The Rocket

16 May 2019
Issue Thirteen 16th May 2019
Diary Dates
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal
Election Day BBQ & Cake Stall - 18th May
Important Information
Student News
From the Sports Desk
Environment News!
Move over Bob the Builder there are new kids on the block
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

May 2019

17th  District Cross Country Years 3-6

18th  Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall

20th  Ridiculous Rhyme Show

21st Education Week Dress Up Day - Careers

22nd Grandparents/Special Persons Day

22nd  Open Night

27th  Curriculum Day

28th  School Council AGM


June 2019

1st  Working Bee

2nd  Working Bee

2nd  Aerobics States

10th  Queen's Birthday Holiday






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

A huge welcome back to Mr Kenez (Charlie) after having both his knees replaced earlier in the year. Being such a fit and healthy person has obviously held him in good stead and ensured his amazing recovery after such a major operation. A huge thank you to Mrs Potter for taking the PE program in Charlie’s absence.


Mother’s Day Stall

A huge thank you to the Foxy Crafters, Nicki Harwood, Judith Millinger, Kelly Vimpani, Lavina Carvalho, Inger Robinson, Eun Joo Kim, Catherine Devanny, Kate Edwards-Davis, Maddi, Leah and Abbey who worked tirelessly over many months producing the fabulous gifts that were sold last week for Mother’s Day. I know the students are most grateful and so excited for the opportunity to purchase a handmade gift in recognition of all the amazing things that mums do day in and day out. The Stall raised an amazing $1, 566. Such a fabulous result!



The Year 3 and 5 students have completed their NAPLAN assessment today. Students have completed assessments in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation and numeracy over the past week. NAPLAN results form one part of our assessment schedule but the results are viewed alongside other types of assessments completed by the students throughout the year. Individual student and school results from NAPLAN are usually available in August/September. Once results are available, parents will receive their child’s individual NAPLAN report.


School Review

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, the core work to be completed before the School Review is to prepare a Pre-review Self-evaluation (PRSE). When conducting the PRSE, it is critical that all members of the school community including students have the opportunity to contribute. Next week all families will receive a short opinion survey to fill in and return to school. Please take up this opportunity to give your valuable input so that it can be used in conjunction with other reflective feedback to shape the future direction of our school. The teachers have begun collecting feedback from their students in their classrooms. Three questions are being asked of all our students:

  • What does Syndal South Primary School do well?
  • What could Syndal South do better?
  • How can Syndal South prepare me to be a lifelong learner?


Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall

Yes, only two more sleeps to the renowned Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall at Syndal South Primary School. We are hoping that you have been busy in the kitchen with the mixing bowls out and the ovens on preparing to once again support the school by supplying homemade cakes, slices and biscuits to sell at the stall. If we could have all items delivered to the school on Friday, that would be greatly appreciated.



Education Week

Next Wednesday 22nd May we have a variety of activities organised for families and friends to celebrate Education Week:


9.00am - Assembly

9.20am - Grandparents/Special Friends are welcome to visit the classrooms. There may be something a grandparent/special friend would like to share from their past career with the students in the class.

10.00 to 10.30am - Morning Tea for Grandparents/Special Friends in the Hall.

2.30 to 3.30pm - All students will be involved in the Yard Art Project – Parents are welcome to view the art in progress or at school pick up time at 3.30pm.                                                                                                        

7.00pm to 8.15pm - Family Careers Night – Come and enjoy a variety of fun activities based on careers with the family. There will be a special passport for the students to have stamped as they complete at least 4 activities, once they have completed their passport it will be placed in a draw for a prize.


We look forward to seeing as many families as possible at this special evening.


Finally, all the best to our Cross-Country team competing in the SDSSA Cross Country at Jells Park tomorrow. Go Syndal!


Have a fabulous fortnight everyone!




An excellent example of the high quality writing being produced across the school.


The day it all went wrong! - Emily Year 2

Feeling anxious I got onto the boat.  I said to Mum  “Mum, how long will this journey be?”  “Three and half days, Honey.”  replied Mum.  “Where are we going, Mum?”  I asked.  “To Norway.”  Mum replied.  I knew she was getting annoyed.  “Why don’t you stand next to your father?”  Mum said.  “Ok, Mum”  I said, as we were led to our room … then … th … the boat cracked!  One piece of the boat (which we were standing on) moved away from the boat!”  “I guess we are not going to Norway.  Ha,Ha,Ha,” said Dad.  “Nooooooo!” I yelled.”  We might go to Norway.”  Mum said, trying to be funny. “I hope so” I said. (Gasp)  “The thing we are standing on is sinking.”  Mum said.  “Look there is a life guard!  I think he is going to rescue us!” said Dad.  “Hey, hey, over here, do you think he heard us?”  I said.  “HOME !” Henry yelled.  “Hi, dudes need a ride?” said the lifeguard.  “Yes, please!” we all shouted.

Assistant Principal

Driving Around our School

Once again, I would like to provide a reminder to all of our community members that you need to drive carefully and slowly around our school at drop off and pick up times so that our families are safe.


I was disappointed to hear from a very concerned member of our school community that another car hit her car as she waited for her child in the two minute parking zone recently.  The car that hit her car then drove away without stopping at the accident and unfortunately, damage was caused to this concerned parent’s car.


Each afternoon I ensure the safety of our students leaving for the day at the Vasey Road School gate. Unfortunately, I am still observing parents double parking along Vasey Avenue and beckoning their child/children to walk between parked cars and hop into their parent’s vehicle. This is dangerous behaviour and when I see this I have been waving parents along Vasey Avenue to find a safe area to park.

I encourage parents to be mindful of the safety of all of our families as this bad driving behaviour can result in a hefty fine if observed by the Monash Council Parking officers or worst-case scenario an injury to one of our community members.


Please be safe.



I would like to congratulate all of our students who completed the Online Naplan tests for 2019 this week. They did a stellar job using the iPads and netbooks. We look forward to receiving the 2019 Naplan results and analysing them as they always provide pertinent information on student performance and inform us on the direction we need to take in delivering a rigorous and inspiring curriculum.

Election Day
BBQ & Cake Stall - 18th May

We need your help!!!

The Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall is on this Saturday 18th May.  

We still need volunteers to help on the BBQ and Cake Stall.


Click on the following links (or paste it into your browser):


        BBQ sign up click here -
        Cake Stall sign up click here -


Follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.  Thank you to those that have already signed up to help!



Cakes/Biscuits needed for the
Cake Stall

We need your help to bake items that can be sold on Saturday.

Cakes can be brought to:

- the conference room on Friday 8.30 - 10.00am or 2.30 - 4.00pm

- the cake stall on Saturday before 9.00am.


Cake plates and bags are still available from the office if anyone needs them.  For more information see the attached form or contact




Important Information


ICAS Update

Schools will no longer need to receive, distribute, collect or return paper tests, significantly streamlining test administration. Students will also benefit from the new online format.


There will be an online direct payment facility for parents so you can pay UNSW Global directly for ICAS. Parents will be able to access and make payments through the Parent Payment System from the end of May 2019 to the end of July 2019.


ICAS will send the school a code to enter once the payment system is active. We will further update you with the payment link once it gets sent to us at the end of May.


Each test is $14.50 and below are the sitting dates:


Student News

Student of the Week




  • Resilience – by persevering with his writing and using his knowledge of phonics to write independently.




  • Respect – for the kind way you treat everyone and making excellent choices.




  • Integrity – by working diligently in all tasks and by helping others without ever needing to be asked.




  • Care – by working hard on her learning goals to achieve outstanding results in maths.




  • Resilience - Well done Maria, on your willingness, determination and success in working towards overcoming some literacy barriers.




  • Care – by always being considerate of her classmates feelings and going out of her way to be kind.




  • Care - Kaylie was a kind and helpful friend and was willing to assist others.



  • Integrity – by always being a responsible learner who follows instructions and completes tasks to the best of his ability.




  • Care – he worked hard, redoing his subtraction testing assessment and his result improved greatly.  Well done!



  • Curiosity – well done Lucy for planning out your persuasive big write so well and making sure you had strong and supported arguments.  I was convinced!



  • Resilience – Kate showed resilience as she persevered through all the Naplan practice and tried her absolute best.  Keep up the good work Kate!  All the best!



  • Care - Brinda made a great effort with demonstrating to Year 5 students how socratic circles work.  She spoke loudly and confidently.  Well done Brinda!



  • Care - Congratulations on your outstanding job remembering and reciting Peter Lalor’s famous speech on our Eureka Stockade Day!



  • Integrity – Ishani can always be relied upon to stand up for what she believes in and share her knowledge with others.



  • Resilience – It is pleasing to see Jenny have a go at everything and push herself to achieve.



  • Care – Sai is a great learner who loves to learn new things.  He always produces work of an excellent standard.



  • Respect – Ernesto has become more positive with his work and asks relevant questions.




  • Care – by following up on your homework proactively well before it was due.

Woolworth Earn & Learn

We are again collecting the Earn & Learn tokens/stickers from Woolworths.  The more we get the more equipment we can get for the school.  So please bring in your tokens/completed forms and place them in the box at the office.   The promotion runs until the 25th June.



The Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is now open. The challenge encourages students to read a set number of books over the years and record their efforts. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.


The PRC website has links to book lists and where you can see the number of books you are required to read plus loads more.  PRC student reading records will need to be finalised by 6th September 2019.


Syndal South's goal is that all children participate and complete the challege.


Happy Reading!



Photo: 2019 Cross Country

From the Sports Desk

Photo: 2019 Cross Country

With Thanks

Just wanted to begin this weeks column with a HUGE thankyou to Viv Potter who has been running the sport's program while I have been on leave.  Viv has done an amazing job to ensure that the kids here at SSPS have had access to a quality PE & Sports program. Already this year she has organised and overseen participation in athletics, swimming, outdoor adventure, after school sport and cross country, not to mention the regular PE programs. All this while I have been able to recover from bilateral knee replacements. With 2 new knees, I'm good to go, but grateful to have Viv as my back up when 'kneeded'.


PS. Thank you to the many parents who have been in contact with me throughout my leave, expressing their well wishes.

PMP News

Year 1/2 Rostered parents for Tuesday May 21 are Elaine Wong and Zoe de Blasio.

Cross Country

Despite the wintry conditions, our year 3-6 students demonstrated great resilience in completing the Annual Cross Country run last week. HUGE thanks to all those parents who came along and assisted and supported the kids. Special thanks also to the staff for supporting the event by preparing the kids for the run. They have been running daily and this has resulted in our kids being able to complete the course with great confidence. There is nothing better than to see them cross that finish line, exhausted yes, but showing that pure emotion of having completed the run, whether they have come in first or last.


Good luck to our Cross Country team as they head off to Jells Park tomorrow for the Syndal District Annual Cross Country Championships. 


Cross Country Results

CONGRATULATIONS to ANYULA on taking out the overall competition for the second year running.


Overall Results:

ANYULA - 727 points

PINTUBI - 806 points

ARUNTA - 823 points

KUNJEN –  914 points


Place Getters:


10 Years & Under


First – Keiran (Pintubi)

Second – Methul (Anyula)

Third – Emmett (Arunta)

Fourth – Benjamin (Anyula)



First – Alexa (Anyula)

Second – Blaene (Pintubi)

Third – Haylee (Anyula)

Fourth – Anastasia (Pintubi)


11 Years


First – Timmy (Pintubi)

Second – Tharul (Arunta)

Third – Ewan (Arunta)

Fourth – Mitch (Arunta)



First – Aisha (Pintubi)

Second – Sam (Arunta)

Third – Eryn (Anyula)

Fourth – Alizeh (Anyula)


12/13 Years


First – Markas (Pintubi)

Second – Jay (Kunjen)

Third – Pete (Kunjen)

Fourth – Xavier (Anyula)



First – Katie (Pintubi)

Second – Paige (Anyula)

Third – Steph (Anyula)

Fourth – Kayden (Pintubi)

Sporting Schools

Football and Soccer clinics were conducted this week for students in years 1-4 as part of the Sporting Schools program. The Federally funded program provides us with the opportunity to bring expert coaches into the school to impart their skills and knowledge of their sport to our students.



Lunchtime Chess

Sessions commenced this week. We have around 20 students participating. The beauty of chess as a teaching tool is that it stimulates children's minds and helps them to build these skills while enjoying themselves. As a result, children become more critical thinkers, better problem solvers and more independent decision makers.


Footy Tipping

An 8 by Sandy Pie has extended his lead to 5 as he breaks away from the pack. Casting his critical eye over detailed statistical data is finally providing dividends, although there is still a long way to go. Jackpot is up to $30 this week. Good Luck!

PE Blog

Check out all things PE at our Phys Ed @ SSPS Blog. Thanks to our Sports Captains who will once again keep us posted and be giving away lots of prizes to those who interact. This week there is an opportunity to win tickets to the ‘Dreamtime' at the G Match between Richmond and Essendon.

Environment News!

Great start to our Nude Food Day! It has been wonderful to see the effort everyone is putting in to bringing nude food on Wednesdays. It would be great to see nude food every day!


A number of staff members have commented about the  massive difference in the amount of rubbish seen in the yard. Well done everyone!!! Keep up the great work!


Golden Lunchbox - Nude Food Winners!


Week 1 - 5/6 GP   4 pieces of rubbish

Week 2 - 1/2 J      5 pieces of rubbish


In other news, don't forget Garden Club on Wednesdays! We hope to see you there!


Jade and Esther

Environmental Leaders

Move over Bob the Builder there are new kids on the block

What's happening

From Monday 20th May 2019 we are serving fruit and dry biscuits at the After School Care Program.  Please provide additional snacks if you think your child/ren will require something more substantial.


The Pupil Free Day will run, but is being capped at 30 children due to staff shortages. If you have registered your child/ren to attend you will be charged unless you cancel by 20th May.


Mr Kenez has organized After School Sport on Tuesdays, commencing 21st May for 4 weeks.  If you do not want your child/ren to attend please forward a note to the Program.  This is an arrangement exclusive to the children who attend After School Care on Tuesdays.

Amrita is our helper of the week. Thank you for doing a fabulous job gluing beads onto our friendship flags and the Mother's Day Cards.


The OSHC Gallery of events over the past week.


Monday:  Ramadan activities

Tuesday:  Tubular dragons

Wednesday:  Shadow Puppets

Thursday:  String art animals

Friday: Activities/stories to celebrate National Sorry Day on 26th May 2019.


This week we hope to get an informed parent to speak to the children about Ramadan which takes place between 5th May and 4th June.


The Holy month of Ramadan begins with a new moon sighting, marking the start of the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims practice sawm, or fasting. Ramadan consists of fasting from dawn to sunset. Ramadan ends when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted again.  Eid Al Fitr is the Islamic festival that marks the end of Ramadan.  Around the world Muslims celebrate with lights and decorations.



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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