Moonee Ponds West Primary School

05 May 2017
2017 - Issue 11
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Fundraising Events
Education News 
Health and Safety
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Curriculum Day

A reminder that  there is a Curriculum day (pupil free) scheduled for May 22.

Parent/Carer Tours for children commencing school in 2018

Parent/carer enrolment tours for the 2018 Foundation year have commenced this week. Please contact the school office or visit the school website for further information. Sibling enrolment documents are now available from the office.


Next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the NAPLAN Assessments are to be conducted for children in years 3 & 5.


Tuesday 9th May – Language Conventions

Tuesday 9th May – Writing

Wednesday 10th May – Reading

Thursday 11th May – Numeracy


For further information please refer to the letter sent home to parents/carers of children in years 3 & 5 (included in this newsletter).

State Budget

Last Tuesday’s State Budget listed an amount of

$502, 000 for upgrading and modernisation works at Moonee Ponds West Primary School. Thank you to the Master Planning Working Group -

Jarrod Smith, Nicole Marshall, Sara Hastings, Stewart Burte, Richard Thornton, Mark Paterson, Maree Marshall, Sue Phillips, Olivia Hrouda, Paul Girdler, Chris Connelly, Diana Vivian for their work throughout 2015 and 2016.

Attitude to School Survey

The 2017 Attitude to Schools Survey is to be conducted from May 22. In previous years the survey was undertaken by children in years 5 & 6. This year the survey is available for children in year 4.

Mother's Day 2017

This year we will not be holding a Mother's Day stall at Moonee Ponds West. I thank Jenny Burge and all commnunity  members who have assisted Jenny in previous years in the facilitation of the Mother's Day Stall. 

I believe celebrating International Day of Families is a more inclusive way of celebrating the richness, diversity and complexity of living and loving as a family in the modern world.

Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this matter. 

Please see article below.


International Day of Families

Below is an excerpt from the link to the United Nations International Day of Families (included below).

The day highlights the importance of all caregivers in families, be it parents, grandparents or siblings and the importance of parental education for the welfare of children. It focuses on good practices for work-family balance to assist parents in their educational and caregiving roles.


Provisonal appointment

We have completed the recruitment process to appoint a classroom teacher to Room 2.  We have made a provisional appointment with a start date of the 15th of May. Jane Ryan will continue teaching in Room 2 until the 12th of May to ensure the continuity in teaching and learning for students in Room 2. We will be notifying the families in room 2 of the details of the appointment on the 10th May when the provisional period concludes. The new classroom teacher will have an induction and handover during the 11th and 12th of May.


Enjoy your weekend,




Notices Home to Parents/Carers

1st May

Teaching arrangements Room 2

3rd May

Scienceworks excursion Rm's1,2,3,4,5,6 & 23

4th May

Naplan information for parent/carers -Years 3 & 5

School Council News 

MPW receives funds for facilities upgrades

It was with great delight to see our school listed as one of the schools receiving funds in the 2017-18 Victorian State Budget announced on Tuesday 2 May. The school will receive $502,000 to upgrade the school's facilities.


Securing funds through the State Budget is a lengthy process that has involved a lot of hard work and strategic planning over a number of years, particularly from Jeff Lyon, Paul Girdler (previous School Council President), the Resources Committee of School Council, parents, teachers and the support of Danny Pearson, MP for Essendon.


In 2015, Jeff brought together a master planning group consisting of parents and teachers to plan for the future capital needs of the school. This included forecasting student enrolments, analysing facility needs, design and building a business case for our growing school. The funds announced on Tuesday were a result of this hard work.

On behalf of the school community I would like to thank Jeff and everyone involved, including the following parents and teachers:


  • Jarrod Smith
  • Maree Marshall
  • Olivia Hrouda
  • Richard Thornton
  • Sara Hastings
  • Stewart Burte
  • Nicole Marshall
  • Mark Paterson
  • Paul Girdler
  • Chris Connelly
  • Sue Phillips
  • Diana Vivian

Louise Evans, School Council President


Community Calendar


Tuesday 9th May to Thursday 11th May

NAPLAN Test Years 3 & 5

10th May

Scienceworks excursion Rm's 1,2 & 5

Friday 12th May

Winter Sports

Scienceworks excursion Rm's 3,4,6 & 23

Tuesday 16th May

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 19th May

Winter Sports

Monday 22nd May

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 26th May

Winter Sports


Friday 2nd June

Winter Sports

Monday 5th June

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 9th June

Winter Sports

Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday

Tuesday 13th June

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 16th June

Winter Sports

Tuesday 20th June

Music Incursion 09:00 to 13:00

Wednesday 21st June 

PJ Day - Winter Solstice

Friday 23rd June

Winter Sports

Monday 26th June

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 30th June

End of Term 2 - early dismissal 14:30


Monday 17th July

Term 2 Commences 9:00

Wednesday 19th July

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearshals

Fundraising Events

MPW Music Trivia Night

When:                                                    Saturday June 24th 7pm -11.30pm

Where:                                                    MPW School Gym

Ticket Cost:                                         $30pp (BYO Drinks and Nibbles/Snacks)


Join us MPW families, staff, and friends for our Term Two Fundraising Event, Music Trivia Night.

Hosted by the fabulous Dolly, this was a memorable evening last year!

Get into the fun spirit of the night and dress up as your favourite music idol/band.

Fantastic Spot Prizes to be won and a selection of silent auction items on display.

DOLLY PRODUCTIONS is hosting the event again! Here is the website if you would like additional information.


Please support our event by purchasing individual tickets or a table with friends!

Tickets will be available from Monday  at eventbrite

(Note: To have flexibility on seat selection – use a desktop computer when booking)



The fundraising team are seeking items for our speciality prize hampers (wine/chocs/gift vouchers/beauty items/deli foods) and also more significant items/services that would be suitable for our silent auctions.

You can drop these donations at the school office or email us directly and we can arrange collection.

MPW Fundraising Events 2017

Term Two

  • Saturday June 24th - Disco Bingo/Trivia Night

Term Four

  • Friday October 20th - Spring Carnival Social Night
  • End of Year Raffle 

Education News 


In Creative Arts this term, our main focus is on the famous Post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. 

Each week as every grade attends Creative Arts, we will be concentrating on some of his paintings, and looking at his techniques and style.


In parallel with our study of Vincent Van Gogh, the National Gallery Of Victoria presents the

exhibition of ‘Van Gogh and the Seasons.’   This is exclusive to Melbourne and has the largest collection of Van Gogh’s artworks to ever travel to Australia.  The exhibition will be on from 28th April to 9th July 2017.


If there is an opportunity for a family outing, this would further enhance the student’s understandings and knowledge on Vincent Van Gogh.   If you are interested in more information regarding this exhibition please visit the following website:

Thank you in advance for your support.

The Grade 3/4s went to CAMP!

  • “The activities were fun” - Brian, Rm 9
  • “Camp is a great way to learn to be more social” - Andrew, Rm 17“
  • Red Faces was extremely funny!” - Hope, Rm 13
  • “The Survival Game was unique and awesome!” - Queena, Rm 19
  • “They were one of the most well-mannered, enthusiastic and overall happiest group of children we’ve had at our camp”- Dave, Camp Sunnystones Staff

Camp Sunnystones Snapshots

By Grade 3/4 students in Room 17


Health and Safety

Allergy aware

Be part of our allergy aware community

6 STEPS every parent or carer should take today

Food allergy continues to increase at alarming rates, 1 in 10 Australian infants now have a food allergy.  The most common food allergies in childhood are cow’s milk, egg, peanut and tree nut.  The foods that trigger 90% of food allergic reactions in Australians include cow’s milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, sesame, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. 

Below are six steps to make children/students/parents and or carers/teachers more allergy aware.


Head Lice

All about head lice:

Head lice have been around for many thousands of years.  Anyone can get head lice and given the chance head lice move from head to head without discrimination.

  • Head lice are small, wingless, blood sucking insects.
  • Their colour varies from whitish-brown to reddish-brown.
  • Head lice do not have wings or jumping legs, they crawl from direct hair to hair contact.

Life cycle of head lice:

  1. Egg is laid on hair shaft. Egg is called a nit.
  2. Louse emerges after six to seven days.
  3. First molt two days after hatching.
  4. Second molt 5 days after hatching.
  5. Third molt 10 days after hatching.
  6. Emerging from their third molt as adult lice.
  7. Female lays first egg one or two days after mating.
  8. Female can lay approximately three to eight eggs per day for the next 16 days.

Finding head lice:

Lice can crawl and hide.  The easiest and most effective way to find them is to follow these few steps:

Step 1:    Comb any type of hair conditioner on to dry, brushed (detangled) hair.  This stuns the lice and makes it difficult for them to grip the hair.

Step 2:    Comb sections of the hair with a fine tooth comb.

Step 3:    Look on the tissue and comb for lice & eggs.

Step 4:    Repeat previous steps 4 or 5 times.  If lice or eggs are found in the child’s hair, the head should be treated.  Head lice eggs are small and oval.

Treating head lice:

  • Concentrate on the head – there is no evidence that you need to clean the house or classroom.
  • NO TREATMENT kills all of the eggs so treatment must involve two applications seven days apart.
  • If you are using lotions, apply to dry hair.
  • Only treat rest of family if they have head lice.
  • Only the pillowcase requires specific laundering; wash it in hot water (at least 60 degrees centigrade) or dry using a clothes dryer on a hot setting.
  • There is no product available that prevents head lice; using the conditioner and comb method once a week will assist with detection.

Tying back long hair prevents the spread of head lice.

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 (Acting)

Barbara Springfield

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher/Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové

Leading Teacher (Acting)/Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack

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.

Term Dates

Term 1:

Tuesday 31st January to Friday 31st March

Term 2:

Tuesday 18th April to Friday 30th June

Term 3:

Monday 17th July to Friday 22nd September

Term 4:

Monday 9th October to Friday 22nd 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 30th January & Tuesday 14th March

Term 2:

Monday 22nd May

Term 3:

Thursday 27th 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 2016 - 40kg of unnamed clothing and

30 items of 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 huge 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).

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