Moonee Ponds West Primary School

05 March 2019
2019 - Issue 5
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport 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

Dear Parents, Carers, Students and MPWPS Community members,

I hope you all survived the hot days we had last week.  The children were part of a Hot Day timetable and used this inside time to do some quiet activities of their choice and or complete some learning tasks that required further time.  The children were very responsible and of course this was very pleasing.

School Photos

April 2 is the date so get those smiles polished ready for Photo Day! It is timely that I remind you to remember that if you are choosing to wear casual clothes on this day, they must be sun smart and suitable for school.  Photo envelopes will be coming home so please ensure that these are returned by the due date. This will avoid any disappointment.

The Drop Off and Pick up Zones in Athol and Eglinton St

These areas appear to be moving more smoothly. Thank-you to those who are driving roundabout to roundabout waiting for their child to appear at the zone.  This is the correct process.  I have been a bit worried however when I see children walking between waiting cars to get to a calling parent’s car on the carriageway or seeing a child enter a car through the back door that is the closest to the road! Please be careful when picking up your child/ren in these areas.  The drop off and pick up zones are provided for parent convenience and for the safety of all children.

Early Bird Readers Club

We are looking for volunteers who can give 15 minutes (8.30-8.45) three mornings a week to be part of Early Bird Readers.  The Early Bird Readers Club provides reading practice for students who might need extra reading time to improve their fluency, confidence and comprehension.  If you can help there is a form at the General Office for you to indicate your interest and day.  Senior students also most welcome. You would be great Reading Buddies.

Swimming Sports

Last Friday (March 1st) our team of swimmers went to Queens Park Pool to participate in all things swimming.  Congratulations to those who have produced performances that will take them to the next level of the competition and to those who gave it their best shot.  Thanks to the staff and parent Jaz who accompanied the team and looked out for them over the day.

Congratulations to the students who are going forward to the next step on March 19.  These are listed on the Sports Page!

Census Day 2019

Last Thursday (Feb 28th) was Census Day in all government schools across the state.  On this day we confirm our enrolment numbers for the year.  For Moonee Ponds West we have a student population of 519 for 2019.  This is less than in 2018. Having a more definite local enrolment neighbourhood, means we only enrol those students who live in the school’s vicinity.   At present we have some wriggle room for enrolments, however we must be able to manage enrolments into the future.

Curriculum Day this FRIDAY (March 8th).

This Friday NO STUDENTS at school.  Our first Curriculum Day since day 1 of the school year.  On Friday our English Consultant Paul Ledwidge will be running a full day on writing and using the Writer’s Notebook in the writing process. As Principal I am charged with the responsibility to build the capacity of the teachers to provide the learning environment that supports the learning of all students. Constant learning opportunities within the school, from each other at the classroom door enables improvement. This year our Learning Specialist in Literacy (Kim Simmons) is working alongside Paul to build consistency and strengthen literacy instruction in every class. In the next weeks you could ask your child about their Writer’s Notebook!

Well that’s about it from me.  The 3/4 camp is coming up soon and it is very exciting.

Until we meet in person


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)



The historical colours of this day are White (purity) Green (symbolising hope) and Purple (for justice and dignity).  More recently yellow has replaced white representing progressive contemporary feminism.


School Council

School Council Membership

Parent members:

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

 DET members:

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

2019 Meetings

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

School Council Elections 2019

Nominations for the Moonee Ponds West Primary School Council Elections for 2019 closed at 4.00 pm Thursday 28 February. Please find below the declaration of the poll.

The next School Council will now be held on the 18th March not 25th March as previously scheduled. During this meeting there will be a handover from the outgoing Council and the election of Office Bearers for 2019.

Education News 

Moomba Parade

Alannah K from Room 18 will feature in the Moomba Parade on Labour Day Monday, with her float "Amazing Science". 


Last year at the Moomba festival she entered her design in the 'Kids - Design your own float' competition. In October last year she found out that she and five other kids had won, out of 4000 entries! The judges had a really difficult time choosing the winning entries. They loved the different elements to her design, that it had an educational element to it and that it was a science-themed float.


She met with float designers in November to workshop the final design. The float designers, Show Works, spent 2 months over summer, and over 13,000 hours building it. She visited the warehouse last Thursday where she got to see her float come to life. She also got to meet the Melbourne Lord Mayor and was on the Channel 7 News. 


Alannah chose to do a science-themed float as she loves learning and reading about all things science and science experiments. "Science is exciting, and is all around us in just about everything - in nature, in our body, in space and in made-made things too!"


Watch out for Alannah's "Amazing Science" float at the The Moomba Parade from 10.45am – 12pm on Monday 11 March.


Sport News

District Swimming Trials

Congratulations to all students who participated at last week's District Swimming Trials and to Charlotte, Jemima, Ava,Elizabeth, Eli, Jake, Atticus ,Lachlan, Finn and Albey who have been chosen to represent the District at the Division Swimming to be held on Tuesday 19th March at St. Alban's Leisure Centre.



Fundraising Events

MPW Movie Night - Friday 22nd March


Please join us for our first fundraising event for the year at our annual MPW Movie Night with Disney’s Incredibles 2!


From 5:30pm on Friday 22nd March bring along your chairs, rugs or beanbags and enjoy all the treats on offer with a sausage sizzle, lollies, popcorn, ice cream, glow sticks and drinks including a bar for the adults.


Relax with your family and school friends and enjoy a fabulous night under the stars with our very own Moonlight Cinema on the Tiger Turf. Food and drinks will be available from 5:30pm with the movie commencing at sunset.





Family: $30

Adult: $10

Child: $7

Please pre-purchase your tickets via Eventbrite: or from the office on the night.


See you there!  

(Bad weather? See you in the gym)”



School Information

General Office

Office:                                         8:15a.m - 4:45p.m

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

Leadership Team

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

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 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.

2019 Term Dates

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January (Curriculum Day) to Friday 5th April

Term 2:

Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 28th June

Term 3:

Monday 15th July to Friday 20th September

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.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January  and Friday 8th March 

Term 3:

Thursday 25th July 

Term 3:

Monday 4th November

Term 4:

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free)

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

In 2018 - 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.

Community Calendar


Friday 8th March

Curriculum Day

Tuesday 12th March

Resource Committee 7:00pm

Wednesday 13th March

6-7 Transition Information Session

Thursday 14th March

Education Committee  6.30pm

Friday 15th March

Interschool Sport

Monday 18th March 

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 20th March

Secondary School Expo

Friday 22nd March

Interschool Sport

MPW Movie Night

Monday 25th March

3/4 Camp Group 1 depart

Wednesday 27th March

3/4 Camp Group 2 depart

3/4 Camp Group 1 return

Friday 29th March

Interschool Sport

3/4 Camp Group 2 return


Tuesday 2nd April

School Photos

Friday 5th April 

Term 1 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Tuesday 23rd April

Term 2 Begins

Tuesday 30th April

5/6 Camp Group 1 departs


Friday 3rd May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns

Monday 6th May

Education Committee 6:30pm

Tuesday 7th May

5/6 Camp Group 2 departs

Friday 10th May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns

Tuesday 14th May

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 27th May

School Council 7:00pm



Monday 3rd June

Education Committee 6:30pm

Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11th June

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 17th June

School Council 7:00pm

Monday 24th June

Japan Tour departs

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Community News


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Schedule 4 Notice of election and call for nominations 2019 after close of nominations.pdf
Schedule 4 Notice of election and call for nominations 2019 after close of nominations.pdf