Moonee Ponds West Primary School

21 December 2017
2017 - Issue 40
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Fundraising Events
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

2018 Grade Structure

Please see below the 2018 Grade structure.



Grade 6 Graduation

Congratulations to the 75 Grade 6 students who who formally graduated last night. The evening started with students sharing a meal and then proceeding across for a  ceremony in the gym with family and friends. During the evening we were entertained by the graduating students recollections of their time at MPW.  Thank you to the 5/6 teaching team and all staff current and past who attend to celebrate this occasion.

Please take the time to view the 2017 Grade 6 Art Project on display in the Administration Building.



We have finalised our teaching staff for the 2018 school year.  We say goodbye to Kirsty Fotheringham who has been a valued member of the teaching team at MPW for the previous two years. We wish Kirsty all the very best in the future.  We also say goodbye to Brigitte Bozyk who is relocating to Geelong. We thank her for her contribution to the teaching and learning at MPW this year.


Brigitte Bozyk

This Friday I will say goodbye to Moonee Ponds West. During the holidays I will be moving to Geelong, having bought a house with my partner. I would like to thank the entire MPW community for a fantastic and memorable year. I have loved getting to know so many wonderful, supportive families.  I must also thank the incredibly dedicated staff at MPW for their support this year. I will be back next year to visit!

Brigitte Bozyk  


Heading off on an adventure overseas for 2018 is Ryan Vermeulen who has been a valued member of the teaching staff at MPW for the past 11 years. We look forward to hearing all about Ryan's experiences in East Timor on his return.


Ryan Vermeulen

As some of you are already aware I will be heading overseas for an exciting opportunity in 2018. After 11 years teaching here at M.P.W. I will be taking 12 months leave to live and teach in Dili, Timor L’Este (East Timor). Along with my wife Steph and baby Javier we will be relocating to Dili early in the new year. We are very excited about our upcoming adventure and will have many stories to tell when return to Melbourne, and M.P.W., in the near future.


We welcome Ben Kilby, Lauren Klymenko and Virgina Merasinghe to the teaching team. Look out for a profile on the new staff in the New Year.

Communications Survey

Thank you to everyone (almost 150 of you) who took our recent Communications Survey. We now have a greater insight into what you expect and what we can improve.


Here are the five key findings from the survey:

  • Overall, you chose ‘neutral’ to describe your satisfaction with our communications. This is encouraging, but we know we have work to do to engage our community more.
  • You are pleased with our newsletter as a key source of information about the school.
  • Most of you prefer to receive individual information about your child from their teacher. You are happy to receive general information from administration staff and classroom representatives.
  • You asked for more notice ahead of important events and faster communication about your child’s progress and achievements. You prefer to receive general information from the school once per week.
  • While you currently receive most of your information about your child’s activities via notes home, you would prefer to receive information via electronic channels, such as by email or through an app.

Our Leadership Team – taking into account our resources, budget and the Department’s guidelines – will use the above findings to improve the school’s communications as follows:


  • Continue to issue the Newsletter weekly, always looking to enhance its format and content.
  • Prioritise teacher-to-parent communications and augment this with new platforms and formats, such as email, social media and/or a mobile app. We are currently exploring different formats to ensure parents/carers can access information when they need it.
  • Introduce new protocols around incident reporting and communication to make sure we advise parents/carers and relevant community members of issues as quickly as possible.

Thanks again to everyone who completed the survey. We will begin making these changes to communications at the school early in 2018, and I’ll be updating you via the Newsletter as we start to work through the changes in Terms One and Two.

Thunderstorm Asthma

Thunderstorm activity remains an ongoing concern. Please be aware that 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.

Thunderstorm asthma warnings will be issued through the VicEmergency app on days of ‘HIGH’ alert and is available to download from the App Store or Google Play.

Lost Property

A reminder that all unclaimed lost property (currently stored over in the breezeway near the main toilets) not collect by tomorrow will be donated to charity. Please take the time to have a look through the clothing if your child has misplaced any items.

To minimize the amount of lost property in 2018 could parents and carers please label items of clothing with your child/ren’s name(s) if you are purchasing new items of clothing over the summer break.




Thank you

To all community members may I offer a sincere thank you for all your contributions to the 2017 school year at MPW.

May you enjoy  Christmas with your families and have a safe and peaceful start to the new year.




Notices home:

Tuesday 19th December

Learning Portfolios and Reports

Medical Action Plans update

School Council

This has been a really busy year for School Council. There have been policies, strategic planning, budgets, capital works planning, communication focus, working groups, fundraising updates and lots of constructive discussion and ideas. 


My highlights of the year are:

  • Working with the parents, teachers and children on the Master planning Working Group, thanks to the School receiving $502,000 from the Victorian State Budget this year.  Amy and Jack have done a great job raising the important issues of how design can support cleanliness and good student behaviour. They've also had ideas about where the toilets should go and what's important to students. The expertise of parents and teachers on this group, as well as commitment over a number of years, is a huge benefit to the school.
  • The Van Gogh exhibition with stunning art works from every student in the school.
  • Seeing the excitement of the kids when the new water bubbles were installed - thanks to the efforts of Rachel, Anna and Danielle on the fundraising team and Sandra for arranging.
  • Being part of the farewell to the grade 6's last night. We also said farewell and thank you to Paul Girdler, previous School Council President for four years, whose youngest daughter is moving onto High School.

At our Council meeting this week, before sharing a BBQ and BYO food end of year celebration, we got through quite a bit of business. Importantly Jeff took us through the time frames and steps involved to finalising the School's 2018 Annual Implementation plan early next year as well as developing a new Strategic Plan for 2019 -2023. This will be a big focus for the School next year, with a re-look at our vision and values, self-evaluation of how we're tracking, formal review process and then the plan itself. 


It was great to hear that almost 150 people (parent & carers and staff) filled out the communication survey. You'll see from the school's 2017 snapshot, being sent home with students tomorrow, that there's been lots of activity at the school this year. There will be more work on communications next year, starting with school and community expectations early in the year. 


We also plan to re-launch the Environment Sub-Committee of Council in 2018 as well as establish a working group to look at student well-being and inclusion. 


Watch out for a range of physical improvements to the school over the school holidays, including painting on the Library and the BER buildings and some work on the Hall Building.


 Thanks to all School Councillors for their contributions and support to the School this year, Jeff and Sandra for their hard work, the fundraising team, working Group members, the wonderful teachers and staff and amazing kids. Have a restful break and see you all next year!


Louise Evans 

School Council President

Community Calendar


Friday 22nd December 2017

End of Year Assembly 9:00

Early Dismissal 13:30


Monday 29th January

Staff return for 2018

Tuesday 30th January

Grades 1-6 commence 9:00



Thursday 1st February

Foundation (Prep) commence 9:00

Friday 2nd February

Summer Sport begins

Friday 9th February

Swimming Trials

Community Basket Tea




Friday 2nd March

District Swimming

Monday 5th March

Foundation (Prep) begin fulltime

Friday 9th March

Curriculum Day - no school


Education News 

Thank you

Each year there are children that go without any presents at Christmas and we wanted to change that. So as part of our Inquiry this term we tried to help families who may experience difficulties during the Christmas period in giving gifts to their children.

We asked the community members to assist these families. We put boxes outside Room 24 and at the office. We collected close to 100 presents which we are taking to the charity.

Thank you for all your donations and making children happy this Christmas.

Sophie (Rm 24), Heidi (Rm 24), Sophia (Rm 24), Isobel (Rm 24), Mia (Rm 24), Nandi (Rm 17), Emma (Rm 19) and Jack (Rm19).


Fundraising Events

School Fundraiser at Bunnings BBQ Maribyrnong

All MPW families, we would love you all to come down to Bunnings Maribyrnong this Saturday 23rd December, or even better if you are able to help us out on the BBQ stall that would be fantastic.


Please contact the office if you are able to help.


The Fundraising team.

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

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.

2017 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


Camp Australia


Happy holidays from the WEP Australia team!

Thank you for supporting our not-for-profit student exchange programs throughout the year.

As 2017 draws to a close, we reflect on the past 12 months and, as you’ll hear, it has certainly been a big year here, at WEP Australia. Just this year, we have sent over 300 students on exchange to 17 different countries and we have received many more students to Australia. Our students have learnt languages, made connections and created lifelong memories.

If you’d like more information on our student exchange and hosting programs, please head to our website.

We look forward to a 2018 filled with success and we wish the same for your school.

Kind regards

Annie Taylor

Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Grades 2018.pdf
Grades 2018 2.pdf