Moonee Ponds West Primary School

29 June 2018
2018 - Issue 20
Principal's report
School Council
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

Dear Parents, Carers and the community of Moonee Ponds West Primary School,

We here we are at the end of other term of learning and growing together.  What a wonderful community we have here and I look forward to working closely with you all for the next full term.

Reports to Parents

Today your child/children will be bringing home their Semester 1 Report. You will have a hardcopy and an electronic copy this time. The electronic copy has been uploaded to your COMPASS page under the Reports page.  As part of the Review process we will be able to realign the reporting process to support and provide evidence to Individual Learning Plans and specific goals.  In 2016-17 the Reporting to Parent guidelines provided schools with advice so that reporting became more timely and relevant.  Students develop better learning outcomes when they are provided with timely feedback and when teachers use this to shape the next level of work. Student learning is very exciting!

Lost Property

We have a lot of LOST clothing! Most is unnamed and so what a waste! There are a band of parents who take these items home wash them and then pass them onto the Second-hand shops.  One of these helpers to our school lamented ‘if only there was a name on the item’! Please black texta surname on the inside collar is the way to go as we are not sure who Harry actually is!  Some of the items I have seen are expensive and must belong to someone.


In my first week at Moonee Ponds West a group of students prompted a conversation about compulsory uniform.  I smiled! Maybe this should be revisited.

Chess Club

Congratulations to the following students who achieved wonderful results in the recent Chess activities. 

Advanced Group

  • Orlando P           Room 12
  • Lachlan D            Room 10
  • Leyna D                Room 18

Beginner Group

  • Harsharaj S         Room 
  • Hardityaraj S      Room 24
  • Oscar R                 Room 22


Chess is a great strategic game and teaches many many different cognitive skills.  Well done to all involved.  If you are interested in your child taking part in Chess you can obtain details from the General Office.

Achievement over the Term

Over the past four weeks I have seen many children change their behavior and settle into really terrific learning routines.  Changing teachers can and could be a distraction, but from where I am at present this hasn’t been an issue. Why is this so?  I believe it is as a result of the support that the community gives to the school, and the will of the teachers to do their best in all situations.  It is also my belief that parents monitor the programs of our school and asking questions is crucial to building a strong positive relationship.   I look forward to learning together in the next Semester.

School Review

Next term we will be completing our Self Evaluation in readiness for our School review in October (Term 4).  In order to collect and collate the evidence we require we will be working with parents, students and staff throughout Term 3.   For parents there is a Forum in the evening and a survey for feedback.  We suggest your choose one of these so that we don’t get opinion that might be inaccurate. I will also be taking feedback through the Principal’s Open Line (Monday’s 9.45-10.15) so that I can attend Assembly.


I close now, and wish you all a very happy and safe holiday and look forward to welcoming you back on Monday July 16.



Kerri Simpson

Notices Home

Tuesday 26th June

  • Head Lice alert - Room 2 
  • Grade 5/6 - Camp expression of interest
  • Letter for Room 12

Wednesday 27th June

  • Staffing Room 16

Friday 29th June

  • Learning Portfolios and Reports - Whole school

School Council

School Council Report
25th June 2018



The School Election Ballot been declared and we welcome Ben Atchison, Nigel Keegan and Lisa Shaw to Council. A big thank you the past members of council, your work and dedication has been recognised and very much appreciated.

At the meeting we elected the office bearers for 2018, congratulations to:

President: Louise Evans

Vice President: Ben Atchison

Treasurer:  Lisa Shaw



A Newsletter for school Councillors (prepared by the Department) will become a regular feature of school council correspondence. The articles are relevant and interesting.



School Council are looking forward to the proposal put forward by the Inquiry PLT for a whole school focus on the environment and sustainability.  The Environment and Sustainability team have applied for a number of grants and will know if they have been successful in the coming weeks. One of the grants was titled ‘Make Jack’s Paddock great again’.

Our school will undergo a ‘Peer’ review in October. It will consist of a validation day and two further days. Philippa Morrison is our reviewer for this process.

 Other components to the review will be;

-A Community Forum run by Leslie Tulloch and Kerri Simpson

-A community Survey, the questions related to the forum.

-Principals Open Line on Monday mornings.

VRQA Registration will be a part of our review.

As a school, we are required to be registered with this organisation and the requirements will be reviewed every three years.

Paul Ledwidge will be the school’s literacy coach and will be working with the English PLT. Paul comes to us with some excellent credentials.

Chris Coombes a mathematic consultant will be working with the Numeracy PLT and team leaders on problem based learning. Chris is well respected in his field. Three of our teachers have already been to a view another school.

The risk management for the MVIMP Music Camp to be held at Lady Northcote Camp, Bacchus Marsh was tabled and approved. As the co-ordinator school for the next three years we are required to do this on behalf of the four schools who participate in this program.



The community will be informed as soon as possible after the event of the amount of money raised and what it will be used for. The funds raised at the Trivia Night can be found in this newsletter.

It was discussed that there had been no environmental considerations regarding the new toilets, the use of grey water, composting toilets and solar panels. There will be further investigations in this area .

The MPW sponsorship policy at the next meeting and discuss it at the next School Council meeting.

The introduction of COMPASS was discussed and the Council will be interested to look at the uptake of this system within the community at the next meeting.

The idea of having a POP UP playground was discussed. Helen spoke to the history of Pop Up play grounds at Moonee Ponds West. Kerri is working with Anna Sneddon (Room 1) on this exciting idea.

A big ‘Thank You’ to all the people that worked on developing the vision statement and our school values. The Working Party ensured our community had an opportunity to be a part of this process.

The Vision and Values statement were endorsed by School Council.


Our Vision.

Young people will leave Moonee Ponds West as knowledgeable, collaborative and critical thinking individuals able to take their place in the world with the capacity and courage to create a better future.

The Moonee Ponds West community does this by developing the whole child and nurturing compassion, creativity and a love of learning.





Critical Thinking


Thank you to all concerned in this process. School Council is looking forward to seeing our vision statement and values embedded in our daily school life.


The School Annual report was discussed and can be found on the school website along with our AIP (Annual Implementation Plan) documentation.


Vicki McCormack

School Councillor

Up coming meetings:

Monday 27,  August

School Council 19:00

School Council Membership 2018

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

DET members:

Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer

Michelle Bovè

Helen Lockart

Vicki McCormack

Alyena Mohummadally

Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

Community Calendar


Monday 16th July

Term 3 starts 9:00

Tuesday 17th July

Parent Information Session - 'Living and Growing Program' 19:00

Tuesday 24th July

Japan Tour 2019 Parent

Information meeting 19:00

Wednesday 25th July

Curriculum Day (Reporting to Parent Day - Pupil Free)

VSSS Rehearsal 8:00


Monday 6th August

Education Sub Committee 18:30

Tuesday 14th August

Circus  Years 5/6

Resource Committee - 19:00

Tuesday 21st August


Wednesday 22nd August

VSSS Rehearsal - Melbourne Town Hall

Book Character Dress Up Day and Multi Aged Workshops

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 23rd August

MVIMP Concert - Lady Northcote Bacchus Marsh

Friday 24th August 

MVIMP Music Camp return

Monday 27th August

School Council 19:00


Monday 3rd September

Education Sub Committee 18:30

Wednesday 12th September

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 13th September

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Friday 14th September 

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Saturday 15th September

VSSS Matinee and Evening Performance




Education News 

Performing Arts – Term 2


Wow, what a busy term we have had! Each class has come to Performing Arts with a great attitude to their learning and all had a go at the various activities in their lessons. This term, students in grades prep, one and two have had a focus on building knowledge on dramatic elements and developing skills such as: using voice to create character and convey emotion, using body language to show a character and having a go at creating tableaux (freeze frame pictures) in small groups.
Students in grades 3 and 4 used those skills as well as dialogue and characterisation in script reading lessons.  We learnt about ‘cold reads’ and ‘blocking’ and began to look at how actors go from the page to the stage.
Students in grades 5 and 6 utilised all the skill above in small groups, creating a scene with a ready-made script along with lots of character work.
All students across the school worked on developing skills in collaboration, problem solving and confidence through group work and performance.


A fantastic term of drama!


Drama Club

Mid this term we began having Drama Club sessions at lunch time on Wednesdays.  These were open to students in grades 3-6 with a passion for Performing Arts. It gave these students an opportunity to work with other like-minded children and a chance to further extend drama skills learnt in class.


We have had a lot of fun with 1-minute mime, different versions of Space Jump and mini scenes and we can’t wait to delve into more drama elements and plays next term!


Here are some responses from our students about participating in Performing Arts this term and why they like coming to drama class:


“I like learning new things and performing plays about certain things” Lachlan Rm10


“I’ve enjoyed many things including wink murder and making plays with friends and different people.  I like how we work on different skills each week.  I’ve enjoyed expanding my drama skills” 

Jamie Rm10


“Everyone is going out of their comfort zone but having fun. I enjoyed space jump, learnt important parts about drama and different vocal levels.”

Hayden Rm10


“I like performing arts because it encourages kids who are a bit shy to get up and have a go.  It also gets people to see the fun sides of learning.” Olivia Rm10


“What I love about performing arts is that it lets you express your emotion in different ways and that we get to do plays”

Ava Rm10


There are more student thoughts and reviews outside the Performing Arts Room, please feel free to have a look to see what our student community says about Performing Arts.

Have a wonderful holiday break!
(Performing Arts Teacher)

Lost Property

It is almost the end of Term 2 and there's a significant amount of school uniform items and regular clothing in Lost Property.  Please have a look and see if any of the items belong to your family as the remaining clothing and containers will be donated to charity at the end of next week.


Lost Property is located in the causeway at the entry to Room 7 & 8 (near the toilet block, off the little adventure playground)


Please remember to clearly label clothing and lunch items so they can easily be returned to your child if they do get misplaced.

Chantal  - Hollins Trophy

Chantal has just returned from Sydney, where she represented the Melbourne Figure Skating Club and Ice Skating Victoria at the 50th Anniversary Hollins Trophy.

Chantal was in the Elementary Ladies Division in a field of 27 skaters from all over Australia and New Zealand. At the finish of competition, Chantal was ranked 5th in her Division for Australia and New Zealand! Chantal also attained the highest Victorian score at this event for her division.

Chantal also competed her artistic program and exhibit her Free Skate Program at the O’Brien Group Arena, Docklands last weekend.



Fundraising Events

Our next event is ....
Spring Fling – Friday Oct 19th 

Please mark it in your diary!

Thanks again,

The Fundraising Team.

Fundraising contacts

Rachel & Danielle - please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to Rachel 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

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

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 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 causeway at the entry to room 7 and 8 (near the toilet block, off the little adventure playground).

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