Moonee Ponds West Primary School

19 May 2017
2017 - Issue 13
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Fundraising Events
Education News 
Sport News
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Attitude to School Survey 

We at Moonee Ponds West value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality education and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Moonee Ponds West will use the survey results to assist with the planning of programs and activities to improve your child's educational experience.

The Department has updated the survey for 2017 to include important new measures on the relationship of student engagement and student learning. Children from Year 4 to Year 6 will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool.  It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.

Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used by the Department to combine data for research purposes only. Your child’s privacy and the confidentiality of your child’s survey responses will be protected at all times. No identifiable personal data is included in the survey response file.

The survey results will be reported back to the school in term 3. No student can be identified in the results reported to schools or in any other report of the data. The survey results will be communicated to parents/carers via the Education subcommittee and through annual reporting.

This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at Moonee Ponds West during the period of Tuesday 23 May to Friday 23 June. The survey only takes 20-30 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time.

Please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like more information.


Curriculum Day

A further reminder there is Curriculum day scheduled for May 22.  Camp Australia will not be running its program.

Contact details

If your contact details have changed for 2017 please contact the office as soon as possible to ensure your contact details remain current.

Personal Accident Insurance

A reminder the Department of Education does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs.

First Aid Update

If your child’s/ren’s medical needs have changed or need updating (eg: asthma, allergy, anaphylaxis) could you please ensure the office receives this information. If you are unsure as to the information the school may have, please ring the office to discuss and/or confirm.

Working with Children Checks

A reminder that parents/carers/volunteers who work in classrooms do need to have a current working with children card.

Parent/Carer Tours for children commencing school in 2018

Parent/carer enrolment tours for the 2018 Foundation year are continuing. Please contact the school office or visit the school website for further information. Sibling enrolment documents are now available from the office.

Extraordinary School
Council meeting

On Wednesday 27th of May School Council held an extraordinary meeting. Today all families will have received a letter from School Council.


Enjoy your weekend.


Notices Home to Parents/Carers

Tuesday 16th May

Annual Fun Run - all students

Friday 19th May

Letter from School Council - eldest student


Community Calendar



Friday 19th May

Winter Sports

Monday 22nd May

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 23rd May

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 26th May

Winter Sports

Monday 29th May

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00


Friday 2nd June

Winter Sports

Monday 5th June

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 9th June

Winter Sports

Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday

Tuesday 13th June

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 16th June

Winter Sports

Tuesday 20th June

Music Incursion 09:00 to 13:00

Wednesday 21st June 

PJ Day - Winter Solstice

Friday 23rd June

Winter Sports

Monday 26th June

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 30th June

End of Term 2 - early dismissal 14:30


Monday 17th July

Term 2 Commences 9:00

Wednesday 19th July

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Fundraising Events

MPW Music Trivia Night 2017

When:                                                    Saturday June 24th 7pm -11.30pm

Where:                                                    MPW School Gym

Ticket Cost:                                         $30pp (BYO Drinks and Nibbles/Snacks)


Join us MPW families, staff, and friends!

Our Term Two Fundraising Event is Music Trivia Night.

Hosted by the fabulous Dolly, this was a memorable evening last year. Get into the fun spirit of the night and dress up as your favourite music idol/band. If you’re not one to get your groove on in public, toe tapping under the table is completely fine!


There are fantastic spot prizes to be won and we’ll also have a selection of silent-auction items up for grabs.


If you’d like more information on what’s in store, feel free to have a look at the Dolly Productions website at


Please join us by purchasing individual tickets or a table with friends.

Click on the Eventbrite link to purchase your ticket/s


To have flexibility on seat selection please use a desktop computer when booking.


If you are unable to book online and would like to purchase tickets, please contact Rachel through the office.



The fundraising team are seeking items for our speciality prize hampers (wine/chocolates/gift vouchers/beauty items/deli foods) and also more significant items or services that would be suitable for our silent auctions. You can drop these donations at the school office or email us directly and we can arrange collection.

Thanks so much for your continued support and generosity at our MPW fundraising events, we look forward to seeing you at Music Trivia Night and celebrating our wonderful school community.

MPW Fundraising Events 2017

Term Four

  • Friday October 20th - Spring Carnival Social Night
  • End of Year Raffle 

Fundraising contacts

Rachel  & Anna - please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to Rachel and Anna.                  


Education News 

Australian Mathematics Competition

Students from Grade 3 to 6 who have a 'love of Mathematics' have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition.

Further to last weeks newsletter we are pleased to confirm the competition will be held at MPW on Friday 28th July.


There is a cost of $6 per child to enter the competition and entry forms will be available at the front office.  Closing date is the 5th June.

 If you have any questions you can gain information from the website 'Australian Mathematics Competition' or speak to Vicki McCormack in Room 4.

Australian Mathematics Competition | AMT Australian Mathematics CompetitionOne of the world’s largest school-based mathematics competitions with more than 14 million entries since 1978.


About the Australian Mathematics Competition

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian education calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks on the same day in over 30 countries around the globe.

Running since 1978, the AMC is for students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6) or 75 minutes (Years 7–12). The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking rather than focus on calculations themselves, thus such questions are designed so that they can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. The problems get more difficult through the competition, so that at the end they are challenging to the most gifted students. Students of all standards will make progress through the problems, and also be challenged along the way.

The AMC is available both in hard copy and online format, with no difference in the questions or time requirements.

For additional entry information and special circumstances » Go to Entering the AMC
>> AMC Results
>> Frequently Asked Questions

Visually impaired and distance students

We would like the AMC to be available to all students who wish to participate. We have special arrangements for visually impaired students and distance education organisations. Home schooled students or students whose school chooses not to participate are free to make arrangements to sit under the supervision of another school.

The AMC may be held on a different date by special arrangement in some countries.

The Green Team

On Thursday 25th of May, the Green Team will be harvesting the olives that grow along Eglinton Street outside Room 7.

If you would like to join in the fun, you are more than welcome (as long as you have a Working with Children’s Check and sign in at the office!) We will meet in Room 17 at the start of lunch and head outside from there.

Nothing would make us happier than to share the olives with our community. If you are interested in receiving a portion of these olives, please leave a re-usable container in the Green Team’s tub (at office) prior to Thursday 25th May.

You will be asked to fill out a green card to leave inside the container that looks like this:

If you would like to make a gold coin donation, the Green Team will make sure that this money goes towards redeveloping the Vegie Patch and continuing the work that the Gardening Club began last year. You can leave your gold coin donation inside of your container along with the green card.

Your filled container will be returned to your child on the afternoon of Thursday 25th May.

There are many different ways to pickle or preserve your olives. Here is a link to some different ways to pickle them after they’ve been picked!


The Green Team


Scienceworks excursion

Last Friday Room 4 went to Scienceworks. The first thing we did was have our morning tea, then we went to the Planetarium. It was fun, we watched ‘Tycho To The Moon’. We watched another thing but I do not know what it is called. The whole thing was fun.

 Then we split into groups, in my group there were four people. The people in my group were Winter, Olivia, Alessia and me. We went to Nitty Gritty Super City. Then we went on the bus. It took a long time but I didn’t care and then we came back to school and I went to the Mother’s Day stall.

When some of the kids came back from the Mother’s Day stall the bell rang. I rushed outside. I went straight away because I was really tired and a little bit sick and as soon as I got home I layed on the couch and then my dad said ‘Go to bed because I want to watch the footy on TV’, so I went to bed.

 Jasper (Grade 1)


On Friday we went to Scienceworks. We went on bus. We went to the Planetarium. We watched ‘Tyco went to the Moon’. The Planetarium was my favourite part of Scienceworks. We went to Nitty Gritty Super City. I did a running race with Cooper. We both won!

Then we went to the playground. We had fun.

I went to the café and I played music with Piper and we had fun. I did heaps more. We were there the whole day.

We sang a song on the bus because it was Ottis’ birthday. It was fun.

Ruby (Grade 1)


On Friday all of Room 4 went to Scienceworks. We went to the Planetarium, we watched Tyco goes to the Moon. That was my favourite part in the whole of Scienceworks.

We had our snack on some sort of stairs. I ate all of my snack and when we had finished our snack we went inside and we played in the music room. We went to lots of other places. It was so fun you should try it. 

 Piper (Grade 1)


We went to the Planetarium. We walked to the bus and I loved Nitty Gritty Super City and we ate morning tea. We went inside ‘Scienceworks’ and we went on the bus. We went back to school.

 Amy (Foundation)


We went to Nitty Gritty Super City and I drove the digger. I picked up the balls and moved them.

Max (Grade 1)


We went to Scienceworks on the bus. My group went to Nitty Gritty Super City. Scienceworks was fun. We had some food at Scienceworks and we went to the Planetarium.

Taneya (Foundation)


We went to Scienceworks on Friday. The best part was when I made a hamburger for Vicki in the ‘Nitty Gritty Super City’ kitchen.

Alessia  (Foundation)


Scienceworks was fun. We had a snack there.

Jai (Foundation)


We went to Scienceworks.

We went to the Planetarium.

Indi (Foundation).


On Friday all of room 4 went to Scienceworks. The Planetarium was great. I love Nitty Gritty Super City. I made mum lots of food, she got full and then we had our lunch and then we got on the bus.    Olivia (Foundation)


Sport News

MPW Fun Run

We will be holding our 26th Annual Fun Run on Thursday 1st June   from 9.00 to 10.30am.  All the students and teachers will be involved and can run, jog, skip, hop, walk, etc. for one hour.


We cannot conduct this event without your assistance so don’t be shy! It’s also a great way to get to know other parents and support the children as they run past.


Please complete the form below if you are able to assist and return to the office.


Term 2 Dates

5th May

Winter Sport commences Friday mornings (Gr 5/6)

1st June

School Fun Run (TBC)

6th June

Division Cross Country

Inter school Sport Term 2 2017

Friday 19th May



Friday 26th May


(Mt Alexander Road, Flemington, – Football at Ormond Park, Pattison Street, Moonee Ponds)



Friday 2nd June



(Errol Street North Melbourne, - Football at Brens Oval, Marcarthur Road, Parkville)


Friday 9th June



(Errol Street North Melbourne, - Football at Brens Oval, Marcarthur Road, Parkville)


Friday 16th June



(Clarendon Street, Avondale Heights – Football at Canning Reserve, Glenside Street, Avondale Heights)

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.

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

Ascot Vale Panthers Junior Football Club

It's not too late!

Under 9's girls and boys are wanted to join the rebirth of the

Ascot Vale Panthers Junior Football Club


Fees are $100 - All inclusive

Walter Street Reserve


Frank: 0400 453 402

Graham: 0414 537 360





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Tickets may be purchased by  visiting

This offer must expire 30 June 2017.


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
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