Moonee Ponds West Primary School

16 March 2018
2018 - Issue 7
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Sport News
Music 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

Curriculum Day – March 9

The focus of the professional learning for March 9th was on Literacy, specifically writing and rethinking  Literacy practice. Please see the article in the education news regarding a parent forum on literacy to be held on Wednesday 2nd May.

Capital Works

The building of the new toilets on Eglington St has moved into the Design and Development phase. Consideration will also be given to the relocation of the vegetable garden to the Northwest corner of the school. The existing fruit trees will be relocated as will the gates at the entrance to the existing vegetable garden.

Japanese Language Assistant

Daisuke has been the school’s Japanese language assistant for the previous 4 weeks assisting Cindy and Diana in providing both authenticity to our language program and supporting our continued commitment to the schools language program. He is now returning to Hiroshima and intends to revisit the school in future.  Arigato Daisuke.

Reminder - Skoolbag App

We have completed our 30 day trial of the Skoolbag and we encourage our community to provide  feedback regarding the functionality and content of the app. Could  you please provide your feedback via the feedback system on the school website or by email to

Reminder - Enrolments 2019

Enrolment tour dates for prospective 2019 Foundation students are now listed on the school’s website. Enrolment forms for siblings will be available from the beginning of Term 2.

Reminder - Photo Day

The school photos will take place on Wednesday 28th March.

Reminder - Promoting Healthy, Safe and Respectful School Communities

Moonee Ponds West Primary School recognises the importance of the partnership between schools and parents/carers to support student learning, engagement and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, ensuring a positive school community that provides inclusive, safe and orderly learning environments for children.

This Statement of Expectations sets out our behavioural expectations of all members in this school community, including the principal, school staff, parents/carers, students, volunteers and visitors. It respects the diversity of individuals in our school community and addresses the shared responsibilities of all members in building positive, safe and respectful school communities.


We welcome your feedback and are  seeking feedback from students, staff and community members.  We are aiming to have our final statement completed by the end of the term. Please provide your feedback through the school website or via the school email @


Reminder - Expressions of Interest to become a member of the MPWPS Environment and Sustainability Sub-Committee

School Council has recently re-established the Environment and Sustainability Sub-Committee and are looking for interested members of the school community to join the membership of this group.

The role of the Environment and Sustainability Sub-Committee is to provide strategic direction and leadership to ensure that MPW supports and encourages best practice in regards to Environmental/Sustainability issues. The Environment and Sustainability Sub-Committee has an overarching aim to promote an environmentally friendly and sustainable school, thereby reducing the environmental footprint of our school community. It will focus on reductions in resource usage, waste and cost, but also has the potential to provide guidance for educational services and thereby facilitate the delivery of effective and sustainable education into the future.


Environment and Sustainability Sub-Committee members will be responsible for helping to:

  • Provide a forum for sharing ideas
  • Foster collaboration across the school community 
  • Design a coordinated approach to address needs made apparent from surveys, or educational experiences
  • Consider and develop strategies to minimise resource usage and waste across services
  • Facilitate implementation of these strategies.


The Environment and Sustainability Sub-Committee will meet 8 times per year ( in line with the School Council meeting schedule) at 6.00 pm on a Wednesday night (next meeting 21st March). If you are interested in joining the Sub Committee and helping to contribute to this important group, please contact Sandra Monaghan at the school office. 


Reminder - School Self Evaluation

Three workshops providing you with the opportunity to reflect upon your experience of Moonee Ponds West  and provide your feedback will be conducted on 19th March at 9.00am, 2.30pm and 7.00pm. The day sessions will be held in the Administration Office and the evening session will be held in the Library.


The questions for your consideration are:

  • What is it about this school that led you to send your child(ren) here and not somewhere else? Why was this important?
  • What is important to your child(ren) at school right now?
  • What kind of person do you want your child(ren) to be?
  • What could/does the school do to prepare your child(ren) for the future?

These questions have also been added to our website.

To assist with the organisation of the workshops could you please confirm your attendance via email at  or by contacting the office.

Reminder - Secondary School Expo

The annual Secondary School Expo will be held in the school gym on 21st March.  For further details please see the information in 'Education News'. Afterschool care will be in the performance space and the library on this day.

Reminder - Fundraising

Further suggestions as to what our fundraising efforts could be directed towards are most welcome. All suggestions can be forwarded to the school’s email address or dropped into the office.

Reminder - Movie Night

On Friday 23rd March we will be holding our annual movie night. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and enjoy a family evening under the stars - weather permitting. Please see the flyer within our Fundraising Events page within this newsletter.

The Fundraising Group are looking for new community members to join the group and volunteers to help out at upcoming events.  Please  leave your details at the Office.

Enjoy the  weekend,



Notices Home

Tuesday 13th March

  • School Photo Order form - whole school
  • Vision and Values Workshops - whole school
  • Grade 6 Clothing reminder - Grade 6

Community Calendar


Tuesday 20th March

Division Swimming

Wednesday 21st March

Secondary School Expo

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday March 23rd

Summer Sport Grade 5/6

Ride to School Day

Hockey clinics

Movie Night

Monday 26th March

School Council 19:00

Tuesday 27th March

Regional Swimming

Wednesday 28th March

School Photo Day

Thursday 29th March

End of Term 1 - early dismissal 14:30


Monday 16th April 

Term 2 commences

Wednesday 25th April

Anzac Day - no school

Thursday 26th April

Curriculum Day - no school



Wednesday 2nd May

Parent Information session - David Hornsby (Literacy) 19:00

Monday 7th May

Grade 3/4 Camp departs

Education Committee 19:00-21:00

Wednesday 9th May

Grade 3/4 Camp returns

Tuesday 15th May

Naplan testing

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 16th May

Naplan testing

Thursday 17th May

Naplan testing

Friday 18th May

Naplan testing (catch up if required)

Wednesday 23rd May

Environment Committee 18:00

Monday 28th May

School Council 19:00




Education News 

Information Night 

To our families and friends of MPW,

You are invited to attend an Information night on Wednesday 2nd of May in the Performance space at 7.00pm through to 8.30pm.

We are very happy to announce that David Hornsby will be presenting and  speaking about the teaching of English and the importance of a balanced approach.


Some of the things he will talk about include:

  • What do we actually do when we’re reading?  How does the reading process work?
  • How can we help our children with reading at home?
  • Why is phonics always a ‘hot topic’?
  • What is phonics, and what place does it have in a literacy program?  
  • How does our spelling system work?  (It’s not all about sound.)

This is David’s 51st year in education. He is passionate about teaching and learning and doesn’t want to retire!

David was with the Victorian Ministry of Education for 28 years and taught at every year level from Prep to Year 6. During that time, he also lectured at La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and RMIT University. For 4 years, he was an Education Department consultant in both primary and secondary schools and then returned to the primary classroom. He was the principal of Ringwood Heights Primary School, a school he loved, for 5 years.

He is currently in demand as an education consultant in schools and in conference centres across Australia and in many parts of the world. He has completed many lecture tours of the USA and the UK, and has also worked with teachers in China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malta, New Zealand and Singapore.

Reminder - Moonee Valley Schools Network - 2018 Year 7 Secondary School EXPO

All Grade 4, 5 & 6 children and their parents/carers are invited to attend the 2018 Year 7 Secondary School EXPO to learn more about our local Secondary Schools.


Wednesday, 21st March  2018


4:00 pm to 7:00 pm


In the Gym at Moonee Ponds West Primary School

150 Athol Street Moonee Ponds

  • Buckley Park College
  • Mount Alexander College
  • Essendon Keilor College (East Keilor and Niddrie Campuses)
  • Rosehill Secondary College
  • Strathmore Secondary College

These schools will have displays and information handouts for interested families, plus personnel to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. The format is informal, so you are free to visit whichever display you wish to, any time between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.


We look forward to your attendance.

For further enquiries ring East Keilor College, 8331 0100.  

Sport News

Summer Sport

Our summer sport season is underway for students in Gr 5/6 competing in Soccer, Handball and Hot Shots Tennis competitions against schools in the Ascot Vale District.

We are also excited to be having specialist Hockey Coaches from Essendon Hockey Club running clinics at school as part of the Sport Education program.



No games last week due to Curriculum Day


Round 4 (16/03/18) 9:30 – 10:45am:

MPW Blue v Ascot Vale at home

MPW Gold v St Mary’s away (Handball and Tennis matches at St Mary’s Primary School, Ascot Vale, Soccer at Maribyrnong Park)


Round 5 (23/03/18) 9:30 – 10:45am:

MPW Gold v Avondale at Home (Soccer at Maribyrnong Park)

MPW Blue v Ascot Vale West away (Soccer, Handball & Tennis all playing at Ascot Vale West Primary)


Good luck to all teams.


District Swimming

Well done to all the students who represented MPW at the Ascot Vale District Swimming  Carnival on Friday 2nd March.  MPW had a great day out finishing 3rd Overall.

Congratulations to all place- getters.  Students who finished 1st or 2nd in their event will now compete at Division Swimming on Tuesday 20th March at St Albans Leisure Centre.  Times of events will be given when they are available.


Thanks to all the supporters who helped out on the day.

2018 Ride2School Day

National Ride2School Day is Friday 23rd March. 


We are encouraging as many students to ride, scoot, skate or walk to school on this day. 


This is also a great opportunity to discuss road safety, environmental issues and being active as a family.





Music News

Soundgarage@Moonee Ponds West P.S

It is hard to believe we are already at the tail end of Term 1! 


Please keep in mind that due to Term 1 being so short Soundgarage considers the first two weeks back after the break as Term 1 lessons. In week 3 of Term 2 we will begin ‘Term 2’ lessons and therefore any new enrolments will begin then.


If you would like to enrol for Soundgarage in Term 2 please complete and return an enrolment form that can be found at the front office before week 3 of Term 2.


Any further questions please contact Maddie Owen at



Maddie Owen

Manager of Soundgarage Music Schools


Fundraising Events

Movie Night

Friday 23rd March we will be holding our first fundraising event of the year.



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

Assistant Principal - Curriculum

Ashley Spagnol

Student Welfare and Program for Student with Disabilities Co-Ordinator

Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Michelle Bové

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.

2018 Term Dates

Term 1:

Monday 29th January to Thursday 29th March

Term 2:

Monday 16th April to Friday 29th June

Term 3:

Monday 16th July to Friday 21st September

Term 4:

Monday 8th October to Friday 21st 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 29th January and Friday 9th March

Term 2:

Thursday 26th April

Term 3:

Wednesday 25th 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 2017 - a significant amount of unnamed clothing and 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  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



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