Moonee Ponds West Primary School

21 September 2018
2018 - Issue 30
Principal's report
School Council
Community Calendar
Education News 
Sport 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

Dear Parents, Carers and Students of MPWPS

I would like to start this newsletter with acknowledging the students of Moonee Ponds West PS who yesterday during the annual Show Day event demonstrated the qualities of self-motivation, direction and creativity.  It was such fun and a joy for me as the school leader to see these qualities in action.  Not only did they demonstrate the qualities mentioned, they delivered these with care for others, happiness, consideration and a sense of pride and achievement. Fun and academic success are real partners and we should always have this front of mind.  Across educational sectors educators know that when children want to attend school the general outcome is success particularly as teachers better understand the next points of learning and address individual needs.

The feeling ‘at the show’ was exciting.  The show stalls were educational with writing, counting and problem solving at the heart.  I am still amazed at the set up and working of the ‘Dunk the Teddy’ stall!  I believe the Teddy survived and is back on duty in Room 8 today.  Organisationally, the set up was quick and the cleanup amazing! 

My thanks to the students, staff and parents for a wonderful SHOW DAY!



Newsletter Day

After the Parent Communication Forum on Wednesday evening the Communication Consultant (who has been working with the school since 2017) has given some informal information from research, about the best days for giving out newsletters! Probably as you would know it isn’t Friday!  So next term the Newsletter will be posted on COMPASS and our WEBSITE on a TUESDAY.  Staying informed is very important for all concerned.  The main communication lines are now: COMPASS, our COMPASS Calendar for parents (on your HOMEPAGE left hand side and in Green) and the Website.  

State Government Building Project

Moonee Ponds West PS received funding in late 2017 for a building project.  As many of you would know, the rebuilding of the existing toilets was the project to be given the big tick!  Well the tender has been let and the first sod will be turned next TUESDAY hopefully.  Hence, Brian and Nick have dismantled the garden beds, and thanks to Maree Marshall (one of our generous parents) we have a builder who will mount our wonderful Veggie Patch Gates onto a non-heritage wall for safe keeping.

There will be a period of inconvenience as we need portable toilets to be housed on the (sorry Year 6 students)  asphalt in front of the Bike Shed and there will be a cordoned off area for safety. 

At this stage I am unsure of the diameters of the ‘cordoned off ‘area.  It is expected that during the holidays the school site will be officially closed to all. The closure will allow for the work to begin and for some asbestos sheeting in the toilet to be formally removed by a licensed hygienist.  The community around the school will be informed of the works and the asbestos removal as an Occupational Health and Safety requirement, and a courtesy.

It is a very exciting opportunity for the school to have received this funding, and as we all know such projects require a little bit of pain for some long term gain.  We will try to keep all our school community informed of the site’s opening and closed status via COMPASS notifications. If the gates are open it’s ok to come in, maybe there is a change to the work plans.

Review Update

 The Pre Review Self Evaluation is complete and we have forwarded to the Reviewer and our chosen Challenge Partners.  The Challenge Partner role is a very important one.  The Challenge Partners come to the Review table with another set of eyes to assist the principal and school team to plan the way forward from the information they have at a point in time.  I have chosen Moira Findlay (Principal at Iramoo PS) who held the reign here for a couple of weeks and Lorraine Kennedy (Principal at Eltham Primary school).  Moira brings to the table experience of educational processes and structures plus curriculum knowledge and wisdom.  Lorraine is Principal at Eltham PS which has students and families similar to ours.  Lorraine has had years as a Teaching and Learning Coach across two Regions, so she brings knowledge of our type of school setting and curriculum expertise. Of course our School Council President Louise Evans will be at the table and Louise brings parental expectation and knowledge of the school over time.  Sitting alongside those mentioned, will be the School Improvement Team a new internal team comprising of the Team leaders. The teachers in these roles have knowledge of existing practice in the classrooms across the school from Foundation to Year 6.  At various times throughout the Review the Curriculum Professional Learning Team Leaders (PLT) will join the table to discuss and give information about the curriculum. Supporting the information gained from the different people at the table, classroom observation will occur to see consistency.  Many people, many voices as we get initially a broad-brush impression of MPWPS, then a narrowing to a concise, informed and exciting direction for the next 4 years.  The outcome of the Review process will be communicated to all through our existing communication channels.  It is a great opportunity for the school and a chance to review, value and tighten our practice in light of student needs, for a collaborative future.

State School Spectacular

 I am doing a lot of ‘firsts’ at Moonee Ponds West.  Last Saturday night Denise and I supervised our wonderful Choir students at the Hisense Arena. The students were part of the Mass Choir doing the backup and other songs for the Spectacular.  Again what a wonderful experience for the children and parents.  I would like to acknowledge the parents who attended the rehearsals, practices and the event itself.   To the staff that enabled this opportunity to occur thanks for being open (sometimes at last minute) to help supervise or travel on a bus.  Finally, to Kate Ridgeway our Choir Leader you have done amazing work developing the voices of our students.  Well done to all.  Look out next year I might be a senior vocalist after my experience on Saturday!!!

Well that is definitely enough from me. Until we met in person, have a safe holiday and I look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday October 8th at 9.00.  Remember that weekend Daylight Saving commences so get those clocks BACK on Saturday night!


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting)

Parent Term 4 calendar

The term 4 Parent calendar is now available on Compass.

School Council

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)

School Council Report 


Dear Community ,


School Council met for the final time in Term 3 on Monday. This meeting follows a very busy term which included; Sex Ed, camps, circus incursion, performance by Bell Shakespeare company, film night, Show Day, excursions, incursions....not to mention the learning and playing that' has also taken place.

We are busy preparing for a whole school review process in term 4 Members of our school community and various others from the department and surrounding schools will be looking at and having a conversation around our schools workings and performance  over the past 4 years. What are our strengths and where can we make changes? An important process that ensure professional development and reflection on good practice.

Education committee, along side SC, are reviewing many school policies to ensure that we meet the minimum department standards in this area. We are confident with some adjustments to existing policies  and the development of new policies that we are up to speed. Within this process we are preparing for input from students and families. Thank you to Barbara for coordinating this process.

We approved the Grade 2 sleepover and the F/1 activity night in term 4. These events are part of our schools camping program and are highly valued as part of our pursuit to develop the whole child.

We also approved the Japanese Study Tour for 2019. 25 lucky students will be attending and the process for preparation and selection begins shortly.

The Resources committee have been sifting through the schools finances and provided us with a financial report. We are happy to report that our balances are in check and our finances are looking healthy.

The demolition and then building of our new toilets will hopefully begin over this term break and fingers crossed will be completed by the end of the year.

Finally the Environment committee reported that they have revised our schools Environment policy and have signed up the school to be a part of the Resource Smart program. This opportunity will allow for greater student voice in the area of environment and sustainability.


Well that's it in a nutshell.

We wish everyone a happy and healthy term break. We will see you back in term 4.


Helen Lockart, on behalf of School Council

Community Calendar


Monday 8th October

Term 4 begins 9:00

Thursday 11th October

Foundation Information session 19:00

Tuesday 16th October

Circus Grades 5/6

Tuesday 30th October 

Circus Performance Grades 5/6


Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day - No school

Wednesday 7th November

Education Committee 18:30

Tuesday 13th November

Soundgarage Concert

Wednesday 14th November

Soundgarage Concert


Friday 21st December

End of year Assembly 9:00

End of Term 4 13:30

Education News 

Camp Nillahcootie:

Camp was terrific! I would definitely go again. Everything was set up very well. The food was absolutely amazing! All of the activities were really safe, well set out, and well explained to us. I like the idea of team building, having our own groups- purple, orange, red black and yellow. I would like to thank all of the awesome teachers for coming and making it so wonderful!  - Jeremy 


We went to camp Nillahcootie and did a whole bunch of activities.

Kayaking is where you and another person sit in a kayak, which is like a canoe you have a double ended oar which you use to paddle left, right, forwards and backwards. You can flip/ capsize which means getting soaking wet. You don’t need a harness, you only need a life jacket.

Abseiling is like rock climbing, where you aim to reach the top, however for this you start at the top, lean back and walk down slowly. You require a harness and some strong rope. When you get to the bottom you yell out “safe!” and then you take of all the ropes and hooks back to the top or where instructed.

Archery is when you have a bow which is made out of a plastic/ wooden curve with string through the middle. Your wooden arrow has a pointy end and a clip at the back. You clip the arrow to the bow and pull it back, past you ear, and release to hit the target! Thanks to Barb for being such a great instructor for Archery, like Katniss Everdeen.


Rock Climbing is where there is a wall with many different shaped rocked, you are harnessed and helmeted and then you climb as far up as you can to the top, the aim is to achieve your personal best. You yell “can I come down” and then you lean back and jump down, which is kind of similar to abseiling, but you do not tart at the top.


Team challenge is where you and your team complete a multitude of obstacles, including a wall you need to get over, a high log to climb, tyres to get across, another log to get over, a climbing frame, and finally you all need to touch a tall log. 

 We had a very exciting and fun time at the snow. Snow day was very cold, we got to go tobogganing down a big hill. We got to play in the snow, and got to hit each other and the teachers with snowballs!


 In conclusion, you should go to camp Nillahcootie for heaps of fun!



... Leyna ...


.... Bella ...


Term 3 Chess Awards

Congratulations to our term 3 Chess Tournament Winners

Advanced Group:

1st Place     Harsharaj 

2nd Place   Hardityaraj 

3rd Place    Orlando 

Beginner Group:

1st Place     Flynn 

2nd Place   Nia 

3rd Place    Aryan 

Sport News

Odd Sock Circus – Performance Tuesday 30th October

Gr 5/6 students from MPW will be performing the ‘Odd Socks Circus’ in Term 4 on Tuesday 30th October.  This is an event for the whole community.  The students have been practicing various skills throughout term 3 and have participated in incursion days under the guidance of Phil Melgaard.


Circus is a great way for students to challenge themselves in skills that we normally wouldn’t learn or practice.  It is often a test of persistence and perseverance.  This is the 6th time the school has performed the circus as a biannual event that is a combination of the Physical Education, Performing Arts and Creative Arts programs at MPW. 

Join thousands of Victorian families for Walk to School 2018!

Get ready, get set for Walk to School 2018!

MPW has joined the hundreds of primary schools across Victoria for a fun month of walking, riding and scooting to and from school.

By participating, we have a chance to win some great prizes! So every time our local families walks, rides or scoots to and from school during October, you increase our school’s chance of winning!


Decorate your shoes, bikes or scooter

If your school participates in the decorate your shoes, bikes and scooter activity.

In 2017, we’re encouraging our kids to put their best foot forward by decorating their shoes, bikes or scooters to make Walk to School even more fun. Get involved with us for Walk to School and help your family build healthy habits for life: This activity will be run by VicHealth.


About Walk to School

Every October, VicHealth’s Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids and their families to walk, ride or scoot to and from school every day. It’s a great way for the whole family to increase their physical activity levels. Plus, it is a chance to enjoy more time with your kids and meet other local families along the way.

Along with the health benefits, it also reduces traffic congestion, saves on parking, helps us connect with family and friends and saves the environment!

Part way is okay! If you can’t walk the whole way, why not try parking the car a few blocks from your school and walk, ride or scoot the rest.

Last year, more than 144,000 kids and their families took part in the program walking the equivalent of two return trips to the moon and with your families help, we can make 2017 our biggest year yet!

There are so many great reasons to participate in Walk to School this October and we’re excited to be part of the fun because getting active is even more fun when we do it together! Please see below flyer for more information.


Fundraising Events

A touch of Bond – Friday October 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.

Tickets available from Eventbrite @


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.

Community News


School Holidays Tennis Clinic

Monday 1st Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd October 2018

  • 9.30am to 11am $35 per day or $90 for the 3 days
  • 9.30am to 12.30pm $60 per day or $170 for the 3 days at: 

North Park Tennis Club, Flemington Road Parkville.

For further information contact Gabriel 0418 178 328

Moonee Ponds West Primary School