Moonee Ponds West Primary School

16 February 2018
2018 - Issue 3
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Sport News
Music 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

Information Evenings & Getting to know you interviews

The information evening have nearly drawn to a close. Next week is the first of the Parent/Carer/Teacher Meet the Teacher ‘Getting to know you’ meetings. For further details please contact your classroom teacher.

School Self Evaluation

As part of our School Self Evaluation, next week throughout the time of Parent/carer teacher interviews you will find a number of question sheets and response boxes located  around the school. Your feedback and comments in response to the questions would be very much appreciated.

Further opportunities for consultation and feedback from community members,staff and students will take place throughout the remainder of Term 1.

Community Picnic

Last Friday evening the community came together to celebrate the start of the 2018 school year. We enjoyed the balmy weather, bbq and the band who provided some cool jazz tunes for all to enjoy. Thank you to all who helped make the evening so enjoyable for all.


Additional needs information session

Last week a number of parents and carers attended an information session on additional needs, reasonable adjustments and the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD).  For parents and carers who were unable to attend the information session the presentation will be posted on our school website next week.

If you have any further questions in relation to additional needs, reasonable adjustments and the PSD and/or the presentation please contact Barb Springfield.

Parent/Carers Payment Information Booklet

Today a Parent/Carers Payment Information Booklet has been sent home to all families. The booklet contains an explanatory letter, a Parent and Carer Payment Policy and Implementation document, details about Student Accident Insurance and a form outlining payments and levies.

School Council elections

The annual School Council elections cycle commences today. In 2018 we have 3 parent/community member vacancies and 2 DET vacancies. Below is the process and timetable for the elections. Nomination forms are available from the Office.


Friday 16th February 2018

  • Notice of election and call for nominations

Friday 2nd March 2018

  • Closing date for nominations
  • Date by which list of candidates and nominators will be posted

On or before Wednesday 7th March 2018 (if required)

  • Date by which ballot papers will be prepared and distributed

Thursday 15th March 2018

  • Close of ballot

Friday 16th March 2018

  • Vote count

Tuesday 20th March 2018

  • Declaration of ballot

Monday 26th March 2018

  • Special council meeting to co opt community members (the principal will preside)
  • First council meeting to elect office bearers  (the principal will preside)

Working with Children Check

Please be reminded that parent helpers and volunteers require a valid Working with Children Check. A register of all Working with Children Check is held in the office. As part of our obligations to ensure Working with Children Checks are valid, spot checks will be conducted over the coming weeks.


An induction for all parent helpers and volunteers will be conducted early in term 2.

Secondary School Expo

The annual Secondary School Expo will be held in the school gym on March 21st.  Further details will be available in the coming weeks.

Afterschool care will be in the performance space and the library on this day.

Reminder - Movie Night

On Friday 23rd March we will be holding our annual movie night. This is a wonderful opportunity for community to come together and enjoy a family evening under the stars - weather permitting. Please see the flyer within our Fundraising Events page within this newsletter.

The Fundraising Group are looking for new community to members to join the group and volunteers to help out at upcoming events.  Please  leave your details at the Office.

Skoolbag App

In response to our recent communications survey to receive your child's activities information via electronic channels, such as by email or through an app, we have commenced a 30 day trial of the Skoolbag App . The trial is available to community members who have IPhones or Ipads. The App would become available to Android users if we continue with Skoolbag as our provider. The App will allow us to update the community with simple push notifications via a secure login. Families are able to download the SkoolBag App to their phone or tablet or access it via the website plugin. This app will perform a different function to the internal DET SMS alert system.  Please see the reminder re SMS permission forms below.

Reminder - SMS Forms

A reminder to please send back your SMS forms to enable the school to send parents and carers SMS communication, for example, in emergency situations and for student non-attendance at school. By sending back the form with up-to-date mobile and email details parents and carers authorise the inclusion of these details in the sms functionality of the Department of Education’s CASES21 system.

If you have any further questions regarding this could you please contact the office.


Enjoy the weekend,



Notices Home

Tuesday 13th February

  • Letter to families Room 1
  • Letter to families Room 2


Community Calendar


Monday 12th-19th February
Parent Information sessions

Tuesday 13th February

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 14th February

Foundation Students - no school

Friday 16th February

Summer Sport Grade 5/6

Monday 19th-23rd February
Parent/teacher/student "Getting to know you interviews"

Wednesday 21st February

Foundation Students - no school

Friday 23rd February

Summer Sport Grade 5/6

Monday 26th February

School Council 19:00

Wednesday 28th February

Foundation Students - no school


Friday 2nd March

District Swimming

Monday 5th March

Foundation (Prep) begin full time

Education Committee 19:00

Friday 9th March

Curriculum Day - no school

Monday 12th March

Labour Day - no school

Tuesday 13th March

Resource Committee - 19:00

Friday 16th March

Summer Sport Grade 5/6

Tuesday 20th March

Division Swimming

Wednesday 21st March

Secondary School Expo

Friday March 23rd

Summer Sport Grade 5/6

Hockey clinics

Movie Night

Monday 26th March

School Council 19:00

Tuesday 27th March

Regional Swimming

Wednesday 28th March

School Photo Day

Thursday 29th March

End of Term 1 - early dismissal 13:30


Monday 16th April 

Term 2 commences

Wednesday 25th April

Anzac Day - no school

Thursday 26th April

Curriculum Day - no school

Friday 29th June

End of Term 2 - early dismissal 13:30

Education News 

Room 5

Dan the Flying Man

As a whole class literature session, we read Dan the Flying Man. We read it a few times discussing all the places that Dan flew over and where he went. We also spoke about other words that end in |an|. We brainstormed a list of words ending with |an| and made a class list. Students then drew pictures of four things that Dan flew over.

Birthday Graph

We have been looking at the birthdays. In the classroom we developed a class graph with all the birthdays in Room 5. Students then created an individual graph, showing how many birthdays are in each month.


WOW! The Foundation students are writing!

The work samples show the student’s writing, as well as the ‘published” piece of work. You can see that these writers have a good grasp of initial sounds and in many instances; the strong consonant sounds are evident.

The students have demonstrated left to right orientation when writing and are able to read back their work.

How exciting that our Foundation students see themselves as writers.



Sport News

Summer Sport

Our summer sport season will continue this week for students in Gr 5/6 competing in Soccer, Handball and Hot Shots Tennis competitions against schools in the Ascot Vale District.

We are also excited to be having specialist Hockey Coaches from Essendon Hockey Club running clinics at school as part of the Sport Education program.


This week (16/02/18) 9:30 – 10:45am:

MPW Blue v North Melbourne AWAY (All matches at North Melbourne Primary School, Errol St, North Melbourne)

MPW Gold v Ascot Vale West HOME (Soccer at Maribyrnong Park)


Next Week (23/02/16) 9:30 – 10:45am:

MPW Blue v Flemington HOME (Soccer at Maribyrnong Park)

MPW Gold v  North Melbourne AWAY  (All matches at North Melbourne Primary School, Errol St, North Melbourne)


Good luck to all teams

Swimming Trials

A big congratulations to the 90 Grade 4, 5 & 6 Students who participated in swimming trials on Friday 9th March at Queens Park Pool.


Special thanks to Kim, Maddie, Fiona and Michelle for all their help running the trials and to all the helpers and supporters who attended.


Students chosen in the District Swimming team will receive a note this week.  District Swimming will take place on Friday 2nd March

Music News

Senior Choir

In 2018 the MPW senior choir will once again explore the elements of singing and performance through developing a repertoire of songs for an end of year musical (show TBC).  Our goal is to enable the students to participate in and bring together the many facets of the arts such as music, singing, acting and dancing.  The process of rehearsing and performing spoken and sung dialogue develops language skills and provides a platform for students to take positive risks and build self-confidence. Everyone will be involved and have an integral role to play (big or small) to present this year’s musical. Every student develops life skills such as responsibility, collaboration, respect, self-confidence & co-operation.

The best part is…A musical is fun!

In addition, 20 members of the senior choir will participate in the 2018 Victorian State Schools Spectacular mass choir. This experience allows the students to be part of a professionally staged production which includes a cast of almost 3000 government school students all working towards a common goal in a collaborative, competition-free environment. The students attending gain an invaluable performing arts opportunity to work under the direction of internationally renowned industry professionals across all disciplines and in doing so experience the dedication, discipline, practice and time needed to produce such an amazing show, not to mention the excitement of performing live in front of thousands of people. 

Junior Choir

In 2018 the junior choir (grades 1 – 2) will engage in singing and music making activities that will allow the students to explore music concepts and develop a sense of rhythm, pitch, dynamics and expression, form and structure, timbre and texture. The junior choir will prepare various musical items to perform at an assembly each term. The smaller performances are intended to provide a variety of song styles while gradually building the students confidence to perform.


Looking forward to another sensational year.

Kate Ridgeway

Choir Leader

Fundraising Events

Movie Night

Friday 23rd March we will be holding our first fundraising event of the year.



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

Assistant Principal - Curriculum

Ashley Spagnol

Student Welfare and Program for Student with Disabilities Co-Ordinator

Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)

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 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


NDIS Community Information Sessions 

These sessions will be delivered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) staff and partners wanting to start raising awareness and understanding of the scheme for potential participants, family, providers and community members.

Moonee Ponds:

When: Wednesday, 21st February 2018 (multiple sessions)

Session 1: 9.30am – 11.30am

Session 2: 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Session 3: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Where: Clock Tower Centre, 750 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds

To register visit   

East Keilor:

When: Wednesday 28 February

Session 1: 10am – 12pm

Session 2: 3pm - 5pm

Session 3: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Where: Burley Griffin Neighbourhood Centre, Park Drive, East Keilor

To register visit


The same information will be presented at each session, you only need to attend the session time that suits you best.

For a full list of all NDIS information sessions visit  

Moonee Ponds West Primary School