Moonee Ponds West Primary School

17 November 2017
2017 - Issue 35
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

Capital Works Funding – Toilet modernisation

If you are yet to provide feedback on the location of our proposed toilet modernisation could you please do so by the end of the day on Monday 20th November. You will find in our front office diagrams of proposed locations for a modernisation of our school toilets currently located at the corner of Lennox and Eglinton Streets. The diagrams and fact sheet have also been posted on our school website and feedback can be forwarded to the school’s email.


There are three options for consideration by the whole school community, students, staff and community members. 


Comments and feedback can be placed on the diagrams on display on the Office foyer on the paper provided.  A sticker  can also be placed on your preferred option. 


The feedback will be collated and forwarded to the Master Planning Working Group to forward recommendations to the Resources Subcommittee and to School Council for their decision.

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

Please see below a message from the Minister of Education on the result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey that was released to schools on Wednesday. We, the staff of Moonee Ponds West Primary offer our support to all our families, staff and students in continuing to foster and foment a caring, supportive and inclusive whole school community.


This morning, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. The majority of respondents voted in favour of the law being changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. I am aware that this may be a day of heightened emotion and celebration for people in our school communities, particularly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) young people, staff, families and their friends and allies.


I am extremely proud of the great work schools across Victoria do every day to create a safe and inclusive environment for their students and staff. I remain confident in the care, support and leadership that our schools continue to display to their whole school community.


Regardless of the positive result today, I am aware that this has been a challenging and uncertain time for some in your school community and they may benefit from some additional support. As educators, I know that you and your staff will be mindful of how students respond to today’s survey result and offer additional health and wellbeing supports where needed. This may include connecting students with primary school welfare officers, student welfare coordinators in secondary schools, school nursing staff and Student Support Services.


A range of resources are also available to assist schools, including a suite of initiatives to address bullying, Bully StoppersSafe SchoolseSmart Schools and SAFEMinds, and our ongoing partnership with youth mental health foundation headspace.


Today I want to thank our schools and their leaders for the care, support and leadership they continue to display to their whole school community at this time.

Foundation (Prep) Orientation

Next week we begin our second week of Foundation Orientation where our 2018 Foundation students attend for an hour as part of our transition program. On December 12th Foundation students attend their 2018 classrooms from 9:30am until 11:00am. During this session our Foundation families are invited to attend an information session.

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition

The MPW Vincent Van Gogh Art Exhibition will be held on Monday 20th November to Monday 27th  November in the Performance Space. The opening times will be 8:45am until 5:00pm. The opening evening will be Monday 20th November 6:00pm until 7:30pm.

Student Reports

Student Reports will be sent home with each student on December 19th.  We thank in advance all teaching staff for the significant about of time which goes into assessing and reporting on each child’s progress.

School Values

A school’s values are important. Please be reminded MPW’s values are as listed below.

  • Respect
  • Community
  • Honesty & Integrity
  • Creativity
  • Persistence
  • Inclusiveness
  • Freedom
  • Rights & Responsibilities

These values are a means by which to facilitate understanding and agreement in guiding everyone’s behaviour in our school community. I would encourage you as to discuss these values with your respective family members when appropriate.

Acceptable Use

With various forms of communication available to assist the learning of the students at MPW, including our acceptable use policy. You can find a copy of this policy on our website. To accompany this policy there is the acceptable use document completed by students. This document outlines the ways the various devices are to be used by our students at MPW, including being Cyber Safe.

Driving around school

If you are driving around the school area could you  be extra careful and ever vigilant  school as children walk, ride and scoot to and from school.

MVIMP Combined Schools Concert

Last night the children in the Moonee Vale Instrumental Music Program (MVIMP) performed at Moonee Valley Function Centre for the Annual MVIMP Combined Concert playing pieces from Beethoven, Leonard Cohen and David Bowie. Students from the four schools that make up MVIMP (Ascot Vale Primary School, Ascot Vale West Primary School, Moonee Ponds Primary School and Moonee Ponds West Primary School. Thank you to the staff and parent/carers for all their support both in the lead up to the night and on the night itself. Thank you in particular, Emma Campbell, the school’s MVIMP liaison teacher. A special thank you to the MVIMP tutors, Lex, Les, Caitlin, Anthony, Pieta, Simon, Janet and Katherine.

There will be a full report on the concert in next week's newsletter.


Enjoy the weekend,



Notices home to parent/carers

Monday 13th November

Excursion Notice                            Grade 5/6 Team

Graduation Bears/Balls               Grade 6 students

Tuesday 14th November

Head Lice Alert                                Room 6

Wednesday 15th November

Excursion Notice                             Grade 5/6 Team

Friday 17th November

Teaching arrangements               Room 4

Interview Notice                              Room 23

Community Calendar


Monday 20th  - Monday 27th November

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition 8:45 to 17:00

Monday 20th November

Excursion 5/6 Team

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition Opening

Night 18:00 to 19:00

Tuesday 21st November
Excursion 5/6Team

Wednesday 22nd November

Grade 5/6 Cricket Carnival

Excursion 3/4 Team

Excursion 5/6 Team

Friday 24th November

Summer Sports

Monday 27th November

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition closes 17:00

Tuesday 28th November

Excursion Prep/One Team

Thursday 30th November

Excursion 5/6 Team


Monday 4th December

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 5th December

Junior Choir Musical

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 9:00

Early Dismissal 13:30

Education News 

Vincent Van Gogh


Remembrance Day

Last Friday students from Room 5 made paper poppies and planted them underneath the flagpole at the entrance to the school. Emma explained the significance of the poppies and Remembrance Day to her students who thought it better to plant them on Friday the 10th November, as it was closest to the 11th November. Michele Birch also created a wonderful display in the library of suitable books for students of all year levels to read during their allocated library visit this week.


Lest We Forget.


Sport News

Summer Sport

Term 4 District Summer Sport began last Friday. The Gr 5/6 students will participate in Handball, Soccer, Hot Shots Tennis and Touch Rugby (Coaches at School).



Sport Term 4

Wednesday 22nd November

T20 Blast Cricket (Gr 5/6) OAK PARK

Friday  24th November – Round 4 Summer Sport (Gr 5/6)


Friday 8th December

District Basketball Carnival (Gr 5/6) KEILOR BASKETBALL STADIUM

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.

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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