Moonee Ponds West Primary School

08 December 2017
2017 - Issue 38
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education 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

Choir Musicals

The Bee Musical and Suessical the Musical performances took place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. A huge thank you to everyone involved in bringing two wonderful productions to life, especially Cate and all the children who sang, danced and entertained our community members.  For a full report please see the music section in our newsletter.

Grade 6 Graduation

A reminder that the Grade 6 Graduation is on Wednesday 20th December.  We look forward to celebrating the class of 2017. The evening will start with a shared dinner for students and continue with the ceremony starting at 7.00pm. The ceremony will then be followed by a disco for the graduates.

Thunderstorm Asthma

Thunderstorm activity is still taking place. Please be aware that during grass pollen season there is an elevated risk of thunderstorm asthma in south-eastern Australia. Children and staff who have been diagnosed with asthma, have a history of asthma or have undiagnosed asthma, as well as those who experience hay-fever are at risk of experiencing asthma symptoms.

Thunderstorm asthma warnings will be issued through the VicEmergency app on days of ‘HIGH’ alert and is available to download from the App Store or Google Play.

Student Reports

Student Reports will be sent home with each student on Tuesday 19th December.  We thank in advance all teaching staff for the significant amout of time which goes into assessing and reporting on each child’s progress.

Parent/Carer Helpers Morning Tea

A parent/carer helpers morning tea will be held on Wednesday 13th of December at 11.00am. Everyone who has assisted in and around the school throughout the year is very much welcome.

Whole School Transition Day

This year the whole school transition day is to be held on December 12th. Students will meet their 2018 teachers for the first time, including the 2018 Foundation year students. There will also be a transition to school information session for parents/carers of the 2018 Foundation students.

Human Rights Awards

A reminder that this year’s Human Rights Awards will be presented next Friday December 8th. Included in the list of honors is the Young People’s Human Rights Medal. For further information please see the following:

Lost Property

We currently haver a substantial amount of lost property currently stored over in the breezeway near the main toilets. Please take the time to have a look through the clothing if your child has misplaced any items. All unclaimed lost property will be donated to charity at the end of the term. To minimize the amount of lost property in 2018 could parents/carers please label items of clothing with your child/ren’s name(s) if you are purchasing new items of clothing over the summer break.


Enjoy the weekend,





Notices home to parent/carers

Tuesday 5th December 

Room 13 Class celebration                    Room 13

Wednesday 6th December 

Race Around Melbourne                        Grade 5/6 

Head Lice Alert                                           Room 1

Thursday 7th December

100 Years Ago                                             2/3 Team



Community Calendar


Tuesday 12th December

Whole School Transition Day

Resources Committee  Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 13th December

Parent Helpers Morning Tea 11:00-12:00

Thursday 14th December

Race Around Melbourne

Prep and Grade One Resilience Workshop

Monday 18th December

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 19th December

Student Reports to go home

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Grade 6 Graduation 18:00 - 21:00 

Friday 22nd December 2017

End of Year Assembly 9:00

Early Dismissal 13:30


Monday 29th January

Staff return for 2018

Tuesday 30th January

Grades 1-6 commence 9:00




Thursday 1st February

Foundation (Prep) commence 9:00


Monday 5th March

Foundation (Prep) begin fulltime

Friday 9th March

Curriculum Day - no school

Education News 

Library news

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we have decorated the library meeting area with a Christmas tree made out of books! The students have all been very impressed with our tree. We have a large number of Picture Story books related to Christmas that can be borrowed and are suitable for all ages; a particular one is ‘Wombats Christmas’ which is part of the popular Wombat series by Jackie French. Please pop into the library to see our display and a very impressive tree.


Indigenous Literacy Foundation Great Book Swap

During 2017 the MPW community participated in the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Great Book Swap.  Over 20,000 students participated across Australia in the campaign which raised more than $200,000. This will ensure that the Foundation's vision will be delivered in 2018 through three literacy-based programs to children in remote communities across Australia. Please find below a certificate of appreciation awarded to MPW. Look out for the Great Book Swap 2018 during the 8-15 July.


The end of the school year is fast approaching and the school is still missing a large number of library, classroom and literature books. Could you please check your bookshelves and all other good hiding spots at home and return any lost and now foundback to the library.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support throughout 2017.


Michele and Lurinda





Choir Musicals

What a sensational year 2017 has been, full of action packed learning for the MPW Junior and Senior Choirs.

Our students have been learning about the performing arts in the best way possible, by doing it. The junior choir only started in term 3, with a focus on becoming aware of rhythm, pitch, dynamics and expression. The Bee Musical provided them with an opportunity to tell a story through music and practice performing with beat and tempo, which they did beautifully.

Congratulations to all the beautiful bees.

The world of Seussical Jr. has provided a perfect platform for our senior choir to explore many elements of music, drama and dance; to become storytellers.

Again, I applaud and commend all the senior choir members for the level of commitment, persistence and resilience they have shown in order to learn the songs, choreography and direction needed to perform this musical.

Congratulation to all the Whos, jungle of Nool animals, monkeys and birds on an amazing performance; can’t wait for 2018.










Fundraising Events


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


Jeff Lyon

PSD and Student Welfare 

Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové (Leading Teacher)

Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack (Acting Leading Teacher)

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.

2017 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).

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