Moonee Ponds West Primary School

02 March 2018
2018 - Issue 5  
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

Camp Australia

A meeting with Camp Australia took place this week. In the near future Camp Australia will be surveying the members of the school community who use the Camp Australia Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) program to assist with improvements to the program and service delivery.

Preps/Foundation first full week next week

Next week our Foundation students begin full time Monday to Friday. A reminder to please be extra careful when driving around the school -especially at pick up and drop off at the beginning and end of the school day.

Drop off zones

A further reminder that the drop off zones are not for parking. The zones are explicitly for drop off and pick up. Using the zones for drop off and pick up relieves parking pressure in the immediate vicinity of the school. 

Return of SMS forms

Please note that the SMS system is yet to be activated as it is a group activation. The system will be activated on Tuesday March 13 so please return your forms as soon as possible. Your family will not be included in the system without your authority.
The SMS communication is to be used, 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 questions regarding this SMS service could you please contact the office.

Promoting Healthy, Safe and Respectful School Communities

Moonee Ponds West Primary School recognises the importance of the partnership between schools and parents/carers to support student learning, engagement and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, ensuring a positive school community that provides inclusive, safe and orderly learning environments for children.

This Statement of Expectations sets out our behavioural expectations of all members in this school community, including the principal, school staff, parents/carers, students, volunteers and visitors. It respects the diversity of individuals in our school community and addresses the shared responsibilities of all members in building positive, safe and respectful school communities.


We welcome your feedback and are  seeking feedback from students,staff and community members.  We are aiming to have final statement completed by the end of the term. Please provide your feedback through the school website or via the school email @

Reminder - Curriculum Day next week

A reminder that Friday 9th March is a curriculum (pupil free) day.

Reminder - School Self Evaluation

As part of our School Self Evaluation, a number of questions have been distributed around the school (on clipboards outside classrooms). Your feedback and comments in response to the questions would be very much appreciated. Completed responses can be posted in the box on the counter at the front office. 

Capital Works Project (Eglington St Toilet build)

The capital works project of building new toilets on the Eglington St side of the school has moved into the Design and Development phase. Please see the link below to view the Schematic Design.


Reminder - Secondary School Expo

The annual Secondary School Expo will be held in the school gym on 21st March.  For further details please see the information in 'Education News' Afterschool care will be in the performance space and the library on this day.

Reminder - School Council elections


In 2018 we have 3 parent/community member vacancies and 2 DET vacancies. Murray Kingsley our Treasurer will be retiring after the March meeting.


Today at 4 pm nominations for Moonee Ponds West School Council 2018/2020 closed. As at 4 pm  we had received 2 nominations in the DET member category and have 2 vacancies so an election will not be required.  In the parent member category we received 5 nominations and have 3 vacancies, we are now  required to hold an election.  Please find  below the nominations.


DET Category

  • Michelle Bovè
  • Alyena Mohummadally

Parent/Community Member

  • Ben Atchison
  • Kylie Brown
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Matthew Kenny
  • Lisa Shaw

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)

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.


Enjoy the weekend,



Notices Home

Tuesday 27th February

  • Years 3/4 Camp Expression of Interest

School Council report

School Council meeting Monday 26th Feb 2018:


School Council met on Monday 26 February. We reviewed Sub-Committee reports including news from the Resources and Education Sub-committees.

  • A report from the Communication Working group outlined plans for further review of the analysis from the recent communication survey, which assessed the school’s communication with the wider school community, as well as the possible introduction of SMS notifications to parents. The use of the ‘Skoolbag’ app will also be reviewed soon after the trial period has completed, and there are plans to update the school’s Facebook page.
  • Jeff reported on activities from the school. Camp locations and dates have been locked in and approved for the year. Discussions were had regarding the school’s Strategic Planning including to address the Vision and Values of MPWPS as the initial stage of this process this year. The Master Planning/Capital Works project with the proposed toilet block renovation is also on track.
  • Jeff also discussed that a finance audit was completed recently for activities at MPWPS over the past 12 months with the school’s effort being rated very highly.
  • We heard that there is a re-established Environmental and Sustainability Sub-Committee which had its first meeting for 2018 this week to determine a strategic plan for the next 12 months. One of the first steps will be to enhance the membership of this group through advertising expressions of interest to the school community to be involved in this Sub-Committee. Please watch out for the flyer. 
  • We were also notified that MPWPS is the MVIMP Program coordinator for the local schools for 2018-2020.
  • We are currently in the School Council Election yearly process with nominations closing today. At the next  School Council meeting we will have an election of Office Bearers for 2018.

Nigel Toussaint

School Councillor

Community Calendar


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 14:30


Monday 16th April 

Term 2 commences

Wednesday 25th April

Anzac Day - no school

Thursday 26th April

Curriculum Day - no school



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

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday March 23rd

Environment Committee 19:00

Monday 28th May

School Council 19:00




Education News 

Room 4 and Room 17 students had their
first ‘Buddy’ session this week.

The session started with the students suggesting ways that they could get to know each other.

Introducing themselves and asking the other person’s name was a popular way to go.

The students then asked their 'buddy' if they would like to read. Books were selected from the classroom library, book boxes and take home bags to share.

It was fantastic to see students independently reading to, reading with and listening to each other read.

At the end of the session we spoke about the benefits of the Buddy Program.


Junior School Council

Junior School Council is a council made up of two students from each class. At fortnightly meetings, students discuss ways to improve all aspects of their school life and raise awareness of possible social, school, local and global concerns. They also provide feedback on the curriculum, extra-curricular programs and policies and encourage a positive school community through whole school events. Junior school Council provides an opportunity for all students to have a voice and input in decisions made concerning their learning through the commitment of their elected JSC member.


Over the last couple of weeks, all classes have been holding elections to choose their Junior School Council Representatives. Candidates used the criteria below when constructing their speeches for their class elections. The first JSC meeting will be held next Thursday with Maddie and Louise. Congratulations to all the elected representatives and all candidates for having a go.



  • I am passionate about improving MPW for all students
  • I want to have a say about what I learn at school
  • I will attend fortnightly JSC meetings with a notebook and pencil
  • At JSC meetings, I will share the main, important points (ideas, concerns, opinions) from our class meeting
  • I will ensure there are (minimum) fortnightly class meetings where I can present a JSC report
  • I will suggest ways of solving problems discussed in JSC meetings
  • I will help solve problems by taking action


Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) and student welfare


Please find below the supporting presentation to the recent information session regarding additional needs and the support offered at MPW on Friday 9th February.


Reminder - Moonee Valley Schools Network - 2018 Year 7 Secondary School EXPO

All Grade 4, 5 & 6 children and their parents/carers are invited to attend the 2018 Year 7 Secondary School EXPO to learn more about our local Secondary Schools.


Wednesday, 21st March  2018


4:00 pm to 7:00 pm


In the Gym at Moonee Ponds West Primary School

150 Athol Street Moonee Ponds

  • Buckley Park College
  • Mount Alexander College
  • Essendon Keilor College (East Keilor and Niddrie Campuses)
  • Rosehill Secondary College
  • Strathmore Secondary College

These schools will have displays and information handouts for interested families, plus personnel to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. The format is informal, so you are free to visit whichever display you wish to, any time between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.


We look forward to your attendance.

For further enquiries ring East Keilor College, 8331 0100.  


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




Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Students with Additional Needs Info Session-Parents.pdf
Students with Additional Needs Info Session-Parents.pdf
MPW_Statement of Expections Draft.docx
MPW_Statement of Expections Draft.pdf
17020_Moonee Ponds West PS - SD.pdf