Moonee Ponds West Primary School

20 April 2018
2018 - Issue 10
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Music 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

First assembly for Term 2

A reminder to all families that the first assembly for the term will be held next Monday 23rd April at 9.00am.


A reminder to all families that next Wednesday 25th April is a public holiday (Anzac Day) and that Thursday 26th April is a Curriculum Day.

3/4 Camp

The 3/4 camp is to be held at the PGL Adventure Camp at Campaspe Downs during the 7th-9th of May.  We look forward to a report from the Campers on their return.

Year 6-7 Transition

This week parents/carers of students in year 6 received the information pack and application for Year 7 placement forms in 2019. Parents and carers are required to return the application for Year 7 placement forms by the 11th May.

Parent/Carer Tours for children commencing school in 2019

Parent/carer enrolment tours for the 2019 Foundation year have commenced this week. Please contact the school office or visit the school website for further information. Sibling enrolment documents are now available from the office.

Capital Works – Toilet upgrade

On Thursday the 19th of April student representatives – Amy and Jack from the Working Group attended a briefing at the architects designing the new toilets.  They were able to provide further feedback on the design and look at colour boards and materials. Please see the article in the Education News.

Trivia Night

A reminder to all community members that our annual trivia night which one of our major fundraisers for the year will be held on Saturday 2nd June.  Please see the flyer in our Fundraising section. Tickets will be on sale on Monday 23rd of April through Eventbrite.

Vale Stan

Our school neighbour of many years, Stanley Head in Athol Street sadly passed away this week. Stan had a keen interest in the happenings at MPW and its students and would often be seen returning various balls that ended up over Stan’s side the fence. Stan also loved to have a chat and would often walk through MPW on his way to collect his paper from the milk bar in Eglinton Street. Stan will be sadly missed.

A Celebration of Stan's life will be held at Essendon Windy Hill Function Centre, Legends Room, on Tuesday (April 24) at 1.00 pm.


Enjoy the weekend,




Notices Home

Monday 16th April

  • Camp information Years 3/4

Tuesday 17th April

  • Room 13 - Staffing update

Wednesday 18th April

  • Transition pack Years 6 -7 - Year 6 families

Friday 20th April

  • Letter from JSC - Eldest child

Community Calendar


Wednesday 25th April

Anzac Day - no school

Thursday 26th April

Curriculum Day - no school



Wednesday 2nd May

Parent Information session - David Hornsby (Literacy) 19:00

Monday 7th May

Grade 3/4 Camp departs

Education Committee 19:00-21:00

Wednesday 9th May

Grade 3/4 Camp returns

Tuesday 15th May

Naplan testing

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 16th May

Naplan testing

Thursday 17th May

Naplan testing

Friday 18th May

Naplan testing (catch up if required)

Wednesday 23rd May

Environment Committee 18:00

Monday 28th May

School Council 19:00




Education News 

News from Papunya

Many of our community will remember that in 2015 we had a group of seven children travel down from the small remote indigenous community of Papunya, N.T. (Papunya is situated 240 kilometres North West of Alice Springs and has a population of approximately 300 people.)


During this time, the children stayed at my place for a week and spent time with us here at Moonee Ponds West. They had a hectic schedule visiting the Melbourne Zoo, The Eureka Tower, a guided tour of the MCG, a trip to the beach and much more.


Over the holidays, I returned to Papunya to visit the community and catch up with friends and of course my old students from my time teaching there. I also met with the principal to discuss plans for two groups of children to visit us this year. (One group in late June and another group later in the year.)


I am excited that it has been confirmed, that both of these visits will go ahead, with four children attending on each visit! I believe it is a wonderful opportunity to build relationships, learn about each other and the very different contexts in which we live and explore how in spite of these differences we share many commonalities. It is my hope that we can build an ongoing relationship with the Papunya School into the future.


I will continue to update our school community as plans become clearer.

Jenny Irvine (Room 8)


Soil investigation Wonderings from room 17…

The 3/4s are learning about earth science this term. We started off the unit by investigating different types of soil found from all over the school.

Following our investigation, these were the questions some of the students from Room 17 came up with:


‘What does soil have that helps plants grow?’- Carina

‘How is soil formed?’- Liam

‘Is sand soil?’- Nandi

‘What is in fertiliser?’- Emily B

‘What is the difference between dirt and soil?’- Otis

‘Is clay soil?’- Aliya

‘Why is soil better than dirt for plants?’- Zac

‘What makes different types of soil?’- Alyce

‘What are the different types of soil?’- Poppy

‘Is compost a soil?’- Charlie

‘What is soil?’- Indi

‘Is soil only found in a garden or a farm?’- Navya

‘How do plants grow in soil?’- Jack


Toilet build update

On Thursday this week Sue Phillips,  staff member on the Master plan working group and 2 student members - Amy from room 18 and Jack from 17 attended a consultation with Daniel and Alex from  Haskell Architects in their office in Spencer St. Their offices are situated in a 1930's old building designed by the same architect who designed the Myer building in Bourke St.


When we arrived we were warmly welcomed by Daniel Haskell and all his team of friendly young architects. Before we viewed the new plans were lucky enough to be given a tour by Daniel of their new architecturally designed premises with all the latest technology and fantastic work place amenities. Carefully designed by them of course!  We then looked through the latest plans in a huge conference room which included snacks of chips, orange juice and sweet biscuits.


The plans look fantastic. Daniel and Alex listened to all our concerns, questions and suggestions. We loved the design, the colour schemes Alex suggested are great, and we were even shown samples of the bricks we might use and the type of wood for the fence. We asked if the art works that are in that area, the veggie patch gate and others would be incorporated into the new plan and Alex said she would make sure that happened.


One of the issues that the students need to take back to the other classes and JSC is whether we need small and large size toilets and basins that suits students in prep to grade 6.


Thursday was a great opportunity for the students to experience the real world context for all their efforts in eliciting student feedback leading up to the build and inform their role in ensuring the new toilets are designed/built to address the needs of the children.


We are extremely pleased to be working with the Haskell group who have consulted and listen to the ideas of students, teachers and parents.


Reminder - Information Night 

To our families and friends of MPW,

You are invited to attend an Information night on Wednesday 2nd of May in the Performance space at 7.00pm through to 8.30pm.

We are very happy to announce that David Hornsby will be presenting and  speaking about the teaching of English and the importance of a balanced approach.


Some of the things he will talk about include:

  • What do we actually do when we’re reading?  How does the reading process work?
  • How can we help our children with reading at home?
  • Why is phonics always a ‘hot topic’?
  • What is phonics, and what place does it have in a literacy program?  
  • How does our spelling system work?  (It’s not all about sound.)

This is David’s 51st year in education. He is passionate about teaching and learning and doesn’t want to retire!

David was with the Victorian Ministry of Education for 28 years and taught at every year level from Prep to Year 6. During that time, he also lectured at La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and RMIT University. For 4 years, he was an Education Department consultant in both primary and secondary schools and then returned to the primary classroom. He was the principal of Ringwood Heights Primary School, a school he loved, for 5 years.

He is currently in demand as an education consultant in schools and in conference centres across Australia and in many parts of the world. He has completed many lecture tours of the USA and the UK, and has also worked with teachers in China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malta, New Zealand and Singapore.

Music News

Soundgarage@Moonee Ponds West P.S

Welcome back, we hope everyone had a nice break. 

Just a reminder that Soundgarage will continue teaching ‘Term 1’ lessons until end of week 2, then we will start all our new and continuing enrolments in week 3. This is due to Term 1 being so short, we want to make sure we get our minimum of 8 lessons per Term.


If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Maddie Owen at



Maddie Owen

Manager of Soundgarage Music Schools


Fundraising Events

Next Event - Trivia night 


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

Assistant Principal - Curriculum

Ashley Spagnol

Student Welfare and Program for Student with Disabilities Co-Ordinator

Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Michelle Bové

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.

2018 Term Dates

Term 1:

Monday 29th January to Thursday 29th March

Term 2:

Monday 16th April to Friday 29th June

Term 3:

Monday 16th July to Friday 21st September

Term 4:

Monday 8th October to Friday 21st 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 29th January and Friday 9th March

Term 2:

Thursday 26th April

Term 3:

Wednesday 25th 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 2017 - 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 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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