Moonee Ponds West Primary School

08 September 2017
2017 - Issue 27
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Sport 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

Enrolment of Siblings for 2018

A further reminder enrolment documents are  available from the office for siblings of current MPW students commencing school in 2018.

Class placement

The demand for places at Moonee Ponds West continues to be high. If you are leaving the school during term 4 or at the end of 2017 please let the office know at your earliest convenience. This will greatly assist our forward planning and also the transition of those students leaving at the end of the year into their new schools.

If you have  information of which your child’s teacher is unaware of that may assist with your child’s class placement for 2018 please put your request in writing and forward to Jeff Lyon via email  to mo[email protected] by Monday 30th of October. This request will then be registered for consideration. In formulating a request please refer to the school's grade placement policy below.

Year 5/6 Camp

Next week the second of the year 5/6 camps takes place. Children from rooms 10, 14 & 15 are heading off to Camp Curumbene in central Victoria (near Echuca) for the week. Thank you to Kim, Jess, Fiona, Brigitte, Julie, Liz, Annette, Anna, Barb and Tim for their attendance, support and organisation.

Education Sub Committee

The English action team leader - Kim Simmons reported on behalf of the English action team against the English Action Plan.

Areas reported against were:

  • The English Policy review is well advanced and on track to be completed by the end of 2017.
  • The English consultant Lorraine Wilson conducted a number of coaching sessions with staff and also whole of staff debriefing our approach to language and literacy learning. A number of Foundation and Year 1 parents/carers enjoyed hearing Lorraine speak at two parent/carer information sessions.
  • Foundation/Team 1 planners have been written to cater for a range of students learning needs.
  • The role of the Literacy coach (Kim Simmons) is to work with teachers on a range of strategies including spelling investigations, literature groups, personal and teacher directed writing.

Japanese assistant - Yamato Horiguchi

Yamato Horiguchi has been assisting with the Japanese program over the last two weeks.

He has been very supportive throughout each Japanese session. Walking around the room and assisting students with hand writing and pronunciation.

As we move closer to the departure date for the Japan Tour, Yamato has also volunteered his time at lunch time to help students practice reading their Japan Tour presentations.

It was a great experience for Yamato to observe the Japanese program in our school. He has been a wonderful assistant to Diana and Cindy.

We would definitely like to say a big ‘Thank you’ for all the hard work Yamato has done for our school.


Room 23

We welcome back Helen Lockart to Room 23 for two days a week for the remainder of the term. We will provide an update on the staffing arrangements for Term 4 as soon as practical.

Notices home to parent/carers

Monday 4th September 2017

Head Lice Alert Room 1

Friday 8th September 2017

Head Lice Alert Room 24

Teaching arrangements Room 23



Community Calendar


Monday 11th September

5/6 Camp Curumbene Rm's 10, 14 & 15 Departs

Tuesday 12th September

Resources Sub Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Thursday 14th September

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Friday 15th September

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

District Soccer

5/6 Camp Curumbene Rm's 10 14 & 15 Return

Saturday 16th September

Victorian State School Spectacular Concert

Monday 18th September 

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Japan Tour 2017 Departs

Tuesday 19th September

Back Up Soccer

Thursday 21st September

MPW Show Day

MPW MVIMP Concert 19:00

Friday 22nd September

School Assembly 9.00

Early dismissal 2.30pm - End of Term 3


Monday 2nd October

Japan Tour returns

Monday 9th October

Term 4 Begins 9.00

Friday 13th October

Summer Sport begins

Tuesday 17th October

Regional Athletics

Thursday 19th October

Grade 2 Sleep Over

Friday 20th October

Grade 2 Sleepover

Grade 3/4 Cricket

Monday 23rd October

Children's Week begins

Thursday 26th October

Organising You Workshop

Friday 27th October

Children's Week concludes

Summer Sports

Monday 30th October

State Athletics


Thursday 2nd November

Foundation/One Activity Night

Count Us In

Friday 3rd November

Summer Sports

Monday 6th November

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 7th November

Melbourne Cup-Public Holiday

Friday 10th November

Summer Sports

Tuesday 14th November

Resources Committee

Soundgarage Concert

Wednesday 15th November

Soundgarage Concert

Thursday 16th November

MVIMP End of Year Concert

Wednesday 22nd November

Grade 5/6 Cricket Carnival

Friday 24th November

Summer Sports

Monday 27th November

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Education News 

DAX Program: Enhancing Emotional Literacy through the Visual Arts

At the end of 2011, MPW was selected to be part of a pilot program in Victorian primary schools: “Enhancing Emotional Literacy through the Visual Arts." During 2012 three MPW staff - Mandy, Helen and Sue - were trained after 4 full days of Professional Development to implement the program.


The DAX program is an innovative visual arts program that strengthens a positive sense of student well-being through encouraging a greater self-awareness of themselves and others within a safe and supportive environment. It increases students’ learning capacity, improves school connectedness and retention, strengthens positive peer relationships and resilience. The program is not implemented in every session of Creative Arts but at selected times throughout the year.


This year we have implemented the program with grade 5/6s, 3/4s and Foundation/1s. The images below are some examples of student work investigating a range of memories, feelings and emotions - such as sad, worried, angry and happy.


Throughout the year we have been displaying some of the work outside the Creative Arts room. This week we have room 24's on display outside our room and a selection of amazing images from 3/4, and 5/6 works presently showing in the Administration building.


Please take the opportunity to look at the students work. If you have any questions please ask.


Sue & Claudia

Creative Arts team


Snow arrives at MPW!

Room 7 built a snowman in the playground on August 28th and while this was indeed a very unique and enjoyable experience for the students it also provided the opportunity for a robust class discussion that addressed the following:

  • What do we need to protect our hands from the cold snow?
  • Where is the best place to build our snowman?
  • What aspects of the weather  do we need to consider when we build the snowman including rain, wind, and sun so that the snowman will last?
  • What is your prediction as to how long the snowman will last.
  • What should we name our snowman/ snowwoman?

Here are some of the student’s recounts on the experience.


Year 2/3 Inquiry Unit

This term Rooms 7, 8 and 9 are investigating extinct and endangered animals. The focus question of our inquiry is what animals are endangered and why. Students have been researching and investigating in order to answer the following :

  • How do humans contribute to an animal’s survival?
  • How have animals evolved? (Grouping into evolutionary families)
  • How the earth has changed both naturally and with human involvement and the impact that has had on animals?

All students participated in an excursion the Melbourne Museum and IMAX theatre where they had the opportunity to watch a 3D movie on the Galapagos Islands and gain further understandings on how animals have evolved and continued to survive  in an extreme environment. The visit to the museum was equally as fascinating for the students. Here are some examples of student’s reflections on their exciting day. 


Nude Food Hall of Fame!

This past week our school began the Nude Food Challenge! The Challenge is to pack a completely rubbish-free lunch.


Classrooms discussed different ways to do this and some great ideas included:

  • Don’t buy individual packs or bags. For example, buy a jumbo bag of popcorn instead of individual packs. Use the jumbo bag over the whole week and use reusable containers
  • Throw any rubbish away at home so it doesn’t run the risk of flying around the yard
  • Reuse zip-lock bags and aluminium foil
  • Use reusable lunch boxes or bags instead of plastic bags

The Green Team thought this challenge would be a fun way to reduce the amount of rubbish in our yard and bring attention to the problem of rubbish and littering. This is what some kids around the school thought of the challenge:

‘If you pack your lunch at home and throw your rubbish away there, it’s more contained. Here at the school, there’s a chance it can fly away and end up in an animal’s stomach so not bringing it to school is a good idea' Kaan Rm 17

 'The challenge is an engaging way to bring awareness to the issue and get people talking and perhaps even spur on new ways of tackling the problem' Ella Rm 14

‘We can get germs polluted in our school if we bring rubbish’ Ayan Rm 4

‘The school has a lot of rubbish in it and so it’s a very good thing to do’ Jerry Rm 13

‘It’s bad for the environment if we have rubbish around our yard. I think the Nude Food Challenge is really good because you can’t bring any rubbish to school’ Amy Rm 13

‘It’s a good idea not to bring rubbish to our school’ Taneya Rm 4


In addition to bringing in rubbish-free lunches, we have had several groups of students spend their time making our yard a more beautiful space.



Zeeko Music Incursion

Recently some students at MPWPS were lucky enough to experience a performance by Zeeko. They played instruments in new and inventive ways. Students were amazed at how well the musicians could imitate the sounds of the sea. It was very smart how they used a violin bow on the symbols to make an eerie screeching noise, a violin bow on an electric guitar to make a whale noise and blew on bottles to make different pitches. 

Some of the songs were written by members of the band, and all the songs were written with a meaning or a story behind it. A lot of the meanings of the songs were about the ecosystem and environment. Their songs taught us about animal extinctions and ways of different places around the world. 


By: Dahlia, Eleanor, and Jemma


Sport News

Sport Term 3

Division Athletics

On Tuesday 5th of September some of our Gr 4/5/6 students represented the Ascot Vale District for Division Athletics.  Five of our Relay Teams qualified and we had a record number of students participating in individual events.  Our athletes (and supporters) braved the elements to produce some amazing results.


Students who qualify for Region will be notified ASAP, with scheduling information.  Region will also be held at Keilor Athletics Track on Tuesday 17th October (Week 2 next term).


A big thank you to parents/carers who transported students and supported on the day.  Particularly those who travelled to and from camp.  Our Sport program relies on your help and it’s very much appreciated.


Sport Term 4

Friday 13th  October: Gr 4 Cricket Carnival Day

Tuesday 17th October: Region Athletics (Keilor Athletics Stadium)

Friday 27th October: Round 1 Summer Sport

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.

Fundraising Events

MPW Spring Fling



Friday October 20th 


The Union Function Room

Union Hotel, 252 Union Rd, Ascot Vale.


7.30pm - 12.30am


$55 (adult event) - 120 tickets will be available

Includes finger food and 3 complimentary drinks (beer, wine and soft drink) Music and raffles.

Dress code:

Spring Fling - fun or fabulous.


When booking please indicate  if you have any dietary requirements.


Tickets will be available on Eventbrite from Monday the 28th of August.

Fundraising contacts

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


Jeff Lyon

PSD and Student Welfare 

Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové (Leading Teacher)

Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack (Acting Leading Teacher)

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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