Moonee Ponds West Primary School

24 February 2017
2017 - Issue 3
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Fundraising Events
Education News
Sports News
Music News
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

AFL Women's Football League

Today we welcomed the Department of Education’s media unit to Moonee Ponds West. The occasion was to highlight the significance of Bree White playing in the Collingwood football club’s women’s team – as a member of the inaugural AFL women’s football league. Thank you to everyone who ensured this morning’s event was a success. This morning’s event at MPW was followed by another event at Rowville Secondary College for all the teachers playing in the inaugural AFL women’s season. The media and the Minister for Education, James Merlino, were in attendance.


Please see the photo gallery below.


Getting to know you Interviews

Getting to know you interviews have taken place this week. Thank you to everyone for their time and efforts in ensuring the children of MPW have the best start possible to their school year.

Information session for Parents/Carers of Children with Additional Needs

Thank you to everyone who attended this week’s information session for parents/carers of children with additional needs. If there is anyone who has questions, specifically in relation to children with additional needs, please see Barb Springfield. As always, the first point of contact for your child(ren) is your classroom teacher.

Our School Environment

Rubbish continues to be a problem in the school yard.


A reminder to all families to keep packaging to a minimum for children’s snacks and lunches and to remind children to either place opened packaging in the classroom bin or to return the packaging home. Could you also discuss with your children the need not to place sand and other objects into the drains and drink taps as we have experienced a number of blockages in our drains this term. This has the potential to cause a major issue with plumbing and the associated significant cost to the school.

2017 School Council Election

School Council election nominations closed today at 4pm. Results will be posted on

the school noticeboard on Monday and published in next weeks newsletter.


Personal Accident Insurance

A reminder the Department of Education does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs.


Over the school holidays Diana Vivian visited our sister school in Japan, Ryokuen Higashi. In preparation for the school’s tour of Japan later in 2017, Diana visited some of the classes, spoke to the whole school and discussed arrangements for the visit – including the exciting homestay program that was such a success in 2015.

Notices home to parents and carers

23rd February:

Scabies notification Room 3

Head Lice notification Room 7

Head Lice notification Room 22


Enjoy your weekend,


Jeff Lyon


Community Calendar


Monday 27th February

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00


Thursday 2nd March

Restorative Practices Parent Information Session 18:30 to 20:30

Monday 6th March

Education Committee 19:00 to 20:30

Monday 13th March

Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 14th March

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 22nd March

Secondary School Expo 16:00 to 19:00

Friday 24th March

Movie Night 18:00 to 20:00

Monday 27th March

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:30

Tuesday 28th March

FAD Years 5/6 9:00 to 15:30

Thursday 30th March

School Photo Day 8:00 to 16:00


Monday 17th April

Easter Public Holiday

Tuesday 18th April

Term 2 Commences

Tuesday 25th April

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 26th April

Camp 3/4 Group 1 Departs

Friday 28th April

Camp 3/4 Group 1 Returns

Fundraising Events


The MPWPS Fundraising team is excited to confirm our events for 2017! 


Over the past few years we have experienced wonderful volunteer support and generosity from our families and friends at MPWPS as well as the local business and service organisations within our school community. 


Our various fundraising events held throughout the school year have helped us raise money for school projects and equipment such as the air conditioning installation for our school gym and an upgraded bike shelter.  


Our planned events for this year

Term 1:

Movie Night –Friday March 24th (family event)

Term 2:

Disco Bingo/Trivia Night  - Saturday June 24th (for adults)

Term 4:

Spring Carnival themed evening - Friday 20th October

End of year raffle

Are you able to help us with our Family Movie Night?

To run a successful event we need lots of enthusiastic volunteers – it’s a great way to meet other MPWPS families, especially if you are new to the school and of course it's a rewarding experience by being part of a fantastic events team! 


Can you or a family member assist with one or two of the following tasks? 


  • Help sell items in the snacks stall -  Lollies/drinks/popcorn 
  • Help sell and serve drinks in the bar area
  • Assist with cooking the BBQ and selling sausages 
  • Assist with set up of the event
  • Clean up at the conclusion of event

If you are able to assist our team on Friday, March 24th, please contact Rachel or Anna with your availability. 

Rachel: or PH:  0417 011 723   

Anna: or PH:  0434 368 910

Our next event
Friday 24th March - Moonlight Cinema


Education News

Transition News - Secondary School Expo

MPW would like to invite Year 5 and Year 6 students (along with their parents) to the annual Secondary School Expo which will be held in the School Gym.


Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017

Time: 4:00 to 7:00pm

Location: MPW Gym


This is an excellent opportunity to speak to staff and students from the Secondary colleges in the area.


Further information will be supplied closer to the event. In the meantime please reserve the date and time in your diary.


Digital Disruption

Digital disruption signals imminent and significant change to the nature of work.


These impending changes are relevant for children currently in their primary school years.


When information and analytical software are readily accessible, the real questioning begins when consideration is given to how to immerse and engage children in a learning environment rich in questioning, problem solving and problem posing.


An education that allows children to experience and address these higher order problems, to be curious, creative and critical in their thinking is imperative in meeting the challenges of growing up in a world experiencing technological and social change. Victoria has recently become the first jurisdiction in the world to set targets for critical and creative thinking.[i] This could be seen as especially pertinent in light of the recent decline in PISA [Program for International Student Assessments] results for Australian school children.[ii]




[ii] ‘PISA assesses the extent to which 15 year old students, near the end of their compulsory education, have acquired key knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in modern societies’ [PISA 2015 Results (Volume II): Policies and Practices for Successful Schools, p. 25]


Below is a summary of the 6 levels of mathematical proficiency in PISA 2015


At Level 6 [669], students can conceptualise, generalise and utilise information based on their investigations and modelling of complex problem situations, and can use their knowledge in relatively non-standard contexts. They can link different information sources and representations and flexibly translate among them. Students at this level are capable of advanced mathematical thinking and reasoning. These students can apply this insight and understanding, along with a mastery of symbolic and formal mathematical operations and relationships, to develop new approaches and strategies for attacking novel situations. Students at this level can reflect on their actions, and can formulate and precisely communicate their actions and reflections regarding their findings, interpretations, arguments, and the appropriateness of these to the original situation.


At Level 5 [607], students can develop and work with models for complex situations, identifying constraints and specifying assumptions. They can select, compare and evaluate appropriate problem-solving strategies for dealing with complex problems related to these models. Students at this level can work strategically using broad, well- developed thinking and reasoning skills, appropriate linked representations, symbolic and formal characterisations, and insight pertaining to these situations. They begin to reflect on their work and can formulate and communicate their interpretations and reasoning.


At Level 4 [545], students can work effectively with explicit models for complex, concrete situations that may involve constraints or call for making assumptions. They can select and integrate different representations, including symbolic, linking them directly to aspects of real-world situations. Students at this level can utilise their limited range of skills and can reason with some insight, in straightforward contexts. They can construct and communicate explanations and arguments based on their interpretations, arguments and actions.


At Level 3 [482], students can execute clearly described procedures, including those that require sequential decisions. Their interpretations are sufficiently sound to be a base for building a simple model or for selecting and applying simple problem-solving strategies. Students at this level can interpret and use representations based on different information sources and reason directly from them. They typically show some ability to handle percentages, fractions and decimal numbers, and to work with proportional relationships. Their solutions reflect that they have engaged in basic interpretation and reasoning.


At Level 2 [420], students can interpret and recognise situations in contexts that require no more than direct inference. They can extract relevant information from a single source and make use of a single representational mode. Students at this level can employ basic algorithms, formulae, procedures or conventions to solve problems involving whole numbers. They are capable of making literal interpretations of the results.


At Level 1 [358], students can answer questions involving familiar contexts where all relevant information is present and the questions are clearly defined. They are able to identify information and to carry out routine procedures according to direct instructions in explicit situations. They can perform actions that are almost always obvious and follow immediately from the given stimuli.


PISA results for Australian school children declined from 504 in 2012 to 494 in 2015.



Sports News

District Swimming Carnival - It's a Wrap

Well done to all swimmers who competed at District Swimming carnival yesterday. MPW finished 4th overall with some fantastic individual performances.


Thanks to Maddie and all the parents who helped out on the day.

1st Place:

  • 9/10 Girls Freestyle Team,
  • Ella N (Breastroke)
  • Elli H (Butterfly)

2nd Place:

  • Open Medley Relay Team
  • Lillie G (Freestyle)
  • Ella N (Butterfly)
  • Caitlin MP (Backstroke)

3rd Place:

  • 11 Girls Freestyle Team
  • Leah S (Breastroke)
  • Kara P (Freestyle)



Team Building

Team Building:

This term our Gr 5/6’s will participate in a Team Building program that involves various challenges.  The activities are designed to build relationships, problem solve, negotiate, recognise strengths, resilience and most importantly to have fun. Points are awarded for the activity and self-evaluations are done by each class to get extra points.


Results from round 4:

Room 10:                                                      77 points

Room 11:                                                      81 points

Room 12:                                                      87 points

Room 14:                                                  84.5 points

Room 15:                                                  88.5 points

Room 18:                                                  90.5 points


Next Event
Friday 17th March:

Friday 17th March – Cross Country Trials (at school)

Future Events

Term 1

  • Rotational Sport - Gr 5/6
  • Ride to School Day – Whole School (Friday 17th March)
  • Cross Country Trials - Gr 4/5/6 (Friday 17th March)
  • Winter Sport Trials - Gr 5/6 (Friday 24th March & Friday 31st March)

Term 2

  • Winter Sport - Gr 5/6   (Friday mornings)
  • District Cross Country  - Gr 4/5/6
  • Soccer Carnival Day - Gr 5/6
  • Fun Run – Whole School

Term 3

  • Athletics Trials District Athletics - Gr 4/5/6
  • Summer Sport Trials - Gr 5/6
  • Rotational Sport - Gr 5/6

Term 4

  • Gr 4 Carnival Day
  • Summer Sport - Gr 5/6 (Friday Mornings)
  • T20 Blast Cricket Carnival - Gr 5/6
  • Walk to School (November) – Whole School

We encourage links with community groups and we have recently had visits from local Hockey, Football, Cricket and Basketball clubs.


The Fun Run is our main whole school event. The aim of the Fun Run is to encourage all children to participate in a healthy activity, to create a positive school feeling and to raise money for a charity and our school.

Music News

Junior and Senior Choir

Our Junior and Senior Choir meet once a week and they perform at assemblies, concerts, the Victorian State School Spectacular and other occasions throughout the year.


Students do not need to audition to be part of the choir.

Music Programs at MPWPS


MPWPS has two programs available and both are user pay.

  • Moonee Vale Instrumental Music Program (MVIMP)
  • Soundgarage



MVIMP is available to students from Grade 3 upwards and involves the

Orchestral instruments listed below:



  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Trumpet
  • Euphonium
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Bass Guitar
  • Viola
  • Saxophone
  • French Horn
  • Percussion

Welcome to the many new students joining the program for the first time, and welcome back to all the children continuing! This year Emma in  Room 5  which is located in the Hall Building will be the music liaison for MVIMP.


If you are interested in joining or would like more information please contact the office or visit our website.



We have made a fantastic start to Soundgarage this year! We have had such an overwhelming amount of interest, which has been great and makes us very excited for a big year ahead!


Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support of the Soundgarage Program!


If you have any questions or queries regarding the Soundgarage Program please feel free to contact Maddie Owen at or 0401 844 522.

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).

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