Moonee Ponds West Primary School

10 August 2018
2018 - Issue 24
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education 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

Greetings Parents, Carers and Students,

The first week of our new Specialist timetable is almost complete and it seems to have had a seamless introduction. Implementing a new timetable relies on teachers taking collective responsibility, staying informed and a willingness to understand the bigger picture.  All of these elements have ensured success. My thanks to Michelle Bovèwho has mastered the timetable in the past and liaised with Jarrod Sutton to develop the timetable we are now implementing. Well done team!

Lost Property

We still have a lot of clothing now gathering in the corner of the Gym.  I urge students to have a look for any items they may be missing.  Shortly these items will be ‘culled’.  There are many ‘other’ items like lunchboxes, drink containers etc.  The schools ‘Rubbish Free’ lunchbox or ‘Nude Food’ arrangements  is a wonderful whole school strategy, so have a look for any of your lost items and get them back into circulation!

Parent Forum last night

Thank-you to the parents who were able to come to the Forum for our upcoming School Review.  We had a small but dedicated group of parents who provided feedback on our school.  Lesley Tulloch (a School Reviewer) facilitated the evening giving an outline of the new Review process and enabling parental comment on two questions: What do you value about Moonee Ponds West PS and where would you like the school to be in 4 years’ time?  It was pleasing to see such similarity in each group’s responses.  Our next step is a school-developed survey.  All members of our school community will be able to contribute in this way.

The Annual Report

On Monday August 27 in the Library from 6-7pm, I will be sharing the school’s Annual Report before posting on our website.  As we are in a Review cycle much of the information presented at this meeting will form part of our Pre-Review Self Evaluation.   Parents and friends of MPWPS are invited. 

Chess Club

During Open Library each day, the children have a chance to play chess. We have some skilled chess players within our student populations.  How wonderful is this! Chess is a strategic game and encourages wider thinking by our students.  At MPWPS, we offer Chess instruction after school in the Performance Space. It is a user pays system but worth joining if, your child is at all interested. Information about Chess is available at the General Office.

Independent Reading

Last week the teachers in our 1/2 and 2/3 classes watched our Literacy Consultant Paul Ledwidge model an Independent Reading session. The focus of the mini lesson at the beginning of this time was visualising.  In Independent Reading, the teacher has an explicit focus for students whilst they read a ‘just right’ book. Reading silently for a period builds reading stamina, and real reading skill. At the end of the Independent Reading session, the teacher will conduct a sharing session where the students will show evidence from the book or discuss the focus of the lesson.  The explicit focus during this time and the sharing of the students evidence from their reading in relation to focus, are the different elements from SQUIRT.  At the end of the demonstration, Paul led the teams through a reflection of what they saw and answered relevant questions.  Paul will confer with the teams again when he returns next week. He will be conferring on how the adjustments have gone within each 1/2 and 2/3 class.  Guided reading practice is so important for young developing readers. 

Parent Reps Morning Tea

The Parent Rep Morning Tea is approaching and I am hoping all Reps will be able to attend.  We will hold our first gathering in the Staffroom. Looking forward to speaking with you and gathering your ideas.

Well that is about it from me. Until we meet in person.


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting)


Community Calendar


Tuesday 14th August

Circus  Years 5/6

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 15th August

2/3 Team Hop on Hop Off Excursion

Thursday 16th August

“MPW Red Carpet Short Film Presentations” by Rooms 14 & 15

Monday 20th August 2018

District Athletics

Tuesday 21st August

1/2 Team Excursion to Melbourne Zoo

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Wednesday 22nd August

VSSS Rehearsal - Melbourne Town Hall

Book Character Dress Up Day and Multi Aged Workshops

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 23rd August

MVIMP Concert - Lady Northcote Bacchus Marsh

Friday 24th August 

MVIMP Music Camp return

Monday 27th August

School Annual General meeting 18:00

School Council 19:00


Monday 3rd September

Education Sub Committee 18:30 

Camp Nillahcootie  Group 1 Rm's  9/10/13 departs

Friday 7th September

Camp Nillahcootie  Group 1 Rm's 9/10/13 returns

Monday 10th September

Camp Nillahcootie  Group 2 Rm's 14/15/18 departs

Tuesday 11th September

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 12th September

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 13th September

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Friday 14th September 

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Camp Nillahcootie Group 2 Rm's 14/15/18 returns

Saturday 15th September

VSSS Matinee and Evening Performance

Tuesday 18th September

Circus Grades 5/6


Tuesday 16th October

Circus Grades 5/6

Tuesday 30th October 

Circus Performance Grades 5/6


Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day - No school

Tuesday 13th November

Soundgarage Concert

Wednesday 14th November

Soundgarage Concert

Education News 


Greetings families of MPW,

Earlier this year, with the support of the Environment sub-committee and with student input as to what students wanted, MPW applied for a grant to MAKE JACK’s PADDOCK GREAT AGAIN! We have been informed that our application for a grant has been successful but people in our community need to vote for it – as this is how the Pick My Project funding will operate. We need your help. The projects with the most votes will receive funding. We have applied for funding to bring play equipment into Jack’s Paddock which will benefit our community on weekends when the grounds are accessed. 

Voting will open at 9am, Monday 13 August 2018 and close at 5pm, Monday 17 September.

In order to vote you will need to register for a Pick My Project account. The website is

Once you’ve registered, you can select your voting area by searching for the school’s street address (150 Athol st, Moonee Ponds) or locality, or dropping a pin on the map. You’ll be shown a minimum of 30 projects in your local community from which you’ll be able to vote for your three favourites.

Please vote for Make Jack's Paddock great again! And ask everyone you know to vote as well, the more votes, the more chance we truly have to Make Jack's Paddock great again!

Thank you

Alyena Mohummadally 

Environment Sub-Committee

3/4 Excursion Melbourne Water Treatment Plant

This week the year 3/4 classes - Rooms 11,12,17 and 24 went to the Werribee Treatment Plant. What an experience! From all accounts the children learnt a lot about how the excrement is treated and they even saw the 'chocolate milkshake'.

The Werribee Treatment Plant is a wonderful bird sanctuary with migrating birds from all over the world spending time there!

Below are some student reflections and photos from the excursion.


By Stella - Room 24








By Raj - Room 24



By Keira - Room 24



2019 Japan Study Tour

This is a reminder that the full application for the 2019 Japan Study Tour is due in next Friday, 17th August!

Please hand in to the front office.

Fundraising Events

Our next event is ....
A touch of Bond – Friday Oct 19th 

Please mark it in your diary!

Thanks again,

The Fundraising Team.

Fundraising contacts

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

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Michelle Bové

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.

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.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

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 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.

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