The Rocket

24 October 2019
Issue Thirty Two 24th October 2019
Diary Dates
Fete News!
Important Information
Student News
Student of the Week
From the Sport Desk
OSHC Foil Painting
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

October 2019

25th Cricket Gala Day Year 5 students

26th October SSPS  FETE

November 2019

4th  Curriculum Day (no school)

5th  Melbourne Cup Day (no school)

29th School Library Books DUE back

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

Fete News!

Raffle Tickets

Please return all sold and unsold raffle tickets to the office by Friday.


Ride Wristbands

$30 Ride wristbands can still be purchased at the office by CASH only.  The wristbands will be given out to students on Friday.  If the student is absent Friday the wristbands can be collected at the Fete from the Ride ticket stall.


Wristbands will also be available on the day for $35 and individual ride tickets for $7.  


Performances on Stage

A major part of the entertainment for the Fete on Saturday centres around our students performing.  Besides the Syndal Got Talent competition, each year level has been practicing for many weeks songs to perform on stage.

All students must meet their teacher by the side of the stage on the oval at 11.50am, ready for their performance.  School uniform is not required, casual clothes  are to be worn.

Cake Stall

If you are able to bake cakes, slices or biscuits for the fete it would be greatly appreciated.  See attached flyer for more details.

Plates are available for collection from the office.  Please bring all wrapped cakes and slices to school on Friday from 8.30am to 10.00am and 2.30pm to 4.00pm.



Important Information

From the Library

Online ORDERS from Issue 7 of LOOP Book club are due TOMORROW Friday 25th October by 5pm! This is the final chance to purchase new books from Scholastic for 2019 - thank you for supporting this venture. 


This year all school library books are DUE by FRIDAY 29th November!


Note: Year 6 students MUST return/replace or pay for their school library books before Graduation in December!!


Thank you to the wonderful parents, who offered to assist in the library. Special thanks to Michelle for helping every Friday; to Jo, Kathryn, Marina and Christina for covering new library books and to Swapna, Sangeetha, Yashitha, Trish, Mary, Jemelle and Vandana for offering their time to help shelve books and keep our school library neat and orderly! I am indeed most grateful for their support and assistance. We are certainly very lucky to have such great parental support at Syndal South!

I look forward to seeing you at the BOOK stall at the FETE on Saturday!!


Happy book buying, reading and enjoying from

Ms Robinson 

Lost Cat

Please keep an eye out for Bronte's cat who has gone missing.  Contact the office if you have any information.

Camp Out on the Oval

Come and camp out on the oval and share a BBQ dinner with other families.  Friday 29th November is Camp Out night from 4.00pm onwards.


See attached flyer to book your camp site.


Student News

Working Bee

Had a fantastic turn out to our working bee last weekend. The main focus was to tidy up the school grounds for the upcoming fete. Huge thanks to all those who gave up their time to assist, especially to the parent that donated the gardening gloves and the 3 staff members that came along.   The grounds are looking resplendent.


Just a friendly reminder to all parents and students to not bring rubbish to school or leave it on the school grounds, please take it home with you.



Solar Car and Boat Competition

Last weekend, some 5/6 students from Syndal South competed in the Model Solar Vehicle Challenge. The school had five boats and three cars competing in the competition which was held at Scienceworks. Although it was not as sunny as it could be, all the teams competed enthusiastically. 


The five boats names were Shooting Star, Sponge Bob Solar Pants, Swish Swish Faster Than A Fish, The Icebreaker and Space J.A.M.P.S.  On Saturday, the five teams arrived at Scienceworks. They first had to go through the scrutineering. The first few races that they competed in were the Knockout Rounds. All the boats did extremely well in this round, so they got into the top eight, going through to compete for first, second, third and fourth place. Sadly, none of the boats came first, second, third or fourth but they came extremely close. All of the Syndal South students were outstanding and showed great sportsmanship towards others, especially after their rounds were completed.   


The three cars that competed were named Carmouflage, Batteries Not Included and Light Speed.  On Saturday, the cars competed in eight round robins. Luckily, one car from Syndal South got into the Knockout Rounds which was held on Sunday. That car was Light Speed and they competed in all four rounds for the knockouts but unfortunately, they lost all of them. The cars did outstanding performances as well as well as showing great courage.


We would like to thank Ian Gardner for giving us useful information to make our boats and cars run well. Thank you to Mrs GP and Mrs Freeman for supporting us for the journey and thank you to the parents who supported their kids with the program. All the students had excellent behaviour on both days.


Written by Nupur and Sathee.



Congratulations to the Cars Light Speed and Batteries Not Included who have both been given a wildcard to compete in the next round in Hobart.


Student of the Week




  • Respect – Always using the most beautiful manners with friends and teachers.




  • Care – For taking pride in his work and making terrific progress in talking about his reading.




  • Resilience – For continuously striving to improve her reading.  Well done Mia on your admirable work ethic and positive attitude in class.




  • Care – For taking time and care in presenting his work and wonderful handwriting.



  • Respect – Well done Nayanka on demonstrating responsible and respectful behaviour towards her peers and teachers.




  • Respect – By always showing whole body listening and using her manners when talking to adults and peers.



  • Resilience – By showing persistence when coming up with words for different sounds.  Awesome job Mason!




  • Resilience – Aleena has improved her understanding of fractions by continually trying her best and giving her best effort.



  • Resilience - For always trying your best in everything that you do.  Thank you for always being brave and sharing your wonderful efforts with the class.



  • Respect – Oliver always shows respect by listening to his peers when they are sharing, raising his hand and gives lovely greetings in the morning.



  • Resilience - It has been great seeing you stepping up and taking the initiative to take on extra roles.



  • Respect – Krisha is a respectful and thoughtful student who values the opinions of others.



  • Care – Harry can be relied upon to take an active role in group activities while encouraging his classmates.



  • Respect – Markas shows respect towards his classroom tasks as he always strives to improve the standard of his work.




  • Respect – By always being wonderfully polite with your friends, the staff and anybody you speak to.

Photo: Ride2School Races

From the Sport Desk

Photo: Ride2School Races


Year 1/2

Tuesday 29th October (1.50pm in Hall) -  NO PMP next week!



Thursday 31st October (2.30pm in Hall) - Lesley Groenewald, Sharon Burgess

T20 Cricket Blast Cup

Our Year 5 students head off to Jells Park tomorrow, to take part in Cricket Victoria's Woolworths, Cricket Blast School Cup. We have been practising for several weeks now and are ready to go. 

Go Syndal !

Former Students Shine

A Big week for two former students, with Dean Hewitt taking out the Monash Leader Senior Sports Star winner award, acknowledging his success with the Australian Curling Team at the World Championships and Amelia Van Oosterwijck on being selected with pick 62 by the Western Bulldogs AFLW team.


Only 2 more sleeps! Cannot wait for our Big day. It’s going to be so much fun. This place has been a hive of activity this week, with kids, parents and teachers busily preparing for what is going to be the best fete ever. We are so lucky to have such an amazing community of members who have contributed so much of their valuable time, skills and support to this very important school fundraiser. I have been putting coins away for ride tickets, food tickets, the haunted house, the side show alley, the list goes on…..

Looking forward to seeing you all there on the day – Bring it on!

Foil Painting

What's been happening!

Marcus, Noah & Theo are our Makers of the Week with this impressive caterpillar ramp.  Awesome work boys.

Anannya is our Artist of the Week with this spectacular art work using textas and alfoil.  Amazing work Anannya.


Gallery of events over the past week




Monday:  Crocodile hand prints

Tuesday:  Campfire blow art

Wednesday:  God's eyes

Thursday:  Plasticine art

Friday:  Paper weaving



The Pupil Free Day scheduled for Monday 4th November 2019 will proceed.  The opening hours for the Program are 7.15 am to 6.30 pm.


Community Advertising

Fete Thank You's

A big thank you to the following businesses who have kindly donated their time and prizes for the performances on stage at the fete.









Monash Public Library Activities


Nintendo Switch Tournament

Glen Waverley Library is a holding a Nintendo Switch Competition on Saturday 2 November. Come along and see if you can beat the Librarians at the Nintendo Switch.  No booking required, joys cons and console provided.  


2pm - 3.30pm 

Glen Waverley Library, 112 Kingsway Glen Waverley



Fire Dancing with Zia Electric

Check out aerialist and dancer Zia Electric as she performs with fire in a one-off performance as part of “A Night at the Library” where Glen Waverley Library will stay open late and overnight on 1-2 November.

No booking required.


9pm - 10pm

Glen Waverley Library Forecourt, 112 Kingsway Glen Waverley

Phone 9560 1655 for further enquiries


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

For all enquiries please call the office on

03 9802 5277 or email


Ad rates:  

Inserts - $35.00                                                             

Small items for school families -$3.00

Non-profit organisations  - No charge

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
Camp Out Flier 2019.pdf
Fete 2019 cake stall info.docx
Syndal South PS #11362 - PSW Uniform Price List Flyer.pdf