Moonee Ponds West Primary School

02 April 2019
2019 - Issue 9
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
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 Parents, Carers, Students and MPWPS Community members,

As you know, we are on the home stretch and into the final week of term. It is Planning Week for most of the Year Levels and so your children will be involved in a whole day of specialist programs one day this week.

Whilst we are winding down to a well-earned holiday and rest, it is important to keep our children’s routines as it is when they are tired, drained and less resilient that routines matter most. Children often fear the unknown – whether it’s the broccoli on their plate – or a big life change like moving to a different house or gaining a new sibling.

While change is a learning opportunity, it can also be stressful for children. A normal routine brings comfort and consistency to a child’s life. Daily routines might include:

  • The time to get ready in the morning
  • Bath times, mealtimes, nap times and bedtimes
  • Housework, cooking and cleaning schedules
  • Play time, family time and outdoor play

When you include meaningful and important elements into your family life, you’re letting your child know what’s important. Consistent routine will help your child and their “body clocks” with many day-to-day basics such as:

  • Ability to take naps and sleep well at night
  • Ability to eat healthy, full meals
  • Regular bowel movements
  • Healthy play and outdoor time
  • Calm, relaxed behaviour at “down times” during the day

For example, because your child and their body know it’s time to sleep, they are more easily able to wind down and rest.

I encourage all families to keep to routines this week and over the holidays to ensure the best start to Term 2.

I wish you all a safe and restful break and look forward to having all children well-rested and ready to learn in a little over two week’s time.


Early Dismissal

Just a reminder to all families that students will be dismissed from their classrooms at 2.30 on Friday 5th of April, 2019. Please ensure students are picked up promptly from school at this time or you can organise after school care.

Kerri’s Return

As you know, Kerri and Jarrod (Leading Teacher) were at an EXPO in Brooklyn NYC focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).


It is great to welcome them back this afternoon and we can’t wait to hear about the wonderful things they have seen and learned about that could be used back at Moonee Ponds West!


Kind Regards


Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)

School Council

School Council Membership

Parent members:

  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Matthew Kenny
  • Jane Kingsley
  • Brian Stanley
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Helen Lockart
  • Katherine Ayrton
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Barbara Springfield
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

School Council Meetings
commence at 19:00

  • Monday 25th February
  • Monday 18th March (rescheduled)
  • Monday 27th May
  • Monday 17th June (rescheduled)
  • Monday 26th August
  • Monday 16th September
  • Monday 25th November
  • Monday 16th December

Sub Committee Meetings

Education Committee - Meetings commence at 18:30

  • Thursday March 14th
  • Monday May 6th
  • Monday June 3rd
  • Monday August 5th
  • Monday September 2nd
  • Wednesday November 6th
  • Monday December 2nd


Resources Committee - Meetings commence at 19:00

  • Tuesday 12th February 
  • Tuesday 12th March
  • Tuesday 14th May
  • Tuesday 11th June
  • Tuesday 13th August
  • Tuesday 10th September
  • Tuesday 12th November


Environment Committee - Meetings commence at 18:00

  • Wednesday 27th February 
  • Wednesday 20th March 
  • Wednesday 22nd May 
  • Wednesday 19th June 
  • Wednesday 21st August 
  • Wednesday 18th September 
  • Wednesday 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 


Education News 

Environment and Sustainability news:

This is the final newsletter item for Term 1 and firstly, a thank you to all those who have voted. There is a question asking if you would like to volunteer to assist us with working bees for this project and if yes, please provide your details. Many people have written ‘yes’, but we need you to provide your name and email/contact number so that we can get in touch. If you realise you wrote ‘yes’ and would like us to contact you, please email the office or pass on your details to the office staff and I will be in touch soon.

The Junior School Council has taken the options for Jack’s Paddock to each class and students have been collecting responses to the proposals.

A final reminder that if you wish to have your say, please remember that you need to vote by Monday 22 April 2019 via the survey monkey link below.

The Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee thanks you for your input and in next term’s newsletter we will be inviting volunteers for our Resource Smart Schools Working Group.

Alyena Mohummadally – Chair 2019


Congratulations to the students who performed at assembly last week, you did an amazing job!

If you are interested in enrolling in Soundgarage for Term 2 please fill out an enrolment form and return it to the school office by Friday, April the 5th.


For all other enquires please feel free to contact Maddie at  or 0401 844 522.

Sport News

Summer Sport

This was out final round of summer sport.  Well done to all our teams who have improved dramatically as the season progressed.  Thank you to the 5/6 teachers for coaching our teams. A special thankyou to Jill for helping each week with our Soccer uniforms!  And also Yiota from Athletics Australia who has helped us refine our running, jumping and throwing techniques, ready for Athletics Trials next term.

School Information

General Office

Office:                                         8:15a.m - 4:45p.m

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

Leadership Team

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

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:

Tuesday 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 Thursday 19th December


End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 3.30 pm.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January  and Friday 8th March 

Term 3:

Thursday 25th July 

Term 3:

Monday 4th November

Term 4:

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free)

Before and After School Care

At MPW before and after school care is provided by Camp Australia. The service operates 7.00  - 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


Tuesday 2nd April

School Photos

Friday 5th April 

Term 1 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Tuesday 23rd April

Term 2 Begins

Tuesday 30th April

5/6 Camp Group 1 departs


Friday 3rd May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns

Monday 6th May

Education Committee 6:30pm

Tuesday 7th May

5/6 Camp Group 2 departs

Friday 10th May

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns

Tuesday 14th May

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 27th May

School Council 7:00pm



Monday 3rd June

Education Committee 6:30pm

Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11th June

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 17th June

School Council 7:00pm

Monday 24th June

Japan Tour departs

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Community News




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