Moonee Ponds West Primary School

21 July 2017
2017 - Issue 20
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

Welcome back

A very warm welcome back to everyone for start of term 3.

New Water Bubblers

The new bubblers were installed over the term break to replace the existing drinking taps. A new bubbler has been installed near the big adventure playground. Thank you again to the fundraising committee, the school community and the Green Team for their support in making the new bubblers a reality.


School Website

Our school website is currently undergoing an overhaul and will be relaunched next Friday 28th July.

Parent/Carer Teacher Interviews

Parent/carer/teacher/student interviews will take place next Thursday 27th July. This is a Curriculum Day (Pupil Free).

Parent Opinion Survey

This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted online via a secure portal. During the next few weeks a randomly selected number of parents/carers will receive details on how to access the survey. For parents/carers who are unable to access the survey please contact the office to arrange for online access to be made available at school.

Architect appointed

Haskell Architects have been appointed to work with the school in relation to the capital works program.

Sibling Enrolments 2018

Sibling enrolment forms are available at the office. If you are enrolling a sibling for 2018 could you please submit the enrolment forms as early as possible to assist with forward planning.

Bell Shakespeare

The Bell Shakespeare Company will be holding workshops for the students in years 3 & 4 throughout the week beginning 31st July. Staff will also be participating in a 2 hour workshop.


Helen Lockart is currently on leave for family reasons and will be replced by Joanne Belvedere from Monday the 24th July.  Room 23 parent/carers have been kept informed of this arrangement.


Enjoy the weekend,



School Council Report

The most recent School Council Meeting was held on Monday 26 June. The meeting commenced with an insightful update from two members of the Junior School Council, Amy and Priya, who described the recent work the JSC have been doing, allowing for discussion on how the two Councils may be able to better align themselves.


Minutes from the previous Council Meeting and all correspondence received during June was reviewed. Conversation then focused on the success of and positive community feedback received on the following topics:


Music Trivia Night:

The night was a great success with significant funds, a percentage of which will be allocated to the final payment towards the new Water Bubblers for the yard. Installation of the Bubblers is expected to occur over the school holiday period.


Complaints and Concerns Policy:

Positive comments received from the school community were communicated by several Councillors including appreciation of having a refined policy clearly advising on process and protocol in communicating Complaints or concerns to the school in the future.


Sex Education:

This years’ Sex Education programme was described as having been received well. Both Parent and Teacher Councillors spoke of the positive and mature attitude displayed by all students. There was general agreement that the extension of the programme to include Grade 3 & 4 students was a success, due in large part to the age-appropriate content taught by the provider. Discussion and consultation with the community will be forthcoming as to whether the programme be extended in the junior classes of the school.


School Governance:

Jeff provided an update and overview of School Governance including the Leadership Structure, lines of reporting and continual clarity of roles and responsibilities occurring within the Leadership Team.


Resources Subcommittee:

The Resources Subcommittee reported that maintenance quotes have been received for several areas of the school.   Aside for the small amount required to finalise payment for the water bubblers, funds raised from the Trivia Night will be allocated to the next Fundraising endeavour; notionally a Sensory Garden for the school yard.


We endorsed the Education Subcommittee Terms of Reference and this will soon be available on the school website. The Terms of Reference helps clarify the role of the subcommittee.  The school Child Safe Policy was reviewed and endorsed.


The new Communication and Engagement Working Group recommended an external consultant be engaged and reported they had prepared a Draft Terms of Reference document to govern potential engagement with a Communications consultant.  Three separate quotes had been sought, with return information expected by Friday June 30.


Master Planning Working Group:

The Master Planning Working Group advised that initial paperwork required as part of the Capital Works funding allocation was complete outlining the Student Wellbeing proposition associated with upgrading the Lennox Street toilet block as intended. This documentation was reviewed by Council and discussed before being endorsed for submission to the Department of Education on June 29th as required. The group advised receipt of three Expression of Interest documents from nominated Architectural practices, with short interviews of each scheduled for Monday July 3rd.


Conversation concluded with a focus on the rejuvenation of the Environment Sub-committee where it was proposed broad Terms of Reference for the group be drafted prior to seeking interest from within the community to input into the Committee moving forward.


Further updates from School Council will be provided following our August meeting.


Jarrod Smith

School Councillor


Notices home to parent/carers

Monday 17th July

Room 23 Teaching arrangements

Tuesday 18th July

Excursion notice - 1/2 Team

Friday 21st July

Foundation 2017 Survey 

Community Calendar


Thursday 27th July

Curriculum Day - Reporting to Parents

Friday 28th July

Australian Maths Competition

Monday 31st July 

Bell Sakespeare "Artist in Residence" 31st July - 4th August



Monday 7th August

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

District Athletics

Wednesday 9th August

'FAD" Day Gr 5/6

Tuesday 15th August

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 16th August

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Monday 21st August

Book Week begins

Tuesday 22nd August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Melbourne Planetarium Excursion Rm's 20,21 & 22

Book Swap

Wednesday 23rd August

Book Week Dress Up Day

Multi Age Workshops

Friday 25th August

MVIMP Camp returns

Bookweek concludes

Monday 28th August

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00



Monday 4th September

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

5/6 Camp Curembene Rm's 11,12 & 18 Departs

Zeeko Music Incursion -Whole school

Friday 8th September

5/6 Camp Curembene Rm's 11,12 & 18 Return

Monday 11th September

5/6 Camp Curembene Rm's 10,14,7 & 15 Departs

Thursday 14th September

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Friday 15th September

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

District Soccer

Saturday 16th September

Victorian State School Spectacular Concert

Monday 18th September 

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Thursday 21st September

MPW Show Day

Friday 22nd September

School Assembly 9.00

Eary dismissal 2.30pm End of Term 3


Education News 

Kids Matter - Social and Emotional Learning


Victorian State School Spectacular

It may have been a dreary and wet day on Wednesday, but there were bright smiles and voices a plenty at the Victorian State Schools Spectacular choir mass rehearsal.

The conductor, Rebecca, and head of voice, Rob made a long day of rehearsals both informative and entertaining. Our choir members have risen to the challenge of learning both harmonies and they are nailing it! Well done.

Come and experience Melbourne’s biggest professionally staged song and dance extravaganza, the Victorian State Schools Spectacular, a dazzling arena production guaranteed to delight the whole family. We are a part of this show which features a 64-piece orchestra, 1300-voice choir, 1200 mass dancers, 30 lead vocalists, 16 principal dancers, 20 ensemble dancers, eight backing vocalists, a magician, roller skaters, puppeteers and much much more. Tickets are still on sale.



Term 3 is a very exciting time in the library.

The Book Week theme is Escape To Everywhere 18th -25th August. We have all the Children’s Book Council  of Australia 2017 Shortlisted books on display and will read one book each week during library sessions leading up to the Book Award announcements.

A BIG thank you to all the families who have cleaned out their bookcases and donated the books to our GREAT BOOK SWAP. Please keep them coming.


Our Goal is to raise $1,000.00 dollars for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation through holding this Book Swap.

Ways in which you can support this Event are…….

  • Donate books
  • Make a cash donation by using the link below

  • Send your child along with a gold coin donation to join in the Book Swap on Tuesday 22nd August.

Please feel free to pop into the library to check out our displays.


Fundraising Events

MPW Fundraising Events 2017

  • MPW Spring Fling, Friday, 20th October
    Please don’t forget to note the next MPW social event in your diary!
    Tickets and additional details will be available this term. Get in early as Spring Fling tickets sold out last year!
  • End of Year Raffle 

Fundraising contacts

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

Assistant Principal (Acting)

Barbara Springfield

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher/Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové

Leading Teacher (Acting)/Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack

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

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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