Moonee Ponds West Primary School

15 June 2018
2018 - Issue 18
Principal's report
School Council
Community Calendar
Education News 
Sport 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

Greetings families and Friends of MPWPS

This week I have been in and out of classrooms and the playground talking to students about their learning journey here at MPWPS.  My favourite question is ‘have you had a good day?' Almost every time the answer is ‘yes I have’.  Of course I then pursue that answer with a follow up question to really gauge! (that’s the Principal in me!)  I am pleased to report that having a good day doesn’t mean I haven’t been asked to do anything I haven’t wanted too, it is that the student response reflects engagement and application of knowledge to learning situations. I wanted to start the newsletter with this positive reflection so that you could perhaps begin your ‘after-school’ conversations with an opener like ‘three things that were positive about your day and one thing that you could work on!'  Our brain instinctively goes to the negative; and if we are aware of this then we can plan for the positive or optimism in our lives.

Education Committee

Last night (June 14th) I was very fortunate to Chair my first Education Sub-Committee meeting at MPWPS.   We had quite a large group many of whom were part of the Vision and Values Working Party.  This group reported to Education Sub-Committee and the discussion was informative and valuable for all.  I would like to thank the Working Party for their extensive consultation.  The Education Committee recommended the Vision and Values statement as part of their report to School Council.   It should be shared that the Vision and Values statement is held to account in the goals and strategies of the School Strategic Plan (a 3 year plan), and achievement is monitored through the Annual Implementation Plan.  These documents are all on the school's website.

School Review

This year in Term Four (4) Moonee Ponds West will be in a School Review cycle.  All government schools have a review to cycle that takes place every three (3) years.  The review process is a very exciting opportunity for us all, as we get a chance to feedback and feed-up our thoughts and considerations for improvement.  At the Education Sub-Committee meeting last night I shared the timeline for the development of our Self Evaluation with the staff having time in their term 3 Staff Meetings for reviewing data and providing recommendations.   The Education Sub-Committee discussed the consultation process for the wider community and it was agreed that there would be an evening Forum on Thursday July 26th at 7.00pm, there would be a Survey created around the questions for feedback, and the Monday Open Line to the Principal would be another area for data collection.  This range of consultation options will hopefully touch all community members. We would hope that families would choose just one of the feedback channels to provide input.  As always I look forward to unlocking your opinion for moving MPWPS from Great to Excelling!

COMPASS implementation; where are we up too!

This is to update you on our progress. We have an official training day on June 21st with staff training at the Staff Meeting after school on this day. We plan to send your family login details to you on FRIDAY June 22 (so look for the envelope with your name on it) and then on MONDAY June 25th we will open the booking for our Parent/Student/Carer Conferences on JULY 25th.  As a Parent/Carer/Guardian you will be able to choose your interview time with your child’s class teacher, and organise for siblings interviews at this one stop portal.  COMPASS will assist with our communication to you and your communication with us.  It’s a win/win for all.  As we master the tool, additional opportunities will be provided to you so that you can report absences, give permission for excursions/incursions, pay for these additional experiences and visit your child’s Homepage.  It is all offered to improve how we do things here!

Moonee Valley Council Initiative, Wipe out Waste

Our school’s long established Green Team have been able to develop a close partnership with Moonee Valley Council and as a result this project has evolved.  The project will be supported by the school through the School Council Environment Sub-Committee.  Collectively, this group will oversee all projects that students or teams develop to improve our school environment. This will enable a collective effort and communication.    Again, very exciting.  Look out for Nude Food days, reducing litter initiatives, games and visits from other waste agencies.  This could be a great family exercise too. The ABC is again running the Wipe out Waste series so family viewing and discussion could heighten awareness for all.

Bike Shed

What a great bike enclosure we have here at MPWPS. It houses many bikes in a safe and secure way.  I would like to mention that I have had to redirect some children who are using the shed in unsafe ways.  This is mainly after school.  Could I please ask that children who wish to turn on the bars be directed to the playground near the Hall Building? This is the perfect place for any type of gymnastic action especially some that I have been seeing in the bike shed.   Again I mention this as it is a safety issue.

Drop Off and Pick-Up Zones

Congratulations to all.  I am seeing much better entry and exit driving, hardly any double parking and a reduced number of cars just parking in these zones.  One area for improvement (from my observations) would be; if you are first in the line and are waiting for your child, the general rule if someone gets in the car behind you, then you are required to drive on and do a block!  This ensures that all cars can move up rather than pull out or parallel park into a spot.  Let’s see how we go with this!  Our children’s safety is in your hands!


Well that’s about it from me.  Until we met in person

Yours sincerely and with best wishes

Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting)

Notices Home

Friday 15th June

  • Room 12 - Parent/Carer/Teacher/Student Interviews
  • VSSS Notice - Choir members
  • Incursion Notice - Prep/One


School Council

School Council Election

All families will have received ballot papers this week for our School Council Election. A reminder to all families that ballot papers are required to be received by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, 19th June to be included.


Please see below information regarding the timeline:



Atchison, Ben

Keegan, Nigel

Kenny, Matthew

Shaw, Lisa


Ballot papers and the candidate statements were posted out to all families to be received on Tuesday, 12 June.  Ballot Papers are to returned by 4:00 pm Tuesday, 19 June. Ballot papers can be returned by mail or returned to the Office. If you any questions at all regarding the election process please contact the Returning Officer, Sandra Monaghan.


The timeline for the ballot will be as follows:

  • Tuesday, 12 June 2018
    Ballot papers received by parents
  • Tuesday, 19 June 2018
    Close of ballot - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, 21 June 2018
    Vote count and declaration of the poll

Up coming meetings:

Wednesday, 20 June

Environment Committee 18:00

Monday 25, June

School Council 19:00

School Council Membership

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans - School President
  • Ben Atchison - Vice President
  • Lisa Shaw - Treasurer
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

DET members:

Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer

Michelle Bove

Helen Lockart

Vicki McCormack

Alyena Mohummadally

Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

Community Calendar


Monday 18th June

Science Incursion - 3/4 Team

Tuesday 19th June

Science Incursion - 3/4 Team

Science Incursion - F/1 Team

Wednesday 20th June

Science Incursion - F/1 Team

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 22nd June

Fun Run 9:00 to 11:00

Monday 25th June

Starlab Incursion F/1 Team

School Council 19:00

Friday 29th June

Assembly 9:00

End of Term 2 - Early dismissal 14:30


Monday 16th July

Term 3 starts 9:00

Wednesday 25th July

Curriculum Day (Reporting to Parent Day - Pupil Free)

VSSS Rehearsal 8:00


Monday 6th August

Education Sub Committee 19:00

Tuesday 14th August

Circus  Years 5/6

Resource Committee - 19:00

Tuesday 21st August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Book Character Dress Up Day and Multi Aged Workshops

Wednesday 22nd August

VSSS Rehearsal - Melbourne Town Hall

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 23rd August

MVIMP Concert - Lady Northcote Bacchus Marsh

Friday 24th August 

MVIMP Music Camp return

Monday 27th August

School Council 19:00


Thursday 13th September

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Friday 14th September 

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Saturday 15th September

VSSS Matinee and Evening Performance

Education News 

Celebrating the ARTs – Free Activity Time

As part of Education Week - Celebrating the Arts, more than 20 parents/carers, including several ES staff volunteered their time to come into the classrooms during Free Activity Time (FAT) to run or participate in an art activity.

Students were excited to have their parents/carers and adults in the room highlighting many of the skills we have in our community.


In room 18, (Maddie’s room) AJ, Lola’s dad, a graffiti artist, worked with a large group of students creating their own graffiti name.

In the same room we had a group of students from right across the school experimenting and showing their skills in painting.

Room 16 organised nearly an hour of musical performances and improvisations.



The idea for the performances arose after Pete, (Lily’s dad) suggested the day before that students who had musical instruments might like to bring them in the next day and perform. The performances were solely organised and run by the students. Julie and Pete were blown away at the student’s musical skills but also their collective effort to organise and run the event.

Pete said: “The kids began with a freestyle intro. full of interest in each other's doings & creative exchanges (teaching pieces, improvising pieces), then there was lots of very attentive listening & observation during a rotation of individual performances & we finished with a joyful shared experience of all playing the beginning of a familiar song together as a group.”


“What struck me on reflection was that this could only have happened the way it did & on such short notice because, in addition to whatever the school does in this space, there are more than a dozen families (from that one room alone!) that obviously value & embrace the benefits of the arts.”


In room 13,  Jill a member of our ES staff worked with students making hand puppets and some amazing constructions.

Room 20, Jamie’s room had a heap of parents, I believe at least 5 running a range of activities, from print making, painting, paper cutting, paper plane design and a paper plane flying competition. It was a great atmosphere with a wide range of activities happening.

Room 21 was extraordinarily crowded with students eager to participate in Naomi’s (Charlotte G’s mum), paint blot art activity. The students were excited to see the beautiful stunning results once they unfolded their paper. Naomi said: “I love children’s art. I truly believe this is the great thing about MPW.   There is a deep understanding of the importance of The Arts and a unique teaching style that not only meets the central model of state curriculum but empowers our children and ignites their intrinsic motivation.  

I am truly thankful for the teaching style here at MPW and I am thankful to find a school with an ethos that fits with my child’s future".  

In Jenny’s room Max D’s mum Andrea was running environmentally friendly paper bag stars.

In room 7 Jennifer was doing origami with students and in room 5   parents popped in and out to see what art activities Emma had organised.

It was hard to find a spot in room 6 with heaps of mums and toddlers joining in the activities, mask making, and photo collage…….

In Mel’s room, room 3, students made bird’s nests out of recyclable and found objects. 

The atmosphere across the school was a buzz with excitement, fun and creativity. I took so many photos but could not publish them all.

Perhaps this could be a regular community event, once or twice a term? Feedback welcome.


On behalf of the Creative Arts team we would like to thank all the parents/carers, ES staff and teaching staff that offered their time to come into the school, share their skills and work with the students during FAT.

Grade 3/4 excursion to IMAX and the Melbourne Museum

On Thursday 7th June, all the Grade 3/4 students went on an excursion. Our Inquiry topic is Earth Science - Shaping the Earth’s Surface and we got to watch the Forces of Nature IMAX film which was amazing. It gave us lots of information about volcanoes, earthquakes and tornadoes.

After IMAX the 3/4’s got split into groups led by teachers into the Melbourne Museum. We saw so many exhibitions including, Bugs Alive, Dynamic Earth, Darwin to DNA, Marine Life, WWI, the Mind Labyrinth and the Forest gallery. Even though we were there for earth science stuff, we got to see so much more.  

In Dynamic Earth we watched a 3D video on volcanoes which showed us that they can be under sea or on land. In Bugs Alive we got to see how spiders shed their skin and some of the bugs that live in Australia and even in our homes!

By Mia, Olivia, and Teodora– Room 12


Arthur Reed Photos


Sport News

FUN RUN - Sponsorship Reminder


We will be holding our 27th Annual Fun Run on Friday 22nd  June  (please note due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the date) from 9.30 to 10.30 am.  All the students & teachers will be involved and can run, jog, skip, hop, walk etc for one hour. As well as this being a healthy whole school activity, the students will be asked to collect sponsors to raise money. Students are encouraged to collect sponsors and the money raised will be spent as follows:

  • 50% kept by the school for the students to spend on classroom sports equipment & indoor games
  • 35% to a charity  - Make a Wish Foundation chosen by JSC
  • 15% to cover running cost

Please see attached Sponsor Form and Helper Information.

Please return to office with money donation by Friday 22nd June.

Thank you

Bree White

Sports Coordinator

National Junior Classic basketball tournament

Congratulations to Sophie H Room 10 and her Keilor Thunder U12/1 representative basketball team in completing in the National Junior Classic basketball tournament over the Queen’s birthday weekend. The competition invites the top 16 teams nationally to compete. The team got the silver medal, losing the Gold medal match by 3 points in overtime. This ranks them as the #2 U12 girls team in Australia which is quite an achievement. 


Fundraising Events

Our next event is ....
Spring Fling – Friday Oct 19th 

Please mark it in your diary!

Thanks again,

The Fundraising Team.

Fundraising contacts

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

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Michelle Bové

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.

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.

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 causeway at the entry to room 7 and 8 (near the toilet block, off the little adventure playground).

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