Moonee Ponds West Primary School

19 March 2019
2019 - Issue 7
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
Music News
Fundraising Events
School Information
Community Calendar
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Dear Parents, Carers, Students and MPWPS Community members,

How wonderful is Melbourne in the autumn?

It is really the best city in the world around this time every year.  The cooler evenings, crisp morning and glorious days make it wonderful to be here and part of it!  I hope you can take time to glance at the weather from a busy work or home schedule.

Movie Night This Friday! 

Come along and enjoy an outdoor theatre experience on our very own tiger turf. I will be around for a little while on Friday night but as I have a previous engagement, I am unable to stay until the end.  Please accept my apologies.    The Fundraising Team (hardest working parent group in any school) have worked tirelessly for this event and they urgently require volunteers to run this event. Please consider volunteering at Sign Up Zone.

I wish it every success.

Parent Calendar for Term 2

The Parent Calendar is being finalised to accompany the next newsletter.  Staying informed is very important to belonging and so we try to get the dates right so you can rely on them.  Sometimes we slip up but generally we get it correct. Again, we will be offering two Parent Forums during the term. They will both focus on resilience and reducing anxiety in families.  Dr David Collins has agreed to facilitate these sessions.  I am very grateful as when we had our first Forum and discussing possible topics of interest, the request was for more from David. The tentative dates are Friday May 10 and Friday Jun 7 from 9-10 in the Community Room.  Small children welcome as we have toys.

Camping Program

The 3/4 Camp is almost upon us. The first group heading to Sunnystones in Bacchus Marsh next week Monday to Wednesday and the second Group Wednesday to Friday. A couple of reminders.  Please remind children they are only going for two nights and clothing must be Sun Smart.  Best to have enclosed shoes, even gumboots for the bush events and thongs for the shower room is a good idea.  I am going up to the camp this week to have a bit of a look and if I think there are other items that are particularly required, I will send a message via COMPASS.    Camp is a wonderful experience. As at 19.03.19, we have 76 students attending  Camp 1 and 77 students attending Camp 2. Our thanks to all parents and carers for supporting this learning opportunity.

An Evening of Pleasure and Memories as a tribute to Lorraine Wilson

As a teacher, I was always aware of the Lorraine Wilson way of things.  Particularly, I used her method for Readers Theatre in my class, and as a strategy for developing reading comprehension through improved fluency.  Lorraine has recently retired and donated all of her educational texts to our Staff Professional Library.  As a way of acknowledging her legacy to literacy learning for teachers and students, in many schools in Victoria and beyond, we are planning a small function. A team of teachers from MPWPS is planning this as I write and will be forwarding information early next term.  Lorraine has left a strong legacy and for many years, Moonee Ponds West was the home of Lorraine’s work.  I am looking forward to this evening.

Toilet Block Construction

The building of the toilet block is coming along and in fact is on target for handover April 24.   We had a site visit yesterday, and I must say the new facility will be wonderful for our students.  The positioning of the block has opened up that corner and we will be landscaping this in some way with the help of our community. The final addition to the redevelopment is a wooden boundary fence, which we are to fund.  How good would that look! 


Well that is about it from me at present.  Next week I am travelling to a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Expo in Brooklyn NYC.  The invitation to the EXPO is because of an international partnership formed with my previous school and the schools in District 20.  Maybe we could join this Network with STEAM as the focus.  What better way to engage and extend our students!  In my absence Barbara Springfield will be in-charge supported by the Professional Learning Team leaders (PLT).

Next week is week 9 of a 10 week term.  My time has flown! 


Sincerely and in good faith

Kerri Simpson (Principal Acting at MPWPS)

School Council

School Council Membership

Parent members:

  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Matthew Kenny
  • Jane Kingsley
  • Brian Stanley
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Helen Lockart
  • Katherine Ayrton
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Barbara Springfield
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

School Council Meetings
commence at 19:00

  • Monday 25th February
  • Monday 18th March (rescheduled)
  • Monday 27th May
  • Monday 17th June (rescheduled)
  • Monday 26th August
  • Monday 16th September
  • Monday 25th November
  • Monday 16th December

Sub Committee Meetings

Education Committee - Meetings commence at 18:30

  • Thursday March 14th
  • Monday May 6th
  • Monday June 3rd
  • Monday August 5th
  • Monday September 2nd
  • wednesday November 6th
  • Monday December 2nd


Resources Committee - Meetings commence at 19:00

  • Tuesday 12th February 
  • Tuesday 12th March
  • Tuesday 14th May
  • Tuesday 11th June
  • Tuesday 13th August
  • Tuesday 10th September
  • Tuesday 12th November


Environment Committee - Meetings commence at 18:00

  • Wednesday 27th February 
  • Wednesday 20th March 
  • Wednesday 22nd May 
  • Wednesday 19th June 
  • Wednesday 21st August 
  • Wednesday 18th September 
  • Wednesday 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 


School Council Report 18th March 2019

It was a case of "out with the old and in with the new" at council, with farewells given to retiring members and welcomes to new and returning councillors. 


A special farewell and thank you to Lousie Evans who has put a huge effort in as President for two years and on council for several years prior to that. Farewell and thank you also to Vicki McCormack and Jarrod Smith who have completed their terms.


Welcome to our new council members - Matthew Kenny, Jane Kingsley, Brian Stanley, Katherine Aryton and Barbara Springfield. 


Welcome back to returning councillors - Simone Beever, Lee Cath, Nigel Toussaint and Helen Lockart.


Each year the office bearer positions are elected, congratulations to

  • President - Ben Atchison
  • Vice-President - Nigel Touissant
  • Treasurer - Lisa Shaw


The Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) is the detailed plan of what MPW will be focusing on as a school for the year. It draws on a broader 3-year strategic plan and is informed by data including NAPLAN results, parent and staff surveys and the financial position of the school. Look out for a 1-pager infographic coming soon to highlight the key points of the AIP.


The Education Sub-Committee will use the AIP heavily during the year to guide the curriculum focus on areas such as Year 3 Reading and Numeracy in conjunction with Foundation/1/2 learning that occurs in the lead up.


The Budget is nearing finalisation, enabling leasing of new laptops for grades 3/4, capital works including upgrading the Foundation/1 toilets and some fabulous learning programs planned by staff.


The Environment Committee is riding the wave of capital works to great effect with plenty of interest shown by the broader community to have a say and get involved in the Sensory Garden planned for Jack's Paddock, in addition to opportunities presented by the toilet upgrade project. 


Speaking of which, the new toilets are progressing nicely. Get ready for First Flush early in Term 2!!


Ben Atchison

School Council President

Education News 

Creative Arts

This semester in Creative Arts are artworks are being inspired by the Dutch artist M.C Escher and American artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Some of the artworks inspired by O'Keeffe are displayed in the corridor outside the art room.


At the moment at the National Gallery of Victoria, in St Kilda Road, there is a fantastic exhibition highlighting the work of M.C. Escher and acclaimed Japanese design studio, nendo.


The exhibition has been extraordinarily popular and will be on show until April 7. Well worth a visit!


Also for admirers of Shaun Tan's imaginative endeavors, there is a wonderful exhibition of his work on in Brunswick at the Beinart gallery until March 31. Shaun Tan is a world-renowned writer and illustrator of much loved children's picture story books, such as The Red Tree, Arrival and the Lost Thing.


The exhibition is at 1 Sparta Place Brunswick.

Creative Arts team

Sue & Claudia

Sensory Garden Feedback

This is a reminder that the Sensory Garden feedback for closes on Easter Monday 22 April. Thank you to all those who have completed the survey so far. There are three Options to choose from and each have an explanation with the drawings.  I have been asked as to why are there options for the amphitheatre to be fixed? The amphitheatre has fallen into a state of disrepair and could be used by students and teachers alike, imagine having a lesson under the shade cloth! Students are also keen to use the space for imaginative play, they currently already use it, however, it isn’t as enticing as it could be.


Please provide your feedback through the survey link below.


6-7 Transition

It was expected that preference forms for Year 7 enrolments in 2020 would be sent home to families on Monday. The Department of Education and Training does not expect these forms to be available to schools to distribute to families until the beginning of Term 2. Our apologies for this delay.


A reminder to families that the Secondary School Expo is to be held at MPW tomorrow 20th March at 4.00 pm.


Sport News

Summer Sport


With two rounds to play  MPW Blue are playing home against Holy Rosary (Handball & Tennis at school, soccer at Maribyrnong Park) and MPW Gold are away against Kensington (Handball & Tennis at Holy Rosary Primary School, soccer at Holland Park, Flemington).

For students who aren’t playing, Yiota from Athletics Australia are coming to help us refine our running, jumping and throwing techniques.


Families are welcome to come and support.  Good luck to all teams!

Division Swimming

Our Division Swimmers participated today at St Albans Leisure Centre.  We will let you know how they went in next week’s newsletter!! 

Music News


Enrolments for Term 2 are now open!!!

Soundgarage offers lessons in Guitar, Keyboard and SAP (singing and performance).

If you are interested in enrolling in Soundgarage for Term 2 please fill out an enrolment form and make payment to the office by Friday, March 29th.

For all other enquires please feel free to contact Maddie  at or 0401 844 522.

Fundraising Events

MPW Movie Night - Friday 22nd March


Please join us for our first fundraising event for the year at our annual MPW Movie Night with Disney’s Incredibles 2!


From 5:30pm on Friday 22nd March bring along your chairs, rugs or beanbags and enjoy all the treats on offer with a sausage sizzle, lollies, popcorn, ice cream, glow sticks and drinks including a bar for the adults.


Relax with your family and school friends and enjoy a fabulous night under the stars with our very own Moonlight Cinema on the Tiger Turf. Food and drinks will be available from 5:30pm with the movie commencing at sunset.





Family: $30

Adult: $10

Child: $7

Please pre-purchase your tickets via Eventbrite: or from the office on the night.


We are URGENTLY looking for volunteers to assist on the night. if you are available to lend a hand please use the link below to sign up to help

See you there!  

(Bad weather? See you in the gym)”



School Information

General Office

Office:                                         8:15a.m - 4:45p.m

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

Leadership Team

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Jarrod Sutton

Student Absences

If your child is absent from school (including illness and appointment), it is necessary to inform the  school.  This can be in the form of a telephone call, email, entering the absence through the COMPASS parent portal , in writing or by advising the office or classroom teacher directly.

If your child is sick it is advisable to not send your child to school.

2019 Term Dates

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January (Curriculum Day) to Friday 5th April

Term 2:

Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 28th June

Term 3:

Monday 15th July to Friday 20th September

Term 4:

Monday 7th October to Thursday 19th December


End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 3.30 pm.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January  and Friday 8th March 

Term 3:

Thursday 25th July 

Term 3:

Monday 4th November

Term 4:

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free)

Before and After School Care

At MPW before and after school care is provided by Camp Australia. The service operates 7.00  - 8.45 am in the morning and  3.30 to 6.15 pm afternoons.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

To enrol your child please go to

Lost Property

In 2018 - a significant amount of unnamed clothing and unnamed plastic containers were donated to charity each month.


Our lost property is managed by parent volunteers and we need your help to reduce this  workload and loss of property.


You can help by:

  • ensuring that all belongings are clearly marked with students' names and room numbers
  • regularly check (and encourage your child/ren to check) for their lost property
  • remember that it is the responsibility of students and families to regularly check lost property and reclaim items

When is unnamed lost property cleared and donated to charity?

  • Last Friday of every month

Where is lost property?

In the Gym on the right hand side, as you walk in.

Community Calendar


Tuesday 19th March

Division Swimming

Wednesday 20th March

Secondary School Expo

Friday 22nd March

Interschool Sport

MPW Movie Night

Monday 25th March

3/4 Camp Group 1 depart

Wednesday 27th March

3/4 Camp Group 2 depart

3/4 Camp Group 1 return

Friday 29th March

Interschool Sport

3/4 Camp Group 2 return


Tuesday 2nd April

School Photos

Friday 5th April 

Term 1 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Tuesday 23rd April

Term 2 Begins

Tuesday 30th April

5/6 Camp Group 1 departs


Friday 3rd May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns

Monday 6th May

Education Committee 6:30pm

Tuesday 7th May

5/6 Camp Group 2 departs

Friday 10th May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns

Tuesday 14th May

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 27th May

School Council 7:00pm



Monday 3rd June

Education Committee 6:30pm

Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11th June

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 17th June

School Council 7:00pm

Monday 24th June

Japan Tour departs

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

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