Moonee Ponds West Primary School

13 November 2018
2018 - Issue 36
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Music News
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

Greetings Parents, Carers and Students of Moonee Ponds West PS,

Last Thursday we had our first Foundation Transition session for newly enrolled children starting their primary learning journey. It was wonderful to see their excitement and welcome parents/carers to the first Information Session on Reading.  Sessions in the classrooms went well and some of our current students enjoyed the opportunity to go to another class and have a special activity.  Being able to adapt to change within the school setting (like going to another class and working with others) enables socialisation and responsibility.  Well done to all.  The next session is this Thursday and the Parent/Carer Information session will focus on Numeracy. 

Music, Music, Music

We have lots of music performances happening this week.  There are two nights of the Sound Garage performances in the Performance Space commencing tonight (Tuesday) and Wednesday.  The entrance closest is in Eglinton Sreet and will be open. Enjoy your child’s efforts to perform, as this is part of learning a musical instrument.

Then on Thursday (Nov 15), we have the MVIMP Concert that caps off a year of learning for the students from the four schools involved.  The concert is held at Moonee Valley and is a huge event. The logistics are incredible! Hope to see you there. As we want the show to run smoothly and all children to be performing in the best possible environment, please speak with your child about what I call ‘concert behaviour’.  Concert behaviour demonstrates good listening, sitting and enjoyment of all items even the ones brother and sisters, sons and daughters may not be in!  Remember we are an audience and we listen and enjoy all parts of the concert.  On the flip side, the teachers and tutors will be moving things as quickly and respectfully as they can, so that the night is succinct and flows.  There are also lots of raffles to be won, so bring your spare change!

This year MPWPS is organising the MVIMP Concert and that entails the rehearsal times, buses, practice timetables, organising the raffles and much much more.  Thank-you to Sandra Monaghan (our Business Manager) who has steered this big ship with skill and precision and only a few grey hairs!  A mighty job!  If you are attending the concert on Thursday, enjoy and marvel at the skill of children!

Australian Mathematics Competition

Australian Mathematics Competition: At the assembly this week, we acknowledged the participation of 47 students in this year’s competition.  There were many good results with all children doing their very best.  Well done to all students who participated.

The Toilet Rebuild

The project has commenced and work was done last weekend, and will be completed again this coming weekend, before the full demolition commences.  We have a bank of portable toilets that the children are finding quite intriguing, and a section of the Lennox Street entry closed off to pedestrians. We have relocated the Bike Racks.  With NO ENTRY at Lennox Street all bikes now are to enter via Athol or Eglinton Street to access the racks. 

Please note:  The school grounds will be CLOSED to ALL next weekend as the work on the internals of toilet are completed.

Well that is about it from me.  Until we meet in person, have a safe and satisfying week with your family and at your workplace.



Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting)

School Council

School Council Membership 2018

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Michelle Bovè
  • Helen Lockart
  • Vicki McCormack
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

Term 4 meetings


  • Monday 26th November 19:00
  • Monday 17th December 18:30

Education News 

Remembrance Day Poems
by the 3/4s in Room 17

This term the grade 3/4s are learning about diversity through celebrations and commemorations. Room 17 took a look at Remembrance Day and learnt about the various traditions associated with it all around the world.

It was originally called ‘Armistice Day’ following the signing of a peace treaty at the end of World War I. After World War II however, the name was changed to ‘Remembrance Day’ to recognise the soldiers who had fought across the two wars.

All around the world, people commemorate Remembrance Day with similar traditions such as the playing of ‘The Last Post’ on the bugle, wearing poppies and observing a minute of silence.

This term through directed writing, we are also learning about poetry. This week we learnt about cinquain poems. These types of poems are made up of five  lines that do not rhyme. Each line follows a particular structure:

Line 1= 1 word (title)

Line 2= 2 words (describing the title)

Line 3= 3 words (expressing action)

Line 4= 4 words (word phrase about the title)

Line 5= 1 word (synonym for title)


This week we decided to write our own cinquain poems about Remembrance Day. We hope you enjoy reading them!




Environment Committee Expression of Interest

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 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 Environmental/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. It will focus on reductions in resource usage, waste and cost, but also has the potential to improve educational services and thereby facilitate the delivery of effective and sustainable education into the future.


Environment and Sustainability Sub-Committee members will be responsible for helping to:

  • Provide a forum for sharing ideas
  • Foster collaboration across the school community 
  • Design a coordinated approach to address deficiencies apparent from surveys, or educational experiences
  • Consider and develop strategies to minimise resource usage and waste across services, including helping to seek grant funding opportunities for these strategies
  • Facilitate implementation of these strategies.


The Environment and Sustainability Sub-Committee meets every second month at 6:00pm on a Wednesday night (next meeting 21st November). If you are interested in joining the Sub-Committee and helping to contribute to this important group, please contact Sandra Monaghan at the school office. 

Music News

MVIMP Combined Concert 15th November 2018


We are looking forward to our MVIMP Concert this Thursday 15th November.  All children involved in MVIMP need to arrive at the Celebrity Room, Moonee Valley Racecourse, at 6.45 pm

to tune up and get ready. Children performing are asked to wear black and/or white. Please don’t feel you should buy anything new… t-shirts e.t.c. will do.


In preparation for the concert could you please assist by ensuring that:


  • Purchase your concert tickets @
  • Return your sold raffle tickets and monies
  • Donate your item for the Christmas Hamper
  • Displaying the rehearsal timetable to make sure your child brings their instrument and music on the right days. (Rehearsal schedule displayed below)
  • Volunteering to assist with supervising students on the bus to Moonee Valley Racecourse on the 15th November from 9-12.00 or assisting with the preparation of the Christmas Hampers at the Racecourse. If you are able to assist please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you to parents/carers who have already volunteered. 

Please contact me if you have any questions at all regarding MVIMP and the Combined Concert.


Looking forward to seeing you all at the Concert.


Sandra Monaghan

MVIMP Music Liaison  




Monday, 12 November                                   Moonee Ponds West P.S.               9.30 – 11.00

Tuesday, 13 November                                  Moonee Ponds P.S                            9.30 – 11.00


Wednesday, 14 November                            Moonee Ponds P.S.                          9.30 – 11.00     


Wednesday, 14 November                            Moonee Ponds P.S.                           11.30 – 1.00


Wednesday, 14 November                            Moonee Ponds P.S.                           1.30 – 3.00


Rehearsals at own school in normal lesson times


Thursday, 15 November                             Moonee Valley Racing Club            9.30 – 12.00



Soundgarage Concerts 


Our Annual Soundgarage Concerts will be held in the Performance Space at Moonee Ponds West on:


Tuesday 13th November (Keyboard)

6pm           P/1/2 students & helpers (Ella , Asher , Sasha H, Doug ) 
6.45pm    Grade 3 and 4's (and helpers as above)
7.30pm    5/6 (and helpers as above)  Wednesday 14th November (Guitar and SAP)
6pm           ALL guitar and ALL SAP
Please arrive 15 mins prior to your concert starting time in 'rock star attire'.
 Thank you so much for your support of Soundgarage, we are so excited about the concerts! If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact Maddie Owen at


Maddie Owen
Manager of Soundgarage Music Schools

Fundraising Events

Election Day 24th November

On Saturday 24th of November we will be holding a cake stall and sausage sizzle at Moonee Ponds West PS as our gym will be a polling booth for the day.


This is a wonderful fundraising opportunity for the school and to make it successful we need our community members to volunteer to bake items for sale at the cake stall and volunteer to spend some time manning the cake stall or the BBQ.

Next week families will receive a plate with an ingredient list along with a form to indicate your availability to volunteer to help with the day.

If you are available to volunteer please leave your name at the Office.


Thank you for your support.

Fundraising contacts

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

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

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Michelle Bové

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 in the form of a telephone call, email, entering the absence through the COMPASS parent portal , 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.

2018 Term Dates

Term 1:

Monday 29th January to Thursday 29th March

Term 2:

Monday 16th April to Friday 29th June

Term 3:

Monday 16th July to Friday 21st September

Term 4:

Monday 8th October to Friday 21st 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 29th January and Friday 9th March

Term 2:

Thursday 26th April

Term 3:

Wednesday 25th 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.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

To enrol your child please go to

Lost Property

In 2017 - a significant amount of unnamed clothing and 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  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 13th November

5/6 Cricket Carnival

Soundgarage Concert 18:00

MVIMP Woodwind Rehearsal @ MPPS 9:30

Resources Committee 19:00

Wednesday 14th November

Writers Festival

MVIMP Combined Band Rehearsal @ MPPS 9:30

MVIMP Junior Strings Rehearsal @ MPPS 11:30

MVIMP Senior Strings Rehearsal @ MPPS 13:30

Soundgarage Concert 18:00

Thursday 15th November

Foundation Orientation Session 2

MVIMP Combined Rehearsal @ Moonee Valley Racecourse  9:30 - 12:00

MVIMP Combined Concert 19:00

Monday 19th November

5/6 Parliamentary Experts Incursion

Education Committee 18:30

Tuesday 20th November

5/6 Parliamentary Experts Incursion

Wednesday 21st November

Environment Committee meeting 18:00

Thursday 22nd November

Foundation Orientation Session 3

Saturday 24th November

Election Day Cake Stall and BBQ

Monday 26th November

School Council meeting 19:00

Thursday 29th November

Foundation Orientation Session 4


Wednesday 5th December

Senior Choir Concert - Alice@Wonderland 19:00

Thursday 6th December

Senior Choir Concert (School Performance) - Alice@Wonderland 9:00

Tuesday 11th December

Whole School Transition Day

Resources Committee 19:00

Wednesday 12th December

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 14th December

Student Reports home

Monday 17th December

School Council 18:00

Wednesday 19th December

Year 6 Graduation

Friday 21st December

End of year Assembly 9:00

End of Term 4 13:30

Community News




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