Moonee Ponds West Primary School

20 August 2019
2019 - Issue 24
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
Music News
Environment and Sustainability
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

Bunnings BBQ 

Last Saturday MPW hosted the Bunnings BBQ at Highpoint. It was a beautiful sunny Melbourne day which attracted lots of hungry customers to the Bunnings  BBQ.  The day was very successful with $2066.70 being raised. My grateful thanks to the MPW Fundraising team - Danielle, Rachel and Sophie and all the community members who  volunteered their time on the day.

Book Week this week

Thank-you to all students and staff for taking part in this great day. It was wonderful to see so many families represented at the Assembly.  Thank-you to parents who took time to dress their children into their favourite character. As promised, I read my chosen book 'Goodnight,Goodnight Construction Site' to anyone who would listen!  I will be reading a couple of other books on Thursday so all be ready!  Hope your child had a happy day reading and enjoying literature.


The multi-aged classes were a great success as well. The mixing of children from across the school gets everyone knowing everyone else.  It is such a family MPWPS.  This is something for all to be really proud.  My group was terrific with the older children modelling great co-operative and philosophy skills.

Father’s Day Stall

Yes, it is on again this year. It will be running next week and as usual the JSC members will be assisting.  Of course, we do require some parent helpers. If you can give an hour or so to set up or serve as a helper we would be very grateful.   The Father’s Day Stall will be held on Friday 30th and Thursday 29th August.  It’s another busy week at Moonee Ponds West PS.

Lost Property

Seems this is a constant.  If you take off your jumper, can you pick it up please?  With the wet weather, jumpers get very wet and whilst we try to dry them before they go to Lost Property this can be difficult. Usually, it is Brian that collects these items!

Head Lice

We have all had these little critters in our homes, mostly in our hair!  What pests they are too!  The best way of getting rid of them is with basic hair conditioner! Yes, hair conditioner is the best way.  It will not damage anything except the lice!  The more you can saturate the hair and scalp the better.  The conditioner smothers the eggs and so they cannot hatch.  You do need to remove all the eggs however and that is the time consuming part.  Even if one gets the chance to hatch the cycle begins again.  Live lice eggs are dark in colour, and are on the hair follicle at the base close to the scalp. A comb will remove some but not all. Your fingernails are the best!  When you think you have them all the routine is treat again, comb through and check again.  When you think the head is clear of these little things, it is important to adopt a routine where the hair is brushed vigorously every day and at night before bed.  If there is an egg that has hatched and you have missed it, the brushing will damage the creature and so it cannot breed.  Ahh the life cycle of head lice!  Good luck!  A final note if we are informed of a case of head-lice, we let all parents in the affected class know, so that children can be watched. We inform with a notice and a COMPASS push.

The MVIMP Soiree

It is on again this year; the Soiree. Another great opportunity for MPWPS students to give effort and display their skill. The Soiree will commence at 7pm and because we have over 70 children performing we will have to hold the event in the Gym.  We will attempt to warm it up, but please come prepared for a cooler meeting place.  

Sports results

Congratulations to all students who went to the District Athletics on Friday. It was a freezing day with some sunshine and rain but I don’t think hail.  All our children demonstrated wonderful team spirit not only for our team, but for all students competing.  Congratulations to all for some great individual and team efforts. As yet, we don’t have the list of results, but I think the Year 3 Relay gets to go on!   Let’s go to the next round wearing our school polo shirts, that way we know who you are as a team!

Congratulations also to the St Johns Netballers (including our year 6 students Ava, Jemima, Charlotte, and Alicia) Grand Final runners up! A terrific effort.  I think Maddie is playing in finals presently!  Good luck to our young ‘Marby Park’ team who are in the GF this weekend!

The Sensory Garden

It’s about to begin! The transformation of Jack’s Paddock is about to happen! The architects and builders have been appointed and we met with them last week.  As we expected we will be getting for our $$, the expensive parts of our plan, with further work to be completed by us collectively to make the full plan come to fruition. It’s exciting.  The Jack’s Paddock area will be a work site and will be fenced off and work persons will be entering and exiting via the double Eglinton Street gates that are not used by students or families. Our plan is to notify all immediate neighbours of the development and ensure that ‘builder’s radio’ is kept to an acceptable level! Thanks to all who have contributed to the development of our plans for this area.  The Environment Sub-Committee of School Council with our onsite Facilities Co-Coordinator Sandra Monaghan, will have carriage of the development. I will be barracking at the side!

Well that’s about it from me.  Until we meet in person.


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at MPWPS)




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
  • Tuesday August 6th (date change)
  • Tuesday September 3rd (date change)
  • 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
  • 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 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 

Community Partnerships

Thursday 20th June 4:00 pm



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 

Book Week Celebrations
17th – 23rd August 2019


This year the Children’s Book Council Of Australia celebrates

BOOK WEEK from 17th to 23rd August and the theme is


The Short Listed Books are available for viewing in the library 

or on the following website


On Monday as  part of Book Week Celebrations, we had our Book Character Dress Up Day and Whole School Multi Age Workshops. 


5/6 Living & Growing (Sex ed) Parent Information Night

Dear Parents and Carers of 5/6 students,


We are inviting you to participate in a parent information evening about the Living & Growing program from Sex Education Australia that all 5/6 students will be a part of over the next several weeks.


Jenny Ackland from Sex Education Australia will be running the parent session from 7:00-8:00pm this Thursday, 22nd August. We invite all parents of 5/6 students to attend this session.


Students in years 5 and 6 will begin the program the following Thursday, 29th August, so it is important that families are aware and prepared for the learning that students will undertake throughout the program.


We look forward to seeing you on the night.



If you also have a child in 3/4, that program will not begin until November, and there will be another parent information session specific to the 3/4 program.

Book Fair
3rd - 6th September 2019

Dear Parents and Families:


Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.
  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.


The theme of our Scholastic Book Fair is Dino-Mite, where we hope you will Stomp, Chomp, and Read! A fun reading event brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It is a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.


Book Fair dates:         Tuesday 3 to Friday 6 September, 2019

Shopping hours:         Library open until 4.30pm every day

Special activities:   Open night will be Thursday 5 September from 6.00pm to 7.30pm


We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.



Sport News

MPW Fun Run

We will be holding our 28th Annual Fun Run on Friday 30th August  from 9.00 to 10.30am.  All the students & teachers will be involved and can run, jog, skip, hop, walk etc. for one hour.

We cannot run this event without your assistance so don’t be shy! It’s also a great way to get to know other parents & support the children as they run past. Please complete the attached form below if you are able to assist.


Music News



The Moonee Ponds West MVIMP soiree will be held on


 Wednesday 21st August

Starting at 7:00 pm.

In the MPW Gym


All children who participate in the MVIMP program have been busy getting ready to perform on this night. The Soiree is a wonderful opportunity for MVIMP students to perform in a more intimate setting.

The evening will conclude with a set by the fabulous Moonee Ponds West Band! We hope that all families will stay for the entire performance to support all the children involved.


Performers need to arrive at 6:45 p.m. and head towards the staff room and conference room with their instrument and music to get set up, meet their tutors and tune up.


All families and friends are welcome to come along and enjoy the evening.



We are proud and excited to have some of our senior choir students participating in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Made of Stars. 

The Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria. Fittingly, this year’s theme, Made of Stars, will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances showing that these students are made of star stuff.

The three-hour live show – involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus arts – will be performed to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September over two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm.


Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience. 

For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets when they go on sale from Wednesday 12 June via


Adult:                              $40

Child under 15:           $20

Concession:                  $30


Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling - Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.

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

Environment and Sustainability

Green Team


Sara and Bec have been meeting with Jess, Lisa and the amazing kids from the Green Team each week this term.  The kids have some inspirational ideas and we are forming strong connections whilst working together.  Currently the focus is on reducing the waste produced by whole school events – the Green Team has constructed a plan for the upcoming Show Day and will be communicating with the wider school community on ways to run a completely rad show day whilst producing less waste!!  Great work Green Team!!


As you are probably aware, currently all kerbside recycling in Moonee Valley City Council is going straight to landfill. Here are some alternative options to keep the contents of our yellow bins out of landfill:

Transfer Station (Aberfeldie)
- Glass bottles, jars etc
- Paper
- Cardboard (must be flat)

Platinum Recycling (Airport West)
- Steel
- Aluminium
- E-waste
35 Hawker St, Airport West, 8am-4pm


Redcycle (Coles & Wollies)
- Soft plastics eg. bread bags, wrappers etc

Hard Plastics
- Looks like these are heading to landfill for now

This is also a great opportunity to evaluate our purchasing and waste and to look at ways to reduce the amount of recycling produced in the first place.

Fundraising Events

MPW Sausage Success at Bunnings!

Last Saturday our school had the opportunity to host the Bunnings BBQ near Highpoint and it was a sausage success! We had a beautiful Spring-like day that attracted lots of hungry Bunnings shoppers. We served over 800 sausages, that’s 70kg, went through 48 loaves of bread, 15kg of onions and lots of sauce and drinks! There was a constant stream of hungry individuals and families with many repeat customers so the snags must have been tasty!

It was a brilliant day with lots of fun and laughter amongst the busy team of volunteers ensuring no-one missed out on a sausage.

The Fundraising team were supported on the day by our wonderful and generous MPW volunteers who were all willing to contribute more time than they were allocated to make sure we could keep our momentum and ensure it was a successful day. We would like to say a big thank you to Anthea Christilaw, Kurt Bieri, Kathleen L, Julie Morgan, Darryl Puddefoot, Jackie Parry, Kate Collinson, Rob Rae, Vanessa Kerr, Anne Schulze, Brian Stanley, Jane Gulmen, Amanda and Daniel Serra, Chris Duff, Neville Boon, Naomi Grayson, Kerri Simpson and Sandra Monaghan for giving up their time to support this great fundraising opportunity.


We would also like to extend a huge thank you to our local Bakers Delight at the Showgrounds & Union Rd for their generosity in supplying us with complimentary bread for the day.


Thank you,

MPW Fundraising Team (Rachel, Danielle & Sophie)

Help fight the war on waste this Father’s Day – KeepCup Fundraiser

Help fight the war on waste and help Dad/Grandad become more sustainable this Father’s Day with his very own KeepCup! KeepCups make a great gift and are now available to purchase through the School Office with lots of colours and 2 sizes available to purchase – Small 8oz for $14 and Large 12oz for $16.

Examples of colours, many more available through the office.

While you’re there why not buy one for every member of the family. Each Cup sold raises money for the school and we’ve partnered with Darling St Espresso who will take 50c off the price of your first coffee or milkshake in your new KeepCup! KeepCups are also suitable for lunch order milkshakes. What are you waiting for……let’s wipe out disposable coffee cups at our school….buy yours now!

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 are now on sale 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 are seeking items for our event in all shapes and sizes. Are you able to donate or do you have connections? We are looking for substantial items to include in the auctions as well as smaller items to include in our raffles.

Examples of donations may include (all items must be unused):

  • Holiday House Weekend away / Dinner for 2
  • Goods / Service Vouchers
  • Homewares / Electronics
  • Health & Beauty Products
  • Kids Stationery/Sporting Goods/Toys/Games

Please drop your donations in at the school office preferably by Wednesday 18th September (prior to Term 3 school holidays).


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


Wednesday 21st August

VSSS Choir Rehearsal @ The Melbourne Town Hall

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

MVIMP Soiree 7.00pm @ MPW

Thursday 22nd August

Koorie Heritage Trust Excursion 5/6

Sex Ed 5/6 Parent Information Session 7.00 pm

Saturday 24th August

Tournaments of the Minds 

Monday 26th August

Koorie Heritage Trust Excursion 5/6

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 28th August

Grade 5/6 Free Activity Day

F/1 Zoo Excursion 

Thursday 29th August

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 1


Tuesday 3rd September

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 5th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 2

Friday 6th September

District Basketball Carnival

Tuesday 10th September

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Thursday 12th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Philosothon Excursion

Friday 13th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Saturday 14th September 

VSSS Choir Performance Matinee and Evening Performance @ Melbourne Arena

Monday 16th September 

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 18th September

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Thursday 19th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 3

Friday 20th September

Term 3 Concludes @ 2.30 pm


Friday 11th October

Parent and Carer Function


Monday 4th November

Curriculum Day

Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 6th November

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 7th November

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

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


Monday 2nd December

Education Committee meeting 6.30 pm

Tuesday 10th December

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 11th December

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Monday 16th December

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

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