Moonee Ponds West Primary School

30 June 2017
2017 - Issue 19
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Fundraising Events
Music News
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Parent/Carer Tours for children commencing school in 2018

Enrolment tours are continuing for parent/carers considering enrolling their child/ren for the Foundation year 2018 intake. Sibling enrolment forms are available at the office. If you are enrolling a sibling for 2018 could you please submit the enrolment forms as early as possible to assist with forward planning.


Drop off and pick up zones

A further reminder for when term 3 commences not to park, pick up or drop off children on or near the school crossings. It is imperative that cars are well removed from the school crossings and the crossing supervisors have a clear and unobstructed line of sight to keep all children safe when walking to and from school.

Trivia Night

Thank you to everyone who made the trivia night a success. A special thank you to Rachael, Anna, Danielle and the fundraising team. Our major fundraising event for the year didn’t eventuate without considerable forward planning and support from families, the community and our sponsors. Part of the money raised from these events will go towards funding the Bubblers to be installed over the term break.

Term 2

Thank you to everyone who contributed in making the term such a success. There were multiple incursions (including the inflatable dome planetarium, Japanese drums,  Professor Bunsen) excursions (Scienceworks) and events (including the fun run, District Soccer and PJ Day). We welcomed Lee Hessenthaler to Moonee Ponds West and we wish all the staff a restful and relaxing term 2 break.

Reporting to Parents

The reports to parents have been sent home today. Thursday July 27 is Parent/Carer Teacher and Student Conferences. Please note that Room 21 has been included along with Room 10 as having other arrangements due to teacher leave.


Fiona McKenzie from Room 10 will absent on leave for the first 3 weeks of Term 3 and Liz Jackson  from Room 16 will be absent on leave during the first week of Term 3.


Prize Winners for the Term 2 Chess Tournament

Group 1

1st Place  

Aiden Nuredini "Best and Fairest" Player

2nd Place

Will Martin "Silver Grasshopper"

3rd Place

Lachlan Dyer "Bronze Grasshopper"


Group 2

1st Place

Daniel Hogan "Best & Fairest' Player

2nd Place

Orlando Perilli "Silver Grasshopper"

3rd Place

Mateo Barac "Bronze Grasshopper"



Please find below an article relating to the testing of phonics written by David Hornsby published in the latest edition of Education Today, Vol. 17, 2017


Notices home to parent/carers

30th June

  • Portfolio Letter - whole school

Community Calendar


Monday 17th July

Term 2 Commences 9:00

Wednesday 19th July

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Thursday 20th July

State Cross Country

Thursday 27th July

Curriculum Day - Reporting to Parents

Friday 28th July

Australian Maths Competition




Monday 7th August

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

District Athletics

Tuesday 15th August

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 16th August

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Monday 21st August

Book Week begins

Tuesday 22nd August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Wednesday 23rd August

Book Week Dress Up Day

Multi Age Workshops

Friday 25th August

MVIMP Camp returns

Bookweek concludes

Monday 28th August

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00


Education News 

Professor Bunsen

Professor Bunsen visited the MPW year 2/3/4 students. The students learnt about solids, liquids and gases as part of our Term 2 Inquiry Unit.



Pyjama Day At Moonee Ponds West!

P.J Day is an annual event where kids dress up in their P.J’s to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Students bring a gold coin donation to raise awareness for homelessness.

Pyjama Day Poem.

Kids decked out in colourful pyjamas

Running around going absolutely bananas


Pyjama’s stripy, spotty and plain

All individuals, no one looks the same.


We do this to celebrate the longest night

By wearing pyjamas- what an amazing sight!


Teddy’s and books we bring along

Bananas in Pyjamas was our favourite song.


Come to MPW on our Pyjama Day

When kids come out in their slippers to play!

Elli and Ella from Room 14


Kids Matter

Australian Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative

Decision-making: Suggestions for families.

Learning to make good decisions helps children become more independent and responsible



This week in Japanese the student conducted a FaceTime session to our sister school in Japan.  Grade 5/6 students did a self-introduction to students their own age. They also had a one on one interaction with students in Japan to talk about each other's hobbies.


Self introduction 



nice to meet you.


My name is_____.

______ age_______さい です。

I'm _____years old.


I'm Grade 5/6.

かぞくは_____amount of people ______にん います。

There are ____amount of people___in my family.


Nice to meet you



What is your hobby?

しゅみは______hobby _______です。

My hobby is______.


Thank you.

Cindy Xu


Fundraising Events

MPW Music Trivia Night 2017


A heartfelt thanks to our wonderful MPW community who helped support the school’s music trivia fundraiser on Saturday night.  We’re delighted to share the news that we achieved our fundraising target and raised in excess of $ 10,500.00 from our event. A tremendous result!

The evening was definitely one to remember and talk about! – the MPW community boasts some talented trivia champions, amazing dancers (and singers!), creative music fashionistas, combined with a decorated school gym filled with laughter, an enthusiastic and competitive spirit, and a fantastic host named “Dolly” – culminated in a memorable celebration for our school.

The beautiful raffle hampers filled with generously donated items from our MPW families and friends as well as from local and regional businesses, were hotly contested by all, congratulations to those lucky winners! Our wide selection of silent auction items on display generated a steady stream of bids throughout the evening – the final winners enjoying wonderful contributions from many local businesses, corporate franchises and sporting associations.

A huge shout out to our wonderful team of MPW volunteers who contributed so much personal time and energy over the term ensuring this fundraising night was a resounding success.

Please don’t forget to note the next MPW social event in your diary!

MPW Spring Fling, Friday, 20th October

Spring Fling tickets sold out last year! Tickets will be available to purchase next term with additional event details to follow.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday.

The MPW Fundraising Team.


MPW Fundraising Events 2017

Term Four

  • Friday October 20th - Spring  Social Night
  • End of Year Raffle 

Fundraising contacts

Rachel, Anna & Danielle - please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to Rache, Anna and Danielle.               


Music News

It is hard to believe we have already reached the end of Term 2!Next Terms lessons quickly become rehearsals as we prepare for our big end of year Concert in Term 4.

If you haven’t paid for Term 3 and would like your child to continue with the Soundgarage program please try and do so ASAP.


If you would like your son or daughter to start with Soundgarage then we would love to have them join in. It is a great time to join as we begin to prepare for the concert that they can be a part of! Forms to enrol in the Soundgarage Program are available from the front office.


Don’t forget Preps are very welcome to join the program too, please check the enrolment form for details as to what they can participate in.


Have a fantastic holiday, we can’t wait to get back and continue making music!


If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Maddie Owen at [email protected] or on 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).

Community News




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Kids Matter_Decision making suggestions for families.pdf