Moonee Ponds West Primary School

12 May 2017
2017 - Issue 12
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Fundraising Events
Education News 
Sport News
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Enrolments 2018

Parent/carer enrolment tours for the 2018 Foundation year are continuing for Term 2  and 3. Please contact the school office or visit the school website for further information. Sibling enrolment documents are now available from the office.


Thank you to the staff for their understanding in accommodating the necessary timetable changes in conducting of the NAPLAN tests this week for the year 3 & 5 students.

State Budget

This Monday there will be a briefing relating to the capital works program funding allocated to Moonee Ponds West in the recent State Budget.

Thank You

Thank you all the community members who assisted with the Mother’s day and International Day of Families stall held in the library today. Thank you to staff for their assistance in the preparation.


Attitude to School Survey

The 2017 Attitude to Schools Survey is to be conducted from May 22. In previous years the survey was undertaken by children in years 5 & 6. This year the survey is available for children in year 4.

Extraordinary School Council Meeting

There will be a closed extraordinary School Council Meeting on Wednesday the 17th of May to discuss the recent media attention experienced at Moonee Ponds West PS and how best to move forward.

Curriculum Day

A further reminder there is Curriculum day scheduled for May 22.

Notices Home to Parents/Carers

9th May 2017

Head Lice Alert Room 17

Mother's Day Letter whole school

Rights and responsibilties Room 9

10th May 2017

Teaching arrangements Room 2

11th May 2017

Mother’s day and International Day of Families stall whole school

MPW Music Trivia Night

Please join us for our next fundraising event - Music Trivia Night - Saturday June 24th 7pm-11.30pm.


Full details are available on our Fundraising Events page.

And finally

On a personal note, thank you to the school community for their condolences and very kind wishes during this sad time for my family. 


Enjoy the weekend,


Community Calendar



Friday 19th May

Winter Sports

Monday 22nd May

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 23rd May

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 26th May

Winter Sports

Monday 29th May

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00


Friday 2nd June

Winter Sports

Monday 5th June

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 9th June

Winter Sports

Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday

Tuesday 13th June

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 16th June

Winter Sports

Tuesday 20th June

Music Incursion 09:00 to 13:00

Wednesday 21st June 

PJ Day - Winter Solstice

Friday 23rd June

Winter Sports

Monday 26th June

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 30th June

End of Term 2 - early dismissal 14:30


Monday 17th July

Term 2 Commences 9:00

Wednesday 19th July

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Fundraising Events

MPW Music Trivia Night 2017

When:                                                    Saturday June 24th 7pm -11.30pm

Where:                                                    MPW School Gym

Ticket Cost:                                         $30pp (BYO Drinks and Nibbles/Snacks)


Join us MPW families, staff, and friends!

Our Term Two Fundraising Event is Music Trivia Night.

Hosted by the fabulous Dolly, this was a memorable evening last year. Get into the fun spirit of the night and dress up as your favourite music idol/band. If you’re not one to get your groove on in public, toe tapping under the table is completely fine!


There are fantastic spot prizes to be won and we’ll also have a selection of silent-auction items up for grabs.


If you’d like more information on what’s in store, feel free to have a look at the Dolly Productions website at


Please join us by purchasing individual tickets or a table with friends.

Click on the Eventbrite link to purchase your ticket/s


To have flexibility on seat selection please use a desktop computer when booking.


If you are unable to book online and would like to purchase tickets, please contact Rachel through the office.



The fundraising team are seeking items for our speciality prize hampers (wine/chocolates/gift vouchers/beauty items/deli foods) and also more significant items or services that would be suitable for our silent auctions. You can drop these donations at the school office or email us directly and we can arrange collection.

Thanks so much for your continued support and generosity at our MPW fundraising events, we look forward to seeing you at Music Trivia Night and celebrating our wonderful school community.

MPW Fundraising Events 2017

Term Four

  • Friday October 20th - Spring Carnival Social Night
  • End of Year Raffle 

Fundraising contacts

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


Education News 

Australian Mathematics Competition

Students from Grade 3 to 6 who have a 'love of Mathematics' have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition. As the Thursday 27th July is a designated pupil free day  at MPW (reporting to parents day) we will be seeking an exemption to hold the competition at MPW on either the Wednesday 26th July or Friday 28th July. If we are unable to gain the exemption, students who wish to participate in the competition will be supervised at school on the Thursday 27th July to facilitate this. We will inform families regarding the arrangements as soon as possible.
There is a cost of $6 per child to enter the competition and entry forms will be available at the front office.  Closing date is the 5th June.

 If you have any questions you can gain information from the website 'Australian Mathematics Competition' or speak to Vicki McCormack in Room 4.

Australian Mathematics Competition | AMT Australian Mathematics CompetitionOne of the world’s largest school-based mathematics competitions with more than 14 million entries since 1978.


About the Australian Mathematics Competition

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian education calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks on the same day in over 30 countries around the globe.

Running since 1978, the AMC is for students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6) or 75 minutes (Years 7–12). The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking rather than focus on calculations themselves, thus such questions are designed so that they can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. The problems get more difficult through the competition, so that at the end they are challenging to the most gifted students. Students of all standards will make progress through the problems, and also be challenged along the way.

The AMC is available both in hard copy and online format, with no difference in the questions or time requirements.

For additional entry information and special circumstances » Go to Entering the AMC
>> AMC Results
>> Frequently Asked Questions

Visually impaired and distance students

We would like the AMC to be available to all students who wish to participate. We have special arrangements for visually impaired students and distance education organisations. Home schooled students or students whose school chooses not to participate are free to make arrangements to sit under the supervision of another school.

The AMC may be held on a different date by special arrangement in some countries.


Sport News

Cross Country

Good luck to the Elli Honan and Samantha Holloway who will go on to compete at Division on the 6th June at Brimbank Park.

SEDA Basketball Coaching

Some students will participated in specialist Basketball coaching from SEDA students.  SEDA is a Sport Education program that offers a modified Year 11 & 12 pathway for sports minded individuals.  The students that will visit MPW are in the Basketball program at SEDA and as part of their placement, they will develop their coaching skills.

Winter Sport


Term 2 Dates

5th May

Winter Sport commences Friday mornings (Gr 5/6)

1st June

School Fun Run (TBC)

6th June

Division Cross Country

Inter school Sport Term 2 2017

Friday 5th May


(Bank St, Ascot Vale  – Football at Ormond Park, Pattison Street, Moonee Ponds)

BLUE V ST MARG’S at home


Friday 12th May


(74 Roseberry Street, Ascot Vale – Football at Maribyrnong Park, Holmes Rd, Maribyrnong)



Friday 19th May



Friday 26th May


(Mt Alexander Road, Flemington, – Football at Ormond Park, Pattison Street, Moonee Ponds)



Friday 2nd June



(Errol Street North Melbourne, - Football at Brens Oval, Marcarthur Road, Parkville)


Friday 9th June



(Errol Street North Melbourne, - Football at Brens Oval, Marcarthur Road, Parkville)


Friday 16th June



(Clarendon Street, Avondale Heights – Football at Canning Reserve, Glenside Street, Avondale Heights)

We need your help!

For our programs to run we need lots of parent 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.

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).

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