Moonee Ponds West Primary School

17 February 2017
2017 - Issue 2
Principal's Report
Community Calendar
Fundraising Events
School Information
Education News
Specialist Programs 
Music News
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's Report


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:

Welcome and Welcome Back to MPW Basket Tea

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.


Information Evenings

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.

Getting to Know You Interviews

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.  

School Council Elections

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



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.

Parent Payments

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 

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.

Contact details

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,


Jeff Lyon



Notices home to parents and carers

13th February:

District Swimming Carnival selection notification

13th February:

Parent/Carer/Teacher/Child Interviews 

14th February:

Movie permission Rm's 20/21/22

14th February:

Exploring our emotions Rm's 20/21/22

Community Calendar


Monday 20th  to Thursday 24th February

P/T/C Interviews 

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

Fundraising Events


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.

How you can help

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:

  • Help coordinate the planned events
  • Volunteer when we do a shout out for helpers
  • Donate goods later in the year as prizes for events 
  • Source prizes from local businesses
  • Simply support our events by buying a ticket and coming along!!
  • Sell raffle tickets

Our planned events for this year

Term 1:

Movie Night –Friday March 24th (family event)

Term 2:

Disco Bingo/Trivia Night  - Saturday June 24th (for adults)

Term 4:

Spring Carnival themed evening - Friday 20th October


Term 4:

End of year raffle

Our next event
Friday 24th March - Moonlight Cinema

Shouting out for helpers!! If you are able to assist in anyway please contact Rachel. or 0417 011723

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).

Education News

Student Wellbeing

Restorative Practices Parent Information Night

Date: Thursday 2nd March

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

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.
(Dave Vinegrad)

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.


Mandy Jones

On behalf of the Student Wellbeing team.

Student Banking Program at MPW

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 Dollarmites:

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.



Getting Started:

All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account.

  • If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.
  • New to the program? You can open an account for your child in one of two ways: 


    Visit and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

    In branch:

    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

Specialist Programs 

Specialist Programs 

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.

Creative Arts

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:

  • Independence, perception, sensitivity and imagination
  • A positive self-image, personal esteem, resilience, and feelings of worth
  • The development of skills and interests which enhances individual creativity and self-expression
  • Learning through direct experiences whereby children experiment, make decisions, judgments, solve problems, acquire and use information skills
  • An awareness of and an appreciation of other people’s art and culture, past and present. The ability to respond and reflect upon the ideas, works and skills of others. Developing high order thinking skills
  • A recognition of multiple intelligences

Time allocation:

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.


Multi-Age Workshops:

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:

  •  A Visual Arts folio and student self-assessments.
  • A Mid-year and end of year report from the Creative Arts teacher including an interview if requested.

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):

  • Big Building
  • Home Corner
  • Construction
  • Small Toys (Including games, blocks, lego, cars etc)
  • Shop
  • Post Office
  • Painting
  • Water Play
  • Dolls house
  • Puppet Theatre
  • Vet
  • Hospital
  • Art activities rotate weekly or fortnightly
  • Writing and drawing experiences rotate weekly or fortnightly with personal choices also negotiated.

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.


Parent Helpers:

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:

  • Challenging the brain to work harder, it improves children's cognitive skills, memory and increases their attention span.
  • Making children more aware of every component involved in both the new language as well as English. As a result, this  enhances children's literacy abilities.
  • Helping children to understand the processes associated with language learning and therefore, they can empathise and support ESL learners.

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

Physical Education

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.


Term 1

  • Swimming Trials  - Gr 4/5/6 (Friday 14th February)
  • District Swimming Carnival - Gr 4/5/6 (Thursday 23rd February)
  • Rotational Sport - Gr 5/6
  • Ride to School Day – Whole School (Friday 17th March)
  • Cross Country Trials - Gr 4/5/6 (Friday 17th March)
  • Winter Sport Trials - Gr 5/6 (Friday 24th March & Friday 31st March)

Term 2

  • Winter Sport - Gr 5/6   (Friday mornings)
  • District Cross Country  - Gr 4/5/6
  • Soccer Carnival Day - Gr 5/6
  • Fun Run – Whole School

Term 3

  • Athletics Trials District Athletics - Gr 4/5/6
  • Summer Sport Trials - Gr 5/6
  • Rotational Sport - Gr 5/6

Term 4

  • Gr 4 Carnival Day
  • Summer Sport - Gr 5/6 (Friday Mornings)
  • T20 Blast Cricket Carnival - Gr 5/6
  • Walk to School (November) – Whole School

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.


Music News

Junior and Senior Choir

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.

Music Programs at MPWPS

MPWPS has two programs available and both are user pay.

  • Moonee Vale Instrumental Music Program (MVIMP)
  • Soundgarage



MVIMP is available to students from Grade 3 upwards and involves the

Orchestral instruments listed below:

  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Trumpet
  • Euphonium
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Bass Guitar
  • Viola
  • Saxophone
  • French Horn
  • Percussion

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.


Mobile: 0401 844 522

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