Moonee Ponds West Primary School

16 October 2018
2018 - Issue 32
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

Dear Parents, Carers, Staff and Students,

Over the past months, we have had a focus on providing support and learning for teachers in Mathematics, Literacy and Inquiry. We have employed consultants with significant skill and knowledge in these areas.  Mr. Paul Ledwidge has been assisting in the 1/2 and 2/3 teams, focusing on the difference between Independent Reading and SQUIRT. Paul has been demonstrating with the students.  Reading practice is very important and focused reading practices even more so.  Paul has also been assisting with the documentation of the curriculum, working with teachers in small groups, to develop a one-page overview of what is to be taught in what term, with a focus on writing.  It is very exciting work to watch teachers share their understandings and connect with the next level of work for the students. We have also taken up the Networks offer to train three teachers in Literacy Learning so that we can use these teachers to inform and shape our practice into current thinking informed by research over time. Great teachers shape their teaching practice continually and this is what all teachers crave; a chance to learn and grow.


 In Mathematics, a group of teachers and teacher leaders has been part of a bigger Numeracy Network of schools working with and alongside Chris Coombes an experienced Mathematics leader and consultant.  Chris is helping us work with students in a Problem Based Learning model, and on lesson progressions in Mathematics.  Our teachers have been in other schools observing teachers using this model and seeing the learning developed for all students.


With Inquiry, we have continued our work with Jeni Wilson who is helping us move from a topic based Inquiry planning model to planning around concepts and skills.  This way of planning incorporates content of course, but enables deeper and higher order thinking and learning for all students. 

As an Instructional Leader, I am witnessing a little bit of learning excitement demonstrated by the teachers across the school.  It is very exciting!

Keeping you in the loop about these things is important because your child might not have their teacher for a day or two and you may think the teacher is absent, when they are doing important learning.   Getting teacher’s together onsite means, they can confer with their class and reassure those that maybe a little concerned if their teacher is not in front of them. 

How is the Review going? 

We had our Validation Day last Wednesday and this week the Reviewer (Philippa Morrison) and the Challenge Partners will be running two Field Days.  During this time groups of students, teachers and parents will be involved. Four Terms of Reference questions have come from the Validation Day. The Terms of Reference questions are to be investigated during the Field Days.  On the final day Oct 23, the findings from the Field Days will be shared with the School Improvement Team and goals for the new Strategic Plan will have a foundation in the illuminations from all three days.


It is a comprehensive process and an exciting one really.  All stakeholders within the school community have a voice and so it is a collective outcome we strive to achieve.  Good schools go to GREAT schools through a process of reflection and review.  GREAT schools build on the excellent aspects of the past ‘tweaking’ practice and processes to suit the learning needs of students.  GREAT schools always have student outcomes at the centre. This is the quest of all schools. Collectively, MPWPS can strengthen the GREAT parts into EXCELLENCE!

The 2019 School Year

Today in the Newsletter, I ask about your intentions for 2019.  Is your child leaving us for a different school in 2019?  We know that our Year 6 students will be leaving, so my question is to families with students in all other classes.

We have a form with the Newsletter or that you can download from COMPASS and emailed through or passed in at the Office.  Last year (2017), we had 30 students transfer and we did not know about these. AGHHH!   Sometimes that occurs and it makes planning difficult.   Therefore, if you are planning to leave us could I ask you let us know.  A reason is always good as it helps with our reflection, but not essential. 

Whilst I am speaking about 2019 student enrolments, have you enrolled your youngest sibling yet? That child that has an older brother or sister already with us.  Better hurry as we are filling quickly.


Well that is about it from me today.  I hoped you really enjoyed the musical items at the Assembly yesterday.  One of the performers only plays by ear, no reading of music!  Incredible really!   The duet performance of the Matador was a joy. Being an accompanist is not an easy role.  Well done to all!


Until we meet in person


Kerri Simpson.

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

  • Monday 22nd October - School Council Governance Training 18:30
  • Monday 26th November 19:00
  • Monday 17th December 18:30

Community Calendar


Thursday 18th October

Grade 2 Sleepover

Wednesday 24th October

2/3 Immigration Museum Excursion Group 1

Thursday 25th October

Class placement letter sent home

Friday 26th October

Year 4 PE Carnival Day

Sunday 28th October 2018

Bunnings Highpoint BBQ Fundraiser

Tuesday 30th October 

Circus Performance Grades 5/6 18:00

Wednesday 31st October 

Class placement forms returned

2/3 Immigration Museum Excursion Group 2


Thursday 1st November

F/1 Activity Night

Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day - No school

Wednesday 7th November

Education Committee 18:30

Thursday 8th November

Foundation Orientation Session 1

5/6 Parliamentary Process Incursion


Monday 12th November

5/6 Parliamentary Process Incursion

Tuesday 13th November

5/6 Cricket Carnival

Soundgarage Concert

Wednesday 14th November

Writers Festival

Soundgarage Concert

Thursday 15th November

Foundation Orientation Session 2

MVIMP Combined Concert

Monday 19th November

5/6 Parliamentary Experts Incursion

Tuesday 20th November

5/6 Parliamentary Experts Incursion

Wednesday 21st November

Environment Committee meeting 18:00

Thursday 22nd November

Foundation Orientation Session 3

Monday 26th November

School Council meeting 19:00

Thursday 29th November

Foundation Orientation Session 4


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

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 13:30

Education News 

Make Jack’s Paddock Great Again.’

Moonee Ponds West PS was unsuccessful in obtaining the grant to ‘Make Jack’s Paddock Great Again.’

Almost three million dollars was awarded in our region to 25 projects. The lowest successful number of votes for a project was 220. Unfortunately we received 179 votes.

We would like to thank the community for supporting the project and hopefully next time round we will be successful in our grant application.

Emma and Alyena (and the Environment  and Sustainability Sub-committee)

Room 15 and 18 Inquiry Unit - Help required

For the information of the families of the grade 5/6 students in room 15 and 18.As part of our tuning in for our new Inquiry Unit Power and Passion, the students in rooms 15 and 18 will be walking to Puckle st. on Monday the 22nd of October. We will be leaving the school at 11.30 and will be returning by lunch time. We will be walking there and back and excursion is covered by the local permission forms that were signed and returned to us 1st term.

We would like two helpers to join us, so if you are available next Monday, please see Maddie or Helen.

Thank you

Maddie and Helen


Sport News

Odd Socks Circus – Performance Tuesday 30th October

Grade 5/6 students from MPW will be performing the ‘Odd Socks Circus’ in Term 4 on Tuesday 30th October.  This is an event for the whole community.  The students have been practicing various skills throughout Term 3 and have participated in incursion days under the guidance of Phil Melgaard.


Circus is a great way for students to challenge themselves in skills that we normally wouldn’t learn or practice.  It is often a test of persistence and perseverance.  This is the 6th time the school has performed the circus as a biannual event that is a combination of the Physical Education, Performing Arts and Creative Arts programs at MPW. 

Join thousands of Victorian families for Walk to School 2018!

Get ready, get set for Walk to School 2018!

MPW has joined the hundreds of primary schools across Victoria for a fun month of walking, riding and scooting to and from school. By participating, we have a chance to win some great prizes! So every time our local families walks, rides or scoots to and from school during October, you increase our school’s chance of winning!


Decorate your shoes, bikes or scooter

If your school participates in the decorate your shoes, bikes and scooter activity – add this also

In 2018, we’re encouraging our kids to put their best foot forward by decorating their shoes, bikes or scooters to make Walk to School even more fun. Get involved with us for Walk to School and help your family build healthy habits for life: This activity will be run by Vic Health.


About Walk to School

Every October, Vic Health’s Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids and their families to walk, ride or scoot to and from school every day. It’s a great way for the whole family to increase their physical activity levels. Plus, it is a chance to enjoy more time with your kids and meet other local families along the way.

Along with the health benefits, it also reduces traffic congestion, saves on parking, helps us connect with family and friends and saves the environment!

Part way is okay! If you can’t walk the whole way, why not try parking the car a few blocks from your school and walk, ride or scoot the rest.

Last year, more than 144,000 kids and their families took part in the program walking the equivalent of two return trips to the moon and with your families help, we can make 2018 our biggest year yet!

There are so many great reasons to participate in Walk to School this October and we’re excited to be part of the fun because getting active is even more fun when we do it together!

Please see attached document for more information.



Fundraising Events

A touch of Bond – Friday October 19th 

MPW “Touch of Bond”

If you believe “Diamonds are Forever” and Martinis should be shaken, not stirred please join us for this fun filled and glamorous evening. Take part in our “Fashions on the Field” for the chance to win prizes and bring along your competitive spirit to bid in our Live Auction for a weekend away!    


The Union Function Room

Union Hotel

252 Union Rd, Ascot Vale (enter via Maribyrnong Rd)

7:30pm to 12:30am


Dress Code: Bond…..James Bond!


Cost: $60 per person


Includes substantial finger food and 3 complimentary drinks (beer, wine and soft drink). Music, Live Auction & Best Dressed Prizes.

Tickets available from Eventbrite @


Please advise the school of any dietary requirements

Please purchase your tickets @ Eventbrite from Tuesday 21st of August.

Please note this is an adult only event.

Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser 28th October

On Sunday the 28th of October we will be running the BBQ at Bunnings Highpoint. This is a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for MPW. We are looking for volunteers to assist with staffing the BBQ for the day. If you are able to assist on the day please leave your details st the Office.


When: Sunday 28th October 2018

Where: Bunnings Maribyrnong (corner Rosamond Rd & Williamson Rd)

Time: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm


We require parents/carers to volunteer for 2 hour shifts starting from 8:30 am.  We require 4 people per shift, if you are able to assist on the day please leave your details at the Office.

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.

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.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

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 Gym on the right hand side, as you walk in.

Community News



Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Enrolment intentions 2019.pdf
Camp Australia Newsletter 1015.pdf