Moonee Ponds West Primary School

24 August 2018
2018 - Issue 26
Principal's report
School Council
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

Dear Parents, Students and Carers of Moonee Ponds West Primary School,


Thank you to those students, staff and parents who got into the spirit of Book Week.  It was a talking point for students and staff with many opportunities for laughter and fun! These types of occasions help build a strong, respectful and inclusive culture.  I hope your child enjoyed the multi-aged workshop with a teacher they might not know.  I certainly enjoyed the group that joined me in my office.  What lovely manners and respectful behaviour these children demonstrated to each other and to me during this session.  Of course, we expect this behaviour from all students and it is such a great reflection of parenting and staff interactions as part of their schooling.  A great occasion.  Thank-you to Toula and Claudia who had steerage of this project.

Interschool Athletics

On Monday August 20 2018, a team of students went to Aberfieldie Athletics track to represent the school in Athletics.  They gave great effort to contribute to the greater good of the team.  We eventually won the Shield for this day.  Well done to all.  Next time we compete, we might have a set of singlets for you all to wear proudly!  We have 20 children who are going onto the next stage.  As I always say, the result is good but giving true effort is always the winner.  Thank-you to the coaching that has enabled the student to give their best.

This year the next stage for some of our students conflicts with the 5/6 camp.  Unfortunately, for this year, the children will have to make a choice.  Please speak with the PE teacher Bree White if you want further information or clarity.

Numeracy Coaching

We have become a member of the Numeracy Network, which enables teachers to work with others to build mathematical knowledge and skill.  Our consultant Chris Coombes was in the school on Thursday viewing some mathematics lessons across the school.  Seeing what we do, and working out what aspects need our attention will be the work of a small leading numeracy group in consultation with the Numeracy Curriculum team. Chris Coombes and colleagues will work with us this year planning the work for 2019.  It is very exciting to see the renewed enthusiasm in teachers and students.  I mention these developments as your child may mention that there were others in the class talking to the teacher and them about their learning.

Father’s Day Stall

Like with Mother’s Day the children are busy making items for the Fathers (and/or significant male person) Day Stall.  They will be making these items during FAT and other times across next week. The stall will run in the same way as the Mother’s Day Stall.  Helpers on the day would be appreciated.  The JSC has carriage of this event.

Music Soiree

Our Instrumental Music Programs Soiree is on next week August 29 in our Gym.  When children learn an instrument, it is important for the student to perform as part of the learning experience.  I urge your attendance and support.

Well that is about it from me.  Until we meet in person.


Sincerely and in good faith

Kerri Simpson

Alias Mary Poppins!


Parent Opinion Survey

Thank you to the randomly selected families who have completed the online Parent Opinion Survey. For  families that are yet to complete the survey  the closing date for the online Parent Opinion Survey has been extended to Sunday 2nd September 2018. Parents can submit completed online surveys until 11:59 pm Sunday 2nd September 2018.

Pick Up Zone

I  have been informed that there are some very dangerous practices developing again  in Eglington St at the PICK UP ZONE.  It appears that parents and carers are double parking waiting for a space to develop or worse still calling their child to the car whilst double parked. Such practices require the child to move between cars, focused on their car with no lateral visual considerations of their environment. Very dangerous!!

I remind all parents of the safety steps in using these zones:


 1. If your child is not at the pick up areas continue drive on PLEASE do a block, rather that wait!  Again this is not a parking zone.


 2. Waiting for your child can occur BUT if a student gets in a car behind you then the courtesy is that you are required to move on and return 3. Double Parking to wait for a spot will incur a ticket from the COUNCIL as you are deemed to be ‘stopped in the carriageway in a non stopping zone’ There is a fine that usually appears in the post!


I am not wanting to call the Council to solve this problem but I must be advocating for the safety of all students who are using this process. 

Please assist in making this area as safe as possible.

Remember: There is a teacher on duty at school until 3.45 so you could arrive after the busy time. My experience is that the zone clears within 10 minutes of dismissal time.


I thank you in anticipation of compliance.  I will keep you informed about the next steps.



Kerri Simpson

School Council

Annual General Meeting

On Monday 27th August we will be holding our Annual General meeting at 6.30 pm in the Performance Space. At the Annual General Meeting the 2017 Annual Report to the School Community will be tabled.  All community members are welcome. The  Annual General meeting meeting will conclude at 7.15 pm, the scheduled School Council meeting will follow the AGM.

School Council Membership 2018

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Michelle Bovè
  • Helen Lockart
  • Vicki McCormack
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

Community Calendar


Monday 27th August

School Annual General meeting 18:30

School Council 19:30

Wednesday 29th August

MVIMP Soiree 19:00


Monday 3rd September

Education Sub Committee 18:30 

Camp Nillahcootie  Group 1 Rm's  9/10/13 departs

Tuesday 4th September 

Japanese Immersion Day Grades 5/6

Friday 7th September

Camp Nillahcootie  Group 1 Rm's 9/10/13 returns

Monday 10th September

Camp Nillahcootie  Group 2 Rm's 14/15/18 departs

Tuesday 11th September

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 12th September

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 13th September

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Friday 14th September 

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

District Basketball Grades 5/6

Camp Nillahcootie Group 2 Rm's 14/15/18 returns

Saturday 15th September

VSSS Matinee and Evening Performance

Tuesday 18th September

Circus Grades 5/6


Tuesday 16th October

Circus Grades 5/6

Tuesday 30th October 

Circus Performance Grades 5/6


Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day - No school

Tuesday 13th November

Soundgarage Concert

Wednesday 14th November

Soundgarage Concert

Education News 

Education Support week

Last week was Education Support week through-out the state of Victoria. Education support staff are an essential part of all schools. They do their job mostly behind the scenes to ensure that schools run as smoothly and as effectively as possible. They’re in offices, repair and maintain, clean up rubbish, apply ice packs to bumps and bruises, work alongside teachers to support students, provide lunches when lunches are forgotten, run choirs…etc…they even provide a shoulder to cry on when needed. Their role in  the school is important and vital and mostly goes unrecognised.                                                                           

Last week the teaching staff and leadership took the opportunity on Tuesday 14th to show their appreciation and held a special morning tea in the staffroom. Cupcakes, party pies, fruit platters, chocolates and cheeses were spread out for all to enjoy. A small token of our appreciation.




We would like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to all the wonderful Education Support staff at Moonee Ponds West Primary. Three Cheers to you all!

News from Creative Arts.

Bell Shakespeare Incursion and Short Film Festival

Over the last several weeks at MPW, the Creative Arts team have had a busy time with the Bell Shakespeare incursion and the room 14 & 15 Short Film Festival.


This year, the Bell Shakespeare Company performed 2 plays: “The Wonderful World of Will” and a new play “Shakespeare is Dead”. Students from grades one/two, two/three and three/four attended the “Wonderful World of Will” and the 5/6s attended “Shakespeare is Dead.”


Each performance was followed by a lively Q&A session with the 3 players (actors) – Danny Ball, Jessica Paterson and Deborah An.


Our annual Bell Shakespeare performances are extraordinarily popular with our students, with some classes, such as room 6 taking their learning of Shakespeare’s plays even further.


Room 6 students loved the play.

Maisie (room 6) said:  In the play the “Wonderful world of Will”, one of the actors went back in time to where Shakespeare lived and worked. The girl who went back in time was asked where she was from and she said Australia and they said I have never heard of it. She went to the globe theatre, that is where Shakespeare writes all of his stories and it is really cool there. And when she was there she met Shakespeare. In the play, the actors spoke the last speech from Puck in Midsummers night’s dream and our grade know those lines so we said it along with the actors. I think the actors got a surprise we knew the lines.  We know those lines our grade is going to put that play on later in the year.

What Puck was saying is if you don’t like all what you saw or don’t like the character like Bottom – it is all ok, it was only a dream.

My favourite Shakespeare play is Midsummers night’s dream and Romeo and Juliet. I like those plays because they have romance in them. In our performance in our grade – I am Queen of the Fairies, Titania. She is not that mean she is kind of funny,

I like Shakespeare’s plays because they have death in them, kindness in them, love in them, romance, they have lots of characters and one of my favourite characters is Hamlet. Terrible things happen in that story because he wants to be King. I would really like Bell Shakespeare to come back again, I really have lots to say on his stories.


Noah: I really enjoy the plays from Shakespeare. I’m going to play King Oberon in our play – he has lots of lines to say. I like some of Shakespeare’s other plays Hamlet and Macbeth. I know they are tragedies with death and fighting. I think Hamlet is a bit evil because I think he kills his father. It would be good if the actors came back again.

Isaac: In our play I’m going to be Puck and I get to say the last lines of the play. I like playing Puck because he is the silly, cheeky one in the play, and I am sometimes a little silly. Puck plays lots of tricks. The other play I like is Macbeth because I really like sword fighting.


Imogen: My favourite play is Romeo and Juliet. Juliet dies first, but she only pretends to and the then the boy dies but after the boy dies the girl wakes up. That was sort of sad. In Midsummer night’s dream I play Quince. Rayla plays Bottom and we put on a play for the King and Queen. I think Quince is a bit bossy, he tells people what to do, like the director of the play I think, but he is also in the play. I think Bell Shakespeare should definitely come back again.


Rayla: I’m Bottom in the play he is a bit funny, he is an actor. I really liked the play we saw at school because the actors made it their own play – it was different. I know about Shakespeare’s time because I read books called Horrible Histories that explain stuff like that. Shakespeare is good writer and I think we should learn more about his plays. I really like doing the acting and moving around when we learn it is fun.

After the 2 performances students stayed behind to ask further questions of the Players. (group photo with students)

To our surprise one of the 3 actors turned out to be an ex-student from MPW, taught in prep by Claudia.


Claudia and Sue spoke to Danny after the performances. It was interesting to hear his thoughts about Shakespeare and what he has done to further his education and career since leaving MPW.

Danny Ball – a Player from the Bell Shakespeare company and ex-student from Moonee Ponds West Primary. 

I started at Moonee Ponds West primary as a prep and graduated in grade 6 in 2001.  I then went to Buckley Park, then I did an Arts degree at University of Melbourne then studied at NIDA. At university I was involved in the drama and theatre clubs. Ever since I was very young I wanted to be an actor.


I was lucky having gone to MPW and then to Buckley Park where I was given lots of opportunities to engage in the arts, and explore that, providing opportunities for me to follow my passion to perform.

One of the main things that I have noticed on this tour and over the last few years with the growth in access to social media, YouTube, Netflix etc is that lots of students have not experienced live performance before. In some places in regional areas, no students have ever attended live performances. That means lots of students do not know how to engage with live performance – not necessarily that they are rude - they actually don’t understand what they are watching and how they become a vital part of the performance. Their involvement is key to the success of the performance but they are not used to engaging with that art form.

The students at MPW are hands down the best primary school we have ever been to. So focused, mature and engaged, the best kids. When we have Q&A at primary schools they often asked questions that are far more interesting and sophisticated than high school students.  Some kids asked us if Shakespeare came back now what would he write about in modern day Australia and how would that sound and what would that look like.


It is obviously so important for VCE students studying Macbeth to experience the performances but it is just as important for primary school students to see live performances like ours on Shakespeare and start to develop their own opinions and open that creative door way for them.


I will eventually finish this contract with Bell Shakespeare company and then back to free-lance work and look for the next job. I love Shakespeare and working with Bell, and hopefully will work with them again doing further performances.


Next week we will report on our Short Film.

Sport News

District Athletics

On Monday 20th August our Athletics Team headed to Aberfeldie Park for a day of track and field competition.  With students from Grades 4 – 6 selected in various events after 4 weeks of trials in Friday morning sport time.

The day started with Field events.  The MPW team were all very gallant in their efforts and some fantastic individual results with the following students qualifying for Division:

High Jump: Lillie G & Kalan R

Triple Jump: Tom O’R, Amelia A & Lachlan T

Long Jump: Dion B

Discus: Orlando P & Mia B

Shot Put: Tate D


We then went into the track events and the MPW cheer squad was very loud for our competitors coming down the home straight.

Well done to these runners who also qualify for division:

80m Hurdles: Stella M, Tom O’R, Lachlan T & Elli H

200m: Lillie G

100m: Amelia A

800m: Elli H


We also had 3 relay teams:

9/10 Boys: Lachlan T, Atticus C, Jake A & Dion B

11 Boys : Cruz G, Josh B, Lucas Mc & Jamie K

12/13 Girls:  Lillie G, Avril N, Elli H & Sinitta Mc

We are extremely proud of all our teams efforts and in particular the display of good sportsmanship from everyone involved.


MPW was presented with the ‘Craig Mottram’ shield at the end of the carnival – a fitting result for all their hard work in trials and practice.

Congratulations to our Aths Team and good luck to those competing on Tuesday 4th September at Divisions.

Thanks to all the parents and of course Fiona & Kathryn A for helping us on the day.


Fundraising Events

A touch of Bond – Friday October 19th 

MPW “Touch of Bond”

If you believe “Diamonds are Forever” and Martinis should be shaken, not stirred please join us for this fun filled and glamorous evening. Take part in our “Fashions on the Field” for the chance to win prizes and bring along your competitive spirit to bid in our Live Auction for a weekend away!    


The Union Function Room

Union Hotel

252 Union Rd, Ascot Vale (enter via Maribyrnong Rd)

7:30pm to 12:30am


Dress Code: Bond…..James Bond!


Cost: $60 per person


Includes substantial finger food and 3 complimentary drinks (beer, wine and soft drink). Music, Live Auction & Best Dressed Prizes.

Tickets available from Eventbrite @


Please advise the school of any dietary requirements

Please purchase your tickets @ Eventbrite from Tuesday 21st of August.

Please note this is an adult only event.

Fundraising contacts

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

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

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Michelle Bové

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 in the form of a telephone call, email, entering the absence through the COMPASS parent portal , 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.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

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 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.

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