Moonee Ponds West Primary School

20 November 2018
2018 - Issue 37
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
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

Greetings to Parents, Carers, Students and Community Members of the MPWPS,

Music Concerts

Last week was a BIG week of music playing and performing.  Didn’t our students do exceptionally well?  I watched the Sound-garage performers display their skills in voice, piano and guitar.  Then on Thursday evening at Moonee Valley, the four schools associated with the Moonee Vale Instrumental Music Program (Ascot Vale, Ascot Vale West, Moonee Ponds and Moonee Ponds West) took to the stage. It was pleasing to see how well the children played on the big concert stage and that all were respectful of others performing, listening with the intent to enjoy. Congratulations to all involved.


Building site

You will have noticed that the building site fences are up and that the Site Office has arrived!  It is very exciting!  Over the past weekends, the contractors have been removing the interior of the toilets and there will be an authorised inspection in the next days.  Then the demolition will begin.  The plan is to pour the slab before Christmas.  Currently, we are preparing a flier to inform our tolerant neighbours of the possible interruption to a quiet street and apologise for any inconvenience. The plans for the new toilet block are at the General Office if you are interested.  Sandra can assist you.

Report Writing

Now, the teachers are reviewing student learning, in preparation for writing your child’s progress report.  I have been privy to many conversations around growth in learning that the students are demonstrating this Semester, which is the core work of our profession.  The teachers and students are excited about the achievement they can show and so am I!  Knowing where each child is on the learning continuum and planning next steps is the work of all teachers and leaders together. When teachers believe they can make a difference together, this has an immense effect on student achievement. It is an expectation that all children will have their growth in learning monitored, and tracked over time.  Student reports are due to you on Friday 14th December.  As is usual if you want to speak to the teacher about the report, please make a suitable time.

Foundation Students

We are coming up to our third session for our new students and families.  It is very exciting to see the little ones are developing in confidence and getting familiar with the new school environment.  Of course, some siblings are old hands at coming to school, having been round this place for many years waiting to attend this great place known as ‘school’.

It has been very pleasing to have parents/carers attend the Parent/Carer Information sessions as well.  Knowing how the school works and getting to know the other parents/carers is all part of being engaged in the school community.  We have two more session for parents/carers; one is with Dr David Collins around supporting your child’s emotional growth, and then I think you meet me and I go through some of the practices and processes of the school.

On Transition Day Dec 11 your child will meet their teacher and classmates.

Your substantive Principal

We have had confirmed that Jeff will be remaining on leave for the rest of 2018.  We all send our best wishes to Jeff. I will be remaining in this position until otherwise informed by the SWM Regional Director.


Well that is about it from me this week.  Until we meet in person, have a safe and rewarding week.



Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting)


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)

Term 4 Meetings


  • Monday 26th November 19:00
  • Monday 17th December 18:30

Education News 

Save the gorillas
Mia B and Reuben H (JSC)

Hi, we’re from JSC. We are working on a project to help save the gorillas. You can help us help the gorillas by donating your old phones to the office, where there will be a container to put them in. These phones are important to gorillas because the zoo recycles the old phones and the money from this effort goes to the gorilla doctors so they can get better resources to help injured gorillas.

Thanks for reading this and we hope you donate your old phone! 

(Please tell others about this)


Writer’s Festival 2018

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Writer’s Festival on Thursday 15th of November. The students benefitted immensely from having an authentic audience to share their writing with and they took a lot of pride in their work and the feedback from those who attended was overwhelmingly positive. We would also like to thank the staff who took the time out of their very busy term four schedules to allow time in their classroom and support students in preparing their writing for the festival.


“I think this writing was very creative. I wonder where this imagination is going to go?”


“I really enjoyed the time to be able to see and share my child’s writing.”


“What amazing writing and creative minds they have. Great progress made.”


“What a great idea to celebrate reading and writing so kids feel like authors.”


“It is great to see in the drafts how the editing process happens. The students all have such wonderful imaginations! How can we keep that creativity and imagination going as they get older?”


“Great to see the child’s progression with their story writing from the beginning of the year to the end. We were so lucky that we got to share this experience with our children.”


“It was fun, creative, interactive and entertaining. Loved seeing the standard of writing presented. Well Done! I wonder where these great writers might be in 20 years time. They are amazing.”


Finally, the Writer’s Festival would not have been possible without the writers themselves! We would like to thank the students for their dedication and creativity.

- English Committee



Fundraising Events

Election Day 24th November
Help Required....and a reminder...

On Saturday 24th of November we will be holding a cake stall and sausage sizzle at Moonee Ponds West PS as our gym will be a polling booth for the day.

Families have received a plate with an ingredient list along with a form to indicate your availability to volunteer to help with the day.  Could you please deliver your baked goods on Friday afternoon or by 9.00 am on Saturday morning. 


If you are available to volunteer please leave your name at the Office.


Thank you for your support.

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 Calendar


Tuesday 20th November

5/6 Parliamentary Experts Incursion

Wednesday 21st November

Environment Committee meeting 18:00

Thursday 22nd November

Foundation Orientation Session 3

Saturday 24th November

Election Day Cake Stall and BBQ

Monday 26th November

School Council meeting 19:00

Thursday 29th November

Foundation Orientation Session 4


Wednesday 5th December

Senior Choir Concert - Alice@Wonderland 19:00

Thursday 6th December

Senior Choir Concert (School Performance) - Alice@Wonderland 9:00

Tuesday 11th December

Whole School Transition Day

Resources Committee 19:00

Wednesday 12th December

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 14th December

Student Reports home

Monday 17th December

School Council 18:00

Wednesday 19th December

Year 6 Graduation

Friday 21st December

End of year Assembly 9:00

End of Term 4  Early dismissal @13:30


Tuesday 29th January

Curriculum Day (Teachers return)

Wednesday 30th January

Term 1 begins - Grades 1-6 

Thursday 31st January

Term 1 Begins - Foundation students

Community News




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