Moonee Ponds West Primary School

23 February 2018
2018 - Issue 4
Principal's report
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

Getting to know you interviews

The Parent/Teacher & Carer/Getting to know you interviews finished this week. If parent/carers have any additional questions please contact your classroom teacher.

Curriculum Day

A reminder that 9th March is a curriculum (pupil free) day.

School Self Evaluation

As part of our Whole School Self Evaluation we are seeking your feedback and comments in response to a number of questions. The questions are located on clipboards located around the school and at the front counter (with a box for completed responses to questions located nearby). There will be further opportunities for feedback and comment in the coming weeks.


Ashley Spagnol (Assistant Principal (Curriculum) is currently on personal leave.

Working with Children Check

Please be reminded that parent helpers and volunteers require a valid Working with Children Check. A register of all Working with Children Check is held in the office. As part of our obligations to ensure Working with Children Checks are valid, spot checks will be conducted over the coming weeks.


An induction for all parent helpers and volunteers will be conducted early in term 2.

Secondary School Expo

The annual Secondary School Expo will be held in the school gym on 21st March.  For further details please see the information in 'Education News' Afterschool care will be in the performance space and the library on this day.

Reminder - School Council elections

The annual School Council elections cycle commences today. In 2018 we have 3 parent/community member vacancies and 2 DET vacancies. Below is the process and timetable for the elections. Nomination forms are available from the Office.


Friday 16th February 2018

  • Notice of election and call for nominations

Friday 2nd March 2018

  • Closing date for nominations
  • Date by which list of candidates and nominators will be posted

On or before Wednesday 7th March 2018 (if required)

  • Date by which ballot papers will be prepared and distributed

Thursday 15th March 2018

  • Close of ballot

Friday 16th March 2018

  • Vote count

Tuesday 20th March 2018

  • Declaration of ballot

Monday 26th March 2018

  • Special council meeting to co opt community members (the principal will preside)
  • First council meeting to elect office bearers  (the principal will preside)

Reminder - Movie Night

On Friday 23rd March we will be holding our annual movie night. This is a wonderful opportunity for community to come together and enjoy a family evening under the stars - weather permitting. Please see the flyer within our Fundraising Events page within this newsletter.

The Fundraising Group are looking for new community to members to join the group and volunteers to help out at upcoming events.  Please  leave your details at the Office.

Skoolbag App

In response to our recent communications survey to receive your child's activities information via electronic channels, such as by email or through an app, we have commenced a 30 day trial of the Skoolbag App . The trial is available to community members who have IPhones or Ipads. The App would become available to Android users if we continue with Skoolbag as our provider. The App will allow us to update the community with simple push notifications via a secure login. Families are able to download the SkoolBag App to their phone or tablet or access it via the website plugin. This app will perform a different function to the internal DET SMS alert system.  Please see the reminder re SMS permission forms below.

If you have any feedback or comments on the Skoolbag App, could you please forward these to the school via the feedback system on the school website or via the school email  at

Reminder - SMS Forms

A reminder to please send back your SMS forms to enable the school to send parents and carers SMS communication, for example, in emergency situations and for student non-attendance at school. By sending back the form with up-to-date mobile and email details parents and carers authorise the inclusion of these details in the sms functionality of the Department of Education’s CASES21 system.

If you have any further questions regarding this could you please contact the office.


Enjoy the weekend,



Notices Home

Tuesday 20th February 

  • Grade 6 Clothing - Grade 6 families

Thursday 22nd February 2018

  • Letter to families - Room 13


Community Calendar


Monday 26th February

School Council 19:00

Wednesday 28th February

Foundation Students - no school

Environment Committee 19:00


Friday 2nd March

District Swimming

Monday 5th March

Foundation (Prep) begin full time

Education Committee 19:00

Friday 9th March

Curriculum Day - no school

Monday 12th March

Labour Day - no school

Tuesday 13th March

Resource Committee - 19:00

Friday 16th March

Summer Sport Grade 5/6

Tuesday 20th March

Division Swimming

Wednesday 21st March

Secondary School Expo

Friday March 23rd

Summer Sport Grade 5/6

Hockey clinics

Movie Night

Monday 26th March

School Council 19:00

Tuesday 27th March

Regional Swimming

Wednesday 28th March

School Photo Day

Thursday 29th March

End of Term 1 - early dismissal 13:30


Monday 16th April 

Term 2 commences

Wednesday 25th April

Anzac Day - no school

Thursday 26th April

Curriculum Day - no school

Friday 29th June

End of Term 2 - early dismissal 13:30

Education News 

さこ だいすけさん、 ようこそ ムーにポンヅウエスト小学校へ!

This week we have welcomed Daisuke Sako to the Japanese program at Moonee Ponds West PS.

Daisuke is a student from Hijiyama University in Hiroshima and will be working in the Japanese program from 19th February to 16th March.

He has a strong interest in education overseas and in particular in junior years. He is hoping to be able to support our students in many ways and is interested in teaching a Japanese song to them.


Since his arrival he has noticed some things in particular that are different to Japanese primary schools;

  • Students and teachers are very close
  • Students actively participate in Japanese
  • Each class is made up of 2 grade levels
  • The classrooms are relaxing, they look like sitting rooms.

We wish Daisuke sensei a very enjoyable time here with us and I’m sure everyone will try to make it a memorable time for him.

Autobiographies in 3/4

In Term 1 the 3/4 students have been learning about autobiographies and biographies. Right now we have been doing a “This is Me” sheet which has been really fun as we are interviewing our parents and family members about our own history. We are also reading autobiographies in class and excited about writing our own autobiography. We know that in a week or so we will get to interview or research someone else and write their biography. Can’t wait!

By Ari and Sian – Room 12

Are you interested in the environment and sustainability?

What: Waste audit with Moonee Valley Council

When: 6th of March 11:30- 1:30

Where: MPW

How: Write an expression of interest, including reasons why you would like to be involved, improvements in the school you want to make, some ideas you may have for these improvements, etc. and leave it in the coloured folder in your classroom (ask your teacher)



Based on these expressions of interest, 6 students will attend this audit and then feed these results and ideas for solutions back to the Student Environment Team

Moonee Valley Schools Network - 2018 Year 7 Secondary School EXPO

All Grade 4, 5 & 6 children and their parents/carers are invited to attend the 2018 Year 7 Secondary School EXPO to learn more about our local Secondary Schools.


Wednesday, 21st March  2018


4:00 pm to 7:00 pm


In the Gym at Moonee Ponds West Primary School

150 Athol Street Moonee Ponds

  • Buckley Park College
  • Mount Alexander College
  • Essendon Keilor College (East Keilor and Niddrie Campuses)
  • Rosehill Secondary College
  • Strathmore Secondary College

These schools will have displays 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 4.00pm and 7.00pm.


We look forward to your attendance.

For further enquiries ring East Keilor College, 8331 0100.  


Fundraising Events

Movie Night

Friday 23rd March we will be holding our first fundraising event of the year.



Fundraising contacts

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


Jeff Lyon

Assistant Principal - Curriculum

Ashley Spagnol

Student Welfare and Program for Student with Disabilities Co-Ordinator

Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)

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 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).

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