Moonee Ponds West Primary School

12 February 2019
2019 - Issue 2
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

Greetings Parents, Carers, Students and Community of Moonee Ponds West PS,

This week we are focusing on Meeting the Teacher Interviews where families can share their insights and expectations of their child/children with the teacher.  This is a move away from the more general Information Evenings we have had in the past.  Although the timeline for booking your time with the teacher was short, thank-you for managing this as over half of our families have booked a time online.   We will be seeking your feedback at the conclusion of this process.  Just in case you may have missed the information regarding how to book a time; this is done through COMPASS.   Lost your login?  This can be reset via the General Office. 


Compass is now the major communication tool of the school.  It is the way we keep you informed, send notifications, and have you communicate with the teachers and vice versa.  It may be useful here to restate the protocols of communicating through this medium.


  • Always respectful communication at all times
  • Email for teachers can be received between 8.30am-4.36pm each school day.
  • If you have a problem speak to someone at the school.  Unsure who is the right person?  Call the General Office and our friendly staff will direct you to the right person.

If we can all be solution focused when there is a problem then everyone wins. 

COMPASS can also be used to inform the school of student absences and to communicate early dismissals if required.  Remember learning continues right until the end of each day, so we want all students here until the end! Please ensure that appointments are outside of school time.

Student Acceptable Use Agreement

Now that students have more access to technology devices at all year levels, it is important that students and families know what Acceptable Use is and what is available on the devices for student use within their learning.  Your child will be bringing home an Acceptable Use Agreement document that is to be discussed, signed and returned.  The Agreement will then be placed in the Student File and updated each year.  The Agreement stipulates what is expected when students have access to a device (so the care of this and respectful carriage) what is expected around accessing the internet, social media and the use of photographs etc., and some of the APPS and programs (educational of course) that students will have access too.  All schools are required to have some sort of Agreement.

In 2019 all students in Years 5 and 6 will have 1:1 iPad access with some laptop availability; in the 3/4 we will have laptops, in 1/2 laptops and access to iPads and in the Foundation/One a class set of devices for support of literacy and numeracy mainly.

With the recent upgrade to the schools server and the installation of the Education Department software the infra-structure seems to be more stable than in the past.  In 2020 all National Testing will be done on a device.

The new Toilet Block

The new Toilet Block is taking shape with the steel being erected this week.  We have regular Site Meetings with the architect, site manager, project manager and two members of the school (Principal and Manager of Resources Sandra Monaghan).  Over the past week there has been some noise from the site which we are all monitoring. Alternative learning spaces are available to decant the effected classes should this be needed. I am liaising regularly with the relevant people.

When will the construction be finished I hear you ask?  The timeline seems to be on target and so the expected handover date will be the 23rd of April.

We are also taking the opportunity to upgrade the toilets in the Hall Building whilst this bigger project is being completed piggybacking on the existing construction.  Presently we are seeking costing through the approved process and we are using the funds accumulated from parent generosity in the Building Fund; our contributions at work! Every $ you give to the school goes to improving MPWPS and the learning environments and opportunities for your child.

The Basket Tea

As I am learning this is a regular get-together for our families and staff.  The idea is that families will bring along a Basket Tea or picnic or food in some form or other and enjoy this on the synthigrass area.  Using the school grounds after school hours was always a special time for my own children, and so I encourage you to dust off the picnic rug and set, and come along.   The school will offer some food (limited quantity) that you can purchase.  We have been very lucky to secure the music students from Buckley Park Secondary College to provide entertainment on the night. So hope to see you there on Friday February 22 from 5.30pm.

Camp Information Evenings

Have you got a child in year 3/4 or 5/6 this year, then they have a camp as part of their learning.   To provide important information about these events we are holding Camp Information Evenings.  The first evening is for the 3/4 Camp to be held late this term on 21st February.

The second Information Evening is for grades 5/6 and is on 26th February.  All Camp Information Evening will be in the Performance Space enter from Eglinton Street please.


The Camp Information Evening will share the style of camping experience expected, and receive the important paperwork essential in securing their child’s place.  Staff from the 3/4 team will also be able to share their experience of the camp.  Jarrod Sutton who leads the Senior School will facilitate the evening.  It will be held in the Performance Space and be from 7-8pm.


Well that’s about it from me.  Until we meet in person, have a great week in whatever you do.


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at MPWPS)

School Council

School Council Membership

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Helen Lockart
  • Vicki McCormack
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Vacant
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

2019 Meetings

  • Monday 25th February
  • Monday 25th March
  • Monday 27th May
  • Monday 24th June
  • Monday 26th August
  • Monday 16th September
  • Monday 25th November
  • Monday 16th December

Education News 


Children & hydration

Our bodies are made up of approximately 70 percent water. Water has many important functions in the body, including; regulating your body’s temperature, digesting food and excreting waste.  Your body loses water throughout the day when you sweat, breathe and urinate. It is important to replace the water you have lost to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated.


Children are at a greater risk of dehydration than adults. This is because in relation to their size, children have a larger proportion of their skin available to lose sweat and be exposed to heat. Additionally, children don’t always recognise that they’re thirsty, and if they’re not encouraged and reminded may forget to drink. Luckily, there are a few ways to tell if your child is hydrated.

How do I know if my child is hydrated?

Frequent bathroom breaks or wet nappies are the easiest way to tell if your child is hydrated. You can also look out for these common symptoms of dehydration:

  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Thirst
  • Cracked lips
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Lethargy
  • Dark urine

How much water does my child need?

The amount your child needs will vary depending on their age, size and level of activity. For children under 8 years of age, at least 4-6 glasses of water is recommended. For children older than 8 years of age a minimum of 6-8 glasses is recommended.

If your child is playing sports or is very active they will need extra fluid, see our section on hydration for active kids. Kids will also need more fluid on hot days or when unwell.

Tips to help your kids stay hydrated!

  • Pack a water bottle for school and when you go out. Try a frozen water bottle in summer.
  • Encourage your child to drink water before, after and during physical activity
  • Always offer water with meals and snacks
  • Encourage your child to drink water, even if they don’t like it!

Tips for kids who don’t like water

  • Try adding slices of fruits such as lemon or orange to water, for variety and flavour.
  • Let your kids choose their own drink bottle or serve water in colourful glasses or jugs.
  • Be a role model! Make a point of drinking water with your kids.
  • Experiment with temperature; try having a jug of water in the fridge, adding ice-cubes, or even warm water in winter.

Water is the best choice to keep your kids hydrated throughout the day. Water contains no extra energy and can quench your thirst. Other fluids such as milk, juice and sweetened drinks can also contribute to your child’s fluid intake.  For more information on drink choices for your kids, check out the Drinks section of our website.




Sport News

Swimming Trials


A great start to Interschool Sport with 61 Gr 4/5 & 6 students heading to Queens Park pool for swimming trials.  Well done to everyone who competed and good luck to those students who were selected for the MPW Swimming Team who will now compete at District Swimming Carnival on Friday 1st March.  A big thank you to all the parents and carers who came and supported on the day, it was great to have so much help!!





Summer Sport

This Friday morning we begin Gr 5/6 Summer Sport season.  All Gr 5/6 students will play Soccer, Handball and Hot Shots Tennis. 


This week MPW Blue are playing at home against North Melbourne (Handball & Tennis at school, soccer at Maribyrnong Park) and MPW Gold are away against Avondale (Handball & Tennis at Avondale Primary School, soccer at Doyle Reserve, Avondale Heights)

For students who aren’t playing, special coaches 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!



Fundraising Events

Upcoming Events 2019

MPW Movie Night - Friday 22nd of March 

Look out for further information.

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


Tuesday 19th February

Japanese Tour Information Session 6.00 pm

Thursday 21st February

3/4 Camp Information Session 7.00 pm

Friday 22nd February

Interschool Sport

Community Basket Tea

Tuesday 26th February

5/6 Camp Information Session 7.00 pm


Friday 8th March

Curriculum Day

Friday 15th March

Interschool Sport

Friday 22nd March

Interschool Sport

MPW Movie Night

Monday 25th March

3/4 Camp Group 1 depart

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


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

Tuesday 7th May

5/6 Camp Group 2 departs

Friday 10th May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns


Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Community News





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