Moonee Ponds West Primary School

05 February 2019
2019 - Issue 1
Principal's report
School Council
Education 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,

Welcome to the new school year.  It was wonderful to welcome back our enthusiastic students and to witness our new Foundation students and parents/carers start with confidence.  We offered Tea and Tears in the staffroom with some parents/carers taking this invitation to meet others, chat, and have a ‘cuppa’ without the tears!

Getting to know you interviews 

This year we are offering 'Getting to Know You' interviews for parents who wish to speak directly with their teacher. These will be held next week - Week 3.  Interview times can be negotiated directly with your teacher by completing the attached form.


MPWPS Basket Tea

Traditionally as part of the new school year a Basket Tea is held on our synthigrass (oval) area.  The date for this is FRIDAY Feb 22nd from 5 pm.   Get the picnic rug and chairs out and come along. A great time to meet other families and have the children play together in our grounds.  There will be some entertainment for your enjoyment.

Child Safe Requirements

MPWPS is Child Safe compliant and part of these requirements necessitates some changes to existing processes.  If you are collecting your child EARLY or bringing something to your child during school times you will be required to come to the General Office ONLY.  No longer will you be able to wonder into the schoolyard during class or break times.

If you are collecting a child early from school there is a process I have included with this newsletter.  Generally, if you let the teacher or the General Office know in advance (the day of the early pickup) then the child will be at the General Office waiting for you.  If you are not the parent/carer collecting the child you will need to be on the enrolment form as a listed person with permission to collect the child. These procedures may seem restrictive however they are in place to keep all students safe.   I am asking for your assistance in making these requirements work for all.

Your financial Contributions for 2019

In Term 4 2018 we circulated the list of Voluntary Contributions requested for the 2019.  We are now collecting these either online through Bpay (our preferred option) or over the counter at the General Office.  MPWPS can only offer the richness of curriculum with your financial assistance.   Of course all financial hardship is dealt with in confidence. Please speak with our Business Manager Sandra Monaghan if you need assistance.

Camp Information Evenings  

This year we are introducing Camp Information Evenings to familiarise parents/carers with the particular year level camps offered across the year.  The first of these is on Wednesday February 20th and will be about the year 3/4 camp and the second is on Wednesday February 27th detailing information about the 5/6 camp.  These sessions will be for an hour 7-8 pm and important camp documents will be distributed. Please check your Parent/Carer Calendar to confirm the dates.

Curriculum Days for 2019

 At the December School Council meeting, the dates for Curriculum days were accepted. 

The dates are as follows:

Tuesday January 29th - Curriculum day  (No students on this day )

Friday March 8th - Curriculum day  (No students on this day )      -       Literacy focus

Thursday July 25th - Curriculum Day (No students on this day) - Numeracy focus

Monday November 4th - Curriculum Day (No Students on this day)

Thursday 19th December - A normal school day with normal dismissal   time 3.30 pm

Friday 20th December – No students on this day (half day-in Lieu as per the Agreement for Teachers).  Teachers are eligible for time in lieu with this time to be granted when there is least disruption to curriculum delivery.

General reminders

  • Lunch Orders have commenced.  There is a menu on COMPASS  under forms and on the website.  Lunch orders are taken in the classroom and delivered by monitors to the Office.  Collection is arranged at lunchtime.
  • Snacks: If your child is having a lunch order they will need a snack for the first break.  Something substantial ( I recommend sandwich and piece of fruit)
  • Drop Off and Pick Up zones at front and back of school:  Please remember that you are to keep moving and not wait for your child in these zones. Enter the areas when your child is visible to you.  This stops ‘banking –up’ especially in Eglinton St.
  • The Blue Home reading Satchel:   This is for your child’s Home reading book and important notices.  For our new Foundation students the teacher will have a place for these to be placed each day.  Children are best at knowing where this is and unpacking their bags each day.  Home reading is reading practice, as we believe children are readers and writers from their first day of school!
  • The first bell goes at 8.45: It is important the children are here at this time so they can be organised for the day.  A late pass will be required after 9.05 and children must come into school through the General Office after this time.

Well that is about it from me.  Until we meet in person.  Have a great week of learning together and meeting each other in our school.


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting)

School Council

School Council Membership

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Helen Lockart
  • Vicki McCormack
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Vacant
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

2019 Meetings

  • Monday 25th February
  • Monday 25th March
  • Monday 27th May
  • Monday 24th June
  • Monday 26th August
  • Monday 16th September
  • Monday 25th November
  • Monday 16th December

Education News 

Foundation 2019

Woo Hoo! Congratulations to all of the Foundation students for beginning their schooling journey at MPW!

Last Thursday we welcomed the Foundation students and their families for their first day of school! There were lots of smiling faces and some nervous ones but we have had a wonderful start to the year!

The Foundation and One team look forward to a fantastic school year ahead!

The students have settled in well into classroom routines and making their way around the school. Many students have already experienced Physical Education, Creative Arts, Japanese and Hall within the first three days of school.

Here are some photos of the great work that is happening in the Foundation and One classrooms…

Remember - that during the month of February, children in their Foundation year will be attending school 9:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They will not be in attendance on Wednesdays. Children in their Foundation year will commence school five days a week from Monday 4th of March.

Emma Campbell on behalf of the F/1 Team



Fundraising Events

Upcoming Events 2019

MPW Movie Night - Friday 22nd of March 

Look out for further information.

School Information

General Office

Office:                                         8:15a.m - 4:45p.m

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

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


Friday 8th February

Yr 4/5/6 Swimming Trials Queens Park

Monday 11th  -Friday 15th February

'Getting To Know You' Interviews'

Friday 15th February

Interschool Sport

Tuesday 19th February

Japanese Tour Information Session 6.00 pm

Wednesday 20th February

3/4 Camp Information Session 7.00 pm

Friday 22nd February

Interschool Sport

Community Basket Tea

Wednesday 27th February

5/6 Camp Information Session 7.00 pm




Friday 8th March

Curriculum Day

Friday 15th March

Interschool Sport

Friday 22nd March

Interschool Sport

MPW Movie Night

Monday 25th March

3/4 Camp Group 1 depart

Wednesday 27th March

3/4 Camp Group 2 depart

3/4 Camp Group 1 return

Friday 29th March

Interschool Sport

3/4 Camp Group 2 return


Friday 5th April 

Term 1 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Tuesday 23rd April

Term 2 Begins

Tuesday 30th April

5/6 Camp Group 1 departs



Friday 3rd May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns

Tuesday 7th May

5/6 Camp Group 2 departs

Friday 10th May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns


Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Community News







Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Wow 2018 summary.pdf
Getting to Know You 2019.pdf