Moonee Ponds West Primary School

16 July 2019
2019 - Issue 19
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

Dear Parents, Carers, Staff, Students and friends of MPWPS

Term 3 begins and we are looking forward to another term of learning and supporting each other as we build our collaborative community.

Recently I had the wonderful experience of travelling to Japan with 28 of our wonderful students, five parents, one grandparent and Diana’s partner Victor, and our two dedicated Japanese teachers.  What an experience!  Our sister school was so supportive of our partnership, and the families who hosted our children for the three nights of home stay, were very emotional when the children had to leave.  It was a special experience that will stay with the children forever.  The Japanese learning opportunity for the children of MPWPS is very special and made this way by our teachers Diana and Cindy.  I would publicly like to acknowledge and offer my grateful thanks to Cindy and Diana for their contribution to the Japanese Immersion learning strategy, and more particularly to the success of the Japanese Tour. In upcoming newsletters we will share some of the experiences shared. In the meantime these are some of my observations over the two weeks away:

  • Our children can walk in a single line and this is evidenced by moving through one of the world’s busiest railway stations (Tokyo Station) at peak hour.  A line of yellow hats amongst the suits of business people.
  • Our children displayed behaviours that made everyone proud.
  • The parent helpers were wonderful companions and support of your children.

We all became experienced travellers on trains.

  • On most days we did 15,000 plus steps as we explored the various cities of Japan.
  • Children had language skills to converse with the locals.
  • Children were respectful of others staying in the hotels where we stayed.
  •  As Principal I got to know the parents on the tour very well as we experienced a Japanese bathhouse.

The Japanese Tour was a very special experience.

Upcoming Three-Way Conferences

July 25th is a student free day, so that we can fulfill our reporting to parents obligations.  Please ensure you book a time through COMPASS.  Remember to log on as the parent and using the tabs find the booking section.  Teachers will be contacting you to ensure all families have the opportunity to participate in this important communication. Students will be involved in the conferences as they talk through their goals with teacher and parent. Please ensure your child is present. Camp Australia will be offering care on this day if there is enough interest.

Early Bird Readers

Last term we started the Early Bird Readers strategy for children to access additional reading practice.  The strategy is being led by Lisa Angelo one of our Education Support staff, and staff are volunteering 15 minutes of their day to this opportunity.  Already we can see an improvement in reading fluency as a result.  If you would like to volunteer to support this strategy please let Lisa know.  Early Bird Readers meet in the Library each Tues, Wed and Thurs from 8.30 to 8.45am.  Thank-you to all staff and students who are involved.

Enrolments for 2020

If you have a child that is due to start school in 2020 and haven’t enrolled with us yet, please do so as soon as possible.  Enrolment forms are available from the Office. We are wanting to offer placements in the next weeks.  The Foundation team will be planning and communicating the transition program prior to the end of this term.

Parent Forums this term

The focus of the Parent Forums this term will be on Numeracy learning in particular Problem Based Learning.  Please look for these dates on the Parent Calendar which will be circulated this week.

Well that’s about it from me.  Until we meet in person


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at MPWPS)

School Council

School Council member feature


Lee Cath



Andrew and I have four children, two of whom are at Moonee Ponds West. Magnus (11) is in Year 6 with Fiona and Hilary (7) is in Year 2 with Jenny. 


My favourite thing about MPW:

I love being a part of the friendly and welcoming school community. My kids feel as though they belong here and are happy and enthusiastic about coming to school.




Barbara Springfield

I have one daughter, Hannah who is completing Year 12 VCE.


My favourite thing about MPW:

The children.

MPW students are amazing at being inclusive, respectful and always want to do their best. 

The culture of the school really empowers our students to be thoughtful, problem-solvers and creative beings.

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 Partnerships

Thursday 20th June 4:00 pm

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 

Japan Language Tour

Photos from our visit to our sister school in Yokohama. Look out for more photos and reports about the tour in upcoming newsletters.



















Screen Addiction


Parent Information Session


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 at 9am 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

Fundraising Events

What’s Coming Up?

Bunnings BBQ – Saturday 17th August

Moonee Ponds West will be hosting the Bunnings Maribyrnong BBQ on Saturday 17th August. This is always a great day with high demand for a Bunnings Sausage and a great fundraiser for our school. We will be recruiting volunteers early Term 3, if you’re able to help please mark it your diary now.


Save the Date – Friday 11th October

We will be holding the Moonee Ponds West Parent and Carers Fundraising evening on Friday 11th October 2019! Mark it in your diaries now so you don’t miss out. More details and tickets will be available early Term 3.


We also need your help! We will be running Live and Silent auctions along with Raffle Hampers to support the event.  We are looking for items for the Auctions from substantial through to smaller along with items that may contribute towards our Hampers. Do you have connections where you  might be able to source items as a donation or perhaps a substantial discount? Some examples of donations might be a Weekend away in a Holiday House, a Hotel stay, Dinner for 2, Homewares, Sporting Goods, Non-perishable food items, Service or Goods Vouchers, Electronics, Memberships, to name a few! If you can help we would love to hear from you – please get in touch via the School Office!  The fundraising team will also be seeking the support of local businesses but it would be great to hear what our School Community has to offer! Thank you 😊 


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 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.

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:

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free)

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

In 2018 - 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


Friday 19th July

Athletic Trials (12/13 yo)

Wednesday 24th July

VSSS Choir Rehearsal @ The Melbourne Town Hall

Thursday 25th July

Reporting to Parents Day - Pupil Free Day

Friday 26th July 

Athletic Trials (9/10 yo)


Monday 5th August

5/6 Swimming Group 1

Tuesday 6th August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Wednesday 7th August

5/6 Swimming Group 2

Friday 9th August

MVIMP Music Camp returns

Tuesday 13th August

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Saturday 17th August

Bunnings BBQ @ Maribyrnong

Wednesday 21st August

VSSS Choir Rehearsal @ The Melbourne Town Hall

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Thursday 22nd August

Sex Ed Parent Information Session 7.00 pm

Monday 26th August

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 28th August

Grade 5/6 Free Activity Day

F/1 Zoo Excursion 

Thursday 29th August

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 1


Tuesday 3rd September

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 5th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 2

Tuesday 10th September

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Thursday 12th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

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


Monday 4th November

Curriculum Day

Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 6th November

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Tuesday 12th November

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 20th November

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Monday 25th November

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 29th November

Soundgarage Concert

Wednesday 30th November

Soundgarage 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








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