Moonee Ponds West Primary School

21 April 2017
2017 - Issue 9
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Fundraising Events
Education News 
Sport News
Music News
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Welcome back

A very warm welcome back to everyone at the start of term 2. A special welcome back to Adele Freeman who returns after a period of family leave.

Room 2

We welcome Jane Ryan to Room 2. Jane will continue as the classroom teacher until the 12th of May, whilst the process to appoint a teacher to Room 2 continues. Jane is an experienced teacher with many years of experience including a number of years spent teaching at Moonee Ponds West.  We will ensure that the families of students in Room 2 are kept informed of the outcome of this process.

Anzac Day

Anzac Day next Tuesday April 25 is a pupil free day. Monday the 24th is a school day.

Parent/Carer Enrolment Tours for children commencing school in 2018

The 2018 Foundation year enrolment tours for parents/carer begin on Monday and will continue through to August. Please contact the school office or visit the school website for further information. Sibling enrolment documents will be available at the office from Monday.

Emergency Drill

A  Lockdown drill of the school took place on Tuesday this week as part of our OHS planning process.

3/4 Camp Sunnystones

The first of three camps for the grade 3/4 children will commence next week. We wish everyone all the best for what is indeed an exciting time.  Thank you to all staff for their ongoing commitment to ensuring the academic and social emotional education of the children of MPW is indeed a lived experience.


Group 1: Rooms 17, 24 & 9 (Year 3 students).

Staff attending: Jess, Julie L, Louise, Emma, Jamie, Julie D and Adele.

Group 2: Rooms 13 & 19.

Staff attending: Michael, Alyena, Cassie, Patrick and Lisa A

Group 3: Rooms 16, 7 & 8 (Year 3 students).

Staff attending: Liz, Melanie, Kirsty, Michelle, Mandy and Vicki.

Mobile Phones

As per our Acceptable Use policy, a reminder to parent/carers' who wish their child to bring a mobile phone to school that they must advise the school via letter. The responsibility of the phone lies with the student and must not be used during the school day.

Parking around the School

As the term commences, and the weather turns to more inclement and the daylight hours diminish, a reminder to  take extra care when driving and/or parking near the school. A further reminder that the drop off and pick up zones are not parking zones. Illegal parking and unsafe parking practices put at risk the safety of children and members of the school community. If you have any questions or wish to discuss matters of concern please feel free to contact the City of Moonee Valley.


Enjoy the weekend.


Notices Home to Parents/Carers

18th April

5/6 Winter Sports

Room 2 - Teaching arrangement update

20th April

Room 7 Head Lice notification

21st April

3/4 Camp  Sunnystones medication authority - Group 1

Community Calendar


Tuesday 25th April

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 26th April

Camp 3/4 Group 1 Departs

State Swimming

Friday 28th April

Camp 3/4 Group 1 Returns


Monday 1st May

Camp 3/4 Group 2 Departs

Parent Information Session - Lorraine Wilson "Writing" 09:30 to 10:30

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 3rd May

Camp 3/4 Group 2 Returns

Camp 3/4 Group 3 Departs

Regional Basketball

Friday 5th May

Camp 3/4 Group 3 Returns

Grade 5/6 Winter Sport 

Tuesday 9th May

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 9th May to Thursday 11th May

NAPLAN Test Years 3 & 5

Friday 12th May

Winter Sports

Friday 19th May

Winter Sports

Monday 22nd May

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 26th May

Winter Sports


Friday 2nd June

Winter Sport

Monday 5th June

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 9th June

Winter Sport

Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday

Tuesday 13th June

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 16th June

Winter Sport

Tuesday 20th June

Music Incursion 09:00 to 13:00

Wednesday 21st June 

PJ Day - Winter Solstice

Friday 23rd June

Winter Sport

Monday 26th June

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 30th June

End of Term 2 - early dismissal 14:30

Fundraising Events

Moonee Ponds West Fundraising Events 2017

Term Two

Saturday June 24th - Disco Bingo/Trivia Night

Term Four

Friday October 20th - Spring Carnival Social Night

Term Four

End of Year Raffle 



Education News 

Parent Information Session:
Writing and Reading

This year MPW has been fortunate to secure the services of Literacy Consultant, Lorraine Wilson. Lorraine’s work and approach to teaching and learning very much compliments the school’s Teaching and Learning Philosophy.

Lorraine is an author of many children’s books as well as teaching resources such as; Teaching Phonics in Context - L. Wilson and D. Hornsby, Writing to Live and Reading to Live. She is also a respected literacy consultant, recognised for many achievements such as:

  • ALEA Medal, awarded by the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association, 1996
  • The 2004 Service Award, presented by the Whole Language Umbrella, USA.
  • The ALEA Citation of Merit Award for Literacy – The Garth Boomer Award- awarded by the Australian Literacy Educators Association, 2005
  • Life Time Membership Award, presented by the National Council of Teachers of English, USA, 2011.    

In first term, Lorraine has been working mostly with the P/1 team and she will continue to work with our teaching staff across the school in term two. During these sessions, Lorraine demonstrates good practice in the teaching of English. Areas that have been covered so far are; personal writing-including conferencing, publishing, ideas, spelling, punctuation and genre, modelled writing, shared writing, shared literature, language experience, dialogue, monologue, conversation and innovation.

Some of the areas that will be covered in term two include; poetry, oral language, speaking and listening and debating… just to name a few.

The teaching and learning of English is complex and Moonee Ponds West is very lucky to have Lorraine supporting our staff to consolidate and embed a whole school pedagogy and learning framework, which has an agreed language and is evident through consistent practice.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite our families to two information sessions, one about writing and one about reading, which will be held in the performance space.

  • Parent Information about writing Monday 1st May at 09:30-10:30
  • Parent Information about reading Monday 8th May at 09:30-10:30

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide childcare for either of these information sessions so we ask that you make other arrangements if care is required.

Please complete the below form and return to the office by Thursday 27th April. 


Room 7

Room 7 are learning about the importance of Word Choice in their writing. Word Choice is one of the 6 Traits of Writing  students at MPW learn about in  both personal and directed writing, and as the students discovered, the use of interesting words can turn a mundane sentence into an interesting one.

The students were given this sentence:

The cat sat on the mat.


Here are their writing samples:

The super cat sat cheerfully on the fancy mat.

The royal cat sat proudly on the fancy mat.

The adorable cat lay asleep on the comfortable mat.

The proud cat cheerfully on the royal mat.

The cute cat sat cheerfully on the emoji mat.

The dirty cat sat on the beautiful mat.

The ginger cat sat happily on the colourful mat.

The French sat on the fancy red mat.

The wonderful cat sat on the e-shaped mat.

The fancy sat happily on the blue mat.

The silly cat sat sleepily on the explosive mat.

The blue sat proudly on the cool mat.

The royal sat cheerfully on the beautifully fancy mat.

The smart cat sat on the awesome cool red and green mat.

The cute French cat sat amazed on the fashionable mat.

The wet cat sat cheerfully on the royal Christmas mat.

The glorious and beautiful cat sat proudly on the beautiful mat.

The cute fashionable cat sat cheerfully on the royal mat.

The robot cat sat proudly on the robotic mat.


Critical literacy 

Critical literacy has again become topical.


In educating children in this age of fake news, alternative facts and an ever burgeoning supply of information,


It's not just about keeping them safe from predators, cyberbullies, porn and identity theft: it's also about having an ethical framework, and the skills to assess the reliability of information.


In an effort to encourage schools to refocus on critical thinking, that is: how to question and assess the reliability of information, next year PISA [Program for International Student Assessment] will commence assessing not only maths, science and reading skills, but a suite of global competencies including children’s attitudes to global issues, cultures, and analytical and critical skills.




Sport News

Cross Country

Good luck to the Elli Honan and Samantha Holloway who will go on to compete at Division on the 6th June at Brimbank Park.

Term 2 Dates

5th May

Winter Sport commences Friday mornings (Gr 5/6)

30th May

School Fun Run (TBC)

6th June

Division Cross Country

We need your help!

For our programs to run we need lots of parent 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.

Music News

Junior and Senior Choir

Our Junior and Senior Choir meet once a week and they perform at assemblies, concerts, the Victorian State School Spectacular and other occasions throughout the year.


Students do not need to audition to be part of the choir.


MVIMP is available to students from Grade 3 upwards and involves the

Orchestral instruments listed below:

  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Trumpet
  • Euphonium
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Bass Guitar
  • Viola
  • Saxophone
  • French Horn
  • Percussion


Welcome to the many new students joining the program for the first time, and welcome back to all the children continuing! This year Emma in  Room 5  which is located in the Hall Building will be the music liaison for MVIMP.


If you are interested in joining or would like more information please contact the office or visit our website.


Welcome back, lessons will have commenced back this week at the same time as last Term if you were already enrolled.


If you would like to enrol in the Soundgarage Program in any of the disciplines (guitar, keyboard or SAP) for term 2 then it isn’t too late.

Please fill out an enrolment form that can be collected from the school office by next week.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact Maddie Owen at or 0401 844 522.


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

Assistant Principal (Acting)

Barbara Springfield

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher/Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové

Leading Teacher (Acting)/Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack

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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