Moonee Ponds West Primary School

09 October 2018
2018 - Issue 31
Principal's report
School Council
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

Dear Parents, Carers and Students of MPWPS

Term 4 is usually a very busy term and 2018 is no different for us.

We commenced the term with our Mathematics consultants Chris Coombes and offside Jess Batanovic working with the 5/6 team and then the Foundation and Year 1 team Problem Bases learning in fractions and then around developing number skill and thinking. Finding out what children already know and then planning a problem for them to demonstrate their thinking is the basis of this style of learning.  Complimenting these skills are automatic number facts and building the capacity to talk show what they have done to solve the problem. In the sessions with Chris and Jess today, the teachers completed problems using this learning model, becoming the learners.   After school the whole staff had a chance to work within a Problem Based Learning problem and understand the structure.  Although there is a link between Problem Based Learning and Problem Solving, the first is a way of thinking and explaining for deeper understanding of mathematics whilst the other is a to solve a problem and get and answer; still very valuable.  It is the goal that our students will be challenged and engaged by this method of learning and developed mathematic skill and knowledge.

Hydration during Term 4

Term 4 is the term when we wear our hats to protect our faces, necks and ears, and when we can take time to think about hydration.  Hydration is important in good health and so we need to ensure that our children have plenty to drink. In the Education section of the Newsletter there is an article on Hydration for children.   Let’s make sure that each child has a refillable water bottle for the class, and that this is filled at least once during the day AND that on the way home they empty the water onto a very grateful plant.  Then we all are in a good space!

Newsletter TUESDAYS!  

Today is the first time we have had a newsletter on a Tuesday. From research Tuesday is the best day for you to read the information presented.  I will be interested in hearing from you about this change.

October is Walk to School Month

In October we will be monitoring the mount of students walking, riding, scooting et al to school. Being active in this glorious weather is very easy. All classes will be monitoring the amount of students who are involved.  As usual I look forward to welcoming students to school each morning.

Foundation 2019 Parent Information Evening

This year we are changing the Foundation transition processes to ensure that parents and students are well versed in our school and its processes.  Starting this THURSDAY we will welcome our 2019 Foundation parents.  It is important for all parents to attend and hear about what successful transition to school looks like. I look forward to introducing the current Foundation/Year One team and answering any questions.  We will start this meeting at 7pm.  See you in the Performance Space.  Best enter from Eglington Street.

Class Placement for 2019

In WEEK 3 on October 23rd, all parents will receive a letter inviting them to share any important information that could assist the teachers in class placement for the coming year.  Please remember this isn’t an opportunity to select a teacher, it is simply a chance for you to share important information as a parent.  The Class Placement offer is invitation not a requirement so you may choose not to complete this form.  There is absolutely no disadvantage in this decision. Parent information is only one aspect we consider.  We consider teacher judgement on many aspects including social and academic mix of the class, numbers of boys and girls, student friend requests and a structure that best suits the learning needs of your child.  Class placement is a complex organisational task as you could well imagine.  Please look for this chance both on COMPASS and in hard copy.


Well that’s about it from me.  We start the School Review this Wednesday.  Will keep you posted.


Sincerely and in good faith

Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting)


PS The building works have been held up.  We will let you know the new start date via COMPASS.

School Council

School Council Membership 2018

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Michelle Bovè
  • Helen Lockart
  • Vicki McCormack
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

Community Calendar


Thursday 11th October

Foundation Parent/Carer Information session 19:00

Tuesday 16th October

Circus Grades 5/6

Thursday 18th October

Grade 2 Sleepover

Wednesday 24th October

2/3 Immigration Museum Excursion Group 1

Thursday 25th October

Class placement letter sent home

Friday 26th October

Year 4 PE Carnival Day

Tuesday 30th October 

Circus Performance Grades 5/6 18:00

Wednesday 31st October 

Class placement forms returned

2/3 Immigration Museum Excursion Group 2


Thursday 1st November

F/1 Activity Night

Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day - No school

Wednesday 7th November

Education Committee 18:30

Thursday 8th November

Foundation Orientation Session 1

5/6 Parliamentary Process Incursion


Monday 12th November

5/6 Parliamentary Process Incursion

Tuesday 13th November

5/6 Cricket Carnival

Soundgarage Concert

Wednesday 14th November

Writers Festival

Soundgarage Concert

Thursday 15th November

Foundation Orientation Session 2

MVIMP Combined Concert

Monday 19th November

5/6 Parliamentary Experts Incursion

Wednesday 21st November

Environment Committee meeting 18:00

Thursday 22nd November


Foundation Orientation Session 3

Monday 26th November

School Council meeting 19:00

Thursday 29th November

Foundation Orientation Session 4


Wednesday 5th December

Senior Choir Concert - Alice@Wonderland 19:00

Thursday 6th December

Senior Choir Concert (School Performance) - Alice@Wonderland 9:00

Tuesday 11th December

Whole School Transition Day

Wednesday 12th December

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 14th December

Student Reports home

Monday 17th December

School Council 18:00

Wednesday 19th December

Year 6 Graduation

Friday 21st December

End of year Assembly 9:00

End of Term 4 13:30

Education News 


Children & hydration

Our bodies are made up of approximately 70 percent water. Water has many important functions in the body, including; regulating your body’s temperature, digesting food and excreting waste.  Your body loses water throughout the day when you sweat, breathe and urinate. It is important to replace the water you have lost to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated.

Children are at a greater risk of dehydration than adults. This is because in relation to their size, children have a larger proportion of their skin available to lose sweat and be exposed to heat. Additionally, children don’t always recognise that they’re thirsty, and if they’re not encouraged and reminded may forget to drink. Luckily, there are a few ways to tell if your child is hydrated.

How do I know if my child is hydrated?

Frequent bathroom breaks or wet nappies are the easiest way to tell if your child is hydrated. You can also look out for these common symptoms of dehydration:

  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Thirst
  • Cracked lips
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Lethargy
  • Dark urine

How much water does my child need?

The amount your child needs will vary depending on their age, size and level of activity. For children under 8 years of age, at least 4-6 glasses of water is recommended. For children older than 8 years of age a minimum of 6-8 glasses is recommended.

If your child is playing sports or is very active they will need extra fluid, see our section on hydration for active kids. Kids will also need more fluid on hot days or when unwell.

Tips to help your kids stay hydrated!

  • Pack a water bottle for school and when you go out. Try a frozen water bottle in summer.
  • Encourage your child to drink water before, after and during physical activity
  • Always offer water with meals and snacks
  • Encourage your child to drink water, even if they don’t like it!

Tips for kids who don’t like water

  • Try adding slices of fruits such as lemon or orange to water, for variety and flavour.
  • Let your kids choose their own drink bottle or serve water in colourful glasses or jugs.
  • Be a role model! Make a point of drinking water with your kids.
  • Experiment with temperature; try having a jug of water in the fridge, adding ice-cubes, or even warm water in winter.

Water is the best choice to keep your kids hydrated throughout the day. Water contains no extra energy and can quench your thirst. Other fluids such as milk, juice and sweetened drinks can also contribute to your child’s fluid intake.  For more information on drink choices for your kids, check out the Drinks section of our website.





Sport News

Odd Sock Circus – Performance Tuesday 30th October

Grade 5/6 students from MPW will be performing the ‘Odd Socks Circus’ in Term 4 on Tuesday 30th October.  This is an event for the whole community.  The students have been practicing various skills throughout Term 3 and have participated in incursion days under the guidance of Phil Melgaard.


Circus is a great way for students to challenge themselves in skills that we normally wouldn’t learn or practice.  It is often a test of persistence and perseverance.  This is the 6th time the school has performed the circus as a biannual event that is a combination of the Physical Education, Performing Arts and Creative Arts programs at MPW. 

Join thousands of Victorian families for Walk to School 2018!

Get ready, get set for Walk to School 2018!

MPW has joined the hundreds of primary schools across Victoria for a fun month of walking, riding and scooting to and from school. By participating, we have a chance to win some great prizes! So every time our local families walks, rides or scoots to and from school during October, you increase our school’s chance of winning!


Decorate your shoes, bikes or scooter

If your school participates in the decorate your shoes, bikes and scooter activity – add this also

In 2017, we’re encouraging our kids to put their best foot forward by decorating their shoes, bikes or scooters to make Walk to School even more fun. Get involved with us for Walk to School and help your family build healthy habits for life: This activity will be run by VicHealth.


About Walk to School

Every October, VicHealth’s Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids and their families to walk, ride or scoot to and from school every day. It’s a great way for the whole family to increase their physical activity levels. Plus, it is a chance to enjoy more time with your kids and meet other local families along the way.

Along with the health benefits, it also reduces traffic congestion, saves on parking, helps us connect with family and friends and saves the environment!

Part way is okay! If you can’t walk the whole way, why not try parking the car a few blocks from your school and walk, ride or scoot the rest.

Last year, more than 144,000 kids and their families took part in the program walking the equivalent of two return trips to the moon and with your families help, we can make 2017 our biggest year yet!

There are so many great reasons to participate in Walk to School this October and we’re excited to be part of the fun because getting active is even more fun when we do it together!

Please see attached document for more information.



Fundraising Events

A touch of Bond – Friday October 19th 

MPW “Touch of Bond”

If you believe “Diamonds are Forever” and Martinis should be shaken, not stirred please join us for this fun filled and glamorous evening. Take part in our “Fashions on the Field” for the chance to win prizes and bring along your competitive spirit to bid in our Live Auction for a weekend away!    


The Union Function Room

Union Hotel

252 Union Rd, Ascot Vale (enter via Maribyrnong Rd)

7:30pm to 12:30am


Dress Code: Bond…..James Bond!


Cost: $60 per person


Includes substantial finger food and 3 complimentary drinks (beer, wine and soft drink). Music, Live Auction & Best Dressed Prizes.

Tickets available from Eventbrite @


Please advise the school of any dietary requirements

Please purchase your tickets @ Eventbrite from Tuesday 21st of August.

Please note this is an adult only event.

Fundraising contacts

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

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.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

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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