Moonee Ponds West Primary School

29 October 2019
2019 - Issue 32
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
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

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

Foundation Transition

Dear Parents, Carers, Students, Staff and Community members,

What a fun night we had last Friday night when the Year 2 students came to stay!  Whilst I did not actually stay on Friday, I was here to wave them off on their walk and to welcome Supreme Excursions for the Hip Hop session. Thank-you to Year 2 parents who encouraged their child/ren to stay, and to the staff of the 1/2 team and the additional staff from other classes, who stayed and assisted.  I believe some of the teacher’s beds would have rivalled the Princess and the Pea story!

Planning for 2020

 We are in the very thick of planning for 2020.  I am at present finalizing the staffing profile and working with staff to determine the best class structure for learning.  Our numbers are in the middle of a flux, with the enrolment boundary having a bit of impact.  As a result, we have a bulge at Year 1 and 2 and so this has necessitating staying with twenty-one (21) classes rather than my preferred twenty (20).   The class structure will be multi-aged classes of two-year levels together, and will replicate the structure we have this year with Foundation/1, 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6.   We have some staffing changes for 2020 which is enabling us to recruit I am hoping for that this will be an opportunity for our school.  Some staff members are choosing different pathways next year like;  starting a family(congratulations to Amy Robinson and Bree White both due in 2020) exploring further study (Masters or PHD for Patrick O’Connor) and others exploring senior education opportunities with a private provider (congratulations Maddie Carter who is pursuing Netball instruction at the VET and VCAL level with SEDA).

I thank those teachers for their time and instruction of students whilst at Moonee Ponds West and wish them every success whilst away from our school.

Parent Forum

Student Engagement Re-Scheduled! We have had limited responses for our Parent Forum on Friday November 1st 2019.  Rather than cancel this important connecting opportunity, we are choosing to reschedule to THURSDAY November 7th at 9.10 in the Community Room.  We have adjusted the Eventbrite invite.  At this session Barb Springfield will outline the opportunities we provide at school to enhance student engagement and wellbeing.  We have a number of outside services, employed by the school that you may not know about and could access either now or in the future. Coffee and biscuits are a certainty.

Curriculum Day

Monday November 4th No Students on this day.  This is our final Curriculum Day for 2019. On this day, we are working collectively on our assessment and achievement of students.  Teachers will be exploring our Writing Rubric and understanding how to use this tool for reporting and feedback purposes.   We will be working on and off site on the day.   If you require Childcare on the Curriculum Day, please contact Camp Australia to see about their provision.   Provision does depend on numbers.  Friday December 20th is also a student free half day held against time in lieu for staff. Our final day with students for 2019 will be December 19th and we will dismiss at 3.30 as usual. Again, Camp Australia will offer care on this day if numbers require.

Chess Awards

My humble apologies to all the Chess participants from last term. I now have the awards, put them on the desk on Friday, and then promptly forgot!  I will be presenting the awards for Term 3 on Monday November 11th.  Parents of Chess participants put this in your diary!

Lost Property

We have had a number of jumpers and tops placed in Lost Property over the past week.  In fact, one of the student helpers mentioned a number like 98 pieces of clothing picked up from the oval over the last week aghhh!!!  Many wardrobes must be nearly bare!

Children please keep checking the Lost Property for any of your items.  We want to be sustainable and reduce our footprint. It starts with the lost property!

Australian Mathematics Competition Update

I have received news that the certificates for 2019 are on their way!  We have the school results, which seem to support an improvement.  Please be patient.  We will send them home as soon as we receive them.  I hope that all students from year 3 to 6 will participate next year. 

Well that is about it from me.  Enjoy this little taste of summer.


Sincerely and in good faith

Kerri Simpson Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)

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 


Grade 2 Sleepover

On Friday 25th October, we had the Grade 2 Sleepover. It was an exciting night with a walk to the Pirate Ship Park, pizza dinner, then fruit and Hip Hop. We also had a huge breakfast the next morning. These are just a few of our memories from the night.









Music News

MVIMP Combined Concert

This year's MVIMP Combined Concert will be held on Thursday 14th of November at the Moonee Valley Racecourse at 7:00pm. The MVIMP Combined Concert is a wonderful celebration of the year for MVIMP students across the four participating schools - Moonee Ponds PS, Moonee Ponds West PS, Ascot Vale PS and Ascot Vale West PS. Tickets are now available at Eventbrite


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.

Stay tuned for further details.


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

This October 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! Every time our local families walks, rides or scoots to and from school during October, you increase our school’s chance of winning!


This is the final week of Walk to School, well done to everyone who has made an effort to be active on their way to or from school!  We will also have a special visit from Moonee Valley City Council representative, Lisa Bagnati, on Wednesday 30th October as students walk to school.

Student challenge cards

Don’t forget to complete your challenge card each week you walk and also mark yourself off your classroom calendar, once your challenge card is complete, ask your teacher for stickers and hand it into the office (There is a box at the front office. We will then get them to Council so they will go into the draw to win some great prizes.

Fundraising Events

Pizza Day








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 - Acting

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


Thursday 31st October

Rippon Lea Excursion Grade 1/2


Monday 4th November

Curriculum Day

Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 6th November

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 7th November

5/6 Excursion

Parent Information Session - Sex Ed 3/4 7:00 pm

Tuesday 12th November

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 1

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Thursday 14th November 2019

MVIMP Combined Concert

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


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 

Community News




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