Moonee Ponds West Primary School

28 May 2019
2019 - Issue 14
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Music News
Sport News
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 and Students of MPWPS,

After a little building hiccup, the new toilet block is open and ready for use! TODAY is the day! Sandra Monaghan has been the site project liaison person for this important project. I certainly want our students to have the best and hope that they too want to use and keep this facility in a respectful condition.  Congratulations to the architects (Haskell) and to the contracting builder (AAA Turners) for their communication and professional manner in all situations.  The Official Opening will be on Friday June 7th with a special assembly to welcome members of the community, relevant Department personnel, and our local member Danny Pearson. Danny works tirelessly for all schools in his electorate and we thank him again for his support.

Lorraine Wilson’s Celebration

Last Thursday evening a group of Lorraine’s colleagues, friends and family gathered to acknowledge and thank Lorraine for her contribution to the education system and Moonee Ponds West over many years. During the 1990-2000’s Lorraine worked as a literacy consultant at Deer Park North PS and Moonee Ponds West.  This was quite a progressive idea, unlike today. Lorraine worked alongside teachers in their classrooms with students, and also provided relevant information for parents. Lorraine has decided to ‘hang up her shingle’ for good and so donated her professional library to our teachers. On Thursday evening present and past staff acknowledged Lorraine’s contribution.  I would like to thank past Principals Mr Frank Smith (MPWPS) Mrs Patty Smith (Deer Park North PS) for attending and providing their stories of Lorraine’s contribution.  I would also like to acknowledge present staff who formed the organising team for this celebration.

Reporting for Semester 1

At present teachers are assessing students to measure the learning growth over this semester.  Teachers are getting proficient on making an ‘on balanced judgement’ around achievement.  To do this three pieces of evidence are used and teachers work in collaboration with each other (within and across the school) to moderate their judgements.  Generally, one of the pieces of evidence used is an external assessment to validate the teacher’s assessment. The research now shows that student achievement is enhanced when teachers work collaboratively and not in isolation. Consistency, in how we teacher is so important.  There is no longer room in the profession for what is known as ‘private practice’. All teachers in all schools now share, learn and grow together. These qualities make for excellent teaching practice.  At MPWPS our teachers are now planning each week in teams known as Professional Learning Teams or PLT’s.  The focus of the PLT’s is evidence of learning and mapping next steps that are tracked and evaluated. Whilst this focus is new for MPWPS, our staff have been able to visit other schools and learn about the advantages from their colleagues. Such an opportunity can be a chance for ‘renewal’  if we look with a different lens.

Classroom Helpers Program

This is coming up and will run on TUESDAY June 11 at 9.15 in the staffroom. Please come along and learn or re-learn about supporting children’s learning.  Barb Springfield and Kim Simmons will be facilitating this session.  Kim is our Learning Specialist (Literacy) and I am sure you will find something to enhance your already appreciated skills.

Continuous Reporting

Next semester we will be trialing aspects of Continuous Reporting through COMPASS.  You may have noticed that on your COMPASS Homepage there is a tab for LEARNING TASKS. This is in the dropdown box with the pencil.  In this section there is the opportunity to upload student goals, samples of work and contextual statements along with Individual Education Plans.  We are at present mapping out the components of Continuous Reporting with relevant staff teams, so when these are complete we will communicate to you and highlight the team where this will be trialed for Semester 2.  Our School Council is supporting this idea to ensure that reporting is more current and flexible.  Again, this is an exciting opportunity and provides real and meaningful use of our devices.  Stay tuned.

MPWPS Swimming Program

Several years ago the Department of Education provided funding for Year 6 students. The goal is that all Year 6 students leaving Primary School will be able to swim 50 metres in an overarm stroke. An audit conducted by our PE teacher Bree, has led to a proposal for our senior students.  The Senior School team will review the proposals offered and you will be informed.  As most of our students can swim our program will need to consider this, and provide challenge for all ability levels, some training to complete the 50 metres and some lifesaving skill.

Well that’s about it from me.  Until we meet in person have a wonderful week supporting the learning of your child.


Kerri Simpson (Principal Acting at MPWPS)

Footnote:  Thank-you for allowing me lead your school for the past year!



THURSDAY June 6th from 6.30 -7.45pm ish with Dr David Collins.  Bookings on Eventbrite.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn and support your family further. We already have 43 registers of a max 50 participants. There are still places if you are keen. The Eventbrite link is below.

Eventbrite link:



Some classes are still looking for a Parent Rep to complete the full set.  Below are the classes still to find a Parent Rep according to my notes.  Not sure what this system is in the school?  Come along to the next gathering and see if it is how you wish to participate.

According to my records the following rooms still require a Parent Rep. These are: Rm 8, Rm 10, Rm 11, Rm 12, Rm 13, Rm 15, Rm 17, Rm 18, Rm 20, Rm 21, Rm 22.

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 

Community Partnerships

Thursday 20th June 4:00 pm

Sub Committee's 2019 - Expression of Interest

Are you interested in joining one of the School Council Sub Committees for 2019? Please find attached an Expression of Interest. You may return you Expression of Interest by email to the School Council Secretary @


Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 

AIP 2019

Below is a summary of our direction for 2019. The four areas are listed and the work under each is summarised. In the beginning of term 3 we will conduct our mid year evaluation as to how we are going.




Moonee Ponds West has been focussing on its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and devices to enable the best possible tools for student learning. The school has leased 160 Yoga devices that can be used as a tablet as well as a laptop. These will be allocated to the Year 3/4 Area.

The ICT Acceptable Use Policy has been reviewed by Education sub-committee and will be finalised shortly. This is a student/school agreement regarding the use of devices provided and should be read in conjunction with the school’s Device Repairs and Replacement Policy which has also been reviewed.

When using ICT devices, the following can be used to define the purpose for using these tools:



Music News

We are proud and excited to have some of our senior choir students participating in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Made of Stars. 

The Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria. Fittingly, this year’s theme, Made of Stars, will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances showing that these students are made of star stuff.

The three-hour live show – involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus arts – will be performed to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September over two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm.


Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience. 

For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets when they go on sale at 9am Wednesday 12 June via


Adult:                              $40

Child under 15:           $20

Concession:                  $30


Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling - Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.


2019 Senior Choir
The Wind in the Willows

In 2019 the MPW senior choir will continue to explore many of the elements within the performing arts. Our goal is to enable the students to participate in and bring together the many facets of the arts such as music, singing, acting, dancing and behind the scenes roles.


This year we will be performing our version of ‘The Wind in the Willows,’ written by Kenneth Grahame. The story combines a number of themes: countryside life, transport, justice, friendship and home. In addition, The Wind in the Willows is one of the most famous examples of anthropomorphism, enabling our students to explore human characteristics, such as ambitions, emotions and behaviour and help develop personal connections to their characters. The themes and personifications will be discussed as we work through each scene, characterisation and the interpretation of the songs and choreography.

The process of rehearsing and performing spoken and sung dialogue helps to develop language skills and provides a platform for students to take positive risks and build self-confidence. Everyone will be involved and have an integral role to play (big or small) to present this year’s musical. The process of being in a show provides the opportunity for every student to develops life skills such as responsibility, collaboration, respect, self-confidence & co-operation.


The best part is…It’s fun

If anyone would like to assist in some way with the production please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Kate Ridgeway

Sport News

Cross Country

Congratulations to the students who represented our school at District Cross Country on Friday May 17th.  In perfect conditions for running all our team members did an outstanding job with MPW finishing in 5th place.  Thank you to Jarrod and all the parents who came along to support and assist with marshalling the course, we appreciate it.

Congratulations and good luck to Xavier C (5th), Jake S (5th) and Archie D (10th) who have qualified for Divisions at Brimbank Park on Wednesday June 5th

Winter Sport




This week winter sport continues with MPW Blue play North Melbourne at home (Football at Maribyrnong Park)  MPW Gold play St Margaret’s away (Football at Maribyrnong Reserve, Maribyrnong).


Students will play games of Football, Netball and Tee Ball.  Students who are not selected in their team for a week will participate in some Basketball coaching from SEDA students, who are being supported to develop their coaching skills. Gr 3/4 students have also been participating in the Basketball sessions as part of their transition to Interschool Sport.


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 - 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


Tuesday 28th May

States of Matter Incursion 3/4 Team

Thursday 30th May

Incursion 1/2 Team

Friday 31st May

5/6 Winter Sport

Incursion 1/2 Team


Monday 3rd June

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 6th June

Building & Construction Incursion 1/2 Team

Parent Forum - Dr. David Collins 6.30 pm

Friday 7th June

5/6 Winter Sport

Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11th June

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Friday 14th June 

5/6 Winter Sport

Monday 17th June

School Council 7:00 pm

Monday 24th June

Japan Tour departs

Scienceworks Excursion 3/4 Team

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm


Monday 15th July

Term 3 Commences 9.00 am

Community News


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
AIP FLYER_MPW 20_03_19.pdf
School Council Sub Committee EOI 2019.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.docx
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf