Moonee Ponds West Primary School

03 November 2017
2017 - Issue 33
Principal's report
Community Calendar
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

Prep/One Activity Night

Congratulations to the Prep/One students who attended the activity evening held yesterday. The prep/one students engaged in a range of activities such as planting cacti, mask making, slime, singing and outside games. The activities were followed by pizza and a special performance of 'The monster mash'. A special thank you to all the staff who organised and supported the event. Look out for a full report in next weeks newsletter.

Tuesday Public Holiday

A reminder that Monday 6th November is a school day and that there is a public holiday on Tuesday 7th November.

Education Sub committee

There will be a meeting of the Education Subcommittee on Monday at 7:00 pm

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition

The MPW Vincent Van Gogh Art Exhibition will be held on Monday 20th November to Monday 27th  November in the Performance Space. The opening times will be 8:45am until 5:00pm. The opening evening will be Monday 20th November 6:00pm until 7:30pm.

Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy Working Group

An Expression of Interest for a Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy Working Group was forwarded to members of the school community last week and posted on the school’s website. If you are interested in being a member of this working group could you please consider forwarding your Expression of Interest by 8th November.

MVIMP Annual Concert

MVIMP Music Program presents the 2017 MVIMP Annual Concert on Thursday 16th November 2017 at 7:00pm.


Location: Celebrity Room, Moonee Valley Racing Club, Celebrity Room, McPherson Street, MOONEE PONDS, VIC 3039


Tickets are now on sale for the MVIMP combined schools concert at Moonee Valley.

Ticket prices are $20.00 and $14.00 available at



Tickets are also available at the office or at the door on the night ($2.00 extra). 

Communication Survey

Today a letter was sent home to all families encouraging them to complete the communication survey which will play an integral part in our efforts to improve  school communication. Please find below a link to a Communications Survey that will remain open until Friday 10th November.      

Food for thought

People touch, swipe or tap their phone 2,617 times a day, research shows.

There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted,”  “All of the time.”


Walk to School month

Congratulations to everyone who participated in Walk to School October.

Thunderstorm Asthma

During grass pollen season there is an elevated risk of thunderstorm asthma in south-eastern Australia. Children and staff who have been diagnosed with asthma, have a history of asthma or have undiagnosed asthma, as well as those who experience hay-fever are at risk of experiencing asthma symptoms.

Asthma symptoms can include wheezing, breathlessness, a feeling of tightness in the chest and a persistent cough during these weather conditions. An asthma attack can vary in severity and can be sudden, serious and life threatening.


Thunderstorm asthma warnings will be issued through the VicEmergency app on days of ‘HIGH’ alert.

This site provides thunderstorm asthma forecasting for up to two days in advance which can assist when planning outdoor events.  

For information on the VicEmergency app and how to download, see: VicEmergency app

Enrolment of Siblings for 2018

Yet a further reminder to families who are yet to enrol siblings of current students for the 2018 Foundation year. Enrolment documents are available from the office. Finalising our enrolments for 2018 is an essential part of our planning for the 2018 school year. We  begin our orientation program for our 2018 Foundation students on Monday the 6th  November. This Monday we look forward to welcoming our new students and families  to the MPW community.


Enjoy the weekend,



Notices home to parent/carers

Monday 30th October

Head Lice Alert - Room 23

Wednesday 1st November

Excursion Notice - Foundation/One Team

Friday 3rd November

Inquiry/Excursion Notice - Three/Four Team

Communication Survey Information - Whole school


Community Calendar


Monday 6th November

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 7th November

Melbourne Cup-Public Holiday

Friday 10th November

Summer Sports

Monday 13th November

Soundgarage Concert

Tuesday 14th November

Resources Committee

Soundgarage Concert

Thursday 16th November

MVIMP End of Year Concert

Monday 20th  - Monday 27th November

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition 8:45am-5:00pm

Monday 20th November

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition Opening

Night 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Wednesday 22nd November

Grade 5/6 Cricket Carnival

Excursion 3/4 Team

Friday 24th November

Summer Sports

Monday 27th November

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition closes 5:00pm


Monday 4th December

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 5th December

Junior Choir Musical

Wednesday 6th December

Senior Choir Musical  

Thursday 7th December

Senior Choir Musical -  Morning Performance

Friday 8th December

Basketball Tournament

Tuesday 12th December

Whole School Transition Day

Resources Committee  Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 13th December

Parent Helpers Morning Tea

Thursday 14th December

Race Around Melbourne

Monday 18th December

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 19th December

Student Reports to go home

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Grade 6 Graduation 

Friday 22nd December 2017

End of Year Assembly 9am

Early Dismissal 1.30pm

Education News 

Writer’s Festival 2017

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Writer’s Festival on Thursday 26th of October. We hope that everyone was able to take something away from the day. It was a great opportunity to see how students develop their writing and the importance of their writing being authentic.


“Loved it. My dad loved what I did and I loved it”

“It was cool. I liked reading to my family”


The staff and students were overwhelmed with the attendance of the community. It was a very successful day with some very proud students sharing their creative and imaginative writing with others. Many parents also chose to participate in personal writing.


“Excellent! Great imaginations!”

Finally, the Writer’s Festival would not have been possible without the writers themselves! We would like to thank the students for all their hard work and creativity.


English Committee

Grade 2/3 Excursion to the Shrine of Remembrance

On Monday Rooms 7, 8 & 9 travelled by bus to visit the Shrine of Remembrance as part of their Inquiry unit ‘ The last 100 years’. Although the weather was somewhat inclement we perservered through the wind and rain at lunchtime and participated in the educational tours conducted by wonderful volunteers

(retired servicemen) and historians. We learnt a lot! Here are some samples of student reflections of the day.


Be part of our allergy aware community

6 STEPS every parent or carer should take today.


Food allergy continue to increase at alarming rates, 1 in 10 Australian infants now have food allergy.  The most common food allergies in childhood are cow’s milk, egg, peanut and tree nut.  The foods that trigger 90% of food allergic reactions in Australians include cow’s milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, sesame, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. 

Below are six steps to make children/students/parents and or carers/teachers more allergy aware.


Sport News

Summer Sport - Term 4

Summer Sport:

Term 4 District Summer Sport began last Friday. The Gr 5/6 students will participate in Handball, Soccer, Hot Shots Tennis and Touch Rugby (Coaches at School).


Round 2 sees MPW Gold at home playing against Ascot Vale West and MPW Blue will travel to North Melbourne

Sport Term 4

Wednesday 22nd November - Friday 8th December

District Basketball Carnival

We need your help

For our programs to run we need lots of parent/carer 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

PSD and Student Welfare 

Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové (Leading Teacher)

Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack (Acting Leading Teacher)

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).

Community News


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Writer's Festival powerpoint.pptx
Community allergy aware1.pdf
Be part of our allergy aware community_2.pdf
Shrine of Remembrance.pdf