The Rocket

11 October 2019
Issue Twenty Nine 19th September 2019
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Important Information
Student of the Week
From the Sports Desk
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

September 2019

20th  Birthday Breakfast

20th  Footy Colours Day

20th  Last day of Term 2.30pm Dismissal



October 2019

7th  1st Day of Term 4

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

Principal's Report

I cannot quite comprehend that we are at the end of Term 3 already!


With the official requirements of the School Review now concluded we are now looking forward to receiving the report from the reviewer early next Term. From the report that must go through two levels of accountability scrutiny, we can quickly start work on the next School Strategic Plan, that will be operational by the first day of the 2020 school year.  The positive feedback that the school community has received from the Reviewer and the two Challenge Partners through the review process has been fantastic. Comments centered around the academic and social, emotional capabilities of our students was a highlight. Discussions regarding the vast opportunities covering many different disciplines available to our students were also something mentioned on many occasions.


Foundation Incursion

Today, our super Foundation students enjoyed an interactive incursion on Respectful Relations focusing on making friends and how best to do this.  Feedback from the teachers and students was positive.



Fete News

A huge thank you to all those parents who have already committed their time to support our Major Fundraiser for 2019. We are wanting this to be a great community event where we can showcase our wonderful community to the outside world and make lots of money at the same time. In order to do this, we need all hands on deck. As Confucius say, 'many hands make light work'. Open the attached document and select the Volunteer Sign up link, to help out at your child's stall or any of the other opportunities available.



We have had a great response to our 'potted plants', 'chocolate bar', 'lolly jar' & 'soft drink' request but could always do with more, so if you haven't yet had the opportunity to donate, now is your chance.


With the school holidays upon us now is a time to check through your bookshelves for suitable books to be sold at the School Fete.


We will NOT be accepting Magazines, Reference Books or books not suitable for our general population to browse.  Please get your good quality used books ready to bring in early next term.


Due to the great support of parent Dean Whitfield and immij printing at, each family will be receiving a booklet of 5 raffle tickets to sell as part of the Fete fundraising efforts tomorrow. Tickets sell for just $2 for a chance to win a plethora of prizes. The raffle will be drawn at the Fete at 3 pm on the main stage.


Does anybody know an auctioneer? To make our Kid's Art Auction as authentic as we can, how great it would it be to have a 'real' auctioneer & hammer calling the shots? Contact Charlie Kenez at  if you know of someone who could fill this job for us.


Footy Colours

Don't forget that tomorrow is our footy colours day. So besides coming along to our Birthday Breakfast at 8 am to have your breakfast served up by the teachers, we are encouraging you to wear your footy colours to help raise funds for kids with cancer. Please bring a gold coin to support this great cause. The students also will be enjoying as part of the Footy Day, a special ‘Hot Dog Lunch’ organised and prepared by our wonderful parents. Special thanks to Kirsten for organising this opportunity and to all the parent helpers who will be assisting on the day.


Secondhand Uniform Sale

Last Saturday the secondhand uniform shop was open while the 2020 Foundation students had a PMP session.  We had a great turnout of both incoming and current parents and raised a fantastic $657.  Thank you so much to the team of parents that helped out on the day - Lisa, Catherine, Tanya, Ruwani, Kate and Michelle.



Finally, tomorrow is the last day of Term 3.  The Terrific Kids assembly will be at 2.00 pm tomorrow with school finishing at 2.30 pm.  I would like to thank everyone for their invaluable support over the Term and wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday. I look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 7th October for a busy, productive Term 4. 



Important Information


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.



Student of the Week




  • Integrity – For her enthusiasm and marvellous work ethic when creating a 3D model of a cube.




  • Resilience - For her wonderful ukulele demonstration for the class.  Well done Elly!



  • Curiosity – By asking and responding to questions about what he is learning about.  Keep it up Sayyam!




  • Respect – Amanda is a standout student who ensures she is ready to learn and respects others around her.



  • Resilience – For trying hard and persevering with your Historical Narrative.  I can tell how hard you are working and it is certainly paying off!



  • Curiosity – By working well with his inquiry group in identifying and reflecting on ‘before’ and ‘after’ colonisation of Australia and the effects of it.



  • Resilience – Adham applies himself well to class activities.  When solving matrix problems he uses classroom resources such as fraction number lines to help work out the answers.  Great job Adham!



  • Respect – Ashnadhi shows great respect towards her work and always gives everything her best.



  • Care – Anavi demonstrates care with her bookwork by always making sure she completes her work to a very high standard.



  • Care - Elmon can be relied upon to explain concepts to others patiently.



  • Respect- Sathee shows respect for her learning by asking appropriate and thoughtful questions.




  • Respect – By working well in your Tent City group and developing ‘The Shady Train’ for the Socotra Archipelago.

Photo: SDSSA Hot Shots Champions

From the Sports Desk

Photo: SDSSA Hot Shots Champions

SDSSA Hot Shots Champions

CONGRATULATIONS to our Boys team who took out the Champions Pennant in the SDSSA Hot Shots Competition held at Nottinghill Tennis Club last week. Our Girls were Runners Up, so both teams advance to the MW Divisional Competition. Huge thanks to all the parents who came along to support the kids.

Go Syndal!


Year 1/2

Tuesday 8th October (1.50pm in Hall) - Elaine Wong, Hong Zhang 



Thursday 10th October (2.30pm in Hall) - Fiona Walker, Jennifer Zhong, Ritsuko Sone  


A massive thankyou to all the parents who have come along to help this term. The kids love showing their parents their new skills.  Please let me know if your circumstances have changed and you would like to help out next term.

Student Voice

Student voice acknowledges that students have unique perspectives on learning, teaching, and schooling, and should have the opportunity to actively shape their own education.


Student voice involves students actively participating in their schools, communities and the education system, contributing to decision making processes and collectively influencing outcomes by putting forward their views, concerns and ideas. We deployed student 'choice' into this weeks PE program, being the last week of Term 3. Dodge Ball, Basketball, Kickball, Netball & Soccer were all very popular choices amongst most year levels.

No Hats, No Play

Now that Spring is well and truly in the air, we are starting to see a rise in the uv levels. Remember to slip on a hat, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a shirt, seek some shade, and slide on some sunnies!


From the first day of Term 4 hats are required to be worn when outside. If you need a new hat, they are available from PSW, the Uniform Shop at Mt Waverley or the Office (bucket hats only at the office). Students without hats will be asked to sit in the shade at playtime for their own protection. Remember - NO HAT NO PLAY! 


SSPS is excited to be taking part in VicHealth’s Walk to School during October. Walk to School encourages primary school students to walk to and from school every day in October to highlight the ways walking improves children’s health and wellbeing. Walking to school is a great way to help kids achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day.


We’ll be encouraging families and students to walk to and from school as often as possible during October to help students learn healthy habits for life. Teachers will use classroom calendars to record each time students walk to and from school. VicHealth offers some great prizes to schools with high participation, and runs fun walking themed competitions for students throughout October.


We’ll be providing parents with an ‘Information sheet for parents and guardians’ with all the information you’ll need about Walk to School. You can also visit the Walk to School website for more information:  


There are lots of ways families can get involved. You might like to:

  • walk with your child to and from school and enjoy the chance to talk, help your child learn road safety skills, and get to know the local neighbourhood together
  • arrange for your child to walk with other families or friends, giving them time to socialise and share their journey
  • drive part of the way to school and walk the rest, particularly if you live a long way from school, or have limited time
  • mix it up – if your child enjoys riding their bike or scooter, that’s great too! 

Bike Ed

This will recommence on Thursdays from Week 1 next term. The holidays are a great time for Year 4’s to practise the skills they have been learning. Just like learning to drive, many hours of practice are required to become proficient bike riders, who are able to ride safely on the road.

Happy Holidays

For the many of you going away during the school holidays, I wish you a safe and happy trip. If you are spending the time at home, I hope you are able to get out and about, so as to enjoy the Spring weather and our wonderful city.


If you want to borrow any sports equipment for the holidays, please see me after school tomorrow.


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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Small items for school families -$3.00

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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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