Moonee Ponds West Primary School

03 March 2020
2020 - Issue 3
Principal's report
School Council
Education 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, Carers an  Community members,

Thank-you to all families that were able to make the Basket Tea last Friday.  The weather was great (not too hot or cold) and Brian had prepared the grounds so that they were welcoming.  It was wonderful to see teachers, parents and students mingling amidst sausages, fish and chips, pizza and homemade sausage rolls!  Events like these build the culture of a school: the heart of what we are and do.  Our next community event is the Working Bee on Sunday March 15th from 9.00-3.00ish.  Might see you there if you can! 

Parent Teacher Interviews NEXT week

Today you will receive the information form that is usually given out at the beginning of the year for parents to share information with their teacher. Please complete and bring to the Parent/Teacher Interview next week, as one of the points for discussion.


The new opportunity of a Parent/Teacher Interview at this time, replaces the Information Evenings that were held at about Week 3, Term 1.  Your feedback has indicated that the sharing of your information and that of the teacher about your child’s goals and next steps will be more useful.  Of course your child can attend to speak to their goals but the end of Semester 1 time will be the Three-Way Conference as in the past.

We will be seeking your feedback via COMPASS after the interviews and our Assessment and Reporting Team will use this to shape what is offered in the future.  I urge you to get onto COMPASS and book your time.

School Council Election 2020

I am pleased to declare the results of the School Council Elections 2020. Congratulations to our new School Councillors. Please find attached the declaration of the poll.


Thank-you to our Fundraising Team

It is with much pleasure that I acknowledge and thank our Fundraising Team of Danielle Mc Namara, Rachel Toussaint, Sophie Atchison and Michelle Louey.  These people have worked tirelessly over many years to raise important funds so that the students can enjoy the rich learning opportunities presented at Moonee Ponds West PS.  These parents are stepping down from the role this year.  Over the last three years they have raised $76,831.16!  An excellent result for much hardwork.    Well done to all!

I plan to acknowledge the work of the team at our Assembly on March 16th at 9.00 am.

Any parents that would choose to volunteer to join the fundraising team would be gladly accepted.  It’s hard but rewarding work!  If you are interested in becoming involved please send an email to: or

Staffing News

Today I welcome Corinne Clark to our staff as our new Physical Education teacher. Corinne has been working in the Catholic Education sector teaching PE for the past two years.  Corinne will be in this position until the end of the 2020 school year. She is replacing Bree White who has commenced Maternity Leave.

I also welcome Tim Harwood to the 5/6 team.  Tim will be sharing the 5/6 class with Helen Lockart.  Tim has been working in the inner city schools. He commences with us officially on March 12th 2020.  I thank Ben Kilby for his role in the class this term.

At present we are about to select two new teachers to replace our teachers who are about to venture onto the new pathway of maternity leave.  Stay tuned!

Parent Representatives

It’s wonderful we have all classes with a Parent Rep Yeahhhh! I am calling a meeting with the Reps on MONDAY MARCH 16th at 9.30 after assembly.  I will also send an Outlook invitation to this first meeting to gauge availability.  From this meeting we can choose a suitable meeting time that suits most of us.  Hope you can make it!

Online Reporting

Last week we published for you, the first entry to the online reporting timeline.  Accompanying this entry was a hard and soft copy booklet explaining the ‘how to’ of this process. The soft copy is on COMPASS in two places initially with the message, and in School Documentation under the star! Logging onto COMPASS is now a must if you want to be part of your child’s learning journey.  The first entry is evidence of your child’s knowledge of the writing conventions.  The sample will be annotated as to what stage (first draft, edited, conferenced) in the writing process the piece is showing.   Accompanying the piece of writing there is an assessment rubric or scale that indicates the child’s proficiency.  Such a scale will give the child guidance as to what is next for them to work on. There are three more samples for this term; a Mathematics Problem Based Learning, Reading and Inquiry sample.  Please contact the General Office if you are having any troubles logging onto COMPASS, we can always help.


Well that’s about it from me.  How are we going with the fortnightly newsletter?  Still getting the information you require?  We will be formally seeking your feedback but happy to have any feedback when you can.

Until we meet in person



Kerri Simpson Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)


Curriculum Day


NO Students on this day.

Camp Australia is offering


Bookings essential.

Parent Representative Meeting

MONDAY March 16th at 9.30 am after Assembly in the Staffroom. Coffee and a catch up.


Does your child have headphones at home that they could use at school?  If so, please label and send along.  Students can access programs that they might be required to read along so headphones just might be the thing!

School Council

School Council Meeting

On 24 February, the final meeting of the existing School Council was held. The next meeting in March will be a handover to the new Council as elections have closed. As always, the reports were tabled and of community interest, the Education sub-committee shared that they were working on a plan for MPW Vision and Values, with the view that students must connect with it as they are the primary audience. The sub-committee is also currently reviewing the Mobile phone policy.  Community engagement sub-committee continues to draft the Volunteers policy as we have many people in many different capacities volunteering at our school and whilst this is a great thing, we need to ensure we are following the right protocols and procedures. Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee shared that planning for the working bee on 15 March was in full swing and for more, please see the environment page in this newsletter. Kerri in her Principal’s report informed Council that final preparations for the 3/4 students and the first camp of the year in a few weeks was well under way. A curriculum day is to be held this Friday 6 March and the Professional Learning focus is Literacy.


This marks my final report for School Council, it has been a pleasure to work with many parents and staff over the last few years and I wish the new Council all the best for the future.


Alyena Mohummadally

School Council Membership 2019/2020

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 

School Photo Day 2020 

Annual school photos will be taken on Tuesday 17 March, 2020 when sibling photos will also be taken by request.

IMPORTANT - To ensure a sibling photo is taken on photo day, please complete your request online before midday on the day before photo day.

  1. Grab your phone and go to
  2. Enter the name and class of the eldest child to be in the photo
  3. Enter the names of all other children to be included in the photo

There is no need to return any forms or payment to school for photos before photo day however if you do not have internet access you may contact the school for an order form.

School photo ordering details will be issued closer to photo day.


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

Environment Committee

As you will hopefully be aware, there is a Community Working Bee at MPWPS organised for Sunday 15th March, between 9am – 3pm. This will be an exciting opportunity for the MPW School Community to come together and help with several tasks including weeding, sweeping, moving crushed rock for new pathways in Jack’s paddock, and helping commence work on the proposed sensory garden, as well as general care of the school grounds. Please bring your own tools, rakes, wheelbarrows, gloves, shovels, brooms etc. Children are of course welcome (with bikes and safety gear, balls, etc). This should be a fun and productive day, and the more hands will make light work! There will also be a sausage sizzle lunch and refreshments at the end. Hopefully you can join us!

Please register your interest to attend and help out at Eventbrite on:


There is also an ongoing expression 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 always 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. 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!


The Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee meets about monthly at 6pm on a Wednesday night (next meeting Wednesday 18th March). There are approximately eight meetings each year. If you are interested in joining the Sub-Committee or being involved in some way, please contact Sandra Monaghan at the school office or contact one of the parent contacts and let them know.

The current parent contacts are Sara Melvin, Nicole Marshall, Nigel Toussaint and Bec Romano.

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


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

Division Swimming

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


Essendon Netball Club is looking to recruit young girls and boys for our U/9, U/11 and U/13 teams. Multiple places are still available in our U/9 age group, but spaces are limited in the 11s & 13s age groups.

If you have daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends or neighbours who are looking to play netball this year please pass on the message!

Please contact Connie or email the club if you are interested






Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Notice and call for nominations.pdf
Declaration of Poll 2020.pdf
Notice and call for nominations.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf