Moonee Ponds West Primary School

12 March 2019
2019 - Issue 6
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

Dear Parents, Carers, Students and MPWPS Community members,

A short week this week and a short contribution for the newsletter.  I trust you have had a wonderful long weekend with family and friends.

Curriculum Day

Last Friday we had a very successful Curriculum Day focused on improving writing instruction for our students.  Our day was led by our Learning Specialist Ms Kim Simmons.  We discussed and clarified our whole school processes so that we now have the foundations for some future agreements around writing instruction that can be expected across all classes.  We all agreed that in the future we need more time together to ‘chew the fat’ around our improved practice leading to some common agreements.  When schools have common agreements consistency improves and so does achievement for our students.  My thanks to Kim who stepped in to run the session when other plans changed, and to the willingness of all staff to be open and committed to common agreements.

Parent Forum

The next Parent Forum will be held on Friday 22nd March, 9.00-10.00 in the Community Room.  Young children welcome. The topic for the next Forum is literacy.  We will welcome Kim Simmons to speak to parents/carers on supporting student learning in this area.

The Parent Forums give parents/carers a chance to deepen their understanding of the ‘what and how’ of learning instruction at our school.  At the inaugural Parent Forum (last month) we developed a list of possible topics. In the coming Forums we will be offering a guest speaker on developing resilience and reducing anxiety in ourselves and our children.  Please check the Term 2 Parent Calendar to see when the Forums will be on.  Put these dates in your diary.

The Building Fund

I am pleased to inform you that the School Council has approved the use of the 2018 Building Fund to refurbish the Junior School toilets in the Hall Building.  The Library and Building Fund are voluntary contributions to our school and support targeted projects approved by the school council.  In 2019 we are discussing the use of this year’s fund.  Some of the possibilities at present could be:

  • Redesigning the garden areas around the new toilets
  • Providing a garden/science area around the Hall Building on the corner of Lennox and Athol Streets
  • Adding school funds (Building Fund) to the Inclusion/Sensory Garden Grant that will redevelop Jack’s paddock into a sensory garden for all students.

In the next weeks you will receive an opportunity to add your comments to the plans being drawn up to redevelop Jack’s paddock. These ideas will be considered and where possible fed into the redesign.  Look out for your opportunity. However the Department of Education has provided the grant (100k) and commissioned an architect to commence the drawings for this site. We have this site in mind as we will probably get the best outcome for the dollars as there is already some structure in this area.  Please provide your feedback through the survey link below.

Movie Night

The annual Movie Night is fast approaching. If you and your family are wanting to come along please ensure you book ASAP so as to avoid disappointment.  A great show and a fundraiser for your school.

Please pre-purchase your tickets via Eventbrite: or from the office on the night.

We are looking for volunteers to assist on the night, if you can lend a hand on the night please use the link below to register your interest.

MPWPS’s Transition Meeting Tomorrow night (March 13th at 6.30pm).

Interested parents/carers are welcome to this special Year 6-7 Transition meeting.  The purpose is to give parents/carers a chance to hear about the process and how the applications work. It is envisaged that the meeting will go for about an hour.  The Regional Transition paperwork for 2019 will arrive in the school on Friday March 15.  The Network Transition Expo (March 20th) provides an opportunity to speak to the neighbouring government schools that are in our Network.  These schools are: Essendon Keilor College, Mt Alexander College, Buckley Park Secondary College and Rosehill Secondary College.

Finally some Community News

We are crossing our fingers and sending positive wishes to the family and friends of our past community members Cindy Bohan and Trevor Salvado. We hope that they are soon found and are safe and well after spending nights in the bush at Mt Buffalo.   Cindy and Trevor were parents of students who attended Moonee Ponds West PS in the past.


Breaking news: Cindy and Trevor have been safely located.  Great news for all.



Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)

School Council

School Council Membership

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Helen Lockart
  • Vicki McCormack
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Vacant
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

School Council Meetings
commence at 19:00

  • Monday 25th February
  • Monday 18th March (rescheduled)
  • Monday 27th May
  • Monday 17th June (rescheduled)
  • Monday 26th August
  • Monday 16th September
  • Monday 25th November
  • Monday 16th December

Sub Committee Meetings

Education Committee - Meetings commence at 18:30

  • Thursday March 14th
  • Monday May 6th
  • Monday June 3rd
  • Monday August 5th
  • Monday September 2nd
  • wednesday November 6th
  • Monday December 2nd


Resources Committee - Meetings commence at 19:00

  • Tuesday 12th February 
  • Tuesday 12th March
  • Tuesday 14th May
  • Tuesday 11th June
  • Tuesday 13th August
  • Tuesday 10th September
  • Tuesday 12th November


Environment Committee - Meetings commence at 18:00

  • Wednesday 29th February 
  • Wednesday 20th March 
  • Wednesday 22nd May 
  • Wednesday 19th June 
  • Wednesday 21st August 
  • Wednesday 18th September 
  • Wednesday 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 


School Council Elections 2019

Nominations for the Moonee Ponds West Primary School Council Elections for 2019 closed at 4.00 pm Thursday 28 February. Please find below the declaration of the poll.

The next School Council will now be held on the 18th March not 25th March as previously scheduled. During this meeting there will be a handover from the outgoing Council and the election of Office Bearers for 2019.

Education News 

Secondary School Expo


2019 Year 7 Secondary School EXPO

Wednesday, 20th March  2019

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

In the Gym at Moonee Ponds West Primary School

 150 Athol Street Moonee Ponds


All Grade 4, 5 & 6 children and their parents/carers are invited to attend the 2019 Year 7 Secondary School EXPO to learn more about our local Secondary Schools.

Buckley Park College

Mount Alexander College

Essendon Keilor College (East Keilor and Niddrie Campuses)

Rosehill Secondary College

Strathmore Secondary College

These schools will have displays and information handouts for interested families, plus personnel to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. The format is informal, so you are free to visit whichever display you wish to, any time between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.

We look forward to your attendance.

For further enquiries ring 8331 0100.  



Catalogues will be distributed by Thursday 14 March, 2019.

Orders close on Friday 22 March, 2019.


The easy way for parents to order and pay for BOOK CLUB.

Parents order and pay online for children’s BOOK CLUB purchases using a credit card via LOOP.


The order will be electronically linked to our school.



How do parents order using LOOP?


1. Sign in or register an account at:

2. Click on ORDER and select school and child’s class

3. Add child’s first name and last initial (so the school knows who the  book is for)

4. Enter the product item number from the Book Club catalogue

5. Make payment via credit card ONLY


Fundraising Events

MPW Movie Night - Friday 22nd March


Please join us for our first fundraising event for the year at our annual MPW Movie Night with Disney’s Incredibles 2!


From 5:30pm on Friday 22nd March bring along your chairs, rugs or beanbags and enjoy all the treats on offer with a sausage sizzle, lollies, popcorn, ice cream, glow sticks and drinks including a bar for the adults.


Relax with your family and school friends and enjoy a fabulous night under the stars with our very own Moonlight Cinema on the Tiger Turf. Food and drinks will be available from 5:30pm with the movie commencing at sunset.





Family: $30

Adult: $10

Child: $7

Please pre-purchase your tickets via Eventbrite: or from the office on the night.


We are looking for volunteers to assist on the night. if you are available to lend a hand please use the link below to sign up to help

See you there!  

(Bad weather? See you in the gym)”



School Information

General Office

Office:                                         8:15a.m - 4:45p.m

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

Leadership Team

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

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.

2019 Term Dates

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January (Curriculum Day) to Friday 5th April

Term 2:

Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 28th June

Term 3:

Monday 15th July to Friday 20th September

Term 4:

Monday 7th October to Thursday 19th December


End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 3.30 pm.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January  and Friday 8th March 

Term 3:

Thursday 25th July 

Term 3:

Monday 4th November

Term 4:

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free)

Before and After School Care

At MPW before and after school care is provided by Camp Australia. The service operates 7.00  - 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 2018 - 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 12th March

Resource Committee 7:00pm

Wednesday 13th March

6-7 Transition Information Session

Thursday 14th March

Education Committee  6.30pm

Friday 15th March

Interschool Sport

Monday 18th March 

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 19th March

Division Swimming

Wednesday 20th March

Secondary School Expo

Friday 22nd March

Interschool Sport

MPW Movie Night

Monday 25th March

3/4 Camp Group 1 depart

Wednesday 27th March

3/4 Camp Group 2 depart

3/4 Camp Group 1 return

Friday 29th March

Interschool Sport

3/4 Camp Group 2 return


Tuesday 2nd April

School Photos

Friday 5th April 

Term 1 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Tuesday 23rd April

Term 2 Begins

Tuesday 30th April

5/6 Camp Group 1 departs


Friday 3rd May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns

Monday 6th May

Education Committee 6:30pm

Tuesday 7th May

5/6 Camp Group 2 departs

Friday 10th May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns

Tuesday 14th May

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 27th May

School Council 7:00pm



Monday 3rd June

Education Committee 6:30pm

Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11th June

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 17th June

School Council 7:00pm

Monday 24th June

Japan Tour departs

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Community News


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Schedule 4 Notice of election and call for nominations 2019 after close of nominations.pdf