Moonee Ponds West Primary School

02 February 2018
2018 - Issue 1
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


A warm welcome back to all the students, staff and community members of Moonee Ponds West.


The year ahead promises to be an exciting one. We are trialing the addition of Performing Arts into the curriculum. The early feedback from students to date has been more than encouraging. The existing toilets on Eglington St are to be demolished and replaced by a new and more modern toilet building. This will involve repositioning the toilet building and relocating the vegetable garden to the Northwest corner of the school. The outlook when exiting rooms 7 & 8 will then upon the vegetable garden. 2018 is also a year of review – which presents a multitude of opportunities to engage with all our students, staff and community members. Further details regarding the initial phase of this year of review, a review of our school vision and values, is outlined below.

I look forward to catching up with everyone at the first community event for the year - our annual Basket Tea held next Friday February 9th.   

New Staff

We welcome all our new staff to Moonee Ponds West.

Lauren Klymenko

Lauren is teaching a grade F/1 class in room 23. 

Jane O'Loughlin

Jane is teaching in the Performing Arts.

Ben Kilby

Ben is teaching a grade in room 24. 

Ashley Spagnol

Ashley is our Assistant Principal responsible for the Curriculum.  


In next week's newsletter we will include a brief introduction on our new staff members. 

February Arrangements for Foundation (Prep) Year Students

During the month of February, children in their Foundation year will be attending school 9:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They will not be in attendance on Wednesdays. Children in their Foundation year will commence school five days a week from Monday 5th of March.

Planning Week

Next week is planning week at school for all classroom and specialists teachers. Please see the 'Education News' section within the newsletter for further information.

Parent Information evenings

Parent Information evenings for each of the Foundation/Year 1, Year 1/2, Year 2/3, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 teaching teams will be held the week beginning the 12th of February.  


Foundation/One             Tuesday 13th February

One/Two Team                Monday 19th February

Two/Three Team            Thursday 15th  February

Three/Four Team           Wednesday 14th February

Five/Six Team                  Monday 12th February


The following week is the first of the Parent/Teacher Meet the Teacher meetings. These meeting provide the opportunity for a conversation between teachers and parent/carers in relation to the particular educational, social & emotional needs of children. The scheduling of these meetings takes place early in the year  and proves to be an invaluable means of establishing and consolidating communication between teachers and parent/carers and serves to proactively address children’s needs. There will be a further opportunity for Parent/Teacher Meet the Teacher meetings on Wednesday 25th of July.


Thank you

A special thank you to the staff who have worked periodically over the break. 

Vision and Values workshop

Every 4 years  school's in Victoria undertakes a Self evaluation in preparation for a School Review and the writing of a new School Strategic Plan.


An essential component of the school self evaluation is a review of the school’s vision and values. To facilitate this review, a workshop of parents, staff and students will take place between the hours of 11:30 – 1:30 on Monday, February 14th. 

If you wish to express your interest in participating in this review could you please do so by emailing the school’s email address by 4 pm Friday 9th February. We are hoping for the broadest possible representation of our school community and especially anyone who may not have previously participated in any of the school’s committees or working groups. There are no particular skills required of participants other than an interest in thoughtfully considering how best to put into words the vision and values of Moonee Ponds West that best encapsulates the social, emotional and educational needs of all the children of Moonee Ponds West.

The draft vision and values resulting from the workshop of approximately 12 people will be available for further feedback and comment from students, staff and community members before  school council considers feedback and wording of our vision and values.  


The current school vision is:


Our vision at MPW is to foster a community of life-long learners. We strive to develop socially responsible and resilient individuals who are working towards achieving their full potential.


The current school values are:

  • Respect
  • Community
  • Honesty & Integrity
  • Creativity
  • Persistence
  • Inclusiveness
  • Freedom
  • Rights & Responsibilities

Getting to know you interviews

Getting to know you Parent/Teacher/Student interviews will take place from the Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd of February. The late night for interviews will Thursday 22nd February.

Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) and student welfare

The person responsible for the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) and student welfare matters of a complex nature is Barb Springfield. Your child’s classroom teacher remains the contact person for any questions and concerns you may have in relation to your child’s education and wellbeing.  We will be holding an information session regarding additional needs and the support offered at MPW on Friday 9th February at 9:30 in the Library.  This  information session is an opportunity to outline for all community members the steps and processes the school takes in identifying and supporting children with additional needs as well as the types of support the school can offer. It will also give parents/carers the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.

Specialist Classes

As we commence the 2018 school year all students will have one hour of Performing Arts, Creative Arts, Japanese and PE. There is also the Hall developmental play program for children in Foundation Year, Year 1 and Year 2. All grades have 30 minutes scheduled in the library with their classroom teacher.

Be Safe Around School

A reminder to everyone to take a little extra care with driving in the vicinity of the school grounds, especially given there are new Foundation children around both before and after school.

Student Absences

If your child is absent from school (including illness and appointment), it is necessary to inform the  school. Please see the School Information section within the newsletter. We will be implementing an SMS system that will alert parents/carers to the unexplained absence of their child/ren.

Lunch Orders

Lunch orders at Moonee Ponds West are supplied by Darling Street Espresso Cafe.

Please see the School Information section within the newsletter for further information.


A reminder that children are required to wear hats outside from the 1st of September until the 30th of April.


Children at Moonee Ponds West have the option of wearing a school uniform. If you wish to purchase uniform items they are available from Lowes which is situated at Highpoint and online. We also have a selection of second hand clothing available to purchase from the Office. 

Please see the School Information section within the newsletter.

Welcome and welcome back to MPW

A reminder there is a welcome and welcome back to MPW basket supper on Friday February 9th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the tiger turf.

Contact details

If your contact details have changed for 2018 please contact the office as soon as possible to ensure your contact details remain current.

First Aid update

If your child’s/ren’s medical needs have changed or need updating for 2018 (eg: asthma, allergy, anaphylaxis) could you please ensure the office receives this information as soon as possible. If you are unsure as to the information the school may have, please ring the office to discuss and/or confirm.

Bree White

Tonight is the first game in the 2018 AFLW season. We wish Bree all the very best for the game and the season ahead.

Movie Night 2018

Our first fundraising event for the year will be the annual movie night held on the tiger turf. Please save Friday 23rd of March in your diary for what is always a fantastic event.


Enjoy the weekend


Notices Home

Tuesday 30th January

  • Inter school Sport Permission - Grade 5/6
  • Swimming Carnival - Grades 4/5/6

Wednesday 31st January 2018

  • SMS Communication - whole school
  • Teaching arrangements -  Room 22

Thursday 1st February 2018

  • 2018 Permissions Notice - whole school
  • Additional Needs information session - whole school



Community Calendar


Monday 5th- 8th February

Planning Week

Monday 5th February

Education Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 7th February

Foundation Students - no school

Friday 9th February

Swimming Trials

Additional Needs Parent/Carer information session 9:30

Community Basket Tea

Monday 12th-19th February
Parent Information sessions

Tuesday 13th February

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 14th February

Foundation Students - no school

Friday 16th February

Summer Sport Grade 5/6

Monday 19th-23rd February
Parent/teacher/student "Getting to know you interviews"

Wednesday 21st February

Foundation Students - no school

Friday 23rd February

Summer Sport Grade 5/6

Monday 26th February

School Council 19:00

Wednesday 28th February

Foundation Students - no school


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

Friday March 23rd

Summer Sport Grade 5/6

Movie Night

Monday 26th March

School Council 19:00

Wednesday 28th March

School Photo Day

Thursday 29th March

End of Term 1 - early dismissal 13:30


Monday 16th April 

Term 2 commences

Wednesday 25th April

Anzac Day - no school

Thursday 26th April

Curriculum Day - no school

Friday 29th June

End of Term 2 - early dismissal 13:30

Education News 

Planning Week

Next week is planning week at school for all classroom and specialists teachers.


Planning week occurs once a term and involves all year level teachers meeting together to focus on curriculum and event planning for the term.

The classroom teachers plan from 8.45am – 1.30pm and during this time students are taught by specialist teachers or a CRT (Casual Relief Teacher).  Students may be involved in attending five sessions that are a combination of Japanese, HALL, Creative Arts, Physical Education, Performing Arts and /or work in their classroom with a CRT. The last session for the day is operated as a normal timetabled day however to break up the week for the students they will participate in a one hour specialist activity on an alternative day to their planning day. An example of this may look like this:


Room 7 will have planning day on Monday and will participate in P.E., Japanese, Performing Arts, and have a CRT activity in the classroom. On Wednesday Room 7 will have Creative Arts at 2.30pm.


Students look forward to planning week and enjoy the variety of activities on offer.  Teachers continue their planning at assigned meetings conducted after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


The Planning days for Week 2 are allocated to:

  • Monday -1/2  
  • Tuesday- 5 /6
  • Wednesday- 3 /4 and Grade 1’s.
  • Thursday- 2/3
  • Friday is a normal timetable day.

Foundation/Prep Week One

Hip Hip Hooray!!

The Foundation students started school on Thursday.

After ‘Orientation’ and ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions last year, the day finally arrived!

The students have had a settled start to the school year. Yes, there were a few tears and some anxious moments, but they were mostly from the parents!  On the whole, a  very smooth start to the year.

Many of the students experienced Physical Education, Creative Arts and/or Performing Arts within the first two days of their school life and they all coped extremely well.

The Foundation/One team are looking forward to a fantastic 2018.

To the parents of our Foundation students:  Remember to put the Parent Information session date into your calendar. It is on Tuesday 13th February (Week 3).  Meanwhile, please speak to your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions about beginning school.

 We are here to help and look forward to catching up with you at our ‘Getting to Know You’ Interviews in Week  4

Vicki McCormack on behalf of the F/1 Team.

Fundraising Events

Movie Night

On Friday 23rd of March we will be holding our first fundraising event of the year. Please look out for more information regarding the event in next week's newsletter.

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).

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