Moonee Ponds West Primary School

25 August 2017
2017 - Issue 25
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


Thank you to Emma Campbell, MVIMP liaison teacher, for her part in making this year’s MVIMP Camp held at Lady Northcote Camp, Bacchus Marsh such a success. Please see next week’s Education news for further information.

 School Council

The next school council meeting will be on Monday 28th of August 2017.

Student Support Groups (SSG’s)

Student Support Groups (SSG’s) have commenced this week and will continue into next week for families of students with additional needs who are in the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD).

Enrolment of Siblings for 2018

A further reminder enrolment documents are  available from the office for siblings of current MPW students commencing school in 2018.

Parent/carer concerns

A reminder to all our community members that should you have any concerns regarding your child's wellbeing please do not hesitate to contact the school on 93706875 or by email [email protected]

Please find below the process for addressing your concerns as per our Management of Parent/carer Concerns and Complaints Policy.

Please contact:

  • The student’s classroom or specialist teacher about learning issues and incidents that happened in their class or group
  • The team leader if students from several classes are involved
  • The student welfare co-ordinator relating to student issues of a confidential or complex nature
  • The Principal about issues relating to school policy, school management, staff members or very complex student issues

If you feel your concern or complaint has not been dealt with, please address your concern in writing to the Principal.


Great Book Swap

Thank you to everyone who has supported the great book swap. The target of $1000 has already been exceeded.  Final amount to be included in next week's newsletter.

There are many books remaining in the library if you wish to make a donation. Thank you to Michele and Claudia for their efforts.  All funds raised from this event will be donated to Indigenous Literacy Foundation to support literacy in remote indigenous communities.


Results of this year’s NAPLAN assessment have been sent home today to families of children in year’s 3 & 5.

School Lunches

School lunches orders are provided by the Darling St Café – for information about the menu items a link is provided in the Community News.   Lunch orders provided to the school are healthy, nutritious and are in accord with  DET guidelines and the school’s Healthy Eating Policy.


MPW Healthy Eating Policy Final.pdf

We are seeking community feedback on new healthy options that could be added to the lunch order menu. Could you please provide your feedback to the school email address @ [email protected] or on the link provided on our website @

Parent Participation

A sincere thank you to all parents and carers who volunteer their time in contributing to the daily life of Moonee Ponds West. Your support and assistance are very much valued and appreciated. If you are able to provide any assistance please see your child’s classroom teacher. A reminder that parents/carers who work in classrooms do need to have a working with children check.

Spring Fling

On Friday the 20th of October the fundraising group will be holding the next major fundrasing event for 2017. Please see details on the Fundraising events page.


Enjoy your weekend,



Notices home to parent/carers

23rd August 2017

Letter to Room 14

25th August 2017

Division Athletics - Participants

Division Athletics & 5/6 camp - Participants

Naplan results - Grades 3 and 5


Community Calendar


Monday 28th August

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 29th August

Imax Excursion 2/3 Team

Wednesday 30th August 

Grade 5/6 Excursion Koori Heritage Walk

Thursday 31st August 

Grade 5/6 Excursion Koori Heritage Walk


Friday 1st September

Father's Day Stall

Monday 4th September

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

5/6 Camp Curembene Rm's 11,12 & 18 Departs

Koorie Heritage Walk Rm's 10 & 15

Tuesday 5th September

Zeeko Music Incursion -Whole school

Division Athletics

Friday 8th September

5/6 Camp Curembene Rm's 11,12 & 18 Return

Monday 11th September

5/6 Camp Curembene Rm's 10,14,7 & 15 Departs

Tuesday 12th September

Resources Sub Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Thursday 14th September

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Friday 15th September

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

District Soccer

Saturday 16th September

Victorian State School Spectacular Concert

Monday 18th September 

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Japan Tour 2017 Departs

Thursday 21st September

MPW Show Day

Friday 22nd September

School Assembly 9.00

Early dismissal 2.30pm End of Term 3


Monday 2nd October

Japan Tour returns

Monday 9th October

Term 4 Begins 9.00

Friday 13th October

Summer Sport begins

Tuesday 17th October

Regional Athletics

Thursday 19th October

Grade 2 Sleep Over

Monday 23rd October

Children's Week begins

Friday 27th October

Children's Week concludes

Monday 30th October

State Athletics

Education News 

Father's Day Stall


Scienceworks - Year One/Two's

On Tuesday, August 22nd the children from Rooms 20, 21 and 22 set off with their teachers and a team of space enthusiasts on an excursion to Scienceworks and the Planetarium. Our mission was to find out more  about our solar system. The buses were filled with noisy children excited about spending the day together. And what a beautiful day it was! Melbourne really turned on the sunshine for us!

It was an action packed day. First to the playground to burn off some excess energy, then to the General Viewing area and on to the Nitty Gritty Super City. The children worked hard to build walls, knock them down and then to rebuild again. The adults in our group were given endless servings of food and drinks in the cafe whilst being serenaded by one of our parents on the Pianola. (Such talent!) The final event was the focus of our excursion, which was the Planetarium. What an awesome experience! The observations from the dome brought to life the information we have been learning about in our classrooms and of course stimulated even more questions.

As always, the children are to be commended on their behaviour and engagement in the learning experiences provided. At one stage, when the children were playing in the adventure playground, the adults stopped to point out how our children had lined up and were patiently waiting their turn to share the equipment. There wasn’t a cross word spoken all day.

Thank you also to the group of volunteers who supported us on the day. The success of these days relies on your support. To those who couldn’t make it, we hope you enjoyed hearing stories from the day.

Please keep a look out in next week’s newsletter for children’s reflections from the day as well as some artwork and research from our space labs. (Also, feel free to pop in to see what’s happening in our classrooms.) We are having so much fun!

Jenny (On behalf of the One/Two team)

Book Character Dress up Day

What a fun day at school Wednesday was with teachers and students getting into the spirit of  Children’s Book Week. The day also involved a Multi Age workshop from 11.30am – 1.30 pm where student’s had the opportunity to work in a classroom with students from all year levels across the school.  Students responded to a picture storybook culminating in a variety of art and craft masterpieces. It was great to see so many Harry Potters, Spidermen, Alice in Wonderland, Specky McGee’s, Bad Guys, Billie B Brown and other exciting book characters.  

Special mention to Cruella De Vil from 100 and One Dalmatians, can you guess who the teacher was?


I am a Dancer


KidsMatter - Coping with fears andworries

The following examples are for families to use at home. They are most suitable for early primary aged children, but can be modified for use with older ages. The methods described can also be adapted by school staff to help children cope with fears and worries at school.



Congratulations to Hector Room 14 who passed his AMEB grade  4 Saxophone  exam  and Queena Room 19 who passed her AMEB Grade 1 Flute exam.

Sport News

Sport Term 3

Tuesday 5th September – Division Athletics

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.

Fundraising Events

MPW Spring Fling

Friday October 20th 

The Union Function Room

Union Hotel,

252 Union Rd, Ascot Vale.

7.30pm -12.30am

120 tickets will be available

$55 (adult event)

Includes finger food and 3 complimentary drinks (beer, wine and soft drink) Music and raffles.

Dress code- Spring Fling - fun or fabulous.


When booking please indicate  if you have any dietary requirements.

Tickets will be available on Eventbrite from Monday the 28th of August.

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

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).

Community News


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Kids Matter_CopingWithFearsAndWorries.pdf
Management of ParentCarer Concerns and Complaints Policy Final 29th May 2017.pdf
Management of ParentCarer Concerns and Complaints Policy Final 29th May 2017.pdf