Moonee Ponds West Primary School

19 November 2019
2019 - Issue 34
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!
Music News
Sport News
Fundraising Events
School Information
Community Calendar
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

It's ART SHOW Week


Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Community members of Moonee Ponds West PS


The Art Show opened last night, and although attendance was down a little, there was an air of community!  The work of the children was proudly admired by adults, staff, relatives and children alike.

We welcomed our partner in the Arts, The Incinerator Art Gallery to open this year’s Art Show. Christine Healey the Gallery’s Curator spoke and outlined the school’s partnership and the opportunity for us to develop our student’s visual thinking strategies. The partnership connects teachers and students with art. The Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) supports language acquisition for all students regardless of their entry level.  It teaches the tenets of respectful conversations, whilst aligning with the Victorian Curriculum requirements. Here are some starting questions for your conversations at home. Start with a silent moment to look at a photo, piece of art, drawing or some visual capture. Ask the following: What’s going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can you find? Remember to keep pointing and paraphrasing.

An Art Show takes a fair amount of preparation to be able to display student pieces with the right degree of appropriate pomp and ceremony. There have been many hands to the pump and next time we will add parent helpers to the mix! 

Many thanks to the Creative Arts Team (Sue Phillips and Claudia Stolfo, ably supported by their partners Antony and Phil, Raine Ryan (our resident other Art teacher) Shirl Ramage and staff from across the school including Kim Satchell, Michele Birch and Mel Beissel.  Many hands….you know the rest.

I hope you will find time to visit the Art Show as it is on all week after school until 5.00pm and THURSDAY until 7pm.

The Moonee Vale Instrumental Music Program (MVIMP) Concert held last Thursday

Another wonderful night of capturing student effort and talent developed by a terrific band of music tutors.  In any learning the teacher makes the difference and in learning a musical instrument it is exactly the same.  The tutors (Terri, Les, Caitlin, Janet, Simon, Anthony and Bandleader Lex) we have acquired to this program are wonderful; they connect with the students, encourage as a firm and supportive guide and work to ensure all students give their best. I was on the practice bus like last year and spent time listening to the Senior Strings. Think I might learn the cello!  Many of you will already know that my own boys started their musical journey in this program some 30 years ago. 

Congratulations to all the students that performed on Thursday night and to our staff who supported on the night. This is the second year that Moonee Ponds West is managing the program, and the efficient organisation by Sandra Monaghan has enabled this massive logistical nightmare to be managed and the result to be as successful for all.  Well done again Sandra!  MVIMP has another stellar performance!

Wind in the Willow Performance

The choir is getting ready to perform Wind in the Willows for you. This year we are doing two nights. This will allow all who want to see the performance to attend and it will give our performers a second chance to perform.  Bookings for the performances are on Eventbrite so get in early.   We have capped the amount of seats available to be purchased to 150 per performance to allow for your comfort. Tickets are $5.00 each.

I have seen some of the work that has been going on to make this a wonderful experience yet again!  Where does Kate get her energy from?  The children are learning their parts and practicing their dance routines.  I think all of Kate’s family are involved and I thank them for their time. Many of our staff and parents have been assisting as well, so it is a community effort. I can’t wait!  Get your tickets now.

The Eventbrite links are:

Wednesday 4th December

Thursday 5th December

Lost property

We are putting this out each day (weather permitting).  Please encourage your child to look for lost items. We will be removing half of the non-uniform items at the end of this week to clean and take to the Brotherhood.  Come on claim your lost items!


With the hot weather approaching can I remind children that they need a water bottle for school.  This should be named and contain only WATER!  Water can be drank during class, as it is important for learning and thinking to be hydrated. Usually there is a place for water bottles in the class for easy access.  We don’t want continual guzzling as this distracts from learning but drinking during class time is encouraged.  Lost your drink bottle? Check lost property.

Quality of drinking water

The recent news release my have prompted you to ask; what is the water quality at MPWPS? Our drinking water has been tested and cleared.  The bubble taps are cleaned each week as part of the cleaners or Brian’s routine.  The taps were cleaned over the weekend.  Children can drink from these at the breaks so there is no need for water bottles to be taken outside. Teachers will guide children re this point.

Well that’s about it from me for this week.  Enjoy your family and friends and I ask what are you grateful for this week?

Sincerely and in good faith

Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)

Parent Classroom Representatives 2020

In the next two weeks we will be calling for nominations for our Classroom Representatives for 2020 via Compass. We are planning for 2020 classroom representatives to be in place before the end of the 2019 school year.  Please consider undertaking this important role.





From the Assistant Principal

Dear Parents/Carers, Students and Community. I am very excited about my appointment as the ongoing Assistant Principal at Moonee Ponds West Primary School.


Previously, I had an ongoing position at Keilor Heights Primary School fulfilling many roles including Leading Teacher, Acting Assistant Principal and Acting Principal. Prior to working at Keilor Heights, I worked for the Department, writing the curriculum for Victoria.

I came to Moonee Ponds West in Term 4 of 2016 as Acting Assistant Principal, mainly responsible for Student Welfare. In 2017 and part of 2018, a large part of my role was developing Guidelines, Policies and Procedures to address the additional needs of students.


For the latter part of 2018 to date, I have been working with staff to develop an Instructional Model to ensure the best teaching and learning is occurring at Moonee Ponds West. This is an exciting time as teachers are working to implement High Impact Teaching Strategies which are evidence based and proven to have an effect on student outcomes. We will be continuing with this work in 2020.


For those parents/carers I haven’t met, please feel free to introduce yourself whilst I’m on yard duty, at special events or make a time to chat.


I can’t wait to continue my Leadership journey at Moonee Ponds West, working with parents/carers, students and staff to create the best learning environment possible. I will continue to keep the community up to date.


School Council

School Council Membership

Parent members:

  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Matthew Kenny
  • Jane Kingsley
  • Brian Stanley
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Helen Lockart
  • Katherine Ayrton
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Barbara Springfield
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

School Council Meetings
commence at 19:00

  • Monday 25th February
  • Monday 18th March (rescheduled)
  • Monday 27th May
  • Monday 17th June (rescheduled)
  • Monday 26th August
  • Monday 16th September
  • Monday 28th October
  • Monday 25th November
  • Monday 16th December

Sub Committee Meetings

Education Committee - Meetings commence at 18:30

  • Thursday March 14th
  • Monday May 6th
  • Monday June 3rd
  • Tuesday August 6th (date change)
  • Tuesday September 3rd (date change)
  • Tuesday 8th October
  • Wednesday November 6th
  • Monday December 2nd

Resources Committee - Meetings commence at 19:00

  • Tuesday 12th February 
  • Tuesday 12th March
  • Tuesday 14th May
  • Tuesday 11th June
  • Tuesday 13th August
  • Tuesday 10th September
  • Tuesday 15th October
  • Tuesday 12th November
  • Tuesday 10th December


Environment Committee - Meetings commence at 18:00

  • Wednesday 27th February 
  • Wednesday 20th March 
  • Wednesday 22nd May 
  • Wednesday 19th June 
  • Wednesday 21st August 
  • Wednesday 18th September 
  • Wednesday 16th October
  • Wednesday 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 

Community Engagement  commence at 4.00 pm

  • Thursday 20th June 
  • Monday 29th July 
  • Monday 2nd September 
  • Monday 21st October
  • Monday 18th November
  • Monday 9th December

School Council meeting report 28th October 2019

School Council met on Monday 28th of October to discuss all things governance. We started the meeting with some correspondence from the Department of Education and Training reminding the council of its responsibilities as a governing body of the school. As a body, we are bound by strict processes and protocols. The dedicated staff and parents who are on school council or a subcommittee of school council at MPW, work well and truly within these rules to ensure the smooth running of all things related to governance. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

JSC reported a successful Show Day where rules around sustainability and environment were adhered to and did not take away from the huge success of the day. Thank you to the members of Junior School Council.


In her principal’s report, Kerri congratulated Barbara Springfield to the role of Assistant Principal. She reported back on the workings of the Parent Representative Group  and their work on the Parent Representative handbook and processes for 2020, staff movement in 2020, enrolments, classroom structures for next year, updated us on the sensory garden development, data around literacy and numeracy, the AIP (Annual Implementation Plan), the upcoming 5/6  Race Around Melbourne and finally some words about the schools philosophy and visions statements.


Resources committee reported on the financials for September.


Education committee tabled Acceptable use of ICT and Communication protocol policies that were ratified by School Council


Community Engagement reported back about COMPASS. COMPASS is the preferred method of communication amongst the various bodies at MPW.

Environment Committee tabled TOR (Terms of Reference) for us to endorse, and reminded us that MPW is a rubbish free lunch box school.


Again, thank-you to all staff and families that take time out to ensure that the school operates as smoothly as possible.


Helen Lockart

School Councillor

Community Engagement Sub Committee Report

Our newly formed Community Engagement Sub-Committee of School Council meets monthly in the weeks before School Council.  The purpose is to deal with all things Community; discussing aspects of involvement, parent, community participation across the school, and linking Parent Reps to the School Council.  At our last meeting we looked at the Volunteers Policy providing information to update within the cycle.

The Sub-Committee is also wanting to develop a Parent Skills and Volunteers register as  many schools have such a register.  The purpose would be to access the skills and support of the community. Please consider  adding your name and skills to the register.

If you are wanting to be part of the Community Engagement Sub-Committee we meet on a Monday after school (4pm) in Kerri’s Office.  All interested welcome to attend.


At present Convenor and Minute-taker.

Sub Committee's 2019 - Expression of Interest

Are you interested in joining one of the School Council Sub Committees for 2019? Please find attached an Expression of Interest. You may return your Expression of Interest by email to the School Council Secretary @


Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 

MPW Art Show 2019

Thank-you to all staff, community members and students who attended the opening of the Art exhibition last night.


The event was opened by Christine Healey last night the Curator of Education and Community Learning from the Incinerator Art Gallery.


The exhibition will remain open for the rest of the week - open till 5.00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. There will also be a late night till 7.00 pm on Thursday night to allow parents who work late to attend.


Claudia and I hope you will encourage the attendance at the exhibition with your class, parents and the wider community.


Celebration of the students' work is critical for their overall learning, creativity enhancing their engagement and well-being.


Thanks for your ongoing support,

Sue and Claudia.


Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall

Help fight the war on waste this Christmas -
KeepCup Fundraiser

Help fight the war on waste and encourage someone you know to be more sustainable this Christmas with their very own KeepCup! KeepCups make a great gift, especially perfect for KK presents. They are now available to purchase through the School Office with two different sizes and several different colours available – Small 8oz are $14 and Large 12oz are only $16. Why buy just one – consider one for every member of the family. Also, each KeepCup sold raises money for the school and we’ve partnered with Darling St Espresso who will take 50c off the price of your first coffee or milkshake in your new KeepCup! KeepCups are also suitable for lunch order milkshakes. What are you waiting for……let’s try to wipe out disposable coffee cups in our school community….buy yours now!





Music News

The 2019 MPW spectacular Senior Choir
are proud to present

Performance dates and times:

Wednesday 4th December 7:00 pm start

Thursday 5th December 7:00 pm start

Friday 6th December 9:15 am start for the whole school

Location: MPW Gym.

Duration: approximately 90 minutes

(there will be a brief interval)

Every child in the choir has an integral role to play as they sing, dance and act their way through over 20 songs and scenes to bring to life Kenneth Grahame’s timeless tale of the adventures of Toad and his very patient friends. The students can’t wait to showcase their amazing work.


Tickets are $5.00 each and are now on sale through Eventbrite





Our Annual Soundgarage Concerts will be held in the Performance Space at Moonee Ponds West on:

Tuesday 26th November – KEYBOARD CONCERTS

6.00pm - F/1/2 students & helpers

7.00pm - Grade 3 and 4's (and helpers as above)

7.45pm – 5/6 (and helpers as above)

 Wednesday 27th November – GUITAR AND SAP CONCERT

6.00pm ALL guitar and ALL SAP


Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your concert starting time in 'rock star attire'.

We can’t wait to see you all there.

For any further questions please feel free to contact Maddie Owen at

Sport News

Walk to School

Thank you and well done to all students and families who participated in Walk to School October.  We have had lots of active walking, riding and scooting to school over the month.  The council have picked up all entry forms from challenge cards, good luck to all students who completed the challenges over the month of October and entered their card. Below is a table of all our results for the month.






























































































Gr 5/6 Cricket Carnival Day

Today our Gr 5/6 cricket teams competed in a carnival day at Fairbairn Park, organized through Cricket Victoria.  All our teams had a great day and played some very exciting cricket.  Our Girls team won their final against North Melbourne and the boys finished the carnival off in an exciting all MPW match.  In an extremely tight contest, MPW Blue came away winners by 4 runs!! Congrats to MPW Blue and our Girls team who will now play in the North West Metro Finals on Friday 29th November. 

A big thank you to Abby & Fiona for coaching, scoring and umpiring for our teams on the day. 

Rotational Sport

The Gr 5/6’s have begun our bi-annual Rotational Sport tournament.  The students have been split up into 12 teams and compete each week in games of Tchoukball, Swap Ball, Handball, Cross Over Tag, Rickard’s Rounders and Mat Ball.  The teams are then awarded points for the results of the game, teamwork and sporting attitude.  After 3 weeks we have Gucci Flip Flops and Teamwork Dreamwork in the lead on 24pts followed by Taco Terminators 23 pts.  We look forward to the final week of competition.

Congratulations and Good Luck

Amelie W  from Room 7 is playing in the Regional Finals for School Sports Victoria in golf today, hoping to make it into the state finals in two weeks time. Congratulations on making the Regional Finals and good luck for today.

Fundraising Events

Fundraising 2019 End of Year DASH!

We have a jam packed fun filled Fundraising dash to the end of the year, here’s what’s on and how you can help out! More Info below:




How you can help!


Friday 29th November


Make sure your Child's order is placed by Wednesday 27th November

(Union Rd Christmas Celebrations)

Saturday 7th December

10am to 2pm

Make or Bake some yummy treats for our stall! Deliver to school on Friday 6th December.

MPW Christmas Raffle

Thursday 19th December

9am (Assembly)

Make sure you buy your tickets by Wednesday 18th December (more info soon)

Fight the War on Waste


School Office Hours

Purchase Keep Cups to fight the War on Waste, raise money for our school & help the environment!

Pizza Day

After the huge success of our MPW Pizza Day in Term 2 we’re bringing it back in Term 4 in partnership with Bakers Delight Showgrounds and Ascot Vale. There’s just one small change this term with Pizzas sold without a drink to ensure we look after our environment and continue our school’s war on waste. Therefore Pizza’s will be just $4.50 with every Pizza ordered raising $1.00 for our school! The pizza varieties will be Margherita and Hawaiian. (Variations can be accommodated eg no cheese, pineapple, unfortunately Pizzas are not available as Gluten Free). You are welcome to order more than 1 Pizza per Child, as a reference the pizzas are the same as you can purchase in-store at Bakers Delight. Order forms will be sent out this week with orders due back no later than Wednesday 27th November 2019.



Union Road Christmas Celebration Cake Stall

This Christmas we have been offered the fabulous opportunity to run the Cake Stall at the Union Road Christmas Celebration on Saturday 7th December between 10am and 2pm.  This is always a fun day out for the family with lots of great activities to keep kids and adults entertained. So get out those delicious treats and Christmas recipes and start planning your contribution to a successful Cake Stall, this truly is a great opportunity to raise some additional funds for our school. We will require your donation to be delivered to the school office on Friday 6th December. The fundraising team will circulate more information next week.



Help fight the war on waste this Christmas -
KeepCup Fundraiser

Help fight the war on waste and encourage someone you know to be more sustainable this Christmas with their very own KeepCup! KeepCups make a great gift, especially perfect for KK presents. They are now available to purchase through the School Office with two different sizes and several different colours available – Small 8oz are $14 and Large 12oz are only $16. Why buy just one – consider one for every member of the family. Also, each KeepCup sold raises money for the school and we’ve partnered with Darling St Espresso who will take 50c off the price of your first coffee or milkshake in your new KeepCup! KeepCups are also suitable for lunch order milkshakes. What are you waiting for……let’s try to wipe out disposable coffee cups in our school community….buy yours now!



MPW End of Year Christmas Raffle – Coming Soon

In the next couple of weeks the Fundraising Team will provide more information about the end of year raffle but rest assured there will be some great prizes!







School Information

General Office

Office:                                 8:15 am - 4:45 pm

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

Xavia Bicheno                  Administration Trainee

Leadership Team

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal 

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Jarrod Sutton

Student Absences

If your child is absent from school (including illness and appointment), it is necessary to inform the  school.  This can be done via the COMPASS parent portal and the school absence  telephone line. 

If your child is sick it is advisable to not send your child to school. Continual absence may require a medical certificate.

2019 Term Dates

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January (Curriculum Day) to Friday 5th April

Term 2:

Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 28th June

Term 3:

Monday 15th July to Friday 20th September

Term 4:

Monday 7th October to Thursday 19th December


End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 3.30 pm.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January  and Friday 8th March 

Term 3:

Thursday 25th July 

Term 3:

Monday 4th November

Term 4:

Thursday 19th December School (last day of Term 4 2019) - 3:30 pm dismissal

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free - Staff time in lieu half day)

Before and After School Care

At MPW before and after school care is provided by Camp Australia. The service operates 7.00  - 8.45 am in the morning and  3.30 to 6.15 pm afternoons.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

To enrol your child please go to

Lost Property

We have a significant amount of unnamed clothing regularly donated to charity.


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 that all belongings are clearly marked with students' names and room numbers
  • regularly check (and encourage your child/ren to check) for their lost property
  • remember that 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 Gym on the right hand side, as you walk in.

Community Calendar


Tuesday 19th November 2019

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 2

Wednesday 20th November

Environment Committee meeting 6:00 pm

Thursday 21st November

Philosothon Excursion

Monday 25th November

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 26th November

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 3

Soundgarage Keyboard Concert

Wednesday 27th November

Soundgarage Guitar and SAP Concert

Friday 29th November

Grade 4/5 Sport Rotations

North West Metro Cricket Finals


Wednesday 4th December

Choir Performance 7:00 pm

Thursday 5th December

Choir Performance 7:00 pm

Friday 6th December

Choir Performance 9:15 pm

Tuesday 10th December

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 16th December

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

Thursday 19th December

Last day Term 4 - School concludes @ 3.30 pm

Community News



Moonee Ponds West Primary School
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School Council Sub Committee EOI 2019.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf