Moonee Ponds West Primary School

07 May 2019
2019 - Issue 11
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport 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, Guardians and Students in the community of MPWPS

The first of the Year 5/6 camps returned safely and full of stories about life in the country. As I greeted those returning I did observe tired eyes and weary walks!  Camping is such a wonderful experience for the children and staff as new insights are often formed in these days. My thanks to the parents who encouraged their child/ren to be involved and to the staff who attended ably led by Helen Lockart.  Thank you to Lisa, Liz, Ben, Barb, Karen and Mal our wonderful Paramedic.  Being away from family for the time of the camp is acknowledged. 

 Camp No 2 leaves today and I am sure they will have as much fun as those who have returned.  I look forward to the posts on COMPASS and welcoming everyone back, safe and sound on Friday. 

Parent Forum Success

We had a very successful Parent Forum last Friday.   As a result we are proposing an evening session rather than another Friday morning.  David suggested June 6th from 6.30-8.00 pm in the Performance Space.  In order to gauge interest we are registering the Forum on Eventbrite.  The event is listed and the link is below.  If you are interested in attending this session please go to Eventbrite and register as we will be limiting numbers.

Our Learning Leaders (Engagement) were in attendance to support this learning opportunity for parents and carers. Hope to see you on THURSDAY June 6th from 6.30 pm.

Parent Reps

If you have Expressed Interest last year in this role, we haven’t forgotten you!  If you didn’t and you would be interested in this role for your class the EOI is attached. On Monday May 20 at 9.30 am, I would like to meet with anyone who might be interested in this role. The Parent Rep role connects the classroom to the parent group.  It is a fun role assisting the parents to get to know the workings of the school and to help the class teachers with any of the tasks they may want doing. I have include a copy of the role statement and EOI in this newsletter.   Just fill it in and return to the General Office.  This year we have a staff member who will be linked to supporting this aspect of our school life.   Come and get involved.


Election Day Stall

This Election Day we will be holding a Cake Stall and the usual Sausage Sizzle. This is a wonderful opportunity to get amongst our community and have a chat and laugh with others.  It also is a great way to help our school. The individual Cake Plates for your donation will be coming home this week.  It would be great to have something from your family.  As for me well I am halfway through installing a new kitchen (read lots of BBQ’ s hehehe!).  I will have time to donate! See you on the day.

If you are able to volunteer some time on the day please see the volunteers link on the fundraising page within this newsletter.


That time of the year is with us again. As I indicated in the last Newsletter this is a snapshot in time for schools to see how they are going with instruction.  Teachers use the results to understand what children can do in this situation, and what adjustments to practice need to be made as a result.  For example, finding information in a text.  Teachers across all systems teach these skills every day in their reading instruction however; in this situation sometimes, children have difficulty.  We have explored why this may be. Sometimes the information is presented in an unfamiliar format like an advert, or format that requires a high level of literacy skill as the information is presented in a crowded way.   As a result of understanding this result, teachers include a range of text formats in lessons and assist children to navigate their understanding through explicit instruction.  This is one advantage we can glean from the statewide format.

As usual, some AEU members will be providing information about the assessment during this time. The information will be provided for you outside the school gate and outside of working hours.  Statewide testing has always been a focus of debate. This year is no different.

MPWPS a great place to learn and grow

Last year the school went through an extensive process to develop the school’s Vision and Values statements.  Our Engagement Curriculum Action Team are working to build statements around each Value so that all stakeholders understand what is meant to live the values.

In order to link the Vision, Values, Philosophy and our Instructional model, a suggestion is to develop an overarching statement.  A one line ‘catch-phrase’ to hold all aspects together.  One that was suggested at our Leadership Conference right back in January was: At MPWPS we are Future Makers!  The Education Committee of School Council will be the funnel for all aspects of ensuring the work from the past consultation becomes part of all stakeholders’ behaviour.  Stay tuned for your opportunity to get involved.

Sensory Garden Consultation

Thank-you to Alyena and the Environment Sub-Committee of School Council for their work in this area. The result favoured a mix of Option 1 and 2, which redevelops and builds the existing “bones” of the area and really stretches our allocated $500k funds as much as possible.  We have forwarded these comments in a summary to the DET chosen architects.  We await the next phase. Thank-you to our parent member of this Committee Jarrod who availed us of his skill, to enable the consultation.

Well that’s about it from me.  Until we meet in person.


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)

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 


Education News 

Camp 1 Kookaburra

On Tuesday the 30th of April, 68 students and 7 staff hopped on board two 51 seater buses for a 2 ½ hour journey to Camp Kookaburra, a camp site just a little out from the tiny town called Corop.


Once at camp, the children settle and eat their lunches whilst the staff are inducted and trained into the various outdoor activities that the children will partake in over the next few days: Karen abseils, Lisa supervises Initiatives, Liz is trained in Low Ropes, Barb takes on Archery, Helen assists on the Flying Fox, Ben runs Indoor Climbing, Mal, the Paramedic helps the children with orienteering. All staff have a go at Canoeing. Evening activities included a night walk, Red Faces and a Movie.   


On Thursday we spend the day in Echuca. We board a paddle steamer and are given a historical talk about the area before we take a casual walk through town to spend our money on ice creams, lollies and souvenirs.                                                                                                                                               

 Food at camp Kookaburra is plentiful and the duty groups help set up and clean up the dining hall…Chicken and vegies on the first night, spaghetti on the second and roast beef with vegetables on our final night.  What we don’t eat is fed to the Alpacas and goats.                                                               

Each evening after we work on our camp booklets and brush our teeth, we settled into our cabins for a good night’s sleep, and sleep we did. The evening was also the time that the mini beasts swarmed…millipedes and giant moths by the thousands crawling, flying and sneaking into our rooms. Friday we say goodbye to Charles, Kate, Kylie, Josh, Nicky and Nathan and hop onto the buses for our journey back to Moonee Ponds West. A great time was had by all and many memories were made at Camp kookaburra.



There will not be Soundgarage Guitar Lessons held tomorrow 8th of May.

All students will receive a makeup lesson towards the end of the term


Thank you for your understanding.

Sport News

Cross Country

Our Cross Country team has been training hard during F.A.T

Good luck to the students who will represent our school at District Cross Country on Friday May 17th.

See the race schedule below (times are approximate)


10:00 – 12/13 Girls

10:30 – 12/13 Boys

11:00 – 11 Girls

11:30 – 11 Boys

12:15 – 9/10 Girls

12:35 – 9/10 Boys

Winter Sport

Round 1 Results:

This week winter sport continues with MPW Blue playing Holy Rosary at home.  MPW Gold has a bye.

Students will play games of Football, Netball and Tee Ball.  Students who are not selected in their team for a week will participate in some Basketball coaching from SEDA students, who are being supported to develop their coaching skills. Gr 3/4 students have also been participating in the Basketball sessions as part of their transition to Interschool Sport.

Fundraising Events

Election Day BBQ & Cake Stall - Saturday 18th May 2019

As Moonee Ponds West PS will be the site of a polling booth for the 2019 Federal Election the fundraising team will be hosting a BBQ and Cake Stall on the day to raise funds to continue to enhance our great school. Voting will be open from 8am to 6pm on the day so we will be running the stalls from 8am until sold out! We will therefore require lots of home-baked goodies to sell on the day and LOTS of volunteers to support the BBQ and Cake Stall. Baking information and packaging will be sent home to families in the next 2 weeks and if you are able to spare some of your time to support our stalls on Election Day please sign up to volunteer here


If you have any questions please direct them to the Fundraiser Team via the School Office.


Thank you,

MPW Fundraising Team

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

Xavia Bicheno                  Administration Trainee

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 7th May

5/6 Camp Group 2 departs

Friday 10th May

5/6 Winter Sport 

5/6 Camp Kookaburra Group 2 returns

Tuesday 14th May

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Wednesday 15th May

Excursion Lego Educational Centre F/1 Team


Thursday 16th May

Excursion Lego Educational Centre F/1 Team

Excursions 1/2 Team

Parent Information Session F/1 team 6:30 pm

Friday 17th May

5/6 Winter Sport 

District Cross Country

Excursion Lego Educational Centre F/1 Team

Saturday 18th May

Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall

Wednesday 22nd May

Melbourne Zoo Excursion 5/6 Team


Friday 24th May

5/6 Winter Sport 

Monday 27th May

States of Matter Incursion 3/4 Team

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 28th May

States of Matter Incursion 3/4 Team

Friday 31st May

5/6 Winter Sport


Monday 3rd June

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 6th June

Building & Construction Incursion 1/2 Team

Friday 7th June

5/6 Winter Sport

Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11th June

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Friday 14th June 

5/6 Winter Sport

Monday 17th June

School Council 7:00 pm

Monday 24th June

Japan Tour departs

Scienceworks Excursion 3/4 Team

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Community News




Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Early Bird Readers Club_Tm2_2019.pdf
2018 PARENT REP Info and EOI_MPWPS.pdf