Moonee Ponds West Primary School

11 June 2019
2019 - Issue 16
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
Music 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, Staff, Students, and Community members of MPWPS

A shorter week for week 8. The term seems to be flying away and soon I will be accompanying twenty-eight (28) students, our Japanese teachers (Diana and Cindy) and seven (7) of our wonderful parents to Japan. What a wonderful experience this is to be.  I am busy trying to learn my welcome speech for the sister school visit.  I am enjoying the challenge that this task is presenting.  To compliment our experience to Japan, two of the teachers from our sister school in Yokohama, will be visiting us in Term 3.  They have been successful in gaining a scholarship to visit our school and system.  I was hoping they would require a homestay opportunity, but this is not part of the trip this time.  I will provide more information closer to their visit.

Three-Way Conference Day July 25th

Next term we are using the planned curriculum day as an opportunity to conduct our Three-Way Conferences.  The times across the day will be allocated to encourage parents to attend and teachers to do some specific learning around their learning needs.  Three-Way Conferences assist students to speak about their learning with their parent and their teachers.  Of course parents and teachers have equal voice in this process as they should.  If you require an additional time to speak individually to the teacher we will be able to facilitate this after our day.  COMPASS will be open for bookings in Week 10 and will stay open over the holidays and until the first week of Term 3 for your convenience. Forgotten your parent COMPASS logon?   We can assist with a re-set.  Simply call the school office.

Opening of the Amenities Block

Last Friday we had a wonderful ceremony to officially open the new Amenities Block (read toilet). We welcomed the Member for Essendon, Mr Danny Pearson, the architect Haskells, (represented by Dylan and Michael) and the builder Mr Alan Turner.  Our student Jack spoke at the ceremony giving a history of his involvement on the planning team and his role in liaising with the JSC.  Well done Jack!  I have included some photos further in the newsletter. Thank-you to the year 5/6 students who returned from sport to join the ceremony.  It was great to have so many students attend.  The next project is the Sensory Garden!

Update the Sensory Garden

We have taken the feedback from the consultation process and combined into an updated design.  The next step is to share these drawings with the Resources and Environment Sub-Committees of School Council as an information sharing process, so we can forward to tendering asap.  The ‘bundling’ of funding requires that all schools in the bundle progress together and so this is our hope. Your feedback has enabled some really high cost structures to form the basis of this area.  Whilst 100k seems a lot of dollars we are keen to get as much of the structure completed as we can, whilst ensuring an aesthetic and lasting result.

Drop Off and Pick Up Zones

Thank-you to the many parents and carers who have spoken to me clarifying the process for these areas.  It is great to have your support and understanding. Together we can ensure the safety of all students, families and community members and no fines!

Parent Forums

This term we have had two successful Parent Forums.  The first was on a Friday morning and the second a Thursday evening.  We had 63 parents at the evening session.  Both of these session were facilitated by Dr David Collins and had the focus of building resilience in our children. Going forward it would seem that a mix of times seems to suit.   On behalf of the school community, I would like to publicly thank Dr Collins for his generosity of knowledge and time to us all.  All Parent Forums appear on the Parent Term Calendar and are also  on the  COMPASS calendar on your Home Page.

School Reviews

Today I am out of the school being a Challenge Partner at a school in another Network. Whilst it is an honour to be asked by a colleague to hold this role, it is also a valuable learning experience for me and a chance to reflect on practice here at MPWPS.  A true win-win!   The School Review process enables time for reflection and re-alignment.  A great opportunity as we found last year.

Parent Reps

We are still looking for Parent Reps.  Please check with your class teacher to see if the position has been filled for your class.  Congratulations to the Foundation-2 team all your spots are filled!  The next Parent Rep meeting will be Wednesday June 19th (note change from Mon June 17th). Please let us know if you can attend. If the day doesn’t suit, the second alternative would be the Friday of the same week.   We will meet in the Staffroom at 9.10 am. 

Well that’s about it from me. Until we meet in person, let’s work together to encourage your child to have an ‘I can’ attitude especially in their learning.



Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at MPWPS)

School Council

School Council member feature

Name: Jane Kingsley


My husband Ben and I have two boys, Harry (in Rm 20) and Jack (in Rm 18).

My favourite thing about MPW

My favourite thing about MPWPS would have to be the genuine friendship and caring nature amongst the students, staff and families.  Every time I walk into the school, I enjoy seeing confident, happy children, interacting so well with one another.  




Name: Katherine Ayrton

Grade 5/6 Classroom Teacher Room 12



My favourite thing about MPW

The students here... they are inclusive, creative and thoughtful. The sense of community here is terrific, it really promotes a love of learning.

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 

Community Partnerships

Thursday 20th June 4:00 pm

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 Report


Education News 

Nüdel Kart Incursion on Thursday and Friday 30th May and 31st May

On Thursday 30th May 2019, Room 19 took part in an awesome incursion. All the 1/2 classrooms got to take part as well on either Thursday or Friday.

We had to go into Amy’s room as it was wet outside and when we went in there we saw a strange looking trolley thing. It was black with light brown wooden bits. It was exciting as we didn’t know what was going to happen.

We sat on the mat and the teacher Cat told us that it was a Nüdel Kart and we could pull it apart and find stuff in it and make and build things.  Lots of things were made! Cars,  camping tents, musical instruments, super hero costumes,  a camera, games and even a shower!

In the middle of our session, Cat gave us a challenge. We had to work with a different group and build something different. It felt good to play with someone different and take turns and share.  There was lots of team work in the room! And lots of crazy ideas when we were allowed to do whatever we wanted with the bits and pieces.   

When it was time to pack up, we had to do it. We had to build the Nüdel Kart back together and it was tricky but fun again! All the bits and pieces went back into the drawer boxes.

Now we all want a Nüdel Kart for school and one for home!

by James H and Miranda F

Room 19.




Amenities opening Friday 7th June

Last Friday we had a wonderful ceremony to officially open the new Amenities Block (read toilet).  Please the photographs from the opening.


Sport News

Cross Country

Congratulations and good luck to Xavier C , Jake S and Archie D  who competed at Division Cross Country  last Wednesday.  From all reports they really pushed themselves in difficult conditions.


Congratulations to Jake, who finished 5th in his age group to qualify for Western Metropolitan Region Finals on 20th June. 

A great achievement!  Good luck Jake!!

Winter Sport

Next week is our final round of Winter Sport  MPW Blue play Flemington away (Football at Debney Meadows)  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.

Music News

Soundgarage at Moonee Ponds West

We are so excited to now invite Foundation students to join Soundgarage in Term 3. 

We offer SAP (Singing and Performance) and Keyboard to any Foundation students that are interested. We also have availabilities in all instruments for all year levels!

Enrolment forms will be distributed to all Foundation classes this week, for anyone else interested there will be enrolment forms left at the school office. Enrolments for Term 3 are due back by Tuesday 25th of June.

We are also excited to have all the SAP students performing at assembly on Monday the 17th, so please come along to hear our amazing singers!


For all other enquiries please feel free to contact Maddie Owen at or 0401 844 522


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

Fundraising Events

Upcoming events


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


Tuesday 11th June

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Friday 14th June 

5/6 Winter Sport

Monday 17th June

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 19th June

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Monday 24th June

Japan Tour departs

Scienceworks Excursion 3/4 Team

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm


Monday 15th July

Term 3 Commences 9.00 am

Wednesday 24th July

VSSS Choir Rehearsal @ The Melbourne Town Hall


Monday 5th August

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Tuesday 6th August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Friday 9th August

MVIMP Music Camp returns

Wednesday 21st August

VSSS Choir Rehearsal @ The Melbourne Town Hall

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 m

Monday 26th August

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 28th August

Grade 5/6 Free Activity Day


Monday 2nd September

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 12th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Friday 13th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Saturday 14th September 

VSSS Choir Performance Matinee and Evening Performance @ Melbourne Arena

Monday 16th September 

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 18th September

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm


Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

Community News


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