Moonee Ponds West Primary School

04 May 2018
2018 - Issue 12
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Fundraising Events
School Information
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Some Observations from the Interim Principal

Although my Assistant Principal, Trish Viscusa and I have only been at MPW since Tuesday this week, some of the characteristics that make yours such an excellent school have already been very apparent to us.

  • We were struck firstly (and continue to be) by the personal qualities we have observed in the children. They are generally articulate, confident, polite and co-operative with their teachers as well as each other.  We have also been extremely impressed with the manner in which the children engage in their learning. The older children in the school particularly demonstrate independence, interdependence and collaboration in their approach to their learning


  • … and the apples have not fallen far from the trees! In just four days we have met, received emails from and had telephone conversations with so many MPW parents who are also articulate, friendly, welcoming etc, just as the children are.  Thank you very much for that.


  • The instrumental music program has impressed us enormously. The Japanese program and beautiful, authentic and calm classroom are also great assets to the school and its students.


  • When we have walked around the school and through classrooms, we have been very impressed with the teaching staff.  We have seen teachers actively engaged with the students and their learning, providing instruction, guidance and support at the point of learning.


  • The Education Support staff who assist teachers and children have very positive relationships with the students and provide valuable support in classrooms, particularly to students who have complex needs.


  • I have worked particularly closely with the office staff this week and can’t even begin to describe the skills and dedication that I have seen.  My particular thanks to Business Manager Sandra Monaghan who has very quickly become my new ‘right hand’, welcoming me to the school and explaining the MPW processes and procedures.

Year 3 & 4 Camp

Approximately 180 year 3 & 4 children will be off to Campaspee on Monday morning for the annual three-day camp.  The preparations and organisation required to take 180 children away for three days are enormous, as are all of the emergency and risk management procedures that are required to ensure that all children and staff have a safe as well as happy and fun few days. Thank you very much to the staff and families for all of their effort in preparing the children for camp.

David Hornsby Presentation

On Wednesday evening this week, well-known literacy consultant David Hornsby presented to parents and staff about various approaches to the teaching of English generally and to spelling in particular.

Thank you very much to all of the staff and parents who attended the session and to those who have already provided their written feedback.  Special thanks to the MPW English Professional Learning Team for organising the presentation for the community.


On May 15, 16 & 17 Year 3 and Year 5 students in all primary schools in Australia will be participating in the annual National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy tests.  The areas tested are Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation), Persuasive or Narrative Writing, Reading Comprehension and Mathematics.  The results of the tests provide valuable information for parent/carers and teachers about individual children’s performance in Literacy and Numeracy.  Later in the year, parents will receive a detailed report describing their own child’s particular skills in the areas that have been tested by NAPLAN.  The report will also illustrate how each child has performed in relation to national benchmark standards.  Year 5 parents will have the benefit of seeing how much progress their child has made since he/she completed the Year 3 NAPLAN tests.  Additional information has been provided for parents of Year 3 and Year 5 students.


Moira Findlay

Notices Home

Tuesday 1st May

  • Letter from Interim Principal - Whole School

 Wednesday 2nd May

  • Camp Reminder - Years 3/4
  • Letter re NAPLAN -  Years 3 and 5 

Friday 4th May

  • Inquiry Unit Letter  - One/Two team

Community Calendar


Monday 7th May

Grade 3/4 Camp departs

Wednesday 9th May

Grade 3/4 Camp returns

Friday 11th May

Winter Sports 9:00

Basketball Coaching Grade 5/6

Mothers Day Stall 14:30

Tuesday 15th May

NAPLAN testing

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 16th May

NAPLAN testing

Thursday 17th May

NAPLAN testing

Friday 18th May

NAPLAN testing (catch up if required)

Winter Sports 9:00

Basketball Coaching Grade 5/6

Wednesday 23rd May

FAD - Grade 5/6

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 25th May

Winter Sports 9:00

Basketball Coaching Grade 5/6

Monday 28th May

School Council 19:00

Wednesday 30th May

Fun Run 9:00 to 11:00


Friday 1st June

Winter Sports 9:00

Basketball Coaching Grade 5/6

Saturday 2nd June 

Trivia Night 19:30

Monday 4th June

Education Committee - 19:00

Monday 11th June

Queen's Birthday - Public Holiday no school

Tuesday 12th June

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 20th June

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 29th June

Assembly 9:00

End of Term 2 - Early dismissal 14:30


Monday 16th July

Term 3 starts 9:00

Wednesday 25th July

Curriculum Day (Reporting to Parent Day - Pupil Free)

VSSS Rehearsal 8:00

Education News 

Fizz, Splatter, Pop!

Get your goggles on for term two, because the students in rooms 6, 21 and 22 are experimenting with solids, liquids and gases! We're making hypotheses and using our senses to make observations and record what we discover.


We were hoping for a big explosion when we mixed milk and cola together in our first experiment of the term. Even though the roof stayed on and no carpets were ruined, the experiment definitely caused an explosion of curiosity and interest!


Check out our experiment below and some examples of the observations your little scientists are making.



Information Night


On Wednesday evening, MPW hosted literacy consultant David Hornsby. David is in his 51st year of education, he has many published works on literacy practices, has lectured at various universities and is highly sought after all around the world.


David aimed to address the questions:


  • What do we actually do when we’re reading? 
  • How does our spelling system work? (It’s not all about sound.) 
  • Why is phonics always a ‘hot topic’?
  • What is phonics, and what place does it have in a literacy program? 
  • How can we help our children with reading at home?


David’s presentation was very engaging and at times comical. His passion was evident by the 81 slides that he had prepared, though he only made it through half of them!  The presentation was met very positively by the staff and parents of MPW.


Parents were invited to share what they found interesting and informative after the presentation. 


Here are some of their thoughts after the presentation…


“The context of phonics, not as simple as I thought!”


“Be the parent, NOT the teacher.”


“Develop a love of reading. Doesn’t always have to be kids reading to me.”


“The whole presentation was extremely interesting and a lot to think about.  Very helpful techniques were explained that as parents we can use to help our children. Very helpful to understand the process of learning and the methods used at MPW.”


“Reading ‘easy’ books at home is OK. Phonics not effective in isolation – has to be taught in context of meaning.”


“Honestly I had no idea how my child was being taught to read and write.”


“An eye opener – will change my home beliefs.”


“How to apply it at home. Enjoy reading to your child!”


We would like to thank David again for working with the school and we hope to work with him again in the future.


For further information on this, please visit David’s website at:


As well as the PowerPoint slides from the evening:


We would also like to extend a huge thank you to the staff and community for attending this event.


Kind regards,


English PLT




Have you noticed a special book on the Circulation desk in the Library?

A very big thank you to Shirl Ramage for making and donating her time in the creating book for our Library.

It’s a wonderful edition in the many varied displays and a focal point for discussion and curiosity.



Library Open Lunchtime

Exciting news! The school library is now open all lunchtime, Monday-Thursday (hopefully soon also Friday). Children can now borrow every day—and visit the library with friends to read lots of different books together.

We have been very happy to see older kids reading with preps, children from Buddies grades meeting up, kids swapping favourite authors and books, and lots more reading happening throughout the school.

Please make sure your child knows the library is now available for reading and borrowing. Many thanks to Michelle and Lurinda in the library, and to the many teachers who have volunteered to assist.


The English Team


Free Activity Day for Grade 5/6
Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018

F.A.D. is coming up! This is one of our favourite days of the school year – a day where our older students select from a range of great activities and create themselves a timetable of a fantastic day of learning and fun. Students, teachers, parents, uncles, aunties, grandparents and friends are invited to plan and run an activity for small groups of students to do on the day. All that’s required is some enthusiasm and a willingness to have a go (as well as a current working with children certificate, if you are an adult)!


Here are just some ideas for activities from previous successful F.A.D.s: football/ hockey/ cricket clinics, cooking, tie-dyeing, drama games, trivia, drawing, karaoke, dance, organ dissection, soccer match/skills games, table tennis tournament, calligraphy, woodwork, crafts, card making, sushi/ pizza/ pasta making, construction, basketball match/drills, puppetry, science experiments, aerobics, cartooning, jewellery making, fishing, learning a new board or card game, how to set up a tent, etc.


If you’re interested in running an activity on the day, please talk to a Grade 5/6 teacher, get a form and return it to Fiona in Room 10. 

If you would like to find out more about F.A.D. before committing, or if you would like some help deciding on an activity, feel free to discuss this with one of the 5/6 teachers or other parents who have been involved in previous years.

Fundraising Events

MPW 80s Trivia Night 2018


























When:            Saturday June 2nd June 7:30 -11.30pm

Where:          MPW School Gym

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


Join MPW families, staff, and friends!

Our Term Two Fundraising Event is 80s Trivia Night.

Hosted by Funky Bunch Trivia this year it will be a great night with lots of fun and laughter with a mix of Trivia from across the 80s and a few games thrown in along the way. Get in theme on the night dressing up as your favourite 80s legend whether it be from music, sport, movies, tv or just getting your fluoro leg warmers out of the cupboard!


There will be best dressed prizes on the night along with a selection of Silent Auction Items and Raffle Prizes up for grabs. Don’t forget your credit card and some spare change!


Each table seats 10, 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.



The fundraising team are seeking items for our speciality prize hampers

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

  • Wine/chocolates/gourmet food products (non-perishable)
  • Health and beauty products
  • Gardening products
  • Kids stationery / toys

We also welcome more significant items or services that would be suitable for our Silent Auctions. You can drop these donations at the school office preferably by Thursday 24th May.

Fundraising contacts

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

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 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Michelle Bové

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.

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.

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 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).

Moonee Ponds West Primary School