Moonee Ponds West Primary School

17 August 2018
2018 - Issue 25
Principal's report
School Council
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

Greetings Parents,Carers and Students of Moonee Ponds West PS

Over the last two days I have been involved in a conference with the focus on Resilient Leadership.  What does this mean? How do school leaders lead in this way?

One of the presenters offered some definitions and information about resilience and how to develop this in our students, staff, leaders and principals. Some relevant information that is of importance and from research indicates that 10% of feeling stressed is attributed to outside factors, 50% to genetics and 40% to how we think and act.  Being able to manage self and learning skills  is incredibly important. This raised questions for me around how well do we teach our children these skills, how well do we as parents and teachers model  these skills to  our children and how do I as a leader develop these skills in the staff that I lead.

I learned there are three areas for consideration. These are:

Filter:  how well do you filter information and interpret the world.  Blame lives here

Act: How do you handle the challenge. How well do you manage change.  Self assurance in what you are doing is important here

Interact: How you communicate and connect with others.

Being able to manage the fright, fight, flight created by fear helps us manage ourselves and enables us to be resilient. All food for our thinking.

School Review

  • We continue to gather information and opinion for including in the Pre Review Self Evaluation.  Last Tuesday at the Staff Meeting the staff looked at the schools academic and survey data sets (Student,Staff and Parent) to evaluate whether  we have achieved the goals and targets set in our Strategic Plan.  The small group discussions provided staff with the opportunity to provide context and comment on what they believed contributed to the data sets. Data of all sorts is used to provide a rich explanation of what schools do, however there are explicit data measured that we must attend to when assessing the success of a school, any school.  These of course relate to statewide measures for Reading and Numeracy, measures within the student survey around connectedness and student safety, in the staff survey around collective efficacy and academic emphasis, and in the parent survey around general satisfaction and student safety at school. In the School Review these measures will be highlighted and we will present evidence around our achievement.  We determine if our targets have been met, partially met or not met.

The School Review process provides the school with an opportunity to stop, reflect and plan a way forward with all stakeholders.  When the Self Evaluation is complete I will share parts with you.  Of course the new strategic plan will also be shared with directions highlighted for monitoring each year through the Annual Implementation Plan.

Music Camp

The MVIMP annual camp is fast approaching (next week from Tuesday to Fri).  I smile as I remember my eldest son Jack attending I think the first camp in the 1980’s. If your child is attending you will be surprised at how this intensive opportunity builds and deepens skill. Enjoy the experience children and I look forward to acknowledging your learning when I attend the concert on Thursday night.  Ms Michelle Bovè is attending as MPWPS staff.  I even think Michelle is hosting the concert.

Fundraising 2018

Our two major fundraising events for the year have been very successful, thanks to the efforts of our fantastic fundraising team and the wonderful community support at the events. The Term 1 Movie Night raised $4700.75 and the Term 2 Trivia Night raised $8932.06.  Monies raised from fundraising in 2018 will assist with the landscaping required with the toilet upgrade.

After hours use of the grounds

We have had some noisy and dangerous behaviour in our grounds after hours.  Thank you to our community members who have informed the Police about these after hour activities and we are grateful that no one has been hurt and that no substantial damage has occurred. We are forced to take action and so the grounds will be locked at dusk and re opened for daily use especially on the weekends.  I have been in the school on the weekend and witnessed the high usage of our synthetic grass area by families from the community.  It is a great community asset. We will monitor the introduced measures to ensure safety of all and keep you informed.  Let’s use this community resource in the right way.   If you see anyone perhaps not adhering to such norms please inform them of what is expected.  Collectively we can make a difference.


Well that’s about it from me for this week.  I can sense a little bit of Spring creeping into our days!  That is always a wonderful feeling don’t you agree!

Sincerely and in good faith



School Council

Annual General Meeting

On Monday 27th August we will be holding our Annual General meeting at 6.30 pm in the Performance Space. At the Annual General Meeting the 2017 Annual Report to the School Community will be tabled.  All community members are welcome. The  Annual General meeting meeting will conclude at 7.15 pm when the scheduled School Council meeting will commence.

School Council Membership 2018

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Michelle Bovè
  • Helen Lockart
  • Vicki McCormack
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

Community Calendar


Monday 20th August 2018

District Athletics

Tuesday 21st August

1/2 Team Excursion to Melbourne Zoo

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Wednesday 22nd August

VSSS Rehearsal - Melbourne Town Hall

Book Character Dress Up Day and Multi Aged Workshops

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 23rd August

MVIMP Concert - Lady Northcote Bacchus Marsh

Friday 24th August 

MVIMP Music Camp return

Monday 27th August

School Annual General meeting 18:00

School Council 19:00


Monday 3rd September

Education Sub Committee 18:30 

Camp Nillahcootie  Group 1 Rm's  9/10/13 departs

Friday 7th September

Camp Nillahcootie  Group 1 Rm's 9/10/13 returns

Monday 10th September

Camp Nillahcootie  Group 2 Rm's 14/15/18 departs

Tuesday 11th September

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 12th September

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 13th September

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Friday 14th September 

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Camp Nillahcootie Group 2 Rm's 14/15/18 returns

Saturday 15th September

VSSS Matinee and Evening Performance

Tuesday 18th September

Circus Grades 5/6


Tuesday 16th October

Circus Grades 5/6

Tuesday 30th October 

Circus Performance Grades 5/6


Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day - No school

Tuesday 13th November

Soundgarage Concert

Wednesday 14th November

Soundgarage Concert

Education News 

Book Week Celebrations 18th - 24th August

This year the Children’s Book Council Of Australia celebrates

BOOK WEEK from 18th to 24th August and the theme is



The Short Listed Books are available for viewing in the library 

or on the following website

This year as part of Book Week Celebrations, we will have the following events…

Wednesday 22nd August


Staff and students come to school dressed up as a book character for a day.  Be creative and use your imagination and be someone or something else for the day!



Multiage workshop is a whole school event whereby students are split across various grades and participate in a literature based ‘fun’ activity with another staff member. It allows students to interact and engage with other students and teachers from other year levels within our school.

Year Two/Three “Hop On, Hop Off” Excursion

On Wednesday, the Year Two/Three students went on our “Hop On, Hop Off” excursion. This involved hopping on a bus at Moonee Ponds West and hopping off at Woodlands Historic Park in Greenvale to observe the natural bushland. After making scientific observations there, we hopped back on the bus to travel to Jawbone Marine Park in Williamstown to observe a contrasting ecosystem.

The purpose of our excursion was to investigate our Inquiry understandings which are; the similarities and differences of places (Climate, vegetation, features), Human activity and natural processes that impact on the Earth and the Interconnectedness between living things and the environment, and to excite the children to explore and develop their interest in this area of study.


I can’t tell you how proud I was of the students! They showed high levels of excitement and engagement as scientists observing plant life, animals (and evidence of their presence), signs of human impact, (both positive and negative), their curiosity, and their conversations with others about their observations.


As always, our children were excited about their learning, respectful of their peers, their teachers, the parents who supported us on the day (whose help we couldn’t have done without) and even the bus drivers who waited patiently for us to complete our research.

Congratulations to all involved!

To build on our experience, we invite any school community members who may have some expertise to help us learn more about plants, animals or the ways in which we can make a positive impact on our environment etc. to please chat to the teachers in the Year Two/Three team. (For example; gardeners, worm farm experts, bee keepers, environmentalists etc.)


Jenny Irvine (On behalf of the Two/Three Team)


When the Wipe Out Waste team did an audit in term one, we found that over half of the weight of our school waste from the yard was actually food scraps! We have figured out a way to solve our school’s problem…

Moonee Valley Council has given our school THREE GREEN BINS for our food waste!

Starting on this Monday on the 20th of August, each classroom will have its own pot to individually collect food waste in.

Each class will need to line the pot with newspaper prior to use in order to keep the pots and the classrooms clean.

They will need to be emptied every day in the green bins, which will be located next to the olive grove outside Room 7.


Here’s what you can and can’t put in the pots:


  • Liquids
  • Plastics
  • Any other type of rubbish that should end up in landfill


  • Bread
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Cereal
  • Food scrap (cooked and uncooked)
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Tea leaves, tea bags and coffee grounds


We can’t wait to have our yard free of food scraps and prevent food waste from being sent to landfill.

Written by: Carina, Charlie and Alyce from the Wipe Out Waste team


Jack's Paddock

Greetings families of MPW,

Earlier this year, with the support of the Environment sub-committee and with student input as to what students wanted, MPW applied for a grant to MAKE JACK’s PADDOCK GREAT AGAIN! We have been informed that our application for a grant has been successful but people in our community need to vote for it – as this is how the Pick My Project funding will operate. We need your help. The projects with the most votes will receive funding. We have applied for funding to bring play equipment into Jack’s Paddock which will benefit our community on weekends when the grounds are accessed. 

Voting will open at 9am, Monday 13 August 2018 and close at 5pm, Monday 17 September.

In order to vote you will need to register for a Pick My Project account. The website is

Once you’ve registered, you can select your voting area by searching for the school’s street address (150 Athol st, Moonee Ponds) or locality, or dropping a pin on the map. You’ll be shown a minimum of 30 projects in your local community from which you’ll be able to vote for your three favourites.

Please vote for Make Jack's Paddock great again! And ask everyone you know to vote as well, the more votes, the more chance we truly have to Make Jack's Paddock great again!

Thank you

Alyena Mohummadally 

Environment Sub-Committee



Fundraising Events

A touch of Bond – Friday Oct 19th 

MPW “Touch of Bond”

If you believe “Diamonds are Forever” and Martinis should be shaken, not stirred please join us for this fun filled and glamorous evening. Take part in our “Fashions on the Field” for the chance to win prizes and bring along your competitive spirit to bid in our Live Auction for a weekend away!    


The Union Function Room

Union Hotel

252 Union Rd, Ascot Vale (enter via Maribyrnong Rd)

7:30pm to 12:30am


Dress Code: Bond…..James Bond!


Cost: $60 per person


Includes substantial finger food and 3 complimentary drinks (beer, wine and soft drink). Music, Live Auction & Best Dressed Prizes.


Please advise the school of any dietary requirements

Please purchase your tickets @ Eventbrite from Tuesday 21st of August.


Please note this is an adult only event.

Fundraising contacts

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

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

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Michelle Bové

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.

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.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

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 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.

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