Moonee Ponds West Primary School

09 June 2017
2017 - Issue 16
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Fundraising Events
Education News 
Sport News
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Parent/Carer Tours for children commencing school in 2018

Enrolment tours are continuing for parent/carers considering enrolling their child/ren for the Foundation year 2018 intake. Sibling enrolment forms are available at the office. If you are enrolling a sibling for 2018 could you please submit the enrolment forms as early as possible to assist with forward planning.

Moonee Ponds West Annual Implementation Plan 2017


In 2017 the school has 564.6 students. A Principal and an Assistant Principal; 34 teaching staff, including two leading teachers; six specialist teachers; and 21 Education Support staff. Demand for places at the school often exceeds those available.

The school operates in multi-age settings across prep/1, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6 teams. Specialist programs include physical education, creative arts, Japanese, Hall (development play) and learning support for students with individual needs.


The school views families as partners in supporting the educational achievement and wellbeing of students. Engagement of families in the school is an important part of how the school operates.


In 2017 the school Annual Implementation Plan focuses on building practice excellence and empowering students and building school pride. The annual implementation plan is underpinned by the new school philosophy which we adopted at the end 2016. 


Moonee Ponds West Philosophy Statement


The social, emotional, physical and academic wellbeing of our students underpins all practices at Moonee Ponds West Primary. A positive self-image is necessary for effective learning to occur. These aspects of the whole child need to be equally nurtured to ensure that students experience success.


Children are at the centre of planning and are unique individuals with a powerful capacity to contribute and learn. MPW is child centred with an emphasis on deep inquiry, critical thinking and creativity. Inquiry through exploration, investigation and play in meaningful experiences provides opportunity to engage and involve children. Through structured and unstructured, teacher and student-led experiences, children construct their understandings of the world.


Learning is a continuum and each child is supported to move along the learning continuum and build on their achievements, ability, interests and knowledge. Children are supported to feel secure to take risks.

All children and their opinions are valued. Learning experiences are planned to challenge bias and stereotypes where respect for the rights of individuals, and an acceptance for difference enable children to participate in society.


All Educational Policies at Moonee Ponds West Primary School will reflect this philosophy statement and encompass Cambourne’s Natural Learning Conditions.


The key improvement strategies are:

  • identify, consolidate and embed a whole school pedagogy and learning framework which is articulated by an agreed language and consistent day to day practices
  • continue to improve and refine differentiated approaches to teaching and learning – the way the school extends and supports all students’ learning and achievement
  • develop strategies to extend higher achieving students and improve performance in the top two bands of NAPLAN
  • further develop moderation schedule and practices to ensure that teacher judgments are consistent across all levels
  • continue to build the capability of teachers and leaders through development of their capacity to embed in their practice a repertoire of knowledge and skills
  • evaluate, review and develop curriculum programs to engage all students in their learning
  • further develop the comprehensive, school wide approach for social and emotional wellbeing
  • increase opportunities and involvement for student voice and participation in student decision-making and goal setting
  • improve communication within the school and between the school and community
  • further enhance and build the culture of the school.

Action teams in the areas of Student Wellbeing and Engagement, Inquiry, English, Mathematics and Communication have detailed action plans to implement the Annual Implementation Plan priorities.

How will success be measured?

The action teams will report to School Council on their work. In term three the school commences a self-evaluation process to see how we are tracking. School achievement data and surveys with students, staff and parents are an input into the self-evaluation process. The 2017 School Annual Report will be published in term one 2018, and summarise the work and outcomes of this year.

Watch out for the new maths policy and complaints and concerns policy this term and the Maths Policy in next week's newsletter.

Further information

If youwould like more information about the 2017 annual implementation plan and the Annual report they are available on the school website. If you have any questions or feedback please contact myself.

Trivia Night


A reminder that tickets are available for the MPW trivia night to be held on the 24th of June.


Funds will go toward the final amount required to purchase and install of new water bubblers. The plan is for the old water troughs will be removed and new water bubblers to be installed around the school, including a water bubbler to be located near the adventure playground adjacent the Tiger Turf. The bubblers have the additional facility for children to fill their water bottles, come in varying heights and a variety of colors (The Green Team have been consulted as to the colors to be chosen).


Sex Education

On Thursday evening the Student Wellbeing team facilitated a sex education (parent and carer) information session  in the Performance Space. The session was well attended with 80 members of the school community coming along to hear an overview of the Sex Education Australia's program.  All feedback received was very positive. Information from the evening is available from the Office.  


 Little Big Shots Film Festival (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)

Again, a reminder that the Little Big Shots film festival to held June 8 to 12 at ACMI. For further information please click on the link below.

Reporting to Parents

Student reports and portfolios will go home on the 30th June. Student/Parent/Carer/Teacher conferences will be held on the 27th of July which is a Pupil Free day. Students from Room 10 will have their conferences on the afternoon/evening of the 26th and 27th of June.

Events of recent times

Given the reporting of recent events, both local and around the world, please find below information that has been previously provided by the Department of Education and Training that may assist in talking about recent traumatic events.


Exposure to television, print media and social media


  • Many children are likely to be unsettled by the images on television, in the print media and online media reports about the recent terrorist attacks.
  • It is important to understand what sense a child or young person makes of what they are seeing on television or hearing via the media (this includes social media) and what they are hearing in adult conversations.
  • It is important to monitor the amount of news coverage they see and hear. Seeing the event over and over again can cause vicarious trauma to adults and children.
  • Children and young people may experience sleeplessness and or nightmares about imagined consequences or images from television or print or social media coverage.


Responding to the concerns of children and young people


  • Children and young people may need to talk about what they have seen and heard. It is important that we listen to their concerns.
  • Keep information factual and dispel any rumours. Don’t be afraid to tell them that you don’t have all the answers.
  • Children and young people may need reassurance about their safety and the safety of those they care about.
  • Teachers and parents should listen to the child or young person’s cues as to what they want to know about the terrorist attacks. It is important to be honest with children and young people in an age appropriate way.
  • It is not unusual for young children to want to be close to those they love and care about.
  • Older children will possibly want to discuss the events, it is advisable to clarify information and dispel rumours as this helps them to process the information more accurately.


Below is a link to an illustrated guide that may assist you and your family.


Enjoy the long weekend,




Notices home to parent/carers

June 6th

5/6 Camp Expression of Interest

June 7th

Head Lice Alert Room 4

Parent/Carer/Teacher/Student Interview notice

June 8th

Room 10 Leave letter 



Community Calendar


Monday 12th June

Queen's Birthday Holiday

Tuesday 13th June

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Sex Education - 3/4

Wednesday 14th June

Sex Education - 5/6

Friday 16th June

Winter Sports

Tuesday 20th June

Music Incursion 09:00 to 13:00

Sex Education - 3/4

Wednesday 21st June 

PJ Day - Winter Solstice

Thursday 22nd June

Sex Education - 5/6

Friday 23rd June

Winter Sports

Saturday 24th June

Music Trivia

Monday 26th June

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 27th June

Sex Education - 3/4

Thursday 29th June

Sex Education - 5/6

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 rehearsals

Thursday 20th July

State Cross Country

Thursday 27th July

Curriculum Day - Reporting to Parents

Friday 28th July

Australian Maths Competition




Monday 7th August

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

District Athletics

Tuesday 15th August

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 16th August

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Monday 21st August

Book Week begins

Tuesday 22nd August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Wednesday 23rd August

Book Week Dress Up Day

Multi Age Workshops

Friday 25th August

MVIMP Camp returns

Bookweek concludes

Monday 28th August

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00


Fundraising Events

MPW Music Trivia Night 2017

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!

Our Term Two Fundraising Event is 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. If you’re not one to get your groove on in public, toe tapping under the table is completely fine!


There are fantastic spot prizes to be won and we’ll also have a selection of silent-auction items up for grabs.


If you’d like more information on what’s in store, feel free to have a look at the Dolly Productions website at


Please join us by purchasing individual tickets or a table with friends.

Click on the Eventbrite link to purchase your ticket/s

To have flexibility on seat selection please use a desktop computer when booking. If you are unable to book online and would like to purchase tickets, please contact Rachel via the school office.



The fundraising team are seeking items for our speciality prize hampers

Examples of donations may include:

  • Wine/chocolates/gourmet food products (non-perishable
  • Health and beauty products
  • Gardening products
  • Kids stationery

We also welcome more significant items or services that would be suitable for our silent auctions. You can drop these donations at the school office.


Thanks so much for your continued support and generosity at our MPW fundraising events, we look forward to seeing you at Music Trivia Night and celebrating our wonderful school community.

MPW Fundraising Events 2017

Term Four

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

Fundraising contacts

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


Education News 

Creative Arts

The Bell Shakespeare's: "The Wonderful World of Will."


This Thursday June 15, all the year 3,4, 5 and 6 students will have the exciting opportunity to attend a performance of the Bell Shakespeare's latest play - "The Wonderful World of Will".


There will be 2 sessions of the play - one beginning at 9.30 am till

10.30 am and another at 11.30 am to 12.30 pm. Each performance will be followed by 10 minutes of Q&A by the performers.


Working with the Bell Shakespeare company has now become a very popular and regular feature of the Creative Arts program at MPW.


Next term we have organised, an artist in residence program for one week with one of the Bell Shakespeare performers.This will involve all students from the grade 3/4s in a variety of drama activities in order to bring about a greater understanding of one of Shakespeare's plays. This is a fantastic opportunity for  students to be involved a series of workshops through the week including a professional development with all staff.


We will provide more information in the coming weeks. If you have any further questions please ask.


Sue & Claudia

Creative Arts.


MPW Library

MPW Library aims to foster a love of reading by creating interesting and colourful displays which are changed regularly.

Having an open and welcoming environment supports students to become life-long readers and learners.


  • Is an attractive, interesting and inviting place where books and literature are highly valued.
  • Is an information centre.
  • Is stocked with a wide range of classic and current reading materials that encourage, enrich and nourish a variety of reading interests and abilities.
  • Is a quiet reflective space for students to indulge their interests through reading.


Grade 3/4 Science Rotation Day

Yesterday the grade 3/4s had a science rotation day where we went around to other 3/4 classes and did different experiments.


- Melting ice

- Volcano in a bottle

- Do liquids mix?

- How does fizz work?

- Magic balloon bottle



We did this because our inquiry topic is Chemistry. We have been learning about matter (solids, liquids, gases) and how they can change their state of matter if you add heat or if you freeze it. We have also been learning about the malleability of things (malleable means it will bend and keep that shape, it won’t snap).


It was a fun and cool way to learn new things. We enjoyed learning about different reactions and hope we do it again soon!


By: Lara  and Charlotte  Room 17




Our first whole school music incursion will be held on Tuesday 20th June, 2017

The ensemble will be Taikoz, a Japanese Taiko drumming group.

There will be two performances held in the gym:

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Taikoz are delighted to be able to bring their dynamic and heart-stopping traditional Japanese music to our school. Centred around the Taiko drums, Taikoz are seen, heard and felt. Students will literally become sounding boards, vibrating along with the explosive energy coming from the stage – some will even find themselves sharing the stage with these masters of rhythm.


Please feel free to come along and experience Taikoz with us.

Junior Choir

Moonee Ponds West Junior Choir

Calling all students in Foundation to grade 2 interested in joining the MPW Junior Choir.

Join me in the performance space at 1.00pm on Friday 16th June.

We will be focussing on singing and performing a repertoire of songs for our end of year concert.

Please find attached flyer below.

Looking forward to seeing and hearing you.



The Victorian State Schools Spectacular

Saturday 16th September

This year members of the MPW Choir will be participating in the Victorian State School Spectacular. Early Bird ticket sales have opened, please see the flyers below.




Sport News

Run Run

On Thursday 1st June we celebrated our 27th Annual Fun Run.  The morning began with guest speaker Moana Hope being interviewed by Josh & Amandeep.  Mo shared her experiences of being an AFLW marquee player, growing up with 14 siblings and being the full time carer of her sister Lavinia.


The run then got underway with all students and staff completing laps by running, walking, hopping, skipping and jumping along the way. 


There was huge support from our school community with an abundance of Parent and Carers coming to assist supervise corners, drink stations, stamp hands and prepare fruit platters that were then shared at the completion of the run.


Thank you to everyone who participated and helped out to continue to make our Fun Run a major event on our school calendar.  Donations can still be made at the office to support this event until the end of term.  All money raised will be donated to both classroom sports equipment and The Smith Family (as chosen by our JSC).


Winter Sport



MPW Gold   15/North Melbourne 8

MPW Blue   38/North Melbourne 0


MPW Gold           

Netball A      8/North Melbourne 4

Netball B      3/North Melbourne 10

MPW Blue

Netball A    11/North Melbourne 1

Netball B      6/North Melbourne 1

Tee Ball

MPW Gold   13/North Melbourne 20

MPW Blue     5/North Melbourne 14

Winter Sport Term 2

Friday 16th June

Blue v St. Marys B

Avondale v Gold

(Clarendon Street, Avondale Heights - Football at Canning Reserve, Glenside Street, Avondale Heights

Term dates

20th June District Soccer Carnival

We need your help

For our programs to run we need lots of parent/carer assistance. If you are able to assist with any of our events please see Bree and pass your Working with Children check details onto the office.

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).

Community News


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