Moonee Ponds West Primary School

17 December 2019
2019 - Issue 38
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!
Music News
Fundraising Events
School Information
Community Calendar
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Greetings to all Families, Community and Staff of Moonee Ponds West PS,

Thank-you for a wonderful year of learning and growing together. It has been wonderful to see the full year of learning, as a cycle in each child. I hope you have seen the learning growth of your child over the past 12 months, and have acknowledged and celebrated this with your family.  Continually we are looking for the growth ensuring that children see this, and give effort to continue the pattern.

Final staffing news

Congratulations to the following teachers who have gained 12 month contracts for 2020 at other schools: Ms Lisa McLachlan, Ms Liz Jackson, and Mrs Kate Ridgeway! Kate (our Choir leader for many years) has been successful in gaining a Performing/Visual Arts role as her first full time teaching position.  We would think that Kate will be working for her passion in this role. MPWPS was unable to offer a Performing Arts position due to budget restrictions.  Congratulations and best wishes to all staff who are taking a different pathway in 2020.

I would like to thank the following staff for their contribution over the past term or longer. I acknowledge Ms Andrea Gale who has been working with Liz Jackson for term 4, Ms Cath Walsh who is covering Jenny Irvine’s absence, Ms Marg Wright who has been in Intervention since Term 3, our reliable Casual Relief Teacher Ms Julie Lanyon and Ms Shirl Ramage who assists students in their learning. My thanks also to all existing and returning staff who have taken up new chances and opportunities.  Collectively we are making a difference to the lives of these young people. Remember ‘I am because we are!’   There are many behind the scenes faces that make up our wonderful community, and assist all staff  and students to ensure learning is at the forefront of all we offer.

This is the last newsletter for Mrs Denise Beckett who is retiring at the end of this week.  Denise started her time at MPWPS in the General Office, and for some time has had a dual role in the Library, and assisting students across the school in different ways.  Denise is often the voice from the Sick Bay that some may have heard. Thank you Denise for your service, assistance and friendship to colleagues and parents alike. Enjoy the next part of life’s journey.

Graduation tonight

Our Year 6 special graduation ceremony is being held tonight. Such an event is a celebration and almost a ‘rite of passage’ to the next stage of learning. Enjoy all who are attending.

Lost Property

We still have many, many items awaiting your collection.   They will be out each day until night fall!  Please have a look (children and parents) to retrieve anything that maybe yours.

Curriculum Days 2020

The following are the proposed Curriculum Days for 2020.  These days are sometimes subject to change but six weeks notice would be given if this was to occur.

January 28th

All staff return to school after the holidays

March 6th (Friday)

Focus - Literacy Reading and Writing

July 23rd 

Three-Way Conferences (Reporting to Parents Day)

September 18th

Focus - Student Engagement and Well Being

December 18th

No student on this day. Half Day in lieu for staff.

Term 1 2020

Term 1 start date is January 29th for ALL students in Grades 1-6.  Our new Foundation students start on MONDAY 3rd February.  They will be involved in entry assessments during the first week of school.

Final day for 2019

Our FINAL day is this THURSDAY December 19th and we dismiss at 3.30 pm.  Our final assembly will be commencing at 2.30 pm.  No students on Friday December 20th. Camp Australia will run a program if you require so please call to arrange. They do require to have a certain number of bookings for a program to operate.

Thank-you to all for another wonderful year for me at MPWPS.  I will be returning in this role for Term 1, when the school will have a chance to choose their new Principal.


Happy and Safe Holidays to you all.

Sincerely and with good faith

Kerri Simpson  Principal (Acting at MPWPS)


School Council

School Council 2020

Are you keen to get involved in the school community? Interested in the bigger picture of how MPW is tracking and where it is aiming to be? School Council could be the place for you in 2020!


Each year the opportunity arises for spots on school council. Council has both parent and staff representatives and has an overarching governance role to play in conjunction with the principal who runs the operation of the school with the staff. There are 8 council meetings each year, with members also participating in sub-committees covering Education, Resources (Finance), Environment and Community. Parents not on council are also welcome and encouraged to get involved in the sub-committees as the more voices involved the better.


As you tuck into your Christmas dinner give school council some thought for 2020. The only thing better than having an opinion is having a forum in which to be heard and influence change.


Look out for more detail in the new school year.


Ben Atchison

School Council President

School Council Membership

Parent members:

  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Matthew Kenny
  • Jane Kingsley
  • Brian Stanley
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Helen Lockart
  • Katherine Ayrton
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Barbara Springfield
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

School Council Meetings
commence at 19:00

  • Monday 25th February
  • Monday 18th March (rescheduled)
  • Monday 27th May
  • Monday 17th June (rescheduled)
  • Monday 26th August
  • Monday 16th September
  • Monday 28th October
  • Monday 25th November
  • Monday 16th December

Sub Committee Meetings

Education Committee - Meetings commence at 18:30

  • Thursday March 14th
  • Monday May 6th
  • Monday June 3rd
  • Tuesday August 6th (date change)
  • Tuesday September 3rd (date change)
  • Tuesday 8th October
  • Wednesday November 6th
  • Monday December 2nd

Resources Committee - Meetings commence at 19:00

  • Tuesday 12th February 
  • Tuesday 12th March
  • Tuesday 14th May
  • Tuesday 11th June
  • Tuesday 13th August
  • Tuesday 10th September
  • Tuesday 15th October
  • Tuesday 12th November
  • Tuesday 10th December


Environment Committee - Meetings commence at 18:00

  • Wednesday 27th February 
  • Wednesday 20th March 
  • Wednesday 22nd May 
  • Wednesday 19th June 
  • Wednesday 21st August 
  • Wednesday 18th September 
  • Wednesday 16th October
  • Wednesday 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 

Community Engagement  commence at 4.00 pm

  • Thursday 20th June 
  • Monday 29th July 
  • Monday 2nd September 
  • Monday 21st October
  • Monday 18th November
  • Monday 9th December

School Council meeting 16th December 2019

School Council met on Monday night (16th December) for the final School Council meeting for 2019. The report from the recent Resources subcommittee meeting was reviewed and discussed. No Education, Environment or Community Engagement subcommittee meetings had been held since the last School Council meeting only 3 weeks ago.

Most of the discussion in the evening related to the Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) which has been developed and will be reviewed and finalised prior to the first School Council meeting of 2020. This AIP highlights that many educational targets have been achieved to date, but also outlines aspirational plans for the school going forward. School Council discussed and celebrated the successful year that had been and looks forward to numerous exciting activities in the year to come.

School Council would like to wish the MPW School Community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year.


Nigel Toussaint

School Councillor

Community Engagement Sub Committee Report

Our newly formed Community Engagement Sub-Committee of School Council meets monthly in the weeks before School Council.  The purpose is to deal with all things Community; discussing aspects of involvement, parent, community participation across the school, and linking Parent Reps to the School Council.  At our last meeting we looked at the Volunteers Policy providing information to update within the cycle.

The Sub-Committee is also wanting to develop a Parent Skills and Volunteers register as  many schools have such a register.  The purpose would be to access the skills and support of the community. Please consider  adding your name and skills to the register.

If you are wanting to be part of the Community Engagement Sub-Committee we meet on a Monday after school (4pm) in Kerri’s Office.  All interested welcome to attend.


At present Convenor and Minute-taker.

Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 


On the 29th of November I lost my graduation bear. If you know where it is, or if you see  a spare graduation bear it is probably mine, so can you please bring it  to room 10? I would like to have it as a reminder of primary school. Thank you. Magnus (Rm 10)

When balloons fly sea birds die.


Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall

ResourceSmart School Program

This year you may have seen a number of references in the newsletter to the ResourceSmart School Program. Moonee Ponds West Primary joined this free program offered by Sustainability Victoria  about 12 months ago. The Program offers schools practical pathways to reducing resource usage and making financial and environmental savings. It also helps schools integrate sustainability into the curriculum and raise broader community awareness of sustainability related issues.

The Environment Sub-Committee has commenced implementation of the Program this year. To complete the program, we need to undertake 5 modules related to water, waste, biodiversity, energy and a core module.  

We’re keen to have lots of people involved in the Program so we can complete it as quickly as possible. There are a number of ways you can get involved, including by joining the Environment Sub-Committee, if you're interested in joining the Environment Sub-Committee or would like to find out more about it, please contact the Office or Alyena Mohummadally.

However, if Committees aren’t your thing, you can also undertake a range of  Program activities of your choice in your own time and at your own pace. Just let the Office or one of the Environment Sub-Committee members know you’re interested- parent contacts are Nigel Toussaint, Bec Romano, Sara Melvin and Nicole Marshall.

More information about the ResourceSmart Schools Program can be found at

Finally, our 50 trees planted near the cricket nets earlier in the year are growing well. To make sure they survive the summer heat, we will need families to keep watering them, preferably in the early morning and late afternoon when the sun is not out.

Music News

MVIMP 2020

Please see Expression of Interest, Continuing in the Program and Holiday Borrowing Form.



2020 Enrolments are now being accepted. Please see enrolment below.


Fundraising Events

Thank you to our School Community

The Fundraising Team would like to send a heartfelt thank you to our school community for your wonderful support throughout the 2019 school year. It has been a very busy year with a calendar full of events for families, parents/carers and our children. From Movie Night to Trivia Night, Cake Stalls, Pizzas, Hot Cross Buns, BBQs and Raffles we’ve had lots of fun and laughs along the way. The Fundraising Team’s aim is to engage our community in a fun way whilst raising additional funds to support important improvements to our school. Our efforts would not be rewarded without your support so we thank you and hope that you enjoy a wonderful summer break – Danielle, Rachel, Sophie & Michelle

MPW End of Year Christmas Raffle

The End of Year Raffle is fast approaching! Every family should have now received a book of 10 Raffle Tickets to sell. Please see details below about our wonderful prizes. Tickets are just $2 with money and tickets due back to the office no later than Wednesday 18th December with the Raffle drawn at 2.30 pm on Thursday 19th December at our final assembly. If you have not received a book of tickets or require more tickets please see the office.


Help fight the war on waste this Christmas -
KeepCup Fundraiser

Help fight the war on waste and encourage someone you know to be more sustainable this Christmas with their very own KeepCup! KeepCups make a great gift, especially perfect for KK presents. They are now available to purchase through the School Office with two different sizes and several different colours available – Small 8oz are $14 and Large 12oz are only $16. Why buy just one – consider one for every member of the family. Also, each KeepCup sold raises money for the school and we’ve partnered with Darling St Espresso who will take 50c off the price of your first coffee or milkshake in your new KeepCup! KeepCups are also suitable for lunch order milkshakes. What are you waiting for……let’s try to wipe out disposable coffee cups in our school community….buy yours now!







School Information

General Office

Office:                                 8:15 am - 4:45 pm

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

Xavia Bicheno                  Administration Trainee

Leadership Team

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal 

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

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 done via the COMPASS parent portal and the school absence  telephone line. 

If your child is sick it is advisable to not send your child to school. Continual absence may require a medical certificate.

2019 Term Dates

Term 4:

Monday 7th October to Thursday 19th December

End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 3.30 pm.

2019 Curriculum Days

Term 4:

Thursday 19th December School (last day of Term 4 2019) - 3:30 pm dismissal

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free - Staff time in lieu half day)

2020 Term Dates

Term 1:

Wednesday 29th January to Friday 27th March

Term 2:

Tuesday 14th April to Friday 26th June

Term 3:

Monday 13th July to Friday 18th September

Term 4:

Monday 5th October to Thursday 17th December

(Friday 18th Pupil Free)

***** End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1,2 & 3. Term 4 is at 3.30 pm

2020 Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Tuesday 28th January and Friday 6th of March

Term 3:

Thursday 23rd July

Friday 18th September

Term 4:

Friday 18th December (Pupil free half day in lieu)

Before and After School Care

At MPW before and after school care is provided by Camp Australia. The service operates 7.00  - 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

We have a significant amount of unnamed clothing regularly donated to charity.


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.

Community Calendar


Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 7.00 pm

Wednesday 18th December

Grade 5/6 Picnic

Thursday 19th December

Last day Term 4 - School concludes @ 3.30 pm


Wednesday 29th January 

School begins for students in years 1-6


Monday 3rd February

School begins for Foundation students

Friday 14th February

Community Basket Tea

Community News


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf
Expression of Interest for MVIMP 2020.pdf
Continuing in MVIMP and Holiday Borrowing Note 2019.pdf
MPW DD and Enrolment form 2020 (002).pdf