Moonee Ponds West Primary School

08 October 2019
2019 - Issue 29
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!
Music News
Sport News
Fundraising Events
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,Staff and members of the Moonee Ponds West Community

Welcome back from your holiday. We missed you whilst you were away!  Term 4 is an exciting term as we prepare our year 6 students to leave us and we welcome our newest students to begin their primary learning journey.

We have a number of wonderful learning opportunities within and outside the classroom this term.

The Choir is hard at the practice to make the magical performance we have come to expect. Our year 5/6 students have the ‘Race Around Melbourne’ to look forward too, with the Junior students excited about the Year 2 Sleepover and Foundation/One Activity night.  It’s all go! These important dates are on your Community Calendar.


Class Placement Opportunity

This term we are circulating our Class Placement form for any parents to share important and crucial information that may support the process of class formation.  If you wish to contribute please return the form to the General Office.  The due date is on the form.  Remember, the class placement process each year is a complex and considered process, to enable the best learning environment for all.  In some cases we may place your child into a class that could be different to expectations. I urge you to have confidence in our behind the scenes considerations, and remember that we are endeavouring to work in partnership with you and your support at home is essential.  As the Principal, I ensure that there is monitoring of class formations until the end of Term 1.  Sometimes what looks good on paper may not pan out to be so! 


Swimming Program for Year 5/6

This year we have offered an adjusted swimming program for students in the senior years to achieve the end of primary schooling requirement of the Victorian Water Safety Certificate, including Water Safety Knowledge, Rescue Skills, Survival Sequences and Ability to swim a continuous distance of 50 metres. Last term we had 48 students who achieved all levels of the swimming competency certificate; 26 students who are developing their swimming skills but not yet able to competently demonstrate the swimming strength that the Primary Certificate requires, and 56 students who are beginning to develop their swimming skill and are encouraged to take on lessons to ensure safety in and or/near water.  The program this year was developed by Bree White in collaboration with the Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre and has been a huge success.  Well done to all!

Community Calendar

We offer the Community Calendar for your convenience. It is attached to the newsletter and is reflected in the calendar on COMPASS. It is important to keep informed especially in a busy term.  Our Curriculum Day this term will be the Monday before Melbourne Cup Day November 4th.  On this day the staff will be focusing on Assessment and Reporting, reflecting on student learning evidence and sharing student written samples for moderation. As an educator it is very exciting to see the learning growth of our students especially in reading and mathematics. Woohooo!



Are you accessing COMPASS on a regular basis?  It is important to do so as we focus on embedding COMPASS as our central communication tool for the school.  Having problems?  Please call us as we can help to get you on your way or solve the problem you maybe encountering.

COMPASS is central to finding out what is happening and being involved with your school.  It is where our Semester 2 Student Reports will be published at the end of this term.  So logon today using your parent logon and have a play!

Parent Forums for Term 4

The first Parent Forum is on Friday 1st November.  The focus will be Student Engagement with the Engagement leader Barb Springfield sharing some recent inclusions to our whole school support of students and families. The second Forum on Friday 29th November is around year 6-7 transition and I am endeavouring to have a secondary Transition coordinator speak about the first weeks of Secondary school.  In the past I have found that this helps settle families into the new way!  Both Forums will be on Eventbrite by Thursday, so you can indicate your interest. 

Enrolment intentions

As we continue to plan for next year we need to know if families (in years F-5) are not continuing with us in 2020. Below there is a form to complete indicating your intent to leave.  Please return this as soon as you can, so we can manage the in comings with the outgoings so to speak! If you are leaving us can I thank you for being part of our community and offer best wishes to your family.  Of course those families in Year 6 you are not required to indicate.

Well that’s about it from me.  Hope you are brushing up your Aussie trivia!!! The Trivia night is this Friday October 11th at 7 pm.


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)

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 28th October
  • 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
  • Tuesday August 6th (date change)
  • Tuesday September 3rd (date change)
  • Tuesday 8th October
  • 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 15th October
  • Tuesday 12th November
  • Tuesday 10th December


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 16th October
  • Wednesday 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 

Community Engagement  commence at 4.00 pm

  • Thursday 20th June 
  • Monday 29th July 
  • Monday 2nd September 
  • Monday 14th October
  • Monday 18th November
  • Monday 9th December

School Council meeting report 16th September

The School Council meeting started with a presentation from Lisa about the Race around Melbourne for the Year 5/6 students taking place in December.  It sounds like a wonderful day for the senior students to tackle some of Melbourne’s highlights and build on classroom learning in a practical, hands on environment.


We then had the Principal’s report where Kerri talked to us about the improving NAPLAN results from this year, updated us on some staffing news and discussed enrolments for new students in 2020.  Kerri then told us about the year 3/4 living and growing program starting in November. 


The  sub-committee reports were presented with highlights being the overwhelming success of the bottle cap collection project with over 10,000 caps ready to be delivered and re purposed.  The ratification of the Acceptable Use of Technology Policy and Device Repair and Replacement Policy.  Updates on the Volunteer Policy and Communication Protocols.  The Community Engagement Sub-committee expressed their desire for more parent participation on the committee.


Council wishes everyone a good end of term break and hopes we all come back in term 4 refreshed and ready to enjoy the final term of the year.


Brian Stanley

School Councillor

Community Engagement Sub Committee Report

Our newly formed Community Engagement Sub-Committee of School Council meets monthly in the weeks before School Council.  The purpose is to deal with all things Community; discussing aspects of involvement, parent, community participation across the school, and linking Parent Reps to the School Council.  At our last meeting we looked at the Volunteers Policy providing information to update within the cycle.

The Sub-Committee is also wanting to develop a Parent Skills and Volunteers register as  many schools have such a register.  The purpose would be to access the skills and support of the community. Please consider  adding your name and skills to the register.

If you are wanting to be part of the Community Engagement Sub-Committee we meet on a Monday after school (4pm) in Kerri’s Office.  The next meeting is Monday 18th November (Please note there are no School Council meetings held in October).  All interested welcome to attend.


At present Convenor and Minute-taker.

Sub Committee's 2019 - Expression of Interest

Are you interested in joining one of the School Council Sub Committees for 2019? Please find attached an Expression of Interest. You may return your Expression of Interest by email to the School Council Secretary @


Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 

Writer’s Festival - Monday 21st October

It is coming to that special time of the year - the Writer’s Festival!

The Writer’s Festival will be on Monday 21st October 2019.

There will be no Assembly on this day to support the Writer’s Festival.

Each classroom will be hosting in their classroom and will notify you of the time your child’s classroom will be open.

This is a fabulous opportunity for students to share their writing in various stages of the writing process.

Please see your classroom teacher for more information.

Chess Term 4


Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall

Green Team News

The Green Team are holding an event to celebrate the fact that we are a nude food school!


What? Whole School Nude Food Picnic

When? Friday 18th October from 1:00pm- 1:30pm

Where? Tiger Turf

Why? To reduce the rubbish at our school, meet new people and celebrate nude food

How? Bring in a nude food lunchbox (no rubbish)


What? Green-Team Run F.A.T. Activities

When? Friday 18th October during F.A.T.

Where? TBA (to be announced)

Why? To try new activities, reduce waste, have fun, meet new people

How? Sign up! Stay tuned for further information during Week 1 of Term 4



Music News

2019 Senior Choir
The Wind in the Willows

In 2019 the MPW senior choir will continue to explore many of the elements within the performing arts. Our goal is to enable the students to participate in and bring together the many facets of the arts such as music, singing, acting, dancing and behind the scenes roles.


This year we will be performing our version of ‘The Wind in the Willows,’ written by Kenneth Grahame. The story combines a number of themes: countryside life, transport, justice, friendship and home. In addition, The Wind in the Willows is one of the most famous examples of anthropomorphism, enabling our students to explore human characteristics, such as ambitions, emotions and behaviour and help develop personal connections to their characters. The themes and personifications will be discussed as we work through each scene, characterisation and the interpretation of the songs and choreography.

The process of rehearsing and performing spoken and sung dialogue helps to develop language skills and provides a platform for students to take positive risks and build self-confidence. Everyone will be involved and have an integral role to play (big or small) to present this year’s musical. The process of being in a show provides the opportunity for every student to develops life skills such as responsibility, collaboration, respect, self-confidence & co-operation.


The best part is…It’s fun

If anyone would like to assist in some way with the production please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Kate Ridgeway

Sport News


Good luck to Logan (200m) and Lachie T (Hurdles) who now go on to Regionals on October 15th.


Gr 3/4 Cricket Carnival Day

As part of our interschool sport program the children in Grade 3/4 are invited to the District’s Grade 3/4 Gala Day at Fairbairn Park on Friday 18th October. It is a CRICKET CARNIVAL DAY and will give the students the opportunity to mix with students from local schools while taking part in skill activities. This is to make playing interschool sport in Grade 5 a less daunting task. We will be leaving Moonee Ponds West at 9.00am and walking to Fairbairn Park, arriving there by 9.15am for a 9.30am start. Students will be involved in a series of rotations and play a game. The Carnival will finish at approximately 11:30am when we will walk back to school. Students would need to bring a bottle of water, hat and sunscreen and a snack.

Join thousands of Victorian families for Walk to School 2019!

Get ready, get set for Walk to School 2019!


About Walk to School

Every October, VicHealth’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 2019 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!

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!

 Student challenge cards

Don’t forget to complete your challenge card each week you walk and also mark yourself off your classroom calendar, once your challenge card is complete hand it into the office. We will then get them to Council so they will go into the draw to win some great prizes

Get involved with us for Walk to School and help your family build healthy habits for life: This activity will be run by VicHealth.











Fundraising Events

What’s Coming Up?

MPW Australiana Trivia Night 2019

MPW Australiana Trivia Night 2019

When:             Friday 11th October 7:00 -11.30pm

Where:            MPW School Gym

Ticket Cost:  $35pp (BYO Drinks and Nibbles/Snacks)

Raising Funds For: New Sensory Garden


Our major Fundraising Event this year will be an Australiana Themed Trivia Night hosted by the infamous Dolly, always a hit with the punters. So, bail up your mates for a ripper, ridgey didge night of entertainment! Come dressed as your favourite Aussie legend, Icon or just come in your flannie and uggs for your chance to win you beaut prizes!

It will no doubt be a top night filled with trivia, laughter, games and a lot of fun! Don’t forget your moolah and your plastic as there’ll be bonzer items up for grabs in the                                                                                                            auctions and grouse raffle items to win!


It’s BYO so bring your esky, stop by the Bottle-O on the way and don’t forget your sangers!


Tickets will be on sale online  until Friday, so don’t be a galah and get your tickets before you miss out!  Each table seats 9 of your mates, that’s 10 including you! Book your own seat or join a mob.

Book through Eventbrite here:

To have flexibility on seat selection please use a desktop PC or lappy when booking.


The Fundraising Team would like to thank you so much for your continued support and generosity at our MPW Fundraising events, we look forward to seeing you at our Australiana Trivia Night and celebrating our wonderful school community.


Fundraising contacts

Sophie, Michelle, Rachel & Danielle – if you have any questions please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to the team.                





School Information

General Office

Office:                                 8:15 am - 4:45 pm

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

Xavia Bicheno                  Administration Trainee

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 done via the COMPASS parent portal and the school absence  telephone line. 

If your child is sick it is advisable to not send your child to school. Continual absence may require a medical certificate.

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:

Thursday 19th December School (last day of Term 4 2019) - 3:30 pm dismissal

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free - Staff time in lieu half day)

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

We have a significant amount of unnamed clothing regularly donated to charity.


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


Friday 11th October

Parent and Carer Function

Monday 14th October

Community Engagement Sub Committee 4.00 pm

Tuesday 15th October

Regional Athletics Final

Education Committee 6.30 pm

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 16th October

Environment Committee 6.00 pm

Thursday 17th October

Foundation/One Activity Night 5.00 pm

Friday 18th October

Grade 3/4 Gala Cricket Day

Wednesday 23rd October

Grade 5/6 Excursion

Friday 25th October

Grade 5/6 Excursion

Grade 2 Sleepover

Monday 28th October

School Council 7.00 pm

Tuesday 29th October

Rippon Lea excursion Grade 1/2

Thursday 31st October

Rippon Lea excursion Grade 1/2



Monday 4th November

Curriculum Day

Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 6th November

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 7th November

5/6 Excursion

Parent Information Session - Sex Ed 3/4

Tuesday 12th November

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 1

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Thursday 14th November 2019

MVIMP Combined Concert

Tuesday 19th November 2019

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 2

Wednesday 20th November

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Thursday 21st November

Philosothon Excursion

Monday 25th November

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 26th November

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 3

Soundgarage Keyboard Concert

Wednesday 27th November

Soundgarage Guitar and SAP Concert


Tuesday 10th December

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Monday 16th December

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

Community News




Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Community Calendar Term 4 2019.pdf
Class Placement Form 2020.pdf
Community Calendar Term 4 2019.pdf
Enrolment intentions 2020.pdf
School Council Sub Committee EOI 2019.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf