Moonee Ponds West Primary School

18 August 2017
2017 - Issue 24
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Sport News
Fundraising Events
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report


Next week 17 MPW children will venture to Lady Northcote camp near Bacchus Marsh to take part in the annual 4 day MVIMP Music Camp. Children from the four MVIMP schools (Ascot Vale West PS, Ascot Vale PS, Moonee Ponds PS and Moonee Ponds West PS) will perform at a concert on Thursday night for family members all the four school principals and staff. A huge thank you to Emma Campbell, the MVIMP liaison teacher for all her planning, preparation and attendance at the MVIMP camp. And a huge thank you to Lex, Les, Anthony, Caitlyn, Sean, Pieta, Simon and Janet the MVIMP tutors for their commitment and dedication in fostering a deep appreciation of all things musical for all the children of MVIMP.

Education Sub committee

At the last meeting of the Education Subcommittee of Council, Vicki Stanley, Learning Support teacher, gave a detailed outline of this program and students.  

The learning support program has been developed to meet the need of students experiencing challenges in their learning and to arrange for, and deliver, learning which is responsive and caters for the range of students in its school community.  

Support may be provided within the classroom setting, in small groups, individually or a combination of these depending on the learning goals of the student.  Support is tailored to meet specific student learning needs at a point in time and within the school's overall teaching 

framework,  Teaching and Learning and Curriculum Policies.


Vicki spoke of the systems that have been put in place to ensure the early identification and monitoring 


of students who may require additional time and support in their learning and how this information is shared by classroom teacher, learning support and families.

Reflecting these developments, the Learning Support policy was reviewed by a working group at the end of 2016 and has been presented and reviewed by all staff who have provided feedback and suggestions.  The policy is currently being refined by the working group based on these comments and will again be presented to staff for endorsement.

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 immediately. If you are unsure as to the information the school may have, please ring the office to discuss and/or confirm.

Insurance Reminders

The Department of Education & Training does not provide personal accident insurance for students. Parents and carers are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs. Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.

Enrolments 2018

We have now completed our enrolment tours for 2018 enrolments.  Sibling enrolment forms are available at the office. If you are enrolling a sibling for 2018 could you please submit the enrolment forms as early as possible to assist with planning for 2018.

Education Support Morning Tea

Thank you to everyone who supported a morning tea held yesterday as part of National Support Staff Week to acknowledge the significant contribution Education Support staff make in supporting the operations of the school and the education of children.

2017 Tour of Japan Information Evening

Thank you to everyone who attended the information session last week regarding the 2017 Japan Tour. Thank you to the Diana Vivian for the presentation in preparation for departure on the 18th of September and demonstration of how best to pack a carry on suitcase (the only luggage  children will be taking with them (apart from a backpack)).

Multiage Workshops & Book Week

Next Wednesday, as part of Book Week, all children at MPW will participate in a multi age workshop focusing on a children’s book. Thank you to Claudia and Toula for their organisation of the day. For more information relating to book week please click on the following link:


Enjoy the weekend,



Notices home to parent/carers

Monday 14th August

Head Lice Room 19

Tuesday 15th August

Excursion Notification 5/6 Team

Teaching Arrangements Room 23

Wednesday 16th August

Gastro Alert  Room 5

Community Calendar


Monday 21st August

Book Week begins

Tuesday 22nd August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Melbourne Planetarium Excursion

Rm's 20, 21 & 22

Book Swap

Wednesday 23rd August

Book Week Dress Up Day

Multi Age Workshops

Friday 25th August

MVIMP Camp returns

Book Week concludes

Monday 28th August

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 29th August

Imax Excursion 2/3 Team

Wednesday 30th August 

Grade 5/6 Excursion Koori Heritage Walk

Thursday 31st August 

Grade 5/6 Excursion Koori Heritage Walk


Friday 1st September

Father's Day Stall

Monday 4th September

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

5/6 Camp Curembene Rm's 11,12 & 18 Departs

Koorie Heritage Walk Rm's 10 & 15

Tuesday 5th September

Zeeko Music Incursion -Whole school

Friday 8th September

5/6 Camp Curembene Rm's 11,12 & 18 Return

Monday 11th September

5/6 Camp Curembene Rm's 10,14,7 & 15 Departs

Tuesday 12th September

Resources Sub Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Thursday 14th September

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Friday 15th September

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

District Soccer

Saturday 16th September

Victorian State School Spectacular Concert

Monday 18th September 

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Japan Tour 2017 Departs

Thursday 21st September

MPW Show Day

Friday 22nd September

School Assembly 9.00

Eary dismissal 2.30pm End of Term 3


Monday 2nd October

Japan Tour returns

Monday 9th October

Term 4 Begins 9.00

Friday 13th October

Summer Sport begins

Tuesday 17th October

Regional Athletics

Thursday 19th October

Grade 2 Sleep Over

Monday 23rd October

Children's Week begins

Friday 27th October

Children's Week concludes

Monday 30th October

State Athletics

Education News 

Kids Matter - Supporting children's confidence

For most children, starting school means spending more time on learning and less on play. It also means more expectations of them – from parents, carers, school staff and also from themselves.

Primary school children typically start out with high expectations. When they see how well they do things compared to others, their view of their own abilities often changes. They learn that they are good at some things and not so good at others. They also see how other children and school staff respond to what they
do. These things influence children’s confidence in their abilities. They also influence how willing they are to have a go in situations where they feel unsure.



On Wednesday 9th of August, all the 5/6
students had a Free Activity Day. F.A.D is when
5/6 kids can hold or participate in fun activities
eg. outdoor games, cooking and crafts. Here are
some photos of the lucky 5/6 kids that got to do
F.A.D, along with an insight into our day.


Our day started with a game of Tchouckball.
Then after Tchouckball we had to split up into
different groups to do different activities, Milla
went for a game of ultimate frisbee and Amy went
with the healthy option of making some chocolate


After that we had recess, then we split
again and Milla made sherbet and Amy did the
fitness circuit, after we met each other to set up
our activity with Amelia to do slime making, it was
very successful!

We found F.A.D awesomely fantastic, we loved
how the students got to run their own activities
and the parents could help too!
By Amy and Milla (Room 18)


3/4 Team Excursion

This term the 3/4 team is learning about the First People of Australia. Last week, we went on an excursion to our very own Maribyrnong River to learn about its historical past. The students in Room 17 captured some of the photos that were taken on the day.

We learned that plants had many different purposes. We came across paper bark that was used by the white settlers to write letters home. Here is Lucas combing his hair with a plant.

Here is Jess holding a blue tongue lizard. We felt its scaly skin. In our classroom, we read the Dreamtime story of how they got their blue tongues!

We played Marngrook, the original form of AFL. The aim was to kick it was high as we could. We weren’t allowed to run or kick goals.


Meyer showed us how to make rope out of blade grass. It was so strong and so cool. It was like magic!

This is a photo of indigenous makeup. It is called ochre which is made of dirt or sand mixed with water. Aboriginal people use this face paint in ceremonies.

This is another photo of us making rope by plaiting blade grass. They were used to make baskets.

Here we are at a camp meeting. Meyer showed us possum and kangaroo skin. It felt quite nice.

We ate bush tucker which is aboriginal food found in native plants and insects. This is Xavier about to try lilly pilly. People made jam out of lilly pilly.

This is Albey getting special markings on his face.                                                                                             

Ice Skating

Chantal L Room 11/12

Further to our article in issue 18, Chantal has just skated at Crystal Challenge Trophy (CCT) in Melbourne. CCT is a National Competition and an Ice Skating Australia bench mark event. Chantal competed in the IJS Preliminary Ladies Division and placed 3rd!

Chantal is also part of a Theatre On Ice team "The Melbourne Stars", who came 1st in the Open division.

Chantal will compete again in Canberra on the 1-2 of September at the National Federation Challenge.

Enjoy the video footage, a few highlights from her FreeSkate program "Alice-Through The Looking Glass."


Father's Day Stall


Victorian State School Spectacular

This Wednesday 30 members of the senior choir headed off to the Melbourne Town Hall for a fabulous day of singing.  We joined the principal singers and band to put all of the pieces of the songs together. We rehearsed the choir choreography, posed for photos and mastered some of the trickier harmonies. A great day of learning and laughter was had by all.  Not long to go now.  Tickets on sale, don’t miss out on a great show.


Sport News

Sport Term 3

Friday 18th  August – District Athletics Carnival

Tuesday 5th September – Division Athletics

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.

Fundraising Events

MPW Fundraising Events 2017

  • MPW Spring Fling, Friday, 20th October
    Please don’t forget to note the next MPW social event in your diary!
    Tickets and additional details will be available this term. Get in early as Spring Fling tickets sold out last year!
  • End of Year Raffle 

Fundraising contacts

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


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

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