Moonee Ponds West Primary School

14 September 2018
2018 - Issue 29
Principal's report
School Council
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

Dear Parents, Carers and Students of MPWPS

Welcome back to our Year 5/6 Campers. All our senior students have now completed their time away from families over the last two weeks.  How grown up you all are and now you know that you can be independent for a little time at least.   I look forward to hearing the stories of the snow and the other adventure activities completed over the week.  Thank-you to all the staff and parents for their support of this program.  Without your willingness to support such an experience, it just doesn’t happen!  Well done to the leaders of both camps (Lisa McLachlan, Barb Springfield and Helen Lockart) for their planning, worry, and skill in managing situations and homesickness in all shapes and sizes.  We all appreciate your efforts.  Thank-you to our wonderful parents who continually support such programs.  We appreciate you!

Watering our new plants

On National Tree Planting Day we planted some wonderful native plants in the area adjacent to the tiger turf. Thank goodness some parents observed that these plants needed watering!  As a result they set about watering, armed with small rubbish bins full of water, buckets and watering cans.  The plants say thanks and I do as well!  Another parent suggested that maybe our children could help these plants survive by emptying their water bottles on the plants as they journey home!  What a wonderful idea.  This type of action will help the plants and make sure that the water in drink bottles remains fresh for consumption!  I invite all families to speak with your child/ren about developing the habit of emptying their water bottle onto a living thing!  So empty out before journeying home!

Traffic Behaviour

 Well done everyone I am noticing it is becoming very orderly in both Athol St and Eglington St before and after school.  There are no cars parked (unsupervised) in these areas, most drivers move up as a car leaves, and everyone is very courteous!  Thank-you for ensuring that these areas are as safe as we can make them.  After all the Drop Off/Pick Up Zones are for everyone’s convenience.

Assembly next week

As with the end of each term, our assembly will be on FRIDAY at 9.00.  I look forward to welcoming you all to our celebration of the term.

NAPLAN Results for 2018

 We have received our NAPLAN results for 2018, and the growth from year 3 to 5 is improving and pleasing.  The results at Year 5 show that our students are performing at or above the State in all areas.  These results demonstrate that good teaching practice will be reflected in any measure. In Year 3 we have some work to do to unpack our results and compare to what we know about our children and their learning.  It is an exciting time to talk with children about their learning and for me to explore the teacher’s understanding of pedagogy and lesson structures, in line with the school’s philosophy.  I expect that all these factors together will lead to development in all areas that we value.  Stay tuned, as I report on this exciting work.

The State Schools Spectacular this Saturday

Our School Choir is performing this weekend at Hisense Arena with literally thousands of other students (all from government schools) at the State Schools Spectacular. As they say in showbiz ‘Chookas’ to you all.  Enjoy the experience of the big stage and I will see you on Saturday night!

Well that is about it from me.

Until we meet in person, have a great last week of term everyone.



Kerri Simpson

End of Term Reminders

  • Assembly next week (week 10) is on FRIDAY morning 9.00am in the Gym.
  • Friday September 21 school finishes at 2.30pm
  • Term 4 begins at 9.00am on October 8th.
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING commences on the weekend of October 6 so don’t forget to your clocks back 1 hour!

School Council

School Council Membership 2018

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Michelle Bovè
  • Helen Lockart
  • Vicki McCormack
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

Community Calendar


Saturday 15th September

VSSS Matinee and Evening Performance

Monday 17th September

School Council 19:00

Tuesday 18th September

Circus Grades 5/6

Friday 21 st September

Assembly 9:00

Term 3 concludes at 14:30


Monday 8th October

Term 4 begins 9:00

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 


On 11 September 2018, Rooms 5 and 12 got together in the last hour of a sunny Tuesday to plant the seedlings their classes grew on Plant a Tree day – 27 July 2018.  Room 5 also had some extra been shoot seedlings to plant.  It was a great day to get into the soil, with every student excited and engaged in the collaborative acts of digging, planting, watering and we had many do some helpful weeding as well!





Fundraising Events

A touch of Bond – Friday October 19th 

MPW “Touch of Bond”

If you believe “Diamonds are Forever” and Martinis should be shaken, not stirred please join us for this fun filled and glamorous evening. Take part in our “Fashions on the Field” for the chance to win prizes and bring along your competitive spirit to bid in our Live Auction for a weekend away!    


The Union Function Room

Union Hotel

252 Union Rd, Ascot Vale (enter via Maribyrnong Rd)

7:30pm to 12:30am


Dress Code: Bond…..James Bond!


Cost: $60 per person


Includes substantial finger food and 3 complimentary drinks (beer, wine and soft drink). Music, Live Auction & Best Dressed Prizes.

Tickets available from Eventbrite @


Please advise the school of any dietary requirements

Please purchase your tickets @ Eventbrite from Tuesday 21st of August.

Please note this is an adult only event.

Fundraising contacts

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

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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