2018 Grade Structure
Please see below the 2018 Grade structure.
Please see below the 2018 Grade structure.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
Tuesday 19th December
Learning Portfolios and Reports
Medical Action Plans update
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:
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!
School Council President
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
Community Basket Tea
Friday 2nd March
Monday 5th March
Foundation (Prep) begin fulltime
Friday 9th March
Curriculum Day - no school
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).
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.
Rachel, Anna & Danielle - please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to Rachel, Anna and Danielle.
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
PSD and Student Welfare
Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)
Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader
Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader
Michelle Bové (Leading Teacher)
Vicki McCormack (Acting Leading Teacher)
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.
Tuesday 31st January to Friday 31st March
Tuesday 18th April to Friday 30th June
Monday 17th July to Friday 22nd September
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.
Monday 30th January & Tuesday 14th March
Monday 22nd May
Thursday 27th July
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 www.campaustralia.com.au
Lunch Orders at MPW are supplied by Darling St Espresso. The lunch order menu is available from the Office
or our website -
School Uniform is available from Lowes at Highpoint Shopping Centre or online at http://www.lowes.com.au/campuscategories.aspx?depid=764. We also have a supply of pre loved uniform available for purchase from the Administration Office.
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:
When is unnamed lost property cleared and donated to charity?
Where is lost property?
In the causeway at the entry to room 7 and 8 (near the toilet block off the little adventure playground).
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.