News

ICAS Test Dates

Tuesday 3rd of September:  Digital Technologies (Y3-6)

Wednesday 4th of September: Science (Y2-6)

Monday 9th of September: Writing (Y3-4)


Years 5-6 Online Writing test will be worked around Swimming so it will be taken on one of the following dates: Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th or Wednesday 11th of September.


Wednesday 11th of September: Spelling (Y2-6)

Wednesday 18th of September: English (Y2-6)

Thursday 19th of September: Maths (Y2-6)


*Note: Please ensure your child is at school on these dates, as absent students will not be able to sit the test at another time. 

Syndal Got Talent Competition

The Syndal Got Talent competition is going to run on fete day, 26th of October from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Students are invited to put together a  short act, which could be anything from playing a short piece on an instrument, singing, saying some jokes, doing some magic tricks, performing a dance, a combination of any of these . . . anything that you might see on a talent show. Maximum act time is strictly 3 minutes. Students can perform individually or in small groups.


Mr Kahans will need to audition the act for it to be eligible. If you are interested please complete the attached entry form. Entry forms will also be available at the office, in classrooms, or from the music room. Simply turn up on a Monday or a Tuesday at lunchtime to the music room. Students need to bring a signed entry form to the audition.



Auditions will continue until the end of term, and for the 1st week of next term if there are places still available.


Places are limited so get your act together!

Student of the Week




  • Integrity – For showing integrity and completing her work to the best of her ability.




  • Resilience – By persevering with his writing and not giving up.  Well done Liam!




  • Integrity – For being a dependable and responsible member of 1/2A.




  • Care – By being the most kind and awesome friend and agreeing to play with classmates that have no one to play with.




  • Care - Well done Jordan on your considerate and caring nature towards helping a class member settle into Syndal South.




  • Care - Riley demonstrates care for his own belongings, the belongings of others and all classroom materials.  Well done and Thank you!



  • Resilience – By pushing herself during the Aerobics competition while doing all of her gymnastics competitions as well.  Amazing job Haylee!



  • Respect – By sitting respectfully in class, listening to others patiently and responding appropriately.  Keep it up Jamie!




  • Curiosity – Abbie always tries to up level her writing by incorporating descriptive language to engage the reader.



  • Resilience - For always trying hard in Maths even when something is a little tricky.  Well done for persevering with fractions!



  • Care - Zachary took his time and produced a beautiful fraction wall, discovering various fractions.  Well done!



  • Care - Nathan participated really well in our Cognercise Incursion.  He listened actively and answered questions.  Good job Nathan!



  • Resilience - Demonstrated many traits of a good learner while designing and constructing his car.  He was focused, determined and persisted with resolving problems.  Well done Michale!



  • Resilience - Wonderful effort with your belt driven car.  You never gave up!  Great resilience!




  • Resilience – By persevering with building your belt driven car, no matter what problems you faced.

Parent's Association

SPOIL THE STAFF DAY is a celebration of our terrific school staff.  It is an opportunity to thank the people who help our children every day in many different ways.


Staff will be dressing up in Play School Themed Costumes and all children are asked to look their best in their School Uniform for the day.

Parents are asked to make picnic themed food for the Staff Lunch and deliver to the staff tea room at drop off or to the School Hall from midday. Lunch will be served at 1pm.


Helpers are needed so if you have time to spare and can come along please click on the link below to sign up:


Hope to see you there!

Any queries please email Lisa at


Photo: Juggling Scarves

From the Sport Desk

Photo: Juggling Scarves


Year 1/2

Tuesday 3rd September (1.50pm in Hall) - Mikyoung Seo 



Thursday 5th September (2.30pm in Hall) - Fiona Walker, Jennifer Zhong, Ritsuko Sone   

SDSSA Basketball Round Robin

GOOD LUCK to our boys & girls school Basketball Teams who are playing off in the Annual District Basketball Championships to be held at Nunawading Stadium tomorrow. The squad has been training hard under the watchful eye of Coach Tait.


Swim Program

The year 5/6’s are currently participating in the school swimming program at the aquatic swimming complex at Huntingtower School.  The annual swimming program is an integral part of the Syndal South Physical Education curriculum. Huntingtower’s qualified coaching staff have provided individualised programs to ensure that all students are challenged to ensure continual improvement and confidence in the water. The swimming program focuses on effective stroke technique, breath control, powerful kicking as well as have a focus on water safety, rescue and survival skills. 


By the end of primary school, it is anticipated that all students be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills identified in the Victorian Water Safety Certificate. Year 6 students who are able to swim 50m continuously, answer water safety based questions and perform simple rescues, will receive the Certificate.

Gym Kids

Some of our Year 1/2 students participated in a gymnastics clinic held during the week, as part of the Sporting Schools program. They juggled scarves and performed rock & rolls to a motor bike position, before completing a circuit comprising of forward rolls, jumping on a mini tramp, swinging on bars and balancing  & making shapes including an aeroplane, dolphin, bridge, boat, spider, angry/happy/disco cat, flamingo and butterfly wings.


Golf Champ

CONGRATULATIONS to Grace in Year 2 who contested the SSV primary school golf event held at Woodlands golf club last week. She finished Runner Up to qualify for the regional final to be held at Keysborough Golf club later in the year. What a Superstar!

Go Grace!



Ice Hockey Champ

CONGRATULATIONS to Flynn who has been selected to play in the Ironworks Pee Wee Ice Hockey Championships being held in November. What a superstar!

Go Flynn!


Footy Tipping

Another home & away footy season is done and dusted. Congratulations to our place getters, Sandy Pie, Goddo & Archfactor who all receive a piece of the pie, while Mattistuta holds on to last place to get his money back. SSPS has also benefited with $130 going into our fund raising bucket. It's been a bit of fun & can't wait to do it all again in 2020.

Show and Tell prior to the parade for Book Week

What's been happening at OSHC

Maker of the Week - Amrita was very wise and made use of our resources to make her hat for the Book Week Parade.



Helper of the Week - Maddie wore the new OSHC fluro vest with pride.






Monday:  Silly Glasses

Tuesday:  Pom Pom Monsters

Wednesday:  Colourful Mobiles

Thursday:  Raised Salt Painting

Friday:  Straw Tulips



Thank you to all that attended our breakfast on 28th August 2019.  We acknowledge that your time is precious, especially of a morning. The children and educators really look forward to this occasion.



Starting from the 29th of August, every Thursday afternoon the program will participate in Sporting Sports for 4 consecutive weeks. If you do not wish your children to participate, please advise the OSHC educators.



Understanding the balancing of Child Care Subsidy

The following information on Child Care Subsidy balancing has been provided to assist you in understanding the process.

Centrelink is balancing families' Child Care Subsidy (CCS) entitlements.  If you have any questions visit There is more information on the Centrelink website to help understand the balancing process.

Throughout the year, Centrelink pays your Child Care Subsidy (CCS) based on the details you’ve given them. At the end of the financial year, they balance your CCS to make sure you received the right amount.

Centrelink is balancing CCS for the 2018–19 financial year. Your CCS won’t be balanced straightaway. It can take some time. 

Here’s how Centrelink gets to your outcome.


1.  You confirm your income

You need to confirm your family’s income for the 2018–19 financial year before Centrelink can balance your CCS. You and your partner do this by lodging your tax returns with the Australian Taxation Office.  If you don’t need to lodge a tax return, you need to tell Centrelink by doing an ‘Advise non-lodgement’ with them. You can do that either in your:

  • Centrelink online account through myGov, or
  • Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

 2.  Centrelink works out your CCS entitlement

Once you’ve confirmed your family income, Centrelink will work out how much subsidy you were entitled to for the financial year. They compare that amount to how much you were paid throughout the year.

Centrelink then makes any necessary adjustments. This includes adding CCS withheld throughout the year. Centrelink withholds 5% of your weekly CCS during the year as a default.

If you were paid too much CCS at any time during the year, Centrelink will also factor that in. This may happen if you had a change in your family’s circumstances or if your family income estimate was lower than your actual income.


 3.  Centrelink tells you your outcome

Once Centrelink has considered all of these factors, they send you a letter with your outcome. The letter will outline how they’ve worked out your outcome.

There are three possible outcomes:

  • A top-up payment – you don’t need to do anything else. Centrelink will pay this money to the bank account you have given them.
  • No further action – you received the correct amount of CCS during the year.
  • An overpayment – you may need to take action to pay back any money you owe. If you don’t set up a payment plan or pay the money back in full by the due date, Centrelink may reduce your future CCS to pay off the debt. Centrelink will work with you to set up a repayment plan you can afford.

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

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