Moonee Ponds West Primary School

26 May 2017
2017 - Issue 14
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Fundraising Events
Education News 
Sport 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 are continuing. Please contact the school office or visit the school website for further information. Sibling enrolment documents are now available from the office. If you are enrolling a sibling for 2018 could you please submit the enrolment forms as early as possible to assist with forward planning.

Trivia Night

A reminder that tickets are available for the MPW trivia night to be held on Saturday 24th June.


Funds will go toward the final amount required to purchase and install of new water bubblers (see below)

The old water troughs will be removed and new water bubblers  installed around the school, including a water bubbler to be located near the adventure playground adjacent the Tiger Turf. The bubblers have the additional facility for children to fill their water bottles, come in varying heights and a variety of colors (The Green Team will be consulted as to the colors will be be chosen).

A huge thank you to Rachel and Anna who are organising what promises to be a entertaining community event.

Curriculum Day

On the Curriculum day on Monday May 22 staff were engaged in report writing and professional learning with Dave Vinegrad in relation to restorative practices.

Student Support Groups (SSG'S)

SSG’s have commenced this week and will continue into next week for families of students with additional needs  in the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD).

Drop off zones

Another reminder for parents/carers please to please exercise extreme vigilance, care and patience when driving and/or parking near the school. As has been said previously, the drop off and pick up zones are not parking zones and illegal parking and unsafe parking practices put at risk the safety of students and members of the school community. If you have any questions or wish to discuss matters of concern please feel free to contact the City of Moonee Valley.

School Crossings

If the school crossings are are without a school crossing supervisor either in the morning or afternoon could you please contact the school office as soon as possible.  Crossing supervisors should be in atttendance after school.

Fun Run

Our annual fun run is to be held on Thursday 1st of June– weather permitting. Please see the notice in the Sports News section of the newsletter for further information about the event and if you are able to assist on the day.

Maintenance Work

Maintenance work is planned for the paneling on the east side of the gym.

National Reconciliation Week 2017

National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) takes on particular significance this year, with two historic milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey. It has been 50 years since the 1967 Referendum – in which Australians voted overwhelmingly to amend the constitution to allow the Commonwealth government to create laws for, and include in the census, Aboriginal people. It’s also been 25 years since the Mabo decision – when the High Court ruled that the lands of Australia were not ‘terra nullius’ upon European colonisation, establishing a precedent for the recognition and protection of native title in Australia.


In recognition of National Reconciliation Week one example of the books available in the library for reading and discussion in classrooms is Bob Randal and Melanie Hogan’s Nyuntu Ninti (What you should know) based on the documentary Kanyini.


Enjoy the weekend, 



Community Calendar


Monday 29th May

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 30th May

Incursion Rm's 20, 21 & 22

Wednesday 31st May

Incursion - 5/6 


Friday 2nd June

Winter Sports

Monday 5th June

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Monday 6th June

Division Cross Country

Thursday 8th June

Sex Education - 3/4 and 5/6  Parent Information Session 

Friday 9th June

Winter Sports

Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday

Tuesday 13th June

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Sex Education - 3/4

Thursday 15th June

Sex Education - 5/6

Friday 16th June

Winter Sports

Tuesday 20th June

Music Incursion 09:00 to 13:00

Sex Education - 3/4

Wednesday 21st June 

PJ Day - Winter Solstice

Thursday 22nd June

Sex Education - 5/6

Friday 23rd June

Winter Sports

Saturday 24th June

Music Trivia

Monday 26th June

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 27th June

Sex Education - 3/4

Thursday 29th June

Sex Education - 5/6

Friday 30th June

End of Term 2 - early dismissal 14:30


Monday 17th July

Term 2 Commences 9:00

Wednesday 19th July

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Thursday 20th July

State Cross Country

Thursday 27th July

Curriculum Day - Reporting to Parents

Friday 28th July

Australian Maths Competition



Fundraising Events

MPW Music Trivia Night 2017

When:                                                    Saturday June 24th 7pm -11.30pm

Where:                                                    MPW School Gym

Ticket Cost:                                         $30pp (BYO Drinks and Nibbles/Snacks)


Join us MPW families, staff, and friends!

Our Term Two Fundraising Event is Music Trivia Night.

Hosted by the fabulous Dolly, this was a memorable evening last year. Get into the fun spirit of the night and dress up as your favourite music idol/band. If you’re not one to get your groove on in public, toe tapping under the table is completely fine!


There are fantastic spot prizes to be won and we’ll also have a selection of silent-auction items up for grabs.


If you’d like more information on what’s in store, feel free to have a look at the Dolly Productions website at


Please join us by purchasing individual tickets or a table with friends.

Click on the Eventbrite link to purchase your ticket/s


To have flexibility on seat selection please use a desktop computer when booking.


If you are unable to book online and would like to purchase tickets, please contact Rachel through the office.



The fundraising team are seeking items for our speciality prize hampers (wine/chocolates/gift vouchers/beauty items/deli foods) and also more significant items or services that would be suitable for our silent auctions. You can drop these donations at the school office or email us directly and we can arrange collection.

Thanks so much for your continued support and generosity at our MPW fundraising events, we look forward to seeing you at Music Trivia Night and celebrating our wonderful school community.

MPW Fundraising Events 2017

Term Four

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

Fundraising contacts

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


Education News 

Student Wellbeing

Recently, all classrooms completed a playground survey to gather information about where students feel safe and supported in the yard and to find out if there are areas that children are not feeling safe. The wellbeing team are compiling the feedback. Classrooms will use the survey to draft new playground responsibilities. We are pleased to report that generally, the students have reported feeling quite safe in the yard whilst being able to identify some areas for improvement.


Soon, classrooms will use the collated document to suggest actions that we (students, staff and parents/ carers) can do in the yard to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all who share it, whilst staff are looking at ways to improve the physical space. Student voice and ownership of our playground responsibilities ensures that they are authentic and of importance to the children of MPW.


We look forward to completing this process with a shared understanding of how we can share the yard before school, during and after school. We look forward to having our new ‘Playground Responsibilities’ document discussed, displayed and available in the coming weeks to ensure that our yard continues to provide positive experiences for all.

English Professional Learning Team

Lorraine Wilson ran two family information sessions this term; one on the developmental stages of writing and another on reading. We had very good turn outs for both of these sessions and the feedback has been positive:

  • “Process of writing. Publication supporting this-great idea.”
  • “This was very beneficial.”
  • “A revelation. Now I will try and stress less.”
  • “Really valuable session, thanks.”
  • “Great session. Very detailed and informative.”
  • “It has given me tools and strategies for improving reading with my kids.”

Included below is some information about writing in the early years from Lorraine.


Young Children Writing by Lorraine Wilson

Parents are often concerned about the way their young children are allowed to write in class rooms today. Many Mums and Dads remember their days at school, and how they had to try to avoid errors of spelling and punctuation.

Today, a child’s errors  or  a child’s approximation of conventional writing, are seen as  a rich resource  for revealing just what a child understands about writing, about spelling and other writing conventions, and, what teaching is relevant. Let’s look closely at six year old Kara’s writing, done on the first day of her Grade 1 year.

Kara is part of a K/I class at her local primary school. The Grade 1 children started the new school year , one day before their Kindergarten classmates. All of the Grade 1 children were expected to write something of their own choosing, on that first day. Kara chose to write about her excitement at the prospect of meeting the new Kindergarten children on the following day. Note the second date half way through the piece of writing. Kara happily continued drafting her piece on the following day.

When the children write with a focus on meaning, and without fear of making errors, we, the teachers, get insights into both what the child knows about writing, and what teaching is relevant for that child right now. Let’s look closely at what Kara knows.

What Does Kara Know About Writing?

  • Writing expresses meaning.
  • Writing can be fantasy.
  • Writing does not have to be finished in one go.
  • Basic print conventions – directionality, word, letter.
  • There are conventional spellings for each word. Kara knows many conventional spellings (eg today, our, new, they, magic, ballet, are, getting,).
  • As well as words, writing includes punctuation (eg full stop, exclamation mark)
  • Her phonemic awareness is very good. She is hearing every sound in each word: (e.g. ‘Echantia’, ‘unacorn’)
  • She uses a sounding out spelling strategy and sometimes visual recall – note, ‘becouse’, using letter ‘o’ for the /o/ sound (sounding out) , recalling having seen a ‘u’ as well (visual recall).

What Might the Teacher teach.

  • The piece is clearly not finished, so next writing session, Kara will be encouraged to re-read her first draft, and to continue.
  • The need for clarity in a story: refer to the last line. ‘What are they getting on?’
  • The use of the full stop and the exclamation mark, ‘Why did Kara use them, Well done!'

Exclamation marks are not generally used for so many consecutive sentences. Did Kara intend for each of these six sentences to be emphatic or highly exciting? She could read the piece aloud, and listen to her voice. Are all the exclamation marks needed? She may well decide that they are. When reading a big book to the class, the teacher might ask a child to find an exclamation mark. The children discuss why it has been used.

  • When this piece is finished, expect Kara to proof read for spelling, that is underline three or four errors, and write those words again in full, getting them closer to being correct. Kara will then check these spellings with the teacher.
  • Many words in this piece contain the /k/ sound. Encourage Kara to list all these words, and include her name. Can she sort them into different spelling groups?   

Does she know any other letter, or letters, which represent the /k/sound. Note her spelling of taking - ‘tacking’.

She might begin a chart of words containing different spellings of the /k/ sound. Other children could be encouraged to help.


Assessing Children’s Writing

From the students’ independent writing, the teacher sees both what the child knows, and what needs to be taught. This is what is called authentic assessment.  It is assessment to inform teaching.  It is assessment which is relevant for different children with their different needs, in each and every  classroom.

These documents will be made available on our website.

Creative Arts - Being an Art Critic

My visit to the Vincent Van Gogh exhibition By Phoebe – room 19

Some highlights of the exhibition were - how much his art changed throughout his life and his life story which amazed me.

Vincent had so much drama and issues in his life. He lived away from his family and wrote many letters to the closest members of the family – in particular his brother Theo.

He channelled his emotions into his art. This exhibition focussed on the seasons of the year. Vincent used a different colour palette for each season. My favourite season was summer as it was bright and colourful.

I think when he moved to France it opened up his ideas and new inspiration for his painting. His brother had a big influence on him and Theo convinced him to use brighter colours.

Vincent loved Japanese prints and her tried a few of his own. I love the way he used swirls, never using many straight lines. In one of the quotes that was beside one of his paintings, it said “sometimes I like to paint with my eyes closed letting the brush move where it wanted.”  

This enchanted me and surprised me. It left me thinking I wonder how you do that?

I highly recommend the exhibition.

I hope my art can live up to Van Gogh.


Japan Tour Update

As our Japan Tour is getting closer, we are preparing ourselves in different ways. Students are practising common phrases, questions and answers they might use in Japan through the Japan Blog. Some have practised packing their very small bags and all are working on our budget for expenses when we are there. They are also making a thousand origami cranes (せんばづる千羽鶴) to take to the Peace Park in Hiroshima.

If anybody would like to contribute to the origami crane making, you are welcome to come to the Japanese room to make them with Cindy or Diana.

Australian Mathematics Competition - reminder

Students from Grade 3 to 6 who have a 'love of Mathematics' have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition.

Further to last weeks newsletter we are pleased to confirm the competition will be held at MPW on Friday 28th July.


There is a cost of $6 per child to enter the competition and entry forms will be available at the front office.  Closing date is the 5th June.

 If you have any questions you can gain information from the website 'Australian Mathematics Competition' or speak to Vicki McCormack in Room 4.

Australian Mathematics Competition | AMT Australian Mathematics CompetitionOne of the world’s largest school-based mathematics competitions with more than 14 million entries since 1978.


About the Australian Mathematics Competition

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian education calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks on the same day in over 30 countries around the globe.

Running since 1978, the AMC is for students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6) or 75 minutes (Years 7–12). The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking rather than focus on calculations themselves, thus such questions are designed so that they can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. The problems get more difficult through the competition, so that at the end they are challenging to the most gifted students. Students of all standards will make progress through the problems, and also be challenged along the way.

The AMC is available both in hard copy and online format, with no difference in the questions or time requirements.

For additional entry information and special circumstances » Go to Entering the AMC
>> AMC Results
>> Frequently Asked Questions

Visually impaired and distance students

We would like the AMC to be available to all students who wish to participate. We have special arrangements for visually impaired students and distance education organisations. Home schooled students or students whose school chooses not to participate are free to make arrangements to sit under the supervision of another school.

The AMC may be held on a different date by special arrangement in some countries.

Sport News

MPW Fun Run - Reminder

We will be holding our 26th Annual Fun Run on Thursday 1st June  from 9.00 to 10.30am.  All the students and teachers will be involved and can run, jog, skip, hop, walk, etc. for one hour.


We cannot conduct this event without your assistance so don’t be shy! It’s also a great way to get to know other parents and support the children as they run past.


Please complete the form below if you are able to assist and return it to the office.


Term 2 Dates

5th May

Winter Sport commences Friday mornings (Gr 5/6)

1st June

School Fun Run 

6th June

Division Cross Country

Inter school Sport Term 2 2017

Friday 19th May



Friday 26th May


(Mt Alexander Road, Flemington, – Football at Ormond Park, Pattison Street, Moonee Ponds)



Friday 2nd June



(Errol Street North Melbourne, - Football at Brens Oval, Marcarthur Road, Parkville)


Friday 9th June



(Errol Street North Melbourne, - Football at Brens Oval, Marcarthur Road, Parkville)


Friday 16th June



(Clarendon Street, Avondale Heights – Football at Canning Reserve, Glenside Street, Avondale Heights)

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.

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).

Community News



Moonee Ponds West Primary School
MPW Fun Run Assistance form.pdf