Moonee Ponds West Primary School

08 March 2018
2018 - Issue 6
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Fundraising Events
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Class Representatives 2018

Thank you to community members who have volunteered to be Class Representatives for 2018. Classroom Representatives assist the classroom teachers with duties such as:

  • Compile a Friendship List for your child’s class.
  • Assist the class teacher with particular activities – e.g. parents/carers attending excursions, assisting in the classroom.
  • Organising social events for the parents/carers of your class.
  • Welcoming new families to Moonee Ponds West who are in your class.

Please find attached the list of classroom representatives for 2018.

School Council Elections 2018

School Council Elections 2018 update. As at the close of nominations on Friday 2nd March we had five nominations in the Parent Member Category and we have three vacancies. We will now be holding an election.


The candidates are Ben Atchison, Kylie Brown, Nigel Keegan, Matthew Kenny and Lisa Shaw.

Please find attached a statement from the five candidates and a ballot form.  Please find below the timeline for the ballot and the instructions on voting.  Ballot forms are also available from the office.


Candidate Statement

Ballot Paper



To cast your vote, you must:


• Make a clear mark beside the name of the candidate/s


• Place the completed ballot paper in a blank envelope and either

(a) place the envelope in an envelope with the voter’s name and address on the back and deliver or arrange to deliver it to the person authorised to receive and register votes - Sandra Monaghan (Returning Officer), or, post it to reach the Principal, before closure of the ballot at 4.00pm on Thursday 15th March 2018


(b) between 8.00am and 4.00pm on any school day, including the day of closure of the ballot, place the envelope containing the completed ballot paper in the ballot box and print the voter’s name and address in the register of voters.


Please return your completed ballot paper to Sandra Monaghan - Returning Officer and School Council Secretary by 4.00 pm Thursday 15th March. If you have any questions at all regarding the process please contact Sandra Monaghan via the school office or @


Election Timeline:


Thursday 15th March 2018

  • Close of ballot

Friday 16th March 2018

  • Vote count

Tuesday 20th March 2018

  • Declaration of ballot

Monday 26th March 2018

  • Special council meeting to co opt community members (the principal will preside)

First council meeting to elect office bearers (the principal will preside)

SMS communication

Thank you to families who have returned their forms. The system will be activated on Wednesday 14th March so please return your forms as soon as possible. Your family will not be included in the system without your authority.
The SMS communication is to be used, for example, in emergency situations and for student non-attendance at school.
By sending back the form with up-to-date mobile and email details parents and carers authorise the inclusion of these details in the sms functionality of the Department of Education’s CASES21 system.
If you have any questions regarding this SMS service could you please contact the office.

Skoolbag App

We will complete our trial with Skoolbag next week and welcome your feedback regarding the functionality and content of the app. Could  you please provide your feedback via the feedback system on the school website or by email to

Waste Wise Audit

This week MPW students along with Jess Greenbaum and Lisa McLachlan participated in a Waste Audit. Please see the article regarding the audit in Education news.

Enrolments 2019

Enrolment tour dates for prospective 2019 Foundation students are now listed on the school’s website. Enrolment forms for siblings will be available from the beginning of Term 2.

Photo Day

A reminder that the school photos will take place on Wednesday 28th March.

International Women's day

Each year on the 8th March, we recognise International Women's Day, an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. The day is also a reminder of the work that remains to be done advancing gender equality.

This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Press for Progress’, which recognises that there’s still a long way to go to achieve genuine gender equality worldwide.

Please see within the newsletter an article written by Alex from Room 17.


At this week’s school assembly, students spoke of the need not to put sand or sticks in our aquabubblers. If families are able to discuss the importance of the appropriate use of our aquabubblers this would be appreciated.

Expressions of Interest to become a member of the MPWPS Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee

School Council has recently re-established the Environment and Sustainability Sub-Committee and are looking for 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 Environmental/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. It will focus on reductions in resource usage, waste and cost, but also has the potential to provide guidance for educational services and thereby facilitate the delivery of effective and sustainable education into the future.


Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee members will be responsible for helping to:

  • Provide a forum for sharing ideas
  • Foster collaboration across the school community 
  • Design a coordinated approach to address need made apparent from surveys, or educational experiences
  • Consider and develop strategies to minimise resource usage and waste across services
  • Facilitate implementation of these strategies.


The Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee will meet 8 times per year ( in line with the School Council meeting schedule) at 6.00 pm on a Wednesday night (next meeting 21st March). If you are interested in joining the Sub-Committee and helping to contribute to this important group, please contact Sandra Monaghan at the school office. 


Reminder - Promoting Healthy, Safe and Respectful School Communities

Moonee Ponds West Primary School recognises the importance of the partnership between schools and parents/carers to support student learning, engagement and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, ensuring a positive school community that provides inclusive, safe and orderly learning environments for children.

This Statement of Expectations sets out our behavioural expectations of all members in this school community, including the principal, school staff, parents/carers, students, volunteers and visitors. It respects the diversity of individuals in our school community and addresses the shared responsibilities of all members in building positive, safe and respectful school communities.


We welcome your feedback and are  seeking feedback from students, staff and community members.  We are aiming to have final statement completed by the end of the term. Please provide your feedback through the school website or via the school email @


School Self Evaluation

Three workshops providing you with the opportunity to reflect upon your experience of Moonee Ponds West  and provide your feedback will be conducted on 19th March at 9.00 am, 2.30 pm and 7.00 pm. To assist with the organisation of the workshops could you please confirm your attendance via email at  or by contacting the office.

Capital Works Project (Eglington St Toilet build)

The capital works project of building new toilets on the Eglington St side of the school has moved into the Design and Development phase. Please see the link below to view the Schematic Design.


Reminder - Secondary School Expo

The annual Secondary School Expo will be held in the school gym on 21st March.  For further details please see the information in 'Education News' Afterschool care will be in the performance space and the library on this day.


Further suggestions as to what our fundraising efforts could be directed towards are most welcome. All suggestions can be forwarded to the school’s email address or dropped into the office.

Reminder - Movie Night

On Friday 23rd March we will be holding our annual movie night. This is a wonderful opportunity for community to come together and enjoy a family evening under the stars - weather permitting. Please see the flyer within our Fundraising Events page within this newsletter.

The Fundraising Group are looking for new community to members to join the group and volunteers to help out at upcoming events.  Please  leave your details at the Office.

Curriculum Day

A reminder that tomorrow March 9 is a curriculum (pupil free) day, Camp Australia will be running a service tomorrow.

This Monday March 12 is a public holiday.

Enjoy the long weekend,



Notices Home

Monday 5th March

  • Head Lice Alert Room 9

Community Calendar


Friday 9th March

Curriculum Day - No school

Monday 12th March

Labour Day - no school

Tuesday 13th March

Resource Committee - 19:00

Thursday 15th March

School Council Election (Parent Member) ballot closes

Friday 16th March

Summer Sport Grade 5/6

Tuesday 20th March

Division Swimming

Wednesday 21st March

Secondary School Expo

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday March 23rd

Summer Sport Grade 5/6

Hockey clinics

Movie Night

Monday 26th March

School Council 19:00

Tuesday 27th March

Regional Swimming

Wednesday 28th March

School Photo Day

Thursday 29th March

End of Term 1 - early dismissal 14:30


Monday 16th April 

Term 2 commences

Wednesday 25th April

Anzac Day - no school

Thursday 26th April

Curriculum Day - no school



Monday 7th May

Grade 3/4 Camp departs

Education Committee 19:00-21:00

Wednesday 9th May

Grade 3/4 Camp returns

Tuesday 15th May

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday May 23rd

Environment Committee 18:00

Monday 28th May

School Council 19:00




Education News 

International Women's Day

By Alex  from Room 17

International Women’s Day is a very important day to some people and lots of women around the world take this day very seriously. I do too because throughout history, women have been treated poorly and sometimes even still are today.

An example of how this still happens today is if you go to a sport shop or a clothing store, there is often a girls section and a boys section. I think there should just be one whole section with a mix so you can be free to choose either.

Boys and girls should not be treated unequally. They should not have different expectations because girls are just as capable as boys.

It’s not just girls being treated differently though. What also is worrying is that if you’re re a boy and you’re not that good at sport, sometimes you’re put under pressure to ‘be like a man’. As a boy, you should be allowed to make your favourite colour pink or purple. You should be able to wear what you want without being judged.


Boys and girls should be treated equally without different expectations.

Please see the attached statistics below.


MPW Waste Audit Team 

On the 6th of March six students participated in a waste audit along with Nicole from Environment Education Victoria. Please attached a report from the audit team.


Reminder - Moonee Valley Schools Network - 2018 Year 7 Secondary School EXPO

All Grade 4, 5 & 6 children and their parents/carers are invited to attend the 2018 Year 7 Secondary School EXPO to learn more about our local Secondary Schools.


Wednesday, 21st March  2018


4:00 pm to 7:00 pm


In the Gym at Moonee Ponds West Primary School

150 Athol Street Moonee Ponds

  • Buckley Park College
  • Mount Alexander College
  • Essendon Keilor College (East Keilor and Niddrie Campuses)
  • Rosehill Secondary College
  • Strathmore Secondary College

These schools will have displays and information handouts for interested families, plus personnel to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. The format is informal, so you are free to visit whichever display you wish to, any time between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.


We look forward to your attendance.

For further enquiries ring East Keilor College, 8331 0100.  


Fundraising Events

Movie Night

Friday 23rd March we will be holding our first fundraising event of the year.



Fundraising contacts

Rachel, Anna & Danielle - please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to Rachel, Anna and Danielle.               


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 - Curriculum

Ashley Spagnol

Student Welfare and Program for Student with Disabilities Co-Ordinator

Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Michelle Bové

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 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.

2018 Term Dates

Term 1:

Monday 29th January to Thursday 29th March

Term 2:

Monday 16th April to Friday 29th June

Term 3:

Monday 16th July to Friday 21st September

Term 4:

Monday 8th October to Friday 21st 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 29th January and Friday 9th March

Term 2:

Thursday 26th April

Term 3:

Wednesday 25th 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 2017 - 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 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).

Community News


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
GREEN TEAM newsletter article 8.3.18.pdf
class reps 2018.pdf
MPW_Statement of Expections Draft.pdf
MPW_Statement of Expections Draft.pdf
17020_Moonee Ponds West PS - SD.pdf
2018 Candidate Statements.pdf