Moonee Ponds West Primary School

27 November 2018
2018 - Issue 38
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
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

Greetings to Parents, Carers, Students and Community Members of the MPWPS,

What a wonderful community event we had on Saturday.  I was overcome with the generosity of our parents, partners,carers, students and community members.  Not only did we have many many cakes, biscuits and other wonderful treats we had the best sausage sizzle ever!  Real sausages made to be comfortable in the hand from Porterhaus in Pratt St Moonee Ponds.  What a wonderful donation, 70kgs to be exact!  To Bakers Delight a big thank you as all the bread was donated as well. It was terrific to see the parents and carers working side by side to ensure that our school was represented and a service provided at this community event.

To the small band of dedicated fundraisers thank you as well.  Without this small team not much can be done.  I really appreciate your time, effort and enthusiasm.  Bet it was shoes off, and dozing in front of the TV on Saturday night.  You should have been exhausted!

Thank you to Brian and Sandra for their behind the scenes work before, during and after the event!


We are at present filling a vacancy and appointing personnel within the school to our school structure.  It is always a rush to the end no matter how organised you think you may be.

At present we are placing children into their new classes for  2019 and we are considerate of all the elements. We are seeking feedback from staff (Teaching and Specialist) on the first run of groupings and where possible making the changes as requested.  In the end we have to draw the line and say we think this is the best grouping of students.  Of course as Principal I monitor the classes until the Easter break because sometimes what looks perfect on paper may not work in reality. I tell you this so that you can be understanding of the detailed process we go through in order to develop the positive learning environment for your child.

Foundation transition

We have the final session this coming week on Thursday.  It has been very pleasing to see all the children settle so well and the parents/carers attend the Parent Information sessions in the Library. Your feedback on the sessions has been very positive and I hope that the information varied enough for you to get a feel for the school and the learning that we support here.

Lost Property

Prior to the Election I removed a squillion pieces of lost property from the Gym. I plan to put it out on the platform on FRIDAY for the rightful owners to collect. All items left will be going to the Brotherhood. Please encourage your child to find their piece of clothing.

Toilet Renovation

The demolition has begun! Bill the steam shovel (not sure of the stream in this day and age) was hard at work on Friday and the rubble was removed on Monday.  The contractors are planning to pour the slab before the Christmas break.  It is all go!  How lovely is the painting at the end of the building facing Lennox Street?  This has been hidden by the toilets and now holds its own for all to admire.

Well, that’s about it from me this week.  Until we meet in person have a satisfying week of work and pleasure.



Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting)

School Council

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)

Term 4 Meetings


  • Monday 26th November 19:00
  • Monday 17th December 18:30

Education News 

Nepalese culture, traditions and faiths.

By Sian B and Tom M – Room 12

On the 21st of November 2018, all the grade 3/4 students came together to learn about diversity in another country and the experience of Salma who has three different celebrations and cultures in her family! Sovana, Salma’s mum, came and spoke first to Rooms 11, 12 and 24 and then Rooms 16 and 17.

Sovana showed us some videos and answered many questions on them. She even performed a dance! She talked about festivals, costumes, dances, celebrations and what they do in Nepal and also in Australia (the Nepalese people). We found out that Nepalese people  wear red as it is the symbol of power. And they have lots of festivals that have stories of kings and elephants getting lost. They also have lots of festivals with food in Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim cultures. Nepal gets a holiday for the day of the dog because they love animals so much! Lots of us want a holiday in Melbourne for our pets as well.  

The song Sovana danced to was about a young girl having to get water from a pond far away and complaining about the long walk and heavy urn. We learned that in Australia lots of Nepalese people celebrate their culture but also do Easter and Christmas celebrations as well. There was so much information we got for our Belonging and Identity unit in Inquiry – we are all really excited about this unit this term.



Sport News

Gr 5/6 Cricket Carnival

On Tuesday 13th November our boys and girls cricket teams travelled to Oak Park to compete in the first round of the state wide T20 Blast cricket carnival.  We had a great day with both teams improving their cricket skills.  At the end of the rounds our Boys team was successful in making the final and produced some very exciting hitting, bowling and fielding to win the game by 32 runs.  Well done to both teams and we look forward to seeing how our boys team qualify for the next stage.  A big thank you to Jack Newman and Shalendra Nand for umpiring, coaching and sharing your cricket knowledge with our teams throughout the day!!


North Western Metro qualifiers at Windy Hill on Tuesday 20th November.  The boys played three close contested matches and finished the day playing off for 5th v 6th against Pascoe Vale South.  Pascoe Vale South were victorious but MPW produced their best cricket for the day with some big hitting, sharp fielding and all round great team work.  Thanks to Jas Nuredini and all the parents and carers who helped with transport.

Gr 5/6 Team Building

Rm 9 – 120 pts  / Tom O (MPW Medalist)

Rm 10 – 174 pts / Olivia R, Brodie P & Zoe C (MPW Medalist)

Rm 13 – 158 pts / Sasha HR (MPW Medalist)

Rm 14 – 154 pts/ Sinitta Mc (MPW Medalist)

Rm 15 – 170 pts / Melia (MPW Medalist)

Rm 18 – 160 pts / Kalan R (MPW Medalist)


Thanks to all the 5/6’s and their class teachers for being open, honest and getting out of their comfort zones!!!

Walk to School 2018!

Well done to all the students who participated in Walk to School for the month of October.  But of course we encourage you and your families to continue to walk, ride or scoot your way to school for the remainder of Term 4.  This is the data collected from each class during the month of October. Thanks Preethu (Rm 9) for collecting it!!



Fundraising Events

Election Day BBQ & Cake Stall

On Saturday 24th November our school hosted an Election day Sausage Sizzle and Cake Stall to feed our local hungry voters! Despite the patches of drizzle everybody was in good spirits with a steady stream of customers eagerly buying up our home baked goodies and chowing down on a sausage or two.  We cooked and sold 70 kg of sausages with 12 kg of onions along with about 40 loaves of bread and lots and lots and lots of cakes! The event was a great success with a complete sell-out!


It was fabulous to see our school community coming together to support such a wonderful opportunity to raise some additional funds towards future projects at our school. We were overwhelmed with the number of baked goods we received and the generosity of our bakers and by the volunteers that gave their time to price baked items, set-up stalls, cook and serve sausages, sell cakes and pack and clean up. We’re excited and proud to report that we raised $3190 on the day and without your efforts it wouldn’t have been possible. To all involved the Fundraising team would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all your time and effort to ensure we had goods to sell and for the smooth running of the BBQ and Cake Stall on Election day.


We would also like to make a special mention and thank you to Sandra Monaghan and Brian Lees for all of their help in supporting this event and two local businesses for their generous donations for our Sausage Sizzle – Porterhaus Butchers and Bakers Delight Ascot Vale/Showgrounds.

Thank you,


The MPW Fundraising Team           

Fundraising contacts

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

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

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 in the form of a telephone call, email, entering the absence through the COMPASS parent portal , 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.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

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 Gym on the right hand side, as you walk in.

Community Calendar


Wednesday 28th November

MVIMP Demonstration Concert 10:00 

Thursday 29th November

Foundation Orientation Session 4


Wednesday 5th December

Senior Choir Concert - Alice@Wonderland 19:00

Thursday 6th December

Senior Choir Concert (School Performance) - Alice@Wonderland 9:00

Tuesday 11th December

Whole School Transition Day

Resources Committee 19:00

Wednesday 12th December

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 14th December

Student Reports home

Monday 17th December

School Council 18:00

Wednesday 19th December

Year 6 Graduation

Friday 21st December

End of year Assembly 9:00

End of Term 4  Early dismissal @13:30


Tuesday 29th January

Curriculum Day (Teachers return)

Wednesday 30th January

Term 1 begins - Grades 1-6 

Thursday 31st January

Term 1 Begins - Foundation students

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