The Rocket

06 September 2019
Issue Twenty Seven 5th September 2019
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Important Information
Student News
OSHC Sporting Sports - learning volleyball skills
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

5th  Japanese Cultural Day

6th  MW Div Athletics

6th Swimming Year 5/6

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

Principal's Report

Japanese Cultural Day

Wow! What a great day we have all enjoyed. Japanese Cultural Day has once again been a highlight of the calendar. Sensei and her band of helpers have worked tirelessly to ensure the day was a huge success. Our year six leaders have ensured their competency in organising and supporting their groups through their day’s activities, which included, chopsticks, origami, mask making and a variety of games. The sound of Wadaiko Drumming has been a wonderful background to the day’s activities.



Spoil the Staff Day

Yesterday, all the staff were extremely fortunate to be ‘spoilt’ by our wonderful school community. The theme of the day was ’Play School’ and it was a fun opportunity for staff to dress up and engage in activities that reflected playing as children. The response from families to supply such delicious food was overwhelming and thank you to the parents that helped on the day. Special thanks to Lisa, Catherine and Monique from the Parents Association who worked tirelessly preparing and working on the day to make it such a huge success.



Fathers Day

Last Friday, it was wonderful to see the students so excited choosing their special gift for their Dad or Grandfather at the Father’s Day stall. The Foxy Crafters did an amazing job making a range of handmade gifts to be ready for sale.  A huge thank you to Nicki Harwood, Judith Millinger, Kelly Vimpani (ex-parent), Lavina Carvalho, Inger Robinson, Eun Joo Kim and  Stevie Wright.



School Review

The School Review is in full swing, we had the Validation Day on Monday followed by the reviewer returning yesterday to complete the first of two Field Days. The second day is tomorrow when he will be available to catch up with parents who may be available in the staffroom at 9.00 am. Please come along if you are free. The final day will be on Monday.


Fete News!

We are now in countdown mode for the 2019 SSPS Fete. The advertising boards are up and look amazing.


Opportunities for parents and grandparents to offer their assistance on the day will be in next week’s Rocket, please keep an eye out for this.


A classroom stall is looking for donations of soft drink, 1.25 litres in capacity so please if you could at your next shop add one or two bottles to your trolley that would be greatly appreciated. Each classroom will be collecting them.

We are also looking for some specialised assistance to help on the day. Please let us know if there are any parents available for the day who have ‘food handling qualifications’ just to ensure that we are compliant during the day with our food stalls.


First aid is the other area we need specialised assistance with. If you have Level 2 or equivalent qualifications and are able to assist with first aid on the day that would also be greatly appreciated. For both First Aid and Food Handling, please email Charlie at

Important Information

From the Library 

Thank you to all the staff and students (& their parents) that made such an effort for our BOOK PARADE on Friday 23rd August. It really was wonderful to see so many terrific book characters and clever costumes.

It was a fabulous way to celebrate Book Week, books, literature and reading.  Congratulations to Antony and Olivia - the English Captains - for hosting the parade and well done to everyone for their participation.

Reading really is a most powerful skill and should never be kept secret! 

*Reminder: Issue 6 LOOP Bookclub online orders are due TOMORROW - Friday 6th September by 4pm. 

Hot Dogs - Footy Colours Day

We will be once again having a Hot Dog lunch to celebrate the end of term and Footy Day.  Please find attached an order from which must be returned to the office.  Payments are to be made in try booking.  Please use the eldest child's name as a reference so we can match up the payments.  


Lids for Limbs

This is our first delivery of lids for the 'Lids for Limbs' program.  We are still collecting lids so keep bringing them into school.

Crazy Camel Fundraiser

Art work went home last week for the Crazy Camel orders. This is a chance to turn children’s artwork into keepsakes like calendars, pillowcases, tea towels, tote bags, sketchpads, diaries, greeting cards and notebooks. At the same time it raises money for the school.  Please follow the directions in the pack to make payments in Try booking.

Student News

After School Code Camp

The after school coding program run by 'Code Camp' for Years 2 to 6 will run next term on Tuesdays from 3.45-5pm for 8 weeks.  The cost is $260 per student and will commence on Tuesday 15th October.  For more information or to book and pay for your child please click on this link -

Lost Property


The lost property basket is located in the south building.  Please check the basket if your child has lost any thing.  Please make sure all jumpers are clearly marked so they can be returned to the student.

Syndal Got Talent

Thea Syndal Got Talent Competition will run on fete day from 10.30 to 11.30am.  Students are invited to put together a short act, anything from singing, playing a musical instrument, dance, magic tricks or a combination of these.  They can perform in groups or individually.  Please complete the application below and bring to auditions on Monday or Tuesday lunchtime.  Auditions will be held up until the first week of term four.  Places are limited so get your act together.


Sporting Sports - learning volleyball skills

What's been happening at OSHC over the last week



Monday:  Paper Mice

Tuesday:  Paper Plate Elephant

Wednesday:  Quilling

Thursday:  Box Puppets

Friday:  Wool Stick Creatures

Lucas is one of our Makers of the Week with this very cute Paper Plate Fox.

Ben is the other Maker of the Week with this Paper Cake Liner Collage.


2019 September Holiday Program

The program closes on the 9th September.  Late applications will be processed if spots are still available. They will incur an additional $5.00 per child per day late fee.


OSHC has 2 spots left for the Pupil Free Day on Tuesday 17th September.  


Photo: SSPS All Stars & Co

From the Sports Desk

Photo: SSPS All Stars & Co


There will be NO PMP next week, due to it being planning week.

Sporting Schools

This week sees the final week of the Sporting Schools program, including after school sport for this term. The kids have been exposed to a variety of sports including gymnastics, basketball, lacrosse & volleyball.

MW Div Athletics

Good luck to Timmy, Isla, Katie, Jackson, Methul, Kayden, Xavier, Abbie, Peter, Loima, Vivian, Markas, Albin, Ernesto, Bentley, Isabelle and Ahra who are off to the Monash Waverley Division Athletics Carnival being held at Knox tomorrow. 

Hot Shots

Our Year 5/6 students have been playing off for spots in our SSPS Hot Shots Squad. The squad will be participating in next weeks Syndal District Competition to be held at Nottinghill Tennis Club. We also dragged out the table tennis table for some ping pong fun. Huge thanks to the Carvalho family for providing us with an extra table.


Gym Fun

Foundation students have been having fun in the Gym this week for PE.



5/6 Swim Carnival

CONGRATULATIONS to Anyula on winning the 2019 Swim Carnival held at Huntingtower earlier this week. Huge thanks to the Huntingtower Aquatic Staff for putting on the event, to our own staff and to the parents who came along to support the kids. 

Go Syndal!


Spoil the Staff

A HUGE Thank You to all those parents responsible for making my favourite day of the year such an amazing success. Talk about being spoilt. I got into trouble when I got home as I couldn’t eat my tea. There was just so much food. Spoil The Staff Day is a great example of the wonderful community we have here at Syndal South and one thing that is unique to our school. So once again, Thank You !


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

The Rocket
PE with BIG Ted!
Syndal Got Talent.docx
Syndal South PS #11362 - PSW Uniform Price List Flyer.pdf