Moonee Ponds West Primary School

07 November 2018
2018 - Issue 35
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
Music 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 Parents, Carers and Students of Moonee Ponds West PS,

A shortened week this week but still much to do.  Thank-you to those families that have chosen to return the Class Placement Form.  As is always the case, we endeavor to build classes that provide the best learning environment for all students.  Students are always at the centre of all decisions.  Our partnership with you continues to be built on trust and consideration. The parent community of MPWPS are a great support to us all and we will continue to build and strengthen this as we go forward.

Foundation Transition begins

This year we have revamped the Transition process for our new students.  We commence this important process on Thursday of this week. Current students will be having a learning experience with other classes or assisting with the new Foundation students.   This is exciting for them, and provides an opportunity to meet other students.  Please speak with your chil if they are effected so that they are prepared especially if change could be an issue. Your class teachers (F/1) can assist if you require further information.

When the students are in the school we invite the parents/carers to meet and hear about important aspects of the school and how to best support starting school; one of life’s milestones!

Assessment and Reporting

MPWPS now has an Assessment and Reporting team who are reviewing and ‘tweaking’ assessment requirements for our school.  The goal is consistency in assessment practices.   Any assessment we complete must provide information about the child so that individual and teams of teachers can plan the next step in the learning journey. Some of the enhancements for the second Semester are completing Fountas and Pinnell to the highest INSTRUCTION level for the students, and as a whole of school measure using ACER PAT Reading from years 1 to 6. The whole of school measure can assist us in ensuring all students have growth in Reading. Our teachers know their students well. We believe that the ‘tweaking’ of assessments will provide for triangulation of achievement results so that there is an on balance judgement.   We are on the journey of assessment FOR, AS and OF learning.

We will also be using the COMPASS Reporting format for the Semester 2 Report. The Student Portfolios tell the story of the learning with samples or evidence of the progression your child is making and always support the written report.   The Education Committee on November 19 will see this format and add comment where required.

The Outcome of the Review

We are waiting for to receive the Review Report. When we do have, the report we will br shared with the School Council, Staff and Community.  The sharing of the report will provide direction for our work for the next three years.  Because of the Review outcome, an internal structure for collaboration of staff around student learning achievement will require some change to staffing roles. I am building the staffing profile at present.  It is a juggle as our numbers are falling.  I hope that this will change in the next years to build a strong student enrolment.  The ideal enrolment for MPWPS is around 560 students.  Next year we will have around 520.

Lost Property

We are at week 5  and already the Lost Property is overflowing!  Lots of casual clothing unnamed and in good order.   Many lunch boxes drink bottles of all sorts mostly unnamed.  If your child’s items are named, there is a chance to return them to you or better still for your child to FIND them!  Hand a thick black texta to your child and get them to put their surname on their items preferably on the neckband for clothing, and anywhere on the other items mentioned.  Finding and collecting personal items is a step in children becoming personally responsible and independent.


Well that is about it from me.  Until we meet in person.


Sincerely and in good faith

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 

Nude Food Competition

We all know that wrappers and plastic are unhealthy for our environment. As a school, we need to take better care of our yard and reduce the litter around the place.


In Week 6, all students are encouraged to bring nude food for four or more days to get entered into the competition. All you have to do is show your classroom teacher who will mark your name off on a list. Your name will be entered into a raffle and drawn at assembly in Week 7.

1st prize: Large lunchbox

2nd prize: Small lunchbox

3rd prize: A set of containers


The classroom with the most number of nude food lunches will be announced at assembly in Week 7.


Together, we can make a difference!

Chloe, Milly, Carina, Aidan and Jack (from the Wipe Out Waste Team aka WoW!)



Moonee Ponds West Writer’s Festival

Moonee Ponds West Primary School would like to invite the community into classrooms to celebrate students’ personal writing. 

Each classroom will be open on Wednesday 14th of November 2018 where students may share their published or drafted pieces of writing. 

More information regarding open classroom times will be advertised via individual classrooms.



English Committee

Sport News

Odd Sock Circus – Performance

Thank you to the whole school community who came and supported our Gr 5/6 students as they performed the ‘Odd Socks Circus’ on Tuesday 30th October.  I’m sure you will agree the students did an amazing job and put on a fantastic show.  A special mention to the 5/6 teachers, Sue Phillips and of course our circus leader Phil Melgaard for making it such a memorable experience for our students.


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. 

Take a bow Gr 5/6’s….

Also our Circus Raffle tickets will continue to be on sale at the front office.  The prize hamper includes all different circus and art supplies.  The raffle will be drawn at assembly.



Our athletics season has come to an end after Regions and State finals.
Congratulations to Lachie Toussaint, Amelia Ashton, Elli Honan and Lillie Ground who all competed at Region Finals.
Lillie went on to race in the State Finals at Albert Park.  She finished 9th overall.  Well done Lillie!!!!

Walk to School 2018!

Well done to all the students who participated in Walk to School for the month of October.

We will have the results in next week’s newsletter.  But of course we encourage you and your families to continue to walk, ride or scoot your way to school for the remainder of Term 4.

Music News

MVIMP Combined Concert 15th November 2018


We are looking forward to our MVIMP Concert next Thursday 15th November.  All children involved in MVIMP need to arrive at the Celebrity Room, Moonee Valley Racecourse, at 6.45 pm

to tune up and get ready. Children performing are asked to wear black and/or white. Please don’t feel you should buy anything new… t-shirts e.t.c. will do.


In preparation for the concert could you please assist by ensuring that:

  • All permission notes are returned to the Office  NO LATER than this Friday, 9th of November.
  • Purchase your concert tickets @
  • Return your sold raffle tickets and monies
  • Donate your item for the Christmas Hamper
  • Displaying the rehearsal timetable to make sure your child brings their instrument and music on the right days. (Rehearsal schedule displayed below)
  • Volunteering to assist with supervising students on the bus to Moonee Valley Racecourse on the 15th November from 9-12.00 or assisting with the preparation of the Christmas Hampers at the Racecourse. If you are able to assist please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you to parents/carers who have already volunteered, I will be sending home a note to you this week.

Please contact me if you have any questions at all regarding MVIMP and the Combined Concert.


Looking forward to seeing you all at the Concert.


Sandra Monaghan

MVIMP Music Liaison  




Wednesday, 7 November                              Moonee Ponds West P.S.               9.30 – 11.00


Monday, 12 November                                   Moonee Ponds West P.S.               9.30 – 11.00

Tuesday, 13 November                                  Moonee Ponds P.S                            9.30 – 11.00


Wednesday, 14 November                            Moonee Ponds P.S.                          9.30 – 11.00     


Wednesday, 14 November                            Moonee Ponds P.S.                           11.30 – 1.00


Wednesday, 14 November                            Moonee Ponds P.S.                           1.30 – 3.00


Rehearsals at own school in normal lesson times


Thursday, 15 November                             Moonee Valley Racing Club            9.30 – 12.00



Fundraising Events

Election Day 24th November

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.


This is a wonderful fundraising opportunity for the school and to make it successful we need our community members to volunteer to bake items for sale at the cake stall and volunteer to spend some time manning the cake stall or the BBQ.

Next week families will receive a plate with an ingredient list along with a form to indicate your availability to volunteer to help with the day.

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


Thursday 8th November

Foundation Orientation Session 1

5/6 Parliamentary Process Incursion

Monday 12th November

5/6 Parliamentary Process Incursion

Tuesday 13th November

5/6 Cricket Carnival

Soundgarage Concert

Resources Committee 19:00

Wednesday 14th November

Writers Festival

Soundgarage Concert

Thursday 15th November

Foundation Orientation Session 2

MVIMP Combined Concert

Monday 19th November

5/6 Parliamentary Experts Incursion

Education Committee 18:30

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 13:30

Community News





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