Moonee Ponds West Primary School

04 June 2019
2019 - Issue 15
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Music News
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 and Carers

Updating your knowledge of Assessment at MPWPS


Teachers are busy drawing together assessments outlined in the school’s Assessment Schedule. Our Assessment and Reporting team have carriage of liaising with teaching teams to gain feedback and provide information about the different assessments and why we are collecting student achievement evidence. This is known as a tiered approach.   At the AGM last Monday, Barbara and Jarrod presented Teacher Judgement evidence which is measured against other external assessments, such as PAT Maths and Reading, NAPLAN and PROBE reading assessments.  It was reassuring to see that whilst teachers are historically conservative, we are getting much more accurate in matching learning and assessment to student ability.  In teaching terms we call this finding the Zone of Proximal Development or ZPD. Finding such a zone enables the teaching instruction to be where it is required from a base of evidence.

The presentation that was shared at the AGM is up on the Website and in the COMPASS School document section. We also have some hardcopies at the General Office should you wish to request.  I find the learning cycle very exciting as teachers and students work together to always improve.

Instructional Model

During this term staff have been working together to identify a school Instructional Model, working from what is existing.  By 2018, all government schools were expected to have identified a pedagogical model that would link into a model for instruction. Our school’s philosophy statement is encapsulated here. The Education Committee of School Council, has recently had the chance to learn about the aspects of the model.  The first part of the model refers to learning or lesson goals and success criteria. These aspects will become visible across all classrooms next term, as teachers work to implement the agreements into their daily lessons.  An advantage of these two components will be that all students should be able to explain what they are learning and why. Another exciting component in continuing to build on teaching excellence.

Casual Relief Teachers

Some members of our community have inquired as to the process for allocating relief teachers and or splitting classes. All decisions in a school organisation has a process, and replacement certainly fits in this scape. Employing a CRT for replacement depends on a number of considerations last of all the dollar allocation.  In splitting a class we are maintaining the learning, as teachers plan together and students know the teachers they are going too.  There is a regular list and in most cases the class only receives 1-3 students additional.  The expectation is that the children come to the class, are welcomed and do the same learning as the class  so there is no disruption to the learning process even though their teacher is absent.  An additional benefit is that the teachers are encouraging children to get to know each other, and the teachers are getting to know all the children in their cohort not just their class. This builds collective efficacy; the belief that I as the teacher can make a difference.  It is an essential part of improving student learning.  No longer are teachers expected to be responsible just for their own class but they assist all teachers in their cohort to improve learning.   This is new thinking for schools and the teachers are beginning to plan together and see that splitting their class is not a deficit, but an enhancement as their learning continues. Of course if a teacher indicates they will be away for a period of time we work hard to endeavour to employ a teacher for the duration and one that knows our school and the student. When the teacher is away for a period of time the parents/carers and students will be informed by letter from me.

Other considerations for replacement include specialist sessions on the day, and other happenings across the school. Unfortunately, teachers get sick, have other things going on in their lives, and so it is up to the Daily Organiser, in consultation with me and our processes, to ensure that the learning of students is not interrupted and that the Industrial Agreement is upheld.  Holding students at the centre, is the work of all Principals, and collectively supports the work of teachers in the classroom.

The Regional Principals Conference

Monday and Tuesday of this week we (Barb and I) are at the Principals Conference.  The conference provides an opportunity to learn with colleagues and refocus on what we are doing in relation to the State Education Plan, after all we are a government school which is part of a bigger system. The message from the system is “to stay the course” which refers to the implementation of the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO), a statewide improvement strategy implemented in all government schools.   On Monday I attended two workshops one on Parent Engagement and the other on developing Student Voice in their learning.  Both of these aspects are part of our new Strategic Plan and part of our work over the next three years. I look forward to sharing some insights with our Parent Reps firstly, and then through this medium going forward.  Parental engagement: what is the definition and how can we develop this for all children in all classes, both on and off the school site?

School Council Sub-Committee membership

Last week we called for additional parents, carers, interested persons to join these groups. How did you go with this consideration?  It is a great opportunity to be part of such a structure.  I encourage you to join the Sub-Committees of the School Council. Please see the Expression of Interest on the School Council page.

Opening of the new Toilet Block

This week on Friday (June 7th) we are having an Official Opening of our now completed toilet rebuild. Members of the Planning Committee, Architect’s, the Department of Education, the Member for Essendon (Danny Pearson), students (Jack and Amy) on the planning committee and JSC members  and of course you are all invited.  If you can gather at 10.30am a short ceremony will be held to mark this occasion. Light refreshment will be served after the opening. I would like to acknowledge and thank the community members who have been involved with this project especially Jarrod Smith, Maree Marshall, Sarah Hastings, Mark Paterson, Stewart Burte, Nicole Marshall and teachers Sue Phillips and Diana Vivian and our Business Manager (Facilities Manager) Sandra Monaghan for representing the school during the project.  Well done to all.  The toilets have all the mod-cons we would expect. Let’s look after them!

Flag Captains

We have two dedicated Year 6 boys (Harry and Ryker) who have assisted with the flag raising and lowering each day last week as a gesture for Reconciliation Week.  I am pleased to have these boys to continue until the end of the term, and then handover to others.  Having important positions of responsibility, enables students to really engage in school life.  Well done to these boys who came to share the results of one job, and offered to do another.

Well that’s about it from me.  Until I get to speak with you in person.


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at MPWPS)


We welcome Xavia Bicheno to the Administration Team as our Receptionist. 

"I have done a lot of work in Retail/Hospitality, but my favourite work by far has been Party Hosting and Babysitting.   
I love to cook (and eat), hang out with my friends and family and go on hikes/adventures!"


School Council

School Council member feature

Name: Ben Atchison

Kids: Harry (Grade 5), Lachie (Grade 3), Lilly (Grade 1)



Married to Sophie

My favourite thing about MPW

I love passing the school on a weekend and seeing the local community gathering and socialising in our grounds. It reinforces for me that we are just one part of a long local history and an optimistic future for the school.



Name: Simone Beever

My kids at MPW

I have Zac in Room 17 with Jess and Josh in Room 11 with Kim

My favourite thing about MPW

I love the way the teachers and support staff really get to know our children and what their interests are – I think this makes a big difference to their learning!

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 25th November
  • Monday 16th December

Sub Committee Meetings

Education Committee - Meetings commence at 18:30

  • Thursday March 14th
  • Monday May 6th
  • Monday June 3rd
  • Monday August 5th
  • Monday September 2nd
  • 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 12th November


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 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 

Community Partnerships

Thursday 20th June 4:00 pm

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 you Expression of Interest by email to the School Council Secretary @


Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 

Visual thinking strategies through the Arts


Two weeks ago, Sue and Claudia attended two days of Professional Development at the Incinerator Gallery. The focus of the PD was on Visual Thinking Strategies.

Visual Thinking Strategies is a child centred pedagogy lead by an educator to facilitate and encourage an inquiry approach in learning through ‘open-ended ‘activities.  The facilitator engages and acknowledges the student by posing questions, getting clarification, and allowing the student to justify their thoughts through the sharing process.

Visual Thinking Strategies improves students' ability to observe, think, listen and communicate what they visualise within the imagery. It develops and focuses on skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaborative learning, risk-taking, and effective communication in which, challenges and influences a child’s learning development.

It was a very interesting two days. We will be implementing it, in some Creative Arts sessions. As a results of the PD, we have established an ongoing partnership with the Incinerator Gallery.


Music News

Soundgarage at Moonee Ponds West

We are so excited to now invite Foundation students to join Soundgarage in Term 3. 

We offer SAP (Singing and Performance) and Keyboard to any Foundation students that are interested. We also have availabilities in all instruments for all year levels!

Enrolment forms will be distributed to all Foundation classes this week, for anyone else interested there will be enrolment forms left at the school office. Enrolments for Term 3 are due back by Tuesday 25th of June.

We are also excited to have all the SAP students performing at assembly on Monday the 17th, so please come along to hear our amazing singers!


For all other enquiries please feel free to contact Maddie Owen at or 0401 844 522


We are proud and excited to have some of our senior choir students participating in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Made of Stars. 

The Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria. Fittingly, this year’s theme, Made of Stars, will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances showing that these students are made of star stuff.

The three-hour live show – involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus arts – will be performed to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September over two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm.


Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience. 

For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets when they go on sale at 9am Wednesday 12 June via


Adult:                              $40

Child under 15:           $20

Concession:                  $30


Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling - Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.

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

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 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.

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:

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free)

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

In 2018 - 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.

Community Calendar


Monday 3rd June

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Wednesday 5th June

Division Cross Country

Thursday 6th June

Building & Construction Incursion 1/2 Team

Parent Forum - Dr. David Collins 6.30 pm

Friday 7th June

5/6 Winter Sport

Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11th June

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Friday 14th June 

5/6 Winter Sport

Monday 17th June

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 19th June

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Monday 24th June

Japan Tour departs

Scienceworks Excursion 3/4 Team

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm


Monday 15th July

Term 3 Commences 9.00 am

Wednesday 24th July

VSSS Choir Rehearsal @ The Melbourne Town Hall


Monday 5th August

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Tuesday 6th August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Friday 9th August

MVIMP Music Camp returns

Wednesday 21st August

VSSS Choir Rehearsal @ The Melbourne Town Hall

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 m

Monday 26th August

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 28th August

Grade 5/6 Free Activity Day


Monday 2nd September

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 12th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Friday 13th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Saturday 14th September 

VSSS Choir Performance Matinee and Evening Performance @ Melbourne Arena

Monday 16th September 

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 18th September

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Community News


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
School Council Sub Committee EOI 2019.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf