Moonee Ponds West Primary School

10 March 2017
2017 - Issue 5
Principal's report
Community Calendar
School Photos
Fundraising Events
Education News 
Music 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

Public Holiday

A reminder that Monday March 13 is a public holiday. The Camp Australia program will not be in operation.

Student Support Groups (SSG’s)

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the  Student Support Groups (SSG’s). These meetings have taken place over the previous two weeks for families of students in the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD).

Movie Night

On Friday March 24 we will be holding our annual movie night. This is a fantastic opportunity for community to come together and enjoy a family evening under the stars – weather permitting. Please see the flyer further in this newsletter.

2017 School Council Election Results

 Thank you to all community members who nominated for this important role of ensuring good governance of Moonee Ponds West.  All new School Councillors are encouraged to particiapte in our School Council Induction Program. On the 27th of March we will hold our election meeting for office bearers.

Junior School Council Elections

JSC elections have been completed. The first meeting of the year has been held and the second meeting will be held in Week 9 to plan for 2017.

Ride to School Day

On Friday 17th March will be participating in the national Ride to School Day. Please see article in Sports News.



Enjoy the long weekend.



Notices Home to Parents/Carers

7th March

Room 5 - Mathletics

Years 4/5/6 - Year 7 Secondary Expo

Room 23 - Head Lice Alert

8th March

Room 5 - Head Lice Alert

9th March

Room 6 - Head Lice Alert

Room 8 - Head Lice Alert



Community Calendar


Monday 6th March

Education Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Monday 13th March

Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 14th March

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

Resources Committee 19:00 to 20:00

Friday 17th March

Cross Country Trials 9:00 - 11:00

Ride to SchoolDay

Tuesday 21st March

Division Swimming 9:00 - 15:00

Wednesday 22nd March

Secondary School Expo 16:00 to 19:30

Friday 24th March

District Cross Country

Movie Night 18:00 to 22:00

Monday 27th March

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 28th March

FAD Years 5/6 9:00 to 15:30

Regional Swimming

Thursday 30th March

School Photo Day 8:00 to 16:00

Friday 31st March

Last Day Term 1 

Assembly at 9:00

Early Dismissal 14:30


Monday 17th April

Easter Public Holiday

Tuesday 18th April

Term 2 Commences

Tuesday 25th April

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 26th April

Camp 3/4 Group 1 Departs

State Swimming

Friday 28th April

Camp 3/4 Group 1 Returns


Monday 1st May

Camp 3/4 Group 2 Departs

Wednesday 3rd May

Camp 3/4 Group 2 Returns

Camp 3/4 Group 3 Departs

Regional Basketball

Friday 5th May

Camp 3/4 Group 3 Returns

Grade 5/6 Winter Sport 

Tuesday 9th May

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 9th May to Thursday 11th May

NAPLAN Test Years 3 & 5

Friday 12th May

Winter Sports

Monday 22nd May

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 26th May

Winter Sports

School Photos

School Photo Day 2017

Date:                                  Thursday 30th March

Location:                          MPW Primary School

Please complete your photo order via the ARP  site before 11.59pm Sunday, 9th April 2017.

MPW 'My School Code' - 1703MP989

Late orders will still be accepted online at any time but will incur additional charges.

Please refer to the below ARP flyer for package and order details.



There is also an opportunity for FAMILY photos to be taken on the School Photo Day.

All orders for FAMILY photos need to be placed by 11.59pm the day before photo day to ensure a photograph is taken on the day OR return the order form directly to Arthur Reed Photos.

Please refer to the below ARP FAMILY flyer for package and order details.


Fundraising Events


The MPWPS Fundraising team is excited to confirm our events for 2017! 


Over the past few years we have experienced wonderful volunteer support and generosity from our families and friends at MPWPS as well as the local business and service organisations within our school community. 


Our various fundraising events held throughout the school year have helped us raise money for school projects and equipment such as the air conditioning installation for our school gym and an upgraded bike shelter.  

Our planned events for this year

Term 1:

Movie Night –Friday March 24th (family event)

Term 2:

Disco Bingo/Trivia Night  - Saturday June 24th (for adults)

Term 4:

- Spring Carnival themed evening - Friday 20th October

- End of year raffle

Join us at our next event
Moonlight Cinema
Friday 24th March


Attention all BBQ Chefs! - Movie Night assistance required

We are currently drawing up rosters for our Movie Night and urgently need your barbeque cooking and service skills on the two MPW BBQ’s for our upcoming Movie Night on Friday, 24th March, our first fundraiser of the year!


Only an hour of your evening is required – between 5.30pm and 9.30pm.  We will have cookers and servers so 4 people each hour are needed.


Thanks MPW family and friends for your support and please contact Rachel or Anna with your availability as soon as possible.


Rachel: or PH:  0417 011 723   

Anna: or PH:  0434 368 910

Education News 

News from the Art Room

In Creative Arts this term students in Prep / 1 were introduced to the picture story book series ‘No David’ by author and illustrator David Shannon.



The students thoroughly enjoyed these books and found the antics of David quite hysterical.


After listening to the story read by Sue and Claudia each class discussed their understandings of the book. The students then created their own image of David at school. 

These wonderful art works are displayed both inside and outside the art room and in some of the prep/1 classrooms. You are welcome to have a closer look at these masterpieces!

Parent Additional Needs Information Session

Thank you to the parents/carers who attended the Parent Additional Needs Information Session held on February 22nd, and a further thank you to everyone for taking the time to provide feedback following the session. The feedback will be important in improving the support for the education and wellbeing of children with additional needs.


The summary of feedback from the session was as follows:

  • Did you find the session helpful?  Yes 17 No 0 Other 1
  • Is the process for addressing additional needs clear? Yes 14 No 3 Other 2
  • Is there something you would like more information about? Yes 12 No 6

Changes to the Curriculum in Finland

Finland, a country that has consistently ranked among the highest in international educational assessments, is undertaking a significant change to its curriculum design.


'Instead of individual subjects, students will study events and phenomena in an interdisciplinary format.'


'For example, the Second World War will be examined from the perspective of history, geography, and math. And by taking the course ”Working in a Cafe,” students will absorb a whole body of knowledge about the English language, economics, and communication skills.'


For further information, please see the links below:


Year 7 Secondary School Expo

MPW would like to invite Year 4, 5 and Year 6 students (along with their parents) to the annual Secondary School Expo.


Date:                                     Wednesday 22 March 2017

Time:                                                            4:00 to 7:00pm

Location:                                                              MPW Gym


This is an excellent opportunity to speak to staff and students from the Secondary colleges in the area.

These schools include:

  • Buckley Park Secondary College
  • Essendon/ Keilor College (East Keilor and Niddrie campuses)
  • Gilmore College for Girls
  • Maribyrnong Secondary College
  • Mount Alexander Secondary College
  • Overnewton College
  • Rosehill Secondary College
  • Strathmore Secondary College

Schools will have a display and information handouts for interested families, plus personnel to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.

The format is informal, so you are free to visit whichever display you wish to, any time between 4.00 – 7.00pm.


We look forward to your attendance.

Michelle Bové Transition Coordinator

Class Representatives 2017

At MPWPS we believe students succeed at school when their education is a partnership between the teacher, student, the family and the school community. To facilitate a smooth transition to new rooms and to build links between the families and in the classroom we have developed our Classroom Representative program. The Classroom Representative provides that

all -important link between families and their child’s classroom in being a point of contact and organising social events. This supports families in getting to know each other, provides support for new families and builds a stronger bond for those involved. Thankyou to those parents who have volunteered for the role of Classroom Representative. Please find listed the parent representative for each classroom.



Anna Sneddon Rm 1

Fiona Limoli 


Karen Ghosn Rm 2

Sophie Atchison 


James Harding Rm 3

Melissa Butcher 


Vicki McCormack Rm 4

Mel Berry 


Emma Campbell Rm 5

Sandra Johnson 


Patrick O’Connor Rm 6

Rachel Andrews 


Kirsty Fotheringham Rm 7

Melanie Hunter


Melanie/Michelle Rm 8

Claire Stambulic 


Louise McNab Rm 9

Cathy Stevenson 


Fiona McKenzie Rm 10

Jenny Burge


Lisa McLachlan & Ryan Vermeulen  Rm 11 & 12

Sally Carey  & Jas Nuredini 


Alyena Mohummadally Rm 13

Kara Bystrom 


Kim Simmons Rm 14

Maree Marshall  


Brigitte Bozyk Rm 15

Sally Monro 


Liz Jackson Rm 16

Shannon Phelps 


Jess Greenbaum Rm 17

Jacque Parry  & Mel Berry 


Maddie Carter  Rm 18

Anna Clappcott 


Michael/ Carley Rm 19

Simone Beever 


Amy Robinson Rm 20

Nicole Collins


Jenny Irvine Rm 19

 Andrea Dolence &

 Jane Gulman


Cassie McIntosh Rm 22

Aisha Radebe 


Helen Lockart Rm 23

Jacqueline Davis 


Toula Fenech Rm 24

Aisha Radebe 

Music News

Junior and Senior Choir

Our Junior and Senior Choir meet once a week and they perform at assemblies, concerts, the Victorian State School Spectacular and other occasions throughout the year.


Students do not need to audition to be part of the choir.


MVIMP is available to students from Grade 3 upwards and involves the

Orchestral instruments listed below:



  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Trumpet
  • Euphonium
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Bass Guitar
  • Viola
  • Saxophone
  • French Horn
  • Percussion


Welcome to the many new students joining the program for the first time, and welcome back to all the children continuing! This year Emma in  Room 5  which is located in the Hall Building will be the music liaison for MVIMP.


If you are interested in joining or would like more information please contact the office or visit our website.


It is hard to believe we are already in to week 6 of Term 1! Soundgarage has been running along smoothly with Patrick, Ann and Maddie having a blast with the kids each week.


If you would like to enrol your child in to the Soundgarage Program for Term 2, please fill out a form (from the office or and return it to the office before the end of Term 1.  The instruments we have are Keyboard, Guitar and SAP (Singing and Performance). 


Thanks to everyone for you ongoing support of the Program!

If you have any questions or queries regarding the Soundgarage Program please feel free to contact Maddie Owen at or 0401 844 522.

Sport News

March Events

Cross Country Trials - Friday 17th March:

We will be holding our District Cross Country Trials for Gr’s 4, 5 & 6 at MPW.

Time:                                                       9.00 to 11.00am

Location:                                                                     MPW

We do require assistance to supervise this event.  If anyone is able to help out please see Bree.

District Cross Country (Aberfeldie Park) will be held on Friday 24th March.


Ride to School Day - Friday 17th March:

MPW will be participating in National Ride2School Day. Active travel is a great way for students of all ages to meet their recommend daily dose of 60 minutes physical activity every day. The purpose of National Ride2School Day is to show school communities that riding to school is an easy and fun activity. It is a chance to celebrate on a large scale and prove it can be done. Bicycle Network’s National Ride2School Day is the perfect opportunity for Australian students and school communities to embrace a healthier start and to try walking and riding to school for themselves.


Our Green Team will be promoting this event around the school and encouraging as many students to travel to school by bike, scooter, skateboard or walk. 

All students who participate in Ride2School Day will be receive a raffle ticket to win an environmental / physical activity hamper.


Division Swimming at St.Albans - Tuesday 21st March

Good luck to our swimmers who will represent Ascot Vale District at division swimming at St. Albans.

Team Building

Gr 5/6’s Team Building program that involves various challenges.  Activities are designed to build relationships, problem solve, negotiate, recognise strengths, resilience and most importantly to have fun. Points are awarded for the activity and self-evaluations are done by each class to get extra points.


Results from round 5:

Room 10:                                                          154.0 points

Room 11:                                                          132.5 points

Room 12:                                                          161.0 points

Room 14:                                                          150.5 points

Room 15:                                                          142.0 points

Room 18:                                                          157.0 points

We need your help!

For our programs to run we need lots of parent 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.

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

Term DatesIf 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


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
MPW School Photo order form.pdf
MPW FAMILY order form.pdf
School Council Declaration of poll 2017.pdf