Moonee Ponds West Primary School

26 March 2019
2019 - Issue 8
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport 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

Dear Parents, Carers, Students and MPWPS Community members,

As you know, we are into the second last week of term. This brings challenges for some of our students who may be feeling a little more tired and ready for a break. This is the time where we have to keep our children resilient. Resilience refers to the ability to manage change to maintain and restore mental health and wellbeing, particularly after an adverse event. Being resilient is associated with better academic performance and school behaviour and, over the longer term, fewer mental health issues and greater life opportunities (including employment and relationships). A child or young person who is resilient might: 

    • be optimistic
    • use positive self-talk for encouragement
    • have a positive sense of self
    • identify and express their feelings and thoughts
    • not hide away from strong feelings
    • have helpful, age-appropriate strategies to manage their emotions when upset
    • rearrange their plans to work around an unexpected situation
    • have a sense of agency or responsibility
    • keep on trying if something doesn’t work out and use their judgement about when to stop
    • hold a sense of purpose or hope for the future
    • actively ask for help if they need it

Research suggests there are three major categories which support resilience-building:

    • caring and supportive relationships
    • high-but-achievable expectations of children and young people
    • opportunities for children and young people to participate in the school community

Movie Night

A BIG thank you to all families who attended the Movie Night last Friday 22nd March.

The super hero Fundraising Team did a great job in organising and running this highly successful night and, on behalf of the school community, I would like to thank the Fundraising Team for their super efforts. The amount raised will be included in next weeks newsletter.

In Kerri's absence

As you know, Kerri and Jarrod (Leading Teacher) are at an EXPO in Brooklyn NYC focussing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

It’s ‘business as usual’ in Kerri’s absence. Our Year 3/4 students are enjoying camp (you can catch all the action on Compass) and our teachers are working hard during this week and next to plan for Term 2. Whilst there are only two weeks of Term 1 to go, there is still plenty of hard work and fun times to be had!

Kind Regards

Barbara Springfield (Assistant Principal - Acting)

Parent Payments

Thank you to our parents/carers who have paid their family payments by the due date of the 15th of March.  There remains a substantial amount of outstanding Parent Payments, including user pays charges for Camp and MVIMP. Family statements will be going home to families and it would be greatly appreciated if these payments an be cleared by the end of Term 1. If you have any questions regarding your account balance or would like to discuss your account, please do so in confidence with the Business Manager, Sandra Monaghan.

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
  • Monday August 5th
  • Monday September 2nd
  • 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


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 


School Council Report 18th March 2019

It was a case of "out with the old and in with the new" at council, with farewells given to retiring members and welcomes to new and returning councillors. 


A special farewell and thank you to Lousie Evans who has put a huge effort in as President for two years and on council for several years prior to that. Farewell and thank you also to Vicki McCormack and Jarrod Smith who have completed their terms.


Welcome to our new council members - Matthew Kenny, Jane Kingsley, Brian Stanley, Katherine Aryton and Barbara Springfield. 


Welcome back to returning councillors - Simone Beever, Lee Cath, Nigel Toussaint and Helen Lockart.


Each year the office bearer positions are elected, congratulations to

  • President - Ben Atchison
  • Vice-President - Nigel Touissant
  • Treasurer - Lisa Shaw


The Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) is the detailed plan of what MPW will be focusing on as a school for the year. It draws on a broader 3-year strategic plan and is informed by data including NAPLAN results, parent and staff surveys and the financial position of the school. Look out for a 1-pager infographic coming soon to highlight the key points of the AIP.


The Education Sub-Committee will use the AIP heavily during the year to guide the curriculum focus on areas such as Year 3 Reading and Numeracy in conjunction with Foundation/1/2 learning that occurs in the lead up.


The Budget is nearing finalisation, enabling leasing of new laptops for grades 3/4, capital works including upgrading the Foundation/1 toilets and some fabulous learning programs planned by staff.


The Environment Committee is riding the wave of capital works to great effect with plenty of interest shown by the broader community to have a say and get involved in the Sensory Garden planned for Jack's Paddock, in addition to opportunities presented by the toilet upgrade project. 


Speaking of which, the new toilets are progressing nicely. Get ready for First Flush early in Term 2!!


Ben Atchison

School Council President

Education News 

Creative Arts

This semester in Creative Arts are artworks are being inspired by the Dutch artist M.C Escher and American artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Some of the artworks inspired by O'Keeffe are displayed in the corridor outside the art room.


At the moment at the National Gallery of Victoria, in St Kilda Road, there is a fantastic exhibition highlighting the work of M.C. Escher and acclaimed Japanese design studio, nendo.


The exhibition has been extraordinarily popular and will be on show until April 7. Well worth a visit!


Also for admirers of Shaun Tan's imaginative endeavors, there is a wonderful exhibition of his work on in Brunswick at the Beinart gallery until March 31. Shaun Tan is a world-renowned writer and illustrator of much loved children's picture story books, such as The Red Tree, Arrival and the Lost Thing.


The exhibition is at 1 Sparta Place Brunswick.

Creative Arts team

Sue & Claudia

Student Banking

A reminder to all families that there will not be any Student Banking processed next week. Student banking will resume in week 2 of Term 2.

Sensory Garden Feedback

This is a reminder that the Sensory Garden feedback closes on Easter Monday 22 April. Thank you to all  who have completed the survey so far. There are three Options to choose from and each have an explanation with the drawings.  I have been asked as to why are there options for the amphitheatre to be fixed? The amphitheatre has fallen into a state of disrepair and could be used by students and teachers alike, imagine having a lesson under the shade cloth! Students are also keen to use the space for imaginative play, they currently already use it, however, it isn’t as enticing as it could be.


Please provide your feedback through the survey link below.


6-7 Transition



Sport News

Summer Sport

This week MPW Gold are playing home against Ascot Vale West (Handball & Tennis at school, soccer at Maribyrnong Park) and MPW Blue are away against Ascot Vale (Handball & Tennis at Ascot Vale Primary School, soccer at Debney Park, Flemington).  For students who aren’t playing, Yiota from Athletics Australia are coming to help us refine our running, jumping and throwing techniques.


Families are welcome to come and support.  Good luck to all teams!

Division Swimming

Well done to our Division Swimmers participated last week at St Albans Leisure Centre.  Our 11 yr boys  finished 3rd in their event.  All swimmers showed a lot of spirit and the way our students supported each other made the day really enjoyable. 


Thanks to all the Parents who supported us!

Cross Country Trials

We will be holding Cross Country Trials for Gr 4, 5 & 6 students, the first week back after the holidays on Friday 26th April.


We will need some helpers so if you are available please see Bree.

School Sports Victoria Primary School Golf

This Friday Amelie from Room 7 will be competing in the School Sports Victoria Primary School Golf event being held at Gisborne Golf Course. Congratulations Amelie in making the event and the best of luck!

Fundraising Events

Movie Night 2019 Wrap

Thank you to everyone that came out last Friday night to enjoy and support the first MPW major fundraising event for the year. With the screening of Incredibles 2, amazing weather and lots of treats on offer our Movie Night was a fabulous success. A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who helped run the stalls with special thanks to those that helped fill the gaps working multiple shifts, we would not be able to run these events without your support.  Thank you also to the Russell White and Shona Davey for sourcing the Ice Cream machine which was a huge hit with everyone and to Bakers Delight Ascot Vale/Showgrounds for their bread donation to support the BBQ.

Look out for the total amount raised  in next week's newsletter, we are hoping it's an incredible amount!


Hot Cross Bun Fundraising Drive – don’t forget to order this week!

On Friday 15th March your family received an order form for the MPW and Bakers Delight Hot Cross Bun Drive. This fundraising drive provides you with the opportunity to purchase delicious Hot Cross Buns and make a profit for our school. For every 6 pack of Hot Cross Buns you order Bakers Delight Showgrounds Village will give $2.00 to our school. There are plenty of varieties to choose from with Fruit, Fruitless, Mocha, Apple & Cinnamon and Cadbury Chocolate Chip on offer. The Hot Cross Buns are the same price as in-store at $7.50 per 6 pack with the benefit of our school raising funds from each pack you purchase.

If you would like to order please complete the order form and bring to the School Office complete with full payment no later than Friday 29th March 2019. Your Hot Cross Buns will then be ready for collection from Wednesday 3rd of April. Remember to ask family and friends if they would like to order some too! If you have any questions please direct them to the Fundraising Team via the School Office.


School Information

General Office

Office:                                         8:15a.m - 4:45p.m

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

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 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.

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:

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free)

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

In 2018 - 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.

Community Calendar


Wednesday 27th March

3/4 Camp Group 2 depart

3/4 Camp Group 1 return

Friday 29th March

Interschool Sport

3/4 Camp Group 2 return

Hot Cross Bun's Orders returned


Tuesday 2nd April

School Photos

Friday 5th April 

Term 1 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Tuesday 23rd April

Term 2 Begins

Tuesday 30th April

5/6 Camp Group 1 departs


Friday 3rd May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns

Monday 6th May

Education Committee 6:30pm

Tuesday 7th May

5/6 Camp Group 2 departs

Friday 10th May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns

Tuesday 14th May

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 27th May

School Council 7:00pm



Monday 3rd June

Education Committee 6:30pm

Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11th June

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 17th June

School Council 7:00pm

Monday 24th June

Japan Tour departs

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Community News


Friend In Me is an annual (hopefully soon to be more frequent) event where children are invited to have the day of their lives. 


This HUGE party is for all children from different walks of life. Children who may have been victims of bullying, ASD, foster care, refugees or any child who has ever felt isolated. 


We feel that this event fits perfectly with the morals and community aspect that you are part of. Profits from the day are donated to the Western ASD network who run playgroups and workshops for autistic children. 

Please let me know should you have any questions.

Link to our Facebook event for registration

Moonee Ponds West Primary School