Moonee Ponds West Primary School

03 August 2018
2018 - Issue 23
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Fundraising Events
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Greetings Parents, Carers, Friends and Students of MPWPS

Here we are at Week 3 already!  The focus of the last couple of weeks in the year 3-6 has been the Living and Growing sessions. These have been well received with the presenters providing positive acknowledgement of the children’s behavior and respect for each other.  Of course this is what we expect, and it is very reassuring to know that our students respond as we expect. Well done everyone.

School Review Update:

This is a reminder that the Parent Forum is approaching (Thursday Aug 9th) at 7:00 pm.  We will also have a Whole School Survey for parents and staff to gain further information for our pre  review self evaluation which I a working on at present.   I am presenting the survey to Education Committee on Monday and then to School Council for ratification. It will then be circulated online for your feedback. Please take time to give feedback.  This is a different survey to the Department of Education Survey which is presently with randomly selected families.  We will also use this feedback to inform our Program Budgeting and Planning cycle for 2019.

Teacher Professional Practice Days

In the current Industrial Agreement the Australian Education Union (AEU) and the Department of Education have agreed to provide each teacher in the government system with a day ‘where they are released from scheduled duties’ to work of building their capacity to improve their teaching and learning skill. This semester the teachers will have this day allocated to them. The requirements are that teachers are still at school pursuing an aspect of their learning (in line with DET and the school’s priorities), maybe completing some essential assessments or working with a co-worker on planning, or doing some individual assessment or intervention for students or visiting a school to see practice or conducting peer observation on site.  The principal in consultation, allocates the day and the teacher chooses the foci according to their needs.   My experience of this day is that teachers use it very productively and that it is actually enhancing their practice and ability to attend to the different learning needs of the students in their class or cohort.  We will be endeavoring to employ regular Casual Relief Teachers (CRT’s) that know our school and students, so that the learning continues.   Teacher Professional Practice Days have been allocated in August and September for this term.

Yard Duty changes

Over the past weeks I have been liaising with staff in order to review the Yard Duty Roster so as to ensure that we are meeting all requirements.  We have three distinct ‘zones’ across our play areas and we will be having three teachers on duty at each of the morning and lunch breaks. In the Before and After school supervision we will have myself at the front and back (Athol/Eglington St) areas of the school to welcome and farewell students and parents, and a roving teacher who will be on duty within the school.  This will be the source of monitoring to ensure we are visible and attentive to the safety needs of the students as they enter and exit their school. Each teacher on duty during the day will have a walkie–talkie to ensure that communication is open.  Staff have been very willing to acknowledge their duty of care in this regard and acknowledge that a bigger student population requires additional supervision.

Japanese Tour

How wonderful is it that so many families want to participate in this experience. Having a sister school in Yokohama is a wonderful thing and takes time to nurture and develop, so I thank Diana Vivian for her role in setting this up for the school and Cindy Xu for her support and encouragement as a young language teacher.  There will be a process for selecting the student, staff  and parent  participation, and Diana will be conducting this with my supervision.


Literacy Professional Learning

At the moment we have a Literacy Consultant in our school working alongside teachers to fine tune and adjust our literacy instruction.  All schools must be places of continual learning and this opportunity will give MPWPS a chance to adjust, and realign in light of good first teaching.  Paul Ledwidge has been modelling Independent Reading in the Year 1/2 and 2/3 classes today.  In the 1/2 class the Independent Reading focus was on visualising; an important reading strategy. I was impressed with the way the children contributed and enjoyed the focus whilst reading their ‘just right’ books. I was able to extend that focus into their Personal Writing as well.

We also have three teachers who have joined the Leading Literacy professional learning with other teachers in our Network.  This opportunity will assist us in deepening our understanding of  how to really support students in their learning to read and write. It’s an exciting learning time for MPWPS.

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

Sincerely and in good faith

Kerri Simpson

Community Calendar


Monday 6th August

Education Sub Committee 18:30

Wednesday 8th August

Excursion to Melbourne Water Treatment Plant Rm's 11, 12 and 24

Excursion to Edendale Environmental Park Rm's 4, 5 & 23

Thursday 9th August

Excursion to Melbourne Water Treatment Plant Rm's 16 & 17

Australian Maths Competition

Review Parent Forum 19:00 to 20:00 @ The Performance Space

Friday 10th August

Excursion to Edendale Environmental Park Rm's 1, 2 & 3

Living and Growing Grades 3/4

Tuesday 14th August

Circus  Years 5/6

Resource Committee - 19:00

Thursday 16th August

“MPW Red Carpet Short Film Presentations” by Rooms 14 & 15

Monday 20th August 2018

District Athletics

Tuesday 21st August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Wednesday 22nd August

VSSS Rehearsal - Melbourne Town Hall

Book Character Dress Up Day and Multi Aged Workshops

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 23rd August

MVIMP Concert - Lady Northcote Bacchus Marsh

Friday 24th August 

MVIMP Music Camp return

Monday 27th August

School Council 19:00


Monday 3rd September

Education Sub Committee 18:30 

Camp Nillachootie  Group 1 Rm's  9/10/13 departs

Friday 7th September

Camp Nillachootie  Group 1 Rm's 9/10/13 returns

Monday 10th September

Camp Nillachootie  Group 2 Rm's 14/15/18 departs

Tuesday 11th September

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 12th September

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 13th September

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Friday 14th September 

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Camp Nillachootie Group 2 Rm's 14/15/18 returns

Saturday 15th September

VSSS Matinee and Evening Performance

Tuesday 18th September

Circus Grades 5/6


Tuesday 16th October

Circus Grades 5/6

Tuesday 30th October 

Circus Performance Grades 5/6


Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day - No school

Tuesday 13th November

Soundgarage Concert

Wednesday 14th November

Soundgarage Concert

Education News 

National Tree Day

Last Friday, MPW participated in National Tree Day with the help of Bunnings, Maribyrnong. During lunch time many students from all grades came together and helped plant some Australian native trees and shrubs along the garden bed near the soccer pitch. Together we dug holes, planted, watered and fertilised the new plants. Thank you to Kerri and Brian who dug most of the holes!


Then in Free Activity Time, each classroom received some small pots, gloves, potting mix and seeds to plant their own seeds. Students decided to either take them home or to keep them at school to watch them grow and then plant somewhere within the school. Parents and families also joined in and supported classrooms during this session- which was fantastic, thank you!


It was a wonderful day, perfectly linking to our whole school Inquiry unit focusing on the environment and sustainability.


Thank you to everyone who supported and participated throughout the day!



Book Week Celebrations 18th – 24th August

This year the Children’s Book Council Of Australia celebrates


Book Week from 18th to 24th August and the theme is



The Short Listed Books are available for viewing in the library 

or on the following website


This year as part of Book Week Celebrations, we will have the following events…


Wednesday 22nd August

Book Character Dress Up Day

Staff and students come to school dressed up as a book character for a day.  Be creative and use your imagination and be someone or something else for the day!


Whole School Multi Age Workshop

Multi age workshop is a whole school event whereby students are split across various grades and participate in a literature based ‘fun’ activity with another staff member. It allows students to interact and engage with other students and teachers from other year levels within our school.


Fundraising Events

Our next event is ....
A touch of Bond – Friday Oct 19th 

Please mark it in your diary!

Thanks again,

The Fundraising Team.

Fundraising contacts

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

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.

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.

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