Moonee Ponds West Primary School

17 September 2019
2019 - Issue 28
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!
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, Students,Staff and members of the Moonee Ponds West Community

Term 3 is quickly running to the end! Some of my colleagues say it is the busiest and most difficult Term. I am not so sure, as the preparation that happens in Term 4 is extensive and essential to a smooth start to another year.

Victorian State Schools Spectacular

I had the privilege of being in the audience this year.  It was a wonderful showcase of the talent we have in our Government schools. It was also a testament to the high expectations and quality teaching that enables such performances.  I have already emailed our local schools to offer words of encouragement and acknowledgement.  A copy of the Program is at the General Office if you are wanting to know more about the performances.  Congratulations to our children who formed part of the Mass Choir and to Clementine S who performed as part of the Victorian State Schools Choir.  Great performances from all.

My personal, and our collective thanks to Kate for her tutelage of the group, and to the parents (Sally, Anthea and Kate’s daughter Jessica  who helped during the rehearsals and at the performances.  Chookahs to all!

Lost Property

We now have two racks one for uniform and the other for street clothes.  Please have a look to see if any of the items belong at your house.  There is quite a lot of $$ on the rack!


The next item on the fundraising calendar is the Aussie Trivia Night on Friday October 11th. The venue is here at school and it promises to be a terrific night. So dust off your Aussie knowledge. Here is a warm-up question for you: What well known pub in the middle of Australia is up for sale at the moment?

Answer further in the newsletter.

Haven’t got your table together yet? Come on it will be fun and who knows we all could be winners!

Any members of our community that can donate to the Silent Auction please let the General Office know. We are looking for an overnight stay somewhere (i.e. farm stay, caravan resort, city hotel).  Any items that you have access to and could donate would be gratefully received. The fundraising team have just about worn out two pairs of shoes seeking donations for this great night.

Learning and Teaching Consistency

Within our current internal structure, teachers are planning together in an arrangement known as a Professional Learning Team or PLT. These are every week during school time and after school.  Teachers review student learning evidence and using the documented curriculum to plan next steps either for a cohort of students or for learning patterns that need further teaching.  This method of planning enables all teachers in a year level cohort to not only have support but also to understand the learning needs of students in their area. The learning is supported through the structure of the teacher’s Professional Development Plans (PDP) and their PLT leader.  Recent NAPLAN results have indicated that our students are growing their learning more than in the past and this method is certainly assisting a more cohesive and coherent approach.

Enrolments for 2020

We are calling for any SIBLINGS that are not enrolled to quickly get your forms into the General Office. We are wanting to confirm our numbers.

If you are not planning for your child to return to MPWPS in 2020, can you also let us know so we can balance up the ins and outs!

Either complete the form provided in the Newsletter last time OR send an email with your details, child’s details and a short reason if you wish.  It is always of interest to know why families have decided not to return to our school. It is a chance for us to improve!

Sandpit Toys


Buckets, spades, sifters, plastic cups, bowls anything except aluminium pots and pans. We will house them carefully and get the students to look after them. Over the holiday you might have a clean out, if so we would love them!

Early Dismissal/Assembly on Friday

This Friday we dismiss at 2.30 pm. As a result we will be finishing lunch early and children will clean up the yard, return to their class and be dismissed by their class teacher. I wish all a happy and safe holiday and see you on October 7th at 8.45 am for a 9.00 am start.

Well that’s about it from me. Until we meet in person. No news as yet, re the principal’s position, so I will see you next term as usual. My best wishes go to Jeff.

Sincerely and with gratitude

Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)

The Answer to Kerri’s Aussie Trivia Warm-up Question:

The Birdsville Hotel.

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 14th 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.  The next meeting is Monday 18th November (Please note there are no School Council meetings held in October).  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 

Grade 5/6 classes event
Philosothon at Scienceworks

On 12th September, selected students from 5/6 classes participated in an event called a Philosothon at Scienceworks in Spotswood with eight other schools. We were split up into mixed groups where there were approximately two students from each school in a ten student group. 

After that we went and watched a planetarium show called ‘The Living Planet’, then had philosophical discussions about the show in our mixed-school groups. Next, each group saw different exhibits and had another philosophical discussion about the exhibits they saw. After lunch, each school presented their learning's from the day before we headed home on the train.


Our school decided that a common theme running through our philosophical discussions was the question ‘What does it mean to be alive?’ 

  • Some of our groups discussed if we met an alien that did the same things as you, had the same emotions as you, and thought the same as you, would it be considered a person?
  • Others decided that it was how you chose to live your life that made you a person, so aliens would be people if they acted similar enough to us. 
  • Another one of our groups inquired into how you should live your life, arguing that if you’re just sitting  on the couch all day wasting away, you’re not really living a life. 
  • Finally, we also discussed whether emotions were necessary to count as a person. This group asked whether a robot with programmed emotions identical to yours would count as a person, or whether the fact that the emotions were programmed means that it doesn’t?

By Annika, Ruby, Lara, Bella, Finn, Kaan, Thomas, Harry, Angus, Josh, and Jeremy


You can find out more about the value of Philosophy in Schools by reading Ben’s article here.

Our Inquiry

 For the 5/6 classrooms’ inquiry we have been learning about animals and how they adapt to survive. As we progressed in our learning we found out about why animals are endangered – we (human beings) are the main contributors. Every day many species are becoming extinct from global warming and pollution. By burning fossil fuels, we create carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases are harmful to our atmosphere because they store the sun’s heat more efficiently and longer than oxygen. This means the world’s climate gets hotter and hotter and because of this process many species are dying out. The sea level is rising due to melting polar ice caps, and the sea is warming, making it impossible for coral to survive. Without coral, other species die out. Glaciers are melting giving polar bears nowhere to live; longer and more intense droughts are occurring, leaving animals with no water source. These things are terrible, but we have the power to change this. There are a few simple things you can do to help the environment and save animals: use public transport or cycling when commuting rather than travelling in a car; go on road trips and cruises rather than flying to reduce your carbon footprint; reduce your waste (make sure rubbish is disposed of responsibly and where possible, recycled); make sure the food you buy doesn’t affect the environment (for example, many products contain palm oil, the production of which involves a very destructive method of farming). You can also attend protests to share your opinion about how we need to stop harming the environment and our climate. Protesting is an effective way of raising awareness about climate change. My family are attending the global climate strike on September 20th 2:00 PM Treasury Gardens Melbourne, to raise awareness, share and express our opinions on climate change. It would be great to see some M.P.W.P.S students and families attending.


By Magnus CF

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

Bottle caps update! – Ending collecting this term (on Wednesday 18 September)

Thank you to all who have donated so far and we now have so many bottle caps! We will stop collecting from Wednesday of Term 3 (18 September 2019).

We have reached our goal of 10,000 and in fact beaten it which is fantastic! Final numbers are still being counted and the figure will be announced at assembly on Friday.  We thank Jenny and her students for bringing this Action from our Inquiry unit to MPW, it has been great to see so many classes participate.

City West Water trees

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


The native trees along Athol Street are beginning to grow! Thank you to our soccer players for respectfully staying away, enabling the trees to flourish, and thank you to our students for watering them as they are going home. The Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee received 50 free native trees from City West Water.  City West Water provided bamboo and cardboard guards for the trees and the trees were in tiny tubes.

Nude Food


Thank you to Helen, for reminding us at Assembly we all have a role in improving waste management, including avoidance, reduction and recycling both on a day to day basis and at school related events; students are asked to consider their waste in the lunch boxes, to choose food without excess packaging. This reduces the amount of 'stuff' that needs to go in bins to be sent to landfill. Durable, reusable containers are a great way to bring food, as they may last from pre-school through to high school and beyond, providing long term cost savings and environmental benefits. 

Green Team

A big thank-you to the incredible Lisa and Jess at Green Team, and to all of the terrific students who volunteer their time for their ongoing, tremendous, and green efforts. Green team explores and puts forward amazing, sustainable ideas, and this year Green Team have also been lucky enough to work with Sara and Bec of the Environment Sub-Committee, to work together on the whole school focus on sustainability, initiatives and projects. This year's key focus is whole school events, such as Show Day; where each class was provided with outlines on reducing waste, e.g. rather than making and laminating posters students could use chalk to advertise their stalls. A big shout out to those students who used the opportunity to illuminate environmental issues and human impact, there were short films showcased in Room 17, a petition as created by 5/6 students in Room 9, and 'Rubbish Races' by many students outside.  Thanks Green Team for your communications and engagement with the school community; Go Green Team!

Resource Smart Schools

Moonee Ponds West hosted a successful whole day workshop in June, thank you to Emily, Amelia and Aidan of Green Team, for touring members of the network and highlighting sustainable projects and foci. The Resource Smart sub-section of the Environment Committee was inspired to progress our Action Plan.  We are excited to be working on RSS modules this year, with some inclusive activities planned and some exciting initiatives on the way. Together, we are on our way to becoming a greener, more sustainable school!

They’re Calling on You campaign – Melbourne Zoo update

Last year students at MPW collected phones for the Melbourne Zoo campaign and if you have any phones that you don’t use anymore, you can place in the box at the office.  An update from Melbourne Zoo:

Eastern Lowland Gorillas are on the brink of extinction. You can help protect gorillas in Africa simply by donating your mobile phone.

So far, we've recycled and re-purposed more than 171,000 devices donated by individuals, schools and workplaces. But what's the connection between mobile phones and gorillas?

View the website for more!

Music News

Congratulations to the 21 students who represented MPW in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular mass choir. We are so proud of our students who displayed dedication, perseverance and team spirit as they learnt their harmonies and choreography for 15 songs that lay within the whole production.

This program is designed to showcase and unite government school communities through working towards a common goal of more students reaching the highest level of achievement in the arts, ensuring kids are happy, healthy and resilient, and building pride in our schools. The theme ‘Made of Stars’ was truly representative of this as the Melbourne Arena buzzed with excitement with thousands of students across many fields of the performing arts - mass choir, mass dance, skaters, BMX riders, dancers, acrobats, vocalists, haka group, stage crew, sound and lighting technicians and so on, all worked together over three long days to put on two amazing 3 hour shows.

As with so many things in our school, this would not be possible without your ongoing support, so I would like to thank you all for helping out in so many ways that are not always seen.

Many Thanks,



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

What’s Coming Up?

MPW Australiana Trivia Night 2019

MPW Australiana Trivia Night 2019

When:             Friday 11th October 7:00 -11.30pm

Where:            MPW School Gym

Ticket Cost:  $35pp (BYO Drinks and Nibbles/Snacks)

Raising Funds For: New Sensory Garden


Our major Fundraising Event this year will be an Australiana Themed Trivia Night hosted by the infamous Dolly, always a hit with the punters. So, bail up your mates for a ripper, ridgey didge night of entertainment! Come dressed as your favourite Aussie legend, Icon or just come in your flannie and uggs for your chance to win you beaut prizes!

It will no doubt be a top night filled with trivia, laughter, games and a lot of fun! Don’t forget your moolah and your plastic as there’ll be bonzer items up for grabs in the                                                                                                            auctions and grouse raffle items to win!


It’s BYO so bring your esky, stop by the Bottle-O on the way and don’t forget your sangers!


Tickets are now on sale so don’t be a galah and get your tickets before you miss out!  Each table seats 9 of your mates, that’s 10 including you! Book your own seat or join a mob.

Book through Eventbrite here:

To have flexibility on seat selection please use a desktop PC or lappy when booking.



The fundraising team are seeking items for our event in all shapes and sizes. Are you able to donate or do you have connections? We are looking for substantial items to include in the auctions as well as smaller items to include in our raffles.

Examples of donations may include (all items must be unused):

  • Holiday House Weekend away / Dinner for 2
  • Goods / Service Vouchers
  • Homewares / Electronics
  • Health & Beauty Products
  • Kids Stationery/Sporting Goods/Toys/Games

Please drop your donations in at the school office preferably by Wednesday 18th September (prior to Term 3 school holidays).


The Fundraising Team would like to thank you so much for your continued support and generosity at our MPW Fundraising events, we look forward to seeing you at our Australiana Trivia Night and celebrating our wonderful school community.


Fundraising contacts

Sophie, Michelle, Rachel & Danielle – if you have any questions please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to the team.                





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 18th September

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Thursday 19th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 3

Friday 20th September

Term 3 Concludes @ 2.30 pm


Monday 8th October

Education Committee 6.30 pm

Friday 11th October

Parent and Carer Function

Monday 14th October

Community Engagement Sub Committee 4.00 pm

Tuesday 15th October

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 16th October

Environment Committee 6.00 pm

Thursday 17th October

Foundation/One Activity Night 5.00 pm

Friday 25th October

Grade 2 Sleepover

Monday 28th October

School Council 7.00 pm


Monday 4th November

Curriculum Day

Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 6th November

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 7th November

Parent Information Session - Sex Ed 3/4

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

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


Tuesday 10th December

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Monday 16th December

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

Community News







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