Moonee Ponds West Primary School

22 October 2019
2019 - Issue 31
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!
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, Students and Community members of Moonee Ponds West PS,

Great News

I am pleased to announce that after a lengthy process, Ms Barbara Springfield has been provisionally appointed (all Department of Education positions are subject to a 14 day appeal period) as our substantive Assistant Principal.  Barbara has been in the school for the past three years and brings exemplary learning knowledge, and a stability to our school.  Barb has an enthusiasm for MPWPS, and will no doubt be supportive of students staff and parents. Thank-you to Ben Atchison (School Council President) who joined the Selection Panel.    I would like you to join with me in congratulating Barbara on her appointment.   

Writers Festival

Thank you to those parents, grandparents and friends of our students that attended yesterday’s Writers Festival. It was wonderful to see so many of you reading with and being shown the writing process that children are engaged with every day. The festival was an opportunity for us to show by doing!  As I moved around the classes, I witnessed the consistency of practice in the writing process.  Children were able to speak about the process and explain where they were up to, and what was next for them.  I even had a chance to conference a piece of writing as I sat with a student in Room 1. Thank you Jasmine for your knowledge of spelling patterns and your ability to edit so well.  As children progress into the higher levels of their schooling, learning to write in more complex ways than as they speak, is the challenge.  The use of a ‘mentor text’ in the workshop model, helps children see the complexity of our language and supports their use of these structures into their own writing.  This is exactly the automation we are looking for as we develop young confident, and competent writers.

Parent Forums

A reminder to all that we have two Parent Forums remaining for this year. The first Parent Forum will be held on Student Engagement and Wellbeing which will be held on Friday 1st of November  and our final forum will be on Years 6-7 Transition on Friday 29th November, this session will have guest speakers from one of our local high schools.

You may indicate your attendance to either sessions at eventbrite using the links below.

Parent Payments

Each year our school collects contributions from parents.  Parent payments support the cash allocation from our School Resource Package.  Each year we rely on the contributions to provide the richness of opportunities for your child.  I write to remind parents that we are nearing the end of the year and your parent payment is important to us. All user pays items such as MVIMP, Camps or Choir need to be paid for before the 30th of November.

This year we have used your voluntary contribution to the Building Fund for the upgrade of the toilets in the Hall Building; the Library Fund for the purchase of more literature sets and levelled text for students, especially in the Junior School as they start their learning journey in reading. Contributions to these two areas have been decreasing over the past two years. I am not sure why this is but reassure that any contribution into these funds are tax deductible and used for specific purposes.

Towards the end of this term you will receive the Parent Payment package for 2020.  As is the Department of Education’s guide, we are to communicate the contribution package before the end of the year for your planning purposes.

Sponsorship Survey

How did you go with our specific survey around getting or being involved in sponsorship from large organisations?  In the school’s that I have led that have been involved in the ‘earn and learn’ campaign and were able to gain valuable classroom resources.  If you haven’t had a chance to provide your feedback please go to COMPASS in the INSIGHT section and complete the two questions.  Your voice will be noted.  Someone said once:  ‘You have a right to have your say, but you may not get your way!’

Enrolments for 2020

At present we are bound by the local neighbourhood boundary for our enrolments. Even at this late stage, I am still receiving enrolments from families in the boundary.  If you are planning to enrol in 2020 please come and do so a.s.a.p. so we can ensure a successful transition.  This THURSDAY at 7.00 pm we are welcoming our new Foundation parents at our Transition Information Evening. Our Junior School team will be facilitating the evening outlining what to expect and how the transition sessions will operate.

Well that’s about it for this week.  Enjoy the warmth that is planned for later in the week.  I think we deserve it!

Sincerely and in good faith

Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)






Camp Australia will offer care if numbers require. Please contact Camp Australia if you require this service.



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 28th October
  • 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
  • Tuesday August 6th (date change)
  • Tuesday September 3rd (date change)
  • Tuesday 8th October
  • 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 15th October
  • Tuesday 12th November
  • Tuesday 10th December


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 16th October
  • Wednesday 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 

Community Engagement  commence at 4.00 pm

  • Thursday 20th June 
  • Monday 29th July 
  • Monday 2nd September 
  • Monday 21st October
  • Monday 18th November
  • Monday 9th December

School Council meeting report 16th September

The School Council meeting started with a presentation from Lisa about the Race around Melbourne for the Year 5/6 students taking place in December.  It sounds like a wonderful day for the senior students to tackle some of Melbourne’s highlights and build on classroom learning in a practical, hands on environment.


We then had the Principal’s report where Kerri talked to us about the improving NAPLAN results from this year, updated us on some staffing news and discussed enrolments for new students in 2020.  Kerri then told us about the year 3/4 living and growing program starting in November. 


The  sub-committee reports were presented with highlights being the overwhelming success of the bottle cap collection project with over 10,000 caps ready to be delivered and re purposed.  The ratification of the Acceptable Use of Technology Policy and Device Repair and Replacement Policy.  Updates on the Volunteer Policy and Communication Protocols.  The Community Engagement Sub-committee expressed their desire for more parent participation on the committee.


Council wishes everyone a good end of term break and hopes we all come back in term 4 refreshed and ready to enjoy the final term of the year.


Brian Stanley

School Councillor

Community Engagement Sub Committee Report

Our newly formed Community Engagement Sub-Committee of School Council meets monthly in the weeks before School Council.  The purpose is to deal with all things Community; discussing aspects of involvement, parent, community participation across the school, and linking Parent Reps to the School Council.  At our last meeting we looked at the Volunteers Policy providing information to update within the cycle.

The Sub-Committee is also wanting to develop a Parent Skills and Volunteers register as  many schools have such a register.  The purpose would be to access the skills and support of the community. Please consider  adding your name and skills to the register.

If you are wanting to be part of the Community Engagement Sub-Committee we meet on a Monday after school (4pm) in Kerri’s Office.  All interested welcome to attend.


At present Convenor and Minute-taker.

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 your Expression of Interest by email to the School Council Secretary @


Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 

Writer’s Festival

On Monday 21st October, MPW hosted our annual Writer’s Festival to celebrate student writing, both Personal Writing and Directed Writing.


There was a hype of excitement across the school as students shared their writing with family and friends!








Thank you to all of the families and friends who attended and celebrated the writing at MPW and to the students for their creative and imaginative ideas!

Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall

Committee Update

The Environment and Sustainability Sub-Committee met on Wednesday the 16th October for the
first meeting for Term 4. It's been a busy year this year with the initial works for the Sensory
Garden currently taking place after a period of planning and consultation with the community. We
also discussed the re-grouping of the MPW Green Team which is going from strength to strength
every week! One of the responsibilities of the committee is to develop a Green Action plan, which
is currently in draft form and to oversee other issues arising in the school, like attending to the
peppercorn tree roots hazard and the keeping tabs on the tree plantings.
MPW is also a Resource Smart School, meaning we are part of a program run by Sustainability
Victoria to assist us in becoming a sustainable school. Lots of work is done in this space and
Sara and Bec (MPW parents) are heading off to Deer Park Primary today to complete some of the
online modules required to enable us to reduce waste and save energy!
Well done to The Green Team for organising a fabulous Nude Food picnic lunch last Friday as
well as having Earth Crusaders come along during FAT. Excellent work Green Team and we hope
that MPW kids keep up those nude food lunchboxes!!

Music News

MVIMP Combined Concert

This year's MVIMP Combined Concert will be held on Thursday 14th of November at the Moonee Valley Racecourse at 7:00pm. The MVIMP Combined Concert is a wonderful celebration of the year for MVIMP students across the four participating schools - Moonee Ponds PS, Moonee Ponds West PS, Ascot Vale PS and Ascot Vale West PS. Tickets are now available at Eventbrite


The 2019 MPW spectacular Senior Choir
are proud to present

Performance dates and times:

Wednesday 4th December 7:00 pm start

Thursday 5th December 7:00 pm start

Friday 6th December 9:15 am start for the whole school

Location: MPW Gym.

Duration: approximately 90 minutes

(there will be a brief interval)

Every child in the choir has an integral role to play as they sing, dance and act their way through over 20 songs and scenes to bring to life Kenneth Grahame’s timeless tale of the adventures of Toad and his very patient friends. The students can’t wait to showcase their amazing work.

Stay tuned for further details.


Our Annual Soundgarage Concerts will be held in the Performance Space at Moonee Ponds West on:

Tuesday 26th November – KEYBOARD CONCERTS

6.00pm - F/1/2 students & helpers

7.00pm - Grade 3 and 4's (and helpers as above)

7.45pm – 5/6 (and helpers as above)

 Wednesday 27th November – GUITAR AND SAP CONCERT

6.00pm ALL guitar and ALL SAP


Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your concert starting time in 'rock star attire'.

We can’t wait to see you all there.

For any further questions please feel free to contact Maddie Owen at

Sport News


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Fundraising Events

Australiana Trivia Night Donations for Sale

The fundraising team were overwhelmed by the generosity of families and local businesses with donations to our recent Trivia Night. There were 2 donations that went unsold during the event that we would like to offer to the school community to purchase as they are both wonderful services that we know someone would love. We are offering the following vouchers at a minimum of $50 each, ie half the face value, first in best dressed. As the money raised is going to a wonderful cause, our sensory garden, if you are able to contribute more it would be welcomed.  If you’re interested please contact the school office, make payment and pick up your voucher!


$100 Team Adrenalin Voucher

Put $100 towards any term of classes or even a party at Team Adrenalin (new or existing athletes)! Team Adrenalin is one of Melbourne's leading Acrobatic Gymnastics clubs catering for recreational and competitive athletes of all ages. More information on classes/parties:


$100 Soiree Voucher for your next Kids Party

Let Soiree MC organise everything for your next Kids Party with $100 towards a Themed Birthday Party at this amazing new Ascot Vale venue. More information on parties and services offered:

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 done via the COMPASS parent portal and the school absence  telephone line. 

If your child is sick it is advisable to not send your child to school. Continual absence may require a medical certificate.

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:

Thursday 19th December School (last day of Term 4 2019) - 3:30 pm dismissal

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free - Staff time in lieu half day)

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

We have a significant amount of unnamed clothing regularly donated to charity.


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 23rd October

Grade 5/6 Excursion

Thursday 24th October

Foundation Transition Information Session 7:00 pm 

Friday 25th October

Grade 5/6 Excursion

Grade 2 Sleepover

Monday 28th October

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 29th October

Rippon Lea Excursion Grade 1/2

Thursday 31st October

Rippon Lea Excursion Grade 1/2



Monday 4th November

Curriculum Day

Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 6th November

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 7th November

5/6 Excursion

Parent Information Session - Sex Ed 3/4 7:00 pm

Tuesday 12th November

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 1

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Thursday 14th November 2019

MVIMP Combined Concert

Tuesday 19th November 2019

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 2

Wednesday 20th November

Environment Committee meeting 6:00 pm

Thursday 21st November

Philosothon Excursion

Monday 25th November

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 26th November

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 3

Soundgarage Keyboard Concert

Wednesday 27th November

Soundgarage Guitar and SAP Concert


Wednesday 4th December

Choir Performance 7:00 pm

Thursday 5th December

Choir Performance 7:00 pm

Friday 6th December

Choir Performance 9:15 pm

Tuesday 10th December

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 16th December

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

Community News




Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Enrolment intentions 2020.pdf
School Council Sub Committee EOI 2019.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf