Moonee Ponds West Primary School

30 October 2018
2018 - Issue 34
Principal's report
School Council
Education 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

Greetings Parents, Carers and Students of Moonee Ponds West PS,

It is Circus Time!

The year 5/6 Circus performance is tonight and it is going to be a great night.  The weather is on our side and I have been watching from a far the developing skill and engagement of the students and the staff. All that is required now is to find my odd socks and we are ready!

Lost Property

Here we are at Week 4 and we have many, many items in the Lost Property.  Please encourage your child to find their items.

Year 4 Cricket last week

On Friday morning the Year 4, students had a ‘taster’ of Interschool Sport, which will begin for them next year.  They travelled to Fairburn Park to participate in a cricket playing opportunity.  Staff and parents/carers walked with the children and all reported great behaviour, sports-person ship and a willingness to have a go.  Well done to all.  Thanks to the parents/carers who gave up their time to be assistants in this event.

Planning for 2019

Term 4 is of course the planning term in all schools.  Predicting our enrolment, managing the ins and outs of students is a balancing act.  I remind you that if you are not returning to MPWPS in the 2019 school year can you please let us know. There was a form with an earlier Newsletter but I will add it to the forms on the website and COMPASS for your convenience.   The school class structure for 2019 will be around the following groupings:

Foundation/1, 1/2, 3/4, and 5/6.  The number of class groups at each level will be determined by our enrolments.  The timeline is that all classes are to be formed by early December.  Parents/Carers will be notified (as in the past) by a letter of Class Placement at this time.


Education Committee Meeting

Wednesday November 7 is our next meeting.  One of the Agenda items will be to revisit the Sensory Garden plan now that we have funding.

Things to consider in revisiting the plan are placement. Can we incorporate the Kitchen Garden into this project?  It is very exciting!

Foundation/1 Activity Night

This Thursday we have the final experience in our whole school Camping program, the Foundation/1 Activity Night.  The children are involved in an hour of activity, then dinner before venturing home to bed.  The Activity Night commences at 5 pm.  Hope to see you there if you have a student in Foundation/1.  Another great opportunity to learn about being independent.  Thanks to the Foundation/1 team and to all staff who are assisting with organising this evening.

Staff Leave and Learning

For those who have close contact with Barb, she is on Long Service Leave for this week.  Barb will be back next week.  If you need to discuss an issue please contact Kerri for direction to a solution.

Michelle Bovè is participating in the much sort after program called Program UP.  The program supported by the Department of Education, gives the participant the chance to ‘shadow’ a practicing Principal. It is aimed at succession planning for those teachers that are aspiring. Michelle is shadowing the principal at Altona P-9 College.  I thank Jo-Anne Teeuw for being available to take the class ensuring there is no loss of learning consistency in Michelle’s absence.


Congratulations to Alyena Mohummadally who has successfully completed the Bastow Leadership Course, Inspire.  Alyena worked on a project around Proficiency Scales. Proficiency Scales enable students to take ownership of their learning within a tight boundary.  This is new work for Alyena and for our school but such a structure gives students in their learning is very encouraging.


Well that is about it from me.  Until we meet in person, have a great week.



Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting)

Election Day 24th November 

On Saturday 24th of November we will be holding a cake stall and sausage sizzle at Moonee Ponds West PS as our gym will be a polling booth for the day.


This is a wonderful fundraising opportunity for the school and to make this a successful eventwe need our community members to volunteer to bake items for sale at the cake stall and volunteer to spend some time manning the cake stall or the BBQ.

Next week families will receive a plate with an ingredient list along with a form to indicate your availability to volunteer to help with the day.

If you are available to volunteer please leave your name at the Office.


Thank you for your support.

School Council

School Council Membership 2018

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Michelle Bovè
  • Helen Lockart
  • Vicki McCormack
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

Term 4 meetings


  • Monday 26th November 19:00
  • Monday 17th December 18:30

Education News 

Room 24 - Philosophy Projects

At assembly yesterday, Room 24 discussed their philosophy projects. 

Poppy, Bidaya and Harriet introduced the class’s undertakings during philosophy this year, describing the etymology of the word philosophy as meaning ‘love of wisdom’ in Ancient Greek. Philosophy is about tackling questions that don’t have an answer and that people always disagree about, and trying to think together in order to come to a solution. Room 24’s focus in philosophy this year was in ethics, and particularly, in social justice. Social justice is about when something bad or unfair is happening to a group in our society, for example, groups may be treated unfairly because of skin colour, gender, social status (if you’re uncool and get bullied), age, where you live, species (if you’re not human), or if you are from somewhere that is at risk of climate change.


Philosophy also allows us to not only think for ourselves about unanswered problems, but also make an attempt to change the world in a way that we think is best. Room 24’s projects included:


Sam's environmental ethics - Sam’s action is to petition the government to provide solar panels for every government school. Sam is aiming to get 500 signatures, he is currently at 240. If anyone thinks that this is a worthy cause, please add your name to the petition here.


Hunter & Jake are focussed on the prevention of bullying. Their action is for everyone to make a stand against bullying. Please stop bullying and be a friend!


Bidaya, Mia, and Sophia are supporting an app called Everyday Racism through raising money to donate. The app challenges people to live a week in the life of  someone who is targeted by racism. It can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play, and the girls encourage you to challenge yourself to use the app. 


Keira, Ella, and Eloise are focussed on gender equality. They have been looking at the effects of the poor treatment of women. They have written to Kelly O’Dwyer, a local representative, to enlist her support in their fight for the equal rights of women and girls.


Angus, Hamish, and Flynn make the argument that children should have the right to vote in elections, and that it is unfair that they are discriminated from this process. We would’ve voted Trump out!


Poppy, Stella, and Harriet are taking a look at racism, which is discrimination against people with a different skin colour or culture from you. They are going to raise money to support the prevention of racism.


Eoin is focussed on the rights of animals. Wild animals are getting hurt, and he will raise money by holding a Mario Kart tournament during lunchtime in the future to help stop this from happening.


Molly is fighting to ensure we have a clean environment. She has started a clean up the school group, which will give students at MPWPS the opportunity to clean up their school during recess on Wednesdays.


Hardityaraj wants to make sure that plastics are banned so that animals and fish in the ocean are safe. Raj will be writing a letter to the government. 


Oscar argues that animals should have more rights than they currently do. Animals are treated extremely bad compared to humans, and there needs to be more protection for the rights of animals.


Darcy, Harry, and Lilian are focussed on the rights of children. They argue that children should be able to vote just like adults do. They have created a petition to lower the voting age.


Isabelle and Tahnee are writing a letter to the council to argue that homeless people need more clothes, food, and blankets, and should be supported by the government.


Sienna is trying to save bees from extinction. She will be petitioning the school to plant lavender, foxgloves, and snapdragon seeds to make us a bee-friendly school.

The Wipe Out Waste Team

Some members of The Wipe Out Waste Team (otherwise known as the WOW! Team) were invited by the Moonee Valley Council to attend a celebration at the Clocktower Centre this past Friday the 26th of October.

The achievements of the team were recognised and schools from around our area were also able to share their learning and action projects.

This year the WOW! Team has been successful in reducing the waste produced MPW through various projects. Some of these projects include: diverting food scraps for green bin collection (to be turned into compost), planting bee attractive flowers at the school, negotiating with the Darling St Espresso Café regarding their sustainability practices, educating the staff about their own habits through data collection and analysis, implementing an e-Waste collection bin and many others!



Stay tuned for upcoming updates of these projects in the next edition of the MPW Newsletter.

Room 10

Dear Parents and Carers,


We are learning about sustainability and food waste in our classroom. We have discovered that at MPW there is a policy meaning that children should have nude food lunches everyday, meaning that there is no plastic waste in our yard. However that is tricky if parents/carers are responsible for packing their child's lunches. So we have a challenge for you...


We think that the children should join in the process of packing their lunches making sure that no non reusable plastic makes it into the lunches. We know this could be time consuming so we have some quick lunch tips to give you a hand.


1.Cutting up fruit and vegetables at the start of the week, keeping them in the fridge so that you can grab them quickly putting them straight into the lunch boxes.


2. Make a big batch of sandwiches and freeze them so they don't go mouldy and defrost by lunchtime, these will keep fresh for 4-6 weeks.


3. Buy a reusable yogurt pouch* and a big tub of yogurt instead of individual squeeze-out yogurt packets, this is better for the environment  and can be reused or frozen so they are cold on hot days.


4. You can make your own bees wax wraps instead of using glad wrap, visit this website for the method:


Beeswax wraps are also available to purchase.

* Yogurt pouches are available to purchase at many online stores.



We hope that you enjoy our challenge and help to contribute to making our yard and cleaner and more pleasant environment.




Zara and Ella, Room 10

Fundraising Events

MPW host Bunnings BBQ Maribyrnong!

Last Sunday our school had the opportunity to host the Bunnings BBQ near Highpoint and what a day it was! It was 18 degrees with no rain in sight and a constant stream of hungry customers.  We served almost 1,000 sausages, that’s 80kg, went through 50 loaves of bread, 13kg of onions, lots of sauce, and over 300 drinks! We were required to restock our supplies along the way to keep up with the demand and sell through to our minimum close time of 4pm, we sold out at 4:05pm….phew!

It was an absolutely bumper day with a busy team ensuring no-one went without their snag. Rachel and Danielle from the Fundraising team were supported on the day by our wonderful and generous MPW volunteers who mostly stayed over their timeslot to ensure we could keep up. We would like to say a big thank you to Luke Gilmore, Neville Boon, Brian Stanley, Danny Pearson, Jane Gulmen, Julien Uebergang, Anna Schultz, Rozalia Hecht, Shannon Phelps, Darren Symington, Rebecca Matthews, Kurt Bieri, Bruce Crothswaite and Sandra Monaghan for giving up their time to support this great fundraising opportunity. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to our local Bakers Delight at the Showgrounds & Union Rd for their generosity in supplying us with complimentary bread for the day.

 Thank you,

MPW Fundraising Team (Rachel, Danielle & Sophie)


Election Day 24th Novembe

On Saturday 24th of November we will be holding a cake stall and sausage sizzle at Moonee Ponds West PS as our gym will be a polling booth for the day.


This is a wonderful fundraising opportunity for the school and to make is successful we need our community members to volunteer to bake items for sale at the cake stall and volunteer to spend some time manning the cake stall or the BBQ.

Next week families will receive a plate with an ingredient list along with a form to indicate your availability to volunteer to help with the day.

If you are available to volunteer please leave your name at the Office.


Thank you for your support.

Fundraising contacts

Rachel, Danielle & Sophie - please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to Rachel, Danielle and Sophie. 

School Information

General Office

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

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Cristina Zelaya                 Administration Officer

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

Leadership Team

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Michelle Bové

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.

2018 Term Dates

Term 1:

Monday 29th January to Thursday 29th March

Term 2:

Monday 16th April to Friday 29th June

Term 3:

Monday 16th July to Friday 21st September

Term 4:

Monday 8th October to Friday 21st December


End of term dismissal is at 2.30pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 1.30pm.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Monday 29th January and Friday 9th March

Term 2:

Thursday 26th April

Term 3:

Wednesday 25th July

Before and After School Care

At MPW before and after school care is provided by Camp Australia. The service operates 7.15  - 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 2017 - 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 30th October 

Circus Performance Grades 5/6 18:00

Wednesday 31st October 

Class placement forms returned

2/3 Immigration Museum Excursion Group 2


Thursday 1st November

F/1 Activity Night

Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day - No school

Wednesday 7th November

Education Committee 18:30

Thursday 8th November

Foundation Orientation Session 1

5/6 Parliamentary Process Incursion

Monday 12th November

5/6 Parliamentary Process Incursion

Tuesday 13th November

5/6 Cricket Carnival

Soundgarage Concert

Resources Committee 19:00

Wednesday 14th November

Writers Festival

Soundgarage Concert

Thursday 15th November

Foundation Orientation Session 2

MVIMP Combined Concert

Monday 19th November

5/6 Parliamentary Experts Incursion

Tuesday 20th November

5/6 Parliamentary Experts Incursion

Wednesday 21st November

Environment Committee meeting 18:00

Thursday 22nd November

Foundation Orientation Session 3

Saturday 24th November

Election Day Cake Stall and BBQ

Monday 26th November

School Council meeting 19:00

Thursday 29th November

Foundation Orientation Session 4


Wednesday 5th December

Senior Choir Concert - Alice@Wonderland 19:00

Thursday 6th December

Senior Choir Concert (School Performance) - Alice@Wonderland 9:00

Tuesday 11th December

Whole School Transition Day

Resources Committee 19:00

Wednesday 12th December

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 14th December

Student Reports home

Monday 17th December

School Council 18:00

Wednesday 19th December

Year 6 Graduation

Friday 21st December

End of year Assembly 9:00

End of Term 4 13:30

Community News




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