Moonee Ponds West Primary School

27 April 2018
2018 - Issue 11
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Sport 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

Curriculum Day

As you are aware, Thursday April 26th was the second Curriculum Day for Moonee Ponds West Primary School.

The focus of the day was for teachers to begin the preparation work for the school’s Strategic Plan Review, which will occur later in the year. This involved teachers working collaboratively to look at the school’s data and collect information to inform the next part of the work of the Strategic Plan process.

I would like to thank the staff for their diligence and commitment to the success of the day.

3/4 Camp

Preparations are well underway for the 3/4 Camp. Just a reminder to submit all relevant forms by the due dates to help with finalisation. Any further information regarding Camp will be sent out in the following week to assist families in preparing for this fun and exciting time.

Parent/Carer Tours for children commencing school in 2019

The school has conducted a number of Parent Tours to date and these have been well attended.

Just a reminder to families and friends to please contact the school office or visit the school website for further information or to book a tour. Sibling enrolment documents are now available from the office.

Naplan Assessment

NAPLAN testing will take place from Tuesday 15 May to Thursday 17 May 2018 for students in years 3 and 5.


Year 6-7 Transition

Just a reminder to all parents and carers to return the application for Year 7 placement forms by the 11th May.


Enjoy the weekend,


Barbara Springfield

Notices Home

Tuesday 24th April

 Head Lice Alert - Room 4

 Friday 27th April

 Staffing update - Room 13

 Leave notification - Eldest child

 Head Lice Alert - Room 20

Community Calendar


Wednesday 2nd May

Parent Information session - David Hornsby (Literacy) 19:00

Friday 4th May

Winter Sports 9:00

Basketball Coaching Grade 5/6

Monday 7th May

Grade 3/4 Camp departs

Wednesday 9th May

Grade 3/4 Camp returns

Friday 11th May

Winter Sports 9:00

Basketball Coaching Grade 5/6

Tuesday 15th May

Naplan testing

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 16th May

Naplan testing

Thursday 17th May

Naplan testing

Friday 18th May

Naplan testing (catch up if required)

Winter Sports 9:00

Basketball Coaching Grade 5/6

Wednesday 23rd May

FAD - Grade 5/6

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 25th May

Winter Sports 9:00

Basketball Coaching Grade 5/6

Monday 28th May

School Council 19:00

Wednesday 30th May

Fun Run


Friday 1st June

Winter Sports 9:00

Basketball Coaching Grade 5/6

Saturday 2nd June 

Trivia Night 19:30

Monday 4th June

Education Committee - 19:00

Monday 11th June

Queen's Birthday - Public Holiday no school

Tuesday 12th June

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 20th June

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 29th June

Assembly 9:00

End of Term 2 - Early dismissal 14:30


Monday 16th July

Term 3 starts 9:00

Education News 

Anzac Day

Students from both Room 11 and Room 5 made paper wreaths in memory of the ANZACS. These wreaths were placed at the Queens Park Cenotaph on Tuesday afternoon. JSC reps Eva and Harper from Room 5 and Daemon and Harshraj are pictured with the wreaths.

Lest We Forget.

Congratulations Emma and Daniel

I hope you are all well! As promised, here are some snaps from our photographer from our perfect day! Daniel and I both had an incredible day!!! 


Thank you for all of your support and well wishes! See you all next week, 




Reminder - Information Night

To our families and friends of MPW,

You are invited to attend an Information night on Wednesday 2nd of May in the Performance space at 7.00pm through to 8.30pm.

We are very happy to announce that David Hornsby will be presenting and  speaking about the teaching of English and the importance of a balanced approach.


Some of the things he will talk about include:

  • What do we actually do when we’re reading?  How does the reading process work?
  • How can we help our children with reading at home?
  • Why is phonics always a ‘hot topic’?
  • What is phonics, and what place does it have in a literacy program?  
  • How does our spelling system work?  (It’s not all about sound.)

This is David’s 51st year in education. He is passionate about teaching and learning and doesn’t want to retire!

David was with the Victorian Ministry of Education for 28 years and taught at every year level from Prep to Year 6. During that time, he also lectured at La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and RMIT University. For 4 years, he was an Education Department consultant in both primary and secondary schools and then returned to the primary classroom. He was the principal of Ringwood Heights Primary School, a school he loved, for 5 years.

He is currently in demand as an education consultant in schools and in conference centres across Australia and in many parts of the world. He has completed many lecture tours of the USA and the UK, and has also worked with teachers in China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malta, New Zealand and Singapore.



Free Activity Day for Grade 5/6
Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018

F.A.D. is coming up! This is one of our favourite days of the school year – a day where our older students select from a range of great activities and create themselves a timetable of a fantastic day of learning and fun. Students, teachers, parents, uncles, aunties, grandparents and friends are invited to plan and run an activity for small groups of students to do on the day. All that’s required is some enthusiasm and a willingness to have a go (as well as a current working with children certificate, if you are an adult)!

Here are just some ideas for activities from previous successful F.A.D.s: football/ hockey/ cricket clinics, cooking, tie-dyeing, drama games, trivia, drawing, karaoke, dance, organ dissection, soccer match/skills games, table tennis tournament, calligraphy, woodwork, crafts, card making, sushi/ pizza/ pasta making, construction, basketball match/drills, puppetry, science experiments, aerobics, cartooning, jewellery making, fishing, learning a new board or card game, how to set up a tent, etc.


If you’re interested in running an activity on the day, please talk to a Grade 5/6 teacher, grab a form and return it to Fiona in Room 10 by Friday 4th May.

If you would like to find out more about F.A.D. before committing, or if you would like some help deciding on an activity, feel free to discuss this with one of the 5/6 teachers or other parents who have been involved in previous years.

Sport News


Winter Sport

Our winter sport season will commence on Friday 4th May.  Students in Gr 5/6 competing in Football, Tee Ball and Netball competitions against schools in the Ascot Vale District.

We would also like to welcome the specialist Coaches from SEDA Basketball who will running clinics at school as part of the Sport Education program.




District Cross Country

Well done to all the students who represented our school at the Ascot Vale District Cross Country Carnival on Friday 27th April. They all did an amazing job with MPW finishing 8th overall.  Congratulations to Elli H, Kalan R, Cruz G and Jake S who have qualified to compete at Divisions.


Thanks to Fiona and all the parents who supported and helped on the day.



Fundraising Events

MPW 80s Trivia Night 2018


























When:            Saturday June 2nd June 7:30 -11.30pm

Where:          MPW School Gym

Ticket Cost:  $30pp (BYO Drinks and Nibbles/Snacks)


Join MPW families, staff, and friends!

Our Term Two Fundraising Event is 80s Trivia Night.

Hosted by Funky Bunch Trivia this year it will be a great night with lots of fun and laughter with a mix of Trivia from across the 80s and a few games thrown in along the way. Get in theme on the night dressing up as your favourite 80s legend whether it be from music, sport, movies, tv or just getting your fluoro leg warmers out of the cupboard!


There will be best dressed prizes on the night along with a selection of Silent Auction Items and Raffle Prizes up for grabs. Don’t forget your credit card and some spare change!


Each table seats 10, please join us by purchasing individual tickets or a table with friends.

Click on the Eventbrite link to purchase your ticket/s:

To have flexibility on seat selection please use a desktop computer when booking.



The fundraising team are seeking items for our speciality prize hampers

Examples of donations may include (all items must be unused):

  • Wine/chocolates/gourmet food products (non-perishable)
  • Health and beauty products
  • Gardening products
  • Kids stationery / toys

We also welcome more significant items or services that would be suitable for our Silent Auctions. You can drop these donations at the school office preferably by Thursday 24th May.

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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