The Rocket

21 November 2019
Issue Thirty Six 21st November 2020
Diary Dates
Assistant Principal's Report
Important Information
Student News
Student of the Week
OSHC - The girls catching up after school
Community Advertising
School Community Information
Syndal South Primary School
03 9802 5277
14 Montgomery Avenue
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149

Diary Dates

November 2019

19th - 29th  Foundation - 2 Swimming

26th  Bike Ed Challenge

28th  Instrumental Music Concert -  6.00pm

28th  Bike Ed On Road Test

29th  Camp Out on the Oval 4.00pm onwards

29th  School Library Books DUE


December 2019

6th  Foundation to Year 2 House Sports

10th  2020 Orientation Day 9.00am -1.30pm

11-13th   Year 3 & 4 Camp to Phillip Island

13th  SDSSA Community Links Sports Day

13th  Year 2 Sleepover

15th  Working Bee

19th  Level 4 Fun Day at GESAC

20th  Last day of Term - 1.30pm Dismissal

Victorian School Dates 2019

Term 1:  30th January - 5th April 2019  (Teachers start 29th January)

Term 2:  23rd April - 28th June

Term 3:  15th July - 20th September

Term 4:  7th October - 20th December

Victorian School Dates 2020

Term 1:  29th January - 27th March 2020 (Teachers start 28th January)

Term 2:  14th April - 26th June

Term 3:  13th July - 18th September

Term 4:  5th October - 18th December

Assistant Principal's Report


To all of our families just a reminder that students are required to wear a Syndal South hat at school during recess and lunchtimes as well as during  PE, sport and outdoor learning activities.


It has been noted that quite a few students have been borrowing hats from the office now that the weather has become warm and sunny because they do not have a hat or forget to bring their hat to school.


I would encourage students who do not own a school hat to purchase a hat from the school office for $10.00.  I would also encourage parents to remind their child to check that their hat is in their school bag before coming to school each morning.  Your support with this would be greatly appreciated.

Mobile Phone Policy

The Victorian Government takes the safe and responsible use of digital technologies, student safety and well-being, and the development of social skills and positive behaviour, very seriously. On this basis, the Hon. James Merlino MP, Minister for Education, announced that a new mobile phone policy would take effect from Term 1 2020.  Syndal South has developed a new mobile phone policy which also takes into account the use of smart watches as well to align with the new DET guidelines.


Whilst the Victorian Government acknowledges that we live in a technology-rich world where mobile phones are an important communication tool, research has found that mobile phones can be disruptive in classrooms and open to misuse at school. The unregulated presence of mobile phones in classrooms can undermine students’ capacity to think, learn, remember, pay attention and regulate emotion.

At recess and lunchtime, opportunities for students to communicate with each other face-to-face or be involved in physical activity are also valued, rather than students being focused on a mobile phone, particularly when they are using it to engage with social media.


This new policy acknowledges that technology is increasingly affecting how students learn and communicate. Therefore, when a student has been given explicit permission to access and use such devices to enhance learning by the classroom teacher, mobile phones will be permitted for that specific purpose. For a small number of students with particular learning or health and well-being needs, an exception to the policy may also be granted.


This policy will remove a major distraction from our classrooms, so that teachers can teach, and students can learn in a more focused, positive and supported environment.


At Syndal South Primary School students in Foundation to Year 4 who bring a mobile phone to school are expected to hand their phone into the office at the beginning of the day , where it will be placed in a locked cupboard. Students in years 5 and 6 will be expected to hand their phone into the class teacher who will then place the phone in a securely locked cupboard.


If you would like to read the new Mobile Phone - Student Use Policy, it will be uploaded onto the Syndal South school website in the very near future.


Congratulations to our year 3 and 4 students who represented Syndal South at the G.A.T.E.WAYS District challenge yesterday.  Syndal South sent 4 teams from this age group to the competitions. The following students were amazing and worked very hard  from the beginning of Term 3 to prepare for the event. The students representing Syndal South included: Nicole, Jeremy, Jamie, Isha, Kartik, Declan, Anish, Sithmi, Ziyad, Vidya, Joe S, Quin, Marcus, Sophie, Lydia and Damian.  A huge congratulations to Marcus T, Sophie, Lydia and Damian as their team placed third in the first stage of the District Challenge competition yesterday at Mountain Gate Primary School. We will find out in a few weeks as to whether or not this team has enough points to advance to the next stage of the competition.


We also look forward to learning about our year 5 and 6 students experience,  who are also competing in the G.A.T.E.WAYS challenge today.  


Important Information


The Parents Association will be holding their AGM on Friday the 6th December at 2.00pm.  All office bearers positions will be open for election.  Please find attached the nomination form.  Forms can also be obtained from the office.


Family contributions

We recently sent home the 2020 Family Contribution Forms.  Forms are due to be returned to the office by the 9th December.

School Banking

Thursday 5th December 2019 will be the last day students can order School Banking rewards and Thursday 19th will be the last day of school banking for the year.  The first day back for school banking will be Thursday 6th February 2020.

Camp out on the Oval

Only 8 sleeps to go until the Syndal South Camp Out! 


The projected forecast looks good - about 21 degrees, getting down to 10 degrees overnight, so make sure you have warm clothes (although the forecast may be different by then).


Please remember to bring your own plates, bowls, cups and cutlery - we will supply the dishwashing water and tea towels. A folding chair will be useful if you have one. A torch is also handy for the night walk. It will be a great fun event!



From the Library

Next week is the last week for students to borrow from the school library!

All school library books are DUE by Friday 29th NOVEMBER 2019!


Reminder: Year 6 students must return their school library books before leaving the school  - thank you! 


Lost or missing books need to be replaced, so families are asked to pay $10 per book, donate a new book to the library OR make a donation to the school's library fund. Letters regarding overdue/lost books will be sent home on Friday 6th December 2019 with payment/replacement OR donations due as soon as possible thereafter. 


There are 4 boxes of new library books in need of contact covering, so if you have experience and time to cover these books please let me know and I'll leave a box for collection in the Office - thank you. 


Issue 7 LOOP Bookclub orders were all sent home via students last week! A huge thank you to all the families, who supported Scholastic's LOOP Book club in 2019. Syndal South's library received $1,002 worth of new books from your purchases this year - thank you & well done! 


Happy reading! 
Ms Robinson 

Student News

ICAS Update

Credit, Distinction and High Distinction awards will be given out at assembly on the following dates:


Monday 25th November - Science & Maths certificates

Monday 2nd December - English certificates 


Kate Holly

Calligraphy Competition

Once again, students of Syndal South have been awarded first prize in the JLTAV Calligraphy competition! 


Writing in Japanese involves three types of script; Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. Like beautiful cursive handwriting in English, stroke order and rhythm is very important in writing Japanese well. Using real brushes with black ink is a wonderful way to practice these skills. The practice can have a meditative effect as it requires quiet and concentration. We hope to continue to enter into these competitions in the future! 


Awarded students are: 

1st Prize -  Sophie 

2nd Prize - Lucas 

3rd Prize - Nicole 





Environment News

Garden Club has been very busy this term. At the moment we are enjoying some of the fruits of our labour. We have lots of beautiful strawberries to eat as well as broad beans. We have also been planting a range of native plants around the Art room.





Don't forget that nude food isn't just Wednesday, it's every day! We have been seeing lots of rubbish around the school which doesn't look great. Don't forget to use the bin! Or better still, pack nude food to bring to school. Doesn't really take long to do!



Grade 5/6s at school are in the running to win a great prize! An amazing outdoor seating could be ours if we get enough votes. Last week students designed an environmentally friendly garden and entered a Facebook competition. We were one of the lucky schools to be short listed. Only 14 schools in Australia are in the running for the prizes.


To enter, get Mum or Dad, or any family and friends to go onto FACEBOOK and like the page - Draffin Street Furniture. Find the picture of the Syndal South Designs and like it to cast your vote. You can also share it, which will help get us more likes.


Most votes wins!








Student of the Week




  • Integrity – For consistently working hard to achieve his best in every area of school life.




  • Care – For displaying a positive attitude and taking wonderful care when completing all work.



  • Care – Well done Isabelle for comforting a sad friend and trying your best to make them happy.  You are an amazing friend!




  • Care - Riley took the initiative to carefully re-organise classroom materials in his own time.  Thank you!



  • Resilience - Well done Cindy on showing the courage and determination to succeed at tasks that you have been challenged with.




  • Care – Vishnu has improved his ability to work in teams and collaborate well on his persuasive writing piece.



  • Care - By taking on feedback about your work and behaviour with understanding and showing effort to try and improve.  Great job!



  • Care – Daisy showed excellent care for our school chickens and ensured they were well taken care of.  Great work!



  • Care - Katie created a detailed Web map about the problems and consequences of Landmines.  Great thinking Katie!



  • Care - Tewan made a terrific effort with his Inquiry ‘Head, Heart, Hand’ activity.  It showed he has lots of empathy for others.  Wonderful ideas Tewan!



  • Resilience – For her increasing resilience in Maths.  Isabelle is becoming more self motivated to take on challenges in Maths.



  • Responsibility - During his recent guided reading discussion and relating the topic to his own personal knowledge.



  • Respect - During her discussion about a book and how she related the book to her own personal experience.



  • Resilience - For your workload management after Hot Shots on Wednesday, you’ve already caught up!




  • Care - For the great effort and care put into your work since returning from France.  Beau travail!

OSHC - The girls catching up after school

What's Happening

Bookings for the January Holiday Program 2020 opened on the 11th November 2019.  The forms can be collected from the Parent Desk in the OSHC room.  If you have any questions, please see Maree, Jamie or Marissa.


Please be mindful that 27th January 2020 is a Public Holiday, 28th January 2020 will be a Pupil Free Day and the first day of Term 1 is the 29th January 2020.  You will be notified early in December to register your intent to use the Pupil Free Day on the 28th January 2020.


There is also a flyer at the Parent desk requesting notification if your child/ren will be on school camp from 11th to the 13th December.  It would be helpful if you could let us know if they will attend Before School Care on the 11th and/or After School Care on the 13th.


We would appreciate your response to this survey by 6th December 2019.  This will give us an insight on your thoughts of the operational aspect of the program.


Thank you to those that have already responded.  Your answers have been taken on board.  We have surveyed the children and also been given their feedback which does not necessarily correlate.  We will try to decipher between the different responses once the survey has closed.


Some parents are concerned about the toys being dirty.  We would like to reassure you that all our toys, dress-ups, blankets etc are cleaned on a regular basis and when necessary.


Afternoon Snack - a variety of at least 4  fruits is provided during the Winter months with additional in the warmer months. Children can request additional fruit at our snack time. The program provides a snack and not a meal.  If your child/ren have told you that they do not have enough to eat at our snack time, please provide additional food to meet their needs.  Some of the requests received are not in line with our healthy eating plan.


If parents have any concerns please speak to Maree, Marissa or Jamie.


Menu Plan

Monday:  Vegetables, cheese and biscuits

Tuesday:  Yoghurt and fruit

Wednesday:  Vegetables, cheese and biscuits

Thursday:  Raisin bread

Friday:  Vegetables, cheese and biscuits


Craft Activities

This week we will concentrate on a group mural depicting the Summer season. Join in and share your ideas on Summer for a great result.   


Outdoor play, group games, free choice in and/or outside, board games, construction and the open resource cupboard for the older children to source materials of interest to them will be available as always.

Wesley is our Helper of the Week.  What a wonderful assistant he has been to us running group games and cleaning up the OSHC room.


Akain is the Maker of the Week with this fantastic lego model he made from scratch.


OSHC Gallery for the Week



Community Advertising

Waverley Kiwanis- Trivia Night

Wednesday December 11

We are celebrating the end of the year and we hope you can join us.


ENTRY:  $10 plus  BRING  a few gold coins for games

VENUE:  Rear St Stephen and St Mary’s   Anglican Church,  383 High Street Road Mt Waverley.  

DATE:  Wednesday December 11

TIME:  7pm - 10pm

RSVP:  Anne or Ed  9885 4797

BYO drinks, glasses and whatever you would like to eat.  We will provide tea, coffee and cake


Did you Know?

This year Waverley Kiwanis, with the help of our many friends  including other Australian Kiwanis Clubs, has achieved our target of $100,000 towards the ELIMINATE project, in so doing, helping  make the world free of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus.


Also . . . Waverley Kiwanis has contributed financial assistance and/or volunteer hours to organisations including:

- The Children First Foundation 

- Heart Kids

- Kara House (provides services for women and children escaping domestic violence)

- Monash Council Preschool Hearing Tests


Like to join us or be a friend of Kiwanis? . . . Talk to us




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

The Rocket
PA Nomination 2020.docx
Syndal South PS #11362 - PSW Uniform Price List Flyer.pdf