Moonee Ponds West Primary School

01 December 2017
2017 - Issue 37
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

Capital Works - Toilet renewal

The Master Planning Working Group met last Thursday November 23rd to consider feedback from the students, staff and community regarding the three proposed options for the possible relocation of the toilets. After due consideration, the Working Group’s recommendation was for Option A. School Council met on Monday November 27th and accepted the recommendation of the Working Group. I thank members of the working group for their time and commitment throughout 2017 to improving the facilities of MPW. Work will continue in 2018 in preparation for the building of new toilets later in the year.

School Council

On Monday night School Council met for the second last meeting of the year.  A report from the meeting will follow my report. The final meeting for the year will be held on Monday the 18th of December.

Education Committee

The final Education Committee meeting for the year will be held on Thursday 7th December at 7pm. Thank you to both community members and staff who attended committee meetings this year.

Human Rights Awards

This year’s Human Rights Awards will be presented next Friday December 8th. Included in the list of honors is the Young People’s Human Rights Medal. For further information please see the following:

Musical Season 

The Musical Season has arrived... next week both  choirs will be showcasing their musical talents on Tuesday 5th (Junior Choir) and Wednesday 6th of December (Senior). We look forward to the performances of Suessical the Musical and The "Bee" Musical. We look forward to seeing you there.  Performers are to arrive at 6.30pm and the show will start at 7.00pm.

Thunderstorm Asthma

Please be aware that during grass pollen season there is an elevated risk of thunderstorm asthma in south-eastern Australia. Children and staff who have been diagnosed with asthma, have a history of asthma or have undiagnosed asthma, as well as those who experience hay-fever are at risk of experiencing asthma symptoms.

Thunderstorm asthma warnings will be issued through the VicEmergency app on days of ‘HIGH’ alert and is available to download from the App Store or Google Play.

International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD)

A reminder that International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year.

IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

The Australian Government has been supporting IDPwD since 1996 and provides funds to promote and raise awareness of the day around Australia.

The theme for 2017 International Day of People with Disability is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. 


Student Reports

Student Reports will be sent home with each student on December 19th.  We thank in advance all teaching staff for the significant about of time which goes into assessing and reporting on each child’s progress.

Whole School Transition Day

This year the whole school transition day is to be held on December 12. Students will meet their 2018 teachers for the first time, including the 2018 Foundation year students. There will also be a transition to school information session for parents/carers of the 2018 Foundation students.

Parent/Carer Helpers Morning Tea

A parent/carer helpers morning tea will be held on Wednesday 13th of December at 11.00am. Everyone who has assisted in and around the school throughout the year is very much welcome.

Grade 6 Graduation

A reminder that the Grade 6 Graduation is on Wednesday 20th December.  We look forward to celebrating the class of 2017. The evening will start with a shared dinner for students and continue with the ceremony starting at 7.00pm. The ceremony will then be followed by a disco for the graduates.

Parking and children in vehicles

A reminder not to leave children unattended in vehicles at any time.   

Lost Property

As we enter the last month of the year, a reminder that a significant amount of lost property has accumulated and is located in the causeway behind room 7 (near the Lennox St toilets).  At the end of the year all remaining lost property will be donated to charity.

If you do happen to find a lost article of clothing and/or property could you place it with the lost property. Please hang the clothing and place the property neatly.

Enjoy the weekend and take care in the extreme weather forecast for Melbourne.



Notices home to parent/carers

Monday 27th November

Grade 6 Graduation - Grade 6 

Wednesday 29th November

Head Lice Alert - Room 5

Friday 1st December

Inquiry Unit excursion - Room 20

School Council Report

Japan Tour

Jeff spoke about the role that our teachers, admin staff, and parents and carers have played in making MPW’s Japan Tour such a great success.

It took a big commitment from families to send their children off on the tour this year. This, along with the huge contribution from staff (and their families), allowed our students to enjoy an amazing trip.

Jeff said that he has received some brilliant feedback on the tour from parents and carers.

Parent Opinion Survey

MPW will use the results from the 2017 Department of Education’s Parent Opinion Survey—along with results from the Department’s Student and Teacher Opinion Surveys—to run student, parent, and teacher focus groups. Focus groups provide meaningful feedback, and they will help us assess our school’s performance against the targets in our 2015—2018 Strategic Plan. They will also help us to develop our future school-planning and improvement strategies.


MPW Communications Survey

We expect to receive our MPW Communications Survey results next week. The results will support the work of the Communication Action Team and the School Council’s Communication and Engagement Working Group.

They will also be a valuable resource in our student, parent, and teacher focus groups. Many thanks to all who took the time to complete the survey.


Student Support

Barbara Springfield is conducting Student Support Group meetings for all of the families of students who are funded through the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD). Barb is also supporting families of children on the PSD who are starting at MPW in 2018 to make sure their transition runs smoothly.



Jeff reported that our current enrolment stands at 559 students, and 84 students have enrolled for Foundation in 2018.



Council approved the updated Parent Concerns and Complaints Policy and the Sponsorship Policy. We also ratified the English and Mathematics policies. All of these policies will be available on the school’s website shortly.


Toilet Renewal Project

We accepted the Capital Works Working Group and Junior School Council’s recommendation of ‘Option A’ for a full new toilet block. Council would like to thank everyone who has participated in the project so far, especially our fabulous Junior School Council Reps for their terrific contribution.



The ‘Moonee Vale’ Instrumental Music Program is a joint program between Moonee Ponds West, Moonee Ponds Primary, Ascot Vale West, and Ascot Vale Primary Schools. Jeff advised Council that our school will be the Program Coordinator School for 2018–2020. We will be managing the program, which includes music lessons, MVIMP camp, MVIMP concert, and the combined concert band event.


School Levies

In light of the fact that MPW hasn’t increased school levies for the past 3 years, Council approved an increase that will still keep our levies below those of similar schools in the area. Information regarding the new levies will be sent out to the school community before the end of the year.



Some improvements have been made to the school grounds recently, including the refurbished stage flooring in the gym and the outdoor-blind installation on the Library windows. In the Term 4 break, the outdoor decking area will be resurfaced, the Hall building’s guttering and eaves will be upgraded, and the Library’s North and East window frames will be painted.

School Council next meet on 18 December 2017.


Simone Beever

School Councillor

Community Calendar


Tuesday 5th December

Junior Choir Musical 19:00

Wednesday 6th December

Senior Choir Musical  19:00

Thursday 7th December

Senior Choir Musical -  Morning Performance

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 8th December

Basketball Tournament

Tuesday 12th December

Whole School Transition Day

Resources Committee  Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 13th December

Parent Helpers Morning Tea

Thursday 14th December

Race Around Melbourne

Prep and Grade One Resilience Workshop

Monday 18th December

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 19th December

Student Reports to go home

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Grade 6 Graduation 18:00 - 21:00 

Friday 22nd December 2017

End of Year Assembly 9:00

Early Dismissal 13:30

Education News 


On the 16th of November, Room 20, 21 and 22 went on an excursion to CERES. This was part of our Inquiry unit, ‘Actions Speak Louder than words’, where we are learning about how Earth has limited resources and that the sustainable choices we make can have a positive impact on our planet.

While we were at CERES, we rotated through 3 activities. These were paper making, a Merri Creek walk and a rubbish sort. While it was a wet day we didn’t let the rain dampen our spirits and we had a great day. As usual, the children made us proud not only by their behaviour, but by their thoughtful comments and engagement in their learning.

When we got back to school, we came up with ways that we can make a difference. Room 21’s responses are listed below:

I could use less paper.  (Ethan)

I could bring “Nude food” to school.  (Olivia)

I could also make signs saying, “Please do not litter!” (Olivia)

I could bring “Nude food” to school. (Liam)

I could ask my parents to buy less stuff with plastic wrapping. (Liam)

I could pick up litter whenever I see it. (Liam)

I could re-use things and make new things. (William)

I could use less electricity. (William)

I could read books instead of watching T.V. (William)

I could re-cycle paper.  (Lachlan T)

I will promise not to litter. (Zarah)

I will make sure I put the rubbish in the correct recycling bin. (Zarah)

I can bring “Nude food” every day. (Zillah)

I can walk more instead of using petrol. (Zillah)

I can save electricity. (Zillah)

I can recycle paper and other things that can be recycled. (Srishti)

I can make sure that I put things in the right bin. (Srishti)

I can bring “Nude food” every day.  (Summer)

I can take care of the environment to make the world a better place. (Summer)

I can pick up rubbish everywhere. (Apostolos)

I will never litter. (Apostolos)

I could plant more vegetation. (Sam)

If I see plastic, I will pick it up. (Sam)

I will not litter and I will care for the environment and respect nature. (Emily)

I can help by growing up to be a builder and build more litter traps. (Poppy)

When I see people litter, I will tell them about where litter goes, so they will change their minds. (Poppy)

I could bring “nude food” every day and not litter because one little thing can change the world! (Lachlan A.)

I will not litter. I’ll always bring nude food and I will recycle. (Ayden)

I could bring “Nude food” for lunches every day and recycle paper.  And just NOT LITTER!  (Levi)

I should pack a “Nude food” lunch. (Jordan)

I should stop driving to school. (Jordan)

I should have “Nude food” every day. (Abbey)

I could help the world by bringing “Nude food” to school every day. (Abbey)

I could help the world by bringing “Nude food” to school. (Alanna)

I could pick up rubbish and ask other people to. (Alanna)

I could make posters saying, “It isn’t good for the animals.” (Madison)

I could not litter and bring “Nude food to school. (Navya)

I could bring “Nude food” and care for the world. (Mac)

I could bring rubbish free lunches everywhere I go! (Lachlan A)

The children have become passionate about making a difference. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could pick up on the children’s enthusiasm, because in the words of Lachlan A (Room 21) ‘one little thing you do, can change the world.’

Amy, Cassie and Jenny



National Gallery of Hall


Woodwork Incursion

On Tuesday 28th November, all grade 3/4 students participated in a woodwork incursion provided by Learning by Doing. They learnt how to design and build using timber working materials. In this example, students designed and built model boats and were then able to apply these skills to building items for their projects in class. 


Library News

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we have decorated the library meeting area with a Christmas tree made out of books! The students have all been very impressed with our tree. We have a large number of Picture Story books related to Christmas that can be borrowed and are suitable for all ages; a particular one is ‘Wombats Christmas’ which is part of the popular Wombat series by Jackie French. Please pop into the library to see our display and a very impressive tree.


Sport News

Sport Term 4

Friday 8th December

District Basketball Carnival (Gr 5/6) KEILOR BASKETBALL STADIUM

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.


You’ve waited all year.
The time has come.
Wednesday 6th December 2017
Moonee Ponds West Senior Choir

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favourite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Seussical JR. provides wonderful creative opportunities in terms of set design, lighting and costuming and can easily accommodate a large cast of expandable “Seussian” creatures.


Fundraising Events

End of Year Christmas Raffle.

Soon your family will receive a book of raffle tickets that we would love you to sell.

We have amazing prizes this year!

1st  Prize:

Meletos Yarra Valley Luxury Getaway.

Prize includes overnight stay, degustation dinner and breakfast. Valued at $530.

2nd Prize:

Phillips Sonic Head Electronic Toothbrush. Value $279

3rd Prize:

Women’s Pamper Hamper. Value $185

4th Prize:

Women’s Comfort Hamper. Value $160

5th Prize:

Scholastic book pack. Value $150

6th Prize:

Top Schools Voucher.  Value $80

7th Prize:

JBL Wireless Clip on Speaker. Value $59.


Also, if anyone is keen on joining the fundraising team next year, we’d really love to hear from you.  Please contact the office if interested.


Thanks so much for your ongoing support,

Rachel, Danielle and Anna.

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.

2017 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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