Moonee Ponds West Primary School

15 December 2017
2017 - Issue 39
Principal's report
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

Grade Placement

Over the previous month or more, the staff of MPW have invested enormous thought, care and energy into arranging classes for the up-and-coming 2018 school year. We as a staff endeavour to provide for the best possible learning groupings to support each and every child’s social and physical growth and their intellectual and emotional wellbeing.


There are many things we can do to ensure a smooth transition. Firstly, children learn to cope with change by observing those around them. So with this in mind, it is important for us all to speak positively about the opportunity to meet new friends, experience a new teacher or even having two teachers! To reassure children that it is ‘normal’ to feel anxious when we experience change and that there are strategies we can employ to give us courage to face these challenges. This might be by recognising their feelings and using self-talk to manage their feelings, such as thinking of a previous experience and remembering the feelings and how they overcame their fears. For example: the first day at school or camp, a Prep/One activity night or a Grade 2 sleepover.


A new class provides exciting opportunities to extend beyond the comfort of the familiar, to experience the wonder of the unexpected and the unknown. And while change can at times be unsettling, the staff of MPW are confident that in our collective endeavours to support children to meet the challenges of transitioning into a new class and year level, we are laying the foundations for an ever greater resilience to meet the challenges of not only the most immediate but, most importantly, to embrace the challenges that are an integral part of everyone’s life’s journey.


2018 Grade Structure

The 2018 grade structure will be released in next weeks newsletter.

Student Reports

Student Reports will be sent home with each student on Tuesday 19th December.  We thank in advance all teaching staff for the significant amount of time which goes into assessing and reporting on each child’s progress.

Grade 6 Graduation

A reminder that the Grade 6 Graduation is on Wednesday 20th December.  We look forward to celebrating the class of 2017. The evening will start with a shared dinner for students and continue with the ceremony starting at 7.00pm. The ceremony will then be followed by a disco for the graduates.

2017 State School's Spectacular Broadcast

The Channel 7 broadcast of the Victorian State Schools Spectacular will be on Saturday 16th December 2017 at 7pm.

The two-hour broadcast will feature highlights from the live performances as well as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

Thunderstorm Asthma

Thunderstorm activity remains an ongoing concern. Please be aware that during grass pollen season there is an elevated risk of thunderstorm asthma in south-eastern Australia. Children and staff who have been diagnosed with asthma, have a history of asthma or have undiagnosed asthma, as well as those who experience hay-fever are at risk of experiencing asthma symptoms.

Thunderstorm asthma warnings will be issued through the VicEmergency app on days of ‘HIGH’ alert and is available to download from the App Store or Google Play.

Next Week’s Newsletter

The final Newsletter for the year will be published on Thursday 21st December.


Lost Property

We currently haver a substantial amount of lost property currently stored over in the breezeway near the main toilets. Please take the time to have a look through the clothing if your child has misplaced any items. All unclaimed lost property will be donated to charity at the end of the term. To minimize the amount of lost property in 2018 could parents/carers please label items of clothing with your child/ren’s name(s) if you are purchasing new items of clothing over the summer break.


Enjoy the weekend


Community Calendar


Monday 18th December

School Council Meeting 18:30 to 21:00

Tuesday 19th December

Student Reports to go home

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Grade 6 Graduation 18:00 - 21:00 

Friday 22nd December 2017

End of Year Assembly 9:00

Early Dismissal 13:30


Monday 29th January

Staff return for 2018

Tuesday 30th January

Grades 1-6 commence 9:00



Thursday 1st February

Foundation (Prep) commence 9:00

Friday 9th February

Swimming Trials



Friday 2nd March

District Swimming

Monday 5th March

Foundation (Prep) begin fulltime

Friday 9th March

Curriculum Day - no school

Community Basket Tea

Education News 

Internet incursion by Hope M and Ari N (Room 13)

On Wednesday 13th Dec 2:30-3:30, we had an incursion. Kara Bystrom (Syd’s mum) came in to teach us how to search appropriately on the internet.  We also learnt about the best websites to choose when you are researching or looking stuff up.  She showed us a new search engine called:, it’s great because it’s for kids and it has safe information.


Firstly she told us about herself, she said she’s a librarian. You don’t just find books in the library you can also find… COMPUTERS to research with.

We learnt about different websites and which ones are the best, some websites are at the top of the page because they paid the most money.  But that doesn’t mean they are the best to use for research.  Wikipedia is trust worthy but also not, anyone can be free to write whatever info they know about the topic- which means the info might not be 100 percent correct.


Then we had an activity, where we went on to and searched: How many people are in Australia? It was quite tricky because there were so many different websites to choose from.


We enjoyed the session because we got to learn what websites are better and if their information is 100 percent correct.


Our question is what would happen if the (internet) spiders got the wrong information?


-Spiders= robots that collect information that goes back to its website.

Hall Gallery

This week in HALL students had the opportunity to complete artworks of their choice; this involved painting, drawing, construction, theatre and clay work.

The following art piece by Ellie is a perfect example of the values of MPW and what  the teaching and learning philosophy of MPW looks like in real life and from a student's understanding.


2018 Lunchtime Gym Activities

By Oliver Jordan , Harry Butcher, Ollie Carroll

After noticing that a lot of kids were being hit by balls outside, we decided that another space needed to be opened during lunchtimes.


In the first term of 2018 we will be opening the gym on Fridays from 1:30 -2:00. We will be hosting some activities for you to join.

The activities we will be doing are:

P.E games for week 1,  week 4, week 7 and week 9

Indoor soccer for week 2, week 5 and week 8. Quiet indoor games for week 3 and week 6.


The people who will be running the activities will be Oliver.J, Ollie.C, Jesse.S, Jake.S, Cruz.G and Chaitanya.J.

Hope you come and join us!

Ardmillan Place


Fundraising Events

End of Year Christmas Raffle


School Fundraiser at Bunnings BBQ Maribyrnong

All MPW families, we would love you all to come down to Bunnings Maribyrnong on Saturday 23rd December, or even better if you are able to help us out on the BBQ stall that would be fantastic.


Please contact the office if you are able to help.


The Fundraising team.

Fundraising contacts

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


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

PSD and Student Welfare 

Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové (Leading Teacher)

Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack (Acting Leading Teacher)

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.

2017 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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