Moonee Ponds West Primary School

10 November 2017
2017 - Issue 34
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Sport News
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Enrolment of Siblings for 2018

Yet a further reminder to families who are yet to enrol siblings of current students for the 2018 Foundation year. Enrolment documents are available from the office. Finalising our enrolments for 2018 is an essential part of our planning for the 2018 school year. We  begin our orientation program for our 2018 Foundation students on Monday the 6th  November. This Monday we look forward to welcoming our new students and families  to the MPW community.

Capital Works Funding – Toilet modernisation

From Monday next week you will find in our front office diagrams of proposed locations for a modernisation of our school toilets currently located at the corner of Lennox and Eglinton Streets. The diagrams will also be posted on our school website and feedback can be forwarded to the school’s email.


There are three options for consideration by the whole school community, students, staff and community members. All feedback will need to be forwarded to the school by Monday 20th  November.


Comments and feedback can be placed on the diagrams on display on the Office foyer on the paper provided.  A sticker  can also be placed on your preferred option. 


The feedback will be collated and forwarded to the Master Planning Working Group to forward recommendations to the Resources Subcommittee and to School Council for their decision.

School Levies

We are indeed fortunate to be supported by our school community. The school levies support school programs by funding consumables that are used in your child’s classroom such as stationery and toner, excursions and travel to interschool sport.


The contributions to the library fund and the building fund are fully tax deductible and are used to stock our wonderful library with great books and to support our grounds development program.

The voluntary contributions  over recent years have been invaluable in funding school identified projects. Successful projects include the establishment and stocking of classroom libraries, the purchase of additional computers and eLearning equipment.


All money raised through these essential fees and voluntary contributions is greatly appreciated and goes directly to supporting and enhancing the great educational programs at MPW.


If families could please finalise any outstanding payments, especially for user pays items such as camps, excursions, year 6 clothing and music lessons, it would be greatly appreciated.


Individual reminders have been posted to families from whom we have not received payments.

There is a copy of the school levy form on the School Website if required. If you need to discuss alternative payment options please contact Sandra Monaghan.

Communication Survey

Thank you to community members who have taken the opportunity to complete the communication survey. We encourage all families to complete the communication survey which will play an integral part in our efforts to improve  school communication.

Please find below a link to a Communications Survey that will now remain open until Wednesday 15th November.      

Thunderstorm Asthma

During grass pollen season there is an elevated risk of thunderstorm asthma in south-eastern Australia. Children and staff who have been diagnosed with asthma, have a history of asthma or have undiagnosed asthma, as well as those who experience hay-fever are at risk of experiencing asthma symptoms.

Asthma symptoms can include wheezing, breathlessness, a feeling of tightness in the chest and a persistent cough during these weather conditions. An asthma attack can vary in severity and can be sudden, serious and life threatening.

Thunderstorm asthma warnings will be issued through the VicEmergency app on days of ‘HIGH’ alert.

This site provides thunderstorm asthma forecasting for up to two days in advance which can assist when planning outdoor events.  


For information on the VicEmergency app and how to download, see: VicEmergency app

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition

The MPW Vincent Van Gogh Art Exhibition will be held on Monday 20th November to Monday 27th  November in the Performance Space. The opening times will be 8:45am until 5:00pm. The opening evening will be Monday 20th November 6:00pm until 7:30pm.

MVIMP Annual Concert

MVIMP Music Program presents the 2017 MVIMP Annual Concert on Thursday 16th November 2017 at 7:00pm.

Full details are within the Music page in our newsletter.

Thoughts on how to reduce children's screen time

  • Be aware of how your own screen use might be setting the tone for your children.
  • Co-watch things with your children and talk about what they're seeing to encourage positive and protective screen use.
  • Research what apps and websites are appropriate for your children.
  • Keep phones out of bedrooms to help with sleep and prevent online bullying.
  • Use car rides as an opportunity to connect with your children.
  • Listen to your children's problems without trying to solve them. Ask "how", not "why" questions to discourage defensive responses.


Mobile Phones

As per our Acceptable Use policy, a reminder that a parent/carer who wishes their child to bring a mobile phone to school must advise the school via letter. The responsibility of the phone lies with the student and must not be used during the school day.


Enjoy the weekend,


Notices home to parent/carers

Thursday 9th November

Excursion Notice Years 3/4

Excursion Notice Prep/One

Community Calendar


Monday 13th November

Soundgarage Concert

19:00 SAP

20:00 Guitar

Tuesday 14th November

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Soundgarage Concert

18:30 Keyboard Prep/One/Two

19:30 Keyboard Grade's 3/4/5/6

Thursday 16th November

MVIMP End of Year Concert

Monday 20th  - Monday 27th November

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition 8:45 to 17:00

Monday 20th November

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition Opening

Night 18:00 to 19:00

Wednesday 22nd November

Grade 5/6 Cricket Carnival

Excursion 3/4 Team

Friday 24th November

Summer Sports

Monday 27th November

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

MPW Van Gogh Exhibition closes 17:00

Tuesday 28th November

Excursion Prep/One Team


Monday 4th December

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 5th December

Junior Choir Musical

Wednesday 6th December

Senior Choir Musical  

Thursday 7th December

Senior Choir Musical -  Morning Performance

Friday 8th December

Basketball Tournament

Tuesday 12th December

Whole School Transition Day

Resources Committee  Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 13th December

Parent Helpers Morning Tea

Thursday 14th December

Race Around Melbourne

Monday 18th December

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 19th December

Student Reports to go home

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Grade 6 Graduation 

Friday 22nd December 2017

End of Year Assembly 9:00

Early Dismissal 13:30

Education News 

Foundation 2018 Transition

This week MPW welcomed the 2018 Foundation/Prep students.  It was lovely to see the children so excited to come to school for the first time and to meet the parents who were equally excited and supportive of their children in the transition program. Students participated in activities including play dough, drawing, listening to a story and developmental play.

The next transition session commences in week seven, on Monday 20th November and concludes with whole school transition on Tuesday 12th December.

New Foundation/Prep 2018 parents and carers are invited to attend an information session on Tuesday 12th December whilst your child is participating in classroom activities.  

Prep/One Activity Night!

Thursday 2nd November

All the prep/ones went to the Prep/One Activity Night. It started at 5.00pm.

When it started, Philippa and Mina were in Michelle and Jeff’s group and they made a jar of happiness. There was lots of glitter and then they put a photo of themselves on the jar. Then they had time to decorate it.

Ryder and Angus were in Cassie and Amy’s group. They created artworks from paint mistakes. Ryder made a gremlin out of his red blob/ paint mistake. He outlined it; glitter glued it and used a pipe cleaner to make its mouth.

Felix was the only one from Room 5 that went to Kim and Carley’s group in Room 19. He made play dough with lots of salt! His play dough colour was blue without glitter. His hands got so much blue dye on them.

After our activities, all the prep/ones met in the gym and they ate lots of pizza. The pizza flavours were; Aussie, Margarita and BBQ Chicken. Jamie  also sang a song, Monster Mash! Then a mad scientist joined in the song. 99% of Room 5 thinks that the mad scientist was Lee from Room 2 but Harper thinks it was Tim because he thought he saw Tim’s shadow.

After the singing, we all got an icy pole and then went home. It was an epically, fantastic and awesome night!

Written by Room 5.

Buddies Session-

This week Room 5 and Room 16 together worked on designing and creating their very own horse and naming it. 

It was lots of fun and the buddy grades had a wonderful afternoon!

Library News

Each year the Children’s Book Council Of Australia releases a list of award winning children’s books and authors and award either a gold, silver or bronze sticker in recognition.

At MPW we are fortunate to have purchased a huge selection of these books over many years and have distributed these texts in both the school library and in classroom libraries throughout the school. Michele Birch’s recent display “Pick Me’ contains many wonderful examples of these books and other rich literature texts for students to select from.

Please feel free to come and have a look at our wonderful library and pick out one of these books to look at and read with your child.

Missing Football

Dear Parents / Carers,

Please ask your children to bring their Western Bulldogs Football to school if they think they have one that is not theirs.



Room 8


Chantal had some great results at the National Competition, The Panda Challenge and Artistic Trophy, in South Australia at the end of last month.

Chantal placed 2nd in the Preliminary Ladies Artistic Division and 3rd in the Preliminary Ladies Free Skate.
Chantal also achieved the highest Technical Element Score in her FreeSkate Division over a field of 10 national competitors.
Panda was Chantal’s last national level competition for the 2017 Skate Season. You can see her skate at 3:00pm this Saturday afternoon (11th of November) in an exhibition skate at O’Brien Group Arena (Docklands) along with other State and National Champions from 2016 and 2017.
Chantal will also be performing in the O’Brien Group Arena’s Christmas Show, there are 3 performances - 2 shows on Saturday the 17th Of December and 1 Show on Sunday the 18th of December .


Sport News

Sport Term 4

Wednesday 22nd November - Friday 8th December

District Basketball Carnival

We need your help

For our programs to run we need lots of parent/carer assistance. If you are able to assist with any of our events please see Bree and pass your Working with Children check details onto the office.


MVIMP Music Program presents the 2017 MVIMP Annual Concert on Thursday 16 November 2017 at 7:00pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the MVIMP end of year concert. They may be purchased online from Try Booking., please see the link below. Prices are $20.00 and $14.00.  Tickets are also available at the office or at the door on the night ($2.00 extra).




Thursday 16 November

Moonee Valley Racing Club

9:30 – 12:00


A reminder to families that if you are yet to complete and return the permission forms, could you please complete and return them as soon as possible to the office. If you need another permission form, please contact the office.


Concert Raffle and Hamper Items:

To support the Concert, a raffle will be held on the Concert night. Each year, all families are kindly asked to donate an item to help create the MVIMP hampers as prizes for the raffle. If each family could kindly donate an item for the hamper, this would be greatly appreciated.


Could you please deliver your hamper item to the school office by Tuesday 14 November 2017.


Each family have received some raffle tickets to sell, tickets are $1.00 per ticket. Please return the stubs of your raffle tickets and the money to the school office by Tuesday 14 November 2017.


Thank you,

Emma Campbell

Music Liaison Teacher

2017 Soundgarage Concerts
in the Performance Space on Eglinton Street

Monday November 13

Singing & Performance: 7.00pm

Guitar: 8.00pm


Tuesday November 14

Keyboard: from 6.30pm

Children will be informed of their keyboard performance times the week before the concert.


The concerts are free and all family and friends are warmly invited to attend.

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

PSD and Student Welfare 

Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové (Leading Teacher)

Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack (Acting Leading Teacher)

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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