Moonee Ponds West Primary School

18 February 2020
2020 - Issue 2
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!
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, Students, Guardians and Carers at MPWPS,

Here we are at week four of a nine week term. It is moving quickly, with all classes settled and children readily involved in their learning and friendships.  When children are provided with a chance to widen their friendship groups, by being in a different year level or class, I realise that this can be a time of uncertainty for them. At home it is important to support and trust and believe they will be able to manage this change.  Here at school we may see a different set of behaviours, once the day has commenced. Know we are collectively monitoring and supporting, and of course will speak with you should this be needed.  Change is one thing that will  always be in our world and getting familiar with how to manage, with support is a really valuable life skill.  So how are we going?

Senior Choir for 2020

We have been so fortunate to have Shane Mc Namara take on this wonderful group. Shane’s drama and musical skill and his willingness to contribute to MPW in this way is wonderful.  The group met yesterday for the first time and there was some drama, movement and colour! 

The Choir offering will be different in its working for 2020.  There will be some performance at the end of the year, but there will be no State Schools Spectacular involvement in 2020.

Choir meets on a Monday and Friday from 1.30-2.15 in the Performance Space and it appears to be a lot of fun. Children can still join, but the commitment is for the term.

Jayde’s Dance Group

Jayde will again be joining us to provide this lunchtime activity on a Thursday. Jayde is a qualified dance teacher and provides an opportunity for children to develop their balance, co-ordination and creativity.  The dance group is for all ages and if there is demand a Senior and Junior Dance Group including an all-boys group are future possibilities.  It is a user pays system and there are enrolment forms at the General Office.  A great opportunity at lunchtime.

School Council Elections

Each year, half of the Council’s membership changes.  In schools February/March are known as Election months! 

We have posted the notice of the call for nominations (see attached below) around the school and on the website for parent and staff information.  Being on School Council is a great opportunity to contribute to the school for the benefit of all students.  I urge you to think about this role as a contribution you can make whilst your child is in their primary years.  All information is available at the General Office.  Ask to speak with Sandra (School Council Secretary) who is overseeing the process.

My personal thanks to the School Councillors who are stepping down after their term(s) concludes. They are:  Ben Atchison, Nigel Keegan, Lisa Shaw, Lee Cath  (parent members), Alyena Mohummadally, Katherine Ayrton and Barb Springfield (DET members).

Members, without your support, encouragement and confidence our school could not be so successful. 


Parent Representative System at Moonee Ponds West

We still have some classes to go until every class has a Parent Representative.  I will be asking teachers to seek a representative through their class email via COMPASS.  Please consider this role.  The Handbook outlines the role and there is a section for Frequently Asked Questions.  The goal is to have all Reps in place by the Basket tea next week!

The following classes are still to have a Parent Rep:

  • Room 5
  • Room 7
  • Room 8
  • Room 14
  • Room 17
  • Room 18
  • Room 19

Our School’s Basket Tea Friday 28th February

The Basket Tea is a friendly way to get to know your school community.  You can also get to know other parents from your year level.  Staff are encouraged to start the evening with you if they are available.  There will be a Sausage Sizzle available but you are encouraged to bring your own dinner.  It is BYO everything! Fingers crossed for the weather.   See you there.

Your Principal Steps away

I inform you that your current substantive Principal Jeff Lyon has relinquished his position at Moonee Ponds West effective this term.  On your behalf I thank Jeff for his contribution, leadership and support to many, over the time he held this role. On behalf of the community our best wishes are extended to Jeff for any future endeavours.  The school will now go through a process to select a new Principal.  This process has begun and will be completed by the end of Term 1, 2020.

Professional Learning for Staff

In order to continually build staff knowledge and skill, from time to time your class teacher maybe involved in learning away from their class.  This year we continue to be focused on Mathematics (Problem Based Learning PBL, Number Talks, and Learning Centre’s to match learning to student needs) and English (Reading and Writing consistent strategies).  Professional learning for staff is an expensive but necessary part of improving. Other teachers will take the class if your teacher is involved. 

Our upcoming Curriculum Day on March 6 will be focusing on Reading and Writing development and assessment. The Curriculum Day is student free so no school for children on this day.

Well that’s about it from me.  Until we meet in person, have your child read their ‘just right book’ aloud to you.  In the early years especially reading aloud is an essential strategy to build comprehension!


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)




School Council

School Council 2020

Are you keen to get involved in the school community? Interested in the bigger picture of how MPW is tracking and where it is aiming to be? School Council could be the place for you in 2020!


Each year the opportunity arises for spots on school council. Council has both parent and staff representatives and has an overarching governance role to play in conjunction with the principal who runs the operation of the school with the staff. There are 8 council meetings each year, with members also participating in sub-committees covering Education, Resources (Finance), Environment and Community. Parents not on council are also welcome and encouraged to get involved in the sub-committees as the more voices involved the better.


Please give school council some thought for 2020. The only thing better than having an opinion is having a forum in which to be heard and influence change.

 Please find below the notice for the call for nominations for School Council 2020.



Ben Atchison

School Council President

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 24th February
  • Monday 23rd March
  • Monday 25th May
  • Monday 22nd June
  • Monday 24th August
  • Monday 14th September
  • Monday 23rd November
  • Monday 14th December

Sub Committee Meetings

Education Committee - Meetings commence at 18:30

  • Monday 10th February
  • Monday 2nd March
  • Monday 4th May
  • Monday 1st June
  • Monday 3rd August
  • Monday 7th September
  • Monday 2nd November

Resources Committee - Meetings commence at 19:00

  • Tuesday 11th February 
  • Tuesday 10th March
  • Tuesday 12th May
  • Tuesday 9th June
  • Tuesday 11th August
  • Tuesday 8th September
  • Tuesday 10th November
  • Tuesday 8th December


Environment Committee - Meetings commence at 18:00

  • Wednesday 19th February 
  • Wednesday 18th March 
  • Wednesday 20th May 
  • Wednesday 17th June 
  • Wednesday 19th August 
  • Wednesday 16th September 
  • Wednesday 18th November 

Community Engagement  commence at 4.00 pm

  • Monday 17th February
  • Monday 16th March
  • Monday 18th May
  • Monday 15th June 
  • Monday 17th August
  • Monday 14th September 
  • Monday 16th November

Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 

Hall Program

Hall Program requires clean boxes/cardboard tubes/recycle materials to use in Construction. Please pass on to the teacher in Hall.

Please do not send toilet rolls or/and egg cartons/trays.


Karen Ghosn and Vicki McCormack

Sport News


Well done to all 84 students who came to our swimming trials last Friday.  Our team has been selected and will now compete at the District Carnival on Friday 21st February.  A big thanks to all the Parents and Carers who came and assisted on the day.  We can’t hold these events without you! Good luck to Finn H, Hardityaraj, Emma B, Albey B, Aidan B, Mia B, Ruby H, Sia, Jake J, Salma B, Rose S, Alanna D, Eli N, Olivia S, Harry A, Atticus C, Molly D, Maddie H, Liam MP, Jake S, Leila T, Khoder A, Jack K, Giorgia M, Ottis, Sienna P, Lachlan A, Alice P, Jasper Mc who will compete this Friday

Summer Sport

Summer Sport began on Friday 14th February.  Grade 5/6’s will be competing in Handball, Soccer and Hot Shot Tennis matches against teams from Ascot Vale District.  We had some great games against Kensington and Holy Rosary and look forward to our local Derby on Fri 28th Feb.  There will be training this Friday for those students not competing at District Swimming.



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

Expressions of interest for new members of the MPWPS Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee

The Environment and Sustainability Sub-Committee is a vibrant, innovative and progressive committee that reports to School Council and are looking for more interested members of the school community to join the membership of this group.

The role of the Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee is to provide strategic direction and leadership to ensure that MPW supports and encourages best practice in regards to Environment and Sustainability issues. The Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee has an overarching aim to promote an environmentally friendly and sustainable school, thereby reducing the environmental footprint of our school community.  Sub-committee members have an opportunity to discuss and address strategies to make MPW more ‘green’ and assist with seeking and managing grants, information and any assistance that could assist our school. There is lots to do with this sub-committee and we welcome all interested parents!


Last year, we made some progress towards the Resource Smart School (RSS) work and to complete the program, we need to undertake 5 modules related to water, waste, biodiversity, energy and a core module. RSS offers schools practical pathways to reducing resource usage and making financial and environmental savings. It also helps schools integrate sustainability into the curriculum and raise broader community awareness of sustainability related issues. We’re keen to have lots of people involved in the Program so we can complete it as quickly as possible.

More information about the ResourceSmart Schools Program can be found at

The Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee meets regularly at 6pm on a Wednesday night (next meeting Wednesday 19 February). There are approximately eight meetings each year. If you are interested in joining the Sub-Committee or being involved in some way (not on a sub-committee but involved via project work, working bees) please contact Sandra Monaghan at the school office  or contact one of the parent contacts and let them know. The current parent contacts are, Nigel Toussaint, Bec Romano, Sara Melvin and Nicole Marshall.

Convenor – Alyena Mohummadally


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.

2020 Term Dates

Term 1:

Wednesday 29th January to Friday 27th March

Term 2:

Tuesday 14th April to Friday 26th June

Term 3:

Monday 13th July to Thursday 17th September

(Friday 18th September Pupil Free)

Term 4:

Monday 5th October to Thursday 17th December

(Friday 18th Pupil Free)

***** End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1,2 & 3. Term 4 is at 3.30 pm

2020 Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Tuesday 28th January and Friday 6th of March

Term 3:

Thursday 23rd July

Friday 18th September

Term 4:

Friday 18th December (Pupil free half day in lieu)

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. You can reduce this by:


Labelling everything that comes to school (a simple sharpie does the trick). 


Thank you to all those that are already in the habit of labelling and checking lost property (located in the gym). It makes our volunteers job much easier. 


School uniforms tend to be well labelled and easy to return. A quick reminder that pre-loved uniforms can be be purchased from the office. 


Top offenders in lost property are:

- casual clothing, particularly larger sizes

- hats 

- drink bottles 

- lunch boxes 


Please consider the drain on our resources every time these items are replaced. Label and check regularly. 



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 21st February

Grade 4/5/6 District Swimming Carnival

Grade 5/6 Sport training

Friday 28th February

Grade 5/6 Interschool Sport

Community Basket Tea


Thursday 5th March

Living By Growing Program 5/6 Parent Information Session 7:00 pm

Friday 6th March

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free

Friday 13th March

Grade 5/6 Interschool Sport

Tuesday 17th March

School Photos

Wednesday 18th March

3/4 Camp departs

Friday 20th March

Grade 5/6 Interschool Sport

3/4 camp returns

Friday 27th March

Term 1 concludes


Tuesday 14th April

Term 2 Commences 



Friday 26th June

Term 2 Concludes 


Monday 13th July

Term 3 Commences

Thursday 23rd July

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free day


Thursday 17th September

Term 3 Concludes

Friday 18th September 

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free day


Monday 5th October

Term 4 commences


Thursday 17th December

Term 4 concludes at 3.30 pm

Friday 18th December

Curriculum Day - Pupil free (half day)

Community News



Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Notice and call for nominations.pdf
Notice and call for nominations.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf