Moonee Ponds West Primary School

27 October 2017
2017 - Issue 32
Principal's report
Community Calendar
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

Writer’s Festival

On Thursday 26th October, MPW held our Writers Festival. This was an opportunity for families and friends to visit their child’s classroom to share and celebrate childrens' Personal Writing; both published pieces and pieces that are still in the drafting stage. Look out for a report (including community feedback)  on the festival in next week's newsletter.

Spring Fling

Last Friday (20th October) 102 community members attended the 'Spring Fling' social function held at the Union Hotel. A fantastic evening was had by all.  Congratulations to the fundraising group of Rachel, Anna and Danielle for all the effort that went into ensuring the night was a huge success. 

The funds raised from this evening will be announced in next week's newsletter.

Enrolment of Siblings for 2018

Yet a further reminder to families who are yet to enrol siblings of current students for the 2018 Foundation year. Enrolment documents are available from the office. Finalising our enrolments for 2018 is an essential part of our planning for the 2018 school year. We  begin our orientation program for our 2018 Foundation students on Monday the 6th  November. We look forward to welcoming our new students and families  to the MPW community.

Playground Responsibilities 2017-2018

New playground responsiblities have been developed by the students of MPW and come into effect as of Monday 30th October. Please see the Education News for the complete list of Playground Responsibilites.

thank you to the Student Wellbeing and Engagement Action team for their support with the development of the Playground Responsibilities.

Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy Working Group

An Expression of Interest for a Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy Working Group was forwarded to members of the school community on Wednesday and posted on the school’s website. If you are interested in being a member of this working group could you please consider forwarding your Expression of Interest by the 8th of November.

Have your say about the future of waste in Moonee Valley

Council is seeking your ideas to avoid waste and improve reuse and recycling. The survey will only take ten minutes and provide Council with valuable information to update the Waste and Resource Recovery Plan. Please complete the survey here and you’ll have a chance to win $100 worth of prizes to help you avoid waste.
Survey closes on Sunday 29th October.

Art Gallery

The MPW Vincent Van Gogh Art Exhibition will be held on Monday 20th November to Friday 1st December in the Performance Space.  The exhibition is inspired by the recent exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Each student will have at least one piece of work exhibited.  Opening times for the exhibition will be advertised in next weeks newsletter.

MVIMP End of Year Concert

MVIMP Music Program presents the 2017 MVIMP Annual Concert on Thursday 16th November 2017 at 7:00pm


Location: Celebrity Room, Moonee Valley Racing Club, Celebrity Room, McPherson Street, MOONEE PONDS, VIC 3039


Tickets are now on sale for the MVIMP combined schools concert at Moonee Valley.

Ticket prices are $20.00 and $14.00 available at



Tickets are also available at the office or at the door on the night ($2.00 extra). 

For further information, including rehearsal times, please see the music section of this newsletter.

Communication Working Group

Please find below a link to a Communications Survey that will remain open until Friday 10th November.      
In reviewing our existing communications practice and methods, and recent media management, this survey is an integral part of our efforts to improve school communication.

I would like to thank the members of the Communications Working Group and School Council members who provided feedback on the purpose, scope and content of the survey. The consultants have used their feedback to inform the final survey questions in line with the consultants original brief into communications channels, practices and content.


The specific focus of the survey on our school’s communications, from both a technical point of view, and in terms of content, will help to improve engagement with the school community. 


If you have any specific questions about the survey please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.


Enjoy the weekend,




Notices home to parent/carers

23rd October

Prep/One Activity Night - Prep/One students

25th October

Letter to Room 21
Student Engagement and Wellbeing Working Group - Whole school

27th October 

MVIMP rehearsal update - MVIMP students


Community Calendar


Monday 30th October

State Athletics


Thursday 2nd November

Foundation/One Activity Night 17:00 to 19:00

Friday 3rd November

Summer Sports

Monday 6th November

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 7th November

Melbourne Cup-Public Holiday

Friday 10th November

Summer Sports

Monday 13th November

Soundgarage Concert

Tuesday 14th November

Resources Committee

Soundgarage Concert

Thursday 16th November

MVIMP End of Year Concert

Wednesday 22nd November

Grade 5/6 Cricket Carnival

Friday 24th November

Summer Sports

Monday 27th November

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00


Monday 4th December

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 6th December

Senior Choir Musical  

Thursday 7th December

Senior Choir Musical -  Morning Performance

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

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 

Friday 22nd December 2017

End of Year Assembly 9am

Early Dismissal 1.30pm

Education News 

The Grade 2 Sleepover

In Term four grade two students participate in ‘The Grade Two Sleepover’. This event is part of the school wide camping program, which is approved by School Council each year.  On Thursday the 19th October seventy three students and nine teachers were involved in this wonderful event. Students arrived at school at 6.00pm eager to go and participated in the following:

  • Local walk to Maribyrnong River with games in the park and healthy fresh fruit platters as a snack
  • Hip Hop Dance incursion conducted by Supreme Incursions
  • Sleep over at school in grade 5/6 classrooms and library
  • Breakfast on the desk and games before school.

Many thanks to the teachers and students involved.

Here are some student reflections.


Playground Responsibilities 2017-2018

The students of M.P.W. have developed these playground responsibilities in order to make M.P.W. a safe and happy place for everyone. These responsibilities are to be followed before, during and after school hours within the school grounds.



Be fair and honest.

Be friendly and inclusive at all times and in all spaces.

Be a role model for others.

Be safe and make sure that others are safe too. No rough play, fighting or play-fighting (physical contact is not okay), no violence or violent play (e.g. using real or imagined weapons).

Swearing and inappropriate language are not okay at MPW. Always report swearing if you hear it.

Take responsibility for yourself, watch where you’re going and be careful not to interfere with other people’s games.

Help people when they are hurt and look out for others.

Use equipment safely and return it when you’re finished with it.

Keep gardens, tables and decking areas clean and rubbish free - put lunchboxes in classroom tubs and pick up rubbish during music.

Eat your lunch in your classroom, outside your classroom, at tables or on the decking areas – not on tiger turf, playgrounds or play equipment. Put all rubbish back into your lunchbox and leave them at your classroom. Look after your own belongings.

Make sure you’re back at class on time at the end of recess/lunch.

Climbing is only allowed on the adventure playgrounds.

Try to sort out problems in a positive, assertive way. Remind people who are not using the yard appropriately and get help from a yard-duty teacher if that doesn’t work.

Always do the right thing because it is the right thing to do (not just because a teacher can see you!).

Sticks can be used safely, e.g. for digging.

The bike shed is for bikes and scooters… not people!

Bikes and scooters must be walked while inside the school grounds.

Be sun smart. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and appropriate clothing with shoulders covered from September–April. Children without a wide-brimmed hat must sit under a solid roof (e.g. the decking outside Rooms 16, 17, 18 or areas covered by a solid roof) during these months.


Tiger-turf areas:

People using areas/equipment as intended have right of way: e.g. runners on the running track, cricket in the nets, footy on the footy oval, soccer on soccer pitch, long jump in the long jump pit, etc. Please don’t sit under the basketball rings or near the goals.

For football and soccer we must follow the agreed school rules (based on official interschool sport rules), including rules about tackling.

Play ball/contact games at your own risk once you know the rules.

Always use an umpire; the umpire cannot also be a player.

Games on the soccer, football and basketball court must stay within the lines.

Watch out for balls and take responsibility for yourself when you’re on the tiger-turf.

Make sure the padding on the footy goals is on properly. Games need to pause until the pads are back on. Don't climb on the pads.

Try to walk/run around games, courts and the running track, rather than through them.

Basketball and netball can be played on half the basketball court each: netball at the BER end and basketball at the gym end.


Adventure playgrounds:

Take turns.

Slides are for going down only. Only one person on the slide at a time, going down feet first

Keep toys off the play equipment.

Allow people going across monkey bars to have right of way (don't block the way by sitting on top).


Vegetable patch/gardens/sandpits:

Be careful and quiet in garden areas and respect the plants.

Leave the fruit, vegetables, flowers, etc. on the trees (please don’t pick them). Leave the bugs alone.

Only dig in the sandpits and the designated digging patches.

Leave sand in the sandpits.



The toilets are not a play area. Only go to the toilet when you need to use it.

Keep the toilets clean. Flush when you’re finished.

Respect people’s privacy (never look under the doors).


Running Areas

  • Tiger turf
  • Jack’s paddock
  • Asphalt area near (the bell tower and Rooms 21 & 22)

No Running

  • Deckings
  • Under peppercorn tree
  • Little/big adventure playgrounds
  • Corners
  • Around buildings
  • Around rocks

Ball Playing Areas

  • Down ball wall
  • 4 square courts
  • Tiger turf
  • Cricket nets
  • Jack’s paddock

No Balls

  • Other asphalt areas (not including down ball courts and red wall)
  • Little/big adventure playgrounds

Out of Bounds

  • Behind water tanks
  • On top of fences
  • Caged off areas
  • On top of fire hydrants
  • Bike shed (during school hours)

Eating Areas

  • In your classroom
  • Outside your classroom
  • At outdoor tables
  • Decking areas
  • Make sure you take your lunch box back to class with you!



Congratulations to the prize winners for the term 3 Chess Tournament.


Group (Advanced)

  • 1st Place            Lachlan 
  • 2nd Place           Aiden 
  • 3rd Place            Willian 

Group 2 (Beginner/Intermediate)

  • 1st Place             Orlando 
  • 2nd Place            Clementine
  • 3rd Place             Carissa 

The awards will be presented at the next assembly.


Congratulations to Chantal who won her division at the Victorian State Championships and Southern Cross Trophy Competition on Sunday 15th October at O’Brien Group Arena. This is an Ice Skating Victoria Competition and recognised by Ice Skating Australia as a national Bench Mark Competition.

Chantal is now the Victorian State Champion for the Preliminary Ladies Free Skate Division.
Chantal’s will compete her last benchmark and national competition for 2017 at the end of the month in Adelaide.


Join thousands of Victorian families for Walk to School 2017!

Get ready, get set for Walk to School 2017!

MPW has joined the hundreds of primary schools across Victoria for a fun month of walking, riding and scooting to and from school. By participating, we have a chance to win some great prizes! So every time our local families walks, rides or scoots to and from school during October, you increase our school’s chance of winning!

Student challenge cards

Don’t forget to complete your challenge card each day you walk and also mark yourself off your classroom calendar, once your challenge card is complete hand it into the office. We will then get them to Council so they will go into the draw to win some great prizes.


Prizes include:

3 x $150 sport voucher

5 x  Bounce Essendon pass

5 x $50  Westfield voucher


Student poster challenge:

Council will be holding a Poster challenge for all participating students. The winning artist will receive a sports store voucher valued at $150.

The poster should show:

  • students and their friends walking to school
  • something funny, pretty or interesting that students have seen while walking to or from school
  • a slogan about why kids should walk to school
  • if students are too far to walk all the way, their poster could highlight park and walk locations

To enter, students should complete their poster and put it up in a visible position at school, then email [email protected] with their name, phone number, school, a photo of their poster (a photo taken on a phone is fine) and its location. The three most creative designs will be framed, displayed at a Council venue and on Facebook, and three Council staff will choose a winner.

The winning artist will receive a sports store voucher valued at $150.


Decorate your shoes, bikes or scooter

If your school participates in the decorate your shoes, bikes and scooter activity – add this also

In 2017, we’re encouraging our kids to put their best foot forward by decorating their shoes, bikes or scooters to make Walk to School even more fun. Get involved with us for Walk to School and help your family build healthy habits for life: This activity will be run by VicHealth.


About Walk to School:

Every October, VicHealth’s Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids and their families to walk, ride or scoot to and from school every day. It’s a great way for the whole family to increase their physical activity levels. Plus, it is a chance to enjoy more time with your kids and meet other local families along the way.

Along with the health benefits, it also reduces traffic congestion, saves on parking, helps us connect with family and friends and saves the environment!

Part way is okay! If you can’t walk the whole way, why not try parking the car a few blocks from your school and walk, ride or scoot the rest.

Last year, more than 144,000 kids and their families took part in the program walking the equivalent of two return trips to the moon and with your families help, we can make 2017 our biggest year yet!

There are so many great reasons to participate in Walk to School this October and we’re excited to be part of the fun because getting active is even more fun when we do it together!

Sport News

Summer Sport - Term 4

Summer Sport:

Term 4 Interschool Sport will kick off on Friday 27th October.  The Gr 5/6 students will participate in Handball, Soccer, Hot Shots Tennis and Touch Rugby (Coaches at School).

Round 1 sees MPW at home playing against Avondale and MPW Gold will travel to Flemington.

Sport Term 4

Wednesday 22nd November - Friday 8th December

District Basketball Carnival

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.


MVIMP Concert
Friday 27th October 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the MVIMP end of year concert. They may be purchased online from Try Booking., please see the link below. Prices are $20.00 and $14.00.  Tickets are also available at the office or at the door on the night ($2.00 extra).



Updated Rehearsal Dates:

Next week, we will begin the rehearsals for the End of Year MVIMP Concert.

The coordinator school have made some slight changes to the rehearsal days. Please see the changes highlighted below. We apologise for any changes that may affect your planning.

Below are the updated rehearsal days:



Wednesday 1 November                      

Moonee Ponds PS

9:30 – 11:00

Monday 13 November

Ascot Vale West PS

9:30 – 11:00   



Wednesday 1 November

Moonee Ponds PS

11:15– 12:45  

Wednesday 8 November

Moonee Ponds PS

9:30– 11:00



Wednesday 1 November

Moonee Ponds PS

9:30 – 11:00

Wednesday 8 November

11:00- 12:30



Thursday 2 November

Ascot Vale PS

9:30- 11:00

Tuesday14 November

Moonee Ponds PS

10:00 – 11:30



Wednesday 8 November

Moonee Ponds PS

1:30 – 3:00

Tuesday 14 November

Moonee Ponds PS

9:30 – 11:00



Rehearsals at own school at normal lesson times.



Thursday 16 November

Moonee Valley Racing Club

9:30 – 12:00


A reminder to families that if you are yet to complete and return the permission forms, could you please complete and return them as soon as possible to the Office. If you need another permission form, please contact the Office.


Thank you,

Emma Campbell

Music Liaison Teacher

2017 Soundgarage Concerts
in the Performance Space on Eglinton Street

Monday November 13

Singing & Performance: 7.00pm

Guitar: 8.00pm


Tuesday November 14

Keyboard: from 6.30pm

Children will be informed of their keyboard performance times the week before the concert.


The concerts are free and all family and friends are warmly invited to attend.

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.

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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