Moonee Ponds West Primary School

13 October 2017
2017 - Issue 30
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

Welcome Back

A warm welcome back to everyone following the term break. The second (next) week of term 4 is a curriculum planning week for staff – which entails a few changes to the specialist timetable to accommodate team planning meetings (Creative Arts, Japanese, PE). The regular timetable will recommence the following week.


We welcome Alistair Longley as our IT Technician at MPW. Alistair has been employed by the Department of Education and Training in other school settings and is very familiar with Department's IT requirements.


Enrolment of Siblings for 2017

A further reminder to families who are yet to enrol siblings of current students for the 2018 Foundation year. Enrolment documents are available from the office. Finalising our enrolments for 2018 is an essential part of our planning for the 2018 school year.

Grade Placement for 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 

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.

Maintenance update

Over the term break the windows around the school were cleaned, the stage floor in the gymnasium resurfaced, new protective pads for the football goal posts arrived, outdoor blinds were installed outside the library and inside room 1 and the west wall inside the library was repaired and repainted.

Spring Fling

Our Spring Fling Function is fast approaching. Please see the article within the newsletter regarding the event and how to purchase yur tickets.

Japan Tour

We are very pleased to report on a most successful tour of Japan undertaken by 15 Grade 5/6 students. We’d like to extend a very big thank-you to Fofo Kirkotsios  and Victor Scarcebrook who accompanied the tour group. They were an amazing support. Special thank you to our Japanese language teachers Diana Vivian and Cindy Xu who's shared expertise, passion and knowledge of the language and culture maximised the opportunities for our students. Lastly, a thanks to our students who represented our school so well in all forums, including their homestay, a favourite for many of our students.  We look forward to a presentation at assembly and an upcoming article in the newsletter.

Walk to School month

October is Walk to School month which encourages all students to walk, cycle or scoot to and from school.


A launch of Walk to School month took place at Moonee Ponds West PS last Monday morning.  Thank you to the students and members of the school community who supported the launch, and especially to Bree White. For further information please see the article included in this week's Education News and the links below.

Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy Working Group

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


On Thursday 21st September Moonee Ponds West had our MVIMP Concert. It was held in the gym, we had many of the MVIMP students perform an item for the evening. They have be rehearsing over a number of weeks in preparation for the concert. Through their weekly lessons with their tutors they rehearsed an item. It was a fantastic evening for parents, families and students to see what they have been working on throughout the year. Well done to all of the students who performed on the evening and a special thanks to all of the tutors for their work throughout the evening.


Upcoming on Thursday 16th November will be the End of Year MVIMP Concert where all four schools will come together for the end of year concert. Over the next few weeks there will be more information about the concert in the newsletter.

Year 2 Sleepover next week

A reminder that the Year 2 sleepover is to take place on Thursday next week.

The Year 2 Sleepover is an important part of our Whole School Camp Program.  This is a special opportunity for students to experience being away from their families for one night and supports a gradual transition to the three-day camp they will participate in as Year 3 students.

The Year 2 Sleepover is held at the school, which is a familiar and non-threatening environment for all students. The Sleepover is heaps of fun and provides an opportunity for students to socialise with others in their year level. The evening involves a local walk, a hip-hop workshop with the students in the gym and a program of fun activities for the night.

Students will be settled in the Performance Space and Library, which are comfortable and self-contained. All that is required on the night is a camping mat (or similar), a sleeping bag, pillow and some great dance moves!

Room 23

Helen Lockart will be on leave for the remainder of 2017. Families of students in Room 23 have been notified that Lauren Klymenko will be continuing the teaching and learning in Room 23 during Helen's absence.

Room 21

Jenny Irvine is on indefinite leave for personal reasons. Families of students in Room 21 have been notified that Jane Ryan will be continuing the teaching and learning in Room 21 during Jenny's absence.

Mental Health Week

This week has been Mental Health Week. If you would like to look into the resources that are available  please click on the link below.


Enjoy the weekend,


Notices home to parent/carers

Friday 13th

Room 21 Letter to families

Room 4 Head Lice Alert

Community Calendar


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

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


Monday 4th December

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 6th December

Senior Choir Musical  

Thursday 7th December

Senior Choir Musical -  Morning Performance

Friday 8th December

Basketball Tournament

Tuesday 12th December

Whole School Transition Day

Resources Committee  Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 13th December

Parent Helpers Morning Tea

Monday 18th December

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 19th December

Student Reports to go home

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Grade 6 Graduation 

Friday 22nd December 2017

End of Year Assembly 9am

Early Dismissal 1.30pm

Education News 

Join thousands of Victorian families for Walk to School 2017!

Get ready, get set for Walk to School 2017!

On Monday Moonee Ponds West launched Vic Health Walk to School October.  In conjunction with Vic Health and the AFL Players association, Danny Pearson (Local Member), Neville Jetta (Melbourne FC) and Bree White (our fabulous PE teacher) helped kick start the campaign.

MPW has joined the hundreds of primary schools across Victoria for a fun month of walking, riding and scooting to and from school. By participating, we have a chance to win some great prizes! So every time our local families walks, rides or scoots to and from school during October, you increase our school’s chance of winning!

Student challenge cards:

Don’t forget to complete your challenge card each day you walk and also mark yourself off your classroom calendar, once your challenge card is complete hand it into the office. We will then get them to Council so they will go into the draw to win some great prizes.


Prizes include:

3 x $150 sport voucher

5 x  Bounce Essendon pass

5 x $50  Westfield voucher


Look out for Council or Police Officers either at the school crossing or in front of the school gate between 8.15am - 9am on this day Friday 20th October.  They will be handing out the gold star to those who have walked, cycled or scootered to school to add to the challenge card.


Student poster challenge:

Council will be holding a Poster challenge for all participating students. The winning artist will receive a sports store voucher valued at $150.

The poster should show:

  • students and their friends walking to school
  • something funny, pretty or interesting that students have seen while walking to or from school
  • a slogan about why kids should walk to school
  • if students are too far to walk all the way, their poster could highlight park and walk locations

To enter, students should complete their poster and put it up in a visible position at school, then email with their name, phone number, school, a photo of their poster (a photo taken on a phone is fine) and its location. The three most creative designs will be framed, displayed at a Council venue and on Facebook, and three Council staff will choose a winner.

The winning artist will receive a sports store voucher valued at $150.


Decorate your shoes, bikes or scooter

If your school participates in the decorate your shoes, bikes and scooter activity – add this also

In 2017, we’re encouraging our kids to put their best foot forward by decorating their shoes, bikes or scooters to make Walk to School even more fun. Get involved with us for Walk to School and help your family build healthy habits for life: This activity will be run by VicHealth.


About Walk to School:

Every October, VicHealth’s Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids and their families to walk, ride or scoot to and from school every day. It’s a great way for the whole family to increase their physical activity levels. Plus, it is a chance to enjoy more time with your kids and meet other local families along the way.

Along with the health benefits, it also reduces traffic congestion, saves on parking, helps us connect with family and friends and saves the environment!

Part way is okay! If you can’t walk the whole way, why not try parking the car a few blocks from your school and walk, ride or scoot the rest.

Last year, more than 144,000 kids and their families took part in the program walking the equivalent of two return trips to the moon and with your families help, we can make 2017 our biggest year yet!


There are so many great reasons to participate in Walk to School this October and we’re excited to be part of the fun because getting active is even more fun when we do it together!

Planning Week

Next week is planning week at school for all classroom and specialists teachers. Planning week occurs once a term and involves all year level teachers meeting together to focus on curriculum planning, professional development with both English and Mathematics coaches and event planning for the term.  The classroom teachers plan from 8.45am – 1.30pm and during this time students are taught by specialist teachers or a CRT (Casual Relief Teacher). 


Students look forward to planning week and enjoy the variety of activities on offer.  Teachers continue their planning at assigned meetings conducted after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


The Planning days for Week 2 are:

  • Monday -1/2 and 2/3
  • Tuesday- Specialists
  • Wednesday- 3/4
  • Thursday- 5/6
  • Friday – Prep /1

Sport News

Summer Sport - Term 4

Interschool Sport - kicks off on Friday 27th October:

Grades 5/6 - students will participate in Handball, Soccer, Hot Shots Tennis and Touch Rugby (Coaches at School). Round 1 sees MPW at home playing against Avondale and MPW Gold will travel to Flemington.


Grade 4 - students participating in the students Cricket Carnival Gala Day at Fairbairn Park on Friday 13th October. 

It is a CRICKET CARNIVAL DAY and will give the students the opportunity to mix with students from local schools while taking part in skill activities. This is to make playing interschool sport in Grade 5 a less daunting task.


Regional Athletics:

Good luck to Amelia Ashton (100m), Milla Conn (800m) and Lillie Ground (100m & High Jump) who are competing in Region Athletics on Tuesday 17th October at Keilor Athletics Track.

Sport Term 4

Friday 13th  October – Gr 4 Cricket Carnival Day

Friday 27th October – Round 1 Summer Sport

Wednesday 22nd November

Friday 8th December – District Basketball Carnival

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


It’s time to get moving and buy your tickets to the upcoming MPW Spring Fling Event being held on Friday 20th October. It was a sell-out last year so we don’t want you to miss out. So buy your tickets, get your school parent friends to buy their tickets and their friends too! It’s going to be a great night with over $5,000 worth of items up for grabs. We’ve sourced some amazing Auction and Raffle items this year and they’re all about you – accommodation, dinners out, hair styles, massages, facials, gym memberships, body products, photo packages….just to name a few!


There will be spot prizes for best dressed male & female and best head attire on the night!  All the details are below and flyer attached so get moving now and buy those tickets!



Friday 20th October 


The Union Function Room

Union Hotel, 252 Union Rd, Ascot Vale.


7.30pm - 12.30am


120 Tickets available (Be quick, last year was a sell out!)

$55 per person

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

Dress code: Spring Fling - fun or fabulous!

Purchase here: 


Please advise the school of any dietary requirements @


This is an ADULTS only event.

If there are any questions in regards to the event please refer them to the office and the fundraising team will respond.


The MPW Fundraising Team - Danielle, Anna & Rachel J


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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