Welcome back to a new school year and a new decade! WOW what a start.
The children have returned ready for another year of learning and growing together and the classes have settled with a calm atmosphere. Our new Foundation students started full time yesterday after last week completing their entry assessments. No more Wednesdays for this year, we are straight into learning and getting along. Just a reminder your class teacher is the first post of call should you have something to discuss. Remember to make a mutual time so that the teacher can attend to your item.
This year we welcome Mr. Tim Cannan (1/2), Ms. Nadia Lopez (5/6), Ms.Elizabeth Kandiliotis (1/2) and Ms. Deesa Walsh (3/4). All new members have slipped into the teaching teams like 'hands into gloves.' I offer our congratulations and best wishes to Ms. Bree White, Ms. Cassie McIntosh and Ms. Emma Campbell who will be going on maternity leave at the end of this term or early Term 2.
This is part of the tradition of Moonee Ponds West and is on Friday February 14th from 5.30pm. It is BYO everything and families take over the oval area. Our Parent Representatives from 2019 have suggested class area signs to help with the getting to know you idea. Of course, you can sit where and with who you like but this could add another aspect to the night. Teachers will be there at the beginning to welcome you.
When any new updates are available they will be circulated via COMPASS. Please ensure you check this main communication tool as there is much information especially at the beginning of the year.
Mobile Phones in schools: From the beginning of this current school year personal mobile phones and other personal devices that can access the internet that come to school with students MUST be housed in the General Office at the beginning of the day (before 9.00) and collected after the end of day bell (3.30-3.45). This move is to enable students to focus on their learning without distraction. It is also a move to reduce cyber-bullying and harassment during school hours. My suggestion: unless your child must have their phone/apple watch/other similar device with them for safety reasons, then leave them safely at home. Children who attend Before or After Care will experience the same guidelines.
This year we are moving to newsletters fortnightly. Now that we have COMPASS, the reliance on information via this one form has been reduced. The newsletter will always be the schools face, but not the only means of communicating with the community.
Late last week your child (eldest in the family) had a special letter for you. It outlined the structure of the School Contributions for 2020. The structure of payments each year is carefully considered by the Resources (including Finance Committee) Sub-Committee of School Council and the collection ensures that MPWPS offers a rich experience based learning environment. All payments are collected by the end of Term 1. I urge your attention to this matter. Lost the letter? Didn’t get it? It’s not in the bottom of the bag? Give Sandra Monaghan (Business Manager) a call. Also speak to Sandra about anything financial. We are here to help.
We are finalising some dates and hope to have this up beginning week 3 on COMPASS in the Community Calendar section. Please look for important dates.
We have taken feedback from teachers and parents to strengthen the previous Information Evenings into a Parent Teacher Interview structure after school in Week 7. There will be one late night until 7.00pm. The Parent Teacher Interview will continue to be an opportunity for you to share important information about your child, but your teacher will have spent valuable time with your child and will be in a position to share some learning goals. Again, bookings will be available on COMPASS.
It may be necessary for the Foundation teachers to have an Information Evening before this date, for the general information (the nuts and bolts) about the class for parents. They will be communicating separately so look for this information again through COMPASS.
Well that’s about it from me. Until we meet in person have a wonderful week settling your family back into the new school year and routines.
Kerri J Simpson
Principal (Acting at MPWPS)
Are you keen to get involved in the school community? Interested in the bigger picture of how MPW is tracking and where it is aiming to be? School Council could be the place for you in 2020!
Each year the opportunity arises for spots on school council. Council has both parent and staff representatives and has an overarching governance role to play in conjunction with the principal who runs the operation of the school with the staff. There are 8 council meetings each year, with members also participating in sub-committees covering Education, Resources (Finance), Environment and Community. Parents not on council are also welcome and encouraged to get involved in the sub-committees as the more voices involved the better.
Please give school council some thought for 2020. The only thing better than having an opinion is having a forum in which to be heard and influence change.
Please look out for notice of the 2020 School Council Elections.
School Council President
Education Committee - Meetings commence at 18:30
Resources Committee - Meetings commence at 19:00
Environment Committee - Meetings commence at 18:00
Community Engagement commence at 4.00 pm
1st Place: Noah E (Trophy)
2nd Place: Jamie K (Silver Grasshopper Badge)
3rd Place: Felix B (Bronze Grasshopper Badge)
1st Place: Oscar R (Trophy)
2nd Place: Jerome Z (Silver Grasshopper Badge)
3rd Place: Vivan S (Bronze Grasshopper Badge)
This Friday the 7th February students from Gr 4, 5 & 6 will participate in our school swimming trials. Trials are held to select an MPW swimming team that will compete in the Ascot Vale District Swimming Carnival on Friday 21st February. Thanks to all the Parenst and Carers who have volunteered their time to make this event possible. Good luck to all swimmers we hope you enjoy the morning.
Summer Sport begins on Friday 14th February. Grade 5/6’s will be competing in Handball, Soccer and Hot Shot Tennis matches against teams from Ascot Vale District. Permission forms went home last week and need to be returned ASAP. There will be training this Friday for those students not competing in Swimming Trials
"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall
Expressions of interest for new members of the MPWPS Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee
The Environment and Sustainability Sub-Committee is a vibrant, innovative and progressive committee that reports to School Council and are looking for more interested members of the school community to join the membership of this group.
The role of the Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee is to provide strategic direction and leadership to ensure that MPW supports and encourages best practice in regards to Environment and Sustainability issues. The Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee has an overarching aim to promote an environmentally friendly and sustainable school, thereby reducing the environmental footprint of our school community. Sub-committee members have an opportunity to discuss and address strategies to make MPW more ‘green’ and assist with seeking and managing grants, information and any assistance that could assist our school. There is lots to do with this sub-committee and we welcome all interested parents!
Last year, we made some progress towards the Resource Smart School (RSS) work and to complete the program, we need to undertake 5 modules related to water, waste, biodiversity, energy and a core module. RSS offers schools practical pathways to reducing resource usage and making financial and environmental savings. It also helps schools integrate sustainability into the curriculum and raise broader community awareness of sustainability related issues. We’re keen to have lots of people involved in the Program so we can complete it as quickly as possible.
More information about the ResourceSmart Schools Program can be found at https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/School/About-ResourceSmart-Schools
The Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee meets regularly at 6pm on a Wednesday night (next meeting Wednesday 19 February). There are approximately eight meetings each year. If you are interested in joining the Sub-Committee or being involved in some way (not on a sub-committee but involved via project work, working bees) please contact Sandra Monaghan at the school office email@example.com or contact one of the parent contacts and let them know. The current parent contacts are, Nigel Toussaint, Bec Romano, Sara Melvin and Nicole Marshall.
Convenor – Alyena Mohummadally
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
Principal - Acting
Business Operations Manager
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.
Wednesday 29th January to Friday 27th March
Tuesday 14th April to Friday 26th June
Monday 13th July to Friday 18th September
Monday 5th October to Thursday 17th December
(Friday 18th Pupil Free)
***** End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1,2 & 3. Term 4 is at 3.30 pm
Tuesday 28th January and Friday 6th of March
Thursday 23rd July
Friday 18th September
Friday 18th December (Pupil free half day in lieu)
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 www.campaustralia.com.au
Lunch Orders at MPW are supplied by Darling St Espresso. The lunch order menu is available from the Office or our website -
School Uniform is available from Lowes at Highpoint Shopping Centre or online at http://www.lowes.com.au/campuscategories.aspx?depid=764. We also have a supply of pre loved uniform available for purchase from the Administration Office.
We have a significant amount of unnamed clothing regularly donated to charity. You can reduce this by:
Labelling everything that comes to school (a simple sharpie does the trick).
Thank you to all those that are already in the habit of labelling and checking lost property (located in the gym). It makes our volunteers job much easier.
School uniforms tend to be well labelled and easy to return. A quick reminder that pre-loved uniforms can be be purchased from the office.
Top offenders in lost property are:
- casual clothing, particularly larger sizes
- drink bottles
- lunch boxes
Please consider the drain on our resources every time these items are replaced. Label and check regularly.
When is unnamed lost property cleared and donated to charity?
Where is lost property?
In the Gym on the right hand side, as you walk in.
Wednesday 29th January
School begins for students in years 1-6
Monday 3rd February
School begins for Foundation students
Friday 7th February
Grade 4/5/6 District Swimming Trials
Wednesday 12th February
3/4 Camp Parent Information Session 7:00 pm
Friday 14th February
Grade 5/6 Interschool Sport
Community Basket Tea
Friday 21st February
Grade 4/5/6 District Swimming Carnival
Grade 5/6 Interschool Sport
Friday 28th February
Grade 5/6 Interschool Sport
Thursday 5th March
Living By Growing Program 5/6 Parent Information Session 7:00 pm
Friday 6th March
Curriculum Day - Pupil Free
Friday 13th March
Grade 5/6 Interschool Sport
Friday 20th March
Grade 5/6 Interschool Sport
Friday 27th March
End of Term 1 - 2:30 pm dismissal
Tuesday 14th April
Term 2 Commences
Highly experienced teacher
Individual piano, flute and/or music theory lessons
Prep for AMEB and ANZCA examinations
Please contact Diana on 0421 817 374