Moonee Ponds West Primary School

23 July 2019
2019 - Issue 20
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
Music News
Environment and Sustainability
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

Dear Parents, Carers, Staff, Students and friends of MPWPS

School Council Sub-CommitteesOur new Council is now established and I welcome parent participation and engagement onto the Sub-Committees. School Council Sub-Committees really are the working part of the Council.  They are the ‘legs’ where discussion and investigation occurs. At the Sub-Committee level, discussion is full and sometimes brisk. The Sub-Committees of the MPW Council are Education overseeing policy, Resources that combines Finance and Buildings and Grounds, Environment and our new Sub-Committee Community Partnerships. Again I offer an invitation for the community to join any of our listed Sub-Committees. Simply email the school and indicate where your interest lies.  Your interest will be passed on to the relevant convenor.  What does membership entail? The Sub-Committee structure requires a monthly commitment. The new group negotiates meeting times and days. All school Councillors usually have a role on one Sub-Committee. The discussion at the Sub-Committee proceeds to the School Council in the form of recommendations. The recommendations are voted on so that everyone is clear about the nominated direction.

I urge you to become involved in your school through this lens, and if you want to influence the Sub-Committee is the place.


You would have received your child’s report for Semester 1.  It is also available on COMPASS under the REPORT tab. For Semester 1, we have provided a hardcopy of the report.  The formal report is supported by the student Portfolio which I hope you found useful.   For Semester 2 our 3/4 team are embarking on ‘continuous reporting’ where samples of learning and achievement will be available more frequently through the COMPASS Learning tab. It is very exciting to have the opportunity to share learning more frequently.  We are starting small so that when this does happen school wide there are less hiccups.


Just a reminder that the class roll is marked by 9.05 and if your child is absent, an SMS will be sent to alert you.  Entering the absence on COMPASS means that the absence is registered immediately.  Less chance of an error! Some parents have indicated to me that errors are occurring.  If this is the case can I ask you contact us and we will get our resident COMPASS expert to attend to the problem immediately. If you get an SMS and you know, your child is at school please call so we are all reassured. The attendance roll is a legal document and requires that we mark it frequently across the school day to ensure children are safe.  Unexplained absences are the real focus.  All schools are required to ensure that parents provide an explanation for non-attendance at school.  The letter that COMPASS generates for unexplained absences is very ‘matter of fact’ and I apologise, in advance if this causes any problem. It is not meant to offend, but prompt you into action if that hasn’t been done. 

Lost Property

Lost Property:  We have been back one week and already we have a lot of Lost Property. Last Friday one of our parents (Jaz) put the items out on fence just near the Library.  Some items were collected by children but most returned to the trolley.  Children if you take your top off, then you are required to pick it up and take it to class and then home.  Better still put it back on so that your body can cool down effectively with the jumper on.

Cold Weather

Cold Weather:  With the recent cold weather, please come inside the buildings where you can stay to be warm and dry.  However, do remember that classes are in action and teaching and learning is still the focus. This is especially in the Junior or Hall Building.  Conversations echo in the Hall area, and if there is a Hall session concluding the children and the teacher need to get about packing up, and sharing the experience, so please position yourself so you are not in the way. I ask for your cooperation in ensuring your safety and that of the students and staff.

Three-Way Conferences (Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews)

Three-Way Conferences (Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews): This THURSDAY JULY 25TH is STUDENT FREE so that the teachers and students can speak about their learning with you.  Please ensure that you have booked online via COMPASS and that your child attends with you. Student Portfolios hold samples of your child’s learning and will be discussed. The Three-Way Conferences complete the Reporting to Parents cycle for Semester 1.  

Assessment and Reporting team

Our Assessment and Reporting team meets regularly to review our Reporting to Parent processes, streamlining some aspects adjusting to needs of students, seeking your opinion on what is valued and what can be improved.  The move to Continuous Reporting of student learning is supported by the Department of Education and provides a more meaningful connection to real time learning and teaching. Our 3/4 team is trialing Continuous Reporting this semester.  Information about what to expect will be forwarded to families in the next weeks.  

Living and Growing Program for Years 5-6

This term the Living and Growing program is part of the learning schedule, and is in line with expectation of the Victorian Curriculum.  We are offering this learning firstly to students in years 5 and 6 and then years 3-4.  Sex Education Australia (SEA) facilitates the program we offer.  A Parent Evening will be held on Thursday Aug 22nd for parents of students in Years 5-6. The information shared at this evening depicts some the types of content contained in the lessons.  It is important for parents to understand the ‘age appropriateness’ of content so that at home there can be appropriate support before and after the lessons. All the content is formed around the Department’s program called Catching On Early.  Catching On Early is a Foundation to Year 6 personal development program. A copy of the Catching On Early program is on our website for additional information for you.

State Schools Spectacular

Congratulations to those children who are working hard to be part of this spectacular event. Having the opportunity to perform in such a large arena is wonderful. The first practice day is WEDNESDAY July 24th. The children involved will have the information for the first rehearsal. Chookas everyone!

Well that is about it from me.  Remember to regularly log onto COMPASS (using the parent login) because information and keeping informed is important.



Kerri Simpson

 Principal (Acting at MPWPS)


AUGUST 2 (9.10-10.10) Come along and meet our Learning Specialist (Vicki McCormack) who will share with you our whole school focus on Problem Based Learning. As well be involved in a Number Talk and experience the way children learn from their peers and the teacher. Please register your attendance at Eventbrite. The link is

School Council

School Council member feature

Name: Nigel Toussaint


My wife Rachel and I have two boys at MPW, Lachlan, aged 11, (Grade 6 with Fiona McKenzie) and Archie, aged 8, (Grade 3 with Kim Satchell). We also have a daughter Abby, aged 13, who attended MPW from Prep to Grade 6 and who is now at a secondary school (Year 8 this year).


My favourite thing about MPW

I love that the education program at MPW is extremely well-rounded and focused on providing real world learning with an adaptive and flexible approach that is child-centred. I also love the sense of inclusiveness of the school community and amazing dedication by the staff to student learning and well-being. 



Name: Kerri Simpson

Born in and educated in Stawell, with a HSC year at University High School.  My mother and father owned businesses in the town and my mother was Mayor twice.  Our family is strongly linked to the Stawell Gift with the Earle family giving the medal to the gift winner.  I have an older brother and sister. My brother was an athlete in the 1964 Olympics at Tokyo, my sister is a psychologist amongst other qualifications.

I completed my teacher training (Diploma) in Bendigo.  First school Wembley PS, Wembley Ave Spotswood.  Had a year on Physical Education Branch, then returned to Wembley.  Completed my Bachelor of Education in the middle 1980’s and completed a Masters in Literacy in the 2008.

Married my childhood sweetheart Anthony and we have two children (boys). Both Anthony and I work in education.  He is a trained secondary Maths/Science teacher. He has also been a Principal and now is a Senior Education Improvement Officer.  We have always worked in the western and northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Moonee Ponds West (Acting) is my fifth sojourn into the principalship.  In each of the schools I have had at least 5-7 years.  In between Findon PS and my current substantive position, I had 7 years as a Regional Network Leader where I worked across 20+ schools (primary, secondary, special and alternative settings) supporting and nurturing school improvement.

My favourite thing about MPW

It is a joy to be at Moonee Ponds West PS as I have seen some wonderful pedagogical practices that I have taken to other schools during my years as a teacher and leader. The students at this school are very ‘able’ and our challenge as educators continues to be to extend their learning and knowledge.

Our future is about continuing to strengthen the learning for all students so that it is cool to be smart and give effort to achieve your personal best.  In order for this to occur we as a community must build collective responsibility together (with staff and community) so that we can focus on the ‘right work’ every day of every month of every year.   It’s an exciting journey which I hope all will be a part.

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
  • Tuesday August 6th (date change)
  • Tuesday September 3rd (date change)
  • 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
  • Tuesday 10th December


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 your Expression of Interest by email to the School Council Secretary @


Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 

Bottle caps needed please!

If your child is in a 1/2 class, you might have already been asked for bottle caps as this action has come from our Inquiry project. These bottle caps are put through a 3D printer and turned into hands for kids in developing countries who have lost a limb.


We have put an ice cream container at the front office, please put your juice or milk bottle caps in there (no metal or tin).  



See the website for more information.


Thank you, 1/2 students  


Chess Coaching


NEW! Introducing MPWPS Dance Program

The new dance program was a huge success in Term 2. The program offers the opportunity for students from all year levels to participate in a dance program at the school during lunch times. Jayde has received wonderful feedback from the students and parents involved over the years running her program at schools across Melbourne.

The cost will be $6.00 per lesson (inc. GST) paid in one instalment of $60.00 (Term 3 will run as an 10 week program) Students are not required to purchase dance wear, they simply show up in their uniform and have a great time with their friends.

If you are interested in your child enrolling in the Term 3 Dance Program, please contact Jayde on the details below.

Jayde Egan

P:0422 089 964


Sport News

MPW Fun Run

We will be holding our 28th Annual Fun Run on Friday 30th August  from 9.00 to 10.30am.  All the students & teachers will be involved and can run, jog, skip, hop, walk etc. for one hour.

We cannot run this event without your assistance so don’t be shy! It’s also a great way to get to know other parents & support the children as they run past. Please complete the attached form below if you are able to assist.


Athletics Trials

The Gr 4, 5 & 6 students have been participating in Athletics Trials.  Today we finally had some sunshine!! Each age group rotates through each event.  At the end of our trials we will select our Athletics Team to compete in District Athletics on Friday 16th August at Aberfeldie Park.


As part of the Victorian Government Swimming in Schools initiative, our year 5/6 students will participate in a swimming program next term.  The initiative was developed to increase the opportunities for students to learn how to swim, and ensure they develop lifelong skills in swimming and water safety to reduce their risk of drowning and injury.  Swimming and water safety programs in schools incorporate both in-water practical components and in-class theory components. 

This will take place in Week 4 at Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre.  A reminder that permission forms need to be returned ASAP, along with swimming surveys.

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

Environment and Sustainability

Resource Smart

After hosting a successful whole day workshop in June, The Resource Smart sub-section was inspired to progress our Action Plan.  We are excited to be working with The Green Team this term, with some inclusive activities planned and some exciting initiatives on the way. 

Together, we are on our way to becoming a greener, more sustainable school!

Did You Know?

Did you know you can reduce your landfill waste and REDcycle your soft plastics?  Simply collect your bread bags, pasta bags, frozen vegetable packets, cereal box liners, even your old green shopping bags and pop them in to your nearest redcycle collection bin.  The collection bins are easily found at your local Coles and Woollies (Moonee Ponds / Showgrounds etc), at the front of the store.  See the redcycle link for further info.


Fundraising Events

What’s Coming Up?

Bunnings BBQ – Saturday 17th August

Moonee Ponds West will be hosting the Bunnings Maribyrnong BBQ on Saturday 17th August. This is always a great day with high demand for a Bunnings Sausage and a great fundraiser for our school. We would love your help with ensuring the day runs successfully. If you can spare a couple of hours on the day to help with either cooking, serving or general preparation please sign up here



Save the Date – Friday 11th October

We will be holding the Moonee Ponds West Parent and Carers Fundraising evening on Friday 11th October 2019! Mark it in your diaries now so you don’t miss out. More details and tickets will be available early Term 3.


We also need your help! We will be running Live and Silent auctions along with Raffle Hampers to support the event.  We are looking for items for the Auctions from substantial through to smaller along with items that may contribute towards our Hampers. Do you have connections where you  might be able to source items as a donation or perhaps a substantial discount? Some examples of donations might be a Weekend away in a Holiday House, a Hotel stay, Dinner for 2, Homewares, Sporting Goods, Non-perishable food items, Service or Goods Vouchers, Electronics, Memberships, to name a few! If you can help we would love to hear from you – please get in touch via the School Office!  The fundraising team will also be seeking the support of local businesses but it would be great to hear what our School Community has to offer! Thank you 😊 


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


Wednesday 24th July

VSSS Choir Rehearsal @ The Melbourne Town Hall

Thursday 25th July

Reporting to Parents Day - Pupil Free Day

Friday 26th July 

Athletic Trials (9/10 yo)


Monday 5th August

5/6 Swimming Group 1

Tuesday 6th August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Wednesday 7th August

5/6 Swimming Group 2

Friday 9th August

MVIMP Music Camp returns

Tuesday 13th August

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Friday 16th August

District Athletics

Saturday 17th August

Bunnings BBQ @ Maribyrnong

Wednesday 21st August

VSSS Choir Rehearsal @ The Melbourne Town Hall

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Thursday 22nd August

Koorie Heritage Trust Excursion 5/6

Sex Ed Parent Information Session 7.00 pm

Monday 26th August

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 28th August

Grade 5/6 Free Activity Day

F/1 Zoo Excursion 

Thursday 29th August

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 1


Tuesday 3rd September

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 5th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 2

Tuesday 10th September

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Thursday 12th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Friday 13th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Saturday 14th September 

VSSS Choir Performance Matinee and Evening Performance @ Melbourne Arena

Monday 16th September 

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 18th September

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Thursday 19th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 3

Friday 20th September

Term 3 Concludes @ 2.30 pm


Friday 11th October

Parent and Carer Function


Monday 4th November

Curriculum Day

Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 6th November

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Tuesday 12th November

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 20th November

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Monday 25th November

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 29th November

Soundgarage Concert

Wednesday 30th November

Soundgarage Concert


Monday 2nd December

Education Committee meeting 6.30 pm

Tuesday 10th December

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 11th December

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Monday 16th December

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

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