Moonee Ponds West Primary School

16 June 2017
2017 - Issue 17
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.

Reporting to Parents

The student report and portfolios  are going home to families on June 30th and  Parent and Carer Teacher and Student Conferences will be held on July 27th (Pupil Free day). Please note that Room 21 and  Room 10 will be holding conferences on the June 26 and 27.

Pyjama Day

Junior School Council (JSC)have organised for the whole school to celebrate the Winter Solstice by holding a PYJAMA DAY on Wednesday the 21st of June. Please see the article in  Education News.

Bell Shakespeare

Thank you to Sue and Claudia for organising the Bell Shakespeare incursion this week. Please see the Education News section of next week's newsletter for further information.

South West Victoria Region Principal Forum

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week I attended the South West Victoria Region Principal Forum held at the Melbourne Convention Centre.  Speakers addressed some of the current issues in education.

Trivia Night

Yet a further reminder that tickets are available for the MPW trivia night to be held on Saturday June 24th.


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). 

Managing Parent Concerns and Complaints Policy

Today the new Managing Parent Concerns and Complaints Policy was launched.  Each family received a copy of the policy. This policy is also available on our school website in conjunction with a link inviting feedback from members of our school community. Thank you to members of the Communication Action Team, the South Western Victoria Region and the School Council Communicatoin and Engagement Working Group for their commitment in ensuring this policy reflects best practice.

Enjoy the weekend


Notices home to parent/carers

June 14th

  • Head Lice Alert Room 22

June 15th

  • Parent/Carer/Teacher/Student Interview note (updated) Room's 10  and 21
  • Head Lice Alert Room 23

June 16th

  • Management of Parent and Carer Concerns and Complaints Policy launch advice - Whole school
  • Victorian State School Spectacular notice -VSSS participants

Community Calendar


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 

Happy winter solstice! Pyjama Day

  • 21st June 2017

Junior School Council(JSC) along with the whole school will be celebrating the Winter Solstice by holding a PYJAMA DAY on Wednesday the 21st of June. As well as wearing their pyjamas on the day the children are encouraged to bring along with them a favourite teddy and book to share.

JSC are using this opportunity for fund-raising, so a gold coin donation would be appreciated.
Please share the following Winter Solstice information with your child/ren to help them better understand the purpose of the celebration at school on this day.

The solstices relate to the tilt of the Earth. The Southern Hemisphere is currently tilted away from the Sun. (Image: NASA)

Each year the solstice falls between 20-22 June for the Southern Hemisphere, while the summer solstice – the longest day of the year – occurs between 20-22 December.

 “The word 'solstice' means 'Sun still',” says Fred Watson, astronomer at the Australian Astronomy Observatory.

“The Sun stands still in the sense that it’s northern and southern journey stops.”

From today, the days will get longer as the Earth continues to orbit, the Southern Hemisphere getting closer to the Sun each day as it approaches the December summer solstice.


While it is the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere, it is (literally) the polar opposite for the Northern Hemisphere. 


The shortest day of the year is a perfect time to catch the late sunrise and early sunset.


The winter solstice is upon us again – but what exactly is it, and why does it happen?

21 June IS THE shortest day of the year (the winter solstice) for the Southern Hemisphere – an astronomical phenomenon that occurs each year in June as the Earth orbits the Sun.

But why is it the shortest day of the year?

“It all comes down to the fact that the Earth is tilted at about 23 degrees,” explains Geraint Lewis, Professor of Astrophysics at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy.

“So what happens is that orientation in space is fixed, and at some point the top of the Earth is closer to the Sun than the bottom.

“We are at the point where the Southern Hemisphere is further from the Sun.”



Kids Matter - Australian Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative

Helping children to choose wisely. Please find below further information  which is part of program. Full details are available at


Library News



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.

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.


Junior Choir

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

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

Please find attached flyer below.



Sport News

Winter Sport

Some students will participate in specialist Basketball coaching from SEDA students.  SEDA is a Sport Education program that offers a modified Year 11 & 12 pathway for sports minded individuals.  The students that will visit MPW are in the Basketball program at SEDA and as part of their placement, they will develop their coaching skills.


Friday 16th June

Blue v St. Marys B

Avondale v Gold

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

Division Cross Country

Congratulations to Sammy  and Elli who competed in Division Cross Country last Tuesday at Brimbank Park.  Both girls put in amazing efforts in trying conditions.  Elli finished 3rd Overall and will now go on to compete at Regions.  Thank you to Sarah and Louise for their support of the sport program.


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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