Moonee Ponds West Primary School

11 May 2018
2017 - Issue 18
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Fundraising Events
Education News 
Sport News
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

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Parent/Carer Tours for children commencing school in 2018

Enrolment tours are continuing for parent/carers considering enrolling their child/ren for the Foundation year 2018 intake. Sibling enrolment forms are available at the office. If you are enrolling a sibling for 2018 could you please submit the enrolment forms as early as possible to assist with forward planning.

Drop off and pick up zones

A reminder not to park, pick up or drop off children on or near the school crossings. It is imperative that cars are well removed from the school crossings and the crossing supervisors have a clear and unobstructed line of sight to keep all children safe when walking to and from school.

Winter Solstice

Thank you to everyone who donned their pyjamas on Wednesday to celebrate the winter solstice and support the Junior School Council. For your information, please find below a link to the Winter Solstice Festival of Welcome to be held at Federation Square tomorrow.

Lost Property

End of term is fast approaching. A reminder to check the lost property for misplaced items of clothing before as there is a large amount of lost property currently over in the breezeway near the main toilets. All unclaimed property will be disposed of to a charity at the end of term.

Reporting to Parents

The reports to parents are going out on June 30. On July 27  Parent/Carer Teacher and Student Conferences will be held. Please note that Room 21 has been included along with Room 10 as having other arrangements due to teacher leave.

Trivia Night

Tonight is trivia night!


Funds will go toward the final amount required to purchase and install of new water bubblers (Photo attached). The plan is for the old water troughs will be removed and new water bubblers to be installed around the school, including a water bubbler to be located near the adventure playground adjacent the Tiger Turf. The bubblers have the additional facility for children to fill their water bottles, come in varying heights and a variety of colors (The Green Team have been consulted as to the colors to be chosen).

End of Term 2

Please note that Assembly for the last week of term will be at 9:00 am on Friday June 30.

Children will be dismissed at 2:30 pm from their classrooms.


Enjoy the remainder of your weekend,


Notices home to parent/carers

23rd June 

  • Head Lice Alert Room 20



Community Calendar


Saturday 24th June

Music Trivia

Monday 26th June

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 27th June

Sex Education - 3/4

Thursday 29th June

Sex Education - 5/6

Friday 30th June

End of Term 2 - early dismissal 14:30


Monday 17th July

Term 2 Commences 9:00

Wednesday 19th July

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Thursday 20th July

State Cross Country

Thursday 27th July

Curriculum Day - Reporting to Parents

Friday 28th July

Australian Maths Competition




Monday 7th August

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

District Athletics

Tuesday 15th August

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 16th August

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Monday 21st August

Book Week begins

Tuesday 22nd August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Wednesday 23rd August

Book Week Dress Up Day

Multi Age Workshops

Friday 25th August

MVIMP Camp returns

Bookweek concludes

Monday 28th August

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00


Fundraising Events

MPW Music Trivia Night 2017


Trivia night has arrived..... We’ve had an overwhelming number of tickets sold so it’s sure to be a fabulous night. 

Just a few points to note:

  • We have focussed on Silent Auction items this year, with many amazing items and experiences to bid on!
  • Bring along some cash for the incredible raffle prizes.
  • EFTPOS available to pay for silent auction items.
  • BYO drinks/glasses/nibbles.
  • Kicks off at 7!

Look forward to seeing you all there!

The Fundraising Team.

MPW Fundraising Events 2017

Term Four

  • Friday October 20th - Spring  Social Night
  • End of Year Raffle 

Fundraising contacts

Rachel  & Anna - please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to Rachel and Anna.                  


Education News 

Science Discovery Dome incursion on Earth and Space


The 5/6 students and their teachers, on Wednesday the 31st, had an incursion ran by Miles from the Science Discovery Dome who taught us about Earth and Space. There was an inflatable dome in the gym that we walked into. When we were in there we saw a projector that was showing us a picture of Yuri Gargain, the first man on the moon, in a space craft getting ready for launch. In the incursion, we learnt a bit about the earth’s history and about the other planets in our solar system, called the Milky Way. Did you know… when it rains on Venus, it actually is raining acid! Or, the canyons on Mars are filled with a deadly gas called carbon monoxide. It was an awesome and fun filled experience and I would definitely recommend doing it if you get the opportunity.

Nick , Will  and Elliot  (Room 18)


Space dome

I was getting ready to enter the Dome while shaking, my heart pumping out of my chest. It felt like I was told I was going to be the first person to step foot in a new world. My friends were behind me freaking out. I couldn't wait to get a clear view into this huge dome. I felt like the line was as long as all the planets put together. I was scared that the dome would be as hot as Mercury. But as I entered the inflatable door I was feeling mixed thoughts and emotions. Suddenly my eye sight disappeared and all I could see was the colour black. Then some light appeared. There was a picture of a man on the dome wall. Getting ready to sit down, I spin around looking at how amazing the sight was. Then I thought, what was I so afraid of?

Eloise  (Room 18)


The Cosmodome

I went to enter the dome, my heart thumping in my chest. When I looked at the dome it resembled an igloo and I smiled to myself. I entered the dark Cosmodome and could barely contain my excitement, on the screen there was a space man. The man Miles introduced himself as our guide flicked and through various themes from how the earth started to that Venus rained acid. As we went to finish our incursion I thanked Miles and kept the knowledge in my brain.

Nick (Room 18)


First Women on the Moon

Huge steps being taken as the ground shakes and dust flies everywhere. We are the 1st two women on the moon, this is such an honour. We grab our flag and push it hard into the crusty ground. Being the first two women on the moon is a huge honour already, but being the first two Australians makes it an even bigger achievement.

The space suits

The most important part, having these helpful suits protects us from extreme temperatures that also supply oxygen. They contain water to drink during spacewalks. They protect astronauts (us) from being injured from impacts of small bits of space dust, but they are very very heavy!

The strange dome

 When we landed we saw a bizarre dome, thinking it's an Aliens house we walk in and see a green alien with big black eyes. He looked at us and said "come in and sit" we did as he told, after that he started to teach us all about the above known as space. He explained everything, the first man in space and he helped us get home. That trip was the best trip ever by far!

That was our science dome incursion... well kind of!

Samantha and Saskia (Room 18)



I breathe like I was trained, equip like I was trained, strap in like I was trained and step like I was taught to do, yet I still find myself wondering why they don't teach us how to not be nervous, being the first human on the Earth's moon. I find myself wondering why I even signed up for this, let my hand even go up into the air that is safe and oxygen-filled. I'm still shaking when I step down the NASA approved ladder, as I have been for the past day, hardly noticing when we encountered a problem in our launch and only took off at the count of 147. But after all that, when my foot first touched the gunpowder-scented ground, I forget all that I was just thinking.



Kids Matter - Australian Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative

Helping children to choose wisely. Please find below further information  which is part of program. Full details are available at

Helping children to choose wisely. Please find below further information  which is part of program. Full details are available at


MPW Great Book Swap

Here at Moonee Ponds West we strive to develop a love of reading, and support our students to become competent, independent and enthusiastic readers.

As part of Book Week celebrations at MPW we have decided to support Indigenous literacy by organising a second-hand book swap on 22nd August.

You can support this fundraising effort by……

  • clearing out your bookshelves over the school holidays and donating unwanted books to THE BOOK SWAP (picture story books, novels and non-fiction text covering a wide range of genres).
  • making a cash donation via the following link :

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is a national charity of the Australian Book Industry.

If you have any questions about this event please don’t hesitate to ask Michele or Lurinda at the library.

Thank you for your support.

Vincent Van Gogh – “Seasons” exhibition review.

By Xavier in room 17.

In the Creative Arts room at the moment we are learning about Vincent Van Gogh. On Sunday June 18, my family went to see the Vincent Van Gogh exhibition called “Seasons”. At the beginning of the exhibition there was a video on a large screen explaining Vincent’s life in each season and how he loved nature. After the video, there were wood block prints from other artists that inspired Vincent. There were even Japanese wood block prints.

This was followed by Vincent’s paintings divided into the Seasons of the year. There were paintings of the wheat fields, villages, pot plants and all

sorts of things. The last painting was a self-portrait by Vincent. My favorite was a vase of flowers. I liked it because it had bright pink flowers and it seemed like a very happy painting. I think Vincent should have been very proud of his work.



Nick and Thomas (Room 18):

On the 20th of June the school went and saw a Japanese music incursion in the gym. We started off with a song by the three musicians – Claudia, Sofia and Sophie. After the song they gave us a bit of an introduction to Japanese music and told us about some Japanese drums and Japanese songs, along with some history. We then had two more songs, the first with volunteers from the audience and then the second by themselves. Then they taught us “WASHA”, a word that encouraged workers in Japan. We then finished with a big finale with six students playing instruments on the stage. We all enjoyed the experience and loved it because we were all included in different ways. We can’t wait for the next incursion!


12 Hour Swim

On Monday the 12th of June I organised a 12 hour swim to raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s vision is that all those seeking asylum in Australia make sure that they still get their fair share of human rights and that they receive the support and opportunities they need to live independently. Some of the programs they run are a points based supermarket, a free lawyer service and a free doctors service. I had 16 swimmers swimming on the day and a great support crew that came at various stages throughout the day.


I would like to thank all those who donated or came down to watch on the day.


So far I have raised over $10,000, which is incredible. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre can provide groceries for a month with just $48 dollars. Think how many months we can provide with $10,000!


For those who’ve come across the seas we’ve boundless plains to share.

Ella N Room 14

Australian Boys Choir

Thomas  from Room 19 currently a member of the Australian Boys Choral Institute.

Thomas has recently been promoted to the rank of Tyro within the Choir training program.

Having successfully completed the Institute's probationary period, he is moving on to the next stage of our intensive program at the recommendation of his specialist teacher. This is a notable achievement, as only selected boys are offered a place at this next level.

New Tyros have accrued a useful knowledge of the building blocks of music: beat, rhythm & pitch. Boys at this level have made good progress with the visual recognition of intervals and aural memory, and can reproduce unfamiliar melodies with little guidance from their teachers. They are considered full members of the Institute and will now start to build a significant repertoire of music.

Ice Skating

Chantal L Room 11/12

  • Chantal began skating at 3 years of age.
  • Coached by Olympian Cameron Medhurst who competed for Australian in 3 Olympic Games and achieved a world ranking of 10th in Men's singles.
  • Chantal is currently ranked 7th in Australia and NZ, Preliminary Ladies Division, after Hollins Trophy 2017.
  • Chantal competes locally & interstate for The Melbourne Figure Skating Club.
  • Chantal's next national competitions will be Crystal Challenge 2017, here in Melbourne in early August & then the National Federation Challenge 2017 in Canberra.
  • Chantal also belongs to a theatre on ice team, The Melbourne Stars, who are the current National Champions in their division.


“The Wonderful World of Will”

Some of room 10’s comments on the Bell Shakespeare incursion.


What did you learn about William Shakespeare?



 I learnt that William Shakespeare likes a lot of death in his plays and he usually makes all of his characters die in the end.


I also learnt that Shakespeare wrote for everyone, people from the lower-class, middle-class and the highest-class, including the Queen herself. Queen Elizabeth loved plays but she never visited The Globe theatre because she viewed them privately in her palace.



I learnt that William Shakespeare had two styles of writing: comedies and tragedies. Shakespeare changed the game for writers. Most writers were people at university that came from the city, but Will came from the country.


Which parts of the play did you enjoy?



 I liked the part when Queen Elizabeth came into to check that William Shakespeare was writing a play for her. It was very funny because she called Shakespeare 'Waggle Dagger' and William hated that.


I know this isn't really a part of the play but I liked all the different accents and how the costumes could change their character in seconds. The accents were ranging through funny, to posh, to nasal, to brave and a lot of other ones. They were very funny and the costumes were very well thought through and really helped us, as the audience, to understand who the character was and what their personality is.



 My favorite part was when Sophie went behind the landscape and changed her voice to suit the characters. She was absolutely amazing because she got the timing perfect and articulated her voice so you could easily tell the difference. She was absolutely incredible!


Who were your favorite characters?



My favorite character was the actor playing Rosencrantz because she seemed very knowledgeable in the ways of Shakespeare. Also, because I loved her accent and that really helped me imagine her personality. She changed her voice to suit the characters Rosencrantz and Queen Elizabeth. I almost didn't think that there was only one person behind the background screen, because she was so good and could change her accent really fast.



My favorite characters were both the characters Sophie played. She put the element of humor in both her characters and showed great facial expressions. I especially liked Rosencrantz who loved Shakespeare. She made everyone laugh and was just fun to watch.


Should we invite Bell Shakespeare company back again?



 Yes, I definitely think we should invite them back because they really entertain people and make Shakespeare sound funny and interesting.


People say that the Bell Shakespeare company have done a wonderful job getting kids engaged in William Shakespeare. So, BELL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY HAS TO COME BACK!



 Absolutely! 100%! They are such great actors and every time they visit, they teach us so much and make watching Shakespeare, whose plays have so much depth, and aren't always easy to understand, so enjoyable. All the actors are so good at their jobs and you can tell they really love it.


How would you rate the play out of ten?



I would rate this play a 10/10 because it was really interesting and included kids. It made people laugh and wish there was more to see and wonder at. Bell Shakespeare company have made Shakespeare really amazingly interesting and they make kids enthusiastic to write plays and imagine crazy things like William Shakespeare did!



Eleven if I could! Everything was so funny and enjoyable. The actors were so friendly, but I especially loved Sophie. She was so good at acting and deserves an Oscar!


Everything about Bell Shakespeare company is exciting and really amusing.


Sport News

Winter Sport

Some students have participated in specialist Basketball coaching from SEDA students.  SEDA is a Sport Education program that offers a modified Year 11 & 12 pathway for sports minded individuals.  The students that visited MPW are in the Basketball program at SEDA and as part of their placement, they will develop their coaching skills.


District Soccer Carnival

On Tuesday 21st June our Boys and Girls Soccer Team competed in the Ascot Vale District Carnival, which was held at Fairbairn Park. 

In perfect conditions both our sides displayed their skills and teamwork.  The competition from the opposing schools was very strong and our boys managed three losses and a draw from their four games.  The girls capitalised opportunities from great passing and were undefeated in each game, qualifying for the Grand Final.  MPW came up against Ascot Vale who were also undefeated for the day.  It was a tight game with neither side able to break through the tight defense.  The Grand Final would go down to penalties.  Our girls managed to hold their nerve, winning the penalty shoot out 4 goals to 3. 

Congratulations to both teams!!

Thanks to Ryan for helping coach and all the support from parents and family member. 


Good luck to the girls who will now play in the division final next term.


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.

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 (Acting)

Barbara Springfield

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher/Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové

Leading Teacher (Acting)/Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack

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).

Community News




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