Moonee Ponds West Primary School

27 August 2019
2019 - Issue 25
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
Music News
Environment and Sustainability
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,Staff and members of the Moonee Ponds West Community

Last weekend I had the privilege of witnessing our great students in activities outside the school gates.  The students participation in local sport and in the annual Tournaments of the Mind activity enabled life learning experiences.   Being part of a school community enables students, staff and families to acknowledge and celebrate all types of achievement.  We were all proud of what we witnessed over the weekend.

Tournaments of the Mind at La Trobe University

Last Saturday our T.O.M teams (two teams of 7 students) ventured with staff and family to La Trobe University.  One team had an Arts problem to solve and one a Science Technology and Mathematics (STEM).  The format of the day was that each team presented their planned solution to the prepared problem and the second aspect was responding to an unseen situation.  An audience was encouraged for the first problem but not the second. I witnessed confidence, preparation, persistence, creativity and a solution focused outcome from both teams.  Well done to all students and families.  Thank-you to the staff Ben, Melanie and Mandy for their carriage of this experience for children.

Sporting Events over the weekend

Many of us travelled to Greenvale (some may think a country sojourn!) on Sunday to watch our students in a Grand Final.  We had students in BOTH teams! Imagine my dilemma? The best outcome for me was a draw!  Yes, that did occur, with extra time delivering a winner as is the purpose of competitive sport.  Congratulations to all students who played on the day.  Again I witnessed courage, great sportsperson behaviour in success, disappointment but recovery, and great comradery from all involved. Footnote: A correction from last week: The correct team for the St Johns Netball team who were in the Grand Final was: Ava, Elspeth, Jemima, Alicia and Charlotte. My apology for getting this incorrect. 

FAD for our 5/6 students

This day is part of the fabric of Moonee Ponds West.  All past students remember the day with fondness.  In finding out more, I have discovered that this day is a perfect transition experience as children move around to their chosen elective.  This year I am offering a Home Study session.  It will be a bit like a ‘spare’ (remember these on your timetable?) Students will come to this session with learning tasks that are to be completed or where they need assistance. My office will become a ‘Common Room’ for the session.  Giving students in our senior years the chance to complete and read a timetable, and take what is required to these sessions is giving a little experience of what lies ahead. Children in 5/6 are to carry their timetables with them during the day just in case they are asked a question. A day of learning within a different frame.  Let’s see how it goes this year.

Sensory Garden

It’s about to commence.  We have confirmation from the builders that they will be commencing on Monday Sept 2.  The area will be a building site.  The good news is they anticipate that it will take about 5 weeks to complete the work.  Then as Alyena commented its over to us to complete the project.  We will be communicating with our neighbours.  All access to the site will be via the double gates on Eglinton St.

Show Day Wednesday September 4th

Another part of the MPWPS culture.  Show Day has a focus not only on providing a ‘Show’ like atmosphere, but enables independent planning and organisation, collaboration and fun.  Come along if you are free. Show Day Stalls/Amusements will be open from 11.45 am.

Fathers’ Day Stall

Fathers’ Day is the first Sunday in September. Our stall is on Thursday and Friday of this week.  Children will be able to purchase on both these days. We have many wonderful items at our home that have been given from stalls exactly like ours.  I must say however, the standard of gift has improved remarkably.  All items are $5.  B.Y.O  your own bag for your item. Have a happy day to all involved.

Year 5-6 Living and Growing

This term our senior students will be involved in three (3) weekly lessons around Living and Growing.  The content of the learning is closely aligned to the Department of Education’s recommended ‘Catching On' program.   A similar opportunity will be offered to the 3/4 team in Term 4.  A parent session will be offered prior to the classes commencing.  This will be on November 7th in the Performing  Arts Space. 

Please find attached the information sheets provided to attendees at last weeks parent information session.


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

Sincerely and in good faith

Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)


Get those runners and sponsorship cards out.  I have already raised $20 for our school and charity.

See you  on the pavement this FRIDAY!

Parents we are still looking for helpers if you have time we would appreciate your help!  Please contact the General Office and we will let Bree know.

See you Friday rain, hail or shine!




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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
  • Tuesday August 6th (date change)
  • Tuesday September 3rd (date change)
  • 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
  • Tuesday 10th December


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 

Community Partnerships

  • Thursday 20th June 4:00 pm

School Council Meeting 26th August 2019 Report 

School Council had its first meeting for Term 3 on Monday 26 August 2019.

As always, the reports from the sub-committees were presented. The sub-committees are Education, Environment and Sustainability, Community Partnerships, Junior School Council and Resources.

Councillors examined the Annual Implementation Plan Mid-Year evaluation which will be presented to the community later in the year. This document is a ‘traffic light’ style document which reflects the work to date that has taken place in the school.

Next week, Jack’s Paddock will be a building site as the builders will begin creating the structure that we discussed earlier this year. After the building of the structures are put up, we will plan community working bees and all hands on deck welcome!

The Year 2 sleepover is planned for Friday 25 October 2019 in Term 4 and we have just had a successful swimming program for the 5/6 students, with many children taking part.

J.S.C. is supporting the Cancer Council as the chosen charity for the monies raised from the Fun Run this Friday 30 August. 

The next meeting is on Monday 16 September 2019.  As always, parents are welcome to join any of the sub-committees, please see later in this newsletter for dates and times for each sub-committee.

Alyena Mohummadally

School Councillor

Sub Committee's 2019 - Expression of Interest

Are you interested in joining one of the School Council Sub Committees for 2019? Please find attached an Expression of Interest. You may return your Expression of Interest by email to the School Council Secretary @


Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 


1/2 Incursion on Thursday 22 August 2019 – The Travelling Kitchen!

Rooms 19, 20, 21 and 22 had the chance to take part in a cooking incursion as part of their Inquiry unit on ‘Growing Healthy’.  The day began with students walking into their classroom and being presented with an apron for the session. The instructors then explained the workshop and went through every ingredient that would go into the vegetable burgers. We then went to our workstations where there was a hat with our name on it and we wore that for the activity.


After we cleaned our hands, we began cooking. We had to cut spring onions with Kiddie Kutter knives and grate potatoes, carrots and zucchinis. The potatoes and carrots were really hard! We all got turns mixing in the flour and spice, vegetables and also corn and eggs. The instructor went through each ingredient and explained what it does to our bodies when we eat it, for example, potatoes have carbs which can help us run we learnt.  When we were done, the instructor made veggie burgers out of the mixture in frying pans in our classroom! The burgers were put into buns with lettuce and tomato (we had cheese if we wanted it) and then we got to eat the burgers.  They were yummy! The hardest part about the day was the delicious smells in the room that stayed there all day and a bit the next day as well. It’s so amazing that simple things like carrots and eggs make such a difference to our brains and bodies.

We hope the Travelling Kitchen comes back to us again soon!

Years 1/2 

Book Fair
3rd - 6th September 2019

Dear Parents and Families:


Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.
  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.


The theme of our Scholastic Book Fair is Dino-Mite, where we hope you will Stomp, Chomp, and Read! A fun reading event brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It is a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.


Book Fair dates:         Tuesday 3 to Friday 6 September, 2019

Shopping hours:        Library open until 4.30pm every day

Special activities:  Open night will be Thursday 5 September from 6.00pm to 7.30pm


We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.



Sport News

MPW Fun Run

We will be holding our 28th Annual Fun Run on Friday 30th August  from 9.00 to 10.30am.  All the students & teachers will be involved and can run, jog, skip, hop, walk etc. for one hour.

We cannot run this event without your assistance so don’t be shy! It’s also a great way to get to know other parents & support the children as they run past. Please complete the attached form below if you are able to assist.


Music News


We are proud and excited to have some of our senior choir students participating in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Made of Stars. 

The Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria. Fittingly, this year’s theme, Made of Stars, will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances showing that these students are made of star stuff.

The three-hour live show – involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus arts – will be performed to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September over two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm.


Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience. 

For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets when they go on sale from Wednesday 12 June via


Adult:                              $40

Child under 15:           $20

Concession:                  $30


Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling - Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.

2019 Senior Choir
The Wind in the Willows

In 2019 the MPW senior choir will continue to explore many of the elements within the performing arts. Our goal is to enable the students to participate in and bring together the many facets of the arts such as music, singing, acting, dancing and behind the scenes roles.


This year we will be performing our version of ‘The Wind in the Willows,’ written by Kenneth Grahame. The story combines a number of themes: countryside life, transport, justice, friendship and home. In addition, The Wind in the Willows is one of the most famous examples of anthropomorphism, enabling our students to explore human characteristics, such as ambitions, emotions and behaviour and help develop personal connections to their characters. The themes and personifications will be discussed as we work through each scene, characterisation and the interpretation of the songs and choreography.

The process of rehearsing and performing spoken and sung dialogue helps to develop language skills and provides a platform for students to take positive risks and build self-confidence. Everyone will be involved and have an integral role to play (big or small) to present this year’s musical. The process of being in a show provides the opportunity for every student to develops life skills such as responsibility, collaboration, respect, self-confidence & co-operation.


The best part is…It’s fun

If anyone would like to assist in some way with the production please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Kate Ridgeway

Environment and Sustainability

Green Team

Sara and Bec have been meeting with Jess, Lisa and the amazing kids from the Green Team each week this term.  The kids have some inspirational ideas and we are forming strong connections whilst working together.  Currently the focus is on reducing the waste produced by whole school events – the Green Team has constructed a plan for the upcoming Show Day and will be communicating with the wider school community on ways to run a completely rad show day whilst producing less waste!!  Great work Green Team!!


As you are probably aware, currently all kerbside recycling in Moonee Valley City Council is going straight to landfill. Here are some alternative options to keep the contents of our yellow bins out of landfill:

Transfer Station (Aberfeldie)
- Glass bottles, jars etc
- Paper
- Cardboard (must be flat)

Platinum Recycling (Airport West)
- Steel
- Aluminium
- E-waste
35 Hawker St, Airport West, 8am-4pm


Redcycle (Coles & Wollies)
- Soft plastics eg. bread bags, wrappers etc

Hard Plastics
- Looks like these are heading to landfill for now

This is also a great opportunity to evaluate our purchasing and waste and to look at ways to reduce the amount of recycling produced in the first place.

Fundraising Events

Help fight the war on waste this Father’s Day – KeepCup Fundraiser

Help fight the war on waste and help Dad/Grandad become more sustainable this Father’s Day with his very own KeepCup! KeepCups make a great gift and are now available to purchase through the School Office with lots of colours and 2 sizes available to purchase – Small 8oz for $14 and Large 12oz for $16.

Examples of colours, many more available through the office.

While you’re there why not buy one for every member of the family. Each Cup sold raises money for the school and we’ve partnered with Darling St Espresso who will take 50c off the price of your first coffee or milkshake in your new KeepCup! KeepCups are also suitable for lunch order milkshakes. What are you waiting for……let’s wipe out disposable coffee cups at our school….buy yours now!

What’s Coming Up?


MPW Australiana Trivia Night 2019

MPW Australiana Trivia Night 2019

When:             Friday 11th October 7:00 -11.30pm

Where:            MPW School Gym

Ticket Cost:  $35pp (BYO Drinks and Nibbles/Snacks)

Raising Funds For: New Sensory Garden


Our major Fundraising Event this year will be an Australiana Themed Trivia Night hosted by the infamous Dolly, always a hit with the punters. So, bail up your mates for a ripper, ridgey didge night of entertainment! Come dressed as your favourite Aussie legend, Icon or just come in your flannie and uggs for your chance to win you beaut prizes!

It will no doubt be a top night filled with trivia, laughter, games and a lot of fun! Don’t forget your moolah and your plastic as there’ll be bonzer items up for grabs in the                                                                                                            auctions and grouse raffle items to win!


It’s BYO so bring your esky, stop by the Bottle-O on the way and don’t forget your sangers!


Tickets are now on sale so don’t be a galah and get your tickets before you miss out!  Each table seats 9 of your mates, that’s 10 including you! Book your own seat or join a mob.

Book through Eventbrite here:

To have flexibility on seat selection please use a desktop PC or lappy when booking.



The fundraising team are seeking items for our event in all shapes and sizes. Are you able to donate or do you have connections? We are looking for substantial items to include in the auctions as well as smaller items to include in our raffles.

Examples of donations may include (all items must be unused):

  • Holiday House Weekend away / Dinner for 2
  • Goods / Service Vouchers
  • Homewares / Electronics
  • Health & Beauty Products
  • Kids Stationery/Sporting Goods/Toys/Games

Please drop your donations in at the school office preferably by Wednesday 18th September (prior to Term 3 school holidays).


The Fundraising Team would like to thank you so much for your continued support and generosity at our MPW Fundraising events, we look forward to seeing you at our Australiana Trivia Night and celebrating our wonderful school community.


Fundraising contacts

Sophie, Michelle, Rachel & Danielle – if you have any questions please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to the team.                





School Information

General Office

Office:                                 8:15 am - 4:45 pm

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 done via the COMPASS parent portal and the school absence  telephone line. 

If your child is sick it is advisable to not send your child to school. Continual absence may require a medical certificate.

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:

Thursday 19th December School (last day of Term 4 2019) - 3:30 pm dismissal

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free - Staff time in lieu half day)

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

We have a significant amount of unnamed clothing regularly donated to charity.


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


Monday 26th August

Koorie Heritage Trust Excursion 5/6

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 28th August

Grade 5/6 Free Activity Day

F/1 Zoo Excursion 

Thursday 29th August

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 1


Tuesday 3rd September

Division Athletics

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 5th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 2

Friday 6th September

District Basketball Carnival

Tuesday 10th September

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Thursday 12th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Philosothon Excursion

Friday 13th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Saturday 14th September 

VSSS Choir Performance Matinee and Evening Performance @ Melbourne Arena

Monday 16th September 

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 18th September

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Thursday 19th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 3

Friday 20th September

Term 3 Concludes @ 2.30 pm


Friday 11th October

Parent and Carer Function

Friday 25th October

Grade 2 Sleepover


Monday 4th November

Curriculum Day

Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 6th November

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 7th November

Parent Information Session - Sex Ed 3/4

Tuesday 12th November

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 1

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Thursday 14th November 2019

MVIMP Combined Concert

Tuesday 19th November 2019

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 2

Wednesday 20th November

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Monday 25th November

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 26th November

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 3

Soundgarage Keyboard Concert

Wednesday 27th November

Soundgarage Guitar and SAP Concert


Monday 2nd December

Education Committee meeting 6.30 pm

Tuesday 10th December

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 11th December

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Monday 16th December

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

Community News








Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Sex Ed handout Thursday 22nd August 2019.pdf
Learning by Growing program handout Thursday 22nd August 2019.pdf
School Council Sub Committee EOI 2019.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf
MPW 2019 FUN RUN Assist form.pdf