Moonee Ponds West Primary School

12 November 2019
2019 - Issue 33
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!
Music News
Fundraising Events
School Information
Community Calendar
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039
AU

Principal's report

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

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

Week six (6) and it is all GO! I often think that when we get to Melbourne Cup Day it is a quick run down to Christmas, so I am putting the brakes on a bit!  We are all focused on the reporting process and on ensuring that your child is set up for success in all learning ventures.

Moonee Vale Instrumental Music Program

This week is the combined concert!  It is a terrific experience for students to perform together on the big stage. It was this time last year that I witnessed the strong link between the Music Camp, the MVIMP instruction and performance. The improvement in playing skill from the camp to the concert was incredible for some children. Music is often a challenge for children as the practice component needs to sit right in the middle of the other components.  The old adage of practice makes perfect or makes the job enjoyable needs to be restated here.  I can see the enjoyment and sense of confidence that music gives to students once they get over the practice cliff!  I look forward to Thursday evening’s entertainment.  Chookas everyone!

Tickets are available on line at Eventbrite @

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mvimp-combined-concert-2019-tickets-77775967011

Chess Achievement for Term 3

Congratulations to the following students who received awards for Term 3.

 

Beginner

1st Place:  Ari K (Trophy)

2nd Place: Oliver H (Silver Grasshopper Badge)

3rd Place: Jamie K (Bronze Grasshopper Badge)

Advanced

1st Place: Orlando P (Trophy)

2nd Place: Vivan S (Silver Grasshopper Badge)

3rd Place: Jerome Z(Bronze Grasshopper Badge)

Chess teaches many things including patience, strategy and sportspersonship! Chess is offered after school on a Wednesday 3.30-4.30.  The opportunity will again be offered in 2020 if you are thinking about joining your child. 

Lost Property

This is becoming the ‘bane’ of my existence!  The portable hanging rack is groaning under the weight of the many jumpers, tops and other sundry items.  Please ensure your child’s clothing is  named then we have a chance to get it back to you.  In a week or so the rack will be cleared, items cleaned and sent to the secondhand vendor. Also the number of drink bottles and lunch box arrangements are also building.  Come on children find your things and get them home!

Mobile Phone Policy

In 2020 mobile phones for students will be banned in all Government Schools. A copy of this new policy is available for you on the link below, on the Website, and at the General Office. It is suggested that if you require your child to have their phone at school then the process schools have been advised to adopt will be as follows: the student leaves the phone at the General Office at the beginning of the day and collects at the end. The phone goes in a zip lock bag with their name on it and stored securely during this time. At MPWPS we are yet to discuss a process for our students and will inform you when this operational decision is clear.  I believe this process used to happen at the school in the past so MPWPS is leading the way yet again! The Department of Education is focused on students not being distracted from their learning and are  also clear about protecting students in this digital age and supporting cyber safety recommendations. 

 

School Performance Data 2019

I share with you the School’s Performance data for 2019. It is clear we are on the right pathway and that all staff are continuing to support the learning growth of all children.  The work the staff are engaged in is building of their existing knowledge and is further enhanced by the staff coming together to plan in a collaborative framework.  Effective teams get results like these; highly effective teams push the limits further whilst supporting and encouraging students to give their best.

I hope you are as proud of this result as we are.  The challenge is to stay in the blue!

 

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Yesterday two of our senior students (Harriet and Xavier) lead the Remembrance Day ceremony for our school.  They read the poem On Flanders Fields, recited the Ode and all students stood for one minute in respectful silence. The Last Post signalled the end of the silence.  These traditions provide a link to the past and a chance to display respectful behaviours within our community.  I congratulate Harriet and Xavier for their leadership and confidence yesterday.

Well that’s about it from me for this week. Until we meet in person try this helpful hint I heard during the week; at the dinner table each night take time to stop, listen and support all family members by asking; What’s news from your day and what do you need help with?

Sincerely

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.

Kerri

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 @ monaghan.sandra.s@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

Annual General Meeting 2019 Report

 

Education News 

 

TERM 3 CHESS PRIZES

Beginner

1st Place:  Ari K (Trophy)

2nd Place: Oliver H (Silver Grasshopper Badge)

3rd Place: Jamie K (Bronze Grasshopper Badge)

 

Advanced

1st Place: Orlando P (Trophy)

2nd Place: Vivan S (Silver Grasshopper Badge)

3rd Place: Jerome Z(Bronze Grasshopper Badge)

Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall

Help fight the war on waste this Christmas -
KeepCup Fundraiser

Help fight the war on waste and encourage someone you know to be more sustainable this Christmas with their very own KeepCup! KeepCups make a great gift, especially perfect for KK presents. They are now available to purchase through the School Office with two different sizes and several different colours available – Small 8oz are $14 and Large 12oz are only $16. Why buy just one – consider one for every member of the family. Also, each KeepCup sold raises money for the school and we’ve partnered with Darling St Espresso who will take 50c off the price of your first coffee or milkshake in your new KeepCup! KeepCups are also suitable for lunch order milkshakes. What are you waiting for……let’s try to wipe out disposable coffee cups in our school community….buy yours now!

 

 

 

 

Music News

MVIMP Combined Concert

This year's MVIMP Combined Concert will be held this 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. Don't forget to book your Tickets  at Eventbrite 

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mvimp-combined-concert-2019-tickets-77775967011

 

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.

SOUNDGARAGE - CONCERT INFORMATION 

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 maddie@soundgarage.com.au

Fundraising Events

Australiana Trivia Night

We are very pleased to announce that the Trivia Night raised $11,345.04 (including a $500 donation from Jellis Craig) which will be used to purchase a great prize for our Christmas Raffle... so please look out  when tickets go on sale!! Thank you to our generous community for your support.

Help fight the war on waste this Christmas -
KeepCup Fundraiser

Help fight the war on waste and encourage someone you know to be more sustainable this Christmas with their very own KeepCup! KeepCups make a great gift, especially perfect for KK presents. They are now available to purchase through the School Office with two different sizes and several different colours available – Small 8oz are $14 and Large 12oz are only $16. Why buy just one – consider one for every member of the family. Also, each KeepCup sold raises money for the school and we’ve partnered with Darling St Espresso who will take 50c off the price of your first coffee or milkshake in your new KeepCup! KeepCups are also suitable for lunch order milkshakes. What are you waiting for……let’s try to wipe out disposable coffee cups in our school community….buy yours now!

 

 

Pizza Day

After the huge success of our MPW Pizza Day in Term 2 we’re bringing it back in Term 4 in partnership with Bakers Delight Showgrounds and Ascot Vale.

There’s just one small change this term with Pizzas sold without a drink to ensure we look after our environment and continue our school’s war on waste. Therefore Pizza’s will be just $4.50 with every Pizza ordered raising $1.00 for our school! The pizza varieties will be Margherita and Hawaiian. (Variations can be accommodated, unfortunately Pizzas are not available as Gluten Free)

Order forms will be sent out w/c 18th November and will be due back on Wednesday 27th November 2019.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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

simpson.kerri.kj@edumail.vic.gov.au

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 www.campaustralia.com.au

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

November

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

December

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
Mobile Phones Media Release.pdf
School Council Sub Committee EOI 2019.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf