Moonee Ponds West Primary School

24 November 2017
2017 - Issue 36
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Sport News
Music
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039
AU

Principal's report

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition

A huge thank you to Sue, Claudia, Shirl, Jill, Cate, Elisa, Lurinda, Peter, Melanie (thank you for the beautiful sunflowers) and Brian who assisted with the set up of the Vincent Van Gogh exhibition now on display in the Performance Space and surrounding spaces. The opening of the exhibition was held on Monday evening and will close on this Monday evening at 7:30pm.

 

Sue provided an insight into the life and times of Van Gogh, the artist who only sold one painting in his lifetime, and provided an overview of the work from children in grades 3/4/5 and 6. Claudia spoke of the work of the children in grades prep/one/two and three. Thank you also  to Jake from room 10 and Doug room 18 provided background music. Phoebe read to everyone in attendance as a critic of the Van Gogh Seasons Exhibition at the NGV.   Xavier also had his critique on display. School Council President Louise Evans opened the exhibition. Below is a link to an excerpt from an episode of Dr Who that focussed on the life of Vincent Van Gogh.

 

International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD)

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year.

IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

The Australian Government has been supporting IDPwD since 1996 and provides funds to promote and raise awareness of the day around Australia.

The theme for 2017 International Day of People with Disability is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. 

 

Source: http://www.idpwd.com.au

Thunderstorm Asthma

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.

This site provides thunderstorm asthma forecasting for up to two days in advance which can assist when planning outdoor events.  

For information on the VicEmergency app and how to download, see: VicEmergency app

Student Reports

Student Reports will be sent home with each student on December 19th.  We thank in advance all teaching staff for the significant about 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.

Drop off and pick up zones

A further reminder not to park, pick up or drop off children on or near the school crossings. It is imperative that cars are well removed from the school crossings and the crossing supervisors have a clear and unobstructed line of sight to keep all children safe when walking to and from school. Cars parking and dropping off children on or near the school crossings have a proximity to children.

There is a real risk of an accident. If cars do chose to park near the crossing, the number plate registrations will be reported to the Moonee Valley City Council.

 

Enjoy the weekend,

 

Jeff

Notices home to parent/carers

Monday 20th November

Head Lice alert                    Room 20

The Bee Musical                 Junior Choir 

The Seussical Musical      Senior Choir

 

Community Calendar

November

Monday 27th November

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition closes 19:30

Tuesday 28th November

Excursion Prep/One Team

Thursday 30th November

Excursion 5/6 Team

December

Monday 4th December

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 5th December

Junior Choir Musical

Wednesday 6th December

Senior Choir Musical  

Thursday 7th December

Senior Choir Musical -  Morning Performance

Friday 8th December

Basketball Tournament

Tuesday 12th December

Whole School Transition Day

Resources Committee  Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 13th December

Parent Helpers Morning Tea

Thursday 14th December

Race Around Melbourne

Monday 18th December

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 19th December

Student Reports to go home

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Grade 6 Graduation 

Friday 22nd December 2017

End of Year Assembly 9:00

Early Dismissal 13:30

Education News 

Vincent Van Gogh

 

Please take the time to come and visit the exhibition in the Performance Space. The exhibition will run until 7.30pm on Monday 27th of November. The opening hours on the final day have been extended due to popular demand. Please see below some samples of the artwork on display and comments from both students and parents/carers.

 

Great exhibition, what talent the students have shown Well worth a visit and I look forward to the next one.

Ross D.

 

I love the exhibition. I like the Grade 6 pictures and just fabulous! Thanks for the hard work. 

Fiona and Samuel L.

 

What a wonderful showcase of art displaying such a variety of mediums. Beautiful work!

 

Excellent standard throughout.  First class presentation.

 

What a spectacular exhibition. Thank you so much for all the hard work - it was definitely worth it.

 

Excellent, really wonderful bright and colourful. So glad I came to see it.

 

What a terrific and inspiring exhibition. Loved all the pictures, the music was also a lovely touch.

Thank you Sue and Claudia for putting it together and well done to all the artists!

Jo M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Room 24 visited the Vincent Van Gogh exhibition on Tuesday and chose a piece that appealed to them. In a directed writing response they were required to justify their decision and explain, through use of ‘word choice’ how the piece made them feel and why. Here are some of their responses:

 

Chaitanya - Room 24:

My favourite piece of art was Amelia’s from Room 18. She did the sunflower piece, I liked it because the sunflowers were smudged and they were round and small. She made the piece her own design and she used warm colours. Amelia bunched up the flowers so it looked like there were lots of flowers. I think she did it like this because I think she wants you to understand that not all the pieces will look like the original and that there are different ways of using your imagination.

She painted the background and the pot and the flowers but the flowers looked crayon. Great technique! 

 

Olivia R - Room 24:

I liked Jamie’s artwork who is from Room 15 because he did the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom. I love the way he made it look 3D, he also inspired me to do what he did.

I thought that his picture looked exactly like the Vincent Van Gogh’s that he did. James used good effects. It makes me feel like doing it, he did individual strikes and individual dots to make it stand out. James used the exact same colours as Vincent did.

 

Harriet G - Room 24:

I liked the painting of the cherry blossom tree from Kara from Room 18. It had bright explosive pinks and dark browns. It was made using a paintbrush. She has been using very good colours for this painting. The painting makes my mind blow. It makes me joyful as well. I describe it as a mind- blowing painting with the rich colours. Kara used the colours to blend different colours like the pink with the white. She did it that way because it makes it look appealing for others who went to the exhibition. 

 

Lachlan - Room 24:

I like the vase from Room 12 by Macy. I like it because the way the two colours blend and interact feels natural and feels like it fits. It makes for an interesting piece of art. The way the colours are used is a marvel and the detail is immense. The pallet used is an amazing contrast. They used the pallet in an absolutely astonishing way. The clearness of the painting makes it incredibly easy to make connections and hard not to like. I think the reason they used the colours that they did is for a natural but modern feel. The blues, greens, blacks and yellows used make it an absolutely fantastic contrast of colours. The positioning not only makes sense but is intriguing in a way that draws you in. It is a delightful piece and changes the way I see art forever. The yellow is appealing to me and makes the painting stand out and blows my mind. Any person could like it, even if it is just a glimpse.

 

 

 

Foundation 2018 Transition

This week the second transition session for 2018 Foundation/ Prep students occurred.  The students were a little more confident on their return visit and were eager to stay at school  and play outside over the recess and lunchtime periods.

 

The transition program concludes with whole school transition on Tuesday 12th December; at this session students will meet their classmates for 2018 and their teacher( if available) in their assigned classroom.

 

New Foundation/Prep 2018 parents and carers are invited to attend an information session on Tuesday 12th December whilst your child is participating in classroom activities.  

 

Sport News

Summer Sport

Term 4 District Summer Sport began last Friday. The Gr 5/6 students will participate in Handball, Soccer, Hot Shots Tennis and Touch Rugby (Coaches at School).

 

 

Sport Term 4

Friday 8th December

District Basketball Carnival (Gr 5/6) KEILOR BASKETBALL STADIUM

We need your help

For our programs to run we need lots of parent/carer 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

2017 MVIMP Annual Concert

Last Thursday, the 16th of November all MVIMP students performed at the End of Year Concert. The concert was held at Moonee Valley Race Course. Over the past three weeks, students attended multiple rehearsals with the three other schools within the MVIMP program, Moonee Ponds PS, Ascot Vale PS and Ascot Vale West PS.

 

The concert gave all students the opportunity to perform to an audience and to showcase all of the students had work throughout the year, with learning and developing their skills. The concert was fantastic! All instrument groups performed and it was wonderful to see the progress and achievements they have made throughout the year. To end the evening the combined band performed, performing six incredible songs- it was a fantastic way to end the evening.

 

Huge congratulations to all of the students within the MVIMP program and to those who performed on the evening. It was an outstanding performance and each students should be proud of their musical achievements this year.

 

A special thank you to the tutors for their continual work throughout the year and support to the MPW students.

 

Thank you to Jeff for his great entertainment for the evening, as he was the host.

 

Last Thursday, the 16th of November all MVIMP students performed at the End of Year Concert. The concert was held at Moonee Valley Race Course. Over the past three weeks, students attended multiple rehearsals with the three other schools within the MVIMP program, Moonee Ponds PS, Ascot Vale PS and Ascot Vale West PS.

 

The concert gave all students the opportunity to perform to an audience and to showcase all of the students had work throughout the year, with learning and developing their skills. The concert was fantastic! All instrument groups performed and it was wonderful to see the progress and achievements they have made throughout the year. To end the evening the combined band performed, performing six incredible songs- it was a fantastic way to end the evening.

 

Huge congratulations to all of the students within the MVIMP program and to those who performed on the evening. It was an outstanding performance and each students should be proud of their musical achievements this year.

 

A special thank you to the tutors for their continual work throughout the year and support to the MPW students.

 

 

2017 Soundgarage Concerts

Thanks to all of the children who performed in the recent Guitar, Singing & Performance (SAP) and Keyboard concerts. They were all wonderful events. Thanks to all the family and friends who came along ensuring we had capacity crowds once again.

 

2018 Enrolments:

All children who would like to have keyboard, guitar or SAP lessons with Soundgarage in 2018 must complete a new enrolment form as we don’t carry over Direct Debit details to the following year.

 

The forms will be distributed to existing students next week and will be available from the school office as of Wednesday, 29th November.

Choir

Show season is upon us. This term the MPW Senior will be performing the musical 'Seussical Jr.' on the 6th and 7th of December...... stay tuned 

 

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

Principal:

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.

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 www.campaustralia.com.au

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

 

 

 

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