Moonee Ponds West Primary School

18 June 2019
2019 - Issue 17
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
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

Principal's report

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

Only one more week before the Japanese tour heads off, and only one more full week of school for this term!  As we approach the end of the semester that means written reports and portfolios home to you. Please take time to explore your child’s learning by reading the written report, and then seeing the evidence of learning growth in the portfolio. Whilst the written reports are comprehensive, they are BIG.  Several years ago the Department of Education encouraged schools to move away from the big report format, to one that is more concise and supported by continuous reporting.  Some schools went digital at that stage. Perhaps it is time for us to follow this path? I will be asking the Education Committee of School Council and staff to explore some different ways of presenting the written report and maybe even in an accepted digital form.  The consultation will be part of our work for Semester 2. In the meantime look for the written report and portfolio at the end of this week; home on Friday.

Three-Way Conferences in Term 3

We will be conducting Three-Way Conferences on July 25. This will be a Reporting Day, and takes one of our Curriculum Days for the year.  The conferences will run from 8.30am - 7.00pm. We are intending to open the bookings in Week 10, so please check your teacher’s availability, as there will be blocked times for meals and some mandated First Aid training.  We will be placing the blocked times in what have been  ‘low traffic’ times in the past.   No children will be attending on this day, and as it is a Curriculum Day, Camp Australia will be offering care if there is enough interest. Please contact them if you require care.

Parent Rep Meeting

This Wednesday at 9.10 in the Staffroom.  I will have the coffee ready! Can’t attend not to worry we will send the Minutes to you.  The agenda is forming around the following:

  • Getting to know each other
  • What have you been doing thus far?
  • Let’s look at the role and adjust if needed. Links to the teacher’s survey.
  • What skills do you need?
  • Any Other Business?

With the holidays approaching it could be a great idea to choose a time and place for a Play Date for your families and maybe the teacher!  It is terrific to have almost all the classes covered. Well done to our parents!  See you Wednesday.

Lost Property

Thank-you to our diligent parents and allocated Education Support Staff, who have been managing this important task.  Parents we still have children who drop and run leaving their clothing all over the oval, classes, gym and other sundry places.  We had a black garbage bag full of wet jumpers left outside in the rain.  These  required laundering before being returned to the Lost Property collection. A lot of work for a small and dedicated group.  We will be hanging up the items on the inside fence over the next days, so please encourage your child to have a look.  It is great to re-find an item so get them to rejoice and welcome it back to the family!

Sensory Garden Development

Last week we received the new drawings for the Sensory Garden project.  It is a combination of our consultation result, using our allocated grant to the max, and adding to the existing structures that are already in Jack’s paddock.  The main item is to rebuild the amphitheatre making an outdoor learning space and an attractive place for weekend use.  The structure has been drawn and engineered so that no expensive building permit is required.  The drawings also denote some new paths and areas.  In order to complete this wonderful new space, we will require community assistance with garden bed building and planting but that will be fun and will enable the children to really get dirty in the project.  I will put the most recent drawing in the Community Noticeboard near the platform. Stay tuned for when you can help.

Community Partnerships Sub Committee

A reminder that the first meeting of the Community Partnerships Sub Committee will be held this Thursday at 4 pm in Kerri’s  office. All welcome.

Friendship Chair

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation support a school yard strategy known as a Friendship Bench. Such a strategy supports children who may be at school without their friend, or are separated from friends during play.  It is really a place to meet. Such a strategy is preventative and worthy of a place in our school yard. I will be asking the Engagement Team to explore this concept for MPWPS.  In the meantime as a trial, we have placed a seat on the platform as our makeshift Friendship Bench.  Let’s see if children use this as a meeting place.

Well I’m off to try to learn my Japanese speech (heaven help me!).  Until we meet in person have a great week.  Look out for my posts from the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’.  These will be on COMPASS from time to time.

Have a happy and safe holiday.


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)

School Council

School Council member feature


Name: Lisa Shaw

Darryl and I have one daughter, Alicia (in Rm 9 with Lisa).



My favourite thing about MPW

One of my favourite things about MPWPS is the commitment and approachability of the staff.  The energy and passion they have for our children’s education and wellbeing has been unfaltering over the 6.5 years we’ve been at the school. As parents, we’ve felt supported to help our child grow, learn and build confidence.



Name: Alyena Mohummadally 

Grade 1/2 Classroom Teacher Room 19 and Convenor of the Environment and Sustainablity  Sub Committee


My favourite thing about MPW

My favourite thing about MPW is that students want to come to school, love school and are ready and willing and keen to learn and share their lives with me.

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 25th November
  • Monday 16th December

Sub Committee Meetings

Education Committee - Meetings commence at 18:30

  • Thursday March 14th
  • Monday May 6th
  • Monday June 3rd
  • Monday August 5th
  • Monday September 2nd
  • 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 12th November


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 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 

Community Partnerships

Thursday 20th June 4:00 pm

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 @


Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


School Council Report 17th June

It’s been a busy month for School Council with two meetings (due to rescheduling) and our annual School Council Governance training event.  The school’s Sub-Committees have also been presenting the goings on from their respective meetings, which has meant the discussions and recommendations have been both exciting and comprehensive.  This is to be expected in many ways as we approach our mid-year, as many ideas and actions are well underway across our school.

  • At this month’s meeting we were pleased to have two of our Junior School Council (JSC) Reps attend (Lachlan T and Aurelia M), outlining a summary of the things our students have been discussing in their classrooms and bringing to JSC.  This includes classroom rules for footy card trading, feedback about the new toilet block and some fundraising ideas they are supporting.
  • School Council were presented with the final schedule for the upcoming Japan Tour - it certainly will be an exciting trip for all!  
  • Council also approved the recommendation regarding the upcoming Swimming Lesson Program for our senior students.
  • Kerri outlined the role of the School’s Learning Specialists, which provide two of the teaching staff with a professional development opportunity whilst remaining in their primary classroom role. Our Learning Specialists (Kim and Vicki) are already in their roles and will be spending their time with the wider teaching staff sharing their expertise in Literacy and Numeracy.
  • We received an update about the plans for our Sensory Garden.  Over the last few months, both the community and the students have been given the opportunity to vote on their respective preferences, which has led to an approved concept.  We await the final funding approval processes which will hopefully progress to the concept going to tender soon.  The architects are excited to be involved, which we are all very pleased about.
  • Kerri provided an update on the success of the School’s Intervention Strategy, which has been focusing on the key areas of reading and literacy, as well as the work the staff have been doing on developing an 'Educative Statement', (short but also sharp) that links the Vision, Philosophy and Values. 
  • The Education Committee has been busy updating the Digital Technology Policy which will soon be finalised. Council was also updated on how the teaching staff have been meeting to learn and discuss the School’s Instructional Model, which is being implemented statewide as a requirement by the Department of Education.  Along with that our teaching staff have been learning about childhood development and how the brain learns, as well as looking at a number of planning documents.
  • The  Resource Smart sub-section of the Environment Committee hosted a successful whole-day workshop  on what is happening in schools like ours, from a sustainability perspective.  The Committee will also continue to work on an Action Plan, which will outline clear goals to help our students and wider community become more sustainable and ultimately greener!  Council was also very excited to hear that a local architectural landscaper Sara Hastings (and school parent) has kindly offered her time and expertise to assist the students in coming up with wonderful ideas for green spaces around the school - initially for the area beside the new toilet building.

Council wishes everyone a nice mid-year school break and we look forward to working together across Semester 2.


Jane Kingsley

School Councillor


Education News 


Last Friday, 10 grade 3/4 students attended a Philosothon. A Philosothon is where we discuss big philosophical ideas. We went to the National Gallery of Victoria for this Philosothon on the train and were mixed together with 10 other schools. We all saw 3 artworks and had discussions about the big ideas we saw in the art.


Hi, I’m Samuel. Hi, I’m Charlie.

We looked at some sculptures of people that were black all over. They were coloured black and then covered in black rope. It looked creepy. We talked about sustainability and how the creator re-used ropes to create the art instead of throwing them away. We also talked about their genders and we talked about how the sculptures made us feel. It made us feel creeped out! There were two people, the one relaxing was male, and the one standing in action was female. We thought about why this might be.


Hi, I’m Clem, and I’m Michael. 

We saw an artwork of the Olympic Games when people were being discriminated against because of the colour of their skin. We discussed who gets to make the rights that people have. The Olympic Games was one of the only racially neutral things in history, because people all over the world could compete. But unfortunately, sometimes the athletes were discriminated against based on the colour of their skin, and that’s what the artwork we saw was based on. Nowadays, the system is updated and everyone gets a fair go. We went on to discuss who gets to make these rules and laws, and thought about if the government should make the rules that we all have to follow.


Hi, I’m Ellie and I’m Meiya.

We got to see three different kinds of paintings and we are going to tell you about what we discussed. We were at our last painting. We sat in a circle around the painting when a lady told us she was the artist. We had a big conversation about the painting. We all thought it could have something to do with feelings and emotions. When we were finished, the artist Rosaline told us she was inspired by a flower. We thought about how the artist would be feeling as she was inspired by the flower.


Hi, I’m Emily. Hi, I’m Olivia.

One of our paintings was a portrait of a man looking down a hill. Our discussion was about friendship, and how we might know what the man in the painting was thinking. First, we talked about the qualities of being  a friend. We decided the qualities of a friend are: loyalty, laughter, kindness, trust, honest, and generosity. We also talked about the difference between knowing someone, and being a friend with someone. We decided you can be friends with someone you just met, if you take the time to get to know them. Our third painting was a colourful painting. We discussed that the painting was showing different emotions. We also discussed that anger can sometimes be good, and sometimes be bad. And that it was hard to decide if an emotion was ever good or bad. We also discussed whether someone could feel different emotions at the same time, for example, happy and sad at the same time.


Hi, I’m Aleda and I’m Alannah.

At the NGV we saw a wonderful abstract artwork. We had a big philosophical discussion about what it meant and what it symbolised. The painting was very colourful. Some lines were straight and some were curved and looked like ripped paper. We discussed how the straight lines made us feel orderly and sensible. The curved lines made us feel free, creative, and imaginative. We concluded that sometimes you need to be orderly and sometimes you need to be free. That’s what we thought of when we looked at the painting.


We would like to thank the organisers of the philosothon. Thank you to the staff at the Victorian Association of Philosophy in Schools. And thank you to the staff at the National Gallery of Victoria.

We hope we get to go back soon!


Student Banking

A reminder to all families that this week is the last banking week for Term 2.

Student banking will recommence week 2 of Term 3.

Thank you.

Sport News

Cross Country

Good luck to Jake Smith who is competing in the  Metropolitan Region Finals on Thursday  20th June at Brimbank Park. 

Winter Sport

This was our final round of Winter Sport for 2019.  Next week we will be beginning athletics trials for Gr 4/5 & 6 students.  Timetable of weekly events has been sent via Compass.



Thank you to Simon and the SEDA students, who ran basketball clinics for Gr 3/4 & Gr 5/6 students.  Over the past six weeks the students have increased skill levels and understanding of the four components of Basketball (Dribbling, Shooting, Defence and Passing).  This has complemented the games and activities the Gr 3/4's have been doing in PE during their basketball unit.

Music News


We are proud and excited to have some of our senior choir students participating in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Made of Stars. 

The Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria. Fittingly, this year’s theme, Made of Stars, will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances showing that these students are made of star stuff.

The three-hour live show – involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus arts – will be performed to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September over two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm.


Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience. 

For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets when they go on sale at 9am Wednesday 12 June via


Adult:                              $40

Child under 15:           $20

Concession:                  $30


Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling - Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.

2019 Senior Choir
The Wind in the Willows

In 2019 the MPW senior choir will continue to explore many of the elements within the performing arts. Our goal is to enable the students to participate in and bring together the many facets of the arts such as music, singing, acting, dancing and behind the scenes roles.


This year we will be performing our version of ‘The Wind in the Willows,’ written by Kenneth Grahame. The story combines a number of themes: countryside life, transport, justice, friendship and home. In addition, The Wind in the Willows is one of the most famous examples of anthropomorphism, enabling our students to explore human characteristics, such as ambitions, emotions and behaviour and help develop personal connections to their characters. The themes and personifications will be discussed as we work through each scene, characterisation and the interpretation of the songs and choreography.

The process of rehearsing and performing spoken and sung dialogue helps to develop language skills and provides a platform for students to take positive risks and build self-confidence. Everyone will be involved and have an integral role to play (big or small) to present this year’s musical. The process of being in a show provides the opportunity for every student to develops life skills such as responsibility, collaboration, respect, self-confidence & co-operation.


The best part is…It’s fun

If anyone would like to assist in some way with the production please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Kate Ridgeway

Fundraising Events

Upcoming events


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

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 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.

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:

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free)

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

Lost Property

In 2018 - 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.

Community Calendar


Wednesday 19th June

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Thursday 20th June

Regional Cross Country Final

Community Partnerships meeting 4.00 pm

Friday 21st June

Athletic Trials (11 yo)

Monday 24th June

Japan Tour departs

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm


Monday 15th July

Term 3 Commences 9.00 am

Friday 19th July

Athletic Trials (12/13 yo)

Wednesday 24th July

VSSS Choir Rehearsal @ The Melbourne Town Hall

Friday 26th July 

Athletic Trials (9/10 yo)


Monday 5th August

5/6 Swimming Group 1

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Tuesday 6th August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Wednesday 7th August

5/6 Swimming Group 2

Friday 9th August

MVIMP Music Camp returns

Wednesday 21st August

VSSS Choir Rehearsal @ The Melbourne Town Hall

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Thursday 22nd August

Sex Ed Parent Information Session 7.00 pm

Monday 26th August

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 28th August

Grade 5/6 Free Activity Day

Thursday 29th August

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 1


Monday 2nd September

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 5th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 2

Thursday 12th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Friday 13th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Saturday 14th September 

VSSS Choir Performance Matinee and Evening Performance @ Melbourne Arena

Monday 16th September 

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 18th September

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Thursday 19th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 3

Friday 20th September

Term 3 Concludes @ 2.30 pm


Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

Community News


Seeing Eye Dogs Puppy Caring

Please find below the upcoming Seeing Eye Dogs Puppy Caring Info Sessions at various locations:






Seeing Eye Dogs, 17 Barrett Street, Kensington, Vic, 3031

Saturday, 15 June 2019



Seeing Eye Dogs, 17 Barrett Street, Kensington, Vic, 3031

Thursday, 27 June 2019



Vision Australia, 20 Bridge St, Bendigo VIC 3550

Thursday, 4th July 2019



Vision Australia, 454 Glenferrie Rd, Kooyong VIC 3144

Thursday, 11 July 2019



Mornington Library, Vancouver St, Mornington VIC

Friday 19 July 2019, 10.30am



Seeing Eye Dogs, 17 Barrett Street, Kensington, Vic, 3031

Thursday, 25 July 2019



To register: Email your chosen session to or

Please find below a brochure with more information about Puppy Caring!





Moonee Ponds West Primary School
ALADDIN application.pdf
ALADDIN application.pdf
ALADDIN application.pdf
Puppy Carer Brochure.pdf
School Council Sub Committee EOI 2019.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf