Moonee Ponds West Primary School

29 March 2018
2018 - Issue 9
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

Draft Vision Statement and Values

Early in term 2, the draft vision statement and values arising from the Working Group will be displayed around the school, placed the in the school newsletter and on the school website for a further round of feedback before reconvening the Working Group to write a final draft of a Vision statement and school Values to take as a recommendation to School Council on May 28th.


The consultation process is to enable the views of all community members to be heard – students, families, teachers – whilst being guided by DET policies and legislative requirements. We are not aiming for consensus, rather we are wanting to elicit the key themes that emerge across the consultations. These will be used to shape the Vision and Values for the school for the next 4 years.


With deep sadness I inform the MPW school community that Helen Lockart’s partner Ken passed away on Monday after a significant period of illness. Helen, Sam and Bonnie thank you for your support during this time.

Staffing update

Ashley Spagnol  - will be on leave for the remainder of 2018. The Assistant Principal position is currently being advertised.

Jane O'Loughlin - having conducted Performing Arts classes for term one, Jane is now moving on to take Performing Arts VCE classes at Sacred Heart College . We sincerely thank Jane for her work with the students of MPW and wish her well in her new endeavours.

Michael Minas - will be taking leave from MPW at the end of the first week of Term 2 for the remainder of the year.  We look forward to welcoming him back to Moonee Ponds West in 2019.

Elisa Croft - is taking leave for the remainder of the year and we look forward to welcoming Elisa back to Moonee Ponds West in 2019.

Welcome to Kristen Purcell and Nicholas Ryan who will be working in an Education Support role.

Reminder - Enrolment Tours for 2019 Foundation Students

Enrolment tour dates for prospective 2019 Foundation students are now listed on the school’s website.

Movie night

Congratulations to the fundraising team of Anna, Danielle and Rachel and all their helpers who contributed to a fantastic movie night held last Friday with perfect weather.   We will advise the community of the amount raised  early next term. We are seeking  suggestions as to what our fundraising efforts could be directed towards. All suggestions can be forwarded to the school’s email address or left at the office.

Pop up Playgrounds

We are looking to organise a pop up outdoor playground for students this year. We are looking for donations of materials or seeking families who might have access to materials to be used for this playground. These materials may include; old tyres, hay bales, rolls of fabric, etc. If you have any materials that could be considered, please email the school or feel free to speak to Anna (Room 1 teacher) to discuss this with her further.


If any member of the school community observes damage to the school property over the school break please report this to the police.

Resumption of School

School resumes on Monday April 16. There is no assembly during the first week of Term 2. 

End of Term

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and/or contributed to ensuring the children of MPW were able to participate in a wealth of educational experiences, which could not have taken place without the support of our whole school community. Thank you also to staff for all of their tireless work in supporting the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of the children of MPW. May you enjoy time with your  family over the coming two weeks as we all look forward to the new term.

School Council 2018

The new School Council were welcomed on Monday night. A report from the meeting will be in the newsletter in week one of Term 2.

Congratulations to the office bearers for 2018 who were elected on the night. 
President: Louise Evans

Vice President: Ben Atchison

Treasurer: Lisa Shaw

Notices Home

28th March

  • Room 13 Letter to families

29th March

  • Free Activity Day - Years 5/6
  • Head Lice Alert -  Room 7
  • 3/4 Camp update - Years 3/4


Community Calendar


Monday 16th April 

Term 2 commences

Wednesday 25th April

Anzac Day - no school

Thursday 26th April

Curriculum Day - no school



Wednesday 2nd May

Parent Information session - David Hornsby (Literacy) 19:00

Monday 7th May

Grade 3/4 Camp departs

Education Committee 19:00-21:00

Wednesday 9th May

Grade 3/4 Camp returns

Tuesday 15th May

Naplan testing

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 16th May

Naplan testing

Thursday 17th May

Naplan testing

Friday 18th May

Naplan testing (catch up if required)

Wednesday 23rd May

Environment Committee 18:00

Monday 28th May

School Council 19:00




Education News 

School Photo Order before 11.59pm on 7/4/18


Assembly Performance

A performance at assembly this morning involved the following students from Room 10 and 14 - Room 10: Magnus, Brodie, Ava, Olivia, Jamie, Zoe, Ella, Lachlan, Aurelia, Charlotte, Zara and Room 14: Phoebe.

Please enjoy the video of the performance.


Hall Term 1

What a busy term it has been in Hall! We have been learning about how to work together in the space, learning lots of new names and faces and learning to share, negotiate, solve problems and play well together. We have thought about what makes hall great. Here are some things on the list:

  •          Working together
  •          When is Hall is ready for us (Clean and tidy)
  •          Helping each other
  •          When it’s safe, calm, happy, fun and inclusive
  •          Being heard
  •          When we hear laughing, chatting, thoughtful words

We practice these things every day in Hall.

We have learned about so many things already this year! Here are some examples:

  •          Sharing, problem solving, negotiation
  •          Friendship skills
  •          Speaking (to small and large groups) and listening
  •          Roles of people in our house (home corner)
  •          Jobs/ activities we do as families - Cooking, shopping, making the beds, hanging the washing etc.
  •          Money, buying and selling - shopping
  •          Building, designing and creating in big building, small toys and construction
  •          Costume design (construction)
  •          Living and non- living things, plant growth, classification of creepy crawlies – arachnids and insects
  •          Letter writing
  •          How to be a postie
  •          Being creative - 3D models, collage, self-portrait, paper plate animals etc.

Parents and carers, please help us to continue learning in Hall in the following ways:

  •          Remember that Hall is a classroom space.
  •          Enter the Hall building after the 8:45 bell with your children to start their day
  •          Enter the building after the 3:30 bell to pick up your children, see teachers, and look at work displayed in the classroom. The last part of our session includes sharing what we have learned. This reinforces the learning as we practise speaking and listening skills. It is very difficult when there are distractions.
  •          Ensure that kids do not play with the toys in Hall outside of their Hall session. This includes toddlers. Toys and equipment are being used before and after school and the Hall is left untidy. This means we need to tidy up before we can start our learning.
  •          If you do need to be in the building during class time, please be quiet.

Thanks for your support and understanding,

From Mandy (Hall teacher) and P/1 team.

Thank you Jane

Dear Jane,

Thank-you for the term of Performing Arts.

It was one of my favourite specialists (if not my favourite). It was so fun and exciting. I have learnt loads about the Greek Theatre, and I will never forget it all.


I have learnt the 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 dance which I am absolutely sure I will not forget. Every time I do it I will think of Performing Arts and you. You are such a nice teacher: you encourage everyone to have a turn, you support everyone and give them ways to improve for next time, include everyone and think of GREAT ways to entertain us. I will miss you so much (feel free to visit!) - Selma Room 15


Rooms 11 and 12 on World War I

On Tuesday 27th March 2018, Lily (Archie's  sister) came in to speak with Rooms 11 and 12 on World War I.

These are some of the facts we learnt. The war started in 1914 and ended in 1918. 9 million people died. The war started because a Duke got killed and people got angry. So Germany, Austria-Hungary went to war against Britain, France and then later USA got involved because Germany sunk some of the USA ships. Australia joined in as well as we were part of the Allies. 8,110 Australians died because of the war. The war ended because Germany were getting destroyed and needed to stop losing soldiers. Germany is much smaller now after the war.        

By Khalid, Emma, Leila from Rooms 11 and 12

Reminder - Information Night 

To our families and friends of MPW,

You are invited to attend an Information night on Wednesday 2nd of May in the Performance space at 7.00pm through to 8.30pm.

We are very happy to announce that David Hornsby will be presenting and  speaking about the teaching of English and the importance of a balanced approach.


Some of the things he will talk about include:

  • What do we actually do when we’re reading?  How does the reading process work?
  • How can we help our children with reading at home?
  • Why is phonics always a ‘hot topic’?
  • What is phonics, and what place does it have in a literacy program?  
  • How does our spelling system work?  (It’s not all about sound.)

This is David’s 51st year in education. He is passionate about teaching and learning and doesn’t want to retire!

David was with the Victorian Ministry of Education for 28 years and taught at every year level from Prep to Year 6. During that time, he also lectured at La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and RMIT University. For 4 years, he was an Education Department consultant in both primary and secondary schools and then returned to the primary classroom. He was the principal of Ringwood Heights Primary School, a school he loved, for 5 years.

He is currently in demand as an education consultant in schools and in conference centres across Australia and in many parts of the world. He has completed many lecture tours of the USA and the UK, and has also worked with teachers in China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malta, New Zealand and Singapore.


The drop off and pick up zone information from Moonee Valley City Council 


Walking or cycling to and from school information from Moonee Valley City Council


Congratulations to the Term 1 Chess Champions

Advanced Group:

1st Place - Orlando Perrilli: "Best & Fairest" player (Trophy)

2nd Place - Aiden Nuredini: "Silver Grasshopper" (Badge)

3rd Place - Lachlan Dyer: "Bronze Grasshopper" (Badge)


Beginner Group:

1st Place - Archie Toussaint: "Best & Fairest" player (Trophy)

2nd Place - Nia Thornton: "Silver Grasshopper" (Badge)

3rd Place - Ayan Arora: "Bronze Grasshopper" (Badge)

Fundraising Events

A big thank you to all of you came and supported our first major fundraiser for the year.  The 2018 Movie Night was a wonderful success.   We were blessed with spectacular weather and had an amazing turn out.  It was a lovely way to celebrate our school community.

Look forward to seeing you all at our next fundraising event  - MPW trivia night on Saturday 2nd June.

Thank you and enjoy the Easter break.

From Danielle, Anna and Rachel.

Next Event - Trivia night 


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).

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