Moonee Ponds West Primary School

25 June 2019
2019 - Issue 18
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
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, Staff, Students, and Community members of MPWPS

Welcome to the last week of Term 2 and what a busy term is has been! All student reports and portfolios were sent home last Friday 21st of June. Parent/Student/Teacher conferences will be conducted on Thursday 25th July (Week 2 of Term 4) and the booking portal has now been opened on Compass.

Japanese Tour

We have word from our happy travellers that they have arrived in Osaka safely and are enjoying sunny Japan and all the wonderful culture and learning it has to offer. A BIG thank you to Cindy and Diana, our Japanese teachers, and the school Business Manager Sandra, for organising such a memorable experience. I would also like to thank the parents who have supported this program, both here and overseas. We look forward to many more updates as the week progresses.

2020 Foundation Enrolments

We have enjoyed a number of tours with prospective families over the term, highlighting all the wonderful opportunities students have at Moonee Ponds West to develop into thoughtful and productive adults.

A reminder for families with existing student/s who intend to enrol a sibling in 2020, to do this as soon as possible as Term 3 is a big planning term for school structures, classes and teachers.


Early Dismissal

A reminder that School Assembly in on this Friday morning (last day of Term 2) and that all students will be dismissed at 2.30 pm from their classrooms. Please ensure your child/ children are picked up promptly or book them into Out of Hours School Care.

School Holidays

Many parents approach me and ask what they could do over the holidays to continue their child’s learning. Of course this is always met with “Read to and listen to your child read.” followed by, “Highlight maths in real life situations such as shopping, cooking and board games”.

Whilst practising the fundamentals is always beneficial, providing opportunities for your child/children to play, explore, talk and ask questions through lots of different experiences is vital. The more world knowledge and vocabulary your child can bring to learning experiences, the more connections and understandings develop.


Enjoy the break.


Kind Regards

Barbara Springfield (Assistant Principal)



School Council

School Council member feature


Name: Nigel Keegan

My wife Sarah and I have two boys, Oliver in Room 16 and Samuel in Room 4. We also have Rosie who is 20 months of age.


My favourite thing about MPW

One of my favourite things about MPWPS is the sense of community that is extended to all people within its reach and the value placed upon every child. 


Name: Helen Lockart

Grade 5/6 teacher - Room 8





My favourite thing about MPW

Our community’s commitment to the wellbeing of each of our students pays homage to the understanding that it truly does take a village to bring up a child. No one person is

more important than any other and we all have a role to play in supporting our students.

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


School Council Report 17th June

It’s been a busy month for School Council with two meetings (due to rescheduling) and our annual School Council Governance training event.  The school’s Sub-Committees have also been presenting the goings on from their respective meetings, which has meant the discussions and recommendations have been both exciting and comprehensive.  This is to be expected in many ways as we approach our mid-year, as many ideas and actions are well underway across our school.

  • At this month’s meeting we were pleased to have two of our Junior School Council (JSC) Reps attend (Lachlan T and Aurelia M), outlining a summary of the things our students have been discussing in their classrooms and bringing to JSC.  This includes classroom rules for footy card trading, feedback about the new toilet block and some fundraising ideas they are supporting.
  • School Council were presented with the final schedule for the upcoming Japan Tour - it certainly will be an exciting trip for all!  
  • Council also approved the recommendation regarding the upcoming Swimming Lesson Program for our senior students.
  • Kerri outlined the role of the School’s Learning Specialists, which provide two of the teaching staff with a professional development opportunity whilst remaining in their primary classroom role. Our Learning Specialists (Kim and Vicki) are already in their roles and will be spending their time with the wider teaching staff sharing their expertise in Literacy and Numeracy.
  • We received an update about the plans for our Sensory Garden.  Over the last few months, both the community and the students have been given the opportunity to vote on their respective preferences, which has led to an approved concept.  We await the final funding approval processes which will hopefully progress to the concept going to tender soon.  The architects are excited to be involved, which we are all very pleased about.
  • Kerri provided an update on the success of the School’s Intervention Strategy, which has been focusing on the key areas of reading and literacy, as well as the work the staff have been doing on developing an 'Educative Statement', (short but also sharp) that links the Vision, Philosophy and Values. 
  • The Education Committee has been busy updating the Digital Technology Policy which will soon be finalised. Council was also updated on how the teaching staff have been meeting to learn and discuss the School’s Instructional Model, which is being implemented statewide as a requirement by the Department of Education.  Along with that our teaching staff have been learning about childhood development and how the brain learns, as well as looking at a number of planning documents.
  • The  Resource Smart sub-section of the Environment Committee hosted a successful whole-day workshop  on what is happening in schools like ours, from a sustainability perspective.  The Committee will also continue to work on an Action Plan, which will outline clear goals to help our students and wider community become more sustainable and ultimately greener!  Council was also very excited to hear that a local architectural landscaper Sara Hastings (and school parent) has kindly offered her time and expertise to assist the students in coming up with wonderful ideas for green spaces around the school - initially for the area beside the new toilet building.

Council wishes everyone a nice mid-year school break and we look forward to working together across Semester 2.


Jane Kingsley

School Councillor


Education News 

News from the Creative Arts Team

Bell Shakespeare Incursion 2019


In the final weeks of this semester students in grades 3/4/5/6 had the opportunity of experiencing in Bell Shakespeare’s performance of “Just Romeo and Juliet”.

Following the success of ‘Just Macbeth’ the latest play is another adaptation from Andy Griffiths this time ‘Just Doomed.’ The play follows Griffith’s characters Andy, Danny and Lisa in their quest to conquer Shakespeare’s greatest love story, ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

Filled with Shakespeare’s classic text and characters, the play cleverly mirrors the action and themes of the original play.

In Creative Arts’ sessions following the performance students provided feedback:

“I liked the character Andy.  He was really funny doing all the sound effects even when he did the balcony scene. I learnt that Shakespeare died on his birthday and he created 37 plays. I think it is good to learn about history.” Kingston room 12

“I loved the scene where Romeo and Juliet were going to kiss and Andy spoiled it. It was very funny.  I liked the way Andy asked for advice from the audience too. I hope Bell Shakespeare come back again they are amazing. I think Romeo and Juliet has an inspiring morale to the story.” Emma room 8

“I liked the actor who played Andy he expressed his emotions, interacted with the audience and he was a great actor. The play shows students about life and the real world.” Mia room 8

“I liked the part when Andy said “to pee or not to pee that is the question” when he was in the bush or tree – that was very funny. I rate the play 9 and a half out of 10.” Ryder room 13

“I like Andy who played Andy, how funny he moved and his ideas. I like Lisa, she was always positive and confident. I think that we should learn more about Shakespeare’s plays because they are so famous. I rate the play 10 out of 10.” Queena room 11.

“I liked the whole play, especially enjoyed the parts where any characters spoke directly to the audience, the soliloquys. I think primary school students should learn more about Shakespeare plays because they were so great. If you don’t teach the next generation then his stories will be lost. I rate the play 10 out of 10.” Phoebe room 11


A creative and fun idea for the holiday break for your family.

Presently showing at the Counihan galley in Brunswick is the exhibition ‘Fantastic Worlds.’

‘Fantastic Worlds’ is an exhibition and public program that celebrates and explores the fantastic and imaginary characters and worlds of selected Australian picture books through original artworks, animations and associated media. Curated for families and children (aged 2 to 10 years old) this exhibition invites visitors to get up close to experience these imaginative worlds and the curious, mysterious and whimsical characters that occupy these realms.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Graeme Base, Lance Balcin, Leigh Hobbs, Elise Hurst, Alison Lester, Marc Martin, Cat Rabbit, Shaun Tan and Anna Walker.

By popular demand the exhibition has been extended to Sunday July 14.  Definitely worth a visit!!!

Counihan Gallery 233 Sydney Rd Brunswick.  (Family day Saturday June 29. 11.00am – 4.00pm

Music News


Just a reminder that this is the last week to get your enrolment forms in for Soundgarage lessons in Term 3. If you would like to participate in Keyboard/Guitar/SAP (Singing and Performance) lessons then we ask that you have the form in by Wednesday 26th June.

Also a reminder that we are offering Foundation students lessons in Keyboard and SAP for Term 3 so if you have a child in Foundation who would like to join then we would love to have them part of the team!

For any further enquiries please feel free to contact Maddie at or 0401 844 522.

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

Fundraising Events

MPW Pizza Day Fun


On Friday 21st of June the fundraising team, with the generous support of our Local Bakers Delight, ran a Pizza Day! We would like to thank all of the families that were able to support this event as it was a huge success with 364 pizzas ordered! Wow! It took a solid hour of packing and sorting by a wonderful team of helpers and the fundraising team to make sure the kids had their pizzas in time for lunch and boy were they excited! We would like to thank our helpers Kate, Julia, Kristy, John and Julie for volunteering their time to help make this day such a big success. Also a huge thank you to the team at Bakers Delight (Union Rd & Showgrounds) for offering our school the opportunity to run this event. It was the biggest order they                                                                                              have had for a Pizza Day fundraiser so thank you Moonee                                                                                                  Ponds West community!

                                                                                    Thank you,

      Rachel, Sophie & Danielle

 MPW Fundraising Team



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 will be recruiting volunteers early Term 3, if you’re able to help please mark it your diary now.


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


Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm


Monday 15th July

Term 3 Commences 9.00 am

Friday 19th July

Athletic Trials (12/13 yo)

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

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

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

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


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 

Community News



School Holidays Tennis

School Holidays Tennis Clinic 1:

Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July 2019


School Holidays Tennis Clinic 2:

Monday 8th July Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th July 2019


9.30am to 11am: $35 per day or $90 for the 3 days

9.30am to 12.30pm: $60 per day or $180 for the 3 days at: 


North Park Tennis Club, Flemington Road Parkville.

For further information contact Gabriel 0418178328

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School Council Sub Committee EOI 2019.pdf
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