Moonee Ponds West Primary School

21 May 2019
2019 - Issue 13
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Music 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 and Students of MPWPS,

Congratulations to our Cross Country team who competed last Friday at the District Cross Country Carnival at Aberfeldie Park.  The track for the run presented some challenging gradients but our students managed the challenge and gave their best.  Several of the children will be going onto the next round which is terrific. Well done to all who competed on the day. 

School Council Sub-Committees

All members of our community are invited to become part of our School Council through the Council’s Sub-Committee structure.  The Council has the following structure:

  • Education
  • Resources (Financial and Facilities)
  • Environment
  • Community Partnerships (new for 2019)

The Sub-Committees meet each month in the weeks before the Council meeting.  The sub-committees are the ‘legs’ of the Council completing all the work necessary to recommend a course of action to the Council.  The sub-committees recommend to Council only. For example the Fundraising Committee connects to the Resources Sub-Committee, forming a fundraising calendar of events and reporting through profit and loss statements regularly.  In the School Council section of our Newsletter there is an EOI form for you to indicate your interest.  Come on get involved with the workings of your school.

Election Day Stall

A BIG thank you to all families who contributed to the success of the Election Day Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall.  The amount of homemade delicacies was again very impressive.  Coming from the country I have tasted some delicious hedgehog in my time but my purchase on Saturday takes the prize! Well done to all the parents who committed to a time to assist either serving or cooking and to the children who were very helpful taking the chance to assist. Did you know we sold 70 kilos of sausages, used three bottles of gas and had to purchase more sauce and additional loaves of bread!  The democratic sausage was very popular! A great day!

Special thanks to the small but dedicated Fundraising Team of Danielle McNamara, Rachel Toussaint, Sophie Atchison and Jackie Parry for the organisation of the BBQ.  Another outstanding effort.

Footnote:  I believe it is Jackie Parry’s final sausage sizzle at MPWPS.

Classroom Helpers Program

We are planning to run a short information session for parents who are helping in the classrooms.  The program will outline the Child Safe and literacy support strategies of this role.  Classroom helpers form an integral role in classrooms and we encourage your participation in any way.  Can’t come in to the classroom but want to assist; no problem maybe you can assist at home in some way.  Just ask your class teacher they will guide you.  Barb Springfield will be running the Classroom Helpers session.  The session will be held on the 11th of June, time to be  confirmed.  Hope you can make it!

Parent Representative System at MPWPS

A small but dedicated group attended our first meeting last Monday.  Known fondly as the Parent Rep program these designated parents form a vital link between the school and the home.  There are still some classes without this designated person or persons.  If you are interested in this role please speak with or contact your class teacher.   The next meeting of the Parent Reps will be Monday June 17th at 9.30 straight after assembly.  We meet in the Staff Conference area. Let’s see if we can get all classes covered.

Lorraine Wilson Celebration

On Thursday of this week we are holding a special function for Lorraine Wilson.  Lorraine is a published author (City Kids, Country Kids) and shared her literacy knowledge to teachers and students working as a consultant here at MPWPS for almost two decades.  Lorraine also held the same role at Deer Park North PS at this time.  We are extremely lucky as Lorraine has donated her professional library to our school and we are very appreciative of this gesture.  Our celebration on Thursday will recognise Lorraine’s legacy at MPWPS, and provide an opportunity for us to collectively wish her good luck and health for the next stage of her retirement.

Sibling Enrolments

A reminder to all families that sibling enrolment forms for students commencing in 2020 are  available from the Office.

Annual General Meeting 2019

We invite our community members to our 2019 AGM on Monday 27th of May. The AGM will be held at 6.30 pm and will proceed the scheduled School Council meeting.

Parent Forum with Dr David Collins

Reminder this session will now be in the evening (6.30 pm - June 6th) and to indicate your interest please respond via Eventbrite.  The link is below.

We have capped the numbers so if you are interested please indicate ASAP.

Well that’s about it from me. Until we meet in person

Yours sincerely

Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at MPWPS)


School Council

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 25th November
  • Monday 16th December

Sub Committee Meetings

Education Committee - Meetings commence at 18:30

  • Thursday March 14th
  • Monday May 6th
  • Monday June 3rd
  • Monday August 5th
  • Monday September 2nd
  • 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 12th November


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 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 


Sub Committee's 2019 - Expression of Interest

Are you interested in joining one of the School Council Sub Committees for 2019? Please find attached an Expression of Interest. You may return you Expression of Interest by email to the School Council Secretary @


Annual General Meeting 2019

We invite our community members to our 2019 AGM on Monday 27th of May. The AGM will be held at 6.30 pm and will proceed the scheduled School Council meeting.


Education News 

Lego Excursion

This week the Foundation and Grade 1 students attended the Lego Education Centre in Docklands, linking to our Inquiry Unit - Can We Fix It?

On Thursday 16 May, Room 1 and 2 went on an excursion to the Lego Education Centre, Docklands. We were so excited in the morning to go on our first excursion for the year. We had a fun day building a ‘Jack in the Box,’ and other constructions using Duplo. We had to build it by only looking at a picture and then using trial and error to see it work. We learnt about leavers, pullies and gears. In the second session we had time to become creative and build flying and moving objects using Lego, designing the coolest playground and building a seat for an adult to sit on!



It was a wonderful day! We were very tired at the end of the day, we even had some sleepy ones on the bus ride home.

Thank you to the parents who came along for the day and to the students who were fantastic!

School Photos are now ready to order!

Families that have registered will have received an email this morning with all the information they need to view and order their photos.

There is an instructional video on the main ordering page if any families need  further assistance with the new ordering process. Also included is a link to the video below.


If families have not previously registered, they can go to and use the individual code distributed on photo day to complete their order.

For any families that have lost their code, please  contact ARP directly on (03) 5243 4390 and the customer service team will be able to assist.


There is a 10 day initial ordering period for free delivery back to MPW which will end on 30th May 2019. After this time, there will be a $9.95 postage and handling fee on all orders, which will be sent home to a nominated address.

Australian Mathematics Competition

Is coming soon... Thursday August 1st. Applications are available from the Office and close on 30 June.

Please consider this as a MUST DO for students in years 3-6. The cost per student will be $6.50.

Music News

We are proud and excited to have some of our senior choir students participating in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Made of Stars. 

The Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria. Fittingly, this year’s theme, Made of Stars, will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances showing that these students are made of star stuff.

The three-hour live show – involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus arts – will be performed to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September over two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm.


Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience. 

For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets when they go on sale at 9am Wednesday 12 June via


Adult:                              $40

Child under 15:           $20

Concession:                  $30


Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling - Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.


2019 Senior Choir
The Wind in the Willows

In 2019 the MPW senior choir will continue to explore many of the elements within the performing arts. Our goal is to enable the students to participate in and bring together the many facets of the arts such as music, singing, acting, dancing and behind the scenes roles.


This year we will be performing our version of ‘The Wind in the Willows,’ written by Kenneth Grahame. The story combines a number of themes: countryside life, transport, justice, friendship and home. In addition, The Wind in the Willows is one of the most famous examples of anthropomorphism, enabling our students to explore human characteristics, such as ambitions, emotions and behaviour and help develop personal connections to their characters. The themes and personifications will be discussed as we work through each scene, characterisation and the interpretation of the songs and choreography.

The process of rehearsing and performing spoken and sung dialogue helps to develop language skills and provides a platform for students to take positive risks and build self-confidence. Everyone will be involved and have an integral role to play (big or small) to present this year’s musical. The process of being in a show provides the opportunity for every student to develops life skills such as responsibility, collaboration, respect, self-confidence & co-operation.


The best part is…It’s fun

If anyone would like to assist in some way with the production please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Kate Ridgeway

Sport News

Cross Country

Congratulations to the students who represented our school at District Cross Country on Friday May 17th.  In perfect conditions for running all our team members did an outstanding job with MPW finishing in 5th place.  Thank you to Jarrod and all the parents who came along to support and assist with marshalling the course, we appreciated it.

Congratulations and good luck to Xavier C (5th), Jake S (5th) and Archie D (10th) who have qualified for Divisions at Brimbank Park on Wednesday June 5th


Winter Sport

This week winter sport continues with MPW Blue playing Holy Rosary at away (Football at Holland Park) MPW Gold play at home (Football at Maribyrnong Park).


Students will play games of Football, Netball and Tee Ball.  Students who are not selected in their team for a week will participate in some Basketball coaching from SEDA students, who are being supported to develop their coaching skills. Gr 3/4 students have also been participating in the Basketball sessions as part of their transition to Interschool Sport.



Fundraising Events

Election Day BBQ & Cake Stall - Saturday 18th May 2019

On Saturday 18th May our school hosted an Election day Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall to feed our local hungry voters. After a crisp start to the morning the sun came out, the voters rolled in and we sold out! We cooked and sold 800+ Sausages, 15 kilos of onions, 40+ loaves of bread and many delicious home-baked goodies! It was a fun-filled and very successful day with high demand for a democracy sausage, with a sausage sell-out by 2pm and home-baked goods sold out by 4pm.


With Moonee Ponds West a Polling Booth for the Election it provided an additional opportunity to raise funds to contribute towards future projects at our wonderful school. We would not be able to run these events without the help of our school community so we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the community members who donated their time before and on the day. To the pricing team, set-up crew, the “runners”, bakers, the cooks, the servers and the clean-up crew a small amount of your time made a huge difference to the smooth running and success of this event, thank you.  We are really excited and proud to report that we raised $3990 on the day and without your efforts it would not have been possible.


We would also like to make a special mention and thank you to Sandra Monaghan, Kerri Simpson and Brian Lees for all of their help in supporting this event and to Bakers Delight Ascot Vale for their generous bread donation.


Thank you,


The MPW Fundraising Team           


Pizza Day


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 - 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


Wednesday 22nd May

Melbourne Zoo Excursion 5/6 Team

Thursday 23rd May

Lorraine Wilson Celebration

Friday 24th May

5/6 Winter Sport 

Monday 27th May

States of Matter Incursion 3/4 Team

Annual General Meeting 6.30 pm

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 28th May

States of Matter Incursion 3/4 Team

Thursday 30th May

Incursion 1/2 Team

Friday 31st May

5/6 Winter Sport

Incursion 1/2 Team


Monday 3rd June

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 6th June

Building & Construction Incursion 1/2 Team

Friday 7th June

5/6 Winter Sport

Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11th June

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Friday 14th June 

5/6 Winter Sport

Monday 17th June

School Council 7:00 pm

Monday 24th June

Japan Tour departs

Scienceworks Excursion 3/4 Team

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Community News


Camp Australia 




Moonee Ponds West Primary School
School Council Sub Committee 2019 EOI.pdf
School Council Sub Committee EOI 2019.pdf