Moonee Ponds West Primary School

04 December 2018
2018 - Issue 39
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Music 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 Parent, Carers, and friends of MPWPS,

Here we are at Week 9 and things around us are moving pretty quickly! At present teachers are finalising reports and organising class groupings. It is an exciting time.  My thanks to our parent ‘Jas’ who has started the big task of trying to return lost property to its rightful home.  Please ask your child to have a look at the items, on hangers, artfully displayed on the fence near the platform just before the entry to the synthigrass.  Most of the items are non- school uniform, some are brand names, all in good condition!  This is your LAST chance to reclaim!

Staffing News

Congratulations to Ms Michelle Bovè who has been appointed to St Kilda Park Primary School as their new Assistant Principal. Michelle has been with MPWPS for the past 5 years and has been a member of the leadership team for that time.  We will miss Michelle and wish her the very best as she steps into a new leadership pathway.

Congratulations to Ms Kim Simmons who has been successful in gaining for MPWPS, a new position Learning Specialist - Literacy for 2019.  This is an ‘acting’ position for twelve months and will assist in ensuring that our literacy practices are implemented consistently and with fidelity.  Kim has strong literacy knowledge and has recently completed (with Vicki Stanley and Jamie Harding) a Regional Leading Literacy course.  Currently, we are interviewing for a teaching position and for internal leadership opportunities.  We will be working right down to the wire!

The Junior and Senior Choir Performance, Alice in Wonderland

Yes the night is approaching! All children involved are busy practicing their lines and dance steps. I have had a sneak peek at the rehearsals and it is looking amazing!  With about 70 of our children involved I am sure it will be a night not to be missed.  So CHOOKAS everyone!

The holiday slide

There is such a thing as the ‘holiday slide’ where children’s reading achievement slips over a long break, like the upcoming holiday time.  This of course can be avoided by encouraging your child to read during the break.  For some of our children we will be providing a small holiday pack to encourage the reading of ‘just right’ books. If your child is given a holiday pack, please become familiar with the information for parents/carers and encourage participation during your time away from school.  The holiday pack is a great way to stay connected to school and learning. No pack then a book at Christmas is always a great gift!  Another great opportunity for students over the break is the Holiday Diary.  Each day around 5 pm (that ‘ratty’ time of the day) out comes the holiday diary for 30 minutes of writing and or drawing about their day.  A great calmer after a busy day of swimming and or playing, and a wonderful item to bring out for the 21st Birthday table!  The adventures of the day can be exciting or mundane, it is the process of sitting and reviewing what happened during the day that is of importance.  Haven’t done a Holiday Diary before? All that it requires is an unlined new book and brand new textas!  Some of these items can be a gift from family or placed under the tree by someone wearing red!  Give it a go!

School Improvement Team

Yesterday the School Improvement Team (our leaders of class teams, AP, and Leading Teachers) worked all day on developing the areas of the new Strategic Plan and yearly Annual Implementation Plan (AIP). In my current role, it was terrific to have the ideas, questions and input from the team as we pulled together the Key Improvement Strategies for both documents.  The process from here is to present for endorsement by School Council and then in the new school year communicate the three new goals and targets for our schools four year journey into improvement. I publicly thank the team for their contribution over the Semester.

Well that’s about it from me for this week.  Until we meet in person, stay calm, strong and in touch!



Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting)




School Council

School Council Membership 2018

Parent members:

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

 DET members:

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

Term 4 Meetings

School Council meeting Monday 26th November 2018:


School Council met on Monday 19 February. We firstly heard from members of the Junior School Council, Jack P and Amelia K, Grade 4 students, who discussed work with the MPWPS Visions and Values, talked about reflections from Show Day and the Poppy appeal, and also outlined plans for a memorial for Stan (the school’s next-door neighbour for many years who passed away earlier this year).

We reviewed Sub-Committee reports including news from the Resources, Education and Environment and Sustainability Sub-committees. The draft budget for 2019 will be presented at the next Resources meeting, the Parent Payment policy was approved for 2019 to provide an early and transparent overview of school expenses. Plans to develop a sensory garden at MPWPS were discussed with the Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee overseeing this exciting project.

Importantly, Kerri presented an extensive review of the recent MPWPS Strategic Review and talked about this process and recent discussions had as well as the direction that the school needs to take to be implementing the directions of the Department of Education. Naplan results over the last 5 years, with trends over time in the different categories, were also presented and reviewed. The school plans to use information from Naplan and the Review to better support student achievement and a brief report will be written soon for the school community to summarise all of these issues and future plans. Kerri highlighted the importance of ongoing teacher professional development and outlined that structure will be designed for enabling staff to do further collaborative learning that will also contribute to improve student achievement. The recent formal Review will also inform and shape the new 4-year Strategic Plan being developed at present.

Discussions were also had at Council about a potential new Community sub-committee to be developed to provide a stronger link and increased communication between the school and parents/carers. There is one final School Council meeting for the year to be held in December.


Nigel Toussaint

School Councillor


Next meeting:

  • Monday 17th December 18:30

Education News 

Library Stock take

This year the library will be undertaking a full stocktake of our collection.


Every year many books go missing, so we are asking for your support to encourage your children to return all books belonging to the school.


The library will be closed for the last two weeks of this year and the first two weeks of 2019 to complete this task.


Its a massive undertaking and your support in encouraging children to hunt for books will be a great help in finding our lost and missing books.


Thanking you for your support

Library team.

Music News

Welcome to Wonderland!


The folly of the 21st century collides with the madness of Wonderland in this year's senior choir production of Alice@Wonderland. The story remains fairly faithful to Lewis Carroll’s original tale with a few twists here and there.  Alice is a texting, tweeting and Googling girl of the digital era, who finds herself in the Wonderland of old.  With many of the characters you know and love including the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts, this musical imagines a present-day Alice encountering the quirkiness of Wonderland.  This year's musical is a mix of music and dance genres ranging from classical, hip hop to Broadway numbers to give everyone a chance to sample something different. The students have shown ongoing commitment, persistence and resilience to learn all of the songs and dances in order to present the wonders you'll see in the gym on Wednesday the 5th of December at 7:00 p.m.  We're looking forward to seeing you there.

As they say in show biz "Chookas" to our wonderful cast and crew.


Kate Ridgeway

Soundgarage Concerts 


Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Soundgarage end of year Concert! It was a huge success with brilliant performances!

Enrolment forms have now been handed out to all classes - if you didn't receive one you can collect one from the school office.

If you would like to enrol your child for Soundgarage lessons in 2019 please fill out the enrolment form and return it to school by December 13th.

Thank you to all the families who have been involved and supported Soundgarage in 2018!

Any further questions or queries please feel free to contact Maddie Owen or 0401 844 522.

Fundraising Events

Christmas Raffle 2018

On Friday 7th December families will receive a book of ten raffle tickets for our last fundraising event for the year, our annual Christmas Raffle.

The tickets are $2.00 each and there are great prizes to be won.

Please support our 2018 fundraising efforts by purchasing or selling a book of ten tickets. 


Fundraising contacts

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

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

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:

Monday 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 Friday 20th December


End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 1.30 pm.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Monday 29th January 2019

Term 2:


Term 3:


Term 3:


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.  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


Wednesday 5th December

Senior Choir Concert - Alice@Wonderland 19:00

Thursday 6th December

Senior Choir Concert (School Performance) - Alice@Wonderland 9:00

Tuesday 11th December

Whole School Transition Day

Resources Committee 19:00

Wednesday 12th December

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 14th December

Student Reports home

Monday 17th December

School Council 18:00

Wednesday 19th December

Year 6 Graduation

Friday 21st December

End of year Assembly 9:00

End of Term 4  Early dismissal @13:30


Tuesday 29th January

Curriculum Day (Teachers return)

Wednesday 30th January

Term 1 begins - Grades 1-6 

Thursday 31st January

Term 1 Begins - Foundation students

Community News



Screen Acting Holiday Program (ages 12 to 16)

Three day workshop where students will develop their acting technique and learn the skills of auditioning. Students will record videos that can be used to market themselves on their acting profiles and to Casting professionals.



Monday 9th January  to Wednesday 11th January, 2019 : 10am to 4pm


Screen Actors North Melbourne,  62 Sutton St, North Melbourne


Cost: $280.00

Moonee Ponds West Primary School