Moonee Ponds West Primary School

02 June 2017
2017 - Issue 15
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Fundraising Events
Education News 
Sport News
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Parent/Carer Tours for children commencing school in 2018

Enrolment tours are continuing for parent/carers considering enrolling their child/ren for the Foundation year 2018 intake. Sibling enrolment forms are available at the office. If you are enrolling a sibling for 2018 could you please submit the enrolment forms as early as possible to assist with forward planning.

Trivia Night

A reminder that tickets are available for the MPW trivia night to be held on Saturday June 24th.  For further information please see article on our fundraising page.


Funds will go toward the final amount required to purchase and install of new water bubblers The plan is for the old water troughs will be removed and new water bubblers to be installed around the school, including a water bubbler to be located near the adventure playground adjacent the Tiger Turf. The bubblers have the additional facility for children to fill their water bottles, come in varying heights and a variety of colors (The Green Team have been consulted as to the colors to be chosen).


Student Support Groups (SSG'S)

SSG's for families of students with additional needs who are the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) have been held this week and will continue next week.

Fun Run

A huge thank you to Bree and to everyone who helped out with our annual fun run. Everyone’s assistance with ensuring children were safe, hydrated and well fed contributed to making the morning a wonderful community event celebrating the importance of everyone’s health and wellbeing.

Little Big Shots Film Festival (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)

Families might be interested in the Little Big Shots film festival to held June 8 to 12 at ACMI. For further information please click on the link below.

Education Subcommittee Meeting

The Education Sub Committee meeting will be held this coming Monday June 5 at 7:00 pm. The Education Sub Committee Terms of Reference can be found on our website.

Rubella/German Measles

It has brought to our attention that a student in the school has been diagnosed with Rubella/German Measles. Rubella/German Measles is a viral illness that causes a skin rash and joint pain. Rubella/German Measles is mild for most people, but can have serious consequences for an unborn baby.


Causes and symptoms of Rubella/German Measles:


Mild Fever


Runny Nose

Sore Eyes

Skin Rash

Swollen Lymph Nodes

Joint Pain


Should your child or familiy members be suffering any of these symptons please see your doctor.

Please find a link to information on Rubella/German Measles


Recollections of life in a primary school in 1969

In the spirit of knowing our history to avoid simply repeating it, below is a link to an episode of The Moth recently replayed on ABC RN telling the story of a child’s experience at school in 1969.


Enjoy the weekend



School Council Report

A School Council Meeting was held on Monday 29 May. This was the first meeting with our new members for 2017–18. Council reviewed the minutes of previous meetings as well as all correspondence received by the school from March to May.

Our discussion then focused on a number of areas:

The Resources Subcommittee reported that the school is arranging quotes for repairs to guttering and the gym wall. The subcommittee will also review the school’s Sponsorship Policy and processes. Our Music Trivia Night on 24 June should raise the additional few thousand dollars we need for the water bubblers and we hope to have these installed during the July school holidays.


We endorsed the Education Subcommittee Terms of Reference and this will soon be available on our website. The Terms of Reference helps clarify the role of the subcommittee and how we support the involvement of new members.

Our new Communication and Engagement Working Group will create strategies to deliver more effective communication within the school community. The working group consists of four parent councillors and two staff members and will run until the end of third term. We look forward to a written report and recommendations from the working group at the next School Council meeting on 26 June.

The Master Planning Working Group is looking at carrying out an upgrade to the toilet block adjacent to Lennox Street using the Capital Works Program funding that was allocated to MPW in the recent State Budget. This project will develop further over the next six months.

The new Parent and Carer Concerns and Complaints Policy was endorsed at the meeting. This is a clear protocol for raising concerns and complaints with teachers and school leaders. The policy details who to contact if there is a concern and where to go if additional information is required.

Jeff was pleased to report that MPW is working on refining its practices around supporting children with individual needs.

We look forward to providing more updates from School Council after our June meeting.


Simone Beever 

School Councillor

Notices home to parent/carers

30th May

Incursion 5/6 Team - Space Discovery Dome

Fun Run Sponsorship Form - Whole School

1st June

Head Lice  - Room 22

Rubella/German measles - Whole school

2nd June

Sex Education - Yr's 3/4/5/6



Community Calendar


Friday 2nd June

Winter Sports

Monday 5th June

Maths Competition entry closes

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Monday 6th June

Division Cross Country

Thursday 8th June

Sex Education - 3/4 and 5/6  Parent Information Session 

Friday 9th June

Winter Sports

Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday

Tuesday 13th June

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Sex Education - 3/4

Wednesday 14th June

Sex Education - 5/6

Friday 16th June

Winter Sports

Tuesday 20th June

Music Incursion 09:00 to 13:00

Sex Education - 3/4

Wednesday 21st June 

PJ Day - Winter Solstice

Thursday 22nd June

Sex Education - 5/6

Friday 23rd June

Winter Sports

Saturday 24th June

Music Trivia

Monday 26th June

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 27th June

Sex Education - 3/4

Thursday 29th June

Sex Education - 5/6

Friday 30th June

End of Term 2 - early dismissal 14:30


Monday 17th July

Term 2 Commences 9:00

Wednesday 19th July

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Thursday 20th July

State Cross Country

Thursday 27th July

Curriculum Day - Reporting to Parents

Friday 28th July

Australian Maths Competition




Monday 7th August

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

District Athletics

Tuesday 15th August

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 16th August

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Monday 21st August

Book Week begins

Tuesday 22nd August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Wednesday 23rd August

Bookeweek Dress Up Day

Multi Age Workshops

Friday 25th August

MVIMP Camp returns

Bookweek concludes

Monday 28th August

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00


Fundraising Events

MPW Music Trivia Night 2017

When:                                                    Saturday June 24th 7pm -11.30pm

Where:                                                    MPW School Gym

Ticket Cost:                                         $30pp (BYO Drinks and Nibbles/Snacks)


Join us MPW families, staff, and friends!

Our Term Two Fundraising Event is Music Trivia Night.

Hosted by the fabulous Dolly, this was a memorable evening last year. Get into the fun spirit of the night and dress up as your favourite music idol/band. If you’re not one to get your groove on in public, toe tapping under the table is completely fine!


There are fantastic spot prizes to be won and we’ll also have a selection of silent-auction items up for grabs.


If you’d like more information on what’s in store, feel free to have a look at the Dolly Productions website at


Please join us by purchasing individual tickets or a table with friends.

Click on the Eventbrite link to purchase your ticket/s

To have flexibility on seat selection please use a desktop computer when booking. If you are unable to book online and would like to purchase tickets, please contact Rachel via the school office.



The fundraising team are seeking items for our speciality prize hampers

Examples of donations may include:

  • Wine/chocolates/gourmet food products (non-perishable
  • Health and beauty products
  • Gardening products
  • Kids stationery

We also welcome more significant items or services that would be suitable for our silent auctions. You can drop these donations at the school office.


Thanks so much for your continued support and generosity at our MPW fundraising events, we look forward to seeing you at Music Trivia Night and celebrating our wonderful school community.

MPW Fundraising Events 2017

Term Four

  • Friday October 20th - Spring  Social Night
  • End of Year Raffle 

Fundraising contacts

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


Education News 

Prime Science
Rooms 7, 8 and 9

Prime Science Incursions came to visit rooms 7, 8 and 9 to help us learn more about the states of matter for our inquiry unit. These are some reflections from the students in room 9, along with some photographs of what they did.


I enjoyed playing with the ooblek and it was very interesting to find out how it behaved because I thought it would be like slime.



I learnt that when you mix cornflour and water you make ooblek. I also learnt that if you pour hot and cold water into two different cups and you put food dye into the cups, the dye in the hot water mixes faster than the cold water.



I didn’t know that a medicine tablet mixed with water could make it burst into the air!



Our incursion was about matter (solids, liquids and gasses) and about what matter does. It was also about chemistry. It was really fun.



I enjoyed playing with the ooblek and I found it interesting that ice and salt will make the cup frosty.



Victorian Premiers Reading Challenge 2017

If you are interested in your child participating in The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2017, you will need log onto the following website   Register your child as a home-based student as this year the school will not be registered as a participant. Please read and inform your child of the commitment, what is expected and the responsibility they will need to dedicate if participating in the challenge.


More details of the Challenge is available online at

The Challenge aims to inspire children and young people to read more books.

 It is not a competition, but a challenge to each student. 

It is open for Early Childhood to Year 12.

So….if you love books …enjoy reading….or even love being read too…..then this is your mission!

Room 20, 21 and 22 Taskworks Incursion

On Tuesday, Rooms 20, 21 and 22 had an incursion as part of their Inquiry, Machines Unit-“May the Force be with you!” The incursion was a fantastic opportunity for children to explore machines and how forces are used to create movement.

The machines the children explored have been purposely designed for them to investigate simple machines, magnetic force, gravity, push and pull, air pressure and a whole lot more!

 A special thank you to our large army of parents/carers who helped. This made it an even greater success!

When we returned to the classroom, the children were asked to draw and label a diagram of their favourite machine and write an explanation of how it worked.

Here are their great diagrams and explanations!

Jenny Irvine (On behalf of the One/Two team)


The Victorian State Schools Spectacular

Saturday 16th September

This year members of the MPW Choir will be participating in the Victorian State School Spectacular. Early Bird ticket sales have opened, please see the flyers below.



Australian Mathematics Competition - reminder

Students from Grade 3 to 6 who have a 'love of Mathematics' have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition.

Further to last weeks newsletter we are pleased to confirm the competition will be held at MPW on Friday 28th July.


There is a cost of $6 per child to enter the competition and entry forms will be available at the front office.  Closing date is Monday 5th June.

 If you have any questions you can gain information from the website 'Australian Mathematics Competition' or speak to Vicki McCormack in Room 4.

Australian Mathematics Competition | AMT Australian Mathematics CompetitionOne of the world’s largest school-based mathematics competitions with more than 14 million entries since 1978.


About the Australian Mathematics Competition

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian education calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks on the same day in over 30 countries around the globe.

Running since 1978, the AMC is for students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6) or 75 minutes (Years 7–12). The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking rather than focus on calculations themselves, thus such questions are designed so that they can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. The problems get more difficult through the competition, so that at the end they are challenging to the most gifted students. Students of all standards will make progress through the problems, and also be challenged along the way.

The AMC is available both in hard copy and online format, with no difference in the questions or time requirements.

For additional entry information and special circumstances » Go to Entering the AMC
>> AMC Results
>> Frequently Asked Questions

Visually impaired and distance students

We would like the AMC to be available to all students who wish to participate. We have special arrangements for visually impaired students and distance education organisations. Home schooled students or students whose school chooses not to participate are free to make arrangements to sit under the supervision of another school.

The AMC may be held on a different date by special arrangement in some countries.

Sport News

Cross Country

Good luck to the Elli Honan and Samantha Holloway who will go on to compete at Division on the 6th June at Brimbank Park.

SEDA Students

Some students will participate in specialist Basketball coaching from SEDA students.  SEDA is a Sport Education program that offers a modified Year 11 & 12 pathway for sports minded individuals.  The students that will visit MPW are in the Basketball program at SEDA and as part of their placement, they will develop their coaching skills.

Term 2 Dates

6th June

Division Cross Country

20th June

District Soccer Carnival

Winter Sport Term 2 2017

Friday 2nd June



(Errol Street North Melbourne, - Football at Brens Oval, Marcarthur Road, Parkville)


Friday 9th June



(Errol Street North Melbourne, - Football at Brens Oval, Marcarthur Road, Parkville)


Friday 16th June



(Clarendon Street, Avondale Heights – Football at Canning Reserve, Glenside Street, Avondale Heights)

We need your help!

For our programs to run we need lots of parent/carer assistance. If you are able to assist with any of our events please see Bree and pass your Working with Children check details onto the office.

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


Jeff Lyon

Assistant Principal (Acting)

Barbara Springfield

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher/Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové

Leading Teacher (Acting)/Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack

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 a link on the front page of our website, 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.

Term Dates

Term 1:

Tuesday 31st January to Friday 31st March

Term 2:

Tuesday 18th April to Friday 30th June

Term 3:

Monday 17th July to Friday 22nd September

Term 4:

Monday 9th October to Friday 22nd 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 30th January & Tuesday 14th March

Term 2:

Monday 22nd May

Term 3:

Thursday 27th 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 2016 - 40kg of unnamed clothing and

30 items of 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 huge workload and loss of property.


You can help by:

  • ensuring all belongings are clearly marked with student's names and room numbers
  • regularly check (and encourage your child/ren to check) for their lost property
  • remember 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 causeway at the entry to room 7 and 8 (near the toilet block off the little adventure playground).

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