Thank you to everyone for the feedback and suggestions regarding the format of the newsletter. All very much appreciated. If you wish to make further suggestions please forward these to the school email address: [email protected]
Thank you to everyone for the feedback and suggestions regarding the format of the newsletter. All very much appreciated. If you wish to make further suggestions please forward these to the school email address: [email protected]
Thank you also to everyone who came along for the Back to Moonee Ponds West Basket Supper last Friday. It was a wonderful opportunity to catch up and relax in the twilight hours accompanied by the dulcet tones from Ella, Aubrey (graduates of Moonee Ponds West Primary) and Oscar from Buckley Park Secondary. And thanks again to everyone who contributed in making the event such a success. See gallery photos below.
The information evenings have now drawn to a close. Thank you to all members of our community who attended in support of their children’s education. Thank you to staff who facilitated the information evenings. If you have any further questions please contact your classroom teacher. Further in the newsletter we have a feature on the Specialist Programs outlined at the information evenings held this week.
Next week we begin the first of the Parent/Teacher Meet the Teacher ‘Getting to know you’ meetings. For further details please contact your classroom teacher.
The 2017/2018 School Council Election process began on the 10th February. Please find below the time line for the Elections. A reminder that nominations close on the 24th of February. Nomination forms are available from the School Council Secretary- Sandra Monaghan at the Office or please email to [email protected]
School Council is a great way to contribute to the school community. School councillors have a range of skills and backgrounds. What matters most is an interest in the school and contributing to its governance.
If you're interested in finding out more about school council I'm more than happy to discuss this, along with any other questions or matters that are of interest to you. Please contact the Office to arrange an appointment.
Every family will be receiving a statement of account and fee levy form on Wednesday 22nd of February 2017.
On your statement it will have the total levies and amounts payable for user pays such as MVIMP. If you have a direct debit in place it will reduce each term. Our preferred method of payment is by Bpay . On your account it will have your unique family reference. Please quote that on payment. Please notify the Office by email on [email protected]
if you are paying voluntary contributions so that your payment can be allocated accordingly. Alternatively it will be allocated by the School.
If you are in receipt of a current Health Care Card as of the 30th January 2017 please collect an application form for the CSEF (Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund) and the Moonee Ponds West Assistance Program by the 28th February.
If you have any questions at all regarding your fees or account please contact Sandra Monaghan in the Office.
If your contact details have changed for 2017 please contact the office as soon as possible to ensure your contact details remain current.
Enjoy your weekend,
District Swimming Carnival selection notification
Movie permission Rm's 20/21/22
Exploring our emotions Rm's 20/21/22
Monday 20th to Thursday 24th February
Thursday 23rd February
District Swimming Carnival 9:00 to 13:30
Monday 27th February
School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00
Thursday 2nd March
Restorative Practices Parent Information Session 18:30 to 20:30
Monday 6th March
Education Committee 19:00 to 20:30
Monday 13th March
Labour Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 14th March
Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day
Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00
Friday 24th March
Movie Night 18:00 to 20:00
Monday 27th March
School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:30
Tuesday 28th March
FAD Years 5/6 9:00 to 15:30
Thursday 30th March
School Photo Day 8:00 to 16:00
Monday 17th April
Easter Public Holiday
Tuesday 18th April
Term 2 Commences
Tuesday 25th April
ANZAC Day Public Holiday
Wednesday 26th April
Camp 3/4 Group 1 Departs
Friday 28th April
Camp 3/4 Group 1 Returns
Our fundraising events held throughout the year raise money for projects that we would otherwise be unable to fund. In the past few years we have helped fund the installation of air conditioning in the gym and the bike shelter.
Our events are a fabulous way to bring the school community together while raising money at the same time.
There are several ways that you can help us throughout the year. We understand many people are busy but it’s really easy to help out:
Movie Night –Friday March 24th (family event)
Disco Bingo/Trivia Night - Saturday June 24th (for adults)
Spring Carnival themed evening - Friday 20th October
End of year raffle
Shouting out for helpers!! If you are able to assist in anyway please contact Rachel. [email protected] or 0417 011723
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
Assistant Principal (Acting)
Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader
Leading Teacher/Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader
Leading Teacher (Acting)/Curriculum Leader
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.
Tuesday 31st January to Friday 31st March
Tuesday 18th April to Friday 30th June
Monday 17th July to Friday 22nd September
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.
Monday 30th January & Tuesday 14th March
Monday 22nd May
Thursday 27th July
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 www.campaustralia.com.au
Lunch Orders at MPW are supplied by Darling St Espresso. The lunch order menu is available from the Office
or our website -
School Uniform is available from Lowes at Highpoint Shopping Centre or online at http://www.lowes.com.au/campuscategories.aspx?depid=764. We also have a supply of pre loved uniform available for purchase from the Administration Office.
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:
When is unnamed lost property cleared and donated to charity?
Where is lost property?
In the causeway at the entry to room 7 and 8 (near the toilet block off the little adventure playground).
Restorative Practices Parent Information Night
Date: Thursday 2nd March
Location: Performance Space
When things go wrong at school:
Every parent wants the best for their children, and that includes having great experiences at school. Despite best teaching practice, things do go wrong at school. Most kids experience learning difficulties from time to time. Conflict and peer rejection are a normal part of school-life. The developmental nature of childhood means that there will always be some turbulence, particularly around key transition ages, such as the start of adolescence.
During these times, young people frequently experience a dip in their learning as well as significant relationship difficulties. Students will often come home from school with grievances, and call on their parents for assistance.
Your approach as a parent when your child has difficulty at school makes huge difference to their resilience, and their future relationships with teachers and peers.
In order to explore this topic and introduce you to the work we are doing in the area of Student Wellbeing, we are pleased to announce that we will be running a session on Restorative Practices with parents on March 2nd from 6:30- 8:00. Dave Vinegrad will facilitate this. Dave has worked with our teachers over several years and this year is running several sessions with our whole staff on using the Restorative Practices approach, managing challenging behaviours of children and understanding where these behaviours stem from. We will also be revisiting ‘classroom circles’ and how we build relationships at school.
The parent information night will give you an insight as to how we use Restorative Practices with your children as well as some practical information for you to support your children to build and maintain positive relationships.
The night will consist of 30 minutes of parent relationships using a circle pedagogy, 30 minutes exploring restorative practices and 30 minutes exploring parenting styles that work.
We are sure that the evening will prove to be a successful and valuable experience for all participants and hope that you can join us.
On behalf of the Student Wellbeing team.
The Commonwealth Bank School Banking program provides a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good saving habits.
The charismatic Dollarmites are ambassadors for the School Banking program. When children join the program they receive a Dollarmites deposit wallet to use when making School Banking deposits. Children also receive a Platybank money box, along with a range of materials to help them learn and encourage them to save.
School Bank Day
Our School Banking day is Thursday.
Each week you need to hand in your name deposit book with the money to the class teacher. Please ensure that the correct room number is on the student’s bank deposit book.
All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account.
Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.
Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.
The commission the school receives from providing the program is passed on to the Junior School Council.
We need your help
We are looking for volunteers to assist with the Student Banking Program on a Thursday. If you are interested in helping please contact the Administration Office.
Need more information?
If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2017 School Banking program information pack from the Administration office or visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking
The specialist programs at MPW are integral to ensuring all children engage in a breadth and depth of learning. These include Creative Arts that encourages creative and critical ways of seeing both real and imagined worlds. The learning of a language (Japanese at MPW) draws upon each individual’s empathy and understanding and provides insight into many things, including culture and convention. Physical Education allows for a heightened experience of the interconnectedness of the mind and body, and a real experience of getting to know oneself. The library is nothing less than a portal into the wonderful world of ideas, drawing every reader into imagined and lived experiences of our extraordinary human condition. Hall is an environment where children are immersed in a world of community and sociability, role playing and collaboratively making, tinkering and learning together.
The Creative Arts program at MPW incorporates aspects of Music, Drama, Dance and the Visual Arts including 3-dimensional artworks. Art analysis and the development of high order thinking is also a central aspect of our Visual Arts program.
The Creative Arts room is located in the library wing of the school. We have an open-door policy, so please feel free to visit.
Creative Arts aims to involve each child in a range of experiences that foster:
In 2017 all students will attend Creative Arts for one hour per week. Some of our sessions this year in the grade 1/2 area and prep/1s will attend Creative Arts as double grades with 2 Creative Arts teachers – Sue Phillips and Claudia Stolfo.
In addition to the regular one hour Creative Art sessions this year we will be offering an extra hour session of art in our Multi-Age workshops. Each grade will be given the opportunity to send 2 students from their grade either on Tuesday or Thursday. The workshops provide an opportunity for enrichment and extension in specific areas of the arts, and most importantly the opportunity to mix in a broader multi-age setting across all grades. In the past, our Drama workshops have been extremely popular.
Dax Program - 'Enhancing Emotional Literacy through the Visual Arts'
At the end of 2011 MPW was selected to be part of a pilot program in Victorian primary schools: 'Enhancing Emotional Literacy through the Visual Arts'. During 2012 three MPW staff were trained after 4 full days of Professional Development to implement the program.
The Dax program is an innovative visual arts program that strengthens a positive sense of student well-being through encouraging a greater self-awareness of themselves and others within a safe and supportive environment. It increases students’ learning capacity, improves school connectedness and retention, strengthens positive peer relationships and resilience, and decreases the incidence of bullying. The program will not be implemented in every session of Creative Arts but at selected times throughout the year.
Bell Shakespeare Company
Over the past 4 years the Creative Arts program has organised incursions from the Bell Shakespeare Company – performing modified versions of Shakespeare’s plays. This year at the end of term 2, students from grade 3/4 and 5/6 will attend a new play entitled: The Wonderful World of Will. This year the incursion will be followed by a week-long artist in residence program from the Bell Shakespeare company working with students and teachers from grade 3/4s. We are extremely excited about this new experience and opportunity for students at MPW.
Grade 6 Project
The grade 6 project is also a regular feature of the art curriculum at MPW. For one term during the year the grade 6 students complete an artwork that will be left behind as a memento of their time at MPW - to enhance the grounds and interior of the school. This is a much-loved final year experience before students head off to secondary school.
Odd Socks Circus
Every second year, PE and Creative Arts work together on an integrated circus unit with the grade 5/6 students. The purpose of the unit is to challenge students to learn new skills developing both resilience and persistence. The unit culminates in a spectacular performance involving singing and circus skills for the whole school community.
Assessment and Reporting in Creative Arts includes:
Creative Arts Teachers:
Sue Phillips and Claudia Stolfo
“Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life”
- Pablo Picasso.
Hall is a rich developmental play and language experience program for children in Prep to Grade Two. Developmental play is an important component of childhood development.
Children learn through experiencing and experimenting with language. Oral language and social skills are developed through shared experiences. The immersion in oral language will facilitate the language development of all children. Children will engage with their peers negotiating, comparing, sharing, describing and problem solving in a stimulating environment.
Hall sessions run for an hour and consist of children from different grades and rooms. Currently, 30 children attend from 2- 3 different classrooms. This supports transitions through the school as it allows for students to know a wide variety of children. This supports the wellbeing of all students and the benefits can be seen in the playground. This time also supports the classroom teacher to work with a reduced number of students in the classroom to provide a more intensive approach in their teaching.
Classroom teachers ensure that mixed and varied groups attend Hall each session and that younger children or those with needs that are best supported by Hall are provided with opportunities for additional sessions.
A typical Hall session is (roughly) as follows:
5 minutes – Tuning In and Choice of Experiences:
Experiences are discussed and children will make choices about what they would like to do and who they will work with. We try to ensure a mix of children from different grades/ ages and gender.
40 minutes - Play:
Students learn through investigating, talking, problem solving, negotiating and learning skills necessary for working in groups. Children are encouraged to talk to members of their group in order to find ways to achieve personal and group goals while acquiring new skills. Social and emotional learning is at the forefront of all experiences in Hall. Students learn to work with a number of others from different classrooms and grade levels. Problem solving strategies, restorative practise, turn taking and mindfulness are important for all experiences and are discussed and practiced every session. Skills and understandings in literacy, numeracy, science and the arts are developed through authentic experiences.
5 minutes - Pack up:
Students work together to leave the Hall ready for the next group.
10 minutes - Share time
Students share in a number of ways reflecting on their own learning as well as supporting each other with new ideas for next time. Share time further supports oral language development- explaining, questioning and clarifying. Small groups or whole class share times enables modelling and a shared language. We focus on processes and skills learned, sharing ideas for solving problems and creating stories, role-plays and performances. Often links are made back to the classroom where children can use their stories or learning in their personal writing, inquiry units, maths and speaking and listening experiences in the classroom.
Some examples of learning experiences include (but are not limited to):
Throughout the year, the areas/ activities will change depending on the needs and interests of the children, the learning taking place in classrooms (e.g. inquiry) and in order to provide a wide variety of rich experiences.
In 2015, we introduced some whole group projects. The projects link many of the areas of Hall and classroom learning. They may run over several weeks. Some examples of these are: The African Safari, dinosaur park and Hall Village. We are looking forward to our next adventure later on in the year. All P-2 children will be involved in deciding what this year’s project/s will be.
There are opportunities to support the Hall program and the running of small group activities. They might be your own ideas or support for activities already running. Organisational jobs are on offer for helpful parents as well. Please see Mandy if you would like to make a time to help.
Donations are gratefully received. Please check with Mandy if you have anything you would like to donate. Watch out for requests in future Newsletter.
Japanese is the Language offered at MPW.
The benefits of learning a second language include:
Japanese is taught to all grades, Prep to Grade 6. Each grade has 1 hour tuition a week.
The Japanese program is integrated into the classroom curriculum or other specialists’ programs as much as is practicable. This might mean that a particular aspect of a unit that lends itself to the Language is focussed on and developed. The Japanese component not only extends the students’ knowledge of the unit but also consolidates and introduces new language, cultural information and language patterns. The program is planned to cater for the different grade levels and individual children.
Language is made up of different components that are interactive and interdependent – Listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. All aspects are covered as a whole and at times, depending on the unit and/or the needs of the children independently.
We also have a Sister School in Yokohama, Japan, Ryokuenhigashi Elementary School and often have video-conferencing sessions with them. Our students are able to communicate with the Japanese students in Japanese and apply the knowledge they gain from the classroom.
Each child is provided with a Japanese Language Folio. This folio is the basis of the child’s assessment. In it there is an explanation of work done by the child with comments. This file is kept at school and at mid-year is available for parents to view and at the end of the year is sent home. Please share this with your child as he/she has worked very hard to produce the great work.
Cindy Xu is with us again this year and teaches from Tuesday to Friday. You are very welcome to come and visit us if at any time you have questions, suggestions and time to help or wish to discuss your child’s Japanese learning.
This year some students from Grades 5 & 6 are participating in the Japan Study Tour. Another tour will be offered next year for 2019 so if your child will be in Year 5 or 6 in 2019, they will be eligible to apply.
The Japan Tour is every 2 years so you can already be planning for the future.
Diana Vivian & Cindy Xu
At M.P.W. our main aim is to make Physical Education enjoyable for all children and for them to develop a lifelong appreciation of physical activity.
All children participate in at least one hour P.E. session each week with the PE Specialist covering such areas as fundamental motor skills, ball skills, gymnastics, dance, fitness work, athletics, minor and major games.
The children in Grade 5-6 (and occasionally some Grade 4's) are involved in interschool sport each week and compete in swimming, cross country, athletics, soccer carnival, cricket carnival, summer and winter sports. There is a high expectation of good sporting behavior and an emphasis on working as part of a team. We aim to provide a valuable Sport Education program for all students. Students who did not participate in interschool sport last year had the opportunity to get expert coaching from SEDA (Sport Education Development Australia) and Maribyrnong Sports Academy.
For our Sport Education program to be successful we require the assistance of parents / carers.
We encourage links with community groups and we have recently had visits from local Hockey, Football, Cricket and Basketball clubs.
The Fun Run is our main whole school event. The aim of the Fun Run is to encourage all children to participate in a healthy activity, to create a positive school feeling and to raise money for a charity and our school.
Our Junior and Senior Choir meet once a week and they perform at assemblies, concerts, the Victorian State School Spectacular and other occasions throughout the year.
Students do not need to audition to be part of the choir.
MPWPS has two programs available and both are user pay.
MVIMP is available to students from Grade 3 upwards and involves the
Orchestral instruments listed below:
Welcome to the many new students joining the program for the first time, and welcome back to all the children continuing! This year Emma in Room 5 which is located in the Hall Building will be the music liaison for MVIMP.
If you are interested in joining or would like more information please contact the office or visit our website.
Soundgarage is available to students from Foundation (Prep) and involves Keyboard, Singing and Performance and Electrical Guitar.
Lessons will begin this week for everyone that has enrolled in the program, it always takes a couple of weeks to settle and get the timetable correct so if there are any issues please feel free to contact Maddie Owen (details below).
If you haven’t enrolled in Soundgarage yet but are keen for your child to participate then don’t panic there is still time. The office have the enrolment forms so if you just fill it out and return it to the office we will include your child in the timetable for next week.
If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Maddie Owen.
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 0401 844 522