Moonee Ponds West Primary School

25 May 2018
2018 - Issue 15
Principal's report
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

Greeting to all the student, staff and families of MPWPS

Well, I have almost been here a full week and I am delighted to make comment on the student population and their eagerness to learn and be leaders.  This is wonderful to see and I hope to continue their growth through my leadership of the school.

It has been pleasing for me to acknowledge the openness of staff and their welcoming nature.  Starting in a school at this time is not easy, and for staff a new leader can cause a ‘ripple’ in what might be a settled pond!  I look forward to sharing our collective development with you all.

School Pick-Up/Drop off Zones: 

Just a couple of reminders to Parents and Carers who use such a zone.  It is important that safety is front of mind when using these zone so please ensure:

  • Children get into or out of the vehicle quickly so that you can move through this zone with efficiency.  I suggest bags in the back with the student as getting bags from the rear of the car can be time consuming
  • It is preferable for drivers to stay in the car for efficiency and speedy transfer.
  • If the Pick-Up/Drop off Zone is full the desired behaviour is to ‘do a lap’ and re-enter when a space becomes available. If you form a queue this is inconvenient for other drivers who may pass (aghhh) or move into the other carriageway to get passed this zone.
  • Safety is most important and so I request your help ensuring these areas are safe for all.

I am also investigating the extension of the Eglington Street Pick-Up/Drop off Zone.  We will see what happens with this request.   Keep you posted!

The New Toilet Block

We are moving along with the drawings for the new toilet block.  The allocated funding for this project was announced in the 2017-18 State Budget 1.1 billion education package.  The Working Party has been diligent is getting the best possible outcome, and I am pleased that students from the school were consulted for their direction re the project focus and input into relevant detail.

Getting to Know Staff

Over this week I have been meeting with staff individually to get to know their passions and opinions.  I plan to meet with all staff over the next weeks and provide feedback on collective ideas for the way forward.  As Principal I want the operations of the school to be supportive of effective and efficient practices, leading to a strong student learning and engagement. 


Well that’s about it from me for this week.

Until we meet in person

Yours sincerely

Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting)

Notices Home

Monday 21st May

  • AEDC Parent Information - Prep students

Tuesday 22nd May

  • Student Attitudes to School Survey - Years 4-6
  • Imax/Melbourne Museum Excursion - 3/4 Team

Wednesday 23rd May

  • Scienceworks Excursion 1/2 Team

Community Calendar


Monday 28th May

School Council 19:00


Friday 1st June

Winter Sports 9:00

Basketball Coaching Grade 5/6

Saturday 2nd June 

Trivia Night 19:30

Monday 4th June

Education Committee - 19:00


Wednesday 6th June

Incursion - Hands On Science  Grade 5/6

Thursday 7th June

Imax/Melbourne Museum - Grades 3/4

Monday 11th June

Queen's Birthday - Public Holiday no school

Tuesday 12th June

Resource Committee - 19:00

Thursday 14th June

Fun Run 9:00 to 11:00

Wednesday 20th June

Environment Committee 18:00

Monday 25th June

School Council 19:00

Friday 29th June

Assembly 9:00

End of Term 2 - Early dismissal 14:30


Monday 16th July

Term 3 starts 9:00

Wednesday 25th July

Curriculum Day (Reporting to Parent Day - Pupil Free)

VSSS Rehearsal 8:00


Tuesday 21st August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Wednesday 22nd August

VSSS Rehearsal - Melbourne Town Hall

Thursday 23rd August

MVIMP Concert - Lady Northcote Bacchus Marsh

Friday 24th August 

MVIMP Music camp returns

Education News 

Education Week 2018 - Celebrating the Arts.

The week is Education Week, with the theme of “celebrating the Arts”.

To highlight this week the Creative Arts and Performing Arts team hope to provide a small glimpse into the wonderful art programs and activities that are presently in process and upcoming events in the next months at MPW.

As the Department of Education website states in celebrating education and the Arts: “Student engagement in the arts can help improve educational outcomes by boosting motivation and creativity, building confidence and self-esteem, leadership skills, cooperation and collaboration as well as forging friendships and a sense of belonging.”

Creative arts - Mask Making


This term we are introducing – with the assistance of Simon Direen - filmmaking for the grade 5/6 students in room 14 & 15. 

Simon Direen is a filmmaker and youth worker based in Melbourne. During Simon’s time as a filmmaker he has won a total of 8 awards for Directing, Editing and Producing. One of these films, the narrative short Disappear, made its world premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival in June 2015 and received the Award of Merit in the Hollywood Best Shorts Competition in July of the same year. In 2017 Simon completed two nonfiction short films Voices and A Life Together. A Life Together premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2017 and won best short documentary at Noosa International Film Festival and received a Grand REMI at WorldFest Houston.


Our filmmaking unit – “ENGAGE - CREATE - COOPERATE – OVERCOME” is best described by Phoebe one of our students in room 14:

“This term we are looking at filmmaking. Part of this is having Simon come in and talk to us about the stages and different types of short films. We are in groups of 4 to make a short film on iMovie. It is great working in a group and using our imagination. We enjoy having independence and are looking forward to the end product where we will say, “wow I did that”. Each group is approaching the process differently, some are using modelling clay, to make Claymation other are creating live action movie. All the groups are really excited and working really well and are confidents that everyone’s group will have a great finished peace. Thanks for Simon for helping us and I can’t wait to work on it some more.

  • Short Film Festival: There will be a showing of the student films next term.

Performing Arts

Hi there, I'm Kathryn and I'm new here. You may be wondering who I am, so here's a little about me. I have been teaching in primary schools for

10 years specialising in drama, dance and music. I have produced and directed very successful musicals and productions, as well as offering drama and glee clubs, in all of my previous schools and strive to pass on my enthusiasm and enjoyment of performing arts to the students I teach. I am a performer and producer myself and have a lot of connections to the acting, cabaret and live theatre community in Melbourne. Hopefully we can organise some engaging incursions throughout the year with these industry professionals.


Drama is such a wonderful subject to include in the primary curriculum as it boosts confidence in public speaking, improves problem solving skills and provides more opportunities for students to work collaboratively. It also helps build resiliency and empathy in playing various characters in different scenarios.


I am very passionate about the arts and am so excited to be teaching drama at Moonee Ponds West Primary School. I look forward to getting to know all of the students and helping improve their confidence and love for performing arts.

If you are interested in sharing some performing arts experiences with your children, here are some great resources you can delve into together:


*ACMI in Federation Square on Flinders St has fantastic interactive exhibitions on digital art and movies. Check them out online here:


*The Arts Centre in Melbourne's CBD has great exhibitions and events happening throughout the year. They also have fantastic school holiday program activities. Visit them online here:


*There is a huge live theatre and entertainment scene in Melbourne, and ‘What's On’ is a great place to refer to for kid-friendly shows:


Free Activity Time - Celebrate the Arts

Finally, but most importantly we would also would like to invite and encourage our parent/carers into our school next Friday June 1 during Free Activity Time into your student’s classroom and for you to run a small but fun, simple art activity. We believe this is a wonderful way to celebrate the arts and will be sending out more information to the community next week, so look out for more info and please put it in your diary.

Congratulations Lisa McLachlan

In the wee hours of this morning Lisa McLachlan (Room 10 teacher) set off to commence the first steps of a 60km walk around the coastline of the Mornington Peninsular. Lisa is participating in the Melbourne Coastrek challenge and is part of a team of four, suitably named ‘Eight Feet & Four Heartbeats’. Coastrek is a 30 – 60km team trekking challenge with each team have between 10 and 18 hours to complete the adventure.


Lisa has been training since January and to date the longest walk she has completed with her team is 40 km. Lisa may still be walking by the time you  read this article!


Lisa is raising money for the Fred Hollows Foundation to improve the eye sight of children around the world.


In support of Lisa and this very worthy cause there will be a special fund raising day at MPW next Thursday 31st May. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation and in exchange they will receive a lemonade ‘eyesee’ pole. We hope  that the generosity of the MPW community will result in many children having improved vision. For as little as $25 a blind child will have their eyesight restored.


For more information please click on the link :

Sport News

Winter Sport

This term students in Gr 5/6 competing in Football, Tee Ball and Netball competitions against schools in the Ascot Vale District.


We also continued our great skill development with the specialist Coaches from SEDA Basketball who will running clinics at school as part of the Sport Education program.



We will be holding our 27th Annual Fun Run on Thursday 14th  June   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 form below if you are able to assist.


School Sport Victoria Junior Golf Tournament

Congratulations to Amy M in Room 18 who finished 3rd with a score of 47 (9 holes) in the girls section (15 players) and 7th overall (boys and girls combined) out of 48 children representing schools from all over Victoria. 

Amy has now qualified for the SSV Junior Regional finals at Medway GC  later in the year.



Fundraising Events

MPW 80s Trivia Night 2018



When:            Saturday June 2nd June 7:30 -11.30pm

Where:          MPW School Gym

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


Hi Families,

Can’t make it to the annual MPW Trivia Night this year……….no problem at all, you can still bid and win some wonderful items/services in our Silent Auction! We’ve taken the Auction online this year enabling all of our wonderful MPW families to take part.


All you need to do is follow this link to our Auction: hit Login and Create an Account (no payment details required)!


You can already browse the amazing items generously donated by local businesses and MPW families and once logged in create a favourites list by clicking the heart on Auction listings. Please keep checking back as we still have a few more things to add before the Auction goes live and you can bid!


The Auction will GO LIVE on Sunday 27th May 2018 at 7pm 

So how does it work? Simple! 

The auction will run via the website link above so please make it a website favourite /add it to your phone’s home screen for easy access. The system allows Proxy bids where you can enter a Maximum bid and the system will bid on your behalf or you can manage your bids one by one! Email notifications are used to inform you when you have been outbid, made a successful bid or won the item at the end of the Auction. At the conclusion of the Auction on Saturday 2nd June 2018 at 10:30pm winners can only collect their items once full payment has been made via cash or credit card either at the Trivia Night on 2nd June or in the school office from Monday 4th June 2018.


Things to note:

  • Auction items’ conclusion time will automatically extend if a bid is made in the last 3 minutes of the Auction (up to a maximum of 30mins extension)
  • We have the right to amend the Auction conclusion time
  • New items may be added at any time prior to the conclusion of the Auction
  • Details of Auction items may be amended prior to any bids being received
  • Please keep the Online Auction details within the MPW community of existing families to enable us to manage it effectively

If you’re coming on the night:

  • Fully charge your phone (we will have a backup laptop if required)
  • Download a “QR Code Reader” app on your phone as Auction items will be displayed with QR codes allowing you to scan and go straight to the Auction item to make your bids
  • Bring along some extra gold coins to play some fun games and enter the raffle, dress up and bring your 80s knowledge, humour and dancing shoes!

Want to come to 80s Trivia but haven’t booked! Book NOW. Tickets selling fast! Don’t miss out on a great night!


If there are any questions please hit the “Contact Us” button on the Auction website and send us an email.


Happy Bidding,

Danielle & Rachel

MPW Fundraising Team

Fundraising contacts

Rachel, Anna & Danielle - please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to Rachel, Anna and Danielle.      

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

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.

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.

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 causeway at the entry to room 7 and 8 (near the toilet block, off the little adventure playground).

Community News



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