Moonee Ponds West Primary School

31 March 2017
2017 - Issue 8
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Fundraising Events
Education News 
Sport News
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

End of Term

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and/or contributed to ensuring the children of MPW were able to participate in a wealth of educational experiences, most recently, the Free Activity Day (FAD), which could not have proceeded without the support of our school community members. Thank you also to staff for all of their tireless work in supporting the children of MPW each and every day. May you enjoy time with the family over the coming two weeks and we all look forward to the wonderful educational experiences that ensue next term.

Movie Night

Thank you to all members of the MPW school community who attended the movie night. It was a wonderful evening and as soon as the amount that has been raised is known it will be published in this newsletter.


School Council

The new school council met on Monday this week. The current School Council endorsed the Annual Implementation Plan. The new School Council met following this meeting and elected office bearers. Louise Evans was elected School Council president. Ben Atchison was elected vice president. Murray Kingsley was returned as a community member and was elected school council treasurer. An induction session for school councilors will be conducted on 18th April.


If any member of the school community observes damage to the school property over the school break please report this to the police.

Resumption of School

School resumes on Tuesday April 18.

School Council Report 27th March 2017

Life is all about change and so it was with School Council as we bid farewell to outgoing councillors and welcomed in some fresh faces. 


A big thank you to outgoing councillors, Paul Girdler, Phil Peacock, Andrew Edbrooke (Parents) and Karen Ghosn (Staff) for your valued contributions.


A warm welcome to new councillors, Simone Beever, Lee Cath, Jarrod Smith, Nigel Touissant (Parents) and Alyena Mohummadally (Staff)


Office bearers are re-elected each year, with congratulations to

  • Louise Evans (President)
  • Ben Atchison (Vice President)
  • Murray Kingsley (Treasurer)

Finally, hello again to continuing councillors Christine Clancy and Kylie Brown (Parents), Vicki McCormack, Michelle Bove and Helen Lockart (Staff), in addition to Jeff Lyon (Executive Officer) and Sandra Monaghan (Secretary).


Early in Term 2 the Council will undertake governance education to ensure we are well prepared to deal with a wide range of scenarios the school may face.


Council endorsed the 2017 Annual Implementation Plan. This is an important document that describes key initiatives for the year, how they will be resourced, managed and monitored for progress and success. This fits within a broader School Strategic Plan. Much hard work has gone into this so well done to all involved.


The 2017 Budget was also endorsed, again following detailed work from the Resources Committee. MPWPS is in a healthy financial position.


In line with the Big Kids' Council above, we have a fantastic new cohort of Junior School Council representatives spanning Prep through to Grade 6. Congratulations to all who were willing to put their hand up and get involved in making the school a great place to be. We look forward to hearing more of the students' perspective during the year.


The entire community continues to be very proud of Bree White's trailblazing efforts playing for Collingwood in the inaugural AFLW competition. Check out Bree and some of her MPWPS fans at


Movie Night was judged to be a huge success with a special call out to all the kids in animal outfits whose rain dances successfully kept the clouds away for a nice change. Well done to our fabulous fund raising committee for organising a superb evening and to the whole community for throwing your support behind a very enjoyable event. As icing on the cake we have now raised sufficient funds to install new water bubblers.


Notices Home to Parents/Carers

27th March

Head Lice Alert Room 3

29th March

3/4 Camp Information

31st March

Teaching arrangements Room 2

Teaching arrangements Room 4

Teaching arrangements Room 7

Teaching arrangements Room 8

Teaching arrangements Room 24


Have a safe and enjoyable break.



Community Calendar


Friday 31st March

Last Day Term 1 

Assembly at 9:00

Early Dismissal 14:30


Monday 17th April

Easter Public Holiday

Tuesday 18th April

Term 2 Commences

School Council 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 25th April

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 26th April

Camp 3/4 Group 1 Departs

State Swimming

Friday 28th April

Camp 3/4 Group 1 Returns


Monday 1st May

Camp 3/4 Group 2 Departs

Wednesday 3rd May

Camp 3/4 Group 2 Returns

Camp 3/4 Group 3 Departs

Regional Basketball

Friday 5th May

Camp 3/4 Group 3 Returns

Grade 5/6 Winter Sport 

Tuesday 9th May

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 9th May to Thursday 11th May

NAPLAN Test Years 3 & 5

Friday 12th May

Winter Sports

Friday 19th May

Winter Sports

Monday 22nd May

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 26th May

Winter Sports

Fundraising Events

Moonee Ponds West Movie Night 2017 it's a wrap

A big thank you to everyone who attended and supported movie night last Friday.  Our first major fundraiser for the year was a great success and the weather was very kind to us this year, finally!!  Thanks to all of the adult and student volunteers who helped contribute to the fabulous evening - we were amazed at how many helpers we had!!  Many children went to great lengths to dress up as their favourite pet which made for an impressive sight! We have a wonderful school community at MPWPS and the fundraising team very much appreciate the valuable efforts from everyone involved in making these events so special.

Moonee Ponds West Fundraising Events 2017

Term Two

Disco Bingo/Trivia Night: Saturday June 24th 

Term Four

Spring Carnival Social Night: Friday October 20th 

Term Four

End of Year Raffle 


Fundraising contacts


PH:  0417 011 723   


PH:  0434 368 910

Education News 

Parent Information Session:
Writing and Reading

This year MPW has been fortunate to secure the services of Literacy Consultant, Lorraine Wilson. Lorraine’s work and approach to teaching and learning very much compliments the school’s Teaching and Learning Philosophy.

Lorraine is an author of many children’s books as well as teaching resources such as; Teaching Phonics in Context - L. Wilson and D. Hornsby, Writing to Live and Reading to Live. She is also a respected literacy consultant, recognised for many achievements such as:

  • ALEA Medal, awarded by the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association, 1996
  • The 2004 Service Award, presented by the Whole Language Umbrella, USA.
  • The ALEA Citation of Merit Award for Literacy – The Garth Boomer Award- awarded by the Australian Literacy Educators Association, 2005
  • Life Time Membership Award, presented by the National Council of Teachers of English, USA, 2011.


In first term, Lorraine has been working mostly with the P/1 team and she will continue to work with our teaching staff across the school in term two. During these sessions, Lorraine demonstrates good practice in the teaching of English. Areas that have been covered so far are; personal writing-including conferencing, publishing, ideas, spelling, punctuation and genre, modelled writing, shared writing, shared literature, language experience, dialogue, monologue, conversation and innovation.

Some of the areas that will be covered in term two include; poetry, oral language, speaking and listening and debating… just to name a few.

The teaching and learning of English is complex and Moonee Ponds West is very lucky to have Lorraine supporting our staff to consolidate and embed a whole school pedagogy and learning framework, which has an agreed language and is evident through consistent practice.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite our families to two information sessions, one about writing and one about reading, which will be held in the performance space.

  • Parent Information about writing Monday 1st May at 9.30-10.30
  • Parent Information about reading Monday 8th May at 9.30-10.30

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide childcare for either of these information sessions so we ask that you make other arrangements if care is required.

Please complete the below form and return to the office by Thursday 27th April. 


Free Activity Day (F.A.D)

What is F.A.D.? Free Activity day (F.A.D.) is a day where grade 5's and 6's get to spend the whole day doing fun activities that parents, teachers, family members, anyone you can think of run. It’s a great and fun day where kids can do what they love doing and develop new friendships.

Some kids from Room 10 wrote why they think F.A.D. is important.

“I think F.A.D. is important and should definitely be part of our curriculum because children can have fun and express creativity with other kids for a day.” Olivia. E

“I think F.A.D. is important because children get to have a chance to express their feelings in a different way.” Mitchell. C

“F.A.D. should definitely be part of our curriculum at M.P.W. because everyone enjoys it and it is fun.” Zara. B

Written by Caitlin M-P, Room 10.


Year One/Two News!

Last Wednesday as part of our inquiry unit, Exploring Our Emotions, ‘Inside and out’, children in the Years One/Two team participated in team building sessions run by Supreme Incursions here at school.

These sessions involved children working in groups to undertake challenges requiring them to work together, building on a variety of team building skills.

Rather than us telling you about it, here is what Lachlan Aitken has to tell you!

Jenny, Cassie and Amy

“We were learning how to work together. We did Island Hopping, Moon-ball Bounce, Blind Hopping and Tower Building. We were learning about trust, never giving up, taking turns and listening to each other.

The team building session was really fun… fun… FUN!”

By Lachlan Aitken



Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia - EpiPens 300 Recall - Reminder

Alphapharm Pty Ltd, following consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration, is recalling the following batches of EpiPen® 300 microgram (μg) Adrenaline Injection Syringe Auto-Injectors with a April 2017 Expiry due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the device failing to activate or requiring increased force to activate. Two reports world-wide have been confirmed of the device failing to activate in a batch of about 80,000 devices. 

Batch numbers:  

  • 5FA665
  • 5FA6651
  • 5FA6652
  • 5FA6653

Full details are available via the Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia link below:

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The Modern Family

For your information, Alyena Mohummadally, classroom teacher in room 13, will be on a panel to discuss the modern family on Tuesday 18 April at the Wheeler Centre. Please see the link below for further details.

Sport News


Congratulations to Ella N & Elli H who  completed at Regional swimming in Geelong on Tuesday 28th March.

Cross Country

Well done to all runners who competed in district cross country today at Aberfeldie Park. MPW finished 5th overall with a highlight of the day being our team support.


Good luck to the Elli Honan and Samantha Holloway who will go on to compete at Division on the 6th June at Brimbank Park.

Term 2 Dates

5th May

Winter Sport commences Friday mornings (Gr 5/6)

30th May

School Fun Run (TBC)

6th June

Division Cross Country

We need your help!

For our programs to run we need lots of parent assistance. If you are able to assist with any of our events please see Bree and pass your Working with Children check details onto the office.

School Information

General Office

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

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan                 Business Manager

Cristina Zelaya                Administration Officer

Sharyn Reinke                Administration Officer

Leadership Team


Jeff Lyon

Assistant Principal (Acting)

Barbara Springfield

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher/Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové

Leading Teacher (Acting)/Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack

Student Absences

Term DatesIf 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 a link on the front page of our website, 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.

Term Dates

Term 1:

Tuesday 31st January to Friday 31st March

Term 2:

Tuesday 18th April to Friday 30th June

Term 3:

Monday 17th July to Friday 22nd September

Term 4:

Monday 9th October to Friday 22nd December


End of term dismissal is at 2.30pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 1.30pm.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Monday 30th January & Tuesday 14th March

Term 2:

Monday 22nd May

Term 3:

Thursday 27th July

Before and After School Care

At MPW before and after school care is provided by Camp Australia. The service operates 7.15  - 8.45 am in the morning and  3.30 to 6.15 pm afternoons.

To enrol your child please go to

Lost Property

In 2016 - 40kg of unnamed clothing and

30 items of 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 huge workload and loss of property.


You can help by:

  • ensuring all belongings are clearly marked with student's names and room numbers
  • regularly check (and encourage your child/ren to check) for their lost property
  • remember 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 causeway at the entry to room 7 and 8 (near the toilet block off the little adventure playground).

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