Moonee Ponds West Primary School

28 April 2017
2017 - Issue 10
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Fundraising Events
Education News 
Sport News
Music News
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Parent/Carer Tours for children commencing school in 2018

Parent/carer enrolment tours for the 2018 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.

3/4 Camp

The first of three camps for the grade 3/4 children took place this week. Next week Camp 2 and 3 head off to Camp Sunnystones.


Staff attending are as listed below.


Camp 2: Rooms 13 & 19.

Staff attending: Michael, Alyena, Cassie, Patrick, Maddie and Lisa A.


Camp 3: Rooms 16, 7 & 8 (Year 3 students).

Staff attending: Liz, Melanie, Kirsty, Michelle, Mandy and Vicki.


A number of years ago a research paper on the benefits of learning in the natural environment was published in the UK. I have included the link below for your information.

Curriculum Day

A reminder that  there is a Curriculum day (pupil free) scheduled for May 22.


Congratulations to the fundraising team and our supportive community we have raised $5296 from our Movie Night.

Term 1 Chess Awards

Congratulations to the following students.


 Group 1 (Advanced)


1st Place: Aiden 

2nd Place: Mihn 

3rd Place: Lachlan 


Group 2 (Beginner/Intermediate)


1st Place: Coda 

2nd Place: Carlos

3rd Place: William

Parent helpers

A huge thank you to our many parent/carers who continually assist in classrooms, including helping with a seemingly endless variety of tasks and activities both in and out of the classroom. 

Education Subcommittee

A meeting of the Education Sub committee will take place at MPW on Monday May 1st at 7:00 pm.


Enjoy the weekend,


Notices Home to Parents/Carers

24th April

Years F/1/2 - Junior Choir

27th April

Room 23 - Head Lice Alert 

Friday 28th April

Room 6 - Patrick 3/4 Camp

Room 18 - Maddie 3/4 Camp

Room 22 - Cassie 3/4 Camp

Community Calendar


Monday 1st May

Camp 3/4 Group 2 Departs

Parent Information Session - Lorraine Wilson "Writing" 09:30 to 10:30

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 3rd May

Camp 3/4 Group 2 Returns

Camp 3/4 Group 3 Departs

Regional Basketball

Friday 5th May

Camp 3/4 Group 3 Returns

Grade 5/6 Winter Sport 

Tuesday 9th May

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 9th May to Thursday 11th May

NAPLAN Test Years 3 & 5

Friday 12th May

Winter Sports

Friday 19th May

Winter Sports

Monday 22nd May

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 26th May

Winter Sports


Friday 2nd June

Winter Sport

Monday 5th June

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 9th June

Winter Sport

Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday

Tuesday 13th June

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 16th June

Winter Sport

Tuesday 20th June

Music Incursion 09:00 to 13:00

Wednesday 21st June 

PJ Day - Winter Solstice

Friday 23rd June

Winter Sport

Monday 26th June

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 30th June

End of Term 2 - early dismissal 14:30

Fundraising Events

Moonee Ponds West Fundraising Events 2017

Term Two

  • Saturday June 24th - Disco Bingo/Trivia Night

Term Four

  • Friday October 20th - Spring Carnival Social Night
  • End of Year Raffle 



Education News 

Parent Information Session:
Writing and Reading

This year MPW has been fortunate to secure the services of Literacy Consultant, Lorraine Wilson. Lorraine’s work and approach to teaching and learning very much compliments the school’s Teaching and Learning Philosophy.

Lorraine is an author of many children’s books as well as teaching resources such as; Teaching Phonics in Context - L. Wilson and D. Hornsby, Writing to Live and Reading to Live. She is also a respected literacy consultant, recognised for many achievements such as:

  • ALEA Medal, awarded by the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association, 1996
  • The 2004 Service Award, presented by the Whole Language Umbrella, USA.
  • The ALEA Citation of Merit Award for Literacy – The Garth Boomer Award- awarded by the Australian Literacy Educators Association, 2005
  • Life Time Membership Award, presented by the National Council of Teachers of English, USA, 2011.    

In first term, Lorraine has been working mostly with the P/1 team and she will continue to work with our teaching staff across the school in term two. During these sessions, Lorraine demonstrates good practice in the teaching of English. Areas that have been covered so far are; personal writing-including conferencing, publishing, ideas, spelling, punctuation and genre, modelled writing, shared writing, shared literature, language experience, dialogue, monologue, conversation and innovation.

Some of the areas that will be covered in term two include; poetry, oral language, speaking and listening and debating… just to name a few.

The teaching and learning of English is complex and Moonee Ponds West is very lucky to have Lorraine supporting our staff to consolidate and embed a whole school pedagogy and learning framework, which has an agreed language and is evident through consistent practice.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite our families to two information sessions, one about writing and one about reading, which will be held in the performance space.

  • Parent Information about writing Monday 1st May at 09:30-10:30
  • Parent Information about reading Monday 8th May at 09:30-10:30

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide childcare for either of these information sessions so we ask that you make other arrangements if care is required.

Please complete the below form and return to the office. 


Parent Information Sessions Writing and reading-1.pdf


Mathletics is an online program that gives students an opportunity to practice formal skills. It also offers a problem solving section.

It is available to all students at Moonee Ponds West Primary School.

The cost of Mathletics is $13 per student, which forms part of your Voluntary Contributions.

Your child’s password does not change from year to year, it remains the same.

Mathletics can be accessed on some tablets as well as a computer.

Type in Mathletics and select the login option.

If you don’t have your child’s password please see your classroom teacher.

If you have any further questions please direct them to Vicki McCormack, Room 4.








Sport News

Cross Country

Good luck to the Elli Honan and Samantha Holloway who will go on to compete at Division on the 6th June at Brimbank Park.

Term 2 Dates

5th May

Winter Sport commences Friday mornings (Gr 5/6)

30th May

School Fun Run (TBC)

6th June

Division Cross Country

We need your help!

For our programs to run we need lots of parent 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.

Music News

Junior and Senior Choir

Our Junior and Senior Choir meet once a week and they perform at assemblies, concerts, the Victorian State School Spectacular and other occasions throughout the year.


Students do not need to audition to be part of the choir.


MVIMP is available to students from Grade 3 upwards and involves the

Orchestral instruments listed below:

  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Trumpet
  • Euphonium
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Bass Guitar
  • Viola
  • Saxophone
  • French Horn
  • Percussion


Welcome to the many new students joining the program for the first time, and welcome back to all the children continuing! This year Emma in  Room 5  which is located in the Hall Building will be the music liaison for MVIMP.


If you are interested in joining or would like more information please contact the office or visit our website.


Welcome back, lessons will have commenced back in week 1 at the same time as last Term if you were already enrolled.


If you would like to enrol in the Soundgarage Program in any of the disciplines (guitar, keyboard or SAP) for term 2 then it isn’t too late. Please fill out an enrolment form that can be collected from the school office by next week. Preps will be welcome to join in Term 3, reminders will go out later in the Term.



Due the first couple of weeks being short we will be processing Soundgarage fees on May 8th now. This gives time to check there are sufficient funds in your accounts and to let us know if you have updated your credit card details since Term 1.

If your card had expired or you’ve had a change of details please get in contact with Sue O’Brien on 0412 467 499 before May 8th.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact Maddie Owen at or 0401 844 522.


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 (Acting)

Barbara Springfield

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher/Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové

Leading Teacher (Acting)/Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack

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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