Moonee Ponds West Primary School

20 October 2017
2017 - Issue 31
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Sport News
Fundraising Events
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Writer’s Festival

On Thursday 26th October, MPW is holding our Writer’s Festival. This is an opportunity for families and friends to visit their child’s classroom to share and celebrate childrens' Personal Writing; both published pieces and pieces that are still in the drafting stage. Please contact your child’s classroom teacher for further information.

Critical Incidents and Communication

At Moonee Ponds West PS continuous efforts are made to mitigate the risk of an event that has a significant adverse impact on the wellbeing of a student or students.


However, circumstances may arise that lead to the occurrence of a critical incident with the potential for significant adverse impact on the wellbeing of a student or students. In such circumstances, the protocol Moonee Ponds West follows includes contacting Department of Education professionals for advice in managing the particular circumstances of the critical incident.


At all times, in accordance with this protocol and advice from the Department of Education, the privacy of the student(s) and their family/ies is to remain a priority. The focus on the privacy of the student and family is made in an effort to ensure the best possible immediate and future wellbeing of the student and family involved. In these situations communication to the school community will generally not take place. If, however, individual families do find they have cause for concern, in response to what may have been heard, I would urge you to immediately contact  myself to seek further clarification with regard to your concerns.

Enrolment of Siblings for 2018

Yet a further reminder to families who are yet to enrol siblings of current students for the 2018 Foundation year. Enrolment documents are available from the office. Finalising our enrolments for 2018 is an essential part of our planning for the 2018 school year.

Grade Placement for 2018

The demand for places at Moonee Ponds West continues to be high. If you are leaving the school during term 4 or at the end of 2017 please let the office know at your earliest convenience. This will greatly assist our forward planning and also the transition of those students leaving at the end of the year into their new schools.

  • If you have  information of which your child’s teacher is unaware of that may assist with your child’s class placement for 2018 please put your request in writing and forward to Jeff Lyon via email to [email protected] 

by Monday 30th of October. This request will then be registered for consideration. In formulating a request please refer to the school's grade placement policy below.

Japan Tour

At the Assembly on Monday morning there will be a presentation by the students who attended the Japanese tour. We look forward to hearing about the experiences shared by the group whilst on tour.

Communication Working Group

The Communication Working Group will be releasing a communication survey to the school community. Further information will be in next week's newsletter.

Grade 2 sleepover

Congratulations to the 74 students who attended the grade 2 sleepover last night. Students enjoyed  a local walk to the Maribyrnong river boathouse and a hip-hop dance workshop in the gym. Thank you to Michelle, Kirsty, Louise, Amy, Cassie, Anna, Vicki S, Liz and Denise for their work in supporting the students.

Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy Working Group

An Expression of Interest for a Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy Working Group will be forwarded to members of the school community on Wednesday October 25. If you are interested in being a member of this working group could you please consider forwarding your Expression of Interest.


This years Combined MVMIP concert for MVIMP students will be held on November 16.  Tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to the event and will be available through, please look out for information regarding the concert, raffle hamper donations and raffle tickets for families to purchase.

Notices home to parent/carers

Thursday 19th October 

Head Lice Alert  Room 11/12

Friday 20th October 

Race Around Melbourne Grade 5/6

MVIMP End of Year Concert  MVIMP students

Writers Festival Room 14

Community Calendar


Monday 23rd October

Children's Week begins

Thursday 26th October

Organising You Workshop

Writers Festival

Friday 27th October

Children's Week concludes

Summer Sports

Monday 30th October

State Athletics


Thursday 2nd November

Foundation/One Activity Night 17:00 to 19:00

Friday 3rd November

Summer Sports

Monday 6th November

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 7th November

Melbourne Cup-Public Holiday

Friday 10th November

Summer Sports

Monday 13th November

Soundgarage Concert

Tuesday 14th November

Resources Committee

Soundgarage Concert

Thursday 16th November

MVIMP End of Year Concert

Wednesday 22nd November

Grade 5/6 Cricket Carnival

Friday 24th November

Summer Sports

Monday 27th November

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00


Monday 4th December

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 6th December

Senior Choir Musical  

Thursday 7th December

Senior Choir Musical -  Morning Performance

Friday 8th December

Basketball Tournament

Tuesday 12th December

Whole School Transition Day

Resources Committee  Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 13th December

Parent Helpers Morning Tea

Thursday 14th December

Race Around Melbourne

Monday 18th December

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 19th December

Student Reports to go home

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Grade 6 Graduation 

Friday 22nd December 2017

End of Year Assembly 9am

Early Dismissal 1.30pm

Education News 

Creative Arts … Creative Arts … Creative Arts …

As part of an art activity for the next two weeks, we are in need of some polystyrene trays. 

If you have any could you please drop them off at the Creative Arts room.

Thank you.

Library News

Students attend library once a week where they have the opportunity to borrow books and listen to a picture story book read by their classroom teacher. This book is chosen by our Library Assistant, Michele Birch and is often a new release that is highly recommended reading. The library is indeed a thriving and welcoming space that shares its love of learning and reading within the school community.

Having wonderful eye-catching displays encourages students to take a closer look at the library collection.

Michele Birch changes the displays regularly to reflect what is happening in the school and the community. Our 'Get Wrapped Up in a Scary Book’ display is for Halloween.


The students have been exited about the Halloween display and the scary titles on offer.

Please feel free to come and have a look at our wonderful library.

Japan Study Tour 2017


'Beautiful, history'


Hiroshima Peace Park

'We prayed for peace all around the world'


Himeji Castle

'Original,beautifuyl gardens,interesting,history'



'A deep dark tunnel,lucky streams of water, incense, tranqulity'



'Gold, in a trance, so priviliged to be here'


Monkey Park

'Big walk,cute,feeding the monkeys'


Hozugawa Boat Rides

'Rapids,splashed by water,fun and beautiful'



'Deer,climbing through Buddha's nostril, lighting candles,incense,praying'


Ghibi Museum

'Cool anime and statues'


Disneyland Tokyo

'Had a ball'






Health & Safety Information

Below we have provided some useful information about a number of medical illnesses that have or possibly will affect students at Moonee Ponds West Primary School.  Being aware and detecting these conditions early will help minimise the spread within the school. 

Head Lice:

Head lice are common in school-aged children they are transmitted by having head to head contact with another child/adult.

There are pamphlets available from the office given information regarding detection and treating the head lice and eggs.

If you do find head lice or eggs on your child’s hair you need to inform the school and advise when treatment commenced.  Health regulations requires that where a child has head lice, that child should not return to school until the day after appropriate treatment has commenced.

Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease:

This is a mild illness and it’s not related to a similar name disease that affects cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and other ‘cloven-hooved’ animals.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by a virus, its symptoms are a fever, not interested in food or drink, runny nose, sore throat and lack of energy.  It’s recognised by blisters on the hands, feet and in the mouth-mostly occurs in warmer weather and tends to spread easily where a lot of young children play together, such as in child care centres and schools.  The blisters appear 1-2 days after the first symptoms and may last 2-7 days.

The child with the disease is infectious until the blisters dry up, children should attend school until all the blisters have dried up.

There is no treatment which will make Hand, food and mouth disease go away more quickly.  However, giving paracetamol for fever, plenty of water (avoid acidic drinks) will assist with the recovery.  See the doctor if the child is unwell, has a bad headache that persists or runs a high temperature.


Chickenpox (Varicella) is a highly contagious viral disease caused by the varicella-zoster Virus (VZV).  The main symptom is a blistering skin rash.  Outbreaks are more common in winter and early spring.  Children and adults can be immunised against chickenpox.

Children with chickenpox should not go to school until the last blister has dried.  Please tell the school if you child has chickenpox, as other children may need to be immunised or treated.

Thunderstorm Asthma: 

Every year during grass pollen season there is an increase in asthma and hayfever symptoms, and during grass pollen season, there is also the chance of a thunderstorm asthma event.

What causes thunderstorm asthma events?

Thunderstorm asthma events are thought to be triggered by an uncommon combination of high grass pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorms, resulting in large numbers of people developing asthma symptoms over a short period of time.

Those at increased risk at this time include:

  • People with asthma, people with a past history of asthma
  • Those with undiagnosed asthma (i.e. people who have asthma symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed with asthma)
  • People with hayfever who may or may not have asthma

Having both asthma and hayfever, as well as poor control and self-management of asthma, may increase the risk further.


Further information see Asthma Foundation of Victoria

Be part of our allergy aware community

6 STEPS every parent or carer should take today

Food allergy continue to increase at alarming rates, 1 in 10 Australian infants now have food allergy.  The most common food allergies in childhood are cow’s milk, egg, peanut and tree nut.  The foods that trigger 90% of food allergic reactions in Australians include cow’s milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, sesame, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. 


Environment and sustainablity

Your Neighbourhood, Your Vision


What will your neighbourhood look like in 2040?

Come along to our Community Symposium to help us plan how we will make the Moonee Valley of 2040 healthy, liveable and resilient.
As a valued community member or community group delivering programs in Moonee Valley, we want to hear from you!


When: this Sunday, 22 October
Where: Ascot Vale Leisure Centre - Corner of Langs and Epsom Roads, Ascot Vale


Can’t make it for the whole day? No problem – come along to the parts that interest you.
10am - Welcome and scene setting
11am - 12:30pm -  Focusing on our city by theme, how will it be green, beautiful, connected, thriving and fair?
1:30pm - 3:30pm -  Focusing on your neighbourhood – what will it look like? Have we got the big ideas and vision right?


Don't miss this unique opportunity to shape the future of your neighbourhood.

Transition update

On Tuesday Amanda Lecaude from Organising Students conducted a workshop with all the Year 6 students on Taking the Leap to Secondary School as part of the school’s transition program.  The one hour interactive workshop gave students many tips and strategies for how to cope with the move to secondary school.  In particular there was a focus on what to expect, gaining an understanding of the importance of organisation and time management as well as discussing how they might be feeling with an aim to take away some of the anxiety or concerns they might have.


 In the evening Amanda also conducted a workshop for parents and below is some feedback from Anne,  a Year 6 parent:

 "I attended Amanda’s 'Taking the Leap to Secondary School' Workshop and even though I have a son that currently goes to Maribyrnong College who has been through the transition phase from Primary to Secondary School I found the session invaluable. There were ideas and hints to make it easier for my youngest son and us as a family to assist with this important transition phase. 


Tip sheets were circulated to all grade 6 students and parents with tips on how to support their child.

Amanda encouraged students to find a time management solution that will work for them. The Apps listed below   can assist students if they are looking for an online solution:

  • Google Calendar
  • myHomework App
  • My study life
  • iStudiez Pro

Amanda has generously donated her services to the school since 2016 and provided both the students and parents with valuable information about the transition process. 

Sport News

Summer Sport - Term 4

Summer Sport:

Term 4 Interschool Sport will kick off on Friday 27th October.  The Gr 5/6 students will participate in Handball, Soccer, Hot Shots Tennis and Touch Rugby (Coaches at School).

Round 1 sees MPW at home playing against Avondale and MPW Gold will travel to Flemington.



As part of our interschool sport program the children in Grade 4 are participated in the  District’s Grade 4 Gala Day at Fairbairn Park on Friday 13th October. 


The cricket carnival day is designed for students the opportunity to mix with students from local schools while taking part in skill activities. This is to make playing interschool sport in Grade 5 a less daunting task.


We also had Cricket Victoria visit MPW on Thursday to do clinics during PE for our P/1 students. 


Regional Athletics:

Well done to Amelia Ashton (100m), Milla Conn (800m) and Lillie Ground ( High Jump) who are competing in Region Athletics on Tuesday 17th October at Keilor Athletics Track.

Sport Term 4

Friday 27th October – Round 1 Summer Sport

Wednesday 22nd November

Friday 8th December – District Basketball Carnival

We need your help

For our programs to run we need lots of parent/carer assistance. If you are able to assist with any of our events please see Bree and pass your Working with Children check details onto the office.

Fundraising Events

Spring Fling is tonight


Fundraising contacts

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


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

PSD and Student Welfare 

Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové (Leading Teacher)

Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack (Acting Leading Teacher)

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).

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