Moonee Ponds West Primary School

03 September 2019
2019 - Issue 26
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Music News
Environment and Sustainability
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, Students,Staff and members of the Moonee Ponds West Community

WOW what a Fun Run we had last Friday! Over 70 parents and members of our community came to help and encourage the runners as they went the ‘blocks’.  Children ran and ran and ran and the teachers joined in! It was wonderful to see such a community come together to raise funds for the chosen charity - The Cancer Council. In Government Schools fundraising and voluntary contributions are important in the budgetary composition.  MPWPS has a fundraising target of 25k.  The Fun Run could be our most successful and important community event each year if we decided that this was to be the case. Let’s see what we can raise this year and set a target for this event in 2020.  I would like to thanks all parents and community members who took time to support the event.  You are magic!  To the staff team headed by PE teacher Bree; this is a great event and we continue to support and want the event in our yearly calendar. Another great day for MPWPS!

Planning for 2020

We are beginning to plan for next year and need to know if families (in years F-5) are not continuing with us in 2020. Below there is a form to complete indicating your intent to leave.  Please return this as soon as you can, so we can manage the incomings with the outgoings so to speak! If you are leaving us can I thank you for being part of our community and offer best wishes to your family.  Of course those families in Year 6 you are not required to indicate.


The Sponsorship Policy

At present the School Council is reviewing the current Sponsorship Policy.  In order to gain direction for any adjustments, we are seeking your opinion on sponsorship for the school.  On COMPASS under the INSIGHT tab there is a short survey (two questions) to seek opinion. Please see link to survey below, as this will be immensely helpful to the Education Sub-Committee and School Council in making the Sponsorship Policy current and up to date.  Policies are reviewed in a cycle and this information is on the website.


Parent Forum

The scheduled Parent Forum for this week has been postponed until term 4.  The focus was to be on Student Engagement and on elements of the Student Engagement and Wellbeing policy. These are still being discussed by the relevant staff.  We will be  ready for feedback at the Term 4 Parent Forum.  Please check the dates on the Term 4 Parent Calendar that will be available in the last week of this term. We apologise for any inconvenience this postponement may cause.

Parenting Program 1, 2, 3 Magic

We have been hosting this important learning opportunity for parents in our Network. The course has been running over three Mondays and the feedback has been very positive. Great information, not too much and a good group size.   The course was facilitated by some of our Student Support Service Officers (SSSO) who work across our network of schools.  If you were one of the participants I say good on you! We are never all over the aspects of parenting, and any learning we can do with other parents can only benefit what we know, how we interact and ultimately strengthen our children’s resolve to be confident and successful at whatever they do.  Thanks to Barb Springfield who set this program in place.

It’s Show Time

On Wednesday we are holding our annual Show Day roll up, roll up! The children are planning their stalls, making items and using donated items as selected prizes. Show Day commences at 11.50am and concludes at 1.00pm, come along and join in the fun.



Today we receive our school’s NAPLAN results.  These results indicate our school’s performance in a ‘point of time’.  I find the reports that can be accessed at the back end of the results much more informative and indicate some questions for discussion and consideration.   I will share the results as soon as we have had a look, talk and considered implications.  We will distribute individual results as soon as we receive these. Stay tuned.

Second-hand Uniform

We will have some items of second hand uniform available next Monday after assembly that have been donated by our families. Whilst uniform is not compulsory sometimes it is easier on a busy morning. All yellow items $1 all blue items $2. 

There will be an honesty box for your contributions.  All moneys collected will go to games for classrooms Wet/Hot Day activities.


Well that’s about it from me.  Have a great week enjoying the start to spring.  Ahhhh!


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)

Sensory Garden

Yes it has begun!  The allocated builders are awaiting the temporary fencing then it is all systems go!  The major amount of the funding will go to the building of the structure and we are hopeful of some path work if we can stretch that contingency fund!

The rest is up to us which will be fun.  Working Bees bring a community together and the sausage sizzle that follows is always a highlight. Stay tuned for a date in Term 4 all going well.


Enrolments for 2020

We are now finalising our enrolment numbers for 2020.

If you are still to enrol a SIBLING or have a child ready for school in 2020, please seek an enrolment  form from  the General Office.

Places for 2020 will be offered in the following weeks.  

We can then offer to others on our Waiting List who are out of the area.

Thank you

School Council

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 Engagement  commence at 4.00 pm

  • Thursday 20th June 
  • Monday 29th July 
  • Monday 2nd September 
  • Monday 18th November
  • Monday 9th December

Community Engagement Sub Committee Report

Our newly formed Community Engagement Sub-Committee of School Council meets monthly in the weeks before School Council.  The purpose is to deal with all things Community; discussing aspects of involvement, parent, community participation across the school, and linking Parent Reps to the School Council.  At our last meeting we looked at the Volunteers Policy providing information to update within the cycle.

The Sub-Committee is also wanting to develop a Parent Skills and Volunteers register many schools have such a register.  The purpose would be to access the skills and support of the community. Please consider  adding your name and skills to the register.

If you are wanting to be part of the Community Engagement Sub-Committee we meet on a Monday after school (4pm) in Kerri’s Office.  The next meeting is Monday 18th November (Please note there are no School Council meetings held in October).  All interested welcome to attend.


At present Convenor and Minute-taker.

School Council Meeting 26th August 2019 Report 

School Council had its first meeting for Term 3 on Monday 26 August 2019.

As always, the reports from the sub-committees were presented. The sub-committees are Education, Environment and Sustainability, Community Partnerships, Junior School Council and Resources.

Councillors examined the Annual Implementation Plan Mid-Year evaluation which will be presented to the community later in the year. This document is a ‘traffic light’ style document which reflects the work to date that has taken place in the school.

Next week, Jack’s Paddock will be a building site as the builders will begin creating the structure that we discussed earlier this year. After the building of the structures are put up, we will plan community working bees and all hands on deck welcome!

The Year 2 sleepover is planned for Friday 25 October 2019 in Term 4 and we have just had a successful swimming program for the 5/6 students, with many children taking part.

J.S.C. is supporting the Cancer Council as the chosen charity for the monies raised from the Fun Run this Friday 30 August. 

The next meeting is on Monday 16 September 2019.  As always, parents are welcome to join any of the sub-committees, please see later in this newsletter for dates and times for each sub-committee.

Alyena Mohummadally

School Councillor

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


Education News 

Book Fair
3rd - 6th September 2019

Dear Parents and Families:


Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.
  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

The theme of our Scholastic Book Fair is Dino-Mite, where we hope you will Stomp, Chomp, and Read! A fun reading event brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It is a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.


Book Fair dates:         Tuesday 3 to Friday 6 September, 2019

Shopping hours:        Library open until 4.30pm every day

Special activities:  Open night will be Thursday 5 September from 6.00pm to 7.30pm


We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

The Variety of Outstandingly Diverse Plants at Moonee Ponds West

We are students in Room 8, and we have put together a map for our inquiry about plants and their adaptations in our school at Moonee Ponds West.


If you want to find out information about the plants at our school you can use this map to find out about their names and adaptations.

We tried to get all the plants in the school, the majority of them are on our map. We believe that all the trees on this map are accurate, but some may have been misidentified as identifying flora is very difficult! 

Please click the below link to view the map


By Room 8

Assembly Roster

Term 3


Presenting Grade

Week 2

22nd July



Room 19

(1/2) Alyena

Week 3

29th July



Room 20

(1/2) Mandy

Week 4

5th August



Room 22

(1/2) Jenny

Week 5

12th August



Room 3

(F/1) Mel

Week 6

19th August



Room 4

(F/1) Vicki

Week 7

26th August



Room 2

(F/1) Emma/Amy

Week 8

2nd September



Room 1

(F/1) Anna

Week 9

9th September




Room 15

(3/4) Toula/Carley


Week 10


20th September



Room 14

(3/4) Cassie


Term 4


Presenting Grade

Week 2

14th October



Room 13

(3/4) Patrick

Week 3

21st October



Room 20

(1/2) Mandy

Week 4

28th October



Room 18

(3/4) Maddie

Week 5 CUP DAY

4th November

No assembly


Week 6

11th November



Room 8

(5/6) Helen/Ben

Week 7

18th November



Room 11

(5/5) K Simmons

Week 8

25th November



Room 9

(5/6) Lisa

Week 9

2nd December



Room 10

(5/6) Fiona

Week 10

9th December



Room 7

(5/6) Liz

Week 11

Friday 20th Dec


Room 12

(5/6) Katherine

Music News


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 from 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

Environment and Sustainability

Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!

On Monday 2 September, Jack’s Paddock was fenced off with tape and a portaloo was set up as well. We had many excited children when they saw the toilet! We know that the site will have builders in soon and we look forward to the structure that will be set up once the 5 weeks are complete.  Following this, a plan will be created as to what needs to be done next and how we will go about it.  As always, if interested, please give your name and email to the office and ask them to pass on to myself (Alyena), and I will be in touch.


In other news, we plan to move the fruit trees to a safer space as soon as possible. The trees will need to go back into the ground but at this point in time we haven’t decided on a permanent location. If you are knowledgeable about fruit trees and their placement, please let us know as we need the trees away from any pipes (roots issues) but also need to consider a safe planting space for them.


Warmer weather brings out the gardener in some people, and I know there are many students who want to get into weeding, planting and out in the sun (with a hat on) as  the 1/2 Inquiry unit on ‘Growing Healthy’ will lead itself to seed growing as well.

Alyena Mohummadally – Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee

Fundraising Events

What’s Coming Up?

MPW Australiana Trivia Night 2019

MPW Australiana Trivia Night 2019

When:             Friday 11th October 7:00 -11.30pm

Where:            MPW School Gym

Ticket Cost:  $35pp (BYO Drinks and Nibbles/Snacks)

Raising Funds For: New Sensory Garden


Our major Fundraising Event this year will be an Australiana Themed Trivia Night hosted by the infamous Dolly, always a hit with the punters. So, bail up your mates for a ripper, ridgey didge night of entertainment! Come dressed as your favourite Aussie legend, Icon or just come in your flannie and uggs for your chance to win you beaut prizes!

It will no doubt be a top night filled with trivia, laughter, games and a lot of fun! Don’t forget your moolah and your plastic as there’ll be bonzer items up for grabs in the                                                                                                            auctions and grouse raffle items to win!


It’s BYO so bring your esky, stop by the Bottle-O on the way and don’t forget your sangers!


Tickets are now on sale so don’t be a galah and get your tickets before you miss out!  Each table seats 9 of your mates, that’s 10 including you! Book your own seat or join a mob.

Book through Eventbrite here:

To have flexibility on seat selection please use a desktop PC or lappy when booking.



The fundraising team are seeking items for our event in all shapes and sizes. Are you able to donate or do you have connections? We are looking for substantial items to include in the auctions as well as smaller items to include in our raffles.

Examples of donations may include (all items must be unused):

  • Holiday House Weekend away / Dinner for 2
  • Goods / Service Vouchers
  • Homewares / Electronics
  • Health & Beauty Products
  • Kids Stationery/Sporting Goods/Toys/Games

Please drop your donations in at the school office preferably by Wednesday 18th September (prior to Term 3 school holidays).


The Fundraising Team would like to thank you so much for your continued support and generosity at our MPW Fundraising events, we look forward to seeing you at our Australiana Trivia Night and celebrating our wonderful school community.


Fundraising contacts

Sophie, Michelle, Rachel & Danielle – if you have any questions please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to the team.                





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 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.

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:

Thursday 19th December School (last day of Term 4 2019) - 3:30 pm dismissal

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free - Staff time in lieu half day)

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.


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


Tuesday 3rd September

Division Athletics

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 5th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 2

Friday 6th September

District Basketball Carnival

Tuesday 10th September

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Thursday 12th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Philosothon Excursion

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

Thursday 17th October

Foundation/One Activity Night 5.00 pm

Friday 25th October

Grade 2 Sleepover


Monday 4th November

Curriculum Day

Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 6th November

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 7th November

Parent Information Session - Sex Ed 3/4

Tuesday 12th November

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 1

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Thursday 14th November 2019

MVIMP Combined Concert

Tuesday 19th November 2019

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 2

Wednesday 20th November

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Monday 25th November

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 26th November

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 3

Soundgarage Keyboard Concert

Wednesday 27th November

Soundgarage Guitar and SAP Concert


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







Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Learning by Growing program handout Thursday 22nd August 2019.pdf
Enrolment intentions 2020.pdf
School Council Sub Committee EOI 2019.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf
MPW 2019 FUN RUN Assist form.pdf