Moonee Ponds West Primary School

30 July 2019
2019 - Issue 21
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
Music News
Environment and Sustainability
Fundraising Events
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, Staff, Students and friends of MPWPS

Did you know that each Monday from 9.30-10.00am there is a Principal’s Open Line?  You can call in, and discuss any item that is burning a hole in your mind.  I am happy to hear your comments on how the school is going generally, how the students are learning, or any other aspect you choose to share.  Principal’s Open-Line is an invitation for you to engage with your school.  The school phone number is 93706875.  Call and ask for Kerri. I will be waiting.

Three Way Conferences

Last week a day was devoted to this important communication. So how did they go?  We collect attendance data from each class so we can see if parents and students took up the offer.  We were able to iron out the glitches in the COMPASS booking system and I think the future we will leave the system open until 4.00 pm the day before the Three Way Interviews day. That way we give the maximum amount of time for parents to book.  However, I must say we did give a long lead in to the bookings and still parents were trying to get on in the last hours before the day. Effectively using the tool COMPASS requires parents to really be partners and read information supplied (via newsletters, COMPASS pushes, and or information directly from teachers) in order for all things to run smoothly.  I ask for your support in completing tasks within the due dates.  History has informed me that this is not necessarily the case at MPWPS.  Only when we work together can we get better.

Foundation enrolments

We are still looking for enrolments for 2020.  If you have a sibling that should be starting school in 2020, please enroll ASAP. We have a number of families from ‘out of the area’ requesting places that I cannot confirm until all our current families have been accommodated.   We will be holding a New Parents Transition Evening later this term, so please watch out for your letter of placement and the information about this evening.

Parent Forum THIS Friday at 9:10 -10.00am

This FRIDAY we will be holding our first Parent Forum.  Vicki Mc Cormack our Numeracy Learning Specialist will be facilitating the session, with a focus on Problem Based Learning and the role of Number Talks in developing children’s number knowledge.  We have an event on Eventbrite so you can register. Please head to  As yet, no one has enrolled!  If you are interested, please indicate via Eventbrite.   Might see you on Friday.  We will be meeting in the room next to the Staffroom.  Little ones always welcome.

Tree Planting Mark 2

Tree Planting Mark 2: Some of the children in the one/two team are finishing their Inquiry topic with a planting event!  The idea is to try to thicken up the planting in the section of garden that runs parallel to the Soccer Pitch.  Yes, I know we have tried this before, but we are not giving up!  If you would be able to help with the planting on this Thursday morning (9.00am) that would be terrific.  We are planting small tubes of native flora, so a shovel and or mattock would be very helpful.  Meet you there at 9.00.

Our project with the Incinerator Gallery

Our project with the Incinerator Gallery:  How lucky are we to have this exceptional opportunity to liaise with the Incinerator Gallery.  Christine the Gallery’s Director, has made contact with our Visual Arts Team (Sue Phillips and Claudia Stolfo) and offered an opportunity to learn about using art to strengthen our students thinking skills.  Christine will visit on a regular basis assisting Sue and Claudia in developing tailored lessons around thinking critically using pieces of art.  On Thursday afterschool (in our afterschool Professional learning session) Christine will offer staff the first session around this focus.   I am sure if your year level is involved you will hear about it at home around the dinner table. 

Pleasurable Food Education

On the Medibank website under Healthy Kids, there is a great recipe for Cauliflower Fritters with lime yoghurt dressing.  Of course, the children would have made these in a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program  from the vegetables they had planted, harvested and prepared for sharing.  The site is

Such a wonderful program for children and it reinforces Pleasurable Food.  I encourage you to get your child/ren into the kitchen. You will be surprised what they can actually prepare and cook. Instructing in pleasurable food education: it is everyone’s responsibility.

Well that is about it from me.  Until we meet in person. Stay well and away from the coughs, and sneezes that seem to be around.


Kerri Simpson (Principal Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)

School Council

School Council member feature

Name:  Matthew Kenny

My wife Megan and I have two children at Moonee Ponds West – Amelia and William. 
My favourite thing about MPW
I love the school’s sense of community; having grown up in rural Victoria, it feels like MPW is a little piece of country surrounded by city.   


Name: Sandra Monaghan

A parent to one son, Nicholas who is an ex student  of MPW and a long time resident of the area after growing up on the Mornington Peninsula. I am a huge  AFL fan and North Melbourne supporter.


My favourite thing about MPW

The commitment of the staff and parent community to the education of the whole child.

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
  • Tuesday August 6th (date change)
  • Tuesday September 3rd (date change)
  • 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
  • Tuesday 10th December


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


Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 

Everyone welcome to donate – we need your bottle caps please!

So far we have well and truly passed 1,000 bottle caps but want to collect  many more so please bring your milk or juice bottle caps to school and either donate at the office or give to a 1/2 student or teacher. 


Can you please check that they have the Numbers 2 or 4 and the recycle logo on them if possible as these are the caps that can be recycled. 


These bottle caps are put through a 3D printer and turned into hands for kids in developing countries who have lost a limb. We have put an ice cream container at the front office, please put your juice or milk bottle caps in there (no metal or tin).  

See the website for more information:


Thank you,

1/2 students


Congratulations to our Term 2 Chess Award Winners



1st Place                                              Oliver H

2nd Place                                           Mason R

                                                               Noah E

3rd Place                                            Leo Kang 



1st Place                                           Orlando P

2nd Place                                          Harshraj S  

3rd Place                                           Lachlan D

Sport News

MPW Fun Run

We will be holding our 28th Annual Fun Run on Friday 30th August  from 9.00 to 10.30am.  All the students & teachers will be involved and can run, jog, skip, hop, walk etc. for one hour.

We cannot run this event without your assistance so don’t be shy! It’s also a great way to get to know other parents & support the children as they run past. Please complete the attached form below if you are able to assist.


Athletics Trials

The Gr 4, 5 & 6 students have been participating in Athletics Trials.  Today we finally had some sunshine!! Each age group rotates through each event.  At the end of our trials we will select our Athletics Team to compete in District Athletics on Friday 16th August at Aberfeldie Park.


As part of the Victorian Government Swimming in Schools initiative, our year 5/6 students will participate in a swimming program next term.  The initiative was developed to increase the opportunities for students to learn how to swim, and ensure they develop lifelong skills in swimming and water safety to reduce their risk of drowning and injury.  Swimming and water safety programs in schools incorporate both in-water practical components and in-class theory components. 

This will take place in Week 4 at Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre.  A reminder that permission forms need to be returned ASAP, along with swimming surveys.

Music News

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

Environment and Sustainability

Resource Smart

After hosting a successful whole day workshop in June, The Resource Smart sub-section was inspired to progress our Action Plan.  We are excited to be working with The Green Team this term, with some inclusive activities planned and some exciting initiatives on the way. 

Together, we are on our way to becoming a greener, more sustainable school!

Did You Know?

Did you know you can reduce your landfill waste and REDcycle your soft plastics?  Simply collect your bread bags, pasta bags, frozen vegetable packets, cereal box liners, even your old green shopping bags and pop them in to your nearest redcycle collection bin.  The collection bins are easily found at your local Coles and Woolworths (Moonee Ponds / Showgrounds etc), at the front of the store.  See the redcycle link for further info.


Fundraising Events

What’s Coming Up?

Bunnings BBQ – Saturday 17th August

Moonee Ponds West will be hosting the Bunnings Maribyrnong BBQ on Saturday 17th August. This is always a great day with high demand for a Bunnings Sausage and a great fundraiser for our school. We would love your help with ensuring the day runs successfully. If you can spare a couple of hours on the day to help with either cooking, serving or general preparation please sign up here



 Parent Function - Friday 11th October



We also need your help! We will be running Live and Silent auctions along with Raffle Hampers to support the event.  We are looking for items for the Auctions from substantial through to smaller along with items that may contribute towards our Hampers. Do you have connections where you  might be able to source items as a donation or perhaps a substantial discount? Some examples of donations might be a Weekend away in a Holiday House, a Hotel stay, Dinner for 2, Homewares, Sporting Goods, Non-perishable food items, Service or Goods Vouchers, Electronics, Memberships, to name a few! If you can help we would love to hear from you – please get in touch via the School Office!  The fundraising team will also be seeking the support of local businesses but it would be great to hear what our School Community has to offer! Thank you 😊 


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 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.

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:

Thursday 19th December School (last day of Term 4 2019) - 3:30 pm dismissal

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free - Staff time in lieu half day)

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

We have a significant amount of unnamed clothing regularly donated to charity.


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 5th August

5/6 Swimming Group 1

Tuesday 6th August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Wednesday 7th August

5/6 Swimming Group 2

Friday 9th August

MVIMP Music Camp returns

Tuesday 13th August

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Friday 16th August

District Athletics

Saturday 17th August

Bunnings BBQ @ Maribyrnong

Wednesday 21st August

VSSS Choir Rehearsal @ The Melbourne Town Hall

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

MVIMP Soiree 7.00pm @ MPW

Thursday 22nd August

Koorie Heritage Trust Excursion 5/6

Sex Ed Parent Information Session 7.00 pm

Monday 26th August

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 28th August

Grade 5/6 Free Activity Day

F/1 Zoo Excursion 

Thursday 29th August

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 1


Tuesday 3rd September

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 5th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 2

Tuesday 10th September

Resources Committee 7.00 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

Thursday 19th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 3

Friday 20th September

Term 3 Concludes @ 2.30 pm


Friday 11th October

Parent and Carer Function


Monday 4th November

Curriculum Day

Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 6th November

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Tuesday 12th November

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 20th November

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Monday 25th November

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 26th November

Soundgarage Keyboard Concert

Wednesday 27th November

Soundgarage Guitar and SAP Concert


Monday 2nd December

Education Committee meeting 6.30 pm

Tuesday 10th December

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 11th December

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Monday 16th December

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

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