Moonee Ponds West Primary School

22 September 2017
2017 - Issue 29
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Sport 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

Enrolment of Siblings for 2018

A further reminder enrolment documents are available from the office for siblings of current MPW students commencing school in 2018. Finalising our enrolments for 2018 assists with our planning for the 2018 school year.

Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy Working Group

An Expression of Interest for a Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy Working Group will be forwarded to community members  early inTerm 4. If you are interested in being a member of this working group could you please consider forwarding your Expression of Interest.

Class placement 2018

The demand for places at Moonee Ponds West continues to be high. If you are leaving the school during term 4 or at the end of 2017 please let the office know at your earliest convenience. This will greatly assist our forward planning and also the transition of those students leaving at the end of the year into their new schools.

  • If you have  information of which your child’s teacher is unaware of that may assist with your child’s class placement for 2018 please put your request in writing and forward to Jeff Lyon via email to [email protected] 

by Monday 30th of October. This request will then be registered for consideration. In formulating a request please refer to the school's grade placement policy below.

Spring Fling Fundraiser

A reminder to all community members that our next fundraising event will be the 'Spring Fling' social event to be held on Friday 20th of October. We have only sold around 43 tickets to the event to date. Please see information on the fundraising page.  You can purchase tickets at

Japan Tour

The Japan Tour departed Melbourne on Monday. Exciting times lay ahead for the group. The tour group are currently in Kyoto. Thank-you to Diana, Cindy and Sandra for their work in organising and leading the tour.



Thank you to all the students, family members and staff who attended last night’s MVIMP concert. Thank you especially to Emma Campbell and tutors for all their efforts in ensuring a wonderful evening was to be had by all.


A reminder to everyone to adhere to the parking regulations when dropping off and picking up children. Please also be aware that the disabled parking bays are used by our community members and parking  too close to vehicles parked in the disabled parking bays can impede access to vehicles. Local council remains vigilant in monitoring compliance.

State School Spectacular

On Saturday 16th of September I had the pleasure of attending the State School Spectacular. The choir members were able to experience being a part of a large theatrical production, witness 'behind the scenes' and talk with a number of the principal performers. Thank you to staff and parent/carers for their support of this event and to Kate Ridgeway for all her work with the group.

End of Term 

Thank you to all staff for their endeavours in ensuring a great term 3. Well done to all the students for engaging in all aspects of their learning and a huge thank you to the whole school community for your ongoing support in continuing to make Moonee Ponds West Primary a great learning community.

Term 4 commences on Monday October 9th.


Enjoy the break,



School Council

School Council met on Monday 18 September.

We reviewed Sub-Committee reports, including news from Junior School Council about preparation for Show Day and work on the Toilet Committee in Collaboration with the (adult) Capital Works working group.


Jeff reported on activities within the school. There have been several excursions, camps, incursions and activities, including the extremely successful Victorian State Schools Spectacular. The Japan tour is underway. We approved an upcoming activity for Grade 5s/6s – the Race Around Melbourne. This will provide an exciting opportunity for the students to learn about and engage with their city.


We discussed Strategic Planning and Master Planning/Capital Works. With the recent grant of State Government funds to improve our toilet facilities, the school has begun a Master Planning process. This gives us the opportunity to plan for the school’s infrastructure development over the next five years to ensure the learning needs of the school community are met.


We received an update on the work of the recently appointed communications consultants. They are currently putting together a survey (in consultation with the Communication Working Group) about the school’s communication with the wider school community. The survey will be sent out to the school community early in Term 4.

As part of the school’s work on Student Wellbeing, the Education Committee will soon be establishing a Student Engagement and Wellbeing Working Group. The school will shortly be calling for Expressions of Interest for the Working Group from members of the school community.


Lee Cath

School Councillor

Notices home to parent/carers

Friday 22nd September

Room 23 Letter to families



Community Calendar


Monday 2nd October

Japan Tour returns

Monday 9th October

Term 4 Begins 9.00

Thursday 12th October

Cricket Victoria Clinics 

Friday 13th October

Summer Sport begins

Tuesday 17th October

Regional Athletics

Organising You Parent &

Student Workshops

Thursday 19th October

Grade 2 Sleep Over

Friday 20th October

Grade 2 Sleepover

Grade 3/4 Cricket

"Spring Fling' Social

Monday 23rd October

Children's Week begins

Thursday 26th October

Organising You Workshop

Friday 27th October

Children's Week concludes

Summer Sports

Monday 30th October

State Athletics


Thursday 2nd November

Foundation/One Activity Night

Count Us In

Friday 3rd November

Summer Sports

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

Wednesday 22nd November

Grade 5/6 Cricket Carnival

Friday 24th November

Summer Sports

Monday 27th November

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Education News 

Nude Food Hall

Congratulations to everyone who took part in our rubbish-free lunch challenge, the Nude Food Hall of Fame! Many of you would have seen the wall near Jeff's office covered as high as you can reach with photos of smiling children (and some adults!) and delicious rubbish-free lunches.

Thanks to the lunch-makers of Moonee Ponds West PS for supporting this challenge. If you would like to bring a rubbish-free lunch but are lacking in ideas, please have a look and be inspired by our community.

The Hall of Fame challenge is over, but it's still important to bring a rubbish-free lunch as often as you can. It reduces the rubbish left in our yard and has a positive effect on our whole environment.

Have a fun, safe and GREEN holiday and see you next term.

Lisa, Jess and the Green Team

Koorie Heritage Walk

As part of Inquiry, Grade 5/6 classes visited the Koorie Heritage Centre for an educational walk to learn more about Koorie culture and history. Here are a few of their responses….


Koori Heritage Walk, by Thomas  (Room 10)


More than 40,000 years ago Aboriginals arrived in what is now Australia. Getting out their seafaring canoes, they took the first steps onto the beach, the first ever Homo Sapien’s foot prints in Australia.


A few thousand years on, Aboriginals had formed into many different groups and tribes, each with their own customs and tools. Most tribes had substantial amounts of land which would be marked out by signs drawn on trees, by patterns of rocks, or by material barriers like rivers or rock formations. These plots of land were inhabited by family groups. You couldn't go into another tribe’s territory without permission, and if you went in illegally it would mean war.


Different tribes had diverse cultures. The majority had similar creation myths but had separate ways of expressing their culture and religion. Some tribes had their chests scarred when something major happened or they learnt something important, sort of like Brownie or Scout badges except more painful. Others carved art or daubed ochre onto cave walls and rocks to tell Dreamtime stories. The Aboriginals had an amazing culture which has now become nearly extinct due to the invasion of the British Empire.


As well as having an amazing culture, they were amazing inventors being very adaptable with the things they had. The majority of their weapons and tools were wood. One of the most iconic of these weapons is the boomerang. There are two types of boomerang, a weapon which flew incredibly well and came back if flown correctly, the first of which was smaller and more angled, and was designed for hunting birds. The second type was sharper, larger and heavier and was designed for killing larger animals such as emus, kangaroos and humans. Both were carved meticulously so the air would flow over the wing to keep them aloft. These amazing weapons made Aboriginal Australian’s the first pioneers of flight.


Another common weapon was the many spears, designed for hunting many different animals. Each group of creatures had spear types devoted to killing them. Larger land animals were hunted with a spear with a sharp tip, designed to puncture organs and kill nearly instantly. These were made only of wood. Another spear type was to hunt sharks and rays. It had three barbs sticking out backwards to ensnare the creature. This also was made of wood only. The third type of spear was the three or two-pronged fishing spear, it had thin, sharp prongs on the end of a stiff wooden pole to kill fish. It was usually thrown from a spear thrower which increased the speed and power of your throw.


To solve arguments, if all else fails, you would have to have a war or fight, and to do this they would need weapons. Some common weapons used in human combat were the club and the shield. There are two types of club, the war club and the multi-purpose club. The war club was to kill and beat humans and the multi-purpose club was used to climb trees, dig and kill possums and other small animals. The common shield was thick in depth but thin in width, it had sharpish ends and was sometimes engraved. It was vital to protect oneself and to keep oneself alive.


Another problem they had was water, traversing it when there was too much and preserving it when there was too little. Aboriginal Australians’ ancestors were amazing boatbuilders. Although they lost the need to make seafaring craft, they still made good boats such as log dugouts or bark rafts. These were both useful for fishing and crossing rivers.


Aboriginal Australians needed to keep themselves hydrated through the long summers. One way of creating something to hold a large amount of water is by taking the bark off a tree and hardening it over a fire, making it watertight. Afterwards this would be filled with water by children and sometimes covered and buried in the desert in case when they returned the waterhole had dried up.


Another need for everyone is sustenance. Aboriginals discovered many types of native fruits, plants and animals. Some of the plants and fruits that are edible include: pig face, which can be put in salads and has a salty taste; lilypillies, which are grape-shaped, bright magenta fruits with poisonous pips and delicious flesh; ferns, which are roasted on the fire to remove their fur; and bottlebrushes which can be soaked in water for roughly twelve hours to make the water into a nutritious “energy drink.”


Another important food group is proteins. Possums were hunted for their meat and their fur was highly prized, as nearly all garments were made of it. Kangaroos were eaten, their long sinews turned into thread and their arm bones turned into sewing needles. Other meats included crustaceans, such as crabs, and sharks and rays which I have talked about before.


Some of the more random foods include insects, such as the witchetty grubs, and their spits such as lerp, the sweet spit of a plant louse, and the nectar from honey ants, as well as more conventional insect products such as honey from native bees.


The original owners of this land were one of the most adaptable and inventive societies that this world has seen. They pioneered flight with their boomerangs and developed a rich culture and religion.  



Taking the Leap to Secondary School Workshops for Year 6 students and parents

To assist with the transition process to secondary school, Amanda Lecaude from Organising Students, will be conducting the following workshops:

Students – Tuesday 17 October during class time

Parents – Tuesday 17 October at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start

Both interactive workshops will go for 1 hour and the focus will be on providing tips and strategies for how to cope with the move to secondary school including organisation and time management aspects.

Further notices will also be sent home shortly about these workshops and in particular to collect RSVP’s from parents/carers for their workshop.


Victorian State Schools Spectacular - MPW Choir

Last week some students participating in the MPW choir were lucky enough to perform in a big event called the Victorian State Schools Spectacular (or the VSSS for short).  This is an annual show involving songs, dance, and even magic, allowing students to express their musical abilities.  It is put together by thousands of people across Victoria and performed last Saturday.  The students (who were not on camp) had two full days of dress rehearsals at the Hisense Arena, and then everyone performed twice on Saturday.

This was hard work for all the students and staff, requiring them to be organised, switched on and to be showing their best effort.  Our school was participating in the section of the mass choir, learning 15 songs and accompanying dance moves. 

Learning in such a big group taught us to be patient, and other life skills, but also just how much work goes into a big performance like this.

Everyone had heaps of fun along the way, and we are very proud of the result.  Look out for it on TV later this year!

By Dahlia 

Sport News

Sport Term 4

Friday 13th  October: Grade 4 Cricket Carnival Day

Tuesday 17th October: Region Athletics (Keilor Athletics Stadium)

Friday 27th October: Round 1 Summer Sport

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.

Fundraising Events

MPW Spring Fling



Friday October 20th 


The Union Function Room

Union Hotel, 252 Union Rd, Ascot Vale.


7.30pm - 12.30am


$55 (adult event) - 120 tickets will be available

Includes finger food and 3 complimentary drinks (beer, wine and soft drink) Music and raffles.

Dress code:

Spring Fling - fun or fabulous.


When booking please indicate  if you have any dietary requirements.

Please purchase your tickets @


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.

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).

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