Moonee Ponds West Primary School

10 February 2017
2017 - Issue 1  
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Fundraising Events
School Information
Education News
Sports News
Music News
Health and Safety
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report


Welcome to the first newsletter for 2017. We hope you enjoy the new format.

All feedback in relation to the newsletter is always welcome. Please email your thoughts and contributions to

Children in their Foundation (Prep) Year

Children in their Foundation year have completed their first full week of school, attended their first school assembly and have had a wonderful beginning to their educational experience at Moonee Ponds West PS. A reminder that the new Foundation children are present both before and after school so please take a little extra care with driving in the vicinity of the school grounds.

Welcome and Welcome Back to MPW Basket Tea

A reminder there is a welcome and welcome back to MPW basket supper tonight from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the tiger turf.

Welcome to new staff at Moonee Ponds West

Alyena Mohummadally

Alyena is teaching year 3/4 in room 13. Prior to entering the teaching profession Alyena was a not-for-profit lawyer. Alyena is a keen cricket and squash player and enjoys coaching her two sons (in preparation for a future Olympic trial?).


Brigitte Bozyk

Brigitte is teaching year 5/6 in room 15. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne (majoring in French and Philosophy). Her particular areas of interest are reading, travelling, philosophy and music (playing violin with the Essendon Symphony Orchestra).


Cassie McIntosh

Cassie completed her Pre-service Teacher Training at Moonee Ponds West and this year is teaching year 1/2 in room 22. Cassie completed her Bachelor Degree in musical theatre before completing her Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne.


February arrangements for children in their Foundation Year (Prep)

A reminder that during the month of February, children in their Foundation year will be attending school 9:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They will not be in attendance on Wednesdays. Children in their Foundation year will commence school five days a week from Monday 27th February.

Specialist Classes

All grades have one hour of Creative Arts, Japanese and PE. There are three hours of Hall for children in Foundation Year, two hours for children in Year 1 and one hour for children in Year 2. All grades have 30 minutes of scheduled time in the library.

Action Teams

This year staff will be addressing a number of identified priorities. Action Teams will be focusing on English, Mathematics, Inquiry, Wellbeing and Communication. Currently work is progressing to develop Action Plans that includes reviewing the English, Mathematics, Inquiry and Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policies. Action Team Leaders are as follows:


Inquiry: Fiona McKenzie

English: Kim Simmons & Helen Lockart

Mathematics: TBC

Communication: Sandra Monaghan and Michelle Bove


Student: Ryan Vermeulen & Mandy Jones

Staff: Sue Phillips

Parent Information Evenings


Next week are the Parent Information evenings for each of the Foundation/Year 1, Year 1/2, Year 2/3, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 teaching teams.


Days for these sessions are as follows:


Monday 13th February -    Years 2/3

Tuesday 14th February  -  Foundation/Year 1

Wednesday 15th February - Years 3/4

Thursday 16th February - Years 1/2

Thursday 16th February - Years 5/6

Getting to know you interviews

In the following week (week commencing 20th February) the first of the Parent/Teacher/Child - “Getting to know you meetings” takes place. These meetings provide an opportunity for a conversation between teachers and parent/carers in relation to the particular educational, social & emotional needs of children. Given the scheduling of these meetings takes place early in the year, it has proven an invaluable means of establishing and consolidating communication between teachers and parent/carers in serving to proactively address children’s needs. There will be a further opportunity for Parent/Teacher/Child interviews on the 27th of July.

School Council Elections

The 2017/2018 School Council Election process will begin on the 10th February. Please find below the time line for the Elections.


School Council is a great way to contribute to the school community. School councillors have a range of skills and backgrounds. What matters most is an interest in the school and contributing to its governance. 


If you're interested in finding out more about school council I'm more than happy to discuss this, along with any other questions or matters that are of interest to you. Please contact the Office to arrange an appointment.


I look forward to seeing you at tonight's "Welcome Back" event. If not, enjoy your weekend.


Jeff Lyon 


School Council Report

The final School Council meeting of 2016 took place on December 19. As is customary in the final meeting of the year, the focus was very much on the year to come. Jeff outlined the new action teams that will be in place in 2017 to further the educational strategy of the school as embodied in the Moonee Ponds West Primary Philosophy Statement approved at the last meeting. The focus of the action groups is very much on ensuring pedagogical decisions are being made as close to the students as possible and in line with needs. In order to further the communication with council and the community, action group representatives will be able to report directly to council. The action groups will be reviewing all school educational policies and a schedule will be established for them to report against in 2017.

The Parent Opinion survey was also reviewed. It was noted that there needed to be a focus in 2017 on addressing those issues of concern.

The Resource Committee report acknowledged once again the extensive work that has gone in to preparing the school budget for 2017, which will come to council in March for approval. The school remains in a strong financial position and a lot of work has occurred in the last few years to ensure the school's financial affairs are subject to clear governance and the school's commercial relationships are formally contracted.


I personally would like to thank all councilors as well as all parents who have contributed to the school over the year whether by helping out in the classroom or throwing their energies into fundraising and other activities - all valued and much appreciated.


As 2016 was my fourth and final year as president, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all who I have worked with on council over the last six years - it has been both an honour and a pleasure to serve on council and I am confident that the passion and commitment of my fellow councilors bodes well for the future.


Paul Girdler

School Council President

Notices home to parents

1st February:

District Swimming Carnival information

2nd February:

MVIMP Contracts and Direct Debit Forms

3rd February:

Letter to Room 3 re Jamie Harding’s absence

Whole School Permission Notice all students

6th February:

Information evenings – notice to all year levels

7th February:

Free Activity notice – Years 5/6

Head Lice notice Room 7

8th February:

Letter to Room 11/12 re Ryan Vermeulen’s leave

Community Calendar


Friday 10th February

MPW Swimming Trials 9:00 to 13:00

Welcome Back Basket Tea 17:00 to 19:00

Monday 13th February to 16th February

Parent Information Nights:

Monday 13th February Years 2/3

Tuesday 14th February Foundation/Year 1

Wednesday 15th February Years 3/4

Thursday 16th February Years 1/2

Thursday 16th February Years 5/6

Monday 20th  to Thursday 24th February

P/T/C Interviews 

Thursday 23rd February

District Swimming Carnival 9:00 to 13:30

Monday 27th February

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00



Monday 6th March

Education Committee 19:00 to 20:30

Monday 13th March

Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 14th March

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free Day

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Friday 24th March

Movie Night 18:00 to 20:00

Monday 27th March

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:30

Tuesday 28th March

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

Thursday 30th March

School Photo Day 8:00 to 16:00



Friday 31st March

School Assembly 9:00 to 9:30

Last Day Term 1


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

Friday 28th April

Camp 3/4 Group 1 Returns

Fundraising Events


Our fundraising events held throughout the year raise money for projects that we would otherwise be unable to fund.  In the past few years we have helped fund the installation of air conditioning in the gym and the bike shelter.  

Our events are a fabulous way to bring the school community together while raising money at the same time.

How you can help

There’s several ways that you can help us throughout the year.  We understand many people are busy but it’s really easy to help out:

  • Help coordinate the planned events
  • Volunteer when we do a shout out for helpers
  • Donate goods later in the year as prizes for events; 
  • Source prizes from local businesses
  • Simply support our events by buying a ticket and coming along!!
  • Sell raffle tickets

Our planned events for this year

Term 1:

Movie Night –Friday March 24th (family event)

Term 2:

Disco Bingo/Trivia Night (for adults)

Late term 3 or early term 4:

Spring Carnival themed evening (for adults)

Term 4:

End of year raffle.


Any queries either see the office or contact- Rachel or 0417 011723

Our next event

Friday 24th March - Moonlight Cinema

Shouting out for helpers!! If you are able to assist in anyway please contact Rachel. or 0417 011723


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

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 Moonee Ponds West 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).

Education News

Parent Helpers at MPWPS

Our families help in many ways to support the education of their children. Research tells us that families that engage with their children’s education ensure the best possible outcomes for their children.

Below is a range of activities parents/caregivers can choose to engage with both within and outside the classroom:

  • Attending garden working bees on the weekend and  helping out in the veggie patch
  • Being a classroom representative and setting up social events for your child’s classroom  ( see below for more detailed information)
  • Reading with students, reading to students and listening to students read in the classroom
  • Publishing children’s work on the computer
  • Running a maths group in the classroom or supporting individual students
  • Running an activity of your choice on FAD (Free Activities Day) for the older students of helping in FAT ( Free Activity Time)
  • Taking books home to cover with contact
  • Attending Parent Forums and finding out about educational issues and meeting other families
  • Attending School Council Sub-Committees such as Education, Resources and Environment
  • Joining the Community Partnerships group.
  • Regularly attending Assembly on Monday mornings, concerts and other school events
  • Being involved in fundraising events by helping or attending
  • Helping on excursions and incursions at school
  • Helping your child’s teacher with ancillary jobs such as putting up displays, laminating signs, covering books, making classroom published books, photocopying etc.
  • Sharing your personal and professional expertise to enrich our programs, eg. coming in and speaking about being a doctor, gardener, designer, computer tech, home carer etc. Or talking to kids about art/craft/hobbies such as hang-gliding, sewing, playing an instrument or whatever it may be…
  • Helping at sporting events such as the Fun run, Jump Rope for Heart, Interschool sport…

Classroom Representatives at MPWPS

As a part of our Parent Helpers policy, MPWPS encourage each room to have at least one parent/caregiver in the role of classroom representative.

Below are the guidelines for this important position.

Classroom representatives:

  • Support the teacher to develop a contact list of families in a room.
  • Compile the contact list and distribute it to the families within the classroom.
  • Organise and advertise at least one social event for the room each term, eg. Meet at the park on Friday afternoon, coffee at a local café
  • Attend Parent Forums and Information nights regularly to stay up-to-date with school information and events
  • Support other families by being a contact person for your child’s room
  • Assist the class teacher with particular activities – e.g. parents attending excursions, assisting in the classroom.
  • Welcoming new parents to Moonee Ponds West in your class.
  • Other tasks as discussed between yourself and your classroom teacher.

Thank you

All help either large or small is most appreciated by the students and staff at MPWPS!

 If you are interested in being a parent helper and /or class representative please speak to your classroom teacher.


For any further information please speak to Michelle Bové

Sports News

Feature Article:
Bree White,
PE teacher
Finding a balance: Bree White kicking goals on the field and in the classroom.


The inaugural round of the AFL Women’s competition is in the books, and the players are already ready firing up for the upcoming weekend of matches. Not only having to do recovery after Friday’s historic first game and get back into training, Collingwood FC midfielder Bree White has another role; teaching PE at Moonee Ponds West Primary School.


Despite only being one round into the season, White says she’s had the full backing of the school to be part of history.


“They’ve really encouraged me to do whatever I need to do, and make sure I make the most of the opportunity," White said.


White’s PE classes have been abuzz with excitement seeing their teacher don the Magpies jersey, with some even making an appearance at Ikon Park on Friday night.


“It’s disappointing to lose a game, but you come in here, all the kids are telling me how well I played and all that sort of thing; they’re great company,” she said.


Despite losing her first match in Collingwood colours, White said the atmosphere of the occasion was something special.


“We didn’t really know what to expect. Obviously when they had to move the game during the week, I thought it would be a big crowd but as the day went on, when we arrived, the crowd were starting to already come at 4:30. I guess the first little warm-up that we did, the stands were starting to fill up and we started to realise this is pretty big,” she said.


“As soon as we got to the legends stand, that side of the ground, the roar of the crowd just hit you. It was goose-bump stuff.”


White’s experience in the game has helped build an impressive footy resume; captaining the Victoria University Spurs team in the VFL, playing for Melbourne FC since 2013, and even playing Gaelic football overseas for Tara in 2006.


“During my experience of having lots of different coaches, adapting to different people, and even different skill-sets for Gaelic football, it’s taught me how to take a coaches feedback on board,” she said.


“Being able to go away, take on a coaches feedback and learn how to work hard to improve those things, to keep competing for spots in the team.”


White’s determination and consistency were a big reason behind her selection at pick 38 for Collingwood in the 2016 draft, with coach Wayne Siekman highlighting her running capacity and leadership qualities that would add to their midfield group.


White’s part in history will continue to provide opportunities to reflect upon the need for equal opportunities in all facets of society and to understand the impact of her football career on the aspirations of young women.


“Even at the game on the weekend, I saw a few of the students in the crowd, went up to them, gave them a big high-five, and a few of the girls are like, “I can’t wait to play AFL,” White said.


Despite White appreciating the privileged situation, she understands the grassroots program must continue to grow for young girls wanting to play football.


“Women’s football over the last 5 years has been the fastest growing area of AFL, and it’s a positive sign that girls want to play footy; we just need to keep giving them access to it."


Nick Boylan


MPW Class of 2005

Sport Education

Each Friday morning 9am – 11am the Grade 5/6's will participate in our Sport Education program. 

Team Building

This term our Grade 5/6’s will participate in a Team Building program that involves various challenges. 


The 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 last weeks activities:

Room 10:                                                      39 points

Room 11:                                                      41 points

Room 12:                                                      51 points

Room 14:                                                      44 points

Room 15:                                                  37.5 points

Room 18:                                                  49.5 points


We have 80 Grade 4, 5 & 6 students trialling for our school swimming team which is fantastic.


Results from today's trials will enable a MPW Swimming Team to be chosen to compete at Ascot Vale District Swimming carnival on Thursday 23rd February.


Well done to everyone who is trialling and thanks to Maddie, Fiona and all the parents who assisted on the day. 

Good luck to our swimming team!!

Sporting Events

Term 1:

Friday 10th February - MPWPS Swimming Team Trials

Thursday 23rd February – District Swimming Carnival (Queen's Park Pool)

Friday 17th March – Cross Country Trials (at school).

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.

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.

Music Programs at MPWPS

MPWPS has two programs available and both are user pay.

  • Moonee Vale Instrumental Music Program (MVIMP)
  • Soundgarage




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.


Soundgarage is available to students from Foundation (Prep) and involves Keyboard, Singing and Performance and Electrical Guitar. 


Lessons will begin this week for everyone that has enrolled in the program, it always takes a couple of weeks to settle and get the timetable correct so if there are any issues please feel free to contact Maddie Owen (details below).


If you haven’t enrolled in Soundgarage yet but are keen for your child to participate then don’t panic there is still time.  The office have the enrolment forms so if you just fill it out and return it to the office we will include your child in the timetable for next week.


If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Maddie Owen.


Mobile: 0401 844 522

Health and Safety


Below we have given some useful information about a number of medical illnesses that have or possibly will affect students at Moonee Ponds West Primary School in 2017.  Being aware and detecting these conditions early will help minimise the potential for spread within the school community. 

Head Lice

Head lice are common in school-aged children. They are transmitted by having head to head contact with another child/adult.

There are pamphlets available from the office providing information regarding detection and treating the head lice and eggs.

If you do find head lice or eggs on your child’s hair you need to inform the school and advise when treatment commenced.  Health regulations requires that where a child has head lice, that child should not return to school until the day after appropriate treatment has commenced.

Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

This is a mild illness and it’s not related to a similarly named disease that affects cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and other ‘cloven-hooved’ animals.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by a virus. Its symptoms are a fever, no interest in food or drink, a runny nose, sore throat and lack of energy.  It’s recognised by blisters on the hands, feet and in the mouth-mostly occurs in warmer weather and tends to spread easily where a lot of young children play together, such as in child care centres and schools.  The blisters appear 1-2 days after the first symptoms and may last 2-7 days.

The child with the disease is infectious until the blisters dry up, children should attend school until all the blisters have dried up.

There is no treatment which will make Hand, food and mouth disease go away more quickly.  However, giving paracetamol for fever, plenty of water (avoid acidic drinks) will assist with the recovery.  See the doctor if the child is unwell, has a bad headache that persists or runs a high temperature.


Chickenpox (Varicella) is a highly contagious viral disease caused by the varicella-zoster Virus (VZV).  The main symptom is a blistering skin rash.  Outbreaks are more common in winter and early spring.  Children and adults can be immunised against chickenpox.

Children with chickenpox should not go to school until the last blister has dried.  Please inform the school if your child has chickenpox, as other children may need to be immunised or treated.


Asthma Awareness and Allergy Aware

Please find attached information about Asthma Awareness and being Allergy Aware at Moonee Ponds West Primary School.


Community News









Chess Coaching

Please find attached Term 1 Enrolment Form


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
School Council Election Process and Timetable 2017.pdf
Moonee Ponds Newsletter Chess.pdf
Asthma Awareness at Moonee Ponds West Primary School.pdf
Allergy aware.pdf