The Rocket

18 July 2019
Bulletin issue Twenty 18th July 2019
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Important Information
Student News
From the Sport Desk
The Children Making Rolling Robots
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

July 2019

22nd  Girls Football (selected students only)

23-24th  Mad About Science Level 4

26th  Tree Planting Day

30th  Musica Viva 


August 2019

9th  School Disco

17-18th  Aerobics Nationals

26th - 6th  Swimming Level 4


October 2019

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

Welcome back, everyone!  I hope you enjoyed the break from the school routine and were able to recharge the batteries, ready to launch into Term 3. We have another busy term ahead with an array of learning opportunities and experiences planned that includes Science and Music incursions, Japanese Cultural Day, Science Talent Search, Aerobics Nationals, Year 5 /6 swimming, Book Week celebrations and of course our ongoing focus on continuous school improvement, driven by the outcomes of our school review to be completed this term. All of this happens concurrently with the regular business of teaching and learning and professional development of staff. We are looking forward to the weeks ahead with great enthusiasm.


Parent Opinion Survey

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think about our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted among a sample of randomly selected parents. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour, and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Approximately 30 percent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 22nd  July to Sunday 11th  August.


The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi, and Greek. The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September.  I cannot stress enough the importance of the parents selected to respond to the survey as this is invaluable information that we use in planning for the future of all our students. Please speak to Rebecca or I if you would like more information.



We have a new addition to the School Uniform options - a sleeveless polar fleece jacket.  The jacket is available from PSW, Mt Waverley.



Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

The collection of this data is happening in all schools now and must be uploaded by 2nd August.


I have attached a fact sheet for parents, guardians, and carers that gives a detailed explanation of the NCCD process.



Monash University

Schools have been contacted by Monash University regarding a new study to be conducted through the University’s Fear Emotion and Anxiety Research (FEAR) Clinic. This study will investigate the treatment efficacy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders in primary school aged children and their parents. As you are undoubtedly aware, anxiety is a prevalent and growing problem among children, and can lead to significant detrimental outcomes, including impaired academic achievement, school non-attendance, and problems with social and emotional functioning. The University is currently inviting children (aged 7-12) and their parents who both struggle with anxiety to register their interest to participate in the research study. I have attached an information sheet with more details regarding the study and how to register.



2020 Foundation Enrolments

I would like to remind families that if you have a preschooler ready to commence school in 2020 please contact the Office for the enrolment form and if you know of any neighbours who have preschoolers could you please let them know to contact the Office.

Important Information

ICAS - Payments due by the 14th August

Here is the link and access code you will need to pay for the tests online should you wish to participate in ICAS:


School:  Syndal South Primary School
Access Code:  9e106d9879


It will ask you for the following details:  Student name, DOB and year level. 

You do not need to fill in the box called 'Student ID' however years 3-6 should know their code, as it is the same as their Google Drive username. 


Any issues please let me know :)


Kate Holly

Aerobics Photo

The Aerobics photo is still available for viewing at the office.  The cost is $12.  Please place the money in a payment envelope and deposit at the office.  All orders must be placed by Friday 18th July.

Cello and Violin lessons

There are now 2 spots available for cello and violin lessons. If interested email Mr Kahans, for details. 

Student News

Nude Food Day

Don't forget Nude Food Wednesday continues this term.  Congratulations to the classes that have improved on the amount that they have been bringing in.


Well done to 5/6T, 1/2E, and 1/2F for the improvement in the amount of rubbish they have in their lunchboxes.  Keep up the great job!

Tree Planting Day

Next Friday the 26th of July we are recognising National Tree Planting Day at Syndal South. Every student will have a chance to plant a tree in the school. We would like some parent helpers, if you have your WWCC we would love you to join us. Bring your garden gloves and work boots. Look forward to seeing you then!



We Need Your Bottle Tops!

Currently bottle tops, while although recyclable, are being sent to landfill. ‘Envision’ and ‘Grow with Joe’ are groups of volunteers that uses these bottle tops with 3D printing to produce prosthetic limbs and mobility aids for disadvantaged children.


Please collect and bring in your plastic bottle tops to the school – by doing so you will be helping children in need as well as the environment.

Donation points will be nominated at the beginning of Term 3.


For more information on the project:



Photo: SSPS Girls Footy Training

From the Sport Desk

Photo: SSPS Girls Footy Training


Huge thanks to those parents who have put their hand up to help out once again this term. 

Year 1/2

Tuesday 23rd July (1.50pm in Hall) -  Matthew Cudmore, Zoe De Blasio 


Thursday 25th July (2.30pm) -  Fiona Walker, Jennifer Zhong, Ritsuko Sone 

Girls Football

Good Luck to our Girls Football team, who are playing off in the Monash Waverley Division Football Carnival being held next Monday at Bulleen Park. It is the first time SSPS has entered a girls football team and they are all very excited to be participating. Parent Coach Luke Delaney has been taking the team through their paces and he has been very impressed with their skill level and enthusiasm to 'see ball, get ball'. Go Syndal!!!



Footy Tipping

With only 6 rounds of football to go, it is a race to the finish line, with several tipsters starting to make their move. Archfactor still leads the way with 95, but it's sometimes easier being the hunter, not the hunted. We have a $50 Jackpot on the line this week, so well worth the time to study the form. Good Luck!


Leaderboard after 17 Rounds

Archfactor 95

Goddo 93

Sandy Pie 93

Bottomless Tigers 92

Troakey 90

Picken 4 Winners 90

The Children Making Rolling Robots

What's On?

Monday 22/08:  Paper roll rocket

Tuesday 23/08:  Water colour planets

Wednesday 24/08:  Alien masks

Thursday 25/08:  Alien spaceships

Friday 26/08:  Kids choice


Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969.


Launch date:  16 July 1969, 11:32 pm GMT+10 Trending

Return launch:  July 21, 1969, 17:54 UTC

Orbital departure:  July 22, 1969, 04:55:42 UTC



Holiday Program Gallery


A big thankyou from  the staff  to all the children who attended the July Holiday Program for making it so much fun.


A lock down drill was practiced on 9th July 2019.  The children responded efficiently.  They were focused and listened to instructions given.

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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fact sheet for parents guardians and carers.pdf
fact sheet for parents guardians and carers.pdf
Monash University.pdf