Moonee Ponds West Primary School

03 December 2019
2019 -  Issue 36
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!
Music 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 to Parents, Carers, Staff and Students of Moonee Ponds West PS,

What an exciting week this one is going to be! The rehearsals for the choir’s performance are in full swing and again you are going to be amazed!

This year the performance is a ticketed event so make sure you have your ticket on the night. We have released another 30 tickets yesterday for both nights.  Seats are limited, and you know the gym it isn’t very big.  Each night the cast will perform to a maximum of 180 parents and friends. It could be standing room only!

Chookas to cast, crew and the volunteers  involved in The Wind in the Willows Choir production! All hands have contributed.

End of year reporting

As we have mentioned previously all student reports will be shared digitally this term. Your child’s end of Semester report will be available on COMPASS under the REPORTING tab on Friday December 13th.  This process is in line with our focus on being sustainable.


The Middle School (Grades 3/4) have been involved in continuous reporting this Semester and so their end of year report will look different from others.  The comments part of their report have been evidenced in samples of work continuously across the Semester. Again these will be available on COMPASS under the reporting tab

The GAGA Pit

This week we have welcomed a new addition to the school playing space: a GaGa Pit!  This is a structure that children play within, using a soft ball, with the aim to hit players with the ball between the foot and knee.  Once you are hit you are out.  When there are three players left, there is a count down from 30 to name the winner.  It is very inclusive, all children of all abilities can play.  The notion of the GaGa Pit came from an early in the year Inquiry unit around setting up some sort of business. Some senior students, after raising money from their business, came to float this idea with me, requesting that their money raised be put to the building of this structure  They actually did a ‘pitch’ with a working model (scaled down of course) and  some convincing arguments.  A number of our neighbouring schools have this play space, so there was a visit, discussion with the maker and School Council, and the dream became a reality! There will be a roster of use, with the senior students overseeing, until the rules and structure of the game are well known.  At this stage the GaGa Pit is for students in the Middle and Senior classes.

Parent Forum this FRIDAY December 6

Topic Transition what will happen at Secondary College Day One 2020? Last week wasn’t a popular day for the Forum with no parents attending.  So we have rescheduled for this FRIDAY.  We have made an Eventbrite booking so we can gauge interest.  As we have a speaker coming (Secondary Transition Co-ordinator from Mt Alexander College) I will confirm on Thursday if this is to go ahead.  This type of opportunity maybe too late in the year or at the wrong time! The confirmation will be via a push to COMPASS.


Well that’s about it from me. Only a couple more Newsletters for this year.  In 2020 I am thinking of making the Newsletter fortnightly, rather than weekly, as we now have other means of communication directly to parents.  Seems this is the trend in our Network schools.


Until we meet in person, enjoy the talent of our students, staff and their families at Wind in The Willows.



Kerri Simpson (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 28th October
  • 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)
  • Tuesday 8th October
  • 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 15th October
  • 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 16th October
  • Wednesday 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 

Community Engagement  commence at 4.00 pm

  • Thursday 20th June 
  • Monday 29th July 
  • Monday 2nd September 
  • Monday 21st October
  • Monday 18th November
  • Monday 9th December

School Council meeting 25th November 2019

The School Council met on Monday 25th November to discuss the activities for the remainder of Term 4, 2019 and how best to prepare for 2020 – the beginning of a new decade for MPWPS!

We started out the evening with a de-brief of the Japan Study Tour, led by Diana Vivian. There was so many positive outcomes for the children who attended this life changing trip. Generally, the chance to experience a different culture, practice their Japanese and see the many historical sites of this amazing country. Of particular note was the visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, the homestay and of course Disneyland Tokyo! We finished up discussing ways in which the tour can be even better when it is next run in 2021. Thanks Diana, Cindy, Kerri and all the incredible parent helpers who attended this trip. Your contribution was instrumental in creating lifelong memories for our children.

We then had the Principal’s report where Kerri advised of the new teachers coming to the school (Dessa Walsh and Tim Cannan) and the promotion of Kim Simmons to the position of Learning Specialist Literacy and Jessica Greenbaum to the position of Numeracy. We are all pleased to see a blend of new faces and stability in critical learning areas. We then focused on the creative side of the school activities. The MVIMP Combined Concert was a great night with MPWPS excelling at both the on stage performance and the quota of winning raffle tickets. The Art Show was also a success, showcasing the children’s artistic work in a creative and beautiful display.

The Sub-Committee reports were tabled and discussed. Junior School Council were pleased to report the success of Bandana day – with all bandanas sold – and great interest in the work going on in Jack’s paddock. Thanks to all the parents that participated in the recent survey on Coles/Woolworths school sponsorship. We are collating the results and discussing these with the Junior School Council and the Green Team. The Education Committee had a particularly productive meeting with discussions around the curriculum, better resources for the library, grade 6 graduation and the Program Plan and Budget prepared by the teachers for 2020. A significant amount of planning has occurred already, and it will ensure a great start to the new year. Great news for the Environment Committee who were successful in their application for the MVCC Edible and Interactive Garden Grant – $3,100! A working bee is likely to occur early in the new year, so watch this space.

Personally, the opportunity to be on School Council has been very rewarding. The collegiate way in which the parents, teachers and staff work together is fantastic; all to benefit the students at this great school. If you want to be part of this and really make a difference, please put your hand up next year when roles on the School Council become available.


Lisa Shaw



School Councillor

Community Engagement Sub Committee Report

Our newly formed Community Engagement Sub-Committee of School Council meets monthly in the weeks before School Council.  The purpose is to deal with all things Community; discussing aspects of involvement, parent, community participation across the school, and linking Parent Reps to the School Council.  At our last meeting we looked at the Volunteers Policy providing information to update within the cycle.

The Sub-Committee is also wanting to develop a Parent Skills and Volunteers register as  many schools have such a register.  The purpose would be to access the skills and support of the community. Please consider  adding your name and skills to the register.

If you are wanting to be part of the Community Engagement Sub-Committee we meet on a Monday after school (4pm) in Kerri’s Office.  All interested welcome to attend.


At present Convenor and Minute-taker.

Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 

Maths Competition Results

The following results are for the Australian Mathematics Competition in which 36 of our students chose to participate. Everyone should be extremely proud of their effort and their result.

The competition is held in August each year. If your child is interested in participating in the competition next year please look for information in this newsletter and on COMPASS next year.

 The competition is a fantastic experience for students.

Again, WELL DONE to ALL the students who participated.     

Vicki McCormack.


Communication with the teachers

COMPASS has the capacity to enable parents to communicate directly with teachers.  We have not opened this function as yet but plan to next year in 2020.  The protocols have been developed by parents, teachers and consultation has occurred at the Parent Representative group, Education Sub-Committee, through the Principal’s Staff meeting and School Council.

Protocols provide guidance for communication so that we are professional and effective. 


Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall

Help fight the war on waste this Christmas -
KeepCup Fundraiser

Help fight the war on waste and encourage someone you know to be more sustainable this Christmas with their very own KeepCup! KeepCups make a great gift, especially perfect for KK presents. They are now available to purchase through the School Office with two different sizes and several different colours available – Small 8oz are $14 and Large 12oz are only $16. Why buy just one – consider one for every member of the family. Also, each KeepCup 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 try to wipe out disposable coffee cups in our school community….buy yours now!





Music News

The 2019 MPW spectacular Senior Choir
are proud to present

Performance dates and times:

Wednesday 4th December 7:00 pm start

Thursday 5th December 7:00 pm start

Friday 6th December 9:15 am start for the whole school

Location: MPW Gym.

Duration: approximately 90 minutes

(there will be a brief interval)

Every child in the choir has an integral role to play as they sing, dance and act their way through over 20 songs and scenes to bring to life Kenneth Grahame’s timeless tale of the adventures of Toad and his very patient friends. The students can’t wait to showcase their amazing work.


Tickets are $5.00 each and are now on sale through Eventbrite




Fundraising Events

Pizza Day Success

Well it looks like MPW families love Pizza! We didn’t think we could surpass the amount of Pizzas ordered in Term 2 but we were wrong. Many students enjoyed Bakers Delight Margherita and Hawaiian Pizzas for lunch last Friday with the biggest school pizza order our local bakers have ever seen! Thank you to all the families that were able to support the event, every pizza purchased raised $1.00 for our school. The fundraising team would like to thank our helpers on the day who sorted and delivered pizzas to hundreds of happy and hungry kids – Sandra, Anthea and Andrea. We would also like to extend a big thank you to the team at Bakers Delight Ascot Vale and Showgrounds for all of the support not only with Pizza Days this year but with Hot Cross Buns and hundreds of loaves of bread for our BBQ's. Please shop local and support them if you can.

Fundraising 2019 End of Year DASH!

We have a jam packed fun filled Fundraising dash to the end of the year, here’s what’s on and how you can help out! More Info below:




How you can hep!


(Union Rd Christmas Celebrations)

Saturday 7th December

10am to 2pm

Make or Bake some yummy treats for our stall! Deliver to school on Friday 6th December.

MPW Christmas Raffle

Thursday 19th December

9am (Assembly)

Make sure you buy your tickets by Wednesday 18th December (more info soon)

Fight the War on Waste


School Office Hours

Purchase Keep Cups to fight the War on Waste, raise money for our school & help the environment!

Union Road Christmas Celebration Cake Stall - this Saturday!

This Christmas we have been offered the fabulous opportunity to run the Cake Stall at the Union Road Christmas Celebration this Saturday 7th December between 10am and 2pm.  This is always a fun day out for the family with lots of great activities to keep kids and adults entertained and a tremendous opportunity to raise additional funds for our school. Each family should now have a plate, ingredients list and wrapping for their contribution, if you have not received yours please see the office. To ensure the stall is a great success we would love for you to consider making and baking some delicious treats to sell on the day. We will require your donation to be delivered by Friday 6th December to the school office ensuring all ingredients are labelled. Please do not use any ingredients that require refrigeration (eg cream). Thank you in advance for your support and yummy treats!



MPW End of Year Christmas Raffle

The fundraising team have finalised the End of Year Raffle and each family will receive a list of the prizes along with 10 tickets to sell within the next week. Tickets are just $2 each with the Prize Pool totalling over $1,200. There are some amazing prizes up for grabs including a weekend getaway, dining vouchers and some great school holiday days out.  Look out for the details in your eldest child’s school bag!

Help fight the war on waste this Christmas -
KeepCup Fundraiser

Help fight the war on waste and encourage someone you know to be more sustainable this Christmas with their very own KeepCup! KeepCups make a great gift, especially perfect for KK presents. They are now available to purchase through the School Office with two different sizes and several different colours available – Small 8oz are $14 and Large 12oz are only $16. Why buy just one – consider one for every member of the family. Also, each KeepCup 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 try to wipe out disposable coffee cups in our school community….buy yours now!









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 

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


Wednesday 4th December

MVIMP Demo Concert for students in years 2-6

Choir Performance 7:00 pm

Thursday 5th December

Choir Performance 7:00 pm

Friday 6th December

Parent Forum - 6-7 Transition

Whole School Choir Performance 9:15 am

Tuesday 10th December

Step Up Day 

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Wednesday 11th December

Parent Rep Celebration 9:00 am

Friday 13th December

Student Reports published

Monday 16th December

School Council 6:30 pm

Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

Wednesday 18th December

Grade 5/6 Picnic

Thursday 19th December

Last day Term 4 - School concludes @ 3.30 pm


Wednesday 29th January 

School begins for students in years 1-6


Monday 3rd February

School begins for Foundation students

Community News

Dear MPW Families,
Camp Australia will not be running the Holiday Program at Moonee Ponds West Primary School during the Term 4 holidays.

We have alternative Holiday Programs at nearby local primary school locations available for you to access.  You may enrol your child at Brunswick North Primary School, Flemington Primary School or Essendon North Primary School.
Kind Regards,
Ceylan Portakalci
Camp Australia Coordinator at Moonee Ponds West Primary


Camp Australia 1300 105 343 

Essendon North PS 

Brunswick North PS

Flemington PS


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