Moonee Ponds West Primary School

26 November 2019
2019 - Issue 35
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!
Music 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

Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Community members of Moonee Ponds West PS

MPWPS Senior Choir: The practices have been getting better and better thanks to the watchful eye of Kate, Kim and Kate’s niece Annina. It will be another fantastic performance by our children.  Please remember for your convenience, we are doing two (2) nights this year:  on December 4 and on December 5.  Both nights start at 7 pm sharp.  You can book on Eventbrite and the tickets are $5 each.  Come along and enjoy a night of live performance and storytelling through singing and drama.



Sound Garage Concerts this week

Our school based music program run by Sound Garage will be holding their concerts this week as well. The first of these is on Tuesday November 26 and the second on Wednesday November 27. When learning an instrument of any sort it is an important part to perform.  Giving yourself the chance to practice and then play or sing is such an uplifting achievement. Well done to all the children who learnt an instrument of any sort.  You are exercising your brain in the most productive way. 

Parent Representatives for 2020

This year the Parent Reps have been meeting and working on many exciting projects.  One of these is the development of a Parent Representative Handbook with all you would need to know if you were to take on this role.  There is even a FAQ (frequently Asked Questions) section. At our meetings, many ideas are discussed and one of these was to get the Parent Reps in place now, so that when you get the new class for 2020 you know the Parent Rep.  How will this work I hear you ask?  Well, if you are interested in being a Parent Rep in 2020 (and we hope you will) you express interest on the EOI form and return to the General Office or the school’s email address attention Sandra. Once you have indicated which year level, we will match you up to the class your child is in and presto you are it! Of course, this role can be shared and you would mention this on your EOI form.

Being a Parent Rep is a wonderful way to assist your child value education, help the class and build a collaborative school culture.  Do not be afraid is a great motto when you take on a role like this one.  The handbook is very explicit and helpful we think. Please return your EOI forms by Thursday December 5 to meet the timeline of informing your class by December 10.  So as someone once said: Ubuntu- I am because we are!


Staffing 2020

We are busy employing now and this is very exciting.  A chance for new ideas and friendships.  Congratulations to Ms Lisa Mc Lachlan who after 14 years at MPWPS will be finding the closest bike path to Pascoe Vale South Primary School.  Lisa will take leave from MPWPS for a 12-month contract.  Good Luck Lisa.  Ms Katherine Ayrton will be exploring other interests in 2020 but I thank Katherine for her work at MPWPS. She has made a wonderful contribution to the learning of the children, and is an excellent colleague to the staff.

For 2020, I welcome Ms Dessa Walsh and Mr. Tim Cannan.  Tim has previously worked as an Education Support Officer at MPWPS and has recently trained as a teacher, Dessa is returning from teaching in the United Kingdom. We are currently looking for two more teachers to fill some other vacancies.

Ms Jenny Irvine will continue on leave for the Term 1 of 2020 when she will review her decision.

Finally, at this stage of the year some families are changing addresses.  Please let us know so we can adjust our planning. 
Have a happy week with your family and how did the dinner prompts go last week? You know

What is your news and what do you need help with?


Sincerely and in good faith

Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at MPWPS)

School Council

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 28th October
  • 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)
  • Tuesday 8th October
  • 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 15th October
  • 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 16th October
  • Wednesday 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 

Community Engagement  commence at 4.00 pm

  • Thursday 20th June 
  • Monday 29th July 
  • Monday 2nd September 
  • Monday 21st October
  • Monday 18th November
  • Monday 9th December

School Council meeting report 28th October 2019

School Council met on Monday 28th of October to discuss all things governance. We started the meeting with some correspondence from the Department of Education and Training reminding the council of its responsibilities as a governing body of the school. As a body, we are bound by strict processes and protocols. The dedicated staff and parents who are on school council or a subcommittee of school council at MPW, work well and truly within these rules to ensure the smooth running of all things related to governance. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

JSC reported a successful Show Day where rules around sustainability and environment were adhered to and did not take away from the huge success of the day. Thank you to the members of Junior School Council.


In her principal’s report, Kerri congratulated Barbara Springfield to the role of Assistant Principal. She reported back on the workings of the Parent Representative Group  and their work on the Parent Representative handbook and processes for 2020, staff movement in 2020, enrolments, classroom structures for next year, updated us on the sensory garden development, data around literacy and numeracy, the AIP (Annual Implementation Plan), the upcoming 5/6  Race Around Melbourne and finally some words about the schools philosophy and visions statements.


Resources committee reported on the financials for September.


Education committee tabled Acceptable use of ICT and Communication protocol policies that were ratified by School Council


Community Engagement reported back about COMPASS. COMPASS is the preferred method of communication amongst the various bodies at MPW.

Environment Committee tabled TOR (Terms of Reference) for us to endorse, and reminded us that MPW is a rubbish free lunch box school.


Again, thank-you to all staff and families that take time out to ensure that the school operates as smoothly as possible.


Helen Lockart

School Councillor

Community Engagement Sub Committee Report

Our newly formed Community Engagement Sub-Committee of School Council meets monthly in the weeks before School Council.  The purpose is to deal with all things Community; discussing aspects of involvement, parent, community participation across the school, and linking Parent Reps to the School Council.  At our last meeting we looked at the Volunteers Policy providing information to update within the cycle.

The Sub-Committee is also wanting to develop a Parent Skills and Volunteers register as  many schools have such a register.  The purpose would be to access the skills and support of the community. Please consider  adding your name and skills to the register.

If you are wanting to be part of the Community Engagement Sub-Committee we meet on a Monday after school (4pm) in Kerri’s Office.  All interested welcome to attend.


At present Convenor and Minute-taker.

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 



A very big THANK YOU to all the students, staff, parents/carers, and community for supporting the MPW Art Show.

It was an excellent opportunity to share the student's artworks and reveal their creativity with their families and friends.  Many proud and excited students, credit to them all.

Thank you to everyone for your gold coin donations, purchasing raffle tickets, and providing positive feedback.

Congratulations to Indi from Room 3 for winning the raffle.

Finally, thank you to ‘Hello Hello Plants and Garden Supplies” in Sydney Road, Campbellfield, for the discounted and donated plants, used for decorative features.

Thank you again!

The Creative Arts Team

Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall

What a busy time it’s been

What a busy time it’s been for MPW with our sustainability related activities.


We’re pleased to announce we applied for and received a Biannual Moonee Valley City Council grant for a vegetable garden with a focus on healthy eating. This exciting project, ‘The Edible and Interactive Garden” will commence next year. We will need community volunteers to assist with this project so please contact the office if you are interested.  


Thank you Moonee Valley City Council! 

The Green Team has been busy working on sustainability activities during Free Activity Time in Room 17. They’ve been involved in some great activities including producing beeswax wraps and making creations out of recyclable materials. Green Team has also helped spread the word about the importance of rubbish free lunches and nude food as a way of reducing waste.

We were also fortunate to have two of our Environment Sub-Committee members attend a full day Resource Smart School workshop at Deer Park North Primary School. Part of the day involved a site visit to the Veolia Organic Waste Facility at Bulla. Attendees were shown how green waste is processed and got to experience the sights and very strong smells associated with the plant! Thanks to Sara Melvin and Bec Romano for taking the time to attend this workshop.  Information on obtaining a green waste bin and what can go in the bin can be found at


Help fight the war on waste this Christmas -
KeepCup Fundraiser

Help fight the war on waste and encourage someone you know to be more sustainable this Christmas with their very own KeepCup! KeepCups make a great gift, especially perfect for KK presents. They are now available to purchase through the School Office with two different sizes and several different colours available – Small 8oz are $14 and Large 12oz are only $16. Why buy just one – consider one for every member of the family. Also, each KeepCup sold raises money for the school and we’ve partnered with Darling St Espresso who will take 50c off the price of your first coffee or milkshake in your new KeepCup! KeepCups are also suitable for lunch order milkshakes. What are you waiting for……let’s try to wipe out disposable coffee cups in our school community….buy yours now!





Music News

The 2019 MPW spectacular Senior Choir
are proud to present

Performance dates and times:

Wednesday 4th December 7:00 pm start

Thursday 5th December 7:00 pm start

Friday 6th December 9:15 am start for the whole school

Location: MPW Gym.

Duration: approximately 90 minutes

(there will be a brief interval)

Every child in the choir has an integral role to play as they sing, dance and act their way through over 20 songs and scenes to bring to life Kenneth Grahame’s timeless tale of the adventures of Toad and his very patient friends. The students can’t wait to showcase their amazing work.


Tickets are $5.00 each and are now on sale through Eventbrite





Our Annual Soundgarage Concerts will be held in the Performance Space at Moonee Ponds West on:

Tuesday 26th November – KEYBOARD CONCERTS

6.00pm - F/1/2 students & helpers

7.00pm - Grade 3 and 4's (and helpers as above)

7.45pm – 5/6 (and helpers as above)

 Wednesday 27th November – GUITAR AND SAP CONCERT

6.00pm ALL guitar and ALL SAP


Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your concert starting time in 'rock star attire'.

We can’t wait to see you all there.

For any further questions please feel free to contact Maddie Owen at

Fundraising Events

Fundraising 2019 End of Year DASH!

We have a jam packed fun filled Fundraising dash to the end of the year, here’s what’s on and how you can help out! More Info below:




How you can help!


Friday 29th November


Make sure your Child's order is placed by Wednesday 27th November

(Union Rd Christmas Celebrations)

Saturday 7th December

10am to 2pm

Make or Bake some yummy treats for our stall! Deliver to school on Friday 6th December.

MPW Christmas Raffle

Thursday 19th December

9am (Assembly)

Make sure you buy your tickets by Wednesday 18th December (more info soon)

Fight the War on Waste


School Office Hours

Purchase Keep Cups to fight the War on Waste, raise money for our school & help the environment!

Pizza Day

After the huge success of our MPW Pizza Day in Term 2 we’re bringing it back in Term 4 in partnership with Bakers Delight Showgrounds and Ascot Vale. There’s just one small change this term with Pizzas sold without a drink to ensure we look after our environment and continue our school’s war on waste. Therefore Pizza’s will be just $4.50 with every Pizza ordered raising $1.00 for our school! The pizza varieties will be Margherita and Hawaiian. (Variations can be accommodated eg no cheese, pineapple, unfortunately Pizzas are not available as Gluten Free). You are welcome to order more than 1 Pizza per Child, as a reference the pizzas are the same as you can purchase in-store at Bakers Delight. Order forms will be sent out this week with orders due back no later than Wednesday 27th November 2019.



Union Road Christmas Celebration Cake Stall

This Christmas we have been offered the fabulous opportunity to run the Cake Stall at the Union Road Christmas Celebration on Saturday 7th December between 10am and 2pm.  This is always a fun day out for the family with lots of great activities to keep kids and adults entertained. So get out those delicious treats and Christmas recipes and start planning your contribution to a successful Cake Stall, this truly is a great opportunity to raise some additional funds for our school. We will require your donation to be delivered to the school office on Friday 6th December. The fundraising team will circulate more information next week.



Help fight the war on waste this Christmas -
KeepCup Fundraiser

Help fight the war on waste and encourage someone you know to be more sustainable this Christmas with their very own KeepCup! KeepCups make a great gift, especially perfect for KK presents. They are now available to purchase through the School Office with two different sizes and several different colours available – Small 8oz are $14 and Large 12oz are only $16. Why buy just one – consider one for every member of the family. Also, each KeepCup sold raises money for the school and we’ve partnered with Darling St Espresso who will take 50c off the price of your first coffee or milkshake in your new KeepCup! KeepCups are also suitable for lunch order milkshakes. What are you waiting for……let’s try to wipe out disposable coffee cups in our school community….buy yours now!



MPW End of Year Christmas Raffle – Coming Soon

In the next couple of weeks the Fundraising Team will provide more information about the end of year raffle but rest assured there will be some great prizes!







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 

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 done via the COMPASS parent portal and the school absence  telephone line. 

If your child is sick it is advisable to not send your child to school. Continual absence may require a medical certificate.

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:

Thursday 19th December School (last day of Term 4 2019) - 3:30 pm dismissal

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free - Staff time in lieu half day)

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

We have a significant amount of unnamed clothing regularly donated to charity.


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 26th November

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 3

Soundgarage Keyboard Concert

Wednesday 27th November

Soundgarage Guitar and SAP Concert

Friday 29th November

Grade 4/5 Sport Rotations

North West Metro Cricket Finals


Wednesday 4th December

Choir Performance 7:00 pm

Thursday 5th December

Choir Performance 7:00 pm

Friday 6th December

Choir Performance 9:15 pm

Tuesday 10th December

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 16th December

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

Thursday 19th December

Last day Term 4 - School concludes @ 3.30 pm

Community News


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
2020 ClassroomParent Rep Booklet_Final.pdf
School Council Sub Committee EOI 2019.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf